Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is books on our winter to be read list. These are the ten books I really should read or really want to read!

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1. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: Seriously, is there anyone who DIDN’T like These Broken Stars? If you have seen the early reviews, you know that there is a lot of praise and love for this book. It releases today and I plan to read it ASAP! I’m so ready to love this book, let’s hope the hype for it doesn’t let me down.

2. Sever by Lauren DeStefano: I read and loved the first two books in the Chemical Garden Trilogy but I still need to read the last one. I already started Lauren DeStefano’s newest trilogy, so I should read this one VERY soon!

3. Brooke by Veronica Rossi: Under the Never Sky is one of my favorite series, and one hand I want to read Into the Still Blue like RIGHT NOW, but I also don’t want this series to end. Luckily, I have this novella to tide me over until ItSB’s release. Can’t wait to read it, because I don’t think Brooke was a popular character.

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4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: This book sounds so amazing and totally something I’d enjoy. Plus, there’s a college setting and that’s something I’ve been wanting to read more of (and not like the typical NA).

5. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis: I love this series and I need to know how it’s all going to end! A Million Suns ended on SUCH a cliffhanger!

6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: Okay, Shatter Me has been on my wishlist for ages! I finally bought it a couple weeks ago, and now I can finally read it.

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7. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: Shadow and Bone is AWESOME and now I want to read Siege and Storm so bad! I actually bought these two books together, so I have it already. Now just read it.

8. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor: Daughter of Smoke and Bone was so good and Laini Taylor writes wonderfully. I bought Days of Blood and Starlight MONTHS ago & I need to read it soon but this book is so big, it’s kind of daunting.

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9. Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck: This book has been the longest on my TBR-pile of all of my books, so maybe I should finally read it? It’s a little sad that I kind of lost interest in this series, but I can’t leave this book unread forever, right?!

10. The Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel: This book comes out December 19th and I plan to read it very soon. It’s set in Scotland, which for me is my main draw. You might not know this, but I’ve fallen in love with Scotland after studying there for a semester, so every book that’s set in Scotland goes automatically to my wishlist.

These are my picks for this week’s topic, let me know what you think!

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2014 Releases I’m Dying to Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is 2014 releases we can’t wait to read. Since a few weeks back we listed the sequels we can’t wait for, this list is sequel free on purpose. Also, no debuts, since that’s the topic in a few weeks!

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1. The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson: Jodi Lynn Anderson is one of my favorite authors and her book Tiger Lily is one of my all time favorites. It made me cry! Anyway, I don’t really know what this book is about, since I don’t want to spoil myself before reading. Which I will OF COURSE.

2. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: Have you seen the early reviews for this book? Seriously, nothing but praise. Which means I’ll love it too, RIGHT? I have this pre-ordered so please let me love you book.

3. Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick: RUSSIA. That’s enough for me to be SO EXCITED for Tsarina. I love books with foreign settings.

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4. The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer: I read Sarah Strohmeyer’s ‘Smart Girls Get What They Want’ this year and adored it. It’s seriously really cute and Sarah writes the best side characters. I’m really excited for The Secrets of Lily Graves because it sounds so different (it’s set in a funeral parlor) and it’s supposedly a lot like Pretty Little Liars, which is my guilty pleasure (The TV show, that is). Also, doesn’t the girl on the cover look like Zooey Deschanel?

5. On the Fence by Kasie West: I loved Kasie West’s Pivot Point and I’m anxiously awaiting its sequel Split Second. Katie also writes contemporary books, which I have yet to read but I really want to. Hopefully they are as good as Pivot Point.

6. Panic by Lauren Oliver: Finally an other contemporary from Lauren Oliver! I love Before I Fall, but I’ve yet to read the Delirium series because people aren’t so positive of it. Hopefully this is more like Before I Fall.

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7. Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel: WITCHES, that’s mainly why I want to read this book. I love books with witches (maybe my love for Harry Potter had something to do with this?) so I need to read this one.

8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: After reading Jamie’s review for this book, I knew I had to read this. She recommends going in blind and that’s what I’m going to do! I used to do that a lot and I’ve been meaning to do so lately.

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9. Little Blue Lies by Chris Lynch: The synopsis for this book was written really well in my opinion, because I love the writing style. I hope that the book itself is written in the same way. Also, it follows some kind of crime family, so that’s really intriguing!

10. Killer Instinct by Shannon Greenland: Or S.E. Green of course! Anyway this book sounds SO SO intriguing and awesome. The main character hunts criminals & studies serial killers because she fears she might be one herself.

These were my ten picks, what did you think of them?

Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On

Top ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is (2014) sequels we can’t wait for. While making up this list I found out that I’m not actually in the middle of a lot of series, despite that it feels that way for me. This could be because I have quit on quite a lot of series or that I have read older series when all the books were already published. Either way, this means no more complaining about waiting on sequels anymore.

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Throne of Glass series: I NEED MORE CHAOL <3. While this third book in the Throne of Glass series has no cover or blurb yet, I don’t care because it’s my most anticipated 2014 release. This whole series is EPIC and I’m a true Sarah J. Maas fangirl.

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The Lunar Chronicles: I loved Cinder, but I loved Scarlet even more. I’m not sure how I could possibly love Cress more, but I’m hoping it’s a trend for me in this series.

into the still blue by veronica rossi

Under the Never Sky series: Under the Never Sky is one of my all time favorite books. Seriously, I love it to pieces. I was a little bit disappointed with Through the Ever Night, but that may be because my expectations were too high. Still, I love this series and I’m a little bit sad it’s going to end next year.

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Everneath series: This series has one of the best love triangles ever. And that’s coming from someone who usually loathes them. First I was Team Jack, but after book 2 I’m definitely Team Cole ❤ Also, Brodi Ashton writes killer endings. Seriously, she’s the Queen of Cliffhangers. BUT YOU BETTER NOT END THIS SERIES ON A CLIFFHANGER!

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The Internment Chronicles: I love, love, love Lauren DeStefano’s writing style. I love the Chemical Garden Trilogy (although I haven’t read the last book yet!), and this new series is no exception. I really need the next one like RIGHT NOW because after I read the last page I was SO SURE there were more chapters coming. I NEED to know what happens next.

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Pivot Point series: Is this series just a duology? I thought it was a trilogy! *freaking out right now because that means Split Second is the last one*

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The Grisha series: Have I read Siege and Storm yet? Nope. But Shadow and Bone was so amazing that I just have a feeling that I’ll love this whole series.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone series: Yet again a series where I haven’t read the second book yet but I’m already craving for the third (and last). There’s no denying that Laini Taylor is one of the best writers ever, and those titles for this series are gorgeous and truly fitting.

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Blood of Eden series: This TTT topic has made me realize how many second books I STILL haven’t read yet, because I also haven’t read the second book in this series. But the first book was awesome! And I have the second one! I need more badass vampires. And Kanin, pretty please.

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The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten: I can anticipate the last book in a series when I haven’t even started that series, right? That’s totally normal, right? I have the first two in the series, and I love Julie Kagawa so obviously I can’t wait on this sequel.

So basically this TTT is me feeling like a failure at reading series. Please tell me I’m not the only one who starts series only to ‘forget’ reading the next one?

Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s topic is the ten books that we wish had sequels for whatever reason. This topic was so hard, I almost couldn’t think of any to add to my list. I blame the publishers for publishing almost solely series and no stand-alones.

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1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: 7 books obviously aren’t enough. Not even far! I have SO MUCH LOVE for this series and especially its characters, so I’m still eagerly anticipating that Harry Potter encyclopedia I hope she’s going to write/publish. Preferably with updates for ALL characters. BUT I would also love sequels featuring the Marauders or Harry’s kids at Hogwarts. SO MANY OPTIONS.

2. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares: While I absolutely love this book (it’s one of my favorites), it has one of the worst endings EVER. The ending looks SO MUCH like a set-up for a sequel, but until now there still hasn’t been one. I need it badly, to just get a little closure, you know?

3. The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares: Well, this is her second mention in this list, so she better get writing, right? I love Lena and Kostas, so I would love to read some more about just them. Don’t get me wrong, I love all four main characters, but I could always relate a lot to Lena, so that’s why I only want to read more about her.

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4. Persuasion by Jane Austen: Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel (although I have yet to read Sense & Sensibility and Mansfield Park). Anne Elliot is a great character and Wentworth is my favorite Austen hero. So obviously this is never going to happen, but I would have loved to read about the younger Anne falling in love with Wentworth.

5. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: I love the narration of this book so much as it’s so unique: Tinkerbell is actually the narrator of this story about Tiger Lily and Peter Pan. While I have to admit I cried a little at the ending of this book, I would have liked to read more about Tinker herself. I get it, it’s Tinker telling Tiger Lily’s story, but I got attached to Tinker to the point of wanting to learn more about herself.

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6. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles: I’ve really enjoyed Simone’s Perfect Chemistry series (they are all companion novels actually), but I loved Rules of Attraction the most out of all three books. I just love the chemistry between the two main characters, Carlos and Kiara (one of my all-time fave YA couples) so so much. Give me more!

7. Raised by Wolves series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: I think this series ended quite perfectly, but there was one side character I absolutely adore (Lake) and I would love to read more about her.

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So you see, I failed at listing ten again. I just could not think of any more to add! I’m not sure if this means that I’m perfectly satisfied with the endings of the books I’ve read, or if I just haven’t finished enough series, though.

Let me know if you would like to read more about these books! Don’t forget to leave a link to your TTT so I can check them out.

Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at the The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s topic is our top ten favorite beginnings and/or endings in books. I have decided to split my post and share my favorite book beginnings AND endings, because this post was actually REALLY HARD due to my bad bookish memory. I had such a hard time figuring out the exact beginnings and endings of certain books!

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1. Firelight by Sophie Jordan: If there’s one book that opens right in the middle of action, it’s Firelight. The opening chapter was REALLY exciting to read about and ultimately was a great introduction to the main characters, the world building and the plot without ONE part of info dumping. I was hooked on this book from the first chapter.

 

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2. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen: This book is a great example of already wanting to know how it all ends right after you finish the first chapter. Why? Because The Luxe begins with a description of the main characters’ funeral. How can you not want to finish this immediately to figure out what happened?!

 

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3. Wither by Lauren DeStefano: You guys, this opening chapter is SO BEAUTIFUL! Lauren’s prose is so so pretty and . Even if you don’t agree and/or like the plot of her books, you seriously cannot deny me in saying that her words are harrowing and beautiful. I knew she was going to be one of my favorite authors after I read the first chapter. SO MUCH LOVE.

 

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4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis: The concept is what attracted me to this book in the first place. I needed to read this book because SPACESHIPS but also because the geek in me was screaming HOW COOL TO WAKE UP IN THE FUTURE. Only, that first chapter made me really think, IS it even that awesome as I assume?

endings Everneath5. Everneath by Brodi Ashton: Brodi Ashton is the Queen of Cliffhangers. I mean, I love her Everneath series, but the endings are pure turtore. It’s unexpected and so unpredictable, you’re so shocked that you didn’t see it coming and then BAM, last page. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

 

 

64828376. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: Just as with Lauren DeStefano, Lauren Oliver’s words are so, so beautiful. I love her prose. While reading I had no idea how she could possibly end this, but she handled it perfectly. It wasn’t the obvious Happily Ever After, which I always want when I come to love the characters, BUT the book would not have benefited from such an ending. This ending was shocking and ultimately, after many thoughts about it, satisfying.

 

1362517. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: I have so much love for the Harry Potter series, so I already know I will probably feature it a lot in future Top Ten Tuesdays. Seriously, J.K. Rowling is my queen (isn’t she to almost all of us though?). I know some readers consider the very last chapter (I’m talking about the epilogue) too cheesy and some even say that it reads like bad fan-fiction. Not me though, I LOVE this ending.

 

62398738. Splendor by Anna Godbersen:  Okay, so The Luxe series is on my best beginning AND ending list, but don’t assume that this is because this series is perfect. It’s not. But after having read and loved four books I came attached to the characters, and while the ending wasn’t the perfect HEA I would have wanted for them, this ending is way more realistic and satisfying.

blackdotsSo yes, for my first Top Ten Tuesday I already failed at listing ten choices. This may or may not be a regular thing. Who am I kidding of course I will fail again.

Do you agree with any of my choices or do you disagree completely? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to leave a link to your own TTT!