Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite YA Contemporary Books

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Top Ten Favorite YA Contemporary Books

I had so much trouble deciding between contemporary and paranormal, but with me being in such a contemporary mood lately, I decided to go for that!  There’s something about YA contemporary that’s comforting and nostalgic, and it somehow makes me feel like everything is going to be okay.  I could do several lists of my favorite YA contemporaries, but should I decide to revisit this list in the future…I’m pretty sure I could come up with even more favorites!

  1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.  Speak is the book that got me into YA contemporary, and I can’t help but re-read because I love Melinda.  Actually, I really could go with any of her books, because she is that amazing, but Speak is the one I’d recommend the most.
  2. Hate List by Jennifer Brown.  This is such an emotional book that I was crying by the end of the book and was still crying on the couch five or ten minutes later.  It’s such a heartbreaking look at the aftermath of a school shooting.
  3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.  I just love The Fault In Our Stars!  It’s John Green, do I really need to explain why this one is a favorite?
  4. In Honor by Jessi Kirby.  I just loved the road trip Honor and Rusty took and I could relate to Honor so much!
  5. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.  I could relate to Lennie so much, and I totally understood what she was going through.
  6. Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan.  There is a reason this series keeps popping up on my list…because Emma’s story is so heartbreaking and I can’t help but want things to be okay for her.
  7. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.  I just loved the Garrett family, and how they were so welcoming to Samantha.
  8. Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.  I just can’t help but swoon over the setting and St. Clair.
  9. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.  There’s something about this series that makes me want to curl up on the couch and read it over and over.  I think it’s because it’s set during the summer at the beach beach.
  10. A World Away by Nancy Grossman.  The narration of the audio book is what really made this book for me, but I just love Eliza’s story and her life living as a nanny for a non-Amish family.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Book Blogger

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Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Blogger And A Reader

There are so many completely amazing things about being a reader and a book blogger.  I could go on and on about why I love both, and I’m such a different reader now than I was when I first started posting book reviews a few years ago. It’s such a big part of my life and I can’t imagine life without it!

  1. I love being a book blogger because I feel like I’m better able to explain why I feel the way I do about the books I read. Before the blog, it was “I read this book and I felt this way,” and now it’s “I read this book and I feel this way because…” which is such a good thing, because I’m more aware of things I like and/or don’t like when it comes to reading.
  2. I also love being a book blogger because  I feel like I’m better able to pick out books I like!  Because I’m more aware of things I like (and don’t like), I feel like I’m better able to find interesting books.
  3. Being a book blogger has also given me a space to talk about what I’m reading.  I probably could have combined this one with the first two, but I love that I have a part of the internet to talk about what I’m reading.  My blog is also such a good record of how my tastes and habits have evolved!  Who I am as a reader now is different than the reader I was when I first started a few years ago.
  4. Books make me think of my grandpa, who loved reading a lot.  I totally get it from him.  
  5. I love being a reader because there are so many different ways to access books.  There are e-books and audio books and print and so many different places to get them.  I think it’s pretty awesome that a book that doesn’t work for me in one format could totally be something I love if I switch to a different format.
  6. I love being a book blogger because of the community!  I’ve found out about some awesome books because of other blogs, and I love that everyone does their own thing.  Because it’s really cool to see how one book can have such different opinions. And that whatever your reading style is, you can find your people.
  7. I love being a reader because I can travel and learn things without having to go anywhere or go to school.  Sure, actually going to London beats reading a book set in London, but I love that I can read away until that’s a possibility.  And I love that I can read about Mary, Queen Of Scots (or whoever I’m currently interested in) and not have to go to school!
  8. I love being a reader because I want to forget real life for a little bit and because I want to be entertained.  These are two HUGE reasons why I love to read.  Sometimes, it’s nice to get lost in a completely different world and experience life through the eyes of someone completely different than me.  And sometimes, I just need to be entertained by something.
  9. I love being a reader because it makes my work day go by a little faster.  Listening to a book keeps me sane when I’m working…until I start laughing or crying hysterically and hope everyone else is too busy to pay attention to me.
  10. I love being a reader because I’ve found some awesome music!  I love it when authors talk about what they listen to while they’re writing, and somehow, it makes reading that particular book so much better!

Top Ten Settings I’d Like To See More Of (Or At All)

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Top Ten Settings I’d Like To See More Of (Or At All)

One of my favorite things about reading is reading a book set in a place I know nothing about.  There are some great and truly amazing places out there (some of which I want to visit) so reading a book set in a certain place is a chance to visit a new place.  Here are some settings I’d love to see more!

