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Teasers & Top Tens – 7/16/19

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Ambrosia at 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!

This week’s teaser comes from Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas.

Nesryn knew.

She knew it hadn’t been mere interest that had prompted Chaol to ask her to talk to him last night, but guilt.

Hmmmm . . . wonder why someone might be feeling guilty? You’ll have to read to find out!

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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 Auto-Buy Authors

This one was actually a bit difficult for me, because I don’t buy as many books as I used to. I am very lucky that my local library has a really big ebook selection, which between that and all the review copies I’ve been getting, has kept me pretty busy. Here are a bunch of authors that I enjoy and would typically try to buy as soon as I could.

  1. A.G. Howard – Author of the Splintered series, RoseBlood, and Stain
  2. John Green – Author of Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, and several others
  3. Hank Green – Author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
  4. Mark Oshiro – Author of Anger is a Gift
  5. Chuck Wendig – Author of the Miriam Black series, the Heartland series, Wanderers, and several others
  6. Neil Gaiman – Co-Author of Good Omens. Author of American Gods, The Graveyard Book, the Sandman series, and many others.
  7. Cassandra Clare – Author of the Shadowhunters series (multiple series)
  8. Dianne Sylvan – Author of the Shadow World series, as well as several neo-pagan non-fiction books
  9. Maureen Johnson – Author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlet, the Shades of London series, and many others
  10. Erin Morgenstern – Author of The Night Circus and the upcoming The Starless Sea

Those are my teasers and top tens for this week. Please leave yours in comments!

Also, as a reminder, I am doing a giveaway to celebrate hitting 500 followers on this blog. If you want to sign up, please check out this post to do so. 🙂

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Teasers & Top Tens – 7/9/19

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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!

She had seen no more of Rhodri after he left her in the inn with his strange brand of magic. Stranger than her own. But it wasn’t the magic that haunted her, not his horns, not even his very existence.

Instead, it was his words.

Stranger Rituals by Kali Rose Schmidt

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

CHARACTER FREEBIE!!

So I get to choose this week! To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to go with, so I decided to just do something simple.

My Top Five Books That I Read This Year

Yes, I am only doing a top five because my count for books read so far for 2019 is only 28. Which is good for me! Not complaining about that! But for this, I didn’t want to include re-reads, and I didn’t want to include anything that got 3 stars or less in my GoodReads review. These five are a sold 5 stars from me.

  1. The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winter – I loved this one so much. Edgar Allan Poe is already such a mysterious character, so to see his dark muse literally come to life – so cool! You can see my review here.
  2. The Bone Charmer by Breeana Sheilds – One of my first blog tours and one of my favorite books from a blog tour so far. This was a really beautiful and very interesting story. You can see my review here.
  3. The Rage of Saints by S.A. Klopfenstein – This was my first ever blog tour, which was very exciting. It was also a whirlwind since I had to read two books instead of just one. Both were amazing, the exact kind of fantasy that I love. You can see my review here.
  4. Where I End and You Begin by Preston Norton – This book was just plain fun. I love books that have a lot of humor, but also touch on some serious issues in an appropriate and approachable way. You can see my review here.
  5. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – You all know I have been working my way through the Throne of Glass series. This is book #5, the last one that I’ve read so far, and whoa! Holy cliffhangers, Batman! You can see my review here.

That’s it for my picks this Tuesday! Please leave your teasers and your lists in comments – it should be fun to see what topics everyone else has picked! Happy reading!

 

 

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Teasers & Top Tens – 7/2/19

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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! 

These truths are part of the reason why I am running for my life right now. But the people chasing me aren’t your everyday criminals. This isn’t a mugging, which in Brooklyn, let’s be honest, is quite common to see.

Damn.

I could kick myself for being so naive.

It’s Our Time by Diane Krauss

This is my next NetGalley ARC and so far, it’s different from what I was expecting. Which is good! I love being surprised!

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

Top Ten Childhood Favorites

Oh my heart! There were so many it might be hard to even think of them all! Let’s start with my top favorites and work my way down.

  1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – One of my absolute, all-time favorites. I doubt there were many kids my age back then who didn’t read this one. I loved the cartoon too!
  2. Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White – Same author as Charlotte’s Web, but didn’t get nearly as much attention. And I think I enjoyed it even more?
  3. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell – One of the first books that completely broke my heart as a kid. And yet, I couldn’t stop reading it over and over again.
  4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – The first time I was introduced to Narnia was during 3rd grade story time, when my teacher would read us a chapter each day.
  5. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley – I went through a very brief horse phase, as I think most girls of my generation did, and this book was a big part of that.
  6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle – Loved this book then, love it even more now. I love that it is still so popular after all these years.
  7. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder – I remember finding this in my school library and thinking it looked really creepy. I also was fascinated with the author’s name, and who can blame me, really.
  8. Bunnicula by James Howe – These books were so funny and cute! How can you be scared of a vampire bunny? He killed all the veggies!
  9. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst – My mom used to read this one to me and I could so relate to Alexander. But some days are like that. Even in Australia.
  10. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz – Another one that I picked up in my school library, had nightmares about, then kept reading because I couldn’t stop. Why did I keep doing that to myself?

Please leave your teasers and top tens in comments!

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Teasers & Top Tens – 6/25/19

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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! 

There were two parts of her, Nesryn supposed.

The part that was now Captain of Adarlan’s Royal Guard, who had made a vow to her king to see that the man in the wheeled chair beside her was healed—and to muster an army from the man enthroned before her. That part of Nesryn kept her head high, her shoulders back, her hands within a nonthreatening distance of the ornate sword at her hip.

Then there was the other part.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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

Books On My Summer TBR

I’ve never really had different types of reads for different seasons, although I know some folks do it that way. That said, I do have a pretty busy summer full of reviews and blog tours coming up, so let’s take a look, shall we?

  1. It’s Our Time by Dianne Kraus – This is an ARC I got from NetGalley, scheduled for release next month. I should be starting it this week.
  2. The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot – Another one from NetGalley, this one comes out in August.
  3. Stranger Rituals by Kali Rose Schmidt – This one is for a blog tour next month, hosted by Xpresso.
  4. Pharaoh’s Star by Olivia Hardy Ray – Another blog tour, this one with RABT, scheduled for August.
  5. How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman – Blog tour through Xpresso, also for August.
  6. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – Another blog tour book from the Fantastic Flying Book Club (I just love their name!!) This one is in July, and I really need to get started on it!
  7. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas – I am finally getting to this one! I started it over vacation, although I’m just a chapter in.
  8. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – Once I finish Tower of Dawn, this is the next and final book in the series. One more to cross off!

I’m going to leave that list at eight instead of ten because I really don’t know where I’m going after I finish the Throne of Glass series. I’ll have to see at some point, once I get through all of the above stuff.

Please share your teasers and top tens in comments!

 

 

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Teasers and Top Tens – 5/28/19

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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! 

There was only one rule in the entire universe that governed mine and Wynonna’s body-swapping. That was that the first swap of the day happened exactly at 3:14 A.M. every night.

Where I End And You Begin by Preston Norton

I am enjoying this one so much! I’m so glad NetGalley gave it to me! I should have it finished and a review up by next week.

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

Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years

To clarify, this is will be a list of my favorite book read each year for the last eight years, not ten. I’m going to have to go by GoodReads on this because it is really hard for me to remember what I’m reading at any given moment, and I only kept up with my yearly lists starting in 2012.

2019 (so far)The Shadow Watch by S.A. Klopfenstein – This was my very first blog tour book and I have to say, I absolutely loved this book. It was such a fun fantasy, reminding me why I originally got into the genre in the first place.

2018Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson – Not only did I read this book at a time when I desperately needed to, it also introduced me to the wonderful Bloggess, which I am eternally grateful for.

2017Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – The last book in this trilogy and I loved it so much! I loved everything about this series and Leigh Bardugo’s writing, and this ending was so satisfying.

2016The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak – For the most part, I am trying to avoid re-reads on this list, but honestly, this was by far the best book I read this year. It’s absolutely amazing and everyone should read it.

2015The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu – This book was brutal and difficult to read, but I think that’s why people should read it. I like books that show you how words can hurt sometimes, and how you can hurt people without meaning to.

2014Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor – Such a beautiful book. This one was strongly recommended to me by my friend and former podcast co-host, Jess. And by strongly, I mean she told me I wasn’t allowed to read anything else until I read this one.

2013Pawn by Aimee Carter – I think I got this one via NetGalley many years ago, one of the first ones I got for the blog. It was so good and I really need to finish this series. It’s on the list and I hope I can get to it this year.

2012Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – What can I say about this series? I loved the original Mortal Instruments series by Cassie Clare, but I think I liked the Infernal Devices trilogy even more, if that’s possible.

I wish I could go back further, but I just don’t have all the info on it. Still, I think this is a pretty good list. It was fun to go back and look at all the things I’ve read (and see how many times I’ve re-read certain things, like the Harry Potter books, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games trilogy).

Do you have any teasers or top tens this week? Please leave them in comments!

Teaser Tuesday · Top Ten Tuesdays

Teasers & Top Tens – 3/19/19

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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!

Cassiel’s dagger, with which Elua made reply to the messengers of the One God; Cassiel’s Servant, touchstone of my dart-riven heart. Pondering such mysteries, I fell at last into a fretful sleep and awoke at dawn to the beginning of the endgame.

Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey

So many things are happening in this book right now!

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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 Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

I actually do have somewhat of a plan for Spring! This is unusual!

  1. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas – This is book #6 in the Throne of Glass series, so of course I will be reading it.
  2. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – This is book #7, which will finish up this series and I can cross off my Complete the Series challenge!
  3. Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey – The last book in the Phèdre Trilogy, will knock another series off my Complete the Series list. I probably won’t finish it in the spring, although I might, but I’ll definitely start it.
  4. The Wrythe and the Reckoning by Yvonthia Leland – This is an ARC that I got from NetGalley that comes out in April, so I will be reading it soon.
  5. The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters – Another NetGalley ARC, also coming out in April. April is going to busy, y’all!
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – I will be moving on to book #4 in April (after hopefully finishing Prisoner of Azkaban in March if I can), and of course, continuing to Chapter-A-Long here on the blog.
  7. Pawn by Aimee Carter – This is the first book in the Blackcoat Rebellion trilogy and I think this will be the next series to try and complete, which will finish up the goal I set for myself (complete three series from a list of series I hadn’t finished). I read this as an ARC years ago, and it was really good.
  8. Captive by Aimee Carter – Book #2 in the Blackcoat Rebellion trilogy. I should probably be able to finish all three this spring. They aren’t super long and, if the next books are as good as the first, I’m sure I will devour them just as quickly.
  9. Queen by Aimee Carter – Book #3 in the Blackcoat Rebellion trilogy. See explanation above.
  10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson – This one has been on my TBR for a while, but I would probably try to go ahead and read it now for a few reasons: 1). it’s part of my Beat the Backlist challenge, and 2). it’s a standalone. I’ve been reading a LOT of series lately and I think I’m starting to get series fatigue.

That’s it for my teaser and top ten this week! Leave yours in comments!

Teaser Tuesday · Top Ten Tuesdays

Teasers & Top Tens – 3/5/19

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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 demon seized control the moment the man who wielded the collar returned. It shoved him back into that pit of memory until he was the one screaming again, until he was small and broken and fragmented.

~ Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #4)

I was hoping to have this one finished by now, but real life has stepped in for a bit. It’s okay, I will still finish it this week.

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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 Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

  1. Hermione Granger (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) – Actually, the real answer to this is ANY CHARACTER from Harry Potter (except for Harry, way too many issues). Hermione and I are practically the same person anyway, so it would work out fine.
  2. Mae Holland (The Circle by David Eggers) – Even though I know The Circle is kind-of-sort-of evil, I kind-of-sort-of still wish I could work there? Or maybe just have that feeling of wild, endless possibilities.
  3. Polgara the Sorceress (The Belgariad and The Mallorean series by David Eddings) – Going old school fantasy on this one. Polgara is beautiful, can do magic, and has a self-confidence that I will never have if I live forever. Plus she can cook.
  4. Phèdre nó Delaunay (Phèdre’s Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey) – Not gonna lie, Phèdre goes through absolute hell in these books (so far anyway), but she also lives a wonderful, exciting life in a beautiful country.
  5. Anna Oliphant (Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins) – Anna is a big time movie buff who gets to live and go to school in Paris, plus meets a beautiful boy in the process. What’s not to like?
  6. Ridley Duchannes (Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl) – While Ridley certainly has her issues, and is certainly NOT a good person, there is something to admire about her fire and attitude. She does not care what you think!
  7. Miranda Grey (Shadow World series by Dianne Sylvan) – This series is my favorite in the vampire genre, and Miranda is just plain awesome. She’s a musician turned vampire and gets to be soulmates with David Solomon. Swoon.
  8. Margo Roth Spiegleman (Paper Towns by John Green) – Margo speaks to my feelings of wanting to run away and escape sometimes. Who hasn’t wanted to just pick up and disappear at some point in their lives?
  9. Ginny Blackstone (13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson) – Let’s be honest, I just wish I had a wealthy relative who would send me on a scavenger hunt across Europe. And why not? It sounded like a blast.
  10. Franny Banks (Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham) – Franny has her issues as well, but she is living in New York City (my favorite place in the world) and working hard to try and make her dreams come true.

Please leave your teasers and/or top tens in comments!