Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

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Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

This one is an interesting topic for me, because I really had to look at my bookshelves!  I definitely have a lot of authors that are pretty new, so they don’t have this huge backlist of books.  But I managed to come up with quite a few authors where I have at least 5 or 6, so I went with some of my favorites!

  1. Rachel Caine with 29 books.  Mostly because I’m a big fan, and own most of her books…but it does help that Weather Wardens is 9 books, and Morganville Vampires is an astounding 15 books.
  2. Alison Weir with 9 books.  I have a bunch of her books, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be happy when I have all of her books.
  3. Natsuki Takaya with 15 books.  I really need to finish Fruits Basket one of the days.
  4. Rachel Ray.  I’m a big fan of her food, which is why I have 7 of her cookbooks!
  5. Maria V. Snyder with 11 books.  I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but she is one of my favorites in the genre!
  6. Julie Kagawa with 7 books.  (10, if you include novellas).  Because she is full of awesome.
  7. J.K. Rowling can do no wrong with the 8 books I’ve read.  (…plus the care of magical creatures textbook, quidditch through the ages and the tales of beedle the bard…and I really need to read The Cuckoo’s Calling…)
  8. Gail Carriger is why I love steampunk.  I have 7 of her books!
  9. Jane Austen with 6 books.  Because she’s Jane Austen.  And she’s right up there with J.K. Rowling.
  10. Philippa Gregory is one reason why I love historical fiction.  The 5 books I have are pretty awesome.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I’d Want With Me On A Deserted Island

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Top Ten Characters I’d Want With Me On A Deserted Island

When I started thinking about this list, I had the hardest time with it!  But 10 characters were really easy to come up with, because, well, it’s good to have all sorts of people with you.  My list is definitely random, except for a couple of super-obvious choices (in my opinion), and there are definitely no limits to what the characters can do, because it’s my deserted island, and the characters I picked would totally have all of the abilities they would in their respective books.

  1. Hermione is one of the obvious answers, but she’s smart and she’s a witch, so she’d be great to have around.
  2. Katniss is the other obvious choice, but she’s good with a bow and arrow, so we’d be good as far as food goes.
  3. Four from Divergent.  I need someone to swoon over,
  4. Etienne St. Clair from Anna And The French Kiss.  You can never have too many hot guys to swoon over.
  5. Mia from The Princess Diaries.  So I have someone to freak out with.
  6. Dr. Steiner from Ten Tiny Breaths.  He is a very strange and unconventional psychiatrist, but you never know when you’re going to need one.  Even if he can’t prescribe any medication, it can’t hurt.
  7. Perry from Under The Never Sky.  He’s able to provide for the Tides no matter what’s going on, so he’d definitely be good to have around.
  8. Valek from Poison Study.  You never know when an assassin/spy is going to come in handy.
  9. The Weasley Twins.  They are pretty entertaining, which will make being on a deserted island a little bit easier to handle.
  10. Charlie Weasley.  Apparently, Harry Potter characters are good to have around.  Considering Charlie works with dragons, he’d be good to have around for all of the wild animals roaming around.


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite T.V. Shows

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Top Ten Favorite T.V. Shows

This week, we’re actually taking a break from the normal book-ish topics, and talking about other forms of entertainment! I opted for my favorite t.v. shows, because I really do like to just sit down and watch some t.v. sometimes.  Here are some past and current favorites.

