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Top Ten Tuesday – December 16, 2014: Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
December 16, 2014

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: Top Ten Books Read in 2014!

I mean first of all. HA. HAHAHA. HOW CAN I PICK ONLY TEN? The answer? I CHEAT. Okay, okay. Let’s break this down. I will TRY to do top three in each category. Sound fair?

PUBLISHED IN 2014

FAVORITES1

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) – Robin LaFevers
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) – Maggie Stiefvater
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) – Sarah J. Maas
Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy #3) – Leigh Bardugo
Open Road Summer – Emery Lord

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Dissonance (Dissonance #1) – Erica O’Rourke
Nantucket Red (Nantucket #2) – Leila Howland
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer
Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) – Veronica Rossi
Ask Again Later – Liz Czukas

PUBLISHED BEFORE 2014

  1. Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) – Brandon Sanderson // The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) – Brandon Sanderson // The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) – Brandon Sanderson
  2. Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas
  3. The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater (re-read)
  4. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins (re-read)
  5. The Lies of Locke Lamora & Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
  6. Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech (re-read)

2015 BOOKS READ IN 2014

  1. When Joss Met Matt – Ellie Cahill (Liz Czukas)
  2. The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Curse #2) – Marie Rutkoski

PREEEEEETTY hard to choose my top ten books of the year so of course I cheated, but this way really worked! I can’t wait to see what kind of reads 2015 holds in store for me.

Best of 2014 Book Giveaway!

 

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I can’t believe it’s December already! The year has truly flown by. But this also means I get to do one of my favorite things which is recapping and sharing with you my favorite reads of this year! Ginger at GReads! hosts her own Best of 2014 Book Giveaway and invited other bloggers to hop in on this event so when Ginger asked me if I wanted to be a part of it, I immediately said yes!

The past few years, I have been terrible at keeping track of what my favorite books were. I mean, Goodreads basically does the work for me and I had a favorites shelf and I could go back and see what I read, but as the years go by, I get more and more organized. This year I actually made a “Best of 2014” shelf so choosing which books I want to share with you today will be a snap!

RE-READS

   

Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater
Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: This book gave me some SUPER FEELS all over again! If you’ve already read this & loved it, I HIGHLY recommend a re-read and if you haven’t, you probably need to win this giveaway so you can ask for it! 😀

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: This book is SO beautiful and the audio is simply fantastic too, if you’ve an audiobook person! I loved my first read of this but I think the second was even better. Brought so many feels back and I had forgotten exactly how it ended so that was a nice little surprise too!

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech: I’m not really expecting someone to pick this if they win the giveaway but it has to be noted that this middle grade re-read was one of my best books of 2014. I read it as a kid and it’s STILL powerful to me today. I don’t know if reading it for the first time as an adult would hold the same weight for others since I did have all those childhood feelings creeping back but I still think it’s wonderful!

BEGINNINGS AND STAND ALONES

            

Dissonance (Dissonance #1) – Erica O’Rourke
Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas
Open Road Summer – Emery Lord
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) – Scott Lynch

Dissonance (Dissonance #1) by Erica O’Rourke: This was SUCH a “me” book. Parallel universes, romance, music theory, set in Chicago… Totally Brittany. I absolutely loved it too! The science behind everything was fascinating and the romance was so sweet.

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas: This mystery/thriller is totally realistic and totally swept me away. I read it in a single day and just devoured it. I was totally hooked and don’t fear the hype — it’s totally amazing!

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord: Soooo many feels for this book (Matt Finch!) and I even liked the country music aspect of this! Who would have though, right? The friendships, the romance. Gah. This book has it all!

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch: If you’re looking to get into fantasy or adult fantasy, try this book! It’s a bit lengthy compared to most YA novels but it’s soooo much fun (and I hope you don’t mind cursing). It was a laugh a minute with brilliant characters and the best bromance I’ve ever read to boot.

BOOK THREE SEEMS TO BE MY FAVORITE

   

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) – Veronica Rossi
Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy #3) – Leigh Bardugo
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) – Maggie Stiefvater
Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) – Robin LaFevers

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi: I think the second book may have been my favorite of this trilogy but ItSB was so wonderful and exactly how a series/trilogy should end. I thought Veronica Rossi totally knocked it out of the park and it made me SO happy to have such a wonderful ending to the trilogy because I want to keep on recommending it!

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo: I just love this series to pieces. If you’re looking for a great fantasy series and you haven’t read this yet, START IT. Leigh Bardugo penned a fantastic trilogy here and it’s one I will recommend and re-read many times, I’m sure!

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer: I actually read this back in 2013 but it was released in 2014 so it counts! If you know me but at all, you know that this is one of my favorite series. I still remember ALL THE FEELINGS when I read this and it was honestly so cinematic! Just a masterpiece.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater: Oh. My. Gansey. This book just killed me. How am I supposed to wait for book four again!?!? I love this series and this was by far the best one so far. OH, THE FEELS.

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers: I just LOVED these companion novels but omg, MORTAL HEART. It was so amazing! I’ve always been dying to find out Annith’s story and I really love how this whole series comes together!

SERIES

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(prize would be your choice of book from the series)

The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass # 0.1 – 0.5) – Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) – Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) – Sarah J. Maas
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) – Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) – Brandon Sanderson

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: I binge read this series in the summer/fall and gahhhh. I fell in love. HEIR OF FIRE, OMG. These books really got me even deeper into fantasy and I am already dying for book four. Eeeek.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson: I also binge read this series and WOW. Another adult fantasy collection that I just fell head over heels for. I almost wish I hadn’t binge read it…? Because now I want so much more of it haha. I will have to stick to the spin-offs and other Sanderson books afterwards!

GIVEAWAY

So those are my best of 2014 books! Whew, all the feels just thinking back on them! And now for the giveaway because I want to share them with YOU! Here are the rules for the giveaway:

  • This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL (so long as The Book Depository ships to your location and has your selected book available). US winners will be shipped from Amazon.
  • Format of the book is up to you! The winner can pick whether they want paperback or hardcover.
  • The winner can pick from ANY of the above books mentioned. If the book is in a series or if, for example, you see a book three of a series you haven’t read yet and want to start it (Like The Lunar Chronicles, Grisha Trilogy, etc.) , you CAN let me know if you want book one of that series as your choice! Yes, the book #3 was my favorite of 2014, but I want you to love this series too!
  • Winner will have 48 hours to reply to my email to claim their prize. If I do not hear back within 48 hours, your prize will be forfeited to the next person. Winner must be 13 years or older to win.
  • Please allow time for the book to be shipped and arrive since the giveaway is taking place during the holidays.

That’s it! If you have any questions, let me know. Otherwise, happy reading & entering!

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Don’t forget to visit the other blogs involved in the Best of 2014 giveaway too! They’re hosting their own giveaways this month as well!

Ginger @ GReads!
Andi @ Andi’s ABCs
Jess @ Gone with the Words
Heather @ The Turning Pages
Jen @ Pop! Goes the Reader
Danielle @ Love at First Page
Sarah @ What Sarah Read
Amy @ Tripping Over Books

Top Ten Tuesday: April 22, 2014 – Top Ten Characters Who I Totally Relate To

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Characters Who X and we get to fill in the blank so I’m picking characters I related to as I was reading!

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ANNA: Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
JULIA: Meant To Be – Lauren Morrill
MALLORY: Going Vintage – Lindsey Leavitt
STEPHANIE: Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum #13) – Janet Evanovich

relationships

ALLYSON: Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – Gayle Forman [re-read: Just One Day]
MACALLAN: Better Off Friends – Elizabeth Eulberg
LEXI: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality – Elizabeth Eulberg

hobbies

JUDE: The Book of Broken Hearts – Sarah Ockler
DEVAN: The Reece Malcolm List – Amy Spalding

personality

CAYMAN: The Distance Between Us – Kasie West
HERMIONE: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J.K. Rowling
MAGGIE: Also Known As (Also Known As #1) – Robin Benway

Okay, okay, so that’s twelve. But these are for sure the girls I relate to most in the books that I’ve read! Each for different reasons, but clearly the characters I relate to the most help ease a book into being one of my favorites!

Top Ten Tuesday – September 10, 2013: Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show

AWESOME ADVENTURE MOVIES

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Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1) – Leigh Bardugo 
Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) – Leigh Bardugo

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Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marissa Meyer

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Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) – Veronica Rossi
Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) – Veronica Rossi
Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky #0.5) – Veronica Rossi

(I don’t understand why but my Ready Player One graphic decided not to work and I didn’t find out until I got to work so…. now I can’t fix it. Sigh. Please enjoy the other graphics and pretend this one is here. Thanks!)

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

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The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) – Alexandra Bracken

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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) – Maggie Steifvater
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys #2) – Maggie Stiefvater

CHICK FLICKS, DRAMAS, COMEDIES

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Meant To Be – Lauren Morrill

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Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

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Heist Society (Heist Society #1) – Ally Carter

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The Beginning of Everything (review to come!)

I chose all of my selections to be movies. Let’s face it… The Grisha Trilogy? The Lunar Chronices? MUST be epic movies. Heist Society is  just like Ocean’s 11 and I always pictured Meant to Be as an adorable romantic comedy!

