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Top Ten Characters I’d Like to Switch Places With for 24 Hours

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

Princess Cimorene from The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede – The first heroine I ever fell in love with, Princess Cimorene is a not so typical princess who gets to live with dragons!!

Scarlet from Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen – Intricate and a little abrasive, Scarlet is also a strong and extremely skilled knife wielding young lady.

Anita Blake from The Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton – She is a BAMF!! Plus she has a million boyfriends and lovers and sometimes, it’s nice to have options.

Peter Pan from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – This character always intrigued me and I would love to know more of what is inside his head. Not to mention the fact that he can fly and he fights pirates! Ohh…I might want to be Captain Hook instead..

Cas Lowood from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – He hunts ghosts! That is a pretty awesome hobby in my opinion.

Celia from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I would really love to be able to appreciate her angst, power and overwhelming love for Marco.

Mina from Dracula by Bram Stoker – I really have always wondered about Mina’s side of the story. I have read a few rewrites from her POV and they just never felt right for me.

Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – There are just too many reasons to list for this one, it seems like it should be rather obvious :]

Liadan from Son of Shadows by Juliet Marillier – Really I would love being any of Juliet Marillier’s strong female characters but this was my favorite book out of the series and I think Liadan stuck out the most for me out of all of Juliet’s heroines. Plus I really love The Painted Man and their love story touched me the most out of all The Sevenwaters characters.

Lo from Fathomless by Jackson Pearce – She’s a mermaid! I have to add one mystical creature into this list!

Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – There are so many things to love about Karou (we won’t even talk about her relationship with Akiva because YUM) but she has interesting relationships with so many interesting beings and she has a past life worth reliving. Plus, blue hair is hot.

Seraphina Dombegh from Seraphina by Rachel Hartman – The world in which she lives is AWESOME (I LOVE DRAGONS) and there is even more awesomeness contained in her head! Plus, I wish I could make beautiful music like she does!

This list was HARD (as you can see I couldn’t keep it to just ten!!) I kept going back and forth because I love SO MANY CHARACTERS and would really love to live in their world if only for a day!! Who did you guys choose for your Top Ten Tuesday?

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Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

 World building is one of the most important elements of any  novel and a strong setting is one of the things that really brings me from enjoying a book to absolutely adoring a book. So here are my top ten favorite settings in books!

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – I feel like this goes without saying and I know I am not the only one who was genuinely sad when they didn’t receive their Hogwarts letter.

 

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman – One of the things I loved most about Seraphina was the world building, both in Seraphina’s real life and the world within her mind.

 

The Child Thief by Brom – This is a horrific and fantastical rewrite of Peter Pan that showcases all of the beautiful elements of the traditional tale while twisting them into something completely different. The novel is also filled with original artwork by the author, Brom which really helps the reader imagine the world and characters within it.

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – I loved the duality between Karou’s present and her past life. The twists and turns in the plot are beautifully outlined and really draw the reader in.

 

The Wintercraft Series by Jenna Burtenshaw – The world in which Kate, Silas, and Edgar live is one of the most rich and imaginative I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

 

Amber House by Kelly Moore – I just finished this novel last night and the world building was one of my favorite aspects. The main character, Sarah, experiences echos within the amber house and she shifts between the present world and past memories. The world building AND character development in this story literally kept me up at night!

 

Storybound by Marissa Burt – I loved so many aspects of this story but it was the world which kept my attention. The idea of being “Written In” to a story really added to the fantastical elements of the entire plot.

 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – The circus venue in this story is what really made the story for me. I was drawn in immensely and found myself really “seeing” the different tents and magical elements brought forward by Celia and Marco.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – This was another book that kept me awake at night because its setting was so intricate and creepy that I was imagining myself in the old abandoned house surrounded by cobwebs and mysteries.

 

Graveminder by Melissa Marr – I enjoyed the entire premise of this story but I LOVED the world “owned” by Mr. D. that Bekkah travels to. Melissa Marr was so intricately descriptive when building this part of the story that I find it constantly pops into my head at random moments.

 

Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier – Juliet Marillier has a knack for world building. I have a thing for intricate forests and “Other” worlds and this novel has both!

 

That’s it for me this week, what is on your Top Ten Tuesday?

 

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Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR
 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

Waking Storms – Sarah Porter: “Can Luce fulfill her rightful role as queen of the mermaids without sacrificing her forbidden romance with Dorian?”
 
Throne of Glass – Sarah Maas: “After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.”
 
Girl of Nightmares – Kendare Blake: “Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.”
 
Dark Companion – Marta Acosta: “Jane discovers one secret about Birch Grove, which only leads to more mysteries. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school…and be bound to Birch Grove forever?”
 
House of Shadows – Rachel Neumeier: “Orphaned, two sisters are left to find their own fortunes.”
 
Something Strange and Deadly – Susan Dennard: “The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…”
 
The Treachery of Beautiful Things – Ruth Frances Long: “Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.”
 
Splendors and Glooms – Laura Amy Schlitz: “Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz’s Victorian gothic is a rich banquet of dark comedy, scorching magic, and the brilliant and bewitching storytelling that is her trademark.”
 
Defiance – C.J. Redwine: “While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword.”
 
The Ghost of Graylock – Dan Poblocki: “What dark secrets haunt this abandoned asylum?”
 
 
 
What’s on your Top Ten Tuesday this week?
 

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Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read

which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday ‘s topic is actually “top ten authors I’d like to see on a reality show and which reality show,” but I don’t really watch reality tv and therefore thought my list would be rather boring. So instead I decided to go with one of the topics already done over at The Broke and the Bookish and one that will hopefully light a fire under my bottom to go and read these books ASAP.

ANYTHING by Neil Gaiman – Give me some recommendations, people. I know his awesomeness exceeds many but I have yet to witness it first hand!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I see this on so many lists every week and have yet to read it!

 

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll– Like some friends of mine, I have a problem reading books that I own. The bf actually bought me the annotated version for Christmas, I think he is trying to tell me something…

The Iliad by Homer – How this one has escaped me I’ll never know as I have written about the Odyssey more times than I can count.

 

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon – Every single person who knows that I love Juliet Marillier tells me I need to read these authors. My mother bought me the first book YEARS ago and I still have yet to pick it up.

 

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – I am obsessed with the show and admittedly started book one and never finished. Not because it wasn’t awesome, because it was, but I had a hard time reading that one while reading others that needed to be reviewed and so forth. Summer break will be when I reinstate my love affair with Jon Snow.

 

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides – People are always appalled that I haven’t read this one but honestly it doesn’t really appeal to me. Someone change my mind?!

 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Another book that those I trust tell me that I would absolutely adore!

 

Divergent by Veronica Roth – With all the hype this one is getting I can’t believe I was not one of those bloggers counting down to book two!

 

Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson – I am a little obsessed with Shakespeare so I can’t believe that I haven’t read this one yet!

 

What books are you surprised that you haven’t read yet?

 

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Top Ten Favorite Quotes From Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

This one was actually pretty hard for me because I LOVE quotes and literary quotes are my favorite. I decided to not include any Shakespeare or Chaucer because they would take up my entire list and tried to keep it to one or two from a favorite author/book. So, here are my top ten favorite quotes that popped into my head…

“I’m tired of being strong.” She laughed at me, laughed as if I was ridiculous. “You are what you are,” She said. – Juliet Marillier, Daughter of the Forest

“Sometimes you deal with the devil not because you want to, but because if you don’t, someone else will.” – Laurell K. Hamilton, Cerulean Sins

“Celia, wait,” Marco says, standing but not moving closer to her. “You are breaking my heart. You told me once that I reminded you of your father. That you never wanted to suffer the way your mother did for him, but you are doing exactly that to me. You keep leaving me. You leave me longing for you again and again when I would give anything for you to stay, and it is killing me.” 
“It has to kill one of us,” Celia says quietly.” – Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

“…looking at him makes her feel like laughing all over – as if she could laugh not just with her mouth but with her eyes, her heart, her very limbs.” – Gregory Maguire, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

“Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?” – Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

“How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.” – Bram Stoker, Dracula

“Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens. I need you to remember that I love you.” – Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone
“How could you not know?” His voice was full of wonderment. “You changed me utterly. You were like a…like a bright, wonderful bloom in a garden full of weeds. Like a graceful capital on a page of plain script, a letter decorated with the deepest, finest colors in all Erin. Like a flame, Caitrin. Like a song.” –Juliet Marillier, Hearts Blood
What favorite quotes do you have on your list this week?

