Top Ten Tuesday: Top Fall-ish Book Covers

 

 

Hello! Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, which is a meme run by the lovely the Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is the top ten fall-ish book covers I own.

10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The grays in the cover, contrasting with a pale white figure floating, is very fall-ish to me. It has an eerie feel to it, for sure. In addition, my knowledge about this book in terms of how Halloween-y it is, definitely plays a role in my choice to add it to this list.

9. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Oranges, grays and browns compose this whole cover. I haven’t read it yet, but it is definitely a fall-ish cover. It kind of reminds me of where I live in California, too. Just the desert-y feel and the eerie sense of mystery.

8. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The deep maroon colors in the cover coupled with some nice deep gray shades really conjures up the image of Fall. Sometimes, I feel like the book covers I got were gross, and I prefer the prettier once. Then, I shake off that notion, because I think my covers are a tad bit more accurate to what Kestrel was really like: a fighter. (Even though, I do admit that she was not really physically much of a fighter anyway).

7. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Lush greens, and yellows, with swirls of gold summon that fall-ish feel. Something about that book, too, reminds me of fall. The setting of New York having a hidden layer of existence for other species, just that dual nature, screams fall-ish vibes for me.

6. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Green, orange, and an eye opening? Come on, this is fall in action right there. There are tree-looking things as lashes. I can’t say the actual story has much to do with the Fall.

5. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Similar to the lone western on this list (Vengeance Road), the colors on this book are ironically hinting at greenery whereas the title hints at thirst (like a lot of thirst).  This dryness that I’m including in my fall-ish covers is pretty accurate considering how hot fall can be sometimes. Like, really. It takes a while for things to get consistently cold here.

 

 

4. The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray

I love these covers. They have rich colors, and beautiful dresses on them, too. Plus, really pretty hair is involved in this series, too. At any rate, I don’t remember the setting of the stories. Was it a whole year round type of time-frame? I’m not sure.

 

3. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

The colors on this cover are so, so sweet. Plus, the feather reminds me of leaves. And, let’s be honest, the idea of flying (as it is mentioned in the summary) is quite fall-ish in terms of dream-like quality and supernatural fun things. I can’t wait to read this one.

2. Doll Bones by Holly Black

Halloween-y fall-ish feels from this cover are so exciting. The image of the doll on the cover reminds me of the relationship between Halloween as a holiday and children. It is a complicated connection, certainly one I don’t fully comprehend.

  1. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

I admit it, this book is still very eerie and mysterious to me. The timelessness of it as it deals with the Chosen One figure makes me think of fall. It could be the literal “fall” of a hero, the collapse under so much pressure, the haunting feelings of falling from the graceful position of a chosen person. Plus, the eerie flames on the cover are very Halloween-inspired to ome.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Book Loves I Have Encountered in Recent Years

Hello! Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This is a weekly meme run by the lovely folks at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week, I am discussing my top ten book loves I have encountered in recent years. By book loves, I am referring to characters I loved so much that they stuck around long after my reading of their world.

Let’s begin.

10. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Kelsier)

It is rumored that I will be picking up the second book in this series at some point this fall/winter. You can count on me hoping for Kelsier to get love from the author, who is RUTHLESS. I like Kelsier and his humor, his constant smirk, the way he constantly challenges a system of oppression. I miss him. For sure, he is someone I loved meeting this year.

9. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (Yelena and Valek)

While Yelena is kind of Mary-Sue-ish in her abilities to kick butt, I found her and Valek really charming. I didn’t even like them this much until I read Magic Study.  It sounds like the more I read about them, the more I fall in love with them. OH! And, obviously Yelena’s friends are pure love (the two dudes? Who I ship together, OBVIOUSLY!).

In other news: #fuckingLief

8. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (The Blackthorns)

Part of me wanted to single out Mark Blackthorn, but the truth is that I love them all. I loved them even more in Lord of Shadows. They are really endearing and funny, imperfect and not at all wholly good. Also: I remain  quite hopeful that a polyamorous relationship will take place, DO YOU HEAR ME, MARK?!

7. Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto (Westie)

This was my first foray into westerns. I haven’t dared read another one (I will. Don’t worry. I will be picking up another popular YA western soon-ish. But, let me tell you, Westie has a mechanical arm. She is loud and angry. She vengeful. And, she belches. I love her so much. This book was just so, so memorable. It had zombies/cannibal and it was not even gross or scary. Instead, it was straight up fascinating. Love this main character so much.

6. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Nikolai Lanstov)

Listen. I was so relieved that he existed and was so charming. He just makes me laugh, and be happy. I like this guy. Obviously, I can’t communicate the depths of my love without slipping into spoilers. But, look out for his own series! I am so excited to see what happens with him. Also: Dear Leigh Bardugo, don’t kill this dude. I love him too much.

5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Nina Zenik and Inej Ghafa)

While I do love all the characters in this book, I ADORE Nina. Okay. It’s serious between us. No, you can’t share with me. She’s my favorite, because I am also a physically big girl, and I deal with a lot of body-shaming from myself. Also: I love Inej, for being a survivor of abuse. She’s another person I related to quite a bit in this duology.

4. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (Blue Sargent and Noah Czerny)

The more I think back on this series, the more extraordinary Blue sounds to me. In essence, Blue wasn’t “powerful” in the traditional, more tangible sense. But, her spirit is fiery and driven. She is hungry for the world, and I love her so much. I don’t know if Stiefvater will ever create something that’ll hit me the way this series did.  Noah, pure goodness and kindness, is my favorite of the Raven Boys. Always, and forever. (to explain more would involve spoilers and it would also have to require some time for me to articulate, somehow, my feels).

3. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (Holland)

Ah. I’ll always be partial to the morally gray characters. Holland was such a painful character to read, because he was often not given agency. And, choice is something I feel really strongly about. It’s just a nerve point for me. That ending with Holland.

I know a lot of people can’t forget Lila Bard. While I understand that, and I don’t doubt that I would ever stop missing her, I will always wish there were more books just about Holland. Home boy means a lot to me. Especially after that final book. Good heavens.

 

2. The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May (Aithinne and freaking Aileana Kameron)

So, I’m going to be reading the final book in this trilogy within days from now. DUDE, Aithinne and Aileana better get their VENGEANCE on because they’ve gone through so much pain. They, like Nina and Inej, tap into my abuse surviving SOUL.  And the two of them have such a fantastic bond. I can’t even. I just love them.

READ THIS SERIES OMG!

 1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee (Felicity Montague)

A lot of people are like, “OMG. Read “Tash Heart Tolstoy.”” NO! ACE doesn’t mean that we are all the same. I don’t like boys or girl, or nonbinary people romantically. Read this one for (potential) aro ace rep.  Read about a girl who is confused, tries out kissing boys, and is like, “Nah, bro. I don’t see the appeal.” I don’t know. I just feel like she spoke to my aro ace heart, because, I share a lot with her.

She also says the most amazing things to keep people aware of their freaking privilege, “Men are such babies.”

YES. thank you.

*MIC DROP*

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my TBR for the Fall

Hello! I’m surprising myself here by participating in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday, as you may know, is a weekly meme by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish. This week, I am listing and discussing my top ten books on my TBR for fall.

Let’s begin.

10. The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

I want to read more Patrick Ness books in general. But, I am ready to read these longer books, too, for the season. What I know about this book series is that it has a journey aspect, society, and hearing thoughts. A boy, his dog together. Then, a girl appears.

9. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

This one is on my to-buy list for next month. I have a good feeling about Adam Silvera in general. Sometimes, when authors talk, I feel like a connection to them as writers. They Both Die At the End deals with life and death. I don’t know how much you know about me, but my birthday is in October. And…I tend to reflect on my life every year (mostly beating myself up). Perhaps this book will help me cope better.

8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

It is TIME for this to happen in my life. I don’t know much. A fascinating artistic character in Karou awaits.

7. Shiver by Maggie Steifvater

Look, I know she has a release this fall. But, I am unsure if it relies on cultural appropriation. In order to support art that is not damaging to the image of other cultures, I am holding off on buying that book. Also, I am not sure if I’d be interested in that book anyway. Shiver has to do with werewolves and kissing, which, admittedly, are not things I can really relate to.  However, I think Steifvater has more license and authority on those things (more than about another culture, at least).

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Hmm. That one and the next one on the list are reminiscent of Halloween vibes, too. For some reason, I am under the impression that this book is kind of slow paced, so I’m intimidated by it quite a bit to be honest.

5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

 

 

Give me all the circus-y books to read in the fall.

