Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Nature on the Cover

As my graphic shows, I love trees and nature imagery so this was a fun one to pick books for. Click the covers below to read my reviews!

Ever Cursed by Corey Ann HayduThe Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat HowardYou Have a Match by Emma LordInto the Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth MeyerTales From the Hinterland by Melissa AlbertGirl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa BashardoustA Treason of Thorns by Laura E. WeymouthSpindle and Dagger by J. Anderson CoatsThe Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Most Recent Reads (Reviews)

Instead of sharing my ten most recent reads, I thought it would be fun to share my ten most recent review posts here on the blog (click the titles to read my full review):

  1. Amber & Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Julia Iredale: What begins as a story about a spoiled girl and a common boy becomes, in the author’s capable hands, a much larger commentary on art, friendship, and identity as we watch Melisto and Rhaskos transform, becoming “the girl as electric as amber, the boy, indestructible as clay.”
  2. Mayhem by Estelle Laure: Mayhem is ideal for readers who like their witches fierce and their vampire references vintage.
  3. Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock: Recommended for short story fans and readers of suspense.
  4. Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp: A thoughtful, fast-paced story perfect for readers looking for a romance with an unlikely connection and delicious food descriptions.
  5. Can We Talk About Consent?: A Book About Freedom, Choices, and Agreement by Justin Hancock, illustrated by Fuchsia Macaree: Unfortunately a book design that seemingly failed to consider that this book has to be read makes it difficult to easily interface with much of that information–particularly for anyone who is visually impaired or needs larger and clearer text to read.
  6. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley: A taut, perfectly plotted mystery with a protagonist readers won’t soon forget. Highly recommended.
  7. Pointe by Brandy Colbert: This is a messy story about a terrible turn of events and, at the end, an impossible decision.
  8. Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu: Recommended for readers with an equal interest in feminism (or feminist theory) and fairy tales.
  9. Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan: Dugan is a great writer and brings all of the fun (and less fun) elements of the comics world to life in this inventive take on Shakespeare’s classic play.
  10. The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer: Readers looking for a fun rom com should pick this one up with caution.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Top Ten Tuesday: Colorful Book Covers

This prompt was too fun to pass up! Click any of the covers below to see my review.

Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nina MorenoFollow Your Arrow by Jessica VerdiHappily Ever Afters by Elise BryantFelix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Amelia Unabridged by Ashley SchumacherYou Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Lucky Caller by Emma MillsWe Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

Past Perfect by Leila Sales The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Places I’d Love to Live

Would I survive in any of these settings, debatable. But I’d still love to try living in some of these books (click the title to read my reviews):

  1. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  2. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  3. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  4. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  6. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
  7. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
  8. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
  9. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
  10. The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Funny Titles

Today’s prompt is books with funny titles. Click any of the titles below to read my review too.

  1. Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Liane Oelke
  2. Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
  3. The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo (admittedly this might be funny because I always want to sing it)
  4. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
  5. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
  6. Past Perfect by Leila Sales
  7. Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco
  8. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring To Read List

In experimenting with different things on the blog, I thought I’d come back to Top Ten Tuesdays. Looks like my last one (five years ago) was also a spring TBR so this seems fitting.

Anyway, here are some of the books I’m hoping to get to–are any of them on your radar?

  1. Amber & Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz
  2. The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst
  3. Namesake by Adrienne Young
  4. A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers
  5. Don’t Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd
  6. Broken Web by Lori M. Lee
  7. Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton
  8. Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zee Kemp
  9. 10 Truths and a Dare by Ashley Elston
  10. Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. (Image made by me.)

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.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. (Image made by me.)