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.

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heiligwww.amazon.com

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

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodmannerdist.com

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

Riders by Veronica Rossiwww.amazon.com

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 🙂

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
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia GrayA Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray

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
Firewalker by Josephine AngeliniWitch's Pyre by Josephine Angelini

6. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Waiting On: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
www.amazon.comThe Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Waiting On: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
adweek.comCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

 

8. The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Waiting On: The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
kernelscorner.comThe Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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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?

2016 TBR List

As the year of 2016 is upon us, I’ve decided to make a TBR list of some of the books I’d like to read this year:

  1. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  2. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  3. A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
  4. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  5. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  6. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  7. The Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  8. End of the Days by Susan Ee
  9. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  10. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  11. Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
  12. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
  13. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  14. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
  15. Glyphbinder by T. Eric Bakutis
  16. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  17. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
  18. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  19. The Last Star by Rick Yancey
  20. Linked by Susanne Valenti
  21. The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr
  22. The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
  23. The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  24. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
  25. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  26. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  27. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  28. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  29. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  30. Throne of Glass #5 by Sarah J. Maas
  31. Uprooted by Naomi Novak
  32. Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson
  33. Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
  34. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  35. World After by Susan Ee
  36. The Young Elites #3 by Marie Lu

What are some books on your TBR for 2016? 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of December 29, 2015 is: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016. Note: Some of these books will actually be released in the second half of 2016.

Here’s my list:

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1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare is an amazing writer with a great fantasy world, so I’m looking forward to the release of Lady Midnight, which will follow Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs.

2. Traitor’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini
I’ve just read Trial by Fire and really enjoyed it, so hopefully I can catch up and read Firewalker before starting Traitor’s Pyre.

3. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
I read An Ember in the Ashes and by the end I could hardly wait for the sequel after the startling ending.

4. Throne of Glass #5 by Sarah J. Maas
Although Queen of Shadows balanced the need for a resolution and a cliffhanger, I still cannot get enough of reading about the amazing Aelin and Sarah J. Maas’s writing.

5. The Young Elites #3 by Marie Lu
After The Rose Society‘s ending, I was left in suspense wondering what would become of Adelina and Violetta.

6. The Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Again, cliffhanger, I really want to find out what happens after that ending in Six of Crows.

7. Snow Like Ashes #3 by Sara Raasch
I have not finished reading Snow Like Ashes yet and I still need to read Ice Like Fire, but the premise sounds exciting.

8. The Last Star by Rick Yancey
I believe this is the third book in the series, so I’ll have a lot of reading to do before I can read this, but I’m excited nonetheless because of The 5th Wave‘s intriguing synopsis.

9. The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
The sequel to The Orphan Queen, hopefully I’ll have read The Orphan Queen when The Mirror King is released.

10. The Fever Code by James Dashner
A prequel to The Maze Runner trilogy.

What releases are you anticipating in 2016? Feel free to post a link to your TTT post in a comment. 🙂

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.

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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 Dragon’s Loyalty Award

I was nominated for The Dragon’s Loyalty Award by Whimsy Journals–thank you for the nomination! I really appreciate it. 🙂

The Dragon's Loyalty Award

Rules

  1. Display the award on your blog
  2. Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who awarded you
  3. Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award
  4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded
  5. Write seven interesting things about you.

Facts About Me

  1. When I read, I often read in intense intervals of one-two weeks.
  2. I love fantasy and dystopia novels.
  3. Three series that I can’t wait to finish: Throne of Glass (ToG #5, ToG #6), An Ember in the Ashes (A Torch Against the Night), and The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess).
  4. I’ve just learned how to knit and I enjoy knitting when I have free time.
  5. Currently I still have about fifty plus books on my TBR that have been there for two plus months.
  6. I spend equal amounts of time baking for humans and my dog.
  7. My favorite books are the books that I can read over and over and never grow tired of.

Nominations

Nicole Grishek @ Nikolie Olie Oh

Christine Rogers @ Christine-Rogers.net

Rachel @ One Little Bookshelf

Maria Casacelenda @ Big City Bookworm

Laura @ LaLa’s Blog

Magini – books @ Magic of books

 

 

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 – The 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… 😦

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 – The 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.