Fantasy, Informative, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday! (#4): Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Hey, it’s Tuesday again! So that means another Top Ten Tuesday!

If you guys haven’t seen this meme around yet, you can go take a look and see where it started at: The Broke and the Bookish and then where they sent it for safekeeping at: That Artsy Reader Girl

This week’s topic is Popular Books That Lived Up to the Hype. So, I’ll be posting a mix of books that I read because of the hype, and those that I read and was a part of the hype.



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1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I adore this book. I devoured it and just absolutely loved the way that he told the story. This was a book that was well-deserving of the hype and I am so glad they made a movie for it when they did.


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2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

This series was one that I was DEFINITELY a part of the hype for. I lived and breathed everything Harry Potter from the time I was 8 and on, so we’re going on 18 years here. This series is what sparked my love for reading, and I know it was the same for a lot of people in my generation and that’s why I have to say this series is one that lives up to the hype no matter how you spin it.


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3. Literally anything by Rick Riordan

I know most of the hype surrounding Uncle Rick has to do with Percy Jackson, but I really do think that all of his books are worth the hype. He’s got a way with writing all the gods and demigods and really researching the mythologies.


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4. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Another series I was a part of the hype for. I’d already been reading The Mortal Instruments by the time this came out, so I jumped in at the beginning. The time period these took place in made it such a cool setting for the Shadowhunters and the steampunk aspects. And the villain in this series was fantastic.


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

This one I’d heard about for ages but didn’t start reading until about a month before the final book was out. Actually very happy for that, I would have died if I had to wait the full amount of time between books.


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6. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I know this one was hyped just because it was Marissa Meyer, but to me it not only met, but exceeded my expectations. I adored this book SO MUCH. I cannot wait for the second one, I’ve already got tickets to her signing!


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7. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvated

Loved these book so freaking much. Blue and the boys were just the best group of characters ever!


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8. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Another one that I picked up from the beginning and absolutely adored from page one. And Legendary managed to keep the hype up and definitely surpassed expectations.


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9. Arc of a Scythe series by Neil Shusterman

I mean, another book series to constantly rip you heart out. But, man! Did this book and its sequel live up to the hype. Probably one of my favorite series ever.


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10. The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

Need I say more? I was late to the game when it came to these ones, but the first book was one of the best first books to a fantasy series I’ve ever read!


-Laurenxx

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Top Ten Tuesday! (#3):Books That Are Linked to Specific Memories

Hello there, lovely readers! It’s Tuesday again, which means…. Top Ten Tuesday!

If you guys haven’t seen this meme yet, checkout where it all began: The Broke and the Bookish and the lovely lady they passed the torch to at: That Artsy Reader Girl !

So, this week’s topic is: Books That Are Linked to Specific Memory. I am actually kind of in love with this one, it made me take a look at my “Read” shelf on Goodreads and there were more books than I expected linked to specific memories. So, here we go!



1. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

You know, it’s funny, but these books are honestly the ones I have the earliest and most vivid memories of. My dad started reading The Hobbit to me when I was about 7 years old. I can’t even remember how many nights I would lay on his bed or next to his bed while he read to me and it was just the greatest thing in the world because my dad LOVES these books. They’re the only books he’s read for fun in more than 30 years.


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2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I tried to find a smaller picture, but I just adore these covers and had to post it in all its glory! Anyways. My sister started reading these to me when I was 8. Only the first 3 were out at that point and we went to the midnight release for Goblet of Fire when that was released and that was the first one I read on my own. We went to every midnight release for the books and every movie release as well. We camped out 4 nights to be first in line at our movie theatre for the final Harry Potter movie. This series is just…. everything.


3. 1-800-Where-R-U and The Mediator by Meg Cabot

Goodness. These books. So many high school memories. I read these with a couple friends and they’ve always stuck with me. I had one of these in my backpack at almost all times, funnily enough. I don’t even know how many times I read them. Jesse was one of my first MAJOR book crushes.


