Books Featuring Mental Health – Top 5 Wednesday

Unfortunately I don’t read that many mental health books. Usually because they tend to be contemporaries which I just don’t read that much of. So I really don’t have lesser known books on this list. These are in no particular order.


Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Sadie has a stutter. While stuttering does not in most cases have a psychological cause, there is a subset of stuttering called psychogenic stuttering which usually occurs as a result of trauma. It’s not explicitly said in the book whether that is the case with Sadie, but I think it is. It might not have been the author’s intention. But whether or not her stutter is psychogenic, I’ve read a book with stuttering represented and it definitely has an impact on Sadie’s mental state and image of herself and of those around her. So I think it falls in the ballpark and I just wanted to promote this book because I think it’s great.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Both Feyre and Rhys suffer from PTSD. I’ve talked about this book so much. You probably all know about it.

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

Ty is autistic and I think he does also seem to have some OCD and anxiety disorder. He’s probably one of my favourite characters in the series. I seriously need to read the last book in the series. But my heart isn’t ready. ūüė•

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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I haven’t yet read this book, but I know the main character has OCD and I know John Green also has OCD, so I’m confident that this is accurate rep for the disorder. And I’ve heard a lot of good things about it as well, so I’m comfortable recommending it as a mental health featuring book.

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

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All the demigods have ADHD. And it’s a great series.

 

Emerald Book Covers – Top 5 Wednesday

Trying to come up with these, I realised that I own/have read very few books with green covers, let alone emerald ones. These are in no particular order, some of my favourite covers (that I am aware  of) that are green, and more specifically, an intense green. Which is the closest I can get to emerald, unfortunately.


Gilded Wolved by Roshani Chokshi

I haven’t read this, but I love this cover and I am looking forward to getting my hands on it. I know everyone loves the story, which is great, but honestly just for that cover, I’d be tempted to get it.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

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I really love this edition of the book. I’m not sure you can call that green emerald, but I just love the cover so much, I wanted to include it.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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I adore the UK editions of Brandon Sanderson’s books and I think this one is actually my favourite. The green is not even predominant here, but I’m struggling. And I love this cover.

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Probably the only one on the list that is actually emerald. I love the covers for this series. They’re absolutely gorgeous. I tried reading the first book about 3 times and I could never get into it. The concept was really cool, but it was so tropey and not well written. So yeah, I’m not going to read this series. Which is a shame, because those covers man! I want to buy them just for the covers. But I’m not going to do that.

To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

I still need to read this, but I read one chapter of it and was intrigued and I love this cover. It looks so cool. I love the geometry of it, it’s so satisfying and there’s just something about dark, leafy green that really appeals to me.

 

SFF BFFs – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme. Check out the Goodreads group for more details. This week’s topic is favourite best friends in science fiction and fantasy, and this is also a Booktube SFF Awards topic.

Friendship is one of my favourite dynamics to read about. I adore good friendships, so I actually struggled to pick just 5, which is why I  have some honourable mentions.


First the honourable mentions

Will and Jem from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I still love them to bits.

The Night Court from A Court of mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Squad goals, really.

Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

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They just had to be mentioned.

And now on to the actual top 5.

5. Artemis and Butler from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this series is so underrated. I love the relationship of Butler and Artemis, because there’s such a huge age difference between them. Butler is both a father figure and a friend and a cool uncle all in one. There are some other great relationships in this series. Seriously, more people need to read it.

4. Mia Corvere and Mr. Kindly from Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Mr. Kindly is such a sassy lil shadow demon thing and I love him. I think Mia’s interactions with him are some of my favourites. I also love the relationship of Mr. Kindly and Eclipse in the second book. I’ve reviewed both¬†Nevernight and Godsgrave.

3. Spensa and M-Bot from Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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I’ve always loved robot/AI type characters. I always enjoy reading about the relationships that they form and M-Bot is just a joy. I love how him and Spensa play off one another and learn from one another and come to genuinely care for each other.

2. The Gentlemen Bastards from The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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Their friendship and loyalty is everything. They’re a little fierce band of misfits who will kill for one another. Especially Jean and Locke, but the entire group are just everything.

1. Nona and Kettle from The Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence

All of Nona’s friendships, really. She’s so loyal and values friendship so much. I relate so much with Nona in that way, because I love my friends and I would move mountains for them. She never gives up on her friends, not ever. No matter what. She is loyal to a fault and I love her for it. But I think out of all the friendships, I love Nona and Kettle most. I couldn’t tell you why. I think I just like Kettle more than I like any of the others.

Mother Figures – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme. Check out the Goodreads group for more details. This week’s topic is favourite mother figures.

Trying to think of what to pick for this topic, I realised how under-represented good mother figures are. We get so many examples of father figures, but I struggled with thinking of strong mother figures.


5. Charlotte from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

This is a very popular and well loved series, but I feel like Charlotte is one of the characters that gets somewhat overlooked. She is so integral to the found family atmosphere that is such a huge part of why the series is so amazing. She’s the glue that holds all of them together and she is determined to look after them, she takes all this responsibility on herself even though she’s not much older than the rest of them. But she loves and protects them fiercely, like only a mother could. And I think she’s very underrated and she deserves some recognition.

4. Kara Resnik from The Themis Files

We don’t see a lot of her as a mother in the series, but what we do see in my opinion definitely qualifies her for this list. She’s so fierce, will do anything to protect her child and I just got so many feels reading this series, particularly the stuff that related to Kara’s story arc as a mother. I found it very compelling, I felt how visceral her need to look after he child was. And I did enjoy her as a character in general, but I think it was not until I saw her as a mother that I really loved her. I do have a review of the series if you want to hear more of my thoughts.

3. Alana from Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

This graphic novel series is sooooo good. I love their little family. I’ve only read 3 volumes so far, but they’re such a cute family and I love Alana so much. She’s badass and vulnerable at the same time and she will DESTROY anyone who threatens her family.

2. Abbess Glass from The Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence

This has become one of my favourite series, I love everything about it. All the characters are great, but Abbess Glass is definitely one of my favourites. She’s this scheming… I wanna say Dumbledore-like character. She’s not really anything like Dumbledore except that she has the same kind of long sight that Dumbledore has and also the same kind of connection with Nona that Dumbledore has with Harry. She sees herself as a parental figure for all of the girls at the Convent and to some extent the whole world. She has this strong desire to protect as many people as possible, but is quite ruthless at the same time.

1. Essun from The Broken Earth Series by N. K. Jemisin

I love everything about this series. If you’ve not heard me rave about this series, check out my spoiler-free review and my spoilery rave. But specifically, the amount of mum feels I got from this book is unprecedented. I’m not really a maternal person. But this series man! And Essun and her single-minded desire to protect her children. It just gave me all the feels.

Bookish things I’ve changed my mind about – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme. Check out the Goodreads group for more details. This week’s topic is bookish things you’ve changed your mind about.


5. Wanting multiple copies of books and/or wanting all books in hardcovers

This is number 5 because there are some exceptions. I do still own duplicates of a few books and I don’t think I will get rid of them, especially that I have in some cases duplicates that are in different languages. However, for the most part, I don’t see the point in owning more than 1 copy of a book. It just takes up space.

Same with wanting to own all books in hardcover. I do like hardcovers, but paperbacks are cheaper and much easier to store. That’s not to say I won’t buy hardcovers, but I won’t go to lengths to get them. There are some exceptions, such as¬†The Illiminae Files, where the hardbacks are just works of art and it’s worth the extra money or if I have the first 2 books in a series in hardback, I’ll get the third one in hardback as well. But generally speaking, I’m perfectly content with paperbacks.

4. Buying entire series

I used to read a synopsis and decide I want to buy the whole series. Not anymore. Now I don’t even add entire series to my Goodreads TBR anymore. I just add them/buy them one book at a time. That way if I don’t enjoy the first book, I won’t have wasted money on a bunch of books I’m not going to read anyway. It’s just the sensible way to go about it.

