Top Ten Tuesday: Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to read more

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More. I’m going to broaden the topic a bit and also include authors I’ve only read one SERIES by. I have a tendency to binge read when I find a new author I like, so it’s a little more difficult to find an author I’ve read only one book from.

The Fever

1. Megan Abbott.
Book Read: The Fever
This book wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was well written and I enjoyed it. I’d like to give her other books a try.

All the Truth That's in Me

2. Julie Berry
Book Read: All the Truth that’s in Me
I really loved this book and it’s style. I definitely need more Julie Berry in my life

Secrets of Eden

3. Chris Bohjalian
Book Read: Secrets of Eden
I read this book before I became a super reader and it was so different from anything I’d read before. (*SPOILER ALERT* Unreliable Narrators!! *SPOILER ALERT OVER*) While I didn’t love the story, Bohjalian’s writing was great and I’d like to see what else he can do.

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

4. Sarah Rees Brennan
Books Read: Unspoken, Untold
I just discovered the Lynburn Legacy earlier this year and fell in love. I love how the characters are written. I need more!

The Fault in Our Stars

5. John Green
Book Read: The Fault in our Stars
Everybody loves John Green and I’ve only made it through this book.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

6. Jenny Han
Book Read: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
This story was all kinds of adorable. I’ve heard her others are similarly so.

Maybe Someday

7. Colleen Hoover
Book Read: Maybe Someday
While I didn’t love Maybe Someday as much as everyone else seems to, but I’d like to try more from Hoover.

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)

8. Kiersten White
Books Read: Mind Games, Perfect Lies
I loved the Mind Games duology so, so much. I definitely need to read more from Kiersten White!

212 (Ellie Hatcher, #3)

9. Alafair Burke
Book Read: 212
I really enjoyed this book. It was a free ebook when I got it and it’s the third book in a series. I’ve always wanted to go back and read the beginning.

The Essence (The Pledge, #2)

10. Kimberly Derting
Books Read: The Pledge, The Essence, The Offering
While this isn’t my favorite series, I did enjoy it and would like to try more of Derting.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THE ABOVE AUTHORS? WHAT AUTHORS DO YOU NEED TO READ MORE FROM?

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Classic Books

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Favorite Classic Books (however you define classic) or Top Ten Classics I Want To Read (or spin it some other way…”classics” in a specific genre?)

I’ve decided to twist it a bit with FUTURE YA CLASSICS – YA books that will be referred to in the future for sparking the popularity of Young Adult literature today.

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Come on, you’ve all read it. Whether you loved it or hated it (or loved it until you hated it), it was the beginning of the YA revolution in pop culture. It was actually this book that got me back into reading several years ago, after years or not reading more than a book (or less) a year.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This series has taken the world by storm. My whole family (including my parents in their sixties and my brother in his twenties) has read and loved this series. (Fun fact: my sister also works on the Jabberjays.net fansite.) With themes of family, loyalty, courage, corruption, and justice it’s a timeless read.

The Fault in Our Stars

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This generation’s star-crossed lovers.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. A new twist on already classic fairytales.

Eleanor & Park

5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. This beautifully written provocative story has already faced controversy and book banning. It’s tale of young love amidst the hardships of life is certain to live on for many generations.

That’s all I got for now! My Top Tens are Top fivess lately, but that’s ok. What books do you think should be added to this list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I read because of the Blogging Community

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is a freebie week where we can pick our own topic. I’ve decided to go with the Top Ten Books I read because of the Blogging Community. Perhaps my favorite thing about blogging is all the books I’ve discovered from reading other blogs. I wish I could remember who the blogger was that made me read these books, but I just can’t remember. So know, whoever you are, I thank you.

The Night Circus

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)  Untold (The Lynburn Legacy, #2)

2 & 3. Unspoken and Untold (The Lynburn Legacy) by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

4. The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

5. Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo.

Storm (Elemental, #1)

6. The Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer.

The Fault in Our Stars

7. The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

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

8. Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins

Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1)

9. The Alaskan Courage series by Dani Pettrey

My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door, #1)

10. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

What books have other bloggers inspired you to read????

 

 

2013 Year in Review


So I started out 2013 with a goal to read 25 books. I kept adding 10 to my goal and finally stopped extending it when I got to 85. I ended up reading 169 books (though there’s still a few days left so this number could go up by one or two). I thought I’d call attention to some of my favorites – and my not so favorites.

FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR – MYSTERY/SUSPENSE: LINWOOD BARCLAY

Never Look Away  No Time for Goodbye  The Accident

Linwood Barclay is not a new author, but I just discovered him this year. So far I’ve only read the above 3 books, but they were all consistently good. It’s not just great mystery. He writes really great, relatable characters, too.

FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR – ROMANCE: KRISTAN HIGGINS

The Next Best Thing   The Best Man (Blue Heron #1)   All I Ever Wanted   Just One of the Guys

I read Just One of the Guys early in the year because it was a free nook book and I enjoyed it. I recently just went on a Kristan Higgins splurge and read every book that she has published. They all pretty closely follow the same outline, but I love them all. I love her character development – particularly her “flashback” style of writing -, her quirky secondary characters, and that it’s romance without being erotic.

FAVORITE RETURNING AUTHOR: RAINBOW ROWELL

Fangirl

Ok, I’m going to share a very unpopular opinion. I did not love Eleanor and Park. It was only just ok for me. But I still love you Rainbow Rowell! And she gave me another excellent book to read this year in Fangirl. Cath and Levi. Sigh.

FAVORITE COUPLE (ADULT): MARTIN RILKE & IVY THAXTON RILKE

The Passing Bells (Passing Bells, #1)

I don’t think I can ever say enough how much I love Martin Rilke.  He and Ivy were my favorite characters in The Passing Bells and I absolutely loved them together.

FAVORITE COUPLE (YA): DAEMON & KATY

Onyx (Lux, #2)

Of course this has to be Daemon and Katy from Lux. They’re sarcastic and adorable.

BEST CHARACTER GROWTH: JOHN TOMASETTI

Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder, #1)

Tomasetti of the Kate Burkholder series starts off as a barely functioning alcoholic and prescription drug addict that’s just hanging on to his job and recovering from the murder of his wife and daughters. Throughout the series he sobers up (more or less), returns to being the agent he once was, and becomes the stable one in his relationship with Kate.

FAVORITE CAST OF CHARACTERS: THE RAVEN BOYS

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

Gansey, Adam, Ronan, Noah, and Blue. I love the interactions between this group. What really draws me into this series is the characters. I wish I would’ve come up with them.

BEST FREE BOOK: BACK ON MURDER

Back on Murder (A Roland March Mystery, #1)

I discovered The Roland March series by J. Mark Bertrand because the first in the series was a free nook book at Barnes and Noble (you can get it for FREE here). Bertrand is a solid writer and I gave all three books in this series 4 stars.

FAVORITE NEW SERIES (YA): LUX

Obsidian (Lux, #1)  Onyx (Lux, #2) Opal (Lux, #3)  Origin (Lux, #4)

I’ve probably mentioned Jennifer Armentrout and her Lux series in this blog more than any other author or series. I love the writing, the characters, the banter, the mysteries, and the action.

FAVORITE NEW SERIES (ADULT): THE KATE BURKHOLDER SERIES

Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder, #1)  Pray for Silence (Kate Burkholder, #2)  Breaking Silence (Kate Burkholder, #3)  Gone Missing (Kate Burkholder, #4)  Long Lost (Kate Burkholder #4.5)Her Last Breath (Kate Burkholder, #5)

I have to say that part of me loves this series because it’s based in Holmes County, Ohio – not far from where I grew up. But I also love the characters and the mystery.

LIVED UP TO THE HYPE: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

The Fault in Our Stars

I did not believe that The Fault in our Stars would make me cry. I was wrong. But it was also sarcastic and funny and wonderful.

DIDN’T LIVE UP TO THE HYPE: THE SILENT WIFE

The Silent Wife

I kept reading things about how this was this summer’s Gone Girl. It was not. It took me about a month to finally finish it.

MOST DISAPPOINTING SEQUEL: THE ELITE

The Elite (The Selection, #2)

This book actually made me angry. I really enjoyed the first book, but this one was just horrible. America becomes unbearably annoying. Aspen is a doormat. Maxon is a dick. And the rebel subplot… Here’s hoping the end of the series makes up for this book.

