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



The Inside Out Book Tag

I was tagged by Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd to do the Inside Out Book Tag–thank you! 🙂

Joy — A book that brings you joy.
It’s the first book of an amazing and very magical series…do I need to explain more?

Sadness — A book that made you sad.
Those of you who have read Allegiant can probably guess why.

Fear — A book that truly scared you.
The Grievers were kind of creepy to read about on my first read of The Maze Runner.

Disgust — A book that disgusted you.
It wan’t the book so much as the main character’s decisions who ‘disgusted’ me, I guess.

Anger — A book that makes you angry.
The book itself was well written and the characters likable, but that ending earned that book a good long private rant. It was a good ending, yes, but the very abrupt ending made me want more of the book.

I tag…

I hope you enjoy the tag! 🙂

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 🙂

Liebster Award | 2

Thank you iloveheartlandx @ Book Lovers Blog for nominating me for the Liebster Award. You can visit her blog here.

The Liebster Award

The Rules

  1. Once you are nominated, thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
  2. Nominate eleven smaller bloggers (try to keep to under 300 followers). You may have to go hunting for these blogs, the idea is to find new blogs and share them with the community. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.
  3. Answer the eleven questions the presenter asked you.
  4. Write eleven questions for the bloggers you nominated to answer.
  5. Lastly, copy the rules in this post.

iloveheartlandx’s Questions

  1. What do you love most about reading?
    What I love most about reading is being able to lose myself in the words, explore new (fantasy) worlds, and spend time with amazing characters.
  2. Favorite book blog that you’ve discovered this year?
    I don’t know. I’ve discovered a lot of wonderful book blogs this year.
  3. Why did you start blogging?
    I started blogging because I wanted to give blogging a try and because I wanted a place to talk about books. In 2014, I had an approximately ten month hiatus from blogging and then I began blogging again. I continued because I began to really enjoy it and a lot of book blogs are filled with great book recommendations.
  4. TV series that you love to binge-watch?
    I don’t exactly have a TV series that I love to binge-watch. But I am interested in seeing what becomes of the Shadowhunters TV series.
  5. Favorite movie?
    My favorite movie really depends on my mood. Generally movies I haven’t seen yet are the most entertaining, but all-time favorites would be Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit.
  6. Favorite book series?
    Again, it really depends on my mood. At the moment though, I really want to read The 5th Wave trilogy and The Lunar Chronicles since I haven’t read all the books.
  7. Favorite stand-alone book?
    I don’t often read stand-alone books, so when I do read one, it’s usually pretty good. I guess either Coraline or The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Both were beautifully written, but slightly creepy reads.
  8. If you could be any animal what would you be?
    Maybe a hawk–it would be fun to fly. Or a dog: dogs have such easy lives.
  9. Who is your favorite fictional character?
    That’s a hard one…I have so many favorite fictional characters. To pick one…Hermione Granger.
  10. What do you like to do outside of reading?
    Outside of reading, I enjoy writing, running, baking, and knitting.
  11. Who is your favorite singer?
    Amy Lee from Evanescence–she has a really beautiful voice. I would never have begun listening to her though if it weren’t for Veronica Roth’s Divergent playlist.

My Questions

  1. What film adaptation or any movie are you most excited for in 2016?
  2. What are three 2016 releases you are dying to read?
  3. What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
  4. Do you have a pet?
  5. What is one book with a lot of hype that you like?
  6. Who is your favorite mischievous character? (e.g. Peeves the poltergeist from Harry Potter)
  7. What is one film adaptation you like more than the book?
  8. Pen or pencil?
  9. Paper book or eBook?
  10. Paperback or hardcover?
  11. Do you like doing artistic activities? (e.g. drawing, sewing)

My Nominees

In my previous Liebster Award post, I nominated 11 other blogs. So I nominate anyone who hasn’t done the Liebster Award yet or anyone interested in answering my questions. 🙂


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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Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

op Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of November 17, 2015 is: Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So.

Here are the top ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

Top Ten Tuesday

1.  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | Celaena Sardothien

I like music,” she said slowly, “because when I hear it, I . . . I lose myself within myself, if that makes any sense. I become empty and full all at once, and I can feel the whole earth roiling around me. When I play. I’m not . . . for once, I’m not destroying, I’m creating.”
Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1))

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth | Tris Prior

“Now there are no reassurances except that where I go, I go because I choose to.”

