top 5 wednesday: favourite fandom items

I have a small problem and I think this is the safest space for me to confess.

I absolutely love knickknacks.

It’s difficult because contrary to this I hate being surrounded by clutter. But if I see a cute bookish item (or a unique looking plant) … I need it. Life is hard. Over the years I’ve collected quite a few pieces of fandom memorabilia. But luckily, for the sake of the limited space in my flat, a lot of it didn’t make the move with me from Canada to the UK. Regardless, there’s something a bit magical about owning a physical piece of something that only previously existed in your imagination. So it’s difficult to contain myself when I see an item from one of my favourite books for sale. I’m sure many of you can relate!

For this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, I’ll be talking a bit about my top 5 favourite fandom items. For my fellow knickknack enthusiasts, Id love to hear about your own favourite fandom memorabilia in the comments!

So without further ado, here are my Top 5 Favourite Fandom Items!


This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!


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top 5 wednesday: favourite mentors and teachers

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m currently on holiday on the Isle of Wight, woo! This is one of my favourite places in the world so I’m really excited to be spending the next few days here. I’ve brought an ambitiously large stack of books with me that I’m sure I won’t read through, but it’s better to be overprepared with reading material I think!

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is Favourite Mentors and Teachers. I tried to include a good selection of characters from a few different genres, but it seems as though my favourite mentors come mostly from the fantasy genre. This is probably because ‘The Chosen One’ trope often found in fantasy novels tend to include a mentor character guiding the protagonist through their journey. I’ve added a more ‘evil’ mentor on the list to mix things up and one mentor who doesn’t want to be a mentor at all. So I hope you enjoy this week’s list! Let me know who your favourite teachers and mentors in literature are in the comments!

This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!

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top 5 wednesday: favourite science fiction & fantasy in other media

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is a bit different since it has absolutely nothing to do with books (gasp!). The suggested topic of “Favourite Science Fiction and Fantasy in Other Media” was both a surprise and welcomed change of pace for the usual Wednesday topics. As lovely as fantasy is, I’m a huge science fiction fan and will be focusing on five of my favourite science fiction films for this week. Sorry fantasy lovers!

Narrowing down this list ended up being hilariously stressful for me and I thought long and hard about what I wanted to include. It also took everything in me not to include Star Wars. So let’s just pretend the original trilogy is on this list anyways.

This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!

So here are my very carefully selected Top 5 Favourite Science Fiction Films:

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top 5 wednesday: children’s books to read as an adult

Narrowing down all of the wonderful children’s books I enjoyed as a kid to just five was extremely difficult for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic: Children’s Books to Read as an Adult. I succeeded in not including Harry Potter, even though it would have been my obvious first choice. But this week I wanted to put five other great children’s books that I adore into the spotlight.

This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!

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top 5 wednesday: favourite urban fantasy books

I took a bit of a T5W hiatus during February as the topics were centred around romance and fictional pairings — not that there was anything wrong with that! I’m not much of a romance reader, but I loved hearing about the books that other T5W bloggers wrote about during the past few weeks. This week’s topic I can absolutely participate in since it’s a genre that covers a few books that I have read. I’m really excited about seeing other T5W lists this week because, while I enjoy urban fantasy, I feel like I’ve only scraped the service in terms of what’s available. Especially since a few of my picks aren’t exactly ‘pure’ urban fantasy… if that’s a thing.

So what is Urban Fantasy? Its one of those peculiar sub-genres that (like the wider genre of ‘fantasy’) can be applied to so many different types of narratives. As defined on the Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday group: ” subgenre of fantasy in which the narrative has an urban setting. Works of urban fantasy are set primarily in the real world and contain aspects of fantasy, such as the discovery of earthbound mythological creatures, coexistence or conflict between humans and paranormal beings, and other changes to city life. A contemporary setting is not strictly necessary for a work of urban fantasy: works of the genre may also take place in futuristic and historical settings, real or imagined.” While the books I’ve listed below contain elements of other genres (horror, steampunk, etc.) they contain dominating elements that can allow them to be considered as their own forms of urban fantasy. That’s kind of what I love so much about this sub-genre. Anything is possible!

A friendly reminder as it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these: This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!

Without further ado, here are my picks for Top 5 Favourite Urban Fantasy Books:

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