Top 5 father figures

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Today’s topic is fathers or father figures. (By the way, Father’s Day is this coming Sunday, for you American peeps. Go take your dad to dinner or something). For this topic, I’m breaking away from books a little bit.

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5. Maes Hughes from Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

He’s just such a wholesome guy, and funny to boot.

4. Butler from Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)

No gif for this one. Butler essentially acts as Artemis’s father and role model and protector throughout the series. He’s such a stand up guy.

3. Burrich from Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)

Not from Assassin’s Apprentic specifically, but Hobb’s entire Realm of the Elderlings series. Burrich is definitely a gruff guy and has annoyed me more than once with how stubborn he is, but he’s got a big heart.

2. Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender

I feel like Iroh is the Golden Standard when it comes to positive male role models. Everyone should be like Iroh.

1. Bobby from Supernatural

Again, a good male role model (but maybe more gruff and not as golden standardy as Iroh). He’s funnier, though, so he’s my fave.

And that’s it! Happy reading!

Top 5 Wednesday: Fictional Items I’d Give as Gifts – Blogmas 12/21

Top 5 Wednesday

Hello! Today is Wednesday and as this is posted I’m currently on a plane heading home! Tomorrow’s post will be live-written. As I’m sitting here physically writing this, it is currently December 12th. πŸ˜›

This week’s topic is fictional items I’d give as gifts and honestly like a lot of people I’m guessing, allΒ of my gifts will originate from Harry Potter. I just can’t help it man. Bear with me here.

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5. Sweets from Honeydukes

Because who wouldn’t like candy, man. Especially magical candy. It also doesn’t help that my sweet tooth is currently through the roof. I blame my uterus. πŸ˜›

4. Butterbeer from The Three Broomsticks

Again, same as above. It’s snowing here as I write this so I could definitely use a warm pick-me-up and would love it if someone gave me this as a gift. :”D

3. A wand from Ollivanders

It makes me wonder that if I’m a muggle if I could even hold a wand or if it would reject me on principle. I don’t remember – was it mentioned in the books?

2. An owl from Eeylops Owl Emporium

Because an owl, especially one that doesn’t bite. I want a Hegwig. ❀

1. An all expenses paid trip to Hogsmeade

This I feel would be the ultimate thing. It reminds me of those all-expenses paid trips people take on cruises and stuff, but this would be to a wizarding village. I think this would be great and would definitely be the best gift I could receive. :”D

And that’s it! And that’s also all for my pre-written posts! Apologies if they’ve been a bit bare and scrappy – it’s hard to pre-write ten or so posts and give each one a lot of fullness and attention. It became clockwork after a while. @@

Happy reading!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Reread

Top 5 Wednesday

Hello, it’s Wednesday again and I am on Thanksgiving vacation! (Well… currently at work in the library but there’s nobody on campus so it’s completely dead. Therefore, I’m literally sitting here watching Netflix and typing this…. and getting paid for it! So it’s vacation.)

Anyway, this week is books I’d like to reread. And it was hard to just not say ‘all of them’. Here are five:

5. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

All 27 volumes of it. This was one of my staple series when I was first getting into manga. I bought the volumes as they came out, I watched the anime as it was released on tv. I love this series – I’ve read it in its entirety probably three or four times, and the beginning volumes even more than that. It’s been a few years though, so I feel I’m about due.



4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik


This book was just a joy to read – one of my favorites of the year for sure. And I’m always going on about how I like standalones instead of long series but man, I wish this was a series. I loved this world and the characters and am hoping above hope that a sequel will happen. Until then, I’ll just have to mark up all the pages and highlight my favorite passages.



3. The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianThis was my favorite book from 2015 and it still holds up pretty strong. Originally, I listened to the audiobook, which was just perfect. But I think during a reread I want to read the physical copy to see if the experience is the same.




2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusThis is another one that I listened to on audio that I want to read the physical copy of. I have yet to actually get one, though. It’s on my Christmas list this year I think. This book was just so enchanting to listen to, I hope it’ll be the same way with reading it. :”D




1. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Specificially the illustrated editions. I now own Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets in these editions and have yet to actually read either of them. Man, I’m slackin’. Maybe for Christmas break this year. :”D

And this is a theory, but I’m thinking they’re going to be rainbow colored as they’re released. If you look at the silk bookmarks the editions come with, the first one is red and the second is orange… seven books, seven colors. COINCIDENCE? Me thinks not.

That’s all! If you’d like to participate in TFW, here’s the link to the group. Happy reading!


Top 5 Wednesday: Badasses

Top 5 Wednesday

You know, I was going to start this post by listing the definition of ‘badass’ from urban dictionary, but all the definitions I found there excluded women. They specifically said only men could fit the criteria. Well, I have this to say to them: you’re not around women much, are you.

