Before I started participating in Bionic Bookworm’s Top 5 Tuesday, I did not feel as connected to the blogging community as I would have liked. Then, slowly, as I started writing more, I found a little corner of the bookish social media I could really be a part of. Some entries have made me think and pushed me out of my comfort zone. That is something I need as a writer. Plus, the Top 5 Tuesday posts got me talking to fellow bookish people when there are so few in my real life.
So, thank you Shanah! ❤ And thank you to J.W. Martin for bringing us all together for this!
Top 5 Reasons Why I Blog (November 21st, 2017)
If I had to pick my favorite post of 2017 overall, Top 5 Reasons Why I Blog would be my first answer. It made me think hard about why I chose to blog.
I started my blog after I graduated college and found myself unemployed for several months. I needed something to do and to build my portfolio so future employers could take me seriously. But there was more to it than that. Blogging gave me a routine I needed during a time I felt so unproductive and a little lost.
Top 5 “New to Me” Authors in 2017 (December 12th, 2017)
I thought I didn’t have anything to contribute to this post. Then, I looked at my Goodreads and I realized I did read five “new to me” authors that I did enjoy. Without this post, I might have forgotten about these authors.
The first is Becky Albertalli, who wrote The Upside of Unrequited, one of my favorite young adult contemporary novels out of the whole year. Kasie West, who wrote P.S. I Like You, a lighthearted, fluffy contemporary; a genre I did not always reach for that has unexpected qualities.
Then, there is Agatha Christie with her famous And Then There Were None. I had heard of her for years and I’m so happy I finally read on of her books. Next is Susan Dennard with her book Truthwitch. I dare to say I enjoyed that more than any Sarah J. Maas book. Lastly is Lyndsay Faye, who wrote Jane Steele, one of my all-time favorite books of the year about a morally conflicted but ultimately good-natured female serial killer in Victorian London.
(Not so) Top 5 Books I Want for Christmas (December 19th, 2017)
Probably my favorite one to write out of the whole year, especially since I know most book people can relate. We just want ALL THE BOOKS!!!
It was writing this particular Top 5 Tuesday that got me into the Christmas spirit with all that I have going on right now. I had to laugh at myself for having such a book addiction but not really caring because they were all books I genuinely wanted. Plus, the comments left by people (like Shanah) were so sweet, they made me feel better.
Top 5 Most Read Authors (October 3rd, 2017)
I picked Top 5 Most Read Authors because this one had some surprising answers. When I looked on Goodreads, the top five were: Meg Cabot, Kelley Armstrong, Francine Pascal, V.C. Andrews, and Cassandra Clare.
Meg Cabot and Kelley Armstrong were not a surprise at all. I was obsessed with Meg Cabot all through middle school and high school. Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers trilogy and Women of the Otherworld series were game-changers for me. Both these authors are currently still writing and have books I am still interested in reading…once I get my physical TBR pile down to a decent size.
Francine Pascal is the mastermind behind the Sweet Valley franchise, which was the book series that took over my childhood while everyone else was getting lost in Hogwarts. Looking back on it now, I’m not sure why I loved these books so much—they were basically soap operas in book form. But I don’t regret it necessarily, because I was a different reader back then. Only I’m pretty sure I have read more Sweet Valley books than 24…there are likely some I have forgotten about.
V.C. Andrews and Cassandra Clare were the surprises. I had no idea I had read so many books by them (12 for Andrews, 11 for Clare). V.C. Andrews was one of my obsessions in high school. I still own some of her books that I have not read yet (or I have but just don’t remember reading) but I want to get back into her works. She’s the one who got me interested in modern Gothic literature and messed-up family dramas.
As for Cassandra Clare, she is still a current obsession. I have not read Lord of Shadows or The Bane Chronicles by her yet. The former I plan to remedy next year. I don’t know when I will ever get to The Bane Chronicles.
Top 5 Favorite Villains (July 11th, 2017)
This Top 5 Tuesday made me realize I love female villains, since they tend to be more complicated and crazier than the male ones. Like Amarantha from A Court of Thorns and Roses or the Commandant from An Ember in the Ashes series, to name two of the more well-known ones. When most people think “villain,” I doubt the word “female” comes to their mind when they assume a gender. Plus, this post was just fun in general, because who doesn’t love a good bad guy (or girl)?