Top 5 Wednesday: Series I Want to Start Next Year – Blogmas 12/23

Top 5 Wednesday

It’s Wednesday again! And the last Wednesday in Blogmas! Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas. 😀 I always feel like December flies by, but doing blogmas every day made it really, really fly by. I mean goodness. I need a nap.

As always, T5W was created by Lainey and here is the full list of posters should you be interested in joining in!

I’m going to limit this to series of which I already own at least the first book. There are plenty that I want to read that I don’t own, so I figured I should read the ones I do first. So all the books listed, the first in the series is already on my shelves, glaring at me for not reading it yet.

5 – The Mapmakers Trilogy by SE Grove

This is one that I purchased recently but has been on my radar for a while. It’s about a world where each country is stuck in a different time period. I don’t know much about the plot other than this premise, but it’s enough to make me want to read it. Badly.

 

4 – The Gravedigger Chronicles by Alan Campbell

Alan Campbell is one of my favorite authors. He wrote the wonderful Deepgate Codex, which is one of my favorite series. This book has been out for a while but was never published in the US. So I couldn’t find it anywhere. 😦 But! When I was at Half Price Books one day, I spotted this by chance sitting on the shelves. I kinda died a little bit and scared the other customers. It’s been sitting on my shelf since then, taunting me.

3 – The Chronoptika series by Catherine Fisher

This is another ‘favorite author’ picks for me. I love Catherine Fisher. She wrote both the Incarceron series, which you may have heard of, and the Relic Master series, which I feel is highly underrated. I have the first two books in the Chronoptika series sitting on my shelves, haven’t been able to locate the third yet. Hopefully I’ll get to it this year.

2 – The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

I have the original trilogy on my shelves, found them for super cheap at Half Price Books. They look so good and I’ve heard nothing but good things, so I’m very excited. :”D Unfortunately, I don’t have them in the beautiful cover shown to the left, but hey, a book’s a book’s a book.

 

1 – The Lord of the Rings (and the Hobbit) by JRR Tolkien.

I had meant to read the Hobbit before Christmas and just didn’t get to it. Maybe before new years, but we’ll see.

I just feel like it’s time

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Books to Read by the Fire – Blogmas 12/16

Top 5 Wednesday

Only one more Wednesday ’til Christmas guys. As always, T5W was created by Lainey and here is the full list of posters should you like to join. This week’s topics are books to read by the fire. And it has occurred to me that I’ve never actually done that – read by the fire. I need to hire me a fireplace and try it out. So I’m choosing books that I think would make good fire reads, not necessarily choosing from experience. 😛 Anyone have a fireplace? Let me come over and read by it. I’ll make you food.

5. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Because we just know. Harry Potter is a good anything read, but later in the series when the books get really fat, those I think would especially be good fire reads.

 

 

4. The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

I haven’t read this yet, but when I glanced over at my shelves, this one popped out, screaming ‘FIREPLACE, READ ME THERE’. And I feel like it would fit. The Glass Sentence is a book set in a world where each country is locked in its own time period. Some  are modern day, others are Renaissance, others still are in the stone age. This is all I know about the book and it’s all I want to know going into it. It’s going to be good whenever I get to it, I can feel it. 😀

3. The Hobbit the JRR Tolkien

Hey lucky me, I plan on reading this this winter anyways. So I just need a fireplace. Netflix has a fireplace video (which I shamelessly watch, hush) so maybe I’ll just use that for the sound and light a bunch of candles for the warmth. 😛

 

 

2. The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans

Guys, I’m a sucker for a good Christmas novel. This one I actually read and I know it would be lovely to reread in front of a fire. If you want a simple, heart-warming Christmas novel, this would be it.

 

1. Santa and Pete by Christopher Paul Moore

Aside from A Christmas Carol, which I’ve mentioned to death in the past few posts, I think this is my favorite Christmas novels. My mom read it to me when I was ten or so I think, and since then I’ve reread it two or three times, once every few years. It’s due for a reread but I don’t think I’ll get to it this year. Next year!


And that’s it! As I live in PA, winter hasn’t exactly hit yet (damn humans and their global warming) so when we get blasted in February, I’m going to need fireplace reads to read! So if you have any suggestions, please do let me know! Thank you!

Happy reading!

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Audiobooks – Blogmas 12/2

It’s Wednesday, so time for T5W. As always, it was created by gingerreadslainey and the full list of posters can be found here in case you’re interested in joining. Today’s topic is audiobooks, which are a relatively new thing for me. So my Top 5 are basically going to be the majority I’ve listened to, period. But whatevs.

5. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

This is definitely the most difficult one the listen to out of the five books I’ve listed. This is a memoir written by a North Korean defector where she describes her childhood in North Korea and all the stuff she had to go through to escape it. I think the most chilling thing about this is that this stuff happened between the late 90s up through 2008 or so. It’s recent. This girl was fighting for her life, seeing her family ripped apart and being thrown from one horrible situation to the next while I was busy going to high school and reading comic books. It’s humbling and it’s worrying that stuff like this is still going on in the world. I’m still in the middle of this one, about 75% percent through it, but it’s already got me thinking about other people across the globe in a different way. Human trafficking is a big deal and it’s largely ignored in the US because most people don’t witness it day to day. It’s awful. I highly recommend you listen to or read this. Goodness, this book, man.

4. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Any of them, really. Harry Potter was my first audio book. I heard it back when I was twelve or so, about three years after I started reading the series. My cousin had *cough*retrieved it*cough* from the internet and had me listen to it with him. I didn’t even know audiobooks existed before that so it was a magical experience to say the least. The narrator was this charming elderly man who put different voices to the different characters and just made the whole thing feel so nostalgic. I loved it.

3. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

I chose this one because it’s what got me into the series. I had tried reading the book beforehand and kinda got lost with all the characters and locations, but when I listened to it I was able to categorize everything in my head a lot better. And because of that, I was able to read the second book – actually read it – without much difficulty.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is an audiobook that I just finished recently. It was splendid. I wrote a review on it, if you’re interested. I feel like this book is a perfect one to be narrated. It helps illustrate the atmosphere a lot better by utilizing the narrator’s tone of voice as he described it. Highly, highly recommend this one.

1. The Martian by Andy Weir

This is by far the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to. I feel like I still would have really enjoyed the book from just reading it, but listening to it, man. The narrator perfectly captures Mark Watney’s sarcasm and whit, perfectly narrates the pauses and emphasis throughout Andy Weir’s writing that I feel so many were put off by when reading it. Listening to it allows you to truly get what Weir was trying to convey using all that. This audio book. Is. Awesome. Go. Listen. To. It.


And that’s it for this week’s TFW. :”D Two days of Blogmas down, twenty-five to go. Happy reading!

Top 5 Wednesday: Halloween Recommendations

I’m so excited for this topic. Halloween is a fun holiday, though I really don’t do much for it aside from read books, haha. Someone invite me to a Halloween party, dammit.

T5W was created by Lainey, and here is the list of posters if you’d like to join.

Here are my top Halloween Recommendations:

5. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

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This book showed up a lot last year during Halloween and for good reason. This is a pretty funny horror story. This book is set in an Ikea knockoff store and it reads like a catalog. It starts off with simple things like chairs and tables and stuff, but as the main story progresses, the advertisements slowly turn into more gruesome and creepy devices. The story itself is pretty entertaining, though not exactly 100% original. It’s like watching a typical horror movie in a book, but with the entertaining twist that I mentioned. Overall, it’s totally worth a read if you’re looking for something creepy and something fast.

4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

FrankensteinI hope that this one will be on a lot of lists today. It’s a classic!

Frankenstein is one of those books I was forced to read in high school and ended up loving. If you haven’t read it yet and are looking to get into classics, why not start here? It’s good timing.

3. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)This book man. This book. Rick Yancey. Have you read is 5th Wave book? Did you notice how he has a bit of difficulty writing romance? Well, that problem only deals with romance. With horror, he. is. in. his. element. I dreamed about the monsters in this book for days after finishing it. It was so gritty and dark. It had me fearing they were gonna jump out of the shadows of my closet. Reading this book was an experience, and I highly recommend it.

It follows the apprentice of a mad scientist, a Monstrumologist, as they investigate and capture monsters that I couldn’t even dream up in my worst nightmare. Buh. I’m uneasy just thinking about it.

2. Lord Loss by Darren Shan

Lord Loss (The Demonata, #1)I read this book a long while ago, so I don’t remember too much about it other than the completely consuming feeling of horror and disgust I felt while reading it. I think I’m going to try to re-read it soon This is the first book in the Demonata series and from what I’ve heard, the rest are just as good.

This book is fantastic. It has demons and werewolves and chess. Chess. Chess is scary in here. It’s awesome.

1. Diabolo by Kei Kusunoki

Diabolo: Volume 1

This manga is definitely my top pick. It’s about two boys who sell their souls to the devil in exchange for someone’s life. And then they think all is fine and dandy. It’s a soul right? They don’t need it while they’re alive. But then things start to get weird. Maybe you do need your soul.

This series is unnerving, creepy and riveting. I loved reading this. It gave me goosebumps. This series is only three volumes long, so you could easily get through the whole thing in a couple hours. Highly, highly recommend it.

Have you read any of these? Do you have any recs for me based on these? :”D Please and thank you, happy reading!

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Discovered This Year

Top 5 Wednesday

Do you know how long it’s been since I made a T5W post? Because it’s been weeks. Goodness. As usual, T5W was made by Lainey, and here is the full list of posters, should you want to join :”D

This week’s topic is top authors I’ve discovered this year. And if you saw or read my previous post, you know one of the ones on the list already, hawhaw.

5. George RR Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series

I’m definitely late to the band wagon on this author. I didn’t read the first book in this series until earlier this year, but holy cow, it’s awesome. I was initially a bit wary of starting the series, both because of the hype surrounding it and the sheer size of the things. The time commitment required for these buggers though is well worth it. I’m really glad I started reading this series and once I catch up, I will hunt down his other publications and devour them too.

4. Tammara Webber, author of the Contours of the Heart series

This author I picked because she introduced me to a new genre. The first book in her series, Easy, was my first experience reading a new adult book. It was nice reading about a romance that wasn’t harlequin nor about a fifteen year old. I had heard that such books existed but had never actually found one in a bookstore near me. And then I saw this baby on the clearance shelf at my local B&N and after hearing nonstop praise for it, decided to splurge the four bucks for it. And since, I’ve hunted down the second one as well. Gonna read it pretty soon here I hope – it’s sitting on my shelf, glaring at me.

3. Sabaa Tahir, author of the An Ember in the Ashes series

I feel like the marketers of this book really know what they’re doing. This book was everywhere months before it came out. It was all over blogs, booktube and I even saw posters and pamphlets for it in my local bookstore. And honestly if I hadn’t heard the buzz ahead of time and just would have read the synopsis on the back of the book, I probably wouldn’t have read it. Whoever wrote that blurb made it sound like a star-crossed lovers kind of thing. And it’s so not. I mean, there are hints of romance I suppose, but there is so much more to the book than that. The buzz told me this, the blurb didn’t. This is one of those times I appreciated the hype. This author writes a well-developed, rich world and I can’t wait to read the second one.

2. Peter Clines, author of The Fold

Is this really a surprise. I literally wrote a review* (*see ‘gush’) about it about nine hours ago. I’m still swirling in circles about this book, man.

1. Andy Weir, author of The Martian

This one was another book that the hype helped me. The back doesn’t make it sound like more than a sci-fi, which is all and good, but the comedy was what made me love this book and therefore this author. Mark Watney is a hilarious character. And in combination with his situation, his attitude towards it and then the heavy science topics explained in a way that I could understand, I loved this book. (and it helps that the audiobook I listened to had a fantastic narrator). So I read this and I loved it. Therefore, Andy Weir is definitely my favorite new author of this year.


Ta-da, two posts in a 24 hour period. I’m on a roll. What’s on your list? :”D Link me to your T5W posts!

Top 5 Wednesday: Series You Wish Had More Books

Top 5 Wednesday

Look, I’m making a T5W post on Wednesday. Small miracles. T5W was created by Lainey and here is the full list of posters if you’d like to join. This week’s topic is series you wish had more books. There are lot. So not gonna dawdle and jump right into it:

Saga by Brian K Vaughn
I fully realize there will be more volumes. My problem is there aren’t more volumes right now. Volume 5 is set to come out in September I believe, so it’s close. So I’m sitting over here like

Relic Master by Catherine Fisher
The Dark City (Relic Master, #1)This was originally a four book series and honestly wrapped up rather well. The reason I want more books though is because I miss the world. It’s well-written, interesting, unique… I think if we get more books in this series, they should be more like spin-offs set in the same universe instead of a continuity of the main characters. I feel like that would be a better idea for sure. So yes. Ms Fisher. Help a pal out here.

I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it: I think this is a highly underrated series. If you’ve read Incarceron, you know this author’s writing style and know it’s super neat. So read this. And then be rabid with me and demand more books in the series.

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)This is another one that I feel actually tied up and ended really well. But like the prior choice, I just miss the world. There are more things that haven’t been covered yet in this trilogy that could potentially make another book or two. Fingers crossed and staring creepily at Patrick Ness. Come on man. Throw me a bone.

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Deepgate Codex by Alan Campbell
Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)This is one of my favorite series Ever. It’s so well thought out, it has so many interesting characters… it takes place in a city being held up over an abyss by chains for goodness sake, what’s not to like!! I loved the first book. I LOVED the second book! I… liked the third book. The ending was so open-ended that I couldn’t bring myself to love it like the first two (but the amount I loved the first two still makes it one of my favorites) so I feel that another book or two will really help to fix that vague ending. I wants it. I NEEDS IT.

And finally…

Harry Potter by JK Rowling
I feel like there won’t be a single list today without this series on it. Because let’s face it, our souls all ripped a little bit when we realized there would be no more. So here, have a happy thing:

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Required Reading

I know a lot of people in school – at least the school I went to – griped about required reading. I actually liked required reading! Sure I griped here and there, but I always read the book and the majority of the time I actually ended up liking it. So this list was hard to narrow down to five books, but I think I managed a pretty good list. As always, T5W was created by Lainey and here is the full list of posters if you’d like to join! And weeee’re off:

5. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare (Junior year of university – 20 years old)A Midsummer Night's Dream
This is one of the very few Shakespeare plays that I’ve read that I’ve actually liked. And I’ve read a lot of them. In high school I took honors level English for four years and I guess that means ‘you need to learn Shakespeare’. While I didn’t dislike most of Shakespeare’s stuff, I was rather indifferent to it. It was difficult to read and in my under-developed-fontal-lobe brain, I decided that ‘Shakespeare was boring’. It stayed that way until my spring semester of junior year of college (spring 2011) when my professor for my required-but-totally-irrelevant-to-my-major Interpreting Literature class had us read A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At this point, it had been about three years since I had touched anything by Shakespeare. Maybe it gave my brain time to develop an appreciation for it or something, because when I read this play, I really liked it. It was funny, light and fluffy, and it pulled me in. A Shakespeare play pulled me in. None of them had done that before or have done so since. So if you want to read Shakespeare but are intimidated, start with this one.

4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (12th grade – 17 years old)Frankenstein
I read this book during my final semester of honors English class my senior year of high school (spring 2008). The reason this book sticks out to me the most is because out of all the novels I read that year for this class, this was the only one I liked. During that year, I had also read 1984, The Lord of the Flies, Romeo and Juliet, and a slew of other books. I didn’t like any of them (though I’m thinking I should reread 1984. I feel like I’d like it a lot more now than I did when I was 17. It’s on my ever-growing list). This book actually sparked my interest in classics. I went on to hunt down a few more of them and add them to my personal just-budding book collection (though I have to say I haven’t read many of them yet, 8 years later. Hush :”D I’ll get to them). But I had always thought of classics as ‘stuffy and hard to read’. Frankenstein surprisingly flew for me. It was in my opinion rather fast-paced and what really drew me in was that I felt so. damn. much. for Frankenstein’s monster. I wanted to hug him and make him food and give him blankets throughout the whole book. I just.. buh, that guy hurt my heart. I need to reread this book. I haven’t touched it since the first time I read it. I’m kind of afraid to though, because I don’t want to risk liking it any less than I do now. 😦

3. The Giver by Lois Lowry (7th grade – 12 years old)The Giver (The Giver, #1)
I’m certain that anybody who had to read this novel while they were in school is adding it to their list this week. Whenever schools decided ‘yeah this is a good book for them to read’ I feel that they made one of the best decisions in academic history. So many readers sprouted after reading this book. I’ve heard so many people give this book credit for their now humongous book collection or their endless appetite for library books or their love of writing fiction. This book I feel was one of the most influential books of my generation. And it’s no different for me – while it didn’t spark my love of reading (that was already there) it definitely encouraged me to pick up book that I hadn’t heard of before instead of just reading what everyone else was. At the time of receiving a school copy of this book, everyone griped because we knew nothing about it. We weren’t sure it was going to be good and bless our teacher, she told us to hush and made us read it anyways. I need to thank her for that though honestly I can’t remember her name. 😦 If you haven’t read The Giver, read it. Enjoy what all of us Millenials did when we were in grade school.

2. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (Junior year of university – 20 years old)The Book Thief
This book I was told to read by the same professor that made me read A Midsummer Night’s Dream. So I already had her on my ‘good professor’ list from that and when I saw this was a young adult(ish?) novel, I hopped right on board. I had seen it in stores beforehand but didn’t know what it was about. When purchasing my copy, the professor told us not to read the back and to not look up anything about it. We were to go in blind. And wow, was this book an experience. I vaguely remember the set-up for the curriculum my professor had made for this book. Read a chapter before each class – I had three classes a week. The book was to last what.. four weeks? five? Something like that. Totally read it in three days. I feel the majority of the class did, as she sped up what she had planned as soon as she saw the book take over the class like wildfire. I have to say I would not have otherwise picked this up. I tend not to like sad stuff, but I am forever grateful to that professor for adding it to our reading list.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (4th grade – 9 years old)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
For me, this is the year the magic started. I was in 4th grade and had just started moving classrooms for classes to experience having different teachers for different subjects. The class I switched to for Reading class belonged to this fresh-out-of-college guy. It was his first year teaching and we were is first Reading class. This was in 1999, and the first Harry Potter book had only been out for two years at this point. Only three total were out, The Prisoner of Azkaban having coming out that summer before classes started. I was nine years old and I had never heard of Harry Potter. Neither had the majority of my class.

My teacher, instead of having us read it individually, sat down one day at the front of the class, opened the book, and in a light, whimsical voice, said:

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

We all grew quiet and listened. As he continued the book, he instilled in us the magic. The magic of Harry Potter, of reading, of getting swept away in a world that was not our own. Everyday for forty-five minutes he would read this book. Everyday, we would sit quietly and listen. We were a group of 23 nine-year-olds. Imagine the effect this book must have had to get us to do that.

As new characters were introduced, our teacher adopted new voices. He wasn’t afraid to get animated. When Hagrid came bursting through the door of the shack out on the rock, yelling at the Dursleys for hiding Harry’s past from him, my teacher yelled too. When Professor McGonagall spoke in clipped tones about the boys’ tardiness, so did my teacher. And when Dumbledore spoke in his wispy, mysterious voice, my teacher did that too. I feel that if he were not this animated, this involved in the book, this determined to have us enjoy it, that a lot of us wouldn’t have been the readers I hope we are today. That book, that teacher, sparked something in me that’s lasted for 16 years. I doubt you’re reading this Mr. Stewart, but thank you.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Maps

Top 5 Wednesday

Shh, ignore that it’s Thursday.

This week’s topic is favorite maps and if anything, this topic made me realize I don’t read nearly enough fantasy, holy cow. And if I do, I don’t remember the maps. I found five maps total, so I just ordered them in my favorite order. As always, T5W was created by Lainey and here is the group if you’d like to join. Also, a couple of the books I chose are actually lent out, so it’s off to google for me to find a picture of the maps. And heeere we go~

5. Joya D’Arena from The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
This series was pretty damn good. I’ve written a review on the first book here, and the other two I liked even more. The land was rather interesting too. Throughout the three books in the trilogy, the characters float around in a lot of the areas. Each has a unique climate and culture and it’s just really neat.

IMG_17694. New Crobuzon from Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
New Crobuzon is one of the most interesting cities I’ve ever read about. Each area is written with such detail that when the characters are there, you feel that you’re there with them. The city sits in the ribs of the remains of some long dead giant monster, it’s filled with creatures that I have personally never come across in a book before and honestly… the book is about the city, not the characters. The author brought this city to life.

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3. Amestris from Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Amestris is a nation with a secretive past. It’s a military dictatorship, run by a man named Fuhrer King Bradley. There are alchemists and war and automail. This series is funny and actionpacked and mind-blowing and chill-inducing and fluffy and super not fluffy. Go read this – this is one of the best things I’ve ever read.

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2. Primoria from Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
This is one of the books I’m currently reading. The book itself I’m liking okay so far – the main character is kinda iffy with me. She bugs me, man. But the map is pretty cool I think! So it lands at #2 on my list. I just like the detail on it – it’s neato.

IMG_17671. Anara from The Relic Master series by Catherine Fisher
Okay, this is one of the coolest maps ever. First off, it took me a long time to get these pictures. The map of Anara is spread out over the inside of the covers of all four books in the series. So I had to take off the covers and line them up on the floor to take the pictures. And on top of the awesome map, I feel this is one of the most underrated series ever – I have seem nobody talk about them.  They. Are. Fantastic. The world created for these books is just so intricate and full of lore and the writing is so vivid and awesome and gushgushgush. Go read it!

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IMG_1774IMG_1775So there are my maps. 🙂 Have you read any of these? Happy reading!

Top 5 Wednesday: Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series

Top 5 Wednesday

Shh, ignore that it’s Thursday.

Happy Wednesday(ish)! I forgot that it was Wednesday until it wasn’t anymore, therefore didn’t post this when I was supposed to. Oop. I hope you’ll forgive me. This week’s theme is a fun one – characters that deserve their own series. There are so many. Sometimes I have a hard time coming up with five things to add to a T5W list, but this week I’ll have a hard time shaving it down to just five. Not that I’m complaining. 🙂 T5W was created by Lainey, and here is the goodread’s group if you’d like to join!

Also, first world problem that only bothers me because I’m a ding dong: I write these posts in my living room. All the books I’ve already read are in the bedroom. The shelf in the living room is full of tbr books. It gives no inspiration most of the time since I don’t know any of the books when I look at them! D: /whinewhine

:”D Anyways, moving on

5. Butler from Artemis Fowl
So I’ve only read the first 7 out of the 8 books in the Artemis Fowl series (and honestly, I DNFd the 7th book, but shh) and Butler has always fascinated me. Throughout the cannon series, you get bits and pieces of Butler’s past, but really you only know about the years he’s spent serving Artemis. But if I remember correctly, he’s in his forties, so he obviously had a life before Artemis was born, even if it was spent training. I’d like to read about that. His training master, so on. Maybe he was an awkward teenager who couldn’t boil water before he underwent his training, maybe he was a serious cat person. Who knows? I feel I would love to read another book set in the AF universe set around Butler before Artemis was born. And interesting thing:

<— This is how he was drawn in the graphic novel (which I think is uck), but thiiiis –> is how I’d always imagined him.

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4. Shinomori Aoshi and Seta Soujiro from Rurouni Kenshin

Seta Soujiro
Seta Soujiro
Shinomori Aoshi

I couldn’t narrow this down any, and I figured since they’re both from the same story, I could throw them on thesame line. Aoshi is the leader of the Oniwabanshu, which is a group of fighters in Kenshin that first show up in volume 3. Aoshi strikes me very much as an enigma, especially when additional characters around him are introduced in volume 8 or so. I just feel like there’s a lot more to him than what it shown in the cannon series.

Soujiro shows up I want to say… volume 9? 10? Something like that. He’s a henchmen of Shishio, who is the main bad guy in that story arc (volume 7 or so until volume 15). What is very interesting about this guy is that he’s an excellent fighter – one of the fastest characters in the entire series, but due to his circumstances… he doesn’t feel any feelings. He’s always riding on neutral. By the end of the arc, (mild spoilers) this has changed and he starts feeling all the emotions he coudn’t prior. And then.. he kinda fades out of the series. I want to know what happens to him! He can feel things now, I want to read about that!

3. Sesshomaru from Inuyasha
Sesshomaru is another one of those enigma characters. He starts off as this ruthless killer who hunts his brother, but ends up essentially adopting a human girl and taking care of her even though he hates humans. From what you see, who throws rocks at his retainer while out of shot and from how Rin (the girl) acts around him, I feel he has a good sen se of humor that isn’t really seen in the manga or the show. I really want to read a cannon story about him (there are plenty of fanfictions, trust me) but I want something solid!

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2. Van Hohenheim from Fullmetal Alchemist
I can’t really say why I find this character so fascinating because it would be a spoiler. But if you’re not already aware, this character is the Elric Brother’s estranged father who shows up here and there throughout the series. And as the series progresses, you find out more and more why he’s estranged in the first place. And I gotta say, his character is fascinating. I know they actually go a decent bit into his past, which is an arc I loved, but I want mooooore. I’d love to read a story centered around him. (Notice I tend to like those enigma characters, haha)

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1. Dumbledore and Snape from Harry Potter
I feel like these two (and Neville, Luna, etc) are going to be on a lot of people’s lists. They’re all just so fascinating, especially when you hear more about them in the later books, and I know I’m not alone in saying I’d love to hear more about them. The Life and Times of Albus Dumbledore or something like that, haha.

So that’s it. Let me know who you’d want to see in their own series!

