Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, as always hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is “Top Ten Book that will make you Swoon”.

The definition of swoon is “to be overwhelmed by ecstatic joy” (or “to faint”, but I think I like the ecstatic joy thing better).  So if you need a little more ecstatic joy in your reading life, check out these books:

1 & 2. Attachments  and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

Attachments   Fangirl

When I think Ecstatic Joy, I think Rainbow Rowell. It is impossible to not feel happy when reading her books. Things may go awry, but they always end up great. Her characters are amazing.

3. The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins

The Next Best Thing

Ok, so I could put every Kristan Higgins book on this list, but I’ll stick with one. Though there is a lot of sadness in this book, there is also so much joy. I love the characters, the romance, the writing.

4. & 5. Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.

Anna and the French Kiss   Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

While I have my issues with these books, they are adorable and sweet and fun. Ecstatic Joy-worthy.

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

This book is just so beautifully written. I’m in awe of it.

7. The Lux Series by Jennifer Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

Her writing is fun, her characters are great. You just can’t help feeling the joy with JLA books.

8. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

I just loved everything about this book. The writing was so witty and fun. Even though there were lots of unfortunate things going on for the characters, there were so many other times I just couldn’t keep the smile off my face.

9. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

Ok, so there are obviously trials and tribulations in this book, but there’s so much emotion as well. Warner definitely give me ecstatic joy in this book. And the fact that it ended the series so well!

10. I’ve got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I've Got Your Number

There’s so much adorable and happy about this book.

What books make you swoon?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names I Love/Unusual Character Names

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish are Character Names I Love/Unusual Character Names.  I’m going to split these up between the two.

NAMES I LOVE

1. Magnus Bane – The Mortal Instruments series

2. Augustus Waters – The Fault in Our Stars

3. Étienne St. Clair – Anna and the French Kiss

4. Dimitri Belikov – The Vampire Academy

5. Adrian Ivashkov – The Vampire Academy / Bloodlines (I apparently have a thing for Russian names)

6. West Grayer – Dualed

UNUSUAL NAMES

7. Cricket Bell – Lola and the Boy Next Door

8. Penryn Young- Angelfall

9. Renesmee Cullen – Breaking Dawn

10. Plutarch Heavensbee – Catching Fire/Mockingjay

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I was “forced” to read

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is about required reading books, book club picks, books for your job or those books that it simply feels like other readers were going to tie you down until you read it.

I’m choosing to go with books that I “had” to read because of glowing reviews.

1. The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I saw this on so many sites and blogs and finally felt like I didn’t have a choice but to read it. And I loved it.

2. Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Divergent by Vernoica Roth. This one was actually recommended by a co-worker and I devoured it.

3.  The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It seemed like everyone in the world had read, loved, and cried over this book. I finally joined them.

4. Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Another one where it seems like every blogger I read raved about it.

5. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

6. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

Angelfall by Susan Ee. This one was actually recommended by my sister.

7. Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This is another one that was recommended by the co-worker who recommended Divergent.

That’s all I can think of at the moment. What books are you glad you were “forced” to read?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d love to see as a tv show or movie

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is top ten books you’d like to see as a tv show or movie.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

1. Divergent. Yes I know this is going to be a movie, but it would be a great tv show. Action, romance, intrigue. And I would love to recast some of the characters.

2. The Night Circus. As either a movie or tv show. If the special effects are awesome and not cheesy. This would be amazing to see on screen.

Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder, #1)

3. The Kate Burkholder series. There was a Lifetime movie based off the first book, but it was pretty horrible. A little recasting and new writers and it would be a great serial/procedural.

4. The Passing Bells. Pretty much everything I read about this series compares it to Downton Abbey. I’ve never seen Downton Abbey, but this would probably have the same type of mass appeal. And Fenton Wood-Lacey and Martin Rilke in person? Sigh.

