Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give Me the Fall Feels

Happy Top Ten Tuesday bookworms! This week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is books that make you think of Fall (cuz it’s the best season ever).  My list is made up of a combination of books I have read and books on my TBR list.  I clearly have a thing for witches…

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Petty Magic by Camille DeAngelis, Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

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The Emperor’s New Clothes Tag

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The fabulous Organgutan Librarian tagged me in her new Emperor’s New Clothes Tag, and I am excited to share my answers!  Here we go!

“Your majesty, this is a magic suit!”– An over-hyped book that promised to be *something more*:

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I was so excited about this book, and I was very underwhelmed.  I still plan on continuing the series, but it keeps getting pushed farther down the TBR list. You can see my full review here.

“Somebody send for the queen!”– A love interest that wasn’t called for:

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Quinn from The Sookie Stackhouse novels was pretty insignificant.  I liked him, but meh.  He was cut out of the Trueblood TV show for a reason.

“The doublet is a lovely shade of green”– A book that seduced you with its cover (that you ended up disliking):

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Witches in France?! Count me in! Unfortunately, the story inside this beautiful cover did not live up to expectations

“Summon the court to convene”– A book where you were swayed by public opinion:

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I read this book because everyone was talking and raving about it.  I thought it was pretty good, didn’t die for it, but I jumped on the band wagon anyway.  The second book though, made me obsessed.

“Look at the king! Look at the king, the king, the king!”– A stark raving mad book that just boggles the mind:

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This book was crazy.  There was hardly any forward moving plot that made sense.  So boring.

“It’s altogether the very least the king has ever worn”– A tropey get-up you’ve seen before that probably needs redressing (AKA a trope you’re bored with seeing):

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Enough said.

“Summon the court physician! Call an intermission!”– A book that needs medical attention (AKA a rewrite):

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I LOVED the first two books in this trilogy, and I loved this one until the end.  WHO ENDS A TRILOGY LIKE THIS!? WHY!?

“It’s altogether the very least the king has ever worn”– There’s no hiding this one: A book that is just nakedly bad:

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So bad.  How I got through this book I will never know.

 

I tag Three Cats and a Girl, Darque Dreamer, and coffeelovingbookoholic!

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Book Boyfriends

When I saw this week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish, I was giddy with excitement.  I have many book boyfriends, but there are some that have stood the test of time.  Here are my Top Ten Book Boyfriends:

  1. Jamie Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  2. Eric Northman from The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris

  3. Rhys from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

  4. Fred/George Weasley from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

  5. Cooper Cartwright from The Heather Wells Series by Meg Cabot

  6. Jondalar from The Earth’s Children Series by Jean M. Auel

  7. Aragorn from The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

  8. Sebastian Brooke from No Angel by Penny Vincenzi

  9. Kostos from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

  10. Walter von Ulrich from Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

 

Happy Top Ten Tuesday ❤

Monthly Wrap-Ups

September 2017 Wrap-Up

It’s finally fall! I have had a slow reading month this September, because I have been busy performing in A Chorus Line in Colorado! Although I’ll be sad to say goodbye to this beautiful show, I am ready to get back to NYC and kick my reading into gear again!

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Books Read:

Books Acquired:

Currently Reading:

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Broadway Book Chat: Anthony Chan from The King and I

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September Reviews:

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Bubblegum ARC by Sari Taurez

September Posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Were A Chore To Get Through

Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback to My Favorite YA Series

The Mystery Blogger Award

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Feature Sisters

 

Broadway Book Chat

Broadway Book Chat: Anthony Chan

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As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family.  There is something special about theatre and it’s ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other.  I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature.  Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and castmates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!

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Anthony Chan

Currently playing Prince Chulalongkorn on the National Tour of The King and I

www.chan-anthony.com

instagram/twitter: @chanttt

What are you currently reading?

I just finished All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (for the second time, hehe).  There is something about WWII that fascinates me, and this book really hit it out of the park me– the way the book progresses, the dynamics in which the characters are written, and how much detail is put into each short chapter that switches between the story of the boy and the story of the girl.

What is your favorite book series?

Harry Potter. Next question, please! Haha. Seriously though- I remember getting the books when I was a teenager and finishing them the minute I got home.  I couldn’t put those books down!

Who is your favorite author?

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Kurt Vonnegut! I remember reading Cat’s Cradle for one of my summer reading books for Honor’s English class in high school, and his weird way of story telling got me hooked.

What book inspires you and why?

This may be a weird answer, but You’re A Badass by Jen Sincero.  That was the first book I read in 2017, and it truly did direct me in a path for the coming year.  It’s a self-help book, indeed, but it inspired me to take 2017 into my own hands and get it DONE.

Which literary character would you like to play?

Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye.  He’s such a complex character and goes through so many of the same things that most teenagers go through.  He’s also a badass.

What book would you like to see turned into a movie/musical/play?

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan! They’re already in production for the movie, and I cannot wait to see the drama unfold on the big screen! And the fact that the movie cast Asian actors to portray roles written for Asians!

What book is next on your reading list?

Next up is a book that the incomparable Laura Michelle Kelly, our leading lady Anna Leonowens, bought for me– Identity: Discover Who You Are and Live a Life of Purpose by T.D. Jakes.  But after that, I want to read The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly.  I’m not a big fan of romance novels, but my Big really liked it, so I thought I would give it a whirl haha.

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Catch Anthony and the rest of the cast of The King and I on tour around the US!

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I feature a new performer every month! I would love some suggestions for questions, or things you would like to know! Leave them in the comments and I will add them for future interviews! A huge thank you to my love Anthony Chan for sharing with us! ❤

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Feature Sisters

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s prompt from The Broke and the Bookish was “Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________.”  After spending some much-needed time with my sister this weekend, I was inspired to do a list of books that feature sisters and the complex relationships they share.

True Colors by Kristin Hannah, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Fifth Avenue Artist’s Society by Joy Callaway, Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz, Sorority Sisters by Claudia Welch, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, The Pretty One by Cheryl Klam, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

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My sisters ❤

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❤ Chi Omega Yours Forever ❤

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books on My Fall TBR List

I love Fall.  I don’t care how basic it is, but I love me a jean jacket, a pumpkin spice latte, and a good pair of boots.  I also love cuddling under a cozy blanket and reading a new book.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from The Broke and the Bookish celebrates our Fall To Be Read Lists! Here are 10 books I am looking forward to reading this fall!

33571713A Column of Fire by Ken Follett: I have been waiting FOREVER for this book to come out! Ken Follett is my favorite, and his Kingsbridge series are my favorite books of all time.  I am currently reading this one, and loving it.

 

29923707One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake: I can’t wait any longer for this book.  I am dying to find out what is going to happen!! The suspense is killing me!

 

 

25740412The Black Witch by Laurie Forest: This book has a lot of controversy.  It sounds like something I would love, and I’m excited wait to see what all the fuss is about.

 

 

cover118067-mediumSparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous: I requested this book on Netgalley, and have been waiting for the right time to read it.  It sounds kind of spooky, which is perfect for fall.

 

 

cover117283-mediumThe Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin: I love the Roaring 20’s, especially after having lived in them on stage for 2 years, and this Netgalley book caught my eye immediately.

 

 

cover115302-mediumThe Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert: This book sounds so interesting, and after reading the first few pages, I think I’m going to like it.  Another book with a perfect fall vibe.

 

 

1278752The House at Riverton by Kate Morton: I fell in love with Kate Morton after I read The Forgotten Garden.  I bought this book a while ago, and have been staring at it on my shelf.  With Morton’s gothic undertones, it sounds like a perfect cold fall snuggle day book.

 

32283133I love Dan Brown.  I have read all of his books, and I can’t wait for this one to come out on October 3rd!  They are always such fun and exciting reads, and I love Robert Langdon!

 

 

16034235Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: After becoming obsessed with A Court of Thorns and Roses, I figured I HAD to start this series.  Plus I have heard a million great things.

 

Book Reviews

Bubblegum ARC Review

*I received an ARC copy in return for an honest review! Thank you Sari Taurez! Expected Publication 10/9/17*

35615310Goodreads Summary: Tiana is your typical pampered young blonde with a love for expensive shoes, hot guys, and murder.

After Tiana is cut off from her family’s riches, she takes advantage of her talents and becomes a killer for hire. It’s a lucrative business in her country, where a call to the police can amount to a lifetime of debt.

Her first client: Julia, a lower-class IT genius, lesbian, and devout Catholic. When the orphanage Julia volunteers at is targeted by the infamous brothel-owner Bobby Nails, Tiana is excited to take the job. But when she discovers Bobby Nails has a full army of mercenaries at his disposal, Tiana wonders if she may be in over her head.

Tiana and Julia face an unexpected adventure as they seek vengeance against the elusive Nails. Along the way they are joined by Ruby, a pyromaniac ex-prostitute who catches Julia’s eye, and William, a mysterious acrobatic fugitive searching for his daughter.

In the end, will they be enough to stop Nails and the chaos he has created?

My Thoughts: When Sari Taurez contacted me about reviewing her new book, Bubblegum, I was immediately attracted to the cover and the synopsis. It sounded very refreshing, unique, and full of girl power.  I knew from the prologue that I was gonna be in for an interesting journey, and I was not wrong.  This book moves fast.  The plot is action-packed and exciting, and for such a quick read, a lot happens.  There were so many great action sequences, that I found the transitions a little lacking, and would have liked  more development between each major event.  The plot line was unique and fun to follow.  It definitely has a heightened comic book vibe, and I think it would be fantastic on screen.  It has a few twists that I really enjoyed (even if I did see them coming).  Our protagonist, Tiana, is a feisty, selfish, impulsive, and sarcastic anti-hero, and I liked her.  I rooted for her throughout the entire book, and connected with her character more than any of the others.  As an actress, I kept thinking how fun she would be to play.  Her partner in crime, Julia, I found to be really dull in comparison, and I wanted her to have a stronger arc.  This book has such an array of diverse characters, which was refreshing to read, but they seemed a little under-developed and one dimensional to me.  The futuristic world of Bubblegum was interesting, and I wish we could have had it fleshed out a little more.  The concept was cool, but the way she described it was pretty vague, and I would have loved a few more details and explanations.  We only got glimpses into how the world worked, instead of being completely immersed in it.  There were a few inconsistencies in the perspective switches too, and I often had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to see who’s perspective I was supposed to be reading. This book’s main focus is in its actions, and although it had exciting scenes, I needed more than that to hold my interest.  All in all, I didn’t love this book.  It was ok, but was a little lacking in everything but girl-power and action.

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The Mystery Blogger Award

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I was nominated for The Mystery Blogger Award by the lovely Rose from Tea with Roses Tomes. Her blog is fantastic, and her tea recommendations are on point!  This award was created by Okoto.

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things About Me:

  1. I am blind as a bat.  I have had glasses since third grade, and contacts since 6th.  I cannot see ANYTHING without my contacts/glasses.  I even have to special order lenses because my prescription is too thick for most frames.
  2. I have been dancing since I was two.  I grew up in my Grandma’s dance studio, and then my parents took it over when she retired. It’s my second home.
  3. I still sleep with my stuffed Bunny (Bun Bun) from when I was a baby.

Questions From Tea With Rose’s Tomes:

What is your favorite trilogy of all time?

Dang. This is a hard question. The Spoils of Time Trilogy by Penny Vincenzi, The King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss will be once that third book comes out……

What is your most loved and hated trope?

I’m kind of indifferent towards tropes.  I think it depends on the book and how well it is written.  I’m not the biggest fan of insta-love though.

Favorite book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Jamie Fraser, Rhys, or Eric Northman… I can’t pick one.

What is your favorite beverage?

COFFEE.

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?

Hmmmm… A day is not very long… I feel like this should be some sort of spiritual answer, but all I can think of is playing with tigers.

My Questions for Nominees: 

  1. Who is your favorite author?
  2. Who would play you in the movie about your life?
  3. If you could be any animal for a day, which would you choose?
  4. Which character would you like to bring to life?
  5. What was the last book you read?

My Best Posts:

Broadway Book Chat: Blaire Baker

Love & Gelato Review

I nominate Amy at Inkyspells, Sarah at Book Hooked Nook, Kelly at Kelly New Book, Jessica at Reading With Jessica, Kathy at Books & Munches, Paige at Books and Belle, Mikaela at The Well-Thumbed Reader, Holly at Dressed to Read, Kat at A Bookie’s Books, and Caro at CJRtheBrit

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback to My Favorite YA Series

Happy Top Ten Tuesday friends! Today’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is a Throwback Freebie, so I’m throwing it back to some of my old favorite YA series!

  1. Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar (2002)

2. The It Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar (2005)

3. The A-List by Zoey Dean (2003)

4. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (2000)

5. The Mediator by Meg Cabot (2000)

6. Airhead by Meg Cabot (2008)

7. Magic In Manhattan by Sarah Mylnowski (2005)

8. Pretty Little Liars by Sarah Shepard (2006)

9. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (2001)

10. The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (2005)