Top 5 LGBT+ Books On My TBR

lgbt books on my tbrI haven’t actually participated in Top 5 Wednesdays in so long and it was actually kind of difficult to come up with books for today’s post? Because even though I want to read more diverse books (including diverse sexualities) I discovered that I didn’t really have many books on my TBR or that I knew of many books fitting this category! I really need to step up my game!

Anyways, Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha and Lainey and this week’s topic is Favorite LGBT+ Reads – unfortunately, I haven’t read too many books featuring LGBT+ characters, so I thought I would talk about books I want to read in the future! So, here we go!

30139283Book #1: History Is All You Left Me / More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me was actually the one book that I thought of right away! Adam Silvera is such a beloved author by the people I watch on YouTube, this was a no brainer! I just wasn’t sure which of his books I would add to my list because I’ve heard people suggest I read More Happy Than Not before HIAYLF and the other way around too. And, on top of that, he is coming out with another book later this year which also sounds really intriguing!

Book #2: Queens Of Geek by Jen Wildequeens of geek

I feel like Queens Of Geek has been popping up on my radar more and more lately and I keep seeing people really praise this book which definitely sparks my interest! And the cover is also such an eye catcher! But I also really like the concept of this book and I can’t wait to experience a con through the eyes of these three friends! I’ve always enjoyed watching videos of comic con – especially when I was more involved with different fandoms a few years ago and seeing my favorite actors interact, so I’m hoping to find some of that feeling and excitement within the pages of this book!

the love interestBook #3: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

The Love Interest isn’t releasing until mid-May but boy am I excited for this one! I mean, a story about two boys who are supposed to woo a girl but then they fall in love with each other instead? That sounds pretty awesome to me! And I kinda really love the opposites these two seem to portray! I can’t wait to see how this plays out!

 

Book #4: The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavicthe foxhole court

Tumblr is absolutely in love with this trilogy and I can’t believe I didn’t think of The Foxhole Court when I was making my list! Seriously, I think this was the one book I saw pop up on my dashboard even though I wasn’t following any blogs that were about books specifically! I also keep seeing Emma of missmareadsalot rave about these books and we definitely share a good deal of similar book favorites, so!

 

carry onBook #5: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

When I was reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell I was usually more interested in the bits and pieces of fanfiction that we got in the book and I remember really wanted to read more of it – Carry On is that fanfiction and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet? But I definitely want to at some point!

Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, which one should I get to as soon as possible? And if you have any more recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments below!

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Science Fiction/Fantasy Books

favorite sci-fi fantasy booksToday I am back with another post for Top 5 Wednesday (a weekly meme hosted by Samantha and Lainey), this week’s topic coincides with the BooktubeSFF Awards and asks us to share our favorite Fantasy and Science Fiction books! So, let’s hop right in!

 

 

 

 

A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

cofBefore I read the A Court Of Thorns and Roses trilogy I had never read a book about Fae and I was a little unsure about that aspect of the story. But ACOTAR being a Sarah J. Maas’ book I was sure I would enjoy it none the less – and I did! [a door flies open, loud music starts playing and confetti falls down] Until A Court Of Mist And Fury entered the party and changed my opinion on the previous book and the ship I thought I was 100% set on. Rhysand and Feyre and the Inner Circle were such great characters to spend time with. The Night Court sounded like a dream – especially Velaris. If I can get a ticket there, I am leaving right this second! I can’t wait to be reunited with this world during my upcoming re-read! It has been too long!

A Darker Shade Of Magic by VE Schwab

cofThis is a very recent read for me and I am absolutely in love with this world and the possibilities it holds! A Darker Shade Of Magic introduces us to parallel universes where places are similar but also different, where a bit of your blood and the right words will whisk you away to a different parallel universe. A world that is home to a woman called Lila Bard who quickly stole my heart and has me ready to jump on a ship with her and see what the world has to offer beyond Arnes. Prince Rhy has me ready to stand at the front lines of his birthday parades and show my love and support for the young prince. I want to join Kell on his missions and explore the different universes by his side – he seems to know all the good places!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

cofMarissa Meyer first introduced me to retellings (or at least her’s were the first books in which I was aware of the story being a retelling) and made me fall head over heels in love with one of the funniest crews I had come across to that point. Cinder laid the groundwork for what was yet to come in the remainder of The Lunar Chronicles and introduced us to one of the funniest androids that you couldn’t help but love almost as much as Cinder herself did.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

