Top Ten Tuesday: Devoured in one sitting

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Today’s theme is a Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.”. I went with books I read in one sitting, or mostly one sitting. I won’t be including graphic novels or any type of cartoon or manga. 

The list goes from most recent read to the least recent. 


Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

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This book straddles the line between middle grade and young adult, so it’s easy to read, plus it’s pretty short (just under 200 pages). That makes it an easy book to read if you have some extra time one day. I really recommend it, it will hit you right in the emotions. 


The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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This is a quick and easy read with both humor and seriousness. I loved the spin on the Chosen One trope and I imagined all the “indie kids” as the cast of The Vampire Diaries.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

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Most of us want to forget this exists, but at least it was quick to read?

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Top Ten Tuesday | Underrated: Books With Less Than 2000 Ratings

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This weekly meme was was created by The Broke and the Bookish. This today’s theme is a “Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads“. A lot of them will probably end up being children’s books and/or Norwegian. 

This list list is in the order of most to least Goodreads ratings. 


Warm Up (Vicious #0.5) by V.E. Schwab

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Ratings as of July 5th 2016: 1,593

This is a short-story in the Vicious universe that you can find online and read in a couple of minutes. Loved it. 


The Wide, Wide Sea (Chaos Walking #2.5) by Patrick Ness

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Another little short-story, this time by Patrick Ness. This hit me right in the emotions. I really recommend reading this if you’ve already read The Ask and the Answer.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Picked Up On A Whim

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This weekly meme was was created by The Broke and the Bookish. This today’s theme is a “Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else)“. 

So obviously, these are books I’ve picked up without knowing anything about them. They’re not recs, just random books I’ve decided to get. I don’t think I have many books like that, because usually I’ve heard a little bit about them somewhere, but let’s try and make a list. 

This list is in no particular order.


The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston

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A NetGalley ARC that I read because the cover drew me in. It’s a pretty decent story but not overly memorable, except the ending.


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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I picked this up and read it back in 2011. The cover and the title intrigued me. The book itself… not so much. It’s a no from me.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Booktubers I Recommend

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This weekly meme was was created by The Broke and the Bookish. This today’s theme is a “Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Twitter/Instagram/Youtube/Snapchat/Facebook — you pick the platform of your choice to talk about all the interesting bookish people to follow!  If you don’t use social media much you can pick your favorite bookish blogs or new blogs you’ve come across to follow.

I chose to go with booktubers, because choosing favorite blogs is really hard for me, you’re all wonderful. I mostly chose booktubers who I feel like I could be friends with if we knew each other in real life, it’s important that I like a youtuber’s personality as well as their content. 

These are in no typical order.


Regan (PeruseProject)


Regan is one of the first booktubers I subscribed to. I love her videos and her energy, she’s very easy to watch and has made me add several books to my tbr because of her ability to convince me a book is awesome. 


Sara (SarawithoutanH)

Sara is honestly so funny. So. funny. That’s the reason I just had to follow her after watching her unpopular opinions video (I watched it twice in a row, oops.)


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Top Ten Tuesday | Five Star Reads

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This weekly meme was was created by The Broke and the Bookish. This today’s theme is a “10 of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads“. 

From most recent to least recent. I’m not including rereads (which would be Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in this case). I have a lot of 4 and 4.5 star books, but I decided to only post the 5 star ones, even though I talk about most of them all the time. Whatever. 


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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I finished this book just last week and I enjoyed it a lot. So incredibly geeky. I want to try a virtual reality like the OASIS.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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I need to stop mentioning this book in every TTT topic. But it just fits everywhere, I can’t help it, I love it. I recently ordered the last two books in the trilogy so I’m looking forward to reading them.

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Top Ten Tuesday | “Spring” TBR

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This weekly meme was was created by The Broke and the Bookish. This today’s theme is a “Ten books on my spring TBR“. 

I don’t really have a spring TBR. And where I live it’s still pretty much the middle of winter, so I don’t even have spring on my mind. But here are some books I want to get to next.


Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

beauty queens libba brayThis just seems like so much fun. Beauty contestants stranded on an island? Sounds like the reality show Robinson, you might have a version of it in your country too. And how amazing is this cover? I want it framed. .


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

illuminaeWho’s not talking about Illuminae lately? It’s everywhere, the hype is real. I read the first few pages and it seems promising.


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

dangerous girls abigail haasI’m really into books and TV shows about dangerous killer teens (think Pretty Little Liars and How to Get Away With Murder). Accidental murder or not. I just finished reading The Basic Eight, a book about a teenage girl who murdered her crush on Halloween, and now I want to get to this next because I actually had this on my tbr first.


The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

the strange and beautiful sorrows of ava lavenderThis is another one that’s been on my tbr for quite some time. I’ll get to this fairly soon, I think.


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

crown of midnightIt’s no secret that me and Throne of Glass didn’t really get along, just read my review. But everyone and their mother claims it gets better from there, so I’m going to try. Cross your fingers for me because I bought the next two books (there was a sale, okay????).


Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

days of blood and starlightI loved the first book in this series so damn much [review]. I need to order this online because I can’t find it anywhere else grrr. Can’t wait to see what happens. God damn you, Akiva.


The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

prisoner of azkaban original coverFull series re-read! I’m so excited. I don’t think I’ve ever actually re-read the entire series before, like in order. I’ve read all the books several times individually, but never gone through 1-7 in order. But I’m doing that now 😀 I just finished Chamber of Secrets today and I’m super excited to pick up PoA because it’s been so long since I read that one. 


What are you reading next? Have you read any of the books on my TBR?

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For Something Different

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This weekly meme was was created by The Broke and the Bookish. This today’s theme is a “Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For X“. 

I chose to go with “books to read if you’re in the mood for something different,” which is a pretty loose topic and obviously dependent on what you’ve read already. What’s different to me might not be different to you if you read a lot in that genre. Whatever, let’s roll. 


Daughter of Smoke and Bone

8490112Obviously I’m including my recent favorite. This is a fantasy novel about Karou, a girl who lives half in Prague and half in “Elsewhere” with her Chimaera friends/family. It’s also a romance, which might turn some of you off but the romance is so intriguing, I’m flailing all over myself just thinking about it. It’s such an unique take on YA fantasy and the writing is stunning. Read it. [review]

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Vicious

13638125Another favorite. If you haven’t heard about it yet, it’s a story about “supervillains” trying to kill each other. Victor and Eli used to be best friends in college, but then they found out how to get superpowers and all went to hell. I want to build a shrine to this book, it’s phenomenal. It’s so well written and all the characters are great. I don’t re-read books unless the title has “Harry Potter and the” in it, but I’m making an exception for this one when the sequel comes out. [review]

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More Than This

17262303Oh, Patrick Ness. I love this book, it was a complete page-turner for me. Some think the beginning is slow, but I thought the beginning was the best part. It’s best to go into this book completely blind, but it starts with the main character dying… and then waking up, somewhere completely different. This book is a mindfuck in the best of ways. [revew]

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The Knife of Never Letting Go

8505011Another Patrick Ness book, because why not. This is a dystopian trilogy about New World,  a planet where everyone can hear each other’s thoughts (including animals, though they don’t have a lot of interesting stuff to say, it’s mostly just hilarious). What sets this apart the most is probably the writing style, because it’s written the way people talk, so in dialect. It might be hard to get into for some, but it’s worth it. If you think reading it is too annoying then I really recommend the audiobook. I listened to the audiobook of the first novel and then read the second. It was great. [review of book one] [review of book two]

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Horrorstör

13129925This is where it gets weird. This is a bizarre little book. It’s a horror story set in a knock-off IKEA called Orsk. The employees start to suspect someone’s hiding in the store at night, so they decide to stay the night and investigate. Always a good idea… The writing in this book might not be the best, and the characters are pretty simple, but I thought it was fun and actually pretty creepy at times. The cover looks like an IKEA catalog and inside there are furniture designs (or whatever they’re called) with bizarre and ridiculous names (at times Swedish or pseudo-Swedish, so extra hilarious for us Scandinavians). I was entertained. [review]

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Cloud Atlas

13642707I used the movie cover because it illustrates the different genres in this book pretty well. This was an assigned read for me, I never would have picked it up if it wasn’t for that. And to be honest I probably wouldn’t have gotten through the first chapter if I didn’t have to read it. This is a book that consists of six novellas, all in a different genre and a different time period. Yet somehow, they’re connected. It’s weird, sometimes hard to read (but sometimes really simple, it depends on which story you’re on), and very clever. It makes you go BUT WHICH STORY IS THE REAL ONE OH MY GOD. In the end I really enjoyed it.

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House of Leaves


337907This book is in a league of its own. I read it five years ago or so and it’s still one of my favorite books. It’s amazing and it’s so complex, you need to really commit to reading this. At times it reads like a textbook, at times it reads like a horror novel that makes the back of your neck prickle. I can’t really explain this book, I keep trying but I think it needs its own post. Basically it’s a story within a story, with annotations and notes where you’ll have to flip back and forth. First off, it’s about a house that’s larger on the outside than inside, naturally the family that lives there are confused. The investigation begins in a series of films called The Navidson Records. Now a blind man named Zampano is investigating these records, but dies and leaves behind him all his scattered notes. With me so far? Okay. His unfinished work then ends up in the hands Johnny Truant, who becomes obsessed with Zampano’s work and attempts to complete it, but his mental state is… questionable. Additionally there are anonymous editors and everything is a glorious mess.

Do not read this as an ebook. Just don’t. You need a physical copy, one you can turn around and flip back and forth in easily. You’ll need to turn it in all kinds of directions, you’ll also need a mirror, possibly a magnifying glass, and pen and paper because you’ll be deciphering some real creepy stuff. 

I’ve also read Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov, which I believe was one of the inspirations for House of Leaves.

I’ve heard it changes every time you read it, depending on what order you read what in, so I’m also planning on re-reading it soon. 

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Have you read any of these? Do you know of any similar books, especially ones written in a different format, like House of Leaves? I call this format porn, alternatively layout porn. I have Illuminae and Night Film on my tbr, though the latter isn’t that out there but it has some quirks I like.

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