Top 5 Wednesday: Books Featuring Shapeshifters

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by the lovely Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes.

Here’s today’s topic:

October 18th: Books Featuring [paranormal creature of your choice]
–Here is the previously mentioned paranormal creature topic. This topic will revolve around one type of paranormal creature of your choice. So books featuring vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, demons, fae, zombies, etc.

This seems like a fun topic so let’s jump right into it! In no particular order:

5. Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews

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This series has so many paranormal, mythical, magical beings in it, it’s like seriously a free-for-all when it comes down to it. But the shapeshifters I was thinking of were the werecats and other people who can shift into different animals, like Curran who can transform into a lion. It’s a really good adult urban fantasy series so far so I definitely recommend it.

4. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

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Now I know there are shapeshifters in some of these books. I just can’t remember which books and characters haha! But either way, this series has a lot of different magical creatures so take your pick.

3. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

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There’s one character whom I really like that’s a shapeshifter and she kicks ass! She’s very fierce and I love how she really embraces her nature in later books.

2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Okay, I’m really only talking about Wolf here, but he’s still a shapeshifter sorta kinda, okay? Plus he’s awesome, so there’s that, too.

1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I remember there being one instance of a shapeshifter so far, but there are SO many mysteries in this series and I think there could be a lot more surprises ahead.

Let’s Chat! ^w^

What books do you recommend with shapeshifters in them? What are some of your favorite and least favorite paranormal creatures?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You’ve Read Because of Social Media

Hey beautiful people, welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by the lovely Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. I always love talking about this kind of topic because 98% of what I read and buy is from seeing people haul them or recommend them on some form of social media. Here’s the topic:

September 27th: Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc. 
–Discuss the books you’ve picked up because you’ve heard of them in the online book community or platform you use.

I’m pretty sure we can all say at least five books that we’ve read because of people we watch/follow on YouTube, a blog, twitter, etc., so here are my picks for books (novels) and comics (because this is my blog and I do what I want).

Books

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5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Considering I just finished and reviewed this, this book is definitely on my mind. This was a hugely hyped book when it first came out, and subsequently the sequels were also super hyped, and I’ve gotta say: I get it now. It was such a great, fast-paced read, and I’m very excited to read the next two books soon. I don’t know exactly who I would’ve seen recommend this, but I know a lot of people did.

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4. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

I remember watch Kat @ Katytastic one day (or several days) and how in a lot of videos she would talk about this book series. Well, I read it, fell in love with it, and this trilogy is in one of the top five spots of favorite series ever. So yeah, I’m super glad that I found this series when I did through Kat.

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3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHER WAS RECOMMENDING THIS BOOK AT ONE POINT. Actually, the whole companion trilogy was being recommended because they were such cute romance YA novels that everyone was reading and loving and so I had to jump on board. And I agree: very cute. I still haven’t read the other two, but I’ll get there eventually.

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2. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

I remember Jesse @ Jessethereader talking about this book in several of his videos, and when I watched his review I knew that I would really like it. The subject matter is intense (trigger warning for suicide and depression), but those are also topics that are just near to my heart. I remember enjoying the read, though it was a tough one for me to get through emotionally.

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1. Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, I’m pretty sure I saw a huge rise in this book series everywhere, but I definitely think I picked up this series finally after watching Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes recommend it all the time. It’s one of her favorite series and as I’ve read the first two books in the trilogy, I’ve gotta say that I’m hooked (and love Nikolai <3). It’s a beautiful world with lots of danger and I love it.


Comics

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5. You Jin by Fujoking

I spend a lot of time on Instagram (like… way too much time lol) and this popped up in the explore section several times when I was just browsing photos. So when I read it (not on Lezhin’s website), I really enjoyed it. It’s a boy’s love (BL) story and though I can’t really remember everything that happened I do remember that I read it all and liked it and wanted a bit more.

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4. Rat Queens by Kurtis Wiebe

This was probably one of the comics I picked up when a lot of people on YouTube were reading it and recommending it. It wasn’t necessarily my cup on tea from what I remember, but it wasn’t bad either.

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3. Royal Servant by Master Gin

This was another one of those reads that popped up a lot on Instagram and so when I read it (again, not on Lezhin until later chapters when I actually discovered Lezhin), I was hooked. The content can be sensitive sometimes, but the plot is getting better the farther along it goes and I’m actually really invested in it now.

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2. Siren’s Lament by quimchee

This one wasn’t actually recommended to me via social media (but Rayna, this T5W is about–) SHH, I KNOW! It was actually recommend to me in person by my best friend, and since reading it I’ve been reading it faithfully every week since (or when there’s a new update because sometimes authors have to take breaks, too, you know?). It’s a really cute and beautiful series. (Not all cute, some of it is funny or intense or mysterious.)

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1. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

Okay, this comic was recommended everywhere on YouTube and it’s actually one of my favorite comic series I’ve read. It’s very intense and violent and sexually explicit, but it’s still a good story. Also, I’ve owned the 7th volume for months now and haven’t read it yet. Like… what am I doing with my life?


I could go on and on about books and comics I’ve read because of social media, but these are the first five that came to mind. Honestly, would I even have read any of these books without being a blogger and being on social media as much as I am? Probably not. I’m so thankful for the ones I have read and so glad others like them as well.

Honorary Mentions

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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?

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters You’d Invite to Your New Year’s Eve Party

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. Wow, I haven’t done one of these since July, but this week’s topic is characters we’d invite to our New Year’s Eve party. I never really do anything for New Year’s (but this year my husband and I are going to our friends’ place), but here are some characters I’ve have over if I were having a party and all of that (and I’m cheating by inviting pairs or groups, shh):

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5. Karou and Zuzana (Akiva and Mik can come, too)

These two would provide so much entertainment, I just know it. They’re the epitome of friendship goals, and I would seriously love to just hang out and chat with them. And the boys can come, too, because they’re practically attached at the hip.

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4. Safi and Iseult

More fun girl chat times! Safi would definitely be the chatterbox while Iseult calming observed and looked on. I think that they would provide a great balance to the party and would just be fun to have around.

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3. The Raven Boys and Blue

How could I not invite the boys and Blue? Each one would provide their own form of entertainment, and I think that Gansey would try very hard to not try to point out things that are different from the kinds of parties he’s used to. Ronan would act like he isn’t having fun, while Adam would probably have a good time chatting with Iseult. And then Blue would roll her eyes at the absurdity of it all, but still have fun.

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2. Shazi and Khalid

Shazi would be such a great story teller (duh) and would be able to talk about other new years and how the stories of those time correspond with those we have now. I think she would provide excellent entertainment, and then Khalid would be there because, well, he’d follow Shazi into hell if she went.

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1. Laia and Elias

These two just need a break from all of the roughness of their lives, to be honest. I think that they would just be there for the fun chatting, the snacks (Elias), and would laugh and have a good time.

This is honestly something that I wish could happen in real life. This sounds like such a fun party and everyone would bring different personalities and stories and fun. Oh man, why can’t this be real?

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Who would you want at your New Year’s Eve party? Would you want more party animals, or people you could just sit around on couches with and have nice conversation? Let me know!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books Outside Our Comfort Zone

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. This week’s topic is about the books that we’ve read outside of our comfort zone, or what we usually read. So the types of books I usually read are fantasy – adult and YA – and YA contemporaries. Those are the main types of books in which I read, and of course there are subgenres within those that fall out of what I normally do, but here I’m going to talk about a few books I’ve read (and some I haven’t finished) that fall out of my comfort zone.

5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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This YA sci-fi book is very popular with a lot of people, and I thought it was okay at best. I really wanted to get into it because I love the idea of mixing sci-fi with fairytale retellings, but this first book just didn’t really do it for me, but I did still enjoy it. I do enjoy reading sci-fi books, but I don’t do it often and I want to change that.

4. Saga by Brian K Vaughan

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This comic book series definitely falls out of my comfort zone because even though I’m a manga fanatic, I’ve never read a comic book series before. I may have dabbled here and there on them before, but this is the only comic book series that I’ve actually invested myself in – and I love it! Comics are very similar to manga in that they tell a story through pictures, but they’re very different because they’re generally smaller volumes, bright, colorful art throughout, and all of the art styles differ in some way. Not to say that manga isn’t the same, but the color aspect is definitely different.

3. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

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Now I do enjoy reading historical fiction novels and period pieces, but I’ve never read a YA historical comedy retelling. It’s a mouthful, but it was such a fun book! I felt like the authors did a wonderful job not only retelling the story of Lady Jane, the nine day queen, and then incorporating their own twists and magical elements to the mix. It made for a fascinating, wonderful story about awkward teens in the 1600s.

2. The Deal by Elle Kennedy

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I’ve never read a New Adult story before, and as this series was my first in that genre, I’m really glad to have picked it up. Sure, it’s got a lot (A LOT) of sex, but it also has a story around it and I felt like I was becoming very invested in the characters. I haven’t really heard much about the NA genre except that it’s college aged kids, lots of sex, and drama. I mean, that does kind of sum it up, but I’m sure that there is more out there that’s different and explores more. This series definitely made me interested to read more in the NA genre.

1 . Asylum by Madeleine Roux

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It’s a horror novel. I hate horror. I haven’t finished reading this book, but I started it a while ago for a readathon and I just… I can’t. I want to finish it, I do, but horror is just not something I’m comfortable with watching or reading (unless I’m in a weird mood). The thing is, I’m really interested to see what happens in the book but the pacing and story are creepy, and then the pictures inside it? Forget, I can’t.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What kinds of books fall out of your comfort zone? Have you read any that fall into mine? What kinds of books do you want to explore that you don’t normally read? What’s stopping you?