Top 5 Tuesday: “Main Males”

Top 5 Tuesday is created and run by the amazing Bionic Book Worm. You can join the fun by checking out the topics for the month here.

This week’s topic is “main males” and obviously there are no literary characters who can compete with my ‘lil kitten, Draco. He is my main male, my Best Boy and Top Cat. I mean look at this little fella!

But to books now – and it appears I have a “type” when it comes to my favourite male characters: gentle but fierce (much like my cat).

Laurent – The Captive Prince series, C.S Pascat

“Laurent had delivered all Damen had asked for, tied up neatly in a bow. All within the space of a day. If you put everything else aside, you had to admire it for sheer organisational efficiency. “

I love Laurent (so much more than Damen). Laurent is just so sassy and powerful and sure of himself and so bloody smart, but yet he’s been so hurt and is at times so confused and lost, and I love seeing the two sides of his character. Men can be self assured AND vulnerable and Laurent is just the perfect merge of these two traits. Also I strongly admire his organisational skills. I love me some organisation.

Alucard – Shades of Magic trilogy, V.E Schwab

I’m sorry I left. I’m sorry. But I’m here now, so you can’t die. Don’t you see how rude that would be, when I’ve come so far?

Okay so Alucard isn’t exactly the ‘main’ male of this series (he probably comes in third or fourth….) but that is main enough for me! I have such a thing for pirates. I love all pirates. Just any pirate character. Especially ones with eyeliner, I ROOT FOR YOU. Alucard is just so cool and fierce and he loves Rhys so much, and he loves his family, and he is a pirate. Just give me all the books with pirates.

Alex – Red, White and Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston

“The next slide is titled: ‘Exploring your sexuality: Healthy, but does it have to be with the Prince of England?'” She apologizes for not having time to come up with better titles. Alex actively wishes for the sweet release of death.

Alex is the bisexual icon we needed, and yet didn’t deserve. He is so sarcastic and strong and seeing him figure out his sexuality, go for what he wants, and win is just epic. Also Alex gets a second quote because it’s awesome. History will remember the bi.

I am the First Son of the United States, and I’m bisexual. History will remember us.

Dara – The Fever King, Victoria Lee

Oh Jesus. Don’t go all pathetic. I know Dara can’t help it – he just transforms gay boys into these drooling stalkers by existing in proximity, but I don’t want to start puking this early.

No ‘main male’ list could ever not include Dara, soft gentle Dara who is so hurt and broken and just wants a farm with some goats. I know everyone is probably sick of me mentioning this book, but until I get the entire world to read it, I will not stop. When I think of Dara, all I know is PAIN because he fought so hard for Noam and couldn’t tell him things and ohmygoshjustreaditplease.

Patroclus – The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

When he died, all things soft and beautiful and bright would be buried with him.

This book nearly broke me, what an amazing retelling of the Achilles + Patroclus story. Despite knowing how the story ended before I began, I still fought against it the whole way and was absolutely heartbroken. Patroclus is just such a good soul and cares so much and is so sure of their love, and so he has to be on this list.

So in conclusion it appears I like soft gentle boys with fierce, sassy sides. And pirates.

Paws out,
Rach + Draco

Top 5 Tuesday: All time favourites!

Top 5 Tuesday was created by the epic Bionic Book Worm. You can join the fun by checking out the topics for the month here.

This week, the topic is a big one – all time favourites. And because that is so impossibly difficult to decide, Bionic Book Worm made this topic a Top 10! I struggled even narrowing it down to just 10, and I did cheat slightly by counting several series as individual items. I also feel like my all time favourites list changes all the time, but for now, here’s my Top 10!

The Fever King – Victoria Lee

Yes I’m mentioning it again. It’s my favourie book right now, I absolutely love it, it’s so fantastic, the characters are amazing, there is so much pain, everyone should read. I have written a full review for this book here.

I Wish You All the Best – Mason Deaver

This is a book I read very very recently, it was the first book on my TBR for Pride month and I read it in one sitting because it was just so good. It tells the story of Ben a non-binary teen who is kicked out of their home after coming out to their parents. It’s a heartbreaking but uplifting story about a teen trying to come to terms with who they are. I posted my full review of the book yesterday, and you can check it out here.

The Poppy War – R.F Kuang

Everyone excited for The Dragon Republic?!?! YES YES YES. The Poppy War is definitely one of my all time favourite fantasies, it was so engaging and action-packed and I couldn’t stop reading. It felt like such a unique concept, set in an incredible world, and as much as it always hurts, I love books where any character might just die, including those you don’t expect. I can’t wait to to read the continuation of this series.

The Broken Earth series – N.K Jemisin

I absolutely adore this series, just a brilliant trilogy with some amazing characters. I’m really due a re-read of these books. I love how all of the different POVs tie together at the end of the first book, I love the magic system, I love Alabastor and Essun and it’s just so so brilliantly different to any other fantasy series.

The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

I read this book last year, and I was just heartbroken the whole through. I prefer this book to Circe, I think possibly because it did break my heart so much, but it’s such a beautiful love story and a wonderful take on the the greek myth of Achilles and Patroclus.

Harry Potter – J.K Rowling

My all-time favourites will never be without Harry Potter. Whilst I have a lot of issues with J.K herself, particularly her need to constantly pretend she’s inserted diversity into a book without actually ever writing it, these books were such a big part of my childhood. I grew up with Harry and co, I got a HP tattoo, I read fanfic for absolute years, my cat’s called Draco…etc. The books had such a profound effect on so many of my generation and I will always love revisiting the world. If I had to choose, I’d probably say Half-Blood Prince is my favourite, given Draco and Severus are my two favourite characters and I feel like that book really develops both of them.

The Rain Wild Chronicles series – Robin Hobb

Another series, this time from the wonderful Robin Hobb! I seem to be in the minority in my Robin Hobb appreciation, in that I much prefer all the books without Fitz, whilst most folk I’ve spoken to prefer the Fitz books. The Rain Wild Chronicles (the ones with the dragons + keepers) is my favourite series though, I just found the Dragons themselves so so interesting, and I loved all the characters, particularly Alise, Leftrin and Sedric.

Love from A to Z – S.K Ali

This is another very recent read which has jumped onto my all time favourites (full review still to come!) It’s a contemporary YA romance, which is a genre I’ve only recently started reading in, and this book was just one of the best, most beautiful and romantic romances I’ve ever read. It’s a story between two Muslim teens who keep crossing paths and we just get to watch as they slowly fall in love and it is incredible!

Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie

Mysteries aren’t really something I read much of currently, and that’s mainly because I find none ever live up to the standard that was Agatha Christie. My mum was a big fan of hers, so growing up I had shelves and shelves of her books I could read. Poirot is my favourite, and of the Poirot books I always really enjoyed Death on the Nile the most. I just love the way her books are structured, with Poirot finding clues, interviewing the suspects and then deducing the crime. It’s always a challenge to see if you can guess the villain before Poirot does, and I just can’t find anything like this nowadays! (I feel so old saying that…)

Shades of Magic series by V.E Schwab

Last on this list is another fantasy series. V.E Schwab created the wonderful Shades of Magic series, which follows Kell and Lila, Rhy and Alucard as they fight a dark and ancient powerful magic. I read all three of this series in about a day and a half over Christmas last year. They are so engaging and exciting, and the villain is one of my absolute favourites ever. Bonus content: pirates and marvellous coats.

I have so many others that could’ve been on this list, particularly some of my recent reads. Let me know if any of these books are on your all time favourites list!

Paws out,
Rach + Draco

Top 5 Tuesday: Debut novels

Top 5 Tuesday was created by the epic Bionic Book Worm. You can join the fun by checking out the topics for the month here.

This week, there is one title on this list that I haven’t quite read yet, but I am so looking forward to, and, since its pride month, I really wanted to have it on my list for this week!

My top 5 debut novels
I Wish You All the Best – Mason Deaver

I just finished this book at the weekend, and OMG it is incredible! It’s a book about a nonbinary teen who comes out to their parents and is kicked out as a result. They go to live with their sister, and try to come to terms with their identity all whilst falling in love. It is beautifully written, so emotional and one of the best debuts I’ve read!

The Fever King – Victoria Lee

No one is surprised to see this here, yes it’s the fourth time I’ve mentioned this book on this blog since I started mid-May, but it’s an absolutely amazing debut from Victoria Lee! It tells the story of Noam, Dara and Ames, three teens who have survived a virus which gives them magic, in a dystopian USA. A lot of heavy issues are discussed, but it’s absolutely fantastic with an incredible romance and twists that break your heart.

Do you Dream of Terra-Two? – Temi Oh

I was never really a huge sci-fi reader until this year, but I’ve read so many great ones, of which Do You Dream of Terra-Two? is one! Temi Oh has written a very character-driven sci-fi examining what would happen if a group of teens were trained for a mission to journey to a newly discovered planet. This book focuses very much on characters, relationships and emotions, which I think is probably why I love it so much!

We Hunt the Flame – Hafsah Faizal

I just finished this book last week and it was a really strong fantasy debut from Hasfah Faizal, inspired by ancient Arabia. I haven’t written up a review for this one yet, but a sneak peak: the cast of characters are so well devleoped and distinct, the romance a fierce slow-burn and the setting absolutely magical.

The Wicker King – K. Ancrum

I haven’t read this book yet, but I am eagerly awaiting its arrival so I can read during pride. But this book excites me so much I needed to put it on this list! K.Ancrum’s debut deals with mental illness in a contemporary fantasy style way. I absolutely love fantasy books that deal with mental illness so very excited to read this debut!

That’s my list for this week – let me know if you’ve read any of these!

Paws out,

Rach + Draco

Top 5 Tuesday: Summertime reads

So this week I found out about Top 5 Tuesdays, a weekly blog topic run by Bionic Book Worm. So I decided to join in! You can find Bionic Book Worm and join the fun by checking out the topics for the month here.

This week’s topic is Summertime Reads! As it’s going into Winter here in Australia, it’s been a while since I’ve read something summery, but here goes…

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

I bought this book for a summer trip to Thailand a year ago. I started on the plane and just couldn’t put it down, got no sleep, and managed to complete it before the plane touched down. It was magnificent! Such a wonderful and bittersweet story about an old Hollywood starlet and the love(s) of her life.

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion

This was another I read in Thailand and was such an uplifting and happy read – perfect for summer! It tells the story of Don Tillman, a man with Aspergers who tries to find the perfect partner for himself by creating The Wife Project, a questionnaire designed to find the perfect partner. In the process, he finds out a lot about love and it’s such a fun read.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

This is one one of the funnest books I’ve read all year – I was so incredibly happy reading it. I absolutely loved all of the characters, it had the perfect amount of romance, drama and adventure for summer!

The Quiet at the End of the World – Lauren James

This is such a lovely little book – it is the perfect book for summer. It features a beautiful friendship between the two youngest humans on Earth, as they watch the world slowly end. There are lots of twists and turns, and whilst I didn’t expect the ending (and at the time wished it had been a bit less happy – I’m a killer for a book that hurts me), it’s definitely a book for a chilled, summer read.

The Travelling Cat Chronicles – Hiro Arikawa

This book is definitely a tearjerker but I think it has a really lovely message, and feels very summery to me. It tells the story from the point of view of a cat, Nana, and his owner, Satoru, as Satoru tries to find someone to look after Nana – though we don’t know the reason why. As a cat owner, this was so hard to read as Nana was so confused about why Satoru would want to give him away and it was just so so beautiful and sad and wonderful.

Paws out,

Rach + Draco