A Few Things That You Might Want To Know About Me Since I am an unknowable creature (except for when I’m not (except for all the time)

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Tbch I am not an interesting person–you see, I put it out there. I’m just not! I’m quite the average person…outwardly. As everyone is to their own, I am to myself, but I’m not as interesting as some other bloggers out there who lead very interesting lives* but I suppose I do have my own quirks. Usually in this situation (when conversing with a non-bookish human), I, the bookworm creature, usually uses ‘owning a book blog’ and ‘being an insanely insane bookworm’ to make myself sound very important and well-rounded and iconic. So we’ll see about this.

(Honestly tho, I’m not too sure what I meant when I said ‘So we’ll see about this’ like a completely prepared, mature person so basically I was being a different person. *sigh* I should be an actor I’m so dramatic omg) We’ll see what awes you. I bet you there’s going to be 0-1** awing things on this list. NAW. I’VE JUST BEEN JOKING THIS WHOLE TIME I’M SUPER INTERESTING HA HA. (We’ll see *insert mouthless noseless (even though emojis never have noses) emoji*)

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My Reasons For Brainwashing You To Love Magic In Books || Top Ten Tuesday

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Words I like: Reasons, Inspire, FLOWERS FLOWERS FLOWERS, more to come. Anyway, today since I am trying to be a consistent garbanzo bean (somewhat) I’ve decided that I must do my TTT today rather than my monthly review, which I’m a little more scarce with. So I’m going to tell you await my monthly review of May tomorrow or day after. Ha, sorry! This month, I will give you a monthly review on the last day of June, rather than wait till June 8/9. Haha, I’m not even sure anyone really expected me to get my monthly review across on time. But just look for that. Okay? Okay.

I’m going to be talking about why I love magic in books, because of the prompt of today’s TTT. I swear I will brainwash all of you, but then when I think about it, you might not be willing to step away from sci-fi or contemp. or whatever so I decided I will brainwash you. That and I’m sure THOUSANDS OF YOU ALREADY LOVE MAGIC. I love magic in books because I’m a fantasy nerd, and I’m sure magic isn’t just exclusive to spells. I’M TALKING ANYTHING ABNORMAL THAT MAKES STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN. Sort of like a cuckoo clock. Rawr. Continue reading

Ten Beach Books That Practically Call Out To The Ocean And Blue Whales || Top Ten Tuesday

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Reading on the beach is great! That’s all I practically ever do. So I haven’t been to the beach in a while. Heh, actually, that’s a complete lie. I’d been to the beach in the second week of March. But now it’s been a couple of months, and I don’t think you can really count that as a beach experience because I never looked up once at the ocean; I spread my sandals on the sand, covered them with a plastic bag, sat on them so I wouldn’t get sand on my butt, and presumed reading for the following half hour.

My sister was the one who drenched herself in sea salt and minute oceanic bacterial organisms.

For some reason, when I think of beach reads, I guess my mind goes directly to, like, contemporary, chick lit, or light-hearted romantic books because all I can think of when I think of reading on the beach is, you know, people who are lying dramatically on the sand, with perfect tanning skin and painted nails under a vera bradley beach umbrella, with a nice straw hat and sunglasses, reading. Maybe I’m just an old romantic. But I think that’s definitely the scene I’ll be thinking of when I tell you about my ten books.

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Top Ten Tuesday || A Few Web Dragons That I Rather Love Even Though They Do Not Correlate To Books So They Must Associate With Pie

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My life is not completely full of books. Words, maybe. But I do have hobbies outside of eating books. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m pretty sure I have no life besides volleyball, reading, and taekwondo. Big whoop. 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s super easy to participate in! Just write a post about your top ten (or really any number you feel like) answers to the given prompt and remember to link back to their blog!

So, anyhoo, I’ve decided that I’ll tell you that I’m going to just fake it till I make it, and then when I start to develop further life, I will let you know. But now, I’ll just tell you about how I love ten other things besides Paper Fury, blogging, everyone’s lovely blogs, and other important things like pie, because if I can’t tell you about books, I’m going to have to include vanilla caramel milkshakes ZOMG and pie somewhere, right?

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Top Ten Tuesday: The Ten Totally Real People In This Universe That I Would Like To Magically Turn Into Because (TA-DA!!) I Am Tessa Gray [Freebie]

Excuse my Top Ten Tuesday on Wednesday. I was traveling yesterday, and so I didn’t get to publish said post. BUT ANYWAYS. Bada bing, bada boom, I AM TESSA GRAY PEOPLES YOU HAD TO BELIEVE ME NOW. I proved to you I am a witch, and now you know I am Tessa Gray. BECAUSE WILL IS SECRETLY MINE AND SO IS JEM MINE I TELL YOU MINE. To answer your obviously unsaid question, I did not have sugar for lunch. I am naturally like this: high-spirited, perfect, and absolutely sane. Don’t you agree??

So now since I am the renowned Tessa Gray, minus my English accent and desperate consciousness of propriety I shall tell you ten characters I would very much like to shape-shift into. And they’re totally real. FYI. (WHY OH WHY WHY DOES CLOCKWORK PRINCESS HAVE TO BE SO HEARTBREAKING WHY I AM DYING WHY I AM SHRIVELING UP AND TURNING INTO A MUNCHKIN LIKE SQUASHHEAD BUT I LOOK LIKE A SNAIL AND I THINK SQUASHHEAD WILL EAT ME) 

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This is a weekly meme over on Broke And Bookish which, sanctum fumat, is one heck of a blog and plus it is so pretty because it is like a color splashed paint bucket of artwork and I LOVE ART plus I try to keep up with this but sometimes I become a crazed pumpkin. Ahem.

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1. Peeta Mellark

Yes, Peeta Mellark. I think I know why you look a snail pumpkin yourself. BECAUSE YOU ARE ONE. No, okay, I’m joking. “Peeta was hijacked and tortured and blah blah blah blah choke Katniss blah blah blah he freaking loves her“…

Has no one else wondered how he can love her SO MUCH? Even after she is a trained killing machine? Yes, I exaggerated a bit on that one, but even though I do love Katniss, I’m not a blind lovebird, though the fact that he’s had, like, a schoolboy crush on Katniss forever is cute….

2. Aelin Ashryver Galathynius 

Or Celaena Sardothien. Whatever you want to call her. See, when I’m writing this draft, and I write Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, it’s like three red dotted lines under each word each time I write it and it is just so hilarious. But anyways, I’m not just wanting to shape shift into Aelin because I’ll get to have Rowan; no, that would never be it…but Rowan is still so beautiful….What can I say in this hopeless situation?

3. Inej Ghafa 

Ye old misers, behold Inej Ghafa! I know what you are saying now, my lovely little cabbage fiends, “WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO LIVE THROUGH THE MENAGERIE???!!!” But Six of Crows is so flipping good that Inej is so perfect and I am literally the angriest on the world that Kaz and Inej haven’t happened yet. Anyhoo, I would love to be Inej Ghafa because being a sly, sneaky spy [The Wraith] would be super cool. I want to defy gravity and meld into the shadows and scale rooftops like a snake. Hiss. I am wicked.

4. Magnus Bane

We’re both immortal together, so it can’t hurt, can it? I want to know all about Magnus’ past…his supposed crossing with Marie Antoinette and I have not yet read both the Bane Chronicles or the Codex, ha ha, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Angel focused on me specifically reading the Codex so what a big joke. But Magnus’ heavy immortality of which he’s already surpassed some of it, I guess I can say, could make for an interesting game of hide-and-seek.

5. Annabeth Chase

Granted, Veda is already a Daughter of Poseidon so I think she would love to experience Annabeth Chase. Annabeth is such a…such a strong character and I want to have the wisdom of Athena…and I know you’re thinking that with me, this is highly impossible but all’s the better, is it not?

Annabeth Chase is such a dynamic character and I’ve never forgotten her for Riordan’s books have been a humongous part of my upbringing so Annabeth Chase would be the ultimatum of coolness.

6. Carter Kane

I don’t care about writing magic heiroglyphs, alright? That’s simply too much like Clary Fray and I hate her, therefore, Carter is so much cooler because Horus is cooler and also I want to turn into a hawk. I think Maas stole the Rowan as a hawk thing from Riordan and the carranam concept from parabtai if it isn’t obvious and Wyrdmarks from runes. It’s pretty obviously put. Anyhoo, Carter is Horus and Horus is hawks and humongous warrior avatar and awesomeness. End of story.

7. Leo Valdez

Should I not wish for anything? What is the problem, peoples? Leo Valdez is also Riordan but Valdez is like mega awesomeness. Plus, he’s sarcastic and funny and light-hearted. He’s also one of the best characters and one I love very dearly. And he’s with Calypso, living his dream in Ogygia, so if all doesn’t end well, I call dibs on Leo-shifting.