  1. Gray’s Anatomy.  Gray’s Anatomy has had it’s share of good, bad and bizarre, but it’s so addicting!
  2. Scandal.  For the longest time, I meant to watch Scandal, and I finally got around to watching it recently.  Parts of it were pretty familiar, probably as a result of me being lazy after Gray’s Anatomy finished.  But I’m glad I got caught up with it.
  3. NCIS.  I actually came across it on the USA network, so I got into it quite a few seasons in.  But there is a reason why it’s one of the most popular shows- it has some great moments, and the characters are a lot of fun.
  4. Downton Abbey.  I’ve only seen the first couple of seasons, but I will definitely be catching up before the next season starts.
  5. Nashville.  It’s about country music, and I love country music a lot, so I can’t believe it took me a while to get into it.
  6. Gilmore Girls.  I am such a fan of Gilmore Girls (which reminds me that I need to finish up my project to blog my way through the entire series).  I came to Gilmore Girls through ABC Family, and watched only season 7 live, but I fell in love with the town and the characters.
  7. Lost.  I loved Lost when it was on, so I may have to rewatch it one of these days.  Probably after I finish the 50 million other things I need to watch.  It was such a strange show, but strange is something I’m a fan of.
  8. Once Upon A Time.  Considering Lost is one of my favorite shows, it’s no surprise that Once Upon A Time is one of my favorite shows right now, and I want the next season to start to see where they’re going with the season 3 cliffhanger.  I totally wasn’t expecting that particular fairy-tale tie-in!
  9. Revenge.  I started off watching the first season, but for some reason, I never kept up with it after that.  Well, until recently, when I started watching it on Netflix & Hulu, and wondered why I stopped watching.
  10. I really love the Food Network!  I love to cook and bake- but mostly baking- and I have had days where I’ve literally watched it pretty much all day.  And there’s something about the connection between food and memories that’s actually pretty awesome.
  11. For good measure, go listen to Welcome To Night Vale.  While not a t.v. show, it’s one of my favorite podcasts, and I can’t wait to listen to today’s episode, especially after the last couple of episodes.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Confessions Of A Book Blogger

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Top Ten Bookish/Blogging Confessions

It’s confession time!  There are so many things I don’t share- as a reader and as a blogger- and coming up with ten was so much easier than I expected.  So here are 10 things I really need to get off my chest and share!

  1. I still feel weird when I can’t completely pinpoint why I feel the way I do about a book.  I try to be as specific as possible, and the more books I talk about, the better I get at talking about why I feel the way I do.  But there are times when I really like something but I don’t know why.  And I hate including that in my review, because I feel like it’s taking the easy way out.
  2. I feel guilty that I don’t do discussion posts, because other people do them and I feel like I should be doing them too. But I don’t do them because I feel like I have nothing to add and that what I have to say won’t come out right.  At the same time, I also want to have posts that aren’t book reviews every once in a while.
  3. I prefer to see the movie first, and then read (or re-read) the book.  I could go on and on about this, but I’d rather enjoy the movie with no preconceived notions of what the movie should be like.
  4. I hate to admit it but I love Twilight.
  5. I don’t how I’d survive if I couldn’t schedule posts- it makes it easier knowing that those posts are ready to go.  And it helps me feel less nervous about my posts, especially if it’s one I’m not sure about sharing.
  6. I feel like my reviews are too positive.  I’m pretty honest in my reviews, so I’m sharing how I really feel.  I’m just not at a point where I want to be more critical, and right now, I’m feeling pretty okay with that, because I want to talk about books in a way that’s fun for me.
  7. This will probably horrify some people, but I really like the idea of using books as crafts.  All of ones I’ve seen look so cool, and it’s crazy but fun to see what people do with them.
  8. This is a random bookish confession, but I’m slightly disappointed when romance novel covers aren’t what I’d expect from a romance novel cover.
  9. I don’t care if my series match or if a book I get at the bookstore is in the most pristine condition possible.  It’s something I don’t think about at all, because I’m happy with just having books.
  10. Whenever I add a new book to my TBR list on goodreads, I’ll add that book to my Audible wishlist, my Nook wishlist or print book wishlist…and then when I buy something from one of my wishlists, I’ll go back to goodreads and make a note that I own a copy of that book.  I don’t know why I do that…just that I need to!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Classics

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Top Ten Favorite & Least Favorite Classics

I don’t read a lot of classics, but they’re always the one thing I keep telling myself I’m going to read more of. And never do, of course.  There are a lot of classics I never had to read in school, but now that I’m getting older, I’m finding I’m more willing to attempt to read them, and that even if I don’t like them, I still can appreciate them.  I’ve come across some I like, and some I don’t like, why not talk about both?

