Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Dying to Read

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You’ll be counting every second of the day once your favorite author announces the release of his new book. – rosemawrites

The Broke and the Bookish said today’s Top Ten Tuesday is FREE! So I browse their previous list and here’s what I’ll be doing today:

September 15: Books I’m Dying to Read

You all know that I am really really excited for the last quarter of 2015 as my two favorite authors Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom will be releasing their new books in the coming months!

So before I get too giddy… here’s the 10 books that I am dying to read!

1. Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4) by by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4)

This is the fourth novel of Lis and April’s Triple Threat Series!

2. Another Day (Every Day, #2) by David Levithan

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I have said for so many times how much I loved Every Day (Every Day, #1) so I am super excited to know what happened to ‘him’ and to Rhiannon.

3. Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

Now on its third novel, Robert Galbraith or should I say J.K. Rowling have engrossed me big time with Cormoran Strike’s story! So please come soon, October 20, 2015!

4. Never Never: Part Three (Never Never, #3) by by Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher

This book has no cover photo yet and the expected release is on 2016! After 2 books, Colleen and Tarryn just left us reader with more questions about Silas and Charlie!!!

5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

As a debut YA novel, I am quite intrigued on what this book is all about. 🙂

6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews  

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

I have watched the trailer of this book’s movie version so I am quite interested on this book. I have read a lot of great reviews about this novel as well! 😀

7. The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Small Backs of Children

This book has its own fair share of great raves and too negative feedbacks. That’s what makes it more intriguing.

8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

This book caught my attention after I have read reviews from my fellow book bloggers Jenna and Arianna. After reading their thoughts, I think I would want to try this new YA! 

And of course! You all know the last two slots are for Nicholas and Mitch. (Fangirling, yes oh yes!)

9. See Me by Nicholas Sparks

See Me

I voted for the cover of this book and I just can’t wait anymore! This will be released on October 13!

10. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel

I have signed in an exclusive email for Mitch Albom books called Shelved with a hope of winning an advance signed copy of this super great novel! This will be This will be out on November 15!

This photo explains what I am feeling now! Right now! 😀


Share your most anticipated book releases with me too! 😀

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

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It takes a lot of interest and patience to be able to finish a book series. – rosemawrites

I know a lot will agree with me on that. Unless you are really so engrossed with a book, you will not be able to finish a whole series.

Today’s The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday is related to these thoughts.

September 8:  Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish (topic first done in 2012)

I have some ‘abandoned’ book series and I also have some unfinished sequels because there are just a loooot of ’em. (I’m talking about James Patterson’s.)

I am not sure if I can supply 10 unfinished series, so I consulted my ever-reliable Goodreads account.

So here’s the result:

1. Triple Threat Series by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

Triple Threat

READ: Face of Betrayal (Triple Threat, #1)Hand of Fate (Triple Threat, #2) and Heart of Ice (Triple Threat, #3)

Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4)

TO BE READ: Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4)

I enjoyed this murder mystery series and the only reason I was not able to finish this yet, is because I am wrapping up my 2015 Reading Challenge. 🙂

2. East Salem Series by Lis Wiehl and Pete Nelson

East Salem

READ: Waking Hours (East Salem, #1) and Darkness Rising (East Salem, #2)

Fatal Tide (East Salem, #3)

TO BE READ: Fatal Tide (East Salem, #3)

This series is also engrossing. Well, Lis Wiehl is actually one of my favorite mystery writers.

3. Every Day series by David Levithan

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

READ: Every Day (Every Day, #1)

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

TO BE READ: Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I consider Every Day as one of the best books that I have read this year so I will definitely read its sequel! Soon!

4. Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies

READ: Uglies (Uglies, #1) and Pretties (Uglies, #2)

Uglies 2

NOT READ: Specials (Uglies, #3) and Extras (Uglies, #4)

I have nothing against Scott Westerfeld and those fans of this YA series but I have no plans of finishing this novel any more. I loved the premise, but Tally, the main character, is just annoying. This is just my opinion, though. 🙂

5. Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Cormoran Strike

READ: The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) and The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

TO BE READ: Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) (will be out on October 20, 2015!)

