Top Ten Books about Friendship
Karou & Zuzana from Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor. Zuzana is like the best friend ever. She marches out into the Moroccan desert more than once facing fantisful characters to help out her friend.
Macallan & Levi from Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg. I love friendships that develop young. But what happens when you start getting those feelings? Both fear losing the thing they value most, their friendship, so they struggle along until they figure it out.
Aristotle & Dante from Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Two lonely, odd boys that find family, friendship and answers.
Rachel Morgan & Jenks from The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. Jenks always has Rachel’s back and doesn’t hesitate to call her on her shit. Rachel will charge head on into danger to protect her friends.
Charley & Cookie from Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. Cookie is the best. Living next door, she organizes Charley’s business and personal life as much as possible. Plus Cookie is warm and funny.
Jennifer & Beth from Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Their BFF musings are so interesting that Lincoln likes to eavesdrop.
Rose & Lissa from Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Rose is beyond loyal to Lissa. She sacrifices everything to make her happy and keep her safe.
Atticus & Oberon from The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. Bestest Friends Ever. Atticus always comes through with stories during bath time and sausages. Oberon provides much need companionship and comedic relief when times become perilous.
Jasper & Howie from I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Howie gets to vicariously live through the tattoos he picks for Jasper. Howie is a loyal friend to Jasper.
Jordan & Sam from Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally. Friends that go farther back than pee-wee football. Sleepovers. Biggest Cheerleader. Completes the Other.
Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But I Didn’t
I’m not quite sure I’m interpreting this prompt correctly. I really hate to DNF a book. “Maybe it will get better.” “I’ve already invested time on it.” Here are 10 Books I almost put down, but didn’t (but maybe I should have).
[Audiobook] Home Front by Kristin Hannah. The children’s voices were so obnoxious. I really started to not care at all, but felt like I needed to see the mother through to the end.
The Veil by Cory Putnam Oakes. Insta-love and a world that was just beyond my reach.
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott. This one wasn’t really close to a DNF, but the main character kept me beyond arms length away. Since she keeps you at a distance, it didn’t bring the feels an emotional book like this should.
Misfit by Jon Skovron. Crazy demon stuff without enough scaffolding.
ttyl by Lauren Myracle. This was a Banned Book pick up. Reading a whole book in text-speak, just wasn’t fun for me.
Fairy Metal Thunder by JL Bryan. Chasing a goblin down a rabbit hole and stealing magical instruments just wasn’t for me.
Wavecrossed by Andrea Colt. I love shapeshifters, but selkies are just too much for me to wrap my brain around.
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler. A few laughs, but overall a let down.
Wicket Appetite by Janet Evanovich. Over the top absurdity.
Masks of the Lost Kings by Tom Bane. Too many details that don’t unfold with any kind of logic for the reader, except that your being told so. There are too many excellent antiquities hunts out there to compare to.
Top Ten Book Covers You’d Put on Your Wall as ART
My criteria was that they had to be books I’ve read. I worked backward through my “Read” Goodread’s shelf. Mostly I like simple poster art, but there were a few that captured a feeling that I liked.
Top Ten Bookish Things I Want to Own
I decided on the thing that I love about books right behind the books themselves. T-shirts.
Top Ten Unique Books or Spins on a Genre
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. It hits Mexican culture, family, love with depth and sensitivity without losing the machismo and humor.
Slammed by Colleen Hoover. Smart, Standup Guy into Poetry tries to find balance between Family, Career and Love. This one will squeeze your heart.
Permanent Record by Leslie Stella. There aren’t too many books out there about growing up part of an immigrant family, much less about Iranian-Americans. Cultural Discrimination & Achievement Stress plus teenage boy coming-of-age creates a rich story.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Introvert, Fan-Fic Writer heads off to college. Separated from family and her twin, she has to find her own way. Learning how to navigate first loves and writing her own story.
Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys. Ruta knows how to dig up history, shake out the dust and make it fresh and vibrant.
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Holy Smokes! Talk about twisty, turning mysteries that are unputdownable and require all the lights to be on.
Cinder & the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. She amazes me with her Sci-Fi spin on old Fairy Tales. With each book as the world gets wider, their stories start to intertwine in such magical way. I can’t wait to see how she pulls it all together.
Every Day by David Levithan. I thought I was pretty evolved on how I viewed love, but listening to A’s story on audiobook really pushed me even further.
Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo. This was one of the first magical fantasy novels that I read that wasn’t set in a quasi-medieval world. 1800’s Russia with semi-modern weapons and a rich landscape create a unique backdrop.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman. Besides being a unique dystopian world, it really made me think about my views toward children. Wanted, Unwanted, Discipline plus Medical Ethics.
Ten Twelve Gateway Books
YA Verse…Crank by Ellen Hopkins
YA Historical…Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
YA Historical Fantasy…Graceling by Kristin Cashore
YA Sci-Fi Fantasy…Cinder by Marissa Meyer
YA Zombie…Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
YA Thrillers…The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
YA Audiobook…The Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
YA Contemporary Audiobook…Winger by Andrew Smith
New Adult…Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance…Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Adult Contemporary Audiobook…Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Adult Paranormal Audiobook…First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Top Ten Things on my Bookish Bucket List