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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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.

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.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

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 On My Fall TBR List.” Fall? We’re talking about fall? I actually made this list a couple of weeks in advance, so the sun was high in the sky, we were in the middle of a heat wave, but here I was making a TBR list for fall. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall, but where I live, fall comes pretty late. I can’t remember the last time I wore a pair of jeans, forget the sweaters. This week I’m bringing you a list of books being released this fall that I’m looking forward to reading. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – Publication Date: September 26th – Everyone is raving about this one. I need it.

2. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – Publication Date: September 26th – I gave in and preordered this fantasy. So excited.

3. Invictus by Ryan Graudin – Publication Date: September 26th – I’m not a huge science-fiction fan, but it’s Ryan Graudin!

4. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – Publication Date: October 3rd – *cries because she never got her hands on an ARC* I already love you.

5. The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan – Publication Date: October 10th – I have an ARC of this and plan on reading it this October.

6. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – Publication Date: October 10th – I won an ARC of this one, it was fantastic!

7. I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez – Publication Date: October 17th – It’s so rare to read about a Mexican-American female protagonist. I can’t wait.

8. Dear Martin by Nic Stone – Publication Date: October 17th – I just won an ARC of this one from Goodreads. I’m really looking forward to it.

9. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Publication Date: October 24th – This books sounds so wonderful. Should I preorder it?

10. Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi – Publication Date: October 31st – One of the most original premises I’ve heard in a while.

Are any of these also on your TBR? What fall 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.

Top Ten Tuesday: Early Blogging Favorites

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Throwback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog, Favorite Books Published 5 or 10 or 15 Years Ago, Ten Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved, etc. etc. Tweak however you want!” Let me start off by saying that I was tempted to go back and read my reviews for these titles, but instead of torturing myself by discovering I was either a worse or better reviewer my first few months of blogging, I thought I’d just reflect a little on how I feel about these early favorites now. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill – This was the first five-star read on my blog. It’s been a long time since I really thought about this one, but it’s one of the few time-travel books that I really enjoyed. I still think this one should have gotten a sequel.

2. In the After by Demitria Lunetta – Before I got tired of the dystopian genre, I picked up this one and its sequel. They are decent books, but now when I look back, I really can’t remember any solid details.

3. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund – I’m almost certain I wrote this review after a reread. It’s probably my favorite Jane Austen retelling and I remember the protagonist quite fondly. Maybe another reread is needed.

4. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – Still remains one of my favorite sequels and series. I’m still enrapture over the concept of pulling things out of your dreams.

5. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – Probably the most underrated novel in the Graceling Realm series. I actually think this one was my favorite.

6. Boundless by Cynthia Hand – I can only recall this series and Angelfall as novels about angels that I actually enjoyed. The ship in this series nearly undid me.

7. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga – I just have a thing for serial killer books and this one is one of my favorites. Can you believe I don’t own these books? I need them in hardcover because of the fake blood splatter under the dust jackets. Yes, you read that right.

8. Skylark by Meagan Spooner – I still have not finished this series. I meant to pick up the last book, but it’s been so long, I don’t think I could go into it without being very confused.

9. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – I love this series so much and currently have the final fourth book on my shelf waiting for me. I’ve been holding back because I don’t want to say goodbye, but will probably read it this October.

10. Fire & Ash by Jonathan Maberry – The Benny Imura series remains some of my favorite zombie novels. If you haven’t read them, they are a must.

Have you read any of these novels? What’s the first book on your blog that received five stars? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.