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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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 🙂

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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Reader Ravings: 2016 Cliffhangers — Dying for the Sequel

The definition of ‘cliffhanger’ according to The New Oxford American Dictionary:

cliffhanger |ˈklifˌhaNGər|

noun
an ending to an episode of a serial drama that leaves the audience in suspense.
• a story or event with a strong element of suspense: the game was a cliffhanger right up to the final buzzer.

DERIVATIVES
cliffhanging |-ˌhaNGiNG|adjective

My definition of ‘cliffhanger’ from a bookworm’s perspective:

cliffhanger |ˈklifˌhaNGər|

noun
(of a book in a series) a suspenseful, sometimes abrupt ending
• a story device used to generate excitement for the book’s release
• a story device used to provoke questions about the upcoming sequel’s events

DERIVATIVES
cliffhanging |-ˌhaNGiNG|adjective

Here are some sequels whose release I can’t wait for after those cliffhangers:

1. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Waiting On: A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray
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2. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Waiting On: The Last Star by Rick Yancey
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3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Waiting On: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
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4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Waiting On: Untitled (Truthwitch #2) by Susan Dennard
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5. Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
Waiting On: Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini
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6. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Waiting On: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
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7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Waiting On: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
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8. The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Waiting On: The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
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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:

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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

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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

 

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).

Top Ten Tuesday

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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The Dim Sum Book Tag

Thank you so much Raven @ Dreamy Addictions for tagging me to do this fun tag! 🙂

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The Dim Sum Book Tag is the brainchild of Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Jenna @ Reading With Jenna. Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine whereby food is served in small (tapas-like) portions and is common during yum cha (which literally means: drinking tea). This tag is inspired by good company and good eats.

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  2. Devour dim sum and answer the tag questions.
  3. Tag five others to join your round table for some dim sum fun.
  4. Food coma.

 

Tea–A book that started off hot but quickly turned cold

For this, I think I’m going to choose The Rose Society by Marie Lu. The writing was great, but as I kept reading the book all I could really think about is: What is Adelina doing? 

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Chiu Chow Dumpling–A book that features elements of land and sea

Interesting prompt…I’m trying to decide The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Heroes of Olympus, or Six of Crows? I think I’ll go with The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan because the main characters spend a lot of time traveling on the sea and battling an evil earth goddess.

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Rice Noodle Roll–A favorite multi-layered character you’ve read (i.e. Traits? Skills? Morally Ambiguous?

My first thought is Aelin, but I already choose her for a lot of answers, so this time I’ll go with Ringer from The 5th Wave. She’s definitely a mysterious character with a murky history, but great shooting skills.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Shrimp Dumpling–A book with a transparent blurb that gives the story away

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Though the synopsis did not completely spoil the book, I kind of always knew Katniss would survive because there were later books and Katniss was the POV character.

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Character Quotes #4

A humorous quote from Rick Riordan:

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“Let us find the dam snack bar,” Zoe said. “We should eat while we can.”
Grover cracked a smile. “The dam snack bar?”
Zoe blinked. “Yes. What is funny?”
“Nothing,” Grover said, trying to keep a straight face. “I could use some dam french fries.”
Even Thalia smiled at that. “And I need to use the dam restroom.”

I started cracking up, and Thalia and Grover joined in, while Zoe just looked at me. “I do not understand.”
“I want to use the dam water fountain,” Grover said.
“And…” Thalia tried to catch her breath. “I want to buy a dam t-shirt.”
Rick Riordan, The Titan’s Curse

The Character Book Tag

Thank you to Raven @ Dreamy Addictions for tagging me to do The Character Book Tag–I had a lot of fun doing it 🙂 This tag was created by Jeremysepicreads and MariaMuses and originally a BookTube tag. You can find the original tag videos here and here.

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Rules

  1. Pick 10 books off of your bookshelf.
  2. You must own the books.
  3. You must have read the books.
  4. No e-book versions.
  5. You can only use each book once to answer one question.
    Note: I cheat and sometimes ignore this rule for some of the questions.

10 Random Books I Selected Off My Bookshelf

1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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2. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

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3. The Death Cure by James Dashner

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4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

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5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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6. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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7. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

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8. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

9. Specials by Scott Westerfield

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10. Winterspell by Claire Legrand

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CAUTION: SPOILER ALERT, if you’ve not read any of the above 10 books.

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The Bookish Alphabet Tag

Hi Readers,
I was tagged by The Quirky Book Nerd to do the Bookish Alphabet Tag, which was started by Mariana @ Fireheartbooks. To do this tag, all you need to do is find a book that you own that begins with each letter of the alphabet. You do not need to have read this book for it to count. ‘The’ in the title does not count, so you could do The Half Blood Prince for ‘H.’ So here’s the tag:

The Bookish Alphabet Tag

A – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

B – Bird by Bird by Anne Lammott

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C – City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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D – The Death Cure by James Dashner

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E – Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

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F – Four by Veronica Roth

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G – The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

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H – The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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I – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

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J – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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K – King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green

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L – Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

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M – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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