Top Ten Books I Love Watching During the Holidays

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This week’s TTT it’s a freebie movie. So of course I’m listing down top movies I love to watch during the holidays.

I’m a huge Christmas fan, especially when its snowing and I hear the Christmas songs. Eeeek…Just talking about it gets me all giddy. I just love the season!

Anyways, here are my MUST watch movies (for me) during this time of the year:

I know not all these movies are ‘Christmas’ themed, but I love watching them either way.

FYI: Anything that’s a retelling of A Christmas Story by Charles Dickens is a must watch for me!

Let me know if you guys agree with my list or if you made a different list on your TTT.

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Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added to my TBR List

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I feel like this week’s topic on TTT fits me perfectly. I’ve been buying and adding so many books lately in my TBR that I’m getting a bit overwhelmed. I’m not going to list down books that are second in a series because if I like the first book then obviously enough the second book should be

Anyways, here are my top ten recently added books in my TBR (in no particular order):

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

I’ve seen this book everyone’s TBR a few months back, but I wasn’t that inclined to pick it up. As much as I love the movie Aladdin, I just wasn’t drawn to this book. Then it became available in my library, so I figured why not. I read the first three chapters and I was hooked. Unfortunately, the book was due and now I’m actually debating on just getting my own copy.

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

This too I really wasn’t in the mood to pick up since it didn’t really appeal to me, until I found out it’s a duology! So I figured why not, try it out since its only two books. Plus, I’ve heard so many people rave about this book last year both on Goodreads and Youtube.

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The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

This is actually one of the rare moments in my recent life that added a book on my TBR without consulting Goodreads on rating. I was just perusing my local bookstore and stumbled on this book. The cover was fascinating and the synopsis even more so. I just had to pick it up. Even if it does have a low rating on Goodreads, I still want to see for myself if I will like it or not.

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

Even though this book was part of my most anticipated book release of 2015, I actually made up my mind not to read this trilogy. I’m not really a fan of Norse mythology and felt that I’m just going to waste my time reading three books that I might not even enjoy. Then I kinda gave in to peer pressure. I just saw so many great reviews and gushes on this book and the second book that I just can’t pass up the chance. So here we are adding three books to my already growing TBR.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Until recently this book wasn’t even in my radar. I know of the book and the countless of fans of this book, but I just wan’t that interested in reading it. I’m usually a mainstream reader and tend to lean to books that have good reviews by everyone plus their moms, but this one just didn’t attract my attention. Why is it here in my TBR then? because I have the book. Yes, that is right, I have the book on my shelf. I couldn’t help myself the cover is just so beautiful that I had to buy it. So here I am adding this book to my TBR. I’m not really 100% sure I’ll be reading the other books in the series/trilogy(?) but only time can tell.

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Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

I’m not really entirely sure where I’ve heard this book from. I know that it was from one of the Booktuber’s I watch, but I’m just not in the mood to search for that particular person. Anyways, not only is the book beautiful, the story really does sound fascinating as well. Since my library has it, why not take a stab at it. The synopsis does sound a lot like another book on my TBR, I believe it’s The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. FYI, this book was blurb by Tamora Pierce, so even more reason to try the book out!

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Yes, I think I’m one of the only ones who has not ready anything by this author. I have her Shadow and Bone, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, but I haven’t picked up any of them. I’m actually a bit more drawn to the Six of Crows duology than Bardugo’s trilogy. Either way this one has just been recently added.

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Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series. I’ve been meaning to start it, but never get around to actually reading it. I’ve finally bought the book and so therefore it is now officially on my TBR list!

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The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

I admit this is a cover and celebrity buy. Not only is the cover beautiful, but it is also written by Chris Colfer, the actor who plays Kurt in Glee. I’m not much of a Glee fan, but I do love Kurt’s character. The book does sound intriguing though, so I have that going for me, which is nice.

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Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

I know it’s an old series, but I recently became acquainted with these books and not only do they look good, but they also sound marvelous. So I just had to put it on my TBR list.

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That’s it for this week’s TTT. Let me know books that are on your recent TBR, maybe I’ll add it on to mine as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Characters I’d Name my Child/Pet

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For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I think the topic is pretty clear cut, character’s names you would use to name your own offspring/pet.

As much as I love very unique and adorable names for kids, I’m not sure would like names that are too…out there. So I would actually just divide this into two parts, one are potential names I would use for my future children, and two, names that I would use for a pet.

