top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Words/Topics That Will Make Me NOT Pick Up a Book

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

I'm usually pretty easy going when it comes to picking up books. If it sounds good, I'll give it a try. But there are some topics/words, that have me running the other way. It's either because of previous bad experiences or the fact that I have no interest in it at all. Here's my top ten in no particular order.
  • Zombies. I don't like watching them on TV, much less reading about them. I just can't do it.
  • Middle Grade. I didn't like reading MG books when I "should" have been reading them instead of my YA, Adult books.
  • Aliens. The thought of these make me shudder. I watched one alien movie when I was younger, got scared, and really rather not think about it.
  • Horror. No, thank you.
  • Fairytale Retellings. I don't think I've actually ever read a fairytale to start with. Watched the movies, sure, but I don't think I've read fairytales. Either way, I don't want to read a retelling of any kind.
  • Christian Fiction. There are a few exceptions to this one, of course. I have two authors that I will read from in this genre and that's it. Even then, I don't go out and buy all their books or actively search/wait for their books.
  • Classics. Eh. Yeah, there are a few that I would like to read, but the thought of reading something that has been deemed a "classic," is a little intimidating to me. 
  • "For Fans of ---." Often times, I don't see a connection to why if I liked that book, I would like this one as well. Sometimes, it's a paranormal, but with entirely different feels, different types of characters, etc. Can't books just be who they are without being attached to another book and its hype? Let this book build it's own fan base because of the story it holds and not because it's "similar" to another book. That makes sense, right? 
  • Faeries. I have some books on my shelf right now that are about these creatures. I have some on my to-read that I don't own yet. I'm not sure what it is about it, and obviously it won't keep me from picking up the book, but it definitely makes me hesitate. I don't know why this topic is different than others, but if I see it's about faeries, I might put it back down. Like it has a "Do Not Read Me" label. Makes no sense why I see this, immediately think I won't like it, and run, so let's just deem this one as a May Not Pick Up At This Time, type of book. I need to read a few more books (like the ones on my bookshelf) and then make a final decision as if it's for me or not. 
So close to ten! Nine will have to do. This was hard to come up with. After the first few topics, I had to really think about it. Sure, we all know what we will read and we can think of a few that we won't, but to think of ten? That's a little challenging. Especially since if the synopsis hooks me, I'll pick it up regardless. It happens sometimes.

Tell me. What words/topics would make your top ten?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Read So Far In 2013

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

This one is going to be tough. Why? Because I've only read 24 books this year. Terrible, I know! But for like the first three months, I was in a reading funk. That means that really, I've read those 24 in the latter three months. My goal this year is 50. Anyway, I'm just going to list the absolute best books I've read so far this year. These are my top four and you should read them all!

 Delayed Penalty (Crossing the Line, #1) Hopeless (Hopeless, #1) Off Limits (Off Series, #2) Wide Awake

What are the best books you've read so far this year? Tell me about them so I can add them to my TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

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

Since I'm on the dreaded book buying ban, I won't be buying any new releases for a while. Therefore, the books on my summer TBR list are all books that I have. The top ten on my list are books that I've had for a while and wanted to read, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

Narc Faking Faith Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1) Bridge of Scarlet Leaves The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1) What Happened to Goodbye Time Between Us (Time Between Us, #1) All These Things I've Done (Birthright, #1) Nevermore (Nevermore, #1)

What books are on your summer TBR list? Do we share any of the same books? Or have you read some of these already?

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, we're sharing our top ten beach reads, by however we classify a beach read. For me, a beach read is a light book that won't make me cry, think too much, or make me feel anything other than relaxed and happy. Here are the top eight books that do that for me. (I could only find eight that I've read and would want to read on the beach.)

Twilight (Twilight, #1) For me, Twilight is a book that can take me away from life and I don't have to think about much when reading it. It's not a book that makes me put too much thought into it. I can read it, enjoy the day, and be able to have stopping points anywhere throughout the book. I don't want to be at the beach and be so invested that I can't stop to get in the water.

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)I can't mention a beach read without talking about The Summer I Turned Pretty. Granted, I easily get addicted to this book, becoming so caught up in the story that I wouldn't want to stop reading, it still makes the list. If not a "beach read," it's definitely a summer read. I might get too wrapped up in the book while at the beach, but I'd still want to take it with me.

Magic Hands 
Magic Hands is a fast, cute read. Perfect for the beach!

Stupid Cupid (Stupid Cupid, #1)Stupid Cupid is another fast, cute, and fluffy book. It's enjoyable and makes me keep turning the pages. It's a light book and it would be a good way to enjoy my time at the beach.

Love Means ZeroLove Means Zero is a drama-filled read for the inner gossipers inside of us. That's sort of how I've always pictured this book. It's addicting, but not so much so that I can't put it down if I were at the beach. Another great book to dive into while laying in the sun.

Off Limits (Off Series, #2)I chose Off Limits as one of my beach reads mainly because if I'm going to spend all day out in the hot sun, I want to read about Nix and his hot self. Definitely someone something I want to get lost in at the beach. Love Nix!

Losing It (Losing It, #1)Losing It is a beach read for me because it's steamy. Another hot book that I would want to read on the beach for the great characters and story.

Love and LeftoversLove & Leftovers is on the list because I feel like a bystander when reading this book. I don't feel like I'm caught up in the whirlwind of the story, just someone standing a few feet away, watching it all go down. For that reason, I think it's a good beach read. Plus, it's in verse and a quick read.

These are my top picks for a beach read. What are yours?

Top Ten Tuesday - Freebie (Books I Own That I Really Want to Read)

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, we get a freebie and can choose to post a top ten on whatever we wish. I decided to post the Top Ten Books I Own That I Really Want to Read. These are books that I own, but haven't read yet. I'm mostly making this list so I can get my thoughts together as to what I want to read next in no particular order.

I've heard great things about this book and it has made me move it up on my TBR!

The Fault in Our Stars
It's about time that I dive into another John Green book and this is my pick.

The Final Piece
I got this for my Momma & me for Mother's Day and haven't had a chance to read it yet.

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)
This has been sitting on my Kindle since it was released. Big fan of Colleen Hoover!

Stalk Me (The Keatyn Chronicles, #1)
Love Jillian Dodd's That Boy series and I'm ready to read her new series.

What Happened to Goodbye
Love Sarah Dessen! It's been too long since I've read one of her books.

With All My Soul (Soul Screamers, #7)
I need to finish this series, but I'm scared of it ending! 

A Little Less Girl
A friend of mine read it and liked it, so I want to read it!

Kiss Crush Collide
Started this a while back and enjoyed it. Life got in the way and I put it to the side. Time to finish!

Ended up the the 2nd one first somehow and finally got my hands on this one. 

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Liked More/Less Than I Thought I Would

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I have always enjoyed reading everyone's Top Ten lists and I figured, why shouldn't I get in on the fun? I'll start with the books I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

Through Her Eyes Amaretto Flame Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) Leverage I Now Pronounce You Someone Else

All of these books offer something different. With each of them, I knew I would probably enjoy it, but I was overwhelmed with how much more I liked them. Wither, for instance, isn't the type of book I usually read. Those future, science fiction books are 9 times out of 10 not for me. I couldn't believe how much I loved that book! It has made me want to try and read more books like it.

I Know Pronounce You Someone Else was a surprise for me because occasionally, I'll see the cover and think, eh. With the impression the cover made on me, I thought that the book would just be "okay" like the cover. I was wrong. Leverage just blew my mind.


Love and Leftovers City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) Dreamland Keeping the Moon
I love novels in verse. Ellen Hopkins is the queen of verse novels, in my opinion. Love & Leftovers was my first verse, non-Ellen Hopkins book. I did enjoy it, but not as much as I thought I would. Then there's the fourth in The Mortal Instruments series. I had super high expectations for that book because I loved the first three so terribly much. It fell so far from what I was expecting.

Shiver was one of those books that was constantly being raved about for months before I read it. I was bit by the hype bug and the story didn't match the hype I was hearing for me. The writing was fantastic, though. Last, but not least, are those two Sarah Dessen books. I'm a huge fan of her works and those two just didn't do it for me compared to the others.