Tuesday, October 7

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Character Is Everything

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This was a fun one for me! I love Character driven novels.  Make sure you check back by on Thursday when I will post a giveaway for a SIGNED book! The book will remain a mystery until Thursday so check back by for your chance to win! 

Here are the Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels:

10.  The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning ~ Mac and Barrons made this series what it was. Amazing.

9.  The Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep ~ Gin Blanco is a lot of fun to read about.  Her world is interesting but having her as our guide makes it what it is.

8. The Disillusionists Series by Carolyn Crane ~ I am ridiculous because I still have not read the 3rd book in the series!!! I seriously need to though because I adore Justine!

7. Under the Dome by Stephen King ~ While I pretty much hated the ending of this one that didn't matter one bit because it was the characters that I loved reading.

6.  The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen ~  Josey was pretty great.  Memorable too.


5.  The Kinsey Milhone Series by Sue Grafton ~ I think most people know this one as the "Alphabet series" (A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar, C is for Corpse . . . ) I have been reading this series for years and I still love it.  It is one of those that I can not read for a long time and then pick up and just sink right back into the world.  Kinsey has a lot to do with that.

4.  The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling ~ Perhaps you could make a great argument that these books are much bigger than just Harry Potter.  I'd agree.  I also think that the world would not have become as amazing as it did if it weren't for the characters that occupied it.  Not just Harry but everyone who we met along the way.

3.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ~ Hazel and Augustus were real to me.

2. The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison ~ Rachael Morgan is awesome.  Honestly, I don't know why she hasn't made the jump to TV yet.

1. The Stand by Stephen King ~ As far as I'm concerned, no one does character better than King.  I MOURNED the end of this book.  Not necessarily because of the way that it ended but just because it did end. I was sad to walk away from the characters. 

Wednesday, October 1

Debut Author Challenge October Link-up

I can't believe it is October already!

For more information on the Debut Author Challenge, click the button above to go to Jana's page or click DAC in the bar above.  

When you are ready with your October reviews just link them up here: (The Linky is the same on my page and Jana's so you only need to link up once)

Link up your October reviews here! Please leave a direct link to your review and include the book's title and either your name or your blog's name. 

September winner will be announced tomorrow once all entries have been verified.

Tuesday, September 30

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books That Are Difficult To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Here are the Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read (because difficult of book, subject matter, because it was cringeworthy:

10.  But I Love Him by Amanda Grace ~ While this wasn't my favorite of the lot, it was still an interesting look at domestic violence in teenagers.  

9.  Clean by Amy Reed ~ I have never personally had to deal with addiction to drugs or alcohol, but I love people that have.  It is sad, difficult and scary.  This book was like a look inside the struggle. I liked it but it was hard to read for sure. 

8. Wonder by RJ Palacio ~ This is one of my favorite books ever. It was so hard to read about a child enduring the pain of being different.  It is about much more than bullying.  I think it should be required middle school reading. 

7. Triangles by Ellen Hopkins ~ This book was on of the first verse novels that I read and I do love the form.  The subject matter was eye opening and a bit "Desperate Housewives" but it seemed much more believable. 

6. Collateral by Ellen Hopkins ~ She isn't one to shy away from the tough subjects is she? I loved and hated this one.  It was a great picture of what can be true SOMETIMES. Just know that I am in a military marriage and I am happy, safe and all around unharmed emotionally, physically, and mentally.  

5.  Bumped by Megan McCafferty ~ This was cringeworthy to me.  I hated the slang. I hated the plot and I hated the characters.

4. Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter ~ I liked the first book but this one just beat a dead horse to death again.  She whined and he whined and I gagged.

3. Fever by Lauren DeStefano ~ I just hated almost everything that happened in this book. I liked Wither but this one just went so off track from where I hoped I didn't like it.

2. Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K Hamilton ~ This is about the point that one of my favorite series was irreparably ruined. I LOVED the first few books but from about here on out it basically turned into pornography and no good story and I am so sad about that.

1. Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski ~ I LOVED this one but it was almost like reliving old memories. I need to get around to reading everything she has ever written. 

Tuesday, September 16

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Authors I've Only Read Once

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Here are the Top Ten : Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

10. JL Bryan: I loved his first installment in The Paranormals series, I seriously need to get around to finishing it!

9. Rachel Vincent: Of all the series on the list the Shifters series is the one that I think I could end up loving the most.  So Seriously, why haven't I read it yet?!

8. Beth Revis: Confession time, space terrifies me.  Seriously.  You know that movie that came out last year or so with Sandra Bullock ? Gravity. I can't even watch the preview for that without wanting to toss my cookies.  The first book in the Across the Universe series still begged me to read it and I managed to get to the end with all my cookies in tact. I am hoping to get to the rest of the series soon!

7. Anna Godberson: There is something so intriguing about the year 1900.  The clothes, the social norms, the mystery of it all.  This series is in the sweet spot of historical but interesting.  I need to read more!

6. Libba Bray: Funny, clever and innovative with a message.  I feel sure that I'd like her take on anything after reading her tale of Beauty Queens gone awry. 

5. Rainbow Rowell ~ Not sure I can really describe why I need to read more.  I just do.  I'm a fan.

4. Trish Doller ~ I Absolutely loved Something Like Normal.  Being a military spouse and former military myself, I hold any books that include the military to a high standard and she did not disappoint me.

3. Markus Zusak ~ The Book Thief was AMAZING.  I need to be mentally prepared to dive that deep again though.

2. Laini Taylor ~ Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a surprise hit for me.  I want to reread it before I finish the series.

1. Scott Westerfeld ~ I saved this for number one because I think it might be the biggest travesty on the list.  After reading Uglies, how could I not pick up the next book immediately? Such is the life of a blogger, my friend. 

Where should I start? 

Tuesday, September 2

Top Ten Tuesday ~ My Lunch Table

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Here are the Top Ten 
Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table (you know...back to school theme):

Hmmm. Are we talking who would realistically be there? Or who I want to sit at the table with because I don't think those lists are the same! Are there enough band geek characters to fill the list? Because I think that is the most realistic I could be.  I was a flag girl in high school and therefore I sat with my fellow band geeks for the most part. 

That sounds like a boring list so let's have my ideal lunch table then, shall we?

10.  Arcadia Bell (Arcadia Bell series by Jenn Bennett) ~ Smart, Tough and fun. I'd love to hang out with her!

9.  Charley Davidson (Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones) ~ Same as above.

8.  Rachael Morgan (The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison) ~ Ok, Actually, I think there is a theme forming here.  Smart, tough and fun seems to be my kinda lunch date! 

7 and 6. Katniss and Gale {yes GALE, not Peeta!} (The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins) ~ Call me crazy but I always thought that a friend makes a better life long companion.  I think Katniss and Gale would be lots of fun.  Maybe they could even catch lunch! Ha!

5. Kitty Norville (Kitty Norville Series by Carrie Vaughn) ~ Seriously, I have a type don't I?

4. Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor ~ She is the same as the others but something more I think.  Mysterious-ness perhaps?

3. Gin Blanco (Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep) ~ Well I don't want to be on the bad side of an assassin do I?? 

2 and 1. Tris and Four (Divergent Series by Veronica Roth) ~ I really loved reading Divergent and I might be in the minority but I also enjoyed Insurgent.  I haven't read the last book yet )No spoilers please!) but I really think they could be fun.  I have a feeling that if they weren't in such dire circumstances they'd be interesting conversation seeing as how they both encompass so many character traits. 

Wishful thinking on my part for sure.  If they all managed to get along then I think we'd be the most popular lunch table around.  If not, well, we'd be the most entertaining. So who is sitting at your lunch table?

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