Fiction, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books for 2013

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s top: top ten (or seven!) most anticipated books for 2013.

1) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

-A new Gaiman?! EEEEE!!

2) City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte

-Prague (a city I have never been to, but am irrevocably in love with), mystery, murder, history, dusty old pages? So. There.

3) Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

-Boarding school, a quirky kid, the Appalachian trail (want to hike this and all the stupidly long trails even though I don’t think I could hack it), and pi (the number).

4) Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

-The title kind of says it all, doesn’t it?

5) The Twelve Traibes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

-This one reminds me of Grapes of Wrath. So curious about it.

6) The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

-A re-imagining of The Island of Dr. Moreau

7) The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.

All Jodi Picoult, all the time.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Words

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic was a REWIND. I chose an older topics, favorite words. Seventeen words to be correct. These are some of my favorites below, with definitions! Enjoy! Be sure to leave me a few of your favorites in the comments.

1. Scintillate


  1. Emit flashes of light; sparkle.
  2. Fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or photon.

2. Cadence

           1.(a)a rhythmic sequence or flow of sounds in language

               (b) the beat, time, or measure of rhythmical motion or activity

           2.(a)a falling inflection of the voice

                (b) a concluding and usually falling strain; specifically : a musical chord sequence moving to a

                     harmonic close or point of rest and giving the sense of harmonic completion
           3. the modulated and rhythmic recurrence of a sound especially in nature

3. Eloquent


  1. Fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing.
  2. Clearly expressing or indicating something

4. Penultimate


1. Last but one in a series of things; second last:

5. Dust (inside joke time)


1. Fine, dry powder consisting of tiny particles of earth or waste matter lying on the ground or on  surfaces or carried into the air.

6. Arbitrary


  1. Based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system.
  2. (of power or a ruling body) Unrestrained and autocratic in the use of authority.

7. Acquiesce


1. Accept something reluctantly but without protest.

8. Crepuscule


1. The period of partial darkness at the beginning or end of the day; twilight.

9. Diaphanous


1. (esp. of fabric) Light, delicate, and translucent.

10. Imbue

Verb (plus object):

            1. To inspire or influence thoroughly; pervade
            2. To permeate or saturate.
            3. To stain or dye deeply.

11. Indolent


  1. Wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy.
  2. (of a disease condition) Causing little or no pain.

12. Equinox


             1. the time when the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator, making night and day of  approximately equal length all over the earth and occurring about March 21 (vernal equinox or  spring equinox) and September 22 (autumnal equinox).

13. Fecund


1. Producing or capable of producing an abundance of offspring or new growth; fertile.

14. Hoarfrost


1. A grayish-white crystalline deposit of frozen water vapor formed in clear still weather on vegetation, fences, etc.

15. Primordial


  1. Existing at or from the beginning of time; primeval.
  2. (esp. of a state or quality) Basic and fundamental.

16. Cesspool


  1. An underground container for the temporary storage of liquid waste and sewage.
  2. A disgusting or corrupt place.

17. Quintessential


1. Representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer TBR List

As always, TTT is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is the top ten books on your summer reading list!

I’m so stoked for this one now that it’s officially summer for me!

1) The Night Eternal by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan: This is the third and final book in their Strain Trilogy. This is vampire horror/thriller at its finest. Once I finish this book, I’m going to do a series review. I read the first book in the series right when I got home for Christmas and the second one mostly in the hospital over Spring Break.

2) The History of Love by Nicole Krauss: I’ve heard nothing but praise and great things about this one. I recently picked up a copy at the used bookstore.

3) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin: ‘Nuff said.

4) Matched by Ally Condie: This is was on my Spring Break reading list, but I still haven’t gotten to it.

5) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Pretty behind the trend on this one, but I’m excited to read it.

6) 11/22/63 by Stephen King: Summer is the time for chunksters! This will actually be my first Stephen King novel.

7) IQ84 by Haruki Murakami: First Murakami novel though I have a couple on my shelves.

8) The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen: Dystopian literary thriller. Sign me up.

9) The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma: Victorian London + History + Literature + Time Travel + H.G. Wells

10) The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons:  Sequel to Hyperion. Despite what I’ve heard about the rest of the series, I’m still excited to read the rest. I’m a definite completeist. And I just started this one last night!