Top 5 Tuesday – 5 Reasons Why I Rate A Book 5 Stars

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

My first Top 5 Tuesday of the year and my first one since….September of 2019. So it seems like it’s about time I got back into this. Today’s topic is a fairly easy one at first glance but it did take me a while to figure out why exactly would I give a book 5 stars? What makes a book 5 stars to me? Well let’s figure that out because fuck if I know.

If a book meets at least two of these criteria then its a near amazing quality tier book for me. Ultimately though, what makes a 5 star read to me is SUBJECTIVE AF but there are plenty of other people’s 5 star reads that I would never rate 5 stars and vice versa.


An excellent concept with perfect/near-perfect execution

Draw me in with an interesting premise that can interest me and if you do just that then I’m basically sold.

Characters that I WANT to read about

This means characters or protagonist(s) that I can find interesting whether they are likable or not. Whether they are relatable or someone who has a totally different experience from myself. I want to see DIVERSITY especially. Give me LBGTQIAP+ rep, characters of colors, mental illness and disabled rep, and more. But also make not only the MC interesting but the side characters, the villains, and even the minor ones.

Solid World-Building + Vivid Setting

Create a world (or worlds in some cases) where I can find myself wanting to know more about it, wanting to go there, and just find myself wrapped in the story’s world. While this is a huge factor in fantasy and sci-fi settings, I think even contemporaries set in the modern world should give you this feeling as well.

GOOD WRITING

The most SUBJECTIVE thing on here but I mostly mean if your writing excites me, intrigues me, makes me want to write, or inspires something in me. People like different writing styles so that’s the same for me. I’m fine with descriptive and atmospheric writing as much as I am with simple but to the point writing.

LEAVES A STRONG EMOTIONAL IMPACT ON ME

Now most of you may think this means a book that tells some sort of important message and it does partially mean that. But this can also just mean a book that I thought was entertaining and it left me feeling happy. It can also be a book that had a shock ending and left me stunned.

Here are just a few books that I have rated 5 stars over the years and are books that I’m pretty sure if I reread them they’d still be 5 stars.


This was a fun and riveting topic and I may revisit it this in the future!

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think about how you rate books 5 stars? What is a 5 star book to you?

Top 5 Tuesday – The 5 Best Covers of 2019

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

I know its considered poor taste to judge a book by its cover but a good cover sells a book for me. And what better way to celebrate my birthday by gushing about book covers??

2019 has been filled with gorgeous, stunning, and awesome covers so this was actually hard to do and I feel bad that I left out some I really liked. However I think these picks are the best of the best. You’ll also notice that I really stuck with one theme because I think the cover designers this year really nailed book cover with faces. Let’s get to it!

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Cover by Regina Flath & Aykut Aydogdu

This cover is gorgeous but also twisted and disturbing. The combination of the flowers growing and the face falling apart is a great choice. I haven’t read this one yet but its one of my most anticipated reads of the year.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Cover by Charlie Bowater

I loved the design for An Enchantment of Ravens, Margaret Rogerson’s debut, so I was happy to see that the same artist came back for this one. Girls with swords is a great aesthetic.

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

Cover by Grace Lee & Sarah Creech

Not only does this have the floral aesthetic but a pretty girl! I think its always a plus for a book that features a character of color to actually have that represented on its cover. The flowers actually do have meaning with the story since the main character, CJ and her family run a flower shop.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Cover by Erin Fitzsimmons & Erick Davila

Epic Reads actually did an interview with the creators behind this cover which you all should check out. But this cover with floral and also fruit is stunning and features Emoni herself.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Cover by Feifei Ruan

Birds on covers are the new dragons and I’m not mad. The color scheme and the Chinese influences are gorgeous. I’m also linking the interview with the cover designer Feifei Ruan here so you can see what influenced them on the design.

Those were some of my favorite covers for this year, let me know some of yours 🙂

Top 5 Tuesday – Space Books on My TBR

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic is Books Set in Space. I made this into a TBR since I haven’t read much sci-fi lately and I think I should remedy that.

ONCE & FUTURE BY AMY ROSE CAPETTA & CORI MCCARTHY

A futuristic space version of King Arthur and Merlin as girls??? Yes please. And it’s queer AF?? DOUBLE YES.