4. The Novice by Taran Matharu

 

Adventure and demon-y creatures make this trilogy sound so intriguing for the fall season. I hear these books are easy to get through. For whatever reason, I have in my head that these books are also echoes of Pokemon and/or Digimon, about which I know very little. Perhaps I’ll be cool after I read this book.

 

3. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The movie converted me into a fan of the books, which is strange, because this rarely happens. I want to read this trilogy soon to embrace the eerie nature of time loops but also the fantastic ways of Miss Peregrine.

2. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cathrynne M. Valente

It is a series of five (five? I think?) children’s stories revolving around a girl who goes to a place called Fairyland (I know! You’d have never guessed this from the title). The story reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. 

 1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman time. I am going to start with this one, perhaps. Granted, I do have other options that are also appropriate for the fall time.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Slow-Paced Books That I Plan to Revisit

Top Ten Tuesday is here, and that means it’s time for another list. This week, I am discussing the top ten slow-paced books that I struggle(d) to read. Some of these books, I want to give them another try. Perhaps I will write more on why I want to do that. I marked those books with an asterisk * to denote that I will be revisiting them at some point and won’t unhaul them.

*10. The girl of fire and thorns by rae carson

At first, I was trying to follow a slow moving plot in the story.  I don’t really read a lot of political intrigue, so I think this series will take some getting used to. I was annoyed by how Elisa was repeatedly presented as a food-loving girl, which is fine. But, it gets kind of redundant. I keep comparing this portrayal with someone like Nina Zenik, who is a bit more well-rounded as a person (at least her portrayal didn’t reduce her to simplistic stereotypes).

Still, I think it was nice to see Elisa grow in book 1, and now I need to keep going and read the rest of the series.

9. breaking dawn by stephanie meyer

Oh my goodness, this was so freaking boring. I struggled to finish it, and when I was done, I regretted ever having read those books. A vampire baby? Imprint? No, thanks. Also, the story dragged on and on. The things that made Bella relatable were suddenly taken away; she was transformed into a completely strange person with wind chimes for vocal cords.

No thanks.

8. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

An oversimplified discussion of appearances and plastic surgery. It strongly reminds me of Twilight in its approach towards issues traditionally linked to women. Where is the exploration of the human psyche in congruence with living a seemingly utopian society?

(Not rereading this at all. So much dislike for it)

7. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

At the height of the dystopian craze, this book series was released. I had given it a try, just to see what the hype was about. Big mistake. A group of boys living in a simulated arena. Lots of running in mazes. Girl shows up.

Betrayals and a sense of flight or fight aren’t fully explored. I spent my entire reading experience bored, even though all these “shocking” things were happening. Mainly, the cause of this boredom was a sense of disconnect from the characters. Also: there is this zombie element presented in the story. I didn’t like that.

*6. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa is one of the most dull characters I had ever encountered. For a long time in the book, I was not sure how old she was because of the monotonous way she presented herself to the world. Even Po, who is meant to be a charming person, is equally as flat. I am giving this series another shot. I don’t know why. But, I feel like perhaps I was just not in the right mood for it?

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Actually, this first book was not as bad as some may say it was. However, Allegiant is so bad. Let’s not talk about that ending, either, because it made me so angry.

 

4. The iron daughter by julie kagawa

Nope. A character who is whining the whole time here, too, and not for reasons that are compelling. Fairies and tricksters have such potential. But, not this series. Totally was not for me at all.

3. The sisterhood of traveling pants by ann brashers

A paper thin group of friends who mostly talk about boys for four (ugh, five) books.

*2. The wrath and the dawn by renee ahdieh

Shahrazad and Khalid’s story was so dull that I didn’t even bother reading the next book in the duology. The misunderstood tyrant trope falls flat in Khalid’s back-story. Why can’t we have a bad person, just be bad, without being “cursed”? I may keep on reading, though, because I am starting to get curious about the ending of the story. Maybe Shahrazad can grow on me a bit more.

Deep breaths.

 *1. the narnia books by c.s. lewis

Oh man, those books are frustrating and overly descriptive. In addition, the author is so driven to get his biblical messages across, that it feels forced and aggressive. While I do like the characters, the pacing is exhausting.

 

Sigh.

I still think these books have such a high value. To me, they certainly drove me to reconnect with my faith.

Your Turn

Did you DNF or dislike a book because of its pacing lately? Share in the comments, so I know what to avoid! Save us from boring plot-lines.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Hidden Gems in YA That Deserve More Hype

Hello, and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme that is run by the lovely folks over at Broke and Bookish. This week, our topic is the Top Ten Hidden Gems in whatever genre we prefer. I am going to talk about the Not So Hidden Gems That Deserve the Hype.

Let’s begin.

10. White cat by holly black

Not many people talk about this trilogy, and, like, listen: this is so good. Noir fiction is not something I reach for normally. Holly Black just knows how to write dark and eerie fiction, that is dramatic and funny at the same time. I’m due for a reread at some point soon. It’s been five years since I have read this series.

9. Lament by maggie stiefvater

For whatever reason, I feel like Stiefvater’s older work tends to be dismissed. Before I had even heard of the Raven Cycle, I read this duology (is it a duology? Such a mystery). It had music, and fairies. In short, it was a delight.

8. the knife of never letting go by patrick ness

In general, Patrick Ness doesn’t get enough credit in the blogging scene. After reading his A Monster Calls, I am pretty much invested in all his work, which I have collected quite a bit of (ew, that sentence was so gross. I apologize to my friends and family). All I hear is how there’s something horrific that happens in this first book. As Augustus Waters says to Hazel Grace Lancaster, “It’d be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.” That’s all I can say to Patrick Ness. I’m ready for this.

7. the girl at midnight by melissa gray

I started reading this book a few days ago, and I was kind of annoyed by all the claims that it was just another Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I also had read snippets of before. This story is a bit of a slow burn, but it has such an intricate world. Plus, the main character steals a burrito. How can I not like her? Come on.

6. Deathless by cathrynne m. valente

Haven’t read this one yet, but I noticed that it doesn’t have much of a discussion on it. It has a fascinating exploration of a Russian myth/folklore and I want to read it so bad. I have the book ready to go, and I will be picking it up soon to see what it’s all about. For me, I am hoping to see a better exploration of power and good/evil. The way this story was pitched on the Internet was “Shadow and Bone but with more Russian folklore and better relationship discussion.” I am here for this! Also, we need to talk about this book more. That, I know already.

5. unspoken by sarah rees brennan

Sarah Rees Brennan is often mentioned as a side-character to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, which is so not fair. This lady is such a talented humorous person, and I just love her writing. Yes, some of it can be boring at time (at least in the Demon’s Lexicon world), but I am definitely looking forward to this trilogy. She has a lot of really neat ideas, and I’d love to hear more discussion on her work.

4.When the moon was ours by anna marie mclemore

We need to discuss diverse writers, and share the love. I can’t praise this book enough. McLemore has a fan in me forever, because she is inclusive, sensitive, and cautious with her characters. Beautiful work like hers needs all the attention it can get.

3. the falconer by elizabeth may

All I saw on Goodreads was a lot of assumptions about this trilogy. Look, books can have a similar premise, but that doesn’t mean it is “diet version” of each other. Every author can have a different take on the same idea. Elizabeth May develops this premise so much in the second book, and I love this person’s writing so much. I feel like she is so underrated and it is not fair.

2. Beautiful creatures by kami garcia and margaret stolh

I’ll be honest. The spin-off of this series was not a wise idea. The beauty of our Dark Castor is that she was a mystery. Some things are best left alone. But, still. The series was so cool, and it explored a dark setting and tone. I’ll always love this pairing and the characters in general. Plus, libraries are powerful in this series. How can you not like that?

 1. poison study by maria v. snyder

No one talks about this series that much, and it is such a shame. This is one of the most fast-paced and exciting novels I have read in a long, long time. Normally, I slowly go through a story. Not this one. I flew through it, and I am thrilled to be continuing with the series. We need to show this series some serious loving, because, it is such an accomplishment in storytelling. Truth, not exaggerating.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Recommendations for Fans of Bad-ass Characters

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday. This week, the lovely meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is fully back in the swing of things with a topic of recommending books. For me, I want to focus on the top ten books I’d recommend for those who are fans of bad-ass characters.

10. Graceling by kristin cashore

In this world, some children are “graced” with special skills/talents. Our main character is graced with the ability to kill people. She is such a warrior and a brave girl. I would posit, though, that she’s not just a bad-ass in terms of physical ability. Her willingness to go against bullies and defy unjust rulers marks her as one of the most bad-ass characters I have ever encountered.

9. The Hunger games by suzanne collins

Katniss Everdeen is not the bad-ass some people know. I think, for me, she becomes a true fighter when she faces her trauma. While I understand this girl struggled from having such heavy burdens and responsibilities heaved upon her, I think she had the issues even earlier in her life.  With all of these factors in mind, I think Katniss is survivor of really tough things and that makes her a bad-ass.

8.The vanishing throne by elizabeth may

Aithinne and Karian are truly my focus in this series. They are the true bad-asses. I understand that Aileana is the heroine, and I love her, but she’s part of something much bigger. I like the exploration of trauma and abuse in this book in particular. The connection Aithinne and Aileana have is just fantastic, and bad-ass.

7.harry potter and the order of the phoenix by jk rowling

Obviously, you have to read the stories leading up to this one, but oh man, how cool is it to see Harry as a teacher. To me, I don’t believe for a second that Harry would  ever work for the Ministry of Magic. He’d be a professor at Hogwarts, to provide a home to those who, like him, have no home. In this book, he becomes this role of a mentor to a group of his friends, and guides them into a war. If that’s not bad-ass, I don’t know what is.

6. A Darker Shade of Magic by v.e. schwab

Bravery is recognizing you made a mistake, and handling the consequences. Kel and Holland have that in common. It’s also about loving people with kindness, as we see with Rhy. Lila is another bad-ass for all the sass she and Alucard exchange, all the fighting tips, all the magic lessons make me love her so much. She bravely steps into new roles for herself and pushes the boundaries of her definitions.

5. the demon king by cinda williams chima

I still am reeling from this book because Han and Raisa are bad-asses. Raisa who is passionate about learning about her people, goes out to experience life in her kingdom. Han, who has a mysterious background, takes an amulet and has to fend for himself in a dog-eat-dog world.

4. Vampire academy by richelle mead

Most people would say that Rose Hathaway is the heroine of these tales. To me, I am more fascinated with Lissa. The element of spirit is hard to control, it seems, and she goes through quite the journey to develop her skill. Lissa is a bad-ass because she never uses physical force to settle her disputes. The older she gets, the wiser she becomes. I love her.

Books on my tbr that are rumored to have bad-ass characters

3. the darkest minds trilogy by alexandra bracken

Dystopia and special powers, concentration camps and kids working together: that is all I needed to hear to get this whole series. Ruby and the gang have so much potential right now.

2. The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I know the main character is a bad-ass. Just look at that cover. Freaking yes! Kvothe, from what I know, narrates his life as a boy who is accepted in a magic school. In my head, at least, he becomes a bad-ass mage. Can’t wait to read this one.

1. legacy of kings by eleanor herman

Alexander the Great is clearly going to be a bad-ass in these books. People call him the Great for reasons. I cannot wait to see what he’s like in the story. Don’t really know much about the books, but I am excited!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Amusing Quotes

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme run by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, there is a topic for us to discuss on our blogs. Since the feature is on hiatus this week, I am going to be sharing my most amusing quotes.

10. City of Fallen angels by Cassandra Clare

“Dudes,” he said, “Do not follow other dudes to the bathroom.”
Isabelle sighed, “Latent homosexual panic will do you in every time.”

9. The Dream Thieves by maggie stiefvater

“She wore a dress Ronan thought looked like a lampshade. Whatever sort of lamp it belonged on, Gansey clearly wished he had one. Ronan wasn’t a fan of lamps.”

8. A Gathering of Shadows by V.e. schwab

“My father was a vulture. My mother was a magpie. My oldest brother is a crow. My sister, a sparrow. I have never really been a bird.”
Lila resisted the urge to say he might have been a peacock. It didn’t seem the time.”

7. Catcher in the Rye by jd salinger

“All morons seem to hate it, when you call them a moron.”

 

6. Six of crows by leigh bardugo

“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”

 

5. Paper towns by john green

“As long as we don’t die, this is going to be one hell of a story.”

 

4. White cat by holly black

“She says that what you did was a cry for help.”

“It was,” I say. “That’s why I was yelling ‘Heeeelp!’ I don’t really go in for subtlety.”

3.Spirit bound by richelle mead

“He has no right to threaten my boyfriends. I’m eighteen. An adult. I don’t need his help. I can threaten my boyfriends myself.”

2. The Falconer by Elizabeth May

“You know my mother thinks the waltz is indecent.”
“Your mother would find the sight of a chair leg indecent.”

