Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Recently Added To My (Already Long) TBR List

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(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The above photo was taken and altered by me for this post.)

Hello Readers!

It’s no secret, my TBR List is massive. But that doesn’t stop me from adding more books to it. And this weeks Top Ten Tuesday post is dedicated to all those books I recently added to the ever growing list.

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Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

Dumplin by Julie Murphy

Joyride by Anna Banks

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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 Love, Fortunes, and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

The list is two books short of ten, but honestly these are the only books I’ve recently added. And since my TBR list is already out of control I didn’t want to find any more to add to it.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books From My Childhood/Teen Years That I Would Love to Revisit

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(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The above photo was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post.)

Hello Readers!

It may come as a surprise to you that I wasn’t as big of a reader when I was younger as I am now. I know, you’re shocked! Believe me it was not because I didn’t enjoy reading. I most definitely did. I didn’t read that much because I didn’t know what I liked to read, and because any reading I did, I did for school.

But as I got older, and I came into my own I eventually found books that I liked to read, and wanted to read not because I had to, but because I had a choice. Besides a few select titles I really do not remember some of my childhood faves. So for today’s post I thought it would be fun to do something a little different. Instead of talking about the books from my childhood/teen years, I’m going to talk about the top ten books I wish I read as a kid or a teen, but didn’t.

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Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Island o the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Of Mice and Men by Jon Steinbeck

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

Top Ten Tuesday Extra!

I thought it would be fun to share some of the books I read as a child/teen that I read and enjoyed.

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

One Evil Summer by R.L. Stine

A Grass Rope by William Mayne (I know I read this one when I was a kid, and barely remember it. But I put it on here because it was one of those books I remember reading, remember enjoying, and wanting to revisit it someday).

Socks by Beverly Cleary

The Stinky Cheese Man by John Scieszka

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Hittin’ The Road: A Themed Booklist

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Hello Readers!

I love a good road trip book! I love the adventure, the self discovery, and all the roadside attractions. So I figured what better way to express my love for the road trip book than compiling a themed book list!

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Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

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How To Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle, & Sarah Mlynowski

In Honor by Jessi Kirby

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

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The Disenchantments by Nina La Cour

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

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I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1)

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga

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When a dead body turns up, limp and with a dismembered hand, within the city limits of Lobo’s Nob, all suspicions turn to Jasper “Jazz” Dent.
As the son of Lobo’s Nob most notorious resident, Billy Dent, the serial killer who stalked and ultimately killed hundreds of victims, it’s only logical that Jazz follow in dear old dad’s footsteps.
But Jazz doesn’t want to live that life, and in order to clear his name he knows he must prove himself. Not just to the residents of his small town, but to himself. So when the bodies start piling up Jazz works his way into the investigation – helping the police figure out the what, the why, and most importantly the who.
Piecing the puzzle together, Jazz suddenly realizes that, not only is his town in danger, but he is as well. What’s Jazz to do when he realized that he is the next victim on this copy cat’s hit list? Will Jazz confront his worst fears, or will his succumb to them?
I Hunt Killers, written by author Barry Lyga, is book one in the Jasper Dent trilogy. And it’s one twisted mystery that will leave readers reeling for more, and just the slightest bit grossed out … and I mean that in the best way possible.
Lyga’s writing is top-notch. And it’s what truly makes this book what it is. The give and pull between good and evil is palpable. So much so, that readers will continually question what’s good, what’s evil, and the fine line that lies somewhere in between the two.
What made I Hunt Killers such an awesome book, in my opinion, is main character Jasper. Jasper is unlike any character I have ever met before. He’s real and he’s flawed. And even though reader’s don’t know if Jasper will or will not end up like dear old dad, readers will root for him.
What makes Jasper such a realistic and relatable character is the fact that, deep down, readers get to see that he’s an average teenage guy. Like teenage guys today Jasper worries about the future and the life that lies ahead of him. He strives to impress his girlfriend. And he has a best friend that let’s him just be who he is … even if that is the son of a serial killer.
The mystery at the heart of I Hunt Killers is uncrackable. Personally, every theory and guess I harbored was off …. way off. Beyond the mystery, I truly loved how Lyga played with the notion of nature versus nurture. Was Jasper a product of the environment he lives, a normal society that holds him to a certain standard? Or is Jasper simply a product of his father, predestined to follow in dad’s footsteps? And not only will readers struggle with that notion, main character Jasper will too.
While I Hunt Killers wasn’t as fast paced as I had expected, the pacing of the book, for me as a reader, was spot on. Lyga took his time setting the scene, the mood, and the tone. And because of that the tension is taut, making it an even greater story.

Seriously, I could go on and on about I Hunt Killers. I love how it made me think and question. I loved the mystery. I loved main character Jazz. And I think that you too will love this book if you choose to pick it up. As much as I loved this book, I will say this: it’s not for the faint of heart or for the weak stomached.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List

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(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The above photo was taken and altered by me for the purpose of these posts.)

Hello Readers!

And welcome to a long overdue Top Ten Tuesday post. With spring in the air, I think it’s time to talk about the books on my Spring to be read list. And as luck would have it that’s today’s TTT topic! Imagine that.

At the start of 2015 I promised myself that this year I was going to (finally) read some of those books that seem to have taken up permanent residence on my TBR list.  Balancing the old with the new, these ten books are the books I’m sincerely hoping to get through this spring.

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Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Amandine by Adele Griffin

Encore To An Empty Room by Kevin Emerson

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Hold me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Top Ten Tuesday Extra!

Besides these ten books I am also hoping to finish up some series that I started but have yet to finish.  And when I say started, I mean I’ve read the first book, but haven’t continued on with the remaining books in the series/trilogy.

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The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Birthright Trilogy by Gabrielle Zevin

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March Reading Challenge Update

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Hello Readers,

I realized I haven’t posted an update about this month’s reading challenge. At the beginning of the month I challenged myself to read a total of five books. And those five books I wanted to read were:

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy

After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy

To date, I read three of the five above mentioned titles. And honestly, I kind of can’t believe I read three books so far this month … and the month isn’t even over?!

I read Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy in one sitting. I wouldn’t say I binge read this book, I read steadily because I was so absorbed in the story. Drive Me Crazy is a debut middle grade for this young adult author, and I wasn’t only pleasantly surprised, I was overwhelmingly in love with this book. And for me, a reader who struggles with middle grade fiction, is saying a lot.

From Drive Me Crazy I moved onto a book I was really looking forward to – Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel. Even though I wasn’t sure what to expect from this debut I was excited. But that excitement faded about somewhere midway through the book. I don’t want to get into why my excitement faded, because I will be reviewing this title, but I will say this: there was a lot I genuinely liked, but there was a lot I disliked.

After reading Between Us and the Moon I wanted a book that I held high expectations for – Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby.

Last year I read Golden by Jessi Kirby and there was something about the writing that I just really, not only loved, but also felt some connection with. So I had a funny feeling I would love Things We Know by Heart even if it wrecked me emotionally.

Things We Know By Heart not only lived up to my expectations, it exceeded them. Seriously I can write paragraph after paragraph gushing about this book, but I won’t. Not yet at least – that’s what reviews are for, right?! I will say this: this book had ALL THE FEELS!

After reading Things We Know By Heart I had every intention to read Emery Lord’s upcoming novel The Start of Me and You. But I took a bit detour. I’ve been hearing a lot about this book called Mosquitoland written by David Arnold. It’s a book I didn’t know I wanted to read until I saw it in my library and had to scoop it up before anyone else could. So I checked it out and started reading Mosquitoland instead of The Start of Me and You.

I am enjoying Mosquitoland. But I’m only 71 pages into it so I have no concrete feelings just yet.

So it looks like, even though I may not get to read all the books I intended to read this month, that by that end of March I will have read four very solid books! And I’m happy about that.

So readers, what have you been reading and enjoying?

#OTSPSecretSister: In Which I Share My Second Package

Hello Readers!

As you already know I am participating in this round of the On The Same Page Secret Sister Project, hosted by Brittany from Book Addicts Guide, Alyssa from Books Take You Places, and Amy from Tripping over Books. The secret sister project isn’t just about the giving and getting, it’s about spreading cheer!

A week or so ago, I woke up bright and early on a Sunday morning to find that my Secret Sister had sent me an ebook. Specifically The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Malley, a book that I’ve wanted since I first heard about it.  With that, there was a note saying that there were more surprises on the way for my bday but didn’t want me to think that I was forgotten about until then. Seriously, how sweet is that!? I’ve been so taken aback by the sheer generosity of my sister! Someone who I don’t know (and yes, it’s KILLING ME NOT TO KNOW!)  but someone I would consider a friend.

So when I received the post office slip in my mail box this past Friday, I wasn’t even thinking it could be a surprise from my sister. Honestly, I thought it was something I ordered from China. So I went to my local post office – which is a task I admittedly do not love – and handed over my slip. I was given a package that was a bit larger than what I ordered (I ordered a bracelet, which doesn’t require a large box). As much as I wanted to tear into the package then and there, I had to show a little restraint.  But the moment I got into my car, that restraint flew out of the window.

I ripped into the package to find several goodies!

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I opened the card (which was so awesome!) and then I quickly tore through the packages. Seriously there was a flurry of wrapping paper flying about my small car. It must have been a sight to see. And after all my gift opening these are the pretties that I unwrapped:

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A POP! Television figure of The Big Bang Theory’s Amy Farrah Fowler, who I swear to you is my spirit animal ha ha . Some cookies and quite possibly the biggest KitKat bar I have ever seen. And two books – Gayle Forman’s I Was Here and Megan Miranda’s Fracture.

Now, I already have Fracture! But I’m stoked to own this copy. Why? Because I have an ARC of it from the first BEA I ever attended and that ARC has no cover art. I’ve been hemming and hawing on purchasing the paperback for some time because I seriously LOVE this book.

I cannot say THANK YOU enough to my Secret Sister! Every time I think of all the goodies you have spoiled me with I can’t help but smile! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! You are the best!