8. Cath [er]

Fangirl was the best novel of ever and therefore Cath is going to be amazing to shape-shift into. Cath is so awesome, and I am die-hard fangirl and A Tale of Two Cities and whatever the heck else I talk up with Will. I don’t write fanfiction but I think it would be interesting if I tried to because blogging and writing on two hands is a good enough weight for me.

9. Tom Riddle

Tom Riddle…the most wicked, ruthless antagonist that I’ve ever read, and on the same hand, one of the most well-plotted characters–not antagonists–that I’ve read a book with. Tom Riddle’s backstory and pre-Voldemort-crazed-murderer status is quite interesting, and Merope and Tom Riddle Jr. is definitely a wonkalicious story. Of course, before he became Voldemort and lost his nose…but have you ever thought when the curse rebounded that day he went to kill Harry Potter that he didn’t simply vanish, his human body was still there? And Snape came, right? And so what if he like kicked off Voldemort’s nose, in theory? Of which that theory is not mine….SO.

Voldemort: So all I have to do is tell a lie?
Pinnochio: Yep.

10. HERMIONE GRANGER

What can I say to this? She’s my favorite character of ever and she beats even Aelin Galathynius. Because she’s Hermione, and she’s the most unique, detailed, interesting character I’ve read to date. And she made it okay to be a geek and a super nerd. I love you, Hermione. You rock.

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Was that the hardest thing in the world? Almost, sort of, kind of, obviously not. It is quite ridiculous how many countries there are in this overpopulated world and I swear there might be internet in more than 50% of them and 25% of them are WP users, I’m guessing. And so that’s like 12.5% of the world being WP users, those of course, who are in the age constraints and blah blah whatever else. And this is on a hunch, of course. I might be over-optimizing our world. 

if you did a TTT then leave me your link! what was your freebie topic? and do you agree with my choices, and who else would you add?

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Top Ten Tuesday: The 10 Things I Will Try So Hard To Do This 2016 Without Exploding Into Rainbow-Colored Confetti || Plus I Want My Own Personal Munchkin

So my younger sister figured out what my biggest pet peeve is. Guess what? The sound of nails on a chalkboard ermagerd *shudders*. That kills me. And you know what else kills me and makes my temper spike when I usually don’t get mad, and ends up with me screaming at someone? WHEN PEOPLE DO NOT HANDLE MY BOOKS KINDLY. My lovely little sister goes through one of the precious, shiny books on my bookshelf, and decides to tattoo my name all over the inside jacket of the front cover. Yeah, not a smart decision. She got a very big sisterly scolding from me. And I got to humongo-illustrate her name over her bookOne of the most satisfying revenges. #sisterwars

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme that I try hard to keep up with here on Bookzillan Society! It’s super easy to participate in! You give the hosts, Broke and Bookish a little visit and then follow their prompt and list your own top ten for whatever the prompt is? Fun, huh?

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1. Create a reading time/read more books!

Of course everyone wants to read more books and I do too, because they are my salvation and my sanction and I need to read more. I want to read so many books and so I have to create a reading time to do this because reading so important to me! And also, there are so many good books out there, I WANT TO GOBBLE THEM ALL LIKE A TURKEY RUNNING FROM THANKSGIVING.

2. Clean out my bookshelf

OHMYGOD. I have to do this so badly. My bookshelf is a mess of a bunch of college books (these ones aren’t mine), textbooks, books from when I was younger, and my treasured books of YA and NA and MG and all my loves in the big wide world. So clearly, I need to prioritize this.

3. Not have any books overdue

I have a big problem with this. I would like to debate with my local library to please maximize or go a little lax with the time limit for returning books. I can’t read a book so quickly! I check out like 3 billion and then, like 2 weeks later, I get an email going “book blah blah blah is overdue…price is blah blah blah” and here I am going: “BUT I’M ONLY BOOK NUMBER ONE MILLION.”

4. REVIEW MORE: more blog appearances

Gawds, 2016 is going to have to be the year I step up and really commit to my blog. I want to review more books because I write them all separately and then make the graphics but then I hold off putting them together and I’m all AHHHHH because I want to give you awesome book reviews!!! And I want to be on my blog way more than I am now.

5. Read more contemporary

I want to read so much more contemporary. Gods above, I am a die-hard fantasy lover and sci-fi, just as much. BUT UM CONTEMPORARY. I’ve read very few contemporary this year and those that I have I’ve loved so much that I am driven to read more contemporary. It’s a beautiful genre, and I don’t even mean YA. Heck, I read YA fantasy and sci-fi and then MG fantasy and sci-fi and even some NA but contemporary? I WANT TO READ IT ALL.

6. “I have my priorities”-What I am saying in a glimpse into the future

I want so badly to be able to say this one day to someone. Be like, “let’s go have dinner out today” and I’ma be all “Uh, nuh uh, cousin, I have my priorities.” I want to prioritize my hobbies and what I wish to learn and do. I know I want to read more and write A HECK OF A LOT MORE and blog more and I want to practice piano more and learn about the brain more, so #priorities

7. Don’t read to catch up with hype, dearest Darth Veda (!!)

Some of the books I read, I read because I’ve found randomly and wanted to give it a try. But most of them, it’s because my friends or family have recommended it to me. But a very few of them, I’ll read because I want to fangirl with people, or I want to join a hype train, or I want to be in on all the gossip. I want to read what I want to read, rather than just to have something to converse with people. I’ve heard so many bloggers go “I must read this because the hype surrounding it is so enormous, and I want to join in on the hype”. I don’t want to do that. I have lots of other books and things I can talk about with people, and I don’t have to push myself to read a book just so I can fangirl about it. Although some are good, granted.

8. Convince my dog to read for me or teach it

Hey this is totally bookish!!! This is priorities. I’ll be getting a new dog soon, and I’m convinced the one I’ve been visiting knows how to read. I SWEAR. And my fish Blue knew how to read too. She would just stare at her food packet forever and then turn away like “Oh my god that is so boring.” But this dog–I’m going to convince it to read petty little bedtime stories for me. Together we shalt rule Neptune and turn everyone into squash! Except for you, you know

9. Set a reading goal, commit to it, and achieve it, and RATTLE THE STARS #celaenastyle

YASSSS you little squashes, YASSSSSSSS. I want to do this. I want to challenge myself and reach that challenge, and I want to grow as a reader. I want to read more and more books each year and love each and everyone of them and treasure every single minute I spend reading and read more!!! I want to do this so much. I want to, and I know I can.

10. Non-bookish: Acquire a personal munchkin

I’m in love with these things created by L. Frank Baum called MUNCHKINS because I want one so bad. I want a little yellow creature who looks like a mini human and sings pretty songs about the rainbow everyday and wears cute little striped clothes and acts like a total buffoon. For to the people like that, I love you until the death of me. I love you forever and ever and ever. So I want my own munchkin to be my friend and my dog’s friend and we’ll all live happily ever after. Maybe I’ll name my dog Toto because I really want to. And maybe I’ll name my munchkin Squashhead. Or maybe not.

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Yay! That was super fun! And another big reading-related thing I want to focus on, that’s not really a resolution or a goal, is to read at my own pace. To stop rushing just to read more books because people eat up books in like 3 minutes and 28 seconds. I need some more time!! I need time to enjoy the book and think about the deep stuff and fall in love with it! So I will be doing that this year, for my own reading benefit. Plus, how did you guys like the new Top Ten Tuesday graphic? EEEEEEEEK. It’s so cute, I had to ask you. 

Did you do a Top Ten Tuesday? leave me a link to yours if you did! do you share any of my resolutions? what are some bookish stuff YOU are going to work on in 2016? and most of all, what is the temperature for you??! it’s so freezing up in the northern hemisphere and I MISS Summer and Fall! I hate the cold, I hate showering in the cold, and I need fuzzy socks right now. 

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Top Ten Tuesday: When The Angels Shine Light Upon A Book And Let It Be Turned Into A Movie

Welcome back everyone! How is everybody doing on this fine Tuesday? I’m doing great, gee, thanks for asking. In fact, I’m up for a little Tuesday celebration! Let’s bow to our society customs and henceforth applaud to this lovely weekly tradition, Top Ten Tuesday!! Okay, I’m sorry about the whole talk-show host jig. I’ll stop there. I’m just going to put it out simply. Let’s go be bookish and celebrated our Tuesday with, that’s right, Top Ten Tuesday!

71109-tttToday’s Top Ten Tuesday is going to heed the power and strength of my excellent title-creating skills. That’s right, go read the title and then stare in awe at me because I never fail, nevertheless all the obstacles and gloom that dares penetrate our beloved land, our very bookish society, to give you a fun post to read! Okay, so after I stop with all of this nonsense where I attempt to sound like a knight in shining armor whereas in reality I will be cowardly hiding BEHIND the knight in shining armor and probably trying to save my book, today’s Top Ten Tuesday is going to feature all your favorite upcoming book-turned-movies, but today I’m going to have five upcoming book-turned-movies and five books that I wish were made into movies! (This excludes movies in-the-making or movies who haven’t started filming but have had the rights bought) Gear up for some fun!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly hosted and created by the Broke and the Bookish, a weekly meme that our Bookzillas over here at Bookzillan Society hungrily devour each Tuesday! Join Veda as she travels the magical lands and you walk together through your mystical journey that is limited only to ten!
Top Ten Tuesday is really easy to participate in! All you need to 
do to join in have the fun is follow three simple steps! 
Got that? Right. Just three simple steps in order to travel 
this mystical journey of ten yourself! 
1) Add the Broke and the Bookish link to your post
2) Add the logo to your post
3) Follow the prompt for the current Tuesday's top ten, given by the Broke and the Bookish themselves
4) Use their linky to add your name to the post!
5) Post, explore, and have fun!

Five Upcoming Book-Turned-Movies That Veda Is Dying Inside Waiting For!

1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I’m sorry. I’m exclusively going out of my way to stall this, but it is inevitable and it is the unvarnished truth. I’m waiting for Allegiant to come out, although it’s going to be coming out in 2017? 2018? Something not in the near future. I’m waiting for Allegiant because the book sucked majorly, no offense, and I did not enjoy it at all. So why am I waiting for it? Very much because I want to see how they’re going to film it. I watched Divergent and Insurgent, and they did cut out/add a few parts here and there, so I want to see how they will film Allegiant. So I’m not dying inside waiting for this. But I am curious to know what the movie is going to be like.

2. FREAKING MOCKINGJAY PART TWO (by Suzanne Collins)

MOCKINGJAY MOCKINGJAY MOCKINGJAY IT COMES OUT ON NOVEMBER 20!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AGHHHHH I’M FREAKING OUT AND THE WAIT IS TORTURE. WHEN OH WHEN WILL THIS COME OUT. PLEASE ALREADY COME OUT!!!!!!!! “I can wait no longer”. I’m not joking. I’m pouring my heart and soul into Francis Lawrence so he had better give me a good movie.

3. Death Cure by James Dashner

Incredible book. Tense. Full of action. Full of passion. Sad. Torture. And I died a heck of a lot and my heart ripped in half and I was hardly human little inside when I finished the book. The Scorch Trials came out and I haven’t watched that yet, but it’s on my list. But, the Death Cure, please. *clutches at heart* The Death Cure shredded me free of everything I’ve ever known and drowned me in emotions. No joke.

4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

I will read anything this woman writes. I will read the cereal boxes she gets her cereal from every morning. I will scavenge through her garbage bin for anything with her handwriting on it. Is any more explanation needed? I’m practically living and walking for Harry Potter. Without it, I’m nowhere close to human.

5. Alice Through the Looking Glass (Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll)

Alice in Wonderland was incredible itself. Bellatrix Lestrange was the Red Hearts Queen! I mean, the actress for Bellatrix, Helena Bonham Carter. I act like a baby, when I see her, I’m just like “oh, that’s Bellatrix”. Ha ha. Anyways, she did great in the first movie and I can’t wait for this one! And can you believe it, I actually found a trailer to this on Morgan’s amazing blog, The Secret Diary of a Computer Science Student, on her post New, Exciting Movie Trailers and I instantly was waiting for it.

Five Books Veda WISHES Someone Would Hurry Up And Turn Into An Awesome, Amazing Movie Already!

6. Legend by Marie Lu

I literally can’t believe they haven’t made this into a movie yet! It was such a good book 🙂

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyers

Cinder was also really an extraordinary book and it was easily my favorite book out of the series. So someone, make this book into a worthy, awesome, extraordinary movie like the book and fulfill my book-hunger.

8. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

This book….this book! THIS BOOK THIS BOOK THIS BOOK. What can I say, let’s be real? Give me a single living, breathing, sensible human being with a brain in working condition who doesn’t like this book and then we’ll get on the table and start that big, really important debate.

9. House of Hades by Rick Riordan

This isn’t a debut, or anything, but neither is Mockingjay Part Two. House of Hades was my favorite book in the series and they have to make it into a movie. Hands down, they have to flipping make it a movie.

10. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 

After they make Shadow and Bone, they’re going to get down to bone and get on Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising. And then they may rest. 😀 This isn’t even a request or a wish, it’s something that has to be done in order for the Earth to keep revolving on its axis.


Sorry this is so incredibly long!!

Thoughts?

Suggestions?

What books would you recommend to me based on this list and looking at what I like?

Have you read any of these books?

If so, what did you think of them?

If not, would you want to read them?

What are some of the upcoming book-turned-movies are you waiting for?

What are some of your favorite already released book-turned-movies?

What are some books you are hoping will be filmed?

MOST IMPORTANTLY ARE YOU AS EXCITED AS I AM FOR MOCKINGJAY PART TWO’S RELEASE?!!


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Top Ten Tuesday: When Authors are Blessed with the Talent of Writing an Awesome Sequel to their Debut

Welcome back everyone! How is your day going? Lovely? I hope so! Because you need to gear up for another Top Ten Tuesday! 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that Bookzillan Society participates in!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish! Top Ten Tuesday is super easy, guys! All you have to do to participate is to link back to their blog and include their logo. Oh, and of course you list your top ten answers for the prompt you’re given by them! Fun? Let’s get going!

This week’s prompt is all on debut authors and their sequels. It’s all about them! Today, we will be discussing their loveliness and how immensely blessed they are with the talent and art of writing if they can successfully write a sequel to their debut novel. I’m going to be sharing my current favorite sophomore novels (sequels) to debuts! 

All italics is Goodreads blurb!

1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Though I didn’t enjoy this as much as Cinder, I still loved it. Cinder is my sister, and gurl, she is totally awesome. Therefore Scarlet not completely focusing on her, I didn’t love it as much, mostly because of, well, Scarlet, and Wolf. I didn’t like those two. But everyone else was great.

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

2. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm, once more, wasn’t as good as Shadow and Bone. Shadow and Bone was amazing. Siege and Storm was interesting, the plot successful nevertheless, although I didn’t appreciate each character as much here. I sort of felt like, um, some of the people should just step out of the pages so I can smash their nose in. But whatevs.

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is my go to for anything! I love to reread it and it won’t fail me, not with the perfection. It has so much everything, so much tension, action, plot, entertainment, honestly, the Chamber of Secrets is amazing. And if you haven’t read the Harry Potter series…just–just don’t. Don’t get me started (OFF WITH YOUR BOOKS). You had better have read it or else, *facepalm* you know what your next book is and you’re going to read it right NOW.

All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as

he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby – who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself.

4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 

GUYS. This was just perfection, okay? Perfection in everything and anything.

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.

5. Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy was so amazing, I cannot even fathom how to express it. This is a one of a kind novel that I REALLY enjoyed and I am so thankful and pleased that the author wrote it, or else, I don’t know what I would be right now. Probably mush. Or gunk. ‘Cuz, like, how does someone live without Day? (Wow, that wordplay worked out better than I thought)

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?                                                                                                                                                        

6. Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

I am on the third book in this trilogy and gawd it is so intense. This trilogy comes and packs a punch, okay? You do NOT want to let it slip by.

Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians.

And now their most threatening enemy yet – the chaos snake Apophis – is rising. If they don’t prevent him from breaking free in a few days’ time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it’s a typical week for the Kane family.

To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished.

First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly?

Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.

7. Percy Jackson and Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Dudes, this was a book delicacy. All of the Percy Jackson books are. They let me connect with my true past, and I got a glimpse of what regular people saw my dad, dear ol’ Poseidon as. Is he that scary? Yeesh, Percy, why do you have to go and be so heroic. Like, really. Annabeth, you rock, though. Like, you go girl.

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

8. Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan 

Unfortunately, I didn’t like the first book at all! I liked this SO. MUCH. BETTER. All throughout the Lost Hero I was practically crying because WHERE ARE YOU PERCY. But hey, this made up for it.

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

9. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

This was so much better than City of Bones, no kidding. In City of Bones, our great hero Clary just seemed like a scaredy-cat because she wasn’t at all able to defend herself. Atleast in this, she had more character and strength and I love seeing that overall.

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

10. Scorch Trials by James Dashner

This was intensity after it climbed a mountain and killed a dozen people and put the American flag on the moon. Seriously, how do you write something like that? James Dashner, tell me all your secrets. Spill, mister. I must know how you come up with such a breathtaking story and an amazing plot that never fails to keep me hanging off the edge of the cliff each time I read it.

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.
 
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.
 
There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.
 
The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
 
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.
 
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.


So there it was! How did y’all enjoy this? Fun? Long? Boring? I hope you enjoyed! I sure felt like reciting all my favorite novels was more than just a chance for me to vent out some fangirling with you guys. Pardon me for this one and only–well, I’m reconsidering. Maybe not ‘one and only’… 😀 

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