#T5W: Second Book Is Best (Rarely?)

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Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This week we’re talking about series where the second book is the best installment. And… I’m gonna have to shake things up a little, because this statement just isn’t true of me. Apparently. I could only come up with three answers for this. That’s it. The rest of my answers would’ve been lying or bending the rules to make it work.

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#T5W: Book Covers I’d Live In

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Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. Today we’re discussing book covers that are so compelling and beautiful, I’d gladly jump in and live there. Or maybe visit. Yes, as usual, I have to be a little contrary about it. I mean, most of these worlds don’t have an internet connection, you feel me? So let’s get started!

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#T5W: Series That Got Better

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Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This week, we’re talking about series that improved with each installment. I want to make clear that none of these were series that started out weak. If a series starts too poorly, I don’t continue it. And these days with my new DNF policy, I might not even finish the first book. It has to be good from the start to get me invested, but these are the ones that grew even more wonderful as I read.

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#T5W: Books Not Set In Or Inspired By The Western World

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Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This time we’re talking about non-Westernized fiction. Meaning it takes place somewhere in the world that isn’t North America, the UK, or Europe. I actually like that she was careful to include the idea of fantasy worlds, so Middle Earth still counts as the United Kingdom, considering that’s the inspiration for it. I was sad to discover that once you exclude European countries, I found this list difficult. I definitely want to have more varied answers for something like this, but I think that was definitely the point. To inspire us to read outside of our usual haunts.

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#T5W: Favorite Unlikable Characters

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Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. Today we’re discussing “unlikable” characters. I’ve chosen this list based on the way I’ve seen other readers respond to these characters. For me, “unlikable” is not a good way to ever describe a character. It’s a catch-all term that has been overused until its meaning has become “someone I personally don’t like.” So let’s explore that, shall we?

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#T5W: Fandoms I’m No Longer In

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Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This time we’re talking about fandoms. Oh, fandoms. Those things that have such enormous highs and lows. That can fire up your interest in something until it becomes obsession or kill you’re enthusiasm so completely you never want to think about it ever again. I’ve seen some stuff. I’ve been in the mud and the blood when it comes to fandoms, for better or for worse. There are some I’ve stuck by, but this isn’t about that. These are the ones that I had to leave behind.

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