Top Five Wednesday: Top Five Book Series You Wish Were Longer

Top 5 Wednesday

Hey, readers!

Today is Wednesday, which means that it is time for another Top 5 Wednesday. The topic this week is top five book series you wish had more books. This was an easy topic to write about because there are so many series that should have more books added to them. This topic was created by Gingerreadslainey on YouTube. You can find the topics over on the Goodreads T5W group. Let’s get started.

  1. Harry Potter

Everyone can agree that J.K. Rowling needs to create more books in the Harry Potter universe. These books have been such a big part of my childhood, and now even my life as an adult. I have been reading these books for over 10 years and I will not stop anytime soon. The characters and the fantastical elements are breathtaking and we need more books.

    2. The Grisha Trilogy

The Grisha trilogy consists of Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. These books are written by Leigh Bardugo. The characters and the world in this book are fantastic. I need more backstories and world building. Each of the books does not go into too much detail about the world of Ravka. Ravka is a fantasy version of Russia, and I would love to get more history and reasoning to why and how the characters have their powers.

   3. The Shatter Me Trilogy 

The Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi are great books. However, like the Grisha trilogy, they lack character and world building I would have liked. We do not get backstories of any of the characters except for Warner. Furthermore, Mafi never explains how the characters got their powers. She does talk about radiation, and how the people with gifts are immune to them, but she doesn’t say that radiation is the cause of their powers. Moreover, if it were radiation why are there not more people like them. Also, the trilogy ends abruptly with a slight cliff hanger. I need to know how it all ends!!!!

   4. The Host Series

The Host by Stephanie Meyer was supposed to have more than one book. However, it has been years and we still haven’t gotten another book. I actually really liked The Host and I would have loved a second book. The concept of the book was incredible and I would have loved to see it explained more.

   5. The Lord of the Rings

Everyone would have loved to have more books that dealt with Middle Earth. I would have loved to see a book that talked about Gandalf and his adventures as a young wizard. I also know that this is incredibly impossible because J.R.R Tolkien has sadly passed away. However, if one of his children wanted to write something in the next year or so that would be incredible!

There you have it! That is my Top 5 Wednesday. What are book series that you wish could continue on? Comment down below!

Read ya later!

Maddie

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Top Five Wednesday: Bookshelf

Top 5 Wednesday

Hey, readers! Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday! The topic for this week is: top 5 things on your shelf that aren’t books. I am home from school for the summer, which means I am on a temporary shelf. So, this week I want to tell you all of the things I want to be putting on my new shelves up at school! Here we go!

  1. Funko Pop Willow Action Figure

I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It is one of my favorite shows of all time and my favorite character is Willow. What better way to display my love for Buffy than get one of these eclectic action figures. The Willow figure is adorable and shows off her eccentric style down to her little red sneakers. I found one on Amazon, and I want to order it soon!

  1. New TBR Jar

I have a TBR (To Be Read) jar that has little slips of books I want to read. When I can’t decide what I want to read, I just shake up the jar and have fate decide my next read. However, right now mine is just a small little boring jar. I really want to make something cute out of a mason jar, so I will do that before I head back up to school!

  1. A Book Fold

I really want a book fold. I want to try to make my own, but if that does not work out I will buy one. I want to make one that is either an “M” or one that says “Read”.

  1. My Harry Potter Wands

I have a Hermione and a Ginny wand and I want to display them on my bookcase!

  1. Little succulent plant

I am really into nature, so I want to get a tiny succulent to put on my bookshelf. I normally am not too great with house plants and flowers, but a succulent is less maintenance and it will give a really cute touch to the bookshelf.

There is my T5W! Leave some comments below about what is on your bookshelf, or things you want to put on your bookshelf! I will have a book review of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo up in the next couple of days!

Read ya later!

Mads

Secret Life of a Blogger Tag

Blogger Tag

Hey, readers! I was tagged by Lia at Vivliohora to do the Secret Life of a Blogger Tag! Thank you so much, this is so exciting! Also, I finished Heir of Fire, and review will be up tomorrow. Happy Fourth everyone!

How long have you been a blogger?

I have been blogging since the beginning of this summer. I have not been blogging very long, but I recently wanted a way to help my skills for my English major!

At what point do you think you will stop?

I do not see an end in sight for my blogging. I absolutely love to blog, and I hope to be able to do this professionally when I graduate from college. I want to work as an editor in the publishing industry.

What is the best thing?

The best thing is connecting with other people who enjoy books as much as I do. Also, my favorite thing about reading is discussing, so this is the perfect place to discuss my favorite books with you all.

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

The worst thing is trying to be confident in the media that I post. I am a perfectionist, and I want to put out the best material I possibly can. I try to blog frequently to build up my style and my confidence in my writing. I read over all of my posts, and I have friends give constructive criticism!

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

It doesn’t take me more than thirty minutes to find the pictures that I use. I take all of my own pictures of the books I read on here. Also, the headlining pictures that I create take me around 10-15 minutes to do.

