Happy Tuesday, my dear bookish people! The theme for today’s Top Ten Tuesday (Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book. So I’ll be hitting you with my top ten book synopsis trigger words/phrases. Basically the words in a synopsis that’ll make me put a book into my cart IMMEDIATELY.
Grumpy – Does your book have a grumpy side kick and/or main character? Or even a grumpy pet cat? Then I’m buying it.
Assassin – If there are people being paid to kill other people, particularly in a fantasy setting, then I am happy.
Magical school/training – I blame Hogwarts for my love of magic schools.
Betrayal – Especially if it’s touted as heartbreaking betrayal.
Rag tag crew – Or crew of misfits. Or crew thrown together that hates each other. Well, it is usually better written than that in a book synopsis, but you get the point.
Hate to love – GIMMIE ALL THE ENEMIES TO LOVERS PLEASE AND THANK YOU.
“Who can they trust?” – I don’t know, but I sure as heck want to find out.
Supernatural threat – The Buffy and Supernatural fan girl can’t walk away from books with this.
Revenge – Hello, my name is Kibby Montoya. Someone killed your father. And I want to read about it.
Tragic – What can I say? I like when a book makes me ugly cry.
What words or phrases make you want to buy a book?
Happy Tuesday, y’all! Today is Tuesday and that means a Top Ten Tuesday post (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl). It’s going to be a quick post today because I didn’t get to pre-write this last night and I’m am frantically typing this up on my laptop during my work break.
So, this week’s topic was an audio freebie and I have decided to give you the list of audiobook rereads I’m looking forward to this year. I mostly do rereads via audiobook because then my rereads don’t cut into my regular reading time.
A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
Mistborn Era 2 by Brandon Sanderson (these books are some of the few I’ve only ever read via audio. Michael Kramer is a master narrator and you should 100% check out the Mistborn series, audio or physical book. Just. Read. Mistborn.)
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Nevernight and Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
Harry Potter by JK Rowling (it’s been 2+ years since I last reread this series and that makes me sad)
A Song of Fire and Ice by George RR Martin
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Mass (the narrator for this book is perfection)
The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (because it’s been a while since I ugly cried)
The Illumine Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (because it is the greatest audiobook OF ALL TIME!)
Happy Tuesday, my bookish peoples! This week for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, the topic is characters I’d like to switch places with. Considering, as I write this on Monday night, I am bone tired from a crappy day at work and my back is absolutely killing me, I’d really trade places with any fictional characters right now.
So, in no particular order, here are the characters I’d willing trade places with…
Arwen (Lord of the Rings) – I mean…this should be obvious. Homegirl is ethereally pretty and has the best man in all of Middle Earth. That’s the dream.
Delilah Bard (A Darker Shade of Magic) – I have a chronic issue of overthinking and caring too damn much, which I really wish I could get rid of sometimes. Lilah does NOT have this issue and I definitely wouldn’t mind some adventures with Kell.
Nina Zenik (Six of Crows) – Waffles and Matthias. Enough said.
Esta (The Last Magician) – Snarky time traveler? Yeah, I could settle into that role.
Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows) – Sometimes I just want to drop it all and become a criminal mastermind.
Magnus Bane (Shadowhunter books) – Yes, hi, I would like to be a wonderfully, wickedly awesome high warlock. I would mostly use my magic for good. Mostly.
Kady Grant (The Illuminae Files) – Okay, I could definitely do without the intensely traumatic space adventure she went on, but I’ve always wanted super awesome computer hacker skills. And I look really good with pink hair.
Steris Harms (Mistborn Era 2) – Steris really is straight up about her personality in a way that I admire and wish I could achieve. Also, she gets to hang out with Wax and Wayne, so…
Margaret Hale (North & South) – This stictly boils down to to her fortune and the fact that she gets Mr. Thornton. Sorry, sometimes I just want a crap ton of money and a grumpy man to love me ¯_(ツ)_/¯
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) – Do I even need to explain this one?
If you got to drop into a character’s shoes, who would you choose?
I have been told that it is Friday and honestly I’m not sure I believe it. For reasons unknown to me, I have been totally off with my days all week. I was convinced that yesterday was Friday and Monday was Wednesday and I’m just confused at this point. I suspect the nargles are behind.
