Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books 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 Favorite Books of 2017.” I read droves of great books in 2017. I actually think that since I started blogging, this has been my best reading year. All of the books on my list received five stars from me, so if you haven’t read these books, do so now! Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – If this book isn’t on tons of lists this week, I’ll be very surprised. Thomas’s debut about police brutality is poignant and timely and if you haven’t read it, I don’t know what you’ve been doing.

2. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – As far as fantasy goes, this is my favorite fantasy of the year. Chokshi’s writing is dazzling and her characters are complex and her world-building astounds.

3. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – I cannot believe it took me so long to read this book. It’s magical realism at its finest and I swoon over all the words. Swoon.

4. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – Shocking. Compelling. Unputdownable. All these are great words to describe this novel. I still marvel that it’s a debut. A debut!

5. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – I feel like this is one of the genre’s best kept secrets. This is the kind of charming fantasy I could do with more of in my life.

6. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee – I love when you give a book a shot that you’re not sure you’re going to mesh with and it ends up being one of your favorites of the year.

7. Windwitch by Susan Dennard – I am fully invested in this fantasy series after reading this sequel. I am crying over the fact that we have to wait until next year for the third book. I’m crying.

8. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – One of the best conclusions of a series I’ve ever read. How do I describe my adoration for Schwab’s series without blubbering? It’s impossible.

9. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – If you’re ever in need of a book that can make you smile with its closing pages, this is the one to reach for. It took me far too long, but now I too am in love with this book.

10. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – It’s probably no surprise that Anna-Marie McLemore ended up on my list twice. Enchanting, sorrowful, and moving, this book is a work of art. My review for this one goes up on the blog tomorrow.

Have you read these books? What was the last five-star book you picked up? 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 Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit.” Hey, I’m back from my hiatus and ready to tackle more Top Ten Tuesday posts. I think we did a similar topic because making this list felt eerily familiar. Hopefully I haven’t just repeated myself with this list. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Wizarding World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – I can’t quite decide if I want to visit Hogwarts or Diagon Alley more, but really I just want to visit the entire wizarding world.

2. Alaka from A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – Yes, this isn’t the safest place to visit, but you can’t deny that it would be so interesting. The gates are made of tongues, but I hear accommodations are lovely.

3. Pemberley from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Ah, to be mistress of Pemberley! I love how Elizabeth describes that every window inside the house captures the beauty of the grounds surrounding it.

4. The Cast Iron from Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – I must visit this club on a show night. Music and magic intertwining and a bit of dancing make this the perfect combination.

5. The Temptation from The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – I’d love to spend some time on this time-traveling ship. Not only would there be amazing lands to discover, but the company’s not so bad either.

6. Le Cirque des Rêves from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This is one of the most magical places I’ve ever read and I would love to visit the various tents.

7. Red London from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I’d love to visit a place where magic is celebrated. The Night Market sounds like an amazing place full of food, magical goods, music, and street mages.

8. The Graveyard from The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Spending a night hanging out with ghosts would be a once in a lifetime experience.

9. La Pradera from Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – These gardens sound so beautiful and enchanting. Really I’d visit any place where the Nomeolvides women have shared their gift.

10. Green Gables from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – From the moment that Anne begins to describe this place, I fell in love. I would love to see green gables through her eyes.

Any of these settings on your list as well? Which fictional world would you most like to visit? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter Releases I’m Dying To Get My Hands On

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 I Want My Future Children to Read.” As you can probably tell by the title of this post, I’m actually tackling a different topic this week and that’s because I’m going on a blogging hiatus starting tomorrow. I won’t be back unto December 3rd which means I’m going to miss November 28th topic, “Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR.” This is a list that I was really looking forward to putting together, so I thought I’d share it this week instead. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West – Publication Date: December 26, 2017

2. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – Publication Date: January 16, 2018

3. Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra – Publication Date: January 23, 2018

4. American Panda by Gloria Chao – Publication Date: February 6, 2018

5. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – Publication Date: February 20, 2018

6. Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza – Publication Date: February 20, 2018

7. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman – Publication Date: February 27, 2018

8. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston – Publication Date: February 27, 2018

9. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – Publication Date: March 6, 2018

10. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Are any of these books on your TBR as well? Do you think it’s too early to preorder these books? Which winter 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: Fictional Leaders I’d Follow Into Any Mischief

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That’s your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?)” I thought I’d have a little fun and for this week’s TTT, I’m listing characters I’d follow into any kind of mischief. These are characters who are natural leaders and despite the fact that their plans might fall apart completely, I’d still follow for the fun of it. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Love Before by Jenny Han – I have such a soft spot for this girl. She kind of reminds me of myself as a teen and despite all her flaws, I’d follow her anywhere.

2. Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – You know those characters who you’d love to be friends with in real life? Simon is one of those.

3. Harry Potter from HP by J.K. Rowling – I’d like to think I’d be the voice of reason among Harry and his friends, but in all honesty, I’d probably partake in a few bad choices along with them.

4. Kami from The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan – Love Kami and her crew. They are always up to something and I also want to be up to that something with them.

5. Sage from The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen – I still need to finish this series, but Sage is so delightfully clever I’d follow after him in a heartbeat.

6. Astrid from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – If I was evil (and not in the I’m going to contemplate ways to dismember you, but in the actual physical removal of your limbs kind of way), I’d follow Astrid into some very nefarious scheming.

7. Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Probably not my best idea, but do you know how much I’d love to be a part of Kaz’s team?

8. Kamala from Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson – What if you also discovered you had superpowers along with Kamala? What if you learned how to control them and balance superhero life alongside her? Where do I sign up?!

9. Zacharias from Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – Humble leaders are hard to come by, which makes Zacharias one of the best.

10. Desi from I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – Desi has already proven herself to be incredibly driven. So what if her ideas about love aren’t the most thought out? I’d still go along for the laughs.

Would you follow any of these characters? Which fictional leader would you follow into mischief? 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 Halloween Flicks

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Halloween Freebie! (Happy Halloween! Let your creativity run wild with a themed post to celebrate!).” As you probably noticed this month, I’m a bit of a fan of Halloween. I’ve been posting Halloween-themed posts all month long and have done my best to pick up as many creepy novels as possible. In order to get myself into the Halloween spirit, I’ve also been watching some horror movies. Here is a list of some of my favorite horror (ish, because some of these are just fun) movies that are perfect for this time of year.

1. Hocus Pocus

I live for this classic movie. I wait all year long for it to be socially acceptable to watch and I just love it. It was one of my favorites as a kid and it still remains so. I already watched this one this month, but I might find an excuse to watch it again before November 1st rolls around (or even after).

2. Halloween

How could I make a list like this without including this classic? I’m not overly fond of any of the sequels or the remake, but this original movie is one of the best horror movies in my opinion. You know I watched this one already, you don’t even need to ask.

3. Beetlejuice

Why do I like this movie so much, it’s so weird. My brother used to hate this movie, but I always enjoyed how odd it was. I only kind of tormented him about it. I felt a strange kind of kinship with Winona Ryder’s Lydia in this one. I kind of still do.

4. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Is it a Halloween movie or is it a Christmas one? Does it really matter when you have an excuse to watch this one for three months out of the year? The music always get to me and I’ve kind of been singing “This is Halloween” since October 1st.

5. The Craft

I think I rewatched this movie last year and I don’t know what it is, but I feel like it really encompasses why I love witches so much. I love the idea of exploring how this kind of power can turn dark and I just need more books that are like this movie.

6. The Conjuring

The Conjuring is one of my all-time favorite horror movies. I’m really picky when it comes to horror films, but this is one that I absolutely love. I’ve watched it multiple times and still get the heebie jeebies. Still haven’t found anyone who wants to play three claps with me, can’t imagine why.

7. Practical Magic

Another witch movie that I love. I’m very aware of this movie’s shortcomings, but yet I still really love it. I’ve heard the book isn’t that great, but if you have any book recommendations that are similar to it, I’m listening.

8. Get Out

I loved this movie so much. There are so many layers and after watching it a second time recently, I might love it even more. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it yet, I strongly recommend that you do.

9. The Shining

Yes, The Shining. This is such a great movie. I’ve never read the book, but I hear it’s quite a bit different. Really, Jack Nicholson makes this one great and I’m very partial to the soundtrack as well.

10. Poltergeist

Are the special effects in this one kind of cheesy now that it’s a thirty-something-year-old movie? Absolutely. Yet I still gravitate toward it this time of year.

Are any of these movies your favorite? Which horror movie do you like to watch around Halloween? Let’s discuss in the comments and leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post, so I can visit!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Long-Winded Titles That Aren’t Necessary But Are Undeniably Charming, Much Like This One — Long-Winded That Is, Maybe Not So Charming

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Unique Book Titles.” I don’t know about you, but next to a pretty cover, the vainest reason I might add a book to my TBR is because I’m absolutely in love with the title. This week I’m sharing some of my favorite long-winded titles because I find nothing more charming than a unique and unnecessarily long title. I have read most of these and the rest I plan to get to soon. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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

2. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Randsom Riggs

4. The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman

5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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6. Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez

7. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

8. The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber

9. The Assimilated Cuban’s Guild to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez

10. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Are you a fan of long-winded titles? Do you have a favorite? Are you planning to add any of these to your TBR based on their charming titles alone (please say yes)? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.