Top Ten Tuesday: Top New Series I Want to Start

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic: top ten new series I want to start!


1) Fifth Wave series by Rick Yancy: Thanks to my mom, I already have the first two books sitting on my shelf. Just need to read!



2) The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan: Been meaning to read this for years



3) Legend series by Marie Lu: About time I start this



4) The Legion series by Kami Garcia: Looks awesome!



5) The Brilliance series by Marcus Sakey: I’m intrigued.



6) Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz: I’ve had the first one sitting on my shelf forever, just need to start!



7) The Program series by Suzanne Young: More YA dystopia? I’m there!



8) Pure series by Juliana Baggott: I liked Baggot’s other book, The Madam, and want to read more.



9) Skylark trilogy by Meagan Spooner: Been on my list for a while now.



10) The Perfectionists series by Sara Shephard: Shepard’s new series that I plan to start very soon.




Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That You Wish Were Taught In Schools

***Note: I acidentally switched this week and last week’s TTT topic! *** As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic: Top Ten Books That You Wish Were Taught In Schools. Interestingly, but probably not at all surprisingly, most of these books have occupied spots on the Banned Book Lists.

1. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

2. Native Son by Richard Wright

3. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Doestoevsky

5. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

7. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

9. Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov

10. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

If you read any of these books in school or have put them on your syllabi, I’d love to hear about it!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Love to See As a Movie/TV Show

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic: top ten books you’d love to see as movies/tv shows. I could only think of eight. Some of these might already be films, so if you know of one, please let me know in the comments!

1. Private series by Kate Brian
– I know this was an internet series, but I think it deserve to be on tv, a la Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars.

2. The Passage by Justin Cronin
-This would be great as a Game of Thrones esque tv series.

3. Hyperion series by Dan Simmons
-Also, would be great as a tv show.

4. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
– I don’t think a movie would do it justice, but who wouldn’t want to see The Cemetery of Forgotten Books on-screen?

5. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
-Would be great as an animated film. An adult cartoon.

6. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
-I imagine this as a great mini-series.

7. Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowtiz
-I’m honestly surprised this has never been adapted for tv. I guess there was one movie, that didn’t really get much attention in the states.

8. Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
-I guess this is actually happening finally?

9. Privilege series by Kate Brian

-A spin-off of Private actually, but equally good.

10. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

-I loved this book and think it would be a great movie.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Topics That Won’t Make Me Pick Up a Book

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic, a companion to the earlier topic from April 30th, top ten topics that won’t make me pick up a book. Not that they’re always deal breakers, but as a rule I don’t particularly enjoy these types of topics.

1. Cancer

2. Divorce

3. 9/11

4. The Holocaust

5. World War II

6. Zombies

7. Fairies

8. Cars

9. Planes

10. Ghosts

How about you? What are your deal-breaker topics?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic: top ten authors who deserve more recognition.

1. Carlos Ruiz Zafon– Always, always, always.

2. Kent Haruf- I’d NEVER heard of him until he was recommended to me and his work is awesome.

3. Aimee Bender- Her books make you feel all the things. But it’s hard to stumble across Aimee Bender unless you’re in the literary community.

4. Nicole Krauss-The History of Love was stunning.

5. Douglas Preston- Preston and Child get recognition, but if you ask me, they could stand to get as much as Dean Koontz, Lee Child, James Patterson, and the rest of the heavy hitters.

6. Lincoln Child

7. Ally Condie- Another great, YA dystopia author.

8. Kate Brian- Brian has been quietly plugging away at her writing for her years. She’s extremely prolific, but her work hasn’t taken off like some author YA authors…like Sarah Dessen or Sara Shephard.

9. Michael Grant- One of the best YA thriller authors out there.

10. Susane Colasanti- A Sarah Dessen-esque author, I always recommend her to people who like Sarah Dessen.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Fictional Schools

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme was a freebie, so I decided on Top Ten Favorite Fictional Schools (which is an extension of settings. Boarding schools also happen to be one of my favorite settings/topics in books.

1. Hogwarts (Harry Potter series)

2. Easton Academy (Private series)

3. Waverly Prep (It Girl series)

4. Spence Academy (A Great and Terrible Beauty series)

5. Atherton-Pryce Hall (Privilege series)

6. Gallagher Academy (Gallagher Girls series)

7. Wexford (The Name of the Star)

8. Wakefield Hall (Kisses and Lies series)

9. Ault School (Prep)

10. Alabaster Prep (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic: top ten books dealing with tough subjects. Rather than choose a particular subject, I chose a variety of books about difficult subjects. I don’t read a lot of these types of books so my list is a little short. Generally, I like my books to be more escapist and won’t usually pick something up if it specifically deals with a difficult subject.

1. Cancer

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

2. Homophobia/Bullying

Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne

3. Rape

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

4. Cancer

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

5. School Shootings

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

6. Abuse/Neglect

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

7. Teen Pregnancy

Plainsong by Kent Haruf8. All the issues!The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling