Friday Favorites: Fictional Criminals

Yay, it is Friday! FINALLY! I had Monday off work and for whatever reason, four day work weeks always seem to last for 18 days. But we are not here to listen to me ramble about time and its eccentricities. We are here to talk about fictional criminals and how much we love them! Because let’s face it, a story is always more interesting if there is a good criminal involved.

And if you have your own Friday Favorites post remember to drop a link in the comments so I can add it to the link list!! Happy Friday, y’all!

Captain Mal and the crew of Serenity – Now, before you yell at me about adding TV show characters to my list, let me direct you to the fact that there are a series of Firefly novels currently being published. Let’s just ignore the fact that I haven’t read any of them yet. I just couldn’t imagine talking about favorite criminals without mentioning the crew that brought us the phrase: “Shiny! Let’s be bad guys.”

Nik Malikov – When I first started reading Gemina last year I was worried about having to adjust to all new characters. But then I met the boy of questionable quality aka Nik Malikov and I knew everything would be okay. What does it say about me that I felt that way from a drug dealing, mob boy with a neck tattoo? Let’s not go down that road. Thinking about it, Nik may be my favorite criminal on this list. Oh crap…my desire to reread The Illuminae Files again has been triggered…

Kelsier and the crew from Mistborn – One of my favorite things in the world is a crew of criminals and there is no better crew than the one in Mistborn. Led by the charismatic and stabby Kelsier, this crew of cons run a job that drastically changes the world they live in. There is really no way for me to properly describe how awesome the characters in Mistborn are. It is something you have to experience for yourself. Seriously, GO READ MISTBORN!

George Cooper – Full disclosure, SE White is the reason I remembered to include George Cooper on my list. She is constantly reminding me how awesome all the Tamora Pierce books are and I thank her for it. But back to George, wonderfully criminal George. It’s been ages since I’ve read the Song of the Lioness quartet, but I remember a delightfully sarcastic and cocky (but also loyal and wise) King of Thieves that stole the heart of Alanna and me. I’m still a little bitter George isn’t real and currently my husband.

Kaz Brekker and the Dregs – Did you really think I was going to leave the ultimate YA criminals off this list? The Dregs are the criminals I’d want on my side. They may not go about their lives in a good, lawful way, but they are more honest and trustworthy than a lot of characters I’ve read. No mourners, no funerals.

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Friday Favorite: Plot Twists

Happiest of Fridays, my dear bookish people! Plot twists are what bring us here today. I tend to be completely oblivious when it comes to plot twists, so I am constantly surprised and I kinda love it. There is nothing I love more then a stunning and tragic plot twist.

And before I jump into these twists, please remember that if you have a Friday Favorites post to drop the link in the comments!

Considering the contents of this post I about to yell spoiler warning for the following books: Crown of Midnight, Golden Son, LIFEL1K3, The Cruel Prince, The Wicked King, and The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn Era 2).


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas – Crown of Midnight gets over looked a lot in the Throne of Glass series, but it is honestly my favorite book in the series because of the HEART WRENCHING AND GUT PUNCHING TWISTS! First, Nehemia’s death. O. M. G. This scene is so horrific and so intense. Celaena attacking Chaol and Dorian using his magic to stop her from killing him. SO GOOD. Listing to that scene via audiobook made me cry and gave me chills. And just when you think there can’t possibly be any more emotionally traumatic moments, we get Chaol saying goodbye to Celaena and then finding out who she really is: the lost princess, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius. While I predicted the twist of who she was, I love the execution of the reveal. No discussion of territorial Fae bastards will ever change my mind on Crown of Midnight being my favorite of the Throne of Glass Books.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown – Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimized by Pierce Brown.

Brown is a gosh darn evil mastermind and I love him all the more for it. But the ending of Golden Son nearly killed me. I don’t know why I thought there wasn’t going to be something terrible at the end of this book. Like, how did I think for one second that Darrow was going to go to that celebration and everything was going to be just fine? Everything was NOT FINE. Darrow gets betrayed by Roque, Fitchner’s head is in a box, and so many people die. AND THAT’S THE END OF THE BOOK! I read this book BEFORE book 3 was published and let me tell you, the wait for Morning Star was INTENSELY painful. I also read this book before I knew of the wonderful book community on the internet so I had no one to scream about the book with. Lately a lot of my bookish friends have been reading this series and it warms my evil heart to know that others are suffering the emotional trauma that I once went through.

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff – Another evil mastermind here. Kristoff really likes to make his readers cry and/or scream. While LIFEL1K3 didn’t evoke any tears from me, it did make me scream with that ending! While I called a lot of the twists, the one I didn’t see coming was Evie deciding to go all evil bad ass on us. I read this book in under 24 hours because I just could not put it down. But the moment it was over I put that book in a corner so it could think about what it had done to me. I NEED DEV1AT3 LIKE NOW!

The Cruel Prince/The Wicked King by Holly Black – These books live on the plot twists that happen in the last few pages of each book. Honestly, the characters are the pure definition of hot mess for most of the story, but the endings of each of these books really save them. Don’t get me wrong, I am trash for these books, but perfect they are not. The endings though, oh the endings. The Cruel Prince gave us Jude snaring Carden into a pact and a crown and The Wicked King gave us the wedding/banishment that shook the book world. All I know is The Queen of Nothing has a lot to live up to in the plot twist department.

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson – Okay, so here’s the thing about this one: I don’t actually remember what the plot twist is…

Yeah, so, I have garbage reading memory. I can literally finish a book, close it, put it back on the shelf, and then not be able to tell you half of what happened in it. I just have a memory of a scene where Waxillium is crying and Steris is trying to comfort him in her own way. I know it’s some big reveal and it was emotionally rough. But I cannot for the life of me really remember what it is. Luckily, I’ll be rereading the books with my Sanderson Sisters soon, so I’ll get to relive the trauma all over again. YAY!

What books have some of your favorite plot twists?

Friday Favorites: Fictional Friendships

HI FRIENDS! We gather here on this Friday to talk our favorite fictional friendships. So many f words already in this post, I love it. Anyways, I’m going to dive right into this one because to be completely honest I had forgotten what day of the week it is and I’m typing this up Thursday night and it is past my bed time. I swear, I’m not normally this much of a hot mess (except I am, I’m just usually better at filtering it out).

As always, if you participate in this week’s Friday Favorites please drop a link to your post in the comments so I can add it to my list of links throughout the day.

Wax and Wayne (Mistborn Era 2) – I make it my personal mission to make sure anyone who says they have or are going to start reading Mistborn knows that it’s not just the original trilogy. There is ERA 2 and it is there that we get to meet the awesomeness that is Waxillium Ladrian and Wayne. They are the perfect buddy cop duo, except in Sanderson’s hands, it’s like buddy cops in a western/steam punkish world filled with one of the best magic systems in fantasy fiction today. Read these books and then try to name a more iconic duo. I’ll wait…

Karou and Zuzana (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) – Full disclosure: I thought I was going to hate Zuzana when she was first introduced in this story. How dare this cute little character show up in what promised to be a deep, dark story? And then, I was COMPLETELY won over by her friendship with Karou. They really are a fantastic example of female friendship in YA fiction, which is not something we always get. I will eternally be offering Zuze slices of chocolate cake for ever questioning her awesomeness.

Darrow and Sevro (Red Rising Saga) – Sevro is another prime example of me questioning a friendship choice in a book and coming to change my ways. I mean, Sevro was a bit…weird at first. But Sevro and Darrow play so well off each other and Sevro balances out all the seriousness of Darrow. And the loyalty that Sevro gains from the Howlers is so damned inspiring. I’d follow Sevro into battle. I’d probably die, but with him around I’d be laughing as I go. I have concerns about this friendship going into the next book, Dark Age. I just have a terrible feeling that Pierce Brown is going to do something horrible to my two bros. I wonder why I feel that way…it’s not like Pierce Brown has ever done anything terrible to my emotions before…

The Fellowship (Lord of the Rings) – I mean, this should be obvious. I almost just focused on the hobbits, because let’s face it, I love my hobbit bros more than anything in this world, but it would be a disservice to the other friendships in this series. To be honest, most of my LOTR opinions are based on the movies right now because it’s been a while since I’ve read the books, but seeing the Fellowship grow from arguing over the One Ring in Rivendell to fighting for each other’s lives was kind of wonderful.

The Golden Trio (Harry Potter) – Duh.

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Friday Favorites: Reading Music

Well, hello there my dear bookish people! This post is coming at you from Emerald City Comic Con! I just finished my first day at the con and it was a blast! The last panel I went to for the day was a sing along for Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and it was AMAZING! Getting to sing along with a whole room full of other fans was awesome and it gives me a great segue into this week’s Friday Favorites topic: Reading Music!

I know that this is a love it or loathe it topic but I LOVE music while I read. I live in a fairly noisy neighborhood and I find the sounds of my neighbors distracting (and highly annoying, but I’ll refrain from a rant).

And quickly, before I dive into my favorite reading music, I wanted to say that since I am at con tomorrow I wont be able to make a link list of any Friday Favorites as early as I normally would. I will definitely pull any Friday Favorites post links that you drop in my comments and make the list at the end of the day when I am home from con. I really appreciate everyone who posts and I try to maintain the link list through the day, but it just wont be possible tomorrow. SORRY!!

Two Steps from Hell, specifically the following albums: Skyworld, Battlecry, Unleashed, and Vanquish – I stumbled upon this group on Pandora about 3 years ago and it was one of the best musical discoveries I’ve had in ages. They are neo classical and TOTALLY EPIC! You’d think they’d only be good for fantasy book reading, but I read the Illuminae Files with Skyworld and Battlecry as my background and it was awesome. I specifically recommend Cannon in D Minor from Battlecry.

Anything by Bear McCreary – Bear McCreary is my favorite. I was first introduced to his work from the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack. He goes from rhythmic drums for battles to heart wrenching violins for emotional scenes with such masterful grace. After BSG, I would start new TV shows and think “Hm, I like this score, I wonder if it’s Bear” and it almost always was. He has also worked on Black Sails, The Walking Dead, Da Vinci’s Demons, Outlander, and many more. His ability to evoke strong emotions pairs well with reading for me. I specifically recommend Roslin and Adama from Battlestar Galatica Season 2 soundtrack.

RetroWave/Outrun playlist on Spotify – I need to say right now that I am so happy I got a Spotify account finally. Their curated playlists are a thing of beauty. The RetroWave/Outrun playlist is synth-y perfection and is awesome for science fiction reading. I specifically recommend Gutterpunk Kids by Sami Matar.

Claissical Noir playlist on Spotify – Hooooooo boy, I love this playlist. Another one that I stumbled upon randomly through Spotify. It is rich and dark and everything I need for reading. I think it pairs better with more in depth fantasy stories, but it really could be good for anything. I specifically recommend They Being Dead Yet Speaketh by Jóhann Jóhannsson.

The Lord of the Rings Complete Recordings soundtracks by Howard Shore – I mean, is there music more perfect for fantasy reading? These soundtracks take you all through Middle Earth, but they blend nicely to whatever story you are reading. I also like the Hobbit soundtracks, but I feel like the LOTR soundtracks just fit reading better. I specifically recommend The Plains of Rohan from the Two Towers soundtrack.

So, do you listen to music when you read? And if yes, what is your favorite music to listen to?

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Friday Favorites: TBR Books

I have been told that it is Friday and honestly I’m not sure I believe it. For reasons unknown to me, I have been totally off with my days all week. I was convinced that yesterday was Friday and Monday was Wednesday and I’m just confused at this point. I suspect the nargles are behind.

But since it is Friday, we get FRIDAY FAVORITES! This week’s topic was the one I had so many issues with my wording on. But you know those books that have been on your TBR for aaaaaaaaaaaaages and you know you’ll love them but you just don’t find yourself reading them? I call them my favorite TBR books.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I KNOW! The fact that I haven’t yet read this series is shocking to numerous of my bookish friends. For the longest time I refused to pick the book up because the cover just seemed a little cheesy to me (I am insufferable cover snob sometimes and it is stupid of me). But during my time on bookstagram I have been told that I am daft and I need to pick up this fun, easy read. I wont lie, I keep hearing about this Thorne character and I am quite intrigued.

