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Top 5 Wednesday is a GoodReads group where people discuss a different bookish topic each week.

Author duos are increasingly becoming more and more common, especially within the indie author community. For today’s prompt let’s feature titles that are written by two or more authors!

This was a pretty difficult prompt but I managed to find five titles I’ve enjoyed a lot.

1, James S. A. Corey


Two authors write the popular Expanse SF series: Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. Abraham wrote fantasy before tackling the Expanse and Franck was a screenwriter.

2, Phil Foglio and Kaga Foglio: the Girl Genius comic


This is a fun steampunk/gaslight online comic. It’s available for free online.

3, Wendy Pini and Richard Pini: Elfquest comic


A wonderful fantasy comic that is also available online.

4, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman: Good Omens


“The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” is a comedy playing with the apocalypse. It was made into a TV series, as well.

5, Matthew Costello, Neil Richards: Murder on the Thames


They write a cozy mystery series set in the small village of Cherringham.

Top 5 Wednesday is a GoodReads group where people discuss a different bookish topic each week.

I happened to come across this reading prompt recently and thought it could be for a Top 5 Wednesday prompt! Go to your Goodreads “want to read” bookshelf and click on “avg rating.” It should organize titles on this shelf by either ascending or descending rating. Using this feature, share five of your highest reads on your want-to-read shelf! (If the feature isn’t working, share some of the highest reads you see instead.)

This was a fun prompt and made me realize that I have over 1500 books and comics on my want-to-read shelf. These are some of the top-rated books:

1, Lexie Dunne: How to Save the World

In the third book of Lexie Dunne’s action-packed Superheroes Anonymous series, Hostage Girl returns once again to save the world.

Gail Godwin—once so famous for being kidnapped by supervillains, the media still calls her Hostage Girl—is done with superheroes and their shadowy schemes. She’s got a cute boyfriend, a great roommate, and she’s even returned to her old job. For the first time in years, life is exactly what she wants it to be.

But when a figure from her past resurfaces, he brings with him a plague that changes the game for every superhero and villain out there. Now Gail must team up with both friend and foe to help save the world she thought she had left behind.

2, Paula Guran ed. the Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2016

The collection has nine novellas. I’ve read two of them elsewhere and really liked them.

3, Susan Jane Bigelow: Extrahumans

Being “The Sampler” isn’t easy. As the weakest member of the Extrahuman Union, Jill is overlooked by just about everyone. After all, no one cares about an Extrahuman who possesses every possible superpower, but can barely use any of them. Jill is a nobody, on the run and out of a job, with no home and barely any friends to her name.

To make ends meet, Jill turns back to one of her favorite jobs: stealing. When her latest job goes terribly wrong, Jill is left with a mysterious alien artifact—one that starts whispering to her, unlocks impossible powers, and shows her incredible things.

Now Jill is on a quest for answers that will take her from the high mountains of Valen to the depths of interstellar space; from a bizarre prison planet where old friends and enemies are held captive, to the roots of St. Val’s mysterious letters and decade-spanning plans. The fate of her friends, her world, a vanished alien species, and the entire Confederation will rest on Jill’s shoulders.

Extrahumans is a tale of superpowers and long-forgotten mysteries, and the fourth and final book in the critically acclaimed Extrahuman Union series.

4, Egan Brass: Esper Files

Set in London during the latter part of the 19th century. An experiment goes wrong at The Oxford Academy of Science, giving certain people extraordinary powers which turns them into ‘Espers’. An institute is set up to teach Espers how to control these power, and stop corrupt Espers from abusing theirs. Nathan and James, two agents from the Institute team up with Freya, a young Esper whose brother (gifted with the strange ability to manipulate emotions) is abducted by a ruthless Baron. The group has to fight against a dark threat to protect the fragile peace of Victorian London… And the rest of the world.

5, Chris C. Wright: Alliance

The Alliance lays the groundwork for a 6-volume science fiction series, combining both space opera and post-apocalyptic elements of Earth’s thrilling journey from dystopia to utopia to interstellar travel and space colonization, and the evolution of diverse societies—some human, some not—across the centuries, all in the shadow of a galactic menace.

There is a definite pattern here. 🙂 I really should read Superheroes Anonymous and Extrahumans. It’s rare to have 4 out of 5 ratings for the third and fourth books in a series.

Use a random generator or letter of your choice to share five titles that start with that said letter! (Example: If you choose or randomly choose the letter “L,” then all five of your picks would start with the letter “L.”)

I chose the letter M.

1, Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan

Years ago, Elizabeth I forged a pact with Invidiana, her faerie counterpart and ruler of the Onyx Court, to secure both of their thrones. Now that alliance is in danger.

The first book in a historical fantasy series.

2, Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett

In this book, Pratchett tackles Hollywood. Victor Tugelbend (“Can’t sing. Can’t dance. Can handle a sword a little”) and Theda Withel (“I come from a little town you’ve probably never even heard of”) battle the forces of evil and cinema advertising. But the real star of the book is Gaspode the wonder dog.

3, Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

An archaeologist’s wife is murdered on the shores of the River Tigris in Iraq.

It was clear to nurse Amy Leatheran that something sinister was going on at the Hassanieh dig, something associated with the presence of ‘Lovely Louise’, the wife of the celebrated archaeologist Dr. Leidner. But she couldn’t pinpoint it.

In a few days’ time Hercule Poirot was due to drop in at the excavation site. With Louise suffering terrifying hallucinations, and tension within the group becoming almost unbearable, Poirot might just be too late…

4, Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

The dwarfish, fetally damaged yet brilliant Miles Vorkosigan has more than his share of troubles. Having recently escaped an assassination plot whose tool was a brainwashed clone of himself, Miles has set the clone, Mark, free for a new chance at life. But when he decides to let his clone brother assume his secret identity and lead the Dendarii Free Mercenary on an unauthorized mission to liberate other clones from the outlaw planet of Jackson’s Whole, things get really messy.

The mission goes awry, Miles’ rescue attempt goes even more wrong, and Miles ends up killed and placed in cryogenic suspension for future resuscitation. Then, as if that weren’t bad enough, the cryo-container is lost! Now it is up to the confused, disturbed Mark to either take Miles’ place as heir of the Vorkosigan line or redeem himself by finding and saving Miles.

5, Murder in the place of Anubis by Lynda S. Robinson

Who has dared to desecrate the sacred place of embalming with a murdered corpse? Pharaoh Tutankhamun orders Lord Meren, his chief investigator, to find out quickly, before power-mad priests use the incident to undermine his royal authority.
Everyone is a suspect, for the body belongs to the notorious scribe Hormin, hated by all who knew him. However, Lord Meren is no mere courtier but the Eyes and Ears of the living god. In the terrifying Place of Anubis, where unquiet spirits dwell, in the sunstruck city of Thebes, where Hormin’s sons and his beautiful concubine plot, and in the royal court, where intrigues abound, Lord Meren hunts his quarry, peeling back the secrets of nobles and slaves in his quest for the truth. But more important by far is Meren’s responsibility to protect the young Pharaoh from his enemies — who are no farther away than the length of a dagger . . . .

Top 5 Wednesday is a GoodReads group where people discuss a different bookish topic each week.

Christmas is right around the corner, and for some of us in the reading community, we’re still thinking about what books to pick up for the readers in our life! For today’s prompt, share five books you think would make great Christmas gifts!

I read a lot of series, so I think the first book in a series is a good gift, especially when they don’t end in a cliffhanger.

1, The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

For epic fantasy lovers who are tired of teenage boys as the main characters.

2, The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

For people who enjoy alternative worlds, spies, dragons, and the fae.

3, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

For people who enjoy humorous fantasy. Thursday Next is a literary detective which means that she can enter into books.

4, Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

For people who enjoyed Hidden Figures, an alternative history of space travel.

5, The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez

For people who enjoy a mix of science fiction genres: an Edgar Rice Burroughs type of planetary romance and modern SF set on Mars.

Top 5 Wednesday is a GoodReads group where people discuss a different bookish topic each week.

Sometimes we pick up new series at the start of the year and realize after a few volumes, the series might not be a good fit for us. Other times we try new series and absolutely love it more with every new release! What is an ongoing series you have continued to love as this year comes to a close?

I have so many that it’s hard to choose just five but here goes:

1, Rachel Aaron’s Heartstrikers

This urban fantasy series has dragons as the main characters. Most of the are cruel schemers but the main character Julius is the nicest dragon ever.

2, Genevive Cogman: the Invisible Library series

Irene Winters is a spy and a librarian for the Great Library between worlds. The last book has come out but I haven’t had the heart to read it yet.

3, Seanan McGuire: Toby Daye

I just adore the characters in this urban fantasy series.

4, Kerry Greenwood: Phryne Fisher series

The series is set in 1920s Australia and Phryne is a very unconventional, independent woman. I also adore these characters. The TV show is good, too.

5, Steven Brust: Vlad Taltos series

It’s been a few years since the previous book came out but a new one is hopefully coming out next year. Another one I read for the character (and the mysteries and the humor).

Top 5 Wednesday is a GoodReads group where people discuss a different bookish topic each week.

Halloween is right around the corner, and with this holiday, many are dressing up to celebrate! Whether you are planning to dress up or not, share about some characters who you would love to dress up as! Maybe you’ve dressed up as them in the past or are planning to this Halloween, but either way, let’s have a fun time imagining potential future cosplays!

I have my trusty Zorro cape, mask, hat, and sword but beyond that, I don’t plan on doing cosplay. But it would be fun to dress as these characters:


Top 5 Wednesday is a GoodReads group where people discuss a different bookish topic each week.

Time to celebrate some covers we love! What are some of your favorite themed dark-colored covers?

I don’t read much horror but I do like these darker covers:


Top 5 Wednesday is a GoodReads group where people discuss a different bookish topic each week.

Is there ever a time when a book lover isn’t thinking about wanting a new book? Since last month we talked about books we plan to read before the year ends, this week let’s talk about books we are looking forward to releasing before the year ends next year!

But my TBR piles are already overflowing! I don’t need any new- Wait… is that

1, The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal


Tesla Crane, a brilliant inventor and an heiress, is on her honeymoon on an interplanetary space liner, cruising between the Moon and Mars. She’s traveling incognito and is reveling in her anonymity. Then someone is murdered and the festering chowderheads who run security have the audacity to arrest her spouse. Armed with banter, martinis and her small service dog, Tesla is determined to solve the crime so that the newlyweds can get back to canoodling—and keep the real killer from striking again.

2, The Martian Contingency by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Martian Contingency is back with Elma and Nathaniel on Mars and picks up not long after the end of The Fated Sky as they work with the new colonists to build a home on the planet. With that, you can expect to see frontier town issues on Mars, including prospecting for water, improvised engineering, and when things go wrong… which of course they will because it’s a novel, they only have eight days to try to solve it before the launch window to abort and return to Earth closes.

3, Scarlet by Genevive Cogman

A thrilling reinvention of the tale of The Scarlet Pimpernel with the addition of magic and even more mayhem.

In Revolutionary France, the aristocrats are vampires – and they face the guillotine. However, the Scarlet Pimpernel, a disguised British noble, is determined to rescue them. These predators are being offered sanctuary by their aristocratic British kin, but at great cost to London’s ordinary people. Then an English maid discovers the only power that could stop them. Assuming she survives.

4, The Witch King by Martha Wells


Kai-Enna is the Witch King, though he hasn’t always been, and he hasn’t even always been Kai-Enna!

After being murdered, his consciousness dormant and unaware of the passing of time while confined in an elaborate water trap, Kai wakes to find a lesser mage attempting to harness Kai’s magic to his own advantage. That was never going to go well.

But why was Kai imprisoned in the first place? What has changed in the world since his assassination? And why does the Rising World Coalition appear to be growing in influence?

Kai will need to pull his allies close and draw on all his pain magic if he is to answer even the least of these questions.

He’s not going to like the answers.

5, The Surviving Sky by Kritika H. Rao

61424058._sy475_High above a jungle-planet float the last refuges of humanity—plant-made civilizations held together by tradition, technology, and arcane science. In these living cities, architects are revered above anyone else. If not for their ability to psychically manipulate the architecture, the cities would plunge into the devastating earthrage storms below.

Charismatic, powerful, mystical, Iravan is one such architect. In his city, his word is nearly law. His abilities are his identity, but to Ahilya, his wife, they are a way for survival to be reliant on the privileged few. Like most others, she cannot manipulate the plants. And she desperately seeks change.

Their marriage is already thorny—then Iravan is accused of pushing his abilities to forbidden limits. He needs Ahilya to help clear his name; she needs him to tip the balance of rule in their society. As their paths become increasingly intertwined, deadly truths emerge, challenging everything each of them believes. And as the earthrages become longer, and their floating city begins to plummet, Iravan and Ahilya’s discoveries might destroy their marriage, their culture, and their entire civilization.

Top 5 Wednesday is GoodReads group where people discuss different bookish topic each week.

October is National Book Month and to celebrate this month-long “holiday,” what are some books that got you into reading? These could be books from childhood that had you hooked on reading at a young age or maybe as an adult you stopped reading and then started reading again years later. Or maybe you’ve always been an avid book reader, but you tried a book outside your favorite genres and discovered a new favorite genre that you absolutely love. Regardless of when, let’s highlight those books that showed (or reminded) us how great books are!

Truthfully, I don’t remember any specific books; it was so long ago. When I learned how to read, I never stopped. My parents also read to me a lot. I live in Finland and many Finnish kids start reading comics, so I’m pretty sure that happened to me, too.

1, Donald Duck comics from Disney

Donald Duck is hugely popular here. We have a weekly Donald Duck comic, monthly comic album, and both softcover and hardcover collections that come about 3-6 times a year. Donald was most likely the first comic I read myself.

2, Tintin by Herge

Another hugely popular comic book that almost everyone has read.

3, Asterix and Obelix by Goscinny and Underzo

This funny historical comic is another longtime favorite here in Finland.

When I was a bit older, I devoured

4, the Famous Five by Enid Blyton

I read all of Blyton’s series in addition to the Famous Five but that was my favorite.

5, Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

I loved Nancy and her two friends solving mysteries.

The changing of the seasons has begun, and with it many who are looking forward to Halloween and its spooky fun! To celebrate spring giving way to fall, let’s talk about supernatural reads! Could be favorite supernatural creatures, supernatural settings, or a combination of both!

I read a lot of fantasy so many of them have supernatural creatures. Here are some of my favorite vampire books:



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