Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group that posts a list every month of “top 5” prompts that members can post or blog about every Wednesday. You can find their information here. This week’s topic is “Rainy Day Reads“. I have interpreted this prompt a bit differently, and decided to take it literally. To be honest, I read whether the weather is cold, or whether the weather is hot. I weather the weather whatever the weather, whether I like it or not. Heheh. Anyway, what I am trying to say is, I don’t really know what constitutes a “book I would read on a rainy day” since I read books on any kind of day (whatever the weather), so I interpreted the prompt as “books that feature weather” (specifically rain). So, without further ado:

Top 5 Rainy Day Reads

#1 Kiss the Rain by Megan Derr

This is one of my all time favorite books by Megan Derr. It is about a grumpy mage who has been unfairly stripped of his powers and a cocky soldier working together to figure out how to stop the rain that has flooded the town where the mage lives.  I don’t think I have read another book that had so much rain in it.

#2 Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane

This is one of my favorite M/M romances, and one of the great things about it, is that the storms in the story are relevant to both character development and plot.

#3 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

I mean, the book starts with, “It was a dark and stormy night.”

#4 Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I actually really hate this book, and in fact I think I DNFed it. But hoo boy is there weather.

#5 The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

This is my Dad’s favorite book. Sad to say, it is not my cup of tea, and I only read parts of it. Storms at sea are intense. I dunno how our ancestors managed to sail around the world in wooden ships with no engines.

That’s it for my list of “rainy day” reads.

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group that posts a list every month of “top 5” prompts that members can post or blog about every Wednesday. You can find their information here. This week’s topic is “Books you thought you’d hate but ended up loving“. This is a difficult topic for me, since I don’t usually pick up a book unless I think I will like it. Therefore, some of the books (but not all) on this list were books I had to read for school, but ended up liking. So, without further ado (in reverse order):

Top 5 Books I Ended Up Loving

#5 Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Gosh, I hate admitting this at all, especially considering how the books ended up (book 4 was a joke), but I did rather enjoy books 1-3. My step mom sent those three books to me when I was living in Japan. I was feeling book deprived, so even though I had deep reservations about sparkly vampires, I gave them a go, and ended up, well, not loving them, but enjoying them certainly.

#4 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

I actually picked this book up because it was just laying around my house and I knew it was a classic, but never read it for school. So, I just decided to read it one day since it was short, so I figured if I hated it, I wouldn’t have wasted much time on it. Well, turns out that even though this type of book was not my usual fare, I ended up loving it.

#3 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I read this one for school. Wasn’t sure if I was gonna like it, but ended up loving it. I re-read it again recently and it was even better than I remembered!

#2 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Another one I read for school. I was really not sure about this one, especially since I was not a huge fan of Hamlet, which this story is based off of, but this play ended up being one of my favorite things I read in school, ever.

#1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Ok, lemme explain. I was 12 when this book came out, but was already reading adult fantasy (since my parents let me read whatever I wanted). Then there was a bunch of hype and a bunch of adults going gaga over a children’s book. I was too…superior to lower myself to reading a children’s book. By the time I was around 13 years old, I realized I couldn’t bash the book unless I had read it. So, I read it, and that was all she wrote. The Harry Potter books became some of my favorite books of all time.

That’s it! I am glad this prompt is a top 5 and not top 10 cuz I’m not sure I could come up with any more books.

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group that posts monthly a list of top 5 prompts that members can post or blog about every Wednesday. You can find their information here. This week’s topic is “Top of your TBR”. I have several TBR lists…one for books I want to read and already own (what I call my physical TBR), one for books I want to read but haven’t bought yet, and then a few specialized TBR lists for readathons and the like. I decided to utilize none of these lists. The following is a list of my current, internal top 5 “I want to read these right now” books. So, without further ado:

Top 5 Books on my TBR

#1 Circe by Madeline Miller

Gah! I would have already read this book, except I am in the middle of the Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon and I am trying to read only science fiction. I made the mistake of reading the first three of pages of Circe because I was interested in what it was like and I got hooked. Seriously, it hooked me that fast. It has been painful avoiding this book. Not sure how much longer I can hold out.

#2 Lord Seabolt by Megan Derr

This book comes out today and I already know that I am going to be taking a break from any and all readathons to read it. It’s gonna happen.

#3 The Fold by Peter Clines

Fortunately, I don’t have to wait to read this one since it is the next book I intend to read for the Tome Infinity readathon. In fact, I would be reading it now if I weren’t writing this post.

#4 An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

I also won’t have to wait long to read this one since it is also for Tome Infinity. Once I finish The Fold I will pick up this book (unless I can’t resist Circe’s siren song any longer).

#5 The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge

Again, not long to wait on this book, since I will read it after An Unkindness of Ghosts .

And that’s it! You all have any books you’re dying to read?

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group. You can find their information here. This week’s topic is most anticipated 2019 releases. So, without further ado (in reverse order):

My Top 5 Books Coming Out in 2019

#5 Wild Country by Anne Bishop

Expected publication: March 5th 2019. This is another one off by Anne Bishop that takes place in the same world as her The Others series. Even though it is a one off, she usually throws in old characters, or at least makes mention of them, so I wouldn’t recommend reading this unless you have read the rest of the series.

#4 Dance in the Storm by Megan Derr

Expected publication: 2019. This is book 8 in the Dance with the Devil series. It brings back the characters from the first book in the series (which is my favorite). Super excited!

#3 The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

Expected publication: January 22nd 2019. THAT COVER!! ❤ ❤ This is the third book in The Books of Babel series, the first book being Senlin Ascends which was one of my favorite books I read (maybe even my number one favorite) in 2018. I own the second book, but I haven’t read it yet. Definitely will read it though before the third one comes out.

#2 Lord Seabolt by Megan Derr

Expected publication: January 23rd 2019. Yes, this is the second Megan Derr book on the list. I really like her stories. Anyway, this book revisits the characters from her previous story Finder Tolan, which is one of my favorite books of hers. I really love the characters and the magic system, so I am excited to go back to this world.

#1 Bespoken by Lexi Ander

Ok, Goodreads doesn’t actually say when this is going to be published, but OMG DO I HOPE SO HARD that it will come out in 2019. I HAVE BEEN WAITING. This is the third book in the Valespian Pact series. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!

That’s it!

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group. You can find their information here. This week’s topic is top 5 books to give <insert person/group of people here> as gifts. I thought it would be fun to insert a fictional character. So, without further ado:

Top 5 Books to Give Thomas Senlin as Gifts

Warning: This post may contain spoilers for the book Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft. Certain things can be inferred about the plot of the book based on the book recommendations for the main character.

#1 The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Considering the rampant allegory in Senlin Ascends, Thomas Senlin could probably benefit by reading The Divine Comedy (specifically Inferno). Who knows, maybe it will give him some idea of what to expect from ringdoms further up the Tower of Babel?

#2 The Holy Bible

Speaking of allegory…Senlin is in the Tower of Babel. It might be good if he knew about the tower’s eventual fate.

#3 How to Survive in the City: How to Avoid Becoming a Crime Victim by Joanne Ceruone

This one would be particularly helpful if it came in a Tower of Babel edition.

#4 The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

Senlin could really use some help with being devious.

#5 How to Fly an Airship

So, a book like this doesn’t actually exist (at least that I could find). However, such a book might exist in Senlin’s world, and would be extremely helpful to him.

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group. You can find their information here. This week’s topic is top 5 book wish list.  Since I don’t really have a book wish list since I just buy the books I want as I want them, I am going to list the top 5 bookish items I want. So, without further ado:

Top 5 Bookish Items Wish List

#1 Cthuhlu Leather Journal by aLexLibris (on Etsy)

chuthulu journal

Really, I just want all of their journals.

#2 Tentacle bookends by GregsHome (on Etsy)

tentacle bookends

#3 Forest bookends by MokuShop (on Etsy)

forest bookends

Yes, this one has the kids from Stranger Things in it.

#4 Curved book shelf by WoodCurve (on Etsy)

curved bookshelf

#5 Stained glass book ornament by GlassArtBySammyHart (on Etsy)

stained glass book

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group. You can find their information here. This week’s topic is top 5 largest books on my TBR. Well, “large” in the case of books can mean a couple of different things…overall physical dimensions of the book, length, etc. I went with length. I decided to pull the books from my physical TBR shelf on Goodreads (those books that I own in physical form) instead of from my general TBR shelf. So, without further ado (from shortest to longest):

Top 5 Longest Books on my TBR

#5 American Gods by Neil Gaiman

635 pages

#4 The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki

694 pages

#3 The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

752 pages

#2 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

925 pages

#1 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Stories by Lewis Carroll

1184 pages

I apparently like to read long books. A lot of the books on my physical TBR shelf are within the 500 pages range, and I think only one or two of the books were under 250 pages.

