Top 5 Tuesday: Books Set In The Past


Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely Tuesday. It was a busy day at work for me, so I’m ready to unwind, watch people talk about books on Youtube, and pick up a book of my own. First, though, it’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday post! Today, I get to talk about my top five books that are set in the past. I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to find five books that I love that are set in the past, but then I ended up with so many books from which to choose, haha. I’ve trimmed it down to my five favorites, though it was a tough decision to make.

Now, let me share them with you!


#1. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

This is a recent read that quickly stole my heart. It was vibrant and engaging, with incredible characters and even better writing! And it’s set in 1889 Paris, so it definitely belongs on this list. I loved this story so much. It has so many elements that I tend to gravitate towards: heists, morally grey characters, and, my fave, found family. I really need to continue with this series! Hopefully I’ll pick up the next book sooner rather than later.


#2. Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

So I’m not 100% sure when this book takes place, but it is inspired by the pre-Columbian Americas and everything since pretty old school, so I’m saying it counts! Mostly because I just need an excuse to talk about this book at any opportunity 😂 This book has magic, mystery, and some of the most compelling characters I’ve read in awhile. Xiala and Serapio will always be my favorites and that holds true in the sequel, as well. I cannot wait for the next book!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Most Quotable Books


Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday post! I’ve kind of been slacking on these this month because October was all about quotes. I can appreciate a beautiful line in a book, but I also have the memory of a hummingbird and, thus, don’t often remember them 😂 Today’s topic, however, is one I could get behind because it doesn’t ask for specific quotes… it just ask what are your top five most quotable books. I have quite a few books that would be mostly tabs if I was an annotator. Now I’ve picked five that I think would be annotated the most.

That being said, let’s jump in!


#1. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Look. This book was my 2020. I was obsessed with this when it came out! I’ve also re-read it more than any other book I own, save one. So not only are there so many quotes that I loved, but this is one of the few where I can actually remember a couple, haha. I have so many copies of this book that I have considered choosing one to annotate. It’s just that good, y’all, and there are definitely a lot of wonderful quotes that I want to revisit again and again.


#2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Erin Morgenstern has exquisite writing. Every book I’ve read by her is an absolute treasure when it comes to prose. Of the two, however, I think The Night Circus is definitely the more quotable. It has one of the few first lines that I can remember off the top of my head! And, as I said, the writing is just so beautiful and lilting that I find myself drawn to so many lines throughout the story. Just thinking about it kind of makes me want to re-read it, haha.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Anticipated Reads for Oct – Dec 2022


Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday! I’m excited for this week’s topic because I get to shout about upcoming books that I’m dying to read. That’s right, I’m picking my top five most anticipated new releases from October through December! I always feel like there are less books that come out as the year winds down but it was an easy task to pick out five I’m awaiting with bated breath.

So let’s jump on into the list!


#1. Tread of Angels by Rebecca Roanhorse

Anticipated Release: November 15th

Rebecca Roanhorse has swiftly become one of my favorite authors. That means, when I found out she was releasing another fantasy this year, I swiftly added it to my TBR! I didn’t even read the synopsis, haha. Having the read the synopsis now, I want to read it even more. It features siblings fighting for each other against a strange society known as the Order of the Archangel. Count me in!


#2. Reforged by Seth Haddon

Anticipated Release: October 4th

I’m not gonna lie, the cover is what drew me to this book. I saw it on some Goodreads list or another and instantly wanted to more. After reading the synopsis, this book quickly found itself on my TBR. There’s a bodyguard and the royal he’s sworn to protect who he also might loooooove. It sounds so good! I was sorely disappointed that this book wasn’t already out when I first stumbled across it 😂

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Top 5 Tuesday: Dramatic Bookworm Problems


Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday! I’m really loving the prompts for September because, rather than being strictly about books, it’s about bookish things. Take, for instance, this week’s prompt. Today, I’ll be sharing my top five dramatic bookworm problems!

