Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Picture Books

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Top Ten Favorite Picture Books

Today is all about books with visuals!  Graphic novels and comics aren’t really my thing, so I decided to revisit my childhood and share my favorite picture books.

  1. Good Night Moon.  This was one of the first books I thought of!  It’s definitely a classic.
  2. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.  In general, I love I really like her picture books, but this one is so much fun!
  3. The Monster At The End Of This Book.  I read this one over and over as a kid.
  4. Stellaluna.  This was another one I read a lot as a kid.  I haven’t read it in forever, so maybe I’ll read it at some point.
  5. Where The Wild Things Are.  No list about picture books is complete without this one!
  6. The Velveteen Rabbit.  This one was definitely a childhood favorite.
  7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  How can you not include this picture book on a list of favorite picture books?
  8. The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs.  This one was so much fun to read as a kid.
  9. Dr Seuss.  I love Dr. Seuss!  I tried picking one…but I just can’t!  There are too many good ones to pick from.
  10. Beatrix Potter.  I don’t know that I could pick a favorite story of hers, but she’s pretty amazing.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Hidden Gems I’ve Read In The Last Year

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Top Ten Hidden Gems I’ve Read In The Last Year

I don’t think I talk about hidden gems/underrated books enough!  There are so many great books out there that deserve more attention, and these are my top ten!

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  1. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older.  This is a really cool book, and I liked that people connecting with spirits through paintings, art and music was seen as a normal thing, and not something unusual or special or Other.
  2. All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.  I cannot talk about this book enough!  It is so deserving of so much more attention.
  3. Gabi, A Girl In Pieces by Isabel Quintero.  If you like The Princess Diaries, you’ll really like this book.  Gabi is such a good character.

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  1. Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue.  I really loved how this book explored immigration and how the Great Recession changed everything for the two families we see in this book.
  2. Where The Streets Had A Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah.  I think her books are under-rated (generally speaking) but this one in particular is a hidden gem because it’s a side of the Israel-Palestinian conflict you don’t see often.
  3. A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly.  For some reason, I thought a lot more people knew about this book…but it’s definitely a hidden gem!  It’s Prohibition, but with magic, and that’s one of my favorite things about it.
  4. George by Alex Gino.  I know this book has popped up a lot lately on some of the TTT’s I’ve done, but I cannot recommend this book enough.

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  1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.  This was one of my favorite books from last year, and it’s a sweeping book about one family, on two different sides of the slave trade.
  2. Tumbling by Caela Carter.  I really liked My Best Friend, Maybe when I read that ages ago, and I really liked the behind-the-scenes drama in this book.
  3. All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood.  I think this book is the most known book on my list, but it was unusual and heartbreaking, and I feel like most people either love it or hate it.  The title is somehow appropriate and perfect for the book.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Seven 2016 Releases I Wanted To Read But Didn’t Get To

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Top Seven 2016 Releases I Never Got The Chance To Read

It seems like every year, there are always a bunch of books I want to read and never do.  I don’t have a full 10 books today, because I really couldn’t come up with 10.

  1. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows.  I’ve wanted to read this for a while, but I never seem to get around to it. I know it’s not a 2016 release, but it’s still one I never got around to reading, even though I kept telling myself I would.
  2. Imprudence by Gail Carriger.  I was so excited about it when it came out but never got around to it.
  3. Midnight Bites by Rachel Caine.  Her Morganville Vampire series is one of my favorites, so when I saw she was doing a collection of the short stories, I knew I had to read it.
  4. Outrun The Moon by Stacey Lee.  I really liked Under A Painted Sky, and I’m looking forward to reading Outrun The Moon so much!
  5. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.  I feel like I’ve heard a lot of good things about Truthwitch, and since I recently bought a copy at Barnes And Noble, I’m hoping I’ll actually read it.
  6. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.  I did pick this one up and a few pages in, realized the audio book was going to work a lot better for me.  I still need to listen to it, but hopefully, I’ll get to it this year.
  7. Empire Of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.  I really like this series so far, and even though I still need to read Queen Of Shadows, I can’t wait to read Empire Of Storms.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For

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Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For

When I pick up books to read, I don’t always pay attention to when it was published or whether it’s a debut book. It is fun to look through the lists of books being published for the year, and these are the 2017 debuts I’m looking forward to reading.

