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 ūüôā

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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 ūüôā

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.

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.

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: 10 Books Every Non-Bookworm Should Read

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by¬†The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of April 12, 2016 is ten books every x (fill in x with your choice) should read. So I chose to do a list of ten (YA) books people who don’t consider themselves bookworms should read or consider reading:

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I think all, if not most of these books have film adaptations (or soon to be released film adaptations) and are relatively well known films, so from a non-bookworm’s perspective, I think it would be interesting to read one of my favorite movies as a book.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

5. The Giver by Lois Lowry

6. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

7. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

8. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

9. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


The Inside Out Book Tag

I was tagged by Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd to do the Inside Out Book Tag–thank you! ūüôā

Joy — A book that brings you joy.
It’s the first book of an amazing and very magical series…do I need to explain more?

Sadness — A book that made you sad.
Those of you who have read Allegiant can probably guess why.

Fear — A book that truly scared you.
The Grievers were kind of creepy to read about on my first read of The Maze Runner.

Disgust — A book that disgusted you.
It wan’t the book so much as the main character’s decisions who ‘disgusted’ me, I guess.

Anger — A book that makes you angry.
The book itself was well written and the characters likable, but that ending earned that book a good long private rant. It was a good ending, yes, but the very abrupt ending made me want more of the book.

I tag…

I hope you enjoy the tag! ūüôā

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

2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

4. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

5. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read In 2015

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by¬†The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of December 15, 2015 is: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015. There will be a few series in the mix too, since I wasn’t able to decide on my favorite book of the series.

Here’s the list:

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1. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Special Book Set - Throne of Glass Series.

2. The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

3. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

4. Bird by Bird by Anne Lammott

5. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of December 8, 2015 is: Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015.

Here’s the list:

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1. Josephine Angelini

I only just finished reading Trial by Fire, but it is an amazing read complete with unique characters and world.

2. Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is a fantastic writer who’s developed the intriguing world of the Shadowhunters. In 2015, I read¬†The Mortal Instruments¬†and¬†The Infernal Devices.

Reviews: Clockwork Angel

3. Laura Hillenbrand

I don’t often read non-fiction, but Laura Hillenbrand’s biography¬†Unbroken¬†was a fabulous read.

4. Stephen King

I’ve never read any of Stephen King’s horror books and I’m not sure if I ever will. However I did read Stephen King’s memoir¬†On Writing¬†and it is a great read for all writers.

5. Claire Legrand

I honestly cannot remember where I first learned of Claire Legrand’s¬†Winterspell, but it was a great dark fantasy retelling of the Nutcracker.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving themed Freebie

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by¬†The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of November 24, 2015 is a Thanksgiving themed Freebie. My Thanksgiving-related Freebie is top ten books/series I’m grateful I read this year.

Here’s the list:

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1.  The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
By now, I think that I have established the fact that I am a huge fan of the Throne of Glass series. The series was amazing and I read all five books over the fall.

Special Book Set - Throne of Glass Series.

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes was an exciting fantasy read with dystopia elements. The writing was good and the characters were also compelling.

3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I read The Mortal Instruments series in the spring through summer and I loved all of the books. The world building, characters, and plot were all amazing.

The Mortal Instruments

4. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

I read The Inheritance Cycle over the summer and it was terrific high fantasy quintet that reminded me of Lord of the Rings.

5. Winterspell by Claire Legrand

This dark fantasy retelling of the nutcracker had sat on my TBR for well over two months, but it was worth the wait. I highly enjoyed the book.

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The Infinity Dreams Award | 1

I was nominated by Tasha @ The Bookie Monsters–thank you! You can visit her wonderful blog here. ūüôā

The Infinity Dreams Award


  1. List 11 facts about yourself
  2. Answer the 11 questions set by your nominator
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  4. Create 11 questions for your nominees.

11 Facts About Me

  1. It’s difficult for me to not always do with something productive with my hands–

Tasha’s Questions

  1. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Do you have a favorite Christmas themed drink?
    Not really…
  2. What would you say is the best book you have read in 2015?
    Any book from the ENTIRE Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas is an amazing read.
    Special Book Set - Throne of Glass Series.
  3. If you could invite any three authors to dinner who would they be and what would you cook?
    Oh I really don’t know to both parts of the question. One: J.K. Rowling because she is a wonderful writer and the creator of one of my favorite fantasy worlds. Two: Suzanne Collins because I love¬†The Hunger Games¬†trilogy and how she builds the suspense for the reader. Three: Sarah J. Maas because she is a fabulous creator of strong female protagonists. E.g. Aelin Galathynius, Manon Blackbeak, Nesryn, Nehemia, Lysandra, Elide ūüôā Six terrific heroines are introduced within the span of five books! Back on topic, I honestly have no idea what I would cook–maybe something inspired by their books?
  4. You’ve won the jackpot! What would be the first thing you would spend your winnings on?
    Books. There are so many great books that I have not read yet.
  5. Any particular country you want to visit?
    England because of the Harry Potter series.
  6. What’s your dream career?
    My dream career would probably be as a novelist and a copyeditor.
  7. Is there a certain food item that you hate and if so why?
    I can’t think of a food item that I hate with a vengeance, but there are many that I don’t enjoy. I guess I’m not a huge fan of mushrooms…
  8. What do you think of the John Lewis Christmas advert this year?
    I have not seen the John Lewis Christmas advert this year, so I do not know.
  9. What are some of your hobbies apart from blogging?
    Some of my hobbies apart from blogging are writing, running, baking, knitting, and origami.
  10. Are you a lover or a fighter?
    I wouldn’t consider myself one or the other.
  11. Favorite Christmas song?
    I don’t know, but I do enjoy listening to Christmas music when it’s the season.

My Nominees

  1. Whimsy Journals
  2. The Lonely Author
  3. reinreads
  4. Don’t Shush Me
  5. My Fantasy Escape
  6. greenish bookshelf
  7. Head In the Clouds, Heart In The Books
  8. susannevalenti
  9. brittanymariereads
  10. Words…I Need Words
  11. The Cyborg Knight

My Questions

  1. In addition to blogging, do you enjoy writing?
  2. Do you read popular books? Why?
  3. Would you rather be a demigod (Percy Jackson and the Oympians¬†by Rick Riordan), witch/wizard (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling), an immortal Fae (Throne of Glass¬†by Sarah J. Maas), a hobbit, elf, or dwarf (Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien), a Shadowhunter or a Downworlder (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare), a Young Elite (The Young Elites by Marie Lu), a Rider (Eragon by Christopher Paolini), or a Peculiar (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Why?
  4. If you could explore any fictional world, which world would you explore? Why?
  5. Favorite non-fiction book?
  6. Blogging/reading/writing, etc. new year resolutions?
  7. Do you have a pet? Dog, cat, fish, etc.?
  8. Favorite artists or songs?
  9. What do you do to prevent boredom during a long car ride?
  10. Are you an introvert or extravert?
  11. What would your dream day look like?

Top Ten Tuesday: Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by¬†The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of November 10, 2015 is:¬†Top Ten¬†Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To

Here are the top ten book to movie adaptions that I’m looking forward to:

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1.  An Ember in the Ashes РThe second book will not be released until 2016, but it was announced that there will already be a film adaption! According to IMDb, it will be released in 2017.

2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 — The film adaption of Suzanne Collin’s Mockingjay will be released in ten days from now: November 20, 2015!

3.¬†Throne of Glass¬†— I love the Throne of Glass books, so I was very excited when I learned that ¬†there would be a film/TV adaption. (See: Throne of Glass Optioned as a TV Show¬†post)

4.¬†The School for Good and Evil¬†— I’ve read that there’s supposed to be a film adaption of Soman Chainani’s book, but there’s no announced release date or cast yet… ūüė¶

5.¬†Winterspell¬†– I’ve not heard of a film adaption in the making for Claire Legrand’s dark fantasy retelling of the Nutcracker, but if there was one it would be really interesting to see how it was done.

6.¬†Shadowhunters¬†— After deciding not to make a sequel film to¬†City of Bones, it was announced that a TV show based on Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments would be made.

The last three are already released film adaptions that I’ve not seen and I’m not sure whether I want to see them or not.

7. Insurgent РThe sequel film to Divergent, based on the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth.

8. ¬†The Scorch Trials¬†– This movie is based on the second book of¬†The Maze Runner¬†trilogy by James Dashner. In the book, there are many…intense scenes of unattractive violence…which I think I’d rather not see.

9. Nineteen Eighty-Four — I actually do have no intention of watching the film adaption of George Orwell’s classic dystopia because the book itself was rather violent.

10.¬†Eragon¬†– A movie was made of the first book of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle. ¬†I actually have seen this and whoever made it, completely ruined the story line, characters, etc. As a result of my dissatisfaction with the film adaption, I have no intention of ever re-watching this.


Top Ten Tuesday: Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward to Their Sophomore Novels

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of November 3, 2015 is: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novels.

Here are the top ten debut authors who have me looking forward to their sophomore novels:

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1.¬†Sabaa Tahir: I am definitely looking forward to the author of¬†An Ember in the Ashes‘¬†sophomore novel:¬†A Torch Against the Night.

2. Renee Andieh: I’ve only read a few pages of¬†The Wrath and the Dawn, but they were very good. So I guess I’m looking forward to The Rose and the Dagger.

3. ¬†Sara Raasch: So far, I’ve only read a quarter of¬†Snow Like Ashes, but I’m still excited to read¬†Ice Like Fire.

Now I’ve run out of authors who sophomore novels I’m anticipating, so the next seven books are second novels that I loved as much as the first book.

4. Veronica Roth: Insurgent is an amazing sequel to Divergent.

5. Sarah J. Maas: Crown of Midnight is definitely equal to the first novel, Throne of Glass.

6. Cassandra Clare: I have read Clockwork Angel, but I’ve not read the sequel.

7. Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were both great books,

8. Christopher Paolini: Eragon‘s sequel, Eldest, was just as good. I think I actually liked Eldest a little better, which is unusual since normally I like the first books best.

9. Marie Lu: I gave The Young Elites‘ sequel, The Rose Society, the same rating because there were similar pro’s and con’s.

10.  Rick Riordan: I liked The Son of Neptune just as much as The Lost Hero.

Do you participate in Top Ten Tuesdays? Who are ten debut authors whose sophomore novels you anticipate? Feel free to post a link to your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments.