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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Minor Characters

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and is hosted by Samantha.

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I cheated on this one because I only have four, but they are four characters I absolutely adore.

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

Luna Lovegood Harry Potter


Aahhhh, this little cinnamon roll. She was the one I saw most of myself in. She taught me it was okay to be myself, even if that meant that I didn’t do all the things the “popular” girls did. I felt like I could just be me.

Marquis de Carabas (Neverwhere)

marquis de Carabas neverwhere

He’s a trickster, very arrogant and very, very self-confident but loyal to his friends. Is it just me or do these kind of characters always have the best lines?

Also, did you know his character was inspired by Puss in Boots?

Lucien (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

Lucien a court of thorns and roses a court of mist and fury sarah j maas


Lucien’s snark was everything that mattered for the biggest part of a Court of Thorns and Roses. I hated Tamlin from the very start, so until Rhys showed up, Lucien was all I had.

Now that I’m reading a Court of Mist and Fury, I really enjoy the depth of his character. He has such a tragic back-story and he’s constantly bullied by Tam. I just want him to be happy.


Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter)

draco malfoy harry potter


If only there could be a book with him as the main character. Then we could once and for all know how he felt, why he did what he did. I will always want to know more about him.

I thought Harry was such a boring character. He always did the right things, was always the hero. I’d much rather read about the flawed characters, the antagonists.

And I’m not saying that we should forgive him for the bad stuff he did. It’s not that simple. But I want to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Draco Malfoy will always be my favorite character.

Books, quotes

Favorite Book Quotes (4)

Rainbow Rowell Carry On Favorite Book Quotes

After reading Fangirl, I was not sure if I wanted to pick up any more books by Rainbow Rowell. Yes, it was fun and yes, I flew through it but I felt so old when I was reading it. (Ugh, I sound pathetic. Please forgive me.)

But then everyone started talking about Carry On, how it was not like Fangirl at all and I decided to give it a go. And you know what? It was great!

The world was a bit silly and the spells make no sense at all, but I think that was the idea. When you look past it, there’s a cute story about two boys falling in love. It was so good.

It’s also a story about insecurities, about being different, about dealing with pressure. Not just fluff then. Not all things are what they seem.

#T5W, Books

Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and is hosted by Samantha.

All information can be found here.

The weather’s heating up, the days are getting longer. Even if it’s not sunny, even if it rains all the time (Thank you, Belgium), we still have our summer reads to get us in the summer-mood.

Here are five books I’d recommend.

Tigers in Red Weather – Liza Klaussmann (buy)

tigers in red weather Liza Klaussmann

Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sunbleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha’s Vineyard in a glorious old family estate known as Tiger House. In the days following the end of the Second World War, the world seems to offer itself up, and the two women are on the cusp of their ‘real lives’: Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is heading for a reunion with her own young husband, Hughes, about to return from the war.

Soon the gilt begins to crack. Helena’s husband is not the man he seemed to be, and Hughes has returned from the war distant, his inner light curtained over. On the brink of the 1960s, back at Tiger House, Nick and Helena—with their children, Daisy and Ed—try to recapture that sense of possibility. But when Daisy and Ed discover the victim of a brutal murder, the intrusion of violence causes everything to unravel. The members of the family spin out of their prescribed orbits, secrets come to light, and nothing about their lives will ever be the same.

This book is all about secrets. Everyone has details about their life they’d rather keep hidden. I loved the atmosphere in this book, it felt like I was there on that island. Don’t expect a super in dept murder mystery because that’s not what this is. It’s about a family that doesn’t really get along. About putting on masks to protect yourself. Intrigued? Go on, give it a go…

This is what happy looks like – Jennifer E. Smith (buy)

this is what happy looks life Jennifer E Smith

When a young movie star accidentally sends a small-town girl an email about his pet pig, the two teens strike up a witty correspondence during which they share their views on everything without revealing their actual identities, an episode that causes a relationship to develop which ultimately transforms when the actor chooses the girl’s hometown for the setting of his latest film.

This was cute and fluffy and the story takes place over the summer. I’m not a big contemporary reader but there’s just something about summer and contemporary fiction that makes them fit together perfectly.

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon (buy)

outlander diana gabaldon

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

I’m putting this on my list because I started reading it while on holiday in the Provence. I FLEW through it. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series since but I really enjoyed this one! If you want something you can immerse yourself in, this might be the one.

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd (buy)

The secret life of bees Sue Monk Kidd

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come!!! I LOVED this book when I read it and I can still see myself sitting in the sun being completely overwhelmed by this story. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out!

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel (buy)

station eleven emily st john mandel

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as The Travelling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

If you would like something more thrilling to read on those hot summer days, this is one to put on your list. I know that a lot of people have already read this one but I couldn’t not include it. This is a beautiful dystopian story about the different ways someone can ‘survive’. It’s also the next book for Sanne‘s #EndOfTheWorldBookClub , you might want to check that one out 😉

Books, Poetry, Review

Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself In This One – Amanda Lovelace ****

where all

human beings
are taken care of

shouldn’t be called

a “revolutionary”
way of life

& yet
it is.


review the princess saves herself in this one amanda lovelace

“Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. The princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while ‘you’ serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

To say that this poetry collection takes you on a journey is a serious understatement. I loved this book, got swept away, cried (several times) and laughed (several times). Of course, some poems spoke to me more than others but overall I was touched. I recognized a lot of feelings I’ve felt myself growing up.

Some of my favorite poems had references to Harry Potter. Like this one:

“The little girl
isn’t listening to you-

she’s way too busy
staring out the window,

fantasizing about
a world of

magical accidents,
flying envelopes,

screeching owls,
adoring giants,

brooms that
do more than sweep,

friends who are
always loyal,

& a train
that will take her

to an enchanted place
far far far

away from

Put under a lifelong spell.

This poetry collection talks about a wide variety of things such as abuse, grief, loss but also self-discovery, love and acceptance.

If you’re new to poetry, this might be a good place to start. It’s pretty straightforward and easy to follow.

If you’re a seasoned poetry-reader, you might enjoy the style, the messages, the story linking all the poems together.

In short, I believe this is a collection for everyone. I will pick it up again soon, to see if I’ve missed anything. I read it over the course of an evening so it doesn’t take up a lot of time. I want to dive back in and mark all my favorite poems so that I can just pick them up whenever I feel like it.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who’s interested in poetry!