Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

 

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.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Unpopular Bookish Opinions.  Honestly I don’t know how unpopular any of my opinions really are. I half expect when I post this that I’ll learn lots of people share my opinions.  If not…

 

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10 Unpopular Bookish Opinions

 

 

  • I can’t stand Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.  I love several of his other books, but I’ve tried to read American Gods twice now and have DNFed it both times.  I don’t get it since pretty much everyone else I know loves it, but it’s just not for me.

 

  • Every once in a while, the movie (or TV show) is better than the book.  I don’t say this often, but I do believe it in a few rare cases.  The 100 comes to mind. I love the TV series but couldn’t get through any of the books.

 

  • Bookshelves organized by color aren’t my thing.  Don’t get me wrong – I think they look absolutely beautiful, especially in Instagram photos, but honestly, if I were to organize my books that way, I’m pretty sure I’d never be able to locate a book on them again.  Plus, what if series books aren’t the same color? I need my series together on the shelf.  I need a more practical system, even if it’s not as asthetically pleasing.

 

  • Standalones > Series.  Even though I read a lot of series, I honestly still prefer standalones.  I prefer following characters from the beginning to the end of a single book and then being finished with them rather than left hanging waiting for the next installment.  I also like that the narrative tends to be tighter in a standalone, whereas sometimes I feel like some series book have a lot of fluff and filler in them.

 

  • The Red Queen series makes me want to scream.  Speaking of series, I know a lot of people love the Red Queen series, but I’m not one of them.  I made it through the first book and thought it was good enough to pick up Glass Sword, the second book in the series, even though Mare, the main character, and her love triangle, (square, rhombus, whatever it was?), annoyed the bejeezus out of me.  That second book, however, did me in and I DNF’ed it and quit the whole series.

 

  • I have very mixed feelings when it comes to John Green’s books. There were some, like The Fault in Our Stars, that I thought were incredible, but then there are others like Turtles All the Way Down and Paper Towns that I just feel meh about.

 

  • I love Dan Brown’s books.   I know a lot of people hate them and I’ve heard several say he’s a bad writer, but I completely disagree.  Maybe his books are not high brow literature and maybe they’re a bit formulaic, but they’re always very entertaining and I love reading them.

 

  • I don’t love Fiona Barton’s books.  I know she’s a super popular author right now, but I just continually struggle to get through her books.  I find the writing style somewhat dry and I always struggle to connect with Barton’s characters.

 

  • Maggie Stiefvater is also hit and miss for me.  Like with Barton, I know Stiefvater is super popular, but my experience reading her books has been very inconsistent.  All the Crooked Saints was mostly a miss for me and I just didn’t connect with the story at all.  In contrast, however, I thought The Raven Cycle was pretty amazing.

 

  • The Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series was mostly a miss for me as well.  I made it through the first book okay but the next book bored me to the point where I quit the series.

 

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What are some of your unpopular bookish opinions?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE LADY ROGUE by Jenn Bennett

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE LADY ROGUE by Jenn Bennett.  I’m a huge fan of Jenn Bennett’s contemporary novels but, even though I’m also a big fantasy reader, I’ve yet to try one of her fantasy novels.  I’m excited to remedy that with her upcoming release.  I love the The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue comparison and that it had a Vlad the Impaler connection as well.  

 

THE LADY ROGUE by Jenn Bennett

Publication Date:  September 3, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father.

Some legends never die…

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Retellings I Absolutely 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.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is actually Books From My Favorite Genre (You pick the genre, and give us your ten faves.).  I read so many genres that I just couldn’t pick a favorite one, so I decided to tweak the topic a bit and share some of my favorite retellings instead since I’m just a sucker for a good retelling.  I also love all kinds of retellings, whether they’re fairytale retellings, retellings of classic novels, villain origin stories, or even historical retellings.  I’m even taking part in a Retellings Reading Challenge this year because I want to read even more of them than I already do.

 

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10 Retellings I Absolutely Love

 

1, THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer

(a fairytale retelling that features Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and Rapunzel)

 

2, HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer

(An Alice in Wonderland retelling, specifically a villain origin story for the Queen of Hearts)

 

3, GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston

(A super cute, modern Cinderella retelling that also celebrates fandoms)

 

4, SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George

(A retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, set during the Prohibition Era)

 

5, TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo

(A Little Mermaid retelling)

 

6. SKY WITHOUT STARS by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

(A sci-fi retelling of Les Miserables)

 

7. A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas

(A Beauty and the Beast fantasy retelling)

 

8. PRIDE by Ibi Zoboi

(A modern Pride and Prejudice retelling set in Brooklyn)

 

9. MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

(A surprisingly humorous retelling set in Tudor England and featuring Lady Jane Grey, King Edward VI, and Lord Guildford Dudley)

 

10. PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND OTHER FLAVORS by Sonali Dev

(A modern and gender-bent retelling of Pride and Prejudice, featuring an Indian American protagonist, and set in San Francisco)

 

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What are some of your favorite retellings?  Do we share any favorites?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE GUINEVERE DECEPTION by Kiersten White

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE GUINEVERE DECEPTION by Kiersten White.  The Legend of King Arthur has always fascinated me, so as soon as I saw this was a reimagining of the Arthurian legend, I knew it would be a must-read for me.  Plus, there’s a changeling, which sold it all the more for me.  According to Goodreads, this is also the first book of White’s Camelot Rising trilogy, which is also pretty exciting news.

 

THE GUINEVERE DECEPTION by Kiersten White

Publication Date:  November 5, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Favorite Books Released in the Last 10 Years

 

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.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years (one book for each year).  I found this to be a pretty interesting stroll down memory lane just to see how my reading tastes have changed from year to year.

 

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Favorite Books Released in the Last Ten Years

 

1. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

(2019, my favorite so far)

Goodreads Synopsis:  Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.   (Read more…)

 

2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

(2018)

 

Goodreads Synopsis: They killed my mother.  They took our magic.  They tried to bury us.  Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.  (Read more…)

 

3. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

(2017)

Goodreads Synopsis: At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales. (Read more…)

 

4. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

(2016)

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.
 
New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.  (Read more…)

 

5. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

(2015)

 

Goodreads Synopsis:   In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.

France, 1939.  In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences. (Read more…)

 

6. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

(2014)

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. (Read more…)

 

7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

(2013)

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  Discover the love story that captured over 20 million hearts in Me Before YouAfter You, and Still Me.

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our StarsMe Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?  (Read more…)

 

8. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

(2012)

Goodreads Synopsis: Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.   (Read more…)

 

9. The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern

(2011)

 

Goodreads Synopsis: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart. (Read more…)

 

10. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

(2010)

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost. (Read more…)

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What have been some of your favorite reads over the past 10 year?  Do we share any favorites?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – LOKI: WHERE MISCHIEF LIES by Mackenzi Lee

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is LOKI: WHERE MISCHIEF LIES by Mackenzi Lee.  I haven’t requested Loki on Netgalley just because it’s Disney and they always reject me (insert sad face), but I’m so very excited for this one. I adore the character of Loki so much and I love that Mackenzi Lee will be writing his story.  Just thinking about Monty from A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue still makes me chuckle even though I read that book over a year ago, so I can’t think of anyone better than Lee to capture Loki’s personality in this book.

 

LOKI: WHERE MISCHIEF LIES by Mackenzi Lee

Publication Date:  September 3, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

This is the first of three young adult novels from New York Times best-selling author Mackenzi Lee that explores the untapped potential and duality of heroism of popular characters in the Marvel Universe.

Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, while it seems everyone around him suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity . . . except for Amora. Asgard’s resident sorceress-in-training feels like a kindred spirit-someone who values magic and knowledge, who might even see the best in him.

But when Loki and Amora cause the destruction of one of Asgard’s most prized possessions, Amora is banished to Earth, where her powers will slowly and excruciatingly fade to nothing. Without the only person who ever looked at his magic as a gift instead of a threat, Loki slips further into anguish and the shadow of his universally adored brother, Thor.

When Asgardian magic is detected in relation to a string of mysterious murders on Earth, Odin sends Loki to investigate. As he descends upon nineteenth-century London, Loki embarks on a journey that leads him to more than just a murder suspect, putting him on a path to discover the source of his power-and who he’s meant to be.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Books I’d Love to Share with Everyone

 

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.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is actually Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch but I just drew a blank on this one.  While I am picky about lending out books, I can’t really say that there are any that are completely off limits. So instead of doing the assigned topic, I decided to go a little off script and talk about books I wish I could share with everyone.  In my mind, I believe that everyone could be a reader if they just found the right book and/or genre to get them hooked.

So, what I have here is a selection of some of my favorite reads that I’d consider a “starter kit” of books to explore different genres.  I’ve got a mix of classics that didn’t make me cringe, thrillers that kept me on the edge of my seat, as well as fantasy and sci fi that transported me to other worlds, and contemporary novels that just left me with a smile on my face.

 

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Books I’d Love to Share with Everyone

 

Historical Fiction

 

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

LILAC GIRLS by Martha Hall Kelly

 

 

Classics

 

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte

 

 

Fantasy

 

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morganstern

THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden

 

 

Science Fiction

 

THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

THE ILLUMINAE FILES by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

 

Contemporary Fiction

 

THE KISS QUOTIENT by Helen Hoang

THE ACCIDENTAL BEAUTY QUEEN by Teri Wilson

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

 

 

Mystery/Thriller

 

THE LAST TIME I LIED by Riley Sager

UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

 

 

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What are some books you’d love for everyone to read?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – INTO THE CROOKED PLACE by Alexandra Christo

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is INTO THE CROOKED PLACE by Alexandra Christo.  Christo’s novel To Kill a Kingdom is one of the best debuts I’ve ever read, so I’m very excited to see what she does with this new series.  It sounds so exciting!

 

INTO THE CROOKED PLACE by Alexandra Christo

Publication Date:  October 8, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two-book YA fantasy series from Alexandra Christo, the author of To Kill a Kingdom.

The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.

Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her.

Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him.

Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself.

And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge.

Everything in their lives is going to plan, until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Page-to-Screen Adaptations I Want to Watch

 

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.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Page to Screen Freebie (Books that became movies/TV shows, movies that became books, great adaptations, bad ones, books you need to read before watching their movie/TV show, movies you loved based on books you hated or vice versa, books you want to read because you saw the movie or vice versa, etc.)

I decided to go with page to screen adaptations that I really want to see.  There are so many books that I love that have either been made into TV series or movies or are in the process of being made into them.  I’m sure there are plenty more out there that I want to see, but these 10 are at the top of my list at the moment.  Some I’ve been saying I want to watch for a while now and others are fairly new or are still in production.  I’ve shared trailers for any that I could find.

 

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10 Page-to-Screen Adaptations I Want to Watch

 

 

1. THE HATE U GIVE, a big-screen adaptation of Angie Thomas’ best selling novel of the same name.

This one has been out for a while and I just haven’t made the time to watch it yet even though I loved the book.

 

 

2. SHADOW and BONE, an eight-episode Netflix series based on Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone & Six of Crows fantasy novels.

I don’t think there’s a release date for this yet, but I can’t wait since it combines two of my favorite fantasy series.

 

 

3.  A DOG’S JOURNEY, a film adaptation of the popular series by W. Bruce Cameron.  This movie actually comes out this week and I’m really looking forward to seeing it. The books and the first film, A Dog’s Purpose, had me crying the ugly cry, so I’m sure this one will have me reaching for the tissues too.

 

 

4.  THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, a film releasing this week that is based off of Nicola Yoon’s best selling novel of the same name.  I actually haven’t read this book yet, but the trailer just really appealed to me so now I want to watch the film and read the book.

 

 

5. ARTEMIS FOWL, a movie based on the beloved books by Eoin Colfer.

My son and I have been reading this series together and were excited to learn that Disney is making it into a film that will release later this year.

 

 

6.  THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, a movie adaptation of the best selling book by Garth Stein.

I’m excited for this one because I loved the book of course, and because it has Milo Ventimiglia from This is Us and Gilmore Girls in it.  It releases this fall.

 

 

7.  ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES, an upcoming movie based on Jennifer Niven’s best selling novel of the same name.

I haven’t seen much information for this aside from that Elle Fanning will play Violet and Justice Smith will play Finch, but I can’t wait to see this film.  I’m sure it’s another that will have me reaching for the tissues.

 

 

8.  SHADOWHUNTERS, a TV series based on the popular Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

I’m late to the Shadowhunters game as I just started Clare’s book series late last year and the TV series is actually in its final season.  Regardless, I look forward to binging it once I finish the books.

 

 

9.  A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, a TV series based on the popular book series by Deborah Harkness.

I’ve been meaning to start this one for a while now, but keep forgetting about it.

 

 

10.  HIS DARK MATERIALS is an upcoming TV series based on the popular series by Philip Pullman.

I enjoyed the book series, but I’m most excited for this because Lin-Manuel Miranda is in this, and I just love him. #theaternerdcrush

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Have your seen any of these?  Or do you plan to?  What are some of your favorite page-to-screen adaptations?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – TWICE IN A BLUE MOON by Christina Lauren

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is TWICE IN A BLUE MOON by Christina Lauren.  This writing duo is fast becoming a favorite of mine so I was ecstatic to sign into Netgalley this morning and see that they have another new book coming out later this year.  And it’s a second chance romance too, which makes me all the more excited since that’s a trope I love.

 

TWICE IN A BLUE MOON by Christina Lauren

Publication Date:  October 22, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

From the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling duo behind The Unhoneymooners and the “delectable, moving” (Entertainment Weekly) My Favorite Half-Night Stand comes a poignant romance that follows two people who fall in love during a life-changing overseas vacation—only for the truth to change everything once they return home.

As an adventurous send-off to her childhood, eighteen-year-old Tate Jones travels with her grandmother from their small town in Northern California to London. But the vacation of a lifetime is wonderfully derailed by the appearance of two charming Vermont farmers: grandfather Luther and his handsome grandson Sam.

Sam and Tate fall hard and fast. For two glorious weeks, the couple share their hopes, dreams, and secrets. Sam admits he suspects his grandfather is dying and that this could be the last trip they take together, and Tate reveals that she is the hidden daughter of one of the biggest film stars in the world—a secret she’s never told anyone before.

But when Tate is exposed by a crush of cameras and reporters, she knows she’s been betrayed by the one person she thought she could trust. She is forced to decide whether she will return to her quiet life or embrace being in the public eye. So when Sam reappears in her world more than a decade later, can Tate forgive the past and rekindle the passion they shared on their magical trip abroad? And does she even want to?

With Christina Lauren’s signature “beautifully written and remarkably compelling” (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author) prose, Twice in a Blue Moon is an unforgettable and moving novel of young love and second chances.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