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Books I Would Love to See Made Into Movies
 


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

This is obviously going to be a list of my favorite books because why wouldn’t I want to see them on the big screen? However, this list is tentatively put together as I don’t want any big names ruining one of my favorite books (I’m lookin’ at you, Beowulf!) I think if done properly these books would make fantastic movies that I would obsess over again and again.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This story was so vibrant and sweet in so many ways, I really loved it. I hate to be one of “those” but I do think it would be enjoyable as a “Harry Potter for adults” story.

The Child Thief by Brom – An extremely dark retelling of Peter Pan, I LOVED it! They might have to scale some things down to make it not so scary and less of a horror story but I think it would be great!

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers – How could this one not be popular? It’s assassin nuns! I would be so wary to see this one because I really don’t want anything to ruin the images in my imagination but I would be curious to see the slow burn romance come to life!

Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede – My favorite fairy tale! I would be interested to see how this would look on the big screen especially with all of the fey elements.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostava – When I first read this book a few years ago there were rumors that film rights had been negotiated. Sadly, after some research I see that no one has gone forward with production. This book provided a new twist on the Dracula tale in a different way than the typical vampire novels or Dracula in Love and it made me remember all the reasons I loved Dracula growing up.

The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey – Ahh one of my favorites from my tender teen years, I can’t say why this book stuck with me so much after all these years but I love it. It’s a retelling of a popular fairy tale but it is also somewhat dark in a way and I think it would be very popular if done well.

Graveminder by Melissa Marr – I LOVED the world building in this one I think it could be really interesting to show the duality between the real world and the sort of “in between” that Bek travels to. 

 
Frankenstein and/or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – I know these have been done but I would love to see a remake. When I think of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde I think about the first scene in Van Helsing where he is chasing him through the bell tower and it just makes me wonder why it hasn’t been done! Maybe this is really more of a want for a Van Helsing two…hmm
 
Wicked by Gregory Maguire – Even though I have seen the Broadway play four times – yes, FOUR times – I would still love to see this as a movie! I wouldn’t argue having Idinia and Kristen reprise their roles on the big screen either!

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – Cheating a bit at this one I know since it is already post production but I am so excited for it. I loved this book immensely more than I thought I would and was surprised to find myself having a crush on a zombie!

That’s it from me this week, what is on your Top Ten Tuesday?

 
 
The Night Circus
 

 

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Top Ten Favorite Book Characters
 


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts! 



Ack! This one was really exciting! Here we go..

Severus Snape (Harry Potter series) – I really don’t think I need to even explain this one, do I? From book one I loved how evil Snape was but I couldn’t help but wonder if there was more to him than just a vengeful attitude toward Harry because of his hatred toward James. When he killed Dumbledore I think I had serious heart palpitations I was so confused “He’s REALLY evil??!! Really?!?!” Then the epic conclusion came and all the secrets were let out. “After all this time, Severus?” “Always.”

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series) – Yes, I am allowed to have two favorite characters from one book on this list thankyouverymuch, just be happy it isn’t my top ten Harry Potter characters instead because it very well could be!! Bottom line: Hermione is kick ass. She is smart, brave and one of my favorite heroines of all time.

Anita Blake (Anita Blake series) – She’s a BAMF! She is an empowering woman in literature, sure sometimes she freaks out over “feelings” and “emotions” get in the way but usually she is hardcore and does what needs to be done. I envy her bravery and defiance and maybe her personal relationships a tiny bit as well.

Princess Cimorene (The Enchanted Forest Chronicles) – I have loved these books for as long as I can remember. Cimorene is a no-nonsense princess. She escapes her castle life because she hates being a princess and chooses to live with DRAGONS instead. How awesome is she? I love her so much I begged the bf to let me name one of our kittens after her. He put his foot down and we instead named them Cordelia and Celia, both literary, Shakespearean even (methinks the joke is on him!)

Rosie (Water for Elephants) – I loved this book and that darling elephant sure took the cake for my favorite character in the book. Her final act? Epic.

Miss Havisham (Great Expectations) – This character always intrigued me. Looking back I am somewhat annoyed and want to tell her to take a shower, get a healthcare plan and move on with her life but as a teen I always wanted more of her story. Plus I recently heard that Helena Bonham Carter is playing her in a new adaptation of the story. Perfectttt!

Clodagh (Heir to Sevenwaters) – I should probably be honest and say that though I chose Clodagh as my favorite Juliet Marillier character (because how can I not have her on a top ten list) it was hard to pick just one out of all the amazing female leads in these novels. They are strong and hardworking and I really loved every one.

Bigby Wolf (Fables) – He is so the male lead I always fall for in my novels. He is big and bad and totally in love with Snow White. How can I not love him?

Dracula (Dracula) – He is so sad! I am going to forget about the whole murderous part and just pretend that I could be his friend and wean him off human blood onto things like celery and maybe bugs or something less gross.

Seraphina Dombegh (Seraphina) – She is a new love of mine but I found her to be so intricately awesome that I couldn’t leave her off the list.

 

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Top Ten Books That Were Totally Deceiving

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

 
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostava – This was more of a title deception, I was not interested at all in the book based on its title or cover. Thankfully I read the blurb because it turned out to be a pretty awesome Dracula rewrite!
 
Sunshine by Robin McKinley – I picked this book up because a friend told me how amazing it was, I still remember him handing it to me and me thinking how boring it looked because the cover was not at all intriguing.
 
Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer – Honestly still not really sure what she was doing there. Metaphors I guess? Not impressed, Ms. Meyer.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett – I wouldn’t have picked this book up based on its cover, it’s definitely a beautiful cover but didn’t draw me in as others have.
 
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – I hesitated picking this book up for a long time, the cover was strange and I didn’t really like it. After reading the book I do have to say that though it was one of my FAVORITE books this year and its basically amazing, the cover is still a little confusing to me.
 
Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede – The “newer” version of this book is downright ugly. I LOVE this story and the older cover was pretty and old fashioned and reminiscent of fairy tales.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – I had no idea that this book was about werewolves when I first saw the cover. I understand the whole mystery aspect but I really wasn’t drawn in. Ironically, I didn’t really enjoy the story much either.
 
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Being a librarian I saw this book waaaayy before it became popular (I actually cataloged the library’s first copy) and I remember thinking how bland the cover seemed. After reading the story I can see how things fit but it was definitely a book I was pleasantly surprised by after getting past the cover!
 
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay – This cover has nothing at all to do with the story!! I assume the cover is to show Juliet’s conflict by brooding near the sea and so forth but really she wears jeans the whole time and doesn’t go near the water at all. Even more confusing is the cover to the sequel, Romeo Redeemed. Granted I am only half way through but so far there have been no trysts near the beach..
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – I have read A LOT of opinions about the cover of this book. People are so annoyed/confused because they don’t understand why Mara is drowning in some random body of water in a really cute dress. I like to think its a metaphor for her “drowning” in her thoughts/anxieties and Noah is metaphorically pulling her out of the abyss. However, upon seeing this cover I didn’t expect a paranormal romance but some sort of murder mystery type of book.

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Top 10 Books To Read in a Day

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at

The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!Ack! I am a failure today and can only think of eight, I think this means I have been reading books that are too long! :]

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede – This series is one I still pick up when I want a quick read I know I love.

The Wonderful Wizard of Ozby L. Frank Baum – Any books from this series really, they are whimsical and fun so they make me happy.

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I can’t really choose a favorite though since this is strictly “to read in a day” I would have to go with one of the first 3 books because then the books get extremely long!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Though I honestly don’t know if I will ever read these again (I didn’t love them) they were still very entertaining and I breezed through all three.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman – What is better than The Princess Bride? Nothing! The film adaptation is also my “sick movie” that I watch whenver I am feeling down. It’s totes “wuv, twu wuv” forever.

Fables by Bill Willingham – Okay these are not books they are graphic novels and therefore I read through them in about 30 minutes but I still love them enough to know that I will want to finish them in one sitting.

Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris – Not prize winning writing but these are short and fun books that I breeze through and enjoy reading.

Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton – This series is what I call my guilty pleasure; they are quick reads with a lot of action so they are read rather quickly.Obsessed with this artwork

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Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

This is more of a “books I lose sleep over/sneak read at work because I can’t put them down” list! The links will either take you to my review or to Goodreads. I read A LOT of books and there aren’t that many that really make me obsess and feel all kinds of emotions so off the top of my head, here is my list. Enjoy!

Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers

Anything by Juliet Marillier

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (more specifically, the audio book read by Jim Dale)

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey

The Child Thief by Brom

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede

The Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton