Top Ten Favorite Books from the Last 3 Years

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This week’s topic is:  Top Ten Favorite Books from the Last 3 Years
These are my favorites from 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
“Verity, or Queenie as her friends call her, is the narrator of most of the story and she might honestly be one of my favorite narrators ever. She’s unreliable…with good reason, and that’s all I’m going to say about that. She’s in this unfathomable situation, but she still manages to bring such wit and humor to the story. Then there were the subtle hints of the horrific things that were happening to her and it just broke my heart. Verity was an incredible character.”

2. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
“D.J. Schwenk might be one of the most realistic and honest protagonists I’ve ever come across. She funny and insightful, but also so sad. She was just very believable to me. I connected with her so well. D.J. is the kind of person that I want as a friend. It seems like I don’t come across that too often. She had her fair share of trouble throughout the book, but her growth from beginning to end was extraordinary. That’s saying a lot since this is a short book. There were times that I felt her sadness or happiness so clearly.”

3. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
“Robin LaFevers might just be a genius, because this book is a work of art. I really have no idea how to tell you just how amazing this book is. I’m pretty sure most of you have read it already, so you know. I’ll try to articulate a few of the countless things I loved. First was the time period and the setting. Most historicals I’ve read take place in England and I don’t think I’ve ever read one that takes place in France, let alone Brittany. I found it fascinating. I don’t know much about their history so it was all new to me.”

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
“Where do I possibly start? Should I tell you how much I love high fantasy and books like Shadow and Bone are the reason for that first? Maybe I should start off with how completely captivating this book is from the very first page? Should I tell you how I swooned and gasped out loud on several occasions? Since I just told you all those things I think I’ll just end this paragraph with: OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK!”

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
“Nothing I say will come close to doing this book justice. It was the kind of book that I want everyone I know to read. I want to read it over and over again. Even though it’s sad and it will break your heart into a million pieces there’s also so much beauty in the book.”

6. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
“I cannot stress to you enough how breathtaking this book is. This review does it no justice. If you read one book that I recommend to you in 2012 make it this one. Please. It will go above and beyond your expectations.”

7. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
“Attachments is one of those books that I only come across every once in a while. It’s is a slow burning, heart warming, justplainincredible book. Rainbow Rowell reminded me why I love reading with this one and I’ll forever be her fan because of it.”

8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
“Eleanor & Park is exactly that kind of angsty emotional story that I love. All the consuming and warm and fuzzy feelings of first love are captured perfectly. This is a book that I could read over and over again and never grow tired of it.”

9. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
I haven’t reviewed Isla yet but just know that I looooooved it!

10. Winger by Andrew Smith
“So yeah, I loooooved Winger. It was one of those books that I thought about long after I finished. I’m beyond thrilled that there’s going to be a sequel. I need more Ryan Dean in my life. I really can’t recommend the book enough. If you’re a fan of coming of age stories, this is one at its best.”

 

Top Ten Favorite Heroines

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Top Ten Favorite Heroines

I did a similar top ten in 2012, 10 Favorite Kick Ass Ladies, but I have some new ones to add.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneGraceling by Kristin CashoreThe Winner's Curse by Marie RutkoskiThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsOutlander by Diana Gabaldon

1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series
What would Harry and Ron done without her?!

2. Katsa from Graceling
Katsa is just amazing…and a little scary. I wouldn’t want to be on her bad side.

3. Krestel from The Winner’s Curse
She may not always make great personal life decisions, but she is one strong heroine.

4. Katness from The Hunger Games
Of course Katniss is on this list! I feel like she may have fizzled a little at the end, but who could blame her?

5. Claire from Outlander
Isn’t Claire just the best?

Chime by Franny BillingsleyThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle HodkinShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

6. Briony from Chime
Briony was such a fascinating and unique heroine.

7. Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Oh, Elisa. She’s probably one of my favorite characters ever.

8. Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
I just read this book last week for the very first time. I adore Scout (and the book).

9. Mara Dyer from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Mara is such an interesting, unreliable, and sometimes creepy character.

10. Alina from Shadow and Bone
I really, really love Alina!

Ten Book Related Problems I Have

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This week’s topic is: Ten Book Related Problems I Have

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1. Not enough room
I don’t have any more room for books! None. I’m about to donate 6 big boxes full. I’ve been taking advantage of ebooks and eARCS since Finn was born.

2. Buying all the board books
Speaking of Finn…I might have a board book buying problem. We’re going to run out of room for these soon!

3. Deciding which audiobook to listen to
I have such a hard time deciding! I usually listen to them in the car with Finn so I have to be pretty selective. He picks up new words fast…Oy!

4. Want to read all the books RIGHT NOW
I’m reading much faster than last year but still much slower than 3 years ago. So I find that I get so excited about so many books that I want to read the NOW, but I can’t. Sigh…

5. Not having anyone in real life to share them with
Aw, sad right? I can sometimes coerce my husband or my mom into reading something, but it doesn’t happen often.

6. Not as much time to read
I have the cutest little boy in the world to blame for this. So I can’t really complain.

7. Writing reviews
I don’t like writing reviews much these days.

8. Keeping myself from requesting all.the.books.
Like I said before, I don’t have as much time to read these days. I try really, really hard not to bite off more than I can chew.

9. Keeping up with book adaptations
I’m so very far behind on seeing tv shows and movies adapted from books. I haven’t even watched TFioS or Outlander yet!

Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books

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This week’s topic is: Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books

Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books

1. Insta-love
This is pretty self explanatory, and we all dislike this, right?

2. Unnatural Smelling Boys
From my Bookish Pet Peeves post a couple years ago:

Example: ‘I leaned in and was instantly engulfed in his natural scent. It was like windswept aspens in Alaska and pure man. It was intoxicating.’
You guys have noticed this, right? It seems to happen most often in supernatural or paranormal books, but I pretty sure I’ve read it in contemps too. I don’t like it. I just really can’t buy into it. Even if he’s a werewolf. When I was a teenager boys smelled like Axe, cigarettes, or sweat. Sometimes all three. The ones that were trying hard smelled like Tommy Hilfiger or CK. They never smelled like the ocean, crisp snow, the forest, vanilla, or dew.

3. The Push and Pull
This is why I’ve never really been into the plain ol’ romance genre. I just can’t stand the ‘I’m so attracted to you but noooo I hate you’ or the ‘I’m enjoying kissing you but nooooo I hate you’. Sometimes this can be done well, but most of the time it just annoys me.

4. Love Triangles
Okay, I’ll admit that I have liked some love triangles in the past (cough:Twilight:cough) but most of them just make me roll my eyes.

5. Jealousy
I understand that jealousy is a natural emotion and it bound to come up in books, but it just makes me so impatient. Be confident ladies!

Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books

6. When they just honestly like each other…
I love when the love interests don’t play games and they’re just honest with each other from the beginning. Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan is a good example of this.

7. Swooning
I love nothing more than book induced swooning. Some great swoon-fests: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Morgan Matson, Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt, and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.

8. Kissing
This is an obvious one! Who doesn’t love kissing?

9. Humor
Witty banter between the love interests always makes me fall in love too. Some examples: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson and Chime by Franny Billingsley.

10. Happy Endings
I’m a sucker for a happy ending!

Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

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This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

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1. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

2. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

4. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

5. Alanna by Tamora Pierce

6. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares 

7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

8. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

9. Forever by Judy Blume

10. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

 

Ten Books I’d Love to Read with my Book Club (if I Had a Book Club)

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This week’s topic is: Ten Books I’d Love to Read with my Book Club (if I Had a Book Club)

I talked about hypothetical book club picks back in 2012 too, but I think I can always add to this topic.

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1. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

2. The Grisha Series by Leigh Bardugo

3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

4. Anna, Lola & Isla by Stephenie Perkins

5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

6. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

7. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

8. The Diviners by Libba Bray

9. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

10. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

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This week’s topic is: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. KingWildlife by Fiona Wood#Scandal by Sarah Ockler100 Sideways Miles by Andrew SmithMortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

1. Glory O’ Brien and history of the Future by A.S. King
A.S. King is one of my favorite authors ever! I’m planning to read this one soon. I’m pretty ashamed of myself for being behind on her books. I also haven’t read Reality Boy yet. Eek!

2. Wildlife by Fiona Wood
I just love the sound of this one.

3. #Scandal by Sarah Ockler
Sarah Ockler is one of my favorite contemp authors so there’s no doubt I’ll be reading this at some point.

4. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
I read Winger last year and that made me want to devour everything by Andrew Smith asap…it just didn’t happen.

5. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
I loooooved the first book so much but I only liked the second one. I think that’s made my desire to read this one a little less than it should be.

Half Bad by Sally GreenThe Truth About Alice by Jennifer MathieuCompulsion by Martina BooneEverything Leads to You by Nina LaCourDreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

6. Half Bad by Sally Green
I heard so much buzz about this one and I love witch books. Hopefully I can get to it soon!

7. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
This was pitched with a comparison to FNL…so I must read it.

8. Compulsion by Martina Boone
Charleston, SC is one of my favorite places! I’ll definitely be reading this in 2015.

9. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
I love, love, love Nina LaCour!

10. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Don’t stone me for not finishing this series yet!