Children’s Names: 

  1. Elizabeth – This is a pretty common name, but I actually started enjoying this name because of Little Women. I know the protagonist was Jo, but Beth was such a nice person and who wouldn’t want that for their children. I understand she didn’t really have such a great ending, but still the kindness made a huge impact on the family. Pride and Prejudice made me fall in love with the name. Having such an opposite personality from the previous Elizabeth makes me even love the name.
  2. Cassie – This is more of a nickname rather than an actual name. I still like the sound of it tho. I came across this name in The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, I’m not that impressed with the protagonist, but I really do enjoy how the name sounds when said out loud.
  3. Luna – I love anything Harry Potter and as much as I love the three main protagonists, I really can’t imagine naming any of my future children those names. However, I fell in love with the name Luna especially since the meaning of it is Moon.
  4. Makayla – I’ve been reading the Novel Idea by Lucy Arlington cozy mystery and I absolutely love this name. I also love the character, not the protagonists, but such an amazing friend/sidekick!
  5. Alex – When I was growing up I love the series Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz, they are amazing! I’d have a heart attack if I thought my kid(s) did all those death-defying stunts, but still a cool name. Plus, I love names that are unisex.

Pet Names: I won’t really go into details as to my fascination for the names, since the only reason I would actually name my pet these is because it sounds cute and fun!

  1. Iko – Lunar Chronicles
  2. Legolas – Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  3. Fluffy – Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone
  4. Zeus – Percy Jackson Series
  5. Lola – Lola and the Boy Next Door

That’s it for this week’s TTT. Share with me down below all your TTT or which names you would choose, or have already used, for your pet/child.

Top 10 Goodreads Recommended Books

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For this week’s Top Ten Tuesdays, its all about recommendations. We are to list the top ten books we read because someone recommended it to us. Since I’ve been a Goodread member longer than I’ve been blogging, I decided to do the ten books goodreads friends has recommended me, and loved!

I know I’m being judgemental and not everyone has the same tastes in books, but its actually been awhile since I bought a book without looking at their ratings on Goodreads. Usually when I’m at the bookstore, I’ll always have my phone ready to make sure I get to search the book first before I purchase it.

However, these books listed below are actual books that people on Goodreads has recommended to me, or has posted on a group post as a great read.

I’m a very picky reader when it comes to mysteries and horror. I tend to get bored easily or if the story is heading into a topic I don’t enjoy, I tend to put it down and forget about it. So when people recommend these types of books, I usually don’t jump at the chance to grab them right away. These five books, however, made it to the list because they are the best of the best in their category. I love all 5 of these myster/horror and would recommend them to everyone who enjoys this genre.

Now when it comes to fantasy, dystopian and sci-fi novels, I’m not as picky to recommendations. All I want from it is good world building  and fast pace action that could hold my interest throughout the book.  Now usually I try to get four or five people recommend a certain title before I actually pick it up, but really when the premise seems enjoyable, I’ll try to stick it and power on through. These five books I’ve read in a span of 5 years. Some older and some newer, but one is for sure, all of them are fantastic reads!

I love the online book community, either it be Youtube, Bloggers or Goodreads, they all work for me and have expanded my TBR (to be read) list. Even though my shelves are now overflowing with books that needs to be read, I’m not at all ashamed with my purchases. This community as introduced to me wonderful and amazing read, and even if there are a few misses, I still enjoy my reading experiences.

Let me know if you have the same experience with online book communities and comment down below if we have the same books on your list!

Top Ten Villains I Love to Hate

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A good book always has an amazing protagonist, but with ever good hero/heroine, there must also be an evil villain. I really think to have a successful story the villain must equally be as ‘good’ (or bad) as its nemesis. For this weeks TTT its all about the villains of the book. Here are my top favorite, love to hate them, villains:

1. Draco Malfoy: Harry Potter Series

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I know a lot of people loves Tom Felton, but I’m not really talking about him. I really dislike Draco in almost all of the books. If you’re going to be evil, go all the way or go home. You can’t pretend to be evil and then hide behind your fathers robes. I really dislike his cowardice.

2. President Snow: Hunger Games Trilogy

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There is something creepy about how Katniss describe him as smelling of roses and blood. Can you just imagine such a thing, makes me want to cringe. Besides that, he’s just pure evil.

3. Mayor Prentiss: Chaos Walking Trilogy

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Just like President Snow, Majoy Prentiss has very much the same qualities. The worst villains are those who have power and know how to manipulate people into thinking that their actions are right.

4. Billy Dent: Jasper Dent Trilogy

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If you have read this series, and Billy doesn’t give you the creeps, then I’m not sure what will. As much as I enjoy this series, reading about Billy’s crimes…I can’t even describe!

5. Charlie Mathias & Marion Hammer: Benny Imura Series

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I’m not much of a zombie fan, but I love this series. This has a good balance of zombies, action, relationships and mystery. I highly recommend it. However, when I talk about villains, I’m not referring to the creatures of the dead, but rather the bounty hunters: Hammer and Charlie Pink Eye. These two are above an beyond one of the worst villains in the book and they make the zombies look like teddy bears.

