Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Villains

Hello Dear Readers!

I fell off the blogging wagon, but I’m happy to be back on! And what better way to hop back on the wagon than by posting a fun Top Ten Tuesday post!

Today I’m going to talk to you about my top ten favorite villains. Truth be told, the villains are often times my most favorite characters. While I always root for good over evil, I can’t help but have a soft spot for those dark, evil characters. Not only am I going to share with you my top villains, but I’ll also give a brief explanation as to why I included them because some villains aren’t always obvious.

Catherine/Queen of Hearts (Heartless by Marissa Meyer) – Catherine, the future Queen of Hearts is on this list because, even though she doesn’t necessarily start out as a villain, I loved to read and witness as the reader the progression of her downward spiral into someone evil.

Carden (The Cruel Prince by Holly Black) – Carden is unabashedly cruel and evil to his very core. He makes no qualms about that, and I really loved how sinister yet how emotionally complex he is as a character.

Hollowgasts (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs) – These are the creatures in which nightmares are made of.

Anna (Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake) – Anna is a ghost who takes revenge on anyone who enters her house. She mysterious. She’s complex. And she’s chilling! All characteristics that make her a perfect villain.

Umbridge (Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling) – Yes, I know Lord Voldemort is, like, the ultimate villain, but in my opinion,  Umbridge wasn’t too far behind. She was pure evil.

Teacher (The Girl From the Other Side (Manga Series) by Nagabe )- If you haven’t read this manga, let me explain this, I personally DO NOT consider Teacher to be evil or a villain in any way. But I included this character on this list because I love how he’s portrayed as being inherently evil when in reality he is quite the opposite. He’s the kind of character that shows readers the importance of not judging based on looks and perceptions.

The Wasp Queen (The Nest by Kenneth Oppel) – Any insect that turns on a human is a villain in my book!

The Monster (A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness) – Even I feel this is an odd one to include on this list. Personally I loved the Monster in this book. Even though monsters are generally the bad guys, I think we all have them and we all have to face them.

Rosa (My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbelestier) – Rosa is the quiet kind of evil that creeps up slowly from behind, and strikes when you least expect it. As a character I feared her, but even knowing just how evil she was I couldn’t help but want to figure out this complex character.

The Jersey Devil (The Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow) – As a girl who is born and raised in Jersey, the lore that surrounds are most famous devil is always one that I love.

(All images from GoodReads)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Popular Books that Live Up the Hype

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post.)

Hello Readers!

Sometimes we can’t help giving in to all the hype. Even I fall prey to the hype sometimes. Today, I’m talking about the top ten (popular) books that I feel live up to the hype.

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books With Sensory Reading Memories

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post.)

Hello Readers,

When I first saw this topic admittedly I was unsure.  Not because of the topic itself, but because I really had to think about what books have the strongest memories attached to them. I’ve read a lot, and many books that I have many memories attached to them. It’s hard to narrow it down to just ten books. But I feel like I’ve managed to pick the ones that are the best of the best!

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – I’ve always considered myself a bigger girl. And I’ve ALWAYS been okay with that. As a reader, I’ve met a lot of main characters. And even though on an emotional level I can easily identify with my favorite characters, physically I don’t see myself. That is until I met Willowdean. I clearly remember I was reading Dumplin’ on a hot summer day, while at the beach, and thinking at that moment that I couldn’t have been prouder to be a plus size girl. I felt that for the first time, I saw myself – not within the sidekick, or the object of bullying – but within someone who is center stage. Because of this, Dumplin’ will ALWAYS hold a very special place in my heart.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – After reading author Rowell’s debut, Eleanor & Park, I quickly because obsessed with her writing and was full-fledged fan from that moment on. So a few years ago when it was announced that she’d be at Book Expo America (which I would be attending)  and signing a limited amount of advanced copies I knew I had to get my hands on one. Well the day came and it was absolute chaos. Lines were formed, masses assembled, and when the tickets were finally given out it was a sea of people. I swore that I would NOT get one of these tickets. But I had an advantage over a lot of other people: I’m short. I somehow managed to make my way up to the front (sorry to all those people I probably cut!) and score a ticket! Because of this memory, Fangirl is still one of my favorite books!

Beautiful Broken Hearts by Kami Garcia – After last year’s Book Expo, fellow blogger and in real life bff Miss Print made me her plus one to the Fierce Reads Cocktail Party. I seriously cannot thank her enough for this!  Even though I’m not much of a party kind of gal (let’s be honest,  I do prefer to stay home or hang out with a very small group of friends)  I was excited. Well, to say the least I felt a bit out of my element.  And very awkward. So when one of the very lovely publicists asked me which author I’d like to meet, I blurted out Kami Garcia. Well she brought Kami over and we talked easily the whole event. We mainly talked about books (obviously) but specifically we talked about her (then) upcoming book, Beautiful Broken Hearts. She told me about the research she did, the writing process, and why she was writing this book. When I recently read it I instantly flashed back to that moment, and it made my reading experience so much better.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Before I say anything, let me say this: when I finally read this book it quickly became a favorite. With that said … when I first started reading Miss Peregrine’s I was in the midst of a mini road trip with my two best friends. We decided to pass time we’d listen to this on audio. The point of this story isn’t that I didn’t enjoy the audio version, but that this book will always remind me of my two best friends and how much fun we had on that trip.

Falling in Love With English Boys by Melissa Jenson – This book reminds me of my first overseas trip to London. London has always been a place I’ve dreamed of going. So when I made that a reality, to get even more excited about my upcoming trip, I decided to read a book that was set in London. I randomly picked this one. I really enjoyed this book as a whole, but I love the fact that it reminds me of my trip to London.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – I came to the Hunger Games series much later than most of the fans. Or at least it feels that way. I read the first book a few months before the last book in this trilogy was released. When I first read The Hunger Games I was instantly hooked. I connected with the book on a different level, and I can’t necessarily explain why. But that first book doesn’t hold as many memories for me as the last one – Mockingjay – does. You see, the reason why Mockingjay is so special to me is because I went to a midnight release with Miss Print and even though it was a very long night, it was a really great one. Not only did I get the book handed to me, but I also had the chance to hear author Suzanne Collins read the first chapter. It was truly a great memory.

Tithe by Holly Black – When I first decided to become a librarian, specifically a youth services librarian, I went to my (semi) local library and I scoped out the budding YA section. One of the first books I pulled from the shelve was Tithe. I didn’t know anything about it or the person who wrote it. Honestly, I pulled it off the shelf simply because I liked the cover. I took it home and when I finally picked it up and gobbled this book up. I loved it. And from that moment on I was a Holly Black fan through and through!

Ruby by Francesca Lia Block – Besides Tithe, Ruby was another book I pulled off the YA shelf at the library when I first decided that I wanted to be a librarian. Before this, I previously read one other Francesca Lia Block, Violet & Claire, and I loved it (so much so I’ve re-read it several times). Even though I didn’t love this one as much,  I remember that day in the library. I remember pulling it off the shelf. And I remember wondering what it would be like to be the librarian who hands someone his or her next favorite book.

Possess by Gretchen McNeil – There’s a whole lot I love about this book. I love that it’s a YA book about demonic possession. I love that the main character, a strong female teen, has the ability to exorcise demons out of those who are possessed. These are just a few of the reasons why this book is special to me. But another reason why it’s special to me and holds a memory is because it was the first advanced copy I ever received as a book blogger.

Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando – When this book was first published Miss Print suggested that we go to the signing. I went not knowing much besides it sounded like a book I would want to read. I read it soon after and to this very day I consider it to be one of my favorite books. This book captured everything and more I wanted in a book. One of the memories I have is when a friend and I were driving around I was telling her all about this book, and how excited I was about it. When I think of Dreamland Social Club I still get so excited. Not too many books have that power.

Freebie Friday: Claim Your Unclaimed Baggage Giveaway

Hello Readers!

Because I’ve missed doing giveaways so much, I’ve decided to do yet another giveaway here on the blog! Today, I’m giving away a book that I am super excited about. One that I’m glad I received a second copy of so that I can share it with one lucky winner!

Up for grabs …

  • An advanced copy of Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll
  • A set of luggage tags (to ensure that you do EVER lose your luggage)
  • A fuzzy sleeping bunny mask

The fine print:

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, 18 years old and older. This giveaway will run from today (July 6th) until 11:59 pm on July 13th. One winner will be selected via random number generator and will be contacted via e-mail on July 14th. Winner will have until 11:59 pm on July 16th to reply to notification e-mail. If no reply is received another winner will be selected and notified. You also must be subscribed to The BookBandit Blog to enter this giveaway.

To enter, leave a comment on THIS blog post telling me one place you’d love to visit! When commenting, please be sure to leave a valid e-mail address as this will be the e-mail in which you will be notified by.

Good Luck!

June Reading Wrap Up/July Monthly Reading Update

Hello Readers!

It finally happened … I broke my reading streak. I guess I got a bit ahead of myself. I guess I got a big over excited and over confident.

I went into the month of June with all of these lofty reading goals and dreams. I had planned to read SO MUCH! Going into June I said I would read a total of five books. The books I planned on reading were:

  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • Odd One Out by Nic Stone
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Love Sugar Magic by Anna Meriano
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

This isn’t an excuse – June was a very busy month. More often than not I found myself tired and stressed. Because of that I simply didn’t want to read. And I didn’t force myself to either. I knew if I did, I wouldn’t enjoy whatever book I was reading. And if I’m reading something and NOT enjoying it, is it worth reading?!

During the month of June, I didn’t read anything. Well, I take that back. I started Nic Stone’s upcoming Odd One Out. I read most of it at the beginning June, and then when life got busy, I put it down (let’s be clear, I didn’t put it down because I wasn’t enjoying it. I put it down because I wanted to fully enjoy it!)

So yeah, I didn’t finish a whole book in June. Sad but true.

But it’s a new month, and I have a new TBR list to conquer ….

July is promising to be another busy month, but I’ve missed reading. And I want to try to carve a little bit of time during each day for it. I cannot promise (myself) that I will read one or five books, but I can promise myself that I will read.

I’m setting a goal of five books. I’m hoping that I reach it, but am not being hard on myself if I don’t.  The books that I am hoping to read this month are:

  • (Finish) Odd One Out by Nic Stone
  • All Summer Long by Hope Larson
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
  • Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll
  • Warcross by Marie Lu

So, there’s my TBR list. What’s on your July list? Please share in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post.)

Hello Readers!

Even though I feel like I haven’t really read a whole lot so far, the truth is, I have. Admittedly, most of those books were Harry Potter books and picture books. But hey, everything counts!

Today I’m sharing with you my top reads of 2018 (so far!)

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Simon vs. The Home Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Aru Shah and The End of TIme by Roshani Chokshi
  • Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
  • Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
  • Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
  • Odd One Out by Nic Stone
  • Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

I know that isn’t exactly ten books, but these were the best of the best. So what books have been your fave so far? Please share below!