Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d Like To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hey everyone! When I first saw the theme of this week I almost didn’t participate. The thing is: meeting new people is terrifying for me, especially when it’s people I admire. And I kind of admire all authors out there. So, if I were to meet an author, I’d probably have a huge panic attack and, as you can probably guess, I’d rather not do that.

But I decided to look at the topic a little differently. Meeting an author doesn’t mean actually having them look at you and talk to you one on one, correct? If I were to be at a certain convention and these authors would be guests there, and I’d hear them speak at a panel, I’d have met them in some way, right? So, this week’s theme for me is basically “authors I’d love to hear speak at a panel”. And once I changed the theme to that in my head, it was very easy to come up with authors. Because there’s a LOT of authors I’d love to hear speak at a panel.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hi everyone! I’ve been struggling a lot with writing and posting blog posts lately, but I saw Chelsea post her TTT post this morning and I thought “this looks like a fun theme, let’s do this too!” in the hope that writing a fun post like this could get me my blogging spark back! So, here are some books by favorite authors that I still haven’t read yet (and I’m kind of kicking myself for it).

Suffer Love and Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake – I fell in love with Ashley Herring Blake’s writing in How to Make a Wish, but I haven’t picked up any of her other books since because they’re all very hard-hitting, and I’m not really good with hard-hitting books. That’s why Girl Made of Stars isn’t on this list, because I don’t think I can handle reading that one at all. But I really want to get to Suffer Love and Ivy Aberdeen soon.
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed – I read Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed at the beginning of the year, and I thought it was incredible. Usually I don’t put authors on my favorites list after reading one middle grade they’ve written, but my friend Fadwa loves this author and this book so much that I kind of fell in love with it and her too.

The Boy in the Black Suit and When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds – Jason Reynolds is, after Rick Riordan, definitely my most read author. These are the only two books of his that I haven’t read yet, and the only reason why I haven’t read them yet is because I love his books as audiobooks, and I don’t currently have access to these audiobooks. Otherwise I’d pick these up right away.
Since You Asked by Maurene Goo – I adored The Way You Make Me Feel and I liked (but also kind of had mixed feelings about) I Believe in a Thing Called Love, so while I would call Maurene Goo a favorite author, this book could definitely change that. So I’m kind of scared to pick it up, especially because I’ve seen some mixed reviews.

This Side of Home by Renée Watson – I read Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson like… a month ago? I think? And the synopsis of this book sounds incredible so I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson – Jacqueline Woodson definitely became my most recent favorite author after I read two of her books this month (Harbor Me and Brown Girl Dreaming). She’s written quite a few books, so a lot of them are on my TBR, but this is the one I’m most interested in.
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan – I’ve read most books Riordan has written so far (I don’t really care about the novella’s and lost interest in the Kane Chronicles) so this is the only one I have left. I’m not sure why I haven’t picked it up yet.
Solitaire by Alice Oseman – Radio Silence and I Was Born For This are definitely on my favorite-books-ever-list and I’m honestly really scared to pick this one up, because a few of my friends told me they didn’t love this one. And I don’t want to fall out of love with Alice Oseman’s writing.

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TTT: Books I’d Slay a Dragon to Get Early

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

Hi everyone! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is ‘Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early’, and this might be one of the easiest TTT prompts for me ever. There are a lot of upcoming books that I’m ridiculously excited about, and here are a few of them:

One Giant Leap by Heater Kaczynski
Odd One Out by Nic Stone
Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky
Firestarter by Tara Sim
Wildcard by Marie Lu
The Storyteller by Traci Chee
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
Going Off-Script by Jen Wilde
You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember

I was going to write an explanation as to why I’d slay a lion to get this early for every book, but then I realized that it’d get very repetitive because I’m anticipating most of these books for the same reasons. Either, a) they’re a sequel in a series I love (One Giant Leap, Firestarter, Wildcard, The Storyteller, The Navigator’s Touch), b) I’ve read something by this author before and loved it, and I’m sure I’ll love this one too (Odd One Out, Going Off-Script, You Asked For Perfect) or c) the book just sounds amazing (Mammoth, I Wish You All the Best).

So, what upcoming releases are you incredibly excited about? Let me know!

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TTT: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

Hi everyone! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is ‘books I loved but will never re-read’ and when I first started thinking about this topic, I had a bit of a hard time with it. On the one hand I hardly ever re-read books (the only three books I’ve ever reread are The Melody of You and Me by Maria Hollis, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and Simon VS by Becky Albertalli) so technically, all of my books could probably be on this list. But on the other hand, I just don’t like saying never, because there’s always a chance that I might end up rereading the book someday (yes, I’m that kind of person, lol).

Then I started thinking about the books I reread, and why I reread them, and it was all because of the same reason: comfort. I only reread a book when I’m feeling down, and I need to escape to a familiar world that makes me feel safe. And that definitely helped me narrow down the choices.

I ended up with three categories of books I’ll never reread: books that deal with topics that are very hard for me to read about, and therefore won’t be comforting (Am I Normal Yet?, Shattered, Tiny Pretty Things and American Panda), books that I really enjoyed when I read them but I know I won’t like as much now (The Collector’s Society, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and Moxie) or they’re first books in series, which will make me feel obligated to reread the rest of the series too and I don’t love this series enough for me to spend so much time on it (The Abyss Surrounds Us, Of Fire and Stars and Empress of a Thousand Stars).

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TTT: Characters I Liked That Were In Non-Favorite Books

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hi everyone! This weeks top ten Tuesday theme is ‘characters I liked that were in disliked/non-favorite books’ and I had quite a hard time with this because I honestly tend to like most books that I read. And when I don’t *love* a book, I tend to forget it pretty quickly, and the characters are usually the one’s who I forget about first. So, my brain had quite the exercise while I tried to come up with characters…

Luckily, I did manage to find a few books that weren’t all-time-favorites (most of these were still 4-star reads) that had characters that stayed with me, so, let’s do this.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – I loved the first book when I read it (I’m not sure if I would if I read it now) and Prince Theron was definitely one of my favorite parts of the book.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer – This book was a bit meh overall, but if it hadn’t been for Hatter, I would’ve DNF’d it.
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton – I liked this book, but I loved Gigi. She is pure sunshine and I wish I could be her friend.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – I honestly adored all of the characters, but didn’t adore the book just as much.

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie – I loved this book, but I kind of struggled to get into it. But I did end up falling in love with both of the main characters, Cass and Swift.
Truth or Dare by Non Pratt – This is probably my least liked book on this list, but I still liked Seren. The book would’ve been a lot better if we got to see more of her.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – Even though this book wasn’t everything I hoped it would be, I really loved Rishi. He was such a soft cinnamon roll, and I love soft boys.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – I think I went into this book with too many expectations, and ended up being let down. But I did really like Felicity’s character, and I can’t wait for her book to come out!
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza – I, quite honestly, liked all of the characters in this series, but Alyosha was definitely my favorite.
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali – I’m honestly not quite sure what it was about this book that kept me from giving it 5 stars, but it certainly wasn’t the main character Janna, or her friend who makes videos who’s name I forgot (sorry).

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Take Place In Another Country

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hi everyone! This week’s TTT topic is ‘books that take place in another country’ and I honestly wasn’t sure how to handle this topic. I’m from The Netherlands, so almost every single book I read is from another country, but I have a feeling that the host wants us to go with books set outside of the US, so that’s what I’ll do. To be totally safe, I’ve gone with books outside of both Europe and North-America.

I’ve divided these books into two different categories: books that I’ve read (and loved), and books that are on my TBR. I also made a little graphic (which was so much work! Wow. How do graphic designers do this) to show you a little clearer where each of these stories takes place.

