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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors that are new to me

Top Ten Tuesday is a cool meme created by the people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten New to Me Authors.

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Most of these authors probably aren’t new to anyone but me, but that’s okay. At least I found them eventually, right? If you also haven’t read anything by any of these people, I highly recommend giving it a shot! Since I couldn’t decide how I would rank these, I’ve decided to post them in the order that I discovered them.

1. J. Elizabeth Hill I’ve followed her blog for a couple of years, and I was super excited to get to read both Bound and Possession this year. If you like fantasy, you should check out this series. I can’t wait to read more of her work!

2. Jennifer E. Smith I absolutely adored The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. This is What Happy Looks Like wasn’t quite as good, but it was still an enjoyable read. She also has some other books out, which I’m looking forward to reading!

3. E. Lockhart Words can’t describe how much I loved the Ruby Oliver series. Each one was better than the last. She has two other books out and one more that either just came out or is coming out soon, and I look forward to reading them.

4. Kody Keplinger If you like contemporary young adult books with a dash of feminism, you’ll probably enjoy these books by Keplinger as much as I did. The DUFF was probably my favorite, but A Midsummer’s Nightmare and Shut Out, which is a modern-day Lysistrata, were both really good, too.

5. Marjane Satrapi Persepolis was the first graphic novel I’ve ever read, and I could not have enjoyed it more. This book and the sequel show Satrapi’s life growing up in Iran after the revolution of 1979. She also has at least two other books out I’ve just learned, so I look forward to reading them.

6. Cora Carmack I kept wanting to like New Adult books, but I didn’t really until I read Losing It. The plot was a bit predictable, but I really enjoyed it. And then I read Faking It, and I loved that one even more. Finding It wasn’t quite as good as the first two, but I still liked it, and I look forward to reading her next set of books.

7. Gayle Forman I only read one of her books this year – If I Stay – but I absolutely loved it, and I really have to get around to reading the sequel, as well as the other books Forman has out, as this is definitely one talented writer.

8. Beth Revis I’ve been hearing about the Across the Universe series for a while, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read the first one. I have the second two on my shelf right now, and I will have finished the series by the end of the year. I don’t normally care about stories set in space, but this book is making me reconsider that.

9. Libba Bray Beauty Queens is one of the funniest, most thought-provoking books I’ve read this year. If you like satire, I highly suggest you pick up this book!

10. Rainbow Rowell I didn’t love Eleanor & Park as much as everyone else seems to have, but I adored Fangirl, which reminded me so much of my younger, fan fiction loving self.

What about you? What are some of your favorite authors that you’ve discovered this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read in 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a cool meme created by the people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2013.

Books are listed in the order that I read them, not necessarily the order that I liked them. Links take you to my reviews of these books. GoodReads links can be found on the review page (if you click on the picture of the book).

1. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
This book is adorable. If you already love contemporary YA, or if you’ve been wanting to try contemporary YA, I would definitely recommend reading this one! I hate the idea of love at first sight, and I still loved this book.

2. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
Not technically listed as New Adult, but I would count it as such anyway. Bria’s just graduated high school and doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, so she goes on a trip to Central America by herself. The characters were interesting, and I loved watching her slowly figure out what she wanted.

3. The Designated Ugly Fat Friend (DUFF) by Kody Keplinger
Girl with issues meets boy who can’t commit. The story isn’t the most original, but the characters are awesome. This was a great book to read, and it has some great messages mixed in, as well. If you like snarky main characters and contemporary YA, you should definitely give this book a try!

4. Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Butter, weighing in at over 400 pounds, has a plan – he’s going to eat himself to death on the internet. It starts out as a joke, but he ends up gaining a lot of popularity, and now he doesn’t really know what to do. This book brings up some interesting questions and shows that things aren’t always black and white.

5. Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
I expected to dislike this book, but I was definitely proven wrong. I should have trusted Keplinger. I definitely will from now on. This modern-day retelling of Lysistrata is definitely fun to read. It’s a bit heavy-handed at times, but I agree with the message, so I didn’t care as much. Really, all of Keplinger’s books belong on this list.

6. The Treasure Map of Boys (Ruby Oliver #3) by E. Lockhart
I wish I had found this series when I was in high school. It’s fantastic, and it’s one of the few series I’ve read that actually gets better with each book. The first two could have easily fit on this list. She’s funny and insecure and loves making lists – I mean, what more could I ask for in a protagonist?

7. Real Live Boyfriends (Ruby Oliver #4) by E. Lockhart
I told you I love this series. You don’t usually get to see what happens after the “happy ever after” moment, but you do with this book. High school relationships aren’t all sunshine and rainbows, and this book showed a realistic view of the drama that goes along with relationships in general. If you haven’t read this series yet, you should definitely get on that!

8. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
This graphic novel tells the true story of a girl living in Iran during the cultural revolution of 1979. It’s funny and depressing at the same time. I highly recommend this graphic novel to anyone who wants to learn more about another culture – or anyone who just loves a good story!

9. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer is definitely one of my favorite authors. Scarlet is the second in her Lunar Chronicles series. It’s my favorite sequel ever, and it’s part of the best fairy tale retelling I’ve ever read. She keeps just enough of the fairy tale to let you recognize the elements, but she adds so many new elements that you don’t feel like you’re just reading the same old story. She’s a great writer, and she started out as a NaNo overachiever. If you haven’t given this series a shot, you totally should!

10. Losing It by Cora Carmack
This is my favorite New Adult book to date. The main character is a bit neurotic at times, but she’s neurotic in a hilarious way. I was laughing hysterically through most of this book. Carmack definitely writes awkward well. I loved reading this book. Yes, there’s the sex that NA is known for, but there’s also likeable characters who are trying to figure out what they want out of life, which made me really enjoy it. I definitely recommend you give this one a chance.

Well, those are the top 10 books I’ve read this year. This was sort of a hard list, as I’ve read so many great books! What books would be on your list? If you’ve written your own Top Ten list, leave a link in the comments and I’ll come check it out! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

Top Ten Tuesday is a cool meme created by the people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects (abuse, suicide, grief etc or something personal hard for you)

1. Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Deals with bullying, suicide, eating disorders

2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Deals with bullying (sort of), suicide

3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Deals with bullying, suicide, death

4. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Deals with bullying, school shootings

5. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Deals with rape, eating disorders

6. Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers
Deals with suicide

7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Deals with cancer, death

8. Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult
Deals with child molestation, homicide

9. Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult
Deals with rape, false rape accusations

10. Slut: Growing up Female with a Bad Reputation by Leora Tanenbaum
This one is non-fiction, but I couldn’t think of a tenth book and realized that I loved this book in high school, so I might as well add it to the list.
Deals with bullying and slut-shaming

What books would be on your top ten list?

Top Ten Tuesday: When You Need Something Light and Fun

Top Ten Tuesday is a cool meme created by the people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light and Fun.

1. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Despite the title, this book doesn’t actually fall into the insta-love trap that so many other YA books do. It’s an adorable book that would definitely turn to when I needed something light/fun.

2. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
First love is incredibly awkward, and this book captures that perfectly. This book brings me back to when I was 19. I couldn’t stop giggling like a mad woman while I was reading this book. It just reminded me so much of my life .

3. The Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart
I’m currently reading the last book in the series. For a series so filled with angst and drama, it definitely makes me laugh. If you haven’t read this series yet, you definitely should.

4. Can you Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
I despise Kinsella’s Shopaholic series, but I remember liking this one when I read it in high school. The main character spills all her secrets on a flight when she thinks she’s about to die, and then she discovers that the person she blabbed to was the head of the company she works for. Definitely chick-lit, but I had a lot of fun reading this one.

5. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Losing weight doesn’t magically fix all your confidence problems, and this book does a great job of addressing that. The characters are fun and interesting, and it’s definitely one of Dessen’s most light/fun books.

6. Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Competing re-enactment camps. Forbidden romance. This book is cute and fluffy, and it definitely kept me entertained. If someone was looking for a light romance to read, this would definitely be a good one to read.

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This one has a few darker moments than the rest of them, but it’s still Cinderella with cyborgs, so I couldn’t not include it on this list.

8. Anything non-fiction by Laurie Notaro
I haven’t read these books since high school, so I can’t guarantee that I would still find them funny today, but I remember really enjoying these books when I first read them. I mean, how can you not love books with titles such as “I Love Everybody (And Other Atrocious Lies)” and “We Thought You Would Be Prettier”?

9. Anything non-fiction by Jen Lancaster
I haven’t read all of her books, but I read the first three that she published, and I really enjoyed them. Jennifer Lancaster goes from having everything to being broke and unemployed, and it’s fun watching her deal with things.

10. Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

This book probably should have been higher on the list, but since there’s technically no order to it, I’m no going to bother moving it. There’s a rivalry between the football and soccer players, and their girlfriends decide to withhold sex until the rivalry stops. It’s definitely a fun read, and I recommend it to anyone who likes contemporary YA.

Ton Ten Tuesday: Books I Thought I Would Like More/Less Than I Did

Top Ten Tuesday is a cool meme created by the people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books that I Thought I Would Like More/Less Than I Did.

Okay, so I haven’t participated in one of these in a while. Actually, I don’t think I’ve participated in one in all of 2013. I liked this week’s topic, though, so I decided to jump on in. I didn’t like a lot of the books that everyone else loves, so hopefully I’ll still have some blog followers after people read this. 🙂

Books I Thought I Would Like More Than I Did:
1. Matched by Ally Condie I know a lot of people liked this series, and there were certainly aspects of this book that I appreciated, but I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t really care which person she picked, and I didn’t feel any need to read the rest of the series.

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth I kept hearing that fans of The Hunger Games would like this, so I read the first one. I didn’t hate it, but I definitely had to force myself to get through to the end, when interesting stuff started happening. I hated the Dauntless and anyone who would choose to go into that house. I’m sure she was aiming for a Gryffindor-like section, but what we ended up with a house full of jocks and army guys, all people I have never felt comfortable around and don’t really feel like reading a whole book about. I also didn’t like that the smart section was the evil section.

3. Requiem by Lauren Oliver I expected to love this book as much as I loved Before I Fall, but that didn’t happen. It didn’t help that I had just finished reading Matched and wasn’t really in the mood for another “the government is trying to keep us from true love” novel. I just couldn’t get into the story. I skipped to the end and decided it wasn’t worth finishing.

4. Starters by Lissa Price I was so excited about the idea of this novel, but I was so disappointed. I really hated this book. I forced myself to keep reading, hoping it would get better, and it just never did.

5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson I’m sure people will hate me for this one, but I just didn’t like this book. It deals with a very important subject matter, and the message is important. I just couldn’t really get into the story. Maybe my expectations were just too high. I don’t know.

Books I thought I Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Enjoying
6. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling My mother first told me about this series when I was in fifth grade, when only the first three were out. I thought the series sounded stupid, and I wasn’t interested. I finally gave it a shot one night when I had nothing else to read, and my life changed forever. This series helped get me into writing again, and it sparked my creativity like no other series since.

7. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith I don’t believe in the idea of “love at first sight” and therefore thought I would hate this book. I wouldn’t even have read it if a friend hadn’t recommended it to me. I’m glad she did, as this book was absolutely adorable.

8. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver I was interested in this book, but once I started reading it and realized how much I hated the main character, I thought I would hate the book. I didn’t really mean to keep reading, but somehow I was unable to stop. I ended up loving this book.

9. The English Patient by Michael OndaatjeI read this book while I was an undergrad. I wouldn’t have liked it had I read it on my own, but my professor helped us see that this book was written in response to the novel Kim by Rudyard Kipling, and I learned to appreciate this book so much more than I thought I would.

10. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque I read this book in high school because I had to. I usually hate war novels, but to my surprise I actually enjoyed this one. I don’t remember much of it, but I do remember liking it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read in 2012

Okay, so it’s been rather a while since I participated in Top Ten Tuesday. I wish I could blame NaNo, but I’m afraid it’s actually been longer than that since I stopped. Still, I rather liked today’s topic, and I’m going to do my best to keep up with this from now on. I’ve been neglecting this blog too much, and it’s time that stopped.

Top Ten Tuesday is a cool meme created by the people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is the Top 10 Books I Read in 2012.

And here are the books…in no particular order.

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This was the first book that I read this year, and it was definitely one of the best. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book, but I’m glad I finally got around to it. I definitely understand why this is such a big phenomenon. I loved the second and third books, as well, but I think this one is the best. Since I only have ten spots, I don’t want to use up three for this series, so I’ll just leave it as book 1 with books 2 and 3 serving as honorable mentions. If you haven’t gotten around to reading this series yet, I would recommend it.

2. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
I’ve read this book before, but I reread it this year, and I liked it even more the second time. This definitely isn’t a book for everyone. It definitely falls under the “literary fiction” category, as it’s mostly about one girl’s life in a boarding school. Not a lot happens other than day-to-day stuff. I love this book because the main character, Lee Fiora, is so incredibly awkward, and she reminds me a lot of myself. She’s so afraid of saying something wrong or stupid that she doesn’t say anything at all – that is, until she says something that makes everyone hate her.

3. The Ultimate Vegan Guide by Erik Marcus
Back in April, I was doing research for Script Frenzy, and I came across a bunch of videos that made me decide to go vegan. This was the first book that I bought after that. The Kindle edition is 99 cents, and it has a lot of really helpful information about making the transition to a vegan life. If anyone’s interested in going vegan, or at least wants to understand why people would chose to be vegan, this is a great book to read.

4. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I absolutely hated the main character in the beginning of this book, and yet I never considered putting the book down – and that doesn’t usually happen with me. This book kept my attention the whole time, and the characters felt real to me. I really enjoyed this book. The transformation of the main character was slow and believable. If this teaching thing actually works out for me, this is definitely one of the first books I’m putting on my shelf for the students to read if they choose.

5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This is the best fairy tale retelling I’ve ever read, as it’s not just the story of Cinderella. This is the first book in a four-book series, and I have high hopes for the rest of the series, the next installment of which comes out in February. The characters were quite realistic, even the mean ones, and I just love the world that Meyer created. And, okay, I have a bit of a soft spot for books that started as NaNo novels. 🙂

6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This is another book that I’m going to have on my classroom bookshelf, provided I manage to find a job as a teacher after I graduate. The girl the main character has a crush on kills herself and leaves behind thirteen tapes detailing why she did so. I couldn’t stop reading this book. I had to know why she did it. I definitely didn’t agree with the choices that she made, but I thought it was really interesting to read about it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I’ve heard great things about John Green, and after reading this book, I understand why people love him. I definitely plan on reading more John Green novels next year, as I loved this one. The characters were interesting and funny despite the horrible situation they find themselves in, and I really liked this book, even though it definitely had me crying in parts. John Green certainly has a gift for making you laugh in one sentence and making you want to cry in the next sentence.

8. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
I’ve read all of Sarah Dessen’s novels this year, and while I enjoyed all of them, this is the one that sticks with me. I like that the other characters have their own issues, as well, that it’s not just about the main character. It deals with the same subject matter as Speak does, though it deals with it in a way that’s much more interesting to read (at least in my opinion, though I know I’m in the minority with this opinion).

9. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
This is the first zombie book that I’ve read, and I loved that it still mostly about the characters and less about the zombies. The characters were flawed in realistic ways, and I really enjoyed this book, at least for the first three-fourths of the book. I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about the ending, but I’m glad I read this book. It’s not one of my favorites out of all of the books that I’ve ever read, but it’s definitely one of the ones that stood out this year.

10. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
Okay, this one shouldn’t actually be on this list, as I’m not really all that far into this book, but I’m enjoying it so much so far that I would be remiss not to include it. I see so much of my nineteen-year-old self in Amelia, and I have to keep putting the book down to giggle about how much I can relate to her, and that’s why I feel that I have to include it on this list. Even if I end up hating it (which I doubt I will), I absolutely love the beginning of it enough to earn it a place on this list.

What about the rest of you? Have you read/enjoyed any of the books on my list? What are your favorite books that you’ve read this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Series You Didn’t Finish

Top Ten Tuesday is a cool meme created by the people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten series I haven’t finished – for whatever reason.

Gee, there are so many series that I haven’t finished yet. We’ll start with the series that I intend to finish but just haven’t gotten around to yet. All links take you to the GoodReads page for the first book in the series.

1. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
My boyfriend introduced me to this series, and I’ve enjoyed most of what I’ve read, even if it can be a bit sexist at times. That said, each book is like 800 pages long, and there are like twelve books in the series or something like that, and I’m only on book three – so I’ll probably be reading this series for a while.

2. Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
I really enjoyed the first book in this series. However, I’ve been focusing more on the types of books that I would want to write lately, so I haven’t been reading that much fantasy lately.

3. The Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling
Oh, look, another fantasy series I started reading, really enjoyed, but haven’t gotten around to finishing yet. There are at least five books currently in this series (though it’s possible there’s a sixth one out), and I’ve only read the first four. I absolutely loved the first three, enjoyed the fourth one, and then a huge chunk of time passed between when I read the fourth and bought the fifth, and it’s been so long that I forgot what happened. I feel like I should reread the first ones before I attempt the most recent, but rereading a book when my TBR list is so long seems stupid, so I haven’t really attempted this book in a long time.

4. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Okay, I swear that all of the books on this list won’t be fantasy. 😀 That said, I love this series. They’re clever and interesting and funny, and they always keep me guessing. There are just so many of them, and I haven’t been reading as much fantasy lately (as previously stated). I do, however, have every intention of finishing this series, as it really is great.

5. The Coffeehouse Myseries by Cleo Coyle
I’ve read three of these books so far, and I’ve enjoyed them for the most part. Sadly, this is a series that you really can’t read back to back, as there’s so much repetition. The characters are interesting, and they’re quick reads, but they don’t hold my interest quite like the other books on the top part of this list. I’ll probably get around to reading more of them, but they’re not high up on my list.

6. Divergent series by Veronica Roth
I enjoyed the first book. I have every intention to read the next book. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. The copy I reserved from the library is in, though, so I’ll probably be starting the next one in the next few days.

And now for the book series that I probably won’t be finishing.

7. Matched series by Ally Condie
I read the first book in the series, and I thought it was all right. I don’t understand why so many people love it, but it was interesting enough. I’m not sure if I’ll get around to reading the second two books in the series, but it’s a possibility.

8. Fifty Shades series by E.L. James
I didn’t hate the first book like a lot of people did, but I also can’t find myself interested in it enough to keep reading the series. I’m not going to say that I’ll never finish it, but I definitely don’t see myself reading it any time soon.

9. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
This is definitely a series that I didn’t finish because I didn’t like it. I read the first one so that I could judge it fairly. The second one I read because I heard that it wasn’t as bad as the first one. The third and forth ones I just couldn’t bring myself to read. If I ever do get around to reading them, it would be so that I could properly insult the entire series. Since there are many better uses for my time, it’s a safe bet to say that I will not be finishing this series.

10. The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville
I loved the first book when I was younger. I remember my friend in second grade trying to get me to read it, and it wasn’t until I was in fifth grade that I finally got around to reading it, and I loved it, but I couldn’t find the next books in the series anywhere. I recently found the entire series at the library, but I could no longer finish it. It just didn’t interest me the same as it did when I was younger. I was sad about that, but I couldn’t force myself to read three more books just to relive my childhood. It wasn’t worth it. But young kids might still enjoy them!

What about the rest of you? Any series that you started but didn’t finish? Did you not finish because you didn’t like them, or because you just haven’t gotten around to it yet?

Post 100!

This post marks my 100th post on this blog. I’m excited. I’ve lost track of how many different blogs I’ve tried to start over the years, and none of them has lasted this long – with the exception of my livejournal account, but that was more of a place to rant than it was to talk about anything important, so I’m not counting that one. 😀

I didn’t get as much accomplished over Labor Day weekend as I would have liked, but I still made progress. I wrote 4,183 words and wrote the next two chapters. Sadly, I’m still on the second month of the story, but I only have one chapter left before I can move on to October, so I’ll be happy with that. My goal is to write that chapter tonight. It’s sort of funny, though – I keep worrying that my chapters are going to be super short, so I take my time and try to find things to add, and then they end up being well over 3,000 words long. It’s not that the things I’m adding don’t fit; I guess I just write more than I think I do. Most of the stuff I’m adding works with the story, though, or at least it seems that way now. I never write a scene just to add words. I’ve done that in the past, and it just doesn’t do any good. Now, sure, I’ve written scenes that I know are horrible just to get them down, but that’s different. Writing something you know you’ll have to edit later is one thing; writing something you know you’re going to delete is quite another.

That said, the least chapter I wrote was about 1300 words. So apparently I can write short chapters. Good to know.

I was supposed to write a Top Ten Tuesday post today, but I forgot about it until I got home from work and saw the list of similar posts in my inbox. Really, though, today was a good day to forget about it, as it’s a really easy topic. I was supposed to share the Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List. Instead, I will just refer the curious back to my Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List, as I have yet to read any of the books on that list. Shame on me, I know. I started reading more young adult fiction right after I made that post, and I never really got around to reading the other books I wanted to read. I probably still won’t get to them this fall, but if I have time I would like to.

In unrelated news, I’ve finished my homework for the next week and a half. I don’t know if all of my grad school courses are going to be this easy, but I certainly won’t complain if they are!

And now I should really get back to writing. Samantha and Chloe are about to have their first bonding moment, and I’ve been looking forward to writing this scene. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is a cool meme created by the people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Bookish Confessions.

1. I thought Harry Potter sounded stupid at first.
It’s true. I was in fifth grade, and my mother had heard other people talking about the series. She mentioned it to me, and I thought it sounded stupid. Still, she bought the first book for me out of one of those Scholastic catalogs. One night, when I was bored and had nothing else to read, I gave the book a chance. The rest is history.

2. I would not hate the Twilight series as much if it weren’t so popular.
This one’s pretty shameful, but I have to admit that I read the first two books in this series and didn’t completely hate them. I hate the message they send to young girls, and I have no idea why so many people LOVE this series, but I didn’t completely the hate the first two books. If it was just a random book I had picked up, I probably would have read it, said, “Eh, that was lame,” and moved on, not thinking about it again after that. Of course, I also probably wouldn’t have picked it up if I hadn’t been curious about the Twilight debate, but I’ll go into that more in the next reason.

3. I judge books more harshly if they contain vampires or werewolves or other mythical creatures.
I used to think I just didn’t really like fantasy books, but now I know better. Most of my favorite books are fantasy novels. I just don’t usually like books with fantastical creatures, at least not when they’re the main focus. I don’t care about fairies or werewolves are vampires. Strangely, I like zombies, but that’s a different issue. There are exceptions to this rule – I love Remus Lupin, and The Dresden Files series focuses on killing/fighting magical creatures – but as a whole, I generally won’t pick up a book containing anything other than humans with magical powers unless I’ve heard great things about it from someone else.

4. I don’t like Shakespeare or Jane Austen.
This one wouldn’t be as big of a deal were I not an English major who’s currently studying to become a high school English teacher, but it’s true. I’ve only read one Jane Austen novel (Pride and Prejudice), and I didn’t care for it. I also find Shakespeare boring most of the time. I sometimes like the meaning that can be read into his works, but I don’t really think those meanings are worth reading the whole play.

5. I don’t know how to read poetry.
This one’s also bad for a future English teacher. I just don’t get it. Why put a line break if you’re supposed to read it as a sentence? It doesn’t make sense. And those stressed and unstressed syllables just confuse me. I mean, I know what they are, but I can’t put it into practice. I know how to read poems that I’ve written, and I like poems in general, but I hate reading them out loud.

6. I have to read books multiple times to remember them.
I think this fact saddens me the most. I’ve read hundreds of books, but I often forget about what happens in them soon after I finish reading them. I’m getting better now that I’m writing reviews for each one, but in general I have to read a book at least twice before I remember overall plot and details. I can quote Harry Potter sections by heart, since I’ve read them all at least eight times, but I can’t remember most of what happens in the His Dark Materials trilogy because I’ve only read them once.

7. I like to write in books.
I highlight my favorite passages. I write notes in the margins. Some of the notes are good and some of the notes are bad. For instance, my copy of Brave New World is filled with notes of me screaming at the characters for being stupid, as that was the only way I could get through the book. Same with the beginning of Jane Eyre. The only books I feel bad writing in are the Harry Potter books, but I’ve even highlighted one of them (the sixth one) in order to help with the essay I was writing.

8. I dislike most short stories.
I’m very picky about short stories. I like them to have a point. It’s strange because I don’t mind if novels focus on characters and just ramble on and don’t have a basic plot, but short stories I like to have a point. I’ve started to expand my definition of what makes a good short story, but it’s still much more limited than my definition of what makes a good novel. This got me into trouble with one of my creative writing teachers, but that’s a different matter.

9. I rarely by new books.
Most of the time, I get my books from the library because they’re free, and I’m very cheap. When I do buy a book, I generally get it used on Amazon. I can think of one book that I bought new in the past five years, and that was only because I needed something to read and was already at Kroger, so I went ahead and bought a book. Before that, the only books I can remember buying new were the Harry Potter series and the His Dark Materials trilogy, and that one was only because they had all three of them in a huge book for like fifteen bucks. I’ve realized this is a horrible way to support my favorite authors, though, so I’m starting to buy more books new – when I can afford it.

