Top Ten Tuesday- Books for Um, People

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This week we are discussing books for people who _______________. Fill in the blanks. This is so hard because I really can’t choose just one category. I think “People Who Read” should cover it because a good book is a good book. But there are the snobs who think they can only read NYT Bestsellers or Adult Fiction, there are those who say they’d never read YA and assume I spend my days reading books about vampires and prom (I’d be SO okay with books about prom, truth be told). And then there are those who are stepping into YA, like my twelve year-old, but are at a loss for what books might be appropriate (because the ratings on YA books leave a bit to be desired).   So I’m just going to make a couple of lists and explain.

For Those Who Would Never Read YA (Except When They Fell In Love With The Hunger Games Which, For Some Reason, They Think Doesn’t Count)

Sky Paperback1. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson- Shocker, I know. I have recommended this book to everyone I know and those who’ve read it, they fell in love with it. I definitely think it’s more of a girl’s book, meaning, my husband isn’t going to borrow it and swoon over Joe Fontaine anytime soon, but still. Bat Bat.

The Fault in Our Stars2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- Ditto. You don’t have to be a John Green fan, a teenage girl, or a YA person to love this book. It’s okay to be afraid of the subject matter (I was), but you’ll be surprised how often you’ll smile.

Divergent3. Divergent by Veronica Roth- I’ve always loved this series more than THG. I’m not sure why exactly, as both are well-done. This one spoke to me more, I guess. And what a stellar group of characters.

If I Stay4. If I Stay/ Where She Went by Gayle Forman- Even the Tin Man will love these books. I think you can relate to it as a story about being a parent, about being a sister, or a girlfriend, or best friend. I don’t see how genres make a difference here.

The Book Thief5. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak- This should be required reading for all.

Giver6. The Giver by Lois Lowry- I think people avoid this sometimes because it’s more of a middle grade book, but what a unique, powerful story. I read it for the first time this year (at the hastening of my daughter) and loved it.

E&P7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- The love story will appeal to most people, and there’s such good writing here, such wit, such pain, and fantastic music references. I think it will especially appeal to anyone raised around the time period of the 1980’s.

For Those Not Ready To Read Certain Things

I have a twelve year-old daughter, and have a Girl Scout troop full of girls who peruse my bookshelves and borrow things on a regular basis (though they mock my Michael Moscovitz crush…because I haven’t let them read it yet!). There are so many books they will love one day, but now is not quite the time for them. While I’m not a proponent of censorship in any way, I do feel age and content should be taken into consideration. It shocks me how graphic certain books can be, many labeled 14 and Up, the highest YA rating. In fact, I recently read a book for 13 and Up and it included pretty graphic oral sex scenes. Eeeks! I’m not against the content overall or the author’s right to put it there, but as a parent, I would like monitor what my kids read for as long as possible.

Here is what I recommend to my girls who have outgrown Superfudge and want to move on from Harry Potter and Percy Jackson into books with romance or ones with protagonists like them. These girls have been there, done that with The Hunger Games and Divergent are ready to explore a bit more. Please keep in mind that on this list there is still some language, kissing, possibly mentions of sex, but nothing graphic or over the top (my own daughter has read all but number 5).

the truth about forever1. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Legend2. Legend by Marie Lu

Selection3. The Selection by Kiera Cass

Frankie cover4. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks

Heist Society5. Heist Society by Ally Carter

The Hunt6. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

Meant to Be7. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Summer I Turned Pretty8. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

ScorpioCover9. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Entwined 210. Entwined by Heather Dixon

Two lists in one week? I think that’s good for now. Happy Tuesday!

 

Top Ten Tuesday- Sequels I Can’t Wait to Read

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This week we are discussing the top sequels we’re waiting to read. Here’s the thing: I get all up in arms about sequels. I feel like I can’t breathe, like I’m going to DIE until it comes out, and then I almost never buy it on time. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. There are some minor exceptions where I’ve pre-ordered and been at the store before it opened (but never a midnight release. Not once), but normally I get busy with whatever I’m doing and before I know it, the book’s been out a week and my friends are texting me, chomping at the bit  to discuss it (this happened quite recently with Allegiant, which I still haven’t read). So, when I say I’m excited I am at OHMYGOODNESSICAN’TWAIT levels of fervor, but then, as it turns out, I still end up waiting sometimes.

So here they are:

ChampionChampion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

November 2013

Goinmg RogueGoing Rogue (Also Known As #2) by Robin Benway

January 2014 (but I have it on NetGalley right this very minute. Eeeee!)

Ignite MeIgnite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

February 2014

(also Fracture Me (Shatter Me 2.5) by Tahereh Mafi

comes out December 2013. No cover image yet.)

Gods and MonstersDreams of Gods and Monsters ( Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

April 2014

The OneThe One ( The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

May 2014

IslaIsla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

May 2014

Okay, it’s not a true sequel but rather, more of a companion. Still, I’m excited. I feel like we’ve waited about ten years for this book.

Ruin and RisingRuin and Rising (Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo

June 2014

Just Call My NameJust Call My Name (I’ll Be There #2) by Holly Goldberg Sloan

August 2014

Also….

The Raven Cycle #3 by Maggie Stiefvater (from The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves)

Yeah, there’s no description, no cover image, no date. But I can tell you one thing: If it’s anything like the first two books it’ll be epic.

Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday- Character Names I Love

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This week we are discussing awesome (or weird…but I’m going with awesome) character names.  I mean, there are sooo many bad ones. The Evers and Havens and Echos of the world can all nod in agreement because they know their names were selected from the Soap Opera Cast Off Book of Baby Names.

But some books have good names, ones that make up for all the others.

Luna1. Luna Lovegood, The Harry Potter series- Right?

2. Sirius Black, The Harry Potter series- Well, yes, we could go on for days listing characters from these books, true, but I’ve always particularly loved Sirius because it brought to mind a sort of dark, hot smart-ass (as wonderful as Gary Oldman is, no, that is not how I pictured him, even as an older guy).

Blue Bloods3. Jack Force, The Blue Bloods series- No question about it. Everyone wants to make out with a guy named Jack Force, even if there is definitely a creepy vibe with his twin sister.

Atticus4. Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird- Wow, I love this guy, love his name.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone5. Karou & Akiva, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series- I couldn’t choose between the two and they so clearly go together.

Jellicoe Road6. Jonah Griggs, Jellicoe Road- Oh yes, you knew that was coming. No list would be complete without Jonah Effing Griggs. Also, another Melina Marchetta honorable mention: Finnikin. What a good, strong name.

Frankie cover7. Frankie Landau Banks, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks- Her real name is Frances, but I prefer Frankie, just the same.  She fared better than her sister, Zelda.

Sweethearts8. Cameron Quick, Sweethearts- Breaks my heart every time I see his name.

9. Augustus & Hazel, The Fault in Our Stars- I couldn’t choose because I love them both.

Sky Paperback10. Lennie Walker, The Sky is Everywhere- Named after John Lennon. How perfect is that? Also, her boyfriend, Joe Fontaine (bat bat) sounds like a fifties movie star to me. Love them both.

Forever Princess11. Michael Moscovitz, The Princess Diaries- Totally biased. Yep, that’s me. That name brings me such happy thoughts. And you know what else does? The ever loyal best friend to Mia, Tina Hakim Baba. Gotta love that name.

Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday- Best/Worst Series Endings

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Have you ever done something in your head so many times
that you think you’ve actually done it in real
life? Yeah that’s me today. I thought about this post over and over
while driving the kids to school, while doing laundry and answering
Girl Scout e-mails. But did I actually write in on the computer?
Nah! So, here is the short list (because you don’t think I actually
remember everything I had to say do you? That was days ago!) of the
Best/Worst Series Endings in the History of All Book Series
Endings.

Best:

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Princess

1. Forever Princess by Meg Cabot- Well duh. What a fabulous, happy ending that made me feel so satisfied, so warm and fuzzy, that I probably reread this book at
least four or five times a year.  And yeah, part of it is my insane love for Michael Moscovitz, but the other part is that it really was a great way to end the series. Cabot left me believing that Mia is out there right now, living her life exactly as she was meant to.

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2. Monsters of Men byPatrick Ness-

This series started strong and ended beautifully. It
gives me chills remembering it all. I cried and I sat on the edge
of my seat, so moved by the profound bond between Todd and Viola,
and the love that drives them to attempt to overcome the odds.

Deathly Hallows3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling-
I think we can all agree that Rowling is a genius, right? Every
loose end tied up, all details so perfectly laid out from start to
finish. Beautifully, perfectly done.

Where She Went4. Where She Went
by Gayle Forman- Good Lord, bring out the Kleenex. This is a
swoonfest with great emotion, letting us into the heart of Adam,
the guy who just couldn’t let Mia go. This is one of those rare
sequels that surpasses the first book. I read this one over and
over.

We'll Always Have Summer5. We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han- I love
this series and I found it so refreshing to read chapters written
from Conrad’s perspective. He’s always been Belly’s big crush, her
first love, her big heartbreak and in that he’s been everything
from charming to douchy, elusive in every way. Finally getting in
his head, understanding him and his feelings for Belly, the
conflict he faces watching her prepare to marry his brother, was so
satisfying.

The Not So Good
I’m going to guess that most people have the first two:

Breaking Dawn1. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyers- I didn’t hate this book. I loved the
first portion with the wedding and finally, FINALLY the sexy
business. I loved the latter portion (some of it), finally seeing
Bella’s transformation, watching her go from the weakest character
to the strongest. What I hated was Jacob’s portion. Talk about
drawing out the story! It was SO boring (and it doesn’t help that I
hate him). And the ending, while I was happy to see all the loose
ends tied up, it felt rather uneventful after all the buildup. So,
I didn’t hate it, but I felt let down.

Mockingjay2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins- I liked so many things here. I mean Crazy Peeta alone was worth the price of admission. I loved getting more of my man Gale,
too (and that Collins felt it necessary to point out his obvious
hotness all of the time).  I also loved Finnick’s portion. The
wedding–oh, the wedding–with the cake and the flowers made by Mr.
Real of Fake himself? Loved it. But the very end. That whole scene
where Katniss is “sleeping” and having a Bella-like moment where
she listens to Gale and Peeta talk about her. Ugh! And then, when
she has the chance to kill Snow AND SHE DOESN’T? What the what?
Then she suggests they continue the games in Prim’s honor. Is she
on crack? And finally, the worst to me, watching Gale skulk away
and just disappear. He didn’t have to end up with her, but he
deserved a better ending than that.

Requiem3. Requiem by Lauren Oliver- I
didn’t love this book because it was very slow, but I appreciated
seeing life through Hana’s eyes. The main thing that upset me was
the ending. It was such a non-ending, so elusive. That annoys
me.  If a series is over at least tell me what happens.
Please.

On The Fence
Clockwork PrincessClockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare- This is mildly spoilery, so
you may want to run and hide if you haven’t read it. I thought the
majority of the book was fabulous, heartbreaking at times, but very
well-done and quite satisfying. Then came the Epilogue. I even
loved, sobbed, while reading the first few pages. Then came the
very very end (but it’s not quite an ending is
it? Tessa is immortal, after all). Without spoiling too much, let me
just say this regarding love triangles: characters, in my opinion,
should not have their cake and eat it too. I know Ms. Clare has
defended her position on tumblr and good for her. But to me, as a
reader, to be truly satisfying, protagonists may have to make a
painful choice–one they hopefully won’t regret. I understand
that Tessa’s case is different, as she lives forever, and I wanted
her to be happy. But it would have been nice to see her happy with
someone else. The end.

Happy Tuesday to all!

Top Ten Tuesday- Book Turn Offs

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This weeks’ TTT is about things that make me want to drop a book like the new Nicholas Sparks. You know how it is. You’re reading along, happy as a clam–or at least, you’re intrigued– and then this thing or event or stupid twist comes along and BAM, ruins everything. Luckily, this doesn’t happen to me very often. Sometimes, after I yell at my book and throw it across the room a couple of times, it listens and becomes far less offensive, so I forgive it and we muddle through. But other times there’s just no saving our relationship.

Like, for example:

baby1. Overuse of the terms of endearment- Most people in a cutesy wootsey lovey dovey relationship will throw out a random term of endearment, but Sweet Pea, can I just tell you how much I hate it when guys and girls literally give up their names to be called Baby, or Catnip or whatnot? I’m serious, Babe, I hate it. Once or twice is okay, but do not abuse the privilege.

Maybe I'm a prude. But I don't need the sexy stuff spelled out for me.

Maybe I’m a prude. But I don’t need the sexy stuff spelled out for me.

2. Super graphic sexy business- Call me a prude, but I find that steamy kissing, or at the most, sex scenes that have a less is more approach, are far hotter than the ones that tell me exactly where he’s putting his you know what. I don’t need to know. I can figure it all out, I swear.

the end3. The Non Ending- Yeah, so I’m cheating here because at this point it’s too late to decide you’re not going to finish the book. But evasive endings drive me BAZONKERS!!!!!  Just tell me what happens already! I’m thinking of Requiem, I’m not gonna lie.

Misery4. Stupid Twists that Ruin all Previous Books- Here’s the thing: I’m not saying every book or series has to have a happy ending, I’m just saying that certain ones are just supposed to. I don’t expect anyone at the end of The Hunger Games series to actually be happy, but in The Harry Potter series, damn straight I want that (and got it, obviously). But when authors do things like this I just have to say, “Sorry, wrong number.” (Also, Helen Fielding, I refuse to accept this, just FYI).

WHAT5. Crazy Business- I’m thinking The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer or Swoon. Everything seems to be moving along okay and then something happens and, hold the phone, you have to do a double take. I don’t mind crazy business that’s actually related to the story, but crazy business that’s there just so you say WHA??? doesn’t work for me.

Bella6. Bella Syndrome- You know how it is. The girls start out okay and then, suddenly, they live and breathe This Guy. They can form no coherent thoughts without This Guy. They mold their whole life around This Guy. I mean, I get that first loves are so powerful and that sometimes there’s a lesson to be learned in that–but I’m talking about the books where girls become sort of a zombie version of themselves and it’s not presented as a weird thing or a thing she needs to work through, It’s presented as a normal part of a healthy relationship. No. Not cool.

cake7. Having You Cake and Eating It Too- Obviously, there are books like Forever Princess, where Mia gets to be a princess, go to college and make out with Michael Moscovitz on a regular basis. These are good things and that’s a perfect ending. I’m not talking about cute books like the ones that are supposed to be happy pappy (like Bridget Jones, I’m just sayin). I’m referring to books that are edgier, where storylines are darker, where there’s loss of life or great things at stake. Stories where the author sets you up for a love triangle where either option seems perfect and painful, then finally, painfully and beautifully makes a choice. And you eat it up and revel in. You mourn for the other guy and swoon for the guy who “won” only to read in the mother-cussing Epilogue that Little Miss I Want It All ultimately got both guys. Oh, if I could unread that. Just the last page or two.

That’s all for me. What about you?

Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday- Best Sequels Evah!

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ZOMG, I love this week’s topic, Top Ten Best Sequels Ever. I will try my hardest not to squeal.

Siege and Storm1. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha series)- Oh, Shadow and Bone was phenomenal and it was hard to imagine that any sequel could live up to that…but this was a pretty stellar book. I should probably review it. It’s just that I loved it so much I’ve actually had a difficult time putting into words. All I’m coming up with is OMG OMG OMG OMG, so you know, that’s cool but not really well crafted. I’ll get there though.

 

Forever Princess2. Any of The Princess Diaries sequels by Meg Cabot- I especially love Princess in Love (because you guys,  he made her a computer program) and Forever Princess (seriously a perfect ending to the series). Have you read this series because if not you are missing out on some awesomely funny, witty, Michael Moscovitz-y perfection.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince3. Any of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling- I love them all, but I especially adored The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Half Blood Price, But seriously, they’re all pretty freaking awesome and they all build upon each other.

 

Unravel Me4. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (The Shatter Me series)- Chapter 62. That’s all I’m sayin. Read it and have a ciggy.

 

Catching Fire5. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games Trilogy)- For all the griping there is about Mockingjay, WOW was Catching Fire amazing. It was my favorite in the series.

Monsters of Men6. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking Trilogy)- What an amazing ending to a stellar series. These books rocked me, made me fist pump and cry like a baby. Read them, read them, read them.

Where She Went7. Where She Went by Gayle Forman- I loved the first book, If I Stay, but I think I actually love book two even more. Hearing the story from Adam’s POV made me love him–and Mia– all the more. This is easily one of my all-time favorite books.

We'll Always Have Summer8. The Summer Books by Jenny Han- I loved both sequels to The Summer I Turned Pretty, but the last one, We’ll Always Have Summer, especially got to me. Again, reading portions from Conrad’s POV absolutely slayed me (but in the best way possible).

Insurgent9. Insurgent by Veronica Roth- By the time I read this I’d heard there were some people who felt let down here. Perhaps this lowered my expectations. Either way, I was so into this book. I really loved the opportunity to fully see Tris as Divergent–seeing her strengths in all areas, even when she seemed stupidly self sacrificial– and I loved watching the struggles she and Four faced as a couple. And okay, they had some super-hot kissing scenes.

The Elite10. The Elite by Kiera Cass- Maxon, America and Aspen all annoyed the crud out of me here, but man I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. And that’s all I need really, to love a book so much I can’t stand to close the cover.

 

ruby oliver11. The Ruby Oliver books- Love them because they make me laugh. End of story.

 

The Lightning Thief12. All of the Percy Jackson sequels- These are the cutest stinking books ever. The concepts, the problems, the mythology never got old to me. I loved Percy and I wanted him to be my son.

Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday- Fall TBR

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Holy cow, is it almost fall already? It’s already time to make a list of books I really want to read soon, but probably won’t get to? 

I checked on my Summer TBR, and I’ve actually read 6/10 books. This, in my world, is pretty good. In fact, I’m impressed with my performance, if I do say so myself. And one of those books will be read THIS VERY WEEK in a read-a-long thankyouverymuch (not that this is the reason I procrastinated). Another is on my nightstand with an actual bookmark in it, just waiting to save my page. That’s progress, people.

So, without further delay, here’s what I think I’ll maybe, hopefully, if all goes well, dream about attempting to read this fall:

 

Just One Day1. Just One Day by Gayle Forman- This is my read along book. In truth, I’ve held out for so long because I knew, like everyone else who’s read it, I’d be dying to read the sequel, so I figured I’d hold out as long as humanly possible. Thats’ until this week, you guys. That’s about as much as I can take.

 

Just One Year2. Just One Year by Gayle Forman- Well, yeah.

 

THe F It List3. The F-It List by Julie Halpern- This is a Selective Collective book. I think it sounds so good.

 

Untitled-14. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill- Her first book, Meant to Be, was adorable. I can’t wait to read this one.

Promise of amazing5. The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine- This is about love at an Arthurian-themed dining hall. I’m SO there.

The Raven Boys6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater- This is waiting for me at the library right this very moment. Eeeeee.

Dream Theives7. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater- This is waiting on my Nook right this very moment.

Edge of Falling8. The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle- I loved Serle’s first book and am beyond psyched to read her next one.

Prodigy9. Prodigy by Marie Lu- This has been on my shelf since April. My kid has already borrowed and read it. I really need to get to it.

Book Club Books:

My lovely book club ladies have chosen these three books for us for fall. I make it a point to read nothing about my book club books so that I’m entirely surprised when I read it, so while I’ve heard of these, I know zilch about them:

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt- September (I should probably read this ASAP)

Wait for You by J. Lynn-October

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- November

 

Happy Tuesday to all!

Top Ten Tuesday- Things That Make My Life Easier

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This week we are talking about the things that make our lives as bloggers, and honestly, as readers, just a little bit easier.  Holy cow, I’m sure I’m saying the same items as everyone else, but you guys, these things are essential to my life as a nerd.

1. Other Blogs- Bloggers, you make my life so much easier because first, you entertain me with your witty banter and awesome insight, but what I really appreciate is that you recommend great books to me. This is essential for any bookworm.

2. WordPress- Yeah, so I’m not super-technical and WordPress is the easiest site ever. I write my posts. I schedule them. Done.

3. Goodreads- This site caters to the obsessive nerd in me because lists rock my world. They make me feel as if I’ve achieved something fantastically amazing and there’s a sense of pride I feel when I look back on my list (grocery lists, book boyfriends, to do lists, etc) and can feel organized and accomplished. What can I say? I’m easy to please.

4. Blogging Friends- This is different from blogs. Some blogs I stalk and never comment (I know, soooo bad) and others are run by people I consider my friends. Outside of the fact that they keep me sane on a daily basis (and make me laugh A LOT), we share books. This makes me do the happy dance at my mailbox on a regular basis.

5. Netgalley- Oh, I request too many books at once and get mad at myself, but what a wonderful resource for bloggers and authors/publishers looking to promote their books.

6. The Library- Hello, oh obvious choice! I frequent two libraries in my area. When my children were little there were craft times and story times and sing alongs, and even though we don’t utilize those options any longer (sob) we’re there quite often. One library has an amazing YA librarian who has flawless taste and the other library pulls in books from several other libraries for me–get this–at no charge. That system was obviously created by a brilliant bookworm, just sayin.

