T5W: Favourite Underrated Books

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 a freebie week, so I choose to talk about my favourite underrated books. All of these books have under 1,000 ratings on Goodreads but they deserve way more. I really enjoyed all of these books and would highly recommend checking them out. Let’s get started.

 

 

That’s it for today. These are five fantastic books that I’ve read this year and think that they deserve more love. Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favourite underrated books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

T5W: Favourite Buzz Words

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 month is a Rewind month, so you can use any topic that you may have missed or just fancy doing. For this week I have chosen the topic of favourite buzz words – words used to describe a book that will make you want to buy it. These words aren’t a guarantee that I’ll read a book but they will definitely interest me in checking a book out. Let’s get started.

 

  1. East- Asian influences – I’m really interested in this area of the world and love reading books set in worlds inspired by it.
  2. Animal companion – need I say more
  3. Assassins – pretty self explanatory
  4. Blurb from one of my favourite authors
  5. Strong female protagonist – this doesn’t necessarily mean physically strong, just any woman who can take care of herself

 

There are more that I could mention but I think I’ll leave it at that for today. What are your favourite buzz words? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

 

T5W: Recent Additions to my TBR

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 month is a Rewind month, so you can use any topic that you may have missed or just fancy doing. For this week I have chosen the topic of recent additions to my TBR, which was originally used back in July 2016. These are all books that I’ve recently added to my to read shelf on Goodreads. Let’s get started.

 

  1. Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit / Nahoko Uehashi / Moribito Book 1
  2. The Winds of Khalakovo / Bradley Beaulieu / Lays of Anuskaya Book 1
  3. Medusa Uploaded / Emily Devenport / The Medusa Cycle Book 1
  4. Shattermoon / Dominic Dulley / The Long Game Book 1
  5. The Consuming Fire / John Scalzi / The Interdependency Book 2

 

What books have you recently added to your TBR? I swear mine is always growing :). There are just so many books to read. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

T5W: Auto-buy Sci-fi and Fantasy Authors

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 your auto buy science-fiction or fantasy authors. Now I don’t really have many auto-buy authors because although I love all the authors I’m going to mention, if the books synopsis doesn’t interest me then I’m not going to get it. All of the authors I am going to mention are ones that I would definitely be interested in checking out any new books though.
  1. Robin Hobb
  2. Alison Croggon
  3. Adrian Tchaikovsky
  4. Ken Liu
  5. Kij Johnson
Honourable mention to Guy Gavriel Kay. I’ve only read two books by him so far but I loved both so I want to read all of his books. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for any new releases from him.

 

These five authors have written some of my favourite fantasy books, so of course I would be interested in any new releases from any of them. There are more authors I could mention but I think these are my top five at the moment. Have you read any books by these authors? Who are your auto-buy authors? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

T5W: Favourite Teachers/Mentors

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 your favourite teachers/mentors. To be honest, two of my choices are probably not the best teachers/mentors for various reasons but I still love their characters. I think this is such a great topic, although it took me some time to come up with answers :). Let’s get started.

 

  1. Cadvan from the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon
  2. Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  3. Nacoya from the Empire trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts
  4. Rothen from the Black Magicians trilogy by Trudi Canavan
  5. Chade from the Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

 

Some of these are definitely more in a mentor role, then a teacher but each of them play quite an important role in helping the main characters of each book. All of these characters are fantastic in my opinion. Who are your favourite fictional teachers/mentors? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

T5W: Favourite Sci-fi & Fantasy in Other Media

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 favourite sci-fi and fantasy in other media, such as films, TV and video games. I couldn’t just choose five things so I’ve split it into four categories and listed some of my favourites for each of them.

 

  1. Video games – Witcher 3: the Wild Hunt, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Okami.
  2. TV –  Orphan Black, Stranger Things, Eternal Love aka Ten Miles of Peach Blossom and Person of Interest.
  3. Films – Avatar, Stardust, Arrival, Star Trek films and the Batman trilogy
  4. Animated film/tv – Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaä of the valley of the wind, Mulan and Avatar: the Last Airbender (TV)

 

That’s all I can think of for now, so I’m going to leave it at that. I love sci-fi and fantasy in all forms but I realise that I haven’t actually seen a lot of it in TV form. Did you spot any favourites in my list? Or do you have any recommendations for me? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

T5W: Hidden Gems in Fantasy

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 hidden gems in your favourite genre, so of course I’m going to be talking about the fantasy genre. These are five books that have under 1,000 ratings on goodreads and are books that I loved. I highly recommend checking out all of these books. Let’s get started.

 

  1. The Ninth Rain / book 1 of the Winnowing Flame trilogy / Jen Williams
  2. The Tiger and the Wolf / book 1 of the Echoes of the Fall trilogy / Adrian Tchaikovsky
  3. To The Sky Kingdom / Tang Qi / translated by Poppy Toland
  4. Fudoki / Kij Johnson
  5. Emperor of the Eight Islands / books 1 & 2 of the Tale of Shikanoko series / Lian Hearn

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. I’d love to know what your favourite genre is and some of your favourite books from that genre. I’m always up for an exchange of bookish recommendations :). I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa