The ABC Book Challenge | “B”

Book Blitz_I absolutely love everything about this challenge/tag! I saw this on Life of a Literary Nerd and was super excited to start it right away. Each week I’ll be posting another letter of the alphabet. So, be prepared for lots of posts in this series! 🙂


Memorable Titles That Start With “B”

If you haven’t read the novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor then you NEED to go and pick it up right away! It’s unlike anything that I’ve read before. It’s complex, imaginative and touches on important topics such as racism, prejudice and discrimination. Best Left in the Shadows is a short story in Echoes of the Ascended fantasy series by Mark Gelineau and Joe King. I couldn’t get enough of it and then the authors stopped releasing books. I’m not sure what happened but I want more please! Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin made me cry for hours and I rarely cry while reading.  The ending just ripped my heart out and stomped all over it. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco was a book that took me by surprise. It starts off a bit slow but the buildup is more than worth it! I loved how dark and moody it was. Blood of the Prophet was the second book in The Fourth Element series by Kat Ross. The series is so underrated and I wish more people would read it. Ross is an unbelievably talented fantasy writer.

Books Starting With “B” On My TBR

Rosamund Hodge is one of my favourite fantasy authors and I honestly can’t believe that I haven’t read Bright Smoke, Cold Fire. What’s wrong with me?! I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read so far by Elizabeth Wein and hope that Black Dove, White Raven is no different. Who doesn’t love a good story about espionage, adventure and history? I want to read Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman because PIRATES, PIRATES, PIRATES! I’m obsessed with pirates right now. I’ve most definitely watched too many episodes of Black Sails.


Which memorable books that start with an “B” have you read? Have you read any of the books included above? What were your thoughts about them? ❤

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Shelfie By Shelfie Book Tag

Book Blitz_I found this tag on Chrissi Reads and thought it looked like fun. It was originally created by Bibliobeth. Basically, the idea of the tag is that you share a picture or shelfie of one of your bookshelves and then answer some questions about it.


My Shelfie:

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The Questions:

1. Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?

It’s completely random. I’ve used to have an organization system but right now I’m in the process of moving my books from my bedroom to the study/library area.

Books on this shelf:

  • A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
  • Starflight by Melissa Landers
  • Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida CĂłrdova
  • Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
  • The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
  • Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
  • Wolf by Wolf  by Ryan Graudin
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

2. Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/a memory associated with it, etc.

Kingdom of Ash and Briars was my first physical ARC and I remembered being so surprised when it arrived. It totally did not expect it because I had recently started blogging and didn’t have that many followers. I had sent an email request and then forgot about it. I absolutely adored this book and its mixture of fairytales, romance and magic. It was so much fun to read!

3. Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

Hmmmm…probably Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children because it’s been on my shelf forever and I just have no motivation to want to pick it up. I watched the movie and was underwhelmed by it. This book was gift from a student who loved the series. Right now, I don’t even have it on my TBR.

4. Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

This is such a difficult question! I love all of my books, but I guess if I had to save one it would be Labyrinth Lost since it has a personalized message from the author inside of it.

5. Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time? 

I’m not 100% sure but I think I’ve had Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge the longest.

6. Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

I received an ARC copy of The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale in early 2017  as part of a blog tour. My newest purchases are already in the library area.

7. Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)

I’ve read almost all of the books on this shelf except for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and A Madness So Discreet. I’ve heard really good things about A Madness So Discreet and definitely want to finally read it sometime this year.

8. If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

The objects I have on this shelf are small shells that I picked up on a beach on Geoje, an island I visited with my sister in South Korea. I lived and worked in Korea for two years as an English teacher and miss it a lot. The trip was a lot of fun…we hung out on the beach, ate delicious food, enjoyed the beautiful blue sky and explored some historical sites. One day I hope to visit Korea again. *sighs* Damn you expensive plane tickets!

9. What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

That I really enjoy fantasy books? It’s the genre I read the most from and also dominates my other bookshelves.

10. Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

Time’s 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time

Book Blitz_-2Time magazine has a list of the  “100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time” that’s been compiled by U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt, children’s-book historian Leonard Marcus, the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, the Young Readers Center at the Library of Congress, the Every Child a Reader literacy foundation and 10 independent booksellers. I saw this on Thrice Read and also wanted to see how many of the recommend books I have read. I guess 20 out of 100 isn’t terrible right?


The List:

RANK AND TITLE

READ?

1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian No
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Yes
3. The Book Thief Yes
4. A Wrinkle in Time Yes
5. Charlotte’s Web Yes
6. Holes No
7. Matilda No
8. The Outsiders No
9. The Phantom Tollbooth No
10. The Giver Yes
11. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. No
12. To Kill A Mockingbird No
13. Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry No
14. Anne of Green Gables No
15. The Chronicles of Narnia No
16. Monster No
17. The Golden Compass Yes
18. The Diary of a Young Girl Yes
19. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler No
20. Looking for Alaska No
21. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time No
22. Little House on the Prairie No
23. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane No
24. Wonder No
25. The Sword in the Stone No
26. The Catcher in the Rye Yes
27. Little Women No
28. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Yes
29. The Hobbit Yes
30. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz No
31. Lord of the Flies Yes
32. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Yes
33. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Yes
34. Bridge to Terabithia No
35. The Call of the Wild No
36. A Separate Place No
37. Harriet the Spy No
38. The Chocolate War No
39. Jacob Here I Loved No
40. A Series of Unfortunate Events No
41. Hatchet No
42. The Lord of the Rings Yes
43. Feed No
44. The Alchemyst No
45. The Princess Bride No
46. Beezus & Ramona Yes
47. Tarzan of the Apes No
48. Johnny Tremain No
49. The Westing Game No
50. The Wind in the Willows No
51. Speak No
52. Mary Poppins No
53. The Faults in Our Stars No
54. A Northern Light No
55. The Yearling No
56. The Hunger Games Yes
57. For Freedom No
58. The Wall No
59. A Monster Calls Yes
60. Percy Jackson & the Olympians Yes
61. The Illustrated Man No
62. A Wreath for Emmett Till No
63. Every Day No
64. Where Things Come Back No
65. Number the Stars Yes
66. Blankets No
67. Private Peaceful No
68. The Witch of Blackbird Pond No
69. Dangerous Angels No
70. Frindle No
71. Boxers and Saints No
72. The Graveyard Book No
73. City of the Beasts No
74. American Born Chinese No
75. The Lost Conspiracy No
76. Dogsbody No
77. The Pigman No
78. Alabama Moon No
79. Esperanza Rising No
80. The Knife of Never Letting Go No
81. Boy Proof No
82. Fallen Angels No
83. A High Wind in Jamaica No
84. The Tiger Rising No
85. When You Reach Me No
86. Saffy’s Angel No
87. The Grey King No
88. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH No
89. The Thief Lord No
90. The Mysterious Benedict Society No
91. The Invention of Hugo Cabret No
92. Sabriel No
93. Tiger Lily No
94. Secret No
95. A Wizard of Earthsea No
96. Tales of Mystery and Imagination No
97. Whale Talk No
98. The Chronicles of Prydain No
99. Danny the Champion of the World No
100. Twilight Yes

 

How many of these books have you read? Which ones were your favourites? 

The ABC Book Challenge | “A”

Book Blitz_I absolutely love everything about this challenge/tag! I saw this on Life of a Literary Nerd and was super excited to start it right away. Each week I’ll be posting another letter of the alphabet. So, be prepared for lots of posts in this series! 🙂


Memorable Titles That Start With “A”

 

I recently read Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed and easily gave it a 5 star rating. It’s a beautifully written and challenging middle grade book about a young girl who raises her voice to create change. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan was another middle grade book that stole my heart. Its a story with important topics and a big heart. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins was just so darn cute! This is why contemporary romance has become one of my favourite genres. *fans self* Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole was hot, hot, HOT! Historic Scotland, diverse characters and steamy sex scenes. LOVED IT!

Books Starting With “A” On My TBR

 

Both Avenged and Allied by Amy Tintera have been on my TBR for what feels like ages. I loved Ruined, the first book in the series, and can’t explain why I haven’t continued with it. The cover for Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar is gorgeous! I feel like I could look at it forever.


Which memorable books that start with an “A” have you read? Have you read any of the books included above? What were your thoughts about them? ❤

Extraordinary Means Book Tag

Book Blitz_I feel like I need more book tags in my life right now. I found this one on Thrice Read and loved how it was short and sweet. So, without further delay, here’s what I would give up for various bookish opportunities…


Questions:

1. I WOULD GIVE UP THE INTERNET FOR A MONTH FOR A SIGNED FIRST EDITION OF THIS BOOK…

Persuasion by Jane Austen….my absolute favourite book of all time! I collect various editions of it and spend a lot of time on my travels in old bookstores looking for copies of it. A signed first edition would be my prized possession for sure. I would just be afraid to touch it. It’s waaaaaaay too precious!

2. I WOULD GIVE UP PIZZA FOR A YEAR IF IT MEANT I COULD SIT NEXT TO THIS AUTHOR ON A LONG PLANE RIDE…

Hmmmm….I don’t even know how to answer this. I would feel bad for the author because the conversation with me would be so awkward or I would just sit there and quietly freakout inside my head. Hahaha! If I did have to pick one author it would be Leigh Bardugo. I love her characters and worlds…she’s one of my favourite authors and I’ve adored everything that she’s released.

3. I WOULD SIT THROUGH A THOUSAND HOURS OF COMMERCIALS IF IT WOULD ENSURE THAT HOLLYWOOD MADE THIS BOOK INTO A MOVIE…

Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom…I want a miniseries featuring all of its precious characters! A movie is too short and wouldn’t do it justice. It would be dark, moody and gritty. AHHHH…a while ago someone posted fake Netflix posters for a series and they just made my heart go crazy. I know I’d watch it over and over again.

4. I WOULD NEVER READ A NEW BOOK AGAIN IF IT MEANT I COULD LIVE INSIDE THIS BOOK…

Ok….so now I feel like I’m just fangirling over Leigh Bardugo’s books, but I would love to live in Rivka as featured in the Grisha Verse series. The setting just captured my imagination and hasn’t let go years after I read Shadow and Bone, the first book in the series. I don’t know what it exactly is…the magic, the political intrigue, the danger, its imperial Russia inspiration…but I just can’t get enough of it!

5. I WOULD LET MY GOOGLE SEARCH HISTORY BE MADE PUBLIC IF IT MEANT I COULD BE BEST FRIENDS WITH THIS AUTHOR…

Hahaha….here we go again! This tag has officially become a Leigh Bardugo fan letter.

6. I WOULD DONATE EVERYTHING I OWN TO GOODWILL IF IT MEANT I COULD DATE THIS BOOK CHARACTER IN REAL LIFE…

I’ve always loved Nikolai Lantsov from the Grisha Verse series. Oh, and then there is the classic heartthrob Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. They both just make my heart beat faster *sigh*


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Tag: My Blog’s Name in Books

Book Blitz_I found this tag on Lynne’s blog Fictionophile a few weeks ago and thought it would be fun to do. This tag was great for me because I got to narrow down my Goodreads TBR (I haven’t looked at it in a long while). Yay for getting rid of books I now have no interest in reading. Also, oh my gosh, so many books starting with the letter “T”. That was a bit of a challenge. Most of the books on my TBR start with “A”, “B” or “H”.


Rules: 

1.  Spell out your blog’s name.

2. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note: you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodreads TBR.)

3. Have fun!


R

33413926

A

35068505

T

20558124

T

25898555

L

30285562

E

33413892

T

35604682

H

30653719

E

30269126

S

28645639

T

34499221

A

30635597

R

34992929

S

31123249

Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime Tag

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Amazon.com has a list of the  “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” that’s been compiled by Amazon’s editors. I saw this on Thrice Read and also wanted to see how many of the recommend books I have read. It turns out not many. I said “yes” to only 27 of them. I guess I have a lot more reading to do!


The Rules:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)

The List:

Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket Yes
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle Yes
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Yes
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt Yes
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller Yes
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury  Yes
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi  Yes
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen  Yes
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak  Yes
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot DĂ­az
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger  Yes
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green Yes
The Giver Lois Lowry Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman  Yes
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald  Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The House at Pooh Corner A. A. Milne
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan Yes
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Yes
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien Yes
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand Yes
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Yes

 

How many of these have you read?