Top Ten: Books on My TBR Because of Their Adaptation

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was a book to movie freebie, so I decided to list ten books on my TBR because I saw their movie or TV adaptation.

Atonement by Ian McEwan → Atonement
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller → The Dark Knight Rises
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty → Big Little Lies
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan → Crazy Rich Asians
Divergent by Veronica Roth → Divergent

The Magicians by Lev Grossman → The Magicians
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang → Arrival
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han → To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh → Trainspotting
Watchmen by Alan Moore → Watchmen

Top Ten: Characters Who Remind Me of Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was characters who remind me of me.

♥ Beth from Attachments
♥ Esther from The Bell Jar
♥ Eleanor from Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
♥ Ann from A Great and Terrible Beauty
♥ Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower

♥ Lizzie from Queen of Babble
♥ Jessica from Sloppy Firsts
♥ Betsy from Smart Girls like Me
♥ Melinda from Speak
♥ Tally from Uglies

Top Ten: Early Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was the first ten books I reviewed.

Before I had a blog, it took a lot for me to write a review, mostly because it was just easier not to, you know? Below are ten books that I felt were worth it, reviewed on Goodreads from January 2011 to April 2012.

The Accidental Proposal by Matt Dunn
All Clear by Connie Willis
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Ex-Girlfriends United by Matt Dunn
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

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

Top Ten: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was things that make me pick up a book.

Let me just say that I am in LOVE with this topic! I chose to list reasons why I might physically pick up a book or why I might then add a book to my TBR, with real-world examples because why the heck not.

It comes personally recommended: an acquaintance texted me out of the blue with “Umm have you read Big Little Lies? I’m watching the HBO miniseries and holy shit I’m hooked” and her thinking of me made me wonder if the book might be my kind of thing after all.
It has cute illustrations: A story may sound interesting, but if I can’t stand the illustration style, there is no way it’s going on my TBR. I am so in enamored with Cannonball‘s illustrations, though, as well as its coloring.
It comes highly recommended across my corner of the bookternet: I have literally seen nothing but good reviews for The Kiss Quotient and having it consistently get four- and five-star reviews made me want to read it.
It includes time travel: I will almost always pick up a book that includes a reference to time travel, but not all of them get added to my TBR. An Ocean on Minutes made the cut.
It’s a retelling of an old favorite: I went through a good half-year when I basically only read books that were either Pride and Prejudice re-tellings or included the book as a plot point. I fell out of the habit, but then Pride came out and it just sounded so freaking good.

I love the cover: whenever people say “you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover” I think well why the hell not? I do this constantly, and Queenie catches my eye literally every time I come across it.
It flips a trope: I love a good Chosen One Story, but I also love when our Chosen One is off… over there… doing their own thing, and I get to read about everyone else, like in The Rest of Us Just Live Here.
It covers one of my interests: I’m a big fan of 1960s-era NASA, and so I will at least peak at anything that covers it. After watching First Man recently, the topic was on the brain when I saw Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11 come into my library.
I loved the movie: Arrival hit me real hard when I saw it, so much so that I want to read its source material, a short story in Ted Chiang’s Stories of Your Life and Others.
It tackles a trope I love: I have a serious ~thing for fake dating and the fact that The Unhoneymooners includes fake fating on a fake honeymoon (stranded in a hotel! sharing one bed! pretending to be newlyweds!) made my alarm bells BLARE.

Top Ten: Books on My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was books on my spring TBR.

Whittling down my TBR is so hard. Like, on one hand, it helps me keep organized and know (roughly) which reviews I’ll be posting… but on the other, new books inevitably come out that aren’t on my list but which I really want to read!

† = ARC
* = Year of Asian Reading

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir* by Nicole Chung
Bloom by Kevin Panetta
The Clockwork Ghost by Laura Ruby
The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alex Marzano-Lesnevich
The Graybar Hotel: Stories by Curtis Dawkins

Internment* by Samira Ahmed
The Library of Ever† by Zeno Alexander
Origin by Dan Brown
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
Star-Crossed † by Minnie Drake

Technically, You Started It † by Lana Wood Johnson
This Is Not a Love Scene † by S.C. Megale
The Unhoneymooners † by Christina Lauren
Woman World * by Aminder Dhaliwal

Top Ten: Books That Need a Sequel

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was standalone books that need a sequel.

I had a really hard time with this week’s topic, y’all. The books I thought of first were either already part of a series or were so terrible that, even if I didn’t like the ending, I didn’t particularly care to read more. 😂 So, do the following books need a sequel? No, not really—but I also wouldn’t complain if they got one!

I Went to Vassar for This? by Naomi Neale
If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
Miss You by Kate Eberlen
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

BONUS! The following books were standalone, but now they all have sequels!!

Geekerella by Ashley Poston
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan