Top Ten Books About Difficult Subjects

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 Dealing With Tough Subjects.


Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Review)


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Review)


The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green


The Rules of Inheritance Claire Bidwell Smith

The Rules Of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith (Review)


Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes

Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes

Mental Illness

It's Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini


The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer

The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer

Domestic Abuse

This Charming Man by Marian Keyes

This Charming Man by Marian Keyes


Speak by laurie Halse Anderson

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Review)


Room by Emma Donoghue

Room by Emma Donoghue

Any books you would add?


Cover images taken from goodreads.


Top Ten Books I Recommend


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 I Recommend The Most.

1. The Clan Of The Cave Bear (Earth’s Children #1) by Jean M. Auel

A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly–she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

I read The Clan Of The Cave Bear for the first time in seventh grade. Ever since then, I have loved Ayla and all of the Earth’s Children series. I have read this book at least 50 time and love it more and more each time.

2. Confessions Of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella


Becky Bloomwood has what most twenty-five-year-olds only dream of: a flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it — not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. Still, how can she resist that perfect pair of shoes? Or the divine silk blouse in the window of that ultra-trendy boutique? But lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank — letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read — and they’re getting ever harder to ignore. She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something …

Finally, a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life — and the lives of those around her — forever.

Hilarious,ridiculous, and so much fun! It is impossible not to love Becky Bloomwood after reading this book. The perfect read for a gloomy day when you just need to laugh.

3. Watermelon (Walsh Family #1) by Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes begins Watermelon with a rather inauspicious romantic opening when the heroine’s husband leaves her for Denise from the flat downstairs the day their first child is born. Claire, the deserted wife and mother, returns to her family in Dublin and, after going through the required stages of “Loss, Loneliness, Hopelessness and Humiliation”, begins to feel much better–so much better that when James tries to win his way back into her affections, he gets more than he bargained for.

The perfect introduction to the my favorite family of sisters. Touching and laugh-out-loud funny, Claire’s story of the worst day of her life is just perfect. It is impossible not to love this book and then want to immediately read everything Marian Keyes has ever written (which you should because she is awesome.)

4. The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier

Meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin—two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy. When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France, Ella hopes to brush up on her French, qualify to practice as a midwife, and start a family of her own. Village life turns out to be less idyllic than she expected, however, and a peculiar dream of the color blue propels her on a quest to uncover her family’s French ancestry. As the novel unfolds—alternating between Ella’s story and that of Isabelle du Moulin four hundred years earlier—a common thread emerges that unexpectedly links the two women. Part detective story, part historical fiction, The Virgin Blue is a novel of passion and intrigue that compels readers to the very last page.

Beautiful, haunting, and impossible to put down, The Virgin Blue is just epic. It takes place in France and has a mystery that is just so intriguing.

5. Harry Potter And The Sorcer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.

I don’t think I need to explain why this book is on the list but if you tell me that you have never read Harry Potter expect these books for your next birthday/Christmas/just-because-it’s-Monday present.

6. The Fellowship Of The Ring (The Lord Of The Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien

Frodo Baggins knew the Ringwraiths were searching for him – and the Ring of Power he bore that would enable Sauron to destroy all that was good in Middle-earth. Now it was up to Frodo and his faithful servant Sam to carry the Ring to where it could be destroyed – in the very center of Sauron’s dark kingdom.

This is a book that everyone should read for ever and ever. Plus, it is nice to fill in the gaps left by the movies.

7. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out…. Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.

The first few books in this series are better than True Blood (which I also love). Charlaine Harris actually makes vampires scary and sexy again.

8. The Stand by Stephan King

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail — and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.

In 1978 Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works.
The Complete And Uncut Edition includes more than five hundred pages of material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral complexity of a true epic.

For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King’s gift. And those who are reading The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival.

The Stand is a classic and gets better on each reading.

9. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The first ten lies they tell you in high school. “Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.

In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.
Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.

This book should be required reading. To read all of my many thoughts on Speak, click here to read my rather long review and about banning books.

10. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

A quick read that will stick with you for days after you finish. A perfect example that not all Young Adult books are fluff.

What books do you recommend the most?

Top Ten Books At The Top Of My List For Spring

Top Ten Tuesday

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 At The Top Of My TBR List For Spring.

1. Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles) by Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

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.

I cannot wait for Star Cursed and will put clear my reading schedule when this book gets into my hands. Born Wicked was one of my favorite books of 2012. I wish the cover for Star Cursed was as amazing as Born Wicked, there is nothing that will get me down on this book.

2. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

Not sure any explanation is needed for why I am excited about this book. It’s Neil Gaiman!

3. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Wedding Night by Sophie KinsellaLottie is tired of long-term boyfriends who don’t want to commit to marriage. When her old boyfriend Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. There will be no dates and no engagement—just a straight wedding march to the altar! Next comes the honeymoon on the Greek island where they first met. But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben’s rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember or one to forget?

I love all the books by Sophie Kinsella and always eagerly await anything she writes.

4. Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse has one last adventure in store.

Life has taken her from a waitress in Merlotte’s Bar, Bon Temps, to part owner; from social outcast to the heart of her community; from a vampire’s girlfriend to the wife of one of the most powerful vampires in the state. She has survived earthquakes, revolutions and attempts on her life. Sookie has endured betrayal, heartbreak and grief . . . and she has emerged a little stronger, and little wiser, every time.

But with life comes new trials . . .

The question is, in the end: who will love, who will live, and who will be dead ever after?

Sookie finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene
when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have
Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clear-cut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.
Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for
the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

The end of an era. This book will be hard to read because I really do love the world that Charlaine Harris created in these books.

5. Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger

Revenge Wears Prada picks up eight years after Andy parted ways with Miranda on bad terms. Andy is now editing The Plunge, the hottest bridal magazine around, alongside Emily, her one-time Runway nemesis turned current BFF. While Andy is planning her own wedding to Max, a handsome media scion, she remains haunted by her impeccably heeled former boss — and the magazine world being as small as it is, it’s only a matter of time before she hears the dreaded syllables “Ahn-dre-ah!” again.

I so want to know how everything worked out after The Devil Wears Prada.

6. The Golem And The Jinni by Helene Wecker

The Golem And The Jini by Helene Wecker

An immigrant tale that combines elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology, Helene Wecker’s dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who arrive separately in New York in 1899.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master-the husband who commissioned her-dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free-an unbreakable band of iron around his wrist binds him to the physical world.

Overwhelmed by the incessant longing and fears of the humans around her, the cautious and tentative Chava-imbued with extraordinary physical strength-fears losing control and inflicting harm. Baptized by the tinsmith who makes him his apprentice, the handsome and capricious Ahmad-an entity of inquisitive intelligence and carefree pleasure-chafes at monotony and human dullness. Like their immigrant neighbors, the Golem and the Jinni struggle to make their way in this strange new place while masking the supernatural origins that could destroy them.

Surrounding them is a colorful cast of supporting characters who inhabit the immigrant communities in lower Manhattan at the turn of the nineteenth into the twentieth century: the café owner Maryam Faddoul, a pillar of wisdom and support for her Syrian neighbors; the solitary Ice Cream Saleh, a damaged man cursed by tragedy; the kind and caring Rabbi Meyer and his beleaguered nephew Michael, whose Sheltering House receives newly arrived Jewish immigrants; the adventurous young socialite Sophia Winston; and the mysterious Joseph Schall, a dangerous man driven by ferocious ambition and esoteric wisdom.

Meeting by chance, Chava and Ahmad become unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing nature-until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring the Golem and the Jinni together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

Great reviews and such an interesting story, I really need to read this book.

7. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

If this book lives up to half the hype, it will be worth a read.

8. The End Games by T. Michael Martin

The End Games by T. Michael Martin

It happened on Halloween.

The world ended.

And a dangerous Game brought it back to life.

Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

But The Game is changing.

The Bellows are evolving.

The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules.

And the brothers will never be the same.

I am so intrigued by the idea of a someone directing the action in a post-apocalyptic world.

9. That Time I Joined The Circus by J.J. Howard

That Time I Joined The Circus by J.J. Howard

Lexi Ryan just ran away to join the circus, but not on purpose.

A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake–and facing a terrible tragedy–Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi’s mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.

When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn’t there . . . but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus’s fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.

But then Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it’s Lexi’s own future that’s thrown into question.

With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, and the importance of an excellent playlist.

There is the circus and the main character is described as snarky!

10. Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) by Dan Brown

Inferno by Dan Brown

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

Everyone and their mother is waiting on this book. I imagine it will sell a zillion copies and top the best sellers list for weeks.

Did I miss any? What books are you waiting for?


All cover images and summaries from goodreads.

Top Ten Series I Would Like To Start


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 Series I Would Like To Start But Haven’t.

This is such a great topic! I am a finisher (I have to finish a series no matter what), so starting a new series is such a commitment.

1. Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I recently bought book one, Obsidian, and hope to get to it sometime in 2013. I try to stay away from spoilers but I added this based on two words, hot alien.

2. Lily Bard Mysteries by Charlaine Harris

Yes, that Charlaine Harris. I have heard nothing but great things about the Lily Bard Mysteries. I do not read enough mysteries and this series would really fit the bill.

3. Gone by Michael Grant

I own the first two books and am really intrigued about a world in which only the young are left.

4. Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead

I was burned out on vampires for such a long time. They seemed to be everywhere and I did not need them in my reading. Enough time has passed for me to start this series.

5. Blue Bloods Series by Melissa de la Cruz

Again with the vampires. Has enough time passed to enjoy a new vampire series?

6. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa

I have no real excuse for this one other than it flying under my radar. I have book one, The Iron King, ready to go one my Nook.

7. Graceling Realm by Kristen Cashore

I own book one and it is burning a hole through my book shelf. I am promising myself to pick-up this book very soon, like sometime in March soon.

8. The Immortals by Alyson Noel

Evermore has been on my TBR list for years. Hopefully, I can get to it sometime soon.

9. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

I own the first two books in this series and have no excuse for not starting this series.

10. The Liar Society by Lisa Roecker

This is another series in which I own the first two books. I think I may need an intervention or a winning lotto ticket so I can quit my job and read full-time.

What series do you want to start but haven’t?










Top Ten Authors I Would Put On Auto-Buy List

Top Ten Tuesday

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 Authors I Would Put On Auto-Buy.

1. Lauren Oliver (Author, Twitter)

I love everything she writes from Before I Fall to Delirium (am about to die in anticipation of book three of this trilogy.) If that wasn’t enough, she also has a Tumblr that is kind of awesome.

2. J.K. Rowling (Author, Twitter)

Two words: Harry Potter. Also, I did like the The Casual Vacancy (click the link to take you to my review.)

3. Sophie Kinsella (Author)

I love Becky Bloomwood (of the Shopaholic series fame) as if she was my best friend. Even if her stories are predictable, I am unable to say no to my frothy British BFF. Her stand-alones are also awesome see Remember Me? and Can You Keep A Secret?

4. Marian Keyes (Author, Twitter)

Marian Keyes will make you laugh and cry with the Walsh Family series. Book number five, The Mystery Of Mercy Close, comes out later this year and I can barely contain myself.

5. Jean M. Auel (Author)

I am invested in the Earth’s Children series like I am invested in my marriage. If Ms. Auel ever does write another book, doubtful because of her age and the amount of time that passes in between books, I would have to have it.     

6. Charlaine Harris (Author)

I have stayed with the Southern Vampire Series through ups and downs. Even through Sookie’s story is coming to an end later this year, I will eagerly await new works from Charlaine Harris. (For those of you unfamiliar with her other series, I highly recommend the Harper Connelly series.)

7. Dan Brown (Author, Twitter)

I have never been disappointed by a Dan Brown book and have read all of his books. There is a reason why he consistently tops the best-sellers list.

8. John Green (Author, Twitter)

Has John Green ever written a bad book? If The Fault In Our Stars was his only book, he would still make this list. 

9.Rick Riordan (Author, Twitter)

Rick Riordan writes my favorite middle grade which is funny, smart, and pulls a little at the heart-strings.

10. Stephanie Perkins (Author, Twitter)

Stephanie Perkins captures young love while writing smart and strong female leads. Both Lola and Anna are such strong books, that I would read anything she put her name on.

Who would you add to the list?









Top Ten Tuesday: 2013 Debut Books

Top Ten Tuesday

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 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To.

I have spent a lot of time thinking about 2013 debuts. In my Debut Author Challenge Goal post, I talked about a few books I am really looking forward to. I have already review two  2013 debut authors so far this year, Altered by Jennifer Rush and The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan.

So here goes, in no particular order my Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To.

1. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) by April Genevieve

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

2. The End Games by T. Michael Martin

The End Games by T. Michael Martin

3. PODs by Michelle Pickett

PODs by Michelle Pickett

4. Linked by Imogen Howson

Linked by Imogen Howson

5. OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

6. The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

7. The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

8. Taken (Taken #1) by Erin Bowman

Taken by Erin Bowman

9. Starglass(Starglass #1) by Phoebe North

Starglass by Phoebe North

10. Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera

Reboot by Amy Tintera

That was hard! There are so many great debuts in 2013.

What 2013 debuts are you looking forward to?

All cover images are from goodreads.


Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Reads Of 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

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 Favorite Books I Read In 2012.

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I don’t know why it took me so long to read The Giver. It completely lives up to the hype.


2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (My review can be found here.)

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

This book is an adventure and I enjoyed every moment.

3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars is all over many best of 2012 lists and anyone who’s read it knows why. So sad and beautiful.

4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I really love everything that Lauren Oliver writes and this book is no different.

5. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson And The Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

This is my favorite new (to me) middle grade book. I love Percy and am so glad I picked up this book at my local used book store.

6. Nickel And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich

Nickel and Dimed on Not Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich

This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand what it is like for Americans making poverty-level wages. It is an excellent example of undercover reporting.

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

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

From the cover (might be my favorite of 2012) to the forbidden romance to witches, I love everything about Born Wicked.

8. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak by laurie Halse Anderson

This is a must read book for all teenage readers. (You can read my thoughts about Speak on my running blog here. )

9. A Game Of Thrones (A Song Of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. R. Martin

Game Of Thrones George R. R. Martin

I am reading each book after each season airs on TV. (Mainly because my husband gets freaked out about spoilers and swears he can tell when I know something is going to happen.) So good!

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

shiver by maggie stiefvater

My introduction to the beautiful writing of Maggie Stiefvater has only lead me to add all of her other books to my to be read list.


What were your favorite reads of 2012?

All cover images taken from goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

Top Ten Tuesday

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 I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Brining Me.

(I want to preface this by saying, I love all the books. If Santa is reading, please feel free to bring any and all to me.)


1. Run Faster From The 5K To The Marathon by Brad Hudson and Matt Fitzgerald


Run Faster From The 5K To The Marathon by Brad Hudson and Matt Fitzgerald

Where my love of reading overlaps with my love of running. (If you are also interested in running, I do write a little running blog called Dina Runs)


2. A Christmas Carol And Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol And Other Christmas Writing by Charles Dickens

Coralie Bickford- Smith designed the cover and I just love it. So pretty!


3. Crust And Crumb by Peter Reinhart

Crust And Crumb by Peter Reinhart

I always ask for cook books for Christmas. They are beautiful and something I don’t buy myself enough.


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

The Mystery Of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes

I want to read this book so badly.


5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I feel like the only person in the country who hasn’t read this book and that avoiding spoilers is a full-time job. I am number 200 and something on my libraries waiting list, so unless I get this for Christmas, it will be read late 2013.


6. Vogue Knitting by Vogue Knitting

Vogue Knitting

I love to knit and can always use a reference.


7. Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris

Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris

I want to read the entire Lily Bard Mystery series and never get around to picking them up.


8. America Again: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t by Stephen Colbert 

American Again Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't Stephen Colbert

I don’t read enough funny books.


9. Griftopia by Matt Taibbi

Griftopia by Matt Taibbi

I love him on the radio and in Rolling Stone but have yet to read one of Matt Taibbi’s books. This seems like a great one to start with.


10. Any of the beautiful classics created by Mr. Boddington’s for Penguin Classic. (I wrote about them in Cover Beauties.)


What do you hope is under your tree?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books For 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 Most Anticipated Books Of 2013.

1. Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked is one of my favorite books from 2012. You can read my review on my other blog here


2. Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

I am positive that Requiem will land on many lists. (My mother, who I lent Delirium to and who purchased Pandemonium on her own, is even waiting on this one.)

3. Untitled (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

This is another one that I am sure will be on a lot of lists. The end of Insurgent was so unexpected and I just need to know where book three goes.


4. Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Laura Weisberger

A sequel to A Devil Wears Prada, yes please!


5. Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Book number thirteen! I love Sookie Stackhouse and all of the crazy characters that inhabit this wonderful series but I am glad that Charlaine Harris decided to end it. I have high hopes that Sookie will get a good ending.


6. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

I love to laugh and always laugh so much reading any books by Sophie Kinsella. What she writes, I will read.


For seven through ten, I have a long list of 2013 Debut’s that I am anticipating which can be found here. Any or all of those books could fit on this list.

What books are you anticipating for 2013? 


All images are taken from goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Want On A Desert Island

Top Ten Tuesday

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 I’d Want On A Desert Island.

1. The Clan Of The Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

I have loved this book since I first read it for summer reading before ninth grade. It never gets old and I only love it more every time I re-read it.

2. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Any of these books are re-readable.

3. Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

This book is laugh-out-loud funny. I assume being stuck on a desert island, I would need the laughs.

4. The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I am counting all three books here because there are plenty of editions where they are published together. The Lord Of The Rings has it all including Elves, Orcs, and Hobbits.

5. The Stand by Stephen King

This ones has enough characters and storylines to hold up to a yearly re-read. So much excitement and the ultimate baddie.

6. The Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

A handful of my favorite female characters and a book that loses little on being reread.

7. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

An exciting story with a dragon. Would be hard to get tired of that.

8. In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner

An emotional ride through dysfunction and complicated enough to find new insights when reread.

9. The First Wives Club by Olivia Goldsmith

A hilarious tale of revenge.

10. A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Long and complex enough to keep me busy on this solitary island. If I had all this free time, would love to reread this book.