Category: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Lovable Villains

Posted October 22, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 14 Comments

This week’s topic is getting us ready for Halloween next week! We’re highlighting bookish villains this week. Which villains do you absolutely hate? Which ones do you love? Which are the creepiest, the sweetest, the most evil, the most misunderstood, etc.? I can’t wait to see your lists!

1. The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
He’s dark and sexy and charming and dangerous, and people are just drawn to him for some mysterious reason.

2. Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
He was the villain in the beginning, but he captured al of our hearts.

3. Valek from Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Valek is a master assassin and trains Yelena in the art of poison. He makes her pretty miserable until…

4. Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.

It did not end well.”

It didn’t start so well, considering Akiva attacked Karou at their first meeting. lol.

5. Bastien Toussaint from Black Ice by Anne Stuart
Bastien is a ruthless assassin, hired to take out Chloe for knowing too much about his illegal arms dealer employers, but he eventually decides to protect her instead.

6. Ty from Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher
I have no idea how Lucy Christopher got me to sympathize with the kidnapper, but she did!

7. Alexander Moncrieffe from What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long
Alex initially wanted to seduce his rival’s little sister as revenge. Making her fall in love and then breaking her heart is the perfect way to get back at Ian Eversea. He falls for her, though. Of course. So many swoons in this book!

8. Luke from Lament: The Faery Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater
Luke is an assassin who has been assigned to kill Deirdre. He shows up mysteriously and Dee is totally drawn to him. He’s in love with her, but do we trust him?

9. Beast from Hunted by Meagan Spooner
I love this guy for pretty much the same reason I love The Beast in Beauty and the Beast. He’s tortured, brooding and… beastly. He’s holding Yeva prisoner in his castle. But… then the swoons happen.

10. Joshua Templeman from The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Josh is the enemy. He’s Lucy’s nemesis. They hate each other, and are fighting for their place in the company they both work for. But there’s a very fine line between love and hate, and they don’t seem to know where it is.

Which villains did you highlight this week?

 


Top Ten Bookstores & Libraries I’d Love to Visit

Posted October 15, 2018 by Jana in About Me, Top Ten Tuesday / 21 Comments

This week I’m sharing my bookstore and library bucket list. There are SO many beautiful buildings that serve as havens for bookworms, and there are so many unique, quaint, and special places that house books. I had so much fun looking for pictures to feature this week. When I start falling down he rabbit hole on something like this, it’s very hard for me to stop. I had a hard time narrowing my list down to only ten places! I’d love to visit these and so many other bookstores and libraries in this world. I wish the USA had more book places that were pretty like these ones are.

Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, Italy

I wish I’d known about this bookstore when I went to Venice a few years ago, because it sounds wonderful! The name translates to “bookstore of high water”, and it floods each year. To combat the water, which is a book’s worst enemy, the owner stores the books in waterproof bins, buckets, bathtubs, canoes, and gondolas. There are many books and maps of Venice, used and new books, and even some stray cats that have made the store their home. They seem to love people, and I’ve seen pictures of visitors petting them. There’s an outdoor courtyard with a stairway made of old encyclopedias that leads you to beautiful canal views.

Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal

The neo-gothic and art nouveau design elements make this bookstore a must-see for me. It’s so opulent and grand! I love the stained glass ceiling and that huge, sweeping red staircase. Apparently J.K. Rowling did some of her early Harry Potter brainstorming here, and is rumored to have inspired some of her designs of Hogwarts. Very cool!

Libreria El Pendulo in Mexico City, Mexico

This beautiful bookstore is known for looking like the city of Paris, France inside. It’s crammed full of shelves of books and trees and cozy places to sit. It looks like such a fun place to be.

Cook & Book in Brussels, Belgium

The Cook & Book is a bookstore and restaurant! It’s divided up into nine different rooms that each house different kinds of books, and you can choose to eat your meal at a table in any of them. The English books room is decorated like an old British library. There’s also a terrace and a playground for children. I particularly love the ceiling of flying books.

Book Now in Bendigo, Australia

This rare and out of print bookstore looks like a log cabin inside! I love this old nineteenth century building that was once owned by a wine and spirits merchant.

Boekhandel Dominicanen (Polare Maastricht) in Maastricht, The Netherlands

This bookstore is located in an old Medieval Dominican church. I don’t even care what kind of books this store houses, I want to visit this beautiful church!

Klementinum Baroque Library Hall in Prague, Czech Republic

This place is beautiful… “The baroque library was first opened in 1722 as a part of the Jesuit university based in Klementinum. It houses over 20,000 volumes of mostly foreign theological literature, coming into Klementinum from the beginning of the 17th century until recent times. Books with white painted spines and red marks have been in the library since the time of the Jesuits… The interior of the baroque library has remained intact since the 18th century. The hall is decorated with ceiling frescoes by Jan Hiebl depicting allegorical motifs of education, and portraits of Jesuit saints, patrons of the university and prominent representatives of this order.”

The Abbey Bookshop in Paris, France

I’ve been to Shakespeare & Company, which was so much fun, but I didn’t know about this cute little bookstore in the Latin Quarter until I was already home. Just another excuse to go back to Paris someday!

The Bookworm Bookshop in Beijing, China

This is a bookstore, library, bar, and restaurant, but I was sold when I saw these magical ceilings with lights and lanterns. It looks like such a cozy place to go to browse, buy, and borrow books; eat a yummy meal or dessert; and meet authors!

Leakey’s Secondhand Bookshop in Iverness, Scotland

Pictures of this bookstore make me smile. It’s positively charming! Look at the colorful panels walls, that spiral staircase, and the rich wood and cute little railings. I love the upper floor that runs around the perimeter of the store, and that you can find cozy places to sit anywhere. They even have an open log fireplace. Sounds perfect!

Have you been to any of these bookstores and libraries? 
Do we have any of the same ones on our lists?


The Ten Longest Books I’ve Read

Posted October 8, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 41 Comments

This week you get to brag about the longest books you’ve ever read! This can be by page number, by hours and minutes in the audiobook, by days/weeks/months it took you to read it, etc. You choose how you measure “long”. For me, I’m going by page number! I’m not counting textbooks or religious texts in this list. I’m going strictly by the page numbers, and it’ll show up here even if I didn’t like it because I deserve the credit!!

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Cress by Marissa Meyer

What’s the longest book you’ve ever read?


Top Ten Authors I’d Love to Meet

Posted October 1, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 17 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! This week we get to gush and flail over the authors we’d love to meet! Did any of you have as hard a time narrowing his list down to ten as I did? I’m not even going to explain why I want to meet these authors, because I started to and it just kept coming out, “I LOVE HER!!” So basically, I love all these authors and their books! I want to hug them and get them to sign my copies of all their books!

1. Tracey Garvis-Graves
2. Sarah J. Maas
3. Sarah Morgan
4. Jenna Evans Welch
5. Stephanie Perkins
6. Jenn Bennett
7. Jodi Meadows
8. Tessa Dare
9. Kerri Maniscalco
10. Stephenie Meyer

Have you met any of these authors? Tell me about it!!
Which authors would you love to meet?


Top Ten Books By My Favorite Authors I Still Need to Read

Posted September 24, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 26 Comments

This week’s topic is all about the authors you love and the books of theirs you still want to read. Some of my favorite authors have written books I’m actually not interested in, so I’m just going to mention the ones I’m really excited about. Hopefully I get the time to read these soon!

 

Sarah J. Maas

1. A Court of Wings and Ruin

Stephanie Perkins

2. Isla and the Happily Ever After

Christina Lauren

3. Dating You / Hating You

Kasie West

4. Lucky In Love


5. Love, Life, and the List

Tracey Garvis-Graves

6. White-Hot Hack

Tessa Dare

7. Any Duchess Will Do


8. One Dance With a Duke

Jodi Meadows

9. The Orphan Queen

Sarah Morgan

10. Sleepless In Manhattan

What should I read first?
Which books did you put on your list this week?


Top Ten Books On My Fall 2018 To-Read List

Posted September 18, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 44 Comments

Fall officially begins on Friday, and I am so happy! I love fall. It’s probably my favorite season of the year (although I do love winter, too). During the fall season I love reading atmospheric, creepy, gothic kinds of stories. I also love mysteries and romantic suspense. This fall I’ve got a few of these kinds of books that I’d really love to get to, plus a few rich fantasies that sound amazing as well!

Girl At the Grave by Teri Bailey Black
Gothic YA! I am here for it!

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre. YES.

Maulever Hall by Jane Aiken Hodge
A creepy, gothic romantic suspense novel that’s been republished recently from its original 1960’s version. There’s amnesia and paranoia and a large country home. Sounds very intriguing!

Tailspin by Sandra Brown
A romantic suspense novel about a pilot and a mysterious delivery.

The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets
Researching a serial killer in the Rocky Mountain wilderness.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
I’ll devour any Beauty and the Beast retelling, and this one sounds perfect!

A Study In Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
I’ve been really excited to read the Lady Sherlock historical mystery books, and this would be the perfect time to do it!

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
This kind of sounds like the book version of that movie Disturbia with Shia LaBeouf. I love that movie!

Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
Another gothic YA romance/mystery/horror that I’ve heard great things about! It takes place in the swamps on Louisiana, and having lived there, I can see how creepy and horrifying this book has the potential to be.

The House at Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse
This one sounds so creepy! I love creepy English manors that seem to have their own personalities.

Which books are you hoping to read this fall?
Are you a mood reader who is inspired by the seasons?
What kinds of books do you like to read this time of year?
Have you read any of my picks?


Top Ten Amazing Books That You Rarely Hear About

Posted September 10, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 20 Comments

This week we’re talking hidden gems in books! Which books do you love that didn’t get enough buzz when they were released? Which amazing books do we never hear about anymore that need some extra love? My picks are below!

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
Roman Crazy by Alice Clayon
I Temporarily Do by Ellie Cahill
Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun
The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni
What Is Hidden by Lauren Skidmore
Renegade by J.A. Souders
The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer
The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland
Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell


Top Twelve Most Bingeworthy TV Shows of All Time

Posted September 3, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 31 Comments

I don’t know about you, but when I’m not reading I’m usually watching TV, be it stuff on Netflix, from my DVR, or my from my pretty sizable DVD collection. Since September is the magical month of the new TV seasons starting up again, I thought it’d be fun to share what we all watch when we’re not reading! I’m sharing my very favorite shows, regardless of whether they are still on the air or not.

Friends
The Big Bang Theory
Wings
White Collar
Baby Daddy
JAG
When Calls the Heart
Happy Days
MASH
Man With a Plan
Bachelor In Paradise
Saved By the Bell

What are some of your favorite bingeworthy TV shows?
Do we have any picks in common?


Top Ten Books With School Supplies On the Cover

Posted August 27, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 26 Comments

Today’s topic is a back-to-school, learning freebie! I teach in an elementary school, and we started back last Monday. The first week was chaos, as it always is, and today I danced in front of an entire school full of kids for a back-to-school assembly.

Anyway, I’m obsessed with school supplies. When the back-to-school sections start popping up at Target I get all excited. It’s so fun to walk down the rows and look at all the fun pens, notebooks, and art supplies. I want to buy it all! So I’m going to share with you book covers that feature school supplies. I’ve read a few of these books, but most of them are still on my TBR (I put asterisks by the ones I’ve read)! That’s part of the fun for me, and a cool way to feature new books rather than a handful of the same titles each week.

 

By Your Side by Kasie West*
A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody*
Geek Magnet by Kieran Scott
Neurotica by Eliza Gordon
Holly Freakin’ Hughes by Kelsey Kingsley
Paper Hearts by Ali Novak
Paper Towns by John Green
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

What topic did you choose for this week’s
back-to-school freebie prompt?


Top Ten Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

Posted August 20, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 23 Comments

The dreaded reading slump. We’ve all been there. Now, this isn’t a hangover. A book hangover is the sick feelings you get when you think about picking up another book after the crazy amazing one you just read. Eventually you move on and the hangover passes and you’re fine. But when it never passes and you can’t find anything to read that you’re even remotely interested in… and the books you’ve been soooo excited about sit on your shelf collecting dust even though you so wish you could be reading them. If you want to be reading, but are completely incapable of doing so and enjoying it, then you know you’re in a reading slump. You probably look like this:

These slumps can last a LONG time. I think my longest one lasted for a year, and I almost died. It’s a very serious matter. When this happens, you need an amazing book that you just can’t help but love. A book that is not too complicated, and grabs you from the very first page. Hopefully today’s prompt can help the silent sufferers out there. We’ve got you.

Top Ten Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
Sometimes you need to travel to a really magical world. Be careful with these… A Court of Thorns and Roses was the reason I fell into a reading slump that lasted a year. But oh my, it was amazing. And A Court of Mist and Fury is even better. But seriously, BE CAREFUL.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Maybe you need the magic of young love in the city of light. This book is pure joy. It’s light and fun and there’s a cute Parisian boy.

3. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
A change of pace can often help. This book is just so different from my typical reads that it totally enthralled me. The writing and the atmosphere are captivating. I highly recommend listening to the audio. It’s perfect.

4. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Do you need to remember how to love words again? This book will make it happen.

5. The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
My reading slumps frequently have me turning to TV instead. Reading a book spin-off of a favorite TV show is the perfect way to get you back to your regular reading ways. Plus, this Veronica Mars mystery was awesome.

6. Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher
Maybe you need to feel uncomfortable. This book is so wrong, and it makes you feel all kinds of weird things. Like sympathy for the sick-in-the-head psycho guy. I flew through this and was at the edge of my seat the entire time.

7. Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
Sometimes you just need a crazy mystery that grabs hold of you and leaves you with no choice but to read and discover what’s going on.

8. Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
Or MAYBE you need a really swoony historical romance that takes you away from this life.

9. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Perhaps falling in love with a sparkly vampire is all you need. This book reawakened my love of books after being dormant for over a decade, so… epic reading slump crusher.

10. Your favorite book.
Sometimes an old friend is all you need when nothing else is working for you. Re-reads are good for the soul.

What’s a book you guarantee is a reading slump crusher?

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