Top Ten Most Anticipated New Releases for the First Half of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten most anticipated new releases for the first half of 2016.” There are so many excellent-sounding titles that are soon-to-be-released, but here are (some of) the ones that I’m most excited for.

Honourable mentions:
A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
Save Me Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Sky
Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

Which 2016 releases are you most excited about? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.

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Top Ten Books I’d Love Santa To Bring This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten books you wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under your tree this year.” I think I’ve been a pretty good girl this year, so hopefully Santa can work some Christmas magic and put at least one of these books under my tree!

Already Released:

Rainy Day (Re)Reads:

2016 Releases:

Which books are on your Christmas wish list? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.

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Top Ten Books I Need To Read This Summer

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten books on my summer tbr.” My to-read list is sitting at an intimidating 839 books at the moment, so here are ten of the ones that I intend to read this summer:

Which books are on your summer to-read list? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten most anticipated releases for the rest of 2015.” This may end up being longer than 10, since my wishlist is ridiculously long, but here are some of the ones I desperately need:

Honorable mentions:

Which upcoming 2015 releases do you desperately want to read? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.

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Top Ten Books in My Beach Bag This Summer

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten books in my beach bag this summer.” Unfortunately, there isn’t a beach that’s too close to me (problems of attending university in a city, and not having a car), but if there was, I’d definitely bring all these along.

1. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen books are quintessential summer reads – the number of times I read Just Listen while attempting to tan in my backyard will attest to that. I’ve heard that Saint Anything is darker than her previous works, so I’m excited to see how that plays out.

2. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
While I didn’t love Twenty Boy Summer, I can’t say no to a Little Mermaid retelling – it is my favourite Disney movie, after all. All of the early reviews I’ve seen have been overwhelmingly positive, so I’m really looking forward to giving this a read.

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
My local library has finally filled my request to order this beautiful book, so I fully intend to read it as soon as my hold comes in. After all, this has been on my to-read list for ages.

4. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
This has been recommended to me about a million times, and is always described as a summer read, so what better time to give it a read than when it’s finally sunny and warm outside? Of course, I’ve also heard that it will break my heart, so reading it on a beach surrounded by strangers may not be the best idea…

5. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Sweet, swoony romances are my go-to in the summer months, and Kasie West hasn’t disappointed so far on that front.

6. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
I’ll admit that I initially put this on my summer to-read list because I love the new cover designs – they just scream “summer fun” to me. I’ve heard mixed things about this one, but I’m always up for ridiculous and dramatic stories.

7. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius
This looks ridiculously charming. An adorable cover + magic + prophecies + hate to love romance? Yes please!

8. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
I thought To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was rather cute, and all of my blogger friends who’ve read the sequel seem to have adored it. I love books that perfectly capture the feelings of first likes and love and crushes, so I will definitely need to give this a read.

9. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
I’ve heard wonderful things about How To Love, but the fact that 99 Days seems to be so polarizing to readers appeals to me in a strange way. Here’s hoping I’m one of the ones that loves it!

10. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This has been sitting on my nightstand, staring at me for a couple of weeks, as if to say “Erin, I know you went to the library the other day and took out a huge pile of books instead of reading the ones you just had to buy.” Suffice to say, it’s one of my priority reads for the summer.

Which books do you plan on reading this summer? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.

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Top Ten Authors I Really Want To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten authors I really want to meet.” I haven’t actually met any authors, so my list is way longer than 10 names… so here are a few on my list, in no particular order.

1. J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series helped get me hooked on reading, so I’d naturally love to meet the woman whose words helped shape my childhood. More than that, though, these books have helped me form long, lasting friendships, and for that I’ll always be thankful.

2. Rainbow Rowell
I feel like all of my reviews of her books include the sentence, “I just really want Rainbow to be my best friend.” And it’s true. So what better way to accomplish this than meeting her in real life?

3. Maureen Johnson
I’ve been following her on Twitter for ages and think she’s absolutely hilarious. I feel like we’d get up to shenanigans, stare at random strangers a lot, and eat a bunch of watermelon. Sounds like the perfect day, right?

4. Sarah J. Maas
I unashamedly fangirl over all of her books, especially The Assassin’s Blade and (most recently) A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’d love to see her and Susan Dennard give a talk since their friendship is too cute.

5. Neil Gaiman
I’d absolutely love to see what goes on inside his head, since all of his stories are incredibly imaginative and enchanting – both the ones for children and for adults.

6. Lemony Snicket / Daniel Handler
One of my favourite childhood series was A Series of Unfortunate Events, and after re-reading it a couple of summers ago, I found it every bit as wonderful – especially now that I understand all the dark humour. His writing style is just so fantastic, and these books are a huge part of why I’m an avid reader today.

7. Maggie Stiefvater
The emotional rollercoaster that The Raven Cycle has taken me on means that I need to sit down with Maggie and discuss all those beautiful characters. And Camaros. And find out where I can befriend a Gansey or Ronan in real life.

8. Stephanie Perkins
I’ve reread Anna and the French Kiss a million times, and Isla and the Happily Ever After led to some serious reflection and tears on my part. Anna is the book that got me into reading contemporary romance, partially because it could have been the story of my life (aside from the Paris part) and partially because of Etienne.

9. George R.R. Martin
I’m always so impressed that he can keep so many different plot-lines and characters straight. Plus, I’d love to try to convince him to tell me all about Winds of Winter, since I’ve been impatiently waiting on it for a while.

10. Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus is one of my all-time favourite books, and I’ve been known to chat for hours about the tents and how beautiful my mental image of the Cirque des Reves is. The meeting may or may not involve pestering her to make another book in that world, too.

Which authors do you desperately want to meet? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.
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Top Ten Books I’m (Probably) Never Going To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten books I’m never going to read.” This was a pretty difficult topic, since I tend to be open-minded when it comes to reading, but here are ten that probably won’t make it onto my to-read list.

1. Fifty Shades of Grey series
Technically, I did try reading the first book… but I didn’t make it very far. Erotica isn’t my cup of tea, and the relationship was (in my opinion) more abusive than anything.

2. Pretty Little Liars series
The fact that there are a million books is daunting in and of itself, but considering I was able to stop watching the tv show after 2 seasons and limited answers, I think I can survive without reading this series.

3. & 4. The Bane Chronicles & Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
I read one of the stories in The Bane Chronicles a little while back, and found it to be inconsequential filler; it didn’t really add anything to the series, and the writing was awkward. Since I did enjoy The Infernal Devices series and the first three Mortal Instruments books, I think that I’ll skip these ones – that way, I can say I ended the series on a fairly good note (as long as I pretend that books 4+5 never happened).

5. ALL the other Shadowhunter series
Two was enough. City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls were incredibly painful for me to get through, so I think it’s time for me to move on from the Shadowhunter world.

6. The One and The Heir
The Selection wasn’t anything special, and I didn’t really have strong feelings either way on it. The Elite, though, was an absolute mess: I disliked pretty much every character, and the love triangle was suffocating. If I’m ever feeling masochistic, I may give the rest of the books a read… but that isn’t looking too likely.

7. Anything by Lauren Kate
I didn’t enjoy the Fallen series, and after giving Teardrop a try, I found that her writing just isn’t for me. It’s too much relationship drama, not enough actual plot that the synopsis hints at.

8. Anything by James Frey
There’s been so much drama surrounding him/his works, making them appeal to me much less (if at all).

9. Hush Hush series
Angel books and I tend not to get along, unless they’re of the Angelfall variety. I’ve heard less than stellar things about this series, most of which mentioned an unhealthy relationship, so I feel like reading these books wouldn’t be the best use of my time.

10. The Jewel
I feel really bad about this one, since the cover is absolutely beautiful… but I’ve heard it described as Eve meets The Selection, which isn’t exactly a favourable comparison in my mind.

Which books are you planning to steer clear of? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.
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