Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Loved but Never Reviewed

Hello everyone and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! For this week’s prompt, its all about favorite books – but favorite books which for some reason we never reviewed. Some of my choices listed here are ones which I loved back when I was young or when I did not start my platform to post reviews; therefore, I did not have the opportunity to post them after I read it but I did end enjoying these titles immensely.

*Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.*

So without further ado, lets get on with the list!

Fablehaven, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Cam Jansen, School for Good and Evil

So for these series, I mostly read a majority of them when I was young so at that time I did not have a platform to post my thoughts. As a result, I did not get the opportunity to review them. However, that did not stop me from talking about these books nonstop to my family and friends who were probably flabbergasted at how passionate I was about these whimsical middle grade worlds!

Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, Ella Enchanted, Illuminae, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

So . . . I have no excuse for Queen of Shadows or Empire of Storms. Its just that I probably binged these two and forgot to write my thoughts down coherently since my feels were all over the place and I was still recovering from EoS ending that I could not bring myself to complete it. BUT I loved these two books! I did however, manage to complete my review for Tower of Dawn so that will definitely be posted soon! #progress

I remember doing a reread of Ella Enchanted some time ago but unfortunately did not get a chance to write my thoughts down. The same goes for Illuminae and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer which were both amazing books but I just did not have time to complete my reviews for these books. Maybe sometime in the future if I decide to do a reread of these novels, I might try to post a review! 

How about you guys? Do you have any books which you loved but did not get a chance to review? 

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

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Top Ten Tuesday – Holiday Reads

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Hello everyone and Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! Can you believe it’s already December? I feel like this year just flew on by! Its crazy! But one of my favorite times of the year is December due to the Holidays! There’s nothing like snuggling up close to the fire and the Christmas tree with some hot cocoa and a book in my hands! It just creates the best ambiance for reading, don’t you think? And so for today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, I wanted to share with you all my Favorite books I love to read during the Holidays!

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.

So without further ado, let’s get on with the list!

I love stories which incorporate a bit of magic and fairy tale elements for this time of year! I think these genres perfectly capture the wonder and fantastical aura during the Holiday time. Such book include Fairy Tale retellings like Cinder, Heartless and A Curse so Dark and Lonely. I think re-tellings offer a bit of adventure and comfort when we follow our beloved characters through trials and tribulations. Harry Potter is definitely a classic to read during the Holiday Time and Caraval is a perfect example of escaping into fantastical worlds which is a type of story which is great to read during this time of year.

Another set of genre would be contemporary, middle/grade or whimsical novels and mangas. I think the books seen above perfectly capture these elements. Middle grade novels are absolutely fun to read during the Holiday Time since it has a perfect blend of comedy, adventure and a whole lot of heart! Heartwarming contemporaries are also wonderful to read as well since it provides a bit of comfort within a real life setting. Mangas are another genre I love to read as well since they are often a quick and easy read. Since it can be a pretty hectic time during the Holidays (planning parties, attending parties/ get together, buying gifts, decorating the house etc), I feel as though having a manga is a great way to get a bit of reading done during this crazy yet enjoyable time of the year!

How about you? What are your favorite reads during the Holiday Season?

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

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Top Ten Tuesday – Changes In My Reading Life (Nov 19)

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Hey everyone! Hope you all are having a great start to your week! And since it’s Tuesday, its time for another Top Ten Tuesday!! This week’s prompt is all about changes in our reading life. While I did not have a lot of changes to talk about today, I have listed my top 5! And without further ado, let’s get on with the list!

 

Book Collection 

Initially when I first started my blogging/ reading journey, I began to accumulate so many books into my personal library. The rate at which I had to review books and post frequently on my blog pushed me to increase the stock of novels. Nowadays, I am a bit mindful about this habit since I only collect those which I personally enjoyed or hold a strong meaning to me.

Venture to New Genres (Dystopian to Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Thrillers)

Let’s face it. I think a majority of us have been through the time when dystopian novels flooded the YA genre. We must have all read at least one dystopian book during our reading life. I was no different. In the beginning I found them to be super interesting to read from a character’s perspective who endures the most undesirable and frightening societies but over time, I noticed that the plot points grew very similar and my interest slowly faded toward fantasies, science fiction, thrillers, mysteries and historical fiction and I absolutely loved those stories. Ooooo I have also tried Mangas and graphic novels as well! And they are amazing!

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Faster Reader

I’m not sure if I am the only one guilty of this, but I definitely saw an increase in the rate of my reading over time. Sometimes, the time it takes for my peers to read something would take me half the time!  Hmm. Maybe that’s why big books don’t stress me out . . .

From Series to Standalones

As much as I love series, I also have an appreciation for standalones. Some examples include books like Heartless, Fangirl, Ella Enchanted, House of Salt and Sorrows and Everything,Everything. While it does take a lot to commit and read through a series (especially if all the books are not released yet), standalones offer a reader a full story within one book and the ability to move to another genre/book quickly.

Reading Goals 

When venturing deep into the various novels that the book community/ authors have shared as well life in general, I found myself growing less adamant to sticking to a reading goal. While it is great to challenge yourself as a reader and try to read as much as you can, I think the reading experience grew important to me than having to complete my goal of books for the year.

How about you guys? How has your reading changed over time?

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

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Top Ten Tuesday – Thrilling and Scary Reads

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Hello my fellow book lovers! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to the week! Guess what day it is?? TUESDAY! And it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post!

For this week’s prompt, we were given a Halloween freebie! And since I do not read too many scary novels, I decided to make a post including books which had elements that were both frightening as well as thrilling. So without further ado, let’s get on with the list shall we?

AngelFall

With a setting based in an post apocalyptic/ dystopian world besieged by fallen angels, I couldn’t help but have to include this in my list. Although I do not read too many dystopian novels these days, this one really peaked my interest due to the stellar reviews. What I loved most about this book was how thrilling and fast paced it was.  There were moments which freaked me out, especially during the end so if you do enjoy reading stories of this nature, then maybe you should give this one a try!

House of Salt and Sorrow

I was so thrilled when I received an e-ARC for this book on NetGalley that I immediately dove right into it. From the very beginning, I was super intrigued; especially since I found out this was a fairy tale re-telling of the 12 dancing princesses. I loved the ambiance the author created throughout the story – a feeling of being in a town by the cold sea. The imagery and experiences which the main character goes through sometimes has you questioning what’s real and what’s not and I found that aspect to be really interesting and at times, utterly terrifying.

172 Hours on the Moon

I think I have mentioned this book a couple of times in my other top ten Tuesday posts but I just had to include it in this one because it messed with my mind. While the whole premise of this novel seems a little far fetched with sending teenagers with NASA scientists to the moon, the cascade of events which take place during the entire expedition had me scared out of my wits! And it did not help that I had an upcoming work trip scheduled where I was traveling solo! I honestly had to chuck the book aside and I did not finish it until I came back from my trip! I know . . . I’m such a scaredy cat! LOL

Dark Inside

Here we have another dystopian book on the list and I was pleasantly surprised by this one! Though there are some scary elements within this book due to the aftermath of an earthquake which causes some people to lose control of their minds and turn on each other, I found the plot to be thrilling from start to finish. It honestly had me on the edge of my seat and at times you would constantly wonder about who is “nothing” and who is not. There were moments where I would be overwhelmed with anxiety since the author is so good in capturing those moments of high tension within those dangerous and horrific scenes.

*sighs* Sometimes I wonder why I even bother with late night reading when I was sure it would disturb my sleep . . . #badchoices

Stalking Jack the Ripper

Well . . . The title is enough to make it a perfect book to include in this list isn’t it? I mean . . . who would ever think of stalking one of the most heinous criminal of all time? I have to say when I first heard the hype about this novel, I seriously wondered whether I would be able to even read it. To my surprise, I found it’s mystery to be quite interesting. I also loved the depiction of the setting in Victorian London and the author was able to capture the haunting and dangerous atmosphere quite well. Since this book also sheds a light on the topic of forensic science, there were a few scenes which scared the living daylights out of me.

(Ahem . . and I would like to thank Thomas Creswell for making this read a bit more manageable)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

I think this novel is a perfect example of showcasing an unreliable narrator. While I cannot recall all the plot details since I did read it a while ago, I do remember some moments which seriously made my blood run cold. There were just so many unexpected moments that were thrown at you and as a reader you were actively trying to figure what were the true moments versus those which were not. That was the major part of the book which I thoroughly enjoyed although it freaked me out at some points!

Hush Hush

This book was also one which I have read awhile ago and it caught my attention since it was about fallen angels which at the time was something that I have never read about so I was eager to pick it up. There is an element of mystery within this novel and you are constantly trying to figure out who to trust. While I wouldn’t say that this novel was scary, I do recall certain scenes which had me quaking in my boots!

Prisoner of Night and Fog

Ok. This one was a seriously well written and well researched historical fiction novel! What I loved most was how the author dove into the psychological aspects of the diverse personalities that people have. What really makes a person good versus bad? She was brilliant in articulating how a person’s mind works and she does so with one of the most notorious historical figures – Adolf Hitler.

An Ember in the Ashes

I absolutely love this series! The best part of it all was the gripping and thrilling plot which had me flying through the pages eagerly anticipating what was going to happen next! I seriously could not put it down. The high stakes, the lurking danger at every corner, the secrecy, the ruthless villains and raw brutality had me shaking!

The Cruel Prince

When it comes to thrilling and captivating reads, I think Cruel Prince would top the list! I am usually quite hesitant to pick up books with a lot of hype since I am worried whether I would enjoy it or not but this one certainly lived up to the hype. The intense politics, the growing tension between characters, the deceptions and secrecy made it so interesting to read. (Let’s not forget all those crazy plot twists!) There was just so much going on that I had a plethora of annotations throughout the book! I can’t wait till I re-read this so I can go through all my reactions!

What about you lovelies? Do you have any scary/ thrilling reads to recommend? Let’s chat!

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

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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 – Favorite Tropes

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Hello everyone! Hope you are having a great start to your week! I’m here to take part with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt where we are talking about our favorite tropes! Let’s face it. Whenever we pick up books, we tend to find a lot of tropes interlaced throughout the pages but we have to admit, there are some which we can’t help but love.

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.

So without further ado, here are my favorite tropes:

Hate to Love (A Curse so Dark and Lonely, Stolen Songbird)

If you have previously read my blog, then you would know that I am not a fan of insta-love. The overall essence of it seems to be quite unnatural to me and it sometimes interferes with the flow of the story that it becomes unpleasant to read. I am a fan of the “hate to love” or the “enemies to lovers” trope where there are obstacles/ misunderstandings inhibiting the main characters from growing close but once they tend to move past these challenges, their relationship proceeds in a more natural and realistic way where it is interesting to see their growth.

Boarding School (Harry Potter, Truly Devious)

The overall atmosphere created with a boarding school (especially magical ones like Harry Potter) completely intrigues me. In one aspect, the attendees seem to have more freedom or independence to go on quests or expeditions and the overall themes woven into these stories are quite different.

Undercover/ Disguise (Spin the Dawn, An Ember in the Ashes)

One of the the aspects that I enjoy in stories involves characters who go undercover into dangerous locations or disguise themselves to take part in challenging missions since this would create escalated tensions and the high stakes that keep you on the edge of your seat. When I first read An Ember in the Ashes, I grew fearful for one of the main characters who had to enter into a dangerous Academy. With this trope combined with the fast moving plot, I ended up staying up until 4AM to complete it! HAHA

Forbidden Love (Prisoner of Night and Fog)

Another potential weakness of mine. The Forbidden Love trope. I am not sure why I seem to enjoy these so much since they are quite heartbreaking and tend to place me into a bucket of emotions. I guess it could be the realistic aspect of it? Love does not come easily and I think this trope showcases that (maybe in heightened levels). It also poses so many challenges that the characters have to overcome and also tests their level of passion, respect and loyalty for one another and I found that this aspect creates such a great read!

Gang of Misfits (Six of Crows, Aurora Rising)

Don’t we always love that ragtag crew of misfits joining forces to save the world? There is just something enticing about that entire concept. I think part of it is that we love to watch an underdog face multiple tribulations and grow to beat the odds in the end. It’s completely unexpected and exciting and adding this to a storyline gives something to cheer for.

Team Up! (The Lunar Chronicles, Orange, Harry Potter)

One of the best things a novel can offer are quality friendships. I absolutely love watching friendships grow between characters and sometimes even between the most unlikely pair! It offers a different relationship interwoven into the storyline and it quite refreshing to read about.

Playful Banter (Stalking Jack the Ripper)

I swear. This is another one of my weaknesses! I absolutely adore those playful banters! Sometimes it may not between characters who are romantically attracted to another but also between really close friends. This tends to add a lighter atmosphere to a storyline and can help to alleviate the tension from time to time. And I can’t help but adore these types of couples!

The Chosen One (Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Throne of Glass)

Ok, just to reiterate this for clarity purposes LOL – The Chosen One trope done right HAHA I think there are so many novels which incorporate this theme into their stories but there are certain aspects of this trope which needs to be carried out appropriately in order for it thrive. But once it is done right, this trope adds such a dynamic layer to the novel and brings so much thrill and excitement to readers like me. When you read about a moment when regular people find out that they are extraordinary, it makes you as a reader want to cheer for them since many people wish to see that as a reflection upon themselves.

A Book Lover (Sorcery of Thorns, Throne of Glass)

I absolutely fangirl over these characters! I mean as a book lover how could you not get excited over characters who share a similar interest to you? As soon as I learned that Sorcery of Thorns followed a story about a girl who worked in a magical library, I was automatically hooked and I knew I just had to read it!

AntiHero! (A Darker Shade of Magic, Vicious, Six of Crows)

It’s quite rare that we ever find ourselves following the villains of the story or characters who may not be completely good and tend to operate on a gray line. Such stories tend to create a world of possibility since we cannot typically predict what these characters may do. I think this is what makes it so interesting to read from their storylines and try to comprehend how and why they choose to do what they do.

So these were my top favorite tropes! Which ones do you tend to love? Do we share any similarities? Let me know your thoughts below and we can chat!

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

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Top Ten Tuesday – Settings I’d Like to See More Of

Hi Everyone! I hope you all are having a great start to your week! And since it’s Tuesday, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post! This week’s prompt is regarding settings that we would like to see more of. I always view reading to be my escape from my normal life into alternate worlds of magic, intrigue and thrill and I feel that a proper setting can capture those attributes. For some reason, I was unable to come up 10 settings but I have managed to list my top 8 below:

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.

And without further ado, LET’S GET INTO THE LIST!

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Carnivals

Ever since I read the Caraval series, I was amazed at what Stephanie Garber was able to build upon with a simple setting such as a Carnival/Circus. She added so many interesting plot lines, characters and magic which made the reading experience even more divine. I hope to pick up more novels that take place in this setting!

Asian/ African/ South America

Doesn’t diversity just add to the beauty of novels and reading in general? I absolutely love novels which are inspired by different cultures since it offers us so much more insight about the world around us and in addition, it makes for a great read as well. I was absolutely stunned with Children of Blood and Bone. The incorporation of African folklore along with an intriguing fantasy world made it such a more pleasure to read.

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Under the Sea 

I’ve always loved the water ever since I can remember and it seemed to be pretty obvious to people around me since my closest friends truly believe I’m part mermaid LOL I think the interest also expands to novels as well. Whether it be about a seafaring adventure, pirates, mermaids or sirens I know for sure that I will be immediately interested!

Schools

Harry Potter. Fangirl. School for Good and Evil. Truly Devious. Long story short – ever since I read these novels which were all in a school setting, I realized how much I loved these types of stories and only wanted to read more. It just creates a difference ambiance overall as compared to other novels and gives so much more room to explore different themes and plots.

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Space

I will admit it. I am avid lover of sci-fi novels! They are so interesting and have the potential to create such intriguing and gripping plot dynamics which are absolutely captivating. Ever since I read novels like Illuminae and These Broken Stars, I was stunned at why I never picked up books of this genre before. And eventually it lead me to series like the Lunar Chronicles and OMG my fervor only grew!

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Library

I’m actually reading A Sorcery of Thorns right now and “Libraries” popped into my head and I just had to include it! I mean who wouldn’t want to visit a magical library? That’s the dream!

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Fictional Worlds

There is something magical and wondrous about traveling into worlds which are drenched in complete fantasy and are completely different about our own. It allows room for the cultivation of interesting political and magic systems which are so interesting to read about. Novels such as A Darker Shade of Magic, Six of Crows and An Ember in the Ashes are just a few which I have thoroughly enjoyed which transport readers into worlds of intrigue and enchantment. Fantasy is my weakness. Can you tell? HAHA

World War II 

Recently I have a strong interest in the historical fiction genre and although there are plenty of books which are in the WWII category, I have listed it here since this type of setting does peak my curiosity. Ever since I read the Prisoner of Fog duology,  I developed a strong interest in worlds within this time period so if you do know any good novels within this setting, please let me know! I would definitely check it out!

What are your favorite settings?

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

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Top Ten Tuesday – Auto Buy Authors

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Hello everyone! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday and this week’s prompt is all about our favorite authors and which ones we would most likely auto buy from. I will say that it was a bit difficult to come up with 10 authors since I only thought of 6; but nevertheless, I find their work absolutely amazing and I hope you enjoy reading!

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 move on towards the list!

Marissa Meyer

The first author I thought of when reading this prompt had to be Marissa Meyer. Ever since her Lunar Chronicles series, I was absolutely addicted to her stories and writing style. I grew to be an even bigger fan after Heartless which was a backstory of the Queen of the Hearts and that was such an interesting take on fairy tale re-tellings since there is not a lot of literature which focuses on the villains. I am currently on the recent Renegades series and while it is not my favorite of her works, it is definitely one that I will be continuing on with.

 

Victoria Schwab

Now who doesn’t love Victoria Schwab? She is one of the authors I truly admire since she offers such diverse characters and intriguing stories/ worlds which we can’t help but drown into. Along with her writing skills and amazing story telling capabilities, it’s no wonder why she is so revered within the book community!

 

Stephanie Garber

The Caravel series by Stephanie Garber easily became one of favorite series of all time. The world is so different from anything else I have read and her themes of sisterhood, strength and love was beautifully interlaced throughout the series. Since this series has come to a close, I am so curious as to what project she will attempt in the future but I will for sure be picking up her next book!

 

Kerri Maniscalco

This series soon became a favorite of mine. After hearing many positive reviews about the first book, I really wanted to see what all the hype was. With the combination of amazing characters, hilarious banter and a thrilling plot line, I was completely hooked on this series and I can’t wait for the final book!

 

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Sabaa Tahir

The Ember in the Ashes series was an auto buy for me. I loved the first novel and as soon as I read it, I couldn’t wait for the next installment. She is amazing in developing plots where there are high stakes, danger and never ending twists and turns. I am eagerly anticipating the release of her final book to this series and I will for sure be picking up whatever future project she plans to do.

 

Sarah J. Maas

Ever since I picked up the first book of the Throne of Glass series, I was automatically hooked. Sarah is absolutely brilliant in building her world, creating stunning characters and writing addictive plots which we can’t help but be consumed by. I do understand that there is some controversies with her novels which she tried to correct with her latest releases but as a whole, I do think she is amazing in crafting superior fantasy worlds.

Hope you all enjoyed reading! Who are your auto buy authors?