  1. India.  I’ve read a couple novels that were set in India, and I was completely fascinated.  India made a great backdrop in both Shantaram and Tiger’s Curse- with the busy-ness of India in Shantaram, and the traveling all over India in Tiger’s Curse.  
  2. Pretty much any well-imagined world.  One of the best parts of reading is when an author creates this amazing world that you cannot stop thinking about.  Whether it’s Narnia, Hogwarts or Middle Earth, I love seeing authors come up with a world that’s a great escape from real life.

    Downtown Chula Vista- One Of My Favorite Places

  3. San Diego.  I get so excited when a novel I’m reading is set in San Diego, because it’s so cool to read a book where the local references make sense.  Like, I read a book called Night Walker last, and it was cool seeing the Gaslamp District and the San Diego mission, because those are places I’ve been, and don’t go to often enough.  It’s just cool when a book is set where you live and the places in the book are really familiar.
  4. Africa.  Anywhere in Africa is good with me but Ancient Egypt would be particularly interesting.  Such a fascinating place, so I really need to find some books set in Africa or Ancient Egypt.
  5. Athens, Greece.  One, there’s a lot of history in Greece, and with the Greek mythology re-tellings, you’d think it would show up as a setting a lot more.  And two, it looks so pretty in all the pictures I’ve seen.
  6. Rome.  I so want to go to Rome, partly because I’m fascinated with Rome, partly because I am dying to see the Vatican, and partly because there’s a lot of history there.
  7. Spain.  Because I’m thinking about having a novel set in Spain, so it’s on my mind right now.  And it would be interesting to see what authors do with Spain as a setting…especially historical fiction, but any time period will work.
  8. Asia, particularly in fantasy settings.  Cinder comes to mind (naturally).  And I’m reading this book, Eon, which is a YA fantasy.  It’s definitely not used enough in fantasy settings.  Like, I know fantasy and medieval European villages are BFF’s, but fantasy in a setting that’s not medieval Europe-esque would be a nice change.
  9. Wales.  Because you always see England, Scotland and Ireland as a setting but I have yet to remember reading a novel set in Wales.  Does no one care about Wales?  Also, Wales is the other possible location for the novel I mentioned in #5, so it’s on my mind as well.
  10. Oregon is going to round out the list.  I’ve been to Oregon!  It’s such a pretty state, and it just seems like a cool place to write about.

Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2013

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Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2013

Happy New Year!  I hope 2012 was great for everyone and that 2013 will be a fantastic, fun-filled year!  This is a great list to start off the year.  There are so many books I want to read and never got to last year, so hopefully this will be the year that I get to at least some of them.

  1. The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William Shirer.  I got this one as an audiobook months ago, and while I really want to read, I’m intimidated by the fact that it is 57 HOURS AND 13 MINUTES!  Whether I listen to it, or read it, it’s going to be a big book, but still.  It seems so long.  But it’s been on my to-read list for a long time, so I should probably just listen to it and cross it off the list.
  2. Life And Death Of Anne Boleyn by Eric Ives.  Another one that I’ve wanted to read, but haven’t.  Plus, it would be pretty interesting to read something that is not by Alison Weir- a different perspective would probably be a good idea.
  3. Romance novels.  I have a ton of them on my to-read list, so I’m hoping I can get through a lot of them this year.  Grouping them seems so much easier than listing all of them.
  4. Dear Mr. Potter by Lily Zalon.  It’s letters and pictures by Harry Potter fans, about how much the series has meant to them.  Why is it taking me so long to read this?  The only problem seems to be actually finding a copy, since it appears that it’s no longer in print.  I’ll definitely have  to track this one down…
  5. Manga!  I have a few manga that I really want to read, so this would be a good year to figure out which ones I really like.
  6. Speaking of manga…I need to finish Fruits Basket.  Knowing how it ends is no excuse for not finishing it!
  7. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.  This has been sitting on my bookshelf for months, and I still have not read it. I think it’s time to read it.  Before, you know, it starts mocking me or something.
  8. Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.  Because I loved Anna And The French Kiss, and I really need and want to read Lola And The Boy Next Door.  Plus, I checked it out from the library a few days ago, so now I have the perfect excuse to read it!  Not that I needed one in the first place…
  9. Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols.  Because I’ve heard good things about it, and because I think I’d like it.
  10. Here’s another broad one- all the books I keep hearing great things about but never seem to get around to reading.  Like The Daughter Of Smoke And Bone or The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight.