March 2017 Reads | First Lines

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature ( First Lines) to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell
Needle-thin spikes line the shackles that bite into my wrists and ankles.

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
I couldn’t breathe

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I’ve read many more books than you.

 

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Shortest Books

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten  Read in One Sitting Books. And I choose to go with the best shortest books I have read.  Just because some books have fewer pages it does not make the meaning or impact any less important or powerful.

♥ Between The World And Me by Ta- Nehisi Coates

♣ We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

♣ The Grownup by Gillian Flynn 

♣ The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman 

♣ A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

♣ The Giver by Lois Lowry 

What are some of you top short reads?

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books On My Spring TBR

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten  Books on My Spring TBR ! I have been very disconnected from the book community this year. A lot of stuff has been going on lately and it has caused me to be in a book slump. There are so many books I have been waiting to read and now that I have time I hope I will be able to get to all of these.

♠ Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

♠ I Am the Messenger

♠ Mrs. Dalloway

♠ Cress 

♠ City of Blades

♠ Wildwood

♠ The Golden Lily

♠ Half the World

 

What are some books you have on your spring TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday| Join The Resistance

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Graphic Novels or Comics, but I do not really read those so I decided to do my own topic. With all that has been going on I have been thinking a lot about dystopian books and thought I would create a post on the top Dystopian Reads!

♦ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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♦ The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

− Crazy Government

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♦ Divergent by Veronica Roth

−Fractured Society

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♦ A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

− Genetically Engineered “Perfect” World

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♦ Proxy by Alex London

− Rich control the poor and use as “Whipping Boys”

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♦ Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 

− Harsh Military Rule

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What are some of your favorite Dystopian Reads?

January 2017 Reads | First Lines

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I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

Soulless by Gail Carriger
Ms. Alexia Tarabotti was not enjoying her evening.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
 There is a pole of clothing on the side of the train tracks.

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Son, Last Sunday the host of a popular news show asked me what it meant to lose my body.

Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Guilt is a hunter.

The Shape Of My Heart by Ann Aguirre
If my life were a romantic comedy, I wouldn’t be the star.

Roseblood by A.G Howard
At home, I have a poster on my wall of a rose that’s bleeding.

Top Ten Tuesday| Top 2017 Debuts I Am Excited For

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten  2017 Debuts I Am Excited For! I have been very disconnected from the book community this year and doing the research for these books was not the easiest task.

♥ Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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♥ Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

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♥ American Street by Ibi Zoboi
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♥ Wait For Me by Caroline Leech

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♥ Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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♥ Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

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♥ Shadow Run by AdriAnne Stickland

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What Debuts are you looking forward to in 2017?

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books I Am Looking Forward To In The First Half of 2017

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Books I Am Looking Forward To In The First Half of 2017! I have been very disconnected from the book community this year and doing the research for these books was not the easiest task.

♥ RoseBlood by A.G Howard 

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♥ Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

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♥  Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor 

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♥ Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas 

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♥ Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco 

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What books are you looking forward to in 2017?

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books I Am Looking Forward To In 2015

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Books I Am Looking Forward To In 2015! I have to be careful with this post because in January there will be a top ten for debut novels of 2015. I am very behind on so many series so most of these will be first or second books in a series.  So there are some books that I am anticipating, but they will be located on that list! As always these are in no particular order!

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

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Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

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The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

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The Bourbon Kings by J.R Ward

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What books are you looking forward to in 2015?

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books On My Winter TBR

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR. I only got to 3 of the books on my Fall TBR and hope to really read and accomplish this list this winter! I have been really busy lately and come Feb. I will have a significant less amount time for reading so we will see what happens. I also could not come up with 10 because I have been mood reading lately so its hard to make a list.

Splintered by A.G Howard. I am obsessed with Alice in Wonderland and everything about it so I cant believe I haven’t read any of the “retellings” yet. I have heard such awesome things about this series and I really want to read it!

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett. I have really been wanting to read more fantasy. This is a stand alone (as far as I know) and a book that I got for review so what better book to pick up!

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. I read the Vampire Academy series earlier this year and really want to get back into the world. Although I rather binge read the series I would at least like to read the first book.

♠ Wait For You by J. Lynn. I have really been getting into reading New Adult lately and I have heard good things about this series. I also happen to love Armentrout’s Dark Elements series so I am hoping to enjoy this too!

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. This book doesn’t come out until March but I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC copy of the book and would really like to read it before it is published.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I have heard nothing but raving about this book. I love that its a stand alone and a retelling of sort for Peter Pan!

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. The winter makes me want to read paranormal and fantasy books. I have this whole trilogy and would really like to get to them all. I feel like this will be a quick gripping read!

Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I do not own this book yet, but I NEED it! I love Amy Poehler and I read an excerpt from this and could not stop laughing. She has a great sense of humor and it really shows through the writing.

What are some books you plan/ want to read this winter? 

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books For A Spooky October Read

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Books For People Who Like Character Driven Books , but I didn’t want to do that. I decided to rebel and instead do more of a recommend post about great reads for the month of October. Since this month has Halloween and so many people like to do some creepy, suspenseful, horror filled or paranormal reads, I figured I would recommend some books that would be great to read this month if you wanted to get in the mood for the holiday season. These are in no particular order and are a range of different types of books that fit into a Halloweeny theme!

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 ♠ Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This is a little creepy and definitely has that strange and weird atmosphere to it. The pictures add to the spookiness of the story. It isn’t scary by any means but gets you in the Halloween mood! 

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This is a great fun witchy read! It is not scary or spooky, but there is some action and twists. It fits the light and fun feel that is associated with dressing up and having fun on Halloween. 

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The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

Now I wasn’t completely in love with this book, but it was good and was based on some Japanese folklore. It reads like a Japanese horror movie much like The Ring or The Grudge. There were times I couldn’t read this at night because my imagination was creating images. 

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Now I wouldn’t say this is a typical pick for the Halloween theme. I think it makes for an interesting theme month read. It is about faeries. I know what you are thinking, but this is a dark faerie tale that is twisted and a little creepy! 

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Horns by Joe Hill

This was a dark and disturbing horror novel. It is an adult book.  It is about the devil and solving the mystery behind a death. It was for sure twisted and for mature audiences! There is also a movie coming out! 

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This is a book I just finished and loved! It is about vampires and angels. It is not a dark and spooky read, but definitely is paranormal and is a quick read. I would say this is good for fans of The Vampire Academy and Twilight! 

 

 

 

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I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

This book is a mystery/thriller about a son of the world’s worst serial killer. There are murders taking place in his home town and everyone is looking at him to blame. It has some dark humor and let’s you peek inside the head and workings of a criminal. 

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This is another adult horror novel. If you have never read a Stephen King novel this is a good one to start with. Some creepy things start to happen as a family is living in a hotel. If you have ever seen the movie the book is just as terrifying. 

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Although this is not scary it is a psychological thriller that leads you to question the insanity of both the author and the characters. It is about a woman who is murdered and they are looking at the husband for what happened. 

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I had to include a Zombie book on my list of course! This is about a group of people trying to survive in a world infested by zombies. It is a quick read that is dark and a little scary when thinking about what these people are going through and how fast the rest of the population was wiped out. 

Some honorable mentions:

♠ Anything by Edgar Allen Poe. His work is dark and gritty and sure has that creepy/spooky factor.

♠ Anything by Mary Higgins Clark or Dean Koontz. They both write fantastic mystery/thrillers.

♠ And of course how could I not add it… The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. It is a paranormal series about vampires!

What are some good October/Halloween reads you would recommend? Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts?