What Do You Read?

fav authorsI was asked what kind of books do you read. Honestly, I’ll probably try to read any genre once. I hop around genres depending on my mood, a mood reader. Most often I find myself enjoying women’s fiction, young adult, literary fiction, or humor/memoir books. The authors above would be some of my favorites. I’ll always pick up their latest work and read it, no matter what; they have earned my trust as a reliable author.

This next group are also on my favorites list but a bit further down. Each author I like for a different reason and it’s hard to narrow down my interests to one specific genre or author. So the following will give you an idea of what I read and which authors reign supreme 🙂

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What do you read?

What Do You Read?

Important to Me

Music

Today I’m posing the question, what band or musician is important to you?

I found this a tough question. Narrowing a choice to one artist would be like picking your favorite child (to me at least). So I choose music in general. I listen to music at least once a day if not more. Without music my life would be black and white. The playlist below is a good example of what I have been listening to lately.

What’s on your playlist this week?

Important to Me

Top Ten Tuesday, Amazing Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is the brain child of The Broke and the Bookish and highlights a weekly bookish theme for everyone to ponder. I participate because lists are fun! Read on and share yours in the comments.

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

  1. J.K. Rowling–Of course a list about authors would not be complete without Jo on it. In my eyes, she reinvented the wheel. I love her and feel thankful every day that she introduced me to the joys of reading for fun again.
  2. Jane Austen–It seems that my top authors all start with the same letter, fun coincidence. Jane is my home-girl. She is hilarious and smart which I find a perfect combination. I always have a good time reading her books.
  3. Jonathan Safran Foer–After reading his work I changed my thinking or maybe started thinking more. His writing style has a way of transporting me in to the book, as if I am standing with the characters experiencing it all with them.
  4. John Green–For the FEELS.
  5. Laurie Notaro–For the laughs.
  6. Mindy Kaling–Same as #5.
  7. Hester Browne–I cannot put my finger on why I love her work. Her books are fun and flirty, nice for in-between series or genres (a book hangover cure, for me at least).
  8. Richelle Mead–My go-to author for a great escape. Her books are fast to read, enjoyable, and rarely disappointing.
  9. Stephen King–When I need a good scare I pick up one of his novels.
  10. Dr. Seuss–For a lot of reasons but this sums it up: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Which authors make your favorites list?
Top Ten Tuesday, Amazing Authors

Top Ten Tuesday, Checking In

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This week’s topic from The Broke and the Bookish is about checking in with characters from books/series that have ended. Life is suppose to go on, we read other books but the following characters have left their impression. I still think about them and wonder what they are up to now.

Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

  1. Everyone wants more Harry Potter, I am no different. These books were a part of my life for a decade so of course they make the list. I would especially want to check in with life at Hogwarts.The Little Lady Agency and the Prince (The Little Lady Agency, #3)
  2. The characters in The Little Lady Agency are spunky, fun, and realistic. I wish I were friends with them. Melissa is smart and sassy, we would be best friends. I loved this whole series and would love to see how the present is treating Melissa.Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood, #5)
  3. I had no idea there was a fifth book, so after reading this I might take this book off this list. I still want to be a part of the sisterhood. I would want to check in with the whole sisterhood.Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid, #6)
  4. Georgina Kincaid is my favorite Richelle Mead series. It was a quick, enjoyable read and I would love to head back to Georgina land.Pride and Prejudice
  5. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, need I say more?

Those would be my must check ins but a few others would be:

  • I have yet to read A Shiver of Light but I want Meredith Gentry’s story to never end. An ex–private detective, now full-time princess, Gentry has a life full of adventure.
  • I am always curious what happens next after Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist ends. I would want to hear what Nick’s ex, Tris, is doing these days.
  • After Last Sacrifice we get tidbits of Rose and Dimitri in the Bloodlines series but I would want a more detailed update on their lives after the dust has settled.
  • Robert Langdon (Inferno) where are you now and what conspiracies are you involved in this time?
  • Lisbeth Salander is making a return in The Girl in the Spider’s Web and I don’t know if I am worried or excited.

Well, that’s all folks for this week’s top ten.

What characters would you want an update on? Which books still have you wondering what happened next?
Top Ten Tuesday, Checking In

Chosen One

favorite book of your favorite series

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

My favorite book of the series was The Prisoner of Azkaban. I do not really know why but I think it was all the back story about Harry’s parents that I appreciated.

I am sitting here trying to remember why I loved this book out of the whole series and I cannot remember why it stayed with me. It has been too long since I have read these. I think I will be reading these again soon and come back and edit this post with an update (a better reason for why I love this book).

Chosen One

Curious Collections

Day 3 of 7

favorite series

My favorite series is the Harry Potter books which I discussed yesterday. So today I will talk about some other series that are recent reads which I enjoyed.

Divergent-series-by-Veronica-Roth

So I am late to this series but that won’t stop me from commenting about it. I am glad I didn’t start reading in 2012 because these books are best when read together. I hate waiting between books because I have a terrible memory and by the time the next book is out I have forgotten the plot of the previous. I found this series could have been one long book and I would have enjoyed it more. If you haven’t read it and enjoy dystopian fiction or young adult, I recommend this series to you.

the last year series

I discovered this series last year and it swept me away. It reminds me of a mix between Condie’s Matched series and The Hunger Games. It was slow to start but by page 50 or so I could not put it down and immediately had to download the other three books in the series. It was also published in 2012 so you’re lucky that you can read all at once and not wait to continue the story. The covers are beautifully done and I would read these books again, so highly recommended.
The last series I’ll mention is from an author you probably know from either Vampire Academy or Bloodlines. Richelle Mead is one of my go to reads, I have enjoyed all the books from her that I have read. The Georgina Kincaid series is one of my favorites but Dark Swan is on my to read list, so that might change.
Which series is your first to recommend? Which book series can you not stop obsessing over?
Curious Collections

Calling All Muggles

Day 2 of 7

a book you have read more than thrice (three times)

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The only book that comes to mind is the Harry Potter series. If you haven’t read these books yet, I highly recommend them.

Like many Potterheads, I have probably read the books a thousand times especially books one through five. The months spent waiting between book releases was such a torture. I even tried to pass the time between book releases by reading the books out of order, in order, and reverse order.

I have a confession. Since 2007, the release of the last book, I have only read Deathly Hallows two times, total. Crazy I know! I am not sure why I have not read it more and I have had the desire to read the whole series again but it has yet to happen. The last book left me very emotional. It was the end to a decade of my life spent in this fantasy world. Goodbyes are always difficult, leaving this series behind was no different for me. I am not even sure why the books stayed with me the way they still do to this day. At least once a day I have a thought that relates back to Harry Potter. The story was magical and pure. The characters were my friends when I was reading. The setting was somewhere I wanted to visit and experience for myself. J.K. Rowling is an amazing writer for inspiring such love for these books in her readers. I am very thankful that she made reading cool again, and continues to do so today.

Which book do you read over and over again? Have one that means the world to you?
Calling All Muggles

Challenges

Day 1 of 7

It is ten days into March already and I forgot I wanted to challenge myself to complete a list of tasks this month with the theme centered on books, aka a 31 day book challenge. I have a terrible memory so thankfully I use Goodreads to keep track of my books.

I decided to try only a week’s worth of posts on the topic to see how I do. Onward to day one’s topic:

the best book you read last year

SC POBAWI have had this on my “to be read” list for a long time now and just never got around to it until last year. It was one of the few books from last year that stuck with me after I finished the story. There are a few quotes from the book that evoked deep emotion and thought from me when reading.

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

Simple, yet it blew my mind.

“Sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”

I found pieces of myself in the characters in the book and it left me feeling more confused. “Who am I?” is something I have struggled to answer the last decade of my life. Ten years I have pondered this question. After reading this book the question was at the forefront of my mind again.

This was the best book I read last year because I read it at the perfect time in my life that I needed it. This book grounded me back in reality and helped me to stop being such a wallflower, ironically.

Have you read Perks yet? I recommend giving it a try.

Challenges