Top 5 Wedneday March 22: Favorite Angsty Romances

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

favorite angsty

romances

-This topic has been much requested! Talk about your favorite ships that have a healthy side of angst. (definition: adj.: describes a situation or literary piece which contains dark, depressing, angry, and/or brooding emotions from the participating characters.)

I don’t typically like and read angsty romances, but I found some that I like. I don’t even know if I’m doing this right haha.

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The Gentleman Bastards – Locke and Sabetha

Locke and Sabetha have one of the most complicated relationship I know. Their relationship was angsty when they were kids/teenagers, and still is over a decade later. They are one of my favorite ships ever.


Carry On – Simon and Baz

I love this book, it was so much fun to read. The romance was angsty because in the beginning of the book Simon and Baz don’t get along very well and they hate each other. It also doesn’t help that they share a room at the magical school they are attending.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Simon and Blue

The angst Simon is feeling of not knowing who Blue is, because they have only been chatting anonymously online. Blue can literally be almost any guy at his school. This book is angsty, but also really cute.


The Infernal Devices – Tessa, Will & Jem

This love triangle is full of angst and heartache. It is actually one book series where I actually like how the love triangle is written. Do you ship Tessa with Will or Jem? I always liked Jem a bit more, but I like Will too, so I’m not 100% sure.

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❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wednesday March 8: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

favorite sci-fi

and fantasy books

-In collaboration with the BooktubeSFF Awards, talk about your favorite science fiction and fantasy books of all time!

I often find it hard to pick 5 things for T5W, but this T5W was more than hard, it was impossible. How can I narrow down my favorites of all time to only 5 books? Go check out my latest post FAVORITE BOOKS I READ IN 2016 if you want to know some more books that I LOVE!

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Book 1 in The Gentleman Bastards

This was an easy pick, because I absolutely LOVE this book. I love the story, the world-building, the setting, the atmosphere and the characters in this book. Everything about it is just so incredible good. I highly recommend it, especially if you like thieves, the underground world, heists and Morally grey characters.


The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Book 3 in The Gentleman Bastards

This is the 3rd book in same series as the book above. My favorites in the series are book 1 and 3. Book 2 is also really good but not my absolutely favorite, that is why it isn’t on this list.

If I have to pick one favorite series of all time, it would be The Gentleman bastards. I want to recommend it over and over and over again. Go check it out!

I can’t pick 3 more books, it it literally IMPOSSIBLE to narrow my favorites down. Just go and check out my favorites of 2016 post.

❤ -Rakel

-Which books did you choose for this week’s T5W?

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Top 5 Wednesday March 1: Fictional Jobs You’d Want to Have

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:


FICTIONAL JOBS YOU’D WANT TO HAVE


– Any fictional career you’d want to have? Remember, T5W is always open to movies, tv, and video games as well.

Sometimes these T5W questions are a bit hard to answer. I struggled a bit to find specific careers to choose, so not all of my picks are careers. Bending the rules a little bit has to be OK, right? They aren’t too far off.

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1.Teacher at Hogwarts

This was my first thought when I read this week’s topic. Being an Hogwarts teacher would be awesome. The only problem is that I don’t want to live at Hogwarts as an adult (definitely wish I went to school there as a kid though). I don’t know if teachers can live off campus? And I have also always wondered; doesn’t any of the teachers at Hogwarts have family, like a significant other or kids? (I’m so sorry that I’m a bad HP fan, haha) I had to researched this, and this answered my question:

Many Hogwarts professors reside at the school during the school year, though this is not always the case. During the 1980s, Minerva McGonagall owned a cottage in nearby Hogsmeade with her husband, later moving out after his death. A teacher could also visit a home by means of Apparition, the Floo Network, or a Portkey. In the summer of 1996, Severus Snape returned to his childhood house in Spinner’s End.

Those who remain at the school throughout the night seem to have private quarters, similar to apartments/flats, that are near or attached to their offices. –http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Professor

So my final answer is: Yes, I would love to be a teacher at Hogwarts! And also any other career where I got to live in the HP universe, have a wand and be magical would be awesome.

2.Shadowhunter

It would be awesome, deadly and really scary to be a Shadowhunter. A girl can wish, even though I definitely do not have the physical form needed to be a top trained/battling shadowhunter, haha. I picked this even though it isn’t really a career, but there is many career opportunities in the Shadowhunter world. I could work at one of the institutes or in Idris.

3.Dr Who Companion

This again isn’t really a career, but if I had to choose one fictional thing to do it would be to travel with the Doctor. I can’t describe how awesome that would be. In a way it is a job, saving the world and people over and over again from dangers.

4.Thief with The Gentleman Bastards

I don’t condone any types of thievery, but because The Gentleman Bastards is my favorite series and I love the characters, I would love to be one of the Bastard. Or maybe not, because that means I would be an orphan. But if I was an orphan living in Camorr in a different life/dimension, my highest wish would be to be one of the Bastards.

5.Wizard Detective

To be a wizard with magical powers and a detective, both at the same time like Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files, sounds really awesome!

❤ -Rakel

-Which Fictional Job/Career would you have?

Top 5 Wednesday February 22: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

-Winter is a hard season for a lot of people and many of us are slumpy. Let’s talk about some books that are great for getting you out of a slump!

Starting on a long and intricate fantasy or sci-fi series can be daunting when you are in a reading slump, even though you usually love them. That is why I’m recommending some fun and fast paced standalones, that I really enjoyed reading.

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Top 5 Wednesday January 18th: Favorite Polarizing Books

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:


Favorite Polarizing Books


-These are books that people either tend to love or hate, with no in between. Pick some of your favorites that fall into this category.

I must start with saying that I found it hard to find books for this weeks T5W. I only have one book series and not 5 books because I didn’t know what to pick. 

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

This series is a very popular young adult urban fantasy series. A lot of people either love this series or hate it. It has gotten a lot of praise, but also a lot of criticism for being problematic and bad writing.

I want to say this series isn’t my favorite fantasy series of all time, but I had a lot of fun reading it. I especially liked the authors other series set in the same world; The Infernal Devices. I love the world of the Shadowhunters, and I love the characters (or some of them). I’ll continue reading the authors books set in the Shadowhunter world.

❤ -Rakel

-Which Books Did You Choose For This Week’s T5W?

-And Did You Also Struggle To Find Books For This T5W?

Top 5 Wednesday January 11th: 2017 Debuts You Are Excited For

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:


2017 Debuts You Are Excited For


-There is already a ton of hype for well established authors, but here is an opportunity to discuss some debut (new) authors and showcase their books. There are plenty of debut author challenges and lists you can find if you are having trouble with this one 🙂

I’m really looking forward to reading all of these books. 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber 

This is a fantasy young adult book that I’m really looking forward to read. The synopsis of this book sounds really interesting and exctincting, and I have heard great things about it from people who have gotten early copies. I bet this book is going to be on a lot of peoples T5W this week.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This book sounds like an interesting young adult, contemporary book, that has the very important and current topic in today’s society: The Black Lives matter movement.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. –Goodreads


A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

I have seen this contemporary YA book around the book community lately, but it was Emma from EMMABOOKS (on youtube) that sold this book for me. Go and read her Goodreads review on this book. LINK


Gilded Cage by Vic James

Another fantasy YA book that sounds like a really interesting and exciting read.


Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

I have to admit that I had to do some research on books from debut authors, and I came over a list containing this book. This is what they wrote about this book:

This is intergalactic space opera Game of Thrones with a diverse cast and a kick-ass female protagonist. –Inverse.com

Can it be any better than this? This book sounds amazing.


❤ -Rakel

-Which books did you choose for this week’s T5W?

 

Top 5 Wednesday January 4th: 2017 Goals

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

2017 Goals

-These do not need to be reading goals specifically, they can be any goals you want to talk about. Reading goals, blog/channel/instagram goals, personal goals…anything!

I have a few goals for 2017. My Goodreads reading goals is not on this list, because I haven’t decided yet how many books I want to read in 2017. I’m planning on maybe starting school in the fall, and that will take a lot of my time. What is a manageable goal? I don’t know. My goal for last year was originally 40, but I changed to 50 halfway through. In total I read 53 books in 2016, and that is a lot for me. I’m thinking of maybe lowering my goal to 40 or 45 books. I can always increase the number if I want to like I did in 2016. What do you think? 

My goals for 2017 is:

1.Keep on posting 3 blog posts every week

2.Comment more on other blogs

3.Shorten my TBR pile

4.Read more nonfictions, classics and books from Norwegian authors

5.Getting better with my health 

❤ -Rakel

-What Is Your Goals For 2017?