IMG_20170307_133917.jpgIf you actually thought I would get through this list of books without mentioning Clockwork Princess you might be a new reader, so let me tell you a little something about myself: I will take every opportunity to talk about Clockwork Princess and The Infernal Devices. It’s a Thing. I adore the characters in this book with everything I have. Have you ever come across people who refer to characters or people as their sons and daughters? That kind of love is what I feel for these characters – especially the main trio of Will, Jem and Tessa. And yes, they are part of a love triangle but no, it’s not annoying. They are the only triangle I accept. We’ve come to know the Shadowhunters Universe in a modern day setting, but it was so much fun to dive into the 19th century and get to experience life that way! 

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

cofAnd lastly, to the surprise of probably no one: Six Of Crows! Of course a Leigh Bardugo book has to be on this list and if we’re talking favorites, it had to be either this or Crooked Kingdom. I just decided to go with the first book in the duology for this one! Six Of Crows introduces us to a rather dark world (set in the same universe as the Grisha Trilogy) inhabited by some interesting characters! Characters that are diverse in race, appearance, sexual orientation and physical abilities and I absolutely adored it! Most of these characters are also morally gray characters – not inherently good or bad. It makes for great conflicts and the potential for growth for every one of them!

There you have it, my Top 5 Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy books! Did any of these books make it onto your list too? What is the number one book on your list, let me know in the comments below! I’m still looking for more books to read!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

This weeks topic celebrates Science Fiction/Fantasy Books which I absolutely love since it’s my favorite genre to read in, Swetlana and I had to join in.

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Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I love this series because it follows a strong female character that isn’t reduced to being a women but she takes charge and kicks some serious ass! One of my favorite things about her is when she puts men in their place and lets them know she knows what she’s doing & that she doesn’t need a man to survive. I keep saying that but Sarah really did create something really great here.

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Book #3 is my favorite one in this series because it shows that great battle against Valentine and what it all means for Jace and Clary. Not to mention Alec coming out in this one was something really special. (Although I would have prefered it to be from his POV but). When reading the series I found myself enjoying this one the most.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer 

We get to know another character Scarlet who plays a big part in this series. She finds out about things that people she cares about kept from her and she makes new alliances with unexpected forces. This book made me love the story even more and I’m planning to read the next book soon.

A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Swetlana and me keep gushing about this series but we just love it so much! Feyre is such a great character she grew on me so fast. Especially after having read Book #2 A Court Of Mist and Fury which was one of the best books I read last year. I already want to re-read it but that’s for another time.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I don’t think I need to tell you any more about how much I love this series and everything about it. This book is by far my favorite one so far (out of the 4 I read). It will always have a special place in my heart.

What are your picks for this week? Feel free to link us below in the comments! We love to read your posts!

Top 5 Wednesday: Fictional Jobs You’d Want to Have

This week’s topic is quite interesting! You can find the topic’s for March right here. So without further ado let’s get into it.

A teacher at Hogwarts. 

I would teach Defense against the Dark Arts because it’s my favorite subject in the Harry Potter Universe. It would be fun to teach the students about the dark magic that is out there and how they can defend themselves because – contrary to Umbridges’ beliefs – it is important to know what’s out there and you never know when you might need it.

High Lady of the Night Court/Any Court in the ACOTAR!Universe.

I just love the concept of living in a place that is focused on a season/time of day (summer, winter, autmn, spring, night, day and dawn etc), that even the weather is always the same every day. I would definitely love to be the leader of any court in that universe. While reading the books I was so fascinated by that concept. Just living among different people, creatures and a different kind of nature. Being my own boss would be cool as well.

Auror. 

They basically investigate if there are any crimes done in relation to dark magic practise or misuse. It would be cool interrogating people, setting up trials and helping decide what their verdict would be.

Shadowhunter.

