Top Ten Tuesday July 30: Freebie

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July 30: Freebie (Come up with your own topic! I might steal yours for a future TTT and credit you!)

Breaking the Sophomore Slump Myth!

A sophomore slump or sophomore jinx or sophomore jitters refers to an instance in which a second, or sophomore, effort fails to live up to the relatively high standards of the first effort.

My list is of books that break that stigma. I loved these books better than the first and in some cases (where I have read all three) they are actually my favorite of trilogy.

1) Golden Son by Pierce Brown

2) Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness.

3) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

4) Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn.

5) Sisters of the Fire by Kim Wilkins.

6) The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

7) Another Day by David Levithan

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Top Ten Tuesday July 16: Auto-Buy Authors

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July 16: Auto-Buy Authors

These are the only authors I can think of that I have read all of their works and I would buy their books without even reading the description first.

1) Pierce Brown
2) Deborah Harkness
3) Ruta Sepetys
4) Katherine Arden

Top Ten Tuesday June 25: Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

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June 25: Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

Trying to dwindle my piles from Book Con and NYCC.

1. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig.

2. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips.

3. The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer.

4. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys.

5. The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander.

6. Dark Age (Red Rising Saga 5) by Pierce Brown.

7. Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn.

8. The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

9. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

10. The Waking Land by Callie Bates.

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

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.