Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters I’d Name a…

I’m trying to get back to blogging. I think about posting possibly every day. So I’m going to start slow and just post whenever I can, whatever I can.

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Today? Top Ten Tuesday’s topic for yesterday was Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc.  (Just a heads up, I’m planning to mix TV and Book character names.)

  1. Isaac – from Teen Wolf, I also loved the meaning behind it “to laugh.” My husband and I both have a wicked sense of humor; I can usually always find something to laugh at. It was perfect but at the last minute my husband disagreed and we went with Nikolas.
  2. Ezra Pretty Little Liars, but I’ve seen it elsewhere and I have always liked it for a child’s name, same goes for his counterpart Aria. When I was a teen I used Aria as my pen name.
  3. Max, from Roswell – before the TV show it was a YA series from the early 2000s and boy was I obsessed! This one and Everworld and Animorphs, devoured each installment like it was yummy yummy cake!
  4. Andrew – from the Lux series, I pretty much thought Andrew and Dee were the best characters ever in that series. Fun fact: Before my mom knew I was a she, my name was going to be Andrew.
  5. Eloise, from the children’s books – We are getting a pet pig as soon as we get into a house. Most likely thanks to the talking animal movies of my youth, I like fancy, classical names for pigs.
  6. Aiden/Alex – from the Covenant series, still probably my favorite series from JLA. Aiden was perfect. Fortunately, I have two nephews with the moniker. Alexandria has been a name I have always kept in the back of my head for a special occasion.
  7. Samuel/Samantha – from Supernatural, My husband and I said for a long time if we had boys we would name them Sam and Dean and at the last second he chickened out. But we still like Sammy for the next one. I think I am more fond of Samantha rather than Samuel though.
  8. Rory – from Gilmore Girls obvs, my mom and I were super close, I identified with Rory on many occasions and I would totally name a son or daughter this.
  9. Elliot – from For Darkness Shows the Stars, loved that beautiful book and this MC, I was so bummed when I learned Across a Star Swept Sea was a companion and not a continuation. I like boy names for girls,
  10. Rosalie – from Twilight but there are others, I would name my next car this. I actually kind of love the connotation for this one, beautiful, sweet, strong.

Waiting on Wednesday

I am waiting oh so impatiently on Gemina, the sequel/companion to Iluminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

I fell in love with the formatting of this book. Telling the story through use of transcripts, debriefing files, IMs and more kept the pace quick and lively. I read this book when my son was about two weeks old and I finished it in less than 3 days. My son is a “short napper” so I couldn’t believe it when I finished the book so quickly.

The characters are each wonderfully destructive in their own ways. The emotions the authors pull out of you is phenomenal, one minute you’re crying then you’re laughing, then you’re doing that wierd laugh-cry.

I cannot wait until later this year so I can meet the new additions to the story and to find out how our friends from the first book fared.


Expected Publication: Oct. 18, 2016

From Goodreads… The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Timesbestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.


And YA Contemporary Fiction Fades to Black

I’ll be honest I have a hard time reading young adult contemporary fiction these days. During my trips to the library this month I picked up two different contemporaries. One by an author I had read and loved just last year. Something’s changed. And I know who it is.

It’s me.

The young adult contemporaries were fun, quick reads for me. Despite coming up on 30 later this year, I still feel very much like a young adult. I still refer to my friend’s parents as the adults or grown-ups (LOL!).

But now I have a little life that is dependent on me. And regardless of the fact that I do not feel 30, I no longer identify with those characters and their intricacies. Well I guess that’s not true, but I’m no longer interested in depictions of real-life. I want the fantasy, I want the unexplained, I want the magic. Maybe the real world makes me so worn out, much like movies, I want a book that will enable me to escape into a world so unlike my own.

I wonder if I’ll ever read contemporaries again or if this is a permanent shift?

Have you phased out a genre or sub-genre? If so, why?


May ’16 Book Haul

Picked up several lovely books this month from the library.


Zodiac (Zodiac, #1) by Romina Russell — I grew up reading my astrology and I think a book where “your sign determines the planet you call home,” sounds super fascinating! I don’t think there’s a prerequisite to having previous zodiac knowledge in order to enjoy this. I’ll let you know when I finish!

Firstlife (Everlife, #1) by Gena Showalter — This wasn’t even on my radar until the book community started talking about it. But a book based on life after life? That’s intriguing. Plus, Gena Showalter is a well-known popular author, I have to get around to reading something of hers one of these days🙂

Murder House by James Patterson — My mom was the Patterson fan, she wouldn’t believe you if you told her I was reading something by this author. But I am. This is happening. Besides thrillers tend to be a slam dunk for me. They keep my attention which is nearly impossible these days and I end up flying through them to find out who-dun-it!

The Young Elites (the Young Elites, #1) by Marie Lu  (not pictured) — I’m reading this to my 6-month-old actually, haha. He doesn’t know what’s going on, just likes to laugh at me while I read to him in my funny voices.


The Rose Society (the Young Elites, #2) by Marie Lu — I was at the library picking up the other two titles when I spied this on the shelf. Might as well have the sequel on hand when I finish the first one.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury — Another book not on my radar at all until the book community started buzzing. One thing that makes this title super appealing? It’s a standalone! The story of a jinni and the boy she falls in love with… Sounds like a nice fun, quick read and honestly I need more of these!

Truthwitch (the Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard — Everyone at BEA last year was telling all of us we HAD to read this. BEA was last weekend and this book is still getting buzz from this community. Plus the world of witches and magic will always lure me in!


May is keeping me busy, but hey between job searching and my son finally sleeping through the night I finally have some time to read again!! What are you reading??

Why I like reading your favorites.

I was thinking about this topic while I watched a video of someone’s favorite contemporaries.

Reason 1: I want to know if we have similar affinities.

It’s no secret I am a mom now and the time I had to call my own has been significantly reduced. So I am always looking out for the people who I follow via blog or vlog to tell me what they’ve been reading. The ‘favorites of a particular genre’ are my go-to  posts/videos when I’m looking for something new to read.

If we like the same book, even more so for the same reasons, I know I can rely on your favorites for a recommendation. I’m not a picky reader by any means, but I do have topics, personality types, writing styles that I just don’t care to read. So if we agree, well now you’ve been promoted to one of my top blogs/channels and that’s awesome.

I think I might like the times we disagree even better because they cause me to pause and re-consider what I read. How did we not draw the same conclusions? Did I miss something huge? Some major character or plot flaw that was staring me in the face, much like my keys do every morning when I can’t find them? I love knowing your reasons, they teach this career student something new.

Reason 2: I’m a reader. You’re a reader.

We’re all readers, it’s the reason we are all here, in this community. We read. And we love it. And I am not sure why, but it can be hard to find readers. This community is something special and I watch your favorites because if they’re not my favorites I want them to be. If they are already one of my favorites, we should be BFFs!

This community is something special and I watch your favorites because if they’re not my favorites I want them to be. If they are already some of my favorites, we should be BFFs! And if I haven’t heard of that title you better believe I’ve added it to my TBR.

So in conclusion, keep posting your favorites. They’re important and needed.