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015

Technically, the title should be ‘pre-orders’ not ‘releases’ but who am I kidding. I have pre-ordered a total of one book my entire life and don’t see that habit changing. So these are books I’m excited about and if I really want them, will just go to the store to get them the day they come out (which is unlikely anyways because money) :”D Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and here is the full list of posters if you’d like to add your name and participate too.

Also, public service announcement because I’m a ding dong and didn’t realize this earlier (meaning there’s a chance that one other human on this planet didn’t either and will find this useful): If you go onto your goodreads ‘to-read’ list and order it by date published, you can see all the set unpublished books you already want to read. Just so you know. In case it helps. Because I’m a ding dong.

5. Lair of Dreams by Libba BrayLair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)
This is the second book in Ms Bray’s Diviners series. I’m not sure how long it’s going to be exactly.. a trilogy? A eighty-book epic? No idea. But this is number two, and since I really enjoyed number one, I’m excited for this one. This series is a paranormal YA series set in New York in the 1920s. The main character, to me, is highly entertaining. She’s a young girl with the aspirations and attitude of a flapper, and finds herself mixed up in a murder mystery concerning demons and other entities. I’ve seen on goodreads, youtube and blogs that this book is pretty hit or miss for people. Either you love it or you can’t even finish it. Lucky for me, I loved it. And book two I hope will be just as good (though I can’t say I’m crazy about the cover change. WHY WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT ONE BOOK IN) Hopefully the spines at least will look the same.

Expected release: Aug 25

You're Never Weird on the Internet - Almost4. You’re Never Weird on the Internet – Almost by Felicia Day
Felicia Day has wormed her way into my heart. The first time I’d ever seen her, she was on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog, which that film on its own is hysterical. Then she showed up in Supernatural during season 7, playing a character who I’d come to adore, and theeeen I found her series called ‘The Guild’ which I’ve watched through probably five times now. It’s just so great (Clara’s my favorite). And now that I just looked that up on youtube, where it was posted originally (I watched it on Netflix) I see there are a lot of extra stuffs on there about it… well, I know what I’m doing for the rest of the day. Anyways. This books is by Felicia Day and that alone makes me want it.

Expected release: Aug 11

3. The Dinosaur Lords by Victor MilanThe Dinosaur Lords (The Dinosaur Lords, #1)
This book is set in an alternate universey kind of thing where people and dinosaurs co-exist. And I’m not talking nicey nice ones like in that new Disney movie. This book is set in the 14th century, and people have integrates dinosaurs into battle tactics. That’s right – battle on the backs of dinosaurs. How awesome (and cheesy) is that?! I want to read it I want it I want. I’m hoping the writing style of this is really technical, if that makes sense. When I read Naomi Novik’s Temeraire Series, it dealt with warfare on dragons, and the thing I loved best about it is the detail she went into when writing the tactics of the battle scenes. I hope this author breaks down just how everything is done. This looks to be the first in a series and goodreads has a second one listed – I’m not sure if that’s the final one or not.

Expected release: July 28

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I’m such a sucker for interesting presentation. From what I’ve seen of this book, it reminds me of S. by JJ Abrams and House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. I’m pretty sure none of these books are about the same thing, but the way they’re presented strike me as similar, I guess. It’s not a typical ‘turn the page, read the page, turn the page, read the page’ experience with this book. From what little I’ve seen of it from people who got early copies, this book is much more involved, and I’m so excited for it (this one I’ll probably grab in hardback – I tend to wait for paperbacks, but I think I’ll make an exception). This is a sci-fi novel set in 2575 about two people caught up in a war that is brought to their planet. The book is told through a series of documents and emails and military files and… it just sounds so cool. 😀 I’m so excited for this one.

Expected release: Oct 20

1. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick NessThe Rest of Us Just Live Here
After reading the Chaos Walking Trilogy by this guy, all of his books have wormed their way onto my to-read list, and this is the latest one. This is a fantasy-esque book about the chosen one’s best friend, the normal one. Yep, it’s about this guy and the rest of his town just trying to live their daily lives while the chosen one is constantly battling things and wrecking the city and carrying on. I feel like this will be really fun to read – I’ve always wondered about say… Harry Potter from Ron’s perspective and stuff like that. And like I said, it’s Patrick Ness… so I want it. Gimme. Gimme.

Expected release: Aug 27

Tada~ :”D What books are you looking forward to?