Top 5 Future Classics

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Last year I did the same post and I really enjoyed it, so of course I had to do it again this year. This week’s top five is to pick books you think would be a classic in the future. If you want to see my post last year, please click here. I won’t include any books from last year in this current list.

 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was one of my favorite read of last year. I love the story that Ness tells in this book and steps that the monster takes in order to teach the protagonist of accepting his reality. I really wish everyone will try to pick this book up and give it a chance. I definitely think that this will become a classic in the future.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I may not have been on the boat for this book in the beginning, and truth be told its still not my favorite of the series, but I do think it will become a classic in the future. Meyer does a very good job in incorporating old fairy-tales in a dustopian backdrop, with an amazing medley of science fiction and fantasy. I think this novel is a good book for those who wants to dip their toes in the two genre.

Maus by Art Speigelman

I always try to include graphic novels in this list because they are so popular. I especially love this graphic novel because it teaches the readers a deeper meaning on life. The story of the holocaust is no laughing matter but Speigelman is able to create this graphic interpretation on one of the darkest moment in our history. This is a great material for students, and others, who wants to learn more about the second world war without going through the political details.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is another story set during World War two and its another great representation of that time period. Since it’s told in a unique perspective, many readers, young or old, will enjoy this novel and it tells a story of people during that era. This is definitely a must read and an amazing one at that too.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I remember reading Nancy Drew as a child and over time it has become a classic. I think Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is going to be in the future. I’m not saying that they’re the same, but the mystery aspect and the adventure that the three kids go through are amazing reads that future children would definitely want to pick it up, read it and love it.

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So that’s it for this week’s Top Five. This was fun to create and hope you enjoyed it too. Let me know what other books you would include in this list. Hopefully, next year I would be able to add more adult novels rather than middle grade or YA.

 

 

 

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Top 5 Best Books I’ve read so far in 2018

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The fact that I’ve read only 10 books so far this whole entire month it really won’t be that hard to pick my Top 5, so I’m going to slim it down a bit and only do my Top 3 best books I’ve read in 2018 so far.

 

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This was the first book that I read this year and it was an enjoyable read for me. I enjoyed the science fiction aspect of the book and the ending was nail biting. I’m really excited for the next book in the trilogy (series?) to come out next year, it just sucks that I have to wait so long for it.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

This is another book that I didn’t really have high expectations for because I’ve heard mixed reviews on it. Yet again I was pleasantly surprised on my reading experience with this book. I enjoyed the strong female protagonist and the female friendship that is shown all through the book. I was a bit confused at the ending, but eventually got it after reading it again.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Meagan Spooner is starting to become one of me favorite authors, I’ve read several of her book which she co-authored and enjoyed all of them. This is the most recent that I’ve read of hers and I highly enjoyed it. I was invested in the story from beginning to the end and I was really glad I decided to pick it up. I’ve heard mixed reviews on it and was hesitant. I wish she would write more on this world and revisit her characters.

Top 5 Books I want to read before the End of the Year

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That’s a pretty long title, but at least it’s self explanatory. We’re already halfway into 2018 and is evaluation time.  In July I’m going to post an update for my reading goals for this year. I’ve been really having an awful reading year, which is weird because there’s so many books I want to read and they’re just accumulating in my bookshelf, untouched. Since I’m really way behind on my reading challenge, this Top 5 is kinda helpful in letting my prioritize certain books for my reading goals.

Anyways, here are the top 5 books I want to read before the year is over. Mind you, I’m not going to include new release or going to be released novels.

 

Most of these books are the ones that I need to read to be able to finish some series that I have started awhile back. Last year I wasn’t able to finish some series that I want to get to, so this year I want to make sure that I at least get some of the books crossed off my list. These are a must this year!

Top 5 Best Dad in Books

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It’s been awhile since I did a Top 5 Wednesday and so here I am creating one. This week’s topic is great fathers in literature. There really isn’t a whole bunch of great fathers in books, because for some weird reason parents are a no show in most stories, especially in YA. Here are my top 5 pick of best dad in some books that I have read.

Mathew Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

This book is a must read in all Canadian schools, everyone who has gone to school in Canada has pick up Anne of Green Gables, they might not have read it, but they definitely had to pick one up. This is one of my favorite books and it doesn’t hurt that its set in Canada and written by a Canadian. This novel features a brother and sister who adopts an orphan child in order to help them around the house. Unknown to them, this child would grow up to be someone that they both love as their own. Mathew is a great father figure who is very patient with Anne and who accepts her with all her lovable eccentricity.

Arthur Weasley in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

There were so many dads and father figure to choose from in the whole entire series, but I think this should be given to Arthur. Not only is he the head of the household of 7 children, who he must feed, clothe and provide school supplies, I feel that he also took on the role of being a father to Harry. I really enjoy how his character was written and how close he is to his family. Plus, bonus point on loving all things muggle and standing up for those who are non-magical.

Mr. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Having 5 girls during a period when daughters are not revered as they are today, it was very hard for Mr. Bennett to run a household knowing that he has no heir to his name. Fortunately for the Bennett girls, their father loved them no matter their gender. He might not be as dotting of a father compared to fathers now, but at that time, being interested in his children’s life is actually important.

