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. 

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.1.

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.  


.2.

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. 


.3.

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. 


.4.

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.  


.5.

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. 


.6.

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


.9.

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


.10.

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!

Top Ten Tuesday (10)

“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…

Last week I did a post for summer releases I was most excited for. I was going to include some from my summer list, but TBH there are so many books I’m excited for that I didn’t even need to 🙂 These will be in order of release date. I will include the descriptions of only books that are either standalones or the first in a series, as to avoid spoilers. Click on the title or the cover for a link to Amazon. 

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Title: Godsgrave: Book 2 of the Nevernight Chronicle
Author: Jay Kristoff
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Steampunk

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)


.2.

Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Retellings (Snow White)

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by [Bashardoust, Melissa]

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.”


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Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Fantasy

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass) by [Maas, Sarah J.]

SO impatiently waiting for this one. I can’t wait to see the cover!


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Title: Before She Ignites
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles) by [Meadows, Jodi]

Mira has always been a symbol of hope for the Fallen Isles, perfect and beautiful—or at least that’s how she’s forced to appear. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret, Mira is betrayed by those closest to her and sentenced to the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. 

Except Mira is over being a pawn. As she fights to survive and guards the secret she’d die to protect, Mira must find her inner fire, sparks of romance, and the scorching truth about her own endangered magic—before her very world collapses.

And that’s all before she ignites.”


.5.

Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Warcross by [Lu, Marie]

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.”


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Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Illustrator: Sara Kipin
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Genre: YA Retellings, Fantasy

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by [Bardugo, Leigh]

Enter the Grishaverse…

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales and six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.”


.7.

Title: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress) 
Author: Julie C. Dao
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy, Retellings (The Evil Queen)

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress) by [Dao, Julie C.]

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.

Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.”


.8.

Title: All the Crooked Saints
Author:  Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

All the Crooked Saints by [Stiefvater, Maggie]

Here is a thing everyone wants:
A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.”


.9.

Title: Beasts Made of Night
Author: Tochi Onyebuchi
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Beasts Made of Night by [Onyebuchi, Tochi]

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life.  


.10.

Title: Renegades
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Superheroes

Renegades by [Meyer, Marissa]

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice. 

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.”


What are you most excited for?

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday (7)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

It’s been a while since I did one of these because either I couldn’t connect with the topic or I was just too busy! The next few weeks look really good though so I’m hoping to be able to find time to participate. 

The topic this week is….

Brace yourselves – you’re about to get spammed with some of my Insta posts. I think pictures can speak better for me than words. 🙂


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Space! I’m pretty obsessed with space and sci-fi right now. Read my reviews on Defy the Stars and Illuminae if you’re interested. 🙂

 


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Kick-ass females. I’m reading Flame in the Mist right now and looooving it. I can’t wait to finish and share my review! Other favorite strong girls: Katniss, Cealena and Zoey (Collector Series, read my review here).


.3.

Angels! I loved Penryn and the End of Days (except the end, that was just meh for me). I’ve read so many books about angels, and I don’t even care if they don’t get great reviews. I’m still probably going to read them, lol.


.4.

Friendship. I think The Lunar Chronicles are a a great representation of this. 


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Greek Gods/Goddesses. The tale of Persephone and Hades is my favorite, but anything Greek Gods and I’m down. The paranormal Romance series Lords of the Underworld is a great place to start if you are looking!


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Fae. All of them. lol My favorite Fantasy series is ACOTAR/ACOMAF (ONLY 2 MORE WEEKS UNTIL ACOWAR Y’all!!!) My second favorite fantasy series is called the Collector series by Stacey Marie Brown. I mentioned it above, but I’m going to link my review again here. It’s so good! It’s a Fae/Urban Fantasy NEW ADULT (Sex and language, but no more sexy than ACOMAF was). 


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Beta Males. This is a new one for me, but Beta Males are totally my thing. Every once in a while I like a good Alpha male book, but those sweet Betas get me. 😍😍😍 If you are in the mood for one, check out Archer’s Voice. UGH SO GOOD. (Review on Goodreads here). 


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Anything Beauty and the Beast Related (See caption under Insta post to see reasons why).


.9.

Actually…..anything fairy tale retelling related, lol. 


.10.

A great romance. I’m such a romantic person, so it had to make this list. 🙂 Slow burns are my favorite(*cough* See the Collector series mentioned in numbers 2 and 6*cough*), but I can get into insta-love if done right. What I don’t do – love triangles. More on that next week though 😉 


What about you? Link your lists in the comments so I can visit your page! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday (6)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

They were on hiatus for a few weeks and gave the option of freebies, but I was too mentally exhausted the last several weeks so I chose to go on hiatus as well.  The topic this week is….

These are in no particular order, well- except the first one. I’m actually contemplating taking the day off work to read it when it’s released. 

Top Ten Tuesday (5)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they choose a different topic, and this week’s topic is…..

I thought this was going to be a harder post than it was. Once I started going through my GR “read” list I ended up with a list of 7 books I liked more than I thought I would and 8 that I liked less than I expected. I narrowed it down to the top 5 for each. 



Books I liked more than I thought I would:


.1.

The Martian by Any Weir

This is not my typical genre, but it was gaining a lot of hype a couple years ago. I wanted to read it before the movie came out though so I picked it up on Audio. I was so surprised at how much I loved the book. It was narrated by RC Bray, and I don’t think I would have enjoyed it so much without his voice. His dry tone was perfect for the humor in the book, where his deep notes exhibited the sadness and sorrow Mark felt while living alone for years on a deserted planet. I would absolutely read/listen to this again. 


.2.

Sanctum by Sarah Fine

I had never heard of Sarah Fine before this book, but it was free on Kindle Unlimited so I thought, why not. Sanctum is the first book in the Guards of the Shadowlands series. I loved this series. Trigger warning though — It’s dark and deals with topics such as suicide and the concept of Heaven and Hell. I highly recommend this series, and if you have Kindle Unlimited you have nothing to lose!

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.3.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I had really high expectations for this book after reading The Lunar Chronicles, but I also had reservations. We know how it ends based on Alice in Wonderland. I will tell  you, I’m an HEA person; I typically loathe books without one. Heartless surprised me though and while it ended the way I knew it would, the journey there was beautiful. I don’t know that I would read it again, however. My heart can only take so much, lol.

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Click here for my review on it!


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Partials by Dan Wells

I didn’t go into Partials with any expectations, as Dan Wells is another author I was unfamiliar with. Wells is really great at world building and I was drawn in almost immediately. The protagonist is multi-dimensional, and although it plays on the “one teenage girl has the only power to save the world” trope, it is done very well. 


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The Selection by Kiera Cass

This is typically a hit or miss book for people. I really enjoyed it, but I also went in with the expectation that it was going to be frilly and fluffy and not much substance. While it is a lighter read, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. 



Books I liked less than I thought I would:


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Mechanic by Alexa Riley

This is honestly the worst book I’ve ever read. I judged it by it’s beautiful cover, but wow. It’s awful. I won’t go into on this post, but my review is here if you are interested in reading more about why I hated it so much. I think it’s also free on Kindle Unlimited right now, so if you are a masochist you can still check it out without risking more than your time. 


.2.

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I read the first three books, but this one just couldn’t draw me in. Then I tried picking it back up several times over the period of a couple months, but no. I think the draaaaaaama was just too much. It’s a pity, I enjoyed the series until this book.

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.3.

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

I wouldn’t say I loved the first book, but it was decent enough to start reading the second. I couldn’t get into this one though. Ceony annoyed me to no end. SHE NEVER LISTENS TO ANYONE. She got people killed or hurt because she was too big of a moron to admit when EXPERT MAGICIANS knew more about magic than her, an apprentice. I couldn’t even finish the book because I couldn’t deal with her arrogance or stupidity for one more second. 

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Up side, this is another book on Kindle Unlimited so it didn’t cost me anything more than the time I wasted reading it. 


.4.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I didn’t hate this book, but it was just meh for me. My expectations were high because of all the rave reviews, but I couldn’t connect with the characters and it fell flat for me. 


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Covet by J.R. Ward

This is another book I had high expectations for because it was recommended by several friends. I honestly didn’t care about any of the characters and I didn’t like the chemistry between the main male and female. meh. 


Sorry if I didn’t like one of your favs! 😀 

Do you have any on your TTT list that are on mine? Include your TTT list below so I can check yours out. I’m always on the prowl for more books to add to my ever growing TBR list. 

Top Ten Tuesday (4)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they choose a different topic, and this week’s topic is…..

Well, actually the topic was “Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them”, and a suggestion was kissing. I decided to take it a step further and encompass all romance in. I know this is not everyone’s thing, so feel free to skip this post if sappy isn’t your style. I love a good swoony romance in a book because I am a hopeless romantic. Some of these may be the first book in a series where it gets a little more “romancey” further on, but shhhhhh… no spoilers 😉 And some of these books might have some romance in them already, but they don’t quite quench my need for more, lol

Top Ten Tuesday (3)

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Good Afternoon everyone! “Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they choose a different topic, and this week’s topic is…..

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I almost didn’t do my top ten this week because I’m still reeling from “Heartless“, but was excited when I saw it was a freebie week.

I decided to use my freebie on a list of my ten favorite book series (new and old) of all time. These are in no particular order. 

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Heyyyy! It’s time for “Top Ten Tuesday” hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they choose a different topic, and this week’s topic is…..

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The ladies over at  The Broke and the Bookish chose books with less than 500 reviews  on Goodreads, so that’s what I used as my criteria as well. Also, these are in no particular order and are a mish-mosh of genres.