3. DNFing books

This is something I wouldn’t even have considered a year ago. I’ve only recently decided that I’m going to start doing it. Not excessively. Like, I’m not going to DNF every book that I don’t love within 50 pages. I still like to finish most books even if I don’t love them. But I’m not going to force myself to. If I’m not enjoying a book, I don’t have to finish it. I want to give myself that freedom because there are so many great books out there and I’ve only got so much time. I want to spend it reading books that I enjoy and not ones that suck the life out of me.

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2. Unhauling books I don’t really like

I used to want to keep every single book forever and hoard them all like a dragon and have the world’s hugest private library. And I still love the idea of having a huge private library. But I don’t want it to contain books I don’t really care about. Those can go to people who do care about them. getting rid of books I don’t love or that I own but I’m just no longer really interested in reading is such a good feeling. And i just makes space for books I do love. And then when I look at my shelves, they make me happy because I see all the books I love and they bring back nice memories of reading them.

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1. Having a huge physical TBR

I used to want to have like 100 books on my physical TBR. And then I actually got to around that number and I realised it’s overwhelming and it takes up space. I don’t read books in a timely fashion so I sometimes end up losing interest in them altogether. It’s just not a fun time. Especially that I have such easy access to books living where I live. Like, I still want to have a physical TBR. But a reasonably sized one. Maybe have 2-3 books from each genre that I enjoy because I am very much a mood reader. So have 2 or 3 middle grades, 2-3 adult sci-fi, 2-3 adult fantasy and so on. Maybe 20 books. 30 max. So I still have variety to choose on based on my mood, but it’s manageable.

 

Largest books on my TBR – Top 5 Wednesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. If you want to know more, check out the Goodreads group.

I know it’s not Wednesday. But I’ve been busy. So here are the 5longest books on my physical TBR at the moment.


The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

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This is a thriller I’m more than a little intimidated by. It’s huge at 784 pages, and definitely outside my comfort zone. I’m very intrigued by it, but I keep putting it off for these reasons.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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This is one I’ve already started reading it. I’m about halfway through it and I’m really not enjoying it because I just bloody hate Chaol. Anyway, this has 672 pages.

 The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

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Another one I’ve already started and am not enjoying that much. I didn’t read much of it, to be fair, but again I just don’t really like the main character and that just makes me not want to pick up the book.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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I am super excited about this book, though it is a behemoth at 635 pages. But I can’t wait to dive into it.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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Of course there was going to be a Brandon Sanderson book on here. All his books are huge and this is no exception at 615 pages. This is another one that I’m really excited about.

Characters I’d Cosplay – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. Check out the Goodreads group for more information.

This is such a badass topic! Once again, these are in no particular order.


Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Specifically, I’m thinking of the anime version of him, when he kinda grows the feathers and wings, but is still more or less human shaped.

That would be an awesome cosplay. Not one I’m talented or wealthy enough to actually get, but that’s what imagination is for.

Anyone from Naomi Novik’s Fairy Tales

I don’t even know who to pick. One of the Staryk in¬†Spinning Silver?

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I couldn’t find any nice art, but one of the tree people from¬†Uprooted? Or if you want something more gruesome, one of the corrupted people?

Ugh, these stories are just full of things that would make for stunning cosplay if someone had the talent to make the costumes properly.

Fae/fair folk

This isn’t so much a specific character or even from a specific book, but fairies. So many different varieties to choose from and they’d all make for such cool cosplays.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Either Tessa in a splendid Victorian ball gown, cause I love that aesthetic. Or maybe Cecily Herondale, cause I want some runes. I actually absolutely adore Tessa’s look on the cover of Clockwork Princess.

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Malchai from Monsters of Verity by V. E. Schwab

Finally, one that’s more creepy and more in keeping with Halloween, the Malchai from the¬†Monsters of Verity series. They’re basically vampires… let’s be honest. But somehow I imagine them to be creepier than regular vampires.

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Favourite Magic Systems – Top 5 Wednesday

Okay, I know this isn’t the topic for this week, but I missed that week and I really like this topic, so… we’re doing it.

If you don’t know, Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes (who is one of my favourite booktubers btw). You can check out the Goodreads group for more details.

I’m rubbish at doing these in order of preference, so this isn’t necessarily the order of preference. I’m not even sure there is an order of preference. I just love these magic systems.


Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

This probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise because it’s very well known, very well loved. But it’s cool. I was honestly skeptical about it at first because it sounds weird, but it works. It works so well. It’s very visual, very dynamic and it’s a hard magic system. So it has very well defined rules. I personally love both hard and soft magic systems and all the shades in-between, but for people who like hard magic systems, this one is amazing.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This is such a cool magic system. It’s definitely a soft one, but it’s so cool. It’s kind of like… shadow magic. Well, there are several different kinds of magic in the series. There’s the shadow magic that nobody really knows or understands much about. Then there’s also blood magic that we see some of the characters perform and it’s really creepy and dark. And there are also other elements that are hinted at but that we don’t know much about. But I’m loving it and I can’t wait for the next book. I’m mad that I have to wait until 2019.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This series combines several magic systems, some of them are hard magic systems and some of them are soft. There’s the Sympathy magic which is kind of sciency and has very well defined rules. Then there’s the rune magic, which is kind of related to sympathy, but not exactly the same and that also has clear rules. But then there’s the magic of naming and some other kinds of magics that we don’t know much about. And I just eat that shit up. I cannot wait for the next book, please I’ve been waiting for two years, end my misery!

The Darker Shades of Magic Series by V. E. Schwab

This is another series that combines several types of magic. The main magic system is an elemental one, which I’m a sucker for. But the coolest is the blood magic. Which is also considered one of the elements, but it has its own rules. I love this series, I love Victoria Schwab and I can’t wait for more stories in this world.

Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence

This is another series with a rather ambiguous magic system that has a lot of different aspects and we don’t understand most of them. It reminds me a lot of¬†Nevernight both in terms of the magic system and in terms of the vibe of the story and characters.¬†Nevernight¬†is more of a YA series, and it is a very dark story, it just has that YA vibe, whereas this series is an adult series. But they’re both awesome and if you enjoy one, chances are you’ll also enjoy the other.

Top 5 Auto-Buy SFF Authors – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. This week’s topic is auto-buy science-fiction & fantasy authors.


First, a couple of honourable mentions:

Laini Taylor

Her writing is so beautiful and magical and poetic and her ideas always so creative, sign me up. I’ve only read 3 of her books, but I definitely plan on reading all of them and whatever new she comes out with.

Patrick Rothfuss

The only books he has out as far as I’m aware are¬†The Kingkiller¬†books and I don’t know whether he has any plans of putting out books once that series is completed. Having said that, if he does, I will definitely read them.

5. Cassandra Clare

She’s mostly an auto-buy for Shadowhunter books. I have read¬†The Iron Trial¬†and enjoyed it, but that is to date the only non Shadowhunter book of hers that I’ve read. I might read more of them in the future, but I haven’t bought every book of hers as it came out, which is why she’s number 5.

4. Sarah J. Maas

I have loved both of her series and will still automatically buy anything she comes out with, however I’ve been a little disappointed with her last couple of releases, which is why she’s lower on the list than would be expected considering how much I love particularly ACOMAF.

3. Rick Riordan

I love his books so much. I still have a lot of them to read, but they’re all on my list and his new ones are all on my list. Everything that has his name on it is on my list, really. Including the books in his new imprint thing.

2. Leigh Bardugo

I still have to catch up with the Grisha trilogy and admittedly, I didn’t¬†love Shadow and Bone as much as I’ve loved all her other books, but… I’ve loved all her other books and she can only grow as an author. So anything that she comes out with is on my list.

3. Victoria Schwab

Honestly, she’s probably my favourite author at the moment. I have not read a single book by her that I haven’t loved and the few I still need to read, I have no doubt I will love as well.