Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

I finished this book at work and sobbed at my desk. I think this movie will require a box of tissues to get through.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I really love Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It is so powerful and heartbreaking. Getting to know Hannah, knowing that she kills herself, and learning all the ways in which she hurt is difficult.

if i stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman

The love story, the family story, and the decision on whether to stay or go. Every page of this book is sob inducing.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder is an amazing book that has so much heart. The book is often funny and touching, but the ending is really powerful.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity is about the strength and making impossible decisions. It is truly a brilliant book full of such nuance.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

I picked up Me And Earl And The Dying Girl on a whim at the library and I am so glad that I did. It is hilarious and slightly vulgar (in a funny way), then packs an emotional punch towards the end.

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed (Born Wicked #1) by Jessica Spotswood

The ending is like a punch in the gut. Book three cannot come soon enough.

Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day (Ever Day #1) by David Levithan

I don’t know if you can tell by this list, but I am a sucker for a tragic love story. What is more tragic than not being able to stay in one body and knowing you can never be with the girl you love?

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban

This story is unveiled slowly and it certainly lives up to its tragic name.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is all about the relationships and how we each handle difficult situations. This one is pretty universally loved, so I know most people felt as emotional about it as I did.

Cover images from goodreads.

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday–Top Ten 2014 Debuts

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten 2014 Debuts.

I read so many debuts last year and discovered tons of new authors. There is something so cool about discovering the next up and coming series. In no particular order, here are the 2014 debuts that I am most excited about.

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.

Something Real by Heather Demetrios

Something Real by Heather Demetrios

There’s nothing real about reality TV.

Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show’s cancellation and the scandal surrounding it, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it’s about to fall apart…because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™’s mom and the show’s producers won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.

The Other Way Around by Sashi Kaufman

The Other Way Around by Sashi Kaufman

Andrew West goes to an all-girls school and he still can’t get a date. If that’s not bad enough, his Mom is the headmaster. Everyone seems to have the wrong idea about Andrew. His teachers think he’s a good student who doesn’t apply himself -he really is trying. The kids at his old school thought he was a goth. His cousin Barry thinks he’s gay.

When his Thanksgiving break goes tragically awry he decides to run away. He catches a ride with a strange group of older teenagers. The Freegans are street performers and dumpster divers. As Andrew travels the country with his new friends he leaves behind the expectations of others and discovers what he expects of himself.

Nil by Lynne Matson

Nil by Lynne Matson

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?
Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ave Lavender by Leslye Walton

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

Summer On The Short Bus by Bethany Crandell

Summer On The Short Bus by Bethany Crandell

Spoiled, Versace-clad Cricket Montgomery has seventeen years of pampering under her belt. So when her father decides to ship her off to a summer camp for disabled teens to help her learn some accountability, Cricket resigns herself to three weeks of handicapped hell.

Her sentence takes a bearable turn as she discovers the humor and likeability of the campers and grows close to fellow counselors. Now, if she can just convince a certain Zac Efron look-alike with amazing blue eyes that she finally realizes there’s life after Gucci, this summer could turn out to be the best she’s ever had.

All cover images and summaries from goodreads.

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Books On My Winter To Be Read List.

My TBR list is out of control! I really need to tackle the books on my shelf of shame before I add any new books. That being said, I won’t be able to restrain myself from picking up some new books.

New Releases

Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into The Still Blue (Under The Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi

The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s “masterpiece” Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestselling Through the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy #3) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Jennifer A. Nielsen takes readers on an extraordinary journey in this final installment of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Ascendance Trilogy.

War is coming. . . . Join Jaron as he embarks on his final adventure!

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

Shelf Of Shame

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spostwood

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood’s schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege And Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Lies by Michael Grant

Lies (Gone #3) by Michael Grant

It’s been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness—or so they thought.

As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

The Mystery Of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes

The Mystery Of Mercy Close (Walsh Family #5) by Marian Keyes

Helen Walsh doesn’t believe in fear – it’s just a thing invented by men to get all the money and good job – and yet she’s sinking. Her work as a Private Investigator has dried up, her flat has been repossessed and now some old demons have resurfaced.

Not least in the form of her charming but dodgy ex-boyfriend Jay Parker, who shows up with a missing persons case. Money is tight – so tight Helen’s had to move back in with her elderly parents – and Jay is awash with cash. The missing person is Wayne Diffney, the ‘Wacky One’ from boyband Laddz. He’s vanished from his house in Mercy Close and it’s vital that he’s found – Laddz have a sell-out comeback gig in five days’ time.

Things ended messily with Jay. And she’s never going back there. Besides she has a new boyfriend now, the very sexy detective Artie Devlin and it’s all going well, even though his ex-wife isn’t quite ‘ex’ enough and his teenage son hates her. But the reappearance of Jay is stirring up all kinds of stuff she thought she’d left behind.

Playing by her own rules, Helen is drawn into a dark and glamorous world, where her worst enemy is her own head and where increasingly the only person she feels connected to is Wayne, a man she’s never even met.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Passage (The Passage #1) by Justin Cronin

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

THE GIRL WHO WOULDN’T DIE HUNTS THE KILLER WHO SHOULDN’T EXIST.

The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.”

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.

Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He’s the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

 

All covers and summaries from goodreads.

Top Ten Sequels I Need Right Now

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On.

Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into The Still Blue (Under The Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi

The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s “masterpiece” Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestselling Through the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.
Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

Champion by Marie Lu

Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton

Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself… which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.

Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love.

The Lair by Emily McKay

The Lair (The Farm #2) by Emily McKay

In the battle against the vampiric Ticks, humanity was slowly but certainly headed for extinction. For months, twin sisters Lily and Mel had been �quarantined” with thousands of other young people being harvested for their blood—food for the Ticks. Finally escaping with a few friends, the twins are separated—and must continue the fight on their own . . .

After making it to a resistance base camp in Utah, Lily learned to survive at all costs. But when a Tick attack decimates the fighters, Lily and her pregnant friend, McKenna, decide to make the hard trek north to Canada—and safety.

Meanwhile, Mel is being taught how to survive by the very vampire that turned her. Living without her sister is hard, but dealing with the fact that her autism was cured by the vampire bite is an even bigger challenge.

But when a monstrous betrayal places Lily in mortal danger, Mel must set out to find her, save her, and begin to unravel the empire of destruction that the Ticks have built.

Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla And The Happily Ever After (Anna And The French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Erased by Jennifer Rush

Erased (Altered #2) by Jennifer Rush

They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.

After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she’s learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam’s rules: Don’t draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.

Then a figure from Anna’s childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth — before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?

Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last age is turned.

Series completion is such an issue for me, so I am challenging myself to actually finish a few.

Finish Your Series Challenge All The Stacks

You can find more information about the “Finish Your Series” Challenge by clicking here.

Cover images and summaries from goodreads.

Top Ten Best & Worst Series Enders

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Best & Worst Series Enders.

The Good

Books With Good Series Enders

The Bad

Worst Book Series Enders

One thing I noticed when coming up with this list is that I have so many series to finish! It is actually frightening how many series I am in the middle of right now and I actually just started a new one this weekend. (Hex Hall)

Top Ten Best Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Best Sequels.

Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi

I don’t know how much I need to say here other than I love Aria and Perry. Roar is one of my most favorite secondary characters ever plus I love how the direction the story goes in.

 

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Non-stop action and two main characters who are completely badass. Day and June have so much to overcome but their chemistry is just sizzling.

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire (Graceling Realm #2) by Kristin Cashore

I love that Kristin Cashore writes Young Adult books with a feminist bent. Fire is so strong, complex, and willing to give anything to find salvation. I thought it would be very difficult to follow up Graceling but Cashore does an excellent job.

The Sea Of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Sea Of Monsters (Percy Jackson And The Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

If you read this blog, you may have noticed that I love Middle Grade and am particularly impressed by all of Rick Riordan’s books. The Sea Of Monsters introduces on of my favorite characters in the Percy Jackson universe, Tyson.

The Valley Of Horses by Jean M. Auel

The Valley Of Horses (Earth’s Children #2) by Jean M. Auel

The Earth’s Children series is one of my favorite series of all time. (I beg of you, if you have not read The Clan Of The Cave Bear, please read it. It is amazing.) I have read this entire series countless times and this is the book where Ayla meets Jondalar. I get butterflies just thinking about it.

Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

Certain Girls (Cannie Shapiro #2) by Jennifer Weiner

I loved Cannie Shapiro in Good In Bed and needed to know where her story ends up. Certain Girls is really the best kind of Chick Lit where you laugh and cry in equal measure.

Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes

Rachel’s Holiday (Walsh Family #2) by Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes is amazing and she is never better than when she is writing about the Walsh sisters. This story follows Rachel in NYC where her overindulgences end up with her going to rehab. Equal parts hilarity and emotional, you cannot help but love this book. (If you haven’t read anything by Marian Keyes, please get on that. You should start with Watermelon.)

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling

Not sure I can make any Top Ten list without a Harry Potter book on it.

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle #2) by Christopher Paolini

Remembering how much I enjoyed Eldest is a reminder that I do need to finish this series. That probably should be a reading goal for 2014. Anyway, this is a really wonderful book if you love dragons and high fantasy.

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Two Towers (The Lord Of The Rings #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien

Not sure I need to explain why The Two Towers made the list but it is epic and nearly perfect. Love everything about this book and could read it a million times.

Cover images from goodreads.

 

 

 

 

 

The Good, The Bad, And The WTF Books To Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations.

The Good

About A Boy Movie

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Hugh Grant in one of his best roles. Hilarious and touching, About A Boy actually improves on the book by Nick Hornby (which you should read pretty much all of his books if you haven’t.)

High Fidelity Movie

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Yes, this is another book by Nick Hornby. (Maybe my harping on this will get you to read all of the Nick Hornby books? It should.) John Cusack, Jack Black are pitch perfect. High Fidelity is so very good.

Harry Potter All The Movies

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Obviously, the Harry Potter movies are all amazing.

The Lord Of The Rings Movie Trilogy

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The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy like the Harry Potter movies should (and probably will be) on every list. They are amazing. (Even though there is a place to argue about things that were left out. Still, really great movies.)

The Stand Mini-Seires

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I love The Stand! It is such a great book and like many Stephen King books, quite long. So how they take this amazing book, with a huge cast of characters and make it into a move? Make it into a mini-series. I watched it when it originally aired (in 1994) and just loved it.

The Bad

 

Confessions Of A Shopaholic Movie

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Confessions Of A Shopaholic was such a disappointing movie. They changed so many aspects of the book, like Becky being American and her relationship with Luke. The book by Sophie Kinsella is hilarious but the movie just fell short. It actually makes me sad how horrible this movie is because I really wanted to see other books in the series made into movies.

The DaVinci Code Movie

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It is difficult to wrap my head around why this movie was so bad. The DaVinci Code seemed like it would make a great movie when I was reading it and it stars Tom Hanks. Something is just off here. I remember seeing it in the theater and lots of people walking out in the middle.

The Golden Compass Movie

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The Golden Compass should have made an excellent movie. It has action, adventure, and a really great story. The movie also stars Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman. It just did not live up to Pullman’s book and sadly the other books will never make it to the big screen.

The WTF

Queen Of The Damned Movie

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When I discovered The Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice as a teenager, I tore through those books like it was my job. Being a fan, I looked forward to seeing the books on big screen. The Queen Of The Damned movie pretty much killed my interest in vampires until Twilight happened.

 

My Top Ten Books Of 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Books Read In 2013.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Lives up to all the hype and I might sell my first born for a copy of book two.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero (The Heroes Of Olympus Book 1) by Rick Riordan

I love all of Rick Riordan’s books. Check back in 2014 and I am sure there will be another book written by Riordan on my list.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Haunting, inventive, and a non-stop thrill. Code Name Verity is amazing.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Gritty and inventive with an ending that left me in tears.

Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi

The world Rossi creates is really cinematic and the love story between Perry and Aria is pitch-perfect.

The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell

The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell

I love High Fantasy and the political aspects of The Cadet Of Tildor drew me in. This is a strong debut and I am anxiously awaiting book two.

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

This book is so funny and clever. The perfect vacation read.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me, Earl, And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

A laugh-out-loud read about a boy, his friend Earl, and a girl with cancer. It is a strange book but I loved every minute of it.

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

I loved every second of both books in the Legend series. Day and June just slay me.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I am such a sucker for Middle Grade books that when you through in a High Fantasy element, I will have to read it.

What are your favorite books of 2013?

 

Cover images from goodreads

 

Top Ten Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Beach Reads.

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howard

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Summer Reads Sophie Kinsella

Can You Keep A Secret?

The Undomestic Goddess

Remember Me?

I’ve Got Your Number

All by Sophie Kinsella

Summer Reads Marian Keyes

Sushi For Beginners

Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married

Last Chance Saloon

All by Marian Keyes

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me And Other Concerns Mindy Kaling.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

The First Wives Club by Olivia Goldsmith

The First Wives Club by Olivia Goldsmith

The Devil Wears Prada by Laura Weisberger

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner

Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro #1) by Jennifer Weiner

Size Twelve Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather Wells Mystery #1)

What is your top beach read?

All cover images taken from goodreads.

My Top Ten Favorite Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Books Favorite Book Covers Of Books I Have Read.

1. Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

This is probably my favorite book cover of all time. I mean, it is just perfect and so pretty. (Plus I really love this book and am dying for Star Cursed but that is a discussion for another time.)

2. Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

I loved all of the covers in the series but this one is my favorite.

3. Under The Never Sky (Under The Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

This cover is just so electric.

4. Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Yes, a girl in a flowing dress has been done to death but I just love this one.

5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road Cormac McCarthy

This cover is the so perfect for this book. Stark, bleak, and dark I cannot imagine it any other way.

6. Shiver (The Wolves Of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

shiver by maggie stiefvater

I love how this cover captures the beauty of winter.

7. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Insurgent Veronica Roth

There is so much motion on this cover. It has the feel of the books, so much action.

8. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Beautiful and sad just like the book.

9. They Call Me Baba Booey by Gary Dell’Abate & Chad Millman

They Call Me Baba Booey by Gary Dell'Abate

I am a huge Howard Stern fan and love his long time producer Gary Dell’Abate. This cover makes me laugh every time I see it.

10. City Of Ember (Book Of Ember #1) by Jeanne DuPrau

The City Of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

So simple but really stunning. Love this book and the cover.

All cover images from goodreads.