Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Groups of Friends

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Hey everyone!

First off, I got the place I was trying to get! Yay me! No more 1.5 hour commutes to school for me!

Today I’ll be joining in on T5W again. Apparently I missed out on the other friendship questions, but I’m sure I’ll eventually get to those in freebies. I actually haven’t read many books with a huge group of friends, but I was luckily able to come up with a few.


1. The Wayward Children from The Wayward Children Series by Seanan Mcguire

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Artwork by Rovina Cai

If you saw my tweet about my fantasy-like encounter with Seanan Mcguire at Worldcon, you may think I’m being biased…and that would be sorta kinda true. But I do really adore the Wayward Children, especially in Beneath the Sugar Sky. I just love how a group of children who don’t feel like they fit in anywhere have a place where they can be proud to be themselves. I also like how they find comfort in each other.

 

2. Bridge 4 from The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

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Artwork by Kaladin Taichou

Ahhhh these airsick lowlanders are such treasures! If you haven’t read The Way of Kings, one army uses bridgemen to run ahead and place bridges across chasms for the soldiers to get where they need to be. As you can probably tell, it’s a dangerous job and people constantly die on bridge runs. The members of Bridge 4 don’t start off as the most likable of characters, but I always found myself rooting for them. They’re also hilarious! It’s super funny whenever they affectionately bash one another.

 

3. The Dregs from The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

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Artwork by vvivaa

As you can probably already tell, I love a group of entertaining misfits with troubled pasts, especially when they’re characterized well. I don’t think any member of The Dregs doesn’t have something someone can relate to, and that’s why I care for them so much.

 

4. The Fairy Tail Guild from Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

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Fairy Tail has a huge cast of characters, and I can honestly say I like every one of them. There are many characters I couldn’t stand in the beginning who are now my favorites. I used to be obsessed with an MMORPG called Lineage II and formed many close relationships with my former clan mates. I love the Fairy Tail guild because they treat each other like family, and I without a doubt believe your online clan mates can become as close as family.

 

 

5. Alabaster, Syenite, and Innon from The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

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Artwork by Kevin Kevinson

 

I may or may not have been excited for this week’s topic just because I finally had a reason to post this beautiful fanart of my favorite characters from a book I read in 2018. Alabaster, Syenite, and Innon are not just friends. They are also in a polyamorous relationship. I think anyone would be lucky to have someone care for them the way the characters in this group care for each other. You can even see their admiration when they’re not near one another.


I hope you enjoyed my picks and featured fanart! What are some of your favorite group of friends? Let me know!

Cya! ^^

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Top 5 Wednesday: Best Books You’ve Read So Far in 2018

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey and currently hosted by Sam on Goodreads. Come check out the group and join the fun!

Hey everyone!

Tomorrow is my last day of class! Yay! Wish me luck lol..!

If you didn’t already notice, my book has gone through yet another change. I’m pretty happy with it now. Just need to add header and divider graphics. Debating upgrading my account so I can do a little more, but it’s okay for now!

So anyways, today for T5W we are doing the top 5 books we’ve read so far in 2018. I’ve been trying to recommend different books, but I always talk about the books I love. I wouldn’t be surprised if you can guess most of the books on this list.


1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

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I inhaled this trilogy, but The Fifth Season is my favorite of the three. I love this book because of its commentary on racism and oppression. I love its writing and pacing. I love how innocent and curious Damaya is and how determined Syenite is and how reserved Essun is. I honestly can’t think of anything I didn’t like about this book!

 

2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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Another page turner! I’ve said this before, but I wouldn’t mind being a little more like Evelyn. I admire how she takes every opportunity she gets and when she doesn’t have any she makes one. I know she is probably not the most likable character because she is constantly doing something a tiny bit (or a whole lot) shady, and she is constantly hiding parts of herself. But I think the other side is Evelyn wants to make it big in front of the media and she knows that sadly, being herself won’t get her what she wants.

