Top Ten Tuesday – It’s a Laugh

Looking for books for this topic has confirmed that comedy is not my bag. I do not gravitate towards the typically funny. Not that I don’t get joy out of my books or that they don’t make me laugh, but I don’t read a lot of ‘funny’ books.

But I’ve found a few – and realized that when I reach for the funny , it tends to be autobiographies of very funny women.

Is Everyone Hanging out Without me? / Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) – Felicia Day Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday – I Read You the Most

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This week is similar to a previous list, but now we’re talking about the authors we’ve read a lot. Like a lot lot. We’ve read more books by them than anyone else. This is where Goodreads comes in really handy. There are authors I have read way more books from than I thought I had. And authors where I would have sworn I had read more.

I’m going to admit I tempered the list a wee bit. It could have been filled with Ann M. Martin and Francine Pascal and every other series I devoured as a kid/teen. But, I’ve decided to only include a few of these authors. And these only made the cut because I’ve read at least one of their books in my current home (is that a really arbitrary marker? Whatever. My list. My rules).

Something I noticed while putting this list together is that I’ve been reading a lot of authors who haven’t published a lot of books. Excellent authors who just don’t have enough books out to make the list. So honorable mention to: Tana French, Gillian Flynn, Courtney Summers, and Stieg Larsson. I’ve read everything they’ve published, and have the jittery, nervous feeling when I think about their new books. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – 2014 Books I Just Didn’t Get Around to Reading

Today’s prompt from Broke and Bookish is 2014 releases I meant to read and didn’t. Some of these had reasons. Some of them didn’t. Most of them just didn’t make the cut when it came to finding a spot on the top of my TBR pile. A number of them finally arrived at the library right around Christmas and are going to be read over the next month. I’m in the middle of Fiendish right now.

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Visions by Kelley Armstrong

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder? Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – 2015 Releases

And the 2015 Top Ten Tuesdays kicks off. This week’s list is a list of 2015 debuts I want to read. Now, I’m going to be honest here and admit I read the prompt wrong and read releases instead of debuts. I come up with a whole list and then realised I’d missed the debuts part. So, I’m going with releases cause I do not have enough debuts to make a list.

I knew a couple of these before I started the list, but I had to do some research to fill this thing out. Then I discovered a couple of them were released in late 2014, even though they were on a list for 2015 release dates. Whatever. I’ve been terrible at reading lately, so I’m including them.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control. But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

I’m not sure why I want to read this one. I’ve been sucked into the hype. It’s not a book blurb I would generally be attracted to, but so many of my fellow bloggers are talking about it. And the cover is pretty pretty. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Series Review

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about series I want to start reading that have come out in the last year or two. I literally have no answers for this week. I could maybe come up with one or two if I really tried, but not enough for a full post. So, instead, I’m going to talk about series in general. Some I like. Some I think are overrated. Some I’ve recommended. Some I started and then stopped.

 

Overrated/Didn’t Finish – These are series that people seem to adore. They rave about them and insist everyone reads them. I did not think they lived up to the hype.

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The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

I actually started this series before it got all hyped up. I like the titles and the covers. There were only three books out. I thought that was the whole thing. It seemed worth it. I actually got them as a gift and I was excited to start them. I enjoyed the first book but I wasn’t blown away by it. It was entertaining enough to read the next one, but they were starting to feel really formulaic and a little more juvenile than I was looking for. I read the third book anyway. When the fourth book came out, it had been a while since I’d read the first three and I’d kind of forgotten why I hadn’t loved them. I decided to read it and quickly remembered. I didn’t bother with the rest of the series or with the movie. Continue reading