Top Ten Tuesday: May 1: Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

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May 1: Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early.

1) Dark Age (Red Rising Saga 5) by Pierce Brown
Expected publication: September 11th 2018

2) Time’s Convert (All Souls Universe 1) by Deborah Harkness
Expected publication: September 25th 2018

3) Serpents Mirror by Deborah Harkness
Expected publication: ???
Still just a partial manuscript.

4) Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Expected publication: October 9th 2018

5) The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy 3) by Katherine Arden
Expected publication: August 14th 2018


Top Ten Tuesday: April 10: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

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April 10: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read (submitted by Brandyn @ Goingforgoldilocks)

There are many, many books I love that I will only read once because there is just so many books to read and I can’t devote the time to reread everything I love. I’m keeping this list short to just highlight a few that really stood out to me.

1) Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
It’s so beautifully written but so, so, so sad. It’s a difficult read because of everything Tess endures.

2) Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.
I like the movies a bit more than the books. So, I can just pop the DVD in when I am in the mood.

3) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.
Such a good story and I like the way it is told in letters. But the prose takes some getting used to and it is a story that gives you a book hangover.

4) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
I am currently listening to the unabridged audiobook. I love it, however, it is 52 hours long. I am about three quarters finished and have been listening since mid-February. Considering how long it takes to get through I am only doing this once. I did bookmark my favorite moments and the important plot points though if I ever want to skip to a certain part.

5) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
I have already done a reread when the movies were coming out. If I am in the mood to revisit the story, I’ll just watch the movies. They’re close enough adaptations that can scratch the itch.

Top Ten Tuesday: April 3: Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books

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April 3: Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books

I have been racking my brain for weeks on this topic and still only came up with two characters so this will be a short list.

1) Indigo in Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.
I first heard about Dorothy Must Die at NY Comic-Con 2013. Usually it is not something I would read. Yes, I did read and loved Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire, but that was fan fiction backstory for the witch. Dorothy Must Die is not backstory, it is Dorothy coming back and becoming evil. However, I picked up a Comic-Con exclusive prepublication excerpt because it was free and I’ll grab anything that is a free sampler at Comic-Con.

When I read the first four chapters of the excerpt I liked it enough to put it on my to-read list. The character of Indigo was really the one who drew me in. I liked her sass. However, she is not in story much. The rest of the book is not that great and I never cared to continue with the rest of the series.

2) Rumplestilskin in Beheld (Kendra Chronicles 4) by Alex Flinn.
This book is a series of four different fairytale retellings. The book as a whole is so disappointing. I go more into it here.

Rumpelstiltskin was actually my favorite retelling. It featured the most magic, on Rum’s part, spinning the straw into gold. That was the most endearing part; when Rum and Cornelia are getting to know each other and are falling in love. There’s a good twist to this character.

Top Ten Tuesday: March 6: Favorite Book Quotes

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Buckle up buck-a-roos! This is a long post and it took me a long time to write up because I have so many and I did some narrowing down. Some will make sense out of context and some – well, it would too much to explain. That’s why I had to do some editing. The ones I chose are either the most memorable or classic quotes from that book, or they just really stuck with me because they made me laugh, cry, or I just found it so poetic.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.

“Music? Music is life! It’s physical emotion – you can touch it! It’s neon ecto-energy sucked out of spirits and switched into sound waves for your ears to swallow.”

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel.

“I would try to be as bold as that blue waterfall that had the audacity to liberate itself from stone.”

“We cannot always control or avoid what happens to us, but we can control what it does to our spirit.”

“Hatred is hurt masquerading-it is an energy used to fool someone into thinking they are frightening when in truth they are frightened.”

Every Day by David Levithan.
“Some days are like this. And the only way to get through them is remember that they are only one day, and that every day ends.”

Another Day by David Levithan.

“Most of the time when we think we’re looking for death, we’re really looking for love.”

Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden.

“Your virtue is safe with me. Your discomfort is rather charming, actually, but I’m sure you’ll get over it.”

“The overall effect made Vos like a falcon poised in that exquisite instant between free fall and flight, and for a moment he couldn’t breath.”

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.

“But I think you should be careful, Batyushka, that God does not speak in the voice of your own wishing. We have never needed saving before.”

“It is a cruel task, to frighten people in God’s name.”

Morning Star by Pierce Brown.

“Molten wounds still glow where the two nuclear bombs detonated. And I wonder, in my last moments, if the planet does not mind that we wound her surface or pillage her bounty, because she knows we silly warm things are not even a breath in her cosmic life.”

“Mobs are soulless things that feed on fear and momentum and prejudice.”

“Government is never the solution, but it is almost always a problem. I’m a capitalist. And I believe in effort and progress and the ingenuity of our species.. The continuing evolution and advancement of our kind based on fair competition. Fact of the matter is, Gold does not want man to continue to evolve. Since the conquering, they have routinely stifled advancement to maintain their heaven…”

Golden Son by Pierce Brown.

“He looks like a Miltonian angel falling with wrath and glory. His exoskeleton sheds its friction armor, as Lucifer might have shed the fetters of heaven, feathers of flame peeling off, fluttering behind. Then a missile slashes the sky and high-grade explosives christen him mortal once again.”

“No. Don’t speak. It’s not your turn just because I pause.”

“I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind – how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall.”

“Rise so high, in mud you lie.”

“And what is the bloodydamn point of surviving in this cold world if I run from the only warmth it has to offer?”

You’re a sinister little shit, aren’t you?” Victra asks.
“I’m Gold, bitch. What’d you expect? Warm milk and cookies just because I’m pocket sized?

Per aspera ad astra.”
“Through the thorns to the stars.” Sevro snickers. “You fancy little fart. Omnis vir lupus.” Everyone a wolf.

Zombies vs Unicorns, “Princess Prettypants” by Meg Cabot.

“My unicorn is going to smash your face.”

“You have one twisted unicorn.”

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

“And the next time you get handed something magical – whether you expect it or not – behave like the witch you are, not some silly human. Don’t ignore it or tell yourself you’re imagining things.” Willful ignorance and dismissing the supernatural were at the top of Sarah’s list of human pet peeves. “Treat it with respect, and if you don’t know what to do, ask for help.”
“Promise,” I said quickly, wanting to get off the phone. But Sarah wasn’t through yet.
“I never thought I’d see the day when a Bishop relied on a vampire for protection, rather than her own power,” she said. “My mother must be turning in her grave…”

She [Sarah] picked up three wineglasses and waved them in Matthew’s direction. “Got any more of that wine, Casanova?”
“I’m French, Sarah, not Italian. And I’m a vampire. I always have wine,” Matthew said with a wicked smile.

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness.

“I just killed a man! This isn’t the moment to discuss our marriage.”
“Nonsense. Marrying amid bloodshed is a de Clermont family tradition,” Philippe said briskly.

“I trust my wife’s judgement,” Matthew said firmly.
“That’s what Philippe says about Granny,” Gallowglass muttered under his breath. “Just before all hell breaks lose.”

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness.

“And if we all did what we should, we would wake to find ourselves in paradise.”

“Ah yes the elusive right moment.” Matthew snorted. “It never comes, Diana. Sometimes we just have to throw caution to the wind and trust the people we love.”

“And one last thing: I do not, nor have I ever, sparkled.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower byStephen Chbosky.

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

“I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.”

Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand by Aaron Allston.
“Luke, I don’t want to discourage your curiosity, but I have to remind you, if something goes wrong, this is an exceptionally embarrassing way to die.”

I can go on and on with Harry Potter quotes, but this is what I narrowed it down to:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.
“So light a fire!” Harry choked.
“Yes…of course…but there’s no wood!” …

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.
“Ginny!” said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain?”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.
“Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.”

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.
“Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.”

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.
“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?”
“Yes,” said Harry stiffly.
“Yes, sir.”
“There’s no need to call me ‘sir’ Professor.”
The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”



Top Ten Tuesday: February 27: Books I Could Re-read Forever

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Mostly I like to read a book for the first time in printed form then I like to reread the story in audiobook form. So mostly likely if I am rereading – it’s on Audible. I especially love rereading favorite series because when you know the outcomes you catch all the hints you missed, all the foreshadowing, and all the world building. Rereading also feels like going home again.

1. Red Rising saga.
I haven’t had Audible for that long, maybe only a couple of years. Each time a new book came out I read the previous installments. Now that I have the Audible app I listen to the books. And now that I have read the e-book of Iron Gold I’ll listen to the audiobook.

Fun fact: The way Tim Gerard Reynolds does Ragnar’s voice is the best ever. You can feel the bold type as it’s written in the books. I also really love the deep voice he does for Karnus.

2. All Souls Trilogy. Actually every year the fans do a Real Time Reading, where we read the chapters that correspond to the dates they take place. It’s easiest for the first book, A Discovery of Witches, which takes place over 40 days. The second and third are too stretched over time so there is a condensed calendar for RTR on a Facebook group I belong to. Though I have to admit with rereading the Red Rising trilogy and Iron Gold I fell behind on the RTR of Shadow of Night (I finished a week or so after the RTR calendar we have on the Facebook page) and have not started The Book of Life.

Fun fact: I love the way Jennifer Ikeda does Emperor Rudolf’s voice. He’s like a stuffy, whiny, entitled snot.


3. Pride & Prejudice. Rosemund Pike, she played Jane in the 2005 film, narrated P&P. Her voice for Mr. Collins is so funny. Anytime I reread it I always picture the 2005 cast.

4. Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel.
Being such a big fan I thought I knew everything but she tells so much more about her life in this memoir. It’s also part self-help. I love the emotion she puts into her narration.


5. The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe.
I love the sinister darkness of this story. What revenge! The audiobook is only 15 minutes long so it’s really easy to listen to over and over and earn Audible badges really fast. Also, B.J. Harrison is the best at narrating Poe’s stories. The way he has Fortunato say “Amontillado” – it cracks me up.
(Getting off track: I have his narration of The Count of Monte Cristo, which I started but will finish next month. That is a first time read.)

6. Harry Potter – I started doing a reread with The Sorcer’s Stone and then got sidetracked but I want to finish my reread before seeing The Cursed Child in April.

7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This is actually one book I have yet to get the audiobook for. It’s an emotional reread but it’s a classic from my teenage years.

Top Ten Tuesday: February 20: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

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This isn’t a terribly long list. I could only come up with two genres.

1. Young Adult. I shouldn’t say I would never read it again or not read the ones on my TBR piles, but I don’t pick them up as much as I used to. I can’t say why exactly but I haven’t found one to WOW me. They have become a bit redundant – especially if they take place in a fantasy setting versus the real world. Oh, also I am a bit tired out of dystopian settings. So a little break is needed.

2. Womens’ Literature. Or what they used to call Chick Lit. I used to love Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series, though I stopped before she has the baby. Or maybe I didn’t even read the one that came before with the surprise little sister? I used to want to read all of her books to catch up and now I have moved on. I also just don’t buy that genre anymore for the same reason, the formula became redundant.


Top Ten Tuesday: February 13: Love Freebie

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February 13: Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.)

1) Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala – Star Wars. I am a sucker for forbidden love. I know some of the dialogue from the films are really cheesy and at times cringe-worthy, but it’s what lies underneath. Though they each have their oaths and responsibilities this couple throws caution to the wind to follow their hearts- unfortunately to their doom. Plus, they are so much fun to write in fan fiction.

2. Darrow and Mustang – Red Rising saga. They work so well together as leaders at the Insitute. He keeps her at arms length (for various reasons) but when they lead they’re warriors together – and it is gold. (Yes, that is a pun.) I love their intellectual foreplay (that sparring scene in Golden Son!) It is not a love based on shallow feelings but a partnership and in the end a mutual goal. Even if there are bumps along the way. When they finally get together I was like, “YES!”

3. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy – Pride and Prejudice. In the words of Sheldon Cooper, P&P is “a flawless masterpiece. He’s got too much pride, she’s got too much prejudice. It just works.” I love the journey they take to overcome their flaws and realize they belong together.

4. Monica Geller and Chandler Bing – Friends. There is nothing better than falling in love with your best friend. Friendship is the foundation of lasting love. I cried tears of joy during their milestone episodes. Everyone goes on and on about Ross and Rachel, but Monica and Chandler were my OTP since season 1.

5. Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont – All Souls Trilogy My favorite part of their romance is the trial and tribulations they go through in Shadow of Night. There are some really steamy love scenes and some really good relationship development moments that happen in the second book.

6. Sevro au Barca and Victra au Julii – Red Rising saga
They are quite the odd pair. She tall and gorgeous. He’s short and looks like a goblin. But they have the same crazy demeanor and will tell anyone the truth, even it hurts. They are also both fiercely loyal. It’s funny rereading Golden Son because he started out not trusting her and she though he was vulgar (which he is) and foolish. So seeing how that changes in Morning Star and now Iron Gold is gorydamn great.

7. Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood – The Mortal Instruments series. Here is my vice for forbidden love again with Shadowhunters being prejudice against Warlocks, and the older generations being homophobic. Then Magnus and Alec have other obstacles too. Like the fact that Magnus is immortal and Alec has a jealous steak. Unlike Anakin and Padmé, they get a happy ending.