Top Ten Tuesday, Author Abundance



1. Richelle Mead (18 books). Most of her series have 6 books in the set. I’ve read 3 complete series from Mead and Georgina Kincaid’s was by far my favorite.

2. Charlaine Harris (13 books). I read the Sookie Stackhouse series after the last book in the series was released. I’m not a patient person so waiting between the 13 would have killed me.

3. Laurie Notaro (11 books). One of my favorite authors, I even read the articles from the Phoenix New Times that she writes. Her books will make you laugh out loud. She’s pictured below with a few of her titles.

4. J.K. Rowling (10 books). The first seven are obvious.


5. Lilian Jackson Braun (8 books). In high school I was obsessed with The Cat Who… series and read many of these titles. There are 29 mystery novels total and I hope to finish them all someday.

6. Laurell K. Hamilton (8 books). These 8 are not from the Anita Blake series but “the other one” as I’ve heard it called. Here’s a blurb from wikipedia: “Merry Gentry is the title character of fantasy series by US writer Laurell K. Hamilton, best known for her previous series Anita Blake.” I haven’t read the newest book in the series yet but look forward to visiting this series again.

7. P.C. Cast (8 books). I read 8 of the House of Night series hoping it would get better or find a conclusion. I’ve since given up and won’t continue the series, unless the mood strikes.

8. John Green (5 books). I read a new John Green novel each year. I started with Looking for Alaska and I’m reading my way through his work.

9. Dan Brown (5 books). His books combine my love of history with mystery and suspense. I always enjoy getting lost in his novels.

10. Hester Browne (5 books). My best friend gave me one of Browne’s books to read and I was hooked. Her novels are fun and flirty and a great escape.

which author tops your list?

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up where The Broke and the Bookish provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Check out their blog for more bookish fun.

Top Ten Tuesday, Author Abundance

Top Ten Tuesday, Tales as Old as Time


FairyTale RETELLINGs on my tbr list

1. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman. Half Snow White and part Sleeping Beauty, Gaiman is always clever in weaving a story full of magic.

2/3/4. Cinder/Scarlet/Cress by Marissa MeyerThe Lunar Chronicles has been on my radar for awhile but I haven’t gotten around to reading the series yet. I think I’ll get around to these just as the next book in the series is released late this fall.

5. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee AhdiehSo much buzz on this one. People have read it and gush, gush, gush all about how great it was. I am looking forward to getting around to this one. A love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights.

6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasAnother widely popular book on the interwebs. A Beauty and the Beast blended fantasy story sounds pretty amazing. I think 95% of the readers of this book loved it. I’m hoping I fall into the majority.

7. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie OakesBased on the Grimm fairy tale The Handless Maiden, I imagine this book will take me by surprise. It has been dubbed a page turner and we all love those types of books. Looking forward to getting my hands on this one.

8. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah OcklerThe Little Mermaid was on repeat in my house the year it was released on VHS. My sister and I loved that movie and we even had to buy a new copy because we wore the tape out. This book sounds right up my alley.

9. Mystic City by Theo LawrenceRomeo and Juliet, enough said.

10. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. A school “where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains.” I imagine it as Hogwarts mixed with Hans Christian Andersen. Sounds entertaining.

I imagine a lot of top tens have a similar combination. This is a niche genre that I have only recently started to delve into. Until next time, readers.

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up where The Broke and the Bookish provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Check out their blog for more bookish fun.

Top Ten Tuesday, Tales as Old as Time

A Not So Short Reading Survey

I grabbed this from Lauren because who doesn’t like a questionnaire now and then. Skim it, steal it, or skip it. Happy reading!

55 Questions for Readers

1. Favorite childhood book: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

2. What are you reading right nowJust Listen by Sarah Dessen. My first Dessen (I’m told the first of a soon to be quick obsession).

3. What books do you have on request at the library? Sadly none.

4. Bad book habit? I can’t think of one so I’ll tell you my book pet peeve: mistreatment of books (tearing, misuse, neglect, etc).

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? Nothing.

6. Do you have an e-reader? I own a Kindle Fire. Best birthday gift and makes travel so much lighter.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? I read according to mood, so I usually juggle a few books at a time. I think the most I have juggled is four.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? No, they are different hobbies.

9.Least favorite book you read this year: Probably Grey by E.L. James. I knew it would be terrible and it was. I used it as a book hangover shock treatment.

10. Favorite book I’ve read this year: This year I finally discovered Rainbow Rowell. I’ve read three of her books and loved them.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Not as often as I would like. I try to read different genres but sometimes I am in the mood for the tried and true.

12. What is your reading comfort zone? I am currently on a young adult spree or coming of age tales.

13. Can you read on the bus? I get motion sickness easily but it depends where I sit and for how long.

14. Favorite place to read: On the beach listening to the waves crash with my toes in the sand.

15. What’s your policy on book lending? I don’t normally, but I am willing.

16. Do you dog-ear your books? Not since I was twelve.

17. Do you write notes in the margins of your books? Not in physical books, sometimes I’ll make notes when reading eBooks because Kindle has that great highlight/note feature.

18. Do you break/crack the spine of your books? Try as I might to not, it tends to happen.

19. What is your favorite language to read? I don’t have a favorite, if I could read in another language I would.

20. What makes you love a book? After I finish reading it the story stays with me–days, weeks, even months later. You get so immersed in the world that the book has found a way under your skin.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? I try not to dissuade others from reading. We all read for different reasons. It is easy to recommend a book to a friend but harder to recommend one to strangers.

22. Favorite genre: This is tough. Classics? Maybe fantasy.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did): More nonfiction.

24. Favorite Biography: Laurie Notaro is my favorite humor/memoir/biography author. Her books make me laugh out loud.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book? (And, was it actually helpful?) I can’t recall.

26. Favorite Cookbook: I suck at cooking so any cookbook that is idiot proof.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction): It wasn’t inspirational per se but creative nonetheless, Divergent by Veronica Roth.

28. Favorite reading snack: Iced coffee/latte

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience: Probably Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it and devoured that book, but I imagined it to be so much more.

30. How often do you agree with the critics about a book? I don’t usually check. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I try to find one thing I really liked about the book and not focus on the negatives so much. I give honest reviews but relate the reasons I found the book bad/negative back to myself.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose? Any, all of them? Ha.

33. Most intimidating book I’ve read: In 2012, I read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. I always find classics, like this novel, so difficult to read but once you finish the book all the trouble was worth it. This novel is amazing and so daunting.

34. Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin: I have tried and tried to start George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but haven’t yet. Someday.

35. Favorite Poet: Emily Dickinson.

Wild Nights

Wild nights! Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!
Futile the winds
To a heart in port,
Done with the compass,
Done with the chart.
Rowing in Eden!
Ah! the sea!
Might I but moor
To-night in thee!

36. How many books do you usually have checked out from the library at any given time? I usually only pick two, one for each week of check out. I don’t like to bogart the books from others.

37. How often do you return books to the library unread? I finish books, even when I dislike them. I always have. I hold out hope that the book will get better toward the end.

38. Favorite fictional character: This is too tough to answer. I like different characters for different reasons and I don’t think I have an ultimate favorite.

39. Favorite fictional villain: And yet this question requires little thought, Dolores Umbridge. She even freaks out Stephen King.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation: I just purchased my airline ticket last week to visit home (my version of a vacation this year) and I am already brainstorming what books to bring with me or purchase before leaving. Plus I’ll be picking up a few from home to make the return trip with me. I think a minimum of 4 is a good start plus two alternates.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading: Like a roller coaster I go through ups and downs with reading. My big reading months are May to October which is weird because when I’m trapped inside during winter you’d think I would spend that time reading more.

42. Name a book you could/would not finish: I have given up on HRC, a biography about Hillary Clinton, for the time being. I’m interested in the subject matter but it is difficult to get into this book.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? Myself. I’m so easily distracted. I try to listen to music while reading to help tune out other bothers.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel: Pride and Prejudice was good but the Bridget Jones films were excellent. I would rather watch the film than read the book (and I enjoyed the books).

45. Most disappointing film adaptationHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite HP book so I too high of expectations for the film. I hated it.

46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time: I’m not a brand new book buyer, usually. So maybe $50.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? Rarely, that’s cheating.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book? After multiple tries (double digit tries) I still can’t get into it.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized? Yes but right now it’s read and TBR.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once they been read? Truly depends on the book. I’m a big fan of buy, sell, trade at used bookstores.

51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding? Any on my Goodreads TBR list. It seems like I read other books first.

52. Name a book that made you angry: Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas. I had issues with the main character.

53. Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)A book I didn’t expect to like but did: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. I have only read the first book but enjoyed it. I thought I might be a bit too old to enjoy a teen teen young adult but it’s more than just high school problems, the mystery got me hooked. I am now a big fan of the show as well.

54. A book I expected to like but didn’t: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I really enjoyed book 1 and 2 of Robert Langdon’s journey but the third book fell flat. I will probably read Inferno, next in the series, just because why not.

55. Favorite guilt-free guilty pleasure reading: Anything. All of the books I read are guilt free. I’m not ashamed to be caught reading, even if it is Twilight or Fifty Shades. We shouldn’t discourage readers because at least they are doing something we all love to do–read.

There you have it. I hope you enjoyed, now get offline and go read a book like I’m about to do.

A Not So Short Reading Survey

The Harry Potter Tag

I found it fitting today to complete this tag. Thanks to Summer for tagging me for this post. Happy 35th birthday, Harry, and happy 50th birthday to the queen, Jo.


1. Favorite book?
My favorite book has been Prisoner of Azkaban for the longest time. Three is a lucky number for me so I find it a coincidence that the third book in the series is my favorite. I enjoyed all the backstory in book 3 regarding Harry’s family. I also thought we experienced more of Hogwarts and castle activities thanks to Hermione and the Time-Turner.

2. Favorite movie?
The fourth movie was my favorite, Goblet of Fire. The other schools and the tri-wizard tournament filled up most of the action which was entertaining, also David Tennant *swoon*.

3. Least favorite book?
The last one because I never wanted it to end.

4. Parts of the books/movies that make you cry?
When I read the books certain character deaths had me shedding tears and the same happened during the movies. The scene at the end of book 6, Half-Blood Prince, was one in particular that sticks out.

5. Favorite character?
Hedwig followed closely by Hogwarts. Hedwig, pure and innocent, was with Harry from the beginning to end. She was more than a pet. Hogwarts I felt was truly a character in the book/movie. So much action happened there, and like Harry I looked forward to the return to Hogwarts each year.

6. What would your Patronus be?
I took a few quizzes online to figure this out. The first one said an otter because I’m brainy and adventurous. The next said a dolphin because I am fun and like to help others. I’m not too sure which is more me.

7. If you could have the Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak, or the Elder Wand, which one would you choose?
The Invisibility Cloak, obvi.

8. What House would you be in?
I would probably end up in Ravenclaw.

9. If you could meet any member of the cast, who would it be?
I would want to meet the trio. It’s too difficult to pick only one member.

10. If you were on the quidditch team, what position would you play?
If I had to be on the team I guess a Chaser, otherwise I’d want to be the announcer like Lee Jordan.

11. Were you happy with the ending?
It is what it is. It was bittersweet.

12. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
Harry Potter changed my world. I had never before been so immersed in a fictional world like what Rowling created. Simply put–it’s magical.

I tag any potterhead that wants to join.

The Harry Potter Tag

Reading A to Z, progress

I started out my year reading books alphabetically and alternating an author and title to fulfill each letter. That lasted 4 books in. Now I’m reading whatever I want and hoping it fits into the alphabet choices I have left. By the end of the year I imagine I’ll have to go back to reading books that fulfill the remaining letters I need. So far here is where I stand:

12 out of 26 Authors and 13 out of 26 Titles (with 3 bonus books).


How is your reading challenge coming along?
Reading A to Z, progress

Teaser Tuesday, Liars

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

Emily had kissed just one other friend. It was two days after she carved their initials into that oak tree and just a week and a half before the end of seventh grade.

I hope what I shared was not too spoiler’y. This read is a bit touchy to share without giving away clues. I enjoyed what I’ve seen of the show (I watched it before reading, breaking my own rule) and the book so far is a fast, fun read.

what book are you currently reading?
Teaser Tuesday, Liars

You’re Ahead of Schedule

My reading progress, at the present.
april book update

I decided to look at the details of my progress so far. It doesn’t feel like I have spent that much time reading but this number for me is something to talk about. We are one third of the way through the year and I am happy with my books so far.

Each year I participate in the Goodreads reading challenge (2011 was my best reading year). This year I decided to change my thinking about the challenge. I normally would pick a number and scramble to meet that goal by December. This year I chose to read books from A to Z where the author of the book or the title will represent each letter of the alphabet.

I have been stuck at the letter H for awhile so last week I gave myself permission to jump around the alphabet. There are a few books on my TBR pile that are itching to be read (I also have a few books needing reviews that will serve double duty).

Have a great weekend, and happy reading!

Are you participating in a reading challenge this year? How is your progress?
You’re Ahead of Schedule

Challenge Complete

Day 7–The End

My weekly challenge has come to an end. I really enjoyed having a topic for each day and will probably participate in another challenge again in the future.

a book you have wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t


I have wanted to read these since the first season of GoT on HBO (nearly 4 years) and still haven’t gotten around to them. I have tried multiple times but was easily distracted from the series and read other books over these.

I am hoping to read these soon. I think having an actual hard copy will help. In the past I’ve only tried to read the eBook version. I have been reading more fantasy novels so I may be more in the mood to pick up the first book of this series and finish it.

I know once I get sucked in then I will have no problem getting through the books. I have only heard good things about the series, plus I like the television program. It is only a matter of time before this series moves from my to read shelf to read shelf.

What book have you been meaning to read and haven’t yet?
Challenge Complete


Day 6 of 7

a book that makes you sad

This lovely little craze boggles my mind. I do not think we are meant to understand things such as this, it just is what it is. I gave in to all the hype and read this series in 2012. Everyone was talking about it, I had to see what the big deal was. Let me tell you, if you have not read these, don’t bother. I found it to be such a waste of time. I swear the entire time I kept thinking, “surely it gets better, just read a bit further”. It never did.

This book makes me sad because of all the attention it gets, the hundred million copies sold, and it made me a sheep following the flock. I should have known better than to listen to my collective group of “friends” on Facebook for book recommendations. The one good thing about this series is it probably got people reading who normally wouldn’t be found with a book in their hand. I feel the same way about Frappuccino consumers at Starbucks, at least it’s money going toward keeping my convenient coffee shop open. (Popping quickly into Starbucks in the summer is a chore, am I right?)

Let’s all face it, sex sells. We know this and should not be surprised by the phenomenon that is Fifty Shades.