Top 5 Tuesday – Dystopian Novels
Top 5 Tuesday / August 20, 2019

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? I love Joe Hill’s horror books, and was actually a bit surprised after I started reading this to find it really wasn’t horror. But it was still fantastic, it was definitely worth the time invested to read it (this book is huge!) Red Rising is one of my favorite series for any genre. This books are so exciting and addictive. If you haven’t checked them out, I highly recommend you do! This is one of the most messed up fictional realities I’ve read. I absolutely loved it! It is also a book that explores some interesting topics and can give the reader a bit to think about. This was another fantastic (and possibly disturbing) read. The future world in this is harsh, and ticks This is a seriously amazing and must read book, no matter what genre you are a fan of. Seriously, just go read it.

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books I Want to Reread
Top 5 Tuesday / May 7, 2019

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 books I want to reread This first pick is because of all the books I’ve not read the sequels to, this is the one that I most wish I had made the time for. Now that its been so long, I feel like I need to re-read it before continuing the series. This one is because when I when I featured it for Throwback Thursday, I became very curious what I would think of it were I to read it now. The next three books are pretty much my 3 favorite series, so any chance to re-read them (not just the first one, but entire series), would be very, very welcome. Hobb’s books are such an emotional roller coaster. Any book that can drag my emotions through such highs and lows and leave me wanting moreis worth a re-read. One can never have enough of Locke Lamora and his crew of thieving orphans.  These books are a great mix of fun and darkness I feel like this series has the most complex and interesting characters. I…

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Sequels I Need to Read
Top 5 Tuesday / April 30, 2019

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 Sequels I Need to Read I hate when I think back on a book and know I loved it, but realize somehow I let the sequel go by unread. This is a list of my top 5 and it is definitely in order of how I am prioritizing them. Right now I am hoping to get to the first one in the next month or so (I have been in a reading slump, and this is one of my largest regrets reading (or rather not reading) wise.

Top 5 Tuesday – Reasons I Love Reading
Top 5 Tuesday / January 15, 2019

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 reasons I love reading I feel like I’ve been in such a slump for the past year, I thought this was a great topic to focus on! Live Vicariously through characters While I like to think I’m a complete bad-ass, I know better. I actually have a nervous/anxious/chicken like personality in real life, so there are so many cool and exciting things I would NEVER actually have the nerve to do in real life, but get to experience through reading. It tends to be a richer, more detailed experience than watching TV. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good binge watch, and keep up on certain shows. TV is great to watch with family/friends. But honestly, it usually feels completely different, like a shallower experience that doesn’t stick with me as long. It also helps keep my vocabulary up, which I like. I can do it anywhere! Thanks to ebooks, even if I don’t remember to bring a book with me and find myself with unexpected down time (waiting in a Dr’s office or whatever),…

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get To In 2018
Top 5 Tuesday / December 11, 2018

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get To In 2018 So, this has admittedly been a slower than normal year for me reading wise. That means the number of books I haven’t gotten to that I REALLY REALLY wish I had is bigger. When making this list, I noticed all my top choices were subsequent books in series I’ve already started and love. I think maybe that’s because I am familiar enough with it to know what I’m missing by not having read them yet. I know I loved the initial books, so I just feel I’m missing out even more than a completely new to me author/series.   What are the books you most regret not finding the time to read this year?

Top 5 Tuesday – 5 Chilly/Chilling Winter Reads
Top 5 Tuesday / November 27, 2018

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? 5 Chilly/Chilling Winter Reads OK, so we all have different reasons for picking books to go with the seasons. Some people prefer happy cozy books to curl up with when it gets cold, but not me. I live in the South were snow happens infrequently enough that it shuts us down. So for me, I tend to prefer snowy, atmospheric books and books that give me chills. Books that can do both?? Even better!

Top 5 Tuesday – Books with Magic (in the title)
Top 5 Tuesday / October 23, 2018

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 books with magic So when you have a Fantasy blog, and read mainly fantasy books (which typically feature *MAGIC*), how on earth do you pick the Top 5? I debated several ways to go about this. The Top 5 Magic Systems. The Top 5 Most Powerful Magicians. The Top 5 Most Creative Magics. But I took the easy way out and went with fantasy books that actually feature the word Magic in the title.            

Top 5 Tuesday – Tropes I Want More Of
Top 5 Tuesday / October 2, 2018

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? These are tropes that I really enjoy when they are done well, things I often even look for or get excited about. I found I had Tough Traveling features for most of them, so went ahead and linked them so if you want more details or examples for any, feel free to go check them out. Also, I had to change it to a Top 6 because I had one too many and just couldn’t cut any of them. I realized most of them are from A Song of Ice and Fire, and honestly, it would be quite easy to use all examples from that series as it has all of my favorite tropes, but I decided to keep a couple of others in there for a bit of variety.   Girl Dressed as Boy I don’t know why I love this trope so much, but I do. I guess seeing a woman prove herself as just as capable as men in a male dominant society/role by passing as one herself. Plus, deception can lead to all kinds…

Top 5 Tuesday – Cozy Fall Reads
Top 5 Tuesday / September 25, 2018

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 Cozy Fall Reads I’m not entirely sure what criteria I used for this list other than “Books I would most love to curl up and lose myself in again for the first time. A number of them just “feel” fallish to me for some reason, maybe because of travelling through woods and such.  

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Interesting Villains
Top 5 Tuesday / August 14, 2018

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme: Top 5 villains more interesting than the hero I am modifying this one a bit to be Top 5 Interesting Villains, because I think if the villain truly upstages the hero, the book likely has some issues. (For the record, I loved all the books in this list, and I enjoyed the heroes as well as the villains. I also think this is a tricky one, because often the “villain” becomes more interesting when you get their perspective, or more information about them. And with that information comes understanding which blurs the lines between good and bad. Maybe they don’t come across as a hero, but they may not seem as clearly a villain either. Jaime Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin When A Song of Ice and Fire begins with Game of Thrones, Jaime is easily one of the most despised characters. He is horrible and selfish and has little appeal to the reader. But then as the series progresses, Martin manages to somehow flip the readers…