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:

Top Ten Tuesday

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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Character Quotes #1

Hi Readers,

This is my first post in my “Character Quotes” series, which showcases some of my favorite quotes from fictional characters. Please let me know what you think! 🙂

Read It or Not Reviews Meme

Read It or Not Reviews Meme

I thought that this quote from The Young Elites was really interesting because of what it means to the main character, Adelina, as her character has a dark journey.

“Everyone has darkness inside them, however hidden.”
Marie Lu (The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1))

The Infinity Dreams Award | 1

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

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 🙂 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: 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:

Top Ten Tuesday

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 RiordanI 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.

WWW Wednesday #29

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?

I am currently reading Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I have just finished reading Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, The Rose Society by Marie Lu, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.


I will probably read If I Stay by Gayle Forman next.

What are you currently reading? I’d love to know. Feel free to post a link to your WWW in a comment. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of October 20, 2015 is: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me. My wishes of the book genie are related to early releases and burning books on my TBR list that I wish I could read.

Top Ten Tuesday

1.  Early release of Throne of Glass #5 by Sarah J. Maas

2.  Early release of Throne of Glass #6 by Sarah J. Maas

3. Early release of A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

4. Early release of Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

5. Early release of The Young Elites #3 by Marie Lu–if there is one

6. Winterspell by Claire Legrand

8. Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

10. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Andieh

Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The novel, The Young Elites, by Marie Lu follows the story of Adelina Amouteru, a fugitive with special powers.

When the blood fever infected many in Adelina’s nation, most died. However, some people survived with peculiar markings and specially gained powers. Adelina is one of them, but to her father she is a malfetto, a disgrace.

Forced by circumstances to flee her house, her father catches Adelina as she attempts to escape. In a state of extreme panic, Adelina calls upon her power of illusions and accidentally murders her father. Then she flees her home, leaving her younger sister behind with no parents. Adelina’s mother had died from the blood fever.

A day later, the Inquisition Axis (a group bent on eradicating the Young Elites) captures Adelina and she is slated for execution. However her execution is interrupted by a group of Young Elites: The Dagger Society.

The Dagger Society rescue Adelina and offer her a place in their society–if she can prove herself. Meanwhile, Adelina’s younger sister, Violetta, is captured by he Inquisition Axis’ cruel leader, Teren and Adelina is forced to spy against her will on the Dagger Society.

Eventually she must make a choice. Will she choose the society of Young Elites or her sister? Both have risked much on her behalf.

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WWW Wednesday #28

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?

I have finally gotten around to reading Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs! 🙂

I have just finished re-reading The Assassin’s BladeHeir of Fire, and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.

I will probably read The Rose Society by Marie Lu next.

What are you currently reading? I’d love to know. Feel free to post a link to your WWW in a comment. 🙂

To-Be-Read List #2

On my To-Be-Read List #1, I read The Last Ever After (one of the two books possible to read because of release date) and still have three books left from my previous list. Recently, I read Eragon by Christopher Paolini and gained interest, adding the other three books from the same series to my To-Be-Read List.

Here is my current To-Be-Read List:

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

The Shadowhunter Codex by Cassandra Clare

Legend by Marie Lu

Eldest by Christopher Paolini (Update: Finished)

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (Update: Finished)

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