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Top Ten Tuesday – February 27, 2018: Books I Could Re-Read Forever

TOP TEN TUESDAY
February 27, 2018

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlThis week’s topic was a love freebie so I chose Books I Could Re-Read Forever

This is such fun topic because it’s almost time for one of my annual re-reads when I read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS on my birthday in March! I have a couple other yearly/seasonal re-reads and I love reading my favorite books and experiencing my favorites over an over!

BOOKS I COULD RE-READ FOREVER

Anna and the French KissThe Scorpio Races paperback coverThe Raven Boys - Maggie Steifvater

  • ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins | A couple years ago, I read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS as a re-read treat on my birthday and I just decided to keep it going! I’m looking forward to reading it again this year too!
  • THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater | I love this book — specifically the audiobook — so much! I love reading it every year at the end of October/beginning of November when the book takes place!
  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater | I only just re-read this whole series last year but then I immediately wanted to read them all again. I may end up reading these again this year because they’re just too perfect. 
  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling | Because… of course! I think I’m due for another re-read this year.
  • The Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo | I haven’t read the series since RUIN AND RISING came out but I’m read for another read of this whole series!
  • IF I STAY/WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman | These books were what had me fall in love with Gayle Forman and I just connect with them so much, especially Adam’s POV in WHERE SHE WENT. After watching the If I Stay movie, I really wanted to re-read the book but I didn’t like the audio so I need to re-read WHERE SHE WENT especially this year!
  • The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins | It’s been a while since I’ve read these (wow, like five years???) since I keep watching the movies but the books are just SO good.
  • WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech | I’ve actually only read this twice but I read it once as a kid, maybe when I was… 10 or 11? And again my 20s and I was stunned how it really stood the test of time. I really want to read it again!
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer | This is clearly one of my favorite series and I’ve read it twice, up to WINTER because I re-read the series for WINTER’s release. I need to read again I full!
  • READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline | Okay sooooo I haven’t actually re-read this yet but I LOVED it so much and I plan on reading it again very, very soon! I think it’ll be just as great the second time.

What are your favorite books to read over and over again? Do you have any books you read every year?

Top Ten Tuesday – February 13, 2018: Ten Cute Contemporary Romances

TOP TEN TUESDAY
February 13, 2018

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlThis week’s topic was a love freebie so I chose Ten Cute Contemporary Romances

I love a good, cute romance. After binge-reading action-heavy sci-fi novels like the Red Rising series and UNEARTHED and ILLUMINAE, I was ready for some cute contemporary for a bit of a mood change! I’m not a big Valentine’s person but cute romances are always good for any time of the year! Here are some of my favorites!

  • ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins | Are you surprised? I hope not! ANNA is one of my all-time favorite contemporary stories and I love how it shows how messy true love can be. Not all great loves start out perfect or easy and it’s still light and cute all at the same time!
  • ON THE FENCE by Kasie West | I’m two books behind on Kasie’s current works but ON THE FENCE is still my favorite of hers so far! Her books are light, adorable, swoony, and always have great relationships and support systems.
  • ASK AGAIN LATER by Liz Czukas | This was such a cute prom story with a fun twist of a parallel timeline! I loved reading this one and it was so easy to fly through!
  • GOING VINTAGE by Lindsey Leavitt | It’s been a long time since I’ve read this book but I love the tone in Lindsey Leavitt’s YA novels! Her characters are so relatable.
  • ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway | I love Robin Benway’s books and ALSO KNOWN AS is a little more than just contemporary with an espionage twist! Her other works are a bit more on the serious side so I’m sticking with AKA for today’s list!
  • THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD by Leah Rae Miller | A cheerleader who is secretly nerdy? Yes, please! Swooning over nerdy boys? Of course!
  • QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde | I love the diversity and geekiness in this book. It’s a great example of having some fun romance stories and still getting a great message and excellent content. Cute romances are more than just fluff!
  • THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne | My sole adult recommendation for this list, I adored THE HATING GAME! It’s a great hate-to-love romance, super cute, and the characters are excellent.
  • GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston | Another adorably geeky novel, I loved the inclusion of conventions and the Cinderella retelling twist!
  • WANDERLOST by Jen Malone | This book had a very ANNA feel but standing on its own two feet. I loved it!

