Darker.

“You are the noblest, purest creature I’ve ever met. The universe will be a darker place without you,” he whispered.

~The Host by: Stephenie Meyer

Top 10: Most Read Authors

As my life is getting crazy hectic this week…my TTT is falling on a Wednesday! This week was a fun one because we get to highlight the author’s we’ve read the most books from. My list was definitely not a surprise, although I was sure Meg Cabot was still the queen at the top of my list–however, Sara Shepard has snuck up there. Each of these fine authors have fabulous books and deserve to be checked out. I’m a fan!!

As always, thank you to The Broke and The Bookish Ladies for hosting each and every week!!

  1. Sara Shepard (12) I’ve been a huge fan of the Pretty Little Liars TV show (one of my many television obsessions), so this past year I picked up the books. They are fun quick reads and somehow have kept me coming back to read the next.
  2. Meg Cabot (10) She is my leading lady, I haven’t read a book she’s written that I haven’t loved. Super witty and very laughable, the perfect pick me up! A Couple of my favorite series from her are the Heather Wells Mysteries and The Mediator Series.
  3. J.K. Rowling (8) Does this lovely woman even need a comment? I have yet to pick up her mystery novels…but I’m thinking that will be soon!
  4. Sarah Dessen (9) Whether it be serious or light-hearted Sarah can get me out of my reading slumps with her books.
  5. Cassandra Clare (8) I did not think I could possibly fall in love with Cassie more after Mortal Instruments, but I could not be more wrong. I am flying through Infernal Devices and life is good…until I reach the end of Clockwork Princess. More please?!
  6. Nicholas Sparks (6) It seems like I’ve read so many more of Sparks books? I guess I need to get on that! I’ve yet to find a book I truly disliked from him (The Notebook aside). I am currently reading The Longest Ride and it is great!
  7. Stephenie Meyer (6) I am one of those people who will defend Twilight till the ends of the earth, it is by no means my favorite series–but you can’t deny it took the world by storm. That has to count for something! I also thoroughly enjoyed The Host, I’d say they are worth picking up.
  8. Lauren Oliver (5) I got the chance to meet Lauren during the Pitch Dark Days Tour a few years ago, and now I love her even more than I already did. Her writing is BEAUTIFUL. I need Rooms ASAP.
  9. Susane Colasanti (4) Much like Sarah Dessen, Susanne’s books are light-hearted easy reads that are perfect when I need something to make me feel good!
  10. Elizabeth Chandler (4) I read Chandler’s Kissed By an Angel series and I LOVED the first few books, then I kinda got in a slump in the middle, but by the close of the series she had me sobbing. Well. Done.

Power.

Even more, I had never meant to love him. One thing I truly knew – knew it in the pit of my stomach, in the center of my bones, knew it from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet, knew it deep in my empty chest – was how love gave someone the power to break you.

~Twilight by: Stephenie Meyer

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: Best Sequels EVER.

The Broke and The Bookish host Top Ten Tuesdays and our typic this week is Best Sequels Ever. :)  As I’ve mentioned before Book 2 is usually my favorite in the series, so don’t be too surprised if there are a few on my list!  So these are my favorites, enjoy!


1. Catching Fire by: Suzanne Collins

2. Pandemonium by: Lauren Oliver

3. Insurgent by: Veronica Roth

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by: J.K. Rowling

5. Surrender by: Elana Johnson

6. Reached by: Ally Condie

7. Prodigy by: Marie Lu

8. Requiem by: Lauren Oliver

9. Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins

10. Eclipse by: Stephenie Meyer

Meteors.

Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. …And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything.

~New Moon by: Stephenie Meyer

Unstoppable.

You and I won’t lose each other, I will always find you again. No matter how well you hide. I’m unstoppable.

~The Host by: Stephenie Meyer

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: Books I Wish Had Sequels

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week we are talking about which stand alone books we wish could have gone on longer.  I don’t read alot of stand alone books particularly because they seem way too short and I want to know what happens next with the characters.  So these are a few of my favorites I wouldn’t mind continuing in another installment. :) In no particular order:

The Host
1. The Host by: Stephenie Meyer  I LOVED this book and keep hearing that there may or may not be another, well if there is you can bet I will be in line.

2. The Phantom Tollbooth by: Norton Juster The meaning behind this world that was created and all the knowledge behind it is seriously incredible. 

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by: Jay Asher  I wouldn’t mind seeing where Clay is at in his life and how Hannah and her tapes affected him in the long run!

4. Before I Fall by: Lauren Oliver Much like Thirteen Reasons Why, I would love to see how Sam’s Choices influenced the other characters.  Did she change their lives?

5. Flecks of Gold by: Alicia Buck I love the concept of the Golden Eyes being royalty and the magic all tied together, this world is one of my favorites.

6. The Choice by: Nicholas Sparks There is no doubt I love Travis and Gabby, they have overcome so much, I’d like to see what happens next for them.

7. Keep Holding On by: Susane Colasanti Basically I love Noelle and the majority of Susane Colasanti’s characters, so more in any of these books would be fine by me!

8. River Thunder by: Will Hobbs Technically this is a sequel, but I loved the storyline in both books, and thoroughly entertaining. More please?!

9. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by: Stephenie Meyer A change is perspective was so refreshing in this series and after reading this I just wanted more and more from the Vampire’s perspectives.  Granted we get Bella’s post-vampire change but I loved Bree’s outlook during Eclipse.

10. The Last Song by: Nicholas Sparks Will and Ronnie are amazing and their chemistry is incredible.  I’m definitely okay with seeing where their story had gone.

Top 10: Beginnings/Endings in Books

The Broke and The Bookish host Top Ten Tuesdays, and this week’s topic is by far my favorite. It is our Top Ten Beginnings and Endings in Books, these are the first and last sentences in some incredible books. My favorites are always the ones which stop your heart or get you thinking. These opening lines are all phenomenal, they instantly get you interested in what you are about to experience. While the final lines in these books are somewhat the opposite. They wrap up the books in such a beautiful way that I get chills every time I read them. Beginnings and Endings that are done well say so much about the author who wrote them, this just proves that these are incredible writers. I slightly cheated because I have seven in each group instead of five, but I could not resist. Here are my Top 14 for the week, please check these titles out if you haven’t already!

BEGINNINGS

Flecks of Gold by: Alicia Buck I was falling, crashing through golden light so bright that even with my eyes closed my eyelids lit up like a movie screen.

Branded by: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
I’m buried six feet under, and no one hears my screams.

Possession by: Elana Johnson
Good girls don’t walk with boys. Even if they’re good boys–and Zenn is the best.

The Choice by: Nicholas Sparks
Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are those in which the ending is a surprise.

The Scorch Trials by: James Dashner
She spoke to him before the world fell apart.

Abandon by: Elana Johnson
Secrets are hard to keep–especially if your girlfriend can read minds.

Before I Fall by: Lauren Oliver They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me.

ENDINGS

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by: J.K. Rowling His hand closed automatically around the fake Horcrux, but in spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead of himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, whether in a month, in a year, or in ten, he felt his heart lift at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione.

Keep Holding On by: Susane Colasanti So lets do this thing. Lets own what makes us unique. Lets refuse to allow haters to stop us from moving forward. Lets turn our dreams into realty. Starting now.

New Moon by: Stephenie Meyer
I squared my shoulders and walked forward to meet my fate, with my destiny solidly at my side.

Divergent by: Veronica Roth
We are creatures of loss; we have left everything behind. I have no home, no path, and no certainty. I am no longer Tris, the selfless, or Tris, the brave. I suppose that now, I must become more than either.

Requiem by: Lauren Oliver
I will make a pact with you: I will do it if you do it, always and forever. Take down the walls.

Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins
I’ll tell them how I survive it. I’ll tell them that on bad mornings, it feels impossible to take pleasure in things because I’m afraid it could be taken away. That’s when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I’ve seen someone do. It’s like a game. Repetative. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years. But there are much worse games to play.

The Best of Me by: Nicholas Sparks
I gave you the best of me, he’d told her once, and with every beat of her sons heart, she knew he’d done exactly that.