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Top Ten Tuesday! (7)

Posted March 26, 2013 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 14 Comments

Welcome back for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly meme!

This one I had a lot of fun doing because, wow, I do have a lot of books on my To Read shelf.

The list this week is:
Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most
This was really hard because I recommend lots of books to people, depending on their interests. 

Instead of doing a list, I’m going to just show you the book covers. :)

What are your top ten this week??

Posted March 26, 2013 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 14 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday! (6)

Posted March 19, 2013 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 9 Comments

Welcome back for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly meme!
This one I had a lot of fun doing because, wow, I do have a lot of books on my To Read shelf.

The list this week is:

Top Ten Books I HAD to buy, but are still sitting on my self unread.

I am so ashamed. Because I do this all the time. I HAVE to have it, and then it winds up sitting on the shelf. Then I get all sad when I see it’s come out in paperback (because I don’t realize I’ve had it for that long) or the sequel comes out! 

Here goes…

1. Black City by Elizabeth Richards

2. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

3. Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers

4. Boundless by Cynthia Hand

5. Fever and Sever by Lauren DeStafano

6. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

7. Bond Girl by Erin Duffy
8. Daughters of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

9. The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

10. Ten by Gretchen McNeil

This list makes me want to tackle these books!
I will make it a point to read a bunch of these before the May challenge starts!
What May Challenge? you may ask.
Why, the Clean Sweep ARC challenge I’m hosting with The Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Check it out here!

And thanks for stopping by TTT!

Posted March 19, 2013 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 9 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday! (5)

Posted March 5, 2013 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 12 Comments

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I’m back with a Top Ten Tuesday. You know how much I love making lists! Thank you to the Broke and the Bookish for hosting!

Today’s Top Ten Question is: Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet.

Oh, this is going to be a good one!

1. Shadow of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

2. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy by Stieg Larsson

3. Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

4. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeveres

5. Dark Swan novels by Richelle Mead

6. The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks

7. Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

8. Graceling by Kristen Cashore

9. Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine

10. Curse Worker series by Holly Black

What are your Top Ten??

Posted March 5, 2013 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday! (4)

Posted February 26, 2013 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 8 Comments

Hello! And welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday!
Thank you to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting. I am seriously addicted to making lists so this might be one of my favorite meme’s ever.
I am such a nerd.

Anyway, this week’s question is:
Top Ten Authors I’d put on my Auto-Buy list
So. Easy.

1. Neil Gaiman
I love most of his stuff, but even the stuff I don’t completely love, I’m still happy I read.

2. Richelle Mead
Hello? She wrote Vampire Academy and the Succubus series.

3. Tom Robbins
I can’t explain it. You just have to read him to understand.

4. Deborah Harkness
Fell in love with Discovery of Witches and the sequel. I will read whatever she writes next.

5. Christopher Moore
So funny. So brilliant.

6. J. R Ward
This woman knows how to write paranormal romance. I am totally obsessed with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and seem to stalk her new releases. Totally worth it.

7. Maggie Stiefvater
While the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and her other books, are solid, I fell in love with Scorpio Races. Pre-order. Period.

8. Jennifer Echols
If I want some YA realistic fiction, she’s one of my favorites.

9. Michael Chabon

Kavalier & Clay, Wonderboys. Love.

10. Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The man who wrote Shadow of the Wind is a pre-order. Hands down.

Honorable mention:

John Irving
Audrey Niffenegger

What are your Pre-order favorites?!

Posted February 26, 2013 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 8 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday! (3)

Posted February 19, 2013 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

Welcome back for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and Bookish!
This week, the question is:

Top Ten Favorite Characters in a Genre

The genre I chose is Young Adult.
Here we go!

In no particular order:

1. Lucien from Jessica’s Guide to Dating On The Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Lucien is a teenage vampire prince who is betrothed to Jessica, a horse loving, math loving Vegetarian!
The story is told from Jessica’s point of view, but we do glimpse the letters Lucien sends home to his uncle. And they are hilarious. Dangerous, fierce and totally romantic, Lucien is probably one of my favorite YA characters. His charm, his loyalty but most of all- his sense of humor. I laughed out loud so many times. Killer. In more ways than one.

2. Scarlet from Scarlet by A. G. Gaughin
Will Scarlet is actually Scarlet in this retelling of the Robin Hood myth. She’s brave, courageous and knows how to push the boundaries. I may have a warm spot in my heart especially because my best friends growing up were boys too. 

3. Lucy from The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey
Lucy, Lucy, Lucy. She has a smart mouth and runs, literally runs, into danger. Her love for her best friend Solange, even when the girl is pretty damn evil, is unwavering. And the banter between Nicholas and her is laugh out loud funny. 

4. Auggie from Wonder by R. J Palacio
I’m throwing in Auggie, even though it is considered Middle Grade. Why? Because Auggie is one of those characters that stays with you even when the book is over. My eyes may, may, tear up when I see the cover of this book in stores. Auggie is a role model for many of us- good, forgiving and able to see what others cannot.

5. Mary from The Agency series by Y.S. Lee
Hello? Have you been reading these books yet? And if not, why not? Mary kicks some serious ass. Once a lonely orphan now undercover spy, Mary risks it all on an every day basis to solve crimes, uncover clues and sneak around Victorian London, sometimes as a boy. And she’s super smart. And did I mention the boy she’s fallen in love with, James? And how brave she is in this restricted society? And….

6. Harry from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Yeah, like I have to list a reason?

7. Edward from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Dude, I know what you’re going to say. I know. I know. But really, Edward is one of my favorite characters. Take him out of Twilight for just a minute and you’ll see Meyers has created a sexy, dangerous and conflicted alpha male that should have probably been born into the world of paranormal romance. I kid not. He’s just the type. This is the guy the women who read romance novels, myself included, swoon over. 

8. Gene and Finny from A Separate Peace by John Knowles
This is a book I read in high school and has stayed as one of my favorite books of all time. The complex love and guilt Gene feels through most of the story is expertly written by Knowles. His entire character is a delicate balance between envy, hate and love. Still a story that can bring me to tears.

9. Emma from Emma by Jane Austen
I sorta love Emma. Yes, she thinks she knows everything, including who people should fall in love with. But what’s so great about dear Emma is that through all of her faults and misguided attempts, she does have everyone’s best interest at heart. And when she’s wrong, she knows she’s wrong. And fully admits she’s wrong, which can be one of the hardest thing to do. (oh and I know Emma may or may not be considered YA. But I threw her in there anyway)

10. Rose from The Vampire Academy series
She’s strong, protective and can really fight. Most of all, Rose’s story and character development really shines through the six book series. She’s different at the end, making bad decisions and finding herself along the way. And hey, any girl that can slay some bad vampires is ok in my book!

Thanks for reading!
What do you think about my list? 
Do you have any favorite characters?

Posted February 19, 2013 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

Top Ten Tuesday! (2)

Posted February 12, 2013 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 8 Comments

Thank you to The Broke and the Bookish!
I am really excited about this week’s question because it’s Valentine’s Day

This week’s question is:
Top Ten Favorite Romances
I’m going to list romance relationships, not necessarily romance books. 
And go!

In no particular order:

1. Rose and Dimitri (Vampire Academy)
Swoon. Rose, the head strong teenager who will stop at nothing to protect her best friend. Dimitri, the mysterious instructor/teacher who will train her and prepare her for battle. Throw in some vampires, a capture and redemption and you’ve got a story just as delicious as Angel and Buffy. (Sorry Spike fans.)

2. Lucy and Nicholas (The Drake Chronicles)

Oh Lucy, you are hilarious. If it’s illogical and dangerous, Lucy leaps right in and her best friend’s brother Nicholas can’t stand her. NOT! Vampire Nicholas and human Lucy have funny banter, sweet romance and a love that blooms from not liking each other that much. They are my favorite couple in the Drake Chronicles.

3. Keenan and Donia (Wicked Lovely series)
I love this couple and won’t give anything away about how it ends. But wow. A story you want them to fight for.

4. Hermione and Ron (Harry Potter series)
I mean, com’on. You cannot have this list without these two. Young love doesn’t always run smoothly. Friendship that blossoms into something more, something deeper between the super smart Granger and the loveable Weasley is a love to root for. I love re-reading the books and seeing this develop.

5. Alejandro and Brittany (Perfect Chemistry)
Opposites attract, or crash into each other. The tension is fierce, the romance hot, and after I read the library copy I went out to purchase my own. Spoiled rich girl falls in love with dangerous guy from wrong side of tracks? But it’s so much more! Brittany is more than a cookie cutter and Alex grows into his full potential, risking it all for love. How more romantic can you get?

6. Eve and Roarke (In Death series) Adult
There’s not a lot of over 30 book series, but the In Death series beats all odds. It’s not just about tough cop Eve solving horrific crimes, or suave bah-zillionaire Roarke at her side. No, it’s about Eve and Roarke’s relationship and support for each other. They’ve been together since book one and have a successful, loving and complicated relationship. Real stuff, not just drama. Sometimes, couples can live happily ever after and still be interesting to read about.

7. Meg and John (Going Too Far)

I don’t know what it is about this book, but I read it in one afternoon and then read it again. Meg’s rebellious streak is easy to fall in love with, and John’s love for rules and order in husky cop form is enticing. Especially as Meg breaks down his walls and he becomes more. They push each other’s buttons and break each other’s hearts. A wild rollercoaster of a romance.

