Book Memes

Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books I’ve Obtained

50ab0-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.

This Week’s Topic: Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies)

I haven’t been too proactive with obtaining books these last few weeks. I’ve been reading what I have, writing blog posts, and just enjoying my summer vacation. Reading hasn’t really been a top priority but I have obtained some books. Trying to remember all of them will probably be a little difficult as I don’t keep track of all the books I get but I’ll try my best.

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Not all books that I got are shown in this picture! Some were ebooks and I had to return other ones.


Top Ten Bookish Problems


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.


While many think that they have some of the worst problems in the world, booklovers have their own list of woes to talk about. Below, are some of the biggest ones I’ve had to deal with.

1. No shelf space

For library books. And new books. And whole series. And everything. It’s a problem.

2. Abysmal movie adaptations

*Sideeyes Percy Jackson movies distastefully*

I absolutely hate it when moviemakers don’t…. read a book before writing a script. It’s pretty clear when important characters aren’t introduced and the entire plot is uprooted and changed.


It sucks when publishers decide to change the cover of a book because 99% of the time the new cover sucks and the old cover was amazing. Since I’m a broke student, what usually ends up happening is that I agonize over the fact that if I want to get a first-edition book, I have to pay way more than I would have if I had bought it at the time it was published. Or I want an international cover because the American ones are hella ugly.

4. No bookmarks (*Cough losing all the bookmarks*)

I don’t know why this happens but I always end up losing a bookmark. I don’t know if it’s because I drop it while I read or because I’m too blind to find it but I end up dipping into my ever-expanding collection of bookmarks looted from the library. And then I end up losing that one and the process continues.

5. Reading or sleep?

Everybody has experienced this before. The debate over whether you should sleep or read “one more chapter” (we all know it’s not only going to be one). I always end up picking the option to read. Then I go to sleep at like 1 in the morning.

6. No friends to fangirl with

This is something that I end up experiencing a lot. I don’t know if it’s because I’m good at multi-tasking or if it’s because I sacrifice sleep for reading, but since entering highschool, a lot of my friends don’t have time to read anymore. Then because of that, they don’t read as often and none of them read the same books that I do. So when I’m a crazed high from reading a fantastic book, I can’t fangirl with any of them because they either haven’t read it or don’t understand what I’m talking about.

7. Neverending TBR list

Erm I have around 600 books on the list…. after I removed a bunch of books I didn’t think I’d ever read.

8. Not owning an e-reader

Huge problem especially since I use Netgalley to find new books to read. I end up reading most of them on my laptop which is not good because I can’t bring it with me everywhere. Then I sacrifice sleep time to finish a galley before it’s release date.

9. Preferring to read instead of socializing

Especially since I have less time to read with highschool. A lot of times, when my friends are all talking, I’ll just detach myself from the group and find a corner to go read in.

10. Library fees

I probably have less of a problem with this than people in big cities. I find that people in my town don’t really follow new releases when looking for a new book. And books that are really popular in big cities don’t get the same amount of love where I live. Therefore I can pretty much renew a book as many times as I want… that is, if I actually remember to do so. I’ve had fees that go all the way up to $20 before….

So what book problems do you face?

Top Things I Like/Dislike in Romances


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.

If I were making a fake statistic, I’d say that 99% of YA novels contain a romance of some sort whether it’s implied or not. I love romance in books but I’d have to say that it’s a complicated formula of balance. Too much romance might overwhelm the rest of the book. Not having enough can result in a complete lack of feasibility.

Without a doubt, the best romances have a simmering tension, the ones where you know the characters would make a great couple. Chemistry is crucial to a well-written romance.
There are a lot of constants in romance that people hate. Quite possibly the most common one is a love triangle. I don’t know why so many people hate the love triangle so much but I have a feeling it might have to do with the fact that they are in too many books and because Twilight popularized teams. I don’t have anything against love triangles. None. No hate for them because I haven’t had too many bad experiences with them.
So without further ado, my favorites and most hated aspects of romance.

1. Nerds

I love reading about nerdy love. Nerdy pick-up lines or super smart shy guys. Or the confident smart ones. Okay I just like smart characters. I absolutely love how they act in relationships. I find them more attractive than just a hot guy with a nice personality. I find something endearing and adorable about the nerdy character. My most recent fave was David Petrakis from Speak. I know there wasn’t really a romance but it was implied that he liked Melinda and his confidence and intelligence was something that I loved.

