Category: Top Ten Tuesday

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

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

Books3
Panic
by Lauren Oliver
Something Real by Heather Demetrios

Books4
Unforgotten
by Jessica Brody
Infinite by Jodi Meadows

Books5
NIL
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.

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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!

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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.

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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?


Top Ten Unusual/Beloved Character Names

Posted October 21, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 20 Comments

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

What a fun topic for this week! I have always been a huge fan of names. Growing up, I wanted to have the name Kelly because I loved Kelly on Saved by the Bell. My desire for a new name changed every time I read a book or watched a TV show or movie with a character I liked it. I love names, especially unusual or unique ones! These are some of my favorite unusual names from books I’ve read.

cricket

Basilpeetadash

torafroar

darkling

four

chaolzen

 

It was not until I started making my graphics that I realized these are all male names! I wonder if that has something to do with it… Bahaha. Anyway, let me know which names you picked!


Top Ten (Nine) Best and Worst Series Enders

Posted October 7, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 14 Comments

 

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

I’m really bad at finishing series, and I’m not sure why. It might be that I either hated the first one, so reading the rest are pointless (Halo, Glimmerglass) … or it could be that I love the series so much that I’m scared to finish it (Requiem)… or the ending is not out yet (Of Neptune, Ruin and Rising, Infinite)… or I’m really invested in series that are still so new that book #2 hasn’t even been released. Regardless, most of the series enders I’ve read have been major disappointments for me. I think that why I have a hard time sticking with a book series. I was able to come up with a few, but I could not make it to ten this time!

Endings

 

The Forgotten Locket by Lisa Mangum
Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

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Hidden by Sophie Jordan
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Tempest Revealed by Tracy Deebs
Otherwise Engaged by Suzanne Brockman

Clearly, I have bad luck with series. My favorite ending is actually Into the Sill Blue, which I just finished last week. It’s amazing! I’d love to know what other series out there end wonderfully, so I can read those series! Please link me to your posts, and leave me some recommendations!


Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

Posted September 23, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 16 Comments

 

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

This week’s topic is kind of exciting! I’m usually not the biggest fan of sequels, just because the first book is usually WAY better. These sequels, however, were amazing!

 

 

Sequels

 

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
(Sequel to Anna and the French Kiss)

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
(Sequel to Shadow and Bone)

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
(Sequel to Cinder)

Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone
(Sequel to Time Between Us)

Of Triton by Anna Banks
(Sequel to Of Poseidon)

Asunder by Jodi Meadows
(Sequel to Incarnate)

Thorns by Kate Avery Ellison
(Sequel to Frost)

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
(Sequel to Throne of Glass)

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
(Sequel to Under the Never Sky)

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
(Sequel to Shiver)

So, what do you think? Have you read any of these? What sequels are your favorites?


Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

Posted September 16, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 71 Comments

 

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

I love fall! I love when the leaves start to turn, the air gets crisp, and all the books start being released! It’s a really exciting time of year. :) There are so many amazing books I hope to get to this fall, and here are my top ten. :) All but one are ARCs, and I’ve got an ARC of the Diana Peterfreund’s next book, Across a Star-Swept Sea, that comes out next month, so I need to get reading! I’m so excited for them both!

 

1. Cress by Marissa Meyer
2. Revelations by J.A. Souders
3. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
4. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
5. Hostage Three by Nick Lane
6. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
7. Lovestruck in London by Rachel Schurig
8. The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford
9. Alienated by Melissa Landers
10. Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Which books are you hoping to “fall” into over the next few months? :)


Top Ten Things that Make My Life as a Book Blogger Easier

Posted August 20, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 14 Comments

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

Life as a book blogger is by no means easy, but it’s amazing and I love it! I had no idea that I’d still be blogging three years later! Today I get to share with you my list of awesome stuff that makes being a book blogger just a bit easier.

 

Goodreads (and Goodreads App)
Oh my, Goodreads is a godsend. I have no idea what I would do without it! I use it for investigating the books I’m asked to read and review before accepting, keeping an inventory of the books I own or want, posting my reviews for extra publicity, finding new blogging friends and groups to join, and networking with authors. I’m always updating what I’m reading and what page I’m on, and I love to keep track of what my friends are up to! I have found some amazing books through recommendations on Goodreads!

Netgalley/Edelweiss
These two sites are just no good for me, even though I love them so! I love the easy access to galleys, and the fact that you can submit your review to the publisher through them. It’s much easier to receive a book through these sites, because it costs the pubs less… so that means more opportunities for me! AND… they take up no room on my shelves, so I can request so many more!

Nice, polite authors
I love authors that support book bloggers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received an email or tweet from an author, thanking me for my review. Sometimes I’m even thanked for bad reviews! It really makes life so much easier when authors understand us, and recognize that we’re doing what we love.

Kindle
My Kindle holds so many more books than my shelves ever could! I’d hate to have to stop reading because I had no more room! Never fear, this can’t possibly happen anymore!

Business Cards
Oh yes. Business cards are a must. You can hand them out at events, slip them in to books you giveaway, leave them on boards at libraries or book shops, etc. It’s definitely a great way to get your name out.

Blogging Friends
You, my friends, make blogging so much fun! I love talking books with you, reading your reviews, participating in your memes and book events, sharing ARCs, and finding you at events! I’m not sure I could do it without you. :)

Twitter
I love interacting with you all through Twitter! And I love using it to promote my posts.

iCal/Google Calendar
I have no idea what I would do without these calendars for scheduling out my posts. I’d be double-booked all over the place!

Amazon Prime
Books in two days? YES. Plus, you can borrow a lot of Kindle books for free through Amazon Prime.

Book Events (signings, ALA, BEA, etc.)
Events are the best way to network with the pubs and authors you email all the time. Showing up at events shows them that you’re in this for the long haul. It builds trust, plus they get to put a face with a name and you do too!

So, what am I missing? Are there any secrets out there you’d like to let me in on?