Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Character Tropes

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday! Today’s topic is all about your favorite character tropes. A trope is a kind of dynamic within a book that you see played over and over again, but you just can’t help but love.

My list isn’t necessarily in any order, by these are some of my faves.

5. Kickass Female Heroine

There have been so many kickass female heroines popping up in YA lately, such as Celaena Sardothian, Katniss Everdeen, Princess Jezelia, and more. I love reading about a powerful woman because, well, women have been greatly underestimated in their strength, wits, and otherwise for long enough.

4. Love Triangles

WHEN DONE RIGHT, I love this trope. Sometimes it’s just highly unnecessary and just horrible. But there are some instances where I crave it and I’m rooting for one or the other and it’s perfect.

3. Best Friends Falling in Love

It’s just so cute when they grow up together and they gradually fall for each other and it’s just my guilty pleasure. It really is. I don’t read this nearly enough, but I really should. Give me suggestions!

2. Bad Boy + Good Girl

Oh, you know what I’m talking about. That guy with the attitude problem, but he’s really a nice and gentle guy down deep. And the girl who’s a goody-two-shoes who wants to live a little on the wild side. Yup. You know exactly what I’m talking about.

1. Goofy Sidekick

I love the goofy sidekicks! They just make the story so much better and they’re honestly just the source of comic relief, but I don’t care; they’re amazing. Examples: Ron Weasley (technically a main character, but whatevs), Simon from The Mortal Instruments, Kenji, and so on.

What are some of your favorite tropes in books? Let me know!

Top 5 Wednesday: Anticipated Pre-Orders for the Rest of the Year

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by Lainey of gingerreadslainey. Today’s topic is all about the pre-orders that we are most anticipating for the rest of the year.

Well, since I never pre-order books – or rather, rarely do – I’m going to count this as books I’m most anticipating the release of for the rest of the year.

5. “Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell

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I’m so excited to see the fanfiction story from “Fangirl” come to life in its own novel. I’m really curious to see how the characters develop and how close they may or may not be to what was written from Cath’s point of view in the other book.

4. “Ice Like Fire” by Sara Raasch

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I’m excited to see where the characters are now that they have their homeland back and how they’re going to access the magic in their land and when the villain is going to make a reappearance.

3. “Their Fractured Light” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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I need this third installment in my life like right now. I love this trilogy so much, and it gets better with each book. Like, my heart is so happy just thinking about it. I’m getting all the feels right now.

2. “Frozen Tides” by Morgan Rhodes

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I haven’t read the third book yet, but I am getting more into the series as it progresses and I am curious to see where the plot leads and who does and doesn’t die next and the magic in the world and all that jazz.

1. “Queen of Shadows” by Sarah J. Maas

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I’m so excited for this booooook. I mean, I’m sure you all already know that, but I needed to put it on here because if it wasn’t, then I’d call shenanigans. Blasphemy. Mutiny. You get it.

What books have you pre-ordered that you’re most excited for? If you’re like me and don’t really pre-order anything, what’s your number one book that you’re most anticipating by the end of this year? Let me know!

Top 5 Wednesday: Things On Your Shelf That Aren’t Books

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by Lainey of gingerreadslainey on YouTube. Today’s topic is all about those things on your shelves that aren’t books. So let’s jump right in:

5. Disney Girl License Plate

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I got this license plate during an event at my college about two years ago. I love love love Disney with all my heart, and so I had to get a plate (that’s plastic) to commemorate it.

4. Mickey & Minnie Plushies

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We got these plushies on our honeymoon to Disney World over Christmas in 2014. It was so fun and I wanted to get my first Mickey plushie. Well, why not both Mickey and Minnie for the price of one? Plus they were dressed in their wedding garb, which was perfect.

3. Seashell from Wedding

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It was a Disney themed wedding (see a pattern here?) and I didn’t want a typical bouquet once I was given the option to carry a seashell. And guess who my favorite Disney Princess is? Ariel! So it was perfect. And yes, those flowers are from the wedding; they’re dried by now, so they can crumble really easily.

2. Mickey & Minnie Frame with Wedding Picture

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On our honeymoon in Disney we saw this frame at our resort and we just HAD to have it. Luckily they found a box in the back otherwise we may not have been able to get it. I love how beautiful it is and how it has the two iconic characters dressed up for their wedding day (plus the picture in it is from our wedding day!).

1. Family Photos

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I have a whole bunch of photos of my sister, who didn’t make it when she was born, to my Memere and Pepere from their prom back in the day, to my dogs Hershey and Taz. They’re super special to me and definitely make it to the top spot on the list for this week.

What are some of your miscellaneous things that are on your shelves that you find special? Let me know!

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters You Wish You Could Drown

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday, as hosted by the lovely gingerreadslainey over on YouTube. Today’s topic is all about the characters you wish you could drown. We all have these characters, the ones that frustrate you to no end and have little in the way of the story and plot and everything. Yeah, those characters. So here’s my short list:

5. The King from The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas

Does this king even have a name? I don’t know, but he’s Dorian’s father and he’s just really mean and heartless and cruel, and after the end of the third book I really, really don’t like him and wouldn’t mind sticking his head in something and… yeah…

4. Adam from The Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

He was really nice and stuff in the first book, a really whiny baby in the second book, and a GIGANTIC JERK in the third. So yeah, I wouldn’t mind drowning him for the way he treated Juliette in the third book (I have a mini-rant in my review if you want to check it out).

3. Tris from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth

Okay, I had to really think long and hard about this one. I don’t hate Tris’s character so much as hate the decisions she made in the long run. Many times she was an awesome, strong female character, but toward the end she just kind of became really frustrating and made a lot of stupid decisions that weren’t so much “sacrifices” as they were stupid decisions.

2. Joffery from the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

Okay, I haven’t read far enough I don’t think to see him reign horribly in the books, but in the show? OMG I HATE HIM. Actually, no, he is just as horrible in the book early on. So yeah, I really, really want to have the pleasure of drowning him.

1. Eadlyn Schreave from The Heir by Kiera Cass

Oh my gosh, she’s such a freakin’ brat. And so clueless as to how to treat people. Like, was she not socialized as the next ruler of a country? I just… I don’t understand how she can be so… UGH. She’s just so frustrating. SO. FRUSTRATING. I wouldn’t mind seeing her suffer a little…

Who are some of the characters you wish you could drown? Don’t worry, it’s all non-canon here. (maybe) Let me know!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Books of the Year So Far

I haven’t done Top 5 Wednesday for a long time now. Whoops. Well, this week’s topic is all about your favorites books of the year so far. This is going to be hard to choose, but I’m going to do my best. I feel so unfair giving these ranks, but alas, I must.

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5. “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” by Laini Taylor.

I wasn’t expecting to love this book so much. It had romance, it had mystery, it had sexy characters, it had beautiful writing and it had so much, much more. It was a wonderful read and I highly recommend it. Check out my review here.

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4. “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare.

This book, though a prequel trilogy beginning, was awesome and wonderful and omg Will Herondale’s personality is amazing. I love the old feel of London and the steampunk affects of the story. I can’t wait to continue on! Check out my review here.

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3. “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J Maas.

A wonderful beginning to a new trilogy, this book had romance, steamy scenes, hot Faerie men, a strong heroine, and more. It was so worth the read, even if some parts felt out of place and all that. Check out my review here.

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2. “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir.

Wow, this was a strong beginning to a new fantasy series. So far, we only have this book and the upcoming sequel, but I hope it’s more than just a duology. It has action, adventure, romance, betrayal, villains you love to hate, and more. Check out my review here.

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1. “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli.

This book had me giggling and squeeing for a large portion of what I was reading. It was so cute and fun and such a great read. If you haven’t read this yet, what are you waiting for? Do it. Do it nooooowwww. Check out my review here.

Okay, because this is just cruel and unusual punishment, here’s a couple of honorable mentions that have also been my favorites this year:

What are some of your favorite books of the year so far that you’ve read? Let me know!