Category: top 10 tuesday

BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ IN 2017… So far.

Posted June 27, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

This year has been SUCH an incredible reading year for me. I have read some pretty good books this year and I have a feeling it is going to get even better! There are just so many new releases and sequals coming out, I’m just really excited about reading right now okay.

001. Windwitch by Susan Dennard

002. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

003. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

004. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

005 The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

006. The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

007. Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

008. Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab

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SERIES TO START (I sort of cheated)

Posted June 20, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

So as the title says, I sort of cheated with this topic. As I was looking at my shelves I realized that I actually do not have a lot of series that I haven’t read with the exception of one full completed series that I hope to get to soon. So, honestly, I am just going to list the series, trilogies, and duologies that I own and need to get to.

001. The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima.

The reason I have yet to read this is that honestly? I am pretty darn intimidated by this. Even though I am an avid reader and lover of this series, there is just something that puts me off about this. I’ve heard that it is quite phenomenal and that Cinda Williams Chima is an incredible writer, so hopefully, I can at least start this series this year.

002. The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

I have had this trilogy for two years now because two years ago I wanted everything and anything Dystopia. I’ve read Marie Lu’s other book TYE and love her writing style and will definitely at least pick up the first book this year!

003. The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken.

Can someone please tell me why these books are so heavy? I mean for a paperback book, I’m a little confused. I have yet to read this because I am also intimidated by these books.

004, The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

I actually got an arc of the second book but ah, I’ve never even heard of the duology when I got it. But it seems right up my ally and I do hope to start this soon!

005. Snow Like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch

I actually have not heard much about this book other than what I’ve seen in a few book tube videos, but this trilogy sounded super intriguing and for Christmas, I asked my mom for the first book and she surprised me by buying me all of them!

006 Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

This series is beyond hyped I almost don’t want to read it but at the same time it sounds right up my alley and perfect for the fall time! All I can say is that I hope that this lives up to what everyone is saying!

007. Kingfountain series by Jeff Wheeler

This is one of those books that you see all the time and you’re like oh my gosh it’s so pretty I need it and that was the case for this book. However, I DO intend to actually read this… sometime in the future.

008. The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

Okay look, I actually have yet to finish the Mortal Instruments but I really really want to start this trilogy because word across the grapevine is that this is the best of her series and I just really want to read this soon but I still have TMI to finish.

009. The Diviners by Libba Bray

Kind of bummed I don’t have the version with the super nice cover, but… it’s what is on the inside that counts right? This is another thing that I have heard nothing but fantastic things about and I actually bought this with the intention of reading it LAST fall which uh, obviously did not happen.

010. Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw

This is actually kind of a funny story, well, to me it is. I bought this off book outlet because the synopsis was like WHOA I need this now. I go to Goodreads to log it as ‘to read’ and come to find that it is the third book in a trilogy and now I need to actually buy the first two books and I’ve also spoiled myself.

So that was my mixture of series, trilogies, and duologies that I just need to read and I aspire to read sometime in the near future! What are some series that you are looking forward to starting?

 

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BOOKS I’VE RECENTLY ADDED TO MY ENDLESS TBR

Posted June 6, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I feel like I am always adding to my TBR pile because there are so many books that are coming out and I can’t keep up! If you have read any post on my blog, you’d know that I love all types of fantasy and that it is practically all I read! This weeks top ten Tuesday is ten books you have recently added to your TBR, so without further ado! I will not be giving any synopsis for these books because I don’t really know what they are about and I’d like to keep it that way! Also, keep in mind that not all of these are out yet!

001. Reign of Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
002. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
003. Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
004. The Empires Ghost by Isabelle Steiger
005. Invictus by Ryan Graudin

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006. The City of Brass bu S.A Chakraborty
007. Girls made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
008. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
009. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
010. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS

Posted May 30, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

This list was so hard to compile because there are SO many books that I just cannot wait for. Like I need them, now. I think I am going to do a separate post compiling of all the new releases I want to buy in the second half of the year, but without further ado, here are ten of them!

THE LOVE INTEREST by CALE DIETRICH

REIGN OF SERPENTS by ELEANOR HERMAN

NOW I RISE by KIERSTEN WHITE 

WICKED LIKE WILDFIRE by LANA POPOVIC

THE WOOD by CHELSEA BOBULSKI

TOWER OF DAWN by SARAH J MAAS

WARCROSS by MARIE LU

THE GLASS SPARE by LAUREN DESTEFANO

IMMORTAL REIGN by MORGAN RHODES

EVEN THE DARKEST STARS by HEATHER FAWCETT

    

    

So those are some of my anticipated reads for the year, and I can’t wait until these come out because look at all these covers, look at how beautiful they are! Thank you for reading this post and list some of your anticipated reads for the remainder of the year!

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This will make me not want to read a book!

Posted April 25, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday / 0 Comments

Last weeks post was things that will make me want to read a book and this weeks post is the opposite. There are plenty things that will make me not want to read a book so without further ado, onto my thoughts!

001. LOVE TRIANGLES

I am very partial with love triangles. I don’t hate them, I just am not the biggest fan. Like why are they necessary, especially when they add absolutely nothing to the story?

002. REVIEWS

I typically read reviews before I buy a book to see what people thought about it. Now I know to take these reviews with a grain of salt, but if a reviewer I highly trust disliked a book there is a good chance that I will too.

003. UGLY COVERS

Yeah I know, this is horrible to say. But I do find it hard to want to buy a book that has an ugly cover. Or you know, if the cover has absolutely nothing in common with the book.

004. OVERLY CLICHED

If it is overly cliche’d I am definitely not going to read it. I find a lot of cliche’s to be quite boring and I am not about reading boring books.

005. THE SYNOPSIS

Honestly, if the synopsis already gives away everything that happens in the book, than what is the reason for even reading it?

006. VAMPIRES

I have yet to find a really good and unique vampire story and I just honestly won’t read a book if there is vampires in it. Probably because I am just not into it anymore!

007. DIVERSITY

Diversity is so important. And especially now in the book community and in our world, we need it now more than ever. If I hear about a book being racist or harmful I will not pick it up what so ever. It’s not something I am willing to support. Also if a book has incredibly harmful rep, I will not read it either.

 

Well, those are some of the things that will make me not want to pick up a book! Do you agree with any of these?

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This will make me read a book immediately!

Posted April 18, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday / 2 Comments

Aye, I’m Jess and I sometimes complain about tropes that irritate me while secretly enjoying them. Anyway hello and welcome to another edition of top 10 tuesday! This weeks topic is things in a book that will make me want to instantly read it.

001. PRINCES

If there is a prince in the book and if he is a love interest, you bet that I will be reading that book! Better yet if he has powers (a.k.a Dorian Havilliard and Cal Calore) I will want to read it even more.

002. RECOMMENDATIONS

I watch a lot of booktube and that is where I do get the majority of book recs as well as bookstagram. If I see one of my favorites constantly rave about it or just say that the enjoyed it in general, I am more likely to pick it up based on their thoughts!

003. THE COVER

If the cover is absolutely stunning or aesthetically pleasing to my eyes, I am more likely to buy it.

004. AN AUTHOR HYPES IT

If my favorite author reads and rates the book five stars, I am most definitely going to pick it up. Because hey, if my favorite writer loved this book, I will too!

005. RETELLINGS

If the book is classified as a retelling. I have a need for retellings right now and I want to read any and all of them.

006. ROMANCE

I do like romances. I even like it more when it’s a romance that lasts between two characters throughout the entire series!

007. VILLAINS! 

I love me a good villain. Especially when a villain is morally gray.

Alright well, this topic was a lot harder than I thought it would be! I had a lot of ideas but when I sit down to write this post it just did not happen. What are some things that will make you read a book instantly?

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Authors I am dying to meet!

Posted March 28, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday / 0 Comments

The theme of this weeks TOP 10 is authors I am just dying to meet! This list was super hard to compile into ten authors because there are SO many I want to meet. Also it is going to be YALLWEST soon and I was supposed to go last year, but I forgot to request the weekend off, so maybe this year I will be able to meet some of the authors on this list! Also some of these authors, I have yet to read their books but they seem like lovely people!

001. SABAA TAHIR author of An Ember in the Ashes series. I would die if I met her ok.

002. RENEE AHDIEH author of The Wrath and the Dawn duology.

003. VICTORIA AVEYARD author of The Red Queen series

004. SARAH J MAAS author of Throne of Glass series and ACOTAR trilogy

005. LEIGH BARDUGO author of Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows duology

006. KEIRSTEN WHITE author of The Conquerors Saga

007. ANGIE THOMAS author of the Hate U Give

008. SUSAN DENNARD author of the Witchlanders series.

009. MARIE LU author of Legend and Young Elites trilogies.

010. TAHEREH MAFI author of Shatter me trilogy

011. VICTORIA SCHWAB author of a lot of amazing books. I know this is cheating okay, I know. But I love her books and her writing. I couldn’t help it.

So those are some of the authors I want to meet and as I said some of them will be at YALLWEST and fingers crossed that I can meet them! Who are you favorite authors and who would you like to meet?

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Books I loved more or less

Posted February 21, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

A wild post from me appears! Haha, just kidding. I’ve been taking a little break from blogging and finally hoping to get back into the swing of things. This is my first and last top ten post for February which just shocks me that this month is almost over, before we all know it… it will be December! Anyway this weeks topic is books I loved less or more than I thought I would. Warning though, this review will be chalk full of spoilers so beware! Also there are only seven books on this list because this is all the ones that came to mind!

001. A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by SARAH J MAAS

I am ashamed to say this, but I was pro Tamlin and anti Rhysand before ACOMAF came out. People had so many theories and I was so bitter about it and I remember telling myself I am going to read this out of spite and give it a bad review because the one thing I didn’t want to happen… happened. In fact, I most likely wasn’t going to read this at all. I am so glad that I did, because Maas handled the transition so well and I just… I didn’t expect to love what happened. I am night court trash.

002. KINGS CAGE by VICTORIA AVEYARD

This was everything I thought it wouldn’t be. I went in thinking I was just going to read parts pertaining to my favorite character *cough cough* cal. Because he is literally my favorite part of the entire series. I thought Victoria would do everything I did not want to read about, but gosh I flew through this book in two days. The writing was phenomenal, the character development was on point and it was so much better than Glass Sword.

003. BURNING SKY by SHERRY THOMAS

This series has some of the most beautiful covers I’ve seen. Don’t let that fool you. I went into this book thinking it was going to be great, it has greco-roman aspects because honestly… that is what the cover reminded me of okay? I went into thinking it was going to be some epic fantasy because some authors I really love praised this book. This is just an example, if you want to buy a book but you’re iffy on it, don’t always trust the blurbs. Look at reviews of people who have similar tastes as you do or you know, you trust. I was so deceived by this book, I literally can’t explain how much I disliked it. So yeah, first book on the list I loved less than I thought I would.

004. CAPTIVE PRINCE by C.S PACAT.

I am not going to get into my thoughts about this book. Just know that I hated this book so much. I hated the themes, the characters, I don’t understand why this series is so well LOVED. It is chalk full of triggers and just… look at the reviews for this, mostly the one star reviews and you’ll see why. I went into this book because I read great reviews about it and I was hoping for a really great m/m love story. Beware this book is all I’m saying.

005. CITY OF BONES by CASSANDRA CLARE

I feel like I am the odd one out on this, but I did not really enjoy this series or well… the first three books that much. Like don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Cassie because her Infernal Devices trilogy is utterly fantastic and one of my favorites, but I just… I feel like if I had read this when I was younger I would love it. But going into this I thought it would be so so good because all the reviews say it was so so good but I just found it to be mediocre.

006. THE CALL by PEODAR O’GUILIN

I had such high expectations for this. HIGH EXPECTATIONS. Because the summary and the blurb made it sound like it was going to be scary as hell. So I thought I was going to full on love this book. Unfortunately… this book was the complete opposite. It was strange and not in a good way. There were some plot devices I felt were completely unnecessary. I actually have a review for this if you want more of my thoughts, but if you want to read this, save your money and support your library.

007. THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by RENEE AHDIEH

I think this is a duology that most people either love it or hate it. Me? I loved it a hell of a lot more than I thought I would. It’s just such a beautiful love story and I was super sad about it being a love story because I wanted to much more and just *SIGH*

 

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Freebie!

Posted January 24, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

This weeks top ten is a freebie and I chose to do an old topic that I found on the list. The topic I chose is top ten favorite quotes and this is probably going to be really hard because there are so many quotes that I love.

001. A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT BY SABAA TAHIR

“So as long as you fight the darkness, you stand in the light.”

002. FALLING KINGDOMS BY MORGAN RHODES

“Even in the darkest and most cruel person, there is still a kernel of good. And within the the most perfect champion, there is darkness.”

003. CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO

“Maybe there were people who lived those lives. Maybe this girl was one of them. But what about the rest of us? What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary.
That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”

004. THE WRATH AND THE DAWN BY RENEE AHDIEH

“It’s a fitting punishment for a monster. to want something so much—to hold it in your arms — and know beyond a doubt you will never deserve it.”

005. THE YOUNG ELITES BY MARIE LU

I am Adelina AmouteruOn this night, I swear to you that I will rise above everything you’ve ever taught me. I will become a force that this world has never known. I will come into such power that none will dare hurt me again.

006. VICIOUS BY V.E SCHWAB

“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”

007. ILLUMINAE BY JAY KRISTOFF AND AMIE KAUFMAN

“Am I not merciful?”

008. CLOCKWORK ANGEL BY CASSANDRA CLARE

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

009. CLOCKWORK PRINCE BY CASSANDRA CLARE

“We live and breathe words. It was books that kept me from taking my own life after I thought I could never love anyone, never be loved again. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.”

010. CLOCKWORK PRINCESS BY CASSANDRA CLARE

“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.”

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Underrated or Hidden gems read in 2016!

Posted January 17, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Happy Tuesday! This weeks topic is underrated books or hidden gems I read last year. Here is the link to the blog and I highly suggest you guys join this fun challenge! Also I am sorry for the lack of photos on this post, I have to leave to work in ten minutes but I wanted to put this up!

001. AND I DARKEN BY KEIRSTEN WHITE

I don’t see a lot of people talking about this book and I feel like it should get more recognition! This is a retelling of Vlad Dracul (the impaler) cisbent.

002. FALLEN KINGDOMS BY MORGAN RHODES

This series isn’t talked about a lot compared to other series and it’s so so good. In my opinion, better than Throne of Glass. I marathoned this series in a month it was impossible to put it down!

003. WINNERS CURSE BY MARIE RUTKOSKI

SUCH AN UN UNDERRATED SERIES!!! This is so so good and has a lot of political intrigue if you are into that sort of thing. Do read this guys, you won’t miss out!

004. TRUTHWITCH BY SUSAN DENNARD

The sequal to this just came out but I rarely see people talk about this and I feel like more people should read it. It has so many amazing themes and characters!

005. EMPIRE OF DUST BY ELEANOR HERMAN

This is probably my favorite historical/fantasy series. It is a retelling of Alexander the Great as he is growing up and it is just incredible. There are a lot of characters + POV’s, but if you’re into the Hellenistic period and know quite a bit about Alexander than I suggest you read this!

006. UNDERTOW BY MICHAEL BUCKLEY

The covers for these books are phenomenal. The first book is amazing and well, the second book is not as great as the first, but if you want a fun fantasy that is a little light hearted but still action packed, I suggest you read it.

007. PHILIP II BY IAN WORTHINGTON

I got this book for a paper I did on Philip and I was amazed by it. I’m not a huge reader with non-fic books, but this drew me in and it was an incredible biography about the history of Philip II (Alexander the Greats father)

008. THE WALLS AROUND US BY NOVA REN SUMA

I read this in October and it was better than I thought it would be. It was a quick read and exactly what I needed for Halloween vibes. THE COVER IS ALSO BEAUTIFUL.

009. BLACK BOY BY RICHARD WRIGHT

I read this for a class and it was so eye opening and incredible to read. Please read this okay?

So those are my hidden gems I read this year, what are some really underrated books you have read?

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