Confessions! (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 your book blogging confessions.

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clouds01 I’m terrible at cross-posting my reviews to Goodreads/Amazon/B&N/Smashwords. I try really hard to do so, but often it just slips my mind. I’m trying to make more of an effort to do it–I’ve made checklists for when I post reviews and I think this will help me cross-post.

clouds02 I get really weird about the amount of book tour/gifted books compared to the books I purchase or get from the library. I want to keep an even balance, but I always feel that it skews more toward gifted books. I’ve been absent for a while, but while I was gone I worked out a schedule of postings and keeping things even enough to make me happy and not feel like everything I get is free.

clouds03 I have–HAVE to finish series. Even if I don’t blog about each individual book. It’s compulsory and I’ve finished some series that I just loathed because I had to finish them. I have to read and share complete series even if it takes a while. I’m still slogging my way through the House of Night series.

clouds04 My to-be-read pile has taken over the bottom two shelves of my bookcase, I have a three foot stack hiding in my closet, overtaken another book case, and I have a few boxes tucked away. I have a book buying problem. I go out for coffee and I come back with three more books. I don’t mind this compulsion, but I feel bad because I buy so many and I get distracted re-reading something rather than reading one of the many new books.

clouds05 I read a lot of manga, and I want to start blogging about it more. I’m just not certain how many people are interested in it. Plus, I read some really weird/off the wall series along with the mainstream ones. I might start doing a monthly feature on a series that I’ve read or am reading.

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THE Top Ten of the Year (So far)– (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 you’ve read so far this year.

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As You Turn Away by Molli Moran.
Two hearts, one life-changing summer, and a long-awaited second chance…When Quinnlan Reynolds left home at 18, she escaped her small, Georgia town and her suffocating upbringing. She started a new life as a ballerina, and tasted freedom for the first time. But four years later, her first visit home turns tragic. Reeling, Quinn tries to piece her life back together again. But doing so is easier said than done when sexy Jonah Walker saunters back into her life. Quinn shattered Jonah’s heart once, so getting involved with her isn’t something he’s sure he’s ready to do again. He became someone he didn’t recognize when he left home. He’s spent the last years burying his pain by keeping everyone in his life at arm’s length. Now he needs to get to know his family again, and finally become who he wants to be.

A great debut from a promising YA/NA indie author. Molli has a great way with words and building a story that’s believable and tangible. I really enjoyed it, stayed up late to finish it. I’m looking forward to what Molli puts out next.

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

I read this for the Classics Club, originally feeling a bit guilty that I hadn’t read this book. It seems like it’s one of those classics that everyone has read or everyone should read. I agree. It’s a book everyone should read. One of the forefathers of dystopian society this book is scary in the sense that it could very well happen.

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Dancing on Air by Nicole Hurley-Moore
Lisette yearns for freedom, security and love, but none are offered on the run-down stage of The Imperial Theatre. Instead she has hard work, a tyrannical aunt, and the hope of one day becoming a prima ballerina. Dancing on the stage she catches the attention of two powerful men: Lord Gainsworth and Lord De Vale. Lord Evander Gainswith never expected to fall in love, let alone with a woman so wholly unacceptable to his family and his peers. The sinister Lord De Vale covets Lisette’s youth and strength, and is willing to pay well for it. Lisette may dance roles in fairy tales and fantasies, but the real world is about to intrude, bringing with it the harsh realities of life for a young girl with dreams of rising above the demimonde.

This is a beautiful historical romance that focuses not only on the romance, but the driving force behind the main character–ballet. It’s a great love story that will linger with me for a long time. I really enjoyed this one and recommended it to quite a few people.

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Top Ten Friendly 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 dealing with friendship.

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I think every girl who read these books wanted a Diana or an Anne of their very own. I love their friendship and how it grew and lasted throughout the years.

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So, Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton may be a very strange addition to this list, because frankly Anita doesn’t have any friends. She has people she associates with–and people who at one time were friends, but her domination of the world through the bedroom has made me give up on this series. Seriously, I stopped way back with Narcissus in Chains. But the reason why this book is on this list, is because of the friendships it formed. We passed around Guilty Pleasures and the other books in this series like stolen candy in high school. I made a few friends though this series, and while we enjoyed reading it then, we’ve moved on to other books.

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Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop is on this list for the exact same reason that Guilty Pleasures is. One of my friends in high school read this book, passed it on to me, and I passed it on to another person, so on and so forth. I think one of the reasons why this series is so much one of my favorites, even now, is that it’s something that my friends really enjoyed even though we read different genres.

