Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Want (or Not Want) to Read a Book

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book.” I just came back from my hiatus a few days ago and since I missed last week’s topic, I thought I’d combine last week’s and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topics.

Book Turn-Offs:

1. Love Triangle – Raise your hand if you knew this was going to be on my list. I am not a fan of the love triangle. I have all sorts of feelings about this, but one of them is that I hate how it can unnecessarily pit two characters against each other while adding nothing to their character development.

2. Vampires – I’ve never read Twilight, so this is not where the aversion to vampires comes from. I’ve just always felt that we’ve romanticized these creatures so much and their darker, more sinister version are far more interesting.

3. Incest – I don’t even understand why I need to put something like this on this list, but I don’t get the appeal of books that have family members falling in love. I’m especially turned off by books where the characters have grown up together thinking they are related, but when they find out they aren’t, it somehow makes the relationship okay. No. Just no.

4. “Not Like Other Girls” Mentality – I need this trope to die in a flaming crash with nothing but the smoke from its incineration left to bear witness.

5. Insta-Love – I will almost never pick up a book if I think it has insta-love in it. There is only one case of insta-love that I will defend to the death and that is Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star.

Book Turn-Ons:

6. Magical Realism – I need all the magical realism novels in my life. I have not read nearly enough, but when I do, I fall instantly in love with the genre all over again.

7. Witches – Witches, witches, give me all the witches. I need more witchy books and more specifically, more modern-day witches would be amazing.

8. Latinx protagonist – There’s nothing like seeing yourself reflected in a book. Seeing more and more books with Latinx protagonists sometimes makes me want to cry a little because I almost never got to see myself reflected in media when I was a kid.

9. Friendship – Can we just get more books that focus on friendship? I love a good romance (I’m a sucker for the slow burn), but I also think that there are other relationships beside romantic ones that have just as much value. I’d love to see more books focus on this.

10. Something Different – This last one isn’t very specific, but there are some storylines that I feel like I’ve read multiple versions of, but if a story sounds truly unique, I’ll probably be interested in checking it out.

I missed last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, so what was number one on your list of things that instantly make you want to read a book? Do we have any book turn-offs in common this week? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read.” Ironically, it was really hard to limit this list to only ten books. For this topic, I wanted to share books that are unlike anything I’ve read and ones that I can’t really find an equivalent to in the genre they were written. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

3. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

4. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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6. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

7. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

8. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

9. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

10. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Have you read any of these books? What’s the most unique book you’ve ever read? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Fandoms Made Me Do It!

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Fandom Freebie — top ten fandoms I’m in, 10 reasons X fandom is the best, must have merchandise for x fandom, etc. etc.” I’m not sure I’d consider myself a member of any fandoms (maybe HP?), but I do feel like I get a closer look at them because I’m on Tumblr. I haven’t been as active lately on it as I was in the past, but Tumblr has a way of pulling you in. I’ve shipped couples from shows I’ve never watched, been supportive of characters I’ve never heard speak, and reblogged a gif set or two from movies I have never seen just because they looked so good. So this week I thought I’d list T.V. shows and movies I’ve watch because of fandoms on Tumblr. Excuse all the gifs, but that’s how we roll on Tumblr.

1. Teen Wolf – I binge watched the first few seasons of Teen Wolf last year because Tumblr got me all hooked on Stydia. I shipped Stiles Stilinski and Lydia Martin before I even knew who they were.

2. Poldark – I’m a sucker for period dramas and Poldark just kept popping up on my feed, so I had to watch it.

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – I am actually still catching up on this show, but I love it so much and can’t believe I’ve been missing out all these years.

4. Pitch – I need more of this show now! I didn’t watch this one because I’m really not into baseball, but Tumblr in its wisdom kept putting this show in my path. I gave in and I’m so happy I did.

5. Parks & Recreation – This show has become one of my favorites. You know those shows you reach for when you’re feeling kind of down, Parks & Rec is mine.

