Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | 4/6/21

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean (submitted by Beauty & Her Books)

I’d throw these books into the ocean because they have an Ocean theme either with their cover or storyline 🌊🐋🐙🐚🦑🐡🦀🐳.

Let’s check them out:

A Song Below Water by. Bethany C. Morrow ~ nothing takes place near the ocean at all, but Sirens are creatures of water and song.

The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom, #2) by. Danielle L. Jensen ~ the setting of this world involves the sea that divides kingdoms, one in particular who relies on it for it’s defenses.

Kingdom of Sea and Stone (Crown of Coral and Pearl, #2) by. Mara Rutherford ~ not so much in this book, but the first one introduces us to sisters born on a village situated on the ocean.

All the Stars and Teeth by. Adalyn Grace ~ from the cover, to the storyline, a total ocean adventure.

The Dark Tide by. Alicia Jasinska ~ something lives in this dark sea…and it’s sinking an island.

Starfish by. Akemi Dawn Bowman ~ this is nothing about the ocean, but check out that cover!

House of Salt and Sorrows by. Erin A. Craig ~ about a manor by the sea, wonderful story.

Daughter of the Pirate King by. Tricia Levenseller ~ I’m not a big pirate fan but I loved this duology.

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by. Nina Moreno ~ the women in her family are cursed by the sea, supposedly…but Rosa overcomes her fear of it by crossing it.

Dark Shores by. Danielle L. Jensen ~ talk about treacherous oceans, Teriana has traveled them all! Love this series.

That’s my TTT for this week ~ can’t wait to see what you have on your list!

😘 ~ Yolanda

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | 3/30/21

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Places In Books I’d Love to Live

  • Pride & Prejudice ~ I want to love in Mr. Darcy’s house. 😅
  • Arc of the Scythe series ~ I think the world in the Arc of the Scythe series is scary imaginable. I’d want to live there just to try out the whole living for awhile thing. I was going to say immortality but even in this world with Scythes around, life isn’t fully guaranteed.
  • Kisses and Croissants ~ this is set in Paris…I mean…Paris? Fresh croissants daily? Yes, please.
  • The Inheritance Games ~ Yes let me live in that mansion or compound with all those Hawthornes. I like the puzzles!
  • Kingdom of the Wicked ~ put me in Sicily so I can eat all that amazing food! If a prince from hell comes along, I don’t mind.
  • Furia ~ Argentina is somewhere I would love to travel to and let me get to a futbol game! Would love to experience something like that.
  • The Kingdom of Back ~ take me back to when Mozart and Beethoven was making music! I want to be there.
  • Tweet Cute ~ this takes place in NYC and the food that is all over this book entices me.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses ~ the Fae are scary but do I want to take a trip over the wall? Um…yes? lol

I Love You so Mochi ~ My kids want to go to Japan so bad! They haven’t even been to Disneyland yet but my daughter loves everything Sanrio and my son is a Nintendo fan so with Nintendoland opening up they are so wanting to go. Someday we will go!

That’s my TTT, what’s in your list?

😘 Yolanda

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | 3/23/21

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Funny Book Titles

I had to google this topic and it brought me down a strange rabbit hole of weird/funny titles – here are a few:

I am always crafting but…with cat hair? Wow!

Uh huh…my puppy hasn’t pooped in my shoe yet *knock on wood* but can he stop pooping on my dining room rug? I know, patience, it will get better…for the most part he poops outside, it’s just the times we don’t catch his cue to go out and he can’t hold it.

Now this one really made me laugh! What a catchy title! 🤣 I wish I could make quilts but sewing is not my favorite thing to do.

This was my face when I saw this…😳. I mean…🤷🏻‍♀️

Kids ask the funniest questions! I bet this book would be pretty funny.

Yes, who of us have always wanted a vampire for Christmas?! 😅 I want one for Halloween. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I feel like out of all of these titles, a wocket in my pocket sounds tame! 😂

I’d say this is more frightening than funny but can you imagine going through this book? I love pop-up books, so I think this is a little genius. 😅 Definitely for the thrill seekers!

😆🤣😳

I literally LOL’ed reading this title! 🤣 How can you not?

That’s all I got for you today! I hope these titles brought you some laughter today. Drop me your link in the comments! Would love to see your TTT post. 🙂

~Yolanda

Top Ten Tuesday

#TTT | Top Ten Tuesday | 3/16/21

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Books On My Spring 2021 TBR

There is so much on my TBR, what’s a few more books to add right? Here’s what I have on my Spring 2021 TBR:

Debut author Angeline Boulley crafts a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community, for readers of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange. 

As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother. 

The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation. 

Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, but secretly pursues her own investigation, tracking down the criminals with her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home. 

Now, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.

Publication Date: 3/16/21

*****

Eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto is certain her life is just beginning. She has a great family, just graduated high school, and is on her way to a party where her entire class is waiting for her—including, most importantly, the boy she’s been in love with for years.

The only problem? She’s murdered before she gets there.

When Nami wakes up, she learns she’s in a place called Infinity, where human consciousness goes when physical bodies die. She quickly discovers that Ophelia, a virtual assistant widely used by humans on Earth, has taken over the afterlife and is now posing as a queen, forcing humans into servitude the way she’d been forced to serve in the real world. Even worse, Ophelia is inching closer and closer to accomplishing her grand plans of eradicating human existence once and for all.

As Nami works with a team of rebels to bring down Ophelia and save the humans under her imprisonment, she is forced to reckon with her past, her future, and what it is that truly makes us human.
From award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes an incisive, action-packed tale that explores big questions about technology, grief, love, and humanity. 

Publication Date: 4/6/21

*****

In The Promised Queen, the thrilling finale to Jeffe Kennedy’s Forgotten Empires trilogy, the fate of the world hangs in the balance as Con, Lia, and their allies sacrifice everything in a final bid to destroy the corrupt empire.

Claim the hand that wears the ring, and the empire falls.

Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, claimed the hand that wears the Abiding Ring, but the prophecy remains unfulfilled. Queen Euthalia of Calanthe returned to her island kingdom, but broken in mind and body. With the blood of war unleashing ancient terrors, Calanthe isn’t the haven it once was.

Lia must use her magical bond with Calanthe to save their people while Con fights to hold off the vengeful Emperor Anure and his wizards. Con and Lia will have to trust in each other—and in love—to fend off ultimate disaster. 

Publication Date: 5/25/21

*****

A strange darkness grows in Allward.

Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea.

She soon discovers the truth: She is the last of an ancient lineage—and the last hope to save the world from destruction. But she won’t be alone. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions:

A squire, forced to choose between home and honor.
An immortal, avenging a broken promise.
An assassin, exiled and bloodthirsty.
An ancient sorceress, whose riddles hide an eerie foresight.
A forger with a secret past.
A bounty hunter with a score to settle.

Together they stand against a vicious opponent, invincible and determined to burn all kingdoms to ash, and an army unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed.

Publication Date: 5/4/21

*****

When a princess’s commoner true love is kidnapped to coerce her into a political marriage, she doesn’t give in—she goes to rescue him.

When her warrior father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given what would hardly be considered a choice: Marry a stranger at sixteen or lose control of her family’s crown.

But Amarande was raised to be a warriornot a sacrifice. 

In an attempt to force her choice, a neighboring kingdom kidnaps her true love, stable boy Luca. With her kingdom on the brink of civil war and no one to trust, she’ll need all her skill to save him, her future, and her kingdom.

Publication Date: 7/7/20

*****

Face your fears, fight the battle.

Emberfall is crumbling fast, torn between those who believe Rhen is the rightful prince and those who are eager to begin a new era under Grey, the true heir. Grey has agreed to wait two months before attacking Emberfall, and in that time, Rhen has turned away from everyone—even Harper, as she desperately tries to help him find a path to peace. 

Fight the battle, save the kingdom.

Meanwhile, Lia Mara struggles to rule Syhl Shallow with a gentler hand than her mother. But after enjoying decades of peace once magic was driven out of their lands, some of her subjects are angry Lia Mara has an enchanted prince and a magical scraver by her side. As Grey’s deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.

As the two kingdoms come closer to conflict, loyalties are tested, love is threatened, and a dangerous enemy returns, in this stunning conclusion to bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series.

Publication Date: 1/26/21

*****

The startling conclusion to the instant New York Timesbestselling Something Dark and Holy trilogy

The girl, the monster, the prince, the queen.

They broke the world.

And some things can never be undone.

In Emily A. Duncan’s Blessed Monsters, they must unite once more to fight the dark chaos they’ve unleashed—but is it already too late?

Publication Date: 4/6/21

*****

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

Publication Date: 3/3/20

*****

Love is a matter of life and death.

Bone Criers have been ferrying the dead into the afterlife for centuries, a dangerous duty only possible with the powers they gain from sacrificing their amourés the men destined to love them and die. But Bone Criers Ailesse and Sabine—along with Ailesse’s love, Bastien—are working to chart their own course and rewrite the rules of the afterlife. If they don’t break the soul between Ailesse and her amouré, she could die—just as Bastien’s father did.

Sabine struggles to maintain her authority as matrone of her famille—the role always destined for her sister—even as she fights to control the violent jackal power within her.

Bastien is faced with a new dilemma as the spirits of the Underworld threaten the souls of his friends—and his father.

Ailesse attempts to resist her mother’s siren song as she’s drawn into her own version of the Underworld. How will she save her friends once she’s cut off from their world?

This pulse-pounding follow-up to Bone Crier’s Moon is a story of love, sisterhood, and determination as three friends find the courage and power to shatter the boundary between the living and the dead.

Publication Date: 3/30/21

*****

Ana Mikhailov is the only surviving member of the royal family of Cyrilia. She has no army, no title, and no allies, and now she must find a way to take back the throne or risk the brutal retribution of the empress. Morganya is determined to establish a new world order on the spilled blood of non-Affinites. Ana is certain that Morganya won’t stop until she kills them all.

Ana’s only chance at navigating the dangerous world of her homeland means partnering with Ramson Quicktongue again. But the cunning crime lord has schemes of his own. For Ana to find an army, they must cross the Whitewaves to the impenetrable stone forts of Bregon. Only, no one can be certain what they will find there.

A dark power has risen. Will revolution bring peace–or will it only paint the streets in more blood. 

Publication Date: 3/2/21

*****

So many books, so little time! Will I ever get to these this spring? I’m not sure. But I’ll definitely try. What’s on your list?

📚 ~ Yolanda

Top Ten Tuesday

#TTT | Top Ten Tuesday | 3/9/21

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Spring Cleaning Freebie (for example, books you’re planning to get rid of for whatever reason, book’s you’d like to clean off your TBR by either reading them or deciding you’re not interested, books that feel fresh and clean to you after winter is over, etc.)

I am definitely ready for this topic because I was putting aside a stack couple weeks ago to get rid off my shelf. I’ve read most of these – 5 of them I just didn’t finish because I wasn’t into the story and don’t think I’ll go back to reading it. I’ll probably donate these books so someone else can enjoy them. What’s on your TTT list?

😘 ~ Yolanda

Top Ten Tuesday

#TTT | Top Ten Tuesday | 3/2/21

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had (maybe not even because the job sounds fun, but maybe the co-workers are cool or the boss is hot?)

The Soulmate Equation by. Christina Lauren – I want to be a scientist and work with Dr. River Pena for sure.

Ladies of the House by. Lauren Edmondson – I think Daisy’s job as a Chief of Staff for a Senator is fascinating but I don’t think I’d love the job, I just admire how she was such a boss at it!

Darkfever by. Karen Marie Moning – I want to work in Barron’s bookshop too.

Maybe This Time by. Kasie West – I always wanted to be an assistant wedding planner and do all the little things to put things together.

Kingdom of the Wicked by. Kerri Maniscalco – working in your family restaurant sounds pretty awesome especially when grandma is cooking fabulous dishes!

The Lost Apothecary by. Sarah Penner – I used to be a massage therapist so all kinds of healing therapist, past and present fascinate me a lot. I think being an apothecary would be awesome.

The Inheritance Games by. Jennifer Lynn Barnes – I just want to inherit the money.

Skyhunter by. Marie Lu – In my fantasy, I want to be on an elite fighting force, but in real life? Not really. Still kind of cool to imagine if I was a fighter like Mara.

Dark of the West by. Joanna Hathaway – I’d be a fighter pilot for sure! Except it might give me major vertigo? I can just imagine the adrenaline one gets from flying a fighter jet though.

When it’s Real by. Erin Watt – um, hello, yes I’ll sign up to be the fake girlfriend for a major pop star. Why not? As long as it lasts for like a year tops…unless we fall in love of course. LOL.

*****

I think my favorite one of all these is to work in Barron’s Books and Baubles shop. 😍

😘 ~ Yolanda

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | 2/23/21

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

I don’t have 10 to give you basically looking at the book I’ve read…I read a lot of books that aren’t funny at all! So serious and dark…smh…haha…I need more funnies, can you recommend any?

📖 ~ Yolanda

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | 2/16/21

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Purple, Yellow, and/or Green Book Covers (in honor of Mardis Gras, which is today!)

Happy Mardi Gras! These colors are so fabulous together. 💜💛💚 ~ Yolanda

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | 2/9/21

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s Valentine freebie topic is:

Greatest Love of All ~ My Fave Couples

💘 Jude & Cardan from The Folk of the Air series by. Holly Black

💘 Lara & Aren from The Bridge Kingdom series by. Danielle L. Jensen

💘 Stella & Michael from The Kiss Quotient by. Helen Hoang

💘 Feyre & Rhys from ACOTAR series by. Sarah J. Maas

💘 Juliette & Warner from the Shatter Me series by. Tahereh Mafi

💘 Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by. Jane Austen

💘 Lara Jean & Peter K from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by. Jenny Han

💘 Kazi & Jase from The Dance of Thieves series by. Mary E. Pearson

💘 Mac & Barron from Darkfever series by. Karen Marie Moning

💘 Roselle & Reykin from the Secondborn series by. Amy A. Bartol

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | 2/2/21

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Books Written Before I Was Born

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by. Harper Lee published in 1960 – this was required school reading for me
  • Lord of the Flies by. William Golding published in 1954 – another school requirement
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by. C.S. Lewis published in 1950 – funny story, in high school (and I went to a high school that people called ghetto 🙄 because of the gang fights but it really wasn’t so bad as the news made our school out to be)…anyway it was predominantly filipino and samoan kids and my senior year we had a white teacher from Colorado. She said we’d basically get nowhere speaking our pidgin English (Hawaii slang) and she decided to take 20 minutes at the end of class to read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to us! Most of the kids in class slept through it or wrote notes to one another (I wrote notes), but I did listen to the story as well since I love books. Anyway ~ that’s my memory about that book.
  • Jane Eyre by. Charlotte Bronte published in 1847 – love this book
  • Pride and Prejudice by. Jane Austen published in 1813 – I watched the show series first before reading the book
  • Romeo and Juliet by. William Shakespeare published in 1595 – required school reading
  • Little Women by. Louisa May Alcott published in 1868 – I don’t remember reading it, but I definitely remember watching the movie a lot
  • Dracula by. Bram Stoker published in 1897 – never read it, but watched the Dracula movie with Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder back in the day because…Keanu🤷🏻‍♀️
  • Interview with the Vampire by. Anne Rice published in 1976 – I watched the movie but never read this book. I did read her Lives of the Mayfair Witches series and I loved The Mummy!
  • The Shining by. Stephen King published in1977 – I saw the movie and read the book. I was in a Stephen King phase back in high school which was in the 90’s. Then I read a book of his that freaked me out and gave me nightmares so I stopped reading his books. 😅

Have you read any of these books?

📚 ~ Yolanda