Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I Wish Had a Book of Their Own


 (Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The above photo was taken and was altered by me. Please don’t use without permission.)

Hello Readers!

I haven’t posted a Top Ten Tuesday in quite some time. So I figured today would be the perfect day to rectify that!

I love a good character driven book. I can’t help but connect deeply and personally with some of my favorites. And this Top Ten Tuesday post is dedicated to those characters. Today I’m going to be talking about the five characters I wish had a book of their own.

So  ….

Shiny from Brenna Yovanoff’s Fienish – Fiendish was really Clementine’s story. And Shiny, her cousin, is a part of the story. And even though she was very present, I would totally read a book where Shiny is the number one main character. I’d like to read her story, not only because I’m curious to learn what Shiny was like and how she survived during the time Clementine was locked in a basement. Besides those reasons, I really liked her as a character – she’s smart, she’s honest, and best of all she has a fiery personality – literally!

Sloane from Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone – Sloane was such a big, important part of this story but I felt, as much as I read this book, there was a bit lacking. And that was because I wanted to know so much more about Sloane. She was a great character, and I can’t help but feel that if she was to have a book solely her own, it would be just as good and fun as Since You’ve Been Gone.

The Peculiar Children from Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – This is one of my most favorite books – its full with great, imaginative writing, a twisted plot line, and a group of characters that will definitely leave a lasting impression – especially the Peculiars. While Riggs does an awesome job at fleshing out and developing each peculiars backstory, I want more. I want individual books on each and every one of Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children.

Anna From Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed In Blood – Anna is one of the most terrifying characters I’ve ever met. And she’s great. But I wish she had a book of her own so I could get the chance to learn who she was before she was this horrifying ghost who tortured and killed.

And last but certainly NOT least ….

 Chubs from Alexandra Bracken’s Darkest Minds/Never Fade/In The Afterlight – this one doesn’t need a whole lot of explanation – hands down Chubs is probably my favorite character … EVER! Why wouldn’t I want him to have his own book.

What characters do you wish had books of their own, dear reader?


Monday Memories (#9)

Monday Memories is a super easy and super fun meme hosted by The BookBandit and Miss Print. Participants are asked to post a picture of a book that holds a special place in their hearts, and talk briefly about why this book is so special. If you want to join in on the fun, link up and be sure to link back!


Hello Readers!

It’s another Monday Memories post here on The BookBandit Blog and I’m talking about a new memory today. This past weekend, if you didn’t know, I was lucky enough to go to Yallfest – the Young Adult book festival in Charleston, South Carolina – with one of my closest friends Dee.  There were a ton of fabulous authors, many of which I had the chance to meet and chat with.

Today I’m going to be talking about a book that I picked up this weekend at Yallfest. It’s a book that I wanted to read since it’s release, but have yet to get around to. That book is:


Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

This book is memorable to me because I had the chance to, not only meet this fresh-faced author, but I also had the chance to have her sign my copy – twice!

You see, I bought this book at the bookstore – Blue Bicycle Books – that was hosting Yallfest. But when I bought this book it was already pre-signed. Admittedly, this really bothered me because I was totally planning on hopping on Maya’s line and waiting with book in hand for my chance to meet her and have her sign my book.  And being that it was already signed put a real hitch in my plans. But I didn’t let it stop me. I bought the book and headed to the signing line.

While waiting I hatched a brilliant (if I do say so myself) plan: I would ask Maya if she would sign a page within the book on or around the entry of my birthday – March 19th. Maya thought this was a really great idea and was very kind to sign there instead of on the normal title page.

I had a really great experience meeting Maya, and I’m super excited to read this book. And luckily I have a really great memory attached to it!

Want to join in on the Monday Memories fun? Link up and back below!

Giving Thanks Box Swap

Hello Readers!

It’s that time of year. You know the time for fall fun and the time to give thanks. So to celebrate this very special time of year, Miss Print and I have decided to, once again, host our Giving Thanks Box Swap!


What’s a box swap, you ask? A box swap is where book blogger’s have the chance to connect and swap some fun surprises with one another person. Sounds fun, right?!

Before getting into the fine print of this post, I just want to point out that obviously this is a book box swap, books are more than likely expected, but please feel free to include other non-book goodies in your box.  This isn’t only a chance to give and receive a great surprises.

