Top 5 Wednesday: Second Book is Best

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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. Siege and Storm
  2. A Court of Mist and Fury
  3. Catching Fire
  4. The Dream Thieves
  5. The Winner’s Crime

There’s not much that can be said for this week’s Top 5. It’s Second Book is Best and all five of these titles speak for themselves by shining above the rest of their counterparts. Some considerably more than others though.

Do you agree with my choices? What would make your list?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Series That Got Better

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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. Shadowhunter Chronicles
  2. Grishaverse
  3. Heroes of Olympus
  4. The Winner’s Trilogy
  5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone

This week’s Top 5 is all about when a series gets better as each new book is published. Often times there’s a sharp decline in enjoyment when sequels are released but these five just continued to improve. First up is the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. There’s been so much growth since City of Bones and I feel like each new story is more developed and heart pounding than ever before. Same goes for Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, my emotions never surviving that last page. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan takes off once Percy returns and it continually improved on character development and narrative. Books 2 and 3 of The Winner’s Trilogy completely blow the first one out of the water and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone sequels just raise the stakes over and over again.

Did any of my Top 5 Series That Got Better make your list? Any recommendations?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Aren’t Set In Nor Inspired by the Western World

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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 Star Touched Queen/A Crown of Wishes
  2. The Wrath and the Dawn/The Rose and the Dagger
  3. The Forbidden Wish
  4. Alif the Unseen
  5. Written in the Stars

 This week’s Top 5 is for books set in non-Western countries and worlds. Up first are The Star Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi which are both set in the same luscious land inspired by Indian mythology. My second choice was the wonderful The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh which takes place in a captivating land inspired by A Thousand and One Nights. The next, The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury, is an Aladdin retelling where the jinni is female and Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson is set in a non-descript Middle Eastern city with magic and technology. Last on my list is a contemporary, Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed, where the majority of the story takes place in Pakistan.

Have you read any of these titles? More recommendation of non-western books?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books

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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. Madeline
  2. Ella Enchanted
  3. Little House on the Prairie
  4. Babysitter’s Club
  5. Where the Sidewalk Ends

Today’s Top 5 is kind of a blast from the past as I reflect on my favorite children’s books from when I was young. At the tippity top has to be Madeline. It’s such an iconic picture book with twelve little girls in twelve straight lines. The artwork was tremendous and I always buy it as a gift for little ones. Ella Enchanted though was my go to title when I was young and I definitely reread that one more times than I can count. Another reread title is Little House on the Prairie which probably sparked my love of history. Of course the Babysitter’s Club books make the list even though I never once wanted to babysit. Rounding out my Top 5 is Where the Sidewalk Ends which never fails to bring warmth to my heart. As introductions to poetry go, Shel Silverstein was a great choice.

Did you read any of these as a child? Which titles made your list?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Hate to Love Ships

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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. Nina/Matthias
  2. Shazi/Khalid
  3. Elizabeth Bennet/Mr. Darcy
  4. Feyre/Rhys
  5. Bailey/Vaughn

I love me a good romance especially when it’s hate to love. This week I’ve got five of my top ships that fit this category perfectly. Coming in at #1 is my precious Grishaverse children, Nina and Matthias. They fought past ingrained bigotry and prejudice to fall for each other and Nina is my girl. Shazi and Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn are a close second though. Shazi goal is to kill Khalid at the beginning but oh how things change.

I’ve got a blast from the past for #3 with the classic Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy combination in Pride and Prejudice. The build up here was divine. Feyre and Rhysand make the list at #4 with their start in A Court of Thorns and Roses. It was definitely a prickly situation early on. Last but certainly not least is Bailey and Vaughn from Every Little Thing. These two are the epitome of hate to love with some sexy and swoon worthy scenes to steal my heart.

What are your Top 5 Hate to Love Ships? Did any of mine make your list?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

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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. Kaz Brekker
  2. Sherlock Holmes
  3. Kelsea Raleigh
  4. Koschei
  5. Bellamy Blake

This week’s Top 5 is all about those unlikable protagonists you cannot help but love. First up is of course Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. This criminal prodigy is pretty much awful but he totally has my heart. Next is Britain’s notorious sociopath, Sherlock Holmes (especially the Benedict Cumberbatch version), who I really shouldn’t care for but totally do. Kelsea Raleigh from The Queen of the Tearling makes this list as she’s hard to relate too but I still enjoy her story. Koschei definitely makes an appearance and everyone should read Catherynne Valente’s Deathless to experience him. Last but not least is Bellamy Blake whose up and down character arc has still endeared him to the masses.

Who are your favorite unlikable protagonists? Did any of ours match up?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Side Ships

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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. Tamar/Nadia
  2. Bat/Maia
  3. Nico/Will
  4. Basra/Arjan
  5. Tee/Izzy

 This week’s Top 5 is all about ships, side ships! While I love a good main romance, the ones on the side are always pretty freaking amazing. At the top is Tamar and Nadia from the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. These two were such a surprise over the course of these books and they make me so happy. Since my love of Bat from The Mortal Instruments is strong, I was happy to see him get together with Maia. I think they make a great couple. Next up is Nico and Will from Heroes of Olympus. I love Nico and he deserves all the happiness in the world. Thankfully Will provides that. Shadow Run came out of nowhere for me and the relationship between Basra and Arjan was just so amazing. Totally here for it. Last but certainly not least are Tee and Izzy from Shadowshaper. The two of them together is pure fire.

What are your favorite side ships? Was it hard to pick?

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