Bookish Senior Superlatives

Oh, Jamie! You’re making surveys faster than I can keep up, but I do love doing them!! This time we’re doing Bookish Senior Superlatives, originating at Jamie’s blog, The Perpetual Page Turner. I absolutely love doing these surveys and I’m so glad Jamie had this idea!

Characters

Most Likely To Change The World: Alina Starkov from Shadow & Bone/Siege & Storm

Cutest Couple: Anna & St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss

Class Clown: Oliver Kimball from Going Vintage

Most Likely To Become Famous For Their Athletic/Musical/Artistic Abilities: Rose Zarelli from Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend

All Around Good Person: Lissa from The Vampire Academy series

Biggest Flirt: Kaidan Rowe from Sweet Evil

Most Likely To Be Fought Over: Adam from Where She Went

Mostly Likely To Be Friends Forever: Perry & Roar from Under the Never Sky/Through the Ever Night

Most Likely To Have Their Own Reality Show: Devan from The Reece Malcolm List

Most Unique: Park Sheridan from Eleanor & Park

Most Likely To Survive An Apocalypse: Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games/Catching Fire/Mockingjay

Most Likely To Be A Villain: Wolf from Scarlet (LIKELY but we root for him not to be!)

Biggest Wallflower: Cath from Fangirl

Most Likely To Break Your Heart: Emilio from The Book of Broken Hearts

Most Changed: Allyson from Just One Day (although I guess this isn’t necessarily in a good way!)

Most Likely To Get Arrested: Ronan Lynch from The Raven Boys/The Dream Thieves (oh, but how I love him)

Self Proclaimed God/Goddess: Lindsey from Before I Fall

Best Person To Bring Home To Mom & Dad: Zach from Nantucket Blue (he just seems like a good kid!)

Books

Most Likely To Make You Cry: The Book of Broken Hearts. I. bawled. Ugly crying abound.

Dares To Be Different (in world, plot, storytelling, etc.): Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Best Dressed (pretty cover!): Crewel, Wild Awake (YES, I CHEAT)

Most Likely To Make You Swoon: Anna and the French Kiss, Confessions of an Angry Girl

Loveliest Prose: Delirium

Most Likely To Be A Favorite Of 2013: The Beginning of Everything (Updated: I read it. YEP.)

Most Likely To Change The World (or change your life): Fangirl (because I now feel inspired to work on my WIP!)

Book You Are Most Likely To Keep Putting Off: When She Woke (Only because I’ve had it on my TBR since 2011…)

Most Likely To End Up As Christmas Gifts For Everyone You Know: Shadow and Bone (for those who haven’t read it and I don’t want to repeat with The Book of Broken Hearts!)

Most Likely To Be Thrown: Reached (I just couldn’t take it anymore…)

Most Likely To Be Reread More Than Once: Where She Went

Most Likely To Make You Read Through An Earthquake Because It’s THAT Engrossing: Siege and Storm

Most Likely To Be Passed On To Your Children: Harry Potter

Most Likely To Break Your Heart Into A Million Pieces: (Damnit, I want to say The Book of Broken Hearts again… Fine.) Tiger Lily

Most Likely To Brighten Up Your Day: Also Known As, Going Vintage

Top Ten Tuesday – August 27, 2013: Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic: Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters

I’M ALL FOR MCs, BUT THESE GUYS STOLE MY HEART…

Roar Roar may be one of my favorite secondary characters of all time. Veronica Rossi does a GREAT job at this best friend for Perry and non-romantic companion for Aria (thank you for not making this a love triangle)! I was delighted to meet in him UNDER THE NEVER SKY and to get to know him even more in THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT and the novella ROAR & LIV.

 

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THE PRINCESS BRIDE has always been one of my favorite movies (okay, it’s only fair that I saw the movie first… it’s been out since before I could read & comprehend the book…) and ever since I read the book last year, it totally solidified itself in my heart forever. I absolutely love Inigo and Fezzik as the sidekicks in this book and how their roles really shape it without being the main characters.

 

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Harry Potter……. I think that says it all.

 

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Obviously Rue is a favorite character of THE HUNGER GAMES, but I was actually pretty disappointed that Madge was totally cut from the movies! She was the actual person who gave Katniss her Mockingjay pin and she ended up being an important friend for Katniss in many ways. I ended up really loving Haymitch, especially later in the series like in CATCHING FIRE and MOCKINGJAY!

 

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STURMOND. Loved him in SIEGE AND STORM. He was comedy and tension and friendship and mystery all in one. He was a fantastic addition to the Grisha Trilogy and I hope we see so much more of him in RUIN AND RISING!

 

Scarlet

CINDER was amazing, but SCARLET totally blew me away. I totally saw similarities between Carwell Thorne and the aforementioned Sturmhond. They were hilarious and great additions in the second books of these series!

 

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I was so impressed with the depth of these two characters in THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY, especially Drew. He could have easily been a one-dimensional and stereotypical character, but he actually turned out to be one of my favorites of the book!

 

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Zuzana was a feisty little best friend to Karou in DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE and more than that, even if she didn’t like it, she was really always there for her. She put a lot of blind faith in Karou and they really developed an easy friendship despite how complicated Karou’s life really was.

 

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GOING VINTAGE had one of my favorite family relationships with Mallory and her sister Ginnie. I loved their sisterly friendship, their inside jokes, constant support, and I loved seeing siblings get along for a change.

 

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I had to pick characters from THE RAVEN BOYS because Ronan is really the main character in THE DREAM THIEVES but still plays more of a minor or secondary character in TRB. I was really fascinated by his character in TRB (which totally made TDT that much more awesome). I also loved Noah and all of this story that comes out in the two books! Also, Blue’s mom is just badass.

 

So those are my favorite secondary characters! Which ones do we have in common? Which ones did I miss? Personally, I think I could read full stories of some of these supporting characters (hint hint Veronica Rossi….)

Top Ten Tuesday – June 25, 2013: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2013

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2013

TOP TEN BOOKS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2013!

Okay. This was DIFFICULT. There were several books that aaaaalmost made the cut, but in the end, I decided not to cheat (which was a hard decision) and just keep ten.

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Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo
Cinder – Marissa Meyer
Scarlet – Marissa Meyer
The Dream Thieves – Maggie Steifvater (review to come closer to pub date!)
The Program – Suzanne Young

contemps

The Book of Broken Hearts – Sarah Ockler
Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
The Summer I Became A Nerd – Leah Rae Miller
Also Known As – Robin Benway
he Trouble With Flirting – Claire LaZebnik

It was REALLY hard to pick just ten books but there you have it! So far this year I’ve read 71 books and these are the best of the best! I’m excited to see everyone else’s lists today too!

Did any of my favorites make your top ten too? What have been your favorite books of 2013 so far?

Top Ten Tuesday – April 16, 2013: Top Ten Books I Want to Re-Read

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!
It’s a TTT Rewind week so that means we get to pick a previous topic of our choice! I scrolled through the topics and immediately knew which one I was going to pick! It’s from September 27, 2011 (Rewind, INDEED!)

TOP TEN BOOKS I WANT TO REREAD

This has been a topic that’s been on my mind for a while. Ever since I started my blog, I’ve read some SUPER AWESOME books. I used to reread all the time because, well, I didn’t know that many amazing books were out there. Now that I’ve found them, I can’t find the time to read the ones I HAVEN’T read much less the ones I have. It’s my goal this year to make the time to reread a few. And guess what. So far, I’ve failed. Here’s hoping that making a top ten list will spur me on to reread some of my recent favorites!

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1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I immediately fell in love with Anna and the French Kiss when I read it this past year. I got ALL THE FEELS from this book and I absolutely, positively adored how the relationship between Anna & St. Clair developed. Anna was funny, emotional, and a character I really connected with. I felt like I had so much in common with her and I just had a down right blast reading this book! I definitely need to pick it up again and SOON.

