Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book

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Hosted By That Artsy Reader Girl

I’m gonna give you my top ten things I look for in a book in order for me to actually bring that book home to read.

Number One

The book cover! If the book has anything shiny, swords, crowns, or just looks very interesting I’m gonna pick it up right away to see what it’s all about. What catches my eye is what I’m gonna pick up first. But not all pretty book covers have an interesting story…

Number Two

WHAT THE STORY IS ALL ABOUT! If the story sounds interesting, something I have not read and has some originality to the story I will take it home.

Number Three

The villain’s story. I am obsessed with books that tell the villains side of the story and how they became who they are. It is my all time and still number one favorite type of story.

Number Four

Retellings! I love a good story of a retailing of a fairy tale we all grew up and enjoyed, nothing better but a twisted side story of the original story.

Number Five

A strong female lead. Do I really need to explain this one? I absolutely love when the main character (especially women) can whoop some serious butt!

Number Six

Royal drama. I’m a sucker for these type of stories. Anything with a royal family always has some crazy drama in the story.

Number Seven

Character building. I like to see the main character start with nothing and is nothing and grows to be something when deep down they were that person the whole time.

Number Eight

You know sometimes having mystical creatures is always good! Dragons, Mermaids, and Jabberwockies!

Number Nine

Love, Love, Love! Yes, romance! I love a good romance. A good romance for me is the one with crazy adventure and they are in dangerous situations and they end up falling in love in the end or you know something like that.

Number 10

Minus the type of stories they are and what’s on the cover for me to even actually pick the book up and READ it would be the weather. If it’s raining outside I’m automatically reading outside on my porch. I live in Las Vegas so the weather is always nice (Usually) and if it’s cold outside then I’m stuck indoors and sometimes I can get destracted when it comes to being indoors all the time. I feel like I read more when it’s hot outside then cold.

That will be my Top Ten reasons why I pick up a book. Happy Reading!

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The Big Scoop

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The big scoop? I am the big scoop! I need a big scoop of Cookies And Cream Ice Cream, I also look like a scoop of Ice cream. I’m officially 7 months pregnant this week and I’m losing the days. Time is going by fast and I feel like I need to read all my TBR books on my shelves before my daughter arrives while I also have cravings to go on a book haul at Barnes And Noble to add to that TBR list.

Right now my 2019 Reading Challenge on Good Reads is 100 books for this year and I only have one book completed. I know I am so behind right now but I’m hoping with a new baby on the way (First child) I can still complete the challenge!? Only one can hope.

Right now Las Vegas weather is amazing where I am back on my porch reading again. I organized my bookshelves just a bit, nothing too much new with them besides throwing away the Owlcrate and Fairyloot boxes that were taking up all the space I had left on the shelves. Well, I did keep one box each to keep all the treasures that come within the boxes (The Art Cards) I have yet to decide how to display the cards.

I came over my fear of reading in my bathtub! I used to hear people doing it all the time but I have such a fear dropping my book in the water and trust me it would be the end of the day and people around me are going to hear it for a lifetime if that was to happen. Bath time became an everyday thing more than showers now that I’m pregnant it helps with the back pains and it’s really relaxing so I gave it a go and now It’s my favorite thing I look forward to every day.

Since I haven’t been going on my usual big book hauls for myself and been focusing everything on the baby girl I have plans to do a big children’s book haul for her in May (One month before she is here) and plans to paint a shabby chic style wall bookshelves for her room. I’ll keep you all posted with that plan.

I started my new Bookstagram account. I really missed taking photos and being creative with my books. I miss the book community and seeing everyone’s creative photos with their books. If you have a Bookstagram account give me a follow and comment or DM to let me know you got my account info from my blog, I’ll follow back!

Bookstagram – @Vivalareads

Well, I’m gonna get back to my current read right now and hope to finish it by the end of this week!

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Holly Black The Wicked King released Date Today

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I have been looking forward to this day for many many months after I read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Today was the released day for The Wicked King by Holly Black which is the second book to The Folk Of The Air series.

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Last year I tried to get an ARC for this lovely gem and was unfortunate to get one. I heard so much and how wonderful this book is from the lucky ones that received an ARC. I was definitely the one counting down the days and even woke up early to head to my local Barnes And Noble to get my copy today, and trust me I gave them a call ahead of time to put it on hold for me that I will be there first thing in the morning to pick it up.

Now that I finally have my hands on this wonderful book, tonight is all about “Me Time!” Hot bath, Hot tea, and cuddles with my furbaby on my fluffy bed.

But before I can get that “Me Time” I need to take a trip to the mall to get a Cinnabon! Pregnancy cravings are little nuts right now.

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Outfit Of The Day

Shoes: Black Point slip-on from Target

Pants: Maternity Skinny Jeans from Motherhood Maternity

Shirt: Black and White Polka Dot Blouse from my Mother when I told her that I was pregnant and needed bigger shirts!

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Here is my review of The Cruel Prince By Holly Black if you didn’t get a chance to read it yet!

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Blogoween Day 19: October Book Haul

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Holy cow! It’s been nine days since I last posted! I swear there is a good reason, but a more personal reason that I will announce sometime soon. I went on my October Book Haul earlier than expected this month and here are all the goodies I purchased this month.

