TTT | Books I Read In One Sitting

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

There are some books that just drag you in and won’t let you leave until you finish them. Here are those books for me!

Yes, I’m one of those white people who didn’t learn about the Tulsa Race Riot until watching the first episode of HBO’s Watchmen. But since then I have been finding books, both fiction and nonfiction, to learn more about this event.

Dreamland Burning is such a beautifully written book about such a horrible time period in America’s history. Going back and forth between Rowan Chase, a 17 year old girl living in modern-day Tulsa, and Will Tillman, a 17 year old boy living in 1920 Tulsa, as they try to uncover what happened that night and how it affects all of us today.

Rowan Caine stumbles across an ad for a nanny position. She’s not looking for a new job, but she ends up taking it. But once she arrives for the job, the kids who seemed angelic at the interview are anything but, the house’s electrical systems keeps going on the fritz, and she keeps feeling isolated in this remote house. Yet, the whole book is Rowan’s confession to what happened because a child is dead and she’s the one in jail for it. Mystery books are one of those were I have to finish even if I figure out what’s going to happen. I either have to know I’m right or need to figure out who the killer is.

If you want my thoughts on this book then check out my review for it here.

I don’t think I’ll ever be over this book, it was that good! I read it in one day over the Christmas holidays. A book that has a mystery, lesbian necromancers, and a haunted gothic palace in space, sign me up!

I haven’t posted my review for this yet, but oh man, do I need to the next book in this duology! A retelling of sleeping beauty that has lesbians and a more developed magic system. In Briar, there are Graces, those granted with powers from the faeire kingdom, they’re able to give out spells and enchantments to those who can afford them. Alyce is the Dark Grace, someone born with dark magic in their veins. But Aurora and Alyce meet and soon become friends, then more.

Just like the four Hawthorne grandsons, I was pulled into the mystery of Avery Grambs. Who was she? Why did Tobias leave his entire fortune to her? What was up with this house? What really happened to Tobias Hawthorne’s son? So many questions and I need the next book in the series, NOW!

Also, is there a way I can explore this house? Pretty please?

Here is my review for the book.

I’m still shocked by how much I loved Hank Green’s book, especially considering that the only book by John Green I’ve actually finished is The Fault in Our Stars (I totally just blanked on the name of that book while writing this). While I enjoy the Green brothers YouTube videos, I’ve never been a fan of John Green’s books. I thought I’d read Hank’s and it would be the same. Yet, it wasn’t!

The storyline totally pulled me in, as well as the philosophical questions of fame and money and how much it goes to our head. Along with that, the questions on progress and technology, of those who are different from us. I have yet to get the second book because I’m wanting to re-read this one first (and I haven’t had the time to do that).

I legitimately stayed up until around 2 am to finish this book. That was back when I didn’t have as much of a problem with Sarah J. Maas, since then I haven’t really enjoyed her books as much. I’m also completely tired of the whole “mates” idea.

I could do a whole post on why I’ve changed my views on Sarah J. Maas, but a post by Between the Pages sums up basically all the same views that I have.

Anyway, I’m not saying her books are bad, nor am I saying she’s a bad person, but they’re just not my cup of tea anymore. If you like her books and they bring you joy, great! I’m so happy you’ve found a book/author you love! (This is not me being sarcastic, for those who know me, it may come off that way, and I apologize if it does. I’m being serious here).

I love Pip and Ravi so, so, so much!! Holly Jackson had such great characters, plot, pacing in this book that it kind of set a new standard for me on YA murder/crime fiction. I have a copy of the second book, Good Girl, Bad Blood, but I haven’t read it because I’m not ready to let go of Pip and Ravi!

This book was definitely difficult to read at times, due to the topic of forced marriages in the book, but I read it one sitting because I NEEDED to know what was going to happen to Naila.

After Naila is busted by her parents for going to prom with her boyfriend, they all go on a family trip to Pakistan to visit with family. Unbeknownst to Naila, her parents are arranging a marriage for her while she’s there. Definitely a book that needs to be read and a topic that should be talked about more.

Not going to lie, I was hesitant to read this since it was published by James Patterson. I’m so glad I did give it a chance because oh was it such an interesting twist on Jack the Ripper.

Audrey is born a lord’s daughter and has wealth and privilege set before her. Yet, she wants to cut up dead bodies. What girl doesn’t? But soon, Audrey is dragged into an investigation of a serial killer and her search for answers may bring her back to her own home. Again, a good murder mystery always keeps me up reading.

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Today’s topic is characters jobs I wish I had or ones I wish I could have because of the people/coworkers. I’m doing a mix of both, and I did cheat a bit by including a show/movie (technically, the movie(s) are also comics).

  1. Camp Half-Blood Director or Assistant Director….maybe even an archery teacher. I guess I’d have to learn archery for that but details, details. I think it would just be fun to help demi-god children and also be super snarky to Dionysus.
  2. Head of an Institute, specifically London’s cause I want to live anywhere but America right now. Also, I definitely want to hang out with Jem, Charlotte, Will, Tessa and the rest of the characters.
  3. Crew member on the Wayfarer. I recently finished reading A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, and I never wanted it to end for the fact that I absolutely loved all the characters.
  4. Okay, I was trying not to include a Harry Potter reference for once, but I can’t seem to hold back. I’d really love to be a librarian in the magical world. Yes, I know that’s what I’m going for now, but I really want to know about their system and how things works and what happens and their library science programs and all the things!
  5. A superhero or a superhero manager. I just really want to be friends with the Avengers!
  6. A spy in the resistance, and this can be taken from any of the many World War II novels I’ve read.
  7. A teacher at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. What can I say? Teaching girls to be spies sounds just perfect for this modern day feminist!
  8. Librarian at the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. I mean this one is kind of obvious for someone like you.
  9. A doctor of forensic medicine a la Audrey Rose Wadsworth from Stalking Jack the Ripper. I could totally see us being friends, plus I’m all about mysteries. (Side note: I was planning on being a medical examiner. However, you have to go through med school, and I faint at the sight of blood. Dead people? No problem! Alive? I’m outta there!).
  10. A Companion to the Doctor, specifically Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor. I would also take Peter Capaldi’s Doctor as well. Either way I want all of time and space to explore!

Happy Reading Lovelies!

TTT | Books I Want to Read Again

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Today’s topic is books I’d like to read again…at some point when I have time.

Pride and Prejudice – I work in a library and just ordered the Harvard UP’s annotated Jane Austen books, so I’ll probably re-read Pride and Prejudice again once that comes in.

Children of Blood and Bone – I really want to read the second book in the series but it’s been so long that I forgot what happened in the first one. Bookdragon problems!

The Thirteenth Tale – one of my favorite books and such a great book about books, but it’s been so long since I read it (middle school) that I’d love to read it again sometime soon.

Stalking Jack the Ripper & Hunting Prince Dracula– another series that it’s been so long from reading the first two that to finish the series I need to go back and re-read them.

The Diary of a Young Girl – another book that I read so long ago (8th grade) that I definitely need to revisit now, especially as I know more about their story and the Holocaust as a whole.

A Woman Without a Country – this was assigned for a poetry class I had in grad school and because of that it was read in a hurry instead of really taking the time to go through and really absorb and enjoy the poems.

The Shadow of the Wind – another book about books that I’d love to delve into again.

The Vagina Monologues – it’s a book I reread regularly and I think it’s time for another reread.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – This book is one of my favorite (it actually replaced To Kill a Mockingbird for me which is shocking)!

Unclobber – a book I’d like to read again to really delve into it, explore, and research what the author talks about.

Happy Reading Lovelies!

#FridayFavorites | Rereads

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out.

Today’s topic is about books that I reread. I always find something new when I read a book again, or multiple times even. There’s a new theme or something I didn’t notice the first time around. I’ve learned something new, or I’m at a different point in my life. The point is, I think re-reading is one of the greatest joys in life.

Okay, it doesn’t have to be the Order of the Phoenix in particular, but any Harry Potter book falls into this category.

Sidenote: I’m having a truly difficult time trying to be excited or have a want to re-read these due to someone’s recent comments. All I will say is this: trans women are women; trans men are men. You are all valued and loved!

I actually re-read, listened to, this book earlier this year, which I highly recommend. It’s read by Lin-Manuel Miranda, so it’s fabulous!!

This is just a fun book! Plus, I’m obsessed with true crime, so Jack the Ripper is right up my alley….only metaphorically, thankfully!

I’ve actually read this book around 4 or 5 times. A couple of times for pleasure, if you can call it that, and a few classes in undergrad assigned it. The tale is something I always go back to every few years and it’s just such a haunting story.

As with Harry Potter, the Infernal Devices is a series that I can read over and over! I do also love Clare’s Dark Artifices series but have yet to finish it. This one comes out top purely because it’s set in Victorian London!

Let me know books that you have re-read and think I should read again or for the first time in the comments!

Happy Reading, Lovelies!

TTT | Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

The theme this week are books that should be adapted into Netflix shows or movies. I’m going to go with the assumption that I’m in control of the whole production, and that they follow the book exactly as is…basically, I want book slapper to be a real job.

Without further ado…

Sarah J. Maas is a brilliant writer, and this series is up there with Harry Potter as one of my favorite series. If done well, it could be an amazing TV show!

This book…THIS BOOK!! A book about books, a mystery, family dram it has everything to make an amazing movie!

The themes presented in this book are so important for young people, and even adults, to learn. Desegregation and LGBTQ+ themes in one book, I mean you cannot tell me this would make a bad movie.

I know Jack the Ripper seems overdone, but I think Kerri Maniscalco has a unique and fun twist in her book. Plus, with the other books in this series (same characters throughout but each book deals with one case) means that this could be a great TV series!

A great historical fiction book with such fascinating characters and an amazing plot! I’ve read a couple of Kate Quinn’s books and they’re both amazing!

Okay, I know there’s already a movie franchise surrounding this whole series. But would it not be better to have it as a TV series instead. Each chapter (or 2 or 3) an episode and each book a season.

Another book about books, and another one that has such a great mystery. Plus, I would absolutely love to see the Cemetery of Forgotten books or have it be real!

Okay, I’m tired of saying it but again, great mystery, historical fiction, young adult book. Bisexual characters is a huge plus! And, as with previous books, this one could be a TV series.

I think I gush about this book at least once a week, and I would love to see it as a movie (if done correctly). I would definitely have more specifications needed for this one, as taking diary entries and turning it into a movie would require a bit more finesse.

As with Jack the Ripper, I know Sherlock Holmes is overdone. However, I do think having the Charlotte Holmes series as a TV show does give a different viewpoint into Sherlock and Watson. By using their descendants instead (and having a female Sherlock), it does provide an interesting point-of-view to the books.

Let me know the books you’d like to see as movies in the comments below.

Happy Reading, Lovelies!