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Top Ten Tuesday – My Favorite Authors to Follow on Social Media

 

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 Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence.  Following authors on twitter is the best. I love reading their random musings about writing, politics, or whatever happens to be on their minds at any given moment.  I also love to follow them because, at least in the case of my favorites, they also tend to have the best sense of humor. The wit and sarcasm makes my day, and I’m also a sucker for author accounts that post about their pets. Stephen King tweeting about Molly, the thing of evil, for example, always cracks me up. Anyway, below are some of my favorites on twitter. Do we share any faves?

 

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My Favorite Authors to Follow on Social Media

 

1)  V.E. Schwab

 

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2)  Angie Thomas

 

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3)  Stephen King

 

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4)  C.G. Drews

 

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5)  Jenn Bennett

 

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6)  Marie Lu

 

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7)  Julie Murphy

 

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8)  Victoria Aveyard

 

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9)  Jay Kristoff

 

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10) Jenny Han

 

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Question:  Who are some of your favorite authors to follow on social media?

Top Ten Tuesday – Sometimes One Word is Enough: My Favorite One-Word Book Titles

 

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 Books With Single-Word Titles.  As someone who has always struggled to be concise with their writing, there’s just something so impressive to me about single-word book titles.  It amazes me that authors are able to so perfectly capture the essence of the hundreds and hundreds of pages they’ve written with a single word.  And I don’t know about you guys, but I often find those one-word titles to be way more powerful than their multi-word counterparts.  In some cases, they perfectly capture the magic of a book, while in others, they succinctly convey the horrific vibe.  And yet in still others, they are deliberately ambiguous so as to keep you guessing as to their meaning.

Anyway, enough of that.  Below are ten of my favorite one-word titles.

 

via GIPHY

(Sorry. I just watched The Princess Bride and can’t get this quote out of my head.)

 

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My Favorite One-Word Book Titles

(in no particular order)

 

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

UPROOTED by Naomi Novik

GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston

BELOVED by Toni Morrison

PRIDE by Ibi Zoboi

UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

VENGEFUL by V.C. Schwab

SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman

HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer

IT by Stephen King

 

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Do you have any favorite one-word book titles?

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Book Characters I’d Follow on Social Media

 

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 Characters I’d Follow On Social Media.  Okay, so anyone who follows me on my social media accounts knows that I’m the actual worst when it comes to social media.  I’m such an introvert and I never know what to post, what to say. I’m just a big bucket of awkward and it’s a never-ending struggle for me.  But even though I suck at it myself, I still love to follow people who are really good at social media. I also like to follow my fellow introverts so that we can revel in our awkwardness together.  Below are some characters from books I’ve read that I think I would enjoy following on social media for various reasons.

 

(Me as a meme)

 

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10 Book Characters I’d Follow on Social Media

(in no particular order)

 

NINA from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

SIMON from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

HAZEL from Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

SWEETIE from There’s Something About Sweetie by Sendhya Menon

WILLOWDEAN DIXON from Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

TIFFY from The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

LARA JEAN from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

CATH from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

EMIKA CHEN from Warcross by Marie Lu

REV from More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

 

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Who are some characters you would follow on social media if you could?

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Reads That Left Me with a Book Hangover

 

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 a The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover.  I honestly couldn’t remember the last ten books that gave me a book hangover so I just went with ten that I actually could remember, lol.

For those who don’t know what a book hangover is, I think this fun graphic from Epic Reads sums it up pretty well.  For me, they are brought on when I have to say goodbye to my favorite characters in a beloved series or when I read a standalone that just puts my emotions through the wringer.

 

 

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10 Reads That Left Me with a Book Hangover

(in no particular order)

 

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

SHADES OF MAGIC series by V.E. Schwab

MONSTERS OF VERITY by Victoria Schwab

HARRY POTTER series by J.K. Rowling

THE HUNGER GAMES series by Suzanne Collins

ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas

THE WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY by Katherine Arden

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer

 

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Do you have books or series that have left you with book hangovers?

Top Ten Tuesday – Be My Valentine – My Favorite Book Covers that Feature Hearts

 

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 a Love Freebie in honor of Valentine’s Day so I’ve decided to use the freebie to showcase some of my favorite covers that feature hearts.  I actually ended up with 13 but couldn’t decide which three to cut so I decided to keep them all.

 

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My Favorite Book Covers that Feature Hearts

(in no particular order)

 

HOW TO BUILD A HEART by Maria Padian

HEARTS MADE FOR BREAKING by Jen Klein

THE ANATOMICAL SHAPE OF A HEART by Jenn Bennett

FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills

ALEX & ELIZA by Melissa de la Cruz

CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT by Brigid Kemmerer

BEAUTIFUL BROKEN HEARTS by Kami Garcia

HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer

THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord

CHANGE OF HEART by Jodi Picoult

Do you have any favorite covers that feature hearts?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

 

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 Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads.  This topic makes me a little nervous since it reminds me how much I’ve hyped these books in my own mind. Some, like The Queen of Nothing and The Toll, are finales for beloved series, while others like The Starless Sea, Chasing Lucky, and Ninth House are new books by favorite authors.  Fingers crossed I haven’t set unreasonable expectations for them, but anyway, as of right now, these are books I’m predicting will be 5-star reads for me.

 

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Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

(in no particular order)

 

THE QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black

THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morganstern

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow

THE TWO LIVES OF LYDIA BIRD by Josie Silver

CHASING LUCKY by Jenn Bennett

A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN by Brigid Kemmerer

THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT by Meg Gardiner

SHOREFALL by Robert Jackson Bennett

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

THE TOLL by Neal Shusterman

 

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What books from your TBR do you predict will be 5 star reads?

Top Ten Tuesday – I’ve Been Framed – My Favorite Book Covers that Feature Eye Glasses

 

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 a Book Cover Freebie (choose what kind(s) of covers you want to talk about: prettiest, most unique, most misleading, weirdest, most memorable, creepiest, ugliest, etc.).

I decided to focus on book covers that feature eyewear.  I don’t know if it’s because I wear glasses myself or what, but I’m always drawn to covers with glasses. Regular glasses, sunglasses, goggles, you name it, they all grab my attention.  I’ve put together a collage of some of my favorites to share with you today.  If you want to know more about any of the books I’ve featured, use the links below.

 

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My Favorite Book Covers that Feature Eye Glasses

(in no particular order)

 

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple

MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite

THE REMAINS OF THE DAY by Kazuo Ishiguro

FUMBLED by Alexa Martin

DEATH PREFERS BLONDES by Caleb Roehrig

SLAY by Brittney Morris

THE HEART PRINCIPLE by Helen Hoang

THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman

AMERICAN ROYALS by Katherine McGee

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J.K. Rowling

 

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Do you have any favorite covers that feature glasses?

Top Ten Tuesday – The 10 Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

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 The 10 Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf. This was of course an easy topic since even though I say my goal is to read the books I own, I still can’t seem to stop adding new books to my collection.  I will say I did have to go back all the way to the beginning of December to come up with ten new titles though so I’d consider that baby steps in getting myself under control when it comes to accumulating books faster than I can ever hope to read them.

 

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The 10 Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

 

1. ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW by Kristan Higgins

(Find out what it’s about…)

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2. THE TWO LIVES OF LYDIA BIRD by Josie Silver

(Find out what it’s about…)

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3.  AYESHA AT LAST by Uzma Jalaluddin

(Find out what it’s about…)

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4. THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow

(Find out what it’s about…)

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5. ROMANOV by Nadine Brandes

(Find out what it’s about…)

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6. THE PRISONER’S WIFE by Maggie Brookes

(Find out what it’s about…)

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7. THE VINE WITCH by Luanne G. Smith

(Find out what it’s about…)

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8. TO HAVE AND TO HOAX by Martha Waters

(Find out what it’s about…)

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9. THE BIG FINISH by Brooke Fossey

(Find out what it’s about…)

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10. THE HAMILTON AFFAIR by Elizabeth Cobbs

(Find out what it’s about…)

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Question:  What are some of the latest additions to your bookshelf?

Top Ten Tuesday – My Reading/Blogging Goals for 2020

 

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 supposed to be Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019 (these could be books, authors, blogs, websites, apps, products, etc.).  I wasn’t really feeling that topic so I decided today would be a good day to talk about my reading and blogging goals instead.  Those goals are driven by things that happened (or probably more accurately, didn’t happen) in 2019, so it’s not totally off topic, right?

Anyway, I don’t have a ton of goals because I honestly just want to have fun and enjoy my reading and the bookish community in 2020, but there are still a few things I’d really like to focus on in my bookish life.

 

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My Reading and Blogging Goals for 2020

 

1)  My number one goal this year is to read more of the books I own.  ARCs are great of course, but I have so many unread books piling up around me that I don’t really even have room for more at this point.  Something’s got to give.  To that end, the only challenge I’m taking part in aside from Goodreads is the Beat the Backlist Challenge.  I’ve set a goal there of reading at least 50 books from my backlist so here’s hoping I put a serious dent in my unread shelves. (Of course so that I can make room for more unread books, lol).

 

2)  I really want to only participate in blog tours where I have already requested a review book.  As of right now, I have three more blog tours on my calendar for January and February but they are specifically for books I had already been approved for and I really want to stick with this so that I don’t accidentally over commit and create stress for myself.

 

3)  Finish or at least make major progress in the following series:

  • Throne of Glass
  • An Ember in the Ashes
  • The Nevernight Chronicle
  • Arc of a Scythe
  • Red Winter
  • The Wrath and the Dawn
  • The Folk of the Air
  • Cursebreakers

 

4)  Aside from wrapping up those series, I actually really want to focus more on standalones this year.

 

5)  I really want to focus more on my Bookstagram account.  Right now I typically only post once, maybe twice a week so I’d like to bump that up to 2-3 times a week.  I’d also like to focus more on actually interacting more with the bookstagram community.  Sometimes I’m just so short for time that I just ‘like’ photos without commenting and I really want to make more time for commenting since I think it’s important.

 

6)  Try books by at least five authors who have been on my TBR for years.  My priorities are as follows:

  • Martha Wells
  • Becky Chambers
  • Ilona Andrews
  • Louise Penny
  • TJ Klune

 

7)  I’m not officially signing up for the Discussion challenge this year, but I would still like to aim for at least 12 discussion posts this year.  I always feel bad because I love doing the discussion posts, but when I’m short on time, those are always the ones I kick to the curb since they take longer to do.

8)  I really want to be more consistent when it comes to blog hopping.  I’m still debating the best method to achieve this – devoting specific days to it vs. just trying to squeeze in a bit here and there as I have time, but I need to figure out a better system for myself.  Right now I’m just consistently inconsistent.

9)  Blogging ahead more is another big goal of mine. I doubt I’ll ever be one who has weeks and weeks’ worth of posts ready to go, but I’d love to at least get to a point where I get all of my posts for the upcoming week ready to go over the weekend.  I get so stressed when I wait until the last minute to work on posts.

10) Finally, my overall reading goal for 2020 is to read at least 150 books. I managed to read 153 in 2019 and that was with 2 1/2 George R.R. Martin bricks thrown in the mix, so I’m hoping 150 will be doable this year, especially since I have now fully embraced audiobooks.

Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

 

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 Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020.  I have so many anticipated releases for the first half of the year that it was nearly impossible to pick just ten.  The ones I’ve chosen to feature this week are new releases from favorite authors, new books in some of my favorite series, and a MacBeth retelling that sounds really good.

Happy reading, everyone!  I can’t wait to read all of your most anticipated lists!

 

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Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

(in no particular order)

 

UNDERCOVER BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams

SHOREFALL by Robert Jackson Bennett

THE HONEY-DON’T LIST by Christina Lauren

THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT by Meg Gardiner

FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin

YOU ARE NOT ALONE by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

YES NO MAYBE SO by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN by Brigid Kemmerer

THE UNWILLING by John Hart

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD by Sarah J. Maas

 

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What were some of your most anticipated releases for the first half of 2020?  Do we share any?