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T5W // Side Ships

T5W: Side Ships!

Top Five Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Lainey and Samantha over on the T5W goodreads group. This week’s prompt was:

Tell us your favorite relationships that don’t involve the protagonist!

So this is a fun topic! I love shipping side characters because oftentimes, I find that I’m so much more attracted to the minor characters than the main ones. In no particular order…

Nesta and Cassian, my precious babies, the only saving grace of the ACOTAR series for me (technically, it’s just Nesta, but I’ll take the package deal). I love the conflict between the two of them. That they’re seeming opposites, but when you take a closer look, you realize they have a lot more in common, only differing in how they have chosen to deal with their situations. Bless the fandom for all of the content they give because I am living off of it.

Magnus and Alec, boy am I happy they’re canon because I have loved them from the beginning. Goes back again to the opposites but not really thing I seem to love. Alec’s all tight-laced and rules, Magnus a bit more loosey-goosey, but in the end, they meld to one another, changing the other for the better, mostly.

THESE BABIES DESERVE ALL THE HAPPINESS! Eowyn and Faramir find in each other a partner that accepts them for who they are and loves them because of it. It’s an easy kind of love and they are too precious for this world. Plus, a bit of role subversion because she’s the wannabe fighter and he’s the peace-keeper. Bless them.

T5W // Jasper and Alice

THE STORIES I WANT BUT NEVER RECEIVED FOR THESE TWO! Yes, yes, Twilight and everything that comes with it, but I don’t care. Jasper and Alice were amazing characters and the fact that they were side characters that never received a spin-off kills me. He yields to her completely and she’s so tiny but terrifying. Their dynamic is the best one of the saga, hands down.

T5W // Mimi and Kingsley

Blast from the past, I haven’t thought about Mimi and Kingsley in ages; not since I finished the Blue Bloods series. That being said, I absolutely loved them as a couple. That finally Mimi could find someone that wanted her just as she was, all the negatives involved with that, I was just beyond ecstatic. They are a love that was chosen, not a love that was fated, which is something so powerful to see, especially in YA fiction. Sometimes, your ‘perfect’ mate isn’t the one for you. Go out there, find your own fate, your own destiny, and don’t settle.

Any of these side ships your faves as well? Have any book recs based on the relationships I love? Let me know!

T5W // Books for Slytherin

T5W: Books For Your Hogwarts House

Top Five Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Lainey and Samantha over on the T5W goodreads group. This week’s prompt was:

Show your Hogwarts House Pride, and tell us the top 5 books that represent your house!

As a Slytherin through and through, thanks to the Pottermore sorting and thousand other quizzes I’ve taken that have all given the same result, I think I have the perfect set of books that could be found in the dungeon common room. In no particular order…

The Magicians by Lev Grossman has got to be quintessentially Slytherin. Over achievers whose ambition to become the best magician drives them forward, and then, once they reach the pinnacle, find that the mediocrity of the world around them is contemptibly tedious. This book immediately came to mind when I thought Slytherin.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco might seem like an odd choice, but hear me out. We’ve got main character Tea that is extremely powerful, and through a series of events, becomes so extremely cunning and ambitious she is banished from society. Does she simply resign to that? No, she plots for a way to get even and boy is it frightening!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Kaz Brekker. That’s pretty much it. The reason this screams Slytherin. Now, still haven’t read Crooked Kingdom, so who knows if it still rings true, but since SoC Kaz is so driven by vengeance, even though he remains mostly cool and collected about it, and has plans upon plans upon plans, this is totally typical Slytherin.

Jonathan Strange and Mr NorrellWow, I read this so long ago, I don’t have a review for it up on RR. It’s a dense read, but what makes it Slytherin is Jonathan Strange. His distaste over Norrell’s boring forms of magic, the desire to break out on his own, and his ambition to uncover new, greater magics, leads me to think he would have been a great, if disastrous, addition to Slytherin.

Wuthering Heights by Emily BronteI mean, I don’t think I really even need to say anything about this choice. It’s obvious. Heathcliff and Catherine fall down Slytherin’s dark path of ambition and cunning, where it leads to cruelty and rancor. Still, they understand each other, and in the end, isn’t that what Slytherin is all about? Yes, we might have negative tendencies, but we’re family. We take each other, warts and all.

So, what do you think? Disagree with any of my choices? Have any recs? Let me know!
I’d love to see what y’all picked for your houses!