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Ten Authors I REALLY Want to Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Living in Southeast Asia means there aren’t a lot of opportunities for me to meet authors in person. There aren’t that many authors who travel to this part of the world but I was given the chance, there are certain authors I would love to meet in person.

Favorite authors I’ve hosted blog events for:

Megan Whalen Turner (Queen’s Thief Week) – Hands down one of my favorite authors of all time, I would just want to bask in her brilliant presence. No need to even speak or anything like that.

Elizabeth Wein (EWein Special Ops) – I have been an EWein fan since I discovered her Lion Hunters series (years before Code Name Verity came out) and I’ve exchanged emails with her from time to time. She is such an awesome person, I think it would be wonderful to have a face to face conversation with her.

Laura Florand (Amour et Florand) – I don’t know how she does it but Laura is so friendly and responsive to her fans! She’s another favorite author of mine whom I’ve had the good fortune of connecting with online. It would be great to chat with her in person and ask questions about her books and the research that goes into her writing (e.g. traveling to Paris and Grasse and meeting artisan chocolatiers and perfumers).

Melina Marchetta (Marchetta Madness) – Of course I would love to meet the Queen of Aussie YA! Jellicoe Road opened my eyes to the wonderful world of contemporary YA novels, it was the book that convinced me to try more from this genre.

Friendly authors I’ve interacted with through social media and would love to see face to face:
Rachel Neumeier
Andrea K. Host

Authors I would love to attend signings or book events of (they have no idea I exist so I’d be happy with seeing them from afar or getting a book signed):
Robin McKinley
Kristin Cashore
Ilona Andrews
Liza Palmer

Authors I Would Love to Meet

In relation to this topic, I also wanted to enumerate ten bloggers I would be delighted to meet in person:
Holly of Book Harbinger
Angie of Angieville
Nomes of Inkcrush
Janice of Specfic Romantic
Brandy of Random Musings of a Bibliophile
Maureen of By Singing Light
Shae of Shae Has Left the Room
Sandy of Pirate Penguin Reads
Heidi of Bunbury in the Stacks
Flannery of The Readventurer

What about you, who are the authors or bloggers you’d love to meet in person?


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Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I don’t want to be really close-minded and say that I will never read these books… If I was stuck in an island and these were the only books available, I’d probably make do with what I have. So I’ll just say it is unlikely that I will read them given that I already have an ever-expanding TBR pile of books that I’m interested in. Life is too short to read books you don’t like.

Some titles that real life friends sometimes assume that I’ve read just because they know I’m a reader, but I’m not really interested in picking them up:

A Game of Thrones Fifty Shades of Grey Gone Girl The Casual Vacancy The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

There are also cases where I’m disappointed by the first book in a series so I have no plans to read the sequels, such as:

Red Seas Under Red Skies Monsters of Men Crown of Midnight Insurgent Dragonfly in Amber

What about you, what are some books that you will unlikely read?


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Top Ten Characters I Would Like To Check In With

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You know how there are times when a book just stays with you and you’re stuck in that world and you want to keep thinking about those characters? That’s always a great experience, when you get a book hangover. And even if there’s no cliffhanger and the story has been resolved, you still want more. Here are some of the characters I would love to check in with (and I’m including books that are part of an unfinished series):

King Of Attolia

I know it takes MWT years to write a book but we’ve been waiting SO LONG for news of the next one in her series. This series is one of my all time favorites so of course, I would be thrilled to read more about the characters and see how they’re all doing.

The Empty Kingdom

Telemakos! EWein has mentioned before that she has another book planned for this series (I don’t know whether there will be more than one) and that it will get published but there’s no release date for that yet. I would love to see Telemakos grow up and maybe even have a bit of romance in his life.

Pegasus

This beautiful book had such a cliffhanger ending! Are we ever going to get the sequel?

Jellicoe Road

Loved how this book ended but honestly, I would also love for it to have a companion novel set a couple of years down the road. Kind of like how The Piper’s Son is set a few years after Saving Francesca.

Medair

I love that the Touchstone trilogy has a Gratuitous Epilogue and if it were possible, I would jump at the chance to read something similar for Medair.

Honorable mentions (because the next book in these series have set release dates but I just can’t wait to read them):
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews Burn for Me The Understatement of the Year The Deal Once Upon a Rose

What about you, who are the characters you’d like to check in with to see how they’re doing?


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Ten Books Recently Added To My To-Be-Read Pile

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I think the ever expanding TBR pile is something that all book bloggers would have in common. I think the definition of TBR differs for every person but for me, adding books to my TBR pile means I already have copies of them. It’s just a matter of finding the time to read them. If I want to keep track of a book but I don’t feel the need to get a copy right away, I add it to my wishlist. So here are the books that I most recently got copies of, most of which were recommended by blogging buddies:

Hyperbole and a Half Something Real The Scarecrow King Dreamer's Pool Shadow Scale Falling From the Sky Bone Gap Reluctantly Charmed The Start of Me and You Black Dove White Raven

The last two were added to my Kindle just today! Both have their book birthdays today. I’m pretty excited to read all of these and I’ve even read one story from Hyperbole and a Half before I bought my copy at the bookstore. What about you, what are books that you’ve recently added to your TBR pile or your wishlist?


