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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books of 2017.

10. Caraval Caraval – Stephanie Garber. I loved the setting and would love to visit!

9. Nyxia Nyxia – Scott Reintgen. This was probably my biggest surprise of the year. I kept putting it off after buying it until I finally read it. And got completely sucked in.

8. Warcross Warcross – Marie Lu. I’m not a gamer so I wasn’t sure what to expect but this was great. It was written so I could still grasp the world even though I didn’t know some of the terminology.

7. One Dark Throne One Dark Throne – Kendare Blake. Just when you thought it couldn’t be darker than Three Dark Crowns…

6. Renegades Renegades – Marissa Meyer. I loved the whole heroes vs villains but whose the real villains vibe.

5. Bad Romance Bad Romance – Heather Demetrios. The book leaves an impact!

4. Ginny Moon Ginny Moon – Benjamin Ludwig. I don’t read outside YA as often as I would like but books like this makes me want to do it more.

3. Eliza and her monsters Eliza and her Monsters – Francesca Zappia. So relatable! Francesca Zappia is 2 for 2 is amazing books.

2. The Last Namsara The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli. I really loved the way old stories were used in this book.

  1. the-hate-u-give The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas. This book feels like I read it so long ago but it’s still in my head when someone asks what’s the best book I’ve read recently.
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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten bookish settings I’d like to visit.

10. hobbit The Shire from Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien. Everyone always looks so happy and peaceful, plus there’s so much to eat.

9. Tempests and Slaughter Tortall from many series – Tamora Pierce. I just really, really love this world.

8. great hunt Eurona from Eurona Duology – Wendy Higgins. But only after all the monsters are dealt with.

7. marked girl Caelum from The Marked Girl series – Lindsey Klingele. Again, only when it’s safe to visit but it sounded like a nice place.

6. snow like ashes Winter from the Snow Like Ashes trilogy – Sara Raasch. It might not be too different from where I live right now just by looking at all the snow outside.

5. Heart of Iron The spaceship from Heart of Iron – Ashley Poston. I loved this crew and wanted to be a part of it.

4. vampire academy big St Vladimir’s Academy from Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead. But not as a feeder.

3. percy Camp Half-Blood from the Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan. I wasn’t big on camping but this one looks like fun.

2. lion Narnia from the Chronicles of Narnia  – CS Lewis. I’m still waiting for that magic wardrobe.

1. harry potter Hogwarts from Harry Potter – JK Rowling. Did anyone think this wasn’t going to be number 1?

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November Wrap-Up/December TBR

 

November Wrap-Up:

Everless Everless – Sara Holland. 4/5 stars. Review. I really enjoyed the concept of this book and I would love to see a prequel based on the mythology.

Cruel Prince The Cruel Prince – Holly Black. 3.5/5 stars. Review. There were interesting parts but I did find the twists predictable.

Artemis Artemis – Andy Weir. 3.5/5 stars. This was a lot of fun to read. It did get very technical at some points but it was still good.

The Taking big The Taking – Kimberly Derting. 3/5 stars. This one was predictable but I think I was definitely in the mood for some aliens because it was enjoyable.

Runebinder Runebinder – Alex R Kahler. 3/5 stars. This was another one where I really liked the concept, the action was good, but there wasn’t a whole lot of development.

Siege of Shadows Siege of Shadows – Sarah Raughley. 3.5/5 stars. Review. I thought this one was even better than the first. More action, more world-building, and I’m definitely excited for the next one.

Zenith Zenith – Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. 3.5/5 stars. Review. There were some tropes but it was still a solid first book in what could be a great series.

The Replaced The Replaced – Kimberly Derting. 3/5 stars. See The Taking.

Together at Midnight Together at Midnight – Jennifer Castle. 4/5 stars. I loved the dynamic between Max and Kendall and the concept was so good.

Love, Hate, and Other Filters Love, Hate, and Other Filters – Samira Ahmed. 4/5 stars. Review. Definitely a read that makes an impact.

Dangerous Art of Blending in The Dangerous Art of Blending In – Angelo Surmelis. 4/5 stars. Review. This book was so good. Like the one above, it leaves an impact.

countdown The Countdown – Kimberly Derting. 3/5 stars. See The Taking.

Tempests and Slaughter Tempests and Slaughter – Tamora Pierce. 4.5/5 stars. Such a throwback. I loved the Tortall series when it first came out and I loved seeing the childhood of one of my favourite characters.

Nightwalker Batman: Nightwalker – Marie Lu. 4/5 stars. I’m not the biggest Batman fan so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Bruce made some stupid decisions but I enjoyed his friendship with Harvey and Dianne.

Hazel Wood The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert. 3.5/5 stars. This one was pretty slow to get into but once I did, it was very good. Creepy and perfect for curling up with.

Sylo big Sylo – DJ MacHale. 3/5 stars. This was a little slow, predictable, but this seems like a series I could really get into.

Heart of Iron Heart of Iron – Ashley Poston. 4.5/5 stars. I absolutely loved this. The characters were great, the plot was great, and this author is definitely making her way up my auto-buy list.

December TBR:

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books on my winter TBR.

10. Heart of Iron Heart of Iron – Ashley Poston

9. Queen's Rising The Queen’s Rising – Rebecca Ross.

8. 35396838 The Final Six – Alexandra Monir

7. Honor Among Thieves Honor Among Thieves – Rachel Caine and Ann Aguire

6. 35068453 Purple Hearts – Michael Grant.

5.  35098416 When My Heart Joins the Thousand – AJ Steiger.

4. 35068610 Winterfolk – Janel Kolby

3. 34848207 A Conspiracy of Stars – Olivia A. Cole

2. 35230722 The Tombs – Deborah Schaumberg

  1. 31180248 Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I’m thankful for.

10. the-hate-u-give The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas. Not only is it bringing awareness to a very real issue, it’s been named top book of the year in so many places. Not YA book, but top book. That’s an amazing accomplishment for YA.

9. challenger deep Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman. This was such a personal book for the author and it showed in every page.

8. hunger games big The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins. Working in a bookstore and seeing how many non-reader wanted to give this series a try really warmed my heart.

7. girl of fire and thorns big The Girl of Fire and Thorns – Rae Carson. My first fantasy after getting back into YA. You should see my shelves now.

6. fangirl big Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell. Because growing up doesn’t have to mean letting go of childhood favourite books.

5. hamilton Hamilton: The Revolution – Lin Manuel-Miranda. Not only did this Broadway musical get people listening to the soundtrack, it got people learning about history.

4. vampire academy big Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead. For re-kindling my love of vampires.

3. dumplin Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy. Because larger girls can be the star.

2. aristole and dante Aristole and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz. Not only is it an important book and focuses on LGBT, it’s a book I can squeal over with my bookish cousin even years after reading it.

1. harry potter Harry Potter – JK Rowling. This series meant a lot to me when I read it but it means even more to me seeing young kids so excited to be starting a series their parents loved.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I want my children to read(when I have them).

10. outsiders The Outsiders – SE Hinton. If our curriculum doesn’t change they will read it anyway but this book leaves an impression.

9. goodbye The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand. This book made me appreciate my siblings so much more.

8. hunger games big The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins. So they know what I’m talking about when I refer to it, because I will refer to it.

7. all the bright places All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven. It’s just an important book.

6. twilight big Twilight – Stephanie Meyer. It doesn’t have to be Twilight specifically but a book that a lot of people hate. Read it, love it if you want, don’t be afraid.

5. Long Way Down Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds. Again, it doesn’t have to be this one specifically but books written in different styles. Go outside your comfort zone.

4. Anne Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery. Because they’re either going to grow up on PEI or know that mommy did.

3. the-hate-u-give The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas. Hopefully they world is a better place when they’re old enough to read this.

2. lion The Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis. It’s already been passed through my family so passing it on to the next generation is a must.

  1. harry potter Harry Potter – JK Rowling. Because every child should.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten characters who would make good leaders.

10. hunger games big Peeta from The Hunger Games series. This boy knew how to talk and to get people to listen to him. He might not be the best fighter but there’s more than one way to lead people.

9. city of bones big Alec Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments series. He’s a born leader and shows that through the whole series(and maybe even more in later books but I haven’t gotten there yet).

8. throne of glass big Celaena from Throne of Glass series. She’s badass but what would make her a great leader is that she never gives up and she’s someone who makes you want to follow her.

7. walk on earth a stranger Lee from the Gold Seer series. When a young girl can get men to listen to her during the gold rush times, that’s impressive.

6. darkest minds Ruby from The Darkest Minds series. She wasn’t usually the leader of their little group but she proved to be someone who could make decisions, be strategic, and keep her people safe.

5. orphan queen Wil from the Orphan Queen duo. Again, not someone who was the leader of the group but someone who emerged as the better option through the series. She would do whatever she could to keep her people safe.

4. vampire academy big Lissa from the Vampire Academy series. Another born leader who was always overshadowed by people with stronger voices until she found her own.

3. anna big Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss. Maybe not a typical choice but people flock to this guy in a way that makes me feel like they will listen when he speaks.

2. great hunt Harrison from Eurona Duology. He wasn’t the main leader or of the royal line but he was the one I could see convincing everyone to keep going when things got bad or steering someone in the right direction.

  1. harry potter McGonagall from the Harry Potter series. She was fierce and probably would have kick an army’s ass all on her own.

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October Wrap-Up/November TBR

 

 

October Wrap-Up:

That Inevitable Victorian Thing That Inevitable Victorian Thing – EK Johnston. 3/5 stars. I really liked the concept of this but the world-building didn’t draw me in.

Burn Burn – Elissa Sussman. 3/5 stars. A companion to Stray, it didn’t seem like much happened until the end.

The Nowhere Girls The Nowhere Girls – Amy Reed. 4/5 stars. Review. I loved the friendship and the conversations between these girls.

Rules of Rain Rules of Rain – Leah Scheier. 3.5/5 stars. Review. Very interesting sibling dynamics.

Love, Life, and the List Love, Life, and the List – Kasie West. 4/5 stars. Very cute and perfectly Kasie West.

Trust Me I'm Lying Trust Me, I’m Lying – Mary Elizabeth Summer. 3/5 stars. This one didn’t really grab me but it did make me want to read the sequel.

Trust me I'm Trouble Trust Me, I’m Trouble – Mary Elizabeth Summer. 3/5 stars. I thought the sequel was a little better than the first.

Kiss me in new york Kiss Me in New York – Catherine Rider. 3.5/5 stars. Review. Cute, quick read.

Lives of Desperate Girls The Lives of Desperate Girls – MacKenzie Common. 3/5 stars. Another one where I liked the concept but the main character could get a bit annoying.

Renegades Renegades – Marissa Meyer. 4.5/5 stars. Review. So good. Loved the superheroes vs villains with a spy twist.

a thousand nights A Thousand Lives – EK Johnston. 3/5 stars. A little slow and predictable but enjoyable.

Spindle Spindle – EK Johnston. 3/5 stars. Same as above.

Into the Bright Unknown Into the Bright Unknown – Rae Carson. 4.5/5 stars. Review. So sad to this this series had ended up it was great through the whole three books.

image Mortal Danger – Ann Aguirre. 3/5 stars. I enjoyed going back into paranormal plots.

Here We Are Now Here We Are Now – Jasmine Warga. 4/5 stars. I really liked the dynamics between the characters.

Gunslinger Girl Gunslinger Girl – Lyndsay Ely. 4/5 stars. Review coming. I love westerns and this futuristic old west setting was so intriguing. And the main character was very badass.

27 Hours 27 Hours – Tristina Wright. 3.5/5 stars. Review coming. I appreciated how diverse the cast of characters were in this book. So positive.

idols Idols – Margaret Stohl. 3/5 stars. A solid follow up to Icons. It’s been so long since I read the first though that I had forgotten quite a bit.

November TBR:

Cruel PrinceRunebinderSiege of ShadowsZenith

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten Halloween freebie. I chose to do Top Ten Books to curl up with to avoid all the scary movies on TV(seriously, where’s Halloweenteen? Everything is a slasher movie!).

10. on the fence big On The Fence – Kasie West. Any Kasie West book would work but I loved the characters in this book and the romance is very sweet.

9. frost blood Frostblood – Elly Blake. More fantasy, darker than the pick above, but such a page turner.

8. vampire academy big Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead. To keep a little paranormal in Halloween, this series is perfect.

7. anna big Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins. This is another go-to when I need something lighter.

6. three dark crowns Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake. I enjoy dark books and Halloween does seem like the perfect time to read them.

5. rites of passage Rites of Passage – Joy N Hensley. Because when there’s spooky stuff happening outside or on TV, having a badass(even on paper) is always a good thing.

4. reboot big Reboot – Amy Tintera. Teens coming back from the dead so technically zombies but way less scarier than the ones on The Walking Dead.

3. boys i've loved To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han. Another lighter book for when curling up and ignoring everything going on around you is needed. And eating all the leftover Halloween treats.

2. Raven boys big The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater. I like the vibe of this series, ethereal and a bit spooky, and it seems perfect for Halloween.

  1. harry potter Harry Potter – JK Rowling. Because when isn’t it a good time to read Harry Potter?

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten Unique book titles.

10. gentlemans-guide The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

9. They Both Die At the End They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

8. Brooding YA Hero Brooding YA Hero – Carrie Ann DiRisio.

7. 8041873 Hold Me Closer, Necromancer – Lish McBride

6. All the Crooked Saints All the Crooked Saints – Maggie Stiefvater

5. royal-bastards Royal Bastards – Andrew Shvarts

4. hidden-memory-of-objects The Hidden Memory of Objects – Danielle Mages Amato

3. boys i've loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

2. The Last Namsara The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli

  1. simon homo sapiens Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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