Top Fifteen: Rainy-Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was rainy-day reads.

The term “rainy-day read” always makes me think of a gloomy, dull Sunday where I don’t have any plans and can spend all day on the couch engrossed in a good book. Whatever the genre, a good rainy-day read sucks me into the plot and makes me loathe to leave its world—sometimes not even for food or bathroom breaks.

What makes a good rainy-day read for you? Did any of these make your list?

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
Blackout by Connie Willis
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
The Passage by Justin Cronin

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Title: Renegades
Author: Marissa Meyer
Rating: ★★★★
Summary: The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


I have to be honest: I 100% picked up Renegades because of its cover. That muted blue and gray color palette, the minimalist character drawings, the unrecognizable cityscape… I just had to know more. The plot which is your standard good vs. evil revenge tale featuring super-powered individuals feels like it’s been done before, but in Marissa Meyer’s hands, the characters jump off the page and creep into your subconscious and you find yourself reading late into the night because you need answers. Some of the twists were softball throws, detected chapters in advance, but then others were a fastpitch to the stomach, leaving me capslocks-rage-tweeting an hour after I should have been in bed. (It was so good, y’all; I gobbled down 500+ pages in under a week.) Perhaps if I had known that Renegades was merely the first in a planned trilogy, I wouldn’t have read the book so soon after it was published, but now I have not one but TWO sequels to look forward to. (The second book, Archenemies, drops in November.) Meyer is perhaps best known for her young-adult cyborg series the Lunar Chronicles, but even if you’ve never heard of that, Renegades deserves to be read on its own merits.

Top Ten: Books That Lived Up to Their Hype

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was books that lived up to their hype. Whether these books were hyped by friends, book blogs, or the press, they came with high expectations and delivered!

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates // The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown // The Fault in Our Stars by John Green // A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin // The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Lumberjanes, vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson // The Martian by Andy Weir // Renegades by Marissa Meyer // What Happened by Hillary Clinton // When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

First reaction: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Just finished #Renegades and holy hell @marissa_meyer what have you done to me. Pls write faster. K thanks. pic.twitter.com/c2NplKVART

— ze vaz of sheel (@thewasofshall) December 20, 2017

Did any of you read Renegades by Marissa Meyer yet?? Because it is insane and Twitter would only let me choose one reaction gif… but fear not, GIPHY’s got my back. May I present to you all of my feels regarding this amazing piece of YA literature.