But since it is Friday, we get FRIDAY FAVORITES! This week’s topic was the one I had so many issues with my wording on. But you know those books that have been on your TBR for aaaaaaaaaaaaages and you know you’ll love them but you just don’t find yourself reading them? I call them my favorite TBR books.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer I KNOW! The fact that I haven’t yet read this series is shocking to numerous of my bookish friends. For the longest time I refused to pick the book up because the cover just seemed a little cheesy to me (I am insufferable cover snob sometimes and it is stupid of me). But during my time on bookstagram I have been told that I am daft and I need to pick up this fun, easy read. I wont lie, I keep hearing about this Thorne character and I am quite intrigued.
The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima I have owned the first book in this series since at least September 22, 2012 (Thanks Facebook Memories). DAMN NEAR 7 YEARS and I haven’t so much as opened the book. This is not a widely known series but the few that I know who have read it, RAVE about it. Because I am who I am…I’ve bought the rest of the books in the series. And…the books for the 2nd series in this world. AND I STILL HAVEN’T READ THEM. I have problems, y’all. But I have been told I’ll love the series *fingers crossed*
Rivers of London Series by Ben Aaronovitch I cannot even begin to describe how much I want to read these books. But have I? NOPE. Which makes zero sense because the blurb on the front of this book says “What would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz”. Like…YES, PLEASE! I have a deep appreciation for cop procedural TV series (my most recent favorite is The Rookie with Nathan Fillion!), so I know this book will be well loved by me considering it has magic too. I’m sure once I start this series I’ll be singing my usual tune of “OMG WHY DIDN’T I START THIS SOONER?!?”
Keiko Series by Mike Brooks Everything about this series screams “READ ME NOW, KIBBY! DO THE THING!” Readers, I have not done the thing. It has smugglers, a ship captain with the name Ichabod Drift, secret pasts, con artists, and Old Earth. What’s not to love about all that?? This is another series that I bought all the books to before even reading one word. I have a tendency to do this because I lack SELF CONTROL and probably a huge emotional void that I try to fill with pretty books I can post on bookstagram. At the end of the day, this series sounds like it could easily crash land its way straight to my heart…if only I’d actually read it.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater Apparently, the trees speak Latin. I want to know how this is possible. Hell, I want to know what this book is about. Because it sounds all whimsical and dark and fun. I’ve never read a book by Stiefvater and I am quite looking forward to it. Many people on bookstagram have yelled at me to read this series and I’m thinking this might be the year. Granted…I said that last year.
So what books have you had on your TBR for ages that you know you’ll love?
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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is all about fictional places we’d like to visit. I don’t know about you, but there are some places I definitely would not want to visit (Panem and Westeros come to mind). However, on the flipside, there are a TON of places I’d love to visit.
MY ALL TIME NUMBER ONE FICTIONAL LAND TO VISIT: THE SHIRE!
Hi, my name is Kibby and I want to be a hobbit. Everything about The Shire makes me happy. The green AF grass, the hobbit holes, just everything. When I dream of a place to hang my hat for the rest of my life, Hobbiton is what immediately comes to mind. I have intentions to open up a Second Breakfast pub/restaurant. If that goes well, I’ll be opening up a little bookstore/coffee house too. *sigh* If only…
Alright, everything else is in no particular order because nothing trumps The Shire to me.
Hogwarts (I mean, duh!)
Pemberly (gotta get me a rich English brooding man)
Tortall (I wanna fight with Lady Knights and find a snarky pirate man to make my own)
Terrasen (I want to find Chaol, to slap him and Aedion, to party with)
The Londons of A Darker Shade of Magic (I want to do like a pub crawl of all the Londons)
Ketterdam (just to walk down the streets and hopefully run into Kaz)
Elendel (I want to join the crew of Wax and Wayne!)
The world in The Confectioner’s Guild (Okay, I can’t remember the name and I’m not near by books right now so I can’t look it up. But y’all, MAGICAL BAKED GOODS!)
The lands of Fae, from basically any book. Yes, I know. Fae are not exactly nice and some seriously bad stuff could happen. But also, I want fairy wine at least once in my life.
Well look at that…it’s FRIDAY! And what a glorious Friday it is! (Again, I’m pre-writing this post so I’m trying to send good future vibes to the universe) This week is another of my favorite topics: Book Boyfriend/Girlfriends!
I like to joke that I have a collection of book boyfriends. The problem is, I can’t narrow it down to just one. There are so many good characters to choose from and I am terrible at deciding.
Kell Maresh (Shades of Magic by VE Schwab) – Be still my grumpy man loving heart! From the moment Kell and his scowl walked across the page and into my life, I have been in love. The man has magic, auburn hair, and best of all: DOESN’T LIKE TO SOCIALIZE! I’m planning to do an audio reread of the Shades of Magic books and I cannot wait to adventure with Kell again!
