Top 5 Wednesday: Books I felt Betrayed by

Top 5 Wednesday can be found on Goodreads over here.

There are about a dozen books on my Goodreads shelf labelled ‘interesting concept book fell flat’ that could realistically go on this list, but I’m going to stick to books that betrayed me on a deep, personal level.

1. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

2. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

3. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

4. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

5. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

This is by no means reflective on how good the book is, but if you have read it, you know about The Thing, and how it caught 99% of us off guard.

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Top Five Wednesday: Favourite Underrated Books

topAnother Top 5 Wednesday post!  Pretty self explanatory, which books you love that don’t get talked about as much.  Four of these books are almost never talked about.  The last is talked about sometimes but not much anymore.  Find T5W over on Goodreads.

1. Anything Tamora Pierce – friendship, great themes, great writing, diversity, badass ladies, sassy animals etc, etc

2. The Inda Series by Sherwood Smith – all of the above and more!

3. Green Rider by Kristen Britain – friendship, great writing, badass ladies, sassy animals and  more!

4. The Wake Triolgy by  Lisa McMann – such a unique concept!

5. Poison Study by Maria V Snyder – badass ladies, great friendship, diversity, like Throne of glass but better!

Honourable Mentions: The Long Way to a Small by Becky Chambers, So you Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane

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

Typical disclaimer thinger: This meme is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes and can be found here.

So due to my most recent reads, essentially all of the people I would invite to a New Year’s Eve party are aliens.  However, it would make for a good and interesting party!

1) Filif and Sker’ret from the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane.  Would need to be careful with the food on this one and one of them is a tree so eating plants is an issue and the other will eat everything in like 2 bites.

2) Basically all of the Wayfarer crew from The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.  As an added bonus Dr. Chef would love the challenge of making all the food for the event.

3) Keladry of Mindelan and her crew of friends, this includes Neal (of course), Raoul (a MUST) and also George (because of course) of the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce.  I can’t even imagine what type of shenanigans Neal and Co would get up too.  Plus Kel and Raoul are my favs, so they get invited to everything.  And finally getting to meet them would make my LIFE. 

4) Basically all the animals of every series I have ever read, including but not limited to: Pounce, Ponch, Scre’eeee, Achoo, Jump, Peachblossom, Cloud, Hedwig, The Griffin, Kitten/Skysong, the Darkings (not really animals but they need to come too), Condor, Kiki, etc. BECAUSE ANIMALS.

5) Janco and Ari from the Study Series by Maria V Synder. Because get them in a room with Neal and Co and let’s all have a blast. 

Yes, I cheated and listed groups of people.  My blog, my rules. 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Spooky Settings

topIf you don’t know what Top 5 Wednesday is yet, find more here.

I don’t read a lot of spooky stories, so if I actually make it to 5 on this list, be amazed.  

1. Aragog’s nest in the Forbidden Forest.  Bus sized spiders.  I don’t think I need to say more.

2. Dungeons in general.  Very few good things happen down in dungeons.  Plus I can only imagine the smell of them.

3. On a spaceship that has a rampant new plague happening and a Rogue AI system trying to kill you. I’m a microbiologist, new plagues are scary and the stuff of nightmares. 

4. Blackveil. Hummingbirds that stab you with their beaks and drink your blood.  No thanks. 

5. In the middle of a war.  Again, few good things come of war.

I notice now that it says favourite spooky settings…..I feel like I missed the point of this Top 5 topic and just listed scary settings not favourite spooky settings, BUT I DON’T CARE.  #I’mARebel. 

Top 5 Wednesday: Inaccurate Book Covers

As always, Top 5 Wednesday can be found over at Goodreads.  

I find nowadays that many many YA book covers are inaccurate, boring, terrible and all that, however here is a list of some of the more memorable and/or recent inaccurate covers I could think of.  

1. Generic Photoshopped White Woman in Moderately Period Appropriate Attire that Doesn’t Really Have Anything to do with the Story.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Old version: I just really don’t like the knife placement?  And since I know it’s the author on the cover it makes it seem like a self-insert fluff novel.  New versions: a love/hate relationship.  When One does not look closely they are great!  But they are also period inappropriate and another Generic White Girl TM


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Generic Photoshopped White Woman in Clothes for the GAP (Period Appropriate Attire) and her Two Male Lovers. This Book actually does not even have a love triangle in it, but the publishers are trying hard to push that because it’s all the rage right now.

 

 

4. Generic Horse Story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.I hate these monstrosities.

PS: I have no idea what is going on with the coding of this post, either!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Took You the Longest to Finish

topLike always, Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads.

To answer this question I’m going by memory since I don’t have hard data for the majority of my reads.  Generally, I would say about half of the books I read are read within 3 days or less and about 75-80% are read in a week or less.  Therefore it’s strange for it to take more then a week to finish a book.  I would say less than one in 15 books take more then a month to read.  It doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen, just putting it into perspective some of the (rough) numbers you will see in this list.  These numbers are reconfirmed when looking up long reads on Goodreads as every book I look at that I remember taking a long time was in fact read in under 2 weeks.  All of the reads on this list were long reads because I stalled in the middle or had to take a break during reading.  Some of them I was less interested in as well so I didn’t push myself to read as much.  I’m sure I have missed some, but here is my list:

1. The Valley of the Horses by Jean M Auel. Took: over a year.

This book is the one that has taken me the longest to finish that I have actually finished. For perspective, this book is an adult book I was reading at the very young age of 12 and is 544 pages long (there was lots of sex in these books and for the record, my mother actually handed them to me).  That (length or that it was adult) was not the reason it took me so long to read this book, however.  It was going in a direction I didn’t like and so I refused to continue reading it half way through.  About a year later I was curious about how it ended and picked it back up.  I should likely be glad none of my teacher knew the series as I brought it to school and there could have been a scandal.  

2. Saga by Conor Kostick. Took: 1 month (plus 2 months to start reading) 

3. Shades of Doon by Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp. Took: just over 2 weeks

4. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas.  Took: months to a year

This one is weird on this list as I read 2 or 3 of the stories on a break in university and waited until my next break before finishing the rest.  So as a book it took a long time, but I read each individual story in one sitting. 

5. Firebirds Rising short story anthology edited by Sharyn November.  Took: over a year

Same as above, read the whole thing in over a year.  Read the stories quickly. 

List of books I am ‘still reading’ but haven’t finish that will go on this list once I’m done:

The way of Shadows by Brent Weeks (about 2 years)

Wizards of Mars by Diane Duane (about 4 months)

And if I ever actually finish Game of Thrones by GRR Martin (5+ years). 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Gateway Drugs Books to Your Favorite Genre

topThe usual spiel: Top 5 Wednesday can be found on Goodreads and is currently hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes.

My favourite genera is no secret: fantasy.  And this list is likely going to be my top 5 favourite books, but they got me into reading and have stood the test of time, so I think it fits. 

1. Anything Tamora Pierce – great fantasy reads that are easy to start with and get into.  They are generally low fantasy which is arguably easier to start with than high fantasy. 

2. Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith – same as above.  

3. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – good for younger readers, this is a very interesting, funny and easy to get into read.  

4. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner – another book for younger readers that will get them hooked.

5. Green Rider by Kristen Britain – great book to transition from YA to Adult books as it’s an adult fantasy book that is very similar to YA books.  

Other goodies: Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Naming by Alison Croggan and Eon by Allison Goodman