Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Smile

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Beastly by Alex Flinn

The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

The BFG by Ronald Dahl

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas

What books always make you smile?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Crushes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Fictional Crushes.

Han from The Demon King by Cinda Williams China

Rhea from Seven Devils by Laura May and Elizabeth Lam

Rhysand from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Maya from A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Blue from This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Adrian from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Laila from The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Wulfric from Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh

Nesta from A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

Who are your fictional crushes?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time.

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

Year One by Nora Roberts

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams China

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Magician by Raymond E. Feist

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

What books do you wish you could read again for the first time?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Secondary/Minor Characters

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Secondary/Minor Characters Who Deserve More Love.

Marco from The Awakening by Nora Roberts – I think all her books definitely have lovable side characters but Marco is easily one of my favorites. I can’t wait to see more of him in the next book.

Lehabah from House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas – She’s hilarious and awesome and I love her so much.

Rudy from Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – He’s super funny and just wants to be part of the group so bad.

Iko from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers – She’s amazing and definitely one of my favorites from this series.

Cat Tyburn from The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima – I didn’t like her much at first but she grew on me as the books progressed.

Rodge from Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – His friendship with Spensa is awesome but I really loved his banter with M-bot.

Lee Scoresby from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman – I loved him so much and (more than a decade after first reading these) still want to cry when I think about him.

Nikolai Lantsov from The Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – I loved him both at Sturmhond and Nikolai and can’t wait to read the King of Scars duology.

These are all I could come up with this week. What secondary characters do you love?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Bring to a Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books I’d Want With Me While Stranded On a Deserted Island.

The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams China

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

House of Earth And Blood by Sarah J. Maas

What books would you have to have on a deserted island?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read in One Sitting

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books I Read In One Sitting (or would have if I had the time). I hardly ever do this anymore because I work so much but I came up with five books I was so invested in that I read them really quickly.

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

These are my top five picks of the week. What books could you just not put down?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Reasons Why I Love Reading.

One. Exploring new worlds. Not even just the amazing sci-fi and fantasy ones but being able to see different parts of the world that I don’t have the means to travel to is so much fun.

Two. Escape. I think this is probably a reason we all have. No matter what’s going on in your life, we all need to escape from the real world sometimes.

Three. Books are so much better than TV. Don’t get me wrong, I like watching TV but I feel like it takes some of the imagination out of it. Everything’s just shown to you whereas with books, you get to imagine most of it yourself.

Four. Memories. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading. Most of my favorite memories revolve around books.

Five. The people. Book lovers are just plain awesome.

Six. The characters. I’m a complete introvert so I don’t socialize a lot and books let me meet so many different kinds of people.

Seven. Reading makes me happy, sad, angry. Books can make you feel anything and it’s amazing.

That’s all I could come up with this week. What do you love about reading?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Releases 2021

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2021.

August 3
Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares by Tehlor Kay Mejia

August 10
Rise Up From the Embers by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

August 17
The Endless Skies by Shannon Price

September 21
The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi

October 12
Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan

October 19
City of Shattered Light by Claire Winn

November 2
Gilded by Marissa Meyer

November 2
The Grimrose Girls by Laura Pohl

November 11
Nowhere by Brandon Sanderson

November 23
The Becoming by Nora Roberts

What books are you looking forward to coming out this year?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR 2021

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books On My Summer 2021 TBR.

Legacy by Nora Roberts

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Artemis by Andy Weir

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What books are on your Summer TBR?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wanted More Of

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them. I’m going to keep mine pretty general- books I wanted more of the same genre or author, etc.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Martian by Andy Weir

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

What books make you wish for more?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Freebie (choose any past topic, or come up with you own). This week I chose Top Ten favorite books from each of the past ten years.

2020: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

2019: Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

2018: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

2017: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

2016: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

2015: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

2014: House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

2013: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

2012: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

2011: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

What books have you loved over the years?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Funny Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Book Quotes that Fit X Theme. This week I’m going with quotes that make me laugh.

“You are the Daughter of Death,” hissed Aru. “You don’t walk into a telephone pole because of a boy.”
-Roshani Chokshi, Aru Shah and the End of Time

“I’m not going to wear a red dress,” she said. “It would look stunning, My Lady,” she called. She spoke to the bubbles gathered on the surface of the water. “If there’s anyone I wish to stun at dinner, I’ll hit him in the face.”
-Kristin Cashore, Graceling

“That was so completely unfair that I told Tantalus to go chase a donut, which didn’t help his mood.”
-Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”
-Andy Weir, The Martian

“I’m talking to the House. Which is a considerable step up from talking to you.” “It doesn’t talk back.” “Exactly.”
-Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Silver Flames

“Is this an ‘I’m sorry I tried to assassinate you’ tea ceremony?”
-Julie Kagawa, Soul of the Sword

“I’d be offended if I could be offended,” he said. “Maybe I should start calling you a cow, since you have four limbs, are made of meat, and have rudimentary biological mental capacities.”
-Brandon Sanderson, Skyward

“There is a proverbial saying chiefly concerned with warning against too closely calculating the numerical value of un-hatched chicks.”
-Neil Gaiman, Stardust

“I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”
-Marissa Meyer, Cinder

“Dear Mal, I haven’t heard from you, so I assume you’ve met and married a volcra and that you’re living comfortably on the Shadow Fold, where you have neither light nor paper to write. Or, possibly, your new bride ate both your hands.”
-Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

What book quotes do you love?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Nature Covers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books with Nature on the Cover (flowers, trees, landscapes, animals, etc.)

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What covers are on your list?

-Antonia

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is My Ten Most Recent Reads.

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Alta by Mercedes Lackey

Joust by Mercedes Lackey

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

What books did you read recently?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Animals

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Animals from Books (these could be mythical, real, main characters, sidekicks, companions/pets, shifters, etc.) (Submitted by Paige @paigesquared and Jennifer Y. @ Never Too Many to Read).

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman – Between the daemons and the armored bears, the animals in these books are so badass.

Redwall by Brian Jacques – If we’re talking about books with animals then I have to include the series I was obsessed with as a child.

The Search by Nora Roberts – The main character trains dogs but also owns three search and rescue dogs and they’re seriously the coolest.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron – This book made me cry pretty much constantly but Bailey was so amazing.

Maximum Ride by James Patterson – Total is the funniest, most ridiculous dog ever.

Alta by Mercedes Lackey – The dragons in this world are more like dogs or cats than anything except HUGE and it’s hilarious.

The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory – The unicorns are my absolute favorite.

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – Does Peaches count as an animal? Because he’s amazing.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini – I love Solembum. He’s definitely one of my favorites.

I had some trouble with this one so I didn’t quite get ten. What animal characters do you love?