Top Ten Tuesday

This week’s list over at the Broke and the Bookish is Your Top Ten Most Recent 5 Star Books.  It wasn’t until I started going through my lists of books from this year and last year that I realized I’m either really harsh at book rating, or I haven’t been reading very good books lately.  I stopped at my top five, because I didn’t want to go back any farther than December.  So, here’s my list (in no particular order):

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Tournament of Books

We are almost done with the Tournament of Books!  I have loved reading the judges’ opinions and the following commentaries for every round.  I’ve added books to my TBR after reading about them during the tournament.  I actually went out and bought Bats of the Republic this weekend, it sounded so good.  And it looks like it’s going to be a really cool read!

Zombie Rounds are up tomorrow and Wednesday, and the winner of the whole shebang will be announced on Thursday. The Zombie Rounds are really great, they give me hope when my favorites are knocked out early.  Before the Tournament starts, there was a poll up asking readers for their picks.  At this point in the Tournament, the top two books that have already been knocked out of the Tournament are placed back into the brackets. Here’s what’s up for the Zombie Rounds:

A Little Life vs. The Turner House.  Predicted Winner: I don’t know!  I’d love for Turner House to win, but A Little Life has some serious backing behind it.  And it isn’t unusual for the Zombie pick to move on to the finals.  I have a feeling it’s a definite possibility here.

Fates and Furies vs. The Sellout.  Predicted Winner:  Again, I don’t know!  I loved Fates and Furies, and before this Tournament started I was pretty convinced it would take it all.  Then it was knocked out in the very first round, which really shook everything up for me.  Then, there’s The Sellout.  I hadn’t heard anything about this book before it was shortlisted, but the way everyone talks about it, it’s definitely a classic-in-waiting.  And it sounds like something I would absolutely adore, so I definitely need to get on reading it.  But the outpouring of adoration towards this book during the Tournament has me thinking it is going to win.

It’s always a bit sad for me when the Tournament ends.  I am usually all ready for next year’s!  Does anyone have any book prizes that they love this much?  I’m going to need to follow another prize/award to keep myself distracted until next year!


The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

I picked up the Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald because I heard it sponsored on a Book Riot podcast a while back.  I always look up books that sound interesting when they are discussed on Book Riot podcasts.  If you haven’t, you should check them out!

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Reading Slumps

It appears as if I am going through a pretty bad reading slump.  Unfortunately, with this reading slump has come an intense desire to pick out new books to buy. There’s just so many books out there that I want!

This is an interesting slump I’m in.  I want to buy so many books, and I really want to read and have the desire to read, I just can’t actually concentrate on the actual act of reading.  So now I am faced with a frustrating dilemma: how do I get out of this reading slump?  Keep buying books until one catches my attention?  Give in to the slump and stop trying to read, which has been making me anxious since I actually do want to read?  Try some books I’ve bought again?  Reread old favorites?

I think I have found something that may have helped me continue to read while I feel like I can’t concentrate on actually reading.  Comics.  I can get through a comic book quickly, feel accomplished for reading something, and it’s short enough that I can concentrate for just enough time to get through an issue.  I have not moved onto graphic novels; I think they might be a bit too long to keep my concentration.  It seems like comics in trade might be too long to keep my concentration.

While I’m getting a lot of reading done by reading comics, I’m starting to run out of reading material that I can get through.  There are only so many comics that I know about and have been reading.  Lumberjanes, Fables, Ms. Marvel.  I’ve read all of Lumberjanes and The Wicked and The Divine.  I’m not sure what else I should read!  If anyone has any good comic suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

In the meantime, I’m going to try reading books again.  I keep making lists of books I want to buy right away and pulling books off my shelves that I am excited about reading, but nothing seems to work.  Anyone have a solution?  I think I’m looking for books that are short and quick, things that I will keep my attention, even for a short period of time, and can feel accomplished for having read it.

What do you do when you’re in a reading slump?  Any tips?

New Books 3/22/16

Tuesday is book release day, and there are two books that I would love to showcase today.

First up, Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye

Jane Steele, who’s favorite book happens to be Jane Eyre, shares many similarities with the character Jane. After escaping from her awful aunt and cousin, Jane Steele is brought back to her childhood home to act as governess for the new master, Mr. Charles Thornfield.  Of course, Jane falls for Mr. Thornfield, but their haunting pasts may prevent a joyful union.  Can their romance survive?

Read this if you love books that are inspired by your favorite classics, or if you like dark romances with a twist.

Book Two: The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Picture it.  Summer 1914.  Hugh, on break from medical school, visits his aunt and uncle in the small town of Rye.  Beatrice arrives soon after, wounds fresh from the loss of her father who has left her broke, and all she wants is to be left alone to her books and writing.  I think you all know what’s coming now, and all before the summer ends…

Read this if you enjoy the setting or if you’re a fan of Simonson’s other book, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.

Top Ten Tuesday

Another Tuesday, another list from The Broke and the Bookish.  I really like the theme this week.  It really got me thinking about all the books that I love that don’t come up as often as others.a

Ten Books I Really Love but Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough

The Ultimate Book Tag

Another weekend, another tag!  I found this one over at Therese Talks Books a while ago and saved it for now.


  1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Never.  When I was younger I would sit in the back during road trips and could read the entire time. Never had a problem.

  1. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

This might not be unique to everyone else, but I’d have to say Meg Cabot.  When I first read the Princess Diaries books, I had never encountered a diary style narration or all the emails, text messages, and IM’ing like I had in these books.  And all her books were like that!

  1. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer

Harry Potter, of course!  My three points: Complexity (the characters and the storyline

  1. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?

I carry a purse and inside I always carry my Nook or Kindle, a notebook (or two), pens, headphones, my phone, wallet, and chapstick.

  1. Do you smell your books?

I used to, but I don’t anymore.  I think because I’ve gone digital.

  1. Books with or without little illustrations?

I like comics, but in regular books, I don’t really care about illustrations.

  1. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

I think a lot of books I read when I was a kid that I still love (like Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys) doesn’t have the best quality writing.  They are still absolutely lovely to read.

  1. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Not really.

  1. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

  1. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Probably Les Miserables

  1. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I would love to be an author, and I have a degree in Creative Writing, but I’m really self-conscious about my writing and don’t think it’s all that great.

  1. When did you get into reading?

Ever since I could remember I’ve loved to read.

  1. What is your favorite classic book?

To Kill a Mockingbird.

  1. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

That and Math.

  1. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

I’d say thank you and put it on my bookshelf.  It’s still nice that they thought enough to try to get my a book as a gift.

  1. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I don’t read series usually, so I don’t know.

  1. Doesn’t apply to me (I’m not a YouTuber).
  2. What is your favorite word?


  1. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Total nerd!

  1. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Neither.  I’m more into realistic fiction.

  1. Shape-shifters or Angels? Why?

Again, neither.

  1. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

I’ll say Werewolves because Lupin is one of my favorite characters.

  1. Zombies or Vampires?


  1. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

I don’t really like either.  Both are overplayed and predictable.  And it always seems that with love triangles, the couple I favor never is the one that end up together.

  1. Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action with a few love scenes mixed in.  I’m not too big on love stories.

Tournament of Books Update

The first round of the Tournament of Books is over, and the only major upset (in my opinion) is the elimination of Fates and Furies so early in the game.  So, let’s review the week and make some predictions for next week.

The first round brought about many correct predictions for me, which I have to admit I’m pretty proud of.  I recommend everyone check out the commentary for each round.  It’s entertaining and I’ve added a couple of books to my To Buy list because of the way they were described.


Next Round predictions

Bats of the Republic v. The Sympathizer.  Predicted Winner:  Bats of the Republic.  Any book with the ability to knock out Fates and Furies has got to be a good book capable of winning.

The Turner House v. Our Souls at Night. Predicted Winner:  The Turner House.  This book has gotten a lot of press so that’s got to mean something, right?

A Little Life v. The Tsar of Love and Techno.  Predicted Winner: A Little Life.  I would much rather The Tsar of Love and Techno win, but I think I’m fighting a losing battle here.

A Spool of Blue Thread v. The Sellout.  Predicted Winner: The Sellout.  This was the hardest prediction out of this whole round.  A Spool of Blue Thread has gotten a lot of solid press, but The Sellout sounds amazing.  It could go either way.


Anyone have any predictions for the next round?  Or what books will make it through in the Zombie Round?

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s theme is the top ten books on your spring TBR.  I’ve got a mix of books, new and old to read this spring, so let’s get to it!

1. What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

2.  Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

3.  Grunt by Mary Roach

4.  The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray

5.  The Giveness of Things by Marilynne Robinson

6.  The Sellout by Paul Beatty

7.  You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell

8.  Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

9.  The Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin

10.  Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

What’s your Top Ten Spring TBR?