Top 5: Second Book is Best

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It is very rare that I find a trilogy/series that I enjoyed the second book a lot more than the first. I think this is a Top 5 that I might not get to 5.

Scarlet1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I never hid the fact that I’m not a fan of the Lunar Chronicles until the end of the series. I barely finished Cinder and was actually thinking of not proceeding with the series, but I’m glad that I did and Β its all thanks to Scarlet. I loved every minute of this book and I couldn’t put it down. Scarlet and Wolfe are relationship goals! Definitely one of those rare moments when the second book won me over.

2. The Battle at the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

I’m a fan of Percy Jackson, but not until this book. I enjoyed the other three books, this books, however, made me love the whole series. I love the concept of the maze and the different twist and turns within it.

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling

I might be cheating on this one because technically this was the first book I read in the series. Yes, you heard me correct. I totally skipped HP1 and HP2, and started with the Prisoner of Azkaban. So therefore, this third book has remained my favorite ever since and for me it’s just better than the first two.

every trick on the book4. Every Trick in the Book by Lucy Arlington

This is one of the cozy mystery that I enjoyed reading last year and its the second book in the series. Technically in cozies you don’t need to read the first book to understand the consecutive books, but I enjoyed this a lot more only because you already know the people, the protagonists and I think the mystery is a lot more developed.

5. The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel

Technically, this is the second book in the series, but its also the last. I’m including this books because I believe that it was the best in comparison to the first. I love the character development of the main/minor characters and the world development, that is included, also improved. The fact that Engel’s writing vastly improve in this book, I think she deserves to be included in the list!

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That’s it for me on this week’s Top 5 Wednesday! ^_^

 

 

 

Book Date #11

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Last week was a busy week for me and I wasn’t able to do a lot of reading. I really want to remedy that, that’s why I’m participating in Tome Topple for this week. Here is my TBR for that readathon.

Last Week I Finished:

Death on the Nile

I haven’t read an Agatha Christie book in awhile and I think it was time for me to pick-up one that I know I will enjoy. Egypt has always fascinated me in its culture and history, so of course I wanted to pick this up. As always I love the story and the ending, amazing!

Currently Reading:

Gemina

I actually haven’t started this book yet, but I will be today for the Tome Topple Readathon. I also read the first book in the series during another Tome Topple Readathon, so I thought it was fitting to choose this book as well.

Upcoming Read:

I will most likely read one about 500+ page books, since I will be in the middle of the readathon by the time I finish Gemina. These are two books that I own that 500+. So maybe It will be one of these two.

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So that’s it for me this week and I’m excited to get into my books this week. I always love joining the Tome Topple Readathon.

Top 5: Book Covers I’d Live in

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This is quite an interesting topic since I’m very much a sucker for pretty covers. FYI I won’t really want to live in these world just ‘visit’ the world as seen on the covers.

 

These covers are to die for and the great stories within it is a BONUS! Seriously who wouldn’t want to be floating in space with a beautiful dress without the repercussions of non-breathable air!

 

The Firebird trilogy is eyegasm to the max. I love everything about these covers and it gets better and better as each book is released. I’m not a fan of time travel books, but I actually want to continue this series because the covers are so beautiful!

Forbidden Wish

I love this cover and actually picked it up because the cover attracted me from afar. I haven’t gotten around to reading it, but this cover makes you want to live in this smoke filled purplish hue.

 

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I love the story of Alice and I especially love this version of the cover. It’s really interesting how it’s able to incorporate so many beautiful things that in Wonderland. Definitely a cover that I would want to live in

 

Yup, another trilogy with dresses. Not a fan of the story, but the covers are to die for. I actually don’t mind living in this world either. I may not enjoy the book, but the concept of this time travelling is interesting.

 

 

 

Top 5: Series that got Better

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This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is actually pretty difficult to narrow down. All the books that I’m thinking about didn’t get better, they were just ok. Good, but not better than the first.

Hmmmm…

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Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

I’ve been trying not to use this series too much on my Top 5, but really you have to admit, this series just got better and better as Harry and his friends grew up. The character development and world building were phenomenal and Rowling made the world grander in each book she released.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Trilogy by Ransom Riggs

I’m not totally in love with this series by the end of it, but I do think the story line gets better by the second book. In the first, I feel that the author tried to create the story around pictures that he has accumulated, rather than let the story tell itself. By the second book, his use of pictures enhanced the story, rather than the other way around.