Anyone located within the United States is welcome to sign up and join in on the fun. Sign ups are open from (today) Tuesday, November 4th and will remain open until 11:59 pm on Saturday, November 15th. When signing up, please remember to provide as much information about yourself as possible. With that, please make sure you fill out all the required fields in sign up form below. (Note: Any confidential information will remain confidential.)

Participants who are signing up, please be aware that there are some hard and fast guidelines. There is a fifteen dollar (1$15.00) spending limit. However,  if you want to give a little more, and spend a little extra, that is completely up to you as the buyer. Also, all packages MUST BE MAILED by NOVEMBER 28th! That is a firm deadline.

Now that you know all the fine print, Miss Print and I will be busy pairing participants up the weekend after sign ups close. Participants be sure check your inboxes on Monday November 17th for your pairing. Once you have that information, go out and fill your boxes!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to e-mail both Emma and I at: or tweet us at: @SecretBoxSwap

To tweet about this box swap use the hashtag: #GivingThanksSwap


Sign Up Form:

Monday Memories (#8)

Monday Memories is a super easy and super fun meme hosted by The BookBandit  and Miss Print. Participants are asked to post a picture of a book that holds a special place in their hearts, and talk briefly about why this book is so special. If you want to join in on the fun, link up and be sure to link back!


Hello Readers!

I skipped last weeks Monday Memories because of the special “This Is Halloween” feature I was running on my blog. But it’s a new week, and I’m kicking it off with a new Monday Memory.

Today I am going to be talking about a book that is near and dear to my heart. That books is:


So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti

There are two very important reasons why this book is so near and dear to my heart. Reason number one involves some backstory. Miss Print and I were in attendance to one of the Teen Author Reading Night a few years back. I don’t remember exactly which author (or authors) we were there to see specifically but I do remember Susane Colasanti being there. At this point I hadn’t heard of her, nor of any of her books. When it was her turn to take the mic, not only did she read a clip of her latest book (which at the time was So Much Closer) but she also talked a little about the making of this book and a bit about herself.

That night I learned two things – that Susane Colasanti was a Jersey girl (like me!) who always dreamed of writing and living in the Big Apple (also like me!). Because of these two little facts I connected with this author and her story instantaneously. I just knew I had to read this book.

I bought the book, and as soon as it arrived in the mail I picked it up and read it. I finished it in no time flat and loved each and every moment of it. So Much Closer is near and dear to my heart because through it I discovered a really great author, one that I’m happy to say is one of my most fave authors. Because of So Much Closer I discovered, not only a fave author, but someone who inspires me.

Since reading So Much Closer I’ve gone on to read a good majority of Susane’s books. And in all honesty, I love them. If I hadn’t stumbled upon this book and read it, I would be missing out. So that’s why So Much Closer is a book that is near and dear to my heart.

What Monday Memories are you sharing readers? Feel like joining in on the fun, well link up (below) and link back:

So Long October, Hello November

Hello Readers,

It’s official – October is done and over with. And to tell you the truth, it makes me a little sad. Why? Because  it means that Halloween and all it’s hauntingly fun festivities are a part of the past. And besides that, it means that I didn’t finish my October Reading Challenge.

Reader, I tried my hardest to read three scary books, but only ended up reading one and a half. And there’s a reason why I didn’t read all three, a reason that I will be explaining later on this week in its own blog post.

During the month of October I read Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff and I’m just about half way through with Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers. I had big plans to read Shadowlands by Kate Brian, but unfortunately those plans fell through.

So with October firmly behind me, and November staring me down I decided that I’m going to take on another reading challenge. Goal, not challenge. In the month of November I’m hoping to read another three books (technically, two and a half books).  And those books are:

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (finish reading this one)

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Dream Thieves (on audio) by Maggie Stiefvater (because if I don’t read it, I fear that Miss Print be un-friend me ha ha)

While I haven’t gotten around to starting The Selection or The Dream Thieves, I can give you guys a brief update on I Hunt Killers. At this point I am just about one hundred and fifty pages into the book. It’s a heavy book (subject wise) – examining good versus evil and nature versus nurture. If you know me you already know that I love a good character, and Jazz is exactly that. I can’t help but like him, and see the good in him even if he as a character can’t see it in himself. Because of that, I already know that he’s going to leave a lasting impression – thankfully there are two more books to follow.

I’m not going to tell you any more of my thoughts/feelings about I Hunt Killers. Dear readers, you will have to wait for my full review.

So, that’s that! So long October, Hello November!