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Top Ten Books I nearly gave up on. (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 you nearly put down–but didn’t.

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clouds10 07-Ghost by Yuki Ameiya and Yukino Ichihara. Thousands of years ago, two powerful countries existed in a delicate balance of power. Each received a magical Eye to watch over it. Each thought they were invincible… until one fell. The destinies of both now depend on only one thing… a boy named Teito. I did actually put this down, but I’ve started back up with it, so I decided to put it on this list. I nearly put this manga down because I started reading it when it was first published in the states, and the publishing company it was originally licensed by folded– meaning I’d probably never get to read the rest of it. Viz picked up nearly a year later and it still took a very long time to get the volumes out so I was still hesitant to pick it up. I ended up lifting the volumes from a friend and I’m almost current.

clouds09 The House of Night series by Kristin Cast and P.C. Cast. House of Night is a thrilling, New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy series. The books follow 16-year-old Zoey Redbird as she is “Marked” by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the “Change” into an actual vampyre. She has to leave her family in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and move into the House of Night, a boarding school for other fledgling vampyres like her. I started reading this out of sheer curiosity. This series was everywhere–and people were talking about it. So I picked up the first book and chugged my way through it, heartily eye-rolling every time I saw the word ‘vampyre”. And to be completely frank the only reason I’m still reading this series is I can’t look away from the train wreck.

clouds08 The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern. The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance. I started this book a few times and walked away from it, and came back to it, and put it down— and I finally settled down and read through it. The narrative style was really hard for me to get into, but I’m glad I read it. I enjoyed the book overall.

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Top Ten Covers I’d hang on my wall. (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 Book Covers You’d Frame.

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* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. I love the hazy blues and mysterious feeling the cover has. I’d probably hang this somewhere in a hallway.
* City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. The splash of red against the greens and yellows of the rest of the cover are a great contrast. This would end up in the living room area.
* Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I love the contrast of the green and gold. Plus it’s a great focal piece and sure to get people talking. Entry way or living room.
* Awakened By P.C Cast and Kristin. This cover is one of my favorites out of that series. I like that the subject is in the left field and the red against all the darker tones. This would end up in my bedroom.
* Saiyuki Reload volume 10 by Kazuya Minekura. Frankly, any of Minekura’ series would be plastered over my walls if I had the opportunity to do so. I just really love the design of the Saiyuki characters. Minekura’s art goes all over my place.


* Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I think the cover is just gorgeous. I’ve got a thing for black and white with a pop of color and the bright blue against the black and white shading of this cover does it for me. This would go in a hallway.
* Die For Me by Amy Plum. I haven’t read this, but I was drawn in by the cover. It’s so pretty, and features the ‘pretty dress’. Reds are some of my favorite tones and I like that there are a few variations here. This would probably go in the dining/kitchen area.
* Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. This is actually next on my tbr pile. I like the cooler tones of this cover, and I’d probably put it right next to the Die for Me cover for strong visual interest and contrast. Dining/kitchen area.
* Black City by Elizabeth Richards. I LOVE this cover. Dark blacks, red fading into white visual interest and it’s a little unusual. I’d put this in a high traffic room so probably the main living space. If I wasn’t greedy and kept it in my bedroom.
* Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I still haven’t read this book, but I love the cover, and I bought it for the cover (despite everyone loving this book). Totally hanging this one in my bedroom.

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That is my Top Ten covers I’d hang on my wall. If you’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday post, go ahead and leave a link in the comments. 🙂

Top Ten books if you like Supernatural! (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 you’d like if you like x… (movie, comic, television show). I’ve decided to go with The Top Ten Books You’d Like if you like Supernatural (tv show).

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Many of these books have great action, suspense with a touch of horror thrown in. There’s snarky narration, snarky–more than slightly dysfunctional siblings, the need to save the world and mystery to top it all off.

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That’s my Top Ten for this Tuesday. If you’ve done a top ten Tuesday post, feel free to link it in the comments below.

Top Ten Characters who stole my heart. (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 characters that X (are bookish, are epic, stole your heart, ect…)

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clouds10 Reece Walker from As You Turn Away By Molli Moran. A supporting character, as his younger brother is the main focus of As You Turn Away Reece stole my heart because of the story line that’s laid out for him. He’s suffered heartbreak and still manages to be there for his family and the people who need him.

clouds09 Gin Ichimaru from Bleach by Tite Kubo. Gin is one of those characters you love to hate. He snuck his way into my favorites with his first introduction. He’s a sneaky, wicked character with lots of complexity and layers. And it hurts. He’s a tragic anti-hero/antagonist. I’m still not over him or his story line.

clouds08 Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments By Cassandra Clare. I LOVE Magnus. He’s sarcastic, smart, and is so much more than he seems. I love his relationship with Alec, I love the character (within the main Mortal Instruments world, I tried the Bane Chronicles and just—no). He’s one of my all time favorite characters. I’d also love to thank the casting director for the movie for casting Godfrey Gao–because hello. That man is beautiful. I was not ready to see him as Magnus.

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Top Ten Bookish Things I have a mighty need for! (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 Bookish things (that aren’t necessarily books) that we want.

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clouds10 This Owl and Woodpecker Bookend set from Knob Creek Metal Arts on Etsy. It’s super cute and I think it would be neat to display the books I’m currently reading or four or five books from my TBR list.

clouds09 A balance bookshelf from Cush Design Studio on Etsy. I would love to have this in my reading room. It would be fun to play around with the various weights/heights.

clouds08 Bookish jewelry. I love necklaces like this. I’ve seen leather cuffs embossed with book quotes. I really just want adorn myself with words.

clouds07 I love these roses made out of vintage book pages. I know how to do it, I just haven’t been able to actually make them.

clouds06 I like this shirt, and others like it. Tea and books are two of my favorite things.

 

 

clouds05 This paper tea-cup. I wouldn’t use it, but oh is it pretty. I’ve pined after this for a long time.

clouds04 A dress made out of pages. I’d probably put it on a dress form and place that in my reading room, but isn’t it gorgeous?

clouds03 A solid metal bookmark. I wouldn’t lose it, and I think it’s really pretty.

clouds02 Second Breakfast mug. I think that’s reason enough to want it. 🙂

clouds01 Bookish tattoo. I’ve wanted one for years, my only problem is narrowing down what I want.

 

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Tell me some of your bookish wants! If you also did a Top Ten Tuesday post, feel free to link it in the comments. 🙂

Top Ten Gateway Books and Authors! (My TTT post)

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 “Gateway” Books/Authors In My Reading Journey.

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clouds10 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George. This was the first book that I would stay up late and sneak under the covers to read. I had bought it from a book fair when I was in elementary school, and my mom had read through it first, and put it up, saying I wasn’t old enough to read it. So I did what any kid reader would do when told that she can’t read something. I snuck it off of the shelf and read it anyway.

clouds09 A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle. This was my gateway book to science fiction. I first encountered this book as an excerpt in the back of one of my language arts books and I sought out the full book to read. Once more my mom told me I wasn’t old enough to read them, but I read the series, sneaking off with the trio of books (I need to read the others in this series) and falling in love with Calvin and the twins.

clouds08 Pet Semetary By Stephen King. This was my gateway into horror and books that are turned into movies. I saw the movie when I was 9–seriously not old enough, and I read the book when I was maybe 13? This book still to this day terrifies me, and it’s the book that launched my fascination with King’s work.

 

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Top ten things on my (bookish) bucket list! (TTT)

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 things on your bookish bucket list.

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This is possibly an impossible task, but I want to record all of the books I’ve read using Goodreads. I want to include books that I read growing up, and stuff that I read pre-site. I’ve started this process and I’m currently archiving the manga/manwha I’ve read. It’s daunting and I probably should have started doing this sooner, and only taking it one shelf at a time. I just think it would be really fun to see how much I’ve really read. I like numbers, and I like being organized, and Goodreads is a definite time-suck for me. I could spend hours on there cataloging books and searching for books. I’m going to devote a lot of time this summer to this process, especially once I’ve build up a log of scheduled blog posts. I really hope I’m not alone in my obsession with the Goodreads site. Do you catalog books that you’ve read in the past before you joined the site, or do you just update current reads?

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I want to read all of the banned books. I have this thing that when someone tells me I can’t read/listen to something I have to do it. The Banned Book list is something that taunts me, and I really want to read everything on it. I’m against censorship on so many levels and to suspend the printed word is something inconceivable to me. I have the belief that knowledge is neither good nor bad, it’s what we do with that knowledge, and so to deny the chance for people to read something that opens their mind to new possibilities is ridiculous. I’ve read some of the books, but I’m thinking of turning it into a blog feature, maybe committing myself to reading at least one a month and blogging about it.

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I want to ‘walk in a character’s shoes.’ There have been a few books that have spoken to me, and their setting as much of a character as the narrator and supporting cast, and I think it would be so much fun to take the book and live in their shoes. Go the places that are mentioned in the book, eat at the restaurants, find the dive bars, go shopping where they did. I want to immerse myself in their world and experience things as they did.

 

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