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!

-Lee

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Top 5 Wednesday – Future Classics

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

So this weeks theme is a rather interesting one. Classics can mean different things to different people, as well as different things to yourself. You could consider something classic because it was, in your view, a storytelling masterpiece, a literary gymnast full of technique or perhaps it simply had a profound effect on readership as a whole that warrants a ‘classic’ accolade.

The brilliant thing about this particular Top 5 is that they can be a mix of books you love, hate or are indifferent towards. Classics are a genre that umbrellas all genres and are merely linked by their impact and contribution to the literary world over time. From the few T5W posts I have seen already today, there is clear agreement in some titles, and I will be equally suggesting some of these, but I hope also to explore some new considerations.

One. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is the third blog post in a row where I have featured this particular title. If that doesn’t scream classic to you then I am not certain what will. This is also one of the titles I have seen on every single T5W list so far. If you want my thoughts on this in more detail, I would refer you to my Weekly Big Three on Children’s Books.

Two. Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

Another one unlikely to shock and one featured on many lists already. The Harry Potter series for me was definitely a turning point in readership, particularly young readership. It single-handedly (arguably alongside the Twilight series) combated the modern world and young readers obsession with technology and online, and got them back to books. The Harry Potter fandom is unlike any other and these books have such significant place in my heart, as I am sure it will in many of yours.

Three. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

This book truly is special. Stories with protagonists on the autism spectrum are not uncommon, but there is just something about the way Haddon tackles this topic that is so truly beautiful. The book itself puts the ‘murder mystery’ element to the front, and the fact that the character is autistic to the back. It gives us unique insight into the mind of someone on the autism spectrum that it allows the character to either be relatable, or at the very least, allows us the ability to sympathise. The play-version of this is touring the UK again this year, and I hope to catch it in Glasgow when it comes as I have heard rave reviews of that also.

Four. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

I have decided to add this one to my list, simply because of the way it made me feel when I had first finished it. A story of woman who has the opportunity to live her life time and time again through the 20th century. It’s a unique interpretation of the Butterfly Effect theory as well as the idea that our paths are laid out for us. I am a major sucker for most things period, particularly early 20th-century, and this book was just simply beautiful. You get so attached to one ‘life’ of the character, only to feel such heartache when that particular path is stopped and life is once again reset. I implore anyone who has not read this to do so. I have doubts this would be considered a classic to most, but I have purposefully put it here simply because of the way it impacted on me.

Five. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Did anyone else equally squeal with joy earlier this year when it was announced Pullman planned on revisiting this world? What a delight! This is the first series I remember tackling and truly loving next to Harry Potter. Such a unique world with all the home comforts of our own to keep us familiar. Adventure, philosophy, fantasy mixed with a hint of tragedy definitely makes this particular series a future classic in my eyes!

 

Well that concludes my particular top 5. Did I have similar ones to you? If you have done a blog post on this, please link me in the comments so I can go have a nosey!

-Lee

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