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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Intimidating TBR

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. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why (maybe you’re scared of it, worried it won’t live up to the hype, etc.)

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read this yet. I think the hype is what makes me hesitant to pick it up.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
There’s literally no reason why I haven’t read this one yet.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
This is another that I’ve put off because of the hype that surrounds it.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I read Strange the Dreamer and didn’t love it, so I’m hesitant to pick up another of her books.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Superhero books are really hit or miss for me. I love Leigh, so I don’t want to read this and not like it.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Eight hundred twenty-seven pages. That’s all I have to say.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
I know I’m going to love this. I really don’t know why I haven’t picked it up.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Something about starting a new series is just intimidating.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Another book that is so well-loved that I’m scared of not liking.

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
Something about historical fiction, it seems to be a rare mood for me. Because of this, I don’t pick it up very often despite almost always loving the books I read in the genre.

What books do you have on your TBR that you just haven’t managed to pick up? Let me know in the comments below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Comfort Zone

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. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone (i.e., a genre you don’t typically read or subject matter you’re not usually drawn to). This is a tough one for me because I read a huge variety of books and I wouldn’t say that I have a ‘comfort zone.’

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Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo
Science Fiction Graphic Novel

The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Non-Fiction

Kaijumax Season One: Terror and Respect by Zander Cannon
Fantasy Graphic Novel

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Non-Fiction

Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanah Ganucheau
Contemporary Graphic Novel

Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Adult Contemporary

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Science Fiction

The Recovering:  Intoxication and  its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison
Non-Fiction/Memoir

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Historical Fiction

Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Non-Fiction/Memoir

These are the books I came up with for books that I enjoyed that were outside of my comfort zone. I’ve recently started reading graphic novels, so the ones I’ve enjoyed made this list because they’re still new for me. I also have a fair bit of non-fiction because it’s not something I usually read. Most on this list I only read because of book club. What books made your Top Ten Tuesday list this week? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books to Buy!

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. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library (perhaps you checked it out, borrowed it from a friend, received it for review, etc. and want to own it yourself.)

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

In Another Life by C.C. Hunter

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

What books have you loved that you want to add to your personal library? Let me know below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Childhood Favorites

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. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Childhood Favorites

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The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne

Among the Hidden by Margret Peterson Haddix

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

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes by Anne Mazer

Where the Sidewalk Ends by  Shel Silverstein

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Suess

These are just a  few of the books I adored when I was growing up. What books made your list this week? Let me know below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Genre

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. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Books From My Favorite Genre (You pick the genre, and give us your ten faves.) I’m going to be listing ten Fantasy books because it’s the genre I read the most (but I wouldn’t say I have a favorite.)

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

The Last Magician by Lisa  Maxwell

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Queen of Air and  Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

What genre did you pick this week? Do we share any favorites? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Asian Readathon Wrap Up

Happy June lovelies!  We have finished another month this year and completed another readathon. This readathon was hosted by the wonderful Cindy (and a few others!) Find her channel here.  This readthon was to read and celebrate books written by Asian authors and about Asian characters. Check out the announcement video here for all the details. There were a few prompts to help choose books and I did my best to fulfill them.  These are the books I read and the challenges  I completed.

Read any book by an Asian author

Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

Read a graphic novel featuring an Asian character or  written/drawn  by an Asian author

The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco

I don’t read graphic novels so I chose another book that is written by an Asian author that features an Asian character.

Read a book featuring an intersectional Asian character or written by an intersectional Asian identity

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Read the group book

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh

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Did you participate in this readathon? What did you read in May?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Quotes

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. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

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“She was a pistol wrapped up in silk. She was a blade disguised as a girl.”
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

“You made me understand that love creates far more joy than any pain it causes.”
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

“Because we should do things we’re afraid of. It makes it easier every time​ we do it.”​
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

“He would rather die a legend than end his life in anonymity.”
King of Fools by Amanda Foody

“Anger is a gift. Remember that.” She stood. “You gotta grasp onto it, hold it tight and use it as ammunition. You use that anger to get things done instead of just stewing in it.”
Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

“Actions and inactions have consequences. If we did not accept responsibility or blame for them, then we’d be at risk of repeating those actions.”
If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Grief is weird. It seems to come in these waves out of nowhere One minute I’m standing in the ocean, fine. The next minute I’m drowning.”
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

“Most of us can hide our greatest hurts and longings​. It’s how we survive each day. We pretend​ the pain​ isn’t there, that we are made of scars instead of wounds.”
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

“The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless.”
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

“A book is as dangerous as any journey you might take. The person who closes the back cover may not be the same person that opened the front one.”
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence.

These are some quotes that have really stood out to me so far from the books I have read so far in 2019. I thought I’d do quotes only from this year instead of recycling my list from the last time I did this prompt. (Check it out here.)

What are some of your favorite quotes? Let me know in the comments below!

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