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Top Ten Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. There are so many books that I’ve enjoyed reading as a child that I would love to reread as an adult. I’m wondering if they would hold up as rereads and whether I would like them just as much. Some of the titles that I would love to revisit are:

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe The BFG Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Harriet the Spy From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil A Wrinkle in Time A Ring of Endless Light The Giver The Tombs of Atuan Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I wonder when my huge TBR would let me go back to these old favorites for a reread? What about you, what are some of your childhood or teen books would you love to read again?


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Ten Book-Related Problems I Have

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I think any book blogger would have a list of problems related to books. Here are some of mine:

1. I keep staying up late to read books, not just for books that I’m thoroughly enjoying but also for books that I want to finish just so I can move on to the next one. Then I let Future Chachic deal with the lack of sleep and being a zombie at work. (I previously talked about this topic here.)

2. More blog-related than book-related: because of the point above (losing sleep over books), there are nights when I crash right after getting back to the flat at the end of the day. And I miss out on doing blog posts like Top Ten Tuesday even if I originally wanted to participate. This has happened several times.

3. I keep buying books even if I don’t have enough time to read them. The TBR pile just keeps expanding. This also results in another problem which is that I find it difficult to choose what to read because there are so many choices.

4. The heat and humidity in tropical countries (Philippines and Singapore) always makes me worry about foxing in my physical copies. Foxing is when books get age-related spots or turn brown. Even if I stored books inside bookshelves with glass doors, they still age faster than expected.

Foxing

5. My purse is always heavy because I have my Kindle or a physical copy of a book in it. Whenever I ask a friend or my mom to hold my purse for me, they always say something like, “What do you have in here, rocks?”

6. I have this tendency to forget the details of the books that I’ve read, even if I loved the book. I guess this is only natural because I read so much? But one of the reasons why I like having reviews is that it reminds of my thoughts about that particular title.

7. Moving can be a hassle because I have to pack and unpack books. Which I will be doing this coming weekend because the lease is up in our current flat and my friend and I are moving at the end of the month. I don’t even want to think about how I’ll transport my books when I move back home for good.

Moving - suitcase to shelf

8. I need to lose weight. Why is this a book-related problem? Because reading trumps exercising! Sigh, if only reading burned calories, I will be super fit by now.

9. I’m passionate about books and I think it would be great to have a job in the book industry but I don’t see a path to that from where I am currently in my career. Also, I’m that if I do end up in the book industry, will I get tired of books and reading and would want to find a different way of relaxing?

10. I’m currently based in Singapore. I’ve met some awesome bookish people through my blog and I would love to meet them in person but I live halfway across the world from where they are. Also, international shipping is expensive and it sucks that I can’t send as many book packages as I would like to.

What about the rest of you, what are the problems that you have as a reader or a book blogger?


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Top Ten Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books I Want To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I LOVE reading sci-fi and fantasy (SFF) but I’ve noticed that I’ve been on a contemporary binge in recent months. I should be more conscious about mixing up my genres so I’m focusing on SFF books that I want to read for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post. I’ll even make it easier for myself and choose books that I already have copies of.

Among Others by Jo Walton – I’ve seen other readers raving about this book and that made me excited to grab a copy (and a hardcover at that), which I’ve yet to read.

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis – I haven’t tried any books written by Connie Willis and I’ve had my copy of To Say Nothing of the Dog for several years now. I think I put off reading this because I wanted to read more of Dorothy Sayers’ novels first, because I heard someone say that she’s mentioned in this book.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas – I have the ARC of this, which was passed on by my friend Holly. The sequels have been released and I still haven’t read the first book.

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart – I’ve read Mary Stewart’s romantic suspense novels but I haven’t tried her fantasy yet.

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama – I really feel bad that I still haven’t read this! It’s sitting on my bookshelf, making me feel guilty that I haven’t picked it up.

Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman – I’ve had this duology in my TBR pile for years! I grabbed copies when I started seeing positive reviews from fellow bloggers and I just haven’t found the time to read them.

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson – I’ve only read one book from Brandon Sanderson, which was Elantris, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been meaning to read more of his work and The Emperor’s Soul seems like a good choice because it’s a standalone.

Shadows by Robin McKinley – I love Robin McKinley’s writing and it would be interesting to see what her latest book is like.

Fire and Hemlock or Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones – I really need to read more of DWJ’s books. I have so many of them in my TBR pile and I don’t know why I keep putting off reading them.

Dreamer’s Pool or Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier – More Juliet Marillier is always a good thing. I am so behind in reading her recent releases.

I have many more SFF titles in my TBR pile but these are the ones that I can remember off the top of my head. Have you read any great SFF books lately? Or is there a different genre that you would like to read more of?

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