Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week they post a different topic and we create a list.

June 18th: Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

Michelle’s List:

1) A Clash of Kings
2) A Storm of Swords
3) A Feast of Crows
4) Clockwork Princess
5) John Dies at the End
6) This Dark Endeavor
7) The Friday Society
8) Divine Misfortune
9) The Ocean at the End of the Lane
10) The Hittite

Meli’s List:

Top Ten Books for the Summer

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman  I’ve been wanting to read a good fantasy book and I’ve come across this book in stores many many times, let me tell you, it has a bloody map in it and the whole look of it reminds of those old times stories mum&pa use to read to me before bed. So for those reasons I want to own it.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes  So I’ve been watching a lot of Game of Thrones and I am so sad that it has come to an end, so somehow I found this little beaut and thought “yes! I can still live a life within the realm of kings” so I want it.

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter  Now the typical Alice story was good but add a twist of zombies now that just makes me a little more happy. Frail girl turn bad ass (I hope) I just want this book in soft cover first but yes!
Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst  A young girl meant to be embodiment of a god to save her people but failed, now she must journey away to prove her worth! Me thinks magical times again.

Crewel by Gennifer Albin  A powerful weaver who can make anything appear, imagine if that could be applied to real life, I would have taken up knitting ages ago.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor  The sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bones I am too thrilled to get my paws on this action-packed, star-crossed lovers and betrayal bent, secret seeping book.

The Demon’s Librarian by Lilith Saintcrow  Enough said the title alone gives me some kicks and giggles, Francesca Barnes is no mousy librarian, and the end of the world is upon us can she save the day?

In the Shadows of Blackbirds by Cat Winters  its 1918 and we’ve entered the apocalypse. If that wasn’t all to worry about, Mary Shelly Black has to deal with the dead spirit of her first love coming back…unfinished business much?

Blood Red Road by Moira Young  Now funny how I won’t read hunger games but something about this book makes me wanna go into a world of total chaos and flights to survive with a female lead which makes girls say “wow I wish I could be like her when I grow up”

The Carny by Brooke Moss  Forbidden romance between a high class girl wanting to break away from stereotypes and find her own path, and the carny boy who makes every one of her impossible dreams possible.

Sam’s List:
In no particular Order
1) Born Weird by Andrew Kaufman
2) A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
3) Dreams and Shadows by Robert C. Cargill
4) The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant
5) You by Austin Grossman
6) Saga (series) by Brian K. Vaughan
7) Fables (series) by Bill Willingham
8) Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
9) Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru
10) Amazonia by James Rollins

Let me explain my choices, a lot of them have been on my To Be Read list for a while and I thought this summer would be the best time to get around to it. I’ve also been going through a graphic novel craving. All in all, I can only hope all these books meet my expectations. Has anyone read any of these books? Any thoughts? I’d like to hear it :)

Until Next time~

Top Ten Tuesdays: Books Featuring Travel

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week (on Tuesday) they post a different topic and we create a list.

June 4: Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way (road trips, airplanes, travelogues, anything where there is traveling in the book!)

Michelle’s List:
Top Ten Books Featuring Travel:

1) Neverwhere
2) American Gods
3) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
4) Pawn of Prophecy
5) Belgarath the Sorcerer
6) Paper Towns
7) The Angel Experiment
8) An Abundance of Katherines
9) Misguided Angels (Blue Bloods #5)
10) Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)

Sam here! I attempted to make a list… but apparently I don’t read enough to get a complete one… that or my memory is failing me. I’m a little disappointed. Oh Well…

Until next time~

Meli’s Tangy Marvels: Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson Review + Top Ten Tuesday

Title: Wicked As They Come

Author: Delilah S. Dawson

Publisher: Pocket Books

Type of book: Paperback

Genre: Fantasy–Paranormal, Romance, Adulte

Pages: 395

So let me start off by saying, that i started this book on April 11th, 2012 and now we are in July. What does that say? In a few words it is not a pleasant notion, I usually don’t take 3 months to read a tiny book like this…unless something happened. While it did leave me to be entertained I seemed to have lost my way and interest for this book. I also keep checking my Good Reads account and see it to yet to be graded and that irks me a little too.

So I decided that it was time to plough through my last 10 chapters of this book and let you know my final verdict.

This story is about a young lady name Tish who has lost her way like I have lost my way with this book. After suffering an abusive relationship she struggles to come back into her own and no longer be that caged bird. She has a deep relationship with her grandmother whom she takes care of and a passion for old artefacts. During a visit to shop she finds a locket and instantly feels a connection—as if was meant for her and could not leave it.

Of course this locket is an unusual item, it’s magical! And one night transports her to the land of Sang. I had let my mum read this first and she couldn’t even get pass the second chapter before giving up. Knowing that there were vampire bunnies (correctly known as blud bunnies), deer, rats and other creature

imaginable just didn’t sit well with her, but I found it amusing so I kept reading.

Our male lead is none other than Criminy Stain, master of magic and of a circus group. I liked him because I’m usually stuck with the brooding male leads, but he instead he gave me quirky with a slice of dark…at time cynical but I loved it. Tish was so modern and acted in a believable way that I started devouring this book.

Sure, she got whiny and yes there was another male lead (Casper Sterling = yummy) which undoubtedly created that triangle because they were so different but the same too.

So I endured and endured and endured till the plot start to unravel where we meet the bad guy and finding out that he took got stuck in the land of Sang, but has a huge grudge against Trish and her blud friends.

Oh and I forgot to mention, our damsel in distress acquired an ability…to see into the future yay!!! She has some usage besides just being pretty. The adventure to recover her stolen locket (which allows her to travel between both worlds) I think that’s what really slowed me.

It was taking too long; I didn’t need to know something I just felt like Delilah was putting in words to think of how everything was going to work out. Also, the whole time they were in danger, never did it get serious…it just seemed like a joke and gave the impression that nothing too terrible would happen. When I thought they would finally get to Jonah Goodwill and put him out him out of his misery…all I got was more adventure and more secrets.

And all I was screaming was knock it off already!!!

So in the end, well Tish did extremely well. Her scheming tricks paid off and the way she disposed of Goodwill, I do applaud it, how the author wrapped it all together was…

…fair, let’s just say you know expression you can’t have the cake and it too? Well for Trish she definitely can and is very happy. BUT right when it seems to be all concluded, we get another vision, a vision describing a future that has yet to pass…dun, dun DUN so the adventure lives on.

So my advice if you choose to read this book, don’t let 3 months pass by, it just harder to get the job done, especially if you are like me and cannot NOT finish a book no matter what the circumstances.

Grading : 2.5/5

TOP TEN TUESDAY

Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books

1) Coraline : This dark story still gets me look behind me, I really enjoyed the moment when she went through the tiny doorway and it just seemed very real.

2) Sister Red : The fight against the Fenris, golly I scrunched up my face during their battle scenes and I should clearly see Scarlet’s ax flowing in the wind as it took a chunk out of her enemy.

3) Across the Universe : The whole life on the ship and the fild like atmosphere especially when Amy, who was needed an escape just started running and the grass that never ends, went on for miles it seemed.

4) What’s Eating Gilbert Grape : The whole small town scenery was fantastic; you know that feeling that everyone knows everyone? Well I felt exactly that and believed I was there watching things unfold.

5) Whiter : Before Rhine got taken away, the dystopian world she lives in is crumbling it was hopeless, dark and lonely.

6) My Name is Memory : The whole process of the lives Daniel lived as he looked for his Sophia, I could never doubt the things he saw and lived through, from being a soldier recovering from fatal wounds, to a little boy in church meeting his first friend. Loved it.

7) Discovery of Witches : Although I’m nearing the end, this author knows how to write, so much detail in every scene. I especially loved the time Diana spent in the mornings rowing on the lake it was serene, peaceful and delicate. When she was relaxed I was too.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week (on Tuesday) they post a different topic and we create a list. This Tuesday’s is the: Top Ten Characters Who Remind Me Of Myself Or Someone I Know In Real Life.

This week, Meli and I decided to split the list 50/50 so she has five and I have five and this is what we got:

Lizzie Nichols from Queen of Babbles by Meg Cabot

She is one funny-romance seeking-messed-up girl but I couldn’t pick anybody else but her to represent me. Her overthinking-ness that creeps into her day to day life which further complicates anf sometimes helps her situation. She is honestly a character I love to this day…despite her little inability to keep a secret.

Sarah Moorehouse from Sleepless at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro

The plain girl who’s a real jewel after all. Now while she seems mousy and sweet. She rather keep a low profile and not get people to notice her because she refuses to believe that she is THAT pretty, my good friend N is pretty much Sarah Moorehouse in a nut shell and like N, Sarah just wants to find somebody to love her and to accept her as who she is.

Blue Bailey from Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

So this character reminds me a lot of our HG of Dreaming with Ink: Samii, tough, hates dramatic situations, not easy to say those 3 magical words and a real stunner to anyone who meets her. I chose Blue also mainly because of the scene when she caught her boyfriend cheating on her and instead of crying about it, she put up her fist and gave a mean right hook hahahah good times.

Dexter Jones from This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

So he’s persistent and random and clumsy and just overall a good time. I remember when I read this book I couldn’t stop smiling at his attempts and nonsensicalness and I’m impressed at how Remy was able to resist this lovable lug. Through him I saw my friend Sasha (the same Sasha on this blog) if I need nonsense she’s who I go to and it always puts a smile on my face.

Chelsea Ross from Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson

When she has a plan in mind she will not back down, despite the headings of her dear sister this girl only wants to listen to her feelings and options and let anything else follow afterwards. There is only person I can think of who fits this persona and her name is A, she likes change and likes to standout with her relentless helping hand, like our dear Chelsea…too bad for both ladies the sun doesn’t always shine down on them.

Meli

Katie Sandfordfrom Spin by Catherine McKenzie
I chose this character for myself because at the time that I was reading it my first thought of her was “That is so me!”. I wanted to be a journalist for a music magazine and I’m partial to red heads. She also took up running, and I LOVE to run.

Angel Face from Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Angel Face is that really loyal character (portrayed by the lovely Jared Leto in the film) in Fight Club that gets beat up by our narrator because he was jealous of the attention and praise he was getting from Tyler. Angel Face reminds me of my friend,K, because of her extreme loyalty, it bothers some people sometimes but heyyy what can you do?

Tristran Thorn from Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Tristran’s whole adventure starts when he tells the girl he likes he’ll get her a piece of that fallen star to prove his love. This need to show how far you’re willing to go for a crush or someone you love reminds me of my friend, J. It’s kind of cute sometimes watching him plan something for who ever he’s dating.

 Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

Luna’s soft spoken voice and wild imagination reminds me of my friend, A. They’re both very kind people, good listeners, and both of them have a very open view of the world. It’s quite interesting listening to her talk.

Naomi “Nomi” Nickel from A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

I associate Nomi with Rebellion, and when my friend C had enough, she went down a very similar path of rebellion. I think a lot of teenagers go through that rebellion stage but as I read Nomi’s story, there was always something about her that reminded me of C that I havent been able to place my finger on.

Sam

Till next time~!
Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week (on Tuesday, obviously) they post a different topic and we create a list of our top ten for that topic. This Tuesday’s is the Top Ten All time Favorite Book characters.

1) Amanda Cynster in On a Wild Night by Stephanie Lauren

This feisty little blond is cunning and knows how use her womanly influence to snare in her prey. I really enjoyed her because she took the bull by the horns and went after the only guy who makes her heart beat and I think we tend to forget that if we want something badly enough, it’s okay to do just about anything to get it…as long as it doesn’t violate any laws

2) Blue Bailey in Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

This grape-lollypop-eyed missy is living for herself and does what she pleases without thinking about the consequences, maybe that’s selfishness I say independence but it doesn’t mean she’s an ice queen because even as strong as she is, she knows that sometimes you have to take a leap.

3) Arnie in What’s eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges

A boy who lives in a world nobody really grasps can prove to be tiring but you cannot deny that his antics put a smile on your face and make you think that the grass really is greener on the other side.

4) Maddie Dupree in Tangled Up in You by Rachel Gibson

A woman who stands her guard when push comes to shove, this sassy journalist will get her story even if it means breaking a few hearts on the way and we must not forget her trusty gadgets like a pen-Taser to scare off any suspicious characters.

5) Coraline in Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Who says adults have all the fun? A girl who meets every challenge no matter how frightening they may be to protect herself and the life she once had, this girl possesses the utmost chivalry knights wished they had.

6) Amy in Across the Universe by Beth Revis

This fiery redhead has a mouth going a thousand miles and minute and doesn’t let anyone belittle her ideas for anything. Along with her admirable detective skills she will fight to right wrongs.

7) Rory Deveaux in The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Spunky teen with a weird sense of humour that makes you all the more curious as to what else she is hiding.

8) Remy in This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

A tough girl trying to get by without any complications always make me smile because nothing will ever go their way, but are generally happy to have received a lesson. She wants to be in control and on top of things, but secretly wishes she can just let go and let it be. A know-it-all-in-relationships finds herself wondering if she truly knows it all.

9) Ben in My Name is Memory

This wise individual can be mysterious for he knows more than he lets on, but will go far enough to help a friend in need no matter how far that person is.

10) Sarah Moorehouse in Sleepless at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro

Gives the pretty girls a run for their money because looks can only get you so far, but personality wins the race. This plain Jane has a unique quirkiness which makes you laugh and admire as you cheer her on to obtain her goal.

Meli :)

I couldn’t figure out which order I wanted to place these lovely characters in, so I decided to just put them in alphabetical order to save me any stress and heartache over it. I already stressed enough about who actually made my final cut haha. Mind you. This list will probably change in a few months, but for now, here are my favourites. Why are they my favourites? Partly love-at-first-sight, mostly because they’re BAMFs, and maybe a tiny dash of “I felt like I could relate to them”. (I couldn’t help it, I changed a character on my list when I realized I missed someone I adored!) :)

1. Cheshire CatAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
2. Tyler DurdenFight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
3. Sherlock HolmesSherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
4. Robin HoodOutlaw by Angus Donald
5. May KasaharaThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
6. Neville LongbottomHarry Potter by JK Rowling
7. Luna LovegoodHarry Potter by JK Rowling
8. Remus LupinHarry Potter by JK Rowling
9. Dr. John WatsonSherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
10. Fred & George WeasleyHarry Potter by JK Rowling

Sam