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 :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Recent Enjoyable / Disappointing Reads

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of March 29, 2016 is ten of my recent favorite reads or disappointing reads. I couldn’t think of a full ten for one or the other, so I ended up just doing five of each.

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5 Recent Enjoyable Reads

1. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
The red herrings and plot twists were well done. I think this is my favorite Agatha Christie novel so far.

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

2. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Both the cover and the synopsis promised a suspenseful novel with multi-dimensional travel and it delivered.

3. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

4. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
I didn’t like Ten Thousand Skies Above You as much as A Thousand Pieces of You since there wasn’t as many surprising twists, but I still enjoyed it and that cliffhanger…

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

5. Winter by Marissa Meyer
Besides City of Heavenly Fire and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I think Winter is one of my favorite last books of a series.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love But Don’t Talk About Enough

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of March 22, 2016 is books I love, but don’t talk about (bookworm guilt).

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1. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

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2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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4. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

5. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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WWW Wednesday #49

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 Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

I have recently finished reading Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray, The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein, and The Smoky Corridor by Chris Grabenstein

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein

The Smoky Corridor by Chris Grabenstein

I hope to read If I Stay by Gayle Forman, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie, and Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch next.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

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 🙂

WWW Wednesday #48

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 Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray after devouring A Thousand Pieces of You.

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I have recently finished reading Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski and A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. Both book’s had super intriguing premises, which the books more than followed through with. I found A Thousand Pieces of You to be as amazing as the cover 🙂

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I hope to read Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie, and Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch next.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

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The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

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.  🙂

The Coffee Book Tag

Thank you to Raven @ Dreamy Addictions for tagging me to do the Coffee Book Tag! 🙂

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Here’s the tag:

Black — A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans
Personally, I thought that it took awhile for me to become interested in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but once I did, I began counting down the days till the sequel’s release.

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Peppermint Mocha — A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year
I’m not a big holiday book reader, but if I had to guess, a favorite classic read would probably be A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (which I have not read). One favorite “holiday” like book of mine is Winterspell by Claire Legrand, which is a dark fantasy Nutcracker retelling.

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Hot Chocolate — A favorite children’s book
It’s a well written autobiography, but it reads like a novel 🙂

Double Shot of Espresso — A book that kept you on edge of your seat from start to finish
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey, definitely. With most of the world / character development in book 1, every part of book 2 was filled with action and suspense. It is probably one of my favorite sequels.

Starbucks — A book you see everywhere
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. This book has been on my TBR for awhile, first the cover attracted me, then the synopsis.

That Hipster Coffee Shop — A book by an Indie author
For this one, I’m going to go with Chained by Susanne Valenti. It was an enjoyable and well written YA dystopia.

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Oops! I Accidentally Got Decaf — A Book You Were Expecting More From
After reading The Crossroads‘ plot synopsis, I was looking for a good ghost story. I got a ghost story, but it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting and I did not enjoy it very much.

The Perfect Blend — A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying
So many books can fit this category, so I’m going to end up doing two: one for standalone book and one for series. For individual book, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. In the end, it was a satisfying read, but also very bitter and sad. For series, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. At the end of Winter, my thirst to find out what would happen to the main characters was not quenched.

Green Tea — A book or series that is quietly beautiful
Definitely The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

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Chai Tea — A book or series that makes you dream of far off places
Probably the Nancy Drew series by Caroline Keene. Nancy is always traveling for a lot of her mysteries and the books do a fairly good job describing all of them.

Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

Earl Grey — A favorite classic
I’m not a big classic reader, but if I were to choose one, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I tag…

If you’ve already done this tag or you’re not interested, feel free to disregard this 🙂 If you haven’t done this tag and would like to, feel free to join–hope you enjoy! 🙂

Deserted Island Book Tag

Thank you to Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets for tagging me 🙂

Deserted Island Book Tag

Water — A book you simply cannot live without
I have not read this book yet, but I’m pretty sure it will be suspenseful with great writing–I really want to find out what happens to Ringer, especially.

Food — A book that is a close second on your favorites list
All the characters are very likable and the plot moves at a fairly brisk pace, but slow enough so I can still understand what is happening. I think this book is my favorite of the series 🙂

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Shelter — A book that makes you feel at home and safe
I’m going to go with Lila’s answer on this one:

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Flare Gun — A book you would recommend to someone who doesn’t read
Although this isn’t in my top favorites list, this book doesn’t take very long to set up and moves at a super fast pace and sweeps you into the story.

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Matchsticks — A book that warms your heart
A book set in a library with games and riddles–need I say more? 🙂

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Compass — A book that directed you towards your love of reading
I can’t remember which book first directed my love of reading, but I do remember that The Hunger Games began my love of reading YA.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Please do not feel pressured to participate. Feel free to ignore this if you’ve already done this tag 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Out of My Usual Genre Books I Recently Enjoyed

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of February 23, 2016 is about books we enjoyed last year that were not of our usual genre. I can’t recall many books that were out of my comfort zone around last year, so some of them are from this year and are marked with *.

1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman*
Normally I don’t read magical realism, so this book surprised me with how much I enjoyed it.

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2. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson*
This book did have fantasy elements in it, but it also had historical fiction elements, which is not my usual genre. Despite how much time the main character spends traveling, it was still a pretty fascinating read.

Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I normally don’t read biographies, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book.

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4. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
I’m more of a fantasy than a mystery reader, but I really enjoyed this mystery novel and it’s definitely one of my favorite Agatha Christie novels.

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Review: The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein

Title: The Crossroads
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Series: A Haunted Mystery | Book 1
Pages: 329 pages
Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (May 12, 2009)
Rating: 2 stars (Leave It!-Choose It!)

GoodReads Synopsis

ZACK, HIS DAD, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father’s hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since. During a huge storm, lightning hits the tree, releasing the spirit, who decides his evil spree isn’t over . . . and Zack is directly in his sights.

Award-winning thriller author Chris Grabenstein fills his first book for younger readers with the same humorous and spine-tingling storytelling that has made him a fast favorite with adults.

The novel The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein weaves a ghost story of revenge and death.

The Crossroads was written from multiple third-person perspectives. Literary conflicts included character vs. character and character vs. supernatural. Overall I found The Crossroads to be a rather dull with a flat plot at times. Curiously, there were a great number of plot twists, and while I understood most of them, they did not jar me with surprise as other well done plot twists have. I felt that these plot twists just served to complicate the plot and didn’t really ‘add’ anything to the story.

The story moved rather slowly because it took awhile to establish all the characters who are rather interesting in personality for a middle grade novel. On note of the story: it wasn’t what I was expecting. Like Grabenstein’s book Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library it was written with a light tone befitting of a middle grade novel. But I did not expect to find murder, insanity, divorce, revenge, and evil spirit possessing in a novel classified as middle grade.

CAUTION: SPOILER ALERT! Proceed with caution if you’d like to read The Crossroads in the future.

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