Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases Remaining in 2015

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Woo! So I was going to do something a little different today, but it’s going to take more time than I had anticipated to put it together. Hopefully it turns out well & becomes a regular feature I can do here. Ooooh surprises! I hope to have it done by next week for y’all 🙂

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Most Anticipated Releases For The Rest of 2015 – and boy, do I have a few of THOSE suckers. A few of them have come up in my Waiting on Wednesday posts, but most of the ones I’d posted for that have already been released this year (YAY!) so there are quite a few new ones on this list!

1. Queen of Shadows / Sarah J Maas

2. Library of Souls / Ransom Riggs

3. The Rest of Us Just Live Here / Patrick Ness

4. Armada / Ernest Cline

5. Lair of Dreams / Libba Bray

6. Carry On / Rainbow Rowell

7. The Stars Never Rise / Rachel Vincent (released today: COUNTS!)

8. The Trouble With Destiny / Lauren Morrill

9. Ink and Bone / Rachel Caine

10. Soundless / Richelle Mead

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke & The Bookish
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to be Movies

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I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to imagine some of my favorite books as movies/ tv shows, so here’s another Top Ten Tuesday, comin’ at ya.

 1. Crewel by Gennifer Albin. This book was really unique & the world-building was just so vivid. I didn’t ADORE the other books in the series, but I think the first would make a really great movie adaptation. There are so many aspects that would be really amazing to see recreated with movie magic.

2. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan. Another REALLY unique universe. I think it’s great that we already have the wonderful visuals of the universe, thanks to Fiona Staples’ breathtaking illustrations, but I’d love to see these characters come to life even further!

3. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. This is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year, just because it is SO sweet & cute & I really feel for Lara Jean. I think it would make a fun movie that would probably get added to my stack of sick day chick flicks.

4. Blink by Ted Dekker. One of my favorite books when I was in high school – this book is fast-paced with tons of action & a cute little love story beneath the primary plotline. I would love to see how a filmmaker would interpret the experience of Seth’s visions of the future.

5. Circle Series by Ted Dekker. I really love Ted Dekker, and his Circle Series is phenomenal. You get two parallel story lines in two different worlds, and they each make impacts on the other. You barely have time to catch your breath when reading the books – I can only imagine what kind of experience this would be on screen.

6. The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant. Ok, I don’t talk about it much, but I effing LOVE historical fiction. None more so than The Birth of Venus. It’s sexy and exciting while paying homage to some of the greatest artists to ever walk the Earth. The costuming alone would be incredible.

Now, some of my favorites are also in the PROCESS of being adapted for the screen. These are the 4 I’m most excited about:

7. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Putting Tim Burton at the head of this ship was the best move I could have ever wished for. I ADORE this series & I’m a huge Burton junkie, so this match has me tinkling myself until release day.

8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Just finished this & could NOT be more amped for the film. I think Spielberg has this locked down. I mean, who can better emulate the 80’s than someone who had his thumb on the pulse of EVERYTHING as it was happening?

9. The Selection by Kiera Cass. Warner Brothers just won the rights to option this film & I’m so, so hoping that it comes to fruition. The WB has attempted to make pilots for a TV show before, with really negative reception from audiences (yours truly included). I’m praying that IF the film is developed that it is done justice. Maxon + America MUST be done justice as one of my all-time favorite ships.

10. The B.F.G. by Roald Dahl. Another of my all-time favorite books. Spielberg’s got his name on this one, too. And I really think it’s going to be great. I read this thing like 100 times as a kid & can’t wait to reread it before the film release.

 

Woop, there it is. And I assure you, I am geeking the hell out over those last 4.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Authors I REALLY Want to Meet

T3It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s list had me stumped for a little while because while I’d LOVE to meet any author of any book I’ve ever read, there are only a small handful of ones I obsess over. However, once I loosened my grip on the definition of “author”, I was able to fill in the remaining gaps. 🙂

Ten Authors

  1. JK Rowling. Author of my favorite series & just generally a genius. I’d love to interact with someone who has so much imagination that she can create a world as rich & complete as Harry Potter.
  2. Kiera Cass. My next favorite series – especially after reading The Heir. I would spend most of my time fangirling & begging her to tell me whether the cliffhanger at the end of The Heir turns out OK or not! OMG. Seriously.
  3. Ransom Riggs. The Miss Peregrine books were definitely my favorites I read last year.  This is another instance of a rich & wholly complete world that has come from somebody’s imagination & I just want to pick that person’s brain to figure out how you even DO that.
  4. Ernest Cline. Currently reading Ready Player One. I honestly don’t have much experience with Ernest Cline’s work, other than that. But what I’ve read of RP1 has already made me want to meet him. I’m sure we’d have plenty to talk about.
  5. Ted Dekker. Ted Dekker was my favorite author all through high school. Honestly, his books are probably the only reason I SURVIVED high school.  His stories are filled with suspense and wars on morality. There are heavy religious undertones (which was fine for a girl who spent 3 nights a week in church) and lessons about persistence and martyrdom. I’m actually re-reading some of his stuff this year & I still enjoy it just as much, even though I’m not nearly as religious as I once was.
  6. Brian K. Vaughan. I’m such a huge fan of Brian K. Vaughan’s body of work. He may not be a “novelist”, but he is sure as hell an author. Between Saga, The Runaways, Y: The Last Man, and his work on things like Buffy Season 8, I’d just want to hang out with him for a day. We’d get some coffee & come up with a new story to tell. On that note…
  7. Joss Whedon. Totally counts. Forget about the controversy right now & just appreciate Joss for Joss. I do. ❤ The only reason he’s so low on the list is because it’d be cheating to put him up high when his primary career is not “author”. But I’d give nearly anything to hang out with him for a day.
  8. Richelle Mead. I’ve only read the Vampire Academy & Bloodlines series, but I’m fully obsessed with them both. I didn’t realize how vast her body of work is until recently when I started looking into other series to dive into. Someone who can produce such a high volume of HIGH QUALITY fiction is definitely someone I want to meet.
  9. George R.R. Martin. I haven’t READ any of the Song of Ice & Fire books. I will someday, but I hate the feeling of waiting for a new release, so without even having a release date, I’m just not willing to get myself in that situation. I’d still like to meet the man behind Westeros, though. And maybe try to kick his ass into gear on cranking out that new book. Haha.
  10. Hannah Hart. My dream BFF. I love everything about her. This was a no-brainer. I’m just glad she wrote a book so I could put her on this list 🙂

Honorable Mention: Veronica Roth. So I can punch her in the face. Not joking. She ruined an entire month for me. Well, ok. I’d at least give her a stern talking-to.


How about you? Any authors you’re just dying to meet? Let me know in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Recently Added to My TBR List

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Happy Tuesday, internet!  Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is for the books I’ve recently added to my TBR list. My list is absurdly long – 580, to be exact. SO intimidating. But I kind of love it.  Anyway, here are my newest additions:

1. French Milk by Lucy Knisley – This was one of the graphic novels laying out on the table when I attended a Comics & Beer event this past weekend. I thumbed through the pages for about 5 minutes & it definitely seemed interesting enough to add to my TBR.  |   A place where young Americans can seek poetic magic in the winding streets of a beautiful city. The museums, the cafs, the parks. An artist like Lucy can really enjoy Paris in January. If only she can stop griping at her mother. This comic journal details a mother and daughters month-long stay in a small apartment in the fifth arrondissement. Lucy is grappling with the onslaught of adulthood. Her mother faces fifty. They are both dealing with their shifting relationship. All the while, they navigate Paris with halting French and dog-eared guidebooks.

2. Blankets by Craig Thompson – Another that I discovered this weekend & everyone in the room was raving about – this one’s going to be read pretty soon if it is all it’s cracked up to be   |    Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith

3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green –  Haha. Ok this one I found because of a Buzzfeed Books quiz: Which John Green Novel Are You? and it turns out I’m this book. So I’ve got to read it, right?   |    Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and Iives intertwine. It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.

4. Othergirl by Nicole Burstein  –  A book blogger recommendation (sorry, can’t remember who from). Definitely sounds up my alley.  |   Louise and Erica have been best friends since forever. They’re closer than sisters and depend on each other for almost everything. Just one problem: Erica has superpowers. When Erica isn’t doing loop-the-loops in the sky or burning things with her heat pulse powers, she needs Louise to hold her non-super life together. After all, the girls still have homework, parents and boys to figure out. But being a superhero’s BFF is not easy, especially as trouble has a way of seeking them out. Soon Louise discovers that Erica might be able to survive explosions and fly faster than a speeding bullet, but she can’t win every fight by herself. Life isn’t a comic book – it’s even crazier than that.

5. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – This was a Waiting on Wednesday pick by the lovely Rosie Reads. I have been hearing tons of great things about Patrick Ness, but haven’t read any of his work yet.  This one sounds extra intriguing to me.  |   What if you weren’t the Chosen One? What if you’re not the one who’s so often the hero in YA fiction; who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions…

6. More Than This by Patrick Ness – Miss Rosie also mentioned in her last Waiting on Wednesday that she adored this book by Patrick Ness, so onto the list it went!  |   A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies. Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive. How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place? As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife? From multi-award-winning Patrick Ness comes one of the most provocative and moving novels of our time.

7. A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin – Random book blogger recommendation  |   For Matthew Swift, today is not like any other day. It is the day on which he returns to life. Two years after his untimely death, Matthew Swift finds himself breathing once again, lying in bed in his London home.Except that it’s no longer his bed, or his home. And the last time this sorcerer was seen alive, an unknown assailant had gouged a hole so deep in his chest that his death was irrefutable…despite his body never being found.He doesn’t have long to mull over his resurrection though, or the changes that have been wrought upon him. His only concern now is vengeance. Vengeance upon his monstrous killer and vengeance upon the one who brought him back.

