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Top Ten Tuesday – Backlist Books I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Backlist Books I Still Want To Read

For this weeks list I decided to do just a giant shame list for myself. I went back to my first TTT that was a TBR and took any books I still wanted to read on the list. Some of these have been on my TBR for years.

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This takes the first place, as it was on my TBR post from March 18th, 2014.

2. The Giver by Lois Lowry. May 28th, 2014.

3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. June 27th, 2014.

4. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. August 19th, 2014. The next few are also from this list, apparently I read basically nothing on it.

5. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Same as above.

6. The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. Same as above.

7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Same as above. I hope to actually do this book this month though as I am going to an author talk for his latest book.

8. The Legend series by Marie Lu. Same as above.

9. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. August 26th, 2014.

10. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. Same as above.

There are of course many more from this year and all the years between now and then, but this isn’t a list every book on your TBR list. That would take a very long time.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Spooky Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Spooky Reads

This weeks theme was actually a Halloween freebie. I both love and hate freebies. When I have an amazing idea for it its great but when my mind goes blank as to what to do it makes a hard list harder haha. So this week I am going to talk about the top 5 spooky books I have read, and the top 5 spooky books I want to read.

 Top 5 Spooky Books I Have Read:

1. You by Caroline Kepnes. Being inside Joes head was truly a spooky experience.

2. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. I don’t remember how scared I was while reading this book, but the end of it caused me so much emotional distress that I bawled my eyes out, never picked it or any of the rest of the books up again.

3. The Passage by Justin Cronin. While I don’t like zombies as genre, I did like this book and when I get over how angry the ending made me I do want to finish off the trilogy.

 

 

 

 

4. The Archived by Victoria Schwab. It took me a moment to get into it but I really enjoyed it. I didn’t realise it was considered a horror.

5. The Dogs by Allen Stratton. I think this is literally every single horror book I have ever read.

Top 5 Spooky Books I Want To Read:

1. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. Back in the day when I bought the book I read the first two pages and was instantly hooked but made myself put it down before I read anymore because at the time I didn’t have a moment to actually read it and I have never picked it back up. Hopefully sometime soon.

2. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. I love the movies and really want to do the book. This is technically the second book but everyone knows what series I am talking about if I mention this one.

3. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. I know nothing but it has been on my shelf longer than I can remember.

 

 

 

 

4. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. This has only been on my shelves for a few years I think but I still don’t really know anything about it. The blurb on the back has been enough for it to remain on my shelves even after some culling.

5. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. An oldie but I hear its amazing.

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Bookstores & Libraries I Want To Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Stunning Bookstores and Libraries I Want to Visit

I have on occasion seen pictures of bookstores or libraries and they have taken my breath away, but I have never gone to look up where or which one they are and added them to a bucket list, so this was a fun new adventure to find some I would want to visit. This list is in no particular order.

Bookstores

1. Cărturești Carusel, Bucharest, Romania

2. Cafebrería El Péndulo, Mexico City, Mexico

3. Merci Used Book Cafe, Paris, France

4. Daunt Books, London, U.K.

5. Zhongshuge Bookstore, Hangzhou, China

Libraries

1. Stiftsbibliothek Admont, Admont, Austria

2. Biblioteca do Convento de Mafra, Mafra, Portugal

3. Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

4. Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, Portugal

5. Stiftsbibliothek Sankt Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland

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Thursday Tags – Totally Should’ve

This weeks tag is the Totally Should’ve tag, started over on youtube by emmabooks. Its an oldy but a goodie so be sure to check out her original post.

Totally should’ve gotten a sequel

I feel like this is one I would have had a better time answering a few years ago when I didn’t fully appreciate a stand alone book. Sometimes sequels can totally ruin things and stories would have been better off left alone.The only book I could come up with that I would want really another one of would be The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent.

Totally should’ve had a spin off series

So again, this is hard because things that I want to have a spin off already do or have one coming. The Forgotten War again I think would have amazing spin off potential but something else that I think that needs a spin off is. . . Maybe To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I don’t think I need more of this story in particular but I would love maybe more John Ambrose, or one of the other characters.

An author who totally should write more books

I didn’t expect this tag to be so damn hard. Most of my favourite authors pump out books so I can’t really say them. Again I could use Howard Sargent for this one but I am going to go with Felicia Day. I would love to get another book perhaps about how she juggles her life with a daughter now. I don’t know, I just like most things she does.

A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else

I don’t think I can actually answer this one. I generally go along with the ships that the authors intended, even if I felt differently at the start of the book or series. A good example Would be I wanted Celena to end up with Dorian in Throne of Glass, and while I don’t mind Rowan now I might really like Dorian with Manon by the end of the series and be fine with them not being together.

Totally should’ve ended differently

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. While I really like one thing that happened in this book, I think the overall plot and why everything was happening wasn’t very thought through and let the trilogy down and should of been taken in a different direction.

Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

Ahhhh why is everything so hard. Most books seem to be movies these days which makes it hard to pick things, that and I don’t want the things to be ruined by them getting a movie either. I think All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven would make a good movie if it was done right.

Totally should’ve had a TV show

While I hate to say it because I don’t want it to be ruined I think A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. The whole series. I know it has been picked up for a movie but that doesn’t seem long enough to capture everything. If they gave it the room it needs I think it would be an awesome series.

Totally should’ve had only one point of view

I literally have nothing for here. Allegiant could almost go here because I didn’t like how four got perspective in the last book but not the others but I get why he did by the end. Other than being bored by character chapters at the start I don’t think I have a book where I just think they should have cut out that perspective.

Totally should have a cover change

Finally an easy one. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. They have the ugliest covers and they did get a change but they were also very boring and ugly. Give them a better cover please and thank you.

Totally should’ve kept the original covers

The first thing that instantly popped into my mind was Across the Universe by Beth Revis. While I didn’t like the book I thought the original covers where beautiful and I just don’t get why they changed them to the ugly things they did.

Totally should’ve stopped at book one

These last few were nice and easy. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I loved that first book but that second one was so unneeded and ruined the feelings you got from the first book.

 

 

 

And thats it! That was a fun tag and I really enjoyed it, but I am struggling to find new and interesting tags to do so if you have a tag you want me to do let me know! I would love the input.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Longest Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Longest Books I’ve Read

This is both such an easy list and such a time consuming one! I have read many long books, but the time it took to go through the books I have read the last few years consumed a bit of time haha. These are the ones I can remember to the best of my ability, in order from longest to ‘shortest.’

1. The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent at 1074 pages.

2. The Passage by Justin Cronin at 963 pages.

3. The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings at 913 pages.

4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon at 850 pages.

 

 

 

 

5. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini 849 pages.

6. Magician by Raymond E. Feist at 803 pages.

7. A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin at 801 pages.

 

 

 

 

8. The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel at 800 pages.

9. The Plains of Passge by Jean M. Auel at 784 pages.

10. The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel at 757 pages.

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I’d Love To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Authors I’d Love to Meet

I have been lucky enough to meet a few authors, but because I’m in Australia and most of the super popular authors are american there are still plenty of authors who have not made the journey to this land down under. These are just some of the authors I would love to meet and have sign a book or two.

1. Leslye Walton, author of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. I would love to ask for her inspiration for this book.

2. Eowyn Ivey, author of  The Snow Child. Again, I would love to know where the idea for such a beautiful book came from.

3. S.E Hinton, author of The Outsiders. I would love to ask what it was like to write a book at such a young age and have it be so popular.

4. Richelle Mead, author of Vampire Academy. I would ask what its like writing books set in a different universe other than VA, after being in it for so long.

 

 

 

 

5. Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder. I can’t even think of anything to ask her, I feel as though I would just be mute with fangirling.

6. Felicia Day, author of  You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost). I don’t want to know much about the book, but I would love to meet her and ask her a few things about the community she has created.

7. Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games. I would love to know her opinions on the movie adaptations, and her writing process.

 

 

 

 

8. Jean M. Auel, author of Clan of the Cave Bear. I would love to know how to researched and handled the progression of the story.

9. Sasha Alsberg, author of Zenith. While not my favourite book I really like her youtube and would love to meet her.

10. Caroline Kepnes, author of You. Just so I can ask her what on earth was happening haha.

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Unread Books by Favourite Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books By My Favourite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

After feeling like I have had a few hard lists lately this one is a really easy one for me because there are so many books by favourite authors that I haven’t read because my follow through is really bad apparently hahaha. I think this will mostly be a list of series I have yet to finish.

1. Winter by Marissa Meyer. I love this series, and I did all the other books all in a row but this one had not come out yet so I didn’t pick it up and thusly I still haven’t read it.

2. War Storm by Victoria Aveyard. See above, but at least for this one it hasn’t been a huge amount of time and I still remember a lot of it.

3. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. I am actually a little worried about this one, that I wont enjoy it. But I’m not in a rush since I rereading ToG anyways.

4. Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I was so eager for this book when I finished the second one but had to wait AGES since I read the second book as an arc, and I still have yet to get it.

 

 

 

 

5. Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder. I own all her books because I loved the first two study books but still have yet to read anymore of them.

6. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I was really surprised by just how much I loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda so I was eager to start one of her other works and it still sits waiting on my shelf.

7. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. Many of you may know that Marchetta wrote my favourite book and I have read some of her other works which I have not enjoyed as much but I have heard amazing things about this one.

 

 

 

 

8. Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier. I want to reread the first three again before I continue on with the series but the first book is one of my all time favourites.

9. Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead. I am actually considering just dropping this series. I didn’t mind the first but I did not love it the way I loved VA and found it had a lot of issues. If anyone can tell me that this one is better than the first I shall continue, but otherwise I will probably unhaul these two soon.

10. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. Little bit of a cheat for this one since I was reading it before I put it down to reread ToG, but I contemplating not picking it back up. Again, if anyone who didn’t like this book at first finished it and loved please let me know.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday Tags – 3 Bookish Things

This weeks tag actually comes from one of my favourite bookstragramers, Paperfury! If you haven’t jumped on the bookstagram train yet I highly recommend you go check her out.

3 Favourite Authors

I agree with Paperfury here, this is a hard question and I am suffering trying to pick authors. I think I need to list authors who I have read more than just a couple of books for, and for the most part of enjoyed their work. It would be better if I liked books or series that revolve around a different story too.

  1. Sarah J. Maas. I have read 10/11 of her currently released books and I have only not liked one of them. She has only written two series thus far but I think she is a pretty safe bet for a favourite author.
  2. Richelle Mead. I am so conflicted putter her on my list but she is the only other author I have read mass amounts by. I loved her VA series, and I for the most part loved her BL spin off, but I have not enjoyed any of her books set outside this world yet. But the two main series take up so many books that I haven’t lost all hope yet.
  3. Victoria Aveyard. Yes she has only release one series and I have yet to do the last book, but as of yet she hasn’t written a dud for me.

3 Weirdest Things Used as a Bookmark

I don’t think I use that weird things as bookmarks because I am scared of hurting my books but we shall see how I go.

  1. Another book.
  2. My phone
  3. A pillow.

3 Series Binged

So many! I like to do all the books at once, so I guess I will just put in ones that are actually a series and not a trilogy or something, and ones that I have read all the books for.

  1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Yes there are going to be double ups on this list this week. I am currently binge reading this series in preparation for the final book!
  2. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I have binged this on multiple occasions.
  3. Earths Children series by Jean M. Auel. I did take a break for the last book in this series because I had lived in it for so long and there were some really just boring parts in the series, but I am glad I have finished it, even if I may never pick it up again.

And because I can’t help myself I am also going to list three manga series that I have binged.

  1. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino.
  2. Nana by Ai Yazawa.
  3. Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori.

3 Characters You Love

These lists are just about making readers make horrible choices.

  1. Adrian from Vampire Academy. VA is making a strong show in this tag apparently but I am not going to make that stop me from showing my love for Adrian.
  2. Wanda from The Host. I love her development and overall I think she is a great character.
  3. Rhysand from ACOTAR. Do I really need to go into why I love him?

3 Unpopular Bookish Opinions

So this one was actually harder to do than I thought it was going to be. Apparently I don’t feel like my opinions are that unpopular haha.

  1. With the exception of the third book, I actually liked the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I remember when it came out it was surrounded by lots of hate.
  2. I don’t use libraries. I used to use them a lot and I still go in and have a look around but I never actually get anything. I didn’t like giving back the books I liked as a kid, but I don’t think that would be a problem now as an adult because I want my books to be in better condition than theirs, but now I think the issue for me would be fitting in going to the library and returning them on time into my schedule. I do want to try Overdrive though.
  3. I am not a library. I do not share books, at anytime. If I don’t want it anymore you can have it, but don’t touch the ones on my shelves.

3 Popular Bookish Opinions

Easy peesy lemon squeezey.

  1. No marking of books at any times. No dog ears, no note taking, no highlighting. Keep a journal for that.
  2. Bookstagram is addictive, and just visually displaying books in a pleasing way is just one of the many good things about books.
  3. ACOMAF is one of the best things ever written.

3 Favourite Book Covers

3 Book Goals for the Year

  1. To be more active on active on my bookish social media, including the blog and bookstragram.
  2. Read more. Pull myself out of this horrible slump that holds me.
  3. Write. Finally sit down and map out the book has been in my head for ages, and start it.

 

And thats it for this week. I hope you all enjoyed and if you do this tag let me know! I would love to see peoples answers.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books on my Fall Spring TBR

You will see a pattern for my list this week. I am planning on doing a huge reread over the next few weeks, and while I feel like its cheating to list books from the same series, I am not planning on reading much else right now.

1. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.

3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.

4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.

 

 

 

 

5. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. There you go guys. I read Tower of Dawn the other day and I realised that I do not remember enough and need to reread pretty much everything before this final book comes out. I am so damn excited, but I don’t know what I will do once this series ends.

6. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. I am currently reading this book, but as it stands at pages 272/468 I am not enjoying it very much and I am probably going to put it down to do my rereads. I don’t know if I will continue on or not.

7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I really want to finally do this one as Zusak is coming to Brisbane and I need to get my copes signed and I need to read them first haha.

 

 

 

 

8. Vigilante by Kady Cross. I had started this at one point and put it down. I need to pick it back up.

9. The Continent by Keira Drake. Another one I started but put down for some reason or another.

10. Sleepy Hollow and Other Short Stories by Washington Irving. A really short one to round it all off because there are some hefty books on this list.

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Hidden Gems

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books That Are Hidden Gems

Now when I say hidden gems, I mean I think they should be talked about more. If other people talk about them lots or they had lots of publicity, I obviously missed it because they ended up on this list.

1. On the Jellicoe Road By Melina Marchetta. Ding ding ding ding. I bet no one is surprised this is once again at the very top of my list. At this point even I am starting to get annoyed with myself with how often I bring up this book, but really how can I leave it off the list. I feel like I am a lone person just trying to advertise this book by running down the street screaming its name.

2. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. It was around when it first came out but it needs to be something I see everywhere for me to feel like it is getting the attention it deserves.

3. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. This week is apparently just a list of my most favourite books so far. I wonder if they are my favourites because I haven’t seen a whole bunch of people talk about them and I went in with no expectations? Ignore that thought and go read the books anyway haha.

4. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Again, I feel like I just need to run screaming its name down the street or keep screaming its name into the void in the hopes that

5. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway. Thinking about the books I have seen in the bookish universe, I don’t remember seeing this one pop up very much and I loved it so much.

6. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I know this is a big series by a big name author, but I never really see it mentioned anywhere so it gets a place on my list this week.

7. The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee. An actual hidden gem haha. I don’t think I have seen this book mentioned anywhere at anytime. I got it from the publishers and that was it. The second book was even better than this one.

 

 

 

 

8. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Its won awards and stuff but I really don’t see it mentioned in any TTT’s or just in the bookish community in general, so I shall mention it.

9. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. As more time passes I feel like this book fades into the background and it needs to be pushed back to the front of the lime light.

10. The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Ok guys hear me out. Yes it got good publicity but I feel like a lot of people snubbed it because it was by Stephanie Meyer and they thought it was going to be like Twilight. Guys this book is much better. I reread it basically yearly.

 

 

 

 

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