Top Ten Tuesday July 7: Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

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July 7: Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

Ann M. Martin – about 80 books.
The Baby-Sitters Club series. This was all I read as a kid.

Timothy Zahn – 12 books.
Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command)
Star Wars: The Hand of Thrawn Duology (Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future)
Star Wars: Thrawn (Thrawn, Alliances, Treason)
Outbound Flight
Star Wars: Survivor’s Quest
Allegiance
Choices of One

J.K. Rowling – 9 books.
Seven Harry Potter books and The Casual Vacancy.

James Luceno – 7 books.
Darth Plagueis
Labyrinth of Evil
The Rise of Darth Vader
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order (Hero’s Trial, Jedi Eclipse, The Unifying Force)
Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

Stephenie Meyer – 6 books.
Twilight series, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, The Host.

Pierce Brown – 5 books.
Red Rising Saga.

Katherine Arden – 5 books.
The Winternight Trilogy, Small Spaces, Dead Voices.

Troy Denning  – 5 book.
Tatooine Ghost
Star by Star (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order)
Star Wars: Dark Nest (The Joiner King, The Unseen Queen, The Swarm War)

Deborah Harkness – 4 books.
All Souls trilogy and Time’s Convert.

Ruta Sepetys – 3 books
Between Shades of Gray, Salt to the Sea, The Fountains of Silence.

I could go on because I have read so many Star Wars novels. Many (e.g. the X-Wing series, The New Jedi Order series) were written by Michael A. Stackpole, and Aaron Allston. But just like Zahn, Denning, and Luceno, I have not read any of their books outside the Star Wars universe.

Top Ten Tuesday June 30: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

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June 30: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

  1. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer – I liked the draft and am excited to read Edward’s POV in full. Get to hear all the thoughts of the Cullens.
    Expected publication: August 4th 2020
  2. Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising by Timothy Zahn. – I am excited to know more about the Chiss Ascendancy.
    Expected publication: September 1st 2020
  3. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab – I tried to get an ARC from the virtual Book Con giveaway. I didn’t win. I have yet to read anything by her, but this sounds so good.
    Expected publication: October 6th 2020
  4. Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray – I like her Star Wars stories and would like to check this out. It’s Disney’s version of the Knights of the Old Republic.
    Expected publication: October 13th 2020
  5. From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes BackJust like the 40th Anniversary of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back is getting it’s anniversary book too! So happy!
    Expected publication: November 10th 2020

Top Ten Tuesday June 23: Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10!

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June 23: Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10! Option 2: pick a past TTT topic you wish you’d done, but didn’t get a chance to do.

I had missed these because I liked the topic but at the time I couldn’t think of books to fill the topic. So I am listing them now.

April 7: Books I Borrowed Because… I wasn’t sure I would like it and didn’t want to spend money – but then I ended up loving it and bought them.

1) Red Rising by Pierce Brown.

2) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

Books I Borrowed Because there are a lot of issues in the series and I just don’t have the space for them all.

3) Saga Volumes 1-9, by Brian K. Vaughan, Artist Fiona Staples.

4) Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 1: Aphra by Kieron Gillen, Illustrator – Kev Walker.

5) Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 2: Doctor Aphra and the Enormous Profit by Kieron Gillen, Illustrator -Kev Walker.

6) Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 3: Remastered by Kieron Gillen, Illustrator – Emilio Laiso.

April 21: Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

1) Because music is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

2) They make gold records –> Iron Gold by Pierce Brown.

3) Tunnel Vision by Keith Lowe.

4) The irony –> Dead Voices by Katherine Arden.

5) For those that don’t dance at parties –> The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

6) My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.

7) N0S4A2 by Joe Hill.

8) And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

9) Silence – ironic –> The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys.

10) Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed.

Top Ten Tuesday June 9: Books I’ve Added to my TBR and Forgotten Why

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June 9: Books I’ve Added to my TBR and Forgotten Why

I am going to change this topic slightly because looking at my TBR piles I can remember why I bought the ones I paid for, and everything else I picked up for free at conventions. So instead I am going to go through my “Want to Read” books on my Goodreads. There are a ton there that I cannot remember why I added them to that list. The only reason I can think why they are there is because I saw them on a list in a newsletter, or social media, or I entered a sweepstake to try to win a copy.

1) Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.

2) The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes.

3) Ashes of Fiery Weather by Kathleen Donohoe.

4) Descendant of the Crane by Joan He.

5) Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr.

6) The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner.

7) In the Shadow of Alabama by Judy Reene Singer.

8) Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff.

9) Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick.

10) The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes.

I could keep going, but let’s keep this at ten.

Top Ten Tuesday May 26: Opening Lines

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May 26: Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.)

1) Favorite famous quote: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

2) Gripping: “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” The Cast of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe.

3) Unique: “August 25, 1991
Dear friend,
I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

4) Accurate character description: “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

5) Funny and unique: “There is a pirate in the basement. (The pirate is a metaphor but also still a person.) (The basement could rightly be considered a dungeon.) The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

6) Gripping: “The circus arrives without warning.” The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

7) Gripping: “I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.” Red Rising by pierce Brown

8) Haunting: “It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches.” A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

9) Haunting: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

10) Thought provoking: “The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim.” The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Top Ten Tuesday May 12: The Last Ten Books I Abandoned

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May 12: The Last Ten Books I Abandoned (this could be books you DNFed, books you decided you were no longer interested in, etc.)

1) Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.

2) Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer by Walter Shapiro.

3) The Drafter by Kim Harrison.

4) Dodgers by Bill Beverly.

5) A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan.

6) Burn the Dark by S.A. Hunt.

7) The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton.

Top Ten Tuesday May 5: Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party

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May 5: Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party (choose 10 things: items, accessories, foods, people (real or fictional), decorations, activities, etc.)

1) Cosplay: Come dressed up as your favorite literary character. I think I’d dress up as Hermione. Or Celia from The Night Circus. There will also be a game to guess the character.

2) Trivia: Winners get prizes – which is of course is more books.

3) Book Debates: March Madness style. We’ll pick books out of a hat and pit them against each other until one book is the winner.

4) Movie Adaptation rant: Let out your frustrations about what the movie got wrong.

5) Decorations: Hogwarts meets Oz meets The Shire.

6) To RSVP:. Solve the riddle to get in. It will be easy. The riddles will come from The Hobbit.

7) Open bar: Of course there would be food, but people also love free drinks.

8) Meet Your Favorite Character: They will appear in person so you can ask them whatever you wanted or you can just fangirl/fanboy and ask for a selfie.

9) Special Guests: Some authors would make an appearance for discussions and book signings.

10) The gift bag: Guests leave with an ARC, a reading light, and a gift card to buy more books.

Top Ten Tuesday April 14: Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About

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April 14: Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About (This is for the books you liked, but rarely come up in conversation or rarely fit a TTT topic, etc.)

1)We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
2)Impossible by Nancy Werlin
3)A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice
4)Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
5)Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
6)The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
7)Tunnel Vision by Keith Lowe
8)The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
9)Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
10)The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
11)Proxy by Alex London
12)The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
13)The Prophet by Michael Koryta
14)The One Man by Andrew Gross

Top Ten Tuesday: March 31: Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover.

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March 31: Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover.

1) This blog. I review the books I read and do these Top Ten Tuesday lists.

2) Goodreads. I don’t just have it, I am active on it. I update with the books I am reading and my progress. I rate and review the books I read. I have the App and use it at bookstores to scan the books that catch my interest.

3) I have been keeping a Book Challenge list since 2007. This is only when I started keeping track. I have been reading since I was a kid (Baby-sitters Club!). I would order from the Scholastic catalogue.

4) The TBR pile of doom! I add books faster than I can read them.

5) I collect signed editions of my favorite books from my favorite authors.

6) I love going to book events. Book releases. Author signings. Book panels at comic con.

7) I’ll take books in any platform: print, e-books, audiobooks, borrowing from the library, and ARCs. Anything to increase my knowledge, enjoyment and book challenge numbers.

Top Ten Tuesday March 10: Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence

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March 10: Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence

These are the authors I follow on SM. Some I only follow on Twitter, some I also follow on Instagram/Facebook.

1) Pierce Brown.
2) Deborah Harkness.
3) Katherine Arden.
4) Erin Morgenstern.
5) E.K. Johnston.
6) Stephen Chbosky.
7) Claudia Gray.
8) Nicola Yoon.
9) Ruta Sepetys.