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Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed – Pakistan
A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole – South Africa
Chainbreaker by Tara Sim – India

Want by Cindy Pon – Taipei, Taiwan
The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim – China

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A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman – India
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – Ghana
The Infamous Miss Rodriguez by Lydia San Andres – Spanish Caribean

Start Here by various authors – The Phillipines
Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh – Seoul, South-Korea

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hi everyone! It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday, but I was kind of stuck on blog post ideas so I thought it might be fun to start doing a meme again! I always loved this one, because I love making lists, I loved the themes, and I loved the entire community surrounding it. So, let’s do this!

For this spring TBR I’ve only used backlist titles, because I’m going to try and make them a priority the next couple of months. I’ve been way too focused on ARCs and new releases, and I’ve hardly been reading the books that are already on my shelf, which really needs to change.

Interim Goddess of Love by Mina V. Esguerra – Everything about this book sounds amazing, and it’s been on my TBR for the longest time. It’s quite ridiculous that I haven’t picked it up yet, so I’m definitely going to do that this spring.
The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie – I’ve read the first book in this series about half a year ago, and I really enjoyed it, so I need to pick up the sequel before I forget every single thing about the first book.
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn – I got this book as a present from a friend for my birthday last year, and I’ve told myself almost every single month since then that that was going to be the month I was going to pick this book up. Well, THIS is going to be the season I read this book. It’s going to happen. I hope.

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee – This book is a middle grade f/f story and it sounds absolutely adorable, and perfect for the spring time. I feel like I’d be able to read this within a day because I always fly through middle grade books, so there’s no excuse for me not to pick it up soon.
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee – My friend Laura really liked this one, and I really want to read it so I can chat to her about it.
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee – Everyone I know has read this book, and absolutely adored it. I honestly haven’t heard a single thing about it. I absolutely NEED to pick this up soon.

Style by Chelsea M. Cameron – I’ve read Chelsea M. Cameron’s novella series, Violet Hill, a few months ago, and I adored it. Style seems to be similar to that series, in the sense that it’s a super fluffy f/f story, and I honestly want to pick it up right this second.
Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine – This is the 3rd book in the Great Library series, and I used to absolutely adore this series. The first book was one of my favorite books of all time, and I really liked the second one as well, but once the third came around I kind of lost interest in it… But with the 4th book coming out this summer, I really want to try to get back into the series.
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake – This is another f/f middle grade book, which is one of my favorite things in the world, and it’s written by one of my favorite authors of all time, so I don’t think I need to explain why I want to read this so badly.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – This book arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago, and I immediately started reading it. I usually never do that, but there was just something about this book… I forced myself to put it down after a few chapters because I was reading a lot of other books at the time, but I’m definitely going to pick it back up soon, because what I read of this book was spectacular.

What books are on your spring TBR?

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TTT: Books I Wish Had More Diverse Characters in Them

I had quite some trouble with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, which is ‘Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them’. I couldn’t think of anything, until I had a conversation with my friend about ‘critique your faves’. If you didn’t know, critique your faves has been a thing going around in the bookish community for some time where people talk about their faves and what’s wrong with them. Kind of to realize that you can love something, but still see it’s flaws.

For example: I love Harry Potter, but I can see that it’s very flawed in means of LGBT+ rep. Also, Lavender Brown was a WoC in the first few movies, but when she started being more important to the story, she was recast as a white woman. Harry Potter definitely has it’s problematic things (the things I named are obviously not the only things), but I can still love it.

This is exactly what I want to do in this post. I want to take some books I like(d), and talk about how they could have been better, diversity-wise.

Also, I know some of you might not like this, but I want to remind you that diversity is a very very important issue, and that it’s totally okay to see flaws in a book.

A lot of the books on my list have the exact same problems (which is why I’m not going to talk about each book individually): they’re heteronormative and almost every single character is white, and able-bodied. This is such a shame, because I would’ve loved an f/f version of The Selection, or maybe a bisexual main character who has to choose between people from all genders? YES, now I kind of want someone to write this. Or maybe a version of the Hunger Games where Katniss is disabled but still kicks ass? Or maybe a version of Percy Jackson where Percy has anxiety??

Okay, now I’m just getting carried away with some great story ideas, let me get back to the point.

A book that I do want to talk individually about is Cinder, or rather, the whole Lunar Chronicles series. This book has been called out multiple times for it’s cultural appropriation . I really wish Marissa Meyer had done more research regarding the Chinese culture, because it’d have made the book so much better.

Another book I want to talk about individually is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Rick Riordan has some very great rep in his latest books (The Hidden Oracle has a bi MC, and Magnus Chase has a Muslim heroine and a genderfluid character), but there is hardly any rep in his first few books. I really wish these books would’ve had great rep from the start.

So, tell me, what books do you wish had more diverse characters in them?

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TTT: 2016 Releases I Totally Meant To Read But Forgot About

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt was ‘Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)’and I had quite a bit of trouble with it. Finding 2016 releases that I planned to read but didn’t wasn’t a problem at all, because there were many. However, finding books in that list that I was still interested in was a lot harder. And sadly, some of these books are only on this list because I own a physical copy of them, and I feel like I have to read them.

So, let’s start discussing the first one, The Unexpected Everything, because the reason why I don’t want to read it is a bit petty, namely: the pre-order fiasco. And if you haven’t heard of it yet, let me fill you in on what happened.
At the start of 2016 there was this pre-order promo going on for Morgan Matson’s latest book where you had to go to the publishers website, show them proof that you pre-ordered the book, fill in your address, and then you’d get a surprise in the mail. I was over the moon, because I loved Morgan Matson, and this was the first pre-order thing I’ve ever seen that wasn’t US only. Fast forward to 2017, and I still haven’t gotten anything in the mail. No one has. And the publisher and Morgan Matson herself don’t respond to any questions. This left a bit of a bitter feeling to the book, and I’m not even sure if I want to read it anymore. I mean, there are so many other great contemporaries out there.

From the books on this list, I’m still the most excited about Of Fire and Stars, and the only reason why I haven’t gotten to it yet is because I’m still waiting for a paperback copy. I’m also kind of kicking myself for not having picked up Furthermore and Frost Like Night yet, because they were some of my most anticipated releases of 2016. Ah, you know what? Let me make a promise to you here that I will have read these within the coming 6 months. Please hold me accountable to that.

So, what are some of the books you meant to get to in 2016 but didn’t?

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TTT: Books I’d Love To Get For Christmas

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So, this week’s TTT topic is ‘Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree’. I feel incredibly weird about this, because in my family we never celebrate Christmas with presents. We go to church, have dinner on both Christmas days (fun fact: in The Netherlands we have 2 days of Christmas) and that’s about it. Of course this is fun too, and I love spending time with my family, but I do get a bit jealous when I see those big stacks of books people get for Christmas. I’m only human, after all.

However, I am doing a secret santa with 2 friends this year, so I will be getting a few books! Yay!

Anyway, let’s move to the books that I’d love to magically appear under our Christmas tree!

Even though I could probably have filled this one with a lot of 2017 releases, because I seriously can’t wait for a lot of them to come out and I wouldn’t mind getting a copy already, I decided against it. Last week’s TTT was all about that, and I don’t want to get repetitive, so this one is filled with books I’ve been wanting for a while.

The Song of Achilles is one that has been recommended to me loads of times, but I’ve never really been temped to pick it up. I took ancient-Greek in high school, and we had to translate the story of the Trojan war and it. was. hell. Did you know that Homer writes very bloody death scenes? Anyway, I finally put this one on my Christmas list this year and I’m hoping I’ll love it!

The reason why I want The Encyclopedia of Early Earth and Ms. Marvel vol. 2 is basically the same thing: I read the first one (or in the Ecyclopedia’s case, the 2nd one) in these series this month and I loved them, so I desperately want to pick up these ones!

As for the other ones, they’re books that I’ve seen talked about a lot on Twitter and AHH they sounded so good! ❤ I desperately want to read them in 2017.

So tell me, what are some books that are on your Christmas wishlist?

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