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

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 Series I Need to Finish.

So, I think I’m going to have to go with series I <i>need</i> to finish, because the only series I’m not caught up on are ones where I’m still waiting for the books to come out. So, without further ado…

Arc of a Scythe

I need to finish this series. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman was so amazing and the cliffhanger killed me. I am dying to know what happens next. Seriously, this book needs to be in my hand now. I also need to buy these. I borrowed them from the library, but I will definitely reread this series, so I have to get these books into my hot little hands.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer is another series I need to finish. Now, technically, I haven’t read the second, Archenemies yet, but that’s because I’m waiting for it to get to the library. However, there’s a possibility that this series will be purchases as well. I love superhero universes, and this one centers on a girl that was raised to be a villain and infiltrates the superheroes. It’s complex and interesting and I love the characters.

I’m dying to read Tyrant’s Tomb, which is the last of the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan. I wasn’t super engaged by the second book, and while my memory of the third is… shaky, I remember really liking it. Oh, wait. I think I remember what happened. There were lots of tears. But, yeah, I am totally engaged by Apollo’s journey from being a selfish prick to a more humanized person.

Rebel by Marie Lu is a book I always knew I needed, but never though I’d get. I loved the Legend series. I adore June and Day and was devastated by the last book. And then, Marie Lu announced she had written a fourth book and I was so happy. The release date is drawing near,and I cannot wait.

The Whyborne and Griffin series by Jordan L. Hawk is a series I legit need to catch up on. I devoured the first 9 books. And then, the tenth book came out while I was on a book-buying freeze. Even when I started buying books again, I never got this one. Now, Jordan L. Hawk has announced they’ve written the last book in the series. I need to catch up so I can read that last book.

And those are the book series I need to finish. What series do you need to finish? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer.  This week’s topic is Top 5 Books I don’t talk about enough.

I thought I’d never talked about Odd Thomas on my blog before, but apparently I have. I’ll assume I told the story, about how I’d never had any interest in Dean Koontz and then I saw him talk at Comic Con about how Odd came to him. I knew that the character had to be something special, so I read the book, and I was so glad I did. Odd really is something special. He can see the dead and does everything he can to help them. He had a terrible childhood, but pulled himself out of it and forged his own path. He sweet and thoughtful and humble and just wonderful. I liked the whole series, but the first book holds a special place in my heart.

Yet another book I thought I’ve never mentioned, but I have. I first read Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede when I was in seventh or eight grade. I have a confession: I’m not hugely into dragons, but this book is the exception. The princess is amazing, the dragon is fantastic, and the bad guys can be defeated with soapy water. It’s an fun romp that turns the damsel in distress trope on its head and leaves you guessing.

I picked up Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry because the cover and title intrigued me. I almost put it down right away because I thought the main character, Joe Ledger, sounded like a sexist dick and the book was going to be in the vein of OH JOHN RINGO NO. But, for some reason, I kept reading and found that my initial impression was very wrong. Joe might like looking at “beach bunnies”, but he’s not going to have sex with anyone who’s drunk and grieving and can’t properly consent. He also is highly competent at his job, has a wicked sense of humor, and has a pet cat named Cobbler. The villains in this book are numerous, varied, and all interesting in their own way. It’s a fantastic beginning of a long series that’s still going on, much to my pleasure.

Love Underground by Alicia Fields is a retelling of the Persephone myth, which has always been my favorite. In this book, no one is a god or goddess exactly, but Hades is a mysterious man who has a kingdom in a cave under Persephone’s village. When someone is sick or injured beyond help, the villagers leave the body by the entrance of the cave for him to deal with. He take them in, does what he can, and is never seen by the villagers. Then, he sees Persephone, kidnaps her, and they eventually fall in love. Yeah, it’s problematic, but I liked it.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield was one of the books I couldn’t put down. It’s about a reclusive author who invites a woman named Margaret to write her biography. Her tale is twisted and weird and left me on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would come next. It also blew my mind. In some ways, it’s similar to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but it’s much more gothic. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.

And those are the top 5 books I don’t talk about enough. What’s a book that you loved that you rarely talk about? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Top 5 Tuesday

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

My first pick is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve talked before about how when I finally started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down even though I was at Disney’s California Adventures. My other story about the book is how I bought it. I was at Borders (RIP) and in the mood for a book that delivered 2 things: 1) It had to be a dystopian book and 2) the main character had to be a girl. I picked this book up and immediately knew it was the book I was looking for. I’ve often lamented how I wanted to read this book for the first time again; it was just that great of an experience.


The Giver by Lois Lowry may have been the first dystopian I ever read (although I may have read Animal Farm first). I loved how chilling and disturbing the world was. I loved Jonah and his journey. I hated the ending, because I was a very pessimistic child and was sure something bad had happened at the end, but I still loved the book.

I read Legend by Marie Lu when I was deep into my dystopian love. My sister recommended it to me, saying it was based on Javert and Valjean from Les Miserables but genderflipped and a romance. I loved Day and his quest to do what’s right, and I love June and her sense of duty. This trilogy devastated me, absolutely, completely killed me. But, there’s a fourth book coming out soon, so either I’ll have my heart ripped out again or will be happy. We’ll see.

I read Scythe by Neal Shusterman last year. I’ll admit: I’ve been a little burned out on dystopians, but this one sounded interesting. A world where death has been conquered and can only be delivered randomly by people assigned the job? Color me intrigued. And I’m so glad I read it, because this book is amazing. I loved all the characters, especially Scythe Faraday, and the villains were terrifying. I cannot wait for the next book.

So, I feel I have to go with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for my last pick. I almost went with Divergent by Veronica Roth, but, honestly, I feel like that book is best read as a coming-of-age novel and doesn’t fully succeed as a dystopian. This book, however, does. It’s terrifying, especially in today’s political climate. I’ve read it twice,and each time it’s basically given me nightmares. It’s like something out of my worst dreams and, yet, somehow totally feasible. I haven’t see the TV show, but I think this is one of the best dystopian books out there.

And that’s my top 5 for the week?

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

Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer.  This week’s topic is Top 5 Books Under 300 Pages.

My first book under 300 pages is The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles. At just 200 pages, this book packs a lot in it. There’s intrigue, magic, romance, sex, ghosts, and tattoos. It’s a great book that I’ve read multiple times. Each time, it makes me smile. If you are at all interested in m/m paranormal romance, I highly recommend this one.

I first read The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle I think when I was in middle school. I was deeply into pirates and all things nautical. This book hit the sweet spot. It’s about a girl who is traveling by boat from England to America to be with her family. The crew is out for revenge on their cruel captain and Charlotte gets caught in the middle. She ends up joining the crew and changing her life. I love it.

The Stone Rainbow by Liane Shaw will be published on September 17. It’s about a boy who’s gay and struggling when another boy moves to town and is open about his sexuality. They become friends and decide to plan a Pride parade in their small town. It was so sweet and made me cry tears of joy. I can’t wait for more people to discover this gem.

I’ve talked many, many times about Beauty by Robin McKinley on my blog, so I won’t say much about it. Only, there is just something so comforting and magical about this book. I love the character of Beauty so much.

The last best book under 300 pages is Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles. This is a heist book, and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it at first because one of the characters was not such a good guy. But he turned out to be a very romantic guy and won me over with his declaration of love for the other character. Seriously, I melted. K.J. Charles is a genius for writing wonderfully romantic love declarations. This book was a lot of fun and I can’t wait for more in the series.

So, those are my top 5 books under 300 pages. It wasn’t easy, but I genuinely do love all the books on this list.

What’s one of your top books under 300 pages? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer.  This week’s topic is K, L, M, N, O!

K is for King of Fools by Amanda Foody. The sequel to Ace of Shades really lets Enne Salta come into her own as she creates her own girl gang that’s just as powerful as any other gang in the city, but on Enne’s terms. There’s a lot of politics and political maneuvering in it, and I just loved it.

I’ve never met a Cat Sebastian novel I didn’t like, but this one is probably one of my favorites. The Earl of Radnor is convinced he’s mad when he’s just brilliant and thinks differently from everyone else. Georgie Turner is a swindler on the run and together they find a love they’d never thought they’d deserve. It’s beautiful.

Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner is probably the most beautifully written play I’ve ever seen and read. It’s poetry in the guise of prose and when I first saw and read it, it blew me away. My college did a production of it and while I only got to see it once, I was in a play in the next theater and spent my moment’s offstage with my ear pressed to the theater door so I could drink in the beauty. It truly is magical.

Northanger Abbey is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels. I love the lighthearted air of it. I so identify with Catherine Morland and her love of novels and the way she lets her imagination get run away with her. And Henry Tilney is just a delight. There’s just something about his humor and his manner that really gets to me. I love him so much.

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz is a favorite of mine. I’d never read anything by Koontz when he was speaking at a panel I was at during Comic Con. I don’t think I was even there for that panel, but a following one, but when Koontz started talking about how he started writing Odd Thomas, it just sounded magical. I knew that the character was special and the book had to be too. And it really is. Odd is an amazing character who’s been through a ton of trauma and come out with a deep sense of humility and openness to the world that’s wonderful to read. I love this book.

Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think of them?