Top Ten Tuesday – Extraordinary Book Titles

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Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a great start to your week ~

It’s Tuesday and you all know what that means – it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday prompt! This week is all about extraordinary book titles. I was not sure of the criteria for selecting these titles but I chose to list ones which automatically drew me to the book. So without further ado, let’s get on to the list!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Eerie/Mysterious vibes – Don’t we all love a spooky/mystery setting? Titles can also play a crucial role in capturing the gripping and thrilling atmosphere. Such examples which left a lasting impression on me are the ones below.

Stalking Jack the Ripper, Truly Devious, Six of Crows, A Darker Shade of Magic, The Darkest Minds, A Curse so Dark and Lonely 

 

Captivating Titles – These titles below immediately peaked my interest since I was so curious to know what the book was about. Once I knew they were of the fantasy genre, I was sold!

An Ember in the Ashes, Children of Blood and Bone, Stolen Songbird, Heartless

That’s all for this week’s prompt! What book titles did you think were extraordinary?  Did we have any similar book titles?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Book Titles with Numbers In Them

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Hello everyone! HAPPY OCTOBER!!! 🙂 I hope you all are having a lovely week!

And welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday post! This week’s was really fun to do since it required me hunting through my bookshelf since I could not recall books titles which had numbers in them that quickly! Now, I was not sure whether it had to be a number as in – 1,2,3,4 – or a number written out such as – one, two, three. But nevertheless, I managed to find a couple below and here they are!

1) 172 Hours on the Moon

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Summary from GoodReads

A terrifying thriller for young adult fans of The Martian and paranormal space adventure that will be devoured in one heart-pounding sitting.

It’s been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA’s unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space–and change their lives forever. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space…no one is coming to save them.

In this chilling adventure set in the most brutal landscape known to man, highly acclaimed Norwegian novelist Johan Harstad creates a vivid and frightening world of possibilities we can only hope never come true. 

2) A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) by Beth Revis

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Summary from GoodReads (Since this is the second book in the series, the following is a summary of the first book (Across the Universe) to avoid plot spoilers): 

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship —tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

3) Farenheit 451 

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Summary from GoodReads

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television ‘family’. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.

4) The One

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Summary from GoodReads (Since this is the third book in the series, the following is a summary of the first book (The Selection) to avoid plot spoilers): 

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

5) The Tenth Girl

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Summary from GoodReads

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. 

6) Eight will Fall (ARC) – November 26th 2019

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Summary from GoodReads

In a land where magic is outlawed, eight criminals led by seventeen-year-old Larkin are sent on a mission to kill an ancient evil that plagues their kingdom. Descending into an underground realm full of unspeakable horrors, Larkin and her party must use their forbidden magic to survive what lies in wait, teeth sharp and jaws deadly.

As she fights for her life, Larkin finds a light in Amias, a fellow outlaw with a notorious past. Soon Larkin and Amias realize their fates are entwined. The eight of them were chosen for a reason.

But as the dangers multiply and her band of felons are picked off one by one, Larkin must confront a terrible truth: They were never meant to return.

Sarah Harian crafts a thrilling, high-octane fantasy adventure that explores the often-thin line between light and darkness, good and evil. 

7) Six of Crows

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Summary from GoodReads

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. 

8) Ready Player One

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Summary from GoodReads

IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

 

So far these are the books I have found which have numbers in their titles. What titles did you all come up with?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

BYE BYEEEE 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Fall 2019 TBR

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Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your week! And since it is Tuesday, I wanted to share with you another Top Ten Tuesday post. I absolutely love this week’s prompt since we are going to discuss our Fall TBR! Ahem . . now if you have been following my blog, I think it’s pretty obvious that I am an absolute mess when it comes to TBRs!

But this time, with all the fantastic releases we have this Fall, I am sure I will definitely be getting through these books. Now whether I will finish all ten is another question altogether HAHA

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the list!

1-3) Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn and Kingdom of Ash

I have a goal for this year and that is to finish the Throne of Glass series and so far, I am on track. After finishing Queen of Shadows, I jumped right into Empire of Shadows and I am enjoying it so far. I honestly did not think it would be this addicting but I have been captivated by the characters and the plot line and I am so eager to learn whats next in the adventure for the crew!

