Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I Want to Read More From

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Becky Albertalli
  2. Riley Redgate
  3. Adam Silvera
  4. Daniel Jose Older
  5. Mackenzi Lee

This week’s Top 5 is all about authors I want to read more from. Now of course this is actually a really long list but I’m narrowing it down to new to me authors I’ve read in the past six months. Let’s start with Becky Albertalli. I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda at the end of December and really like it. The Upside of Unrequited blew me away though. I just read Noteworthy by Riley Redgate and it was such a nuanced contemporary that I need to pick up more of her work. History is All You Left Me was my first Adam Silvera and now I need to get to his first book as well as his upcoming release. Daniel Jose Older surprised me with Shadowshaper so now his backlist is definitely a must read for me. And Mackenzi Lee’s Gentleman’s Guide was brilliant and I loved all the historical details. Must read all the books by these authors!!!

So what authors do you want to read more of? Are any of mine on your list? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite LGBTQIA+ Reads

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. When the Moon Was Ours
  2. Queens of Geek
  3. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
  4. Timekeeper
  5. Out on Good Behavior

This week’s Top 5 is favorite LGBTQIA+ reads and apparently I have quite a few since this was much harder to choose than I thought. First there’s When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore featuring a transgender boy and some of the most beautiful storytelling I’ve ever experienced. Then Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde with an F/F romance and bisexual MC set at an epic convention. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee isn’t even out yet but everyone needs to read this gay European adventure. Plus the wonder that is Timekeeper by Tara Sim with bright Colton and grumpy Danny. Rounding out my list is Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler with a pansexual MC and a wonderful F/F romance that I cannot help but go back to time and again.

So what are your Top 5 Favorite LGBTQIA+ Reads? Did any of mine make your list? Let me know in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday: The Final Empire

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Hosted by A Daily Rhythm, Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme meant to highlight passages from books you are currently reading.

Here are the rules (as described by A Daily Rhythm):

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’ve been meaning to read Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson for ages and have finally started this series. I”m excited to see where it goes and hope I love it as much as most people do. Here’s a little teaser if you’re interested:

“Besides, I’m not about to let a possible Misborn slip away from us — I want to talk to that girl. Can you deal with those tails?”

So have you read The Final Empire? Has it been on your TBR for a while like me? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Six of Crows
  2. Strange the Dreamer
  3. A Darker Shade of Magic
  4. The Girl from Everywhere
  5. The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is all about books that would make good video games! I’m not much of a gamer but the ones I latch onto and love to play have rich, open worlds that are meant to be explored to the fullest. That’s why I picked five fantasy titles that I would love to see in game format. Honestly I would devour anything Six of Crows related so this one’s not much of a surprise. Strange the Dreamer, though I haven’t finished it yet, provides such an exquisite world, I could spend hours upon hours diving deeper into its mysteries. Schwab’s Shades of Magic would be a phenomenal game of magic, battles, and so much more. With pirates and time travel, The Girl from Everywhere would make for outstanding open play. Plus Valente’s Fairyland series would be an animation dream with so many paths to choose from.

So, what books do you think would make good video games? What type of video games do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Future Classics

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. The Book Thief
  2. The Hate U Give
  3. Station Eleven
  4. All the Light We Cannot See
  5. The Fault in Our Stars

 This week’s Top 5 is all about current books that I think will one day be considered classics. It’s pretty hard to predict the future but some stories just stand out for the ages. The Book Thief is iconic for it’s narrator and it’s historical tale. While I have yet to read The Hate U Give, it’s already become a landmark book for this generation. Station Eleven is  a perfect mix of genres; both literary fiction and dystopia. All the Light We Cannot See is one of the most talked about historical fictions and The Fault in Our Stars is an emotional yet honest look at illness.

So what five books do YOU think will be future classics? Do you agree with any of my picks? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Angsty Romances

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Inej/Kaz (Six of Crows)
  2. Tessa/Will (The Infernal Devices)
  3. Blue/Gansey (The Raven Cycle)
  4. Vhalla/Aldrik (Air Awakens)
  5. Kestrel/Arin (The Winner’s Trilogy)

So this week’s Top 5 is all about those angsty ships we know and love. At the tippy top is of course Inej and Kaz my loves who struggle so much to let each other in. I just want them happy. Then there is Tessa and Will from The Infernal Devices in which my heart cannot take all the feels. Oh sweet Blue and Gansey who had the threat of a kiss of death over them the entire time. So much wanting. Vhalla and Aldrik went suffered through so much and their relationship had so many ups and downs. Rounding out my five is Arin and Kestrel who had every obstacle in their way and still managed to come back to each other.

Basically ALL THE FEELS when it comes to these five ships! Let me know what your Top 5 angsty ships would be in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Felt Betrayed By

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. The Mime Order
  2. A Gathering of Shadows
  3. Water’s Wrath
  4. The Winner’s Crime
  5. Illuminae/Gemina

For today’s Top 5 Wednesday, I’ve got books that I felt betrayed by. Now all of these books I really loved but each of them has moments that twisted my heart and emotions so far that anger rose to the surface. Now a few of them have to do with cliffhangers that left me clinging for answers but all of them left me fuming, in tears, or both. The last page of The Mime Order revealed a major betrayal that I’m still not over. I actually screamed out loud when I finished. A Gathering of Shadows also had a cliffhanger that left pretty much everything in a bad place. Water’s Wrath devastated me with a character death I was not prepared for and The Winner’s Crime had hope built up only to be snatched away right at the end. Last but certainly not least is the combo of Illuminae and Gemina since the authors are cruel and constantly twist the reader’s emotions over and over and over again.

So those are my Top 5 Books That I Felt Betrayed By! Are any of these on your list? What others ones am I missing? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!