Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far. I may be struggling with reading consistently, but overall I’m quite pleased with the books that I have read so far this year. Here is a list of some of my favorites (not in any particular order).

260615811. The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman: June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen to spend the summer season in Brighton so that he can train her new Reclaimer powers. However, the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work have taken hold, and his sanity is beginning to slip. At the same time, Carlston’s Dark Days Club colleague and nemesis will stop at nothing to bring Helen over to his side—and the Duke of Selburn is determined to marry her. The stakes are even higher for Helen as she struggles to become the warrior that everyone expects her to be

233080842. The Rose & The Dagger by by Renee Ahdieh: In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

256679183. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor: Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.

250922544. Cold Summer by Gwen Cole: Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

314476015. Noteworthy by Riley Redgate: Jordan Sun is embarking on her junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts, hopeful that this will be her time: the year she finally gets cast in the school musical. But when her low Alto 2 voice gets her shut out for the third straight year—threatening her future at Kensington-Blaine and jeopardizing her college applications—she’s forced to consider nontraditional options.

In Jordan’s case, really nontraditional. A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshipped…revered…all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

Jordan finds herself enmeshed in a precarious juggling act: making friends, alienating friends, crushing on a guy, crushing on a girl, and navigating decades-old rivalries. With her secret growing heavier every day, Jordan pushes beyond gender norms to confront what it means to be a girl (and a guy) in a male-dominated society, and—most importantly—what it means to be herself.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t. Ok, my list isn’t 10 series long but to be honest, I’ve been avoiding a lot of book series due to the fact that I’ve been severely disappointed with the quality of writing or storytelling. Instead, I’ve been really into reading duologies or standalones. However, here are some books that I’ve been meaning to read for ages…

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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2. Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore

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3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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4. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

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5. Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee

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6. Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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7. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Have you read any of these books? Do you have any suggestions? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions. 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top 10 Books I’d Buy My Dad for Father’s Day. A lot of my love for reading and history comes from my dad. I often get him books because I know it’s a gift that he’ll actually use and something we can both discuss later. Here’s a mix of books that I’ve bought my dad in the past or want to get him in the near future.

What kind of gifts to you give to your dad on Father’s Day?

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: 10 Books Poetry Books That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List. I’ve recently rediscovered my love of poetry. I used to write poetry in high school (badly I might add but it helped me deal with my emotions) and really appreciated how a few well chosen words could say so much. I don’t know when or why I stopped reading it but Lang Leav’s collections changed that. Since then I can’t get enough. Here are some of the books I’ve recently discovered…

Have you read any of the books? If so, I’d love to hear what you though of them. 🙂

 

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It’s been a long while since I’ve done this meme! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017. Ahhhh…so many amazing books! Here are the ones that I can’t wait to get my hands on…

What books are looking forward to the most? Have you read any of these yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them. 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Ok, so I’m behind on the blog and missed last week’s topic. I’m not a huge fan of the topic for this week, so I’m making up for the one I skipped. So, my topic this week revolves around the theme of books read in one sitting. I’m going to narrow that down to ten novellas/short stories that I enjoyed and finished without taking a break. Here we go…

Have you read any of these novellas? Do you have any to recommend? 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top Ten Favourite Graphic Novels/Comics. So, rather than list a bunch of graphic novels that I’ve absolutely loved (unfortunately the list is too short), I’ve divided my post this week into my five favourites and five that I can’t wait to read this year. Let’s do this…

Top 5 Favourites:

Top 5 On My TBR:

Which graphic novels are you looking forward to reading this year?