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: Non-Written Novels

nwn

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.

comics

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: Underrated Books

ur5

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!

ur_5

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

T5W: Favourite First Sentences

fsent

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

MQuote

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

RBquote

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

NCquote

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

My Life Next Door

MLNDquote

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

wbwquote

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?

 

T5W: Authors Who Need to Publish Something ASAP!

asap

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 topic for today is fairly straight forward about auhors you want to read more from, but with a specific condition. Here the official prompt:

Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From
— These are your favorite authors who you want to write another book but haven’t yet. Or they are writing something, but no title or synopsis has been released and it isn’t coming out until 2018. Try to keep this to authors who haven’t announced anything concrete about a new book, not authors that have a highly anticipated release coming out before the end of 2016.

Erin Morgenstern

None of the authors on this list should come as a surprise to you and least of all Erin Morgenstern. I was/am obsessed with the Night Circus and will forever want more books from her … but here I am, years later, still waiting. Whatever she will publish will probably be another masterpiece because she took the time to perfect it, but I am not the most patient when it comes to books …

Stephanie Perkins

I know that Stephanie Perkins is working on some sort of crime novel, so technically she is having something in the workings, but I am talking about another YA Romance/Contemporary! I want that, because I am definitely not that much into mystery, crime and thrillers. I already have to endure them on TV all the time because that’s basically all my dad watches.

Markus Zusak

Remember that genius piece of writing that was The Book Thief? Well, I read his other books … liked some, didn’t like others, but I am still waiting for him to come up with another modern classic and eternal heartbreaker. I would be sad to think that this was all he had in him.

Huntley Fitzpatrick

Maybe that woman has something in the works I don’t know about, but one thing is for sure, I will never get enough of her work. Good thing I still have one book by her ahead of me to tie me over until a new release comes along.

E. Lockhart

Once upon a time aka last summer, I went on a Lockhart-book-buying-spree and got all the books she wrote that I could possibly attain in a short amount of time. They accompanied me through Cardiff and I just want more of her books in the future. I need them!

So, who are some authors (who don’t have anything coming up in the next two years) you want to have on your shelf again? Tell me all about it in the comments!

T5W: Books That Could Have Gone on Forever!

sequels

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 stand-alones as well as series that could have easily done with a sequel. I am sure there are toooons of books that would have deserved a continuation, but here are my Top 5 (which are unsurprisingly books I mention all the time)

sequel

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

It certainly doesn’t have to be about Celia and Marco, but I do wish to hear more about the circus itself. It could be a book of short stories … something like the Bane Chronicles or so. I just can’t let go of the magic. I CANNOT! AND I WON’T!

Every Day by David Levithan

Another Day so doesn’t count! I am sorry if you really enjoyed Another Day, but I have no desire to pick it up whatsoever. I want a real continuation of the story, because in my opinion Every Day stopped right when the most exciting part was about to happen! So, I don’t need a book from a different POV retelling what was in book one, I need to know what happens next!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This really shouldn’t be news to you either. I know that all is good and well with my beloved Liesel and Max, but I would give everything to know what happened in between those years. What all did they do? How were their families? What made their life such a good one? ANSWERS! GIVE THEM TO ME!

The Host by Stpehenie Meyer

So, technically this is meant to be series. The Seeker and The Soul have been on Goodreads forever declared as part 2 and 3 BUT they’ve been there for years and I have seen no change, gotten no news. Therefore, I am not exactly hopeful that it will happen for real, but it sure would be nice.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

I’ve mentioned this so many times before. The books is called “How I Live Now”, basically her last sentence is “And that’s how I live now” but the things is I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU LIVE NOW. I just don’t, but I am a curious person by nature, so I would like to know. You see? Bound to have a sequel!

Apparently I was really into writing all caps today … What are some books you think need sequels?

T5W: Settings I Would Like to See More of

settings

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’s topic is Settings I Would Like to See More of, which was both difficult and easy at the same time. Here are my setting-wishes.

Contemporary Vienna

Authors either seem to associate Vienna with it’s imperial time or during WWII, but I just want a nice and normal (not typical Austrian-sadness and cynicism) contemporary novel, best case also YA. And I mean targeted at 17 year-olds and not 12. I want people to find a good medium and represent my hometown.

Vienna

Underwater World without Mermaids

Does this sound weird? I like water and the ocean … maybe I just want something Atlantis-ish? I don’t even know, but I don’t want to write it myself, so I expect someone else to come up with it.

Cut off Civilization Living In Forest

Whenever scientist find a group of people living somewhere in the wild, cut off from everything, I am just so fascinated with how they live. Why not make up a whole book about them?

Greek Mythology Inspired

Everything that has a touch of Greek mythology is just awesome!

Oregon

Oregon has stolen my heart and I love it and people don’t use it enough as a backdrop, but it is gorgeous. I shall always squeal if it is mentioned!

What are some settings you would like to see? Tell me all about it!

T5W: Authors I Would Love to Meet at BEA/BookCon

bea

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. Now, after YALLWEST there are more book events coming, such as BEA and BookCon. This is truly the time when I hate being an international bookworm … it’s torture seeing so many lovely people going and you can’t be one of them. BUT ONE DAY I SHALL BE THERE TOO! Until then, time for dreams and hopes, so here are authors I would have loved to meet at BEA/BookCon this year!

bea2

So, I guess my choices were a bit predictable but WHATEVER!

  • Tahereh Mafi & Ransom Riggs – those two are like a package deal. I would be there for Tahereh’s writing more than Ransom’s, but seeing them together will be fabulous still. Maybe I could pick Ransom’s brain on his book getting adapted for the big screen. I know that he didn’t get much say, but they tried to involve him, so that must have been cool!
  • Cassandra Clare – again, this should not be a surprise, because I talk about the Shadowhunter world all. the. freaking. time! Apparently she was even in Vienna two years back and I missed her. I am still devastated about that one.
  • Pierce Brown – okay, why do I even attempt explaining this? He is hilarious and smart and good-looking (which isn’t the main reason I would want to meet him, but it also doesn’t hurt) and he has written one of my all time favourite series. I need to annoy him with questions about Darrow and Sevro! I just have to!
  • Victoria Aveyard – I shall forget all about Glass Sword, except the Maven moments and then talk about him and him alone with her for hours. I want to know what’s up with him and how his character is going to do in the future books!
  • Morgan Matson – I have read all her books so far and have liked them as well (except for The Unexpected Everything, which is ready for pick-up at the store and shall be devoured soon), why wouldn’t I want to meet her?

Who are some authors you would love to meet this year? Are you by any chance going to a book event of some kind?

T5W: Intimidating Books!

intimidating

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 intimidating books and there are a lot of those. It could be because of hype, size or topic. All reasoning is valid over here and so, without further ado, here are my choices:

t5wintimi

  1. A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin
    Ugh, I have read four books in the Song of Ice and Fire series, so I have no idea why this one is vexxing me so much. I just can’t get into it and I am barely interested in any of the POVs at all anymore. You all know me, I need at least a little bit of Sansa …
  2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    I LOVE THE SHOW! However, the book is so detailed and really well written, but also majorly time consuming and in my case written in a tiny font. It seems like a tricky one.
  3. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    I’ve read quite a couple of Fitzgerald books now and still this one is kind of scary. Maybe because it is like double the size of the others? Also, me and classics don’t mix so well.
  4. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    I’ve talked about this before. I have real high expectations for this book. BUT I CAN’T GET OVER THE FIRST PARAGRAPH!
  5. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
    Other than the books above, this one is the real accounts of a woman who actually lived. That’s scary! That was her life! This is basically close to her diaries (if they were super neatly written out). It’s a lot to take in the majority of someone’s life in just shy over 800 pages.

What are some books that intimidate you? Are classics also a little difficult for you? 

T5W: Books With “Hard” Topics

hard2

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 we are talking about books with “hard” topics, which could be anything from sexual assault, mental or some other kind of illness to really anything you can think about. There are so many books that would be great examples to talk about here, so let’s see which devastating stories I can find.

hard

  1. Nineteen Minutes by Jodie Picoult
    This book is about the aftermath of a school shooting from various perspectives. I remember reading this one quite clearly and it was more than a little scary to see it broken down into components where you actually get the shooter …
  2. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
    I guess most of you know the movie and know that it’s about mental health. I thought it was a good book.
  3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    Murder and rape! All from the eyes of the victim! That book ruined my feels.
  4. The Bang-Bang Club by Greg Marinovich and João Silva
    This is the real account of photo-journalists and their dilemma between capturing war regions and intervering in events.
  5. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
    Okay, this one I have talked about before, but I remain of the opinion that it dealt brilliantly with a really difficult topic. I am not sure I could handle a World War III and the books raises some interesting questions about all the things we wouldn’t be prepared for.

What are some books with difficult topics you can think of? Have you read any from my list?