Category: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Swoonworthy Books

Posted February 10, 2014 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 33 Comments


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

Valentine’s Day is this week, and so we’re talking all about the books with those really swoony romances or heart-stealing boys! I love romances, so I am super excited to tell you all about my favorites! Clicking on the hearts will take you to my reviews. :)



And there you have it! I tried to leave out some of the obvious choices, even thought I SO wanted to add Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and yes… Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Boy, did I ever swoon with that book. Tell me what some of your favorite swoonworthy books are! Seriously, I WANT recommendations. Do you agree with my choices?

Top Ten Things on My Reading Wishlist

Posted January 20, 2014 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 26 Comments


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

Ok, beloved authors of mine. In this post I will tell you what I would love for you to write for me. Thank you. :)

1. Books about bookish people

2. Some kind of a YA Phantom of the Opera retelling. How cool would that be?

3. Books that take place on a train. Like a really luxurious, opulent train and romance and swoons.

4. More books where traveling is involved. I can’t get enough of them! Road trips, cruises, backpacking. OH backpacking would be fun!

5. I love the idea of New Adult, but I feel like they are pretty much always full of sex or heavy issues. Sometimes we almost-30’s would like to read a light Anna and the French Kiss type of innocent love story with people our age.

6. More survival stories. I love books where the characters get stranded somewhere and have to learn to survive in crazy hard situations.

7. Love stories without insatlove. I want to see some characters who have an epic, slow-burning, heart-stopping romance that takes both of them by surprise. Like best friends turned more? Or enemies who try not to fall in love but do. I want my characters to work at love for once!

8. I want a book that takes place in Egypt. I love Egypt and all that history. I want a really good Egyptian mystery. Buy YA. Study abroad? I dunno…

9. Sharks. Sharks are never in books. Oh, and dinosaurs. I’m thinking Terra Nova or Dinotopia. Could be fun.

10. More YA Christmas books. Because honestly. I’m the queen of Christmas, and am not always in the mood for an adult romance.

So, what would you like to see published from your favorite authors?
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Top Ten 2014 Debuts I’m Excited to Read

Posted January 13, 2014 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 9 Comments


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

I really, REALLY love supporting debut authors, and I get very excited for their books! The buzz around the book world proves that this year’s group of debut authors is going to be amazing!! My TBR of debuts is insanely long. It’s going to be very hard to narrow things down to just 10.

The Cute Contemporary Romances
Wish You Were Italian by Rae Kristin
The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Something Real by Heather Demetrios

The Amazing Retellings
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Wild by Alex Mallory

The Crazy Worlds
NIL by Lynne Matson
Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

The Heart-Pounders
Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin

Which ones are you excited to read?

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings Tonight!

Posted December 23, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 32 Comments


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

Merry Christmas Eve! Tonight is one of my very favorite nights of the entire Christmas season. I would like to pause my life and live in Christmas Eve for a few days. I love the magic and the anticipation. I have been blessed this year with so many books from friends and from publishers! How could I possibly want anything more? The thing about books, though, is that you can never run out and you can never have too many! Here are the top ten books I’m hoping Santa has in his bag for me. :)


Fragments by Dan Wells
The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
The Funny Thing Is by Ellen DeGeneres
Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace


Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris
The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett, and Amanda Pressner
Champion by Marie Lu

So, what’s on your list for Santa? I hope he brings you all the books!

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Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2013

Posted December 16, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 13 Comments


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

This is a pretty exciting topic for this week! I love, love, LOVE discovering new authors! Sadly, I have not read very many new authors this year, but here are the new ones I love! And I am not counting debut authors, because they were new to everyone this year!

While you’re here, be sure to enter my international wishlist giveaway!
(Link is in my sidebar.)

Just One Day & Just One Year

I read both of these books this year, and I really like Gayle’s storytelling and her characters. I adored Just One Day, and was majorly hungover after it. Just One Year was quite disappointing, though. I have not read any of her other books because I’m terrified of them. I hate crying!

Starry Nights

Starry Nights was one of my favorite books of the year, which puts me in the minority. I think I connected with this book so well because I love art history and art so much. Daisy was able to turn art into magic with this book, and I loved that so much!

Renegade & Revelations

J.A.’s writing style is gorgeous, and this new trilogy is SO unique and exciting. I love the world she created, and I love the characters. My favorite thing about these books, though, is the vivid imagery J.A. created for us. SO pretty! The descriptions of the scenery had me swooning.


I know, right?! My first Jessi Kirby book EVER! And I loved it! I love romance novels, and this one had very little romance in it. I still really enjoyed it, though, which means Jessi is awesome. I am so excited to get to more of her books.

Heist Society

I am a big fan of the Heist Society series, even though I’ve only read the first one. Ally’s writing is so perfect that I barely notice it. I know that sounds weird, but it just works for the story. I can’t wait to read more of this series, as well as The Gallagher Girls.

Shadow and Bone & Siege and Storm

Leigh can go from writing deep feelings to crazy battle scenes to detailed descriptions of Grisha powers. If her writing was not so amazing these books would be just another fantasy trilogy.


While I LOVED Unremembered, I also had so much fun getting to know Jessica through the guest post she did for me as part of her blog tour! She is such a nice person.

robinbenwayAudrey, Wait!

This book was just so much fun!

Sleigh Bells in the Snow

I read very little adult romance this year, but I really loved this one!

The Winner’s Curse

This book is amazing! I love Marie’s writing style, and her creative mind.

And there you have it! Which awesome authors did you discover this year?


Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR

Posted December 9, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 46 Comments


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

I am SO excited about this week’s topic! There are so many amazing books coming out this winter, and I’m pretty sure I will not be able to read them all in time! If only I could skip school and just read forever. That would be the life. I’m guest posting over at The Bookish Owl on Friday, and I’ll be talking all about my December TBR there, so I’m going to limit my choices here to books I’m hoping to read during winter 2014! There are so many choices, that limiting this list to just a measly ten is going to be a major feat.

Books1Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Sleep No More
by Aprilynne Pike
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

by Lauren Oliver
Something Real by Heather Demetrios

by Jessica Brody
Infinite by Jodi Meadows

by Lynne Matson
Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

So, what books are you looking forward to this winter? Have you read any of these? Do you know of any others I should add to my TBR?

(Oh, and I know some of these come out in the spring/summer. I have ARCs of them all (except Infinite, which comes out next month), so I went by what I have rather than release dates.)

Top Ten Things I am Thankful For

Posted November 25, 2013 by Jana in About Me, Top Ten Tuesday / 8 Comments


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

I’m writing this post as I lay sick in bed, so I will admit that I’m having a hard time focusing on things I am thankful for. At the same time, though, I know things could be so much worse than they are. I could be suffering with no cold medicine, no comfortable bed, no TV to keep me entertained, no books to read, and no heat in my home. I have so much to be thankful for!

1. I am thankful for my mom and my sister. We are the Three Musketeers, and we have so much fun together. They are my biggest cheerleaders, my confidants, and my best friends. My mom and I travel together, laugh together, cry together, and are pretty much the same person.

2. I am thankful that I get to live in such a beautiful place! I love Utah, and all my friends and family who live here.

3. I am thankful for all the awesome travel experiences I’ve had throughout my life. Through traveling, I have learned so much about myself, what I am capable of, and how lucky I am. I’ve also learned a lot about culture, language, and what an awesome world we live in.

4. I am thankful for the turn my life has taken this year. I have figured out my life, and I know exactly what I’m going to do with it.

5. I am thankful to be a book blogger! I love everyone I have met through blogging, all the awesome books I have been exposed to, and the opportunities it has provided me. :)

6. I am thankful that I get to teach the 14 and 15-year-old girls at church. They are like my little sisters, and I enjoy getting to know them.

7. I’m thankful for my education. It’s crazy to think about, and I can’t tell you how many times during my first semester of grad school (that I just completed!!) that I wondered what on earth I have done to myself, but there are so many out there who do not have the opportunity to go to school.

8. I’m thankful for music, and the ability I have to connect with it on such a deep level.

9. I’m thankful for my talents of creativity and singing.

10. I’m thankful for my Heavenly Father, and His plan for me.

So, what are YOU thankful for?

Top Ten Books I Would Recommend to My Non-Bookish Little Sister

Posted November 18, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 11 Comments


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

This week’s topic is a fun one! Initially, I had a hard time deciding who to recommend books to, but then all of a sudden it hit me! My little sister does not really read books. She has a few she enjoys like the Narnia series, Twilight, and The Hunger Games. But other than those, she really does not read much. I’ve been able to talk her into a few books, but not nearly enough. It’s hard having a non-bookish sister! She loves movies, though, so I am hoping to come up with a list of books she will like using the movies and the few books she loves. Oh, and travel. She LOVES traveling.


All Our Yesterdays by Kristin Terrill
One of the reasons my sister loved The Hunger Games so much is the action. She loves the constant heart pounding action. This is action, and dystopia, and some time travel! I think she’d really like it.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I remember after I read The Hunger Games that I was looking everywhere to find a dystopian novel that was as good. Delirium filled that need for me, and I really loved it.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
The Hunger Games is all about survival in a weird world. So is These Broken Stars! The characters have to beat the odds to survive. My sister also loves Titanic, and this book has a Titanic-ish feel. I think she’d enjoy it!


Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
My sister has always wanted to go to London. Why not visit through Meant to Be?

Wanderlove by Kristin Hubbard
My family has been to Belize before, which is one of the places Wanderlove is set in. I loved reading about Belize. I know how unbelievably hot it is there, and I know what it looks like. It made Wanderlove a lot of fun. Plus, the romance is sweet and she loves romance!

Decked with Holly by Marni Bates
My sister is a Christmas maniac, just like I am! Plus, she adores cruising. This book has both!

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
My sister LOVES flying. And she loves romance! I just know she would love this story.


Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
The Little Mermaid is one of my sister’s very favorite Disney movies. I love this mermaid trilogy, and I think it is just as magical as The Little Mermaid.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinderella is another of my sister’s favorite movies. I think she would adore Cinder, and since she loved The Hunger Games I think she will enjoy this dystopian retelling. Really, she would love the entire series!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna is Disney-like in the perfect romance. And there’s the Paris thing, which my sister would love. She has always wanted to go to Paris. I think she would have a major thing for St. Clair.


So, there you have it! What would you recommend my sister read? She loves romance and kissing and princesses and action.

What person did you choose to recommend books for? I’d love to see what you chose for them to read! Maybe I’ll find something new to pine for. :)

Top Ten Book Covers I Wish I Could to Redesign

Posted November 11, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 22 Comments


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

I’m a firm believer in the power of an awesome book cover. While we all wish we could place ourselves in the category of those who do not judge books by their covers, we all do it. It might not make us decide whether or not to read a book, but it almost always creates a feeling within that you expect the novel to have. Sometimes this just does not happen. And sometimes… it’s just ugly. Here are the top ten book covers I wish I could redesign.


Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Vampire Academy by Richelle Meade

She just has this really weird look one her face… and the shadow over her other eye is just weird. *shrug*

Don't Turn Around (PERSEF0NE, #1)

Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

It’s just creepy. And the hand looks weird.

You Are Mine (Mine, #1)

You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

It’s not just this one. I want to redesign all book covers that are just a pretty face and nothing else. Where is the creativity?

Inhuman (Fetch, #1)

Inhuman by Kat Falls

It looks like it’s trying to be Divergent.

Phoenix Overture (Newsoul, #2.5)

Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows

I really, really wish the designers had not decided to give Sam a face. I liked dreaming him up in my own mind, and he looks nothing like this guy. It kind of ruined it for me, and I have been lacking the motivation to read it.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Will someone please tell me why this cover is a good one? It’s boring, and I don’t like how Jodi’s quote is meant to be a part of the design along with John’s prestige-ness.

Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven (Delirium, #0.5, #1.5, #2.5)

Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver

It looks like a bunch of clip art flowers haphazardly stuck together. Not good.

Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling, #1)

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

The focus is on the legs. Why? I hear so many amazing things bout this series, that the cover of the first one should probably be nice.

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

I really like the typography, but the girl looks creepy and the dress is really ugly.

Twinmaker (Twinmaker, #1)

Twinmaker by Sean Williams

This cover is just not attractive, and I’m not a fan of the font.

So, how do you feel about these covers? Agree? Disagree? Which ones did you pick?

Top Ten Sequels (or Next Books) I’m Really Excited For!

Posted November 4, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 19 Comments


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

This week, we get to talk all about sequels (or next book in a series for a few of my picks) we’re excited to get our hands on! I LOVE this topic.



Of Neptune (Syrena Legacy #3) by Anna Banks
Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo
Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
(I have an ARC of this one, and am DYING to get to it!)
Infinite (Newsoul #3) by Jodi Meadows
Untitled Throne of Glass #3 by Sarah J. Maas
Burning Kingdoms (Internment Chronicles #2) by Lauren DeStefano
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Unforgotten (Unremembered #2) by Jessica Brody
(I have an ARC that’s calling my name!)
Camp Payback (Camp Boyfriend #2) by J.K. Rock
Sinner (Wolves of Mercy Falls #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
(A book about Cole!!! SO EXCITED!!)

I get excited just thinking about these books! Which ones are you looking forward to?