Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and the Bookish and combines a love of lists with a love of books. This week's top is: Top Ten Read-a-Likes. We're allowed to choose the book and then give our top picks for similar books. I, of course, chose The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I love the series, but more importantly, it is what got me here, loving books and blogging about them. On my search to find more books like The Hunger Games, I discovered a whole new world of book blogs that I had no idea even existed. So now that I've been here just a little while, I'm going to make my own list. And hopefully I can introduce somebody out there to a few new books they might end up loving as well. So here's my list of books for fans looking for something to read after The Hunger Games.
- Battle Royale by Koushun Takami - While maybe not a must read for every Hunger Games fan, I think many should look into it. This is the ultimate read-a-like as there are endless comparisons between these two books but they are actually very different. Both begin with a group of kids forced to fight to the death, but the stories branch off from there. Unless you are totally against excessive violence in books (be prepared for much more gore), I think you should check this one out yourself and see what all the talk is about.
- Divergent/Insurgent by Veronica Roth - The next big thing for YA dystopian novels after The Hunger Games. Besides being a dystopian trilogy, it also has a female protagonist that is more likely to listen to her own instincts and beliefs than to listen to what others tell her she should do. She's loyal, strong, and brave. If you loved The Hunger Games, don't miss it. Plus, the end of Insurgent was insane so the last one is sure to be epic!
- Matched/Crossed by Ally Condie - These are a bit more romance than dystopian and do have a different feel. But I loved them both and think that if you liked The Hunger Games and the relationship between Katniss and Peeta and Gale, you should check out Matched.
- Legend by Marie Lu -Legend offers an unlikely team between two teenagers that work together to uncover the truths about their world and government. If you liked the government conspiracy parts of The Hunger Games, I think you'll love this one.
- Delirium/Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver - I love Delirium. The book is so different from anything I've read with a world that believes love is a disease and there is a cure for it. With both of these books being dystopian trilogies and with the strong influence of love and what it means in both, if you liked one, check out the other.
- Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin - This one is a bit more science-fiction than dystopian, but it still has a feel similar to The Hunger Games. There is death, a world run by a very controlling but distant man, secrets, conspiracies, and very dark themes. It's a very good read.
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner - This was actually not a favorite of mine but has plenty of other fans, so I wouldn't want to dissuade anyone from reading it. It is another dystopian world, created by disease this time, with a male protagonist and his friends trying to find answers. Plus, they are stuck in a maze playing a game run by outsiders. Especially if you are a male fan of The Hunger Games, I recommend you check this series out.
- Something Like Normal by Trish Doller - This is definitely a far cry from the dystopian genre and Katniss' world, but I loved them both and so maybe you will too. Something Like Normal follows Travis as he struggles to live back home after a tour in Afghanistan. He lost his best friend to the war, suffers from nightmares, and desperately wants to just feel normal again. There are a few similarities between Katniss and Travis.
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - This one is in the fantasy genre but is really good. A female protagonist with powers she doesn't understand saves her best friend in battle and is then taken away to be the one thing that can save their country and win them the war. A familiar sounding premise, but so very different. Read it, I loved it!
- Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen - While this one doesn't fit in the dystopian genre, it does have a strong female protagonist living in a world dominated by men, relationship issues dealing with trust and past loss, and lots of weapons and fighting. Plus, it's got Robin Hood. Read it, it's good.
Okay, there is my list. I hope you like it and find something on here you want to check out. I know they aren't all dystopian novels, but I think most people are fans of multiple genres and like to read different kinds of books. If you liked The Hunger Games and any of these other books, let me know! Also, leave me a link so I can see your list of read-a-likes. There's almost nothing I like more than finding new books to read!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is: Top Ten Favorite Quotes from Books. I love this topic. I'd be able to choose way more than 10 if allowed. But 10 is the limit here, so these are the few that I chose.
1) "It is our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities." Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2) "If no one cars for you at all, do you even really exist?" The Clockwork Prince
3) "It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will." Anne of Green Gables
4) "A person's a person, no matter how small." Horton Hears a Who
5) "You love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real." Mockingjay
6) “Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
7) "Without death,' he answered, 'life is meaningless. It is a story that can never be told. A song that can never be sung. For how would one finish it?" Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
8) "He held on to me like I was a rock, the only thing keeping him from drifting out with the tide of dark memories. It was the first time I realized he needed me too." Incarnate
9) “I'd rather die my way than live yours.” Delirium
10) “I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you.” Catching Fire
Those are the quotes I chose, what do you think? Did you write your own list? Leave me a link so I can come and see which are your favorites!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted every week by The Broke and The Bookish and combines a love a lists with a love of books. This week's topic is a really tough one: Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books. It's difficult for me because I tend to fall easily for characters while reading a book and because I have such a terrible memory I can't recall them later. For these reasons, most of my picks are from books I've read within the last year. I already feel guilty for forgetting so many.
1) Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series. Could there be any other? He is truly my favorite. I enjoyed following Harry as he grew, made friends, feel in love, and defeated the greatest dark wizard of all time. What could be better than that?
2) I'm going to list of the rest of my favorite Harry Potter characters here so because otherwise my list would be only Harry Potter characters: Hermione, Hagrid, Ron, Professor McGonagall, Neville, Dumbledore, Mrs. Weasley, Mr. Weasley, Fred and George, Ginny, Lupin, Sirius, Snape, Luna, and everyone else. Has anyone created characters as great as J.K. Rowling did for Harry Potter? Or did we just love them so much because we were able to spend so much time with them and learn so much about them? Sometimes I wonder which is true.
The rest are listed in no particular order but I still love them all.
3) Haymitch from The Hunger Games. I just love Haymitch. He has far more depth to him than we were allowed to see in the beginning and I love that about him. He wasn't just a drunk. He had lived a hard life. Not just as a tribute, but as a mentor and a survivor. And as much as he hated Katniss in the beginning, he really just couldn't stand to lose her like he had everyone else.
4) Scarlet from Scarlet. Scarlet is truly a kick-butt character. She far outshines Robin Hood (which I'm not quite sure how I feel about yet) but I admire her ability to do anything she wants. She's flawed, for sure, but strong and loyal and just wants to take care of people.
5) Alex from Delirium. Alex taught Lena how to love and that love could be good. He saved her and loved her and showed her an entirely new world that she never knew existed. He made her happy.
6) Magnus from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. Magnus is a wonderful character. He's loyal, even to those he maybe shouldn't be, he knows how to love, and he's got much more depth than I originally thought. I enjoy the scenes in all of these books more when Magnus is in them.
7) Shogo from Battle Royale. He was calm and quiet throughout his story line but always strong and never willing to give in. He is a character that truly surprised me and that's pretty rare.
8) Abraham Lincoln from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Not only is he one of our most beloved presidents who reunited our nation and freed the slaves, but he could kick some serious vampire ass. It doesn't get any better than that.
9) Ana from Incarnate. Ana's story is incredibly unique but what truly impressed me about Ana was that even though she had been through so much and even though some people didn't think she deserved to exist, she still believed in herself. She left behind a mother who hated and abused her to find out who she is, why she was born, and what her birth means for the rest of the souls. She is brave, strong, smart, and a great female lead.
10) Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games. I couldn't choose one over the other and I couldn't have a list of favorites without them being on it. I know some people are "Team Gale" but Katniss and Peeta belong together. They save each other over and over again and remind each other that there is some good in the world even after what they've been through.
Okay, that was seriously painful. Did anyone else have a hard time choosing ten favorites? I know I cheated here, but it was still hard. Here are a few of my runners-up: Cinna from The Hunger Games, Jem from The Infernal Devices, Sam from Incarnate, Jace and Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments, and Tris and Four from Divergent.
In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren as a way to share the books we've gotten during the past week. I didn't get much, but that's actually a good thing. My pile of books is already way too big. Here are the few I did pick up this week anyway:
I bought Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout for my Kindle app from Amazon and I'm really excited to read it. I've heard tons of great things about this series (as well as her Lux series which I also haven't read yet) and I'm hoping it lives up to the hype.
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins was another Kindle book I couldn't pass up. I've been curious about this since I learned that The Hunger Games wasn't the only series Suzanne Collins had written. I can't wait to read more from her. And something completely different!
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake is the only book I checked out from the library this week. I need to get caught up on books but I can't go to the library and come back with nothing! I'm definitely intrigued by this one. I just hope it doesn't end up scaring the crap out of me!
That's it for my mailbox this week. What do you think? Which one should I read first? And don't forget to leave me a link in the comments so I can come and check it out your mailbox too!
I am still pretty new to the book blogging community and am still learning a lot about the way things work around here. One of the interesting things I've learned so far is that books get released for review months in advance of their actual release date. As a reader, I was always aware of new books that were coming out from my favorite authors or my favorite series. I've even attended a few midnight release parties. But otherwise, I found most of the books I read just browsing the shelves, reading reviews, or as recommendations from friends. Now as a reader of book blogs, I hear about books months in advance of their release. And it's awesome! My TBR list is stocked with books I can't wait to get my hands on. And with so much time, it also allows for lots of hype to be built around those books.
But recently I've started to wonder: Is so much hype a good thing for new books? Does all the hype within the book blogging community actually reach those who might not already know about the book? Or are we all just going around in circles? Are we all hearing and saying the same things about the same books?
For Insurgent, which isn't released for another two weeks, there are contests, pre-order campaigns, reviews, and giveaways all going on now. I'm probably the only one, but is anyone else starting to feel a little burned out? Don't get me wrong, I am definitely excited about Insurgent. I can't wait to read more about Tris and Four and find out what Veronica Roth has planned for them next. However, I would still be excited and want to buy it without all the hype surrounding it. But I'm almost more excited for the release now so we can all just move on to something else. Am I alone in this?
I don't want to offend anyone, it's just a question. I've loved reading about Insurgent and think all the bloggers involved in Divergent Nation have done a fantastic job. I myself joined Team Amity! I'm simply posing a question and hoping for some answers or discussion in the comments. It doesn't even necessarily have to do with books. I remember all the hype before The Hunger Games movie was released and I eventually gave up reading anything about it because it just became too much for me. So does the hype surrounding a new release ever get to be too much? Or is any hype good hype? Has everything that's been going on with Insurgent increased the likelihood that you will buy the book? Or are you buying it because you loved Divergent and want to read the sequel? I'd love to know what you think!