TOP TEN TUESDAY : Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years


Top Ten Tuesday! And this will be really very tough to just select one favorite book from a year for the last 10 years. Let me attempt it to my very best effort anyway.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl.


2009 : UNSTICKY

Okay. I really liked the book when it got out. Sara Manning was a favorite author back then and this one had a broody, silent, mysterious hero which was a thing for me back then. It’s also a modern day equivalent of Pretty Woman. It’s not perfect but I really enjoyed the hell out of it.

2010 : THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

I didn’t read the book in 2010. But it’s definitely my favorite of the year. It was only after I finished the book that I discovered that the author had passed away after writing this book and there would be no more books in the series. You can’t imagine the despair I felt!

2011 : DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE

A book set in the world of chimeras and angels, with the captivating writing by Laini Taylor. There’s no doubt about how much I adore this book!

2012 : DIVERGENT

I was absolutely blown away by this book. I remember how crazily I was anticipating the sequels. If only I’d known what a train-wreck the third and final book in the trilogy would be!

2013 : A DIFFERENT BLUE

Again, I didn’t read this back in 2013. The story of Blue and how she defeats all odds with her strength, was very profound and a little hard to read, but nonetheless, a favorite.

2014 : LANDLINE

It’s got a lot of mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it. It’s a not light and humorous like her other books, but it’s got plenty of heart in it. Plus, he themes of second chances and a do-over have always been a winner for me.

2015 : SIX OF CROWS

I don’t know what to say about this book. Except maybe that Kaz and his band of misfits (read criminals) are EVERYTHING.

2016 : A COURT OF MIST AND FURY

I always love it when a book subverts all expectations without compromising the storytelling, but rather elevating it into something more magical. The other books in this series could only wish to be as good as this one!

2017 : STRANGE THE DREAMER

2017 was a year of amazing releases, and I have plenty of favorites from that year. But Strange The Dreamer just had something that takes it over the edge for me. Maybe it’s the magnificent writing, or the characters, or the beautiful world building.

2018 : MUSE OF NIGHTMARES

Again, a lot of favorite releases to contend with. But I just have to go with what my hear says. Muse of Nightmares was even better than Strange the Dreamer. It was beautiful and lovely and terrific and just all things good!


It’s weird how I went from struggling to find books to call favorite in the early years to being confused which to choose as favorite among many in the later years! This makes me happy that I’ve only read more books as the years have gone by.

 

TOP TEN TUESDAY : THOUGHT PROVOKING 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.

The topic this week is top ten inspirational or thought provoking quotes. Here we go –


 

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that’s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It’s not the pain they’re getting over, it’s the love.”
“Wishes don’t just come true. They’re only the target you paint around what you want. You still have to hit the bull’s-eye yourself.”
“And apologies, once postponed, become harder and harder to make, and finally impossible.”
“Anyhow, I’ve learned one thing now. You only really get to know people when you’ve had a jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters!”
 “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.”
Emma
“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.”
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

Top Ten Tuesday : Best Reads of 2018

Happy 2019, everyone!!! Here’s to a better and more amazing year to all of us. I was gonna do a separate post on my favorite reads of 2018. But I’m guess I’m gonna use the TTT topic this week for that, after all. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl for the unacquainted. Okay, here we go.


The Simple Wild

This was such a beautiful surprise of a book! I loved it for a lot of reasons. But mostly because of the setting that the author could portray so perfectly. I also loved the characters and the emphasis on the theme of family and self-growth.

You can read my full review here.

 

 

Sadie

Another book that totally took me by surprise! Sadie is probably the best crime-suspense I read this year. Highly recommended

You can check my review here.

 

 


Look The Part

This wasn’t an easy read by any means, nor was it the most perfect book. But it captivated me with its flawed characters and their flawed decisions. One of my favorite romances of the year.

 

 

 


Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

This was released back in 2017 and became of my favorite reads of 2018. I loved it because it thwarted my expectations at every turn. I love Eleanor and this beautiful tale of her growth and an even more beautiful friendship.

You can check out my review here.

 

 


Vicious 

Another non-2018 release that I was a late to the party for. There are a lot of reasons I love this book. The main being Victor Vale.

Here’s my review.

 

 

 

 


The Cruel Prince

I’ve seen so many mixed reviews about this book! So I guess that it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. But I loved it. I know that people had a lot of problems with the protagonist and the (anti)hero. But I love this about the book that these characters are all flawed and fucked up. Makes the ride all the more interesting. I find that this series holds a lot of promise and I can’t wait for The Wicket King to come out next week!

 


Transcend Duet

I am not a fan of reincarnation tropes. Only Jewel E. Ann could convince me to give this trope a shot and love it. There’s a this feeling of yearning and ache in this duet that I just can’t get over. I also love that the covers actually have a meaningful story behind them.

Find my review here.

 


The Start Of Me And You

I read this 2015 release beginning of the 2018. I went through a phase of a lot of YAs back in January and February. This one remained as my most favorite of them.

 

 

 


Josh & Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating

Probably my favorite romance of the year. Christina Lauren does the friends-to-lovers trope so well here! I absolutely love Josh and Hazel. This one’s for the keeps. !

Here’s my review.

 

 

 


Muse of Nightmares

This is arguably my best read of 2018. I guess that sums it up.
Here’s my review.

 

 

 


I enjoyed this trip down the memory lane! Honestly speaking, I’m not entirely happy with my reading for 2018. I feel that I stayed in the safe zone and didn’t experiment too much. I hope to change that in 2019! Happy New Year again, everyone! And Happy Reading!

October Wrap-Up

It’s already been a week into November and I’ve yet to read a book. I plan to change that today. And I thought I’d do a wrap-up October post before starting my November reading. I had high expectations from this month but I think at the end, I was kinda let down


★★☆☆☆


My Review :
The Truth About Us



★★★☆☆

My Reviews :
Secrets Of A (Somewhat) Sunny Girl
Sonnet Coupled
A Postmodern Love
His Dark Magic (Northern Circle Coven # 1)
The Red Ledger Part 1
Hard Sell (21 Wall Street #2)


★★★★☆

My Reviews:
Sky In The Deep
Mammoth
One Day In December



★★★★★

My Review:
Muse Of Nightmares (Strange The Dreamer #2)


My top picks of the Month

               

Muse Of Nightmares (Strange The Dreamer #2) : I think my ratings make it absolutely clear how much I loved this book. This series has probably made a place in my all-time favorites. Laini Taylor is a genius. This is an author who keeps surpassing herself. And I love it!

One Day In December : There can be no competition with Muse of Nightmares. But if I had to pick the book I enjoyed most after Muse of Nightmares this month, this would be it. I might have given this book 5 stars if not for the ending. I’ll be honest. That ending let me down. It was underwhelming for a book that builds up to it and keeps you on the edge of your seat for the culmination to the story of the characters it makes you invest in. But other than that, it’s a great story that I recommend for readers who enjoy angsty contemporary romances.


 

Book Review : Muse of Nightmares (Strange The Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice–save the woman he loves, or everyone else?–while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.


It looks like Laini Taylor can never disappoint me. This sequel did things I’d never imagined it would. I’m thoroughly satisfied.

I was at my wit’s end, when I finished Strange The Dreamer, thinking about how Lazlo and Sarai would be able to escape the predicament they were in at the end. It’s not even a predicament. Sarai is dead. A ghost! How do you even overcome that? But I forgot that it’s Laini freaking Taylor! She can make anything possible and that too convincingly.

Right at the beginning, we get thrown into the story of two brand new characters. And I never like when that happens in a sequel. I find it very difficult to invest in the story of new characters when there’s already-established favorite characters I’m worried about! It was the same for me here when we get introduced to the twin sisters Nova and Cora. But Laini weaved such a beautiful tale that slowly and surely I was hooked.

The plotting is done brilliantly. Every little detail is made relevant. The way Taylor connects everything and executes her ideas is nothing short of genius. The book lives up to its title. It’s the Sarai Show. I’d actually thought that with Sarai being a ghost, it would all be up to Lazlo to save the day. But that wasn’t the case. Rather, he takes the backseat to Sarai more often than not in this book.

I can’t remember the last time I was this satisfied with character development in a book. There isn’t one character I couldn’t empathize with. There’s no villains here. Even the characters I absolutely despised in Strange The Dreamer undergo such growths that one can’t help but feel for them. At times I didn’t even need any character-growth to feel empathy. For instance, I found myself empathizing with Miniya even when she was unleashing her cruelty on Lazlo and Sarai. But I think the character-growth that most pleased me was Thyon. His arc was one of the most interestingly written ones.

Lazlo and Sarai were as amazing as ever. Their faith and love for each other was beautiful. I especially loved how Lazlo played a big part in Sarai building her self-confidence. And their capability to empathize and be inherently good earned my appreciation even more. Though, I gotta say that most of their romance scenes were a bit on the fluffier side. Not something I could enjoy when there was so much at stake. It also made for a slower pace at the middle. I think I’ll enjoy those fluffy scenes more my second time reading it as I won’t be in a rush to find out the answers to my questions.

The second half was more tightly paced and only then I could realize how brilliant the build-up to it was in the first half. I loved the epilogue too. There was a part in the end with a clever reference to Taylor’s Daughter of Blood and Smoke. That had me grinning widely!

(Funnily enough, I couldn’t help but think of an adventure game scenario when I was reading the climax. That actually made me realize that this series could be adapted perfectly into a RPG/adventure game.)

Only Laini Taylor can combine a character driven story and a strong plot with enough twists and turns to make it exciting. I would give this 6 stars if I could.


My Rating: ★★★★★