Top 10 Tuesday: Things That Make Me Instantly Want to Read A Book

When I pick up a book that I know nothing about, what things on the cover, blurb, or in the pages immediately draw me in and make me want to read it?

  1. Competency: I love me some competency, whether it’s at politicking, face-punching, or basket-weaving. Example: anything by Timothy Zahn
  2. Dragons: especially shape-shifting dragons! Examples: the Wings of Fire series by Tui Sutherland and Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  3. Moral person thrown into court intrigue: Best when mixed with 1 and 2. Example: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
  4. Beauty and the Beast retellings: I mean, I really like fairy tale retellings in general, but I’m a sucker for B&B. Example: Beauty by Robin McKinley
  5. Bodyguards: I will drop everything to read any sort of bodyguard story. Just accept it. Example: King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (although I would love that book anyway)
  6. Hate-to-love romance: Typical, I know, but they’re just always so entertaining. Example: the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
  7. Victoriana with magic: I don’t care for historical fiction, but I love adding magic to a historical era and seeing what happens – especially Victorian England or Regency England. Example: A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede
  8. Complex family stories where they fight but also love and support each other: especially if romance is secondary and as long as the characters are well-drawn. Example: Sarah Dessen’s books
  9. Banter: If someone throws quotes at me from a book that make me laugh, I am very likely to pick it up to read myself. Example: anything by Sarah Rees Brennan
  10. School stories: especially if its fantasy but really any as long as it’s about making friends and following your dreams (although what’s confusing about this is that I don’t care much for Harry Potter). Example: Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce

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Top 10 Tuesday: [Dead] Authors I Would Like To Meet

If given the chance, I’d like to take the following authors out for a cup (or five) of coffee:

  1. Diana Wynne Jones. Filed under: Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien. Filed under: I Have Prepared A List of Questions Do You Have a Few Hours To Spare?
  3. The Brontes. Filed under: Any Of Them
  4. Henry James. Filed under: Are You Single (Asking For a Friend)
  5. Edith Wharton. Filed under: Marry Me
  6. Mary Shelley. Filed under: Bring Percy and Byron and Keats and We Can Have An Orgy
  7. Rosemary Sutcliff. Filed under: Mess Me Up My Dear Rosemary
  8. Christopher Marlowe. Filed under: Just Don’t Tell Will
  9. Mary Renault. Filed under: I Want To See Your Head Explode When I Call Alexander The Great a Genocidal Megalomaniac
  10. Dorothy Sayers. Filed under: Dorothy Deserved Better 2017

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Top 10 Tuesday: Manga Series

This week’s prompts was “All about the visuals” whether it be comic books, graphic novels, picture books, etc etc. After way too much thought and much too long of a list, I settled on my top 10 favorite manga. Please note: not the top 10 best manga I’ve ever read, simply MY FAVORITES. Tl;dr don’t fight with me about the quality, I like what I like the end.

  1. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa: “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles!” Besides being a phenomenal story and brilliantly crafted, I want to hug it to pieces. Filed under: Science And Municipally-Approved Books, Found Family
  2. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya: It’s like a love story except there’s twelve of them and friendship conquers all also they turn into animals????? Filed under: Formative Literature, Squad Goals
  3. Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle by CLAMP: Time-travel space-travel adventure of my heart tbh Filed under: Too Many Clones, Too Many Feels
  4. Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori: It’s like a love story except there’s six of them and they think she’s a boy at first but then she’s not but they would die for each other and also they like to wear costumes and role play???? Filed under: It’s PG I Swear, Funniest Stories
  5. Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki: This one is really rewarding to reread – there is a lot going on and a lot of threads that are set up early and carry through. Filed under: I’m Upset About A Lot of Dead Historical Rebels, Found Family
  6. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata: It’s like a love story except- oh wait no it’s not a love story, it’s a death story, Light, please stop, what, wait what are you doing no oh no that’s a lot of blood. Filed under: Hugs for All, Things I Shouldn’t Love As Much As I Do
  7. D.N. Angel by Yukiri: Fair warning, I’m pretty sure this series is on indefinite hiatus. But it’s still one of my favorite stories about teens. Filed under: Disguises Galore, Thieves With Hearts of Gold
  8. Tactics by Sakura Kinoshita: This is another one on indefinite hiatus. TokyoPop’s demise ruined my manga upbringing, basically. Everything I know about Japanese folklore I learned from this series. Filed under: Oh No I Love Everyone So Much, Why Am I Crying Again
  9. Tokyo Babylon by CLAMP: This one is set up as an episodic romcom and then suddenly Plot Twist and it turns into a murderous rampage leading up to the apocalypse and I love it with all the tiny black monsters of my tarred soul. Filed under: Why Am I Crying Again, Perfection
  10. Ghost Hunt by Shiro Inada: Sometimes I forget how much I love ghost stories, and then I read something like Ghost Hunt and experience pure joy while clever characters investigate hauntings and try not to get murdered. Filed under: Be Safe, That Guy is Probably Dead the Whole Time

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Top 10 Tuesday: A Star War

This week’s prompt is a FREEBIE, so I am going to bless you all with my top 10 Star Wars books (canon, Legends, comics, whatever).

  1. Survivor’s Quest by Timothy Zahn (Legends): As you may know, I adore Timothy Zahn’s stories (Star Wars and other), so I’m not sure how to pick a favorite but it is probably this one. Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade go on a treasure hunt/quest/fact-finding mission to find a crashed Old Republic ship, in case it has Jedi artifacts on board. It turns into a very suspenseful mystery and of course they run into a shadowy military organization with sketchy motives and there’s fencing and fighting and torture and revenge and true love. Or whatever. Filed under: The OTP, New Stormtrooper Friends, Abandon Ship
  2. Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka (Canon): This is a miniseries comic about Poe’s parents and takes place during and after the Battle of Endor. Greg Rucka is another fave, the art is great, and the characters are wonderful. Filed under: Luke Cameos, Marry Me Shara Bey?
  3. Knights of the Old Republic: Commencement by John Jackson Miller (Legends): This is the first volume of the Knights of the Old Republic comic run. It went a little downhill after the first couple of volumes but this opening story is one of my favorite Star Wars stories. Filed under: Dream Team, Framed, Save The Dream
  4. X-Wing: Rogue Squadron by Michael A. Stackpole (Legends): Okay, I need to accept that this entire post is just me gushing about how much I love Star Wars. I LOVE THIS SERIES OF BOOKS but especially Stackpole’s volumes, starting with this one. He introduces a bunch of excellent characters like Corran Horn and Mirax Terrik, along with turning minor but awesome characters from the movies into great protagonists. Filed under: SPACE PILOTS, Wedge Antilles Is The Real MVP
  5. Star Wars: Year By Year A Visual History by Ryder Windham (nonfiction): This is a “coffee table” history/trivia book about the people behind the Star Wars movies and franchise. It’s really nerdy and interesting, and starts with George Lucas’s career and continues into the present. Star Wars events are laid out chronologically alongside “real world” events. Filed under: Did You Know, Fascinating!
  6. Republic Commando: Hard Contact by Karen Traviss (Legends): This is set during the Clone Wars and is a fast-paced military story about a squad of clone commandos and their baby Jedi general. Filed under: I Love Everyone In This Bar, Found Family
  7. Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover (Legends): I don’t understand why we don’t have more Luke books or movies like this.  This is the perfect Luke book, the rest of you can go home. Filed under: Star Wars Journalism, Space Adventures
  8. Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpshyn (Legends): I don’t like dark books very much, and I don’t like books about bad guys very much, but I really love this book about a decent guy who goes bad and it’s all pretty dark, so, I don’t know what to tell you. Filed under: Sith Lords Are Our Specialty, The Rule of Two
  9. Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston (Canon): I love Ahsoka and I love E.K. Johnston and this is a wonderful, small-scale story about one of the best Jedi ever. Filed under: Found Family, Rebels, I Love Everyone In This Bar But Mostly Ahsoka
  10. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher: I expected the Shakespeare Star Wars books to be gimmicky and shallow but the author put a lot of work into them and it shows. These books made me approach Star Wars in a whole new way, even though I’ve grown up on them and know them inside out. Filed under: Clever Words, Amazing Illustrations

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Top 10 Tuesday: Underrated/Hidden Gems

This week’s prompt is top 10 underrated books we’ve read in the past year or so.

1, 2, and and 3. The “Half Bad” trilogy by Sally Green: I’ve probably talked about these books before, but the main reason I love them is that they’re really unexpected. I never had a clue where the story was going or what was going to happen to the characters, and that’s really rare for me – I read too much and know too many conventions to be surprised very often. The character I started out hating was my favorite by the end, another whom I was suspicious of wound up being one of those characters I will defend to the end,  etc etc. Filed under: magic wars, character development like whoa, yay torture, oh no so much torture, trees will mess you up

4. Medieval Woman’s Song: Cross-Cultural Approaches edited by Anne Klinck: This is a collection of literary criticism on the genre of Woman’s Song in medieval literature. The chapter on Wulf and Eadwacer was my favorite obviously but most of the essays were really good. Filed under: my jam, my aesthetic, sing to me about genre subversion

5. Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories: edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios: Okay I KNOW I’ve talked about this book before but seriously, it’s the most entertaining and most solid short story collection I have ever read. I can’t even recommend any stories over the others because they are all great. Filed under: YAY

6. Batgirl by Kelley Puckett: DC has been reprinting this Cassandra Cain run lately, in big friendly paperbacks. The first reprint volume is Silent Knight and contains issues 1-8. Filed under: My Other Favorite Batgirl, Good Comics

7. Atomic Robo by Brian Clevinger: This is a comics series about a robot created by Nicola Tesla (yes, that Nicola Tesla) who acts out by fighting crime and stuff. There’s a lot of fun historical plots, as Robo is immortal and lives long after Tesla dies, but still keeps fighting crime and doing science. Filed under: Hug Forever, Sassy Robots

8. Princess Leia by Mark Waid: It’s only 5 issues, but I adore this comic book. It’s set after A New Hope and features Leia and her friend Evaan fly around the galaxy and gather Alderaan survivors. Filed under: x-wing pilots, space adventures, Good Comics

9. Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka: Finn, Poe, and Rey each get a short-ish story in this book, which is set right before The Force Awakens. Greg Rucka is a favorite author, too. Filed under: My Faves, The BrOT3, Quarter Portions

10. Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale: Fairytale retellings have never been so hilarious, or so heartbreaking. Filed under: Wait This Is Based on Kids Toys?, How Did I Get Here?, Why Am I Crying?

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Totally Meant To Read

I always have way more books on my To-Read list than I can possibly get to. That being said, below are 10 books (in no particular order) that came out in 2016 that I would love to read as soon as I have a chance

  1. You Know Me Well by David Levithan/Nina LaCour: I’ve really enjoyed David Levithan’s contemporary YA collaborations with Rachel Cohn (see #10), and I’ve heard good things about Nina LaCour, so I am definitely excited about a friendship story written by the two of them. This is on my shelf. I’m a terrible person.  Filed under: Friendship
  2. And I Darken by Kiersten White: This is the gender-swapped Vlad the Impaler story I always knew I needed. Or so I’ve heard. Plus I will read anything by Kiersten White. Filed under: Lady Dictators of My Heart
  3. Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews: This is the ninth book in an adventurous romantic paranormal series that I’ve been reading for a bit. They’re like the potato chips of my reading life, tbh. Filed under: I Love Everyone In This Bar
  4. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: This is the sequel to Six of Crows, the fantasy heist YA that I always knew I needed. This….is on my shelf too. Whoops. Filed under: I Love Everyone In This Bar, Found Families
  5. Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins: This is a YA anthology. Stephanie Perkins also edited a Christmas-themed collection that was very strong. Filed under: Awwww, Wait No
  6. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro: This is the gender-swapped Sherlock Holmes story that I always knew I needed. Or so I’ve heard. Filed under: Yes Good
  7. Exit, Pursued By a Bear by E.K. Johnston: I finally got on the Right Train this year and read a couple of other books by E.K. Johnston, and she is the real deal. This is a contemporary YA and I don’t know much else about it, but the author sells it for me. Filed under: Shakespeare References, Ee-Kay
  8. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi: Funny story, I don’t know what this book is about, but it’s cover is beautiful, it’s Middle Grade, and I’ve been keeping up with Mafi since her first book, Shatter Me, so I’m on board. Filed under: Bloofer Covers
  9. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake: I’m very behind on my Kendare Blake reading but she is always a delight. This book is about three evil queens who have to queen it out and see who wins. Filed under: Why Are You So Scary, That’s a Lot of Blood
  10. The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn: Like I said above, I love the books these two have been writing. This one is a sequel to Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, which I recommend and features a holiday-themed scavenger hunt romance in NYC. Filed under: Dream Team

 

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Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For

I don’t know much about any of the debuts coming out this year, but here I have listed ten that sound very intriguing.

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  7. My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma (no cover yet)
  8. Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza (no cover yet)
  9. The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (no cover yet)
  10. Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George (no cover yet)

What’s on your debut list for 2017?

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