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Top 5 Tues: Books I Want to Re-Read

The topic for today’s Top 5 Tuesday has arrived at the perfect time. I was actually planning on writing a post this week about books that I want to re-read soon. Then, voila, T5T arrived and made life easier for me.

(For those who are unaware, Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Shanah, the  Bionic Bookworm. Go check out her site to see the full list of topics coming up if you’d like to participate.)

Top 5 Books I Want to Re-Read: 

Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – Now that I’ve re-read Neverwhere I feel like I need to go back and read this one again, also, since I originally read both of them around the same time.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – This book was one of my favorites back in college. It’s an excellent blend of historical fiction and horror. It’s also one of the few vampire books that I’ve ever really enjoyed, aside from Dracula.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – This is a different faerie story, set in the same world as The Cruel Prince. It’s been years since I read it though and I don’t really remember much about it.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien – I love these books and usually re-read them every few years. It feels like that time again.

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes – This is my favorite Alice in Wonderland retelling. That’s reason enough.


Do you like to re-read books? Which ones are you planning to read again? 

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Favorite Books of 2018 (So Far)

“Wooooah, we’re halfway there”…Sorry, I just had a spontaneous Bon Jovi moment.

We are, in fact, about halfway through the year now. Close enough to it, anyway. This seems like a good time to do a mid-year check in in terms of my 2018 reading goals.

Goodreads Challenge: My goal is to read at least 40 books this year. As of yesterday, I’ve read 20. “Woooooah, we’re half…” Err, sorry. I swear I’m done. So far I’m doing pretty good with my goal.

Favorite Reads:

  • The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. (You can read my reviews herehere, and here)
  • Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
  • Robots vs. Fairies (Anthology)
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo



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Top 5 Tues: Books I’d Save in a Fire

Greetings on this most Tuesday of all Tuesdays!

This week’s Top 5 Tuesday theme is a super difficult one: Top 5 Books I’d Save in a Fire. I had such a hard time coming up with answers for this one that I almost gave up. Seriously, how do you pick only 5 books?!

(For those who are unfamiliar with Top 5 Tuesday, it’s is a meme hosted by Shanah, at Bionic Book Worm each week discussing different ways of rating all bookish things! Check it out!)

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Crown (Queen of Hearts, #1) by Colleen Oakes
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

This is hard. Even after deciding on these 5 I still feel like I’m “wrong” or cheating somehow because I didn’t pick some of my other favorites.

You know what, I really hope I’m not in this actual scenario because I’ll probably die trying to save all my books.

What books would you save if you could only pick 5? 

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20 Questions Book Tag

J.W. Martin was awesome enough to tag me in the 20 Questions Book Tag. He’s also nice enough to let me steal his graphics and post really random comments on his blog. He’s an all-around swell fellow, if you ask me. I actually did this one a while back, but after perusing through the questions again I’ve decided to elaborate on some of my previous answers.

Ready, set…*runs to bathroom to pee again because I have a kidney infection and have to pee every 5 mins*…GO!

1. How many books is too many books in a book series? I prefer a series to be around 3-4 books. After that one of two things usually happens: a) The story starts to drag out (not always, but I feel like this is often the case), or b) You run into Game of Thrones territory where you’re waiting years in between books because the story becomes overly complex and the writer can’t even keep up.


2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? Personally, I think people who hang off cliffs for fun need to get their heads examined. But to each their own, I guess.

3. Hardback or paperback? I don’t have a preference, but I don’t like to mix and match them. If I own two hardback books in a series, I’m not going to buy a paperback when the third comes out. This sounds like a math problem…If Kiersten has two hardbacks and the third book only comes out in paperback, how many chickens will it take to cross the road? Hey, Macarena! (The answer is 5, by the way.)

4. Favorite book? Seriously, how can I pick just one book? That’s like asking me to pick my favorite body part. (It’s my derriere.) I guess if I had to pick one though, like absolutely had to. Like, someone was threatening my derriere at knifepoint, I’d pick The Graveyard Book….and the Harry Potter series, Jane EyreRomeo & JulietThe Name of the Wind, and…See, it’s not possible to pick just one.

5. Least favorite book? Tess of the D’Urbervilles. I had to read it in high school and reading it was pretty much the equivalent of a slow, agonizing death. As if high school hadn’t already been slow and agonizing enough.

6. Love triangles, yes or no? Meh. They wouldn’t bother me so much if they weren’t overdone to death. THANKS TWILIGHT. (Did anyone else think it was amazing when Jacob ruined the love triangle by falling in love with Bella’s baby instead?)


7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish? Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Yes. Yes they are.

8. A book you’re currently reading? A Gathering of ShadowsI want to say more about it, but I’m going to save it for my book review. *sits on hands*

9. Last book you recommended to someone? Darker Shade of Magic

*takes another pee break*

10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date) Everything by Shakespeare. Will doth approve.


