Posts Categorized: Top Ten Tuesday

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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Top Ten Tuesday – Books on my TBR the Longest

February 6, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 16 Comments

I’ve had books on my TBR for years. YEARS. But, since I’m all about particulars, it must be said, that I’m going off of Goodreads stats alone and these are all from 2011 since that’s when I first joined Goodreads. If I’m being honest though, these books have been on my “shelf” for far longer, but let’s just stick to the facts, shall we?

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield // added Mar 16, 2011
The Dragon Queen (Tales of Guinevere #1) by Alice Borchardt // added Mar 16, 2011
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton // added Mar 16, 2011
The Bells by Richard Harvell // added Jun 22, 2011
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier // added Jul 28, 2011

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov // added Jul 28, 2011
Watership Down by Richard Adams // added Oct 04, 2011
The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón // added Oct 04, 2011
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote // added Oct 19, 2011
The Magus by John Fowles // added Oct 19, 2011

What books have gathered dust bunnies on your shelves?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten 2017 Releases I Didn’t Get To

January 9, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 10 Comments

Books other than my small Review mountain, right? hahaha… Yeah, that’s a whole other list. These ten are just a small chunk of the 2017 releases that I really would have liked to get around to. Maybe this year. 🙂

The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) by Jane Harper
I’d had on my eye on this curious sounding mystery for a while but it wasn’t until the second book in the series showed up in my mailbox that I knew I had to pick this up sooner rather than later.

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas
I had been consistently keeping up with all Maas releases but I’m admittedly not a big Chaol fan and definitely lost most of my excitement for this one.

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
I haven’t read anything by Attenberg but if you compare anything to Tropper I’m guaranteed to want it.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
I waited until the hype had died down before reading Girl on the Train and I feel I’ve been subconsciously doing that with this one too.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
I love True Crime books and I honestly don’t know why I don’t read more of them.

American War by Omar El Akkad
There’s a PLAGUE, guys. A PLAGUE. And war. I have no idea why I like such dark shit.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor
Honestly, the only reason I haven’t read this is because I’m torn. I won a beautiful hardcover copy but Steve West narrates the audiobook and I’d feel guilty listening. Help. lol

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) by Julia Quinn
I read Because of Miss Bridgerton last year and it was so much fun. And my first Quinn! Crazy, I know.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I read three of Reid’s novels last month and I’m officially on the Reid bandwagon.

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
I’ve only loved Horowitz’s Sherlock duology but I loved it so much. This title has been getting a lot of love and I just recently picked it up in a recent Audible sale so this should happen soon.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

January 2, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 1 Comment

I don’t branch out as much as I would like when it comes to new authors. Some of these ten are well-loved authors, a few debuts, and a fan-fic. Yes, that counts. Don’t agree? I will fight you. Anyways, in looking back on my reading year, I didn’t have the best year. But these ten were definite highlights and are in no particular order.

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy
Isolation by Bex-Chan
Lightwood by Steph Post
Late Wife by Claudia Emerson
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) by Julia Quinn

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Top Ten Tuesday – Something To Look Forward To in 2018

December 26, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 7 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

2018 is just around the corner and today I rounded up my top ten titles I’m most excited for.

Walk in the Fire (Judah Cannon #2) by Steph Post | Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Polis Books
I just finished Lightwood and really, really enjoyed it. Looking forward to this follow-up.

High Voltage (Fever #10) by Karen Marie Moning | Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Delacorte Press
This series just keeps going and going. I can’t stop.

Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe | Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
I can’t explain my love for books set in the backwoods involving drug empires and gun running. It is what it is.

Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel | Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Del Rey Books
These audiobooks are so beyond amazing and I can’t wait to see how Neuvel closes out this trilogy.

Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews | Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Ace
THE LAST ONE, GUYS. *sniffle*

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott | Expected publication: July 17th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
I still haven’t read Abbott’s 2017 release but I’m always excited for anything new from her.

The Line That Held Us by David Joy | Expected publication: August 14th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Joy is quickly becoming another

Missing Person by Sarah Lotz | Expected publication: November 1st 2018 by Mulholland Books
“…about a group of amateur detectives infiltrated by the sadistic killer whose case they’re investigating.” I couldn’t add to my TBR fast enough.

Untitled (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas | Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books
ANOTHER LAST IN A SERIES.

Untitled (Charley Davidson #13) by Darynda Jones | Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
ANOTHER SERIES END?? Four favorites, coming to an end. I might cry.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best of 2017

December 12, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 10 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

At the time of writing this post, I’ve finished 128 books. Not counting re-reads, I had just eight 5-stars, two 4.5-stars, and a ton of four stars. It was a fairly decent reading year, despite my record year of DNFs (currently sitting at 26), but I didn’t have as many memorable reads as I had hoped. But these ten (plus two I’m still in the middle of) were quite excellent. 🙂

Late Wife by Claudia Emerson
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

The Golden Dynasty (Fantasyland #2) by Kristen Ashley
Isolation by Bex-Chan
One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews
The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter

This is the problem with doing a Best Of list before the year is even over. I’m not even finished but I’m already loving these two so these are going on the list as awesome too.

How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper
Strange Weather by Joe Hill

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Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Gift Guide for the Holidays

December 5, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

Books are always the best of gifts. Always. I’ve put together a little gift guide for a wide variety of readers. From fans of fantasy to fans of romance. From Non-Fiction fans to Shakespearean fans. Here’s hoping this helps you find something fun for the reader in your life. 🙂

If you’re looking for a classic fantasy…

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
This edition is Gaiman’s preferred text, includes a bonus story —“How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”, and is beautifully illustrated by Chris Riddell.

If you’re looking for some mythological horror…

Lost Gods by Brom
Brom is one of the most spectacular artists ever and anything he releases is always worth a read (or at the very least a look.)

If you’re looking for something to satisfy wanderlust…

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer
I flipped through this guide at my library and fell in love with the layout and visually appealing design of this book. Definitely a great one for any fan of history.

If you’re looking for a history of classic horror…

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix
This fascinating look at Horror novels published in the 70s and 80s is entertaining and eye-opening. A go-to for any horror fan.

If you’re looking for an illustrated guide to monsters…

The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke
Fan of Lore, the podcast? Read this.

If you’re looking for a visually enthralling mystery…

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
This novel is so much more than your average mystery what with all the case file pictures, internet screenshots, and news articles that make you feel like an actual part of the investigation. This book is so completely fantastic.

If you’re looking for something humorous about adulting…

The Sarah’s Scribbles collection by Sarah Andersen
Sarah Andersen manages to perfectly describe the hilarious difficulties of life in general in her entertaining comics.

If you’re looking for something fun for a Shakespeare fan…

Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North
There was nothing I loved more than a choose your own adventure book when I was a kid. I think it’s a bit of a requirement to be a Shakespeare fan to fully enjoy this one but I know plenty out there.

If you’re looking for something for a Sci-Fi + audiobook fan…

The X-Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson even reprise their roles to narrate making this so much damn fun. There’s even a second one already out.

If you’re looking for something with romance…

The Audible Romance Package has it all and more. For just $6.95 extra a month (as an add-on to an existing Audible membership) you can have unlimited listening to a wide (seriously, there are so many, I just finished Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. HIGHLY recommended) selection of Romance Audiobooks. I got the free trial just to give it a whirl and I’m loving it.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Winter TBR

November 28, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 24 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

ATTENTION: THERE IS ONLY ONE MONTH LEFT IN 2017. WTF

I’ve got a bit of a busy life as of late. I’m working two jobs which average about 65 hours a week so unfortunately, reading time has been scarce. My review mountain has continued to grow. Since the start of October, one of my goals has been to see how many review books I can knock out by the end of 2017. So far? Well, I’ve only read 15 books (including 1 DNF) but 11 of them were review books so NOT BAD. Probably overly ambitious since those 15 books were read over the course of two months but these are 10 are books I’d like to read before we say goodbye to another year.

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry
Sea of Rust: A Novel by C. Robert Cargill
The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Strange Weather by Joe Hill
The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty
Artemis by Andy Weir
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions (Kopp Sisters #3) by Amy Stewart

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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best Foodie Books

October 17, 2017 Bonnie Book Reviews, Top Ten Tuesday 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I love food-related books. Fiction, Non-Fiction, it doesn’t matter.

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These ten are my favorites of the bunch.

Non-Fiction

Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas
This book made me want to visit Paris like never before. On top of tales of wonderful sweets, the author shares her own personal story about finding her way in a foreign place, gaining a new perspective on life, and simply learning to be thankful for what life dishes out to you.

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl
This is my most favorite of foodie memoirs and Reichl is such a captivating writer. Effortlessly combining her love of food and her most interesting childhood, Tender at the Bone is an absolute must-read for foodie fans.

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
Bourdain is known for his no-bullshit attitude and it’s evident in Kitchen Confidential. He even narrates this audiobook which is an added perk. KC is his story of developing his passion for food but is also an overly honest portrayal of just what life inside a restaurant is really like. (Insane as fuck.)

Give a Girl a Knife by Amy Thielen
Much like Kitchen Confidential, Amy Thielen delivers an inside look at life inside the world of New York fine-dining. The difference being the perspective shift from a female’s point of view and her story of learning to cook in an off-the-grid cabin deep in the woods of Minnesota. The New York life was interesting, but I would have preferred more of her time developing her cooking skills when she had to pump her own water, didn’t have electricity, and grew most of everything that she cooked.

My Life in France by Julia Child
Julia Child is one of the originals so she had to make this list, it was just a given. This is not one to read on an empty stomach though.

Fiction

All Four Stars (All Four Stars #1) by Tara Dairman
One of my favorite middle-grade books ever. All Four Stars is the story of Gladys Gatsby who, even in just the sixth grade, knows exactly what she wants to do in life: cook. When she enters a writing contest in school, her entry ends up in the hands of the Dining Editor at a prestigious New York newspaper and she’s offered a job as a food critic. Hilarity ensues as she tries to keep her age a secret.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a delightful, lighthearted romance story that is also a love story to delicious foods and the city of Milwaukee. There’s even a delicious recipe in the back of the book for Coconut cake that I have to try myself someday.

Sweet Nothings by Janis Thomas
Ruby’s bakery is failing and after her husband leaves her for another woman, she picks herself back up and begins to teach cooking classes to make ends meet. This was such a fun and light-hearted read despite the serious nature of the topic. And the food descriptions are insanely drool-worthy.

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
My favorite Sarah Addison Allen. Less of a foodie book than the others on this list, but more about the comforting aspects of food in trying times. Josey Cirrini isn’t leading the life she planned, but she consoles herself by escaping to the closet in her room each night where she’s stockpiled it with sugary treats and romance novels. Sounds pretty wonderful, actually. 🙂

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
Sunshine Mackenzie has a popular cooking show on YouTube based around her being a Southern farmer’s daughter and is geared towards becoming the next Food Network star when someone hacks her Twitter account and reveals to the world that Sunshine is nothing but a fraud. Cute foodie novel about re-discovering the real you amidst all the fakery in this day and age.

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