Teasers and Top Tens – November 14, 2017

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by “The Purple Booker.” Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The words used to describe it – despair, fear, anxiety, obsession – do so little to communicate it. Maybe we invented metaphor as a response to pain. Maybe we needed to give shape to the opaque, deep-down pain that evades both sense and senses.

~ Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

It has taken me a while to get into this book, not because it isn’t good, but because of the reading slump I’ve been in for the past several months. Getting over that now, because this book is pretty remarkable.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by “The Broke and the Bookish,” which still remains one of my favorite blog titles. Each week, a new topic is introduced and bloggers add their top ten lists accordingly. This week’s topic:

 Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read

Well, I already have children, so this will be both hypothetical and true to life. And if my kids have already outgrown these books, which they probably already have in some cases, then I will foist them on my grandkids, if I ever have any. Most of these books are special to me because they helped shape my own childhood. The rest are just awesome.

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I mean, come on. Every human should read those books, even if just to be aware of their cultural impact. Both of my kids have read these, so I feel like I’m doing good parenting-wise, at least in that respect.

2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – This was one of my favorite books as a kid, and was probably part of what made me such a big fantasy/sci-if fan as an adult. It’s a perfect blend of the two and draws you in. The whole series is great, but there’s something about that first one that is special.

3. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White -When I was a kid, this book was my jam! I think it was one of the first books I owned that I needed multiple copies because they kept falling apart because I read it so much.

4. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White – Giving E.B. White all the love on this post. I can’t help it – he was a big part of my childhood. While most people have at least heard of Charlotte’s Web, I don’t know if this one gets as much attention. it should. It’s a beautiful book.

5. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell – The first book that made me cry. This is another beautiful story, full of discoveries, bravery and the resilience of the human spirit. So good!

6. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – I know that I should have all of the Narnia books on this list, but I have special feelings for this one. My 3rd grade teacher read it out loud to our class, a chapter a day, and we were completely enthralled. Best part of our day. And if it leads kids to read the other books, that’s just icing on the cake.

7. The Fear Street series by R.L. Stein – I loved these books as a kid. Definitely for an older audience than the Goosebumps books are (and I never got into those), Fear Street was my introduction to spooky, scary stories that loved to play with your mind. So much fun!

8. The Whitney Cousins series by Jean Thesman – This series is about three cousins and how their lives intersect. The characters are fun, but they also deal with some heavy issues, which I think I important for kids to read.

9.  Any book by John Green – Moving on to the teenage years. I absolutely adore John Green and feel like his books would have really impacted me if I had read them as a teen instead of as an adult. His characters are engaging and complex and he doesn’t shy away from difficult topics.

10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Another book for a teen audience, this book is amazing. It both inspired me and completely destroyed me. In a good way, of course.

There is my Top Ten list for this week! Please share your list in comments so I can check it out!

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Teasers and Top Tens for 12/15

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Can you believe we’re half way through December already?? I sure can’t!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules if you’d like to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Outside the awning, up high on the skeletal platform where the caucus race commenced, sits one giant sphere. An inferno burns inside, licking the glass in hot oranges, yellows, and reds. At the end of the ceremony, We will walk in the midst of those flames with our groom, initiating our trial by fire. After that, We’ll be forever joined to him.

~ Ensnared by A.G. Howard

Yes, yes, I know. It’s only been a week and I’ve made it almost all the way through this trilogy again. Once I get it out of my system, I’ll get back to the other books I’m supposed to be reading right now. I promise!

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wpid-toptentuesday.jpgTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

I’m posting this list with a few exceptions. First off, I’m not listing any book that was a re-read for this year. These are all new books I read for the first time in 2015. Also, I am only including one book per series on this list. That cut my choices down a bit since I am trying very hard to complete series these days. Here are seven good books I discovered this year.

  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – This is ending up on a lot of my lists this year, just because it’s such a good book. It packs a solid punch to the gut, which makes you think about it long after you’ve finished reading.
  2. Ensnared by A.G. Howard – I know I’m sort of cheating with this one, but it did come out this year, which means that although I read the first two books previously, this one was still new. Love love love this series!
  3. These Broken Stars by Amie Kauffman & Meagan Spooner – This one had been on my radar for a while, just because the cover is so amazingly beautiful. Luckily, the story did not disappoint.
  4. The Magician King by Lev Grossman – This book saved this series for me. I hated The Magicians so much, but for some reason, I wanted to give book two a chance. I’m so glad that I did, because book two and book three are a whole different ballgame.
  5. The Doorknob Society by M.J. Fletcher – A book I got for free off of BookBub which lead me to read all five books in the series. This was a fun, quirky series which was very enjoyable.
  6. Redshirts by John Scalzi – I read a lot of heavy, serious stuff. I don’t know why I’m usually drawn to it, but I am. This book was a welcome respite to that. It’s fun and silly and just a good time.
  7. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent – I loved this whole series and I’m so glad that my friend and podcast co-host Jess forced me to read the first one. They were so so good!

Please leave your teasers and top tens in comments!

Teasers and Top Tens for 12/8

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“May I introduce you all to the main course?” Morpheus spreads out an arm with dramatic flair. “Dinner, meet your worthy adversaries, the hungry guests.”

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Yes, I am re-reading Splintered instead of reading the books I need to be reading right now. I’ve even already read it this year, so it’s not going towards by GoodReads goal. I can’t help it! I love this book so much!

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wpid-toptentuesday.jpgTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

I like these end-of-year topics. It’s nice to look back and see what cool new authors I’ve discovered. The funny thing is that this year, I’ve been really trying to complete old series that I started previously, so I haven’t read ten new authors. Here’s who I have read.

  1. M.J. Fletcher – I discovered this author when I got his book The Doorknob Society for free off of BookBub. It led me to getting the next four books right after because they were awesome.
  2. Christie Anderson – Another BookBub discovery, I read her Water Keepers series very quickly. The book covers in particular are gorgeous, but the story is pretty good too.
  3. Rainbow Rowell – I was so happy to finally read Rainbow Rowell this year. I had seen her at YallFest these past few years and really liked her. Eleanor & Park was an absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking read.
  4. John Scalzi – I always enjoyed Scalzi’s Twitter and blog posts, but this year I finally read one of his books. Redshirts is a really funny book, and a must read for Star Trek fans.
  5. April Genevieve Tucholke – I read her book, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, for the Bibliophiles Anonymous podcast. I haven’t gotten to read the next book yet, but I’m definitely going to.
  6. Rachel Vincent – I read the first book of the Soul Screamers series for the podcast as well, and of course, I had to immediately finish it as quickly as possible. I highly recommend them.
  7. K.J. Colt – Another BookBub find! I got her book, Concealed Power, from Bookbub, and then bought the rest of the series. Getting these free books is not always a good thing when it forces you to buy a bunch of other books!
  8. Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – I first saw These Broken Stars and fell head over heels in love with the cover. It’s a really good book, but I liked the second book even more. The third book just came out! I needs it!

There are my teasers and top tens! Please leave yours in comments!

Teasers and Top Tens – October 20th

TeaserTuesdays-ADailyRhythm3-300x203Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Miss her a little? God, was she daft? He was going to miss her more than a little. No, he wasn’t. He leaped to his feet and practically ran to the door. He wasn’t going to miss her at all. He was going to find her and bring her home.

 – The Girl With the Windup Heart by Kady Cross

This is the fourth and final book in this series (another one complete – yay!). I’ve really enjoyed these and have no idea why it took me this long to read them.

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wpid-toptentuesday.jpgTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

Their description: a new book from a certain author,  a reading superpower, a library that is your absolutely #librarygoals, a character to come to life, to met a certain author etc. etc.

  1. Harry Potter Prequel – I know many people want J.K. Rowling to basically dedicate the rest of her life to writing nothing but Harry Potter books (and I know it’s not really realistic to expect her to do so), but my goodness, I want the prequel series so bad! Lots of people want to hear about the founders, or about the next generation of kids, but I want Lily and James’s stories. The Mauraders. Snape. All of it!
  2. The Night Circus sequel – I don’t even think Erin Morgenstern has this in the works at all, but I really want it. Celia and Marco’s story was wrapped up pretty well, but what happens to Bailey and the Cirque du Reves? What happens to the twins? Why will I probably never know?
  3. Library E-books – I love my local library, I really do. And they have made some pretty good strides in including e-books to their collections. I have checked out e-books from them a few times, which was pretty awesome. The book downloaded to my Kindle, stayed there for two weeks, and then was automatically returned. If they could expand their e-book collection even further, that would be awesome.
  4. The Ability to Read in the Car – This might seem like a small thing, but for long road trips, it is torture. I can’t read in a moving car without getting extremely car sick. Like about-to-throw-up-and-or-pass-out sick. It’s not fun. And who deserves to be able to read on a road trip more than me? My husband and my daughter can both do it and I am extremely envious.
  5. Unlimited Book Buying Power – I always feel slightly guilty when I get a book for free. I want to support authors and allow them to be able to fund their writing careers (how else will I get more books from them?), but I also don’t have a large, unlimited supply of cash to buy books all the time. So here’s what a want – a magic wand that will get me any book I want and make the money appear in the author’s account immediately. The full, hardcover price too – I’m not stingy!
  6. Bookshelves Like the Tardis – I am very lucky to have an entire room dedicated to my books. My office is one of my favorite rooms in our house, but due to my magpie book gathering tendencies, the bookshelves are getting a little cramped. There really isn’t space to add more shelves, so I need some magic shelves that are bigger on the inside than they appear on the outside. Not sure how to make that work, so I need someone else to get on that.
  7. To Meet the Vlogbrothers – I have been very lucky to have met some of my favorite authors in person. Maureen Johnson. Stephanie Perkins. Libba Bray. But one favorite author is still on my bucket list, and that is John Green. I first became a fan from watching is YouTube channel, which is why I also want to meet his brother, Hank (who is not an author in the traditional sense, but still writes a lot and does a lot of other awesome stuff). I admire them both so much, so meeting them would be amazing.
  8. Deadline Magic – Since I follow so many authors and read so many series, it’s hard when you get really invested in characters and stories, and then hear that the next book won’t come out for a year. I don’t know exactly how this super power would work, but I would love to be able to say, “Oh, this book isn’t due out until next July? Let’s just sprinkle some magic fairy dust and . . . . boom! It now comes out this weekend! Whoohoo!”
  9. Extra Reading Time – I could probably figure out how to do this on my own, but if a genie could help out, that would be great. It’s so easy to get busy and just flat out not have time to read. I hate it. I also hate feeling guilty when I do take up a long period of time reading because there are other things I need to take care of. So yeah, genie. Some extra hours in the day would be nice.
  10. A Hidden Reading Nook –  I’ve seen pictures of these. Some are built into closets. Some are in little window seats. I especially like the ones that are hidden so that I could go hide from the world with my books for a while. Although if I had a hidden reading nook, it wouldn’t stay hidden for long. They would find me.

So there are my teasers and top ten entries for this week. Please leave yours in comments!

Teasers and Top Tens for 7/28/15

Teaser Tuesday NewTeaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules if you’d like to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“We’re all hauntings waiting to happen, Shaun. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you’ll get past wondering when our normal lives will be starting up again.”

Deadline by Mira Grant

I loved this line – it’s such a poetic sentiment in a book that is full of action and zombies and suspense.

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toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

I decided to break this into two parts: one for the physical books (or “dead tree copies” as my friend Jess calls them), and one for the ebooks that I’ve gotten. I get a lot of ebooks as a rule because of BookBub. If you haven’t checked out BookBub yet, you need to. You’ll thank me later.