Remus Lupin (Harry Potter series by JK Rowling) – Often overlooked for the brooding bad boy that is Sirius Black (don’t worry, he shows up later), Remus Lupin is probably one of the best book boyfriends out there. Yes, he has to lock himself away because he turns into a wolf once a month, but hey, that probably means he is good with restraints. *cough* moving on…Remus is level headed (when not wolfy), smart, a wee bit snarky, and loyal AF. All things I like in my fictional men. Also, this chick digs scars! OH! And he is constantly handing out chocolate. This is a habit I support!
Jeremy Danvers (Bitten by Kelley Armstrong) – I think I might have a thing for werewolves…but I accept this about myself and move on. I read Bitten aaaaaaaaaages ago and loved it. I think quite a few people swoon for Clayton when reading that book (and I do not blame them), but Jeremy always was the one I had my eye on. He has this air of complete control, but you can sense the animalistic side of him too. And I am here for that (I need you to imagine me doing a sassy hand clap in between the last three words of that sentence because that’s what is happening in my head as I type this). Though his TV counterpart looks nothing like he is described in the book, I can still appreciate this interpretation considering that scruff is on point *swoons*
Sirius Black (Harry Potter by JK Rowling) – Ah, my ultimate book bae. Seriously, this post has confirmed to me that I have a thing for male characters who turn into wolfish creatures. But Sirius just draws me in with that tragic backstory and devil may care smile. I still hold strong to the fact that if I ever won an obscenely large lotto jackpot that I would 100% finance a young Marauders movie because Y’ALL I NEED YOUNG SIRIUS!
Honorable Mentions (because if I wrote paragraphs for each of these, we’d be here for a while):
Dara from The Daevabad Trilogy
Jest from Heartless
Harte Darrigan from The Last Magician
Julian from The Forbidden Game Trilogy
Elend Venture from Mistborn
Numair from The Immortals quartet
Wax and Wayne from Mistborn Era 2
Lucas Hale from The Confectioner’s Guild
Who are some of your book boyfriend/girlfriends??
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Confession time: I am so tired and this is going to be a short post. Work has been kicking my ass and I’ve been having to pull myself out from under the buses people keep throwing me at.
I am locked in my never ending battle with InLinkz, so remember to drop the link to your Friday Favorites post in the comments so I can get it on my link list at the bottom of this post! I swear y’all, I’ll get a better system at some point in the future!
So, now lets get to the good stuff…the loooooooooooove! Oh also, there are spoilers for: North and South, Six of Crows, and Doctor Who.
Mr. Thornton to Margaret Hale (North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell) – “Oh, my Margaret—my Margaret! No one can tell what you are to me! Dead—cold as you lie there, you are the only woman I ever loved!” Luckily Margaret isn’t ACTUALLY dead, merely knocked unconscious by thrown rock from a mob. But the whole scene of Margaret shielding Mr. Thornton from the crowd, then Mr. Thornton carrying her inside to safety, AND THEN the confession that he utters though she cannot hear it. *sigh* Maybe it’s because I will always see Mr. Thornton as Richard Armitage (Thank you BBC!), but I’ve always been a fan of Mr. Thornton.
Kaz to Inej…sort of… (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo) – “Stay”, he said, his voice rough stone. “Stay in Ketterdam. Stay with me.” Okay, I mean, for Kaz, this is as good as saying “I love you.” Also, “I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.” I cannot even with Kaz. That boy *sigh*
Rose and The Doctor – YES I KNOW IT’S NOT A BOOK MOMENT BUT I COULDN’T NOT PUT THIS HERE. Okay, if you’ve seen Doctor Who season 2 then you know what’s about to happen. I’M ABOUT TO BRING THE PAIN! The Doctor and Rose had been heartlessly separated by cruel TV show writers. Rose is drawn to Dårlig Ulv-Stranden, which according to Rose is Bad Wolf Bay, though I doubt the translation is that perfect. There the Doctor appears and drops this heartbreaking and very on point Doctor quote “I’m burning up a sun just to say good bye.”
And then it happens…
Rose Tyler: I love you. The Doctor: Quite right too. And I suppose… if it’s my last chance to say it…
The Doctor: Rose Tyler… *fades away AND BREAKS EVERYONE’S HEART*
OMG NOW I’M CRYING WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?!? (is it wrong that I want to rewatch these episodes now? Yes, probably.)
Okay y’all, that’s it for me. Cheers to Friday and for it being a MUCH BETTER day than Thursday was *glares in the general direction of Thursday*
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