MOST DISAPPOINTING END OF A SERIES – RUNNER-UP: REQUIEM

Requiem (Delirium, #3)

Ugh. This story went so down hill for me in this book. The love triangle in Requiem‘s is the reason I hate them. And though Lena’s choice is obvious, she never actually “picks” him. And half the book was given to Hanna’s POV, who I could not care less about (seriously – I can’t even tell how much I DON’T care about Hanna). I felt like the end was left open for future books instead of concluding the story of Lena. It turned into an obvious and poorly done social commentary on how we need to love.

MOST DISAPPOINTING END OF A SERIES: ALLEGIANT

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

I was soooo disappointed by this book. I didn’t think it was possible for an ending to disappoint me more than Requiem did, but this one really took the cake. While Allegiant wraps things up in a way Requiem does not, I was still more disappointed with it because I loved this series so much and was so, so expecting it to be amazing. It wasn’t just the fact that I didn’t agree with the ending. It was just poorly done.

FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR – RUNNER UP: UNRAVEL ME

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)

I loved the first book in this series and this one got even better. And even though I hate to admit it, the love triangle in this book actually works. I don’t feel like there’s a clear choice for Juliette and I get that she has feelings for both of them because I have feelings for both of them. Just when I’ve decided I’m Team Warner, she runs into Adam and I suddenly feel conflicted. Because of course I’m Team Adam. But then there’s Warner…

FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR: THE NIGHT CIRCUS

The Night Circus

This wasn’t at all what I was expecting it to be. It’s super descriptive which I don’t usually like, but it was done so beautifully in this book that I loved it. The emotional connection I felt to these characters were greater than any others I’ve read this year.

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?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – 4 stars (out of 5)

The Fault in Our Stars

Synopsis from Good Reads:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

So every review I have ever read about this book is how it will make you bawl your eyes out. And I thought to myself, challenge accepted. I do not, as a general rule, cry at entertainment. I’m not saying it’s never happened, but it’s a very rare occurrence. Of the 122 books I have read so far this year, there has been exactly one that made me cry. A little. And then I read The Fault in Our Stars.

The tone is almost immediately set as irreverent and funny and I thought it would be easy to make it through this book if this is how it is written. And it retains that tone throughout the book, though it’s quieter in the last third or so of the story.

My biggest complaint is that the characters were all a bit pretentious. I’m not saying they haven’t earned the right to be (even as I write that, all I think is “Cancer Perk”), but it was a little over the top sometimes. Especially the author of their favorite book, who I understand is supposed to be insufferable, but was almost too insufferable to read at times. Even so, I loved both Hazel and Augustus. I liked how their relationship started out as friendship. I liked how sarcastic they were, but that they also had moments of intense seriousness. I also really liked their newly dumped and blinded friend, Isaac.

I don’t have personal experience with people who have cancer. My grandfather had cancer, but he was only in the hospital for a week before he passed and we didn’t even get a diagnosis until the night before he did. So I don’t know if this story is a realistic portrayal, but I feel like it could be. It seemed honest and relatable and real. And it was heartbreaking.

Overall, I really liked this book. Even though it made me ugly cry in the last few chapters.  The characters were likable (despite their bouts of pretentiousness) and the writing was superb. I would recommend this book to just about anyone. Just make sure to read it at home and not at work on your lunch break. People will worry.

Monday’s Minutes

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

WHAT I’M READING

The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones, #1)

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

So far I’m a little disappointed with The Hallowed Ones. The pace is a little slow. The creepy parts thus far could be a little creepier. But, it’s still an intriguing mixture of genres: vampire horror and Amish fiction. I’m hoping the pace speeds up a bit and that it reaches it’s potential.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

The Silent Wife  The Fault in Our Stars  An Untamed Heart

I’m still trying to read The Silent Wife. I really want to finish it since I got it from NetGalley, but it’s been hard. I’m about 100 pages in and not interested enough in it to keep my attention from wandering to something else, like The Hallowed Ones. The Fault in Our Stars has finally become available as an e-book at my library. I’ve heard great things about this book and am eager to start it. An Untamed Heart is another NetGalley I was approved for.

Resist (Breathe, #2)

I’m also looking forward to reading Resist, the sequel and conclusion of Breathe, that comes out tomorrow.

What are you reading?