Top Ten Sequels

I have a love/hate relationship with series.  I really do love getting into a good series.  The problem is a lot (at least in Young Adult) of the books are series.  I feel like I have to invest all this time in so many books, on top of all the other books I want to read.  That being said let’s get on with what the topic is.  This Tuesday is the top ten sequels.

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


1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins- Book 2  

The Hunger Games series(3 books in the series)

I flew through this series.  Catching Fire is such an amazing book.  It is just as good as the first or it may be even better.

2. Where She Went by Gayle Forman-book 2

If I Stay series (2 books in the series)

I loved this one even more than the first one.  That almost never happens.

3. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo-book 2

The Grisha series (2 books in the series–so far)

I liked the first book in the series enough to continue, but didn’t love it.  I really, really enjoyed the second book in the series.  It added a bit more layers to the story and introduced one of my favorite characters in the whole series.

4. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver-book 2

Delirium series (3 books in the series)

I love this series and this second book is so good.  The thing I love about this second book is it is distinctly its own.  It works with the story, but stands on its own.

5. Ninth Key by Meg Cabot-book 2

The Mediator series (6 books in the series)

This series was so fun to read.  Most of the books are fast reads.  I didn’t love some of the later books, but this is when the story hits its stride.

6. Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin-book 2

Mara Dyer series (2 books–so far)

I love this series.  It pulls you in, and the second book is no exception.  The first book left so many questions, and the second book added to it.  I can’t wait to read the last book in this series.

7. Opal by Jennifer Armentrout-book 3

Lux series (4 books–so far)

This isn’t my favorite series, but it is candy coated goodness.  The cliffhanger ending in this one was crazy.

8. Shadows by Ilsa J Bick-book 2

Ashes series (3 books in the series)

This book was hard to get into, but once I did it was a wonderful second book in the series.

9. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella-book 2

Shopaholic series (6 books in the series–so far)

I loved the new setting and the side characters in this one.  It is my favorite of the series.

10. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare-book 3

The Mortal Instruments Series (5 books in the series–so far)

I have some problems with this series.  To say it is not my favorite is an understatement.  However, I will give credit when it is due!  This is the best book in the series and way better than the first two.


What are your favorite sequels?


Current Series You Should Watch on Netflix

The Emmy’s are tonight!!  In honor of that, I think we should take a break to do some tv talk.  I love watching tv shows.  Discovering a great show and marathoning is awesome.  That is especially good for some of those cold, blustery winter weekends coming soon.  Here are my recommendations for the series you should check out on Netflix.

In no particular order:

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Seasons 1-4 Available

This show I started watching a couple of years ago.  It had already been on for a little over two years, it is now in its 5th year.  I watched the first season and I liked it, but did not love it.  The second season I was hooked.  The show hits its stride.  You will be laughing at all of the crazy antics and fall in love with town of Pawnee.   Watch the four seasons on Netflix now.

How I Met Your Mother

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Seasons 1-7 Available

Sticking with comedy, let’s talk about How I Met Your Mother or HIMYM.  This is one show I started watching from the beginning.  I so love Barney.  HIMYM has had some epic episodes.  Those episodes aren’t going to come alive unless you have been watching the show and have become a fan.  Are you going to crack up at Robin Sparkles or cringe when you know the slap is coming in Slap Bet?  No you will not, unless you watch from the beginning.  Go, do it right now.    Well finish reading this first!



Seasons 1-7 Available

I have to admit I haven’t watched the current seasons.  This is partly due to the fact I don’t get Fox, but also just because I haven’t made the time to catch up.    However, Bones is addictive tv.   The cases are really interesting, the chemistry is great, and all of the characters are  well thought out.  The dialogue is really good.  Plus, Bones and Booth have a great will they or won’t they chemistry.  Did I already mention chemistry?  Oh well, it is a science show.

Vampire Diaries

vampire diaries

Seasons 1-3 Available

I was late to the Vampire Diaries train.  I wrongly thought it wouldn’t interest me.  I just went about my life ignoring this show.  Then one weekend I started to watch.  This show ruined my life.  Well, ok, it didn’t ruin my life.  Just a few weeks in the month of March.  I would keep trying to watch one more episode, just one more.  Needless to say if you are looking for a show to escape from the world.  This is probably a good one.

One Upon A Time

Once upon a time

Seasons 1-2 Available

This show is one of the more original plot lines I have watched.  It is like a mini-movie every episode.  At least for the first season.  Each episode is a little more in the layers of the story.  Now is the time to check it, especially since it has inspired a spin-off.



Seasons 1-2 Available

The show is based on a fixer, someone who is called when a scandal breaks out.  This show has all of the drama that a political show set in Washington D.C. can have.  This is an addicting show and would be fantastic for fans of drama.

That is it for current tv shows.  What shows did I miss?  What one should I check out next?  Do you agree with my list?

Review: On the Island and Uncharted by Tracey Garvis-Graves

on the islandTitle: On the Island and Uncharted

Author: Tracey-Garvis Graves

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Published: Book October 11, 2011 and Novella July 2, 2013

Series: no

Source: Library and purchased the novella from Amazon/Kindle

On the Island 

The Story

Anna Emerson is an English teacher who has been offered a teaching job in Maldives.  She accepts the job happily and is looking forward to spending a working summer on the beach.  T.J is a seventeen year old who has no desire to spend his summer in the Maldives with his family.  His cancer is in remission and he would rather spend his time hanging our with his friends.  The two set off to meet T.J’s family in the Maldives, but on the way their plane crashes.  Anna and T.J. fight to survive on the island and begin to rely on each other.

My Thoughts

I am going to be honest, I came into this book with some trepidation.  The story is known to be a love story between the two characters with a big age difference.  The biggest problem is it is between a teacher and a student.  I really worried and did not think that I would like the story.  As a teacher, it is not a subject matter I really wanted to read about.  I am glad I listened to the reviews and gave it a try.

The subject of the two being stranded on a desert island is handled with a lot of realistic portrayals.  Things do not come together so easily, and the two struggle with the basic day-to-day life on an island.  The writing is superb.  It pulls you into exactly what the two are having to go through.

The romance, which I was most worried about it, was also written very well.  Tracey Garvis-Graves took care to make it believable and surprised me with how much I rooted for the two.  The romance was slow building.

The ending was not all tied in a nice bow and was realistic.  I don’t want to give anything away, there are a few twists and turns.  This is a definite must read.  I highly recommend On the Island.

I would give it:

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The Story

Owen Sparks is a twenty-three year old millionaire who walks away from everything.  He takes a plane trip to a deserted island determined to get away from it all.  This novella is his story of what happened on that deserted island.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed the novella and liked “seeing” the island from another perspective.  It was totally different coming from someone who chose to go to that island.  It also makes a difference that he can leave for a while and go back to the mainland.   Owen is an enjoyable character and I liked reading his short story.  I didn’t love it like On the Island, but it is definitely worth the read.

I would give it:

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Best and Worst Book to Movie Adaptations

This is honor of the top ten Tuesday that I missed awhile back.  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  You should go check them out.

Here are my book to movie adaptations that I loved and some that I did not love.

Best Book to Movie Adaptations:

Stephen King’s IT

Darkly Dreaming Dexter (not a movie, but you get the idea)


The Help

The Hunger Games

Devil Wears Prada


Worst Book to Movie Adaptations:

Confessions of a Shopaholic

The Time Travelers Wife

New Moon

My Sister’s Keeper


What are favorite or least favorite book to movie adaptations?

Top Ten TBR for Fall 2013

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

This week we are looking at the top ten books on our fall TBR list.  I would love to be able to list all new or to be released books. Except this is the time when I am finishing up my challenges and catching up on books I didn’t finish before.  I will break the list into two parts.  The first part is to be released in the fall and the last part are books I will be catching up on.

Fall 2013 releases:

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Scheduled October 10, 2013


Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Scheduled November 26th, 2013


Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell

Scheduled October 15, 2013

(I am reading this now and really enjoying it)


Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Already released


My I need to finish list:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

This has been on my list so long AND now the last book is coming out.  Time for me to get on it.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is the last book on my challenge, so yes I need to finish it.

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

This will be one of my Halloween reads

anna dressed in blood

That is not ten, but I want to finish a lot of things that I have been meaning to read.  What books did I miss?  Any that are must reads this fall?

The Old Me and the New Me, As A Reader

This is a topic I have been thinking about for quite some time.  Recently I read a post on Book Rock Betty, No One Knows A Good Book Like YOU Do, about how we choose the books we choose.    I started thinking about this recently when I looked at my to be read list.  It is long and then I add-on all the books I have picked on Netgalley.  I also have all the books I need to finish for my challenges, sigh!

The old me, as a reader, use to just pick up whatever book I wanted.  Here are the highlights.

  • I rarely read new releases and most times had no idea about when books were coming out.
  • Most times it took me a few years to get around to a “new” release.
  • I read a lot of chick lit and got stuck in a certain genre.
  • I would buy a book and read it pretty soon afterwards.  I never bought books and had them unread for a long time.
  • I would go to the library and just browse for whatever jumped off to me from the shelf.
  • I never looked at reviews or discounted a book based on ratings.
  • I relied on friends, librarians, and booksellers if I was stuck on what to read next.
  • I would take breaks from reading and never thought much about it.
  • I didn’t read over 25 books a year.  In fact, I don’t think I even kept track of what I read and how much.


The new me, as a reader, is a bit more intense.  Here are the highlights.

  • I have stacks of books that I need to get through.
  • I read through reviews and have let some of them sway me.
  • I feel pressure to get through a lot of books (entirely my own pressure).
  • I listen to hype.
  • I keep up with what books are coming out, what is popular, and what is being turned into movies.
  • I feel the need to get more books, even though I still have so many to read (see the first bullet point).
  • I read all kinds of genres and still haven’t finished some “chick lit” I wanted to read years ago.
  • I think about the fact that I haven’t read very many classics and it kind of bothers me.


Sometimes I miss the old me and how I approached reading.  I loved being able to go into a bookstore or library and just pick something. Then actually take it home and read it right away.  No stacks of books or long list of what I have to read.   I was reading for pure pleasure and gave no thought to anything else.  I do still read for pleasure, but now I add-on a lot of other needs/wants I feel like I want to accomplish.  Then I think about the fact that the old me never would have read a lot of the books I have read.  I would have missed out on some fantastic reads.  I would have assumed Young Adult would not have been for me.  I might have thought I was the only over 30 something looking at younger reader books.

Overall I am happy with the new me as a reader.  Every once in a while I long for the old me.

What are somethings that have changed, as a reader, for you?  Do you find it is for the better now or before?

Books to Movies, Maybe

Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, this week is the top ten books made into movies.  That would be a world in which people don’t butcher the books, and create some of the terrible movies we have live through.  That is a whole different list.


Cinder by Marissa Meyer – This is one of those books that reads like a movie.  I would love to see the characters of Cinder, Iko, and Prince Kai.  Plus, the queen would make one scary villain.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn  – This one is listed as coming out in 2014 and has a cast.  That sounds promising.  The dark subject matter and graphic material will be hard to watch, but it is a really good book.

Delirium by Lauren OliverThe world of delirium would be interesting to see as a movie.  The society, the mindless non-love, and the invalids would be entertaining to watch.  Hopefully this will happen and not another false start.

The Twins of TribecaThis book would be fun to see adapted.  Who would play the twin studio heads?  I would find it interesting to see the over the top antics of the actors and actresses.  This could be the Devil Wears Prada for the film industry.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman –  The cross-country story would translate well to the big screen.


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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen – There was buzz about this book awhile back, but since it has died down.  The serial killer in this book is so creepy and would be mighty scary on the big screen.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – This sci-fi book with all the 80’s pop culture references would make one crazy movie.  It is supposed to be in development.

Shadow and Bone by Leah Bardugo – Alina’s cool abilities, the Darkling as a villian, and the world of Shadow and Bone is awesome.  This one is listed as in development.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner is good, but this book is better.  This book needs to be made into a movie.  It says it is in development.

Twenties Girl by Sophie KinsellaI love the character of great-aunt Sadie.  If they do make another Sophie Kinsella book (oh I hope they do make more), please do not screw it up like they did Confessions of a Shopaholic.


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What books have you read that must be turned into a movie?