Category: Top Ten Tuesday

Jun 29
Top 10 Writing Tips I Learned at WIFYR

Top 10 Writing Tips I Learned at WIFYR

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I took in a lot of fantastic writing advice at the WIFYR conference. I thought I’d share my some of the lessons I learned with all of you. All of these came from the breakout sessions or keynotes. I tried to keep these specific to writing advice rather than publishing/querying advice, but I’ll probably do another post with some great points that were made when it comes to querying! Top 10 Writing Tips I Learned at WIFYR Books are made in revision, and you can’t revise nothing. So write! This is a quote from Trent Reedy’s revision class and it’s pretty simple, but also really profound. So often we want to get things right the first time around, and we can be so focused on perfection that we don’t end up really accomplishing anything at all. You can’t revise what you don’t write! Trent also talked about the importance of having… Read more »


Jan 01
Top 10 of 2017: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018

Top 10 of 2017: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018

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I’m a day late with this one, but I decided to post it anyway. This is the last post of the Top 10 of 2017 Event, which was hosted over at Kimberlyfaye Reads. TOP TEN BOOKS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2018 I’m only including books from the first half of the year because I could easily come up with 10, just from those first six months. These are listed in order of release date. 1. The True Queen by Sarah Fine If I hadn’t done this post, I actually wouldn’t have even realized that this book was being released tomorrow!! I loved the first two books in this series—how could I have missed this last one’s release? 2. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman Um, this is Neal Shusterman. Do I have to say more? 3. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner I didn’t know until relatively recently (within the past few… Read more »


Dec 30
Top 10 of 2017: The Best of 2017!!

Top 10 of 2017: The Best of 2017!!

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I’m participating in the Top 10 of 2017 Event, which is being hosted over at Kimberlyfaye Reads. Each day has a different top ten list associated with it (you can see the list in the image above). You can choose to complete some or all of the lists. Feel free to join in at any time! FAVORITE BOOKS I READ IN 2017 I cheated and split this into two categories (and it was still hard to pick just 10 in each, especially in the fantasy category since I read so many of them!) CONTEMPORARY: Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed I actually haven’t even reviewed this one yet, and it isn’t published until January, but I feel like if I leave it off the list, it will never get the recognition it deserves (by next year’s list, it will have been a very long time since I read the book)…. Read more »


Dec 29
Top 10 of 2017: Cover Love

Top 10 of 2017: Cover Love

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I’m participating in the Top 10 of 2017 Event, which is being hosted over at Kimberlyfaye Reads. Each day has a different top ten list associated with it (you can see the list in the image above). You can choose to complete some or all of the lists (I’m not sure yet if I’ll be doing them all). Feel free to join in at any time! TOP TEN COVERS OF 2017 I’m pretty sure all of these were actually 2017 releases. I actually forgot to look at that at all when I was putting this together, so it’s just lucky that all the prettiest ones were new releases!   What were your favorite covers of 2017? I want to know!  


Dec 27
Top 10 of 2017: Best Boys in Books

Top 10 of 2017: Best Boys in Books

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I decided to participate in the Top 10 of 2017 Event, which is being hosted over at Kimberlyfaye Reads. Each day has a different top ten list associated with it (you can see the list in the image above). You can choose to complete some or all of the lists (I’m not sure yet if I’ll be doing them all). Feel free to join in at any time! TOP TEN MALE CHARACTERS I READ IN 2017 I switched this topic up a bit. Instead of specifically listing best book boyfriends, I decided just to list my favorite boys in books (of course, those lists often overlap, but not always). Just like with yesterday’s list, I’m using books that I read in 2017, not necessarily books that were published in 2017. 1. Broody McHottiepants from Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me It should be quite obvious why… Read more »


Dec 26
Top 10 of 2017: Favorite Females

Top 10 of 2017: Favorite Females

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I decided to participate in the Top 10 of 2017 Event, which is being hosted over at Kimberlyfaye Reads. Each day has a different top ten list associated with it (you can see the list in the image above). You can choose to complete some or all of the lists (I’m not sure yet if I’ll be doing them all). Feel free to join in at any time! TOP TEN FEMALE CHARACTERS I READ IN 2017 I’m using books that I read in 2017 for this list, not necessarily books that were published in 2017. 1. Iku Kasahara from Library Wars I mean, she’s fighting for life, liberty and the pursuit of reading. What else could you possibly want? 2. Meg from Etched in Bone Meg is one of my all-time favorite characters, and the latest book is no exception. She’s got a great balance of strength and vulnerability. And… Read more »


Dec 25
Top 10 of 2017: New-to-Me Authors

Top 10 of 2017: New-to-Me Authors

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I decided last minute to participate in the Top 10 of 2017 Event, which is being hosted over at Kimberlyfaye Reads. Each day has a different top ten list associated with it (you can see the list in the image above). You can choose to complete some or all of the lists (I’m not sure yet if I’ll be doing them all). Feel free to join in at any time! TOP TEN NEW-TO-ME AUTHORS 1. Rae Carson I jumped into the Gold Seer Trilogy two years late. Now I just need to read that final book! 2. Jason Reynolds I read two books by Jason Reynolds this year (both in verse) and really enjoyed both of them. I was introduced to him with Long Way Down, which was a HUGE favorite for me! 3. Becky Albertalli I finally joined the rest of the world and read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens… Read more »


Sep 19
Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a TTT post, so I thought I’d join in this week. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: The Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR These are all books that I have for review that I’m REALLY excited about reading! (Links go to Goodreads.) 1. The Knowing by Sharon Cameron The Forgetting is an All-Time favorite of mine, so I’m super excited about this companion! 2. Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski I was already really excited about this debut and then Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight told me she loved it. She’s my bookish twin, so I just know this book will be perfect for me. 3. Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me by Carrie DiRisio I’ve actually already started this one, so this is cheating a bit, but I’m LOVING it, just as I suspected. If you don’t follow @BroodingYAHero on Twitter,… Read more »


Jun 20
Top Ten Series I Haven’t Started (But Totally Plan To)

Top Ten Series I Haven’t Started (But Totally Plan To)

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: The Ten Series I Haven’t Started (But Totally Plan To) Okay, I need to start by saying that I JUST finished The Winner’s Curse series yesterday, so I’m feeling pretty darn proud of myself right about now. That’s a series that’s been on my TBR for ages, and I just binged all three books (in four days). But I will confess that there are MANY more series I still haven’t gotten to that I’ve been meaning to devour because you guys have flailed over them. I could probably list a hundred, but let’s go with ten, shall we? Actually, let’s up the ante a little. I’m only going to list series where I have at least one of the books on my bookshelves—sadly, I could still easily list more than ten. 1. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (and Six of Crows) I’m fairly certain I only own the first book… Read more »


Jun 06
The Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Added to My TBR (and Why!)

The Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Added to My TBR (and Why!)

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: The Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Added to My TBR I think technically I was supposed to pick a genre for this week’s list, and I was going to list fantasies, but then the first few books that really caught my eye weren’t technically fantasies and I just decided to tell you about the books I’ve most recently gotten excited enough about to add them to my TBR. For my descriptions of the books, I’m mostly telling you how or why I added them to my TBR, rather than just describing them (you can read the blurb for that). I was all ready to tell you that I don’t add books to my TBR willy-nilly anymore, but as soon as I started looking at my TBR, I realized that a lot of these books were added on a whim. Seriously, you guys need to help me with my TBR sickness before… Read more »