Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Recently Acquired Books


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About a month and a half ago, I acquired a lot of books.

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Book Expo America day 1 haul. #bea2015

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So, I’m going to be sifting through those for quite awhile. Right now I’m reading Illuminae and loving it.

I think next I’ll dive into either Girl Waits with Gun or Hunter.

I’m listening to Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro right now and will move to The Passion of Marie Romanov, by Laura Rose and Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng when I finish.

Finally, I borrowed Radi Os, by Ronald Johnson from a friend. It’s a book of poetry made by cutting away parts of Paradise Lost. It seems really cool and I’m excited to read it.

What books have you picked up recently?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read


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There are a lot of hyped books that I’m not interested in reading, but for today, I went with ones I do want to read.

1. An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir – I’ve seen this reviewed everywhere. One of my best friends has been talking about this book that he’s loving and I only realized a few days ago that this is the book to which he’s referring. So, that’s on my TBB (to be borrowed) list.

2. A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab

3. Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon – I have this one on audio, but haven’t started it yet. I’m not afraid of long audiobooks, but I haven’t felt ready to commit yet.

4. Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

5. An Untamed State, by Roxane Gay

6. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

7. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro (just got the audiobook, so hopefully I’ll be checking it off my list soon).

8. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline (on audio, narrated by Wil Wheaton, obviously)

9. None of the Above, by I.W. Gregorio

10.Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas – I don’t know if this one is one I’ll actually like or not, but I’ve seen it reviewed and recommended so much that I’ve got to try it out.

I just finished listening to The Martian, by Andy Weir, narrated by R.C. Bray and it lives up to all the hype. Review forthcoming.

What books have you seen hyped but haven’t read yet?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

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Everything, Everything*, by Nicola Yoon

Haints Stay, by Colin Winnette

Infinite Home*, by Kathleen Alcott

A Curious Tale of the In-Between*, by Lauren DeStefano


Magonia, by Maria Dahvana Headley, narrated by Therese Plummer and Michael Crouch

Searching for Grace Kelly, by Michael Callahan, narrated by Kristin Kalbli

Simon v. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli, narrated by Michael Crouch

Binary Star, written and read by Sarah Gerard

Nine Kinds of Naked*, by Tony Vigorito, narrated by Kristin Kalbli

Neverwhere (BBC Dramatisation), by Neil Gaiman, narrated by a full cast.

* Reviews coming soon!

What books have you loved so far this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015

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Top Ten Books on my To-Be-Read list this summer.

  • Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • Expedition Indigo, by Stacy Allen (a ListenUp Audiobook – so I’ll be listening to the audiobook, narrated by Kristin Kalbli)
  • The Only Ones, by Carola Dibbell (a ListenUp Audiobook – so I’ll be listening to the audiobook, narrated by Sasha Dunbrooke)
  • Just a Couple of Days, by Tony Vigorito (a ListenUp Audiobook – so I’ll be listening to the audiobook, narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark)
  • Jackaby, by William Ritter
  • Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon
  • Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon (I know, I’m incredibly late with this one).
  • We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart (late, but not as late)
  • Landline, by Rainbow Rowell
  • Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

I’ve loved everything I’ve read of Rainbow Rowell’s. Not like, “5 stars, this book is great!”, love, but like her books are so precious that I love them like friends. And this isn’t just a new Rainbow novel, it’s a new piece of Fangirl, so I am extra excited for Carry On.


Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff; Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon; Everybody Rise, by Stephanie Clifford.

So, I picked up these three as ARCs at BEA (along with quite a few others), so I don’t know if that counts as anticipating, but I haven’t read any of them yet and I’m excited for all three. The hardcover of Illuminae is GORGEOUS.

I assume Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee is going to be on everyone’s list.

Today is the release day for The Truth According to Us, by Annie Barrows, but I’m still going to include it because I don’t have it yet and I still anticipate reading it. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Love to See as Movies/TV Shows

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Ash, by Malinda Lo. – Fairy tale retellings always make good entertainment and I love that instead of a handsome prince, our Cinderella character, Ash, falls for a beautiful huntress.

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. I’m not sure how the fanfiction aspects would work visually, so maybe Eleanor & Park would make a better movie, but I think Fangirl is a perfect coming-of-age story and I’d love to watch it.

Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Let’s be real, any of John Green’s books will make good movies. The way he writes, the depth of his characters, and the sense of real adventure in his stories work well on the screen. I think Paper Towns is one of the best of his as far as book-to-movie adaptability goes and I’m excited that that’s happening. I vote for Looking for Alaska next.

Pure (Trilogy), by Julianna Baggott. This could go the movie trilogy route, but I think a cable/Netflix series would be better. The world Julianna Baggott creates is so huge and complex that it would take much longer than a movie to tell the whole story.

The Witching Hour, by Anne Rice. HBO series, please. I’ve been aching to see the Mayfair clan on screen since high school.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Abertalli. It would make a wonderful high school movie that grown-ups would enjoy.

Searching for Grace Kelly, by Michael Callahan. Even if the story didn’t lend well to screen (though, I firmly believe that it would), it would be worth it for the 1950s NYC visuals.

The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield. I feel like this would probably get a made-for-tv budget, but it deserves the big screen.

Haunted Ground: A Novel, by Erin Hart. I mean, wouldn’t you watch a movie that centered around a bog body?

Trust, by Steven Dietz. This is a play (obviously), so if I could just see it performed, I’d be happy – well, I’d be heartbroken, but satisfied.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish of a book-related top ten list. This week’s theme is Characters You’d Like to Check in With

 Cath, Fangirl
As you know, I love Fangirl. I love it enough that I miss the characters more than I probably should. If Cath could just drop me a note about how she, Wren, Levi, Reagan, and her dad are doing, I ‘d be really thankful.


The Whole Mayfair Clan, The Witching Hour
I read Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour in high school. I dragged this nearly 1,000 page hardcover book around high school with me for months, reading whenever I got a chance – sometimes when I probably shouldn’t have. I always preferred the Mayfair Witches over the Vampire Chronicles and I miss those ladies and their demons.

ShelleyThe Raising
This book started out so strong – the characters and their incredibly detailed lives! the mystery! the twists! But then the ended? I don’t mind an ending that open to imagination or interpretation, but this set up a whole lot of questions and gave me just about no answers. Shelley would tell me what happened.


Daenerys, A Song of Ice and Fire
The rest of the world and I are ready for the next ASOIAF book, please.




Laura, Searching for Grace Kelly
I just finished Searching for Grace Kelly this weekend and I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye when the story ended. The story takes place in the early 50s and I’d really love to talk to present-day Laura Dixon and the whole story.



Miles, Looking for Alaska
John Green is always doing this to me. I’ll go ahead and throw in Hazel and Q and Margo and Colin and everyone in any of his novels.



Lily Evans, Harry Potter
But, like, teenage Lily Evans. J.K. Rowling gives up peeks into life after the Battle of Hogwarts for Harry’s Generation, but I’m more interested in life in the previous generation. I would LOVE a new story focused on the Marauders.


Peeta, The Hunger Games trilogy
I know I’m in the minority with my absolute love of Mockingjay – I didn’t want a happily ever after in this story. I wanted reality and I got it. But then I got a little fluffy epilogue where Katniss is somehow okay with having babies and settling down without any explanation of how and what happened. I did read one really wonderful fanfic that helped me move on. I’d link it, but apparently past-Holly didn’t bother to save it anywhere.



These last two aren’t book-related, but I’m going to toss them in anyway:

The whole cast of Empire Records.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of this underrated movie. I watched it about a thousand times as a teenager, but haven’t in years because the only version I can find on DVD or Blu-Ray is the stupid Fan Remix, which is NOT THE ORIGINAL MOVIE. I still have the VHS (though no VCR) and will hold on to it until the original version is available on a modern format.

Chuck & Ned, Pushing Daisies

OTP. I miss them so much.