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

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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Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever

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 Most Frustrating Characters Ever

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1. Evie Claremont (‘Inescapable’ by Amy A. Bartol)

She loves one guy who’s an angel, but risks her life to save another one who’s human and is also her supposed soul mate. This is the most awkward love triangle I’ve ever read about.

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2. Abby Abernathy (‘Beautiful Disaster’ by Jamie McGuire)

She and her relationship with Travis is really a disaster, enough said.

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3. Peeta Mellark (‘The Hunger Games ‘ by Suzanne Collins)

I was constantly annoyed with the way how helpless Peeta was without Katniss. Besides, his never ending attempts to win Katniss over by pretending being a couple for the sake of the show were very confusing, no wonder Katniss took such a long time to finally see him as a possible love interest.

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4. Eva Tramell (‘Bared To You’ by Sylvia Day)

She positioned herself as a strong, opinionated woman in the beginning, but became Gideon’s play toy in the blink of an eye, and never since then she acted like a reasonable, independent woman.

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5. Rush Finlay (‘Fallen Too Far’ by Abbi Glines)

His totally rude behavior towards Blaire is supposed to be excused because he’s just so hot! Oh, and what kind of a name is Rush??

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6. Katy Swartz (‘Onyx’ by Jennifer L. Armentrout)

From the moment she found out that she’d started mutating after having been cured by Daemon, Katy became simply intolerable with her obsessive desire to become the next best Luxen. What about her best friend Dee or Daemon, who she’s in love with? Well they just have to step aside!

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7. Mark Darcy (‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ by Helen Fielding)

He acted rude towards Bridget throughout the whole book, but in the end he admits absolutely out of the blue that he’s just been in love with her, hence the attitude. Well, he’s just lucky that Bridget didn’t get suspicious about it!

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8. Julian Fineman (‘Pandemonium’ by Lauren Oliver)

I wasn’t particularly disappointed with Julian as a character but more with his place in the story, which is being a part of the main love triangle. Well, I’m Team Alex all the way, so Julian better step aside!

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9. Layken Cohen (Slammed by Colleen Hoover)

Layken was so overly emotional and immature most of the time, she was definitely not the type of main character to admire. And again I can’t get over this name!

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10. Parents in YA fantasy/paranormal/dystopian books.

I wonder if I’ll ever read a fantasy YA book with the normal parents, the ones to really take part in their children’s lives, and not the ones to disappear every time there’s some dangerous situations their kid (mostly daughter) is involved in with some fantastical creature (who is often portrayed as the hottest guy ever).

P.S. It was really hard for me to come up with this list as I generally like the characters I read about, basically because I read summaries first, and read the book only if the plot appeals to me. And these characters I picked were really frustrating at times, but frankly tolerable enough.