Posts Categorized: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday(18): Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

Top Ten Tuesday(18): Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Ten Books I’ve Added to my TBR Lately” and we’re happy to be participating! Happy Tuesday, everyone! Let us all hold hands, hug, and congratulate ourselves for making it to the end of this rather trying election cycle. For a brief moment of respite, I’ve compiled this list of the ten titles I’ve been most excited to add to my TBR list recently. Let’s think only of books (for a little while at least).     Mirage by Somaiya Daud This 2017 novel is the first in a new series about an impoverished girl who is forced to become the body double for her country’s cruel princess. It sounds like palace intrigue, court deceptions, and betrayals will abound in this Morocco-inspired fantasy world. Sign me up!   Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare From… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday (17): Top Ten Books Set Outside the US

Top Ten Tuesday (17): Top Ten Books Set Outside the US

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Ten Books Set Outside the US” and we’re happy to be participating! Well, this one was a little bit difficult! How exactly do you define “outside of the US?” Certainly I read many, many books that don’t even take place in this universe, let alone this country! But I decided that, for the most part, I would leave off any sort of fantasy/science fiction that clearly takes place off-world or in any sort of other realm entirely. I’ve also left off any works that take place only partially in this world but primarily in others (sorry, His Dark Materials).   The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley This is the second TTT I’ve done in a row that this book has earned a spot on! This book is the tale of 16 year old… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday (16): Top Ten Under the Radar Reads

Top Ten Tuesday (16): Top Ten Under the Radar Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads” and we’re happy to be participating!     Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak This one is a beautiful mashup of contemporary and paranormal, with a dash of fairy tale thrown in for good measure. Aidan can’t remember swaths of his life. And he didn’t even realize it until an old friend reappears and lost memories begin to resurface. What happened to Aidan’s memories? Magic is woven into every line in the story. Its contemporary yet fairy tale feel reminded me a lot of the stunning Bone Gap. Bonus: this is an LGBT read. It’s also a 2016 Stonewall Honor Book! Taming the Forest King by Claudia J. Edwards I’m not at all surprised to see that this one has very few… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday (15): Top Ten 2016 Debuts I Am Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday (15): Top Ten 2016 Debuts I Am Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten 2016 Debuts I am Looking Forward To” and we’re happy to be participating! I am particularly happy to be doing this one because I just got back from this year’s NCTE in Minneapolis (were any of you there?) and heard about a bunch of debuts I’m really excited about. (I even grabbed a few!)   Burning Glass – Kathryn Purdie: “Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.” She has to spy out assassins! I love it. Anything with young women who… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday (14):

Top Ten Tuesday (14):

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel / Top Ten Sophomore Novels That I Loved Just As Much If Not More As The Author’s Debut” and we’re happy to be participating! Let me note here that I’m going to do five of each because I make the rules! Muahaha. Except for when I don’t.   Top Five Debut Authors Whose Sophomore Novels I’m Looking Forward To Becky Albertalli – I loved Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Oreos! gay teens in love! falling in love through letters! Harry Potter slash!) and can’t wait to read whatever Albertalli writes next. I know Wendy loved this one, too. Stacey H. Lee – Lee’s book Under A Painted Sky came out this year, and I really enjoyed it. If you didn’t get… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday (13): Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together

Top Ten Tuesday (13): Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten Author Duos I’d Love to See Write a Book Together” and we’re happy to be participating! Let me note here that I’m only going to do five author duos because, um, this is a hard one, you all. I also apologize in advance because I think these might be verrrrry specific to my interests, which is to say, they get a little odd towards the end.     Rachel Hartman and Naomi Novik. Ok, so basically what I want from this pairing is fanfic, so get ready, world. All I’m asking for is a short story where the Temeraire dragons meet up with the dragons from Shadow Scale and, like, talk about dragon stuff. (War. Humans. What it’s like to be dragons, I don’t know! I’m not very creative.) Courtney Milan and… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday (12): Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught “YA and the Western Canon 101”

Top Ten Tuesday (12): Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught “YA and the Western Canon 101”

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101” and we’re happy to be participating!     I would like to make about a million of these (social justice & YA! LGBTQI literature!) but eventually settled on this topic, which is basically … novels from the Western literary canon and YA books that I think it’d be cool to teach with them and vice versa. Some of these are adaptations of canonical lit, others are loosely inspired by it, and others are just paired together because I want them to be. The sort of guiding question that I had in mind for these pairings – because there are approximately a million adaptations in the world! – was how do these novels explore what it means to be human? (With secondary… Read more »

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