Top 5 Wednesday | When the Middle Book is the Best Book

Hello, everyone! I’m back! For now. Sorta. Kinda.

I’ve been really busy setting up my schedule and getting used to my new jobs, which now consist of a barista position at Starbucks, a temporary cashier at Target, an editorial intern at a literary fiction press, AND a tutoring job for an amazing ten-year old boy who doesn’t like to write.

Sooooo, my days have gotten much busier than originally planned. But that’s all right. I CAN DO THIS. I just have to make sure I remember to keep in touch with y’all! So please forgive me if I respond decades later or if I haven’t popped over to your blog. I promise I will!!!!!

On another note, I missed out on the past two Top 5 Wednesdays and so I thought I’d just do them now.

As a reminder, Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme that was started by Ginger Reads Lainey and is now being looked after by Thoughts on Tomes. The topics can be found on Goodreads.

Second Book is Best

According to Goodreads: “We’ve talked about series that went downhill, and series that are worth it, but which series were best in the middle?”

A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy | ACOMAF

The last book of this series was also pretty well-done but I personally am still in love with A Court of Mist and Fury. And to this day it remains in my top three favorite YA books of all time, right next to Six of Crows.

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy | Days of Blood & Starlight

I’m a huge fan of this trilogy but I have to say that the third book, Dreams of God and Monsters, was a bit disappointing. For me, I don’t think it matched up to the first two books. And so, the second one has turned out to be my favorite!

The Wrath and the Dawn duology | The Rose and the Dagger

While I enjoyed both books, I was a bit more entertained by the second book and I liked the characters a little more than before (mostly just Khalid, tbh).

The Chronicles of Narnia | The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

If we’re talking chronological order, then this answer makes sense. The other books in this series are just as good, but The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe holds a special place in my heart. And in my heart, I believe it’s the best out of the entire series.

The Mortal Instruments | Any book after City of Bones

The first book in this series was good but really rough around the edges. The books that followed were a great improvement. Granted, some of the sequels were better than one another, but I can’t remember which ones right now, so here’s all of them.


I haven’t even finished the series yet, but I have a feeling Crown of Midnight will be my favorite book out of the entire series.

ToG 2


Characters’ Fitness Routines You Want

According to Goodreads: “This can be interpreted a bunch of different ways! Fitness comes in many different packages. This can be about characters who are super fast, strong, agile, good at dancing, good at climbing, athletes, or foodies! Whatever it means to you. This is inspired by those routines you see in magazines for actors, but with more of an open mind and less body shaming :)”

Danny | Dreadnought


Danny was not only blessed with the body she’s always wanted, she was also given incredible strength, speed, and flight. I’d like one of each please.

Lila | Shades of Magic series


I also consider mental fitness to fit into this category and I’d like to think that Lila is pretty mentally fit seeing as she’s very confident. She believes deeply in her magical (and thieving) abilities, she’s clever, and she’s hard to outsmart. How I wish to be like her.

June | Legend trilogy


June is always in tip-top shape, both physically and mentally, because of her intense training. I’m not sure that I can handle her type of fitness regime, but a girl can dream.

Nina | Six of Crows

Six of Crows

Nina seems to be physically excellent at eating sweets. I’m not sure if that’s being physically fit but she seems to be doing a-okay. So, I’m all for her foodie fitness 😉

Hanna | Gemina


Hanna may be a strategist but she also knows how to kick some serious ass. That showdown between her and Russo towards the end was mind-blowing. Homegirl ain’t playin’ around. I can only wish to be that badass.




21 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday | When the Middle Book is the Best Book

  1. Great picks for these features Azia, it’s nice to see second books in the series getting some love. I definitely agree with all the books you picked, especially ACOMAF and Days of Blood and Starlight. I would add I thought A Gathering of Shadows was better than ADSOM, but that whole series was amazing so it’s hard to pick one solid favourite! 😀
    Can’t say I envy characters work out routines, if you see me running then it’s because something is chasing me. 😀 ❤
    Again great picks. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Beth! And ADSOM was fantastic. I’d agree that AGOS was even more so. And then COL was just the topping on the cake haha XD A fantastic series!
      LOL, that’s me too. I’ll walk, but running is an entirely different story XD ❤

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  2. I love your lists!!! Haha I thought that Crown of Midnight was going to be my favorite after I finished it, but the rest of the series is seriously amazing too!!!

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    1. Oh my god yes, me too. I’d love to have any of the Crows’ skills 😂 I freaking loved it. It was ten times better than the first book, for me haha


      1. Kaz’s scheming and wits OMG 💙 Heir of Fire was amazing too ❤ I just wish the books' release dates weren't so far between ! I intend to reread the series before Tower of Dawn, because honestly I forgot a large chunk 😭

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      2. I feel a little better being behind on the series then LOL. I didn’t know the release dates were so far apart. I have so much catching up to do! By the time I finish the 5th book, though, I’ll probably be able to read Tower of Dawn right after! 🙂


      3. I’m saving Empire of Storms just for that reason ! I want to reread the other books before Empire of Storms though. I hate forgetting things and then feeling like the characters are strangers to me after such a long time !

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      4. Yeah, I think it’s a good idea to save that book right before it comes out. That way, the continuation of the story doesn’t feel so foreign. I hate feeling alienated from the characters, too! Rereads are so important sometimes haha


  3. I think we can all agree ACOMAF was way better than ACOTAR xD
    And now that I’m thinking about it, I can’t remember which TMI sequels I liked better than the others haha I have such a terrible memory!

    You’re working four jobs?? I admire you!! :O But remember to pause sometimes ❤

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    1. LOL. I read TMI so long ago that I have a hard time remembering what happened in each book. I just remember large events and character names now. Time for a reread!

      And I will, don’t worry ❤ I've already decided 4 jobs is too much. I'll be getting rid of one and reducing the hours for another so I don't burn myself out too quickly! Gotta make more time for myself 🙂 Guess we'll see how it goes in about a month or so haha

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      1. I’m glad to hear that! And I hope it goes well ❤
        A TMI re-read wouldn't be a bad idea, but I want to finish the books in my TBR, and I've been wanting to do a Harry Potter re-read too. xD Even though I know that with college starting soon, I won't do a single thing 😛

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      2. Thank you 😀 And I get you. I have so many books on my TBR. I rarely do rereads because of it. But I was thinking I might just take a month off and do some rereads. There are quite a few books I’d love to revisit after all this time. Haha, understandable XD

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  4. Love your answers Azia! I like The Dazzling Heights much more than The Thousandth Floor but both are good too. I see you are reading The Thousandth Floor now? I hope you are liking it. I also like to be confident like Lila too. I like June’s too and I can’t handle her fitness regime either haha.. I still need to read ACOMAF and The Rose and the Dagger. I didn’t enjoy much The Wrath and the Dawn so I stopped after that. Now that you mentioned book 2 is better, I should go back to read it 🙂 Also, I noticed your pingback for a post called Book Giveaway Winner but when I click on the link, it’s not found? 🙂

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    1. Thanks Jasmine! Yes, I’m reading The Thousandth Floor, and I think it’s interesting! I’m not really attached to any of the characters though 😯 June and Lila are queens haha. I love how capable they are. The Wrath and the Dawn duology isn’t my favorite, but yeah, I’d definitely say the second was a little better than the first! As for the link, I had accidentally published that post too early. I rescheduled it for tomorrow. You’ll be getting another ping to an active link then!

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