Top 5 Wednesday: Top SFF Books on My TBR

As I’ve mentioned at least a dozen times, I’m not really into fantasy or science fiction reads lately. Nevertheless, here is a list of my top five unread SFF reads. Note: All of these are already on my bookshelf so I really do plan to read them one of these days.

cinder

Cinder
by Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles #1

Synopsis
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

a thousand pieces of youA Thousand Pieces of You
by Claudia Gray
Firebird series #1

Synopsis
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

the darkest minds

The Darkest Minds
by Alexandra Bracken
The Darkest Minds series #1

Synopsis
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.
red queen
Red Queen
by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen series #1

Synopsis
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

harry potter and the goblet of fireHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter series #4

Synopsis
Harry Potter is midway through both his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for hundreds of years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards.
And in his case, different can be deadly.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey, but is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts On Tomes.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Future Classics

I believe I’ve never fully read a classic book. I do know some of the famous stories, all thanks to my mandatory English classes back in highschool. A little something about me, English was my favorite class during my senior year because it was such a chill subject – not to mention, my teacher was pretty cool. I think by far my favorite though is Don Quixote and actually, one of my personal reading goals is to read its English book adaptation… but that’s for another day. These are my top five picks for this week’s topic.

Harry Potter series
by J.K. Rowling

harry potter covers

Synopsis
Orphan Harry learns he is a wizard on 11th birthday when Hagrid escorts him to magic-teaching Hogwarts School. As a baby, his mother’s love protected him and vanquished villain Voldemort, leaving child famous as “The Boy who Lived”. With friends Hermione and Ron, he has to win over the returned “One Who Must Not Be Named”.

the book thiefThe Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

Synopsis
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

the fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

Synopsis
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Life of Pilife of pi
by Yann Martel

Synopsis
Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, a Tamil boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

the girl with the dragon tattooThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland
Millennium series #1

Synopsis
Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey, but is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts On Tomes.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Non-Written Novels

Last year, I didn’t do much reading – which is the reason why I call 2016, the ‘Dark Age’. But I was still able to read around 60 something books according to Goodreads. In fact, I only read a few ARCs and some manga. But what I included in this list is a bunch of webtoons I recently started reading on Line Webtoon.

Webtoons are webcomics or comics published online. On the other hand, Line Webtoon is a site or an app for comic artists where they can share their works. It’s basically Wattpad for Korean comics. The best thing about Line Webtoon is that it’s free. Yep, you read that right. It’s totally free and so far, I haven’t noticed some annoying ads unlike in *coughs Wattpad*. Also, you could like download the episodes/chapters on your phone so that when you lost your internet connection, you can still read continue reading. I’m pretty sure there are a bunch of other sites or apps but so far, I’ve only used Line Webtoon. I’m new to this anyways. Note: I was not paid to promote this site or app.

cheese-in-the-trapCheese in the Trap
by soonkki
Updated every Sunday

Synopsis
Seol Hong is a hard-working student, who has returned to college after a long break. Jung Yu is a senior at the college known as Mr. Perfect. Seol feels like her life took a turn for the worse since she got involved with Jung. Is Jung intentionally turning Seol’s life?

Last year, I watched the K-drama based on this comics and I liked it so much. I believe it was the best Kdrama of 2016 – ha, Cheese in the Trap was the only Kdrama I watched last year so I have no place to tell which was the best or worst lmao. Cheese in the Trap is pretty special for me because it introduced me to webtoon. The second half of the series was a total mess and I did some quick research and learned that apparently, it was because the webtoon was on a slower pace during the series’ production. Up to this point, it is actually still on-going. So basically, the people behind the drama just came up with some random plot on the spot without consulting the creator properly. Seriously, the whole miscommunication between the creator and the director is a drama on its own. Also, I read somewhere that they’ll redeem this webtoon by turning it into a film somewhat this year or maybe next year. Anyways, this series is in its third season on Line Webtoon while the Korean edition is in fourth, I think.

orange-marmaladeOrange Marmalade
by Seokwoo
Completed

Synopsis
People are no longer afraid of vampires but that doesn’t stop humans from discriminating against them. Can Mari Baek hide her identity when she falls in love with a popular boy who hates vampires?

You know what this reminds me? Twilight. Just a far better version – I  think. The human guy has this irresistible sweet smell while the girl is a vampire who sustains her thirst by drinking pork’s blood hidden in a tomato juice plastic container. And they had their first encounter on the subway, totally cute.  I’m not the biggest fan of the male character… so far. But this is a fun read which reminds me how I got so hooked with Twilight before. Btw, I just learned that this one has a K-drama too. This is probably the reason why the title sounds so familiar like I’ve heard it before. I’ll check it out after I’m done with the webtoon.

winter-woodsWinter Woods
by COSMOS, VAN JI
Updated every Wednesday

Synopsis
A few thousand years has passed since an alchemist created Winter. He is now living with Jane learning what it means to be alive as a human.

The prologue for this webtoon is just pretty epic – a great intro for real. This seems a really interesting read and I like the whole feel of this series. Also, how do I stop myself from falling for the main character? He looks so serene, beautiful and everything nice. And that gray hair… ugh just simply adorable. The first chapters gave me quite a heart-attack though. He looked pretty creepy and inhumane in there. I can’t wait to get far into the series and see him transform right before my eyes.

ecstasy-heartsEcstasy Hearts
by SilentMaru
Updated every Thursday

Synopsis
Shimizu Anya is the daughter of the two former top Tennis Players of the world. And now, it’s her time to conquer the domain of Professional Tennis at least until her destined rival came and completely crushed her before she could even break out of her bubble. This is where her one-sided rivalry begins.

I don’t really like this webtoon so far. Both characters are just meh. Okay, the guy is pretty hateable for me. He’s a freaking pervert and the girl is still attracted to him for some reason which is frustrating somehow. Talk about insta-love. Let’s just say I need a filler for this post and I’ve only read like six comics on Line Webtoon so far. I would still give this book a go, though. I’m quite curious with the male character and his inner ‘demon’. Maybe, there’s more to him after all.

heartbeats-per-secondHeartbeats per Second
by mjBee

Synopsis
Mia’s life was once colorful when a mysterious but charming boy walked into it one day. Yet one fateful evening he vanished leaving nothing but a few sweet words. 2 years later, Mia looks back longingly at her cherished past just as she’s about to have to untangle the knots that connect to the future she’s going to face.

I only added Heartbeats per Second for the aesthetic feels. The artist’s work is just so incredibly beautiful – not the one on the right side in particular. That’s just a side doodle on the webtoon – but it looks too cute, right? Unfortunately, the creator isn’t really updating much – with only two chapters and a filler post. So I’m not really sure if this story will get anywhere soon.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey, but is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts On Tomes.