Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome topic: the Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I’d like to see in book form, so I had to jump in and participate.

01: Historical YA for unpopular time periods:

Some time periods, such as Tudor England, are really popular, and dare I say, almost overrepresented, in both adult and YA fiction. One of my degrees is in history, so it’s safe to say I like it a lot, and I like using historical fiction as a way to gauge my interest in different time periods. I’d like to see Argentina under the Peróns, England in the Dark Ages, France before the Sun King, Ancient Egypt in the time of Hatshepshut, etc.

02: Alternate history:

This kind of goes along with my first wish, but I love me some alternate history. Examples: What would have happened if Cleopatra lived? What would have happened if Katharine of Aragon bore Henry VIII a son?

03: A wider range for New Adult:

I like the idea of New Adult as a genre, and I do think it’s important. I just wish more authors tried branching into paranormal, fantasy, historical, etc., rather than just sticking with contemporary.

04: More standalones/duologies:

I understand the appeal of a trilogy, but … not every series is meant to be a trilogy. Some books should really just be one book, not the beginning of a trilogy.

05: Celebrate the geeks!

I want to see more books where girls love coding, programming, science, math, whatever. Trekkies, Whovians, whatever. Let that geek flag fly — don’t make geekiness something that needs to be fixed.

06: Adventures on other planets:

I haven’t read a lot of YA set in space, so maybe I’ve missed this, but I really would love something along the lines of John Varley’s Eight Worlds.

07: Different mythical/supernatural creatures:

Where are the selkies, unicorns, banshees, centaurs, etc?

08: Real dystopian books:

I want the nitty and gritty and dirty details of dystopian life, not a thin veneer so the romance takes center stage.

09: Ballet:

SO many “ballet” books aren’t ballet books at all! I’m lookin’ at you, THE BROKENHEARTED. I loved, loved BUNHEADS by Sophie Flack, and I’d adore more books in that vein.

10: Lesbians in YA:

Slowly, more LGBT is trickling into YA, but it’s the guys who are getting represented. That’s great, but I want to see girls crushing on girls and more, in a variety of genres, and without coming out angst.

*Two of my favorite indie authors, Jenn and Sarah Diemer, have set out to change this, but I’m greedy and want more.

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– leeanna

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I’ve Read

This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I’ve Read. I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in a really long time, and since I often have cover lust, this is a great topic for me. That said, I had a few favorites come to mind immediately, and I went through my Goodreads shelves to find the others. I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few favorites, but I usually pick off the top of my head.

01: INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows

I knew I was going to pick INCARNATE right away. I’ve loved this cover since the first time I saw it. I could stare at it all day, and it’s even better that the pretty cover matches the great story.

02: ASUNDER by Jodi Meadows

Again, instant cover love. I can’t quit looking at it. I can’t wait to see the cover for Newsoul #3, since I’m sure it’s going to be just as fantastic as the ones for INCARNATE and ASUNDER.

03: INNOCENT DARKNESS by Suzanne Lazear

There’s just something I really like about the girl/model on this cover. Might be the hair color, since I’ve had mine almost that exact same color. It’s also just how I imagine Noli, the main character, looks.

04: STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff

Another case of instant cover lust. Usually I like UK covers more than US, but not in this case! The US cover for STORMDANCER is stare-worthy.

05: DANCE OF SHADOWS by Yelena Black

I’ll admit, I didn’t like the book, but I still like the cover.

06: THE DARK WIFE by Sarah Diemer

I like how simple this is. Everything about it, from the title font to the apple to the woman matches the style of the story, a retelling of the ancient Greek Persephone and Hades myth.

07: KUSHIEL’S CHOSEN by Jacqueline Carey

The Kushiel’s Legacy series is one of favorite fantasy series of all time. I picked this cover because it shows off Phedre’s marque.

08: ASH by Malinda Lo

I think the cover was one of the reasons ASH originally caught my eye. The girl on the cover looks so alone, and in the story, Ash IS alone. At first. ASH has since became a favorite book of mine, and Malinda Lo one of my favorite authors.

09: ADAPTATION by Malinda Lo

I’m cheating a little because I haven’t yet read ADAPTATION (sadface), but I still like this cover. I also wanted to put a green one on my list.

10: SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo

The cover for this book is different than a lot of what’s on the market right now. There are no models or pretty dresses, and that’s just the way I like it (even though I can be swayed by one of those every so often). Instead the cover perfectly represents what’s in the book, showing off the Russian influences.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Confessions

This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Bookish Confessions. Hopefully you all stick around after reading some of my craziness!

01. I multitask everything I can with reading, including eating, brushing my teeth, standing in line, waiting in the car … anywhere and anytime I can do it, I do. Reading ebooks on my phone has made this really easy.

02. I’m terrified to lend books to other people, because I baby my books. If you return it to me with a creased spine or bent pages, or worse damage, I. WILL. HURT. YOU.

03. When I was a teen, I went through a period where I read only adult books. I thought people would look down on me for reading “kids books” because I was smart, and therefore should be reading adult books. And there wasn’t a lot of YA, like there is now, even though that was only 10 years ago.

04. Big fat series? I won’t start them anymore. Case in point: I refuse to read A Song of Ice and Fire until it is FINISHED. Call me harsh, but I don’t want to invest my time in such a long series only to have it go unfinished for various reasons. Short series or trilogies don’t bug me as much.

05. I have a baaaaaad book buying habit. I know I’m not alone in that, though ;) I tend to buy books when I’ve had a bad day or need some cheering up … or just because.

06. I have to have at least one book started at all times, otherwise I suffer through the WHAT DO I READ NOW phase. I usually have more than that going, but sometimes I finish all my started books in one day.

07. I have a hard time buying ebooks because I don’t feel “ownership” of them. I always worry about what would happen if I lost my files, or if the site bought from went out of business. I have been trying to get over this, because I do want to support indies. I prefer to buy from Smashwords, because you get ALL the file formats, but I’ve had to get some from Barnes & Noble because they at least have .epubs. I suppose I COULD convert Kindle titles, but I’m not sure how well the formatting would stay.

08. Sometimes when I read a really good book, I think: Why didn’t I write that?!

09. I read a lot of “bad” books. I’m not talking the p0rny bad, but books based on tv shows, series books (like Xanth, Star Wars, Forgotten Realms)*, whatever. I don’t care — I’m not a literary snob!

10. I’m not a big fan of used books because they usually smell. If I do find an overstocked book in Half Price Books or a similar store, I give them the sniff test. Same with old books — I don’t like the smell.

* I am not calling these books bad personally, just going on the eye rolls I sometimes get when I say, “I read ____.”

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Books I’ve Read During the Lifespan of My Blog

This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Favorite Books You’ve Read During the Lifespan of Your Blog.

This was a tricky topic, because though I’ve only had leeanna.me going since April or so, I book blogged before, and I keep track of everything I read. Compiling this post gave me an idea for new sidebar content — I’m going to figure out just how many books I’ve read since 2009, and how many reviews I’ve written. Cue yet another project for the weekend.

Not all of these have reviews posted on the blog. Sometimes I started a review, and it was too full of squeeing, so I didn’t finish it. And some of these I just never got around to writing reviews for, despite counting them as favorites.

I see some trends in this list — one, a fair amount of recently published novels, and two, I like to reread. A lot.

My Favorite Books I’ve Read During the Lifespan of My Blog

01: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
I can’t wait until this comes out in paperback. I need to reread this so badly! Perry is one of the few guy characters that I really, really like.
02: The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
I reread this book so much it isn’t even funny. It’s definitely what I term a “comfort read.” I keep meaning to read the other Elemental Masters books, but alas, I can’t get beyond my love for this one.
03: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is one of my favorite reads for 2012. It’s another one I need to reread, because the story’s starting to get foggy in my brain, so I want to enjoy Cinder’s journey all over again.
04: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Incarnate is a book I came across when I first started book blogging again. In fact, the scavenger hunt Jodi did for the release probably influenced my decision to go ahead and start back up.
05: Ash by Malinda Lo
I recommend the heck out of Ash, and so far, I’ve gotten two real-life friends to read it. It’s another book I need to reread so I can review without flailing around.
06: Huntress by Malinda Lo
After enjoying Ash so much, I couldn’t wait to read the companion novel, Huntress. Except I made myself wait, because I wanted to read it so much, that I didn’t want to read it just yet. Meh. Maybe that makes sense. Sometimes I like anticipation!
07: Alpha and Omega #1: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
I’ve read Cry Wolf at least twice over the course of this blog, probably more. Briggs knows how to tell a paranormal romance like no one else.
08: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Japanese influence + steampunk + kick butt heroine + flying tiger? Yeah. YEAH!
09: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Yet another book I need to reread! I loved Riordan’s twists on Greek mythology, and I keep meaning to get to his other series.
10: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Somehow this isn’t on any of my books read lists, but I know I’ve read it within the past year. The first trilogy of Kushiel books is one I reread every year or so.

I was going to do a list of honorable mentions, because I kept taking books off the list, but decided not to. Here are some of them, though, if you’re curious:
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
Legend by Marie Lu

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Posts I Think Give You The Best Glimpse of Me

This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Posts I Think Give You The Best Glimpse of Me. A lot of these are going to be past Top Ten topics, because I don’t have a ton of personal posts up here yet. Which just reminds me I want to write more — some of my favorite posts on blogs are about the person behind the blog. Especially for book blogs, because I get a better sense of if our tastes gel.

01. Instagram for July and Instagram for May/June. This is probably cheating, but photos are definitely one of the best ways to get to know someone. For some reason, I like using Instagram, even though I don’t really like taking pictures. I tend to take photos of books I’m reading and random things. I’ve also been using my Instagram shots for my blog posts.

02. Top Ten Sites You Read That Aren’t About Books. TL;DR? I’m a geek.

03. TGIF: A Book Blogger is Born. My past, present, and future with book blogging. Did you know this is actually my second time book blogging?

04. Armchair BEA: The End, and an Introduction. A bit more about me than my About Me page gives.

05. Totally Random: Rizzoli and Isles Premiere. Dumb genius, that’s me. Rizzoli and Isles is also my favorite TV show.

06. Top Ten Favorite Books I Read in 2011. Self explanatory.

07. An “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” post, showing pictures of my TBR pile. That’s an accurate showing of what I usually have out of hte library. I can’t help but pick up a new book every day!

08. Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters in Books. My choices reveal more of my geeky side.

09. Zen and the Art of Fandom. I make no secret of the fact that I like fanfiction and am active in fandoms. Fanfiction is very important to me, as it was how I first started writing, and how I got back into writing.

10. Camp NaNoWriMo, August Session. I talk about writing a lot on my blog. A lot. I picked one post at random.

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– leeanna

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten TV Characters

I snagged this from Sarah at Breaking the Binding. I had intended to post it last Tuesday, but I had an Internet outage at home, and then coming up with a list of 10 was hard!

I didn’t used to be much of a telly watcher. When I was younger, we only had the three basic channels — cable didn’t come out far enough in the country. After going away to school, I started using it as background noise, and now that we have dish at home, I watch a lot more. It’s still background noise a lot of the time. I write listening to TV instead of music. Lots of History Channel, Discovery Channel, NatGeo — that sort of thing. And, I’ll admit, I do indulge in some horrible reality TV every so often, too.

Aside from all of that, though, I’ve got some favorites. As I said, I had quite the difficult time compiling this list. Most of my favorite characters really do come from books, and a few from movies.

