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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Top 5 Wednesday: Fandoms I’m No Longer In

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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. Supernatural
  2. Criminal Minds
  3. Game of Thrones (TV)
  4. Divergent
  5. Hawkeye

This week’s Top 5 is Fandoms I’m No Longer a Part Of. Turns out this was harder to choose than I thought it would be. Apparently I hold onto way too many things. A hoarder of fandoms, I believe.

Foremost in my mind was Supernatural. I just couldn’t stomach the brutal deaths of so many female characters and the repetitive plot. Criminal Minds is one where I just fell behind and then Shemar Moore left and I just decided to let this one go. Now I hear Reid has an awful storyline which just makes me sad. Game of Thrones is the other TV show that I gave up on. I didn’t like the changing plots and gratuitous assault of women.

In terms of books and comics, I’d definitely pick Divergent. I really loved this series and Allegiant kind of ruined it with out of character decisions. That and how the movies progressively got worse. Now I adored the Matt Fraction and David Aja run of Hawkeye. It was my first single issue series. When it ended though I just could not get into the next installment. Maybe I’ll come back to it someday but everything was so perfect then.

So what fandoms have you given up on over time? Do we have some of the same?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Minor Characters

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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. Dean Thomas
  2. Losen
  3. Vikram
  4. Fitzy
  5. Cyrus Vandergelt

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is all about favorite minor characters in fiction. These aren’t the MCs or even side characters. They pop up infrequently in their respective stories but still found a way into my heart. First up is Dean Thomas from the HP series. While he was meant to have a larger role in the story, Dean’s appearances are always poignant. Plus he’s a soccer fan. How could I not love him? Then there’s Losen from Shades of Magic. The protege of Kisimyr is barely mentioned in the novels but somehow I just want to know more about him. Vikram, the Rajput from The Wrath & The Dawn, is powerful, reliable, and easily found his way into my faves while reading. Mentioned throughout the Off-Campus series, Fitzy is a hockey playing nerd who immediately caught my eye. Now he’s getting his own book in the new Briar Hockey series! Last but certainly not least is the lovable Cyrus Vandergelt from the Amelia Peabody series. He pops up in many of the Emersons adventures and ends up being a loyal friend through the years.

So, who are some of your favorite minor characters? Is it hard to zero in on specific people?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Summer 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. Summer Days & Summer Nights
  2. Alex, Approximately
  3. The Unexpected Everything
  4. The Girl from Everywhere
  5. Wanderlost

This week’s Top 5 is another edition of Summer Reads. I mentioned Summer Days & Summer Nights last year but had yet to read it. Now that I have, I think it’s the perfect mix of short stories for those warms days with the sun beating down. A particular fave is Leigh Bardugo’s tale. My next recommendation is a recent release, Alex, Approximately, which is set in California with surfing and strange museums. The Unexpected Everything on the other hand hails from the East Coast with dog walking, ice cream, and epic adventures. For a fantasy take I’d suggest The Girl from Everywhere. There’s time travel, high stakes in Hawaii, and sailing on the open seas. Rounding out my Top 5 is Wanderlost. If you’re looking for a cute European adventure, this one is definitely for you!

So do you have any go to Summer Reads? Are there any I’m missing out on?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books as Event Themes

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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 Night Circus
  2. Harry Potter
  3. Grishaverse
  4. Shades of Magic
  5. Lumberjanes

 This Top 5 Wednesday is all about books that would make excellent event themes. Of course I ended up picking a bunch of my fave titles and series but they’ve all got great aesthetics. First up is The Night Circus! Obviously the black, white, and red combo plus inventive specific circus tents would be perfect for a wedding. Harry Potter is great for all occasions though with it unique world. The Grishaverse is teeming with ideas for parties, from the colors of Grisha orders, to foods specific to Ravka, Fjerda, or Kerch. Shades of Magic also has a super aesthetically pleasing color scheme perfect for events where as Lumberjanes has all those camp vibes to make a great birthday celebration.

So what books do you think would make great event themes? Let me know in the comments below!

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!