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My Favorite Top Ten Topics

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Happy 5th Anniversary to Top Ten Tuesday! As always, thank you to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting. What I like about TTT is how creative some of the topics are. I can’t believe they’ve been coming up with these topics for five years. That’s a lot of topics! Some of my favorites have been:

Top Ten Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit – This is something that keeps popping up in my mind, how I would love to reread the books that I devoured while I was growing up and see whether they would hold up. Sigh, if only I had more time to read.

Top New-To-Me Authors I Read In the Past Year (2013, 2014) – I really like recap posts like this one because they let me look back on the year that has passed and pay attention to the new discoveries that I’ve made.

Top Ten Places I Want to Visit Because of Books – I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like but I love to travel so I thought this was a great topic. I love reading books with such a strong sense of place that they make you want to visit the setting.

Top Ten Books About Friendships – I feel like I keep saying this but friendships are SO important in one’s life and this should be highlighted more in fiction. For someone like me who has been single for so long, I really wouldn’t know what I would do without the friends that I have in my life.

Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors – Who doesn’t want to talk about authors they love so much that they’re auto-buys? Of course I’m more than happy to list them out!

Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger (my first ever TTT post!) – This was a nice trip down memory lane for me. It was interesting to look back and see what are the titles that I discovered and loved even before I had a blog.

Underrated Lists (like this one I made: Top Ten Underrated Authors in Epic Fantasy) – It’s ALWAYS fun for me to promote books that I’ve enjoyed reading that I think deserve more attention. That’s one of the reasons why I maintain a book blog.

I love topics that let me talk about my life as a book nerd and blogger:
Ten Book-Related Problems I Have
Top Ten Blogging Confessions
Top Ten Things That Make My Life As A Book Blogger Easier

I also liked TTT Rewind because it gives me a chance to post about a topic I missed. And freebie weeks are also fun because I can then try to be creative in thinking of what I want to talk about. How about you, what are your favorite TTT topics?


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Sunday Book Haul: June 21

I had a nice and productive Sunday which started off with brunch with my flatmate at a new-to-us cafe called Symmetry. There are so many indie cafes in Singapore so it’s always fun to try new places and see whether their food and coffee are any good. Symmetry is one of the good ones, I wouldn’t mind going back there to try other items on their menu. After brunch, we headed back to the flat to catch up on weekend chores. And then I was able to laze around for a bit, always a good thing!

Late afternoon, I headed off to the bookstore. I wanted to get the UK edition of Uprooted by Naomi Novik, which is our book club’s choice for this month. But even though their website said the book was available in their main store, they didn’t have any copies. So I browsed around and grabbed these titles:

June 21 - book haul

This Is Hong Kong by M. Sasek – which is part of the This Is series of books

Rat Queens Volume Two: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth – I have a copy of Volume 1 but haven’t read it yet! I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Volume 2 was already out.

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol – I’ve heard nothing but good things about this children’s graphic novel.

There was also a copy of This One Summer that I considered getting but it was a damaged copy so I let it go. I’ve been reading mostly ebooks lately because they’re more convenient (easier to acquire and takes less space) but I can’t resist getting physical copies of illustrated books and graphic novels.

As if getting new books wasn’t enough, I also grabbed these other goodies: nail polish from Illamasqua (I’ve been waiting for them to restock these two shades) and almonds coated with dark chocolate from La Cure Gourmande:

June 21 - other goodies

What about the rest of you, how was your weekend? Did you visit a bookstore or buy any books? I always feel like weekends go by so fast. Fingers crossed that I’ll feel the same way about the work week!


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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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