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Teasers & Top Tens – 2/19/19

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“I heard tell of a rich merchant,” one of the sailors offered, “who laughed at the ship’s crew for whistling, and no sooner had he done, than a great wind came up and the ship heeled hard about, and he was thrown over the side and dashed on the rocks of La Dolorosa.”

Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey

Currently sailing the high seas in this book, and with that comes the superstitions of sailors. I do love her writing, but these books are very much a slow burn.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Books That I Loved

With Fewer Than 2000 Ratings on GoodReads

I really like this topic, as there are so many wonderful books out there that just don’t get the exposure. I also absolutely love how easy GoodReads makes it to find these books.

  1. The Lost Brigade by Paul Kelly – Full disclosure, this book was written by a friend of mine, but it’s really good! And it only has 6 ratings on GoodReads! He self-published this, and I just don’t think it got a wide range of viewers. Wide scope epic fantasy with a new twist that I quite enjoyed.
  2. The Magician of Wall Street by Minta Hall – Full disclosure, this is also written by a friend of mine and former critique partner back when I was writing. This is a cute, sexy read and a lot of fun, but only has 18 ratings.
  3. The Casters series by Norah Wilson and Heather Doherty – There are four books in this series, and the most GoodReads ratings one of them has is 220. I still need to read the last book (it wasn’t out when I read the series originally, but it’s out now!) I did write reviews for the first three (Comes the Night, Enter the Nightand Embrace the Night).
  4. Terrestrial Magic by Marina Ermakova – I recently reviewed this one for NetGalley (check out my review here), and it only just came out in January, so maybe that’s why it only has 12 ratings so far. It was really good, so here’s another shout out!
  5. The Heartland Trilogy by Chuck Wendig – These books got a bit more exposure, since Chuck has more of a following, but the first book is the only one to even come close to 2000 ratings (it only had 1828). The others are much lower. This is a fun sci-fi adventure and just a good time all around. Reviews here.
  6. A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz – This may have been my first ever NetGally ARC, a long time ago. I remember we reviewed this back when we had our podcast, but I also posted a review here. Fun steampunk journey, but only 1797 ratings so far on GoodReads.
  7. Division of the Marked by March McCarron – I got this one from BookBub a while ago and really enjoyed it. New fantasy with excellent characters, only 938 ratings. I read this back when I wasn’t blogging much, so sadly, no review to link to, but believe me, it’s really good.
  8. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro – Another fairly new book, but with only 1652 ratings so far. As you can read in my review here, I was already a fan of Mark’s websites, but this book blew me away.
  9. My So-Called Afterlife series by Jamie Ayers – Another BookBub find, this one went from being a sweet, coming-of-age tale of a girl dealing with depression and loss to being a battle between angels and devils and everything else. Such a surprise and very well written, but only 979 ratings on GoodReads. See my review here.
  10. Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson – This was a fun read, plus it was the first time I got to take part in a book tour, which was great. This only has 588 ratings, but it’s a fun, urban fantasy, with elements of paranormal romance. You can see my review here. The sequel is really good too.

That’s it for my teasers and top ten list this week! Share yours in comments!

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Teasers and Top Tens – 1/29/19

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

Gin sent the message and watched her cursor blink, waiting for Felix’s response. She felt exhausted, but also wired, as though she had drunk an entire pot of coffee. Because Felix didn’t think she was crazy.

Crow Flight by Susan Cunningham

Just finished this book, and by “just finished,” I mean I literally just read the last sentence before I opened WordPress. Review to come on Thursday!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

This dovetails off my post from yesterday a bit, since those are all books that I found last week through the blogging community, but I wanted to list more than just those books again. The books below are books that I actually do have copies of, not just books that I want to find someday, along with their blurbs from GoodReads.

1. Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries―until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’ otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price―and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.

2. Dion: A Tale of the Highway by Jonathan Maas

The Note
After a bizarre dream a man wakes up in the middle of a deserted highway, with no clothes, and no memory of who he is. In front of him is a vehicle with keys and a note inside: Drive this forward. Drive, or there will be consequences. The consequences will be immediate, and they will get worse with every transgression.

The Highway
The task is straightforward, but what happens next is anything but. As he unravels the mysteries of both his past and future, he’ll come to understand that there are dark truths around him, and he’ll find that those who wrote the note meant every word of their threat. But underneath the terror he’ll find an inner strength, and he’ll find the power that comes from reason. He’ll need them both – because his decisions on this lonely night will impact this world in ways he can’t even begin to imagine.

3. Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian

In an alternate Renaissance world, somewhere in an imaginary “pocket” of Europe called the Kingdom of Lethe, Death comes, in the form of a grim Spaniard, to claim his Bride. Until she is found, in a single time-stopping moment all dying stops. There is no relief for the mortally wounded and the terminally ill….

Covered in white cobwebs of a thousand snow spiders she lies in the darkness… Her skin is cold as snow… Her eyes frozen… Her gaze, fiercely alive…

While kings and emperors send expeditions to search for a suitable Bride for Death, armies of the undead wage an endless war… A black knight roams the forest at the command of his undead father … Spies and political treacheries abound at the imperial Silver Court…. Murdered lovers find themselves locked in the realm of the living…

Look closer — through the cobweb filaments of her hair and along each strand shine stars…

And one small village girl, Percy—an unwanted, ungainly middle daughter—is faced with the responsibility of granting her dying grandmother the desperate release she needs.

As a result, Percy joins the crowds of other young women of the land in a desperate quest to Death’s own mysterious holding in the deepest forests of the North…

And everyone is trying to stop her.

4. Zocopalypse by Angel Lawson

The last time Alexandra sees her scientist father he tells her to wait two weeks for him to return. If he doesn’t, she and her mother must find her sister, over three hundred miles away, in one of the states under quarantine.

A virus is infecting the healthy, turning them into raging, cannibalistic versions of their former selves. Dr. Ramsey has spent months studying the E-TR virus, including Alex in his trials. Before he leaves he hands Alexandra what may be the most valuable information in existence. Information that more than one powerful group would go to great lengths to possess.

Alexandra is no match for this world — one where men and women crave the taste of flesh and the weak are a liability, but she made her father a promise. One she intends to keep no matter how many lives are lost on the way.

5. The Girl In Between by Laekan Zea Kemp

Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.

But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.

6. The Rule of One by Ashley and Leslie Saunders

In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret—one her mother died to keep and her father has helped to hide for her entire life.

She has an identical twin sister, Mira.

For eighteen years Ava and Mira have lived as one, trading places day after day, maintaining an interchangeable existence down to the most telling detail. But when their charade is exposed, their worst nightmare begins. Now they must leave behind the father they love and fight for their lives.

Branded as traitors, hunted as fugitives, and pushed to discover just how far they’ll go in order to stay alive, Ava and Mira rush headlong into a terrifying unknown.

7. Stain by A.G. Howard

A high-fantasy gothic fairytale inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea.

Once upon a nightmare, her fairy tale begins…

After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest … disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight, for she is his true equal. As Lyra rediscovers her identity, an impostor princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.

8. Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson

Isolated and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura’s never been able to make friends. She seems to drive her classmates away—except for the odd times they pay enough attention to torture her—but she doesn’t understand why. Maura considers herself to be a freak of nature, with her unusually pale skin and an aversion to the sun that renders her violently nauseous. Her belief is only worsened by the fact that almost everyone around her keeps their distance.

Even her own father deserted her before she was born, leaving Maura alone with her emotionally distant mother, Caelyn. Even though Maura is desperate for answers about her unknown parent, Caelyn remains heartbroken and her daughter can’t bring herself to reopen her mother’s wounds. Or is there a more sinister reason Caelyn refuses to utter a word about her long-lost love?

When a cruel prank nearly claims Maura’s life, one of her classmates, Ron, rushes to her rescue. Darkly handsome & mysteriously accepting, Ron doesn’t seem to want to stay away, but Maura is reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced she’s moving the two of them to Vancouver…nearly 3,000 miles away from their hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

If life wasn’t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience bizarre, physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, compelling Maura to fear for her own life. Vicious nightmares, blood cravings, failing health and the heart-shattering loss of Ron—as well as the discovery of a tangled web of her own mother’s lies—become obstacles in Maura’s desperate quest for the unfathomable truth she was never prepared to uncover.

9. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

10. Reign of Queens by Melissa Wright

Three Full-Length Fantasy Series Starters from Author Melissa Wright

The Frey Saga Book One: Frey

Frey lives in a world where humans are fairy tales. A world where the powerful rule, where her magic is broken. That life is a lie. When dark secrets unravel, she’ll have to risk everything to rise above a dangerous past.

Shattered Realms Book One: King of Ash and Bone

When monsters break through the veil between worlds, Mackenzie Scott has nothing left to lose. Her brother is marked, her future is vanished, and all that remains is a desperate need for revenge. She devises a plan to stop them, and finds an injured stranger that just might be the key. But he’s not the helpless boy he appears to be. He’s one of them. And he’s got plans of his own.

Descendants Series Book One: Bound by Prophecy

Aern’s only job is to protect the chosen. The trouble is, she’s the key to a prophecy and everyone wants her. When the opposition descends, their only hope is to stick together, but the truth unravels, and together might prove the biggest complication of them all.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Teaser Tuesday · Top Ten Tuesdays

Teasers and Top Tens – 1/15/19

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you want to play along.

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I wouldn’t have let that happen, of course. I’d have insisted we bring him back to the Aventine before sending him back to his House, cover blown. And I knew these people well enough to know that they’d have agreed, no matter how angry they were. But looking at [him] now, I realized that he hadn’t known that.

Terrestrial Magic by Marina Ermakova

This book has been fun to read! A review will be up Thursday.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

Unfortunately, I can only give you five. Last year was a lot of re-reads and trying to finish series I had started in previous years. But these five authors were great and I enjoyed them immensely.

  1. Jenny Lawson (Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened) – I loved, loved, LOVED her books and now I check in to her website every day.
  2. Jamie Ayers (My So-Called Afterlife series) – This was a pleasant surprise, as what seemed to be an average, run-of-the-mill YA book turned into an epic story.
  3. Kate Moore (The Radium Girls) – This book was so well done and made me want to start reading more non-fiction this year. It really opened my eyes.
  4. Megan Curd (Periodic series) – Another pleasant surprise from a freebie from BookBub. Read the first two books and would love to see the third one whenever it comes out.
  5. Cindy Pon (Want) – A YallFest author that I knew nothing about. Her book was excellent, a dystopian tale set in a part of the world I never read about.

That’s it for this Tuesday! Leave your teasers and top tens in comments!

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Teasers and Top Tens: 1/8/19

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

The ladies in waiting stopped beneath the balcony, batting their eyelashes at the guards. “I need my pipe,” the woman murmured, rubbing her temples. “I feel a headache coming on.” Celaena’s brows rose. “Regardless,” the woman continued, striding away, “I shall have to watch my back. I might even have to—”

CRASH!

The women screamed, the guards whirled with their crossbows pointed, and Celaena looked skyward as she retreated from the rail and into the shadows of the balcony doorway. The flowerpot had missed. This time.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Thanks to some gentle (read: insistent) prodding, I have started reading Throne of Glass. Liking it so far, and we’ll see how the rest of it goes. The main character, Celaena, is a trip, I will say that!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

This is not a great topic for me. Unless it is someone that I religiously follow, I don’t keep track of new releases as much as I probably should. I did just get back onto NetGalley, so there are a couple of new releases there that I am looking towards.

These link to NetGalley:

  1. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigit Kemmerer (January 2019) – This one is a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I like new takes on classic stories, so this should be good.
  2. Terrestrial Magic by Marina Ermakova (January 2019) – I’ve never heard of this book or this author, but it looks like it’s about dragons reappearing in our time, so I am there.
  3. Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter (March 2019) – Dark faeries! That’s it. You seriously had me at dark faeries. That’s all I need to know.
  4. We Are Blood And Thunder by Kesia Lupo (April 2019) – This one was everywhere on NetGalley! Says it’s good for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor. Sign me up!
  5. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan (April 2019) – The cover on this is amazing. One review says this is “a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” Cool!

These are from my GoodReads list:

  1. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson (January 2019) – I do love Maureen so much. I have met her in person, I have listened to her podcasts and watched her YouTube videos. She’s awesome.
  2. Stain by A.G. Howard (January 2019) – I already have this preordered and I am super excited about it. I loved her Splintered series, had mixed feelings for RoseBlood, so hopefully this one will be more like the first.
  3. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (March 2019) – I saw a review of this a while back and it sounded really good.
  4. Ruse by Cindy Pon (March 2019) – This is the sequel to Want, which I read last year and didn’t realize the sequel would be coming out so soon. So yay!
  5. Dig by A.S. King (March 2019) – I don’t know much about this book, but the description sounds interesting. Lots of family drama. I did read a book by this author a while back, The Dust of 100 Dogs, and really enjoyed it.

Leave your teasers or top tens in comments!

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Teasers & Top Tens – 1/1/19

Happy New Year and welcome to the first post of 2019! How appropriate that it is a Tuesday, with my favorite community book blogging posts!

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you want to play along.

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

Artemi allowed herself to breathe. What if this man killed Morghiad? It would be all her fault.

City of Blaze by H.O. Charles

I got this book off of BookBub ages ago, and have finally gotten around to reading it. Interesting premise so far – I’m at 39% according to my Kindle.

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TTT-NEWTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana, That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is:

Top Ten Favorite Books Read in 2019

For this, I will only include new books read this year, not re-reads.

  1. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – Probably my favorite new read for this year, and not just because I was already a fan of Hank Green.
  2. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro – Really close, almost tied for my favorite new read for this year, and not just because I was already a fan of Mark Oshiro.
  3. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson – This one really helped me in a tough time and introduced me to the Bloggess, who I now read daily.
  4. The Circle by Dave Eggers – Read it so I could watch the Tom Hanks/Emma Watson movie. Ended up liking it much more than the movie.
  5. World’s End by Neil Gaiman – I want to include more graphic novels/comics into my reading repertoire. This year I finally finished reading the Sandman series and this one was my favorite.
  6. Wild Things by Chloe Neill – So glad that I finished reading the Chicagoland Vampires series this year. I could have put any of those books on this list, but I’m going with this one because who can’t love those shifters!
  7. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore – Read this for a GoodReads challenge, didn’t expect to enjoy it, but ended up completely captivated.
  8. 18 Truths by Jamie Ayres – This is the second book in the My So-Called Afterlife and, while I enjoyed book one (a freebie from BookBub), the second book takes things to a whole new level. Literally.
  9. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – Read this with the Alpha Book Club and enjoyed it enough to pick up the second book too. Need to pick back up with this series at some point.
  10. Steel Lily by Megan Curd – Another freebie from BookBub, although the series is unfinished right now (and I really need to know what happens!!!). Fun story world, interesting magic system, good characters.

That’s it for this week! Leave your teasers and top tens in comments!

 

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Top Tens and Teasers – 10/2/18

Two for Tuesday this week! TTT-NEWTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature, once hosted on The Broke and the Bookish, but now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic?

Top Ten Authors I Would Love To Meet

I have been very lucky to have been able to meet several of my favorite authors, either at YallFest, or at book signings at indie bookstores. I’ve gotten to meet Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Stephanie Perkins, Cassandra Clare, Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, and Laini Taylor, just to name a few. There are still several I would love to meet though, so here they are.

  1. J.K. Rowling – Do I even need to explain why? I find her so inspirational and Harry Potter literally changed my life.
  2. John Green – First found him on the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel, and then fell in love with his writing.
  3. Hank Green – I can count him because he is officially an author now! I’ve got his book and will start it as soon as I finish the Jenny Lawson book I’m reading.
  4. George R.R. Martin – I would find this one intimidating, but I also think he would be absolutely fascinating.
  5. Seanan Maguire/Mira Grant – I’ve just started a re-read of the Newsflesh trilogy, since it’s Halloween season. I follow her on Twitter and she seems really cool.
  6. Chuck Wendig – I found his blog and Twitter before I found his books. I love his writing advice and he would just be a lot of fun to hang with.
  7. Sam Sykes – I will admit that I haven’t read any of his books yet, but he and Chuck have fun exchanges on Twitter, so it would be cool to hang with both of them.
  8. Jenny Lawson – A recent find for me, although she’s been around for a while. I just want to listen to her tell stories.
  9. A.G. Howard – Her Splintered series is wonderful and when I posted my reviews, she responded back on Twitter! She’s super sweet and seems like fun.
  10. Mark Oshiro – I fell in love with his website, Mark Reads, and once he published his first book, I fell in love with it too.

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“That’s an urban myth, Buffy. It’s been disproven about ninety times,” I said, continuing to pace. “George Romero died peacefully in his bed.”

