Top Ten Tuesday: Elements of a book that make me go “YAS”

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

1) Written by one of my auto-read authors: Sarah Dessen, Morgan Matson, Jennifer E Smith, Marissa Meyer, etc.

2) Pretty cover. Sometimes this doesn’t last past my reading the synopsis, but for at least a brief moment a pretty cover will make me covet a book like nothing else.

3) A good review from a blogger I trust.

4) Fairy tale retelling (I love them all).

5) Steampunk elements.

6) Celebrity romance trope. I don’t know why, but I just love these.

7) Features a road trip. Road trips are so fun and they’re even more fun when you’re not actually stuck in the car for 13 straight hours.

8) Also, any travel basically. I love exploring new places but don’t have the means to actually do it in person. That’s why books are so great!

9) Smart, female protagonists. I love reading books featuring girls who are smart and unapologetic but are also normal.

10) Strong female friendships. There’s nothing more powerful to me than a healthy relationship between two girls. They get each other and don’t start drama with each other over boys.

Do you guys agree with any of these? What are some things that make you instantly say “YAS”?

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Would Stand in Line For

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do)

I think most of us would agree that standing in line is one of the most painful aspects of the human existence. But I would brave a line no matter how long to get a book signed by these authors (that’s an exaggeration. I definitely have a line limit).

1) Sarah Dessen
2) Marissa Meyer (been there, done that)
3) Suzanne Collins
4) J.K. Rowling
5) Jennifer E. Smith
6) Morgan Matson (been there, done that)
7) Gail Carriger
8) Ernest Cline
9) Ryan Graudin
10) Cornelia Funke

Which authors would you wait in an enormous line to meet? Which authors have you already waited in enormous lines to meet? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

So many. There are so many books on my Spring TBR (and TBR in general) that I don’t know what to do with myself.

ARCs

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Books I Own

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
When We Collided by Emery Lord

What do you have on your Spring TBR? Anything in common? Which books do I NEED to move to the top of my Spring TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday: Romance is in the air

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: All About Romance Tropes/Types

So here’s one of my favorite YA romance tropes.

Girl meets famous boy = love

I actually just found out that there’s a legit name for these books: YA Celebrity Romances.

Musicians
Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Date with a Rockstar by Sarah Gagnon
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

Actors
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith
Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

Other
The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

I know there are more than just this list, but these are ones that I gave at least three stars to.

BONUS: Bromances

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord – Ryan and Max
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – Frank Porter and Collins

Top Ten Tuesday: New Releases That I Totally Meant to Get to in 2016 but Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is a freebie, so I decided to go with a topic that I think they had earlier this year that I didn’t get to: New releases that I meant to read in 2016, but didn’t.

Books that are literally sitting on my shelf right now:

They just sit on my shelf and mock me. Honestly, looking at some of these I’m genuinely surprised that they only came out last year–they seem older to me.

Other books I meant to read:

 

Are any of you guys in the same boat as me? Or am I alone? Which one of these am I totally missing out on and need to read ASAP?

Top Ten Tuesday: These Books Are Underrated

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb – I feel like this book was probably more popular right after it came out, but I just read it last year and LOVED it. I loved the road tripiness of it and the friendship between the two girls was so fun.

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas – I really enjoyed this one (basically Jane Austen meets X-Men) but nobody’s been talking about it!

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord – This book…friendship/squad goals. I adore this group of girls.

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy – A really interesting look at death and grief. I thought the character development in this book was out of this world.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – While Gaiman is certainly not an underrated author, I think this book fades into the background sometimes when held up to his other works. That being said, I absolutely loved it.

Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan – The main character of this book has a really interesting power and I thought the plot was pretty interesting. Hopefully the second book in this series (coming out later this year) holds up!

The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull – When I first read an excerpt from this book I was NOT interested. But then I received a physical ARC from BookCon, so I felt like I needed to actually give it a shot and review it. I’m glad that I did because this book totally surprised me. If you can get past the beginning, I think the rest of it is really good.

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – I LOVE THIS BOOK. Again, another book with such a great example of female/female friendship. I loved the version of “magic” that was in this book and I felt that the whole book had this awesome atmosphere about it.

We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen – This was a fun book written like a contemporary, but set in 80’s (I think). The format was fun–letters–and the characters were interesting. It really made me reflect on my own time in high school.

The Door That Led to Where by Sally Gardner – This was another book that kind of caught me off guard. I wasn’t expecting much from it, but then it turns into this really intriguing mystery.

Agree with my list? Have you read any of these yourself? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Fave TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: In honor of Fall Tv, do a tv-themed topic!

So obviously this is different from the norm, but here are my top ten fave TV shows anyway.

1) The Amazing Race – If I were to be on one reality TV show it would def be this one. I think I would rock it! I’m obsessed.
2) Parenthood – This show…seriously needs to make a comeback. So good. Jabbar is my spirit animal.
3) Fresh Off the Boat – I love that this show features a Chinese-American family. Go POC!
4) House M.D. – House is one of the most likable/least likable characters on all of television and I love his bromance with Wilson.
5) Chuck – Hilarious. It lost itself a little bit in the last couple of seasons I think, but I still love it.
6) Psych – Also hilarious. Gus is my absolute fave.
7) Survivor – Another reality TV show that my husband and I are obsessed with. I would NEVER want to go on this one though.
8) Sherlock – I’ve always been a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and this show is everything I could possibly want it to be.
9) Monk – You just can’t help but feel sympathetic towards Monk. Tony Shalhoub is such a gifted actor.
10) The Office – I don’t really think this one needs explanation.

Honorable Mentions:
BrainDead – I just love those musical intros so much.
Girl Meets World – Heartwarming and cute and I love all of the cameos.
Smallville – Nostalgia. I used to watch this every week when I was in junior high. Such a good show.
You, Me, and the Apocalypse – Completely underrated, I felt. The acting was great, the story was great, the editing and camerwork was great. WHY ONLY ONE SEASON???
Superstore – I don’t know why I like this show so much, but I do. America Ferrera is the best.