Top 5 Wednesday December 7th: Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017 

-These are those books you meant to read in 2016 or 2015 or 2014 and never got around to. Those books that have been sitting on your TBR for a while, and you really want to get to. These aren’t upcoming 2017 releases; these are older books that need your love too!

One of my goals for 2017 is to read all of the books I have had on my shelves for years. I’m thinking of doing the challenge where you only buy one new book for every 3 books you read.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This book has been on my TBR shelves for years now, but I’m scared to pick it up because of its size. I have heard great things about it, and I think I would love this book too. I really need and want to read it in 2017.


Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

This is also a series that I have heard great things about. I really want to read this series. It sounds really interesting, and the covers are beautiful.  


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I have owned a copy of this classic for a long time. I have planned to read it many times, but I always forget about it. It is a short and small book so it gets lost besides the bigger books on my shelves.


The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I bought a box set with The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings a couple of years ago. I read The Hobbit, but didn’t read the other books. It is time to finally read The Lord of The Rings.


The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher 

I read first books in the series back in 2014, and the second in 2015. I actually bought book 5-10 yesterday. I bought them used from a guy on Facebook, so now I have to continue with the series.

❤ -Rakel

-Which books did you choose for this week’s T5W?

Top 5 Wednesday November 30th: Favorite Villains

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Favorite Villains

-It’s been a little while since we’ve done the villain topic, and this one will definitely be a recurring one in the group as there are always new villains to talk about. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO AVOID HARRY POTTER CHARACTERS!!!!

I love a dark Villain, and I love to read from their point of view. They are often so fascinating and complex.

Sebastian from The Mortal Instrument by Cassandra Clare

He is crazy. The way he speaks towards his Clary makes me shiver.

Capa Barsavi & the Gray King from The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Capa Barsavi is the ruler of Camorr’s underworld. One day the mysterious Gray King shows up trying to destroy Capa Barsavi and his criminal empire. They both are powerful ruthless criminal masterminds.

AIDAN from Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Is AIDAN a villain? He does some bad things, and for the people on board the starship he is definitely bad. (I know AIDAN is not a he, but ehhh).

Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I love Count Olaf, to me he is the ultimate villain for a kids book. It’s funny every time he appears in the books, and none of the adults believes the children when they tell them that the new person is Count Olaf in disguise.

Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

She is the crazy ruler and queen of Luna. She is power hungry tyrann that goes to war against earth. Like all Lunar people she has the power to manipulate bioelectrical energy (had to wiki that haha). The Lunar Chronicle is based on fairy tales. Queen Levana is based on the evil Queen from Snow White, she is obsessed with power and staying young and beautiful.

❤ -Rakel

Top 5 Wednesday November 23: Books I Want to Re-Read

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Books I Want to Re-Read

-Though it seems like we are all constantly chasing the next upcoming release, let’s take a trip down memory lane and talk about some books that we’d like to re-visit.

This is my first T5W in a long while, and the first one I do in November.

I rarely re-read books, I think it is because I don’t have many books I want to re-read. I wasn’t a big reader until 3 years ago, and a lot of the books I have read are pretty fresh in my head. The only books I have re-read are the Harry Potter series. This week’s theme made me realise that I actually have some books I want to re-read. I thought it would be hard to find books for my list, but it actually was pretty easy.

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

It would be fun to re-read the hunger games books, and watch the movies after. I haven’t watched the 2 last movies. I need to watch them soon.

The Ugliest series by Scott Westerfeld

When I read these books a few years ago, I really liked them. I’m not sure I would like them as much as I did, if I read them now.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

This is my favorite book. I only read it a couple of months ago, I fell in love with the story, characters and the world. I’m currently reading book 2 the series. I’m 100% sure I’m going to re-read this book i 2017.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy 

I read this book back in high-school. I remember that we were going to watch the movie in class, but I liked the synopsis so much that I bought the book and read it instead. My teacher allowed me to read by myself instead of watching the movie, hehe. I remember liking it, it would be fun to re-read it in the future. If I can find my copy, I don’t know where it is.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams

I really loved this series when I read it. I had a bind up of all the books in one. The bind up was really big, I never finish all of the books in it. It would be fun to re-read and finally finish them. Because the books are hilarious. Sadly I don’t know where it is. All of my books from high-school have disappeared after I moved.

-Which books did you choose for this week’s T5W?