Top 5 Authors I NEED to Read

It’s Top 5 Tuesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by The Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is Top 5 Authors I NEED to Read.

This is kind of a hard one for me. I don’t know many authors I need to read that I haven’t. So… I’ll do my best.

Leigh Bardugo. Okay, technically, I’ve read her before since I read the Six of Crows duology, but that’s all I’ve read of her. I’m super interested in reading The Ninth House. I just need to see if the library has it since I’m not buying books right now.

V.E. Schwab. I’ve read nothing by this author and I’ve heard nothing but good things about her. I need to get on that.

C.J. Archer is another author I’ve been meaning to read and haven’t. I’m super intersected in Her Majesty’s Necromancer for awhile now, but haven’t gotten around to reading it.

Cassandra Clare is another author I’ve technically read, but I’ve only read the Infernal Devices series by her. I want to read more.

Abbi Waxman is the last author I’d really like to read. I heard her on the podcast #AmWriting and thought her books sounded interesting. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Those are the 5 authors I NEED to read. What are some of yours?

Top 5 Books on the Current TBR

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Bionic Book Worm. This week’s prompt is Top 5 Books on my Current TBR, or books I’m excited to read right now.

I don’t tend to have a proper TBR. If I buy books, I usually read them right away and don’t let them pile up. Lately, though, I’ve been getting books faster than I can read them, so I have quite a pile. These are the top 5 books from that pile.

There are other books I’m dying to read, too, but these are the ones I have and these are the ones I’m going to read next.

What are some books on your TBR?

Top 5 Audiobooks

It’s Top 5 Tuesday time! Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Bionic Bookworm. This week’s topic is top 5 audiobooks.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows is a funny book on its own. Add in the narrator, Katherine Kellgren, and it’s laugh out loud, roll on the floor hilarious. This book was so much fun to listen to. I couldn’t stop listening to it. Every character, every part, every nuance was so well done. Kellgren has such a sly style. You could hear the wink and the nudge at the shenanigans, but she never went overboard and made it a parody. It was just perfect, and I loved every moment of this book.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston was the first audiobook I listened to. I didn’t know what to expect going in and was unsure if it was the medium for me, but this book quickly won me over. It has duel narrators, and both Elle and Dairen’s voices were really well done. While not as hilarious as My Lady Jane, this book was solid and entertaining.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is a non-fiction book. Part memoir, part self-help, Hollis herself reads it. She does it with an upbeat enthusiasm that really got my charged. I listened to the last bit after going through a terrible moment at work, and it absolutely washed that terribleness away in a fit of rah-rah-rah. I think she’s an interesting writing and an excellent narrator and found the book engaging.

I read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett about ten years ago and really enjoyed it. I loved both Aziraphale and Crowley, probably a little too much, but that’s fine. I liked the idea of the Antichrist being misplaced and all the hullabullo that went along with it. I thought the narrator of this did an excellent job. There were a few things I didn’t like–Adam being the main one–but, overall, I thought he was great.

I went back and forth on whether to include Star Trek: Q-in-Law by Peter David on the list, but ultimately decided I had to. The problem with it is, despite the fact it says it’s unabridged, it’s totally abridged. An entire subplot is dropped! I only know that because I’ve read the book 53 million times. However, it’s narrated by John Delancie, who played Q, and Majel Barret, who played Lwaxana Troi, and it’s just so well done. They are perfect together, and it’s a real shame that the characters never interacted on the show. I would have loved for this book to be adapted into the show; it would have been comedy gold. At last I have the audiobook. And, really, who needs a Wesley subplot?

What are some of your favorite audiobooks?

Top 5 Favorite Booktube Channels

It’s Tuesday once again, and you know what that means: Top 5 Tuesday! Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm . This week’s theme is Top 5 Favorite Booktube Channels.

I have to admit, I don’t watch a lot of Booktube anymore. When I first discovered it two years ago, I consumed and subscribed to every Booktuber I could find. I even tried to do it for awhile, until I decided the medium wasn’t for me. But I’ve fallen out of watching lately and don’t really have favorites. But, here are 5 that I really liked.

GabsAboutBooks was delightfully enthusiastic and sincere. I liked the books she chose and the way she talked about them. She got me to try the Raven Cycle and while, at the time at least, it wasn’t for me, I loved the way she reviewed them.

RememberedReads always has a very soothing quality about her. I like the way she talks about her books and the diversity of books she chooses. She introduced me to the graphic novel, Velvet, which I loved, and a lot of other books that I still haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

Royaevereads seems to have taken down all her videos, which is sad. I have to admit, I loved her accent, but I also liked the intellectual way she talked about books and her excitement when she discovered a new read she loved. I also liked when she didn’t like the book, too.

ReadbyLiv seems to be on hiatus (or maybe she’s stopped posting), but her bubbly enthusiasm gave me a lot of joy.

ProblemsofABookNerd is my go-to if I need a LGBTQA+ rec. I love her dedication and focus on queer themes.

And, that’s my list.

Who are some of your favorite Booktubers? Give me some recs and I’ll check them out!

Top 5 Fall Recommendations

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer.  This week’s topic is  Top 5 Fall Recommendations.

This one is a hard one for me, because I’m not a seasonal reader. When I was a kid, I had books that I read at Spring Break and summer, but I was never really a fall reader. But, I shall do my best.

Now, if I remember correctly, Something Upstairs by Avi actually takes place during summer. However, it’s a creepy ghost story with a lot of dark, dreary atmosphere that makes it great for fall. In this story, the main character, Kenny, moves to an old house in Maine (I think). In the attic, there’s a dark stain on the floor. And a ghost. And time travel. It’s sends shivers up my spine just thinking. It’s a children’s book and only 128 pages, so if you’re looking for a short, scary story to get you into the Halloween mood, this is for you.

The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery is another childhood favorite of mine. I remembering discovering it in a bookstore outside of Sea World in San Diego (random, I know). Like Anne of Green Gables this book is about childhood and the adventures children get into. One thing I always associate with this book is a quote about autumn. Unfortunately, I can’t find my copy of the book or the quote online, so there’s a possibility I either A) imagined it or B) it’s from another book. It was something about the air in autumn sleeping and having a different feeling than spring. Anyway, when I think of fall, I think of this book.

I’m not sure this list would be complete without Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s such a back-to-school book and it has such vivid descriptions of autumn and Halloween and pumpkins and sweaters and I could go on. This is a great book to read in the fall.

I’m not sure what it is about The Hunger Games that makes it feel like an autumn book, but there’s a certain crispness to the writing and a coolness in the descriptions of the mountains and forests that make me feel like it’s a fall book. Couple reading it while listening to James Horner’s soundtrack for the movie, grab a pumpkin spice latte and a cozy blanket, and you’ve got yourself a nice fall read.

While I feel for poor Prince Rhen, I’m not sure I’d mind being cursed to relive autumn over and over again. Now, I’m a summer girl, because I like swimming and the beach, but I like the cool, crispness of fall and the turning of the leaves and the way nature starts settling into sleep. So it’s not a bad season to have to relive.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer was written for fall. The beast, Rhen, has to repeat the fall of this eighteenth years until he gets a girl to fall in love. Harper is accidentally taken to his world to try and fufill the curse, although she’s much more likely to stab him than fall in love. And Grey is a loyal servant who will do anything for Rhen, which is a trope I love. If you haven’t read this book yet, get you to a bookstore or library and Get. This. Book.

Those are my top 5 fall recommendations. What is a book you like to read in fall?

Top 5 Funniest Characters

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer.  This week’s topic is Top 5 Funniest Characters.

Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery is a hilarious character. With her head in the clouds and imagination running wild, she gets into the most awkwardly funny situations. And the language she uses! It’s not best friends, it’s kindred spirits. It’s not a lake, it’s the Lake of Shining Waters. She’s not sad, she’s in the depths of despair. And yet, she’s a very human character and very real. I was Anne before I’d ever read the book, and once I did, I knew I’d found my own kindred spirit till the end.

Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan is another character who is very funny. He’s quick on his feet, always ready with a comeback or witty observation on the situation. As he gets older, his humor sharpens and matures. He meets the weirdness of the world he’s thrown into with humor and grace, and I love reading his point of view.

A lot of people think Magnus Chase from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is too similar to Percy, but I never found him to be. He’s older than Percy is, at least when Percy was first introduced, and his humor is darker. He’s been through a lot different struggles than Percy and has learned to adapt in different ways. And, yet, he still has a great sense of humor that I love and find endearing.

Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter is another character that makes me laugh even while I relate to her in a deep way. She has a unique way of looking at the world, and while sometimes her beliefs make me roll my eyes, the ways he expresses them makes me laugh.

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I think Catherine from Northanger Abbey , like Luna and Anne, make me laugh because I’m really laughing at myself. She’s a passionate reader who gets immersed in the fantasy of it all. She loves books and loves creating stories in her mind, even when they scare her. She’s naive, but she’s also practical and strong. When she’s tested, she rises to the occasion. But, she’s also a very humorous character who makes me giggle as I’m reading her adventures.

And that’s my top 5 funniest characters. Who are some of the characters that make you laugh? Drop me a comment and let me know!

Top 5 Tuesday

It is Tuesday! Let’s do the Top 5 Tuesday dance! *boogies* Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer.  This week’s topic is Top 5 Covers of 2019.

When I first started reading No Good Men by Thea McAlistair, the cover hadn’t been released yet. I was delighted when I went back to GoodReads and saw this. It just so beautifully portrays the era and feel of the book. It’s lovely.

Another beautiful cover of a recent read, Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly has a beautiful cover that is evocative of what’s inside. The glass slipper, the blood, the glass shards… it all works for me.

There’s a slight chance I think the cover of With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo is beautiful because I’ve got a little crush on the girl, but she’s gorgeous and so is the cover.

I may have found We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett depressing and uncomfortable, but that cover is amazing. Every time I see it, it makes me want to pick the book up and read it.

What can I saw? I’ve got a thing for beautifully dressed women holding deadly objects. Capturing the Devil and all the books by Kerri Maniscalco have visually stunning covers. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

That was a lot of fun! I mean, I try not to judge a book by it’s cover, but I can’t say I succeed. The prettier the cover, the more I want to give it a try.

What are some of your favorite covers? Drop a comment below and let me know!k