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 :)

WWW Wednesday #54

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 The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardguo, The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks, and Sol of the Coliseum by Adam Gaylord.

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The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry BrooksSol of the Coliseum by Adam Gaylord

I have recently finished reading* Fairest by Marissa Meyer, Stars Above by Marissa MeyerRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (re-read), The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski, Uprooted by Naomi Novak, The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson, The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan, The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine, Riders by Veronica Rossi, The Last Star by Rick Yancey, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, This Raging Light by Estelle Laure, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Where She Went by Gayle Forman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, How to Write with Flair by Heather Holleman Ph.D., The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine, The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth by Katherine Woodfine, The Whispering Statue by Carolyn Keene (re-read), Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie, and Third Girl by Agatha ChristieIf you’re interested in reading a bit about my thoughts on these books, read my Return From Hiatus + Reading Update post.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Red Queen by Victoria AveyardGlass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski The Winner's Crime by Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Uprooted by Naomi NovakThe Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearsontweenthepages.wordpress.com

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica KhouryStardust by Neil GaimanThe Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

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I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy NelsonThis Raging Light by Estelle Laure

Everything, Everything by Nicola YoonWhere She Went by Gayle Forman

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William ShakespeareHow to Write with Flair by Heather Holleman

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine WioodfineThe Mystery of the Jewelled MothThe Whispering Statue by Carolyn Keene

Three Act Tragedy by Agatha ChristieThird Girl by Agatha Christie

I hope to read The Circle by Dave Eggers, Eon by Alison Goodman, and Poison Study by Maria V.  Snyder next.

The Circle by Dave EggersEon by Alison GoodmanPoison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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.  :)

*I have been on hiatus, which is why I have so many books under ‘recently finished,’ but I wish I could read books that quickly though 🙂

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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Return From Hiatus + Reading Update

Hi Readers,

After an approximately two-month long hiatus, I’ve returned to blogging. As I said in my hiatus post, I took a break to focus more on my writing, but I’ve decided to return after encountering a particularly nasty stretch of writer’s block.

I’ve still been reading though (quite a lot) and would love to hear your thoughts on these books:

Fairest by Marissa MeyerFairest by Marissa Meyer — While this was definitely not my favorite book of The Lunar ChroniclesFairest was still an entertaining and insightful (if dark) book into the mind of the series’ main villain, Queen Levana.

 

 

 

Stars Above by Marissa MeyerStars Above by Marissa Meyer — I did find this collection of novellas to be quite delightful, but I’d originally read it with the intent of finding out what happened to everyone after Winter and I thought only the last story really did that.

 

 

 

How to Write with Flair by Heather HollemanHow to Write with Flair by Heather Holleman Ph.D. — An instructive and short book on writing.

 

 

 

 

Red Queen by Victoria AveyardRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard — I’d seen both positive and negative reviews, and sadly if I do review this book, my review will fall under the latter. While mildly entertaining with relatively smooth writing, Mare just got on my nerves and I felt like the over-all concept wasn’t too original.

 

 

Glass Sword by Victoria AveyardGlass Sword by Victoria Aveyard — I still wanted to find out what happened (thanks to that cliffhanger), but I liked Mare even less and I ended up skim reading to the end (another cliffhanger), but this time I don’t think I’ll pick up the sequel. On a positive note, I did like Farley’s character more in this book.

 

 

The Dark Days Club by Alison GoodmanThe Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman — I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this historical fiction-fantasy blend.  The writing style was unique and the main character a strong willed, independent young woman.

 

 

 

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir — This was a re-read. I love reading this book because of how action-packed and suspenseful it is, but I really can’t love the two POV characters and their decisions.

 

 

 

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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles | Book 1
Pages: 448 pages
Publisher: Square Fish; 2nd edition (January 8, 2013)
Rating: 4 stars (Read It!-Choose It!)

The novel, Cinder, by Marissa Meyer tells the story of Cinder, a cyborg in New Beijing with a mysterious past as her life becomes entangled in an impending war between the Earth unions and the Lunars.

GoodReads Synopsis

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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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 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. 🙂

Top 10 Enjoyable Hyped Books I’ve Read in 2016

It’s early March and so far I’ve read 18 of the 50 books I want to read for my GoodReads challenge. Here are ten of my favorites that were worth the hype:

1. Winter by Marissa Meyer

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2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

3. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

4. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

7. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

9. Cress by Marissa Meyer

10. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

What books have you read so far in 2016 that you’ve really liked? Which of these books have you read? What are your thoughts on them? Feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment 🙂

The Coffee Book Tag

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

The Coffee Book Tag

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! 🙂