Top 5 Books You Wanted to Start Yesterday

It’s Top 5 day!!!!!

Ok, so this one is super easy folks. SUPER. EASY. It’s the Top 5 books I would have started yesterday (had they been available).

1. ACOTAR or A Court of Thorns and Roses by S.J. Maas – It is supposed to be a very loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast (my favorite), and some other folk tales mashed up. I think Maas is an incredible story teller, and I’ve already read the sample. That was a mistake, because I’m wishing I waited instead of baiting myself.

IMG_72882. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski – This is the third book title (I think) of the last installment in The Winner’s Trilogy. See my review of the first two books and you will understand why!

3. The Heir by Kiera Cass –  I. CANNOT. WAIT. FOR. THIS. BOOK. It comes out the day after my birthday, and that means it’s the first count down I’ve had to my birthday since high school. Only 27.5 days left!!!!!

4. Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber – I’m almost scared to read this one…in like the best way ever. I have NO CLUE what Weber is going to do. So that scares me. She is a twisty turny author!

5. Shades of Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon – I have loved the Doon Series. I think it will be bitter-sweet to get to read the last book (WHICH THIS IS NOT. Just found that out). I love twitter! The author JUST tweeted me that there will be FOUR books. I’ve never been more happy to be wrong! If you haven’t read this, it’s so worth starting!

Make sure to check out other Top 5 Wednesday-ers by looking at the #T5WFamily hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, or here on Goodreads!

What would you be reading YESTERDAY if you could?

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Top 5 Worst Series Enders

Ok! It’s Wednesday, and time for another Top 5! This weeks topic is Worst Series Enders.

Firstly, I don’t know how to go about this because typically, I’m Mrs. Positive. Secondly, I don’t like to bash books/authors because THEY WORK SO HARD. However I will try to be objective as to why they didn’t become my favorites.

Here goes…

1. Allegiant – So, I have a confession: I didn’t read book 3 in the Divergent series. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for the movies and genuinely enjoyed the first two books. However, I couldn’t bring myself to read the last book (SPOILER) without Tris. I know I should probably swallow that, and read it, but I just haven’t yet.

IMG_72052. Fallen – Ok. Sorry, but it was kind of over for me after the first installment. I guess some of the plot got tedious and I feel like the story wasn’t captivating my need for differentiation and surprises. I think there are great dynamics in the story, and it’s characters are well thought out. I just didn’t dig the story trajectory.

p.s. Still excited for the Fallen movie in 2015

Oh, gosh! This is so hard! Ok. Ok.

3. Matched – I didn’t finish this, again. I think that’s the problem. If I don’t jive with a series (for my own weird reasons) I just don’t finish it. I know people LOVE Matched. I think what happened to me is that I read this after a long line of other dystopian style novels, and I became disinterested. Maybe I will try again.

4. Twilight – Well, because. I like the kick-butt stuff, but the Jacob and Renesmee thing was kind of odd for me.

5. The Hunger Games – This is purely selfish. It’s incredibly well-writen. An amazing series. I wasn’t a fan of how out-of-it Katniss was in Mockingjay. I understand why. I know that the character development and coping mechanisms make total sense for Katniss’ character, but I just wanted her to be more lucid. That’s all. Please don’t hate me now…

What series do you think ended badly? Do you agree with any of mine? Let’s also leave *bashing* for other people to do! Authors ROCK, no matter what they decided to do with their characters, and I can’t say anything against them because I have not yet finished my first MS! So be kind. 🙂

Top 5 Bookish Habits

It’s another Top 5 Wednesday, and today’s topic is bookish habits. I am so excited about this one!!

So let’s just go ahead and assume that I’m drinking coffee from my favorite mug, my dark chocolate close at hand, and my fake TV fireplace is roaring because…we don’t have a real one in our house. All those obvious ones aside, here are my Top 5:

1. Nap time – Fortunately my two beautiful children are still afternoon nappers. They are as dependable as the clock—one that I fashioned myself, from the sweat of consistency—they both go down EVERY afternoon. So, I sit down to work on my healthily budding manuscript read a book.

IMG_71312. “I’m not ignoring you!” – This one is dedicated to my patient husband, who knows that sometimes I do ignore him, but only because “I just need to finish this chapter!”

3. Book Planking – So, you know those people who go everywhere and yoga or plank or something. Well, yeah, that’s me. With. A. Book.

4. Who Needs Glasses? – Again, I read on my iPhone so I can keep it close enough to read without my adorbs spectacles. I love that. For some reason I feel like I’m exercising my eyes and my brain at the same time! The jury is still out on that one though.

5. No Sleep! – Well that’s all you need to know about that because, yeah. You read when you should be sleeping too! 🙂

What are some of your bookish habits? I’d love to know!

Top 5 Books That Made You Think

All right! Today’s topic is Books That Made You Think.

This one is especially hard for me because I tend to figure out plots pretty quickly. *Ahem* the humility is overwhelming, I know, but really I LOVE to dig into my writer brain as I am reading and try to puzzle out what’s going on. I don’t always get it right, but I’d say that I can hit pretty close the majority of the time. I would try to give you a percentage, but me + numbers = nothing good. <<< See I can get a word equation going, but try to add numbers in there, and we have a real problem. I could probably confuse John Nash or Will Hunting. I know…told you it’s bad.

Nothing, though, is more disappointing than to be plot sleuthing and realize at the end that it was a let down. I won’t share those books with you though. That would just be rude.

So, without further ado. My Top 5:

1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – Let’s just say this was not what I expected in the least. My gloating brain had it figured out, but NO Pearson decided to be tricky. It is up to the reader, really. What you interpret as one thing, someone else with interpret as another thing entirely. I loved having my #writenight pal and friend Sara Ella read this. She saw things SO differently than I did. The turn in this book dumped me on my head, and I loved it.

Processed with Moldiv2. Stolen by Lucy Christopher – This one was hard for me to read. Okay…with that said, here’s why: Without spoiling anything, (this is in the book description on Amazon), our narrator has been kidnapped by a long-time stalker. This book will cause you to open your eyes. Be aware of the world around you. It will challenge you to see a protagonist/antagonist relationship from a girl under extreme duress, and even struggle with the emotions that go along with the situation. In my happy world things would be black and white, but that is just not the state of things. A balance exists between the cut and dry—whether I like it or not—and this book forces the reader to grapple with a very difficult turning of events.

3. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen – I adored this book. I haven’t read a character like Sage in well…never have I read a character like him. Yes, I said “him.” So, confession: I read mostly YA and mostly books from a heroine’s perspective. I just love when the girl kicks butt and takes names, but Nielsen did a spectacular job of introducing me to a boy who is complex and compelling. Not to mention the plot is stellar and had me going: “Hmm?! YAY! Oh MY Goodness!!!” by the end.

4. Storm Siren by Mary Weber – I’ve reviewed  this book, but just want to say again: THE PLOT TWISTS!!!

5. The Jewel by Amy Ewing – This is another that will rip you from your comfortable cushioned world, and make you ask yourself very hard questions. I would not recommend it for everyone because there are some very serious topics that arise. So, if you have teens make sure to be a companion reader on this one. However, I will say that is well written (great characters/plot/point of view), and I am challenged by what this author chose to address.

Here is a complete list of Wednesday-er’s on Goodreads. What books make you think? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment, and we can chat about it!

Top 5 Books You’d Save in a Fire

Hey guys! It’s a Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday today!

I am so pumped to be starting this weekly post in March. The first topic is Top 5 Books You’d Save in a Fire… Wow. I don’t even…can’t….*checks pulse*

You want me to choose? Well, okay…

First of all, I would just like to start by saying I would take them ALL. This would be especially easy for me because I LOVE reading on my iPhone in my iBooks app. I found a few years ago that I focus better, comprehend more, and read faster with the small screen. Also, digital reading appeals to my love of organization and my hatred of all things clutter. So, I really don’t HAVE to choose, but I will.

Let’s just also assume that the Bible would be on the top of my list, but since we are referring to YA fiction here is the rundown:

Processed with Moldiv1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – I would choose the entire series, but for the sake of the game I’m being selective.

2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – I remember reading this book like it was yesterday. I remember the time of year, the smells outside, the rain, the coffee, the feel of my iPhone in hand. (I know, I know. All you tactile bookies are flipping out right now).

3. The Selection by Kiera Cass – There is nothing like having some sassy America to keep you company. She is leading-lady sunshine on a cloudy day! Maxon isn’t so bad either. 🙂

4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – This one is for my kids. Okay, so it’s for me too, but I couldn’t pass up listing it. I just recently bought the audio books. I’m like a giddy kid again!

5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – Currently reading this again, and passing the TOG virus to my #writenight gals too. They love me for it.

What would your Top 5 be? Leave me a comment. I’d love to know!