Category: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I Really Love But Haven’t Talked About Enough

23/02/2016 | 3 Comments

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, a feature hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish, and this week’s topic is books that you really love, but you feel like you haven’t talked about enough / in a while. I rather like this topic, it’s a fun way to stop and look back at all those books you’ve read and loved but haven’t thought off in a while.

Books I haven’t talked about enough in a while

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When you read as much as I do it is pretty much unavoidable to forget to talk about some of the books you loved. Worst is when you are asked about your favorite reads and you forget to mention some of your ABSOLUTE favorites because there are just so many titles swarming around in your head. This Top Ten Tuesday topic made me realize that more than anything.

So, let’s briefly talk about those books I picked and showcased above. First of all, Exquisite Captive by Heather Demitrios. I actually didn’t rate this book very highly, but it is one of the books that stayed with me most. The originality of the story just BLEW me away. I still haven’t read the sequel, but this made me realize I need to get on that asap! Secondly, Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. Two words: gold rush. Haven’t talked about this book in a while, but for the history buffs out there: READ THIS.

It will come as no surprise that Fantasy and Paranormal are my fave genres (looking at the list, and if you follow my blog) so if you’re looking for some great books within those genresTalon by Julie Kagawa (dragons!), Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor (angels; a story in written in the most beautiful way imaginable), The Falconer by Elizabeth May (Faeries, smokin’ romance, and a seriously kickass and badass female lead), Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (Japanese myths, need I say more?), and The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (forgery, LOTS of forgery, yay).

Then for the steampunk lovers out thereA Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard (zombies, black magic, awesome inventions) and I am mentioning The Falconer by Elizabeth May again, because the kickass female lead I mentioned is ALSO a kickass inventor (inventing the most scary, but badass weapons known in YA fiction).

I don’t read that many contemporaries, but these two stayed with me: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson and Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. I really really liked both of them. They both deal with some serious issues, but manage to make the story not too heavy. Perfect books that you’ll fly through and will hopefully stay with you like they stayed with me!

What books do YOU love, but haven’t talked about in a while?

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Top Ten Fictional Crushes (and Swoony Quotes)

09/02/2016 | 6 Comments

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, a feature hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish, and this week’s topic is a freebie! A valentine themed freebie to be exact. So, I chose to share with you, my Top 10 Fictional Crushes of all time (and the appropriate quotes that will have you all swooning in no time).

Top 10 Fictional Crushes that will make you swoon

Just a warning before you go ahead and read my list, some of the quotes may contain spoilers! Obviously I don’t want to spoil anything, but I wanted to share some of my favorite swoonable moments with you, and that just BEGS for some good quotes. So, thread carefully and consider yourselves warned *winks*.

1 My number one will always remain Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This book was the very first classic I picked up and the start of an addiction. I can’t compile a list of fictional crushes and not have Mr. Darcy in there (that would just be wrong on SO many levels).

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

2 Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I love Po. From his cheerfulness to his talkativeness, he’s such a refreshing character and I have such a big crush on the guy it’s almost ridiculous. Boy does it suck he is 100% fictional.

“I know you don’t want this, Katsa. But I can’t help myself. The moment you came barreling into my life I was lost. I’m afraid to tell you what I wish for, for fear you’ll… oh, I don’t know, throw me into the fire. Or more likely, refuse me. Or worst of all, despise me,” he said, his voice breaking and his eyes dropping from her face. His face dropping into his hands. “I love you,” he said. “You’re more dear to my heart than I ever knew anyone could be. And I’ve made you cry; and there I’ll stop.”

3 Daemon from the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout. This is for the girls that love a ‘bad-boy’ with a sensitive side. Most of the time I wanted to slap the guy, but because were totally being honest here, I’d slap him in the hope it would turn out in a make-out session. Daemon is everything and more, just *melts into a puddle*

“I will always be in love with you. That’s not going to change today or two weeks from now. I will be just as in love with you in twenty years as I am today.”

4 Rowan from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. When this guy came in the picture I fell hard, especially once I learned more about him, I just fell harder and harder (and I’ll keep falling as long as he’ll be there to catch me, haha). He’s SUCH a complicated character in the story, and that’s exactly what makes him so swoon-worthy.

“It was a long story, and sometimes she grew quiet and cried – and during those times he leaned over to wipe away her tears.”

5 Kiaran from The Falconer by Elizabeth May. Let me be very clear about this guy, I didn’t like him at first, AT ALL. Bit by bit that dislike started to fall away, and suddenly I found myself liking him more and more (the banter with the main character of the story helped as well, so freaking sexy!) .

“Kiaran looks at me, so still and quiet. I brace myself for his words, unsure of what he’ll say. Terrified by what he’ll say. He doesn’t speak. Instead, he grasps me by the collar of my coat and presses his lips to mine. Kiaran kisses me deeply, with an urgency I never thought him capable of. He kisses me like he knows he’s going to die. He kisses me like the world is going to end.”

6 Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. This guy is sexy as hell. He’s just so freaking sexy and the chemistry SIZZLES off the pages when reading. Tamlin can’t not be on this list, that would be a sin.

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

7 Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. This guy is the bomb. Probably more trouble than he’s worth (just kidding, I’d pretty much do anything for this guy) but he’s also the guy with more depth than you’d every think possible.

“But you’re the only one, Scarlet. You’ll always be the only one.”

8 Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I think of all the guys I mentioned on this list, Levi is the most realistic of them all. He’d probably be the kind of guy I’d be able to fall in love with in real-life. He’s flawed (as any of us are), but damn does the guy know how to say sorry. He’s goofy and all-round awesome!

“That’s not the point,” he said. “What kind of creep would I be if I let my girl carry something heavy while I walked along, swinging my arms?”
Your girl? “The kind that respects my wishes,” she said. “And my strength, and my… arms.”
Levi grinned some more. Because he wasn’t taking her seriously. “I have a lot of respect for your arms. I like how they’re attached to the rest of you.”

9 Roth from The Dark Elements series by Jennifer Armentrout. Another reformed bad-boy (as reformed as he can get, I mean, he’s the Crown Prince of Hell, lol). Roth is a perfect example of a guy I’d probably never go for (or meet for that matter) irl, but LOVE on page. And let’s be honest, if Roth doesn’t give you all the feels, I don’t know where things went wrong in this world.

“I, Astaroth, Crown Prince of Hell, am in love with you, Layla Shaw. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. A hudred decades from now, I will still be in love with you, and it will be as fierce today as it will be a decade later.”

10 Last one! I am sure that once this post is done and live I’ll probably think of a couple of other fictional crushes that I should’ve mentioned, but who cares, cause I’ve listed some (keyword being ‘some’) absolute favorites here! So last but not least: Jamie Fraser from Outlander by Diana Galbaldon. First of all, he’s Scottish (don’t know what my obsession with Scottish guys is, but it’s an obsession none-the-less, haha). Second of all, he’s kind and EVERYTHING. And here is the last quote for you, hope that it makes you laugh.

“When I asked my da how ye knew which was the right woman, he told me when the time came, I’d have no doubt. And I didn’t. When I woke in the dark under that tree on the road to Leoch, with you sitting on my chest, cursing me for bleeding to death, I said to myself ‘Jamie Fraser, for all ye canna see what she looks like, and for all she weights as much as a good draft horse, this is the woman.”

And that was it folks, what are YOUR fictional crushes (and do feel free to leave a swoony quote for me in a comment!)

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