Top 5 Wednesday #4 – Characters I Would Defend

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here.

This weeks topic is Characters I Would Defend

This topic was so difficult for me. I went a couple different routes when choosing characters for this topic, but I feel like I did pretty well.

Severus Snape – Harry Potter

I’m on Team Snape. When the final couple books were coming out, the main argument wasn’t if Harry would kill Voldemort or vice versa it was about if you thought Snape was good or evil. I always thought he was on the Order’s side. Yes, he may have had some misdirected anger when it came to Neville, but I can still understand where he is coming from and in the end he continued to protect Harry because of his love for Lily Potter and helped make sure that Voldemort was defeated. 10 points to Slytherin!


Apparently, this Ravenclaw is going to appreciate all of her favorite Slytherins today in this blog post. Next up is…

Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter

I see Draco, just as I see Harry, Hermione, Ron, and all the other students. They are all children who were thrust into a war that had begun long before their time. Draco unfortunately was born into the side of Evil with his father being a Deatheater during the rise of Voldemort. For me, I see his actions as those of a scared boy who is fearful of what a crazed man could do to his family if he disobeys. There are times in the books that we see Draco’s facade break and that he isn’t truly the evil character that people see him to be. He drops his wand when Dumbledore tells him he has a choice and his fear keeps him from identifying the Trio when they are in Malfoy Manor. At the end of the day, I think that fear was to overwhelming for him to deal with. He made decisions the best he could with what he had been dealt and you can’t blame him for that.



Tessa Grey – The Infernal Devices

I’m not really sure what other readers opinions of Tessa are but for me I would defend her with every ounce of energy I could muster. When I read the books and met Tessa I immediately related to her on a strong level. It’s almost hard to put into words the connection I feel with her. Of coarse, the love of reading and books but I also think that I really value a lot of her personality traits like her strength which is very understated but powerful and that kinda of strength is hard to read. Plus, how kick ass is she when it comes to the end with the clockwork angel. She is my book character spirit animal. So, no matter what anyone else says I will be quick to her defense.


Katniss Everdeen – Hunger Games

I sometimes think that Katniss get a bad rap for being a little stubborn and unpredictable, but these characteristics lead her to make decisions based on her morals and what is right, instead of what people tell her is right. The decisions she makes are for what she believes is the good of the many and not the few and it makes for interesting dynamics for her story and makes her a powerful female protagonist.


I saw my final character on a few other posts and never even thought about defending him because I never thought of him in that way but I think he needs a little love!

Charlie Kelmeckis – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

From reading other blog posts today, the reasoning for coming to Charlie’s defense was that some see his character as over dramatic. I read that and decided to include him in my post as well. What Charlie has been through during his life and the mental illness he suffers from could never lead me to call him overdramatic. Dealing with a friend’s suicide and being sexually abuse by a family member is not something to take lightly and his reactions to those triggers in his life could clearly cause him to panic, breakdown, and withdraw. The Charlie you see in the book is, in my opinion, a realistic depiction of how one person could handle all of that. Charlie has a long journey to still go at the end, but he did it on his own for a long time before telling his family about Aunt Helen. He suffered and endured through a lot and he made it through and I like to believe he will continue to make through.



I hope you all enjoyed this post. I  have also achieved the goal that I set for myself at the start of this blog. My goal was to post for each topic during the month of May for Top 5 Wednesday and the fact that you are reading post #4 means I have accomplished just that. I’m enjoying writing these blog posts so this is definitely not the end…it’s just the beginning.

On that note, I will write to you later! Thanks for reading!












Top 5 Wednesday #3 – Summer Reads


The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here.

This weeks topic is Summer Reads!

For this topic I already had 1 book in mind and it was…

Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly

seventeenth-two“What better time than summer for a little romance? Except for Angie, who doesn’t really date. Didn’t date, that is – until she saw Jack Duluth’s crew cut peeking out over a booth at McKnight’s drugstore one night. Thus starts the summer Angie will never forget – one full of spine chills, total bliss, heartache, and confusion. . . all the feelings that spell love.”
– Back Cover Blurb

This book is an ultimate summer read for me. It is a coming of age story about first love. I have cherished this book for a long time. My mom had read it when she was younger and then she told me about it. I’ve probably reread it a couple of times since the first reading. Even though the book was first published in 1942, I think that the emotions and connections that are displayed by the characters still hold relevance today or can atleast be applied to how we feel about growing up, family, and relationships! A great read for those long car rides or lounging on the beach.

      For the next 4 books I decided to hit my TBR shelf and find some books that had a summery feel to them that I could see myself reading this summer. These books have been chosen mostly by their colorful covers that bring summer to the front of my mind. They are about friends, road trips, romances, travel, and discovering you. A few of them also take place during the summertime…so very appropriate!

Driftwood by Elizabeth Dutton


“How Far Would You Go For You Family”

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord


“Two Best Friends…Two Broken Hearts… One Summer That Will Change Everything.”

No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown16144570

“A girl. A dream. A choice.”


Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn18525657

“Hot sun. Blue waves. New romances. Old secrets.”

      If you have read any of the books above what did you think of them? Also, let me know a book from your summer reads whether it is a book you’ve already read or one that you are hoping to read while relaxing this summer.




Top 5 Wednesday #2

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was c118368reated by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here. Each month there is a set of topics and each Wednesday you blog, film, Instagram, etc. your Top 5 for that specific topic or you can skip a week if you just aren’t feeling it.

The topic I will be discussing today is:

Characters I Am Most Like

Tessa Grey from The Infernal Devices18335634

Tessa and I both share a love of books and reading. Getting lost in the stories and the different worlds is something I love so much.
Though, to make the likeness even more accurate I really should get a copy of A Tale of Two Cities!

Sydney Sage from Vampire Academy & Bloodlines

A little bit of a goofy one here!  Over the past few months, I have begun to live off of coffee in the morning and we all know the Sydney cannot go without her multiple cups of coffee per day! Though, I personally  like to add an Iced Caramel Chai Latte into the mix sometimes!

Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy & Bloodlines

I’ve always loved Rose from the beginning of this series. The trait that Rose and I share is our sarcasm and wit. The sarcasm comes easily and on a good day I will have multiple witty comebacks that just flow easily out of my mouth…though like Rose this isn’t always a good thing. Thankfully, my friends seem to realize my sarcasm and do not get offended. At least I hope they don’t…

The Weasleys from Harry Potter

Yes, I know the Weasley family is made up of multiple characters. As a whole, they epitomize the love of family and friends. They care very strongly and will go to great lengths to protect each other and that hand extends to people like Harry and Hermione who are just friends. I love my friends and family dearly and always have the need to take care of them and listen to them and give advice and I felt like the Weasleys really encompassed that part of me.

Sophie May from Billy and Me16112830

Like me, Sophie May shies away from the spotlight, which is not how she used to be as a child. I feel like I have stepped back and not put myself out there as much as I used to because of my anxiety in different situations and because of my depression that can develop off and on as well. Sophie deals with her anxiety and the causes of it in the book and that is just what I have been doing this past 6 to 7 months or so in my own life. I may give this book a reread soon…maybe there is some advice that I could use that wasn’t relevant the first time around.

WOW! That was a really hard T5W….I have been thinking about this topic all day. I’m pretty happy with myself on my choices at the end of it. I opened up a bit about my personality, which I think was a good exercise for me, though truly terrifying at the same time to give up some details about myself that I don’t usually tell many people. It’s much easier to write then to say it out loud.

In the comments, let me know how you fared in making your list or one character that you identify with the most. Thanks for reading!



Top 5 Wednesday #1

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here. Each month there is a set of topics and each Wednesday you blog, film, Instagram, etc. your Top 5 for that specific topic or you can skip a week if you just aren’t feeling it. I’ve filmed a couple of these originally on my booktube channel but this is the first one in a blog format.

The topic I will be discussing today is:

Authors You’d Want To Meet At Book Expo America & Bookcon

First off, I must say that I’m dying to go to Bookcon…I’m almost tempted to fly into Chicago in the morning for the event and then fly home that same evening. In any case, these are the Top 5  Authors that I would love to meet and that I have met before but given the chance would love to meet them again. I’m still including those authors that I’ve met already even if it is smudging the rules just a bit. Starting off with…

  1. Richelle Mead

I have been a fan of Richelle Mead since I picked up Vampire Academy back in high school. It did take me 3 tries to get through the first book. After I finished, I just kept reading and reading and waiting for the next books. I’m so happy that I got to continue in that world through her other series Bloodlines because I love Adrian and Sydney both separate and together and would love to be able to express my love of her storytelling and characters to her directly. I can’t wait to read Soundless and The Glittering Court.

    2.   Adam Silvera

Yesterday, Adam announced that he would be signing History Is All You Left Me at some unknown, as of now, time at BEA and when I read the tweet I may have danced around with IMG_6090joy, that is until I realized that I wouldn’t be attending. I loved Adam’s debut novel, More Happy Than Not. It was such an amazing book that really pulled you in and kept you reading and that TWIST near the end…it hit me like semi-truck. Very impressive for a debut novel! I have already met Adam a couple of times, once at Geekycon and then again at the Decatur Book Festival last year. I wouldn’t pass up another chance to say Hi and have a quick chat with such an amazingly awesome writer and human being about anything at all. Though Harry + Cedric might be near the top of the list.

*** To Adam, are you sure you don’t want to give up your screen name for I will not give it to anyone else. I promise!***

    3.   Veronica Roth

Divergent is hands down one of my favorite YA Dystopian series. I love this series with all the scientific elements, especially the serums, something about them is just a really intriguing idea to me. I would also, and I know I’m going to get some questionable stares at the computer screen for this, thank her for the ending because, in my opinion, it ended perfectly. I would love to meet her and thank her for creating such  an intriguing dystopian world.

     4.   Cassandra Clare

Another author that I have already met, though the last time I met here she had just released Clockwork Prince, so it’s been awhile since I’ve listened to here speak about her books. I have so many questions I could ask her about her new series The Dark Artifices. Lady Midnight took the cake as my favorite of the Shadowhunter Chronicles and gave me a brand new book boyfriend by the name of Mark Blackthorn. I would to love to chat with her again about her inspiration for the new series and where she draws from in order to keep creating new aspects of the Shadowhunter world.

     5.  Jenny Han

And once more….I was fortunate to meet Jenny Han at Geekycon. I had read her series The Summer I Turned Pretty and IMG_5894I had just finished To All The Boys I Loved Before. Since leaving Geekycon last year, I finished P.S. I Still Love You and I feel like I just want to meet her again and tell her all about the feels these books gave me! I really wouldn’t mind if she has a 3rd book up her sleeve somewhere. Her writing style and storytelling gives the characters such a relatable feel and I love that connection when I read these types of stories. Love her!

If you have reached the ending of this blog post, I want to say thank you for reading my blog in it’s early stages. This is the first T5W post and I hope to have one up for every Wednesday in May as a sorta of beginner blogging goal for myself. In the comments, let me know what authors you would hope to meet at BEA & Bookcon or just in the general sense. Write to you all soon!