So buckle up because I’m about to rant 😂


#1. Falling out of love with a series… and it’s not even complete

This has happened to me a couple of time and one of the series is an epic fantasy standard. That’s right… I’m talking about the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan 😬 Look. When I read The Eye of the World, I was all in. I was D E D I C A T E D. I think I read the first book when there were only five books out and I did not realize how much longer the series was going to be. But that’s not why I stopped reading. I stopped reading because I just got bored. I felt like nothing was happening, nothing was moving forward, and, at the time, there was no end in sight! So I just stopped buying the books. Now that there is an end to the story, I have to admit I’m curious about revisiting the series. Especially since it was finished with the help of Brandon Sanderson. I’d have to start from the very beginning, though, and the thought is just daunting, haha. We’ll see…

#2. Reading one of your most anticipated reads… and being super underwhelmed

This has legit only happened to me once, but the feeling was such that I hope it never happens again 😩 I was so hyped for Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart. SO HYPED. And then I tried to read it and, oof… it was not a good time. I got about halfway through and I just couldn’t make myself continue. I was, again, so bored! Smart’s writing is incredible, but it also felt a bit repetitive. It felt like nothing was happening and I was worried the entire book was going to be like that. I’m bound and determine to give it another go, though, because I’ve heard the second half gets better. I also hate not completing books…

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Top 5 Tuesday: Ways to Catch a Bookworm


Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday post! I’m kind of excited for the topics in September because they are all little off-the-cuff and fun. For example, this week’s topic is my top five ways to catch a bookworm. What ways would I use to try and lure one from it’s comfy, bookish home?

Well, stick around and find out!


#1. An open invitation to go book shopping

We all know the one thing a bookworm can’t resist is the prospect of being surrounded by their favorite thing. The fact that they might be able to bring two or three (or five…) home with them will only make it even more enticing! As a self-proclaimed bookworm, I know for a fact that I can spend hours browsing in a bookstore, even if I had no clear goal of what I wanted when I first walked in. Bookstores are some of my favorite places in the world, even if I don’t end up buying anything. I just love being surrounded by books!


#2. Build them a cozy reading nook

A room with plenty of bookshelves, stuffed with their favorites? Check! A big, comfy chair in which they can curl up, complete with blankets and other soft fluffy things? Check! Somewhere for them to rest a drink close to said chair so that they won’t get dehydrated whilst lost in their book? Check! Constructing the perfect bookworm nest is a necessity if you want to keep them happy. Of course, each bookworm has different preferences, but the above would definitely work for me! Add in some big windows to let in a lot of natural light and I would find it hard to leave.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books With Bones


Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

It’s late on a Tuesday and I am just now getting to sit and write this post. School starts tomorrow and clothes shopping was accomplished today after a long day at work. Ya girl is T I R E D. Still, I can’t let this day end without joining in on the Top 5 Tuesday fun! Mostly because today’s scavenger hunt was one of the easier ones for me. I had to pick five of my favorite books with bones on the cover.

I suppose it says something about that this came so easily… 😂

Anyways! I had to tough time narrowing this down to five books, but I’m happy with the books I’ve chosen. Let’s get to the list!


#1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Starting off with a fairly obvious one, though not all covers feature the classic “Alas, poor Yorick…” scene. This is hands down my favorite Shakespeare play. Always has been and always will be. I’ve consumed so many renditions of this play that it’s slightly obscene, lol. Unfortunately, my version of the play has this creepy looking guy on it… but at least there’s also a skull so I can feature it on this list!


#2. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

This doesn’t feature any actual bones, but ‘bone’ is in the title, and I say that counts! This might also be an excuse to gush about one of my favorite series of all time. This is the first book in the Great Library series, which is criminally underrated. It features an alternate timeline in which the Great Library of Alexandria never burned down and now it’s this super shady organization that controls the flow of knowledge. The series is incredible!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books With Swords


Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

We’ve arrived at another lovely Tuesday, which means it’s time for a Top 5 Tuesday post! This week, I had a much easier time with the scavenger hunt. That’s because I had to find books with swords on the cover and, apparently, I read a lot of sword books 😂 I’ve trimmed the list down to five of my favorite books that feature a large piece of cutlery on the front.

That being said, let’s get to my list!


#1. Nimona by N.D. Stevenson

This is probably one of my favorite graphic novels, so I’m glad one of the characters is holding a sword so I could feature it! Lord Blackheart happens to be my favorite character, too. Nimona is a shapeshifter that is bound and determined to become the villainous Blackwell’s minion. This was such a wild ride with action and adventure on every page. It also made me get a bit teary-eyed with Nimona and Blackwell’s backstories. It was such an incredible read!


#2. The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

There is quite an assortment of weapons on the cover of this one, but there’s definitely at least one sword. It makes sense as this book follows a nation at war and a man seeking revenge. The first book in The Burning series was such an intense ride! It’s an incredibly compelling story that has fantastic world-building. The characters have to be my favorite part of the story, though, especially Tau. He is single-minded yet complex and it’s fascinating watching his growth throughout this novel.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books With Crowns


Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday! For this week’s cover scavenger hunt, I’ll be looking for some of my favorite books with crowns on the cover. This was, once again, surprisingly difficult, though not as bad as last week’s keys. That being said, I managed to find five books that I truly enjoyed that also have a crown on the cover.

So let’s jump into the post!


#1. Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

Are you looking for a dark fairytale that features a kickass female main character? This might be the book for you! And it has a teeny, tiny crown right about the title, so I get to include it in this list. I loved this story so much; it made me emotional in ways I wasn’t expecting and it was such an incredibly written story. It’s also the first in a series, so I get to read more about our fine gremlin girl, Vanja, and the encyclopedia who loves her, Emeric.


#2. Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko

You all know how much I love Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. It’s definitely in my top five favorite books of all time! That being said, I don’t talk about the sequel, Redemptor, nearly enough. I loved this book so much! It built on what Raybearer started, growing the world and the characters in the best of ways. It also had some pretty creepy elements that I just ate up! I’m glad Tarisai is rocking a crown on the cover so I could include it on the list.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books With Keys


Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

It’s pretty late on a Tuesday and I’ve had quite the day 😅 Still, before we roll into the middle of the week, it’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday post! The themes during August are all scavenger hunts and, I have to admit, this one threw me for a loop. I, apparently, have not read a ton of books with keys on the cover. That being said, I’ve cobbled together a list that only stretches the theme a teensy bit, haha.

Let’s jump into the post, shall we?


#1. Duma Key by Stephen King

So there’s definitely not a key in this beachy cover, but there is one in the title! This also happens to be one of my favorite Stephen King novels, if not my favorite. I feel like this is one that people don’t talk about often or really know about, but it’s absolutely incredible! It follows a man named Edgar Freemantle who moves to the beaches of Florida after a construction site accident leaves him without an arm. He gets back into art, something that used to bring him joy… and things get weird from there. This is well worth the read!


#2. Nightbooks by J.A. White

We’re playing a little bit more loose with this scavenger hunt with this one 😂 There’s no key in the cover image or in the title… but there is a keyhole! Shape! The suggestion of a keyhole at the very least! Look, I told you I had a rough time with this one, haha. All that aside, I loved this middle grade horror. It was spooky yet endearing and left me wanting more from this author. My favorite bits were the scare stories sprinkled throughout the already scary story, curtesy of our MC, Alex. I could read a whole book just filled with those!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Illustrated


Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday! This week, it took me a bit to find five books to feature because the topic is all about illustrated books. This could be books with full on pictures or just pretty chapter headers or end pages. But I quickly realized that I haven’t read a ton of books with illustrations! Thankfully, I did find five books I’ve truly loved to put on my list.

With that said, let’s get to the post!


#1. Frostheart by Jamie Littler

I read this book earlier this year and fell in love with the characters and the story. The fact that it had beautiful illustrations throughout the book was a bonus! They added to the fun of the novel and made me love it even more. I’m excited to continue on with the series at some point. Also, I feel like adult books should be taking a page from middle grade and start throwing in some illustrations!


#2. A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

This book has a combination of illustrations and beautiful chapter headers that were just stunning. I wasn’t expecting it when I picked the book up and was pleasantly surprised! It gave the novella a storybook feel, which makes sense since it’s a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. This was a quick and engaging read that featured Alix E. Harrow’s beautiful writing. I’m hoping the sequel is just as incredible with more fantastic art peppered throughout.

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