8. The Jewel by Amy Ewing – Random book blogger recommendation  |   The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring. Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life. Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

9. Full Ride by Margaret Peterson Haddix – One of my favorite authors as a teenager (loved Among the Hidden & Just Ella), so when I saw she had some newer titles I obviously had to add those to my list!   |    Becca thought her life was over when her father was sent to prison for embezzlement. It didn’t help when he used her as his excuse: “How else is a guy like me supposed to send his daughter to college?” She and her mother fled their town and their notoriety, started over, and vowed never to let anyone know about their past. Now a senior in high school, Becca has spent the last four years hiding in anonymity. But when it’s time to apply to colleges and for financial aid, her mother gives her a rude awakening: If she applies, her past may be revealed to the world But Becca has already applied for a full-ride scholarship. And as she begins to probe deeper into the secrets of her past, she discovers that she and her mother might be in danger of more than simple discovery – by revealing the truth about their past, she might be putting their very lives in jeopardy.

10. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows – This is quite possibly the most positively reviewed book of the last few months, based on what I’ve seen. It’s all over booktube/ booklr & seriously sounds just perfect.  |   Wilhelmina has a hundred identities. She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne. She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone. She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

What have you been adding to your TBR pile? Check out today’s linkup, hosted by The Broke & The Bookish for more!

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Top Ten Tues: Books on my Spring TBR List

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Oops. I guess I inadvertently started this yesterday [click for recap], but I only posted 5, so how about I give you 5 more books on my Spring TBR list? Hey. You don’t have a say in the matter. Here Goes:

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6. A Court of Thorns & Roses | Sarah J. Maas. To me, this sounds like a YA Game of Thrones. I’m still a little intimidated by the Song of Ice & Fire series, but feeling like this is going to scratch that uber-fantasy itch I’ve got.

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7. The Girl At Midnight | Melissa Grey. Magic, magic, magic!  And highly recommended by one Kristin Hackett, so I’m really looking forward to this!

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8. We Were Liars | E. Lockhart. Lots of mixed reviews on this one, but I love a good twisty drama, so I’ll read it & form my own opinions.

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9. Fangirl | Rainbow Rowell. Remember yesterday when I said I just started Eleanor & Park? Well, now I’m like 70% of the way through it & contemplated calling in sick today so I could finish it. Definitely going to devour Fangirl in the near future, too. If it’s anywhere near as good as I have heard, I’m sure I will be in full-on obsession mode.

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10. Looking for Alaska | John Green. This one scares me a little. I try to avoid reviews that contain plot details, but I feel like, from what I’ve read about this book, there is going to be some sort of mental health storyline. Is that true? I will still read it, but I need to be prepared because that shit really gets to me.

 

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Top Ten Tuesdays: All-Time Faves of the Last 3 Years

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I’m joining another link-up today – this time it’s Top Ten Tuesdays, hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.

The prompt for today is “Top Ten Books You Would Classify As All Time Favorite Books from the past 3 years”

This might end up actually being a pretty easy one for me, seeing as most of my reading has taken place within the last 3 years. I never really took the time to sit down & read until I made a conscious decision to do so in January of last year. So maybe I have an advantage here? I suppose we’ll see!

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  1. The Selection. I’ve talked about it before, but this series is absolutely one of my all-time favorites. It’s fun to read, romantic, exciting, and the world-building is exquisite. Totally deserves the top spot.
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. This is another book where the world-building is simply mind-blowing. Ransom Riggs has done some miraculous things with this series & I can’t wait to see where he takes it next.
  3. The Birth of Venus. I love the Renaissance. It’s one of my favorite time periods to study. This book is a gorgeous piece of historical fiction & centers around one girl who wants to be an artist’s apprentice in Florence at the beginning of the Renaissance, despite the restrictions her gender would impose upon the possibility of doing so.
  4. The Great Gatsby.  Yeah, I was SUPPOSED to read this in high school, but I didn’t. So it counts for this list. I just read The Great Gatsby 2 years ago before I went to see Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation. Since then, I’ve read it twice more. It’s by far my most re-read book of all time & I’ve only been reading it for 2 years.
  5. Bloodlines. I’m obsessed with the world Richelle Mead has created for Vampire Academy & Bloodlines. I’ve said it 100 times – it’s everything a YA Vampire series should be. I personally prefer Bloodlines, but that doesn’t mean VA doesn’t make this list. Which brings me to….
  6. Vampire Academy. Rose Hathaway is one of the greatest heroines of modern YA Lit (that I’ve  -read). She’s a total badass; snarky, compassionate, fearless, and unfailingly loyal to her friends.
  7. The Fault In Our Stars. If you read this book & it’s not in your all-time favorites, you don’t have a heart. End of story.

I guess that’s all I have. There are a bunch of other books I’ve READ over the last 3 years, but none of them deserve to be put on this list. I do have one honorable mention, which is Crewel by Gennifer Albin. I really enjoyed the series & burned through it pretty quickly. It’s just not QUITE up to the standards of this particular list.

Head on over to today’s link-up to see what everyone else has been loving!

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