Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten of My Fellow BFFs Fave Book-Loving Characters

Top Ten Tuesday Attempt #1 pic versionTop 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: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.)


If there’s one thing that’s better than reading books with badass characters, it’s probably reading books with nerdy book-loving protagonists. Actually nerdy characters are enough for me. But if they’re nerds and love books, that’s even better. I have a feeling some of the characters used will be pretty similar for a lot of the lists. If there’s something different, I’ll be adding it to my TBR.

I definitely won’t be hitting ten on this list but that’s okay!

(I tried a new format for these TTT and I’m not a huge fan of it. Experimentation will be continuing the next few weeks lol)

If I have a review, it will be linked.


~ Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell ~
(Review)

Fangirl

Carry On

Unfortunately, I was not the biggest fan of this book. Actually, I’m not a huge Rainbow Rowell fan in general. However, I do think that Cath is one of the most relatable fangirls out there. I really did want to read her Simon Snow fanfiction. So I’m really excited because Rowell is writing Carry On and releasing it as a published book! It might be the only other Rowell novel I’ll ever read.


~ Paige from The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord ~

The Start of Me and YouI haven’t reviewed this book (shame on me, I know) but I really enjoyed it! I wasn’t a huge super fan like a lot of other people but I would give it around 4 stars. Paige was such a nerd and I totally related to her hesitation to join the Quiz Bowl team. In my friend group, a lot of them are on Academic Team and are really good at Quick Recall. I’m definitely not. She also loved reading and had the nickname “Grammar Girl”. How could I not love her character? I also ended up really liking the love interest who was just as nerdy and adorable as she was. SHIP.


 

~ Celaena from Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas ~

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)I actually HAVE reviewed this one! I just haven’t posted it. OTL

Celaena wasn’t favorite character but I loved that she was a research and reading obsessed character. She devoured books like I devour them. Plus she liked fashion and clothes like me. Super relatable and love, love, loved that she liked reading. She was both smart and strong. Great combination in my opinion. Even if Throne of Glass wasn’t my favorite novel at all, I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books. I’ve heard that even if you didn’t like the first novel, the rest of the books get progressively better and better. And I’m definitely looking forward to that.


~ Amber from The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

The Walls Around UsI am not planning on reviewing this one BUT I liked it a lot. 4 Stars. The writing is really good and the characters are all very mysterious.

Ok so this is actually a pretty interesting book. There’s two POVs and the characters are all very different. Amber is a delinquent that lives in the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center and throughout the book she is the one that runs the book cart. It’s her job and she loves it. It keeps her sane in a dangerous place. On top of this, she loves reading and she takes pride in the fact that she knows that books are a very personal and thoughtful way to help the other delinquents.


~ Emma from The Mother Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick ~

This was one of my favorite series in Elementary and Middle school. I will admit that I probably tried to read the third book first like three times before I realized that it wasn’t the first book. However, Emma is super heartwarming and the main book-lover in the series. She loves writing and reading! Actually by the end of the whole series, I could probably put all of them on the list but Emma was always my favorite. Not including Megan. And Jess. And Cassidy. Okay I liked all the characters but Emma is one of the most bookish.


~ Hermione from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling ~

Who could forget this fabulous witch? Hermione is like the epitome of a nerdy, smart, book-loving character. She studies and there’s no way that she doesn’t enjoy reading. She’s a fan favorite (definitely my fave of the Golden Trio) and clever and amazing and beautiful.Hermione Opening a Book


Bookishly Ever After

~ Honorable Mention: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira ~

I’m insanely excited to read this book. The main character, Phoebe, loves reading YA novels. In the book, she turns to YA romance novels to get love advice. I’m positive that it’s gonna be completely hilarious (probably disastrous) and a super fun read. I’m really hoping that this book doesn’t flop because if it does, I’ll be very sad. But yeah I’m gonna have to wait until 2016 to read it because it doesn’t come out until then. 😦


Oooh I definitely didn’t even get all that close to ten. But I tried and I really can’t remember all of the book-loving characters I’d ever happened upon. I probably could’ve added Meggie from Inkheart but I didn’t think of her until after I finished this post. And I read that book forever ago. But what bookish characters are your favorites? Tell me!

Top Ten Most Anticipated 2015 Debuts

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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.

1. Red Queen (Red Queen #1) – Victoria Aveyard

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

2. Simon vs. the Homo-Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Love the bright red cover and I’m intrigued by the title.

Release date: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray

3. We All Looked Up – Tommy Wallach

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

4. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

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

5. Hello, I Love You – Katie M. Stout

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

6. 5 to 1 – Holly Bodger

Indian caste system + beautifully colorful cover = I want.

Release date: May 12th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

7. The Night We Said Yes – Lauren Gibaldi

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

8. The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) – Renee Ahdieh

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

9. The Boy Next Door – Katie Van Ark

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

10. Denton’s Little Deathdate – Lance Rubin

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 Books Santa Can Totally Bring Me This Year

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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

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!”

Ew. No. Don’t even. No. GANGNAM STYLE IS NOT THE ONLY BREED OF KPOP. A MORE ACCURATE COMPARISON WOULD BE,  I DON’T KNOW, KOREA. BECAUSE YOU KNOW, THE ONLY SIMILARITY IS THE BOARDING SCHOOL.

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

THREE CHEERS FOR INVISIBLE SOMEHOW ALIVE, KILLING TRIPLETS!

10. The Game of Love and Death – Martha Brockenbrough

Historical fiction + interesting idea = yay

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

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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

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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.

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Top Ten Books/Movies I Want To Watch To Get Into The Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Books/Movies I Want To Watch To Get

Into the Halloween Spirit

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I’m a total wimp when it comes to horror movies.

I was scared of Coraline in 4th grade. The Conjuring, which honestly was not that scary, freaked me out so much. I can’t do jump scares. I can’t do creepy as eff faces. I hide even when I know there is a jump scare. But  I suppose, to “get into the Halloween spirit” I’ll have to list some of them.

Truth be told, I was never really a huge fan of Halloween anyways.

My thanks to my friend who gave me a list of some good horror movies.


1. Nightmare Before Christmas

This was her first suggestion and I actually do want to watch this. Our conversation went as follows:

Her: “You have to watch Nightmare Before Christmas!

Me: “Isn’t that a Christmas movie?”

Her: “You loser, it’s not just a Christmas movie! They literally have that “This is Halloween” song in the beginning.”

Me: “Okay then”.

So this is on here because apparently it’s a Halloween movie and I actually do want to watch it. *shrugs*

2. Halloweentown

Don’t judge me. I used to watch all of the Disney Channel Halloween movie specials back when I had cable. I’d love to watch this movie now just to figure out if it’s as good as I remember it being. Gotta love the witches right?

(And it’s one the only things on this list that isn’t remotely scary)

3. Vampire Academy

The book, not the movie. It has vampires and paranormal figures are associated with Halloween amiright? I’m 100 pages into this book and I can say that it’s definitely not what I expected from it. I’m not really sure if it’ll “get me into the Halloween spirit” but I guess it should qualify.

4. Blood of My Blood

It be the third I Hunt Killers book. I got it from the library this weekend. It has serial killers and blood and should qualify as a gruesome if not scary read. And I really want to read it.

5. Any and all Neil Gaiman books

I love Neil Gaiman’s books. Coraline was amazing and The Graveyard Book was even better. His books are always sort of creepy in some way and definitely good for Halloween. I’d be okay with rereading his old books or any other ones.

My Friend’s Lovely Suggestions (AKA stuff that’s going to seriously scare me)

6. The Silence of the Lambs

I kind of don’t want to ever see this but I have a feeling I’ll be forced to watch it in it’s entirety at least once before I’m out of highschool. Cannibals are ew and a horror movie like this one will likely give me nightmares about Hannibal Lector crawling through my window to eat me.

7. Black Swan

This one I am okay with because I actually do like ballet and dancing (If you haven’t noticed by the name of my blog). I think I’ve seen tidbits of it too. And I think this one probably isn’t as scary as the other ones. I hope not.

8. Stephen King books

I have never read a King novel although it is on my reading bucket list. My friend suggested The Tommyknockers, but after reading the synopsis I was kind of turned off by it. I’m not too big of a sci-fi fan. Maybe I’ll read one of his more popular novels like It or The Shining.

(I’ll probably get nightmares from reading his books)

I’m going to count the King and Gaiman one as two each because technically, they both encompass a large number of books.

Any suggestions for Halloween-themed novels or movies?