T5W: Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Cover Art

May 3rd: Favourite SFF Cover Art *Booktube SFF Awards Crossover Topic*
Show off some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy cover art!

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1)Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)Far Far Away

Click on the name of the book to go to the Goodreads page!

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathon Stroud

These covers are soo cool guys, just look at them:

dasdasdasdThe Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1)The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co., #2)The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co. #3)The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co. #4)

I never thought I would grow to love these covers as much as I do, I picked book 1 up on a whim a few years a go and then it just sat on my bookshelf taunting me. Finally, last year I picked up, and I loved it! I meant to pick up book two immediately but got distracted by Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart series. The covers are awesome and the characters are hilarious, you should definitely give these a try!

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy 

asdasdasdasdasdasaSkulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1) Playing With Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant, #2) The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant, #3)

I ave actually finished this series (or at least I thought I had, technically there is another book coming out late this year). Skulduggery Pleasant is a 9 (soon to be 10) book series about a teenage girl and a skeleton detective, you will laugh and cry as these two save the world. I swear these books will ruin you, but don’t let me discourage you from reading them, they’re actually really amazing! Also, the covers are pretty cool, if I didn’t already mention it.

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan 

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)

Look me in the eyes (O_O) and tell me you don’t love this cover. 

This is possibly one of my favourite book covers of all time (do not even speak to me about the cover for book two, I am so disappointed) so of course I had to mention it in this post, I mean, just look at it guys.

Not only does it have a stunning cover but the story isn’t half bad either, I read it last year and LOVED it! Although, if you haven’t read the Percy Jackson series or the Heroes of Olympus series please don’t read this, you will be sooo spoiled it’s not even funny.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater 

The-Raven-Cycle-Series

This is kind of a given at this point, right? Brilliant story (if you like a character driven plot) and even better covers. Not much else I can really say about this series.

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Far Far Away

Now, I haven’t read this in YEARS but I know that I loved it when I read it. From what I can remember it’s about a young boy, a  ghost and a bakery. It’s a bit creepy and it’s a bit young but I had a whole lot of fun reading it. And yeah, I’ll admit the only reason I even bought the book was because of the cover, but you can see why.

Did you guys do a T5W? What are your favourite book covers?

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T5W: Authors You Want to Read More From

April 26th: Authors You Want to Read More From
–Talk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!

Click on the author’s name to go to their Goodreads page!

William Shakespeare

The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare)  Julius Caesar (No Fear Shakespeare)  A Midsummer Night's Dream

I have only read Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth but i have seen a bunch of unabridged plays and loved them. The above are three plays that I’ve been dying to read, especially Julius Caeser.

Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

Last year Becky Albertalli released her debut novel Simon Vs The Homo Sapien’s Agenda, it was amazing and I totally recommend you guys pick it up. Her new book The Upside of Unrequited came out April 11th, I haven’t read it yet but rest assured I will get to it soon.

She also has a book coming out next year, it’s supposed to be a spinoff of Simon, so I am very excited!

Brandon Sanderson

Warbreaker (Warbreaker, #1) The Way of Kings, Part 1 (The Stormlight Archive #1.1) Elantris

Brandon Sanderson is my favourite author, yet I’ve only read seven of his books (Mistborn & Steelheart). The above are three books by him that I own, and really want to get to. Warbreaker and Elantris are both the first books in different series but were released so long ago that I question whether or not a book 2 will ever be a thing. However, The Way of Kings already has 2 books out, with the third coming out this year. I really want to read this series but it’s meant to be a ten book series and each book only comes out every two or three years so I’m not too sure when I’m actually going to start it.

Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2)

I have read quite a few of Riordan’s books over the years. However, there is one trilogy that I’ve been meaning to read ever since the first book came out. Although, for whatever reason I haven’t even started the trilogy yet.

Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)

I read Laini Taylor’s previous trilogy a few years ago and really enjoyed it. However, I read Strange the Dreamer, her 2017 novel earlier this month andwhile I didn’t LOVE it, I did enjoy it more than I thought I would. I feel like this new series has some geat potential so I can’t wait to continue it.

T5W: Favourite LGBTQ+ Reads

April 19th: Favourite LGBTQ+ Reads
–Talk about your favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaGeorgeLumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten HolyEverything Leads to YouEvery Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

Click on the title on the book to go to the Goodreads page!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

I read this early last year and loved it so much that as soon as I finished it I started it right over again. It’s a really fun and innocent story about some cool kids who just want to have a nice life and eat oreos.

George by Alex Gino

George is an amazing book, I feel like it’s a necessary read. It’s short and it gives non-transgender peoples an idea of the struggles transgender people go through, even when they’re young.

George really puts in perspective how hard it can be when you feel you’re in the wrong body, and it also shows how not everyone will stand by your side if you come out. Alex Gino also doesn’t use him/her pronouns, which I think is really smart as this book is middle grade and would be easier for younger readers to understand.

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen

Have you picked up the Lumberjanes series yet? No? Well you should. There are no bad things about this series, the characters are all amazing, they have their flaws but as the series goes on they all learn more about themselves and become better people. This is a really cute book about friendship and love (and monsters) and totally recommend that you pick it up.

Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour

Something I’ve found with the majority of queer young adult that I’ve read is that, if a character is gay they’re usually a guy. Why? I have no idea.

So naturally when I picked up Everything Leads to You, it was a lovely change to see a lesbian main character, and not just that but a queer main who wasn’t coming out or discovering their sexuality. Emi knows who she is and who she likes, she’s got her shit sorted out and she knows what she wants to do with her life. Actually, that’s art of what makes this book so interesting, Emi works behind the scenes in Hollywood creating the sets.

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

The main thing I want to talk about with this book is that Seanan McGuire managed to put so much representation into a 173 page book, whereas, soo many other books have absolutely no rep. This book has an Asexual main character and a Transgender main character, so whoop whoop for the representation.

There’s actually a quote in this book that I really love: “We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women.”

T5W: Top Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Books on Your TBR

April 5th: Top SFF Books on Your TBR *Booktube SFF Awards Babble Crossover Topic!*
–Talk about the science fiction and fantasy books you want to read ASAP!

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)Lumberjanes, Vol. 6: Sink or SwimResurrection (Skulduggery Pleasant, #10)The MartianStrange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)

Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase #1)

This is a Rick Riordan book but, for some reason I just haven’t got to it yet. It feels pretty crazy to me that the last book in the trilogy is coming out this year but I still haven’t read the first book.

Lumberjanes Volume 6

This comes out on the 20th of this month, so I’m hopefully going to be able to read it in May. This is a really fun and inventive series for pretty much any age so I’m going to read it along with my brothers when it comes out.

Skulduggery Pleasant: Resurrection (Skulduggery Pleasant #10)

There is ANOTHER Skulduggery Pleasant book. Folks, this is number ten. TEN, I TELL YOU! And that’s fine because I love this series and the characters (or what’s left of them). I thought I was done with this series last year, but then Mr Landy decided to write another one. I know it sounds like I’m complaining but I am actually excited for this book.

The Martian

I saw the film adaptation for this last year and thought it was amazing, I meant to read it as soon as I saw the film but for some reason never got around to it. I don’t know if I’ll get to it this year, but I really hope I do.

Strange The Dreamer

This was actually on my TBR for March but due to exams I never got the chance to pick it up. I’m hoping to  get to it this month, but I also have a bunch assignments so if I read anything at all it would be a miracle.

T5W: Books You Felt Betrayed By

March 15th- Books You Felt Betrayed By
-Beware the Ides of March! What books (or characters) did you feel betrayed by, for whatever reason…big or small.

This post will consist of books that I feel betrayed by, as in books that I read because of the hype and thought were not worth the praise I had heard.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseA Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

I read this last year because if you were anywhere near Booktube or Goodreads than you’d heard about Illuminae. It’s an interesting format, but the characters and the story didn’t vibe with me so I really didn’t understand the hype.

Illuminae Book Review // Illuminae Film News Discussion

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

No, just no. I cannot explain to you, coherently what it is, exactly that I hate about this series. There is so much wrong with it – from it’s annoying, biphobic and over-sexualised characters to it’s incest and creepy plot. I hate the books, there is nothing, in my mind that could ever redeem these books.

My Favourite Review I Have Ever Read, Probably

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

I found this book boring and underwhelming. I’d heard from so many people that this series would change my life but all I got from this book was that the main character was a really terrible assassin.

My Thoughts on TOG

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

This book has real characters, a good plot and fantastic writing but something about this book just didn’t click with me. I think it’s worthy of the hype, but I felt let down because I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Review

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

This story has a great plot, it’s smart and it’s definitely sci-fi. The trilogy, overall get’s 2 stars – only for plot. The 3 stars it could have had, it lost because of the unbearable romance and the annoying characters.

Firebird Book 2 Review

T5W: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

March 8th – Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books *BooktubeSFF Awards Crossover Topic!*
–In collaboration with the BooktubeSFF Awards, talk about your favorite science fiction and fantasy books of all time!


SCIENCE FICTION

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)


Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

This is the first novel in The Lunar Chronicles, this isn’t the best book in the series but overall, this series is a really fun and enjoyable science fiction series.

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I haven’t had the chance to re-read this trilogy yet but I loved each novel in the series. I plan on re-reading this trilogy in the next year or two, it’s a sci-fi novel that is actually in space and actually has science fiction aspects.

FANTASY

Caraval (Caraval, #1)Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)


Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

I read this book last week and honestly, I loved it! It’s a completely new idea – which is certainly new for Young Adult! It surrounds a week-long treasure hunt game show. The main character and her sister have wanted to go to Caraval for years and they suddenly get the chance to go. Early into the story Scarlett’s (the main character) sister goes missing (this is not a spoiler – it’s in the blurb) and so Scarlett has to find her by the end of Caraval.

It’s a brilliant novel with an original plot and plot twists around every corner – I urge you to pick it up!

Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant #1) by Derek Landy

I haven been talking about this series a lot for the past 6 months or so, so I’m sure it’s pretty obvious by now that I really enjoy this series. The characters are sassy and badass and the plot is unique and different. This is a really great series for people of all ages, I read the entire series last year and really loved it and I recently got my brother (a 10 year old) into the series and he is loving it!

Harry Potter (Harry Potter #1) by J. K. Rowling

Everyone and their dog has read these books or seen these movies so it’s pretty obvious that they are great fantasy novels.

T5W: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

February 22nd: 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!

Back in January I wrote a post on How To: Get Out Of A Reading Slump which also has some book suggestions. 

Twilight (Twilight, #1)Evil LibrarianOur Own Private Universe

Silver Surfer, Vol. 1: New DawnThe Deep: Here Be Dragons

01 Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Let’s start with the obvious, anyone who grew up with Twilight or got really into in their teenage years knows that these books are really easy to read and that the plot is really simple. Naturally, this book is really helpful when you need o get out of a slump.

02 The Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Following on from the same vein as Twilight Evil Librarian has a pretty simple plot with pretty generic characters but it’s fun to read. Last year, I got into a bit of a reading slump while also being sick and I so I picked this up and it got me out of my reading slump.

03 Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

I have’t finished this book yet but what I read of this last month managed to get me out of my reading slump at the start of the year.

04 Silver Surfer Volume 1: New Dawn by Dan Slott

This comic series is amazing! Silver Surfer is a really interesting and new kind of character and I really enjoy this series!

05 The Deep Volume 1: Here Be Dragons by Tom Taylor 

Okay, so this series is only two comics so far but it is really fun – there’s no romance and it focuses mostly on friendships and family relationships. There aren’t enough novels or comics with only familial friendships, as a lot of stories seem to focus more on romance which can get quite boring at times.

T5W: Favourite Non-Written Novels

February 15th: Favourite Non-Written Novels
– This was a hard topic to name, but this is about all books that are not ‘written’ novels! So graphic novels, comics, manga, audiobooks, etc. Shed some light on books in other forms.


HAHA! MY TIME HAS COME!

COMICS

Nova, Volume 1: OriginSpider-Verse

01 Nova series by Jeph Loeb

02 Spider-Verse by Dan Slott

These two comic series are my favourites so of course I had to talk about them. I’ve said this before but Nova is just Spider-Man in space, and being a massive Spidey fan this really appeals to me. Spider-Verse was the first comic series I ever read – I only started it last year so I am a late bloomer when it comes to comics. I was given the 600 page omnibus for Christmas in 2015 and ended up reading it in a day.

AUDIOBOOKS

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

03 The Cormoran Strike series written by Robert Galbraith & narrated by Robert Glenister

These are probably my favourite audiobooks of all time, I just love how the narrator does Cormoran Strike’s character – his voice is exactly how I pictured the character to sound.

04 Harry Potter series written by J. K. Rowling & narrated by Stephen Fry

This series is narrated by multiple people but I have to say that I much prefer the Stephen Fry version. I once tried to listen to the Jim Dale version and couldn’t get through the first chapter.

05 The Raven Cycle written by Maggie Stiefvater & narrated by Will Patton

I have only listened to the last book in this series on audio but I have sine bought the others. I really enjoyed listening to it so I’m hoping to listen to the whole series later in the year. I found that the audio was really helpful for me because I often forgot how the characters were meant to sound.

T5W:February 8th: Book Trends You’re Tired Of

February 8th: Book Trends You’re Tired Of
– What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!

Harmful tropes

I am so tired of reading books with racist or homophobic undertones. So many authors get away with it (*coughs* Veronica Roth) and I find this behaviour atrocious, not only from the authors but from the publishers also.

They seem to think that we want to read novels about abusive characters who are played off as romantic. Ugh, I could write about this all day but I have to rush this post because I scheduled it without finishing it (whoops!)

YA to NA or Adult

This seems to be happening a lot lately, you have the older, more well-know series like Harry Potter, which went from middle-grade to the lower end of Young Adult. But then you have the more well-know series like Throne of Glass which started off as a YA series and then was suddenly New Adult. I have a lot of feelings about this series for someone who has only read the first book. What pisses my off the most about this is that there are 12 years old and probably readers younger than that who started reading this series and then suddenly there are characters having mountain shattering, thunder inducing sex.

Sponsored Positive Reviews

Ugh.

okay, I won’t dwell on this because if you’ve been on Goodreads or Booktube you know what I’m talking about. If you can motivate yourself enough to review a book usually  that means you had pretty clear feelings about the books, or even just particular aspects of the book. But. lately it’s come to light that some reviewers have been paid to write or video positive reviews about certain books. Honestly, this just annoys me, these reviewers and publishers and publishers are outright lying to their viewers and buyers – the trust is lost.

Love at first sight

It’s unrealistic  and a tad creepy. You can think someone is hot or has beautiful eyes, you can think that someone has a really fun personality or that you really enjoy how cute someone gets when they talk about something they’re passionate about but love at first sight is not real. It can be fun to read in a really crappy romance novel but having it be present in soo many of the books I read has been pissing me off to no end lately.

Every character being able-bodied

Okay, so as someone who is not able-bodied this is a massive thing for me. To see that the majority of characters are able bodies really pisses me off, like even side characters are able bodied. Are you telling me that everyone in the world has 20/20 vision? Nobody needs glasses to read? Everyone can walk properly? Nobody has the arthritis gene that’s been passed own in the family? There is no one with a hearing disability?

I’m not even talking the big ass disabilities because that is a whole other can of worms. I’m just talking about the “minor” disabilities – these things impact people’s lives everyday and honestly can destroy relationships and lives. You don’t catch able-bodied people crying behind closed doors because they’re failing their class, not because they aren’t smart but because they can’t hear the teacher properly. You don’t catch able bodied people not people not being able to hold a pencil properly because of their genes.

We live hard lives and we are under represented. It’s insulting and highly offensive.

 

That’s all, I’m done now. *runs away*

T5W: Fictional Items You’d Give as Gifts

December 21st – Fictional Items You’d Give as Gifts
We’ve talked about fictional items we’ve wanted for ourselves before, but in the holiday spirit, what fictional items would you give to friends and family?

Gift giving is one of my favourite things to do. Almost everyone important in my life hates the act and finds it boring but I love it. As soon as Christmas finishes I’m already planning birthdays and the next Christmas. I take down notes throughout the entire year so I can try and compile  gift that shows who I think the person is and what how they’ve changed over the year.

01 Remembrall for the forgetful friend.

02 Broomstick for the sporty friend.

03 Seeing Stone from Spiderwick Chronciles for the open minded friend.

04 Protective clothing made by Ghastly Bespoke for the adventurous friend.

05 Magical Item – Invisible baseball cap for the friend who needs some alone time.

Bonus -> A fictional item I’d want as a gift

01 I’d really appreciate a wand, after seeing Fantastic Beasts and seeing how domestic Queenie was with her magic it’s really inspired me. Magic doesn’t have to be fantastic or over the top, it can just be something simple to help you dry your clothes or cook dinner if you’re on a tight schedule.

That being said, if anyone wanted to get me a Bowtruckle I wouldn’t say no.