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Top Ten Tuesday (#9): Books I Would Recommend if You Haven’t Read…


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where I’ll post my top ten book choices (in no particular order) based on certain themes. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

 

~Fantasy~

1. Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs

2. Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong

The Darkest Powers Trilogy

3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

 

~Dystopian~

4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

 

~Classics~

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

6. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

~Historical Fiction~

7. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha

 

~Christian Romance~

8. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Redeeming Love

 

~Mythology~

9. Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series

 

~Nonfiction~

10. The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

 

 

Do you plan to give any of the above books/genres a shot?

Do you have any recommendations for me?

Leave your answer as a comment below. My bookcase (and floor) always have room for more. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday (#8): Authors Who Take the Most Bookshelf Space


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where I’ll post my top ten book choices (in no particular order) based on certain themes. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

1. Patricia Briggs: I don’t have all her books, but I will. If you enjoy strong female characters and mythological/fantasy themes, this author is a MUST read. Unfortunately, not many people know about Patricia Briggs, because her books fall under “adult fiction” instead of YA. But I haven’t read a fantasy fiction author who has been able to surpass her. Check her out. Her novels are worth it – especially her Mercy Thompson series.

 

2. Jane Austen: The only reason Jane Austen is on this list is because I own about five or six copies of Pride and Prejudice. What can I say? I’m a sucker for fancy covers.

 

3. Cassandra Clare: I have all The Mortal Instruments books and am in the process of purchasing the last two novels in The Infernal Devices series.

 

4. Nathaniel Hawthorne: This is another case of the “I just can’t seem to stop collecting all these fascinatingly different and captivating editions.” If someone knows of a cure, PLEASE feel free to advise.

 

5. Kelley Armstrong:  My favorite of her series is Darkest Powers. Of course, I also own several of her other books since she is one of my favorite authors.

The Darkest Powers Trilogy

 

All of my books have been packed away for the big move, so I had to create this week’s list from memory. Unfortunately, these were the only authors that stood out in my mind, and I couldn’t make it all the way to ten. Sorry about that. In any case, wish me luck at the University!

What are your favorite authors? Leave your answer as a comment below. My bookcase (and floor) always have room for more. 🙂

 

Top Ten Tuesday (#7): Bookish & Blogging Confessions


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where I’ll post my top ten book choices (in no particular order) based on certain themes. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

 

1. I always judge a book by its cover.

If the cover is unattractive, I won’t even pick it up unless it is recommended to me by a friend or fellow blogger. I know it’s horrible, but that’s just the way it is.

 

2. I skip ahead while reading.

If I have a favorite character, I usually find myself skimming through a couple chapters to read more passages or dialogue specifically revolved around him/her. This has become a problem because I end up having to go back and read the other, less interesting parts anyway, and I no longer have anything to look forward to for the next three or four chapters because I already know what’s going to happen.

 

3. I’m a slow reader.

You’d think as much as I read that I’d have slowly developed my speed in reading. It takes me two to three times longer to read a book than the average book blogger, especially because of work and school. The fastest novel I’ve ever read was a book from the Hunger Games series. I finished it in three days and that was with stopping only to eat, use the restroom, and rest my eyes. So why did I start a book blog? Because I felt like it of course.

 

4. I haven’t read any Harry Potter books.

The only things I know about Harry Potter are what I learned from the movies. I feel like everyone but me has read the books, but I have a sort of good excuse. I didn’t hear about Harry Potter until after the fifth book was released. (I lived in Okinawa, Japan before then, and apparently it’s a hole in the ground as far as modern day literature is concerned.) By the time I found out about the popular series, the first couple of books were already too childish for my reading level, and I just couldn’t get into them. So in the end, I decided to deal with feeling totally left out and wait for the movie to come to theatres.

 

 

5. Book hype brings books ruin.

Overhype can cause one of two things to occur. Either I purchase a book because of the hype and end up disappointed since my expectations were too high, or I read and enjoy a book, the hype starts, and I begin to form disdain towards it. An example of the latter would be the Twilight series. I was one of the first people in my school to read these books. At the time, I had nothing against the series. They were a decent read, and I enjoyed myself enough to give them a three star rating. I would never have paid for the books, but I’d recommend anyone check them out at the library. That was before the hype. Once the series became overwhelmingly popular, I found myself despising it. The books weren’t that good. There are plenty other authors in the world that are much more deserving of that kind of praise. I just want to grab all those overzealous fans and scream:

 

6. I spend too much time on my blog.

I just recently created this blog in May, and I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging. But my whole days are starting to consist of going to work and posting on my blog. Whatever free time I have left then becomes devoted to reading for my blog. I barely have time to write for my own novels anymore. I need to stop bitting off more than I can chew and start creating blog posts earlier then the day before they’re due.

 

7. I pay attention to numbers.

I say I only blog for myself and that my follower count doesn’t matter, but the truth is I get so incredibly happy every time my phone dings because I have a new follower. It makes me smile and laugh and want to share it with the whole world. I love it!

 

8. My mother’s harassing my blog.

It’s true. In fact, one of the main reasons I have my blog set so that I have to manually approve each comment is so that I can purposely NOT approve hers. I love my mother, but she needs to learn how to comment without sounding so…motherly.

 

9. I’m a copy-cat.

Right before I started my blog, I began looking for and following other book bloggers with the sole purpose of copying them. I’ve always believed that the most effective way to truly succeed is to find someone who’s already accomplished that goal and to replicate what he or she did. Because of this belief, I basically used other blogs as templates/examples on how my blog should look and what I should include.

 

10. I suck at technology.

And I am not exaggerating. It took me forever to figure out how to customize the CSS coding for the theme I’m currently using. And I’m still not so sure I’m happy with it. In fact, I’m considering changing it once I transfer to wordpress.org. I’ve been wanting to make an original banner and my own button for a week now but have no idea where to even start. How do you guys do it? Do you guys have a specific program you use? Not to mention, I just found out how to use gifs today in this post. And I think I may have went a little overboard. Opps.

 

Do you have any bookish/blogging confessions you’d like to share. Leave a comment below.

 

Top Ten Tuesday (#6): Favorite Classics


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where I’ll post my top ten book choices (in no particular order) based on certain themes. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

 

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: the perfect unraveling love-story for any romantic

 

2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas: Even if you haven’t read this book, you most likely have seen the movie.

 

3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë: a refreshingly dark romance

 

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: It’s a shame if you’ve watched the movie before reading this book. I want Gatsby’s Rolls-Royce…so so much.

 The Great Gatsby

 

5. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Everyone else in my class despised this book, but I absolutely loved it. Certainly the “to a T” descriptions could be a little banal and drawn out, but the story line and character development entirely made up for it. 🙂

 

6. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift: I know classmates who’ve read this and said Jonathan Swift is a lunatic. It’s SATIRE people! Look it up. This man is a genius.

 

7. The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales by the Grimm Brothers: I may not be a big horror fan, but these fairy tales are as classic as it gets. (Warning: Don’t read unless you’re fine with the-happily-ever-after-Disney-stories-you’ve-always-known being forever corrupted…though I’d think you’d be at least a little bit curious as to who actually inspired pretty much half of everyone’s childhood.)

 

8. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: a dystopian world where books are illegal and it’s the job of firemen to burn them all to ashes

 

9. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe: “Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded…” Need I say more.

 

10. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett: one of my favorites from when I was a child

 

Which of these have you read? Which would you like to read? Are there any other books you would have added to this list? Leave a comment below.

 

Top Ten Tuesday (#5): Book Cover Trends I Hate


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where I’ll post my top ten book choices (in no particular order) based on certain themes. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

 

I’ve read a couple TTTs today and noticed a lot of repetition going on. This post is no exception, though I think it’s interesting that we are all annoyed at the same banal trends. 😀

 

1. Left Behind: Why is the girl always walking away?

 

2. It’s All In Your Head: I’m not that blind. I don’t need a close-up to prove that you’re prettier than me.

 

3. I’ve Got My Eye On You: I see more of this trend than I care to. Creepy.

 

4. The Ball Gown: Yes, the gowns are beautiful, but I’m getting tired of seeing so many of them.

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5. Never Let Go: And the originality never stops.

 

6. Only Half A Face: You already went with the huge-head trend. You might as well show us the rest of it. (I’m sorry Kelley Armstrong. I still adore your books!)

7. Headless: Now this is downright ridiculous.

 

8. The Almost Kiss: Just do it already!

 

9. Erotica: …

 

10. Movie Posters: This makes me so angry, and I always have trouble finding the original covers.

 

Which of these trends do you hate? Are there any you would have added to this list? I love to read your opinions, so leave a comment below.

 

Top Ten Tuesday (#4): Books On My Summer TBR List


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where I’ll post my top ten book choices (in no particular order) based on certain themes. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

 

Some of these choices will be identical to my post “Top Ten Tuesday (#3): Books That ARE in My Beach Bag This Summer.”

 

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth: I refuse to watch the movie until I’ve read this book…no matter how good the trailers looked.

 

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: This is another book a plan to read before watching the movie.

 

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: I’ve heard a lot about this book from other bloggers and am eager to see if it’s really as good as they say.

 

4. Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow: This novel is a recommendation from a friend, so we’ll see how it goes.

Working for the Devil

 

5. Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire: I just won this in a giveaway and can’t wait to get started on it.

 

6. Evermore by Alyson Noël: A book that’s been inhabiting my bookshelf for who knows how long and still hasn’t been opened yet. I think the plan was to wait until the whole series was completed so as to purchase them all at once, but then I guess I forgot. Opps…

7. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs: This is a reread. I can’t help it. Patricia Briggs will always be revered in my eyes.

 

8. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare: I loved the mortal instruments series (though it irritated me that I had finally come to terms with its completion and suddenly Cassandra Clare decided to make more). I hope this series turns out to also be a rewarding experience.

 

9. When it Happens by Susane Colasanti: This is another book that’s been gathering dust on my shelf, silently waiting for me to remember I had purchased it. It’s not my fault my bookshelf’s so full, damn it!

 

10. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong: Her darkest powers series is one of my favorites. I adore Kelley Armstrong and really have no excuse for not having opened this book yet.

 

Which of these have you read? Which would you like to read? Are there any other books you would have added to this list? Any you would recommend I read this summer? Leave a comment below.

Top Ten Tuesday (#3): Books That ARE in My Beach Bag This Summer


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where I’ll post my top ten book choices (in no particular order) based on certain themes. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

 

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth: I refuse to watch the movie until I’ve read this book…no matter how good the trailers looked.

 

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: This is another book a plan to read before watching the movie.

 

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: I’ve heard a lot about this book from other bloggers and am eager to see if it’s really as good as they say.

 

4. The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan: This book is a required read for college, but it actually looks rather interesting.

 

5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner: I am currently reading this and can’t wait for the movie to come out. Look out for its review.

 

6. Evermore by Alyson Noël: A book that’s been inhabiting my bookshelf for who knows how long and still hasn’t been opened yet. I think the plan was to wait until the whole series was completed so as to purchase them all at once, but then I guess I forgot. Opps.

 

7. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs: This is a reread. I can’t help it. Patricia Briggs will always be revered in my eyes.

 

8. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare: I loved the mortal instruments series (though it irritated me that I had finally come to terms with its completion and suddenly Cassandra Clare decided to make more). I hope this series turns out to also be a rewarding experience.

 

9. When it Happens by Susane Colasanti: This is another book that’s been gathering dust on my shelf, silently waiting for me to remember I had purchased it. It’s not my fault my bookshelf’s so full, damn it!

 

10. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong: Her darkest powers series is one of my favorites. I adore Kelley Armstrong and really have no excuse for not having opened this book yet.

 

Which of these have you read? Which would you like to read? Are there any other books you would have added to this list? Any you would recommend I read this summer? Leave a comment below.