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Top Ten Tuesday – My Favorite Secondary Characters

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This Week’s Top Ten Tuesday’s Topic is My Top Ten Favorite Secondary Characters —

Hey Everyone! I’ve missed my Top Ten Tuesdays and I’m back – so check out my favorite book secondary characters and share what you think too – if you have a blog, share your link, and if not – please just share in the comment space – I think it’s awesome to share some spot light on the characters we so often tend to pass by!! So here we go!

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)#1 — Love “The Hunger Games” By Suzanne Collins – and I LOVE Cinna and Haymitch. I couln’t pick just one here – they both place such important part’s in Katniss’s life during this awful time. I also love they chose L Kravitz and Woody Harrelson to play them in the movie – great choice!

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) #2 – Roar from “Under the Never Sky” series by Veronica Rossi. I love Roar for his dedication and his friendship and his general awesomeness – seeing his story with Liv killed me but I hope better things are to come for this awesome guy!

Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2) #3 — I just devoured this series – “Point of Retreat” by Colleen Hoover and am a huge fan of Will and Lake – but their story may have ended too early without the help of the amazing young people in their lives – First Kiersten – so smart and wise for her young age and played a curcial role in that big Slam moment and then Caulder and Kel – The book would not have been the same without them. An honorable mention to Eddie and Gavin too – but the little ones really stole my heart!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) #4 — “Beautiful Disaster” by Jamie McGuire. One of my favorite stories ever – and like the above I cannot go without mentioning 2 characters here, they are equally important and the story would not have been the same without them – America and Shep and I loved their love almost as much as Travis and Abby’s love. Great characters!

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) #5 — “The Mortal Instrument” Series by Cassandra Claire – while thinking about secondary characters I could not leave Simon or Magnus withiout mention – Simon in particular — He was so loyal to Clary right to the point he got himself into an unimaginable situation — You could not ask for a better friend.

Twilight (Twilight, #1) #6 — “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer. For this all I have to say is Alice – I love her pixie like character who was Bella’s friend from the first moment she came into the picture – literally. She planned the wedding and was so integral to the story in more ways than one..

Rule (Marked Men, #1) #7 — “Rule” by Jay Crownover: I love this story – the rough and tough guy being brought to his knees by love. The story would not have happened without some amazing back up characters – Ayden for Shaw (who gets her own story in the next book with Jet) and Nash/Rome for Rule. I also love Cora who comes to play a bigger role in the next book. A lot of great supporting characters here —

Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1) #8 – “Flat Out Love” by Jessica Park: This is another favorite re-reader story and my first thought as a secondary character was Celeste – and yes she is crucial, but I think the true supporting character here is Finn who made it all happen — if you read the story you know what I mean, and he absolutely holds a special place in my heart – Read it if you have not and if you have – You know how important Finn was to this story… He was Flat out necessary to this story!

Left Drowning #9 – “Left Drowning” by Jessica Park: I know another Jessica Park – but seriously — she is amazing, I have an author cursh on her right now (which is not at all creepy!). This story is all about family and dynamics atop the hot romance, and one character that literally stole my heart from the first sentence out of his mouth was Sabin. Love some Sabin!

Safe Haven #10 – “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks: This book is great and I always think of Jo or Carly. Sparks always has some great surprises and I love the way this character comes in and brings the two main characters together – the fact that, well I don’t want to spoil it, but I will say I was blind until the end and revelation of who Jo was. Amazing story and I highly reccommend it –

Well that’s all Folks!

I did want to give one honorable mention to Jason Stackhouse from “True Blood” By Charlaine Harris – I just love him…

Anyway – really that’s all for me – tell me what you think – comment away, what are your favorite secondary characters? I love to remember things I might not think of now and hear what other people have to say — So spill it! Or leave a link to yours!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Kelley

 

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Am I the only Muggle who hasn’t read Harry Potter??

Complete set of the seven books of the Harry P...

Complete set of the seven books of the Harry Potter series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hey Y’all! I am finding myself this Saturday night thinking about Harry Potter – as I saw the movie on tv.. How in the world have I not read this yet??

