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Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Releases I Didn’t Get Around to Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week’s topic is Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t! Almost every year this happens, books get released that I’m excited for, but then I never get around to reading them in that same year. It’s inevitable, and it happens to us all. This is also a common occurrence with video games because time, like money, is limited. However, I’m STILL planning to eventually get to these titles, but I’m leaving off Illuminae as it is currently being read (and loved very much, I might add! Worth the hype!).

The Lies About Truth

1. The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

If you’ve been reading my blog, this is no surprise, and it’s the very next book on my TBR, so I’ll be getting to it in just a few more days! I’m excited for it to both break my heart and fill me with hope and just to read an incredible contemporary again.

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I know reviews have been mixed, but since I heard about it, it sounded like it had potential and I still think I might like it, so I want to give it a try, even if I just read a library copy.

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)

3. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
I loved The Diviners a whole lot and I cannot wait to continue on with this second book in the series. It was a long wait and I’ve extended the wait for myself, but I also have to be in the mood for 1920’s creepiness, and I just haven’t been. But soon!

Gabriel (The Styclar Saga, #2)

4. Gabriel by Nikki Kelly
I did a blog blitz for this book, yet I still haven’t bought it. Really enjoyed the first book, so hope to get to this one sometime this year.

Every Last Word

5. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
I heard really good things about this one, so it’s definitely on my list. It focuses on a girl with OCD, and I have a fondness for mental health related books.

Your Voice Is All I Hear

6. Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
This is a book I found while randomly browsing Goodreads one day, and it made me click the “Want to Read” button pretty quickly. It just tugs at the heart strings with just the blurb, and I look forward to picking it up. Also deals with mental illness but from the perspective of a girlfriend trying to support the one she loves.

A Thing of Beauty

7. A Thing of Beauty by Bianca M. Schwarz
Another book I found just browsing. England, romance, historical fiction, and danger? I would like to read more adult fiction, and I love historical fiction in this era (early 1800’s).

Shadowshaper

8. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Look at that beautiful rare cover. I say rare, because of the WOC model, but besides it being a diverse book, it just sounds awesome. I also haven’t read urban fantasy in a while, so yes. Check it out for yourself and tell me you’re not intrigued by that blurb.

A Curious Tale of the In-Between (Pram, #1)

9. A Curious Tale of the In-between by Lauren DeStefano
I follow this author on Twitter and love her, also got a postcard promoting this book, so I need to read it.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

10. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Wasn’t really interested in her previous series (scratch that, after seeing that all my fave GR people gave it 4-5 stars, I guess I’ll just have to read that too), but I’ve heard wonderful things about this one. Heist plus magic and high fantasy is pretty hard to resist, especially after reading Mistborn.

*Note: Images are linked to Goodreads, titles are linked to Amazon. I get a small kickback if you use these links to purchase any of these books, so thank you if you choose to do that. 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Genie Wishes

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week’s topic is 10 Wishes I’d Ask the Book Genie to Grant Me. This is going to be a fun list!

1. My wish would be to read 40-50 pages an hour consistently. I could get so much more reading done if I could! Right now I’m still very slow, wavering at 20-30 pages per hour. Once upon a time, I could do 40. I’d love to get back to that speed, even though that’s probably still slow to many people.

2. If the book genie wants to give me more Brandon Sanderson books, I’ll happily accept :D. It might take me a long time to read, but his writing is worth it! No longer “intimidated” by their length, because there’s a high reward with them. I need more, but I’m kind of on a book buying ban.

3. An epic library room. Who doesn’t want this? It would be lined with bookshelves, with a nice writing desk (I like to write too), and a comfy chaise lounge to read in. Also being my room, it’d have a healthy stack of crochet blankets lol.

4. I’d love to know what kind of books Hermione Granger would read for fun, outside of the nonfiction we read about in Harry Potter. Like what does she read in her downtime? And how does fantasy work in their world? Does she like the genre, even while being a witch at Hogwarts? So many random thoughts lol.

