Tropes I Can’t Stomach

One of the biggest things for me when buying a book is looking at a premises.  Often if it looks like a book is going to feature certain tropes it will be an ex-nay from me from the beginning.  I thought I’d list tropes that I utterly dispose:

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10) The famous talentless Youtube or Other Internet star: This is a new one that has been heavily featured this year, but you can guarantee in the future I’ll be avoiding said books that feature a non talented famous persona.

Notable Offenders: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde and All the Feels by Danika Stone.

9) The Jerky Boy That Likes You: Way to promote unhealthy relationships, authors.  I know he’s only supposed to be a douche because he likes the MC but come on-please.  Why should we find said douche’s jerkiness to be attractive.  It’s not.  I want to tell this character to get the fuck out of my story and not come back.

Notable Offenders:  Too many to count.  See any Rom Com in the 90’s.

8)The Uptight Heroine Who Needs a Man to Loosen Up Her Problems: I hate this trope so freaking much.  One of my favorite author’s used it recently and I DNF’d the book just because of it.  I hate how women are told to “loosen up” maybe because I have been told his many times in the past because I have had other priorities in my life besides getting drunk and hooking up on Saturday night (i.e. my career ambitions and binge watching a ridiculous amount of Charmed)

Notable Offenders: Honeymoon Hotel by Hester Browne and the treatment of Rachel Berry on Glee (dear Lord, I could not stand Finchel because of this).

7) Black and white morality.  I hate it when the characters become idiots and consider one character pure evil and then destroy said character.  It has been the ruiner of plenty of interesting ships and deep storylines-especially in TV format.

Notable Offenders: The whole destruction of Phole on Charmed and the mess that Once Upon a Time has turned to.

6) Instant Love: Because obviously.

Notable Offenders: The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer and most paranormal romances that were released in YA after that.  That’s why paranormal romance has fallen to the wayward because insta love ruined it.  That and 2012 was approaching and everyone wanted an end of the world storyline that didn’t star John Cusack.

5) The everyone has to be a rich billionaire or duke trope.  Really, there is a ridiculous amount of peerage and money in the whole romance genre.  It’s like the entire 1% live in these books.  And yeah, I know it’s fiction and it’s more than likely going to continue but seriously there should be more books about rich gentlemen then dukes.  There aren’t that many dukes people, probably less than billionaires.  Although,  I have all my Boden packages list me as a marchioness for good laughs.  So, maybe all the romance dukes order their stuff from Boden and that’s how they’re dukes.  Also interesting to note, there are practically no stories featuring dukes in the modern era.  Did the sexy duke gene cease to exist post Downton Abbey?   Because with as much copulating as there is going on in romance books, you would think they’d have enough spawn to last them through the 21st century.

4) The nerdy hot girl.  Can’t we just have average heroine who’s a nerd get the guy without being secretive beautiful?  I mean, is that too much to ask?  Or for that matter, can we just have an average heroine whose okay with her looks be the center focus and not get a surprise makeover.  I mean, I do like makeovers but these books lead to unrealistic expectations about what a little lipgloss and mascara can do to a person.

Notable Offenders: 90% of YA books out there.  And most romance books out there too for that matter.

3) The seventeen year-old boy who acts like a thirty-five year old man.  Yeah, not going to happen in real life.  I often feel annoyed when I read YA romances because they’re not that realistic.  True, it’s fiction but these teens do not act like teens a lot of the time and..it’s frustrating. At least Edward Cullen has an excuse for really being like 117 when he hooks up with Bella, but that’s a whole other ball of ew.

2) Incompetent adults.  Because?!?!?!??!?!?  The author doesn’t want the book to be resolved quickly.  Seriously, a lot of the times if the character talked to a reasonable competent adult the book would be resolved so much quicker and while I know it makes for a less dramatic story.  Sometimes I would like the drama to be handled in a more realistic approach.

1) Mean Girl/Mean Women Misogyny: Come on, we’re better than that.  Still this trope is as rampant as ever.  One cannot get away from it as hard as one tries.  I used to shrug it off, but upon reflection I think it’s really unhealthy.

