Top Ten Tuesday April 2: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

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April 2: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

1) The cover. I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover, but we do. It’s the first thing we see. A great cover catches your eye and makes you read the description. Though I have read books were I loved the cover but the story was not too great.

2) The plot. Once the cover has called me over I read the description to see if it sounds like something that I would like. Which brings me to…

3) The genre. I am usually browsing in the Sci-fi/Fantasy, Fiction, YA, or the Classic section. Very rarely do I pick up something out of those genres.

4) The author. Once I find an author I love I am loyal to that author and will look for any new book they have coming out.

5) The price/coupon. It always helpS if the book is on sale and I can use a coupon. I may have more books on my TBR than I have time to read/ listen to, but I still have to be thrifty. Which brings me to…

6) The format. I have hardcovers, paperbacks, an e-reader and the Audible app. Depending on where I am finding the best deal determines what format I will buy the book. For some series that I am obsessed with I bought them in all 3 formats.

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Top Ten Tuesday March 26: Audiobook Freebie

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March 26: Audiobook Freebie

I love audiobooks and didn’t know which topic to focus on so I broke it up into smaller categories.

The books that got me hooked:
At first I used to only listen to books I had already read. The narration of theses books really enhanced the experience and my love for both trilogies.

1) Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown. Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds.

2) All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda.

The re-listens: (Besides the ones mentioned above.)
3)Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story written and narrated by Jewel.

4)The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe. Narrated by: B.J. Harrison

The Longest:
5) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Length: 52 hrs and 41 mins

My Favorite Narrators:
6) Jim Dale (Harry Potter series, U.S. edition.) His range of voices is outstanding. He has won awards and broke records for all the characters’ voices he created.

7) Tim Gerard Reynolds (Red Rising Trilogy.) He is the voice of Darrow. Also, you should hear his Ragnar. It feels like the boldtype.

8) B.J. Harrison (The Count of Monte Cristo.) After trying another version and giving up early on because of the monotone voice, Harrison’s upbeat narration and different characters made it hard to stop listening.

Suspense to make you jump in your seat. No, really:
9) The Shining by Stephen King. Narrated by Campbell Scott.

10) NOS4A2 A Novel by Joe Hill. Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew

Top Ten Tuesday March 19: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

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March 19: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

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I feel like I am just repeating myself because these same books have been on other TTT seasonal TBR lists. But I need to be serious this time. I am going to Book Con in June and simply MUST read these books I picked up from the previous Book Cons. I have more than ten, but I am only listing the ones I want to read first.

1) Book Con 2014: Interview With the Vampire, by Anne Rice (20th Anniversary Edition).
2) Book Con 2015: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.
3) Book Con 2015: Illuminae: The Illuminae Files – 01, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (which is an ARC by the way. The whole trilogy is out now. So I am WAY behind.)
4) Book Con 2015: H2O, by Virgina Bergin.
5) Book Con 2017: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova.
6) Book Con 2017: The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky.
7) Book Con 2017: The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst.
8) Book Con 2017: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. Also an ARC.

I also want to squeeze in two audiobooks:
9) Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston
10) Star Wars: Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray

 

Top Ten Tuesday February 19: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

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February 19: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

I actually did this topic  2.5 years ago as a guest on my friend’s blog. It was nice to see Never Broken by Jewel has climbed from 1,390 to 3,035 ratings! Anna and the Swallow Man jumped from 1,754 to 5,502.

So my updated list:

1. The Secret Ways of Perfume by Cristina Caboni.
Number of Ratings on Goodreads – 1,039
My rating: 4 out of 5 Perfect Perfumes.

2. Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins
Number of Ratings on Goodreads – 963
My rating: 4 out of 5 Swords.

3. Sisters of the Fire by Kim Wilkins
Number of Ratings on Goodreads – 158
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 Dragons.

4. Supernova by C.A. Higgins
Number of Ratings on Goodreads – 531
My rating: 4 out of 5 Burning Stars.

5. Radiate by C.A. Higgins
Number of Ratings on Goodreads – 263
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 Con Men.

6. Frankenstein, Based on the Novel by Mary Shelley by Nick Dear
Number of Ratings on Goodreads – 686 (up from 553 last time it was on my TTT 2.5 years ago)
My rating: 5 out 5.

7. Tunnel Vision by Keith Lowe
Number of Ratings on Goodreads – 445 (up from 385 last time)
My rating: 4 out 5 Tube stations.

8. Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood
Number of Ratings on Goodreads – 921
My rating: 4 out of 5 Boxing Kangaroos.

9. Sentinels Vol. 1 by Rich Bernatovech
Number of Ratings on Goodreads – 11 (up from 9)
My rating: 4 out 5 Soul Blades.

10. Sentinels Anthology Volume 2 by Rich Bernatovech
Number of Ratings on Goodreads – 1 (still the same)
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 Soul Blades.

Top Ten Tuesday January 29: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

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January 29: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read To-Listen List

I can’t think of any physical books I’ve added since NYCC but I have added many to my Audible library. These are just 10 of the recent ones thanks to deals and coupons.

1) The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden.
2) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
3) Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
4) The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel by Heather Morris
5) The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley.
6) Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
7) Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
8) Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
9) Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
10) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

 

Top Ten Tuesday January 22: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

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January 22: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

1) The World of All Souls: A Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life
I meant to read it during Christmas break. Well, now I’ll wait until September 18. Or maybe the series coming to the US in January will light a fire under me. We’ll see.

The rest of these are, mostly, from conventions.

2) After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley by Rob Reid
3) Year Zero by Rob Reid
4) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.
5) The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
6) Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice.
7) We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
8) Alone by Scott Sigler.
9) Out of the Easy Ruta Sepetys.
10) The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst.

Top Ten Tuesday January 15: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

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January 15: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

1) Alexandre Dumas. I know he had help with The Count of Monte Cristo, but I don’t care. I loved listening to it on Audible.
2) Stephen King. I know he has been around forever but I finally listened to The Shining and Doctor Sleep.
3) Kendare Blake wrote Three Dark Crowns. I want to get the next books from the library.
4) C.A. Higgins wrote the Lightless trilogy. I liked it so much I read them straight through.
5) Ania Ahlborn wrote Within These Walls.
6) Kim Wilkins wrote Daughters of the Storm. I have an ARC of the sequel.
7) Chantal Fernando wrote Wolf’s Mate. It was alright. Don’t think I’ll read any of her other books since it is not my type of genre.

These next two are Audible originals. Members get 2 free Audible Original downloads per month.
8) Dennis Kelly wrote Girls & Boys and it is narrated by Carey Mulligan. I cried.
9) Charles Olivier wrote Christmas Eve, 1914. I bawled my eyes out.