Top 5 Wednesday: Books that aren’t set in/inspired by the Western world

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here another Top 5 Wednesday, and the topic is:

July 19th: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World
–I know this is a long title, but I couldn’t figure out how else to word it and still get the point across. Talk about books that are set outside of the Western World (so outside of North America and Western Europe) or if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places (so no medieval setting fantasy!)

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Want by: Cindy Pon

This book is set within a futuristic Taipei. Taiwan. Cindy Pon does a good job at describing how the city would look in the future and describing a lot of the major monuments.

Flame in the Mist by: Renee Ahdieh

This is a semi Mulan retelling set in feudal Japan. I really enjoyed this book, and Renee Adieh really takes full advantage of the books setting and seeing myself transported in Japan.

Serpentine by: Cindy Pon

Yes, another Cindy Pon book. This one is set in Ancient China and it was one of my favorites of 2016. It blends a lot of fantasy with Chinese mythology, which made it awesome.

The Star Touched Queen by: Roshani Chokshi

This is a fantasy series set in India, and has a lot of Indian mythology within the book. While it wasn’t as plot heavy like I wanted it to be it still was a great read.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

This is a fantasy book inspired by a lot of South American culture and its history. This is a very underrated book series, but I enjoyed reading it.

Those are my favorite books set outside the western world? What are your favorite books outside the western world? Let me know in the comments below.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Children Books

Happy Wednesday everyone,and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:
July 12th: Children’s Books
–This can include Middle Grade (but try to recommend more than just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!) Feel free to talk about your childhood faves or more recent reads.

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Matilda by Roald Dahl

This is my favorite Roald Dahl book. I do have love for the BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But this one is near and dear to my heart. This was one of the first books of Roald Dahl books I have ever read.

American Girl books

I know, this was meant for girls, but my sister had the books and I decided to read them and they were really good. I started of with Addy, the story of girl born into slavery and then becoming free. Molly, a girl living through WWII, and Felicity a girl living through the Revolutionary War. I like how all of them takes you through history from the perceptive of young girls.

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew

Some of my favorite mystery books, and it got me started on the mystery genre. While they are two separate series, there is times when they do crossovers with each other. Mainly it is about young kids solving mysteries, and it is very enjoyable,

The Berenstain Bears

Another one of the very first books I have read. It has a family of bears and it deals with a lot of life lessons such as; messy rooms, lying, and junk food.

Arthur

While I am more nostalgic for the TV show, I still did read the books and I have fond memories of the book, and it dealt with a lot childhood issues about growing up.

Those are my favorite children. What are your favorite children’s book? Let me know in the comments below.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books for your Hogwarts House (Gryffindor)

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

June 7th: Books For Your Hogwarts House
— Show your Hogwarts House Pride, and tell us the top 5 books that represent your house!

Last year I took the Pottermore quiz and discovered that I was a Gryffindor

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Mainly because this book deals with overcoming many hurdles, and both Laia and Elias both through pain and loss throughout the series so far, and no matter what they have shown bravery.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

From the moment Katniss screamed “I volunteer” she was a Gryffindor, risking her life to enter the Hunger Games knowing that she may die in order to protect her sister. In doing do she started a rebellion and became a symbol for that rebellion.

The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

In my opinion both Day and June are Gryffindors, and like Katniss both becomes symbols of a rebellion and want to make changes happen. June is very intelligent and it shows throughout the series and Day comes across as very brave.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

While the crows could vary on which Hogwarts house they belong to, I will focus mainly on Kaz. Kaz as a Gryffindor is has a leadership role and his job is to lead the crows through their heist. He also cares about every one of them in his own way.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Kinda like Six of Crows, most the characters can belong in many other house (Cress in Ravenclaw). But Cinder definitely belongs in Gryffindor. She is brave, intelligent and when the chips are down she keeps fighting.

Those are my books for fellow Gryffindors. What Hogwarts House are you? What books would you recommend for your Hogwarts house? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Minor Characters

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday, and the topic is,

May 24th: Favorite Minor Characters
–Minor characters are less than a sidekick or a side character (but not in our hearts!) Everyone will have a different definition of what makes a minor vs a side character but just as an example, I’d consider Ron and Hermione side characters, while Lavender Brown, Oliver Wood, and Dean Thomas are minor characters. Results may vary so don’t get tooooo caught up in it 🙂

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I always do like minor characters, mainly because they always add to the ensemble and make the book better.

