Top Ten Tuesday: Stuck it out

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May 15: Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read

Have to be honest with you I hardly ever finish a book I’m not enjoying.  Repeat after me: Life is too short to read bad books.  So I’m not sure how this list is going to go but I will try and find ten titles of books I hated but finished anyway and I seriously doubt that I will be glad I read them anyway…

Ten books that I’m Glad I Finished

  1. The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)  I didn’t care for this one and surprised I stuck it out as long as I did.  I didn’t read the last 40 pages but by the end, I just didn’t care anymore.  I’m glad I made it far enough to give it an honest review for the publisher.
  2. Retribution (Dark-Hunter, #19) The next three books I’m glad I read so I know what happened in the series but don’t plan on rereading when I reread their prospective series.
  3. Time Untime (Dark-Hunter #21; Hellchaser, #4; Were-Hunter, #7) See above.
  4. Instinct (Chronicles of Nick, #6) Ditto.
  5. Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau, #20) Another book that I’m glad I read to know what happens in the series but the book just didn’t work for me on the whole.  I could have probably skipped this book altogether and not been lost in the series but you don’t know if a book is good or bad until you read it.
  6. Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake, #16) This was the final book in the series so I’m glad I read it but it simply didn’t live up to the rest of the series.
  7. Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)  I think you all know how I feel about this book.  This is one book on the list I’m not glad I read… well, that isn’t exactly true.  I’m glad I finished the series but wished I had stopped reading three books back.
  8. Dracula  Not a fan of classics but with all the vampire books I’ve read over the years I’m glad I read the one that started them all.
  9. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)  This book I’m glad I stuck it out because I ended up so disgusted by the end that I was able to walk away from the series altogether.  I’m done and I don’t care how it all ends.
  10. Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)  Another case of I’m glad I read the book to know what happened in the series but it wasn’t my favorite.

What book that you hated are you glad to have read?


Top Ten Tuesday: Purple Fever

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 May 8: Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title)

Not a lot of explanation needed and in case you haven’t already guessed it I’ll be sharing books that feature my favorite color purple today.  I think I’ve done this topic before so in order to not repeat titles, I’m going to select from books that I have not read yet.

Ten Purple Books that I Want to Read

  1. Cursed (The Order of the Wolf, #1)
  2. Rise of the Gryphon (Belador, #4)
  3. Faefever (Fever, #3)
  4. Passion for the Game (Georgian, #2)
  5. Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica #4)
  6. Bad Attitude (B.A.D. Agency #1)
  7. Practical Demonkeeping (Pine Cove, #1)
  8. Dark Thirst (The Brethren, #1)
  9. Undead to the World (The Bloodhound Files, #6)
  10. Gemini

That was more challenging than I thought it would be.  Probably because I heavily weeded my to-read shelf this year and had only 250 books to choose from.  Still, there were some good-looking books there I’m torn between book two or three as my favorite but book nine looks good too.  Did you create a list this week?  Share a link in the comments along with your favorite color.

Top Ten Tuesday: Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

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 May 1: Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

I have to say one of the definite perks of being a book blogger is that we sometimes get our hands, or e-readers, on books that we want to read before anyone else does.  Below are some of the titles I’d LOVE to get ARC for!

Ten books that I’d love to read early

  1. Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland #1) I have to say on this list this book is probably the one I’m most excited about!  The spin-off Chicagoland Vampire series Heirs of Chicagoland.  Yes, please.
  2. Slaying It (Chicagoland Vampires, #13.1) Might as well put these two together.  I would love to read the upcoming unexpected novella in the Chicagoland Vampire series.
  3. Time's Convert (All Souls Universe #1) This is the second book I am most excited about reading.  Another book set in the All Souls Universe featuring Marcus.  Be still my beating heart!
  4. Vampires Like It Hot (Argeneau, #28) Still, a huge fan of the Areneau series and I’m keeping an eye out for the next book in the series to be offered up over at Edelweiss.
  5. Blank 133x176 Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones.  The release date for this book has been pushed back until next year.  Disappointing but not unheard of for a final book in series.  I’ll wait. Patiently.
  6. Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel #1) Another book from the Night Huntress world!  We don’t have long to wait for Ian’s story.  Can’t wait! Also, yummy cover.
  7. Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3) The first two books in the Wayfarers series were such a delight that I am eagerly awaiting the next book and watching Net Galley for it.
  8. Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8) This used to be a finished series but it looks like the author is going to release another title set in the Dark Protectors series.  Put my request for review in for this one recently so fingers crossed.
  9. Stygian (Dark-Hunter, #29) I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of Ms. Kenyon’s books up for a review request.  Doesn’t mean I don’t keep an eye out for them.
  10. Born of Blood (The League: Nemesis Rising, #11) Looks like the league books might be self-published now.  Doesn’t matter to me one bit but I would still love to get my hands on one of these titles early.

Another week, another list.  What books would you love to get a chance to read before everyone else? Leave them or a link to your list in the comments!


Top Ten Tuesday: Overused Words…

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 April 24: Frequently Used Words In Paranormal Titles

This could be a lot of fun or a really short list.  My most read genre of books are paranormal romance or urban fantasy so I’m going to go with that.  I had considered science fiction but I think I’ll have a larger pool of titles to select from with paranormal. After the word most used I’m going to give some examples of titles using that word and link to their Goodreads page so there will probably be little commentary this week.  Also note that I will include variations of the word, for example, darkness counts for dark in my opinion.

 Ten overused words in paranormal book titles

  1. Blood: Half-Blood, Blood Bound, Blue Bloods, Bloodfever, Angels’ Blood, Blood Brothers, Bloodlines, My Blood Approves
  2. Dark: The Darkest Night, Dark Lover, Dark Fever, Dead until Dark, Dark Prince, When Darkness Comes, Touch the Dark, Demon from the Dark, Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
  3. Dead: Undead and UnwedDead Witch Walking, Dead to the World, Third Grave Dead Ahead, Club Dead, Dead Beat, Dead Beautiful, Generation Dead, Dead HeatDead is the New Black
  4. Bite: Bitten, Some Girls Bite, A Quick Bite, Once Bitten Twice Shy, Magic Bites, Friday Night Bites, Spider’s Bite, Bite Me, Eighth Grade Bites, A Bit of Bite, Big Bad Bite, One Bite with a Stranger
  5. Born: Born of Night, Lover Reborn, Born of Illusion, Storm Born,  Born Wicked, Born to Bite, Born Sinner, Born in Blood, Born in FireBorn to Be Wild
  6. Bone: City of Bones, Bone Crossed, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Bone Season, Shadow and Bone, The Bone Witch, Ink and Bone, Bloody Bones,
  7. Vampire: Vampire Academy, A Girl’s Guide to Vampires, Interview with the Vampire, A Shade of Vampire, Vampire Kisses, Vampire Girl, Vampire Moon, Vampire Interrupted, The Accidental Vampire, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire
  8. Midnight: Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kiss of Midnight, Midnight’s Daughter, Born at Midnight, Midnight Awakening, Midnight, A Stroke of Midnight, Past Midnight
  9. Moon: New Moon, Moon Called, Blue Moon, Fool Moon, Once in a Full Moon, Leopard Moon, Moon Spell, Full Moon Rising
  10. Grave: Halfway to the Grave, Grave Sight, One Foot in the Grave, Grave Peril, Grace Mercy, At Grave’s End, First Grave on the Right, Grave Witch, The Grave Winner, Grave Intentions, Grave Girl

When you line all the titles up together like that it does make them look a tad cliché, but that’s alright.  When you have a genre that works for you it sure does make it easier to find new reads when the titles sound similar.  This week’s list was more fun than I anticipated and I hope you enjoy my list.  I’ve not read them all but there are some good ones listed up there.  The titles italicised are ones I’ve read.

Top Ten Tuesday: Good Omens

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April 17: Freebie (create your own topic): Signs I’m into a book/series/author.

The idea for this list struck me a couple of months back and I almost wrote it up for a bookish thoughts post.  When I checked out the upcoming TTT list topics I noticed the upcoming freebie list and decided to use it for this instead.

Note:  My scheduling of this post was off,  damn you failing eyesight that makes a tiny 1 look like a 7….  I tried to redact this and save it for today but some of you might have had a sneak peek of today’s list.  Sorry for any confusion.

Ten signs that I’m really into a book or series.

  1. Dreaming: When I’m reading or rereading a particularly long series I’m enjoying the plot and characters will eventually work their way into my dreams.
  2. Autobuy:  There are fewer names on the list but I still have a few that I will buy automatically on release day.
  3. Imaginary Conversations:  Okay, I admit it… When I’m doing some menial task like mowing the lawn or cleaning out the chicken coop I will sometimes have conversations with characters in my favorite books.  Seems weird to me but it sure does make the chore pass faster.
  4. Reading Excerpts:  If I LOVE my current read and find it particularly funny I will sometimes follow my husband around the house reading him excerpts.  Got him to read The Martian that way!
  5. Library Suggestion:  When I truly enjoy a book I will often times put it on the buy list at work.
  6. Pimp that Book: Number five leads to me recommending it to any and all patrons that I think it might be a good fit for.
  7. Stalking the Author: Not for real, but I usually follow the authors I enjoy on social media.
  8. Reread: Wanting to read a book more than once is always a good sign that I loved it.
  9. Home Library: Since working in a library I have become less sentimental about a book and only those titles I truly love earn a permanent spot on my stacks.
  10. Investigate: I will quickly begin hunting down other titles by that author to enjoy.

What signs do you have that you are enjoying a particular book, series or author?  Share in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday:Passing Fancy

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 April 10: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

There are several series that I am working on rereading and a few more that I plan to re-read in the future.  Then there are some series that I truly enjoyed but don’t need to revisit.

Ten series I enjoyed but don’t want to re-read

  1. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica, #1) This was a fun YA paranormal series that never really took off.  It ended after two and a half books.  Thought it was not as well-known I enjoyed it but not enough to ever re-read.
  2. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) I loved this series when it first came out and desperately wished that I had stopped reading around book nine or ten.  If I had I probably would have wanted to reread this series but with the way it ended, I simply can’t revisit this world or ever read one of Ms. Harris’s books ever again.
  3. Happy Hour at Casa Dracula (Casa Dracula, #1) This was a lesser known quartet of books that took me forever to start but once I did I was super impressed by how good it was.  Not enough to reread though.
  4. Fated (Dark Protectors, #1) This was a hot urban fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal series that I zipped through.  I’ve tried other series written by this author but never found one that I liked as well as this series.  completely recommend to others but won’t be re-reading.
  5. I'm the Vampire, That's Why (Broken Heart #1) This series kind of fizzled out for me and I never ended up finishing it.  The first few books were great though, but I don’t think I’ll be rereading them in an effort to finish the series.
  6. Jacob (Nightwalkers, #1) Another great urban fantasy/paranormal romance world that I loved.  Haven’t given her other series a try yet and I don’t think I ever will.  Nor will I be rereading this series.
  7. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) This series is freaking hilarious.  I used to love her work and then I kept getting turned down for her ARCs and never seemed to make time to pick them up and read them after release.  Finally, I have just given up on keeping current with her series altogether.  Kinda sad.
  8. Bared to You (Crossfire, #1) The Crossfire series is kind of like a train wreck that you just can’t look away from.  I was glad I read it and enjoyed the ending but I don’t think I will be revisiting this world again.
  9. The Passage (The Passage, #1) I’m so glad I stuck with this trilogy to the end.  I’m also thrilled that I got a chance to meet Mr. Cronin at BEA a couple of years ago.  That being said I don’t think I’ll be rereading this series.
  10. Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) I read this series last year, actually need to finish the last two books still…, I thought the first two books were great but I don’t think I’ll be re-reading it even though I plan on keeping my signed copy in my home library forever.

What books did you love but never plan on reading ever again?

Top Ten Tuesday: Good Characters in Bad Books

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 April 3: Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books


This week’s list might be a challenge.  I’m going to have to rely heavily on my reviews and I often leave out names.  Also If a book isn’t working for me I DNF and those titles usually don’t even get a review.  So I’m going to take a look at my one and two-star review books and see if I can find some titles where I liked the characters but maybe not the books itself.  Wish me luck

Ten Good Characters in Crappy Books.

  1. The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2) Paige Mahoney is the main character in this series and I truly liked book one but book two was a bit slow and a supporting character that I liked better than Paige was missing for much of the story.
  2. Time Untime (Dark-Hunter #21; Hellchaser, #4; Were-Hunter, #7) Acheron is the only thing that saved this book for me.  I was not a fan of this one at all.  Acheron doesn’t have big part in this book but it ended up being the only sections that I cared about.
  3. Killing Rocks (The Bloodhound Files, #3) Jace Valchek is the main character in this series and I enjoy her and her smart-mouthed partner Charlie as well as the chemistry between Jace and the head of her department.  The problem for me with this book was that those two supporting characters were missing for much of the book.  I need that dynamics for this world to work for me.  I set down book four for the same reason half the characters I love are MIA.
  4. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) I like most of the characters in this world but my favorites are Tyrion and Arya as well as Daenerys and up until this book I had enjoyed the series.  This book just pushed me past my limit of tolerance.  Nothing happened in this and the previous book.  Nothing.  We followed characters as they were moved around a board and nothing happens.  I personally don’t care if he ever finishes the series because I’m done.
  5. Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau, #20)  The main couple in this book was a struggle for me but I found the bad-guys were really well written.  Then there was an appearance of Lucian who is one of my favorites in the series.
  6. Silver Wolf Clan (Silver Wolf Clan, #1)  I wish I could give you the names of the characters I liked in this book but I don’t remember it much.  I did like the lead but the story felt off or two short.
  7. Thomas's Choice (Scanguards Vampires, #8) Thomas and Eddie were two characters I liked but the book took a graphic violent turn that I couldn’t stomach and I ended up DNF this book.
  8. Legal Wolf's Mate (Fabian Garoux #1) The characters were good in this book but there was a major shift in tone of the story that didn’t quite work for me.
  9. Black Wings (Black Wings, #1) Beezle is a sidekick in this series, a gargoyle I believe.  Overall I was disappointed by the first book in this series but mentioned that I like that character.
  10. A Touch of Crimson (Renegade Angels, #1) In the review, I mentioned that Elijah and Lindsay’s friendship was part of the reason I even finished this book.  I was tempted to DNF the book but must have kept reading for them.

This list was a challenge I often put the books out of my memory when I don’t like them or simply don’t finish them.  What characters from poorly written books have you enjoyed.

Top Ten Tuesday: Far, Far, Away

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 March 27: Books That Take Place In Another Country

When I started looking up books for this list I was surprised at how few were on my read shelf over at Goodreads.  Perhaps I need to venture out in my reading a bit more.

Ten books that were set in foreign countries.

  1. The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)  This one was set in the United Kingdom.  I enjoyed the first book quite a bit but the second one fell flat and I didn’t continue on with the series.
  2. The Oracle of Stamboul  This book is a historical fiction novel set in late 1800’s Istanbul Turkey.
  3. A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)  This is a YA Fantasy trilogy set in the United Kingdom.
  4. A Thousand Splendid Suns This depressing but important read was set in Afghanistan.
  5. The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)  This mystery thriller was set in France, England, and Scotland.
  6. Last Train to Istanbul This emotional read was set during WWII in France and Turkey.
  7. The Alchemist This short read was set in Egypt and the Sahara Desert.
  8. Crack in the Curtain This indie story is set in Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and the United States but most of it takes place in Bulgaria.
  9. Immortal Unchained (Argeneau, #25) Not too adventurous here as this story takes place in Canada.
  10. The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3) Not 100% sure what all countries this book is set in.  France for sure and England but probably a couple others too.

What are some of your favorite locations for books?

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

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 March 20: Books On My Spring TBR

Yes, some of these books have been on my upcoming-season TBR list before… Maybe this is their time, maybe not, but these are the books I hope to get around to reading over the next few months.  A few upcoming releases did make the list though.

Ten books that I might read this spring

  1. The Big Alpha in Town  This is a review book St. Martin’s Press offered me.  Three short shifter stores looked interesting so I accepted.
  2. Head On (Lock In, #2)  This is an ARC that I was turned down for but added it to the buy list at my library and have first shot at reading it once it comes in.
  3. Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega, #5; Mercy Thompson World - Complete, #15)  This book I plan on picking up over the weekend.  It is also another ARC I was turned down for.  That’s alright I usually end up reading them eventually…
  4. Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy, #3)  You’ve seen this before and yes I’ve not read it yet… Hopefully soon.
  5. Dragonsworn (Dark-Hunter, #28)  I’ve not read this one yet either.  This one might not make the cut this season either.  Still nervous to pick up another one of her titles, afraid I’m going to be disappointed.
  6. The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15)  This one I actually started last week!  Was hesitant to try this one too, but so far it has been alright.
  7. Travelling Eye (Tiger's Eye Mysteries, #1.5)  This is book 1.5 of a new-to-me shifter series that I tried recently.  I was approved for an arc and enjoyed it so much decided to buy the next two books which were really reasonable at B&N.
  8. Six Wakes  This has been sitting on my coffee table ever since it came in the mail.  Needed to order a second book to get free shipping last fall.
  9. The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #16)  This is an upcoming release and if I can get through book #6 and Book #4 I might pick this one up and be up-to-date.
  10. Blade of Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #7)  I did start this book but got distracted and decided to put it aside and start over.  Maybe I will sometime this spring.

Those are the titles I’m considering reading this spring.  What books are on your spring TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday: Well that’s surprising…

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 March 13: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

For this week’s list, I’m not going to stick to either all good or all bad surprises.  I’m just going to select ten books that surprised me in some way and then tell you why.

Ten books that surprised me.

  1. Bottomland This was the All Iowa Reads book selection for 2017 and it is on the list because I’m actually surprised that I liked it.  Usually, I hate whatever book they pick for Iowans to read.  But this one was interesting, had a mystery, and wasn’t bogged down trying to be smarter than its readers.
  2. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf, #1) I had this book on my TBR list forever before reading it in 2016.  It is on this week’s list because while I did enjoy it I’m surprised I haven’t read the next books yet and have little to no interest in doing so.  Maybe I didn’t care for it as much as I thought…
  3. The Martian  This book is on the list because it surprised me by how freaking awesome it is!  I picked it up to review shortly before I got into my current science fiction kick so maybe I can attribute some of my more recent reads to this book.
  4. Fowl Language: The Struggle Is Real What surprised me about this book is how relatable it was for me.  I’m not a parent, never wanted to be a parent yet I found this book HILARIOUS.  Giggled my whole way through it.
  5. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography I picked this title up for review when it was the only title that looked remotely interesting.  Mainly for its choose your own adventure format.  But I ended up reading it cover to cover (like a normal book) and loved reading about NPH’s life.
  6. The Diary of Adam and Eve what surprised me about this classic is that I enjoyed it.  I usually don’t.  It inspired me at the time to try other Twain works but I have yet to do so.  Still, I loved this story.
  7. The Goldfinch Another case of surprised I enjoyed it.  I was doing some book challenge where I needed to read a Pulitzer winner.
  8. The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13)  Fully expected to hate this one but ended up loving it as well.  It wiped the floor with my emotions.
  9. Instinct (Chronicles of Nick, #6) My least favorite book by my favorite author.  I truly did not like this story.
  10. Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia  This book I just found shocking.  To learn of what goes on in some of the families in Saudi Arabia blew my mind at the time.


Another week another list.  Feel free to share links to your surprising lists in the comments!