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Top 5 Wednesday – Books to Give ___ as Gifts

Posted December 12, 2018 by A Conjuring of Lit in Top 5 Wednesday / 0 Comments

December 12: Books to Give _____ as Gifts

— Create a recommendations guide for a person. Be creative with this. It can be simple such as “books for parents”, more elaborate like “books for Ravenclaws”, or expert level like “books for -insert your favorite fictional character here-“. You can even take out the category completely and have all 5 be suggestions for different types of people!

Paige: Books for Dreamers

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This may seem like low-hanging fruit, but a list of books for dreamers would just be incomplete without it. If you want to be immersed in a heart-wrenching, wistful world that you wish you could be in, this is a book for you. It is character driven and atmospheric and truly beautiful.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

This is a book for anyone who has struggled to find where they belong, whether they’ve found that place or not. You’ll really connect with all the characters, who have found a world made just for them and are each trying to get back to those worlds and escape a world that doesn’t understand them.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The young boy Bailey, who is a main character in this ethereal, historical, magical circus novel is a dreamer to the core. He is expected to be a farmer or a scholar, but he falls in love with the circus. If you’re a dreamer, I promise you will too.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Jack and Mabel are a middle-aged couple in the 1920s that uprooted their whole lives to move to Alaska to homestead after they realize their East Coast life isn’t for them. It is full of hope and heartache and beautiful Alaskan nature imagery. It is ethereal.

The Throne of Glass series

“The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers.” Just read it, guys.

Kate: Books for People Who Want to be Part of Something More

I was originally going to title my section, “Books For People Who Need A Hug”, but that sounded a bit more condescending than I actual meant for it to be. I know I’ve been making allusions to the craziness of my life, but it’s reaching critical mass. Lately, I just want to read things that I know will either make me feel like I’m a part of something, remind me of my amazing friends and family, or that can take me completely out of my everyday life for a few hours. These do that and more. At least for me.

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve talked about it before, I’ll talk about it again, and one of these days, I’ll make this series a no-go for me to use. For now, however, the Inner Circle makes me happy, and they remind me of my friends who are entirely too far away but manage to keep me grounded and happy anyway.

Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

This is a new favorite, but again, the Dregs are just amazing. They’re terrible people for good reasons, and they know loyalty better than most nobles who spout its importance, ESPECIALLY in the world they inhabit. I would die trying to run with them, but I’d love to try.

The Ember quartet by Sabaa Tahir

A girl against the world? Warring factions? A villain with a leg to stand on? Laia, Helene, and Elias have, quite literally, EVERYTHING going against them. Sometimes, including each other. But the fight they have in them is everything. I’m dying waiting to find out what that all amounts to, and I know I’m going to spend a majority of the last book weeping and/or throwing things, but it’s going to be worth it.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor

The part in Dreams of Gods and Monsters where they come together. You know what I’m talking about. I cried, and I refuse to ruin the details of it for people who haven’t experienced it yet.

Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

I have Anoshe tattooed on my wrist. That is all.

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Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite Villains

Posted October 10, 2018 by A Conjuring of Lit in Top 5 Wednesday / 1 Comment

October 10th: Favorite Villains

It looks like we last did this topic in 2016, so I encourage you to pick new villains if this is not your first time covering this topic! (also, as before, try not to just use HP characters…)

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Paige

YESSSSSSSSSS VILLAINZ

  1. Would this list be complete without throwing in a character from the Villains series by V.E. Schwab? No. And since the whole series is about people being in that murky in-between of good and evil, I’m going to pick my favorite person in Vicious – Victor Vale. His black-out poetry, really cool EO power, and his complex *cough* relationship with Eli is everything
  2. Osaron from the Shades of Magic is also up there, because we are loyal subjects of Queen Schwab here. He is TERRIFYING. He is NOT HUMAN. He is EVIL. And he is POWERFUL.
  3. AIDAN from The Illuminae Files! Maybe some of you are like “What, AIDAN isn’t a villain?” and I am here to tell you it IS and it is GREAT. So complicated. So angsty.
  4. Anise from Winterspell by Claire Legrand. Anybody else seeing a theme here? Complex, twisty villains are my fave.
  5. The Master from Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. I can’t really say much about why I  love this character without really spoiling the book, so go read it! Not all is as it seems.

Kate

Ahhhh yes! My (not so) secret evil book friends.

  1. The Darkling. Allow me to step onto my soapbox – yes, he is a villain; no, he is not redeemable; and no, I don’t think he’s that tragic. He’s just BAD, and that’s why he’s such a great character.
  2. Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. My love (see: hatred) for her was cemented when I read Fairest. I was concerned that learning her back story was going to humanize her and make me feel sympathy or pity, but it didn’t, and I was SO. EXCITED. ABOUT IT.
  3. Bellatrix Lestrange. When I picture a cliche angry villain, the image that pops into my head is Helena Bonham Carter from the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 movie, so I’d feel remiss leaving her out. I don’t recall a whole lot about her, strangely enough, but I do know that she always left me feeling deeply unsettled, both in the books and the movies, and that is the mark of a great villain to me. DISCLAIMER: This is the only HP thing on the list, and the prompt just said not to do ALL HP. Success.
  4. The Nightbringer from the Ember series by Sabaa Tahir. Is he a villain? Isn’t he? I can’t talk a lot about this, because 1) I don’t want to accidentally spoil something and 2) there’s still a fourth book to be written and read. But I’m listening to Reaper right now, and I keep finding more things to question and love/hate about him.
  5. Maeve from Throne of Glass. Like, I REALLY can’t say anything about this one, but I’m anxious to see how her whole THING plays out. Also, please take this as my last minute plea to actually read Tower of Dawn. It is not the filler book that the fandom seemed to think it was going to be, and it contains major plot points. If you want to read Kingdom of Ash without, fine, but you won’t know what’s happening.

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What do you think? Villainy enough? Evil, crazed, manipulative, and misunderstood enough? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to tell us your favorite villains!

Until next week!

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