Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Love To See On T.V.

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Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As T.V. Show Or Movie

It’s always fun to think about what books I’d love to see as a t.v. show or a movie, which I’ve done a few times.  You can see those posts here, here, and here, and it was interesting to go back and see what I wanted to see onscreen (the fact that I wanted Divergent as a movie 3 years ago is unreal to me).  Here’s a very updated list of the books I want to see adapted for t.v. and/or the movies!

  1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman.  Having finished the series recently, I think it would be a really good t.v. show.
  2. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.  This would work well as either a movie or a t.v. show, but I’m leaning towards t.v. because it would be cool to live in this world week after week.
  3. Under A Painted sky by Stacey Lee would be an awesome movie.
  4. Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour.  I just really want to see this as a t.v. show, and I don’t know why but I do.
  5. On The Fence by Kasie West would be a cute movie.
  6. Shadow and Bone by Leah Bardugo totally needs to be a movie.  I really want to see the series brought to life.
  7. Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker is a series I’d love to see as a t.v. show.  I love the characters, and it would make an awesome show.
  8. How cool would it be if The Selection by Kiera Cass were a t.v. show?  I think it’s made to be on t.v.
  9. The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer Smith would be a really cute rom-com.
  10. Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca would make for an interesting movie.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New Series I Want To Start

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Top Ten New Series I Want To Start

So, new series!  Like, last couple of years new.  This is actually right up my alley, since I read a lot of series, and there are so many I want to read.  It definitely helps that I tend to go for the more recent releases, and I honestly could have picked any number or series.  I honestly could do several lists just based on this topic alone…but I did narrow it down to ten.  (I just wish I knew how I managed that).

  1. The Diviners by Libba Bray.  I’ve wanted to read this one for a while, especially after reading her Gemma Doyle series. I can’t wait to read it!
  2. Partials by Dan Wells.  I’ve been intrigued with this sci-fi series, especially because it’s about these beings identical to humans.
  3. Venom by Fiona Paul.  I’ve wanted to listen to this one for a while, so I’m just going to have to one of these days.  Plus, it’s in Venice!  You can’t go wrong with a novel set in Venice!  I’m also intrigued with Renaissance Venice, since I don’t normally read books set in that time period…
  4. Just One Day by Gayle Forman.  A lot of people seem to love this series, and I LOVED If I Stay, so I’m going to have to read it soon.
  5. For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund.  I’m very intrigued by a Luddite nobility, plus, I’ve seen quite a few positive reviews.  And it’s inspired by Persuasion, so that makes me want to read it even more.
  6. The Testing by Janelle Charbonneau.  I’ve been meaning to read it for ages, but forgot to download the ARC from netgalley before it was archived…so I’ve never read it, even though I did eventually buy a copy to read.
  7. Pivot Point by Kasie West.  I very much want to read this book someday, because I’m very intrigued by the idea of a girl who can look into the future and see both possible outcomes.
  8. The Archived by Victoria Schwab.  I feel like this list is full of series I’ve meant to read but never got around to, and this one is no exception.  I mean, it’s about a girl who works in the Archives of the dead!  It’s totally up my alley.
  9. Tandem by Anna Jarzab.  I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews for this book, and I’m intrigued by going into parallel worlds to stop war.
  10. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.  Partly because I wanted to include something a bit more recent, but also because I like the idea of a Southern Belle who becomes a Paladin.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

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Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

One of my favorite things about reading is that it lets me travel without leaving the comfort of home.  Granted, reading isn’t the same as actually going places, but books makes me want to travel to both fictional places and real places (and reading will just have to do until I can afford to travel).

  1. Hogwarts.  I am still waiting for my letter to Hogwarts.  Who wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts or the wizarding world?
  2. Narnia.  As a kid, I would hide in the closet in hopes that I’d be transported to Narnia.  Narnia sounds amazing.
  3. Middle Earth.  I’m not a big fan of the Lord Of The Rings (but I will admit that I LOVE the movies) and yet I still find myself wanting to visit Middle Earth.
  4. Candyfreak by Steve Almond did make me want to visit all of the candy factories he mentions in the book.
  5. Paris.  All because of Anna And The French Kiss.  This book makes me want to go to Paris so bad.
  6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern makes me wish such a circus existed because I would to LOVE to visit a circus like this.
  7. India sounds like an interesting but bustling place because of Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
  8. England…I can’t pick just one book that makes me want to go there, because there are so many!  I think it’s all of the books I’ve read about the Tudors…
  9. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han makes me want to visit a place like Cousins Beach and spend the entire summer there.
  10. New Orleans is a place I want to visit, notably because of the Arelia LaRue series and Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books For People Who Like Character Driven Novels

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Top Ten Books For People Who Like Character Driven Novels

To be honest, I had to think about this one for a while, because I don’t pay a lot of attention to whether a book is more character-driven or plot-driven.  But after looking through everything I’ve read the last few years, I managed to come up with a few.

  1. You Look Different In Real Life by Jennifer Castle.  I listened to this one recently, and was struck by how much each character stood out, despite the fact that there are so many of them!
  2. Tampa by Alyssa Nutting.  I can’t believe that I’ve mentioned this one for the second time in as many weeks,  but you really get into the characters head, as disturbing as it is.
  3. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  One of the things that has jumped out at me while reading Code Name Verity is that it’s more about the narrator telling her story than it is about what’s actually happening.
  4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  I feel a little weird putting this one on my list, as I didn’t actually finish it, because from what I did read, it did seem to be more about the characters.
  5. The Homecoming Masquerade by Spencer Baum.  Yes, you announce you’re in the running for a shot at immortality by wearing black to homecoming, but it really does go into all of the characters and their motivations.
  6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  It really is about Cath figuring out who she is, and I could so relate to her story.
  7. The Trial Of Dr. Kate by Michael Glasscock.  I’ve really enjoyed his Round Rock series, and this one in particular really highlights the people in this small town.
  8. A World Away by Nancy Grossman.  I’m not sure if this one counts as character-driven, but I liked seeing Eliza experiencing new things for the first time.
  9. Every Day by David Levithan.  I’m not a big fan of the book, but I think it’s an interesting read when your identity changes every day.
  10. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir.  Really, any of her historical fiction books would work, but this is one of my favorite HF books by Weir.  It’s such a good (fictional) look at Elizabeth, and it felt very much like everything actually happened, even though some of it is fictional.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

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Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

There are a lot of books that are hard for me to read, for many different reasons.  Whether it’s because I’m bored or because of the subject matter, some books are just really hard to get through.

  1. Tampa by Alyssa Nutting.  This one is the first that came to mind, because it’s about this teacher who seduces one of her students…there was a point where I was going to DNF it, but in the end, I managed to finish because I wanted to see if she’d face any consequences if she got caught.
  2. A Game Of Thrones by G.R.R. Martin.  I had to force myself to finish it, because the detail and length were overwhelming and intimidating.  Not to mention, I was really bored reading it.
  3. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley.  Now that I think about it, it was hard to read, because of how real it felt, and how much I could picture everything happening- but it’s also a story I hope we don’t forget.
  4. It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han.  Of the 3 books in the series, the 2nd one was the hardest, because I couldn’t stop crying long enough to read it.
  5. Some Boys by Patty Blount.  Because it’s horribly unfair that everyone will turn against a girl just because they don’t want to believe that the town golden boy is capable of rape.
  6. Out Of Breath by Rebecca Donovan.  Mostly because Emma’s story, and the abuse she suffered at the hands of her aunt, was so heartbreaking that all of the crying made it hard to read.
  7. This Much Is True by Katherine Owen.  It’s such a heartbreaking, angsty story that was hard to read at times, but it was so worth it.
  8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman.  Because a book about a girl deciding to live or die is a hard book to read.
  9. And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts.  I know what AIDS is like now, but it was hard to read a book about the first few years of the AIDS epidemic.
  10. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.  I felt like Hannah was far too willing to blame everyone else, and it made the book really hard to read, but I did like the message that your actions and words have more of an impact than you realize.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall To Read List

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Top Ten Books On My Fall To Read List

So, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately- which I think I may be coming out of- so working on a fall to-read list seems a little weird, but I’m also hoping that at least one of the following books will help me out.

  1. Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis.  I’ve added this one to my currently reading shelf, so technically, I’m reading it…even though I actually haven’t started yet.  But I’m still excited to read this one ever since I first heard about, and I’m really looking forward to reading the advance copy I have!
  2. You Look Different In Real Life by Jennifer Castle.  I’m really intrigued by the idea of a movie being made about a few kids every few years…I think it’d be great to listen to, but it’ll have to wait until I have some time to listen to an audio book.
  3. Silk Is For Seduction by Loretta Chase.  I’ve been meaning to read more Loretta Chase, and I’ve had this one for ages.
  4. Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.  I just need a cute, fun YA contemporary romance, and I think Isla fits the bill perfectly.
  5. City Of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare.  Right now, I’m in a YA paranormal mood, plus, I want to see how some things get resolved.
  6. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.  I really need to read more Jennifer E. Smith.
  7. Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols.  I also need to read more Jennifer Echols, and I think this music-centered book is right up my alley.
  8. Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh.  I’ve heard such good things about her books that it’s about time I start reading her!
  9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.  I’ve been really nervous to read this book, but I’m going to have to get over it, and read it this fall.
  10. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages, and I need to stop putting it off.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I Need To Read More Of

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Top Ten Authors I’ve Read One Book From And Need To Read More Of

I have a tendency to read every book an author has written, so it was quite the challenge to come up with 10 authors I’ve only read one book from!  But, there are some authors who I really need to read more of, so here are my 10 authors!

  1. Jennifer Echols.  I’ve only read Such A Rush, and I LOVED it, so I have no idea why I haven’t read her other books yet.
  2. Jennifer E. Smith.  I loved Statistical Probability Of First Sight, and yet, I have yet to read her other books.
  3. Emma Raveling.  I read Whirl, the first book in her Ondine series ages ago, but for some crazy and unknown reason, I haven’t finished the series yet.
  4. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of Splintered series by A.G. Howard.
  5. I’ve read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, but I’m terrified to read her other books- especially Eleanor & Park- because I feel like I won’t like them the way I loved Fangirl.
  6. Makiia Lucier.  A Death-Struck Year is one of my favorites so far, and I really want another book by Lucier to come out soon!
  7. I’m really looking forward to reading more books by Abbi Glines.  Why have I not read her other books?
  8. After reading Me Since You, I’ve decided that I need to read more Laura Wiess.
  9. And I feel the same way about Leila Sales after reading This Song Will Save Your Life.
  10. Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara is another favorite, and I really want her to come out with another book, because I know it’ll be just as awesome as Lovely, Dark and Deep.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Underrated YA Books

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Top Ten Underrated YA Books Of All Genres

There are so many YA books out there that really need more attention!  I was going to go with YA contemporary, but I kept thinking of so many different awesome books that I couldn’t stick with just one genre.

  1. Witch Child by Celia Rees.  To me, it seems like historical fiction isn’t huge in YA- and within historical fiction, the 1920’s, World War 2 and the late 1800’s/early 1900’s are super popular to the point that it seems like nothing else exists.  Witch Child is is about a young woman (who just happens to be a witch) and finds herself living with the Puritans.  It’s such a great book, and I love that it’s in diary form.
  2. Illuminate by Aimee Agresti.  I’m sure a lot of people are probably over the paranormal genre, but I think Illuminate is great!  It’s a slightly different take on angels, and I like that Haven doesn’t have to make a decision to fight for good or evil.
  3. The Adoration Of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson.  I love that Jenna Fox is sci-fi, and I feel like straight-up sci-fi isn’t huge in YA.  But it definitely makes you think about how far is too far in terms of science and ethics.
  4. Unwind by Neal Shusterman.  Unwind is a really underrated dystopic novel!  It’s interesting that it deals with unwinding kids (the compromise made between people who are pro-life and pro-choice) and that Shusterman has narrators from so many different points of view.  He does a great job with showing all of the different sides.
  5. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.  I really wish more people talked about Uglies!  It definitely focuses on beauty, and given how much people like to talk about beauty standards for women, you’d think this one would make more waves.  It’s definitely one of my favorites!
  6. Speechless by Hannah Harrington.  I love that Chelsea’s vow of silence taught her so much, and that she had to deal with the consequences of her actions.
  7. Wander Dust by Michelle Warren.  Wander Dust is such a great paranormal book!  I like that’s it’s all about time travel, and that you have to work in teams, and that each team member has their own strengths and talents.
  8. Witch Struck by Victoria Lamb.  Witch-Struck is such a good combination of historical fiction and paranormal, and I love that they go so well together.  Plus, it’s set during the reign of Bloody Mary, which had me sold!
  9. A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier.  Another historical fiction, this time set during the Spanish flu epidemic.  I definitely want to read more about it because of this book.
  10. The Crown by Colleen Oakes.  I love this take on Alice In Wonderland and how it’s about the Queen Of Hearts and how she got that way.  And I love how dark it is.  It’s definitely a great book.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books People Tell Me I MUST Read

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Top Ten Books People Tell Me I MUST Read

If some of the books on this list seem familiar, it’s because some of them may have made my TTT for last week…as hesitant as I may be to read certain books.  Actually, consider this the list of books I need to read so I know what people are talking about, because that describes most of the books on my list this week.

