Hype or Like Friday – February 3rd, 2017

Just another Hype or Like Friday! This meme and Goodreads group were created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave Books, and Britt @ Geronimo Reads. To join our group and find out more information about what it’s all about, please go to our Goodreads page HERE.

The February BOTM is Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard.

RULES:

  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Favorite OTPs – Which fictional couples will you go down shipping for life?!


Favorite OTPs

1. Darrow and Mustang – Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

aefe3ba81b48bfbed0884dc4e25ddf0d

courtesy of PhantomRin

These two lovers are my fave. I loved the slow burn romance as they got to know one another, and how they managed to move apart and yet still come back together. They had so many differences but you just can’t stop destiny!

2. Feyre and Rhysand – Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

f15774c8abfa04af526357e7bc1bd020

courtesy of Charlie Bowater

I think everyone is basically in love with this power couple. I don’t know anyone could not like them. Rhys has empowered Feyre and helped turn her into a strong and independent woman. Basically, I’m just in love with Rhysand. Fine, I admit it…

3. Elizabeth and Darcy – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

44a3be2ad541e40f42f63ace13a0209e

courtesy of viria13

Come on, y’all – this is the original OTP!

4. Simon and Baz – Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

18fcb23d94b4187cf10c5d45049f825f

courtesy of mitsouparker@tumblr

These two just crack me up. I love their bickering and snarky comments towards each other. The sass is strong in this relationship!

5. Swan and Hook – Once Upon a Time tv show

839892660bf6c36c8e99aabc24ff0a26

courtesy of pinterest

I know these two aren’t from any novel but I just couldn’t not put them on this list. I haven’t watched the show since the Frozen season but I plan on catching up at some point, really just to watch more of these two.

6. Lysandra and Aedion – Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

7a450891a3b972cfe7e0cfe7695d652b

courtesy of ilreleonewikia13

I don’t think this couple gets enough love from the Throne of Glass fandom. They tend to get pushed to the wayside in favor of Aelin/Rowan and other couples. But I have a real soft spot for Aedion and I just love his interactions with Lysandra.

7. Juliette and Warner – Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

e99ae216e770c373199fb4c801c5bfcd

courtesy of skyltik

I’m like the biggest fan of the hate-to-love trope and these two are just the perfect example of it. I miss them so much… I’m sensing a reread in my future!

8. Kell and Lila – Shades of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab

tumblr_nm6gqxxwgq1qkxrq4o1_1280

courtesy of tumblr

Oh, these two. You could just feel the sexual tension from day 1, even though they tried to act all nonchalant the whole time. Lila’s all like, I’m just going to be free and have fun. Kell is all, I’m so serious and focused… Ha! Y’all never fooled me!

9. Jamie and Claire – Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

tumblr_o0g5wyXq9J1u66j46o1_r1_540.jpg

Seriously, these two are goals AF.

10. Aelin and Rowan – Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

tumblr_oi0qwoaxff1qhmnboo1_1280

courtesy of tumblr

I think at this point we can all just agree that Maas can write the shit out of some epic couples. She is queen at giving us some amazing relationships to root for, and Aelin and Rowan are a prime example of that.


So what are some of your favorite OTPs? Do you like my choices? Who else would you add? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

A Ravenclaw Reading List

I was originally sorted into a Hogwarts house a few years ago on Pottermore. Now, this was long before the new updated sorting system, and I was sorted into Gryffindor. While I do agree that I fit into Gryffindor, I always had a little inkling in the back of my mind that I could be in Ravenclaw, too. Well a few days ago, I decided to redo my Pottermore account and take the new sorting quiz to verify my House, as I had heard that some people were actually getting sorted into different Houses. And y’all, I’ll be damned if that didn’t happen to me! It’s official, I am a Ravenclaw, just as I had always suspected!

So in honor of my new House, I decided to list a few books that you are most likely to see a Ravenclaw reading. Yippee!


1. The Great Library Trilogy  by Rachel Caine

Okay, this is a series set in an alternate history where the Great Library of Alexandria never burnt down, but ended up becoming a universal government that controls all of the knowledge and writings ever created. It’s a story about books, knowledge, and a library. I think it’s a no-brainer for any Ravenclaw!

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

 2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

23734628

A magic school? Check! I think that makes it a no-brainer. Ravenclaws would definitely be reading this book!

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

3. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

18293427

A book about how much books affect our lives and shape us into who we are. And the main character owns a bookstore!…Yup, I would almost bet that Zevin is a Ravenclaw.

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island—from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.

And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming.

4. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

22840421

That Jane has read book on all sorts of random things. The amount of knowledge she has is insane. I bet she would even be at the top of her class at Hogwarts, basically a Hermione twin!

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.

5. The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman

1408_SBR_MAGICIAN_COVER.jpg.CROP.original-original

Another magical school but this time a college. And a school that requires passing a test to get in? Ravenclaws are always looking forward to a reason to use their knowledge, wits, and creativity! I think that school is full of Ravenclaws.

Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn’t real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn’t bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin’s yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they’d imagined.

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

16068905

Cath is a total Ravenclaw. She’d rather spend time with her books and writing fan-fiction than out partying? Ohhhh yeah, she’s a Ravenclaw.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

1934

I think Jo, who is a strong, creative, independent woman, would make a wonderful Ravenclaw.

Following the lives of four sisters on a journey out of adolescence, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women explores the difficulties associated with gender roles in a Post-Civil War America.

8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

1885

DUH!

In this historic romance, young Elizabeth Bennet strives for love, independence and honesty in the vapid high society of 19th century England.

9. A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin

409207

Ravenclaws enjoy using their wits, wisdom, intuition, and creativity. All of the political intrigue and strong characters in this series are the perfect combination to spark the minds and interest of a Ravenclaw. In fact, I bet Khaleesi would be a Ravenclaw and Arya would be a Slytherin. Obviously, Jon Snow is a Gryffindor. Right?!

In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes of the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

10. Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery

763588

Anne is one spunky chick, with a super good creative and individual outlook on life. Her fight to be number one in her class is like music to my ears. And she meets the love of her life while doing it? That girl is living the Ravenclaw dream.

Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

And there you have it. If you see anyone walking around and reading one of these books, then chances are, they’re a Ravenclaw. So when you see one of us out and about, be sure to stop and say hi! 😉


So what did you think of my list? What are some other books that you think a Ravenclaw would be reading? Do you disagree with any of the choices on this list? What House are you sorted into and what books would one of those members be reading?

Subscription Box Review: Authored Adornments – November 2016

Authored Adornments is an Etsy shop that creates bookish jewelry and knick-knacks. You can find anything from necklaces and earrings to bookmarks and keychains. They have recently begun selling one time monthly themed boxes, as well. You can visit their shop HERE.

The theme for the November box was Outlander. Hell yes!img_9052

  • Necklace – This necklace was created by Authored Adornments. I’m kind of obsessed with it because it says Jamie. And I think we can all agree that James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser is the best of all fictional husbands! He’s such babe.
  • Ring – The ring is also an Authored Adornments creation. It’s from a passage in the book that says, “…all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all.” So beautiful.
  • Print – This gorgeous “dinna fash” wall print was designed by Copper Kettle Co.. I think it’s perfect and makes me smile. I always love it when Jamie says, “Dinna fash, sassenach.” Basically, I just love everything Jamie does – let’s be real!
  • Tote Bag – I’m a sucker for a good tote bag. I think I came back with 6 different ones from BookCon this year, I’m not even joking. If someone was handing them out, I grabbed it. I didn’t even care what it said or anything. I am a firm believer that you can never have too many totes! So when I saw this box included this handpainted one from Simply Grace Designs Co., I did a little happy dance. I’ve taken this tote to work every single day this week. I really wish Jamie would take me home to Lallybroch… 😦
  • Tea – I loved that you got to choose between getting sent tea or coffee. And y’all know how much I love my tea, so I think it was a pretty easy choice! This loose leaf English Breakfast tea came from All in the Leaves. I can’t wait to try it!

Overall, I’m really glad that I snagged one of these boxes. As soon as I saw the theme, I knew I had to have it! I can’t wait to wear my Jamie necklace everywhere and hang up my wall print. This was the perfect box to help soothe my Outlanderless life until the new season comes back in the spring. Though I guess I could continue on with the series.. I probably will finally pick up The Fiery Cross in the next couple of months.


Did you grab the Outlander box? What subscription boxes are you subscribed to? Please leave any recommendations in the comments! I’m always looking for new ones to try out and review for y’all!