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 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday

*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.

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.

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 :)


Reader Ravings: 2016 Cliffhangers — Dying for the Sequel

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

cliffhanger |ˈklifˌhaNGər|

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.

cliffhanging |-ˌhaNGiNG|adjective

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

cliffhanger |ˈklifˌhaNGər|

(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

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

3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Waiting On: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
nerdist.comA Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Waiting On: Untitled (Truthwitch #2) by Susan Dennard

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 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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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:

Top Ten Tuesday

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

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

5. The Giver by Lois Lowry

6. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

7. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

8. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

9. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


Deserted Island Book Tag

Thank you to Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets for tagging me 🙂

Deserted Island Book Tag

Water — A book you simply cannot live without
I have not read this book yet, but I’m pretty sure it will be suspenseful with great writing–I really want to find out what happens to Ringer, especially.

Food — A book that is a close second on your favorites list
All the characters are very likable and the plot moves at a fairly brisk pace, but slow enough so I can still understand what is happening. I think this book is my favorite of the series 🙂

Shelter — A book that makes you feel at home and safe
I’m going to go with Lila’s answer on this one:

Flare Gun — A book you would recommend to someone who doesn’t read
Although this isn’t in my top favorites list, this book doesn’t take very long to set up and moves at a super fast pace and sweeps you into the story.

Matchsticks — A book that warms your heart
A book set in a library with games and riddles–need I say more? 🙂

Compass — A book that directed you towards your love of reading
I can’t remember which book first directed my love of reading, but I do remember that The Hunger Games began my love of reading YA.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I tag…
Please do not feel pressured to participate. Feel free to ignore this if you’ve already done this tag 🙂

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.

Top Ten Tuesday

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! 🙂

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?

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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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.

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: Futuristic Books I Love

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of February 2, 2016 is about past or future themed books, so I chose to make a list of ten futuristic books I love.

Top Ten Tuesday

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games was the first YA novel and dystopia I ever read and I love the protagonist, so naturally it claimed the #1 spot on a list of futuristic books I enjoyed reading.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

2. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The 5th Wave is an amazing take on the classic alien invasion. I’d definitely recommend this to YA sci-fi and dystopia readers.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I’m not sure whether The Lunar Chronicles are sci-fi or fantasy because they’re fairytale retellings, but I think the wrist embedded ID chips and cyborgs are definitely futuristic elements.

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth

5. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

6. Uglies by Scott Westerfield

7. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

8. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

9. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

10. The Giver by Lois Lowry
This would definitely be my favorite “classic” dystopia. It was short, but there was still amazing world building.

What books are your TTT’s this week? What books have you read on this list? What are your thoughts on them? Feel free to post a link to your TTT in a comment–I’d love to check them out 🙂

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

C – City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

D – The Death Cure by James Dashner

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

F – Four by Veronica Roth

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

H – The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

I – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

J – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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

L – Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

M – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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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?