Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014.

I’ve read so many new-to-me authors this year it’s hard to decide which to include in this list. To narrow it down to 10, I decided only to include the ones that impressed me so much I’ll probably read everything they ever write. I’m late to the party with some of these authors but I’m ready to embrace all the wonderfulness their books bring now. Let’s get started.

1. Maggie Stiefvater. People have been telling me how wonderful her books are forever and stupidly I ignored them, until recently when I picked up The Raven Boys and LOVED it. Since them I’ve been reading my way through the rest of her books.

2. A.S. King. Are you guys reading her? You should.

3. Sarah Lotz. Read The Three.

4. Andy Weir. The Martian was easily one of the best books I read in 2014. It was funny and smart and terrifying. 

5. Andrew Smith. Ditto for Grasshopper Jungle, one of my top books of 2014.

6. Leigh Bardugo. Why the hell didn’t someone make me read The Grisha
series
 sooner?

7. J.C. Lillis. Words can not express how much I loved How To Repair A Mechanical Heart or how much I love Lillis.

8. Allie Brosh. Because she just gets it. 

9. Emily M. Danforth. The Miseducation of Cameron Post got banned from some schools this year, so you know it’s good.

10. And last but not least, Donna Tartt

That’s it! How about you? Got lists? Links? Please leave them below, I’d love to check them out!

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Top Ten New Series I Want To Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten New Series I Want To Start (new, defined as within the last couple of years).

I’m back. I missed a few weeks, but I’m back. Here’s the list (in no particular order):

1. Talon Series  by Julie Kagawa

2. The Heartland Trilogy by Chuck Wendig

3. Veronica Mars Series by Rob Thomas

4. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater 

5. Stars and Souls Series by Melissa Petreshock

6. Four Sisters Series by Elissa Sussman

7. Archetype Series by M. D. Waters

8. Isla’s Inheritance Series by Cassandra Page

9. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

10. The Darkness Saga by Kat Daemon

What new series do you guys want to start? (And please drop me a link to your Top Ten list, if you’ve got one!)

How To Read The Last Book In Your Favorite Series In 10 Easy Steps!

Step 1: Excitedly remove the book from the box, so fast you almost drop it. Be careful not to actually drop it, you may damage the book.

Step 2: Stupidly grin down at the book you now hold in your hands and pet it.

Step 3: Open the book to a random page and inhale deeply with a look of bliss on your face.

Step 4: Contemplate reading the book before ultimately deciding you just can’t yet, while getting slightly weepy.

Step 5: Think of all the ways reading this book is going to be painful.

Step 6: Stare at the book for a couple of hours to two days.

Step 7: Finally open the book and begin reading it.

Step 8: Jump up and down, squeal excitedly, and weep as you read.

Step 9: Finish the book way too fast.

Step 10: Say to yourself: “Oh god, what have I done? Why did I read this so quickly? It’s over.” But be happy because it was pretty perfect. Decide to keep the book on your nightstand for a little while longer. The bookshelf can wait.

This post was brought to you by my pain and suffering and happiness. I recently finished The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison. It is the last book in The Hollows series. My absolute favorite series. I discovered this series eight years ago (but it’s been around for 10!) and I’ve been reading a new book from it every year since. I’ve watched these characters grow. I grew with them. I mourned with them and I loved with them. And even though the ending was perfect, I’m sad to see it over. Now I am left with rereads and memories.

 

Top Eight Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List.

Another Tuesday, another Top Ten post. This week I’ve only got eight books on the list because that’s as far ahead as I’ve planned (I have to leave room for a little spontaneity in my reading life.). Some of the books on this week’s list haven’t been published yet, but will be sometime this fall. Most of the others have been published within the last year, but of course, I’m planning to read all of them before fall is over. As always, you can click on the titles to take you to their Goodreads page for a description, publication date, and other details. Here we go!

1. Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson: This is the sequel to Robopocalypse and if you shift your eyes up and to the right you can see on my nifty Goodreads widget that I am currently rereading it in preparation for Robogenesis. This book picks up with humanity trying to rebuild after the end of the war, believing that the enemy is dead. We get to catch up with old characters and meet some new as Archos prepares to start a war that humanity won’t be allowed to win.

2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: Another post-apocalyptic scifi thriller. This was just published earlier this month, but I’ve been hearing wonderful things about it forever. Station Eleven is set in the beginning of the collapse of civilization and tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes area, risking everything for art and humanity.

3. Solomon’s Whisper by Sandra Brannan: This is the fifth book in the Liv Bergen Mystery series. I started this series a couple years ago when I won copies of the first three books and I’ve been faithfully reading it ever since.  In this one Liv Bergen is debating whether or not she wants to quit the FBI after the events of the last book put her family in danger. In an attempt to keep her in the FBI, she’s assigned a cold case, the death of her niece.

4. Rooms by Lauren Oliver: Book Birthday Alert! This book comes out today! I love Lauren Oliver. I loved Before I Fall and Delirium (I’m still working my way through the rest of the series though). I have a feeling though this book may become my favorite of her’s. It’s a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery and it just sounds delightful. It’s being compared to The Ocean at the End of the Lane (one of my favorite books of all time), The Lovely Bones, and Her Fearful Symmetry. I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

5. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey: Oh look! Another post-apocalyptic novel! Looks like my TBR list is developing a theme. This book is the sequel to The Fifth Wave, which I read earlier this year. This came out last week, I believe. Cassie and her friends will be dealing with the aftermath of the 5th wave and trying to circumvent the Other’s goal of exterminating humanity.

6. Landline by Rainbow Rowell: I love Rowell’s books, so I have no idea why I haven’t gotten around to reading this yet. But it has only been out a couple of months. In this book, Georgie’s marriage is in trouble and she finds a way to communicate with her husband, in the past. So, does she fix her marriage before it starts or stop it from happening?

7. Dark Skye by Kresley Cole: This is the 14th book in the Immortals After Dark series and holy hell I just realized I’ve been reading this series for a long time. Each book focuses on a couple, who usually don’t want to be together or can’t for some reason. This book focuses on Lanthe, a Sorceri, and Thronos, a Vrekener, two species that are natural enemies. Thronos and Lanthe loved each other as kids but tragedy struck and turned them into bitter enemies. It’s a typical Paranormal Romance but these books have amazingly well developed characters and an over-arcing story that I just love.

8. The Lost Hours by Karen White: I’ve read some of  White’s other books, the Tradd Street books, but honestly, I didn’t care for them. But that was only because I literally hated every single character in the books. The mysteries those books were about though, were wonderfully formed and well thought out. They were the only reason I kept reading that series. That’s also why I want to read this book. New book, new characters, a new mystery. Bring it.

That’s it! Looks like my fall is going to be filled with apocalyptic worlds, mysteries, ghosts, love, and death. Just the way I like it. What are you reading this fall?

Top Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More.

At last! After skipping a few weeks, here is another Top Ten Post. This post was a bit difficult because when I read and love a book I automatically go find out if that author has written anything else and add those books to my to-read list and then I promptly get on with reading them. I think this list is going to end up being full of authors who haven’t yet written more than one book, but I do think I have ten, so on to the list!

1. Carol Rifka BruntTell The Wolves I’m Home is one of my favorite books in the entire world. Easily top five. If you haven’t read this book, well then you need to go fucking read it right now. I’ll wait. Seriously. I love this book so much I got a quote from it tattooed on my arm. I love this book so much I’m afraid to reread it. I haven’t read more of her books because she hasn’t written anymore (to my knowledge).

2. Daniel H. Wilson: Last year (I think), I read Robopocalypse and LOVED it. I don’t know why I never checked out any of his other books. I do have some marked to-read but I just never got around to them. And now I’m super excited all over again because as I was browsing through Barnes & Noble last week, I discovered a sequel! Robogenesis. So, I’m about to reread the first one (because I need to have it fresh in my mind, you know?) before I take on the sequel. In a month or so I should be able to cross Wilson off my list!

3.  Andy Weir: Like I hope many of you did, I read The Martian and fell a little bit in love with the MC. This book was smart, funny, and a little scary in that oh-shit-that-could-really-happen-way. While I believe he’s written at least one short story (that I haven’t read), this is his only book so far. I eagerly await more wonderfulness like this from Mr. Weir.

4. Erin Morgenstern has also only written one book, The Night Circus. But it is also one of my favorites. So, I really need her to write more books, so I can read them. Look, I just really need everyone to write more books, so let’s get on that. Please and thank you.

5. A.S. King: I’ve heard a lot of praise surrounding King’s books. I’ve had Reality Boy on my to-read list for a while now and I loved Please Ignore Vera Dietz, so I expect King to be checked off this list very soon too.

6. Danielle Steel: It might seem weird that I’ve only read one of Steel’s books since she’s such a big author and has like a hundred out, but her books aren’t really my type. Somehow though, I came to own a couple of them (and I really couldn’t tell you how). I’ve read one of them, Matters of the Heart and I’ve read this book at least three times. It was like a Lifetime movie; I just couldn’t turn away.  Lifetime movies, no matter how horrible, are my kryptonite. And if Danielle Steels other books are like this one, then I need to read them.

7. Nick Cutter: I just finished The Troop and it pulled me out of a reading slump I was in. It was everything I’ve ever wanted and loved about horror. More like this, please.

8. Donna Tartt: I hear only good things about Tartt and I mean ONLY good things. And I’ve read The Goldfinch (who didn’t?) and it’s made me realize I need to read more Tartt. I’m going to get on that soon.

9. Louise D. Gornall wrote a wonderful novel about gargoyles called In Stone and as a rabid fan of the Disney cartoon, Gargoyles, I jumped at the chance to read it. As a former weird little girl and now weird adult, with crushes on non-human things like gargoyles, Louise makes my dreams come true with my new gargoyle boyfriend (sorry, Goliath). I’m just waiting for the sequel to be published and occasionally bugging Louise on Twitter for updates.

10. Julie Hutchings wrote Running Home one of the most unique vampire books I’ve ever read. I’m excited to see what she does with the sequel! And she’s finally FINALLY set a release date for the it, Sept. 26th! She’s also one of the funniest people and a total gross weirdo, so of course, I recommend you read her books and follow her on Twitter.

What about you? What authors are you dying to read more of?

Sidenote: I have got to remember to update this thing more frequently. And I promise it will be with more than just Top Ten Posts (even though they’re so fun to make).

Top Ten Books People Tell Me I Must Read

Just in case you don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This is my first Top Ten but they’ve been doing it for years and now I’m finally joining the fun! This week’s list is Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You Must Read. It was actually pretty difficult to put this list together since I’ll read just about anything I’m recommended. There’s just so many books, but here’s my list!

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green I cannot escape this goddamn book. Every time I even mention that I like to read in the presence of another person I get asked if I’ve read this book. This book is everywhere. It haunts my Tumblr dash and Twitter feed no matter how many variations of the title or character names I blacklist/mute. On one hand, I want to read it because it is such a famous book; I want to know why everyone is so crazy about it. Although, on the other, thanks to the internet I already know the entire plot and it’s becoming one  of those things you see so much that you just start to hate it, like when a great song is played on the radio 350 times a day. I probably will end up reading it eventually but not until all the hype surrounding it dies down.

2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart A couple people have recommended this one to me and I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it too. I’ve been a little on the fence about actually reading it because the summary I read didn’t sell me on it but since I’m hearing great things this one has definitely moved to my ever growing to-read list.

3. Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick & 4. Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe Recently, I’ve started reading comics. I’ve been reading Sex Criminals, The Sandman, and Saga. I’ve been told since I love those I’ll probably love these also. Since there’s nothing I love more than stories about bad ass women I think that these will be right up my alley.

5. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes Broken Monster came out at the end of July and everyone has been raving about it since. This book seems to have a lot of things I’d like going for it. It’s got this great horror/mystery/thriller vibe with part human, part animal corpses being found and a teenager hunting down pedophiles, etc. But everyone said great things about Beukes’ last book The Shining Girls and I didn’t like it so, I’m a little wary about reading this one.

6. The Giver by Lois Lowry I’ve been told I have to read this one more and more since the trailer for it was released. No one can believe I haven’t read it already. I don’t even know how I haven’t. There’s nothing really stopping me from reading this I just haven’t felt like it. I’m getting pretty burned out on the genre and it’s a quartet. I’m just not sure I want to invest my time in another series right now. But since so many people love it and this book’s so short I’ll probably get around to it eventually.

7. Ghost Story by Peter Straub Someone on Twitter recommended this to me, pretty enthusiastically, a couple months or so ago and I haven’t forgotten about it. They claimed it was one of their favorite ghost stories ever. I love ghost stories probably more than it’s healthy to love something, so I’ve been saving this one for just the right moment.

8. The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter  This is the first book in a the Lords of the Underworld series. It’s about twelve deliciously hunky immortal warriors. Once upon a time they opened up Pandora’s Box and unleashed the evil within, so now they have to carry that evil inside themselves. A powerful enemy of theirs returns and they have to travel the world looking for the sacred relics of the gods. The genre is Paranormal Romance so I believe there’s a lot of fun sexy times in it too. I’m a big fan of the Immortals After Dark (IAD) series by Kresley Cole so I’m frequently told that I’ll love this series too. Gena Showalter is friends with Kresley Cole and I think some of the IAD characters have cameos in this series, so there’s a lot of crossover fans. I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to actually reading this series, no matter how many people recommend it to me, just because there’s so many books in it.

9. The Magicians by Lev Grossman This one is constantly called Harry Potter for adults. All the magic but a hell of a lot darker. I’m not sure I like the comparison because I hate it when people do that, but if it’s really as good as people say I shouldn’t pass it up. Magic, sex, booze? Sure, I’ll read it. I’ve actually already got the book and plan to read it before the year’s end.

10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon Okay, it might kind of be cheating to include this one since I started reading (well, listening to it) recently because I wanted to watch the TV series but I feel like it fits because before I picked it up it was recommended to me a lot. This is one of those books that I feel is generally recommended all the time but I’m mainly including it because I have this one friend who mentions it all the time because she knew I would love it. And so far I do!