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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

10 Most Anticipated Second Half of 2016 YA Releases | Top Ten Tuesday





There are still so many great books to come this year, and it was hard, but I managed to put together a list of the ten books I'd probably cut off my right arm to get an early copy of.





THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab | Release: July 5th
I've been really curious about her since reading  A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC. I really want to try out her other books.

THE SMALLER EVIL by Stephanie Kuehn | Release: August 2nd
m/m romance, mysteries, memory loss - hell yeah!

NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff | Release: August 9th
Super high expectations! I can't believe I haven't read anything by him yet, but this sounds incredible and just perfect as my first read from him!




I'M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL by Gretchen McNeil | Release: September 13th
A girl uses math to become just like her crush's stereotypical dream girl. Yes. Please ridicule this trope, I am so ready for this.

THREE DARK CROWNS (#1) by Kendare Blake | Release: September 20th
Three sisters competing for the throne. Fingers crossed one of them is evil. I need.

STRANGE THE DREAMER (#1) by Laini Taylor | Release: September 27th
I'm trash for Laini Taylor's writing.




A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray | Release: November 1st
The Firebird series is one of my favorite series of all time. I feel dead inside thinking about the release date.

HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer | Release: November 8th
I am so weak when it comes to villain stories. I have to read this. I'm adamantly against fairytale retellings, but the queen of hearts from Alice in Wonderland? Come on.

JESS, CHUNK, AND THE ROADTRIP TO INFINITY by Kristin E. Clark | Release: November 8th
I usually don't care much for roadtrip stories, but the thing that makes this stand out is the trans protagonist. I really want to read this.



SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman | Release: November 22nd

A story about reapers! God bless! And Shusterman means it's gonna be weird. I'm looking forward to this.

Which books are you most looking forward to?

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Most Anticipated New Releases of 2016 | Top Ten Tuesday





 Here are my Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for 2016! Can't believe the year is about to end.


10. FIRSTLIFE – Gene Showalter: Life after death has always fascinated me, I can’t wait.
9. STARFLIGHT – Melissa Landers: I feel like everyone in the blogosphere has either already read this or heard of it. I need it, I’m a sucker for everything space.
8. HEARTLESS – Marissa Meyer: I haven’t read her Lunar Chronicles, but since she’s coming out with a new fairytale-ish retelling next year, I’m going to hop on the band waggon!


7. THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE – Heidi Heilig: I just love everything time travel and this sounds like it might teach me a lot about different cultures. I’m ready!
6. PASSENGER – Alexandra Bracken: Pirates. I’m not passing up a pirate read, come on.
5. RIDERS – Veronica Rossi: The minute this was announced, I was ready. I love the riders of the apocalypse and every single fictionalized version of them. Gimme.


4. GLITTERING COURT – Richelle Mead: I’m about to finish the Vampire Academy series. I have no clue was this is about, but my girl Richelle wrote this. She could write two sentences on a piece of paper in kajal and I’d still buy it.
3. HEIR TO THE SKY – Amanda Sun: The synopsis made me laugh. Apparently, in this one someone falls off the edge of the world. I don’t even need to know more, this got me hooked. Oh my god.
2. WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT – April Genevieve Tucholke: Unreliable narrators and magical realism: How to hook me 101.


1. THE LAST BEGINNING – Lauren James:

Good news, I will be shutting up about James’ debut THE NEXT TOGETHER soon, because the sequel is about to be published! If you love time travel and strange internet humor, I strongly suggest this brilliant read! Okay, but the sequel has a lesbian couple as protagonists (if I’m not mistaken) and I think I was born ready for this.
(no this is not the final cover, it was the only edit I could find so I wasn't forced to make a godawful one myself in paint.


Expected publication: November 2016 by Walker Books


What new release do you look most forward to in 2016?


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Great Books That Celebrate Diversity | Top Ten Tuesday





I decided to only stick with the books that have a striking amount of diversity and that I've read recently. All of these are guaranteed to not disappoint in terms of representation.

Here are my Top Ten Six Books That Celebrate Diversity


6. Insatiable (Insatiable #1) - Meg Cabot

Every novel by Meg is guaranteed to be full of diverse characters. There are more canonically non-hetero non-white characters in this than anything else. Love it, even though the book wasn't much for me for other reasons.





5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Saenz

This is a haunting love story between two young boys. I have no idea what it is about this book, but it'll stay with you for a long time.


4. The Hunter (The Forbidden Game #1) - L.J. Smith

As a big fan of Smith's books I'm proud to add her to this list. Every novel she writes features a couple of diverse characters that are carefully thought out. She doesn't only slam diverse characters in there and doesn't develop them - they're often even more carefully developed than the main characters.
Also nobody writes a swoon-worthy romance like L.J.






3. Beauty Queens - Libba Bray

Essentially a satirical social critique, this book is packed with diversity. Also kickass females who don't take any crap from anyone in heels? Yaas.






2. Luna - Julie Anne Peters


This list would feel incomplete without the one book that got me into LGBTQ* lit in the first place. The story about the life of a transgirl, taught from her sister's point of view.








1. The Next Together (The Next Together #1) - Lauren James

I was surprised to find diversity in this - I love how James took the chance to add her personal twist on everything. Review to come, I really enjoyed this one. 
A little birdy told me that the sequel will feature a lesbian protagonist, so I'm very excited for that, too.




Have you read any of these?



Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

10 Books On My TBR For Summer 2015 | Top Ten Tuesday


This summer I'm going for popular books. Let's see if I actually get any of these read. Probably not.

Viking Cover 2009
10. Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson
I've only heard great things about this. I know it's not a very light read so I keep putting off actually trying it out.

9. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
Everyone read this back when Sarah Dessen books were super popular. I didn't get the memo and I've been thinking about giving this a chance now. I really like the idea, superficiality is never addressed in YA novels.

8. These Broken Stars - Amy Kaufman & Megan Spooner
Sci-Fi novels and I - the eternal struggle. I'm still trying to really get into them, usually I don't go further than time travel books. I'm not so much for outer space adventures, but the beautiful cover and great reviews intrigue me.

7. The Leveller - Julia Durango
I only recently found out about this one and I can't wait to get my hands on this. It's about a virutal reality and reminds me a little of Under the Never Sky.

6. Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead
I've read all five books plus the extra short story Homecoming. I think it's time to finally take plunge. I love the world of Vampire Academy but I wasn't really satisfied with how the story progressed and Spirit Bound ended. I can't just not read the last novel, can I?

5. Cinder - Marissa Meyer
I love fairy tales and fairy tale retellings. Reading this novel is part of the process of trying to force myself to read more space-related books. Also everyone loves this and it's a series, so why not?
Disney Hyperion Cover 2014

4. Legend - Marie Lu
I have no clue what it's about and I really don't want to find out. I just want to go in blind and see why everyone is so utterly obsessed with this.

3. Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige
I had no idea that this isn't just your average asylum / haunted house creepy novel, but it's Wizard of Oz fan fiction! I had no idea it was about THAT Dorothy. I need to read this.

2. Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
If you haven't checked out the web series by VerveGirlTV on Youtube you're definitely missing out. I'm absolutely in love with the series and obviously I have to read the original novel as well.

1. Alienated - Melissa Landers
Alien exchange student. I'm hooked. I've been saying for MONTHS that I'm going to read it but I never do.



What are you planning to read this summer? Have you read any of these?
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Books About Book Lovers | Top Ten Tuesday



10. The Neverending Story - Michael Ende
Bastian finds a book that draws him into the magical world of Fantastica. The world is in danger and only a human can save it by giving the queen a new name.

9. The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
In this gothic novel, Margaret Lea is given the task to write the biography of the famous novelist Miss Winter. She hasn't read any of her books before, but one day finds a copy of Miss Winter's collection of thirteen stories. However, there are only twelve stories in the book and Margaret desperately wants to find out what the Thirteenth Tale is about.

8. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Liesel, a girl whose parents have been taken to a concentration camp during the Second World War, spends her days stealing books.

7. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Guy Montag is a fireman whose job it is to burn forbidden books, because they are the source of all unhappiness and evil in the world.


5. Matilda - Roald Dahl
This goes without saying.

4. Loving - Katrin Bongard
This is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, but featuring a book blogging nerdy heroine!
(Review)

3. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Again, no description needed.

2. Inkeart - Cornelia Funke
I don't think I need to describe the plot because at this point everyone has heard of it. If you've watched the horrible movie I apologize. The series is brilliant, unique and captivating. If you haven't read it yet, I strongly recommend doing so!

1. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruis Zafón
Daniel, the son of an antiquarian book lover is in the possession of a novel called The Shadow of the Wind. He absolutely falls in love with it and tries to find out more about the author and his other works. Turns out, someone out there is destroying all of the authors other novels and Daniel is trying to find out why.


What's Your Favorite Novel Featuring a Book-Loving Character?

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Childhood Favorites | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.  






This Week: 

10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit

 

10. The Secret Garden - Francis Hodgson Burnett
I remember seeing the movie so, so, so many times when I was a child that I would just love to read the book and relive the magic.

9. Matilda - Roald Dahl
Come on, who didn't read this?! Such a genius work that I have to reread it.

8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
It's been too long. It's time.

7. The Grimm Fairytales
I'm talking about the original German ones that my Dad used to read to me. I can't believe I didn't grow up to be psychologically damaged from these...

6. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I remember having to read this in like sixth grade and I absolutely hated it. Mostly because I didn't understand what the author was trying to say, haha. Let's see if that changed.

5. Heidi - Johanna Spyri
I only read this in the first place because my grandma had this gorgeous copy from the sixties (I think?) and I ended up really liking it and getting a newer copy for myself. Also I didn't know there are like three sequels?!

4. The Six Bullerby Children - Astrid Lindgren
I had a scary obsession with this book. I think it's somewhere stored in the attic at my mom's. Man, I miss this book.

3. Mit Jeans in die Steinzeit (rough translation: Wearing Jeans in the Stone Age) - Wolfgang Kuhn
My favorite teacher of all time gifted me this when I was probably... about 10? I don't remember. I do remember absolutely loving this book and I should really reread it again

2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
I lost this!! I'm so upset about it!! None of my friends still has it and I can't find mine, I'm seriously considering buying another copy.

1. Igraine the Brave - Cornelia Funke
I don't think that this classifies as something I read in my childhood. I think I was twelve or thirteen when I read it and I absolutely loved it. Funke was one of my favorite writers when I was younger and I actually picked it up a few weeks ago again, but then didn't end up reading it. Sadly.


Have you read any of those books?


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Most Read Authors | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.



This Week: ITS FREEBIE WEEK!
I decided to torture you guys by telling you who my most read authors are and spilling out my feelings for them. Enjoy!

10. Mari Mancusi (Blood Coven Series)
My heart! She made me fall in love with vampires. I read her series around the same time I read Princess Diaries for the first time and they both had a lasting impression on me. Thanks Mari!

9. Jodi Picoult (Handle With Care, Second Glance)
The Queen of character development! You can tell that she studied Creative Writing because her writing is just over the top amazing! Her characters are real, at least they feel that way and her insanely long novels are always an adventure. She'll hit you right in the face with emotion while still having another plot twist around the corner. I want to be as good as her one day.

8. S.G. Browne (Breathers, Fated)
He's the man for everything comedy and satire. He never ceases to make me laugh and his ideas are equally crazy and likeable. 

7. Sophie Kinsella (Remember Me, Twenties Girl, I've Got Your Number)
Sophie's my girl. My go-to-source for all things Chick-Lit and definitely a happy-go-lucky author! Whenever I'm down I reach for a Kinsella book and I always make sure to have at least one on my shelves in case of a feelings emergency. Thanks Sophie, you're the bomb!

6. David Levithan (Boy Meety Boy, The Lover's Dictionary, Every Day, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares)
My favourite LGBTQ* author, hands down. I will only trust him with these matters because he has got it down! I will read all his novels and I love, love, love and look up to the way he writes. He's truly an artist.

5. Cornelia Funke (Inkworld Trilogy, Igraine The Brave)
My favourite childhood author. She's amazing and I dearly regret growing out of her novels. I loved both the Inkworld Series and Igraine the Brave. I still catch myself rereading the latter even when I'm way out of the group she's aiming at. She contributed to making my childhood reading experience a happy one and I will always be grateful for that, even as an adult.

4. Stephenie Meyer (Twilight Series)
Yo. I'm not ashamed of this. I loved Twilight back when it was released and I probably have seen the movie close to 70 times. Pretty sure that's even an understatement, because I literally know the entire dialogue from side characters to main characters. While I do understand the problematics in this series, I still have to admit that I had an amazing time reading this series and I wouldn't trade it in for the world. I was indeed very young when I read it ~ around 12-14, but I never even for one second let the toxic relationship between Bella and Edward cloud my decisions. Even at that age I understood that it's fiction and hey, to me it's a nice series. So thanks, Stephenie, I don't care what the haters say.

3. Meg Cabot (Princess Diaires Series, Abandon Series, Insatiable)
Meg is my queen. She hasn't only written the one book that had the most impact on me as a child (Princess Diaries #1), but is also an amazing, amazing writer. I've always loved her witty, funny style that isn't shallow like most authors tend to slip into - but it always carries a message. Her novels are more than just about the characters, every novel lets you learn something new and I think that's what every writer should aspire to achieve. I will probably never be able to find the right words to express how much she helped me in life and I will always, always, always be loyal to her. Even when she writes shitty novels like "Insatiable", my god was that bad.

2. Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux Series)
Insert heavy breathing. This woman, I swear. You guys know that I'm crazy for everything she does and I'm just wobbling around on my seat thinking about the other novels she wrote. I will most definitely read everything she'll ever write and I will probably reread the Lux Series over and over again until the day I die. It's a guilty pleasure really, but I don't feel guilty at all. Bless her.

1. L.J. Smith (Vampire Diaries Series, Stefan's Diaries Series, The Forbidden Games Series)
Well, she kind of cheated to get to first place, because I hopelessly fell in love with The Vampire Diaries. Whether it's the show or her novels, bring it on! I even wrote fan fiction about the characters in this, don't remind me ... it seems whatever this woman touches, turns into gold. Her novel series The Secret Circle even got turned into another TV show. It's funny how some authors can write whatever the heck they want and there's still people like me who'll clap and bow. Thanks, L.J.
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