What are some of your favorite cute contemporary stories? Are there are romances you read around Valentine’s Day?

Top Ten Tuesday – February 6, 2018: Ten (YA) Books Still on my TBR

TOP TEN TUESDAY
February 6, 2018

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlThis week’s topic was Ten (YA) Books Still on my TBR

I decided to change up the topic just a smidge since I did something similar in 2016 for Top Ten Tuesday and I thought it would be fun to have more of a focus! Not to mention the fact that I literally only read one book from that list last year so we have to change it up somehow!

  • BUMPED by Megan McCafferty | Date Added: 8/4/11 | I was super into dystopian when I discovered it in 2011 and added every dystopian book I could find to my TBR. Still haven’t gotten around to this one.
  • THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson | Date Added: October 7, 2011 | Man, I really have been meaning to read this book! I actually want to and I think I just keep forgetting about it because I don’t own a copy.
  • ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis | Date Added: 11/26/11 | I don’t really have a reason why I haven’t read this yet. I guess so many books, so little time! I actually won a copy of the whole trilogy ages ago and yet… there they sit.
  • ALL THESE THINGS I’VE DONE by Gabrielle Zevin | Date Added: 12/1/11 | Another dystopian I just had to have! And then never read. It sounds good, though…
  • SLIDE by Jill Hathaway | Date Added: 3/1/12 | I actually had a book idea for something like this (before I knew this book existed) and I don’t think that’s WHY I added it to my TBR but it ended up there anyway. I actually own it now but alas. Still haven’t read it.
  • ARTICLE 5 by Kristen Simmons | Date Added: 6/12/12 | Again, another dystopian encounter! And then I lost my love for dystopian along the way so a lot of these stayed on the TBR but went unread.
  • INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows | Date Added: 6/12/12 | I added this on the recommendations of friends and I just never made it around to it! I’m still interested but apparently it never took priority.
  • THE LINE by Teri Hall | Date Added: 6/21/12 | This looked creepy and interesting and reminded me of an M. Night Shyamalan movie.
  • SKYLARK by Meagan Spooner | Date Added: 6/27/12 | Do I get points for starting this one? I think I had started it and wasn’t in the mood but barely made it far enough to call it any sort of reading. I really need to get back to this someday…
  • HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire | Date Added: 6/27/12 | I’ve always, always wanted to read this book… and I don’t know why I haven’t. It seems like such a me book!

Which books have been sitting on your TBR forever? Any of these books something I should pick up after four years of waiting? Or should I start scrapping ones I’m not sure I’ll read?

Top Ten Tuesday – January 30, 2018: Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read

TOP TEN TUESDAY
January 30th, 2018

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic was Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Reading moments are full of all sorts of books and there are still some books I can’t believe I read, finished, or had on my TBR for any number of reasons. This was an interesting topic and kind of  hard to choose but I loved coming up with books for this theme and the reasons why!


OATHBRINGER by Brandon Sanderson

OATHBRINGER is the longest book I’ve ever reading, coming in at 1243 pages (55+ hours of audiobook). It actually didn’t feel super long since I was enjoying it but I’m kind of in shock a little bit that I read such a huge book!

Goodreads | Review


A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

I’ve been super iffy about Victoria Schwab for a number of reasons that range from personal to writing styles to over-hype, but I did read A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC and I actually really enjoyed it! I think it’s the strongest book in this series so I was kind of bummed that it lost steam rolling through the second and third books but I surprised myself with this one.

Goodreads | Review


LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green

After stumbling through all of his other books, I pretty much said no to any more John Green books ever again. I don’t hate them but I really don’t enjoy them. I read LOOKING FOR ALASKA on a recommendation from some close friends and it probably meant more to them than it did to me, but again, not awful. I just didn’t connect the way most people do!

Goodreads | Review


WIRES AND NERVE by Marissa Meyer

I knew I would read WIRES AND NERVE because it’s The Lunar Chronicles but it was my first graphic novel! I didn’t really have many intentions of reading a graphic novel before this but it was so much fun!

Goodreads | Review


THE GOOSE GIRL by Shannon Hale

I can’t believe I read this book because well… I kind of didn’t. We read it as a group read and it’s one of Amy’s favorite books ever and I’m surprised she didn’t dump me because I really didn’t get along with it at all. I didn’t connect and ended up skimming a lot… Oops.

Goodreads | Review


BURIAL RITES by Hannah Kent

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This was another group read that I’m actually glad I read but I would have NEVER read it on my own. I still didn’t love it but was proud that I actually read some historical fiction that wasn’t YA and didn’t have fantasty or paranormal elements in it haha! It’s totally not my thing but I actually was interested despite feeling detached.

Goodreads | Review


AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie

Why is this so unbelievable? Because I read it in Spanish… and not for school. I wanted to keep practicing my Spanish after college so I wanted to try something “easy” and apparently this was my choice! It was fun though!

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WALDEN by Henry David Thoreau

I did read this one for school, English class in high school, and it was without a doubt the most boring thing I’ve ever read. Even more so than books I’ve gotten angry at — ask me what my most hated book is ever and I’ll tell you it was one of the two books I read by Thoreau. I’m still angry about how boring it was and it’s probably the only book I’ve ever given one star to. Even books I haven’t liked have still earned two.

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A DANCE WITH DRAGONS by George R. R. Martin

Did I really read this whole series or was it all a dream? I can’t believe it’s already been like four years. I won’t bring up the wait for book six. Oops I just did.

Goodreads | Review


NOBODY BUT US by Kristin Halbrook

If this hadn’t been a group read and it wasn’t so short, I would not have finished it. I’ve left a lot of stuff hanging and this should have been one of them… but alas, we finished it for the sake of our group read!

Goodreads | Review


What books have you finished that were surprises or outside of your comfort zone? This was a fun topic today!

Top Ten Tuesday – December 12, 2017: Ten Best Books of 2017

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
December 12, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was Top Ten Best Books of 2017

I can’t believe the year is already almost over! It feels like we only just kicked off 2017 and here we are rapidly approaching the new year.

2017 was a weird reading year for me. I mostly read audiobooks due to the amount of time that I had to read print books, and that wasn’t a bad thing. I love the performance aspect that audiobooks provide and they can really bring a book to life! I did struggle with a lot of books this year and others just really seemed to fall flat. It’s hard to tell if it’s just a point in my life where I have too many distractions, I’ve read so many books that I have such high expectations, or I just wasn’t picking good me reads. I ended up with quite a few four star books, some threes, and few fives, so picking my best books of the year is actually pretty easy!


GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston

This book was so incredibly cute. I loved the retelling of Cinderella combined with geekness, cons, and a cute love story. I really clicked with this book and it was my first hit of the year!

Goodreads | Review


A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

I actually wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did because I don’t particularly care for the author sometimes and her other books have been VERY hit-or-miss with with — but this series was really enjoyable and contained a lot of elements that I love. This was the best of the series for me.

Goodreads | Review


STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor

STRANGE THE DREAMER remains my top read of 2017! I love Laini Taylor’s writing style and this book was intense but so, so amazing. I loved feeling all the feels with this one and it’s still my top read this year!

Goodreads | Review


HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco

Naturally, HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA makes the list! I adore Kerri Maniscalco and her books and there are soooo many swoons in this book. (And all the other good stuff too! But, really… Thomas.)

Goodreads | Review


THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne

This book was SO MUCH FUN and it had me feeling all sorts of things! My only “complaint” with it is that I wish the tension had gone on longer but it was adorable and cute and exactly what I needed.

Goodreads | Review


JANE, UNLIMITED by Kristin Cashore

I didn’t even know if I was enjoying this book while I was reading it but it was something that really stuck with me. I really loved the choose-your-own-adventure type feel and the book was super interesting with so many unique elements. I was really impressed with the creative style and it was impressive how everything weaved together!

Goodreads | Review


WARCROSS by Marie Lu

I haven’t read a book by Marie Lu since LEGEND (which I actually enjoyed and still need to finish) so I was excited for WARCROSS! It turned out to not only be an exciting read but full of twists!

Goodreads | Review


RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer

I’m so happy to have Marissa Meyer on my top reads of the year again! She’s one of my favorite authors with The Lunar Chronicles holding a special place in my heart (shout out to the graphic novel WIRES AND NERVE which also a great read of 2017 but an honorable mention). I really enjoyed RENEGADES and it didn’t beat out TLC as my favorite Marissa Meyer series but it was so solid and incredibly enjoyable!

Goodreads | Review


MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Agatha Christie

This was the first time I had read this book and it was so incredible! I absolutely loved it from start to finish and the audio narration was also so fantastic.

Goodreads | Review


OATHBRINGER by Brandon Sanderson

I’ve been catching up with The Stormlight Archive and started with the first book in January. It was probably a bad decision because now I’ve read the only three books and it’s going to take forever for the fourth to come out! OATHBRINGER was my favorite of the three with so much happening and so many characters coming together.

Goodreads | Review


Which books top your Best of 2017 list? Do we share any big favorites? Any surprises you saw and agree with?

Top Ten Tuesday: December 5, 2017 – Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

If they could all be Hogwarts, they’d all be Hogwarts…. But I GUESS I can pick a few others…


HOGWARTS | At least now we really CAN visit Hogwarts, even if it’s a theme park and not the actual thing. It’s as close as I’ll ever come! I can’t wait to finally go HOPEFULLY in 2018. That’s the dream and I’m sticking to it!

THISBY | I listen to THE SCORPIO RACES every year and I would just love to be on Thisby with its wonderful simplicity, camaraderie with Sean & Puck, and dear Finn.

HENRIETTA | Take me to gorgeous Henrietta where I can live with the Gangsey forever and ever.

THE NIGHT CIRCUS | Don’t you just immediately want to visit The Night Circus when you read about it? Real magic disguised as false magic. Ugh. I bet it’s amazing.

SOAP | That’s the School of America in Paris for you non-ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS people. I could be in Paris and spend time with Anna and her friends!

THE GRISHAVERSE | So this coooould be dangerous depending on the time but I need to get lost in the Grishaverse. Take me to Ravka and Ketterdam and all of the exciting and dangerous and beautiful places in this universe!

WESTEROS | Another potentially dangerous place but I’m just visiting, right? I can vacation somewhere safe or just jet-set to each location without actually interacting with anyone/anything TOO bad.

PANEM | This sounds insane but I’ve always been interested in dystopian worlds and I’d really just like to see what it was like! I’d love to explore and see how the world has changed, how society is different, and all of the new and crazy things that have happened.

THE COSMERE | The Cosmere isn’t the most glamorous place but I’m in love with so many of its worlds. I’d just really love to poke around and explore where some of my favorite books take place!


What are some of your favorite bookish settings? What literary location would make your vacation spot?

Top Ten Tuesday: November 21, 2017 – Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

It’s almost Thanksgiving and it’s not usually my favorite holiday (not a bad one but just not on the top of this list) but I’m actually super excited for it this year. We didn’t get to celebrate at all last year due to some medical things so I’m super looking forward to spending the day with my family! I also get Black Friday off of work for the first time in eight years so I’m pretty pumped about that too!

