Top Ten Tuesday: Fierce Females I’d Share a Meal With

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books (Does a character eat something you’d love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things? You could also talk about 10 of your favorite cookbooks if you don’t read foody books.).” I struggled mightily with this week’s topic. Does this ever happen to you when you see a TTT topic and you completely draw a blank? So this week, I’m going to totally cheat and list a few fierce females that I wouldn’t mind sharing a meal with. As you can tell from the list, I might have a death wish? It could possibly be my last meal? I might die happy regardless? Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Shahrzad from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

2. Gauri from A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

3. Yael from Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

4. Ada and Corinne by Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

5. Lada from And I Darken by Kiersten White

6. Xifeng from Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

7. Inej and Nina from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

8. Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

9. Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

10. Ismae from Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Would you share a meal with any of these characters? Which fierce female would you like to bond over brunch? 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: Matilda

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!**

“There was no doubt in Matilda’s mind that this latest display of foulness by her father deserved severe punishment, and as she sat eating her awful fried fish and fried chips and ignoring the television, her brain went to work on various possibilities.

Missed this meme last week, but now I’m back. I finally picked up Roald Dahl’s Matilda this summer and found it very charming. I still think the movie is better (it was a favorite as a child), but am glad I got a chance to read the book. Trunchbull may be more terrifying than HP’s Umbridge in my opinion. No review for this one. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Covers Featuring Juliet Marillier

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fallish).” So I was looking through my shelves trying to find books that match the topic for this week and it was much harder than I thought it would be. I associate fall with changing leaves and dry weather (usually accompanied by wildfires) and I was trying to find covers that matched this association, but kept falling short. It occurred to me that one of my favorite fantasy author’s covers usually feel very autumn-y to me and so I’ve decided to share the covers of some of Juliet Marillier’s books that make me think of fall. Side note: if you haven’t read this author, what on earth are you waiting for? She’s one of the best fantasy authors I’ve ever read. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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Have you read Juliet Marillier? Let me know what you’re favorite novel by her is in the comments. Who’s your favorite fantasy writer? Let’s discuss in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Top Ten (Seven) Tuesday: Favorite Book Boyfriends

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?).” I had such a busy week that this Top Ten Tuesday completely sneaked up on me. I wanted to limit this list to books I’ve read over the last year and as it were, I actually couldn’t come up with ten book boyfriends. I’m a little baffled by this, but I suppose it isn’t too surprising. I’ve been told I can be pretty picky. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Moises from The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

2. Vikram from A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

3. Zacharias from Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

4. Thomas from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

5. Aeduan from Windwitch by Susan Dennard

6. Daniel from The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

7. Alyosha from Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Are you also fond of these characters? What was the last book you read that had you crushing on a character? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

The Friday 56: Lucky in Love

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!**

“The four of us—Dad, Mom, Beau, and I—sat around the kitchen table, where we had been sitting for at least three hours, laughing and joking more than we had in my entire eighteen years of life.”

Kasie West has become one of my go-to contemporary authors. Lucky in Love was a really sweet novel that I recommend to anyone looking for light contemporary read. It’s about a girl who wins the lottery, thinks all her problems are solved, but quickly learns money can’t solve everything. You can read my mini-review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —
      She wins!
      In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.
      Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite ’17 Reads with PoC MCs

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!” This week I’m listing my favorite books from 2017 that feature PoC main characters. This list was really hard to narrow down as I’ve read a lot of incredible novels featuring PoC protagonists. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – This debut blew me away. I loved it so much and the protagonist had her claws in me from the get-go.

2. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – Probably my favorite read of 2017 so far. It was everything I love about a fantasy novel.

3. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – I bought this one on a whim last year and finally got to it. I’m in love with Zen Cho’s charming characters and world.

4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – If there is one novel I’d recommend everyone read this year, it’s this one. Please, if you haven’t picked it up, do yourself a favor and do so soon.

5. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – Perhaps the most beautiful novel I’ve ever read. This is not an overstatement.

6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – As my first audiobook, this novel has ingrained itself in my head.

7. I Believe In a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – This book is like a gooey candy bar you’ve been craving all day.

8. The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera – Can we allow PoC protagonists to be unlikable sometimes? I think this is really important.

9. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza – Give me more, I’m ready for more of this world and it’s wonderful characters.

10. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – How do you break a bookworm? Give them an Adam Silvera book.

Bonus: I put this list together before I read Julie C. Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, but want to give a shout out because it’s an incredible novel and if you’re on the fence about preordering it, consider this a (gentle, but firm) nudge.

Have you had the pleasure of reading any of these? What’s your favorite read this year that features a PoC main character? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.