Top Ten Tuesday June 18: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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June 18: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019
1) Dark Age (Red Rising Saga 5) by Pierce Brown
Expected publication: July 30th 2019

2) Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn
Expected publication: July 23rd 2019

3) Dead Voices (Small Spaces 2) by Katherine Arden
Expected publication: August 27th 2019

4) The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019

5) Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
Expected publication: October 1st 2019

6) Full Throttle by Joe Hill
Expected publication: October 10th 2019

7) The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Expected publication: November 5th 2019

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Top Ten Tuesday May 28: Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years

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May 28: Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years (one book for each year) (submitted by Anne @ Head Full of Books)

Can I cheat? I want to cheat. Some years have more than one book that is a favorite! And I feel I missed a few (mainly Star Wars novels) because I was going by the lists on Goodreads for each year and their lists only went up to 100.

2009
1. Horns by Joe Hill
2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games 2) by Suzanne Collins

2010
3. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices 1) by Cassandra Clare
4. Room by Emma Donoghue
5. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

2011
6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
7. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy 1) by Deborah Harkness
8. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
9. The Name of the Star (Shades of London 1) by Maureen Johnson

2012
10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
11. Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy 2) by Deborah Harkness

2013
12. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
13. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices 3) by Cassandra Clare

2014
14. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
15. The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy 3) by Deborah Harkness

2015
16. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
17. Golden Son (Red Rising 2) by Pierce Brown

2016
18. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
19. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
20. Morning Star (Red Rising 3) by Pierce Brown

2017
21. The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy 1) by Katherine Arden
22. The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy 2) by Katherine Arden

2018
23. Iron Gold (Red Rising 4) by Pierce Brown

2019 so far…
24. The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy 3) by Katherine Arden

I have big hopes for:
25. Dark Age (Red Rising Saga 5) by Pierce Brown

Top Ten Tuesday May 14: Page to Screen Freebie

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May 14: Page to Screen Freebie (Books that became movies/TV shows, movies that became books, great adaptations, bad ones, books you need to read before watching their movie/TV show, movies you loved based on books you hated or vice versa, books you want to read because you saw the movie or vice versa, etc.)

 

Bad Book to Film Adaptations:
1) Riding in Cars with Boys by Beverly D’Onofrio. Staring Drew Barrymore.
The book is only autobiography I liked because it reads like a novel and it has some dark humor. That did not translate to the movie and they made Beverly too sweet.

2) Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
Staring Alden Ehrenreich before he was Han Solo! It actually had a good cast: Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson and I liked Jeremy Irons as Macon Ravenwood. I actually read the book after seeing the movie, and honestly, the book was better.

3) Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Staring Han Solo! I mean Harrison Ford. And Viola Davis again! I read the book after seeing the movie and my favorite thing about it, the subplot with Ender’s siblings was completely cut out of the movie. So yea.

4) Horns by Joe Hill. Staring Daniel Radcliffe.
While the movie does have its dark humorous moments, a great soundtrack, and Daniel does a great job playing Ig, the climatic end is so much better in the book! And they missed the mark by not making the Treehouse of the Mind magical.

5) Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Staring Ben Barnes. Now Ben Barnes is perfect casting because he is beautiful. I can’t remember the details but something about the ending was changed so much that just changed the characterizations in a bad way.

Good Book to Film Adaptations:
To avoid repeating myself with each one listed I felt these films really stood true to tone, characters and the plot. Yes, some details were omitted, but overall they kept what was important to the story and it was like watching what pictured in my head.

6) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. Staring Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen.

7) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Staring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck.

8) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Staring Leonardo DiCaprio.

9) Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. He also wrote the screenplay and directed the film. Enough said. Staring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller.

10) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Staring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller.

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.

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.