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…


Top Ten Tuesday – Valentine


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All About Romance


Top Ten Insta Love Situations I Can’t Help But Love


I know people hate insta-love, but I love the classic moment of meeting when you realize that you’re making a connection with someone. 

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. The classic “who is THAT” moment in Twilight is one of my favorites. I mean, that moment of eye contact is so swoonworthy. 

2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Even though I’m NOT on Team Adam, the moment he touched her in the shower just because he could and Juliette was amazed.. I loved that scene!

3. Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin. I mean, who wouldn’t do a double take when some troublemaking British boy with an unkempt tie gives you his attention?

4. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. From the first glare, even though they hated each other, Rowan made me think Chaol who?

5. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. The moment Vampire Bill sauntered into Sam’s restaurant and stared at Sookie… I’m not a Bill fan, but it was such a great moment.

6. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. At first, I was bummed that book two didn’t feature Cinder prominently, but the moment Scarlet and Wolf met.. I was hooked. I loved their beginning.


Top Ten Tuesday – More


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Top Ten Five Books I Wish Had More Closure


A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. This one is obvious since the final books have not yet been released and most fans have been waiting literally decades. I just want to know how it ends. Please.


The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi. I mean, there was plenty of closure, I just hate that it’s over. I’d love a Kenji spinoff or something.

The Long Walk by Richard Bachman/Stephen King. I loved that it ended the way it did, but I DO wish there was more an explanation for why the walk happens and what the winners actually win…

The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver. I loved the way it ended because I do love ambitious endings, but I can’t help but want more of an ending.

The Giver by Lois Lowry. Did they make it?




Top Ten Tuesday – Visual


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All About the Visuals

Top Ten Five Books with Illustrations


1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. It’s fresh on my mind because it’s a recent read, but it’s incredible and has some great illustrations.


2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I love this book so much. It’s like The Jungle Book with a graveyard and ghosts instead of a jungle and animals.


3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The illustrations are here and there throughout the book, but they add to the overall vibe so much. 


4. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It’s not actually illustrated, but the book is certainly odd in a visual way and there are some pictures in the book. The layout is unique and I think it earns a place on the list because of it.

5. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I don’t own the illustrated editions of any of the books, but the chapter illustrations were always some of my favorites. They helped me picture certain characters or scenes just a tad.


Top Ten Tuesday – Reviews


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This week is a Freebie.

Top Ten Five Reasons I Like Book Reviews


1. I use Goodreads and I have friends on there who frequently review. After some time, I can figure out what they like and what they don’t like, so when I see their reviews, I can typically decide fairly quickly if I’ll enjoy it.

2. While star ratings are helpful, people dislike and like books for a variety of reasons. I like being able to see what exactly made someone rate a book what they rated it. If someone rated a book 1 star because it was violent, it might make me look at the “bad” review differently and I might decide to pick it up, whereas just seeing 1 star might lead me to believe it’s not a good/well written book. I like the details.

3. People are bound to mention something crazy, weird, or slightly awful. Too much violence? Too much sex? Too much romance in a book that makes you otherwise think it’s not romantic? A review is bound to talk about this. Maybe the things they hated are things I’ll love, but at least I know a little more about what I’m getting into. It’s almost like the book has warning labels when I skim reviews and see some comments about certain issues. I know what to expect.

4. I like to WRITE reviews because I read a lot and I don’t always remember later what I thought. I love being able to take the time to write out my thoughts because it helps me remember and I also have something to refer back to.

5. Reading reviews can sometimes help me out and I can avoid a book that was awful and was on my radar. I can wait for other people to spend the time and money reading something and make some better educated decisions about it!


Top Ten Tuesday – Underrated


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Top Ten Five Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read Recently


1. The Long Walk by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman. A creepy story about a long walk kids volunteer for… it’s like a twisted arena from The Hunger Games and it was awesome. I’ve never heard anyone ever talk about the book.

2. Yours Truly (Formerly Ketchup Clouds) by Annabel Pitcher. A teen wrote letters to a murderer in prison. A cute contemporary novel with a bit of a dark side that I appreciated.

3. You Were Here by Cori McMarthy. I loved this contemporary coming of age novel so much. 

4. The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden. New Orleans, witches, vampires, oh my!

5. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Stalker thriller. Need I say more? I could feel my heart pound as I flew through the pages.


I have spent a lot of time reading relatively new/talked about books, so I haven’t picked up that many hidden gem books. I regret that, but I also love that I’ve plowed through some popular books I’d wanted to read.

Top Ten Tuesday – I Meant To!


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Top Ten 2016 Release I Meant to Read But Didn’t Get To Yet

1. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas. 

2. Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter.

3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

5. Red Queen (Chronicles of Alice #2) by Christina Henry

6. A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahoe

7. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

8. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

9. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

10. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover


See why I put myself on a book buying ban. I own all of these. And MORE. And that’s just the 2016 releases. *drowns in TBR Pile*