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Top 5 Wednesdays:Books I’d Want To See As TV Shows

Don’t be surprised if this posts on Thursday morning, it’ll still count as a Top 5 Wednesday post.

This week we’re talking about Books We’d Like to See As TV Shows. And while I’d watch a show based on any book in my personal library, there are a few that I would specifically go to bat for.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You’re Waiting On Another Book From

It’s a good thing that I didn’t set this post to publish yet, because I would have had a blank page on my site right now. Thankfully, I knew that I wasn’t done.

In this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, I’m listing the five authors that I’m waiting for another book from. Four of the five authors were people I reviewed last summer, which is fine because a lot of my favorites are dead. One of my picks has a book being released in January, which is technically against the rules because I know when the book is coming. However, because January doesn’t count as the end of this year, this particular author still counts for me.

That being said, here’s my list:

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Top 5 Wednesday: Most Unlikeable Characters

If I somehow manage to push out 5 posts in the next 5 days, I’ll be surprised and terribly accomplished. If not, I’ll still have managed to do one post for every week in July. That doesn’t seem like much, but anything is plenty when you’re depressed.

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is Most Unlikeable (non-villain) Characters, which might be a bit of a reach for me. The thing about it is that it’s so much easier for me to pick out unlikeable characters in a show than I do in a book. In a book you end up knowing everyone’s motivations, so you tend to sympathize with them more. In a show, you only know what the directors and writers want you to know, so you make your own opinions. For me, that’s a little easier.

Yet and still, every written character is not meant to be liked.

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#FridayReads – Binti

I almost didn’t think that I was going to be able to make this post, but here I am writing it.

So last year, I told myself that I would get into more POC writers, particularly those who wrote Fantasy and Science Fiction. I have talked before about coming across Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death, which later lead me to Binti.

Binti is the story of a young woman from the Himba tribe who becomes the first of her people to attend the intragalactic Oomza University. The journey alone should have been a wondrous adventure, but it quickly turns into a nightmare when the Meduse launch an attack against Binti’s transport. Now, if Binti wants to stay alive, she must use her intelligence and her heritage to survive.

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Top 5 Wednesdays – Biggest Badasses

So, recently I’ve decided to get out and do some community posts, because Blogging 101 suggested that as a way to build your blog. Also, I’ve been looking for a reason to make more friends on Goodreads, and Top 5 Wednesdays is right up my alley.

So the idea is to list your top five choices of whatever that week’s topic is, and this week is Biggest Badasses. It’s not outright stated, but you get the idea that your choices are from works of literature since Goodreads is ultimately a book site. However, the way in which you decide to display your top five choices is entirely up to you.

That being said, here are my Top 5 Biggest Badasses – in no particular order:

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[Review] Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death

I’ve been on a minority fantasy authors kick recently, and this novel is very much reflective of that. There was an article that talked about all the black fantasy authors, and Nnedi Okorafor just happened to show up, so I figured why not? I can’t remember exactly what I expected, but what I ended up with definitely was not that. I also want to make it known that this review has spoilers. It’s nothing too revealing, but I know that some people are particular about that so I’ve taken the time to at least mark where they begin and end.

Who Fears Death is the story of Onyesonwu, who has been branded for life as an Ewu because of the circumstances of her conception. Plagued by society’s view of her, Onye does everything she can to bring honor to her family. Unfortunately, none of that will matter if she cannot stop her biological father from killing her.

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