Top Ten: Characters Who Should Get Their Own Book



Characters who deserve a book all to themselves. I could only think of one I really wanted:

1. Severus Snape – Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

It could be argued that The Half-Blood Prince was Snape’s book, but I want a book – no, a series of books – about Snape.



Top Ten: Books I Want to Re-Read



Books I want / need to re-read:

1. What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen

I liked it but I can’t remember any details

2. Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld

I love Scott Westerfeld, but just didn’t get into this book and I’d like to give it another chance

3. Eyes Like Stars – Lisa Mantchev

I want to read the entire Theatre Illuminata trilogy back to back

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

It’s a new classic that so many people love and I just didn’t like it

5. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer – Lish McBride

Really liked it and want to read the sequel

6. Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

I can’t remember anything about it and the sequel is sitting here unread

7. Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge

I read this in bits and pieces for a book club, so I can’t remember it well and I realized I hate book clubs

8. Hourglass – Myra McEntire

Loved it, want to read the sequel with all the details fresh in my mind

Top Ten: Books for the Halloween Spirit



Books to get you into the Halloween spirit:

1. The Archived – Victoria Schwab

Invisible doors that lead to libraries of the dead

2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

A hidden home of children with strange abilities

3. Something Strange and Deadly – Susan Dennard


4. The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson

Ghosts, Jack the Ripper, and possibly the ghost of Jack the Ripper

5. The Diviners – Libba Bray

Plenty of various kinds of creepy, plus a whole museum of it!

6. Midnighters – Scott Westerfeld

Things that go bump in the night, with only 5 people to fight them

7. Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane (not YA)

An eerie abandoned mental hospital on an island, in a storm

8. Soulless – Gail Carriger (not YA)

A woman without a soul, vampires, werewolves, mad scientists, and plenty of comedy

9. Meridian – Amber Kizer

A girl that dead things are attracted to

10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

A girl who collects teeth and has blue hair

Top Ten: New Series I Want to Start



New series that I want to start reading. (My definition of new is 2012ish):

1. Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) – Gail Carriger

2. White Space  (Dark Passages #1) – Ilsa J. Bick

3. Unspoken (Lynburn Legacy #1) – Sarah Rees Brennan

4. The Forsaken (Forsaken #1) – Lisa M. Stasse 

5. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas

6. Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) – Gena Showalter

7. The Memory of After (Memory Chronicles #1) – Lenore Appelhans

8. Panic (Panic #1) – Lauren Oliver

9. Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles #1) – Mary E. Pearson

10. The Wizard’s Promise (Hanna Duology #1) – Cassandra Rose Clarke

Top Ten: Places Books Made Me Want to Visit



Places that books made me want to visit, real or fictional:

1. The Centennial Exhibition of 1876, Philadelphia – 1st World’s Fair in the USA

Something Strange and Deadly – Susan Dennard

(This is the only real place on my list…even though it would require time travel.)

2. Le Cirque des Reves

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

3. Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult

The Diviners – Libba Bray

4. Theatre Illuminata

Eyes Like Stars – Lisa Mantchev

5. Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones

6. Hogwarts (specifically the Room of Requirement)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – JK Rowling

7. Neverland

Tiger Lily – Jodi Lynn Anderson

Peter Pan – JM Barrie


Top Ten: Character Driven Novels



Books that are character driven (according to me at least):

1. How to Love – Katie Cotugno

2. And We Stay – Jenny Hubbard

3. Okay for Now – Gary D. Schmidt

4. There You’ll Find Me – Jenny B. Jones

5. Get Well Soon – Julie Halpern

6. The Big Crunch – Pete Hautman

Top Ten: Books That Were Hard to Read



Books that were hard for me to read (for various reasons):

1. Wither – Lauren DeStefano (my review)


2. Callum & Harper – Fisher Amelie (my review)

Crazy violent stalker plot, instalove, main characters get married but haven’t confessed their feelings for each other

3. City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare (my review)

WHY? Why can’t you just let Clary and Jace be together?

4. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke


5. Ready or Not (All American Girl #2) – Meg Cabot

The entire plot is Sam deciding if she should sleep with her boyfriend