Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday Update

Top Ten Tuesday

Nearly six months later and it’s time to give an update for a Top Ten Tuesday I did back in December.

I gave a short list of debuts I was excited to read and have since realized that one of them is in fact not a new series, just a new publication, and that one of them is not a new author but an established one. The series Alcatraz by Brandon Sanderson has been around for nearly a decade and I still have yet to read it this year. The stand-alone, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield I have in fact read and loved! The only thing I took issue with was the ending and I will be publishing a full review on it soon. The author has several other contemporary fiction pieces and I neglected to do my proper research.

I have only read one other book from the list so far, Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh and I loved it! It was a great work, definitely more sci-fi than I anticipated and well done. I loved the writing style though some characters were flatter than I would have liked, the plot was well paced and enjoyable. Definitely a book work reading.

Two others on the list, The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan and The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (which has a Kirkus star) are both slated to be read in the coming weeks. I believe Riordan’s work is currently waiting to be picked up at the library. Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims is also coming due, although I am going to read The Outliers, the first book in a new series by Kimberly McCreight first.

I think I also need to publish a new debuts list for this year because I am rapidly adding more to my TBR every day. I even added a list in my phone, by month, so I would know when highly anticipated books are due out. I am a huge nerd.

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Also always, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. Because I don’t care for this week’s topic, I’m going to use last week’s for this one – March 1: Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For (fill in the blank)

I’m going to do kickass fight scenes, often interspersed with fantasy elements in the rest of the book and set in another world altogether

  1. Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  2. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
  3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  4. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  5. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
  6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  7. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  8. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  9. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  10. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Bonus! These are all series which means there are other awesome fight scenes throughout the other books! Kenyon, Chima, Maas, Raash, Brown, Aveyard, and Paolini for sure. Enjoy!

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Top Ten Tuesday

I’m going to do a throwback since I missed this one. Here we go – February 23:  Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone)

  1. The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow (5 stars)
  2. Fat Chance by Nick Spaulding (5 stars)
  3. Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer (4 stars)
  4. Part-Time Princesses by Monica Gallagher (4 stars)
  5. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight (5 stars)
  6. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (5 stars)
  7. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (4 stars)
  8. Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen (5 stars)
  9. The Incarnations by Susan Barker (4 stars)
  10. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (4 stars)

Most of these are either reality based fiction, nonfiction, or styles of fiction I don’t read that often. All are definitely worth a read, some are even laugh out loud funny!

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Top Ten TuesdayFrom the Broke and the Bookish – February 2: Top Ten Historical Settings You Love/ Ten Historical Settings You’d Love To See or Top Futuristic Books You Love/Ten Futuristic Societies I’d Love To Read in Books — basically this week is all about the past or the future….spin it however you choose!

I’ve decided to do my top historical and future settings I love to read about.

  1. 1850-1900, think bodice-rippers featuring devilish dukes and lusty earls
  2. 1914-1948, think historical fiction or fiction with a historical setting, like The Forgotten Seamstress or The Thirteenth Tale
  3. Post-apocalyptic with a new world order already set up, think The Lunar Chronicles or Ready Player One
  4. Post-apocalyptic with a new screwed up world order, think The Giver or The Hunger Games
  5. Ancient Greece/Ancient Rome, think historical fiction or fiction with a historical setting, or any sort of mythology based story from this era
  6. Alternative history, think what if we changed this one thing, i.e. adding werewolves to 1880’s London (The Parasol Protectorate) or giving Nick Gautier a demon uncle for a guide (Chronicles of Nick, part of the Dark Hunter world)

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Top Ten Tuesday
From Jan 19: Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR
I’m just going to do this list in terms of what I have most recently added to the list, however, as we all know, usually things at the bottom of the list are rarely read in a timely fashion…
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes
Truth in Advertising by John Kenney
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark
Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
The Circle by Dave Eggers
A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman
Astoria by Peter Stark
Hit by Delilah S. Dawson
Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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January 12: Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t


The Game of Lives by James Dashner
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
Court of Fives by Kate Elliot
Ink & Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani
The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet by Kate Rorick
Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Days by Salman Rushdie
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
Which means that hopefully, they will all be on the docket for this year and I will get to them by mid-year 🙂

Happy New Year!