Veronica Roth (Insurgent (Divergent, #2))

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | Katniss Everdeen

“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.”
Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1))

4. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

 “Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.”
Christopher Paolini (Eragon (Inheritance, #1))


I am devoting quotes 5-8 to quotes from Cassandra Clare’s books because she has a lot of humor sprinkled throughout her books.

5. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare | Isabelle Lightwood and Jace Herondale

“That does it,” said Jace. “I’m going to get you a dictionary for Christmas this year.”
“Why?” Isabelle said.
“So you can look up ‘fun.’ I’m not sure you know what it means.”
Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))

6. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare | Clary Fray, the Seelie Queen, Alec Lightwood, Isabelle Lightwood, and Simon Lewis

“I’ve noticed the Fair Folk often say ‘perhaps’ when there is a truth they want to hide,” Clary said. “It keeps you from having to give a straight answer.”
“Perhaps so,” said the Queen with an amused smile.
“‘Mayhap’ is a good word too,” Alec suggested.
“Also ‘perchance,'” Izzy said.
“I see nothing wrong with ‘maybe’,” said Simon. “A little modern, but the gist of the idea comes across.”
Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))

7. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare | Isabelle Lightwood and Jace Herondale

“Going round and around inside a dryer can be fatal, whereas pasta is rarely fatal. Unless Isabelle makes it.”
Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))

8. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare | Isabelle Lightwood

“I forgot that’s what gets you all hot and bothered, Jace, girls killing things.”
“I like anyone killing things, especially me.” he said with a smile.”
Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))

9. Winterspell by Claire Legrand | Clara Stole

“You cannot shy away from yourself. Look the world in the eye, and it can do nothing to hurt you.”
Claire Legrand (Winterspell (Winterspell, #1))

10. The Prisoner’s Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart | Kate Wetherall and Reynie Muldoon

“Now listen, we need to be quiet as mice. No, quieter than that. As quiet as . . . as . . .”
“Dead mice?” Reynie suggested.
“Perfect,” said Kate with an approving nod. “As quiet as dead mice.”
Trenton Lee Stewart (The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #3))


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.


Top Ten Tuesday: Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward to Their Sophomore Novels

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of November 3, 2015 is: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novels.

Here are the top ten debut authors who have me looking forward to their sophomore novels:

Top Ten Tuesday

1. Sabaa Tahir: I am definitely looking forward to the author of An Ember in the Ashes‘ sophomore novel: A Torch Against the Night.

2. Renee Andieh: I’ve only read a few pages of The Wrath and the Dawn, but they were very good. So I guess I’m looking forward to The Rose and the Dagger.

3.  Sara Raasch: So far, I’ve only read a quarter of Snow Like Ashes, but I’m still excited to read Ice Like Fire.

Now I’ve run out of authors who sophomore novels I’m anticipating, so the next seven books are second novels that I loved as much as the first book.

4. Veronica Roth: Insurgent is an amazing sequel to Divergent.

5. Sarah J. Maas: Crown of Midnight is definitely equal to the first novel, Throne of Glass.

6. Cassandra Clare: I have read Clockwork Angel, but I’ve not read the sequel.

7. Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were both great books,

8. Christopher Paolini: Eragon‘s sequel, Eldest, was just as good. I think I actually liked Eldest a little better, which is unusual since normally I like the first books best.

9. Marie Lu: I gave The Young Elites‘ sequel, The Rose Society, the same rating because there were similar pro’s and con’s.

10.  Rick RiordanI liked The Son of Neptune just as much as The Lost Hero.

Do you participate in Top Ten Tuesdays? Who are ten debut authors whose sophomore novels you anticipate? Feel free to post a link to your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments.

Three Quotes Book Tag — Day #3

Thank you again Nya @ NyaReads for tagging me! Here’s the tag:

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

The Quote:

“She taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love… That it should be done from necessity, not without exhausting all other options. That it should be done for people who need your strength because they don’t have enough of their own.”
Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))

The Nominees:

I tag…

Imagination Teen Book Reviews Blog

Comfy Reading

The Quirky Book Nerd

Participation is optional, please do not feel pressured to participate. I hope you enjoy the tag! 🙂