Top Ten Tuesday

toptentuesday1Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there’s a new topic within which you are to post your Top Ten List. This Tuesday the theme is:

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013

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1. ‘Unearthly’ by Cynthia Hand

This is my most favorite series ever, I can’t choose one particular book! I love everything about them. They have a well-developed plot, amazing characters and good writing. I read all the three books in the beginning of the year and have already gone back to reread my most favorite parts. This is also the only book series among others that I really want to see a movie adaptation of, hope it will be made sometime in the future.

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2. ‘Across the Universe’ by Beth Revis

Another good series, that I really enjoyed reading. It has a very unique and exciting plot, I was totally impressed by the whole idea of such a long adventure through space. I may not be just as in love with the characters, but among all those unexpected plot twists this was not that important. Also five stars to the gorgeous covers!

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3. ‘Rose Strickland Mystery’ by Terri L. Austin

This book series is yet another hit for me! Great characters and very entertaining story. Such a fun read! I can’t wait for the continuation!

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4. ‘Anna And The French Kiss’ by Stephanie Perkins

Ah… Falling in love in Paris… What could be more beautiful and romantic? I really liked this book. And St.Clair? He was just a sweetheart and a perfect boyfriend. Too bad I didn’t feel the same about the second book in this series, but there’s the third one coming out, so I’m excited!

5. ‘Wait For You’ by J.Lynn

I got disappointed with the second book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s ‘Onyx’ series, but when I learned that ‘Wait For You’ is also written by her, I really wanted to check it out. And I ended up really loving it. That’s a good romance story with very likeable main characters. It’s actually also a series, so, needless to say, I’m on for the next book!

6. ‘The Girl You Left Behind’ by Jojo Moyes

Just like ‘Me Before You’, this was another impressive book by Jojo Moyes. I find her one of the best authors nowadays, her writing is so thoughtful and really beautiful. And her books are among those that I would recommend to everyone.

7. ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott

A beautiful and heartwarming story that one can’t not love. No bad things to say about it.

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 8. ‘The Shining’ by Stephen King

I’ve been wanting to read Stephen King for such a long time, and ‘The Shining’ was the first one I read, mostly because I watched the movie a long time ago and really liked it. This book was such a revelation for me, I absolutely loved King’s writing. Besides, it’s my first experience reading a horror book, so I was totally blown away.

9. ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline

This one is an absolutely fresh and interesting idea of a future, where people’s life is mostly spent in a virtual reality. It was a bit hard for me to imagine what it would be like to actually live that way, but Ernest Cline did his best. Amazing plot, based on a quest, which was so fun to read. I have only good memories about this book.

10. ‘The Host’ by Stephenie Meyer

I admit, I liked ‘Twilight’ when I first read it. But in general I wasn’t impressed by Stephenie Meyer as a writer. ‘The Host’, though, totally redeemed her in my eyes, as I was so engrossed in the story, and the writing was much improved. This is also supposed to be a series, so whenever Meyer gets to release the sequel, I’m going to get my hands on it.

Top Ten Tuesday

toptentuesday1Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there’s a new topic within which you are to post your Top Ten List. This Tuesday the theme is:

Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

Summer is all about sun and the beach, so I feel like there is no better time to detach yourself a little bit from all those serious big books and read something light and fun and highly entertaining. These are the top ten books that I definitely plan to read on my summer vacation:

1. ‘Choosing Glee’ by Jenna Ushkowitz & Sheryl Berk

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There’s been a long time since I’ve been really excited about a new Glee episode, but still I really love the idea of this show, and it’s first two seasons are really great. Besides the book cover just screams fun for me, so I do want to check this one out.

2. ‘Johnny Be Good’ by Paige Toon

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Paige Toon has been on my TBR list for ages, I don’t know why to this day I haven’t read any of her books. Well, this summer I plan to start with this book, which tells of rock stars and celebrities and glam life in the LA sun with a necessary addition of romance. Oh, and it’s a series!

3. ‘Can You Keep a Secret?’ by Sophie Kinsella

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I love the Shopaholic series and I’ve reread them many many times. I’ve always wanted to read some of Sophie Kinsella’s other books, because they also seem very entertaining, so I’ll probably start with this one.

4. ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?’ Mindy Kaling

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I don’t know much about Mindy Kaling, but everyone says she’s hilarious and the book is great. Well, then I can’t pass up the opportunity of a fun read.

5. ‘Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life’ by Bryan Lee O’Malley

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Seriously. I need to read this book ASAP. There are so many raving reviews about it, and it’s also a graphic novel, so I’m really excited. This one is definitely going to the beach with me soon!

6. ‘Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares’ by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

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This is a nice and beautiful love story, judging by the summary, and I can’t really make my summer TBR list without a romance book.

7. ‘This Lullaby’ by Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen’s books always associate with summer for me. I’ve already read some of her books, and while they are not particularly light stories, I like the well developed characters she always creates in her books. Besides, the books are short enough to finish in one day, so that also makes them a good choice for summer reading.

8. ‘Portrait of a Dead Guy’ by Larissa Reinhart

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I love me some cozy mystery! These are always fun and super entertaining books with just enough plot twists to make you forget where you are and get completely engrossed in the story. Gotta be sure to put sunscreen on before I start reading it on the beach or I’ll get so lost in the story I would totally end up burnt in the sun!))

9. ‘All I Need’ by Susane Colasanti

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Another short YA pure romance story. Love the cover, love the summary. Can’t wait to read it!))

10. ‘L.A. Candy’ by Lauren Conrad

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I know, I know, it may not be the greatest book ever, but I found that I’m really interested in what this book tells about and why it’s been made into a series. It’s also very intriguing to learn about this world of reality shows, how it operates and what really happens behind cameras.

So these ten books are definitely not the only ones I plan to read this summer, but they are those which either have been too long on my TBR list or those I’m really excited to read. I can’t wait for my summer vacation to start, and I wish you all to have a great time this summer, too!

Top Ten Books At The TOP Of My Spring 2013 TBR list

toptentuesday1Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there’s a new topic within which you are to post your Top Ten List. This Tuesday the theme is:

Top Ten Books At The TOP Of My Spring 2013 TBR list

Book Series

I don’t want to start reading any new series this spring, because my plan is to catch up with the ones I already know and love, some of them are having their last installments being published this spring.

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1. ‘Requiem’ (Delirium, #3) by Lauren Oliver

2. ‘The Power If Six’ (Lorien Legacies, #2) by Pittacus Lore

3. ‘Love Irresistibly’ (FBI/U.S. Attorney, #4) by Julie James

Classics

I haven’t read any classics recently, so they are a must for me this spring. Especially with the next two books, which were on my TBR list for quite a long time, and I’m really excited about reading them.

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4. ‘A Tree Grows In Brooklyn’ by Betty Smith

5. ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte

New Releases

There are new books coming out this spring, which seem really interesting to me:

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6. ‘Lighthouse Bay’ by Kimberly Freeman

7. ‘If You Find Me’ by Emily Murdoch

Books that everyone seems to have read but me

I’ve read like millions reviews about these books, and there are so many fans. These books are huge hits, and I don’t want to stay in darkness any longer.

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8. ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline

9. ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Greene

Made into movie

I love reading a book and then watching it’s screen adaptation, to compare these two versions of the same story. This particular book gained a lot of attention this year, so I’m definitely checking it out.

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10. ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’ by Matthew Quick

Liebster Award

 

liebster-award2Starlight Book Reviews have nominated me for a Liebster Award! Thank you very much!

These are the  rules of the Liebster Award:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees;

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been chosen.

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.

11 facts about me:

1. I live in a small town in the southern part of Russia.

2. Can you believe, that leaving in Russia and having visited many cities here and even having been abroad, I’ve never been to Moscow?!

3. I really love learning foreign languages. I’ve been learning English since I was 11. I also studied Italian at University and know a bit of Spanish. Since I’m no longer a student, I try to study by myself.

4. I can’t swim at all, no matter how many people tried to teach me.

5. I watch too many TV shows, I think. Sitcoms and dramas. There’s a huge list. I don’t know how I even manage to remember all of their storylines.

6. I love winter holidays, but can’t stand winter.

7. All of my friends have sisters or brothers, but I’m an only child, so I always felt a bit jealous.

8. I love ‘Friends’. I have all ten seasons on DVDs, and I whenever I feel down I always re-watch some episode.

9. I’m a fan of musicals, and this is one of the reasons I want to go to New York. I’d definitely watch some play on Broadway.

10. I love cats, I have one and she’s 16 years old. And I just can’t get the appeal of dogs.

11. Even though the series are a long time over, I still don’t lose hope that someday J.K. Rowling would write something new about Hogwarts.

Questions from Starlight Book Reviews:

1. Describe a piece of art that moved you.

I’m not really a fan of art, like paintings or sculpture, but I couldn’t help being impressed by Mona Lisa. There’s just something so mysterious about her, her smile, the landscape behind her. I heard so many theories about her, and maybe they are all just people’s imagination, and Leonardo Da Vinci didn’t actually try to make it look like that. But it’s fun to learn about all these ideas.

2. What is your favorite book?

‘Gone With The Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell. This one is on constant re-read for me. I love it with great passion, no other book has ever come close to having such an effect on me. It’s an amazing combination of that particularly important time in history and absolutely realistic characters. Especially, that the main characters can not really be considered role models, but I love Scarlett and Rhett, because they are just honest and real. Oh, and the movie is also one of my all-time favorites.

3. Why do you blog?

Blogging is just a fun and interesting way for me to express my feelings about books I read, besides it motivates me to read more, broad my horizons. It’s also a nice way to meet people with similar interests and compare our reading experiences.

4. Do you have one best friend or a “tier” of best friends? How did you meet them?

I met by best friend on my first day at University. And, OMG, I just realized that this year is the 10th anniversary of our friendship!!!))) We’ve had some good and bad times, but still she is the only person I know I can rely on, like she can on me. I was actually the bridesmaid on her wedding last year!

5. Who is your favorite band or musical artist and why?

Hmm… I don’t really have one particularly favourite artist or band, they change all the time. Besides I always find some new artists to listen to. But I can definitely say, that I love country music (Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton) and recently I’ve become a real fan of Fun. Also Bruno Mars is a must-listen for me.

6. Where is “home” for you?

Home is wherever I feel comfortable and calm, where I am surrounded by people I really like. Naturally, it’s my hometown.

7. What’s your favorite movie?

Probably, it would be ‘Forrest Gump’. Simply outstanding!

8. If you could go anywhere on vacation for a week, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?

I would go to New York. It’s my dream to visit it, and I hope it will come true someday.

9. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Can’t think of any really hard example here… I’ll change the answer later if I come up with one.

10. Have you ever been in love?

Yes, I have.

11. How do you feel about “The Big Bang Theory”? (The television show, not the origin theory of the universe)

The first season didn’t impress me at all, but one of my friends made me watch it further, and I got it. I am a devoted fan, now.))

The blogs I nominated (there are only 10, though):

1. A Lot Like Dreaming

2. Pages Unbound

3. Ashleigh Online

4. Rosie Review

5. A Random Flood Of Words

6. Laekanzeakemp

7. The Moonlight Library

8. You Can Find Me In A Book…

9. K.S Rowan

10. Roberta’s Dreamworld

Here are my questions:

1. If you could choose to live at any time, past or future, what would it be?

2. Are you an early riser or a night owl?

3. What is your pet peeve?

4. What is your favorite TV show?

5. Which celebrity you would like to be friends with?

6. Aside blogging, what other hobbies do you have?

7. What is your favorite song?

8. What is the most favorite place you’ve ever visited?

9. Favorite holiday?

10. Best present ever?

11. Which book would you like to see a movie version of?

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Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet

toptentuesday1Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there’s a new topic within which you are to post your Top Ten List. This Tuesday the theme is:

Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet

I love reading book series, there’s something very entertaining about following a character’s story through several books. But of course, both the characters and the plots have to be really great, otherwise it would lose it’s appeal, and it happened many times with me, that I wouldn’t continue with the next installments. There are series that I absolutely love, like ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Unearthly’, ‘Delirium’. And there are lots of them that didn’t impress me at all, like ‘Hush, Hush’ and ‘The Premonition’. But, I’m always on the look out for new interesting series, and here’s the list of them that really sound interesting to me, and I plan to at least start them this year.

1. ‘Matched’ by Ally Condie

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2. ‘Graceling Realm’ by Kristin Cashore

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3. ‘Maze Runner’ by James Dashner

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4. ‘The Passage’ by Justin Cronin

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5. ‘Providence’ by Jamie McGuire

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6. ‘Lunar Chronicles’ by Marissa Meyer

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7. ‘Hex Hall’ by Rachel Hawkins

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8. ‘The Iron Fey’ by Julie Kagawa

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9. ‘Inkworld’ by Cornelia Funke

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10. ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ by Rick Riordan

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