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

5. The Lux series. Teenage aliens. Perfect for the CW.

6. The Mortal Instruments. Enough humor, romance, action, and surprises to make this a long running series. And I would love the opportunity to recast from the movie.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

7. Shatter Me. Juliet, Adam, Warner. This could be paired with the Lux series on the CW and be the best night of tv.

8. A Voice in the Wind. Action, faith, romance. This book has a little bit for everyone.

Gone Girl

9. Gone Girl. Yes, this is going to be a movie, but it has enough potential to be a series. And there’s ton of opportunity to add to Amy and Nick’s backstory.

10. Anna and the French Kiss. This would be an adorable little show on ABC Family.

Monday’s Minutes

Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post about what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.

WHAT I’M READING

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

What I think so far: What is up with Perkins and cheaters? Like the first book in the series, this books is about a couple that obviously want to be together, but one of them is in a relationship they aren’t ready to give up. This time it’s our main character, Lola. I find Lola to be less relatable and sympathetic than I found Anna in the first book, but overall I still like her. And I love, love, love Cricket Bell. And this is pretty much just as adorable as Anna and the French Kiss.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl comes out tomorrow! I usually don’t rush to buy new books (unless they’re long awaited next installments in a series), but I am in some desperate need of a little Rainbow Rowell.

What are you reading?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – 3.5 stars (out of 5)

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

In turns I adored and was exasperated by Anna and the French Kiss. I read so many glowing reviews of this series that I decided I just finally had to read it. I don’t want to say it disappointed me, but it didn’t quite live up to the hype, either.

Let’s start with what I didn’t like:

-The romantic hero of the story, Etienne St. Clair, is in a relationship. A crappy relationship, but still a relationship. And every cute, adorable moment between him and Anna is basically him cheating on his girlfriend.

-As in all YA, I need to remind myself to have patience with the characters. Anna is, after all, a teenager. While I liked her character, she did a great deal of vastly immature things that just drove me crazy.

-There was not enough Meredith for me. Meredith is Anna’s first friend at her new school and she brings Anna into her circle of friends. But after that, she’s kind of pushed to the background.

Ok, now let’s focus on the good stuff:

-Despite not enough Meredith, the core group of friends: Anna, St. Clair, Meredith, Josh, and Rashmi were pretty well developed. YA usually ends up focusing on just the two main characters and maybe a best friend, but Perkins spent time developing the entire group – how they interact as a whole and how they interact individually with Anna.

-Even though Anna had those many immature moments, by the end of the book she recognizes her mistakes and grows from them, which is always nice to see in a YA book.

-St. Clair is adorable. He’s the “everybody’s friend” type of guy and is caring and funny. He’s also a bit of a tortured soul, having an abusive father and a sick mother. This home situation  is supposed to help us all forgive him for his inability to make a decision regarding his girlfriend, Ellie, and Anna. I felt like that’s a little bit of a cop out, but again, he’s a teenage boy, so a little slack must be given. And the situation with his parents give his character a little more emotional depth and also helps him connect with Anna, who has similar daddy issues.

-Anna and St. Clair’s growing relationship is (overlooking the whole St. Clair cheating on his girlfriend part) just so adorable, as well. There are just so many cute moments between them. It’s not insta-love like so many books are, but a friendship that develops into more. The feelings of uncertainty and the excitement of something as innocent of a brush of the legs feels organic and realistic.

“St. Clair coughs and shifts again. His leg brushes against mine. It stays there. I’m paralyzed. I should move it; it feels too unnatural. How can he not notice his leg is touching my leg? From the corner of my eyes, I see the profile of his chin and nose, and -oh, dear God- the curve of his lips. There. He glanced at me. I know he did.”

“Do I see the same St. Clair everyone else does? I don’t think so. But, I could be mistaking our friendship for something more, because I want to mistake it for something more.”

-I enjoyed Perkins writing. This book was written in Anna’s 1st person POV and we all I know I love 1st person. The characters are likable and relatable. The dialogue is smart and funny. And she takes what could be a very clichéd story of first love and breathes new life into it, with an interesting setting and secondary storylines.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It’s a light, easy read and just so adorable. I already downloaded the next book in the series, Lola and the Boy Next Door from the library to read next. I would recommend Anna and the French Kiss to all those who enjoy light, and fun YA.