Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t. Some of these are happy stories of later success, and others are the “I hated every second but I finished it anyway” sort of books. It’s in a scale of worst to best (because we need to end on a happy note).

1. A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka. I reviewed it… a week… maybe two weeks, ago, and it was one big rantfest. I loved the first 25%, but the rest was just teeth-grinding and face palming, and saying, “Ten percent more, ten percent more.”

2. Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. Another that I enjoyed enough to be almost halfway through the ARC before I decided that I really was ready to snarl and throw this book. 

3. Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum. RAGE. RAGE RAGE. I see red when I think of this book and how it ended, because the first 75% was so perfect but then crash and burn and ughhh it makes me so mad. And I was so far into the book that I couldn’t justify not finishing it, so I cried through the rest in a ball of anger.

4. The Here and Now by Ann Brashares. This was one of those that wasn’t quite bad enough to put down, but it didn’t get me going either. I was remarkably apathetic the entire time reading it. I felt like a gray blob – zero emotions at all for the 250 pages.

5. The Sound of Shooting Stars by Heather Allen. I liked the concept, I liked the characters, but the way the plot went in the end kind of killed this other-wise fluffy two hour read for me. In the end, I was meh about it.

6. Thin Space by Jody Casella. The first quarter was a bit bland for me, and I nearly set it aside, but I pushed through and actually ended up enjoying the rest of the story. Plus, that twist had my jaw dropping at the end.

7. Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton. Because the main character is emotionless for the first 25%, it’s VERY difficult to get in the right head space to enjoy this book. But as she starts to change, I became so immersed in the story that I zoomed through to the end.

8. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Willaims Chima. It started out iffy for me, mostly because I couldn’t understand the world building. But I stuck through, and I really enjoyed the rest of it. And the second book, Wizard Heir, is even better!

9. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. This is mostly because you’re thrown into the middle of the story and have to figure it all out in a few pages. I couldn’t tell WHO the narrator was, but I finally figured it out and I honestly fell in love with this book.

10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Never thought you’d see that one, did you? After I ranted and raved about how much I LOVE this book, and how it changed my life (serious), THIS is on my list of almost-put-it-down? Yup. And actually, I DID put it down for a while. I read 40 pages, couldn’t get into it at all, and walked away for almost two (three?) months. But then I started it all over again, and, well, the rest is history ❤

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!

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Top Ten Covers That Should Be Framed

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art. FINALLY a topic I’ll excel at! It’s no secret that I’m a huge cover snob, and I make 90% of my reading decisions based on what the cover looks like. So without any further rambling, here’s my favorite covers, from past and future publications.

1. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. I’ve been drooling over this cover for nearly two months now, and I just requested it on Edelweiss. I’m really hoping I’m approved, and if not I guess I’ll just have to stare at the cover some more! The symbol is interesting, but it’s the stuff inside it is what’s really cool: winter versus summer.

2. Great by Sara Benincasa. The colors, the summery feel, THE MAKEUP. I need someone to teach me how to wing eyeliner like that. And makeup hand over some red lipstick. 

3. The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas. I haven’t read book one, but WATER DRAGON. That is all.

4. Plus One by Elizabeth Fama. There really are no words to describe how beautiful this cover is. I mean, just look at it. The dark vs. light summarizes the story, and the couple is just adorable. Plus, THE STARS. I’m a sucker for anything galaxy.

5. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. This is another that I bought just for the cover, but the fact that it’s a Jane Austen retelling doesn’t hurt! I just love the dress, and – galaxy. ‘Nuff said.

6. The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder. It’s got this hipster vibe with the whole instagram filter thing going on, and it’s oh so pretty. The book without the dust jacket is a pure white, which I didn’t love (I wanted a light pink!), but it’s still stunning.

7. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. Just look at it. I mean, how can you not love it? It’s a rainbow gradient with a lens flare, plus a cute couple in a meadow. I mean, it’s flawless. Seriously ❤ Plus: button down with rolled up sleeves. YUM.

8. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. All of these covers are beautiful, but the blues of TAB are my favorite. Plus, the “I will kill you in your sleep” staredown with Celaena kind of seals the deal. And the double blades are freaking badass. ALTHOUGH I would like to add an honorable mention for the Heir of Fire cover – the green, and the bow and OMG I NEED IT NOW WHY IS IT NOT SEPTEMBER YET

9. What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang. This one is perhaps one of the most original covers I’ve seen. It encompasses the idea of the twin souls so well with the silhouette cut out of the face. And the gradient!!! I love gradients, if you can’t tell.

10. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. Really, the whole series is beautiful, but I love the springtime feel of Ignite Me. It very hopeful, and I think represents Juliette’s journey and growth very well. Plus, the little detail of the bird in the iris!

So after looking at this list, I think we can conclude that my favorite covers include: symbols, hipster filters, theme-thoughtfulness, galaxies, gradients, and BAMFs. And dragons. Can’t forget the dragons.

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Resources

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier (maybe it’s Goodreads or your library or different resourcers etc. etc.)

1. My credit card. Because what’s better than going in debt for your next book?

2. Amazon. I don’t even have to get off my couch!

3. Goodreads. I haven’t been on it long, but it makes keeping track of everything so much easier.

4. My fellow bloggers. With all of their recommendations, I never run out of anything to read next!

5. My fan. Because being hot and sticky when you’re reading just sucks, and I always end up with a headache.

6. Water/tea/soda. One hand on the book, one hand on the cup. Perfect!

7. The Lord of the Rings soundtracks. What could be a better background track than Howard Shore’s masterpieces?

8. The Laptop. I suppose I should give this old dinosaur a tip of the hat. Without it, I wouldn’t have access to #2, 3, and 4.

9. My fluffy blue pillow. It’s not really fluffy, actually. It’s one of those arm pillow things. It’s very solid, and makes reading in bed a lot more comfortable.

10. Food. One, because food is good, and makes life in general a lot better. Two, because I can’t read when my blood sugar is in the gutter.

Top Ten Tuesday: Beginnings and Endings

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books (talk about books that started or ended just perfectly or with a bang OR you could do specific opening lines or last lines — however you want to do it!)

Best Beginnings

1. Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan – first sentence. “The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car.”

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – first sentence. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – first paragraph. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, not yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

Best Endings

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – final chapter, two quotes in particular. “Even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.” and “Please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough. And I will believe the same about you.”

5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis – final sentence. “All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling – final sentence. “All was well.”

7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – final chapter, first sentence. “Reader, I married him.”

8. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult – last sentence. “This time, it wasn’t me that broke.”