Mon, July 21, 2014

Top 10 Characters I Would Want with Me on a Deserted Island


It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top 10 Characters I Would Want with Me on a Deserted Island

Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor book coverCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare book coverHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling book cover

1. Sky from If I Stay by Jillian Cantor
The girl spent her entire childhood on a deserted island — she can handle this.

2. Clary from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Problem solved: She makes a portal, we get outta there.

3. Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
So let’s say the Clary portal thing doesn’t work, and Neville can’t work his magic to get us rescued any other way…well, then at least he’d come in handy helping to identify edible plants!

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder book coverLegend PBAshes by Ilsa J. Bick book cover

4. Avry from the Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
She’s a healer, so no need to worry about injuries and such.

5. Day from Legend by Marie Lu
I don’t know how he’d come in handy yet, but he’s scrappy so I want him around just in case.

6. Alex from Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
If she can make it through the most intense and violent zombie apocalypse book I’ve ever read, I think she can pretty much handle anything. I like having some tough cookies on my team.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins book coverGraceling by Kristin Cashore book coverThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins book cover

7. Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Say things don’t work out with Clary and Neville. Well, then, maybe Cricket can invent something to get us help!

8. Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
For her combat skills! Maybe to help us fight off wildlife?

9. Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Ditto for Po, plus awww we can’t separate the love birds! That’d be too unromantic of me. So Po gets to come too.

10. Peeta from The Hunger Games
He’s got the survival thing down pat, plus he can cook me bread. MMMM BREAD.

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Mon, June 16, 2014

Top 10 Books on My Summer Reading List


It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top 10 Books on My Summer Reading List

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead book coverIlsa and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins book coverSinner by Maggie Stiefvater book cover

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #5 OMG SYDRIAN)
Ilsa and the Happily Every After by Stephanie Perkins (Anna & The French Kiss #3. Can. Not. Wait.)
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5 — WOLVES!)

Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt book coverDissonance by Erica O'Rourke book coverBreathe Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally book cover

Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt (gotta throw some summer romance into the mix!)
Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke (oooh, multiple realities)
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally (Hundred Oaks #5. Because my name is in the book title, yes, my family/husband call me Annie)

The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder book coverThe Unfinished Life of Addison Stone book cover

The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder (I <3 her writing)
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin (sounds insanely unique)

Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner book coverA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall book cover

Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner (I hate sister books, but I adored her last novel so I’m excited anyway!)
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall (and one more romance to round out the list ’cause, who are we kidding, this is me)

Now, lucky little me has my grubby little paws on Sinner, Through to You, Dissonance and The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, so those will be next on my to-read list. For the rest, I cannot wait till they’re in bookstores!

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Tue, June 10, 2014

Top 10 Books I’ve Read So Far This Year


It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top 10 Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

I’ve read 82 books so far this year (click here to see the full list) and, in no particular order, these are my top 10 to date:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han book coverSince You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson book coverLove Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira book cover

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord book coverHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas book coverKiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson book cover

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (review to come!)
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (review to come!)

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare book coverInfinite by Jodi Meadows book cover

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (review to come!)
Infinite by Jodi Meadows

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick book coverFixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler book cover

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler (review to come!)

GAHHH so hard to narrow down!!! What are the best books you’ve read so far? Have you read any of these?

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Mon, June 2, 2014

Top 10 YA Beach Reads This Summer


It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top 10 Books That Should Be in Your Beach Bag

Every summer, the top books in my beach bag are contemporary reads. Something about summer screams beaches and best friends and romance and all things realistically great to me. This year, my top beach picks are all new or upcoming releases this summer — to help you keep your summer reading fresh!

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson book coverTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han book coverWhat I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick book cover

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson | read my review
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | read my review
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick | read my review

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord book coverOn the Fence by Kasie West book coverWish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae book cover

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord | read my review
On the Fence by Kasie West
Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae | read my review

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart book coverThe Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes book cover

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | read my review
The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes | read my review

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas book coverBright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt book cover

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas | read my review
Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt | read my review

I’ve read and enjoyed all of these, and hope you do too. Happy summer reading!

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Tue, May 20, 2014

Top 10 Books About Friendship


It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top 10 Books About Friendship

I thought this list was going to be a toughie…but I came up with these books — all featuring lovely friendships — quite quickly and had to viciously chop it down to 10, chosen for the variety in friendships they represent:

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson book coverThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares book coverCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein book cover

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson | read my review
Love the takeaways on friendship at the end of the book

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
ALWAYS the prime example of friendship books and how they those relationships evolve and/or expand over time

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein | read my review
The friendship in this one slays me

Speechless by Hannah Harrington Updated CoverHow to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford  book coverWill Grayson Will Grayson book cover

Speechless by Hannah Harrington | read my review
This one does a great job of showing toxic vs. uplifting friendships

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford | read my review
Heartbreaking platonic love

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan| read my review
Tiny Will Grayson + Original Will Grayson = BFFs 4eva and I love it

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor book coverVampire Academy by Richelle Mead book cover

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor | read my review
Brutal! Made me want to hug my bestie

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead | read my review
Rose and Lissa are a great example of loyalty & self-sacrifice in friendship

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord book coverHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling book cover

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord | read my review
A sweet lady friendship where disloyalty is never an option

The entire Harry Potter series
Need I say more? The bravery and loyalty and trust shown in this series is epic

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