Top 10 Books/Series On my Winter TBR

 

 

So, I discovered that I messed up the prompt for last week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Naturally, I am going back and following the prompt I missed over at The Broke and the Bookish. Last week’s prompt was the Top 10 Books on my Winter TBR. Let’s catch up.

10. The Diviners by libba bray

I know, I know. It’s more Halloween-related as a series. However, the books are long, which is very winter-y to me. Besides, I am really curious to see how the books are compared to her Gemma Doyle books (I liked those, but they took a while for me to get into).

9. Dark days club by allison goodman

So, I heard mixed reviews about her Eon/Eona books. But, this series sounds more up my alley. Victorian times and demon hunting lady. Some people said it’s somewhat like The Infernal Devices, which are among my favorites of all time. Plus, it kind of sounds like The Falconer by Elizabeth May. Words don’t quite express how much I loved that trilogy, too.

8. maggie Stiefvater’s shiver series

Werewolves and kissing summarize my knowledge of these books. I could also read The Scorpio Races at some point this winter, too, because this author’s books are rather slow moving but intriguing.

7. rae carson’s books

I have her complete The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. In addition, I have the first book in the Gold Seer trilogy as well. Rae Carson writes rich worlds in terms of tradition and culture. I did like the first book in her stories about Elisa. But, the slowness of the pace wasn’t quite my jam while I tried to read it over the summer. Now, though, may be a better time for this series.

6. and i darken by kiersten white

Silly story: I have never heard of Vlad the Impaler. I picked up this book and its sequel without looking up who that is. In fact, I still don’t know who he is. Part of me prefers it that way. My ignorance could enhance my reading experience. Nevertheless, I promise to look up who that is after reading the first book.

5. Falling Kingdoms by morgan rhodes

The series wraps up in early 2018, and I’d like to catch up. I want to hate on Jonas, and join the masses in shipping these characters.

4. the lunar chronicles by marissa meyer

I mean, the last book is called “Winter.” What more could I ask for? Cinder is part cyborg and the stories are set in space (!!!). But, there are awesome ships to be shipped in these books (from what I noticed on Tumblr).

3. daughter of smoke and bone by laini taylor

Set in Prague, the story involves Karu and her found family. She goes between worlds (right? Am I remembering this correctly?). It just sounds like a cozy time story that could potentially break my heart into a thousand pieces. Oh, and while this trilogy is on my TBR, since we’re dreaming together, I’d like to also read The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey. A few people mentioned that it is a lot like Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

2. the young elites by marie lu

A story about a character turning into the villain. Yes, sign me up for this darkness and destruction. It sounds so good. If I do manage to read the trilogy this winter, I’d like to try and read Marie Lu’s Legend series as well.

 1. night circus, caraval, and bone gap

Atmospheric books are also something I am really craving this winter. These are the stories I stumble across most often (what a weird sentence). Oh, in addition, Neil Gaiman books are also in this category.  I basically have a lot of series that I want to start this season, but I’ll try and read some of these stand-alone novels as well to avoid getting burned out.

 

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Top 10 Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

 

 

It is time for another Top Ten Tuesday, a meme run by the lovely folks over at Broke and Bookish. This week, the topic is our top 10 bookish settings we’d like to visit. Warning, though, some of these settings are real places. I just want the journey there to be with certain characters from books. Ready? Let’s go.

10. the spiritual/fairy realm in a great and terrible beauty by libba bray

For whatever reason, this story has stuck with me since the early 2010’s. I remember the girls transforming into brilliant, strong, and empowered women in this realm they’d go to. I’d like to be there, explore my identity in such a seemingly idealistic setting.

9. prague–daughter of smoke and bone by laini taylor

I have read snippets of this first book. Even after many years, I still remember this setting, and the shop with the teeth. Karou and her blue hair, her family, and the beautiful world she lives in (even if it is a huge responsibility to be able to cross worlds like this). First, I plan to read the series. But, then, I’ll wait for Karou to show up, and perhaps she can introduce me (or at least put a good word in for me).

8. sitia–poison study by maria v. snyder

While I think the writing and development of this series is a bit weak, I do love Yelena and her journey to belong. Like, Ixia was a scary and dangerous place, and, in comparison, Sitia is so nice. I just like her family a lot (still trying to warm up to Leif). Jungles, and climbing, colorful clothes, and snake charming. I like it a lot. I doubt I’d survive, but maybe I can just sit with her mom while she makes perfumes.

 

7. Lara Jean’s home–To All the Boys I Loved Before by jenny han

Lara Jean is someone I really love. For a long time, I was embarrassed of that, because I am “too old” to connect with such an immature character. But, I love her family, and her world sounds so endearing. I’d like to have sisters to bake with, write sweet letters, be surrounded with pink stationary and pastel walls. Yep. Sounds like heaven.

6. paris– anna and the french kiss by stephanie perkins

There is something really cute and sweet about this story’s setting. I don’t want to just go to Paris. I want to be there with Anna and St. Claire. Again, a lot of people have mentioned that the love story here is based on cheating. I acknowledge this point. However, I do adore these characters, their journey across Paris and into each others’ hearts.

5. 300 Fox Way–the raven boys by maggie stiefvater

I’d like to hug Blue, and maybe sit with her while she eats her yogurt. Maybe her mom can hang out with us and we’d talk about spirituality and meditation. I can share some essential oils, and we can sit by the candles while Blue and her cousin argue. And, every once in a while, I can interrupt and disrespect Blue’s cousin, because she enrages me quite often.

4. the burrow–harry potter and the chamber of secrets by jk rowling

Part of my need to visit the Weasleys lies in my feelings towards the family (but not Ginny). Ron and his family are delightful and warm, kind, sweet, and very real. I find them to be brave and quirky, honest and loving the Muggle peeps like me. Besides, I have a feeling that Molly Weasley gives nice hugs.

3.furthermore–furthermore by tahereh mafi

This is surprising, because I am not that much of an Alice in Wonderland fan. Still, this world is so colorful, bizarre, and bewildering. It sounds like a scary and fun time (all rolled into one). I don’t know what kind of person I’d be in that world, but I would like to visit anyway.

2.small town–since you’ve been gone by morgan matson

Bike rides, swimming, ice cream, and to do lists of adventures: that’s the kind of setting I like. In other words, I love the open fields with Emily running with Frank. I like the gymnastics place where she picks up her brother. Everything about their little town sounds so charming and peaceful. So, I would like to go there.

 1. new york– the sun is also a star by nicola yoon

So, New York is vast and scary to me. I know my anxiety would’ve flared a lot had I ever set foot in there. But, I think with the two main characters, I could be (mostly) okay. We can go to museums, have dinner, maybe sing horrible karaoke. Furthermore, we can smash stereotypes, and laugh a lot, hug each other, have a wonderful time together.

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Top 10 Characters I am Grateful for

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme run by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I will be deviating from the prompt because it is exactly the prompt for Top 5 Wednesday. I’ll be discussing my top ten characters I am grateful for this season.

Let’s go.

10. Raisa from the demon king by Cinda Williams Chima

This queen heir is driven, curious, clever, and brave. I just like that she is willing to learn more about her  people rather than live in ignorance. Plus, she doesn’t rely on people around her to inform her of what her country is like. Instead, she goes out there to see for herself. And, I love her so much.

9. felicity from the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue by mackenzie lee

Felicity, my soul sister, has the best lines in this already-hilarious-and-poignant-book. I love how different she is from people of her time. She’s progressive, clever, and so funny. Plus, that ending with her next adventure is just perfection. I cannot wait to read her story.

8. the falconer trilogy by elizabeth may

I am grateful for the female characters in this trilogy. Elizabeth May features abuse survivors and it means the world to me to see women building each other up. The way they encourage one another, and sympathize and connect together was so moving to me. Can’t say who deals with what, obviously, but these ladies meant a ton.

Oh, and obviously, I will always be grateful for Derrick, my love.

7. diana from lord of shadows by cassandra clare

Strong, resilient and beautiful: these are some of the ways I describe Diana. Cassandra Clare introduces strong women in her stories, and with each series, she brings in even more different ways for strength to manifest. While I love Emma and Clary, Diana made my heart sing. Obviously, she and Maia will be my babies forever.

6. shadow and bone by leigh bardugo

“I am not ruined. I am ruination.” I am grateful for this line and the person who says it. Hands down one of the coolest moments in my year.

5. a darker shade of magic by victoria schwab

Delilah Bard is my dream self and my dream friend all rolled into one. I just wish I had her guts and her confidence. Having met her in the book is a highlight of my year, because I keep thinking of her. If you ever stumble on my Tumblr, I am always looking for quotes and moments about Delilah Bard. Needless to say, I am ever so grateful for her.

4. weight of feathers by anna-marie mclemore 

Lace and Luc, my precious babies, I loved meeting them, and witnessing their beautiful love story unfold in this debut by one of my favorite authors. Where are all the fan videos and the mood boards, and the fan casting? Come on, peeps, get on it!

3. six of crows by leigh bardugo

Oh my Lord. How much do I love this cast of characters, I will never be able to fully explain! Kaz, my gloomy child, and the rest of his team made a lasting impression. Inej and Nina are people I wish I’d become somehow. Wylan, Jesper, Matthias made me laugh and choke up.

2. the raven cycle by maggie stiefvater

My darling Blue Sargent, my intimidating and yet total cinnamon roll Ronan Lynch, Adam, and Gansey: I am grateful that we met this year. Their friendship is so beautiful. To the dearest ghost I have ever met, Noah Czerny, I think of you often. I am grateful you exist.

 1. harry potter series by jk rowling

Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and Ron Weasley are my favorite buddies of all time. There are many things I don’t like about this series, so many flaws and I wish the author would take ownership of such mistakes. But, still, it was an effective story, full of incredible characters. My dear Neville Longbottom, you are fantastic. Luna Lovegood, Tonks, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, and so many other characters I carry with me always. I am grateful for this series.

 

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Top Ten Books That Will Give Me Cool Aunt Status

 

 

Top Tuesday is a meme created by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, a topic is listed for bloggers to share their top ten books or characters that relate to the prompt. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I am going to be discussing my top ten books that will give me cool aunt status.

Let’s begin.

10. the hunger games by suzanne collins

A trilogy that correlates with strong political commentary but coupled with an intense plot and pace would definitely earn me some points. Look, Katniss Everdeen, along with all the people around the Hunger Games,  face serious choices to make, with very high stakes. Plus, the movie adaptations are pretty good, too. Aside from the casting, which still kind of bothers me sometimes.

9. the weight of feathers by anna-marie mclemore

This book is somewhat slow moving at first. As such, my cool aunt status will not be attained quickly. I am okay with that, because this story packs a punch that “Romeo and Juliet” doesn’t quite manage to accomplish. I do think they’d learn more about adversity and family feuds better through this story. Plus, beautiful costumes and art drive this tale. I think my nephews and nieces would like this book eventually.

8. not a drop to drink by mindy mcginnis

Just like The Hunger Games, I think this story has a lot of weight to it because it seems possible to happen in future. The questions of morality and compassion posited by the author would provide just enough tension and jog (to put it lightly) some thoughts into the nephew and nieces lives, interactions, and discussions.

7. Monsters of verity duology by victoria schwab

Yep, it surpasses Shades of Magic series because I think it warrants a more urgent discussion on evil and choice. I doubt that forgetting August and Kate will ever be feasible. I mean this in the most honest sense: I think of them often.

***Next are books I have not read yet, but they are on my shelves*

6. illuminae by amie kaufmann and jay kristoff

I have not read this series yet, but dude, I know the format will be a ton of fun to experience. All the cool kids have read this series, and while I am not cool (yet), I will make sure my future nephews and nieces know what’s hip.

5. and i darken by kiersten white

Another unread book on this list, but I like the alternate takes on history that are out there in literature right now. So, this one sounds really promising, even though some people say it starts out slow. If I may, I want to add another one that I have not read: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. We can talk about erasure of queer figures in historical texts, too.

4. ash by melinda lo

It’s embarrassing that I haven’t read this on either, but I WILL. And, when I do, those poor nephews and nieces will be exposed to a fresh take on Cinderella. And, in the words of Harry Potter in his musical, “It’s going to be totally awesome.”*

*If you haven’t seen the two Harry Potter musicals, you must remedy this soon. They’re so good.

3. chaos walking trilogy by patrick ness

While I do fear for this trilogy’s adaptation, I still look forward to reading it. A world where people can hear each other’s thoughts sounds terrifying and interesting. Plus, gender, freedom, and cute dogs are relevant to the story.

2. Beauty queens by libba bray

A remake of a classic, and it is far more inclusive, this book sounds like an interesting read. I have skimmed through this before, and it has this reality-television setting that made me smile.

 1. turtles all the way down by john green

OCD representation and discussion of friendship, plus some detective work. Another bonus for me is that this is a book by one of my favorite authors ever. I think the nephews and nieces may like this one, too. (I hope so).

 

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Top Ten Leaders in My (Imaginary) Book Club

 

 

Yes, it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme run by the Broke and the Bookish peeps.  For this week, I am going to be talking about my dream (and imaginary) book club with literary characters.

10. Legend by Marie Lu

I have not read this trilogy yet, but I do know that the main characters are very intelligent people. June is top of her class brilliant. Having her around in our book club would make her a resource on all things survival. Speaking of survival, I think the other character’s name is Day, and he is brilliant. All I know is that he is the most wanted criminal in this society. He can introduce a new list of resources, things not mainstream.

9. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

So, Lynn has such an appreciation for literature and medicine, it’d be a blast to have her around with us. I mean, she’s socially awkward and aggressive, but I’d like to be her book club buddy. Her perspective on literature would be amazing, because she’s living in every dystopian work’s setting probably.

8. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Yeah, yeah, Hermione has to be on this list. She’s good at reading and retaining information. She may end up befriending June, to be honest. But, mostly, I think she’ll really like the next characters on this list.

7. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Obviously Sydney is resourceful and curious. She unlearns and unpacks many prejudices towards vampires. And, the rest is all spoilers, so I can’t tell you, but suffice to say: Sydney and Hermione would have plenty to discuss in regards to female empowerment and societal control of people.

6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

Y’all know, Gansey is as nerdy as they come. He researches, and, when the topic gets even more convoluted, he reaches out to those much more knowledgeable than him. I think Gansey brings in a nice resourcefulness to this book club. We’d go out on trips to see what we read about. Lots of discussions, I think as well. Also: I think he’d be kind of like Schmidt from New Girl. Every time he’d say something privileged, we can yell at him to put money in the jerk jar.

5. The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Listen. Charlotte can teach us all about etiquette (a word I struggle to even spell). However, I really just want to hang out with her and Aithinne, who can also teach us about fae history and maybe recommend some interesting literature and folklore. (I avoided mentioning the rest, because…they got enough love in the series. But, Charlotte, Aithinne, and GAVIN! Gavin was maltreated and I love him, for the most part. He can join our book club, too).

His and Charlotte’s mom can come in and tell us to sit proper or something.

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

Simon would be AWESOME to have around. We can talk about Harry Potter, which could: a) freak Hermione out, or b) amuse her. Also, he and I could eat Oreos the whole time (Oreos are vegan, if you haven’t heard).

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I believe that Charlotte’s mom would be bewildered by Effie Trinket, which is my goal in life really. I love Effie and Haymitch, and I think they’d be so much fun in our book club. They could talk history, self defense, even talk about etiquette and interview manners. So good. Maybe Effie could give Simon some tips on internet dating.

2. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Obviously Kate and August would be a delight to have around. I love them, and I think they’d be an edgy addition to our book club. Kate would scare everyone away, and she’d teach us about monsters. August can teach whatever he wants. I just want to say hello to him, possibly give him a hug. He needs it. (as I write this post, I am still scared to read Our Dark Duet). 

 1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Felicity. The love of my life. She needs to be part of our book club, just for being a witty (possibly) asexual woman. I want to be her friend, and I wish all the rest of our book club can be buddies, too. She and Charlotte have the potential to be great friends. They can help August be more comfortable with himself.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Unique Book Titles

 

 

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, a meme run by the bad-ass Broke and Bookish peeps. This week, the topic is for us to list our top ten most unique titles. Here are some of my favorite, most intriguing titles. Let’s go!

10. The Girl who circumnavigated fairyland in a ship of her own making by cathrynne m. valente

 

 

There is something so inherently bad-ass about this title. While I have not read the stories yet, I have a good feeling about the way the main character is going to be portrayed. It feels me up with joy, honestly, to think of a girl who creates her own ship and then peruses around a distant land.

 

 

9.Good Omens by Terri Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

So, I tried reading this book ages ago, and I never finished it. The title, however, will always be something of a marvelous paradox. I’m just so fascinated by how this rich world building and characters get to be hidden under such a seemingly simple title. If you thought this was going to be an easy read, I think you’re probably wrong. But, I wasn’t much of a reader at the time of trying to get into this world presented in the book. I will give it another shot, for sure.

8. The strange and beautiful sorrow of ava lavender by leslye walton

Steeped rich family history presented in this story can be seen  just from the title. My goodness, this book has such a compelling cover and title; I cannot wait to read this one.

7. mosquitoland by david arnold

Contemporary stories aren’t really “in” right now (for me), but this story involves travel and self discovery. In that sense, David Arnold’s novel sounds mysterious to me. Like, is the place the main character going to a land full of mosquitoes? Or, is it metaphorical? I’m shrugging as I write these questions.

6. shades of milk and honey by mary robinette kowal

Listen. I don’t know what this phrase “Milk and honey” refers to usually, but I love it. In fact, there’s a stray cat that I have named after that phrase. His name is Milk and Honey. The name sounds soothing.

5. more happy than not by adam silvera

Dude, Adam Silvera is pretty much going to be on my top ten everything for the rest of my life. Since this is the only book I have read by him (so far), I can talk about it in more detail. The title’s meaning is revealed in the end of the book, and oh my word, it was mind-blowing to see the title click into place like that.

Besides, we all know that They Both Die at The End has an epic title, too.

4. The Sun is also a star by nicola yoon

The whole cover of this book is just so charming. I read this one ages ago, and I enjoyed it a lot. That title means a couple of things for me: mainly, it communicates that we are multitudes and complicated resonates through the story for sure.

3. A great and terrible beauty by libba bray

It has a rather dramatic flair, doesn’t it? I mean, the story was kind of long, but it did echo that epic feel through it.

2. the fault in our stars by john green

A Shakespearean reference that is somewhat obscure? Totally down with it. I am in love with all his books, which is why, I have to admit that for number 1, all I could think of is his newest book (which I don’t have yet)

 1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

This is going to be awesome, I just know it. As someone with OCD, I feel like this book is going to be such a hit for me. John Green books are always dear to me. But, I guess I’m supposed to talk about this title, which I don’t even know if it’s a phrase commonly used or if it is a reference to something else? I’m not sure. I love it, though. (I get to pick this up in the upcoming months. Wish me luck).

 

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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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