January 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (5)


Many of my favourite books are ones that I've picked up and chosen for myself, but there was a time when I only read by recommendation.
Honestly, I can't remember if The Hunger Games or Harry Potter were recommended to me.  If they were they would be at the top of the list.

Top Ten Books I'm So Happy Were Recommended To Me

1.  The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
This was the book series that made me love reading.

2.  Divergent by Veronica Roth
Do I even need to comment?

3.  Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
A customer came in looking for this book, and proceeded to tell me how much she loved it, and wanted to own the hardcover.  Her love for this book was so palpable that I had to pick it up myself.  Since I read it, over two years ago, my copy of Thirteen Reasons Why has not been at my house for more than a couple of weeks.  I've lent this book to so many people.

4.  Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
One of my first friends in high school recommended Sarah Dessen to me.  Just Listen was the first novel of hers that I read.  I've loved her books ever since.

5.  Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
If the lovely lady at the publishing house didn't have the same taste in books as me I would not have read it.

6.  Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Again, not what I usually read, but a friend recommended it over twitter.  She was so excited for it that I had to see what it was all about.  I loved the sequel even more.

7.  One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich was doing a book signing and one of my friends had read all her books (there are now 18 books in her Stephanie Plum series, and more if you include the novellas).  I ended up reading all 15 books in two weeks, and had a blast at the book signing.  She signed 17 books for me, and I have pictures to prove it.  Now, I'm lost in memory ...

8.  The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
I was not planning on reading this book, but so many people kept telling me how amazing it was.  So, I gave it a try and I probably loved it more than The Wolves of Mercy Falls.

9.  Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
"You liked Divergent, right?  Read Shatter Me."

10.  The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
I first heard of Hugo Cabret at Book Expo America last year, and then again during all the promotions of the movie.  I was unsure about it until I had that personal recommendation. 

I still read my friend's recommendations, but I pick for myself now most of the time.


January 14, 2012

Love List (10)


I have to get up at 6am tomorrow, so I have to make this quick.
Quick apology:  I'm so sad that I missed the last Love List I could have done in 2011, but I was sick and could not handle technology.

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel.
Wearing a Santa hat at work on Christmas Eve.
My red boots.
Bram from Dearly, Departed.
My Mom.
Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" CD.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Hugo Cabret (both book and movie).
The fact that there's a new Underworld movie coming out.
Our Christmas tree.
My pink monkey plushie.
Chocolate truffles.
That I survived and did well in my first semester of university.
Breakfast on Christmas morning.
My bell Christmas ornament.
The vanilla and sandalwood scented candle.
Christmas coupons.
Laughing uncontrollably on the bus or on the subway, because of the book you're reading.
When your room is cold, but your bed is warm, and you don't have to go anywhere.
I love the gift I bought for someone off Etsy, but I can't tell you because she reads Read & Riot, and I haven't given her her gift yet!  (Next time!)
A Million Suns by Beth Revis (if I haven't already told you).
Because I Said So.
Watching the entire series of Gilmore Girls just because you can.
"Oy, with the poodles already."



Song of the day:  Kelly Clarkson - What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)

January 4, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm Excited To Read in 2012


(I know it's Wednesday, but this was my first day back to school, and I hope you can forgive me).
This week's Top Ten Tuesday is:  Top Ten Books I'm Excited To Read in 2012.
Some are brand new, and others are just ones I haven't had the chance to read.

1.  Insurgent by Veronica Roth

After Divergent how could I not be eagerly awaiting this?
2.  Beautiful Ethan (aka the next book in The Caster Chronicles as named by my friends on twitter) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
3.  City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
4.  The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
5.  Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
No release official release date or book cover for this one.
6.  Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready
7.  Black Heart by Holly Black
8.  The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (Because I've only just read The Maze Runner!)

I couldn't make it to 10, because I have this little voice in the back of my head saying that I need to read Frankenstein for school, and shouldn't be blogging.  *sigh*  Care to recommend a few books?