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 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. 🙂
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!
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. Archeris 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 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.
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?
Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer. This week’s topic is Top 5 Fall Recommendations.
This one is a hard one for me, because I’m not a seasonal reader. When I was a kid, I had books that I read at Spring Break and summer, but I was never really a fall reader. But, I shall do my best.
Now, if I remember correctly, Something Upstairs by Avi actually takes place during summer. However, it’s a creepy ghost story with a lot of dark, dreary atmosphere that makes it great for fall. In this story, the main character, Kenny, moves to an old house in Maine (I think). In the attic, there’s a dark stain on the floor. And a ghost. And time travel. It’s sends shivers up my spine just thinking. It’s a children’s book and only 128 pages, so if you’re looking for a short, scary story to get you into the Halloween mood, this is for you.
The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery is another childhood favorite of mine. I remembering discovering it in a bookstore outside of Sea World in San Diego (random, I know). Like Anne of Green Gables this book is about childhood and the adventures children get into. One thing I always associate with this book is a quote about autumn. Unfortunately, I can’t find my copy of the book or the quote online, so there’s a possibility I either A) imagined it or B) it’s from another book. It was something about the air in autumn sleeping and having a different feeling than spring. Anyway, when I think of fall, I think of this book.
I’m not sure this list would be complete without Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s such a back-to-school book and it has such vivid descriptions of autumn and Halloween and pumpkins and sweaters and I could go on. This is a great book to read in the fall.
I’m not sure what it is about The Hunger Games that makes it feel like an autumn book, but there’s a certain crispness to the writing and a coolness in the descriptions of the mountains and forests that make me feel like it’s a fall book. Couple reading it while listening to James Horner’s soundtrack for the movie, grab a pumpkin spice latte and a cozy blanket, and you’ve got yourself a nice fall read.
While I feel for poor Prince Rhen, I’m not sure I’d mind being cursed to relive autumn over and over again. Now, I’m a summer girl, because I like swimming and the beach, but I like the cool, crispness of fall and the turning of the leaves and the way nature starts settling into sleep. So it’s not a bad season to have to relive.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer was written for fall. The beast, Rhen, has to repeat the fall of this eighteenth years until he gets a girl to fall in love. Harper is accidentally taken to his world to try and fufill the curse, although she’s much more likely to stab him than fall in love. And Grey is a loyal servant who will do anything for Rhen, which is a trope I love. If you haven’t read this book yet, get you to a bookstore or library and Get. This. Book.
Those are my top 5 fall recommendations. What is a book you like to read in fall?
Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer. This week’s topic is Top 5 Funniest Characters.
Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery is a hilarious character. With her head in the clouds and imagination running wild, she gets into the most awkwardly funny situations. And the language she uses! It’s not best friends, it’s kindred spirits. It’s not a lake, it’s the Lake of Shining Waters. She’s not sad, she’s in the depths of despair. And yet, she’s a very human character and very real. I was Anne before I’d ever read the book, and once I did, I knew I’d found my own kindred spirit till the end.
Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan is another character who is very funny. He’s quick on his feet, always ready with a comeback or witty observation on the situation. As he gets older, his humor sharpens and matures. He meets the weirdness of the world he’s thrown into with humor and grace, and I love reading his point of view.
A lot of people think Magnus Chase from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is too similar to Percy, but I never found him to be. He’s older than Percy is, at least when Percy was first introduced, and his humor is darker. He’s been through a lot different struggles than Percy and has learned to adapt in different ways. And, yet, he still has a great sense of humor that I love and find endearing.
Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter is another character that makes me laugh even while I relate to her in a deep way. She has a unique way of looking at the world, and while sometimes her beliefs make me roll my eyes, the ways he expresses them makes me laugh.
I think Catherine from Northanger Abbey , like Luna and Anne, make me laugh because I’m really laughing at myself. She’s a passionate reader who gets immersed in the fantasy of it all. She loves books and loves creating stories in her mind, even when they scare her. She’s naive, but she’s also practical and strong. When she’s tested, she rises to the occasion. But, she’s also a very humorous character who makes me giggle as I’m reading her adventures.
And that’s my top 5 funniest characters. Who are some of the characters that make you laugh? Drop me a comment and let me know!
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 Books I don’t talk about enough.
I thought I’d never talked about Odd Thomas on my blog before, but apparently I have. I’ll assume I told the story, about how I’d never had any interest in Dean Koontz and then I saw him talk at Comic Con about how Odd came to him. I knew that the character had to be something special, so I read the book, and I was so glad I did. Odd really is something special. He can see the dead and does everything he can to help them. He had a terrible childhood, but pulled himself out of it and forged his own path. He sweet and thoughtful and humble and just wonderful. I liked the whole series, but the first book holds a special place in my heart.
Yet another book I thought I’ve never mentioned, but I have. I first read Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede when I was in seventh or eight grade. I have a confession: I’m not hugely into dragons, but this book is the exception. The princess is amazing, the dragon is fantastic, and the bad guys can be defeated with soapy water. It’s an fun romp that turns the damsel in distress trope on its head and leaves you guessing.
I picked up Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry because the cover and title intrigued me. I almost put it down right away because I thought the main character, Joe Ledger, sounded like a sexist dick and the book was going to be in the vein of OH JOHN RINGO NO. But, for some reason, I kept reading and found that my initial impression was very wrong. Joe might like looking at “beach bunnies”, but he’s not going to have sex with anyone who’s drunk and grieving and can’t properly consent. He also is highly competent at his job, has a wicked sense of humor, and has a pet cat named Cobbler. The villains in this book are numerous, varied, and all interesting in their own way. It’s a fantastic beginning of a long series that’s still going on, much to my pleasure.
Love Underground by Alicia Fields is a retelling of the Persephone myth, which has always been my favorite. In this book, no one is a god or goddess exactly, but Hades is a mysterious man who has a kingdom in a cave under Persephone’s village. When someone is sick or injured beyond help, the villagers leave the body by the entrance of the cave for him to deal with. He take them in, does what he can, and is never seen by the villagers. Then, he sees Persephone, kidnaps her, and they eventually fall in love. Yeah, it’s problematic, but I liked it.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield was one of the books I couldn’t put down. It’s about a reclusive author who invites a woman named Margaret to write her biography. Her tale is twisted and weird and left me on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would come next. It also blew my mind. In some ways, it’s similar to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but it’s much more gothic. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.
And those are the top 5 books I don’t talk about enough. What’s a book that you loved that you rarely talk about? Drop a comment below and let me know!