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Favorite Sapphic Couples: Top Five [Ten] Wednesday

If you’ve been on this blog for a while, you know that sapphic girl books are kind of my brand. [And sapphic girl tv shows. Talents Include: listing noncanon ships for 180000 hours.]

And so today I’m going a Top Five Wednesday [Ten, in this case] that a lot of people found difficult because they have apparently never read a book with f/f or seen any show with f/f. If you’re one of those people I hope you use this post as a wake up call.

[I am actually not joking here, if you’ve really never read a sapphic book you should perhaps try to fix that? I have a whole list dispersed through genres and am willing to do specific recs whenever please and thank you]

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Books I Disliked But Are Not Total Crap — The Return of Top Five Wednesday

Today on Elise Is Opinionated: I talk about some books I disliked but don’t think are total and complete crap with nothing good. As a part of Top Five Wednesday. Because I love to have fun!

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Come On, 2018, DELIVER! // Tropes I Want To See More

We talk all the time about tropes we don’t like seeing, but what about tropes we want to see more of? And specifically, what about our desires for next year?

Let’s chat.

For this week’s top five Wednesday, we’re going through some themes, genres, and tropes we’d like to see more of!! Check here for topics.

genre fiction with queer characters

According to my Anticipated For the Gay shelf on Goodreads, queer sff is growing. And hopefully going to keep growing.

some good sapphic ships, for fuck’s sake

Guys, 2018 is going to be the year of sapphic girls. I’m calling it right now and you can thank me later.

And don’t give me weak sapphic girls. No weak relationships thrown in for the diversity. We are talking slow-burn, healthy, developed relationships in genre fiction. Where are the Ronan and Adams of the sapphic ship world? (Twitter handle. Ahem.) Where are the Kaz and Inejs of the sapphic ship world? Come on, people. All I want is some damn angst. LOTS OF IT.

Just as a slight mention, if you’re looking for this, please read The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie.

some really great first series books

Fun, controversial fact about me: I hate first books. Fun, also controversial fact about me: I hate final books. Possible conclusion? I just really want some better first books. And by better, I mean characters and ships that I will remember for my whole damn life. Longer books work.

some character-driven standalones

Possibly related to my last option: series require commitment. And bingeing. Usually, for me, they require bingeing. Maybe it;s time to just… have standalones that go farther?

And by going farther, I mean characters and ships that I will remember for my whole damn life. Longer books work.

more narratives about trauma

You guys KNOW how I feel about trauma narratives. Come on, between how much I talk and post about my appreciation for every book with trauma narratives and THIS FREAKING SHELF, you had to have guessed. We need so many more of these.

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finally, a tag! the 🍁FALL🍁 book tag

Today, I’m going to be doing a very very late tag — the 🍁Fall🍁 Book Tag.


I was tagged by my fave @LifeofaLiteraryNerd, who you should definitely follow. This tag was created by Bionic Book Worm, so go share both these bloggers some love!


The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

Have you ever read a book that you love, but also feel as if you’d be judged by everyone for recommending? This is that book for me. But one thing’s for sure: this will be like nothing you’ve read before.


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

The ending of this one? Hoooooo man. There are a few twists here, one of which I was spoiled on, but this ending was so completely wild.



Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Into the Drowning Deep is all the best of the horror genre – tense atmosphere, creative horror, interesting characters, and fantastic writing. I could not put this book down.

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Yes, wrong cover, but I’m so excited for this book. RELEASING IN JUNE. COME ON. Honestly, I think Lada’s going to die no matter what for historicity if nothing else, but please let Radu, Nazira, Fatima, and Cyprian be gay in peace. Please, Kiersten White. I’m a nice person.


Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

I have never, never, never read anything more deeply beautiful in my life. This is the type of book I’m not quite sure how to review; something about it just hit me. The characters, the love story, the writing, the atmosphere, the imagery. I don’t particularly know, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the other two members of this buddyread – my faves Melanie and Destiny – both five-starred as well. Y’all have got to read this.


Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Ah, yes, this is a gorgeous fall cover and a gorgeous fall book. Spellbook of the Lost and Found is an exceptionally weird book. As the book goes on, you’re forced to ask: is the magic is even real? And perhaps more importantly, does it matter either way? Would highly recommend this one.


🍃 That’s it, guys! 🍃

Hope you enjoyed my first tag in a little while! This was definitely fun to do.

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the end-of-the-year book tag

Hello, oh lovely blog readers. I… have not done a book tag in a really long time. Apparently. But I was tagged for this by both Destiny @HowlingLibraries and Chelsea @SpotlightOnStories, and it looks really cool, so here we are!

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Usually I only DNF books before page 100, and usually if I do DNF, it’s permanent. I have a shelf of three old DNFs I got 200 pages into that I think I might possibly enjoy enough to three-star if I finished them, but who knows if I’ll ever actually get through them – and I doubt I will before the end of the year. Those are The Love That Split The World, My Lady Jane, and Tiger Lily.

In terms of more current ones, I was slogging through (but definitely enjoying) Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. I ended up adoring it and five-starring and evangelizing, so there’s that.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Ooooh, probably just any of the thrillers I’m reading right around now?

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Actually, not really! I have arcs of most of the 2017 releases I was excited for, and while there are plenty I could name for 2018, 2017 releases are pretty much done for me.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Oooooh, tricky. Aside from my arcs, I want to finish the Diviners by Libba Bray, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, and Black Iris by Elliot Wake.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

There are so many books I think could become new faves, honestly. Sean David Hutchinson’s new book? Or maybe the Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed? I don’t know. It could be anything, really.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Yes. Honestly, plan #1  is to focus on reading books I really want to read and not based off peer pressure or FOMO. That’s my goal and my focus from now on.

I also want to finish (or donate) every single book I currently own, which shouldn’t be too hard.

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top five authors i want to read every book by

I’m not counting middle-grade books for most of these authors – I only want to read all of their YA / Adult books.

Anna Marie McLemore

Anna Marie has three books pubbed. I’ve only read one – The Weight of Feathers, a four star – but I own both of her other books and am excited to read them. I’ll definitely keep up with her.

V.E. Schwab

I have actually read every one of her adult releases, but not a single one of her YA books. I’m disappointed in myself. And considering how much I love her writing, I’ll definitely be reading all the rest. She has four pubbed YA releases so far and I’m definitely planning to read all of them.

Laini Taylor

I’ve read Strange the Dreamer – a four – and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy – all fives. There’s only one book to go: Lips Touch Three Times, which doesn’t sound like my type of thing but I’ll definitely read for her. I have it out from the library now, actually.

Leigh Bardugo

I’ve now read Six of Crows – both five stars and some of my favorite books ever – and all of her short stories that stand alone from the Grisha trilogy. So it’s time to read the Grisha. It’ll be a lot but it’ll definitely be worth it.

E.K. Johnston

Johnston has five releases, and I’ve read four of them – two five stars fave-books-of-all-time, one four, one three. The only one I haven’t read is Ahsoka, which I’m hugely excited for. Hopefully it’ll be good.

So that is it for this slightly lazy post!! Tell me any authors you want to complete the works of.