Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Color Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is books with your favorite color feature on the cover (or in the title). I never really like the color pink growing up, but now it’s definitely one of my favorite colors! I didn’t realize how many things I had that were pink/rose gold until someone at worked pointed at that all my stuff matched.

Pink Covers


ALEX & ELIZA by Melissa de la Cruz | ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins | LADY HELEN AND THE DARK DAYS CLUB by Alison Goodman | NEVER HAVE I EVER by Katie Heaney | THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot | REBEL BELLE by Rachel Hawkins | REIGN OF THE FALLEN by Sarah Glenn Marsh | ROSEMARKED by Livia Blackburne | SOMETHING BORROWED by Emily Giffin | THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Words in YA Fantasy Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s theme was frequently used words in titles of a genre of choice. Let me tell you, when I saw the theme I knew exactly what I was going to do! There are so many titles in Young Adult Fantasy that sound very similar, the same few words seem to be used over and over again. Here are some the words I find are most frequently in YA Fantasy titles!

Examples: The Queen’s Rising, The Star-Touched Queen, Red Queen, The Hundredth Queen, The Queen and the Curse

Examples: Ice Like Fire, Trial by Fire, Girls of Paper and Fire, Heir of Fire, Spindle Fire

Examples: One Dark Throne, Gathering Darkness, Our Dark Duet, The Beauty of Darkness, The Queen of Air and Darkness

Examples: Isle of Blood and Stone, Days of Blood and Starlight, Blood Passage, Silver in the Blood, Frostblood

Examples: Crooked Kingdom, Kingdom of Ash and Briar, Falling Kingdoms, To Kill a Kingdom, The Bridge Kingdom

Examples: Shadow and Bone, The Shadow Queen, Lord of Shadows, From the Earth to the Shadows, Queen of Shadows

Examples: Children of Blood and Bone, Ink and Bone, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Ivory and Bone, City of Bones

Example: A Crown of Wishes, Crown of Midnight, The Crimson Crown, The Crown’s Game, Three Dark Crowns

Example: An Ember in the Ashes, Ash Princess, Snow Like Ashes, Ash & Bramble, Kingdom of Ash

10. SONG
Example: The Song Rising, Song of Blood & Stone, Song of the Current, This Savage Song, Wintersong

It’s funny how many of the titles I used as examples could have been used more than once! Which words have you noticed are used frequently in Young Adult Fantasy titles? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I collect quotes like I collect books so I was super excited when I saw this week’s theme! I won’t lie, it was no easy feat narrowing it down to a list of ten but after changing my mind numerous times, here are my favorite book quotes!

1. “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

2. “But if men are the makers and breakers of empires, then women are the makers and breakers of men.” Kate Quinn, Lady of the Eternal City

3. “When the snow falls and the white wind blows, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

4. “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long. I was in the middle before I knew I began.” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

5. “The moment our lips met, I knew with pure and piercing certainty that I would have waited for him forever.” Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

6. “I gripped her, drowning, and I loved her more than anything on this wide green earth.” Kate Quinn, Empress of the Seven Hills

7. “I have loved you every moment of every day, and I will love you until I cease to be.” Amy Harmon, The Bird and the Sword

8. “Theirs wasn’t the only love story ended by the gods, but it was the only one that ended the gods.” Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

9. “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo

10. “If I cannot move heaven, I will raise hell.” Virgil, The Aeneid


Top Ten Tuesday: 2018 Debuts

Merry Christmas everyone! I was at work, but I hope you all had a wonderful day with family and friends. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was books we’re most looking forward to next year. I decided to narrow it down a bit and focus on Young Adult 2018 releases that are debuts. I’m so excited for these books to come out and I can’t wait to read them!

2018 YA Debuts

EVERLESS by Sara Holland (January 2) | BENEATH THE HAUNTING SEA by Joanna Ruth Meyer (January 9) | MARKSWOMAN by Rati Mehrotra (January 23) | THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert (January 30) | YOUR ONE & ONLY by Adrianne Finlay (February 6) | THE QUEEN’S RISING by Rebecca Ross (February 6) | TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo (March 6) | ASH PRINCESS by Laura Sebastian (April 24) | SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young (April 24) | A COURT OF MIRACLES by Kester Grant (2018)

Comment and tell me what you’re looking forward to reading in 2018! Are any on my list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The theme for this week is favorite books that we’ve read this year. This list was both easy and difficult to come with. Easy because I read some really great books this past year, and difficult because I had to cut a few from the final list. 

2017 Favorites

1. CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and thankfully it also finished as one of my favorites. The fact that Caraval is Stephanie Garber’s debut novel is astounding: her writing was so phenomenal and this book was so well-crafted and and breathtaking that it reads like it was written by a seasoned author. I cannot wait for the sequel. [review]

2. A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Choski
A Crown of Wishes managed to make it on a whole bunch of other lists throughout the year, so it should come to no surprise to find it on this list as well! Everything about this book was wonderful, starting with the stunning cover and including a couple of amazing characters. [review]

As soon as I finished reading The Bird and the Sword, I knew I had found my new favorite book. I could read this a hundred times and love it more each time. [review]

4. STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor
It’s no secret that Laini Taylor is an immensely talented author whose writings contain a lyrical, magical quality that makes it difficult to put down. Strange the Dreamer was no different. The story is vivid and creative and the characters were diverse and interesting. It also contains of the most tragic, heartbreaking love stories I have ever read-and they were only side characters. I’m looking forward to returning to this world when the sequel comes out. [review]

5. FROM ASH AND SAND by Amy Harmon
Historical Fiction is a favorite genre of mine, and From Ash and Sand quickly became a favorite. The story between Eva and Angelo was heart-wrenching and Amy Harmon’s weaves a portrayal of WWII that is so realistic I could feel the terror and pain along with the characters. [review]

The Queen and the Cure is the companion book/sequel to The Bird and the Sword and it was just as amazing. The story this book centered around was both wonderful and heartbreaking. [review]

7. THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn
Kate Quinn is one of my favorite authors and when I found out she would be writing a new book set in WWII, a favorite sub-genre of mine, I was beyond excited. The Alice Network was everything I had hoped for and more. [review]

8. THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS by Sarah MacLean
From the first time I read The Rogue Not Taken, I wanted to know more about Serafina and Haven. The mere fact that Sarah MacLean was able to make me not only forgive, but also fall head-over-heels in love with the “villain” of a previous book, especially since we all knew what he had done, is nothing short of a miracle. A thousand kudos. 

I requested this book through NetGalley on a whim and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This book is so good and needs more exposure! It has everything I could ever want in a fantasy book and is written so well. I’m excited for whatever the author has in store for us next in this series and I’m hoping it gains some well-deserved popularity! [review]

10. AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret Rogerson
Why can’t all Young Adult fantasy books (especially those featuring fae) be like this? An Enchantment of Ravens was such a captivating read and has everything that is so addicting about certain other books-a Fae prince, the courts, the magic, BUT written without all the problematic issues. There was a smart, caring heroine whom I genuinely liked, a consensual relationship that developed slowly into deeper feelings, and a love interest who was swoon-worthy AND respectful. I highly recommend this to anyone!