Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Recommend the Most Often

The Broke and the Bookish is on hiatus, so The Gnoming Librarian came up with today's topic! I recommend books all the time. You might even say that it's my job! (Which it is) But I also recommend books to family members, old school buddies, even random people at the book store. Apparently when you're a librarian, people expect you to know a thing or two about books. The following are the books that I probably recommend the most often. Yes, they're all YA (or teen) titles, but seriously, they're fantastic for any age. So go read one!
Sophronia is a steampunk spy, solving mysteries in fancy gowns and hanging out in the boiler room with handsome sooties!

This book will trick you into loving it. You won't have a choice, and then it will trick you some more. E. Lockhart isn't lying about lying. 

This book made me cry for three chapters. But you still need to read it because it's wonderful. 

Teenage FBI agents make me happy. Probably because I wanted to be one. 

Because the Darkling, that's why. 

This is probably the one I recommend the most actually. Because Maggie is a rockstar.
 Like for real. I met her! :) 

Best book I read in 2016. War, love, sacrifice - an absolutely beautiful debut novel.  

A fun paranormal fantasy with southern charm.

 A bit of a guilty pleasure read for me - but I loved this series. It's very stereotypical YA, but dude Jace is definitely one of my book boyfriends.

A book about suicide that turns into a lesson on hope and being aware of how everything you do affects others. So well done, and it's going to be a Netflix series at the end of March!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed More Than I Thought I Would

It's no secret that I like books. I like lots of books. Sometimes I go into a book with high expectations, and sometimes I go in with low expectations. Here are ten books that exceeded my expectations, and I really enjoyed!  

 1. The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer

 2. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

 3. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

 4. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

5. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

 6. Shutter by Courtney Alameda

7. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 8. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

9. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

10. The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Top Ten Tuesday: YA Couples I Ship

(Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

Happy Valentine's Day! To start off today's post, here are a few important definitions:
"I ship it" = When you believe two people would be good together in a relationship, so therefore you "ship" them.
OTP (One True Pairing) Meaning the your favorite combination of characters in a fictional series

We all have our favorite book couples. Perhaps you love Tris and Four (from Divergent) or Katniss and Peeta (from Hunger Games), or maybe you're a bit of a rebel and ship Harry Potter and Hermione Granger (my OTP). Here are some of my favorite YA couples. What are yours?

 1. Soap and Sophronia (Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger)

 2. Cassie and Dean (The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes)

 3. Alina and the Darkling (Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo)

4. Blue and Gansey (The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater)

 5. Harper and David (Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins)

 6. Elias and Laia (Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir)

 7. Macy and Wes (The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen)

8. Ruby and Liam (The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken)  

9. Eleanor and Park (Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell) 

10. Elliot and Kai (For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund)

11. Amy and Roger (Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Graphic Novels & Manga

(Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) 

Tuesday's topic was graphic novels/manga, and to be honest I haven't read a lot of them, and definitely not enough to create a top ten list. So this past week, I asked Emily the Gnoming Librarian for some recommendations to add a few more to my repertoire, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. It's not that I haven't liked graphic novels in the past. I usually give them three stars because they're just ok. But apparently, I had been reading the wrong ones! 

So here is a list of ten that I really (and I mean REALLY) enjoyed! 

 1. Kitchen Princess by Natsumi Ando
A manga about Najika - a great cook on a mission to find a boy she met as a child. The only clue she has is a silver spoon that leads her to the prestigious Seika Academy.

 2. Fringe by Tom Mandrake
A graphic novel tied to the TV Show (starring Joshua Jackson as Peter aka Pacey Witter *swoon*). 

 3. Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire
Gus is just one of many children with an animal-like mutation that makes him immune to the pandemic that struck a decade ago and is still killing people. Now an orphan who was raised to believe everyone else is evil, Gus must fend for himself until a man saves him from hunters and promises to help him find refuge. I've only read Volume 1, but I'm excited to read the rest!

 4. The Guild by Felicia Day
This graphic novel is a prequel to Felicia Day's popular web series, The Guild, and I loved it! It's quirky and fun!

 5. Batman: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder
After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? This was super creepy, but I couldn't stop reading! 

 6. Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
After Cam's father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday, they fashion it into a man that comes to life, but things spin out of control when a bully steals a scrap of the cardboard to create creatures that disobey his orders and multiply into an army. A sweet and bizarre story about friendship and family.

 7. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  Though recently soldiers from opposite sides of a massive intergalactic war, moth-winged Alana and ram-horned Marko simply want peace and anonymity to raise their newborn daughter away from conflict and hatred. I checked out the rest of the series and can't wait to get home and read them! (Recommended for ages 18+) 

 8. Ms. Marvel by Wilson and Alphona
Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American girl from Jersey City who lives a conservative Muslim lifestyle with her family, suddenly acquires superhuman powers and, despite the pressures of school and home, tries to use her abilities to help her community. It's a fun and important twist on a superhero story! Love these!

 9. The Demon Prince of Momochi House by Aya Shouoto
An adorable manga in which after inheriting an ancestral estate, Himari Momochi is supposed to serve as a the estate's guardian between the human and spiritual world, but when she moves in she finds a handsome young man living there who seems to be also acting as a guardian. Both mysterious and romantic, I plan to finish this series!

10. Jessica Jones: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis
In this dark and gritty series, Jessica Jones has given up on being a super-hero to run Alias Investigations. Deeply flawed and sarcastic, she uses her wit as much as her powers. Marvel Comics fans will enjoy her interactions with other heroes, including Captain Marvel and Ant-Man. It's a mix between classic noir mysteries and a downtrodden, more adult Veronica Mars. I loved every minute of the first volume and will be reading the rest asap!

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