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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Excited To Read in 2012

January 3, 2012

‘Top Ten Tuesday’ is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Books I’m Excited To Read in 2012’. I get to list the books that I’m looking forward to reading this year. There seem to be a lot of good books coming out this year and I can’t wait to get to read them.

1. The Nightmare Garden by Caitlin Kittredge – This is the sequel to ‘The Iron Thorn’, which was a really great read last year. It’s a combination steampunk, fantasy, dystopian, young-adult novel. I’ve recently been turned on to steampunk and dystopian novels, which seems to be the current trend. 🙂 (I’m such a follower.)

2. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross – Yet another steampunk sequel. I loved the first book in this series, I think this may be the series that sealed by love of this genre. May is way too far away.

3. The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney – This is the sequel to ‘The Iron Queen’ which was a really good if short book. I hope this one is longer. This seems like it may be a great fantasy series.

4. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – The ‘Graceling’ series was a serious favorite of mine last year and I’ve been waiting for this book for a long, long time. I’ve loved the main characters of this series so much and I don’t think this book will disappoint me.

5. The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood – Is the third in a children’s series, but it’s so much fun! I found a review that describes the series perfectly, it’s ‘Sound of Music’ meets ‘The Series of Unfortunate Events’. It’s a funny read with some adorable characters.

6. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen – I’ve always loved Robin Hood, I think I’ve watched pretty much every movie or tv version that tells his story. This book talks about a possible love interest for him, not Maid Marien, but Scarlet, the main character. It looks to be a fun read for this year.

7. Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep – This is the third in the Mythos Academy series which I’m loving right now. I love anything to do with mythology so this series is right up my alley. 🙂

8. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami – I’ve been seeing a lot of this book online, especially on Goodreads. It’s grabbed my interest for sure. It’s not a new book, but I definitely plan to read this book before the year is out.

9. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson – Jack the Ripper. Need I say more? I love Maureen Johnson anyway, so this is definitely a must read for this year.

10. Ashfall by Mike Mullin – This is a post-apocalyptic novel about the aftermath of the explosion of a supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park. The main character is a teenage boy left alone for the weekend when the volcano erupts. He goes across the United States to find his family.


WWW Wednesday

October 19, 2011

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Should Be Reading. All you have to do is answer three questions.

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
I’m actually am between books right now, but I plan to start reading New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear. It’s actually a collection of short stories about Abigail Irene Garrett, a forensic sorceress, and Sebastien de Ulloa, a famous sleuth and vampire. I’ve recently become interested in the steampunk genre and now I’m officially obsessed. This is just the latest in a line of steampunk books that I’m devouring.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading The Steampunk Detective by Darrell Pitt. As is obvious, this was another steampunk book that I read. I really liked this one. It was very similar to Sherlock Holmes in that this duo solves crimes using the powers of deduction. However the assistant is a teenager that used to be from a family of acrobats. I hope the author plans to write more books in this universe, it’s definitely something I’d be interested in.

What do you think you’ll read next?
In wrapping up this weeks steampunk theme, I’ll be reading Writing Steampunk by Beth Daniels. This is actually in preparation for next month! Since I plan to participate in NaNoWriMo again, I wanted to do some research in advance. Since I’ve been obsessed with steampunk lately, I figure the best way to stay interested in what I’m writing it just to stick with what I like. So the plan for the moment, which is of course liable to change any second now, is to write a steampunk novel this year. So hopefully this book will get me in the mood for that. It’s supposed to have a really good historical context and some prompts for writing. Perfect!

What are you guys reading this week?


WWW Wednesday

September 14, 2011

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Should Be Reading. I found this meme through Marie from Ramblings of a Daydreamer. All you have to do is answer three questions.

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading The Emerald Talisman. I just started and I haven’t had too much time to read so I’m not that far into it yet.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading Scarlett Fever. It was the second in a series by Maureen Johnson. I really liked it and I do hope that she writes another book for the series soon.

What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m not really sure yet. Right now it’s tie between Maureen Johnson’s Devilish and Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. I’ve been on Maureen Johnson kick lately, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about ‘The Night Circus’ as well. It depends on what I’m in the mood for.


Harry Potter, The End of an Era

July 23, 2011

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The end of the Harry Potter saga is here. The last book has been written, the last movie made. Years of magic and mystery that have kept the children within us alive and kicking has now come to an end. It’s bittersweet really. We waited with bated breath for each new book to come out, wanting to read the next chapter in Harry’s story. Then we waited in anticipation for each new movie to be released, hoping it they would live up the the magic of the books. We wanted to know how the story ended. And now they have come, we are sad to see them go.

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Hogwarts was just as much home to us, as it was to the students that inhabited it. We imagined which house we would be sorted to. (I’m totally a Ravenclaw, by the way.) We imagine the type of wand we would have and which classes would be our favorites. This was a world that was as real to us as the one we actually live in.

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I went to see ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ this past weekend. I have to say that, combined with Part 1, this was my favorite of the entire series. There was so much that happened here and so many things explained. I really loved Neville in this movie. He really came into his own. And of course, I’ve always loved the Snape storyline. He has always been my favorite character. I will also say that I could have done without the epilogue. I never really liked that part of the book either.

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If only we could go back in time and see it all from the beginning again. Now would be a great time to have to have a time turner. However, we still have our books to read over and over. We have our movies to watch again and again. We even have a an amusement park to go to now. (Which I’m, even now, planning a trip to for my birthday.) We have an entire community of people to reminisce with. And a whole new generation to introduce the magic of Harry Potter too. (I’m planning to gift the Harry Potter series to my younger cousins for Christmas.)

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How are you dealing with the end of the Harry Potter era? Have you gone to see the movie, yet?
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Top Ten Tuesday Rewind:

April 19, 2011

‘Top Ten Tuesday’ is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Tuesday Rewind’.
Which means I go back into the archives and chose any past theme that I want.
For this week I choose #1) Childhood Favorites.

1. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warren – I absolutely adored this series as a child. I loved watching these siblings take care of each other after they lost their parents and then finding their grandfather. Plus they had all of these great adventures and solved so many mysteries together.

2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – I bought a copy of this at a bookfair when I was younger just because I liked the cover. I fell in love with this book. I still have it, even though it’s falling apart now and I had to buy a new copy. While I loved all of the sisters and Marmee, I most related to Jo. She was so strong and independent and I wanted to be just like her.

3. The Baby Sitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin – I wanted to be in this club! (I conveniently forgot at the time that I wasn’t that fond of smaller kids.) But I wanted that fun that they seemed to have and it was such a diverse group of friends. I always loved Claudia the best I think.

4. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White – I still cry whenever I watch this movie or read this book. It was a great story about friendship and love. Charlotte was so sweet and lovely, and Wilbur was just too sweet and innocent for words.

5. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink – I also found this one at a book fair. I think I was on a frontier kick at the time because I also got ‘Little House on the Prairie’ but this one was so amazing to me. Caddie was just this strong character living out on the frontier and having so much fun! I really need to find my old copy of this book.

6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol – This has to be towards the top of my favorite books ever, not just among children’s books. Alice was this great creative character that could play alone and still have great adventures. I loved pretty much all of the crazy characters in the books. This was beyond memorable.

7. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien – I can’t remember whether I saw the movie first or read the book. But I loved both regardless. This book had so much love in it. And it was unusual because of the fact that the main character is an adult. But a great book nonetheless.

8. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede – I loooooved this series. This is about an unconventional princess that does not want to be saved. In fact, instead of being abducted by a dragon she actually ran away herself and then decided to live with a dragon voluntarily. She agrees to cook and clean for a dragon provided that dragon doesn’t let any of the ‘heroes’ sent after her to make her leave. It was funny and lovely and just amazing.

9. Time Windows by Kathryn Reiss – This book was very unique to me at the time I read it. In fact I started to look into the windows of my own dollhouse to see if I could look back in time as well. It was my first foray into the paranormal, which is a genre I love to this day.

10. Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling – And of course I could not leave out Harry Potter. This is probably the very top of my list. It has everything you could hope for. Magic, dragons, werewolves, romance, a magic school, giants, talking snakes, and adventure. All rolled into one series. I loved everything about this series, except the fact that it’s over.


Mockingjay: Hunger Games #3

January 28, 2011

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The final book of The Hunger Games Trilogy is titled ‘Mockingjay. This books takes place right after Katniss is rescued from the second Hunger Game her and Peeta were forced into. Unfortunately Peeta was not rescued with her. President Snow has officially declared war on her and she is now the figurehead, Mockingjay, for the rebellion against the government. While there is a lot of action in this book, as with the previous novel, there is also a lot of time spent within Katniss’ head. She is trying to figure out what she really wants to do. Does she want to be a figurehead of this rebellion? Who can she really trust out of the people around her? What is her purpose in this life?

In the mean time the districts are rebelling against the government with the help of the long thought dead District 13, which is the rebellion headquarters. There are a lot of new characters and places in this book. We especially what District 13 has been up to for all of those years. President Coin is the person in charge of the rebellion and seems to have her own personal agenda on top of getting the districts free.

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Overall, the book was amazing. As with the second book, I cried my eyes out. In fact I cried pretty much throughout the whole book. Every other page it seemed like something happened or Katniss went through something that just touched me. The ending wasn’t all happily ever after, that wouldn’t be realistic at all. Nothing was miraculously better once they won the war. But it made sense and the story still felt like it ended well.

This entire series was amazing and original and fun. I consider it a must-read to pretty much anyone. I’ve heard that a movie is supposed to be coming out in a year or two based on the first book. I really hope they don’t ruin the spirit of the book, because it’s a really great story that deserves to be told well.


Catching Fire: The Hunger Games #2

January 24, 2011

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This book, Catching Fire, is the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. This books starts off with everyone back home trying to get on with their lives. Although things aren’t exactly the same. The winners, Peeta and Katnis now live in the area of District 13 allotted for victors of the Hunger Games. And they are able to live more than comfortable wit the riches they get for winning the games. Their families can live better than ever. And yet things are not all great. They are under threat from the Capitol. The president if enraged at their supposed show of rebellion at the end of the last Games and he means to punish them. There are murmurs of rebellion in other districts that are quelled by the Capitol.

Katniss’ character was very disturbed in this book. She has nightmares from her time in the Games as well as having both Gale and Peeta keeping her at a distance. Her old friend Gale seems to have feelings for her that she never realized and she’s not sure what to do about it. And Peeta was hurt from her apparent acting about her feelings for him during the Games. All of this plus her knowledge that the President is not happy with her makes her new life not all that peaceful. Plus her new station makes her uncomfortable. She has to be dressed up and ready for cameras at a moment’s notice.

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I won’t spoil too much of the book but I will say that you meet a bunch of new characters. Some you will like and some you will not. You will also see a lot of conflict within Katniss. She tries to figure what she wants in life, who she wants in life. Plus she wants to keep her family and friends safe as the Capitol and the President bear down on them and put them in danger. She show a lot more emotion in this book than in the previous. I think that she grows as a person a lot. There are also a lot of hidden agendas in this book that she’s not aware of. So you are aware that sometimes something seems off but you are not sure of how. You learn as Katniss learns but sometimes before she does, but only because she does have

Overall, I really loved this book. It was different from the first book in the series and yet was similar as well. It was very emotional and I will admit that I cried during certain parts. You got to see more of the inner workings of Katniss as she grows and tries to protect everyone she loves, even as she’s not always successful.