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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Don’t Touch!

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 That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch.

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For this post, I’m going to change the topic instead to books I want everyone to read because books I won’t let anyone touch will be the books that I have collectors editions. So, in no particular order here are ten (or more) books I recommend the most.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (specifically the audiobook)

How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (specifically the audiobook)

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

What books do you find yourself recommending the most? Have you read any from my list? What books do you think should have made this list?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Book Adaptations

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 – Page to Screen Freebie. I’m going to be talking about my some recent book adaptations I’ve seen and also some adaptations that are in the works.

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Recently Watched

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // Love, Simon
I adored this book to movie adaptation. I loved all the actors and actresses. I think they did the book justice. It’s a movie I will be watching again.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer // Annihilation
I liked the first book in the series. I actually only read it because it was on a ‘recently adapted’ list at my library. The book was weird and bizarre and interesting, the second and third were just infuriating. The movie was a lot like the second and third books; bizarre and frustrating.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins // The Hunger Games
I recently did a reread of the whole series via audiobook and the books were just as good as  I remembered them to be. Then, I watched the movies with my husband and those were just as good too.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy // Dumplin’
This Netflix adaptation took the book world by storm. I, like many others, actually ended up enjoying the movie more than the book. Though I hope they adapt  Puddin’ too because I actually liked that book.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman // The Magicians
This was another that surprised me. I found that I enjoyed (and am still enjoying) the Scy-fy show better than the books. I liked the books well enough, but I am loving the show. It’s taken its liberties and made some changes, but I’m still enjoying the adaptation. The cast is great, some of them are so perfect for their characters, and I understand most of the changes (except why they changed Janet’s name to Margo).

Highly Anticipated

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Hulu is making this one into a mini-series and after YEARS of waiting, my favorite book will finally be getting adapting to the screen and I’m dying of excitement.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Reese Witherspoon is adapting this so I have really high hopes that she’ll do it justice.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Grishaverse is getting a Netflix series and every time I see Leigh post on Instagram about it I can’t help but “squeeeee!”

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I keep seeing updated from the author and I’m interested to see how the screen adaptation is going to turn out.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I just googled 2019 adaptations because I couldn’t think of any others off the top of my head and IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS. The book tore my heart out and I hope the movie does too.

Have you watched any adaptations lately? Are there any upcoming that you’re excited for? Let me know in the comments!

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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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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday- First Ten Books

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 – (First Ten) Books I Reviewed

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1. Halo, Hades, & Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto
These were the first three books I reviewed. They’re all from the same series so I thought I would group them together.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
One of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors.

3. Wings, Spells, Illusions, & Destined by Aprilynne Pike
Again, I reviewed each of these books individually but it’s a series so I’m grouping them together.

4. Swoon & Swear by Nina Malkin
Read this review to see me complain about these books.

5. Bloodlines, The Golden Lily, & The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Forever vampire trash, nothing new here.

6. The Face of Deception by Iris Johansen
I used to be obsessed with this author. All of the thrillers.

7. 1st to Die by James Patterson
The Women’s Murder Club will be a forever favorite.

8. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Staying on brand with my love for this author.

9. The Immortal Rules & The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
Kagawa is the author that really had me obsessed with fae and faerie.

10. Call Me Irresistable by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Always my go-to for predictiable romance when I want it.

These are​ my first ten reviews (sort of) that I wrote! What were yours?

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Rainy Day Reads

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 – Rainy Day Reads

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The Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima

Shadow and Bone by Leigh  Bardugo

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Dry by Neal  & Jarrod Shusterman

The Mortal Instruments by  Cassandra Clare

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Graceling by Kristen Cashore

These are all books I can pick up to forget the rainy weather outside. What books do you like to pick up on a rainy day?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Buzzwords

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 – Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book.

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Dragons
Give me all the dragons all the time.
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Eon by Alison Goodman

Enemies-to-Lovers
I love me some good I hate you vibes that’s just full of sexual tension.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Elemental Magic
I don’t know what it is about elemental magic, but it’s one of my all time favorites.
Air Awakens by Elise Kova
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Friends-to-Lovers
This is another favorite because it’s always sweet and warms my little heart.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Outer Space
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Zodiac by Romina Russell
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Forbidden Love
There’s something about not being allowed to have something that just makes it all the sweeter.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
The Darkest Star Jennifer L. Armentrout

Boarding School
The idea of going away to school is one that’s always appealed to me. Probably because I never got to do it.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Characters as Readers/Writers
I love seeing myself reflected in books. So when I see books with characters that read and write, I can’t help myself.
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Plausible Dystopians (drought, hurricanes, other natural disasters)
Terrifying and fascinating at the same time.
Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
Lawless by Tarah Benner

Retellings
I didn’t realize until recently how many retellings I actually have read and loved.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadow, & Brodi Ashton

What are your buzzwords? What kinds of things make you pick up a book? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Audiobooks

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 – Audio Freebie (Any audio goes: audiobooks, music, podcasts, you name it.) I’m going to share my top ten favorite audiobooks.

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The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel

Sadie by Courtney Summers

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One of Us is Lying  by Karen M. McManus

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Puddin’ by Julie Murphy

What are your favorite audiobook books?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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