2. Meaningful gifts

If they have some special gifts like jewelry or promise rings or pictures… memorabilia that has some semblance of emotion or memories. I love stuff like that. It brings an element of closeness to the couple and depending on the gift and how well it’s written, it can make me so happy.

3. Friends-to-Dating

I personally think this would be the most reasonable way I’d want to date someone. Okay they don’t have to be my BFF but it’d be nice to at least know the person. It’s definitely riskier but I wouldn’t want to jump into a relationship without knowing them at all. To me, it’s weird to label someone you barely know as your “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” especially since the term implies that the two people are close. I like reading about these relationships a lot because it puts a lot on the line. It’s the ultimate gamble. Stay safe as friends or take the plunge and risk it all for a possibility of love? Oftentimes, couples that begin as friends have some of the CUTEST relationships and scenes.

Unfortunately, in pop culture and most books, the best friend often gets friend-zoned and given the “nice-guy” personality. The protagonist just ends up with better chemistry with the second guy.

4. Unique situations

When couples meet by coincidence or at some really unique setting, it hooks me in quickly. Things like weird settings where they might not be able to be together or the funny reunion is the type of stuff I love the most. One I thought of easily is where the couple meets unexpectedly somewhere and help each other. They part but then they meet again in some more permanent location. I don’t know if that communicated well at all but really different stuff like that is more memorable to me.

5. Cheating

I. Hate. Cheating.

A lot of books have cheating in it because it heightens the tension and chemistry. There’s a sense of sexiness and suspense because it’s so so forbidden.

Yeah well I hate cheating because it immediately tells me that the characters that are involved are untruthful and probably give in really easily. Honesty is something that I value a lot. It’s a sign of trust and closeness. And cheating goes against all of that.

6. Useless drama

I hate it when a romance is established and the characters are finally together and then some unforeseen drama comes and splits the characters again. The two have gone through so many trials and then something as petty as one of them getting jealous causes a rut between them. Or the girl gets so emotional she yells at the guy for something absolutely ridiculous. Or there was already so much drama that this addition just makes it all the worse. Some examples would be in The Ring & the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz or To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Or any of your standard crappy fanfictions.

7. Nonexistent interaction

When there is a relationship, there is supposed to be interactions between the characters. How am I supposed to like it if the two characters never talk or see each other? Having them come back together once every hundred pages is not enough for my shipper’s heart. It’s even worse if the characters have horrible development. It’s like watching two strangers awkwardly hug.

8. Really trashy looking covers

For this particular qualm of mine it’s not even the fact that the cover is scandalous. It’s more like I find it a lazy idea. There are hundreds of romance novels that have the exact same idea for the cover. Shirtless guy with a big-chested girl leaning against him or some kiss scene. The cover itself isn’t notable or memorable since so many other books share the same idea. I think I’d be more inclined to pick up a romance with a unique cover rather than the same recycled idea.

9. Sex or love confessions the first time they meet

Please characters. Please have some dignity.

10. Loss of character

When a romance begins to define a character’s every decision, I’m pretty sure I want to slap somebody. I hate it when a super badass character suddenly becomes a cup of pudding when the romantic interest appears. It undermines the characterization that exists and it makes every other decision from that point on either dumb (bad) or infused with a lot of meaning (good or bad depending on situation). Generally, I don’t like it when this happens.

So what things do you like or dislike in romances?

Top Ten 2014 Books I Read in 2014


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.


This is probably going to be a rehashing of all the authors and books I’ve spazzed about on the last post XD

2014 was a great reading year for me. I got back into reading, discovered YA and the book blogosphere, and started this blog! After creating this blog, I read way more than I did before, and broke my Goodreads reading goal a lot faster than I thought I would (which wasn’t too big by the way).

For books with reviews, I’ll link them. I’ll describe my initial thoughts on a book if I did not write one.

1. Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta

Amazing. Go read.

Jellicoe Road Review

2. Complicit – Stephanie Kuehn

Mindfuck of the year award.

Complicit Review

3. This Side of Salvation – Jeri Smith-Ready

Fed my enjoyment of books that talk about religion in a non-preachy manner.

My review

4. Torn Away – Jennifer Brown

Made me cry.

My review

5. The Glass Castle -Jeannette Walls

Heartbreaking and poignant. This book was all about a girl’s struggle to escape her parent’s bad parenting and her terrible economic background. It made me eternally grateful for everything my parents have done for me.

6. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

I have not reviewed this yet, but it will be in a large compilation of mini-reviews. I recently finished this for a school project and I enjoyed it a lot. I loved every detail of Scout’s childhood life and the theme that Lee tried to convey.

