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Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Anticipated Books Releasing In 2022

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Which 2022 releases are you most looking forward to reading?

For today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I want to list my Top 10 for the whole year as I recently did a post about every new release I’m anticipating in the first half of it.

Some of these books I wish I had like yesterday but also I don’t think I’m emotionally ready for yet because the previous book was devastatingly good – so many feels! Others are by new-to-me authors I’m excited to try.

My Top 10 Most Anticipated 2022 Releases are (in A-Z order):

1. Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston (February 1)

Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston cover

2. Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn (November 8)

Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn cover

3. A Brush with Love by Mazey Eddings (March 1)

4. This Cursed Crown by Alexandra Overy (December 6)

This Cursed Crown by Alexandra Overy cover

5. Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan (January 11)

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan cover

6. Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros (March 15)

Falling Short by Ernesto Cisnero cover

7. The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh (February 22)

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh cover

8. The Heretic Royal by G.A. Aiken (October 25)

The Heretic Royal by G.A. Aiken cover

9. Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez (April 19)

Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez cover

 

10. Remarkable Ruby by Terri Libenson (May 3)

*No cover on Goodreads yet but you can see it on the author’s Instagram*


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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love An Update On

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt has us wondering about beloved characters and their lives post-story.

Have you ever read a story that you just didn’t want to end? That you wish there were just a few pages more to learn what characters have been up to after all is said and done? This feeling of longing is a tale as old as time.

Here are characters I’d love an update on (spoiler free):

1. Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar
Circle of Magic

2. Kel
Protector of the Small

3. Dove
Daughter of the Lioness

4. Alex and Henry
Red, White, & Royal Blue

5. Beka
Provost’s Dog/Beka Cooper

6. Thirrin
The Cry Of The Icemark

7. Rho
Zodiac

8. Brienna
The Queen’s Rising

9. Bennett pack
Green Creek

10. Roger and Caroline Whittier
The Green and the Gray

A good story never truly ends, does it? It replays over and over in the mind and heart. It’s fun to imagine where these characters are now. You hope they’re deliriously happy and content, and can now enjoy the fruits of their labors. A much-earned HEA.

What are some characters that you would love an update on? What do you think life has been like for them after their story has ended?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read If You Love Middle Grade

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday. I like that we could customize today’s prompt – Books to Read If You Love/Loved X. I chose middle grade because it’s a genre I enjoy reading and one I want to make more time for. There’s always something fun to read.

So if you love Middle Grade or have been looking to venture within, maybe check out some these great titles:

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston
Ana on the Edge by A. J. Sass
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron
Muffled by Jennifer Gennari

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Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Illustrated by Patricia Castelao
Positively Izzy by Terri Libenson
Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas
Unplugged by Gordon Korman

What are some of your favorite middle grade books?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday!

And welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s prompt is favorite book settings, which I didn’t think I really had.

I enjoy fantastical fantasy worlds because I love the idea that anything is possible when building such worlds. I also like fictionalized places in Ireland or Scotland. Specific settings I’ve come to know and love are:

(1) Tortall (a kingdom)

(2) Winding Circle (a temple community and place of magical learning)

(3) Karasuno High School (a fictional school in the Miyagi Prefecture in Japan)

(4) Araluen (a kingdom)

(5) Phantomhive manor (home of the Phantomhive family in a “mist-covered forest on the outskirts” of Victorian London, England)

(6) Clarines (a kingdom)

(7) Verania (a kingdom)

(8) Green Creek (small town & home of the Bennett pack)

(9) Sevenwaters (a fictional place in 9th century northern Ireland; “based on an area called the Ring of Gullion in County Armagh”)

(10) House of Night (one of many schools for vampyres; Tulsa, Oklahoma, US)

 

What are some of your favorite book settings? Do you prefer real locations or fictional ones?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Older Reads I Loved and Will Always Recommend

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday!

Today is a freebie prompt, so I chose to do older reads that I loved and will always recommend.

Alanna: the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

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Alanna takes control over her own life by convincing her twin brother two swap places with her: she would go and become a knight and he would go to study magic. Alanna’s story is an alluring epic adventure. She easily became one of my top favorite characters of all time.

 

The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill

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A young warrior with the best (and longest) name ever becomes queen after her father falls in battle and works hard to keep her kingdom together and safe. She meets different magical and supernatural beings, which was a lot of fun. It was a cool trilogy that I really enjoyed.

 

Dragon and Thief by Timothy Zahn

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My first foray into science fiction and it was indeed an epic adventure. I loved the way the story was told. I was hooked from the beginning. The concept is really cool. Jack (the thief) forms a symbiotic relationship with Draycos (the dragon) who takes refuge on Jack’s body – kind of like a tattoo, though can at times take a partial corporeal form. Along their space adventure, a friendship/bond forms.

 

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

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I didn’t know this was based on a fairytale when I first read this book. It sounded interesting and I ended up devouring the rest of the books in the series – it was so good! This story was so charming and I loved the characters. I also loved the relationship that blossoms between her and her intended, even though he doesn’t know she is the real princess he is supposed to marry. The book’s a good rainy day or beach read. Quick, fun, and pleasant.

 

The Green and the Gray by Timothy Zahn

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I read this standalone a long time ago and I remember being wowed by it. It’s one of the few books I’ve managed to reread over my long years as an avid reader. A couple whose relationship seems to be kindling out suddenly become the character of an unusual young girl. Little did they know that they would somehow become involved in a long-standing feud between two alien races: the Greens and the Gray. It’s a great sci-fi story that I would love to reread again someday.

 

Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

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I love this book and series – cringe and all. I was really into vampires and werewolves around the time I first started this series (thank you, Twilight). I just loved the world-building and the characters. I liked how the main character, Zoey, went from ordinary human to over-powered, goddess-touched, vampire priestess. There were a lot of cringy moments that were just too much. And I do think the series was 12 books too long. But House of Night will always hold a special place in my heart. Marked is the only book of the series I don’t own a physical copy of – one day!

 

Mister Monday by Garth Nix

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I don’t remember why I decided to read this book (I read the whole series forever ago). But what I liked most about this series is that the antagonists were named after a day of the week and embody one of the seven deadly sins. Teen me thought that was a really cool idea for a fantasy story.

 

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

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This along with Twilight were my first introduction to the love triangle trope. I didn’t mind it in this book. I was too interested in the fantasy elements, how the MC was a banshee whose scream signified that someone was about to die. Her boyfriend’s brother Todd was still around, dead but a reaper. I really enjoyed this series and the covers are gorgeous.

 

Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce

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This is the first book in the series but I accidentally read the third book first. My world changed forever. I love all the books equally and all of the characters. I could probably talk about all this for days. This series means a lot to me.

 

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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I attribute my love of faeries to this book/series. It was as richly magical as it was sometimes decadently dark. I’m not one for dark fantasy – or dark anything – but this book drew me in. It’s one of my all-time favorite books. Love it!


Did you make a list for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday? What’s a book you read long ago that you absolutely loved and why?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Numbers in the Title

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday!

I hope the start of your week is going well! The prompt for Top Ten Tuesday today is Books with Numbers in the Title. I’m including in my list books I want to read as well as 5-star recommendations.

  • One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu
  • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (review)
  • Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner
  • Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan (review)
  • I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee
  • Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory (review)
  • Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
  • One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London (review)
  • Ten Thousand Tries by Amy Makechnie
  • Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell (review)

Do you have a must-read book with a number in the title that you would recommend I read?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Crushes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday!

Which fictional characters are you currently crushing on?

The prompt today is Fictional Crushes of which I have way too many of and am sorry not sorry about because they are wonderful mix of kind, lovable, cute, endearing, and swoon-worthy. It’s the reader’s life 😊💕

My Top 10 fictional crushes are:

1. GEORGE COOPER – Song of the Lioness series

2. HAK – Yona of the Dawn

3. LINCOLN REED – Protecting What’s Mine by Lucy Score

4. LUKA – The Betrayal Knows My Name

5. MIACH – Nine Kingdoms series

6. NAWAT CROW – Daughter of the Lioness duology

7. OBI – Snow White with the Red Hair

8. OX – Green Creek series

9. SEBASTIAN MICAHELS – Black Butler

10. VIKTOR NIKIFOROV – Yuri on Ice


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

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time.

The prompt is something I think we can all relate to. When we come across those special reads that make you feel some unnamed feeling that fills your heart, mind and soul. Incredible stories that change you from the inside out. It’s a beautiful reminded of why I love to read.

Here are 10 books I wish I could read again for the first time:

1. The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill

2. Daja’s Book by Tamora Pierce

3. Dragon and Thief by Timothy Zahn

4. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

5. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (review)

6. The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune (review)

7. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (review)

8. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (review)

9. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

10. Wolfsong by TJ Klune (review)

This list would be never-ending if I could list every book that fit this prompt. It’s probably why that when I’m having a major book hangover are such reads I try to find a book similar to it so I can experience the joy, heartache and splendor all over again (also because I rarely have time to re-read books with so many more to read and so little time!).

What’s a book you wish you could read again for the first time that you would recommend I read?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Secondary/Minor Characters Who Deserve More Love

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

Who are some of your favorite secondary/minor characters?

Today’s prompt is all about the secondary and minor characters that we love and adore. The characters on my list make me laugh, make me smile, have great personalities, and loyal to those they care about.

Ari & Janco – Study series
A pair who fight well together, sources of comic relief, and are good, are loyal friends to the main character, Yelena.

Clara Goodwin – Beka Cooper trilogy
A tough and renowned Dog of the Provost’s Guard who you’d want on your team to have your back.

Constantine – Dark Kings series
The King of Dragon Kings who has cared a secret heavy burden for a long time (which is revealed in (his) last book of the series). He is a leader and protective.

Duke Vedris IV – Tortall universe
Sandry’s great-uncle (and father figure after her parent’s passing) and ruler of Emelan. He is a strong and capable leader, mellow and kind.

Elizabeth Bennett – Green Creek series
A Queen! Majestic and graceful, loving and kind, and greatly protective of her pack. She is a force to be reckoned with.

Gary & Tiggy – Tales From Verania series
Sam of Wilds best friends and part of his found family. These two are quite the pair! Gary is a gay, hornless unicorn who never fails to make me laugh with his brutal honesty and witty lines. Tiggy is a lovable, hug-able, gentle half-giant who is not afraid to smash anyone who threatens those he loves.

Gilan – Ranger’s Apprentice series
A Ranger who was once the apprentice to legendary Ranger, Halt. He has a carefree nature that’s captivating. Unlike other Rangers, his weaponry includes a sword because he is the son of a knight.

Kyprioth – Daughter of the Lioness duology
The trickster god of the Copper Isle whose personality and antics with his siblings makes me smile.

Obi – Snow White with the Red Hair series
A laid-back guy able to lighten a tense situation. He is a loyal friend and skilled fighter.

Stevie Rae – House of Night series
A nice, country girl and Zoey’s best friend. She’s got a big heart and I liked the progression of her storyline throughout the series.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Titles or Covers That Made Me Want To Read/Buy the Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

I love today’s prompt because it’s all about the power and majesty that are book titles and book covers 🧡💗💙

You know I love a well crafted title that rings like the most beautiful lyrics poetry or give me goosebumps. I’m equally partial to some cover love, but I still need to be interested enough to decide to read a book. That doesn’t mean I haven’t come across my share of cover buy worthy books.

I made my list half focused on titles, half the covers. All of them books I’ve never read but want to 😊

My top ten list of Titles or Covers That Made Me Want To Read/Buy the Book include:

TITLES

A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope edited by Patrice Caldwell

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Rise of the Ranger by Philip C. Quaintrell

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Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland

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The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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Fiends on the Other Side by Vera Strange

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COVERS

Gild by Raven Kennedy

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Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty

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Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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Girls at the Edge of the World by Laura Brooke Robson

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