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Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.  I will only be participating in this meme once a month.

This week’s topic, and very fitting is Top 5 Books I’m thankful for.  This one was somewhat difficult because there are so many books that I’m thankful for, but I did manage to get it down to five.

Without further ado here are the five books that I am thankful for:
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.  I will only be participating in this meme once a month.

This week’s topic was favorite children’s books.  This one was easy, yet difficult at the same time as I could have easily listed more than five.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.  I will only be participating in this once a month!

This week’s topic is books that represent your Hogwarts House, and I could not pass this one up.  Since I identify as a RavenDor, I figured I would list books that I feel represent both Ravenclaw and Gryffindor.  My singular house is Gryffindor in case anyone was wondering.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- If you’ve ever read this book, the conversations and banter are filled with wit.

Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane– Maud loves to learn, is her own person, and has a tendency to get into a little bit of trouble.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – Anne has such a creative imagination that sometimes gets her into trouble.

The Wrath and the Dawn– I see Shazi’s actions as courageous and brave, she also has a knack for creative storytelling.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe- It takes a lot of courage and strength to do what Adam did in this book.

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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.  I have also decided that I will be posting one Top 5 Wednesday list a month!

This week’s topic is favorite minor characters:
The Chesire Cat- He’s extremely creepy, popping up whenever he so pleases, but he is interesting.
Boo Radley- an extremely intriguing character, who ends up doing something good.  
The Red Queen from Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll- “Off with his head,” need I say more?
Tom Bombadil- While minor, he does play an important role in the story.
Kreacher- I always felt bad for him and the way he was treated.

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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.

I really liked today’s topic, which is authors you want to read more books from.  Without further ado, here are the five authors that I want to read more from in no particular order:

Robin Roe- I was really lucky to interview Robin and she was also so kind in sending me a copy of her debut book A List of Cages. If you haven’t read A List of Cages, I highly suggest that you do.  It has topics that are underrepresented in YA literature.
Laura Silverman- I was lucky enough to read an early copy of her debut Girl Out of Water and it is amazing! It’s the perfect read for summer.
Karuna Riazi- I was also able to read an early copy of The Gauntlet it is middle grade but I had so much fun reading it!
Emily Henry- I really loved A Million Junes and at some point want to read The Love that Split the World!
Reneé Ahdieh- I know Flame in the Mist is coming out soon, and I really can’t wait to read it! I really loved The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger, so I’m excited to see Flame in the Mist will be like.  I’m sure the writing will be just as beautiful as her first two books.

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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.

The topic for this week is future classics.  Books that one day I think will be considered classics.

It has been a long time since I crafted a Top 5 Wednesday post, the last time I crafted one was back in January.  I’m still not going to do these every week, but if I really like the topic I will craft a post. 

A List of Cages by Robin Roe
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
The Wrath and the Dawn by Reneé Ahdieh
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas– I haven’t read this book yet, but I already know that it will be a classic someday.

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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.

The topic for this week is debut books I’m excited for.  These are in order of publication.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi- Publication date: February 14th
Goodreads synopsis: “On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas- Publication date: February 28th.
Goodreads synopsis: “Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.”

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi- Publication date: March 28th
Goodreads synopsis: “A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair. When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first, they have to figure out how. Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah, and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?”

Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman- Publication date: May 1st
Goodreads Synopsis: “Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word. Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.”

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams- Publication date: November 1st
Goodreads synopsis: “Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project. Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her. When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.”

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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.

The topic for this week is goals for 2017.  Here are my goals:

Read more diversely
Follow more diverse bloggers
Get back into doing yoga
Watch more diverse tv shows
Read more classics

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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.

This week’s topic is characters I would invite to a NYE party and why?

I tried to keep Harry Potter/Wizarding World characters to a minimum, when I could have easily just made this list all Harry Potter/Wizarding World characters.

1.) Scorpius Malfoy: I absolutely love him, and think he would make the party more fun, plus…MAGIC.

2.) Merry and Pippin: They’re hilarious and love pyrotechnics

3.) Rhoma Grace: She’s a bad ass, and has amazing leadership skills, she’d make sure things got done.

4.) Queenie Goldstein: She’s charmingly ditzy (I say this in a good way) and it would be fun to know what everyone was thinking.

5.) Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: I love her imagination and she’s a very interesting character.

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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.

This week’s topic is fictional items/objects that I would give as gifts.  I could have done Harry Potter everything but I didn’t.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top 5 Wednesday, but seeing as how Christmas is right around the corner, I thought this was the perfect topic.

Everlasting gobstoppers from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl

“EAT ME” cakes from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The vanishing cabinets from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Sword of Andúril from Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

Mary Poppins bag from Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers