Tuesday, June 25, 2013

TTT: Best reads of the year 2013

I have read a LOT of great books this year, so this was very difficult!

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)
1. Days of Blood & Starlight: (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2) Fantasy about a generations old war between seraphim and chimera. This is becoming a favorite series of mine. Just waiting for the last installment.
The Book Thief

2. The Book Thief: If any of you haven't read this it is one of the best stories ever. This is the journey of a little German girl during WW2 as told by Death. It is extremely touching and well written. Review.
3. Let's Pretend This Never Happened: Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess)'s memior. This women can take any moment that would crush most of us and make it funny without taking out any of the emotion. This story makes me feel better. I have the audio book and I listen to part of it at least once a week. I've been down a lot lately and it's a great pick me up.
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

TTT: Summer TBR 2013

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: The begginning was great and it's been recommended by two trusted sources.
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

2. A Game of Thrones: Mostly a conversation piece, guys at work are reading it. Also it's challenging my comfort zone, it's what I usually consider a boy book (that certain kind of Sci-fi, like Redwall series) and avoid.
3. Delirium: This story seems addicting. Honestly I just haven't gotten to it. I read mostly in bed with my kindle lately. (I love that it's its own light source.) Anyway the copy I own is a hardback, and I've been too lazy for hardbacks lately.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

TTT: Great books with a travel focus

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight                                                    Beauty Queens
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight                        Beauty Queens                
1. A cute story of two people who connect very strongly at an airport, then over an international flight. The writing/MC point of view is fun and kind of snarky.
2. Starts with a plane crash. Beauty Queens stuck on a desert island learning they can take care of themselves and choosing who they want to be as opposed to being told who they should be. Introspective characters mix with the crazy writing full of satirical commercials.
3. When Ginny's aunt dies she sends her a a series of letters with instructions meant to help Ginny be more spontaneous and independent. This book made me obsess of Maureen Johnson's writing, she became one of my buy everything authors. (She also has a very amusing blog.)
13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

TTT: Best Read in 2013 (so far...)

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2) I have read so many great books this year... The Book Thief
                                         But I think these are the best!
  1. Days of Blood and Starlight: True Story: Karou has one of the strangest upbringings you've ever heard. But it's only the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more she doesn't know.This series is wonderful so far. It could very well breach my favorite stories, as long as the last book stands up to the other two and concludes everything well. I am anxiously awaiting.  
  2. The Book Thief: A story of a young German girl in Nazi Germany circa WW2. This book is SAD. It is not easy to get through. And it is basically a necessary read for all living beings.
  3. The Phantom Tollbooth: Story of a young boy with no ambition and his journey figuring out the importance and fun of learning and trying. I can't believe no one exposed me to this when I was a child. My love of words could have begun so much younger. Anyway this is fun even as an adult.
The Phantom Tollbooth
What's your favorite story of the year?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

TTT: Great books with Great Covers

Ella Minnow Pea   A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)   Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
Twilight (Twilight, #1)New Moon (Twilight, #2)Eclipse (Twilight, #3)Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

  1. Ella Minnow Pea: The literal nature of of the pictures fits very well with the story and the writing, and I love it.
  2. A Great and Terrible Beauty: I just think corsets are beautiful. The cover is soft and artful in person so much so that I saved for the hard backs of the whole series. I think it fits the story and it's always been one my favorite covers.
  3. Anna Dressed in Blood: The image is a specific scene from the story and it's a powerful one. I love this story and this cover is beautiful and scary and everything I could want from the cover of this book.
  4. Twilight: original cover series. I love the artistic red on white. I always see this tiny corruption and seduction in it.