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Top 10 Tuesday – Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

Oh hey, look, it’s time for the freaking hardest TTT of the year. Hooray. Seriously, this list kills me every year, because there are SO many books I want to love on. If you count ONLY blog books, I’ve read 52 books this year, including 8 DNFs. (Of course, if you want to count work/internship books and beta reads, that adds another 62 books to the stack. Oy.)

I managed to narrow this list down to the requisite ten, despite overwhelming odds, but you need to understand some things. 1. This does NOT include books read for my internship. There are so GORGEOUSLY WONDERFUL titles in that particular section of my spreadsheet, but I can’t talk about them yet. 2. This does not include the 3.25 How to Train Your Dragon audiobooks I’ve read so far this year, because all of them rightfully belong here but would’ve made the list too long.

In no particular order…
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Top 10 Tuesday – Most Anticipated Releases of the Latter Half of 2015

*looks at TBR* *weeps* Six months is so LONG, you guys. How am I supposed to pick ten books out of the releases in six whole months?! Okay, I’m going to bend the rules, because that’s what you’ve come to expect from this blog, let’s be honest. There are different reasons I anticipate a new release, so I’m going to make a list for each reason. Continue Reading →

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Top 10 Tuesday – Literary Cat Names

Today is a freebie topic slot on TTT, and I want to talk about pet names. Sure, thinking about naming hypothetical children after favorite characters and authors is fun, but who’s to say we’d ever have the guts to do it? But pets? Pets are fair game. Pets are supposed to be named cool, dorky, nerdy, and/or hilarious things.

Actually, as much as I like the idea of pets, they’re an awful lot of work. (Probably) not surprisingly, I’ve found I do well with cats. I am very much a dog person, but cats are equally cuddly and take less work. There is practically 0% chance I will ever devolve into a crazy cat lady, but since we’re dealing in hypotheticals, if I were in charge of naming ten cats, here’s what I would pick. Continue Reading →

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Top 10 Tuesday – Authors I Really Want To Meet

Okay, let’s get one thing straight from the start. If you are an author and I have had a positive interaction with you, chances are I want to meet you. And why not? You’re a book person; I’m a book person. Whether I’ve read your book or not is entirely beside the point, because odds are there’s at least one title out there we can both fangirl over. Also, some of my favorite authors are not on this list, because we’ve already met! Continue Reading →

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Top 10 Tuesday – Books I Will Likely Never Read

Heh. Until this topic came up, I never realized how many books could be filled under “just not interested.” I always focus on all the thousands of books I want to read someday, but really, the list I’m avoiding is pretty long, too. I know tastes change, but at this moment, I don’t think I’ll ever read, say, a diet book or an inspirational journey book, or a romance novel. I’m just not interested. There are also books that have gotten bad reviews and scared me off. The list could go on forever, so I’ve picked ten books or types of books at random out of the pile, making this more of just a “Ten Tuesday” instead of “Top Ten Tuesday.” Continue Reading →

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Top 10 Tuesday – Books With Characters Who Manipulate Court

Woosh, this was a hard decision to make. I aaaalmost picked “Characters Who Lie,” but realized that would just be a list of my favorite books of all time. (Don’t judge.) Then I almost picked “Serial Killer Characters,” but I didn’t have enough. (REC ME MORE!) So instead I settled on this topic, that of characters who manipulate the royal court, which makes me happy. Rather than focusing on the royals themselves (YA/MG is lousy with princes and princesses), you get the sparkle of royalty with the underhanded deceit of the courtesans. Lovely!

The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

If you want clever manipulation, this is where you start. My darling Gen, the protagonist, manages to manipulate not one but THREE courts (four, if you count the Medes by proxy). He’s amazing. The royalty he’s manipulating are also pretty amazing, so that’s a bonus.

The Maids of Honor series by Jennifer McGowan

Depending on which book you’re on, the Maids in this series either manipulate the court on behalf of the crown or the crown on behalf of the court. And since the crown in question is the indomitable Queen Elizabeth, you know the crown itself is doing some world-class manipulation.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

As the queen, Elisa is the head of the court, but she’s also female and a foreigner and therefore has to do some pretty impressive manipulation on her own behalf. Chica is shrewd.

Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

I have crazy amounts of respect for the protagonist in this book, our lady Persis. Persis is second only to Gen in the way she manages expectations and can manipulate outcomes in full view of everyone without being caught. She’s an absolute genius!

The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo

We can’t talk courtly manipulations without discussing Ms. Bardugo’s series. The handsome and brooding Darkling has the Grisha and human court under his thumb, but he has a challenger in Alina, his Sun Summoner protege, and her ally, Prince Nikolai (who probably lies even in his sleep, let’s be honest.)

His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers

Whether they’re taking down opposing assassins, ferreting out secrets, leading a battle charge, picking locks, or fighting for those they love, Death’s Handmaidens are no joke.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Oh my beautiful little crack book. The amount of manipulation going on in you is truly delightful. I can’t even talk about what’s going on. Y’all just need to read it for yourself.

The Lion Hunters series by Elizabeth Wein

Yisss. Just… yisssssssssss. Wickedly smart female manipulators. Breathtakingly crafty kiddo manipulators. Yes yes yes.

Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen

You know, for a book set in a society where the citizens can’t lie, there’s an awful lot of deception in this book. I love it. (The romance is pretty awesome, too.)

Seraphina duology by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina is a little liar liar pants on fire, and she’s great at it. She needs to be to bring about a peace between human- and dragon-kind.

What books would you add to the list?

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Top 10 Tuesday – Inspiring Quotes From Books

Hooray, another topic I’ve been looking forward to! I’m awful when it comes to inspirational quotes. I gravitate toward the snarly or the funny. Rarely do I mark the kind of lines that are supposed to make your heart swell. However, there are some that fit the bill. (I wish I could make pretty graphics for each of these. Alas, I am not that talented.) Continue Reading →

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Top 10 Tuesday – Characters I’d Like To Check On

I’ve been waiting anxiously for this topic for WEEKS! So many characters are like friends to me, and it hurts when their story ends. While some stories are good about wrapping every end up neatly, and some are given enough official and unofficial sequels and companions to ease the pain, others are just left hanging. Off the top of my head, here are some characters I’d really like to check on.

Note: Technically, there are spoilers below, since checking on a character means they reached the end of the book and lived. Continue Reading →

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