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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??

Top Ten Tuesday: September 5, 2017 – Ten Books I Struggled to Get Through

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Ten Books I Struggled to Get Through! 

I’ve never been afraid of the big old DNF but sometimes I’ll stick it out if I think that a book has potential, if I need to know how it ends, or if it’s a short book and I want to count it towards my Goodreads goal (ha). With a topic of books I struggled to get through, here are some reads that I didn’t particularly enjoy but still finished… and I’m sure you’ll find a lot of nice black sheep moments here!


TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard
I just didn’t connect with this book at all. I wanted so much more world-building, I didn’t think the characters had a lot of depth and the pacing just didn’t grab me. I still finished it because so many friends raved but I tried reading this on audio (I hated the voices) and then in print and it was still rough.


DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine
I had high hopes for this book but it was kind of dystopian and kind of fantasy? The genre concept just seemed all over the place and I wasn’t a big fan of the characters but I really wanted to see exactly how it ended.


INTERWORLD by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves
I’ve been a fan of everything Neil Gaiman has written… except for this book. It got really messy and weird and a little too odd for my tastes. It also read way younger than I thought it was going to so that wasn’t enjoyable, really, but it was an audiobook so it was easy to keep listening and finish.


NOBODY BUT US by Kristin Halbrook
This book was supposed to be romantic but it was just… boring. The main characters are 18 and 15 and the 15-year-old felt very, very young and I had a hard time with the whole book reading how the characters spoke. It just wasn’t my thing but it was short and I wanted to finish.


WENTWORTH HALL by Abby Grahame
Wentworth Hall was like Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey but it seemed more like a ploy to combine them rather than doing it well. It was cheesy and not enjoyable but short, quick, and read it for a feature so I finished it!


WHERE FUTURES END by Parker Peevyhouse
This book consisted of five different stories at different points on a timeline and the first one was the only one I liked. I was listening to the audio so I kept on going but the stories got less interesting for me as the book progressed.


SHADE ME by Jennifer Brown
I was so excited to read a book about synesthesia but the way it was done was just… not put together well. There were several plot holes in how it actually works, a lot of things didn’t make sense, and the characters were just not enjoyable to read about.


TRAITOR TO THE THRONE by Alwyn Hamilton
I AM STILL SO BUMMED ABOUT THIS. Rebel of the Sands was one of my favorite reads of the whole year last year and this book took a turn. It was very long (unnecessarily, in my opinion), the characters were split up, it took a break from the action, and I didn’t like the plot points that were used. Such a major bummer that I don’t even know if I’ll read the last book in this series.


REBEL by Amy Tintera
I waited waaaay too long to read REBEL after REBOOT (like several years) and I was just so out of the story that it was too hard to catch up again. I also just didn’t feel as involved in the story line either way so it was a little rough.


STRANGE AND EVER AFTER by Susan Dennard
Oops, that’s two Susan Dennard books on my list now but this book just didn’t do it for me. I had a hard time getting into the story of this last book and I was falling out of love with the characters but I got really upset because I was following Susan Dennard on Twitter and she spoiled her own book for me by tweeting about a BIG THING in this last book even though I had only started reading it about 6-9 months after it was published. Way too soon to tweet spoilers for your own book so I had a sour taste in my mouth.


Well, those are my complaints for the day haha! Other times I just DNF but these ones I made an effort to finish. Do you often finish books you’re not enjoying or just say, see ya later?

Top Ten Tuesday: August 29, 2017 – Ten Mystery/Thriller Hidden Gems

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Hidden Gems in a specific genre! 

I’ve always been a fan of mysteries and thrillers, even when I was a kid reading the Something Queer series and progressing to Baby-Sitter’s Club Mysteries. I got really into cozy mysteries as a young adult/adult and then when I came back around to reading YA, there wasn’t a whole lot of YA mystery or thriller books! They’ve finally started to pop up over the last few years and there have been some really enjoyable ones flying under the radar (although some more more well-known now) so those are what I’m sharing today!


TEN MYSTERY/THRILLER HIDDEN GEMS

A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho
This book is a little mystery, a little thriller, a whole lot of interesting! Small town meets big personalities and I loved that it was set in the 90s so that darn technology doesn’t make solving the mystery too easy.
Goodreads | Review


JACKABY by William Ritter 
The Jackaby series may have a smaller following but the following is strong! JACKABY is very much a paranormal Sherlock Holmes, complete with genius lacking the social cues sort of like a Sheldon Cooper, with new assistant Abigail narrating the series.
Goodreads | Review


WITH MALICE by Eileen Cook
WITH MALICE hooked me immediately and I read the book in literally one sitting! Granted the power was out but I couldn’t put it down. It was very much like DANGEROUS GIRLS and I loved the twists and turns.
Goodreads | Review


LOCK & MORI by Heather W. Petty
A modern take on Sherlock Holmes, LOCK & MORI was such an enjoyable book! I still need to finish the series but I really enjoyed the first book and I love retellings/adaptions in modern settings.
Goodreads | Review


THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moira Fowley-Doyle
This was a wonderful atmospheric read and was perfect to read in the fall! Mysterious accidents meet possible spirits in a spooky but not scary tale from Moira Fowley-Doyle.
Goodreads | Review


THE CONSPIRACY OF US by Maggie Hall
This series from Maggie Hall is a very fun international thriller series. I love international thrillers and it’s very YA Da Vinci Code, for lack of a better way to put it. Loved the romance, love the characters, love the story.
Goodreads | Review


Dangerous Girls - Abigal Haas

DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas
UGH this book. It was sooooo thrilling and I couldn’t put it down! I literally only put it down when I had to do things like walk and get off of a plane. It was amazing!
Goodreads | Review


THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING by Ashley Elston
This was one of the first YA thrillers I read and it was so exciting! A family in witness protection possibly being hunted really keeps you on your toes throughout the whole book!
Goodreads | Review


HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME by Kirsten Miller
This book was so different than I expected but it was so interesting! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I read this but I remember it being very enjoyable and a little dark.
Goodreads | Review


THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Trish Doller
This was a great mystery/thriller about second-guessing who you trust, especially those you just met. It’s so easy for teenagers to feel over-confident (and okay, adults too) and spend time with new and exciting strangers. This book is about a girl who just wants to have some free-time and fun away from her family, but is it worth the price of people’s lives?
Goodreads | Review


This was such a fun list to make! If you have any more under the radar mystery/thrillers, let me know! I’m always looking for more!!

Top Ten Tuesday: August 22, 2017 – Ten Fictional Teachers I Wished I Had in School

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Back-to-School theme, so I chose Ten Fictional Teachers I Wished I Had in School! 

I had a post not too long ago about my favorite boarding schools so I didn’t want to do fictional schools because it would end up being too similar. Instead, I’m opting for some fictional teachers that I really wish I could have taken lessons from at some point in my life!


TEN FAVORITE FICTIONAL TEACHERS

PROFESSOR MCGONAGALL from the Harry Potter series
McGonagall is probably my favorite fictional teacher ever. She’s strong, smart, and very firm. She’s a wonderful teacher and a little bit strict, but I love that about her because I would actually learn things. I also love that she’s one tough cookie but she also really, truly cares about her students too. It’s a fantastic mix.

THE MAGUS from The Queen’s Thief series
I don’t know if the Magus technically really counts as a teacher but I just loved him in this series. I don’t even know why. He’s another mentor that seemed a little harsh, but fair. I also loved when he showed that softer side and actually cared about his pupils.

THE WOMEN OF 300 FOX WAY from The Raven Cycle
Maura, Calla, Persephone, and the gang aren’t technically teachers but they end up becoming mentors and resources for the Gangsey throughout the series as they encounter some of the more other-worldly tasks. Plus, I can’t very well choose some of the only noted professors at Aglionby for obvious reasons. I wouldn’t want that Latin teacher.

MADAME “GUILLOTINE” from Anna and the French Kiss
I don’t particularly like Anna’s French teacher but she seems like one of those strict and fair teachers that I like so much, plus I just want to attend SOAP and have class with Anna!

RANGER from the Stephanie Plum series
Ranger is also not technically a teacher but he’s Stephanie’s mentor in a lot of ways, taking her under his wing to help with bounty hunting, how to handle a firearm, and several other things along the way, some of which may be steamy.

PROFESSOR LUPIN from the Harry Potter series
Gotta have more than one Harry Potter professor, and Lupin is another favorite of mine. I love his gentleness and how supportive he is of his students. He seems like an amazing teacher that has more of a soft touch but really cares about everyone’s education and well-being.

MASTER ELODIN from The Kingkiller Chronicle
I absolutely loved Elodin after meeting him in THE NAME OF THE WIND. He’s so kooky but seems like he really knows what he’s talking about and his teaching style is complicated and confusing, but will end up making a big point in the end.

CONNOR LAWSON from LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
Sexy teaching assistant? How could you not?

KELSIER from the Mistborn series
Kelsier was Vin’s mentor and teacher and he’s such an interesting character. Looking back on the series after six or seven books, it’s interesting to see how imperfect he was. He taught Vin everything he knew and Vin became the focus of the series and I kind of love how he’s not really an ideal character.

BRIMSTONE from DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE
I also really loved Karou’s mentor Brimstone, from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. He was Karou’s teacher and father figure and he taught her what she needed to know. I loved their relationship and I wish I could have learned even more about him!


Well this was a lot harder than I thought it would be haha! But it was fun to really explore some of my favorite teachers and mentors. Who are your favorite fictional teachers?

Top Ten Tuesday: August 15, 2017 – Ten Book Recommendations for Kids of the 80s/90s

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Ten Book Recommendations for X, so I chose 80s/90s kids!

I’m not a big historical fiction person but I do love some time-specific novels! There are a few books I’ve read that take place in the 1980s and 1990s that seem silly to call historical fiction and yet they’re also not contemporary, having taken place 20-30 years ago. So I’m sharing some recommendations based on those eras today!

Side note: I have a list of these books on Goodreads and there are literally only 10 books on it so far so if I have the same author multiple times, you’re getting the same author multiple times!

Second side note: This list is more books that have been written recently that take it back to these eras rather than books we read growing up in these eras. Because that’s a whole different kind of nostalgia!


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR KIDS OF THE 80S & 90S

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky
Okay, so this book actually did get written in the 90s (1999 to be exact) and I actually remember reading it as a teen! My next-door neighbor had a copy and I borrowed his and no, I still haven’t seen the movie. I meant to do a re-read before I watched the movie and I never did. This just reminds me so much of my very early teen years and it’s on my Goodreads list so you get it on your Top Ten Tuesday list!
Goodreads


ONE DAY by David Nicholls
Yes, this is another book that got turned into a movie. No, I still have not seen the movie. Yes, I read it before it was even a movie. I don’t even remember how I ended up picking up this book. I think it was truly a day in BORDERS (yes, Borders. RIP.) where I would wander around and just pick things up, and I picked up this one. It takes place over 20 years so there’s a little of the past and a little of the present.
Goodreads


Attachments Rainbow Rowell

ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell
I 100% remember this book being something I randomly picked up and bought at Borders, I think in a clearance sale. It looked cute, funny, and like something I would relate to. Who knew I’d be reading one of my favorite authors before we even knew who Rainbow Rowell was? It’s so funny because I totally didn’t love it when I first read it but on my re-read, I appreciated it so much more, just being older, having a better perspective of that office world-view, and being able to relate to it so much more!
Goodreads


TIME BETWEEN US by Tamara Ireland Stone
TIME BETWEEN US is a mix of romance and sci-fi, the sci-fi part being a time-traveling teen. I really loved this book and I loved how the past only went back to the 90s and not to an era too far away. I was able to relate and it was a lot of fun!
Goodreads


Eleanor & Park

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
You’ll start to see a trend here with Rainbow Rowell, which I love. She seems to revisit time periods that she knows, this one being the 80s. I loved see this this story progress and this is still my favorite Rainbow Rowell book. I need to give it a re-read sometime soon too.
Goodreads


Landline - Rainbow Rowell

LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
Surprise! One last Rainbow Rowell book in this list, this being LANDLINE, which takes place in the present-day but this magical telephone allows the main character to talk to her husband back in the past. This was probably my least favorite of Rainbow’s books (because magical telephone) but it was still fun and had some wonderful life-lessons. Plus, a character cameo from a previous book!
Goodreads


althea & oliver

ALTHEA & OLIVER by Cristina Moracho
This book was very real and very gritty, and I really enjoyed it. It takes place in the 90s and it’s not laden with nostalgia but it has just the right amount of 90s feel to pull you into the era without over doing it!
Goodreads


ONCE UPON A KISS by Robin Palmer
This was a little silly but a lot of fun! It was like Freaky Friday meets 13 Going on 30 where the main character wakes up in her own life, except her own life now takes place in the 80s instead of in the 2000s.
Goodreads


A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho
Another Cristina Moracho book set in the 90s, which I love, except this one is more mystery/thriller. I love when things are set in the 90s because it really takes away the immediacy to answers with the use of technology. Little to no cell phones, little to no internet — people have to make phone calls and drive places and have land lines. It keeps things interesting! How do authors write mysteries when technology makes getting answers so easy?
Goodreads


FIREWORKS by Katie Cotugno
I was actually really hoping for more 90s experience in this book and I was kind of disappointed! There were music references but really that was about it. For a book set in the 90s, I was hoping for more of a 90s vibe!
Goodreads

BONUS | These books weren’t set in the 80s/90s but have a good vibe! 

READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline | GREAT for 80s kids! Some stuff went over my head (I was a 90s kid) but soooo many pop culture references and such a blast!

KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky | Not set in the 80s or 90s but had that boy band concept that made me think of *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys… and Making the Band with O-Town! A little more early 2000s but totally will bring you back to the boy band days.


Those are my nostalgic 80s & 90s recs that were written (mostly) in the past few years! Do you have any more recommendations like these? I’d love to read some more!

Top Ten Tuesday: June 27, 2017 – Top Ten Books of 2017 (So Far)

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

I’ve actually had a lot of misses with only a few stellar books so far. I was just thinking how it’s only been a few months but really, it’s been half a year!! There’s still some time left to find some super-hits of 2017 but here are a few of my favorites from the year so far!

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor
This was easily one of my favorite reads of the year! I’ve been waiting for Laini Taylor’s new book for so long and finally go to read it in April! It was gorgeous, just as I expected, and of course had all the feels.
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4.5 stars


A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab
My experience with Victoria Schwab has been reeeeally hit or miss (both in reading and in interactions) so I had been hesitant to start this series for a long time. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC! I honestly thought the first book was the most solid of the series but it made my list of top books so far this year.
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4.5 stars


HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco
I absolutely adored STALKING JACK THE RIPPER from Kerri Maniscalco last year and was equally pleased with HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA! I think the first book remains my favorite because I enjoyed the Jack the Ripper story line just a bit more but another very, very solid release from Kerri and I am a huge fan!
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4.5 stars

THICK AS THIEVES by Megan Whelan Turner
I binged this series on audio over the past couple weeks (I just checked and I listened to the entire series in three weeks!) and this last book was by far my favorite of the series. The characters felt the most developed, I was engaged the whole time, and I loved the relationships.
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4 – 4.5 stars


THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
I’m a huge Brandon Sanderson fan and I’ve slowly been making my way through allllll of his books. THE WAY OF KINGS is by far the largest so I put it off for a long time. I’m glad I finally read it because although it was very different than what I expected, it was quite enjoyable! The ending was epic and I’m excited to continue the series.
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4 stars


GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston
This book was soooo cute and spoke to my geeky fangirl heart! It was easy to read, a lot of fun, and a great Cinderella adaptation of the digital age!
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4 – 4.25 stars


QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde
Speaking of geeking out, QUEENS OF GEEK was also a wonderful book! The loves stories were cute, con aspect was spot on, wonderful diversity, and super solid characters. I loved everything about it!
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4 – 4.25 stars


WIRES AND NERVE by Marissa Meyer
This was my first-ever graphic novel and it was so much fun! It was super easy to read and I accidentally flew through it and finished it in a day! I love anything Marissa Meyer and it was great to get more of my beloved Lunar Chronicles gang, plus anything Iko is a win.
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4.5 – 5 stars


A MILLION JUNES by Emily Henry
Emily Henry’s debut will still be my favorite but I loved that A MILLION JUNES had the same story-telling style and magical realism aspect. She has a way that sucks you into the story and puts you right in the feels!
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4 – 4.25 stars


BAD ROMANCE by Heather Demetrios
This book was so hard to read but in a good way. It was easy to see how Grace got stuck in this damaging relationship and couldn’t get out, even thought it was obvious to everyone else that it was harmful to her. It was an amazingly realistic book which made it eye-opening, scary, and emotional all at the same time. Heather Demetrios did a great job with this book.
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4 – 4.5 stars


Those are my top books of the year so far! Not too many that really hit the 4.5 star mark and really no true five star book. I think STRANGE THE DREAMER may be the best book I’ve read all year and it was like allllllmost 5 stars but certain things held me back!

Top Ten Tuesday: June 6, 2017 – Ten Books Recently Added to My TBR

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Ten books recently added to my TBR

This was technically supposed to be broken down by genre but since I haven’t been adding much to my lists recently (I have way too many things — 1001 books, to be exact) that I still want to read to add everything so I’m just picking the most recent things that I’ve added!

THE HANGING GIRL by Eileen Cook
I still have yet to read a book by Eileen Cook and yet ALL of them are on my TBR! They just sound so good but somehow they’ve all gotten pushed to the back burner. Nevertheless, THE HANGING GIRL is on my TBR and I grabbed this one from Edelweiss!

CHANGES IN LATITUDES by Jen Malone
I’m not totally sure if this is my kind of topic right off the bat but I adored Jen Malone’s previous book, WANDERLOST, and would love to read more form her!

NOTEWORTHY by Riley Redgate
Acapella was really all you needed to say for this one.

NOGGIN by Johh Corey Whaley
I don’t know how this wasn’t on my TBR because I’ve actually had for… several years. I figured it out the other day so it was time to add it!

TOP TEN by Katie Cotugno
Was there ever a better book to be on Top Ten Tuesday? I actually recently finished FIREWORKS, which was the first book I’ve ever read from her, and it wasn’t really what I had hoped so I’m a bit hesitant about TOP TEN now… BUT it sounds like it’s a book that’s much more my style so I hope it goes well!

NICE TRY, JANE SINNER by Lianne Oelke
This sounds kind of satirical and funny and an interesting concept! I grabbed it from Edelweiss but it doesn’t come out until January so I have some time to read it!

AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR by Nancy Werlin
This actually wasn’t originally on my TBR when I first saw it because it sounded a little slasher film/cheesy but I received a copy from the publisher and I’m totally willing to give it a shot now that I have it! I’m always up for a mystery/thriller so we’ll see how it goes!

ALCATRAZ VS. THE KNIGHTS OF CRYSTALLIA by Brandon Sanderson
I’m making my way through Brandon Sanderson’s entire works, even the middle grade series! The Alcatraz books are a little silly but quick and fun so I’ve started a mini-binge. I’ve listened to the first two on audio and added the rest of the series to by TBR. I added books 3-5 all at once so I’m just listing book #3 to count for all of them for this list’s purpose!

THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA by Megan Whelan Turner
Same deal here — I added THE THIEF waaaay back when to my TBR but I didn’t want to add the rest of the series until I knew I enjoyed the first book… but I received the entire series for review on audio from Harper so I added the rest of the series all at once, the second book here standing in for the rest of the whole series. I just started THE THIEF yesterday so I’m curious to see how it goes!!

THE INFINITY OF YOU AND ME by J.Q. Coyle
This book doesn’t have the best rating on Goodreads (3.43 stars) BUT it only has 150 ratings and 51 reviews. You also just never know when you’ll love a book when others don’t so it’s on my TBR because it piqued my interest. I am suchhhhh a sucker pa06rallel worlds that I’m willing to try anything. Plus that cover is gorgeous!


So those are ten books that I’ve recently added to my TBR! Are any of these recent adds for you? Anything that’s already been on your TBR forever or books that I should get to ASAP?

Top Ten Tuesday: May 9, 2017 – Ten Things on My Reading Wishlist

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Ten things on my reading wishlist

If you say any of these things, I’m pretty much ready and lining up to read these books! This list has probably changed a lot over the years so here are my current reading obsessions! 

BANTER
Give me alllllll the flirty, romantic, sexual-tension banter. I absolutely love it and can never get enough!!

BROMANCES
I just love strong male friendships. I don’t know why but bromances just get me. I love seeing loyalty to friends.

TIME TRAVEL & PARALLEL UNIVERSES
This is nothing new and I’m sure some people are sick of all the time travel books but as of right now, I can never have enough. I want all of it. All the time.

PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS THAT I CAN’T GUESS
It’s hard to have a psychological thriller nowadays where I can’t guess the ending and be toooootally bowled over. I’ve been a big mystery/thriller reader for a long time so when you read so many, you tend to catch on to patterns from authors and pick up on things. I want to be TOTALLY FLOORED.

MAGICAL REALISM
It still depends on the context a little bit but somehow I’ve become a sucker for magical realism! I used to actively avoid it because it just wasn’t for me and something just changed over the years.

