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 :)

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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
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
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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: Books and Matching Song

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of February 16, 2016 is about music and books, so I made a list of ten books and ten songs that I thought went with the over all feel of the book.

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1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | Help I’m Alive by Metric

2. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey | Bury Me Alive by We Are the Fallen

3.  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | Lithium by Evanescence

4. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas | New Way to Bleed by Evanescence

5. The Rose Society by Marie Lu | In the Dark by Flyleaf

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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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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 5 Wednesday: Badass Characters

Normally I don’t participate in Top 5 Wednesdays, but after seeing this week’s topic, I decided to make a post. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey.  This week’s topic is badass characters. For my list, specifically I went with badass heroines.

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1. Ringer from The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

2. Aelin Galathynius from Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

3. Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

4. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

5. Tris Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth

Which characters are on your Top 5 Wednesday list? Feel free to post a link to your Top 5 Wednesday in a comment. 🙂

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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2015 In Review

Hello Readers,

Thank you for the comments, reading and liking my posts, the follows, and for the amazing book reviews. I would have never read the amazing Infernal Devices trilogy or  Throne of Glass series if it weren’t for the blogosphere.

Happy New Year!

T.K. Lawrence @ Read It or Not Reviews

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people.

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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. 🙂