Friday Fives | Characters Coffee Orders

As per usual, I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

I was going to do books with coffee on the cover, but apparently I don’t read a lot of those (any). So, I’m changing this to what I think a character’s coffee order would be. Enjoy (with a cup of coffee or tea)!

  1. Hermione Granger: a hot, venti, americano, she needs something classy but that will still keep her up
  2. Harry Potter: I see Harry going for a drink that has some coffee but mainly contains sugar (and ignoring Hermione’s concerns about the sugar content and what will happen with his teeth) by getting a java chip frappuccino
  3. Luna Lovegood: She’ll get the vanilla sweet cream nitro cold brew but be very upset that they don’t have a lavender cold brew.
  4. Remus Lupin: venti, blonde roast coffee, he knows this provides the most caffeine
  5. Neville Longbottom: a dirty chai latte, the chai latte reminds him of the tea his grandma used to make and he needs the espresso to keep up with all the kids at Hogwarts.

Happy Reading Darlings!

Friday Fives | Something That Makes You Stop Reading a Book

As per usual, I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

  1. Alienating the audience – This goes for any form of political/social book and for either side. Any book that begins with the other side is “evil,” “destroying America,” “part of a satanic cult.” It doesn’t have to be something that negative either, but something small that paints the other side or sides of the argument as stupid, I’m automatically out.
  2. Slow Pacing – Of course, I’m not expecting an action scene every page! There needs to be a reason why I keep turning the page though.
  3. Overtly Religious – I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I cannot stand the Chronicles of Narnia. I get it Lewis it’s an allegory for Christians, but you don’t have to shove it down my throat on every page.
  4. Stereotypes – Yes, there are some stereotypes that are fun and harmless and well, true. Like how the British love their tea. But harmful stereotypes of the LGBTQ+, BIPOC, or other minority groups is where I draw the line.
  5. Convoluted story or world building – For fantasy books, the reader is supposed to be dropped in the middle and is figuring it out (sometimes with the main character). However, if I’m almost done and still confused, there’s a problem

Honorable mention: the whole token LGBTQ+ character in a group of friends. I mention this earlier this week, but if you’re a member of the alphabet mafia you know as well as I do that we travel in packs!

Happy Reading Darlings!

Friday Fives | Wow! Endings

As per usual, I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Today’s topic is on books that had amazing endings that completely blew me away!

I was literally dead after finishing this! I was not expecting that ending or how much it ripped my heart out and stomped on it!


I pre-ordered this book. I did not know this book was a series. I threw the book when I read that ending! I’m so excited that the second book is out.


A fascinating, twisty book with such an interesting ending, and something that made me truly think of justice and our (United States) justice system.


I’m not going to lie, I think Hank wrote a better book than John. Come at me, bro! I thought this book was fascinating exploration of humanity, privacy, and infamy. That ending left me so mad though! But it was soooo good!!


In the poem The Hollow Man, by T.S. Eliot, he ends the poem “This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper.” This book relates to that line so much that I can’t even! It was a beautiful book with such a wow ending but one that was subtle and haunting and stayed with you for days later.

Happy Reading Darlings!

#FridayFives | Characters You Want to Punch in the Face

As per usual, I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Mick Riva is so annoying and entitled and I cannot stand him! I was super happy that Brandon went and crashed his car, and I was so happy that Nina finally stood up to him.

Ben’s parents who deserve a good punch to the face and maybe a kick as well. If you can’t handle a child being LGBTQIA+, has a disability, or will grow up to form their own opinions, here is some free advice: DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN!

Tessa’s brother, Nathaniel, definitely deserves a punch in the face (it’s been a while since I’ve read the book, so he may have gotten one)! But you betray your own sister because her parentage is that of a demon, something she had no control over!

Severus Snape definitely deserves a punch or two! His “love” for Lily is NOT at all romantic and the line “Always” needs to stop being something that people latch on as something sweet! It’s gross, and he’s just an incel!

Jianzhu is such an ass throughout the whole book! He makes wrong decision after wrong decision, and he thinks he knows best out of everyone. Gah!?! I just wanted to give him a swift kick!

Happy Reading Darlings!

#FridayFives | Tropes I’m Tired of Reading

As per usual, I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

There comes a time when I just get tired of certain things in books. This can be genres, topics, tropes, etc. For this one, I’m going to focus on tropes in books.

Love Triangles, especially in young adult novels, are just overdone and boring! They get in the way of the story, and then it becomes all anyone talks about or focuses on. I mean Katniss has more important things to worry about than whether to be with Peeta or Gale, and there never was a love triangle between Harry, Ron, and Hermione, so just stop it.

The best friend turned love of my life but I only realized it when we were in serious danger. It’s just more annoying and also I’ve never actually seen it play out in real life, so maybe that’s my issue with it. Most childhood best friends just remain best friends.

The damsel in distress is plain insulting to women. Even if women need help, what’s wrong with that? Whether a woman (or man) needs help or not, it doesn’t need to be a major plot point in a novel.

An author who writes a token diverse character that is only there to prop up the main character and to make themselves “feel” better. Try to actually write believable diverse characters. If you don’t know what that looks like, well then find people who are diverse. Have people who are LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and other minority groups read your story to see what they think. And for god’s sake don’t retroactively say there were diverse characters when they’re really weren’t (looking at you she-who-must-not-be-named)!

Writing the protagonist as an outsider who focuses on only super obscure literature at 15, has a specific routine, and the boy she falls in love with says the line “you’re not like other girls.” When did this line become romantic? It’s not romantic, it’s a dig at other women. What’s wrong with being like other women? Nothing! Write real women and girls in your books.

Happy Reading Darlings!

#FridayFives | Top 5 things you need to head to Hogwarts

One of these days I’ll get back on top of posting these along with other blog posts. Today is not that day!

As per usual, I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

In honor of the Hogwarts train leaving Platform 9 3/4 on Sept. 1st, I thought it’d be fun to list the top 5 things I need for the upcoming school year or the last half of the year (TERFs need not respond to this please and thank you).

A journal, I never really leave the house without a journal, so I’d definitely need on on the train and for the upcoming school year. I write thoughts, poems, story ideas down all the time.

A good coffee supply (or travel mug) is always essential but especially during those first few days, week or so, when the students are back and needing to chug down coffee quickly to be on time to the meetings and such.

Due to the continual pandemic (wear a damn mask and get vaccinated!), I definitely stocked up on some hand sanitizer. I love working with students, but I don’t trust them to not be vessels of germs.

A good planner! This can be whatever works for you. There are many different ones out there now and find the best system for you. (This is not sponsored AT ALL but I love Plum Paper planners for the fact that there planners are completely customizable).

Books! I mean a train ride gives me enough time to read a book plus I definitely will need some throughout the year.

Happy Reading Darlings!

Note: I want to make it perfectly clear that I do not support the author of Harry Potter nor do I support any TERFs! If you are one, please find the nearest exit. I have yet to be able to read or watch Harry Potter since the author’s unfortunate blog post in summer 2020. Maybe one day, I’ll be able to. I’ve heard about buying used to not give her more money, but this goes beyond that. I’m trying not to let her take away the childhood that gave me so much escape and love and it’s been difficult to not let that happen. Anyway, ramblings are over!

#FridayFives | Characters You Love to Hate

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Sometimes there are just certain characters that you love to hate, here are mine.

Of course, Mr. Collins had to be included in this list. The character himself was so well written, but man do I just want to punch him in the face. (Sidenote: for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I think Matt Smith was a wonderful choice for the role).

There’s a reason we all hate Umbridge more than Voldemort, and that’s because we all have an Umbridge in our life.

I, as many other Throne of Glass fans, do not like and will never like Chaol Westfall. He was okay in the first book, then he just went downhill from there. I just want to punch his very punchable face!

Stevens, a long-serving butler at Darlington Hall, takes a motoring trip through the country and on the way he looks back at his past and his life. He’s such an unreliable narrator and makes himself better than he actually is, along with passing the blame to others rather than taking responsibility for his actions. Just shut up dude!

Briony sees something that she thinks she understands and ruins two people’s lives, along with their families. Then as an adult, she goes and write a book to “atone” for her sins, yet she never actually did any atoning because it was all A LIE!

Happy Reading Darlings!

#FridayFive | Books that Deal with Tough but Important Issues

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Today’s topic are books that have difficult topics but ones that are important topics, and we should definitely read them!

A dual narrative that questions how far we’ve come with race relations in America.

Issues: Race relations and equality


A young girl goes back to her parents’ country not knowing that they have plans for her future, an arranged and forced marriage.

Issues: Forced marriages


A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.

Issues: drugs, Duterte’s archaic war on drugs, grief, family relations


Sadie runs away from home on a journey of revenge after her sister, Mattie, is brutally murdered.

Issues: sexual assault/rape, pedophilia, child abuse


A novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.

Issues: family relations, LGBTQIA+, transgender child

Happy Reading Darlings!

#FridayFive | Booker Prize Longlist Books I Want to Read

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I’m back!

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Today’s topic are books I’d like to read from the Booker Prize Longlist books which was announced on July 27, 2021.

A Town Called Solace follows Clara and her fractured family – a sister who is missing and parents who won’t ever tell her the truth; Liam’s escape from a mid-life crisis in this crumbling house which he was given unexpectedly by a woman he hasn’t seen since he was five; and Mrs Orchards’ final days in hospital, as her memories spiral back to the real mystery at the heart of this novel – what happened between her and Liam so many years ago.


Written with precision and grace, Anuk Arudpragasam’s masterful new novel is an attempt to come to terms with life in the wake of devastation, and a poignant memorial for those lost and those still alive.


The Promise charts the crash and burn of a white South African family, living on a farm outside Pretoria. The Swarts are gathering for Ma’s funeral. The younger generation, Anton and Amor, detest everything the family stand for — not least the failed promise to the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. After years of service, Salome was promised her own house, her own land… yet somehow, as each decade passes, that promise remains unfulfilled.


With candor and sympathy, debut novelist Nathan Harris creates an unforgettable cast of characters, depicting Georgia in the violent crucible of Reconstruction. Equal parts beauty and terror, as gripping as it is moving, The Sweetness of Water is an epic whose grandeur locates humanity and love amid the most harrowing circumstances.


Spanning Prohibition-era Montana, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand, wartime London, and modern-day Los Angeles, Great Circle tells the unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost.

Happy Reading Darlings!

#FridayFives | Favorite Words

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Today’s topic is on some of my favorite words. Posting early as I’m leaving early tomorrow morning for a trip.

  1. Codswallop: nonsense
  2. Halcyon: calm and peaceful; happy, prosperous
  3. Gauche: unsophisticated and socially awkward
  4. Petrichor: the smell of earth after rain
  5. Tsundoku: Japanese noun; buying books and not reading them; letting them pile up unread

Happy Reading Darlings!