#T5W Books I can’t wait to get my hands on



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.

1.) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

2.) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

3.) Black Moon by Romina Russell

4.) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

5.) This one is so difficult because there are so many other books that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

#T5W Books I wish had sequels or series I wish had more books


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.

Harry Potter– I think this one is a given.  I know we’re getting Cursed Child, but I would love a whole series about the children.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson- I rally want to know more of Clark and Andie’s stories, did they get married, have kids and adopt some dogs.  Did Clark ever finish his book?  I want to know these things.

Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood- I want to know what happened after the so called plague from the point of view of the Unusuals, did things at Coney Island return to what normal was for them?

Bittersweet by Beverly Miranda-Whittemore- I want things from the perspectives Mabel and Galway’s kids.

The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop- I really want to know more of Quinnen’s story.  I want to know if she rejoined her team and played baseball again.

#T5W Books out of My Comfort Zone


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.

Finiding Paris by Joy Preble- This is contemporary, with a trigger warning for rape.  I’m just starting to read more contemporary, I’m used to reading fantasy and historical fiction.  I also have never read any books where a character is raped.

Bittersweet by Beverly Miranda-Whittemore- There are aspects of mystery and suspense in this book, which I’m not used to reading.

Life Unaware by Cole Gibson- This is contemporary but deals with bullying, which is something I also haven’t read too much of in books.

Scouts Honor by Dori Ann Dupré- This is told from so many different perspectives that I actually lost count of how many perspectives there are in this book.  Books from multiple perspectives, especially where the chapters alternate between characters is way out of my comfort zone.  I don’t tend to read them all that much, I find them really confusing and at times hard to follow.

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse- This book is written in free verse in diary entries, which is a format that I’m not used to reading.  This is the first book that I have ever read that is not a poem written this way.

#T5W Settings I want to see more of


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.

Space- I love the setting of Romina Russell’s Zodiac series

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter– I just want more.

Historical New York- I loved this setting of Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood, it was in historical New York.  The characters were quite interesting as well.

Historical France from A Little Princess

Dystopian- I’m used to the dystopian setting of the Divergent series, so I would like to see more that is nothing like Divergent.

#T5W Favorite Posts


If I don’t love something that I have written, I don’t post it, or I rewrite it until I do love it.  Picking my favorite posts was somewhat difficult, however I was able to narrow it down to five.

If Miami Wins– This was the first post ever on my blog, so it has a special place.  I felt looking back on this post, I have grown as a blogger, and as I have grown so has my blog.

How do I decide which blogs I’m going to read and follow– I picked this one because I feel that the subject matter is important.  I know sometimes deciding what blogs to follow is a struggle for some people.

Journaling– This was one of my posts for the A to Z April Blogging Challenge, and I had fun writing this one.

2016 Reading/Bookish Goals– I think this one will be most important at the end of the year.  I’ll be able to look back and see if I met all my goals.  And if anyone is wondering, I have already accomplished one of my goals, and I’m in the middle of accomplishing another one.

Inside my blog planner– I know this one is more recent, but I had a lot of fun writing this post.  And I think I may have inspired some of my blogger friends to start planning as well.

#T5W Character Names


Luna Lovegood

Draco Malfoy

Neville Longbottom

Bellatrix Lestrange

Albus Dumbledore

I love all of these names because they are all unique and different.  They aren’t names that you hear every day.  Out of all the names, I feel like Luna’s name fits her character the best.  Luna the name is very quirky, just like Luna herself, and plus I love Luna!

#T5W Book Theme Songs


1.) “The Entertainer”- Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood

The cover reminds me of a circus and whenever I hear “The Entertainer” I think of a circus.


2.) Independent Woman by Destiny’s Child- Zodiac by Romina Russell

I always felt that the main character Rho was independent.


3.) “Paris Holds the Key to your Heart” from the Anastasia Soundtrack- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

“Paris hold the key to her past.
Yes, Princess, I’ve found you at last.
No more pretend,
You’ll be gone,
That’s the end.”- This part of the song reminds me of when Sara and her father are reunited.


4.) “Flawless” by Beyonce- The Heir by Keira Cass

I don’t know why, but I just feel like these two go very well together.


5.) “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”- The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop

A book about baseball and one of the most baseball songs ever are a match made in heaven.


Cover images are from Goodreads.

#T5W Mothers/Motherly Figures


Molly Weasley- She has a clock in the living room of her house, the hands on the clock have photos of all nine of her children, plus her husband Arthur. The clock tells her where everyone in the family is. She not only looks after her own family, she looks after Harry as well and in my opinion, is another son to her. My favorite Molly Weasley mother moment had to be in the final battle of Hogwarts in the Deathly Hallows pt. 2 movie when she screams at Bellatrix “not my daughter you bitch.” She’s the ultimate fictional mother, plus she proved herself to be a bad ass when she killed Bellatrix.

Lily Potter- She gave her life to save her son, which in my opinion makes her one of the best fictional mothers out there. She truly loved her son, and did everything that she could to protect him.

Minerva McGonagall- People may be wondering why I have her on my list, however I have a very valid reason. Professor McGonagall was always looking after Harry, whether it was directly or indirectly. She didn’t give him any special treatment, yet she was protective of him. I feel that Professor McGongall, because Harry grew up without a mother was another mother figure to him, just like Molly Weasley.

Mrs. March- For those who have read Little Women, you know that Mrs. March is the voice of reason for the girls, she’s the one they always go to for advice about anything. She’s loving, strong and kind. She teaches the girls important life lessons, and tries her absolute hardest to keep things together in the time of the Civil War. It would have been difficult for me to leave her off of my list.

Susan Pevensie- While she isn’t really a mother, she is a mother figure to her younger siblings, especially when it comes to Narnia. Susan is extremely apprehensive about things, and feels that they shouldn’t be in Narnia at all. While Susan is motherly, she seems to forget that she is just a child like her siblings.

#T5W Intimidating Books


The Illiad and The Odyssey by Homer- This has been on my TBR for a while. I’m intimidated by this because I read the Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes. I had a difficult time getting through that, because of the way it was written, and it was only 155 pages. The Illiad and The Odyssey is 752 pages, and if it’s written in a way similar to The Argonautica, I know I’ll have a difficult time getting through it.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy- For some reason, the larger classics intimidate the hell out of me. This one is 1,156 pages, it’s huge! It’s also historical fiction, a genre that I have been reading more of lately. The synopsis sounds really intriguing.

Night by Elie Weisel- While this book is on the shorter side, it is the content that makes this book intimidating. I learned about the holocaust in school, but I’ve never really read a first person account of what it was really like.

The Lord of the Rings (single volume) by J.R.R. Tolkein- I read the Lord of the Rings as three separate volumes a while ago, however the single volume is huge! I got one of the deluxe editions with the corrected text and the newer index, and it is intimidating.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville- I have never read this book. The classics intimidate the hell out of me. This one isn’t as long as the others, but I have heard that some of the language is difficult for some to understand.

#T5W Hard Topics


I haven’t read too many books that deal with hard/difficult topic.  However I was able to come up with four books.

Life Unaware by Cole Gibson- I chose the book because it deals with bullying. I feel like bullying is a hard topic because sometimes it is not dealt with properly. I also feel that some people don’t fully understand the many ways in which one can be bullied. The main character Regan, seems to have a perfect life, but that life gets turned upside down when every text, instant message and email gets printed and posted all over school. She ends up getting bullied by the people who, in her messages bullied herself. She also suffers from anxiety, but keeps it a secret. I could have focused on Regan’s anxiety, however I don’t know too much about anxiety, so I decided to go with bullying instead. Bullying is something that in recent years, has garnered more attention and zero tolerance policies have been established in schools.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green- This book deals with cancer and death, which are both difficult to talk about. However, it seems like almost everybody these days knows somebody who has cancer, has had cancer or has cancer themselves. There were a few really good lessons in this book. Hazel had an amazing support system around her, she had family, friends and the support group she went to. While the topics of cancer and death are hard to talk about, I feel like books like TFIOS, while fiction put things into perspective in a different way. Everyone deals with this subject matter differently, it’s important to listen, pay attention and be there for the people in your life going through it.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai- The hard topic in this book is violence against women. Malala was 15 years old when theTaliban shot her. She was shot because she was a female with a voice of her own, and she spoke out about her right to be educated. The shooting of Malala was a deliberate act of violence against women. Just because women have voices and opinions, it does not mean that they should be attacked for it, in any way shape or form, whether it be verbally or physically.

Beloved by Toni Morrison- The hard topic in this book is slavery. The main character Sethe escapes slavery, but even though she escapes to freedom, she is never really free. The memories of Sweet Home, the place where she escaped still haunt her memories. The house where she lives is haunted by the ghost of a daughter. I feel like slavery is a hard topic because it still exists, while some think slavery has been completely abolished, there are other forms of slavery that better fit the modern times. I had a difficult time reading this book, especially because of some of the subject matter. Slavery is a difficult thing to read about.