Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Mash Ups

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. Every week there’s a new topic where we get to choose our top ten and write about it. This week’s topic is top ten books I would mash together. I think this is a wicked interesting topic. I’m not sure how I’m going to go about it, so in no particular order, here goes!

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1. Rose Gardner Investigations by Denise Grover Swank & Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich – These are books about an aspiring private investigator and books about a bond enforcement officer. I think Rose and Stephanie would make one hell of a hilarious pair.
2. Renegades by Marissa Meyer & Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti – Two different types of superhero books. Both with similar abilities, sort of. But the worlds they take place in are pretty different. I think it would be interesting to see these two worlds collide.
3. Meant to be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow & One Small Thing by Erin Watt – Both are novels involving girls who are struggling with their feelings about a guy. Both thinking that their feelings are wrong and should be stifled and ignored. I think the two female main characters would be great friends and would be able to help one another immensely by sharing their experiences.
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson & The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith – These are both murder mystery sort of books but with a ton of different subplots along the way. I think they would be interesting to see together. Seeing the characters with their hugely different personalities would be funny.
5. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson & Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson – This is a choice for similar reasons to above except these are young adult murder mysteries. Again, the personalities in these stories would make for an interesting read.
6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas & Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – If the Sara(h)’s wrote a book together I would be able to die happy as soon as I finished it. These specific books would be so cool to see together. In ACOTAR, there’s Fae with seasonal courts and magical abilities and in Snow Like Ashes there are different kingdoms for the seasons with different sorts of magical abilities. I think they would mesh well together with the similarities in the stories.
7. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare & A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest – Both of these series have a great variety of supernatural characters like vampires and werewolves and others unique to their books. Their also both full of headstrong characters that strive to do the ‘right’ thing at all costs. I would love to see these characters and worlds collide.
8. The Young Elites by Marie Lu & Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – These two came together in my head because of their magic systems. Both books have people with abilities that are not accepted in their worlds. Both have fantastic villains. Now that I’m typing this, I would LOVE to see the Darkling and Adelina join forces and run the world.
9. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins & Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow – I really think that Charlie could have been another character in Impulse. She for sure could have been a fourth perspective in that story. These characters could all relate for sure.
10. The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead & A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands – I obviously had to throw my two favorite vampire worlds together. I think these worlds would be awesome to see together because of the different ways that vampires are created and the similarities that are already there.

This week’s topic was a hard one for me! I had a ton of fun looking at my shelves and thinking about all the different worlds I love colliding. I tried to pick bookish worlds that already had a little bit in common. I wanted my mashups to mostly make sense. Which bookish worlds would you want to see collide?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

Summary:
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his long time girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, excitement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this. Introducing Cormoran Strike, This is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Review:
I didn’t know The Cuckoo’s Calling was actually written by J.K Rowling until about halfway through reading it. It was a buy based on the interesting cover. So, I’m like halfway through the book and I decide to read the summary and I found out J.K. Rowling wrote it. It definitely changed how I was reading the book.
The Cuckoo’s Calling was a very complex book. There was quite a bit of detail. It took me longer to get through than usual. Partially because there were a few really detailed boring parts. But mostly because there was so much important information that’s relevant to the story. This was a typical murder mystery, with some twists. There were many surprises. I didn’t see any of them coming. The Cuckoo’s Calling was suspenseful and full of action. It was a very good mystery novel. The characters were really interesting. I think they were very well developed characters. I feel like this book is harder to review than others because of its author. I really enjoyed this book even though it had some pretty slow parts.
The characters were phenomenal. The book is written in the third person but opens up with Robin Ellacott. It seemed, at first, that this book was going to be about Robin. It was, to an extent. She was more of a secondary character. Regardless, I loved Robin. At first, she was just doing what she was told and trying to find a better job. But she got sucked into the investigating and ended up helping quite a bit. Robin was spunky and enthusiastic and very determined. She tried her hardest at everything she did, and I really enjoyed that.
Then comes our main character, Cormoran Strike. He’s a private investigator trying to solve the murder of the famous Lula Landry. Strike was a very interesting character. He’d just gotten out of a very serious relationship, had no money, and was living in his office. Strike was a very proud man. He didn’t like to ask for help or let anyone know that something was wrong. He was very independent and had to do almost everything himself. Cormoran was the kind of person that did anything and everything he could to figure out what happened and help others. I really like everything about him, except that he wouldn’t talk to anyone about the problems in his life.
Last is John Bristow. He’s kind of the villain of our story. Although he may not seem like it in the beginning. He hires Strike to figure out what actually happened to his sister. Bristow was very deceiving in The Cuckoo’s Calling. He seemed like he wanted to help, but ended up getting in the way more than helping. John liked to act like he was smart and knew everything, but he wasn’t and didn’t. I liked his character at the beginning of the book, but by the end, he was really just an annoyance to everyone.
Overall, The Cuckoo’s Calling was an excellent mystery novel. There was all the action, suspense, and drama that’s expected. Even though there were some slow parts because of the amount of detail, I still really enjoyed this book. I’d suggest this one to any of our older readers because it is definitely an adult book.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, answer the following three questions and share a link to your post in the comments on her page. Enjoy!

What are you currently reading?
Technically, I’m not currently reading anything. I literally just finished Insurgent by Veronica Roth. So that would be the closest.

What did you recently finish reading?
As I mentioned above, I literally just finished Insurgent by Veronica Roth. But before tonight, I recently read The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. Which I will have a review up for in a couple of days.

What do you think you’ll read next?
Well, unless I start another book I have on my list tonight, I’ll be buying Allegiant by Veronica Roth tomorrow so that I can finish the trilogy. I guess you’ll find out when I post my reviews.

What are your answer?

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.