Friday, December 15, 2017

Notable Quotable: Robyn Schneider (#177)

"Words could betray you if you chose the wrong ones, or mean less if you used too many. Jokes could be grandly miscalculated, or stories deemed boring, and I'd learned early on that my sense of humor and ideas about what sorts of things were fascinating didn't exactly overlap with my friends."
     --The Beginning of Everything

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2017

hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I read quite a few books that I loved this year, so narrowing it down to ten was difficult. Here's what I've come up with:

1a. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
1b. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: This duology is one of the best that I've read in a really long time. The characters were complex and the world was rich and vibrant. I loved it so much, probably my favorite reads of the year!

2. Geekerella by Ashley Poston: I love a good fairytale retelling and this one delivered. It was everything I could ask for in a nerdy Cinderella. A comic-con, a cosplay, and an actor who may be more than his social persona.

3. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller: I love a good pirate book, but I forgot how much I love them until I read this book. The sequel is coming out next year and I already have it preordered!

4. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer: I'd been putting this one off because I wanted to save this for a time when I needed new content from the Lunar Chronicles world. I read it at just the right time this year. I loved all these stories!

5. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan: This series keeps getting a weirder but I'm still really enjoying it! I can't wait to see what's next.

6. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman: This is such a magical exploration of life through the eyes of a child. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

7. The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro: This is the sequel to A Study in Charlotte. I'm loving this series and I can't wait for the next book!

8. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: I really enjoyed this book, a fierce assassin ready to fight for freedom. I've heard mixed feelings about the rest of the series, but I'm just going to have to see for myself.

9. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick: This is the best memoir I've read this year. She is incredibly funny and brutally honest. I listened to the audio book in one day.

10. The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy: This was such a good read. I came across this on a whim and thought I'd check it out for fall/Halloween season. The mystery and suspense wrapped up in a community who believes they've been cursed.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Notable Quotable: Douglas Adams (#176)

"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."
     --The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Friday, December 1, 2017

Notable Quotable: Rick Riordan (#175)

"Being productive. Ugh. It's such a human concept. It implies you have limited time (LOL) and have to work hard to make something happen (double LOL)."
     --The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Warcross by Marie Lu - This is one of my most anticipated reads this fall and I'm dying to pick it up. My next read will either be this book of Renegades, so I'm ready for it!

2. Renegades by Marissa Meyer - This is the other most anticipated book of the fall and like I said above, I'm going to be reading it very soon!

3. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab - I listened to the first book in this trilogy and really enjoyed it, so I thought I'd keep with tradition and listen to this one in the next couple of weeks.

4a. Hawkeye Vol. 5: All-New Hawkeye by Jeff Lemire
4b. Hawkeye Vol. 6: Hawkeyes by Jeff Lemire
5. Hawkeye: Kate Bishop Vol. 1: Anchor Points by Kelly Thompson
After binge-reading the Matt Fraction run of Hawkeye this fall, I decided it's time to pick these beloved characters back up. I'm hoping to read these back to back near the end of the year, so I don't have to wait too long for Kate Bishop's vol. 2.

6a. The Fade Out: Act One by Ed Brubaker
6b. The Fade Out: Act Two by Ed Brubaker
6c. The Fade Out: Act Three by Ed Brubaker
I've been waiting for a good time to read this story in three acts. It finally feels like the right time to do it. This winter I'll get a little bit of the noir vibe in my life.

7. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab - I've been meaning to read this book since I got it, more than a year ago. I'd like to get to it this winter, but there are just so many books out there.

8a. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
8b. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
It's time to read this series. I only have the first two on the list because it seems more realistic that I'll get through a couple of them, rather than all four. But who knows maybe I'll just marathon them all!

9a. The Assassin's Blade by Sarah. J. Maas
9b. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
I started this series at the beginning of the year with the intent that I'd read at least three of the books. Now it's almost December and I've yet to read more. These books are on here in an effort to read more before I forget what happened in the first book. Hopefully, I'll enjoy them as much as I did Throne of Glass.

10. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill - I loved the first Lauren Morrill book I read and since then I decided I wanted to read all of her books. I own this one and haven't read it yet, so now is the time to pick it up!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Notable Quotable: Stephanie Garber (#174)

"Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it's a different breed of magic altogether. Elusive, difficult to hold on to. But not much is needed."

Friday, November 17, 2017

Notable Quotable: Kat Spears (#173)

"There was no reason for me to think everything was about to change. That's the way life happens, why you have to be able to see all the angles every time you make a choice. What's true today might not be true tomorrow."