THE LAST 8 BY LAURA POHL

I love a ragtag bunch of teenage misfits trying to survive and this sounds perfect because it’s in SPACE.

MIRAGE BY SOMAIYA DAUD

A Moroccan inspired space fantasy. This sounds very space opera-ish and I feel like space operas are very underrated in the YA realm.

A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE BY SANGU MANDANNA

I’ve been seeing so many bloggers talk about this one and this sounds amazing. Plus its nice that its a diverse sci-fi based on Indian mythology.

THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY BY DOUGLAS ADAMS

It’s definitely not YA but I want to read this one because it’s considered a classic. So why not?


Anyways that’s my very short sci-fi TBR. Let me know what other sci-fi I should be adding to my TBR.

Top 5 Tuesday – 5 Books I Must Read in 2019

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. Here are the topics for January!

This is such a great year for books and there’s so many that I found it so difficult to narrow down to just 5 books I managed it. I’m still a little sad because I definitely left off some amazing ones.


This has a sea gothic vibe which I’m here for. It’s also a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses which is a honestly a fairytale I’m not all familiar with but I’ll definitely read up on it before House of Salt and Sorrows releases. AND there’s also been comparisons to Crimson Peak which is one of my favorite gothic movies ever (thanks to Guillermo del Toro).

This is throwing so much at me and I’m just mesmerized by all of it. It’s described as being a mythology-inspired #OwnVoices debut and a post-punk San Francisco fairy tale. This hits the mark for me with the magically weird plot and diversity.

Feminist Lord of the Flies and body horror you say??? Count me in. Also major props to that cover.

This sounds super powerful and very timely since it deals with immigration. I’m loving that YA is going more speculative fiction this year and I cannot wait to read this. Also ANOTHER stunning cover because 2019 is apparently the year that cover designers went OFF.

Described as “The Magicians” meets “Fight Club”. Sounds intriguing and unique AF. I also really like stories with tournaments.

Top 5 Tuesday – Winter Reads

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm

The topic for today is Winter Reads. Since I really haven’t read many winter-y books I decided to make this more of a TBR list.  


Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

I put this on hold way back in July and I should probably read it since its the perfect season for reading this one. This is a Snow White retelling and it also features a F/F relationship! 

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Another book I put on hold for a while but I’m really excited to read this some more. This takes place in California, during winter break and look there’s snow on the cover! 

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock


I don’t know too much about this one except that it takes place in Alaska and the cover is quite gorgeous! The title is sounds so cozy. 

The Bear and the Nightingale 

I’ve had on my TBR for a LONG time and I’ve had many people tell me to read this. So I should get on that, right???

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

This sounds so whimsical and fairytale-like. This one I honestly might not be able to get to but I would love to. 

Top 5 Tuesday – Tropes I Want More Of

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Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm. Here is the list of topics for this month!

This week’s topic is: Tropes I Want to See More Of

I love talking about my favorite tropes and also my favorite tropes that I think are underrated so this was a great topic for me!


1. Hate to Love / Enemies to Lovers

My most favorite romance trope EVER. It’s such a classic trope I never get tired of seeing TBH. I know that there’s been A LOT of this trope in more recent YA fantasy novels like The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (I know I’m going to read it soon!) I would love it see in more contemporary settings as well though.

2. Villains Who Don’t Get a Redemption Arc

I actually LOVE redemption arcs (shoutout to Zuko!!) but I think it’s just as good for a villain to be purely a villain and not give zero fucks about turning into a good guy. So I would love to see more villains just staying villains.

3. Unlikable Female Characters

Give me all the wonderfully unapologetic, no-fucks-given unlikable female characters who may do some morally grey things or may just be a typical teenage girl who does typical teenage girl things that somehow result in people hating her for some reason… The female characters that are hated by Goodreads reviewers. I will protect you!!

4. Open-Ended/Ambiguous Endings

I have to admit while I do have a love-hate relationship with ambiguous endings, I do think I actually quite enjoy speculating and trying to interpret endings like those. My recent favorite use of this trope was Sadie by Courtney Summers. 

5. Road Trip or basically a Journey Type Story

I actually really love a journey type story, i.e. Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’m currently reading Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa and it’s basically a quest-like story.


