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Top Ten Tuesday – October 23, 2012: Top Ten Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit!

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

This Week’s Topic is: Top Ten Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit!!!

1. Ten by Gretchen McNeil: As I’m writing those post (which I started way ahead of time), I’m in the middle of ten (just over 100 pgs in). I started reading last night and it’s really good! But Brittany + scary book + home alone + dark = illogically frightened. So I joked about putting the book in the freezer (10 pts if you get the reference) and took a break so I didn’t scare myself too much.

2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake: I’ll admit it. I’m too scared to read this book. I got about 25 pages in and I just cannot cannot cannot do ghost stories. I really don’t know why but ghosts scare the ever-living daylights out of me. Anyway, I felt like something was going to creep around the corner at any moment so I stopped scaring myself and put the book down. *shrugs* Oh well.

3. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood: I thought this was a great book about witches! I liked that it deal with magic and witchcraft but the focus was more on society’s take on it and the secrecy of it instead of it being sinister and evil (it was just perceived that way by those who didn’t understand).

4. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard: I just finished this one a couple weeks ago and it was a really fun zombie read! I’m not much of a zombie person but I thought it was a quick and easy read with a few nice twists at the end!

5. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead: I’m now in the middle of the 4th book, Blood Promise, and I’m still in love with this series. I think it could fit well with Halloween for the vampire aspect.

6. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich: So I haven’t actually gotten to this one yet, but it’s actually Halloween themed! I still need to read #14 and this is really #14.5. No worries, I’ll always have time for Stephanie Plum!

7. The In Death series by J.D. Robb: I always think a good mystery is great for Halloween – pick up the In Death series and you’ll get some really crazy killers, that’s for sure. They’re almost like horror movies in themselves.

8. The Fear Street books by R.L. Stine: When I was a kid, I was reading the Fear Street books, not Goosebumps. It’s fair to say that these books DEFINITELY gave me nightmares. I think my mom finally convinced me to stop reading them so I would stop having bad dreams (even though I didn’t want to stop reading them).

9. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins: Spirits, devils, demons, nephilim, angels – perfect for Halloween spookiness. Well, and a hot guy. Not like that has anything to do with it though…

10. The Harry Potter series: I don’t know why ABC Family keeps insisting that these are Christmas movies. Witches, wizards, ghosts, vampires (yes, a vampire made an appearance at the Christmas party. Also, not in the movies), goblins, trolls, magic? Yes, this is Halloween-appropriate for sure. And of course, any reason for me to bring Harry Potter back in the mix.

 

This week at The Book Addict’s Guide…

Monday: A Fortnight of Fright: Guest Post from Kelsey – Haunted Walks Are Fun!Series Catch-Up 2012 Challenge: Sign-Ups!
Tuesday: 
Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Reads!
Wednesday: Something Strange and Deadly Read Along: Week 3
Thursday: A Fortnight of Fright: Favorite Halloween TV Episodes!
Friday: Casting Call [7]: The Body Finder

The Deja Vu Review [10]

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This Week’s TopicOne of the longest books you’ve read

The Passage (The Passage #1)The Passage by Justin Cronin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My Original GR Review: WOW, finally finished with this book! I don’t usually read books this long. Anyway, I’d probably give it about 3.5 stars, really. I felt it didn’t need to be quite so long, but I was mostly upset with the separation of two whole stories. Of course, they did merge together, but the second half felt like completely starting over. BUT for a real opinion– It was a very interesting story. It was just mostly exhausting!
Comments: When I originally read this book, I was SO UPSET how it was broken up. I think it really turned my opinon of the book a little sour. Nevertheless, once I was finished, I found myself really wanting to read more. I’ll probably pick up The Twelve sometime when I have a LOT of time on my hands 🙂

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Comments: According to Goodreads, this is the second longest book I’ve read. Ever. And it’s definitely one of my favorites. Ever. If I had to choose between all the HP books, it’s either this of the Half-Blood Prince (but I think HBP takes it).

 

Link up with The Deja Vu Review! What do you think of this week’s topic? What’s the longest book you’ve read?

Top Ten Tuesday – September 11, 2012: Top Ten Books That Make You Think

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

This Week’s Topic is: Top Ten Books That Make You Think (About The World, People, Life, etc.)

