Posts Categorized: Top Ten Tuesday

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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Top Ten Tuesday – If You Like To Watch This, Read This

April 17, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 11 Comments

Whenever I watch something awesome, my brain always jumps to bookish comparisons. Pairing up movies/shows with books is quite possibly my favorite thing. These are the latest comparisons I’ve made:

If you’re a fan of The 100, you should read the short story We have Always Lived on Mars. (It’s also being made into a movie!)
If you’re a fan of Black Mirror, The Possessions make a most fitting episode.

If you’re a fan of American Horror Story: Murder House, House of Leaves involves an equally terrifying house.
If you loved the foreboding time-travel show Dark, The Shining Girls‘ dark, time travel story will also entice.

If getting into the minds of serial killers like in Mindhunter is your thing, Green River Killer is another look inside the mind of a dark individual.

If the silence unsettled you in A Quiet Place, the sightless in Bird Box will no doubt as well.

If witnessing the effects of a murder on a small-town was affecting, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone is a comparative tale.
If Atomic Blonde made you realize you need more badass lady assassins in your life, Dominika Egorova will do the trick in Red Sparrow.

If you loved Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you’ll be missing out if you don’t read about Sirantha Jax in Grimspace.

If the history of Dunkirk made you want to learn more about WWII, Salt to the Sea gives another facet to this era.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Spring TBR

March 20, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

Spring is never a reliable season where I live. I’ll most definitely get more snow and Spring won’t actually show up until about May where it’ll last about a week and then *bam* your ass is melting because Summer is here. It is what it is. These are the top ten books I plan to read this “Spring”.

My top 5 Spring releases I’m anticipating:

Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel | Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Del Rey Books
The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan | Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas | Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Bloomsbury YA
The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz | Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Harper
We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories by C. Robert Cargill | Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Harper Voyager

Random others I’d like to make time for:

High Voltage (Fever #10) by Karen Marie Moning
Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Ashes of Honor (October Daye #6) by Seanan McGuire
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Ended Up (Surprisingly) Being 5-Star Reads

March 12, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 36 Comments

Personally, I think it’s the best thing ever being surprised by how much you love a book that maybe you weren’t expecting a whole lot out of. These are ten perfect examples of books being unexpectedly fantastic:

Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
It still surprises me when I actually enjoy a classic. Especially this one. Burgess created his own language for crying out loud and while it was hard to follow, it was quite a story.

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Contemporary family dramas… not my thing. I picked this one up randomly and oh my gosh, I loved it. I’ve gone on to love many other Tropper books so he’s definitely an exception.

Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes
It’s easy to be surprised by how much you love a book when it’s outside of your comfort zone. Contemporary romance is another one that isn’t typically my thing. (Or just contemporary in general if you haven’t surmised that.)

Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant
I remember when I first read a blurb for this and it described it as zombies + political drama, which is the weirdest combination ever. I loved it.

Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach
I read Sci-Fi occasionally, but not often. This wasn’t even on my radar until it unexpectedly arrived on my doorstep and wow, I’m so glad it did.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
This was an insane deal when it came out and I had my reservations as I’m sure we all did. I just ended up being one of the apparent few that actually loved it.

Atonement by Ian McEwan
This is one of the few times that I actually watched the movie before I read the book. I adored both book and movie.

Animal Farm by George Orwell
I always used to hear people complain about having read this in school but I went to shit schools and didn’t end up reading this on my own until I was 25. I’m a big fan of Orwell.

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
I’m infamous for not reading summaries of books before adding them to my TBR or even buying them. I rely on others for that. My mom said she was reading the summary and it sounded like something I’d like. She was right. lol

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I read Reid’s debut After I Do and… I super didn’t like it. So much so that I told myself I wouldn’t bother with the author again. Picked this one up on audio randomly and decided to give her a second chance and I’m so glad I did.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Greatest Literary Quotes About Change

March 6, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 5 Comments

My life underwent substantial change in the middle of last year and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, change tends to set in motion more change. Change is one of those inevitable facts of life and you either adapt to it or you don’t.

The following ten quotes are some of my favorite literary quotes about change.

“No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don’t.”

― Stephen King, The Stand

“I’m choosing happiness over suffering. I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

“You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”

― Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”

― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein

“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”

― Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Could Re-Read Forever

February 27, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 8 Comments

The topic today: books I could re-read forever. These are all favorites of mine, but not all favorites are ones I could re-read forever. I don’t re-read often, although I should. I choose not to as much because I like to spend my time reading new books, finding new possible favorites. But sometimes falling into an old favorite though is one of the most comforting things a reader can do. These are ten books that will always be a comfort to me.

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Night Shift by Stephen King
Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

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Top Ten Tuesday – Series I’m No Longer Interested in Finishing

February 20, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 28 Comments

The standalone novel has become a rarity; it’s all about the series. I read my fair share of series but sometimes, they’re drawn out far past their expiration date and you couldn’t pay me to see it through to the end. Here are just a few series that I’ve quit and don’t plan on picking back up anytime soon:

Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella // Last installment readMini Shopaholic (Shopaholic #6)
I adored this series in the beginning but Becky became a bit of a nuisance. And then she created a mini hellion version of herself.

Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost // Last installment readDestined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, #4)
I don’t recall any particular reason why I stopped reading this other than I moved on to better UF and this one was long forgotten.

Chicagoland Vampires Series by Chloe Neill // Last installment readBiting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires #8)
One of the “better UF” series but clearly this one didn’t last either.

White Trash Zombie Series by Diana Rowland // Last installment readHow the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back (White Trash Zombie, #4)
This series was an entertaining series, but somewhere I think it got too serious for its own good. I mean, the Zombie mafia? Really?

The Iron Druid Chronicles Series by Kevin Hearne // Last installment readTricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4)
I loved the first three installments in this series but felt that they were all a bit too repetitive and formulaic. I kept thinking I’d get around to 5 eventually but that was 4 years ago.

The Custard Protocol Series by Gail Carriger // Last installment readPrudence (The Custard Protocol #1)
I adored Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. It is one of the few times steampunk has worked for me. The Custard Protocol? Cheesy and ridiculous. I’m so very disappointed I didn’t love this one too.

Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith // Last installment readThe Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1)
That quote of the woman smoking a cigarette still haunts my dreams.

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi // Last installment read: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)
I thought this series was over but apparently, it has been brought back from the dead and now there are six books planned? Hard fucking pass.

Lincoln Rhyme Series by Jeffery Deaver // Last installment readThe Skin Collector (Lincoln Rhyme #11)
I’ve been reading this series since I was a teenager and I attribute it to my current love of mysteries. The newer installments just aren’t doing it for me but this will always be a special series for me.

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare // Last installment read:  City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
I loved the first three installments in this series and loved the conclusion but wow, this book was super unneeded. I’m still mildly tempted to read The Dark Artifices spin-off, but it has yet to happen.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Make Me Believe in Love

February 13, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 6 Comments

It’s that time of year, guys.

Yes, it’s almost the day of lurve. Or, really, just another fucking Wednesday. Here are the top ten books that caused me to actually feel something in that cold, dark area known as my heart.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) by Tessa Dare
Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) by Julia Quinn

What books make you believe in love?

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