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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

20 Jun

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I decided to focus on YA series and specifically chose series that I’ve never started – there are so many series that I start and then abandon at a later date. I’m notorious for stopping in the middle of trilogies as it’s difficult, in my opinion, to write a strong trilogy in which all the books are equally well written. For my job, I often start a series to at least get the idea of the storyline, but often won’t continue through a series unless it’s something I really enjoy. And I hate reading a series that hasn’t been completely written yet. Because, even when I love the first book, I usually forget everything about the book by the time the next title is published and it’s my choice of either spending the time to re-read the first title or reading the second and not remembering enough of the first story to really enjoy it. So, needless to say, I don’t often finish series, but these are titles that I haven’t read at all!

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  2. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  4. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  5. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  6. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  8. Gone by Michael Grant
  9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would

21 Feb

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I chose to focus on series, either the first or subsequent books that I just couldn’t get into.  Trilogies are m kryptonite – I’ll love the first one and then I’m usually disappointed with book two or three.

  1. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
  2. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  3. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  4. The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett
  5. The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  6. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
  7. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  8. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  9. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  10. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

Top Ten Tuesday:Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read

17 Jan

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  1. Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
    A novel about what it’s like to want the best for someone else, but also feeling guilty for wanting something for yourself.
  2. The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
    A historical fiction, mystery novel about the first female detective for the Pinkerton Agency in 1859 – she might even have the chance to save Lincoln’s life!
  3. The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon
    The perfect book for those looking for adventure in a fun and quirky package!
  4. The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore
    Firefly Lane is the perfect utopian society until Ilana moves in, then the kids start asking questions…
  5. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
    Corinne’s story is rooted in Caribbean folklore – a great story for those who love fracture fairy tales and fairy tales re-done.
  6. Last in a Long Ling of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre
    Lou learns about her family’s past as she tries to save her family’s home from being condemned – a story that doesn’t shy away from slavery, racism and prejudice both in the past and in present time.
  7. The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
    A story that spans generations – this is a beautiful story of friendship among the most unlikely of people.
  8. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer
    Randi Rhodes is not only a ninja but also a detective and she’ll need all her wits about her to save the Founder’s Day Festival and her small town.
  9. The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey
    Another folktale-esque story of a peasant girl and a princess who are charged with a quest to cure Aon’s sadness, but prevent the fall of monarchy at the same time.
  10. The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers
    Brine Seaborne (best name ever) has a past that she can’t remember, but with the help of an obnoxious apprentice, Peter, some pirates and a little bit of magic, she may discover who her parents are or they’ll be eaten by sea monsters – either one!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Bookish

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/12/16

12 Dec

21416690I am so proud of myself – I actually got some serious reading done this week!  I read The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly, which was awesome.  Check out my review here! And then I started an adult novel – I know! I actually voluntarily picked up an adult novel that sounded interesting to me.  It’s called The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman and it’s so fun – as Goodreads describes it “think Doctor Who with librarian spies” and it’s also compared to Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series.  It’s fun and intriguing and I’m about half way through it right now.

This upcoming week is my last full work week before Christmas with a few evening meetings, so we’ll see how much reading I get to.  I’m hoping to finish The Invisible Library and I just put on hold The Reader by Traci Chee, a YA novel that I’ve heard a lot about and can’t wait to get my hands on! What are you reading?


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/5/16

5 Dec

9969571After posting every day for Picture Book Month, I now have to come up with my own content again! At least today is easy, check out the hashtag #IMWAYR on Twitter to see what others are reading this week! I always end up adding a bunch of books to my TBR list on Monday.

Having a (not-so) new job has greatly hindered the amount of reading time I have.  I’ve never spent a lot of time reading at work unless it was prepping for a program, but learning the ins and outs of this new job has taken its toll on me.  I get home at night and I’m utterly exhausted (it doesn’t help that it’s pitch black when I get home either), so sadly reading hasn’t been a priority lately.  But, I finally got around to reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  I borrowed this book from a friend back in August and I finally got around to reading it this past week – it was super nerdy and awesome! Granted, it would have probably been even more awesome if I was about 5 years older or had played video games in my youth, but even with those factors, I still really enjoyed it. This is one of those books you can give a gamer and almost guarantee they’ll love!

This upcoming week, I have a few days off (trying to use up my vacation days before the end of the year), so hopefully I’ll have a little more time to read! I’ve got The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly at the top of my TBR pile this week which I’m really excited to get into and I’ve placed a bunch of stuff on hold, we’ll see what shows up on my desk at work!


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

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