The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima
I have owned the first book in this series since at least September 22, 2012 (Thanks Facebook Memories). DAMN NEAR 7 YEARS and I haven’t so much as opened the book. This is not a widely known series but the few that I know who have read it, RAVE about it. Because I am who I am…I’ve bought the rest of the books in the series. And…the books for the 2nd series in this world. AND I STILL HAVEN’T READ THEM. I have problems, y’all. But I have been told I’ll love the series *fingers crossed*

Rivers of London Series by Ben Aaronovitch
I cannot even begin to describe how much I want to read these books. But have I? NOPE. Which makes zero sense because the blurb on the front of this book says “What would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz”. Like…YES, PLEASE! I have a deep appreciation for cop procedural TV series (my most recent favorite is The Rookie with Nathan Fillion!), so I know this book will be well loved by me considering it has magic too. I’m sure once I start this series I’ll be singing my usual tune of “OMG WHY DIDN’T I START THIS SOONER?!?”

Keiko Series by Mike Brooks
Everything about this series screams “READ ME NOW, KIBBY! DO THE THING!” Readers, I have not done the thing. It has smugglers, a ship captain with the name Ichabod Drift, secret pasts, con artists, and Old Earth. What’s not to love about all that?? This is another series that I bought all the books to before even reading one word. I have a tendency to do this because I lack SELF CONTROL and probably a huge emotional void that I try to fill with pretty books I can post on bookstagram. At the end of the day, this series sounds like it could easily crash land its way straight to my heart…if only I’d actually read it.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Apparently, the trees speak Latin. I want to know how this is possible. Hell, I want to know what this book is about. Because it sounds all whimsical and dark and fun. I’ve never read a book by Stiefvater and I am quite looking forward to it. Many people on bookstagram have yelled at me to read this series and I’m thinking this might be the year. Granted…I said that last year.

So what books have you had on your TBR for ages that you know you’ll love?

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Friday Favorites: Book Boyfriend/Girlfriends

Well look at that…it’s FRIDAY! And what a glorious Friday it is! (Again, I’m pre-writing this post so I’m trying to send good future vibes to the universe) This week is another of my favorite topics: Book Boyfriend/Girlfriends!

I like to joke that I have a collection of book boyfriends. The problem is, I can’t narrow it down to just one. There are so many good characters to choose from and I am terrible at deciding.

Kell Maresh (Shades of Magic by VE Schwab) – Be still my grumpy man loving heart! From the moment Kell and his scowl walked across the page and into my life, I have been in love. The man has magic, auburn hair, and best of all: DOESN’T LIKE TO SOCIALIZE! I’m planning to do an audio reread of the Shades of Magic books and I cannot wait to adventure with Kell again!

Not his best look, but I love a man who tells me to eat.

Remus Lupin (Harry Potter series by JK Rowling) – Often overlooked for the brooding bad boy that is Sirius Black (don’t worry, he shows up later), Remus Lupin is probably one of the best book boyfriends out there. Yes, he has to lock himself away because he turns into a wolf once a month, but hey, that probably means he is good with restraints. *cough* moving on…Remus is level headed (when not wolfy), smart, a wee bit snarky, and loyal AF. All things I like in my fictional men. Also, this chick digs scars! OH! And he is constantly handing out chocolate. This is a habit I support!

A smirk and a brood in one gif? I have found the perfect gif!

Jeremy Danvers (Bitten by Kelley Armstrong) – I think I might have a thing for werewolves…but I accept this about myself and move on. I read Bitten aaaaaaaaaages ago and loved it. I think quite a few people swoon for Clayton when reading that book (and I do not blame them), but Jeremy always was the one I had my eye on. He has this air of complete control, but you can sense the animalistic side of him too. And I am here for that (I need you to imagine me doing a sassy hand clap in between the last three words of that sentence because that’s what is happening in my head as I type this). Though his TV counterpart looks nothing like he is described in the book, I can still appreciate this interpretation considering that scruff is on point *swoons*

Sirius Black (Harry Potter by JK Rowling) – Ah, my ultimate book bae. Seriously, this post has confirmed to me that I have a thing for male characters who turn into wolfish creatures. But Sirius just draws me in with that tragic backstory and devil may care smile. I still hold strong to the fact that if I ever won an obscenely large lotto jackpot that I would 100% finance a young Marauders movie because Y’ALL I NEED YOUNG SIRIUS!

Honorable Mentions (because if I wrote paragraphs for each of these, we’d be here for a while):

  • Dara from The Daevabad Trilogy
  • Jest from Heartless
  • Harte Darrigan from The Last Magician
  • Julian from The Forbidden Game Trilogy
  • Elend Venture from Mistborn
  • Numair from The Immortals quartet
  • Wax and Wayne from Mistborn Era 2
  • Lucas Hale from The Confectioner’s Guild

Who are some of your book boyfriend/girlfriends??

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Friday Favorites: Confessions of Love

Confession time: I am so tired and this is going to be a short post. Work has been kicking my ass and I’ve been having to pull myself out from under the buses people keep throwing me at.

I am locked in my never ending battle with InLinkz, so remember to drop the link to your Friday Favorites post in the comments so I can get it on my link list at the bottom of this post! I swear y’all, I’ll get a better system at some point in the future!

So, now lets get to the good stuff…the loooooooooooove! Oh also, there are spoilers for: North and South, Six of Crows, and Doctor Who.

Mr. Thornton to Margaret Hale (North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell)“Oh, my Margaret—my Margaret! No one can tell what you are to me! Dead—cold as you lie there, you are the only woman I ever loved!” Luckily Margaret isn’t ACTUALLY dead, merely knocked unconscious by thrown rock from a mob. But the whole scene of Margaret shielding Mr. Thornton from the crowd, then Mr. Thornton carrying her inside to safety, AND THEN the confession that he utters though she cannot hear it. *sigh* Maybe it’s because I will always see Mr. Thornton as Richard Armitage (Thank you BBC!), but I’ve always been a fan of Mr. Thornton.

Kaz to Inej…sort of… (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)“Stay”, he said, his voice rough stone. “Stay in Ketterdam. Stay with me.” Okay, I mean, for Kaz, this is as good as saying “I love you.” Also, “I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.” I cannot even with Kaz. That boy *sigh*

Rose and The Doctor – YES I KNOW IT’S NOT A BOOK MOMENT BUT I COULDN’T NOT PUT THIS HERE. Okay, if you’ve seen Doctor Who season 2 then you know what’s about to happen. I’M ABOUT TO BRING THE PAIN! The Doctor and Rose had been heartlessly separated by cruel TV show writers. Rose is drawn to Dårlig Ulv-Stranden, which according to Rose is Bad Wolf Bay, though I doubt the translation is that perfect. There the Doctor appears and drops this heartbreaking and very on point Doctor quote “I’m burning up a sun just to say good bye.”

And then it happens…

FYI: I cried while downloading this gif

Rose Tyler: I love you.
The Doctor: Quite right too. And I suppose… if it’s my last chance to say it…

The Doctor: Rose Tyler… *fades away AND BREAKS EVERYONE’S HEART*

OMG NOW I’M CRYING WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?!? (is it wrong that I want to rewatch these episodes now? Yes, probably.)

Okay y’all, that’s it for me. Cheers to Friday and for it being a MUCH BETTER day than Thursday was *glares in the general direction of Thursday*

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Friday Favorites: Fictional Couples

Good Morning, my dear bookish people, and HAPPY FRIDAY!! I’ve been working on a project at work that is outside of my normal job and it has been kicking my brain right in it’s little brain pants. And my brain is in even worse shape now because I just spent an hour trying to figure out how to use InLinkz but like…I could not get it to work how I’ve seen it on other blogs. So for now, keep dropping your links in my comments and I’ll add them to the post. I know it’s kind of a pain, but I’m trying to figure out InLinkz for next week. My blood pressure is like through the roof right now from trying to make it WORK *flips table and walks away, mumbling about how things don’t work like they should*

Wow, I really ramble sometimes…MOVING ON!

Since we are in the “love” month the rest of the prompts for February shall be romantic in nature. Which considering my bitter spinsterhood is surprising. But I love a bit of love in my books. And this week we celebrate our favorite fictional couples. I’m going to be brief with my couples since I’ve already rambled quite a bit but I want to first say this post will contain spoilers for Doctor Who, The Infernal Devices, and Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2). I try really hard not to flat out say any spoilers, but in generally this post is kinda spoiler-y.

LAST WARNING: Spoilers for Doctor Who, The Infernal Devices, and Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)

River Song and The Doctor

You might be thinking “But Kibby, this is a book blog? What’s with this television couple?” Well, I’m cheating a bit. When I started thinking of couple for this post the FIRST couple that popped into my head is River Song and the Doctor. And to be fair, there are Doctor Who books. Not that I’ve read any of them…but I know they exist.

From the moment River Song graced my screen in the Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead episodes, I knew that I was in love. And then the ending happened and I was BROKEN. Those who know me know that I have a particular appreciation for love stories that make me scream, sob, and generally question the cruelty of the fictional world. Honestly, just saying the phrase “Time can be re-written” makes me get all verklempt.

I am a big lover of time travel in general and the concept of a love story between two time travelers who never meet in the right order is just CATNIP for me. (Yes, I’ve read the Time Traveler’s Wife and LOVED it!) River and The Doctor are just so damn good together. I love the chemistry that River has with each of the Doctors, though I would have loved to see more of her with 12 (good god, the sass between those two is addictive). But at the end of the day, River and the Doctor are my forever OTP. (side note: I am 100% doing a River Song episode marathon this weekend)

Henry and Charlotte Branwell (The Infernal Devices)

Bet you thought I’d be talking about Tessa, Will, and Jem when I mentioned The Infernal Devices earlier, huh? Well, as much as I love that trio, Henry and Charlotte are the purest of pure cinnamon roll couples for me. They balance each other so wonderfully and every interaction between them in TID chipped away at the ice that encases my heart.

Chaol and Celaena (Throne of Glass, specifically Crown of Midnight)

Chaol and Celaena, as they were in Crown of Midnight, were one of my favorite fictional couples ever. And as I loved them coming together and being ridiculously happy, I also kinda loved the intensely tragic way they fell apart. Celaena attacking Chaol? “You will never be my friend. You will always be my enemy.”? The goodbye at the docks and the revelation Chaol gets? Ugh, I want to go reread this book now! So many people hate on Crown of Midnight but it will always be my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series. This is the hill I will die on.

Who are some of your favorite fictional couples?

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Friday Favorites: Books to reread

Hello, hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites! (if you are interested in joining in go here for the list of topics!) This week is a topic that is near and dear to my heart: books to reread! I know a lot of people don’t like to reread books because it keeps them from tackling the massive TBRs we book people tend to accumulate. For me though, there are some books that just dig their claws into my soul and I can’t help but want to revisit them.

In order to not let my TBR grow wild while I reread, I do all my rereads via audiobook. (Soapbox moment: AUDIOBOOKS COUNT AS READING. This is my opinion, I will not argue with people about it, and if this bothers you then kindly walk away. I’ve seen too much drama over this and I’m not here for drama. Sorry, but I feel quite strongly about this ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) I find that rereads via audio can give a whole other dimension to an already beloved story if the narrator is good enough. Okay, enough of me rambling. Let’s get to the good stuff!

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Narrated by a full cast…and sound effects…it’s the best thing ever)

The audiobooks of this series are so damn good I hardly know how to function when I listen to it. I’m not going to go into huge detail here because I’m working on a full blown blog post to exclaim about the sheer glory of these audiobooks, but let me just say: these audiobooks have blown my mind in the best possible and I will never be the same.

Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown (Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds)

The Red Rising trilogy is brutal, brilliant, and so intensely emotional at times that I can barely stand it. Now imagine dialing that up to 11. That’s what Tim Gerard Reynolds does with his narration of this epic sci-fi trilogy. Reynolds’ voice evokes even more emotion from this story which is already ripe with sorrow, rebellion, joy, and pain. Reynolds has firmly established himself as one of my favorite narrators and I hope to listen to more books with his narration in the near future.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas (Narrated by Elizabeth Evans)

Never in all my listening, have I ever heard a narrator that more embodied the main character than Elizabeth Evans does with Throne of Glass. She IS the voice of Aelin. Evans is perfect for the snarky, self-confident, yet vulnerable voice of Aelin. I know that Throne of Glass is a “love it or hate it” series for most, but I hugely recommend trying the audiobook of Throne of Glass.

Mistborn (Original Trilogy and Era 2) by Brandon Sanderson (Narrated by Michael Kramer)

The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson is damn near perfect. Add on narration by audiobook royalty, Michael Kramer, and you’ve got yourself perfection. I’ve actually only ever listen to these books, never read the physical copies. I’m going through and rereading the original trilogy right now with my reading group, the Sanderson Sisters, and am loving every minute of it.

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Narrated by Stephen Fry)

I should first point out that the audiobooks of Harry Potter available in the US are narrated by Jim Dale. I’m sure he is a perfectly acceptable narrator but Stephen Fry, who narrates the HP books outside of the US, is so utterly phenomenal that I refuse to listen to any other narrator for this series. He nails so many of the different voices but still manages to imbue the story with that hint of whimsy that I associate with Fry. I sadly didn’t get a chance to do a reread of this series last year and I certainly will not let another year pass without listening to these books. HP FOREVER!

Honorable Mentions (aka audio rereads that I love but don’t have the brain power to write about )

  • Ready Player One and Armada by Ernest Cline (Narrated by Wil Wheaton
  • The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (narrated by Nick Podehl)
  • The Immortals Quartet by Tamora Pierce (narrated by a full cast)
  • The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (narrated by James Marsters)

Do any of you like to reread books? If so, which ones are your favorite rereads? And if you’ve done a Friday Favorites post be sure to drop a comment so I can add it to the post list!

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Happy Friday, y’all! Wishing you a many blissful hours of reading this weekend!

Friday Favorites: Teacher/Mentor Characters

Hello, hello and welcome to another Friday Favorites! This week’s topic is Teacher/Mentor Characters. This is one of those topics that I know I’m going to realize like five other characters I want to add to the list after I post this. I love teacher/mentor characters but I also have a garbage memory, so the fact I could think of six is a darn miracle.

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Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter

Professor McGonagall is the teacher I wish I’d had at some point in my academic career. She is snarky AF, fierce AF, and 100% would have kicked my ass into line. It doesn’t hurt that she was portrayed in the movies by Maggie Smith who is one of my favorite actresses (can I also mention how amazing she is as the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey?). If Rowling had killed McGonagall, I would have rioted. As much as I dislike all the additions to the HP universe, I wouldn’t be against a McGonagall origin story.

Mercurio and Chronicler Aelius from Nevernight

Mercurio is that grumpy, verging on cruel, mentor character that I love. For some reasons I love tough love in a book (but not real life…I’ll start crying if someone barely raises their voice to me. I’m the worst.) and Mercurio definitely deals some tough love to Mia. Chronicler Aelius is actually the character that inspired this prompt for me. I don’t know what it is about librarian characters that just always stand out to me. The Chronicler always seems to have a wise word and a good smoke for Mia.

Jeremy Danvers from Bitten

As an Alpha werewolf in Bitten, Jeremy Danvers is both mentor and teacher to many characters in the book. I will be 100% honest with you and admit that I originally thought of Jeremy for this list purely because I have such a book crush on him. But I confirmed with my resident Kelley Armstrong fan over on #bookstagram that Jeremy definitely fits the bill for this topic.

Kelsier from Mistborn

*sigh* Oh, Kelsier. He was just a man, but oh what a man he was. He is not only the lead of the crew tasked with killing a god, but he teaches our main girl, Vin, how to be a kick ass Mistborn. Kel could give Kaz Brekker a run for his money with plots behind plots. While Kel is a fantastic leader of men, he really shines as the teacher to Vin. He teaches her so much, not just about her Mistborn powers, but how to trust and become comfortable in herself.

Numair and the Badger God from The Immortals Quartet

I feel the need to admit that this is kind of a hot for teacher entry for Numair. He was one of my first book boyfriends. All powerful mage with a mysterious past and a bit of a reputation for being a ladies man? Yeah, sign me the heck up. And I couldn’t not include the Badger God, because he is a grumpy god and a badger. Basically a grumpy Hufflepuff, like me.

Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Okay, yeah, sure…Giles is technically from a TV series, but there are books based on the show and that’s the loophole I’m jumping into so I can feature one of my favorite characters of all time. Giles deals with a lot of shit from the Scoobies and reacts with anything from genuine, caring wisdom to scathing snark. He’s got a dark, mysterious past and a great signing voice. And I’m starting to realize I’m just focusing on all the things that make me have a crush on him instead of how awesome he is a as a mentor and teacher to Buffy and the Scoobies. I’m pretty sure that if Giles hadn’t been around, Sunnydale would have fallen to one of the many apocalypses.

And for good measure, here are some extra Giles gifs because I couldn’t choose my favorite:

So, there is my list of favorites for the week! Do you have any beloved teacher/mentor characters?

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