Top 5: Second Book is Best

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It is very rare that I find a trilogy/series that I enjoyed the second book a lot more than the first. I think this is a Top 5 that I might not get to 5.

Scarlet1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I never hid the fact that I’m not a fan of the Lunar Chronicles until the end of the series. I barely finished Cinder and was actually thinking of not proceeding with the series, but I’m glad that I did and Β its all thanks to Scarlet. I loved every minute of this book and I couldn’t put it down. Scarlet and Wolfe are relationship goals! Definitely one of those rare moments when the second book won me over.

2. The Battle at the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

I’m a fan of Percy Jackson, but not until this book. I enjoyed the other three books, this books, however, made me love the whole series. I love the concept of the maze and the different twist and turns within it.

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling

I might be cheating on this one because technically this was the first book I read in the series. Yes, you heard me correct. I totally skipped HP1 and HP2, and started with the Prisoner of Azkaban. So therefore, this third book has remained my favorite ever since and for me it’s just better than the first two.

every trick on the book4. Every Trick in the Book by Lucy Arlington

This is one of the cozy mystery that I enjoyed reading last year and its the second book in the series. Technically in cozies you don’t need to read the first book to understand the consecutive books, but I enjoyed this a lot more only because you already know the people, the protagonists and I think the mystery is a lot more developed.

5. The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel

Technically, this is the second book in the series, but its also the last. I’m including this books because I believe that it was the best in comparison to the first. I love the character development of the main/minor characters and the world development, that is included, also improved. The fact that Engel’s writing vastly improve in this book, I think she deserves to be included in the list!

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That’s it for me on this week’s Top 5 Wednesday! ^_^

 

 

 

Top 5: Book Covers I’d Live in

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This is quite an interesting topic since I’m very much a sucker for pretty covers. FYI I won’t really want to live in these world just ‘visit’ the world as seen on the covers.

 

These covers are to die for and the great stories within it is a BONUS! Seriously who wouldn’t want to be floating in space with a beautiful dress without the repercussions of non-breathable air!

 

The Firebird trilogy is eyegasm to the max. I love everything about these covers and it gets better and better as each book is released. I’m not a fan of time travel books, but I actually want to continue this series because the covers are so beautiful!

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I love this cover and actually picked it up because the cover attracted me from afar. I haven’t gotten around to reading it, but this cover makes you want to live in this smoke filled purplish hue.

 

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I love the story of Alice and I especially love this version of the cover. It’s really interesting how it’s able to incorporate so many beautiful things that in Wonderland. Definitely a cover that I would want to live in

 

Yup, another trilogy with dresses. Not a fan of the story, but the covers are to die for. I actually don’t mind living in this world either. I may not enjoy the book, but the concept of this time travelling is interesting.

 

 

 

Top 5: Series that got Better

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This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is actually pretty difficult to narrow down. All the books that I’m thinking about didn’t get better, they were just ok. Good, but not better than the first.

Hmmmm…

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Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

I’ve been trying not to use this series too much on my Top 5, but really you have to admit, this series just got better and better as Harry and his friends grew up. The character development and world building were phenomenal and Rowling made the world grander in each book she released.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Trilogy by Ransom Riggs

I’m not totally in love with this series by the end of it, but I do think the story line gets better by the second book. In the first, I feel that the author tried to create the story around pictures that he has accumulated, rather than let the story tell itself. By the second book, his use of pictures enhanced the story, rather than the other way around.

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I never hid the fact that I wasn’t fan of the first book. Cinder and Kai, even now, is not my favorite couple, but I do give props to Meyer because her books got better and better as each book is released. When I finished Winter, I was totally hooked with all the characters and even went as far as reading the short stories and graphic novel companion.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

I definitely wasn’t a fan of the first book when I read it, but I eventually grew fond of the protagonist and his friends. I love reading their quests and Riordan became one of my favorite children’s author. I love reading all his novels. My favorite book in the series is The Battle of the Labyrinth.

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The Book of Ivy Duology by Amy Engel

The first book was an average read for me, but if we’re talking about series that got better, then this will definitely be in my top 5. I really enjoyed the second book a lot better than the first. I felt that Engel’s writing evolved with the final book and enjoyed the character development of the protagonist.

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So that’s it for me and my Top 5!

 

Top 5: Children’s Books

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I’m a fan of children’s books since I am a preschool teacher. Of course I had to do this topic, but I’m actually going to focus on middle grade books. As requested I’m not going to include Harry Potter or any of the Percy Jackson books.

Here are my books:

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Pendragon: The Merchant of Death by D.J MacHale

This was one of my favorite series growing up and I loved every single one of the books. It’s actually one of those very few science fiction that is out there for middle grade readers.