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4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This whole series was just one of the best reading experiences. I tend to tune out everything when I read, despite being completely aware of my surroundings- a talent I perfected while working guest services at a movie theatre and would read between customers when it was slow. But this one I picked up on a whim from the library and one morning my friend had to go to the DMV and wanted some company so we both grabbed our books and spent (as expected) several hours at the DMV. I cracked this baby open in those uncomfortable plastic chairs and read through more than half the book by the time we ended up leaving.


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5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Another book that I picked up from the library on a whim. Back when it had its old, original cover and I honestly don’t know what drew me to it. But I absolutely LOVED this book as soon as I picked it up. I brought it to every class with me (college) and finished it in one school day. I ended up driving to the library just before they closed to get the second one and shoved this in my friend’s hands. By the time I’d finished the second, she finished the first and then she flew through that and when I got out of class the next night (9:30 PM), I drove to the nearest Barnes and Noble and bought two copies of the third book that had been released the week prior. I dropped one at my friend’s house and we both devoured the third book. Since then I’ve read each one as they’re released.


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6. The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward

This book is seriously underrated. It’s cute, it’s got an interesting premise, and it’s humorous. But I bought the first one from Barnes and Noble because I loved the cover and spent the whole break between my classes one day at a part reading this. Most days during that break I would go home, but I was so into this book I didn’t want to drive anywhere and just spent that beautiful afternoon in the park.


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7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Goodness. This book. I bought it AGES ago and it sat on my shelf for a good year or two. I picked it up on my way out the door one day when I was leaving for work. I worked a lot of projection shifts and I had a lot of downtime. The desk upstairs in the projection booth was one of the only places in the booth with light and all I picture is that desk alone there in the spot of light and me devouring this book. It took me a couple days to finish, but I finished it up in projection as well and I just LOVED this book so much.


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8. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

My friend told me about these books in high school, back when there was only 3 books in the series. But I picked it up right after graduation and flew through those first 3 in no time at all, finishing right before Clockwork Angel came out and I just… loved it. I spent so many breaks between classes reading these books over and over. It reminds me of that first semester of college and LOVED it.


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9. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

My boyfriend and I lived with one of his good friends for a while and I picked up this book when we were spending a lot of time there. The boys would watch their shows while I curled up with the cat reading this and it’s just such a great memory. One that I miss so much.


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10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I read this on a long weekend when my family took one of our long car trips. My parents love going anywhere within driving distance, but their idea of driving distance is anywhere we can get in a single day. So I read the majority of this on a long car ride to one of my favorite places in the world: Monterey California. Look it up if you haven’t heard of it, gorgeous beaches and one of the most amazing aquariums in the world!


-Laurenxx

Fantasy, Informative, Sci-Fi, TBR Tackle Thursday, Young Adult

TBR Tackle Thursday #12

It’s that time of the week again! Time to get rid of some more books from my TBR list! (my list is still sitting at about 500+ books I haven’t gone through…) For those of you who haven’t done this before but need to get rid of some books from your ever-growing TBR list, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to that list of yours wherever it’s at.
  2. Go to the OLDEST stuff listed.
  3. Pick a chunk (5,10,15, 25, however many you want to go through) of books.
  4. Read the synopsis, and decide if you’re going to keep it on that list or if it’s one of those books that sounded good at the time.
  5. Post your list and your verdicts!

Here’s my previous ones (just going to tag the last 3):

Part 9, Part 10, Part 11



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1. Stray by Elissa Sussman

Synopsis:

I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.

Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?

Thoughts:

I don’t know, it sounds interesting but also doesn’t tell you a whole lot about what this book is actually about.

Verdict:

Removing.


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2. Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander

Synopsis:

Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck.

The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop—until she learns he’s a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy.

By the time he learns she’s ill—and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness—Charlotte’s gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).

Thoughts:

I do like that it’s a romance with a guy as the main character. Doesn’t happen too often if it’s a heterosexual couple. So, I’m definitely interested in this.

Verdict:

Keeping!


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3. Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Synopsis:

What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to— Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can’t stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma’s been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives— visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

Thoughts:

I love those past-life books so much. I kinda want to see if this one is worth it, it has pretty good reviews, so I feel like it’s gotta be at least decent.

Verdict:

Keeping.


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4. Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

Synopsis:

What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaelogist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds…until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.

Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.

Thoughts:

Yes yes yes. I love the sound of this one. And being an Anthropology major and loving time travel or “other world” type of books, this is right up my alley!

Verdict:

Keeping!


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5. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Synopsis:

In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.

Thoughts:

I mean… it sounds decent but I don’t know if it would actually hold my interest.

Verdict:

Removing. For now at least.


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6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Synopsis:

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

Thoughts:

I think I’d actually enjoy this one.

Verdict:

Keeping.


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7. A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Synopsis:

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? …or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

Thoughts:

I mean… what. Nope.

Verdict:

Removing. Times a million.


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8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Synopsis:

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

Thoughts:

I’ve been dying to read this for a while so I can watch the movie. It sounds so good!

Verdict:

Keeping!


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9. Solving for Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans

Synopsis:

1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess

SIMPLIFY.

Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush Brendan, and her off the charts math abilities, make things a lot more bearable. Plus, since Brendan is the captain, making the school Mathletes team should be easy.

But when gorgeous new girl Sofia rolls in and steals Brendan, Ashley’s place on the team, and her fragile foothold on the Mansfield Park Prep social totem pole, it’s on. Sofia is everything Ashley left her old school to escape. The only thing Ashley didn’t count on is Sofia’s sexy twin brother Vincent.

Vincent is not only the hottest boy in school, he’s charming, sweet, and he’s got his eye on Ashley. He’s also not taking no for an answer. There’s no real reason Ashley shouldn’t like Vincent, but with the battle lines being drawn between her and Sofia, Ashley’s not sure which side he’s on. Or which side she wants him to be on.

She does know Sofia is trouble with a capital T, and she’s determined to make Brendan see it.

SOLVING FOR EX is a YA contemporary romance that remixes Mansfield Park as Clueless meets Mean Girls in a crazy mix of high school society, mathletic competition, and teenage romance.

Thoughts:

So over the high school drama shit.

Verdict:

Removing.


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10. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

Synopsis:

Sarah Byrnes and Eric Calhoune have been friends for years. When they were children, his weight and her scars made them both outcasts. Now Sarah Byrnes—the smartest, toughest person Eric has ever known—sits silent in a hospital. Eric must uncover the terrible secret she’s hiding before its dark current pulls them both under. Will appeal to fans of Marieke Nijkamp, Andrew Smith, and John Corey Whaley.

Thoughts:

It just doesn’t sound like my kind of book.

Verdict:

Removing.


***Total Kept/ Removed: 5/5 ***

All in all, not a bad day for this! :p Glad to have gotten rid of some.

-Laurenxx

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Top Ten Tuesday! (#2): Books I Could Re-read Forever

Hello, dear readers! It’s that time of the week… Top Ten Tuesday!

For those of you who haven’t checked out this meme previously, checkout where it started at The Broke and the Bookish and then checkout whose good hands it’s in now over at That Artsy Reader Girl !

So, this week’s Top Ten is actually Favorite novellas/ short stories, but I’m honestly not big on either, and aside from reading The Assassin’s Blade for the backstories, I really haven’t read any and I intend to keep it that way, so here’s #379, Books I Could Re-read Forever.



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1. The Mortal Instruments and

2. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

I’m a sucker for these. The Infernal Devices will always be my go-to when it comes to wanting to revisit the Shadowhunter world. Especially because I absolutely ADORE the characters. I love the time period, and I like the villain and the plot a lot more than The Mortal Instruments. BUT, that being said, I do still love The Mortal Instruments. It’s the series that started it all and I adore the introductions to the world. Clare has always just been an auto-buy author and I love the world that she created and the characters in it.


