Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fairytale Re-Tellings I’ve Read Or Want To Read

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Top Ten Fairytale Re-Tellings I’ve Read/Want To Read

I love fairytale re-tellings, and it’s always fun to see how authors re-write well-known fairy tales.  Sometimes it would be cool to know the original story just to see how the re-telling is different, but at the same time, I also don’t want to compare the two the entire time.  These are my favorite fairy-tale re-tellings that I’ve read or want to read.

The Books I’ve Read:

  1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marisa Meyer.  Cinder, Scarlet and Cress were the first three books I thought of but decided to put as one, since they’re part of a series.
  2. Ash by Melinda Lo.  I really enjoyed this re-telling of Cinderella, and it’s different than a lot of other re-tellings I’ve read.
  3. Beauty by Nancy Ohlin.  This is a unique and really interesting take on Snow White, and I liked it.
  4. Princess Of Thorns by Stacey Jay.  I liked this re-telling of Sleeping Beauty…that’s about her daughter!  That actually made it different.
  5. The School For Good & Evil by Soman Chainani.  This is more of a general fairy-tale re-telling, and I think if you loved Shrek, you’ll probably like this book.  It’s not funny the way Shrek is, but there is something about this book that makes me think of Shrek.
  6. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge.  It’s a Beauty And The Beast re-telling, and I love Beauty And The Beast.  It’s an awesome movie, and this re-telling of it was really cool.
  7. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu.  It’s inspired by the Snow Queen, and there’s something about the book that is magical and enchanting.

The Ones I Want To Read:

  1. A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas.  I really want to read this Sleeping Beauty re-telling!  It does seem like people weren’t enthused with it, but it does seem like it’s something I’d like.
  2. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge.  I really liked Cruel Beauty, and I can’t wait to read this Little Red Riding Hood re-telling.
  3. Winter by Marissa Meyer.  I am so excited about Winter that I had to mention it separately.  I’m so excited that I’ve already pre-ordered it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters Who Are Book Nerds

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Top Ten Characters Who Are Book Nerds

As much as I love reading, I don’t pay a lot of attention to how bookish characters are.  It was easy first (I just had to get the obvious ones out of the way) and it did get a little harder, but I managed to come up with more than I thought.

  1. Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  She wrote Carry On, and really, it’s a book about the life of a major book nerd.  It’s one of the first characters I thought of.
  2. Hermione.  No list about book nerds is complete unless Hermione is on it.
  3. Darcy Patel from Afterworlds by Scott Patel.  She’s a YA writer, who’s actually writing a novel that’s told alongside Darcy’s story.  It’s a pretty cool story-within-a-story.
  4. Calaena from Throne Of Glass by Sara J Maas.  I just think it’s cool that she’s an assassin who likes to read.
  5. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.  There’s time travel in order to save Jane Eyre (the book) from being destroyed.  It’s a fun book, but I think it’s probably best appreciated by English majors.
  6. Marion from Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  She’s a pretty awesome librarian.
  7. Shenandoah from The Trial Of Dr Kate by Michael Glasscock.  This book is part of a series (each one is a stand alone, so you can read them in any order), and I really liked it because I liked how Shenandoah (a reporter covering the trial) intersected with Dr Kate’s trial.
  8. The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler.  The Bookstore is about Esme, who works at a bookstore called The Owl.  The Owl stands out the most, and it seems like quite the bookstore.  If it were real, I’d go there.
  9. Mia from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot.  Because of the diary writing.  And I think I heard something about an actual book written by the fictional Mia, which totally makes her bookish.
  10. Kyra from The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams.  Books saved her life- her secret trips to the Bookmobile got her reading, and out of the isolated community she lived in.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity

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Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity

Reading more diversely has been one of my goals for this year (and it’s going really well), so this list was really fun (and easy) to do!  These are my favorites so far.

  1. Ash by Malinda Lo.  I really liked it!  The easiest way to describe Ash is that it’s a lesbian re-telling of Cinderella, but it’s an awesome re-telling of Cinderella in general.
  2. Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince.  Taking Flight is DePrince’s memoir about how she became a ballerina, after becoming an orphan in Sierra Leone, and it’s really inspiring.
  3. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  I really need to read her other books, because I’m really impressed with her after reading Purple Hibiscus.  I really liked seeing Kambili see the way the world changed around her, and there were so many things that I take for granted, and didn’t even realize until I read this book.
  4. Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah.  I think this is a good book for people who love The Princess Diaries!  I was so angry at some of the characters for the things they said to Amal, but I also loved that she had her beliefs and stuck to them.  I thought she dealt with the stupid comments really well, and I found myself realizing that I don’t know anything about Islam.  (I also realized I want to learn more about Islam, because I find religion and belief systems to be fascinating.  If you have any good recommendations, leave them in the comments!)
  5. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor.  It’s fantasy/magical realism based off of Nigerian mythology and folklore, and now it makes me want to read those stories.
  6. Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee.  It’s set on the Oregon Trail, which is totally awesome.  And two girls (Samantha and Annamae) become great friends.  I especially love that Samantha, who’s Chinese, and Annamae, who’s African-American, share part of their lives and culture throughout the book.
  7. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley.  I really liked seeing two girls, on opposite sides of the civil rights movement, become friends and even fall for each other.
  8. My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter.  I liked seeing how a friendship fell apart, and how they started to put it back together.  I was so angry at Colette’s mom- she didn’t want Colette to go to Greece with Sadie just because Sadie’s lesbian, but it also made their friendship really interesting too.  It’s a really thoughtful look at friendship, and all of the other things that can make friendship more complicated.
  9. A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury.  I didn’t even know that the partition of India was a thing until I read this book- I also liked that you saw three very different sides to the British leaving India, and figuring out the borders for India and Pakistan.
  10. The Collected Autobiographies Of Maya Angelou.  She has quite a few biographies, and they’re all really good!  She’s such a fascinating person, and I’m really glad that she told her story.
  11. None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio.  This is such a great book about a girl who learns that she’s intersex!  It’s a new favorite, and it’s heartbreaking at times but also really hopeful and inspiring, and it totally made me think.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag

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Top Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag

I can’t believe it’s summer!  I know it’s not officially summer, but it’s close enough for me!  I’m super-excited about summer reading this year, much more than normal.  These are the books I want to have in my beach bag this summer.

The Dystopic & Paranormal Reads

Ten Beach Reads Collage

  1. Control by Lydia Kang
  2. ACID by Emma Pass
  3. Working Stiff by Rachel Caine

The “This Book Screams Beach Read” Books

Ten Beach Reads Fun Collage

  1. When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney
  2. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer Smith
  3. Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

The Weird, Creepy Thrillers

Ten Beach Reads Creepy Collage

  1. Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
  2. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
  3. City Of Saints And Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer
  4. House Of Leaves by Mark Danielewski

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I Really Want To Meet

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Top Ten Authors I Really Want To Meet

I have no idea how I managed to pick ten (a few were really easy) since I want to meet so many authors.  Books are magical, and meeting the people behind the books would be awesome but also scary, because I totally have this image of who they are, and what if I meet them and am all disappointed?  But still, it would be pretty awesome to meet the following people.

  1. J.K. Rowling.  Of course I want to meet her!  Harry Potter changed my life, and my life would be awesome if I could meet her.
  2. Rachel Caine.  I love her books and it would be awesome to meet her.
  3. John Green.  Meeting him would be fun!
  4. Alison Weir.  I’d love to talk to her about history.  Seriously, I would.
  5. Neal Shusterman.  Going off of his Unwind series, he seems like he’d be interesting to talk to.
  6. Jane Austen.  If I could go back in time and meet her, I totally would.
  7. Lauren DeStefano.  I follow her on Twitter, and she seems like she’d be cool to talk to.
  8. Maya Angelou.  I know I can’t meet her now, but having read her autobiographies…she had quite the life, and I just wish I had the chance to meet her.
  9. Toni Morrison.  It’s Toni Morrison, who wouldn’t want to meet her?
  10. Jessi Kirby.  I love her books, and I don’t know why I want to meet her but I really, really do.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

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Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

Books that I will probably never read…I never really thought about it, but with as much as I read, and as huge as my TBR list is, there are books I will probably never get to.  Which makes me sad, but that’s how it goes.

  1. Pretty much anything by Sarah Dessen.  I’ve tried a few of her books, but only got a few pages in before I had to DNF it.
  2. Dear Mr. Potter.  I want to read it, but it would appear that copies are no longer being sold.  Which is sad, because I’d love to read it.
  3. Days Of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor.  This is another one I want to read, but every single time I try, I can’t get into it.  Maybe one of these days I’ll actually be able to finish it.
  4. 50 Shades, which I want to form my own opinion on…but every time I think about it, I start feeling guilty about wanting to read it.
  5. Feathermore by Lucy Swing.  I’ve had this book (and the second one) for a while, but I really can’t see myself getting to it anytime soon.
  6. Whisper Of Light/Circle Of Light by Jennifer DeLucy.  I liked the first one, but it was a little too philosophical for me, and I can’t see myself finishing it.
  7. Suppressed by Kira Saito.  Overall, I like the series, but at this point, I’m not sure if I care enough to keep reading.
  8. Princess Diaries.  For the same reasons as the Arelia LaRue series…I like it, I just don’t know if I care enough to keep reading…even though I only have the last couple of books to go.
  9. Fruits Basket.  I want to finish it up, but when I tried to find the last 9, it looked like they were out of print.  But that was a few years ago, so maybe they’re back in print now.
  10. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.  I have all of them, but I’m finding it hard to read anything by Cassandra Clare right now…I feel overwhelmed and slightly irritated by all of the Shadowhunter books, and it’s enough to make me not want to read this series, even though it looks awesome.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Who Feature Characters Who…

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Top Ten Books Who Feature Characters Who…Deal With Some Tough Stuff

This week, I’m talking all about characters who deal with some tough stuff!  Well, I am, because when I was trying to come up with a list of books based on a certain type of character, I realized I don’t really read in any one genre or sub-genre to feel comfortable doing 10 (even though I probably could have).  So vague and broad it is!

  1. The Truth About Air & Water by Katherine Owen.  I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like getting hit by a baseball and forgetting the last several years of your life…which includes finding out about your daughter and the love of your life.  And I really can’t imagine being the girl who has to see this happen and having to give him the time and space for him to remember.
  2. Some Boys by Patty Blount.  I felt so bad for Grace, and so angry that people would rather turn against her than believe the town golden boy is capable of raping someone.
  3. My Best Friend, Maybe.  It’s such a good look at why and how a friendship fell apart, and both girls have to deal with things- Sadie and how she’s into girls, and Collette and discovering the role her mom played in things.
  4. Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca.  I liked seeing Lil deal with so many things in the midst of a flu outbreak, and how worrying about things like pandemics helped her deal with a horrible incident with one of her teachers months earlier…and how her fears came to life.
  5. Pretty much anything by Laurie Halse Anderson.  Whether it’s Melinda learning to find her voice after being raped, Hayley, who has to deal with her father’s PTSD after serving in Irag, or Lia dealing with anorexia, Anderson writes these issues so, so well.
  6. Me Since You by Laura Weiss.  It’s such a heartbreaking book about a girl who loses her to dad to suicide, but it’s also book that I recommend so much!
  7. Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.  I can’t imagine what it’s like to be sent to a labor camp in Siberia.  I really can’t, but it’s such a good reminder of how horrible people can be, and how people can make it through.
  8. Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan.  Emma has to deal with a lot- the death of her father, her mother abandoning her, her abusive aunt who would try to kill her- and I wanted her to be okay and happy.
  9. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.  Lenny’s story about dealing with the sudden death of her sister was really moving.  I’m an only child so I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like to lose a sibling, but Nelson shows it really well.
  10. Hate List by Jennifer Brown.  This novel about a school shooting and its aftermath was so hard to read, but also worth it.

Honorable Mentions: Crank by Ellen Hopkins, This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, and Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Check In With

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Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Check In With

Sometimes when I finish a book, I wonder how the characters are doing, and this list is all about that!  Some characters stay with you long after closing the book, and some I really need to know are doing okay.

  1. Tally and Lincoln from The Truth In Lies series by Katherine Owen.  It seems like there’s a good possibility of another book about these two, but that’s not stopping me from wanting to know how things are working out for them after how the second book ended.
  2. Kendra from the Ondine series by Emma Raveling.  I want to know how the elemental community is doing after the war with the Shadow is over.
  3. Anna and St. Clair.  I need to know all about their wedding, and I need to know that they had their happily ever after, even though I know they’ve had it.
  4. The entire gang from K.A. Tucker’s Ten Ten Breaths series.  I need to know how they’re all doing, especially Kacey and Livie.
  5. Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  I really want to know what life is like for Cath now that Simon Snow is over.
  6. Emma from the Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan.  I just need to know she’s okay and happy and at peace with everything that happened to her.
  7. Rowan from Me Since You by Laura Weiss.  She’s another character that I need to know is doing okay.
  8. Lennie from The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.  I pretty much want to know what’s up with Lennie.
  9. Valerie from Hate List by Jennifer Brown.  I want to see how she’s doing, because I’ve wondered how she’d be doing after graduating from high school and everything that happened.
  10. The characters from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I really want to know how the Circus is going.  I really do.
  11. And of course, I need to know how everyone from the Harry Potter series is doing.  I know JKR has revealed bits and pieces about what happened to the characters after the series has ended, but that’s not going to stop me from wanting to know how they’re doing!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Recently Added To My To-Read List

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Ten Books I Recently Added To My To-Read List

So, this one was super easy, especially with goodreads!  I really love adding new books to my TBR, so it’s fun to actually share some of them!  I literally went with the 10 most recent books I added. For the most part, it definitely reflects me wanting to read more diversely, and I didn’t realize how many books I added because of it until I started working on this list.

  1. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison.  I was inspired by last weeks to list re-read it, and added it to my TBR to remind myself to re-read it.
  2. the Soulfinder’s series by Maria Snyder.  I thought about doing each one as its own, but decided against it!  I’m super-excited that she has a new series set in Ixia/Citia.
  3. Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet by Jamie Ford.  I’m really intrigued by this book!  It’s about this hotel that has the belongings of people who were sent to Japanese internment camps during World War 2, and it’s been boarded up for decades before opening again.
  4. Out Of Nowhere by Maria Padian.  I added this book about a town in Maine that has a lot of Somali refugees and how this one guy is changed by 9/11 and getting to know his classmates.
  5. A Time Of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux, translated by Y Maudet.  I stumbled across this one while searching for some books that were more diverse, and really liked the premise of this one.  It’s all about the collapse of the Soviet Union, and how this girl is fleeing Georgia, and ends up all over Europe.
  6. Alive In The Killing Fields by Nawuth Keat and Martha Kendall.  I’m looking forward to reading this memoir about a man who lived in Cambodia during the reign of Pol Pot.
  7. Life, After by Sarah Darer Littman.  This book about a family moving from Argentina to the U.S. sounds like a book that I’d really like.
  8. Tell Us We’re Home by Marina Budhos.  3 girls, living a small town, where things get really touchy after one of their moms is accused of theft, sounds right up my alley.
  9. Blue Gold by Elizabeth Stewart.  I’m really interested in this one!  It’s about 3 girls, on three different continents, who are all affected by an increased need for blue gold.
  10. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier.  It’s a ghost story!  And a mysterious, ancient curse!  What’s not to like?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read

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Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read

Today is all about books we’re not sure we want to read!  Sometimes, you want to read something, but you’re not quite sure about it for a number of reasons.  Hopefully, I’m not the only one who’s unsure about some of the books on our TBR-pile!

  1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is one of the first books that came to mind.  So many people love it that I’m really scared to read it for fear I’ll be the weirdo who doesn’t like it.  (Especially since that’s what happened with The Book Thief).
  2. 50 Shades Of Gray is the other book I immediately thought of.  I mean, I want to know what everyone’s talking about, and I also want to form my own opinion about it, and I can’t properly do that if I haven’t given it a try.  But I also have a pretty good idea of public opinion about it, and I don’t want people to think less of me just because it’s something I may or may not read one day.  (I also need to worry less about what people think of my reading choices, but that’s a completely different post).
  3. Pretty much any Cassandra Clare series that’s not The Mortal Instruments series.  I’m enjoying that series, but I’m hesitant to read what seems like an overwhelming number of books set in that world.  I don’t know that I enjoy it enough to give her other books a try (although I’ll probably read the Infernal Devices series since I actually own them), and part of me is already kind of sick of this particular world.
  4. The Lying Game series by Sara Shepard.  Mostly because I’m concerned that it’ll drag on for too long (which is how I felt about Pretty Little Liars) but part of me is intrigued enough to at least read the first on.
  5. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.  Partly because I bought it ages ago, and now I’m not sure if I’m intrigued enough to actually read it, but enough people seem to like it that I’m worried it won’t live up to the hype.
  6. Working Stiff by Rachel Caine.  I love her other series, and I’m worried that this will be the one series of her I hate.
  7. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson.  What if I don’t love it the way I love her other books?
  8. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.  Actually, I’ve already read it (back in high school), but I’m scared to re-read it! Mostly because re-reading books I read as a kid kind of scares me.
  9. Eleanor And Park by Rainbow Rowell.  I almost forgot to include this one, but I’m also not sure about it!  My biggest reason for not being sure is the hype, and how much people seem to love it (which seems one of the themes for today). And it’s something that makes me really nervous, because then I get disappointed when it doesn’t meet the really high expectations for it.
  10. Just One Day by Gayle Forman.  Like several other books I’ve already talked about, the hype surrounding it makes me unsure about reading.  And I loved If I Stay/Where She Went, and I’m worried I won’t love it like I loved those books (also like some of the other books I’ve talked about).