  1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  As hesitant as I am to read it, I feel like it’s one of those books I need to read so I know what people are talking about.
  2. Eleanor And Park by Rainbow Rowell.  I’m even more hesitant to read Eleanor And Park, but it’s another one that I want to at least try reading because so many people have loved it that I need to read it.
  3. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.  I have them so I’ll read them at some point, but people seem to love it more than Mortal Instruments, so I’m curious to see what else Clare has done in the Shadowhunter world (even if all of the planned series set in this world makes me nervous).
  4. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead.  This is another series where people seem to like the spin-off more than the original (or, at least, they seem to like it as much as the original series) so I’m definitely going to have to read it eventually.
  5. Just One Day by Gayle Forman.  Again, a lot of people seem to love, so I’ll have to read it one of these days.
  6. A Discovery Of Witches.  I’m fairly certain this was recommended to me at some point (I wish I could remember who) and while I’m feeling too lazy to see what it’s about, I’ll definitely have to read it.
  7. A Confederacy Of Dunces.  It’s come up as a topic of conversation with some friends quite a few times, and while it wasn’t recommended to me specifically, I feel like it’s another one to read someday.
  8. Pretty much anything by Sarah Ockler.  Unlike my list so far, I’ve actually gone ahead and included an author as opposed to a specific book.  But again, she seems to be someone people love, to the point that I want to see why so many bloggers seem to like her.
  9. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau.  I’ve seen it reviewed quite a few times, and I’ve been curious about it, especially since it seems like reviews are mixed.  But it still seems right up my alley!
  10. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.  My friend Heather recommended this one a while ago (come to think of it, I’m pretty sure she recommended A Discovery Of Witches) and I’d really like to read it someday!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books For People Who Have Never Read About The Tudors

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Top Ten Books For People Who Have Never Read About The Tudors

Tudor England is one of my favorite time periods ever!  I’ve been fascinated with the Tudors ever since I did a research project on Elizabeth 1 in high school, and since it’s the only era in history I’ve consistently read about, I knew it would be a great topic.  I went for a combination of non-fiction and fiction, and you can’t go wrong with any of the books I talk about.  All links will lead you to goodreads!

Non-Fiction:

  1. The Wives Of Henry VIII by Antonia Frasier.  There are a couple other biographies about the 6 women who were married to Henry VIII (that I know of) and I knew I had to include at least one of them.  I’d go with this one, since it gives the best overview of his wives.
  2. Henry VIII: The King And His Court by Alison Weir.  It’s a really good look at Henry VIII himself, and it’s a pretty long book with quite a few details, but it also give really good insight into Henry’s life and who he was.  (I will say, you can’t go wrong with Alison Weir, who is one of my favorite authors).
  3. Winter King: Henry VII And The Dawn Of Tudor England by Thomas Penn.  Initially, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include it on this list, because I actually haven’t finished it…because I put it on hold months ago- like, last year months ago.  But even though I haven’t finished it, it’s still an interesting read, because it touches a bit on the Wars Of The Roses, which led to the Tudors sitting on the throne.
  4. Jane Boleyn: The True Story Of The Infamous Lady Rochford by Julia Fox.  It’s been ages since I’ve read it, but it’s a great biography of the sister-in-law of Anne Boleyn and a lady-in-waiting to three Tudor Queens.
  5. The First Queen Of England: The Myth Of “Bloody Mary” by Linda Porter.  I feel like this biography of Mary is good one to read, since it’s actually a really good introduction to who Mary Tudor was and what influenced her to be the person and Queen she was.

Historical Fiction:

  1. Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb.  It’s a great YA paranormal historical fiction about a witch living during the reign of Mary Tudor…and she just happens to be in service to the future Elizabeth I.  It’s a good look at what life was like during this time.
  2. Gilt by Katherine Longshore.  I was debating whether I wanted to include this one or Tarnish, but I went with Gilt because it’s about Katherine Howard, and she doesn’t pop up too often in books about this time period.  (Well, in books that I’ve read).
  3. Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer.  It’s a great middle grade book about Mary Tudor, and I think it would be a great way to introduce the time period to kids.
  4. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory.  I thought about putting The Other Boleyn Girl on this list, as it’s a book a lot of people probably know.  But I actually like The Boleyn Inheritance better!  Partly because it focuses on Anne Of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Jane Rochford, but also because Gregory can tell a story that keeps you reading.  This one in particular has you invested in the characters.  (Side Note: You can’t go wrong with any of her Tudor Court books.  I haven’t read The Other Queen, but I highly recommend the rest of the series).
  5. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir.  I tried really hard to include only one Alison Weir book, which was really hard since I’ve read so many books by her.  She’s made the jump from non-fiction to historical fiction sometime in the last few years, and so I felt like a 2nd appearance was warranted.  Overall, her historical fiction is super-accurate and authentic (for those who like that in historical fiction), which is the direct result of writing historical fiction set during the time periods that she researches for her non-fiction stuff.