 

3. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

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How many times have I raved about this book in the last two months? This is the anthology I’ve been waiting for all my life. Like I said in my review, when I was little I always liked the characters with the darkest hair because I felt like they were the closest to being like me. When I read this book, the characters I rooted for were actually like me. Some of them even had dark skin like me. This is so beautifully written, and I know I’ll be reading this book over and over again for years to come. →my review

 

4. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

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If you haven’t already guessed, I have a thing for books with lyrical writing and retellings. This retelling of Koschei the Deathless and Marya Morevna is the epitome of of that. The funny thing is, it wasn’t my favorite read when I finished it, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it so it slowly made it’s way to the top of my favorites list. It’s a darker read as it’s set during The Battle of Leningrad, and there’s even one chapter that still haunts me today, but I hope you give this one a shot if you haven’t read it yet! →my review

 

5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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I was hesitant to read this because I haven’t read The Illiad or The Odyssey, but I’m glad I did! I really appreciate how even though Patroclus was surrounded by a bunch of heroic men, he was the average Joe among them. This book made me feel that you don’t have to do the most amazing feats to be considered a hero. Sometimes you just need to be their and care for someone. Plus, this book had me bawling my eyes out, so there’s that! →my review


So…familiar to this blog, right? Have you read any of these? Interested in any? Let me know!

Cya! ^^

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

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Hey everyone! Better late than never right? Today for Top 5 Wednesday I’ll be talking about the books I want to read before the end of the year is over. I chose these specifically because they’ve been on my physical TBR the longest, so about a year and a half. I haven’t been collecting books for too long, I think, and that’s why my TBR keeps growing and growing lol..!


1. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

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I keep trying to add this to my “TBR” but I can never get it to fit. Maybe it’s a mixture of the hype and its size that’s holding me back, but I know I will love this one when I get to it!

 

2. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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I got this when I finished everything in the Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo, so that was about a year ago. I AM going to read this this year! I hear the fourth book is coming out this year, too, so it would be nice to at least know what it’s all about.

 

3. Dreamer’s Pool by Julliet Marillier

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I got this book a little over a year ago on BookOutlet for two reasons: 1. The cover is super pretty, and I still have a thing for picking up books with girls with dark hair on the cover. It makes me feel like we might have a connection because my hair is dark, too, lol… And 2. Blackhorn is a healer, and I usually play healers in MMO’s. I’ve picked this up a couple of times before, too, and again got distracted.

 

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Yep, I haven’t read this yet. I got maybe 50 pages into it before I heard there was a love triangle-more-like-polygon and put it down. I enjoyed what I read and I don’t mind love triangles that much, but the series was only two books in when I first tried to read it. I can’t finish a book with that much tension and have to wait another year to find out what happens next. It physically hurts me! However, this year the third book came out and I don’t want to be too behind. >.>

 

5. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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This was probably the first book recommended to me by a real life friend when I mentioned I was getting into fantasy and is probably the oldest books on my TBR. I have to read this! If only so a certain someone will stop asking me about it!


Have you read any of these? Which one should I get to first? I’d love to hear from you!

Cya! ^^

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite LGBTQ+ Books That Don’t Feature Cis M/M Relationships

Hey everyone! It’s been a couple of weeks since I participated in T5W, but now I’m back! This week’s topic is favorite LGBTQ+ books that don’t feature cis m/m relationships.

Before we move on to my answers, I want to say that I am not LGBTQ+ but definitely consider myself an ally. I try my best to be respectful, but don’t hesitate to call me out if I get something wrong!


1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Honestly, this is the one book I wish I read after I started blogging because I loved it so much. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo features an f/f (lesbian & bi) romance between two high profile celebrities. The reason that I love this book so much is because one woman fought so hard to keep their relationship safe in front of the public eye and the other woman supported her while not being afraid to voice when she was unhappy with the situation. I also like that they were finally able to speak their truth on their own terms despite living their lives in front of the media. Plus, Evelyn is one of my favorite characters ever despite her being kind of a jerk at times. She is such a flawed character but she knows it, and she isn’t afraid to take any opportunity presented to her or make her own when she doesn’t have any.

 

2. Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

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This book is firstly about a girl whose brother is accused of raping her friend, but it also features a F/Non-binary romance. This was a hard read because it asks its readers to answer some tough tough questions. What would you do if someone close to you was accused of doing something horrible to someone else? What if you believed they actually did what they were accused of? Would you support your loved one or help seek justice for their victim? Would you somehow try to figure out how to do both? And how would your relationship with your loved one change? (taken from my review) Aside from the hard subject matter, this book was helpful to me because it illustrates how someone might question their sexuality and gender identity. TW for rape, PTSD, and victim blaming.

 

3. Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

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So here’s the thing about Sailor Moon, this manga and anime created a safe haven for the LGBTQIAP+ community in the 90’s, but this doesn’t apply to all of its adaptations. The author intended for two of the sailor scouts to be lesbians and some of the newer scouts to be females who expressed themselves as males. You’ll only be able to get the whole Sailor Moon experience if you read the manga with a translation that sticks closely to the author’s intent.

