Top Ten Once Read Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  Go check them out.

Here are my top ten authors I really need to read some more from.

Agatha Christie- I have only read An Then There Was None.  I must read more classics and she would be a good one.

Susan Wilson- I read One Good Dog two years ago.  It was such a surprise favorite for me.

Lisa Jewell- Before I Met You was another surprise for me when I read it.  I must read more!

Henry-Winkler- Yes, I did write Henry Winkler.  I read his book A Short Tale About a Long Dog.  It was so cute.  I want to read more of his children’s books.

Craig Thompson- His graphic novel Blankets was beautiful.  I want to read more.

Mark Haddon- I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime forever ago and it remains on of my favorites.  However, that is the only book by Mark Haddon I have ever read.

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Betty Smith-A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is another favorite of mine.  Yet, I haven’t read anything else she has written.

Jill Mansell- I have only read Rumor Has It, but I see her books everywhere.  I should really read some more.

Markus Zusak- I have only read The Book Thief.  I have I Am the Messenger on my shelf. I should really get around to that.

Rick Riordan- This is the worst one.  I have only read The Lightning Thief.  All of my students love all of his books.  In fact EVERYone loves his books.  I must change that soon!


What authors have you just read one book from?

Top Ten Books I Want

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  If you love lists like I do, you must check them out.


This Top Ten Tuesday we are talking about books we want to read, but just don’t have them yet.

I try my best to get a lot of books from the library.  I moved to an area a few years ago and the library doesn’t have as big of a selection.  Sometimes I really want to read something, but they just don’t have the book I want.  Maybe I should just grab a stack of there book suggestion cards. So here are the ones I haven’t requested and have been trying to hold off on buying them.  I am trying my best to save as much money as I can.  I want to start a masters program in Library and Information Science this spring.  That is crazy expensive!

I Heart New York

  • I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk

I ordered the third and the fifth book from  I tried to order the first, but they did not have any more copies.  Grrr.  Now those books sit on my shelf and I can’t read them until I read the first.



  • Slammed by Colleen Hoover

This is another one I ended up with the third book, but haven’t read the first one.  I loved Hopeless and I want to read more by Colleen Hoover.


The Last Song

  • The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

I didn’t think I would want to read this book.  You know, after that whole Miley Cyrus movie business.  However, so many people say this is one of the their favorite Nicholas Spark books.  Now I really want to read it.


The Sound


  • The Sound by Sarah Alderson

This one just sounds (no pun intended) like something I would really enjoy.  The thing is I am not 100% sure, so I have put off buying this one for now.



  • Angelfall by Susan Ee

So many people have been talking about how great this book is.  I want to be one of those people.  I am holding off buying it.  I am finding I love marathoning series.  For this reason I want to wait to read it.


The Public Library

  • The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson

I really enjoy these types of books, but most times I just read them once.  I can’t justify buying it.


humans of new york

  • Humans of New York

*same reason as above*



secret hum of a daisy

  • The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

One huge reason is the cover.  It is just so pretty.  Plus it is suppose to be really good, so there is that.



  • Garnethill by Denise Mina

I need more mystery books in my life.  I have had my eye on this book for so long and every time I have resisted buying it. I have no idea why. One day it will be mine!


The infinite sea

  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave book #2)

I really enjoyed the first book.  I am debating on waiting to read this one when it comes out or wait till closer for book #3.  Sure would be nice to have it while I am deciding. 🙂


What books are you really wanting to own?

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

SistersTitle: Sisters

Author: Raina Telgemeier

Publisher: Scholastic

Published: August 26, 2014

Pages: 211 pages

Series: Yes (Smile book #2)

Source: Book received through Netgalley for review

The Story

Raina has always wanted a little sister.  Her dreams come true when her parents have Amara.  Except Amara isn’t exactly what Raina was expecting.

My Thoughts

I hadn’t read Smile before.  In fact I had not read anything from Raina Telgemeier before.  I saw her speak during Book Expo America this year, and I really wanted to change that.  When I had the chance to review her newest book Sisters, I jumped at it.

I was immediately pulled into the story of two sisters with very different personalities.  The story has a road trip from San Francisco to Colorado. The story does go back and forth from present day to when Raina was younger. I felt like the scenes that tell what it is like to be crammed into a car with siblings, were just spot on.  I really liked how each character had a unique voice and the family members shared the spotlight of this book.  The other thing I truly enjoyed, was the fact that the book talks about fun pop culture items from the 80’s.  Will kids enjoy this part? No, but it adds that something extra to pull in adult readers.

There isn’t anything over the top, or really dramatic, just a fantastic story of a family.  The story does have some depth to it, and that comes to light at the end of the story.  This is just another element that readers may identify with. I was hooked from the first page to the last.  I honestly loved this book. I made sure to order it for my library.  I think this is a must have book!

I would give this book

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Mid Year Book Freak Out

The Mid Year book freak out was created by A Book So Fathomless.  See the original post here.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2014.
This is difficult, but I will go with Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2014.
Cress by Marissa Meyer

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
It has to be The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

5. Biggest disappointment.
Paper Towns by John Green

6. Biggest surprise.
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Colleen Hoover

8. Newest fictional crush.
Warner from the Shatter Me series

9. Newest favourite character.
Park Sheridan from Eleanor and Park

10. Book that made you cry.
I haven’t cried reading a book this year, but the one that would be tear worthy would be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

11. Book that made you happy.
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 
The Book Thief

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.
Ugh, don’t remind me I have been terrible at reviews this year.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
The Retribution of Mara Dyer *grabby hands*

BEA 2014 Recap

Is it too late to talk about BEA? Nah.


Here is a quick overview of what happened while I was at Book Expo America.

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Thursday: I didn’t have a whole bunch of signings planned for today.  I just wanted to get my bearings of the layout and how the event was going to be held.  I just went along and visited some booths.  I then made sure to make my way over to Lauren Oliver signing.  After waiting in line for so long the signing started.  Myself and a few people were told we would probably be the cut off for books, and odds are we wouldn’t get one.  Three people in front of me left, but I decided to chance it since I had waited for a long time already.  It ended up working out, and I was so glad.  I then went to eat lunch and catch up on my messages.  I happened to be sitting there and notice Jane Lynch walk by.

So, I made sure to get in her line.  A few kids were in line for her signing.  They kept squealing every time we rounded a corner and they saw her.  It was really cute.  I ended the day by attending a panel for graphic novels.


Michael Cho, Jules Feiffer, and moderator Calvin Reid


Raina Telgemeier and Farel Dalyrymple


Friday:  I started this day off by attending the Children’s Author Breakfast.  I really enjoyed this event.  The person I really liked the most was Mem Fox.  I hadn’t really heard of her before, but I thought she was delightful.  Just like Jason Segel said something along the line of “I want Mem Fox to be my honorary grandmother”.


Jason Segel and Carl Hiaasen


Mem Fox







I was on a mission to get a copy of Landline.  I made sure to be at the booth about 10 mins before 11.  There was some miscommunication and the line was moved somewhere else, even after I had asked a few times if I was in the right spot.  It ended up OK and I did get a copy.  Success!  *Landline is not pictured, because it has been read already and was sent off to my sister and aunt to read*  I then just was walking around.  I didn’t really have much to do until the Morgan Matson signing.  So I just went and got in line.  I am glad I did, since that line ended up being really long.  I just chatted with people in line and they were lovely, so it worked out.

Saturday: (Otherwise know as BookCon or otherwise know as chaos)  I know this has been said before, but BookCon was crazy.  I was attending the event with my sister and aunt.  They only had the one day pass, so they were told to get in line somewhere else (in a parking garage area).  I got in the BEA line.  I walked through the BEA side, they had it separated off, and it was so calm.  I made my way to the other side to find my sister and aunt.  That side was utter chaos!!  I finally found them.  We tried to get in line for book signings.  The Alexandra Bracken line-CRAZY.  There was nowhere for anyone to go to wait.  So people just stood around blocking the aisles. This angered the workers and they refused to start a line.  We only made it for a while and then I just couldn’t do it anymore.  I had such a bad headache and it was too crazy for my liking.  We made the decision to head back to the hotel room.  I really hope that they change how that was planned.  It was too small of a space for that many people.  It was clear whoever planned it did not care about the people attending, just sad.


The books I received.

IMG_0219       Lets Get Lost by Adi Alsaid (due out July 29, 2014) This one is just a little sampler (boo, hiss). However, I do really want to read this.

        Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (already released) I feel like I went to battle to get this one during BookCon.  I did already read it and really enjoyed it.

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick (due out October 7, 2014)

The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris (due out September 30, 2014)

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (already released)

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (already released) I can’t wait to read this one.

Rooms by Lauren Oliver (due out September 23. 2014) Another one I can’t wait to read.

  The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (due out January 13, 2015)



The Croc Ate My Homework by Stephan Pastis (already published)

 Big Nate Great Minds Think Alike by Lincoln Pierce (already published)

Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen (due out September 23, 2014)

  Island Hunters The Backyard Pirate Adventure by NE Walford (no date listed)

Desmond Pucket and the Mountain Full of Monsters by Mark Tatulli (August 5, 2014)

Nightmares By Jason Segel and Kristen Miller (September 9, 2014)




Circle Square Moose by Kelly Bingham  (due out September 23, 2014)  I loved the first one (Z is for Moose) and I can’t wait to read this one.

Dear Bully of Mine by Vicki Fraser (already published)

Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox (due out August 26, 2014)

Princess Gabby Girl by Camille Battaglia and Karen Wolcott (already published)

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (due out October 14, 2014)






Saga Volume 1 by Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples (already released)

Rat Queen by Kurtis J Wiebe and Roc Upchurch (already released)

Lazarus Volume 1 Family by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark (already released)


Mid Year Update

Let’s take a look at the progress for what goals I have set for myself.  You can take a look at the resolutions page here.

My goals are:

75 books total   According to Goodreads I have read 66 books (this does include some picture books)

12 children’s fiction books  I have read 12 so far (consider this goal met-I still want to keep up reading more children’s books to keep up to date for my job)                        3 picture books (I have read more than 3 picture books, but these are the ones on my Goodreads):  Big Bad Bubble Back to Bed Ed Library Mouse                                                                      



9 early reader/fiction books:        

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5 classics I have read one classic so far: The Secret Garden.  Oh boy I need to get on this one.

5 rereads I have re-read 3 books.  I am planning on re-reading the first two Mara Dyer books before that last book comes out.

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16 books from my category list  I have one category left.

A book that is from a debut author or a first book from an established author.  Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
A book that is non fiction. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
A book that is a graphic novel. Blankets by Craig Thompson
A book that is set in the winter.  Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
A book that has been sitting on your shelf for a long time. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
A book that takes place in an urban city. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
A book that is set at the beach or in a beach community. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
A book that is a mystery, thriller, or horror. 
A book that is set in the southern United States. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
A book that has something to do with a war.  Ignite Me by Tahreh Mafi
A book that is considered a children’s classic. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett
A book that has been adapted to a movie. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
CHALLENGE: A book that is recommended by someone else. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
CHALLENGE: Pick 3 books that have all been published in 2014.  Cress by Marissa Meyer, Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee, and A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd


Another big goal was to research and finalize plans for my masters.  I am almost done working up a list of the schools and the cost.  It will be expensive, but I really don’t want to wait much longer.


How are you doing with your goals?

Bout of Books 11.0 TBR

So, I wasn’t going to do Bout of Books.  In fact, I have never really done a read-a-thon. I always seem to find that it is during a really busy time, or I feel like I won’t be able to read a lot.  Then I realized if not now, when.  I just need to go for it.  Here is my TBR for what I am attempting to read next week.


  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  • Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Let me first say that it is doubtful that I will actually read all five of those books.  Especially if I am as busy as I was last week.  However, it is always good to have choices.


If you want to do Bout of Books, sign up here.  Are you participating in Bout of Books 11.0?

Top Ten Books I Want to Give Readers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Go check them out!

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is the top ten books we would most give to readers of x genre.  I decided to break it up into two parts and share the love.  Or push my views on books.  However you want to look at it.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I find these cards so adorable.   I want to buy them and put on all the books in the bookstore/library that I want people to read.  🙂

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*A good mix of light reads and heavier reads, but great introduction to this genre*

  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls- The hardships faced by the children in this family is unimaginable for most, but the story is a wonderful read.
  • sTori Telling by Tori Spelling – I was surprised by her first autobiography and think it is a great light read.
  • Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalavan – A fantastic book that highlights the struggle some of our service members are going through and the love of a dog.
  • Tip It by Maggie Griffin – I find it very interesting to read from the perspective of a family member of a very polarizing comedian.
  • A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth – I really connected with this autobiography and find I love recommending this book.

Women’s Fiction (aka Chick Lit)

*Books for those that want something different from this genre*

  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – The story of a family growing up in the Belgian Congo.  I love the focus on the females of the story.
  • Walking In Circles Before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe – A weird and wonderful book about a women who can hear her dog talk to her, after her boyfriend leaves her.
  • Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell- A young women discovering herself in the 1990’s and the story of her grandmother in 1920’s.
  • Summer Sisters by Judy Blume- Two girls that are like sisters and their coming of age story.
  • Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok – A beautiful,heart-wrenching story about an immigrant and her daughter.


What are your favorite books to recommend?

Top Ten Authors

This week for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is the top ten authors you own the most books from.

Before I get into my list I have a confession.  I don’t own that many books.  I mean compared to some people it is quite a few, but compared to most book bloggers/lovers it isn’t that many at.  There are a few reasons for this.  The first reason is that I just do not have the space.  For a long time I haven’t had space for big bookcases.  In fact my bookcase I have right now is three shelves high and not very wide.

Case in point my tiny bookshelf

Case in point my tiny bookshelf

A year ago I didn’t even have a bookcase.  I had books shoved under my bed and under the nightstand.  I had to precariously place them and hope I wouldn’t be smothered in my sleep by books!  Another reason is I don’t have a lot of extra money.  It keeps me from being able to buy all of the books that I really would like to have.  The last reason is that I don’t want to have to keep books because I feel like that is what I am supposed to do.  I often cycle through my books.  I either sell them to a bookstore, give them to family, or give them to charity shops.  I like to keep only the books I think I will re-read or that have some great sentimental value.  That being said, I can’t do this list like most bloggers will.  I will instead list the authors that I would own if I had unlimited space, and I had unlimited budget.



Top ten authors I dream of owning their books.

sophie kinsella

Sophie Kinsella

khaled hosseini

Khaled Hosseini

Jodi picoult

Jodi Picoult

gayle forman

Gayle Forman











Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan

Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover

Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer

Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver

Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson














  • Sophie Kinsella- I just love her books.  The Shopaholic books are great, but her stand alone books are what I love.
  • Khaled Hosseini- He writes so fantastic.  I find myself sucked into his books.
  • Jodi Picoult- I go through phases with reading a ton of her books and then taking a break from them.  If court room dramas are your thing, she is a must to have on your shelf.
  • Gayle Forman- I was hooked after just one of her books.

Recent additions to this list:

  • Rick Riordan- I have read one of the Percy Jackson books, but already I can tell he is one I would like to have all of the books from.  Millions of fans can’t be wrong, right?
  • Rainbow Rowell-  She quickly becoming high on my lists, right up there with Sophie Kinsella.  I just love the worlds she creates.
  • Colleen Hoover- I read Hopeless and just knew she was my kind of writer.  I really want to continue on with her books.  Bring them on.
  • Marissa Meyer- I loved Cinder and I feel like her series just gets better and better.  So good.
  • Lauren Oliver- Another author I felt like was for me after just reading one of her books.
  • Morgan Matson- I loved Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, and I can’t wait to read more by her.  I have been saving Since You’ve Been Gone, but must read it this summer.  Plus, she was the nicest author I met at BEA.  Bonus points!

(side note:Does anyone else think of the Kelly Clarkson song every time you hear that Morgan Matson title Since You’ve Been Gone?  No, just me.)


Here are the top three authors on my shelf right now.

Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins


Suzanne Collins is probably the author I most re-read.






Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead


I found most of the Vampire Academy series at a library book sale. I should really get around to finishing that series. I have only read the first one.





Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Isa Chandra Moskowitz


I love, love, love her cookbooks. If you could pull off The Appetite for Reduction book you would see so many pages marked. Plus, her dessert cookbooks are wonderful. I get the most compliments on her cookies I make around the holidays.





What authors do you own the most of? Are you like me and try not to keep a bunch of books?

The United States of Books

I recently saw a post on Lauren Oliver’s website that linked to this post on Epic Reads.  I found it fascinating.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but some books I easily remember that easily where they take place.  I think most people could tell me that Twilight takes place in Washington.  However, other books I don’t remember where they took place.  Here are two more links to posts about famous books that take place all of the United States.

The Most Famous Books Set in Every State (according to Business Insider)

50 States, 50 Novels by


My question is this, do you pay attention to what state a book is set in? I am going to limit this right now to the United States. If you don’t live in the US does this make a difference for you? If you live here do you search out books set in your current state or states you have lived in?

I don’t know if I make a conscious effort to pick out books from the states I have lived/live in. I do notice it at times. When I read Divergent I kept think about how much I missed Illinois. When I read The Tenth Circle I read it while in an Alaskan village. Not far from where the book was describing. I had to read a passage to my roommate. I also know I am drawn to books about some of my favorite vacation destinations. Did you say that book was set in New York City? Well then I guess I will have to read it.