#T5W: Favorite Magic Systems

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:

October 3rd: Favorite Magic Systems
— This October, T5W is exploring not only the paranormal, but also magic and wizardry in general!

Just a very quick post today! Today is national holiday in Germany so I’m recovering from a few very wild and tiring days and I don’t feel like writing a long post, but I loved this topic too much not to write about it.

In no particular order:

Shades of Magic trilogy 

Everything about the magic in this world is so amazing, from the different Londons to the way Antari magic works and the way magic feels like a main character throughout the whole series.

 

Grishaverse (Grisha trilogy + Six of Crows duology)

In this world, those who have magic abilities are called Grisha and they’re divided into different Grisha orders depending on what their magic can do. There’s also the powers that Alina and the Darkling possess. In Six of Crows we find out there may be more to the way magic works and I hope we’ll see this explored in the upcoming Nikolai duology (King of Scars).

 

The Nevernight Chronicles

I feel like this world’s magic is much more complicated than we’ve even gotten to see within the books so far, and I’m confident we’ll be mindblown when the last book comes out. I hope we’ll get to learn about the Darkins’ magic, what they are, how their magic works, and why we have to suffer so much while reading the books lmao.

 

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I feel like I’m putting this here more because of the overall worldbuilding than the magic itself, but I do love that the trilogy is basically an incarnation of the good ol’ “magic has a price” concept.

 

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Avatar: The Last Airbender

I feel like I’m the last person to watch this and I’m only on season 1 but I already love it and its magic system! I’m sure there’ll be more to find out in the next seasons (please don’t spoil).

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What are your favorite magic systems?

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#T5W: Books For My Younger Self

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:

September 12th: Books For My Younger Self
— This was recommended as a topic on twitter and I love it! Books that you wish your younger self would have read to learn a life lesson, get more self confidence, open your eyes to a new perspective, etc.

 

PJO (and everything in the Riordan-verse)

I will eternally be angry about the fact that I’ve never even heard of Riordan’s books when I was in elementary/middle school. In fact I didn’t know about them until in my twenties when I joined the book community (don’t @ me they weren’t very well known in Italy okay!) Anyway the books are so fun and I know for a fact that little me would have been a huge fan.

The Nowhere Girls

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This book is so, so important. I wish I had read this years ago and I like to think that maybe it would have helped me recognize my own internalized misogyny and stop needlessly hating on girls and stuff.

Six of Crows

I feel like younger me was a little bit more into action than I am now (I am now character-driven-stories trash) and this duology would have been the perfect bridge from action to character driven, like I would have realized sooner that a lot of what makes a book a good book are well-written characters.

In Other Lands

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Well this is a masterpiece so of course I would have loved it, plus the humor in it is so much me (and past me) that I think I would have enjoyed this in any period of my life. But mainly I feel like this would’ve been one of the best books to introduce me to the concept of bisexuality? Like if y’all think I ever thought one could be anything except gay or straight you’d be 100% wrong. To this day I’ve only heard the Italian word for bisexual like, 3 or 4 times, and I definitely hadn’t heard it back when I was a teen, so… But this book would’ve opened my eyes.

Always Human

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I wasn’t that much into comics when I was younger so I’m choosing this webcomic (which you can and should read here) both because it would introduce my younger self to the concept of free comics on the internet AND because it has one of the cutest sapphic relationships ever.

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Which books would you want your younger self to read? Do you think you’d be different now if you had? Do you believe there is such a thing as a “perfect” time to read a book?

#T5W: Favorite Friend Groups

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:

September 5th: Favorite Friend Groups
— We’ve discussed bromances before but let’s discuss our favorite ensemble friend groups!

I haven’t done T5W in a while but I couldn’t pass the opportunity to do this topic. I absolutely LOVE friendship groups and they can improve a just-average book immensely for me.

