Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (56)

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1. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller- My absolute favorite book of the entire year (so far...)! I need to post my review of this book to tell people exactly how much I loved it. The language was great, a solid plot, amazing characters. *Sigh* I almost wish I could read it again for the first time. It was so wonderful.

2. Wait For You by J. Lynn- Jennifer Armentrou's Romances, especially New Adult books have become my secret guilty pleasure. Avery and Cam were such a sweet couple and perhaps a bit more "real" than some Romance heroes or heroines can be. I liked the deeper, darker plot underneath the sweet parts, but was happy it didn't try to overwhelm every other part of the novel.

3. School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins- School Spirits was so fun and full of all Hawkins' normal sass. I loved Dex and Izzy as characters so much. A few parts of the novel did fall flat, but I would easily overlook them if a second book were announced in the series. I would pay muuuuuucha moola to see Dex become a kick-ass demon/witch/vampire/spirit/magical beings hunter with all his sass.

4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater- I'm such a fan of Maggie's writing! Her Wolves of Mercy Falls series still pulls on me emotionally every once in a while. While I didn't feel that bone deep connection I felt with Shiver in the Raven Boys, I still highly enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the sequel.

5. Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan- What can I say? It was a case of the right book at the right time. Reading the Percy Jackson series is incredibly relaxing for me.

6. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr- My book club was split down the middle with our opinions on this one. I liked the story and the language but sort of hated how ambiguous the ending was regarding Jennifer and Cam's feelings. I added a few points for a lovely cover. (When in doubt if I'll like a book, go with the one with the prettiest cover.)

7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi- The only reason this book was so low on my list is because it was a re-read. When I first read Shatter Me, it probably would have been my best book read so far. I only re-read it in order to prepare for "Destroy Me" and Unravel Me.

8. The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen- The best part about this book was all of the smexy scenes. I adored when Micha would call Ella by her full name. The newer cover is so pretty too!

9. "The Assassin and the Pirate Lord" by Sarah J. Maas- Alright, I'm cheating by putting a novella instead of an actual book. This year has been frightfully lacking in reading good books (so far). Even so, "The Assassin and the Pirate Lord" was a pretty kick-ass novella.

10. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale- It's been so long since I've read this one. I'm toeing the line of being a bit ambivalent towards it. I remember the book had some pacing issues and felt too long. But, I can also recall the overall actions and characters which made the book good for me.

Happy Reading,


  1. I love the Percy Jackson books! :) The Raven Boys is one of those books that I've been dying to read, but my local BN was out of copies. I have a copy of Shatter Me, though- I just need to read it! haha

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    1. I'm sorry they didn't have a copy of The Raven Boys, it must mean it's popular in your area. Yes! Read Shatter Me. It is a great... I don't remember what genre it is, but there's romance, danger and cool powers. That's always a winner to me.

  2. I'm reading The Raven Boys right now and I'm loving it!! I haven't read Shiver or The Scorpio Races or any other of Maggie Stiefvater's works but you sure bet I will :D I've been reading GLOWING REVIEWS for Shatter Me all over the blogosphere, will have to pick that one up soon!

    Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story

    1. The Raven Boys is awesome, I adore Adam and Noah, Gansey and Blue took a while for me to grow on. If you love Raven Boys, I'd definitely tell you to read her other books they're so awesomely poetic in language. Shatter Me is awesome and that's usually all people have to say about it.

  3. Great list, I also loved The Sea Monsters even though it's my least favorite of the series but I personally think that this just means that the series is great that there's not a bad book to be found. Also I think that the last three books of the Percy Jackson series are better then the first two. I want to read The Raven Boys so glad to hear good things about it.

  4. Ohh School Spirit sounds like a great book. Great selection of books. Just added a few more to my already overflowing TBR pile.

    My TTT: http://www.bookythoughtsandme.com/top-ten-books-ive-read-so-far-in-2013/

  5. A plus about having just gotten to know Doller now, her next book out in September is fantastic so you don't have to wait long for another dose of awesomeness!

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  6. I love Shatter Me and The Percy Jackson books. I really want to read School Spirits, because Hex Hall was a favorite. Great list!

    ~Sydney@Pika Pages

  7. yes, when in doubt, go with a good cover. i just bought sweethearts a few weeks ago, too, and cannot wait to read it. i think i have ella and michael as well. great list!

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  8. Nice List! School Spirits is fairly high up my to-read list. :)
    Here are my top ten.


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