Top 5 Wednesday: Characters on the Naughty List

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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. Holden Caulfield
  2. Severus Snape
  3. The Commandant
  4. The Darkling
  5. Xifeng

This week’s Top 5 is all about characters that would be on my naughty list. Probably Santa’s as well. The top two are people I just cannot stand in literature. Holden Caulfield is such an aggravating, infuriating kid and I really dislike Catcher in the Rye for him alone. Snape, on the other hand, may have a redeeming feature or two, but is so terrible to students that he’s forever on my bad side. Also bravest man Harry knew, yeah right. The others on the list are typically complex villains. The Commandant is a forced to be reckoned with and strikes fear into my heart. The Darkling craves power and control and Xifeng while new on the scene does whatever it takes to get to the top.

Would any of these characters make your naughty list?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I’d Want To Write Like

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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. Leigh Bardugo
  2. Victoria Schwab
  3. Anna-Marie McLemore
  4. Roshani Chokshi
  5. Alisha Rai

This week’s Top 5 is all about the authors I’d want to write like. I’ve chosen five fiercely inspiring female writers that I would absolutely love to emulate. The two at the top are, not surprisingly, Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Schwab. These ladies are my fave authors ever, crafting detailed worlds and distinct characters with immense talent. Next are Anna-Marie McLemore and Roshani Chokshi who write the most delectable descriptions with such heart and emotion infused into every word. My final pick is Alisha Rai authoring some of the most splendid romance with plenty of angst and depth woven together.

Have you read any of these authors’ work? Who would make your Top 5?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’m Thankful For

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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. Harry Potter
  2. Shadow and Bone
  3. The Crocodile on the Sandbank
  4. Hawkeye
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird

For this Top 5 Wednesday I’m shouting out books I’m forever thankful for. Most if not all of these books will not come as a surprise since I talk about them endlessly. First up is, of course, Harry Potter. This series took my love of reading to extremes and was my first foray into fandom. It’s a foundation of my existence and I have no idea who I’d be without it. Second has got to be Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo which introduced me to my favorite world and favorite author. Next come The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters which fueled my love for Ancient Egypt and introduced me to some of the most wonderful characters out there. Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja brought me into the comic fold and introduced me to a whole new way of reading. Last but certainly not least is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I never would have continued reading classics if I hadn’t picked up this book.

What books are you forever thankful for?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Nostalgic Book Boyfriends

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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. Fred Weasley
  2. “Ramses” Emerson
  3. Peter Pevensie
  4. Kostos
  5. Jacob Black

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday is all about those book boyfriends and girlfriends that go back to the very beginning of shipping and romance. At the top for me is Fred Weasley, trickster extraordinaire and brave Gryffindor. He’ll forever have my heart. Next is Ramses Emerson from the Amelia Peabody series. A dashing young man with a brilliant mind. I always thought Peter Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia was so dreamy especially after the movies came out and Kostos from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series was seriously hot. Last but not least is Jacob Black from Twilight. That’s right I was Team Jacob.

Do you have nostalgic book boyfriends or girlfriends?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Non-Horror Books That Scared Me

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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. Shadowhouse Fall
  2. Six of Crows
  3. The Hunger Games
  4. Deathless
  5. Gemina

Rounding out this October’s Top 5 Wednesdays is the topic of Non-Horror Books That Scared Me. I’m easily freaked out but these five titles haunt me for different reasons. First up is Shadowhouse Fall which presents such a realistic sense of our current world that I was genuinely terrified for the characters every step of the way. With Six of Crows there’s a particular scene on a ship with an eye that cannot be unread. The Hunger Games is the type of dystopian that should put fear into anyone’s heart and Deathless portrays the plight of the Russian people so vividly which made it all too real. Last but not least is Gemina which provided some of the creepiest creatures ever found in space.

What five non-horror books scare you? Any of mine make your list?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books Featuring Vampires

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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 Historian
  2. City of Bones
  3. Shadow of Night
  4. My Sword Hand is Singing
  5. Twilight

This week’s Top 5 is all about paranormal creatures so I decided to highlight books featuring vampires. Surprisingly most of these are a blast from the past having not read a lot of stories recently about bloodsuckers. First up is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova delving into Vlad the Impaler and the Dracula myth. It’s one of my all time faves. Of course I’d be remiss not to mention The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare and my love of Raphael Santiago. Next is Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness which highlights vampires, witches and even time travel. My Sword Hand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick is much more traditional and horror inspired but it’s an excellent story. Lastly I have to mention Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. It was my first vampire book after all.

Have you read any of these vampire books? Would they have made your Top 5?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Creepy Settings

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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. Hunting Prince Dracula
  2. The End Games
  3. The Graveyard Book
  4. The Name of the Star
  5. A Curious Tale of the In-Between

I’m not big into scary so these five titles represent some of the best creepy settings I can handle.

Have you read any of these? Which creepy setting made your Top 5?

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