Top Ten Tuesday 01/20/2015

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Yay for a freebie week! Since this week we can choose any topic for our Top Ten Tuesday post I am going to do…

Top Ten Books I Want to See Made Into Movie

Of course we are talking in a perfect world where the movie would not butcher the book and would be absolutely perfect and not missing a single detail.

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1.) Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams

2.) What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott

3.) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

4.) Ten by Gretchen McNeil

5.) Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

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6.) They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire

7.) Compulsion by Martina Boone

8.) The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

9.) Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

10.) The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

And of course there were a few I had to leave out that didn’t make the top ten but deserve an honorable mention…

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And these last two would have made the top ten but they are currently being made into movies…

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Top Ten Tuesday 11/18/2014

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Wow so it’s been a couple of shaky weeks since the end of October. I go to college five days a week, had to unfortunately drop one of my five classes, and I had been working close to 40 hours a week. I apologize for not keeping up on my posts. I have read a good amount of books between then and now and will hopefully get around to posting a review on all of them. Of course after so long it is a little difficult to review a book but if it comes to that I may just do a post with the titles and my rating for those books. I need to start keeping a book journal again so I can keep track of what I read when I’m done each book. I promise there will be more reviews now. I finally got my hours cut back (and yes I am happy about that) so I have a good amount of time in between my classes and when I have to be at work.

Now onto this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. I really like the topic this week because I am big on series/trilogies, so there are a good amount of sequels I am looking forward to. I’m not going to keep this list exclusive to books that have not come out yet because there are quite a few sequels that have been published and I just haven’t bought them yet. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s topic is…

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get

1.) P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – This is the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Loved the first book as well as Jenny Han’s other books as well.

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2.) Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian – Back to Jenny Han…I really liked Burn for Burn but haven’t had the chance to get Fire with Fire yet.

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3.) Secrets and Lies by Jacqueline Green – Truth or Dare is definitely on my top ten list for this year and I am so anxious to read Secrets and Lies.

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4.) Toxic (Pretty Little Liars #15) by Sara Shepard – I guess this isn’t considered a sequel but I’m still keeping it on my list. I am so happy that the series is finally coming to an end and cannot wait to see how it all ends.

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5.) The Good Girls by Sara Shepard – Sequel to The Perfectionists and am sooo excited for this one to be released. I absolutely loved the first book and cannot wait to see where this series goes.

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6.) Never Have I Ever (The Lying Game #2) by Sara Shepard – I started this series but have not got around to getting past the first book but I really want to read the whole series.

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7.) The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – I read the first book and was kind of confused but would love to reread it and then continue the trilogy because I hear so many good things about it.

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8.) The Companion Novel to The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris – Not an actual sequel but I’m including it because it’s a companion novel and will have feature the same characters. I loved TFAOP and cannot wait for more.

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9.) From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender – I read Bad Girls Don’t Die a while ago and enjoyed it and would really like to read the other two in the trilogy.

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10.) The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey – Loved, loved, loved The 5th Wave and cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel.

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11.) Persuasion (The Heirs of Watson Island #2) by Martina Boone – I had to add a #11 because this is probably the most anticipated sequel on this list. Compulsion is so far my favorite book I have read in 2014 (or possibly ever) and so I am very excited for it’s sequel as well as the rest of the series.

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This was actually harder than I thought. I own a lot of series or first books in a series that I haven’t read yet. I hate starting a series if I can’t continue it. I’m sure there is probably more I haven’t thought of but these are definitely the ones I am looking forward to the most.

Top Ten Tuesday 06/10/2014

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is going to be a difficult one. The topic is: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year. I’ve read a good amount so far, so it is going to be hard for me to pick a top ten. I may have to list a few honorable mentions at the end. Most of these books I have written a review on my blog for them, if not I have listed them in my monthly wrap ups. I will count down from 10-1 leading up to my favorite so far.

10.) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

9.) The Ruining by Anna Collomore

8.) Monument 14 trilogy by Emmy Laybourne

7.) Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

6.) Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

5.) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

4.) Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

3.) If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

2.) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

1.) Ten by Gretchen McNeil

So those are my top ten. I’m sure in another six months some of them, possibly even all, will be replaced. For books numbers 2&3, have a box of tissues prepared, as well as being prepared to feel like your heart has been ripped from your chest. Books numbers 4&5 I don’t think would have been on this list, or at least as high, if it wasn’t for the photographs, they really added to the story. Book numbers 8&10 would be great for fans of dystopian novels. Book numbers 1, 6, 7&9, prepared to have your mind blown and expect the unexpected.

Since I’ve obviously read more than ten books that I’ve loved this year, I have three in mind that I would like to give honorable mentions to.

1.) The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

2.) Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

3.) Baby Bumps by Nicole Polizzi (Snooki)

I got the opportunity to read The Summer of Letting Go before it was published and fell in love with it. I love all of the books by Miranda Kenneally I’ve read so far and love how they all tie together. Lastly, you’re probably think either one of four things…1.) ew you read that book, 2.) why the hell did you spend money on that, 3.) you consider that a book, or 4.) I loved it too. I’m going to be really blunt about how I feel about Baby Bumps right now. If you never read it or at least gave it a chance, keep your mouth shut. I had intentions of reading it but put it off for a while since I am not pregnant nor plan on being so anytime soon. Well, Snooki was coming to a local university to sign copies of Baby Bumps, so I went out and read it in two days. It didn’t glorify pregnancy like so many people try to. She gave all the nasty details and although I already liked Snooki and respected her, this book gave me a thousand times more respect for her to be able to read (and picture) her going from party girl to an amazing mother. If you’re pregnant or plan on being pregnant, give it a chance. It will definitely be a book I will pull out again when I am expecting.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

When I first heard about this book, I assumed right off the bat that it was a zombie apocalypse book. Why? Because it seems like most dystopian novels are/have been about a zombie apocalypse in some form. Now, while I am tired of zombie book after zombie book coming out, I thought this one sounded really good and creepy. Well I was right about two out of three things. The 5th Wave was definitely a very good book and it also was incredibly creepy.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

(Summary from Amazon)

*SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE 5TH WAVE AND ARE INTERESTED IN READING IT, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED*

So yes, I was not expecting Cassie to mention aliens on the very first page of the book. At first I was like wow this will be nothing like I was hoping for and aliens…not nearly as scary as flesh eating zombies. Ha, was I wrong. After reading The 5th Wave, it is very safe to say that aliens scare the crap out of me. I got the chills just thinking about something like this happening and it actually being real and not fictional. Let me say, it was some pretty scary thoughts. While the pace of the book I felt like went kind of slow in the beginning, once I got into it I didn’t want to stop reading it. I loved the characters and even though some of them were only in small parts of the book, I felt emotional when something tragic would happen. The one character I did have the most mixed feelings for was the main characters, Cassie. I don’t know why I actually felt this way about her, but sometimes she just made me so furious that I wish I could have smacked her, and other times I wanted to cry with her and tell her everything would be okay. While most of the book was like on the edge of your seat, turning the pages, wanting to know what would happen next, kind of thriller, The 5th Wave definitely had some emotionally sad parts. (Cassie’s family, the parking garage incident, and Evan). There was also different sections of the book and at first I didn’t realize that the story would be told in different point of views, so I got a little confused after I finished the first part and moved onto the second, but once I realized it was someone different I was able to tell right at the beginning of each section whose point of view I was reading. This last part I am going to say might be completely false to you, but it is just my opinion. I felt like there was a good amount of shocking and unexpected reveals. *SPOILER* For example, when Cassie’s brother Sam was taken away on the school bus I thought, “okay yeah these must be good guys”, but then they went and killed all of the adults left. So then I’m thinking, “well they have to be aliens in human form then, but still why would they take the children?”. Then later in the book when all the kids go to the base they say they are the military or whatever and that they needed to keep the kids safe first and I believed for a while that they were telling the truth, even though I didn’t quite understand why they would have killed all of the adults at Cassie’s base. Finally in the end we do find out that they are in fact aliens in human bodies and that it is their main alien base and that the children are being trained to go out and kill all human survivors (the 5th wave) so that the aliens can take over Earth. Honestly, I was a bit shocked when I found out the real truth. I feel like I shouldn’t have been since I did have nagging thoughts in the back of my minds, but I liked that there was the surprise element in this book and everything wasn’t so predictable.

I am anxious for the second novel, The Infinite Sea, to come out on Septemeber 16, although I am not 100% sure if I am going to buy it or wait to rent it from the library which is what I did with The 5th Wave. This series definitely has a lot of potential to become popular and big in the YA book world, and if directed and casted properly, I think it would make an amazing movie adaptation as well.