Top Ten Tuesday: My 10 Favorite Books From 2017

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The 10 Best Books I Read This Year

I haven’t done a lot of reading this year, but I’ve done quite a bit of re-reading too.  It definitely feels like I don’t have any many books to choose from, but here are my favorite books I’ve read this year.

  1. The March Series by John Lewis.  These graphic novels are absolutely amazing, and if you haven’t read them, you really need to!  They show, so very well, what it was like to be part of the civil rights movements and how hard they worked to get equal rights.
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  I loved this book, and Starr is amazing.  The hype is absolutely worth it, and you won’t regret reading this book.
  3. Now I Rise by Kiersten White.  I’m a huge fan of hers, but Now I Rise is an amazing sequel.  This is a great take on Vlad the Impaler, and Lada is a really interesting character.  I’m pretty sure And I Darken made my Top 10 books of the year last year, but this series is definitely getting better.
  4. When We Collided by Emery Lord.  This book was absolutely beautiful, and all I could do when I finished it was sit and hug the book for a few minutes.  The way I felt about When We Collided…it’s been a long time since I’ve felt that way about a book, and it was good to know I could still feel that way about a book I read.
  5. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.  I really liked this graphic novel, because of how the three stories tied together.  It’s definitely worth checking out, and I can’t imagine this book being told in any other format.
  6. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones.  I loved this re-telling and it’s so beautiful and dreamlike.  It really reminded me of The Night Circus, and it’s a must-read in my book.
  7. Tell Me Something True by Katherine Owen.  I have loved this entire series, but Tell Me Something True really adds to both Tally and Linc’s story.  Was I sobbing by the end?  Of course I was, but it was worth to see how their story ended.
  8. You Bring The Distant Near by Mitali Perkins.  I really liked seeing 3 generations of women adjust to living in America.  These women were connected by being family, and I liked seeing how much things had changed for them.
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.  It took me forever to actually read this book, but I finally did it!  I liked it a lot more than I thought I would, but at the same time, the book scared me as well because I could picture everything a little too well.
  10. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  If you haven’t read this book, you really need to!  It is a hard read, but while I was reading it, I felt like I was actually on the Underground Railroad with Cora.  You see how uncertain it is, how hard it is, and most certainly how dangerous it is.  I think it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a while.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fictional Places I Want To Go To

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Top Ten Fictional Places I Would Go To In A Heartbeat

One of my favorite things about reading is all of the traveling I get to do without actually having to go anywhere.  Some places, though, have really stuck with me, and I would give anything to go to the following places.

  1. Hogwarts/The Wizarding World.  This is my top choice, and I’m still convinced my Hogwarts letter got lost in the mail.  I’d love to go to Hogwarts and learn magic.
  2. Narnia.  When I was little, I always thought my closet would lead to Narnia, but sadly, it never did.  Maybe I need to check again…
  3. Middle Earth.  Weird stuff with Sauron aside, I’d definitely like to visit Middle Earth.
  4. Stars Hollow.  I know Gilmore Girls is a t.v. show, but it is still one of my favorite fictional places, and I always wished I lived in a world where Luke, Miss Patty and Kirk are real people.
  5. Night Vale.  Ever since I started listening to Welcome To Night Vale, I’ve fallen in love with that weird desert town.  There are Night Vale books as well, and it really makes me want to live there, even though I’d have to watch out for the Dog Park, the hooded figures, and Street Cleaning day.
  6. The Night Circus.  This book is magical, and I’d love to actually see the Night Circus.
  7. Morganville.  I know weird things always happen here, and there are vampires but still.  I always wanted to know what it was like to at least visit Morganville.  Then again, people always seem to end up staying…
  8. The Invisible Library.  This series is a cool one, but I like the idea of a library that takes you to all of these alternate worlds.
  9. The world of Wintersong.  This book is one of my favorites of the year, and I absolutely loved the world.  Parts of it are a little scary, sure, but overall, I love the world enough to want to go back to it.
  10. The world of Hunted by Megan Spooner.  I finished this book recently, and while this is a cold, dark world, there is still part of me that wants to live there.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Should Try To Read This Winter

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Top Ten Books I Will Attempt To Read This Winter

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday!  I really can’t remember the last time I’ve done one, and knowing me, it’s probably been months, since I haven’t really done a lot of blogging.  But I’m in a blogging mood, and I really do miss doing TTT, so here we go…books I do want to read this winter.