7. Barnes and Noble- I know many people favor Amazon, and that’s cool, but I’ve always been a B&N girl. Again, the kiddos and I used to attend story time in our local store on a weekly basis (this is such a sweet memory for me that, yes folks, I well up sometimes when I walk into a store during storytime sans my now school-age children). Now, our family likes to go in and peruse the aisles. You just can’t have that kind of fun with online shopping. And of course, we have our membership so that we can order things online whenever we wish (which is often).

8. My Book Club- I love these ladies. We drink wine and eat too much food and laugh so much of the time. They also help me to broaden my horizons and expand the parameters on what I’m willing to read. Normally, I read almost exclusively YA with a random Adult Fic thrown in there. These girls have exposed me to novels I’ve loved (and would not have read had they not chosen them), even books on health ( Crazy Sexy Diet by Kriss Carr. Not a “diet book”, but it totally inspired me to make so many healthy changes. Never would have happened without my book club).

9. My Nook- I was one of those last hangers-on. I did not want to give in and get any kind of e-reader. And I still mostly read real live books made of paper and ink. I still prefer to do it that way (I’m a bathtub reader and am known to drop my books in the water often). My husband bought me a Nook for Christmas though and I have to say, I love it. The immediacy of getting a book the moment I want it (ok, not the moment, but the first possible instance I possibly can after it’s actually been published), the ability to take several books with me at once, and the ease of downloading wonderful e-galleys from Netgalley and Edelweiss instead of reading them on my PC. You can’t beat that.

10. Authors, Publishers & Social Media-I’m grouping all of these together because, while I’m not besties with any of my favorite authors, social media, especially Twitter, makes it so much easier to communicate with all bookish people–especially publishers and authors who choose to put themselves out there. While I’m not a stalker, I relish the opportunity to tell an author or publisher how much I loved a book. On the same note, I’m sooooo thankful for the publishers who share ARCs and e-galleys with bloggers and the authors who write those super fab books we all want to read.

Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday- Top ________ Settings

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TTT3WThis week we’re talking about our favorite books set in _____________ setting. That’s right. I get to decide which setting I prefer. I know the suspense is killing you. It’s eating you alive. You can barely stand it.

What could I possibly choose?

Honestly, since I’m such a fan of contemporary settings (and where do we go with that? Boarding school, the beach…that’s all I’ve got), this was tough for me. Then, while driving my kids to school this morning, I had an epiphany. Cue the anger’s choir.

I’ll discuss books set in a mythical/fantasy world. OK, so, maybe it’s not a real epiphany-type epiphany, but I was able to think of several and I rarely discuss fantasy books. So, humor me.

Top Ten YA Books Set in a Fantasy/ Mythical World (But aren’t dystopias)

City of Bones1.  The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare- Well, yeah. I specifically love the first three the most. After that, they get a bit too repetitive, but Jace always reels me back in.

Clockwork Angel2. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare- Love these, love Will.

Abandon3. The Abandon series by Meg Cabot- Two words: sexy kissing

Shadow and Bone4. The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo- Such fabulous writing and world building. I love getting immersed in this story.

Shatter Me5. The Shatter Me books by Tahereh Mafi- I love everything about these and I’ve finally gotten over my guilty crush on Warner. Now there’s no guilt; I just love him.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone6. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor- So beautifully written, so inventive. Taylor overlaps two stories and two worlds– one that seems like a normal, everyday existence and one that is the stuff crazy dreams and nightmare are made of–seamlessly.

Finnikin of the Rock7. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta- I have to be honest, even though I’m a die-hard Marchetta fan, this one didn’t sound appealing to me because it’s a fantasy. Holy cow, was I ever wrong! It’s phenomenal, as all her books are.

Knife of Never Letting Go8. The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness- I’m not really sure if these are dystopic, or science fiction or fantasy or what the what, I just know I LOVE them. Seriously, one of the all-time favorite series.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban9. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling- Was there any doubt?

Entwined 210. Entwined by Heather Dixon- What a fabulous retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I wish she’d write more books.

Enchanted11. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis- I have such a thing for fairy tales and this book spins a few together quite beautifully while maintaining its own identity. I was smiling the entire time I read it.

lion, witch, wardrobe12. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my personal favorite, but it’s neck and neck with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. These are wonderful stories and while they’re aimed at children, I became completely engrossed in Narnia.

Would you look at this cover? It's freaking creepy.  And perfect.

13. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs- I thought this would be really creepy and it wasn’t. Instead, it was sort of magical.

Ella Enchanted

14. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine- Levine is a fantastic storyteller and Ella is my favorite of her novels thus far (though I have more to read!).

The Lightning Thief15. The Percy Jackson series  by Rick Riordin- So stinking fun, I could read these over and over again.

Yeah, so I went a little over ten. Sorry.

Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday- I Wish There’d Been a Sequel

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

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Whoa Nelly! It’s been a couple of weeks since I participated in a TTT (yeah, I’ll be honest. I’m lazy. And I’ve been falling behind on that whole thing wherein I finish a book and then actually take the time to review it). I love this week’s topic though, so I had to jump on it.

You know those books and characters you love so much you feel like you just can’t bear to say goodbye to them? You know those stories that leave you with such a terrible book hangover you feel you may never truly recover? Honey, I’ve been there. And this happens with series, it happens with trilogies and it happens with stand alones. For me, even if a book ends perfectly I’ll take any tid bit–a deleted scene, a reread, anything–to give me another taste of a book I love.

Here’s a list of the books I wish could have had sequels…or novellas…hell, I’d even take a deleted chapter or two:

Sky Paperback1. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson- Shocker, right? I know. This book is perfection, but I could live in those pages, drink up Lennie and her Grams and, um, yes, Joe “Bat Bat” Fontaine endlessly.

the truth about forever2. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen- At this point, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may be feeling psychic. I’m just very loyal to certain books and this is one I adore. Again, the ending was just right, but I would love to read more about Wes and Macy and the gang and hear how they grapple with their lives, with grieving and with love. Sa-woon!

Past Perfect3. Past Perfect by Leila Sales- It’s no secret that I love Sales’ quirky, funny style and this book just make me smile. It made me laugh out loud and snort in a very unladylike manner. I’d enjoy more antics of life at Essex Historical Colonial Village. I mean hello, how hilarious is that job?

How to Save a Life4. How To Save a Life by Sara Zarr- Oh, man. Something in this book touched a nerve in me. I loved, adored, practically wanted to have babies with the end of this book. It was so well-done. I’d be so content to be a fly on the wall and check up on Jill and Mandy and the baby.

sea of tranquility5. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay- Another book that burrowed itself deep in my heart. Oh, the love I feel for this one! The last line totally gave me chills and smiles and tears, so much so that I had to text my blogging besties about it. But I think there is a long, beautiful road ahead for those beloved characters, Nastya and Josh, and I’d gladly read more.

E&P6. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- Be still my heart, this book was perfection. But that ending. I know what will happen, I just want to see how it all unfolds, how these two amazing souls will go on their journey and circle back to each other.

Jellicoe Road7. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta- I almost, almost think a sequel would spoil this one but let’s be honest: I’m all about Jonah Effing Griggs. I think he has his hands full with Taylor and together they are a powerhouse–but there are issues there, things they’re both aware of, things that are no fault of either of them but that they need to individually work through and I would love to see where that leads them as people and as a couple. And Hannah and Jude. They deserve some happiness after everything.

Frankie cover8. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart- After everything Frankie pulled as a sophomore in high school, I’m pretty sure she can kick the crap out of college. That’s the story I’d like to see. Where is she now? No doubt she’s somewhere being AWESOME, but I want to know more about it.

Sweethearts9. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr- Cameron Quick, you freaking broke my heart! You better work out your family issues and get your butt back to Jenna.

I'll Be There10. I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan- I think originally there were rumors that Sloan may continue this story. I’m not sure if that’s still a possibility (and I’m too lazy to find out), but these are characters who are truly just beginning in life. They’ve all overcome this major hurdle and found love in all forms. I think there is so much more to tell as Sam and Riddle become a part of Emily’s family.

The swoon potential within these pages is overwhelming. Can't wait!11. Classics- I think it goes without saying (but here I am saying it) that I’d eat up any sequel to a classic, especially Pride and Prejudice or Emma. I’d prefer a sequel straight from the source but since this is physically impossible unless some crazy, previously unpublished Austen manuscripts are unearthed, I’ll take one of the modern retellings, or sequels so many people seem happy to write.

Happy Tuesday!