Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I am Dying to Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week we get a new topic for a top ten list. This week’s theme was a Freebie so I choose to do mine based on the Top Ten Books I am Dying to Read.

Caraval 

by Stephanie Garber

I have entered every contest and tried so hard to get my hands on the ARC of this book because everyone has been raving about how great it is. I love books with carnivals and circuses in them….so clearly I would want to read this one. Already per-ordered it on Amazon.

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The Winds of Winter (Book 6)

by George R.R. Martin

 Because now that I have watched HBO’s season 6 finale…I need to know how close they kept it to the book, and what other details and information HBO’s show left out. Plus….Jon Snow….

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Doors of Stone (Book 3) 

by Patrick Rothfuss

I seriously need this book in my life ASAP. It’s been years since book 2, and I NEED to know what happens to my red-headed Kvothe, and the enchanting Bast and all my beloved characters from this series.

 

FoxHeart

by Claire Legrand

Because I just finished reading Some Kind of Happiness and absolutely loved how Claire writes…plus there are beautiful illustrations and a fox…how could I refuse?

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The Last Harvest

by Kim Liggett

Kim writes some pretty creepy stuff, and she is a fabulous individual. I can’t wait to read her latest novel, and I am also eagerly waiting for book 2 in the Blood and Salt series.

Kim writes some pretty creepy stuff, and she is a fabulous individual. I can’t wait to read her latest novel, and I am also eagerly waiting for book 2 in the Blood and Salt series.

 

Garden of Blood and Dust

by K.K. Perez

Because how could I not want to read it after reading this description on GoodReads? ‘A YA fantasy inspired by the legend of Elizabeth Bathory, the world’s first female serial killer, pitched as a cross between Maleficent and American Horror Story.” Plus I have always been very interested in the story of Countess Bathory.

 

A Crown of Wishes

by Roshani Chokshi

While reading The Star-Touched Queen I fell completely under the mystical spell of Roshani’s writing. Absolutely stunning from start to finish and I am so eager to read this next one.

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Lizzie

by Dawn Ius

My friend Elizabeth from BookYabber brought this one to my attention because we have a mutual interest in all things horror and horror related books. We also live in Massachusetts, and not too far away from where the real Lizzie Borden took an ax to both her parents (we hope to visit the actual house someday soon). I really hope Dawn Ius does an amazing job with this story, and I simply can’t wait to devour it.

 

Beast

by Lise Jensen

I love the story of Beauty and the Beast and this is an upcoming retelling of this very old fairy tale. I know there are plenty of books out there that claim to be a retelling, but haven’t done too great of a job with this story. I hope the author does the story justice and gives it a special new twist too.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

by J.K. Rowling

I can’t wait to read this next chapter of the Harry Potter story. I am so looking forward to seeing how they have grown as adults and what the new generation is like. Thank goodness July is just around the corner.

 

Special Mention

“Untitled”

by Erin Morgenstern

I have no idea when this next book will be out, but a girl can dream. I have been patiently waiting ever since I finished reading The Night Circus (my all time favorite book…EVER). I will literally throw a party when the happy news of the release date of her second book is finally announced.

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What are some of the books you are dying to read? Will they be released this year still or are they like some of my books with release dates unknown or even into 2018? Leave me your comments below and if you participate in Top Ten Tuesday leave me your links too.  Let’s chat!

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Monthly Book Rewind: Double Feature- March & April 2016

Monthly Rewind

I did not do a monthly book rewind for March and I feel that I need to address some of the awesomeness that happened during March, as well as fill you in on how my April went. Since I just launched The Plot Bunny at the end of February things were still a bit unsettled in March. I was still getting settled and figuring out my post schedules. It’s still a work in progress, but things are starting to find their proper places as April comes to a close.

 

Books Read

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March Books: Pax by Sara Pennypacker , The Siren by Kiera Cass, Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke, Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

 

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April Books: Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas, The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty, Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean by Maris Wicks, and Toshi’s Little Treasures by Nadine Roberts and Aki

 

Book Mail

From Publishers (physical copies/ARCS): The Siren Hippopotamister, Stalking Jack the Ripper, Science Comics: Coral Reefs, The Passion of Dolsa (finished copy), Love Charms & Other Catastrophes (E-Book).

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Books for Trade or Purchased Books: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Night Circus ARC (::swoon:: I can’t even begin to explain how happy I was to find this ARC), Love Fortunes and Other Disasters ARC (thank you Sara for trading with me), The Raven King.

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Bookish Features/Outings

The Marauders: In March, Elizabeth from @BookYabber, Nicole from @NicoleMoy and myself decided to start a monthly blog feature together called The Marauders (you can follow our adventures on social media via #TheMarauders3). Our inaugural trip was included book shopping at Park Books (the largest children’s toy and bookstore in New England) and  afternoon tea at the elegant and very pink Fancy That! tea shop in Walpole, MA.

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In April, we went on a very “magical” trip to Salem, MA. Trip highlights included visiting Wicked Good bookstore, a “Petite Tea” at Jolie Tea Company, a trip to Remember Salem (A shop that sells lots of Harry Potter goodies), Wynott’s Wand shop and a walk through the outdoor installation of Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty.

Baking & Crafting

I didn’t bake much these last two month. I did purchase adorable bunny cookie cutters and Peter Rabbit themed dishes, spatula and even a cake pan on Pottery Barn Kids and William Sonoma for future baking projects. My crafting hasn’t really happened much these last two months, but I am starting on a new cross stitch project next week and I really hope it turns out nice.

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Future Plans

In May I am hoping to launch a feature completely dedicated to children’s picture books and middle grade books (keep your eyes open for the announcement on Twitter and Instagram).

Book Events I am planning on attending:

Reading Goals

I hope to amp up my reading in May, especially of YA fantasy, horror, and historical novels. Right now I am in the middle of a few different good ones, but I would love some recommendations.

 

Tell me about your monthly rewind. What awesome books have you read these past few months? What adventures have you been on? I would love to hear about them in the comments below. 

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Discussion Post: First Library

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My face the first time I went to the library (though it wasn’t quite this large)….

The basement of my school was divided into thirds:  the library, the furnace/boiler/trash room (aka land of the lost/dungeon) and the lunchroom. Our make-shift library was snuggled between the girls’ restroom area and three “walls” that were basically just oversized bookshelves stuffed with books of all sizes and shapes. One of these “walls” was a shorter bookshelf that wasn’t as long as the other two, which allowed an opening for passage into the small “cubicle” inner area. Inside this “room” was a small desk with a chair (for the librarian), some room to move around and scan the shelves and a little reading area with a small table and a few chairs. On the floor was a bright patchwork rug that gave the dingy gray basement a more “homey” feel.

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Me, with ALL the books…doing my happy book dance…

Though the school library was cold, and sometimes I had to cut through the scary and dark furnace “land of the lost-dungeon” area to get to the library, it became my favorite place to hang out growing up. I would beg my teachers to let me stay there inside of going outside to play at recess, but they hardly ever agreed. I would count the hours/days until we had “reading time” so I could go down to the library and spend my time scanning the shelves for hidden books I had not yet read, or checking out stacks of books I had already read to re-read again. I loved that though it was tiny, it was a place I could always find an escape to various far-off lands and find my newest adventure just around the corner of one of the bookshelves. It didn’t take too long for me to outgrow my grade school library and to make my first treasured visit to the main branch closer to the center of town, but I will never forget the first place I discovered my love of reading.

My first library was small, cluttered, sometimes stinky (thanks to the girls’ bathroom being right next to it), and sometimes even noisy with all the flushing, girls chatting and the cafeteria ladies getting lunch ready across the way.  Even with all these downfalls, it was a place where I felt safe and where I could go to and know that no one would judge me or tell me what I could or couldn’t read. It was the place I found solace and some of my favorite childhood books. It accepted me in even when I couldn’t read yet (when I first arrived from Brazil when I was 5) and it helped me to learn and gain knowledge as I grew up. For this and so much more reasons, it will forever hold a special place in my heart and in my memories (where I am sure it is far better organized than it ever was in real life).

Where was your first library? Was it a large library or small? What made it special to you? Do you ever go back to visit? I would love to hear all about your own treasure library memories. Share them with me in the comments below. Let’s chat!

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