Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read This Year

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Its been so loooooong. Hello again everyone! I kind of fell off the face of the earth for a while mostly because my procrastination habits caught up with me and made my last few weeks of the semester stressful and bitter. Its exam week but since classes are pretty much wrapped up, I figured it would be safe to venture back out into the real world and give my blog some much needed love.  So this week’s topic is a review of my top ten books of the year. This year was very touch and go with my reading selections. I had some that I loved and some that I REALLY hated, with more of the latter, much to my chagrin. Below is a list of my favorites in preference order.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Didn’t (Or Wish I Didn’t) Finish

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 Two days in a row! It must be a record. This week’s topic is actually really interesting for me because I have a hard time dropping something before I finish it. My thought process behind this is usually that I spent the (insert random price here) on the book and I should at least get my money’s worth before I chuck it on the discard pile. Recently, this has been a real drain on my reading enthusiasm because a lot of my choices have been duds so I’m forcing myself to read terrible book after terrible book. The alternative would be dropping 10-15 books a year that probably comes to about $100 I could’ve put to better use elsewhere. Its a lose-lose situation I suppose. This post will memorialize the few books that were so bad, I just COULDN’T finish them, no matter how much I tried and those books I wish from the bottom of my heart I could’ve forced myself to burn.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Halloween Reads

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Happy Tuesday before Halloween everyone! I was feeling in the holiday spirit and redid some of my banners. Super simple and super cheesy but I love decorating for the holidays and the little witch’s hat was simply too cute to resist when I saw it in my photo editor. In keeping with the Halloween spirit, this week’s Top Ten topic is a freebie Halloween theme. Since I’m not a huge fan of horror, the most traditional Halloween topic, I’m just doing a grab bag list which will include horror, monster stories, and stories that have creepy Gothic settings. The witching hour is upon us so let’s get started!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Author Duos You’d Love To See Write a Book Together

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I’m so excited about this topic because thinking about all of the great author team-ups that could happen makes me really want to shove said authors into a room together and MAKE them write something for my own personal gratification. I’m going to warn you now that you’re going to see my favorite authors popping up over and over again because I can’t help myself 😀

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Book Review: Lair of Dreams

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By: Libba Bray

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Horror, Young Adult

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

~ From Goodreads

I had picked up The Diviners back in 2013 after finishing up a grueling week of college final exams. I was tired and ready for something fun to ease me into a relaxing summer vacation before a stressful senior year. The Diviners had been sitting on my Nook for months, collecting cyber dust and almost begging me to give it some love and attention. I caved and cracked it open. I wasn’t fully prepared for just quickly I was going to be sucked into Bray’s book. While disturbingly spooky (which is not something I usually go for), it was also fast-paced, mysterious and lush with 1920s flapper culture. I immediately fell in love with the crazy characters and the spooky murder mystery. When I finished it, I was pleased to see that Bray had three other novels planned for the series and that she was busy writing the sequel. I set The Diviners aside and quietly waited for Lair of Dreams. Fast forward to two years later and I almost completely missed the release date, but when I saw that it was available for purchase, how could I say no? I bought it and just finished it about twenty minutes ago. I think I am as much in love with this book as I was with its predecessor. It’s not perfect by any means, but this series is slowly becoming one of my favorites and I will quietly wait ten years for the next book if it means it will continue to be as well written and well researched as these first two books were.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

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Happy Tuesday everyone! This week has been so hectic because I went back to school and I’m trying to readjust my sleeping schedule to “normal people” hours. I might be a little late on some of my weekly posts because of homework and my job so bear with me! Back to our scheduled programming, this week’s topic is ten characters that I just didn’t like/get.  It takes a lot for me to hate a book, but characters are a WHOLE other story. <cracks knuckles> Let’s do this.

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Tag, You’re It: Disney Book Tag

So I guess Zeezee over at Zeezee with Books has tagged me. I feel so special! As I understand it through the grapevine, this tag was originally created by Booktuber Katytastic, with additional content created by XtineMAY. I grew up during the Disney Renaissance and have almost every movie memorized (except for the Black Cauldron, but let’s not talk about that one). It’s become a cherished part of my childhood and I still enjoy going to the theaters to see their new films. I think I watched Frozen about seven times (no shame). I happily accept this challenge!

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