Top Ten Tuesday – Not My Typical Genre

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post where we give our top ten choices on different topics, hosted by THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH. This week’s topic is top ten books you’ve read the past year that aren’t your typical genre. This Tuesday I had a bit of trouble coming up with books. I have a tendency to stay inside my comfort zone. Generally when I read books that aren’t my usual it’s because it was recommended to me by someone in my life. Here are my top ten books that aren’t my usual genre.

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  1. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne – This was recommended to me by several people in my life and though it took me a while to finally pick it up and read it, I’m glad I did. While it’s not my usual fiction, it was really interesting and eye opening. I’ve recommended it to many others now that I’ve read it.
  2. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho- I got this book as a gift. It’s another book that sat on my shelf staring at me until I finally picked it up. The Alchemist was a really good, quick read. The story was very good and I’m glad I finally gave it a chance.
  3. Outlander by Diana Gaboldon- Antonia’s mother recommended and let me borrow this book. It’s definitely not a book I would have ever picked up on my own. I still need to finish the rest of the series.
  4. Carrie by Stephen King- Carrie was another gift from someone. I’d never read anything by him before this book, but I might read more of his stuff after reading Carrie.
  5. Wideacre by Phillipa Gregory- I read this trilogy on the recommendation and lending of a coworker. They were definitely not my usual romance that I was anticipating when I started reading, but they were super good reads.
  6. The Year We Disappeared by Cylin and John Busby- My grandmother lent me this book. It’s a true story that takes place in my hometown. It was really interesting to learn about something that happened in my area.
  7. Forgive Me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick- I bought this book from Barnes&Noble. I was standing in the young adult section looking around for something new to read when I overheard someone talking to a friend about John Green books. I quickly interjected and told them to buy all of them and read them as fast as possible. They in tern told me to buy this book.
  8. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith- This is a book that Antonia read and then made me read. It isn’t one I would have picked on my own. The description was a little too young adult for me.
  9. Eon by Alison Gooman- This was another recommendation from Antonia. She read it and then made me read it. It was an awesome book and I’m glad she pushed me to read it.
  10. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima- Antonia made me read this series too. We pass a lot of books back and forth. It took me over a year to actually start the book, but it was worth it. I now own all four and have read them all more than once.

These are my top ten, what are yours?

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Recommend Most


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post where we talk about our top ten. This weeks topic is our Top Ten books that we would recommend most. This is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green – I recommend this book not only because it’s my favorite book, but because it’s thought provoking, interesting, slightly mysterious, and will have you laughing as well as crying and maybe even on the same page.

2. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout – These are on my list because they’re the no sleep, no eating, skip work and school, forget to pick your kids up kind of good. They have a great female lead character and a relatively unique story line.

3. The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich – This series has nineteen books out with twenty coming out sometime this year, but they don’t have to be read in order. These should be read because you’ll laugh to the point of tears at the situations the main character gets herself into. They’re great books to read if you’re in the mood for a funny book.

4. Burned by Ellen Hopkins – Hopkins writes about things that most people won’t talk about. She writes about serious issues in fictional story lines. These books make you thing about so many things but you can’t help but keep reading.

5. Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman – I recommend these to anyone that enjoys books with a strong female lead. These two books were amazing. I couldn’t put them down until I was finished reading.

6. The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks – This is another one of my favorites and I’m recommending it because of that. I enjoyed this book very much, to the point where I’ve read it several times. And all I’m saying is that you should do the same.

7. Any of the books written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – Her romance novels are so easy to get lost in. They’re usually all around fun and enjoyable books. Lots of laughs and some great story lines.

8. The Fault in our Stars by John Green – I’m slightly obsessed with John Green. The Fault in our Stars is my second favorite book. And I suggest it because even my third time reading it I laughed and I cried and I thought about things I never considered thinking about before reading this.

9. Women’s Murder Club Series by James Patterson – I have read most of this series and have decided to re-read them. The four main characters are very strong women. I love these because throughout the books I feel like I gain such a strong bond with these ladies, even though they’re not actually real people.

10. The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn – I recommend this series because the first book just sucks you in then each book after you get to learn about the other siblings. With each next book you get to hear the stories of one more sibling until there aren’t any left and they’re all happily married. I just love these books, and that means you should too.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Eona by Alison Goodman

Goodreads Summary: Eon has been revealed as Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Along with fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela, she is on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. The renegades are on a quest for the black folio, stolen by the drug-riddled Dillon; they must also find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power and the black folio if he is to wrest back his throne from the selfstyled “Emperor” Sethon. Through it all, Eona must come to terms with her new Dragoneye identity and power – and learn to bear the anguish of the ten dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered. As they focus their power through her, she becomes a dangerous conduit for their plans. . . .
Eona, with its pulse-pounding drama and romance, its unforgettable fight scenes, and its surprises, is the conclusion to an epic only Alison Goodman could create.

I just finished reading Eona by Alison Goodman and, just like Eon, I couldn’t put it down. Eona continuously surprised me. I honestly couldn’t guess what would happen next and every time I thought the characters were safe, the next page I was scared for their lives again.
I really liked these books. I thought the characters were built up well. Eona pissed me off a lot in the first book. She was trying so hard to do what was expected of her but she was constantly doing the wrong thing. It was wicked aggravating. During the second book, she FINALLY steps up and doesn’t mess up every five seconds. She starts listening to her instincts more instead of always doing what everyone tells her to do. She’s also finally learning how to be a girl and I loved seeing her grow into herself.
I adore Kygo. Mostly. He can be irritating at times but usually just when he’s doing something he HAS to do as emperor. Eona might not like it, but he is the emperor. He doesn’t always have a choice. As (understandably) annoying as he can be, I still love him. He genuinely wants what’s best for his people and he makes the right choice in the end.
I still love Dela and Ryko. Dela is just fantastic no matter what she’s doing. Ryko drove me a little nuts every time he and Eona were around each other. He was so mean to her, but, like with Kygo, I understood why so I can’t really be mad at him.
What I couldn’t stand about this book was Eona and Ido’s relationship. I hate him. He’s an asshole. He will never stop being an asshole. I understand he was necessary for teaching Eona how to use her dragon, but he made me so angry, especially at the end. Every time he opened his mouth I just wanted to punch him.
The end of the book was crazy. So much was happening all at one time and I really just wanted to cry. In a mostly good way.
I really like these books. They’re fast-paced and suspenseful. They have action, betrayal and love. I would recommend them to anyone who liked fantasy books and maybe even if you don’t. Amanda’s not usually a big fan of fantasy but she really liked them so, in this case, don’t judge a book by its genre.
-Antonia

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WWW Wednesday


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, answer the following three questions and share a link to your post in the comments on her page. Enjoy!

What are you currently reading?
Amanda – I’m currently reading 1st to Die by James Patterson. I’ve been trying to get back to reading more of my mystery type books rather than only reading young adult books like I’ve been doing. Patterson’s never let me down before and I don’t think he’ll start now.

Antonia – I am currently reading Eona by Alison Goodman. I’m literally only two or three chapters from the end. I had to stop reading to go to class, which I’m so angry about, but I’ll finish it tonight.

What did you recently finish reading?
Amanda – The last book I finished was The Face of Deception by Iris Johansen. It’s the first book that Eve Duncan appears in and I’m trying to read all of them before the three new ones come out. Along with catching up on all Johansen’s books that have come out that I’ve missed.

Antonia – I recently finished Eon by Alison Goodman. I really like this series. You can find my review for Eon here.

What do you think you’ll read next?
Amanda – The next book I’m going to read is Eona by Alison Goodman. I read Eon over spring break and really enjoyed it. So I’m very much looking forward to reading the sequal and finding out all that happens next.

Antonia – I’m going to read Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey. I’ve been meaning to read this since it first came out. I think I’ve been putting it off because it’s a prequel to my favorite series and I’m worried it won’t be as good as I’m expecting it to be. However, I’ve decided to get it over with and just read it already.

-Amanda and Antonia

Eon by Alison Goodman

Summary: She has a powerful secret… with deadly consequences.
For years, Eon’s life has been focused on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he be chosen as a Dragoneye, an apprentice to one of the twelve dragons of good fortune.
But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; the penalty is death.
When Eona’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a struggle for the Imperial throne. Eona must find the strength and the inner power to battle those who want to take her magic… and her life.

So I literally just finished Eon a couple minutes ago. I couldn’t put it down. I started it at around three this morning. Don’t ask why I decided to start a book that late. I figured I’d read a few pages then go to bed. It didn’t work out that way. It starts out suspenseful and continues that way throughout the entire book. There isn’t really a point anywhere in the book where Eon is safe and you never really get a second to stop and breathe. The fast pace was a little overwhelming at times but I think it worked for the storyline.
I really like Eon. She’s spent so long pretending to be a boy that she’s more comfortable with it than with being a girl. She’s awkward between them and I enjoyed seeing that. She did irritate me at times. When I could understand why her dragon wouldn’t come to her and Eon had no idea. I knew what the dragon wanted her to do. The Mirror Dragon is the dragon of truth. I mean, really? How could she not see that the dragon just needed her to be honest? Instead, she kept lying and it pushed the dragon away more and more. Despite that, I still liked her. She was strong and kind. She didn’t let her new wealth and power go to her head.
I loved Lady Dela, Ryko, Rilla, and Kygo. They were all interesting secondary characters. Lady Dela and Ryko were completely different from how I expected them to be. They were always surprising me. I loved Kygo. His character seemed to realistically portray a prince whose father is dying and his uncle is planning to take over and destroy the empire. It was a little heartbreaking that we don’t know what happens to him at the end of the book. I can’t wait to see more of him.
I really liked the setting and plot. It was complicated and something new was always popping up but I felt like it tied together well.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s fast-paced, suspenseful, and has vivid descriptions. I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy style writing.
-Antonia

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