6. The Get Down – This show is amazing. If you have Netflix and you haven’t watched it, do it!

7. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – This show is so much fun. I aspire to be like Phryne Fisher when I’m older.

8. Chuck – I don’t know how I missed watching this show when it was on T.V., but I did end up binge watching several seasons. I kind of got sidetracked and haven’t finished it yet, but I do plan to.

9. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – There’s something so quirky and fun about this movie and I never would have given it a shot if it weren’t for Tumblr.

10. Captain America: Civil War – Okay, so I have a confession. I’m not a huge fan of the recent Marvel superhero movies. I like them, but they aren’t high on my list of movies to watch. But I was completely bombarded with gif sets from this one and just gave in. Pretty sure this is my favorite of the recent Marvel movies.

Has a fandom ever persuaded you to watch a T.V. show or movie? Any you want to try because of all the hype you’ve seen? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Author Events I’d Attend

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do).” I’ve never been to any kind of author event or book expo, so I’ve never met an author before. However, here are a few authors whose events I’d love to attend and who I’d love to hear talk about writing and their books. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Jane Austen

2. Neil Gaiman

3. Anna-Marie McLemore

4. Juliet Marillier

5. Heidi Heilig

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6. Meg Medina

7. Tiffany D. Jackson

8. Renée Ahdieh

9. Angie Thomas

10. Leigh Bardugo

Have you ever attended an author event? Which author would you cross the country to hear speak? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten of the Shortest Books I’ve Read & Loved

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.” I really wanted to do ten books you can read in one sitting, but I don’t often read books this way. I need breaks (I get hungry, people), even if the book is short. I was actually surprised by the number of short books I’ve pick up when I looked at my Goodreads shelf. It turns out though, I didn’t love most of them. I was hoping to stay under 200 pages, but couldn’t quite find ten books to include that way. Anyway, here are ten of the shortest books I’ve read and happen to love.  Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Page count: 216

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Page count: 180

3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Page count: 179

4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Page count: 211

5. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Page count: 224

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6. Night by Elie Wiesel

Page count: 109

7. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Page count: 126

8. Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Page count: 220

9. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Page count: 178

10. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Page count: 212

Do you read books in one sitting? What was the last book you did? Favorite short book you wish more people read? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR List

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. While Top Ten Tuesday was on hiatus, we had the opportunity to do freebie lists the last couple of weeks, but I decided to skip them altogether and I have to say, the break was kind of nice. But now we’re back and I’m ready to start putting together these posts again. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR.” Anyone else feel like the last couple of months have flown by and there just isn’t enough time to get to all the books you intended to read? I’m feeling this so much right now. My TBR Spring list consists of books I meant to get to but haven’t yet, as well as a few releases I’m planning to read as soon as they arrive at my doorstep. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig – I got this the day it was released, but am still trying to find the time to pick it up. Pretty sure it will be my next read.

2. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I hear so many good things about this one and honestly, I’m just a sucker for banter and I hear this one has lots of it.

3. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – Why haven’t I read this one yet? My goal before May is to check this one out from the library.

4. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson – I think it’s time for me to pick up my second graphic novel. This is the one I have my eye on.

5. Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I’m really interested in picking up her vampire novel Certain Dark Things, but I ended up giving into the impulse and bought this one for $6, so I think I’ll read this first.

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6. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – I’ve preordered this one and am dying to fall in love with Chokshi’s writing again.

7. Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis – I have to try this one, McGinnis has proven that she’s incredibly versatile when it comes to the many genres she’s written.

8. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh – Give me more Renée Ahdieh now. I am beyond stoked for this new series by her.

9. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – I squeal every time I see bloggers rave about this one. I have come so close to preordering this debut, but I’m trying to stay strong…but sometimes I feel so weak.

10. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – I think we’ve gotten a little spoiled having two Schwab novels a year. I love how different this series is and can’t wait to visit these characters again.

Any books that aren’t recent/upcoming releases that you’re planning to read this spring? Which spring releases have you preordered? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.