Top 5 Tuesday: Books from Childhood

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly series created by Bionic Book Worm and is now hosted by Meeghan Reads. This week’s topic: Top 5 Books from Your Childhood.

I am fortunate in that I found my love for books very early in life. In fact, I fell in love with them as soon as I learned how to read. I’ve also always been the type to reread favorites over and over again, never getting bored or falling out of love. There are SO MANY books I could list on here but I picked the following because they are the ones I reread the most as a child which means they wormed their way solidly into a special place in my heart. This was such a fun topic to write about and I have fallen into full nostalgia on a Monday morning as I’m writing this. Let’s jump in.

1. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

I’ve always loved animals. So much so that I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was growing up. However, after a summer job at an animal hospital when I turned 16, I found out that it was not the career path for me. But my love for animals still remains. Any book that had an animal as a focus was a book I was sure to read. (Does anyone remember the Animal Ark series? They were my life for a while!) My grade school teacher had suggested this book for me and I instantly fell in love. Going on Opal’s and Winn-Dixie’s adventures together was so much fun for me and I loved getting to know all of her new neighbors in her new town. I remember being fascinated about the story she was told regarding the candy that had the taste of sadness and how badly I wished I could taste some too. I’ve never seen the film–I was afraid it would ruin my love for the book–but maybe one day soon I’ll pull my worn copy of this book down from my shelves and read it again with fresh eyes as an adult.

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5 Things I Liked About The Folk of the Air Series by Holly Black; And 5 Things I Didn’t

once upon a time, there was a human girl stolen away by faeries, and because of that, she swore to destroy them.

the wicked king, holly black

I’ve finally rectified one series from this post of series I wanted to start. Even though it’s nearly a year later (oops!), I emerge from the shadows triumphant as I have acquired a Bachelor’s degree in the meantime. And now that I finally have some spare time where I don’t feel guilty for not being productive, the first thing I did was dive back in to pleasure reading. My first stop was the Folk of the Air series by Holly Black, something I’d heard great things about and which I was eager to read. Unfortunately, I didn’t care for this series as much as others have and don’t have enough to say about each book to warrant a full review of them. So instead we’re going to hit the highlights of things I liked about the series, and things I disliked. This list will contain spoilers. Let’s get started.

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Release Blitz & Giveaway: Say You’ll Be Nine by Lucy Lennox

Release Blitz & Giveaway:
Say You’ll Be Nine by Lucy Lennox

Cover Designer: Cate Ashwood

One dilapidated cabin in need of renovation.
Two stubborn men pretending to be a couple.
Three summer months to get the job done.
Four tangled legs in only one bed.
Five cameras catching it all for YouTube.
Six hundred thousand Instagram followers.
Seven nosy family members with Opinions.
Eight thousand reasons they should never fall in love.
Nine million reasons why they will.

Say You’ll Be Nine is a standalone novel..

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Review: Say You’ll Be Nine by Lucy Lennox

“when you loved someone, you showed up.”

lucy lennox

Series: Standalone

Release Date: June 2nd 2020

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Romance | LGBT

Page Count: 293

Source: I received an advanced reader’s copy from Gay Romance Reviews Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Notes: Read an excerpt of this book here

Goodreads Summary: One dilapidated cabin in need of renovation. Two stubborn men pretending to be a couple. Three summer months to get the job done. Four tangled legs in only one bed. Five cameras catching it all for YouTube. Six hundred thousand Instagram followers. Seven nosy family members with Opinions. Eight thousand reasons they should never fall in love. Nine million reasons why they will. Say You’ll Be Nine is a standalone novel.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Worst Rulers

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly series hosted by Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic: Top 5 Worst Rulers.

1. Zeus – Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

Obviously Zeus in any capacity, in any book, would count for this, not just in the Percy Jackson series. In fact, most of the “rulers” in Olympia would qualify for this list. But I figure since Zeus is above them all (and has fathered a good chunk of them) that he has to take the most blame. Zeus is a great example of someone who just never learns from his mistakes.

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Book Haul #1: Quarantine Reads and ARCs

Hello friends! After an extremely long book-buying hiatus, I finally purchased some a lot of books this month. Between me and the rest of my family, we’ve nearly been taken over by cardboard boxes in an effort to social distance through buying only online but at least it’s all recyclable. I’ll also be including the books I’ve received for review so you will get a sneak peek into some upcoming features for the blog this month!


Physical Books

Book Outlet

Obsidio (Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I’ve read the first book in the Illuminate Files and really liked it. I was gifted the second book in a Secret Santa exchange at an old job so I decided to pick up the last book so I’d be able to binge the rest in one go. It’s a Young Adult Sci-Fi trilogy featuring an AI system that starts to act on its own and threatens the lives of all those on board an escaping aircraft. Told all through letters, memos, interviews and more.

Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir

I put off purchasing this book simply because it makes me really sad that it and its successor do not match the original covers. I hate when publishers do this because 1. I already supported the author at their debut by purchasing their book and 2. I’d rather not spend another $17.99 to repurchase the first book so that it will match subsequent covers. But since Book Outlet books are a fraction of the price, I do sometimes purchase covers that do not match my other books. It’s a Young Adult Fantasy series about a slave who joins the Rebels in an effort to save her brother and a military academy soldier who wants nothing more than to be free of their tyrannical empire.

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8 Popular Series I’m Embarrassed I Haven’t Read Yet

Hello and welcome to Wren’s Book Shame. Today I’m going to confess some of the most popular book series that make me embarrassed to admit I haven’t read them yet.

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I know my Hogwarts House. I know my patronus. I have a very vague idea of what Quidditch is. But I have never read a single word of Harry Potter. Perhaps even worse since it takes far less time to consume: I’ve never seen a single movie either. I really don’t have an excuse for either of these occurrences. It might be that I’m worried it won’t live up to the hype when I do finally read them. It might be the time commitment it will take to read such large books in succession. Regardless, I feel like reading Harry Potter is practically a rite of passage in the book reading community and one that I need to reconcile at some point in my life.

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Review: Sorcery of the Blood by Alice G. Holmes

“that means i’m a monster!” “no, it doesn’t. it means you’re a vampire. you’re the one who decides if you’re a monster.”

alice g. holmes

Series: Standalone

Release Date: May 4th 2020

Publisher: NineStar Press

Genre: New Adult Fiction | Action | Urban Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance | LGBT

Page Count: 212

Source: I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Notes: Author’s debut novel, written for NaNoWriMo

Goodreads Summary: Kingston St. Louis and Martin Von Brandt are vampire hunters of the highest caliber. That is until Kingston is made a vampire and they discover too late that the city is being taken over by vampires in a bloody coup.

Branded as outlaws, they’re forced into hiding with an unexpected ally. For their plan to stop the coup to work, Kingston will have to overcome his prejudices and train the very vampires he used to hunt, and Martin must learn magic.

All the while, they struggle with their feelings for each other. Love can be a weakness, and they can’t afford weakness when hiding from a powerful enemy.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Cute Romances

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly series hosted by Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic: Top 5 Cute Romances. I chose to pick cute character relationships rather than strictly romance books.

1. Anne and Gilbert from the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery

Goodreads Summary: As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she’ll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.

I have to admit that I am incredibly biased when it comes to this series. It was one of the first “big girl” books my mother gave to me when I was ready for more advanced reading material and they have remained a soft spot for me ever since. Although Anne and Gilbert get off to a rough start care of Gilbert’s schoolboy teasing and Anne’s short temper, I’ve always enjoyed the progression of their relationship from academic rivalry to a deep love. Gilbert’s persistence in pursuing Anne despite her repeated stubbornness is portrayed in a charming way rather than an annoying way and I really love that Gilbert was willing to give Anne space to accomplish some things for herself rather than insisting to get married immediately as was typical of the time period. He shows his love for her in so many different ways in the series and displays what it’s like to love someone for who they are without wanting to change them. The series totals eight books, the final two focusing on their children, so it’s truly a feel-good series that let’s you explore their relationship through many stages. I’ve also watched the Sullivan movies multiple times featuring Megan Fellows and the late Jonathan Crombie, the latter of which I cried for a solid three hours after the news of his sudden passing came. I could go on about my love for these characters and their romance but I will leave off with stating they are definitely at the top of my list for cute romances both for nostalgic reasons and for their portrayal of healthy relationships (after the whole she-hit-him-over-the-head-with-a-mini-chalkboard-for-teasing-her thing though).

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Review: The Summer Palace and Other Stories by C.S. Pacat

i thought, i have lost everything and gained you, and i would almost make the trade, if i didn’t know it had happened that way for you, too.

c.s. pacat

Series: Captive Prince Short Stories #1-4

Release Date: October 20th 2018

Publisher: R.R. Bowker

Genre: Adult Fiction | Action | Fantasy | Romance | LGBT

Page Count: 150

Source: Purchased

Notes: Author is also known as S.U. Pacat

Goodreads Summary: Follow Damen, Laurent and the supporting characters of Captive Prince on a series of adventures set in and around the events of the novels – and beyond, to learn what happens after the final page in the trilogy is turned.

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