Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Favorite Heroines

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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.

So obviously this is going to be a list of my top favorite heroines of book series.

Let’s get to it.

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?

Top Ten Bookish Problems

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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.

HAHAHA THIS ONE IS GONNA BE FUN.

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.

3. COVERS

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

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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?
 

Ten Books I STILL Haven’t Read from YA

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I think I’ve made substantial progress with hitting some of the popular YA books that nearly everybody has read in the blogosphere. I’ve read Speak, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Anna and the French Kiss, The 5th Wave, etc. among other popular titles. Obviously I still have a long way to go because there are way too many books that I still haven’t read.

However, I’m making more progress because I’m reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone at the moment!

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?

Ten Books I’d Love To Read With My Book Club

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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.

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.

Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me

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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…)

Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read

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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.

Run fast.

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 GiftsM.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.

Top Ten 2014 Books I Read in 2014

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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 Characters I Wish Would Get Their Own Book

Top Ten Characters I Wish Would Get Their

Own Book

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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.

 


There have been a number of times where I’ve liked the side characters more than the main characters so this post is dedicated to them!

Okay I was going to try to limit my additions from the books I’ve mentioned on this blog x number of times but it’s just not going to work.

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Top Ten Books To Reread

Top Ten Books to Reread

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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 going to include anything that I DNF’ed the first time through or stuff that I genuinely want to read again. And yes, I know there aren’t ten but there just aren’t very many books I really want to reread.

I’ll probably be eating my words two years from now.

 

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I enjoyed reading this the first time through, but alas, I read it for a school summer reading project. I was consistently sidetracked by other books and to be honest, I don’t really remember much from it. So yes, this warrants a reread.

2. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

I will be the first to say that I did not like this the first time I read it. Maybe it was Megan’s personality or the fact that Kagawa’s writing and I did not click. Either way, I’m willing to give it another try.

3. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Could not get into this one any of the two times I tried to read it. I heard that the series gets better in the second book and that her other series is better. At this point, I kind of want to try reading it again.

4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins

I read this a long long time ago and at the time, understood none of it. I didn’t realize that it was about crystal meth and well, now I do. People have said that this book caused them to really think about themselves and the harmful effects of drugs, which I, at the time, obviously did not feel. I’d like to reread this book, this time, with an understanding of the subject matter.

5. The Harry Potter Series

I loved this series when I was reading it. I love the planning and detail Rowling put into the novel. I’ve only read the series in it’s entirety once. If I ever had time, I’d love to reread the whole series just so I could pick up on all of the tiny details I missed my first time through.

6. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Very very interesting book although it is hella long. I read this earlier this year for a school project and due to a deadline, was unable to enjoy it as much as I wanted to. I really want to read this again on my own time so I can enjoy it more than I did.

7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I picked this book up off of the shelf because of it’s interesting spine. Oftentimes, what ends up intriguing me isn’t the book cover, but the spine because well, I like perusing the shelves for any old books that stand out to me. I loved this book a lot. I know some people didn’t like it, but I loved the descriptions it had about the video game world and it reminded me of the third (I think) Spy Kids movie. I really want to read this one again.

8. Shipbreaker by Paulo Bacigalupi

I read this a long time ago and all I remember is that it was good. I remember somebody named Mouse (although I’m probably mistaken) and I vaguely remember the ending. I actually have the companion novel on my shelf but I never got around to reading it because I didn’t remember anything from the first book. Shipbreaker demands a reread from me.

And that concludes my list! Are there any books you would like to reread?