TTT – Top Ten Bookish People I Want to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Bookish People I Want to Meet”

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :)) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

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10: John Grisham – I just want to know how he comes up with his stories and ends up on the best sellers list every time!  He’s got to have some great tips…plus, does anyone know if he was an attorney earlier or does he do all the research himeself for his stories?

9: Seal Member who shot bin laden – I know they’ve recently figured out who this guy his, but I would love to just be able to shake his hand and ask him how he’s kept it a secret for this long! 

8: Stephanie Meyers – First I would want to know how she deals with the mass media of love AND hate, then I would want to know if she thinks she could ever top Twilight?

7: Margaret George – I LOVE her books.  Just to sit down to lunch with her and talk about all the different periods of history she’s covered with how she decides to put little details in the chapters would facinate me.  I’m a history junky at heart.

6: Phillippa Gregory – Her love stories with the different characters ALL in the and around the same era are amazing reads for me.  I love being able to look through the eyes of the different characters that may have been mentioned in another book to see the different points of view. 

5: Christopher Paolini – To be SO young and come up with those characters, the adventure, the places…I would love an afternoon to sit with him and just see what all he thinks about day in and day out.

4: Amy A. Bartol – This is the first author to reach out to me and send me one of her books.  I absolutely adore this woman and the characters she has given us!  I fangirl for her and what makes it awesome…she is totally cool with it.

3: Veronica Roth – I would love to know how the series ends…if she wouldn’t give up the ending, I would settle for an afternoon of find out how she thought of the factions and the different characters.  I would be surprised if she doesn’t come out and look/sound like Tris! 

2: Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games…it was a bestseller, now a major motion film.  I would love to know how she feels about the movies.  I would ask her if she’s got any other book ideas.  I want to know why she put Peeta and Katniss together…I would demand to know why Gale just wasn’t the guy she chose.  Can you tell I’m a little biased?

1: J.K. Rowling – I just want a day with her.  7 books…that’s all it took for her to be set for life.  She could choose to never write another book again.  How amazing would that be?  I want to see how quirky she is…beacuse to come up with Dobby, Hippogrifffs, and floo powder means either you’ve just got a great imagination or maybe a few nuts and bolts that aren’t tightened all the way.  Either way, I would love her the same.

“WoW” – Mila 2.0

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  That’s putting it nicely!  This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title: Mila 2.0

Author: Debra Driza

Publication date: March 12, 2013

Summary (by Goodreads):

Pitched as a “Bourne Identity”-type sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl who discovers that she is a Mobile Intel Life-like Android, an experiment in artificial intelligence created by the U.S. government, and her scientist mother, who kidnapped her when she was found to have human emotions.

Why I can’t wait:

How awesome does this book sound??  “Bourne Identity”?  I LOVED those movies!  I hope we’ll get a better summary soon, but even this little teaser is enough to get me excited about it!!

What book are you counting down the days for?

“WoW” – Starling

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  That’s putting it nicely!  This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title: Starling

Author: Lesley Livingston

Publication date: August 28th, 2012

Summary (by Goodreads):

“Love is just the beginning… of the end.”

Mason Starling is a champion fencer for Gosforth Academy, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Until now. When a ferocious storm rips through Manhattan and unleashes terrifying creatures onto Gosforth’s campus, Mason barely escapes alive. Without help from the mysterious stranger who appeared in the midst of the storm, she might not have made it at all. But now, in the aftermath, Mason’s life begins to spin dramatically, mystically out of control, and the only one who seems able to help her is the stranger who can remember nothing but his name: Fennrys Wolf.

As Mason and Fenn uncover more about Fenn’s past and the strange events that surround them, they realize that Mason’s family — and its dark allegiance to the ancient Norse gods — is at the center of everything. A predetermined fate seems to be closing in on Mason, but is it possible to change one’s destiny?

Why I can’t wait:

Since this book came out yesterday…technically speaking, I don’t have to wait!  Haha!  Norse gods…I was so excited to read those two little words!  I haven’t read any books that talk about Norse gods and I got myself excited about it!  :)

What book are you counting down the days for?

“WoW” – Shades of Earth

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  That’s putting it nicely!  This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title: Shades of Earth (Across The Universe #3)

Author: Beth Revis

Publication date: January 15, 2013

Summary (by Goodreads):

The final book in the trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis!

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They’re ready to start life afresh–to build a home–on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn’t the paradise that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who–or what–else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed–friends, family, life on Earth–will have been meaningless.

Why I can’t wait:

I cannot wait for this book to come out!!!  I’m DYING for this third book!!  I really do love this series.  The adventure, the imagination, the story…I can’t wait to see how the series concludes!  :)

Top Ten Posts on My Blog

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Posts on Your Blog that Give the Best Picture of You”

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :) ) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

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Here are a few posts that I think best sum up some of the best of my blogging or at least gives you an idea on how I review books and write.  (I know this post is late…but better late than never!)

1)  My post about Twilight (to be…or not to be…sparkly)

2) My gushing over Intuition by Amy A. Bartol

3) My blog about Admitting What You’re Reading…Guilty Pleasure Books in Public

4) My review of The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

5) My breakdown of Insurgent by Veronica Roth

6) My confusion but love for Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

7) My surprise fascination with Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

8) My random post showing how much I love the Olympics

9) My disappointment in Tiger Lily by by Jodi Lynn Anderson

10) My Top Ten Tuesday post: Top Ten Characters I’d Like to See on a Reality Show

“WoW – The Archived

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  That’s putting it nicely!  This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title:  The Archived

Author: Victoria Schwab

Publication date: January 22, 2013

Summary (by Goodreads):

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

Why I can’t wait:

Where the dead are like library books??  How unique and crazy is that?  This just looks so awesome and the book seems to have a little bit of a different take on the future!  :)

What book are you counting down the days for?

Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books”

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :)) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

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Across the Universe

I love the setting in this book!  Being set on a space ship that HUGE, with crops growing in it, a colony of people, animals, warehouse of people frozen…it’s just so big and it’s hard to wrap your mind around.  LOVE it.

Eragon

The world in this book is so big.  It has countries and you’re flying from place to place on the back of a dragon.  It’s just so amazing! Plus the story is one of my favorites!

Hunger Games

When I first read this book, I couldn’t believe the world feeling of it.  I want to say this was really my first dystopian novel that didn’t include zombies or vampires….I seriously loved the world building.

Harry Potter

Of course the world itself is the actual world, but Hogwarts is just so magical.  There’s no place like it with moving staircases, the room of requirement, bathrooms with moaning Myrtle, the whomping willow…I could go on and on…including the talking portraits, the ceiling in the dining room…

Angelfall

A world in which the bad guys are angels and it’s every man for himself, Penryn is forced to try to keep her mom sane while looking for her sister since she had been kidnapped by an angel.  It’s just such a different story with a little bit of romance and some awesome one-liners.

Forest of Hands and Teeth

Zombies.  Zombies.  Zombies.  They’re the good scary kind too.  The world setting in this one is a little different since people are “holed” up within a fence in the middle of the forest and have no idea what has happened to the rest of the world.

Poppy

Two faerie courts and a warrior who travels from the Fae world to the real world on a mission.  The magic is so tangible and so amazing! It’s a beautiful world wrapped with an adventure!

Divergent

I love the factions.  I love the people.  I love the way everyone knows who they are, what they stand for is clearly seen, and there is a tangible feeling of disconnect between everyone.  The world setting is so different and so amazing!

Seraphina

Dragons, as a big flying animal and as people, are living in this amazing world with this huge white tower in the middle of the city.  The world includes magical creatures and a world of souls reborn over and over…it’s a completely new story.

The Pledge

This world was so different with the classes seperated by languages.  I wouldn’t necessarily say the world is “vivid”, but it’s so real that it made for an interesting take on the world we live.

WoW – Earth Girl

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  That’s putting it nicely!  This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title: Earth Girl

Author: Janet Edwards

Publication date: August 16th

Summary (by Goodreads):

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.

A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.

Why I can’t wait:

This just sounds SO different than what I’ve been reading lately and it’s set in 2788!  Talk about an imagination! I really cannot wait to see this one come out next month!!!

What book are you counting down the days for?

TTT Freebie- Top Ten Favorite Book Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Tuesday Freebie”

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are  the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :)) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

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So since this week was a freebie…I had to actually think!  Thank goodness the girls over at The Broke and Bookish do all the thinking every week! So I decided that I would post up my top ten favorite book reviews from some of my favorite bloggers that I follow!

(These are not posted in any particular order…I love them all.)

1: Tripping Over Books: Secret Letters by Leah Scheier

I read this review and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! Amy does a great job in spelling out exactly what she loves and what she thinks the book may be lacking.  I hope you’ll take the time to check out her blog and sign up because her reviews are great!

2:  Reviewing Shelf: Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

I read this review when it was published back in May and I immediately put the book on my TBR list at my library.  Because of this review, I read the book and did a review on it myself!  Pragya is always doing giveaways and is versatile in the books she reads and reviews…you should definitely check her site out!

3:  Caught Between The Pages: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Kayla’s reviews are to the point, but doesn’t lack in details.  I loved this book and loved her review of it!  It makes me want to re-read the book!  :)  I’m a new”ish” follower of hers, but have enjoyed reading what she writes!

4:  The Book Hookup: Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

I can’t wait to get my hands on this book and reading this review by Celeste confirmed my itchy hands to hold it.  The Book Hookup is run by 5 very talented bloggers and the site is always publishing new trailers for books, author interviews, a number of weekly memes, and is always on top of the new books being published.  Definitely check their site out!!

5:  Don’t Take My Books Away: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

So I didn’t pick one of Elizabeth’s positive book reviews.  I think I enjoyed her “negative” review on Insurgent because everyone else’s review (including my own) was gaga for Insurgent and pretty much all said the same things.  Elizabeth is always awesome with commenting and her reviews are great!  Show her some love!

6:  My Life is a Notebook: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

I’m somewhat of a new follower of Gretchen’s, but I loved her review on Grave Mercy!  I’ve had the book twice from the library but find that I don’t have enough time to sit and read it!  Her review makes me jealous!  I enjoy her reviews and find myself liking the books she reads!  :)

7:  The Reading Date: Bossypants (audiobook) by Tina Fey

Lucy over at The Reading Date is amazing and I’ve been a follower of hers from around the beginning of when I first started blogging!  Her reviews are awesome, she does giveaways, and she does reviews on books and audiobooks!  I haven’t been able to listen to audiobooks, but her reviews of them really make me want to!  I liked her review on Bossypants because I originally heard about the book and made the decision to not read it…it’s now on my TBR list because of this review.  She has an awesome blog…go check it out!

8: ArtsAndYouthLove: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Serena tackles all forms of “art” like music, movies, and books.  She also covers issues like bullies, homosexuality, school violence, etc.  I liked her review on The Fault in Our Stars because (confession) I haven’t read a John Green and this really made me want to read the book!  I like reading her posts since her blog is so well rounded in keeping with youth and the different issues they face along with what they are reading/listening to!  Check her blog out!

9: David Gaughran: Was Self-Publishing the Right Decision?

This isn’t a book review (I’m cheating on this one).  I love reading the new posts on this site because David shares the ins and out of self-publishing, if it’s right for you, tips on if you publish on Amazon.com, etc.  The posts are often times lengthy, but he writes well and they’re very informative.  If you have any thoughts about self-publishing, I would recommend checking out his blog!

10:  Brittany Mendiola: Things You Didn’t Expect to be Based Off of Books

This girl is awesome!  She’s in the middle of writing her own novel and has sent her queries out to publishers.  Her blog is a lot about her journey and what she’s doing next in her writing stages, but she does movie reviews and things with books like the post I’m mentioning above.  She is always commenting and stopping by my blog to read and “like” some of my posts…so go by her blog and share the love!

11 (extra):  Mystmusician: Intuition by Amy Bartol

I HAD to put up one of my reviews!  I have to be shameless! This review, by far, was one of my most “in the moment” book reviews that I’ve ever written.  I loved the book and actually had to make myself stay seated when typing it out.  Better yet…the author saw my review and offered to give me the next book in her series.  I am an Amy Bartol fan for LIFE.  Shameless obsession, just shameless. :)

“WoW” – Days of Blood and Starlight

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  That’s putting it nicely!  This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title: Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)

Author: Laini Taylor

Publication date: November 6th

Summary (by Goodreads):

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed “Daughter of Smoke and Bone,” Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was declared a “must read” by Entertainment Weekly, was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, and The New York Times called it “a breath-catching romantic fantasy.”

Why I can’t wait:

I adored Daughter of Smoke and Bone when I first read it.  The writing is just so unique that I have been eagerly anticipating this second book to the series!  The cover looks amazing and although the summary is in desperate need of a boost…I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this book!!

What book are you counting down the days for?