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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Covers of 2012 (So Far).

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Covers of 2012 (so far).

(Not in any particular order)

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  1. Partials (Partials #1) by Dan Wells: I’m reading this one now (and it’s awesome!). The cover is seriously fantastic, it’s actually what drew me to this story to begin with. The font, the colors, the setting…this is one of my favorite covers in general.
  2. Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick: There’s a line in the book that really hits that fits the cover image perfectly:  “Everybody breaks sooner or later, Bob. Anyone can drown. Sometimes you see it. Most often, you don’t because the body protects and the skin hides, so drowning doesn’t look like drowning and some people scar so nicely.
    Take it from an expert.
  3. Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer: It’s a simple image, but it truly draws the reader in. I absolutely love it.
  4. Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1) by Amanda Hocking: I wasn’t a fan of the covers Hocking used when she self-published the trilogy, but I think that St. Martin’s has done a great job of creating the perfect covers for all three books for the republication.
  5. Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price: This one had to grow on me, I will admit. But now, especially after reading the digital short released by Random House, I find myself loving the cover for Starters.
  6. Above by Leah Bobet: I adore this cover. The tone, the image, the font…everything. I can’t wait to read this one!
  7. Fracture (Fracture) by Megan Miranda: This may not have been my favorite book this year, but the cover is amazing. I love the colors, and the placement of the title. I also love the fact that it’s not too simple, nor too busy. It gives an idea of the story – just enough to interest the reader.
  8. Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood: The cover for Born Wicked is absolutely perfect. It’s soft, yet striking. The colors are lovely, and I love the font. After reading this one, I think the cover is absolutely perfect for the story.
  9. Struck (Struck #1) by Jennifer Bosworth: Another one I have yet to read, but the cover is perfect. It gives you an idea of what the story is about but it also leaves you curious.
  10. Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan: I squeeed over this cover when I revealed it last week. The colors are perfect, the image is captivating, and it makes you want to read the book.

Top Ten Books I’m Excited To Read in 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I’m Excited To Read in 2012

  1. Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I just finished Pure (Covenant, #2) over the weekend and now I’m anxiously awaiting the release of Deity – which doesn’t come out until October/November.
  2. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth: Divergent was one of the best books of 2011 – I can’t wait to see where Roth takes Tris and Four next. Thankfully, May isn’t too far away.
  3. Toxic (Denazen #2) by Jus Accardo: TOUCH was such an exciting book and I can’t wait to see what Accardo has in store for Dez and Kale with TOXIC.
  4. The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa: I loved the Iron Fey series, and while vampires may be overdone at this point, Julie’s story looks to be unique and intriguing.
  5. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth: I’m really looking forward to this one, it sounds fantastic!
  6. This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers: Zombies? I’m sold. But really, with a fantastic cover and a wonderful description, it’s hard not to get excited over this one.
  7. Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout: The second book by Jennifer to make my list. I’ve been waiting patiently to read Cursed for what seems like forever, so I’m happy that it finally releases this year.
  8. Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Another book by Jennifer! Seriously, 2012 is going to be her year. I cannot wait to read more about Daemon and Katy.
  9. Dark Storm by Sarah Singleto: This one sounds really interesting.
  10. Spark (Sky Chasers #2) by Amy Kathleen Ryan: I really can’t wait to read more about Waverly and Kieran.

Those are the top ten books I’m most excited to read in 2012!

What are you most excited to read this year?

Top 10 Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Want To Give As Gifts

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I Want To Give As Gifts 
(and to who…even if you won’t actually give them!)
(Not in any particular order)
  • Obsidian  by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Favorite book of 2011. I’d gift this one to readers weary of the Sci-Fi elements, which are rather light, because this is one book this year that needs to be read.
  • Half-Blood  by Jennifer L. Armentrout: The book that made me into a Jennifer L. Armentrout fangirl. I’d gift this one to fans of the Iron Fey series (Alex and Seth remind me of Meghan and Puck at times, and Aiden reminds me of Ash).
  • Touch  by Jus Accardo: This book surprised me when I read it a few months back and since then, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. I’d gift this one to fans of X-Men, Shatter Me (which I haven’t read yet – I know! – but they do share some common plot details), and fans of Twilight and/or Jennifer L. Armentrout.
  • Divergent  by Veronica Roth: I’d gift this one to fans of The Hunger Games.
  • Ashes (Ashes #1) by Ilsa J. Bick: This is a very twisted story, so it probably wouldn’t make for the best gift in that not everyone will be able to handle its extreme detailing, but it’s honestly a great book.
  • Hushed by Kelley York: One of the best books of 2011. It’s a thriller with a just the right amount of romance. It would make for the perfect gift for the older YA crowd.
  • The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa: This is the only series on my list. I was going to put the books separately, or at least the first book, but if you’re going to gift one book – you need to gift the series. It’s addicting.
  • Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson: This book does not receive nearly enough love, and for that reason alone, I think this would be an excellent book to gift to readers. It’s just a really exciting read.
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion: I’ve made my love for this book well-known. If it were up to me, I’d be handing this to everyone for the holidays, along with a copy of “The Hungry Mouth” (a short story collection of Isaac’s which has a story set in the same world as “Warm Bodies”). But since my wallet wouldn’t enjoy that and he’s self publishing “The Hungry Mouth” in limited quantity (500, to be exact), I’ll just recommend this one as a wonderful gift for the zombie fans in your life.
  • Tempest (Tempest #1) by Julie Cross: Okay, so this won’t be out until January, but this would be one book I’d love to gift to others. It’s absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to see readers fall in love with Jackson’s story, because let’s face it – they will.
  • The Probability of Miracles” by Wendy Wunder: I’d gift this novel to fans of “If I Stay” and “Where She Went”. It’s such a wonderfully written story about learning to live your life before it’s too late.

Top 10 Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My TBR List For Winter

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books On My TBR List For Winter

(Not in any particular order)

  1. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi: I’ve snuck a few peaks at this one, and I’m liking what I’ve read so far.
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer: I’m really excited about this one. I adore all things cyborgs and this just sounds absolutely fantastic.
  3. Pure by Julianna Baggott: I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book.
  4. Switched by Amanda Hocking: I have yet to read any of her other work, although I have downloaded Hallowland, but I’m eager to start this one.
  5. Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood: A cover that pulls you in. An intriguing description: witches, secrecy. It’s hard not to want to read this one immediately.
  6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor: This has been sitting on my shelf since it’s release. Bad Nicole, I know. I know. I’ve heard wonderful things about this one and I’m ready to dive into to Karou’s story for myself.
  7. The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson: Pre-ordered this on my Kindle, I haven’t had a chance to even open the book yet. This is a fantasy novel that looks to be right up my alley.

  8. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi: Not only does this one have a stunning cover, but it also sounds fantastic. 
  9. Everneath by Brodi Ashton: Immortals. The underworld. I’m sold.
  10. Wither (The Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano: I bought this one with every intention of reading it the same day. That, unfortunately, never happened.

Top Ten Tuesday 11: Top Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf for Ages But I’ve Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf for Ages But I’ve Never Read

(Not in any particular order)

  1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan: This book has zombies and even still, I have yet to read it. I’ve heard wonderful things about the series and with TFoHaT being optioned, I’m going to have to make sure to squeeze this one in soon.
  2. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer: Why did I buy it? That cover. I’m not even going to lie. But even with the awesome reviews and the awesome cover, I have yet to actually try to sit down and read this. Terrible, I know. It does sound good, though, so I’ll have to make an effort to read it soon.
  3. The Eternal Ones By Kirsten Miller: I bought this when my local Borders was going out of business. It sounded great and I’d read wonderful reviews for it, but it has yet to move from my TBR pile.
  4. City of Bone by Cassandra Clare: I downloaded the e-book for my Kindle last year and then I went ahead and purchased the paperback earlier this year… but I have yet to even start reading this story. I’m going to need to change that before the movie goes into production.
  5. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff: Another book I bought when my local Borders went out of business. It sounds awesome and different from most of what’s out there. One of these days…
  6. Delirium by Lauren Oliver: I’ve had this book since it’s release date and while I’ve been wanting to read it, I end up picking up another book instead.
  7. Reckless by Cornelia Funke: I bought this on a whim. It’s been sitting atop my TBR pile since then.
  8. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson: I bought this when it was on sale for like $1.99 on Kindle. I’ve yet to read a Maureen Johnson book (I know, I know), so I figured this would be a good one to start with. I’ve yet to open it on my Kindle.
  9. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting: Another one that I bought when it was on sale for $1.99. I love the paranormal. There’s a lot of love for this book in the YA world, but I haven’t touched it since it downloaded.
  10. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl: With the film rights picked up by WB and the insane amount of love the blog world has for this series, I decided to give it a go. I got about two chapters in before stopping. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, but I got distracted by other books and I just never went back to it, unfortunately.
What about you? What books have been sitting on your shelf waiting to be read?

Top Ten Tuesday 10: Top Ten Books I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is:
Top Ten Books I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone

(Not in any particular order)

  1. The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder: This was my first novel in verse. I received this through GalleyGrab (having never read a book by Lisa before) and I had no clue it was a novel in verse. Basically, I read this one by pure accident…and I ended up enjoying it. Which surprised me.
  2. Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon: I’d never read a book by Jennifer before I read Don’t Breathe a Word (which I received from NetGalley). Needless to say, while I liked it for the most part, it was far from what I usually read. Had it not been for that cover, I may have skipped on this one.
  3. The Art of Forgetting by Camille Noe Pagan: The reason why I requested this book on NetGalley was because of its gorgeous cover. This isn’t a book I’d normally pick up. It didn’t seem like I’d enjoy the plot. But I did. It was a nice read and I’m glad I took a chance on it.
  4. Legacy (Legacy, #1) by Cayla Kluver: I’m not big into historical YA stories, but again, the cover interested me. I decided to take a chance on this one, and I ended up enjoying it for the most part. And now I’m actually anticipating the sequel.
  5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: This was my first YA contemporary novel. I’m a huge Sci-Fi/Fantasy kind of person, so I kept putting this book off over and over again. In fact, had it not been for talk about the movie adaption last year (which appears to have stalled), I probably would’ve never touched this one. That would’ve been a huge mistake.
  6. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: I kept avoiding this book. I swore I wouldn’t like it. I didn’t find the description intriguing enough to read this one at first, but then I started seeing it everywhere  (and I mean everywhere). Eventually, I broke down and purchased a copy while shopping. Yeah. I devoured it within a few hours.
  7. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma: I know I mentioned this one last week, but here it is again. Incest. Not exactly the most inviting topic, no? I had no intention of reading this book. But then I saw the reviews. And then it was on GalleyGrab. And then I downloaded it and allowed my heart to break repeatedly.
  8. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: I read this back in 2007. It was the first YA novel I’d read in some time.  I’d heard a lot about it, but a love story about vampires? No thanks. Eventually I broke down and bought it. While this series gets a lot of hate (I happen to like it), I will say this: it was Twilight that made me interested in other YA titles.

So, that’s not ten…but it’s pretty close, no? I usually stick within my comfort zone, but I do branch out occasionally.

Have you read any of the books on my list? Which was your favorite? What books would you recommend for me to read (using this weeks topic)?

Top Ten Tuesday 09:Top Ten Books I Had Strong Emotions Over

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I Had Strong Emotions Over.

(Not in any particular order)

  1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: I will be honestly surprised if this one doesn’t make most lists. Mia’s story tore me to pieces. I cried a lot over this one. When I say a lot, I honestly mean A LOT. (Where She Went packed a punch with it, too).
  2. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma: I love this book, but I also hate it. Why? Because it’s so hard not to tear up at that ending. What happens is horrible. Sure, the relationship is wrong…but that ending. It kills you. It really does.
  3. The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder: This one hits hard, mainly because cancer is something that affects most of us. We all know someone who has gone through it, and honestly, it’s one of the hardest things to watch. Wunder did an amazing job at capturing the emotional toll of Cam’s disease. I cried, I laughed…and then I cried some more.
  4. Circle Nine by Anne Heltzel: This story tore me apart. What happens to Abby is horrible and frightening, mainly because it’s entirely possible.
  5. Lie by Caroline Bock: This book was difficult to read, given the subject matter. It’s a really powerful book that’ll make you want to cry and scream all at the same time.
  6. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer: I made the mistake of reading this one while going through a huge break up of my own. Not a good idea. Seriously, don’t do it. Even though you want to hit Bella occasionally through out, it’s easy to understand the longing, the sadness through out. I didn’t cry over this one, but it did bring out a flood of varying emotions upon my first read through.
  7. Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison: I don’t like to say I hated a book. It’s mean. But I really did hate this book. I spent most of the time reading it wanting to scream at all of the characters for being ridiculous.
  8. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins: I spent most of the time conflicted over my thoughts on the conclusion to this series. I loved Mockingjay, but I have no problem admitting that wasn’t the case at first. The ending with Katniss and Peeta? I mean, c’mon. And then Prim? And Finnick? Yeah, I was angry about those for a while.
  9. Clean by Amy Reed: This one hits hard. Really, really, really hard. Let’s just say it was difficult to read this one without crying.
  10. Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish: I didn’t hate this one, but I certainly didn’t love it, either. The problem with Savannah Grey is that it feels…rushed. And at times ridiculous. It’s easy to want to throw the book. Heck, I did a few times before I eventually forced myself to finish it (thankfully the ending makes up for the rest of the story).

 

Have you read any of the books on my list? Which was your favorite? What books would you recommend for me to read (using this weeks topic)?

Top Ten Tuesday 08: Top Ten Books To Read During Halloween

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is Top Ten Books To Read During Halloween.

(Not in any particular order.)

  1.  “Deviant” by Adrian McKinty: A crazed cat killer and a shocking twist ending? It isn’t a scary read, but it can be incredibly unnerving at times. Really unnerving.
  2. “Warm Bodies” by Isaac Marion: I love this book, I know you’re all probably sick of hearing this, but it really is one of the best zombie books out there. [Note: this isn’t a YA novel]
  3.  “Gravity” (The Gravity Series) by Abigail Boyd: This is a very interesting story, it isn’t a scary story, but it is one that’ll give you chills as you read along.
  4.  “Rot & Ruin” (Benny Imura #1) by Jonathan Maberry: Maberry is the zombie king. Seriously, if you have yet to read the Benny Imura books (Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay), then you are missing out. Absolutely thrilling zombie novels.
  5. “Past Midnight” (Past Midnight #1) by Mara Purnhagen: I love the Past Midnight series. It’s truly an exciting paranormal series. If you’re into ghost stories, check this series out. You’ll love it.
  6. “The Marked Son” by Shea Berkley: The way that Berkley weaves the stories together, and the world that she creates…you need to read it.
  7. “Don’t Breathe a Word” by Jennifer McMahon: I can’t find my review on this one, go figure, but I remember it being creepy (correction: incredibly creepy). Especially the ending. [Note: This is not a YA novel.]
  8. “Fury” (Fury #1) by Elizabeth Miles: This is a story about revenge, in which someone loses their live and another finds herself being tormented by the furies. It’s a good, fun read.
  9. “Ashes” (Ashes #1) by Ilsa J. Bick: That ending killed me. Looking for creepy? Look no further than “Ashes”. This. Book. Is. Fantastic.
  10.   “Misfit” by Jon Skovron: An interesting story with demons.

Have you read any of the books on my list? Which was your favorite? What books would you recommend for me to read (using this weeks topic)?

Top Ten Tuesday 07: Top Ten Books I Bought for the Cover or Title

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

We’ve all been told not to judge a book by its cover. But we all do it. We also judge books by their titles. I know that a lot of work goes into cover art – and so I think it’s an acceptable factor in your decision to spend $15-$20 on a book that it cover and/or title be pleasing. So here are 10 books that I’ve judged and bought based on their cover art and/or title. And whether or not that judging led me astray.

Top Ten Books I Bought for the Cover or Title

Not in any particular order.


  1. Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie: The cover is what really sold me on this one. Thankfully, I ended up liking the actual story, too. The cover is simple and beautiful.
  2. Nightshade (Nightshade #1) by Andrea Cremer: Seriously, one of my favorite covers from 2010. I haven’t read the book yet, but as soon as I get through my NetGalley stack, I’ll get around to it!
  3. Rampant (Killer Unicorns #1) by Diana Peterfreund: I scored this one super cheap, but I probably would’ve put it down had it not been for the cover. I haven’t read it yet, but the cover is lovely.
  4. Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) by Beth Revis: Beautiful, beautiful cover…and fantastic story, too.
  5. Mistwood (Mistwood #1) by Leah Cypess: Another book I have yet to read, but the cover was too pretty to not buy it.
  6. White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black: While I liked the story, I think I prefer the cover to the story itself.
  7. Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver: Still in my TBR pile, but I love this cover. Not only is it my favorite color, but it’s simple enough that it captures your interest still.
  8. Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura #1) by Jonathan Maberry: I bought this when the Borders by my house was going out of business. I hadn’t heard of the series at that point but the cover caught my eye. As it turns out, I loved it.
  9. If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman: I’d heard a lot about this one before I decided to buy it, but it ultimately came down to that cover. It’s absolutely stunning, just like the book itself.
  10. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin: Still on my TBR pile, unfortunately, but the cover is wonderful. Really looking forward to reading this one.

Top Ten Tuesday 06: Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

There are just some books that leave you with such deep, intense feeling when you finish it for the first time. We’ve all experienced this at one time or another. The bad thing is, there’s really no way we can go back and experience that feeling again, even with multiple rereadings. We already know what happens, if there are plot twists, a surprise ending, who the main characters ends up with , who dies, etc.

Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

Not in any particular order.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins:  I love the trilogy, but the first book is still my favorite. The feeling you get when you first read the berry scene, it’s hard to describe…but it’s safe to say it was that scene that truly made me adore Katniss.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: Really? Do I need to explain this one? Re-reads may be nice, but to experience that feeling when you first start these books…it’s hard to recreate.

Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer: When I first read “Twilight”, “New Moon” had already been released (thankfully), so as soon as I finished I headed off to the nearest book store to pick up the sequel and then proceeded to lock myself in my room until I was done reading. It’s not often a book elicit’s that feeling from me, so I’d love to be able to experience that all over again.

If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman: This story tore me to pieces the first time I read it. So why would I want to reread it all over again for the first time? Because you can’t really appreciate just how great this story is when you know the outcome.

Divergent by Veronica Roth: I love this book. Seriously. But it’s the suspense that makes this story as amazing as it is.

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson: This is one of those books that will take everything you thought you knew and turn it completely upside down. Once you know what happens, it’s hard to go back and experience the thrills and shocks that you first felt.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: I read this one in high school, as most people did, and I loved it, but on rereads since then…I’ve never been able to capture the feeling I first got from the book.

Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura #1) by Jonathan Maberry: This book is one you need to experience. Let’s just leave it at that.

Past Midnight (Past Midnight #1) by Mara Purnhagen: This series is fun and thrilling, and now that it’s over, I’d love to start back from the beginning.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion: This book is fantastic. It’s different from pretty much any zombie book I’ve ever read. I’ve spent a lot of time recommending this one. Experiencing R’s thoughts and the way that he changes throughout the story for the first time is fascinating – I’d love o be able to experience it again for the first time.