T5W: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads. The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)1.) Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

This one is a must. Obviously, since i grew up with this series, it’s very close to my heart and it means the world to me, so it’s not a surprise this one is one of my favorites, right? Harry Potter has been there for me in my best and worst moments and because of that, and obviously because it’s an amazing story it owns my heart forever and always.

 

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1) 2.) The Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green

I feel like not enough people talk about this trilogy, and it is such an amazing story, i truly don’t know why people aren’t talking about it.

I started reading it about three years ago and i fell in love with it almost immediately. Seriously, these books have such a fantastic story and a very jaw dropping ending. I adore it with all my heart.

 

The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, #2) 3.) The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Little warning; huge Rick Riordan’s fan here.

Seriously, i love all the books he publishes. The Heroes of Olympus is though my favorite series, ot that i don’t love all the others. But the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus characters and story are my life.

Son of Neptune (2nd book in the HoO series is my favorite book of them all).

Ready Player One 4.) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Oh my god. When i first read this book i became completely obsessed. This is such an amazing book, i love it. Like, i think everyone should give this book at least a chance.

 

 

 

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) 5.) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The newest addition to my science fiction/fantasy favorites. I haven’t finished the series yet, but i totally love it already.  Sure, i’ve been avoiding the fact that i haven’t read the last book in the series yet, but i’m pretty sure it’s because i don’t want it to end or disappoint me.

 

 

Well, those are my favorite science fiction/fantasy, what are yours?

firma

T5W: Fictional Jobs I’d Want to Have

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads. The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

Top 5 Wednesday: Fictional Jobs I’d Want to Have

Oh wow, this is truly one difficult topic to choose for. Like, i have so many jobs i wish i could have… sure, most of them are fictional, but one can dream right?

Now, let me talk about the jobs i truly wish i could have;

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1.) High Warlock – The one job i wish i had more than anything is without doubt, this one. Having magic and being able to use it not only to do some amazing stuff but also to keep people safe and sound is really a thing i wish i could do. Not to mention the power one would have, pretty much as Magnus have in the Downworlder community.

 

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2.) Camp Half-Blood Counselor – Camp Half-Blood would be such an amazing place to work in. Like, not only because that would mean that all that mythology is a real thing, but also it would probably mean i myself would have something to do with it all. Man, i sure wish i could be there. It would be all about people with some increible powers and that’s for sure a thing i wish i could be part of this world and particularly this job.

 

 

3.) Dragon Trainer – My favorite fantastic creatures are Dragos and i would give the world not only to see one but to train and be friends with one of them. Like, honestly, they are so marvelous and amazing i wish they were real. Working like Charlie Weasley with Dragons would be such an incredible adventure by itself.Resultado de imagen para dragon trainer

Resultado de imagen para hades4.) Hades’s Assistant – For some reason, i find it would be really cool to be Hades’s assistant in the underworld. I’m really not sure why, but when i started thinking about which jobs i would want to have, this one really jumped in my mind as one of the most mindblowing thing to do ina lifetime.

 

 

 

Resultado de imagen para edward elric5.) Alchemist – Yes please, as you can already see, one of my lifetime wishes is to have some kind of power out of the ordinary. The Alchemy being one amazing and interesting kind of power or possibility in the world to change stuff from one thing to another is really a thing i’ll be wanting to try if there was any possibility to it. Man, i sure wish i lived in the times when there were people that studied it and  really tried for it to happen. Obviously these days there’s the option of Chemistry but the idea of it being some kind of wonder in a world where all the advance we have wasn’t there yet, could be so much cooler.

And those are my choices… do you have any fictional job you wish you could have?

firma

 

T5W: Books To Get Me Out Of A Reading Slump.

 As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads . The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books To Get Me Out Of A Reading Slump.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

 1.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

My first go-to book when i’m on a slump is this one. Since it is one of the books that got me into reading it always (or almost always) reminds me why i like reading at all.

The Gospel According to Larry

2.) The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian.

(I feel like i’m the only person that read this book).

This book means the world to me, because it changed my life so much. So when feeling lost about what to read or what am i looking for at all i reread at least some parts of this book.

Daddy-Long-Legs (Daddy-Long-Legs, #1)

3.) Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster.

Thi is the book i read the most times in my life, and even now, when i feel like i need something familiar, nice, sweet and easy i go to this book. It is by far my favorite classic and it always brings a smile to my face.

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

4.) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

Easy to read. You don’t need to really think much about the plot, so it’s a really good way to go back to reading, at least for me.

Brain Drain

5.) Brain Drain by Janice Marriot.

A really funny book that i got to read many times when i wasn’t sure what to read next but felt like reading something not too heavy or dramatic. This is a children’s book as you may see, and it really helps me to get through difficult slumps.

(These books helped me in the past but none of them helped in the GREAT SLUMP of 2016).

 

How about you? Which books help you get out of a reading slump?

firma

T5W: Favorite Non-Written Novels

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads . The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

Top 5 Wednesday:

Resultado de imagen para amok audible1.) Amok – An audible original drama by Sebastian Fitzek.

This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game.

While the show is on air, he calls people from the phonebook at random. If they pick up the phone with a certain slogan, a hostage is set free. If they don’t, then the hostage is unceremoniously shot. The man threatens to continue playing this game until his fiancée arrives at the studio. The only problem is that his fiancée died several months ago….

I remember finding this audio drama completely by chance while being bored at work a few years ago. [i’m a transcriber so, i can listen to whatever i want while doing my job]. This drama got me at the edge of my seat the whole time i was listening, it was just plain awesome. I still listen to it from time to time.

In case you are interested, you can find it here.

Kimi ni Todoke2.) Kimi Ni Todoke by Shiina Karuho.

Kuronuma Sawako is completely misunderstood by her classmates. Her timid and sweet demeanor is often mistaken for malicious behavior. This is due to her resemblance to the ghost girl from “The Ring,” which has led her peers to give her the nickname Sadako. Longing to make friends and live a normal life, she is naturally drawn to Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in class, whose “100% refreshing” personality earns him great admiration from Sawako. So when Kazehaya starts talking to her, maybe there is hope for the friendships Sawako has always longed for. Maybe…there is even a little hope for some romance in her future.

04 I absolutely adore this manga as well as its anime adaptation…it’s not finished yet, and sometimes there a lot of waiting but it’s so adorable, i just can’t not put it here.

Neon Genesis Evangelion 3.) Neon Genesis Evangelion by Anno Hideki.

In the year 2015, the Angels, huge, tremendously powerful, alien war machines, appear in Tokyo for the second time. The only hope for Mankind’s survival lies in the Evangelion, a humanoid fighting machine developed by NERV, a special United Nations agency. Capable of withstanding anything the Angels can dish out, the Evangelion’s one drawback lies in the limited number of people able to pilot them. Only a handful of teenagers, all born fourteen years ago, nine months after the Angels first appeared, are able to interface with the Evangelion. One such teenager is Shinji Ikari, whose father heads the NERV team that developed and maintains the Evangelion. Thrust into a maelstrom of battle and events that he does not understand, Shinji is forced to plumb the depths of his own inner resources for the courage and strength to not only fight, but to survive, or risk losing everything.

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Like, there’s no way i can talk about non written favorite and not talk about the manga/anime/movies that were there all the time, this is my Japanese “Potterish” companion. No, not because it has anything like the Potterverse, but because it’s the story i grew up with and the one i read/watched the most in all my life.

Resultado de imagen para welcome to night vale 4.) Welcome To Night Vale by  J0seph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Do podcasts count? Because i love this baby with all my heart. Seriously is so creepy and amazing, i recommend it to everyone. This is such a unique kind of story and storytelling, i can’t for the episodes to come out every time!

Alive: Saishuu Shinkateki Shounen 5.) Alive! The final evolution by Kawashima Tadashi.

Taisuke Kanou is your average 16-year-old student. He has two close friends, Hirose and Megumi. Hirose has trouble with bullies, but Taisuke is always there to defend him, even though he just winds up getting beaten instead of Hirose. During class one day, Taisuke is hit by something unworldly and for that split second, he sees a vision of the universe. As he’s walking home from school, he sees a girl fall and die in front of him, but his first thought is jealousy. He later finds out that the strange sensation that hit him is spreading throughout Japan. Those who are struck by it either commit suicide or “evolve,” but the comrades that evolve usually have dark intentions for the rest of the world.

I will never say enough times how amazing this manga is. Like, honestly i never read any other manga as fast as i did with this one. The story was so amazing and i loved it so much, it is by far one of my favorites. Sadly i never got an anime adaptation, though it should’ve because not only te concept was really interesting by the storylines were awesome. I just love it.

And that’s allfor this Wednesday top 5! what are some of your personal non written favorites!?

firma

 

 

T5W: Book Trends I’m Tired Of

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads . The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

Top 5 Wednesday: Book Trends I’m Tired Of.

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here1.) *Fandom Talk*

I feel like last year was a huge year for fandom talking. So many books were fandom related; geeks, fangirls, fanfiction writers, avid readers. They were everywhere and there were so many book about people belonging to fandoms.

At first, i thought it would be a nice touch, like maybe in Fangirl but as i kept reading them i found they were all pretty much the same, with only one exception. I mean, yeah… many readers are in fandoms and we all want to see ourselves in the characters we read about, but you can manage that by making complex characters and not only by making them a caricature of fangirls/fanboys.

 

2.)  The Princess Is Here To Save The DayE___5372ZHJBPWFG

No every day someone discovers they are royalty. More so, not everyone discovers they are royalty and they need to save their country from an evil usurper that threw them out so they could rule. Sure, i may be reading one of these at this very moment, and let me tell you i’m loving it. But how many of these books can be out there?  A LOT. And why always the unknown royal is a princess?

I feel like most of the YA high fantasy at the moment is some variation of this trope, trend or whatever you call it.

3.) The Breakfast Club UnitedWe All Looked Up

The lives of very different teenagers are tangled when something unexpected happens. It can be anything; from a secret revealed at school to an asteroid about to crash into Earth. Apparently, all you need to unite random teenagers that would never speak to each other in a normal day is throw them into some unexpected situation and they’ll stop talking to their regular friends and will choose some misfits to join them and be their friends in their very last moments (the asteroid is coming).

 

Ready Player One4.) The SAO Syndrome

Pretty much as in anime, the trend of books about people entering and living, literally, in videogames or virtual reality or any other thing like that gets old, pretty fast for me. Sure, there were some incredibly great books and anime, but how much can you use the same idea without getting repetitive?  I mean, one of my favorite books ever is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and all, but it feels like with the fandom talk, like these books are just trying too hard to get the attention not only for regular and avid readers but also from gamers (in this case) because, otherwise how can you explain all the Minecraft books out there?

5.) School of magic sells, and then someHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter did a number in many readers around the world and all of us were left wanting more, more magic schools, more fantastic creatures, GIVE US MORE. So authors jumped on the idea and now there are so many different kinds of books about witches, demons, vampires, whatever studying at particular schools how to be what they are supposed to be. And believe me, it’s not like i didn’t read many of them (some are still in my TBR too) but it’s like, okay so yeah we like those creatures… can you find me other ways they learn to be themselves than i n a magic school were hormones are more important than the actual studies? I’m not saying all of them are like that, but many are. Yes, there also are some really great readings, some awesome camps where kids can discover their powers and all, but yeah, can’t they be homeschooled or something?

Well, that’s pretty much it…

What are the trends you are tired of??

firma

T5W: I’d totally watch that show. 

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads . The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

Top 5 Wednesday: I’d Totally Watch That Show

Yes, who hasn’t dream about their favorite book series, trilogies or any book related thing to come to life as a tv show?! I know i do, a lot. Being tthe huge fan of books and tv shows as i am, this is the best topic to talk about especially when the fall tv’s season ks about to start.

Now let’s talk about it!!

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)The half bad trilogy by Sally Green. 

I’m obsessed with these books, okay? So, who do i pay for them to start casting actors for the characters? You see i believe there are two characters the world needs to meet, one is from these books; Gabriel Boutin. The other one is from a series i’ll talk in a minute. Yes, i need Gabriel and in my mind, everyone needs him. Also, obviously the story of the books is thrilling and amazing, i think it’s time for it to become a tv show or at least a movie. Magic, war, representation, and a lone half blood. I tell you these books are great. NOW GIVE ME MY SHOW.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.

The other character the world need to meet is obviously Ronan Lynch! Ha! Another amazing book series that would look fantastic in my tv as i watch it over and over again. No, seriously though no one thought about making this series a tv show? The books have one of the most original and unique stories.  Aw, now i made myself want this show too much.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.

Okay, i know this one had two terrible tries as movies. Still, even though many things didn’t work in the films, my first worry was the fact that you can’t really put all the information from the books in a movie, this series deserved better. In my personal opinion it deserved a tv show.  I realise it may be pretty pricey because of effects and all, but there are ten and now even more books that can be put into a lot of seasons and also a spin off for Magnus Chase. I mean, it’s a great saga. Please someone save it.

Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)The Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King. 

One of my *non-YA* fiction books is Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. This being the first book of the Bill Hodges trilogy is the main reason i want this to be a tv show. Honestly, these books are amazing and adaptations of Stephen King’s works are great for tv shows and movies. Let’s make another Stephen King’s book into a tv show, this time, Mr. Mercedes, Clemence deserves to watch Brady Hartsfield on her screen each week, thank you.

Alive: The Final Evolution, Volume 1Alive! The Final Evolution by Tadashi Kawashima.

This one is one of my favorite manga series of all time. Sadly enough it was never adapted into an anime or a dorama. I thought it would never happen because 1.) the mangaka passed away so i don’t know anything about the rights to the series 2.) it is an *old* manga. I still have no idea about the first fact but now many old manga are being revived (see Parasyte and Berserk for example) so, why not this awesome manga?! I mean,  pretty please? Seriously this manga was my all time favorite for a very long time. Now i have many all time favorites, but.. Adapt this into an anime, please!

Well, that’s it for this week’s topic… what are the books you want to watch as tv shows?!

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

T5W: They Say You Can’t Choose Family But…

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads . The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

Top 5 Wednesday: They Say You Can’t Choose Family But…

Sam and Dean Winchester SupernaturalThe Brothers –  Sam & Dean Winchester From Supernatural.

I want Sam and Dean as my brothers. They aren’t just really close, but they truly care and love each other, they are willing to give everything for one another, and that’s something i don’t have with my real siblings, but it’s something i really want.

Also, it would be totally awesome to go on hunts and take care of the family business with them both.

Daddy-Long-Legs (Daddy-Long-Legs, #1) The Grandparents – Judy Abbot & *Spoilers* Jervis Pendleton From Daddy-Long-Legs.

Two of the sweetest love birds to ever exist, i want them as my grandparents. I know they would be actually kind of old to actually be, but it would be so nice to listen to their times together, how they fell in love, how they actually meet and many other anecdots. Also, if they would give me the letters they wrote to each other and such, it would me a dream come true. I would be my grandparents’s biggest fan.

 

 

I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver, #1)The Cousin –  John Wayne Cleaver From I Am Not A Serial Killer.

I know it  is really strange, but i would totally want John as the weird cousin in the family (instead of her being me). Like, i know he has serial killer tendencies, but i find it extremely amusing and would be sort of awesome to have such an interesting person in the family… one that i can sort of study.

The Martian The uncle – Mark Watney From The Martian.

He would be the totally kick ass, most awesome uncle to have. After the adventures or misadventures he had in Mars, having to listen to all his stories about being a stranded astronaut would be completely the greatest thing that could ever happen.

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)Any member of the family – Any Character From The Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series.

I would want any of the characters in these books as any family member, especially if it’s one of the half bloods, or the gods themselves because then maybe i owuld be a demigod myself, which is sort of dangerous but completely cool. Okay, so i really want to have some amazing and interesting power to change and make my life more interesting. So, if one of them was a cousin, an aunt, an uncle or a sibling, that could be completely awesome.

firma