Top 5 Wednesday: Authors we look up to for inspiration!

Top 5 wednesday

As hardcore bookworms we always come across great books. But how often is it that we come across many books by the same author that are equally amazing? And the authors also tend to be super cool people? The answer (for us at least) is “rarely” but that doesn’t mean there aren’t enough to be put into a top 5 category.

So here’s our list of authors we look up to. Because if we can write stories like them, our life would be set!*

*Completely ignores the fact that just writing really good books doesn’t mean fame because the publishing industry is a fire maze.

Top 5 authors

#1 Maggie Stiefvater

Tell me the truth! Did you really think she wouldn’t be on our list?? Honestly, this is such a recurring theme and we don’t regret it one bit. The way she writes her characters and her writing style is just so mesmerizing. You should totally study her books.

#2 Rick Riordan

He’s been our all time favourite. An author who does diversity right because he knows just HOW important it is for young kids to see themselves in books. We love you Uncle Rick!

#3 J.K.Rowling

We love her! Who doesn’t? Harry Potter is the kind of book that has stuck with an entire generation of kids and it will continue to do so. Being able to learn the way she puts together her characters and plots would be of so much help!

#4 Brandon Sanderson

Again, no surprise here. But still, he deserves a special mention for all the amazing author tips and videos he has out there on the wide web. He’s always happy to give budding writers useful advice when it comes to writing.

Here’s a link to where you can find some for yourself!

#5 Elif Batuman

This Turkish-American author is a special Beez request. She is absolutely in LOVE with The Idiot by Elif Batuman and keeps ranting about how she aspires to write books like her. Needless to say, I’m super pumped to read and review them for you guys soon.

That’s our list! Let us know if you agree and if you’ve written your own T5W then don’t  forget to drop us a link down in the comments~

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

[T5W was created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more about the topics and the guidelines]

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Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer [A sequel where shit hits the fan]

Seven Surrenders

It’s absolutely impossible for me to talk about the plot of this book without giving away major spoilers of the first book (review here) AND this book. So in an attempt to keep this review SPOILER FREE, I’ll try to be as vague as possible.

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The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon [cute, but not so satisfying]

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I read this book right after Age of Swords which left me an empty shell, so naturally, reading a light and fluffy book helped. However, in all honesty, it didn’t satisfy me as much as I’d have liked.

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Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan [The EPIC high fantasy sequel I needed!]

Age of Swords

“Funny how things that shouldn’t matter actually meant so much and how things as permanent as homes moved”


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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon [Kind of cute but over-rated]

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Do you ever feel that sometimes you just have a fall out with a book? This is what it was like for me when I read Everything, Everything. No, I won’t be hate reviewing but I’d definitely like to discuss what parts made me feel that way.

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Top 10 Tuesday: If our future kids don’t read these books we’ll disown them!


You know how sometimes you read a book and you just know that this book will forever hold a special place in your heart? It’s such a strong feeling that being the loners that we are we also vow to make everyone read it including our unborn children. And so this Tuesday we would like to share with you, a list of 10 books that we would definitely be making our kids read.

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My day @ The Sharjah International Book Fair 2017


November is my FAVOURITE month! Every year, in November, a wonderful book fair is hosted at the Sharjah Expo Centre. An amazing opportunity for bookworms to meet up* and buy cheap books! This year was the 36th, a self-explanation of just HOW popular it is.

*But I hardly ever do meet ups because then everyone would know just how much of a child I look like and I have enough social anxiety as it is.

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Endless Night by Agatha Christie [The ending had me shook]

I have read very few Agatha Christie novels. This being the third one. So far, my rating of her novels has been ranging from 2-3 stars but this one was a 3.5.


In Endless Night we follow the character named Michael Rogers. In want of better life, he’s been doing odd jobs all his life. But an accidental meet-up with an heiress ends up changing his entire life around. He marries her and builds the perfect home for the two of them.

Unfortunately for him, the land his home is built on is cursed and it all goes downhill soon enough.

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Review of The Seventh Sentinel by Yolanda Ramos

Before we begin my review, here’s a little something about the book:

23153268Moments before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the seven Archangels remove powerful, ancient artefacts from the Jewish temple. These are given into the safekeeping of seven men. Throughout the ages, these men and their descendants become known as the Seven Sentinels.

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White [We revisit the Stabby Queen]

22817331I refuse to categorize this book as a young adult novel because:

a) The characters don’t sound like teenagers at ALL!


b) The book is pretty graphic in terms of sex and violence. Definitely, something I wouldn’t recommend to the younger audience (unless they can handle it).

In this book, we return to the cruel world of Lada, Radu and Mehmed. We start pretty much right after the events of Book one and I was surprised I remembered a majority of the things that had happened in it. In an effort to keep this book SPOILER FREE I’m going to just say that the plot was basically, travelling, alliances, war, lots of killing, character conflict and some sex.

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