J. K. Rowling is indeed a genius writer. I cannot help but admire her. I haven’t read, or watch, any Harry Potter yet but this mystery and crime series is enough for me! 🙂 (I don’t mean any harm to those Potter fans. 🙂 )

6. Roy Grace series by Peter James

Dead Man's Time (Roy Grace, #9)

READ: Dead Man’s Time (Roy Grace, #9)

Roy Grace

TO BE READ: Dead Simple (Roy Grace, #1)Looking Good Dead (Roy Grace, #2)Not Dead Enough (Roy Grace, #3)Dead Man’s Footsteps (Roy Grace, #4)Dead Tomorrow (Roy Grace, #5), Dead Like You (Roy Grace, #6)Dead Man’s Grip (Roy Grace, #7)Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace, #8)Want You Dead (Roy Grace, #10) and You Are Dead (Roy Grace, #11)

Woah! I was not aware that the Dead Man’s Time is part of a series, big series I mean! It seems I have a lot of reading to do after the 2015 reading challenge… 😀

7. Fifty Shades series by E.L. James

50 shades

READ: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) and Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)

NOT READ: Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)

Yep. I have read half of Fifty Shades of Grey and the entire Fifty Shades Freed. But that doesn’t mean I am a fan. It’s curiosity plus the teenage me that fantasizes a ‘rich-knight-in-shining-armor’ thing. But I am done with that and I will not read any book from this series. #NoJudgment 😀

Here comes the never-ending list of book series by the mystery/crime/thriller master, Mr. James Patterson.

8. Women’s Murder Club Series with Maxine Paetro

READ: 1st to Die (Women’s Murder Club, #1) and 12th of Never (Women’s Murder Club, #12)

TO BE READ: 2nd Chance (Women’s Murder Club, #2)3rd Degree (Women’s Murder Club, #3)4th of July (Women’s Murder Club, #4)The 5th Horseman (Women’s Murder Club, #5)The 6th Target (Women’s Murder Club, #6)7th Heaven (Women’s Murder Club, #7)The 8th Confession (Women’s Murder Club, #8)The 9th Judgment (Women’s Murder Club, #9)10th Anniversary (Women’s Murder Club, #10), and 11th Hour (Women’s Murder Club, #11)

9. Private series

Private L.A. (Private, #7)

READ: Private L.A. (Private, #7)

Private

TO BE READ: Private (Private, #1)Private London (Private, #2)Private Games (Private, #3)Private: #1 Suspect (Private, #4)Private Berlin (Private, #5)Private Oz (Private, #6)Private L.A. (Private, #7)Private India (Private, #8)Private Vegas (Private, #9)Private Sydney and Private Paris (Private, #11)

10. Alex Cross series

Cross My Heart (Alex Cross, #21)

READ: Cross My Heart (Alex Cross, #21)

TO BE READ: There’s a lot! Here’s the Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/40543. 🙂

I am a huge fan of James Patterson but I’m afraid it will take me a loooong time before I can say that I have read all his novels! Every piece is worth your time, though. 🙂

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Woah! I’m surprised that I was able to complete those 10 spots! Whew!

I am really enjoying this book meme!

How about you? 🙂

Till next time!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

First impressions are meant to last, especially with books and authors.

I have proven that after I first read a Nicholas Sparks novel, A Walk to Remember, and a Mitch Albom book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

Because the first Sparks and Albom novels that I read were both great, these two have become my favorite scribblers since then.

On the other hand, there are also some authors that I will not read again after a not-so-good first read.

Now, here are my top 10 auto-buy authors who like Sparks and Albom, have written awesome novels that made me want to read more of their stories.

I also included the first books that I have read from these authors as well as my top recommended reads from them.

Credits to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this awesome book meme! ❤

(This list is not ranked.)

1. Alice Sebold

Alice SeboldGenres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs
First read: The Lovely Bones
Books read: The Lovely Bones
Recommended: The Lovely Bones
What I love about her: Her unique way in presenting her story. Her so realistic yet so moving description of lost, grief, love and peace.

2. Colleen Hoover 

Colleen Hoover Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Humor
First read: Never Never
Books read: Never NeverNever Never: Part Two and Ugly Love
Recommended: Never Never
What I love about her: She knows how to leave you hanging, in a good way. Engrossing, oh yes.

3. David Levithan

David LevithanGenres: Literature & Fiction, Young Adult, Gay & Lesbian
First read: Every Day
Books read: Every Day
Recommended: Every Day
What I love about him: He can pull-off a seemingly impossible yet gripping premise that will keep you reading until you’re done. His words awake the if’s and how’s of your reading mind.

4. Lisa Genova

Lisa GenovaGenres: Literature & Fiction
First read: Still Alice
Books read: Still Alice
Recommended: Still Alice
What I love about her: Her expertise in the field of medicine and her in depth knowledge of expressing diverse emotions. She can mix these two and translate it into a beautiful masterpiece.

5. Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion Genres: Fiction, Romance
First read: The Rosie Project
Books read: The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect
Recommended: The Rosie Project
What I love about him: He can create a not so normal but so loveable character. His stories have the right amount of “cheesiness” and quirkiness.

6. James Patterson

James PattersonGenres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Young Adult, Romance
First read: Mistress
Books read: Mistress12th of Never, The Christmas WeddingCross My HeartFirst LovePrivate L.A. and 1st to Die
Recommended: Mistress and The Christmas Wedding,
What I love about him: He is indeed a master of on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrillers but he can also write touching stories of love.

7. Jojo Moyes

Jojo MoyesGenres: Romance, Mystery, Fiction
First read: Me Before You
Books read: Me Before You
Recommended: Me Before You
What I love about her: She can make me cry.

8. Lis Wiehl

Lis WiehlGenres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Fiction
First read:Face of Betrayal
Books read: Face of BetrayalHand of Fate, Heart of IceA Matter of Trust, A Deadly BusinessWaking Hours and Darkness Rising 
Recommended: Heart of Ice and A Deadly Business
What I love about her: Her knowledge in police and investigation technicalities and her expertise in law make her novels thrilling and informative at the same time.

9. Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow RowellGenres: Literature & Fiction, Young Adult, Romance
First read: Eleanor & Park
Books read: Eleanor & Park and Landline
Recommended: Eleanor & Park
What I love about her: Her imperfect yet relatable characters. Her witty yet compelling storytelling technique. Her books are just so relaxing to read.

10. Paulo Coelho 

Paulo Coelho

Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction, Biographies & Memoirs
First read: The Alchemist
Books read: The AlchemistBridaAlephEleven MinutesThe Devil and Miss PrymThe Winner Stands AloneManuscript Found in AccraThe ZahirVeronika Decides to Die and Adultery
Recommended: The AlchemistEleven Minutes and Manuscript Found in Accra,
What I love about him: Genius in writing wise words. Most of his books are spiritually moving.

BONUS

Yep. I know you know this is coming. 🙂

Of course, Albom and Sparks will be included in this list! ❤

Mitch Albom

Mitch AlbomGenres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Sports
First read: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Books read: For One More DayThe First Phone Call from HeavenHave a Little Faith: a True StoryTuesdays with MorrieThe Time Keeper and The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Recommended: Tuesdays with MorrieThe First Phone Call from HeavenHave a Little Faith: a True Story
What I love about him: Moving. Truthful. Inspiring. May it be fiction or non-fiction, Mitch Albom always has a full-of-sense words that go beyond the pages of his stories. It sinks into your mind and into your heart.

Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas SparksGenres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
First read: A Walk to Remember
Books read: The Last SongThree Weeks With My BrotherThe Best of MeThe Longest RideDear JohnThe ChoiceMessage in a BottleThe Notebook (The Notebook, #1)The Wedding (The Notebook, #2)The GuardianTrue Believer (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #1)At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2)The RescueThe Lucky OneNights in RodantheA Walk to RememberSafe Haven, and A Bend in the Road.
Recommended: Message in a BottleSafe HavenThree Weeks With My BrotherThe Longest RideThe ChoiceThe Wedding (The Notebook, #2)At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2),  and Nights in Rodanthe
What I love about him: Master of love and lost stories. Master of heart-tugging lines. He is that one author that you can love and hate all at the same time. Prepare yourself for that unexpected ending, because he is also an expert in writing surprising twists.

So there!

Please share me your thoughts! ❤

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

This is my first time to participate to an established book meme and I am really excited to do the Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I know this post was scheduled for August 11, last Tuesday, but I still want to do this this week. (I hope it’s okay. :))

So let me present you my Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From according to my Goodreads account!

10. Colleen Hoover , Veronica RothSuzanne Collins and Tahereh Mafi (3 books each)

Colleen Hoover

“How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.” – Colleen Hoover

BOOKS READ: Never NeverNever Never: Part Two and Ugly Love

Veronica Roth

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” – Veronica Roth

BOOKS READ: DivergentInsurgent and Allegiant

Suzanne Collins

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.” – Suzanne Collins

BOOKS READ: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay 

Tahereh Mafi

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” – Tahereh Mafi

BOOKS READ: Shatter MeUnravel Me and Ignite Me 

9. Kiera Cass (4 books)

Kiera Cass

“It’s always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from being awesome.” – Kiera Cass

BOOKS READ: The Selection, The Elite, The One and The Heir 

8, 7 and 6. Stephenie MeyerEmily Giffin, and Michael Crichton (5 books each)

Stephenie Meyer

“I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.” – Stephenie Meyer

BOOKS READ: TwilightNew MoonEclipseBreaking Dawn and The Host 

Emily Giffin

“Love, not as a surge of passion, but as a choice to commit to something, someone, no matter what obstacles or temptations stand in the way. And maybe making that choice, again and again, day in and day out, year after year, says more about love than never having a choice to make at all.”  – Emily Giffin

BOOKS READ: Heart of the MatterSomething BorrowedSomething BlueBaby Proof and Love the One You’re With

Michael Crichton

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ” – Michael Crichton

BOOKS READ: CongoNextDisclosureState of Fear, and Rising Sun

5. Mitch Albom (6 books)

Mitch Albom

“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” – Mitch Albom

BOOKS READ: For One More DayThe First Phone Call from HeavenHave a Little Faith: a True StoryTuesdays with MorrieThe Time Keeper and The Five People You Meet in Heaven

4. and 3. Lis Wiehl and James Patterson

Lis Wiehl

“The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” – Lis Wiehl

BOOKS READ: Face of BetrayalHand of Fate, Heart of IceA Matter of Trust, A Deadly BusinessWaking Hours and Darkness Rising 

James Patterson

“You can’t tell which way the train went by looking at the tracks.” – James Patterson

BOOKS READ: Mistress12th of Never, The Christmas WeddingCross My HeartFirst LovePrivate L.A. and 1st to Die

2. Paulo Coelho (10 books)

Paulo Coelho

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho

BOOKS READ: The AlchemistBridaAlephEleven MinutesThe Devil and Miss PrymThe Winner Stands AloneManuscript Found in AccraThe ZahirVeronika Decides to Die and Adultery

I think you already guessed this… 🙂

1. Nicholas Sparks (18 books)

Nicholas Sparks

“Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.” – Nicholas Sparks

BOOKS READ: The Last SongThree Weeks With My BrotherThe Best of MeThe Longest RideDear JohnThe ChoiceMessage in a BottleThe Notebook (The Notebook, #1)The Wedding (The Notebook, #2)The GuardianTrue Believer (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #1)At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2)The RescueThe Lucky OneNights in RodantheA Walk to RememberSafe Haven, and A Bend in the Road.

That’s it! 🙂

Do we share the same love for these authors? Please let me know.

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2015 Reading Challenge SUPER UPDATE Part 3: 21st to 25th Book

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I am back! I’m almost halfway through my 2015 Reading Challenge and I am happy to share to you my 21st to 25th books!

A book of short stories (21st) – Tenth of December by George Saunders

Tenth of December

It’s deep. George Saunders is really a genius.

A funny book (22nd) – Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney

Scared Scriptless

Yes it’s funny, but it’s forgettable.

A book by a female author (23rd) – Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Mud Vein

I have never read a Tarryn Fisher novel until this one and I commend her way with words. Her characters are deep that you will keep guessing about the truth behind their actions. Her plot is also engrossing to read. Kuddos!

A book with one-word title (24th) – Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline

My mind can still vividly recall how I fell in love with Rainbow’s Eleanor and Park and I am still waiting for the revelation of that ‘three words’ in Eleanor’s post card for Park!

So here comes Landline. I will not say that this is better or even at par with Eleanor and Park story but that doesn’t mean that this book isn’t worth reading. Landline showed Rainbow’s ‘mature’ side. Her insights about love and lost is in-depth and realistic.

A book that scares you (25th) – A Deadly Business by  Lis Wiehl and  April Henry

A Deadly Business (Mia Quinn, #2)

Like what I’ve said to my review on this book in Goodreads, I actually missed reading Lis Wiehl’s mysteries. Aside from James Patterson, Wiehl is my favorite crime author. And in Deadly Business, she have yet again proven her expertise in writing a thrilling story.

The mere fact that I cannot stop reading it until I was done almost 3 in the morning goes to show how engrossing this book is!

Finally! My 2015 reading challenge list is now updated!

Happy reading everybody!

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