7. Game – Barry Lyga

This was the sequel to I Hunt Killers. Need I say more?

Since I’m struggling with naming 10 books I actually liked enough to win a spot on this list, I’ll list three books that I hated with a fiery passion.

1. The View From the Top – Hillary Frank

This is what I get for picking up a book and reading it purely based on the cover.

My angry, rant-y review on Goodreads.

2. We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

I’m the black sheep in the crowd.

We Were Liars Review

3. The Here and Now – Ann Brashares

Logic errors and an unnecessary beach trip.

The Here and Now Review

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015

Wow December has barely started and we’re already looking forward to the 2015 releases! To be quite honest, I still have to get through 2014 books first!

Here are a few notable books I will be keeping an eye out for.


1. Hello, I Love You – Katie Stout

This is a book I’m very very interested in reading. It focuses on a girl who moves to Korea and attends a boarding school to escape her brother’s fame and the repercussions from it. She thinks she’s safe, until she falls in love with a famous K-pop idol and her she returns to the world of fame.

My face when I read this sentence in a review. “Anna and the French Kiss meets Gangnam Style!”


Mini-rant over.

Now the primary reason I’m interested in this, is to see if 1) the author did her research and 2) if this completely unrealistic idea will be well executed. I’m curious to see if the kpop aspect is well done because this is a topic that I’ve never seen in American YA fiction. And no, fanfictions do not count XD

Besides the fact that this idea is so so implausible. That is, the probability of the main character meeting a korean idol, even if it is her roommate’s brother, is very low. Idols rarely have time to see family, much less a girlfriend outside of the industry. Not to mention if an idol came out that he or she was dating a fan, so many things would blow up. I’m also curious to see if Stout addresses sasaeng fans or the overworking that many idols endure.

I have high expectations. But luckily, it seems as if the author already has some knowledge. I looked at her tumblr blog and she seems to enjoy watching Korean dramas so it’s likely that she knows her stuff about the kpop industry. *crosses fingers*

And also, the cover hasn’t been released yet so I will substitute a beautiful picture of one of my favorite Korean idols.

2. 5 to 1 – Holly Bodger

I’m so curious to read this. Dystopian in India with the ever present social problems? HECK YES. I love how this idea combines dystopian and modern-day issues. And I adore the book cover.

3. Lair of Dreams – Libba Bray

The sequel to The Diviners is coming out~~~~~

I loved the first book so much.

4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

This is one of those books where you just get the feeling that you’ll love it. I have this gut feeling that I will love this book.

5. We All Looked Up – Tommy Wallach

Very interesting cover and the summary is so vague that I just want to read it to find out what it’s about. I think there’s an asteroid? Four highschoolers doing stuff? Not sure. We get something about an asteroid and a basic idea of each kid’s conflict. I want more.

6. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

Reasons for interest

1. Pretty cover

2. Something about reds

3. Blood on crown

7. I’ll Meet You There – Heather Demetrios

I think I’m in love with neon signs, particularly the ones that remind you of those old hotel truckstops. Also, the idea that these two people meet at a motel and (probably) fall in love and fix each other and yas so many feels :3

8. The Boy Next Door – Katie Van Arck

Fun fact: I used to figure skate. I got up through some of my doubles before deciding to quit because it monopolized too much time.

Just FYI, that cover makes me wanna push them over. Nobody stands on dirt/concrete-y looking stuff without any guards on. It wrecks your blades so so badly. And it’s not ice because ice-rinks are not that… fluffy looking.

9. The Third TwinC.J. Omoholu


10. The Game of Love and Death – Martha Brockenbrough

Historical fiction + interesting idea = yay

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.


Yay winter reading!

To be honest, I’m not sure what I want to read this winter. So I guess this list will consist of books that I want to read before the year ends.

1. The Boy in Striped Pajamas – John Boyne

*Coughs* Okay I haven’t read this but I really want to and I don’t know it just seems fitting to be on this list. I also know it’s really sad and what’s better than sitting at home during winter break and bawling your eyes out when it’s snowing outside?

2. Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetyas

This book was really popular last year (as in, everybody I saw was reading it), and I, shamefully, grouped it into the Fifty Shades series because of everything I heard about it. I didn’t know what the real titles were so I just assumed the worst. I know better now and will hopefully get to this novel this winter.

