#T5W: Favorite F/F couples

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

February 14th: Favorite F/F Couples
— Who are your favorite ladies loving other ladies? (Note: this isn’t specifically cis lesbian couples, but also applies to couples that include bi women, trans women, pan women, ace women, etc.)

Last week was kind of a wild ride with everyone’s posts about m/m couples and I can only imagine what a mess this week will be. If you follow me on twitter you’ll know what I mean, but anyway here’s my list of favorite f/f couples in random order!

(Usual spoiler warning because these are canon couples!)

  • Cas x Swift from The Abyss Surrounds Us: I love them so much! All you need to know about this series is that it’s about sea monsters and pirate girlfriends and if that doesn’t make you want to read it then I don’t know what will! I love this romance because it’s so healthy and they recognize the power imbalance between them and know they can’t be together while that lasts. #whenwillyourhetcouple
  • Annie x Liza from Annie on my Mind: if you know me, you know it’s very hard for me to pick One favorite but if I have to go with one absolutely favorite f/f couple then it’s gotta be this. Silly me thought this book was going to be boring because it’s from the Eighties!!! How wrong she (me) was!!! I don’t know if I’ve ever felt a romance in my bones as much as I’ve felt this one. It’s like I was Liza and I was falling in love with Annie myself. Most importantly, this has a happy ending because sapphic girls deserve happy endings too.
  • Sunati x Austen from Always Human: okay okay I know I talk about this all the time now but LISTEN they stole my heart and this whole comic is purely amazing (the art, the friendships) but the romance, the romance!!! It’s literally the cutest thing I’ve ever read and I’m so happy that it’s becoming my legacy to have people add this to their TBR and read it.
  • Mia x Ash from Godsgrave: well who would have thought that after book one I’d be on board with this! But oh my god. Enemies to lovers is my all time favorite trope and this was done so right. I also love how Mia’s bisexuality wasn’t pushed aside for the sake of the romance – Mia was very aware of her attraction to men as well.
  • Barrie x Ava from A&B: I think this was the second or third f/f romance I’ve ever read and I still think about it all the time. It’s a perfect enemies to friends to lovers and it talks a lot about music and the creative process, as well as things like envy and social media exposure.

Also, just a quick reminder to enter my giveaway on twitter because today is the last day! These are all queer YA books and four of them have main f/f couples (two of which I’ve talked about in this post).


What are your favorite f/f couples? 

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#T5W: Favorite M/M couples (+ mini rant?)

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

February 7th: Favorite M/M Couples 
–Who are your favorite dudes loving other dudes? (Note: this isn’t specifically cis gay couples, but also applies to couples that include bi men, trans men, pan men, ace men, etc.)

OMG YAY I love this week’s topic and the next (F/F couples)! Also I want to mention that I’m only going to talk about couples that are canon because as much as I like making up headcanons for my fandoms, I don’t believe in queerbaiting my followers and I want to give canon queer couples the space they rightfully deserve!

So since these are all couples that become canon within the book/series/anime, be careful of spoilers if you don’t want to find out who ends up with whom!!!


  • 🌈 Damen and Laurent from Captive Prince: listen, if you know me you better have bet at least €50 on me mentioning D&L at the top of my list otherwise I’m gonna be very disappointed in you. THEIR LOVE IS SO STRONG!!! NO SCRATCH THAT! THEY INVENTED LOVE!!!!
  • 🏳️‍🌈 Victor and Yuuri from Yuri!!! On Ice260px-yuri_on_ice_hug_or_kiss hey nobody said this had to be strictly about books right..? I can’t not make a post about favorite M/M couples without mentioning Victuuri. Yuri On Ice still owns my ass after more than a year and I owe it more that I can ever begin to explain.
  • 🌈 Andrew and Neil from The Foxhole Court: oooohhhhhh boy ohh boy. It’s been one year since I’ve reread TFC and I seriously need to read it again because I can’t possibly have read my second favorite series only twice. All three books make me Feel Things and I miss the Foxes a lot. And Andreil are just so *clenches fist* theY’RE IN LOVE!!!
  • 🏳️‍🌈 Ben and Severin from The Darkest Part of the Forest: aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh I actually don’t talk about them as much as I should? My problem is that the fandom isn’t really big but even though I never RT fanart and such (because there’s like, none), just thinking about them makes my heart explode.
  • 🌈 Patroclus and Achilles from The Song of Achilles: *bursts into tears* it’s still too soon and it’s been more than a year since I’ve read them.