Who is your book crush?

Definitely Chaol from the Throne of Glass series. He is incredible! He protects the people he loves and has had so much character development in the first three books. Chaol is so fiercely loyal and stands behind his friends no matter how awful the situation. He is also a strong warrior, so what’s not to love.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

At the moment, it would be Sarah J. Maas because I have been obsessed with her books all summer long. She creates such fabulous worlds and characters.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

I blog at all times of the day, so there is never a specific thing that I wear when I blog.

How long does it take you to prepare?

I normally have my top five points I want to discuss before I write my book reviews, but when it comes to the book tags I just write my responses as I read the questions. My book reviews take about 30 minutes to an hour to write. Depending on how long the tag is, that takes about 15 minutes to do.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I absolutely love it. I think everyone is so welcoming and they just give the best support. I love meeting new people and reading their posts.  People in the book blogging community are the best and the most friendly.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Up keeping your blog and updating your content frequently is important. I also think keeping things fresh and exciting. Making friends and supporting other bloggers will help as well.

Read ya later!

Mads

Would You Rather Tag

Would You Rather

Hey, readers! I was tagged by alyssaisreading to do the Would You Rather Book Tag! This is my first book tag, and there will be more to come in the future! I am currently reading Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, so I will have a book review of that up hopefully on Saturday.

Would you rather only read trilogies or read only standalone books?

I would rather read only trilogies because I mostly read fantasy novels, which usually come in more than one installment. I don’t typically buy standalone books because I like the character development that trilogies and beyond can bring.

Would you rather read only female or read only male authors?

I don’t have a preference, but I would rather read female authors. I don’t own many books by male authors, and most of the trilogies and series that I have been devouring have been written by female authors. Also, J.K. Rowling enough said.

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Nobel or Amazon?

If the price was not a factor, I would rather shop at Barnes and Noble. I believe in supporting authors, and their works. There is also a possibility that bookstores will be slowing disappearing, so I really want to support bookstores like Barnes and Noble and other individually owned store. Support authors buy more books! Also, the experience of a bookstore alone is reason enough to spend the extra cash.

Would you rather that books be made into TV shows or movies?

It depends on the book. I would not want to see the Harry Potter series as a television show. I feel like movies can be more epic, and also I feel like they have more of a budget. However, I am super excited that the Mortal Instruments will be becoming a TV series. I also loved Dexter on Showtime. So, this one would have to depend on the book.

Would you rather read 5 pages a day or 5 books a week?

Five books a week.

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

I would rather be a professional reviewer. I don’t have the mindset to write a whole book, and I don’t have the attention span to write about the same characters for hundreds of pages. I love discussing books more than writing them.

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

Again, I want to be able to support authors, so I would want to be a bookseller! Plus discounts on books, and I get to hold all of the new books before they hit the shelves!

Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

I would rather read every other genre except my favorite! I would want to keep some variety! However, what if I develop a new favorite genre? Then will I not be able to read that genre now?? Deep thought of the day.

Would you rather read ebooks or physical books?

SUPPORT AUTHORS, BUY BOOKS!!! This is so important to me. I really love buying the physical book to put on my shelf and to hold in my hand. We need to keep supporting the buying of physical copies! We can’t take this for granted, soon we will only have ebooks… Oh, the horror!

I want to tag:

CK’s Reading Corner

Wild Heart Reviews

The_bookette Reviews

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Chapter Headers

Top 5 Wednesday

Hey, readers!

I decided to start something new, and that is to participate in the Top 5 Wednesdays! I love when book bloggers do posts that add variety and some personality to their blog. Also, the Top 5 also fits nicely with the format of my book reviews! This Wednesday the topic is: Favorite Chapter Headings. Let’s get started!

My Top 5 Favorite Chapter Headings:

  1. Throne of Glass

Throne

These headings are beautiful. They go well with the essence of the book and are representative of the Glass castle.

  1. Harry Potter

harry

Not many books have illustrations in their headers, so this one definitely needs to make the list! All of the pictures are so cute, and remind me of my childhood reading these books.

  1. Shadow and Bone

shadow

They are gorgeous! They are so bold and they jump out from the page. Not many books have headers that stand out as much as these do. I have not read this book yet, but it has been sitting on my shelf waiting for me to open it.

  1. Fangirl

fan

I love the simplicity of these headers. They are cute and quirky, and I really like the way they look on the page.

  1. The Darkest Minds

darkest

These headers are so illustrative of the book. I love the font style and how it ties in with the darkness of the book. It has the rawness of living on the run, and it looks as if the book itself is worn like it has been taken along with the kids during their journey.

Read ya later!

Mads

Random Acts of Kindness: Gift a Book

There are kind people in this world, and I was lucky enough to meet one yesterday.