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

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Characters

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It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday!!! And for this week’s prompt, its all about characters! So I decided to talk about my favorite female and male leads! This was a very hard list to create since I had to narrow it down to only 10. In addition, I wanted to create an even distribution so I decided to list my top 5 female leads and my top 5 male leads. Otherwise, we would have a pretty long list 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 move on towards the list!

Female Protagonist 

Laia An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I think Laia is a perfect example of a dynamic character. When reading the first book of the series, I was amazed at how her character grew from a scared, young girl to a strong and determined fighter. In addition, she grew to be more expressive of her feelings and I loved that aspect of her since it showcased a balance of strength and emotion.

KatnissThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss will forever be iconic in YA novels. I loved that even despite going through physical, emotional and mental challenges, she still remains strong. In addition,  I  loved reading about the immense care and love she had for her sister since that was something I could relate to since I have a younger sister as well. Although I do love Katniss, I also feel that a lot of the main characters in YA emulate her personality. Sometimes it feels so repetitive and becomes extreme that they seem strong but also void of emotion. In these cases, I can’t help but wish for something different and fresh.

Audrey WadsworthStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco 

Audrey was superior in many ways. I love that she did not fall into the typical YA warrior archetype. She was powerful in her own way through her knowledge and pursuit of studying forensic science. She also has a spark to her character and her banter with the male lead in this series is absolutely hilarious! 🙂

CressThe Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cress was simply adorable. I loved how she was a cute fangirl with her head full of fairy tale/ drama moments but at the same time she was a wiz when it came to computer tech. Her hacker skills were extraordinary as was her character growth. I loved reading from her perspective since I could relate to certain situations which she went through.

Delilah BardA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

Well. Is there anything we can say about her? She is just amazing! The amount of tenacity, intelligence, strength is stunning to see in her character. While I did not appreciate her reasons for being a thief in the beginning of the novel, I do believe that she does act rationally and at the end, she matures to a fantastic character. It was honestly hard to say goodbye when the series ended 😦

Male Protagonist 

Thomas Creswell –  Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco 

OH. MY. GAWD. Thank the lord I started reading Stalking Jack the Ripper series this year or else I would have never discovered this man LOL Thomas is a character who captured me from the start. He bears a close resemblance to Captain Thorne (that’s probably why I adore him so much) but I really loved reading about his approach to solving issues in the book. He also has a great level of intelligence in criminal investigations and always supports the female lead in this series which loved seeing.

EliasAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

One of the main reasons why I love Elias is because he was able to discover where his faults lie and was willing to fix them. Moreover, he was open about it and was not afraid to discuss it and why is was important for him to correct it (more so in the first book). I also loved that as a soldier, he was brave yet had empathy unlike his other fellow companions within the training academy. GOALS!

Captain ThorneThe Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Captain Thorne is probably one of the best characters in the Lunar Chronicles series. Every time I would read one of scenes, I could not help but smile at his hilarious comments! I also think he had really great character arc in this series as well and it was great to see his growth. (Ahem . . Why is this almost turning into a Book Boyfriend tag . . .Focus ASH! FOCUS!)

KellA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

Kell is a sweetheart. Yes, he is an Antari and wields powerful magic but he will always hold a special place in my heart. Throughout the series we see Kell grow from a lonely young man to one who discovers his true family had always been beside him. It was heartwarming to see the brotherhood between him and the future heir of Red London as well as the dynamics with the female lead Lila. I truly believe he is a character who showcases a perfect example of strength, vulnerability and compassion.

Kaz BrekkerSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Six of Crows duology is one of my favorite series of all time. One of the main points of interests in this novel are the characters and Kaz Brekker as the mastermind leader of the Dregs was phenomenal. I loved that you never really knew what he was thinking or planning to do and that made it even more interesting to read about him and where the story might go. Despite being criminals, I appreciated that the author provided glimpses to their pasts since it does help ground them and even help us as readers to relate to them. These are perfect cases where when you take away the labels and stereotypes, we see that at the end we are all human and we all feel the same way.

And this is my list! Who are your favorite characters? Did we have any similarities?

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

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