T5W – Rainy Day Reads

T5W is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from Gingereadslainey and hosted by Sam from Thought On Tomes with a different bookish topic each week. You can check out the GoodReads group here. The group is currently on a summer hiatus, so I’ll be picking out topics I think are fun for these three months.

Topic: Rainy Day Reads – Short, fun reads for when I want to lift my mood and turn my brain off on a rainy day

The Last Sun by KD Edwards

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This was a recent read that I just simply COULD NOT put down. The plot was thoroughly rompy, the worldbuilding was creative, and the characters, especially Rune and Brand, were extremely fun to read. It’s been a while since a book has grabbed me so much and I foresee many re-reads in the future.

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T5W – Emerald Covers

T5W is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from Gingereadslainey and hosted by Sam from Thought On Tomes with a different bookish topic each week. You can check out the GoodReads group here. The group is currently on a summer hiatus, so I’ll be picking out topics I think are fun for these three months.

Topic: Emerald Covers – May’s birthstone is emerald so talk about those emerald covers. Not just green. EMERALD.

A quick perusal of my Goodreads tells me that I’ve read ZERO books with emerald covers. And very very few with green covers at that. So I’m afraid this will be a very short post of emerald covers I find pretty but haven’t read and only may or may not read

T5W – Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About

T5W is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from Gingereadslainey and hosted by Sam from Thought On Tomes with a different bookish topic each week. You can check out the GoodReads group here. The group is currently on a summer hiatus, so I’ll be picking out topics I think are fun for these three months.

Topic: Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About

Bookmarks

Bookmarks are something to change your mind over, but I actually used to hate using bookmarks. When I was young (read elementary-high school), I was somehow able to just memorize the page number I was on, and as such, I thought bookmarks were for losers. As a 20-something, I have no idea how my younger self did it, and I need a bookmark to keep my place. Plus, a lot of them are super pretty.

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T5W – Independent Ladies

T5W is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from Gingereadslainey and hosted by Sam from Thought On Tomes with a different bookish topic each week. You can check out the GoodReads group here.

Topic: Independent Ladies – favorite leading ladies who aren’t distracted from getting shit done by their love interest (they can still have a romance subplot – this is going to be subjective based on what you think would be ~too much~)

Enne Salta from Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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Ace of Shades was one of my favorite YA books from 2018 and a large part of that was because of how well written the main female lead was. Enne starts off naive to this world of fantasy Las Vegas in a search to find her missing mother. What I loved was seeing her development as she learns to navigate land manipulate this new world she’s been thrust in a feminine manner that I find somewhat rare in YA these days. She has her love interest Levi, but I really liked that she always put her own quests and goals before “getting the guy”.

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T5W – Nostalgia Ships

T5W is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from Gingereadslainey and hosted by Sam from Thought On Tomes with a different bookish topic each week. You can check out the GoodReads group here.

Topic: Nostalgia Ships – Discuss the first fictional couples you ever got butterflies over, or couples you used to be really into when you were younger

Like several of my previous T5W posts, this is going to be almost exclusively manga/anime because I really have no recollection of having shippy moments with books as a kid.

Zoisite/Kunzite from Sailor Moon

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Why yes, I do love shipping my murder-happy villains, even from the tender age of ten. I remember waking up early Sunday mornings so I could watch AMVs of this ship on YouTube. This was back in the era where fans still made their own dedicated web pages dedicated to their ship and hosted their own fanfiction. Mind you, I never watched the English dub of Sailor Moon, only the Japanese, so I shipped these two as a gay couple, not the one where Zoisite was turned female because 90s American family purity. It’s pretty indicative of how my life turned out.

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T5W – Hyped 2019 Releases You Don’t Care About

so this list could have been all the generic sounding beauty and the beast but this retellings (or just fairy tale retellings in general) but I tried it make it a little more creative

4 Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

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i’m cheating a little with this one because I’ve already read it but all the advertising I see for it makes it seem like the NEXT BIG YA FANTASY and it’s just… not. Like seriously, it’s not. The characters are bland (though some are intentionally bland), the romance is contrived, and the worldbuilding was seriously just thrown together without any consideration towards logistics of how the damn country would actually function when you’ve got one tiny island producing food for an entire country without using electricity while the quadrant over is rocking maglevs and test tube babies. /endrant

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T5W – Top of Your TBR

T5W is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from Gingereadslainey and hosted by Sam from Thought On Tomes with a different bookish topic each week. You can check out the GoodReads group here.

Topic: The top books of your TBR!

Yes this is being posted on Friday and not Wednesday because I’ve been lazy and put off writing this

Vengeful by VE Schwab

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this uh… this has been on my TBR for a really long time and I’ve been lazy. eventually, one day, I shall actually get around to reading it

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T5W – Characters You’d Cosplay

T5W is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from Gingereadslainey and hosted by Sam from Thought On Tomes with a different bookish topic each week. You can check out the GoodReads group here.

Topic: Characters you’d cosplay. Happy Halloween everyone! I’m going full anime here because I have a really hard time picturing characters. 

As a warning, I’ve had 2 glasses of Moscato and currently working through a mixed drink with a shot of peach vodka so this post may or may not be coherent

1. C.C. from Code Geass

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I know she’s often over-sexualized in both the show and in fanart, but damn she has some of the most amazing outfits. Really all the fashion in that show was on point. The hair is questionable, but I can probably rock a lime-green wig.
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T5W – Favorite Books Featuring Dragons

T5W is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from Gingereadslainey and hosted by Sam from Thought On Tomes with a different bookish topic each week. You can check out the GoodReads group here.

Topic: Favorite books featuring a paranormal creature of your choice. Dragons. Duh. (Temeraire is not on this list because I have not read Temeraire)

1. In The Vanisher’s Palace by Aliette de Bodard

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This book! This book. It’s not even published yet and I still can’t get over it. Our resident dragon, Vu Côn, and her two children, are the most precious characters. Vu Côn puts on this hard outer shell for human petitioners seeking healing, but damnit she’s trying. She’s trying so damn hard. Her children are too, even if their methods are questionable at times.
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T5W – Favorite Villains

T5W is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from Gingereadslainey and hosted by Sam from Thought On Tomes with a different bookish topic each week. You can check out the GoodReads group here.

Topic: Favorite Villains

Villains! More often than not, villains are my favorite characters and in my opinion, a well-written villain will easily outshine a well-written protagonist. I’m a sucker for sympathetic, yet still evil villains. Characters that know they’re the bad guy and just don’t care.

1. Dread Emperor Terribilis from A Practical Guide to Evil

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(art by sandara)

“Gentlemen, there is no need to worry: our plan is flawless. The Emperor will never see it coming.”
—Grandmaster Ouroboros of the Order of Unholy Obsidian, later revealed to have been Dread Emperor Traitorous all along

“My dear friends, I have a confession to make. Some creative reframing of the truth may have taken place during the planning of this coup.”
—Dread Emperor Traitorous, addressing the Order of the Unholy Obsidian upon successfully usurping the throne from himself

What more do I gotta say?

(note: this character only appears in the quotes before a chapter, not in the story itself)
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