Trying to spark my younger sister’s interest in reading, I wanted to take her to Barnes and Noble to get her a few books to read over the summer. We drove together to the bookstore and went upstairs to the colorful “Young Readers” section. The shelves lined with inviting books that will entertain even the pickiest reader. I could even spot a few books I remember reading as a child. I try to steer her toward classics by Judy Blume, and even newer ones like Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Finally, she gravitated towards the enchanting cover of The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel by Melissa de la Cruz. The emerald green dust jacket with a deadly red apple in the center is absolutely stunning. She instantly wants this book. I look at the price and I see a whopping $18 staring back at me. I explain that if she would like this book, this would be the only one she could buy. Unfortunately, she found several other books she wanted to read.

Now, I did not want to tell her that she couldn’t get any more books. I mean, she was showing excitement her eyes we gleaming with the thought of having these new books to call her own. Being the youngest of four she always gets our hand-me-downs and that includes all of our old books. She wanted the liberty of choosing her own adventures. Being a book lover, it killed me to explain that we could come back the following week and get more books once she finished The Isle of the Lost. That’s when it happened…

An older woman turned around and asked if she could “gift” us. I pleaded that it was not necessary, but she reached into her purse and handed me a twenty dollar bill. My cheeks flushed and I could feel myself blushing. We thanked her and she went back to picking out her own books.

Fast-forward ten minutes later… We are waiting in line behind her. She smiles and thanks us for letting her be an “honorary grandmother for the day,” and I thank her again. The manager then tells the line that we could go to the music department and get checked out there. So, we start heading towards the back of the store, and the kind lady followed. She then asked me if I had a rewards card. I did not have a recent rewards card, so she told us that we should all stick together. Once we got back in line she grabbed the stack of books from my arms and put them with her own. After she paid, she waved away any money that I tried giving her. I attempted to give her back the twenty she gave us, but she stayed firm. I was overwhelmed. I gave her a hug and told her how wonderful she was. She told us to go do something nice.

This woman bought my little sister forty dollars’ worth of books and gave me an extra twenty dollars to buy a treat for my sister. She spent sixty dollars on strangers she has never met. So, when you think that there are people that don’t care, just remember there are lovely people out there. There are kind people that want to brighten someone’s day, and that is exactly what she did. I never got her name… It was one of those experiences where we didn’t need to say our names. She was a woman who wanted to be an honorary grandmother. So, thank you.

Let’s start something! Gift a book to someone who looks like they need their spirits lifted. Words are a gift and knowledge is indispensable. Share the wealth and love. Share your experiences below if you have had an act of kindness like this in your life.

Read ya later!

Mads

Bookish Pet Peeves

Books are a wonderful thing, however, sometimes I do run into some of my… bookish pet peeves. Here is a list of some of my pet peeves that I encounter while I am in the book universe.

Bookish Pet Peeve #6: Characters who die that do not deserve to die I always side with I always side with the authors decision on what they think is the best for their book, but in some instances certain characters should not die. The author usually has a pretty good reason for killing off a character and I trust their judgment. We all know one death that has not made sense, and once they are gone we have to cope with this, but sometimes it just isn’t fair!

I always side with the author’s decision on what they think is the best for their book. However, in some instances certain characters should not die. We all know one death that has not made sense, and once they are gone we have to cope with this, but sometimes it just isn’t fair!

Bookish Pet Peeve #5: Slow beginnings

Okay, so some books have painfully long beginnings. The author decides that there needs to be a 100 page introduction before getting to in any of the good stuff. I am talking about you House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Although, at times a long introduction is necessary to establish the historical context of the book but other than that please do not drag on a series of boring descriptions the creepy, cursed house.

Bookish Pet Peeve #4: Teens with an existential crisis

This has got to be one of the most annoying things that I come across. I know most people cherish this author, but the best example of this is John Green. He is a magnificent writer and has a beautiful style, but his characters make me angry. I have read The Fault in our Stars  and I loved the story. I cried my eyes out, but I kind of disliked the characters.  Augustus is a portrayed as a very pretentious character. Some of the things he says I have to ask myself if he is being for real. The cigarette as a metaphor… come on.

Bookish Pet Peeve #3: Love triangles

Ahhh, the love triangle. This gives a complete unrealistic expectation of love and teaches impressionable teens that this is acceptable. Books such as Twilight and The Hunger Games portray the most annoying love triangles. Seriously you can not do this to these men. First of all, if you were willing to practically kill yourself because Edward left you, then why would you be cozying up and leading Jacob on?Depictions like this of love get me so fired up.

Bookish Pet Peeve #2: Book snobs

People who champion themselves for only reading and enjoying a select choice of works need to stop. I love “The Classics” but I do not deem them any more worthy than any other book. Authors new and old put their own unique touch to their books and can make them thought-provoking no matter when they were written.

Bookish Pet Peeve #1: E-books

I hate e-books. The saddest part about that statement is that I am an environmentalist, and I should be all about reducing the amount of paper I purchase. I just can’t get on the trend of e-books. It is not the same. I need a tangible book in my hand to hold and cherish like a puppy. Reading a book is an experience, and reading it on a tablet just isn’t for me.

Hope you enjoyed and read ya later!

Mads