Thanks for reading!

Sav

Top 5 Tuesday – Worst Book Covers

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. Check their blog out for more info on this!!

This week’s topic is: Worst Book Covers 

A lot of these I discovered while browsing Book Outlet, so I can’t comment on the content of these books. For all I know these could be quality 5 star reads and I’m missing out by judging their books covers. But judging is what we’re doing today so let’s get to it!

I think I really found the best of the worst. The most bizarre out there. Especially the last one I have on here lol. I ended up having a little more than 5 because I have to share the awfulness of these covers.

Also I don’t want to be like “the people who made these covers are the worst!1!!” Its just a job and its also not the author’s fault which is not true. They don’t get to decide how their cover will look for the most part.


cleopatra confesses cover

This was a Book Outlet “discovery”. White washing??? In a book about Cleopatra??? No thanks. Her brows are very nice though.


the eyes of kid mias

THOSE SUNGLASSES. This screams early 2000s.

He’s ~CoOL and eDGy~

He is….Kid Midas.


the revolution of ivy

SHE’S GOT A KNIFE! SHE’S GOT A KNIFE!


Twilight-Esque Covers for Classic Stories*

Book Publisher #1: How are we going to get the teens of today to read classic books?

Book Publisher #2: Well, I hear the kids these days really like this book called Twilight. Something about sparkly vampires. Let’s just copy the cover and those dumb teens won’t know the difference!

Book Publisher #1: BRILLIANT! Totally on fleek! *dabs poorly*

steve buscemi kids

*But to be honest I honestly don’t think that was necessarily an AWFUL idea. Publishers change covers for classic books ALL the time to get the younger generation more interested in them.


Not gonna lie this series seriously looks fun AF. This probably really fucking good. It’s got MERMAIDS. Her makeup and SHE HAS GREEN HAIR!! *chef’s kiss* Like it looks cringey but the fun kind of cringe.

another one from this author

oh my gods

Again, this probably is fun a book. So I’m not going to full out judge this.


I thought this was a series but apparently not?? Anyways. Another book that screams “This was a book published in the early 00s”.


Drumroll please…

crazy lady cover

Ahhh…yes…. there’s nothing quite like ableism in the 1990s. I have no idea who thought this would be a good idea in the slightest. WTF.


In conclusion: I think covers especially for Young Adult books/series have gotten A LOT better. Many are very stylized and artistic. So many of my favorite covers are YA covers. There’s a lot more effort put into books for teens today that  I don’t think was really a huge priority back when most of these were published. Now there’s some more thought put onto the covers such as the models used especially concerning books diverse characters and books by diverse authors.

Thanks for reading! Hope y’all enjoy this!

Sav

Top 5 Tuesday – Books I Want to Reread

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme from Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm! This week’s topic is Books I Want to Reread.

Pretty much all of these are books I read in elementary or middle school and I honestly don’t have the best memory of them or just want to reread them for curiosity’s sake.


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Anne of Green Gables

Top 5 Tuesday – Naked Hardcovers

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme from Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm 🌟

This week’s topic is Naked Hardcovers.

I apologize in advance if these photos aren’t the best quality my camera sucks.

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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

I love the color combination of red and silver. Also the feather is a nice touch and an important symbol in the story.

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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

I LOVE this one so much. The starry night and the moon. 🌙

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

Of course one of my favorites book covers has an amazing hardcover 😍😍😍

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You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

I especially like this because of the subtle design on the front

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Fragments of Horror by Junji Ito

This is a horror manga anthology by one of the most iconic horror manga artists. The cover is creepy as hell and has a lot of the characters and creatures seen in the stories. Beautiful may not be the best way to describe this but I think it’s still worth mentioning.

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Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 covers with Green, Blue & Purple

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So this is my first ever Top 5 Tuesday post and I’m excited to join in on this! This is hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Bookworm. Click here for upcoming topics for June!

The topic for today is covers with green, blue, and purple which are my favorite colors because they go so well together, so this may actually be difficult for me to just limit it to 5 but I will try. Also I’ve did a similar post that featured my favorite blue covers or blue books so this will be heavier on the purple and green covers.

Prepare to have your eyes delighted on these colorful and beautiful books.