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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Book Review: The Titan’s Curse

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By: Rick Riordan

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

IT’S NOT EVERYDAY YOU FIND YOURSELF IN COMBAT WITH A HALF-LION, HALF-HUMAN.

But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…”

~ From Goodreads

If you’re looking at the picture of the cover, notice the “Book Three” label at the bottom, and realize that I completely skipped my review for The.Sea of Monsters, you would be right. I’ve been struggling to get reviews out in general and I found that I didn’t have much to say about the second book that I hadn’t already said about the first book, unless I nitpicked at plot points which would inevitably lead into spoiler territory. I’m happy to say, however, that I really want to talk about The Titan’s Curse. I didn’t enjoy it as much as its two predecessors and I’m hoping that forcing myself to articulate my thoughts in a review will better help me to understand what about the story disappointed me. For die-hard fans of the series, I apologize in advance because there will be several instances throughout this review where I will probably bash your favorite character/plot point. Please don’t be offended because I do like the series as a whole so far and hope to continue enjoying it further down the road.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You’ve Discovered This Year

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I’m having such a hard time sitting down and writing blog posts and it’s KILLING me. I don’t want this blog to fall into obscurity like several of my other attempts but it’s like I’m losing interest. Between school and my job, my life is pretty much go, go, go and finding the energy to write even Top 5 Wednesday posts and Top Ten Tuesday posts is hard. Help keep my motivated guys. Please!

This week’s topic is my top 5 author discoveries for the year. I’ve had a bad reading year overall, but there were several authors that did stand out to me that helped me to get past the majority of my reading struggles. A couple of them have even made my favorite authors list!

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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: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Percy JacksonPercy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

By: Rick Riordan

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

~From Goodreads

Percy Jackson is one of those quintessential YA series that any good fantasy lover HAS to read. I’ve honestly had this series on my TBR list for years but kept finding excuses to hold it off. I eventually purchased this book in the hopes that having it in physical copy constantly taunting me would force me to read it faster and this ploy eventually worked. I obviously enjoyed the story: I finished it in less than a week. With my recent track record, that puts this book on Jesus levels of awesomeness. I admit the story is flawed and the characters aren’t perfect, but I had a lot of fun reading about Percy’s quest for the lost Lightning Bolt and can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series (and Riordan’s bazillion spin-offs).

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Top 5 Wednesday: Title Fonts on Covers

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Today is definitely feeling like Hump Day and all I want to do is sleep in until noon tomorrow, but alas, I have school. This week’s topic is title cover fonts that we like. This one is a little strange because I don’t always notice title fonts on their own. As part of a package deal with the cover, I always have an opinion on what I like and what I don’t like, but as an aesthetic all on its own, I usually gloss over it. As I digging through my books, I noticed that the fonts that jumped out to me fell into one of two categories: fine, loopy cursive or letters shaped like symbols. Here’s my list so you can see for yourself.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Finished Series That I Have Yet to Finish (or Start)

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Today marks week two of Molly’s College Experience, Take 2. I’m still ahead on homework and reading so that makes keeping up with blogging ten times easier. This week’s topic is one that I frequently think about because there are several series I loved in high school that I never finished because Molly’s College Experience, Take 1 got in the way. I’m modifying this topic slightly to include finished series that I SHOULD read as well as series I have read, but haven’t finished. Without further ado, let’s begin!

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