10. I hate lending people books, and I hate being lent books.
I hate lending people books because I’m always afraid they’re going to damage them or steal them. Maybe that’s just because I’ve seen my sisters’ bookshelf, which is filled with books she’s “borrowed” from others and have never given back, but I don’t trust people with my books. I also hate being trusted with other people’s books. I borrowed a friend’s book in high school, accidentally bent the cover, and felt guilty for the next year because it was damaged, even though she said she didn’t care. Plus, I hate when people give me a book to read when I know I don’t want to read it. I feel guilty saying I don’t want to read it, so I end up keeping it on my shelf for a long time until they eventually just ask for it back. It would just be so much easier if people didn’t ask to borrow/loan books.

What about you? Do you have any bookish confessions you’d like to get off your chest?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite books You’ve Read During the Lifespan of Your Blog.

Top Ten Tuesday is a cool meme created by the people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Favorite Books You’ve Read During the Lifespan of Your Blog.

This is actually one of the easiest Top Ten entries I’ve written so far. I’ve been keeping up with every book that I’ve read so far for my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. The following are my top ten books, linked to my review of them, in no particular order.

1. The Hunger Games
This was the first book I read this year, the first book I reviewed on my blog, and I couldn’t imagine a better book to start the year out with. A great cast of characters, a fast-paced plot, and a criticism of American pop culture. What more could you possibly want from a novel? I loved this book. The other two in the series were interesting reads, but I don’t think either of them quite lived up to the awesomeness that was this first book.

2. Prep
Whenever I talk about my favorite books, this book sneaks onto the list. If you’re not a fan of whiney, insecure characters who obsess about everything, this probably isn’t the book for you. I, however, found the main character, Lee, to be extremely realistic and incredibly easy to relate to, so I loved this book.

3. Cinder
The best fairy tale retelling I’ve ever read. A cyborg Cinderella, an evil moon queen…it’s just an awesome book. One of the “twists” at the end was rather predictable , sure, but the novel as a whole was interesting, and I’m looking forward to the next installment.

4. Before I Fall
It’s rare that a novel can focus on a character so incredibly unlike me and not only make me keep reading until the end but also completely change my mind about the character. An absolute joy to read. I cannot recommend this book enough.

5. Thirteen Reasons Why
This is another one of my new favorites. I don’t know if I’ve ever been so hooked on a book that wasn’t part of a series. I had to keep reading to find out what her thirteen reasons were for killing herself. It wasn’t quite what I expected, but in a way that just makes it more interesting. I would definitely recommend this book for teens.

6. The Ultimate Vegan Guide
I’ve read many books on becoming vegan this year, but this one was the most direct, amusing, and fun to read. If you’ve ever considered going vegan, or want to know why someone in your life has chosen this lifestyle, this is the book for you.

7. What Happened to Goodbye
All of Sarah Dessen’s books were great, but this one has to be really high up on my list. The characters are flawed but real, and for once it didn’t have the ending that I thought it would, so that was a nice change. Definitely one of my favorites.

8. Mistborn
The first Brandon Sanderson book that I’ve read, and after reading this, I can understand why they chose him to finish The Wheel of Time. He’s great at world-building and at creating interesting characters that you can’t help but cheer for. I haven’t read the rest of the series yet, but I’m definitely looking forward to doing so.

9. Just Listen
I wasn’t sure which other Sarah Dessen book to include in this list, but I finally settled on this one because I found the characters really interesting and realistic. There were multiple storylines in this one, but they were weaved together nicely. I always like when an author can take a character type I hate and make me not hate them quite as much. She didn’t do as good a job as Lauren Oliver did in Before I Fall, but she still did a decent job.

10. Everything Bad is Good for You
I find myself talking about this book a lot in real life, so it should probably make this list. Everyone always talks about how pop culture is ruining society, but this book actually talks about how the opposite is true. If you’re a fan of video games and television (although we’re talking shows like Lost and 24, not the Real Housewives of anywhere), and you’re sick of people talking about how such things are ruining society, then you’d probably like to read this book.