3. If I Stay – Gayle Forman

If I remember correctly, this book takes place during the winter. Every time I imagine it, I think of wintery, icy streets and dramatic people staring off into the distance. I really need to catch up and figure out why people love this book so much.

4. Cinder – Marissa Meyer

The cover makes me feel wintery. I don’t really know why, but it does.

5. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

I’ve been told to read this book by my friend many times. It has allegedly made her cry. I like angsty books.

6. Half a King – Joe Abercrombie

There’s a snowflake on the cover. ‘Nuff said.

7. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson

Just to make the wintertime feel a little warmer. It’s doesn’t look as summery as her other novel Since You’ve Been Gone (which I desperately want to read) but it still looks really cute.

8. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
– Various Authors

Well it’s a book centered around the holidays. 12 short stories about the holidays. There’s an icerink on the cover. Clearly, it’s a book about wintertime celebration.

9. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

I’ve heard amazing things about this book and I really want to read it soon.

10. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North

I have it from the library, so why not?

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.


SEQUELS. Sequels are evil. They always end up taking forever to get published. It makes me cry sometimes. Other times, it’s just because I don’t have time to get to the second book. Which also makes me cry. But without further ado, the list of sequels (or spin-offs) that I need now.

Note: I usually avoid reading series because I don’t remember all the important details so this list will be under 10 books. I’m trying to get out of that habit though.


Stacking the Shelves [3]

Stacking the Shelves [3]

Haven’t done one of these in a while so this is going to be a list of everything that I currently still have from the library.

I’ve finally figured out why I always put these posts off. I don’t like linking all of the books XD

sts3.jpgMarina –  Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Translator: Lucia Graves

Hold Me Closer, NecromancerLish McBride

The Secret Sky – Atia Abawi

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson

A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Shades of EarthBeth Revis

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

Jewel – Amy Ewing

A Million Suns – Beth Revis

Blood of My Blood – Barry Lyga

It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Ned Vizzini

Four – Veronica Roth

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future – A.S. King

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

My True Love Gave to Me: 12 Holiday Stories – Various authors

The Selection – Kiera Cass

The Truth About Alice – Jennifer Mathieu

Top Ten New Series I Want To Start

Top Ten New Series I Want to Start

50ab0-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.

This one will be easy as 1, 2, 3 and it’s on time.

There are so many book series I want to read that it’s ridiculous. School sucks because it means less time to read. :/

These are going to be a lot of books that are popular in book-verse because I didn’t even know that they existed prior to my foray into goodreads.

1. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series

Super popular book that is supposed to be really good. I finally checked it out and will probably not read it until it’s supposed to be returned. From what I gathered, I think it’s an angel book? Not sure.

2. The Young Elites Series

I love Marie Lu. That’s literally the only reason I want to read this series. Her Legend series was fab so yes, I want to read this.

3. The Murder Complex Series

I love the cover and I really liked I Hunt Killers so I was looking for something similar. I think this is similar but to be honest, I don’t really know. I just really want to read this series.

4. The Rephaim Series

This series is a complete wild card. I have no clue if it’s going to be good or if it’s going to be a complete disappointment. I just know that it’s about angels (I have read like no angel ya paranormal books) and that the library here doesn’t have it :/

5. The Lunar Chronicles

I’ve heard a bajillion and fifty good things about this book although I initially had my suspicions on if it was good. I found a cheap $3 copy of Cinder at Half-Price Books a few months ago and I still have yet to read it. If I’m realistic, I’ll end up reading this in December or later.

6. The Darkest Minds Series

Heard lotsa good things about this and I still have yet to read it. Super excited and I absolutely adore the cover. I think the third book came out recently.

7. The 5th Wave Series

Movie is coming out in two years (I think) and Chloe Grace-Moretz (is that her name?) is starring in it. I don’t know if it’s going to be good, but I want to read it before the hype makes getting a copy impossible.

8. Throne of Glass

This series is quite possibly one of the series I’m most excited about reading. Sure it’ll probably take me forever to actually get around to it… but I’m hoping I’ll read the first book by the time 2015 rolls around.

9. Rebel Belle Series

I actually have the first book at home, checked out from the library. I liked the cover of this book a lot and I actually haven’t really heard too many things about it. I’m hoping that it’s really good.

10. Maids of Honor Series

I think this is the only historical fiction novel I have on this list. But I really want to read this series even though I know absolutely nothing about it.

What are some series suggestions you have? Tell me below!

Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to


50ab0-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.

Ohhhh this one is going to be fun. I can’t even begin to count the number of places I’ve wanted to visit because of books.

