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.

REMEMBER: If you have a Friday Favorites post of your own, drop the link in the comments so I can add it to the post list I’ll be making at the bottom of this post!

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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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

When I read the prompt for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) I actually laughed out loud. There are so many more than ten books I meant to read in 2018. So. Many. More. But here are the Top Ten (out of the like 200)

The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

I’ve had these books on my shelves for…4 years, I think. I have been gently yelled at numerous times by some of my booksta friends to get on this series. I had originally been determined to get to it in 2018. But…well…here we are…

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I have a soft spot for books that emotionally destroy me and I’ve been told this one will do just that. I bought this with the intention of reading it immediately but honestly it worked out that I didn’t get to this one in 2018. I’ve decided to read nothing but heart breaking books in February and this one is definitely on the list.

Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch

“What would have happened if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz.” That’s the blurb on the cover of this book. HOW COULD I HAVE NOT READ THIS YET??? I LOVE cop procedural TV series, especially British ones, and I am definitely a Harry Potter fan. I feel like I’ll be pretty pissed at myself for not getting to this series last year like I intended.

The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater

This is my “forever on the TBR” series. I’m like 99% sure I’ll love it and I had really good intentions of getting to it in 2018. We all know what the road to TBR hell is paved in…

Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

This is another series that I’ve been told will wreck me. I want to be wrecked. I need to be wrecked. But apparently I didn’t want to be wrecked enough to pick this one up in 2018.

The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell

I LOVED The Last Magician. LOVED! Give me all the Harte Darrigan. So even though I was totally anticipating the sequel, I never picked it up when it was released in 2018 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

NUMAIR IS THE OG BAE! Well, maybe not true OG, but it sounds good and I’m sticking with it. He was one of my favorite characters in the Tortall books and I about lost my mind when I found out there was going to be a series focusing on him. But have I read it yet? OF COURSE NOT *facepalm*

The Falconer series by Elizabeth May

Scottish lore and steampunk and Fae? WHY HAVEN’T I READ THIS SERIES YET? Someone tell me!

The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

Another one from my forever TBR. I thought 2018 was going to be the year, but I was wrong.

Keiko series by Mike Brooks

I’ve been told this series has a Firefly feel and y’all, that is the quickest way to get me to buy a book. I LOVE Sci Fi, but I’m super picky about it. But if there bounty hunters or smugglers or anything along those lines involved I will try it out. I bought the whole trilogy last year but have yet to touch a single page because I am the literal worst.

Top Three Thursday: Prettiest Book Covers

Hello all and Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it! I am jumping in quickly to drop some beautiful book covers on you before I am lassoed back into the kitchen to help with the cooking. The theme for Top Three Thursday, hosted by A Cosy Reading Blog, is prettiest book covers.

Damsel by Elana K Arnold (Goodreads)damsel


There is something about the way the title GLOWS that just draws me in (also the amazing synopsis). I’ve been wanting to pick up a copy since it came out and I think I’ll finally remember to grab one when I do some shopping at Barnes and Nobel on Black Friday.




unkindnessAn Unkindness of Magicians by Kate Howard (Goodreads)


I was first drawn to the title of this book, then the synopsis, and then HOT DAMN THIS COVER! It is even more beautiful in person. Sadly, since I am terrible with keeping up with my TBR, this book remains unread. If I don’t get to it by the end of 2018, I certainly will be reading it in 2019.




The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien (Goodreads)two towers


One of the things I love to do most is search through used bookstores for different editions of The Lord of the Rings. I’ve got quite a few editions on my shelves, about 5 different editions of each book. But when I found this copy of The Two Towers I just about died. I love this cover so, so, so much!



What are some of your favorite pretty book covers?

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Want to Say Thank You To

Happy Thanksgiving week, book people! If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, HAPPY WEEK IN GENERAL! It’s time for stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Oh, and being thankful! The theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a freebie so I went with Top Ten Authors I Want to Say Thank You To. One thing I’m intensely thankful for is books and the people that create them. Giving words to the world is a terrifying thing and whenever I think about meeting authors of my favorite books the only thing I want to say to them is “Thank you for giving me these words and these worlds.”

  1. Patrick Rothfuss – I need to thank that man for The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. From the first time I read these books, so many years ago, all I’ve wanted to do is thank him for creating these characters and writing these stories. They have brought me such pain and joy and I loved every moment of them.6gljmNkVHxuuY
  2. Tamora Pierce – She gave the world some serious kick ass female characters in YA before kick ass females were the norm. And for that she should be thanked.3oz8xIsloV7zOmt81G
  3. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – For serious snark and reviving my love of sci-fi stories.10avZ0rqdGFyfu
  4. Brandon Sanderson – This man builds the most wonderous and dangerous worlds and I have loved every moment exploring them.3otPoOxyDTXjzpMbIY
  5. Clarie Luana – The Confectioner’s Guild is one of my favorite reads of the year. I spent the whole time reading it with a smile on my face and that is what reading should be.z2HC00n6pfcA
  6. Holly Black – For writing deliciously dark faerie tales that helped me escape some truly terrible times in my 20s.4lpctAAV9Azpm (1)
  7. LJ Smith – Every one of Smith’s books was a friend to me in high school.xT5LMAS7woru73f6xi
  8. Leigh Bardugo – For giving me such good character studies and wonderfully dark worlds to traverse.3o7TKANQ6OeCp3oxvG
  9. Pierce Brown – The Red Rising saga is equal parts ridiculous, amazing, intense, unique, and wonderful. Reading them has taken me on such a wild ride and my reading life would be much duller without them.jr0VZIBH5dKDe
  10. JK Rowling – For everything.3ErmSXChvkv5u

Who are some author’s you want to say thank you to?

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Items/Merch

Hello my bookish peoples! It’s Tuesday again, because I guess that’s how time works, which means another installment of Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme, perfectly timed for the holiday shopping season, is Bookish Items/Merchandise I’d Like to Own! I’m going to try and not list only bookish candles.
  1. Bookish candles inspired by Wax and Wayne from the Mistborn Era 2 books by Brandon Sanderson. If you haven’t read these books…well, my friend, go fix that immediately. There is a WOEFUL lack of Mistborn merch out there. I’ve been kicking around the idea of starting my own candle shop and you can bet your entire book collection that the first candles I offer will be Mistborn themed.
  2. Hermione’s Time Turner. I’d like a real one, but considering I live in a world sadly devoid of magic, I’ll settle for a replica.
  3. Basically everything in the In.The.Reads Etsy shop. I have a pretty serious collection of her woodmarks, but I want everything else. All of it. ALL OF IT!
  4. Green Dragon beer can glasses from Tookish Candle Company (designed by In.The.Reads). I technically already have one from the Bilbo’s gifts box from Tookish (y’all, Tookish is my most favorite bookish candle/merch shop. Casi is awesome and makes the most amazing candles), but I’d like one more so I can have a pair. Well, maybe I should order two more…you know, just in case one breaks or something. Casi has hinted that she’ll be working with In.The.Reads on different literary pub glasses in the future and I AM SO EXCITED!ygjxrkysxjk52
  5. Godric’s Hollow candle from Tookish Candle Company. I was a FOOL to not grab this candle last year when it was on sale. I’m hoping it comes around again this year (this is me virtually nudging Casi).
  6. A Hufflepuff clothing article that isn’t BRIGHT YELLOW. I know I am a Huffle, through and through, but yellow is my least favorite color.
  7. A Tak set. For those who haven’t read The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss (STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GO READ THEM NOW!), Tak is a strategy game played in the 2nd book of the series. I bought a Tak set from my old roommate, but since I no longer live with him I have been feeling the need for my own set.
  8. Elvish cloak. Y’ALL I NEED CLOAKS TO BE A FASHION THING! Like…they are perfect. They make you look mysterious AF, you can have a sorts of hidden pockets in there, and you can be all dramatic when leaving an awkward situation (just twirl away).
  9. TARDIS bookends…or any cool bookends to be honest. I just want some bookends because they are faaaaaancy. Not that I have any space on my bookshelves for bookends…
  10. And last, but certainly not least, I want a full replica of Andúril. I need a big, beautiful, badass sword in my life.
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Not gonna lie, I’m surprised I only had two bookish candles on this list. Because really, I just want all the bookish candles. Until next time, my wonderful bookish people, I wish you the best of days!

Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books

Oh my, if there was ever a Top Ten Tuesday prompt for me, this is IT! As the ashamed owner of 350+ unread books, one could say I have one hell of a backlist. Since I’ve started working overtime I’ve been losing even more reading time, so I’m sure the backlist will haunt me long into 2019. But, I am DETERMINED to defeat my TBR one day…one glorious day.

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So here are the top ten books (or series) from my backlist that I’d like to get to sooner rather than later:

  1. The Raven Boys (and the whole Raven Cycle series) by Maggie Stiefvater (Goodreads)
  2. Cinder (and the whole Lunar Chronicles series) by Melissa Meyer (Goodreads)
  3. Steelheart (and the whole Reckoners series) by Brandon Sanderson (Goodreads)
  4. The Lies of Locke Lamora (and the whole Gentleman Bastard series) by Scott Lynch (Goodreads)
  5. The Thief (and the whole Queen’s Thief series) by Megan Whalen Turner (Goodreads)
  6. The Demon King (and the whole Seven Realms series) by Cinda Williams Chima (Goodreads)
  7. The Knife of Never Letting Go (and the whole Chaos Walking series) by Patrick Ness (Goodreads)
  8. Rivers of London (and the whole Peter Grant series) by Ben Aaronovitch (Goodreads)
  9. The Falconer (and the whole Falconer series) by Elizabeth May (Goodreads)
  10. The Emperor’s Blades (and the whole Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series) by Brian Staveley (Goodreads)

Well, I guess I have a lot of books to read soon considering these are ALL SERIES OMG! Anyone want to fund my life so I can have the time to read these all? Anyone?

Do you see any on my list that I should read immediately?

25 Bookish Facts About Me

I’ve seen this tag circulating the book blogging universe so I wanted to jump in on the fun. My personal life has overtaken my time lately and I’ve felt very disconnected from my book life. I thought this would be a fun way to re-introduce myself a little, especially to new followers (HELLO NEW PEOPLE! Thanks for the follow!).


