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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 things that will make me not want to read a book aka book turn offs.

10. Boring love triangles. I’ve accepted that most times I pick up a book, there will be some form of a love triangle involved. They’re not going away. When I can predict the end pairing from the synopsis, it’s not something that intrigues me.

9. The synopsis gives it all away. Much like a movie trailer, when the synopsis gives away 90% of the plot of the book, I’m not interested in finding out the other 10%.

8. The main character having a hobby the author obviously didn’t research. I love it when characters have interesting or unique hobbies and interests but show me those hobbies and interests. A passing remark that the main character loves curling but it’s never mentioned again does not show me they love curling.

7. No growth arc. I love when even the supporting characters, at least the more prominent ones, have growth arcs along with the main character but if there’s no growth arc at all, I usually lose interest.

6. Too many issues packed into one plot. Most of the time when a book tries to tackle too many issues, it ends up doing none of them well.

5. Insta-love. I can handle instant attraction but at least let them find out each other’s names before declarations of love.

4. When the characters never do necessary things like eat or sleep. I don’t need details about their bathroom schedule but little things like grabbing an apple on the way out the door or waking up with bedhead are small things that make the characters feel so much more real to me.

3. Magically good at a difficult skill. It’s one thing to be a natural at a new skill. It’s another to master it after one lesson. I actually prefer when the character struggles because it can make for a great moment when they to master it.

2. A book compared to two very popular at the moment books. When I see X meets Y with X and Y being two of my favourite books, all that does is set up very, mega high expectations.

  1. No positive female interactions. If all the female character are horrible to each other through the whole book and there’s no real female friendships, I just can’t do it.

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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 things that will make me read a book.

10. Road trip – I love road trip books, which is a little weird because I’m not much of a traveler. I guess I like living through the characters.

9. The Breakfast Club – the synopsis giving me a Breakfast Club vibe is a sure way to make certain the book ends up coming home with me.

8. Hate-to-love romance – I love slow burn romance so when the two characters start off hating each other, at least I know there’s no instalove.

7. Geek/nerd themes – the book bringing comic con, fandom, or anything else that I love into it is another way to make sure the book ends up in my shopping cart.

6. Misfit family – A step above the Breakfast Club vibe, this one is more Firefly-like. A bunch of outcasts/misfits ending up considering each other family is always a must read.

5. Blurb by a beloved author – If one of my favourite authors has read the book and loved it, I will pick it up.

4. Snow/rain storms – This isn’t something that’s in the book but whenever it’s storming outside, I read. It’s automatic.

3. Siblings – As someone with 3 sisters and a brother-in-law, sibling relationships is always something that really intrigues me in a book.

2. Magic – I blame Harry Potter and Tamara Pierce. I love magic in my stories.

  1. Space travel – I love Sci-fi but I especially love it when the characters are on a ship traveling through space instead of planet-bound.

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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 books I’ve read. Or, at least they were unique at the time I’d read them.

10. challenger deep Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman. This book is unique is many ways. It was one of the first books I’d ever read with a teenager character dealing with a mental illness and the use of the dual POV to portray the real world vs what the world was to the main character was fantastic.

9. symptoms of being human Symptoms of Being Human – Jeff Garvin. I think this is still the only book I’ve read where the gender of the main character wasn’t stated as boy or girl.

8. under the never sky big Under the Never Sky – Veronica Rossi. I’ve read a lot of Dystopians now but this was one of the first series I read, is still a favourite, and I love the blending Dystopian and Sci-Fi.

7. goodbye The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand. This one is unique for the way it affected me. Even when I find myself connecting with a book, it’s still rare that it affects me to the point where I’m shaking and my chest actually hurts.

6. salt to the sea Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys. I feel like any of Ruta Sepetys’ books could make my list. I love that she takes lesser known parts of history and molds them into her stories.

5. 9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.indd Outrun the Moon – Stacey Lee. She’s another author I feel like most of her books could make this list. I love the blending of historical events with the culture of the characters.

4. rebel of the sands Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton. There were a few westerns I could have chosen but this one stood out with the setting.

3. burned big Burned – Ellen Hopkins. Her writing style is just so unique.

2. Raven boys big The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater. Everything about this book is so unique and I loved every bit of it.

  1. harry potter Harry Potter – JK Rowling. I feel like I put HP on every list but this series is so unique and so special that even 20 years after the first book, new fans are coming into it and falling in love, fans grab on to any bit of extra information released, and it’s a series that will never die.

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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 fandoms I’m in. Some are specific, some are not. Some might only be a fandom in my head.

10. firefly Firefly. For a show that lasted only a season and a movie, it sure has a lasting fanbase.

9. goodbyegoodbye-daysall the bright places Tearjerkers. This is one of those “maybe it’s only a fandom to me” ones but I love tearjerkers, the kind that rip your heart to shreds and if they feel nice, they might put a few pieces back together.

8. throne of glass big Throne of Glass. It’s one of my favourite series so how could I not be a member of its fandom?

7. vampire academy big Vampire books/TV/movies. There seems to be less and less new stuff available but Vampire Academy and Buffy will always be a go-to. And there’s new YA Buffy books that I’m both nervous and excited about.

6. hamilton Broadway. Hamilton is a pretty new obsession, and the more dominant aspect of my Broadway fandom right now but there’s so many plays that have pulled me into this one.

5. darkest minds The Darkest Minds. I’m hoping to see this fandom really grow once the movie starts filming and we start seeing pictures and clips.

4. code-black Medical shows. If it’s a medical show and it’s decent, I will become addicted and annoy people by talking about it so much.

3. charmed Charmed. Another show that’s no longer on the air but I am still obsessed over and binge watch reruns.

2. lion Narnia. This series was one of my first box sets and it has stayed with me ever since.

  1. harry potter Harry potter. This fandom will never die.

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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 authors I’m dying to meet.

10. Bad Romance Heather Demetrios.

9. wayfarer Alexandra Bracken.

8. Letters to the Lost Brigid Kemmerer.

7. summer of sloane Erin L Schneider.

6. bookishly ever after Isabel Bandeira.

5. nowhere but here Katie McGarry.

4. obsidian Jennifer L Armentrout.

3. snow like ashes Sara Raasch.

2. Raven boys big Maggie Stiefvater.

  1. goodbye Cynthia Hand.

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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 read in one sitting.

10. boys i've loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han. This was a really cute book and easy to devour in one sitting.

9. frost like night Frost Like Night – Sara Raasch. I read the first two books in this series really fast as well but it was the conclusion that had me up all night.

8. the-hate-u-give The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas. The super relevant story line had me unable to put this one down until I was finished.

7. the crown's game The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye. The sequel was also addicting but it was the first one that had me completely sucked in.

6. Caraval Caraval – Stephanie Garber. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.

5. starfall Starfall – Melissa Landers. I loved the first one but this companion focused on characters I fell in love with when they were supporting and they got a chance here to have their own story.

4. goodbye-days Goodbye Days – Jeff Zetner. Sad stories, or devastating stories, can be very, very hard to put down.

3. goodbye The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand. See above. This one remains one of the books that I still think about since reading it.

2. a-list-of-cages A List of Cages – Robin Roe. I loved the focus on friendship over romance in this one.

  1. secret-of-a-heart-note The Secret of a Heart Note – Stacey Lee. I really liked the whole history of Mim’s family and this was so cute.

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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 Spring TBR.

10. Defy the Stars Defy the Stars – Claudia Gray. I loved the Firebird series so a new sci-fi series by Claudia Gray is going to be a must read.

9. dreamfall Dreamfall – Amy Plum. I enjoyed her Revenants series and this one sounds really creepy.

8. Letters to the Lost Letters to the Lost – Brigid Kemmerer. I loved The Elementals and the premise of this one really intrigues me.

7. alex-and-eliza Alex and Eliza – Melissa de la Cruz. I am in love with Hamilton so a book about him, his friends, and the love story between him and Eliza is a must read.

