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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten freebie so I choose to do Top Ten books I meant to review but didn’t(plus some small thoughts on each book.

10. Invisible Ghosts Invisible Ghosts – Robyn Schneider.  I would say this was a solid 4/5 star book. I liked the way Rose slowly found her way back to her old friends, a much better group for her than the group she was hanging with, and just the whole dynamic of the friends group was so much fun. Add in the paranormal twist with Rose’s brother as a ghost and I was hooked.

9. 38741488 The Last – Katherine Applegate. This was 5/5, fell in love immediately. I’ve loved Katherine Applegate since Animorphs but this one just might be my favourite of hers yet. It was so magical and I loved seeing a bit of the politics between the fantastical species.

8. Aru Shah Aru Shah and the End of Time – Roshani Chokshi. 4/5 stars. The first book from Rick Riordan’s imprint definitely delivered. It had a lot of the same humour and vibe as a Rick Riordan book but still unique so that I knew it was written by someone else. Aru is definitely a new favourite.

7. sword of summer The Sword of Summer – Rick Riordan. 4/5 stars. I loved the Percy Jackson series, I love Norse mythology, and I love Thor and Loki so I have no excuse for taking so long to read this. Rick Riordan used the mythology to his story-telling best to create new characters that I fell in love with so fast.

6. Traitor Prince The Traitor Prince – CJ Redwine. 4/5 stars. I like that the books in this series are all connected but still separate. And that each one gets darker. This was definitely the darkest yet.

5. 35098416 When My Heart Joins the Thousand – AJ Steiger. 4/5 stars. I’m still not sure my heart recovered from this one. Two very unique characters that will stand out.

4. Love, Life, and the List Love, List and the List – Kasie West. 4/5 stars. So cute and definitely could tell it was a Kasie West novel even if I didn’t know who’d written it. I loved how determined Abby was to take her future into her own hands, create a list to get experiences to better her art, and follow through on it.

3. Daugher of the burning city Daughter of the Burning City – Amanda Foody. 4.5/5 stars. There is so much about this book that I loved. The setting, the characters, the entire thing! I don’t re-read books very often but this is one I would.

2. Roar Roar – Cora Carmack. 4/5 stars. I am a sucker for a large cast of interesting characters and this one was great.

1. Project Semicolon Project Semicolon.  5/5 stars. There’s no words to describe how much of an impact a book like this can have. It’s people sharing a huge part of themselves when they were at their most vulnerable.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I’m scared to re-read but I don’t re-read much so I changed it slightly. Usually I might skim through a book to refresh my memory before the sequel comes out or re-read a favourite scene so I did Top Ten Books I Don’t Need to Re-read Because I Still Remember Them Clearly.

10. mockingjay big Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins. Really the whole Hunger Games trilogy is still pretty firmly planted in my mind but this is the one I don’t feel the need to grab to read a scene of two because I clearly remember them. And I don’t need those emotions again.

9. scythe Scythe – Neal Shusterman. I debated skimming through this one as Thunderhead came out but once I started reading Thunderhead, I realized I still remembered Scythe clearly.

8. if i stay big If I Stay – Gayle Forman. The movie probably helps my memory even though there were changes but the details are easy to recall.

7. upside-of-unrequited The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli. I did re-read Simon before the movie came out but this one(and that one) is firmly entrenched in my mind.

6. the one big The One – Kiera Cass. The last book in the series(original trilogy at least) stood out the most for me.

5. goodbye The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand. This book broke me the first time I read it. I don’t need to re-read it for it to break me again. The memories are enough.

4. my lady jane My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows. I can still remember all those scenes that made me laugh and they make me laugh all over again.

3. throne of glass Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas. This is another one I thought I’d have to skim through because I took so long in between books but there was no need.

2. anna big Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins. This was cute and fluffy and pretty easy to remember.

1. obsidian Obsidian – Jennifer L Armentrout. I loved this series and maybe one day I will binge re-read it but right now, I still remember it so clearly that it’s almost like re-reading ti.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten characters I liked that were in books I disliked.

10. the selection Marlee: The Selection – Kiera Cass. This series got better as it went on but the first book was my least favourite of them all. Marlee’s bright cheerful sunshine personality was a huge plus.

9. heir and the spare Preston: The Heir and the Spare – Emily Albright. It’s not that I disliked this book but more that it didn’t do much to stand out. Preston’s humour was one thing that made it memorable.

8. cure for the common universe Soup: Cure for the Common Universe – Christian McKay Heidicker. Soup was just adorable and just wanted to friend.

