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.*

Top Ten Tuesday

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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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?).

Top Ten Tuesday

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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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:

Top Ten Tuesday

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

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2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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5. The Giver by Lois Lowry

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6. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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

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8. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

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9. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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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! 🙂

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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?

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

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

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

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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.

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I tag…

I hope you enjoy the tag! 🙂

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.

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

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award

Thank you to Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd for nominating me–I really appreciate it! 🙂 I apologize for the late post.

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions sent to you
  • Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate 10 blogs

Ariana’s Questions

  1. What are some new releases you are most looking forward to in 2016?
    So many! New 2016 releases that I’m most looking forward to would include Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, Traitor’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini, A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, ToG #6 by Sarah J. Maas, The Young Elites #3 by Marie Lu, The Last Star by Rick Yancey, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, and Stars Above by Marissa Meyer.
  2. What is you favorite under-hyped book?
    Favorite under-hyped books…probably Origin by Jessica Khoury and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.
  3. What is one thing (activity, song, movie, etc…) that always makes you happy no matter what?
    Reading. The large majority of the time I’m reading a fairly enjoyable book.
  4. Do you prefer series or standalone novels?
    I do not mind standalone novels, although I have a harder time finding standalone novels that I like, so I’d say series. Plus if I like the series I get to read more of it.
  5. Do you play video games? If so, what are your favorite games to play?
    I do not play video games.
  6. What is your favorite song of all time?
    Lithium by Evanescence.
  7. If you could have any fictional animal as a pet, what would you choose?
    Either Fleetfoot (Throne of Glass) or Fawkes (Harry Potter).
  8. What 2016 movies are you most looking forward to seeing?
    I’m really looking forward to seeing The 5th Wave and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in 2016 since they’re both film adaptations based on two of my favorite books.
  9. What book or series would you recommend to someone who says they don’t like to read, and why would you choose that book or series?
    To someone who does not read very often, what book or series would I recommend? It really depends on the person. To everyone (unless if they dislike fantasy) I’d recommend the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling because who could go wrong with these books? To people who prefer more realistic fiction, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart because it’s a well-developed novel with unique characters. To people who prefer very action packed books, The Maze Runner by James Dashner because my heart would not stop pounding during my first read of the series.
  10. What is your absolute favorite quote?
    I have many favorite quotes, but to pick one…

I Nominate…

My Questions

  1. Favorite band or singer?
  2. One yet to be released 2016 book that you’re really, really excited about.
  3. Favorite color?
  4. You’re sleeping until you suddenly have a really good idea. You (a.) Write it down on the nearest piece of paper, (b.) go back to sleep and write it down the next day, (c.) go back to sleep and forget about it the next day, or (d.) none of the above.
  5. One book that always makes you happy when you reread it.
  6. What is your favorite hyped book?
  7. Who is your favorite intelligent/strategic main character?
  8. Favorite book based on mythology?
  9. Favorite book with a made up language?
  10. Prose or poetry?

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of January 26, 2016 is a freebie, so…I decided to go with the topic of top ten characters I wouldn’t want to meet while they’re angry or in a bad mood.

1. Aelin Galathynius from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: Topping the list is Aelin from Throne of Glass. Those who have read the series can attest to how, er, violent Aelin can be when she’s moody.

2. Valentine Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare: Running a close second: Valentine Morgenstern. He’s already an (insane) fanatic to begin with, so when he’s in an exceptionally poor mood–which usually happens when one of his lackeys fails in their assignment–he would probably go on a murderous tangent.

3. Professor Snape from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: Although not as violent as Aelin and Valentine, Snape appears to be throughout the entire series in a perpetual bad mood. So when he’s in an even worse mood than usual…

4. Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: Another extremely unpleasant character who does not have a pleasant disposition to begin with…

5. Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: Throughout Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana has shown herself to be very talented at throwing temper tantrums, which usually involve threatening to invade Earth, so I definitely wouldn’t want to be around her when she’s angry/in a bad mood. Also since she’s Lunar, I would not want my bioelectricity manipulated.

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Liebster Award | 2

Thank you iloveheartlandx @ Book Lovers Blog for nominating me for the Liebster Award. You can visit her blog here.

The Liebster Award

The Rules

  1. Once you are nominated, thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
  2. Nominate eleven smaller bloggers (try to keep to under 300 followers). You may have to go hunting for these blogs, the idea is to find new blogs and share them with the community. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.
  3. Answer the eleven questions the presenter asked you.
  4. Write eleven questions for the bloggers you nominated to answer.
  5. Lastly, copy the rules in this post.

iloveheartlandx’s Questions

  1. What do you love most about reading?
    What I love most about reading is being able to lose myself in the words, explore new (fantasy) worlds, and spend time with amazing characters.
  2. Favorite book blog that you’ve discovered this year?
    I don’t know. I’ve discovered a lot of wonderful book blogs this year.
  3. Why did you start blogging?
    I started blogging because I wanted to give blogging a try and because I wanted a place to talk about books. In 2014, I had an approximately ten month hiatus from blogging and then I began blogging again. I continued because I began to really enjoy it and a lot of book blogs are filled with great book recommendations.
  4. TV series that you love to binge-watch?
    I don’t exactly have a TV series that I love to binge-watch. But I am interested in seeing what becomes of the Shadowhunters TV series.
  5. Favorite movie?
    My favorite movie really depends on my mood. Generally movies I haven’t seen yet are the most entertaining, but all-time favorites would be Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit.
  6. Favorite book series?
    Again, it really depends on my mood. At the moment though, I really want to read The 5th Wave trilogy and The Lunar Chronicles since I haven’t read all the books.
  7. Favorite stand-alone book?
    I don’t often read stand-alone books, so when I do read one, it’s usually pretty good. I guess either Coraline or The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Both were beautifully written, but slightly creepy reads.
  8. If you could be any animal what would you be?
    Maybe a hawk–it would be fun to fly. Or a dog: dogs have such easy lives.
  9. Who is your favorite fictional character?
    That’s a hard one…I have so many favorite fictional characters. To pick one…Hermione Granger.
  10. What do you like to do outside of reading?
    Outside of reading, I enjoy writing, running, baking, and knitting.
  11. Who is your favorite singer?
    Amy Lee from Evanescence–she has a really beautiful voice. I would never have begun listening to her though if it weren’t for Veronica Roth’s Divergent playlist.

My Questions

  1. What film adaptation or any movie are you most excited for in 2016?
  2. What are three 2016 releases you are dying to read?
  3. What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
  4. Do you have a pet?
  5. What is one book with a lot of hype that you like?
  6. Who is your favorite mischievous character? (e.g. Peeves the poltergeist from Harry Potter)
  7. What is one film adaptation you like more than the book?
  8. Pen or pencil?
  9. Paper book or eBook?
  10. Paperback or hardcover?
  11. Do you like doing artistic activities? (e.g. drawing, sewing)

My Nominees

In my previous Liebster Award post, I nominated 11 other blogs. So I nominate anyone who hasn’t done the Liebster Award yet or anyone interested in answering my questions. 🙂

 

Liebster Award | 1

Thank you to Giovanna @ Book Coma for the nomination! 🙂

The Liebster Award

Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the nominator has given you.
  3. Tag 11 bloggers who have less than 1000 readers.
  4. Think of 11 questions to ask the bloggers you have nominated.
  5. Let them know you’ve nominated them through social media or their blog.

Giovanna’s Questions

  1. What are your top 3 reads of 2015?
    That’s a tough question. To go with some books I don’t mention that often: The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini, and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs.
  2. What was the worst book you read in 2015?
    I was very fortunate to read so many wonderful books in 2015, I did not encounter a book I disliked.
  3. Favorite Genre?
    Young adult fantasy–it’s so addictive.
  4. Genre you will not touch?
    I will generally never touch a book that’s just romance (exceptions: Jane Eyre–but this book has mystery elements as well). While I’m okay with a book having some romance in it, I do not like romance dominated plots.
  5. Name a book that had a lot of hype, but you ended up hating it.
    Six of Crows had a lot of hype. I did not necessarily dislike it, but it didn’t meet all of my exceptions either.
  6. Did you have a Goodreads goal this year? If so, did you finish it?
    I did not have a GoodReads goal in 2015, but I have one for 2016. Hopefully I’ll be able to read 50 books this year, since I read 54-some last year. So far, I’ve read 5 books.
  7. If you could kill any fictional character (Books, Movies, or TV) without getting in trouble, who would it be and why?
    If I could kill any fictional character without getting in trouble, I’d say Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter. She was so nasty, evil, and irritating, but I don’t think she ever died.
  8. How many books are on your TBR?
    138 books–a number which has significantly been growing since I began blogging.
  9. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy?
    Books!
  10. Do you have any siblings?
    No, but I do have a very adorable dog who I count as a sibling.
  11. What is your dream job?
    My dream job would probably be as a novelist, poet, and editor.

My Questions

  1. What film adaptation or any movie are you most excited for in 2016?
  2. What are three 2016 releases you are dying to read?
  3. What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
  4. Do you have a pet?
  5. What is one book with a lot of hype that you like?
  6. Who is your favorite mischievous character? (e.g. Peeves the poltergeist from Harry Potter)
  7. What is one film adaptation you like more than the book?
  8. Pen or pencil?
  9. Paper book or eBook?
  10. Paperback or hardcover?
  11. Do you like doing artistic activities? (e.g. drawing, sewing)

My Nominees

  1. Alyssa @ Alyssa is Reading
  2.  aVeryAwkwardBlog
  3. My Tiny Obsessions
  4. ljbentley27 @ Lisa Talks About…
  5. Lisa Tiller
  6. Audrey Writes Abroad
  7. Kim Honiball @ From Narnia to Neverland
  8. Book Oblivion
  9. fairydancer221 @ Cat on the Bookshelf
  10. Global Book Mania
  11. Between Pages