Notable Offenders: The House of Night Books by PC and Kristin Cast, the early Princess Diaries books (pre-book 9) by Meg Cabot.

 

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In Honor of the Women’s March: Ten Iconic (Well, In My Opinion) Feminist Characters

Unfortunately, I live in a city without a Women’s March and the nearest one is about a five hour drive away which didn’t logistically fit with all the IRL obligations that I have.  However, because I am inspired by the many women out there who are marching to show solidarity and voice their feelings that women deserve equal pay, quality health care, etc.  I thought I’d make a list of ten YA characters that I believe are iconic feminists-okay, some are more overt and  gritty nitty feminists than others and I’m sure I missed a few.  But I will tell you that there were a few characters on this list who inspired me to push myself and go into a filled where quite frankly there is a lot of sexism and fight the good fight.

Just for kicks here are a few of my IRL women icons: Hillary Rodham Clinton,  Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Queen Elizabeth the I, Ida B Wells, Susan B Anthony, Sacagawea,  Marie Curie, Corrie ten Boom,  Elizabeth Warren, Frida Kahlo,  Harriet Tubman, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen,  Princess Diana, Harper Lee, Audrey Hepburn,  Meryl Streep,  Meg Cabot, my mother, my sister.  I know there are a lot of heavy hitters on that list, and some people who you’re like why are they on there, and some you’re like who is that…well, I only listed a few.  In fact, I could probably do a post on iconic real women alone.  You’d be surprised when you think about it there are a lot of female role models out there.  Often under looked.  Women’s history really needs to be taught more in the schools, unfortunately with the ignoramus who thinks that grizzly bears are in our schools being nominated as the secretary of education…it looks like it’s a pipe dream at the moment. Still though, the more you look into it there are a lot more female role models than you originally would think of.  And there’s some good fictional ones too which brings me to this list:

10) Elle Woods (from the movie, Legally Blonde)

Yep, she was going to get on this list.  She actually really helped me get through last year’s bar prep for Louisiana.  I really didn’t have any support where I was living so watching that movie (well, having it on for background noise), listening to the broadway soundtrack-over and over again-throughout the study process helped with that stress.  Also, the movie though exaggerated in part did prepare me for some of the more unsavory parts of the legal community.

Hard truth being a lady lawyer can suck.  Your faced with sexism often for both genders.  I experienced this very early on in law school because my Mac was covered with a pink hard case-big whoop dee doo, it was pink.  I like pink it doesn’t make me a dumb person, it’s just who I am but some yahoo laughed and was like there’s always one “Elle” in the class.  Well, honestly when the dick said that I smiled and acted like it didn’t bother me and I just thought in  my head everyone underestimated Elle Woods and look how she turned out at the end of the movie.

Honestly though, showing that you can overcome people’s perspectives of yourself isn’t the only thing that I got from Legally Blonde, it’s being true to yourself.  While it’s true I probably wouldn’t wear some of the outfits Elle wore to court, she didn’t try to change herself in order to fit such a rigid community.  And that’s something I try to take in with me to my practice.  Yes, I am going to be a professional and follow the guidelines that my profession has for me, but am I going to change myself to  satisfy the dick who made that remark about my Mac’s cover.

Hell no.

9) Mia Thermopolis (The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot):

In my brief mention of IRL superheroes, you might’ve saw that I stated Meg Cabot’s name.  That’s because in some ways Meg was the first person to really introduce me to feminism through her books.  I actually wrote an essay for my senior project in high school over female empowerment and Mia was one of the characters I used to show how feminism has evolved into what it is today.  While Mia was privilege (okay, ridiculously privilege) she has to struggle with making several choices throughout the series that requires her to embrace the power that she has.  In particular, I think the latter books of the series show this-which I really wish were out when I wrote that essay back in high school because I would’ve had a lot more things to quote.

8)  Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer):

She’s a princess, lead a revolution, and can pretty much fix any machine.  At this moment we definietly need a Cinder to defeat that Queen Levana wannabe.

7) Nancy Drew (The Nancy Drew Series and its various incarnations by Carolyn Keene):

Because she was solving mysteries long before you were alive.  And she has been an enduring symbol of lady  power so to speak.  Seriously though, Nancy has been around and she has evolved with teh times.  What I really like is that her stories are all about the mystery, not about boys (even though she is in a realtionship with a very cardboard character named Ned, should dump him for the delectable Frank Hardy but I digress) with Nancy its always about the mystery.

6) Jane Eyre:

Another pick from that high school  essay.  I actually picked up Jane Eyre because of The Princess Diaries (it was referenced a whole lot in that book) thinking I’d enjoy the romance aspects of the book.  However, when I read the book the romance was the thing that I LEAST loved about the book.  Jane Eyre worked for me, because of Jane’s journey of becoming a self assured woman.  I actually liked the fact that she and Rochester were separated for awhile.  He had to get his shit together and Jane knew it.

5)  Wonder Woman (from the DC Universe):

Wonder Corgi not Wonder Woman, but close enough.

Wonder Corgi not Wonder Woman, but close enough.

Okay, so if you look into details about her origin story not the most feminist-a bigamist came up with the idea for her.  But Wonder Woman has evolved into one of the most powerful super heroes in the DC Universe.  Is the portrayal, perfect, no.  But she has become an iconic figure.  Quite frankly, I think a lot of women superheroes need to be portrayed better than what we got, still waiting for that Black Widow movie.  But Wonder Woman is iconic and I remember as a little girl being impressed that hey a girl can be just as powerful as Superman and on the same page as the Bat.  Runner up superhero/antihero I guess in her case goes to Catwoman, who I just adore.  However, given the fact that Wonder Woman is much more known, I’m giving Diana the spot.

4) President MacKenzie Allen (from Commander and Chief):

President Allen was portrayed by Geena Davis in a very short live ABC show about the first woman/independent president.  It was a wonderful thing to see, I really wish the show would’ve continued because Mac kicked ass.  But someone in programming f’d up the show when they put it on constant hiatus.  You can still watch the series on Hulu though, and I suggest you do.  Mac not only has to deal with being president, but with all the sexism that comes from being in US politics.  I sort of view it as a “What If” America didn’t have a fucked up electoral system and didn’t discount almost 4 million votes but…hey, I’m not bitter at all.

3) Celie (from Alice Walker’s The Color Purple):

The Color Purple is probably the most serious fictional work I’m putting on this list.  Again, I used this book as part of the essay I wrote in high school.  And this book pretty much touches on every single important issue out there that faces women and people of color.  The lead character,Celie, goes through so much in this novel.  If you haven’t.  Read it.  It’s a bit graphic, I remember reading it as a high school student and crying several times.  But it is so worth it.  In fact, IRL feminist HRC recently attended the broadway show.  If HRC thinks that this needs to be seen, it needs to be seen.

2) Suze Simon (from Meg Cabot’s The Mediator Series):

Another Meg Cabot character, and probably my favorite character (I think I’ve mentioned this already in lots and lots of posts) but Suze takes action and kicks ghost butt and is completely self reliant while wearing Kate Spade shoes.  She also makes mistakes, which she cleans up and then some which is another reason why Suze is on this list.  Best YA character ever.

1) Hermione Granger (from Hermione Granger  Harry Potter series by JK Rowling)

And bonus, she serves justice to bigots.

Okay, I know the book series might’ve been called Harry Potter, but can you imagine how much better the already fantastic series would’ve been had it been in Hermione’s POV.  She’s the only reason that Harry survived.  The one boneheaded move she made was getting together with Ron, but hey…no one is perfect.  But Hermione is pretty close.

Okay, I know I missed a whole bunch.  But these were the ten that immediately came into my head.  Feel free to add your own list in the comments.  And for all those who are marching, I am with you in spirit today.

Top Ten Tuesday: As Time Goes By

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

Occasionally, after I read something and let it sit-sometimes even post review-my feelings change for it.  Here, are ten books for better or worse that my opinion changed post read.

