T5W: My Top 5 Slytherin-y Books on My Shelves

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. Before I begin, here is a link to the group for topics and information. Today’s topic is top 5 books representing our Hogwarts house. As a Slytherin, I will be focusing on my own house.

Let’s begin.

5. Vicious by VE Schwab

Actually, I haven’t read this one yet, but I am so sure that it’ll be a good representation of Slytherin. From what I have gathered, this book is an exploration of villainy and morality. To me, these are questions that I tend to posit for myself often. Am I good? Am I bad? what motivates me?

4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

This is a story of 4 boys (5? Do I count Henry or not? Crisis!) and a girl as they search for a dead Welsh king. It is all about ambition at its core. Gansey and his obsession with the Welsh king is an example of this. Also another example to consider is Adam and his struggle to find his place in the world. What about Ronan and the dream thieving? This is a Slytherin book through and through.

3. And I Darken by Kiersten White

Haven’t read this one yet, but I am also sure that I will love it. Like, really sure. We follow a Vlad the Impaler, who happen to be a woman. Come on, power, I assume, would be a part of the story. This is just my gut feeling about this book.

2. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Um. You may have noticed that this book made quite the impression on me. If this is your assumption, you’d be totally right. Listen, heists are really cool to read about it. But, this is not just a heist. This is overthrowing a ruler. It’s fight scenes with using rare elements to fuel Vin and her homie Kelsier. I adore this book so much. This is ambition.

 1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, don’t be fooled into thinking that this crew is a bunch of people with no qualms about their morals and ethics. They’re not. They are some of the most morally grey people I have encountered in literature. Kaz may have his reasons for stealing and scheming (“scheming face?” “definitely”). All of them have valid reasons for their actions, though, and this is what makes them truly remarkable. They do “bad” things, and they are often driven by sheer ambition. They are all misfits and they all have some pretty dark backstories. I love them!

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Top 10 Fantasy Books On My TBR

Hello Tuesday! You know what this means: another Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a feature on The Broke and the Bookish with topic ideas to discuss. This week’s topic is to share our top 10 books on our TBR from a particular genre in mind. I chose fantasy, because that’s my jam. I have a lot on my TBR (and TBR is just books that I already own).

10. The Falconer by Elizabeth May

My copy of this book is not here yet, but my buddy Chiara loves this trilogy. It is steampunk and involves killing fairies. I don’t know about you, but this sounds perfect. Set in Scotland during the regency period, this book is a dream come true. Plus, I heard the main character is kind of a haunted figure. YES.


9. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

I have had this trilogy in mind for a while, but these days I have been needing more stories with a focus on strong women. What I have gathered about this book series is that there is a different protagonist per book, which is something I am curious to see in a fantasy setting.

8. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Last week, I realized that Sarah Rees Brennan has a new book coming out this year. While I was not entirely in love with her Demon’s Lexicon trilogy, I find that her humor, and her characters are memorable. So, I want to read more of her books. I have this trilogy and her standalone novel inspired by A Tale of Two Cities. 


7. Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

From what I have heard, Goodman’s Eon/Eona duology has a lot of problems. So, I am not into reading those, but I want to read this series by her. Regency era with supernatural creature-fighting is right up my alley.


6. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Zombies are not my favorite creatures. In fact, I dislike them a lot, but this author’s work interests me because: a) this is steampunk, and b) has badassery. Part of me is kind of scared of these books, because I don’t like zombies at all. So…I will read it when I am feeling a bit brave.


5. Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Political intrigue, from what I have noticed in The Winner’s Curse, is something I enjoy reading about. This story about a royal figure and her quest for the throne sounds so cool. I like that it is a dystopian tale with magic in it. Really excited to read this one.


4.  Cinda Williams Chima books

I would like to get a start on her books already! If you have not noticed, Mistborn changed my priorities a bit (A LOT).


3. Laini Taylor’s work

Okay, look, I am intimidated by Laini Taylor. I remember reading some of her first book, and just being blown away by her writing style. I have her books. And, throughout the past months, I have been seeing graphics inspired by her work and I just love it.


2. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

It’s time for me to read these books before the finale comes out. I want to see if I’ll hate Lucia or not! (My priorities are set).

1.  Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Now that I have read the first book of the Mistborn trilogy, I want to read all the things by Sanderson. So, that is part of this series’ charm. However, my friend Emily used to read these books as a young person, and from what she had told me, the books are epic! Also, um, Sanderson himself was a fan of these books before he was asked to write the last few books (the author had passed away).

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BR: Lord of Shadows

So, I spent the past few days reading Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Lord of Shadows is the second book in the Dark Artifices trilogy. I loved it. While I was too scared to read it, the more I read, the more intense the ride got.


The story picks up where it left off in the previous books. In these books, I feel like Cassandra Clare tests the world that she built. She includes LGBT+ characters, neurodivergent characters, and characters of color. Then, she shows the inefficiency of the Shadowhunter community to cope with diverse groups. While, thankfully, racism is not directly common in this world there is species-ism (if that’s the correct term).

The tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters certainly reflect problems in our world that are similar. In some ways, this book in particular had a political undertone to it.

Because of this, sometimes reading this book felt uncomfortable. It’s the middle of the trilogy, so resolution is not really a thing. Things seem grim right now for my Shadowhunter babies.


Okay. So the story’s premise was forbidden love between parabati. This is Julian and Emma trying to cope with their attraction to each other. But, it is also more than that.

It is about Mark finding his identity and place as a Shadowhunter and Fae. He grapples with his attraction to Cristina and Kieran. I am hoping for a polyamorous relationship. But, you know. I love them all and I want them happy.

I am happy to see Magnus and Alec, and their little family growing. Jace and Clary warmed up my heart too.

Yet, nothing is safe, and Cassandra Clare definitely proved that the stakes are higher now.

Look, dude, she killed characters just when I thought everyone was safe. She was like, “*Devilish laugh* You thought so an so was going to live? Okay. *Kills them*”

Um. I am not angry or anything. Okay, I am just shocked.


I fell in love with Kit Herondale and his struggle to accept his Shadowhunter status. And, like, I am here shipping Ty and Kit. I hope they get their own series, and Cassandra Clare can explore more of Ty’s coping with Shadowhunter’s oblivious attitude towards neurodivergent people. I love how respectful Kit is. It spoke volumes to me about supporting others who are simply wired differently.

Another person I truly adored was Julian, my Slytherin buddy. My goodness, he is so…driven? Sometimes, he was kind of cruel. But, it comes from a good place?

Cristina and Perfect Diego were fascinating and complicated. Cristina is QUEEN of my heart. Diana is another FANTASTIC person, and I just love her backstory.

Mark is obviously the best. But, truly, Emma and the ants was brilliant. Finally: ARTHUR, ANNABELLE.

So many feelings right now.


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June Week 1 TBR

As you may have read in previous blog entries, I will be participating in Emojiathon this month. But, I like to break down my June TBR by weeks to avoid getting overwhelmed.

Read a book about a marginalized group

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


Cover Buy 

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead(e?)


Read a Book that Makes You Happy

The Selection by Keira Cass


I obviously may rebel, but I think I just need to read some light stuff with Crooked Kingdom. This is important, especially after Lord of Shadows broke me.

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BR: Six of Crows

It took me a while to read Six of Crows,  I admit it. However, throughout my time with these characters, I adored every second of it. Now, I know that many people have read this book, and that it is rather hyped. Still, I feel like perhaps sharing my perspective could help convince others to read it.

The Plot

Ultimately, the story is about a heist and a mysterious edible thing that gives Grisha even more power. It is about addictions (gambling, danger, or even power). The book involves love and complex relationships, too. It is about trust, confidence, and so much more.

The Characters

What I love about these characters is just how morally grey they are. Kaz had a painful backstory, that acted as his motivation to fight Pekka Rollins (whose name reminded me of Pikachu) “brick by brick.” Jesper and his addiction to gambling was another really powerful and moving character to meet.

Look, Wylan is pure sunshine and love. His dad doesn’t deserve such a sweet boy. Nina, the love of my life, and her passionate mission to save her Grisha sisters and brothers is another dear character.

But, listen, though, Inej just feels so close to my heart. Her experience with Tante Helene was haunting. I loved seeing her step into her own identity, not the Wraith, or a little lynx. Just Inej Ghafa.


From Nina and Matthias’ struggle to understand each other’s perspectives, to Kaz trying to come up with reasons to talk to Inej, all the way Wylan and Jesper’s bickering flirtations: the book is full of relationships to obsess over.

But, I think the relationships between the Dregs in general were powerful to observe. Kaz’s ways of keeping his secrets to himself, not sharing the full plans with the crew, and his “scheming face” (“definitely”) were so, so frustrating and yet kind of cool. I understand how these characters came to be who they are. And, more importantly, I love them for it.

The trust they had to develop and the sacrifices they made for each other, and for this mission to work, all of this was incredible to read. Diversity can be cool, see?

Next, Lord of Shadows and Crooked Kingdom. Sorry, Well of Ascension, I’ll get back to you soon.


Some of you may know that I lived in Egypt in the 90s. I was
In the most recent months of 2018, I have been aiming to read beyond my
The Love for V.E. Schwab I started reading V.E. Schwab's work about a year ago.

TBR Ideas for the Emojiathon

So, I did not plan on this, but the Emojiathon is happening in June. Here, I am simply thinking out loud, and narrowing down my book shelves to fulfill the challenges. Technically, you only need four challenges to be done. But, I am a Slytherin and I am ambitious. Besides, I want to have as many options as possible.

Let’s do this.

Read a book about a marginalized group

This is a bit of a stretch, but I am taking the Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom crew as a magrinalized group. As a group, they’re definitely not the mainstream in their town.


Read a Contemporary Novel or a Romance

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Read a Cover-Buy

Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi


The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Read a Book that Makes You Happy

The Selection by Keira Cass

Read a Sci Fi Book

Illuminae by Aimee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Read a 2017 Release

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare


Read a Book You’re Annoyed that You Have Not Read Yet

Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

OR: Legend by Marie Lu

Read a Book You’ve Seen Everywhere

Vicious by VE Schwab or The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Read a Book That Takes Place in a Different Country

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


Read a Book with Animals on the Cover

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson


Read a Book that Features Music

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab




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