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group. You can find their information here. This week’s topic is top 5 characters you would cosplay (or dress up as for Halloween). So, without further ado:

Top 5 Characters I’d Cosplay

#1 Macrophage from Cells at Work (Hataraku Saibou)

Because Macrophage is the best cell. <33333

#2 Leliana from Dragon Age Inquisition

This may or may not happen someday. I need to learn how to make chainmail first.

#3 Fox (aka Yusuke) from Persona 5

#4 The Red Queen (or Queen of Hearts) from Alice in Wonderland

I was born on Valentine’s Day. I am the Queen of Hearts bitches.

#5 Pretty much any character from Monstress

I mean look at art! LOOK AT IT!! If I absolutely had to choose, I would probably either cosplay as the Shaman Empress (as seen above) or the Mother Superior (see below).

That’s it! What all would you guys like to cosplay as?

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group. You can find their information here. This week’s topic is top 5 books featuring a paranormal creature of your choice. So, without further ado:

Top 5 Books Featuring Shape Shifters

#1 Change of Heart Series by Mary Calmes

Yeah, looking at the cover you would have no idea that this series is about were panthers. What I like about it especially is that were panther society is wrapped up in Egyptian mythology. Were panthers, Egyptian mythology, and an M/M romance…what’s not to like?

#2 Wolfsong by T.J. Klune

Another M/M romance, this time about wolf shifters. This book is a bit of a different type of romance, since the two main characters are apart for a good chance of the book. But I really like Ox’s evolution.

#3 Dance with the Devil by Megan Derr

Ok, I might be fudging this one a bit, but there are werewolves in this M/M romance, even though they aren’t main characters. The argument could also be made that Chris, one of the main characters, is a Shape Shifter, since he can shift into a ghostly state. Also, his best friend can shift into an imp.

#4 Fangs for the Memories by Astrid Cooper

This is actually book number 4 in a series, but it is my favorite. Yet another M/M romance (are you detecting a theme yet?), it has a main character that can shift into a lion with wings.

#5 I, Omega by Kari Gregg

Yet another M/M romance, this time with some BDSM thrown in, because why not? Oh, and wolf shifters. There are wolf shifters.

Top 5 Wednesday

I know back in my first Top 5 Wednesday post that I said I wasn’t likely to participate in this Goodreads group very often…but all of the October prompts are so much fun I can’t help myself. Without further ado, this week’s list is:

Top 5 Monsters (or Mythical Creatures)

#1 Unicorns


Yes, I am a boring cliché, but, I was obsessed with unicorns as a small child, and have watched The Last Unicorn (where the above image is taken from, thank you Peter S. Beagle, you are a hero to children everywhere!) hundreds of times. Unicorns will always have a special place in my heart.

#2 Dragons


Were you expecting something different? C’mon, boring cliché remember? However, specifically I prefer good dragons…or at least the not evil dragons. I was introduced to the “good” dragons before the “bad” dragons, first through the book Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede and then the movie DragonHeart.

#3 Predatory Were Creatures

tiger and wolf

I specify “predatory” because while were creatures can be any animal, I prefer the ones that are predators. I also prefer the ones that fully turn into their species, rather than a half man, half creature mashup.

#4 The Old Gods from Monstress

old gods

The Old Gods in Monstress borrow heavily from H. P. Lovecraft’s mythos. I really love Lovecraft’s stories, and while he paints a wonderful mental picture with his words, we don’t actually have any pictures of the creatures he created to know what he was really thinking. That is why I so love the pictures in Monstress.

#5 Japanese Yokai


Yokai are Japanese ghosts/goblins/demons, and can also be called Ayakashi or Mononoke. Some are weird, some are silly, and some are genuinely terrifying.

Bonus My Cat


She is a dark god of great and terrible power, able to ensnare the hearts and minds of all she meets.


(All images, except the one of my cat, were taken from the internet.)