Top Ten Tuesday – Rainy Day Reads

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Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great start to the week! It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! And for this week’s post, it’s all about Rainy Day reads. I don’t have anything specific I read during Rainy Days, but I mostly reach for books which may offer an escape or fit the ambiance which reflects the dark atmosphere. And knowing me, it would most likely be dark fantasy with a mix of other genres as well 🙂

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, here is my list!

1.A Darker Shade of Magic

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Basically anything from Victoria Schwab could be an ideal answer for a rainy day read. I feel that she truly captures that dark atmosphere with her morally gray characters and her thrilling and high stake plots which you can’t help but devour!

2. Six of Crows

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The Six of Crows duology is for sure a gritty and dark novel with it’s setting in Ketterdam and its the group of criminal characters lead by a devious mastermind. And when you add in the action packed plot for pulling off the greatest heist, how could you not pick this up as a rainy day read?

3. Stalking Jack the Ripper

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Rainy days are truly reflective of a dark mysterious atmosphere and when thinking of books which can best represent these attributes I couldn’t help but think of this novel. Set in the Victorian Era with a serial killer wrecking havoc among the streets of London along with an empowered female lead who is determined to be a forensic scientist, it really does bring together a great premise for thrilling read.

4. Wolf by Wolf

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As soon as I read the summary of this novel, I was automatically drawn to it. An alternative history where the Nazi Party wins the war? A motorcycle race infiltrated by a girl who goes undercover to win so she can end the leader of the Nazi regime? How does that not seem intriguing? Anything from this time period is frankly very interesting to read since you can learn a lot about history. The author did a fabulous job creating a balance of history and fiction while maintaining that thrilling and dark atmosphere which is the reason why this soon became one of my favorite historical fiction novels.

5. The Illuminae Files

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Now let’s move onto a different genre: Science Fiction! And what better book to introduce a dark and mysterious aura than The Illuminae Files!!! If you have not read this series yet, I highly recommend that you do since it is a thrilling and gripping novel set in outer space and is uniquely told through interview transcripts, e-mails, texts, etc. It is definitely something I sometimes reach for during a rainy day, especially if I want a quick and thrilling read.

6. Prisoner of Night and Fog

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Coming back to historical fiction novels, I would definitely say that this book is certainly a rainy day read. It’s creepy, it’s thought provoking and at times terrifying, which would make you want to snuggle into a blanket with your eyes glued onto the gripping pages. When I first read Prisoner of Night and Fog, it definitely had a dark ambiance which completely fits this atmosphere since it does explore Hitler’s inner circle and his character with some blood-chilling moments.

7. A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Something about high fantasy reads just screams rainy day reads to me, especially those which have a darker tone to it. Not only does this novel incorporate elements of fantasy, but it also is a dark fairy tale re-telling unlike any other. Set in a land ruled by fae, this re-telling of Beauty and the Beast is more gripping. I will admit that it does take time for the story to pick up but Sarah J. Maas always does such a great job in building magical and thrilling worlds which we get pulled into and I really appreciated that.

8. Truly Devious

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Recently, I have been into a lot of mystery novels and I feel like this one is the best to read during a rainy day. Told with multiple flashbacks, there are two mysteries which are investigated in the novel – one happening in the present and another which happened in the past. I’m not going to lie. There are moments which had me shook! For these reasons, I would say that this is a perfect Rainy Day read! 🙂

9. Hush, Hush

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Now stepping into the paranormal genre, I would honestly recommend this series. I understand that there are a lot of other paranormal ya fiction out there but for some reason, this one stuck out to me than the rest. It has been some time since I last picked up this book but when I initially read it, I remember being very intrigued by the level of mystery where you are not sure on who to trust. There are times when there were creepy situations which made my heart panic haha I would definitely be curled up in my blanket with a hot drink and this book in my hand with a thunderous storm looming outside.

10. Caraval

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Caraval became an easy favorite of mine as soon as it was released. I remembered staying glued to the pages for hours while highly anticipating what could happen next. While it is an addicting, magical novel, I also believe it would be great to read during a rainy day since its also quite dark and mysterious. When reading Caraval, there are times when you would question what choices to make and wonder whether the so-called “game” within the story really is a “game.”

What are your recommendations for a rainy day read? Have any of you tried this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt? Link it down below and I will definitely check it out! 🙂

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

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

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Hello everyone! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday and for this week’s post we need to address the outrageous things we’ve done for the love of books. Let’s face it. Being a book blogger or an avid lover of books could place us in some silly situations and I’m here to share a couple with you! I think this has got to be my favorite Top Ten post ever. Gawd I’m so EXTRA LOL

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, here is my list!

1. Pulled an All Nighter til 4AM – This was all because of one book – An Ember in the Ashes. As I mentioned in my review for this novel, it was so addicting. It was because the stakes were so high and the characters were placed in crazy situations and as readers, all we can do is just sit in anticipation wondering what in the world could happen next. And I didn’t even realize how late it was until I heard my family getting ready for work  LOL

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2. Suffered Back Pain – Nope. You didn’t misread, this did happen recently while I was reading Hunting Prince Dracula. I think the hardest thing to do while reading is finding a good reading position. Ahem. . .it’s pretty obvious that I didn’t really find mine. My usual reading spot is on my bed and I was pretty addicted to my book so I didn’t really pay attention to anything else. Which is why I woke up to a severe back pain in the morning. *slow motion clap*

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3. Read at Work – Ok, so hear me out! I have a logical reason for this, I swear! You know when you are reading a novel and every single time we have those darn cliffhanger endings? That was the case for this reason. So whenever I had a break or when my coworkers would want to go out for lunch, I would stay with my novel on my desk, determined to finish a couple of chapters . . . . That didn’t really sound convincing. But you get my point right?

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4. Nearly broke down when my book covers don’t match – Yes, I am that person LOL Maybe I’m being a little over dramatic, but I do like to keep my shelves organized and it can be frustrating when I do spot a cover change T_T

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5. Brought books to vacation just in case – Well . . . you never know when you might need it right? Who am I kidding? With my family, there is barely enough time to sleep when I am on vacation so when will I even find the time to read? And despite knowing this, I still bring a couple books in my suitcase!

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6. Glared when people try to talk to me when I am reading – Just to clarify, this tends to happen with people I know and not with strangers haha Even if I purposely place myself in seclusion to read my novel, someone would think this is the perfect opportunity to start a conversation and ask questions about something I do not particularly have any interest in. Of all times, WHY NOW???

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7. Bought an extra a copy of the book in Hard Cover so my series are uniform – Hey now, don’t give that look. I’m sure this happens to the best of us . . . . In my case, this was because my Falling Kingdom series were all in hardcover except the first book so when I found the first book in hardcover in a local book sale, I immediately grabbed it!

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8. Forgot to Turn the Stove Off – Let’s face it. Sometimes we are just a little too invested in our books. A similar situation happened to me when I was heating up milk on the stove and it ended up overflowing and creating a mess . . . my Mom was not happy hehehe Not sure what gif to use for this one soooo:

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9. The amount of hours I spend working on my blog – As bloggers, it is necessary for us to be consistent with our posts and network with other bloggers in order to learn and grow our own blog. Long story short – It takes a lot of effort and time to maintain a blog and I feel like I am constantly preparing posts or scheduling times on my calendar on when to release my final drafts.

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10. Hiding books from the FAM – So there was a period of time where I did not own bookshelves so a lot of my books were just scattered all over my room. And whenever my parents would saunter in, they would often give a look of clear judgement. So when I noticed my collection was growing,  I did what any logical person would do – I “cleaned” up by hiding a couple in my closet or dresser. I mean. . . what are you going to do?

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I hope you all enjoyed this post, I had so much fun writing this. Any of you done outrageous things for the love of books? And if you completed the Top Ten prompt for this week, link it below and I will check it out! 🙂

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

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Top Ten Tuesday – Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

 

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It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s post is related to the things which make me pick up a book. I super excited for this one! 🙂

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, here is my list:

Diversity

I absolutely love stories which include people of various beliefs/backgrounds, new cultures, traveling to new destinations, etc. This is the part of reading that intrigues me and what I find so endearing! Part of reading includes gaining knowledge but not just in terms of school curriculum but also to learn about the world around you and see life with an open mindset.

Forbidden Love Trope

I will admit it. I am one of those readers who absolutely adores the forbidden love trope! But NOT in a Romeo & Juliet sense. That’s a separate discussion lol I am referring to books such as the Prisoner of Night and Fog duology where there is a romance between a Jewish reporter and a German girl who grew up within Hitler’s inner circle. Such situations create an interesting and also thrilling premise for what’s to come in the novel and it also heightens the stakes and makes you root for the main leads even more!

Friendships

Reading about friendships is something that warms my heart. And when they are strong female friendships, I am even more excited! There are so many types of media that place women against one and I think we need to move in a more positive direction to urge women to support one another. Let’s face it. We are all on the same team. And we should try our hardest to understand each other.

Fantastical World

For me, reading is an escape and when I am transported to fantastical worlds, it gives me the utmost joy! It’s no surprise since I adore fantasy novels. One example would be the Shades of Magic trilogy. Victoria Schwab did an amazing job cultivating the world and magic system that you almost believe it’s real!

Enemies to Lovers Trope

I am definitely not a fan of insta-love. It just seems so unrealistic to me. So when I read novels which hints the enemies to lovers trope, I would automatically pick it up – No questions asked! I think this situation also gives opportunity for a lot of witty banter and hilarious situations and it makes a book even more fun to read. In addition, it also shows the growth of the characters and how their relationship evolved over time and I absolutely love seeing this process.

Favorite Authors

Through my book blogging years, I discovered so many authors which I have grown to love. Some include Victoria Schwab, Marissa Meyer, Sabaa Tahir and Sarah J. Maas. Their work is absolutely astounding and so well written and if you have not read any books from them, I would definitely recommend their novels since they are just so well done from character growth to world building. They showed so much potential in their debut novels and have delivered in their later works. There is absolutely no doubt that if I ever see a new release from them, I will definitely be picking that up!

Positive reviews

Another reason I tend to reach for new books is through recommendations from you lovely book lovers! I would not have found new novels which I have grown to love without the help of you guys! Some bloggers have recommended to me Throne of Glass, Stalking Jack the Ripper, Truly Devious and The Shades of Magic series and these are all books which I have enjoyed reading. So a big thanks to you guys ❤

Favorite genre – Sci Fi/Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Mystery

When a book falls within my favorite genre, I’m sold. It’s very difficult to convince me otherwise haha It may be a matter of preference but I honestly felt that most of the books I have read within these genres have turned out to be my favorite novels of all time so they have become a determining factor for whether I automatically reach for a book. However, I am trying to keep an open mind and explore new genres to expand my reading experience – you know?

Fairytale Re-telling

I have a serious weakness for Fairytale re-tellings, especially authors who place a dark spin to the tales we have grown up with through Disney movies or middle grade books. Recently, there are also tales of a villain backstory such as Heartless by Marissa Meyer and these are even more intriguing to read about. Although we are aware of the conclusion, it still makes it such an interesting read to see a character grow to become one of the most iconic villains of all time.

Synopsis

One of the most important deciding factors on whether I pick up a book would have to be the synopsis. It’s the basic outline of the plot and if it peaks my interest, I will automatically start looking it up on GoodReads, checking the rating or learning about the author. If it is something that intrigues me, I will definitely be checking it out!

What are your top reasons for picking up a book? And if you have done this week’s prompt, link it down below and I will check it out!

And a side note – Were you guys able to snatch those Avengers Endgame tickets this morning? LOL Those twitter reactions were hilarious! 🙂

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

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite OST/ALBUMS

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It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! For this week’s post, its an audio freebie so I decided to list my Top Ten Original Soundtracks and Albums/Artists.

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, here is my list:

 

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  1. BTS

If you have seen my previous posts, then this should be no surprise to you HAHA And if you are new here – Hi. Hello. Welcome 🙂  Let me introduce you to the artistic beauty that is BTS – a boy band from South Korea. My favorite would have to be the Love Yourself series which was something I was able to connect to with the intensity of the lyrics and the beauty of the musical composition. Such examples of the artistic quality of their music would be DNA and Serendipity, both which just stunning to listen to. I love that they could be dance tracks but they also have such magnificence within the lyrics. BTS also breaks the general stereotypes that boy bands only sing love songs with producing music which is empowering such as MIC DROP and IDOL. Other tracks I love include Outro Tear, Magic Shop and Answer: Love Myself which hold so much positivity and hope which is something that I am grateful for since it is difficult to maintain that attitude during the toughest points in your life. Being a true ARMY at heart, you better believe this girl is ready for their new album release on April 12th.

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  1. Black Panther

OK, I am in love with this film. Oscar worthy indeed! For this movie, I have to include both the original score as well as the album because they are equally amazing! All the Stars by SZA and Kendrick Lamar was my go-to song in 2018 and it still is today. I feel like I play it at least once every single day since it’s a song you can listen to whatever mood you are in. It’s uplifting, it’s beautiful, it’s powerful and OMG I love it! As for my favorite OST track, it would probably have to be the main theme Wakanda. Who can ever forget this iconic theme? And Killmonger! OMG I love that his theme has a hip hop vibe threaded into the track. It just suits the character so much. If you guys have not seen this movie yet, I highly recommend it because it’s awesome and everything you want in a movie! WAKANDA FOREVER!

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  1. Lion King

Oh gawd . . . I think I might tear up. If I were to share a bit of info about me, it is how much of an emotional impact this movie had on me. It brings back so much emotions, nostalgic memories (both happy and sad) and it’s just so powerful for an animated feature.  Hans Zimmer himself is just a Musical GOD in my opinion. Every track he created in this film has so much emotional weight that you can feel the anguish, pain, bliss, euphoria and empowerment. Some of my favorite tracks are Remember, Under the Stars and for the musical numbers, who can ever forget the majestic nature of Circle of Life and the humorous and joyful Hakuna Matata? I can’t wait to relive my childhood this July with the live action film! I will be bringing a bucket for my tears!

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  1. Kung Fu Panda

Since we are on the topic of Hans Zimmer’s musical brilliance, of course I had to mention Kung Fu Panda. Oogway’s theme is a track which resonates within my soul whenever I watch this film. With the addition of using the melancholy notes of the Ehru, it just tugs at your heartstrings. Its honestly one of favorite instruments ever!

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  1. Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit

Whenever I hear Concerning Hobbits, I take a trip through memory lane. It’s so cute and fluffy and just puts your mind at rest – pretty much describes hobbits! I also adore the Breaking of the Fellowship. It’s a theme that was so iconic back in the day and it perfectly captures the emotions on screen. As for the Hobbit, I would definitely choose Sons of Durin – it’s so badass I can never forget that scene! Another track would be Courage and Wisdom – the one that broke my heart when I watched this in theaters.

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  1. Dunkirk

So no surprise, its Hans Zimmer again. Musical scores are composed in such a way to capture the emotion on screen and relay it to the audience and I think this is a perfect example of that phenomenon. The amount of sacrifice and power was just beautifully captured in tracks such as Home. And the escalating tension and danger was seen in tracks like Mole. And if you have not seen this film, please do since this is one of the most brilliantly done war films that perfectly captures heroism and the fight to conquer the darkness even with fear running through our blood.

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  1. Wonder Woman

This film not only made tremendous waves with the stunning introduction of a powerful female superhero but also with it’s complementary OST which is a combination of power, strength and wisdom and that just perfectly captures the essence of who Wonder Woman is. My favorite track would have to be No Man’s Land. This scene was EVERYTHING!! You don’t understand the amount of FEELss I went through when I saw this scene in theaters.

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  1. Titanic

There was a time when I was obsessed with this soundtrack and I still adore a few tracks from the album. Some of which include Never an Absolution, Hymn to the Sea and Rose. The intensity of these tracks completely captured the romance on screen and it’s no wonder it was such a commercial success.  And let’s be real, JACK was ultimate goals!!

