Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books of 2017

Okay these are not in any particular order because it is hard enough to pick 10 great books I have read this year.

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series (I am going to lump these together so it doesn’t take up 3 spots…) DSC_0030.JPG
  2. My reread of The Fruits Basket Manga 20170411_174601
  3. Everything, Everything 20170520_120516
  4. Three Dark Crowns 
  5. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover 
  6. King’s Cage 
  7. The Shack 
  8. Wicked Oz books
  9. The Hidden Oracle
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  10. Thirteen Reasons Why
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*Strangely I did not have any pictures I could find of these 4 books.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme brought to you by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish 

 

This week their Top Ten is *drumroll please*

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THE TOP TEN SERIES YOU HAVE BEEN MEANING TO START BUT HAVEN’T

  1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
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    Okay I read most of The Mortal Instruments but after City of Glass the series started falling short for me, so I never read book 6, and then I never picked up this series. Even though I have heard Book 6 is good and this series is better. I guess I got Cassandra Clare burn out. Someday Clockwork Angel, someday.
  2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
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    I have heard nothing but amazing things about this series. I actually have the first 2 books that I got with one of my classroom Scholastic orders. I tend to purchase books for myself from their YA catalog when my orders are close to being to the next reward level. This is actually quite dangerous for me as then I get over excited and tend to push to the next next level and spend over $50 on books that I never intended to spend. I never did actually read them though.
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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    I am about an hour away from finishing ACOWAR and Throne of Glass is coming in the mail tomorrow, so tomorrow I will most likely start this series. I cannot get enough of Sarah J. Maas. I know I am going to be in a serious book slump after I am done with this series and have no more Sarah J. Maas books to read.
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  4. Legend Series by Marie Lu
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    I don’t know why I haven’t read this. They have amazing reviews, good covers, an interesting plot blurb. I have seen them so many times in the store. I have picked Legend up and then returned it to the shelf when I see something I want more. Maybe one day.
  5. Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan
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    Okay. HELLO. This is a lot of books. with a lot of pages. 15 books with nearly 12,000 pages. That is a large commitment. Plus there are companion books and novella e-books. It’s a lot. I am scared of these books TBH.
  6. Blue Blood Series by Melissa de la Cruz
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    I have all of this series in beautiful hardback that I got for $1 a book at HPB 2 years ago. Except for book 1. That’s why I haven’t read these.
  7. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
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    I can’t find the first book in a store. Plain and simple as that. I know I could order off Amazon but I have priorities on Amazon. I have a whole wishlist of priorities. Someday maybe this will be one of them. I will die next to a pile of books.
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  8. The Book of Ember Series
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    This series of books has made me a hypocrite on many occasion because I actually have recommended this series to a lot of students without actually having read a single one of these books. I am all, “Oh yeah this series is GREAT. You would love this. Here check it out.” Actually personally I have no idea how good they are. I have only ever read reviews.
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  9. The Unbecoming of Maya Dyer Series
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    I keep hearing mixed things about this trilogy which is why I haven’t read it. From what I know book 1 is great and the rest sucks. So I haven’t bought it.
  10. DiscWorld By Terry Prachett
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    This is another huge undertaking like Wheel of Time. There are 41 full length books and several short stories. Plus the order in which to read these is so confusing that there are MULTIPLE charts and websites dedicated online to tell you how to read these. Just. What?

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

My DSLR camera came in. I haven’t figured it all out but I have taken some pics on it. My favorites are the portraits of my dog.

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ISN’T HE JUST BEAUTIFUL. My little kitty floofball won’t let me take his picture. Typical cat.

Children’s Lit Week One

I am taking a children’s lit course this summer for my Master’s in Library Science. I have to read three books each week and review them for the course. I thought I might review them on here as well with my MORE honest opinions because my reviews for my class are all uplifting when in reality most kids I know would not appreciate the books like adults do.

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Okay so for this week I had to read a Classic (list was given), a book by Mo Willems, and a Caldecott Medal Winner or Nominee.

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I already had Kitten’s First Full Moon from an animal unit I did at the beginning of last year in my 3rd grade class. I also had Pigeon Finds a Hotdog but I have no earthly idea why. I had to order Millions of Cats as it was the only book on the Classics list that I don’t remember reading. Knowing my mother though I probably did read this as a kid. I have lots of fond memories of being in the library as a child and looking through the shelves and shelves of picture books. My mom always brought this giant pink beach bag with us to the library and between her and my sister and I we would fill the bag up every week. I wish that when I was a kid I had tracking apps like Goodreads so I could know just how many books I have read in my lifetime.

My favorite of the three was The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog. Mo Willems is a genius. If you are a parent of small children you should go check out his books. All of them. Right now. Go. Run. Seriously.  I can’t imagine better books for reluctant readers. Pigeon is 100% hilarious. The drawings make it that much better. Mo Willems definitely has the facial expressions down.

Kitten’s First Full Moon is a cute book. There are some repetitive phrases for the younger audience. Repetition is essential for beginner readers. The story of the kitten chasing the moon is innocent and sweet. The pictures are all black and white but they are paneled on every other page sort of like a graphic book which makes them more interesting.

Millions of Cats is one of those more ridiculous classic books. I can imagine an older audience found this book hysterical. Classics are classics for a reason and I appreciate the story and the thought behind it but as a kid I would have never picked this book up without an adult making it more enticing. It was originally published in 1928 so the pictures lack any color (hello, it was impossible to mass produce in color in 1928).

What are your favorite picture books?

 

 

 

 

Society 6 and Etsy

So there are a billion things on Etsy that are bookish that I wish I had. At the top of my list is candles for sure.

I mean… have you seen A Court of Candles?

Court of Candles

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Anyways, My Etsy store has actually had some sales and I am so excited about it. Here is what is new in the store:

I am in love with the Rhysand bookmark

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I also discovered Society 6 today. So. much. book. merch.

Also if you are any good at graphic design you should look into selling on here. All you do is upload an image and they can apply it on a ton of stuff and then they print it on the items and ship it to the customers. All you do is upload your JPEG file and they do the rest and you make $$. Cool.

Here is the link to my store:

https://society6.com/erinthebookdragon 

 

 

Week in Review

This is a couple days late and I haven’t updated my Instagram this week. I am failing in my promise to myself to work on this stuff! I think I put this particular  post off because I only finished one book this week.

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Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

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This is the story of Emi and her best friend Charlotte. These two girls are fresh out of high school, and deep into the film making process in Hollywood. Emi designs the sets for movies.  While extremely talented and artistic, Emi is not good at relationships, especially with her on-again, off-again girlfriend. Emi is left the keys to her brothers apartment for the summer to live with Charlotte on the promise that they will use it to do something amazing. Neither girl knows what they are going to do until they find a mysterious letter from an Estate Sale.

While the story was interesting, this wasn’t one of my favorites. I don’t really care about how films are created which is a huge secondary part of this story. I also found the plot overly predictable.

3 out of 5 stars

 

Coming Soon… 

So I am currently reading

Three Dark Crowns and Wuthering Heights 

I am also taking Children’s Literature for my library science class this summer so next week expect a post on Picture Books!

Five on Friday Part 2 (On Saturday)

Okay, I was distracted yesterday because this is my birthday weekend!

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My sister is in town for the weekend so I was cleaning and such.

Once again, in no particular order.

  1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
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    This book is told from the perspective of Maddy, who is a who is sick with SCID. She watches the world pass before her outside her window which is how she meets Olly, the boy who moves in next door. While she is stuck inside her home at all times Olly gives her a sense of freedom and a friendship, something she has never had outside her mom and her nurse, Carla. This one definitely has a twist ending and is a page turner!
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    20170520_142415Jane Eyre. Another classic and my favorite one. I love the story of Jane and Mr. Rochester. I have read this book a couple times and each time at a different time in my life. Since the book covers a wide span of Jane’s time periods, something new always speaks to me when I read it.
  3. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
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    This is the tragic story of Frank McCourt’s childhood. This is a must. read. in my book for everyone. Frank was born to two Irish immigrants during the depression era. His mother had a hard time feeding him and his father hardly worked because he was an alcoholic. His writing is beautiful and his childhood horrific. Unfortunately his other books Tis’ and Teacher Man do not have the same grabbing storytelling.
  4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
    20170528_131521So, my boyfriend delivers food as some part-time work. Sometimes, when I haven’t seen him in awhile, I will grab a book and travel around town with him when he delivers. This is how I read An Ember in the Ashes. I was actually glad when he would have to stand in line for 30 minutes to get the food or when we pulled up to a confusing apartment complex so I would have more uninterrupted reading time. This fantasy is about a slave named Laia and a soldier named Elias, neither of whom have any freedom – until they meet each other and plot a way out of their current lives.
  5. This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl
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    This is Esther Earl’s memoir. Esther was a teenager who was dying of cancer and she wrote in various journals, on blogs, and in IM chat rooms with her friends. She loved reading and Harry Potter fandom. She loved her family and they are the ones who took the pieces of her life she had written about, filled in the blanks, and put together this book that is also full of photos. I cried, I laughed, but most of all I felt like I knew Esther when I had finished reading this book.Another of my favorites! Happy Reading 🙂