T5W: Summer Reads

May 17th: Summer Reads
-The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?

Lol it’s actually cooling down over here but I’m gonna do this topic anyway!

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Deltora Quest

The evil Shadow Lord is plotting to invade Deltora and enslave its people. All that stands against him is the magic Belt of Deltora with its seven gems of great and mysterious power. When the gems are stolen and hidden in dark terrible places throughout the kingdom, the Shadow Lord triumphs, and Deltora is lost.

This is a great series for pretty much any one. If you liked the anime I would say defiitely pick this one up. The books are short and the series has a really unique and fun overall plot.

Everything Leads to You

Just out of high school, Emi Price is a talented young set designer already beginning to thrive in the L.A. film scene. But her artistic eye has failed her in one key area: helping her to design a love life that’s more than make-believe. Then she finds a mysterious letter at an estate sale, and it sends her chasing down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life. And along the way, she finds Ava, and at long last, Emi’s own hidden life begins to bloom.

It’s like nothing happens in this novel but also everything happens. I doubt this will have a long lasting impact on me but I certainly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it! It’s a fun and quick LGBT novel, it’s light and involves a short little mystery. It’s a really fun novel so you guys should totally check it out.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of The Universe

Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

I actually only gave this 3 stars when I read it, but I did manage to read it in one sitting. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing but I did really enjoy the novel overall. You can read my review here!

Young Avengers

Legacy isn’t a dirty word…but it’s an irrelevant one. It’s not important what our parents did. It matters what WE do. Someone has to save the world. You’re someone. Do the math. The critically acclaimed team of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie reinvent the teen super hero comic for the 21st century, uniting Wiccan, Hulkling and Kate “Hawkeye” Bishop with Kid Loki, Marvel Boy and Ms. America. No pressure, right? As a figure from Loki’s past emerges, Wiccan makes a horrible mistake that comes back to bite everyone on their communal posteriors. Fight scenes! Fake IDs! And plentiful feels! (aka “meaningful emotional character beats” for people who aren’t on tumblr.) Young Avengers is as NOW! as the air in your lungs, and twice as vital. Hyperbole is the BEST! THING! EVER!

Summer is pretty hot (it’s a scorcher of a season where I live) and so I prefer to be able to read shorter books so I’m not sitting in one spot for a long time. This is a really fun and light read, perfect for Summer when you want to be reading something short and new. The cast of characters in this trilogy are all really unique and fun so I definitely recommend this!

Lumberjanes

At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

In Summer you want to be reading about people doing stuff outside without having to actually do it, right? Well, if you do that’s great and this is the graphic novel for you. However, if you like to actually get out and about and you’re all for hiking this could totally motivate you to go for a hike or fight some monsters!

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T5W: Books as Event Themes

May 10th: Books as Event Themes
– It’s party season, whether that is high school prom, weddings, or summer holiday events. What books would make a good party/event theme??

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)Young Avengers, Volume 1: Style > SubstanceThe Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1)The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Click on the book titles to go to the Goodreads pages!

Starbound by Meagan Spooner & Amie Kaufman

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Okay, before I even start Lilac would totally be the event organiser. I feel like this would be a really cool space themed sleepover with the gang (Lilac totally owns space print leggings – fight me).

Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen

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DID I HEAR SOMEONE SAY COSPLAY PARTY? No? Well, I’m saying it so let’s run with it to make me nerd heart happy. 😍

My friends and I are all major nerds and love this comic trilogy to pieces so of course I had to add this into my top 5 event themes. All I know is that I really enjoy this series and I would totally be dressing up as Wiccan because that outfit is honestly one of the best I have ever seen and as impractical as the cape is I can’t help but love it!

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Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud

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*whispers* Ghost hunting party? I think this would totally be cool, especially for a group of friends who enjoy making home movies or small films. I think it would just be soo cool to dress up liek the characters in this series and pretend to hunt down a bunch of creepy-ass ghosts.

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

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Because we’ve all wanted to have a Greek mythology themed party, right? Well, a few years ago I actually did one of these and it was a tonne of fun!

I think this sort of party would be a bunch of fun for kids who enjoy lasertag because they could play a game of capture the flag like they do in the books.

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

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FRIENDSHP TO THE MAX!! Bonding, camp activities and monsters. Sounds like a hell of a time, right?

Have you guys read any of these books? What were your event themes?

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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:

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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 

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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 

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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

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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