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.
1. Kell and Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic
Okay these two are just going to go under one because…. I love both of them. As a matter of a fact, the book releases today! If you missed my review read it here
2. Victor Vale from VICIOUS
*Coughs* Let’s just put all of Schwab’s characters on this list.
3. Kestral from The Winner’s Curse
This girl has a backbone and is totally kickass.
4. Kyoko from Skip Beat!
Manga/anime character feature here!
This anime was one of my first forays into the world of Japanese animation. Soon after watching the anime, I read the manga (which, if I’m not mistaken, is still ongoing). I don’t particularly care if people might think this anime/manga is horrible, but this character was a character that I loved. She’s wild, wacky, unpredictable, and a whole lot of fun to read about.
5. Evie from The Diviners
100% positive that everybody saw that coming.
This girl is sassy, fun, and all types of mischief. I loved reading about her in the book and I cannot wait to read the sequel when it comes out.
6. Sam McKenna from Rites of Passage
I enjoyed this book and I was overjoyed when I learned that I had received an ARC of it from the Goodreads Firstreads program. And it was great that I got this fun one because Sam was someone that I wish I was a little more like (does that sentence even make sense?). Sam was strong and never gave up. She stood up for herself and for women. I admired the battle she fought at her military school and truly loved how she never broke to the pressure.
Aaaaand I’m done. I don’t think it’s a good thing if I can’t even name 10 protagonists that I can say that I loved. By loved, I mean that I still love them when I think about them. I might have liked the character at the time I read the book, but to qualify for this list, I have to have a sort of fondness for the character. And they had to be the main character. Which effectively knocked out most of my favorite characters. And out of the six on this list, one of them is a manga/anime character.
What heroines do you like?
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?
1. Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas
I’ve heard phenomenal things and I genuinely think I will like it. I love the look of the covers and from what I’ve heard, it will rip my heart out and stomp on it. Awesome. I like books that do that. Then I can join in on all the fangirl-y pain that people have felt.
2. The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken
Well I’m pretty sure the entire series has been finished at this point. Plus it’s been relatively popular in the blogosphere and I need more action-y books.
3. The Selection – Kiera Cass
Besides the fact that even people at my school have heard of and read this book, apparently the boys in this book are very attractive. Now I question the validity of that statement but it’s another YA dystopian staple that almost everybody has read.
4. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
I hated Shiver so I’m extremely skeptical of this one. Multiple fans, non Stiefvater fans and fans alike seem to have enjoyed this one. Plus it sounds like it will have more action than Shiver did. I also feel as if I should give Stiefvater another chance because I didn’t like her other book that much.
5. Heist Society – Ally Carter
Besides the fact that this author seems to be a YA favorite, Heist Society is one of those novels that I’m guilty of avoiding due to the cover. Books with faces don’t really catch my attention. But I’ve heard about spies and so maybe I’ll finally get around to it.
6. White Cat – Holly Black
I’ve tried on two different occasions to read this book but it was always at the bottom of my pile of library books. I have yet to read it OR any Holly Black novel. I should probably fix that.
7. Open Road Summer – Emery Lord
I’ve heard exceptional things about Emery Lord and I know that she is said to be an amazing contemporary author. Many people love her writing and I still haven’t read it.
8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin
This novel is so popular all over booktube but I’m still a little skeptical. The book gives me this distinct vibe that it’s writing might strike me as being very empty and I feel a slight aversion to the novel. But I still do want to see what the hype is about.
9. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
*Coughs* Um I’ve had this book on my shelf for forever and I still haven’t read it….. Maybe I’ll get around to it.
10. Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas
I’m in desperate need of more thrillers and books that twist my mind. I’ve heard that this book does exactly that but I still haven’t borrowed it or even tried to find it at the library.
Obviously this list was just full of popular books with hype.
But what books have you still not read?
I’m actually only in my school book club and we don’t really do a lot. We have plans for the library and we pretty much just talk about books and topics related to it. It’s a pretty fun club and for me, a great way to unwind after school. We tried to do a group novel last semester (It was The Name of the Star, I Hunt Killers, and Levithan and we can pick one.). Well it didn’t really work out because nobody would ever read at the same pace but we still got to discuss it… kind of.
I’m not really sure what books would be great for a book club but it seems that for the one I’m in, the book has to be gender-neutral because the guys are opposed to romance and the girls don’t want too much gore. In an ideal world, nobody would care and we would all enjoy reading everything but life doesn’t work that way. So below I have listed books that I thought would be great for my club to read. Most of them are books I haven’t read because I don’t really want to reread a book I’ve read before. I’m just going to pretend that my school has all of the books below.
1. The Archived – Victoria Schwab
Well….. I love Victoria Schwab. I have no idea what this book is about but I’m pretty sure it has a good amount of action or creepiness to satisfy the boys. And I’m banking on the fact that 99% of YA has romance woven into the plot in some way.
2. The Walled City – Ryan Graudin
I want to read this. I actually don’t think there is a lot of romance in this one. But that’s okay. Maybe the girls will be appeased by the cool setting….? Plus gore and action. And I want to.
3. Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch
This novel has had exceptionally good ratings from nearly everybody. It is a high-action fantasy novel and it has a love triangle. The only worry I’d have about this would be too much romance. Because the blurb seemed to imply as such.
4. Cinder – Marissa Meyer
There’s a guy in the club that reads exclusively Sci-fi and action. If there is romance, he simply is not interested. I doubt a fairytale retelling would interest him much but cyborgs…? Maybe?
5. Splintered – A.G. Howard
I actually think a girl in the club has read this before. That’s okay. She can lead the discussions. And it’s another retelling. I’m sorry but that guy can learn to expand his net of genres.
6. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
I think this book might just be the perfect book for the club. Okay sure it’s an adult novel but that’s okay! There’s time travel, historical events, romance, it has it all. I’m not sure how much of each it has, but the cover implies that there might be limited romantic interactions?
What am I kidding? Most books have romance in it in some form.
7. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
I own a copy. I haven’t read it. But I own a copy. I know there’s romance. But the unique setting might pull some non-romance readers in…?
8. Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake
I think it might be safe to say that this book is a YA “classic”. Erm not really a classic but one that a lot of people have heard of. There’s paranormal stuff and gore and honestly I just really want to read this one.
9. The Silence of Six – E.C. Meyers
Besides that fact that the library doesn’t have it… the trailer was cool and action-y. It’s a thriller but also about hackers. Therefore, by my reasoning, it might not be so gory as to scare away the other female readers of the club.
10. The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken
Popular dystopian novel and I want to read it. There’s superpowers and romance. Good combo so hopefully it’d be okay.
It’s pretty obvious that the club I’m in has way way too many different tastes for novels (not that that is a bad thing). Most of the club can stand reading romance novels but some just can’t do it. I feel like nobody would be able to agree on any single book. That attempt was kind of sad XD but maybe I can bring these up as potential candidates at the next meeting.
This week was technically a “freebie” top ten Tuesday but since I didn’t realize that, I sort of didn’t think of anything…..
But it’s not a problem! What I did was go to the website and browse old topics! Since I just began blogging last year, I had over a hundred different ideas to pick from. So I just picked a random one and went with it.
Now honestly, this post is more based off the blogosphere because well….. I don’t know too many people that read as much as I do. There are a lot of times where I’ll try to start a conversation about an allegedly popular book only to get confusion as my response. Other ones are books that had movie adaptations or were popular back in middle school. (more…)
This post will undoubtedly be full of books that were on my top 2014 releases simply because my public library doesn’t have the book. Oh the woes of being a broke book-lover.
1. The Walled City – Ryan Graudin
I’m not entirely sure if the library has this book but I really wanted to read this one. It’s set in China and based off a real place. It sounds like it’s full of danger and the three rules are literally the best thing ever.
Trust no one.
Always carry your knife.
If that’s not awesome, I don’t know what is. I’m hoping and praying that the library gets this book.
2. Don’t Touch – Rachel M. Wilson
ASOIREUPOIWUJ I want this book but the library doesn’t have it. If I walked into Joseph Beth and saw this on the shelf I’d literally drop everything else and buy it.
3. I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson
It has a rainbow cover. It has had a lot of hype. I want to read.
4. The Hit List – Nikki Urang
I know this has had some pretty awful reviews on Goodreads but I’m still hoping that I’ll end up liking it.
5. The Silence of Six – E.C. Myers
This book has an epic trailer (thanks to PolandsBananasBooks on Youtube) and it literally made me want the book now. It’s how a book trailer should be made. That is, exactly like a movie trailer.
6. The Young Elites – Marie Lu
Marie Lu. That is all.
Although I’m kind of disappointed with the cover. When I originally saw it, I thought it was a stand-in for the real cover but now that I know it’s the real one… well it’s not as interesting as I’d hoped it’d be.
7. The Girl With All the Gifts – M.R. Carey
I heard this book was really heartbreaking. But what interests me is that it’s a different take on zombies. I don’t normally like Post-Apocalyptic books (I didn’t like World War Z) but I’m honestly curious to read this book.
8. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
My friend gave this book a pretty high rating (which is good because he might be even more critical than I am). Plus the historical setting interested me (although it’s just another World War II book). I haven’t read enough historical fiction in the past year.
9. A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray
The cover is BEAUTIFUL and there have been decent reviews. Plus the library actually has this one so I’m definitely going to try to read it this year.
10. The Kiss of Deception – Mary E. Pearson
The school library has this one but I have regrettably not checked it out yet. It’ll happen… someday.
2015 has begun my friends.
