Top Five Wednesday Rewind: Children’s Books to Read as an Adult

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This month the Top Five Wednesday group gets to write about topics that we may have missed the past few months.  Choosing the topics was fairly easy for me and I am excited to share my lists with you. This week, I am recycling the topic from March 14th, 2018: Children’s Books to Read as Adults.  As someone who dearly loves middle-grade and children’s classics, I am thrilled to be able to write this post. The Goodreads group for Top Five Wednesday can be found here. and is hosted by the lovely #ThoughtsonTomes and #gingerreadslainey.  

  1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Rick Riordan’s original mythology series is one of my favorites of all time.  It is hilariously narrated by Percy Jackson, a young man who discovers that he is a demigod and must deal with all the trials and tribulations that come with being the son of a Greek god.  In the first book, The Lightning Thief, Percy is only twelve years old, but despite his young age he is hilarious and insightful and I think any age group can relate to him.  I did not read these books until I was in my early twenties (#regret for not reading them sooner) and I absolutely adored them.  I marathoned the entire series and read the last installment, The Last Olympian, in which Percy is 16, in one sitting.  I highly recommend this series to everyone.  
  2. Harry Potter (Duh.) – I cannot make this list without mentioning Harry Potter.  While there is some controversy surrounding J.K. Rowling these days, Harry Potter will forever and always be my favorite series.  It has such valuable life lessons for children and adults alike. In my opinion, this series is as close to perfect as a series can get, and I believe that everyone should read it.  My grandmother adores this series and she was in her sixties when she read it, so I know that any age group can enjoy these books. If you haven’t read Harry Potter, please give it a try, because it is truly amazing.  Except The Cursed Child. Ignore that one.
  3. Little House on the Prairie – I chose this book series for one simple reason: it is delightful.  Laura Ingalls Wilder takes us back to her childhood and we get a glimpse of what life was like in America in the 1880s.  It is full of childish wonder and innocence and recently provided me with a much needed escape from reality. If you’re looking for a book to read to your children, or just a quick joyful book from a child’s point of view, I highly recommend picking up this series.  Little House in the Big Woods is the first in the series and remains my favorite to this day.  
  4. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White’s classic children’s novel was one of my favorite childhood reads.  Wilbur the pig remains one of my favorite protagonists because of his unique voice. While this book is a bit of a tear-jerker if you’re sappy like me, I highly recommend it.  I plan to read it to my son when he gets a little older and I hope he loves it as much as me.
  5. – By far my favorite Dr. Seuss book and, in my opinion, one of his most important works.  This famous children’s book provides the reader with a message of encouragement that I think we all need sometimes.  I recently procured a copy for my young son and as I was reading it to him, I realized that the message was one that I needed to hear as well.  It tells readers young and old that you can and will do great things in life. The book explains that there will be bumps along the way, but as long as we keep pushing forward, everything will be alright in the end.  If you’re feeling down about where you are in life or feeling like you haven’t achieved your goals, I suggest giving this book a quick read. It did wonders for my attitude.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post!  If you did, leave me a like and a comment and let me know which children’s books you’ve loved and think everyone should read.  I’d love some new recommendations. I’ll see you all in the next one!

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Top 5 Wednesday: 2018 Reading Resolutions

This is late and I am so sorry for that.

It’s that time of year again.  Time to make yourself promises that will more than likely be broken before the month is out.  At least that always seems to be the case for me.  This year I’d like to break my losing streak when it comes to new year resolutions.  I am hopeful that I can achieve these goals this year and feel very accomplished when 2019 rolls around.  

As always, the Goodreads group for Top 5 Wednesday, which is hosted by the lovely #ThoughtsonTomes and #gingerreadslainey, can be found here.  

2018 Reading Resolutions

1.  Actually Complete My Goodreads Challenge

  Much to my dismay I was unable to achieve my goal of reading 50 books this in 2017.  Reading slumps hit me hard last year and for the last few weeks of 2017 I was simply not in the mood to pick up a book.  I did read 44 books, which is not bad, but I have faith that I can do better.  I set my goal for 50 books again this year so wish me luck! 

2.  Reread The Harry Potter Series By J.K. Rowling

  It’s been a hot minute since I read Harry Potter.  I miss the world and the characters dearly, so I am making them a priority in 2018.  I have a soon-to-be four year old, so I’m considering buying the illustrated editions that have been published to read to him.  

3.  Read Diverse Books

  I feel that everyone should make this a priority.  I want to better understand those who are different than me, and I want to see the diversity of humanity represented in literature.  We should all be able to find characters to whom we can relate.  

4.  Read At Least 3 Non-fiction Books

  I never read non-fiction books voluntarily.  Since I’ve been out of school for a couple of years, I feel as though I’m not learning as much as I should.  To remedy that, I want to pick up some non-fiction about things I’m interested to learn about.  

5.  Read Manga 

  I love anime, so I don’t know why I’ve never read manga.  I’ve seen a lot of manga intrigue me, so that’ll be happening in 2018.  

  I hope you guys liked this post!  If you did be sure to leave me a like and a comment and tell me some of your reading resolutions!  Thank you so much for reading!  Talk to you in the next one! 

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books of 2017

2017 has been a really good reading year for me.  I read so many fantastic books; narrowing it down to five was extremely difficult.  As always, the Goodreads group can be found here.  The group is hosted by the lovely #ThoughtsonTomes and #gingereadslainey.  It is a lot of fun to come up with these lists every week, so come and join us!  Without further ado, here is my list of the top five books of 2017.

1.  The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

I love this series so much.  At the urging of my husband and Reagan of #peruseproject on booktube, I picked up The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima.  I was blown away by this fantasy world and this is one of my all time favorite series now.  The Crimson Crown is the fourth and last book and it was my favorite.  It was absolutely incredible.  Please read this series!  It isn’t nearly as popular as it deserves.  

2.  Winter by Marissa Meyer

Picking my favorite of The Lunar Chronicles was almost impossible.  I loved every one of them, but the finale was the book that knocked my socks off the most.  It was one of the most successful conclusions to a series I’ve ever read and I will most likely be rereading this series soon. 

3.  The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

The fourth installment of The Heroes of Olympus was definitely my favorite.  I loved the intensity of this booking was thrilled with all of the amazing Percabeth moments we got.  It gave a lot of depth to already incredible characters and I could not put it down. 

4.  The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Kudos to Rick Riordan for claiming two spots on my list.  The Last Olympian was my favorite of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series which is a high honor because I adore the entire thing.  I read this book in one sitting and I cried when it was over.  I love Percy and Annabeth and their world so much. 

5.  Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This.  Book.  I am still obsessed with Carry On and it’s been weeks since I read it.  SnowBaz is life.  This books is a must-read and I cannot contain my love for it.  Instead of reading books I can count toward my Goodreads goal, I’ve been reading Simon Snow fanfiction.  It’s amazing and I highly recommend it! 

I hope you guys liked this post!  If you did please leave me a like and a comment and tell me what your favorite book of the year was!  See you guys in the next one! 

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters On The Naughty List

We all have characters we hate.  The ones that just get under our skin and make us want to smack them.  This Top 5 Wednesday is my list of characters I think belong on the Naughty List.  As always the T5W is hosted by #ThoughtsomTomes and the Goodreads group can be found here.  O don’t mean to offend anyone with this list; if I dislike your favorite character, I’m sorry, but these are my opinions.  Let’s get into the list! 

1. Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter by JK Rowling)

  I simply had to include one of my least favorite characters of all time.  We all love to hate her and do so with a feiry burning passion.  

2. Levana Blackburn (The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer)

  This bitch.  I cannot describe to you how much I hated this evil queen while reading The Lunar Chronicles.  She’s ruthless and psycho and a fantastic villian, but good Lord did I hate her. 

3. Gavin Bayar (The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima) 

  F**k this guy.  I can’t even.  He’s horrible and I wish every hardship on him.  

4. Warren Barber (The Heir series by Cinda Williams Chima) 

  Just a self-serving dick who enjoys hurting other people.  He made me feel bad for a character I disliked because of his treatment of her.  Hate him.  

5. Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter by JK Rowling) (yes you read that right) 

  I know a lot of people will want to crucify me for this, but I can’t help it.  Whole I definitely don’t hate him as much as the other characters on this list, I cannot brimg myself to like him.  Defend him if you want, but in Half-Blood Prince he admits that he knew of the Dursley’s mistreatment of Harry and he did nothing.  He left Harry to suffer every summer.  Now it’s true that the Dursley family deserves a spot on this list as well, but I cannot abide by knowingly allowing a child to stay in an abusive home.  

  I hope you guys liked this T5W!  If you did please leave me a like and a comment and let me know some of your disliked characters!  See you all in the next one!  

Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Things I’m a Grinch About

A shameful amount of time has passed since I did a top five Wednesday.  I really have no excuse; I just never got around to making the lists.  One of my goals for the coming year is to be more active on this blog and I think top five Wednesday is a good way to ensure that I post at least once a week.  

The Goodreads group for top five Wednesday can be found here.  It is hosted by @ThoughtsonTomes and is a lot of fun, so join in!  I am very excited for the December topics, so without further ado, let’s get into my list! 

