Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Auto Buy Authors

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above picture was taken and altered by me.)

Hello Readers!

We all have those authors that we buy their books no matter what. Those authors whose books we will automatically buy no matter if we feel we need the book in our lives or not. And I am no different.

Today, I’m sharing my top ten auto buy authors.

  • Holly Black
  • Nic Stone
  • Julie Murphy
  • Tara Altebrando
  • Nina Lacour
  • Maggie Stiefvater
  • Ransom Riggs
  • E. Lockhart
  • Stephanie Perkins
  • Libba Bray

I am sure that there are a bunch more, but these ten here are my go to auto buy authors. And like me, I’m sure you, dear readers, have some auto buy authors. I’d love to hear all about them! Please share in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Least Favorite Characters

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Hello Readers!

As readers we all have those characters that we identify with, those characters that we side with and cheer on, those characters that we consider our favorites. I am no different dear readers! Of course I have characters that I consider to be my favorite. But I also have characters that I don’t like. And today, this post is dedicated to them!

My top ten least favorite characters are:

Margo Covey from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I just found her to be too overbearing and controlling.

Callie Reyes from Puddin’ by Julie Murphy – She was an abrupt character. And very guarded. I feel like I didn’t have to get to know this character to know that I didn’t like her.

Ophelia Castellan from A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson – It wasn’t that I didn’t like Ophelia, I didn’t like most of the choices she made.

Percy Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I stand by my feelings on this one. While I love the Weasley’s as a whole, I absolutely detest Percy. I felt like he betrayed his family, and you just don’t do that, no matter what.

Tris Prior from the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth – At first I liked her, but as I read, I found that she grated on my nerves.

Kate from The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry – I couldn’t help but shake my head at her. There were things that this character did that I just didn’t like that it made me not like the character.

Deanna Lambert from Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr – I don’t remember the exact reason as to why I didn’t like her, (it’s been a while since I’ve read this book) but I remember not liking her. It brought the overall book down.

Miss Peregrine from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – When I first read this book, I loved Miss Peregrine. But when I re-read this book, even though I still loved the book as a whole I didn’t love Miss Peregrine. I found that she always seemed to have her best interest at heart as opposed to the peculiar children’s interests.

Again, I’ve come up two short! But I guess I like more characters than I dislike. Which is a good thing, right?! Do you have any characters that you don’t necessarily like or love? If so, please share in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Childhood Favorites

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Would you believe me if I told you I wasn’t as big of a reader as a child as I am now? Well, it’s true. In fact, at one point in my young life I dared to say that I wasn’t a reader. Looking back I realized that I just hadn’t found my book.

With that being said, my top ten list today is going to be a bit scattered. Even though I didn’t read as much, I did read. But I read books that weren’t specifically targeted to me. I didn’t read above my age or reading level, I simply read whatever books were available to me – which either came from my older cousin or the school library I visited once a week with my classmates.

Of the books I did read, these are the top ten I’d say were my childhood favorites:

  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
  • Socks by Beverly Cleary
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
  • One Evil Summer by R.L. Stine

  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Grass Rope by William Mayne (honestly, this was a book I picked and read from my school’s library. I remember reading it, however I remember not one bit of this book. But I must have loved it because it’s stuck with me all these years.)

Because I wasn’t as much a reader as I am now, it was honestly quite difficult for me to actually drum up ten titles! But I came close at eight titles. So, dear readers, what were some of your favorite books you read as a child? Please share in the comments.

(Cover images from GoodReads)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

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Hello Readers!

Another TBR list! I always say to myself that I’m going to throw caution to the wind and just not have a TBR list. But who am I kidding? Even if I don’t stick to it, which I barely stick to, it’s nice to have.

With that said, knowing that I probably won’t stick to it, these are the top ten books I hope to get to this summer:

  • Small Town Sinners by Melissa C. Walker
  • Slay by Brittney Murphy

  • Unhinged by A.G. Howard
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
  • Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

  • Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

  • Light it Up by Kekla Magoon
  • Guts by Raina Telgemeier

What books do you, dear readers, hope to read during the hazy crazy days of summer?

(All cover images from GoodReads)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of The Second 1/2 of 2019

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Dear Readers!

Personally, top ten Tuesday topics like this are my absolute fave topics! Why? Because I basically love sharing what books I’m excited about.

Jackpot by Nic Stone

“Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas ‘n’ Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she–with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan–can find the ticket holder who hasn’t claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite…or divide?

Nic Stone, the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out, creates two unforgettable characters in one hard-hitting story about class, money–both too little and too much–and how you make your own luck in the world”

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

“High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.”

The Babysitter’s Coven by Kate Williams

“Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it’s kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she’s good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let’s just say she owes some people a new tree.

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She’s Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme’s babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra’s mother left her: “Find the babysitters. Love, Mom.”

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they’re about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.”

American Royals by Katherine McGee

“Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown. Two girls vying for the prince’s heart. This is the story of the American royals.

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American. And their country was born of rebellion.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history. “

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

“Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?”

The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu

“Every year, summer begins when the Callahans arrive on Mariposa Island. That’s when Elena Finney gets to escape her unstable, controlling mother by babysitting for their two children. And the summer of 1986 promises to be extra special when she meets J.C., the new boy in town, whose kisses make Elena feel like she’s been transported to a new world.

Joaquin Finney can’t imagine why anyone would want to come to Mariposa Island. He just graduated from high school and dreams about going to California to find his father and escape his mother’s manipulation.

The Liars of Mariposa Island follows siblings Elena and Joaquin, with flashbacks to their mother’s experience as a teenage refugee fleeing the Cuban revolution.”

Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.”

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

“Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?”

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

“Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.

One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.”

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

“No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for their chance to grab one of the girls in order to make their fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.”

Those are the books I’m excited about, what about you dear readers? What books are you looking forward to? Please share in the comments.

(All book summaries and cover images  from GoodReads)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters That Remind Me of Myself

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

Hello Readers!

I naturally gravitate towards character driven stories. And naturally, the books that feature characters I see myself most with really resonate with me. The characters listed below are the ones I see myself most in.

Daisy from Royals by Rachel Hawkins – Daisy marches to the beat of her own drummer. And she doesn’t apologize for that. Even to a King and Queen. I’ve always felt different, have always felt as if I march to my own beat as well.  And like Daisy, I consider these traits to be great ones!

Willowdean “Dumplin” Dickson from Dumplin by Julie Murphy – as a plus size gal I feel I rarely see myself, physically. Until I read this book. Not only did I see myself physically represented, but represented in a positive leading role, not just the sidekick. Besides that, I really say my teen self within Dumplin, and her challenging the system disposition. And as an adult, it reminded me, of the person I am.

Chubs from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – I like to think of myself as a pretty nice person. But I often feel that the impression I give off to others is a bit more prickly. From the moment I met this character, I felt one with him. I’ve even gone as far as to say he’s the male version of me.

Jean Louise “Scout” Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – She is the true reason why this book is so, so special to me. Scout is quite possibly the most inquisitive, most curious character I have ever met.  She is constantly challenging, and questioning, and I feel very akin to that. I never grew out of the “why” stage of life. And I’m a firm believer that, even as adults, we should never stop challenging and questioning.

Mila from Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson – No, I don’t have any witch-like abilities. But the thing that makes me identify with this strong character is the fact that  I would do anything for my friends.

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While not a full list of ten,  these are the characters that I feel most alike. Or at least the ones I can remember (let’s be honest, as readers we all read a lot of books, and it’s hard to keep track of all the characters we meet, and all the fine details).  So, dear readers, what characters do you see yourself in? Please share in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

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Hello Readers!

This is an interesting Top Ten Tuesday topic. It’s one that, honestly, I’ve never really thought about because if you love books than there really isn’t anything too outrageous you’d do for a book.

But still, I dug deep into my memory and have a few outrageous things I’ve done in the name of my love of books!

  • I’ve driven eight plus hours (from New Jersey to South Carolina) to go to a book festival. Not once … but twice. And honestly, I’d do it again.
  • I went to a midnight book party for Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
  • I’ve spent countless hours on lines to meet my favorite authors and get books signed by them.
  • I flew to another state (Chicago) because I couldn’t bear to miss a year of Book Expo America (BEA).
  • Of course I’ve stayed up until the wee hours of the morning because I just couldn’t put a book down.

While there aren’t a ton of outrageous things, those are the top five outrageous things I’ve done simply because I love books.