Posts Categorized: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Best in Miniature

July 16, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 15 Comments

A book doesn’t require a billion pages to be amazing. Sometimes the best stories have the fewest words. From a mere 4 pages up to 102, these are ten stories in miniature that I couldn’t help but wish for more pages.

Throttle by Joe Hill and Stephen King [Purchase]
The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind [Purchase]
We Have Always Lived on Mars by Cecil Castellucci [Purchase]
Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box (Newsflesh 0.1) by Mira Grant [Purchase]
If You’re Not Yet Like Me by Edan Lepucki [Purchase]

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe [Purchase]
The End of the Party by Graham Greene
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury
The Dead by James Joyce [Purchase]

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best of 2018 (So far)

July 10, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 7 Comments

It’s never more evident how all over the place my reading picks are than when I do a best of list. Memoir, graphic novel, Dystopian, Romance, Non-Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and even a re-read (and a DNF) of two books I didn’t like the first time around. I’ve got a little bit of everything in this list. Here are my current favorite ten reads for the year… so far. 🙂

I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron
Lady Killer 2 by Joëlle Jones
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman
The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) by Jane Harper
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte
Lock In (Lock In #1) by John Scalzi
Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes

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Top Ten Tuesday – ‘Murica: The Book Edition

July 2, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 8 Comments

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July in the United States and I’m not even in the country! But here’s a fun little red, white, and blue book tower anyways.

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link [Purchase]
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella [Purchase]
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus #1) by Jonathan Stroud [Purchase]
Horns by Joe Hill [Purchase]
The Dark Lake (Gemma Woodstock #1) by Sarah Bailey [Purchase]
Instant Love by Jami Attenberg [Purchase]
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler [Purchase]
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari [Purchase]
Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes [Purchase]
Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant [Purchase]

Happy Fourth, everyone.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Series Graveyard

June 25, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 17 Comments

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about those series’ that I’ve called it quits on. It can be hard to finally make that decision to move on, I know that personally, I have a hard time closing the door on a story that you may have spent a lot of time invested in. But hard decisions sometimes have to be made so you can move on to better books. These are just a few of the series that have joined my Series Graveyard.

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

Last installment read: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1)
Man, I really loved this series and A Court of Mist and Fury still remains a favorite but this series went super downhill for me. Starlight (which I recently dubbed Frost and Starshit) was just the nail in the coffin.

Red Queen Series

Last installment read: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
I didn’t get very far with this one, but I’m okay with that. There just wasn’t enough “special” about this one to keep me invested.

An Ember in the Ashes Series

Last installment read: An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)
This was a well-loved debut (and still remains a well-loved series) but someone has to be the black sheep. Baaa. Between the extremely slow pace and the excessive (and unnecessary) violence, I didn’t much care for this one and never continued the series.

     
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series

Last installment read: Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2)
This one is a weird one. The last book I read in this series I rated four stars, however, I’ve practically forgotten everything about this and I didn’t enjoy it enough to warrant a re-read. So here it lies.


Blood and Salt Series

Last installment read: Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt, #1)
This was one of the last horror (YA) books that I read. I’m such a massive horror fan and unfortunately, the majority of YA books are far too tame (and contain too much unnecessary romance.)

Parasitology Series

Last installment read: Symbiont (Parasitology #2)
I never expected to dislike this one as much as I did. Parasites! Contagion! Mira Grant! It still upsets me that I couldn’t even finish this trilogy. So sad.

Love Lies Beneath Series

Last installment read: Love Lies Beneath (Love Lies Beneath, #1)
This is another favorite author of mine that managed to write something I didn’t like. But it happens, I suppose. Maybe it was the lack of verse? Whatever it was, this was terrible, but at least my review was fun to write.

 

Guards of the Shadowlands Series

Last installment read: Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1)
This had been on my TBR for ages and I’d listened to people rave about this series for years. Definitely another black sheep situation. I could barely finish the first installment.

Alphas Series

Last installment read: Origins (Alphas, #0.5)
I’ve heard rumblings that even though this was written a while ago, that a series may happen someday. I love Ilona Andrews so much but this is one series I’ll be skipping out on if it does in fact happen.

Eve Duncan Series

Last installment read: Bonnie (Eve Duncan, #14)
I read this one for many, many years but finally had to call it quits. The 14th installment was meant to be where we finally got all the answers but it was such a cop-out. And then the series continued somehow, even after everything was “resolved”. I’m curious how Johansen kept the story afloat but not interested enough to actually pick up the next book.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Summer TBR a.k.a The Fluffy Edition

June 18, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 19 Comments

These ten are a combination of genres but all include the requisite fluffy bits (for the most part) that my reading lists typically tend to lack. I searched for the term “Beach” from past posts and had a good laugh at all the planned reading lists I made solely to be read by the beach… and how few of them ended up getting read. Oh well, good intentions are great and all, but here’s hoping these actually get read? And maybe I actually go to the beach?

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle [Purchase]
Bad at Love by Karina Halle [Purchase]
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal [Purchase]
The First Husband by Laura Dave [Purchase]
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian [Purchase]

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid [Purchase]
A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove #1) by Tessa Dare [Purchase]
The Duke’s Perfect Wife (Mackenzies & McBrides #4) by Jennifer Ashley [Purchase]
Broken Dove (Fantasyland #4) by Kristen Ashley [Purchase]
A Kiss to Remember by Teresa Medeiros [Purchase]

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Top Ten Tuesday – Irish Books to Keep the Wanderlust Alive

June 11, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 41 Comments

I’ve got a trip of a lifetime coming up in a few short weeks: 11 days in Ireland. I’ve never been overseas so this is a really big deal. Naturally, I’ve already scoped out all of the literary things I need to make sure to do while I’m there. 🙂 In terms of Irish/Ireland literature, I haven’t read a whole lot. I’ve compiled a list of ten that should help me keep the memories of the hopefully amazing time I’m about to have alive in my mind.

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French [Purchase]
Haunted Ground (Nora Gavin #1) by Erin Hart [Purchase]
Walk the Blue Fields: Stories by Claire Keegan [Purchase]
The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley: A Novel by Jeremy Massey [Purchase]
The Ruin (Cormac Reilly #1) by Dervla McTiernan [Purchase]

A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd [Purchase]
The Glorious Heresies (Ryan Cusack #1) by Lisa McInerney [Purchase]
City of Bohane by Kevin Barry [Purchase]
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly [Purchase]
Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern [Purchase]

Do you have any well-loved books set in Ireland you’d like to recommend? I’m all ears!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Quit Too Soon?

June 5, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 28 Comments

It’s taken me a long time to finally be as okay as I am with DNF-ing. It was always a tie between worrying that I wasn’t in the right mood and that it really wasn’t the book’s fault and between simply giving up *right* before it finally got good, of course. Occasionally, there are even instances where I’ve listened to the audiobook and it’s possible it would have gone over a lot better in physical. Those are the ones that really bother me (there are a good number of those).

Honestly, it’s really quite simple: we all read for the enjoyment of reading. If you’re not enjoying yourself then what are you even doing? But despite my new (yet still occasionally rocky) outlook on reading, there are some that I can’t help but wonder if I quit too soon.

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black [Purchase]
Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo [Purchase]
Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop [Purchase]
A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet [Purchase]
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity (Constance Verity #1) by A. Lee Martinez [Purchase]

Authority (Southern Reach #2) by Jeff VanderMeer [Purchase]
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #1) by Hilary Mantel [Purchase]
The Lake House by Kate Morton [Purchase]
Rotters by Daniel Kraus [Purchase]
Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin [Purchase]

Alright, so are there any on here that you’d like to convince me to give a second chance to? 😉

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Top Ten Tuesday – My Favorite Color Is…

May 8, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 13 Comments

…apparently not used on book covers as often as I thought! But I managed to find at least ten that I’ve not only read but thoroughly enjoyed. Without further ado…

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling [Purchase]
Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) by Karina Halle [Purchase]
Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5) by Darynda Jones [Purchase]
Binding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell #3) by Jenn Bennett [Purchase]
Faefever (Fever #3) by Karen Marie Moning [Purchase]

Stardust by Neil Gaiman [Purchase]
The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy #1) by Mindee Arnett [Purchase]
Glass (Crank #2) by Ellen Hopkins [Purchase]
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) by Charlaine Harris [Purchase]
Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman #1) by Neil Gaiman [Purchase]

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’d Fight a Care Bear For

May 1, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 28 Comments

Dear Books:

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I’d totally fight a Care Bear to get my hands on these.

Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews | Expected publication: August 28th, 2018 by Ace
Transcription by Kate Atkinson | Expected publication: September 25th, 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
Missing Person by Sarah Lotz | Expected publication: November 1st, 2018 by Mulholland Books
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker | Expected publication: January 15th, 2019 by Random House
Motherland by Lauren Beukes | Expected publication: April 1st, 2019 by Mulholland Books

These don’t even have covers yet (some don’t even have actual release dates) but I’m still itching to get my hands on these.

Wildcard (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu | Expected publication: September 18th, 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
The Witch Elm by Tana French | Expected publication: October 9th, 2018 by Viking
The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman | Expected publication: 2019
The Lost Man by Jane Harper | Expected publication: February 5th, 2019 by Flatiron Books
Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson #13) by Darynda Jones | Expected publication: February 19th, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

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Top Ten Tuesday – Frequently Used Words

April 24, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 8 Comments

The first thought that came to mind regarding commonly used words in book titles? Girl. There are so many (too many) “Girl” books. For this post, I came up with a list of the 5 most common words found in books already found on my reading shelves. One favorite and one I still need to read. 🙂

Dead

Read: Deadline (Newsflesh #2) by Mira Grant
TBR: Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim #2) by Richard Kadrey

Night

Read: Night Film by Marisha Pessl
TBR: Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #7) by Seanan McGuire

Dark

Read: Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning
TBR: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

House

Read: Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) by Karina Halle
TBR: Hell House by Richard Matheson

Blood

Read: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
TBR: Books of Blood: Volume One (Books of Blood #1) by Clive Barker

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