I will admit, it came around during the “height” of my Twilight “Addiction” — So I was basically eating, breathing, living Twilight. I can clearly remember even reading during stop lights ( I know – terrible!!) – So maybe I somehow skipped it over.

I actually started reading the first book at least three times, but then I would revert back to something else – I distinctly remember the first book up until the moment Harry meets Hagrid for the first time and I was so glad he got away from that terrible cousin/aunt/uncle – I also remember loving the fact that they called humans “muggles” – what an awesome word, right? I loved the first visit to the alley where they get all the “magical” supplies and in the movie I LOVE the first dinner at Hogwart’s and just how awesome they constructed this wolrd via the movie – Personally I just loved all the movies.

So – I didn’t watch any of the movies promising myself that I would read first, then see the movies. And up until the last movie was released on DVD I kept to this promise – but by this time I had started reading and shortly after blogging, and now my schedule is packed! I don’t review everything I read, but I try too and I’m so bogged down with stuff I’m SUPER excited to read that i keep putting this off until I have more “time..” – all of my fellow bloggers know this feeling.. SO maybe I should make this my mid-year blogging resolution? What do you all think??

Let me hear what you think — Should I read it now, make that a huge bookish commitment to have done by the first day of 2014? OR if i’ve seen the movies and loved them – should this stay this way? I am not a huge magic fan or wizard fan.. but I kind of put this into a different category…

Anyway – let me hear it, what do you think?? Should I stay a misinformed Muggle – or do I make this a resolution right here and now to get this right and read these books??!

Happy Saturday!!

Kelley

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Top Ten Tuesday – July 23rd

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Hello Everyone! I wasn’t sure how I felt about this week’s topic, but the more I’ve thought about it today – it’s pretty interesting. I want to add a disclaimer here – that even though “most” likely I will no t pick up books with these words associated on the cover or description – but like with everything else – there is always an exception to the rule.. So while I can’t say never read, I can say I would strongly consider any books involving the following:

Top Ten WORDS / PHRASES that make me NOT pick up a book:

1. Next “Insert title here” – I don’t like books that sell other books or live off of their success. I can’t say I have never considered a book who boasted this, but I’m not immediately drawn to these – especially if it’s listed on the cover or the back of the book. Let it sell on it’s own merit!

2. Graphic Novel – I haven’t ever been into comics, so to me this makes sense.. if it says that – I pretty much keep moving..just not my thing – but just my opinion here – I am sure there are some really great ones out there.. Just not for me..

3. Werewolves/aliens/Magic/Wizards/Witches/Demons – I will admit I am into vampire novels ( in a Twilight or True Blood situation) but for the most part these books are not my go-to choices. I do enjoy a great paranormal read, but i don’t search for books under these topics. The Magic/Wizard/Witch/Demon/Alien are almost an absolute no go for me – but Never say never I guess..

4. Fantasy Novel – I’m not and I haven’t ever been into this genre… and still not, so this is a definite stop, drop, and move on for me.

5. Cancer/Death – I had some personal experience with Cancer – and it’s just awful to relive that so for the most part I will out of my way to avoid – for example “The Fault in Our Stars” i have been wanting to read – awesome reviews but I just can’t pick it up – I think still too fresh for me. Death is the same thing, just so dark. i can’t say I don’t read things with death in it – but I do read Nicholas Sparks and we all know he likes to throw one of these in there like almost..always.. But you get the point.

6. Horror/Thriller novel – i’m not into scary or thrilling events or books. I may be girly but there is nothing better for me than a great romance book, so I avoid books like these – I like to enjoy my read, not cause myself nighttime terrors from it..

7. Fairytale “re-do” – I like fairy tales in general, but I don’t like the “lets take this great story and make it dark and scary” idea so I try to avoid anything that’s titled or described as this.

8. Autobiographies – I will read one of these every so-often but I’m not into non-fiction at all usually and this falls into that category..

9. Historical – if it’s not current or future, then I’m not reading or interested. Even the historical romances don’t fit my interests right now – maybe this will change and i’m sure there are some good ones out there, but right now if it’s not now or future, not for me.

10. Murder Mystery/Political themed – same lines as the horror/thriller. I just don’t enjoy books set around these themes…just not for me. I like some good “adult” romance, love YA, love contemporary adult for the most part, but not these – and most of all absolutely no to political themed books..

 

Well there you have it folks – my list. I’m sure I will eat my words on some or all of these at some point, but for now there you have it. One of the words I thought about listing for example is zombies, but I had to think about how much I liked “Warm Bodies” so that’s a change from just the past year.. So while again I can’t say never, I can say not right now.

Let me hear it – what are your thoughts? What makes you run screaming for the aisle and away from the book shelf? Put your list below or add your link —

Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

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ARC Review of “Left Drowning” by Jessica Park

So I was super exicted to read this –  I hope you all enjoy my review and most importantly – READ this wonderful book!

Title: “Left Drowning”

Author: Jessica Park

Published by: Amazon Children’s Publishing

Publish Date: July 16, 2013

Left Drowning

Overview of Story Thanks to GoodReads:

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?
Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

My Thoughts:

If you can’t already tell – I’m in love with this. When I got the ARC – I was one day into reading before I realized that it was a book by Jessica Park ( I know – you are thinking – Doesn’t she pay attention to this? But really I don’t – If the story sounds great, then I go with it and look at the author later or when I write the review – I try to really read based on the merit of the story and then of course known books I see coming out by my favorites I will check out) and when I realized that she wrote this I was SUPER excited. The writing in the story seemed familiar to me – and then it all made sense. So – the book. I really loved it. The story was intense, the feelings so real I could feel them sometimes with the characters.  I laughed, I cried, and I cheered the characters on at certain points. This is the first time in awhile where I was literally brought to tears by a book and laughed within the same amount of time – and this has it all! I remembered reading “Flat Out Love” and loving the humor in the story, even amoungts such a heartbreaking story, and this one had that same aspect. You would feel intense sorrow for the characters but then something light would ha.ppen and you would laugh. It’s a great combination.  The storyline and message was absolutely powerful and intense.  It was a page turner and a book where I was also sad to see it end, I could definetly read more about these characters.  I liked that the storyline felt real, that is always important to me too.  My best summation of what I felt like the book portrayed was that it showed how much strengh it takes to let go and trust someone, and learn how to love, learn how to allow yourself to be loved.  Now, the romance was of course super intese, hot, romantic, and sexy.  It was..a leap from the “sexy scenes” in “Flat Out Love” but I’m a big girl and I enjoyed it!! I loved the title because most of us have had tough times in one way or another, but difficult times and I personally can understand what she said when she felt like she was drowning.  I thought the story was about more than drowning though, because the characters do learn to swim, to survive in the end. You see all of their strengths and their weaknesses, but strength prevails and leaves the characters stronger than the start of the story.

Characters:

I’ve already  gushed more than necessary, but I really loved the characters, even the ones in the circle around the main characters. Blythe and Chris were amazing, real, and I felt their feelings like they were mine. I could relate to them and I think that made the story that intense and “feelable.”  Estelle and Eric and Zack you didn’t see or hear as much, but when you did, it was rememberable. I did wish we got to know them more, and would love to see a second story following any of their storylines.  Now Sabin – awww – I loved him. What a great character and how I felt for him at the end, he broke my heart in many ways. I was cheering for him, and for him to find his own happiness, and I especially loved the last chapter and his part in that (don’t want to give anything away).  Sabin is someone I would love to have as my brother. Something else i loved that Park did was bring the characters together, I love how she met Sabin and Chris in the same day but different ways and these ways showed the difference in their character.  I love that when she realized who they were to each other, it fit. Her family unit sort of found her and then James at the end. When Chris and Blythe were not together, when she found out he was with someone else – I cannot even tell you how hard my heart broke, I literally had a tear in my eye for Blythe. Her sense of rightness above all and that they would be together in the end honestly soothed me even, allowed me to continue reading. Now the ride to the house in the summer with her and James when I wasn’t sure if she would go to Chris’s big event or NOT – killed me, when she told James to pull off and then saw the siblings running across a parking lot – I had butterflies in my stomach. I was cheering for them all. And I loved knowing them all. Park builds beautiful characters and family units, I read “Flat Out Love”, “Flat Out Matt” and also “Relatively Famous” and in every story I loved the characters and most of all their connections – to their loves and to their families and friends. She is able to write beautiful connections and create a beautiful story with real/full characters.

