Top 5 books to give your cat for Christmas

Blogmas 2018

Every year there are countless lists of books to get for your mom or your uncle or your craft-loving best friend. The problem is, no two moms are like, no two uncles are alike, and no two craft-loving friends ever make the same kind of crafts. I wanted to create a list that could be more universal.

So while I was staring around the room, trying to come up with a group that was wholly consistent in their interests, my darling cat Nina came into the room, jumped on my lap, placed her furry butt directly on my keyboard, and promptly began licking her armpit.

And that’s when it occurred to me.

Cats! No matter the breed, color, or sex, all cats have one primary interest: themselves.

So today I present to you, the top five books to give your cat, all of which will allow them to better pamper and cultivate themselves into the cattiest cat ever. Livin’ the best cat life, man.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Image result for cat reading to kill a mockingbirdEvery cat likes to think of themselves as a well-versed dangerous killer. It’s obvious by the way that no toe can go unbitten, unchased, and unclawed. To Kill a Mockingbird will allow your cat to display to the world that they think strategy – they plan ahead. Their hunting methods aren’t just all willy nilly and chattering at birds through windows, no, they know what they’re doing. This book in their collection is proof of that.

And while we all know the true plot of this book, it will still give your cat a nice boost to the ego. Why? Because they’re cats. Cats, above all, love themselves. They are too preoccupied with making sure their butt is clean to actually read it. Yep – they will appreciate the opportunity to preen, to show off that they have the book showing they’re killer hunters, but they won’t actually read it, because to them, it will forever be just a conversational piece.

4. The Meowmorphosis by Coleridge Cook, Franz Kafka

The Meowmorphosis What better way to improve a cat’s skyscraper-high self esteem than to get them a book about humans turning into cats? Certainly it can only be a good thing, cats would think. Humans, in their blundering loudness and unrealistic mealtimes (only 3 a day! How do they live?!) could benefit from seeing what it’s like to be a cat. Certainly a transformation such as this will allow the human peons better understand that yes, a cat needs more food. It does not matter if they already have food. They need more.

 

 

3. I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano

I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by CatsEvery cat, in addition to thinking themselves a killing genius, also knows that without a doubt, they are artistic masters. They display this to you at three in the morning as they belt out their debut solo. One day, someone will appreciate the fine art that is cat song, and then cats will hit it big. Until then, a cat could benefit knowing that there are already successful cats: some of them have been published! Cat poets will let your cat see that yes, they can succeed, they just need to keep trying. Meow louder, meow harder!

2. Crafting With Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make With Your Cat by Kaori Tsutaya, Amy Hirschman

Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your CatHave you ever been at work, miles and miles away from your cat, and decide to partake in a cup of coffee? Have you ever made that coffee, sat down at your desk or stood at your work station or whatever you situation is, taken a sip of the godly beverage… and found a cat hair in your drink?

Have you ever wondered why these things happen? I have an answer for you.

It was your cat. Your cat stuck their fur to your clothes in the hopes of keeping you warm. They have no thumbs, you see. If they could, they would have made you fur mittens and sent you with those. But alas, they don’t, so they had to just use the raw material.

Cats, while their favorites thing is themselves, care a lot for their human laborers. Without them, they’d have to actually find their own food. Therefore, cats present humans with gifts to keep them alive: fur, dead mice, a hairball to give the space in between your toes a cleanse… if cats could though, they would give you more sophisticated things to keep you safe and warm. Mittens, scarfs, yada yada. With this book, you can teach them how. So really, you’re only benefiting yourself.

1. A Cat’s Guide to Human Behavior by Xina Marie Uhl

The Cat's Guide to Human BehaviorHave you ever had a disagreement with your cat – they didn’t want their medication, they wanted fourth dinner, they decided four am was a good time for cuddles, and you found yourself frustrated that you couldn’t just explain to them why you do what you do? Why sleeping at four am is a much preferable activity? This book can solve that. With this book, your cat can finally learn why you sleep: you’re tired. Or why fourth dinner isn’t coming: they already ate. This book is written in a way cats can understand. Once they read it, there is a small, tiny, itty-bitty chance your cat will become more compassionate with your plights. Maybe, perhaps, they’ll understand your point of view just a little bit more. Maybe. Will they still wake you up in the middle of the night with their butt in your face or their smelly cat food breath wafting across your nose? Yes. But now, they’ll do it with understanding.

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Top 5 things on booky wishlist

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! Today’s post is about things on my booky wishlist. Since I plan on doing a post later called ‘Books I hope Santa brings’, I’m going to focus this post on book-related things, rather than books themselves.

