Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

Hello dear readers, welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Some of these won’t come as a surprise if you read my posts often, while others even surprised me. I will admit the lower numbers on this list are a bit sad…

Either way, I hope you enjoy!

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Mary Lu – 4 Books

Legend Series – I’ve read all four books in Lu’s Legend series and am interested in reading more of her books. I’ve heard she is a great YA author.


James Dashner – 4 Books

Maze Runner – I’ve read the first four books in the Maze Runner series. Originally they were the only books in the series, but I’ve heard rumors of there being more. Not to eager to get to the new books, but maybe one day.


Dan Brown – 5 Books

Angels & Demons, The Davinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Inferno, Origin – I’m a sucker for good conspiracy theories, and I would argue Dan Brown is a master at that field.


Brandon Sanderson – 7 Books

Mistborn, Stormlight Archive, The Reckoners – Though he is my favourite author at the moment, he is not the one I have read the most of. I just haven’t been able to get my hands on all of his works yet, but I imagine in a few years he will be bumped up the list.


J.K. Rowling – 7 Books

Harry Potter Series – Don’t really need to say much about this. She doesn’t have any books that interest me outside of the Harry Potter series so this won’t be getting any bigger any time soon.

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C.S. Lewis – 7 Books

Narnia – I imagine most book lovers have read of the Narnia series. I loved it when I was a kid. I honestly don’t know of any other books by Lewis, so I don’t know if this amount will get any bigger.


George R.R. Martin – 8 Books

Game of Thrones books (main story and world books) – I’m a big fan of high-fantasy books, and Game of Thrones is wonderfully written. Once the series finishes up I plan on increasing this count.


Cassandra Clare – 9 Books

City of Bones, The Infernal Devices – I read a lot of these books in middle school and high-school. I’m not in a rush to read any more books by Clare, but I wouldn’t be against reading more Shadowhunter stories


Robert Jordan – 9 Books

The Wheel of Time – If I can ever get back to reading my own books instead of ARCs and book tour books, I plan on bumping up The Wheel of Time numbers to 15, which is the rest of the series.


Brian Jacques – 12 Books

Redwall Series – These were the books that made me fall in love with reading, and I will forever hold a soft spot in my heart for them. There are a few more books in the series I want to get to eventually, and this may be the first ever series I re-read.


What authors have you read the most books by? Let me know in the comments.
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My 10 Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

Hello dear readers, welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday. Thank you to That Artsy Reader Girl for the topic as always!

I normally don’t do these when the topic is June TBR, Summer Books to Read, etc. because I don’t read as much as other people do, so I’d have maybe one or two books on the list, which wouldn’t be fun for anyone.

BUT, I’ve been reading a lot more this year than I normally do, thanks to book blogging, so I figured a six-month time period would be enough to make a solid list about.

What books are you planning to read in the rest of 2020? Have you read any of the ones on my list? Let’s talk about it.

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Of Myth and Shadow by Matthew S. Cox – I’m about a quarter of the way through this book, which I’ve been told is 1400+ pages long. I have a blog tour coming up for this book and it’s an interesting read to say the least.

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Dread Pirate Arcanist, Coliseum Arcanist, Plague Arcanist by Shami Stovall. I loved Knightmare Arcanist, the first book in this series, and the books are a quick and fun read. I plan on getting through them pretty quickly in the rest of 2020.


Heir of Doom by Jina. S Bazzar. I enjoyed the first one in this series quite a bit, and the author approached me to read the second one. I feel bad because it keeps getting pushed back in my TBR, but I will read it soon!


Mo Dao Zu Shi by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu. This one was recommended to me by one of my blogging friends Kat @ Kbookreviews. She said I would enjoy it, and since I don’t read a lot of Eastern Fantasy, that it would be good to expand my horizons.


The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin. I read some of Jemisin in university and I loved her work. It was such an interesting take on fantasy that I wanted to read more by her. I’ve heard each of these books are fantastic to read and might leave me feeling empty inside because of the emotions.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. This is another series I’ve heard a lot of good things about, so I am excited to get into it, but I don’t want to commit to the whole series quite yet because I have also hear some not-too-good things about it too. Hopefully those ones are wrong.


What books are on your TBR for the rest of the year? Let’s talk about it in the comments, and make sure to follow me on social media!
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Top 10 Tuesday Turns 10: Visiting Past T10Ts

Hello dear readers, today’s Top 10 Tuesday is a special one, because it is the 10th Birthday!!

Because it is the 10th birthday, make sure you go check out That Artsy Reader Girl, the creator and host of Top 10 Tuesday.

I figured since it is the 10th birthday, I would share 10 of my favorite Top 10 Tuesday posts that I’ve written so we can relive some of the best ones.

I hope you enjoy, and as always, make sure to follow me on social media.
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My Top 10 Protagonists

10 Settings I’d Like to See More Of

5 Characters I Would be Friends With and 5 I Wouldn’t

Top 10 Bookmarks


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10 Beautiful Book Covers I Own

Children’s Books I Remember Loving

10 Signs You’re a Certified Book Addict

10 Longest Books I Own


Bookish Things I Want at my Birthday Party

Best Closing Lines in Books


10 Bookstagram Accounts I Follow

Hello dear readers, I want to share some of my Instagram life with you today. I’ve been struggling with growing my Instagram followers. I don’t have an eye for design and style, so my pictures are mediocre.

I do like looking at other people’s nice pictures and discussing books with them.

So, because I am trying to share my Instagram world, you, my dear readers, get to see some of my favourite instagram accounts I follow.

I follow a lot of beautiful accounts, so this in no way is my 10 favourite, just 10 that I thought were exceptional and happened to be at the top of the list of accounts I follow.

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@Lauren.bodiford


@anerdybookbirdy


@bookish.coffee


@jenjenreviews


@reading.with.emma


@thewritereads


@sabinesbooknook


@weeziereads


@successfullybooked


@bluedeskbooks


Why Did I Add These 10 Books to my TBR?

Hello dear readers, it is time for another Top 10 Tuesday hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is 10 books I added to my TBR and I don’t know why.

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  • S. by J.J Abrams: I know there was a reason, because I remember being excited to add it to my TBR, but I can’t remember what that reason was.
  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult: I don’t even remember this book existing. I literally couldn’t tell you one thing about this book. I have no recollection of it at all.
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee: Another book I don’t remember existing. I looked up the author and she sounds good, but I don’t remember why I liked this book…I’ll have to look it up.
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: I know there was something about this book that piqued my interest. Another blogger recommended it to me but I don’t remember why.
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy: I have seen the movie, and I don’t remember liking it. Maybe I thought the book was about something else.

  • Strategy by Lawrence Freedman: A thick ass book about the history of strategy. I can already feel myself hating my 20 year-old self for wanting to read this book.
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri: I’ve heard it is tough to read, and not overly engaging. Some intellectual part of me probably thought it would be a good idea.
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: I bought this book before I saw and started loving the movie. I’m putting it off until I am on my death bed because of an arrangement between my friend and myself.
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell: I hated this book in University and never got around to finishing it all. I read some cheat sheets on it though, and for some reason I decided to keep it around and finally finish it. No idea why.
  • The Atheist’s Guide to Reality by Alexander Rosenberg: I think I had an interest in religion and hating God way back when, but I have grown out of that phase now.

What are some books you added to your TBR and you don’t remember why? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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10 Best Closing Lines in Books

Hello dear readers, we are back for another Top 10 Tuesdays, hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week’s theme is actually Top 10 Opening Lines, but I decided to go with my Top 10 Best Closing lines instead.

I am literally sitting on my floor, flipping through every book to find the best of the best closing lines of the books I own, so I hope you enjoy.

Closing lines are your last impression for the story. They can leave you in tears, or ruin all the time you invested in the journey. If you think about it, a closing line can be even more important than an opening line, and it is the opening line if you read the book backwards!

If you think of any other great closing lines, let me know in the comments or on social media!
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The Naruto Series

“Once upon a time there was a fox spirit with nine tails.
A boy had the fox sealed inside him, and the two spent a long time together.
A new calamity, the Juubi, was revived, but the boy became a shinobi, and together with the fox spirit and the other shinobi they became one and succeeded in sealing it.
The boy with the fox spirit inside him was the son of the Fourth Hokage. Now he is called the Seventh.

I think this is a great close to the entire Naruto series. We know the story of Naruto, and all the struggles he had to go through to get where he is now. This closing line is a very short summary, and it brings back a lot of memories.


The Book Thief

“I am haunted by humans”

The entire book humanizes the character of Death, the greatest evil that someone could imagine. For death to claim he is haunted by humans shows that we, not him, are the worst evils that can be imagined. A haunting final line.


Fullmetal Alchemist

“This is what’s best for them.
Besides, a guy who just sits around is boring.”

These words coming from Winry really tie in the final arc of Fullmetal Alchemist nicely. It is seen as a both romantic gesture as well as proof that the Elric’s stories aren’t over yet.


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In Cold Blood

“Then starting home, he walked toward the trees, and under them, leaving behind him the big sky, the whisper of wind voices in the wind-bent wheat.”

This chilling final line of In Cold Blood really wraps up Capote’s heart-wrenching story nicely.


IT

“Or so Bill Denbrough sometimes thinks on those early mornings after dreaming, when he almost remembers his childhood, and the friends with whom he shared it.”

If you know the story of IT, you know the significance of them remembering their childhood. With this closing line, they knew that the story was over, and that there was nobody left to haunt their memories.


Clockwork Princess

And if the Thame that ran beside them, sure and silver in the afternoon light, recalled a night long ago when the moon shone as brightly as a shilling on this same boy and girl, or if the stones of Blackfriars knew the tread of their feet and thought to themselves at last, the wheel comes full circle, they kept their silence.

You wouldn’t know half of the ending of this series from this closing line, but if you know the story, you know the impact it has on readers.

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The Eye of the World

“The Prophecies will be fulfilled,” the Aes Sedai whispered. “The Dragon is Reborn.”

This is a great set-up for the rest of the 14 book series. Though we had our suspicions, we now have a stage for the rest of the story.


Martin the Warrior

“There is always room for you and Bultip here, Aubretia. Our Abbey is a place for friendship. Anyone young or old, who has read or heard of Redwall may come and visit us. If you are honest and of good heart, no matter what the season our door is open to you. Whether for the first time, or for the return of an old companion, you are welcome. Please feel free to visit us anytime you pass by this way.”

This series will forever be one of my laborite series. This closing line perfectly encapsulates the essence of the story, and Redwall Abbey, which is often the main setting in the stories.


Priory of the Orange Tree

With the faintest smile, Ead cast her gaze towards the stars.
“One day, perhaps,” she said. “But not today.”

A sad, but hopeful ending to a great romance. This line leaves hope for Ead and Sabran, but it still hurts us a little bit knowing they can’t be together yet.


Champion

“Hi,” he says. “I’m Daniel.” 
“Hi,” I reply. “I’m June.”

This last line always gets me. After three books of romantic build up, this is the line we end with. On one hand you can’t help but feel sad, but on the other, you hold on to a bit of hope.


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What did you think of these closing lines? Are there any other closing lines that really stick out to you? Let’s talk about them in the comments, or send me a message on social media!
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10 Reasons I Love High Fantasy Books

Hello dear readers, welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday put on by the Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is 10 Reasons I Love [Insert Topic]. Right away I knew what I wanted to talk about; High Fantasy. It is by far my favourite genre, and there are definitely more than 10 reasons why I love it.

If you have any reasons why you love High Fantasy Books, please add them to the list. I always like reading other peoples’ reasons for loving fantasy.
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Travel to Impossible Worlds

With high fantasy, we aren’t limited to our world, or some near identical variant of it. We go to Middle Earth, Westeros, or wherever the words take us. We get to escape the reality that is our lives because there is so little in common with our lives and the lives of those trying to destroy their enemies using magic.


The Stakes are High

High Fantasy gives us impossible odds. We aren’t trying to take down a gang member, escape this monster, or fall in love with the girl next door. With High Fantasy the goal is often to destroy a near god like figure. Something that powerful can only be defeated with great sacrifice and risk, and we go along for the ride.


Magic Systems

What is High Fantasy without world destroying magic? It’s part of the experience. We often get to explore the magic system alongside one of our main characters. What makes the magic system even more amazing is that they are so unique. Each high fantasy series has an aspect to it that makes it different from the rest and stand out.


Worldbuilding

This is my favourite aspect of High Fantasy. It’s like taking a history lesson of the book series. We get events that happened years before the books take place, we get character backstories, we get future books explaining the entire world.

The possibilities are near endless, and when an author does a good job at creating a world, magical things can happen.


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Spans over Several Books

When I read a book, there are too many times when I want more. I want to follow the characters more, I want to watch them grow. That’s only possible to do (properly) over several books. I want to dedicate days and weeks to one series. I want to immerse myself in the world over and over, not just over one book.

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We Learn Who the Characters Are

High Fantasy often brings readers a lot of different character. They all have different backstories, different experiences and different goals. When we get to step into their mind and explore their thoughts and fears. It helps me connect to the characters and put myself into the story.


The Stories stick with you

When you follow a story or a character for several books, you can’t help but keep it with you. It becomes a part of who you are and what stories you like. It influences the way you feel about other books and how you connect with them.


“Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” ― Albert Camus

A quote that becomes more and more true the more High Fantasy I read. With High Fantasy, we get to explore fantasy worlds that have no similarities with our own world. Despite that, we can explore human issues in a different light. We can explore and learn about things from the perspective of the victims and the accusers and hopefully come to a better understanding of the issue in our own lives.

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Recommend a high fantasy book

I want the happy ending

It’s not guaranteed, but more often than not, we get the heroes defeating the villain. It often comes with losses and hardship along the way, but the after books and books of struggling, the moment the heroes finally succeed feels amazing. It makes the struggle more than worth it.


Possibility for awesome memorabilia

I think the memorabilia world is bombarded with only a few fantasy series, mainly Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, and it sucks because there are so many opportunities for amazing TV shows, t shirts, and dozens of other things.


If you have any reasons why you love High Fantasy Books, please add them to the list. I always like reading other peoples’ reasons for loving fantasy.
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