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard – Hotel Valhalla / Floor 19 & Friends

I’ve already talked about many aspects of this trilogy but I don’t know if I talked enough about the friendship element in it. It starts as friendship and it becomes more like found family by the end of the series. I love that we spend enough time with all the main characters (Magnus, Sam, Alex, Hearth, Blitz, and by book three also the other members of floor 19) to see them interact with one another under different circumstances and with different combinations of pairing/subgroups for the different adventures.

I only wanted to mention one friends group from the Riordanverse so I chose this but I also love Percy’s group(s) both in PJO and in HOO, I would actually die for them all.

Six of Crows – The Dregs

I’ve recently reread this duology and I loved being able to focus on the relationships more than on the plot this time, and I love the Dregs even more than I did before (I didn’t think that was possible). I know Kaz wouldn’t like that I’m calling them friends but Kaz is Kaz, and Colm Fahey agrees with me so I know I’m right. It actually made me tear up when he saw them fight and he was like “you all are friends, stop fighting” (something along those lines), it really gave me some perspective on the fact that they’re still teenagers and yeah, they are friends regardless of what Kaz thinks.

 

Air Awakens – Vhalla’s/Aldrik’s circles

It’s been a while since I’ve read this series but just thinking about its characters makes me want to reread it so badly (and I probably will soon). I might not remember every single detail but basically we initially have two groups, Vhalla’s with Larel and Fritz (and Aldrik, sort of), and Aldrik’s/Baldair’s with Raylynn, Jax, Erion, Craig and Daniel, and then later Elecia. And of course as the story develops Vhalla gets to know Baldair’s guard and she spends time with Aldrik and by the end they’re kind of all a big group (well at least those who survive ahahahaahahahah I love pain). Anyway, the Original™ group is Vhalla/Fritz/Larel and it makes me cry because I want friendship like that.

All for the Game – The Foxes

Who doesn’t love a found family trope!!!! I feel like with the Foxes we kind of skip the “friendship” stage (at least when it comes to the MC, Neil) and we land directly into family territory. The fandom focuses a lot on Andreil as a ship but I think it should give more attention to the group as a whole because there’s just So Much to analyze and love. Unlike some of the other groups I mentioned in this post I definitely would NOT like to be part of the Foxes because they all scare the shit out of me, but I still love them so much as fictional characters you know?? I think they’re one of the best examples of characters that are so interesting to see in fiction but you’d definitely not feel the same way about them if they were real people. But as characters you can project some of your own qualities onto them and see them play out in a much more accented way and there’s something that’s always made me feel vulnerable but also safe about this. Anyway I just UGH I really can’t explain my feelings when it comes to these books and these characters. By the way, while we’re at it you should all go read Jamieson’s post about how she imagines an adaptation of this series would be because it’s fucking amazing.

The Raven Cycle – The Gangsey 

Listen, I might have grown to dislike the author and most of her social media presence, but I love this friendship group so much. I’ve been trying not to think about them too much because if I do then I’ll feel like rereading and before I do that I need to get to a place where I get better at separating the art from the artist, but I just couldn’t not include them here. The love they have for each other makes me so soft and also not to be a sap but I think it’s really nice to see boys loving each other so much without it being romantic (I mean besides the One M/M Ship that is in fact romantic)?? Do I make sense??? Ugh why was I given emotions. I didn’t ask for this.


I feel like I had so many more groups to talk about so here’s a honorable mentions of books that have great friendship groups (or trios, which I felt the need to write separately because trios are very different from 4+ groups when it comes to friendships):

Trios: The Nowhere Girls, In Other Lands, The Raging Ones

Groups: Twisted Wishes, Heretic Anonymous, Banana Fish, The Magic Misfits

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What are your favorite friend groups? Would you actually want to be part of them?

#T5W: Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018

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 is pretty self explanatory and it’s also a difficult one. I’ve read some really good books so far this year and it was a huge challenge to try and choose only five (I excluded the books I reread). I also tried to pick a little more objectively based on overall enjoyment + how objectively good I think the book is, and this is the result.

 

In no particular order:

The Nowhere Girls

Big Little Lies

Far From the Tree

The Hate U Give

I’ll Give You the Sun

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What are the best books you’ve read so far this year? What’s your current or next read?