10)

I gave this one a middling rating, but I found that I might underrated it.  There were some cool things about this book that I overlooked and as far as Snow White retellings go, it’s actually pretty decent.

9)

I still really don’t know what to think of this series and the second book has been released.  I was meh about it, on retrospect thought it explored some good themes so decided to give it another chance, and am now meh about it again.  Shrugs.

8)

I was a little disappointed after I read this one, but still excited for the next installment.  Thing is, I waited so long for the next book to be released, I now could care less.  And the sequel is just now sitting there on my shelf.

7)

I’ve just gotten angrier as I sit on this book, and I thought it would be one that I forgot.  I think the issue with this book is that it’s Richelle Mead and even though it’s more blah than bad that’s just unacceptable for a Richelle Mead book.

6)

I seemed to be a bit of a black sheep in how much I liked this one.  The thing is, when I read the sequel I started wondering if it really was as good as I though it was.  I’m finding that’s how a lot of these books that made this list turn arounds happened.  I read the original loved or hated it, then I read the next installment and bam.

5)

When I fist read this book I thought it was a sweet YA book that featured mermaids.  Now I think it was way too simplistic and I wish that some common sense would be knocked into the main character.  It is pretty typical YA for a book released in the period though.  Formulaic to a T.

4)

I still love this book, but my whole thought process surrounding it has changed upon reading its sequel. I think there were some things that I did not see first time around.

3)

Another Richelle Mead book.  I gave this one a five star rating, but in hindsight that was way too high.  I was just living up the ship at that point and could look past all the cheese.  Not so much now.

2)

I used to love this series, but in retrospect it was problem filled.  I think if I reread it from cover to cover I probably wouldn’t have given it as high as a rating as I did in the past.

1)

I only gave this one three stars, and I while I do think the rating was technically right.  I really enjoyed it, especially in retrospect.  It is such a fun book.  Perfect, no.  But I am finding that I’m still talking about it-a lot-a year post read and that’s a good thing.

Top Ten Tuesday: YA Characters I’d Like to See Grown Up

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

YA sequels in the adult genre all all the rage these days.  Sometimes these sequels really a delight like Meg Cabot’s Remembrance and Royal Wedding, and sometimes they make me groan like in the case of Vampires of Manhattan For this topic, I thought I’d list ten YA books I’d like to see aged up and some of the things I’d like to see in these characters futures.

10)

I read this book like a month ago, but I would love to see what happens next.  I’d like to see Elodie a little older exploring for plants on her own with her husband in tow.  The book is a perfect stand alone, but I wanted more adventures.  Like maybe traveling to South America or the Outback.

9)

I just need to make sure Riley was okay.  I felt like Riley was in a better place at the end of the book but I was still very worried about Riley’s future.  I’d like to see this character in a better place.

8)

Okay, not a follow up for the main character.  But I NEEEEEEEDDDDDDD a Freddie follow up.

7)

Because I really hope Kate’s life got better after the election.  And I think a novella seeing a happy Kate would be a good idea.  And  it’s sad that the election drama in this book is relatively claim considering all the crap that is going on in the current 2016 fuck-tacular election.

6)

Because everyone wants to see what Lola wears for a wedding dress.

5)

Okay, why would I put a book that I hate on this list?  Because I want this character to face reality.  Imagine it, Bethany Church a twenty something house wife with four obnoxious children whose day is spent driving her kids to ballet practice to soccer practice and trying to pick up loose cereal from the backseat of the car-you can never pick up all of the Captain Crunch-and Xavier, well, he’s being the “man” of the family and is getting all happy with Nurse Elizabeth Webber  at General Hospital who likes to wear the regulation soap opera  black underwear under her scrubs.  Whatever will a former angel do?  Okay, I might’ve drafted this scenario while watching the most sanctimonious character on GH and whine and thought about a way to make her likable-by introducing Bethany and Xavier to her life.

4)

Another case of I need to make sure this character is okay.

3)

This one has a sort of follow up, I didn’t read it because it was like a media colleague thing and it’s a little hard to keep up on things like that.  Cool, idea though, but again like I said I’m not the sort of person who follows like all the various multi-media it was on.  And besides it was more ro less a companion sequel, I sort of want a reunion special sort of thing.

2)

I know I wasn’t a huge fan of this one, but I want to see this character grow up a little get some common sense if she’s not kidnapped and put into a bunker for fifteen years by a crazy reverend who read fan fics about a bunny and kitty pair who solve crimes.…oh, wait, I’m thinking of an awesome TV show not this book.  But something like that needs to happen to this MC to give her some sense of reality or an awesome show to binge watch on Netflix.

1)

Because duh, but we’re sort of getting a play that’s a sequel-ish.  Though  it doesn’t seem like it’s enough. And yesterday was the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, so I had to put it on here.

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR List

So, I have a lot of books on my TBR pile that have accumulated over  along period of time.  Rather than list books on my preorder list, I am going try to list books that I intend to review in the next few months.

Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

10)Because Regency era and demons.  So, it will be an obvious read.

9)

I wasn’t really impressed with how this series went.  But I do want to finish the trilogy, and I want to finish it soon so I can move on to other things.

8)

I remember when the first book was released back in 2014, it was one of my most anticipated reads.  Turned out it was a bit of a disappointed, but I am interested in seeing how this series develops.

7)

Another time travel book.  Seriously, there were a lot of books with this theme introduced in the early months of this year.  I have a lot of them sitting in my pile and will probably open up this one first since it was the first one released.

6)

Always looking for more contemporaries to read.  This one looks really good because it deals with so many relevant issues in today’s society.  And I like that they used an actual trans woman for the cover model.

5)

This looks like whacky screwball fun. In space.

4)

Fairytale retellings.  I’m interested in seeing how this one is oging to turn out.  The premises looks  intriguing.

3)

Um, duh.

2)

Another duh.

1)

I actually have three Peter Pan themed books, so the goal is to read all three and do a miniseries over them this spring.

Top Ten Tuesday: Everybody Likes You But Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

This is the first one of these I am doing post bar.  The theme this week is character’s that everybody likes that you hate.  Here’s my list:

10) Celaena from the Throne of Glass Series buy Sarah J Maas: 

Grant it, I only read the first book and she might improve with time, but it really annoys me how she keeps saying she’s a bad ass and she just sort of fails on her face.  She does have good taste in clothes though.

9) Ron Weasley from Harry Potter by JK Rowling:

I just don’t really like Ron.  I did like him in the early books, but then he sort of turned into a douche in the fourth book.  And he and Hermione are so headed to divorce court, I don’t care what you say.

8) Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare:

God, what an idiot.  That’s all I have to say about this one.

7) WillowDean from Dumplin by Julie Murphy:

Almost everyone I talked to loved WillowDean and in theory I wanted to love her, but she came off as yet another insecure YA character whose a bit of an idiot.  Grant it, the book would’ve been a lot shorter if it wouldn’t have highlighted her being a nincompoop but…I thought she was going to be a bad ass instead of a whiney ass.

6) Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead:

Truth be known, I liked Rose until the six book.  Well, really the fifth book.  She not only broke my Adrian’s heart, but she decided to stay in a relationship that was unhealthy on multiple levels.

5) Scarlet from the Scarlet Trilogy by AC Gaughen:

Oh, boy.  I have a bone to pick with this character.  I was excited about reading Scarlet because I heard about what a bad ass this main character was, but she was not to say in the least.  Scarlet commits the cardinal sin of speaking unintelligible dialect and just be annoying in general.  Oh, and she’s in one helluva a unhealthy relationship.

4) Zoey Redbird from House of Night by PC and Kristin Cast:

Oh, fuck her.

And believe me, some people actually do like her.

3) Bridget from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares:

I actually sort of liked Bridget when I first read these books, but the older I get the more she annoys me.  And I think part of it is just becoming older and seeing a character appear a lot more childish than she did ten or so years ago.  Especially in that grow up follow up.   Um, hello, prenatal vitamins much.

2) Simon in Carry On by Rainbow Rowell:

Simon was just sort of blah to me.  It wasn’t that I really hated him, but I didn’t like him either.   Most people raved about how wonderful he was and I was like?????  Funny, I was sort of like that about Cath in Fangirl too.

1) Harriet Manners in Geek Girl by Holly Smalle:

I liked Harriet in the first book, but man did she annoy me by the time I got to the second and third book.  I’m hoping her foulness subsides like Princess Mia’s did as she ages.  Alas, though, I have little hope.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Histoircal Periods

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

History was probably my favorite subject back in high school.  Yeah, it usurped English.  However, at the end of the day I majored in English because History in College and I didn’t mix.  Blame, a really bad World History course that was focused primarily on religious philosphers-blah.  Religious philosophy and I don’t mix (this was probably an indicator I would end up in law school that and way too many viewing of The Practice when I was younger-why can’t any lawyers actually lo0k like Bobby Donnell, I ask).   That being said though, I do love reading about history.   Here are ten periods that I love to explore.

10) The Russian Revolution: Because never was there not a more turbulent period in history than this.

There’s an AU that takes place in Russia where the Revolution is impaired and imperial Russia continues.  It’s interesting seeing how this is explored though.

9)  The Exploration Period:  This is one period, that I wish would be looked at more.   There is a meeting between two cultures, two different worlds for the first time and  there’s so much to explore.   Only…haven’t really seen a lot of stuff.

8)  The Renaissance Because it’s the renassiance and the fashion choices are just a bit on the bizzare side.

Haven’t read this one but it fits into the period.

7) Ancient Greece: I love Greek mythology, actual Greek history is just as interesting.   However, you see mythology more than the actual history exploited more in YA.

6) The Victorian Age: There’s just something scrumptious about stuffy manners and rigid propriety.

Another AU History, but it does convey enough about the period that you can get a good idea what the author  is trying to convey.

5) Regency: So many Harlequins feature this period.  And it’s such a fun period too with parties, tight breeches, and Mr. Darcy (yes, I know he’s fictional).

There are actually a couple of YA Regency themed novels out there.   I really plan on indulging in them after the bar because February is like Unofficial Regency month for me.

4) The American Civil War: I haven’t seen this era exploited that much in modern YA, but there are some embarrassingly good Historical Romance bodice rippers that feature this period.   There’s just so much angst and disturbing history to explore in this time frame.

Yeah, it’s sort of embarrassing that I’m putting this one in here.   But, I like it.  Admittedly the hero is a dick (it is a Woodiwiss book, it’s sort of an expected thing) but there’s something about it that works.

3) Tudor Era: The Tudors basically got a glorified soap opera named at them and rightfully so.   This period is filled with crazy rulers, beheaded wives, and intrigue.

I am eagerly anticipating this novel because look at the authors and it’s said to be in the vein of The Princess Bride.   So need this one.

2) Edwardian Era: My Downton Abbey heart wants more of this era and the WW1 era.  Because it’s such a period of change and there are lords, ladies, upstairs, downstairs, and at the same time the beginning of progress.

Although, utterly cliche.  This one is sort of Downton Abbey lite.

1) World War Two: Never was there as messed up of a war as World War II.  There is just so many bat shit crazy things about this era that are terrifying and fascinating to read about.  And while there are some good books out there, I’d like to see more books exploring lesser known aspects of the era like the internment camps in the USA during this time.

 

This book takes an interesting perspective of WW2 history.  Well, it’s actually pre-WW2 but it deals with the build up to WW2.

Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Leftovers

Jan 12th Publication

My 2015 TBR list is larger than ten books but here are the ten books I hope to wipe off my list first.  As always, Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

10)

This one has been sitting on my shelves for months.  I like this series and want to get to it, but I just haven’t really been in the mood for it-since I was sort of spoiled about the big choice.  Not that I mind the choice, but this is one time where I’m sort of meh-ed by the spoiler.

9)

This one looks really intriguing to me.  But somehow I just didn’t pick it up last year.  I think it was released in May and there were a lot of releases I had ordered in May and it probably just ended up sitting in the pile because of that and the move.

8)

This concept really intrigues me and I really need to get on this one.  It’s always in my short stack, but somehow it keeps getting preempted.

7)

I love Beauty and the Beast retellings and I really like the premises, I think the fact that it’s middle grade has sort of scared me away.  I need to get on it though.  I’m saying that a lot in this post.  Will try to refrain to prevent redundancy.

6)

Seems a bit of a fractured fairytale.

5)

I was really looking forward to this book, but somehow I just sort of forgot about it when it arrived in my mailbox and it has just been collecting dust like most of the books on this list.  Anyway, World War 1 fascinates me because I don’t know as much as I’d like about it.

4)

I gave Switching Snow an average rating, but it sort of grew on me after I finished reading it and I’m excited to read what Lewis has to offer next.  Fairytale sci-fi mash ups are always exciting for me to read.

3)

There’s quite a story behind why I didn’t get to this one.  A lot of it dealt with it being lost in the mail for practically a month because the mailman was too lazy to carry the package to my door and sent the package back to Texas.  But whatever, it’s here and I should read it since it contains orphan queens and all that good stuff.

2)

This was one of the contemporaries I was most excited for last summer.  Yet, I never got to it.  Will need to remedy taht and hopefully shortly.

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Okay, there’s a part of me that wants to read it.  But the premises just sort of borderlines on creepy and horrific.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 1/2 of 2016 Reads on My List

One thing about blogging is you start to peruse upcoming releases and of course Top Ten Tuesday requires you to occasionally list those on top of your list.  Here’s the top ten books I’m looking the most forward to for the first half of 2016.

10)

This one would’ve been higher on the list, but I’ve already read it.  And it’s worth the wait.

9)

Sometimes Kiersten White books really work for me an this premises really works for me.

8)

Love me some Tudors.  And I love the authors who wrote this book so sold.

7)

I was sad this one was delayed from being a fall 2015 release.  The new cover redesign isn’t my favorite, but I wasn’t exactly a fan of the original covers so maybe it’s for the best.

6)

Genie YA books are an odd favorite of mine.  I like the fact that this 2016 release actually involves Aladdin.

5)

This was THE book to get at BEA, so I’m going to go on the bandwagon (for now) and grab myself a copy.

4)

This looks like one bad ass Snow White retelling.  We shall see.

3)

More Lunar Chronicles, give me.

2)

Antartica.

1)

Contemporary YA is sort of my jam right now.  Especially when it involves politics.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New to Me Authors in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s theme is Favorite New to You Authors of the year.

10)

I wasn’t as gunho about this book as everyone else, but it did have a nice message and I am interested in seeing what else Murphy has on her back list and forth coming list.

9)

This was such a fun Western.  If Bowman’s other work is like this I will definitely be considering purchasing it in the near future.

8)

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I know.  I am late to the party.  BUT I don’t know why I didn’t read Riordan before.  I just didn’t, okay?  But Norse mythology is cat nip to me, and you can bet that I’ll be reading more of Riordan’s books in the future.

7)

This was such an odd little book.  Normally something like Perry’s take on Sherlock wouldn’t be my cup of tea but somehow it works.  And I’m definitely interested in more.  Perry knows how to do creepy.

6)

After reading so many abusive romances in historical romances, Milan really does a 180 with these tropes.

5)

I’m a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings and if you do one halfway decently you’ll get my love.  Novik’s book did it more than halfway decently.  It’s odd.  Normally, I wouldn’t read something with her sort of prose, but something in it pulls me in.

4)

Rich world building and making a relationship I should hate ship worthy makes Ahdieh an author to watch.

3)

Mathieu writes some powerful stuff.  I only grabbed this book because of the Duggar scandal, but now I’m anxious to read more books by her.

2)

One of my favorites this year.  This contemporary looks at topic often not discussed in YA (arranged marriages).  Saeed really makes you feel emotions for the characters too.

 

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This was such a dark horse win for me.  I love how realistic this contemporary was and it gave me all of the feels.  Really looking forward to Jenn’s future books.