Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books

Hey guys! It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday. This week’s theme is Children’s books –This can include Middle Grade (but try to recommend more than just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!) Feel free to talk about your childhood faves or more recent reads. I am so excited for this one because there are a lot of books I’m starting to think of. It’s going to be tough to narrow but I’m very excited for this one!


Trial by JournalTrial by Journal By Kate Klise, M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator)

Reason: This is hands down one of my favorite books I had to read for school. It was such a fun read. It is filled with lots of drawings that made it very fun and enoyable. I also had to read this for school and to my surprise it was actually a book I wanted to read. I remember that teacher had some good reading material so she knew how to grab your attention. I sadly don’t remember what this is about but it is a book I really want to read again. If your into children’s literature, I highly suggest checking this one out.


 

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Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss

Reason: This is another series I remember reading when I was younger. I really liked books with drawings. I feel it’s such a lovely aspect added to books to draw you in. This is another one I don’t really remember the exact story but I remember enjoying it and I kinda can picture the drawings in my head. This is something I could see myself checking out if I found it at a bookstore or the library by me. I feel I might need to recheck these books out soon.


Encyclopedia BrownEncyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective By Donald J. Sobol

Reason: Okay so you guys know I love mystery books. Well these books were some of the first mystery books I read. I remember reading these when I was younger and loved them. Each story is a different case and then if you can’t figure it out the answer is in the back. I loved that about these books. You’re basically a detective on the case as well. How fun is that. You could take as much time as you wanted to try to figure out the case. I miss these books and would love if there was an adult version of these. If anyone knows any please let me know!


The Adventures of the Bailey School KidsThe Adventures of The Bailey School Kids By Debbie Datley and Marcia Thonton Jones

Reason: Man do I miss these books. These were fun books to read as a kid. The children in the book always have some weird teacher that they suspect may be someone that’s made up. In this case they believe the cafeteria lady is Cupid. These books were adorable and really enjoyable to read as a kid. I loved all the different people they would encounter. I don’t know remember if they were the people they believed them to be but I wouldn’t mind checking these out at some point just to see. They’ll probably be a quick read and I would love to get a refresh of these books.


Horrible Harry in Room 2BHorrible Harry in Room 2B By Suzy KlineHorrible Harry in Room 2B By Suzy Kline

Reason: So these are books I barley remember reading but I know I enjoyed because I read a couple of these books. I completely forgot about these books until I started making this list. Once again I wouldn’t mind checking these books out just to see what they were about. It’s crazy how as soon as I saw the cover I kinda had a little flashback of reading the book I just from that.


 

 

These were all books I remember enjoying as a kid. Have you guys read any of these books? What were some of your favorite kids books that weren’t super popular? All of these books are ones I would love to check out at some point. It would be nice to refresh and see what it was about these books that I loved so much.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads

Hey guys!! I’m so excited to do another Top 5 Wednesday. I am super excited for this one because it has to do with Summer. Summer is my favorite time of the year. The theme is Summer Reads –The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?


Girl Out of WaterGirl Out of Water By Laura Silverman

Reason: Okay so I’m so happy to have this 2017 debut author on my list. I read this book and I absolutely loved it. It deals with the main character basically not being able to take part in the summer she has been super excited for. It was really fun and enjoyable. It truly is a great coming of age story that I really highly recommend. I hope to reread this soon.


Dangerous GirlsDangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Reason: Okay so this isn’t a summer book it has to do with spring break but it gives me summer vibes. I mean just look at that cover doesn’t it scream summer. Plus when I read this it was summer time so that counts, right? I really enjoyed this book and it really kept me guessing until the end. If you haven’t read this you should check it out.


the-truth-about-foreverThe Truth About Forever By Sarah Dessen

Reason: Okay so I’m really upset I waited so long to read this book. I really liked it a lot. It takes place in the summer. Macy spends her summer at a job where her coworkers don’t like her and she spend the rest of the day studying. She doesn’t have much of a life until she decides to work at a catering job. This was such a great story. I loved seeing the development of Macy. It really is such a great story that I have sat on for way too long.


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The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line By Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

Reason: This is another book that takes place during spring break but it also gives me summer vibes at the same time. I mean just look at the title and the book cover alone. I am a huge Veronica Mars fan and I am so happy these books were made to keep the spirit of the show going strong. I really enjoyed it and I have the second one waiting for me to read. I’m just not ready for it to be over. If you’re a fan of Veronica Mars than I highly recommend you check this out!


Anything that was written by Morgan Matson

Reason: I am a huge fan of Morgan. I’ve only read two of her books but this month I plan on reading the other two I haven’t read yet plus rereading the other books. I love Morgan’s books so much. They give off the ultimate summer vibes. I mean you really can’t go wrong with these books. They’re so fun.


Have you guys read any of the books on this list? What are some books that give you those summer vibes? I would love to hear what you guys have to say. Summer contemporaries are so fun to read.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books as Event Themes

So once again it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday. I am super excited for this one because it’s a bit different and sounds like so much fun. I love the idea of having books bring people together so why not have events inspired by books.

This week’s theme : Books as Events Themes — It’s party season, whether that is high school prom, weddings, or summer holiday events. What books would make a good party/event theme??


You Will Know MeYou Will Know Me By Megan Abbott

Reason: Okay so right away I think this would be fun without the murder. This book has gymnastics in it. I don’t know if you guys have ever been to the places where they have the foam pit with the rope where you swing a couple times and jump in. I picture there being a trampoline. I also picture rock climbing. I feel that would be a fun event for people to go to. It’s fun and it’s different. It’s been ages since I did the foam pit and have always wanted to go back.


Since You've Been GoneSince You’ve Been Gone By Morgan Matson

Reason: So in this book Sloane disappears and leaves her best friend Emily a list of things she must do. So it’s basically a scavenger hunt. I think this would be such a great thing to do with a bunch of people. I love it because you can easily come up with stuff. I know girls do this sometimes for their bachelorette parties so you can have fun with it. This is something I’ve always wanted to do with my friends. I can see it being really fun and having people take risks.


IASIPIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today By The Gang

Reason: Okay so I’m a huge It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fan. I feel it would be so fun to have a themed party. There are so many people you can dress up as. I can see it being a really great time. I just wish I had more friends that watched IASIP. If you watch, let’s get a IASIP happening soon.


Lady Mechanika Vol. 1Lady Mechanika, Vol. 1: The Mystery of Mechanical Corpse By Joe Benítez

Reason: Lady Mechanika is a comic I just discovered this year. It’s steampunk which I don’t really read a lot of. I absolutely love the artwork. The artist dis such an amazing job with all the costumes. I think it would be fun to dress up like the characters in this comic. I can see if people get really into it they would have some amazing costumes.


And Then There Were NoneAnd Then There Were None By Agatha Christie

Reason: Okay so I mainly put this on my list because I really want to do a murder mystery type of party. I think that would be such a fun concept. I know my friend went to one about a year ago and it seemed like she liked it. I love the idea that everyone is playing a character and you’re trying to figure out who the murder is. I love mystery and thrillers so it’s basically like living those books except nobody actually ends up dying and killing anyone. I do hope to go to one soon.


Would you guys attend any of these events based off books? I do have to say this was a toughie but I really enjoyed trying to pick out books for this. What are some books you would base an event off of? I really would learn to hear what you guys come up with!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite SFF Cover Art

Hey guys!! Once again it’s another Top 5 Wednesday. I really enjoy picking out my favorite covers because I feel covers are so important. They are the first thing you see when looking at a book. I know people say never judge a book by a cover but when a book has a pretty cover I can’t help but be drawn to it. I have to admit there are plenty of books I’ve solely picked up just because I couldn’t stop starring at the cover. This week the theme is Favorite SFF Cover Art *Booktube SFF Awards Crossover Topic* — Show off some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy cover art! I’m super excited for this one.


Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land By Robert A. Heinlein

Reason: I’m not sure what it is about this book but I love the way it looks. It might be how it’s so blue and blue is my favorite. I also like how they’re underwater. I noticed I really like covers with water on them.


Ready Player One
Ready Player One By Ernest Cline

Reason: This is one of my favorite books and I remember looking at different covers for it and seeing this. I wish this was the one I actually owned. I feel it fits the story perfectly.


The Fireman
The Fireman By Joe Hill

Reason:  So I haven’t read this book yet but the more I look at the more I want to read it now. I love the way the artist drew the fire. It how it has a water color look to it. This cover is haunting and creepy but I really like it.


Starflight
Starflight By Melissa Landers

Reason: So I read this book for Underrated Book Club and it ended up being a huge surprise. There is something about this cover that I really like. I really enjoy the space vibes.


 

American Gods
American Gods By Neil Gaiman

Reason: I recently bought this book and I’m disappointed I didn’t get this cover. I really like the font that they use on the cover. I also am pretty sure I’m attracted to it because it’s blue. Out of all the covers for this book this one is my favorite.


What are some of your favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy covers? I mainly stayed with Science Fiction books. I’ve read two of these books so far. I read Ready Player One and Starflight. I’ve read bits and pieces of Stranger in a Strange Land. That’s a book I want to reread and actually finish.

Let me know some of your favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy books. I would like to branch out and read more from that genre.

 

Top 5: Authors You Want to Read More From

It is time again from another Top 5 Wednesday! I’ve really been enjoying these. I really enjoy switching things up because I always write reviews.

The theme for this week is: Authors You Want to Read More From — Talk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!


The Girl You LostKathryn Croft  – I recently just read The Girl You Lost. I really enjoyed the book. It started off very fast paced and kept me guessing all the way through. I felt very freaked out after reading this book and I’ve never felt that way after reading a book. I know Kathryn has a couple more books. This isn’t even her most popular book. I’m excited to read more of her books in the future.


You Will Know MeMegan Abbott – So I’ve read two Megan Abbott books. I didn’t like the first book I read, Dare Me, but I absolutely loved the second book, You Will Know Me. So I really would like to read more of Megan’s books to see if she is an author I actually enjoy or I just ended up getting lucky with the one book. I have been eying reading her other books and I’ve heard a lot of good things about them. I have been wanting to buy them from Book Outlet. So many I will give them a chance soon.


Silver Linings PlaybookMatthew Quick – I read Silver Linings Playbook a couple years and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been wanting to read more from Matthew for a while now. I actually own a couple of his other books but I just haven’t gotten around to reading them. I am super excited for Every Exquisite Thing. My one friend was raving about it to me. If anything that is going to be the next book I read by him.


Before I FallLauren Oliver – I read Before I Fall a couple years ago and absolutely loved it. Now that the movie came out I really wanna reread it and watch it when it comes to DVD. Since then I’ve been really looking forward to reading Lauren’s other books. I recently just picked one up at my Library’s book sale. I am super excited to read more from her.

242006Augusten Burroughs – I feel I have become close friends with Augusten just from reading his books. I don’t read too many autobiographies but his are some of my favorites. Each book shows you the different stages of his life. I’ve only read two books so far but I feel like I know so much about him from how detailed he is. I really can’t wait to read more of his books and continue to learn more about his life. If you haven’t read his books I would highly recommend. Augusten has a lot of interesting stories to tell and his books do not disappoint.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

Okay so I have to admit that I haven’t read too many LGBTQ+ books. I have read a couple but none that have really blown me away. So I decided instead of writing about my favorites, I decided I would write about ones I look forward to reading.  All of these are books I’ve recently found out about and how to get my hands on soon.

The Love InterestThe Love Interest By Cale Dietrich

Release Date: May 16th 2017

Reason: This book kinda reminds me of the movie This Means War. Those are the vibes I am getting from it. I enjoyed that movie so I have high hopes for this story. I do love that this story is about two guys fighting for the affection of this girl and they end up falling for each other. I can picture this being a fun read. I can’t wait for it to come out.

 

Of Fires and StarsOf Fire and Stars By Audrey Coulthrust

Reason: I’ve been hearing a lot about this book lately. It’s about how this princess is promised to marry the prince but she ends up falling in love with his sister. I think this is a lovely take on fairy tales. I also really am drawn to the cover. I can’t wait to check this one out.

 

 

 

More Happy Than NotMore Happy Than Not By Adam Silveria

Reason: I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Adam’s writing. I really would love to read all his books. This is his first book so I thought this would be a great place to start. I am ready to bring on the tears.

 

 

 

The Five Stages of Andrew BrawleyThe Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

Reason: I’ve heard nothing but great things about Shaun’s books as well. I read Violent Ends and enjoyed it. I really want to check out his other books. I know We Are the Ants is very loved. This is his second most loved book so I really would like to check out both of these books.

 

 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseAristotle and Dante Discover Secrets of the World By Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Reason: This is the one book on the list I don’t really know much about. I’ve heard a lot of people mention how they really love this book and the characters. I am extremely curious about it especially since I don’t know much about it.

 

 

 

What are some of your LGBTQ+ books that you liked that you would recommend? I always am open to recommendations.

Top 5 Wednesday – Books You Felt Betrayed By

So I recently discovered Top 5 Wednesday and I decided I would try one and see how it goes. I’m so excited to switch it up and do something different from reviews and wrap-ups.

The theme for this week is:  Books You Felt Betrayed By –Beware the Ides of March! What books (or characters) did you feel betrayed by, for whatever reason…big or small.

the-girls The Girls By Emma Cline

Reason: This was a book I heard so many good things about last year. I finally got around to reading it this year and I was so disappointed. I muscled through it but overall did not enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Every Day Every Day By David Levithan

Reason: I’m not sure how this book got on my radar but I remember looking forward to reading it. I loved the concept of it I just hated the romantic aspect that took up majority of the book.

 

 

 

 

The NotebookThe Notebook By Nicholas Sparks

Reason: So usually I read the book before the movie but that wasn’t the case for this. I really enjoyed the movie. The book really disappointed me. It was just so boring. I have another Nicholas Sparks book on my TBR list so I hope that ends up being better.

 

 

 

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Four: A Divergent Story Collection By Veronica Roth

Reason: So I’m a big fan of the Divergent series. I couldn’t wait to read more about the series once it ended. The stories are from Four’s point of view. I feel everything was pretty much information I already knew. I just felt like I was reading a recap of the series.

 

 

 

The GrownupThe Grownup By Gillian Flynn

Reason: Gillian Flynn is one of my favorite authors. I was so excited to hear that they were releasing one of her short stories. I honestly didn’t enjoy it as much as her other stories. I wanted so much more from this. Plus the ending was very open-ended.

 

 

 

What are some books you feel betrayed by? I am excited to hear what you guys have to say.