I’ve heard many people say that 2015 is going to be a really good year for YA. I don’t know if that’s true because… well I haven’t read many ARCs, but there are a few notable releases that I’m going to be keeping an eye out for at the library in the following months.
I have an ARC of this book (courtesy of my wonderful TBTB Secret Santa, Emma @ Awkwordly Emma). I still have yet to read it but I am definitely happy that I got a copy of this already.
Release date: February 10th 2015 by Orion
Love the bright red cover and I’m intrigued by the title.
Release date: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
I have no clue why but the vague summary pulled me in and I feel like it might be really introspective. And I haven’t seen a single cover with the title written so small on it.
Release date: March 31st 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Have read many rave reviews for this book and it’s a fantasy in one novel. I won’t have to spend too much time dedicated to a series.
Release date: Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Razorbil
It’s the first novel in YA that I’ve even heard of involving Kpop. As a huge Kpop fan, I’m really hoping that this book is accurate and portrays Korea and Kpop well. It will either be a huge mess or amazing; there is no in between. I’ll probably have very high expectations for this one. On the other hand, I actually have a cover to put on this TTT so now I won’t have to use some random Kpop idol’s picture 🙂
Release date: June 9th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Indian caste system + beautifully colorful cover = I want.
Release date: May 12th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
I was actually hesitant about putting this on my TBR (too many contemporaries on it) but then I actually read the summary and yeah I want to read it.
Release date: June 16th 2015 by Harper Teen
I’ve never heard of a book being inspired by A Thousand and One Nights (which I still have to read) but I’m intrigued by this novel.
Release date: May 12th 2015 by Putnam Juvenile
I used to figure skate. I haven’t read a book with figure skating (although I know there is a lot out there) and I’m interested to read this one. I hope it’s accurate because it’d be a shame if it wasn’t. Hopefully the cover isn’t any indication of the story because it already looks like a disaster for figure skates (That concrete is gonna kill those blades).
Release date: January 6th 2015 by Swoon Reads
The idea of a world that’s the exact same as ours, with the exception of knowing your deathdate, piqued my interest. And the alliteration in the title makes it a fun one to say. Denton’s Little Deathdate. Denton’s Little Deathdate. Denton’s Little Deathdate. I’m going to be repeating that a bunch XD
Release date: April 14th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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.
Christmas is in two days and I’m probably not going to do much the day of but I’m probably going to beg my parents to let me see the end-of-year Christmas book sales. And most of the books on here will probably be really predictable because I have a really strict policy when it comes to buying books.
In order for it to qualify for a book I want to buy it has to fall under one of the below categories.
1. I’m so excited about it that I really wouldn’t mind it if I bought a copy.
2. I’ve read it and I really want to add it to my shelf.
3. It is a sequel or part of a series of books that I loved.
4. There has been considerable hype over the novel and a lot of my friends liked it.
5. I was feeling rebellious.
6. I’m really curious about the book by the title or cover alone.
7. The local library doesn’t have it but I still want to read it.
8. It has amazing reviews on Goodreads.
The thing is that I don’t want to have to waste shelf space or money on books that I really don’t like. I’d much rather read a copy from the library first.
1. Jasper Dent Series – Barry Lyga
Not a surprise as I’ve flailed about this book series millions of times.
The hardcover book also has a really cool design. It has this blood splatter design on it. The entire series has them .
2. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne
I’ve heard so many great things about this novel and I really want to read it before seeing the movie. Everybody I’ve heard from has said that it was really sad but amazing. I also really like the simplistic, stripey cover.
3. Sleepaway Girls (Whispering Pines #1) – Jen Calonita
This falls under number 7. Also, I’m a sucker for summer camp settings. I don’t know why but I just really like reading about summer camp life. I think it’s because I find it really refreshing and because I’ve never experienced the classic sleepaway summer camp.
4. The Berlin Boxing Club – Robert Sharenow
I’m really intrigued by this book and I have this feeling that I’ll like it (even though 99% of the time, my instinct is wrong).
5. I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson
The colorful cover has won me over and there has been a lot of hype over it.
6. Classics that I should read at some point
I think this is some way that I try to guilt myself into reading more classics (although I’m pretty sure it’s not working).
7. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods – Rick Riordan
Just to complete my series. I’ve also heard that this is the return of Percy’s snarky voice which is something I’m looking forward to because he was just so different in the Heroes of Olympus series. If I get this, I’m snuggling into bed to read it.
8. The Diviners – Libba Bray
(Insert intense flailing from other Top Ten Tuesdays)
Only the original print cover. The newer one has such an ugly design. *sighs*
9. ARCs of books I’m looking forward to
You know… just because. *Whistles inconspicuously*
10. The Piper’s Son – Melina Marchetta
And only the Australian cover. It’s just so much prettier than the American covers. And because MELINA MARCHETTA. Let’s just throw all Melina Marchetta on this list. Because I want a collection