  1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber.  It’s about this legendary, once-a-year show and it sounds really good!
  2. Gilded Cage by Vic James.  Gilded Cage is about aristocrats who have magic, and the commoners who serve them for 10 years.  It sounds like something I’d love, and while it does seem like a lot of similar books are out there right now, this one caught my attention.
  3. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones.  It’s Goblins and sacrifice and I want to read it now!
  4. Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic.  This book seems very magical, and there’s a lot of secrets to uncover.  I’m definitely intrigued.
  5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  This book definitely caught my eye, and it’s inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.  I have the feeling it’s going to be heartbreaking to read, but I also have the feeling it will be worth it.
  6. American Street by Ibi Zoboi.  American Street looks so good!  It’s about a girl who immigrates to the U.S. from Haiti, and has to navigate a new place without her mother.  I’m definitely looking forward to reading it!
  7. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves.  Just from the summary, I get a Red Queen vibe from the book.  I kind of get a similar vibe for Gilded Cage, but it’s not going to stop me from picking this book up!
  8. Frostblood by Elly Blake.  I’m getting a Hunger Games meets Red Queen vibe from the book, but I’m still intrigued by opposing magical abilities coming together to change everything.
  9. The Hidden Memory Of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato.  I’m looking forward to this book because it’s about a girl who can see memories attached to objects…and uses that ability to figure out what happened to her brother.
  10. The Color Project by Sierra Abrams.  I think why I’m looking forward to this book is because Bee doesn’t want to reveal her real name to someone she meets.  I don’t know why that got my attention, but it did.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best Books Of 2016

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Top Ten Best Books Of 2016

I always have a hard time with these kinds of lists, because it’s so hard to narrow it down.  This year, it was actually really easy because I read a lot of okay books.  That made it easy to pick the ten best…and there are a lot of books I really liked, but not enough to make a year-end favorites list.

  1. When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez.  This book was hard to read, but I loved the portrayal of depression and how different it can be for different people.
  2. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.  I recommend this book to EVERYONE.  Please read it, it’s totally worth it.
  3. And I Darken by Kiersten White.  I love that all of her books are so different from each other, but this one is amazing!  It’s a gender-bent Vlad Dracula, and it’s worth reading.  So worth reading.
  4. Missoula: Rape And The Justice System In A College Town by Jon Krakauer.  This book is such an important read, and honestly, everyone needs to read it.  It’s a very good look at rape culture, and even though it contained things I already knew, I do not regret reading it.
  5. George by Alex Gino.  I cannot recommend this book enough.  This probably isn’t going to be the last time I’ll talk about George, but it really is one of the best books I’ve read this year.
  6. A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas.  A Court Of Thorns And Roses was really good too, but I thought this one was much better, and it’s making me so excited about the next book.
  7. The Heart Of Betrayal/The Beauty Of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson.  Each book in this series is better than the one before, and I honestly couldn’t pick one or the other.  So I did both!
  8. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone.  I loved this book so much, and it’s because we actually see a character with OCD in therapy and getting treated for it.
  9. All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds.  I know I’ve been talking about this book a lot lately, but that’s because this book deserves so much attention.  It really opened my eyes to things I had never thought about before, and I’m really glad I read it.
  10. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older.  I love the magic and normal it is for magic to exist in this world.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Want Santa To Bring Me

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Top Ten Books I Want Santa To Bring Me

There are so many books and bookish things I want!  How am I supposed to pick just 10?

Books:

  1. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows.  I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time, and maybe buying it will get me to read it!
  2. House Of Leaves by Mark Danielewski.  This is another book I’ve wanted to read for a long time, and I’m pretty sure I’d read it if mysteriously appeared under the tree.
  3. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick.  I loved The Boy Next Door and I can’t wait to read this follow-up that focuses on different characters.
  4. Any of the King Arthur Flour cookbooks.  They are my go-to website when I’m looking for dessert recipes, and yet I have none of their cookbooks.  This must happen!
  5. The Lunar Chronicles (including Fairest and Stars Above) by Marissa Meyer.  Even though I have all of them on my e-reader, I still want physical copies to look pretty on my shelves.
  6. The Mouse Guard graphic novels.  Medieval mice who are knights.  They’re adorable!

Bookish Things:

  1. The light switch plates that say Lumos and Nox.  I want one!
  2. All of the literary wax melt scents!  Seriously, who wouldn’t want them?
  3. All of the Hufflepuff things.  All of them!  Vague, I know, but if it’s Hufflepuff, I want it.
  4. Really, anything Harry Potter will do.  I talk about it all the time, and if you don’t know this about me, well, we have a problem.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To Reading In 2017

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Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To Reading In The First Half Of 2017

There are so many books I’m looking forward to reading next year when they come out.  Of course, most of them are coming out in the first half of the year, but these are the 10 I’m most excited about!

  1. Now I Rise by Kiersten White.  And I Darken was completely amazing, and I really need to read the sequel.  I’m looking forward to it so much!
  2. Legion by Julie Kagawa.  After the way Solider ended, I really need to know what happens!
  3. Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder.  It’s not funny how much I love this series, and I look forward to each new book a lot.  I just need to know how it’s all going to end.
  4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  I am looking forward to reading this book so much, and based on some of the early reviews, it seems like the hype is definitely warranted.
  5. Red Hot Rain by Rachel Caine.  I was so excited when I found out there was going to be another Weather Wardens book, and it’s one of my most anticipated books this year.
  6. A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.  It feels like the release date for this book is so far away, especially with how ACOMAF ended.  I’m not kidding when I say that I need to know what happens next.
  7. The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Sky.  I really liked The Crown’s Game, and so I am anxiously awaiting the release of The Crown’s Fate.
  8. Empress Of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza.  A girl seeking vengeance and wanting to claim her rightful throne is enough to draw me in!
  9. Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh.  I still haven’t listened to the Wrath And The Dawn but I like the idea of an alchemist with a target on her back and a group of rebel bandits.
  10. The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi.  This book is described as a Middle-Eastern, steampunk Jumanji.  Of course I’m going to read it!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2016

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Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2016

I’ve read over 100 books this year, and a lot of the authors were completely new to me.  Here are my top ten new favorite authors!

  1. Daniel Jose Older.  I know the Book Riot podcast has mentioned him a few times, and I really liked Shadowshaper.  I really need to read his other books!
  2. Jason Reynolds.  I loved All-American Boys, and I can’t recommend it enough.  I know I have at least one or two of his other books, and I really need to read them.
  3. Tamara Ireland Stone.  Every Last Word was one of the few books I read this year that I was truly excited about.  That’s pretty much why she made this last.
  4. Isabel Quintero.  I really liked Gabi, A Girl In Pieces, and if you love The Princess Diaries, this is a really good read-alike.
  5. Bryn Greenwood.  All The Ugly And Wonderful Things was so good, and I wasn’t sure what to think, but it was totally worth reading.
  6. Alex Gino.  If you haven’t read George, you really need to!  I’m looking forward to reading more books by Alex Gino!
  7. Lee Kelly.  A Criminal Magic was great, and even though I ended up not finishing City Of Savages, I’d still pick up a book by her!
  8. A. Cramton.  I love her books, and they really make me love contemporary romance!
  9. Han Kang.  The Vegetarian is easily the most bizarre book I’ve read this year, but in a good way!  I am totally planning on reading more books by her!
  10. Yaa Gyasi.  I recommend Homegoing, and it’s this really interesting and complex look at the slave trade and how different it was for the two families involved.

Top Ten Tuesday Holiday Gift Guide: Top Ten Books For The YA Lover

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Top Ten Books For The YA Lover

I generally don’t do gift guides, but I thought it might be fun to do a gift guide for people who love YA!  I definitely tried to do a range of genres and ages- everything from middle grade to older teens, and fantasy to historical fiction to contemporary.

  1. Where The Streets Had No Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah. In general, I would recommend her books but this one made my list because it gives an interesting voice to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. It’s more on the middle grade/younger end of YA spectrum, but still worth reading for people of all ages.
  2. All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. I’m pretty sure I recommend this book a lot, but it deserves the countless mentions! It’s such an important read because I feel like this is a story we see on the news a lot- and we see what it from two very different sides. Recommended for ages 14/15 and up.
  3. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older. This book is perfect for the YA lover in your life. There’s art and Caribbean myths and yet I felt like it was all very normal to see magic and art coming to life. Recommended for ages 14 and up..
  4. George by Alex Gino. This is another book that’s middle grade than YA, but it’s still on my list because I loved Melissa’s story and how wanting to be Charlotte in her school play was the thing that she wanted the most!
  5. A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I really love this series, and if you’re looking for a great book for the YA Fantasy reader, this is my current choice. It’s fairies and different courts and it’s full of awesome. (I’d say 15/16 and up, age-wise).
  6. Ash by Malinda Lo. This Cinderella re-telling is so under-rated, and it’s great for people who love fairy tale re-tellings. If you’re considering getting this one for a teen in your life, I’d say 15 and up (maybe 14, depends on the teen).
  7. And I Darken by Kiersten White. I love this take on Vlad Dracula. It’s dark, and definitely recommended for 16+ (maybe 15 and up, depending on the teen), but it’s also really good.
  8. Under A Painted Sky by Stacy Lee. This historical fiction novel was one of my favorites from last year, and it’s a Western! And set on the Oregon Trail. I love the friendships that we see in the book, and I definitely recommend it for everyone 14 and up.
  9. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. This is another recommendation that’s middle grade or on the lower end of YA. I love the magic in the book, and it’s set in Nigeria, which works really well with the myths and magic we see in the book.
  10. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This Roman Empire inspired fantasy is really good! It’s definitely on the dark side, but so worth it. Recommended for ages 15 and up.

Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving Freebie

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Top Ten Things I’m Grateful For

I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is so soon!  I am looking forward to the food, though.  And the Macy’s Parade!  It’s not Thanksgiving otherwise.  Here are ten things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving.

  1. Blogging!  It’s a really good outlet, and I get to talk about all of the books I’m reading.  Plus, I get to find out about other books (that I probably wouldn’t have read otherwise) from other people.
  2. Friends!  I know some very cool people and I am very glad they are a part of my life.
  3. My grandparents.  I’m really close to my grandma (and I was close to my grandpa before he passed away), and I’m glad I have such a good relationship with them.
  4. A job I like.  I know a lot of people aren’t that lucky, but not only am I grateful that I have a job, but that I like what I do.
  5. NaNoWriMo.  This is my 11th year doing it, and I love the community.  And I get to write something different every year- and it’s very different than what I write here on the blog.
  6. Harry Potter.  I am eternally grateful for the world that J.K. Rowling created and it’s what got me into writing in the first place.
  7. Coffee.  And tea, sometimes.  But mostly coffee.  I don’t think I could get through the day without coffee.
  8. Crochet.  It’s fun!  And not stressful.  Except for when it is stressful.  Which isn’t often, thankfully.
  9. Podcasts.  I like hearing people talk about their lives, and I like that there are so many different podcasts I could try.
  10. Books!  Obviously, I like books since I talk about them a lot.  But they make me think and I can go somewhere without leaving my house and I can learn so many things from just a few hundred pages.  They are pretty awesome.