Top 5 Books for 2018

So, I don’t think I’ll be able to squeeze in any other books this year, so I’ve decided to list my top 5 books I read this year. Out of the 32 books I read I really read some good ones, so this was a little hard for some of the list!

#5 

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Dystopia is my favorite genre and this book did not disappoint!

Blurb:

Post-apocalypse; Penelope Evans is eighteen, living in the Colony along with her family and other survivors. She finishes a day in the laboratory when her identification card begins flashing. This flash starts an upheaval of events leading further from her normality and towards the epic truth.

James Garak is attending the Academy where he works on achieving a higher rank. Nobody ever expects Penelope and James’ relationship to last long. A year later, they’re still together.

But when they are forced to run, Penelope’s world turns upside down as she discovers the truth that changes her life forever.

With lives at stake and guards on their trail, will they make it to safety? Will the dishonest lies behind the island’s bureaucracy shatter her existence or give her the drive to find a sister she never knew existed?

#4

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This is actually the first cyber punk book I’ve ever read. 2019 I will start off with the sequel. I’m still looking forward to reading Ready Player One. 

Blurb: The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. 

#3

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This paranormal thriller had me on the edge of my seat and I loved the MC!

Blurb: There weren’t any second chances for the undead at least not by Phoenyx’s standards. Especially not after having the audacity to try and take her out. That was the biggest no-no of all. When that happened, you paid with your life––or un-life, so to speak. 

As a child, Jane heard voices. Felt what others could feel. She was witness to the things that went bump in the night and could tell a person’s deepest, darkest thoughts with only a touch. Until tragedy changed her life completely, thrusting her into the care of Hutton Grimshaw.

As, an esteemed chair member of The Order of the Flame, Hutton does what he must. Training young Jane to be the one thing the shadows feared. Now, at the age of twenty-five, she is known as Phoenyx, the world’s deadliest supernatural assassin. 

The hard and fast rules change when she finds Judas, a vampire, suffering in a back alley with no memory of who he is, or why he’s becoming more and more human every day. With a price on her head and the survival of humanity at stake, Phoenyx finds herself . . . Changing. Her true nature is slowly beginning to reveal itself and mysteriously, Hutton is the only one who seems to know why. 

After years of taking down the supernatural beings that plague her hometown of Crystal Haven, Phoenyx finds herself teetering on the fine line between good and evil. While her attraction to Judas begins to consume her, growing like a fire out of control, one thing becomes undeniably clear . . . 

If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.

#2

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This was the book that my hubby got me last Christmas! It’s a classic vampire novel, predating Dracula and I couldn’t have loved it more! ❤

Blurb: Okay, so there is really not a blurb for this book. IDK why maybe because it is originally French or just so old it doesn’t have one, but I’m going to make one up if you are interested in this read!

Laura is a young woman living with her father in their old almost run down stone castle. Everything is going normal and steady until one day a carriage is over thrown near their home and Carmilla a survivor from the carriage is taken out and needs a place to stay until she gets better. 

With Carmilla comes a new life to the castle. A new life filled with darkness and light. Laura finds in Carmilla a friend and confident, but at times Carmilla becomes more friendly than Laura knows what to do with like strange kisses and caresses. 

Once Laura starts to become ill like her late cousin before her, her father knows something is amiss and is racing with time to find out what is ailing his daughter. 

#1

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Hands down Eleanor and Park was my favorite read of the year. I cannot believe I haven’t gotten around to more Rowell books! I’m certainly putting more of her books on my TBR list this year. It’s no surprise that this book was listed as the most popular book on my goodreads in review list. 

Blurb:  

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Now for Something Completely Different

I decided to do something different today, although I’ve seen some other bloggers do it too, sorry I can’t remember everyone by name, but you know who you are. Anyway, I’m going to post the top 5 songs I can’t get out of my head! Maybe you will find a new favorite, or think I have terrible taste in music haha. Either way something different. What’s a song you can’t get out of your head?

5.) Sir Sly- High  I love Sir Sly’s videos they actually showcase the whole band.

https://youtu.be/qIOaU7Sm-ZE

4.) OK another Sir Sly song- & Run

https://youtu.be/jdoR7E7b4Mo

3.) Miike Snow- Genghis Khan This is also a great video

https://youtu.be/P_SlAzsXa7E

2.) Robert DeLong- Blue

 https://youtu.be/_GGWt7EwzG8

1.) Sia- Elastic Heart  I know some people found the video weird, but it doesn’t bother me, it’s not my favorite video, but I love this song.

 https://youtu.be/KWZGAExj-es

Mid Year Freakout Tag

Mid-year Freak out tag found this from Beth Reading Every night

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Weird to think it’s middle of the year already! In fact, I didn’t even think about it until I saw this tag!!!

 

Best book you’ve read yet in 2018

No contest Elenore & Park I just loved this book!!! ❤ I need to get my hands on more Rainbow Rowell books!

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Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018

So far it’s been Captive

I really liked this short novella. Very steamy, but I’m a sucker for paranormal.

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New release you haven’t read yet but want to

Ok this isn’t really a new release this year, but I really want to read the Illuminae series. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and it sounds like my type of book.

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Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I’m just going to be honest here unless Winds of Winter is coming out ever, I’m just not big enough a bookie yet to know what is coming out soon…I know I’m lame…I’m probably just going to see what everyone else is reading and read that, which is what I usually do…then I know if it’s going to be any good or not lol.

Biggest Disappointment

Anna Karenina, I really thought I’d like this book way more than I did, and I’m getting worried I don’t really like books from this time period… and I really want to. I’m not done with classics yet though.

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Biggest surprise

On the flip side of Anna Karenina is Carmilla. Carmilla is a French vampire classic and I was afraid I wouldn’t like it, but I loved it!!!!

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Favorite new author

OMG guys, I read so many new authors all the time, but my favorite this year has to be Daisy St. James. I really enjoyed Pheonyx in Flames, but like I said I’m a sucker for paranormal, but this was different than anything I’ve read.

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Newest fictional crush

I don’t know. I don’t really have book crushes. I really just like to read how the characters interact.

 

Newest favorite character

I really loved the characters in Elenore and Park that’s probably why I loved the story so much.

 

Book that made you cry

You know what Wonder wasn’t as life-changing as I thought it would be (don’t get me wrong it was good) but it did make me cry a few times. It had a lot of heartwarming moments.

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Book that made you happy

You Always Have Me starts out kind of heavy with the main character’s dad being abusive, but it had a fluffy middle and ending, it was a fun read.

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Favorite book to film adaptation

Wonder is the only book to film I’ve seen/read this year and I might actually like the movie just a little more…

 

Favorite post you have done this year

Huh, probably my post about putting a story of mine up on Swoon Reads because I’m very proud of that story… so far it’s probably the best I’ve written.

TheNope Tag

Nope Tag from Orang-utan Librarian

 The creator of this tag can be found here!

 

  1. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

I feel like I use this book a lot, but that’s because it really irked me! The ending was terrible. LOL

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  1. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

Again, I use this book a lot too, but that’s because I feel like I see the potential there that the author didn’t see or something. Lila from Ember in the Ashes, just too wet noodle.

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  1. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.

Ok this might come as surprise to anyone who’s been following me, but even though The Giver is my number 2 favorite book of all time, I had a super hard time reading the sequels. You can imagine how excited I was to find out they existed, but I felt like they were a huge letdown. I’m still going to try Son, it’s the only one in the series I haven’t read and hopefully, it’s better than Gathering Blue or the Messenger…I’ll see. 

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  1. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.

Hum, there is a few, so since I just read Elenore and Park I’m going to side with Elenore and go with Romeo and Juliette was a pretty lame love story. I mean Romeo was literally proclaiming his love for Rosaline at the beginning and then…squirrel, just kidding I love someone else.

  1. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

I don’t know, maybe I need to read more thrillers and mysteries. I’m taking suggestions…

  1. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head no.

At one point or another, I find myself saying really at character choices in 90% of books I read. I think part of writing is just having your character making stupid choices just so you can get them out of the consequences of the crap choices they made. I mean if a character is too smart and cunning that could get boring fast. 

  1. Genre: A genre you will never read.

I don’t know that there’s a genre I wouldn’t try- especially since I’ve been trying to diversify my reading- still, I tend to avoid memoirs…kind of boring. 

  1. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

I guess audiobooks…although sometimes I avoid hardback books because they are more expensive. I also hate it when half my series on my bookshelf is paperback and the other half is hardback because I just can’t wait for the paperback I have to read it then…sigh

  1. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.

The chosen one trope. I think life is way too unpredictable to have a prophecy come true. Unless it’s a chosen one which is proven wrong. 

  1. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

I see a lot of people who think Lolita is a great classic or it’s a different look at society or a phyco, but no thanks….stepdad going after his 12-year-old stepdaughter, no thanks, sounds too rapey for me. 

  1. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

When the romantic tension lasts too long and it’s taking over the main part of the story (if not romance). 

  1. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

I feel like it was kind of weird that Jenny and Harry got together in Harry Potter. I mean, isn’t that some kind of rule between friends or something, not to date their sisters? I mean those kids need to branch out or something…

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – 1/28/97 by J.K. Rowling Original Mary GrandPre’ cover design

  1. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

American Gods…this book was so long hand had so much potential, but fell so flat, it ended up feeling like a waste of time. 

 

  1. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

The Big Brother leaders in 1984…those guys are scary. They learn your greatest fear and if you get in trouble torture you with it…scary to me at least. 

  1. Death: A character death that still haunts you.

Most of the deaths in A Game of Thrones. I think Neds hit me the hardest because I never met a main character who died so early on it the book or series. I keep thinking maybe there would be no war if he hadn’t died. 

  1. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

No one yet, I plan on giving a few authors several more tries, but this might change within the next year…I’ll just have to see.

A-Z Book Tag

The A-Z Book Tag from tea stains and book spines

 

  • Author You’ve Read the Most Books By

Well, there are actually three according to Goodreads. Those are JK Rowling, CS Lewis, and Anne Rice

  • Best Sequel Ever

I don’t know. Series are great, but just sequel that’s usually harder to find. I usually find just one sequel to a book is usually a bit disappointing, maybe I need to do more reading.

  • Currently Reading

Wonder. Admittedly I saw the movie first with my daughter, but I still wanted to read the book anyway 😉

  • Drink of Choice While Reading

I have three, coffee, hot chocolate, or wine

  • E-reader or Physical Book

I prefer a physical book, but I read on e-readers also. They are much easier to travel with and the pages can’t get stained.

  • Fictional Character You Would Date

IDK??? I’m not very good at the book boyfriend questions. I think that’s because I rather ship two characters together from the same world.

  • Glad You Gave this Book A Chance

Animal Farm. I read this at a job because it was on the bookshelf. I really enjoyed reading it and now it’s one of my favorites.

  • Hidden Gem

Probably a toss-up between Old Bones and Phoneyx in the Flames

  • Important Moment in Your Reading Life

I think reading The Giver. It just really changed my perspective on life, and I was reading something my friends weren’t, which was unusual for me.

  • Just Finished

Reign of Marionettes, great historical fiction

  • Kind of Books that You Won’t Read

Books like Lolita. I think pedophiles are creepy and don’t want to read anything about it.

  • Longest Book You’ve Read

Probably Anna Karenina, not going to lie, I started skipping every other chapter after I was ¾ of the way finished.

  • Major Book Hangover Because Of

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I don’t usually go for romance, but loved this book. Then I went out and bought two more by her.

  • Number of Bookcases Owned

Three. I only keep books I think I might read again and bring all the others to half-priced books to buy more books…in fact, I need to go soon, I have a stack going on now I need to replace.

  • One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times

ONE!! Okay, I have a few. Harry Potter is the one I’ve read the most, but also, The Giver, and The Great Gadsby

  • Preferred Place to Read

It’s a battle between my reading chair and my bed.

  • Quote that Inspires You

I am bad at remembering quotes… you’ll have to look at my Pinterest page under quotes and hopefully one is from a book???

  • Reading Regret

Probably Anna Karenina, lol too long and mostly about people having affairs and screwing their lives up.

  • Series You Need to Finish

I’m usually pretty good at finishing series because I go out and buy the next as soon as I finish the other, but I need to catch up in the Elemental Witch series.

  • Three All Time Favourite Books

The Giver, Interview with the Vampire, A Game of Thrones

  • Unapologetic Fangirl For

See three answers above

  • Very Excited For

Whenever George RR Martin finally gets off his hinney and writes Winds of Winter

  • Worst Book Habit

Teeheehee, I dog ear books when there is no book mark around. I have to know where I left off.

  • X Marks the Spot, Start at Top Left of Shelf, 27th Book

Statistics this is literally a book on statistics (a text book) that my husband owns.

  • Your Latest Book Purchase

Wonder

  • Zzz-Snatcher, What Book Kept You Up Late

Most recently was Mrs. Peregrine’s series

Popular Book Tag

So this was a nice little distraction from the news about my mom. Tiny update: My in-laws have decided to move out (they can actually live upstairs in their house) and my mom is moving in. She has about 6 months to live with the cancer in her lungs and she does not want any treatments….so enough of that on to the book tag.

I found this tag fromDark Dreamer Reads

The Tag: Popular Book Tag

 

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE:

So many…I guess series-wise I’d have to say Percy Jackson. Just could not get into them. Maybe I’m just too old. ☹

 

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE:

I’m not sure I’ve heard anyone say they hate it, but I never hear anyone talk about The City of Ember. It’s a great series in my option, but no one ever acknowledges it.

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AN OTP THAT YOU DON’T LIKE:

Laia and Elias in Ember in the Ashes. Just seems kind of forced and the connection is because they think the other is hot stuff…no substance.

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A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR.:

 

Memoirs…I’m not sure non-fiction counts here, but the life of someone better be pretty amazing before I pick it up and I want to learn something from them, not just random ramblings about someone’s childhood.

A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE:

Oh no…there are actually a lot…lol. I’ll name my top three…1) Bella Swan 2) Mae from The Circle 3) Shadow from American Gods 

A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO:

Well, I have two, but I really want to give them second chances. I’m probably most likely not going to read another Rick Riordan book. He is just not my style, but then again, I might try one of his books again.

 

A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING:

Probably a love triangle…although I’m guilty of using one in a romance anthology that will be coming out later this year…shame on me 😉

 

A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING:

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THE SAYING GOES “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE”, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK:

I think there was another tag I answered this question in so that makes it easy!

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Book Cake Tag

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I found this tag at Early Bookish Birds   who found it @ Marianna’s Corner 

1.Chocolate Cake (A Dark Book You Absolutely Love)

This is actually hard for me because it depends on what the interpretation of dark is. I’ll go with a horror book here The Dark Truth, it is my favorite of all of Sarah Stine’s works and it is in an Anthology currently.

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2.Vanilla Cake (A Light Read)                                              

Throne of Grace was a sweet light read for me. I realize I don’t read many light reads lol with dystopian and paranormal as my favorites my reads are pretty heavy.

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3.Red Velvet (A Book That Gave You Mixed Emotions)                                                     

An Ember in the Ashes. I really wanted to love that book and some parts I really did, but others I really did not.

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4.Cheesecake (A Book You Would Recommend to Anyone)                                          

The Giver is always the book I recommend to everyone. It is my favorite book. I think because it was the first book I ever read that had some real substance it has a deeper meaning I hope will captivate others as well.

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5.Coffee Cake (A Book You Started But Never Finished)                                               

There is more than one, but Choke would be my least favorite.

 

6.Carrot Cake (A Book With Great Writing)                                                  

I love the way George RR Martin writes. I had Dances with Dragons on my kindle and accidentally thought it was another book and was so impressed by this new author until I realized I accidentally opened up Martin’s book and was like ooooh!

 

7.Tiramisu (A Book That Left You Wanting More)

I guess most series are like that for me. I am still currently impatiently waiting on the next Ice and Fire series by Martin….Come on Martin I’m waiting!

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#Notall Tag

Found this from Never Not Reading and she got this tag from the Orangutan Librarian who originated this tag. 

 

#notall Cover Changes – A cover change you liked

This is hard because I usually don’t like cover changes. Also, I usually don’t realize there has been cover changes half the time. So, I went to goodreads to help me out here and this is what I found: I don’t know maybe I cheated, or maybe some covers are just too dated. The first one is confusing because in the books the robots always seem to look humanoid.

I,Robot from Asimov

 

#notall Adaptations – An adaptation you love more than the book

For some reason, I’m really old schooling it today..hope you guys appreciate the old stuff!

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I have a thing for old AMC movies! And this one blew me out of the water so naturally when I found out it was a book I read it right away! While both the movie and the book are great there are large differences like the boy’s age about 12 in the movie and 15 in the book. I just loved how the movie made the relationship between Harvey and Manuel. I was like, wow I want a dad like that lol. Manuel and Harvey hardly have any interactions at all in the book. Both were great just the movie was better.

 

#notall Tropes – A trope you’ll never tire of seeing

The tough girl who is oblivious to the boy who loves her 😉

 

#notall Instalove – You instaloved this instacouple

Redeeming Love. He falls in love with her at first sight and I was okay with it 😊

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#notall Love Triangles – An example of a love triangle done well

For as much as I hated Bella Swan, I loved all the supernatural males in the book, so I actually liked the Twilight triangle

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#notall Parents – Bookish parents that, you know, parent!

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#notall Villains – A villain you love

This might seem like an odd choice, but you just have to read the book.

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#notall Chosen Ones – A Chosen One you can get behind

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#notall Hyped Books – A book that lived up to the acclaim

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#not all *Insert Favorite Genre* – A book you’re not keen on from your favorite genre

My favorite is dystopian, I just really didn’t like this one.

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#notall *Insert Least Favorite Genre* – A book you liked from a genre you don’t often read

Well, hum, I read romance, but I’m really hard to please when it comes to the books I’ve read, I suppose the same could be said of fantasy for me lately. I’ll go with romance this time.

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I hope to see others try out this tag!

Book Tag: Top 100 Books I’ve Read from Amazon

I took this one from Confessions of a YA Reader

 How many books have you read from Amazon’s list of 100 Books to read in a lifetime?

How to Play:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people! (And comment on one of their posts to let them know you tagged them

 

 

Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell  YES
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking  
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers  
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah  
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket  
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle  YES
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro  
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll  
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward  
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt  
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume  
Bel Canto Ann Patchett  
Beloved Toni Morrison  
Born to Run Christopher McDougall  
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat  
Catch-22 Joseph Heller  
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl  
Charlotte’s Web E. B White Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese  
Daring Greatly Brené Brown  
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney  
Dune Frank Herbert  
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury  
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson  
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn  
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow  Yes
Great Expectations Charles Dickens  YES 😦
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.  
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling  YES
In Cold Blood Truman Capote  
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri  
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison  
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware  
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain  
Life After Life Kate Atkinson  
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder  
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov  Don’t plan on it!!!
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez  
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich  
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl  
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris  
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides  
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie  
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis  
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham  
On the Road Jack Kerouac  
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen  
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi  
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth  
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen  
Silent Spring Rachel Carson  
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut  
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin  
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton  
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon  
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X  
The Book Thief Markus Zusak  
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz  
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Yes
The Color of Water James McBride  
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen  
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson  
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green  
The Giver Lois Lowry  YES
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman  
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood  
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne  
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot  
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr  
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan  YES
The Little Prince Antonie de Saint-Exupery (wrong author was listed I fixed it your welcome 🙂  YES
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler  
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright  
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien  
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks  
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan  
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster  
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver  
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro  
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe  
The Road Cormac McCarthy  
The Secret History Donna Tartt  
The Shining Stephen King  YES
The Stranger Albert Camus  
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway  
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien  
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame  
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami  
The World According to Garp John Irving  
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion  
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe  
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand  
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann  
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein Yes
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Yes

Looks like my lucky number is 18. Although, I’ve seen even more in movie form. Some of these are on my TBR list and one I won’t read. Some I need to add to my TBR list.

Me in Book Characters

Ok, I’m getting back into some book tags! These are so much fun. Whoever wants to join in feel free!

I’d like to thank The Orang-utan Librarian for posting this! 

The Rules:

  1. Thank the creators of the tag (Ash & Lo @ windowsill books)
  2. Thank whoever tagged you or you stole this from 😉 
  3. List 5 book characters who you are most like and explain why.
  4. Tag your friends!

 

First, because this is the easiest for me is Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games because as soon as I was finished with the first chapter I was like this is so me in high school it is crazy! Maybe it’s because I kind of had a rough start in life like her but it was kind of like reading about myself in another setting lol. Needless to say, I got kind of bored with her character because who wants to read about a character who is too close to their own personality?

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Second, is Louis from Interview with the Vampire. He often overthinks too much. This is me. And he often thinks about how society works and where he fits into things. He can be a bit melancholy at times. But I think that is why I love him so much because he cares so much about humankind. 

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Next is Lucy from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. This was me as a child. Probably a little too trusting. Saw the good in everyone. Had a big imagination and just went with the flow. I think the imagination thing carried over and is why I like to write now. Still putting my imagination to use. 😉

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The Prince from The Little Prince. I always seem to friend that one person who is hard to get along with and no one else seems to like, but I find beauty in them anyway. I’ve moved away from toxic people like that over the past 5 years, but I can’t help but feel like they need a friend too. 

 

la pitite prince

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I’m on a diet…I’m hungry all the time!!! I want to eat all that food, but I know I wont have the same happy ending the caterpillar did :(. Also, I teach at an elementary school so I read this every year 🙂

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