 

4. America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

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I finally finished this book, and of course I loved it! Aside from being about the Filipino-American experience, this book features the cutest slow burn f/f (both bisexual) romance. After I read this, I watched a bunch of interviews featuring Elaine Castillo. In her interviews she emphasizes that though AINTH can be labeled as a book about the Filipino identity, it is also about a different America that many people aren’t familiar with but does exist. Her story is about immigrants living in the suburbs where the minority is the majority and English may not be the prevalent language. I could go on and on about America is Not the Heart, but I will save it for my review!

 

5. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

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I just realized that I gave 5 stars to every book on this list and have mentioned them all waaay too many times, and The Fifth Season is no exception. This book features a polyamorous relationship, and it is one my favorite fictional relationships ever. I admire how much each person cares for the other, and this is how I want my future romantic relationship to be like! There’s not a ton of romantic gestures but there’s so much love and respect among the characters. The Fifth Season is also still my favorite fictional work with themes of systematic oppression, and I so wish I reviewed it when I first read it.


Have you read any of these? Got any recommendations for me? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Cya! ^^

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Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Habits

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Hey everyone! I had a different post planned for today’s Rewind, but I’m not feeling well so I decided on a topic that would allow me to participate and then go back to bed instead ><! This actually turned out to be pretty fun, and I’m sitting here wondering how I’ve become this obsessed with books and reading. I’m also pretty sure this confirms my book buying problem, but oh well! -shrugs-


1. I listen to audio books during my commute to school.

My university is a 45 minute drive without traffic and almost 2 hours with traffic. I make this commute 2 times a week, so I get a lot of audio book time in. I used to hate this commute, but I don’t mind it as much when I have a good audio book that I’m looking forward to listening to!

 

2. I read on my Kindle while on the elliptical.

I can’t stand cardio of any kind, especially cardio that involves sprinting or moving really fast (which I’m pretty sure is most cardio…). So instead, I crank the incline up on the elliptical and stay on there for an hour. I used to listen to music while I do this, but I kept outplaying songs after a few months. Reading on my Kindle turned out to be a great alternative because there are so many stories out there.

 

3. I have mastered Book Outlet…sort of.

For those of you who don’t know, Book Outlet is an online bookstore that sells books at overstocked prices. I check Book Outlet at around 10 PDT because that is when they usually restock and then add books I’m interested in to my cart. I do this most nights until I find that one book that makes me move on to purchasing whatever’s in my cart. This is usually a UK edition, a signed copy, or a book that costs a lot at full price. Before I check out, I remove books I don’t think I will actually get to and buy the rest. I don’t look through Book Outlet for awhile after, but I inevitably start the process all over again.  I can’t be the only one who does this, right? >.>

 

4. I get the most reading done at work.

I am a part time barista at a local cafe and my shift is from 6:30 AM to 1:30 PM. There is the initial rush in the morning until about 9 and then another rush at about 11 to noon. Between these rushes we clean and restock and then my coworker hops on Twitter while I read.

 

5. I have a release day Half Price Books and Barnes & Noble routine.

On the release day of a book I’ve been anticipating, I gather up books I’ve been wanting to unhaul and sell them at Half Price Books. While waiting for the employees to get to my books, I check the clearance section because I can usually find books that have been on my radar and never thought I would find in person in perfect condition for $1-$3 (Side note: This is another reason why I always end up with so many books at the end of the month. I love looking through clearance sections and used book stores!) When the HPB employee calls me over, I then check to see if they have the new release I’ve been wanting. If they don’t have the book, I drive a mile over to the Barnes & Noble and buy the book discounted or fully with the money I get from Half Price Books.


So yep, there you have it. You now all know the lengths I go for books >.>. Don’t judge me!! You gotta read whenever and where ever you can. And retail therapy, ya know?

What are some of your bookish habits? I’d love to know in the comments!

Cya! ^^

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I want to Re-Read

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Hey everyone! Back with another Top 5 Wednesday, but before I get into my Rewind post, I wanted to share that I finally figured out Bloglovin’ and rejoined Twitter. If you have any of these feel free to follow! And of course, I’ll follow you right back ^^

For today’s topic, I chose books I want to re-read. These could be my all-time favorites, books I don’t really remember, books I think I might change my mind about, or book series that have other books coming out soon. Here we go!