7. finding abbey road Jon: Finding Abbey Road – Kevin Emerson. This trilogy made me feel for the two band mates that got caught up in all the drama but especially Jon, who was extremely talented and just wanted to play music.

6. as i descended Brandon: As I Descended – Robin Tally. He was a sweetheart.

5. The Hundred Octavia: The 100 – Kass Morgan. She was a huge bright spot in this book. I’m not sure how she is in the rest since I haven’t gotten there yet.

4. hello i love you Jason’s bandmates: Hello, I Love You – Katie M Stout. These guys were fun and sweet and a nice break from the love/hate drama the main couple had happening.

3. side effects big Harvey: Side Effects May Vary – Julie Murphy. He deserved so much better. So many times I wanted to scream that his crush/friend was using him but he was such a loyal friend.

2. royally lost Nikolai: Royally Lost – Angie Stanton. He just seemed like a whole lot of fun to hang out with.

  1. twilight big Jasper: Twilight – Stephanie Myers. So many of the supporting characters could have ended up on this list but Jasper had a backstory that really resonated with me and I would read a whole series based on him alone.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books set in another country but that’s almost every book so I did Top Ten books out of this world aka space books.

10. Zenith Zenith – Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings.

9. Honor Among Thieves Honor Among Thieves – Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre.

8. Invictus Invictus – Rayn Graudin.

7. Alienated big Alienated – Melissa Landers.

6. starfall Starfall – Melissa Landers.

5. avalon big Avalon – Mindee Arnett.

4. Defy the Stars Defy the stars – Claudia Gray.

3. Nyxia Nyxia – Scott Reitgen.

2. empress-of-a-thousand-skies Empress of a Thousand Skies – Rhoda Belleza.

1. Heart of Iron Hert of Iron – Ashley Poston.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books on my Spring TBR.

10. Losing the Field Losing the Field – Abbi Glines. Nash has been one of my favourite supporting characters in this series so I can’t wait to get into his story.

9. Sanctuary Sanctuary – Caryn Lix. A little spring sci-fi sounds good to me.

8. War Storm War Storm – Victoria Aveyard. I have to see how it ends.

7. My Plain Jane My Plain Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows. I love the first and am really excited about this one.

6. Royals Royals – Rachel Hawkins. This one looks like fun.

5. Allied Allied – Amy Tintera. Another last book. Please keep my favourites alive.

4. Legendary Legendary – Stephanie Garber. I loved the first one and am excited to see if this one lives up to it.

3. 31180248 Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli. Counting down the days!

2. Contagion Contagion – Erin Bowman. I love this author.

1. These Rebel Waves These Rebel Waves – Sara Raasch. After Snow Like Ashes ended, I needed more from this author immediately.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books that surprised me, either in a good or bad way.

10. harry potter Harry Potter – JK Rowling. So many people told me this would be one of my favourite series back before I read them, and they were right. What surprised me about this one was that, unlike their predictions, Hermione was not my favourite character. The bookworm character is almost always my favourite but my type of bookworm is not Hermione’s type of bookworm.

9. hunger games big The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins. I was very surprised(and disturbed) at how much I enjoyed this series about children killing each other.  Sure, that’s something the good guys are fighting against but there’s still a lot of killing.

8. all the bright places All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven. I was surprised by how completely unprepared I was even though everyone told me this would break my heart.

7. goodbye The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand. Same as above. Probably even more so because I have siblings. This hit me hard and I was not prepared.

6. Nyxia Nyxia – Scott Reintgen. I do enjoy Sci-Fi but this one still surprised me that how much I came to care about the characters so quickly and it had some twists that surprised me.

5. image Dare You To – Katie McGarry. I usually love Katie McGarry books, and I did still enjoy plenty of things about this book, but it was by far my least favourite in the series.

4. my lady jane My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows. I love historical books but the idea of changing so much and adding so much humour was a little worrisome. But they surprised me by pulling it off and now I’m so excited for the next one.

3. Ship It Ship It – Britta Lundin. This was a bad surprise. I was expecting cute and positive fandom rep but instead it was more toxic fandom rep without calling it toxic.

2. Ginny Moon Ginny Moon – Benjamin Ludwig. I don’t read a lot of books from the Fiction section but this one ended up surprising me with how amazing it was.

  1. simon homo sapiens Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli. I had an ARC of this so all the reasons I recommend this book to people, I didn’t know yet. This book is so much more than it seems just by reading the synopsis.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten quotes from books I love.

10. goodbye “Brave isn’t something you are. It’s something you do.”

9. Warcross “It is hard to describe loss to someone who has never experienced it, impossible to explain all the ways it changes you. But for those who have, not a single word is needed.”

8. throne of glass big “Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

7. lion “Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia.”

6. three dark crowns “Every gift is light and dark.”

5. If there's no tomorrow “I knew I couldn’t go back and start a new beginning. I couldn’t rewrite the middle. All I could do was change tomorrow, as long as I had one.”

4. isla “A blank canvas…has unlimited possibilities.”

3. Eliza and her monsters “Broken people don’t hide from their monsters. Broken people let themselves be eaten.”

2. hunger games big “I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.”

  1. harry potter “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I could re-read forever.

10. fangirl big Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell. The main character was just so relatable in many ways.

9. my lady jane My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows. This was so funny and ended up being a favourite. I was unsure about the history/humour mash-up at first but it worked.

8. hunger games big The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins. Usually this is re-reading certain parts of the series then marathoning the movies.

7. isla Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins. My favourite of the three of them.

6. boys i've loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han. So cute and a great pick-me-up book.

5. COB&B_JKT_100517.indd Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi. Not out yet but I already want to re-read it.

4. 58889 Circle of Magic – Tamora Pierce. Tamora Pierce is the author that got me reading fantasy.

3. wintersong Wintersong – S Jae-Jones. This was just so beautifully written.

2. lion The Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis. I got the boxset for Christmas one year and read them all in a week. Still a go-to series.

  1. harry potter Harry Potter – JK Rowling. Because there is never a bad time to re-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, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I’ve decided I’m no longer interested in reading. I did a spin on this one since I usually refuse to say I’ve lost interest, even if it’s been five years since buying it;) I did Top Ten topics/issues in books that could make me walk away(if I DNF’d books).

10. Cheating with no repercussions. Love triangles are so common in books that if there’s no physical cheating, there’s usually emotional cheating. It’s a plot device, I get it. But when a new couple emerges because of cheating, I find it hard to root for that couple.

9. Bad representation. Everyone has their own opinions on what this is. Hopefully with more ownvoices authors the good will shine through.

8. Abuse that’s not recognized as abuse. It doesn’t have to be physical but the “bad boy with a secret soft side” trope can definitely turn into emotional and verbal abuse and it’s not okay.

7. Needless character death. I get attached very often to amazing side characters who always seem to be expendable to the series. The lead needs motivation? Kill the best friend. Chosen one getting too cocky? Kill the mentor. It happens, I know it’s going to happen, but that doesn’t mean I don’t set the book down and walk away for a bit(or throw it) when it does happen.

6. Over the top descriptions. I have an imagination. I can use it. Unless it’s super important to the plot to name every shade of every colour found in some character’s bedspread, I can probably get by with multi-coloured pattern.

5. Slooooooooooooow. I don’t need action scenes every five pages but there needs to be something happening so the plot doesn’t feel stagnant. If I read five chapters and it feel like only a minute went by in the book’s world, it might feel like I’m in for a really long read.

4. Animal cruelty. Be nice to animals.

3. Chosen One trope. This one is just feeling really overdone but it can still be so good that I give it a chance. I just like when there’s reasons to why someone is the chosen one as opposed to them being the chosen one because they’re the chosen one.

2. No character growth. There needs to be character growth, even if it’s small. If the main character is still exactly the same on the last page as they are on the first page, what was the point of reading 300 pages of their journey.

  1. Author. If the author is a horrible person, I won’t buy their books.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten love freebie. I did Top Ten book titles that could be romantic, not necessarily that the books themselves are romantic or have happy endings. Just the titles sound that way.

10. Say You'll Remember Me Say You’ll Remember Me – Katie McGarry. Who doesn’t want to be remembered by someone they love?

9. secret-of-a-heart-note The Secret of a Heart Note – Stacey Lee. This titles makes me think of little notes folded into hearts.

8. start of me and you The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord. Every love story has a beginning.

7. isla Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins. And who doesn’t want a happily ever after?

6. proof of forever Proof of Forever – Lexa Hillyer. Proof that love is everlasting.

5. boys i've loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han. When I first heard this title I imagined a girl writing letters to all her exes because she finally found the one.

4. Romancing the Throne Romancing the Throne – Nadine Jolie Courtney. It had romance right in the title.

3. love and other unknown variables Love and Other Unknown Variables – Shannon Lee Alexander. Love is most definitely an unknown variable.

2.  ps i like you PS I Like You – Kasie West. Because like can turn to love.

  1. 35098416 When My Heart Joins the Thousand – AJ Steiger. This sounds like it should be a line in a poem.

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