Top 5 Wednesday (16)

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About

I love this topic because I love to complain (hey, at least I’m honest about it). When I was getting my bachelor’s degree we read a study on how people bond more over mutual complaining than positive experiences. Basically, those ranting bitch sessions with your friends and/or SO are bringing you closer together! This is in moderation, obviously. Nobody like a negative Nelly that complains about eeevvvrything. 

Prepare for the petty train to arrive at the station, because it’s about to get nit-picky in here. 

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Adults who are either absent or morons in a YA or NA novel. 

  • Absentee parents
  • Parents who never listen to their kids
  • Parents who are basic idiots in general and refuse to acknowledge what the hero/heroine has shown them multiple times. GET IT TOGETHER. 

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Love Triangles. I loathe these. Someone always gets hurt and my second hand-embarrassment and compassion is always bleeding out for the one who doesn’t get “picked”. The one who isn’t chosen always seems to get some consolation prize love interest or is totally fine with “just being friends” all of a sudden. Hogwash


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Covers with someone’s face on it. This one is probably weird, but I like being able to picture the characters in my own head and develop how they look by interpretation of the the text and their personality. I don’t mind if it is illustrated, I just don’t like the ones with cover models on them. 


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Continued misunderstandings between characters. One or two is fine, but I can’t stand when I’m reading a book and the two characters keep failing to communicate and then by result misunderstand each other’s intentions. JUST TALK IT OUT ALREADY. 


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Arrogant protagonists. There is one in particular that I have in mind, but I’m going to dive into my issues with her during next week’s “naughty list” topic. I’m not a fan of characters who fail to listen to their advisers because they always think they know best. I do like, however, seeing the plans foil because of the arrogant protagonist 😈 *heh heh heh*😈, but if the protagonist continues to make the same stupid decisions I’m over it. 


That’s it! Thanks for reading, and be sure to leave your link below so I can check yours out!

Top 10 Tuesday (14)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every week they pick a topic for us to do a top 10 list for and this week’s topic is…

This one was a little harder because many of my favorite books are about zombies or set in a dystopian world. Neither of which I would like to be a part of, lol. 

As always, click on the book cover for a link to purchase the book and click on images to be taken to their source. I credit all art I find, but please message me asap if I have gotten the credit or link wrong so I can fix it or remove the image.

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Hogwarts. This is probably going to be on 90% of people’s lists, but it’s definitely my #1 bookish setting I’d love to visit. Actually, can I just live there?


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Velaris – A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Post-war though… Yeah, I know the picture above isn’t actually Velaris, but it always reminds me of Velaris when I see it. 🙂


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300 Fox Way in The Raven Cycle series. Blue’s house is so hectic and chaotic. I couldn’t live there, but I’d love to visit and experience the chaos first hand. 


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Credit: Disney and Walden Media

Narnia. It was my first fantasy novel that I read so something about that place will always hold a special place in my heart. 


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Atlantis. There are so many variations of Atlantis, so it’s hard to choose which one. I’ve always been intrigued by the original story of Atlantis in Timaeus and Critias and how the city came to fall, by Plato. 


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The Lunar Chronicles Universe. I couldn’t pick just one setting here. I want to visit Scarlet’s farm, New Beijing, Luna, and the Rampion. The Lunar Chronicles remains one of my favorite series. 


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Antica. Preferably this would be post war as well, but the world building in Tower of Dawn made me fall in love with it. I want to go see the mountains and Ruks with Sartaq, the Torre Cesme with Yrene, and the beautiful Oasis with—well never-mind. Hasar was arrogant and self serving and I want nothing to do with her. #StillBitter


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The Capitol from The Hunger Games. I know it’s kind of crazy, and I definitely wouldn’t want to stay long. 


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Chicago in the Divergent series. Alright, so like above, I wouldn’t want to stay long, but I’d still like to visit. Actually, I really just want to do the zipline. 


The Friday 56 (6)

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

This week I chose 56% of  of The Gender Game by Bella Forrest. 


Barely breathing, I felt my consciousness return to the sunny world around me. To Samuel, tugging at my impatiently. But I remained staring at the house. The silence was more disconcerting than the screaming.”


I also participate in “First Lines Friday”, to see the first lines of this book head over to that post by clicking here


A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender.
Women rule the East. Men rule the West.

Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.

Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet’s life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes.

But one decision could save her life.

To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. But abiding by rules has never been her strong suit, and when she is thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom … including forbidden love.

In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive…


 

The Gender Game is part of the Kindle Unlimited program, which I highly recommend if you’re not a member. It’s only $10 a month and soooo worth it! There are even a lot of books with audio included! Click below for more details about the Kindle Unlimited program, if you’re interested.

First Lines Friday (14)

First Lines Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words.

Here are the rules (as outlined by Wandering Words):

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book

I’m using this book for my Friday 56 as well, so if you’re interested check it out here.



Scroll down for more info about the book.


A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender.
Women rule the East. Men rule the West.

Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.

Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet’s life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes.

But one decision could save her life.

To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. But abiding by rules has never been her strong suit, and when she is thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom … including forbidden love.

In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive…


 

The Gender Game is part of the Kindle Unlimited program, which I highly recommend if you’re not a member. It’s only $10 a month and soooo worth it! There are even a lot of books with audio included! Click below for more details about the Kindle Unlimited program, if you’re interested.

Top 10 Tuesday (13)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every week they pick a topic for us to do a top 10 list for and this week’s topic is…

Why this picture for the banner? Because it’s freaking adorable and silly, just like this week’s topic. I chose to go a different direction this week and showcase some of the craziest books that I have come across on Amazon.

some of them being recommended to me….Not quite sure how to feel about that 😂

As always, click on the book cover for a link to purchase the book.

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This might be one of my all time favorite suggestions I’ve ever gotten from Amazon. I chuckle every time I see it as a “suggested read” for me. 😹😹


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Who doesn’t love a little bit of kitty lit? They are basically like the grumpy little philosophers of our time. 


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Taking care of our bodies is really important, so it’s imperative to get daily exercise. What better way to achieve that than to dance the night away with your favorite little furry friend?


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I don’t want to leave the dog loving crafters out, so I found this little treasure for you! #YouAreWelcome


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Need to unwind after all that dancing and crafting? I bring you this educational resource that has the added benefit of relaxing by coloring these jerks.


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Well for anyone younger than me, this is probably just confusing since you probably have no idea who Coolio is, but for all the oldies out there like me: I bring you this gourmet cookbook.


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As we continue with our domestic Goddess (or God) theme, I bring you: Extreme Ironing. My husband would argue that me ironing in any capacity is extreme, as it is a rare occasion in our house, but in case you really want to kick it up a notch there is a book just for you!


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I’m not sure I can do much more justice about this book than this book synopsis can do:
“In this charming guide, “fairy hunter” Reginald Bakeley offers practical instructions to clear your home and garden of these unsettling inhabitants, and banish them from your chicken coop and kitchen cupboard forever!”


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This one is for all the dicks who are too lazy to bring shopping carts back to the cart corral. #ImJudgingYou


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To go along with the above, and also everyone could probably benefit from reading this one.


That’s it for this week’s list! Be sure to comment below with your link so I check yours out!

Thank you for taking the time to read my post!💓💓

Top 5 Wednesday (15)

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

Okay, so the topic is actually : Books Featuring [paranormal creature of your choice]. I chose zombies. 


To say I was excited about this topic is an understatement. Zombies are my jam. I love everything about a good z-poc story: the demise of civilization, how people overcome and adapt (and how some don’t), the survivalism aspect, and the many different interpretations  zombies. Social psychology is fascinating to me (hence, the degree in it, lol) and what better social experiment than the end of the world! I think the best zombie books are the ones that focus less on the actual zombies, but more on the people scraping by to survive in spite of them. It was so hard to pick only 5, so I picked my 5 favorites and added some honorable mentions at the bottom 🙂

As always, click on the book cover for a link to purchase the book.

“Chanda Reads Books” is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. This is at no cost to the readers of this blog.


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Until the End of the World series and The City Series by Sarah Lyons Fleming

I put these two together because they are in the same universe. My reviews are linked below for both. Oh, and Until the End of the World is FREE on Amazon right now! Mordacious is free if you have KindleUnlimited (which I highly recommend. For more info on Kindle Unlimited click here: Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial).

My Reviews:

Until the End of the World

Mordacious 


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The movie was great, but it just couldn’t due this book justice because of the format. If you enjoyed the movie, definitely pick this one up. It’s a collection of “interviews” done after the zombie apocalypse strikes the world which allows for the telling of stories from multiple people all over the world. 


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This is a very “adult” series due to language (the main protagonist is a prior Marine and speaks like it). It was actually one the first zombie series I read, and there are 10 books in the series so you will be entertained and occupied for a while reading these. Keep in mind that Tufo is an independent author who cranks out several books a year so there are some minor errors sometimes. 


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I actually haven’t done my review for this series yet, but it’s another I highly recommend. Strong characters, great world building, and a plot that keeps moving make this one of my favorites. 


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This is another series I haven’t reviewed yet, but is really good. There are a bunch of books because they were all released as novellas, but two books if you buy the volumes (volume one is above). Both volumes are also part of the Kindle Unlimited program!


More Zombie Books


Happy reading! Link your lists below so I can check them out!

Top 10 Tuesday (12)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every week they pick a topic for us to do a top 10 list for and this week’s topic is…

I took this as books that just remind me of fall, whether because of the theme or just the nostalgic feeling I get when I think of the book. Brace yourselves for lots of books about witch trials, as they have always fascinated me! Some of the books I’m sure almost everyone will be familiar with, but for the ones maybe not as familiar I included a synopsis underneath.

As always, click on the book cover for a link to purchase the book. 

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Title: A Storm of Witchcraft
Author: Emerson W. Baker
Genre:  Non-Fiction, History

Beginning in January 1692, Salem Village in colonial Massachusetts witnessed the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft in early America. Villagers–mainly young women–suffered from unseen torments that caused them to writhe, shriek, and contort their bodies, complaining of pins stuck into their flesh and of being haunted by specters. Believing that they suffered from assaults by an invisible spirit, the community began a hunt to track down those responsible for the demonic work. The resulting Salem Witch Trials, culminating in the execution of 19 villagers, persists as one of the most mysterious and fascinating events in American history.

Historians have speculated on a web of possible causes for the witchcraft that stated in Salem and spread across the region-religious crisis, ergot poisoning, an encephalitis outbreak, frontier war hysteria–but most agree that there was no single factor. Rather, as Emerson Baker illustrates in this seminal new work, Salem was “a perfect storm”: a unique convergence of conditions and events that produced something extraordinary throughout New England in 1692 and the following years, and which has haunted us ever since.

Baker shows how a range of factors in the Bay colony in the 1690s, including a new charter and government, a lethal frontier war, and religious and political conflicts, set the stage for the dramatic events in Salem. Engaging a range of perspectives, he looks at the key players in the outbreak–the accused witches and the people they allegedly bewitched, as well as the judges and government officials who prosecuted them–and wrestles with questions about why the Salem tragedy unfolded as it did, and why it has become an enduring legacy.

Salem in 1692 was a critical moment for the fading Puritan government of Massachusetts Bay, whose attempts to suppress the story of the trials and erase them from memory only fueled the popular imagination. Baker argues that the trials marked a turning point in colonial history from Puritan communalism to Yankee independence, from faith in collective conscience to skepticism toward moral governance. A brilliantly told tale, A Storm of Witchcraft also puts Salem’s storm into its broader context as a part of the ongoing narrative of American history and the history of the Atlantic World.


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Title: How to Hang a Witch
Author: Adriana Mather
Genre:  YA, Fiction, Fantasy

Salem, Massachusetts, is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials—and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves the Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real, live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.


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Title: The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege
Author:Marilynne K. Roach
Genre: Non-Fiction, History

Based on over twenty years of original archival research, this history unfolds a nearly day-by-day narrative of the Salem Witch Trials as the citizens of Salem experienced the outbreak of hysteria.


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Title: ‘Salem’s Lot
Author:  Stephen King
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Suspense

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work—in fact, his hometown is under siege from forces of darkness far beyond his imagination. And only he, with a small group of allies, can hope to contain the evil that is growing within the borders of this small New England town.


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Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated
Author:  J.K Rowling (Illustrations by Jim Kay)
Genre:   Fantasy

This is one of the times where the book just makes me nostalgic for fall. I want to be in the Great Hall having a feast  with the rest of the Hogwarts students. 


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Title: Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year Book 1)
Author:  Trisha Leigh
Genre:   YA, Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi

In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots.

Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone.

The autumn she meets Lucas, everything changes.

Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race.

It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.

And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.


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Title: Dracula
Author: Bram Stoker
Genre:  Horror, Fantasy

A junior solicitor travels to Transylvania to meet with an important client, the mysterious Count Dracula. Ignoring the dire warnings of local townsfolk, he allows himself to be seduced by the count’s courtly manners and erudite charm. Too late, the solicitor realizes that he is a prisoner of Castle Dracula, his guards a trio of voluptuous young women with sharp white teeth and a taste for blood.

Soon thereafter, the solicitor’s fiancée, Mina, visits a friend on the English coast. The town is full of speculation over a Russian ship run aground nearby, its crew missing, the dead body of its captain, crucifix in hand, lashed to the wheel. A giant dog was seen leaping from the deck before disappearing into the countryside. The ship’s cargo: fifty boxes of Transylvanian dirt. As the beautiful Mina will soon learn, Count Dracula has arrived.


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Title: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Author: Washington Irving
Genre:   Fantasy, Horror

North of New York City lies Sleepy Hollow, a secluded glen rumored to be the home of countless phantoms and specters. Chief among them is the Headless Horseman, the ghost of a Hessian soldier whose head was removed by a stray cannonball in the Revolutionary War. He rides across the glen each night and disappears in a flash of fire and brimstone at the bridge near the Old Dutch Burial Ground.

Ichabod Crane, a superstitious schoolteacher who recently arrived from Connecticut, wants to marry Katrina Van Tassel, the only child of a wealthy farmer. The locals spook him with story after story about the ghosts of Sleepy Hollow. Late one night, he spies a menacing figure at a crossroads. Worse yet, the man’s head appears to be on his saddle. Crane has only one chance to survive—he has to make it to the bridge before it’s too late.

I still think of the Sleepy Hollow animated movie and the above Ichabod every time I hear the story 😂


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Title: Edgar Allen Poe The Complete Collection Tales and Poems
Author: Edgar Allen Poe


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Title: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Author: Alvin Schwartz
Genre:   Children’s

Folklorist Alvin Schwartz offers up some of the most alarming tales of horror, dark revenge, and supernatural events of all time.

I’m an adult and still think of these stories around Halloween time!


Bonus:

Title: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Author: Charles M. Schulz (illustrated by Scott Jeralds)
Genre:  Children’s


See other people’s lists here!

Thanks for reading, tell me what was on your list or link it below so I can check it out!

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (11)

This is a weekly feature hosted over at Book Date.

As always, click on the book cover to be taken to Amazon for more details and to purchase. 


I won’t do a finished reading because it’s actually been since April since I last did one of these (see this post for an explanation why). 

Twist Me Trilogy by Anna Zaires: Dark Romance; not usually my genre, but I seem to be branching out a bit lately. It’s okay. Some of the subjects make me a little uncomfortable, but I keep reading. Not really sure why to be honest. 
Dwellers of Darkness by Stacey Marie Brown: NA, Paranormal Romance; The third book in her Darkness series. 
Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher: Suspense, Romance, Psychological thriller; again, not my usual cup of tea, but enjoying it.



And I’m still waiting on the Audible release of Peripeteia by my absolute favorite author Sarah Lyons Fleming. The book was released this summer, but I have a weird thing about keeping it to one format (audio, physical book, ebook, etc. ) and since I have listened to all her other books (and actually own them all in paperback as well, lol) I am waiting for the audio. I will stop whatever book I am currently listening to once Peripeteia comes out because I am so excited!


Top 5 Wednesday (14)

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

I always fancied myself a reader, but until I became a part of the blogging community I didn’t open myself up to the vast amount of books that the world has to offer. Below are 5 books or book series I only read because of blogging hype (for better or for worse). 

Click on the book cover to go to Amazon to purchase or read a synopsis. 


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A Court of Mist and Fury is probably one of my favorite books of all time. ACOTAR and ACOWAR were decent, but ACOMAF is a masterpiece. I never would have picked up ACOTAR if not for the blogging community though. To go along with this, I also started Throne of Glass after finishing ACOMAF, but it felt redundant to list ToG as well. My review of ACOTAR is here


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Contemporary YA is really not my jam most of the time, but I picked this one up because of all the hype. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the read! My review is here.


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Another one of my favorites on this list is Illuminae. I love this book so much! If you have a chance, I highly recommend listening to the audio book as well. It’s wonderful! My full review is here


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If there was ever a book series to surprise the pants off me it was The Raven Cycle. I usually prefer plot driven books and get bored with tedious world building and ongoing character development, but Stiefvater really captivated me throughout this whole series. I think I read all four books in about a week! My review for The Raven Boys is here


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I have to end this list on a downer. I read ADSOM because I kept seeing it on every blogger’s list of “must-reads”. Ugh. This book was agony for me to trudge though. I’m not sure if it was the book or the narrator though, as I listened on audio. The narrator is different for the second book, so I may give it another try….maybe. My full review is here.


Top 10 Tuesday (11)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every week they pick a topic for us to do a top 10 list for and this week’s topic is…

This is my first Top 10 post since May! If you missed why I’ve been absent, see my post here. I’m really excited to be able to start posting again though, so here we go! I chose this top 10 (it was actually kind of a freebie) because the following books are what I think help shaped the things I am passionate about today. These are my pick of books I read from Middle School through College that taught me what I love (and don’t) about reading. 

“Chanda Reads Books” is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. This is at no cost to the readers of this blog.


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Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia, YA/Children’s fiction

The Giver was the first dystopian novel I had ever read, and I was hooked. I recently bought the quartet but I haven’t gotten a chance to read the other three yet.  


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Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia

The thought of a future where books would be banned and burned was horrifying to me as a young girl. I think I hoarded books for years after this because of my irrational (maybe not irrational) fear of losing the ability to read books. 


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Title: 1984
Author: George Orwell
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia

I am actually re-reading this book now via audio-book. Orwell paints such a vivid and stark world that I love diving into. 


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Title:  The Handmaid’s Tale
Author:Margaret Atwood
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia

As much as I enjoyed this book, I am actually enjoying the show on Hulu even more! The book itself got kind of tedious to me sometimes, but it’s on this list because it was my first taste in a world where women held less value than men. I was raised by a single dad who never forced traditional gender roles onto me because he simply didn’t have the luxury. He did all the cooking, cleaning, yard work, work on our cars, etc. He raised me to be a strong and independent woman who rarely took “no” for an answer, so The Handmaid’s Tale was shocking for my young and naive mind.  


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Title:  The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Genre: Fantasy

My 5th grade teacher handed me this book with the warning that “it might be too much for me to understand”. I took that as a challenge and devoured this book. It was my first fantasy novel and propelled me into the fantasy genre which I still enjoy today. 


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Title:  The Diary of a Young Girl
Author: Anne Frank
Genre: Non-Fiction, Historical, Memoirs

I remember being in high school and sobbing in my room after making it through this. I love learning about the Holocaust and reading about the terrors so many people had to endure, and am hoping someday to be able to visit the concentration camps and pay my respects in person. This book helped to teach me empathy and the resilience of humans. 


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Title:  The Art of War
Author: Sun Tzu
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Military

This is a really short book and I recommend it to everyone. The Art of War is more than a strategic guide for War, but it is a philosophical guide to life. 


Okay, these last three books are a little different. I loathed being forced to read all three of these books and as a result steer away from both contemporary and historical fiction novels because of it. Get your pitchforks ready because I’m about to make a few people upset ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #sorrynotsorry

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Title:  The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genre: Literary Fiction


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Title:  Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Literary Fiction


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Title:  The Scarlet Letter
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Genre: Literary Fiction


Honorable Mentions: Books I never read in school but everyone else did.

I have no idea how I passed over these books, but they never came up in my curriculum. Maybe eventually I will go back to read them. 


See other people’s lists here!