6. Always and Forever Lara Jean Always and Forever, Lara Jean – Jenny Han. I really liked the first two books and a third was a little unexpected, so that does make me a little nervous.

5. flame-in-the-mist Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh. I loved The Wrath and the Dawn and have been waiting for her next book.

4. the-love-interest The Love Interest – Cale Detrich. This one had me intrigued from the start and the release date is getting so close.

3. gentlemans-guide The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee. I really liked This Monstrous Thing and this one seems like another one that I’ll really like.

2. Bad Romance Bad Romance – Heather Demetrios. I am a huge, huge Heather Demetrios fan and am so excited we’re this close to the release date.

  1. Shadow Run Shadow Run – AdriAnne Strickland. This one mentions for fans of Firefly in the synopsis. I’m sold.

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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. Top Ten Tuesday is taking a well-deserved break so it’s two weeks of freebies until March 7th. I’m doing Top Ten current favourite songs that could be a book’s theme song.

10. Kris Allen – Waves: With lyrics like “Someone told me watch out, and another told me run” and “She is my hurricane, and I, I am her ocean”it could fit into any books with that relationship everyone is against except for the two actually in the relationship.

9. The Pigott Brothers – The Beautiful’s Gone: Almost the opposite of the song above, this one is more realizing the relationship isn’t what it used to be, even if the other person is trying to convince you otherwise.

8. Miranda Frignon – Hiding Place: This song is very simple but the lyrics really resonate. It would fit with any plot where a character wants to help someone but knows there’s only so much they can do until the other person is willing to accept help.

7. Kelly Clarkson – Invincible: When this song comes on, I crank it. It’s great for that moment when the main character thinks they’re done but then find the strength to overcome everything.

6. Espen Lind – Unloved: I can’t even remember how I heard of this guy but I fell in love with this song and so many more. A perfect song for when the character is going through a rough break-up and has to see the other person every day, especially if that person is already moving on.

5. Kurt Nilsen – Never Easy: I like the contrast in this song. The music is pretty light but when you listen to the lyrics, what seems like a light, pop song is much deeper. For all those relationships in books when the characters are keeping secrets and not talking to each other, resulting in fights and harsh words.

4. Lee DeWyze – Blackbird Song: This song is so haunting and could work well in a lot of ways but I can easily picture it as the main character seeing so much destruction as they are packing up their things, leaving their home behind, hitting rock bottom before finding the determination to go on.

3. Ruelle – Game of Survival: “Are we the hunters or are we the prey?” The song is very catchy but it also fits so many books. Game of Survival seems like it would fit right into a lot of the fantasy and dystopian books I’ve read.

2. Eurielle – Hate Me: Another song that is absolutely beautiful and haunting. I’m definitely thinking high fantasy with this one. For some reason A Court of Thrones of Roses always comes to mind, at least that kind of relationship.

1. Skylar Grey – Straight Shooter: I wanted to end the list with something a little more upbeat than the last few songs and this one gets cranked up when it comes on. It’s great for fight scenes.

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February Wrap-Up/ March TBR

We’re now two months into 2017 and I’m loving all the books that are coming out.

February Wrap-Up:

nemesis Nemesis – Brendan Reichs. 3.5/5 stars. I liked the darkness and the twists but it felt a little too uneven in the pacing.

wayfarer Wayfarer – Alexandra Bracken. 4.5/5 stars. Review. I enjoyed this one even more than the first. The addition of new characters plus more focus on characters from the first book were fantastic.

conjurers-riddle The Conjurer’s Riddle – Andrea Cremer. 3/5 stars. Other than the Nightshade series, I’ve had a hard time getting into her books and I just can’t put my finger on why.

kings-cage King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard. 4/5 stars. Review. I liked this one more than Glass Sword but still less than Red Queen. I did think that, despite the slow pacing, it did move key points of the plot forward and it had some great character moments.

goodbye-days Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner. 4/5 stars. Review. This book was heartbreaking, terrifying and one to remember.

secret-path Secret Path – Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire. 4/5 stars. This is one I recommend pairing with the CD while reading for the best experience and most impact.