1. Anna and the French Kiss – Paris France

I’ve always wanted to go to Paris for a number of reasons. It sounds beautiful, it’s the fashion capital of the world, they have ballet, art, music, and all sorts of stuff! There’s so many things that you can do in France. The French boarding schools plus Anna’s fun personality only reaffirmed my want to go there.


2. The Sister’s Grimm Series (Michael Buckley) – The Hall of Wonders

A hall full of artifacts from every single fairytale? Sign me up for the next tour because I really really want to go there. I don’t care if I get kicked out. I wanna see the magical stuff guys! (And maybe steal some of the wands.)

It’s an added plus if I can meet Puck and Sabrina (PUCKABRINA FTW!)

3. Sarah Dessen’s Books – Every single town mentioned

Sarah Dessen excels at making her settings amazing. They are small towns with well-drawn locations and I always want to visit the places! In Along For the Ride, I wanted to go to that beach town and shop at the boutique Auden worked at. In This Lullaby, I wanted to be BFFs with Remy and go touring with Dexter. In The Truth About Forever, I wanted to live in Macy’s house and ride around the town in the catering truck. All of her books make me want to take a trip to those towns (even if they are purely fictional ;;)

4. Every Soul a Star (Wendy Mass) – Moon Shadow

The majority of this book takes place in an isolated campground. And this isolated campground is beautiful. I usually HATE astronomy (it’s like my least favorite subject) but I make an exception for this book. If someone offered to take me to this campground, I’d take the offer in a heartbeat. I’d totally go there to stargaze and listen to Ally ramble on about the stars. Mass just describes the setting so well. She took a plain setting and turned it into something that was memorable.

5. When You Reach Me (Rebecca Stead) – NYC BABY!

I read this book back in 4th grade and I was hooked. This was my favorite book for a very long time because of the time-travel concept in it and the fact that Miranda referenced A Wrinkle In Time like a bajillion times. It’s like I connected to her because we were bookworms y’know? Anyways, the mystery in this novel and the descriptions of all of the settings make me wanna visit this specific neighborhood of New York City, at the time period it’s in (1980’s-ish btw). I would legit wanna visit Jimmy’s and the pizza place and the studio of the $20,000 Pyramid and her house and like everything in-between. Combine that with my love of NYC in general and…. yup I really want to go there.

6. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (Robin Sloane) – His bookstore and Google’s headquarters

I love the concept of a mystery being hidden in the shop. The entire shop sounds simply amazing because of the great description of the shelves and desk. It sounds like my perfect place to go searching for an amazing book. Later on in the book, they go to Google’s headquarters and the description sounds like it would be really fun to just nose around all the fancy schmancy machines there.

7. The Cat Royal Series (Julia Golding) – 18th Century London

I thank one of my friends so much for introducing this series to me. I already loved Julia Golding but I had no idea that she had a historical fiction series.

This is set in London and Cat’s mischief and adventures in this town are some of the most charming things ever. I want to attend a play at the theatre and hang out with Cat and Pedro!

8. Al Capone at Alcatraz Series (Gennifer Choldenko) – Alcatraz in the 1930’s

I don’t think it’s supposed to be smart for me to want to go to Alcatraz when there are still prisoners on there…. but Moose and the other kids that lived there made their home seem like such a great place to explore! I might get beaten up by a criminal but hey, at least I can play a fun game of baseball and fail with the other kids!

And now for the ones that EVERYBODY wants to go to

9. Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling) – Hogwarts or Hogsmeade

Anybody who’s a Potterhead probably admit to dreaming of the day that they can go to Hogwarts. I don’t even care that there are so many steps to get places (we could all use it as our daily exercise requirement), I’d be bouncing off the walls if I could just shadow a student’s class there. The entire school just looks so antique and magical. I love it. If I can’t go to Hogwarts, I could go to Hogsmeade then. I wouldn’t be opposed to that either. BUTTAHBEEEERRRRR.


10. Percy Jackson Series/The Heroes of Olympus Series (Rick Riordan) – Camp Half-Blood/Camp Jupiter

I don’t even care if I can’t go in. It’s enough if I can just see the hill and Thalia’s tree (even if I’ll only end up seeing a strawberry farm ;__;). And for Camp Jupiter, I can look at the entrance in the Caldecott Tunnel. It would be nice if I could actually tour the camps. If the gods could make an exception for me…… well I wouldn’t be opposed to that. 😉

Where in books do you want to go?