Friday Favorites: Books Set in Space

Soooooooo…a couple weeks ago I did a Top Ten Tuesday post about my favorite Sci Fi books. Which was filled with most of the books that I’d use for this Friday Favorites post. I obviously am very good with planning. So I’m gonna change it up a bit and give you books set in space that I’ll be reading soon that I THINK will become favorites.

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Friday Favorites: Character Deaths

*nervous laughter* Oh, so it’s Friday? I definitely didn’t almost forget to post for the weekly blog that I host. Definitely not. I just got back today from a very lovely, yet very exhausting trip to see my best friend get married. And tomorrow is the massive party/reception. Basically, this post is going to be short because this blogger needs a full night of sleep to prepare for all the extroverting I’m going to be doing tomorrow.

There is nothing I like more than a good character death. The more tragic, the better. I’m a terrible person ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

FYI: this post contians spoilers for Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Nevernight, and the Mistborn Trilogy.

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Friday Favorites: Books Set In High School

Happiest of Fridays, my dear bookish friends! Today we are looking at our favorite books set in high school. Look, high school was not the best time for a lot of people, myself included, but some of my favorite books of all time are set in high schools. I’ve got some old school goodies on this list, so I am terribly interested to see if there is any crossover of my list with others participating in FF this week!

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Friday Favorites: Urban Fantasy

Happy Friday, my dear bookish people! I was looking at the Friday Favorite Prompts for the month of June and I realized that I LOVE all of these prompts so darn much! They hit on a lot of my favorite kind of bookish moments/settings/tropes. I must have subconsciously set it up that way because I kinda hate June (it’s the beginning of me slowly dying of heat) and would need something to keep me happy. So, without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s favorites!

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Friday Favorites: Classic Books

Oh hello, Friday! Where did you come from? I’ve had a short work week, so my days are all thrown off. Today feels like my Wednesday, but also, holy heck am I glad it’s Friday because it has been a Week ™. But I am here today to talk to you about my favorite classic books. Well, my FAVORITE classic book. Singular. Because I’m about to hit you with a hugely underrated classic book and it’s not one written by an Austen or Brontë.

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Friday Favorites: Thing(s) about being a reader.

Hello all! If the space/time continuum is to be believed, it is Friday! I’m not sure quite how we got here, but here we are. I’ve been suffering a blogging slump lately but I’m actually really excited for this post because I’m about to talk about one of my favorite moments from my reading life.

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Friday Favorites: Books to Recommend

Oh heck, it is Friday! This day totally snuck up on me. I’ve been hosting this Friday Favorites thing since the beginning of the year, so you’d think I’d be prepared every Friday. *narrator voice* But she never was.

But enough about my status as a hot mess book blogger, let’s talk about this week’s FF topic: books to recommend. Recommending books is always SO HARD for me. Books I love are a part of my soul and recommending a book is giving a piece of that soul over to someone for their judgement. I very vividly remember loaning a copy of A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab to a friend, and as they walked away I turned to my other friend and said “OMG, he isn’t gonna like the book and I’m gonna cry.” But really, that’s how I feel every time I recommend a book. I am very protective of my favorite books.

Since recommendations are pretty specific to the genre or style the person is looking for, I’ve broken the recs down in that style.

Classic Novel: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell – Look, I love me some Jane Austen, but North and South has my heart. And part of that may be because I watched the BBC Miniseries before I read it and was therefore blessed with Richard Armitage as Mr. Thornton. I always get bored while reading classic novels and N&S never got boring for me.

Violent, but really damn good science fiction: tie between Red Rising by Pierce Brown and Old Man’s War by John Scalzi – These books are both so brutal, but so very damn good. Old Man’s War explores some really interesting issues while having some of the most spectacularly violent deaths. Red Rising is just a freaking masterpiece of world building and brutal plot twists, set against a revolutionary landscape.

YA Fantasy that isn’t really YA because it gets smutty, y’all: Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas – I’m gonna start this by saying ToG is always my first rec over ACOTAR, which I’ve fallen out of love with. But that aside, these series are crazy addictive. You know they aren’t great, but you JUST CAN’T STOP. As I read them I saw all the cracks in the writing style and plotting, but I didn’t care. I was too wrapped up in the characters and story and sometimes that’s just what we need from a book.

Epic world building, the likes of which have never been seen before: Any book by Brandon Sanderson – That man can build a damn world. The Way of Kings (book 1 of the Stormlight Archive) was the first epic high fantasy book I can remember reading and enjoying! Sanderson somehow made a 1000+ page book seem like a smooth, easy read. Don’t even get me started on his Mistborn series. Seriously, don’t I’ll talk about my deep love for those books for days. *whispers* go read Mistborn!

Cheesy, old school YA paranormal: All the books by L.J. Smith – Y’all, L.J. Smith is my JAM! I read these books as an actual teen at least 10+ times each. I just couldn’t stop myself. I wanted to keep revisiting these stories over and over. I’ve gone back and read them as an adult and they mostly stand up, though the style of YA was very different back in the 90s. I think in autumn of this year I’m going to do a massive reread because they are very autumn-ish books to me.

Audiobook: The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, narrated by a full cast – One day I’ll finally get my full list of all the voice actors for this series and write a proper review for these audiobooks because they deserve all the recognition in the world. I’ve been a huge audiobook listener for the last 5+ years and a fan of Illuminae for the last year or so. You put those two together, and holy heck my mind was blown. I cannot begin to describe how amazing these audiobooks are. They add a whole extra layer of depth to this already unique book series. My plan is to listen to the audio and read the physical book at the same time for my next reread. Honestly, even though I just finished a reread a few month ago, I’m already wanting to jump back into the books.

What are some of your favorite books to recommend?

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Friday Favorites: TV/Movie Adaptations

Happy Friday, my dear bookish people! Today we celebrate the often maligned TV/Movie adaptations of books. Look, I get it, the book is USUALLY better than the movie/TV show (*cough*except Princess Bride*cough*). But that doesn’t mean that we can thoroughly love and enjoy the adaptations! Heck, sometimes adaptations are the only way we get closure on a story…which leads me to the first on the list…

A Song of Fire and Ice/Game of Thrones by George RR Martin – Ah, the adaptation that brings together coworkers, strangers on the street, readers, non-readers, and pretty much anyone who likes to watch TV shows were your favorites are always about to die. Somehow, a high fantasy book series became a widely accepted and beloved TV series that has basically taken over the world. I think my favorite thing about the show, besides all the pretty people, is how it gave me and my non-reader coworkers something to enjoy together. Knowing about the Red Wedding before all my non-reader coworkers was probably the best feeling in the world. Because I’m a terrible person.

The Martian by Andy Weir – This is one where I saw the movie first and then read the book. I LOVE the movie. Matt Damon is so damn good as the sarcastic Mark Watney. I’m definitely happy that I watched the movie first because the book does tend to get pretty deep into the science, which is rough for a non science-y person like me. Having all the stunning visuals from the movie helped get me through parts of the book that might have been boring to me without having seen the movie first. Side note: I 100% recommend the audiobook. The narrator is gold!

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – Look, I get it…the movies take a lot of liberties with the source material. But…I never would have read these books without the movies. I’m sorry, but it’s true. I didn’t have the idyllic childhood relationship with these books like some people did and even after the movies it still took until my mid-twenties until I could finish the books. But once I finally made it through them, I was in love. At the end of the day, the movies gave me one of my all time favorite lines because it speaks to me on a deep, personal level: What about second breakfast?

Emma by Jane Austen – I am not even going to lie here, my love of the movie and BBC miniseries adaptations of Emma comes straight down to Mr. Knightley. In my youth, I had such a teen girl crush on Jeremy Northam as Knightley. As much as I loathed Gwyneth Paltrow, I could not stop watching that movie. And then the BBC had to go and do their adaptation and cast Jonny Lee Miller as Knightley and I basically died of joy. Two other fantastic adaptations of classic books are the BBC miniseries of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (Hello Richard Armitage!) and 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie (Hello Kiera Knightley!).

The Princess Bride – Okay, I’m gonna say it: THE MOVIE WAS BETTER THAN THE BOOK! Sorry, but I loathe the book so deeply, that it makes me angry to look upon it. Now, this deep hatred may come from the fact that I am such an intense fan of the movie that nothing, not even the original source material, could live up to my ridiculous expectations. I’ll never know. What I do know, is I will never be able to fully subscribe to the idea that a book is always better then the movie/TV show.

What adaptations do you love?

Friday Favorites: Fictional Worlds

Happy Friday, my dear bookish people! We are here today to talk about our favorite fictional worlds. These can be worlds you’d drop everything to go live in because they are just *that wonderful* or worlds that straight up terrify you, but are still highly intriguing and well built. Or it can just be a world that is filled with smokin’ hot Fae, because sometimes that’s just what you need. So let’s go world hopping!

If you’ve done your own Friday Favorites post, be sure to drop the link in the comments so I can make a post link list!

The Shire (The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings) – This will ALWAYS be my first answer when someone asks about favorite fictional worlds. ALWAYS. I’m sure there are many nice places in Middle Earth, but The Shire will always have my heart. Though, I’ve recently read Fellowship of the Ring again, and Hobbits can be jerks a little bit. Those darn Sackville-Bagginses! But as long as I have the Green Dragon and a perfectly cozy hobbit hole to cook up my second breakfast in, I’ll be content.

Yousay (LIFEL1K3) – And here is an example of a world that I would definitely NOT survive, but damn is it interesting as heck. Jay Kristoff is becoming one of my favorite world builders. He somehow manages to create rich new worlds without bashing you over the head in the process of building it. Yousay is the USA after some shit went down. It seems very hot, very chaotic, and very interesting. There are half robot dogs FFS! I want a half robot corgi gosh darn it!!

Erilea (Throne of Glass) – I can’t help but love the world from Throne of Glass. It might not be as well built as others, but there is something magical about it that my mind constantly wanders back to.

The World of Scythe – Yes, hi, I need to live forever so I can read ALL THE BOOKS! In Scythe, our world has been stripped of mortality and damn is it interesting to see how Schusterman imagines what we’d be like. It is a little frightening. But I feel like it would be immensely fun to live hundreds of years. Think of all the exploring you could do, not just of the world, but of who you are as a person and what you enjoy doing.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – You didn’t think I’d have a Favorite Fictional Worlds list without this did you?? The wizarding world sounds like an absolute blast, assuming you don’t run afoul of any of the murderous dark wizards. There is such awe and endless possibility in the wizarding world. Though, I could use with some less post book world building…

Cosmere (Mistborn/Stormlight Archives/others) – Brandon Sanderson can build one heck of a world. I can’t say I’d want to visit the world in Mistborn until the Era 2 book, but Roshar in Stormlight Archives has some really interesting sounding places. Putting aside the livability factor of Sanderson’s worlds, I really have to doff my hat to the man, because never in my life have I experienced world building as good as his. It seems so effortless, yet I can imagine there is quite a bit of work behind it all. And the way all the differently worlds tie in via the Cosmere kinda blows my mind. Literally, it blows right past my mind sometimes, but in a good way.

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