Ten books with bits of green

Today’s prompt is to write about books with your favorite color on their covers. I decided to go with green, because spring is finally here and I wanted to celebrate! Green always makes me think of fresh and happy things. I really like this prompt, so I may do some more later, but with different colors!

The books I picked today are ones that I’ve read before and have had an impact on me, or books that I really want to read, because––you know––endless TBR pile and all that.

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Just add it to the pile––I’ll read it eventually:

A retelling and an evil queen origin story? Sign me up! This one also has a setting that I love reading so I’m super excited to read this one! I really hope it’s everything I want it to be.

I’ve heard that this one has art in it, which makes sense since the protagonist is the artist of an online web series. I love when books have more contained in them than just words!

I’ve talked about this one before, so I’m not going to today. I love how the colors in the titles of  Eliza and Gentleman’s are nearly the same though. Such a lovely green!

I’ve heard so much about this series including that it’s “Harry Potter for adults” so I need to read it.

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Ten books I’d slay a lion to get early

I love the prompt for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. There’s a lot of books I want this year that I have to wait for. And for some of them, I have no problem waiting. But for others…others I truly would do most anything to get one early. Apparently that extends to slaying a lion. (Though truthfully, if it came down to it I’d never be able to do it. It’d be too scary!)

Anyway, this is my ultimate list of books I really, really, REALLY want. I will probably cry tears of joy if I got any of them earlier than other readers.

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January 8th, 2019. (I don’t know how I’m going to wait this long!)

This is my number one right now. If I got this one I would disappear to read it in one go. I really loved the first and am so excited for this one!

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July 10th, 2018

This is the final installment in my favorite alternate-historical fiction. Lada is one of the most powerful female characters I’ve ever read. And her brother, Radu, is also extremely well-written. These siblings are two of my favorite characters.

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October 9th, 2018

I loved the first novel in this series and have been eagerly anticipating the second since I finished. I must see how it continues!

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June 7th, 2018

I’m intrigued by this because the author is a bookstagrammer and book blogger who writes books in two days. The story also sounds really sad but hopeful, so I want to check it out.

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Ten reasons why reading is the best

Why do I read books? Well…

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You can escape into worlds more interesting than your own

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Magic

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Taking down horrible regimes alongside characters is cathartic

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Reliving the excitement of first love can happen more than once

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It’s fun to explore the idea of “What if…?”

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Ten books I loved but will (probably) never reread


Every bookworm has this same problem: 

There’s just not enough time to read everything!

As such, there’s a lot of books I’ve read and loved, but I won’t ever read them again. There’s so many books on my TBR list that I can’t afford to reread everything I’ve loved. Of course there’s books that I love so much that I reread them every couple of years, but they’re things like Harry Potter and Shades of Magic

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about books I loved but will never reread again. I’ll definitely keep recommending them to readers, but I won’t be reading them myself. 

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Throne of Glass

While I may reread the other books in this series, the first one is really painful to get through. I never would have continued this series if I hadn’t been encouraged to. If you’re on the fence about this series, I recommend giving yourself until the end of the second book before deciding if you’ll continue or not.

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Out

This was such a creepy book but I devoured it. It’s about a woman who kills her husband and then asks her coworkers to help hide his body. It’s female centric too!

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Battle Royale

knew this one was going to be violent and grotesque, but I was still not prepared. I really enjoyed it but it’s so long!

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth series

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Ten books that take place in another country


Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about books set in other countries! I really like this prompt but I have a question:

Do fictional countries count?

Most of the books I read are firmly in the fantasy-fictional-worlds category. I don’t read a ton of contemporaries or historical fiction, but most of the ones I’ve read are set in my home country, so that takes them out for this Tuesday.  I’m going to do my best to find books that are based on real places or countries, but I think I’ll have to delve into my fantasy worlds eventually! For this Top Ten Tuesday, “another country” means any country that’s not my home country.

So here they are! They’re in a rough order of my favorites. I’m counting full series that I’ve read as one book for this list. Some series are incomplete or I only liked one in the series. Hopefully you’re inspired to check out some of these books set in other countries!

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A Darker Shade of Magic || A Gathering of Shadows || A Conjuring of Light

This series takes place in multiple, alternative Londons. I love this series a lot and reread it often. It’s one of my favorite series of all time.

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And I Darken || Now I Rise

This series is basically tied with the one above. It’s set in the time of the Ottoman Empire. The third one is one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. This is also one of my favorite series of all time and it’s alternative historical fiction!

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The Bear and the Nightingale

This one is set in Russia and focuses on Russian fairy tales. I’ve yet to read the rest of this trilogy.

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Eon || Eona

While inspired by elements of Japan and China, these books ultimately take place in an entirely new country. This world is so rich.

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Ten books I want to read this spring

My spring TBR list consists of a variety of books that I really would like to get to, and soon! Some of them are books that I want to see what all the hype is about, others are ones that I’ve owned for far too long without reading them. All of them interested me in some way, of course! There’s a mix of books that have been out for years, months, and some that haven’t even come out yet.

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This book has one of the prettiest covers which caught my eye, but the story within sounds so interesting.

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This has been on my mind for a long time but I kept pushing it back. Now with the movie out I feel like I need to read it even more.

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I’m still on the fence for this one. The first was only okay, but it has such a huge fan base that I want to see what I’m missing. How I feel about this one will determine if I continue this series. I may just favor the Throne of Glass series.

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I’ve put myself on a book buying ban in preparation for my summer move, but I may break it for this book. I’ve heard such great things about it and the story sounds amazing!

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I’ve always meant to read this one but it just keeps slipping by. With the release of the third one coming up I’d like to remedy that.

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Ten books that held a surprise within their pages…but not always in a good way

Today’s post is about surprises.  Whether there was a twist that shocked me and had me physically react to the book or a book that I ended up thinking about long after I had finished it, these are books that fit the surprises prompt. In no particular order, here are ten books that held surprises for me within their pages.

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My first Gillian Flynn book, this one kept me turning the pages like crazy! The story itself was so thrilling and I didn’t know what to believe. The ending was really unsettling for me (and I was angry but I also thought it was so good!), and I found myself looking for Flynn’s other books after finishing this one.

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I will admit that initially the title was a big turn off so I didn’t actively seek out this book. When I received it in a book box I wasn’t that  excited…but then I read it. It was a surprise to read a book that created a lot of emotions within me the way that this one did. I wrote my review here!

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I haven’t read this book since I read it for a class assignment back in middle school, but I remember being so angry about what happens. I loved the book for the kingdom that the characters created, because it reminded me of my own make believe. So when the real world comes crashing into that, as a child I had a hard time separating the fact that something so real could happen in a world that I believed to be magical. I think I’d be able to handle it better now, but at the time it was so jarring.

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I just finished this book and I decided to include it because I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I thought it was going to be a standard contemporary with a sci-fi twist, but it was so much more than that. I was surprised by how much I connected with the main character. Continue reading