Top 5 Wednesday – SF&F TBR

As most will be aware, this feature is hosted weekly by Thoughts on Tomes.

I rather quite like this week as it gives me an opportunity to look through my Goodreads TBR and potentially work out what is going to be part of my next haul as my wallet is getting the itch to spend £s on books!

One. Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

So this is one guaranteed to be in my next haul as it is now released into the world and I just so happen to be a massive Laini Taylor fan ever since the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series. I wouldn’t even say that it was the stories, in particular, that I loved about Laini’s previous series, but moreso the telling of them and the beautiful way she weaves words! Plus, from the reviews I’ve seen so far on this, my expectations are going to continue to be met with this one!

Two. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

This one is mostly on my TBR due to the hype surrounding, plus it has been recommended a number of times to me. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with space. I find it so fascinating that there is this whole expansive universe outwith our little planet, but at the same time the thought completely terrifies me! So, when I get a chance to explore this universe, fictionally or otherwise, I always tend to uptake the opportunity. Also, the fact that it is told through e-mails, documents etc. is something that intrigues me.

Three. Because You Love to Hate Me by Various Authors & Booktubers

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

I am a huge fan of fairytales and fairytale retellings, so it only makes sense that this would make it on my list; particularly as this one is surrounding the VILLAINS! This combined with the fact that the lineup of authors who have contributed to this is EPIC! Samantha Shannon, Marissa Meyer, Victora Schwab!!!! Like, seriously!!! Plus, I love that this is a collaboration between authors and the book reviewing community.

Four. Anything by Neil Gaiman

American Gods (American Gods, #1)

This is one of my TBRs that I am slightly ashamed of. Neil Gaiman is one of those authors that I just know I will love, but I have yet to truly read anything he has done. So, I need to pull the finger out and get started on some of these! If you have read any of Gaiman’s works, recommendations on where to start would be most welcome! 🙂

Five. SF&F Series I Want to Finish

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (Fairyland, #4)

So, this is a collective fifth (and I hope you will allow me) of series I have started and have yet to finish, not because I didn’t really enjoy them, just because the problem with being a reader is there is SO many worlds demanding our attention. I want to complete all of the Rick Riordan’s I haven’t started. I love all his series as I have an interest in mythology, and I love the easy way his series read whilst still being unashamedly enjoyable. I just finished a Darker Shade of Magic and lovvvveeeeed it, so it makes sense the rest of this series would be on here. Finally, this is one that has been on my TBR for a while. The Fairyland series by Catherynne Valente is a beautiful and magical series, and this is the fourth installment which I will definitely get round to eventually!

So, that wraps that up! Let me know your top 5 or link me to your post in the comments – would love to have a nosey and see if there is anything else I should be putting on my TBR!


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Harry Potter Moment of the Week

So, I came across this via Caffeinated Bibliophile  and it was originally created by Uncorked Thoughts, now hosted by Lunar Rainbows.

Is there any better topic to be discussing on your book blog on the weekend? I think not. This week the focus is around Dumbeldore’s Army and the question is as follows:-

“Would you have joined Dumbledore’s Army? Even with Umbridge breathing down your neck?”

So, when it comes to politics and people’s rights and the like, I can be very opinionated and can get very involved in discussion surrounding these. To call me an activist would be a disservice as typically I am good at talking things out, but when it comes to action I become hesitant and self-doubting. I often allow fear to overwhelm me when in the face of genuine change. This fear usually takes the form of:-

  • “What if no one cares what I have to say or do?”
  • “What if I don’t make the impact I want to make?”
  • “What if I am wrong?”

I think the last question in particular is quite dangerous, as typically things that are political don’t necessarily have ‘right’ answers. You will always find people on both sides of an argument, and usually majority wins… but that doesn’t necessarily make them right.

As part of my job, I also act as the lead for Equality and Diversity and try my best to instill change within my workplace to make it more inclusive for all. I have my moments where I am super passionate and can’t wait to get out there and make a change, and then other days I suffer from reluctance out of self-doubt.

So, in answer to the question, I most definitely believe I would be a member of Dumbledore’s Army as I believed in their cause within the books. I am just uncertain as to how hesitant I would be when it came to action.

What are your thoughts? Would you be like me? or a full blown activist? Would you NOT join? If so, I would be particularly interested to hear why.

Thanks folks! 🙂


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