Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This week’s theme centers around popular authors that we as bloggers have never read. I know just where to begin too…

1. Jane Austen. I know, I know, how the heck am I an English major AND a librarian, yet I haven’t read a Jane Austen book? Shocking, I know. Once I graduate in May, I fully intend to read Pride and Prejudice.

2. C.S. Lewis. I’ve already mentioned (I think?) that I never read The Chronicles of Narnia books when I was a kid and really wish I had now. Again, something I plan to do after I graduate.

3. Cassandra Clare. You know, The City of books…yup, haven’t read any of them. Whaaaaat? I’m a terrible YA librarian.

4. Michelle Mead. Her Vampire Academy books are incredibly popular and I own the first one! …I just haven’t read it.

5. Tahereh Mafi. I own Shatter Me…actually, I just bought it about a week ago. But, yet again, I haven’t read it yet.

6. Marie Lu. Yet another author who has one of her books on my shelves, but I just haven’t read it yet.

7. Veronica Rossi. I hear a lot about her books, but I just haven’t gotten around to reading them (or owning them for that matter.)

8. Laurie Halse Anderson. I’m actually about to start Speak for one of my classes, so soon she’ll be off this list!

9. Maggie Stiefvater. She’s from my state…HELLO!! Why haven’t I read ANY of her books yet? No clue.

10. James Patterson. This one is at the bottom because really…I don’t have any interest to read his books. They just don’t seem like ones I’d like. Is that bad?

So who are some authors y’all had on your lists? I’m glad I was able to check Rainbow Rowell of my list…I finished Eleanor & Park today!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Had to Buy But Still Haven’t Read

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This week was a freebie top ten Tuesday, so bloggers could pick from previous topics to discuss. I decided on the topic that talks about books I just HAD to buy, but still haven’t read. My TBR list is massive, and getting more so every time I visit a bookstore. So…this topic is going to be hard to narrow down to just ten, but here we go!

  1. Gated by Amy Christine Parker
  2. Tandem by Anna Jarzab
  3. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
  4. Pawn by Aimee Carter
  5. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
  6. Matched by Ally Condie
  7. Confessions of a Hater by Caprice Crane
  8. Love Disguised by Lisa M. Klein
  9. Timepiece by Myra McEntire
  10. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult (and Samantha van Leer)

I picked up most of these books for their descriptions, (in the case of Timepiece, I read Hourglass and loved it) or because their covers caught my eye. Some of these books I’ve had for several months…actually, all of them I’ve had for several months; one or two I’ve had for over a year! Honestly, I need to put more time into reading.

Top Ten Tuesday – Reasons I Love Being A Blogger/Reader

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!\

This week’s top ten list centers around the reasons why we love being book bloggers and/or readers. There are so many reasons why I love being a book blogger and countless reasons why I love being a reader, so narrowing all of those reasons down into just 10 is going to be tricky…

1. I love being a book blogger because it has given me a self-esteem boost. Yup, you read that right, my book blog has given me a self-esteem boost. Do you know how absolutely happy it makes me feel to know that there are people out there who read what I have to say AND sometimes like it? It’s such an amazing feeling. Plus, having over 100 followers? I might pass out.

2. I love being a reader because it has allowed me to live multiple lives. When you read, you become the main character. This allows you to live their life. Reading many books allows you to live many lives. That to me is so awesome.

3. I love being a book blogger because it has given me a chance to voice my thoughts. Often, when I go on and on about a book in real life, people don’t usually care. However, when I voice my thoughts online, look out world, book lovers want to know!

4. I love being a reader because it has provided me with a break from the technology world. I love computers, and TV, and music, and yadda yadda, but there comes a time when you need a break from it all. Reading provides me that break every day.

5. I love being a book blogger because it has exposed me to so many awesome books. If it weren’t for being a book blogger, I would never have known about so many amazing (YA) books. Sure, Goodreads does a good job at promoting some, but definitely not all. Book blogs do that.

6. I love being a reader because it allows me to escape from reality. This goes along with point 4, but sometimes you just need that little escape, even if it’s brief.

7. I love being a book blogger because I have met so many amazing book bloggers because of it. Never in a million years would I have thought I could have actually made connections with people through a blog, but I have and it’s fantastic! I love hearing from them and reading what they have to say.

8. I love being a reader because reading gives me so many ideas and lets my imagination run wild. One of these days, I plan to write my own YA book. Reading YA books has provided me with so many ideas and thoughts; not copying ideas, but it has jump started my thought process a lot more/faster than if I didn’t read.

9. I love being a book blogger because being one has allowed me to create something. I still have a long way to go before I’m truly happy with how my blog looks, but it has certainly come a long way from when I started. I’m pleased with its appearance at the moment, but do plan to better it.

10. I love being a reader because reading is amazing! Seriously, what explanation do you need for why you like reading? It’s so awesome and I love every minute I get a chance to read.

Okay, so what are some other reasons for why we love to be book bloggers and readers? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Will Make You Swoon

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This week’s top ten theme focuses on books that make us fall head over heels in love with something about it. Ahh, swoon. I had to think long and hard about this topic, but I’m focusing on the characters that made me swoon…


Don't even get me started on Death...*sigh*

Don’t even get me started on Death…*sigh*

Oh, Étienne St. Clair...plus, it's in Paris!

Oh, Étienne St. Clair…plus, it’s in Paris!

The OTHER Nick...not the first one we meet.

The OTHER Nick…not the first one we meet.

Lucas is just fantastic.

Lucas is just fantastic.

Even though it takes the entire book to find him, Willem is swoon worthy.

Even though it takes the entire book to find him, Willem is swoon worthy.

Jase...need I say more?

Jase…need I say more?

Wesley and his guyliner.

Wesley and his guyliner.

Peeta, duh.

Peeta, duh.

Everyone together now, "awwww." Noah is swoonable.

Everyone together now, “awwww.” Noah is swoonable.

Getting old school here, but Mr. Rochester will ALWAYS be my swoon worthy literary character.

Getting old school here, but Mr. Rochester will ALWAYS be my swoon worthy literary character.

So what are some other swoon-worthy books that I need to get my hands on?

Talk It Out Thursday – Multiple Book Copies

4talkitoutthursdayTalk It Out Thursday is a discussion feature here at The Printed YA Word that takes place every Thursday.

Okay, this week’s topic is going to be short and sweet…mostly because I forgot today was Thursday and didn’t have a topic in mind. But, despite all that, I came up with something as I sit at my desk browsing the Internet. Multiple copies of a book. I’m sure I can’t be the only person out there who loves a book SO much that they purchase every different copy/edition they come across, right? The book that I do that for is Jane Eyre. I ADORE that book. I honestly didn’t think I would like it when I was assigned to read it my junior year of college in my senior seminar class for English majors (I took it a year early because student teaching takes place spring semester of senior year). However, I was pleasantly surprised that I LOVED the Bronte sisters, especially Charlotte. While I do love Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte, I am in love with Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Because of this, I have a section on my new bookcase that is dedicated to my many copies of this book. In fact, I’m looking at purchasing two other copies of the book at this very moment (which is where I came up with the topic for this discussion).

This is my current Jane Eyre collection...

This is my current Jane Eyre collection…

So…who else out there has a book they love SO much, that they just HAVE to buy every edition they come across? My boyfriend says he does the same thing for The Chronicles of Narnia (which I sadly have yet to read!) I want to know some book obsessions…let me know!

Waiting On Wednesday – Fire & Flood

WaitingOnWednesday“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Fire & Flood (Victoria Scott) 16069167

Release Date: February 25, 2014

A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother’s life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

(Description from Goodreads)

I’ve seen a lot of reviews already saying that there a similarities to The Hunger Games. Aside from it containing a “contest” to win something, it doesn’t sound like it would be similar, but hey, if it is, I’m OKAY with that since I loved The Hunger Games! What do y’all think? Anyone read it yet?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Will Make You Cry

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This week’s top ten list features books that make us cry. For some reason, this was another really difficult topic for me; I’m the type of person who cries easily, but I actually haven’t come across many books that have made me cry. But I still came up with 10, though some don’t fall under YA. 

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talk It Out Thursday – Book Signing Etiquette

4talkitoutthursdayTalk It Out Thursday is a discussion feature here at The Printed YA Word that takes place every Thursday.

Okay, so my topic of discussion today is about the proper etiquette for book signings. Why? Well, a little bit later today, I’m going to a book signing that features three amazing YA authors, my personal favorite being Victoria Schwab (author of The Archived and the sequel The Unbound.) I’m so excited about going, but it made me stop and think…what is the “proper” etiquette for attendees of book signings? Let me explain…

I'm assuming I can't twirl around after having my book signed...

I’m assuming I can’t twirl around after having my book signed…

As a fan of books and someone who plans to attend a book signing, aside from getting the author’s autograph, there’s one other thing I really hope I can get: a picture with the author. But I know at some book signings that this isn’t allowed and at others it is, but isn’t advertised; in some cases, people have to sneak a shot of the author during the event. So before I go to this book signing, I’m just wondering, is it actually okay of me to ask for a picture together with the author? My request goes even further to having two pictures taken, one on my iPhone (for Instagram, duh) and one on one of my Polaroid cameras (yes, I have three). Do you think it’s okay to ask the author, “Hey, mind if I get a picture with you?” or is that too forward. Of course, I really could just tweet this question, since Victoria Schwab has favorited AND commented on my tweets that have her in them, but I was kinda nervous to ask… Perhaps I’ll just wait and see what others do when I get to the event later.

Of course, that just leads to the question, “what am I going to wear?” Another discussion entirely…

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Pardon the AHS gifs…I’m mourning the end of the 3rd season.

Waiting on Wednesday – Panic

 

WaitingOnWednesday“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Panic (Lauren Oliver)

Release Date: March 4, 2014Panic_HC_JKT_des4.indd

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

(Description from Goodreads)

This sounds a lot like Nerve, which is awesome! Can’t wait for it! What are some books y’all are waiting on?

Top Ten Tuesday – Things On My Reading Wishlist

 

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This week’s top ten list features what we want to see more of in books…here’s my list:

1. Country setting/characters. I live in the middle of nowhere, so something like this would make me feel right at home.

2. Parents who are NOT absent. I come from a loving family where my parents are together, so when I read books where the parents hate each other, aren’t together, etc. it kinda depresses me.

3. Time travel. Do I really need to explain this one? Gimme Dr. Who, but for YA.

4. Non-human characters. But vampires and werewolves are overdone, so maybe angels and demons?

5. Main characters with an ailment. And I don’t mean a cold, I mean something that sticks with you…like arthritis.

6. Suzanne Collins. Can you PLEASE write more books pronto?

7. High school struggles and clubs. Specifically a newspaper club, but I’m a sponsor for one where I work and it’s brutal getting high schoolers to focus.

8. Literary retellings. This is something that bothers me if it isn’t done well. But I’m all for a modernized version of a Shakespeare play or something else.

9. Transition between high school and college. You know that summer after you graduate high school, but before you begin college? I’d like to read a good book that deals with that.

10. Male POVs. I’ve read a few, but there don’t seem to be many in the YA world.

Whew, that took a lot more thought than I imagined. What are some things you all have on your reading wishlist? I’m curious!