Posts Categorized: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Retellings of Classic Works I Want To Read

September 12, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 8

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

Today we’ve got a throwback Top Ten Tuesday topic, so I chose to list some classic retellings I’d love to read in honor of mine and Bonnie’s Magic, Myth, and Mischief event this month! I love reading fairytale retellings, but I’m not as well-read as many of my friends.

 

Flame In the Mist by Reneé Ahdieh (Mulan)
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston (One Thousand and One Nights)
Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis (The Wild Swans)
Royally Romanov by Terri Wilson (Anastasia)
Suspicion by Alexandra Monir (Rebecca)
Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine (Romeo and Juliet)
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (Persuasion)
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (Robin Hood)
Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon (The Little Mermaid)
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (Maid Mallen)


Top Twelve Hidden Gems In Contemporary YA Lit

August 28, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 7

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

I’ve been having a lot of trouble with contemporary YA right now. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older and not relating as easily as I used to, or if trends in the genre are shifting and I’m just not as happy with the new direction? I’m not sure. I keep holding out hope, though, and I continue trying books and adding them to my TBR because of hidden gems like these that I’ve loved over the years. And I couldn’t pick just 10, so here’s twelve for you!

Note: I’m defining hidden gem as a book that I don’t remember hearing much about when it came out, or a book that is so backlisted that nobody is really talking about it anymore.


Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams
Reality TV and pizza. What more can a person ask for?

Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson
I was sold when I heard school trip to Italy.

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
Popular cheerleader turns nerd over the summer and falls for a boy in a comic book store. It’s adorable.

Love, Lucy by April Lindner
Summer backpacking trip through Italy! Plus it’s a retelling of A Room With a View!


The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
Artsy character! And a super cute romance that’s compared to Anna and the French Kiss.

Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney
This book was a gift to my inner art historian. It’s about a boy who falls in love with a girl in a Renoir painting, and dances and eats dessert with her on the museum floor each night. So fun!

From What I Remember… by Stacy Kramer
The entire story had a very “Grease” kind of feeling.  Kylie is the valedictorian of her graduating class. She’s smart, and liked by pretty much nobody except her hilarious gay friend named Will. She gets paired up for a last-minute class project with the jock of the school, Max. He’s extremely hard to work with, but she HAS to get a good grade. So she pushes him. In a conglomeration of crazy events, they both find themselves smuggled across the border in a van of stolen electronics. They are in Mexico with no passports, no way of getting home, and graduation day is closing in. Geeky girl turns hard core, and jock notices. So cute!

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker
Clementine spends her summer on her parents’ sailboat nursing a broken heart. But it might not be the kind of heartbreak your mind just jumped to. She falls in love and spends a lot of time with her family eating disgusting meals made only from canned foods, eating s’mores by blow torch, star gazing, sunbathing, laughing, and bonding. I really loved this book!


Decked With Holly by Marni Bates
I have a big thing for books set on cruise ships… and cute Christmas stories… so this book won in two areas of my bookish heart. It was just as adorable and laugh-out-loud funny as I had hoped.

The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer
Adorably quirky heroine who is a self proclaimed writer, witty dialogue, mature word choices (I had to use a dictionary a time or two), tons of glorious 90’s references, a so sparkly and Christmasy story. Kate’s family has this huge traditional Swedish Christmas with lots of yummy food, decorations, great music playing all the time, a TON of snow, Christmas tree shopping and trimming, etc.

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland
This book warmed me inside and out, and had me smiling like an idiot while I read it. It takes place in a little Outer Banks town that I’d love to visit, the descriptions are dripping with summer, I fell in love with the characters, there’s an amazing family dynamic, and I love the messages of learning who you are and having fun while you do it.

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher
This book shocked me so many times, but how I felt at the end of it shocked me more than anything else.

Did you read and love any of these, too?
Have you added any of these to your TBR?
Any recommendations for other contemporary YA gems that have slid past me?


Five School Required Reads I’m Glad I Read & Five I Wish I Hadn’t

August 21, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 10

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

Unfortunately, school made me hate reading. I loved it as a little girl, but as soon as I hit the age where teachers force you to read “awesome” books and answer packets full of essay questions I hated reading more than I hated eating my vegetables. Many of the books upset me or were just downright boring, and it took me until I was 19 and in college before I rekindled my love of reading. I decided to use today’s topic to share five of the required reads I’m glad I read in school, and five that I’m still upset by today.

I’m glad I read…

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
I read this in elementary school and thought it was both terrifying and very fun.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller
I read this in high school, and my classmates and I all had parts. I played the part of Elizabeth Proctor, and it was so much fun.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This was required reading for my YA Lit class in grad school, and even though it took me two years to finish (because I was so scared of crying), I loved it a lot.

Night by Elie Wiesel
I had to read this for my Ethics and Values class in college, after which we sat in a big circle in our classroom and discussed it. There was no paper, no essays, no tests. We just sat and talked about it and that was our grade. Probably my favorite asignment outside of my major.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
This was also required reading for my YA Lit class, and it was probably going to be the only way I read this series. I’m so glad I did, though, and now I’m working my way through the rest of the series and having so much fun.

I wish I hadn’t read…


Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawl
Dog died. I think this was the beginning of my no tolerance policy regarding animal deaths in novels. I was in 4th grade when I read this, and it crushed me. I can still remember.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
People died. I hate death a lot.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
George. Killed. Lennie. I have a problem with death. I can still remember how upset I was.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
This is a case of me having read this way too young. Instead of getting anything good out of it, I was very upset by most of it. I’d probably feel differently now, but I really wish I had not read this when I did.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I was INSANELY bored by this.

What required reads did you enjoy in school?
Which ones did you hate?
Do we have any in common?


Ten Book Recommendations for Historical Romance Lovers

August 14, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 8

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

I love historical romance, and I’ve never really given myself the opportunity to share some of my favorites, to today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was the perfect one for me. I’m not super well read in this genre, but I’m getting there and I’ve found some really great books in the process! I read some of these as a teenager and some as an adult, and I love all of them!


A Week to Be Wicked
by Tessa Dare
Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long
Honor Bound by Brenda Novak
A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland


By Love or By Sea by Rachel Rager
The Charm School by Susan Wiggs
Catherine and the Pirate by Karen Hawkins
Tess and the Highlander by May McGoldrick
Gwyneth and the Thief by Margaret Moore

So, do you have any recommendations for me?
Which historical romance novels do you love?


Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

June 19, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 7

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

I love series, but I also hate them. I love getting LOTS of time in the worlds that I love, with the characters that I love. But at the same time, there’s always a long wait between books and there’s always so much to remember! I really suck at finishing series, which has made me super leery of starting them. Needless to say, I have started a LOT of series… but I found a whole bunch more I’d like to start anyway, so it was hard to narrow it down to ten!


Legend Trilogy
by Marie Lu


Graceling Realm Trilogy by Kristin Cashore


Bridgertons Series by Julia Quinn


The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy by Tessa Dare


From Manhattan With Love Series by Sarah Morgan


Sevenwaters Series by Juliet Marillier


Pink Carnation Series by Lauren Willig


Snow Like Ashes Trilogy by Sara Raasch


Lucky Harbor Series by Jill Shalvis


Scarlet Trilogy by A.C. Gaughen

How do I even prioritize these?
Any I should push ahead of the others? Any I should not even bother with?
Which of these would you love to start soon, too?

 


Top Ten Beauty and the Beast Retellings I Want to Read

March 13, 2017 Giveaway, Top Ten Tuesday 17

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

In honor of A Week of Beauty and the Beast, hosted by Bonnie and me, I decided to alter this week’s topic a little. Instead of my Spring TBR (to be read) list, I’m presenting you with my Beauty and the Beast Retellings TBR list!

Beauty by Robin McKinley
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
Uprooted by Naomi Novak
The Rose and the Mask by Victoria Leybourne
When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James
The Bride and the Beast by Teresa Medeiros
Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Cornwall
To Beguile the Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

Are there any I need to get to sooner rather than later?
Give me some advice! Are there any I’m missing?

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Top Ten 2017 Debut Books I’m Excited About

January 2, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 5

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

Over at The Broke and the Bookish we do this topic every year and I swear it was made for me! As host of the Debut Author Challenge, I’m all over debuts and there are some amazing ones coming out this year! It’s hard to only pick 10, but I’m going to make myself stick to this limit!

1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber: I’ve already read it, and it’s AMAZING. You neeeed to read it! It was beautiful, and absolutely a new favorite of mine!

2. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: It’s described as being magical, guys. And it’s Russian! Winter demon… I mean come on.

3. To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough: Yay mysteries! I love them when they’re done well!

4. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller: You had me at pirate.

5. The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser: I’m reading this now, and it’s pretty fun! The characters can jump into stories and interact with the characters!

6. Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse: Girl has 7 days before she moves to Tokyo… What will she do with those 7 days?

7. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: This sounds like a delightful romantic comedy! Two Indian-American teens are arranged to be married someday… Super interesting!

8. And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz: An artsy girl is sent to Europe on an all expenses paid vacation from her grandfather. But there’s a catch… I’m SO IN.

9. The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson: I’ve been craving an exciting dystopia lately, and this one sounds awesome! There’s a war, and the bad guys win and take over the earth. The last neutral place in the world, Sanctuary Island, is where you go to find safety… but this island is not safe at all.

10. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser: A fantasy “set along the waterways of a magical world”. That’s ALL I NEEDED.

 

Since you’re here anyway… Sign up for the Debut Author Challenge!
And tell me which debuts you’re excited to read!

That Artsy Reader Girl

Top Ten Books I Wish Santa Would Bring Me

December 19, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 2

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

I can’t believe Christmas is this Sunday! This entire holiday season has flown by, and I’m sad it’s almost over. I don’t know about you, but the anticipation and the build-up is more fun for me than the actual Christmas Day. Today we’re showing off our letters to Santa, and of course I had a hard time deciding on which books I’d love to get this year! Some of them haven’t been released yet, but Santa is magical and I know he can pull this kind of thing off!

1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
2. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
3. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
4. One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare
5. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
6. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
7. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
8. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
9. The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
10. Riders by Veronica Rossi

What books do you hope to find under the tree this Christmas?


Top Ten Books Set Outside The USA

July 18, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 11

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

I LOVE reading books that take place in other countries and/or have some kind of a travel theme in them, so I am so excited about this TTT prompt!

If I’m missing any awesome books that you think I should read, please tell me! My favorite thing about reading is escaping to a new place, so throw all the recommendations at me!

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Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard • Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins • Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney • Love, Lucy by April Lindner • Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae • Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson • Just One Day by Gayle Forman • Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill • Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

What are your favorite books set outside the USA? Leave your links and I’ll come visit!


Top Ten Favorite Couples (in Books)

February 8, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 8

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

Valentine’s Day is next week, so we decided this week to do a Valentine’s Day freebie. Of course I immediately decided on my favorite couples in books. I love romance. It has to be in every book I read. It was REALLY hard narrowing this down to just ten, but I decided to be a grown-up and follow the rules.

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Love, Lucy by April Lindner
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Under the Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Newsoul Trilogy by Jodi Meadows
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Who are some of your favorite couples?
What Valentine’s Day TTT topic did you decide to do today?