6. Alien: 172 Hours on the Moon

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Imagine your worst nightmare and now imagine it come to life. Well this is what I think the ‘alien’ in 172 Hours on the Moon is. I’m not really 100% sure if its even an alien, all I know is its scary, like I’m-never-going-alone-in-the-airport-bathroom-alone scary (read the book and you’ll understand me).

7. Dorothy: Dorothy Must Die Series

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When I first picked up this book, nothing would have prepared me for the villain. Gone was the lovable Dorothy that I loved as a child and in its place is horrible evilness. As much as I love the goody-two shoes, Dorothy, there is something about the bad Dorothy that makes me appreciate her.

8. Count Olaf: A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Have you guys read this series? Don’t you know Count Olaf? Then you definitely need to pick this book up and read it. For this man to put these children through all the heartache, labor and evilness, he’s just as bad as they come.

9. Moriarty: Sherlock Holmes Series

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It’s Moriarty! Need I say more? If he can stump a genius, then he is definitely a worthy opponent!

10. Mother: Coraline

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When I watched the move, Mother gave me the creeps. When I read the book, Mother gave me nightmares. Usually when we think of the word ‘Mother’, we think of home, comfort, hugs and all those other kind words. The Mother in Coraline, however, is the exact opposite, but the perfect villain for such an amazing and unique book.

That’s it for this weeks TTT. I actually had such a fun time doing this one. As I always say, in order to have a good book, you must have a good villain.

Let me know who are your favorite villains or you agree on some of mine on my list!

Top Ten All Time Favorite Fantasy Novels

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Hello Everyone and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! For this week were to list our 10 favorite books in a specific genre, we were able to sub-divide the genre if we wanted to. Yes, it’s quite hard to pick 10 book in one genre, but I think it’s doable.

Most would think that I would pick Mystery since it is my favorite genre, but for this Top Ten I think I will make it a bit difficult for me and choose fantasy instead. I will sub-divide this category into two: High/Epic Fantasy and Urban Fantasy.

Here is my list:

URBAN FANTASY:

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Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

No list of mine would ever be complete if these books are not in it. I love the world, the characters and the way Rowling interweaves her story to connect all of the seven books. This too me is perfection!

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Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

I love all of Riordan’s books that I have read, by the Percy Jackson series takes the cake. I enjoy the concept of the Gods still around us and still manipulating peoples actions. I enjoy how this worlds just keeps growing and growing, with more characters being added as the different series progress.

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The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins

I admit that I only picked this up because I loved Collins’ The Hunger Games, but I’ve actually grown to love this series more than the former. I feel that this book has a lot more depth and the characters evolve with each passing novel. When I read this book, I feel that I am actually transported in the Underland and I’m alongside the protagonist. I highly recommend this for middle grade readers.

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The Sister’s Grimm Series by Michael Buckley

I love reading anything fairytales, from the gory original ones to the cuter fantasy re-telling of Disney. For me fairytales is fairytales. This series that Buckley has created is actually a very enjoyable and entertaining read for those who wants something different. I love the two protagonist in these books and they actually show many traits that I adore on my kick-ass heroine.

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The Pendragon Cycle by D.J. MacHale

This is actually one series that I have not talked about on this blog, but is one of the series that I have enjoyed reading growing up. Yes, there is elements of sci-fi in this novel, but for the most part, for me anyways, I have always associated it to fantasy. Just like the other books I’ve listed here, I love the protagonist, the worlds Machale created and all the diverse people he has created. This is actually one series that I need to re-read sometime soon.

HIGH/EPIC FANTASY:

Poison Study

The Study Series by Maria Snyder

I admit I didn’t really read all the books in this series yet, but this book is definitely on my favorite list. If you enjoy reading The Throne of Glass, then this is a must read on your TBR. The protagonist is lovable, but still the type that you can’t help but admire.

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The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

I’m not sure you can create a Favorite Fantasy List without having at least one of Tolkien’s novels. His writing is magnificent and you can’t help but love the world that he has created, we all know as Middle Earth. If you’re a fantasy enthusiast then Tolkien is definitely your guy!

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

This is another book that I haven’t finished all the books, but like Poison Study, this book is amazing! Since it can be a stand a lone it doesn’t really need to co-exist with the other two in its trilogy. That being said, the world that Cashore created is vibrant and beautiful and her written words is just as amazing. She is able to transport you from one world to another.

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Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce

I know it seems like I read nothing by strong female lead, but I really don’t. I want this list to be a bit more diverse, but I also have to stay true to what I love and enjoy reading. These books are actually a must read for anyone who loves reading. The world that Pierce creates in her novels will make Tolkien proud.

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The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

This is another series that is a must re-read for me. It’s been awhile since I’ve read these books and its high time that I get to them again. I love everything about these books, the characters are superbly written and the world that Turner created is just as beautiful.

That’s it for this weeks TTT. Let me know if you have any fantasy novel that you totally love and recommend for me to try. See you next week!