Top Ten Great Loves

What IS a great love, anyway? In this post, it could mean a tragic love or a sweet love.. so I guess it should really just be Top Ten Interesting Loves- but that sounds less cool.

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1) The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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This book is flooded with love! One thing that’s great about it is that it follows the viewpoints of three generations of women, all scorched horribly in some way by love. It’s a beautiful and unusual book, and I’m looking forward to getting the review up!

2) The Summoning

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This one makes the list because – I think – it was the first book I ever read with love in it. I absolutely loved the way love worked in this book: the characters started out hating each other. Derick is just NOT your typical male hunk and I adored that about him. (And no, this isn’t a case of a strange and mysterious man with a dark past. It’s seriously unique.)

3) Cress

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I’m not going to spoil anything!! (But it’s great. Read it.)

4) We Never Asked for Wings

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You know a book’s good when you bring it up in conversation months after first reading it. This one addressed the conflict between a woman’s true love and the available love (sorta.. best way I can explain it) and there was a whole “I’m not waiting to be your backup” portion that I loved.

5) Fairest

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Sorry about the double-Lunar-Chronicles, but I feel like I can do this because they’re two entirely different types of love. The love in Cress was so cute and sweet, but the love in Fairest is twisted and desperate. It’s also undying if you’re looking at who’s loving who.

6) The Winner’s Curse

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I love the idea of love between a master and servant- it’s something I haven’t read a whole lot of. What really made this book was how the love between the two shaped the decisions that weren’t connected to each other.

7) White Cat

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In a world where a worker can force someone to love someone else, I love the idea of the main characters trying to sort out their actual feelings. (Or.. character. The other one doesn’t knooooow) This was such a good book. Gotta reread it soon to get to Black Heart.

8) Unwind

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This one’s in here solely because of how Connor reacted when told to write a letter to his parents. Sometimes the love between child and parent can overcome even the most disgusting of deeds.

Aaaaaaaand, that’s eight! But when do I ever make it to ten, anyways? Looking forward to this week’s TTTs!

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Top Ten Books I’ll Never Get Rid Of

This week’s a freebee at Top Ten Tuesday, and I thought I’d make a nod to all of the books that will forever be cluttering my shelves! I know the organizers out there love to tidy and donate and give away books, but I have a dream of someday having a gigantic bookshelf of books that I adore. Here’s ten that contribute to that goal!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

 

1) Poison

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Perhaps my very first favorite book… and one no one else has ever seemed to have heard of!

2) Redeeming Love

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Maybe it’s a bit crazy to have this one on the list.. because I haven’t read it yet! But I just know I’ll love it, and I’ll never lose it.

3) The Summoning

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4) The Graveyard Book

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I’ve probably re-read those two books more than any other book I own. I guess there’s something about books you loved as a child.

5) The Scorpio Races

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There were times this book made my heart stop. One of my all-time favorites!

6) The Lunar Chronicles

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My second-favorite series of all time.

7) The Chaos Walking Trilogy

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My first-favorite series!

8) Future Winds

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I actually own several different copies of this book. One’s signed, and one donated to Save a Bunny!

9) Little Brother

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This one was given to me by an ex.. but eh. When you love a book you love a book.

10) Twilight

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Would it be uncool to say I loved this book before it was cool? Yes, I know we all hate the hype surrounding it, but I was the first of my friends to have heard of it. My sister’s friend let her borrow it, and I started reading it when she was done, but she had to return it before I was finished. I searched around TIRELESSLY to find it! I put my elementary school librarian through heck so that I could finish this damn book. So it’s earned itself a permanent spot on my bookshelf.

Loving this prompt and looking forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with! Freebee weeks are some of my favorites!

Top Ten Characters Who Are Book Nerds

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that comes up with new prompts every week. This week’s prompt is Top Ten Book Nerds in Books!

Actually, I generally hate this in a book. Especially high-school books. Often times, the characters just prattle on about how their lives are like the lives of characters in books, how they love books, how they carry around books.. and then books are nowhere to be seen anywhere other than the character intro. I hate this! Like, “we just want you to like our character.. obviously you like reading if you’re reading this so THEY like reading, too!” And I don’t know if it’s me, but normally the shy, quirky bookworms are dumb as dirt. I’m sorry, but if you really loved books, you’d have a brain. Anyone else notice this trend?

But I digress! On occasion, having a book in a book is done right. Some such occasions are:

1) Gansey from The Raven Boys

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If anyone ever doth love a book in a book, it was Gansey. That’s why this one was first. Let me share a quote that I loved from the book that emphasizes this.

Blue accepted the journal and flipped it open. The journal didn’t immediately choose a page to open to; it was so well-worn and well-stuffed that every page claimed seniority. It finally split down the middle, obeying gravity instead of use.

There are a lot of good quotes about this book. I chose the shortest because I know you’re probably visiting multiple blogs today, but if you want to see more, I did a Thursday Quotables feature on it here.  My review of The Raven Boys is here.

And I’m jealous of Gansey. Someday I hope to find a book that I love so much I wear it to shreds reading it. Ideas, anyone?

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DNF Reviews (Don’t worry, they’re Un-Stared)

So before I get started, I NEED to ask: What are your opinions on DNFing, or not finishing a book? I’ve met people who simply can’t not finish a book and people who will toss them aside at the first rolled-eye. Personally, I’m somewhere in between. I used to never start a book without finishing (even if I hated it) and it’s taken me from a lot of good reading moods to going months without reading because I can’t get past the current book. I’ve never been too good at just chugging along, I suppose, so I converted to DNFing.

I’ll DNF a book…

1) If I get halfway through and realize I just simply don’t care what happens,

2) If I don’t hate a book enough to angrily rant about it for a decent amount of time (which can be just as fun as reading.)

If the book meets both of these conditions, I’ll DNF it. So far in my short blogging lifespan, I’ve only DNFed two books. They are as follows:
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My Very First Book Haul!

Does adding “very” to a sentence like that make it sound like I’m talking to a child? Or I am a child? I guess I have some level of childish excitement, considering I have so many books this month! Also, about the whole “I’ll post every three days” thing… Yeah. Sorry that didn’t work out. Life is too busy. But I’ll post whenever I can.

In other news, I’ve made a “Books I’ve Reviewed” page to organize things a little, and because I’m an obsessive neat-freak, I ‘ve organized them by title, by author, and by star rating!

Anyways, I’ve received more books this month than I’ve ever gotten at one time before, so I actually have enough to show off for a book haul! Let’s hop to it!

 

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There’s my stack. Isn’t it lovely? Biggest I’ve ever had- all at once at least. Other than two I’m DNFing and the nesting manuals, I’ll be reviewing every one of these beauties on the blog! I’ll break them down by where I got them.

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The Shack and Crazy Love were both lends from a good friend of mine. I’m looking forward to the Shack, but I think Crazy Love is going to be a DNF, if only because it’s making me feel like a horrible person.

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These three, The Selection, The Girl with all the Gifts, and Fairest were all bought at Barnes and Noble. I’ve read the first two and am SO excited for Fairest. I’ll be reviewing The Selection with The Book Dame (and giving it a good review) and The Girl with All the Gifts by myself soonish (and giving it a not-so-good review.)

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These two are NetGalley books! The Feuds is my second DNF, and because it’s a NetGalley, I’ll actually be writing a review on why. We Never Asked for Wings is by the same author as The Language of Flowers, which I loved (and might write a post on eventually) and it’ll be the first book that I’ll have ever read because of the author. That sounds crazy, right?

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These three are from my local library, and will probably be my next reads, considering I have two weeks to return them. Looking forward to the last two, which the librarian promised would be ‘quirky’.

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Aaaand finally, these four beauties were inherited by The Book Dame, who is currently moving. Yay for people needing to get rid of stuff! I’ve already read Scarlet, but it was the only book of the Lunar Chronicles that I didn’t own, since I’d originally borrowed it from her. Glad to say that it’s all mine now! But you can read her review for it here. As for all the home books, I won’t be reviewing them of course since it’d be a little tricky to review.. a manual… but I might be doing a feature on the My Garden book when I have more time to look at it. This would coincide with The Language of Flowers I was talking about earlier. More on that later.

So that’s my first haul! Very pleased with the amount of books I have to look forward to, and I can’t wait to start reviewing them on the blog! So how’s everyone else doing? It’s been so long- tell me about your lives!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday- Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

This week’s TTT is PERFECT for me! After a library trip, a friend loaning me a ton of books, and a visit to Barnes and Noble where I spent waay too much money, I’ll actually be reading some hyped books soon! I have enough books now to write my very first book haul, and I’ll be doing that within the next few days, but until then, here’s Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up in the community hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Feel free to check them out!

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The (not so) Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

Hello everyone! I feel like every post I say something like “sorry I haven’t posted in a while” or “life is busy..” etc etc. Aaaaand this post is no exception! I actually have quite a lot to talk about but I can’t seem to find the time to write the posts, or in one case, take the necessary pictures. But I’ve made myself a new goal to post once every three days! (And we’ll see how that goes in three days when life gets busy.) I’ll start with this tag!

I was tagged for the Secret Life of a Book Blogger by Forewords and Bookwords. So let’s get started!

 

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