Well I managed to make it through finals and the holidays without exploding into nothingness but I have severely neglected you, my readers. I know I keep promising to do better but adulting has become particularly difficult as of late. I am trying to get my internship for the upcoming semester situated. Plus preparations for the final wedding of three are under way as it is less than a week from now, so busy, busy, busy.

In light of this, I have several things to share with you over the next couple of posts, here, I will give my Top Ten Tuesdays that I wanted to do before the New Year, but didn’t get to, and then the newest Top Ten Tuesdays followed by what I am reading now (or have just finished).
Top Ten Books I Wish Santa Will Bring
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (graphic novel version)
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (yes, I know, I should really own this by now)
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (my copy was lost to an errant loan)
The new illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Jim Kay
As a side note: Santa did actually bring the new Illustrated Harry Potter and Cress for me! I also received a beautiful 1870 edition of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Whew. I am a lucky, lucky bookworm.
Top Ten Books I Read in 2015
Wake of Vultures* by Lila Bowen
The Little Paris Bookshop* by Nina George
Queen of Shadows* by Sarah J. Maas (Book 4 in Throne of Glass)
Winter* by Marissa Meyer
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Fat Chance by Nick Spaulding
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Blameless by Gail Carriger (Book 3 in Parasol Protectorate)
The Lightning Thief (graphic novel) by Rick Riordan
The books with the asterisk were also published in 2015 in addition to having been read then. If I had to choose an all time top pick for 2015, it would be a tie between The Little Paris Bookshop and Queen of Shadows, one adult fiction, the other YA fantasy. Both incredibly written and moving in different ways. George’s novel was an emotionally compelling tale without much action but plenty of drama and history. Maas’ typical writing style had me clinging to my seat to know what would happen next to one of my favorite heroines. Both were brilliantly done.
Honorable mentions include:
A Thousand Nights* by E.K. Johnston
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms* by George R.R. Martin
Six of Crows* by Leigh Bardugo
Luckiest Girl Alive* by Jessica Knoll
The Girl on the Train* by Paula Hawkins
Ice like Fire* by Sara Raasch
Silver in the Blood* by Jessica Day George
Part-Time Princesses by Monica Gallagher
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Dead Heat* by Patricia Briggs
Instinct* by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Red Queen* by Victoria Aveyard
Fairest* by Marissa Meyer
And if you would like to look at the entire list of 94 books I read last year, here is a link to everything I read in 2015 via Goodreads.

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December 8: Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

As 2015 is not yet over and I do have a couple of other new authors to try, some may be bumped from this list. In no particular order:

Kimberly McCreight

Nick Spaulding

Victoria Aveyard

Holly Smale

Jessica Spotswood

Brandon Mull

Eoin Colfer

Janet Evanovich

John Flanagan

Jessica Day George

Top Ten Tuesday: Dec 1

I’m trying to keep up to date with all of these, honestly, but with finals starting I feel behind again, so here is the Top Ten Tuesday from last week for you 🙂

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December 1: Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To. I altered mine a bit and haven’t heard of enough titles to create a full list but here it is.

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh – YA debut novel, magical spheres that give powers, teens in a race against time, a new discovery that could change the world

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye – The last two enchanters left in the world pitted against one another in a fight to the death for power and privilege

Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims – Twin sisters try to uncover the truth of what happened to an assaulter, one is being blackmailed, and both must make sacrifices

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield – A modern retelling of the classic Pride & Prejudice, a contemporary twist on a personal favorite featuring the same colorful cast in a new way

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson – Not a new author but a new series about a boy, a bag of sand, and a secret society out to steal it from him

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – Also not a new author, but an all time favorite. This new series will be about the trials and difficulties of Apollo, an interesting character for sure.

