Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Reads of 2017 So Far

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far (break it down however you want — by genre, strictly 2017 releases, whatever!)” Yes, I’m so excited for this week’s topic. I’ve read some amazing books this year and cannot wait to share them all with you. Seriously, who else is having a stellar reading year so far? Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – It’s been months since I finished this debut novel and I am still thinking about it. If you haven’t picked it up, do it. It’s haunting.

2. Windwitch by Susan Dennard – I’ve read some stellar fantasy duologies during the last couple of years, but it’s been a while since a fantasy series has really grabbed a hold of me and I am thoroughly enjoying this one.

3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – The 2017 debut of the year was everything I expected it to be and so much more. Seriously, pick this one up as soon as you can.

4. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – I missed out on reading this one when it first came out, but this novel has solidified my enthusiasm for any subsequent novel by Anna-Marie McLemore.

5. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – This is my favorite book that I’ve read so far this year and even though I didn’t fall in love with the first book in the series, Chokshi’s writing made me want to try this sequel anyway and oh my gosh, it was everything I love about fantasy books!

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6. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – This was one of the best conclusions to a series I’ve ever read and though I was sad to say goodbye to a series with such amazing world-building, I look forward to seeing what other worlds Schwab decides to write.

7. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – Do you ever come across an MC who really speaks to you and you can’t help but relate to? Nora from Burn Baby Burn was like that for me and I can’t get her out of my head. In a good way of course.

8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – I finally read this one! And by read, I mean listened to the audiobook. It was every wonderful thing everyone promised it would be and I have plans to read a physical copy over the summer.

9. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – I think this is the cutest contemporary that I’ve picked up so far this year. I was wholeheartedly invested in this one from start to finish.

10. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson (Illustrated by Adrian Alphona) – This final spot was really hard to fill, but I decided to go with Ms. Marvel because this year is the first time I’ve picked up a graphic novel and I loved so much about this one. I’ve already read through volume four, so it’s safe to say I’m quite the fan now.

Honorable Mentions: Because I really can’t help it with this list, I want to mention both Lilliam Rivera’s The Education of Margot Sanchez & Rhoda Belleza’s Empress of the Thousand Skies. I couldn’t quite find a place on my list for these two. It wasn’t because I didn’t love them just as much as the others, it’s that I ran out of room, but both are fantastic debuts and I can’t wait for more from both authors.

Have you had the pleasure of reading any of these titles? Are any on your TBR and you need an extra nudge to pick it up? 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 Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t.” When I first saw this week’s topic, I thought that there couldn’t possibly be this many series I have on my TBR, but just haven’t started yet. But then I looked at my Goodreads To-Read shelf. It turns out there are a lot of series I’ve been meaning to pick up (an many on my shelf!), but just haven’t gotten around to. All I can say is someday…someday. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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Have you started/read any of these series? Do you have a favorite from my list that I must start yesterday? Are these also on your TBR? Let’s discuss 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: Favorite Literary Fathers & Father-Figures

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Father’s Day related Freebiefavorite dads in literature, best father/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your dad, worst dads in literature, etc. etc.” Am I the only one who seriously struggles when it comes to buying a gift for the old man? My dad is one of those guys who never tells you if he wants anything, so I’m always at a loss. For this week’s topic, I’m sharing some of my favorite fathers and father-figures in fiction. I’d like to note that this list was easier to put together than the Mother’s Day one *side-eyes authors*. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Arthur Weasley from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

2. Mo Folchart from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

3. Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

4. Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

5. Matthew Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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6. Maverick Carter from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

7. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

8. Desi’s father in I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

9. Tom Imura from Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry 

10. Keith Mars from Veronica Mars

Are you a fan of any of these fathers or father-figures? Which fictional father on television is your favorite? 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: Ten Fantasy Books Recently Added to My TBR

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List.” If asked what my favorite genre is, I’d probably say fantasy; but recently, I’ve been reading a wider variety of books. I’ve probably read more contemporary novels in the last six months than I have during the first couple of years of blogging. I joined the Flights of Fantasy challenge this year because I wanted to get back to reading more fantasy, but so far, I’m only doing so-so. Still, I love the genre and am hoping making a list of the last ten fantasy novels I’ve added to my TBR will motivate me to start picking up more fantasy. Covers are linked to Goodreads or titles if cover if unavailable.

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1. A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney – Can you love something without ever really enjoying it? I love the concept of a retelling of Alice of Wonderland, but have never actually read a retelling that I loved. Still, I’m always intrigued by the idea and am hoping this one ends up truly delighting me.

2. America, Vol. 1 by Gabby Rivera (illustrated by Joe Quinones) – You know that “shut up and take my money” meme? That was pretty much me when I first heard about this graphic novel.

3. The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon – I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up this author’s novel The Bird and the Sword. I’m beyond stoked that there’s a kind of sequel and will make time soon to read this one.

4. Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin – I finished my first N.K. Jemisin novel not too long ago and can’t wait to continue the Inheritance Trilogy.

5. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – This doesn’t come out until next year, but I know I am not the only one who has heard that this novel is going to be epic. The anticipation is already killing me.

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6. The Blazing Star by Imani Josey – I haven’t heard much about this one, but several trusted bloggers have enjoyed it, so I think I’m going to give it a shot.

7. Mirage by Somaiya Daud – I haven’t heard much about this book, but every time I read the synopsis, I get excited.

8. The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan – This one may be more horror than fantasy, but it sounds like it has some fantastical elements, so I’m including it.

9. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser – This is the last book I added to my TBR because of a review by fellow blogger Amber Elise @ Du Livre. Witty banter and enemies-to-lovers trope? Sign me up!

10. Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – I just added this one a couple of days ago. I really enjoyed Susan Dennard’s previous books in this series and am eagerly awaiting the third installment.

What’s the last fantasy book you added to your TBR list? Which genre is your list based on this week? 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: Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half 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 Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017.” I thought I was super stoked about the first half of 2017 with all the amazing books coming out, but I had a hard time narrowing down my list for the second half of the year. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Lucky in Love by Kasie West – Publication Date: July 25, 2017

2. Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic – Publication Date: August 15, 2017

3. Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older – Publication Date: September 12, 2017

4. Odd & True by Cat Winters – Publication Date: September 12, 2017

5. Invictus by Ryan Graudin – Publication Date: September 26, 2017

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6. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – Publication Date: October 3, 2017

7. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – Publication Date: October 10, 2017

8. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez – Publication Date: October 17, 2017

9. Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi – Publication Date: October 31, 2017

10. America, Vol. 1 by Gabby Rivera (Illustrated by Joe Quinones) – Publication Date: October 31, 2017

Which release from the second half of the year are you most looking forward to? Are you as excited as I am for these releases? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Intend to Read This Summer

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Summer Reads Freebie.” For this week’s topic I’m simply sharing ten books that I am aiming to read over the course of the next three months. Many of these have been on my shelf for far too long and others are more recent releases. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – I may be the only blogger who hasn’t read Adam Silvera. I intend to change this this summer. I’d been told to keep a box of tissues close.

2. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed – I’ve had this book for a while and I’ve heard lots of good things. Summer always seems like the opportune time for contemporary books.

3. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – I really enjoyed The Unexpected Everything and bought this one not too long after, but just haven’t gotten around to it. The cover just screams summer.

4. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia – I won an ARC of this one almost two years ago and I’m ashamed to admit that I still haven’t read it. I want to read this one before picking up the author’s second book, so I better get on that.

5. The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember – My library didn’t have this one when it first came out, but summer seems like the perfect time to read about mermaids, so I’ll be hunting it down.

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6. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez – I won this book earlier this year and have been dying to read it, but still haven’t set aside any time to do so. I must change that this summer.

7. Simon vs. the Home Sapiens Agenda – I intended to read this before picking up The Upside of Unrequited, but I’m weak and ended up reading her second novel first, so I must get to this one.

8. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes – I’m ashamed to admit how long this one has been on my shelf. Sometimes you feel compelled to save books you’ve heard nothing but good things about and that’s the excuse I’m going with for this one. It’s time I read it.

9. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – This was my first audiobook (narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda), but I want to read a physical copy of it this summer.

10. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – Technically, there’s a chance I will read this before summer starts, but I wanted to add it just in case I don’t get to it. This book looks so wonderfully cute. I lucky enough to win a preorder of this one and I could not be more excited.

Are there any books on your shelf or TBR that you intend to pick up this summer? 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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