Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

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June 20:  Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t — anyone else have a mile long list of series to start like I do??


 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read/Want To Read Because Of My Dad

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June 13: Father’s Day related Freebie:  favorite dads in literature, best father/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your dad, worst dads in literature, etc. etc.


 

And Scifi In General – my dad’s the one who made me love scifi, including Doctor Who and Star Trek. The above are nine of his favorite books of all time.

Top Ten Tuesday: SFF Books That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List

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June 6:  10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List — I want to know what books have piqued your interest lately from whatever genre you choose!


Roughly 80% of what I read is SFF, but here are some I’ve recently added to my TBR!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Fun Vacation Reads

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May 23Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.


None comprehensive and in no particular order, but these are all summer vibe, fast, light hearted reads great for taking on vacation. Nothing too heavy or sad!


 

1 – Heist Society

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A fast-paced trilogy about teenage art thieves that is hilarious and wonderful by one of my favorite authors of all time.

2 – We Were Liars

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Mystery. Fun characters. A summer vacation home. A rich family. A romance. Its good.

3 – Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

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A bit of a sad backstory to this one. But the romance is cheesy and not an instalove, and the road trip epicness is alive and sparkling in this.

4 – Everything Everything

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Again, a bit of health related sadness, and the ending is pretty hit-or-miss with most. But its well written, cute, a fast read, and the little drawings and book obsessed MC make it extra fun. Also, movie coming soon!

5 – Panic

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This one is less cutesy more action – if that’s what you prefer. Fast paced, life or death games, and epic friendships.

6 – The Selection

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Lighthearted, great guilty-pleasure read if you’re the sort of person who watches stuff like The Bachelor – because its essentially girls trying to win the hand of the prince. The more dystopian world building is pretty interesting, and the love triangle – while infuriating at times, but it a great no worries, kill time and enjoy it read. Vacation/summer is the time for watching TLC and Lifetime and this is basically that in book form.

7 – When Dimple Met Rishi

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This just came out I think (or soon at least) and I haven’t read it – but its a cute, diverse romance everyone’s raving about taking place at a summer program. I think it’ll work.

8 – The Square Root of Summer

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The MC is a bit of a physics/math nerd – which  makes her relatable to me – and the whole story is cute and fairly lighthearted (with the obligatory drama and not very pervasive sad backstory as requisite in most YA).

9 – Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

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A book everyone probably knows about, but felt I had to mention. Its a collection of summer-set short stories by various popular YA authors.

10 – Royce Rolls

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A fast-paced, funny read. The characters were all great. You can actually read my full review here: NetGalley Review: Royce Rolls. If you guilty-pleasure watch The Kardashians – you’ll like this. Its centered on a family of reality TV stars.

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Moms in YA

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May 16:  Mother’s Day related Freebiefavorite moms in literature, books about motherhood, best mother/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your mom, worst moms in literature, etc. etc.


This was actually an insanely difficult list to make.
Most YA moms are:
1) dead,
2) absent from the story entirely,
or
3) terrible and/or negligent when they do appear.

Good moms are hard to find!


 

1 – Molly Weasley
from
Harry Potter

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Molly Weasley is THE mom, in any book ever. She’s the best. She raised seven kids well, despite the ability to have been pretentious about blood status and being poor, she raised them right. And practically cared for Harry like her own. And she is one of the best moms you know this.

2 – Sally Jackson
from
Percy Jackson

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Sally raised Percy on her own, did her best to protect him while letting him live his own life, and practically took in every other kid that showed up on her doorstep, including Percy’s CYCLOPS half-brother.

3 – Jocelyn Fairchild
from
Mortal Instruments

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Everything she does is to protect Clary. Even when she’s being frustrating, she cares so much, and she tries so hard to protect her daughter.

4 – Mrs Garrett
 from
My Life Next Door

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She’s like the Molly Weasley of contemporaries. with (I think its_ 7 of her own children, and practically mothering all the friends and girlfriends who show up in her house. She’s actually involved in her kids’s lives, which is more than most YA moms.

5 – Kat Hall
 from
If I Stay

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Because of the flashback scenes, we see her more as a fully fleshed out character, and how she supported her daughter unconditionally. How much they gave up for her to live her dream.

6 – Clara’s mother
from
Unearthly

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I haven’t actually read Unearthly, but everything I see describes Clara’s relationship with her mother as a very Gilmore Girls like one.

7 – Esme
from
Twilight

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She’s not actually their mom. But she acts more like a mom than most YA mothers, protects Bella as one of her own from the beginning just because Edward loves her, would do anything for her kids.

8 – Renee
from
Twilight

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Another from Twilight because for any other fault you find with it, it had realistic adults generally. Renee loves her daughter, was ready to drop everything and go home if her daughter wanted her to. A little flighty, but loves her daughter.

9 – Rachel Morgan
from
Gallagher Girls

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Rachel Morgan raises her daughter to be epic and caring, and does everything to keep her daughter and her friends safe for as long as she can. A+ mom in fiction.

10 – Oliver’s mom
from
Because You’ll Never Meet Me

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She keeps secrets from him yes, but only to protect him. She dropped her whole life and everyone in it to live in the woods and keep him safe and healthy, did everything she could for him.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things I Want To See More Of In YA

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Today’s Prompt:

May 9Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist – things you want to see more of in books — tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot, etc. All those things that make you think I WANT MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS!


1 – Involved Parents

Something that happens in virtually every YA novel, no matter the genre. The parents are absent. In fantasy, this generally means dead or conspicuously missing. In contemporary, this means their existence is ignored until the main character is grounded to create drama.

Kids go where they want, when they want, never seem to go home or get caught doing stupid things. Parents just aren’t involved in their kids lives and while unfortunately that is the reality for some kids, it certainly isn’t the most common reality.

The only YA books I’ve seen where the parents role an important role, are ones why the parents are terrible – and if thats the focus of the book you’re writing, if thats the story. Then perfect! All is well!

But don’t make your protagonist a well-rounded character with a good home life, with parents who never talk to them. And not every fantasy heroine needs to be an orphan. Let them have families!

2 – Protagonists That Don’t Live Up To Western Beauty Standards (Where That Isn’t The Focus Of The Plot)

Every YA protagonist is beautiful, and they either KNOW IT or think themselves as plain until a love interest expounds on their beauty. But generally, they are always thin, pale etc. Always adhering to western beauty conventions.

Give me different races and ethnicities. Give me different fashions. Give me unique hair and eyes – or very,very generic ones.

Give me ugly protagonists, protagonists with disabilities and scars. Acne. Different body types. Like a real person, like a real teenager, the ones the protagonists are meant to be embodying – in stories why their looks aren’t the focus.

Why can’t a chubby girl star in a fantasy? Because she’s only ever in contemporaries angst-ing about her weight – like in “Dumplin'” – the entire arc is her accepting her body type. And its a great story, its a great message. That doesn’t mean it should be the only arc afforded to those character types. (Sorry, I got a little heated)

3 – Diverse Sexualities That Aren’t The Plot’s Focus

Diverse reading is a big topic now. And now is when more books featuring lesbian/gay/bisexual characters are coming out, with all sorts of different portrayals and representations. Which is great.

But overwhelmingly these characters star in contemporaries where their main, or even entire story arc revolves around their sexuality. Coming to terms with it, coming out, etc. If they are afforded a place in a fantasy, it is a side characters.

I’d like contemporaries and fantasies with non-straight protagonists whose sexualities aren’t the focus, you can be gay and still have a life not centered on it, you can be a part of another plot.

4 – Asexual Characters

Or any diverse sexuality really, but as I’m ace, I’d love to see more ace characters (especially with the awful erasure of Jughead in Riverdale making me want to stab things).

Here is a list of books with ace characters I found. – As you can see, its pretty sparse, and most of the time its not even explicitly stated. (That’s why I’m dying to get my hands on Tash Hearts Tolstoy).

5 – Books With No Romance

Virtually every YA book, be it contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, or what have you is wither romance centered or has a romance sub-plot. Why?

Not everyone dates in high school. And almost no one finds their true love in high school. And honestly, in all that world saving, is a boyfriend your biggest concern?

Mind you, I love romances, I love the romance subplots. But do they need to be in every book? We can’t just have strong, complex friendships? Friends that live and die for one another? Complex character interactions not revolving about romance?

Is it just me? Because I’d like to see some books without romance.

6 – Redeemable/Complex Villains or Morally Grey Protagonists

I’ve mentioned before that I love the arc of a redeemable villain, because I love the complexity of those characters. Not all evil people are actually evil, and if they are, they often didn’t start out that way. I’d love to see more stories with villains who, even if they aren’t redeemed, have their convictions fully explored. Or even stories from the villain’s point of view – where we’re rooting for them (Think Dr. Horrible or Invader Zim type thing).

Give me unreliable narrators that keep me guessing on who to trust, on what to believe – not knowing who to root for to win.

Morally grey protagonists whose ends justify their means, or so they believe.

It’s more interesting than the generic good-to-the-bone arch-type protagonist every fantasy/action story gets these days.

7 – Retellings of Lesser Known Source Material

Adaptations and retellings are EVERYWHERE in YA. And I love them, love seeing new takes on old favorites. But you can only retell Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast so many times before it gets old.

Don Quixote would make a great YA retelling. Or what about Aesop’s fables? Or one of the less common Shakespeare plays like “Midnight Summer’s Dream” or “Twelfth Night” – all would make great retellings that people won’t know by heart before they’re even picked up.

8 – Magical Realism

I love magical realism, because I like cross-genre fiction. Like contemporary sci-fi. Theres a million different ways to combine things and it isn’t very common to do so.

I want dragons in the real world. Modern day witches. Superheroes going to high school. Soulmate stories. Love potions in chemistry class. Give me time travel.

If its a fanfiction trope, it probably falls under magical realism and I probably want it in YA.

9 – Diverse World Building In Fantasy

I love fantasy. But lately, a lot of fantasy world have begun to feel repetitive. Similar world/caste/magic systems, all mono-cultured.

I want new fantastic worlds. New mythologies and lands and magi systems.

Multiple systems and cultures within the same world.

Maybe a story with different factions having different views on who exactly IS the chosen one.

That would be new and interesting.

There are hundreds of cultures in human history to draw from – no need for the constant use of anglo-saxon culture – while I enjoy it, I also learn enough about it in school.

Give me ancient Greece or Meso-american inspired! Something!

10 – Subverting of Tropes

After a while, tropes get dull, especially when authors rely on the selling of the trope and rather than using it as a single aspect of the story, make it the entire story.

So I love the novels that subvert the tropes, as much as I may love some of them. Like “The Love Interest” which is basically satire of every YA love triangle there is. Or, “The Rest Of Us Just Live Here” which flips the entire “Chosen One” arc. I love that sort of thing.


Do you agree with my list?

Which do you want to see more of?

Are they any you disagree with?

Do you do TTT?

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Top Ten Tuesday: That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

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April 25:  Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book (topic originally done back in 2013) — tell us all your book turn offs!


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1 – Really bad reviews – 

Especially if they point out particularly problematic themes or are by a reviewer I respect.

2 – Student/Teacher Relationships

Why is this a thing? its cringe-y and weird. Its more a thing in TV, I’ve never seen it in a book but just…no. Just no.

3 – Unnecessary romance/sex – 

Sometimes romance its entirely unnecessary to the book it and feels so forced its unenjoyable. And sex scenes just make me uncomfortable.

4 – TERRIBLE COVERS

Some covers just don’t even merit a second glance to read the synopsis they’re that bad. Like Generic people looking off the distance stock photos etc.

5 – Genre –

I dislike adult romance and horror generally. And I’m particularly picky with mysteries and adult fiction in general.

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6 – Expensive –

Most YA books can be found online somewhere or another for $11-$16, or at the library etc. If I can’t find it anywhere for under standard price of $17, its probably not getting read. Unless its a special case like signed/collector’s edition.

7 – Author Drama –

When they is scandal involving the author – at least in modern day – being rude to fans, homophobic, racist etc. it makes me not want to support their work.

8 – Terrible or Absent Parents –

If terrible parents is a focus of the plot, then go for it! If thats the story you’re telling then tell it. But if its a YA novel, having terrible parents mentioned offhand one or twice and never again is just lazy. Especially so in contemporary!

9 – I Feel Like I’ve Read This Before –

Sometimes when writing in a certain genre, some elements remain similar. I’m alright with that. Certain tropes – many of which I in fact enjoy – come with certain plot lines. But when a book I’m looking at seems nearly identical to another, I’m put of reading it. Example, on netgalley I think i’ve seen three books up for request on the “speech/gestures are now copyrighted” theme and why? They don’t seem to have any differences.

10 – Terrible MC –

I can deal with an awkward or jerk MC if they are meant to be that way. If its a part of the plot. But sometimes MCs act so astoundingly stupid/awkward/terrible I have to put the book down because I cannot cope with such idiocy.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things That Make Me Want To Read A Book

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Today’s Prompt:

April 18Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book – so yeah basically any topic or theme or ANYTHING (ie if X person recommends it) that will make you instantly want to pick up a book.


Here are ten random things that make me want to read a book, in now particular order. There are tons of things besides these that make me want to read a book, but well liked tropes and interesting plots are pretty much a given – I don’t think I need to mention them.


1- Relatable Sounding Characters

This is one basically a given for everyone, but relatable is different for everyone as well. If a character is geeky/nerdy, a reader etc. I want to read the book. If the character is hispanic-american then I want to read the book.

2- Characters With My Name

This one is kind of dumb. But I like seeing how my name is represented in the book world. Sam in Before I Fall is the opposite of my personality. Sam in The Inexplicable Logic of My Life IS ME TO A TEE. I like seeing that.

3 – Asexual Representation

Its a really uncommon representation, and its one that I identify with. I want to read more of them (feel free to give me recs!). I’m dying to read Tash Hearts Tolstoy because of this and number 1).

4 – Great Recommendations

If a friend or a ton of book bloggers rave about a book, it immediately goes on my TBR, whether I was initially interested or not, whether I know a thing about it or not.

5 – The Author

If an author I love writes a book, I’ll probably give it a shot, even if the synopsis doesn’t draw me in at all.

6 – A Pretty Cover

This is a terrible thing to admit. But its also honest. Everyone does it don’t even lie. We’ll all suffer through a mediocre book just to have a gorgeous cover on our shelf.

7 – Expanded Canon

I LOVE expanded canon books, the Doctor Who and Star Trek ones especially. I pick these up a lot from second hand stores. And I want to read the ones that are like the books from the show. Like “The Bro Code” from HIMYM or “Pawnee Greatest Town In America” from Parks and Rec. I love these sorts of books.

8 – Villain Redemption Arc

There are many tropes I’m a sucker for, this is the one I’ve seen the least on. I’m a sucker for a redemption arc, bad-guy-turning-good-because-he-falls-in-love sort of story. Like Spike from Buffy The Vampire Slayer!

9 – Unique Formatting

Illuminae caught my eye from the unique formatting of documents. Because You’ll Never Meet Me is told in letters. Eliza and Her Monsters and Royce Rolls are to upcoming releases that fit the bill of “its weird and I want it”.

10 – Really Great Title

I’m a fan of weird/long titles, especially ones that sound like a line of poetry.

Like “You Look Different In Real Life”, “The Catastrophic History Of You and Me”, “I’d Tell You I Loved You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You”, “They Both Die At The End”,”One of Us Is Lying” etc.

I could have no idea what the book was about, and a title like that would make me want to read it.


Do you agree with my list?

What do we have in common?

Do you participate in TTT?

Let me know and drop me a link in the comments so I can check it out!