I also read about a new upcoming book, which is currently in manuscript form but I can’t seem to find my note about it. The title is Word World and is about a reality where words can shape and change the world around people based on use. They have actual power. Sounds incredible and if I find out more, I will let you know!

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Top Ten Tuesday
I have decided to save myself a lot of time and effort by condensing all of the Top Ten Tuesdays I have missed into one post for you. This will be easier to write and most likely easier to read than being bombarded with a ton of posts at once. I will pick one or two items from each topic selected and print them here for your enjoyment.
September 29: Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author 
1) If you like Kiera Cass, read The Jewel by Amy Ewing or Legend by Marie Lu
2) If you like Sarah J. Maas, read Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch or Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
3) If you like Rick Riordan, read The Colussus Rises by Peter Lerangis or A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull
4) If you like The Giver, read Red Rising by Pierce Brown or Pawn by Aimee Carter
October 6:  Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit
1) My number one bookish thing I want to quit is buying books that sound or look good that I then never read, like ones at yard or book sales.
2) I would also like to quit checking out so many books at once from the library and feeling overwhelmed by due dates.
October 13: Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together
1) Hands down, the number one couple I would love to see on a book cover would be Sarah J. Maas and Sara Raasch. They have the most adorable Twitter relationship and I’m pretty sure a real life friendship, so that collaboration would blow me away. They could write anything together and it would come out amazing.
2) Also, Sarah J. Maas and Anne Bishop together would blow me away. The male/female dynamics and the world building and character flaws and relationships, together would be even more stunning.
3) Another pairing would have to be Cinda Williams Chima and Anne Bishop. They are both absolutely brilliant and can write amazing male and female characters that are strong, charismatic, or even a great villain or bully to hate.
4) A collaboration between Marissa Meyer and Gail Carriger would also be pretty great. Steampunk, sci-fi fairy tales with love, action, and high tea.
5) Can we please also beg at the door to Stephen King’s house to have him write a novel with his son, Joe Hill? They have done some other things together but that would be one heck of a thriller.
October 20: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me
2) A way to read The Sisters’ Fate by Jessica Spotswood without buying it or having to find it out of state.
3) The ability to look at a book and read it within 10 minutes with full absorption and plot memory.
4) A Beauty & the Beast Library
October 27: Halloween themed freebie: Creepy/Scary books
1) Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
2) Seventh Son by Joseph Delaney
3) The Watchers by Dean Koontz
4) It by Stephen King
5) Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
6) The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
November 3:  Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel
1) Victoria Aveyard
2) Sara Raasch (I already read it but I wouldn’t have when this original date happened)
3) Pierce Brown (ditto)
4) R.C. Lewis
5) Jessica Knoll
November 10: Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch (Although I’m not sure I will watch some of these)
1) Mockingjay Part 2
2) The Scorch Trials
3) Insurgent
4) The Fault in Our Stars
5) 50 Shades of Grey
November 17: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So
“Do you know that there’s a halfway world between each ending and each new beginning? It’s called the hurting time, Jean Perdu. It’s a bog; it’s where your dreams and worries and forgotten plans gather. Your steps are heavier during that time. Don’t underestimate the transition, Jeanno, between farewell and new departure. Give yourself the time you need. Some thresholds are too wide to be taken in one stride.” – Nina George, The Little Paris Bookshop
“That’s how relationships work – when one person is blind, the other must see for them. When one person struggles, the other must remain strong.” – Sara RaaschIce Like Fire
“Sometimes there won’t be a right choice, just the best of several bad options. – Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows
“But faith doesn’t mean that to me anymore. Now it means someone seeing something in you that you don’t, and not giving up until you see it too.” – Jessica KnollLuckiest Girl Alive
“Too much knowledge can make you paranoid all the time.” – Patricia Briggs, Dead Heat