Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos That Should Write Books Together

As you all know by now, I mostly participate in the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s theme is “Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together” and while it’s definitely a topic that took some serious thinking, it’s a fantastic idea. I doubt that I’ll get to 10 but here we go!

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1. Tahereh Mafi & Ransom Riggs

Can anybody else imagine the awesomeness of those two creating a story together? I think everyone of us picked them for their list. Whenever I see interviews with them, videos from their YouTube channel or their comments on social media -I just love them so much together and I think they could create something really special and unique. (Also, on a completely unrelated note, they make me believe in true love … just wanted to throw that in there. Has anyone seen their wedding pictures? Gorgeous!!!)

2. Nicholas Sparks & Cecelia Ahern

Do you want full blown romance with a touch of magic sprinkled on top every now and then? Because I think that’s exactly what those two could accomplish together (and maybe Cecelia could get Sparks to break out of his admittedly very well working but nonetheless repetitive theme).

3. Sarah J. Maas & Victoria Aveyard

I don’t know about you, but I think those two could create one heck of an amazing world with characters that you have to watch all the time, because you never know what’s really up with them.

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4. Rainbow Rowell & John Green

This would be the ultimate teen/YA book and we would all drown in all the feels we would feel! I can see it clearly ahead of me! Also, they talked about Firefly and I love that show.

5. Rachel Matson & E. Lockhart

I think that both of these authors are really good at depicting buddy-stories in their books and somehow I would like to see how they would work together. Maybe each one of them could write a certain POV of a character and it would just keep switching between the two? In my head they’d create an amazing friendship story.

6. David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

Putting this duo on the list is a little bit like cheating, because they have already written 3 books together – BUT I WANT MORE!

7. David Levithan & Nina LaCour

Those two have actually announced their collaboration sometime soon and I am super excited. They are both very important authors in the LGBTQIA community and I think whatever the result of their work together will be, is going to be amazing.

I think that’s all I can come up with. Who are some authors you would like to see working together? Share links to your list below if you like!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR

In case you are new to this meme, Tuesday means it’s time for  Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the BookishIf you want to join into the fun, just head over to her website and check out the different weekly themes. Today I am going to talk about “Books On My Fall TBR“. I am actually not sure if that means books that are coming out this fall and that I want to read or simply books that I intend to read during that season. I always have a hard time coming up with actual TBR lists, because I am a person who generally reads what I’m in the mood for or what I can get my hands on. Seen as I am in Austria and not all books are immediately available but rather have to be ordered, that can turn out to be a real issue sometimes. I think the list will mainly contain books I want to read though, but not necessarily books that I’ll actually read (because money, time, etc.).

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(as always: this is a list not a ranking!)

1. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)I have started the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series when I heard it was going to be made into a movie and now I want to finish it. I have to admit that it’s not my favourite, but I just can’t deal with not knowing how something ends.

2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

23734628Okay, I am seriously excited for this one!!! Fangirl is one of my favourite books and this is like an indirect extension of the story. Couldn’t be happier about the fact that this was written, especially since this is really going into a Fantasy direction, which is unusual for Rainbow Rowell. (Although I have to say that I wish it would have a different cover …)

3. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

22716447I loved Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and I like Mindy’s voice, therefore: new book = I want to read it! This time it is even more background on her Hollywood life as well as her personal relationships and everyone’s fixation on weight.

4. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

18392495This book technically came out in August, but hey, that still counts for me. It’s a companion to my beloved My Life Next Door and I can’t wait to return to that universe.

5. Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson

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6. The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

24892774Traumatic events, awkward love-story … I don’t know, but this just feels like an interesting story. As morbid as it may sound, I like books that deal with grief.

7. Hello? by Liza M. Wiemer

22663633This just seems cool because it has different kinds of narration, free verse poetry and screenplay-style writing. If these things are balanced right, I usually really like them.

8. Sidekick by Natalie Whipple

26251663I know what being 2nd best feels like and I know how confining it can be if you can’t share your passions with your friends because they aren’t as geeky as you. I think I am going to like this.

9. Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

25005214Do I really have to explain this? A novella in the Red Queen universe is something I have to check out!!!

10. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

22910900It’s embarrassing, but I haven’t read any of Patrick Ness’ stories before. It’s not that they didn’t sound interesting, but I just didn’t get around to it. However, this one is definitely on the top of my wishlist and I am determined to read it!

 

 

As always, if you want to know more about the books, click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads. What are some books on your Fall TBR? If you’ve done TTT as well, leave a link in the comment section!

The Fandom Book Tag!

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Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions has once again done me the honour and tagged me for a Book Tag. I am especially happy that it is The Fandom Book Tag (originally created by Fangirlfashionista) because I am part of so many of those fandoms myself. I’m geeking out just thinking about it! Prepare for awesomeness because this is going to be a loooong post!

DOCTOR WHO: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) BLUE COVER

It’s not TARDIS-blue but Sapphire Blue (Ruby Red Trilogy #2) by Kerstin Gier

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MARVEL: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) RED COVER

The Elite (The Selection Series #2) by Kiera Cass.

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THE SIMPSONS: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) YELLOW COVER

Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord (note to self: should finally watch the movie!)

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July 2015 Wrap-Up

I know I’ve never done this before, but I’ve seen it on other blogs and since I’ve been trying to write more about books, I thought “Why not?”. So here we go with my July Wrap-Up!

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The books I’ve read this month (in chronological order) are:

  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2)
    As soon as I heard that Tim Burton was directing the movie adaptation of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series, I had to read them. I read the first part the month before, but I have to admit that the series isn’t really my thing. It’s not written badly or anything like that, I just think that the children are a bit too young for me to really connect with them and that the creepy vibe just really isn’t my area in which I feel comfortable.
  • How to be a Time Lord – Official Guide
    You know I love Doctor Who and this was just sweet and short and fun.
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
    I fell in love with We Were Liars, so I was eager to read other novels by E. Lockhart. I definitely wasn’t disappointed, but I did not expect this to be about feminism that much (which I could’ve easily found out by reading any review ever written about the book though). I liked the book, but it kind of made me sad. Everyone says that the ending is empowering, but if I were Frankie, I wouldn’t have been happy at all.
  • How to Be Bad by Lockhart, Myracle, Mlynowski
    Another Lockhart book! I was really on a spree this month. This is like the perfect book for a girly road trip during the summer time. I thought the characters were very relatable (I saw myself as a mix of Mel and Jesse), but it lacked a bit of depth for me sometimes. I liked seeing all the different POVs and such, but in the end I felt like some topics could’ve deserved more time. Nonetheless, it’s a fun read that deals with a lot of different issues while staying perfectly light-hearted.
  • Geek Girl by Holly Smale
    Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with this one. It was a tad too fairy-tale-come-true in the end and I didn’t really connect with any of the characters that much. In fact, most of them annoyed me quite a bit. Also, I get that bullying is terrible and I do not condone it in any way, but “Geek” is not an offensive word to me. Seriously, in this day and age, it’s like hip to be a geek.

hollow city       timelord       direputable
how to be bad       geek girl

(Click on the covers in order to be redirected to Goodreads)

So that was it for this month. I will be posting an August TBR, but probably not until I get back home (which will be August 6). If you want to read about my adventures in Wales, you should check out my other blog I Am Here! What Now? and subscribe if you like it! (I’m a little behind, but I’ll be writing more soon!)

Until next time guys and gals! Read you soon!

Shatter Me Series

The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi consists of three main books called Shatter Me, Unravel Me and Ignite Me, but also two companion novellas which are called Destroy Me (the POV of Warner at the end of book one) and Fracture Me (the POV of Adam at the end of book two). The novellas can be bought in one book called Unite Me. Did I confuse you enough with that? Good! Then we’ll go on with the plot of the books.

The series is about a girl called Juliette, who can’t be touched by anyone, because her touch inflicts an indescribable amount of pain and can be lethal. Of course, this means Juliette has lived her entire life in isolation, too afraid of hurting the people around her. Shunned by society, you’d think that Juliette turned out to be bitter and angry person, but she’s not. In fact, she never once fought back! And that’s what the book is about! Sure, it does involve a heck of a lot of romance and superpowers and stuff, but it is mainly about the transformation of Juliette from a whiny and crying girl to a confident woman.

This book series was nothing like I expected! It took me a little until I got into the story, but then I couldn’t stop reading. The style of writing is unusual and oh, all the things left unsaid. Things, that Juliette doesn’t even allow herself to think. The writing also changes as she gets more confident – it was beautiful!  I laughed and I was surprised, it really gripped me!

Everything that happened; I’m sometimes still so overwhelmed! After the first book, sort of everything started to collapse and I did not see it coming how much the characters would change throughout the series.  At some point, though, I really felt like I was reading this sort of dystopian version of X-Men. Juliette somewhat reminded me of Rogue and there are also people who can turn invisible and who can control things with their mind – I get that those are like standard superpowers, but still, something really reminded me of the mutants and their restistance.

In the end, I would say that Unravel Me and Ignite Me were better than Shatter Me, but of course, that’s just my opinion. I also enjoyed reading the companion novellas, although I felt as if Fracture Me revealed much more about Adam than Destroy Me did about Warner. I can already see people building teams, which I find very unnecessary for this book, but who cares. I like all the guys, but especially Warner and Kenji, because Adam seriously started to piss me off in the end.

I would have liked to read a little epilogue about what happened to the earth after the finale, but you can’t have everything. I am excited to hear that 20th Century Fox bought the film rights, before the book was even released. Let’s hope they don’t drop that one, like they did with Legend.  Did you read the series? What did you think about it? If you haven’t read it, do you think you might check it out?

UPDATE 6/19/2015

So, Tahereh Mafi just announced that after the movie didn’t happen, ABC Signature Studios now optioned the TV rights for the series. I actually think that a Shatter Me would work better on TV so I am massively excited about it! You can watch the full announcement and her fellow writer and husband Ransom Riggs talk about his book (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) getting adapted by watching polandbananaBOOKS (aka Christine Riccio) video here.