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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s topic is on beach reads and you’ll be able to tell from my list that to me, beach read usually equals romance or contemporary! 😉 I guess there could be other novels that you’d bring to the beach with you (to each their own), but I’d look for something light and easy, usually without a cliffhanger. Well, instead of explaining it, why don’t I just show you? Here are books that I think are beach reads:

1. The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

I just love the theater aspect of the book as well as emotional issues being resolved!

2. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

This one’s just too cute for words!

3. A Match Made in High School by Kristen Walker

Because you’d never see this happening at high school! 😉

4. The Siren by Kiera Cass

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It’s not just a beach read because of the cover! 

5. Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan

It was such a quick read! 🙂

6. Last Chance (or Keeping the Moon) by Sarah Dessen

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Coincidently, this book is set in the summer… 😀 

7. Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

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Another book set in summer, but a really enjoyable read, nonetheless!

8. Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

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Such a sweet standalone! 

9. The Fairy Tale’s Return and Other Princess Tales by Gail Carson Levine

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A few good stories that people can choose to read in which ever order they want!

10. For the Record by Charlotte Huang

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Summertimes tours and all their drama! 😉

So that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Do the titles match on any of your Top Ten or are titles you’ve read before? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments section below! Even if you haven’t read or recognized these books, I’d still love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments! Well, that’s all for now! Tune in next week for another Top Ten. Have a nice night, everyone!

-Sumaya

 

Which Cover Wednesday 14

Hello, fellow bloggers and wonderful readers! I’m here with another Which Cover Wednesday. This is a meme I’m hosting that compares two different covers of the same book and sees which cover fits it better, based on my opinion. Feel free to participate, too, in the comments section. Well, here are this week’s covers:

1. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

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In this case, I would choose the second cover, since it depicts the scenery and makes it look more apocalyptic with the orange sky and the trees. I like its use of colour overall, compared to the other first cover, that looks all brown…

2. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

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The second one again! There’s nothing wrong with the first one, it’s just that the second one seems to be a successful revamping of a cover. It looks more magical, with the book, and has Ella out and about.

3. Graceling by Kristen Cashore

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I favour the first cover. It just seems more high fantasy to me in comparison to the other cover. But I’ve got to admit, the other cover does look great! 😉

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (English and Swedish)

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This one’s a tough choice…I like the setting being seen in the second cover, but I like how understated the first cover is, but not to the point of it being boring… I’d go with the second cover, just because there is more going on it.

That’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed these covers! If you have any thoughts, questions, or ideas for next week, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below! Until next time…

-Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Syllabus for YA Fantasy 101

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

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. Today’s Top Ten is pretty fun: choose books you would teach in a course. The course I would teach would be YA Fantasy, since I have such a deep love for it. Fantasy is an umbrella term for a number of sub genres, such as Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, etc. It’s hard to pick just ten books for a course focused on the topic, but I did choose what I though were great books in YA fantasy and here they are:

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Fey and Humans: combating with speciesism 

2. Eragon by Christoper Paolini

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Learn about Dragons, their intense bond with Riders and how they save the world together.

3. The Naming by Alison Croggon

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Names and the meanings behind them are important, which is obvious from this title.

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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With magic comes the art of illusion, both physically and psychologically.

5. The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

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Strongest magic: the bond between those we love.

6. Born at Midnight by C.C Hunter

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Come to a world where you leave everything behind, including what you knew about yourself.

7. Shadowland by Meg Cabot

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Why do gifts = fighting for the greater good?

8. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

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The challenge of balancing normalcy with your magical legacy. 😉

9. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

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Werewolves and human cohabitation: how they survive each other

10. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

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Angels, humans, and the Purpose between them.

Well, that my Top Ten! Recognize any of these books? Do you agree that they should be on the syllabus or not?  Feel free to leave comments about it below. By the way, I would love to hear about your Top Ten this week! Have fun and keep reading!

-Sumaya Musse

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