T5W: Emerald Covers

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!

Hello lovely readers! What are you currently reading? I’m reading the 14th book of Morganville and I can’t believe I’m almost done with the series. After I finish, I’m going to start my YALC tbr!

This week’s T5W topic is emerald covers in celebration of the May birthstone. I love a good cover, and emerald is such a pretty colour. Here’s some of my favourites!

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The first book I spotted on my list was this one! I adore this coloured paperback set and I’m so lucky to have them all.

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This cover is so beautiful, as are all of Sarah J Maas’s covers!

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Personally, I really like this set and the artwork on them.

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Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.
Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar. 

I really enjoyed the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series, and this short story collection took me back to the world I loved.

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Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.
But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana’s plans fall apart. Her parents are devastated; being gay may as well be a death sentence in the Bengali community. They immediately whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh, where she is thrown headfirst into a world of arranged marriages and tradition. Only through reading her grandmother’s old diary is Rukhsana able to gain some much needed perspective. 
Rukhsana realizes she must find the courage to fight for her love, but can she do so without losing everyone and everything in her life?

This is the only book on my list that I haven’t read yet! But it’s on my YALC TBR and I’m super excited for it.

Which emerald covers do you love?

-Beth

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T5W: Friends in Sci Fi and Fantasy

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!

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When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Which friendships do you love in sci-fi or fantasy?

-Beth

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T5W: Mother Figures

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! Today’s T5W celebrates Mother’s Day in the US, which is a little weird for me as we had Mother’s Day back in March in the UK. However, I’m all for talking about the mum’s I love in YA/literature, although none will be as loving and awesome as my own mum, of course :p

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When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

I’m breaking the T5W rules here and going straight into Harry Potter. I just couldn’t write this post without including Mrs Weasley, because she is just amazing!

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Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

I loved Starr’s whole family in this very important novel, so shoutout to them all really!

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College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else?

I couldn’t write this post without including the series I’m reading right now, which is the Morganville books. Claire’s parents become more and more prominent throughout the series, and I love them.

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When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by — and torn between — two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all. 

How would I be able to write this post and not include someone from the Shadowhunter world? Of course this is dedicated to Charlotte!

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Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.
But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.
This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.
This is the year she will fall in love.

Although Blue’s mum is awesome, so are her aunties! So this one is for all the brilliant females we have in The Raven Boys.

Which mother figures stand out to you in YA?

-Beth

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T5W: Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About

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I read this topic heading and thought I would struggle with brainstorming for topics to talk about. But after having a think and looking at other people’s blogs, there are so many interesting little things I have changed my mind about over the years!

1.Fantasy

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Fantasy is definitely the biggest thing I’ve changed my mind about, as I used to hardly ever read fantasy. Now, YA fantasy is probably my favourite genre, and depending on my mood I usually much prefer them.

2. Long series

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I was also very much a standalone reader! I just used to find series so daunting. And I still do sometimes, but I appreciate them so much more (obviously, as I’m currently halfway through a 16 book series).

3. Star ratings

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I think this is something that comes with time and experience, but I am a much harsher critique of books now than when I first started blogging. I’ll look back on a 5 star read and go what were you thinking? as 5 stars is reserved for special occasions now!

4. Goodreads shelves

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This has definitely been one of my major turning points in being a reader. I used to wonder why people had so many different Goodreads shelves. Now I have loads too, including physical-tbr, books-that-made-me-cry and beautiful-covers. I just think it’s such a great way to organise, and it probably becomes more crucial as you hoard more books!

5. Unhauling

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I used to feel as though I had to read every book that came my way. Now I’ll start a book and just think ‘this isn’t for me’, and have no shame in giving it to charity. Why should I spend my time on reading something I know I won’t enjoy?

What have you changed your mind about?

-Beth

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T5W: Rainy Day Reads

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! I know what you’re thinking – it’s not Wednesday! I know, but unfortunately I was too busy to post this on Wednesday and I really didn’t want to miss out on doing it, so here I am a few days later. This week’s topic of Rainy Day Reads could not be more appropriate for me this week, as England definitely has April Showers.

I’ve been reading a lot of people’s posts from this week as I was really interested in finding out what people class as a rainy day read! To me, atmospheric fantasy is perfect, but occasionally a fluffy contemporary is needed to beat the weather.

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Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.
But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.
This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.
This is the year she will fall in love. 

This series is definitely one of my favourite fantasy series! It’s also so atmospheric and perfect for a rainy day.

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The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

I’m sure you guys know that I love all of Cassie’s books, but The Infernal Devices is definitely perfect for rainy days. There’s something about the setting of Victorian London that I just adore for rainy day reads.

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Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.
This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

I couldn’t write this post without including something from Leigh Bardugo – so here we are. Her short story collection is just so beautiful and magical.

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. 
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
 

Talking of magic, The Night Circus has got to be the most setting/location heavy and also atmospheric book I’ve ever read. I adore it.

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What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once? Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. 

The last book is definitely a change of tune! Of course, some rainy days demand a pick-me-up, and I remember watching the movie adaptation on a day when I was sick and not feeling very well.

Which rainy day reads would you recommend?

-Beth

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T5W: Favourite Jokesters

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Welcome to another T5W post! This one has definitely been one of the hardest topics I’ve written, but here are some of the funniest characters/jokesters I’ve come across in YA.

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I read The Bane Chronicles only last week (review here), and it made me laugh out loud so much. It’s definitely one of the funniest YA books I’ve read, and I had to include Magnus.

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How could I write this post without including the ultimate jokesters and pranksters, Fred and George!

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I might be going off the movie a little bit here as I watched it last week and I read this book in 2015, but Mr Worth is absolutely brilliant. Tony Hale plays him in the movie, and as I love Arrested Development so much, he was the perfect guy for the role.

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I mean, maybe I’m including this because I laughed so much and the insanity and ridiculousness of this book. I don’t know. But I do remember laughing.

Which jokesters did you find this week?

-Beth

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T5W: Collectables on my Shelf

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! This week we’re talking about items and collectables on our bookshelves. There are many things I adore (books and otherwise) on my shelves, and I’m looking forward to talking about a few.

My Pops are really the only thing I collect other than books themselves. My 10″ Niffler Pop is probably my favourite!

I also have a giant jar of bookmarks, and more recently I’ve been able to add ones that I’ve designed myself! You can find my shop here.

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Of course I couldn’t write this post without including at least one special edition. I have many gorgeous (shiny) special edition books, but this one is one of my favourites!

I also have this gorgeous mug I picked up at Comic Con a while ago. It sits on my Harry Potter shelf and holds makeup brushes!

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One thing I love on my shelves are candles. I burn them almost every day and I’m definitely a candle fanatic! My favourite is my Woodwick one, although Clinton’s Illuminate candles are also amazing.

So those are just a few of my favourite bookshelf items/collectables! What are yours?

-Beth

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