#T5W: Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

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:

June 27th: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year
–Halfway through the year, and it’s time to evaluate our reading goals and take a look at our TBRs for the second half of the year! 

For the sake of this post I’m only going to talk about books that are already out and that I haven’t mentioned in other similar posts already! There are many more that aren’t out yet but that’ll be its own post next week. I’m also not going to talk about my ARCs because I’m ashamed of how behind I am with reading them ghslkghs and I won’t talk about the books I plan to reread either because otherwise I’ll be here all week.

Moving on, these are some of the books I *hope* to get to before the end of the year, but who knows if that’ll happen.

 

Of Fire And Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Black Iris by Elliot Wake

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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What are some books you keep postponing, but you hope to get to before the end of the year?

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#T5W Rewind: Characters I’d Want as Family

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 month we’re free to choose whichever past topic so I went with an easy one from September 2016:

Characters You’d Want as Family
— You can say this in a broad way or be specific (i.e. _______ would be a cool aunt, ______would be a great older brother, etc.)

In (more or less) no particular order:

  • Laurent of Vere from the Captive Prince trilogy
  • Nico di Angelo from PJO and Heroes of Olympus (and The Trials of Apollo which I haven’t read yet)
  • Magnus Chase from the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy
  • Kell and/or Rhy from the Shades of Magic trilogy
  • Liraz from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy

Wow would you look at that! I definitely see no pattern at all! Not like I’ve wanted a brother my whole life or anything! Or that I relate to (on the surface) cold characters that secretly hide a lot of emotional turmoil inside! Or queer characters! Or any combination of these!

Anyway I know the prompt said they can be anything but I definitely want all of them as my siblings or cousins. I mean, even best friends will do really, but okay let’s play. Let’s see, I’d definitely want Laurent as my brother, Nico can be my adoptive brother, Magnus can be the queer cousin (I mean, are you really the gay cousin if every cousin is gay though?), Kell and Rhy (shhhh I know they’re two people but they can’t be separated okay) can be mmmm also my cousins? Or maybe they’re those friends you’ve had since you were all babies and you’re basically like siblings now. And Liraz can be my older sister because yes I’ve always wished I had a big bro but a sister would be really cool too and I love her.

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Which characters would you want as your family? And do you think they’d get along with each other

#T5W: Auto-Buy SFF Authors

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:

April 11: Auto-Buy Scifi and Fantasy Authors – Booktube SFF Awards Babble Crossover Topic! 
— This month’s crossover topic is your auto-buy authors that write SFF.

Victoria Schwab: granted I’ve only read Shades of Magic and Vicious (because I have commitment issues and also I’m a mood reader), I’m still going to buy all her books, both the ones already out and the upcoming ones.

Leigh Bardugo: I already own everything by her and have read all of it except The Language of Thorns (but I have my beautiful hardcover that I look at when I’m feeling sad). I will definitely buy everything she writes, no matter what genre.

Jay Kristoff: granted I haven’t read his early work and I’m probably not going to, I fell in love with Nevernight and Godsgrave, and of course I love The Illuminae Files, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to want to check out everything he writes. I am aware that he’s used some problematic things in his books here and there and I also don’t always agree with his online behavior, but if I have to choose only one problematic favorite to stan for the rest of my life, it’ll be him (unless he does something truly unforgivable, then I’m returning my stan card).

Rick Riordan: listen. I’m still getting through all his books so this is both a case of retroactive auto-buy and future auto-buy if that makes sense. I’m not totally sure if he counts as fantasy author but hey, mythology is kind of fantasy okay.

Elise Kova: I really love her ability to create new words and concepts. Sometimes I might not like the executions of the romantic tropes or stuff like that, but so far I’ve read (or partially read) all of her series and there isn’t one world that’s similar to another and they all blow my mind in their originality. So I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep buying her books.

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Who are your auto-buy SFF authors? What makes you say, “I’m going to have to buy everything this author writes”?