I like the concept of having runes and being able to use them for pretty much anything. Although I don’t like the slightly racist, homophobic tendencies of the society of Shadowhunters – I would love to just fight demons with those awesome seraph blades! (The ones they use on the show in s2 look insane!) and also live in an Institute amongst other Shadowhunters.

Merchant (Six Of Crows).

I would make all kinds of deals with people in the barrel and make money and profit but without exploiting people’s lifes or using them to gain more power. I would support anyone that needed help. Just the idea of living in Ketterdam and experiencing that city is awesome to me!

What are 5 fictional Jobs you would love to do? Feel free to link me to your post! I love seeing what other people would love to do.

Top 5 Wednesday: Fictional Jobs You’d Want To Have

fictional jobs i wantThis week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is Fictional Jobs You’d Want To Have and I was actually really excited to talk about this topic, even though my jobs ended up being part of only three books and the worlds created in them. Does anyone want to take any guesses before I get into this?

Shadowhunters Universe

cofThe first job I would absolutely love to have would be High Warlock (and if I can choose which High Warlock I would be? my answer is of course Magnus Bane)! I would love to have the ability use magic and spells and travel anywhere in the world with my portals and see all these great places and meet people from all over and experience life in different countries!

cofBut since we can’t all be powerful Warlocks, my second job choice would be Shadowhunter! I want to be as smart and powerful as Isabelle. Have tvshow!Alec’s leading skills and also his fighting skills. I want to have a heart as big as Clary’s and the ability to create runes to help Shadowhunters even more (remember that binding rune? so awesome!) and just help keep this world free of evil!

A Court Of Mist And Fury Universe

cofThe third job I would absolutely love to have is High Lady Of The Night Court. A) because the Night Court sounds like such a beautiful place to live and it also has the most bad ass people fighting for it in the form of it’s High Lord and his Inner Circle! And you also have someone who wants you to be a strong person, who encourages you to make your own decisions and to live life and I am all about that! Are there tickets available to get to the Night Court? I might need one right now! I mean, can you imagine living in a world in which you’re surrounded by all these people?

Shades Of Magic Universe

I am starting to sense a theme with the jobs I want to have, because next on my list is Traveler or Antari, as they are called in VE Schwab’s Shades Of Magic trilogy. Can you imagine having the opportunity to discover parallel universes and learn how they differ from each other? That sounds like so much fun!

cofAnd if I can’t be an Antari, I want to be a pirate on Lila Bard’s ship. I have only read about 200 pages of A Gathering Of Shadows so please don’t leave spoilery comments below about how all of that plays out! Lila Bard wants to see everything the world has to offer and I want to join her on that journey! Lila is also a pretty bad ass woman and I bet I could learn so much from her! We would have the best time on the sea!

There you have it, my Top 5 Jobs I’d Want To Have! Have you ever thought about what kind of jobs you’d want to have in different book universes? If so, let me know in the comments and lets talk about all the different worlds we could travel and all the fun we could have!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books to get you out of a reading slump!

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This week’s topic is definitely my favorite one this month! I really like the idea to find books to get people back into reading. Let’s get started!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is a cute, fluffy and romantic contemporary with adorable characters and some drama thrown in to keep you interested! I actually read this one and ended up really loving it.

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a dystopian novel including a video game that will take you on a journey of survival, 80’s music references and more!

In th9969571e year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson is sure to get you out of a reading slump with a story filled with books, dogs, ice scream, scavenger hunts and some romance!

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Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

Iluminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff takes you on a journey through space with romance, hackers, political thrills and lots of heartbreak. It’s also told in chat logs, pictures and classified documents which will make your reading experience so much fun!

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

Everything Leads To You by Nina Lacour includes a lesbian main character, film sets and romance!

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A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

What are your picks for this week’s topic? Feel free to leave a link of your post! & if you read any of these books did you enjoy them?

Top 5 Wednesday: Books To Get You Out Of A Reading Slump

books reading slumpThis week’s topic for Top 5 Wednesday is Books To Get You Out Of A Reading Slump! I don’t think I’ve been in many reading slumps before (I vividly remember one, after I finished the Unearthly Trilogy by Cynthia Hand) and I can’t remember if the books I picked up during that time helped me get over the slump I was in. Which is why I decided to suggest 5 books I really love and I think will get you going again!

 

 

Clockwork Angel

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

cofFirst on my list for today is Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, book one in The Infernal Devices Trilogy! I was originally going to go with Clockwork Princess (I think we’ve established how much I love it by now), but that would mean you would have had to have read the first two books in the trilogy and that’s probably not true for everyone. So! We’re going with Clockwork Angel, which is still great and it introduces you to a world that is hopefully going to suck you right in and not let you leave until you turn that final page of Clockwork Princess (and maybe cry ugly tears, like I do every time)!

Will rolled up his sleeves. “We’ll probably have to knock down the door–”
“Or,” said Jem, reaching out and giving the knob a twist, “not.”
The door swung open onto a rectangle of darkness.
“Now, that’s simply laziness,” said Will.

If you’re worried that you might not like it or if you have heard that Cassandra Clare‘s writing isn’t the best: she has improved quite a bit as an author by this point in her publishing history! You should definitely give it at least a try! This book/trilogy might be exactly what you’ve been looking for to get you out of that slump of your’s!

A Court Of Mist And Fury

I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.

cofNext, we have Sarah J. MaasA Court Of Mist And Fury, book two in the A Court Of Thorns And Roses Trilogy/Series. While I didn’t want to go with book three in my previous suggestion, I am definitely going with book two for this one. ACOMAF is just a much better story than ACOTAR! I obviously read the first book too and I thought I loved it – until A Court Of Mist And Fury was released and I read it. The world building is stunning (I want to switch places with Feyre for a couple of days!), the cast of ‘side’ characters is everything (I do still love my boy Lucien though, I have hope for him yet) and the relationship that is being formed here is hands down my favorite yet. And then you have the ending! I was yelling at my book the entire time I was reading it! I hope you don’t mind reading rather explicit sex scenes though, because we do have a couple of those in here!

And I realized—I realized how badly I’d been treated before, if my standards had become so low. If the freedom I’d been granted felt like a privilege and not an inherent right.

Heartless

cofI feel like Alice In Wonderland is something a good amount of people enjoy and if you are one of those people and you are burried deep in a reading slump, this might be just what you are looking for! Heartless by Marissa Meyer tells the origin story of the Queen Of Hearts and it was such a fun experience and the writing, as always with Meyer, was so, so good! The characters pull you into their world (I am still so in love with the tea party) and you can’t help but turning page after page! I had a few small problems with this book (mostly due to me never having read Alice before) and I discussed them in my review, in case you want to read more about this book! But I still highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!

But hoping,” he said, “is how the impossible can be possible after all.

Cress

cofI hadn’t even realized that I put two Marissa Meyer books on this list, but they are both definitely great reads and you wouldn’t be picking the wrong one no matter which one you went for! Cress, book three in Marissa Meyer‘s The Lunar Chronicles series, is on here because Cress as a character was so much fun to read about and her dynamic with Captain Thorne was hilarious! I can’t really say much about the plot lines in this book without spoiling the first two books. I guess you will just have to take me at my word here!

“Captain?”
“Yeah?”
“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder.”

Six Of Crows

cofLast, but certainly not least, is Six Of Crows, book one in the Six Of Crows duology, by Leigh Bardugo! What better way to get you out of a reading slump than going on an impossible heist with some of the most diverse and awesome characters out there right now? I enjoyed Leigh’s writing and story telling in The Grisha Trilogy, but she has stepped up so much in Six Of Crows that I had to add her to my auto-buy authors list!

Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.

One of my favorite things about this duology was the dynamic between all of the characters – I usually don’t laugh out loud while reading, but I did a few times throughout both books and how could you not?

Jesper knocking his head against the hull and cast his eyes heavenward. “Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.”

Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthias’ ghost to kick your ghost’s ass.”

“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.

If you have found yourself deep into a reading slump, I hope you pick up one of these books and pull yourself out of said slump! There is nothing fun about wanting to read but being unable to find the right book, right?

In case I ever find myself in a reading slump again, what is your top pick? Please let me know (my TBR isn’t long enough yet :P) and link to your posts for this week’s T5W in the comments below if you want to!