Top 5 Wednesday: Side Characters I Love!


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

Topic: May 24th: Favorite Minor Characters
–Minor characters are less than a sidekick or a side character (but not in our hearts!)

If you missed last week’s T5w post, click here.


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  1. Oliver in Dreamology by Lucy Keating  At first, I really shipped Oliver and Alice together! He’s so cute and nice however he’s always getting into mischief such as the time he stole a boat or something like that?? But, I just love him and wanted to hug him.

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2. REID from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – I love love LOVE Reid with all my heart and his obsession with mini-eggs relates to me on a spiritual level. There are some great side characters in this book!


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3. MARGOT & KITTY – I’ve been saying this forever but I WANT A BOOK ABOUT MARGOT, OK?? I really love Margot’s character and I wish she had her own book. I want to experience her in Scotland since we don’t see much of that in the trilogy. Kitty is a great side character! I love how sassy she is, I can always count on her to make me laugh.


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4. Palmer & Tom from The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – I loved Palmer and Tom in TUE. Palmer is a great character, she’s the leader of the pack and always makes sure the friend group is going smoothly and organizes everything i.e. a summer scavenger hunt. Palmer and Tom are so cute and I ❤ them.


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5. EARL  – One of my favorite YA side characters by far is Earl from Me, Earl and the Dying Girl. I FREAKING LOVE HIM. He’s so wise and he always tells Greg how it is and what he needs to hear yet doesn’t want to hear. I feel like Earl isn’t appreciated enough!

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Who is your favorite side character?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

Topic: Summer Reads

If you missed last week’s T5w post, click here.


 

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  1. Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall- This book is set in the summer, features a mini-road trip and a summer romance. Jane lands a summer babysitting job for her neighbors which entails babysitting three young girls for the summer. She happens to know their brother, Teo and with her around the house constantly, they spark up some feelings for each other. Teo is on a mission to find his biological father who his mother has hidden from him for years. There is also a bisexual side character.

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2. On the Fence by Kasie West – This is actually my least favorite Kasie West book but I would recommend it for the summer setting & romance. Charlie gets a driving ticket that she has to pay when her father tells her he’s done paying them. Charlie has grown up with her brothers therefore there’s not many fashion bones in her body. She decides to get a job at a boutique and she learns fashion and makeup skills. She also falls for her neighbor and her brother’s friend, Braden who she has late night fence talks with.

If you’ve read THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West, I would recommend this as a the companion since it’s set in the same world.


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3. In Real Life by Jessica Love  Road trips scream summer for me! I always like to read roadtrip books in the summer time. This is a good one. Hannah is destined to meet her internet friend, Nick who she constantly texts and video chats with. On spring break, Hannah, her sister Grace and her friend Lo set out to surprise Nick at his band’s show in Las Vegas. They have a fun night in Vegas and Hannah finds out what Nick has been hiding from her.


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4. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider – This is one of my favorite books! It’s a great summery Coming of Age novel, though it’s still set during the school year and toward prom season, I still recommend it! We follow Ezra after his car accident which shattered his knee and he realizes he can’t play tennis anymore. He sees that his friends aren’t his friends anymore and he starts to spend time with his old friend, Toby. A romance also develops!


 

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5. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen – This is the only Sarah Dessen I’ve read but…I plan to read more of her books this summer! This is a great book about friendship and seeing who your real friends are. Colie has been bullied her whole life for her weight and appearance. Her mother is a famous personal trainer and goes on tour, leaving Colie in Colby, North Carolina for the summer with her aunt. Colie learns to enjoy her summer by spending most of her time at Last Chance cafe where Isabel and Morgan work, two girls she befriends.


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Top 5 Wednesday: Book Themed Parties!


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

Topic: Books as Event Themes

If you missed last week’s T5w post, click here.


 

 

 

  1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer – Basically, this would be a Queen of Hearts themed party, I think the food options & desserts would be amazing! Also, if you wanted to go all out, the guests could dress in black and red.

2. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone – This would be a fun poetry themed party! Poetry Corner could easily be recreated and everyone could share poems.


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3. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – TUMBLR THEMED, OREO THEMED, HARRY POTTER AND SIMON’S PLAYLIST. This would be a perfect idea for a pre-party before going to see the movie! I really like this post about a Simon themed party.


4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – I would love to recreate this with the scavenger hunt the friends go on, and you could have fun emoji-themed games! Plus, since Clark is a writer…maybe some writing prompts or mad libs? You have to add a Polaroid station too!  As well as party favors would be fun! Emoji stickers, a little dog plush? I would also have a make-your-own sundae station.


 

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5. Paper Towns by John Green – People actually have Paper Towns parties and I’m offended I wasn’t invited!! I guess I have to have my own 🙂 One person did a scrapbook party… I LOVE THAT. But, I would go off the scavenger hunt theme again and have to find Margo’s clues. Also, we will make the ultimate beer can sword. Then, we will watch the movie!

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Top 5 Wednesday never stops having great topics! Glad I did this one, what book would you have a party for? Or have you done it before?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite LGBTQIA+ Books!


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

April 19th: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads
–Talk about your favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors.

I have a post dedicated to LGBTQIA+ Recs, if you want more than five.


 

 

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

This is an #ownvoices YA novel about a transgender girl, Amanda who moves to a new town after an incident at her old school. Amanda does struggle throughout this book, but it’s a nice romance and great friend group!

TRUE LETTERS FROM A FICTIONAL LIFE by Kenneth Logan –

This is so underrated. I read it because Becky Albertalli recommended this on Twitter. I fell in love with the story. It’s about a boy who is finding his sexuality and trying to come to terms with it. It’s an LGBTQIA+ version of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. He writes letters to his family and friends telling them about his day and his sexuality. They are taken and sent out. Pick this up if you haven’t, it’s really great! Also, if you’re a hockey fan – there’s hockey talk!

SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN by Jeff Garvin

THIS BOOK. It’s my favorite LGBTQIA+ book and it needs more people to read it!! This is about Riley and they are gender fluid. We learn what it’s like to live in Riley’s life and their thoughts as well as other people’s perception of them. Riley’s life changes when they start a blog, much like Tumblr and it blows up in the LGBTQIA+ community. There is also mention and knowledge of other LGBTQIA+ aspects. This is definitely very educational and such a good read. Please, please go read this. (This book is not own voices).

BEEN HERE ALL ALONG by Sandy Hall 

This book is a male retelling of the song, We Belong Together by Taylor Swift. We follow Kyle and Gideon who have been best friends and neighbors since they were 5 years old. Kyle is bisexual and has come out to his closest friends and his family. But, he’s about to tell his girlfriend, Ruby. Kyle also deals with a learning disability in this novel. Gideon is exploring his sexuality and developing feelings for Kyle. This is one of my favorite LGBTQIA+ love stories!

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

Simon has yet to come out to his family and he has been emailing with Blue, a boy he met on Tumblr who goes to his school. This is the cutest and one of my top LGBTQIA+ recs! We go through Simon and Blue’s emails as well as Simon’s life with his crazy family and caring friends. It’s so cute and I suggest to pick it up if you haven’t!

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


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

Today’s topic: February 22nd: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump


I haven’t done a T5W in so long! This is my first one of 2017. I had to get on this one because #relatable.  I’ve only been in a slump a few times, and so I have books that have cured me, but also some you should read if you are in one!

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1. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

This book is confirmed to get you out of a slump! In September of 2015, I was in a slump where I didn’t even finish reading a book the whole month. Until the next month I picked up this book and I was out of the slump! My friend, Karla also read this and it got her out of a slump!

THIS BOOK HAS 14 MULTIPLE POV, SO IF YOU DON’T LIKE THAT…don’t read this! I loved it but I like multiple POV.

 

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2. PS I LIKE YOU BY KASIE WEST

I’m going to recommend any Kasie West to help a reading slump since they are quick and cute! Personally, this one got me back into reading after a slumpy month where I only read two books.

This one is predictable, but I really liked it! It was my first Kasie West book EVER.

 

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As this may not be the best series in the whole wide YA fiction world, it’s still a good and quick series! Two of the three books are set in summer, the second is set in Winter.

It’s an addictive series and it will definitely get you out of a slump! But, you may really dislike the main character, Isabel “Belly” because she is constantly whining and can’t decide between her two love interests, Conrad and Jeremiah.

 

99728384. Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

I feel like David Levithan is my go-to when I am in a reading slump. This book in particular is very quick and short. I recommend it because you could easily read it in one sitting. It follows a boy who thinks he’s being watched when polaroid pictures start showing up of him… The pictures are also included throughout the story which makes it even creepier. Haha!

 

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This book is very fast paced because it’s set during one day. I’m sure you’ve heard about it already, so I’m not going to say too much about the plot. It is a romance with a well-written instalove that you aren’t going to hate.

You are also introduced to the history of hair, and of the MC’s family members. Pick it up if you haven’t and you will be cured of your reading slump..I promise!

 


What book got you out of a reading slump or what do you do when you’re in a slump??

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

Today’s topic: Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From
— I am constantly waiting on my favorite authors, new-to-me or debut authors to write more books! Here is my top five list. Who do you want another book from?

 

  1. Rainbow Rowell – I always need more Contemporary from Rainbow Rowell. Though, I am #currentlyreading Carry On through audiobook. I just want to know there’s more Rainbow Rowell to read!
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  2. Stephanie Perkins– It’s been a while since her last book, Isla and the Happily Ever After. She has edited the short story collections My True Love Gave to Me and Summer Days & Summer Nights, but I want more books from her! I love the way she writes Young Adult Contemporary novels and I just need more!! 9627755
  3. Stephen Chobsky — I NEED MORE. SO BAD. PERKS WAS SO SO GOOD. I WANT MORE. CRIES. 4327066
  4. Lucy Keating- I recently read Dreamology and now I am anticipating Literally SO BAD. She’s definitely going to be one of my auto-read authors. 
  5. Jeff Garvin- Another debut author I discovered this year who I want more from. I’m excited to see what his next books are like, if they are going to be gender fluid or lgbtqia based? Anyway, I just need more asap from Jeff Garvin! 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Book Theme Songs


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining, see the Goodreads group!

Today’s topic: June 1st: Book Theme Songs
–Songs you associate with different books, whether it’s because of the lyrics matching the story, the tone fits the story, or just because you listened to it a lot while reading that particular book!


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Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Song: RIBS BY LORDE

The drink you spilt all over me
‘Lover’s Spit’ left on repeat
My mom and dad let me stay home
It drives you crazy, getting old”

I looked up a playlist for this book on Spotify and this was the first song in the playlist. It’s so accurate to this book!

 

 

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Song: Things We Lost in the Fire by Bastille

“When loneliness came and you were away
Oh they told me nothing new,
But I love to read the words you used
These are the things, the things we lost”

As soon as I heard this song, I felt the connection to We Were Liars. I’m not going to elaborate because this is a spoiler. Also, go listen to this album because it’s so good!

 

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Song: Undercover Martyn by Two Door Cinema Club

This song represents Paper Towns very well! I’m proud of this match!

“You hid there last time, you know we’re gonna find you
Sick in the carseat, cause you’re not up to going
Out on the main streets, completing your mission”

 

 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Song: Cath… by Death Cab for Cutie

Had to include this song because it’s called Cath!

 

 

 

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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Song: San Francisco by 5 Seconds of Summer

Okay, I just needed a reason to add a 5SOS song. But, Lola is set in San Fran and so it worked. But, it also works with this book so win-win!

“I wanna get back to where we started
To the summer night
You know, you know, you know, you know we got it right
Yeah wanna get back to San Francisco
In the fire light
You know, you know, you know, you know we had it right”

 


 

This was such a fun topic! I really love relating music to books!! What’s your favorite song that reminds you of a book?