  1. I’ve been reading as long as I can remember. | I honestly can’t think of a time in my life when I wasn’t a reader. Much like my mother and grandmother, I am constantly in the middle of a book.
  2. I currently own more unread books than read books. | THIS IS MY GREATEST SHAME!
  3. When I was a teen, all I did was reread. | In my teens, back before the dawn of today’s YA offerings, I was VERY picky about what books I wanted to read. Basically, all I wanted to do was read LJ Smith books and I reread each of her books 15 + times in my mid to late teens.
  4. I will always be a fan of vampire books. | I don’t care what people think, vampire books are entertaining to me.
  5. My YA books are organized by color. | And it’s not that hard to find books like I thought it would be. I’m not much a rainbow person, but it is aesthetically pleasing to have my shelves arranged this way.
  6. I get quite cross when people get snobby about books. | Yes, I am a 33 year old who reads YA…what of it? I also read non-fiction and adult fiction of various genres, but book snobs don’t care about that. They just think it’s okay to belittle a reader because of a style of book that is not to their personal tastes. I’ll stop my rant here, but seriously, the snobbery needs to end.
  7. I’ve been told I should narrate audio books. | Apparently I have a good speaking voice. Which I find hilarious because I hate speaking and my anxiety has actually started manifesting into speech impediments (YAY!).
  8. On the topic of audio books, I still remember the exact moment I listened to my first audio book. | The first week of 2014 I went to a silent meditation retreat. Due to some scheduling issues, I ended up being the only one at the retreat. On the second night I was bored but couldn’t sleep, so I decided to try out the Audible account my friend gave me access to. I downloaded Storm Front by Jim Butcher (read by James Marsters aka Spike from Buffy) and from there I was hooked. Side note, AUDIO BOOKS COUNTS AS READING!
  9. The two people responsible for my reading addiction, my mother and grandmother, are huge mystery fans and I am…not. | Don’t get me wrong, I’ll read a straight up mystery book every now and then, but usually only if my mother has highly recommended it. I tend to lean more towards Science Fiction and/or Fantasy.
  10. I can’t read while flying. | Y’all I hate flying. It encompasses a large portion of my many fears. Everyone always says to just read, but it doesn’t work for me. When in a plane I can’t disconnect enough through a book. It is the ONLY time I can’t read.
  11. One of my favorite places to read is a loud bar. | I used to go to happy hour at a local Irish pub and would read as I ate and drank my dinner. It was always an interesting experience to be so immersed in my reading that the loud pub around me truly fell away from my senses.
  12. I tend to have, at bare minimum, two books going at a time. | Usually I have one physical book and one audio book going at a time. However, lately, I’ve had two audios and two or three physical books going at once. You know, to keep me on my toes.
  13. I started reading Harry Potter in the summer of 2002, during a road trip from Sacramento, CA to San Diego, CA. | I read the first two books in the car ride down to San Diego and then INSISTED that my mother take me to a bookstore to buy the third book so I could keep reading.
  14. When I saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in theaters, I was not impressed. | Also, yes, I watched the movie before I started the book series.
  15. I am a firm believer that the book is NOT always better than the movie. | The Princess Bride: LOVE the movie, LOATHE the book. Also, I like the movie version of Chocolat better than the book.
  16. If possible, I always carry the next book in a series along with my current read. | This practice was very helpful when I finished A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab. The ending is INTENSE and I was so happy I could just pull the next book out of my bag and keep reading.
  17. I’m going to Emerald City Comic Con in 2019 and 99% of my excitement is book related. | While I’ve always been a reader, I didn’t know much about the book and publishing community. Specifically signings and ARCs and things like this. This will be the first comic con I’ll be going to knowing about all the cool publishing things and I can’t wait to meet more members of the bookish community.
  18. I don’t like the smell of books. | I guess to me, new books don’t really have a smell…and used books don’t smell particularly pleasant.
  19. My preferred reading method, from favorite to least favorite, is Paperback, Hardback, Audio book, then eBook. | I thoroughly believe there is no superior reading method. It is completely dependent on the person’s personal preference and anyone who says otherwise is probably a book snob.
  20. My lack of poker face makes it very entertaining for people to watch me reading. | As mentioned before, I used to read a lot in public, specifically at a local pub. I could feel myself making certain faces and gestures as I was reading and I can only imagine some of the other bar patrons were amused.
  21. I LOVE listening to music while reading. | Though, only instrumental music. My favorite reading music is Two Steps from Hell, specifically the following albums: Battlecry, SkyWorld, Unleashed, and Vanquish.
  22. If I won a big lottery I already have my two bookish ventures planned. | First, I’d take a group of my bookish friends on a trip to New Zealand to visit filming locations of The Lord of the Rings. Then I’d open a new/used bookstore in Canada, England, or Iceland.
  23. I am addicted to bookish themed candles. | I never knew they were a thing until a year ago…I now own close to 200.
  24. Deciding to start reviewing books was super scary to me. | After joining the #bookstagram community on Instagram I learned how important book reviews are. However, I get so nervous talking about the work of other people. But I’m slowly getting better (I hope) and I think reviewing is making me a better reader.
  25. One of my biggest regrets in life is not finding the online book community sooner. | My 20s were rough and was the time in my life when I was reading the least. I wish I had known about the bookish community back then because I think I could have kept myself out of a lot of trouble. But I’m here now and I have never been happier to find a group of people who share my love of books and reading. Most of my life, I have been surrounded by peers who did not enjoy reading and made me feel that my love of books was unusual. But through #bookstagram and the book blogging community I have finally found my people.

I tag whoever sees this and wishes to do the thing!

Happy Sunday evening everybody! I’m finally almost caught up on reviews so I’ll be posting regularly this week *gasp* But for now, it is time for me to go hop into bed and read for a bit!