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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite YA Fantasy Books

OMG, guys. I have no idea how this summer got away from me, but it did. I’ll do an actual ~life update~ post soon, but for now, I’m going to talk up some awesome YA fantasy books.

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Top Ten Favorite YA Fantasy Books

  1. The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson: My review here.
  2. STOLEN SONGBIRD by Danielle L. Jensen: Suddenly finding yourself attracted to trolls is a very confusing thing, but there you go.
  3. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: My review here.
  4. RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard: Really good pacing and I’m always here for court intrigue.
  5. THE WRATH & THE DAWN by Renée Ahdieh: Beautiful world building and writing all around. I couldn’t put this one down.
  6. Lumatere Chronicles series by Melina Marchetta: My review here.
  7. Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima: My review here.
  8. THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson: This book featured one of the best love triangles I’ve ever read.
  9. THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski: My review here.
  10. THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater: My review here.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Shout Outs

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Top Ten Books I Love But Haven’t Talked About In Awhile

  1. Abhorsen series by Garth Nix: I read the first three books one summer in college and was immediately obsessed. This is one of my favorite fantasy series.
  2. RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard: I can’t speak for the sequel since I haven’t read it yet, but this one was fast-paced, and I loved how effectively the idea of regimes controlling information to hold onto power was woven throughout.
  3. Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson: This whole trilogy is all about Elisa finding confidence in herself, and I think it should be required reading for teenage girls.
  4. Ashfall trilogy by Mike Mullin: What an utterly terrifying look at the dark side of humanity.
  5. Lumatere Chronicles trilogy by Melina Marchetta: This whole series does an excellent job exploring identity, family, and redemption.
  6. CROWN DUEL by Sherwood Smith: My love for this book knows no bounds.
  7. Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima: It starts off slow, but if you stick with it, you’ll forget all about that because it never, ever lets up once things do get going.
  8. His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers: ASSASSIN NUNS. That is all.
  9. THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson: One of the best love triangles I’ve ever read.
  10. The Empress of Rome series by Kate Quinn: One of the few adult series I’m OBSESSED with. It’s set in Ancient Rome and has a lot of political intrigue and romance.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Opinions

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This week I decided to split my ten selections between TWO lists: five characters I dislike that everyone else seems to like, and five characters I like that everyone else seems to dislike.

Five Characters I Dislike Despite Popular Opinion

1. Tatiana & Alexander from THE BRONZE HORSEMAN by Paullina Simons: I’ve seen nothing but lovely things about this book in the blogosphere (which is why I picked it up to begin with) but I just couldn’t get into what was supposed to be an epic romance. Like, Alexander cheated on his girlfriend? Who – OH YEAH – also happened to be Tatiana’s sister. And he also seemed to fetishize Tatiana’s innocence and youth, which I was uncomfortable with. And Tatiana’s naiveté just about life in general rubbed me the wrong way.

2. Alex from DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver: I never really liked him as a character and I just couldn’t ship him and Lena. Especially after Julian came along and I liked him so much BETTER as a character.

3. Emerson from HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire: People generally lauded Emerson’s sass, which I’ll agree was enjoyable. But I found her to be a pretty flat character all-around, so there’s that.

4. America from The Selection series by Kiera Cass: Like, obviously lots of people like America, since all of these books are best-sellers. But she seems to be severely lacking in critical thinking skills. I realize she’s a teenager and they don’t always make the best decisions, but COME ON, America. Also, the waffling between two boys thing got old very fast and by the end I was mostly just Team Both Boys Running Far, Far Away. (And yet I can’t stop reading these books, so good job on that, Cass.)

5. Jon from The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce: YES I WENT THERE. I remember when I read these books for the first time in high school, I thought Jon was the biggest jerk to Alanna after they broke up – which happened because Jon wanted her to marry him and settle down as his eventual queen and she wanted to hold onto her independence. You do you, Alanna.

