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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Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Mothers and Mother-Figures I Love

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Mother’s Day related Freebie: favorite moms in literature, books about motherhood, best mother/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your mom, worst moms in literature, etc. etc.” Having just written for last week’s Top Ten Tuesday post that I’d like to see more mothers in books (and specifically YA fiction), this week I had a hard time coming up with enough literary mothers to fill my list, so I’ve elected to include mother-figures as well and a few non-literary ones just to shake things up a bit.

1. Molly Weasley – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I expect Molly Weasley to be on nearly everyone’s list this week. Besides being an amazing mother to her kids, Molly was also a wonderful mother-figure to Harry.

2. Lisa Carter – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I’d really like to see more parents in contemporary YA novels. Starr’s parents are so supportive and are among my favorite literary parents.

3. Maura Sargent – The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue never knew her father, but her mother Maura gave her more than enough love.

4. Marilla Cuthbert – Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Marilla was never exactly motherly, but bless this woman for having to put up with Anne Shirley and all her drama.

5. Ari’s Mother – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I’m totally drawing a blank on Ari’s mother’s name. Is she given one? Someone tell me! Ari and his mother’s scenes were some of my very favorites in this novel.

6. Rachel Morgan – Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Cammie Morgan’s mother is all kinds of awesome. She’s a former CIA agent and current headmistress of a secret spy school for girls. What’s not to love?

7. Peg Boggs – Edward Scissorhands

This is one of my favorite movies and Peg has got to be one of the sweetest onscreen mothers ever.

8. Sally Jackson – Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I’ve only read the first two books in this series, so I don’t know where this character’s arc goes throughout the series, but she used Medusa’s head to turn her good-for-nothing husband into a statue, so you got to respect her.

9. Claire Glass – The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan

You know what I like? Flawed characters and Kami’s mother Claire makes a lot of mistakes, but she loves her family and it’s hard to blame her for trying to keep them safe.

10. The Widow – Into the Badlands

I wasn’t sure how I felt about The Widow in the beginning of the first season, but we’re now into season two and I love her so much!!! All the mothers-nay, all the women on this show are incredible in their own way. Why aren’t you watching it?

Who is your favorite literary mother? Do you have a favorite fictional mother from television or the movies? 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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