  1. Imprudence by Gail Carriger.  I’ve had this book for ages, but I still haven’t read.  I could use something fun right now, and her books definitely fit the bill.
  2. Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder.  Considering how much I’ve loved this series, I’m really surprised I haven’t listened to the final book in the series.  I’ll have to start listening to it soon.
  3. Bird Box by Josh Malerman.  Even though I’ve already read this book, I really want to listen to the audio book this winter to see how it compares to physically reading it.
  4. The Lumberjanes.  I’ve wanted to read it for a while, but I think I’m ready to actually pick it up and read it.
  5. Tower Of Dawn by Sarah J Maas.  Why haven’t I read it yet?  I really need to start reading it so I know what happens.
  6. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.  I’ve wanted to listen to this book for a while, because it seems like a really cute book.  I need something light and cute, and this book would work.
  7. Empress Of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza.  I feel liked I’ve been talking about wanting to read this book for a while but, of course, I haven’t gotten around to it until now.  But soon, I hope.
  8. Juliet Takes A Breath by Gaby Rivera.  I really liked Gabi, A Girl In Pieces, so I think I’ll really like this one too.
  9. Sorcerer To The Crown by Zen Cho.  I did start this one, but a few pages in, I realized that I’d do better with the audio book.  Which I still haven’t listened to, otherwise it would not be on this list.
  10. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.  I started this one ages ago, but like Sorcerer To The Crown, the print book was not working for me at all.  I do plan on listening to it, though, because I think I’ll actually finish it if I listen to it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Releases Of 2017 (So Far)

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Top Ten Favorite Books Of 2017 (So Far)

This list turned out to be a lot easier than I thought it would be.  I’ve read a lot less this year than I have in previous years, and what I have read…I’ve been less than enthused.  These books are definitely the stand-outs, and I had no problem picking a list of 10 favorites!  All links go to Goodreads!

  1. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.  I really liked If I Was Your Girl.  Amanda is an amazing character, and it was hard to stop reading it.
  2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  I’m not going to lie, part of why I read this book was because it was mentioned on the Gilmore Girls revival.  I really liked seeing the journey she took, and how much hiking changed her.
  3. The Underground Railroad by Coulson Whitehead.  Don’t let the Oprah sticker fool you, this book is really good!  You felt what it was like to be a runaway slave, and how terrifying the Underground Railroad really was.
  4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  This is easily my favorite book I’ve read all year.  I thought it was completely amazing, and if you pick up one book this year, this is one I’d recommend in a heartbeat.
  5. The March Series by John Lewis.  This is right up there with The Hate U Give- I’m having a hard time picking a favorite between the two.  This series is one of my favorites because John Lewis shows how hard he- and countless others- fought so that everyone could be equal.
  6. A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.  I didn’t like this one the way I liked ACOTAR or ACOMAF, but it’s still one of my favorite books from this year because I liked seeing where things went.
  7. The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.  I loved the audio, which I really recommend if you’re considering reading this book.  I felt very immersed i the world, and loved the take on 1001 nights.
  8. Legion by Julie Kagawa.  I was not expecting the book to start or end the way it did, and it’s my favorite book in this series so far.  Which is interesting/funny because I wasn’t a big fan of the series at first.
  9. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova.  I thought Los Lagos was really vivid, and it had an Alice In Wonderland feel to it, which I really liked.  The magic and traditions really made the book come to life.
  10. City Of Saints And Thieves by Natalie Anderson.  One of my favorite things about this book is how detailed and well-researched it seemed.  The author worked with refugees, and that really came through.  I also liked the rules of being a thief that we saw scattered throughout the book.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Series I Still Haven’t Read Even Though I Keep Telling Myself I Will Read Them

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Top Ten Series I Keep Meaning To Read But Still Haven’t

I can’t remember the last time I did a Top Ten Tuesday, but this topic seems like a good one to do!  I could go on forever about the books I want to read and never get around to actually reading, but these are the series I want to read but never do.

  1. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows.  I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages, but I never get around to it.  One day.  That’s what I keep telling myself, anyway.
  2. Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh.  I have this book sitting on my desk, and I just got it from the library a few days ago.  I don’t know if I’ll end up switching to the audio book- I might, because I loved the audio for the Wrath And The Dawn, and now I associate her books with listening, but I’ll try it and see.
  3. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.  I have this book, and it’s sitting on my shelf…I just haven’t read it yet.  Maybe this summer I’ll read it?
  4. Lumberjanes.  I heard about this comic ages ago, and heard really good things about it, but I keep forgetting to get a copy so I can actually read it.
  5. Anathema by K.A. Tucker.  I loved her Ten Tiny Breaths series, and I want to read this one.  I have the e-book, but the narrator for the audio books is one of my favorite narrators, so I’m considering trying the audio book.
  6. The Pennyroyal Green series by Julie Ann Long.  I have a bunch of the books in this series, but I never seem to be in the mood for romance.
  7. The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.  I’ve had this on my TBR for YEARS.  I wish I were kidding, but I’m not.  One day, I will get to it.
  8. The Reader by Traci Chee.  I started it, but couldn’t get into it, and I was really close to putting it in the DNF pile.  But then I decided to give the audio book a try, which I will do one of these days, because I am not ready to give up on this book yet.
  9. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.  I got a few pages into the print version and knew that reading would drive me crazy because of the interview type format.  However, I think it’ll work really well as an audio book, so I’ll probably listen to it at some point.
  10. Sorcerer To The Crown by Zen Cho.  This book sounds pretty cool, and I can’t wait to read it.  Especially since I have a copy on my shelf.

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.