Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Read Because Of Another Blogger

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish post a new Top Ten list that one of them answers. They welcome everyone to join in and share their lists, too. Click here for the rules – they are so simple!

This week’s Top Ten: Top Ten Books I Read Because Of Another Blogger (In honor of BBAW!)

Sadly, I can’t remember which blogs I discovered most of these book from, but I would have skipped all of them if I hadn’t read a blog post about them!

The Enemy by Charlie Higson – Wait! It has zombies! I hate zombies!! Oh, wait, maybe I was bit hasty…

Unlocked by Courtney Milan – Recommended on Dear Author –Wait!  I don’t like novellas.  They are too short!  There is never much of a plot!  Oh, wait.  Maybe I was too hasty.

The Man She Loves To Hate by Kelly Hunter – Recommended on Dear Author – Wait!  The blurb on the back cover does nothing for me!  Oh, wait.  This is a pretty good book after all.

Dark Life by Kat Falls – Wait! Why haven’t I heard of this one yet? I love the premise for this!  I am sure this is a book I will love!  Guess what? It was!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Wait! The premise does not look interesting at all!  Oh, wait.  Wait! This is one of the best YA novels I have read – EVAR!

Heist Society by Ally Carter –Wait!  This looks ridiculous!  Teen-aged art thieves!  Yeah, right! Oh, wait.  They are pretty awesome, aren’t they?

Matched by Ally Condie – Wait!  This does not look interesting at all!  Oh, wait.  Duh-huh.  How could I have been wrong again!?

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund – Wait!  Killer unicorns?!  That sounds stupid! Oh, wait.  Maybe not so stupid after all?

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – Wait! I am so sick of magical boarding schools!  They are all the same!!  Oh, wait.  Maybe this magical boarding school is not quite the same as the others?

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – Wait!  This has zombies!  See the beginning of this post!  Zombies are scary and I HATE them!!  Oh, wait.  Maybe I like them more than I thought?

So there you have it.  I would have missed out on all of these wonderful reads if it wasn’t for other book bloggers!  Thanks for helping me find some incredible books!

How about you? What are your Top Ten books that you read because of another blogger?

Musing Mondays–Sharing

Musing Mondays is a bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

This week’s Musing asks:

What is the one (or maybe two) qualities a book must have for you to pass it along to your best friend as a “must-read”?

I read a lot of books, but they have to be really special before I will recommend them to close friends, especially if the book is a genre that they normally do not read.  When I completely convert them to new reading avenues, though, I gloat very unbecomingly and feel a little thrill of “book rec mojo.”  I recommended some YA titles to my mom, and now she is totally hooked on them.  I also converted friend, and now she reads many more YA novels than she ordinarily would have.

In order for me to give a recommendation to someone I interact with on a personal level, the book has to have held my attention for the entire length of the story.  It also must have made me feel something:  joy, fear, anger, sadness.  I have to be able to relate to the protagonists, and the pacing has to be even for the entire read.  More importantly, the story has to transport me out of my every day worries and concerns, and let me forget about all of the stress in my life.

So, what are some books I have recommended to family and friends? The Hunger Games, A Game of Thrones, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.  They have yet to disappoint!

What about you?  What qualities are required before you start shoving them off onto friends and family?

Musing Mondays- August 29th

Musing Mondays is a bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

This week’s musing is… a book meme!

What was the last book you…
• borrowed from the library?
• bought?
• cried over?
• disliked and couldn’t finish?
• read & loved?
• got for review? (or: got in the mail?)
• gave to someone else?
• stayed up too late reading?


I can’t resist this one, so here are my responses:

What was the last book you…

• borrowed from the library? – Ride a Painted Pony by Kathleen Eagle

• bought?  So many have been purchased at Borders!  The one I can hardly wait to read is Working Stiff by Rachel Caine

• cried over?  The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout

•disliked and couldn’t finish? Caleb by Sarah McCarthy – Evidently, vampires and cowboys don’t mix.  At least for me.

• read & loved?  The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout – Was not expecting this MG book to be so good!

• got for review? (or: got in the mail?) No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper

• gave to someone else? A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin

• stayed up too late reading?  Island’s End by Padma Venkatraman

How about you?  Feel free to leave your answers in the comments.

Top 5 Sundays- Most Awaited Books for the 2nd Half of 2011!

Larissa at Larissa’s Bookish Life has a weekly Top 5 meme that she runs on Sundays.  I love posting about upcoming books, so I am participating this week.  This week’s question:

Most awaited Books 2nd Half 2011!

There are so many books that I am looking forward to that it’s hard to name just 5, but here goes (and yes, I have mentioned most of these many, many times! I really, really want to read them!):

Crossed by Ally Condie

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis

What books are you looking forward to for the last half of the year?