Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read In 2017 So Far

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday’s topic is Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far. I feel like I’ve been posting a lot of wrap-up related posts as it is the middle of the year, so there probably won’t be any surprises if you’ve been reading my blog recently. Out of the 16 books that I’ve read, I’ve only rated 1 of them under 4 stars, so this could have been a post including everything I’ve read!



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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday‘s topic is Book Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start But Haven’t. It came at a great time because last week I posted about series I’m currently reading. A few of these I’ve mentioned before.

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper) by Kerri Maniscalco
Ruined (Ruined) by Amy Tintera
The Thief (The Queen’s Thief) by Megan Whalen Turner
Caraval (Caraval) by Stephanie Garber
Cruel Beauty
(Cruel Beauty Universe)* by Rosamund Hodge

Outlander (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad) by Tana French
Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas (Preacher) by Garth Ennis
Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale (Maus) by Art Spiegleman

There are some series on here that I feel like I would really love, but like I said last week in my book series discussion post, I need to catch up/finish one or two of those before I start any other series. My library does have all of the Outlander books as audiobooks (what a score!), so I think I will get to that one soon.

*I realize that Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound aren’t set in the same universe, but they seem to be companions in a way, so I’m putting it in this post anyway.

Are any of these series on your TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday: Fantasy Books On My TBR

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books recently added to your TBR from a certain genre. I decided on the fantasy genre as I’ve been extremely into it recently. It’s not like I needed more books on my TBR, but that’s what I get for being a book lover. I would never change it, but I would love to get some of these books read and off of my TBR!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Graphic Novels My TBR

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Comics on My TBR. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been reading more and more graphic novels, and they’ve quickly become some of my favorite types of books to read. As of this moment, I have only stopped reading one and that was mostly because I was reading it on the computer. I prefer a print copy or on my Kindle. I only have 8 on my TBR right now, but that leaves plenty of room for more.

Blankets by Craig Thompson
Lumberjanes, Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson
Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Paper Girls, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
The Graveyard Book Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman
The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman

The fact that I am behind on Lumberjanes saddens me because Volume 3 has been on my TBR for a while. I haven’t been able to find it locally and I haven’t looked online to buy it yet. I didn’t think I would continue Ms. Marvel, but they’re quick to read and Kamala is pretty much my favorite superhero. I’m jealous of anyone who was able to find the Funko of her. Other than this one, I haven’t read many Marvel comics and I wouldn’t know where to start. Paper Girls went a completely different direction than I was expecting, and again I wasn’t sure if I would keep reading them, but now I’m looking forward to continuing with it. And I just got into The Walking Dead and I’m hoping my library has more of the collections. The others are either standalone graphic novels or series that I’ve yet to start reading.

Do you have any comics on your TBR? Any suggestions? I have some room on mine.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in the American South

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books with a certain setting (beach, boarding school, haunted house, etc.). It took me a while to choose a setting, but here we go: Ten Books With an American South setting. I’m from the South, but I didn’t read much set here for quite a long time. But taking a Southern Literature class in college gave me a new appreciation for the literary culture of this region.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Buy Right This Second

…if Someone Handed Me a Fully Loaded Gift Card

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is about books you’d buy if you had no limits. Isn’t that every bookworm’s biggest dream? I split this post into books I haven’t read yet and specific editions to favorite books. Enjoy!

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales by Margaret Atwood
Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (Paper Girls #1-5)
Lumberjanes, Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes #9-12)
Monsters by Emerald Fennell

The first two were chosen because I think I’ll really like them, so I would love to buy and then read them. I haven’t read anything by Kazuo Ishiguro before, but I’ve been seeing so much about this book and its movie for years, so I have to get to it one day. I’m also looking forward to reading my second Margaret Atwood book. A book of short stories could help me get more of a feel of her writing. And the other three were chosen because I want to read them, of course, but also because my library system doesn’t have any of them.

Emma by Jane Austen
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Can you tell that I like Penguin editions of books? I could have made an entire post about just Penguin classics to add to my collection. It was hard to narrow it all down, but I think I chose some great ones.

Please let me know if you did this post!

Top Ten Tuesday: Things Books Have Made Me Want to Do

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a great one! Like a lot of people, I read to have a moment to myself, and I feel like reading can teach you a lot about yourself and inspire you to do something (even if you don’t do it all). This week’s topic is about that: Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them.

  • Travel – Unfortunately, I’m not able to travel very often, so books are a great way to do that from the comfort of your own home or car or however you travel around your own area. Reading has made me want to travel outside of the United States so much that I could probably make an itinerary long enough to last months. One day I hope to be able to take a European vacation full of places I’ve read about (and also seen in TV shows and movies). After that, I’ll have to see about going to Asia… Until then, I’ll work on being a tourist in my own city.
  • Research History -I wish I had been able to take more history classes while in college, but most of them didn’t fit into my schedule, so I read more now after graduating to make up for that. Honestly, I probably care more now than I did then. TV shows and movies are also part of where I get some of my information, so I make sure to research on my own to see how things really went down in some cases. And history is fascinating! At the moment, my favorites to learn about are the House of Borgia, War of the Roses, and Tudor England.

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