Top Ten Tuesday: May 2, 2017

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Now for another Top Ten Tuesday! It’s hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find questions on their blog if you want to follow along.

This week is: Cover Theme Freebie

The freebie pick was really hard for me. There’s so many directions you could go with one. Finally, I decided to highlight: Covers of Royalty Fantasy Books

I’ve been in a big fantasy mood lately if you can’t tell. Royalty is one of my favorite type of characters to read about. Combine the two and I’m one happy girl. Now, these aren’t necessarily book covers that I love, but books I’ve read and enjoyed. In no particular order, here we go!

First Light by Michelle Paige Holmes

This one has such a pretty cover! It’s soft but eye catching. It’s been a while since I read it, but I just remember adoring the story.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

I love this series! It has everything I want in a book. A girl who starts out soft, but because strong, not just physically stronger, but mentally and emotionally stronger. The story kept me engaged through all three books.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

I know, a middle grade book, I and don’t usually read those, but this one is an exception. I first read it a long, long time ago. Maybe high school? In any case, it’s been a while. But I feel in love with it. It’s such a good twist on Cinderella, a girl that has to obey every order she’s given. It’s SO good!

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Do I even need to explain myself with this one? I will anyway 😉

It’s got “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest Ladies. Snakes. Spiders… Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.”

It’s one of the most quotable books ever. I just love it! Sure, it’s not a perfect book, but it’s still one of my favorites.

Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith

Another book that’s been a while since I read. Technically, two books combine into one. In any case, they’re rock! They are ones I should go back and reread sometime soon.

The Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley

This list is making me realize how many books I love that I haven’t read in a while. Maybe I need a reread-a-thon, lol.  This book had so much that I love in a book. It was a great read! A fiery princess with a good love interest.

Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis

This is one of my recent reads (review on Thursday!). Details will come then, but I loved it! So much fierce girl in action. Definitely worth a read if you like YA fantasy.

Third Daughter by Susan Kay Quinn

This series was an interesting one. A fantasy based on India, this princess starts off naive and grows so much. Her love interest is swoony and full of adventure. Check out this part of the blurb: “This Bollywood-style royal romance takes you to an alternate East Indian world filled with skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue.

Sounds awesome, right!?!

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

A book with a witty protagonist, the entire series is one that’s worth reading. A good combination of things that I enjoy reading.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

If you can’t tell, I love Gail Carson Levine’s books. Even though she writes middle grade, which I usually avoid, I thoroughly enjoy her stories. This was the first one of hers I ever read, and I happened to read it out loud with my college roommate. It was a blast. So many things I love about this book. It makes me cry every time I read it.


And that’s my list. I’m so excited to see what everyone else did with their covers!

Link up & I’ll stop on by!

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Top Ten Tuesday: April 25, 2017

It’s another Top Ten Tuesday! It’s hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find questions on their blog if you want to follow along.

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

This is a hard one for me. There’s a lot that makes me want to read a book, but thinking of things that turn me off is a little bit harder. I like to give books a chance but there are a few things that just don’t do it for me.

Insta-love

Just ugh! I need build up. Time for the characters to fall in love.  Time to get to know each other. The exception is if there’s a reason for their insta-love like being werewolf mates. Even then though, I still want their insta-love to be tempered by friendship.

Ugly Cover

I’m not going to post covers here I don’t like, because I don’t want to hurt any feelings, but it’s true that an ugly cover makes it very, very hard for me to pick up a book.

Steamy Scenes

I know a lot of people like when things get hot and heavy, but I’m not one of them. This is one I can’t even look past. If I know it’s there I won’t even pick it up.

Hard Sci-fi

My husband loves this genre. I do not. Sad to say it, but when they start talking and every other word is going over my head, I just can’t do it.

Fairies/Fae

I don’t know what it is about the Fae, but it’s hard for me to like them. When I find out a book has Fae in it, it’s really difficult for me to pick it up.

Angels

Like Fae, I just can’t do angels. If someone highly recommends a book to me, I’ll try it, but only grudgingly. This is just one thing that isn’t for me. Oddly enough, demons don’t bother me, but usually are connected to angels so, no go.

What instantly turns you off to a book?

Top Ten Tuesday: April 18, 2017

This week I’m participation in a new meme. Yay! It’s a hard one because you have to think of ten things to go with a topic, but I’m up to the challenge. I can come up with at least five anyway.  I’ve seen this meme around before and thought it looked like a lot of fun to participate in.

If you’re wondering why I didn’t post Mailbox Monday, it’s because I was trying to cut back the amount of books I got last week. Good thing too because I only read one book. Eek! I did get one book, which was one I read, but I’ll add it to next weeks list.

Without further ado, Top Ten Tuesday. Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They have questions posted on their website in advance if you want to participate.

This week’s top ten: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

  1. Romance. I am a sucker for all things love. Now, it does need to be a sweet/clean romance, but as long as you have that, I will read ASAP!
  2. Fantasy of some sort. I’m crazy about all things magical and different. Our world is fine, but I live it every day. I’d like to be in a world where new and extraordinary things happen.
  3. Fairy Tale Retelling. What can I say? I’m still young at heart. I wouldn’t have it any other way though. I just love a good retelling. Bring it on!
  4. Non Western Settings. Don’t get me wrong, I like the traditional western setting. But it’s so common. Base a fantasy off of Russia, Egypt, India, or some other more unique world and I am there!
  5. Princesses. Or queens. Or any royalty. I’m not picky. But give me someone with power or the chance at power (with romance in their future, see note #1) and I’m all over it.

Whew! Good thing I was only aiming for five and not the full ten. The first couple were easy to come up with, but then I really had to think, haha.

What things make a book an instant read for you?