11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date) To Kill a Kingdom

12. Favorite author? Neil Gaiman! But you guys probably new that already.


13. Buying books or borrowing books? Buying. If I really enjoy a book there’s no way in hell I’m going to give it back. IT’S MINE, OKAY?! I FOUND IT FIRST. *hissssssss*

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love? The Magicians.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears? I feel like this is a weird question, given that I am not normally in the habit of using my pets’ ears as place holders…I’m going to skip this one.

16. A book you can always reread? Why would I turn down one of those? Yes, please.

17. Can you read while hearing music? I can’t even concentrate if people are breathing around me while I read.

18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views) I prefer one, but there have been a few books that did the multiple POV thing well.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days? Multiple. Unless it’s like super short.

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?




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T5W: SFF Authors on My Auto-Buy List

So, I got physically stuck behind the copy machine at work today and someone had to come free me. I’m still asking myself why they let me supervise other people…That was my day in a nutshell. How are you all doing today? Anybody get stuck anywhere interesting?

I finished up A Darker Shade of Magic and I can’t wait to share my review with you all, after I finish writing it, that is. In the mean time, let’s talk about authors!

This week’s T5W category is Sci-Fi/Fantasy Authors on my “auto buy” list. While there are several authors that I really like, there are only a select few on my auto-buy list.

Neil Gaiman – You guys already know how I feel about Mr. Gaiman and his work. If he decided to publish the phone book I’ll be the first one on the waiting list.

V.E. Schwab – I’ve only read one of her books now, but I’m pretty sold. I can’t wait to read the rest of her books and see what’s in store.

Leigh Bardugo – I love the unique worlds and the complex characters she creates.

Patrick Rothfuss – Still eagerly awaiting the third installment of the Kingkiller Chronicle series. If he puts that or anything else out in the next decade I’m in.

Colleen Oakes – I love the way Colleen re-tells stories. Dare I say, she makes them even better than the originals!

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Top Ten Tues: Books I Could Re-Read Forever

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday again! (TTT is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) This week’s theme is “Books I Could Re-Read Forever.”

I like this category because I am a huge fan of re-reading my favorite books. I don’t know if I will necessarily be re-reading these forever (because, let’s face it, our tastes change sometimes), but these are some of the ones that I’ve re-read the most over the last few years. (Yes, I cheated and listed whole serieses as one book. But how can you just pick one book in a great series?)


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman –  I cannot praise this book or Mr. Gaiman enough.


The Harry Potter series  by J.K. Rowling – These are definitely my most re-read books, by far. It’s amazing that my copies haven’t fallen apart yet.


The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien – It’s been ages since I’ve re-read the LOTR books. I am way overdue. (Fun fact: I am not a big fan of the movie versions.)


The Queen of Hearts series by Colleen Oakes – This is a most deliciously unique re-telling of Alice in Wonderland. Probably one of my favorite re-tellings period.


Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier – “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay again.” *swoons*


Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson – I only discovered this one a few months ago, but since then I’ve already re-read half of the chapters. This book is turning out to be immensely helpful when I am in a funk and need a laugh or something to relate to. Jenny Lawson holds a permanent spot on my nightstand.


The Elsewhere series by Jacqueline West – This series is so adorable. It ties my love of art, magic, and animals together nicely.


Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – This was the book that popped my Gaiman cherry. I am eternally grateful.


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Oh Jane, you’re so awesome. (Fun fact #2: I have a Jane Eyre quote tattooed on my arm.)


The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – This is just a fun one to re-read every now and then. It’s perfect for anyone who loves books and a little mystery.



What are your favorite books to re-read? Are any of these on your list? 

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Sequels I Probably Won’t Read

Some books are so good that you have to read the next one immediately. It doesn’t matter if you have 100 other books on your TBR list. You put them all aside and buy the sequel because you won’t be able to sleep at night if you don’t know what happens next.

These are not those books.


Out of No Man’s Land (Sand #2) by Hugh Howey – Sand had an interesting storyline,  but the characters left me a tad disappointed. The story went back and forth between different points-of-view, which made it feel like there wasn’t enough character development.


Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman – There was very little that I liked about Scythe.  Everything/everyone was boring and it felt like another stereotypical YA dystopian novel.


The Magician King (The Magicians #2) by Lev Grossman – Despite how much I disliked The Magicians I contemplated reading the second book. Several people have insisted that the story gets more exciting, but judging by what I’ve seen of the television version, they’re lying to me.


Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire #2) by Michael J. Sullivan – I am not dead set against reading the next book. I enjoyed Age of Myth, but I don’t know if I liked it enough that I really care to read the rest of the series.


The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman – The Invisible Library had a pretty cool premise, but there was very little background detail. It kinda felt like you were just dropped into the middle of a story, so things were confusing at times. I’ve heard that the sequel is similar, so I’ll probably pass on this one.

Do you keep reading a series if  you didn’t like the first book?