5. A new bookcase. I need more space for books.

6. I wish I could know the name and author of a book I loved as a kid. It was a really cool book about a house this family moved into and the kids found this whole creepy attic that seemed massive, and all I remember is it was a scary story starring this boy and girl who I think were siblings with this house that was bigger on the inside. The odd thing is I do remember what the cover looked like, but that’s not too helpful…

7. Another book I loved and also read as a kid was about this girl who went to the mall and bought this creepy dollhouse and found herself sucked into it. It was fabulously creepy and I wish I could remember!

8. I wish the book fairy could give me a list of every book I’ve ever read, honestly. I only started keeping track in 2010. 😦

9. Dear book fairy, just make one person close to me read the books I like. It’d be so much fun to flail and fangirl with someone in real life. Hubby and friends have read HP, but I’m talking about currently, newer books or current series like Winner’s Curse.

10. Remember the last TTT? Make a book from Libba Bray and Neil Gaiman happen. IT WOULD BE SO COOL.

Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week is “Author Duos You’d LOVE to See Write a Book Together.” You’ll notice I only made it to 8, but that’s okay! This was a fun list to come up with.

1. If Tamora Pierce ever wrote with someone else, she should write with Garth Nix. I mean, can you even imagine what they might come up with? Obviously a great fantasy right?

2. This one might seem weird, but Libba Bray and Neil Gaiman. With Libba’s humor and Neil’s quirk, it would be a very entertaining book!

3. J.K Rowling would probably not write with another, but if she did, it would be cool to see what she could do with Scott Westerfeld (basing this on his Leviathan series, as I have yet to read his other books).

4. Jessi Kirby and Courtney C. Stevens. I can’t really say why, but I think they’d match well.

5. Marie Rutkoski and Nikki Kelly. I don’t know why.

6. Kazu Kagushi and Neil Gaiman. I know Neil has worked with various artists and I love Kazu’s artwork, so I think they could produce a cool original story with Kazu’s art style. It would be one gorgeous graphic novel!

7. Peter S. Beagle and Brandon Sanderson. Brandon writes huge chunkers, while Peter’s tales are on the more average or smaller size, but with Peter’s whimsical fantasy style and Brandon’s more epic style, it would be a very nice blend I think.

8. Megan Shepherd and Suzanne Collins. I’m thinking a dark and violent thriller or suspense novel, and it doesn’t even matter if it takes place in the future or past. The atmosphere of a book by them would be awesome and perfect for October!

I’m going to end here because while I still have authors in mind who could make great collabs, I don’t know who to pair them with. Besides, I think I ended on a fall appropriate pairing. I still need to figure out what I should read for Halloween. Leave me your recommendations if you have any! I want spooky, but not really gory or containing shock value. Just something fun that won’t give me nightmares. 🙂 Last year, I chose Horrorstor for my spooky read and had a blast reading it, so I want to read a “scary story” every October now.

Top Ten Authors I Really Want to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week’s topic is Ten Authors I REALLY Want to Meet. I decided this meant authors who are alive today (if we added those that have passed away long ago or even not so long ago, this list would have been a lot harder!).

J.K Rowling – This should be no surprise and I’m sure you’ll see it on many TTT posts this week. What Potter fan wouldn’t want to meet her?

Libba Bray – I’m sure a meeting with her would be hilarious, fun and end up in weird conversation. Even if it were just at a book signing (which would also be awesome), I’d love to meet her.

Lauren DeStefano – I’m going to come clean here: I haven’t yet read any of her books. I’ve only read her tweets and tumblr and through those tweets I know we have stuff in common. She reminds me a lot of one of my friends. But seeing as social anxiety is a thing for us both, the meeting would most likely be virtual but still awesome.

Courtney C. Stevens – I’d love to meet and talk about life, fantasy, writing or pretty much anything over tea.

Ernest Cline – I’d probably ask how similar Armada will be to RP1 in regards to pop culture references and then chat about video games…

Suzanne Collins – Just to ask why. Why? (You know what I’m talking about fellow Hunger Games readers!)

Scott Westerfeld – I need to tell him to write more steampunk because I need more after the Leviathan series. Or cyberpunk, because Scott doing cyberpunk would be awesome too.

Neil Gaiman – Another favorite. I just want him to tell me a story, ok? Also to ask if Graveyard Book might get a movie because Tim Burton needs to make it. I’m hopeful anyway.

Nikki Kelly – So technically I DID meet her back in October and she signed my book, but now that I read and loved Lailah, I’d love to meet her again! And maybe get a picture next time. You know, if that happens. She was super sweet though!

Markus Zuzak – I’d ask him when his next book will come because it’s been 10 years since The Book Thief.

Top Ten All Time Favorite Reads of the Last 3 Years

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week’s topic is all-time favorite reads of the past 3 years. Good thing I keep a record! Unfortunately 2012 was filled with mediocre reads and only one from this list came from that year; the rest were read in 2013 and 2014 (6 were from 2013, so I read much better books that year).

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – This was my first book of Bradbury’s outside of his Zen in the Art of Writing, and it won’t be my last. I thought it was fantastic.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – Also my first Christie and will not be my last. Excellent book in every way, and I loved that I couldn’t predict who did it.

The Diviners by Libba Bray – I love Bray, and this book was so much fun to read. 1920’s New York is a new favorite setting and I can’t wait for the sequel!

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth – This was a wonderful contemporary about a girl discovering herself and who she is after tragedy. I only really had an issue with the end, as it kind of just stopped, but it was still a great read.

Golden by Jessi Kirby – Loved this contemporary about a girl trying to decide on her path after high school. It was really well written and one that made you think about your own possible paths, those you didn’t take and those you have yet to take.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Neil Gaiman is a writer I very much admire and this book was awesome. I’d love to see Tim Burton turn it in to a movie because that’s all I could picture while reading. The audiobook is also excellent!

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld – The conclusion to one of my favorite trilogies of all time, it was so sad to say goodbye to these characters. If you love steampunk, fantasy, and the WWI era, this adventure is a grand one (start with Leviathan).

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – For gamers and readers, it’s pretty much a must read. Also for anyone who loves 80’s pop culture.

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens – This book hit home for me personally and helped me deal with my past. It’s a very special book to me and I will treasure it always.

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix – This was a very fun read for Halloween, I was both laughing out loud and later on cringing and setting it aside as things got more gruesome.

Top Ten Book-Related Problems I Have

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week is all about book related problems, so here are mine.

1. I keep buying books, despite how large my TBR is. Finanicial situation has forced me to minimize this and I have, but it’s only a matter of time before a book buying spree. *sigh*

2. So many distractions! Between internet/Twitter, Youtube, shows and video gaming, it’s tough to squeeze in the reading. I need to be better at this, I know.

3. Space. That’s definitely an issue with books when you buy a lot.

4. The never-ending TBR, especially of owned books, making me feel guilty for reading library books. I NEED to stick to the books I own, with the exception of graphic novels. That’s gonna be a new goal for this year after I’ve read A Cold Legacy and Red Queen. But I’ll wait several months until I get Red Queen, just to take care of some of these.

5. Slumps. I get into them way more often than I should unfortunately, and I don’t know why.

6. I spend a lot more time TALKING about books than actually READING them.

7. Trying to find the best place to read. Currently my best place is the bed, but then I tend to doze off so… I need to fix this.

8. Noise. I’m the kind of reader that really reads best in complete silence. Which I don’t have right now… so that’s a huge obstacle for me.

9. My dog. I love her, but she can be so needy!

10. Cover matching. It irritates me if covers don’t match. I’m seriously bugged by it. Also if a series isn’t all paperback or all hardback. I have one series where the first and last book are PB but the second book is HB just because I found it for really cheap, but it still bugs me so much.

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