Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish. This week it is about series I keep meaning to start. I’ve mentioned most of these at some point. Eventually I’ll get to them, maybe… And then I have two series I would like to finish.

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Two sci-fi series!

Binti and Home by Nnedi Okorafor (I don’t think this series is finished but it sounds really interesting. The main character has to leave her home planet to go to school.)

Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler (including Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago) I’m so intimidated by this one. I know it will be amazing and that I’ll love it but I’m still nervous.

Two fantasy series!

People love The Fifth Season and it sounds amazing but I’m definitely intimidated. The Way of Kings is a big book. Also, the series isn’t done and from what I understand there’s supposed to be seven books total and the third one just came out. Plus, Brandon Sanderson has been a hit and a miss with me. I loved Elantris but was barely able to get through Mistborn.

Two fantasy series I want to finish! These are the books in the series I haven’t read yet.

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Top Ten Tuesday: What I Just Added to My Reread TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish. This week it is about books that you’ve added to your TBR recently but of a specific genre or for a specific reason. I’ve been doing Retro Rereads this year because I read a Book Riot article about it. I picked twelve specific books for that because I wanted to read books I loved but hadn’t ever reread or hadn’t reread in a long time. This is a short list of books that I just want to reread because I’ve been thinking about them a lot.

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The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

I read this when it came out and wrote it in for the Goodreads awards historical fiction category because I thought it was amazing. I’d like to reread it for the pleasure of rereading it but also so I can look at it from a writer’s perspective.

I also want to reread John Green’s books. The Fault in Our Stars was the first book I read by him and I cried multiple times. I was moved by it. When I read his other books I just wasn’t. So I’d like to read them again but in order of publication.

Top Ten Tuesday: I will be awkwardly repulsed by these things

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish. Last week the topic was centered around things that make me want to read a book. This week is the opposite: things that will make me NOT want to read a book.

Number One: I massively dislike the writing. (Passive voice, the writer can’t seem to figure out what tense their verbs should be in, their characters don’t sound like people… the list goes on and on. I want to call their editor and copy editor and give them a piece of my mind.)

Number Two: I’m just not into it right now. There isn’t anything wrong with the writing, characters, etc. I’m just not in the mood for this category, genre, or story. But I may come back to these books at a later date. This tends to happen with YA contemporary romance, sometimes the YA category in general, literary fiction (because tough subjects are a common attribute), and classics (they either need my full attention or at least a primary focus so I can comprehend what’s going on and get the deeper messages and stuff).

Three: The first chapter is a flash forward.

Four: Characters are consistently whining about something.

Five: Disturbing model covers. (Those clothes do not look lived in. That body position is unnatural. This book is about pioneers and yet somehow you have a French manicure and a spray tan… So many negative thoughts. My mom tends to read these books and I flip them over so I can’t see the front.)

Six: People describe it as being a “dystopian” or a “frightening representation of what our future is going to look like.”

Seven: “This book is the next – insert name of popular novel or series here – .”

Eight: Mention of the Fae, Sidhe, Seelie, or by any other name.

Nine: World War II

Ten: Nowadays I may hesitate if the description says it is set in Russia or an alternate Russia.

Top Ten Tuesday: Romance?!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is romance types and tropes.

I do read romances but I need them a particular way and I can’t define it. I just know from the first page whether or not we’ll work as a couple. If I’m cringing or grimacing at the first sentence then that romance is not for me. If it makes me laugh or intrigues me then, yes, I want a second date and possibly a long-term commitment after that.

One. “I’m looking for a mind at work.”

I normally don’t reference Hamilton when blogging but this quote seems so relevant in this moment. I want to know the writer put some thought (and heart!) into what they’re writing. I’m definitely not looking for a paint by numbers or mad lib to pass the time. I want my mind and heart to engage with the material. If the author didn’t put in the effort, it shows.

Two. I like historical romance, heavy on the historical.

Three. No Jane Austen knock-offs. They can be inspired by her, I have no problem with that. (Gail Carriger is clearly inspired by Jane Austen but she decidedly has her own unique style and voice.) If a writer doesn’t have their own style it’s obvious, like a bad cover of a great song. Jane Austen knock-offs are guaranteed to make me cringe.

Four. I like romantic comedies because they’ve got comedy.

Five. I like the cuter side of yaoi. That super-explicit stuff is not my jam and bread.

Six. I really like making fun of the romantic wackiness that is Fushigi Yugi.

Seven. My favorite fantasy series have romances I actively root for.

Eight.  I tend to ignore descriptions of the leading men. In my head they look how I want them to look. (For instance, Lucivar is blonde in my head even though Anne Bishop keeps telling me he has long black hair.)

Nine. I don’t pick actors to represent the characters in the books I’m reading (but when I’m writing I will think of actors who should play my characters).

Ten. I’m not automatically turned-off by insta-love in books.

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