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Top 5 books with Paper in the title

Hey y’all! I’ve gone and done another list of top 5 books, this time with the word paper in the title. I have no real story this time for why I chose that word, it just popped into my head and ended up giving some good results. ๐Ÿ˜‚

To get the below list of books, I went to Goodreads and found the 5 most popular books with the word paper in their titles. The most popular one is definitely not a surprise, although it is one that makes me groan a bit in annoyance (more on that later). So take a look and let me know what ones you think deserve to be in this list!

5. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Magic, Romance

2 Sentence Summary:
Ceony is crushed when she’s assigned to work paper magic (instead of metal) under a strange mage. Then that strange mage’s heart gets stolen — literally — by a dark witch, and Ceony has to use her fledgling knowledge in paper magic to try to reclaim him.

Have I heard of / read this before?
I have heard of it enough that I ended up reading it a few years ago.

Do I like the cover?
Yes! That was probably what drew me to it in part in the first place. This was one of those popular books I saw around quite a lot and never bothered to look at until like years later.

Will I read it?
I already did! Though as I remember it, I wasn’t really blown away by it. I came out with the feeling that this would be a better series than it was taken as a single book. I didn’t continue the series though, and I likely never will. I like the idea of the magic in the world, but the plot and characters weren’t entrancing enough to match it.

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Top 5 books with Thorn in the title (fantasy sure loves its thorns!)

This month I read Court of Bitter Thorn by Kay L Moody, and it was exactly what I expected: similar to A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Curse So Dark and Lonely. Which is to say that it was good, but not terribly original. The cover looks so similar to Brigid Kemmerer’s that you’d think they were part of the same series, and 75% of the title is shared with ACOTAR.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a good book! But it’s so similar to these other wildly popular books that I had to wonder what the most popular books with the word “thorn” are. Because I had a pretty good bet as to what they would tend to be. ๐Ÿ˜‚

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

No one is surprised.

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
fantasy, young adult, romance, new adult, retellings

2 Sentence Summary:
A human girl is taken to the land of fae as penance for killing a faery. Basically everything there wants to kill her, and she just wants to get away from the weird gorgeous fae lord who has taken a strange interest in her.

Have I heard of / read this before?
Oh yes. I’ve heard of this. I did also finally read it, years after its publication.

Do I like the cover?
Neutral. It’s not ugly, but it’s not breathtaking. Kind of strange for a fantasy by Sarah J Maas, really.

Will I read it?
I did! I finally gave in. All these years, I had a feeling it wouldn’t really impress me, especially with the added pressure of the hype around the book and series. Everyone loves it. So predictably, I didn’t. In short, took forever for things to happen and the romance was weak at best. One character introduce at the end might convince me to continue the series. But not in any hurry.

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Top 5 Books with Crow in the Title (some are definitely not a surprise ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Alright y’all, is it just me or has “crow” become an abruptly hot word for YA fantasy novels? It’s gotten to the point where I kind of grimace and roll my eyes when I see one. It must be an author’s dream knowing that just putting the word “crow” in their book title is currently guaranteed to get a good chunk of views from the crowd. And paired with a dramatic cover? OH YEAH. Marketing made easy!

This review by Angelica @ The Book Cover Girls for The Merciful Crow is actually one that really drove the fad home for me. She says it perfectly in the opening lines of her review:

And, oh, this other review she posted soon after for The Storm Crow:

I rest my case. Crows, man. People are really into the dark, witchy, crow aesthetic right now. This feels like a replay of when The Girl on the Train was published and then there were a million titles like “The Girl [something something].” Not sure why The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo didn’t strike that apparent gold though…?

So some of the top 5 books Goodreads lists when you search “crow” are definitely not surprising, because they have been shouted about by many readers in book communities, bookstagram, blogs, and anywhere else. But with such a newly saturated market, which Crow titles manage to come out at the top of the pack??

PS – all book covers link to the Goodreads page for the book ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
fantasy, young adult, favorites, magic, adventure

QUICK! SOMEONE ELSE TAG IT YOUNG ADULT!!!

2 Sentence Summary:
Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. Kazโ€™s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destructionโ€”if they donโ€™t kill each other first.

Have I heard of / read this before?
Oh yes, I’ve heard of this. I feel like I’ve been bashed over the head with this book! It’s EVERYWHERE! I’m thoroughly unsurprised that it’s the top result for crow because I feel like this might be the book that launched crow into a bookish success word. The fact that “Favorites” is a super popular tag for this says enough, I think. xD PS – technically, the sequel to this book was also the #3 spot but I’m skipping books in the same series.

Do I like the cover?
Eh, it’s aight. I feel like the more I look at it the more clever I think it is. I appreciate the design for design, but visually I’m not completely enthralled.

Will I read it?
Believe it or not, this is one of a few books that’s on my attempted shelf. Once again, I gave into the hype on a book and gave it a shot… and was very much not into it. It sounds so perfect for me on paper! Quirky crew! Heist! Magic! But something about it just didn’t catch me. And, yeah, I’ll be honest: the amount people talk about it still turns me off. Sorryyyy Leigh!

Yes, I’m aware this is practically blasphemy for many people. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Talk to me! Comment on what made you love this book. I’m willing to give it another shot if I have a good reason to!

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Top 5 Books with ‘Wind’ in the Title

As a voracious reader, I am always looking for ideas of what to read next even when my list is already hundreds of books long. ๐Ÿคฃ Today I chose a random word — wind — and searched it in Goodreads’ database to see what the top 5 recommended books related to the word wind would be. Most of them include the word wind as the force of nature, but one included it as a sense of a twisting or turning motion. Here’s a quick look at what the top 5 were!


1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
Classics, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Historical

2 Sentence Summary:
Scarlett O’Hara, the beautiful, spoiled daughter of a well-to-do Georgia plantation owner, must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman’s March to the Sea. (Goodreads itself only had one sentence so that’s all I’ve got!)

Have I heard of / read this before?
Yessss, I have heard of this one! Although I’m aware of the movie, I’m not totally sure I knew there was a book.

Do I like the cover?
Not really! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Since this is an older book, it really shows. It looks like something I would borrow from my grandma when I would run out of books to read while visiting when I was younger.

Will I read it?
Probably not. Western-based stories with cowboys and train heists don’t usually interest me much.

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