Top Ten Tuesday: National Book Lovers Day

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I am first and foremost, incredibly bummed that I didn’t wear my book scarf today. But it was also too hot for a scarf. But it is, in fact, National Book Lovers Day, and I thought I would combine my celebration with a Top Ten Tuesday, especially since The Broke and The Bookish had a bit of a freebie topic today. So instead what I’ve done is three top fives: My most recently read books, the books I last added to to my TBR list, and the five books I am currently reading.


Last Five Books Read

Broken Prince by Erin Watt 

I read the first book of this series earlier this year. Basically if I look at a review and it goes “it’s kind of like Hana Yori Dango” ……how could I turn that down? The first one was amusing and entertaining, and of course ended on a cliff hanger. I finished the second one last night and was less entertained. The rage from the lead guy in this book is terrifying, and I’m really tired of that being considered sexy.

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

I picked this book up on a whim when I couldn’t find the book I was looking for. I am a sucker for horror stories involving asylum turned student dorms. It was decent, with weird art in it, and I picked up the other two books in the series.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

I….am torn by how I feel about this book. I loved it as a silly fan fiction, but as a true canonical story? It’s laughable. But a longer post is due on this. With pictures from midnight parties.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Cannot squeal enough about this book. Cannot squee enough about the author. And there will be a post on this. It’s not my all time favorite Schwab book, but still loved it. It’s a two parter, and I am looking forward to the second book.

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Adventure by Neil Patrick Harris

I listened to this book as an audiobook, finishing it in an entire day. NPH narrates it himself. It’s light and amusing, and the love story with his now husband is adorable. They FLIRT IN THE AUDIOBOOK. #RelationshipGoals


Last Five Books Added to TBR

The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker

This book was mentioned in a conversation with a friend today, and a concept from the book fascinated me enough to add it to my list. Plus it’s one of those friends that you begrudgingly add any book they recommend.

Home by Harlan Coben

This is the upcoming Myron Bolitar book. It’s been years since Coben’s written a Bolitar book, and I miss the sarcastic detective and crew. I’m also behind on my Coben reading period.

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates

I know nothing about this book other than it’s a collection of short stories, came out this year, and a friend of mine added it to their TBR list. It was apparently on Netgalley — I should get caught up on Netgalley.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

This book was recommended to me. I do enjoy chick lit, though I have never read any of Colleen Hoover. I’ll definitely pick it up at some point soon.

Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger

A steampunk novella by an author I enjoy. I wasn’t a big fan of Carriger as a YA author, but I do like her Parasol Protectorate series.


Current Five Books I’m Reading

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

I am reading this book for a test episode for a podcast I’m working on with a fabulous group of ladies. This book isn’t one that would be normally featured on the podcast, and I’ve been trying to decide if I would have picked it up on my own. It’s based in Brooklyn and has a main character that’s not a typical (white) female protagonist. So far I’m loving it.

The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1. by Kieron Gillen

In true fashion of my New Year’s resolution, this is the current comic series I am binging on to catch up. Bought the first three volumes last week.

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

I love Shirley Jackson, and was having an “I miss college” day when I picked up this collection. I’m about halfway through it, before switching to a bag that doesn’t allow for actual books in it (currently rocking my ereader.) I may put this one on hold until October, where I’ll do tons of horror reading.

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

I’ll admit, I’ve barely started this. This kind of book is one that I’ll either read slowly over the next six months as I let it wash it’s wisdom over me (while flashing the cover on the subway of course) or I’ll read it all in one sitting. I’ve read maybe 1-2 essays in it currently.

Multiverse: A Collection of Superhero Poetry

This isn’t my favorite collection of poetry, and actually my reading of it is on hold as I lent it out to a friend. It definitely makes me think though. Superheroes are such depressing characters these days.


What are you reading? Anything interested added to your TBR list recently??

August Update or I’m Not Dead I Promise!

I’ve been pretty MIA for awhile, I’ll admit. I’ve been doing what I can to get out and explore the city and make friends, plus I’ve started working on projects. But don’t fret! I am planning on getting back in the habit of posting. Plus the projects I am getting involved with are kind of awesome.

So what have I been up to?

Well, I have been reading and listening to more podcasts. This week I plan on getting out a few book reviews, specifically:

  • Asylum by Madeleine Roux (and eventually its sequels, which I’m working on reading)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Podcast wise, I’ve started listening to some new ones — primarily comic book related ones. I’m learning ALL ABOUT the X-Men, and Panelology keeps me up to date on the major comic books of the week (primarily DC/Marvel reviews).

I do plan on doing a Season 2 recap of The Black Tapes Podcast as my Season 1 recap gets hits on a daily basis.

I can talk a little bit about some of the projects I’ve been working on, but not too much:

  • I submitted my first story  idea to a website, which took most of July for me to panic and actually write. I find out tomorrow (GASP) if it was accepted, and either way I’ll post more about where you can find/read it afterwards. …Because I do have a backup plan for it.
  • Also, research, research, research. For both books.
  • I’m going to get into podcasting — woo! It’s in the beginning stages, and we’re (myself and 5 other wonderful ladies) getting ready to record our “lost” episode – one that will never see the light of day. It is book related, specifically YA, and as it gets closer to being released, I’ll post more about it!
  • Gishwhes is…. Gishwhes.
  • I helped a friend with an episode of her podcast — I seriously doubt it’ll ever see the light of day, but man. If you aren’t listening to podcasts, what are you waiting for? There is literally something out there for everyone. And if there isn’t, you can start it yourself.

What else? If you aren’t watching Stranger Things or Scream, you should be.