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3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Honestly, I’m a sucker for this book. Did it have its issues? Sure. But I fell in love with these characters when I read it for the first time YEARS ago, I immediately loved it. Then the movie came out and I was SO EXCITED. Then I got a phone call from my mom asking if I was interesting in a book signing and Q&A with Stephen Chbosky at a screening of the movie. I jumped on that opportunity and it was probably one of the most incredible nights of my life. Getting to hear his thoughts on the movie and the changes he approved was amazing and he told his story and his inspiration for the book. Then, getting to meet him was probably one of the best moments ever. He’s the most humble, down to earth author I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet and is to this day my favorite author moment. Thank you, Chbosky for this book. For your story. For your writing. For Charlie.


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4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians and

5. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

He’s another auto-buy author for me. I’m a total sucker for anything that has to do with pretty much any mythology. Greek and Roman have always been two of my favorites, so when I read these I immediately fell in love. I’ve re-read PJO several times already and read HO a couple times in the last few years. The characters. The humor. The adventures. I just adore these books and the strong characters. Even writing this is making me all nostalgic and I want to read them all again ASAP.


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6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I mean… I mean… seriously. The world building alone in these books is enough to make me want to read this series over and over. But I love the whole angels vs. demons thing where you’re actually rooting for the demons. I love how creative she is with the chimaera and the lore behind the world. Karou is probably one of my favorite protagonists ever. With her blue hair, kick-ass attitude,  amazing best friend, and everything else that makes her who she is, it was impossible not to fall in love with her. And Akiva… ugh. I loved Akiva so much and I just absolutely love reading their story over and over again.


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7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Again, I loved the world-building in this series. Juliette was such an awesome main character. And then you factor in the supporting characters. Kenji, Warner, Adam, and everyone else, it makes it so easy to get into it time and time again. Plus you factor in those gorgeous covers and you can’t go wrong. I haven’t read the most recent book in the series yet, but I plan on reading it soon, which may call for a re-read! xD


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8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

One of my favorite books ever, hands down. I mean, nothing will ever beat that first read, as is the case with a lot of books. But, my goodness. This book. I literally read through this book in only a couple sittings and actually finished it at work. It’s been a while since I cried that hard during a book. I had zero expectations when I went into this book a few years ago and I’m so glad that I picked it up. The movie was good, but I definitely LOVED the book a million times more and I have already re-read it multiple times. I mean, who wouldn’t want to continue to visit the Oasis?


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9. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I mean… this one’s obvious, right? Literally started reading this series when I was only 8 years old and it’s honestly what got me into reading. My parents bought me the boxed set of the first 4 books for Christmas when I was 10 because that’s all that was out at that point and she wanted me to have my own copies. Now they’re beat to shit, but I still adore those copies because they were some of the first books that were mine. Now I own several copies and have read the series at least once a year since 2000. The nostalgia is real when it comes to these books. I love Rowling so much.


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10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I love these girls. I love these books. I love the setting(s) and the school and everything else. The girls are all so unique and I love them all for their own things. I love how REAL these books were. They literally make you feel like you’re right alongside these characters and seeing how much they grow and how their stories develop. I read these books any time that I’m in a slump because they never fail to do the trick!



Any of you guys re-read any of these or have your own you like to read?

-Laurenxx

TBR Tackle Thursday

TBR Tackle Thursday #11

Once again, join me for some TBR Tackling! If you’re like me and have wayyyy too many books on that pesky TBR list (whether written physically, a shelf on Goodreads, etc.) and want to get rid of some of them, follow my lead!

  1. Go to that list of yours wherever it’s at.
  2. Go to the OLDEST stuff listed.
  3. Pick a chunk (5,10,15, 25, however many you want to go through) of books.
  4. Read the synopsis, and decide if you’re going to keep it on that list or if it’s one of those books that sounded good at the time.
  5. Post your list and your verdicts!

Here’s my previous ones:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10


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1. The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Synopsis:

Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter’s come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I’ve watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I’m the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I’m tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I’m tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don’t know why. I think it’s because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.

Thoughts:

I mean, it sounds decent, and totally a unique perspective. I just don’t know if it would actually live up to the expectations I’d have for this story line.

Verdict:

Removing.

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2. Tease by Amanda Maciel

Synopsis:

Provocative, unforgettable, and inspired by real-life incidents, Amanda Maciel’s highly acclaimed debut novel Tease is the story of a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide. With its powerful narrative, unconventional point of view, and strong anti-bullying theme, this coming-of-age story offers smart, insightful, and nuanced views on high school society, toxic friendships, and family relationships.

Emma Putnam is dead, and it’s all Sara Wharton’s fault. At least, that’s what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma’s shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who’s ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy.

And she’ll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

Thoughts:

I mean… eh. I get why I added it. But I don’t think I’d pick it up just ’cause. Plus, I’m not a big mystery person.

Verdict:

Removing.

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3. The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Synopsis:

Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other”, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.

From debut novelist Sangu Mandanna comes the dazzling story of a girl who was always told what she had to be—until she found the strength to decide for herself.

Thoughts:

Why I didn’t pick this up right when I found it, I have no freaking clue.

Verdict:

Keeping.

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4. Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike

Synopsis:

The blockbuster film Inception meets Lisa McMann’s Wake trilogy in this dark paranormal thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike. This supernatural young adult novel is perfect for fans of Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noël, Richelle Mead, and Kimberly Derting.

Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn’t do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern day Oracles are told to fight their visions––to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate’s death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything—even her sanity—to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town.

Thoughts:

Again, not a big mystery person or serial killer kind of person… It sounds interesting but I’m not entirely sure about some aspects.

Verdict:

Removing.

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5. The End Games by T. Michael Martin

Synopsis:

It happened on Halloween.

The world ended.

And a dangerous Game brought it back to life.

Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

But The Game is changing.

The Bellows are evolving.

The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules.

And the brothers will never be the same.

T. Michael Martin’s debut novel is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance.

Thoughts:

Now this sounds right up my alley! It’s like Jumangi meet Supernatural and I’m so excited!!

Verdict:

Keeping.

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6. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Synopsis:

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Thoughts:

The premise is super interesting. Fully expecting it to be cheesy, but that’s okay.

Verdict:

Keeping.

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7. Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman

Synopsis:

He smiles. “Hello.”

It’s a deep voice. I can feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toes.

I know I should leave, but I don’t want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I’m all eye, all ear, all skin.

Persephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world. But her mother’s a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful. Paradise has become a trap. Just when Persephone feels there’s no chance of escaping the life that’s been planned for her, a mysterious stranger arrives. A stranger who promises something more—something dangerous and exciting—something that spurs Persephone to make a daring choice. A choice that could destroy all she’s come to love, even the earth itself.

In a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who—and what—she really is.

Thoughts:

Goddesses and Persephone? Yes, please!

Verdict:

Keeping.

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8. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Synopsis:

Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails…

Thoughts:

Definitely has an interesting premise, but I don’t know if I could handle this one.

Verdict:

Removing.

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9. No Time To Die & The Deep End of Fear by Elizabeth Chandler

Synopsis:

Secrets taken to the grave don’t always stay buried.

In No Time to Die, Jenny is devastated by the recent death of her sister, Liza. Looking for a sense of closure, she secretly signs up for the drama camp where Liza died. Jenny knows that someone here holds the key to what really happened to Liza that night, but if she doesn’t find out the truth soon, she may become the next victim.

In The Deep End of Fear, Kate has tried to bury the horrible memories associated with the Westbrook estate. After her best friend Ashley drowned on the estate, Kate vowed never to return. But now, twelve years later, she is drawn back towards the house and that fatal icy pond. There, Kate still feels Ashley’s presence and the past seems to be pulling her back towards Ashley’s life-threatening dares.

Thoughts:

I did like the first book for this series, so I’m sure that I’ll enjoy this one.

Verdict:

Keeping.

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10. Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

Synopsis:

On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she’d ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.

After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”

It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.

Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.

Thoughts:

Meh. I wish I could say more than that, but I really can’t. It doesn’t sound interesting to me.

Verdict:

Removing.


*** Total Kept/ Removed: 5/5 ***

Overall, I’d say this week was successful! 😀

-Laurenxx

Fantasy, Informative, Sci-Fi, WWW Wednesday, Young Adult

WWW Wednesday!

Alright, another bandwagon to jump on for me! (hooray!!)  This one is hosted by Sam over at: Taking On a World of Words

Basically, you answer the three W’s each week, which are:

-What are you currently reading?

-What have you recently finished reading?

-What do you think you’ll read next?


So, without further ado, here’s mine:

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These are my current reads.

Zodiac by Romina Russel

I set it down about a week ago, I’m about 44% of the way through, but I was struggling to actually get attached to any of the characters. I’ve heard so many good things though, I don’t want to give up and I picked it back up this morning so I could finish it soon. *fingers crossed*

-The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson

I’m fresh of a re-read of The Kiss of Deception , I hadn’t read it since it was released, so now that I’m finally reading this one, I’m stoked. I adore Lia, I think she’s very intuitive and rational. She’s got a great mind and a huge heart, and I’m loving the story so far. I’m about 20% of the way through this one, and can’t wait to finish it!

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What I’ve finished recently!

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

I don’t know if any of you guys have read this one, but man. The story line for this one was so interesting, and I still can’t get over how brilliant the world building was. I definitely loved the main character and cannot WAIT for the sequel.

-The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen

If you guys are interested in graphic novels, these are worth checking out. They’re definitely geared more towards NA/ Adult readers, but here’s the synopsis:

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

The story line is amazing though, and the artwork is beautiful! I’ve been picking them up from the library and I’m planning on grabbing the next one when I return this.

-The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

Need I say more? If you haven’t read this book yet, do yourself a favor. I love the fantasy elements and the world building and, as I said before, I adore the main character. Plus, Pearson is good at keeping secrets when it comes to certain parts of the story line and it’s just absolutely wonderful.

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What I’m hoping to read soon.

Not going to go into each one on this, I’ve got some library books (I tend to mostly borrow manga and graphic novels from there) and then some others I’ve had either for a while or just want to get to soon! See any of your favorites? Let me know down below!

-Laurenxx

Fantasy, Informative, Sci-Fi, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Reads of 2018 (so far)

Well, everyone. In the interest of making sure I’m staying active on here, I’m jumping on the awesome bandwagon that is Top Ten Tuesday!

For those who don’t know or haven’t checked out where this all started, head on over to where TTT was created at The Broke and the Bookish and then head on over to its new home at That Artsy Reader Girl !!


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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I don’t know how it took me so long to finally read this book, but I am so thankful that I did. Such amazing characters and a wonderful fantasy world. Then you get the footnotes from Kristoff and, well, absolute perfection.

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Kinda cheating with this one, because it’s a re-read, but I’m okay with that! I love love love these books when I’m in the mood for a lighter read, and they never fail to deliver.

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Again, another re-read, but I love the introduction to this series so much. I love Celaena and the introduction to this world because it just builds from there.

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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

Shh… totally not another re-read. I read this YEARS ago though so this was like reading it for the first time.

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Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Williams

Goodness, did I adore this one. Part road-trip. Crazy adventures through Ireland and so so so many amazing characters. Definitely liked this one a lot more than I thought I was going to!

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Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman

Oh my goodness. This book was just amazing. It was the perfect way to wrap everything up for this trilogy. I absolutely LOVED it.

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Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Man… I LOVED Caraval. Like, absolutely loved it. But I loved this one even more and I loved that this one was from Tella’s POV!

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Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman

I know, I know… another re-read. This one is my favorite of the trilogy though, I absolutely LOVED this one. And the color! Aghhh

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Again, yes, a re-read… I’m horrible about that. But this is my favorite of the girls and I love Isla and Josh so much!

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Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Such. A. Good. Book. For whatever reason it doesn’t seem to have the reviews or the following it should, it was so interesting! The world building was AMAZING. And I actually loved the MC.


 

Currently Reading:

Heart of Betrayal (page 50)

-Laurenxx