First, the physical books:

  1. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan
  2. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I had mentioned these two a while back. I got them while browsing through Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago.

Now, the ebooks:

  1. Anathema by Megg Jensen (first book in the Cloud Prophet trilogy)
  2. UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn (book one in the An Unfortunate Fairy Tale series)
  3. Sara’s Game by Ernie Lindsey
  4. The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor (book one in The Woodlands series)
  5. The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski (book one in the Foreverland series)
  6. All the Blue-Eyed Angels by Jen Blood (book one in the Erin Solomon Mystery series)
  7. Torch Song by Shelley Singer (book one in the Blackjack series)
  8. Branded by Keary Taylor (book one in the Fall of Angels series)

Best part about all of these – I got them all for free. Such is the magic of BookBub. 🙂

Please leave your teasers and/or top tens in comments!

 

 

Teasers and Top Tens for 6/30/15

Teaser Tuesday NewHappy Tuesday everyone! Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

It took a little while after that, of course, but the whole thing had been set in motion, and I was suddenly looking at everything – the Cottages, everybody there – in a different light. I was now one of the ones leaving, and soon enough, everyone knew it. Maybe Ruth thought we’d be spending hours talking about my future; maybe she thought she’d have a big influence on whether or not I changed my mind. But I kept a certain distance from her, just as I did from Tommy. We didn’t really talk properly again at the Cottages, and before I knew it, I was saying my goodbyes.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

I love this book so much. My current plan is to finish it in time to post a review on Friday. I think I’m finally clawing my way out of the reading slump that has lasted OVER A MONTH.

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wpid-toptentuesday.jpgTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

According to my GoodReads, I’ve read 37 books so far. This isn’t great, since my goal was to read 100 this year. Curse you, reading slump!! Here are the ones I’ve enjoyed the most.

  1. Ensnared by A.G. Howard – Probably my favorite book I’ve read so far. The conclusion to the Splintered trilogy was so so so good.
  2. The Magician King by Lev Grossman – I really didn’t like the first book in this trilogy, but the second book was really well done.
  3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I had heard so many wonderful things about this book, and it lived up to all the hype, in my opinion.
  4. Redshirts by John Scalzi – This book was so fun. After all the super serious books I read, this one was a breath of fresh air.
  5. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – I love her webcomic, so this book collection was very enjoyable. She is really, really funny.
  6. Going Bovine by Libba Bray – This book is bizarre in the best way possible. It’s one of those books where you have no idea what will happen.
  7. Ironside by Holly Black – I wanted to finish her Modern Faerie Tales series and this was such a good finale.
  8. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – This was another re-read, but I love this book so much.
  9. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake – This was the sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood, which I also loved. This was a great follow up.
  10. The Doorknob Society by M.J. Fletcher – Got this book for free on BookBub and it made me have to buy the rest of the books in the series.

Please leave your teasers and top tens in comments!

 

Top Ten Tuesday for 6/23/15

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the lovely folks over at “The Broke and the Bookish.” They are celebrating five years of bookish good times over there! Congratulations! You are one of my favorite blogs out there! To celebrate, this week’s topic is:

Top Ten (or Six) Favorite Top Ten Tuesday Topics

1. Top Ten Kick-Ass Heroines – Because obviously.

2. Any of their yearly goal posts – I love setting goals, even if I don’t finish them.

3. Top Ten Secondary Characters – Let’s give the side kicks some love! I blogged about it and also did a podcast episode about it.

4. Top Ten New-To-Me Authors – I always get excited when I discover a new author, even if they’ve been writing for years.

5. Top Ten Inspiring Quotes – I love quotes and found a bunch of new ones to love on this topic.

6. Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves – Because I have a lot of them. A LOT. This was one I didn’t get to do a blog post on, but we did a bunch of them on the podcast.

What have been your favorite Top Tens over the years?