Top Ten: 2016

This is my annual list of favorite books that I read and reviewed this year.

Break Me Like a Promise and This Raging Light were the two books that were most impactful to me and the two I most desperately needed to read this year. I haven’t stopped thinking about The Star-Touched Queen and In Some Other World, Maybe since I finished them. Passenger has become a defining book of key moments of this year and last (which is why I have three copies of it). Bookishly Ever After, Iron Cast, Tell Me Three Things, Three Dark Crowns, My Lady Jane, and The Museum of Heartbreak were all delightful surprises this year. Hands down, The Anatomy of Curiosity is one of the most inspiring books I have read. Ever.

You can click the cover photos to read my reviews. Since it’s 2016, I’m giving myself ten slots plus up to six honorable mentions. Alphabetical by author because picking favorites any more specifically is too hard.

Top Ten:

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel BandeiraPassenger by Alexandra BrackenTell Me Three Things by Julie BuxbaumThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani ChokshiIn Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen

  • Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen

This Raging Light by Estelle LaureThe Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter HapgoodBreak Me Like a Promise by Tiffany SchmidtIron Cast by Destiny SoriaThe Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff

  • This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
  • The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
  • Break Me Like a Promise by Tiffany Schmidt
  • Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
  • The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff

Honorable Mentions:

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh BardugoThree Dark Crowns by Kendare BlakeMy Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi HeiligThe Museum of Heartbreak by Meg LederThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

  • The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  • The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

 

This list is also a Pinterest board.

Top Ten: 2015

Here’s my list of favorite books reviewed here on the blog in 2015. You can click the cover photos to read my reviews. Since it’s 2015, I’m giving myself 15 slots plus a few honorable mentions. Alphabetical by author because picking favorites any more specifically is too hard.

Top Ten:

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee AhdiehThe Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly BlackThe Scorpion Rules by Erin BowLove and Other Perishable Items by Laura BuzoThe Truth Commission by Susan Juby

  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  • Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
  • The Truth Commission by Susan Juby

Winterspell by Claire LegrandThe Start of Me and You by Emery LordLock & Mori by Heather W. PettyI am Princess X by Cherie PriestTonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

  • Winterspell by Claire Legrand
  • The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  • Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty
  • I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
  • Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany SchmidtThe Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus SedgwickA Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria SchwabRebel Mechanics by Shanna SwendsonBlack Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

  • Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
  • The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
  • Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson
  • Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Honorable Mentions:

The Game of Love and Death by Martha BrockenbroughWalk on Earth a Stranger by Rae CarsonBlackfin Sky by Kat EllisThe Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

  • The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
  • Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  • Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis
  • The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

This list is also a Pinterest board.

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

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This type of post always lines up nicely with my monthly reading tracker. Here’s March: http://wp.me/p6kfM-4qr

  1. Loop by Karen Akins
  2. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
  3. Dove Arising by Karen Bao
  4. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  5. The Weight of Stars by Tessa Gratton
  6. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  7. Hold me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
  8. Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein
  9. The Chapel Wars by Lindsay Leavitt
  10. The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent

My committee work is probably going to amp up this month so I’m sadly not sure how many of these I’ll get to but this is the plan.

What’s on your spring to read pile?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Contemporary Books I Want to Read

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Ten contemporary books I want to read (and will maybe read for Kayla and Veronica’s Contemporary Conversations?)

  1. The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
  2. Even in Paradise by Chelsea Philpot
  3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  4. Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
  5. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
  6. She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
  7. Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
  8. I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
  9. The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
  10. The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy

With the exception of The Secrets We Keep, all of these books are published and in my possession (The Secrets We Keep is unpublished and in my possession) but I had to really comb through my TBR list to find them. This list also made it abundantly clear that I really do read fantasy first and foremost.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Resolutions

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2015 Resolutions!

(While you’re here, I’m also giving away some arcs to other reviewers/bloggers!)

  1. Read 150 books (up from 125 last year)
  2. Try to put a dent in my “put up or shut up” shelf and maybe be a little more proactive with books to read in general.
  3. Another round of purging my owns books at home.
  4. Keep up the blogging regularly. I can really see the growth I’ve had as a blogger over the last year and I want to keep that going in 2015.
  5. I want to be aware of the things that are in my control and do my best to make those things work well.
  6. I want to be able to let go of the things that are out of my control.
  7. I want to continue being a little kinder than I have to be.
  8. Creative writing!
  9. Querying!
  10. This last one isn’t a resolution but I’d like for 2015 to be a year of happiness and good health for me and mine (and for you and yours!).

If you want Santa to bring YOU an advance copy of This Shattered World, be sure to entire my giveaway!

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

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  1. Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones
  2. The Spellcoats by Diana Wynne Jones
  3. Drowned Ammet by Diana Wynne Jones
  4. The Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones: Books 1-4 comprise The Dalemark Quartet. They are out of print. I have a very specific image in mind of the covers I want but I have also been having a very hard time finding them.
  5. The China Garden by Liz Berry: This book is so out of print it doesn’t even seem to exist in any libraries. Maybe one day.
  6. The Returning by Christine Hinwood: Haven’t read it yet but strongly suspect I’m going to love this book.
  7. Winterspell by Claire Legrand: See above.
  8. A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab: I am kind of excited about this one and would not turn down the chance to read it early.
  9. The Heir by Kiera Cass: See above :)
  10. open spot for something Santa really thinks I would love :D

If you want Santa to bring YOU an advance copy of This Shattered World, be sure to entire my giveaway!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015

 

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There are a lot of great books coming in 2015 (be shocked) here are some I am excited for:

  1. The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick: I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy but I am so, so excited for others to get to read this one so that we can talk about it!
  2. Dearest by Alethea Kontis: My TBR list has been slammed with other things so embarrassingly I haven’t had a chance to read this even though I’ve had an ARC since June. But I am so excited for it!
  3. The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stafford and Kelly Murphy: A middle grade book featuring Ada Lovelace and Mary Shelley? With artwork by one of my favorite illustrators? I mean, come on. Where has this book been all my life?
  4. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma: I love Nova as an author and personality and I love recommending her books. But I’m not always sure they are “Emma books.” I’ve heard great things about this one so I’m hoping it’s the one that I love unequivocally.
  5. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: After finishing These Broken Stars, I’m pretty pumped for this one!
  6. Shutter by Courtney Alameda: This one is either going to be awesome or give me nightmares. Or both. But I love books that remix familiar characters in new ways.
  7. Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark: I don’t know a ton about this one but it sounds like a cute story with some depth and I’m excited to try it.
  8. Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton: The blurb on this one is so vague that I’m excited to read it just to figure out what it’s really about.
  9. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord: I’ve been thinking about Open Road Summer a lot recently so I’m pretty happy about the prospect of getting a new Lord book.
  10. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski: I am so, so lucky that I got to read this early. I loved it and I’m pretty excited about getting a hardcover copy for myself once it’s out.

While you’re here you can also check out Monday Memories. Maybe next week you’ll want to join!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

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TBR lists are my favorite Top Ten Tuesday posts so of course I had to make one! To see what else I’ve been reading you can also check out my November Reading Tracker.

  1. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman: I have a copy well ahead of the release, there is no reason for me to NOT read it.
  2. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters: must read ASAP for reasons
  3. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: This one is calling to me.
  4. How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kiersten White: must read ASAP for reasons
  5. Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan: Cute read from the publisher
  6. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord:
  7. All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry: must read ASAP for reasons
  8. The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick: I want more inter-connected stories from Sedgwick after being dazzled by Midwinterblood!
  9. A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence: This is part of my “put up or shut up” reading challenge where I’m trying to read books that have been on my TBR  for 4+ years.
  10. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti: This is part of my “put up or shut up” reading challenge where I’m trying to read books that have been on my TBR  for 4+ years.

While you’re here you can also check out Monday Memories. Maybe next week you’ll want to join!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I’m Excited About

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At first I wasn’t sure I had enough books to talk about in this post. Then I started looking at my TBR shelves and realized that was wildly inaccurate. SO here are some sequels I’m psyched about.

  1. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman: I am spoiled rotten and have this in my hands (signed) even though it’s not out until March.
  2. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski: Again because I am spoiled rotten, I have read this already. But I am excited for March when I can get a hard copy to match my beautiful copy of The Winner’s Curse.
  3. Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan: This one has been out for a while but I managed to fall behind with the series. Now that Unmade is out and I own both, I really have no excuse to put off finishing the series!
  4. P. S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han: Is there anyone who isn’t excited about this one? I can’t wait to see what happens to Lara Jean next! Luckily I have Jenny Han’s Summer trilogy in the interim since it’s a series I missed when it first came out!
  5. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater: File under books I should have read 5 years ago.
  6. Black Heart by Holly Black: See above.
  7. Cybele’s Secret by Juliet Marillier: See number five.
  8. Split Second by Kasie West: There’s real no reason for me to not have read it yet. I guess I’m just worried it won’t live up to the first book.
  9. Dearest by Alethea Kontis: I love the Woodcutter books so this is one 2015 release I’m pretty excited about!
  10. Vengeance by Megan Miranda: Like Split Second, I’ve put this book off because I have concerns. And I don’t want Decker and Delaney’s story to be over.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR List

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(While you’re here, please check out my latest Monday Memories post–maybe next week you can join!)

I may or may not be wildly behind on my reading schedule. But here are ten that are very high on my Fall TBR list because of review deadlines and what not.

  1. Beau, Lee, the Bomb & Me by Mary McKinley: I actually should have read this weeks ago!
  2. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick: See above!
  3. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith: Everyone tells me to read Smith. This one came up on Amazon Vine so I decided to try it.
  4. Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay: Why wouldn’t a sleeping beauty retelling be on my TBR list?
  5. Pretty-Girl 13 by Liz Coley: I really, really don’t want to read this but I really, really have to.
  6. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters: I haven’t met a historical fantasy I didn’t like.
  7. Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis: Creepy circus mystery? Yes please!
  8. How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller: School for villains? Obvs I’m in.
  9. Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt: It would be cool to read this BEFORE I go to a signing for Schmidt on September 28 but . . . yeah.
  10. The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky: I have to read this by October 2 for a work thing. *laughs forever and ever*

I’m just going to curl into a ball now. Want to know even more about what I’m reading? Check out my September Reading Tracker.

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