Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Buy If Given A Free Gift Card

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of August 2, 2016 is: top ten books that you would buy right now if someone handed you a fully loaded gift card *opens GoodReads app and want-to-read list.*

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I decided to go with an additional theme of unreleased books, since I can just get already released books from the library.

1. Preorder Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

2.  Preorder A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray

A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray

3. Preorder Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini

Witch's Pyre by Josephine Angelini

4. Preorder The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

5. Preorder The Dark Days Pact by  Alison Goodman

6. Preorder Tales from the  Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

7. Preorder Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

8. Preorder Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

9. Preoder The Mystery of the Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine

10. Preorder Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Honorable Mention — A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, which I have pre-ordered already

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

What books do you have on your TTT this week? What books would you buy if you had a fully loaded gift card? Feel free to leave a link to your TTT in a comment :)

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Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices | Book 1
Pages: 720 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1 edition (March 8, 2016)
Rating: 5 stars (Read It!)

 

GoodReads Synopsis

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Want To / Have Learned After Reading A Book

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of July 26, 2016 is: top ten books that you want to learn after reading a book or have learned after reading a book…this should be an interesting topic.

A little late for posting, but better now than never 🙂

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*Want to learn, haven’t learned yet
**A skill in-process

1. Krav maga** | City of Bones by Cassandra Clare — I’m still very much a beginner, but I have picked up a few useful things

2. Pigpen cipher | The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein — Useful if you’re hesitant about journaling in public spaces 🙂

3. Architecture / design* | Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

4. Apparition* | The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling — Sadly I do not think I will ever learn how to

5. Writing well** | Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott — This one is in process

6. Learn Greek or Ancient Greek* | Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan — Unfortunately the few Greek words are not words that you would use in a day-to-day conversation (I hope)

7. Learn Old Norse* | The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini — The same thing that can said about my Greek can be said of my Old Norse.

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8. Archery** | The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins — I know the basics, but I am no where near Katniss’s level.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

9. Fencing* | Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas — I’m interested a little in learning how to fence from Throne of Glass, but I’ve never gotten around to it.

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That’s it for this week–what books do you have on your TTT this week? What have books inspired you to go out and learn? Feel free to leave a link to your TTT in a comment :)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside the US

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of July 19, 2016 is: top ten books set outside of the US–by outside the United States, I’m assuming that means anywhere else in the world (since high fantasy worlds are separate?).

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1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling — Set in Britain

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2. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman — Set in Regency-era Britain, I believe

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

3. Winter by Marissa Meyer — Set in outer space, Luna (the moon), and the Eastern Commonwealth (?)

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4. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie — Set in Egypt

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

5. The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine — Set in Britain

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Wioodfine

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Reader Ravings: 2016 Cliffhangers — Dying for the Sequel

The definition of ‘cliffhanger’ according to The New Oxford American Dictionary:

cliffhanger |ˈklifˌhaNGər|

noun
an ending to an episode of a serial drama that leaves the audience in suspense.
• a story or event with a strong element of suspense: the game was a cliffhanger right up to the final buzzer.

DERIVATIVES
cliffhanging |-ˌhaNGiNG|adjective

My definition of ‘cliffhanger’ from a bookworm’s perspective:

cliffhanger |ˈklifˌhaNGər|

noun
(of a book in a series) a suspenseful, sometimes abrupt ending
• a story device used to generate excitement for the book’s release
• a story device used to provoke questions about the upcoming sequel’s events

DERIVATIVES
cliffhanging |-ˌhaNGiNG|adjective

Here are some sequels whose release I can’t wait for after those cliffhangers:

1. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Waiting On: A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray
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2. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Waiting On: The Last Star by Rick Yancey
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3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Waiting On: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
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4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Waiting On: Untitled (Truthwitch #2) by Susan Dennard
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5. Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
Waiting On: Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini
Firewalker by Josephine AngeliniWitch's Pyre by Josephine Angelini

6. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Waiting On: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
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7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Waiting On: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
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8. The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Waiting On: The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
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WWW Wednesday #52

Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words. The meme was formerly hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading. The questions are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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I am currently reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I have recently finished reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (the beginning was a tad slow, but other than that I thought the book was amazing and had great character development–hopefully I’ll write my review soon!) and The Reason by Lacey Sturm.

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The Reason by Lacey Sturm

I currently have no plans on what I will read next.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? I’d love to know. Feel free to post a link to your WWW in a comment.  :)

P.S. I apologize for not being as active at reading your posts–I will probably catch up in my post reading by the end of April. Happy Reading! 🙂

WWW Wednesday #51

Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words. The meme was formerly hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading. The questions are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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I am currently reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (yay!), A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, and The Reason by Lacey Sturm.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The Reason by Lacey Sturm

I have recently finished reading If I Stay by Gayle Forman and To Sell is Human by Daniel H. Pink.

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To Sell is Human by Daniel H. Pink

I currently have no plans on what I will read next.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? I’d love to know. Feel free to post a link to your WWW in a comment.  :)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring TBR

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of March 15, 2016 is books on my spring TBR…for this there are so many! 🙂

1. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

2. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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3. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

4. The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle by Dave Eggers

5. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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6. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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7. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

9. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

10. The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein

The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein

What books are on your spring TBR / TTT? Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? Feel free to leave a link to your TTT in a comment–I’d love to check them out 🙂

March 2016 TBR and Goals

March 2016 TBR — My real TBR is much, much longer than this, these are just my prioritized books:

1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

3. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

4. The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle by Dave Eggers

5. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

6. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

7. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

8. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

9. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

10. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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March 2016 Book Reviews
Normally I only do about four reviews per month, but I hope to up the number of review this month:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
  • I Was Here by Gayle Forman
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

What books are on your TBR for March? What are some of your blogging goals for the month? Feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment. 🙂