Blogtober Day Twelve (Part Two): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Settings

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 week’s topic is Favorite Book Settings.

Outer space

Small towns

Near the ocean

Forests

Crazy fantasy worlds

That’s all I could come up with this week. What settings do you love?

Blogtober Day Five (Part One): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Pet Peeves

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 week’s topic is  Bookish Pet Peeves.

Being interrupted while reading

Stickers on book covers

Books in the same series that are different sizes (varying heights, paperback vs hardcover, etc.)

Sequels info-dumping what happened in the previous book (specifically in a long chunk at the beginning)

When instead of a synopsis on the back there’s just blurbs from the book or reviews- I want to know what the book is about

When publication dates are delayed or we have to wait years for a sequel

Book covers made for the movie/tv adaptation

Multiple names for the same character (first name, given name, title, nickname, name only their family uses, etc.)

That was all I could come up with this week. What bookish pet peeves do you have?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie

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 week’s topic is Freebie (Come up with your own topic or do a past TTT topic that you missed or would like to do again.). This week I’m going to do books by my favorite authors that I still need to read.

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn

Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What books do you still need to read from authors you love?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR 2021

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 week’s topic is Books on My Fall 2021 To-read List.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

Legacy by Nora Roberts

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

What books do you want to read this fall?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Smile

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 week’s topic is Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Beastly by Alex Flinn

The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

The BFG by Ronald Dahl

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas

What books always make you smile?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Crushes

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 week’s topic is Fictional Crushes.

Han from The Demon King by Cinda Williams China

Rhea from Seven Devils by Laura May and Elizabeth Lam

Rhysand from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Maya from A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Blue from This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Adrian from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Laila from The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Wulfric from Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh

Nesta from A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

Who are your fictional crushes?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

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 week’s topic is Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time.

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

Year One by Nora Roberts

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams China

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Magician by Raymond E. Feist

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

What books do you wish you could read again for the first time?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Secondary/Minor Characters

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 week’s topic is Secondary/Minor Characters Who Deserve More Love.

Marco from The Awakening by Nora Roberts – I think all her books definitely have lovable side characters but Marco is easily one of my favorites. I can’t wait to see more of him in the next book.

Lehabah from House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas – She’s hilarious and awesome and I love her so much.

Rudy from Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – He’s super funny and just wants to be part of the group so bad.

Iko from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers – She’s amazing and definitely one of my favorites from this series.

Cat Tyburn from The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima – I didn’t like her much at first but she grew on me as the books progressed.

Rodge from Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – His friendship with Spensa is awesome but I really loved his banter with M-bot.

Lee Scoresby from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman – I loved him so much and (more than a decade after first reading these) still want to cry when I think about him.

Nikolai Lantsov from The Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – I loved him both at Sturmhond and Nikolai and can’t wait to read the King of Scars duology.

These are all I could come up with this week. What secondary characters do you love?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Bring to a Deserted Island

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 week’s topic is Books I’d Want With Me While Stranded On a Deserted Island.

The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams China

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

House of Earth And Blood by Sarah J. Maas

What books would you have to have on a deserted island?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read in One Sitting

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 week’s topic is Books I Read In One Sitting (or would have if I had the time). I hardly ever do this anymore because I work so much but I came up with five books I was so invested in that I read them really quickly.

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

These are my top five picks of the week. What books could you just not put down?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Reading

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 week’s topic is Reasons Why I Love Reading.

One. Exploring new worlds. Not even just the amazing sci-fi and fantasy ones but being able to see different parts of the world that I don’t have the means to travel to is so much fun.

Two. Escape. I think this is probably a reason we all have. No matter what’s going on in your life, we all need to escape from the real world sometimes.

Three. Books are so much better than TV. Don’t get me wrong, I like watching TV but I feel like it takes some of the imagination out of it. Everything’s just shown to you whereas with books, you get to imagine most of it yourself.

Four. Memories. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading. Most of my favorite memories revolve around books.

Five. The people. Book lovers are just plain awesome.

Six. The characters. I’m a complete introvert so I don’t socialize a lot and books let me meet so many different kinds of people.

Seven. Reading makes me happy, sad, angry. Books can make you feel anything and it’s amazing.

That’s all I could come up with this week. What do you love about reading?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Releases 2021

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 week’s topic is Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2021.

August 3
Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares by Tehlor Kay Mejia

August 10
Rise Up From the Embers by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

August 17
The Endless Skies by Shannon Price

September 21
The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi

October 12
Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan

October 19
City of Shattered Light by Claire Winn

November 2
Gilded by Marissa Meyer

November 2
The Grimrose Girls by Laura Pohl

November 11
Nowhere by Brandon Sanderson

November 23
The Becoming by Nora Roberts

What books are you looking forward to coming out this year?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR 2021

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 week’s topic is Books On My Summer 2021 TBR.

Legacy by Nora Roberts

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Artemis by Andy Weir

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What books are on your Summer TBR?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wanted More Of

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 week’s topic is Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them. I’m going to keep mine pretty general- books I wanted more of the same genre or author, etc.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Martian by Andy Weir

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

What books make you wish for more?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie

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 week’s topic is Freebie (choose any past topic, or come up with you own). This week I chose Top Ten favorite books from each of the past ten years.

2020: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

2019: Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

2018: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

2017: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

2016: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

2015: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

2014: House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

2013: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

2012: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

2011: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

What books have you loved over the years?