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Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Amazingly enough this book is not as loved by Suzanne Collins fans, since is such an amazing read. When I read these books it literally takes me a day to finish because it’s so well written and I couldn’t put it down.

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Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson

This is one of those series that I love growing up and I really want to re-read the books. I haven’t finished the series because apparently they came out with more books, which I wasn’t aware of.

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Sister’s Grimm: The Fairy-tale Detective by Michael Buckley

This series has been on my list previously and I can’t even imagine having a Children’s Favorite without this. I really love these books because it shows children fairy-tales are really not what it seems. I also love how tough the children are and they are such good role models for other kids.

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Lumberjanes

Although I can include more children’s books, this graphic novel definitely must be on the list. This is a recent read for me and I love everything about it and they are amazing books for children. Not only does it give you amazing adventures but it also includes different characters.

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That’s it for me this week. Hope you enjoyed the list and let me know some of the books you enjoyed as a child or even a recent read that was amazing.

Top 5: Books without Romance

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This was actually a Top 5 that I had a hard time picking my favorite, only because romance is in almost every books that I have read. I’m not a fan of contemporary romance, but I do enjoy romance in my books.

Amazingly enough I was able to pick 5 books and to cheat a little bit I also added to graphic novels. Here are my picks: (these are in no particular order)

The Fourth Monkey by J.D Barker

One of my recent reads and I enjoyed it enough to add this to the list. I love the plot, the characters and the twist in the end, although cliched, it still worked for me. Definitely no romance in this book.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

Although, I wasn’t that impressed with this book, I really did enjoy the writing and the world building was phenomenal. I’m really surprised that there is no romance in this book at all. I’m not sure about the other two, but definitely it was missing on this one.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This book is definitely one of the top picks for me last year and still love it. I’m not usually the type to read such a heart wrenching book, but this is one of those special books that must be read by all.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Just like the previous book, this too was on my top reads of last year and the movie is just as great. I love the protagonist and the hilarious scenarios that the author created considering the circumstances.

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick

I’ve read this book awhile back and it was one of the hidden gems that our Goodreads groups chose. It’s sad that not a lot of people knows about it and fewer pick it up to read. I agree the first half is a bit bland, but the end really made up for the tedious beginning. I really do encourage others to pick this book up about an optimistic girl with lots of hope.

Through the Woods by Emily Caroll

My first graphic novel devoid of romance, such an amazing and creepy book, best to read at night. I love it!

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

This is another one of those books that twists your heart, but still such a beautiful story that should be read by all. I love how the story discuss such a mature content, but still geared for younger readers.

 

 

 

Top 5 Side Ships

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No, I’m not talking about cruise ships, or sail boats or any other floating transportation, but rather relation’ships’. This week’s top 5 is focusing on relationships that doesn’t include the main characters.

FYI: Mostly likely will reveal spoilers

1. Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin

These two adults in a book for teens captured a lot of people’s hearts and broke them as well by the end of the series. Just thinking about them brings tears to my eyes.

2. Samwise Gamgee and Rosie Cotton

After everything Sam did for Frodo and the ring, I think he deserved to be happy. I love this part of Lord of the Rings because we get to have background stories of the heroes.

3. Leo Valdez and Calypso

Leo was technically one of the POV in some of the books in the Heroes of Olympus series, but I really don’t think he’s one of the main characters. That doesn’t mean I don’t love him and when he found his other half, I could be even more thrilled! Love their relationship

4. Iko and Liam Kinney

Ok, so technically they’re not together or even in a relationship, but their chemistry is off the charts and I would LOVE for them to be together. PLEASE make it happen!

5. Mal and Molly

I have to add these two. They’re too cute. Love Lumberjanes and love this relationship.

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Ok, so that’s it for this week’s Top 5. Do you agree with me?

Top 5 Wednesday: Hogwarts House Book Recommendation

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It’s been awhile since I posted a Top 5 Wednesday and this topic is quite exciting. So I’m a proud Potterhead, if you didn’t know that yet. So of course I know what wand I have and which house I belong to, which of course is Ravenclaw. So for this week’s Top 5 we are to list books that a Ravenclaw most likely will recommend.

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“…yet in wise old Ravenclaw, If you’ve a ready mind, Where those of wit and learning, Will always find their kind.” – Sorting Hat

I always pictured that Ravenclaws will enjoy a good mystery book, one that is well written and full of twists and turns, something that will make their minds work out the outcome of the plot. So here is my Top 5 Ravenclaw Book Recommendation.

I know that A Monster Calls is not within the mystery genre, but the book is just so beautifully written and heart wrenching that it will definitely be Β in every Ravenclaws TBR.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Top 5, because I did. Yay! ^_^

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Comment down below and let me know which Hogwarts House you belong to.