I’m always, always thankful for books. Not only because of my love of reading, but they’ve provided me with so many opportunities to connect with amazing people who have become my closest friends! Here are a few I’m extra thankful for!

THE HARRY POTTER SERIES by J.K. Rowling | This will basically always be number one on this list. There’s just a magic (no pun intended) that this series brings to people’s lives and has connected SO many people through books and even through movies. My parents have never read the books but they’ve enjoyed the movies and even want to go to HP World! I’ve connected with so many readers from our love of this series and the magic truly spans generations.

CINDER by Marissa Meyer | The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series and I have been able to have SO many amazing experiences because of my participation in sharing the love! I’ve been able to received advanced copies, a manuscript, be on blog tours, interview Marissa Meyer, moderate a Fierce Reads panel, and so much more. It’s VERY cool to be recognized by the publisher for doing something you already love and I’m so thankful that I not only fell in love with this series but that it’s brought me to so many other amazing opportunities too!

THE PRINCESS BRIDE by William Goldberg | If it wasn’t for this book, I don’t know if Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and I would have met! Well, I’m sure we would have but we both knew we were super cool people because of our love for The Princess Bride and it’s what kicked off our friendship!! She’s been one of my best friends for years and I’m so glad that this book kicked off our friendship. Plus I’m also so thankful for the movie HA.

THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater | After my first read of this book, I’ve started re-reading it every year. It’s not super heavy in action (though it has its moments) but it doesn’t need to be. The characters carry this book and the atmosphere is so magical. There’s something truly realistic about this magical place and I love revisiting it every year.

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins | I adore this book and always will. I’ve taken to re-reading it on my birthday every year as a birthday present to myself. I relate to Anna in so many way and I simply adore Etienne St. Clair. It’s just such a wonderful read and I love reliving it!

THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater | While we’re talking about Maggie Stiefvater, let’s also talk about The Raven Cycle. These books. This series. These characters. They just make me FEEL so many things. I re-read the entire series from start to finish this year and I just felt it all over again.

THE GIVER by Lois Lowry | Sadly the end of this series didn’t go so well for me but I still remember reading this book in 7th or 8th grade and being so in awe of it. I re-read it as an adult (though I still haven’t seen the movie) and it’s still just as solid!

WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech | Any nostalgic list of mine will hold this book on it. I read it as a pre-teen and fell absolutely in love with it and this was another childhood re-read that I read as an adult and oh my word. I SOBBED. I still have all of those feelings and they’re even more magnified with all of my adult experiences.

TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer | Don’t hate, guys! Without TWILIGHT, I might not be the reader that I am today. I wasn’t reading for fun for quite a few years and then I just started dipping back into reading with some adult fiction but wasn’t obsessive over it. The TWILIGHT craze got me really back into reading with book discussions with my friends, obsessing over movies, and epic binge reads and re-reads.

HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter | This is a little different because while I do enjoy the books, it’s on my list because it was one of the first audiobooks that I really enjoyed. I had listened to THE FAULT IN OUR STARS as I think the very first and I didn’t like the narrator (or, well, the book) so I’m so thankful for this book launching me into the world of audio!

SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo | Like The Lunar Chronicles, this book/series has presented me with so many bookish opportunities and I’m SO thankful to have the amazing books by Leigh Bardugo in my life. I’ve been able to see Leigh on tour many times and she’s absolutely wonderful. I continue to enjoy her books, the fandom, the Grishaverse, her tours, and everything involved with these excellent works.


What are some of the books that you’re thankful for? What books have changed your life?

Top Ten Tuesday: October 24, 2017 – Ten Unique Book Titles

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Ten Unique Book Titles

YA tends to be a world of trends (well, all books in general but I notice it in YA especially) so it’s fun to come across very unique book titles that break the mold of “This & That” and a court/king/queen, etc. Here are some of my favorites to go with today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme!


BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater | I used to not like this title because it didn’t fit into the pattern of the series but the more you get to know the book and the series, the more secrets it holds. Between the concept, the use of Blue’s name, and the mirror back on itself, it really is incredibly appropriate!

A SEMI DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES by Krystal Sutherland | This was a recent read of mine and a very fun book! It combined a dash of magical realism set mostly in realistic fiction and the title is 100% accurate.

THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE by Stephanie Perkins | If this title doesn’t tell you what this book is, I don’t know what will!

KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky | This title immediately tells you that you’re in for some dark humor! It’s silly and fun and I had such a blast reading it.

WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT by April Genevieve Tucholke | I actually don’t even like this title but it is quite unique. With names like “Wink” and “Midnight”, it certainly makes for a unique title. It mashes together the names of the three main characters which isn’t exactly creative but it does catch your eye and make you wonder.

SHADOWS FOR SILENCE IN THE FORESTS OF HELL by Brandon Sanderson | This book is a Sanderson novella, and isn’t it always the long titles that really stand out and scream “unique”? The title may be longer than the novella (just kidding) but it certainly does outline the feel of the book!

THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING by Catherynne M. Valente | Speaking of long titles…. I haven’t even read these books but this title certainly does stick out in my mind and was the first book I thought of for this topic!

THE F-IT LIST by Julie Halpern | Apparently I don’t like unique titles because while this one stands out, I also hate it. It implies a swear (which is actually used in the book but for obvious reasons can’t be used in the title of a YA novel) but it’s like… just use the word or use a different title? Nevertheless, I remember it.

REVENGE OF THE GIRL WITH THE GREAT PERSONALITY by Elizabeth Eulberg | Ahhh, who else has been in that position? I immediately loved the title of this book and although long, it’s simply perfect for the book.

HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER by Lish McBride | This title is just TOO PERFECT. How clever and fun!

AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES by John Green | The concept for this boo/title was so stupid (no one dates 19 Katherines by chance. That would be some sort of unhealthy mission/obsession) but there’s certainly nothing like it that I know of!


What are some of your favorite unique book titles? There are so many that follow a pattern that they’re sometimes hard to find!

Top Ten Tuesday: September 26, 2017 – Ten Books With Characters Who Are Literal Monsters

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Ten Books With Characters Who…  

This was such a fun topic to choose from and I kind of had a hard time picking what I wanted to do! I don’t know how but I landed on characters who are literal monsters. It’s interesting reading books about characters who aren’t quite human and this seemed like a fun choice!


THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab | Recent read THIS SAVAGE SONG features a main character who is actually one of the monsters that terrorizes the city. Well, this particular one doesn’t terrorize but it’s interesting to see from a monster’s point of view!

TALON by Julie Kagawa | It was neat to see a book from a dragon’s perspective! A fun take on a dragon book and an all-around enjoyable read.

THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by Melissa Grey | There are a few different “species” of creature in this book and it was neat to see them as prominent characters! It made me wonder about some of the others and what their real histories might be.

STRANGE THE DREAMER  by Laini Taylor | This book was SO beautiful and I adore Laini Taylor’s writing! I loved both POVs and it was so interesting to see the “human side” and the “monster side”!

SHALLOW GRAVES by Kali Wallace | When Breezy “wakes up” after death, she’s… not quite human, and she discovers a whole underbelly of other-worldy creatures and things in this book!

HELLHOLE by Gina Damico | Featuring… the actual Devil, and boy is he a piece of work! More rude than evil, I’d say.

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor | Laini Taylor is just so good at combining and mixing the “real” world and the “monster” world. I loved reading about chimera, which was something I would not have guessed I’d love.

THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black | This was such a fun take on a vampire story that didn’t feel like TWILIGHT. I wasn’t super blown away but it was an enjoyable read all the way through!

HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER by Lish McBride | This was SUCH a fun read about all things paranormal, from magic to shapeshifter and everything in between.

SWEET by Anna Banks | This was such a fun take on a classic zombie story. It made it a bit more real and was a fun, campy-type book!


What are some of your favorite monster books? I didn’t realize I had so many that would qualify!

Top Ten Tuesday: September 19, 2017 – Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Fall

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Ten Books on my fall TBR
… but I tweaked it a little bit.  

So I know that A) it’s not fall yet and B) some of these books were ones I read in August and not September, but sharing things on my TBR just adds PRESSURE, like once I announce them on Top Ten Tuesday, I need to read them this fall and I’m SUCH a mood reader that I know it’s not going to happen. So instead of sharing things I’m planning on read, because I have plenty of ideas and no set plans, instead I’ll share some things that I’ve already read this September (and some from August too).


THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab
Fall is a paranormal, dark, witchy, monster-y time for me so with the series complete, it was a good time to start THIS SAVAGE SONG. I wasn’t AS hooked as I had hoped and I always feel like I need more background/history in the world-building from Victoria’s Schwab’s books, but it was very enjoyable and started OUR DARK DUET right after. | Goodreads


HAUNTING THE DEEP by Adriana Mather
I had so much fun with the first book in this series, HOW TO HANG A WITCH, and needed more witchy reads ASAP! HAUNTING THE DEEP was a little disappointing because it’s far less witchy, focusing on ghosts of the Titanic (which I knew, but still…) and I didn’t like the plot as much as the first book, but I’m definitely curious to read more. Plus, it’s really cool that Adriana Mather is a descendant of prominent figures in the Salem Witch Trials and has relatives who survived the Titanic. | Goodreads


LAST SEEN LEAVING by Caleb Rohrig
Book comparisons are SO TRICKY so when I had seen several GONE GIRL comparisons, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was similar… but also not, so it was a complicated mess of feelings for me but an enjoyable mystery with a twist I surely didn’t guess! | Goodreads


SPELLBOOK OF THE LOST AND FOUND by Moira Fowley-Doyle
I also expected this book to be much more witchy (I mean SPELLbook) but I should have known from Moira Fowley-Doyle’s first book that it would be much more magical realism. It was very interesting but I also wasn’t quiiiiite satisfied with how things played out, but she did do a stupendous job of having everything come full circle. | Goodreads


WARCROSS by Marie Lu
WARCROSS was a very fun futuristic, sci-fi read. I was pleasantly surprised with some of the twists and I really enjoyed this cast of characters! I was left on a cliffhanger and I cannot wait for the next book! | Goodreads


THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE by Stephanie Perkins
I don’t usually do horror but I liked that this was more 90s slasher than anything else. It was a very fun read, fast, and interesting! I thought the ending could have resolved a lot better but it was still entertaining. | Goodreads


JANE, UNLIMITED by Kristin Cashore
This book was VERY neat, set up sort of like a choose-your-own-adventure book. I thought the different possibilities and mash-up of genres was quite unique! | Goodreads


LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green
I have never really been a fan of John Green but I also haven’t hated them. I mostly just don’t enjoy his writing or find his characters realistic, and I had the same issue with Alaska in this book. Actually, everyone else was fine except for Alaska. Don’t hate me, friends. | Goodreads


THE DIRE KING by William Ritter
I binge-read the first three books and this series and sadly, this fourth book just lost some magic for me. I still enjoyed the characters but I really didn’t feel hooked by the plot. As with a lot of series conclusions, there was so much SERIOUS going on and it lost some of the levity that I loved. | Goodreads


The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray
I had been meaning to read this series for SO LONG and with it finally being complete, I figured why not binge? I wanted a sci-fi book to start on Eclipse Day and ended up bingeing the rest! It was very fun and I really enjoyed all of the different worlds!! | Goodreads


What books have you read so far this month/season? Do you mood read for the seasons??