UNIQUE RETELLINGS/ADAPTATIONS
Forget fairy tales. I want to see retellings of other awesome things, especially things that make me nostalgic for my childhood. Troop Beverly Hills. Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Fraggle Rock. Legends of the Hidden Temple. Indiana Jones. Babes in Toyland. Let’s do itttttt.

ALL-ENCOMPASSING FRIENDSHIPS
The friendships in The Raven Cycle were just so amazing. It can be hard to get a group together like that without it being clingy or stalkery or without love triangles/squares/pentagons(?) but I’d love to see more!

And while we’re on the topic… REALISTIC FRIENDSHIP GROUPS
I’d love to see more groups of friends and not just girls with girl best friends, guys with guy best friend or a male and female best friend falling for each other (although I do love a friends-to-more story). One of the things I loved about THE START OF ME AND YOU was the friendship group and how it was a whole bunch of kids hanging out. I had my best friends as a teenager but I also had regular groups of people that we all hung out with.

NEW MAGIC SYSTEMS
I love elemental magic but there are only so many ways we can figure out how to make that work in a story. I love seeing new magic systems and that’s one of the reason I love Brandon Sanderson’s books so much! Every book has a brand new magic system and some of them are soooo unique and every single one is so detailed.


Okay so that’s only nine and this wasn’t a very decorative post but my eyes are hurting from the computer screen and I’m tired and I wrote this on Monday and it’s MONDAY. (Well, by now it’s Tuesday but you know…)

Which of these things would you love to see more of in books!?

Top Ten Tuesday: April 11, 2017 – Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

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

This is actually a really fun concept because I ended up checking out my same post with this topic from three years ago. Here are the books I listed in 2014:

    

    


I’ve read a LOT of different book since 2014. It’s hard to imagine that that was three years ago! I’ll actually still have some of the same selections but there are also a lot of reads that I’ve chosen since then that I really went outside of my comfort zone to read. Here are my selections, three years later: 

The Raven Boys - Maggie Steifvater

THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater | The Raven Cycle is still one of the most unique series I’ve ever read. Is it magical realism? Fantasy? Paranormal? None? All? It’s a little bit of everything with adventure, danger, magic, and love. I still can’t quite describe what transpires in this series but it’s best if you read it yourself anyway!


BONE GAP by Laura Ruby | BONE GAP was another very cool book that blurred a lot of genre lines and there was a VERY interesting concept/twist that I thought was so well done!


A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho | This book was unique in a way that I wouldn’t normally pick out as unique, but it really did grab me with its differences. I liked the placement set back to the 1990s so everything isn’t always in the present-day. I also liked that this wasn’t a typical murder-mystery or thriller. Essentially the “killer” was already revealed and the characters and readers had to decide what they believed and what was true.


YOU by Caroline Kepnes | This book was… messed up. But it was also really interesting! The book is sort of told TO the character who is the love interest (hence, “you”) and the narrator is Joe, who is 100% messed up and yet you almost really start to understand and sympathize.


KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky | So this isn’t 100% unique, no one’s ever done this concept before but I feel like satire and dark comedy isn’t done a lot in YA. It’s unique in the sense that I think not a lot of authors are doing it right now and I really had so much fun with it!


MY LADY JANE by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows | Speaking of satire, this book is more Monty Python meets The Princess Bride and it was HILARIOUS.  Magic meets history meets comedy, and it all just worked.


ILLUMINAE by Aime Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | I mean, have you SEEN these books? They’re the first books I’ve seen to really incorporate so many different forms of “files” (hence the series title) including allllll kinds of artwork. Schematics, doodles, chats, letters, pictures, you name it — it’s in here.


trial by fire book cover

TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini | I still need to finish this series (maybe the audiobooks are good? Anyone?) but I enjoyed the first book! It actually starts out a little cookie-cutter but I really enjoyed the fanta-sci aspect once I wrapped my brain around it. It was kind of hard to do but also very cool.


MIDWINTERBLOOD by Marcus Sedgwick | This book was beautiful and so incredibly unique. I literally don’t know any other book like it and it’s just one you really have to read to appreciate from start to finish.


WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech | You know what… I’m going to go with an oldie but a goodie. This was one of my FAVORITE books as a kid/pre-teen and I haven’t read anything else that’s given me the feelings that this book has. I re-read as an adult and just SOBBED at the end.


So there are my ten! I actually could keep going but I’ll stop here for now. It’s interesting to see how many different kinds of books I’ve been reading and how my tastes have evolved throughout the years! What are some of your favorite unique reads?