5 books I need to read before 2019 | #T5W

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday is books you want to read before the start of 2019. 2018 is almost over, and that scares me. Honestly, what happened? Where did it go? I feel like I zoned out for ten minutes and the year was gone. Anyway, these are 5 books I want to read before I blink and 2018 is over with.

 

Night by Elie Wiesel
I recently bought this, and I know I want to read it before the year is over. I’m sure I’ll achieve that goal too, because this book is incredibly short. It’s a autobiographical piece in which Elie Wiesel talks about the things he experienced in Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

Train Man by Hitori Nakano
Another recent addition to my shelves, albeit a slightly more upbeat one. This is a (translated) Japanese novel about a geek who saves a young woman from another guy on public transport, and turns to an online messaging board for help when she thanks hum with an expensive gift. Keep in mind that this was written in 2004…

The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson
It’s happening, people. In fact, writing this post has inspired me to start the book. I’m currently reading The Way of Kings, and really enjoying it!

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee
I was so excited for this book to come out. It’s been out for a little while now and I haven’t read it yet. I think I will listen to the audiobook, because I did the same for the first book, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

The Salt of the Earth by Józef Wittlin
I got approved for an e-ARC of this book, and I’m really excited to read it. If I’m not mistaken, it’s a new translation of a book that was originally written in 1935 in Polish. It’s about a peasant called Piotr, who wants nothing more than an official railway cap, a cottage, and a wife. Unfortunately, WWI breaks out and he is drafted into the army. Apparently this is a pacifist novel that truly challenges war. I’m excited to read it.


What do you think, will I succeed in reading these before the year is over?
Which books do you want to have read by the start of 2019?

The longest books on my to-read list | #T5W

We’re back with another Top 5 Wednesday post! Today, I’m talking about the longest books on my to-read list. I recently talked about the longest books I have read, now I’m talking about the ones I still haven’t read.

The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson – 1258 pages
Okay, I need to read this in the next 3 months. I’m committing to that RIGHT NOW.

The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles #2) by Patrick Rothfuss – 1107 pages
I desperately need to read this one too, but I’ve forgotten everything about the first one already. I hope the Recaptains wrote a summary on this one, because there’s no way I’m re-reading it first.

Kushiel’s Dart (Phèdre’s trilogy #1) by Jacqueline Carey – 1015 pages
I’m kind of surprised this is so long! I didn’t even realize it when I was holding it earlier…

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay– 676 pages
I bought this one a couple of years ago during a sale in my favorite bookstore, and I still haven’t read it. It’s so long, but I’ve always wanted to read some Guy Gavriel Kay.

Magician (Riftwar Saga #1-2) by Raymond E. Feist – 841 pages
I guess this is cheating because it’s a bind-up of two books? However, it seems like one book when it’s sitting on my shelf.


Someone give me some motivation to finally read these!
What are the longest books on your unread shelf?

Characters I’d like to cosplay as | #T5W

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday is an interesting one! We’re talking about 5 characters we’d like to cosplay as. I’ve never really done a cosplay, so bear with me here…

Tonks – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I chose Tonks because a) she’s an incredible character and b) you have to support Hufflepuffs. You just have to.

Leah – Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
I adore Leah, and while this book wasn’t perfect, I still absolutely loved it. I think it would be so much fun to cosplay as Leah. Especially with the outfit she’s wearing on the cover of the book.

Nimona – Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
I really like this graphic novel, and I think Nimona looks absolutely fantastic in it. Obviously, I can’t shapeshift so I’d have to choose an outfit like the one she’s wearing on the cover of the graphic novel.

Sister Kettle – Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence 
Sister Kettle may be my favorite character in this series so far, so I’d love to cosplay as her!

Arwen – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Childhood dream. I do not look anything like Liv Tyler, but a girl can dream, right?

My favorite magic systems | #T5W

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic might be one of my all-time favorites because we’re talking about our favorite magic systems. I adore fantasy, and the majority of epic fantasy books do have a magic system in them. I’ve discovered so many interesting and unique ways of performing magic, and I can’t wait to see everyone else’s lists so I can add to my ever-growing to-read list.

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
This was the first book that came to mind when I learned this week’s topic. It’s one of my favorite Sanderson books I’ve read so far, and it’s one of his books I see mentioned the least. The magic system in this is based on breath. The more breath you collect, the more powerful you are. It’s also interlinked with color, so in a place where there is a lot of magic, there will be a lot of color too. You can collect breath per unit. It’s so interesting!

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
I’ve had a soft spot for magic systems based on an ancient language since reading Eragon as a teenager. I just love the idea of there being an old language that no one really speaks anymore (at least, no humans speak it) but that speaks the true essence of the world and therefore gives you power over it. I adore the way this language is taught to Eragon throughout the books, and how it becomes more complex as Eragon learns more and the world expands. The grammar rules, the subtle differences that change up an entire sentence… I just love it. Also: intelligent dragons who bond with humans. Yes.

The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
I will forever love the Grisha order. I especially like the small details of this world, for example that the Grisha practice Small Science and not ‘magic’ because they see their powers as an extension of the natural world. They don’t create fire or metal, but simply manipulate it.

The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
I added this one because it has another specific element I really like to read about: humans bonding and connecting with animals. In this world, Fitz has what is called ‘the Wit’. He can also communicate with animals, and bonds with a few of them throughout the trilogy. I always love to read about that. There are other aspects of the magic system in this series too, but I’ll let you discover that on your own.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Another world in which I love the idea of magic as well as the little details. I’m always intrigued by worlds where magic users are divided into groups like in The Bone Witch or The Grisha trilogy. In this world, female magic users are called asha, and they each have their own specialty. The main character, Tea, for example is a dark asha. She is a necromancer who can raise the dead -and is often called a ‘bone witch’. There are obviously also male magic wielders, who are forced to become Deathseekers (sounds wonderful, no?). I love that the aesthetic details of the magic are so important in this world. How an asha’s hua (traditional clothing) not only shows the world something about herself, but has magic woven into it as well. The same goes for hairpins, accessories, etc. Everything manipulates the world and people around them subtly.

 

Some of my favorite covers | #T5W

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is 5 of our favorite book covers. There are so many beautiful covers out there, but I chose to stick to books I have read and own a physical copy of. So let’s take a look!

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson
This actually represents all of Brandon Sanderson’s books published under Gollancz because the covers are all in a style similar to this book. They fit together so well, and I adore the simplicity of the colors.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
I have a paperback copy of this book and it’s absolutely stunning. There are silver threads twined through Zélie’s white hair to give it that foiled look. I could look at it forever.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
These covers of the series are so, so gorgeous. We don’t talk about the other covers when these exist…

Sadie by Courtney Summers
I don’t really know what it is about this cover that I adore so much, but every time I hold the ARC of Sadie in my hands, I can’t help but stare. Somehow, I feel like this cover represents the book so well. Maybe I have a thing for the color set up of this book because just like Brandon Sanderson’s books, it’s kept quite simple with white-black-grey and one other prominent color to create a contrast and catch the eye. Gorgeous.

The Bone Witch (The Bone With #1) by Rin Chupeco
I find the covers of the books in this series so stunning. The skull, the girl in the distance, the colors, the foiled details… I knew I needed to own these in physical copy after I read them, because not only do I love the book but I adore the covers too. 

A book to movie/TV wishlist |#T5W

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is actually classics you wish had modern adaptations but I haven’t read enough classics to truly make a post about this. So instead, I’m talking about 5 books I want to see turned into a movie or TV show. I’m not including novels that are already being made/about to be released like The Hate U Give or Children of Blood and Bone (although I guess I just did). If there is movie news on the books I’m going to mention, let me know, because I am not aware of their adaptations!

 

The Bone Witch series by Rin Chupeco
Someone turn this series into a TV show, please. I absolutely adore this Asian-inspired fantasy series and I think it would make a great TV show. Especially because it’s told in two timelines: one in which Tea finds out she is a bone witch and can raise the dead, and one in which she has been exiled from the kingdom and is raising monsters from the dead. Plus, I can imagine the beautiful costume designs already!

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Can we have a movie adaptation of this book? I will definitely sob my way throughout the entire movie. Someone needs to stop being a scaredy-cat and make an actual LGBT+ version of The Iliad (or the movie Troy).

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
This would make for such an epic science fiction movie -or TV show, for that matter! Do I really need to explain how amazing it would be to see a movie/show set on a space ship with a diverse and multi-species crew?

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
I adore this story, and I think it would make for a great movie. It’s so pretentious and dramatic and kind of dark, but you find yourself being drawn into the characters’ lives anyway. It’s a fantastic twist on the classic whodunit because you already know who murdered their friend from the beginning. The question is not who, but why.

Running With Lions by Julian Winters
This would be an adorable teen romcom! It’s set during summer football camp (or soccer, if you prefer that term) and follows Sebastian as he deals with leading the team, graduation in the future, and his not-just-friendly feelings towards Emir. YES!

 

Books I wish I had read sooner | #T5W

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is 5 books you wish you had read earlier on in your life. Actually, it’s Thursday as I’m writing this, but we’re going to pretend that never happened. Let’s get into it!

Quiet by Susan Cain
I read this book while in university, during my master’s year. I was having a hard time, for reasons I didn’t really understand. I just didn’t feel good, like I didn’t want to be there anymore. Quiet helped me understand myself better. I hadn’t realized what it meant to be an introvert, or what that truly entailed. This book was so reassuring to me, and I am so grateful I read it. I only wish I had done it sooner, so I would’ve known that not wanting to go to clubs/big parties often didn’t make me boring or lame.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
I wish this book would have been there for me when I was finishing high school. Unfortunately, it wasn’t even published then because Alice Oseman is really young as well. I think the conversation this book sparks on education and how not everyone has to go to university would have been beneficial to me. I might have considered alternate paths than the one I took.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I wish I had read this sooner simply because it’s one of my all-time favorite books, and I wish I could have discovered it earlier so I could have spent even more years screaming about it. It’s such a beautiful story, and I cry every single time.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I only just read this book. I know I should have read it last year, when it came out, but I somehow never got around to it. That’s no excuse, I’m aware. But I listened to the audiobook of it while walking around and discovering Seoul, and my mind was blown. It was honestly so fantastic.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
If you’re surprised I put a classic on this list, don’t worry, so am I. It’s no secret that I’m not a huge fan of classics. The reason for that, however, is that I hated the first few classics I read. Don’t even get me started on The Great Gatsby, because it triggers my rage every single time. I didn’t read any classics for quite a while after that one. I wish I would have read Jane Eyre first, so I knew that there are classics out there that I really enjoy. I’m hoping to discover more soon.