T5W: Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About

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!

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

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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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

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 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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T5W: Spring YA Reads

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey and Samantha. 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! This Top 5 Wednesday we’re talking about Spring books. For me, spring reads are contemporaries or romance, YA, and light and fluffy after the winter gloom. I definitely transition between more contemporary in the summer, and fantasy in the winter.

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Honestly, all Matson books would be perfect for the warmer seasons – but I think Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer are vacation/summer reads, so I went with this one.

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My Life Next Door was one of my favourite reads of 2018, when I was starting to find contemporary a little predictable. However, this one still stood out for me as a really great read, and that’s why I’m including it!

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This book is definitely one of my favourites of all time – and it’s perfect for spring.

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I’ve heard very mixed reviews about Alex, Approximately, but I loved it. It’s definitely cheesy and predictable, but the setting and story embody summer romance.

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Of course spring is very much about new beginnings and blossoming starts. I think both Nicola Yoon’s books are perfect – but I wanted to include The Sun is Also a Star to celebrate it becoming a movie!

Which books do you love to read in spring?

-Beth

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T5W: Hufflepuff Characters

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 is such a fun and inventive topic idea! I’m not going to lie, it was hard to think of at first, but such fun when I got going. I’m a Hufflepuff, so I started hunting for characters that are kind, accepting, empathetic, soft, gentle, patient and animal lovers!

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Steffi in this book is such an animal lover – and if I remember rightly then there is definitely a dog in this book. How could she not be a Hufflepuff?

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I was thinking about which houses the boys would belong to from The Raven Cycle, and I definitely think gentle, soft Noah would belong to Hufflepuff house.

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Ty was the first Hufflepuff I thought of when I saw this post topic, as I’m currently reading Queen of Air and Darkness.

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I was also reminded of Jacob – he definitely has the empathetic traits of a Hufflepuff.

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I couldn’t not include Matthias and his wolf, Trassel. *softly cries*

Which characters fit your Hogwarts House?

-Beth

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T5W: Underrated Fantasy and Sci-Fi

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 all! So I’m definitely going off-topic with this one as we were meant to be talking about creatures from sci-fi and fantasy books. But that’s a topic I struggle with and we did a similar one late last year, so I’m going to do underrated fantasy and sci-fi instead!

All of these books (aside from the last one, which has just over 20,000), have under 10,000 ratings on Goodreads.

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I loved this book so much when I read it. It’s an underrated dystopia, and is about a cult/religious group. Such a unique concept, and one I loved so much!

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I cannot even tell you how much I adored this book. It blew my mind, and I can’t wait to hopefully re-read it soon as it’s been too long!

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Lauren James is by far my favourite sci-fi author, so she deserves to have 2 books on this list, okay? Okay.

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A romance book that includes time travel? Hell yes. Another one I’m due for a re-read soon.

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Of course this one might not be quite so underrated, it’s Leigh Bardugo for gods sakes, but I had to mention it. If you love fantasy and short stories, this is the book for you. It was one of my favourite reads of 2018!

Which underrated fantasy and sci-fi books do you love?

-Beth

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