T5W: Books you didn’t get to in 2017

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page here for any more information and the future topics. This week’s topic is books you didn’t get to in 2017. There are so many books that I didn’t get to in 2017 so I’ve picked three hat have been sitting on my bookshelf for a while and a couple of new releases that I didn’t get to. Let’s get started.
  1. The Blind Assassin / Margaret Atwood
  2. The Wake / Paul Kingsnorth
  3. I am the Messenger / Markus Zusak
  4. Strange the Dreamer / Laini Taylor
  5. An Echo of Things to Come / James Islington
These five will definitely be priorities to read this year, but there’s a good chance that I’ll be distracted by other books. There are just so many books that I want to read. What books do you want to read this year? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

T5W: Characters on the Naughty List

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page here for any more information and the future topics. This week’s topic is characters on the naughty list. So the first three I mention are just characters that I really don’t like and the remaining two are well written characters/villains that definitely deserve to be on the naughty list. Let’s get started.
  1. Celeana Saradothien from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Magnus from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes
  3. Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  4. The Jackal from the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown
  5. Mrs Coulter from His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. Do you have any characters you think should be on the naughty list this Christmas? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

T5W: Future Classics

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page here for any more information and the future topics. This week the topic is future classics. Books that you think will become classics in the future.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale / Margaret Atwood
  • To Kill A Mockingbird / Harper Lee
  • Never Let Me Go / Kazuo Ishiguro
  • His Dark Materials series / Philip Pullman
  • Watership Down / Richard Adams
I had a little trouble with this weeks topic – I basically chose five of my favourite books that I hope may be considered classics in the future. I don’t know if they will be or are considered classics. I’m not really sure. Anyway what book do you think will be considered a classic in the future? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday…

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I am waiting on:
Strange the Dreamer – Release date: 28th March. This just sounds like a really intriguing book. I have read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and to be entirely honest I didn’t love it but I did enjoy the writing, so I’m interested to try out this new book and see what I think of this one. So far I have heard only good things about it and the blurb sounds great. Are you anticipating this book? I hope you are having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

T5W: Favourite Fantasy or Science Fiction

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page here for any more information and the future topics. This week the topic is favourite fantasy and science fiction books. This is the perfect topic for me as I enjoy reading both genres. I’m going to be taking about some newer favourites as I think I’ve mentioned my old favourites quite a bit, but just in case I’ll mention them quickly in some honourable mentions :).
  • The Tiger and the Wolf – fantastic fantasy book and it’s sequel is also amazing! I also highly recommend Children Of Time by the same author, which is a standalone sci-fi book
  • The Hunted Assassin by Paul B Kohler – fun, action packed and entertaining sci-fi standalone book.
  • Fudoki by Kij Johnson – this is a fantastic mix of fantasy and historical fiction, and it is a standalone. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It was amazing.
  • Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi – standalone sci-fi, but I also highly recommend the Old Man’s War series by the same author.
  • Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher – fantastic first book in the Codex Alera series.
More favourites: Pellinor series, the Black Magician trilogy, the Old Kingdom trilogy, Inheritance cycle, the Red Rising trilogy, Dune, Tales of the Shikanoko series, Tawny Man trilogy, the Mistborn trilogy, Warbreaker, the Bone Season series and the Gentleman Bastards sequence.

 

I would love to know what your favourites are and if you have any recommendations based on mine. This year I hope to read even more fantasy and science fiction books, as well as finished some series I’m currently in the middle of. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

T5W: Favourite Villains

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page here for any more information and the future topics. This week the topic is favourite villains. I love a good villain, so I had to do this topic. I did already do a post talking about some of my favourite villains, so for this post I will share different villains. You can check out the first post about villains here. Let’s get started.
  • Chlorr of the Mask from the Old Kingdoms series by Garth Nix – I love the complexities of this villain. It is not simply that she is a villain – she has depth to her. If you’ve read all of the Old Kingdom books you will know what I mean, but I won’t say anymore as I don’t want to spoil it.
  • The Jackal from the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown – Again I love the complexities of this character. He is also just a really nasty person, but he is a great villain for this trilogy.
  • King Galbatorix and Shruikan – These two are pretty dark. I really enjoy the fact that throughout most of the series they are shrouded in mystery. We don’t really meet them until the last book and I like that mystery.
  • General Woundwort from Watership Down by Richard Adams – This rabbit is brutal and he makes such a great antagonist in this book. I had to include him as he is part of one of my all time favourite books.
  • The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis – I don’t need to talk about this one. I feel like it’s an obvious choice. She’s a great villain.
 I have to admit it did actually take me a little while to come up with these answers, because I had already done a post about some of my favourite villains. I got there in the end though :). Let me know who your favourite villains are. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

T5W: Books I Want To Re-Read

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. This week it’s book you want to re-read. I am a big fan of revisiting books and there are quite a few books that I’ve re-read numerous times. Having said that I haven’t done a lot of rereading this past year but I definitely have some books I want to revisit. Let’s get onto the books.
  • Watership Down / Richard Adams – if you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you will know my love for this series. I haven’t read it for quite some time now and I am so excited to read the illustrated edition. I hope to reread this one soon.
  • North and South / Elizabeth Gaskell – this is one of my all time favourite classics and it has been far too long since I read it the last time. The BBC adaptation is really good as well.
  • The Sublte Knife / Philip Pullman – I reread Northen Lights earlier this year so I would love to continue to reread this trilogy – it is one of my all time favourite series.
  • Never Let Me Go / Kazuo Ishiguro – again this is one of my all time favourite books and it is been ages since I read it. I really want to reread soon and since it is quite short I hope this will happen soon.
  • The Gift / Alison Croggon – I am hoping to do a reread of this series with a friend, probably not until next year though. I love this series so much and again it has been ages since I last read it. I am so excited to reread this.

 

There are so many books I want to reread, but I actually found it quite easy to narrow it down to five. I think I might set aside a month next year to dedicate to rereads, or every other month set aside one book to reread. I find it kind of comforting revisiting my favourite books :). I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa