T5W – Ravenclaw Book (Characters)

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.

This week’s topic so happens to be books that represent your Hogwarts house. However, I decided to do my own little thing and instead pick characters that would share the same Hogwarts house. That’s because I have a confession, and that is that I haven’t read Harry Potter… I know, shame. But that series is so hyped that it is the most intriguing to me. But I’ll get to it, one day… So it was pretty hard to pick books that would fit, so instead I chose to pick characters (from books, although some may count as books for Ravenclaws).

I did the test like twice before, and got Ravenclaw (if I remember correctly). Did the test now again, and got Ravenclaw again, so I trust that’s my house. Plus, I relate  a lot to this house since I’ve always had a deep love for learning, science and discovery, plus creativity and individuality (like when I was little I always wanted to do something that was uncommon here). So it’s little surprise that I mostly relate to characters who’re Ravenclaw or share traits with the house.

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam and Lainey on this Goodreads group.

5. Jack from The Pillars of The Earth by Ken Follett

t5w_ravenclaw

“Nevertheless, the book gave Jack a feeling he had never had before, that the past was like a story, in which one thing led to another, and the world was not a boundless mystery, but a finite thing that could be comprehended. ”

Jack is clearly Ravenclaw. He has a desire for any kind of knowledge, just for the sake of knowledge, and a deep desire to create something original and magnificent. He’s intelligent by nature, but was underestimated as a child due to his somewhat ‘absent’ look and appearance (which is another trait he shares with many of his fellow Ravenclaws).

4. Hoid from The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

hoid

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think but to give you questions to think upon.”

There are several worthy Ravenclaw candidates in this book, so I’m doing a little ‘honorary mention’ here (as I don’t want to mention the same book twice) and that goes to the royal cousins Jasnah and Renarin Kholin, who are both awesome. But I chose to go with Hoid as he is not only one of my favorite characters of Sanderson’s books, but also as he represents most of his books.

Probably Sanderson’s most mysterious character, he would have actually made it to the 2nd place had it not been for that we actually don’t know enough to properly sort him. He could probably go as much into Slytherin (especially after his little “warning” speech to Dalinar near the end of WoR) but for the most part, he reveals traits that fit within the Ravenclaw house. His alias is a hint for the start, but the way he acts and talks makes him sound very “Ravenclawy”. He says intelligent and witty comments, his words usually hide a much deeper, secret meaning and wisdom. Not to mention the fact that Hoid loves to philosophy whenever he gets the chance (and with anyone). And although we don’t know whose side he’s on (if anyone’s), he’s not shown to be villainous or manipulative of the others (he’s actually more “maneuvering” in his behavior to get people to do what he wants, and that actually helps them).

Plus don’t forget that Hoid slanders other characters in both books for sacrificing other people like resources for their personal ambition, which is a very Slytherin trait. Just because you might have a secret agenda or ambition doesn’t mean one automatically becomes a Slytherin. Many examples show that the sorting hats sort after who we want to be as much as who we are.

3. Lord Henry from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

t5w_ravenclaw1

“Pleasure is the only thing worth having a theory about,” he answered in his slow melodious voice. “But I am afraid I cannot claim my theory as my own. It belongs to Nature, not to me. Pleasure is Nature’s test, her sign of approval. When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy.”

The cynical and manipulative Lord Henry may appear as the typical popular Slytherin student, but when analyzing his character (which I actually had to do for an essay), one will realize that he’s actually a Ravenclaw.

Lord Henry shows a philosophic and scientific interest in humanity’s darker nature, but never acts on it himself. He lacks any ambition nor, as stated, any desire to act out what he says or just any goal with what he does. Instead, he charms himself and his immoral ideas into other people’s heads with witty and philosophical comments, then proceeds to observe them like a scientist observing a lab-rat.

In that way, Lord Henry demonstrates the more villainous traits (although he’s not exactly a villain in the book) of a Ravenclaw who just happens to have gone too far. From the mind of a Ravenclaw, his character is very interesting to analyze…

2. Faith from The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

thelietree

“She had always believed deep down that science would not judge her, even if people did.”

Faith’s deep love for discovery and science makes her a clear candidate for the Ravenclaw house. She’s also feeling a bit of an outsider due to this love that is not considered ‘proper’ for a girl in her time period, but Ravenclaw house is famous for accepting and welcoming the little “odd” ones. Although she later demonstrates traits that could fit her into Slytherin, Faith is still a Ravenclaw at heart.

1. Raptor Red from Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker

t5w_ravenclaw2

A pair of fierce but beautiful eyes look out from the undergrowth of conifers. She is an intelligent killer…”

Yes, the first place for a Ravenclaw goes to a raptor. But there’s a reason for that.

For her, the Ravenclaw traits are the very thing that’s vital for her life. She’s an intelligent killer who uses her experiences to survive, but also highly developed problem solving and creativity. The Utahraptor exhibits the Ravenclaw traits at their “core”, why they are important for beings to survive and, most importantly, develop.

 

What are your picks for this week’s theme? Got any editions of your own? Agree or disagree on how I sorted any character? Comment below! ❤

 

 

 

TW5 – Favorite Minor Characters

Time for Top 5 Wednesday! The theme for this week is awesome, namely to pick our favorite minor characters. I love minor characters that leave an impression on you, characters that, despite not being main or even supporting, ends up with such vivid personalities. I chose to pick characters that only appears once or just a few times, not reoccurring ‘background characters’ (ex. the Stoll brothers from the Percy Jackson series). They’re just someone who happens to be at the right (wrong most of the time) place at the right (wrong) time and are therefore included a short while in the story.

But they’re brief appearans can make you wish the author made a spin-off series for them.

5. The Fish Seller from Runelight by Joanne Harris

b5ef2-runelight

You guys remember the Cabbage Man from Avatar, right? This guy is basically him (although sadly, he only had one appearance). Here’s a question for you; if you see a horse eating your fish and then turning into a giant snake, do you a) run away b) scream and hide, or c) grab onto the serpent and demand to get your fish back? If your answer is c), then you share something in common with this guy.

4. The Party Ponies South Florida Chapter from The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

PercySeamonsters.gif

Deus ex machina done right, the Party Ponies appearance at the climax really kills it (in, you know, the good way). The group of centaurs simply swoops in and rescues Percy, Annabeth and Tyson by attacking the enemy with paintball guns and arrows with boxing gloves attached to the point. Although they only appear one more time in the books, they are not easily forgotten.

3. Grievous Bodily Harm, Cruelty to Animals, Things Not Working Properly Even After You’ve Given Them A Good Thumping But Secretly No Alcohol Lager, and Really Cool People from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Bildresultat för good omens neil gaiman terry pratchett

If you haven’t read the book, I guess you are in need of an explanation. Do you remember hearing about the four riders of the apocalypse? Well meet the self-employed four extra bikers of the apocalypse. These guys were a(nother) hilarious asset to the novel. They are definitely not the only minor characters you will remember, but I chose them because they are actually not at all relevant to the plot, yet they’re there and deliver. Their ending had me crying of laughter.

2. The Cheating Woman from The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

liesoflocke

You know the scenes when the two partners-in-crime are executing their grand plan. They’re climbing up the building, setting up, etc. Well, sometimes it ain’t that simple. It’s not your nemesis or their associate that stops you, you just happened to have the ill-luck to climb up the wrong window… Jean and Locke happens to have just that luck. Discovered by a woman and her supposed husband, who starts climbing after them, what would have been a simply start to their mission takes quite a turn. As they manage to ‘defeat’ the man and climb into the window of the woman,  suddenly the door bursts open and they think the man has somehow managed to quickly climb the stairs, it is instead revealed to be another man. This man thinks his wife is cheating on him with Jean and Locke (though she isn’t with

Discovered by a woman and her supposed husband, who starts climbing after them, what would have been a simply start to their mission takes quite a turn. As they manage to ‘defeat’ the man and climb into the window of the woman,  suddenly the door bursts open and they think the man has somehow managed to quickly climb the stairs, it is instead revealed to be another man. This man thinks his wife is cheating on him with Jean and Locke (though she isn’t with them) she denies it and runs shrieking to her husband that he should protect her. When Jean manages to defeat her husband too, the woman suddenly shouts “Yes! Now throw him out of the window!”.

She has only one appearance, we don’t even learn of her name, yet she puts a hilarious twist on what would have been a simple window climbing.

1. The Stick from Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Bildresultat för brandon sanderson words of radiance

Yes, the first place goes to a stick. It is only the master writer Brandon Sanderson who can give such strong characteristics to a single stick who only repeats one line.

Shallan, wet and cold, tries to create fire (using a special form of ‘magic’) by convincing a stick into turning into fire. Unluckily for her, she manages to pick the most stubborn stick on the entire planet. It’s so stubborn and self-aware that not even the powers of God can stop it. Shallan, who has struggled through countless of traumas and difficulties, even she gives up when facing the stick. 

“You want to burn”

“I am a stick”

“Think how much fun it would be?”

“I am a stick”

“Stormlight,” Shallan Said. “You could have it all! All that I’m holding.”

A pause. Finally, “I am a stick”

“Sticks need stormlight. For… things…” Shallan blinked away tears of fatigue.

“I am-”

“- a stick” Shallan said.

 

 

 

 

T5W – Favorite Fictional Mothers

Hi guys, time for another Top 5 Wednesday post! I didn’t feel like doing this week’s theme due to not really having much to contribute with. The theme was ‘summer reads’ from the Goodreads group and I can just remember like 1? I really don’t read contemporary (like, very rarely) so I have no books that really makes me think of summer. And because it was recently mother’s day, I thought to do a ‘favorite fictional (book) moms’ theme instead 🙂

5. Ellen from The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett

Bildresultat för ellen the pillars of the earth

An awesome mom and an awesome woman, Ellen is not afraid to tell, or demonstrate, to people what she thinks of them. Although I am a bit (very) salty about the instalove Follett wrote her to Tom Builder, I still love her as a character.

4. Ethel Parson/… from Runelight by Joanne Harris

Bildresultat för ethel runelight

Ethel Parson becomes the (un)official mom to all the aesir and vanir and so on. For example, even though she has no reason to show Loki much care, she scolds the aesir and vanir company when they at a point leave him behind, like a mother scolding her children for being mean to a sibling. But she is also not to be underestimated…

3. Sally Jackson from Percy Jackson and The Olympians by Rick Riordan

Bildresultat för sally jackson viria

(art by Viria)

Sally has gone through hell, even lived with an abusive asshole for over a decade just to ensure her son’s protection. But she still stays strong and positive and always supports her son. But she isn’t all just a mom who drives her son to a battle, but has proven several time to have steel hiding behind the silk.

2. Ronica Vestrit from The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb

Bildresultat för ship of magic robin hobb

An intelligent and powerful woman who is ready to go through any lengths to protect her family and ensure their safety. She may not be perfect (at first), but her character perfectly executes how we learn as much from our children. Her stubbornness is so strong, that if she were to stare down death, it would blink first.

1. Navani Kholin from The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

(art by lalchimiedelideal)

She is beauty, she is grace. She will destroy the conception of the meaninglessness of a woman aged.

An outstanding character, Navani Kholin is the king’s mother who proves that women are more than just the family role they are prescribed. She does really love and care for her children, but she is also a clever politician, a great scholar and proves that you are never too old for romance.

T5W – Books As Event Themes

Hi guys how are you? Time for a Top 5 Wednesday again, with this week’s theme as “book as event themes” hosted on this Goodreads group. To be honest, it wasn’t so hard to pick out which books would serve best – I may have done my own little planning (in my head). Well, here we go;

5. The Reckoners trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Bildresultat för Steelheart book

Imagine getting a card for a party where, about the theme, it says: “Villains have taken over! Dress up like you’re ready to defeat a super villain. Unless of course, you are the villain”. A modern superhero-supervillain theme will always make for a great party theme!

4. Shakespeare – theme

There are so many great ways one could use this theme. All from just being dressed in black caring a skull (“Alas, poor Yorick…”) to… well, pretty much any character, or prop. Could also make for some hilarious situations as Romeo gets drunk and starts hitting on Gertrude.

3. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Bildresultat för neverwhere neil gaimanImagine a party where everyone came looking like extravagant street beggars? Throwing an event where people would be required to dress up as if you lived in London Below would be awesome. Not to mention how the clothes would look…

 

 

 

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Bildresultat för the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxyYou could ever dress up super weird and say you came from some made-up planet, or you could dress up as some alien hitchhiker (complete with a towel), or pretty much anything. Why not a whale? A bowl of petunias?  Not to mention anything one as a host might make of the event in forms of props and drinks etc.

 

 

1. All Books set in Rick Riordan’s Universe of gods

As a huge fan, of course this would be my no. 1. But imagine what creative ways people could dress up as either demigods from camp half-blood, camp jupiter or hotel valhalla. Or maybe as a valkyrie or a hunter of artemis? Or why not a magician from the house of life, hosting a god? Then imagine all the creative drinks and food one could make. Sign me up.

 

T5W – Authors You Want To Read More From

Finally time for another Top 5 Wednesday! I missed the last week’s topic due to essays I needed to work on, but this week is pretty calm so I have more time blog 😀

This week’s topic is sponsored by Sam and Lainey over on this Goodreads group, and is about authors I want to read more from, authors from which I’ve only read one or few books from and need to read more. Because of that I won’t pick authors I want to read from but haven’t yet, but instead those I’ve already read from and want more.

Honestly, this was kind of tough. When I discover a new other that I love *cough* Brandon Sanderson *cough* I will devour all their books. But, luckily, I came up with some :D!

(victoria schwab, terry pratchett, robin hobb, william shakespeare, C.S. Lewis)

5. William Shakespeare

I’ve only read his play Hamlet, and fell in love. I really hadn’t expected that, but hey that’s wonderful! I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on another copy of one of his plays :D!

4. C.S. Lewis

I’ve read/listened to two of his Narnia books (The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) and both were magical reads. I love his writing style, his world-building, his characters… Plan on listening to the audio book of the third Narnia book sometime soon!

3. Victoria/V.E. Schwab

I loved Vicious and I seriously have no idea why I haven’t read more from her. A Darker Shade of Magic sounds like something I’d love, but I just haven’t got my hands on a copy and that’s the only reason, I guess. Definitely need to read more from her.

2. Terry Pratchett

Well, I’ve only read the novel he did with Neil Gaiman, Good Omens, and that is honestly the book with Gaiman that I love the most. Ever since I found out about the Discworld series I have been quite intimidated, but after finishing Good Omens, I think I’ll love Pratchett’s writing. I have the first book to start soon, though I know that most people say that you should skip the first two, I plan on reading the first and then skip to another. Just to get some background facts and such 😀

1. Robin Hobb

Aaaand no. 1 place goes to Robin Hobb! I’ve read The Liveship Traders and gave each book 5 stars on Goodreads, I just LOVED everything about them. Why did it take me so much time to read them? I have no doubt that Hobb will be my new Sanderson (jk, no one will replace his books but they will stand on equal footing). I plan on going to town and just buy all her Elderling books in one go, or at least a whole trilogy. If you haven’t read any Hobb books, what are you waiting for?? Go annd read them!

So! These were my picks for this week’s topic, do you agree with any or already read them? Which authors would you like to read more? Comment below! If you’ve done this meme, I’d love to see your picks 😀 ❤

T5W – Books That Would Make Good Video Games

Alright, time to do another Top 5 Wednesday 😀

I’m posting a bit late (at least for me over here in the cold north of Scandinavia) but have been babysitting, so got home late. Buuut this week’s theme seems to be “books that would make good video games”, and for that I have a confession to make. I’ve played video games like ten times in my entire life. We don’t have one at home, and never had. So I’m terrible. But hey I think I got the idea!

This weekly meme is hosted by Samantha and Lainey over on this Goodreads group.

5. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Bildresultat för coraline neil gaimanThis book would make such a good horror video game, the kind of thing you’d play with a friend to scare each other and the end up lying sleepless. What would make it a good video game is because of the fact that Coraline has a mission, a game she plays with the Other Mother which makes the story line great for use of any video or computer games.

 

 

 

4. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Bildresultat för illuminae bookA race against the clock to avoid hostile spaceship, trying to find your way through a labyrinth of a spaceship while trying to avoid “zombie” like people… there’s a lot in this book that’d make an epic Space-themed video game.

 

 

 

 

 

3. The Song Of The Shattered Sands by Bradley Beaulieu

Bildresultat för twelve kings bradley beaulieuA video game based on this series by Bradley Beaulieu would promise really epic battles, amazing scenery, and plot. Jumping on rooftops, battles in arenas or in the dessert, or in a sea of chaos.

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson

Bildresultat för steelheart brandon sandersonMe: I should maybe do a book tag or meme without mentioning a Sanderson book for once.

Me to Me: No.

Bildresultat för kermit meme

Anyway, this is like a book that was made to be a video game. Why not?! It has like the best settings, amazing battle scenes (not to mention that epic car chase) and guns.

1. -Insert Book Series- by Rick Riordan

Bildresultat för rick riordan booksRight, so there are currently 5 series in this universe of gods, demigods, magicians, titans, monsters, giants… And how freaking cool wouldn’t it be with a video game based on ALL (or any) of these books? There’s a bunch of reasons this would make a great video game – bunch of familiar locations but with a twist, lots of battle senarios or different conflicts (trying to find your way through a labyrinth or Hell (in like three of these series) etc. Also you could switch between characters with different cool powers.

 

 

Hope you agreed with any of my choices! What books do you think would make great video games? Have you done T5W, don’t forget to comment so I can see yours!

 

T5W – Top 5 Science Fiction TBR

Time for Top 5 Wednesday! I missed last week’s due to exams, but I survived and am back! This week’s theme is Top 5 Science Fiction TBR (to-be read) in honour of Booktube’s SFF Awards. This weekly meme is hosetd by Sam and Lainey over at the Goodreads group here.

Right, let’s get started!

5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams 

Bildresultat för the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy

This weird SciFi just sounds so much fun, and I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time. I’ll let fate decide on when to start it however, and wait ’till I stumble over a copy (and when I have money). Or I might listen to the audio book?

 

 

 

4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Bildresultat för station eleven emily st john mandel

I’ve only heard praise for this novel and the whole synopsis sounds amazing and original. I just can’t wait to get my hands on a copy to read. Now when I’m thinking about it, it’ll probably take all my self-control not to go online and use up my money…

 

 

 

3. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Bildresultat för the goblin emperor

This one is actually sitting on my shelf (and tempting me). This book sounds great and I’ve also only heard good things about it. My hope is to start reading it sometime this month, but it’s quite uncertain seeing how much school work I have to do …

 

 

 

2. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Bildresultat för the color of magic terry pratchett

I really, REALLY want to start reading the Discworld series. It just sounds just like my type of “feel-good” books (weird and funny in every aspect). Also, I LOVE world-building and a world on top of a giant turtle? Hell yeah. The first book is actually on its way right now! I have to maintain every self-control not to neglect my school work by starting to read it as soon as it arrives.

 

 

 

1. Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson

Bildresultat för arcanum unbounded

Oh Sanderson, what would a weekly meme or tag post on this blog be without you? I’ve been savoring this book since I got it on its release day, in order to read it before Oathbringer comes out in November.

Bildresultat för delayed gratification cookie monster

T5W – Favourite Angsty Romances

Time for Top 5 Wednesday again! This weekly meme is hosted by Samantha and Lainey here. This week’s topic is our favourite angsty romances, which is pretty hard for me… Manely, because I usually don’t care much for romance and am not really a big fan of the angsty kind. But, I’ll give it a try!

 

5. Lester x Apollo from The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

Bildresultat för trials of apolloI am SO sorry guys but I had to add it. When Apollo turns into an acne-covered teen with “flaps”, the once beautiful god becomes utterly miserable (Even though that is the least of his problems). Through character development, he comes to face things he’s done that make him hate himself, which adds to the angst of the romance.

 

 

 

4. Megan x David from The Reckoners Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Bildresultat för firefight brandon sandersonTo be honest, I didn’t really ship them in the first book. But in the second book, however, I felt that their relationship became so much more important and actually relevant to the plot. Considering the plot, there’s room for plenty of angst.

3. Lyra x William from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Bildresultat för his dark materials philip pullmanI haven’t read the last book yet, but I can’t help but feel that they’re gonna become canon. I really like them together so that’s great, plus, considering the ending of the second book and the upcoming events, angst is inescapable. I actually debated over which would take this place, this series or AnnabethxPercy from Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but I don’t want to mention the same authors, and since I’ve mentioned Sanderson twice already I chose to go with this. But know still I haven’t forgotten them! But I just feel so angsty for Lyra and William right now so I had to put them on the list.

 

2. Vin x Elend from Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Bildresultat för mistborn brandon sandersonThe moment Elend appeared saying, basically, “that’s my seat”, I shipped them. Although it was not even close to my main focus in the books, you cannot deny how cute they are together. And of course there’s room for plenty of angst. But it was in the end that you REALLY got angsty about them holy shit who can say that they did NOT cry?

 

 

 

 

1. The Couple from Tordyveln Flyger I Skymningen by Maria Gripe

6665689Right, so this is a Swedish book that, sadly, lacks English translation (though you can find it in Spanish and some other languages) but I HAD to add it because it is no doubt my favourite angsty romance. They are not present people in the novel, but all the events circle around their tragic romance. I read this in 7th grade when I really wasn’t into reading, I let my mum pick up a novel for class, and without warning, I was hooked. It’s just so magical, and I will never forget this book (god I have to re-read it soon…). It’s about how a 3 minutes late train changes the lives of three youths, about a mysterious lady that wants to play chess through the phone, a flower that seems to have its own life, mysterious whispers in a cassette and the mystery of an ancient Egyptian statue that disappeared. All these strange events lead the youths to a (really) angsty romance that took place a long time ago. If you know another language than English, I HIGHLY recommend you to look up and see if this novel comes in your language.

 

So these were my picks? Agree on any of them? Do you have your own favourite angsty romances? Then don’t forget to comment! x

T5W – Books & Characters I felt Betrayed By

 

Right! Another Top 5 Wednesday meme, join here!

This week’s theme is books or characters you felt betrayed by, for any reason. That means that the books and characters I’ve mentioned are mentioned because of different reasons 🙂

5. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

This book wasn’t bad, I was just expecting, I don’t know, more. I’m a mythology nerd so I had to buy this book when I found out about the upcoming TV-series, but ended up just dragging myself through it.

4. You-Know-Who from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I didn’t really like any of the characters in this book so much, except for them. Gods I was ROOTING for them through this book, and they made me continue reading it. And what the hell happens? THEY TURN OUT TO BE A TRAITOR. EVERYTHING THEY HAD SAID WAS A LIE. I was not okay.

3. You-Know-Which from Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Yeah. Them. If you’ve read this book, you know actually which two character’s I’m talking about. In difference though to the above example, this did not make me like the book less. Because DAMN those reveals? I was so shocked when the first one was revealed that I had to put down the book and walk off my shock and frustration because it was so damn obvious. But I LIKED them so much, they were among my favourites, god I was shipping one of them with another favourite character character uuugh.

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

When I first heard of this book I got all super excited for the fictional world sounded just so awesome. But man, after this book I’ve hardly been able to pick up any Fantasy YA. Throughout the ENTIRE book I was waiting for things to start to happen. When the book was over, I was like “wait what when did it start?”. I was expecting an interesting world building, political intrigue, great cast of different characters. But what I got was a girl stalked by a hot angel in Prag. Instalove follows. What. I tried the next book, but no. Definitely not for me.

1. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

No, I don’t mean this book because it did not live up to my expectations. On contrary, it was so much better than what I had expected. But the thing is, I knew this was a series so I expected that… well… The next book would be the whole gang of con-artists on new adventures. Ha ha. No. If you’ve read this book, you know very well what event that turned things I’m talking about. Damn, I am STILL not over it goddamn you Scott (but I still love you).

 

These were my picks! Do you feel the same by any of these? Or is there any other book or character you felt betrayed by? Then comment below! 😀

T5W -Favourite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

Time for Top 5 Wednesday! Ths event is hosted every week here.

Okay, this is a tag that just screams of ME. I’m just such a sucker for SciFi and fantasy, like I read like three non-fantasy/scifi books last year, two of which were magical realism and one historical. Though be prepared – If you’ve looked at my blog before, the chance of you recognising any of the named titles are big. Huge. But the statement said favourites!

(Important note: I did not really put them in the order I like them the best, I can’t.)

5. The Reckoners Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Of course Sanderson is my first mention and of course, this isn’t my last. Many fellow Sanderson fans are a bit dissapointed with this series, but I on the other hand loved in. That is because this book has one of my all-time favourite setting/world-building. I’m not kidding, I sometimes get chills when I read it because I just love that world SO much. Of course, I love other aspects of the books but the thing that really made gave this book a whole extra star is the world they’re set in. A dystopia ruled by super-villains? Unique and cool super powers? Sign me up.

4. Mistborn Series

Bildresultat för mistborn series

Oooh this series has stayed with me since I almost fainted off exhausting after binge-reading the first book. This book series is just full of epic battles, intrigues, plot twists and turns, amazing characters, moments you’ll laugh and other you’ll cry and GODDAMSDAMMITINEEDTHEFOURTHBOOKWHATTHEHELLSANDERSONDOYOUMEANITWILLBEOUT2018WHATAMISUPPOSEDTODO.

3. The Mapmakers Trilogy by S.E. Grove

Bildresultat för the glass sentence

Yeah another original pick by me right? No but this series is just so underrated and sometimes I just want to throw this book at people shouting read the goddam books!”. Like the previous entry, this is on my top list of favourite world-buildings. It’s a middle-grade/YA book set in a post-apocalyptic world where countries and continents have been flung in different time periods. There’s more awesomeness to this world, but I won’t tell ’cause it’s revealed in the second and third book. Anyway, except for that, this book series include things like; 1. “The girl meets a mysterious boy trope”- but it ends up with a great friendship with no romance at all, 2. The main antagonist is a racist politician who wants to “take back” land from indigenous people and ban immigrants. He is one of my favourite villains because he’s just so, freaking, scarily real. 3. Depression is an actual sickness in this world. 4. The second book isn’t like other second books in a lot of trilogies that feels like fillers, but has a defining plot of character development and yes I am not ashamed to admit that by the end I was crying so much that my sister felt so bad for me that she promised to buy me the next book. 5. A badass female pirate captain 6. The main character, Sophia is a beautiful cinnamon roll too good for this world, too pure. Sadly, you’ll definitely realise it in the second book. *Sobs*. 7. The other main character, Theo, is so witty but also such a pure and loyal friend. Plus, he’s native american so thumbs up for representation! 8. Instead of using historical/fantasy setting as an excuse to write women off as inferior to men, the author did quite the opposite and used the setting to make men and women equal. Hell yeah. 9. I can go on, you know, since so few people are talking about this series.

2. ALL BOOKS in Rick Riordan’s Universe of Gods

Bildresultat för the lightning thiefRelaterad bildBildresultat för den försvunne hjälten rick riordanBildresultat för magnus chase tors hammare

(Yeah I totally snuck in two of the Swedish covers, but honestly, they’re cooler)

First I thought of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, since that is the introduction to this universe. But honestly, I love them all equally. I’ve read all of them and is currently waiting in patience for the next Trial of Apollo book and the last Magnus Chase. And the next after that. And the next. It’s just so that Percy Jackson was the introduction book to reading and actually enjoying it after I had been in a book slump for a few years (as mentioned in previous T5W) and I’ve been obsessed with this world ever since. I’m a huge mythology fan, so this world-building is a DREAM world for me. Plus, I really love the humour in these books (yeah I laugh at everything) and how many of the gods and events are parodied. I’ve listened to the audio books for all of them actually (except trials of apollo) and I can admitt that there was more than one time I actually burst out laughing on the bus and had to cover it up with coughs.

1. The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Relaterad bild

Last but definitely not the least – The Stormlight Archive series is definitely a series that will leave you in a book slump because it feels like no other books will ever be able to satisfy you again. It’s just… it’s filled with so much. Everything, really. Amazing characters and character developments, an intriguing world building, filled with secrets, foreshadowing, plot twists etc. that will leave you baffled. Epic battle scenes, really emotional scenes (like you thought the Katniss and Prim relationship was filled with angst hahaha oh sweet summer child) and interesting magic system (duh, it’s Sanderson we’re talking about). I read the second book of 1087 pages in four days because I couldn’t put it down.