T5W: 2019 Reading Resolutions

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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Happy New Year everyone! I’m honestly not one to set New Year’s Resolutions because I don’t think it’s personally healthy to me if I don’t achieve them. However, I do loosely follow bookish one’s and I always attempt a reading challenge! So here are some of my 2019 reading (and blogging) resolutions.

Read 50 Books
I’ve just set my Goodreads goal of the year and it is 50 books again! I managed to read around 15 more than that in 2018, but I like to keep things realistic.

Read a Classic. Any Classic.
I’m sorry to say that the only classic I’ve ever read is Jane Eyre. And I loved it, but whenever I go to read a classic now, I think back to the standalone YA books I have on my TBR and find them too daunting. So instead of making a big goal to read a number of classics, in 2019 I’d just like to start.

Read More Series
I was actually very proud of myself in 2018 for the amount of series I managed to read and get off my physical TBR! I’ve always been more of a standalones kind of reader, but I’m definitely getting more into series. In 2019 I’d at least like to tackle The Mortal Instruments, The Dark Artifices, Divergent and Throne of Glass.

Lessen My Physical TBR
Honestly, this is probably my most important rule on this list. I’m not certain, but I think I’m starting this year with around the same unread books as last year, and I’m not going to let that happen again. I’m going to be stronger, and try and control my book-buying urges! So far, being in a joint book-buying-ban with my best friend is definitely helping that 🙂

Blog Most Days
I couldn’t do this list without including at least one blog related resolution. I’d like to continue blogging most days in 2019 whenever I can.

What are you attempting in 2019?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Gifts for Harry Potter Fans

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 week’s T5W is officially Books to Give ______ as Gifts. I could have gone for purely books to give a Harry Potter fan, but I thought general gifts could be more interesting!

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I adore this book has a Harry Potter fan! It’s just so gorgeous and you can see my full thoughts and many pictures in my review here.

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Okay this is my absolute dream. How incredible is this Lego set? And if, like me, this might be a little out of your price range…they have many other cute sets available!

I couldn’t write this post without including WANDS! It’s the only thing I’m seriously considering buying when I visit the Studio in January.

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Aren’t these just the cutest? I also might be lucky enough to find these babies in my stocking 😉 

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I had to include food in here somewhere! I love the idea of food from fictional worlds – here’s a whole post about it.

What would you recommend for Harry Potter fans?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Christmas Wish List

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This topic is always a dangerous one – because I’ll just find more and more books I want to add to my wishlist! But isn’t this just the perfect time to start thinking about things you’d like for Christmas?

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The first book on my list is permanently this one. I’m deadly serious when I say if any of my readers have this edition of Lady Midnight and are willing to let it go for a price…please drop me an email or comment below!

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Onto a lighter note, who wouldn’t want a cuddly niffler?

 

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I have the UK special edition of Throne of Glass, but the US slipcased edition is still on my to-buy list.

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Yet another collectors edition that is simply gorgeous! But I need to re-read the series first and see if I enjoy them enough 🙂

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This book is the only one I might actually be getting for Christmas 🙂 Isn’t it beautiful?

What’s on your Christmas wishlist?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Longest Books on My TBR

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 love this months T5W topics and it’s made me so excited for November! Today we’re talking about something a little daunting…the longest books on my TBR. I have over 70 books on my physical TBR so I chose to go for that instead of my general TBR which has almost 300 books on.

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The last book in Throne of Glass comes in at an impressive 980 pages! When I do get round to reading this series, it’s going to take me a while.

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Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer. 
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

I’m not quite sure about the page count on this book as I think 780~ includes both Twilight and Life and Death. But it’s hopefully coming up soon on my TBR either way.

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City of Heavenly Fire comes in at 733 pages – and I’ll be reading this series over my Christmas break from uni! I’m so excited.

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Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

Lady Midnight is 720 pages long, but my edition is a very large paperback so I’m sure the word count is through the roof!

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And not far behind at 699, my edition of Lord of Shadows. I bet my copies of Queen of Air and Darkness will be similar!

I’m not going to lie, I always find big books daunting and leave them to the back of my TBR which is so bad of me! But I definitely need to fight my fear and pick some of these up soon.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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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: 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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