Top 5 Tuesdays: M/M Couples

I know  I’m super late to the party as this tag was done a few weeks ago, but I’d still like to do a list of my favourite gay male couples in books! So, without further ado…

5. Mateo & Rufus

they both dieHaving read this book fairly recently, this couple remains fresh in my mind. Despite only knowing each other for a day, Mateo and Rufus form a really strong bond and really bring out the best in each other! This could have been an instalove relationship, but given that both characters are supposed to die by the end of the novel, it made sense that they’d want to make the most of their time.

4. Simon & Blue

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3. Rhy & Alucard

22055262Rhy and Alucard are both extremely outgoing characters, but when they’re together, their vulnerabilities really come through, highlighting how good they are together. I’d love to see have seen more of their relationship since they were apart for so long, but the moments they did share were beautiful. Plus, I loved how much Alucard irritated Kell!

2. Jesper & Wylan

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1. Alec & Magnus

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Alec and Magnus were the first gay couple I read in a YA fantasy novel, so they’ll always hold a special place in my heart. From their first meeting, to Alec’s epic coming out, to starting a family together, Alec and Magnus’s relationship has continued to grow from strength to strength, and it’s one of my all time favourite ships, let alone m/m ships.

What are some of your favourite m/m couples in books? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Top Ten Books of 2017!

Happy New Year everyone! As we begin 2018, I’m in a reflective mood, so I’ll be listing my 10 favourite reads of 2017 (I am including a series as one spot). So, without further ado…

10. Legend – Marie Lu

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9. Illuminae/Gemina – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

8. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

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7. The Call – Peadar O’Guilin

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6. The Darker Shades Trilogy – V.E. Schwab

5. History Is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera

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4. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

3. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

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2. Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare

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1. Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

How about you? What’s your top ten reads of 2017? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

The Walking Dead Book Tag

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Hello, fellow readers! I don’t know about you, but The Walking Dead is one of my favourite TV shows to date. While Season 7 wasn’t the best, I’ve been looking forward to the All Out War storyline for a long time, and so, in celebration of the show reaching 100 episodes, I thought why not do a Walking Dead themed book tag! Starting with… 

Rick Grimes:

Name your favourite leading man (or woman)

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As a leader, Rick has had to make some very tough (and dark) decisions over the seasons, but the complexity of his character is why we love him. I think the same could be said of Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. He definitely has a dark side, but he is loyal to those he cares about, and is a great leader.

Negan:

Name your favourite villain

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This was a tough one! I’d have to go for Queen Levana. Having a villain that can literally control your mind is absolutely terrifying, and Levana goes to such extreme lengths to hold onto power that you can’t wait for her to meet her comeuppance!

Maggie and Glenn:

Name your favourite book couple or ship

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If you’ve read Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda, you’ll know how cute Simon and Blue’s relationship is, and this is a really sweet love story with a hint of mystery.

Carol:

Name your favourite bad-ass character

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When I think of this question, Lila Bard from the Darker Shades series immediately comes to mind. She’s funny, she’s feisty, and she can definitely handle herself. Plus, if you’ve read the series, you know she just gets better and better in each book.

Michonne:

Name your favourite POC character

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For a very long time, POC have not been represented very well in media or in books, but that is clearly changing (as it should be!). For me, Jesper Fahey is an all-round character. He is witty, but he has some really vulnerable moments too, and is an important member of the Dregs crew. Not to mention he’s part of one of my favourite ships!

Jesus:

Name your favourite book character from the LGBT+ community

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Like POC characters, people in the LGBT+ community have only recently been receiving a lot more representation in the media. One of the first openly bisexual characters I ever read about was Magnus Bane, but there is so much more to him than that. He’s outgoing, he has an incredible sense of humour and an impeccable fashion sense . Seriously, he’s one of my all-time favourite characters.

Shiva:

Name your favourite book pet

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If you’ve read Heir of Fire, then you know of the awesomeness that is Manon, and her wyvern Abraxos. Essentially, Abraxos is the runt of the litter, until Manon trains him and builds him up as a force to be reckoned with. I love their relationship and how Abraxos brings out a warmer side of Manon.

All Out War:

Name your favourite book battle scene

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Yup, had to throw in a Harry Potter reference! In all honesty, though, the battle of Hogwarts is really epic, and the build up from the previous six books is what attributes to that. We do lose some great characters in this battle, but it will always remain iconic in my eyes.

And how about you? Do you agree/disagree with my choices. The tag is open to anyone if they’d like to do it, and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments!

My Top 5 Books of 2016!

It’s been a great year of reading, and all those months ago in January, I was really excited for the release of several books – which I’ve now read. While this list could go on forever, here are my top 5 books of 2016.

5. Morning Star

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I actually read the entire Red Rising trilogy this year, but I think as a conclusion to the series, this was really strong and was a great ending to the trilogy. I’m also really looking forward to Iron Gold next year!

4. A Monster Calls

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Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors, and A Monster Calls didn’t disappoint. It was heart-breaking and moving, and a really original concept. I’m really looking forward to the movie version of this, as the book was written so beautifully.

3. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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I don’t read a lot of contemporary novels, but after hearing a lot of good things about this book, I had to read it – and I wasn’t disappointed. This book covered a lot of topics without being preachy, and still managed to be funny and relatable. This book also made me want to read a lot more contemporary novels in the future.

2. Empire of Storms

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I love the Throne of Glass series, so this had to make it on my list. I really enjoyed this book, and the ending just got me pumped for the final book in the series. A lot of relationships developed in this book, and I gained a new appreciation for Manon!

1. Lady Midnight

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I remember many years ago when I first read City of Bones, and my obsession with this series first began. First, there was The Mortal Instruments, then The Infernal Devices, then The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, and now finally we have The Dark Artifices, which I think made a great addition to the Shadowhunter universe. This book had me up at odd hours of the night just to finish it, and I really enjoyed finding out about characters from the other series and how they’ve matured/developed. We also delved deeper into the parabatai bond, and certain elements from Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy came into play here. As one of my favourite series, this had to be my number one.

Honourable Mentions

While these books didn’t make it on my list, I still wanted to mention them as these were  books that also stood out for me this year!

Hope you enjoyed my thoughts on the top 5 books of 2016, and it would interesting to hear if you agree/disagree with any of my choices. I hope everyone had a good Christmas, and good luck for the new year!