Top Ten Tuesday: They did WHAT?


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Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares. I’d been taught from the Traveling Pants series that there were always happy resolutions for the girls. But this was not the case at all in its conclusion. It was very unsettling.

The Duff by Kody Keplinger. The concept of the Duff barely made a lasting appearance in the story. I felt cheated into reading a cliched teen romance.

Love Story by Jennifer Echols. I’m not sure this counts as an instance of deceit, but, c’mon. That ending? What’s up with THAT?

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Going by the cover alone, I expected some sort of masquerade. It just led my mind in a different direction entirely. Thankfully the story ended up being TOTALLY AWESOME.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I thought this would be a cutesy winter read, but it ended up being chaotic and the Book of Dares was left by the wayside maybe halfway through. The title was misleading.

Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy. The cover is a coffee cup with a heart in its foam. Yet, the story is about a spunky tomboy being in a band. What’s up with that?

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I was expecting a cute, romantic read focusing on a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. Instead the story revolves around the protagonist and her relationship with her father – which is okay, just not what the summary sold me.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I expected a cute, beach read. Instead the story is very serious (and, consequently, boring). It didn’t live up to its description.


*I know there’s only 8, but this post decided to eat itself before posting, and I had to recreate it from memory in a shorter amount of time.

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When I opened this book, I literally could not stop reading. It demands reading in one sitting. IT’S THAT GOOD.

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa. I understand that this is the last in the Iron Fey series, but it was my absolute favorite in an It-All-Leads-Up-to-This! way. I tore through this book. So good, and Ash is just so swoon-worthy.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. This one gets overlooked a lot, but I consider it a treasure. It’s ridiculously cute, and ridiculously short, so there’s no way you CAN’T finish this in one sitting.

The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan. I’m sorry, but I love this man’s writing, and this is another overlooked gem of his. It was one of the first verse novels I ever tried and ended up falling in love with it.

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. Um, hello? Marcus Flutie. ‘Nuff said.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. I’m sorry, but there’s just something so wonderful and magical and youthful that keeps me coming back to this tale!

Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund. You probably know her for her killer unicorn stories, like Rampant, but did you know she has this other incredible series? About people IN COLLEGE? I bet you didn’t, or haven’t given it a shot. It’s humorous and just makes me feel good all-around. It takes me to another school and makes me want to be in a secret society for a day, too.

All American Girl by Meg Cabot. This book completely won me over, way back when. It’s just full of good vibes and teen angst, and would be perfect for a day-long reading marathon.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. It’s not a perfect day if you’re not at Hogwarts.  Granted, this would be a more lengthy challenge for one day, if you’re also trying to tackle nine other books, but. Totally worth revisiting again and again.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. This is just a wonderful, summery, day-brightening book. I would love to go traveling with these girls again, even if only for a day.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I feel as though everyone has read but me.


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The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. The blurbs just haven’t ever caught my interest, but I constantly see other bloggers swooning over some of the male characters. If they’re that good, I feel like I should check ‘em out. But then I see the summary again and turn away.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Seriously, people. This one isn’t even out yet and I would need more than two hands to count the number of people I know that have already read this. Can I just say it’s driving me CRAZY? I cannot express how much I’m anticipating this one. Really, I can’t. MUST HAVE!

The Vampire Diaries series by L. J. Smith. I know absolutely nothing about these except, again, there are swoon-worthy male characters and everyone loves the TV show. Don’t get me wrong – I love vampires. I guess I just never saw the appeal.

Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Do I really need to explain this one? (Please don’t advise me to try it; I couldn’t get past the first thirty pages.)

Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles. West Side Story meets Romeo and Juliet? Eh….. As “hot” as they may be, they just sound rather cliche.

I Am Number Four series by Pittacus Lore. I started this but never had the desire to finish it.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I’ve heard it’s incredible.

Crank series by Ellen Hopkins. I know, I know. They’re practically staples in a YA library. And as much as I love verse novels, these never caught my interest.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. Might as well throw in Supernaturally, too.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien. Never could get into this.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Trends I’d Like to See More or Less of.


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I’d like to see more

1. Contemporary lit – I don’t always want to be a vampire-loving faerie queen caught in a war with angels and trapped in a utilitarian compound.

2. Verse novels – You know, books like Lisa Schroeder’s. Verse. Poetry.

3. Older characters – I don’t understand why setting a story in college is so taboo and unheard of.

4. Horror stories – I don’t always want an overly cheery or depressing read. I like a good thriller.

5. Male MCs – I can’t stress enough how much I love reading a male POV or having male main characters. Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I don’t want to read about guys.

I’d like to see less

6. Faeries – Don’t get me wrong, I loooove stories about fey. (Iron Fey & Wicked Lovely series, anyone?) But I’ve seen some others surfacing, and they seem to mimic one another.

7. Mythology – The ideas all seem really cool and interesting, but the executions have been less than stellar.

8. Dystopian – I’ve read the Hunger Games and tried Possession. It’s just not for me.

9. Historical romances – Not my thing.

10. Series – Why can’t a story wrap up in just one book anymore? I don’t want to have to invest all of my money in like twelve sequels.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Authors I’d Die to Meet.


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1. J.K. Rowling

2. Charles de Lint

3. Melissa Marr

4. Lisa Schroeder

5. Vladimir Nabokov

6. Laurie Halse Anderson

7. Natalie Babbitt

8. Julie Kagawa

9. William Shakespeare*

10. J.M. Barrie

*He’ll probably always be my favorite.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Why I Love Book Blogging.


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1. The books. No, I don’t mean the free ones. I mean all of the books introduced to me through all of you fellow bloggers, tours, memes, etc. My TBR list is very long because of this – and I love it; I will never not have anything to read.
2. The people. Seems obvious and generic, right? But truthfully, we all know book bloggers have their little niches. And I’m so happy to have gotten to know some of you. I hope it continues.
3. The practice. Not only do I get to better my writing, but also my blogging skills. And that entails everything from publicity to HTML.
4. The authors. When I first started blogging, I had no idea authors were so receptive to the book blogging community. But after hosting several interviews and giveaways, I now know that authors ROCK. I’ve come across some of the kindest people, easily approachable and ready to share their work with their readers.
5. The discussion. If there’s one thing I LOVE, it’s talking about books. Anything and everything related to books. This is the ultimate book-talk forum.

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