Top 5 Wednesday – Classes Based on Books/Characters

Hello and welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by the lovely Sam of Thoughts on Tomes. I haven’t done one of these in a VERY long time, so to kickstart my blog again (because let’s be real, I’ve been slacking), I figured I’d do this week’s T5W! Let’s jump into it!

This week’s T5W topic is…

September 6th: Classes Based on Books/Characters
–It’s back to school season, so let’s discuss some classes you’d like to take either based on books or based on characters’ skills. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO NOT USE HARRY POTTER, because that is too easy. You are supposed to make up your own classes. For example, you could use How to Dismantle a Dystopian Regime for The Hunger Games or Archery 101 with Katniss.

These are in no particular order.

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5. Aircraft & Flying: Learning to Fly Spacecrafts with Captain Thorne – Can you imagine taking a flying class with Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles? I think this would be a super fun class because not only do you get to spend time with Thorne, but you also get to learn how to fly different kinds of aircraft, including those that can go into space! I love flying so this would definitely be one of my top picks for sure.

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4. Controlling the Elements with Vhalla Yarl – I think Vhalla is a seriously kickass lady and the control she has over her element air is amazing. I think she and Aldrik would actually make a great team since they have opposite elements that they can control. I don’t know what element I’d have… I kind of feel like I’d be able to control earth or fire, but who knows?

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3. Creative Writing: Fanfiction with Cath – I’m already a writer and I love to write, but I haven’t really tried fanfiction before! I think that this class taught by Cath (which would be interesting in and of itself) would be super useful because she’s really good at fanfiction and writing. I’ve always wanted to try, so why not take a class like that?

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2. Painting 101 with Feyre Archeron – I’m a very artistic person but I’d still love to be able to take painting classes with Feyre. She seems like she’d be a fun teacher who also would be sassy with you if you were screwing around and stuff. I think I’d learn how to paint very aesthetically pleasing environmental pieces, if anything.

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1. Combat Training 101 with Elias Veturius – I think my body would be in the best shape ever if I learned about combat from Elias. Can you imagine? It would be crazy! I’m sure we’d use practice weapons and stuff, but what if we had to use real ones? I’d hurt myself, let’s be real.


There you have it! Those are five classes I would take if I could take classes with book characters. They’re kind of all over the place, but I think I’d definitely have fun in all of them.

Let’s Chat! ^w^

If you could take a class with any character, who would it be and what would be the class? Would you take any of the classes I’m taking?

Fangirl Book Review

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Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – an imprint of MacMillan
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 445
Format: Purchased Hardcover

“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell is a story about a girl named Cath who loves Simon Snow – a fictional character in a bestselling book series in the book (wasn’t that confusing?). She writes fanfiction about Simon and his nemesis, Baz, in their world and setting, and by doing this she has thousands of views on the website she posts them on. When she and her twin sister, Wren, go off to college, things couldn’t be more difficult for Cath. She’s much more recluse than her sister and prefers spending time on the Internet than with real people. And then her new roommate, Reagan, has this guy over all the time: Levi. He smiles way too much and is way too nice, and Cath doesn’t really know why he’s over so much. And then she and her sister grow distant… Her first year of college is a mess before it turns around one day.

Now, with all of that being said, I really wanted to read a lighthearted book, and I believe I found that in “Fangirl.” Rowell’s writing style has been difficult for me to transition into because she has a unique style, but as soon as I was comfortable, I flew through the story. It only took about two days’ time to read the book – which I’m very proud of myself for.

As the book progressed, I found that it was very much like a typical lifestyle of a college freshman: people partying, exploring new places, hook ups, drama, classes, worry, stress. It’s a big ball of mush and I could really connect with how real a lot of the views and opinions expressed by various characters were. Some of the views I obviously didn’t agree with because of my own experiences when I was in college, but I know that a lot of people have similar views, especially when it comes to fraternities and sororities. But that being said, I’m glad the sole focus wasn’t on the school aspect – not completely – and I’m glad that it focused more on Cath’s writing and online world at times.

It also focused a lot on family and issues such as divorce, alcohol addiction, mental illness, and togetherness. It wasn’t just a romance or a school story; it was a family story and about how the members of the family dealt with the situations at hand.

But that’s not to say that I didn’t love the romance in it.┬áThe love interest and romance of the story was too adorable. I love how it progressed over time, and that there was even plausible drama in it. It wasn’t fast, wasn’t sudden, and that’s what I like about Rowell’s writing, but I still wish there was more.

I liked the installations of Cath’s fiction writing throughout and how they actually played their parts as a precursor to the chapter ahead. I thought it was clever and it was also fun to read a story within a story (storyception!).

Overall, this book was highly enjoyable, fun, engaging, but also serious at times. It didn’t make me bored or keep me guessing.

I rate this book 5/5 stars and highly recommend it if you’re looking for something lighthearted.