July 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Own the Most Books Of

The Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is about which authors we have the most books of in our collection!

I'm counting books that are in a bind-up and duplicate copies as separate books. As well, I'm sure there are some books that I used to have on my shelves but have now put away in boxes, so I'm not counting those. 

These are my top 12, actually, because there's a 3-way tie for 10th place.

Without further ado...

1.) Meg Cabot (25) — I own the entire Mediator series, and I think I have all but one of the Princess Diaries books. I also have a few from the 1-800-WHERE-R-U series and assorted other Meg Cabot books. By the way, I recently found out that she's writing a new book for the Mediator series! It's going to be adult rather than YA. I'm kind of torn because I like the Mediator series and don't want a new book to "ruin" it, so to speak, but since I love the characters of Suze and Jesse I'm eager to see more of them.

2.) Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (22) — almost all of these are books in the Alice series, which I really loved during my early-to-mid teens.

3.) Tamora Pierce (15) — including all of the books in the Song of the Lioness series, the Immortals series, the Lady Knight series, and both books in the Trickster duology. I may also have the Circle and Circle Opens series in storage, but I didn't count those in the total.

4.) L.M. Montgomery (9) — the first 3 books in the Anne series, 2 of the Emily books, and several short story collections.

5.) Lloyd Alexander (9) —the entire Chronicles of Prydain series (bound up in one large tome!) as well as The Arkadians, Time Cat, The Iron Ring, and a duplicate copy of The High King. I may have another Lloyd Alexander book in storage, too.

6.) Patricia C. Wrede (8) — all four Enchanted Forest Chronicles books, all three Sorcery & Cecelia books, and Mairelon the Magician. At some point I think I'd like to get this lovely bind-up of both Mairelon books.

7.) J.K. Rowling (7) — every single Harry Potter book, of course.

8.) Caroline B. Cooney (7) — the first 4 books in the Face on the Milk Carton series, the first 2 books in the Time Travelers series, and A Friend at Midnight.

9.) Richelle Mead (6) — I'm just missing one book now in the Vampire Academy series, and I also have the first book in the spin-off series.

10.) Diana Wynne Jones (5) — the Howl's Moving castle series and a couple other books.

11.) Adele Griffin (5) — Tighter, Picture the Dead, All You Never Wanted, Where I Want to Be, and The Julian Game.

12.) Stephenie Meyer (5) — because yes, at the moment I do have the Twilight series (though that may change in the future) as well as The Host.

This was actually a lot of fun, and probably gives a pretty good representation of what I love to read as well as some of my favourite authors!

July 27, 2014

The Book Lode (20)


It's been forever since I've done one of these! Here are some of the books I've gotten in the past 6-7 months. I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Books for review: (unsolicited)

Empress of the Sun by Ian McDonald
Into the Wilderness by Mandy Hager
The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper (adult)

Thanks to PYR Books and Simon & Schuster Canada for the review copies!

Books purchased:

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
The Guest List by Melissa Hill (adult)
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
The Julian Game by Adele Griffin
Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson (adult)
Boy Meets Girl/The Guy Next Door by Meg Cabot (adult)
Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares
Addition by Toni Jordan (adult)
Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
Rush by Eve Silver

July 24, 2014

Touch of Power: Get It... or Forget It?

This is a new feature I'm starting up, because as book bloggers we all know that there are too many books to read, and not enough time. I need to know which books are must-reads and which ones I can just plain ignore.

For which I turn to you, my readers! I'll pick a book each week that I'm wondering about, and you can tell me if I should GET IT...or just FORGET IT.
This week: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

I loved Poison Study, but was not particularly gripped by the other two in the series (in fact, I think I just skimmed them). What I've read about Snyder's Healer series suggests that it also goes downhill somewhat after the first book. So I'm wondering: is the first book worth getting, in and of itself? Or does it just set up for a series that will ultimately be disappointing and unsatisfying? I'd love some more Poison Study-esque magic in my life, but don't want to end up feeling like I've wasted my time and/or money...

Vote! What do you think: get it, or forget it? And then leave a comment letting me know why!

July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Sin Eater's Daughter and The Paper Magician

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!

This week's picks:

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Goodreads' description:

"A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy.

16-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner.

As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

First, you may have a moment to drink in that cover. Is that not the most spectacular combination of colours?? And she's inside the bottle. It's fantastic.

Plus, the premise sounds pretty cool too. Not sure about the "goddess-embodied" part, and killing with a touch is reminiscent of the Shatter Me series, but I'm interested to see what direction the author takes the story in. An executioner for a protagonist is intriguing!

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Goodreads' description:

"Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic . . . forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

From the imaginative mind of debut author Charlie N. Holmberg, The Paper Magician is an extraordinary adventure both dark and whimsical that will delight readers of all ages."

I like the cover of this one too, though for totally different reasons than The Sin Eater's Daughter. It's clean and minimalistic, and the fact there's origami included is awesome. Apparently this is actually the second cover revealed for this one — maybe they redesigned it to appeal more to an adult audience, since it's intended to be a crossover? — but in any case, I think I prefer this one to the original.  

Cover aside, the book description alone would draw me in. Animating paper creatures? Ripping hearts from chests? Sounds offbeat and slightly macabre...

What books are you waiting for?

July 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I'd Like to Have With Me on a Deserted Island

The Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is an awesome one: characters you'd like to have with you if you were stranded on a deserted island!

1.) Daine from the Immortals series by Tamora Pierce — this one's kind of a no-brainer. She can communicate with animals (and even shapeshift into them). We wouldn't have to fear any wild boar attacks or whatever with Daine close at hand. Plus, she could probably transform into an eagle and scout out our surroundings. Very handy!

2.) Taran from the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander – the grown-up Taran of The High King, not the immature boy of The Book of Three. He's a thoughtful leader who listens to others' viewpoints, and he has some experience organizing troops and that sort of thing, so I think his skills would be a definite asset.

3.) Vidanric from Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith – he's very clever and observant. If there was any strategizing needed (maybe the island turns out to be not quite as deserted as we think...?) he would be all over that.

4.) Tally from the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld — because she's just so gutsy and willing to take chances. Need someone to risk scaling a cliff face or navigating through a cave or whatnot? Tally's your girl. (Bonus points if it's Tally post-Specials, because then she has all these super Special abilities that make her pretty unbeatable in a fight.)

5.) Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter series — she could Transfigure any life-endangering obstacles into something harmless. Plus, she's snarky as anything. If anyone gets out of line, Professor McGonagall will certainly have something to say about it.

6.) and 7.) Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games series — because these two have loads of experience surviving in sub-optimal conditions. Not to mention, Katniss can hunt and Peeta can bake, so we'd have our bases covered in terms of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

8.) Gandalf from Lord of the Rings — he's an awesomely talented wizard, for one, but more importantly, he communicates with huge eagles that could fly all of us off the island. All we'd have to do is sit tight and wait. 

9.) Aragorn from Lord of the Rings — let's face facts: when it comes to a fight of any kind, there's probably no one it would be better to have at your back than Aragorn, son of Arathorn. He's just that good. Plus, as if that wasn't enough: he's got healing abilities, too. The man is multi-talented.

10.) Valek from Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder — because it would do no good for us to be saved by the eagles if we're all dying of poison from some bad berries we ate. Valek would know exactly which ones were safe to consume. Not to mention he's super stealthy, to boot. (Just crossing my fingers he'd have no orders to assassinate anyone else on our team, because if so...they wouldn't last long.)

What characters would you like to have along if you somehow ended up stranded on a deserted island?

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