Top 5 Tuesday || Reading Refreshments

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Two T5T topics together are better than one, right?

Since I missed last week’s Top 5 Tuesday, which was all about snacks, and since this week is about the best drinks to have on hand during reading hours, why not combine them into one? Is this because I’m very picky about what I consume? Perhaps. And is it also because I can’t believe I missed last week? Maybe. But reading refreshments are important to have on hand, so we’re doing it anyway!

And as ever, shoutout to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads for running T5T (and tolerating my entirely unpredictable approach to actually completing the topics assigned)!

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Top 5 Tuesday || Anticipated Reads for April-June

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We’re back in the T5T game with this quarter’s most anticipated reads!

After I completely failed Meeghan’s scavenger hunt in this last quarter, then fell off the T5T wagon entirely, it’s time to get back in the saddle. And what’s easier than talking about my most anticipated reads for April through June? I think she set this topic to be nice, and honestly? I’m more than happy with that!

Besides, if you’re here, you’re a bookworm like me. You probably love talking about your TBR that you may or may not actually get to too, don’t you? Don’t try to hide it. I see you. I know you.

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Top 5 Tuesday || Bookish Resolutions for 2022

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January can only mean one thing: starting fresh.

And starting fresh here at Hail & Well Read means sharing bookish resolutions for 2022! Thankfully, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads made that a T5T topic, saving me from making a million resolutions I’ll struggle to keep. This year, it’s going to be about steady simplicity, about taking one step at a time. And, most importantly, it’s going to be about having a good time. What could be better than that?

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books of 2021

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Goodreads Choice Awards? Not in this economy.

Okay, okay, I know the GR Choice Awards did happen. And I know they’re kind of a mess, as usual. But you know what clearly really matters? The best books of 2021. My best books of 2021, to be specific. 😤 That’s right, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads clearly intended this to be all about my opinions here, and boy, do I have them prepared and ready to go!

Full disclosure: I will not be swayed on any of these selections, unlike most T5T posts. This is the definitive list. Just the way it is, folks!

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Top 5 Tuesday || New Authors of 2021

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It’s time to recognize the people behind the stories we love.

I mean, we kind of already do. There’s a lot of author appreciation that goes around! But today’s real Top 5 Tuesday prompt (as opposed to last week’s just posted a whole week late) is about putting the new authors of 2021 in the limelight. I think Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads has the right idea, celebrating them as the year comes to a close, and I have my fingers crossed we’ll see more of their work in the future!

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Top 5 Tuesday || Covers of 2021

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Sometimes, you just need to look at something pretty.

Seriously. Ever feel your blood pressure drop when you look at a picture of a cute animal? Or that moment of awe realizing a photo is actually a painting? Call me simple if you want, but I enjoy looking at nice things and taking a break. And technically, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads gave me that opportunity last week, but I’m a little slow on the uptake. That means we’re exploring my favorite covers of 2021 today instead, followed by my favorite new authors a little later today.

The fun never ends! Pretty covers to look at! Authors with brand new works to read and explore! There’s literally nothing that can go wrong today. I refuse to believe otherwise. 😌

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books on my Holiday Wishlist

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Looks like we’re taking a breather this week!

No admitting to overflowing TBRs or books that just won’t leave our shelves. Instead, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads is embracing the holiday spirit and making us all look at which books crown everyone’s holiday wishlist!

In true T5T spirit, it’s nearly impossible to narrow it down to just five, but hey! This time, it’s extra fun, and filled with anticipation! Every year, I give my family a list of books and ask for next to nothing else for Christmas, which means I might just see some of these titles under the tree soon… 👀

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Top 5 Tuesday || T5T Books I Haven’t Read in 2021

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It’s that time again: Meeghan Shames Meaghan!

I swear, Meeghan picks these topics specifically to make me admit that I’m behind on my Goodreads Challenge. And on my TBR in general. In today’s self-exposé, take a look at the books I’ve most wanted to read in 2021, and still haven’t gotten to! Then thank Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads for making today’s topic “Books I Haven’t Read in 2021” (or shame her for it, if you’d like to take my side in this war).

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Top 5 Tuesday || Tropes I Dislike

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It’s time to complain!

All in good fun, of course, though I think some of my complaints today are justified. Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads set last week’s T5T topic as “Tropes I Dislike,” and I’ll be tackling it today instead (mostly since I don’t feel like combing through books with bad tropes to find the shining example of a good subversion for today’s real topic).

Technical details aside, come join me in crabbing about tropes that fill me with dislike! Or even hate, in a couple cases. I know that’s a strong word to use, but trust me: there’s a couple tropes that don’t deserve anything less than my full animosity. Okay? Okay, cool.

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Top 5 Tuesday || Tropes I Can’t Get Enough Of

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Is it a book or is it fanfic?

You don’t have to answer that question. All you have to do is accept that some tropes are classic wherever they show up. Today, thanks to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads making it the Top 5 Tuesday topic of the week, I’m sharing a few of the tropes I can’t get enough of, no matter what shape they come in!

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