Detective Boney from Gone Girl

She’s the lead detective in the case of Amy Dunne, and she always tended to give Nick the benefit of the doubt. Even after Amy is found she still knew something was up in Amy’s story.

Iko from the Lunar Chronicles

She is Cinder’s android, and she is hilarious, while you were sad that she was decommissioned she still stayed around in Throne’s ship and was still hilarious.

Olenna Tyrell from A Song of Ice and Fire

She maybe old, but she still a lot to say. I liked her mainly because she served as support to Sansa when she was a King’s Landing. I also love how her doesn’t put up with any of Queen Cersei’s shit either.

Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games

One of the most popular victors from The Hunger Games, he does have a cocky attitude. But underneath the cockiness is his love for Mags; his mentor and his girlfriend Annie.

Oliver Wood from Harry Potter

Harry’s first Quidditch captain. He cared about his team and wanted to win the cup. Even if some of his methods were questionable like waking his team up early in the morning for practice he was a very good captain.

Those are my favorite minor character. What are your favorite minor characters? Let me know in the comments below.

Top 5 Wednesday: Summer reads

Happy Wednesday everyone, here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

May 17th: Summer Reads
–The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?

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Yes, Summer is coming, and even the Boston weather says so, also Summer is usually when I get a lot of reading done.

Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is always good at making small cute stories really good, and Fangirl is no exception. It has great characters and nice story about fandom in general.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Summer is also good for a nice thriller book, and Gone Girl is just that. It has a nice mystery to it, and a very compelling character in Amy Dunne.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is one of my definitive summer reads, mainly because I first read it a few summers ago and always read it every summer because it is that good. This is a very good book especially for those who are fans of 8-bit games and science fiction in general.

This Savage Song by: VE Schwab

This was by first taste of the amazing works of V.E. Schwab, and it wasn’t my last. This is an extremely great book to read over the summer, and I cannot wait for the sequel Our Dark Duet.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

No Mourners! No Funerals! One of my favorite books I read last year, and then I read Crooked Kingdom and loved that too. It was a really good heist book with amazing characters.

Those are my summer reads, while most of these books could be read at anytime. What are your favorite summer reads? Let me know in the comments below.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books as Events Themes

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

May 10th: Books as Event Themes
— It’s party season, whether that is high school prom, weddings, or summer holiday events. What books would make a good party/event theme??

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Another great topic, because theme parties are always great to have.

A Red Wedding from A Song of Ice and Fire

Okay, so it won’t have the violence of the actual Red Wedding, but a Game of Thrones type wedding will be good. I would hopefully troll the guests by playing “The Rains of Castamere” and see who would start running for the exits.

Lord of the Rings

Any Lord of the Rings themed party would be amazing. I would even make food from Middle Earth.

The works of Stephen King

This would be an amazing Halloween party and everyone would dress up as their favorite character from a Stephen King novel. My favorite would be Pennywise from It.

Heartless

A Queen of Hearts themed party would be amazing, and it would be set like Alice in Wonderland.

The Wizard of Oz

Maybe its because I am on a Wicked kick, but I have always loved the land of Oz, and the world it created. Also for my own personal taste the party will be a heavy rotation of Wicked songs.

Those are the book theme parties I would like to have. What book theme parties would you like? Let me know in the comments below.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books that would make great video games

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is,

April 12th: Books That Would Make Good Video Games
–Since I’ve been in video game hell (in a good way) for the past year, this topic is timely. Remember, not all video games are action games! The Sims has proven that 🙂

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As a gamer, of course I would love the topic and it mixes my two loves books and video games.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Okay, I know there have been video games made of the Harry Potter movies, but those games are terrible. My idea would be an RPG set in Hogwarts in which you are a student, get sorted into a house and take classes. I also want to see it as an open-world sort of like Skyrim.

Illuminae series

As a fan of the Mass Effect trilogy, I think a good space based game could work with the Illuminae setting. I could have choices that could effect the way you play the game. It could also have a few good RPG elements.

Six of Crows duology

This will most likely be one of the Tell-Tale Games, or something along the line of Until Dawn in which it is sort of like a choose your own adventure game. You could as all six of characters and the game would tailor to each character.

Percy Jackson series

Basically I want this to be like God of War, with powers. If you played God of War you would know what I am talking about. It would also be fun to play through the Percy Jackson series.

Legend trilogy

This would be like Uncharted meets Mass Effect. Full of platforming, RPG elements. You play as both June and Day, and it would switch between the characters, which would play differently.

Those are the books that would make great video games. What books do you think would make great games? Let me know in the comments below.