Top Ten Tuesday: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

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Wow, I love this week’s topic, though it was a tad bit difficult because it required me to recall books that I read a loooong time ago. This week’s TTT theme is “Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads”. Ahhh, I really hope I find other bloggers whose books overlap with mine because a lot of these books are ones that young Keri adored and I need others to scream about them with. (so you will also become my new best friend if you pick up any of my recs) 😄

Even though my TBR does not need to grow, I can’t wait to read everyone else’s lists!

(Also please forgive my decision to use the clunky phrase “Not Well-Known Book”. I couldn’t figure out a better, more succinct way to phrase the TTT topic, whoops)


For those of you who don’t know:

“Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

(This quote comes directly from the blog That Artsy Reader Girl)


1. The Woman in the Wall by Patrice Kindl

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Number of Ratings: 1,974

Guys, I read this book for the first time in 5TH GRADE. I also reread it 4-5 years afterwards and still adored it. It’s about Anna, who besides her mother and sisters, is essentially invisible to every one else. She’s an insanely smart kid and begins to build hidden passageways in the walls of her house, and spends most of her time there. One day she decides to permanently live there, and eventually her family forgets about her. She’s perfectly content with her solitary existence until one day she finds a note in the crack of the wall, addressed to her.

2. The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen

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Number of Ratings: 1,819

READ THIS BOOK! (Tho this book will probably crush your heart, shhh) It’s a YA retelling of the opera Turandot/a 12th century poem. I think about this book often and I can’t wait to see what Megan Bannen writes next.

(May, if you’re also doing this TTT post, I expect you to also be shouting (read: crying) about this book. Also yes, I went back and found the last post where you talked about this book 😆)

3. Motor Crush, Vol. 1 by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr

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Number of Ratings: 1,756

THAT CLIFFHANGER. I borrowed this book from my roommate (she accidentally brought it with her to NYC) and read it last month and boy, am I hooked! It’s about a motorcycle racer with a mysterious background and this engine “drug” called Crush.
I requested the second volume from the library and I am eagerly waiting for them send me an email saying it’s ready for pickup.

4. Ascension by Kara Dalkey

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Number of Ratings: 1,562

An oldie, but the first in a trilogy that little Keri adored. Think mermaids (with both tails and legs!), Atlantis, and some other legends sneaking in that you wouldn’t expect (I won’t say for the fear of spoilers). Wow, now I wanna go reread this…

5. The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney

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Number of Ratings: 1,521

This book is probably filled with overused cliches and tropes, but I remember loving this book! It’s essentially about a girl falls into a river, dies, and gets brought back to life with this mechanical/hummingbird-esque heart that gives her enhanced abilities and leads her to become an enhanced superhero/vigilante. I have a weak spot for secret identities and superheroes, so I, of course, fell in love with this book.

6. Empire of Shadows by Miriam Forster

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Number of Ratings: 1,212

This book is a prequel/companion to the book City of a Thousand Dolls. It’s about Mara, who’s essentially shapeshifter and who becomes a protector to a noblewoman. It has a great friendship line and ahhhh, I’m still sad that Forster didn’t write another book in this series.

7. The Infinite by Lori M. Lee

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Number of Ratings: 1,207

Another great sequel that deserves more love (and that I’m still waiting on the third book for). Isn’t the cover gorgeous? The story is a mix of magic, gods, found families, and technology. Ahhhh, these TTT lists always make me want to reread all the books…

8. Shadow by Jenny Moss

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Number of Ratings: 1,155

I’ve read this book at least 3 times, maybe more (which is impressive considering that I rarely reread books). Honestly, I think I bought this book from a book fair in middle school, that’s how old it is (I’m currently in college).

The book is about Shadow, who is literally the Queen’s shadow, and because of a prophecy about the queen’s death on her 16th birthday, is suppose to sacrifice herself for the queen when the day comes. But when the queen dies and Shadow lives, she must go on the run to figure out what went wrong.

9. Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood

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Number of Ratings: 984

What is this, a space sci-fi book making it’s way onto my blog? I’m honestly surprised too. For this book, think space, a dying plant, arranged marriages, and hidden heritages. Ahh, I remember being such a sucker for this romance.