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Another book case

Probably the most practical of them all. Currently I have five full sized cases and two half cases. I kinda wanna drop the two small ones and just replace them with a big one (and then eventually another big one). The small ones take up a lot of floor space for how many books they each hold.

A personal library kit

I’ve seen these floating around on amazon – basically a system that lets you lend out books and keep track of who has them, etc. The only downside is (I think?) you have to actually stick the things to your books. If that’s the case, I’d rather not. But if it’s just a record system, then yes please.

Book fairy lights

I haven’t actually seen these before, so I don’t know if they exist. But I want fairy lights that look like itty bitty books!

A book sleeve

I carry a book to work with me every day, and whatever book I have tends to get beat up while being carried back and forth. I want one of those fabric sleevey things you put your book into to keep it safe in your bag!

A change in socially acceptable reading

This is more of a societal change that needs to happen instead of a ‘thing’ that I want. What I want, is that any time where it’s okay to go on your phone, it’s also okay to pull out a book. Family gathering? Nobody will bat an eye if you sit on your phone for ten minutes. Whip out a book though, and it looks like you brought something with you specifically to not speak to people. Same while eating dinner with friends – I realize it’s rude to also be on your phone, but it still happens regularly and nobody really bats an eye. Can you imagine reading for five minutes while waiting for your food at a table full of people though? I mean, if they’re gonna ignore me on phones, I wanna ignore them in a book. Pbtbt.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

Top 5 largest books on my tbr

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHello, I’m very aware that it’s Thursday. Nano distracted me, baw. I liked this topic though, so I figured a day late wasn’t a terrible thing. Also, the books I’m going to list will be ones that I already physically own.

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Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan

Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6)1011 pages. This is the sixth book in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Have a read the first one? …No. Hehe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)1007 pages. I’ve only ever read Elantris by Sanderson and kinda wanna tackle his books in publication order. Sooo it might be a bit before I get to this one.

 

 

 

 

 

The Owner’s Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind-Brain Research by Pierce J Howard

The Owner's Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind-Brain Research1007 pages. One day my friend bought me a really big brain book and I may or may not have peed. Brains are so cool, man.

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell1006 pages. I’ve had this book for nearly ten years. I remember distinctly bringing it with me to Paris when I went in 2009 and attempting to read it. I think I got fifty pages in and got distracted. Ahahaha.

 

 

 

 

 

The Terror by Dan Simmons

The Terror960 pages. Again, I’ve attempted this book a few times over the past decade. I’ll get to in eventually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And that’s it! There are a lot of other books I own hovering around 900ish pages, but I love big books and I cannot lie, so it’s totally fine. Happy reading!

Top 5 Favorite Villains

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHello! Happy Hump Day! Today’s topic is favorite villains. If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here!

 

 

The AI from I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

This short story is slightly terrifying. If you want something short and sweet to read for October, check this one out.

The Masquerade from The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #1)

Two words: Social Hygiene.

Kennit from Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)

The reason I love this character so much is because I hate him so much. He’s just. pure. asshole. He commits all sorts of acts that are unforgivable, but he sees himself as someone with a good end goal. His motivations I think make him so complex. But holy cow do I hate him.

The Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)

Hey, shocker. I bet this guy will be on a lot of people’s lists. I don’t know what it is about him, he’s just morbidly fascinating to me, man.

Shigaraki Tomura from My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi

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Is he the most matured, well-put-together villain? No. He has temper tantrums and is inexperienced. He’s not an all-powerful grade-A villain. But that’s what makes him so interesting to me. I feel like as the series progresses, we’ll get to see him develop into a great villain the way the hero characters are improving into their own titles.


And that’s it! Making this list made me realize I don’t read many villains with a true hero/villain dynamic. Most of the time, the antagonist is more of a gray character than the archetype ‘villain’. Good or bad, who knows.

Happy reading!

Top 5 magic systems

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHello! Happy Hump Day! It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top 5 Wednesday post – this topic seemed neat, though.

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AonDor in Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris (Elantris, #1)

AonDor, a magic system in Elantris, was used by the Elantrians before the Shaod struck and rendered the city a ruin. The system involved drawing symbols, or Aons, to summon power and perform feats. In the book, one of the main characters experiments with the symbols, but soon finds that the magic flow of the system seems to be cut off for some reason, and the Aons are not functioning as they should. This is a really neat book, if you haven’t read it yet. Very atmospheric.

Shinigami magic in Death Note by Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)

While the magic system in Death Note is never really explained, it’s still really cool. At the beginning of the series, the god of death Ryuk drops his Death Note in the human world. The main character finds it. Inside are written instructions: “The human whose name is written in this note shall die“. From there, the plot explodes with the main character using this notebook for a very gray purpose. But really, a notebook that kills people. Pretty magical if you ask me.