Ooh thought-provoking… Well, I do have to say that I’ve been going for quite a few not-so-serious books within the past few months because well, I’ve just been having fun with reading! Although I do like to read a good, meaningful book every once in a while.

And before we even start, I’m not putting The Fault In Our Stars on my list. Even though I mentioned it. And therefore probably negated leaving it off the list.

Life Issues:

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett – This one was an easy choice for me! Sometimes I just can’t believe how different things were back then, and at the same time, how it still hasn’t changed in some places. I really loved this story and although it was hard for me to get into at first, I really enjoyed it a lot!

 

 

2. The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel – I actually wasn’t as impressed with this book as I had hoped, but I really did like the overall message and the way everything wrapped up. I also thought it was pretty thought-provoking (for me at least) at how we define eating disorders and how much we may not realize what’s going on with the people around us.

 

 

The “Real” World:

3. The Giver by Lois Lowry – I’ll promote it forever. The Giver is still one of my favorite books of all time. It’s the book that made me question the future, society, the people around us, and so much more at a young age. And of course what fueled my current love for dystopians, but that’s another topic…

 

 

4. Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix – Similar to The Giver, this was another book from my childhood that really got me thinking. Things are not always as they seem! What else don’t I know about the world around me?

 

 

Loss:

5. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – Oh boy. This book made me cry a little. How would I feel if I was Lennie? If my best friend – my older sister – died out of nowhere? Gosh, it’s just a scary, scary thought!

 

 

 

6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – Same as The Sky Is Everywhere. It’s an intense story and really made me look at my family and realize you have to make the most of your relationships because you never know when they’re going to get swept away from you.

 

 

7. One Moment by Kristina McBride – Same as above!

 

 

 

 

What if I had powers…?

8. The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling – Let’s face it. Ever since reading Harry Potter, being a witch has had a way more positive connotation. And honestly, who DOESN’T want magical powers?? If only I weren’t a Muggle… Sigh.

 

9. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – How sweet would that be? I would love to be a Grisha! Wielding all sorts of powers…

 

 

 

 

Without Love…

10. Delirium by Lauren Oliver – Still one of my favorite books, and how creepy at the same time. I think I’d be with Lena!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – August 7, 2012: Top Ten Posts On Your Blog That Would Give The BEST Picture of YOU

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish, and I’m really excited for this week’s topic which is…

Top Ten Posts On Your Blog That Would Give The BEST Picture of YOU (as a reader
and a person — so pick the 10 best reviews/posts that you wish every potential reader of your blog would see!)
I think this is a GREAT idea. Great way for people to explore your blog and see your favorite posts and a great picture of who we are as bloggers!

Here are my top ten favorite posts – Get to know Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide!!

ONE: 5/12/12 – Review: Buying Time by Kelly Cochran
This was a big moment for me as a blogger! I had only had my blog around for a month, trying to rapidly read and post reviews. Kelly Cochran actually contacted me and sent me a copy of her book to review and post on my blog. It was my first interaction with an author and my first review request!! I was so excited to read the book and so appreciative to Kelly for that opportunity! Thanks, again, Kelly!

TWO: 5/17/12 – Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
This was my first review with a book that I totally fell in love with. I found it thanks to other bloggers and reviews for If I Stay and Where She Went and I think it was the first time that I took the info I found from someone else and it totally blew me away! To this day, If I Stay is still one of my favorite books that I’ve read since I’ve started my blog, and I have all you guys to thank for it!

THREE: 5/25/12 – Freaky Friday #1
This post was from when I was trying to find an awesome feature to start taking part in. I started Top Ten Tuesday that week, but I wanted to create something of my very own, so I came up with Freaky Friday. Each Friday, I’d put myself into a book as a character and see how I’d handle their situations. Well… about 3 or 4 editions in, I realized it was a lot harder than I thought! I actually didn’t remember that many characters as well as I thought I would and it started to feel like I was just recapping a book instead of getting creative with it. I decided to put it to rest when it started getting to be more work and less fun and picked up TGIF instead. It was a good thing to try, but I think I was a bit too ambitious and didn’t really think it through!

FOUR: 6/11/12 – Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride
This was my first approved book from NetGalley! It was very exciting and also a book I really enjoyed! I hadn’t read much YA contemporary at that point either, so it helped open the door a little bit more.

FIVE: 6/14/12 – Fierce Reads Tour – Chicago area recap!
I went to my first author appearance/event on June 14th when the Fierce Reads tour stopped in town. I had SO much fun hearing these great authors talk about their books and it was a blast meeting them too. It made the books that much more lively to know a few inside stories from the authors themselves. Also got to meet a few bloggers there too! (Although I was too shy to say hi, so “meet” is a term I use loosely. Next time, guys… Next time.)

SIX: 6/27/12 – Exciting Blog News!
Lots of exciting things for me in this post! Here was an update for ya: I got a library card (finally), my first talk about getting a Kindle (which I have now), the announcement of The Grown-Up YA’s blogger bookswap (which is LIVE people, check it out! And so much more than a traditional book swap), and my very first hinting and official announcement of what became the Wild Worlds Feature week. I took it upon myself to contact authors for participation in my very own week full of author interviews, giveaways, and promos for exciting new books. It went live 7/20 – 7/27 so if you missed it, check out the links here 🙂

SEVEN: Top Ten Tuesday – July 17, 2012
You wanna get to know me? Then this is the TTT for you. It was recommendations for people who liked X book, and I chose The Hunger Games solely for the fact that I’ve been crazy over dystopians/post-apocalyptic books this year and these are my top recommendations for that genre! Well, so far anyway. Still have plenty more to read!

EIGHT: 7/18/12 – 100th Post Follower Appreciation Giveaway!!!
I reached 100 posts on 7/18 and shortly thereafter, finally hit 100 followers! To top it off, it was my first giveaway as well!

NINE: 8/1/12 – Are Books Back? (Or how Harry Potter led to accidental thievery)
Get to know me even better through a discussion post! I had so much fun with this one and loved all the responses.

TEN: 8/6/12 – Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
I fell in LOVE with Sweet Evil! Seriously, if you haven’t read it, go read it. Right now. Stop reading, stop what you’re doing and go read it!

TGIF – August 3, 2012

It’s time for TGIF again, thanks to Ginger at GReads!

So this week’s TGIF topic is:
Book Olympics: In the spirit of the Olympics, which books would you give the gold, silver, and bronze medals to? It can be from any genre, new or old.

Oh, that’s really hard! I have to pick my top three favorite books… of all time??? Sheesh okay. Well… I’m cheating. Kind of. In the Olympics there are medals for each category/event in each sport right? So that’s what I’m doing too.


The winners for the YA paranormal/dystopia category:

Gold: Sweet Evil – Wendy Higgins
Silver: The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Bronze: Delirium – Lauren Oliver

The winners for the YA contemporary category:

Gold: If I Stay – Gayle Forman
Silver: The Sky Is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson
Bronze: Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta

The winners for the Middle Grade category:

Gold: The Giver – Lois Lowry
Silver: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – JK Rowling
Bronze: Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech

The winners for the Mystery category:

Gold: To The Nines – Janet Evanovich
Silver: 1st to Die – James Patterson
Bronze: Vengeance In Death – JD Robb


Yay, that was tons of fun! Another great TGIF from Ginger!!
I can’t wait to see what everyone else chooses!

 

Are Books Back? (Or how Harry Potter led to accidental thievery)

Are Books Back?

(And the story of how Harry Potter turned me into a criminal)

A while ago, I was wasting copious amounts of time on Pinterest and I saw this infographic (PS, I love infographics):

Inforgraphic I found via Pinterest, credited to Memebase.com

It was meant to show how unoriginal Hollywood is becoming and how so few movies are actually original ideas or screenplays nowadays. As a book lover, I took an entirely different spin on this. My reaction was, “Are books back? Are books the new movies?” Clearly no one can deny how successful movies based off of books have become. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Twilight, the Hunger Games (some of the more recent ones) – These are the most familiar ones and each movie (usually) earns more and more than the one before it.

In a Reading Slump
I really think that Harry Potter started it all. For me, this was one of the first things that brought reading back around to me when I was completely discouraged by all of the books that I hated reading for school. I’ve never been one to enjoy the classics for whatever reason. I really enjoyed school, loved learning, and enrolled in most of the honors classes and from those courses came an onslaught of classic literature. The problem was this: I’ve always been interested in the mysteries, mild types of sci-fi, magic, adventure, and most importantly, familiarity. There had to be someone or something that I could easily relate to and the rest would fall into place. I never found any of this in the classics, even as I got older. The closest I’ve ever come is Sherlock Holmes and that’s because we’ve got a lot of wit and a lot of mystery. From this, I became pretty discouraged about reading and didn’t know where I would pick it back up.

A (very) rough chart of my reading habits for each age

How Harry Potter turned me into a criminal…
Harry Potter came out when I was in 4th grade – I remember my 4th grade teacher reading it to us and for some reason even though I was in 4th grade and only 11 years old, I thought it was a kid’s book and I was too old for it! Ha! Apparently I was a child book snob. I didn’t actually read the book for myself until I was maybe 13 or 14 when my sister bought the first three books. And so my streak of accidental book thieving began. Slowly but surely, those first three Harry Potter books made their way from her bookshelf to mine until I full adopted them. Then I was out of books to read so I borrow HP & The Goblet of Fire from my next door neighbors. I don’t remember exactly how this went, but that book must have enjoyed living at my house because years later my parents asked me why we had two copies of HP4 and I confessed I still had our neighbor’s copy. Once I confessed to my neighbors (another couple years later), they’d already replaced the copy that mysteriously disappeared… So I “inherited” HP4 as my own.
It may come as a surprise to those of you who follow my blog now and have seen the copious amounts, stacks, and shelves of books that I’ve purchased and are waiting for me to read them, but as a kid, Harry Potter was pretty much all I owned. We had some fairy tales, I grew up on American Girls, but most of the books we usually donated or garage saled fairly regularly. Before I started my book buying spree in 2010, I pretty much re-read Harry Potter over and over when I needed a book to read. Vacations, tanning in the backyard – They were my go-to reads. And waking up at 6am to go get the new books when they came out, then spending literally the full day reading it until I finished. My love for books was rejuvenated!

So back to the original point…
After Harry Potter came other books. Lots of chick lit that I picked up from my sister and then one of my friends introduced me to Twilight and so the summer of Twilight began (similar to the Harry Potter experience, minus the stealing, and insert the first time I felt too old to be looking in the YA section. Not so concerned anymore since I live there). Then came The Hunger Games when I was introduced to that last summer. I wasn’t in on these crazes alone. These were all hugely popular books which turned into, well, hugely selling movie franchises. I even started reading books because the movies were coming out (a plug for ReadIt1st.com!) like One Day and Water for Elephants (which I still haven’t seen the movies, by the way…)

Which came first…?
So now I’m left wondering – which came first, the chicken or the egg? Did the books get so popular because of the movie craze? Are the movies only popular because of the book fans behind them? I really do think that “books are back”. Was it just me that went through a reading slump, or was I with the rest of America as we by-passed the library and went to the movies? I feel like we hadn’t had any “hit” books in a really long time, and I really do believe that Harry Potter changed all of that. It brought back our love for reading and the adventure that comes along with it. Then it opened up the doors for reading to break back into our lives, right where it belongs. I feel like after Harry Potter, people were more willing to read again. From the movies, people who weren’t ordinarily readers were maybe willing to give it a shot again, experience the adventure along with everyone else and allow themselves to get lost in a book again.

Is Hollywood getting more and more unoriginal…?
Or are they simply smart? Books are back and more popular than ever and Hollywood knows that these books already have a huge following and they already have a large audience. Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia; classics like Sherlock Holmes, Pride & Prejudice and even Anna Karenina coming out this fall – These are books we already know and love. We talk up the movies (and the books, of course) to friends and family to come join us and the audience grows.

These are just some of the movies based off books from 2011 & 2012 alone

This surely wasn’t MY high school required reading…
Even schools are picking up on the popularity of the “new classics” – I’m pretty jealous considering my old high school has summer reading lists that included the following for this upcoming school year: The Summer I Turned Pretty (Jenny Han),  Insurgent (Veronica Roth) Matched (Ally Condie), Along for the Ride (Sarah Dessen), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky),  Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card), The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)… What!?!? Come on. I had Lord of the Flies, Frankenstein, the Scarlet Letter, the Great Gatsby – I didn’t get ANY modern day classics – Because there were none! Maybe I just never noticed but it seems like there are so many more choices these days, especially in YA (clearly. Thanks a lot, Glenbard South. You could have been enriching my reading and instead killed it)!

Books are back, my friends. I’m sure for many of you, they never went anywhere, but as for me, I’ve noticed a definite change in my life. It’s undeniable that books are making a serious comeback, getting a lot more “mainstream” and growing larger audiences than ever before, and thank goodness because I am loving all of the options out there for us to read!

Tell me what you think! Has reading always been so popular and I’ve been living under a rock? (It’s not implausible…) Do you notice any popular reading trends that I didn’t mention? Totally disagree with me? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday – July 31, 2012: Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours

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

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours

Oooh okay. This reminds me a bit of my good old Freaky Friday posts (for those of you who were lucky enough to catch them or unfortunate enough to be put through that, depending on how you want to look at it) before I realized it was a really hard weekly feature and promptly took it down after a few weeks…. Whoops. This will be more fun! A quick post and people I actually want to switch places with. Hmm, okay. Here goes!

1. My good old stand-in, Stephanie Plum (a creation of Janet Evanovich). First off, I think I’d fit well in her life (Italian family, pretty accident-prone, etc) so I think I could take it on! Not sure how I’d handle tackling bounty hunters… Maybe that would be Stephanie’s day off! But I sure as hell wouldn’t mind getting mixed up between Joe Morelli and Ranger! Plus I think it’d be a hoot to hang out with all of Steph’s kooky friends like Lula, Connie, Sally Sweet, and her crazy Grandma. I’m in!

2. Anna Whitt from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. Two words: Kaidan Rowe. I just finished this book (review scheduled) and this is just a preview of my fan girling over this book. Granted there are many temptations that Anna faces and evils she has to deal with, but 24 hours with Kaidan Rowe would be worth it! Plus I’d get to use all her super awesome Nephilim powers and that would be pretty awesome. Let’s hope I catch her on a good day!

3. Izzy Spellman from The Spellman series (by Lisa Lutz). Coming from a hilarious family of private investigators (okay, maybe not as hilarious to her since none of her life is private), I think if it was only 24 hours, it’d be hilarious to hang out with this family that gives each other code names and does not at normal whatsoever! It’s a riot a minute in these books and her sister Rae also seems like someone I’d totally get along with. I’d just love to see where I fit in somewhere in that wacky family.

4. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling). Smart. Classy. A witch. And totally badass. Not to mention once that whole Voldemort mess is over, she’s on to bigger and better things, together with Ron, and has an awesome friend like Harry. And magic? Hell yeah, let me in that club! Pottermore just isn’t enough. I want to really experience Hogwarts! I’m sure it was just Errol who lost my Hogwarts letter… Right?

5. Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Once Katsa finally breaks free of her uncle’s reign, she’s onto awesome missions to help people in need, has amazing fighting skills (and then some), and starts a romance with Po. Katsa’s world just seems like a place I would love to experience! I’d love to see how the Graces worked and try out her abilities.

6. Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series (Richelle Mead). Wait a minute… Am I choosing all of these people based on the romance that’s involved in the book? Okay well… kind of guilty there. But I really do love the vampire world that Richelle Mead creates! It’s interesting, it’s refreshing, and Rose is another awesome fighter (sheesh, for not fighting at all in my own life, apparently these are the people I want to switch places with). She’s got a great friend in Lissa and helloooooo Dimitri! Swoon.

7. Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Princess, but used to be a commoner. Tough but a total romantic. And then there’s Westley. I love this love story! And I love the sass and wit that not only is the movie (which I saw first), but I learned that ALL of it came directly from the book. I’d also love to hang out with Inigo and Fezzik, you know, just riding around on white horses after totally humiliating Prince Humperdink. I’ll just stay away from the R.O.U.S.s – So is it a deal? Can we make that happen? Just say it – “As you wish.”

8. Lena Haloway from Delirium/Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. So maybe it wouldn’t be such a great time in Delirium, but I love the love story of falling in love. I totally fell in love with that book and really liked following Lena’s story – I’d definitely like to switch right where Pandemonium left us at the end. Lena’s got some awesome stuff to deal with and some crazy revelations (none of which I will reveal since they are huge spoilers!) but she’s morphed into such a stronger person than she ever though she could be and it seems like that’s the turning point in her life! It would be a great place to jump in and totally take charge.

9. Heather Wells from (created by Meg Cabot). I just started reading the 4th book in the Heather Wells series, Size 12 and Ready to Rock, and I’m really enjoying it so far! Even after all these years, I’m still in love with her relationship with Cooper and she just seems like so much fun! In so many ways, I really relate and she kind of handles situations how I (think) I would handle them.

10. Ismae from Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. This is another one that I just read recently and usually I wouldn’t pick such a historical setting – I’ve never been one for the middle ages, but with Ismae, it just totally works. She makes the middle ages tough and desirable. She’s got awesome powers (albeit dark ones used for killing) and she’s in total control of her life. I’d love to switch places with her with all her confidence too. And of course, I’ll mention the love interest of Duval. How could I not?

So upon completing this list, apparently I picked a lot of these girls because they were A) strong and fighting heroines or B) have swoony relationships. I’m not quite sure what that says about me… But I’m interested to see what everyone else picks! Link me up with your choices! I’d love to see them!!!

Top Ten Tuesday – July 24, 2012: Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books

 

Okay, so I’m breaking the rule that I made for myself when I said I wasn’t going to make any other posts during my Wild Worlds buzz week. So before I even start, let me plead to you to at least check out what else has been going on this week! It’s seriously been so much fun interviewing these authors and I have been honored that they’ve lent their participation for this big event! So please check out all of the awesome interviews & giveaways that I’ve been posting so far this week!

Also, it just seems so appropriate — almost serendipitous — that this topic pops up during my feature week that I had named “Wild Worlds”!

Without further ado, it’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books

I don’t really think most of these need explanations so I’m making a nice, concise list (in no particular order…)

  1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling – Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, etc (I think the movies helped on this a bit too, to be honest!)
  2. Wither/Fever by Lauren DeStefano
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (even before the movie – but not really Catching Fire or Mockingjay…)
  4. If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  5. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
  6. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  8. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  9. The Maze Runner/The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

What are your favorites? Do you agree with any of my top picks??

TGIF – July 6, 2012

It’s time for TGIF again, thanks to Ginger at GReads!

So this week’s TGIF topic is:
Comfort Reads: Which books do you go to for comfort & familiarity? Is there a type of book you seek out when you’re needing that extra bit  of comfort in your life?

Comfort reads to me mean either books that I go back to time-after-time always satisfied with a re-read, a series that I love that’s easy to read, or books that I’ve always loved and have some fond memories attached to them, a lot of them related to childhood.

Regular comfort reads:
Harry Potter & The Stephanie Plum series are two comfort reads: HP in the fact that I’ve re-read it several times and know it inside and out. Stephanie Plum in that they’re always easy to come back to, they’re light, super quick, and a lot of fun.

 

 

 

 

 

Memory comfort reads:
Books that remind me of my childhood and ones I have fond memories of – Some I’ve even re-read as an adult!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, I had to add The Monster at the End of This Book because I remember my mom reading that to us in Grover’s voice! The others are mostly just books that remind me of my childhood 🙂 Oldies, but goodies.

30 Days of Books: Day 29

30 Days of Books: Day 29

Saddest character death…

Well, well, well. Isn’t this the biggest spoiler question out there! Okay, I’ll try to make this as least spoiler-y as possible!

First: Any of the good guys who died in the Harry Potter series. I got so attached to those characters so especially towards the end, I was in tears when they got killed off!

Second: (It’s not really a spoiler since it’s a main theme of book) Mia’s family in If I Stay.  It wasn’t so much their death that was upsetting since it happened at the very beginning of the story, but throughout the book we get their backstory and anecdotes about what awesome people they were and how happy their family was. The flashbacks to me are the heartbreaking part!

Third: **** THIS IS THE SPOILER **** From Frostbite from the Vampire Academy series, so if you haven’t read it, STOP READING NOW!

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I literally gasped when Mason died. I was so sad!!!! I was completely shocked and taken by surprise and was so upset by it. I think that’s probably one of the biggest surprises I’ve had as far as character deaths go.