Top Ten Tuesday (17)

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Today’s theme is Top Ten Characters I Just Didn’t Click With! This turned out to not be that difficult of a topic since I’ve definitely read some books that I couldn’t get all that into due to a few of their characters. I find that a lot of books on my list were completely unmemorable. A handful of the stories I’ve chosen had an insta-love factor that I couldn’t deal with.



Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I’m honestly surprised that I made it through all of the books in this series. I believe I only finished these books since I couldn’t stand not knowing how it all ended. Although I thought it was interesting how this book is told from Ethan’s point of view instead of Lena’s, I didn’t very much connect with either of them.



The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Granted, I probably should have realized that this book was not for me considering my issues with insta-love. The title sort of lets you know exactly what is going to happen. Try as I might, I couldn’t connect with Hadley or really any of the characters from Smith’s other tales.



Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

From the first page of this book, I didn’t enjoy how it seemed like Anika was writing in a journal. Her humor wasn’t for me and I thought her issues seemed trivial as well as silly.



Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

I had to read this one for a Children’s Book Publishing course. I honestly feel bad that I couldn’t click with the main character since this book did win a couple of awards and medals. But Jack’s constant nosebleeds and penchant for doing foolish things annoyed me.



Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Katie Finn also writes as Morgan Matson and I love all of Matson’s books! However, I truly wasn’t a fan of this book since it seemed so predictable. I genuinely didn’t get why Gemma pretended to be a completely different person for the majority of the story instead of coming clean about who she was.



Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

I should have liked this book since I’m into contemporary romances that involve travel! But I didn’t feel anything good towards Julia – she seemed a bit too judgmental for my tastes.



All I Need by Susane Colasanti

I’ve read a bunch of Colasanti’s books even though I haven’t updated that on Goodreads and it currently shows that I’ve only tried this one. I’m unfortunately never able to connect with her characters. A lot of her tales include insta-love, which doesn’t do it for me.



Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

I read this for a Materials for Young Adults class and I had an incredibly strong dislike for this story. Elena and Kat were so stereotypically cast as the poor and rich girl. Despite the fact that this is a fantasy, I couldn’t get past how strange and unbelievable the plot was.



The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

I was drawn to the gorgeous cover of this book was but found myself disappointed at how unsurprising the characters were. In my opinion, both Wren and Charlie seemed to lack a personality.



Past Perfect by Leila Sales

I read this one as well as the author’s first book since I was quite excited to read her third book, This Song Will Save Your Life. While that book was fabulous, I couldn’t get into either Mostly Good Girls or Past Perfect.


So what characters have you been unable to click with? Did you actually enjoy any of the books that I put on my list?

Top Ten Tuesday (16)

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Today’s theme is Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From! This was actually extremely difficult for me since I haven’t added every single book I’ve ever read to my Goodreads account and that’s where I mainly track what I’ve read! I’ve decided to split my list up a bit into authors I read a lot when I was younger and then into the authors I’m completely adoring lately!


A Few Authors I Read More When I Was Younger!


Meg Cabot



Gail Carson Levine



Jodi Picoult



Judy Blume



J.K. Rowling


Some Authors I’ve Been Really Enjoying More Recently!


Sarah Dessen



John Green



Gayle Forman



Bryan Lee O’Malley



Rainbow Rowell


So who are some authors that you’ve read the most books from? Are you a fan of any of the authors that I’ve picked for my list?

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Today’s theme is the Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession! I’ve made this a mix of those I’ve bought, a few library books, one that a friend sent me, and a couple of preorders that I super can’t wait for!



Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

I’ve been meaning to buy this book for a while now since I loved it! I went to the Strand over this past weekend and I saw Roller Girl at such a good price that I had to get it! I’ve already reviewed this one so please do check that out here!



Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

This one came out last month and I just had to purchase my own copy since the story really appealed to me and I totally adore the cover! I haven’t read it yet but I’m excited to eventually get to it!



What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is my favorite author but I have a bit of a quirk when it comes to purchasing her books. I’ve been collecting them since I was in high school and back then I mostly bought paperbacks. Because of this, I’ve waited to buy this particular tale until the paperback version published but now I have it!



BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by John Palfrey

I’m not usually into nonfiction books. However, a friend of mine works for the publishing company that produced this title. She sent me a copy of it knowing how I’m currently studying to become a librarian!



Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Alas, I don’t technically own this book yet since it publishes later this year. But I’ve already put in a preorder for it since I’m so excited to read it! I love the Grisha books and I can’t wait to learn more about that universe!!



Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors and I will read anything she publishes. Although this book doesn’t come out until the fall, I’ve already preordered it since I can’t wait for it!!



Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

I haven’t yet read anything by Robin Benway but this book interested me because it just sounds really quite comical so I got a copy from the library! I’m still debating if I should read this one first or if I should read Emmy & Oliver before it!



The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

I’ve actually recently gotten all three books from this series from the library! I adore Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before so I figured I should read some of her other books. Also, the first book has a blurb from Sarah Dessen!



All the Rage by Courtney Summers

I’ve never read anything by Courtney Summers but I decided to pick this one up from my library. I’ve heard it’s a tough book but also really important.



Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I actually own the whole Shatter Me series in book form! But I decided to reread the first book as an audiobook from my library and I’m totally enjoying it!


Have you gotten any books lately that you’re totally excited for? Are there any books that you’d preorder since you can’t wait for them?

Top Ten Tuesday (14)

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Today’s theme is Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read! A lot of the books I’ve included here were also on my first Top Ten Tuesday post, which was for the Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read From the Fantasy Genre. I wrote that back in February but I still haven’t gotten to some of those books. My problem is that I always read so much more contemporary over fantasy but I’m really missing out on some great reads. But I will eventually at some point hopefully get to all of these books!



Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas



The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater



The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski



Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch



Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers


A Darker Shade final for Irene

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab



The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows



The Book Thief by Markus Zusak



The Selection by Kiera Cass



A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin


So what hyped books do you want to read but haven’t gotten the chance to yet? Are there any hyped reads that you know you’ll never be interested in?

Top Ten Tuesday (13)

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Today’s theme is Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015! I’m surprisingly ahead of my Goodreads goal of how many books I want to read this year. It was quite difficult to narrow down my favorite books I’ve read this year but here they are!


Books I’ve Read For The First Time This Year


Landline by Rainbow Rowell

While Landline isn’t my favorite book by Rainbow Rowell, I still loved her latest book! I thought the magic telephone aspect of the book was so cool! Also, it was interesting reading how Georgie and Neal first fell in love as well as how they solidified their relationship during troubled times.



The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

I am so glad that I waited to read these books until they had all been published! It was such an awesome experience reading the whole series back-to-back! These books have totally become one of my favorite fantasy series!



I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Instead of saying some words about why I adored this book, I’m just going to point you in the direction of my review of it, which you can read over here!



I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Even though this is probably my least favorite story by Gayle Forman, she’s still one of my favorite authors! Here’s another book that I’ve reviewed and you can check that out here!



Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This book has definitely been my favorite graphic novel that I’ve read so far this year! It’s so colorful and main character Astrid is a hoot! This is another read I’ve reviewed so check it out here!



Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

So far, Station Eleven has certainly been my favorite adult fiction book I’ve read this year! The author just does such an amazing job at connecting her characters and then unfolding the links between them! Here’s yet another top ten book of this year that I’ve reviewed and you can read that here!



The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Besides just being a fantastic writer, Emery Lord is incredibly nice and funny! I really loved The Start of Me and You since I connected so much to protagonist Paige! For more gushing on why I cherish this tale, see my review of it here!


A Mad, Wicked Folly

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

I’m normally not all that into historical fiction but I quite enjoyed A Mad, Wicked Folly! Although I found some of the book a bit predictable, Vicky’s so spunky and I liked how she grew up to help herself and other women!


A Few Rereads For This Year



Some Of My Favorite Books By Sarah Dessen

I ended up having to write a paper for my Materials for Young Adults class that recently ended and I chose to write about three of Dessen’s books. I reread Along for the Ride, Someone Like You, and This Lullaby, which all just reminded me of why I love Dessen’s stories and writing so much! 


The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

I rarely listen to audiobooks but I decided to when I needed to reread The Impossible Knife of Memory for a class! I was shocked to find out that I do like audiobooks but only when I’ve already read the tale before in a print version!


So what have been some of your favorite books you’ve read this year? Have you enjoyed any of the tales I’ve picked?

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Today’s theme is Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors! This was pretty hard for me since I have a bunch of favorites! However, I was able to narrow it down since these are the authors I genuinely adore!



Sarah Dessen



Gayle Forman



Jandy Nelson



Rainbow Rowell



Stephanie Perkins



Nina LaCour



Emery Lord



Leigh Bardugo



Tahereh Mafi



Morgan Matson


So who are some of your favorite authors? Are you a fan of any of the ones I picked?

Top Ten Tuesday (11)

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Today’s theme is Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books! To be honest, I had a hard time doing this since I rarely jot down a quote as I’m reading and I’m not one to highlight in my precious books. So I really had to think back to titles I love and quotes from them that really stood out to me. With that, I still believe I picked some quite cutesy and inspiring ones!



The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

“Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.”



The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“She has no idea. The effect she can have.”



Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

“Books are easily destroyed. But words will live as long as people can remember them.”



Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

“I wish for the thing that is best for me.”



Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

“Na razrusha’ya. I am not ruined. E’ya razrushost. I am ruination.”



The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”



This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

“I am coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed.”



The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

“I didn’t know love felt like this, like turning into brightness.”



Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

“I think it’s the bravest thing in the world…to run straight at love, even knowing how badly you could get hurt.”



The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

“You get close to people. You get farther from them. You learn how much you love them, and then you say good-bye, believing that you will be together again, someday, when your lives curve back into one another’s.”


Are you a fan of any of the quotes I’ve chosen? What are some of your favorite quotes from books?

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Today’s theme is Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With! I’m cheating a bit since I chose ten books and I’ve picked a few characters from each that I really want to know what they’re currently up to since their stories ended!



Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Juliette and Warner as well as Kenji!



Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Reagan and Lilah as well as Matt!



Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Alina and Mal!



Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and Josh as well as Lola and Cricket but let’s not forget Anna and Étienne!



Just One Night by Gayle Forman

Allyson and Willem!



This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales




Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson




This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Remy and Dexter!



Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu




Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Norah and Nick!


Have you read any of the books I picked and would you want to check in on their characters? Who are some of your favorite characters that you’d like to know what they’ve been doing since their tales finished?

Top Ten Tuesday (9)

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Today’s theme is Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List! Most of the books on this list have either been recommended to me, gifted to me, or they’ve caught my eye so I felt the need to add them to my ever expanding TBR list!


A Darker Shade final for Irene

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab



The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows



Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee



Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly



The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman



Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson



Princess Academy by Shannon Hale



Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone



Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead



El Deafo by Cece Bell


What books have you added to your TBR lately? Are there any books currently on your TBR that you’re super excited to read?

Top Ten Tuesday (8)

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Today’s theme is Top 10 Books From My Childhood or Teen Years That I Would Love To Revisit! I’ve been a big reader really since when I first learned to read. My Mum would always bring me and my younger sisters to our local library for story times and I usually took out a ton of books. As I got older and started attending the library without parental supervision, I was always that nerd who attended many of the library programs despite the fact that it probably wasn’t considered cool to do that. But I just loved the book clubs and the summer reading program as well as the cooking classes or art workshops they had! I think one of the main reasons why I want to become a children’s or teen librarian is because I just love to read so much and I feel really at home in libraries. Librarians inspired me to always want to gain more knowledge by reading a lot as well as to explore different activities that I might enjoy. I too would like to have a positive influence on a child or teen when I’m a librarian so that they may love libraries as much as I do! With that said, let’s take a trip down memory lane to some of the books I’ve read and really enjoyed when I was younger!


Some Elementary to Middle School Favorites!



Matilda by Roald Dahl

Although I’ve read a lot of books by Roald Dahl, Matilda was always my favorite since it’s a story about a girl who loves to read and who has a bit of a supernatural ability! It certainly helps that the movie version of this book is really quite comical!



The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

I remember falling in love with the cover of The Thief Lord and then with its characters as well as the mysterious aspects of this book after I’d read it! This one just seemed so magical to me but included some interesting wisdom about growing up.



Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

I really need to reread this book and the rest of its series because I can’t recall if I ever finished all the books! I remember being fascinated by the world the author created as well as the rest of this fun adventure tale when I first read Artemis Fowl!



The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

Yet another book where I fell in love with the cover and then the story! This fantasy tale about a kingdom stricken by a terrible disease and a cowardly younger sister going on an adventure to look for the cure to save her older sister gave me a lot of feels!



From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

It has definitely been a while since I’ve read this one – I think it may be time for a reread soon! The plot of this book very much appealed to me since I’ve always really enjoyed wandering around various museums!


Some High School Favorites!



Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I first read this when I was in tenth grade for an assignment for English class. The characters just have so many enjoyable qualities – I always find myself amused by Mrs. Bennet’s theatrics as well as the awkwardness of Mr. Darcy on occasion and I just love how spunky and independent Lizzy is!



Tithe by Holly Black

Tithe was the first book by Holly Black that I read – it as well as its sequels Valiant and Ironside cemented her as one of my favorite authors! I loved the world in these stories – it’s so messed up yet seemed so real!



Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

I’m pretty sure that I read Speak as part of summer reading during one of my earlier years in high school – Laurie Halse Anderson became a favorite author once I’d finished it. This book deals with intense issues but can still be really amusing at times!



Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

This is the fourth book on this list that has something to do with fairies so I clearly really enjoyed fantasy stories when I was younger! I had instant cover love for this book and here’s another series that I probably should reread since I can’t recall if I finished all the books in it!



The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This book has so many great lines and I loved most of the characters because they’re just such misfits! The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a fun read since the cast is so quirky but it also deals with a lot of problems that Charlie is facing.


What books did you absolutely love when you were younger? Would you add any of my favorites to your TBR list?