Top5s Thursday

*Incoherent screaming*

Did it happen? Did it actually happen? Have I….missed a week? I have, haven’t I? Where on earth does the time go? I swear I had good intentions. And somehow it’s two weeks after my last Top5s and now I’m spiraling down a road of failure and poor life choices. That is what happens when your deep commitment to the art of blogging meets college life. (I’ve been deeply immersed in good ‘ol English literature. Inhaling the vast knowledge like the scholar I am. Barely keeping up with the readings and sobbing about how hard the essays are. You know the drill.)

So, in an attempt to clear my name, I will post TWO Top5s this week. One in the wee hours of Thursday morning and one in the wee hours of Friday morning, because I’m inconsistent and already know I’ll either forget again or go out to live the good college life with my friendsies and get home super late. Yup.

Without further ado, the first topic for this week is TOP 5 BOOK TRILOGIES. I won’t waste too much time, because a girl’s got to sleep and boy, am I half dead.

So, let’s start at number 5: The Delirium Trilogy- Lauren Oliver

What can I say? I’m a sucker for Dystopians. At least, the good ones. This one was interesting; it delved into the removal of love from humanity. Imagine not being allowed to love? It seems to take away something fundamentally human. I loved all the characters, the story, and, although some people HATED the final book, I absolutely loved it. It was one of those books that is just so good that you can see it in movie form. I mean I could envision how I would direct certain moments, they were so cinema-perfect. It’s a great trilogy overall for YA readers who like Dystopian fiction, love stories, and action.

Now, to number 4: The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins

I read this trilogy at the tender age of 15, in a rush of attention that followed the release of the film trailer. I admit I didn’t know about the trilogy before that. But, like the curious little reader I am, I decided to just go ahead and buy the first two books and give the trilogy a try. I kid you not, I became obsessed with the trailer and literally bought the books two days after viewing it. I read the entire trilogy over a weekend. I’m sure almost everyone has read this trilogy, because again who doesn’t love a vague, Dystopian America and a bunch of youths single-handedly bringing down a corrupt government? Um, no one, that’s who. I said before that I love Katniss. I also love the other characters, each and every one of them. The more complex the better. The first movie wasn’t great by the way, and I wish the characters were portrayed better. They improve though, but that’s a topic for another Top5s *sneaky wink”.

At number 3: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- Ransom Riggs

This trilogy is the epitome of originality. I won’t give too much away, but the title is pretty self-explanatory: there are peculiar children. There is also action. There are seriously creepy photographs interlaced with a narrative which is totally ingenious. I was honestly scared reading the first book, because the photos freaked me out and just added to the story so well. The writing is a breath of fresh air, because Riggs simply has a way with words. What would you do if you stumbled upon a dusty collection of old photographs, and then met the occupants? I would die of fright. Yet meet Jacob, our protagonist. I seriously recommend this trilogy. In fact, it should probably be joint for second, but my ratings for the second-place trilogy were higher so, yeah. It’s tough.

Number 2: The Chaos Walking Trilogy- Patrick Ness

Again, this trilogy serves up such fresh ideas it gave me hope for the YA genre, back when I was still young enough to appreciate YA but old enough to notice the *cough cough* cookie-cutter recycling of plots and lack of originality. Todd is the last boy in Prentisstown. The women have disappeared. The men are connected telepathically, and nothing is secret. But dark secrets exist anyway. *Shivers*. At first, the writing took some getting used to, because it reads like the jumbling thoughts of a person going about their day, no punctuation or proper structure, but I quickly got used to it and became fully immersed in the story, because Ness is a brilliant author, one of my favourites in fact (for a future Top5s). The characters are amazing, real and complicated. The protagonist is young, but it doesn’t affect the story negatively- by that, I mean that I could read the books now in my twenties and still love everything about them, even though the focused protagonists are fourteen (?) I think. If you haven’t read this trilogy yet, go do it now!

And finally, ladies and gents, my number one trilogy: The Infernal Devices- Cassandra Clare

Where do I even start? Cassandra Clare made her name with the Mortal Instruments series, a series packed full of demons, vampires, demon hunters, wolves, fairies, angels, you name it. And I really like the series, it’s entertaining and great to read. The Infernal Devices was intended to be a prequel for TMI, and at first I refused to read it. I was once a prequel disliker. Let’s face it- why end a perfectly good story and tell me about stuff in the past? I want more from now! I think I’m one of the few people who aren’t interested in “where it all began”, because I feel sad that the main canon is gone and we’re given ‘what happened’ instead of ‘what happens next’. But this trilogy? Oh boy. If you never even pick up a single TMI book, even if it’s not for you, you should still read this trilogy. It’s that good. Can I just mention the characters? They are soooo well-written, I swear they could be real people. I just want to hang out with them so badly. It’s also the only book series that I could accept a love triangle existing in, because it’s done so well. The rush of conflicting emotions I felt while reading these books were so strong, my God. I read the first book, and went immediately to buy all of them because I COULD NOT GET ENOUGH. I urge you to try these books out, in case you haven’t already.

And now, the runner-up(s):

The Wolves of Mercy Falls- Maggie Stiefvater

Now, I know that all the trilogies I listed are YA. That’s because the books that affected me most were read during my younger days, so it is mostly YA. Also, adults don’t do trilogies that often (I know it’s done, but I never pay attention.) So there. Don’t judge.

For tomorrow, I will (hopefully) discuss the top 5 books that made me laugh, or else something completely different. Also, keep a lookout for more scary, Halloween related Top5s and book reviews. I’ll be getting in the mood for the coolest holiday of the year. See you tomorrow, kind reader!


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