I must have you… (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’s Top Ten is: Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet.

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1. Death Stalker by Simon R. Green
2. Splintered by A.G. Howard
3. Dogs: Bullets and Carnage Volume 9 by Shirow Miwa
4. In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
5. Gangasta. Volume 4 by Kohske

6. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
7. Bleach Volume 61 by Tite Kubo
8. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
9. We Were Liars by e. Lockhart
10. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman.

smallpinkdotsThese are my top ten picks for this week. If you’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday post go ahead and link it in the comments.

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“But you HAVE to read this book!” (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’s Top Ten Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read (whether because they think it’s a “you” book or it’s just been generally recommended so often)

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clouds10 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tuchokle. Sometimes I feel as though this book itself is wanting me to read it. Every time I go to a book store, it’s right there in my face. Even if I’m no where near the YA/NA section in B&N. Which is seriously weird. I’ve had a few friends tell me to read it, and have offered to loan it to me, but I just haven’t had the connection to read it. I really think it’s the reviews that are holding me back. On goodreads and various blogs–there’s such a huge love/hate swing that it leaves me wondering if I’d really like it, or just be frustrated with it early on and not finish it.

clouds09 Throne of Glass (and series) by Sarah J. Maas. This is a book/series that I feel everyone has read. And everyone tells me to read, I just haven’t had the chance to get to it. I fully intend to read the first book, and probably the whole series by default, but it’s not one that’s seriously pressing on my list.

clouds08 Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. This isn’t on the list so much for “OMG READ THIS” But rather, “OMG COME BACK TO THIS”. I read the Anita books like they were illegal contraband in high school–we passed the tattered paperbacks around the female population of my school the way stocks are traded. I stopped reading after Narcissus in Chains book 10/22 holy crap. I stopped reading because of the severe shift in plot (lack thereof) and subject matter. I couldn’t handle Anita’s power of the week gained through sleeping with whichever male character that had working genitalia, so I set them aside. Recently, I’ve had a few friends tell me to try them again. I’m still strongly weighing my options.

clouds07 “WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?! You’ve never read the Hobbit? How can you call yourself a nerd? You HAAAAAAVE to read it.” Welcome to #7 on my list The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I think it’s really fun to see people’s expressions when I tell them I hadn’t read the LotR series until after I had watched LotR: Fellowship of the Ring AND Two Towers. In fact the only reason I had read those is a friend had told me she wouldn’t see Return of the King with me until I had read the trilogy. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tolkien and the world he’s created. I just cannot get into the Hobbit. I’ve tried multiple times, and it’s still on my TBR list and so it’s ended up on this list.

 

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Characters I’d want on a desert island. (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 characters you’d like to have with you on a desert island.

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clouds01 Numair Salmalín of the Immortals series by Tamora Pierce. I think it would be great to be stuck on a desert island with one of the world’s most powerful mages. Plus he’s so scientifically oriented that it would be a lot of fun exploring the island with him.

clouds02 Aragorn of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy series by Tolkien. Aragorn is a hunter, and is skilled at living off of the land. And to be perfectly honest, I’m not so someone like him is essential to survival.

clouds03 Lynn from Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis. Lynn is another person who is extremely versed in living off of the land, especially in dire situations. Having her around would ensure that supplies would be conserved and we’d be able to live for quite a while.

clouds04 Badou of the Dogs: Bullets and Carnage series by Shirow Miwa. Frankly because he’s crazy, and I love me some crazy. In all actuality he would be good to have around if the deserted island wasn’t really deserted but in fact a secret villain base.

clouds05 Frau of the O7 Ghost series by Yuki Amemiya. Because he’s pretty. >.> And a badass, but really just pretty.

clouds06 Sanzo, Hakkai, Gojyo, Goku and Jeep from the Saiyuki universe. For entertainment because they’re a bunch of bickering idiots, because they’re pretty, badasses– and Jeep’s a dragon. Frankly I think it would turn out catastrophically beautiful.

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That’s my Top Ten Tuesday–not quite ten, but frankly I don’t think I’d last very long on the island to begin with. I’ve got a group of personalities and it would just go up in a horrific boom. If you’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday post go ahead and link it in the comments.

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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