Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer.  This week’s topic is Top 5 Dystopians.

My first pick is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve talked before about how when I finally started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down even though I was at Disney’s California Adventures. My other story about the book is how I bought it. I was at Borders (RIP) and in the mood for a book that delivered 2 things: 1) It had to be a dystopian book and 2) the main character had to be a girl. I picked this book up and immediately knew it was the book I was looking for. I’ve often lamented how I wanted to read this book for the first time again; it was just that great of an experience.


The Giver by Lois Lowry may have been the first dystopian I ever read (although I may have read Animal Farm first). I loved how chilling and disturbing the world was. I loved Jonah and his journey. I hated the ending, because I was a very pessimistic child and was sure something bad had happened at the end, but I still loved the book.

I read Legend by Marie Lu when I was deep into my dystopian love. My sister recommended it to me, saying it was based on Javert and Valjean from Les Miserables but genderflipped and a romance. I loved Day and his quest to do what’s right, and I love June and her sense of duty. This trilogy devastated me, absolutely, completely killed me. But, there’s a fourth book coming out soon, so either I’ll have my heart ripped out again or will be happy. We’ll see.

I read Scythe by Neal Shusterman last year. I’ll admit: I’ve been a little burned out on dystopians, but this one sounded interesting. A world where death has been conquered and can only be delivered randomly by people assigned the job? Color me intrigued. And I’m so glad I read it, because this book is amazing. I loved all the characters, especially Scythe Faraday, and the villains were terrifying. I cannot wait for the next book.

So, I feel I have to go with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for my last pick. I almost went with Divergent by Veronica Roth, but, honestly, I feel like that book is best read as a coming-of-age novel and doesn’t fully succeed as a dystopian. This book, however, does. It’s terrifying, especially in today’s political climate. I’ve read it twice,and each time it’s basically given me nightmares. It’s like something out of my worst dreams and, yet, somehow totally feasible. I haven’t see the TV show, but I think this is one of the best dystopian books out there.

And that’s my top 5 for the week?

What are some of your favorite dystopian novels? Drop me a comment below and let me know!

Sunday Post: August 18, 2019

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

I survived the first week of school! Oooh, boy, is this year going to be interesting. I have a very rambunctious group of kiddos this year. They are imaginative, bright, enthusiastic, and loud. They are definitely going to keep me on my toes.

Yesterday, I got to see Wicked, which was completely awesome. I’ve seen it once before, but there was a lot that I’d forgotten. The best part was I didn’t miss any of it, which I was sure I was. A comic con was going on nearby, and I left later than I meant to so I struggled to find parking. I finally got into my usual parking lot right when the curtain was supposed to go up. Luckily, they held the curtain (just for me?), so I was there from the beginning. The performers were wonderful, and I love the story. I had a wonderful time.

In other news, ThriftBooks is sending me another copy of Mistress of Nothing, so I’ll be able to finish it soonish.

Monday: Fledgling by Molly Harper (ARC review)

Tuesday: I need a break

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce (review)

Friday: Summer Sweat-along Book Tag

Saturday: Review Delayed Indefinitely?

Monday: TBD

Tuesday: Top 5 Dystopian

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

The Rest of the Week: TBD

I’m a little behind on reading and reviewing. Oops!

And that’s my Sunday post. I better get to reading!

Review delayed indefinitely?

I’d hoped to have my review of The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger ready for today, but last night when I was reading, I came upon a startling discovery: after page 202, the narrative changed into Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders for 15 pages before resuming the original text at page 235! Not only was I hopelessly confused, I am not deeply disappointed. My library doesn’t have a copy and Amazon didn’t have one at a price I wanted to pay. I might have to swallow my pride and just order it, though, because I’m desperate to know what happened.

Ah, well. Life is unpredictable. Onto Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber.

The Summer Sweat-along Book Tag

The Summer Sweatalong Book Tag was created by Jo, the Bookworm Dreamer. I saw it done on Zezee with Books and though it looked like fun. So, I’m going to do it.

My favorite season and why I like it:

My favorite season is summer. I’m a teacher, and I love having the summer off. I love the warm weather and sunshine. Where I live, it generally doesn’t get too warm (in fact, sometimes, it’s too cloudy for me). I love going to the beach and reading for hours, or walking by the shore listening to books. It’s just an amazing season, and I wish it lasted longer.

Don’t stop
A book you couldn’t stop reading

The first time I read The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles, I couldn’t put it down. I loved both the main characters so much, and the chemistry between them just scorched the page (or screen, since I read it on my Kindle). I was intrigued by the plot and hung on every word until the end.

You’re a cheetah.

A book you read in just one day.

So, I had a totally rocking New Year’s Eve this… last year. Not only did I read This Side of Murder by Anna Lee Huber in one day, I read it in a few hours. I looked at it, thought, “I wonder if I can read that before midnight,” and then I did. Totally rocking.

Couldn’t let go

A book you reread straight away

Something Upstairs by Avi is the only book I can remember ever opening up and rereading right after I finished reading it. It was creepy and spooky, and it scared the heck out of me, but I loved it.

Calm it down!
A book that got your heart racing

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff had my heart pounding and me sitting on the edge of my seat. It also made me cry really hard. It’s just a roller coaster of a ride.

Second best
A sequel you read faster than the first

It took me a few days to read Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, but it only took me one to get through Clockwork Prince.

Books on fire!
A series you read straight through

I read all six published books in the the Lady Darby series by Anna Lee Huber in just a few weeks. I think I only had to wait for them to be delivered from ThriftBooks, but I tore through that series. It’s just so good.

Midnight madness
A book that kept you up late

I didn’t want to put A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer down. It kept me up well into the night. I cannot wait for the sequel.

And that’s the Summer Sweatalong tag. If you’re reading this and feel so inclined, consider yourself tagged. Have fun!

Review: A Curse Dark as Gold

Title: A Curse Dark as Gold

Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Length: 396 pages

Publication Date: March 1, 2008

Charlotte Miller has never believed in the curse on her family woolen mill. It may be crumbling and ramshackle and refuse to be repaired, but it’s the heart and blood of the town. When her father dies, though, bad luck seems to be nonstop. Just when things seem desperate, a man named Jack Spinner appears and offers to save them by spinning straw into gold in exchange for Charlotte’s ring. It seems like a small price, but Charlotte is drawn into deeper and deeper bargains with the mysterious man and soon finds his price too dear when it’s already too late. Desperate to save her family and the town, Charlotte must call on all her strength to solve the mystery of the curse and save her family.

Oh, I loved this story. I’ve always enjoyed the story of Rumpelstiltskin and this book told the story beautifully. Charlotte was an amazing protagonist, practical, level headed, kind, and thoughtful. She’s left with a huge burden after her father dies and never flinches from the reality of it. She cares not only for her younger sister but the whole town, as many of the villagers rely on the mill for their livelihood.

I greatly enjoyed the romance between Charlotte and Randall, who is a young banker who comes to collect the debt her father owed to his bank. He was so wonderful and sincerely good that I loved him from the first moment he appeared in the book. I thought the romance unfolded very well and was considerate of the time period as well.

I’m sure there were some faults in the story, but I enjoyed every bit. The author took her time laying the groundwork of the town, the mill, the family, and the curse before introducing the magical elements. I like being led into a world slowly and then uncovering the magic, so it really worked for me. I got the book from the library, but this is definitely a book I’ll be adding to my personal collection.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you answer three questions:

What are you reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger. I started it on my trip after I finished Eat, Pray, Love and then had to leave it behind in Canada because it wasn’t my book. Luckily, I found it on Thrift Books and now have it in my hot little hands.

I’m still reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, which is due next week, so I think I’ll have to renew it.

I also just started listening to Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly, which is really good. The narrator, Jayne Entwistle, sounds a lot like Judi Dench, and it took me a long time to figure out who she sounds like. I’m highly enjoying the story.

I just finished A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, and I need to get off my butt and review it already. Spoiler alert: I loved it. It was just wonderful.

I feel like I actually have a lot of books I’m supposed to get to, but this one will be next. I know last week I said I’d read Changeling by Molly Harper, but that was before I actually got Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber, and I said I was going to read this book months ago. I need to start writing down the books I want to read because I know I had a list of five or so, but I can’t remember what they are now. Teacher brain has started early this year.

What are you reading this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!