“He saved me, in every way a person can be saved.” ❤

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  1. Mulan

Being the Disney fan I am, it’s no surprise I added another film created by this studio. Along with the Lion King, Mulan is another one of my favorite Disney films of all time! When I first watched this film, I saw the female protagonist was portrayed far differently than the other Disney princesses. She was awkward, humorous, and slightly clumsy and I was like OMG THAT’S ME!!! I swear I am so clumsy, I trip over AIR (Gawd I’m so lame).  And I saw the journey of this character who soon became the savior of CHINA. And I was enchanted and uplifted by this film! My favorite themes would have to be iconic Short Hair track which I am sure everyone who watched this movie remembers this scene! She was a complete BAWSE!

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  1. Chainsmokers

Closer was the track that started it all. Within time, I was completely captivated with their music! And a close second would be Paris. Although it wasn’t a title track which had much of hype, I just loved the magnificence of the musical composition and the instrumental bit at the end. It’s so uplifting and beautiful!

What are your favorite OSTs/Albums?

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 Spring 2019 TBR

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Do you know what day it is? Tuesday! And it’s the perfect time to start my first Top Ten Tuesday Post! Yayyyy!! This week’s post is about the top ten Books On My Spring 2019 TBR! And I am so excited to share these books with you all!

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, here is my Spring TBR list!

  1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Mass

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Can you all believe that I am only getting into this series just now? *sighs* Now I get it guys! I get the hype behind it and OMG I am so addicted! I am definitely making it a priority to complete this series by this year and hopefully continue with the ACOTAR series. There is just something about Sarah. J. Maas’s vision, characters, and writing that pulls you into the story. So far I am on track and I am currently on this book and I can’t wait for what’s in store!

2. The Knife of Never Letting Go

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I saw this book circulating around booktube from some time now and everyone had great reviews for it that it peaked my interest. I usually do not lean towards dystopian genres as much as I used to but the premise sounded really interesting. Mix together a bit of action, adventure along with twists and turns and you have me onboard! And recently, I found out that it’s going to be a movie starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley so I have to learn more on this series!

3. Keeper of the Lost Cities

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After reading the School for Good and Evil, I really wanted to venture into more Middle Grade novels and that was when I came upon this series. And from the reviews on various platforms and Regan from PeruseProject, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to add this to my Spring TBR!

4. The Cruel Prince

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I feel that The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King are the two books which are the most talked about in the book community right now. And nearly everyone had been raving about. It’s about time that I picked up these books ASAP haha

5. Vicious

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Ever since I read the Shades of Magic series, I wanted to read more of Victoria Schwab’s adult novels. I was always apprehensive about venturing into adult literature but I feel that Victoria’s novels are the best ones to start off with. Her characters, the world and the writing is so captivating and for this reason, I can’t wait to pick up Vicious!

6. Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke

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I actually had this book on my TBR for the longest time and I recently just finished it and OMG I have so much FEELS!! My review will be up soon so I can gush about it haha

7. Hunting Prince Dracula

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There was no doubt I would add this to my TBR list. Ever since I read the first book in the series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, I was obsessed with this story line, the setting and the characters. I love how the author follows the perspective of a young women and her interest in forensic science especially given the time period. It was great following her journey in the first book and I can’t wait to see what mystery awaits the characters in the next one! 🙂

8. Vanishing Stair

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Okkkkk after that ending from Truly Devious, I guess it’s pretty obvious I am going to read the sequel haha

9. Warcross

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I started WarCross sometime ago but i WAS DISTRACTED BY ANOTHER BOOK! GAHHH!!! And ever since then, I never got a chance to pick it up again. So I am making it a priority to give this book another chance this Spring, especially since I love the Sci-Fi genre and nearly everyone in the book community has nothing but great comments about this book.

10. A Curse so Dark and Lonely

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I always loved a good fairy tale re-telling. Ever since reading the Lunar Chronicles and Heartless, I always look forward to an author’s twist on classic fairy tales and when I found out this book is a Beauty and the Beast re-telling, I was immediately interested. I also had a chance to browse through many of the blog reviews and the majority of the response was positive so I am looking forward to it!

What books are you planning to read this Spring? If you did this week’s top ten, comment with your link so I can check it out.

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