1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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Back in high school, before I understood what being a feminist was all about, I fell in love with Jane Eyre. That’s saying something because I wasn’t much of a reader back then. I loved how strong Jane was and how mysterious and spooky the atmosphere felt. And of course there’s that famous line, “Reader, I married him” that I still think is romantic, but now also see as a way for Jane to express that she did what she wanted and not because it was expected of her. I have to read this one soon because  My Plain Jane is coming out, and I need a refresher!

 

2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I just read this this year, but it’s one of my favorites! Evelyn is probably my favorite character I’m not supposed to completely like. Though she did some shady things to get what she wanted, I admire how she was willing to take each opportunity presented to her and, not only that, but also create her own opportunities when they weren’t available. I will probably re-read this many, many times.

 

3. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

 

I binged this series, and it’s honestly the reason I got back into reading for myself. I was so entertained by these books! I remember feeling incredibly anxious because my room was infested with carpet beetles, and these books were the best escape from my head. Not gonna lie, one of the biggest reasons I loved this so much was because it reminded me of Sailor Moon, and Marissa Meyer used to be one of my favorite Sailor Moon fanfiction writers.

 

4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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I didn’t love these books when I read it, but I keep referencing it now. I don’t know how many times I’ve dramatically said, “Life! Don’t talk to me about life” or how many times I’ve told my coworkers (we’re baristas) not to forget their towels since reading this book. I think if I listened to it as an audio book, I might enjoy it more. I like to hear this kind of humor but reading it? Not so much.

 

5. The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

 

I need to re-read this because the last book is coming out! However, this is the one series on this list that I’m super scared to read again because my reading tastes have changed, and I’m afraid I’ll hate it. But my mom and I both had good times reading this while venturing New York for the first time last year, so I’m hoping I’ll still love it.


Have you read any of these? Would you re-read them? If you haven’t read them, do you want to read them? Let me know!

Cya! ^^

Top 5 Wednesday: Recent Additions to My TBR

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Dead week continues for me, but I love Top 5 Wednesday! This week for Rewind month I chose books that I recently added to my TBR. I mean, I add books everyday, probably multiple times a day, but there’s just so many books I need to discover, ya know???

These are the top 5 books I want badly, but this list always changes lol.


1. Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff

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I was looking up books about mothers and found this article from tor.com. It pointed out that there aren’t many books that deal with pregnancy and child-rearing in SFF books, and I realized that I’d never read a book like that before either. I browsed the comments and many people recommended this book. It features a princess who has been exiled for becoming pregnant and helping her unborn child’s father escape the palace dungeons. Also, this book features a community where everyone is bisexual. This sounds especially daring because the book was written in 1994.

 

2. The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi

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I saw this book on auroralibrialis’ T5W post from last week. That cover! It has sea creatures and lords and ladies (some of my buzz words, obviously), and royal majestic beasts. And it’s a translated work originally written in Japanese and set in Japan. Sounds like something I’d read!

 

3. Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin

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So, I am one of those salty people who are a little bit upset that GRRM is probably not going to release his last 2 novels anytime soon. I get that he wants his novels to be perfect, but it’s not like he hasn’t been publishing other books. However, I can’t help myself with this one. I’ve been fascinated with Aegon and the Targaryens ever since I first read about them, so I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

 

4. Winterwood by Jacey Bedford

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I don’t actually know how to explain this one because a lot seems to be going on in the synopsis, but I’ve been watching Kitty G’s videos for a long while and I became interested when she hauled it. Then I saw Mogsy’s review and was completely sold. It’s set in Britain in the 1800’s and has a cross-dressing lady pirate, fae, shapeshifters, and ghosts! I am seriously wondering how all that can fit into one book.

 

5. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

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I feel like this is going to be a lot like The Hate U Give but set in Oakland, California where crime rates are high and many minorities live. Personally, I live about 15 minutes from Oakland and work on International Blvd. so I’ve seen a lot of the police around. Aside from police, less than 2 months ago ICE agents raided a swap meet close to my workplace and deported many people that were present. I always find it interesting when I read or watch reviews where someone say they can’t imagine living like that because it unfortunately is the truth for many people living around here. These are real issues, and I’m interested to see Mark Oshiro’s take on the matter.

 


That’s all I’ve got for this post. Actually, I can probably come up with about 20 more books I want if I think about it for a couple minutes. Book addict problems, right?

Are there any books you’ve been dying to get your hands on? Let me know!

Cya! ^^