Top 10: Books on My Spring TBR List

Yes, yes, yes. I have yet again been slacking endlessly on my TTT. So this week I’m making a new goal to stay on top of it. Luckily the ladies at The Broke and The Bookish are ever so constantly on top of things and have a constant string of topics for us to discuss each week. So hop over to their blog to see a full list of everyone’s blogs participating and see what’s on everyone’s To-Be-Read lists!

I have set a goal that I am DETERMINED to accomplish this year. That is to finish all the series I have started over the last couple years that have been left in the dust. Not because they aren’t fabulous, but because other books in my reading queue have trumped them and I haven’t found my way back. Which let’s be honest, this is a huge list and each number most likely has 2-3 books attached to it. But for blogging purposes, I’ve narrowed it down to my Top Ten (and just the next book in the series that I’m on).

1. Unravel Me by: Tahereh Mafi I recently read Shatter Me in the Fall, so this series hasn’t been neglected too much. But I loved the first book too much for this one to be sitting on book shelf this long.

2. Fragments by: Dan Wells Fragments has a similar story to Unravel Me. I adored book 1, and for some reason my reading has taken me elsewhere. Can’t wait to read this!

3. Scarlet by: Marissa Meyer Please don’t all attack me at once. I really did like Cinder, I love fairy tale retellings, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about Marissa Meyer. So why is this still on my TBR Pile? You got me. I don’t know.

4. Beautiful Chaos by: Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia I love the covers, love the story, love the authors. But I haven’t gotten around to the last two books in this series. SOON.

5. Everbound by: Brodi Ashton I binge bought all three of these after meeting/hearing from Brodi at a bookish event, really liked the first book, and yet it’s been a (shameful) amount of time and I haven’t returned to these. So to the list it goes!

6. Toxic by: Sara Shepard This is a series of a whopping 16 that I wasn’t sure I was going to finish. Well here I am, having just finished book 14, I think I’m fully invested now. Toxic, here I come.

7. Hunted by: Missy Kalicicki & Abi Ketner I’ve read Branded multiple times and LOVED it. I was beyond excited for the release of Hunted, and still AM. So many books, so little time.

8. Graduation Day by: Joelle Charbonneau I don’t know what happened with this series. I think I had a hard time getting a hold of book 3, after quickly breezing through books 1 and 2. Well now I own it and I have no more excuses.

9. Size 12 and Ready To Rock by: Meg Cabot I go through Meg Cabot cycles where I binge read her when I’m needing something light and fun. As you may have noticed if you’ve looked at my read shelf lately…I’m back in my Meg Cabot stage. I just finished rereading The Mediator Series and I’ve revisited Heather Wells. Can’t wait to see how this series ends!

10. The Kill Order by: James Dashner Love, love, LOVE the Maze Runner series. But sometimes it takes me some time to go back and read prequels (same goes for Kiera Cass’s The Heir). But I fully intend in getting to this one in the near future!

Absence.

I felt her absence. It was like waking up one day with no teeth in your mouth. You wouldn’t need to run to the mirror to know they were gone.

~The Scorch Trials by: James Dashner

Broken.

The betrayal meant he couldn’t trust her anymore, and his heart told him he couldn’t forgive her.

~The Scorch Trials by: James Dashner

Opposites.

Sometimes they do things to make me do the opposite of what they think, I think, they think, I am going to do.

~The Death Cure by: James Dashner

Top 10: Best/Worst Series Enders

This weeks topic is Best and Worst Series Enders. Well I didn’t have any that I thought were THE WORST, so these are my Not The Best because they weren’t fabulous but I wouldn’t go so far as to call them awful. But as it is, I am waiting on the conclusions of a few other series (i.e. Allegiant & Champion). So I came up with my Top 8, these weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. They have a great blog with all things bookish. Here is my list, what are your favorite and least favorite series endings?

BEST

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by: J.K. Rowling This book is flawless. Really. If someone argues otherwise, I may or may not deem them crazy. Just saying. :) Although I was hoping for Malfoy and Harry to have a moment where they shake hands or hug or something. I do realize this is slightly unrealistic, but a girl can dream.

Abandon by: Elana Johnson First off, it is quite possible that I ended this series bawling. And I am not exaggerating. Whenever I think about this book I just remember Elana Johnson smashing my heart to pieces. But all in all it was great!

Requiem by: Lauren Oliver Has everyone seen Les Mis? When I finished this book I kept thinking of the scene at the end with all the characters singing and tearing down the barricades. “When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drum…” Exactly how I pictured the end of Requiem. A lot of people are bitter about the ending, but Lauren Oliver is such an amazing writer that I could not say a bad thing about it.

Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins This is another controversial finale to a series, but as always I adored the ending. I thought everything fell into place perfectly. And the ending lines still give me chills. Well Done.

NOT THE BEST

Breaking Dawn by: Stephenie Meyer I had a really hard time finishing this one, and once I did I thought, “That was it?”. Seriously that large of a book leading up to this major battle, and surprise nothing happened. I was extremely disappointed..

The Death Cure by: James Dashner I didn’t particularly hate this ending, but I kept thinking that James Dashner just kept twisting the knife after he stabbed you. Basically, always keep your eyes open while reading his books. Otherwise, he’ll get you as soon as you let your guard down.

Reached by: Ally Condie I loved this series. Reached has some of my favorite quotes in it because it has some incredible writing. It was a bit slow on some parts and I didn’t think it needed to be as long as it was. Thus it landed on my Not The Best List instead of the Best.

Everafter by: Elizabeth Chandler Bottom Line is I adored the ending when I thought this series was just a trilogy. Then Elizabeth Chandler extended it three more books and it was very drawn out in my opinion. I found myself thinking, “Where else can she take this?” Which is usually not the reaction I normally want when reading. It ended in quite the shocking way, but it could have ended a few books ago…Not to mention the fact that she got me crying again. Don’t judge, I usually end up crying at some point. :)

Top 10: Books TBR Fall 2013

The Top Ten Topic this week is Books To Be Read This Fall, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. These are the books are the ones I have been dying to read. I have been a little behind on my TTT’s, so here’s to hoping I do better!

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1. Allegiant by: Veronica Roth I read Divergent and Insurgent back in the Spring and I was instantly hooked. This one is a must!

2. Champion by: Marie Lu Prodigy ended and I just about had a heart attack. This one could not come soon enough.

3. Eye of Minds by: James Dashner ever since I read The Maze Runner Trilogy I have been ecstatic that James Dashner is coming out with another series.

4. The Moon and More by: Sarah Dessen I have been on a Sarah Dessen High this Summer and I don’t know what I’m going to do when I make it through the rest of her books. I may or may not go through withdrawals. :)

5. The Testing by: Joelle Charbonneau This. One. Gahh!!! :) I need it asap!

6. Beautiful Darkness by: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl I recently finished Beautiful Creatures and can’t wait to starts this, I’m in love with Lena and Ethan.

7. Icons by: Margaret Stohl This story line is so intriguing, not to mention I adored Beautiful Creatures, we’ll see how it goes.

8. 5th Wave by: Rick Yancey This book is sitting on my bookshelf taunting me. “Read me! Read me!”

9. Under The Never Sky by: Veronica Rossi This one I have been wanting to read FOREVER. I will read it this Fall. :)

10. Everneath by: Brodi Ashton Is it even a question why I want to read this?!

Top 10: Secondary Characters

I’ve been the biggest slacker these past few weeks, but here is my TTT for the week, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  Check out their blog because it rocks.  Seriously.  These are my favorite secondary characters, they immediately came to mind because… Well, they are amazing. Enough said. :)

1. Indy   Matched Trilogy by: Ally Condie Indy is such a free spirit and knows what she wants and makes it happen. I wish we saw more of her, I would love to see a short story from her point of view!

2. Christina Divergent Trilogy by: Veronica Roth  She’s a rockstar, her personality is amazing. Can’t wait to see where she ends up in Allegiant.

3. Newt  The Maze Runner Trilogy by: James Dashner  What can I say?? I LOVE Newt. End. Of. Story.

4. Kent Before I Fall by: Lauren Oliver This guy is adorable and always there for Sam under every circumstance. He’s a keeper.

5. Jasper Twilight Saga by: Stephenie Meyer  Jasper has aways been one of my favorite characters, his background is so unique and different, and  you cam tell how difficult things are for him.

6. Luna Harry Potter Series by: J.K. Rowling Luna Lovegood, is herself without fail.  She knows who she is and what she believes and doesn’t let anyone bother her.

7. Maggie Along for the Ride by: Sarah Dessen Maggie had so many surprises throughout the book.  One minute she’s this dumb blonde, then she’s riding in a skate park, the next thing you know she’s an accounting pro.  Just goes to show nothing good comes from judging someone.

8. Finnick The Hunger Games Trilogy by: Suzanne Collins  Do you really need an explanation for this one?!

9. Ridley Beautiful Creatures Series by: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  I’m not very far in this series, but I’m already in love with Ridley. I can’t wait to see whats next for her in these books!

10. Whitney  Just Listen by: Sarah Dessen Whitney has been through so much, throughout the book you get to grow with her and see how much she struggles. She is incredibly strong and why she is in my Top Ten.

Top 10: Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

The Broke and The Bookish host Top Ten Tuesdays, this Weeks topic is authors who deserve more recognition.  Well these are a few of my favorites, which a few probably get a lot of publicity and are becoming more and more popular!  So this was what I could come up with. The majority of these authors have only one book or series out but they are fabulous! I want all of them too come out with more books because they have all been added to my favorites list.

1. Ally Condie Matched Trilogy

2. Lauren Oliver Delirium Trilogy, Before I Fall

3. Elizabeth Chandler Kissed By an Angel Series

4. Alicia Buck Flecks of Gold

5. Meg Cabot Mediator Series, Heather Wells Mysteries, Princess Diaries Series

6. Elana Johnson Possession Trilogy

7. Marie Lu Legend Trilogy

8. James Dashner Maze Runner Trilogy

9. Will Hobbs Down River, River Thunder

10. Patricia McCormick Cut, Sold, Purple Heart