Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

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I haven’t participated in Top Ten in what feels like FOREVER, but here I am! And I am totally stoked for this one because there are countless books I have yet to own that I am DESPERATE to get my hands on. 


In no particular order, let’s check out these bad boys!




Midnight Thief


Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.







One Kick


Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick’s experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…







The Winner's Curse


Winning what you want may cost you everything you love 

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.









Wren Connolly thought she’d left her human side behind when she does five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.

Now that they’ve both escaped, they’re ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.

With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there’s only one option left…

It’s time for Reboots to become rebels.







The Kiss of Deception


A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.







Snow Like Ashes


A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.







The Murder Complex


Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?









Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.








The Truth About Alice


Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It’s true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.







Golden Son


With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Soncontinues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart,Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.





Top Ten Favorite Classics

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I absolutely LOVE this Top Ten. I’ve always been a fan of reading, but when I got really crazy about it was when my mom bought me this set of three classics from a book order in the eighth grade. Once I got those, there was no stopping me;)




Gone With the Wind











Jane Eyre











Oh, the Places You'll Go!











Pride and Prejudice






















The Giving Tree











Where the Red Fern Grows











Mansfield Park











Peter Rabbit






















Romeo and Juliet





















The Odyssey











Green Eggs and Ham





















Wuthering Heights






Okay, so there might be more than ten here . . . But come on, how can I whittle these down!


Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike on Covers

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As many books as there are out in the world, that’s how many cover options exist. From a young age we’re always told not to judge a book by its cover–but it’s the cover that’ll grab your attention, whether in a good way or in a cringe-worthy way. Today’s Top Ten is all about both the things I love on covers and cover trends that make me cringe.



And the award goes to . . .

There are oodles of covers featuring girls in flowing gowns and I have to say, I am a fan.


A Darkness Strange and Lovely Wither Rapture The One Paranormalcy




I like your spine

Backs to the camera are a thumbs up in my eyes.


A Great and Terrible Beauty Untamed Torment




Zoom zoom

The close-up never fails to catch my eye


Shudder Deadly Cool Before I Fall Evermore The Host Revolution Days of Blood & Starlight




Gimme the quirk

I am a complete sucker for covers with handwritten-looking typography.


Fan Art 11870085 Meant to Be The Statistical Probability




Glug glug

So this post has pretty much turned into everything I love about covers. I do love the suspended in water trend.


Of Poseidon Breathless The Unquiet The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer




This little piggy

This love probably has something (partially) to do with my love of Converse.


Waiting on the Sidelines The Boyfriend Thief Perfect You Someone Like You




Fly, fly away

This one is a tossup for me. There are very few covers with angel wings that I’m okay with. The first two examples I like, but most look too cheesy for me.


Halo Forbidden (angel) Embrace.2 End of Days Silence







Coming Soon

Movie tie-ins are probably the one thing I cannot stand about covers. BUT these are the ones that I think did it right.


COB movie If I Stay movie The Fault in our Stars movie




Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR

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Oh TBR, how very long you are! Attempting to narrow down all the books I want to read this summer into a Top Ten is a bit of a challenge, but one that I’m up to tackle;) Let’s not waste any time–here’s my Top Ten Summer TBR!




Ruin and Rising

This is such an imaginative and strong series.





Heir of Fire

Speaking of strong–Celaena Sardothien.





Silver Shadows

After the perilous cliffhanger in The Fiery Heart.





I need everything Huntley Fitzpatrick.





Strange and Ever After

Creepy and cool, need I say more?






Daemon and Katy.





Isla and the Happily Ever After






Just Like the Movies

Adorable. And if you pre-order, you can win prize packs from the author!





The Kiss of Deception

This only looks fantastically intense.





Fan Art

And this looks real.


Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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Who doesn’t love taking every opportunity possible to rant about their favorite books they’ve read?


Answer: No one.


No one can resist getting hyped up about the books they love, which is why this Top Ten seems so particularly thrilling! I’m to the point where it’s hard for me to find words to describe just how eager I am to share my personal favorites of the year with you. Probably a sign that I should get on with it and show you the goods;)




Red Rising

If you have not yet had the chance to read Red Rising, I am begging you to get your hands on a copy because this book is GOLD. It’s Pierce Brown’s debut novel and you’d think he’s been a NYT bestselling author 80 times over–that’s how fantastic this book is. I tell people who don’t even like to read that they should try this out. Most impressive and completely riveting–I bloodydamn loved it.





Why did it take me so long to read this, you may ask? Obviously because I’m a fool;) I’d seen it EVERYWHERE since it was first published but never even considered how amazing it might be. Once I finally sat down and read it, I hated myself for ignoring it for so long.





Okay, I was initially scared to read this because I thought it would get weird and I didn’t want to DNF it, because it kills me when I have to do that to a book. This turned out to be one of my favorite reads ever because of the intensity of feels and feels and feels. This story broke me in all the best ways a book can.





This series. This is quite possibly my FAVORITE zombie series, and I love me some zombie fic. This is the final book in the Razorland Trilogy and I bawled like a baby and loved every second of it. It had real moments of shock–you know when something happens and you have to stop and reread what happened at least four times before you believe it? Yeah, that happened here. And people I love died and the ending was just perfect.




City of Heavenly Fire

This. This right here. I am a giNORMOUS fan of the Shadow World–it’s one I could reread and relive countless times and I’d never get sick of it. This book was pretty much the perfect ending to the series. And the swoons? Holy hell, they were bloody good swoons.




GB5 - Drop of Doubt

My jaw honest to goodness dropped because I just looked up the next book in this series on Goodreads AND IT WAS PUBLISHED NINE DAYS AGO. I love my series, and this one is one of my favorites–there’s always suspense and mystery and espionage and swoons and everything you’d ever want in an enticing read! I’m still dumbfounded I didn’t realize when the next book released (also slightly ashamed).




Lola and the Boy Next Door

All I really need to say to explain my love of this book is Cricket Bell.





I went in deep with this book. I learned more about myself and relationships than I have from any other book this year. This book and I? We were like this *crosses fingers*




The Distance Between Us

Between the wit and sarcasm of Caymen and the thoughtfulness (and attractiveness) of Xander and their ability to banter seamlessly back and forth, there really isn’t a reason this book wouldn’t have made my Top Ten. Light and fun and adorable–Kasie West is a sure thing;)




Dark Triumph

Let me tell you something–I. Love. Female Assassins. Can you say bada**?! Full of deceit and and death and even swoons!




I have sooooo many more reads I’ve absolutely LOVED, but these are my Top Ten so far;)


Top Ten Books In My Beach Bag This Summer

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So when I think about essential beach reads, my mind instantly goes books full of light-hearted fun. Yeah, there are bushels and BUSHELS of books I want to read this summer, but the ones that fit my beachy feels have something different.


Sometimes I look at a cover and think, that looks like summer, and that’s how it makes it into my beachy pile. But mostly I want reads that will make me feel good and make me laugh and are cute and just leave me feeling buoyant, you know? So how about we take a look at the books that I’ll be carting in my beach bag this summer;)











































What books will you be bringing to the beach this summer?;)


Top Ten Books About Friendship

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Heeey youuu guuuuuuuys! This week we’re taking a look at ten books about friendship. Now some of these are directly about friendship, but others happen to have friendships that I want. Who wouldn’t want friends like these?





Sorcerer's Stone


So Harry is this lonely kid who has never had any friends or even family, really. But he’s swept away and finds the friends of a lifetime, and he learns that true friends will do anything for each other.








The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants


This whole series is all about the friendship of four girls and how they’ll keep their friendship in tact during a summer apart. How do they do it? Letters and magical pants, my friends. Even when you’re thousands of miles apart, you can keep your friendships strong.

[insert pants here]









House of Night - Marked


Suprise! You’re a vampire! Now you have to drop everything and everyone you knew previously and form a whole new life. First item of business: find yourself some real friends. Oh, and prepare yourselves now because you guys are going to get into some weird, crazy stuff.










When you’re thrown into a situation where you’re at a camp that forces you to dig giant holes as punishment to “build character,” it’s inevitable that you’re going to form some friendships. I mean, misery loves company and you all are pretty dang miserable. There’s also the fact that it was pretty much kismet for you to meet.









This Song Will Save Your Life


So you want to give up on everything and just let go? Yeah, you need some friends in your life to give you a reason to stay. And if you don’t have any of those already, it’s time to find some. Be grateful for yours because not only did they save you, they introduced you to your favorite thing–DJing–and gave you a reason to really feel alive.








Looking for Alaska


Sometimes you don’t really know your friends before it’s too late, and then you’re left wondering how you could have changed the outcome. You become so enamored with the why and the how, but sometimes you just need to appreciate what you had when you had it and move on.

This is moving on.








GB1 - Introductions


Don’t have any friends and your family is batsh** crazy? Maybe you’ll run into someone and they’ll pull you into a huge friendship circle that’s so close it’s like a family. Like what happened to Sang Sorensen. And what happens when you’re all friends, but all those friendships are starting to evolve?









A Great and Terrible Beauty


So off you’re sent to live in a boarding school in a whole other country–you’re going to need some friends about you. Sometimes your friends enhance the good in you, and other times the friendship twists and warps and instead of having a friend, you have a formidable enemy.









The F- It List


Best friends Alex and Becca. Alex’s dad dies. Becca sleeps with Alex’s boyfriend the night of Alex’s father’s funeral. Friendship over. Alex forgives (finally). Becca has cancer. Alex fulfills Becca’s bucket list. Friendship stronger than ever.