8. Wrath and Beth (Black Dagger Brotherhood series) Adult
Wrath, the king of the vampires, has to protect Beth as she goes through her change from human to vampire. Wrath is grumpy, stable, and maybe just needs a hug. If he could admit that to himself. Beth is strong willed, smart and seems like the only one who can push him around, and he’ll listen. Hmmm, wonder if they’ll end up together?
Throw in some danger, vampire slayers, a lot of large strapping men with inside jokes and you’ve got a series that I obsess about on a regular basis. Oh, and got all my friends reading too.

9. Jessica and Lucas (Jessica Rules the Dark Side)
What do you get when a vegetarian teenager is betrothed to a vampire prince? You get an awesome and hilarious book. This is still one of my favorite YA books for its humor and for the relationship that grows between Jessica and Lucas. It’s one of those books that you can clearly see why each character falls in love with the other. 

10. Elizabeth and Darcy (Pride & Prejudice)

And honorable mention goes to:

Miranda and Archer (Firelight) Adult
A victorian paranormal beauty and the beast story. I think I talk about this book in almost every list.
Love. Love. Love.

Thanks for reading! What are yours??

Posted February 12, 2013 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 8 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday! (1)

Posted February 5, 2013 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 3 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by Broke and the Bookish!

This may be my first post in this meme. I’ve been interested in joining it for a while now so I’m pretty excited.

This week: Top Ten Best Bookish Memories
In no particular order, here we go!

1. Meeting Maggie Stiefvater (any of the times I’ve met her.) She’s always funny and gracious. If you ever have the chance to meet her, go!

2. An evening with Neil Gaiman at UCLA
This was years ago possibly 2009. He read an excerpt from Odd and the Frost Giants, which made me love him even more. It was too crowded and crazy for me to meet him or get anything signed afterwards, but I had a wonderful time.

3. Twilight- yes. I said it.
The first book caught me and my friends like wildfire, causing an array of shrieks, discussion and swooning. And even though we knew the movies were not going to live up to our expectations, I have many fond memories of waiting outside on opening night. 

4. Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 
A beautiful book festival that takes place in April of every year, I love wandering around with friends and discovering new books, indie bookshops and authors. If you live in the Los Angeles area, I suggest you check it out. Maybe I’ll see you there! 

5. Christopher Moore signing at Vromans.

My husband’s aunt and uncle were in town from Australia, AUSTRALIA!, and I brought them along. To say the place was packed is an understatement, even standing room was tight. His monologue was hilarious, I got some books signed and got to meet one of my favorite authors. My family members really enjoyed him too. There I am with Thuy from Read Now Sleep Later.

6. Meeting new friends.
Once you start going to signings, and seeing people again and again, you get to know them and make friends. After seeing her everywhere, I introduced myself to Nicole at The Reader’s Antidote  and was fortunate enough to meet Crystal from Elegantly Bound Books at a little soiree after one of the book signings in Montrose that our friend A from RNSL put together. I’ve also met Alyson from Kid Lit Frenzy and many many more new friends. I’ve met wonderful bloggers, authors and readers just by hanging out. I met Alethea through a mutual friend and without her, none of this blogging would have been possible.

7. Discovering new genres.
I know, this sounds crazy. But it’s actually at Target that a very pretty book cover caught my eye. Shiny, purple and mysterious, I opened it, started reading, and couldn’t put it down. Now it was book number four in a series and they didn’t carry the first book. But this book opened up the door for me on an entire genre- Romance. The book I picked up was Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione and I became a fan of hers and discovered an addicting sub genre of fiction- paranormal romance.
Thank you Target.

8. ALA- Anaheim
I know there’s some controversy about bloggers attending ALA. I’m not going to get into that. All I’m going to say is I had a wonderful/marvelous/absolutely fun time. I loved meeting publishers, talking about books, touching books, reading books, waiting in line for books to be signed. I am truly grateful I was able to attend. I did witness some of the concerns people talk about, and had some happen to me, but overall, it was a truly fun experience. I hope the couple bad apples don’t spoil it for the rest of us.

9. Pride & Prejudice (and Harry Potter)
Not kidding. So many conversations have been centered around Jane Austen, P&P, the films, the mini-series, etc. ItIt’s one of those books you’re surprised by just how many love this book, and want to talk about it at length! I think I’ve met and bonded with more people over these books than any other. Well that and Harry Potter. 

10.  Going to the bookstore with my Dad and Mom.
It’s sorta a tradition that when I go home to the east coast, my patient father is the only one brave enough to go with me to the large B&N off the highway and sit with me for hours while I browse. I know, I know. It’s a B&N. It’s not like I’m going to find anything I can’t get out here in LA. But I have lots of great memories of Dad going with me, buying me books, and encouraging me to read. 
On a similar note, I have lots of fond memories of Mom going with me to Borders, which was closer, and buying me books, even when she knew I had too many. Just because she knows I like to sit around in bookstores. It’s one of my favorite things to do.

Thanks for reading! Do you have a top ten?! 

Posted February 5, 2013 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 3 Comments