Top Ten Tuesday: Five Blogs I’ve Followed the Longest and Five I’ve Recently Followed

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Favorite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites.” I’ve come across far too many nice, talented, and amazing bloggers to ever be able to choose only ten that are my favorite, so instead I’m listing five blogs I’ve followed the longest and five I just recently followed. Be sure to check out their blogs!

The Veterans:

Even though I haven’t met any of these ladies in person, I feel a strong kinship with them because it feels like we’ve been a part of the same community for so long.

1. Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek – Rachel and I have been blogging for about the same amount of time and although we don’t read a lot of the same books, I still feel like we mesh well together. She’s currently taking a break from blogging, but be sure to be on the lookout for her return.

2. Cristina @ Girl in the Pages – I believe Cristina and I also started blogging around the same time. I always enjoy her reviews and can always count on her honest opinion.

3. Lipsyy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found – When I think of Lipsyy, I think of Halloween. October is a special time on both our blogs. There aren’t a ton of blogs that devote a lot of time to the horror genre, so I love having her on my reader when October comes around.

4. Holly @ Nut Free Nerd – Holly is one of the most insightful bloggers I follow. If you’re looking to follow someone who is really smart and articulate, follow Holly.

5. Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews – Stephanie and I don’t always read the same books, but when we do, we usually agree on them. Also, I just found out we both ship Bellarke pretty hard and I could use some support in that arena.

The Newbies:

I just started following these bloggers recently and am really looking forward to getting to know them more.

6. Wendy @ whatthelog – My first impression of Wendy is that she’s incredibly open. I really admire her for it. She does a very neat thing on her blog where she showcases diverse bloggers which is pretty awesome too.

7. LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks – I came across LaRonda’s blog thanks to the Comment Challenge. As a cohost, I get introduced to a variety of bloggers and sometimes I come across one that I’m not partnered with, but whom I want to know more, so I follow. That’s what happened here.

8. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer – Dani has such a wide variety of posts on her blog. I’m always so impressed and have enjoyed the interactions we’ve had.

9. Carolina @ Fictionologyst – I’ve only been following Carolina for about a month, but I already feel like we’ve got a really good rapport. She’s got excellent taste in books and music (my TBR and music library have both increased thanks to her).

10. Aimee @ Aimee, Always – Aimee is the last blogger I followed and I don’t know too much about her, but she does have some excellent taste in books and a great selection of posts.

Do you still follow the same blogs from when you first became a blogger? How do you decide who to follow? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Giveaway Alert: I am giving away my ARC of Seafire by Natalie C. Parker. I recently just finished it and loved it. I already preordered the novel when I received this ARC, so I’m hoping this copy makes someone else happy. This is a Twitter giveaway, click on the image to be directed to my tweet. Ends 8/16. US only.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Five Book Mash-Ups I’d Like to See

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Books You’d Mash Together.” I love this topic so much. There are so many books where I would love it if the characters could meet or if certain characters could end up in a different world. Here are five mash ups I wouldn’t mind seeing and reading about. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

*Please note that I’m currently on hiatus and won’t be responding to comments until I come back this Sunday*

1. Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost and Lily Anderson’s Undead Girl Gang – I can’t be the only one who’s imagined these Latina witches hanging out together. Not only could Mila and the Mortiz sisters talk magic and spells, they could bond over that time they both brought someone back from the dead.

2. Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince – One thing I really liked about The Cruel Prince is how ruthless Jude has to be in order to survive the fairy world and it got me thinking, there are not a lot of people who could do the things she did. Then it hit me, what if Kaz and company found themselves in this same world. Could they be ruthless and cunning enough to outwit fairies? My brain says yes and it would be a whole lot of fun to read.

3. Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch and Robin LaFever’s Grave Mercy – It is my firm belief that Truthwitch‘s Safi and Iseult would make a perfect fit in Grave Mercy‘s nunnery for assassins. Think of all the bad guys that could be expelled with their magical powers.

4. Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Maurene Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love – I truly believe in my heart of hearts that if Lara Jean and Desi really existed, they would be really good friends. I see so much of my younger self in these two characters and experienced so much second-hand embarrassment while reading their stories. I have no doubt these two would end up getting themselves into really hilarious and awkward situations and I’d smile my way through the whole thing.

5. Alison Goodman’s The Dark Days Club and Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas’s These Vicious Masks – I love all the powers those in These Vicious Masks have, but I think I would like it even more if it was combined with the demons that feast on people in The Dark Days Club. Plus, can you imagine the brooding standoffs between Sebastian and Lord Carlston? I can already see Helen and Evelyn rolling their eyes.

Would you like to see any of these mash-ups as well? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

The Friday 56: Peluda

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!**

Ode to Brown Girls With Bangs

“you have always been a scared little girl.

original copycat, first poseur

check out this towel draped over your neck

get a load of this hair

gathered on the white tile floor—

a bunch of dark girls at the basement show

just started smoking

just stated fucking

just started getting really good

at lying to their mothers.”

I am in love with Melissa Lozado-Oliva’s poetry. I don’t pick up too much of the genre, but when I saw this poet reading from her collection, Peluda, I knew I had to have it for myself. I’m including the YouTube video of her reciting this above poem, so you can see for yourself how amazing she is. Excerpt taken from page 6 as the collection isn’t 56 pages long. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “One of the most original performance poets of her generation, Melissa Lozada-Oliva has captivated crowds across the country and online with her vivid narratives. Humorous and biting, personal and communal, self-deprecating and unapologetically self-loving, peluda (meaning ‘hairy’ or ‘hairy beast’) is the poet at her best. The book explores the relationship between femininity and body hair as well as the intersections of family, class, the immigrant experience, Latina identity, and much more, all through Lozada-Oliva’s unique lens and striking voice. peluda is a powerful testimony on body image and the triumph over taboo.”

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype.” This ought to be a fun topic for everyone. Hype is a funny thing. It can make you want to read a book and it can turn you away from one. It can set up a book for failure with unrealistic expectations or turn you into a cynical bookworm who becomes surprised when the book is in fact good. I have been in all these situations and am still not sure how I really feel about hype. I’m torn between two extremes. I’ve been disappointed, but have also been introduced to some amazing reads thanks to hype. Here’s a list of books that I think are really deserving of the hype, so if you haven’t picked them up yet, I’d encourage you to do so. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – I feel like we talked about this book long before its release and still, nothing prepared me for its emotional impact.

2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I wasn’t even planning to read this one despite the hype because I never finished the Grisha Trilogy (still haven’t), but I won an ARC, so I dove in and it’s one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read.

3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I can’t believe I went to so long without reading Simon. I had so many expectations because so many bloggers love this one and I’m happy to say that I fell head over heels in love with this book.

4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Schwab is one the most talented fantasy writers out there and anything you pick up by her is going to be amazing, but this one might by my favorite. The world-building and writing astounds me.

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Everything you’ve heard about this one over the course of the last ten years is true. I still think about this book even though I read it once years ago and it remains one I hold really close to my heart.

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Enchanting. Mesmerizing. Fantastical. There are not enough words to describe how beautiful this novel is.

7. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – This might have been the most talked about book on my Twitter feed last year. I saw so many people defend it fiercely and I didn’t know how I was going to feel, but it turns out it was amazing and I still shake my head trying to figure out why anyone could dislike a character like Dimple.

 8. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katharine Arden – This one was kind of on my radar because everyone was talking about it, but I was kind of afraid it would end up being disappointing. I am so happy to be wrong.

9. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – I picked this one up based on the hype alone. I’m not a fan of fae and I’ve only read one other book by this author, but gosh darn it, this one was just as good as everyone said it was.

10. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Perhaps the most anticipated read in YA history. I remember adding this to my TBR months and months in advance and after finally picking it up, I can say that it was just as epic as I imagined.

Do you agree with any of these picks? Which book do you think lived up to the hype? Which book didn’t? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

The Friday 56: These Ruthless Deeds

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!**

“As I watched her bones heal, the bleeding slow, and the bruises fade away, I let out a heavy sigh of relief. Within a minute, she looked like she might on any normal morning before rising from bed.

I’ve had Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas’s sequel These Ruthless Deeds for quite a while. I ended up rereading the first book and enjoyed it so much more the second time around. This second book was also a treat. You can read my mini-review of this one hereCover is linked to Goodreads. Excerpt taken from page 156.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “England, 1883. Still recovering from a devastating loss, Evelyn is determined to use her powers to save other gifted people from those who would harm them. But when her rescue of a young telekinetic girl goes terribly wrong, Evelyn finds herself indebted to a secret society devoted to recruiting and protecting people like Evelyn and her friends.
      As she follows the Society’s orders, healing the sick and embarking on perilous recruitment missions, Evelyn sees her problems disappear. Her reputation is repaired, her friends are provided for, and her parents are newly wealthy. She reunites with the dashing Mr. Kent and recovers the reclusive Mr. Braddock (who has much less to brood over now that the Society can help him to control his dangerous power). But Evelyn can’t help fearing the Society is more sinister than it appears…”

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Pride by Ibi Zoboi


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings where bloggers share which upcoming releases they’re most looking forward to. Join us every Wednesday and watch your TBR list multiply. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

I’m pretty sure when I first heard about Ibi Zoboi’s upcoming Pride & Prejudice retelling, Pride, I squealed aloud. Her debut American Street was so impressive and I feel like this is the kind of P&P retelling I’ve been waiting my whole life for. I’ve already preordered it and am anxiously awaiting its arrival.

 width=Title: Pride
Author: Ibi Zoboi
Series: N/A
Pages: 304
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: September 18, 2018

      “Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.
      When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.
      But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.
      In a timely update of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.”

Are you participating in Can’t-Wait Wednesday or Waiting on Wednesday? Is this book on your TBR? Be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll visit!