Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite Villains!

Top 5 Wednesday is an amazing group on Goodreads. It was started by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey and is now run by Samantha over at Thoughtsontomes. This is a fun way to talk about things we love and hate, and things we love to hate. I strongly encourage you to join in! This weeks theme is favorite villains. Everybody loves a good villain right? Without the villains there would be no stories!

5) Aidan (Illuminae). Okay, I know he’s just a computer but Aidan was such a well written villain and somehow you started feeling sorry for him. I grew quite attached to his character and I kept having to remind myself that a) he’s the bad guy and b) HE’S A COMPUTER!

4) Maven (Red Queen and Glass Sword). LOL Oh, Maven. Where to begin. Dude, I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU. I have shipped Cal and Mare from their very first meeting, but I was rooting for Maven to prove me wrong. I adored him at first, I thought “Look Mare, he’s so sweet. And not betrothed to a psycho who wants to eat you for breakfast.” But no, Maven had to ruin everything by being the absolute worst.Ugh, BOO.


3) Joe (You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes). Joe is psychotic. Joe is a stalker, and a murderer. Joe is also absolutely hysterical and I kept laughing out loud at his inner monologue and I actually found myself rooting for him. Rooting for the man who was stalking a girl, ended up dating said girl, and then ruining her life basically. There is a lot that goes on in this novel, none of it is good, Joe is absolutely pure evil, but oh man, I LOVE JOE. It makes me question my sanity how much I laughed at Joe and how I kept thinking “OMG. Just kill this person already.” Well played, Ms. Kepnes. Well played…


2) President Snow (The Hunger Games trilogy). He is just the perfect villain and you just can’t help but hate him. Everything about him. There is not a single redeeming quality in that man and that makes him such a perfect villain.

1) Queen Levana (The Lunar Chronicles). The most vile, most evil of all the villains on this list. She even had a full novel dedicated to her back story which just proved how evil Levana truly is. Sure she had a tragic back story, a lost love, an evil older sister but even with all of that you still don’t feel an ounce of sympathy for the woman. Marissa Meyer knows exactly what she’s doing when she writes her characters, and boy oh boy, she did a fantastic job writing this Evil Queen.



Book Tag Tuesday: All I Want For Christmas

It’s Tuesday lovelies! That means time for a tag. I was recently searching for a holiday themed tag and found this fun Christmas tag from A Thousand Lives of Daisy on youtube. If any of your answers match up to mine, YOU ARE TAGGED! Tell me in the comments what your favorite book to read around the holidays is. I’m looking to add to my Christmas list, and my ever growing tbr.


What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas tree?

Can someone please put Jem Carstairs under my tree please? He’s just the most precious and I would be forever grateful.


What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?

Rhysand from ACOMAF for obvious reasons. Sorry Feyre, but girl needs to share


You write your Christmas list for Santa, what are the top 5 books on it?

Most of the books on my most wanted list are not yet released, so I’m going to go with 5 series that have been completed:

The Firebird trilogy by Claudia Gray

The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken

The Bronze Horseman Trilogy by Paullina Simons

The Prisoner of Night and Fog duology by Anne Blankman

and the Splintered series by A. G. Howard

It’s secret Santa at Hogwarts, what do you most want to receive?

I would love to receive an invisibility cloak. And I would absolutely use it to sneak into the library at night. #dontjudgeme

You get to spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?

The Hunger Games! Of course. For two reasons mainly, Finnick Odair, and Sam Claflin. Also, can I just be Jennifer Lawrence’s bff? That would be great, thanks.

What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?

Buckbeak. Or one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons. Either of those would be pretty sweet.


You invite 10 fictional characters to your New Year’s Eve party, who do you pick?

The Golden Trio (Harry, Ron, Hermione), Cath from Fangirl (so we can fangirl together, obvs), Aelin Galathynius (because she’s so badass and it would be fun to watch her interact with everyone else), and the whole squad from the Lunar Chronicles, which brings me to about 13 guests. Oh well, rules were meant to be broken, right?


What character would make a good Santa? (Doesn’t have to be appearance, personality counts too)

Oh! Aelin/Celaena. Girl loves to shop, and chocolate, and dresses. I love all of those things too! I can picture her being the one who gets the most amazing gifts just to one up everyone else.


The Book Blogger TMI Tag

I was looking for a tag to do so my readers could get to know me and I stumbled across this fun tag at Spines and Covers blog. If you want to do this tag, you are officially tagged!

How old are you?

I turned 27 recently and still not sure how I feel about it.

What book are you reading?

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (aka: The Queen of Retellings)

and Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

What are you wearing?

My pjs. High school gym shirt and husband’s pajama bottoms. Super comfy is how I like to keep it.


(One True Pairing, for those who don’t know.)

Am I supposed to just pick one? Like how?

Tessa and Jem (the Infernal Devices), Rose and Dimitri ( Vampire Academy), Elena and Damon (the Vampire Diaries, and no I am still not over some recent events), Hook and Swan (Once Upon a Time). ❤

Blogger or WordPress?

I’m new to blogging guys! But WordPress because that’s what I’m using.

Going outside being active or staying in and reading a book?

How about being outside reading a book? Or being active outside while listening to an audiobook? I’ll take either of those options.

What is the last book you read?

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

What is the book you’re going to read next?

I’m hoping to finally get to A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, but that could change.

Ebooks – yes or no?

I borrow Ebooks from the library all the time. If I’m not sure I’m going to love a book I’d rather borrow it through my Overdrive app, and if I do love it I buy a physical copy for my shelves.

Where do you prefer to read?

In my backyard! But the hot Florida sun makes it unbearable to be outside most of the time so my couch is my second favorite spot.

Who is the last person you tweeted?

I don’t tweet. I do Instagram though! Follow me @manduhpaigereads. (shameless self promotion)

Whose blog did you look at last?

Spines & Covers. It’s where I got this awesome tag from!

Who is your favorite blogger?

I’m completely new to blogs in general so please leave some suggestions in the comments for me to follow! Thank you in advance.

Who is your favorite book-tuber?

Way too many to name but some would be jessethereader,  bookables, booksandlala, betweenchapters, polandbananasbooks, abookutopia, and thoughtsontomes. They all rock!

What do you do when someone tells you reading is boring?

I just brush the haters off, man. Don’t let the non-readers get you down!

Who is the last author you spoke to?

I’ve never had a conversation with an author except through comments on Instagram here and there. Specific shout out to Kendare Blake for commenting on one of my photos of her newest novel, Three Dark Crowns.

Who is the last person you texted?

The hubby, aka my forever bae.

Who is your all-time favorite book character?

Well let’s just ask another impossible question! All time favorite? Ugh. Can I say everyone in Harry Potter (minus the bad guys, especially Dolores Umbridge). And the whole crew in the Lunar Chronicles! They’re the real squad goals.


USYA because I do live in the US, but I will say some UK covers are absolutely stunning, so there’s that.

What is your preferred drink whilst reading?

Coffee, hot tea, alcohol to numb all the feels.

If you hated reading, what would you be doing instead?

LOL that’s a fake scenario. That scenario doesn’t even exist in the game of What If. But to be a good sport I would say photography. I love shooting people (with my camera, I feel like I have to clarify that) but lately I spend most of my non-reading free time taking photos of books.

How many bookshelves / bookcases do you have?

5 of all different sizes. It’s nowhere near enough.

If you had the choice to meet all of your favorite book bloggers or all of your favorite authors, which would you pick? You can only pick one.

All of my favorite authors of course! I would even be happy with just meeting J. K. Rowling or Sarah J. Maas.

Insta-love: yes or no?

No. Never insta-love. I can’t even think of an example where insta-love was done well and didn’t cause me to roll my eyes so hard into the back of my head I ended up with a headache.

Favorite author?

Too many to name. But I’ll just say J.K. Rowling, Sarah J. Maas, and Marissa Meyer. That’s barely the tip of the iceberg though my friends.

What is the number-one book on your wishlist?

At the moment it would have to be the illustrated edition of A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Have you seen it? Forever swooning. And need it, like yesterday.

Do you prefer books with female or male protagonists?

I do prefer female protags because I am a female and it’s easier to relate to for me. BUT some of my favorite books have male protags so I really am not picky either way.

What is the last song you listened to?

Bartender by T Pain. Because sometimes I want to only listen to songs from my high school years and Spotify makes that easy.


Which do you enjoy reading more – negative reviews or positive reviews?

Negative! I am really good at picking out books I’m going to love so I almost never post negative reviews, but boy oh boy, I do love reading negative reviews. I even love reading negative reviews on my favorite books.

Who are you going to tag?

If you are wearing pajamas, consider yourself tagged!