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I never hid the fact that I wasn’t fan of the first book. Cinder and Kai, even now, is not my favorite couple, but I do give props to Meyer because her books got better and better as each book is released. When I finished Winter, I was totally hooked with all the characters and even went as far as reading the short stories and graphic novel companion.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

I definitely wasn’t a fan of the first book when I read it, but I eventually grew fond of the protagonist and his friends. I love reading their quests and Riordan became one of my favorite children’s author. I love reading all his novels. My favorite book in the series is The Battle of the Labyrinth.

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The Book of Ivy Duology by Amy Engel

The first book was an average read for me, but if we’re talking about series that got better, then this will definitely be in my top 5. I really enjoyed the second book a lot better than the first. I felt that Engel’s writing evolved with the final book and enjoyed the character development of the protagonist.

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So that’s it for me and my Top 5!

 

Book Date #10

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Last Week I Finished:

court of thorns and roses

I have finally started and finished this book! I’m super proud of myself since everyone, and their mother, has already read and finished the WHOLE series. Anyways, I’m just glad that I finally got around to picking it up. I actually enjoyed it, I wasn’t as blown away as everyone, but I did enjoy it a lot more than Throne of Glass. I definitely enjoyed Feyre more than Celaena.

Currently Read:

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After reading high fantasy, I had a hankering for a good mystery. Since I enjoyed In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware last year, I thought it was fitting for me to grab her latest book. I’m really not that far into the story, so I have no thoughts on it yet.

Upcoming Read:

power play

I’ve been mood reading lately, so I haven’t really decided what I want to read after The Woman in Cabin 10. If I have enough time this month I might pick up Power Play. If I get into August then I will probably pick-up a different book. I’m also thinking about entering Tome Topple next month, but I’ll have to see.

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So that’s for this week, I know I’ve been slacking on my post lately, but I will try to be more pro-active in August. Summer has been such a lazy type of month!

 

Top 5: Children’s Books

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I’m a fan of children’s books since I am a preschool teacher. Of course I had to do this topic, but I’m actually going to focus on middle grade books. As requested I’m not going to include Harry Potter or any of the Percy Jackson books.

Here are my books:

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Pendragon: The Merchant of Death by D.J MacHale

This was one of my favorite series growing up and I loved every single one of the books. It’s actually one of those very few science fiction that is out there for middle grade readers.

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Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Amazingly enough this book is not as loved by Suzanne Collins fans, since is such an amazing read. When I read these books it literally takes me a day to finish because it’s so well written and I couldn’t put it down.

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Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson

This is one of those series that I love growing up and I really want to re-read the books. I haven’t finished the series because apparently they came out with more books, which I wasn’t aware of.

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Sister’s Grimm: The Fairy-tale Detective by Michael Buckley

This series has been on my list previously and I can’t even imagine having a Children’s Favorite without this. I really love these books because it shows children fairy-tales are really not what it seems. I also love how tough the children are and they are such good role models for other kids.

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Lumberjanes

Although I can include more children’s books, this graphic novel definitely must be on the list. This is a recent read for me and I love everything about it and they are amazing books for children. Not only does it give you amazing adventures but it also includes different characters.

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That’s it for me this week. Hope you enjoyed the list and let me know some of the books you enjoyed as a child or even a recent read that was amazing.

Book Date #9

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It’s been awhile since I participated in Book Date Monday, so I should definitely remedy that!

Last Week I Finished:

I actually read the graphic novel of these two books and I really enjoyed them. I like getting into the story again and makes me want to re-read the series, but technically, I just recently finished reading the whole thing last year. So maybe next year, for now I’m content with the graphic novels. Hopefully, they’ll come out with A Mark of Athena soon.

Currently Reading:

court of thorns and roses

Yes, I’m finally getting into this series. I really hope I will enjoy it because I bought the whole trilogy. So if I don’t boo on me. However, I did here a lot of good things about these books, so I want to get into the band wagon also.

Upcoming Read:

six of crows

I’m being really ambitious in reading these two hefty books, but I really do want to get to them this year and I think doing it this summer is the way to go. So Keeping my fingers crossed!