T5W: Favourite LGBTQ+ Books

It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. I always decide to do these topics very much at random, but this week is all about our favourite LGBTQ+ books, characters and authors. I didn’t 100% succeed in not repeating authors, but I tried my best, however, I want to add that there’s really a lot of Nina LaCour and David Levithan on my shelf, so choosing one book from them was torture.

What are some of your favourite LGBTQ+ books?

T5W: Fictional Jobs

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. At first, I thought I could just make up the jobs, but I guess I have to take some from existing media. I CAN DO THAT! Fictional jobs are still better than real jobs?

Any fictional career you’d want to have? Remember, T5W is always open to movies, TV and video games as well.

The Doctor’s Companion

As low as my current motivation is for Doctor Who (and I know, Cátia, you had the same) there was no way I could resist this – all of space and time at your feet! Bring it on! I found a lot of my characteristics in Clara and Eleven was my most favourite Doctor, so I would like to travel with them, but basically any Doctor is fine. I always try to pay attention to whether I might here a TARDIS land nearby.

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Con Artist

I am a complete wimp in real life, okay? My parents are way bolder than me, but maybe that’s why these con artists hold such a fascination with me. I could never do anything they do. I’d like to believe that my moral compass is way too strong for that. But the way they can read people and use that to their advantage is an amazing quality. Maybe I’d just use it to make people like me?

Shadowhunter

Let’s just pretend I could actually be this athletic and badass, shall we? I like so, so many characters from that world, I could have them all as friends that way! And no, no … I wouldn’t be awkward at all …

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Private Investigator

Veronica Mars was my ultimate role model (alongside Rory Gilmore) and I adored that girl. I want her to be my mentor and then I would become one of the best PIs there are!

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Set Designer

I thought of this, because I always wanted to work on set and I love interior design … you see where I am going with this, right? At least when Emi does it in Everything Leads to You, it seems like a dream job!

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What are some fictional jobs you would like to try? Let’s talk about that!

T5W: Books to Help You Out of a Slump

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. I am sure you all know the dreaded feeling of a reading slump, when simply no book awakens your curiosity or gets your attention, even though you would LIKE to read. In my opinion, there’s no real cure for that lack of attention span or interest in books. It just passes after a while, like most things do. However, if I ever do try to combat it, I mostly go for fun or quick contemporary-esque type books. So, here are some of my recommendations for that!

Winter is a hard season for a lot of people and many of us are slumpy. Let’s talk about some books that are great for getting you out of a slump!

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What are some of your go-to books when you try to defeat the reading slump? Tell me all about it!

T5W: Non-Written Novels

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. The title for today’s post is a little misleading in my opinion, because can a novel not be written and still be a novel? I don’t want to go into the philosophical aspect of this, but rather show you some of my favourite comics and graphic novels instead.

This was a hard topic to name, but this is about all books that are not ‘written’ novels! So graphic novels, comics, manga, audiobooks, etc. Shed some light on books in other forms.

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If you want to talk about any of these, leave a comment and I’ll be there to discuss! What would have been your picks?

T5W: Book Trends I Am Tired of

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. This week is all about bookish trends we can do without. Let’s see what I can come up with!

What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!

Special Editions

You know that feeling when you are really excited about a book or a series and the next installment is coming out? You might even pre-order it, because you just NEED to have a copy and then you find a statement like this “Fans of XY, we have a special treat for you! There’s a special cover/additional chapter in the edition you can get EXCLUSIVELY at Target/Tesco/name-some-other-shop-that-doesn’t-exist-in-my-country”. And then I just sit there and weep in sadness, because I am a poor international bookworm and I will never own one of those special copies that I really wanted. Sometimes they have prettier covers or additional artwork and I just get so furious with the publishers. There are tons of people who also read those books abroad, but there is NO WAY for them to ever get those editions. Same goes for pre-order merch, as it is mostly for North America or the UK …

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Cover Changes

There’s a lot to talk about here. Of course it is the absolute worst if there is a cover change mid-series! No argument there. But what I also hate is that whenever a series is finally completely out, the publishers decide to do a whole new design. I JUST bought the series. I am glad I finally have it all on my shelf and then BAM, the new covers are gorgeous. But who has the money to just go and buy the same books again? I sure don’t …

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The Absent Parent(s)

I do get that responsible and caring parents can be a real hindrance in books, especially when their kids go off to save the world, but I do think it’s just weird that there are so few good examples. Contemporary books have started to better integrate them (The Unexpected Everything, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, My Life Next Door …), but I still feel like there is such a lack of them in Fantasy. I mean, if Joyce Byers from Stranger Things can go above and beyond for her boy, so should bookish parents!

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Elongating Series

Standalones seem to be almost non-existent anyway these days, so if I start a series, I at least want to know how many books I am going to be in for. And therefore, no, I won’t accept a press release after two or more books saying that it will go from a trilogy to five or six books instead. Just nope! That’s not what I signed up for! (If I love the series I will still read it, but grumpily.) Most of the time it’s just really not necessary to add that much more to the story and it gets boring instead of adding to the world you are supposed to love.

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Release Date Mayhem

Look, I get that hardcovers are released before the paperbacks. I really do! Authors have to make money too and they deserve it, but I don’t have the cash to buy everything as a hardcover. So, let’s say I get a book and it is a paperback – the US edition. Logically, I would want the subsequent installments in the same edition. Now it is release day for the new part in the series, but all I can find is the US hardcover and the UK paperback (which looks completely different). I try to find the US paperback and do you know when that release date is set? ONE YEAR LATER! I mean, seriously? If the release date for paperbacks is more than a month away from the hardcover, I am just over it. Because I never get arcs and I won’t just buy the hardcover if it doesn’t fit in my collection, I will now have to wait twice as long as many other people. Well done publishing world.

This all turned into a bit of a rant, but I hope you can see where I am coming from? What are some things you are tired of?

T5W: Underrated Books

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. Gosh, I haven’t done one of these in a really long time, but it’s always nice to showcase some of my favourite books and seen as that’s the topic of today – here I am!

Give some love to those books that aren’t as widely talked about. Those hidden gems. Those books that maybe used to be popular but people have forgotten about and they still deserve some love.

I think this is all really self-explanatory, so here are my books!

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What are some of your favourite underrated books? Tell me all about it!

T5W: Gateway Books to Magical Realism

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. Today we were supposed to choose some books that are basically like gateway drugs to our favourite genre. I had so much in mind for this, but finally settled on Magical Realism. It is a sub-genre of Fantasy and not exactly easy to define, since there are so many crossovers these days. I guess the easiest way to explain it, is to say that it has magical elements in a world that is otherwise rooted in our typical reality. It often draws on myths and folklore to create that magical connection. So, I guess my choices could be on the debatable side a little, but you should be the judge of that yourself.

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What’s your favourite genre? Do you like Magical Realism?

T5W: Characters I WOULDN’T Trade Places With

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. I haven’t done this in the past couple of weeks, because the topics felt like something I had done before. But here we are today with Characters I would NOT want to trade places with! We always talk about the cool people we want to be alike, but there is also hardship and loss, so here are some characters that have had it tough or that I simply wouldn’t want to be.

Darrow – Red Rising

Bildergebnis für red risingDarrow has so much responsibilities and his friends and family are basically dying left and right. I don’t know how he can bear it and keep the eyes on the prize. I probably would have crumbled right in the beginning, but that guy is in it for the long game. I admire him in so many ways, but never ever would I want to be him.

Juliette – Shatter Me

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)I am not talking about Juliette from the end of the series, but how terrible must it have been to not be able to control that power? To always have to fear that you would hurt someone. It seems like such a lonely existence.

Mark Watney – The Martian

The MartianSpeaking of lonely! Mark is the man! I adore him and want someone like him in my life, but I would have DIED on Mars. It’s not just that I am crappy at growing potatoes (which I actually tried and almost all the plants died), but I mean, that man is basically indestructible.

James Moriarty – Lock & Mori

Lock & Mori (Lock & Mori, #1)Mori is such a strong character, but I wouldn’t want to have her problems at home. I am not surprised her morals get twisted in the process. A romance with Sherlock on the other hand … I might be up for that.

Joss Byrd – Unscripted Joss Byrd

Unscripted Joss ByrdI am in the first third of the book and I would LOVE to have the acting talent of Joss, but her mom is one of the worst mothers I have read about. That kid does not have an easy life in so many ways and that makes me sad. On the one hand they expect her to be all grown up and on the other hand treat her like a stupid kid. How is that supposed to make her feel?

Who are some characters you wouldn’t want to trade places with? Tell me all about it!

T5W: Books to Read Before the End of the Year

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. Today is all about books that need to be read (by me, not everyone, although you are welcome to read along) before the end of this year. The topic pretty self-explanatory, so let’s get started.

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  • Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor
    I’ve been raving about the need to have this book for a long time and I actually got it right on release day! YAY! (You have to understand that this is sometimes very rare for us international bookworms) So, that’s something I will tackle soon.
  • The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks
    This has been sitting on my shelf forever and I feel guilty about it. I just got so wrapped up in the show and didn’t think I could take it again in writing right away, but now it keeps staring at me accusingly … so, there’s that.
  • Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier
    Consindering how much trouble and headache I went through to get this book, I should probably also read it.
  • The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs
    Everyone knows of my Hamsession, so my mum did me the favour and gave me this book for my birthday. I have to seize the momentum and read it while my interest is still like this bottomless pit that needs feeding.
  • Ensnared by A.G. Howard
    So, the Splintered series didn’t turn out to be my favourite, but I still want to finish it. It’s a mix of wanting to get it over with and being curious as to how it ends.

What are some books you have to read before the year is over? Tell me in the comments!

T5W: Favourite First Sentences

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. This week’s topic is “Favourite First Sentences” and I love it when a book simply manages to suck you in right away, but I can also tell you that I very, very rarely remember what the first sentence of a book was. Without my bookshelf and the time to page through some of my most beloved books, I doubt I would have manged to even make this list.

The Martian

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This perfectly captures the hilarity and casual writing of The Martian, which is one of my favourite things about the book. I always expected it to be science-heavy and really boring due to the limited amount of human contact in this book, but NO! Mark Watney is my spirit animal, I love the guy so much!

The Raven Boys

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I am right in the middle of the Raven Cycle right now and only thought it fitting to include it in the post now. I knew virtually nothing about this series when I started, but what about that first sentence? Doesn’t it immediately peak your interest?

The Night Circus

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You can tell that this is an ominous circus, right? THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKING MAGICAL!

My Life Next Door

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Technically I am cheating because it is 2 sentences, but I am sure you can forgive me. I just liked how mysteriously the start of MLND sounded. I mean, this book is so much more than just a plain summer contemporary!

Wolf by Wolf

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To me this always sounded like the beginning of some sort of twisted fairy tale, which it maybe also kind of is? I simply enjoy the writing so much in Wolf by Wolf, this reminds me of how I cannot wait for the sequel to come out!

What are some memorable first lines you liked? Tell me all about it! Also, have you read any of my books?