Top Ten Tuesday (3)

So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and Bookish, we have kick ass heroines that we love! Such a fun topic.

1. Kami Glass from Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan I adored Kami from the beginning of Unspoken. I was getting tired of reading books where the female main characters were absolutely walked all over. I love her spunk, and sarcasm. She was awesome (and I can’t wait for book 2!)

2. Skeeter and Aibileen from The Help by Kathryn Stockett This was such a great book, and for me Skeeter and Aibileen were a package deal. Their strength and courage, especially in the time they were living in were especially moving. I laughed and cried during this one! Love these girls.

3. Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson I think if you were to look for an over all kick ass female character, Lisbeth is it. First of all, she is not what people expect. And when your name is on her shit list? Well, if I were you I would high tail it out of there.

4. Melinda from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson This is one of my favorite books of all time, and the reason is because of Melinda’s growth. She suffers in silence through the most traumatic event of her life, until she is finally able to find her voice and stand up for herself .She is amazing.

5. Cinder from Cinder by Marissa Meyer This was one of my first reads of the year, and I immediately loved Cinder. First of all, she’s a cyborg and what is not awesome about that? She is tough, and different and I loved that about her.

6. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Katiniss was such a strong character, who was young and willing to sacrifice herself for her little sister. As well as fighting for her life. Was she the best decision maker in the world? Maybe not. But nobody is perfect, not even our kick ass heroines.

7. Tris Prior from The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth Oh, Tris. She made a ballsy decision to step outside of the faction that she has been raised in through her entire childhood. When she’s described you wouldn’t think of her as physically kick ass, although this changes throughout the storyline. She thinks with her heart, and acts for the well being of others. I can’t wait for the last book in the trilogy. Come on 2013!

8. Mia from If I Stay by Gayle Forman How can Mia not make this list? She is dealt a pretty crappy hand when her family is killed in a car accident. The amount of strength that it had to take to make the decision, the premise of If I Stay, to stay and fight for her life or to leave and be with her family to me is unfathomable. Now this is one of my favorite stories of all time. I loved Mia!

9. Anna from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Okay, so Anna wasn’t literally out there kicking ass. But, in my opinion, she was a kick ass heroine. She was thrust into a foreign country and is forced to go from her timid self, to learn a new language, culture, and country. And of course, the romance was just bonus points.

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Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish So, today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a fun one: Favorite Authors in X Genre.For this I have chosen YA Contemporary as the genre. Here’s the thing: I’ve only been reading YA Contemps for less than a year now. So. I’m going to include five favorites, and then five that I want to read in the next few months.

  1. John Green. Sadly, I had not read anything by him until earlier this year, which is insane. And my first read by him was A Fault in our Stars, which was unbelievably amazing and heart breaking, the characters were quirky and fragile and… awesome. I actually picked up Will Grayson, Will Grayson from the library and will be reading that soon. It’s one that he co-wrote with David Levithan and I am really looking forward to reading it.
  2. Kirsten Hubbard. She is another new favorite, she has only had two books published so far. I read Wanderlove a few months ago and was blown away by how beautiful it was. So, I also picked up her 2011 debut, Like Mandarin from the library. I haven’t had the chance yet to read it. But that will be another book I read soon!
  3. Stephanie Perkins. I literally JUST read Anna and the French Kiss. This weekend. It was a perfect light, contemporary read. I will be searching out the sequel book soon. It was just so well written– the voice in which it was told was so honest, and believable. Loved. It. And I am sure that I will enjoy other books by Perkins. I wish I hadn’t fought reading this for so long!
  4. Ellen Hopkins. She is the well known author of Crank, Glass and several others written in verse. She has the ability to write about such deep and ugly issues– but she writes about them so beautifully. I’ve read two of her novels so far, and definitely plan to read more of them.
  5. Laurie Halse Anderson. She is the author of the well-known Speak, as well as Wintergirls,  and Twisted. I have read a few of her books, and Speak is one of my all-time favorites. It was one of the first books that deeply touched me, back when I was still in high school. I did a re-read of Speak for Banned Books Week and it reminded me of how much I love her writing. I hope to get through all of the books that she has written, too.

And the five YA Contemp Authors I want to try (in the next six months!):

  1. Rachel Cohn. I have heard some great things about her writing, and really want to read Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Plus, she will be coming to my local book fair in May, and I would really prefer to have read some of her books!
  2. David Levithan. He has co-wrote with John Green, and Rachel Cohn. And he’s also got several books out. My birthday is this weekend and I will be picking up Every Day. I have read the synopsis and I think that it’s going to be amazing!
  3. Sarah Dessen. I seriously feel like I am the only person alive who has not read anything by her. She seems like she is a very popular YA Contemp author, so I think that I must read something by her.
  4. Gayle Forman.  Okay, the truth is that I am reading If I Stay right now, and it’s amazing. I am not finished with it, and I haven’t read anything else by Forman so I really can’t put her on my favorite YA Contemps list until I’ve at least finished a book by her. It is amazing so far. I can’t wait to finish it and start Where She Went.
  5. Jennifer Castle. I haven’t really heard much about her as an author yet, but I stumbled across The Beginning of After at the library and think that it sounds pretty amazing. So, it’s sitting on the huge stack of books I have checked out from the library. I was going to pick it up during the readathon, but it’s a fairly long book. Soon, I hope!

So, all of you YA Contemp readers out there… are any of these your favorite authors? Who else do I need to add to this list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Rewind

Top Ten Books on Your Fall TBR List

  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling I honestly feel like I am one of the only people on the planet who has not read this series. I have heard amazing things… so my goal is to at least START the series sometime this fall.

  Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard This summer I was able to read my first book by Kirsten Hubbard, Wanderlove. It was absolutely amazing. One of the best books of the year, hands down. And one of my favorite young adult contemporaries. She only has one other book, Like Mandarin and I am hoping that it will hold up to the expectations that the amazing Wanderlove has set.

 Everneath by Brodi Ashton I stumbled across Everneath by Brodi Ashton while looking at some 2012 debut authors. After reading the synopsis, I knew that I had to read it! Really looking forward to getting to this one.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater I have heard so many great things from other bloggers, and seen some really great reviews for The Raven Boys. I actually just started reading this one, and haven’t read anything else by Stiefvater yet.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley I am trying to include some classics that I have been wanting to read for ages into my regular reads. So, I thought that Frankenstein would be fitting as a Fall read, with Halloween only a few weeks away.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak I have tried reading The Book Thief once before, but I had a lot going on, and had to put down the book. Somehow, I never picked it back up even though what I read of it was amazing. I would love to finish this book. And will this fall!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins I have seen so much hype, and so many reviews on Anna and the French Kiss, especially as of late. I absolutely love young adult contemporaries, and I think this would be a great read. Now, it would have been an even better summer read, but I just wasn’t able to get around to it.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han This is another one of those young adult contemps that I have heard a lot of great things about. Another book that I probably should have picked up over the summer… but, I’m sure it will be just as amazing in fall!

Every day by David Levithan Everyday is a new release. I think it has only been out for three or four weeks. The synopsis sounded intriguing to me. I have seen reviews leaning both ways on this- that the book was incredible, and thought provoking. And then, others, saying that it was overrated. My birthday is next Friday and I think I will either pick it up at Barnes and Noble, or order it online.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens I don’t know how it is possible that I still have yet to read this classic. It has been on my bookshelf for about five years now, and is constantly neglected. I will get to Oliver Twist this fall.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jamie over at The Broke and the Bookish

So tell me, what is on your Fall TBR list?