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Top Ten Tuesday: Matching songs and books

Top Ten Tuesday: Matching songs and books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. I haven’t done a TTT in some time — ooof! This seemed like a creative topic, but I know I won’t have ten ideas to give.  I only have two, but they are songs that make me think of books every time I hear them. Landline by Rainbow Rowell and Hello by Adele  Umm, have you heard this song before? Adele is lamenting about her phone calls not being picked up. This is the essence of the sheer paranoia known as Landline. Lyrics: Hello from the other side I must have called a thousand times To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done But when I call you never seem to be home Cress by Marissa Meyer and Satellite/… Read more »

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TTT: Characters I’d like to canoodle

TTT: Characters I’d like to canoodle

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is a freebie. Dangerous things happen when you give me control. I’m working through a list of topics I made last year, and today I’m choosing the characters I wouldn’t mind taking a run at.* *hypothetically because they aren’t real and I’m not crazy, but you can’t tell me you don’t have this list in your head at any given moment  Copious canoodling ahead I’ve also noted whether the character is a dick or not, which seems important to calculate.      1. Joscelin Verreuil from Kushiel’s Dart | Not a Dick Oh, sweet deadly cinnamon roll. Phedre and Joscelin are the T-est OTP, I love him so. Phedre puts him through some real torture in the course… Read more »

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TTT: Books added recently to my TBR

TTT: Books added recently to my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is the ten most recent books I have added to my TBR! I may have accidentally scheduled a different post to go up earlier today, so oops. It was a long break off from the blog, okay?       1. Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley A story about the Brontës and their ability to travel into the worlds they create. It seems as Gothic as Jane Eyre, plus actual magic not just the insistence that Jane is fae. :) 2. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski These silly kids better make up and kiss if they know what’s good for them… 3. A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean I can’t resist a good punny play… Read more »

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TTT: Wishes we’d like the book genie to grant

TTT: Wishes we’d like the book genie to grant

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is the top ten wishes we’d like a genie to grant. I WANT THIS GENIE NOW! Anne’s Picks: 1. Give me a magical bookshelf, that provides me with any book I wish to read and turns all my existing ebooks into hard copies! 2. Present me with Hermione’s time turner so I can read alllllll day. (I guess I repeated Ashley’s — who drafted hers first!) 3. Make it so every child can read. Every person really, because this is important! 4. Offer up the money to start my own publishing house. That would be bomb. I would love to publish other people’s books all day. :) My own too, of course. 5. Give me the ability to write… Read more »

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TTT: Author combos I would love to see

TTT: Author combos I would love to see

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is the author combos I’d like to see happen. I can count the amount of dual-authored books I have read on one hand. I’ve never really thought of the idea before, but I came up with a couple pairings I would not mind.   1. Jacqueline Carey and Juliet Marillier I have no idea what this story would be like, but without a doubt it would be the best thing ever written.   2. Laini Taylor and Rachel Hartman The only way to improve on the world of Daughter of Smoke and Bone is DRAGONS!   3. Rainbow Rowell and Leila Sales My favorite YA contemporary peoples. Their styles are somewhat different (Rowell uses sooo much snappy dialogue),… Read more »

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TTT: Bookish things our SOs want us to quit

TTT: Bookish things our SOs want us to quit

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. We decided to alter this week’s topic, slightly, as we don’t intend on altering any of our bookish habits. So, instead we turned to our significant others (SOs). While they are mostly supportive our of bookish lifestyle, they find some of our nuances a bit obsessive. Ashley’s Picks I have a small caveat, my boyfriend is actually pretty accepting and supportive of my bookish quirks, but these are the things he could do without. 1) Wasting shelf space by decorating with books. He loves that we have a bookshelf brimming with books, but he doesn’t quite get why I have a separate shelf dedicated to showcasing my decorations and fancy books. He’s a boy, so it’s okay. 2) Trying to… Read more »

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TTT: Books to read if you enjoyed its popular counterpart

TTT: Books to read if you enjoyed its popular counterpart

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is Books to read if you enjoyed X. This was a lot of fun, but also a nice challenge. Anne’s Picks:    1. If you liked Illuminae, try Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan Like Illuminae, it takes place in space and features a very intrepid and intelligent teenage main character in Waverly. While the plot isn’t completely similar, the atmosphere is pretty spot on. Waverly must act in order to rescue people on two different ships, and the fate of the remnants of her planet (in this case, Earth) is in her hands. Don’t expect the same type of layout — Illuminae is on its own in that regard — but the plot and otherwise make this an easy… Read more »

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TTT: Books that make us think of fall

TTT: Books that make us think of fall

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is the fall TBR, but we decided to take a twist on this and showcase the top books that make us think of fall! Anne’s Picks: Personally, I love fall. It is my favorite time of year with the crisp air that smells like the earth and the colorful changing leaves. Nothing better than walking in the woods in the fall.      1. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier Every book by Marillier puts me into Autumn, so I could include her entirely on this list. Daughter of the Forest spans the seasons, but something about the forest and the mostly grim outlook of this story makes me want to wear a sweater. 2. Macbeth by William Shakespeare I think… Read more »

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Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger

Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger

First, I must get this out of the way. While I never traveled the Oregon Trail, this book feels like pure nostalgia for me. Why, you ask? OREGON TRAIL WAS MY JAM. If you were in elementary/middle school in the late 80’s/early 90’s, you likely encountered this message a time or two playing the Trail. (Okay I never called it that, but it feels right) I secretly judged everyone who was off playing Carmen San Diego instead of OREGON TRAIL. In Walk on Earth a Stranger, Lee takes the trail across the country, and while her final destination was California, it was straight out of the game for me. I LOVED this story for it. There are other reasons why I found this story to be utterly delightful. Let me count the ways. Lee Westfall is no lady What an awesome character Carson created in Lee Westfall. After some seriously disturbing… Read more »

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What’s that character’s name again?

What’s that character’s name again?

  I just wrote a semi-cranky review of Armada, and while it wasn’t my finest moment of writing I did have a sudden moment of intense questioning. If you can’t remember the characters’ names, was it that good of a book? I couldn’t remember any of the names of the characters, except for Zack. And maybe that was a cheat because I did put the synopsis in the review, and his name is kind of right there. I couldn’t remember the female character, Lex. I knew she had a name that wasn’t typical, but all I could remember about her was that she was great at the hacking/programming and was kind of a manic pixie. Was the reason I couldn’t remember her name because the book wasn’t my thing or just because the character wasn’t satisfactory to me? Because I am curious-minded and love to waste time, I decided to test myself on… Read more »

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