Top Ten Tuesday – How to Get Me to Read


Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book


I’m going to mention things I hear people say in reviews that they mean in a negative way that make me actually want to read the book they are talking about. 



1. “There is so much violence.” 

I love violence! 

2. “The main character is just so heinous. It’s so hard to root for him/her.” 

I love dark characters, especially ones who aren’t morally perfect. They are far more interesting to me.

3. “It doesn’t really have a happy ending.” 

Good. I want some conflict and stress when I read. My life is pretty good, but even when I read and I’m stressed out, I’d rather read about people who have the fate of their world in their hands. Makes me feel better about my puny problems.

4. “There’s so much language.” 

F*** yes! Language isn’t an issue for me. I think it adds shock value when necessary. Some characters need to use it, sometimes it works. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a book have too much language for me.

5. “For a YA novel, there’s a lot of sex/sexual tension.” 

In an adult book, I get it, I don’t want too many references to flowers and members and all that awful stuff, but in a YA book, it’s never been too much for me. It’s usually just right. I’m not a teen or a parent, so I have no reason to care about whether it’s appropriate for the genre. I’m actually happy authors are pushing the limits. Give me tension without multiple adjectives for body parts that go on for chapters on end. 

6. “So many people die, I just can’t take it!” 

YES! When important characters die, it’s so unexpected and I love unpredictable books. Save the happy endings and the everything-works-out-for-everyone for people who need that.

7. “There’s so much detail and I’m a plot person. Can’t we just get to it?” 

I do love action, but I love stopping to smell the roses. I love fantasy for this reason. The world building should be rich and detailed, just not too boring, which is why I added the “I’m a plot person.” If someone who also loves detailed books says it’s too much, then I’m less likely to pick it up. There’s a fine line.

8. “It’s a standalone and I wanted more!” 

You mean I don’t have to continue to wait years to read, forget, reread, forget, repeat? I can just have my closure right away? Sign me up!

9. “Whoa, this book is way too dark for me.” 

I love darkness. Give me the violent, morally ambiguous, madness and mayhem. I don’t want books to be happy piles of sunshine.

10. “This book is so messed up because of [insert controversy here].” 

Mostly, I just want to see what the fuss is about. Why are people offended. Will I also be offended? Let’s find out! 


Okay, so maybe I just like super screwed up books, but all of these make me want to read the book. But let’s just all admit that negative reviews can be extremely positive for people who have different tastes! 

Top Ten Tuesday – Unique


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Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read


1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


It isn’t even a regular novel. It’s transcripts and art and a story told in one of the most unique ways that actually worked to make the story better instead of just being a gimmick.


2. The Princess Bride by William Goldman


I love that there are scenes between the real story in which the boy is being read to. It adds to the story.


3. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk


I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like Palahniuk’s books ever. They are in a league of their own.


4. You by Caroline Kepnes


The second person narration really sucked me in, plus it’s from the POV of a stalker, which is so fascinating.


5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


An illustrated novel about a boy and a monster.. and I need tissues? What?!


6. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Virtual reality gaming meets dysfunctional future. It was unique, well done, and completely fascinating.


7. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The series is written in whatever voice the main character is in at the moment. Uglies itself isn’t the brilliant book, but Pretties and Specials take the idea even further. 


8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Aside from Dracula, I think this book was the first I’d read that was in a series of letters. I love the format and I think it worked well for Charlie’s voice. 


9. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


A book where nonsense makes sense that was way ahead of its time. This book is the very definition of unique.


10. The Martian by Andy Weir


I somehow thought I’d be opening up a space drama full of sadness because how else could one feel when he’s stuck on a planet by himself. But Whatney’s dark humor and sarcasm had me laughing. It was NOT a drama. It was such a hilarious and amazing novel that is completely unique. I love the crude humor, the shocking language, and Whatney’s arrogance and pop culture references. It was perfect. 


What unique books do you love?

Top Ten Tuesday – Fandom


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Fandom Freebie 

 I don’t know that I consider myself part of any fandom. But I do like bookish merchandise and I acknowledge that a lot of the companies that produce them and the subscription boxes that include them and the love of the items themselves wouldn’t exist without fandoms and their amazing support.

So today, I’m going to list my 

Top Ten Favorite Bookish Merchandise Based on Stories

1. Millennium Falcon necklace (Owlcrate)


2. The Raven scarf


3. Slytherin Scarf 


4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland bookmark (Owlcrate)


5. Game of Thrones coasters (Owlcrate)



6. Funko Pop figurines


7. Wonderland Tea (Owlcrate)


8. Tolkien quote map (Quote and Quill on Etsy)


9. Classic Scratch off Poster


10. Arrow Necklace inspired by The Hunger Games (Owlcrate)


Bonus: I also love these amazing Hamlet leggings.


Top Ten Tuesday – Authors


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Top Ten Authors I’ve Met


I’ve only met 1 author, but it was such an awesome experience and she’s one of my favorites!


1. Maggie Stiefvater


Meeting Maggie 1

Meeting Maggie Stiefvater













2. I’ll be meeting Sarah J. Maas this spring before I move and I’m very excited about it!



3. Maybe this counts?

This is a statue of Oscar Wilde in Galway, Ireland. 


Top Ten Tuesday – One Sitting


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Top Ten Books I Read in One Sitting/One Day


1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I sobbed my eyes out.

2. White Oleander by Janet Fitch. It’s kind of big to have read in one day, but I plowed through it! I loved it.

3. Slammed by Colleen Hoover. And I don’t even LIKE slam poetry. *wipes eyes*

4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I loved this book. The Junge Book with ghosts and a graveyard instead of animals and a jungle. It’s awesome.

5. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. It’s not even short, but I devoured it. I got a whole lot of nothing done that day.



6. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. A story as cute as the waffles on the cover.

7. Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot. I actually never got out of my chair until I finished. I think the second person narration really made it hard to put down. 

8. You Were Here by Cori McCarthy. I loved the book. It was one of those, like Sad Perect, that I just started to read to see if I would want to read it next, and next thing I knew I was done.

9. The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon. Deliciously creepy and impossible to put down!

10. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I remember flying through book 1. It actually kind of bugs me how the series is ALL THE RAGE and everyone says the first book isn’t really that great. I mean, book two blew it out of the water, but I loved the first book on it’s own, too. And I devoured it. 


What books have you devoured in 1 day?

Top Ten Tuesday – Spring TBR


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Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR


I’m still holding myself to a modified book buying ban, so these are all on my TBR already!



1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

2. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

3. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

4. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

5. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

6. The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

7. Joyland by Stephen King

8. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

9. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

10. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Top Ten Tuesday – Expectations


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Top Ten Recently Read Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would 




1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. 

Me before reading: Why was everyone raving about this short illustrated book with a monster?! Why is everyone crying? It can’t even be that sad. 


Me after reading: Oh. That’s why. 

It’s fantastic!


2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I almost didn’t buy this book because of the format. I have never liked books that have weird formats, but Illuminae turned that whole opinion upside down. It was one of my favorite 2016 reads.


3. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. 

I received this book in both Owlcrate and Uppercase and it wasn’t even a book that sounded good. I did not want to read it, but I decided to take a break in between heavy books and I had SO MUCH FUN. This book was hilarious!


4. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman.

I don’t care much for the Unwind Dystology because it’s so far fetched, but I needed to read a book that won the National Book Award and I thought this would fit the category. I am SO glad I read it because it was absolutely amazing and one of the best books I’ve read that deals with mental illness. No wonder it won so many awards. 


5. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. 

I had no expectations when I didn’t know who Joe Hill was, but when I first began the book and realized his face on the back looked familiar and discovered he was Stephen King’s son, I had lower expectations. “No way this guy can out-write his dad.” Or “it’ll be just like his dad’s horror.” “I mean, really? Horror?” And then Joe Hill proved me wrong and gave me an absolutely terrifying book that wasn’t anything like a Stephen King novel. 



1. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. 

So I guess I just can’t do librarian stories. I don’t like The Librarians movie or TV Show. I didn’t like The Invisible Library. And I didn’t like this one. I don’t know why, I just didn’t connect with anything.


2. The Gunslinger (Dark Tower 1) by Stephen King. 

This is a beloved favorite of many, if not most, Stephen King fans. And while it was good, it didn’t knock my socks off. I read up to book three and I still don’t have my socks knocked off, but I’m going to continue. If I know anything about King it’s that his writing improves as he goes along. 


3. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. 

I love the way the author writes. I didn’t care much for her other series, but I thought maybe this book could be the one that ties together her amazing writing with a plot that was different. And… the plot wasn’t very good so it was another miss for me. Maybe next book!

4. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry. 

I jumped with joy after getting this book in an Owlcrate because I’d been dying to read it and I didn’t want to spend hardcover money on it. The cover was gorgeous and the plot seemed amazing. But something fell flat and it was just a Meh kind of book for me.


5. The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. 

I’ve heard this series be compared to Game of Thrones. The YA version! Awesome fantasy! Must Read! To me, a good fantasy has superb writing. I mean, that’s what I read fantasy for. And many well written fantasies have been YA, so a YA version of Game of Thrones sounded awesome. The book is like the fantasy version of [insert teen show with tons of relationship drama]. It’s fun, it’s addicting, but it’s not well written and compelling serious fantasy AT ALL. I mean, it’s like Game of Thrones in that people are fighting over power of the continent, but Game of Thrones isn’t the only fantasy to do that, so why even compare the two? I like the series, but it isn’t anything like I thought it would be. It’s not a game changer. It’s not a revolutionary book in the genre. It’s no Sarah J Maas fantasy…