10. Darkwood by M.E. Breen

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Number of Ratings: 899

If I remember correctly, this is a pretty dark middle grade read with a lot of fairytale vibes. All I remember about the story is that it’s about a young teen and these bloodthirsty wolf-like creatures. I know that’s kind of vague, but please read this book. I have such fond memories of being enthralled by this book.


Have you read any of these books? Have I convinced you to read any of these books? (please say yes)
What are some hidden gems that you love?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your posts in the comments below, I would love to read them!

WWW Wednesday: February 13th, 2019

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Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been pretty absent this month; I still trying to get a proper handle on my schedule. Between working, reading, writing, blogging, attending events, and homework, I have a tendency to swing towards only one or two things and have yet to figure out a way to properly balance them all. Basically what I’m trying to say is that I will be trying to post more regularly and frequently for the rest of the month, but bear with me if my blog posts continue to be sparse. Now, let’s get to this reading update…

And for those of you who don’t know: WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where you answer 3 ‘what’ questions about your reading.


What are you currently reading?

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Wow, I started Smoke & Summons Monday night and boy am I addicted. It’s such a interesting and quick read and ahhh, I can’t wait to see where the story goes! I’ve been neglecting a lot of responsibilities to read this, whoops.
Also, I’m participating in a blog tour for this book later this month so stay tuned for that! I’ll be posting a full review alongside my favorite quotes!


What have you recently finished reading?

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I’VE DONE IT; I’VE FINALLY READ THE SIX OF CROWS DUOLOGY! I’m so glad that I finally met all these characters, though I have to say that Wylan and perhaps Nina might be my favorites (FIGHT ME). Because most of y’all have already read this book and because this book is so complex, dark, and amazing (ahhhh) and I don’t know how to properly express my thoughts on it, I’m just gonna stop babbling now.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Oooh, this is hard. I made the mistake of going on Netgalley recently and requesting a handful of ARCs from small publishers (and magically getting approved for them), so I want to tackle some of those soon, but I also want to return to Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha verse. So basically I could be reading any one of these three next.

Any suggestions on which one to pick up first?


What are you currently reading? What books are you planning on picking up next?

If you made a WWW Wednesday post this week, feel free to link it up in the comments below, I would love to read them!

Book Series TBR for 2019

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I can feel myself starting to slip into a blogging slump, so what better way to try to escape that than with a fun TBR post?

The only series that I’m including for this list are ones that are 1. finished and 2. that I need to reread the prior books for before continuing to the last one(s). This way, I’m catching up on series, but also working on my reread goal for this year! (And hopefully my owned-TBR one too!)

Last year, I also made a book series TBR list and only read 2 of the 5 series I listed (oops), so this year I’m only going to list 3 series. But who knows, maybe I’ll actually get through this list before the end of year and have to make a second one! (Yeah, and pigs will fly, Keri.)

1. The Queen of the Tearling Trilogy by Erika Johansen

I’ve owned all of these books for…awhile now. I’ve read and adored the first two books, but some how I never got around to the third? And now that it’s been a few years, I definitely will have to read them again to remember what’s going on (and because they’re so good that they deserve to be reread!). I’m a little scared to pick up the 3rd book though because I’ve heard some people were upset with the ending…

2. The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen

Ahh, back to era of gorgeous trolls in YA. I literally got a good third of the way through the final book and somehow didn’t finish? If I remember, I got bored with the book, but I’m hoping that doesn’t happen this time around (let’s hope the bored-ness as a mood-thing and not a book-thing).

3. Elemental Blessings Series by Sharon Shinn

I’ve only read the first two books in this series, and again, it was multiple years back. This is the one series on the list that I don’t own any of the books. (WHAT A BUMMER, guess I’ll have to go out and purchase them. I mean, I am overdue for a Thriftbooks order…) Usually, I hate people on the cover of books, but actually think these covers are gorgeous!?!

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There you go, a perfect 10 books for this TBR! Of course, all these books are fantasy, but surprisingly, only one of the series is YA! *sniffles* Wow, am I maturing?
(jk, don’t worry YA, I will never leave you.)

What series do you still need to finish? Do you make series TBR lists? Have you read any of these books? Let me know down in the comments!

 

January Wrap-Up: I’m in New York and I’m Actually Able to go to Book Events?!?

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What? The first month of 2019 is already over? HOW?!? (And I’ve already failed at my 2019 goals, joyous.)

After my winter break, instead of returning to college, I flew to New York City where I am now studying off-campus for the semester! It’s so weird being here sometimes (SO EXPENSIVE. SO MANY PEOPLE. Shoo, you creatures who crowd me on the sidewalk), but also kinda of amazing? I have a great internship and I got to go to TWO book events in one week! Not to mention, my writing buddy attends college in NYC, so I now get to see her every week!

With all these book events and awesome bookstores, I already know that come the end of the semester, I’ll be leaving with (at least) a suitcase full of books…


BOOKS I READ:

1. From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris

Rating: 3.5 stars

My first read of the year! Honestly, it took me way longer than I expected (9 days!). I loved the magic system and the Rome-inspired setting, but man, the book totally could have been shorter. And there were so many perspectives that I often found myself jolted out of the story. I am curious to see what will happen next for Latona though.
If you like books with intricate worldbuilding and a plot extremely focused on it’s own world’s politics, definitely give this book a try!

2. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Rating: 4 stars

This was such a fun and compelling read! The diversity was stellar and the magic was unique. I can’t wait to see what happens next for my babies Laila, Zofi, and Enrique.
You can read my full review here.

3. Motor Crush (Volume 1) by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, & Babs Tarr

Rating: 4 stars

A graphic novel! (I don’t read them very often.) I ended up picking this up because my roommate accidentally brought it with her to NYC and she let me borrow it. Omg, this book was awesome and so intriguing. AND THAT CLIFFHANGER AT THE END! I’m so mad my roommate didn’t also bring the second volume.

4. The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

Rating: 3.25 stars??

This was an interesting and quick novella, but it didn’t seem super insightful? I don’t know, maybe I didn’t remember enough of The Cruel Prince? But I thought I also heard that this novella foreshadowed some things of The Wicked King, but I didn’t see it? Maybe I’m just a bad reader who wasn’t paying close enough attention…

5. The Wicked King by Holly Black

Rating: 4.25 stars

I devoured this book in three sittings. I ADORED it, but maybe my expectations were too high, because I didn’t think it was out-of-this-realm amazing?! It almost felt…too short? It was good, but NOT quite as good as The Cruel Prince. Fight me. (Seriously, I want to know your guys’ thoughts on this book).


FEBRUARY AKA FANTASTIC FEBRUARY TBR:

I’ve been waiting for months now for my interests and my free time to align so I can participate in one of Kathy @ Books & Munches‘s monthly reading challenges (which now has its own Goodreads group called Devour Your TBR)! And now the opportunity has finally arrived; I have a lot more free time this semester and next month the challenge is about reading fantasy!

Fantasy is the genre I read the majority of the time and honestly like the only type of book that I brought with me to NYC, so this challenge is perfect! Here are the books I’m hoping to pick up in February:

  • Crooked Kingdom-  I KNOW I KNOW; I still need to read this book!
  • King of Scars- And of course it will have to be followed up with this new release!
  • Bloodleaf- IT’S A GOOSE GIRL RETELLING I’M SO HYPE!!
  • This Savage Song- My Goodreads group is reading this book. GUYS, this will be my FIRST Schwab book!

RANDOM LIFE UPDATES:

  • I’M LIVING AND STUDYING IN NYC FOR THE SEMESTER!!
    • I’m participating in a really cool program where instead of going to classes everyday, I have a (nearly) full-time internship!

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  • Susan @ Bloggin’ bout Books was kind enough to send me her extra ARC of Bloodleaf and I’m still in awe of her generosity.
  • I got to see the musical Anastasia on Broadway!
    • Anastasia was one of my favorite movies as a kid so it was incredible to see this performance!

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  • I got to meet Roshani Chokshi on her The Gilded Wolves book tour!
    • She is so funny and awesome and ahhhh, why can’t she be my friend?
  • I (briefly) met Holly Black at one of her The Wicked King events!
    • I–of course–forgot to ask for a proper picture
    • Why can’t she also be my friend??
    • After the event, I promptly returned home and stayed up till 2 am to read the second half of the book.

How has 2019 been treating you? How are those New Year resolutions working out for ya?

Have you read The Wicked King yet? The Gilded Wolves? KING OF SCARS? (No spoilers for KoS please!)

Any recommendations for things I should do in NYC?