Top Ten Summer Books (Top Ten Tuesday)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and Bookish. Each week the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish put out a topic, and discuss their top ten options for said topic. This week it’s all about the Top Ten books in your summer beach bag/summer reading list.

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sun-icon The Strain by Guillermo del Toro. A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.
I love reading spooky things during the summer and this book has been on my TBR list for ages.

sun-icon Wheel of Darkness By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. A Novel. A luxury ocean liner on its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic, awash in wealth and decadence . . . An ancient Tibetan box, its contents unknown, sealed with a terrifying warning . . . An FBI agent destined to confront what he fears most—himself . . .
It’s due time for a Pendergast novel (I’m so far behind) and it’s a great summer read full of layers and delicious plot devices.

sun-icon The Princess Bride By William Goldman. What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.
Because I’ve been neglecting my Classics Club list. And I haven’t read it, so why not?

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Top Ten Tuesday!

Welcome to my Top Ten Tuesday! This week I’m talking about the Top Ten TBR Winter edition. My top ten is a blend of bookish and non bookish things. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by The Broke and Bookish


White Fire by Preston & Child I’m utterly obsessed with the Pendergast series, and I’m so happy to see Corrie make a reappearance. Still Life with Crows is one of my favorite Pendergast books, and she’s a large reason why I love it so much.


Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey This has been recommended to me several times, I just haven’t read it yet.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday! Thanksgiving Version.

Welcome to my Top Ten Tuesday! This week I’m talking about the Top Ten Things I’m thankful for. My top ten is a blend of bookish and non bookish things. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by The Broke and Bookish

The Top Ten Things I’m Thankful for.

10. I’m really grateful that I had the opportunity to be a Municipal Liaison for my county during NaNoWriMo (more on this in the November wrap up). It’s been a wonderful experience, and I not only got to meet some amazing people, but I got to make friends and encourage tons of people to write a novel. I know November’s not over, but I’m loving all the purple winner banners that are popping up when I check in on my county page.

9. I’m really thankful for the indie publishing scene. I get to read books put out by people who have a passion for writing and publishing. I’ve come across some amazing, formidable writers in the indie/self pubbing scene. I’m really happy that the scene is exploding, because I get to read more books–some that if traditional publishing was the only opportunity available I wouldn’t be able to read. Some of my favorite books this year are on the indie/self scene and I’m blown away by the talent pool.

8. I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead a Girl Scout troop. I actually started a troop last year, and this year we’ve tripled our amount of girls in the troop. I’m so happy to help educate and give these girls a safe place to learn and grow and discover the world around them.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday!

Welcome to my Top Ten Tuesday! This week I’m talking about the Top Ten books I’d recommend to someone. I chose the Top Ten books I’d recommend if someone wanted to read something thought provoking. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by The Broke and Bookish



Now to clarify, these are books that really made me stop and think about them long after I finished them. These are books that I’d recommend when someone asked for a ‘thinky-type book’.


 

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Top Ten Tuesday!

Welcome to my Top Ten Tuesday! This week I’m talking about the Top Ten…er three sequels I can’t wait to get my hands on. I’m not reading a lot of series right now, and the ones that I am reading, I’m far behind on. Except for these three. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by The Broke and Bookish


City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. Say what you will, and please don’t bring it to my blog, about Cassandra Clare and her series. I for one am hooked on it, and though I feel a slight shame in it I really want to read the last of the Shadowhunter books. I’m hoping that everything’s tied up nicely, and a few things get fixed that were broken in a previous book. I’m side eyeing a certain pairing rather hard.

ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!


Murder of Crows (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop. I love Anne Bishop, and pretty much everything she writes. I fell on this series by accident, and I read the first book in a few hours, and instantly took to goodreads to see when the next was coming out. This is a really great series, and I’ll have a review of Written in Red up soon.

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.


Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I’ve fallen so hard for this series, and I’m trying to find a way to shove it at one of my friends to read it without coming off as a complete creepy person who throws books. I’m in love with the world that Laini has built and I like the characters. I’ll have reviews up for the other books soon. (arg, I’m so backlogged)

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

So those are the top three sequels I’m eagerly anticipating getting my hands on. What books are you looking forward to? If you’ve also posted a Top Ten, feel free to link it in the comments below.

Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish
giving bloggers a chance to create their own Top Ten Lists based on a certain subject. This week it’s the books with the scariest covers. This one was a lot of fun for me to do.


These aren’t in any particular order, and most of them are from my childhood that really messed with my head.

1. MPD-Pscho by Eiji Otsuka- This is a manga that is extremely disturbing and violent and twisted, one that I really love. The covers are all rather disturbing. If you’re into something that can really play mind games and you’re not squeamish, check this series out.

2. It by Stephen King. This book messed me up as a teenager, and I knew I shouldn’t have read it as I have a thing with clowns, but I did. And I regret it, and this cover still freaks me out.

3. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. I think this book and the sequels are going to show up on a lot of lists. These stories really scared me, and the illustrations/covers that went along with them are downright terrifying.

4. Night Shift by Stephen King. This cover was one that drew me in constantly. It was on my parent’s bookshelf and I wanted to read it so bad. I think I made the biggest mistake in my reading life by reading this at night. For me Stephan King’s shorts are scarier than his full length novels.

5. Hex and the City by Simon R. Green. While the story itself isn’t scary, this cover freaks me out. I’m not sure what it is about it, but I don’t like it. It gives me a very eerie feeling.

6. Fear Street: Cheerleaders the Second Evil by R.L. Stine. I think there are going to be a few of his books on here too. I think it’s the way the center cheerleader is staring straight at the reader. This series freaked me out content wise too.

7. Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine. I think this one is pretty self explanatory. Plus I made the mistake to read this in the middle of the night, with a doll staring at me from across the room. Nine year old Shelly was a reading dare-devil.

8. A Wind in the Door by Madeline L’Engle. This cover just makes me feel so uncomfortable.

9. Night by Elie Wiesel.

10. DayWatch by Sergei Lukyaneko. I love this series, but this cover really scares me. I don’t like the negative image, and the screaming open mouth is not something I really like.

What makes a book cover scary? Is it the imagery or things that you’re uncomfortable with? In the spirit of Halloween, let’s talk about more scary books. If you also did a top ten post, go ahead and link it here.

Top Ten Tuesday!

Good morning and happy Tuesday! Today I’m going to be participaiting in the weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesday. It’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week we’re supposed to talk about our Top Ten Book Turn-offs. Without further preamble, here is my Top Ten Tuesday.



Thankfully, I don’t come across this too much. But it one of the things that will make me toss a book across the room and never look back. Abuse is not something to be glorified, nor is it something to be condoned. I can’t stomach it in reality, I’m not going to tolerate it in my books.


Here I’m talking about prose that is so purple it’s got can trace it’s noble heritage. I’ve never understood the concept of using a six point vocabulary word when a word normally found in everyday vernacular is acceptable. (see what I did there?)


Telling me rather than showing me drives me absolutely crazy as a reader. I like to come up with my own mental pictures, some guidance is nice, but I don’t like to have to read every single detail.


This is another one that really should be higher up if I gave any weight to the ordering system. Costume porn, down to the minute detail. I don’t mind talking about outfits, or fancy dresses, but telling me how many holes for shoe laces the main character’s shoes have is a little much.


I’m all for bending and breaking the rules. However, I also think that an author should research and have knowledge of their subject before they break all the rules. Because if research isn’t done properly it can cast a culture/subculture/way of life into an unflattering light.


Every book needs a villain, or someone who simply is a pain in the rear to the protagonist. But I have honestly thrown a book simply because a character was bitchy for no reason. She had no motive, not even simply NOT liking the protagonist. This character was just a bitch without a reason. Irritates me every time.


This is something that I encountered first in fan fiction, where the author would insert massive paragraphs of prose in another language (mainly Japanese) for no reason, and without translation. I’ve seen it creeping in more and more into books and it drives me nuts.


This one is pretty self explanatory, and a trope used that I feel only makes the main character look like even more of a special snowflake that’s the best at everything.


Even Dragon Ball Z characters had to work for their level ups. They have limits, they have flaws. Show me your character working hard, failing, and continuing to strive toward better. Don’t make them someone who can’t lift a ten pound weight without working at it, and then being able to bench press a mini-van.


I will not read something with insta-love. Love to me doesn’t work that way. I like the slow build, the slow burn. Most things that are passed off as love at first sight I consider Lust at first sight. It’s at trope that drives me nuts, and I’ve not so calmly put books back on the shelf after reading the synopsis.

Thanks for stopping by and checking my list out. Let’s talk more! What’s the one thing that makes you put a book down? Go ahead and leave a comment, and if you’ve done a TTT feel free to leave your link. 🙂

Have a great day!

Shelly.