4) Serpent and Dove

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I am nearly positive that this will be my next read after I complete the Throne of Glass series. Nearly all the early reviews have been praising this book and I am so eager to learn more about it. A witch and witch hunter forced into marriage sounds like a perfect recipe for absolute chaos!

5) Kingdom of Souls

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OK. First of all, can we all take a moment to appreciate this cover? Does it not scream Black Panther vibes? I am sooooo onboard! And secondly, THE Michael B. Jordan is producing this book into a movie. I nearly screamed when I heard the news. On top of that, the premise just sounds spectacular!

6) There Will Come a Darkness

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Another book release which I have heard nothing but great things about! And one which would add to the fall atmospheric read! I was always curious about this book ever since BookCon since it brought together elements which I normally enjoy in a book – dark fantasy, multiple POVs, ancient prophecies, princes, rogues, magic, etc. Early reviews evoked my curiosity for this debut and I can’t wait to pick it up.

7) Escaping from Houdini

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Ok. I think it is clear that I pretty much love the Stalking Jack the Ripper series since I pretty much mention it in nearly all my posts . . . oops! But I can’t help it! It such a phenomenal story with a brilliant and strong female lead accompanied by a charming and witty male lead who embark on gripping journeys solving various mysteries within the Victorian Era. A perfect read for the Fall! After practically flying through book 1 and 2, I just have to pick up the third ASAP.

8) Vicious 

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I have been putting off this book for so long. And now, since it is almost Halloween season, I think this is the perfect opportunity to reach for this series. It sounds like it would be such a great atmospheric read during the Fall. I really hope I get to this series soon since I have heard nothing but great things about it. Plus, it’s Victoria Schwab and I am already in love with her stories!

9) The Bones Houses

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Happy Book Birthday to The Bones Houses! So how do you read the summary of this book and not want to pick it up as a Fall read? I mean this just screams “To Be Read in Fall” with all its spooky vibes. Gravediggers, deadly curses, Welsh mythology – yep, sign me up!

10) Fountains of Silence

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I recently became quite interested in the historical fiction genre with Stalking Jack the Ripper series and Prisoner of Night and Fog. So when I heard about the release of this book in October, I just knew I had to add it to my TBR. Ruta Sepetys is a well known author within this genre and one of my favorite aspects of her stories is that she writes about historical events which not a lot of people talk about. I find that to be such a unique and enlightening method of storytelling! This book in particular takes place in Madrid during 1957 under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco and follows two characters who deal with the repercussions of war. This just sounds so interesting and I can’t wait to pick this up!

What books are you planning to read this Fall?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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The Assassin’s Blade Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything.” 

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Published March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens

Pages: 448

Rating – 4.5/5

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Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great day! Today I will be completing a relatively spoiler free review of The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.

In regards to The Throne of Glass series, I was so determined to start it this year since so many people have already read this and with the overwhelming hype, I just couldn’t keep myself away from it. Now that the series has come to an end, I found it a perfect opportunity to binge read these novels without having to wait through the heartbreaking pain of waiting for the next book. (For those of you who have been reading the series as they were released, how did you manage with the ending of Heir of Fire????)

The Assassin’s Blade is a bind up of the novellas to the Throne of Glass series but it reads pretty much like a regular novel since it follows the story of 16-year-old Celaena in a chronological order. Having seen a couple of reviews on BookTube, some reviewers have stated that it would be best to read the novellas before starting Queen of Shadows. And since this was the next book I had to read, I took a trip down to Barnes and Noble and made sure to grab myself a copy of the novellas! AND I AM SO GLAD I DID!

Summary: 

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

Characters:

Celaena Sardothien – I loved the many sides we got to see with Celaena in this book. in fact, that was my favorite part of this entire novel. I think there are certain details about her character we seem to miss when we first meet her in the series but it was great to have this novel shine a bit more light in that aspect. I loved that she stood my her morals – she knew her limits despite her profession – she had empathy, she valued friendship and she was so much more relatable!

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Sam Cortland – I feel as though my face has become the heart eye emoji just writing about his character! I loved literally all the scenes with Sam and Celaena. I felt that they complemented each other so well! There were scenes which made me laugh and there were scenes which made me tear up and get wrapped up in all the FEELS! But he brought in a beautiful element to the storyline and valued his role in the series a lot more with this backstory!

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Arobynn Hamel – So it should come as no surprise that I don’t really like Arobynn. I used to think that I despised him enough in the original series BUT I despise him even more with this one. Yes, I hate him with passion LOL

Final Thoughts: 

Where do I even start? First of all, I appreciated Celaena and Sam so much more in this book since we dive deeper into their minds and receive so much more backstory of what they had endured and I found it to be an amazing collection of stories to accompany the original series. There were moments where I found myself relating to Celaena which I found a bit hard to do with the original novels (other than the fact that she loves to read). The small moments where we see her gush over a pair of shoes, music, clothes, perfume and of course food HAHA We always see her to be a fierce and fiery assassin but these small moments really made her seem more human.

Sam. Oh Sam . . . if you have read the first book of the series, then you are aware of this character since he is mentioned but having read his backstory and his growth within these novellas made me appreciate him more as a character. He is clearly an essential part of Celaena’s growth as a character and I loved seeing the growth of their relationship. It really does warm your heart . . . I got wayyy too attached to him!

In regards to the writing, it was done really well. It was addictive and had the right amount of details needed to bring you into the fantasy world without being too overwhelming. I loved her use of Celaena’s iconic sharp and sarcastic commentary, her banters with other characters and the description of action sequences. It pretty much resembled the writing of the original series and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Besides the three main characters I listed here, I have a feeling that the secondary characters are going to show up in some form in the future novels. I felt that Sarah did leave some loose ends with a few characters and I hope I get to see some of them. (Ahem – I don’t really want to see Arobynn though)

In regards to the overall plot and THAT ENDING, I am not going to lie – it broke my heart. The tears just started flowing. I couldn’t help it. With the extent of challenges that Celaena faces, you only wish the best for her but it did not quite end that way as we see in the start of Throne of Glass. Despite this, I am honestly glad that I decided to pick up these novellas and I will for sure be jumping into the Queen of Shadows ASAP!

Have any of you read The Throne of Glass series and The Assassin’s Blade? What are your thoughts on it?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

Hello everyone! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! For this week’s prompt, we are going to explore the books on our TBR which we avoid reading. It could be for multiple reasons – they are intimidating, we fear it may not live up to the hype, it is not within our interest etc. As for me, I feel like it is a combination of the first two reasons.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the list!

1-3) Serpent and Dove, Kingdom of Souls, There Will Come A Darkness

These three books might be the most anticipated releases of this year. Nearly all the early reviews have been positive and I think that is what is keeping me from reading it. I’m a little worried whether they will live up to the hype because there were cases where some books did not live up to the hype in the past and it was quite disappointing. Hmm . . . maybe I should just go into it with no expectations/ blank slate? LOL I feel that may be one way I can avoid running into this issue 🙂

4-6) Priory of the Orange Tree, The Name of the Wind, Kingdom of Ash

Have you seen how massive these books are? They are so intimidating! But I have heard nothing but great things about these books so I really want to try them out. I feel as though Kingdom of Ash I will have no choice to read because I am on the fourth book right now and it is so addicting!

7-10) Wicked King/Queen of Nothing, Children of Vice and Virtue, Escaping from Houdini 

Gahhhh sequels! I have such a love/hate relationship with them. I think one of the most intimidating aspects is answering the golden question – Will it be good or even better than the predecessor?  And this is probably why sometimes I avoid reading them unless I know for sure that it will be good based on other reviews or if it is a beloved series in the book community. Or I may end up reading it if there was a huge cliffhanger and I had to know what happens! 🙂

How about you? What books do you avoid reading?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Sorcery of Thorns Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Margaret Rogerson

Published: June 4th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Pages: 456

Rating: 3.8 /5

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This was pretty good for a fantasy standalone book. I think we tend to receive so many YA fantasy series and I never really found a book that fit within this genre and was able to deliver a story within 500 pages. Most of the time this is due to the intense amount of detail and world building incorporated into fantasy novels so if the world is not believable, then it falls flat. However, Margaret Rogerson was able to deliver with this novel with her stellar writing abilities and creative mind! While I did have some issues with the overall plot, I thought it was an awesome delivery of a standalone fantasy novel.