As always, TFW was created by Lainey and here is the list of full posters, should you like to join. Onto my badasses for the week, a nice mix of both genders.

5. Mark Watney from The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianMark Watney is stranded on Mars with nothing but a few weeks of supplies and air and manages to survive for months, figuring out how to make more air and even grow his own food in the barren Mars soil. If that’s not a badass, I don’t know what is. He even maintains a good attitude about the whole situation, even when he’s certain he’s going to die. I don’t think I’d have the courage to do everything that he did in this book. Seriously love this character, he’s great. :”D

4. Jane Roland from His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)Jane Roland is the captain of the dragon Excidium in this book. She’s classy, professional, strong-willed and still is able to let her hair down. I really, really like Jane’s character. She reminds me of Captain Amelia from Treasure Planet, if you’ve ever seen that. She’s awesome. And a dragon rider! For the military! Doing aerial tactics and warfare! How cool is that?!


3. Saito Hajime from Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki

Saito is the former Captain of the Shinsengumi during the Bakumatsu revolution. His character is based off a real military general in Japan’s history. Saito is such a cool character. He’s one of the few that can hold his own against Kenshin in a fight and he’s calm, cool and collected. One of my favorites! In the gif, he’s the one with the black hair.

2. Carnival from Scar Night by Alan Campbell

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)Carnival is a renegade Angel that looms in Deepgate, a city suspended over an abyss by ancient chains. She rules Scar Night, claiming a victim as her own each time it arrives. Carnival is a really awesome character and I feel like she’d kick my ass as soon as look at me. She’s one of the main characters in the book, which is one of my favorite series ever. Go read it purely for her.


1. Riza Hawkeye from Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Riza. Is. Awesome. Riza Hawkeye is a Lieutenant in the Amestris State Army, serving with Roy Mustang (also a badass but slightly less badassy). She is always dependable, cool-headed and kind. She’s a skilled fighter and can hold her own far better than a lot of the other characters can. Riza is seriously amazing and the whole series (which is AWESOME, by the way) is made that much better by her character. Go read. Go. Go go go.

And that’s it! Happy reading!

Top 5 Wednesday: Buzz Words

Top 5 Wednesday

It’s Wednesday and this week’s topic is buzz words! This topic was kinda hard for me to do as I couldn’t think of any that I automatically float towards off the top of my head, but after some thought (and reading the backs of books I love and ones that have recently convinced me to buy them) I’ve compiled a list that it turns out I tend to gravitate towards. As always, T5W was created by Lainey and here is the list of full posters should you like to participate as well.

Some of these aren’t exactly words but you’ll understand what I mean when I get to those ones. Onward.

“Archaic” (or “Ancient”)

I don’t know what it is about these two words. If on the back of the book, an ancient creature or race or land or ruins or legend is mentioned, it draws me in. Something about ‘old’ things fascinate me. I think it’s that you never know what detail you’re missing about something that existed or happened in the past, no matter how well documented. Something can always surprise you.

Female friendships

This one isn’t exactly a buzzword, but hearing that a book contains one of these makes me want to read it, especially if it’s not contemporary. Nothing against contemporary, but it’s even rarer to find a good friendship in say, fantasy or sci-fi. Or horror. Finding them is like finding a gold nugget in the ground.

Author blurbs

If an author that I hold in high regard recommends a book either via blurb on the cover or review on goodreads, it sticks in my radar for a while and usually it won’t leave. The authors off the top of my head that are particularly influential to me are Naomi Novik and Patrick Ness. If they publicly like a book, then I kinda want to need to have it.

Fringe sciences

This is another one that isn’t so much of a buzz word as it is a topic. Fringe sciences include anything from parallel worlds, time travel, transportation, portals, mad scientists, etc. Any of those scientific topics that aren’t quite ‘scientific’ yet, if that makes sense. Have you ever seen the show Fringe? One of my all-time favorite shows. Go watch it, it’s amazing. (and it’s on netflix, btw)


Again, not a buzz word, but a feeling. Have you ever been listening to a fantastic piece of music and it brought a chill to you? Have you ever read some powerful words and it sent a shiver down your spine? That is the phenomena known as frisson. It’s a real thing, look it up.

Once in a while, a book can do that to me. Once in a while, the summary on the back of the book can do that to me. Those books. Those books that do that to me just using the summary are my auto-buys. You give me spine chills, I take you home. That’s the deal. And more often then not, the fantastic writing on the back continues within and the book turns out to be spectacular. This is my top convincer. If a book makes me feel something before I even open to the first page, it has me in its clutches already.

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. πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ˜› 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. SomeΒ  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. πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜›



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: 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!