Top Ten Tuesday #18: GIVE ME YOUR NEXT BOOK NOW, PLEASE (if you haven’t already)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, participating bloggers create a list corresponding to a particular theme. This week, we are listing our top ten debut authors who have us looking forward to their sophomore novels, and/or top ten sophomore novels we loved just as much as the debut book! I know I haven’t been around here much lately because of work but this is a topic that I enjoy and I’m happy to join in for once (scheduled post of course). I will do 5 that I want a sophomore novel of and 5 sophomore novels I liked:

  1. Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus: I have seen mixed reviews but I absolutely adored this book and I really really would like to see her next book soon, I know it’s in progress.
  2. Andy Weir, The Martian: You can see my review for this book here.
  3. Helene Wecker, The Golem and the Jinni: You can see my review for this book here.
  4. Rene Denfeld, The Enchanted: You can see my review for this book here.
  5. Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies: I know that 2 more books are in progress
  6. Kiera Cass, The Elite: Ok this is cheating but I’m tired :p
  7. Gillian Flynn, Dark Places: Much preferred this one to her debut (Sharp Objects) actually, and found Gone Girl the best of the 3 so far
  8. Caitlin Moran, Moranthology: I loved the randomness of this compared to How To Be A Woman
  9. Deborah Harkness, Shadow of Night: I think that the first 2 books in the trilogy slightly edged out the third for me, but those first 2 were quite close.
  10. Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere/StardustNeverwhere was his first solo novel following Good Omens with Terry Pratchett, so I could count both of these as the sophomore novel depending on how you look at it.

As ALWAYS please share your TTT below. I know that I have been busy and not as active on here but I will respond to any of your comments and check out your own posts as well.

Top Ten Tuesday #17: Ten Wishes for the Book Genie!


Another scheduled post. Work is actually sucking the life out of me. Not even actual work which I enjoy, just commuting. I feel like all I do is ride the train. I have another great(?) train story to rival the horrible women who teased me a few weeks ago. Today I was looking forward to a good trip home because I was sitting in the unofficial quiet car on the train with my book and had caught the last direct train to my house without a transfer and this extremely drunk man came on into my car and was yelling unintelligibly the entire time until the cops escorted him off the train at the first stop! Keep in mind this was about 6PM and he was out of his mind wasted. Anyway……..

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, participating bloggers create a list corresponding to a particular theme. This week is a chance for us to get really creative and list ten wishes we would ask the book genie to grant us! I am going to GIF it up so enjoy.

  1. A watch that would let me stop time for a while whenever I felt like I needed some extra reading time in the day. And some extra blogging time, too!


  2. Unlimited funds for new book purchases! (So that I could stop feeling guilty whenever I buy a book full price…)


  3. Complete set of Harry Potter prequel(s) and accompanying movie(s). Like exploring Lily/James/Sirius/Snape et. al.’s time at Hogwarts and afterwards until where Sorcerer’s Stone picks up. I can’t be the only one who wants this. Come on genie


  4. Meet Neil Gaiman and J.K. Rowling and Stephen King! (really meet Neil Gaiman and J.K. Rowling and Stephen King and not faint, I don’t have a great track record with meeting celebrities and remembering to breathe)


  5. A brand new reading chair. It needs to recline and be super soft and cozy. My couch is good, my bed is fine, leather desk chair OK, but none of these are THE ONE.


  6. Double my reading speed but retain ability to process and enjoy everything so I can read twice as many books


  7. New books from all of my favorite authors, it isn’t even worth listing specifics because there are so many who I wish would write more just for meeeeeee

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  8. Ability to select and make the perfect food and drink to go along with whatever book I am reading. Because why not?


  9. The ability to actually DNF something, as I discussed in last week’s TTT. PLEASE.


  10. Continued contact with people who enjoy discussing books with me! This means you 🙂


Please share your TTT below. Would love to see what you are wishing for!

Top Ten Tuesday #16: My Top Ten Dream Author Duos

*this is a scheduled post! I am at work right now as you read this! I am trying so hard to be better with blogging!*


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, participating bloggers create a list corresponding to a particular theme. This week, we’re asked to come up with our top ten author duos we would love to see write a book together. This is so hard! And apologies if any of these already did happen, but I really don’t think so! Also if these are not original… this really was hard :p but I haven’t seen anyone else’s, as it’s still Monday night while I’m actually writing!

  1. Neil Gaiman & V. E. Schwab – a crazy twisted London story
  2. Andy Weir & Ernest Cline – sci-fi
  3. Gillian Flynn & Paula Hawkins – thriller of thrillers
  4. Liane Moriarty & Jojo Moyes – so much more than just “chick lit”
  5. Hilary Mantel & Philippa Gregory – Tudor Time
  6. M.R. Carey & Josh Malerman – ultimate creepy factor
  7. Brandon Sanderson & George R.R. Martin – EPIC EPIC FANTASY
  8. Deborah Harkness & Laini Taylor – paranormal? What do we call these? I just think they could be a good pair.
  9. Deborah Feldman & Julia Dahl – Julia Dahl already wrote what I thought was a great thriller exploring issues in Hasidic Judaism. Feldman wrote a memoir describing her childhood within a Hasidic sect and how she eventually left. I think it would be interesting for Feldman’s experiences to influence Dahl’s knowledge about this for future works.
  10. John Green & Markus Zuzak – whether this would be historical or contemporary, the feels would be guaranteed.

What authors would *you* love to see team up and write a book or two? Let me know by sharing your own TTT in the comments! 🙂

**Oh, and if someone wants to post this on the Broke and Bookish link up thing for me, I’d love that. Don’t feel obligated though, I can always do it when I get home from work! ❤

Top Ten Tuesday #15: Top Ten Bookish Habits I Want to Start & Quit


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, participating bloggers create a list corresponding to a particular theme. This week, we are exploring “ten bookish things I want to quit or have quit” – this can be series abandoned, books not finished, general bad bookish habits… etc. I am focusing on bookish habits specifically and have tried to select ten that are either good habits I wish to implement or bad habits that I need to stop.

Sorry my TTT is coming so late on this Tuesday evening – might even be Wednesday already for some of you. I have been working lots more, which is good, but while my last position lent itself more easily to the occasional (okay, not so occasional) blog post during working hours, this job really does not give me that opportunity at all. I’ve not really scheduled posts too frequently in the past but I think I will have to begin doing that in order to be able to continue blogging and providing new reviews and content, while also making money (to buy more books of course).

This leads me well into my first bad bookish habit and the rest of my list…

  1. I have not been giving this blog the attention that it deserves and I have been feeling so bad about it. I really want to make some changes so that I can read and review much more for you all.
  2. Here is my dirty little secret… Please, please don’t unfollow me… I fold down pages. Full on dog-ear. WHY DO I DO THIS!?!?! I have bookmarks. I have other things I could use as bookmarks. I am ashamed. This is probably my most egregious bad bookish habit and I pledge to try to quit it.
  3. I need to learn how to DNF books. I never abandon a book even when I can tell that it is not for me. I just feel bad about it and that maybe it will get better if I give it a chance. I am pretty sure I’ve never full on totally quit a book, even if I have to take a long break I always come back to it. There are SO many books I want to read and I will never get through my TBR if I don’t learn to do this.
  4. I need to really organize my TBR list better and possibly purge some of the books. It’s just too long right now and it only keeps growing.
  5. I need to… go on a book buying ban? Is such a thing possible? Maybe just buying fewer books and trying to limit myself a little bit, despite how tempting the bargain books section is…
  6. I would like to begin working more reading into my schedule. The weird thing is that when I was in law school and so, so busy with classes, internships, and studying, I read lots more than I do now because I would have gone crazy otherwise. I had lots of good time pockets during the day where I could knock out a few chapters at a time. I need to find a way to create similar pockets in a more ordinary day.
  7. I am very unrealistic with my ARC requests and I need to be better about that. I make tons of requests and get a bunch of them approved and then never get the chance to timely read and review which defeats the purpose. :\
  8. I would like to use the library more often, to save some money, take out more audio books, use the inter-library request system in my county which really increases the amount of books that I can access, and just generally take advantage of how great my local library is.
  9. I guess this one is a bad bookish habit on the part of my husband but would be a good habit for me to implement. This man is one of the most brilliant people I’ve ever met but he just does not read! I bought him The Martian and he loved that. He’s reading Ready Player One now but I don’t think he’s as enthused although I loved it. So his bad habit is barely reading and my good habit to start would be continuing to search for books that will encourage him to read more.
  10. I need to organize my (many, many) bookshelves. I need to really organize my entire house but that’s a whole other story. But sometimes I kind of just come home from the bookstore and the books just sit in their bags and don’t really find their way onto a shelf. Then I forget about them and just keep buying more books. I suppose this goes along with using the library more often too.

I know, I know, I know I have not been up to par with this blog lately and I really do not want to disappoint anybody. I really want to work on making more time for this and getting more entries up soon. Please trust me that it is coming, and in the meantime let’s have a good discussion about your TTT lists below. 

Top Ten Tuesday #14: If you like Gillian Flynn, you might like…


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, participating bloggers create a list corresponding to a particular theme. This week our goal is to link up bloggers and readers with some perhaps less well-known books that they might enjoy if they are already fans of a particular author or book. My post is coming kind of late on Tuesday due to some unforeseen circumstances and it was a bit hard for me to get creative with this one but I will do my best! I decided to explore the realm of “dark and twisty” books that fans of Gillian Flynn’s work might enjoy. Some of the books that came to me are more obvious connections than others (though I am not including The Girl on the Train as I feel that everyone already compares those) but in my personal opinion I feel that each of these has at least one similar element to either/all of Dark PlacesSharp Objects or of course Gone Girl:

  1. Before I Go To Sleep, S.J. Watson (2011)
  2. The Girl with All the Gifts, M.R. Carey (2014)
  3. Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane (2003)
  4. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk (1996)
  5. The Fever, Megan Abbott (2014)
  6. Where They Found Her, Kimberly McCreight (2015)
  7. The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty (2013)
  8. The Secret History, Donna Tartt (1992)
  9. The Millennium Series, Stieg Larsson (2005-)
  10. The Cuckoo’s Calling, J.K. Rowling as Robert Galbraith (2013)

What are your thoughts on dark books/thrillers? What connections did you make in your TTT? Feel free to share below. I also have a TON of book reviews planned for the next couple of days!

Top Ten Tuesday #13: Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, participating bloggers create a list corresponding to a particular theme. This week we are listing the top ten books on our fall to-be-read lists. These aren’t really in any particular order, my TBR list is SOOOOO long (for real, it’s 4 digits now) but I went through my Goodreads to-read shelf and selected some of the books I think I’ll read sooner rather than later and that are particularly calling out to me for fall 🙂

  1. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor: This book is scheduled for release on October 20. I am a big fan of the very weird podcast and I hope the book lives up to the hype.


  2. The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff: This book is scheduled for release on October 27. I love books about witches and I think that as nonfiction this is going to really be a well-researched and thorough story.


  3. Bird Box by Josh Malerman: This is supposed to be very scary. I love my thrillers during the fall season!


  4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: I think that fall is the perfect time for some awesome fairy tale retellings, especially ones I’ve wanted to read for a while… don’t you think so? The fourth book Winter will be released November 10.


  5. Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson: Fall is great for fantasy in general in my opinion. Okay if you’re noticing a pattern fall is definitely my favorite season and I can probably connect every type of book to fall in some way. But I did buy the box set of this trilogy recently and I can’t wait to get started with it!


  6. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: I have heard such mixed reviews and I really want to see for myself if I will enjoy these books.


  7. MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood: I haven’t read anything by Margaret Atwood other than The Handmaid’s Tale, but I have always wanted to.


  8. Storm Front by Jim Butcher: This is the first book in a series that has been around for a while. I’ve heard GREAT things from my friends who have kept up with the series. It was also on a list from Book Riot of enjoyable books to read after Harry Potter 🙂


  9. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee: Despite all of the controversy surrounding this book and several people telling me that it’s not worth it, the curiosity is getting the better of me and I am going to read it.


  10. Armada by Ernest Cline: I don’t think that this could live up to Ready Player One for me but I’m going to check it out within the next few months.


Do you have thoughts on these? What books can you not wait to read this fall? Please share your comments below 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday #12: Ten Fictional Marriages and Weddings


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, participating bloggers create a list corresponding to a particular theme. This week is a freebie – we can choose our own topic for the list. Today I am celebrating because my husband and I have been married for exactly six months! Because of our half-anniversary on this Top Ten Tuesday I’m going to list ten of my favorite books that feature weddings, marriages, and/or love stories in general in some capacity (but certainly not all with happy endings, that would be boring).

  1. The Princess Bride, William Goldman
  2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare
  4. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  5. A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin
  6. Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  7. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  8. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
  9. The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
  10. The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory
Bonus wedding picture :)

Bonus wedding picture 🙂

Today more than ever I want to see all of your TTT lists since they will all be unique! Please share in the comments!! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday #11: Ten Finished Series *I* Haven’t Finished Yet


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, participating bloggers create a list corresponding to a particular theme. This week, we’re listing ten series that the authors have completed but we ourselves have yet to finish reading. It actually wasn’t super easy for me to come up with a list of series that are for sure completed, since I feel like a lot of authors will say they are done and then just keep going :p I feel like they are easier to find in high/epic fantasy including some older works. Here’s my list:

  1. The Dark Tower (Stephen King) dark-tower-books
  2. The Mortal Instruments (Cassandra Clare) f7fcb1ad67514eb409a1112a871127d2
  3. Discworld (Terry Pratchett) ffEqa9w
  4. Percy Jackson & The Olympians (Rick Riordan) d55bef02990935163f95cc11b9558254
  5. Sookie Stackhouse (Charlaine Harris) Harris-SookieStackhouse-Blog
  6. Grisha Trilogy (Leigh Bardugo) Grisha-trilogy-1024x521
  7. Farseer Trilogy (Robin Hobb) Farseer trilogy
  8. Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) fade7babe0458796565b788446591fd6
  9. Riyria Revelations (Michael J. Sullivan) Riyria Trilogy
  10. Mistborn (Brandon Sanderson) mistborn-covers

Have you completed any of these series? Do you have any other good recommendations for me? Share your TTT in the comments! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday #10: Ten Characters I Just Didn’t Click With

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, participating bloggers create a list corresponding to a particular theme. This week we are listing ten characters that we just didn’t “click” with. Some of these characters came to me instantly but for a few others I went through my lower rated books on Goodreads and selected the ones I enjoyed less because I couldn’t identify with the characters. Here goes:

  1. Rachel from The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. Cadence from We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  3. Eadlyn from The Heir by Kiera Cass
  4. Madeleine from The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  5. George from Crime of Privilege by Walter Walker
  6. Elise from The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons
  7. Mary Queen of Scots from The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory (I guess I will never be royal :\ )
  8. Blue from Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
  9. Camille from Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  10. Annie from The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks

I also wanted to apologize for not posting in a while! I had a busy week & my college roommate’s bachelorette party all weekend! I am anticipating lots more free time in the coming weeks and months though, so expect some more reviews rather soon 🙂

What characters did you just not click with? Do you agree with mine?? Let me know 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday #9: Top Ten Books on my syllabus if I taught…


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, participating bloggers create a list corresponding to a particular theme. I LOVE this week’s topic: we’re listing the “Top Ten Books that would be on your syllabus if you taught X 101” – some examples were YA Fantasy 101, Feminist Literature 101, Classic YA Lit 101, World-Building 101…

So I totally made two syllabi for two courses because I couldn’t decide which I liked better. The cool thing is that both of my lists are based on actual courses I took in law school (the second one less so – you’ll see).

My first list is the books on my syllabus for Law and Literature 101. This is a real class that I took in my last semester and I knew I wouldn’t graduate without taking it. Some of the books here are ones that we actually read, but others I added because I think they fit the theme.

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  1. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  2. The Trial, Franz Kafka
  3. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  4. The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare
  5. Dark Places, Gillian Flynn

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  6. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  7. Billy Budd, Sailor, Herman Melville
  8. The Firm, John Grisham
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  10. Anatomy of a Murder, Robert Traver

And now… my fun class! I also made a list of books to be on my syllabus for Witches 101. Although I didn’t take a law school course about witches specifically, when I took History of the Common Law we had pretty much free reign to choose a thesis paper topic and I wrote about legal and social attitudes towards Jews in the Middle Ages and how a lot of times they were accused of practicing witchcraft. Not to brag but I got an A :p Anyway here is my list:

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  1. Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling
  2. All Souls trilogy, Deborah Harkness
  3. The Witch’s Daughter, Paula Brackston
  4. Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  5. Uprooted, Naomi Novik

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  6. Stardust, Neil Gaiman
  7. Caster Chronicles series, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  8. Housewitch, Katie Schickel
  9. Wicked, Gregory Maguire
  10. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Would you take my classes?? What would you teach? Let me know 🙂