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2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: I became an instant Gayle Forman fan after reading If I Stay. It was a book that really moved me (I mean, I was reading at work and honestly trying not to cry as I sat at my desk). This was one of the first books that really helped me fall in love with the contemporary side of YA as well. Before that I was only seeking out dystopians & paranormals. It all changed with Gayle!
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3. Where She Went by Gayle Forman: If I’m going to read If I Stay, I HAVE to read Where She Went too. I thought it was a brilliant follow up to the first book and totally didn’t expect to enjoy it so much considering it was from a male POV. I was pleasantly surprised to see how differently Adam’s POV read and how much I connected with him!
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4. Just One Day by Gayle Forman: YES, I AM REREADING ALL OF GAYLE’S BOOKS. I mean, ever since I finished Just One Day, I’ve been dreaming about rereading it. I loved it THAT MUCH. I really want to have a Gayle Forman reread-a-thon before Just One Year comes out… Anyone else totally down with that???
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5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: How amazing was this audiobook!? Thanks, Wil Wheaton, for narrating an amazing book and making it that much more awesome. I really want to go listen to the audio all over again. It was a blast to listen to and just a really fun book all around.
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6. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay: This book simply blew me away. I definitely want to reread this one again to absorb all of that beautiful writing and the amazing story of Nastya & Josh & Drew. These characters were just so real to me and I got totally invested in each of their issues. Katja Millay is also amazing at interacting with her fans and she’s been so sweet to respond to all of us who are fangirling over her book on Twitter/Goodreads! SWEETEVIL0416
7. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins: Sweet Evil contained the first character I fangirled over — Kaidan Rowe. I really want to go back and swoon for him all over again… It would also be helpful to reread before I start Sweet Peril which comes out in the end of April! Although realistically, I know I won’t get around to it.
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8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver: Well, after Requiem, I’m not even sure I want to reread this series and in the saddest way, I’m not even sure I can recommend this trilogy to anyone to pick and start reading. I DO want to reread Delirium, though, because I really want to remember why I fell in love with this world, with Lena, and with Alex. I know I adored this book and I want to recapture that magic and restore my faith in this series just a little bit.
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9. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech: Walk Two Moons was easily one of my favorites from my childhood. I think I read it when I was probably 11 or 12? Salamanca Tree Hiddle, her crazy family, her curious mystery, her creepy neighbor, and her cute little new boy friend were a delight to read about. I recently reread The Giver which was another childhood favorite and was not disappointed!  I definitely want to reread Walk Two Moons and see if the magic is still there for this book as well! I don’t read middle grade for my blog, but I requested a book by Sharon Creech from Edelweiss to read — that’s how much I loved this book!
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10. Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot: I don’t read a lot of adult books anymore simply because well, I love YA for one, but also because I almost don’t feel like I have the time! The Heather Wells series was one that got me back into reading when high school was killing it for me with all its boring assigned books and I could not get enough of Meg Cabot’s hysterical characters and cute, swoony romances. I’d definitely like to start this series all over again after having read Size 12 and Ready to Rock (book four in the series) over the summer.

I can’t wait to revisit these books sometime soon! It’s definitely a goal of mine to reread at least some of these this year (and for real — if anyone’s interested in a Gayle Forman readalong/read-a-thon before Just One Year… I totally want to make that happen)! Which books would be your top choices to reread?

Top Ten Tuesday – April 9, 2013: Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was a Blogger

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

TOP TEN FAVORITE BOOKS I READ BEFORE I WAS A BLOGGER

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Books Mentioned

THE ENTIRE HARRY POTTER SERIES
THE GIVER by Lois Lowry
THE HUNGER GAMES/THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY by Suzanne Collins
DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver
VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead
SIZE 12 IS NOT FAT/HEATHER WELLS SERIES by Meg Cabot
THE SPELLMAN FILES/THE SPELLMANS SERIES  by Lisa Lutz
ONE FOR THE MONEY/STEPHANIE PLUM SERIES by Janet Evanovich
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO/MILENNIUM TRILOGY by Steig Larsson
ONE DAY by David Nicholls

I didn’t read a lot of YA before I became a book blogger so really, that’s only a small part of my favorites before I started blogging! What are your favorites before you started blogging? Did blogging greatly affect what books have become your favorites now? 

Top Ten Tuesday – December 18, 2012: Top Ten Books I Read In 2012

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This Week’s Topic is: Top Ten Books I Read In 2012

TOP TEN (er… thirteen) BOOKS OF 2012
(in no particular order because how can I possibly rank them)

 

1. JUST ONE DAY BY GAYLE FORMAN: It’s Gayle. Come on. 
2. THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY BY KATJA MILLAY: I think anyone who’s read this will be on the same page with me! Simply beautiful. 
3. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS BY STEPHANIE PERKINS: A main character that I loved, cute romance, great story
4. TIGER LILY BY JODI LYNN ANDERSON: Gorgeous writing. 
5. SWEET EVIL BY WENDY HIGGINS: Swooning for Kaidan, interesting plot

 

6. IF I STAY BY GAYLE FORMAN: And Where She Went too… 
7. THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE BY JANDY NELSON: Read in one sitting
8. GRAVE MERCY BY ROBIN LAFEVERS: I had no idea how badass historical fiction was
9. SHADOW AND BONE BY LEIGH BARDUGO: Great concept, loved the Russian influences
10. GRACELING BY KRISTIN CASHORE: Remind me again why I still haven’t read Fire? 

11. MEANT TO BE BY LAUREN MORRILL: Super cute contemporary
12. TIME BETWEEN US BY TAMARA IRELAND STONE: Love the time travel and taking place in IL!! 
13. READY PLAYER ONE BY ERNEST CLINE: I loved nerding out to this!

What were your favorite books read in 2012? Any in common??
I can’t wait to see what 2013 holds!!