“And now he’s a happy shambler at a government research facility,” said Shaun, abandoning his sulk in order to make “zombie” motions with his arms. The ASL for “zombie” has joined the raised middle finger as one of the few truly universal hand gestures. Some points just need to be made quickly.

“It’s sort of sad, thinking about him shuffling around out there, all decayed and mindless and not remembering the classics if his heyday,” said Buffy.

I eyed her. “He’s a government zombie. He eats better than we do.”

“It’s the principle of the thing,” she said.

Feed by Mira Grant

Like I said, it’s October, which means Halloween, which means it’s time to re-read my favorite zombie apocalypse series! It’s been a few years, so I’m really looking forward to it.

Do you have any favorite authors you’re dying to meet, or want to share a teaser of your current read? Leave them in the comments!

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Teasers and Top Tens – November 14, 2017

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by “The Purple Booker.” Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The words used to describe it – despair, fear, anxiety, obsession – do so little to communicate it. Maybe we invented metaphor as a response to pain. Maybe we needed to give shape to the opaque, deep-down pain that evades both sense and senses.

~ Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

It has taken me a while to get into this book, not because it isn’t good, but because of the reading slump I’ve been in for the past several months. Getting over that now, because this book is pretty remarkable.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by “The Broke and the Bookish,” which still remains one of my favorite blog titles. Each week, a new topic is introduced and bloggers add their top ten lists accordingly. This week’s topic:

 Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read

Well, I already have children, so this will be both hypothetical and true to life. And if my kids have already outgrown these books, which they probably already have in some cases, then I will foist them on my grandkids, if I ever have any. Most of these books are special to me because they helped shape my own childhood. The rest are just awesome.

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I mean, come on. Every human should read those books, even if just to be aware of their cultural impact. Both of my kids have read these, so I feel like I’m doing good parenting-wise, at least in that respect.

2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – This was one of my favorite books as a kid, and was probably part of what made me such a big fantasy/sci-if fan as an adult. It’s a perfect blend of the two and draws you in. The whole series is great, but there’s something about that first one that is special.

3. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White -When I was a kid, this book was my jam! I think it was one of the first books I owned that I needed multiple copies because they kept falling apart because I read it so much.

4. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White – Giving E.B. White all the love on this post. I can’t help it – he was a big part of my childhood. While most people have at least heard of Charlotte’s Web, I don’t know if this one gets as much attention. it should. It’s a beautiful book.

5. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell – The first book that made me cry. This is another beautiful story, full of discoveries, bravery and the resilience of the human spirit. So good!

6. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – I know that I should have all of the Narnia books on this list, but I have special feelings for this one. My 3rd grade teacher read it out loud to our class, a chapter a day, and we were completely enthralled. Best part of our day. And if it leads kids to read the other books, that’s just icing on the cake.

7. The Fear Street series by R.L. Stein – I loved these books as a kid. Definitely for an older audience than the Goosebumps books are (and I never got into those), Fear Street was my introduction to spooky, scary stories that loved to play with your mind. So much fun!

8. The Whitney Cousins series by Jean Thesman – This series is about three cousins and how their lives intersect. The characters are fun, but they also deal with some heavy issues, which I think I important for kids to read.

9.  Any book by John Green – Moving on to the teenage years. I absolutely adore John Green and feel like his books would have really impacted me if I had read them as a teen instead of as an adult. His characters are engaging and complex and he doesn’t shy away from difficult topics.

10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Another book for a teen audience, this book is amazing. It both inspired me and completely destroyed me. In a good way, of course.

There is my Top Ten list for this week! Please share your list in comments so I can check it out!

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Teasers and Top Tens – August 16th

Teaser-Tuesdays-PurpleTeaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Miz B at Books And A Beat. Here are the rules if you would like to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I sat upright and gasped. The little dog was gone and a giant had claimed his place. He panted happily then licked the side of my face again. I tried not to cringe. I didn’t want to upset the beast. Was this supposed to be a joke? “Very funny, Gibbit. What did you do with the other one?”

~ Dark Matter by Christie Rich

I got the first book of this series, Five, off of BookBub. It was pretty good, but I’m feeling disconnected to this second book for some reason.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week they are giving us some options – the original topic was “Top Ten Books Set in ________.” Any setting you want. I am choosing:

Top Ten Books Set in a Dystopian World

  1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins – I would be remiss if I didn’t include this one, since it was what first introduced me to dystopian books in the first place. I know a lot of people think it’s overhyped, but I love these books.
  2. 1984 by George Orwell – I got to read this one in my one attempt at grad school. Even wrote a paper on it’s use of language and rhetoric. I feel that any list of dystopian literature has to have this one on it – it’s the granddaddy of them all!
  3. The Newsflesh series by Mira Grant – Gotta have some zombies on your dystopian list! I absolutely loved the world building in this series, how it was a zombie apocalypse story, but the zombies were not center stage – it was all about how humans had to evolve in order to deal with them.
  4. The Program by Suzanne Young – I read this book in almost one sitting, it was that good. I didn’t realize there was a second book in this series, so I will need to try and find that one soon.
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Love, love, love this book. It is one of my go-to books on my phone if I’m out somewhere and need something to read really quick. I’m both excited and scared of the movie they are planning to make.
  6. Pawn by Aimee Carter – Add this to the list of books that I need to finish a series on. I got this book as an ARC through NetGalley and was hooked from the very beginning.
  7. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – I first read this book in college and it nearly killed me. I was devastated by it but loved it so much as well. It starts off seemingly very charming and unassuming, but it packs a punch.
  8. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau – I picked this up for my kids at first, but had heard a lot about it and ended up really liking it for myself. It’s a perfect introduction into dystopian fiction for younger readers.
  9. Skinned by Robin Wasserman – Bought this at the used bookstore because I had heard about this author and yet hadn’t read any of her books. Ended up loving it and tracked down the other books in the series as well.
  10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I hadn’t originally thought of this one as a dystopian setting, but GoodReads says it is, so it must be true. I devoured this series earlier this year. It was amazing.

Speaking of GoodReads, in scrolling through lists to assemble my own list, I found a whole bunch of books I could easily add. If you have any dystopian books that you loved and that I did not put on my list, please let me know! I love getting book recommendations (even if my TBR is so huge, it’s going to take over my life).

Please leave your teasers and top tens in comments!

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Teaser Tuesday for 12/22

Teaser Tuesday NewTeaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus.

You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.

~ The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I love this book so much, it’s hard to put it into words. Although I did try.

Please leave your teasers in comments!

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Teasers and Top Tens for 12/15

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Can you believe we’re half way through December already?? I sure can’t!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules if you’d like to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Outside the awning, up high on the skeletal platform where the caucus race commenced, sits one giant sphere. An inferno burns inside, licking the glass in hot oranges, yellows, and reds. At the end of the ceremony, We will walk in the midst of those flames with our groom, initiating our trial by fire. After that, We’ll be forever joined to him.

~ Ensnared by A.G. Howard

Yes, yes, I know. It’s only been a week and I’ve made it almost all the way through this trilogy again. Once I get it out of my system, I’ll get back to the other books I’m supposed to be reading right now. I promise!

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wpid-toptentuesday.jpgTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

I’m posting this list with a few exceptions. First off, I’m not listing any book that was a re-read for this year. These are all new books I read for the first time in 2015. Also, I am only including one book per series on this list. That cut my choices down a bit since I am trying very hard to complete series these days. Here are seven good books I discovered this year.

  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – This is ending up on a lot of my lists this year, just because it’s such a good book. It packs a solid punch to the gut, which makes you think about it long after you’ve finished reading.
  2. Ensnared by A.G. Howard – I know I’m sort of cheating with this one, but it did come out this year, which means that although I read the first two books previously, this one was still new. Love love love this series!
  3. These Broken Stars by Amie Kauffman & Meagan Spooner – This one had been on my radar for a while, just because the cover is so amazingly beautiful. Luckily, the story did not disappoint.
  4. The Magician King by Lev Grossman – This book saved this series for me. I hated The Magicians so much, but for some reason, I wanted to give book two a chance. I’m so glad that I did, because book two and book three are a whole different ballgame.
  5. The Doorknob Society by M.J. Fletcher – A book I got for free off of BookBub which lead me to read all five books in the series. This was a fun, quirky series which was very enjoyable.
  6. Redshirts by John Scalzi – I read a lot of heavy, serious stuff. I don’t know why I’m usually drawn to it, but I am. This book was a welcome respite to that. It’s fun and silly and just a good time.
  7. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent – I loved this whole series and I’m so glad that my friend and podcast co-host Jess forced me to read the first one. They were so so good!

Please leave your teasers and top tens in comments!