Recent Five Star Reads

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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”― Jorge Luis Borges


What’s a paradise
without
five-star
reads?

I have my own
five-star paradise,
and my recent residents
are…


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

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

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure

Lullabies by Lang Leav

Lullabies

Macarthur by Bob Ong

Macarthur

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Love Anthony

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

Photo credit: Goodreads


In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

March 29: 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently

P.S. What are your recent best reads?

Share it to me! 😀

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2016 Reading Challenge Update: January

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Four books in one month! Am I slow? 😀

1st – A book with a blue cover – We Are Called to Rise: A Novel by Laura McBride

We Are Called to Rise

What is it about: An immigrant boy whose family is struggling to assimilate. A middle-aged housewife coping with an imploding marriage and a troubled son. A social worker at home in the darker corners of Las Vegas. A wounded soldier recovering from an injury he can’t remember getting. By the time we realize how these voices will connect, the impossible and perhaps the unbearable has already happened. We Are Called to Rise is a boomtown tale, in which the lives of people from different backgrounds and experiences collide in a stunning coincidence. When presented the opportunity to sink into despair, these characters rise. Through acts of remarkable charity and bravery, they rescue themselves. Emotionally powerful yet tender and intimate, We Are Called to Rise is a novel of redemption and unexpected love. 

What I Love: The last few chapters where the lives were all connected. It was done flawlessly.

The strange set of characters/lives are interesting to read. They have their own stand-alone stories and it is impressive how they lives were interweaved.

What I Don’t Love Much: The length, I think, can be dimished. There are some parts that bored me a bit.

Wise Words: 

“We fail even though things matter very much; it’s the possibility of failure that makes them matter more.”

“What is most beautiful is least acknowledged.”

“So little matters so much, and so much matters so little.”

Terror

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

2nd – A book you can finish in a day – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

What is it about: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

What I Love: Rainbow Rowell’s heartwarming storytelling skills is a delight to read. I love the innocence, the softness and the fragility of her characters.

It took me 10pm until maybe 2am to finish this book. Yep. I wasn’t able to stop!

What I Don’t Love Much: The Simon Snow parts…

Wise Words:

“Words are very powerful.. And the take on more power the more that they’re spoken.”

“There’s nothing more profound than creating something out of nothing.” 

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

3rd – A murder mystery  – Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

What is it about: When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

What I Love: It’s creepiness at its best! It will leave you haunted ’cause it is insanely gross!

The red herrings are all well-written and I surely never saw what was coming! So greatly written!

What I Don’t Love Much: Uhm. Nothing! 😀

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT read!)

4th – A book recommended by someone you just met – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

What is it about: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

What I Love: The lightness, the thrilling anticipation, the KILIG-inducing scenes, the rawness. I love how the story unfolds. I love how the twists lead to the heartwarming ending.

What I Don’t Love Much: I expected too much. Maybe I expected more of something that I cannot honestly figure out.

Wise/Witty Words:

“People are shameless when it comes to cake. It’s a beautiful piece to see.”

“People are really like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows.”

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 (Good read)

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Pop Sugar and Goodreads

Story Summary: Goodreads

 

Books I Would Love to Receive on my Birthday

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Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world! ― Neil Gaiman

It’s freebie week today for The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday! 😀

And because I just celebrated by birthday last Sunday, here are the books I would love to receive as gifts! 😀

1. Mitch Albom books!

I’ve read them all but I really want to have the ‘real books’. 🙂 I only have The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto and it is my gift to self last Christmas. 🙂

2. Nicholas Sparks books!

I’ve read them all, too, but I only have a copy of The Best of Me and The Rescue (birthday gifts from my dearest <3). Though I am not so in love with his latest works, I am still a fan. 🙂

3. Poetry books by Lang Leav

I am not sure if someone heed my request… but I have the sense that I’ll be receiving a book this week. 😀 (cross fingers)

4. Robert Galbraith books

I just finished Career of Evil and this series is surely one of the best mystery thriller ever! 😀 So I want to have the real books!!!

5. Rainbow Rowell books

I may not be a big fan of Carry On (I just read Fangirl and though I loved it, I am not fond of the Carry On parts so.. I won’t read it. :)).

But, I still love Rainbow Rowell and I would love to collect the ‘real’ versions of her awesome books! 😀

6. Liane Moriarty Books

I loved The Husband’s Secret and I am now reading Big Little Lies. 😀 Aside from the beautiful book covers, I do think that Liane will be my new fave author!

7. Jodi Picoult Books

I’ve only read Leaving Time and it surely is one of the best books so I guess I would love to read more Picoult novels. 🙂

8. Paulo Coelho Books

I’ve read 10 of his works and he is surely one of the most inspiring writers of our time. 🙂 So, yes, books please? 🙂

9. Graeme Simsion Books

I loved The Rosie Project a lot! 😀 And the covers are great, too! 😀

10. Kiera Cass Books

I loved the first three books! 😀 And, the covers are gorgeous! 😀

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What are the books you would be delighted to receive as a gift?

Share it!

Let’s talk!

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Top Ten Books I Missed Reading last 2015

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“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t.

But I am tweaking it! 😀

Here’s the ten books I would want to read last year, but wasn’t able to do so! 

P.S. The first three books were my first reads for 2015! 😀

1. We Are Called to Rise: A Novel by Laura McBride

We Are Called to Rise

An immigrant boy whose family is struggling to assimilate. A middle-aged housewife coping with an imploding marriage and a troubled son. A social worker at home in the darker corners of Las Vegas. A wounded soldier recovering from an injury he can’t remember getting. By the time we realize how these voices will connect, the impossible and perhaps the unbearable has already happened. 

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

3. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

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

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

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

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

8. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

South of the Border, West of the Sun

Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime – beginning in Japanese – has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have brought him a fine marriage, two daughters, and an enviable career as the proprietor of two jazz clubs. Yet a nagging sense of inauthenticity about his success threatens Hajime’s happiness. And a boyhood memory of a wise, lonely girl named Shimamoto clouds his heart.

9. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

P.S. I Love You

Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

10. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

I believe they are not all 2015 releases?

Nonetheless, I will be reading all these books this year!

How about you?

What are the books that you missed reading last year?

Share it to me!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

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“Only a person with a Best Seller mind can write Best Sellers.” – Aldous Huxley

Debuts. First times. Fresh. New.

That’s The Broke and the Bookish idea of Top Ten Tuesday for this week!

November 3:  Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

And because I am not quite sure if I have read 10 debut authors, that will depend on what Goodreads will say, I am including authors that I have read FOR THE FIRST TIME and I will probably look forward in reading their words again! 🙂

Let the list begin!

— DEBUT AUTHORS —

Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

I had no idea that Galbraith was actually J.K. Rowling but… this debut book is just creepy at its best!

Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The debut was great but the current sequels aren’t really impressive. 😦

Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)

I am just a big fan of sometimes-lovable-sometimes-irritating Don Tillman! 😀

Lisa Genova

Still Alice

Still Alice is a debut novel? I didn’t know that until now! But it was one of my great reads for this year!

Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

I may not like the edning of this debut novel but I will surely read Nicola Yoon’s sophomore book! 🙂

— AUTHORS I’VE READ FOR THE FIRST TIME —

Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

Indeed one of the best books of this year! 🙂

Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

I just love the melancholic and creepy story told by a unique storyteller.

Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

If you think you’ve read the same story, think again. Liane Moriarty’s original twist and turns will surely surprise you.

Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time

I now understand why Picoult is one of the most-loved authors. 🙂

Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

I am just sooo excited to read Carry On! 😀


That’s it for this week!

I would love to read your Top Ten Debut Authors, too!!!

🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Not Scary but Definitely Creepy Books

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“So what, ghosts can’t hurt you. That’s what I thought then.”  Stephen King, Bag of Bones

I am no fan of ghosts or monster novels that is why I am kinda having some hard time with today’s The Broke and the Bookish‘s Halloween-inspired Top Ten Tuesday.

October 27: Halloween themed freebie

So instead of promising that this list will be full of SCARY novels, which I cannot actually promise, I opted to share to you books that definitely gave me creeps. Here are the Ten Not Scary but Definitely Creepy Books:

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

Death is the storyteller of this book, isn’t it creepy?

2. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

Susie Salmon, a teenage girl raped and murdered, told her gruesome story from heaven.  Yeah, for me it’s creepy.

3. 1st to Die (Women’s Murder Club, #1) by James Patterson

1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)

A serial killer murders who murders newly-wed brides really sounds creepy to me.

4. Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending Jacob

The main plot is actually a bit ordinary but the ending definitely give me creeps.

5. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time

I had a lot of goosebumps when the main twist was told, it’s just… unexpected.

6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

Just like Leaving Time, I was not also ready when I reached the end of this book. It’s just so creepy!

7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

Gone Girl

This novel and its movie are not just creepy. They are insane!!!

8. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None

I never sang “Ten Little Indian Boys” after I read this book.

9. The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

As a sucker of whodunit and muder mysteries, this book indeed gave me a lot of creeps.

10. Rising Sun by Michael Crichton

Rising Sun

As the first full-length novel that I have read, this book introduced me to the world of gross murders and thrilling plot. So yes, this complete my list.


Photo credits: All book covers are from Goodreads.

So that was it!

I hope you agree that these books are creepy enough!

I would love to hear your thoughts!

And to read your list, too!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together

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“A writer’s brain is like a magician’s hat. If you’re going to get anything out of it, you have to put something in it first.” ― Louis L’Amour

It’s Top Ten Tuesday again and this week, The Broke and the Bookish put the spotlight on the people behind the words, the authors!

October 13: Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together

This will take a lot of time but I will try to do it quick! 😀

So here are the duos that I would love to see, hopefully!

1. Kiera Cass + Colleen Hoover = Fairytalish  and suspense/mystery YA

The Selection (The Selection, #1)Never Never (Never Never, #1)

2. Rainbow Rowell + Graeme Simsion = Ultimate book with odd yet lovable characters

Eleanor & ParkThe Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)

3. Anthony Doerr +  Alice Walker = Ultimate historical fiction

All the Light We Cannot SeeThe Color Purple

4. Alice Sebold + Jojo Moyes = Ultimate tearjerker

The Lovely BonesMe Before You (Me Before You, #1)

5. Stephen King + James Patterson = Ultimate sci-fi mystery thriller

11/22/631st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)

6. Jodi Picoult + Liane Moriarty = Ultimate mystery/romance/family novel

Leaving TimeThe Husband's Secret

7. E. Lockhart + Gillian Flynn = Ultimately ‘insane’ story

We Were LiarsGone Girl

8. Paulo Coelho + Markus Zusak = Ultimate inspiring and spiritually deep novel

The AlchemistI Am the Messenger

9. Gayle Forman + Robert Galbraith = Ultimate love and mystery thriller

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)

10.  Mitch Albom + Nicholas Sparks = THE BEST NOVEL EVER! 😀 ❤ (Sorry for fangirling!)

The Five People You Meet in HeavenThe Notebook (The Notebook, #1)


That’s it!

Share your thoughts to me, please! 😀

And your links, too!

🙂

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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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