Summary (from GoodReads): 

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Characters:

Elisabeth – Brave, Loyal, Optimistic – I absolutely loved reading this story through Elizabeth’s perspective! She is so different from the typical YA “Katniss-like” fiction leads and I found that to be so refreshing. Hearing stories from different voices and different characters are the ones which I find to be truly entertaining and enlightening. Elisabeth also has a fierce determination in her which I loved to read about. She does have her flaws, but thats what makes her character so genuine and relatable.

“What is the point of life if you don’t believe in anything?”

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Nathaniel – Sassy, Smart, Witty – Can I just say how much I enjoyed reading Nathaniel’s quotes in this book? They were so hilarious and utterly charming at times that I found it super entertaining. One of the best elements of this book is the characters. With both Nathaniel and Elizabeth, I found that they perfectly complemented each other and it was amazing to see their growth.

” . . I only turn girls into salamanders on Tuesdays. Luckily for you, it’s a Wednesday, which is the day I drink a goblet of orphan’s blood for supper.” 

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Final Thoughts

One of the best aspects of this novel was Margaret’s ability to provide a rich yet mysterious atmosphere that captivated your attention and pulled you into the story. She really does have a talent for creating beautiful imagery which transports you to another world. I think this is the main reason why this book was able to do so well as a stand alone. Typically, YA fantasy novels are usually told as series since it is quite dependent on world building and expanding on magical/ political systems which usually takes multiple novels to do. If a world is NOT well developed, then it makes it harder for a reader to fully immerse themselves into the world which can be disappointing. I found it to be the exact opposite for A Sorcery of Thorns. This was well developed – the setting, the world, the magic system and characters.

I think one of the main areas where I found some issues in the book would be the overall plot. While I found the concept to be truly unique and captivating, I found that the story could have been better. I loved the usage of the magical grimoires and this did peak my interest from the beginning. However, I didn’t find myself fully immersed and captivated by the storyline as the novel continued.

Despite this drawback, I still thought this novel was still a great read since it does incorporate a creative concept that book lovers will truly enjoy to learn about. Have any of you read A Sorcery of Thorns? What did you think of it?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

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Looking back at the past posts on my blog, it does not come as a surprise to me of my profound love for YA Fantasy novels. In my opinion, I think that would be my Go-To choice on any occasion. I think my desire to escape into fantastical worlds filled with magic, royalty, knights, and sorcerers could be the main reason why I love it so much.

However, there were moments where I picked up books which were outside my comfort zone due to recommendations by other reviewers or due to the hype online. I am quite thankful to the books on my list below since many have introduced me to new genres which I have found a love for and others have surprised me with their unique story telling within a relatively known genre.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the list!

1-2 ) Stalking Jack the Ripper and Prisoner of Night and Fog

 

I personally enjoyed both these two books since it introduced me to a new genre of books – Historical fiction! And now, I just can’t get enough of it!

3-4) Fangirl and Everything, Everything

 

This was another example where I found books which pleasantly surprised me. I usually do not pick up contemporary books but these two really changed my perspective on it and I am willing to pick up more of this genre.

5, 6,7) The Book of Ivy, Dark Inside, Angelfall

 

Although the Dystopian genre has become quite an overused setting in many YA novels, I found that these books approached the genre with an interesting perspective and I couldn’t help but fly through them. Along with the addicting writing style and captivating, yet diverse plot line, I was deeply engrossed in the story lines.

8) These Broken Stars

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I am very thankful for These Broken Stars since it was the first book which peaked my interest in the Sci-Fi genre and I became obsessed! After this, I reached out for novels like the Illuminae Files, Aurora Rising, The Lunar Chronicles, etc.

9-10) A Darker Shade of Magic/ Ella Enchanted

 

And finally, these two books made me appreciate books of all genre whether they are targeted towards Young Adults, New Adult, Adult, or Middle Grade. With each of these different categories, I find myself reading about different character dynamics and themes which I found very insightful.

Were there any books which you enjoyed that were out of your comfort zone?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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