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Top Ten Tuesday – November 4, 2014: Top Ten Books I Want To Re-Read

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
November 4, 2014

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

I have been doing a LOT of re-reading lately! I didn’t for a very long time and I think I really started getting back into it when the Hunger Games movies were coming out and I wanted to re-read the books before I saw the movies. I re-read them via audio to read them in a different format and I really, really enjoyed that experience, so lately I’ve been re-read a LOT via audio (with the exception of Anna and the French Kiss which I re-read via print again because I was told to stay awayyyy from the audio). Anyway… Now that I’m on a re-reading kick, I can’t stop. I’m remembering how much fun it is to read these books and it’s so much fun to revisit these characters and these worlds all over again so I have many plans to keep on re-reading!

The Lunar Chronicles

Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5) – Marissa Meyer
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer
The Queen’s Army (Lunar Chronicles #1.5) – Marissa Meyer
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marissa Meyer
The Little Android (The Lunar Chronicles #2.5) – Marissa Meyer
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer
Carswell Thorne’s Guide to Being Lucky (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) – Marissa Meyer

FAIREST is coming out in January and WINTER is coming out late 2015 so that gives me plenty of time to re-read one of my all-time favorite series before it finally comes to bittersweet end next year. I’m planning to re-read via audio and already have all three books lined up for me. The next time I have time for audio, CINDER will be what I start!

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE/DEATHLY HALLOWS

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J.K. Rowling

I’ve been re-reading Harry Potter on audio for the last year or so, on and off. I just finished OotP the other week and now I’m preparing to start HBP! The sixth book was my long-standing favorite so I’m interested to see how my last two re-reads go and if those will change as favorites too!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

READY PLAYER ONE was one of my first audiobooks back in the day and I picked it up because I had heard so many good things about Wil Wheaton’s narration. It was SO good that I can’t even imagine reading the print version. I fully plan to re-read via audio again just so I can have that same amazing experience.

All of Rainbow Rowell’s books

 

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

I say all of Rainbow’s books, but mostly I’m looking at ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL. I JUST read LANDLINE (and also while I enjoyed it, it wasn’t an instant favorite so I’m not sure I will re-read it (or at least re-read it soon)) and I actually recent listened to ATTACHMENTS on audio as a re-read because I read that book soooo long ago (it was before I was even blogging!) so I’ve already re-read that one. I really want to listen to both of these via audio — E&P to relive that magic and FANGIRL because I think my expectations were a little different than the book and I’d like to go back in and sort of give it another chance. I liked it the first time but was caught off-guard with some things and they bothered me. Knowing what I know now, I think I’d enjoy it a lot more!

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily – Jodi Lynn Anderson

TIGER LILY was another one that I read relatively early in my blogging career and it was SO beautiful. I’ve always been meaning to re-read it and bought myself a copy but still haven’t gotten around to it yet.

 The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility – Katja Millay

I definitely want to re-read this via audio too. I WEPT while reading this (at work, mind you) and totally fell head over heels in love with it. I can’t wait to re-read someday and this one will be via audio because I’ve heard it’s also quite amazing!

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Meant To Be – Lauren Morrill

MEANT TO BE was another instant favorite and I really want to hop back into this book. I wasn’t AS thrilled be Morrill’s sophomore novel BEING SLOANE JACOBS so I’d like to head back to the world of Julia and Jason and MTBs and London and remind myself how much fun that book was to read!

Nantucket Blue/Red by Leila Howland

Nantucket Blue (Nantucket #1) – Leila Howland
Nantucket Red (Nantucket #2) – Leila Howland

These books REALLY stuck with me and I just REALLY connected to Cricket. I want to have those feelings and live with her and get my (our) heart(s) broken all over again. Leila Howland writes some beautiful things in these books about friendships and family and first loves and growing up and I just connected with it ALL. Definitely want to relive these books.

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

 The Book of Broken Hearts – Sarah Ockler

I SWOONED. I UGLY CRIED. I NEED THE FEELS AGAIN. I especially want to re-read after having read #SCANDAL lately… Sorry, but the two books were TOTALLY different — and there’s nothing wrong with that — but #SCANDAL was a feel that I do not connect with. I thought it was a safe bet being Ockler and how much I LOVED TBoBH but it was not. I need to spend some more time with Jude & Emilio and fall in love all over again.

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas

 Knowing how this book ends I simply HAVE to read it again. I MUST see how things play out knowing how it ends. I’ll also have actually been to Aruba at that point (maybe I should make notes of places to see while I’m there…) and it will be neat to see the same places! (Well, some might be fictional but I can make physical comparisons in my head too. Let’s just hope I don’t see the inside of a jail cell, right?)

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of Everything – Robyn Schneider

 This book kind of broke me and put me back together. I think this was another “read in one day” book and I just loved it. It was very musical and very hip and very… I don’t even know how to describe it. It just totally hit me in the feels. Need to feel that again!

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Open Road Summer – Emery Lord

OPEN ROAD SUMMER. This was a book I immediately wanted to re-read after finishing AND I SHOULD HAVE. I definitely need to get this one back in my lineup quickly. A super-instant-favorite and I need it in my life. More. Always.

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

 The Sky Is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson

I read THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE in a day back when I was just really getting in contemporary YA and I just devoured it. I remember feeling incredibly confused and moved and I definitely sobbed. I would love to revisit this book and re-feel those feelings and thanks to Angie at Disquietus Reads, I CAN because she bought me the gorgeous paperback copy that I had my eye on!

IF I EVER HAVE TIME TO TACKLE THESE AGAIN…

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I would love to revisit these books but OMG will I EVER have time? I managed the first five in 10 months and that was reading in print AND audio AND Kindle. Maybe someday when I’m old and gray and have the time… I’ll start from the beginning.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Shut up. I know. I JUST finished these books but I already want more! I started ALLOY OF LAW which is the same series but three hundred years in the future but I already need more Vin and Elend and Kelsier and Mistborns and Allomancy and The Lord Ruler and ahhhh. So amazing.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I mean, I’ve only read the first two books so far (with the third book being out and fourth we are anxiously awaiting) but I already know these are ones I’m going to want to re-read.

His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers

These books were SO great. I definitely want to re-read the whole series someday! I read GRAVE MERCY a while ago and having just finished MORTAL HEART, I already want to go re-read the whole series.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I know we’re only three books into a six book series right now (plus novellas) but they are just SO good that I know once the series gets to the end or closer to the end, I’m going to need to re-read them all!

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

I think I need to re-read this series before the last book comes out! I looooove BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE and I totally want to revisit books one and two before (and three) before the last book comes out so I can really dig in deep before the finale!


I picked waaaaay more than ten books, I know. But I couldn’t help myself! I had to share all of these with you! Which are you looking forward to re-reading? Do you generally re-read series? Re-read before the last book comes out or only invest time in stand alones?

Top Ten Tuesday – October 28, 2014: Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
October 28, 2014

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween

This is a totally awesome topic. There are so many characters I would LOVE to dress up as for Halloween but 1) I have no Halloween parties and 2) most likely the attendees wouldn’t even know who half of my choices are because they are not cool enough to be as big of readers are we are (high fives!)… So for the mean time, I will just get all these ideas in my head and pretend like I have the means to put these costumes together! 😀

As for my choices, I also sought out pictures that weren’t just Halloween-store, cheapie costumes. As popular as they are, I’m always a fan of the homemade costumes and I LOVE what people come up for cosplaying too! (And seriously. What’s up with the sexy Hermione costume…?)

Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass)

Image Source: cosplayisland.co.uk

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

  Image Source: Teen.com

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

Image Source: I’m really not sure because the link led to Amazon…? But the Pinterest caption just said SDCC 2013!

Vin (Mistborn)

Image Source: Pinterest (actual blog was removed)

Ismae/Sybella/Annith (His Fair Assassin)

Image Source: Tumblr

Alina Starkov (The Grisha Trilogy)

Image Source: Pinterest (Macmillan Kids)

Cinder/Scarlet/Cress (The Lunar Chronicles)

Image source: (I could only find the link from Pinterest to this photo)

Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series)

Image Source: Maggie’s Corner (blog) 

Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy)

Image Source: Deviant Art

Princess Buttercup (The Princess Bride)

Image Source: Pixgood.com

Image Source: Coolest Homemade Costumes


Well, as fun as these costumes would be, I am not dressing up this year! Someday all of us book nerds will get together and dress up as our favorite characters and what a fun party that will be!
So what do you think? Which costume is your favorite? Which character would YOU dress up as for Halloween?