Favorite Classics:

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  Pride And Prejudice is one of my more cliche answers, but it is also the book that got me into classics.  I just randomly picked it up at the bookstore one day years ago, read it, and realized that not all classics are boring.
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I haven’t read it in forever, and I know it’s cliche to like it, but it’s one of the very few books I read in high school and actually liked.
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.  I like this one so much better than Wuthering Heights.  I really read to re-read Jane Eyre, because it’s been a while since I’ve read it.
  4.  A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith.  I read this a few years ago, and loved it more than I think I expected to.
  5. Anne Of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.  I’ve actually only read the first couple books in the series, but I really liked the first two, and at some point, I’ll have to go back and finish the entire series.

Least Favorite Classics:

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  I just couldn’t stand Wuthering Heights, and I have no plans to read it ever again.
  2. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  This was a hard one to get through because of how the characters spoke.  And I just couldn’t get into it at all.
  3. The Call Of The Wild by Jack London.  I couldn’t get into it at all, and I really wish that I had been better about DNF-ing books when I read it.
  4. 1984 by George Orwell.  I appreciate it as an important dystopic novel, but I was also really bored reading it.
  5. Anything by Shakespeare.  I had to read Shakespeare in school, but I never liked the plays we had to read.  I think a large part of my dislike is because we had to read plays, and I think I would have liked them better if I had to see them performed.  Plays- for me- are really meant to be seen and not actually read.

Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Cover Trends I Love And Hate

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Top Ten Cover Trends I Love And Hate

This week is all about covers (or elements of covers) that we like or dislike!  I’ve said before that I don’t pay a lot of attention to covers- covers just aren’t important when you’re an e-book/audio book person.  Which is good for when the covers are god-awful, but also bad when the covers are completely awesome.

What I Like: 

Cover Elements Like

  1. Colors/Shading: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand: I love how soft and muted the cover is.  I don’t know what sort of effect it is, but whatever it is, it’s beautiful.
  2. Interesting Objects: Scintillate by Tracy Clark: I really like how the object takes center stage and goes so well with the book.
  3. Artsy: Wild Awake by Hilary Smith is really artsy, and it would totally get my attention if I saw it on a bookshelf.
  4. Simple Cover: The Chaos Of Stars by Kiersten White and Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Amy McNamara are good examples of simple covers.  I have mixed feelings about them, but I like that these 2 covers relate to the book and still draw you in without being overly loud or showy.

What I Dislike: 

Cover Elements Dislike

  1. Faces Creepily Staring: Charade by Cambria Hebert and The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa.  Both series are great, but I’m kind of creeped out by how the cover model is just staring at you all creepy.
  2. Partial Faces: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver and 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson.  I had a ton of covers to choose from for this one.  There are plenty of covers where you get someone’s full face, but I don’t understand the partial face thing.  At all.
  3. God-Awful Colors: Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman.  I really like this middle grade book but the colors are just hideous.
  4. Awkward Poses: Dollhouse by Anya Allyn and Jenny Pox J.L. Brynn.  I’m looking forward to reading both books, but I am so not of fan of the awkward poses.
  5. Simple Covers: Tampa by Alyssa Nutting and Speechless by Hannah Harrington.  I’ve already talked about simple covers I like, but these would not get my attention in a bookstore.

What I Don’t Mind (Mostly):

Cover Elements Neutral

  1. Girls In Pretty Dresses: I don’t mind this one, for the most part.  Sometimes, it feels like whoever designed the cover couldn’t think of anything else to put on the cover, but it doesn’t bug me as much as it used to.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Summer To-Read List

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Top Ten Books On My Summer To-Read List

I love summer, and I can’t believe it’s summer already!  Like every seasonal reading list I do, I tend to look at my previous one to see how many of the books I didn’t read and if I want to add any to the next list.  But surprisingly, I actually managed to read most of the books I wanted to rad over the spring, so I’m hoping to keep up the momentum this summer.  So here’s what I’m planning to read this summer.

  1. Anne Boleyn: Henry VIII’s Obsession by Elizabeth Norton.  Because I’m in the mood for something non-fiction and Tudor-related.
  2. The Pennyroyal Green series by Julie Anne Long.  I’ve seen a lot of good things about this series, and it’s been a while since I’ve read something adult romance-y, so I plan on starting off this series over the summer.
  3. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.  I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages, so this summer seems like the perfect time to read it.
  4. Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  I’ve been excited about the Beautiful Creatures spin-off ever since I heard it was coming out.
  5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  I still haven’t read it, and I’m hoping it’ll stick one of these days.
  6. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.  Because I loved The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, and now I need to read all of her other books.
  7. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick.  I loved My Life Next Door, so I really want to read What I Thought Was True.
  8. Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.  I really want to read it when it comes out in August!
  9. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.  It just seems like a summer read that will be fun/entertaining!
  10. UnSouled by Neal Shusterman.  I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how things turn out for the characters.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far

This topic is well-timed!  I’ve been thinking about doing my own mid-year list of favorite books so far, and it’ll be interesting to compare it to my end-of-the-year list to see how much it’s changed.  All links go to my review of the books I talk about.  Here are some of my favorite books so far!

  1. It’s Not Summer Without You/We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han.  These two books had me crying!  But I love this series, and they have a way of making me feel nostalgic.  I’m definitely looking forward to re-reading them this summer.
  2. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby.  I just love Jessi Kirby and how much I connect with her characters, no matter what they’re going through.  And Anna is no exception.
  3. Fangirl  by Rainbow Rowell.  I related to Cath and her love of Simon Snow so much, and the excerpts from the fictional Simon Snow series and the even more fictional Simon Snow fanfics make Fangirl even more interesting and unique.
  4. A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier.  This book is such a great historical fiction!  I love that it’s set during the Spanish Flu epidemic, and it’s definitely different than a lot of other historical fiction books I’ve read.
  5. The Impossible Knife Of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.  When I saw that Laurie Halse Anderson had a new book coming out, I knew I had to read it because I love her like nobody’s business!  It’s definitely up there with Speak as one of my favorite books by Laurie Halse Anderson.
  6. Stiff: The Curious Lives Of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.  This is one of the most interesting and funny books I’ve listened to this year, and it’s surprisingly interesting and not gross.  (Well, maybe a couple parts are, but from someone who gets grossed out easily, you know it’s has to be not gross if I say so).
  7. Cress by Marissa Meyer.  Cress is my favorite book in this entire series, and I couldn’t help but love Cress.  I just love how all of the different stories come together, and Cress is the book where everything REALLY starts coming together.
  8.  Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys.  I just love Ruta Sepetys, and 1950’s New Orleans is such a great setting for the book!  And Josie is such a great character.
  9. Me Since You by Laura Weiss.  I felt so much for Rowan, and her story is one that’s hard to forget.
  10. My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter.  This really is one of my favorite books I’ve read so far, and I love the friendship between Sadie and Colette.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Beach Reads

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Top Ten Beach Books

Summer is one of my favorite times of year to read, so it’s probably good that I live in a place where it feels like summer for most of the year!  I really need to do more reading at the beach!  I’ve decided to do a combination of books I think every one should read this summer, and books I want to read this summer, since both seem like a really good idea this week!

