Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Vol. 2

It's TUESDAY! You know what that means! Another Top Ten Tuesday! This week's Top Ten is focusing on Series...some of my favorites..from duos, trilogies, quartets, and series that are already up into the double digits.  With these, I have absolutely zero commitment issues, and dive in head first! These are in no particular order, and the order does not reflect my level of adoration for these series...other than the fact that I love them all equally and think they are fantastically awesome!


1.) The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
2.) Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
3.) Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy - Lani Taylor
4.) A Song of Ice and Fire - George R.R. Martin
5.) Lord of the Rings Trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkein
6.) Lexy Cooper Mysteries - Christa Charter
7.) The Sandman - Neil Gaiman
8.) Black Dagger Brotherhood - J.R. Ward
9.) The Wicked Years Quartet- Gregory Maguire
10.) The Giver Quartet - Lowis Lowry

What are some of your favorite series? I am always looking for more series to dive into.  Those series that I love that didn't make this particular list include: 
The Dwellers Saga - David Estes
House of Night - P.C. Cast
Anita Blake Series - Laurell K. Hamilton
The Fever Series - Karen Marie Moning

And countless others that I cannot even call to memory that I've read and re-read multiple times. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday Article Menu: Vol. 2

Welcome to another Monday Article Menu! This week I've got about 4 or so articles to share with you they range from a couple of different topics including horror books, a literary road trip map, and why female authors create better dystopian landscapes than male authors.  I found all of them quite interesting.

1.) 23 Underrated Horror Books

This article came through one of my BuzzFeed Books emails, and I am one for horror books.  Those books that are filed on the shelf labeled "Do NOT Read After Dark," and the ones that so expertly worm their way into your psyche and haunt you days, weeks, months later.  There are some very, very good books on this list, and sad to say I've only read one of them...*hangs head in shame* I will have to remedy that very, very soon.

2.) It's the End of the World as She Knows It

This article posted in the New York Times offers a touch of insight on why the mind of female authors have created better dystopian/post-apocalyptic landscapes than male authors.  This is not necessarily saying that some male authors haven't created stellar landscapes in this genre.  However, women tend to not venture as much into the commonly used male holy trinity of rape, murder, and cannibalism when faced with this single-minded "Eye on the Prize" philosophy in this particular type of genre. I highly recommend giving this novel a read, and feel free to share your opinions about the topic!

3.) The Obsessively Detailed Map Of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips

This is an article paired with an interactive....yup, I said it...interactive map!  It's awesome!  I highly recommend checking this out and following the various routes from a dozen books that literally span the length of North America at various points in time.  It's cool to see some of these trips visualized, and I will be adding probably all of these books to my TBR pile because I've not read a single one of them. I know, shame on me!

4.) Libraries of the Rich and Famous - Part One

Okay, so I've already mentioned that I adore BookRiot and listen to their podcasts on a regular basis.  Here is another article/photo set that I've stumbled upon and Holy Library Porn Batman! I mean seriously, some of my favorite actors/actresses/musicians sharing a glimpse into their libraries!  I want to seriously know what's on some of their shelves!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Round-Up: July in Review

This has been me lately.  I honestly, have had the motivation to do absolutely NOTHING most of the time except stick my nose in the ABSOLUTELY wonderful books that I've taken out from the library, gotten from friends, and the one that I've purchased for myself in the last month.  So, here is this month in review!  **Some edits will come later.  I know some links are missing.**

Books I've Read

  1. Fablehaven - Brandon Mull
  2. The Tiger's Wife - Téa Obreht
  3. The Society - William Wilde (Review requested by Author)
  4. Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) - Gail Carriger
  5. Landline - Rainbow Rowell
  6. Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1) - Beth Revis
  7. A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) - Beth Revis
  8. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) - Sarah J. Maas
  9. StepShifter (books 1-23) - Ophelia Sikes 
  10. If I Stay - Gayle Forman
  11. Bittersweet - Sarah Ockler
  12. White Oleander - Janet Fitch
  13. The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) - Marie Lu
  14. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Sisterhood #1) - Anne Brashares
  15. The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) - Lowis Lowry
  16. Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) - Tahereh Mafi
  17. Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
  18. Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) - Gail Carriger
  19. The Lost Days (Emily the Strange #1) - Rob Reger
  20. Dark Times (Emily the Strange #3) - Rob Reger
  21. A Midsummer Night's Scream - R.L. Stein
Book of the Week
  1. July: 
  1. Charles Dickens
Bibliophile's Wish List
  1. Eighth Grade Bites - Heather Brewer
  2. Wizard of Time - G.L. Breedon
  3. The Moon Dwellers - David Estes (Audio review - given by the Publisher)
I did participate in a Book Photo Challenge, but only made it through I believe the 14th due to the fact that my motivation simply flew away and I spent the rest of the month having the urge to do nothing more than sit on my behind and read.  However, if I attempt another one in August, hopefully it will be more successful!  You can find the link to the photos that I did complete in the sidebar to your right!