Top 5 Tuesday: Authors U to Z

Can you believe it’s the last day of the month? March has lasted about five years. But, it’s finally over and it’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday. Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is authors U to Z.

I’m currently writing with a cat on my lap, so I’m just going to hop over to GoodReads and choose authors from my read list.

U – nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero

V -In this time of trouble and strife, it seems only fitting to put Brian K. Vaughn, author of Y: The Last Man which is a graphic novel about a plague that wipes out all men on Earth save one. I tore through this series when I discovered it and, one day, would like to own it and reread.

W – This is really hard, because I have a lot of W authors. I’m going to chose two: Patricia C. Wrede author of Dealing with Dragons and Brian Wood author of The DMZ. Both books were extremely engrossing. I remember reading Dealing with Dragons in middle school for some awards program and not being able to put it down. I have a vivid memory of sitting in History class, nose buried in the book, ignoring everything around me. The DMZ I discovered at Comic Con. I bought one issue then went back for ten more after ripping through it. I loved it so much and right now, I’m regretting unhauling it.

X– Nope

Y– The only thing I have for Y is Rick Yancey author of The 5th Wave. I enjoyed the book well enough to buy the second, but didn’t want to pay for the hardcover of the third and by the time it was in paperback, I’d forgotten about the other two.

Z There can only be on author for Z and that’s Timothy Zahn, the author who reignited my passion for Star Wars and sent it to new heights. I was in English class in middle school with nothing to read. Gershwin, a friend, passed me the hardcover of Heir to the Empire to read. I opened it and was done. It was like he’d given me drugs: I couldn’t think for the rest of the day and I was ruined for life. I still love that book and have my original copy, although it’s falling apart because I’ve read it so many times. It’s my Star Wars canon and always will be.

And that’s my literary life from A to Z! What a fun month (for this challenge, I mean. Not so much for real life). Hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I had fun putting it together. And thanks, Shanah, for the fun challenge!

Top 5 Tuesday P-T

It’s Tuesday and that means another Top 5 Tuesday! This is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Bookworm. This week’s topic is authors P to T.

P is for Ashley Poston author of Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl. Awesome stories that retell both Cinderella and The Prince and the Pauper, only in modern times and the ball is a fan convention. Genius.

I literally have nothing for Q. Not even on Goodreads.

R is for Rick Riordan. This one was hard, because there are so many good R writers, but I’m going with Riordan because, according to Goodreads, he’s my most read author.

S is for Tara Sim author of the Timekeeper series. Such an awesome series about an alternative universe where time is a physical thing that controls everything. It also has a great romance.

T is for Allie Therin the author of Spellbound. This is a delightful m/m historical romance about a magic user and the man who wants to protect him at all costs. It’s set in 1920s New York and was a lot of fun. AND I GOT APPROVED FOR THE ARC OF THE SEQUEL!!!! So exciting. 🙂

That’s all for today. Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Top 5 Tuesday – Authors KLMNO

Hello everyone! It’s time for Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. Each weeks, Shanah gives us a topic and participants answer with their top 5 answers in that topic. This week is authors KLMNO!

This week, I’m doing one author for each letter. I’m only doing authors on my shelf or in my Kindle and I’m going by last name. Let’s get started.

K

This one was hard because I’ve got lots of K’s on my shelf, including Brigid Kemmerer who is a new favorite author. But, in the end, I had do go with Susan Kay author of Phantom.

I know the book has its flaws and Erik is just a little too good at everything, but I love it to death. This Erik is my Erik and just adds to my love of the Phantom of the Opera.

L

For L, I have chosen Ira Levin who wrote Rosemary’s Baby. I read this many, many years ago and just fell in love. It was probably the first true horror novel I read. I still have my Nana’s copy, which is being held together by tape and a prayer. I probably shouldn’t read it again and get a new copy. But I love it.

M

Who else can I put other than Jonathan Maberry, who is my (I think) my second most read author after Rick Riordan. I almost put the first book I read by him, Patient Zero down because I thought the main character, Joe Ledger, was going to be a chauvinist pig. Turns out, he’s very sensitive and upholds feminist ideals. Plus, the books are suspenseful, horrifying, and a lot of fun.

N

I didn’t have many under the letter n, but then I realized that Ahab’s Wife was written by Sena Jeter Naslund. I read this in college and I was enchanted. Una is an amazing character and I loved her relationship with Ahab and everyone else. I haven’t read this in years, but it’s great.

O

I only have one author for O, but it’s an important one: Robert C. O’Brien, author of Mrs. Frisby and the Rat’s of NIHM. My fourth grade teacher first read this to me, and I fell in love hard. I wrote a sequel to it for her as my end of year gift (which was just a romance between Jonathan and Mrs. Frisby). I’ve read this so many times and it never grows old. It’s magica.

And that’s my list! It was a lot easier than just doing one book for each. That’s what I”m doing from now on.

Stay healthy and wash your hands!

Top 5 Tuesday- Authors F to J

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is authors F to J. Like last week, I’ll be looking at my bookshelf for authors I have in each category. I’ll only go to my Kindle or a library book if I absolutely have no one with that last name. Unlike last week, I”m going to list all the author’s with that last initial.

F

I own two books by authors that start with F: Love Underground by Alicia Fields (stolen from my sister) and Plague Town by Dana Fredsti.

G

For G I have Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Neil Gaiman.

H

I’ve got multiples for H

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Cynthia Hand (along with Brodi Ashton and Jodie Meadows)

Thomas Harris (I can’t find Red Dragon, but I know it’s around here somewhere)

Jennifer L. Holm

and Anna Lee Huber

I

According to Goodreads, the only thing I’ve ever read by an author with the last name I is Picnic by William Inge. I read it for a part. I killed the audition, but didn’t get it. I’m still bitter.

J

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Jonston.

That was harder than I thought it’d be. I think next week I’ll go back to one author per letter. Also, did you ever see that episode of Supernatural where the kids are replaced by changelings who become obsessed with their mothers. One mom locks herself in the bathroom and the kid keeps banging on it, screaming for their mom? It’s season 3, I think, good episode. ANyway, that’s totally how I just felt writing this. My cat will not leave me along. He bit me three times. I had to lock him out of my bedroom and he’s sitting out there crying. I better go pet him.

Top 5 Tuesday

Hi all! Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. Every week, Shanah gives a topic and participants are invited to share their answers. This month’s theme is Author’s from A-Z and this week is the first 5 letters: A, B, C, D, E.

I am choosing to go by author’s last name (at least this week) and (this week) I’m only choosing author’s I have on my shelf (or Kindle). And, here I go!

A is for Avi. Avi is one of my favorite children’s authors. He’s written two of my favorite books, Who Stole the Wizard of Oz and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. I also loved Wolf Rider and Something Upstairs. He’s a brilliant author and has kept me entertained for many years.

B is for Judy Blume. Another writer for children, I have loved every book I’ve read by her (except for Blubbler. HATED that book). When I was in seventh grade, I read Just as Long as We’re Together almost once a week for a solid month. I’ve read Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret countless times. I also loved the Fudge books and Tiger Eyes.

C is for K.J. Charles. I discovered Charles a few years ago when I ran across her Society of Gentlemen series. The first one didn’t wow me, but the next few blew me away. I quickly went on to the Charm of Magpies series and then basically read everything she ever wrote. K.J. Charles is amazing if you like historical m/m romance.

D is for Peter David. Peter David wrote some Star Trek: The Next Generation books that I absolutely adore, such as Q-in-Law and Q-Squared. He wrote Q incredibly well. He’s written other things, but I honestly haven’t read anything outside of his Star Trek stuff.

E is for Elizabeth Eulberg. So, she’s the only “E’ I have on my shelf, but that’s okay because her book is amazing. Past Perfect Life is about a girl who finds out she was kidnapped as a child and has to deal with the consequences. It was really good.

And that’s my A-E. See you next week for F-J.

Top 5 Bookish Habits

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at The Bionic Book Worm. Each week, participants are given a prompt and invited to answer. This week’s prompt is Top 5 Bookish Habits.

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  1. I read in bed every night before I go to sleep. Sometimes, I read for a hour, sometimes less, but unless I get home too late or have a migraine, it’s part of my nightly routine. Sometimes, I go to bed early just so I can read, even though I am perfectly capable of reading in my living room. There’s just something about being in bed with a good book that makes me very happy and cozy.
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2. I always carry a book with me everywhere I go. Even if I’m just running errands or going to get gas, I tend to slip my book or Kindle in my purse just in case. I don’t like leaving the house without a book.

stack of books near a coffee cup and a potted plant.

3. I am usually reading multiple books at one time. I’ve always been like this. I’ll have a bedroom book, a living room book, a Kindle book, etc. Now, I usually have an audio book that I’m reading, too. People always ask me how I keep the storylines straight, and I honestly don’t know how to answer that. It’s not like I’m reading them at the same moment. It’s like watching several different TV shows. You just… do. Right?

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4. It’s probably no surprise, but whenever I am at the doctor or dentist or any place with a waiting room, I am reading. I will read the book I’ve taken, magazines in the waiting room, flyers, etc. But, usually, it’s my book. It’s a wonderful time to catch up on reading and I’m in a waiting room quite a bit. One of my doctor’s is usually an hour to an hour and a half behind. I just take a good book and I’m golden.

Woman at Disney World in front of the Castle

5. Last, I always take a book when I got to Disney. When I was a kid, the Skyway broke down and the people on it were stuck for hours. Now, I was not at Disneyland that day, but I lived nearby and heard about it and it sounded… well, A) scary, because I’m afraid heights, but B) scary because what do you do when you’re stuck for that long? My solution? Bring a book! I take one when I’m with people, just in case, and when I’m alone because I can find a place to relax and read (I don’t do this as much anymore, since I don’t have a pass and don’t go as much, but it’s an option). I took one on my trip to Disney World and I will take one until I can no longer go. It’s just something I gotta do.

Those are my top 5 bookish habits. What are some of yours?

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Anticipated Releases of 2020

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. Each week, participants are given a topic they can respond to. This week’s topic is top 5 anticipated releases of 2020.

I sort of did this a couple weeks ago, with my top 5 books I need to get to this year. So, this will have some repeats. But that’s fine, because both lists are totally true.

I cannot wait for A Stroke of Malice by Anna Lee Huber. I love the Lady Darby series. She’s smart and educated and thoughtful. Strong and courageous, but she’s not foolhardy and stubborn in a bad way. Best of all, her husband, Sebastian Gage, is loving and totally supportive of her investigations, often suggesting she take one on. I love their relationship and think it’s one of the most romantic in the mystery genre. April 7, 2020

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi is another book I’m highly anticipating. I’ve loved both of the Aru Shah books. She’s such an amazing characters. I almost wished I taught older kids so I could recommend the books to them, but… not enough enough to change grades. 🙂 April 7, 2020

No cover for this one, but even though I’ve yet to read The Tyrant’s Tomb (a travesty, I know), I am super pumped for The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan. I love the trials and tribulations of Apollo and I cannot wait to finish the series (even though I’ll be sad).

I only just, right now this minutes, found out about this book. Do you know how hard I cried over that little dog when I read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate? Sobs. Ugly, deep, soulful sobs. It was awful. So, yeah, I’m totally ready to have my heart torn apart and broken and smashed to pieces again to make sure that Bob is okay. And, you know, Ivan and whatever the elephant’s name was. 🙂 May 5, 2020

Once again, there is no cover for this, nor a description, but Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian is up there on my books I want to read this year. Cat Sebastian is one of my favorite M/M historical romance authors, and I will read every MM book by her. This is definitely on my anticipated reads list. June 23, 2020

Those are my top 5 anticipated releases of the year. What are some of yours? Drop a link or a comment below and let me know!