01: Maura Isles, Rizzoli & Isles
Maura Isles has shown up on this blog before, and will show up again in the future. This is the one case I can think of where I prefer the TV version of something over the book version. I’ve read the Rizzoli and Isles books, and while Tess Gerritsen’s Maura is cool, TV!Maura is my absolute favorite. Why? Because Maura makes being smart and geeky and socially awkward cool.
02: Miss Parker, The Pretender
The Pretender is the very first show I can remember fangirling over. I recorded it while watching, and rewatched that week’s episode over and over again. It was the first fandom I was a part of. Miss Parker was a bad ass, sarcastic to the extreme, and carried a gun she wasn’t afraid to use. Her temper was just as bad. And despite the thorny exterior, she had a vulnerable side, and I may have written my first ever fanfics about her. >.<
03: Azkadellia, Tin Man
I like most of SyFy’s fairy tale retellings. Tin Man is my favorite. Azkadellia is the wicked witch, ruling the OZ from a really cool looking palace. Supposedly she was turned bad from being possessed by evil spirits. I would have loved to see a lot more of Tin Man focusing on her story, rather than on DG and the gang trying to overthrow her.
04: Lilah Morgan, Angel
It’s been a really long time since I’ve watched Angel — I should probably fix that — but I remember Lilah being one of my favorite characters on the show. I also remember liking her because she did whatever necessary to move up, and wasn’t afraid to be evil or a bitch.
05: Bo, Lost Girl
I haven’t finished watching the second season of Lost Girl, so no spoilers, please, if you share my love for Bo. Bo is every urban fantasy, paranormal romance heroine come to life. Yet another kick ass character for my list.
06: The Morrigan, Lost Girl
Again, I haven’t finished watching the second season of Lost Girl, but I don’t think my liking the Morrigan will change. Leanan sídhe are one of my favorite types of sidhe, and they’re something I would like to play with someday. The Morrigan represents humans in the artistic world, making them successful while thriving off their talents.
07: Number Six, Battlestar Galactica
Now we come to the BSG portion of the list. No surprise here that one of the bad girls of the series, Number Six, is one of my favorites. She’s the most interesting Cylon model, to me, with all the different incarnations and personalities.
08: Helena Cain, Battlestar Galactica
I wish we’d seen more of Helena Cain. A female Rear Admiral, super ruthless, and more than a bit crazy? Yep. Sounds like someone I like. I wish more had been shown of the relationship between her and Gina Inviere, because I couldn’t believe Helena would sentence her lover to such a horrible fate.

And I give up. I cannot think of two more, despite wracking my brain for a week. I’m probably overlooking someone super obvious. Clearly, I need to actually watch shows that are in my Netflix queue, rather than just adding more and more shows.

There’s a definite trend in my favorites — I tend to like the villains. I always like to figure out their backstory, even if I’m just imagining it, because they’re usually more interesting than the good guys. I’d love a book where the bad guy wins.

Some other interesting things I learned while making this list:
01: The writers/production team/directors of The Pretender wrote Tin Man! No wonder I liked it so much.
02: I forgot that I did a huge communications project on Battlestar Galactica. There’s another show that I need to do a rewatch of.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters Who Remind Me Of Myself

This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Characters Who Remind Me Of Myself.

Some of these may be wishful thinking ;)

01. Maura Isles from the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen. But more the TV version of Maura, not the book version. The TNT TV show is one of the few instances where I like an adaptation better than the original version. Maura’s quirky, smart, and socially awkward. Not to mention she has a killer wardrobe….

02. Narcissa Malfoy from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. I’m sure a lot of people would say Hermione Granger, but I picked Narcissa because she lies about Harry being dead so that she can get into Hogwarts to find Draco. She sacrifices for her family.

03. Rose Hawkins from The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey. Like Rose, I’m sometimes too caught up in my own “smarts” and don’t always apply common sense.

And for the rest, I’m going to go with characters I wish I was like.

04. Ismae from Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers. Kick ass assassin? Whee!

05. Mara Jade from Star Wars, particularly the books by Timothy Zahn. Another kick ass female character. There’s going to be a trend of these.

06. Melisande Shahrizai from the Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey. I wish I had her strategical skills. Also? Definitely kick ass.

07. Nerefet from the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. An odd choice, maybe, but I always wanted to know more about Nerefet’s story and to find out why she’s so unapologetically evil. I wouldn’t mind being unapologetically evil sometimes….

08. Ender Wiggin from Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Ender’s Game was one of those books I read several times a year when I was younger. I wanted — and still do — to steal Ender’s brains.

I know there are others, but I can’t think of anymore. I’ll just go with eight for now.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List. This is a totally random list, of books that are already out and books that are upcoming. If they’re out, chances are I’ve been meaning to read them but haven’t yet.

