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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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Bought Because of Others/The Internet


Tuesday means Top Ten Tuesday around this blog. This is a meme run by The Broke and the Bookish, whose link is right here. For this week, I am going to be discussing the top ten books I bought because of others or because of the Internet.

10. Paper Towns by John Green

I was very new to the VlogBrothers channel when this book was released. One of my coworkers at the tutoring center mentioned him, and I looked up his channel.  Among the earliest videos of his that I had encountered was this one.


9. First and Then by Emma Mills

Her videos resonated with me so much. My favorite is the one about rejection. While I have not read her books yet, I am saving them up for moments of desperation. She has such a powerful honest voice (judging by her videos), and I feel like her books could help me fight my depression.

8. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I had heard of this book from a few people. But, the one opinion that resonated with me was Trina from Between Chapters. She created a whole video where she listed all the reasons why one should check out this book.

7. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Lainey from Gingerreadslainey recommend this series so much. She made so many videos about these books. My favorite one is this video. I am very curious to read it at some point this year.

6. Black Prism by Brent Weeks

Reagan from PeruseProject mentioned this series frequently as well. A year ago, she shared this book on her list of the best books she had read for 2016. Here’s a link to that video, if you’re curious to hear her point out why she loves the first book in this series.


5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Sam from ThoughtsonTomes raved about this book for years. She still loves it. Here’s an example of that loving. I have a copy of the book. My hope is to pick it up soon. However, I do admit that I am intimidated by this story.

4. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Cait (the famous Paperfury) talked about this book on her blog. After When the Moon was Ours, I had been looking for some more magical realism books. This one sounds like a perfect fit.

3. Everything Cinda Williams Chima

Jolien and Annemieke talk about her work often, but before I had met them, I heard about this author in a Peruse Project video. Here it is. 

2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Sasha Alsberg talked about this book quite a bit. It has a promising premise. Princess runs away on her wedding night. Two men come after her. One is the prince who was going to marry her, and the other is an assassin sent to kill her. Sasha discussed this book here.


  1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

If you have been on the Internet, and on BookTube specifically, then you probably had seen WittyNovels share her love of Shatter Me. Here is an example of how intense this love is, truly.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Villains I Have Encountered in Literature

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme run by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. Because the meme is on a break until August, I decided to write about my favorite villains in books so far.

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I understand that you’re expecting me to talk about President Snow. But, that’s not who I have in mind for this one. It’s President Coin, actually, because of this pure and unwavering ambition and aspiration to do whatever is necessary for her goals to become true.

9. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Darkling was an engaging, charming, and haunting person. I do wish there was more of him in the story, because, frankly, I like him way more than Mal. He has this tough backstory and he is driven to do such terrible stuff to people close to him.


8. Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis 

The White Witch is a beautiful and terrifying figure in C.S. Lewis’ work. I couldn’t get over her, even if I tried. While I didn’t read these books as a child, I was still in awe of how cunning and clever the White Witch is. We get a bit of a story to her, but I feel like she deserved to get more of an arc. Still, she is this terrible ruler of Narnia.


7. Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab 

How can I ever forget The Dane Twins from this series? They were perfectly creepy. More importantly, it was their effect on Holland that stayed with me, long after finishing those books. They also make Kel feel uneasy, which is a difficult feat, I think.


6. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien 

Sauron,  with this creepy eye seeing everything, is another fantastic villain. I do wish we’d gotten to see more of his backstory, and how he got to this point. Sort of like how Tolkien showed Gollum’s story and how the Ring affected him.


5. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Malcolm Fade has such a tragic backstory and I just wish there was more time with him to understand him better. I feel like he makes more sense now with this book out in the world. Him and Annabelle are fascinating to me. Scary, but still very interesting people.

4. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

The adult lady in this series is so, so infuriating. I remember her even now, and it has been years since I have read these books. She was cruel and frightening. I didn’t even read these books super young or anything. Her goals were terrifying.

3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater

Kavinsky could have had a whole book just dedicated to him. He is my favorite person in Ronan’s book.


2. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Dolores Umbridge sticks out the most. The little “Hm Hm” she does irks me infinitely. I understand Tom Riddle (Voldemort) a lot more than I do with her. Even though there’s a background story for her on Pottermore, I am not sympathetic towards her still.


 1. Paradise Lost by Milton

Satan!!! I am biased, because my whole class on Milton was dedicated to this dude–Satan. We talked about how he was truly misunderstood and how he deserved to get a chance in life. And, I am a sucker for underdogs.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Have Read in 2017 (So Far)

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, a feature created by the Broke and the Bookish peeps. This week’s topic is our top ten books we have read in 2017 thus far. Let’s begin.

10. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This book stood out to me because of its exploration of race, ethnicity, and gender roles. It calls into question the different approaches to relationships and emotion. The confrontation of science and art marked this story as a superior one to many contemporaries I have read thus far in my reading journey.

9. The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater

While this ending is not my favorite, it still was an impacting read. It was very emotional to see where these characters end up. There were some surprises along the way, but mostly, my biggest joy was seeing Blue, Gansey, and the rest of the group take charge of their story and destiny.

8. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski

I read the whole trilogy this year, and I was in awe of the first book. Like a lot. This book was less intense than the rest of the series, so I liked it a bit more. I liked not knowing what will happen to Kestrel and Arin.

7. Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

Ah, my lone experience with steampunk westerns has to make it on the list. I just can’t get over how well written this book was, even though it has cannibals/zombie creatures. But, I was so in love with the main character, and her love interest. I love the surprising turn that the book takes with certain newcomers in the town.


6. When the Moon was Ours by Anna Marie McLemore

Definitely up there on my list of favorite books of all time. It’s my favorite exploration of queerdom and culture. I found it very respectful in its approach of identity and belonging. Hopefully, this year, I will be able to read more from this author both in terms of old work and new releases.

5.  Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I adore this woman, and her work will always be special to me. She just makes me happy. This book was a sweet, endearing, and moving story. It started somewhat slowly. However, the world building was delightful and refreshing. Yes, it was reminiscent of a Wonderland, but it was unique in its own way as well. It definitely stood on its own without being reliant on source material.

Very excited for its companion novel that will be released in October.

4. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

This book was heavily recommended. I hesitate to read things very often, because I worry about disappointments. This, though, was quickly engaging and it ended on such a heartbreaking note…I have had a hard time picking up the sequel out of sheer worry.

Sanderson killed off a very dear character to me. I do intend on picking up the rest of the series this years, God willing.


3.  Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Of course this book is on here. I’m in awe of how Clare keeps the world she created interesting and ever-growing. She certainly improved in her craft as it can be seen in this book. Some deaths in the very end of the story alter the course of all series to come.

With all that heartbreak this caused, I cannot get over this story’s installment. I am often thinking of the characters, how they’re recovering, what will come their way next, and so on.

2. Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

While the Shadow and Bone trilogy was not my favorite, I was not expecting to love this duology at all. Now, it is one of my favorites. I cannot believe I had waited so long to read it. If you follow me on Tumblr, expect a crap ton (a measuring unit) of GIFs and moodboards/aesthetics inspired by this series.

  1. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

The highlight of this year so far has been my experience with this series. I have her Savage Song duology ready to be read this year as well. Lila Bard and Kel made quite the impression on me. I always think of them, of Rhy, Alucard, and my dearest Holland. They were such a fantastic group of characters on one heck of a quest. Absolutely in love with this series. Another one that’ll be loved on my Tumblr for a long time.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Series I Need to Start, But Haven’t (Yet)

Today is a lovely Tuesday, which means that it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a feature on The Broke and the Bookish site, where bloggers share their top tens in relation to prompts. This week, the prompt is to discuss our top ten series that we need to start (but haven’t…yet). Let’s begin.

10. The Study Series (Poison Study onward) by Marie V. Snyder

Chiara loves this series, and it has such good reviews on Goodreads. It’s on my to buy list for the next few months. I don’t know a whole lot about it. Yet, I am interested in it. Girl is on death row, and then she is offered a position as a poison tester.

9. The Falconer Series by Elizabeth May

I already have the first book, and I just need to start reading it. Hoping to collect the next two books over the next few months. The reviews are awesome for this, too. It’s definitely something up my alley, and I’m interested in it.

8. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Whenever I go on Tumblr, I see so many GIFs and mood boards of the characters in this series. I have the series on my shelves, so it’s not like I have to wait till my copies get here or anything like that.

7. The Sin Eater’s Daughter series by

I saw the first book in a book store, and I was just so fascinated by the cover. I don’t know a whole lot about it, but I did get the first two books. The last one comes out in the Fall. So…I need to get to it. Shannon and Aly talk about it on Goodreads.

6. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

A lot of people hate these books. I, for one, felt the pressure to give them away a couple of years back. Then, I decided to get them used without focusing on what people say about them. For sure, it’s a series that is nothing like many books I have read. I want to get to it, because I think it could help me as a writer, too.

5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Criminals and dream walking-type-deal sounds fascinating, especially now that I have finished the Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater. I’d like to see how Samantha Shannon interprets this concept of dream walking.

4. The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

This is another series that I gave away, and then bought used later. Some booktubers commented on something terrible happening in the first book. I can handle heartbreak. The reason I picked up these books is because the premise sounds epic. A world where people can hear each other’s thoughts. And, there’re no girls? Then one day, boy meets girl? SIGN ME UP!

(Also: there’s a dog in this. I hope nothing bad happens to the dog. That better not be the horrible thing that happens in the first book).


3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I have had these books for YEARS. Still have not read them. I want to read them just to experience Laini Taylor’s lyrical writing (because GOALS!). And, I want to see how the story progresses. I only read like a chapter or so? Many years ago, I checked out the first few chapters of the first book. I have to read these books.

2. Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

It’s a fourteen book series and it has a lot of interesting characters. Brandon Sanderson said he loved these books long before he was asked to write the last couple of books in the series. I’m just really curious about it, and I want to see which characters I like in this series.

 1. Cinda Williams Chima Books

I keep putting off reading her books, even though I have them all. But, I’m intimidated, I guess? I follow her Facebook page, and she has such a sweet following. I admire her already. And, I just want to get to her work, and learn from and observe her style.

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10. Pride and Prejudice

Mr. Bennett left quite the impression on me. I still think about him often. His relationship with Elizabeth was sweet. Yet, his lack of interest in his daughters’ lives was upsetting for me. To an extent, I understand that there was a disconnect between men and women back then. Even now, unfortunately, there is too much emphasis on gender as a whole rather than focusing on people individually.


9. To Kill a Mockingbird

Atticus Finch pretty much blew my mind away in high school. I was in awe of his decency, his kindness, and his understanding of people. The way he carried himself throughout the novel was inspiring. Purposefully, I avoided the “sequel” to this novel, because I knew that upon a revisit, perhaps the author would alter the image I had of this man. So, let’s not talk about that book.


8. Fangirl

Arthur Avery. I remember that his life mental illness hit home for me. He had the highs and lows which are so familiar to me. Besides, he was a supportive father, a single dad, and a loving figure in his daughters’ lives. I just love that he was the constant in his kids’ lives, which is something rare in YA.


7. Harry Potter

Sirius Black is very problematic and I love him so dearly. But, even more, I think of Albus Dumbledore so frequently. I think of how much he protected Harry, how he guided him, and how he was a frustrating dude. He was a real person, and there’s so little of him truly in the books. And, I kind of like that we don’t know Sirius and Dumbledore very well, because they have the potential of being incredible human beings, but there’s also a hidden mystery to who they were.

I could talk about these guys all day.


6. Castor Chronicles

Macon Ravenwood is one of the most tragic figures I have ever encountered. He reminds me of Boo Radley, in that he is a shut in and there are plenty of rumors about him. His strange nature makes me love him so much. Yet, he has so much pain in his past and present, and I cannot even explain how much hope this man gives to Lena and to me, as a reader.

Oh, and obviously he reminds me of Atticus Finch.

5. Dark Artifices

Arthur Blackthorn has mental illness caused by fairies. And, he is unable to stay in the present. I can relate to him so much, and his actions in Lord of Shadows make my heart just swell with love. What a dude!


4. Mistborn

Kelsier is the best dad ever. I mean, he is not Vin’s biological dad or anything, but he takes her away from her awful life, and helps her come into her powers as a Mistborn. How can I not love this guy?


3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

The dads in this book are wildly different, and yet they both support their sons in beautiful ways. I wasn’t a fan of this book, and yet I fully admit that these two dads were anchors for their children.



2. The Fault in Our Stars

The parents in this book are fantastic. They support Hazel through a really difficult situation that no parent is ever fully prepared for. Cancer and terminal illnesses like it are just so hard to process for everyone involved. And, Hazel’s parents handle it with grace, kindness, and understanding.

 1. Lord of the Rings

You thought I’d forget about the awesome dads in this trilogy? Come on! Never! The two figures who stand out in this series to me are Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf. Bilbo took in young Frodo and raised him to be just as strange and adventurous.

Gandalf took care of the Hobbits, and maintained political relations between so many races in this series. He’s the best!


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