Overall Rating:

Now, I haven’t gotten my rating system 100% defined yet but this book is a 5 THUMBS up! Buy it, read it, keep it, read it again! This is something I could really see myself reading again, and again. I am kind of cheesy with books like this – I will read books over but more than that I read parts of books over and over.  If there is a part I love, I flag it and sometimes when I need it, I’ll just flip to that section and read it again..

In the end, read this and you will love it!  I just cannot tell everyone enough. It comes out on July 16th, across all media forms.  I am super thankful to Netgalley who gave me the ARC so I could review it. So, please pick it up. “Left Drowning” is a beautiful, intense, romantic story with amazing depth and breadth…the story is about drowning, but also about learning to swim again.

Quotes I adored in this story:

“He puts his hand on my cheek. “You were left drowning.” I nod again.  “And you’re struggling to breathe.” I am.  It’s a constant struggle to stay near the surface.  I have just enough air to stop me from totally going under, but not enough to thrive.  “So do it.  Breathe.  Just Breathe.” He turns up the volume and strokes my hair.

“You have the here and the now, ” Chris says.  “You have a future.  Deal with the past so you can stop looking back.  It’s just pain.”

“You need songs that make you feel.  Some make you strong, some make you weak.  Some build determination, some tear you apart.  But you need all of those.”

“I am overwhelmingly in love with you,” Chris says as he matches my steps. **GUSH**

“We run through the remnants of our pain, and more importantly, we run for our present and for our future.  Together we kick heartbreak’s ass.”

So if you love that, get the book and read it! And tell me what you think!!

Happy Reading!

Kelley

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Being Married to a Non-Reader – a post inspired by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner

Hello Readers!

I was checking out one of my favorite blogs today – Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner and saw an awesome post she put up about being married to a non-reader and what a good choice for topic since I share the same situation! So for my Thursday Book Talk I thought I would talk this through with you — and I would LOVE to hear your feedback too!

Jamie started with a little background on herself and her husband so I’ll do the same..

My husband’s name is David and we have been married for 10 years this December (we were babies when we got married!).  I have been off and on “obsessed” with books over the  years, but since I found “Twilight” I have been pretty constant in my love of books. Once I read that, I literally couldn’t get enough books.. I LOVE going to the book store and just “looking” although this makes him nuts.. About 4 years ago he and my mom got me  Kindle for Christmas and then it was on — i could just click and buy a book on demand (WHAT??) – I literally couldn’t help myself! To be honest my book spending got a little out of hand (this is all pre-blog). Anyways, I am rambling a little — so fast foward to this year and aroud New Years I started finding all these awesome YA book blogs while searching for my next “big read” – I guess I always thought they could be there but until I was really searching for stuff to read, I never went to one – and then I was in love. The blog that actually inspired me to start blogging was Jamie’s (http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2013/07/married-to-a-non-reader.html#comment-109052 ) – I highly advise you check it out and then one day I did it, I spent a day setting it up, getting an email, adding a community FB page and finding out how to get books to review in coming Netgalley and Edelweiss. Wow. This totally took  me from an obsessive reader to an obsessive reader with more books and actual deadlines on reaviews! At first, I have to admit that my husbad was a little peeved (I already had more than enough books and read most of the time, I work a TON, and he i’m sure was guessing this would take my little time left for him).. But I made sure we made it work and of course he knows I love it and now is a full supporter. He even subscribed to my blog just to see what I was up to and posting (so sweet, right??). So I have the best husband, David if you read this – you are the best! He puts up with me complaining about too many books, not enough books, so many reviews, pressure to post stuff, not getting the ARC’s I want, being excited about something coming up, complaining about books I don’t like or frustrated with a storyline..and swooning over stories and characters I love. He sits through movies with me for books I love and listens patiently as I say..that’s not how the books was, or I love how they did that. He doesn’t complain when  basically go through the whole book for him before the movie starts and doesn’t complain when I get roudy over something I am frustrated about (note: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult) During “My Sister’s Keeper” the movie I got so mad at the ending I literally made a fairly loud noise and immediately started compalining before the credits roled. Now, I know he was probably embarrassed but he let me rant, and rant for days at that before he said… maybe that’s enough? He endured my phone calls to my fellow readers about this too, new frustration and probably same discussion with each one.. I think I’m rambling again, but the point of the story is that he is amazing. I know he loves me because he’s willing to take in my bookish obsession like it’s a part of me and wouldn’t ever think of taking it away or wanting me to be different. I am quirky about opinionated about my books, and he still loves me!davidandkelleyclemsonphoto

How I make it work

Like Jamie, I read while he games, or watches sports. I read while he plays golf.. I never mind okaying a golf outing because that is 4-6 hours of guilt free reading or blogging! I also am a night owl so while he sleeps I read and blog. It works for us, I try to always keep in mind that he wants to actually talk to me too – not just watch me read – so we spend “book and blog free” time each night. I also try to not blog/read on nights when I have to work at home, doing both doesn’t leave time to spend with them (which is the most important thing!).

Perks of being married to a non-reader:

1. I don’t really have to share shelf space or a kindle with him

2. Since he does play golf and game – it gives me $ to spend on books

3. He can always find something else to look at while we’re at a book store and I don’t feel rushed

4. My endless hours of pouring through online blogs and Amazon to find the “next great read” don’t bother him

5. He is “ok” with me typing furiously at my desk behind our couch which alloows me to be in the same room and sort of watch tv with him together

6. He has a man cave that is a “reading free and woman free zone” so he can always get away and i have absolutely guilt free time to read

7. He really loves me – so he deals with my quirkls

8. He listens to me swoon and vent about books I love and sometimes entire stories I feel like he “has” to hear..

9. He is OK with me being mildy..well more than mildy obsessed with YA literature, especially paranormal and romances

10. He has accepted that I am a Team Edward fan – even understanding my obsessive need to got o Forks, WA (Yes, i really went there!)

 

From His Point Of View

He’s not here right now to speak for himself – but if he could I think he would say —

1. He feels like sometimes he has to share me with books and work…

2. I totally zone out when I read and it’s hard to listen or pay attention to him at all

3. I talk soo much about books

4. I obsess over my blog and it’s something I don’t get paid for (he thinks I’m working so hard on this for what money.. Of course it’s for my love of books and I always try to remind him of all the dollars he’s saving by me reviewing and getting ARC copies!)

 

Not sure on the rest, i’m sure there are more… but you get the jist..

Now let’s chat:

Are you married or in a relationship with a reader or non-reader? How does it work? How do you make everything flow? Are they supportive and doy ou also have a blog you work on in addition to the books! Talk to me!!

Kelley

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday July 9th

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Hello All – it’s that time again, one of my fave Meme’s – Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic is your top ten best/worst movie adaptations from books – so here we go!

I’m breaking my list down into 2 categories – best and worst. I have quite a few more best (maybe I just forget about the worst) but the 2 worst ones I have totally made me..very aggrivated and I will leave it at that!

Best Book to Movie Adaptations

Twilight (Twilight, #1)New Moon (Twilight, #2)Eclipse (Twilight, #3)Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

1. The “Twilight” Saga by Stephanie Meyer. I know this is probably meant for just one book per number, but I am a Twihard fan (yes I can admit that haha) and I loved all of these movies- but if I listed separately I would lose out on mentioning other stuff – so these guys get lumped into one entry. But they are Absolutely awesome adaptations!

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)Must Love DogsThe NotebookSundays At TiffanysThe Lucky OneA Walk to Remember

2. “Warm Bodies” by Issac Marion – Read the book and wasn’t sure about it, but it grew on me and I really did enjoy the movie too!

3. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins – Read the series right after Twilight and fell in love with Katniss and so far the first movie lived up to my every expectation!

4. “Must Love Dogs” by Claire Cook – I read this right before the movie came out and while they left out a few parts I wish would have been included in the movie – overall I think this movie is super cute and def watch it everytime I do catch it on tv. Great adaptation!

5. “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks – Swoon! That’s what I need to say about Ally and Noah’s story — This movie is one of my favorite of all time, seriously. You can’t tell my husband (hope he doesn’t read this) but he likes it too – even though it’s a total “chick flick” haha.

6. “Sundays at Tiffany’s” by James Patterson – My husband got me this book and then I actually saw the movie on Lifetime (so not a major motion picture) but it captured the book so well and I loved it! If you haven’t checked this out – this is def a side of James Patterson I like – the romance was so sweet in it and the topic was so different and fresh.

7. “The Lucky One” by Nicholas Sparks – no need to explian here – another one of my favorites from Nicholas Sparks..Really enjoyed how this movie was done, it had all the good parts that needed to be included without some of the slower moments and of course it also had one of my favorite leading men in there too…

8. “A Walk To Remember” by Nicholas Sparks – I almost tear up just thinking of this Mandy Moore version of the book. I LOVE this movie even though it’s similar to “Beaches” and tears me up everytime I watch it – such a great movie and remake from the book!

Now to my Worst

My Sister's KeeperBeautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

9. “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult – Now I am going to try and not rant here, too much anyway..but COME ON! I absolutely loved this book and the message and then I see the movie coming out and of course go opening day and even drag my husband along. Imagine my utter horror in the ending of the movie when the ending is 100% changed from the book — WHAT?? How could this happen? It totally changed the meaning and feeling of the story and while the movie wasn’t bad per se… It was not the book or I woudln’t call it a full adaptation anyway. How can you change something so crucial to the story as the ending and I mean like a 180 degree change. I literally lept out of my seat at the movies and to my husband’s dismay complained about it for a week after — a huge let down!

10. “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Sohl – I started reading this during my new YA craze right after Twilight hit theaters and I heard it would be a movie and I was excited about it – first of all it’s set in Gatlin, a fictious town but actually in South Carolina so I have to love it for geographic location if nothing else.. But either way – when I saw the movie trailer I was super excited and then I saw the movie… What?? It was slow and at points just strange. I didn’t like the way they portrayed some of the characters and the character they picked for the male lead role — who is this kid? And what about the book made them think this was a good idea? As far as Lena goes, that character also was questionable at least.. Huge let down – and I know this could have been amazing if done correctly which almost makes it worse..

Final Thoughts

SO i’ve given you my best and my worst – and tried not to rant about the worst too much. Give me yours too – what do you think? Anything that didn’t make my list and should have? Leave a link below to your blog or just comment your thoughts in the section below if you don’t have a blog to post on — This was a great Top 10 I thought and I really enjoyed thinking this through – you forget how many times books are actually made into movies and unless you read a lot, you don’t even know that..

Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

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Top Ten Tuesday – July 2nd

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We all have them. Those books that we really want to read and yet every time we are looking to start something we brush right past them. There is just something about them that makes it impossible to pick them up… here are my top ten intimidating books and organized by the reasons that I keep passing them by or why it took me so long to pick them up…

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Books I HAVE read, but had to basically force myself to pick it up for whatever reason —

The Host (The Host, #1)Requiem (Delirium, #3)Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)

1. “The Host” by Stephanie Meyer – I am a Twihard (yes I can admit that now) so when this book came out, of course I wanted to read anything by her I could get my hands on, I loved her writing – Twilight essentially brought back my love for reading and it’s why I’m here today.. BUT Aliens? Really? The topic was something I was sure I didn’t care to read about – then check out the size.. This monster could hurt someone – forget mace, I just need to carry this in my bag as a weapon. But, despite the dilemma – I did pick it up and of course LOVED it – so it was worth the wait I suppose..

2. “Requiem” by Lauren Oliver – I had just started the “Delirium” series when this came out — I know, I know.. was i living under a rock? No idea how this passed me by, but here I am reading the first two books and in love with them and the third book comes out and all of a sudden all i see online is…well…despair over the last chapter – it honestly freaked me out, I didn’t want to get that frustrated after being in love with this series, but I coudln’t not know the end — such a dilemma.. It was almost scary to read it. But in the end, my “have to know” personality won over and I did read it and was somewhat prepared I guess for the end, and for me, it was ok..maybe the hype built it up so much that I wasn’t as bothered as I thought I would be (so that’s a good thing right?)..

3. “Warm Bodies” by Isaac Marion – This book came out and it seemed like everyone was in love with it and while I do watch “The Walking Dead” – I was super sure I had no interest in reading this.. But then all the reviews were so good, everyone seemed to like it – so I actually started it, and the first chapter in I decided again, not for me. No idea why but I did come back to it, and finished it and really enjoyed the book – not a favorite, but it was enjoyable and a good “book” experience for what that counts…

Books I have NOT read that intimidate me because of all the hype:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)The Fault in Our StarsDead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)Slammed (Slammed, #1)The Awakening and The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #1-2)

4. “Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling – I know  you cannot believe I haven’t read this.. Right? But it had such huge hype and this came before my “back to reading” moment – so by the time I even got around to it, the hype was insane and I was worried I just wouldn’t love it that much. I figure if I hadn’t read it and every movie had come out and gone to DVD – I missed the train – not saying I won’t ever read it, but cannot commit to it at this point..

5. “Unearthly” by Cynthia Hand – this one too, so much hype and everyone just seemed to love it – yet I haven’t even read the first book. To my credit it’s on my  TBR list – so I’m sure I’ll get there but when books have this much hype I just hate to be that much more let down if I don’t like them..

6. “Just One Day” by Gayle Foreman – Ok, Ok – I am actually a little embarassed to admit I have not read this. I did read her first 2 books and LOVED them – then this came out and I had every intention of reading it, but then I saw the reviews and nothing bad – everyone loved it, so I kept it on the top of my TBR list – but as the hype continued it just became so intimidating = I still haven’t read it.. It’s still on my TBR list though, that counts for something right?

7. “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green – This book is very personal to me, because of the subject matter. I actually REALLY want to read it, but I lost my Dad to cancer – well almost 3 years ago – and I’m just not sure I’m ready to read something like this – for whatever reason even reading the summary brings up old feelings and I’m just not sure I’m ready to take this head on yet – so it remais on my TBR list until I’m ready to take it on..

8. “Dead Ever After” By Charlaine Harris – This is book #13 of this series and I must mention I have read all 12 before it. My pattern has always been to get it the very day it comes and out read it immediately! But this year – I got it that day and almost a month later, have not even started it yet.. It’s her last book in the series and I don’t know if I’m afraid to say goodbye to the characters – or the fact the TV show has gone so far into never, never land that I’m super dissapointed – but for whatever reason I just can’t seem to pick it up – again it is living on my TBR and I actually did buy it..so I’ll get there but it is a little intimidating..

9. “Slammed” by Colleen Hoover – I have read sooo many good things about her writing and have wanted to read these books, so I got approved for the 3rd book via Netgalley and thought – this is my chance and immediately bought the first two – but what if I don’t like them – she seems to be one of the next “big” authors and everyone just loves these books – but what if I don’t? So – another book that just sits on my TBR list…

10. “Vampire Diaries” by L.J. Smith – another series beloved during my Twilight time. I did watch the first season of the show and it made me want to read the books – and I saw the fan base growing – I’m sure some people feel about this like I do about “Twilight” but I just couldn’t bring myself to read the books – and after I watched the show I thought it wouldn’t be fair to the books to read them then ( i know this sounds silly) so this may be something I just never read –who knows?

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Alright guys, that’s my list – Chime in and tell me what you think? Am I just being wimpy? What should I really pull from my TBR list and read right away? And what are your intimidating books?? List your link below or just reply in the commet sections – Personally I enjoyed this, I have never really thought of books this way but it was interesting to see what I came up with..

Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

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