Honorable mentions:

🏳️‍🌈 Pynch!!!

🌈 Snowbaz!!!

Also I know this is probably not the right type of post to discuss this but I do what I want so here is your friendly reminder that if you ship M/M couples you better also support LGBTQIAP rights in every form and shape in real life, like, you know, when it comes to actual, real queer people, and I better not catch you calling gay sex sinful and be generally gross about M/M couples. Thanks for coming to my TED talk and if you feel yourself called out, GOOD, now please go google how to not be a shitty human to queer people and come back to this blog when you’re ready to stop fetishizing queer people.

#T5W: Books you disliked but love to discuss

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

January 24th: Books You Disliked but Love to Discuss
— Some books we disliked or they were just okay, but they still have a lot of discussion points to sink your teeth into.

 

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin was such a fiasco I shouldn’t even get started talking about it. I don’t even care much about how a lot of the plot didn’t make sense but there were truly offensive elements and those are the ones I “love” talking about.

Flame in the Mist was another book I not only didn’t find great but I also thought it had many offensive elements. I haven’t seen anyone calling it out for its transphobia, but even without this element I would still be mad because it’s not realistic for a 2017 diverse release that’s supposed to be a Mulan retelling to not explore themes of gender and sexuality. It just feels like a huge loss of potential, but then the offensive elements came along and I just can’t help but hating this (but I’m happy to talk about it).

Ten Count had a great premise but it’s super problematic. Like, it’s not news for a BL manga to be very icky when it comes to consent, but here the non/dub-con elements even clashed with the whole premise of the story and it just didn’t make any sense. Also, it wasn’t just a kiss given without consent once (still icky), it was a lot of very heavy scenes like that and I just couldn’t bring myself to finish reading this.

Gilded Cage wasn’t the greatest book and I DNF’d it. The reason I like discussing it is bc to me too many elements of the fantasy/dystopic setting didn’t make sense and I love feeling validated when I talk about them and people agree.

Juliet Takes a Breath is a book I keep having to explain my opinion of and I’m actually tired of it. It probably shouldn’t even be in this list but oh well, I guess I do like talking abut it on some level. It’s not even about this book specifically but about a broader discussion about literature sometimes not being universal and this being okay. I might write a discussion post about this topic at some point if I feel like it (because it also ties back to my discussion about US-centrism and stuff that I wrote a while ago).

Have you read these books? Did you like them? Do you like talking about them?

#T5W: Books you didn’t get to in 2017

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

January 10th: Books You Didn’t Get to In 2017
–These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018

 

All these books have made me curious since I first heard about them, and whether they were already out or not when I discovered them, I somehow didn’t get the chance to read any of them.

I kept postponing Strange the Dreamer and In Other Lands because I knew I wasn’t in a fantasy mood; Wonder Woman: Warbringer I postponed because we wanted to buddy read it with Rin @ theayanamirin and somehow we still didn’t find the time, and besides all of these were so hyped that it became scary to think that I might start them and not find them as good as everyone said.

My plan is to read all of these in 2018 once I’m not drowning in ARCs anymore (which seems like an unachievable task at the moment), but I also want to wait for the right time to read them so that I can fully enjoy them.


What are some books you wanted to read in 2017 but didn’t?

#T5W: Authors You’d Want To Write Like

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

November 29th: Authors You’d Want to Write Like
–In honor of NaNo wrapping up, discuss some authors you’d like to write like. Whether its their writing style, what genre they write in, or how many books they manage to churn out a year!

C.S. Pacat

I’m going to admit that I didn’t fall in love with her writing until somewhere around book two in the Captive Prince trilogy. I think it took me a while because her style is just so exquisit and different from everything I was reading around that time, but when I finally started to get used to it I couldn’t get enough of it. I fell in love with it even more upon rereading the first time and now every time I reread her trilogy I find new things that I love, but my absolute favorite is the way she uses dialogue and characters interactions in a way that makes the reader work for it.

That’s what can be confusing at first, especially if you’re used to authors spoonfeeding you with overly described facial expressions and describing the tone in which every sentence is said (not naming names but I’m side-eyeing a few very popular authors). No, Pacat doesn’t do that, and Captive Prince sometimes really feels like an interactive reading experience to me because you’re almost always left filling the blank and giving your own interpretation of a sentence or of a character. That can be something that not every reader wants but it worked for me and most of all it means that every time I reread I discover something new about the characters.

Her writing style was also my very first lesson in writing and the reason I started to write in the first place. I learned so much from just reading her novels and I’m so thankful for her.

Victoria Schwab

When I read my first Schwab book I remember thinking, This looks so effortless. The hardest part about writing is finding the way to convey something, at least for me (something that’s even harder if you’re trying to do it in your second language), but Schwab’s writing has just a way of…reaching the reader. See, it’s really hard to explain myself, but when I say it looks effortless I’m aware that there’s a ton of work behind it. It’s just that you never feel it in the finished product, and that takes so much skill it’s just incredible.

Another way I wish I could be like her is how productive she is. I don’t know how she manages to do half the things she does and I so wish that were me.

Holly Black

When you fall in love with an author’s writing style you either read every book they’ve written or you keep stalling after you read the first one because what if the others aren’t as good? The second case is me with Holly Black – after reading The Darkest Part of the Forest I still haven’t found it in me to read anything else because that book is literal writing perfection and I don’t know if even the author herself can top that. It’s just all so atmospheric and magical and I wish she got more recognition in the book community.

Laini Taylor 

There is nothing I can say to do justice to her writing style. It’s the kind of writing that leaves you gasping for air because what you’ve just read cannot possibly have been written by a human. Her books are to be read in complete silence or over relaxing classical music on a Sunday afternoon with tea and cookies, and that’s a fact.

Elise Kova

I love the fantasy worlds she comes up with, the magic systems, the characters, everything really. I’m not particularly creative in that sense and if I tried to write my own fantasy it would literally just be a copy of some other fantasy’s world, but everything she writes feels so new in that sense.

I also love how she doesn’t shy away from writing about horrible things, even in her YA series. Some of the stuff in Air Awakens is just brutal and it hurts so much as a reader but also I can’t help but admire Elise and wish I could be as badass.

Last but not least I wish I could write as much and as fast as she does. She’s truly incredible in that regard and reading her newsletter where she shows the writing progress on all her different projects is so humbling.


Do you write? Who are the writers you’d want to write like, or that you admire the most?

#T5W: Books You’re Thankful For

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

November 22nd: Books You’re Thankful For
–For whatever reason, big or small.

In no particular order, and not only books because I couldn’t leave my favorite anime out:

Captive Prince

For its love story and all the collateral effects (all positive) that reading it had on my life.

Throne of Glass

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And more specifically Empire of Storms, for a scene that unblocked years of suppressed emotions at the time I needed it.

Harry Potter

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For being my friend in high school.

All for the Game

For telling me I’m not a monster when I was afraid I was one.

Yuri!!! On Ice

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For Yuuri, Victor, Yuri and Otabek, and for more reasons than I could ever write here.

#T5W: Genre Benders

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

November 1st: Genre Benders
–Books that defy genre or are hard to place in a certain category.

I love this topic and I love that that’s how I come back to writing a Top Five Wednesday again after months. Here are my picks:

  • Captive Prince is the first book (actually series) that comes to mind, and not only because it’s my favorite. It’s actually really hard to tell what the main marketing genre should be. Political fantasy? Romance? Sort-of historical fiction? It’s all of those really and I believe it’s marketed as something different in every country.
  • The Foxhole Court is also really hard to categorize. It’s about a sport, it deals heavily with crime and crime families, it’s absolutely character-heavy, eventually it integrates a spectacular romance…it’s just impossible to define it.
  • Nevernight is marketed as a fantasy adult series I believe, but it takes heavily from fantasy YA and its tropes and plays with them to create new rules.
  • Kobane Calling is a comic I read recently that’s also hard to define I guess. It’s a memoir, a non-fiction about a very serious topic but narrated with an incredible sense of humor.
  • Evenfall is a book (actually a series) that I’m still reading (not even halfway of book one -of the director’s cut’s version no less), so it’s hard to say yet, but I think it’s hard to put in just one specific category. It’s a dystopian, sort-of military novel, but it’s known in fandom culture mainly for its mlm romance.

I’m sure I forgot many more books that I could have mentioned here! Do you agree with the ones I put in the list? Which other ones would you have mentioned?