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!

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books I Need to Read in 2020

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is Top 5 Books I need to read in 2020. I’m insanely pressed for time this morning, so I’m doing the short version.

It was hard getting this list down to just five! There are so many books from last year that I still need to read, and so many more coming out this year that I’m dying to read. But these are my top five.

What are some of your must read books this year? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Top 5 Tuesday – Dear Santa, I’d Like These 5 Books!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. Each week, participants are given a topic and invited to respond. This week’s topic is “Dear Santa, I’d like these 5 books!”

To be perfectly honest, I want all three books in the Arc of the Scythe, but if I can only have one, I want The Toll by Neal Shusterman. I am so excited to read it. I have a massive TBR pile, but if Santa brought me this book, I’d drop everything to devour this one.

I meant to buy The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan when it came out, but it somehow passed me buy and now, here I am, months later, without it in my possession. So, please, Santa? Make a girl happy?

This might be cheating, because I have the Kindle version of The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles, but the physical book is so pretty and I love this book so much, that I’d love to own it. Once again, I’d like to own all three, but even just this one would be great.

When I first read Legend by Marie Lu, I was blown away. I loved the world of June and Day and the the trilogy ripped my heart apart and stomped all over it. So, I was super excited when a fourth book came out. But, once again, I never was able to buy it because of that pesky thing called money. Maybe Santa can help.

I greatly enjoyed Renegades by Marissa Meyer, but, for whatever reason, the library never got Arch Enemies. Oh, wait; it did. In Spanish. So, it sadly didn’t do me much good. So, Santa, if you could tuck this into my stocking, I’d appreciate it. 🙂

What’s a book you’re hoping Santa will bring you?

Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get to in 2019

Today is Tuesday and I’m doing Top 5 Tuesday. This is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get to in 2019

I really wanted to read The Toll by Neal Shusterman this year, but I didn’t get around to it. Part of it is because I want to buy all three books in the Arc of the Sythe series, and I just don’t have the money. I need to hit the library and see if it’s there, because it’s torture not getting to read it.

I very much enjoyed Carry On and looked forward to reading Wayward Son, but I never got around to picking it up. Soon.

Rebel by Marie Lu is another that I intended to read when it first came out, and then I just never bought it. Once again, I hope it’s at the library or someone bought it for me for Christmas/Hanukkah, because I’m desperate to read it.

This has been on my TBR for weeks, ever since I bought the dang book, and I just never opened it up. It’s sitting right next to me, now, but I doubt I’ll get to it before the new year.

I am now in possession of a borrowed copy of Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco, but I also borrowed about eight other books from my sister and doubt I’ll read them all before the new year. But, this one will be near the top of my list for 2020

What are some books you never got to this year? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Top 5 Authors I NEED to Read

It’s Top 5 Tuesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by The Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is Top 5 Authors I NEED to Read.

This is kind of a hard one for me. I don’t know many authors I need to read that I haven’t. So… I’ll do my best.

Leigh Bardugo. Okay, technically, I’ve read her before since I read the Six of Crows duology, but that’s all I’ve read of her. I’m super interested in reading The Ninth House. I just need to see if the library has it since I’m not buying books right now.

V.E. Schwab. I’ve read nothing by this author and I’ve heard nothing but good things about her. I need to get on that.

C.J. Archer is another author I’ve been meaning to read and haven’t. I’m super intersected in Her Majesty’s Necromancer for awhile now, but haven’t gotten around to reading it.

Cassandra Clare is another author I’ve technically read, but I’ve only read the Infernal Devices series by her. I want to read more.

Abbi Waxman is the last author I’d really like to read. I heard her on the podcast #AmWriting and thought her books sounded interesting. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Those are the 5 authors I NEED to read. What are some of yours?

Top 5 Books on the Current TBR

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Bionic Book Worm. This week’s prompt is Top 5 Books on my Current TBR, or books I’m excited to read right now.

I don’t tend to have a proper TBR. If I buy books, I usually read them right away and don’t let them pile up. Lately, though, I’ve been getting books faster than I can read them, so I have quite a pile. These are the top 5 books from that pile.

There are other books I’m dying to read, too, but these are the ones I have and these are the ones I’m going to read next.

What are some books on your TBR?

Top 5 Audiobooks

It’s Top 5 Tuesday time! Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Bionic Bookworm. This week’s topic is top 5 audiobooks.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows is a funny book on its own. Add in the narrator, Katherine Kellgren, and it’s laugh out loud, roll on the floor hilarious. This book was so much fun to listen to. I couldn’t stop listening to it. Every character, every part, every nuance was so well done. Kellgren has such a sly style. You could hear the wink and the nudge at the shenanigans, but she never went overboard and made it a parody. It was just perfect, and I loved every moment of this book.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston was the first audiobook I listened to. I didn’t know what to expect going in and was unsure if it was the medium for me, but this book quickly won me over. It has duel narrators, and both Elle and Dairen’s voices were really well done. While not as hilarious as My Lady Jane, this book was solid and entertaining.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is a non-fiction book. Part memoir, part self-help, Hollis herself reads it. She does it with an upbeat enthusiasm that really got my charged. I listened to the last bit after going through a terrible moment at work, and it absolutely washed that terribleness away in a fit of rah-rah-rah. I think she’s an interesting writing and an excellent narrator and found the book engaging.

I read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett about ten years ago and really enjoyed it. I loved both Aziraphale and Crowley, probably a little too much, but that’s fine. I liked the idea of the Antichrist being misplaced and all the hullabullo that went along with it. I thought the narrator of this did an excellent job. There were a few things I didn’t like–Adam being the main one–but, overall, I thought he was great.

I went back and forth on whether to include Star Trek: Q-in-Law by Peter David on the list, but ultimately decided I had to. The problem with it is, despite the fact it says it’s unabridged, it’s totally abridged. An entire subplot is dropped! I only know that because I’ve read the book 53 million times. However, it’s narrated by John Delancie, who played Q, and Majel Barret, who played Lwaxana Troi, and it’s just so well done. They are perfect together, and it’s a real shame that the characters never interacted on the show. I would have loved for this book to be adapted into the show; it would have been comedy gold. At last I have the audiobook. And, really, who needs a Wesley subplot?

What are some of your favorite audiobooks?

Top 5 Favorite Booktube Channels

It’s Tuesday once again, and you know what that means: Top 5 Tuesday! Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm . This week’s theme is Top 5 Favorite Booktube Channels.

I have to admit, I don’t watch a lot of Booktube anymore. When I first discovered it two years ago, I consumed and subscribed to every Booktuber I could find. I even tried to do it for awhile, until I decided the medium wasn’t for me. But I’ve fallen out of watching lately and don’t really have favorites. But, here are 5 that I really liked.

GabsAboutBooks was delightfully enthusiastic and sincere. I liked the books she chose and the way she talked about them. She got me to try the Raven Cycle and while, at the time at least, it wasn’t for me, I loved the way she reviewed them.

RememberedReads always has a very soothing quality about her. I like the way she talks about her books and the diversity of books she chooses. She introduced me to the graphic novel, Velvet, which I loved, and a lot of other books that I still haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

Royaevereads seems to have taken down all her videos, which is sad. I have to admit, I loved her accent, but I also liked the intellectual way she talked about books and her excitement when she discovered a new read she loved. I also liked when she didn’t like the book, too.

ReadbyLiv seems to be on hiatus (or maybe she’s stopped posting), but her bubbly enthusiasm gave me a lot of joy.

ProblemsofABookNerd is my go-to if I need a LGBTQA+ rec. I love her dedication and focus on queer themes.

And, that’s my list.

Who are some of your favorite Booktubers? Give me some recs and I’ll check them out!