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Top 5 Wednesday/ Books From Before You Joined

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello Wednesday people,  another Top 5 Wednesday  going back in time with

August 23rd: Books from Before You Joined ________
— These are some of your favorite books from before you joined the online book community, whether that be booktube, goodreads, blogs, bookstagram, twitter, tumblr, etc.

I celebrated my 5 year anniversary this year on WordPress in February and Goodreads in August. I stumbled upon Booktube sometime after or around the time I was introduced to Goodreads and blogging. My taste has not evolve drastically since I thrust myself into the social book world but I must admit that there are many books that I read because of networking. So here are the books and genre that I love before book world expanded beyond the physical library.

Let us dive into it:

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Top 5 Wednesday: Series That Got Better

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Top 5 Wednesday

Welcome to the end of the best Top 5 Wednesday month  for 2017; I have enjoyed reading and writing posts with increase joy and it  is bittersweet coming down this book ride. Today we are keeping it positive with:

July 26th: Series That Got Better
— We’ve talked about series that went downhill with each book, but talk about series that are worth pushing through the first (or first few…) books to get to the good stuff!

I am not normally a series reading girl, I prefer stand alone because I like knowing the end now. However, the times that I do engage in a series read it does not end well . Surprisingly the series that got better were the ones I read as a child/ teenager.

Let us dive into it:

 

Sweet Valley High
Hardy Boys
Malory Towers
Nancy Drew
The Boxcar Children

 

Hope you enjoy this week’s Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Aren’t Set In/ Inspired By The Western World

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello book people, it is another Top 5 Wednesday and today we are talking about diversity in books in relation to scene, meaning:

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!)

Let is dive into it:

1.Ebola K: Book 1 by Bobby Adair
This thriller was one of my best reads in 2015 set mostly  in remote East African village of Kapchorwa. It is  about the spread of Ebola and the possible use of the deadly disease as biological warfare.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello book people, it is another Top 5 Wednesday and today we are going down the memory lane with:

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.

Let is dive into it:

1. Cinderella

It is probably one of my favourite fairytale story  because of the storyline of a girl rescued from the clutches of hardship.  I remember feeling comfort in the story creating that make-believe story that my Cinderella  ending would come one day, in that my dreams would come true. I love a Cinderella trope especially in films and it is because of the reading the fairy tale so many times. It gave me hope that better things will come some day.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books Without Romance

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hey book people, what’s good? It is Wednesday again with another Top 5 Wednesday. Yay! Today we talk about

July 5th: Books Without Romance
— A few (very, very few) people complained about the “shipping” topics lately, so I thought it would be good to talk about books that don’t have a romantic subplot! This is a really hard one, so if you can’t find any, you can talk about some where the romance is super super minor. Like barely mentioned… at all…

Let us dive into:

1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
One of the stories that I enjoyed the most and the child narrator enhance the story. When I learnt that a new book of Harper Lee was due, I was ecstatic. However, when I understood that it is actually the story the author wrote and To Kill A Mockingbird is the edited version, my hesitation to read the ‘new book’ grew because I’m terrified  it will taint my To Kill A Mockingbird.

2. The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by  Ayi Kwei Armah
One of the most graphic descriptions of personal disappointment, poverty and struggle that I have read. The author Ayi Kwei Armah pens the story of a man’s [name never mentioned] interpretation of living in Ghana after Independence. The narrator’s tale is compelling and coarse at times but that made it more engaging and demanding me to read more. Although some aspects of the description were gross, they were a reality that I understood and once lived. Cutting that detail from the story would be taking out the essence of a painstakingly quest for the man to keep toiling and to keep his family alive.

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June 21st: Favourite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello book people, welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday  ; today we delve into the world of protagonists.

June 21st: Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists
— People always tear down “unlikeable” protagonists. But tell us the ones you pulled for!

Let us dive into:

Fanny Price from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Fanny is my second favourite Jane Austen heroine. I think that the film adaptations of Mansfield Park make Fanny look like a push over, grey and lifeless. Although I am still not sold about her love interest with Edmund, there are other characteristics which made me find and root for the girl. We see in the story the growth of a timid girl to an assertive  young woman who wants to live happy in love. She is not feisty and that is fine with me; she is more mellow and sometimes to selfless in putting her comfort of her cousins before herself. I simply do not know how she puts up with her aunt Norris!