 1. Simon vs. the homo sapiens’ agenda by becky albertali

“What’s a dementor?”
I mean, I can’t even. “Nora, you are no longer my sister.”
“So it’s some Harry Potter thing,” she says.”

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten #OwnVoices Novels On My TBR

 

 

Hello! Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Since the feature is on hiatus until mid-August, I am writing on topics to help me with reading books I already have. This week’s topic is the top #ownvoices novels that are on my TBR.

10. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

I didn’t know this was an #ownvoices novel. Personally, I was not too in love with the characters in the first book. However, seeing that I already got the second part of the duology, my goal is to see how it wraps up.

9. Everything Leads to You by nina lacour

This is the final unread LaCour book in my collection. I haven’t gotten my hands on We Are Okay yet. I heard the most praise about Everything Leads To You. From what I have learned about the author, she is part of the LGBT+ community. So, I am excited to read this cuteness. Then, when I’m ready for it, I’ll try to get a copy of We Are Okay. It’s definitely something I want to read, though.

8. Legend by marie lu

So, from what I understand, the characters are people of color. I have gathered most of this author’s work, and I want to see how the sci-fi/dystopian narrative plays out from her perspective.

7. The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey

I have seen this series listed in a couple of #ownvoices lists on Goodreads. All I know is that it is a fantasy setting in the novel.

6. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

Her more recent book, When the Moon Was Ours, was one of my favorites. She’s definitely someone I look up to as a writer. Her words are just magic. I feel very clumsy in my own words. It’s also inspiring to read her work, for sure.

5. An Ember in the Ashes by sabaa tahir

Perhaps this lady will become a hero for me? I genuinely feel excited to hear an Arabic name. However, I’m not sure where the author is from, or how this narrative is #ownvoices.

4. The Rest of us just live here by patrick ness

His Chaos Walking trilogy is intimidating. So, I want to give this standalone a try at some point. After the beauty that is A Monster Calls, I am prepared to read more of this brilliant person’s work. Luckily, I have a lot of his stuff already on my bookshelves.

3. Everything, Everything by nicola yoon

In my mind, I’m somewhat afraid of this book, because of its messages regarding chronic illness. It’s another able-bodied-boy-teaches-girl-with-chronic-illness-how-to-live. But, I’ll try to keep an open mind. I did like her The Sun is Also a Star. 

2. The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Every once in a while, I feel this strong connection to certain writers’ works. This series just resonates with me a lot. And, I wish I had a logical reasoning behind my hunch. The writer tweets the best things, too, and I wish I could be that cool.

 1. Americanah by chimamanda ngozhi Adichie

I hesitate to read this work often, because I heard there’s a sexual assault and/or  rape scene in it. However, after listening to this lovely person speak at a TED talk event, I feel a little braver. By the way, the event is on YouTube. I am not cool enough to go to events.

 

Your Turn

What are some of your favorite diverse and/or #ownvoices novels? Share’em in the comments. I definitely need to build up on diversity in my book “collection.”

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Character BFFs

 

 

Hello! It’s a Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday. This week, I am digging through the Broke and the Bookish’s archives and discussing my top ten characters who happen to be BFFs. Let’s begin!

10. The Gentleman’s Bastards by Scott Lynch

Look, this book was not for me, but I still can attest to the power of friendships in the story. Jean and Locke are fantastic friends. I don’t remember much from the story, yet their friendship is rather strong in my mind. If you don’t mind changing in the narrative’s setting and time back and forth, check out this story.

9. The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants by Ann Brashers

Look, I hate these books, but I’ll hand it to the author: the friendship of these four girls is sweet. Let’s just ignore that last book. Actually, the more I think about it, the less I want to discuss these girls.

8. A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab

Rhy and Kel have such a wonderful friendship. I mean, yes, they are brothers. However, not all siblings are friends. These two genuinely love each other and enjoy being together.

7. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

How can I ever get over Reepicheep and Eustace’s friendship? Or Mr. Tumnus and Lucy Pevensie? They’re some of my favorite relationships I’d ever encountered.

6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Huck and Jim’s friendship was an influential one in my high school career. I was kind of in awe of how this book displayed bravery on both of these characters’ part to connect with each other even though racism was rampant at the time. I love them.

Obviously, there’s also this jerk face called Tom Sawyer (I’m just teasing. I don’t know much about Tom since I didn’t really read or study his story). But, Huck Finn was just rude and gross. He is fantastic.

5. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

The epic beauty that is Rose and Lissa’s friendship is one to behold within this series. I enjoy how they balance each other out. They collaborate quite a bit. While the series tends to focus on Rose, I am fully invested in Lissa and her path to awesomeness.

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Even though I am not too crazy about Charlotte, I think she provides context to Elizabeth’s love story. In the vein of Kel and Rhy’s friendship, I am going to talk about the beauty of Jane and Elizabeth’s relationship in this book as a token of certain friendship and siblings goals that I have on my mind. Jane is a precious soul and I adore her.

 

3. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

Come on. Hobbit-friends being awesome is my favorite. I love their relationship, especially the way they all raise each other up. Friendships are not just about getting along. Positive relationships are the ones where people make each other better somehow. Think of Sam and Frodo’s team work all the way to Mordor. And, I keep on remembering Bilbo and his dwarf buddies. Obviously, Gandalf is also a great friend, too. They all make me feel fuzzy and warm inside.

2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater

Gansey, Blue, Ronan, Adam, Noah, and Henry are a wonderful team. They go through a lot together. Sacrifices, fights, and humor bound their lives together. If you want a dark and lush story, check out this gang’s evolution as a team starting in The Raven Boys. 

1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

The Golden Trio are an amazing team. They really are. Sure, they fight sometimes. But, think of all the times they helped each other. There’s also the Silver Trio (Luna, Neville, and Ginny). I wish there was more on them. Perhaps I could like Ginny that way. Obviously, the Marauders are the OG buddies to me. So much love to them. If you’re ever in the HP fandom, look out for all the fans of the Marauders. They post the cutest things.

Your Turn

What are some of your favorite friendships in literature? Holler in the comment section below!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I Can Dedicate Theme Songs To

 

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. As the feature is on hiatus, I am sharing my answers to old topics from their blog. Today, we’ll talk about the top ten characters I can dedicate theme songs to.

10. Uprooted by Naomi Novak

The Woods in this book is just perfection. I have not stopped thinking about it since I put down the book a few months back. Hopefully, I will finish the book soon to see what will happen.

Theme song: I Need a Forest Fire by James Blake and Bon Iver

9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Baz has such a unique voice. I don’t think I’ll ever fully get over his romance in this book. It was not a corny relationship, and it definitely demands all the love it gets on the Internet.

Theme song: Blood by The Middle East

8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Mason and his relationship with Rose frequent my thoughts. I miss him. If I say more, I’d be crossing into spoiler territory.

Theme song: Coaster by Khalid

7. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

This is kind of surprising, but I find myself thinking of Alina and The Darkling (with a dash of Nikolai) very often. I didn’t expect her to stay with me so much, but here we are.

Theme song: Light by Sleeping at Last

 

6. Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I love Inej and Nina, but Kaz definitely left an impression. While I adore the whole crew, I was fascinated by Kaz and his brain. “Scheming face?” “Definitely.” It never gets old. He has a certain swagger to him. I love it.

Theme song: Go Fuck Yourself by Two Feet

5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I love every single main character in this trilogy, but if I have to pick one, Holland would be the one for me to dedicate music and playlists for. He’s got such a compelling story arc. Any way you dice it, he’s always dealing with a heavy, painful burden. While I do wish there was more of him in the story, I am content knowing that he exists so closely to my heart. (shush. don’t make fun of me, oh my God!).

Theme song: Start a War by The National

 

4. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater

Miss Blue Sargent is incredible, and she’s liberated me so much. I think of what she’d do in certain situations. Her role in the books tends to eclipsed by these raven boys who have tragic stories. But, this girl comes from such great lineage and history. She’s destined to do great things, regardless of whether she has her own psychic skills.

Theme song: So Close to Magic by Aquilo

3. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Listen, okay, I am halfway through this book and my mind is simply blown away by these characters. In particular, I like the hesitance of Mr. Cuffs  himself (Han) to be a hero. Raisa is also interesting as she tries to find her place in the queendom.

Theme song: Hero by Family of the Year

 

2. The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Oh Aileana Kameron has stolen my heart with her badassery. I’m absolutely smitten.

Theme song: In For the Kill (Skrillex remix) by La Roux

 

 1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Vin and Kelsier’s relationship makes my heart swell with affection. And, I understand why the end of the first book happened, but I am still heartbroken. This shock is why I haven’t been able to pick up the second book yet. I will, though.

Theme song: Stand By Me by Bootstraps

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