T5W: Classics I Need To Read

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

This weeks topic wasn’t actually the same as the one I chose, it was ‘classics I wish had modern adaptations’, but I definitely haven’t read enough classics to complete that post! So instead, I’ve decided to go for classics I need to read but haven’t yet.

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When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr. Darcy she is repelled by his overbearing pride, and prejudice towards her family. But the Bennet girls are in need of financial security in the shape of husbands, so when Darcy’s friend, the affable Mr. Bingley, forms an attachment to Jane, Darcy becomes increasingly hard to avoid. Polite society will be turned upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, and love—Jane Austen’s classic romance novel.

I’ve had a Jane Austen set for almost 3 years, and I definitely think it’s time I delve into them.

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Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him the Rings of Power – the means by which he will be able to rule the world. All he lacks in his plan for domination is the Ruling Ring, which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
In a sleepy villiage in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as the ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and make a perilious journey across the realms of Middle-Earth to the Crack of Doom, deep inside the territories of the Dark Lord. There he must destroy the Ring forever and foil the dark lord in his evil plan.

I also found a set of Lord of the Rings at least 6 months ago now, and I read The Hobbit but didn’t carry on.

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When Alice follows the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole, she finds herself in an enchanted world, filled with creatures like the Mad Hatter, the disappearing Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts. Alice quickly finds out that nothing is as it seems in the wild world of Wonderland.

I love the idea of Alice in Wonderland, but it’s not a book I own or have read yet unfortunately.

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In a house haunted by memories, the past is everywhere … As darkness falls, a man caught in a snowstorm is forced to shelter at the strange, grim house Wuthering Heights. It is a place he will never forget. There he will come to learn the story of Cathy: how she was forced to choose between her well-meaning husband and the dangerous man she had loved since she was young. How her choice led to betrayal and terrible revenge – and continues to torment those in the present. How love can transgress authority, convention, even death.

I’ve actually visited the place where Wuthering Heights is set, and I adore Jane Eyre, so I have no excuses when it comes to this one.

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I’ve also visited the set of Dracula, and I’d love to pick up a copy next time I visit.

Which classics do you want to read?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Books I Wish I’d Read Sooner

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

This weeks T5W topic is books I wish I’d read sooner. So this post is a strange mix of books I would have enjoyed as a kid/teenager, and books I think taught me important things about life!

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It’s no secret that I only read this series this year, and I definitely agree I should have read them sooner and I’d have loved them as a kid!

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I just finished this book yesterday (review coming soon), and I definitely wish I’d read it as a child.

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I adored this book when I read it last year, but I think my ever so slightly younger self would have loved it even more.

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Same with this book! I read it earlier this year, but give me this a couple of years ago and I would have devoured it.

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This one, alongside A Quiet Kind of Thunder taught me a lot about mental and physical health conditions. They definitely taught me important life lessons and I wish I’d carried them throughout my teenage years.

Which books would you give to your younger self?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Friendship Groups

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi readers! I’m relishing my last 2 weeks before I start uni, which I’m very excited but nervous about. I’ve been reading around 100-150 pages a day and I’m loving the books I’m reading at the moment (more on that later).

Anyway, I love this topic! Bookish friendship groups warm my heart because YA romance can take the centre of books way too often.

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I couldn’t do this topic without mentioning the most famous trio – Harry, Ron and Hermione have to be the most talked about this week.

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A close second is this beautiful group. I love the dynamic between all six of them in Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

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The inner circle of the Night Court definitely came to mind this week, because they’re all so interesting and bounce of each other so well. I included this book because for fans of the group and the city, it’s beautiful!

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Simon, Leah, Nick and Abby make such a great group, and they’re so funny to read about. I loved reading about them in this one and Leah on the Offbeat.

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I’m currently just over halfway through The Raven King and I don’t want to finish this series! I adore this group and I never want to stop reading about them.

Which friendship groups do you love?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Books for A Mental Health Class

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

This T5Ws theme is required reading books for a class of your choosing, inspired by school starting up again this September. It took me a while to think of a topic, but I was scrolling through Twitter earlier when something sparked my interest. Someone had tweeted that mental health should be discussed more in school, and I couldn’t agree more. So when I came to writing this post, I thought why not focus on mental health?

So for this weeks T5W, here are some of my personal favourite YA books that centre around mental health and that I have found useful.

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What if you aren’t the Chosen One?
The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?
What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.
Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…

The MC of this book suffers with anxiety and OCD, and I remember it being very accurate. Not only that, but Patrick Ness explores mental health and grief in his other beautiful books, Release and A Monster Calls.

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Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.
Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

I read this book a few years ago and found Audrey very relatable in her suffering with anxiety. I would definitely urge those who suffer with anxiety too to pick this one up!

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Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.
There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner. 
Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

I read this book earlier this year and found it incredibly touching and beautiful. It also sparked a lot of thoughts and conversations about mental health for me and that is the most important thing!

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Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Aza’s story is also one I found incredibly relatable, and may hold the top spot in my John Green collection.

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Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

How could I post this without including The Perks? It’s such a touching and important novel.

A few mentions for Thirteen Reasons Why, which even though I disliked, I know has helped many people. And to When We Collided and The Sky is Everywhere which deal with bipolar and grief.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Redemption Arcs

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi everyone! It took me a while to brainstorm for this topic, thank you to my boyfriend for helping me! Anyway, today we’re talking about redemption arcs, which is when a character stars off as a bad character and redeems themselves.

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There are two different characters in Harry Potter that I thought of. One is Draco, who actually redeems himself. The other is Snape, who is viewed differently until the end of the story!

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Even though I haven’t read these books yet, I’m currently on the 5th season of the show and I had to include Jamie Lannister!

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We all thought Rhysand was evil in the first book but he definitely redeems himself in A Court of Mist and Fury.

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From what I remember, AIDAN is a villain who does what he does for reasons he believes are right. And I couldn’t help but still like him!

Which redemption arcs did you pick?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Items on Your Bookshelf

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi readers! I’m very happy with this weeks topic as I get to trawl my way through old topics from before I joined this meme. I’ve chosen something very different, and I’m going to talk about items on my bookshelves.

I actually keep a lot of possessions in front of my books/in the corners of my bookshelves. I’m going to list just a few of them below!

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Candles are the first thing that came to mind, because I love them! My favourite candle is definitely my Woodwick candle, which I found second hand for only £2.50.

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I adore this mug, and I keep makeup in it to stop it getting worn.

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I bought this light for my boyfriend for Christmas, and it looks so awesome at night.

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I have a couple of bookish Funko Pops, including the one above.

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The only section of our bookshelves that are actually donated to something other than books is for our MTG cards! My boyfriend and I have started teaching ourselves how to play Magic and we’re both loving it so far.

What do you have on your bookshelf?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Books I Love With Tropes I Hate

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday post! This week we’re talking about books I love with tropes I hate. There are many I thought of while researching for this post, and here’s my top 5.

1.’There was only one bed.’

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This line is always something I notice in YA romance, the classic line when two ‘friends’ walk into a room and realise there’s only one bed for them to sleep in. It makes me roll my eyes every time, but I’m still loving A Court of Mist and Fury.

2. ‘I’m angry so let’s break up and inevitably get back together.’

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I loved this book so much, but it definitely falls into this category. So many contemporaries fall under this, when two people split up in anger and inevitably get back together towards at the end of the book.

3. Love triangle

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Twilight is a guilty pleasure of many of ours, myself included. I don’t really enjoy love triangles, but I agree it can work sometimes and I found this and The Vampire Diaries quite entertaining!

4. The Chosen One

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Who doesn’t love Harry Potter – the ultimate Chosen One read!

5. Find Yourself

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And another contemporary to finish up – the classic ‘my best friend has disappeared and I’m going to find her and find myself too’. But I did find this book really fun and definitely one to recommend.

Which books did you love that include tropes you hate?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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