01. Snow White and the Huntsman by Lily Blake. I really wanted to see this movie but I know I won’t, so a novelization is the next best thing until it comes out on DVD. I was wrong about this being the next best thing to the movie!
02. The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. I loved his Percy Jackson series, but I haven’t read these yet.
03. Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. Steampunk and faeries!
04. Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey. I’ve had this for two years but haven’t read it yet. Bad me.
05. Naamah’s Blessing by Jacqueline Carey. Actually, the whole Naamah trilogy. I read the first when it came out, but never made it to the other two.
07. The Sundering, Volume I: Banewreaker by Jacqueline Carey. Sense a theme here?
06. Blood Rock by Anthony Francis. Another book I never got to. I really liked the first in this series, Frost Moon, but I need to read the second one.
07. The Kane Chronicles, Book 1: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. I’m curious to see what Riordan did with Egyptian mythology.
08. The Hammer and the Blade by Paul S. Kemp. A good old-fashioned sword and sorcery novel. Whee!
09. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I’m late on this one, but with my TBR pile, I don’t think I’ll get to it before the summer.
10. Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. I’m sure I’ll be rereading this series, since a new book is coming out June 26.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books I Read in 2011

This week’s Top Ten is Rewind, so I picked Top Ten Favorite Books I Read in 2011.

I am going solely off my list of Books Read in 2011, which was compiled mainly from my library checkout record. So I know there are books I’m probably missing, but out of what’s on that page, these were my favorites.

01. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Do I even need to explain this one? I’m going to have to admit, though, that I haven’t read the other two. Shame on me.
02. Vampire Empire #1: The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith. Vampires + Steampunk = Win.
03. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. After I read The Hunger Games, I was on a quest to find every good dystopia or post-apocalyptic book that I could. It’s a lot of hit and miss in those genres, but this is a good one. I want to reread it this year.
04. Bloodshot by Cherie Priest. This is a fun urban fantasy that re-energized my love for the genre.
05. Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I have a policy that I don’t read epic fantasy series until every book in the series is published. This broke that policy, and it’s epic fantasy you can sink your teeth into.
06. Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. After I devoured The Name of the Wind in a day, I had just as much fun speeding through book two. I recommend this and the first book to everyone I can.
07. Ash by Malinda Lo. I think Ash may become one of my favorite books of all time. The writing is beautiful, and I love Ash’s story.
08. The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir. I’m a history buff, and Weir is one of the best, in my opinion, for British history. This is a non-fiction book of the lives of each of Henry VIII’s children, and their reigns as king or queen.
09. Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey by Alison Weir. Weir also writes historical fiction, which I like just as much as her non-fiction. Lady Jane Grey was a boring figure, until I read this, and it totally changed my opinion.
10. House of Night #1: Marked by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast. A re-read. I think this series has gone downhill, but I still enjoy the first few books when I re-read them. There are so many cool ideas here, and I wish the authors had stuck with those instead of going into … I don’t even know how to describe where the series has gone.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Blogs/Sites You Read That AREN’T about Books

This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Blogs/Sites You Read That AREN’T about Books. I have quite a mix of feeds in my Google Reader, so this should be a fun list. It also should give you a glimpse into my interests other than books.

01. XKCD. Geeky comics.
02. Lulu Addict. I have a huge Lululemon addiction. This is how I keep up to date on new items.
03. Phandroid. I follow several Android news sites. I just randomly picked one, otherwise, that’s all this list would have!
04. io9. Geeky and quirky news.
05. Discovery News. Short news articles on everything from geology to history to astronomy. I usually star at least one a day as a jumping point for ideas.
06. Google Finance. I’m a burgeoning finance geek, and I keep track of everything in Google Finance.
07. LiveJournal. LJ is the home of fandoms as far as I’m concerned. When there’s a new TV show or book I want to obsess over, I head to LJ first.
08. Pinterest. Great for inspiration.
09. Tumblr. Great for fandom inspiration.
10. Twitter. Should I even list this one? I don’t know. I mostly check Twitter on my phone via Twidroyd anyway.

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