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.


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.


TTT – Top Ten Favorite Books I’ve Read During the Lifespan of My Blog

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Favorite Books I’ve Read During the Lifespan of My Blog”

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.


1) Harry Potter Series

This series is absolutely the best!  Ron, Hermione, and Harry, the boy that lived, it’s just magical.

2) Eragon “The Inheritance Series”

The adventure in this series is so awesome with the huge world that is imagined and written about!

3) The Premonition Series

Angels, romance, and adventure.  I love this series!

4) Divergent Series

I’m addicted to Four and Tris and the dystopian societies in this series.  I can’t wait to see how things turn out in the next book!!

5) Across the Universe Series

I’ve always said the imagination is amazing, but I also love the way these books are progressing

6) Fifty Shades of Grey Series

Yes, I liked this series!  Haha!  I really liked the characters and the brokenness of Christian.

7) Hush, Hush Series

I enjoyed the romance and the twists and turns of this series!  They were a fun read!

8) Angelfall

This book was hilarious!  I loved the idea behind the plot/story and the wittiness was amazing!

9) Daughter of Smoke and Bone

There really is no other book like it that I have found.  The writing is fantastic and the I enjoyed the plot and characters!

10) The Buddha in the Attic

I found myself liking this book was surprised.  It’s so different from what I usually read but the prose, the writing…it’s just beautiful and poetic.

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.


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

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.


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.


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…


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.


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!


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!


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.

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.


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, 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. 🙂

Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Books On My TBR List”

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.


Book 1.

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

A boy who’s Amish and a girl who isn’t…what happens when they fall in love?  What happens when it’s not allowed?   A story of love that is doomed to fail because there’s so much standing in their way.

Book 2.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

They’ve been labeling this as the “Game of Thrones” for YA fiction.  An 18 year old girl assassin, is brought before the prince after serving years of hard labor in the salt mines.  In order to gain her freedom, she must fight against all opponents brought against her.

Book 3.

Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

A girl, penniless and gifted with a magical power, must trek through the wildness of the world to Shadowfell.  It’s the only place where she can train to fight against the tyrannical king and avenge her family’s death.

Book 4.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

In Gerodd, dragons and humans have had a treaty of peace for almost 4 decades.  But when a member of the royal family is murdered, Seraphina must tread lightly to keep her secrets concealed as mistrust between dragons and humans escalate.

Book 5.

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

Kendra is fifteen, has been sexually abused, feels the presence of someone following her, and can’t rely on her mother to listen to her pleas for help.  She paints on canvases to ease the pain, but when that doesn’t always work, she cuts herself to relieve the pressures.

Book 6.

One Moment by Kristina McBride

Maggie remembers the party the night before, how she raided her closet to find something to wear, her kiss with Justin…but then it jumps to where he’s floating dead in the water below.  She knows they were supposed to dive together, but how did he end up dead and her still alive?

Book 7.

Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein

When two boys stand up their dates…the girls go out to have a night for themselves and end up landing in jail in their prom dresses.  It sounds hilarious and very angsty as the teens try to figure out what happens when their life “is over”.

Book 8.

Tiger Lily by Jody Lynn Anderson

What happened before Wendy showed up?  When Tiger Lily falls in love with Peter Pan and runs away from her home, family, and horrible fiance’…she finds herself in a situation she doesn’t know how to get out of because someone else has stolen Peter’s heart.

Book 9.

Want by Stephanie Lawton

A southern girl wants to head North and enroll in a Boston school to become a piano virtuoso.  Isaac, the guy who has left Boston to come back to the South, is trying to help her with her dreams, but what is he hiding and what happens when the attraction between them builds?

Book 10.

Incendiary (The Premonition #4) by Amy A. Bartol

So there’s no summary for it yet and there’s no book cover….but I am a die hard fan of this series and I cannot freaking wait for this book to be released!  Evie, Reed, Z, Buns, Brownie, and Russell all need a happy ever after.  Quick.  Real quick.  I don’t think I can wait much longer.

Top Ten Books I’d Recommend as Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Books I’d Recommend as Beach Reads”

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.


I’m not big on contemporary books…so many of my books I wouldn’t really consider “beach reading” material since I think that’s more of a “fluffy, romantic, fun, flirty” read. But here’s my 10 that I would gladly take with me to the beach or wouldn’t second guess passing along the recommendation!


Book 1:

The Deadly Flower Series by Riana Lucas

The author gave me the books to read and I have FLOWN through those books like crazy! They’re only $1 or $2 on So you can feed your Kindle this series and love the characters and amazing story!!

Book 2:

The Premonition Series by Amy A. Bartol

This author kicks some major butt. Her books are always really lengthy so when you look at the $2.99 price on, realize that you’re getting like a 400 or more page book that has romance, mystery, action, angels, demons, faeries…etc. This series is a set I would GLADLY take to the beach to read!

Book 3:

Angelfall by Susan Ee

This book is the first in a series and it’s a DOOZY! (I want you to re-read that last sentance and almost yell doozy in your head…see? Better emphasis!) This book is hilarious. So. Many. One. Liners. Just…absolute greatness. Plus it’s only like $2 for the Kindle.

Book 4:

Immortal City by Scott Speer

I JUST read and reviewed this book last week and loved it. It had a feel of celebrities, romance, “who-dun-it?” and angels! It has a dark side to it…but overall, it’s a fabulous fun read that I could see being a good one for the beach. Plus it has a guy on the front in a muscle shirt and a tattoo peeking out…that’s a good cover to lay out next to. 😉

Book 5:

Reflection by Jessica Roberts

Ok…get this. This one will possibly make you cry. *throws hands up in defense* But it will be a good cry. Like…a happy cry. Ok? I just completely loved this book. DISCLAIMER: If you don’t want to be mad…(Like I was)…do NOT read the epilogue at the end. Do. Not. Do. It. It WILL make you mad. Seriously mad. Seriously. No lie. I’m going overboard on this because I do NOT want to be blamed for just giving a little, “please don’t read the end it miiiiiight make you mad.” …just sayin.

Book 6:

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

This is NOT a book for younger readers. It has a holy shmoly amount of sexual goodness in it. I haven’t put a review up for it, because this site so far has been a smut free zone, but goodness gracious. If you’re going to the beach, love vampires, love smut…this book will do it for you. PLUS there’s 8 more books to the series…so once you’re done with this one, there are books for all the other brothers!

Book 7:

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Now this book is a darker one. Not fluffy and not cute. I really enjoyed this book and the course the author took with the story line. It’s got vampires, humans, and some zombie-like folk…so it’s very well-rounded! haha! I haven’t read any of the other books that this author has written…but after reading this book, I put her stuff on my library “hold” list! 🙂

Book 8:

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

I just started reading this a few days ago. It’s about a girl, the violin she plays, the competitions she’s desperate to win, and the pills she takes to get through the competitions. So far, the writing style of the author is amazing! I am really excited to see how the book ends! I picked this book up off of a good review I read, plus I was a music major in college…so the idea of the book really appeals to me! So it may not be “beachy”, but I really like the book so far!

Book 9:

Scarlet by A.C. Gaugen

A girl in Robin Hood’s Merry Men! What more can you ask from a re-write of a story just about everybody already knows? It’s got a good pace to it, so even in the “down” times, you’re still wanting to know how it ends and how the relationships will form and if the girl gets the guy! The dialogue is a little different than normal, so there were a few sections where I had to re-read the line to get what the author was saying…but it’s good!

Book 10:

Helen of Troy or The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George

I loved reading both of these books about the beautiful women, the tragedies that befell them, the lovers they had, and the triumphs they achieved. Margaret George is one of my favorite historical fiction writers and the way she can place you IN that setting, whether you’re by the Nile or being stolen away on a ship to Troy with Paris, the smells and sounds follow you while you read. 🙂