just-another-girl Just Another Girl – Elizabeth Eulberg. 3/5 stars. Review. I really liked the concept of this book but I just couldn’t get into one of the POVs no matter how hard I tried.

heartbeats-of-wing-jones The Heartbeats of Wing Jones – Katherine Webber. 4/5 stars. Review. I loved the dynamics between so many of the characters and the hint of magical realism.

etiquette-and-espionage-big Etiquette & Espionage – Gail Carriger. 3.5/5 stars. I liked this more than I thought I would. It’s a fun read.

piper-perish Piper Perish – Kayla Cagan. 3/5 stars. I found I cared more about the supporting characters than the main character so it made the story a little hard to get into.

strange-the-dreamer Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor. 4/5 stars. Review. I loved the magical world and the characters. It is the type of book I find better to read slowly because it’s very intricate and could be easy to get lost if I read too fast.

star-cursed Star Cursed – Jessica Spotswood. 3/5 stars. I think I would have liked it more if I had skimmed through the first book before starting this one. It was so long since I read the first that I got a little lost.

vigilante Vigilante – Kady Cross. 4/5 stars. This was definitely one of those hard to read books that feel so important as you’re reading. It makes a lot of good points that won’t be easy to forget(and shouldn’t be).

curtsies-and-conspiracies Curtsies and Conspiracies – Gail Carriger. 3.5/5 stars. Still a fun series. Lots of action.

queens-of-geek Queens of Geek – Jen Wilde. 4/5 stars. Really cute and easy to relate to. I loved getting to see the two POVs of two girls having very different experiences at the comic convention and loved seeing all the references.

things-i-should-have-known Things I Should Have Known – Claire LaZebnik. 4/5 stars. I absolutely loved the dynamics between the main character and her sister, the two brothers they become friends with, and thought the author did a good job depicting the struggles the main character’s family was going through.

the-guy-the-girl-the-artist-and-his-ex The Guy, the Girl, the Artist, and his Ex – Gabrielle Williams. 3.5/5 stars. This was a really fun book to read and I enjoyed the heist. It crammed a lot into its few pages, maybe at times a little too much.

March TBR:

royal-bastardsupside-of-unrequitedthe-crowns-fatehundred-lies-of-lizzie-lovett

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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. Top Ten Tuesday is taking a well-deserved break so it’s two weeks of freebies until March 7th. I’m doing Top Ten recent reads I didn’t review.

10. wish The Wish Granter – CJ Redwine. I enjoyed this companion to The Shadow Queen, especially the play on Rumpelstiltskin. It was dark, still had the same magical feeling as The Shadow Queen, and definitely has me wanting more in this universe.

9. rose-and-the-dagger The Rose and the Dagger – Renee Ahdieh. I loved The Wrath and the Dawn and this sequel was just as good. I can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next.

8. invasion of the tearlingfate-of-the-tearling The Invasion/Fate of the Tearling – Erika Johansen. I love this series and one day I hope to be able to actually find the words to review it. For now, I just love it.

7. rose-under-fire-big Rose Under Fire – Elizabeth Wein. I love historical fiction and this one was fantastic.

6. before-i-fall Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver. This author has been really hit or miss for me but this was definitely a hit.

5. tales from shadowhunter Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare. Like most collections, I preferred some stories over others but overall, I liked the addiction and the insight to the academy.

4. hamilton Hamilton: The Revolution – Lin Manuel Miranda. I love having the lyrics and all the footnotes and backstage looks. It might be the closest I get to seeing it.

3. taken Taken – Erin Bowman. I love Erin Bowman and after reading this, I’m not sure why it took me so long to finally pick up this series. It was great.

2. keep The Keep – Veronica Wolff. I really enjoyed the whole The Watchers series. It was a different Vampire series and I liked the darkness it had to it.

1. just one day Just One Day – Gayle Forman. I was a little surprised to see I had missed reviewing this one. I really enjoyed it and had taken notes to review it. Maybe one day I will go back to it.

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