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Top Ten Tuesday: Books You’d Mash Together

Greetings! How’s everyone doing today? Despite sitting in the doctor’s office for nearly an hour this morning (ugh), I’m doing pretty well for a Tuesday. Speaking of Tuesday…

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is: Books You’d Mash Together. (For the record, it took me forever to fill this one out. There are just way too many fun possibilities to choose from!)

Harry Potter/This Savage Song – Picture it. A battle between the wizards/witches of Hogwarts and the monsters of Verity.

To Kill a Kingdom/Name of the Wind – I don’t know why, but I just feel like the Kingkiller Chronicles could just use more sirens.

A Darker Shade of Magic/Alice in Wonderland – What if Red London was more like Wonderland, but in a darker, creepier way?

The Graveyard Book/Every Heart a Doorway– I feel like Bod would fit in quite nicely at The School for Wayward Children.

Vicious/ Peter Pan – Neverland, but with EOs instead of fairies.

Six of Crows/Senlin Ascends – Just think of all the heists Kaz Brekker’s crew could pull off in the Tower of Babel!

Daughter of the Pirate King/Neverwhere – London Below could use more pirates.

Jane Eyre/Dracula – I’ve always wanted a mash up of these two. What if the woman in the attic was turned into a vampire?!

A Court of Thorns and Roses/Cinder – CYBORG FAERIES

Okay, so I ran out of mashups…Just think of one of your own and stick it right here. (Then leave me a comment and tell me what it is!)

 

Adult · Books · Fantasy · Favorites · Non-Fiction · Young Adult

Top Ten Tues: Best Books I’ve Read in 2018

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday again! (TTT is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you’d like to participate, a list of the weekly themes can be found here.) This week’s topic is “Best Books I’ve Read in 2018.” Sounds like an easy one, right? WRONG. I’ve read so many good books in the past six months that I don’t even know where to begin.

I actually did a post on my favorites of 2018 (so far) about a month ago, but I’ve read several other great books since then, so here’s the updated list:

The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

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Robots vs. Fairies (Anthology)

The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

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Top Ten Tues: Books I Disliked But Am Glad I Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Books I Disliked But Am Glad I Read.” (Check out her site to see the full list of upcoming topics so you can participate, too!)

  • Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer 

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
  • Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

What books are on your list? 

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Top Ten Tues: Books on My Spring TBR

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again! (Check out The Artsy Reader Girl to see what each week’s theme is going to be.) This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List.” Now, I will be the first to admit that I am terrible with actually sticking to my lists when I make these, but I figure I’ll manage to read at least some of them before summer rolls around. Here’s the current list. (Ask me about it again in 2 weeks and it will be completely different.)

  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman 

  • The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Armored Saint by Myke Cole
  • The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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TTT: Favorite Book Quotes

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It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday again! (TTT is hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl. Check out her site to see what the theme for each week is.)

This week’s theme is “Favorite Book Quotes.” This feels like an easy one, given that there are so many amazing book quotes out there. The hardest part is narrowing it down to only ten.

 

“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.” ― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”
— Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart 

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
― William Shakespeare, As You Like It

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

“… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
— George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire)

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

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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?)

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

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

 

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

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked But Don’t Remember Much About

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It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday again! (TTT is now being hosted at The Arsty Reader Girl) This week’s theme is: Books I Really Liked But Don’t Remember Much About. As I was scrolling through my Goodreads page the other day, thinking to myself “Huh. I don’t even remember reading that.” It’s normal, I suppose, especially when you make it a life goal to read as many books as possible. You’re bound to forget a few.

  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaugen
  • A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
  •  Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2017

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Books I Meant to Read in 2017 But Didn’t Get To.” This feels like an appropriate one, as I was just lamenting this weekend over all the newer releases that I haven’t had time to read yet.

  • The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab (I am counting this as 3 books)
  • Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams
  • The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – People have been talking about this one so much lately that I feel like I have to read it. I actually just ordered a copy of it and should be getting it later this week.
  • Beren and Luthien by J.R.R. Tolkien – I actually purchased this one right after it was released. I don’t even have an excuse for not reading it. #fail
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Top Ten Books I Hope to See Under the Tree

This post was supposed to happen 2 days ago, keeping in theme with Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve been a bit busy this week with work, dance, holiday stuff, and ranting about rib roast, so please excuse me for being a little behind. (To see each week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme, visit The Broke and the Bookish)

Books I Hope to See Under the Tree (That I Don’t Have*)

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, illustrated version, by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, illustrated version, by J.K. Rowling
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  • Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  • The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
  • Neverwhere, illustrated version, by Neil Gaiman
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  • Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink
  • Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

 

What books do you hope to see under the tree this year?

 

*I don’t actually have a Christmas tree. Does a random tree in the yard count?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Winter TBR List

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is Top Ten Books On Your Winter TBR List. Between all the books I’ve purchased recently and the few that I’m still waiting to be released, I’m racking up quite a TBR list.

Here’s what I’m planning on reading over the next few months:

  1. Sand by Hugh Howey – I don’t know much about this one, but it sounds intriguing. Boyfriend has already read it and said that I have to hurry up and read it so we can talk about it.
  2. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – It’s been a while since I read this one. After reading Edgedancer I want to go back and start the series over. (This would be a good time, since the 3rd book was just released.)
  3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – This one isn’t even out yet, but it sounds like a fun read.
  4. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust – This one came out pretty recently and I’ve heard good things. I’m always a sucker for any type of fairy tale re-imagining.
  5. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson – A funny perspective on living with depression and anxiety? Sign me up. I could use a more humorous outlook on life.
  6. Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by James Goss – This one isn’t out yet, but I already feel like it’s going to be a good one. I loved Goss’ other Doctor novel, City of Death.
  7. Poison by Sarah Pinborough – A short Snow White re-telling. It doesn’t have amazing reviews, but it was on sale, so we’ll see how it is.
  8. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston – Another impulse Black Friday buy. (I have no shame!)
  9. Dune by Frank Herbert – My boyfriend has been telling me to read this one since we met, since it’s favorite book of all time.
  10. Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas – I absolutely adored the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, so I am interested to see what this series is like. I’ve heard lots of hype about it.