Hans Hubermann in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This father figure actually reminds me of Mathew Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables. They’re both quite and keeps to themselves, but ultimately they grow to love the young little girls that they take upon themselves to care for. Although Zusak’s novel is heart wrenching and set during such a horrific time, he was still able to convey love, acceptance and compassion by creating this relationship between Liesel and adopted father.

Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Ok, he may not have started out to be a good person at the beginning of the book, but as the story progress he does try his hardest to help Katniss and Peeta survive in the Games. He may not have a very pristine representation of a good father, but he is a better father than some out there. He represents the fathers who are not always squeaky clean, but does try to be the best in the end.

 

 

Top 5 SFF Movies I Love

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It’s been awhile since I posted a Top 5 and this week’s topic is very interesting.

For the sake of not listing all cartoons, I’m excluding all cartoons for this post, therefore, no Disney/Pixar Movies, no Shrek, no Minions, etc. Also, I won’t be including movies that are book adaptation, therefore, no Harry Potter, no Matilda, no LOTR, etc. However, I will be including a fairytale retelling.

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Resident Evil
Starring: Mila Jovovich

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The Fifth Element
Starring: Bruce Willis and Mila Jovovich

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The Brothers Grimm
Starring: Heath Ledger and Matt Damon

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Men in Black
Starring: Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones

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The Mummy
Starring: Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weis

Top 5 Urban Fantasy

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Fantasy is one of my favorite genre besides mystery and science fiction. Here are my 5 favorite urban fantasy novels and graphic novels. I realize that I actually read more middle grade urban fantasy compared to YA or adult novels.

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I’ve been reading these volumes since 2016 and it is one of the few graphic novels that I actually enjoy. Not only are they great for children to read, but I’m pretty sure there are also a large number of adult fans out there as well.

2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I actually enjoy all of the novels that I’ve read that Riordan has written, but I’m including this one on this list because this is the first book that introduced me to his writing styles. I still need to get my hands on the Kane Chronicles and The Trials of Apollo, but I’ll eventually get to those.

3. Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Technically, I haven’t finished this series because it’s been awhile since I picked up the books. I’m not sure if I will try to finish it, but they are really great reads. A bit on the erotic side for my taste, but the writing is pretty well done and the characters are also well written.

4. Secret Series by Pseudonymous Boschthe name of this book is secret

I read these books so long ago and I really enjoyed them at the time. I don’t really think it’s a series for adults, but it’s really great for its intended target. There’s adventure, magic and mystery so what more could you want.

5. Jackaby by William Ritter

This is a new series for me but I’m definitely enjoying it very much. This is mystery, fantasy, historical fiction and paranormal all rolled into one. I’m fond of all the characters that Ritter has written and I also enjoy the different fantastical creatures that he uses in the book. Definitely a must check out series.

Top 5: Mystery Hidden Gems

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I was planning on doing my wrap-up and TBR but I really wanted to do this Top 5 this week.

As most of you know, I’m a mystery fan, so here are the 5 hidden gems in this particular genre. I’m going to include varieties of sub-genres since I do read a lot from these sub-genre.

YA Thriller

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Jasper Dent: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

This is definitely one of my favorite YA thrillers written to date. I love all of the three books in the trilogy, but I especially enjoyed the first book, obviously. Anyways, this book doesn’t get enough recognition for its brilliance and uniqueness. I hope more people would actually pick it up an read the books. Definitely a book that needs to be checked out!

‘Adult’ Thriller

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I See You by Clare Mackintosh

On the midst of the movie releases of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, I feel that there was a boom on book thrillers in general. There were thrillers being release left and right almost every month. Mind you I’m not complaining, I love the variety of choices, the problem is there were some books that did slip through the cracks because of popular thrillers. I feel that Mackintosh’s book was one of those thrillers that slipped out. I don’t really see a lot of people talking about this novel, but its a really creepy read, especially when your on the train yourself. Just thinking about it gives me the chills and that ending! ACK!

Cozy Mystery

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Novel Idea: Buried in a Book by Lucy Arlington

There are a lot of cozies out there with many readers who love this sub-genre. This is actually a pretty new series, since there are only 5 books, so far, written by the author. I’m not really hearing much about series, but I really love the setting of this quaint town. I wasn’t a fan of the protagonist on the first book, but as the series progress, she eventually grew on me. I kept reading the books because of the different minor characters and their unique quirks to them. I’m still awaiting for the 6th book and I can’t wait to pick it up when it is released.

Historical Fiction 

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The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S Lee

This is a YA novel, but I wanted to recommend it because it’s actually a good read. I’m not a fan of historical fiction with just Mystery elements in it, but when done right I tend to get through them fast. The Agency series is one of those books that are enjoyable.

Classic

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Poirot: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Yes, I know Agatha Christie is a popular author, but I feel that those who are not actual mystery readers only know Christie’s And Then There were None or Murder on the Orient Express. The thing is she has a lot of really good books and I think The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is just as good as the other two books mentioned, but it doesn’t get as much hype as the others.