Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017.” I read droves of great books in 2017. I actually think that since I started blogging, this has been my best reading year. All of the books on my list received five stars from me, so if you haven’t read these books, do so now! Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – If this book isn’t on tons of lists this week, I’ll be very surprised. Thomas’s debut about police brutality is poignant and timely and if you haven’t read it, I don’t know what you’ve been doing.

2. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – As far as fantasy goes, this is my favorite fantasy of the year. Chokshi’s writing is dazzling and her characters are complex and her world-building astounds.

3. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – I cannot believe it took me so long to read this book. It’s magical realism at its finest and I swoon over all the words. Swoon.

4. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – Shocking. Compelling. Unputdownable. All these are great words to describe this novel. I still marvel that it’s a debut. A debut!

5. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – I feel like this is one of the genre’s best kept secrets. This is the kind of charming fantasy I could do with more of in my life.

6. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee – I love when you give a book a shot that you’re not sure you’re going to mesh with and it ends up being one of your favorites of the year.

7. Windwitch by Susan Dennard – I am fully invested in this fantasy series after reading this sequel. I am crying over the fact that we have to wait until next year for the third book. I’m crying.

8. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – One of the best conclusions of a series I’ve ever read. How do I describe my adoration for Schwab’s series without blubbering? It’s impossible.

9. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – If you’re ever in need of a book that can make you smile with its closing pages, this is the one to reach for. It took me far too long, but now I too am in love with this book.

10. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – It’s probably no surprise that Anna-Marie McLemore ended up on my list twice. Enchanting, sorrowful, and moving, this book is a work of art. My review for this one goes up on the blog tomorrow.

Have you read these books? What was the last five-star book you picked up? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

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The Friday 56: And the Trees Crept In

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“I couldn’t let her go.” A pause. “Besides. Once you came through, there was never any leaving.”

“So what? We’re trapped here?” the girl spits, a speck of saliva landing on my lip. Water from fire buried under stone. “With you?”

Dawn Kurtagich’s And the Trees Crept In had its share of creepy scenes, but I think would have been better in a more concise package. I enjoy a long book every now and then, but sometimes they don’t always seem necessary for particular stories. You can read my mini-review of this one here. Cover is linked to Goodreads. Excerpt taken from page 65.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Stay away from the woods…
      When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit.” Hey, I’m back from my hiatus and ready to tackle more Top Ten Tuesday posts. I think we did a similar topic because making this list felt eerily familiar. Hopefully I haven’t just repeated myself with this list. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Wizarding World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – I can’t quite decide if I want to visit Hogwarts or Diagon Alley more, but really I just want to visit the entire wizarding world.

2. Alaka from A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – Yes, this isn’t the safest place to visit, but you can’t deny that it would be so interesting. The gates are made of tongues, but I hear accommodations are lovely.

3. Pemberley from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Ah, to be mistress of Pemberley! I love how Elizabeth describes that every window inside the house captures the beauty of the grounds surrounding it.

4. The Cast Iron from Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – I must visit this club on a show night. Music and magic intertwining and a bit of dancing make this the perfect combination.

5. The Temptation from The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – I’d love to spend some time on this time-traveling ship. Not only would there be amazing lands to discover, but the company’s not so bad either.

6. Le Cirque des Rêves from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This is one of the most magical places I’ve ever read and I would love to visit the various tents.

7. Red London from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I’d love to visit a place where magic is celebrated. The Night Market sounds like an amazing place full of food, magical goods, music, and street mages.

8. The Graveyard from The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Spending a night hanging out with ghosts would be a once in a lifetime experience.

9. La Pradera from Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – These gardens sound so beautiful and enchanting. Really I’d visit any place where the Nomeolvides women have shared their gift.

10. Green Gables from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – From the moment that Anne begins to describe this place, I fell in love. I would love to see green gables through her eyes.

Any of these settings on your list as well? Which fictional world would you most like to visit? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter Releases I’m Dying To Get My Hands On

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read.” As you can probably tell by the title of this post, I’m actually tackling a different topic this week and that’s because I’m going on a blogging hiatus starting tomorrow. I won’t be back unto December 3rd which means I’m going to miss November 28th topic, “Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR.” This is a list that I was really looking forward to putting together, so I thought I’d share it this week instead. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West – Publication Date: December 26, 2017

2. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – Publication Date: January 16, 2018

3. Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra – Publication Date: January 23, 2018

4. American Panda by Gloria Chao – Publication Date: February 6, 2018

5. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – Publication Date: February 20, 2018

6. Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza – Publication Date: February 20, 2018

7. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman – Publication Date: February 27, 2018

8. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston – Publication Date: February 27, 2018

9. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – Publication Date: March 6, 2018

10. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Are any of these books on your TBR as well? Do you think it’s too early to preorder these books? Which winter release are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

 

The Friday 56: Hunting Prince Dracula

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“I glanced around at the newly cleaned washroom. Liquid flames reflected off each dark surface, reminding me of spilled blood catching the moonlight. Like the bodily fluids leaking from Jack the Ripper’s double-event victims. I swallowed the image away.

I really enjoyed Kerri Maniscalco’s sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper. Hunting Prince Dracula has such an eerie feel that I was immediately transported to Bran Castle. I also really enjoyed where the author took her characters’ arcs. You can read my mini-review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?
      Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
      But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Leaders I’d Follow Into Any Mischief

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That’s your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?)” I thought I’d have a little fun and for this week’s TTT, I’m listing characters I’d follow into any kind of mischief. These are characters who are natural leaders and despite the fact that their plans might fall apart completely, I’d still follow for the fun of it. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Love Before by Jenny Han – I have such a soft spot for this girl. She kind of reminds me of myself as a teen and despite all her flaws, I’d follow her anywhere.

2. Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – You know those characters who you’d love to be friends with in real life? Simon is one of those.

3. Harry Potter from HP by J.K. Rowling – I’d like to think I’d be the voice of reason among Harry and his friends, but in all honesty, I’d probably partake in a few bad choices along with them.

4. Kami from The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan – Love Kami and her crew. They are always up to something and I also want to be up to that something with them.

5. Sage from The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen – I still need to finish this series, but Sage is so delightfully clever I’d follow after him in a heartbeat.

6. Astrid from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – If I was evil (and not in the I’m going to contemplate ways to dismember you, but in the actual physical removal of your limbs kind of way), I’d follow Astrid into some very nefarious scheming.

7. Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Probably not my best idea, but do you know how much I’d love to be a part of Kaz’s team?

8. Kamala from Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson – What if you also discovered you had superpowers along with Kamala? What if you learned how to control them and balance superhero life alongside her? Where do I sign up?!

9. Zacharias from Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – Humble leaders are hard to come by, which makes Zacharias one of the best.

10. Desi from I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – Desi has already proven herself to be incredibly driven. So what if her ideas about love aren’t the most thought out? I’d still go along for the laughs.

Would you follow any of these characters? Which fictional leader would you follow into mischief? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.