Heathcliff  from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontee
I know there is absolutely no excuse to being an ass BUT when we are introduced to Heathcliff and his treatment during his childhood my heart went out to him. I hate when children are mistreated and at times I feel his revenge is perhaps validated. Some of his actions are indeed questionable but he has that passion and spirit of ambition which lifts his characters.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books as Event Themes

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Hey Book People! It is another Top 5 Wednesday albeit the lateness (smiles). The books todays covers:

It’s party season, whether that is high school prom, weddings, or summer holiday events. What books would make a good party/event theme??

 

Let us dive into it:

.The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Glamour, glitz, glitter and all the other adjectives for throwing a massive ‘elegant’ party; just ask Jay Gatsby for all the 411 he did it mostly every night till daybreak.

.The Jane Austen Club by Karen J. Fowler
Very suitable for a book club event. You will get tips in how to break down the book in sections for reading, throwing quotes here and there to motivate and the social aspect of people gathering together. P.S Look out for some hook-ups/growing friendships and how to read the signs.

.Just This Once by Rosalind James
This could be a go to for a summer retreat to a tropical country or if you want to go bag-packing in nature. Snorkelling, swimming, hot springs, hiking, lovemaking, fishing, rugby etc. The sun is out bright and summer  never sets in this story.

.Emma by Jane Austen
Listen if you want dips for a ‘gentle’ tea party theme party- leaning more on the Regency era- check out Frank Churchill for the venue and arrangement. Emma  and Jane Fairfax will aid in the music and Miss Bates will teach you how to not let your ears fall pry to the most talkative person at the party.

 

Top 5 Wednesday/ Books You Felt Betrayed By

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello book world, we are having another go at Top 5 Wednesday with:

March 15th- Books You Felt Betrayed By
–Beware the Ides of March! What books (or characters) did you feel betrayed by, for whatever reason…big or small

Let us dive into it?

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Is that it?” I said after finishing the story. How can a book which features on 98% of Classics books to read, fell so flat. I expected more, I needed more. I needed Gatsby to be more than a love-sick puppy and I needed Daisy to just be more than she is and for the love of narrator will  Nick grow a pair and stick up for himself.At least he had a shred of humanity in the end.

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Favourite Polarizing Books/ Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello book lovers, I greet you in the name of Top 5 Wednesday on this eighteen day of January two thousand and seventeen. Today we look at:

January 18th: Favorite Polarizing Books
–These are books that people either tend to love or hate, with no in between. Pick some of your favorites that fall into this category.

Let us dive into it:

1.Pride and Prejudice by  Jane Austen

The most popular of JA’s stories and  now that I am rereading- after a 2 year pause of her  collection- I suspect it will tied for my least favourite. In addition, my hunch is if I keep on rereading I may end up disliking the premise. It quite ironic I feel this way about the book when Pride and Prejudice 2005 film adaptation is my favourite movie.

2.To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I am really smitten over this story and I suspect it has more to do with the narrator Jem Scout. I believe following the story through her eyes and smart mouth exposed issues of poverty, racism and family relationship in a profound way that perhaps no other narrator could achieve. Previously I was extremely excited about reading Harper Lee other novel but since a few articles showed me that To Kill A Mockingbird came as a result of an editor’s urging to edit an original script. I am very concern that Atticus Finch and Jem Scout would no longer look the same in my eyes. Therefore, I have put off reading ‘Go Set A Watchman.’

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Books You Want To Finally Read In 2017

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Hello my book people, it is Wednesday (well now that I edit my post it is now Thursday) and we are all happy because it is Top 5 Wednesday. We are looking to the future of 2017 with:

 December 7th – Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017
These are those books you meant to read in 2016 or 2015 or 2014 and never got around to. Those books that have been sitting on your TBR for a while, and you really want to get to. These aren’t upcoming 2017 releases; these are older books that need your love too!

There are several books that I really want to read especially on my Classic Challenges, however there are five (5) books on my Goodreads to Read List that I honestly have a special interest in reading. Some of the books have been on the list since 2013 but my interest to peruse those pages has  not deemed even having meeting other new and old releases.

Let Us Dive Into It: