Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie – Books for the Scaredy Cat

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week was a Halloween Freebie so I thought I’d give some book recommendations! These are for, if you are like me, the scaredy cat. You don’t like to read horror or scary books so you reach for other types instead. I actually have a wide variety of genres here because that’s what I like! Some of these I have read and some are on my TBR that I wanted to get to but didn’t. (Clicking on the books takes you to Goodreads)

#1 The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

I am actually currently reading this one and while it’s creepy it’s definitely not scary. At least, I don’t find it so. It’s just weird. There’s a haunted boarding school, ghosts, a missing girl, some weird time warp stuff, and a teacher trying to figure it all out.

#2 Contagion (Contagion, #1) by Erin Bowman

I just finished this one a couple weeks ago and LOVED it. I listened to it on audible and could not stop. This is a sci-fi that is a mix between Alien and 28 Days Later. Sort of Zombies in space. Scientists respond to a distress signal in deep space, and when they get there everyone is dead… or so it seems.

#3 Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Took a turn in genres. I have read most of the Sherlock stories and love them! They are perfect for this time of year! Plus there are a ton of gorgeous editions out there!

#4 A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1) by Deanna Raybourn

I am obsessed with this historical mystery series! Veronica and Stoker solving mysteries including some about them, is sooooo good! Also, the tension between them is on fire. Just sayin’.

#5 The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

I really liked this take on Vlad the Impaler (AKA Dracula). Perfect for Halloween! It’s short and fun.

#6 Cadaver & Queen (Cadaver & Queen, #1) by Alisa Kwitney

This was also a fun retelling! This on is a a unique take on Frankenstein!

#7 Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) by Keri Maniscalco

This one definitely lived up to the hype for me. One of the most perfect fall books ever. Dark, creepy, mystery, some romance. Yes.

#8 A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness

This is on my TBR and I feel like it would be the perfect read for Halloween! Witches and Vampires and treasure and libraries. I want to drop everything and read this now!

#9 Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

I did NOT like The Mortal Instruments series but LOVED this series! Basically the big baddie is trying to turn everyone into automatons. Plus there are supernatural creatures up the wazoo in here.

#10 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Come on, I had to add it. Pretty sure most of us who reread this series, we reread this time of year. I’m starting book 4 of my reread soon!

Tell me some book recommendations that are perfect for Halloween!

Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Things to Eat/ Drink While Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten is all about food and drinks while eating!

Here are my top ten:

  1. Tea – Bubble tea, sweet tea, hot tea. Such a bookish thing really
  2. Coffee – Again, a given
  3. Hot Chocolate
  4. Wine – I don’t drink a lot but I like to have a cooler in the bath while reading sometimes
  5. Chips – Sweet potato chips or plain ol’ chips
  6. Chocolate
  7. Cookies
  8. Popcorn
  9. Ice Cream
  10. Gummy Bears – Or other gummies!

Apparently I like a lot of sweet things when I read! I actually hardly ever eat when I read but I almost always have a drink!

Are any of mine on your list? Do you ever spill?

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

Top ten Tuesday is a bookish meme that That Artsy Reader Girl hosts!

This week’s top ten is: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019! Mine is not necessarily in order!

  1. Queen of Nothing is actually my number one. 😛

2. Or maybe this one is my number one? I can’t decide between these first two! The Burning White

3. The Lady Rogue

4. The Harp of Kings

5. The Memory Thief

6. Rage

7. Fireborne Anything with Dragons. Please let me know of more dragon books that are coming out!!

8. The Beautiful

9. A Kingdom for a Stage Because For a Muse of Fire was one of my favorite reads last year!!

10. The Gossamer Mage

Are any of these on your list? Also, I love sci-fi and somehow don’t know of any new ones coming out! Someone recommend me some!

Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Book Opinions

This is a really fun meme created by That Artsy Reader Girl! Check out her blog and check out what the next top ten Tuesday will be!

I don’t know that I have general unpopular opinions but I’m going to list what I have! I am terrified of sharing unpopular opinions! So, please don’t hate me. 😛

  1. The Mortal Instruments series: It just wasn’t that great, in my opinion. I feel like I wasted time reading these books. I LOVE The Infernal Devices though.

2. John Green Books. Not. For. Me. Real life is hard and sad enough without the hopelessness that is in his books.

3. Token Gay Character. Stop trying to prove you are so PC by adding or making characters gay WAY LATER IN THE SERIES. Like, I’m talking there were no signs whatsoever, then people complain, then the author is like, “What? No! I’m PC! This character was actually gay the whole time!”

4. Insta Love. So annoying.

5. The Shack. Probably my most hated book.

6. The Grisha Trilogy. I cringed every moment that wasn’t filled with Nikolai (I love him)

7. On the heals of that, the Darkling. I didn’t like him. He was a jerk.

8. The Hazel Wood. Not sure if this is unpopular but I reeeeaaalllly didn’t like it. It was depressing with no redemption.

9. The Selection Series. I loved this series. And most people seem to dislike it now.

10. Here’s a good one. I have hidden ones I will never tell ANYONE! HA!

Top Ten Tuesday – First Ten Books I Reviewed

This is my current favorite blog meme! It is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, so check it out! I love her blog!

Today’s top ten is: First Ten Books I Reviewed! Which are all on Goodreads. BUT I am going to do the first 5 books I ever reviewed on Goodreads then the first 5 books I ever reviewed on my blog!

Goodreads book reviews (ones I actually said something and not just rated):

  1. Stuff Christians Like – I remember this being funny. But other than that I don’t remember this book at all. I reviewed it in 2014
  2. The Help – I read this for my book club and I loved this book! Hmm I might need to reread this.
  3. Gone Girl – I remember liking it okay!
  4. The Shack – Ah. One of the few books I have ever one starred. I hated this book.
  5. Belle: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast – I love Cameron Dokey!

Blog book reviews:

  1. The Gone World – I liked this one but it was kind of a creepy Sci-fi! It was weird for sure! But cool!
  2. A Curious Beginning – I LOVE this series!
  3. A Perilous Undertaking – The second book to A Curious Beginning! I read the first three right in a row!
  4. Meldoy’s Key – An indie contemporary that I liked!
  5. Blood and Sand – I really like this book! I really want the second book to hurry and come out!

Whew! Have y’all read any of these?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Top ten Tuesday is a really fun blog meme that is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

(Taken from That Artsy Reader Girl) How it works:

“I assign each Tuesday a topic and then post my top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

You’ll find the schedule of upcoming TTT topics below so you can plan ahead. I’ll post a Linky here on the blog each week so you can link up your post (if you want). If you don’t have a blog, post your picks in the comment section below! Have tons of fun talking books and getting to know your fellow bloggers!

NOTE: If a weekly topic is listed as a “freebie”, you are invited to come up with your own topic. Sometimes I will give your topic a theme, such as “love”, a season, or an upcoming holiday. That just means that you can come up with any topic you want that fits under that umbrella.”

Here are my top ten:

I cannot believe I haven’t read this yet. I actually have a horrible admission, I have loved Kristoff since Endsinger came out way back when. But when he became insanely popular (which I am happy about, don’t get me wrong) everyone and their mother loves him. So I feel like raving about him makes me just like the masses now. I told you, it’s a really awful bookish admission. Because really, who cares if I like something that everyone else likes too. Maturity, y’all. Please, please someone tell me I’m not a total snob.

Tracey Neithercott is soooooo sweet!! I actually won this book last year and haven’t gotten to read it yet. This is on my immediate TBR!

Kayla Olson is one of my favorite authors sooooo WHY HAVEN’T I READ THIS YET?!

Again, with Jay Kristoff!

I am hoping to start this bad boy soon! I think I am going to buddy read it with a Bookstagram friend!

Another massively popular series I want to start!

I know this series gets a lot of flak for being cheesy but I LOVE this series. I actually love cheesy. It’s such a fun series!

Brandon Sanderson will always be on my TBR because I want to read aaaalll of his books. It will take me forever! I’ve started with Mistborn and it is one of my favorite books now!

The three other women in my book club have all read and LOVED this series. So I need to read this ASAP!

I am hoping to buddy read this one too! Brent Weeks is highly under talked about! I love his Lightbringer series!

I usually read 3-4 books a month, so I’m hoping to get through more than these 10 this Spring, but we shall see! What books are on your TBR? Do we share any of the same books?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

This is my second time participating in Top Ten Tuesday and I’m so excited! Check out That Artsy Reader Girl for more info! Today’s top ten is, Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads. I thought this was going to be harder to find but I realized I’ve read and loved quite a few books that have under 2,000 ratings. (But they definitely should have more!!) In fact, a few of these are some of my all time favorite books!

  1. For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
  2. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan
  3. Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney
  4. The Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes
  5. Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk
  6. The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick
  7. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
  8. Reigntime Series: Reigntime (#1) and Starlit (#2) by S.K. Levy
  9. The Progeny by Tosca Lee
  10. White Stag by Kara Barbieri

I love reading under-appreciated books. Please recommend me some more!