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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside the US

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For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new theme and everyone is invited to join in! (Note: all book cover images in this post link to that book’s Goodreads page.)

Today’s Theme: Ten Books Set Outside the United States

After taking several months off, it’s so nice to do a Top Ten Tuesday post! Many of these have a fantasy element, but I only included those that are still modeled after our world.

From my TBR:

Beautiful Ruins  Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1)  Every Breath (Every, #1)  Paris Time Capsule  My Lady Jane

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – Throughout time in Europe and the US (a little cheaty…)
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor – Nigeria
Every Breath by Ellie Marney – Australia
Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey – France
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows – Historical England

Some of My Favorites:

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)  Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)  Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)  Carry On  Die for Me (Revenants, #1)

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – Historical Persia
Daugther of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor – Czech Republic
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – France
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – England
Die for Me by Amy Plum – France

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Which books made your list this week? I’d especially love to find more books set outside of the US AND Europe. Link your own Top Ten Tuesday in the comments!

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BookTube-a-Thon 2016: TBR

I’m back for BookTube-a-Thon with my tentative TBR. It’s mostly tentative because I’m not sure how well I’ll be able to stick to it. I tend to read with my moods, so I’ve never been great at following a set list. With that in mind I’m giving myself flexibility and a LOT of leeway.

Without further ado, here are my plans for each of the reading challenges.

Read a book with yellow on the cover:

   Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2)

I have two in mind for this one, depending on how ambitious I’m feeling. Miss Mayhem is the second book in Rachel Hawkins’ Rebel Belle series, and I’ve been listening to the audio version. Finishing this will be totally dependent on how much time I can dedicate to  working around the house. Summer Days and Summer Nights is an anthology of short stories, and I might give myself a pass and count this one complete if I finish at least one of them. (I know, it’s cheating…)

Read a book only after sunset:

Saga, Volume 1

The sun sets late in Seattle this time of year (around 9pm), and I’m usually in bed by 10, so I’ll be going quick-and-easy with this challenge. I’ve been meaning to read Saga for a while, and Volume 1 is one of my book club picks for the month, so now is the time!

Read a book you discovered through BookTube:

Ivory and Bone

I was completely sold on picking up Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh after watching a few of Trina’s videos on her BookTube channel, Between Chapters. I had never heard of it before, and her reviews easily convinced me that it was worth a read. To sum it up VERY briefly (and not having read it yet), it has a unique 2nd person narrative and is a prehistoric fantasy retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

Read a book by one of your favorite authors:

Reliquary (Reliquary, #1)  Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)  

This one should be easy, but it’s actually really hard for me to pin down. I tend to store up a bunch of books from favorite authors so that I can pull one out when I need help out of a reading slump, or when I just can’t figure out what I’m in the mood for. These are just a few of many that I might choose from: Reliquary by Sarah Fine, Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, and Status Update by Annabeth Albert.

Read a book that is older than you:

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

I’ve been meaning to read Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones for a couple years now, and this is the perfect excuse! I love the movie adaptation, and I already have a copy of the book.

Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation:

    Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

I have a few ideas for this one, each of which is cheating just a little bit. The first is to finish my re-read of the Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (began several months ago). The second is to watch the movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (read for book club in February). Lastly, if I need to, I’m happy to watch and count Howl’s Moving Castle for this one, too.

Read seven books: This is the challenge I think I am least likely to complete. I have read this much before, but not often, and never on command. If I do manage to finish, it won’t be following a set TBR. We’ll see how it goes!

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Are any of you guys participating in BookTube-a-Thon this year? Let me know so I can follow your progress!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: A Valentine’s Day Rainbow

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For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new theme and everyone is invited to join in! (Note: all book cover images in this post link to the book’s Goodreads page.)

Today’s Theme: Ten Books in a Valentine’s Day Rainbow

This week’s TTT is a Valentine’s Day freebie, so I decided to go with a color theme 🙂 As a result, this mini collection includes a pretty wide variety of romantic stories, including Adult and Young Adult, Contemporary and Fantasy, Series and Standalone. There’s even a novella thrown in.

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)  Fated (Servants of Fate, #3)  First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)  Fangirl  A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – (YA, Retelling/Fantasy, Duology Book 1) – This is my favorite book of those I’ve read this year so far. The setting is absolutely stunning, and it’s perfect for being whisked away for a few hours.

Fated by Sarah Fine – (Adult, Mythology/Fantasy/Apocalyptic, Trilogy Book 3) – I love Sarah Fine’s work because it never fails to draw me into the story 100%. This is the third book in her adult series, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones – (Adult, Paranormal/Chick Lit/Urban Fantasy, Series Book 1) – A fun, quick read that is full of snark, this is a prime example of a beach book.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – (YA, Contemporary, Standalone) – One of my favorite YA novels, Fangirl is an excellent valentine’s day read!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – (YA, Retelling/Fantasy, Series Book 1) – This one is a loose Beauty and the Beast retelling with fae lore thrown in, and now is the perfect time to read it, since Book 2 is coming out in May.

Die for Me (Revenants, #1)  Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)  Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, #1)  Entwined (Darkest London, #3.5)  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Die for Me by Amy Plum – (YA, Paranormal/Fantasy, Trilogy Book 1) – This is a perfect choice for fans of romantic paranormal YA! To top it off, the series is set in Paris, the author’s home, and is full of romantic Parisian atmosphere.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – (YA, Contemporary, Companion Trilogy Book 1) – Another YA set in Paris, this one is contemporary fiction and ALSO full of romantic Parisian atmosphere 😉

Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee – (Adult, Contemporary, Series Book 1) – This is probably the most stereotypical romance novel on this list, but it is also a quick, fun read with a satisfying ending.

Entwined by Kristen Callihan – (Adult, Fantasy/Steampunk, Series Prequel Novella) – Despite being a companion novella to a larger series, this is a good representative of Callihan’s work, and the novella is perfectly enjoyable on its own. It is also one of my favorite novellas in general, and I think of the story as a loose retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – (YA, Contemporary/LGBT, Standalone) – This one was tied for my favorite 2015 read. I can’t recommend it enough 😀

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What books do you read around Valentine’s Day? Do you read romance or avoid the genre altogether? Link you own TTT in the comments so I can check out your freebie theme!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

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Or, um, Wednesday, as the case may be…

For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new theme and everyone is invited to join in! (Note: all book cover images in this post link to that book’s Goodreads page.)

Today’s Theme: Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

This holiday season marks sort of an unofficial anniversary for me and the rediscovery of my passion for reading. It seems like I’ve wanted to read everything in sight (because you never know when a new favorite author will come along), and most of these books have passed through my Kindle courtesy of Amazon Daily Deals and the amazing Seattle library system. Given this, most of my wishlist consists of Hardcover editions of books I found this year and know I will read again and again. There are also a couple TBR books with beautiful covers that I’m dying to read!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda  A Natural History of Dragons (Memoir by Lady Trent, #1)  After the End (After the End, #1)  Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)  Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – So heartfelt and hilarious. I love this book. I want to put it on my shelf right next to Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan – I can’t get enough of the cover. My inner biologist wants to study every inch of the illustration.

After the End and Until the Beginning by Amy Plum – I’ve seen some mixed reviews of this duology, but I adored it. So far I have yet to read something from Amy Plum that I didn’t love.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor – I’ve only read the first book in the trilogy so far, but the setting alone is enough for me to want this one on my shelf.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I’d love to have the whole trilogy, but I’ll start with Anna. (Text cover only – I really hate the other one…)

The Kraken King (Iron Seas, #4)  Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers, #1)  Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)  Illusionarium  An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

The Kraken King by Meljean Brook – It makes me sad that this is only available in paperback. In my future library, full of wonderful books, this one will be featured front and center on my Steampunk shelf.

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron – I’ve only read the first in series so far (there are only two out right now), but I loved it.

Still on the TBR list:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I’ve heard so many great things about this one; I can’t wait to read it! Besides, the beautiful cover will still look great on the shelf no matter how good the story is 😉

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon – I read Dixon’s Enchanted and really enjoyed it. This one definitely intrigues me, and the interesting cover only adds to the appeal.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – This is another that I’ve heard great things about. I think I’m going to be kicking off 2016 with an excellent TBR lineup.

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Which books are on your wish list this year? Link your TTT in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: This Year’s New-To-Me Favorite Authors

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For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new theme and everyone is invited to join in! (Note: all book cover images in this post link to that book’s Goodreads page.)

Today’s Theme: Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

I read so many great books this year. Here are 10 of my favorite new-to-me authors:

Young Adult:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda  Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)  Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)  Carry On  Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers, #1)

Becky AlbertalliSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – After reading Simon, I am anxiously awaiting anything else Albertalli decides to publish.

Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass and ACOTAR – I’m still not caught up in the Throne of Glass series, but mostly because I want to savor it. I fell in love with Maas’ fantasy writing this year.

Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss trilogy – Because Étienne in Paris, Cricket in San Francisco, and Josh in New York…

Rainbow RowellFangirl and Carry On – I don’t think I will ever get over how much I loved Carry On. I’m sensing many more Rowell books in my future.

Rachel Aaron/Rachel BachNice Dragons Finish Last and the Paradox trilogy (Adult) – So far I’ve loved both her adult and her young adult work. Here’s hoping for more impending releases!

Adult:

Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness, #1)  The Kraken King (Iron Seas, #4)  Venetia  Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)  Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians, #6)

Laura KayeHearts in Darkness and the Hard Ink series – I will forever be indebted to Romance Novels for the Beach for convincing me to try to Laura Kaye’s work.

Meljean Brook Iron Seas series – Brook is my favorite Steampunk author, and I can’t wait for the Blacksmith’s story!

Georgette HeyerVenetia and Faro’s Daughter – I was REALLY late to the Georgette Heyer party, but I’m really glad I found another author to fill my Jane Austen cravings.

Jeaniene Frost – The Night Huntress and Night Prince series’ – I read a whopping 14 books by Frost this year, and I can’t wait for The Sweetest Burn to come out next March.

Dianne Duvall Immortal Guardians series – Duvall became one of my go to authors this year, especially when I’m in the mood for characters that are both kick ass and kind-hearted.

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Who are some of your own “new” favorites? Link your TTT in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: A Year in Quotes

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For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new theme and everyone is invited to join in! (Note: all book cover images in this post link to that book’s Goodreads page.)

Today’s Theme: Ten Favorite Quotes From Books I’ve Read This Year

Picking out quotes is one of my favorite parts of writing a review, and I had a really hard time narrowing this list down to 10. Without further ado, here are some of my favorite quotes from books I’ve read this year (in no particular order).

After the End (After the End, #1)After the End by Amy Plum (After the End, Book 1)
(My Review)

“Even though you could probably kill me in fifteen different ways with a table fork, and even though you barbecue bunnies, I like you, too, Juneau.”

 

The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, #1)
The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (Broken Destiny, Book 1)
(My Review)

He was danger wrapped in secrets tied with a bow of bad intentions, and it was totally unfair that no one had made me feel this way before.

 

Carry On
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
(My Review)

I am going to die kissing Simon Snow. Aleister Crowley, I’m living a charmed life. – Baz

 

The Kraken King (Iron Seas, #4)
The Kraken King by Meljean Brook (The Iron Seas, Book 4)
(My Review)

“You are my queen. I am your sword and your shield. I am your wolf and your steed. Mountains will tremble at my approach, for they know I will tear them apart if ever they stand between us. But you need not be afraid, Zenobia Fox, because my heart is iron and my will is steel, and before the new moon rises, I will come for you.”

 

Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians, #6)
Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall (Immortal Guardians, Book 6)
(My Review)

“I have the most absurd urge to ask you to promise me you won’t go out after dark anymore.”

“Um…”

“I know. It’s totally unreasonable.”

 

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss, Book 2)
(My Review)

Just because something isn’t practical doesn’t mean it’s not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough.

 

Hard to Hold on To (Hard Ink, #2.5)
Hard to Hold On To
by Laura Kaye (Hard Ink, Book 2.5)
(My Review)

You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. You were created to be victorious.

 

Velvet (Velvet Trilogy #1)Velvet by Temple West (Velvet Trilogy, Book 1)
(My Review)

“Why would I fall in love with you? You’re just a hot, closet-nerd vampire with a bazillion dollars and a Harley. There’s absolutely nothing attractive about you.”

 

The Grand Sophy
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
(My Review)

“Now, that,” said Sophy, “I am very glad to know, because if ever I should desire to please you I shall know just how to set about it. I daresay I shan’t, but one likes to be prepared for any event, however unlikely.”

 

Fangirl
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
(My Review)

“Look at you. All sweatered up. What are those, leg sweaters?”
“They’re leg warmers.”
“You’re wearing at least four different kinds of sweater.”
“This is a scarf.”
“You look tarred and sweatered.”

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What are some of your favorite quotes from this year’s book list? Also, link your own TTT in the comments!

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

 

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins is the third and final book of the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy. It follows Isla and Josh back in France for their senior year at the School of America in Paris. It is a roller coaster of a young love story, with really high highs and really low lows. If you’re a fan of the first two books, Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, I highly recommend it!

This is one of those stories that is simultaneously emotionally challenging to read and impossible to get through fast enough. Don’t start it at the end of the day unless you don’t plan on sleeping!

“Oh.” My shoulders sag. “You want to draw.”
“Yes. You.”

That perks me up. I try to hand him a sketchbook, but he refuses it.

“No,” he says. “I want to draw on you.”

I have to admit, I did get some whiplash from the emotional roller coaster. I could see it coming a mile away just based on my experience reading romances, but it still hit me full force. The manic mix emotions and hormones that go into young love were undeniable and the writing brought back so many of my own experiences that I couldn’t help but get swept away. As Isla and Josh spent more and more time together, the quotable moments and happy feels just kept coming. But then, of course, real life and consequences assert themselves with equal force.

And holy COW the romance was intense! Just like the first two books in the series, I found myself reading with a silly grin on my face again and again, but this one was more extreme. Maybe it was because there was nothing to stop them initially; Isla and Josh slammed into each other full force. Maybe it was just because of their personalities, both of them being passionate and deeply-loving introverts. Whatever the reason, this story was personal and consuming. My favorite section, by far, was their trip to Barcelona.

I’m not going to say anything more about the details of the story. In this case, encountering everything firsthand with Isla is such a big part of the experience. And on that note, I am going to end this review with my favorite quote from the book. I know everyone forgets things like this from time to time, and I’m so grateful that I have Isla’s story to remind me.

We can’t stop smiling at each other. I can’t believe that adults get to do this every day. And I don’t even mean sex, though it’s wonderful, but things like this. Brushing our teeth at the same sink. Do adults realize how lucky they are? Or do they forget that these small moments are actually small miracles? I don’t want to ever forget.

I hope I get to read a lot more from Stephanie Perkins in the future, but even if she never writes another thing, I will always be grateful for this series.

PS – For those curious about Anna, Etienne, Lola, and Cricket’s presence in the book, it’s there, but not nearly as much as in the last book. It’s an appropriate amount, though, given the themes and emotional atmosphere of the story.

See my review on Goodreads for Some Particulars, including a swoon rating!