1. Cover changes in the middle of a series

 Come on publishers.  No one in the history of ever has uttered the phrase, “I really hope they change the covers midway through the this series so my covers don’t match!”  Look.  We are booknerds.  We tend to take great pride in our bookshelves and want them to look pretty.  When the cover changes and the books in a series don’t match, it throws off our #shelfie game.  Even when the previous books get new covers, it is irritating because now we have to go out and buy new copies of books we already own.  

2. Dog-earring and binding breaking 

If you damage my books, you’re dead to me.  I work hard for my money and it’s not very often that I get to spend it on new books.  For this reason, (and just because they’re amazing) my books are very special to me and when someone damages them, simply by being careless, it makes me angry.  I don’t come in to your house and scratch up your Blu-ray discs.  It’s common courtesy to treat other’s property with respect, so please be nice to books. 

3. Love triangles

Don’t get me wrong, there are some well written love triangles out there and I do enjoy them.  The love triangles that bother me are the ones in which the protagonist is stringing one or both of the love interests along.  The Twilight-y ones.  This trope is also extremely overdone and I feel that there are far better plot devices to spice up the story.  

4. Characters that don’t know how to breathe 

If I read the line, “I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding” one more time I might crack.  Why are all YA protagonists unable to tell when they are depriving their brains of oxygen?  

5. Cliffhangers

Need I say more?  I’m looking at you Rick Riordan.  The end of The Mark of Athena destroyed me.  This one I’m not necessarily a Grinch about unless I have a long wait for the next book.  

I hope you guys liked this post!  If you did, please leave me a like and a comment, I would love to discuss your Grinchy tendencies!  See you in the next one! 

Top 5 Wednesday: Fandoms I Am No Longer In

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is somewhat sad because I have to write about things that I once loved. Due to varying degrees of circumstance, I have no further interest in these fandoms at the present time. 
As always the Goodreads group for Top 5 Wednesday can be found here. It is hosted by Samantha @ThoughtsonTomes and was created by Lainey @gingerreadslainey. 

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

I read the first book in this trilogy and absolutely loved it. I was caught up in it’s popularity and sucked into the story…and then I was spoiled for the end of Allegiant. I was so angry about the controversial ending that it completely ruined my love for the series. I do not plan to continue on and given the controversy surrounding Veronica Roth’s newest release Carve the Mark, I doubt I will be picking that up either. 

2. The Walking Dead 

I ADORED this show for the first four seasons. After that, I felt the plot went downhill and all of my favorite characters were either dead or were going to be killed (I was spoiled for several major character deaths, thanks to one of my rude Facebook friends). I just couldn’t take the emotional trauma. I may continue this show someday, but it seems unlikely at this point. 

3. Once Upon a Time

Honestly, I just completely lost interest in this show. It’s not that it wasn’t good; I loved the first two seasons. I just got caught up in life and fell behind. As time passes I realized that I have no desire to get back into this fairytale show. 

4. The Vampire Diaries

After the whole Catherine thing…just no. I was too pissed to go on. The Originals is WAY better anyway. 

5. The 100

This show just smacks you in the face with tragic feels all the time and my little heart couldn’t take it. I will most likely get back into this one, but there will be many tears when that happens. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this list! If you did leave me a like and a comment and tell me some of your left behind fandoms. I will talk to you guys in the next one! 

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I Need More From

I know this is late again, but motherhood is hectic y’all. The Goodreads group for T5W can be found here. The group is hosted by @thoughtsontomes and it is wonderful so come join us for fun weekly topics. 

Here are the top five authors I need more from:

1. J.K. Rowling

How can I not put the queen on my list? Please give me a series about the Mauraders and Lily. I need it deep down in my soul. Also we can totally pretend that Cursed Child doesn’t exist and get a bunch more next gen stories. I would be so happy. 

2. Suzanne Collins

I haven’t really heard anything about Suzanne Collins since The Hunger Games. All I do know is that I loved her famous trilogy so much and I need more of her wonderful story telling.

3. Cinda Williams Chima

Ok, so we just got a new book from her and have been getting them fairly regularly for awhile, but I am a glutton and I always want more. I love love love her books and I need everything she writes ever. 

4. Simone Elkeles

I adored both Perfect Chemistry and her Paradise duology. They were some of my very favorite books in high school and I would be delighted to read more of her writing. 

5. John Green

It’s been forever and a day since The Fault in Our Stars. I think it’s high time for a new John Green novel. Pretty please? 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. If you did leave me a comment and a like. I will talk to you guys in the next one!