The Soul Cleansing: Five Characters I Like Despite Popular Opinion

6. Alice from SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy: I loved how well the character development was handled here. Thinking she’s going to die, Alice is unapologetically horrible to everyone (which is, I suspect, why people don’t like her), but when it turns out her cancer is in remission, she has to come to terms with the chaos she’s wrought.

7. Anna from USES FOR BOYS by Erica Lorraine Scheidt: Anna doesn’t have the best home life, so she self-medicates with boys. My heart broke for her and I wanted to pull her aside and tell her everything would be okay. Also, I appreciated how unflinchingly honest this book felt.

8. Amy from GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

9. Samantha from BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver: Samantha, resident popular girl and bully, gets a chance at redemption in the aftermath of a fatal car accident. She starts off as ~unlikeable~ (whatever that means in the context of female characters), but the character development is handled very well as Samantha is forced to confront the results of her bullying.

10. Aubrey from LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES by Alexis Bass: A book about how messy relationships of all kinds can be in high school. Aubrey uses casual hookups as a defense mechanism to protect her heart, because she’s afraid that if she actually lets herself develop feelings for a guy, she’ll only get her heart broken in the end. And on top of that, she learns a lot about supporting other girls instead of tearing them down.

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Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added to My TBR

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Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

  1. THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Choksi
  2. THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead
  3. COURT OF FIVES by Kate Elliot
  4. ASH by Malinda Lo
  5. WHAT’S BROKEN BETWEEN US by Alexis Bass
  6. THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST by Emily M. Danforth
  7. MY LIFE ON THE ROAD by Gloria Steinem
  8. THESE SHALLOW GRAVES by Jennifer Donnelley
  9. THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith
  10. FOR TODAY I AM A BOY by Kim Fu

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Top Not-Actually-Ten Resolutions for 2016

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I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions anymore. The past couple years I’ve ended up just choosing a quote to keep in mind throughout the year.

That being said, I did end up making a resolution to read more diverse books this year, and to make sure I talk about them so other people can find them too. Being involved on Twitter has made me more aware over the past couple years that I read (and write) books about a lot of the same kinds of people, and that a lot of those people are like me…and yet there are a lot of people in the world who are not like me and I need listen to their voices, as well.

And as for my quote:

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(Photo Credit: Bustle)

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Top Ten Books I’ve Read In 2015

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Top Ten Books I’ve Read In 2015

  1. THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski: I loved that this one pitted two very intelligent main characters against each other, not to mention how each comes to see the problems with judging someone based solely on their nationality. | My Review Here
  2. MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga: This book wove together themes about depression, immigration, and parental incarceration so effortlessly. | My Review Here
  3. RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard: I love me some political intrigue and scary people with supernatural powers, but I also love how this one touched on how intimidation is used by people in power to oppress.
  4. ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers: If you’re not feeling what the title describes when you finish this one, you’re not paying attention.
  5. STOLEN SONGBIRD by Danielle L. Jensen: This one was by far the biggest surprise of the year for me. I didn’t expect a book about trolls to be so good AND YET IT WAS.
  6. THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh: I haven’t read the original source material, so I don’t know how it holds up as a retelling, but as its own story, this one was amazing.
  7. THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes: This one weaves together faith and incarceration as a teenage girl tries to navigate juvenile detention and living with no hands, as well as trying to reconcile everything the cult she grew up in taught her with all of the things she’s now learning in the outside world.
  8. GOLDEN SON by Pierce Brown: Darrow, now on the inside, attempts to sow the seeds of civil war and the appropriate amount of chaos ensues.
  9. QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas: My feelings are broken.
  10. WHAT WE SAW by Aaron Hartzler: The second book about rape culture on my list this year, except this one is told from the POV of a bystander. It also analyzes pop culture in a way that will make you squeamish, as well as illustrating why we need to do a better job both teaching about consent and about how to internet responsibly.

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What are the best books you’ve read this year?