Category Archives: Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Books I’ve Read so Far in 2013

toptentuesdayThis week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top 10 Books I’ve Read so Far in 2013. I tried to keep most of these published in 2013, but there are at a least a few that are older that I just never read until recently:

1. The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time #2) by Robert Jordan – I haven’t written a review on this one yet, but I really liked it even more than the first one. Hopefully the series will just get better and better!

2. Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar – Review forthcoming on this one too, but it was interesting, and I am definitely the target audience for it.

3. Winger by Andrew Smith – Loved loved loved this book. It made me laugh and cry out loud. So good.

4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – Very sweet and good, and everyone in my book club finished it a long time ago, but we still haven’t met to talk about it so we better do that soon before we all forget our main points. 🙂

5. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo – I just very much liked Amelia and Chris.

6. The Girl with Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti – This book is kind of weird, but so am I.

7. The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne – Another weird book, but Barnaby meets so many cool and interesting characters on his journey.

8. Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan – Have I said how much I like Brian K. Vaughan lately?

9. Legend by Marie Lu – I was admittedly behind on reading this one, but I also got to read the sequel right away, and that one was good too, so yay!

10. Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell – I love reading about animals!

That’s it for this week!

Top 10 Books Featuring Travel in Some Way

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday catagory hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Books Featuring Travel in Some Way. I had a hard time with this one. Nothing really came to mind. I guess I don’t read a whole lot books featuring travel, unless you count fantasy series! In light of this, I’m only going to post 5 today. :/

1. Winger by Andrew Smith – I just finished this book and I absolutely loved it, so I’m likely going to be adding it to a lot of my future lists. 😉 In this one, they Winger and Annie travel to her home in Portland. It’s one of the most peaceful times in the book.

2. The Girl with Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti – Boy with wings = travel anywhere you want to go! Nice!

3. The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne – When Barnaby’s mom lets him float away, he gets to travel all over the world and meet some fantastic people in some amazing places.

4. The Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck – Kelsey follows her tiger to India, and into a lot of other adventures as well.

5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Jacob travels to a remote island off the coast of Whales to find the weird and creepy house where his grandfather once lived.


The only bad thing about these Tuesday Titles is I’m afraid my lists might overrun each other all the time. I feel like I’m constantly using the same books. I guess the only cure for that is read even more! 🙂

Top 10 Favorite Book Covers of Books I’ve Read

toptentuesdayToday’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Favorite Book Covers of Books I’ve Read. I also have a lot book cover I DON’T like, but here are ten of my favorites:

1.Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

2. The Girl with Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti

3. Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

4. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

5. Ask the Passengers by A. S. King

6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

7. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

8. Bossypants by Tina Fey

9. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

10. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein


Top 10 Books When I Need Something Light and Fun

toptentuesdayToday’s Top Ten Tuesday, sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top 10 Books When You Need Something Light and Fun. This one is a little tough for me because I don’t read too many light and fun books. But here are some I feel like I could go to:

1. Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay – Cute, light teen love verse novel.

2. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – Nothing too serious in these; at least, nothing I take too seriously. They are easy reading and fairly entertaining if nothing else.

3. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – Sweet zombie novel. Adorable, even.

4. The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne – Super quirky, fun junior read, but I’d be hesitant to give it to actual kids. Not sure if they’d really get it.

5. The Tiger Saga series by Colleen Houck – Fun adventure/fantasy series with lots of romance with highly attractive young, immortal, Indian boys that can turn into tigers. Yum.

6. The Runaways series by Brian K. Vaughan – I love Brian K. Vaughan, and this series is really entertaining, a lighter graphic novel series.

7. The Invincible series by Robert Kirkman – Another pretty light graphic novel series that I’m quite enjoying.

8. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – Mindy Kaling is awesome and hilarious, and I love her. That’s all there is to it.

9. Bossypants by Tina Fey – See above.

10. Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires – Good ol’ Binky. I’m sure he’ll make it onto plenty of these lists, but definitely fits for this one!


Top Ten Words/Topics that Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up a Book

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Words/Topics that Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up a Book. This one was kind of hard for me, but I did come with ten that I think will work:

1. Anything about animal intelligence or emotion – I am a definite animal-lover, so I like to read positive things about the animal kingdom and how they deserve more respect than they get. Books like Animal Wise and The Moral Lives of Animals.

2. Books to do with souls and spirits – Growing up, I thought often about what makes us us, and the fact that no one can ever REALLY know us since they can never hear our thoughts or feel our emotions. I was a very philosophical child, and it made me feel lonely, but secure at the same time knowing it was impossible to know what’s inside a person. So whenever I see books that have anything to do with the soul/body relationship, I jump on them. Books like Every Day and What’s Left of Me.

3. Mary Roach – I’ll read anything by Mary Roach, so those are two words that I will always find. I’m still on hold for Gulp, but I do own the rest of her books. And I love them.

4. Video game fiction – I don’t play video games, but I’ve grown up watching other people play them, brothers, boyfriends, and now husband, so I can appreciate them. And I like reading books that include them as a main plot point, especially futuristic virtual games! Books like Erebos, Ready Player One and Insignia.

5. Psychological/Brain stories – I didn’t get any further than Intro to Psychology in college, but I still find the brain to be very interesting, to say the least. Whether it’s all psychological or a physical brain issue, I’ll pick it up. Books like Brain on Fire and The Lucifer Effect.

6. Pure teenage love stories – By pure, I mean, none of this love triangle BS that most YA novels have going on now. Not that I can’t enjoy that too if it’s done well, but sometimes I just want two people to love each other with no one else involved. Books like Eleanor and Park and Time Between Us.

7. Brian Michael Bendis – Another writer I will pick up every time, my favorite graphic novel author, and the one that really got me started in graphic novels.

8. Graphic novel memoirs – I don’t know why, but this very specific genre always appeals to me. Books like Calling Dr. Laura, Marbles, and Tangles.

9. Post-apocalyptic books – Just good stories about after the end of the world. Books like The Road and The Dog Stars.

10. Dystopia – I almost don’t want to admit it, but I’m still a sucker for dystopian books. I don’t care how similar they are, I love them! I won’t even give examples, because I’m sure everyone knows them. I’m not over it yet, I’ll read more!

That’s it for my top 10 this week!

Top 10 Favorite Book I Read Before I Was a Blogger


This week’s topic from the Broke and the Bookish is the Top 10 favorite books I read before I was a blogger. Well, I haven’t been blogging for very long, so I’m just basically going with ten of my favorites this week. Considering how much YA I read, it’s surprising how little I’m going to put on this list. But oh well, these are some that really affected me:

1. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer – I was already a vegetarian when I read this book, so I might have been a little bit biased. But I still think it’s a really good book for anyone interested in educating themselves a little more about the food industry and vegetarianism.

2. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer – Oops, apparently I have two books by the same author on my list, but they are very different! This one is fiction!

3. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins – My husband recommended this book to me, and I loved it. I was going to read more by Tom Robbins after that, but I still haven’t gotten to it. :/

4. Room by Emma Donoghue – This book terrified me in a very personal, worst-fear kind of way, but it has a very original viewpoint and great writing.

5. Bossypants by Tina Fey – Oh, Tina Fey. I love you.

6. Lost in Shangri-la by Mitchell Zuckoff – Amazing true story. Very good book.

7. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – I’ve mentioned this book before. I still want everyone to read it.

8. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller – This book is Beautifully written. One of my favorite postapocalyptic books, and I read many.

9. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan – I didn’t realize how much nonfiction was on this list, but I guess I’m a sucker for true stories. I also really like psychology, so this one was particularly interesting to me. And it made me a little paranoid about going crazy.

10. Every Day by David Levithan – Another one I’ve mentioned before that I want everyone to read, and the only YA book on this list… that must mean something!

Top 10 Characters I Would Have a Crush on if I Were also a Fictional Character


Welcome to this week’s Top Ten list, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I have a feeling the topic this week is going to make me look like a total creeper. You see, I mostly read YA, so the majority of my book crushes are going to be teenage boys. But let’s just say if I was a fictional character, I’d be a teenager too, so that this a little less weird. Ok, here we go:

1. Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth – He’s all dark and mysterious. And probably cut, you know? Who could resist?

2. Day from Legend by Marie Lu – Badass, but kind-hearted sort-of criminal guy? Yes, please. Wait, he’s 15? Oi.

3. Chris from Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo – He’s funny, he’s sweet, and he’s in his twenties!

4. Sangris from The Girl With Broken Wings by Rinsai Rossetti – A cute boy that can fly, and take you with him. Anywhere you want to go, including other worlds! Pretty sure any girl would be ok with that.

5. Spiderman, specifically from Brian Michael Bendis’s Ultimate Spiderman – Next best thing to flying? Swinging around on a web… with a superhero.

6. Todd from the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness – Sweet, loveable Todd, always doing the right thing. I think I really have the crush on Patrick Ness though.

7. Ren from Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck – All those abs/chest descriptions got to me in this one I think. Also, rich, and can be a cuddly, snuggly tiger. Fuzzy snuggles!

8. Kvothe from The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss – I’m obsessed with his story and his power and him. I can’t wait for the next book! Hurry, Patrick!

9. Oliver Barrett IV from Love Story by Erich Segal – My first and still favorite love story. I’ve read this book probably a dozen times. I love Oliver Barrett IV. And he’s not even a teenager!

10. Daenerys Targaryen from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin – That’s right, I have a girl crush. She’s awesome, hot, and the mother of dragons. Sa. Weet.

The moral of this post is… I need to read more adult fiction. 🙂

Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most


Today’s Top Ten Tuesday list , brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most:

1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – I love the Patrick Ness and the Chaos Walking series, and I recommend it to anyone I think will listen.

2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – Anytime I run into someone who hasn’t yet read Ender’s Game, I tell them to read it. I actually read the whole series, but Ender’s Game can stand on its own as well.

3. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony – I didn’t necessarily give this one a five star rating, but I still love recommending it because all the girls at work had different interpretations of what was really going on, so I like to hear other perspectives about it.

4. Happy Yoga by Steve Ross – This one I really just recommend to people I know well, but I have given it to a few people as gifts. It did a lot for me when I was going through a tough time and I love Steve Ross. I miss his show!

5. Tangles by Sarah Leavitt – I really only recommended this one to my mom, but I think it will be something that stays with me for a while. It’s a non-fiction graphic novel about dealing with a parent with Alzheimer’s. I just found it to be a very honest depiction of what it’s like to try to respect someone’s dignity as their mental faculties decline. Leavitt doesn’t have the best drawings in the world, but I think they suit the story perfectly, illustrating the confusion and frustration that not only the Alzheimer’s patient has, but their loved ones as well. My mom, who dealt with her mother going through this horrible disease, really appreciated this book.

6. Every Day by David Levithan – Just the concept behind this book can keep people discussing and debating for days! Love it!

7. Y: The Last Man series by Brian K. Vaughan – This is my favorite graphic novel series. I’m not sure why, but I know I always love Brian K. Vaughan’s writing, and this series in particular I just loved.

8. Quiet by Susan Cain – As an introvert, I just really appreciate the defense and promotion of introverts. I wish every boss, coworker, and really just everyone would read it. I think both introverts and extroverts can gain a lot from understanding the strengths of the “quiet ones.”

9. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – I always recommend this one as something I loved “even though I generally don’t like historical fiction.” I adored this book.

10. Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires – I just really LOVE Binky. ❤

Top Ten Books I Just Had to Buy but Still Haven’t Read


I really want to participate in this Top Ten Tuesdays meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish for a couple of reasons. One is because I love lists. I love making lists. I love crossing things off of lists. It is a daily habit of mine to make all different kinds of lists. So there is no way I can resist a weekly list-making opportunity like this. The other reason is to feel like I’m part of a community. Even if no one ever reads this blog, I’m still participating in something with like-minded people that inspire me.

This week’s list is “Top Ten Books I HAD to Buy… But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread.” For me, this list is going to be mostly adult books, some pretty heavy, that I definitely wanted, but I haven’t gotten around to reading because of my fiendish addiction to YA. I pretty consistently have a stack of 4 or 5 books checked out from the library, and since those have a due date, they end up getting top priority. Which means the books I buy (or I’ll admit, in some cases, are given as gifts) sit on my shelves for months, if not years, waiting for their turn.

1. Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker: I’m really into science and medical history for some reason, but I haven’t gotten around to reading this one yet.

2. The Book on Fire by Keith Miller: I loved Miller’s The Book of Flying so much that I’d be excited about reading anything by him, but somehow this one is still sitting on the shelf.

3. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe: Not even really a whole book really, but I have just this story and still haven’t managed to read it yet.

4. The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes: Did I mention I like history? I hated history in school, it was my least favorite subject. Once I realized there were much better-written stories than I read in text books, I realized how interesting history can be. Unfortunately I still haven’t read this one though.

5. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand: This is one of those old titles that I’ve always wanted to read, and finally got, but the length is so intimidating! I have a couple of these on this list.

6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: My husband loves Neil Gaiman, so I thought a YA book would be a nice introduction for me, but it’s still sitting on my nightstand un-started.

7. Hell’s Angels by Hunter S. Thompson: My dad was a big Harley guy. He wasn’t in any gangs or anything, but he heard about them. The biker life intrigues me, I just haven’t read it yet.

8. Insomniac by Gayle Green: I don’t have any issues with insomnia; this book just sounded interesting to me, so now I have it.

9. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela: Again with the history! I really do like biographies too though. I definitely must read this one… eventually.

10. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: I have read a couple other Tolstoy books. They take some time to get into, but they’re always worth it. I thought I’d read this one after I was done with my graduate degree, but it still sits there waiting for the day I feel like I have enough time to get into it… hopefully that will happen.

Thus concludes this weeks Top Ten Tuesday! Sorry adult books!