Top Ten Tuesday 8/13/19

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is: Book Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With

  1. King Cardan- The Wicked King by Holly Black
  2. Cassidy Blake- City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  3. Julian Santos- Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  4. Nomi Tessaro- Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
  5. Serge A. Storms- Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey
  6. Brooklyn Stevens- The Merciless by Danielle Vega
  7. Charlotte Davis- Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  8. Evelyn Gray- Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Lynn Crosbie
  9. Elijah Roe- How to Hang a Witch- Adriana Mather
  10. Tyler Durden- Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Click on the title of each book to check out the synopsis on Goodreads.

Which characters made your list?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 8/5/19

This week is a very exciting week for books and I can’t wait to start all of these.

What are you reading this week?

Ziggy, Stardust and Me- James Brandon

36472241. sy475 The year is 1973. The Watergate hearings are in full swing. The Vietnam War is still raging. And homosexuality is still officially considered a mental illness. In the midst of these trying times is sixteen-year-old Jonathan Collins, a bullied, anxious, asthmatic kid, who aside from an alcoholic father and his sympathetic neighbor and friend Starla, is completely alone. To cope, Jonathan escapes to the safe haven of his imagination, where his hero David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and dead relatives, including his mother, guide him through the rough terrain of his life. In his alternate reality, Jonathan can be anything: a superhero, an astronaut, Ziggy Stardust, himself, or completely “normal” and not a boy who likes other boys. When he completes his treatments, he will be normal—at least he hopes. But before that can happen, Web stumbles into his life. Web is everything Jonathan wishes he could be: fearless, fearsome and, most importantly, not ashamed of being gay.

Jonathan doesn’t want to like brooding Web, who has secrets all his own. Jonathan wants nothing more than to be “fixed” once and for all. But he’s drawn to Web anyway. Web is the first person in the real world to see Jonathan completely and think he’s perfect. Web is a kind of escape Jonathan has never known. For the first time in his life, he may finally feel free enough to love and accept himself as he is.

A poignant coming-of-age tale, Ziggy, Stardust and Me heralds the arrival of a stunning and important new voice in YA.

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Tunnel of Bones- Victoria Schwab

43319657Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab returns to the spooky and heart-pounding world of City of Ghosts, delivering thrilling new adventures and an unforgettable spin on friendship. (Because sometimes, even psychic ghost best friends have secrets. . .)

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Slay- Brittney Morris

43723509By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

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You Deserve Each Other- Sarah Hogle

46862557For fans of The Hating Game, a debut lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy about two unhappily engaged people each trying to force the other to end the relationship–and falling back in love in the process.

Naomi Westfield has an Instagram-perfect life, including the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family every bride dreams of being a part of. They never fight, complain, or disagree. They’re preparing for their lavish wedding that’s three months away. And they are miserably and utterly sick of each other.

Tired of contorting herself to fit the ridiculous standards demanded by Nicholas’s family, Naomi wants out of the relationship. But there’s a catch: Whoever calls off the engagement will have to foot the enormous bill for the wedding. When Naomi finds out that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of wills to see who can annoy the other into surrendering through pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves. They’re having so much fun getting on each other’s nerves that it starts to feel like something else entirely. As Naomi discovers hidden feelings for Nicholas buried under three years of simmering resentment, she wonders if he feels the same way. Suddenly, the countdown to the wedding that may or may not come to pass feels more like a race to mutual destruction–and Naomi doesn’t want to be left alone at the finish line.

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 2/25/19

Good Afternoon! It’s Monday…. yet again and this is what I hope to read this week.

What are you planning to read this week?

Vengeful- V.E. Schwab

40139338     Eli Ever and Victor Vale were only medical students when their mutual discovery that near-death experiences can, under the right conditions, manifest extraordinary abilities.

They were best friends, and rivals, and then enemies. They were dead, then alive, and then—Eli killed Victor, once and for all.

Or so he thought—but Sydney Clarke felt otherwise, and used her own superpower to tip the scales. Now, a trio hides in the shadows, while another takes advantages of post-death life to take over the city of Merit.

If there can be life after death—will there be calm after vengeance, or will chaos rule?

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The Haunted- Danielle Vega

40818627     From Danielle Vega, YA’s answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.

Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her. With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her parents moved her to has much to offer her in terms of excitement. She plans on laying low, but when she’s suddenly welcomed into the popular crowd at school, things don’t go as expected.