Sympathy in the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

But Emily, you rant about this series all the time! Yes I do, but as I’ve mentioned, I basically dig everything about this series except the main character. So this magic system is pretty neat. It boils down to what is essentially entanglement, but they don’t call it that. A sympathic bond is created between two objects and what happens to one happens to the other. More powerful users of the magic can have multiple links going at once. I think it’s cool.

The Wit and The Skill in the Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)

I picked both because I can’t decide which I like better. The wit is essentially beast magic – it allows the user to communicate and bond with animals. Typically, the user bonds with a single animal and essentially becomes a pack mate, but some users go so far as to almost blend completely with their wit beast. The magic is considered a dirty thing in the series, so the users are in hiding and persecuted if found out. The Skill on the other hand is considered a royal magic – members of the Farseer line are known to possess it, and every so often it will appear in other lineages as well. This magic allows a user to manipulate the thoughts and behaviors of other people, but it’s also addicting and one can lose themselves in the river of skill that runs through everyone, and never return to their bodies.

Drafting in The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

This is the coolest one, I think. It boils down to colors. Users of this magic, or drafters, are able to take different spectrums of light and change them into physical matter called luxin. Depending on the color, it’ll take on different properties and cause the drafter to exhibit different emotional and personality changes. Most drafters can draft one, maybe two colors. Some can do a lot of colors. But only one, The Prism, can draft all colors. And each time a drafter drafts, it brings them slightly closer to death. By the way, this is a fantastic series. The magic system is so well thought out. Definitely recommend.


And that’s it! There are so many cool magic systems in fantasy, that I had a hard time narrowing it down to these five. If you’ve read any of these, lemme know! Happy reading!

Top 5 friend groups

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Happy Hump Day! Today’s topic is favorite friend groups in books! Should be neat. Today feels like Tuesday though, so I almost forgot to write this. Whoops.

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The Mighty from The Lightbringer series

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)

The Mighty are the group of Black Guards that Kip gathers to himself during his training, and together they… well, I can’t really tell you what they do, because that’s book three spoilers, man.

The way they interact so seamlessly together though is nice to read. The dynamic shows strong male-male friendships and strong male-female ones. I just kinda wish there were more more women present in the group to get the female-female friendship in there and then there’d be the trifecta. One day.

Sanzo’s group from Saiyuki

Saiyuki, Vol. 1

I feel like I’ve spoken about Saiyuki a million times now. It’s just so good, I can’t get over it. The four main characters in this series take on a mission to cross the continent and free all the yokai from a wave of energy that has driven them mad. The four characters are a bit rag-tag and aren’t exactly stellar moral characters, but their hearts are in the right place, and reading about them and their character development is lovely.

Class 1-A from My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 (My Hero Academia, #1)Out of all the ones I’m going to mention, I feel like this one is the most diverse. There are maybe fifteen or twenty people in the class, and with small exceptions and rivalries here and there, they all get along well and work together as a unit. In the world of My Hero Academia, about 80% of people are born with a quirk – some kind of special power. The main character ends up going to a school to train those with quirks to be super heroes. So this is a group of super heroes in training, and the dynamic is really neat. I absolutely love this series. As the story progresses, they slowly learn how to use their quirks together, how to find cohesively, how to defend each other, it’s all wonderful (and really funny).

The main characters from Wotakoi

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)

The reason I like the friend group in this series so much is that they’re so… normal. It’s like reading about a group of people who I feel could be my own friends. Our interests are similar, the humor is similar, the life stage they’re all in is also similar. I just wanna go hang out with all of them, man.

The characters from Orange

Orange: The Complete Collection, Volume 1

This one is my number one pick due to the lengths these characters go to for each other’s well being. I don’t wanna get into too much detail because of spoilers, but from the progression of the story, these characters show themselves to be strong-knit, selfless, and loyal. And this one does have the trifecta: male-male, male-female and female-female friendships are all involved, and the dynamics are represented in a positive way. Ugh I love this series so much.


And that’s it! I didn’t plan it to be mostly manga, but there you go. I feel like writing a friend group and showing the tone of the interactions is easier when you can draw facial expressions, so that might be it.

Happy reading!

Top 5 redemption arcs

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Wednesday! Today’s topic is redemption arcs, which I think is kinda neato.

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Sirius Black from Harry Potter

I feel like this is the guy that will appear on a lot of lists this week. Sirius Black, while not really in need of redemption, goes through what is essentially a redemption arc when the truth is revealed about him in the third book. So hey, he makes the list.

All four main characters in Saiyuki

Saiyuki is just full of gray characters. The plot follows the four main characters, all with pasts of varying levels of dubiousness, as they cross the content and try to essentially save the world. None of them are bad people really, but all of them have their issues that they have to deal with during the saga. I seriously recommend Saiyuki if you can find it. It’s 9 volumes long, so not too much of a time investment. 😀

Vegeta from Dragonball Z

Vegeta is one of my favorite characters in DBZ. He goes through so much character development from when he first shows up all the way through the sequel series, Dragon Ball Super. This guy, when first appearing, is set on becoming immortal and blowing up the Earth, literally, and by the end, he’s a totally different person, though still a bit gruff around the edges.

Sesshomaru from Inuyasha

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Sesshomaru is a very interesting character, and I feel like he could have used some more screen time that didn’t include being in the presence of his brother. From what is alluded to slightly-off-screen, I feel like he has a wicked sense of humor, but we don’t actually see it.

Anyways. At the beginning of Inuyasha, Sesshomaru is a cold, ruthless demon who hates all of human kind, finding them to be far beneath him. Early in the series, Sesshomaru is injured and while he’s out of commission, an orphaned girl finds him in the woods and tries to care for him. He refuses her at first but soon he allows her to remain at his side, much to the confusion of Inuyasha and his group. Tellin ya, Sesshomaru needed more screen time.

Piccolo from Dragon Ball Z


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This is my number one pick. Piccolo, offspring of King Piccolo from the original Dragonball series, is more or less Goku’s enemy at the beginning of Dragonball Z. But when Goku’s brother shows up and kills him, Piccolo takes his son, Gohan, under his wing and trains him up for the incoming Saiyan attackers that show up later in the season. The year that Piccolo spends with five year old Gohan essentially melts his heart, and afterward he has such a soft spot for the kid, and he grows into a genuinely good character because of it. I really like Piccolo.


And that’s it! As much as I liked this topic, it was hard to come up with five characters, man. Yeesh. Happy reading!

Top 5 books that gave me wanderlust

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! This week’s topic is a freebie, so I chose to do books that gave me wanderlust. This was inspired by a question I answered on the Who Am I Book Tag yesterday.

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being

This was an odd read for me. I didn’t end up liking the ending of it and gave it three stars, but it’s definitely a book that I think about a lot. Maybe a reread will have me liking it more. The tone of this book, the picture it painted – it made me want to go to a cold island off the coast of Washington state, it made me want to go up into the mountains in Japan and just hang out. Maybe that’s why this book has stuck with me, it made me want to be in it. I wanna gooooo.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

This book was so rich and atmospheric. I found myself yearning to go visit the circus and to walk through its tents. I still think about this book. I want to see the circus acts! I want to host a Midnight Dinner! I want to be a circus performer! Uuuugh, I wanna go see it!

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

Regardless of my feelings toward Kvothe and toward the second book of this series in general, I did really enjoy this first one – I gave it four stars. Kvothe wasn’t as… Kvothey in it. The world this book is set in is amazing. I wanna go there – I want to go study Sympathy! I wanna go to the Musician’s Guild and listen to music all day! I wanna just wander around the town aimlessly and just have a good time. The setting for this book is just awesome.

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi

InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)

Inuyasha will always hold a special place in my heart. Following a girl that falls through a well and winds up 500 years in the past in feudal Japan, it’s about her adventures there. Gosh it’s been over a decade since I first watched and read this, and I still think about it almost daily. I’m serious – daily. It’s really stuck with me, and will be one of my all-time favorites. I wanna go look for shikon shards too ;~;

Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks

This was the book that inspired today’s topic, the one I mentioned gave me wanderlust in yesterday’s post. This book I first read back when it was a story published on FictionPress about ten years ago, and I remember adoring it. It follows a young pixie named Malina who gets expelled from her own world and placed into ours, and a man named Ralph who helps her. It takes place in both worlds and it made me wanna world hop along with them. I’ve since obtained a physical copy of the book (the author sent me one when he saw I mentioned his book in my blog, I about peed) and I’ve reread it, and it gave me the same feelings. I wanna go to a magical world, too. No fair. ;~;


So, writing out this topic has just solidified how uh… underwhelming my place in this world is. I need to travel more, man. I just gotta make those big bucks and then I’m in business! I’ll go everywhere!

Happy reading!

Top 5 road trip books

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! Today’s topic is road trip books… meaning books that have a road trip in them. Welp. I don’t know of any – the traditional road trip as we think of it tend to be in contemporaries and I don’t read much of those, so…. I am reinterpreting this one.

Today I will be doing the top 5 books to take on a road trip, as in ones you can listen to together as an audio book in the car and (mostly) everyone should be entertained.

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5. Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)

This one’s audio book is really well done. The plot of the books focuses on a group of people making a pilgrimage to a the planet where the mysterious Shrike resides. Dring the quest, each one tells their story of why they’re going there. It reads like a futuristic Canterbury Tales. Each story is narrated by a different character, and in the case of the audio book, of a different narrator. Each makes the Shrike seems more and more fascinating. I seriously loved this one and I feel a car full of people would have plenty to talk about.

4. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

The non-abridged version of this audio book is absolutely riveting, and I feel it would be great to throw on in the car and listen to for a few hours.It follows an English navy captain named Lawrence after he captures a French ship during the Napoleonic Wars. On it, he finds a dragon egg. Dragon warfare during the Napoleonic Era, people. It’s. So. Great.

3. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash

I highly recommend this for a group of friends that almost liked Ready Player One, but were in search for a something a bit less… juvenile with a bit more depth of plot and character and lore. This is the book for that. It follows Hiro Protagonist, a pizza delivery guy who lives in a world where basically everyone is absorbed in an online realm. When people around the world start actually dying via an element of this online world, Hiro Protagonist has no choice but to do what his name suggests. This book is amazing and the world building is fantastic. Any sci-fi buff friends should be entertained by this one.

2. The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian

Now, this one I can recommend from personal experience, I did use this one as a road trip audio book and it turned out absolutely perfectly. It’s funny, it’s fast-paced, it’s just overall a great choice. The narrator does such a wonderful job with the voices and with innuendo and the sarcasm. It’s just so perfect. You probably know the synopsis, this book being so well known, but on the chance you don’t, the book is about a man being stranded on Mars after his team leaves him there, thinking he’s dead. He’s not, obviously. And he goes about surviving with an attitude of wry humor. This is seriously one of the best audio books I’ve ever listened to.

1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

In addition to being a great book, I recommend this one the most because it will entertain the widest audience. It’s sci-fi, but it’s written in a way where you don’t have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy it. It’s very, very funny and narrated by Stephen Fry. (Well, one of the narrations is him. This book has been re-recorded a billion times.) This book follows Arthur Dent who is just trying to live his life when the Earth is destroyed to make way for an intergalatic high way. It’s hilarious, light-hearted, and very entertaining.


And that’s it! Hopefully nobody minds me reinterpretation. 😀 I JUST DON’T READ ENOUGH ACTUAL ROAD TRIP BOOKS OKAY. Happy reading!

Top 5 books I removed from my TBR

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! Today’s topic is books that I used to want to read but lost interest in. Should be neat.

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)

Once upon a time I had the box set of this series. I read the first one and if I remember, I think I actually liked it. I gave it four stars or something. But every time I’d go to read the second one I kinda… decided to just read something else. After five or six times of pointedly choosing not to read the next book I just got rid of them.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

I owned this book very, very briefly. I had originally decided it didn’t interest me, but then saw it in a clearance sale for a dollar… so I bought it, thinking ‘maybe’, because it’s J. K. Rowling. It did not survive the next unhaul three weeks later.

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)

This book suffered the consequences of time. I bought and read the first book when it came out… liked it enough. I didn’t care for the romance at all. But overall, was ok. By the time the second came out and I got around to buying it, I had forgotten the contents of the first book… so I reread book one and then book two. Also ok – better than the first in my opinion, because of the different character focus. Aaaaand then this book came out and I realized I had forgotten the contents of the first two books. I decided I didn’t care enough to reread the first two, so I just got rid of them and never bought this.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

This is a ‘book blog/booktube’ buy. I’m not huge into middle grade. The ones I do have were ones I read when I was little. Bought these because of peer pressure, didn’t read them for the three years I had them, then got rid of them, because hey, I’m not into middle grade.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)

Out of all of them, this is the one where there is a slight chance I’ll change my mind. I read The Diviners ages ago and liked it. I think I gave it four stars? Maybe? I remember not liking how the romantic subplot plot twisted at the end of the book, so I was a bit disenchanted when this second book came out. I got rid of my copy of the first book shortly after the third book came out, but then everyone’s been raving about it. Soooo I figured if I ever wanna finish this, I’ll get them from the library. But… I don’t have any even half-baked near or far future plans to do so. But who knows. Either way, wasn’t a series I cared enough to own.


And that’s it! Have you read any of these? Did I make a grave mistake? Will I regret it for the rest of my days? 😀 Happy reading!