Top 5 Tuesday: Male Leads

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Top 5 Tuesday is a meme by the fantastic Bionic Book Worm, and it explores a different bookish topic each week!

Upon completion of this list I realized I like my male characters to be the edgiest of the edgy and the softest of the soft. But mainly I like them to be borderline genius, have terrible parental figures at some point in life, and have a whole lot of sadness to get through. As my dear Richard Gansey III, who unfortunately does not appear on this list, once said, “Crushed and broken, just the way women like ’em.” Sorry, my guys. I loved putting this list together.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Female Leads

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Top 5 Tuesday is a meme by the fantastic Bionic Book Worm, and it explores a different bookish topic each week. If you’d like to join in on the fun, check out the Top 5 Tuesday July topics! And check out her top 5 female leads!

This post was really fun to write, I love talking about my favorite female characters. It wasn’t hard for me to choose them, though there are many others I could keep the list going on with! So let’s get to it-

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My Kind of Romance

Okay, obligatory romance Valentine’s Day post time.

The thing is, I really like reading romance. The other thing is, it takes a lot to make me invested in a romance. I was thinking about why this was, and while there are many specific qualities I like in a romance, the one that encompasses all of them is that I need the characters to earn it. Like, I need them to go through some trials to develop and discover their feelings. No insta-love here.

So, to name a few books and series that have romances I’ve really enjoyed:

 

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I know I’ve raved about this series a million times, but truly, The Raven Cycle has the epitome of my kind of romance. Like, if one of the characters kisses her true love, he’ll die. What could get better than that? I believe Maggie Stiefvater said, “Nobody kisses anybody, which is weird because everybody loves everybody.” There’s lots of tension and pining and fighting each other and fighting together. This series seriously makes you earn the romance, and I LOVE it.

 

 

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November Reads

November turned out to be a month for starting and finishing series, and I read some really, really great books. The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo may just be the best set of books I’ve read this entire year.

Favorite book of the month: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

The rundown: 

Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo • 5/5 stars
These books were FANTASTIC. Amazing. Ruthless and relentless. Heart stopping and heartwarming. I wish I could wipe my mind of them and read them all over again. They were two of best books I read this entire year, and are definitely now on my list of all-time favorites. The characters, the plot, the writing, the adventure, the settings, EVERYTHING. I cannot recommend these books highly enough. I’m in love with them. Full Six of Crows review here / Full Crooked Kingdom review here.

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Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows Duology #1) / My rating: ★★★★★

One sentence summary: A group of six young outcasts are hired to kidnap the scientist responsible for the creation of a deadly drug that heightens the power of Grisha, those with elemental powers.

“This isn’t a job for trained soldiers and spies. It’s a job for thugs and thieves. Van Eck knows it, and that’s why he brought us in.”

“You can’t spend his money if you’re dead.”

“I’ll acquire expensive habits in the afterlife.”

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October Reads / November TBRs

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So, it seems I managed to read a lot of books in October. To be fair, I tend to listen to the classics on audiobook while at work, otherwise I’m pretty sure I would not have gotten through Dracula so quickly.

Favorite book of the month: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.

The rundown: 

Petty Magic by Camille DeAngelis • 1/5 stars
Petty Magic was a book I thrifted to get into the Halloween spirit, but it turned out to be a tough book to get through that I would have abandoned if I was better at abandoning books. It was a mix of historical fiction and contemporary fantasy that could have been done better.

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