Hendricks learns from her new friends that the fixer-upper her parents are so excited about is notorious in town. Local legend says it’s haunted. Hendricks doesn’t believe it. Until she’s forced to. Blood-curdling screams erupt from the basement, her little brother wakes up covered in scratches, and something, or someone pushes her dad down the stairs. With help from the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take down the ghosts . . . if they don’t take her first.

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Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution- E.E. Charlton-Trujillo

40879919     More trouble at school and at home — and the discovery of a missive from her late soldier sister — send Angie and a long-ago friend on an RV road trip across Ohio.

Sophomore year has just begun, and Angie is miserable. Her girlfriend, KC, has moved away; her good friend, Jake, is keeping his distance; and the resident bully has ramped up an increasingly vicious and targeted campaign to humiliate her. An over-the-top statue dedication planned for her sister, who died in Iraq, is almost too much to bear, and it doesn’t help that her mother has placed a symbolic empty urn on their mantel. At the ceremony, a soldier hands Angie a final letter from her sister, including a list of places she wanted the two of them to visit when she got home from the war. With her mother threatening to send Angie to a “treatment center” and the situation at school becoming violent, Angie enlists the help of her estranged childhood friend, Jamboree. Along with a few other outsiders, they pack into an RV and head across the state on the road trip Angie’s sister did not live to take. It might be just what Angie needs to find a way to let her sister go, and find herself in the process.

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Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme that was previously hosted by Should Be Reading and is now hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading:

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What did I recently finishing reading:

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What do I think that I’ll read next:

grace

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday!

Today I’m going to be sharing what I’m reading and what I plan on reading for the rest of the week.

What are you planning on reading this week?

Also, who would be interested in doing a group blog read!? Let us know!

What I’m currently reading:

Nightingale- Amy Lukavics

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What I plan on Reading this week:

City of Ghosts- Victoria Schwab

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Grace and Fury- Tracy Banghart

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Your Own Worst Enemy- Gordon Jack

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Victoria schwab and epic reads meet up 

So I fortune enough to meet Victoria again for a 5th time. I orginally didn’t think I was going to this event since with Bookcon the week before and ALA next week. I didn’t request it off, well day before the event I relized I was 8:45-4:45 which 95% of the time I don’t get that shift but day before I relized I did so I Called ahead to reserve my spot. Get there find my friends who I Iv met from last signings and chill and talk books that whole fun stuff. Finally authors show up which is Victoria showed up and other authors in bad but author aslyum series and the testing series author. Both as well have new books called house of furies & house of Eden. So author of the testing comes down first this is different type of signing since was big giant circle but I can say is she is quirky as hell. Not Ava’s thing but maybe more than I’m used to but ever so nice. And asked about covers which is usual didn’t get much say in cover. I ask if liked it and what’s a small fact that most readers won’t know about your covers. With this author didn t get to all 3 but oh well. Victoria answer was same 90% no say say minus blah bad now where she decided on the title of the book and more so the cover. And this savage song orginally had a different cover that she loved but was swapped out and she at first didn’t like as much but now loves her cover. And last author didn’t have a say at all but just let the publishing people do her work they know what does best. So after did photo’s and running joke started by Jen my friend was since on tour to get matching tattoo’s haha. Author of aslyum was like sure and I know Victoria is down and she goes what I just heard my name and I’m down and explained tattoo’s and was like hell yea!! It was funny. So photo’s then ended the night if red robin with friends and the short hour drive home. And my friend was nice enough to gift me becky’s new book. 

Boston teen book festival in Cambridge MA

So the festival was Saturday September 24th in Cambridge mass from 9am-5 pm. Here was the author line up but was 35 authors Author list.  But my day starts are day before slightly with had work till 10 pm on Friday so get home to sleep since early start to make it to Boston. Got little sleep like 3 hours or so, finally 3am get ready had suitcase if books in car so wouldn’t forget and hit the road. Gas energy drinks and snacks and finally 3:30. On the way was smooth sailing minus on nj garden state parkway must of just happened but a trucker was flipped on its side gushing gasoline and debris all over luckily I was in fast lane so didn’t collide but one car was smashed in it. I did stop but as was getting out cops were showing up. Mind you this is second time something similar has happened. When going to Rochester teen book festival same thing happened but on mountain roads and fog was so bad didn’t see the road for yellow lines almost no lie. So back on the road mad at GPS sent me thru NYC to get to cross something highway….. Hate NYC driving and top it once in Connecticut the road is twisty and bending up and down hills 2 lanes highway so was not liking that. Besides that smooth sailing with edm music and country music off of Spotify shuffle <3. Get to book fest at 7:45. Try park at library won’t open garage up till 9 am so I’m like I’ll try go finding street parking since city you know some where will be with out meters.  The suspense is proubly killing you right.   Still waiting waiting ;)…,, waiting…. And waiting.,,, yea scree that I hate this city with a passion!!’ There is no normal parking spots or garage to park at, rest is permit parking only and it’s whole city and sucks since I found sooo many streets with free parking but book it’s permit only. Rest of wasnt permit was 30,1 hour or 2 hour parking only. So I tried for hour.. (One hour later) in spongebob narrator voice. Get back to library fuming mad I wait till garage opens. There it’s same bs 2 hours only but can stay same spot. So every 2 hours or less gotta add time. So head towards where entrance will be and met up with some of my friends I see all the time at NYC festivals and on the bookcon app, plus talked with 3 others from owlcrate society which is a Facebook group based off of owlcrate. 

In back ground behind us can see some of the authors. But this panel for start was all the authors and a few facts of book and did some loopy questions like who would your mc of your book be best friends with in book or tv show. Which was fun. Now off to morning panels oh wait you forgot gotta go add the meters… Run to that then run to my panel who run the world (flawed) girls. 

That was interesting learned some new aspects on how making a flawed character than strong and such.  After that I still had hour on meter I said I’ll take my chance and let it run late so I can make front row to my next panal. Called magic beyond the grave.

I got to say this panel was sooo freaking hilarious thanks to on part with Daniel Jose older and zoraida Cordova helped and roshani. But talked about mildly how family portrayed into there books and part of Spanish culture they were saying Latina, roshani was quiet mostly but she was great for bursting into turns like almost crying from laughter so that was great. And chemistry they have is amazing this panel was more friends chilling about having drinks if there were any. To also say was nice seeing zoraida again since I see her so much at NYC signings like I mean a lot at this time was near 5 times maybe in passed 4 weeks. Ps I saw her again at Leigh bardugo shows how much I do. So sorry my blog is dragging on in the type who will say everything that happened X). But run ti run hope now tix for 15 mins late. There wasn’t so back up decided to skip afternoon panels so got lunch which this year btbf was nice enough get a us a food truck since they don’t serve food. Ended up being all natural foods  so I went with a taco sunny side up egg with pesto it was good till end when was just pesto and the garlic just over welms you. But waiting in line saw some people I know from other festivals. But who comes up is all the same authors from the panel plus other mingled authors thru court yard. But was roshani, zoraida, Marie Rotski who I see mill times as well in NYC, Dan Jose older, Cindy pon, Amanda foody who just came to be at the festival and her book comes out in 2017. So talking with all of them roshani comes over was like hello hi with hand to shake she was like I saw you video taping is it for YouTube I’m like no it’s owlcrate society on Facebook I said for people can’t make to signings or around the world. So if missed it can join there and watch it. But Iv heard roshani is amazing but dam she is really nice for being a popular author. So chilled with all of them while we all waited for food. Gave small guess hair piece with a day of dead skull since zoraida seems to like that theme. Finally food was done and just went to where author signings would be skipping panels but before you know what had to do meters again!!…. Most annoying thing ever… But was last time got in line I was #1 to it so sat hour till let us in made a few friends there to chat. But went to roshani first she was with Victoria schwabb since there line was going to be insane and made special area for them. Off to Nicola yoon get her next book signed which comes out in October. Then rest of authors I met almost all of them was so much fun. I’m horriable with names but one author said oh my are you and person next to you dating. *blushing* were like no a girl and I since we were both wearing owlcrate’s August’s necklace of elanor and park. But made for funny time. But yea did them all and finally go home 4:45 for a 5 hour drive. Same thing edm blasting country music way. And glad to get home since only got 3 hours sleep. 

Sorry if I dragged on but hope you liked this post on the event and hope see any of you at signings or conventions.