Books That Should Be In Your Beach Bag

  1. My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter.  I feel like I’ve talked about this one a bunch lately, but it’s a sweet story, and perfect for summer!
  2. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby.  I don’t know why but a book set at the beach seems like a good book to have in your beach bag.
  3. The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer Smith.  I’m sure I’m the last person on earth to read this, but if you haven’t, it’s a cute, fun story!
  4. Gulp by Mary Roach.  Who knew that a book about the digestive system could be so entertaining?  It’s definitely an interesting summer read.
  5. Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb.  This is a fun paranormal historical fiction, and I thought the two went really well together!

Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag

  1. Wither by Lauren DeStefano.  This book has been on my TBR-pile for ages, so I would love to actually read it sometime this summer.
  2. The ever-generic answer of romance novels.  I feel like I say this ever summer and never follow through on it.  But summer and romance seem to go well together.
  3. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.  I’m just totally in the mood to re-read this series over the summer.
  4. Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  I’ve been looking forward to reading this one ever since I heard that there was going to be a Beautiful Creatures spin-off.
  5. Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols.  This one seems right up my alley, and it seems like a great summer read.

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie: Top Ten Songs That Make Me Think Of Books

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Top Ten Songs That Make Me Think Of Books

This week is a freebie, which means we get to pick our own topic!  It’s always fun to think of some bookish list I want to do, and this week I decided to go with song that make me think of books.  I love listening to music while I read, and whether a song makes me think of a character or a book, or even something I listened to on repeat while reading a book, the two are always going to have a close connection for me.

1- Hall Of Fame by The Script makes me think of…This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales.  I was re-reading TSWSYL recently, and Hall Of Fame happened to pop up, and I feel like Hall Of Fame goes really well with Elise’s story…especially her life as a DJ.

2- Sleeping With A Friend by Neon Trees makes me think of…The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.  The song title alone seems oddly appropriate, given the love triangle.  But it’s also a good summer song, and for some reason, it just really fits the series as a whole.

3- Royals by Lorde makes me think of…Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.  Actually, Royals made me think of several other books, but it really makes me think of Vampire Academy.  Mostly because it makes me think of Rose and Lissa, but it also seems to fit the school as well.

4- Shatter Me by Lindsey Stirling featuring Lzzy Hale makes me think of…If I Stay by Gayle Forman.  It’s mostly because of the violin, which made me think of the cello-playing Mia, and the song just seems to go well with everything going on in the book.

5- This Is How We Roll by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan…makes me think of In Honor by Jessi Kirby.  Florida Georgia Line would be great to listen to on a road trip.  Plus, the boots on the cover make me think of country music, and if there’s one kind of music I’d listen to on a road trip and not be sick of it by the end of the trip, it would be country music.

6- Feel Again by OneRepublic makes me think of…The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.  This song really makes me think of Lennie and Joe, and how Lennie’s trying to deal with the loss of her sister.

7- Believe by The Bravery makes me think of…10 Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker.  I actually have no explanation for this one. Believe just makes me think of Ten Tiny Breaths for some reason. Actually, it kind of makes me think of Kacey, but I think this is one of those things that have absolutely no explanation.

8- Evil Beauty by Blackmill makes me think of…Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl.  There’s something moody about this song that somehow fits with this entire series, but especially the first book.

9- Stay Beautiful by The Last Goodnight makes me think of…Twilight by Stephanie Meyer.  Random Tidbit: this song is what inspired today’s list, because it randomly came up on my iPod the other day, and it made me think of how I listened to it on repeat when I was reading Twilight.  Which led to thoughts about how it would be a great blog post, and here we are.

10- The entirety of wizard rock makes me think of…Harry Potter.  I just love that there’s an entire genre of Harry Potter-inspired music.  I know I’ve seen Hunger Games-inspired music (if anyone knows of a good version of Rue’s lullaby, let me know!), and I’m sure some of the more popular YA books may have some book-inspired music out there, which is really cool.  But wizard rock has a special place in my heart, because it is what got me (sort of) interested in book-inspired music.  There isn’t any song in particular I wanted to share, but it’s still pretty awesome.