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The Wicked Deep By Shea Ernshaw

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The Face On The Milk Carton By Caroline B. Cooney

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The Black Witch & The Iron Flower By Laurie Forest

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Wires And Nerve By Marissa Meyer

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Furyborn By Claire Legrand

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The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein By Kiersten White

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Grim Lovelies By Megan Shepherd

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Miss Peregrine’s Series By Ransom Riggs

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Twisted Tales Series By Liz Braswell

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Dread Nation By Justina Ireland

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The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats And Piracy By Mackenzi Lee

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Dracula Leatherbound collection

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Sailor Moon Series

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Daenerys Targaryen Funko Pop

See any books you read? Let me know what your thoughts are! TTFN.

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Blogoween Day 9: Bookish Halloween Appreciation

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Today has been a very long day, I never posted a post so late before but I’m still in time for this post. Today I am going to share with you all some wonderful Halloween photos from Bookstagramers that I personally follow. I absolutely love each and every photo that I have found.  Hope you all enjoy these lovely festive photos as much as I do. Here is the Bookish Halloween Appreciation!

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@emblisreads

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@stac_loves_books

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@bookswithglasses

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@booklovinbabe

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@degroot.maartje

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@littlemiss_katie

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@a.v.ido

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@for.fictions.sake

Make sure to check out these amazing Bookstagramers. TTFN.

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Blogoween Day 8: Gory Magical Sweet

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Hosted Today By Camilla @ Reader In The Attic

“Create one or more snacks (sweet or savory) and a drink (if you want), all must be Halloween themed. Should be created with a mix of common food elements and parts of our beloved mythical and magical creatures.”

Welcome Bookworms to the Blogoween Gory Bar, I’m your bartender, Viva Marie and I’m here to make your evening a bit more spooky with some Bookish Cocktails with some Spook for the season, This is Halloween!

 

ROYAL SAVAGEZ

2 Cups Vodka (Your gonna need it)

1 TSP Of Prince Cardan’s blood

1 TSP of Queen Of Heart’s blood

1/2 Cup of Blueberries

Splash of grenadine

KHAN’S STRIPES

1 TPS Tiger blood

1 Tigers toe

3 Sabertooth Fangs

1 cup of pineapples

2 Cups of Whiskey

 

ALICE’S ILLUSIONS

2 Cups of Vanilla  Vodka

2 Mushrooms

1 Blue Caterpillar

1 Mystical Cats eye

1 Blended Lemon Tart

Sprinkle some sugar powder on top

TINKER HOOK

( My boyfriend was watching me make this post so he made one up all on his own and this is what he came up with, measurements done by me)

2 cups of whiskey

1 cup of Fairy’s blood

2 blended Fairy Wings

5 Crocodile scales

1 Lost Boy’s Tooth

Sprinkle of Fairy Dust

Garnish With a Pirates Hook

APPETIZER

3 Monkey’s Paws

Dead Man’s Toe

White Rabbit’s Ears

Kaa Snake

Hope you enjoy this Spooky, Gory cocktails made by yours truly. Now sit back and relax with a good book for the rest of the evening. Let me know what you guys think. TTFN.

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P.S

I’m new to Twitter so if you have any tips they would be greatly appreciated, Thanks!

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Blogoween Day 7: They Got My Back

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Blogoween Hosted Today By Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

I have a question here before we start today’s Blogoween. Who here actually reads The Walking Dead comics? I live right across the street from Celestial Comics and they have a pretty big selection of Walking Dead series. I was tempted to get them but the truth is I really don’t like zombies. Nasty creatures whoever thought of them, however, I have watched all the seasons so far besides the newest one that was just added to Netflix. I must say the ONLY reason I’m watching the show is that they have a character that has a TIGER! Now folks, If you been with me since the beginning of my postings then you would know that before I started reading actual stories I was a nerd reading Encyclopedia’s, mainly cat Encyclopedias. So whoever created the character Ezekiel and his Tiger for the zombie apocalypse is a genius! Which leads me to tell you if a zombie apocalypse breaks out the main one that is going to have my back…

 

Ezekiel And Shiva From The Walking Dead

I’m going to count these two as one. Ezekiel knows what he is doing in the Zombie Apocalypse! I would have no fear into this world knowing that these two have my back.

Raven From Heartless By Marissa Meyer

Raven is very important to the team. Flying the skies so high to see what’s up ahead and guide the team the proper path to avoid zombies or at least a huge herd of them.

Inej Ghafa AKA The Wraith From Six Of Crows/ Crooked Kingdom By Leigh Bardugo

Inej is not only good with her balance and ability to take on high-level buildings but she is a master with her knives which leaves her skills to take on zombies.

Daenerys Targaryen AKA Mother Of Dragons From A Game Of Thrones By George R. R. Martin

We need fire and lots of it when it comes to herds of zombies. The Mother Of Dragons does not deal with White Walkers to well since they are a bit more advanced attacking but human zombies are a piece of cake for her and her dragons.

 Legolas From Lord Of The Rings By J. R. R. Tolkien

Skilled with archery, knowledge with creepy/ crazy creatures running around wanting to kill you, and very handsome…anyways Legolas is the cherry on top. When the world is going down you are gonna need him on your side and help guide the way of survival with his experience.

That’s my top five characters that have my back during a Zombie Apocolypse. Trust me when all hell breaks loose you need someone or something in the air to guide your path, you will also need a big cat! Nothing wrong with having a big cat on your side with a dragon that has a lot of fire to give out and kill tons of zombies at once, and a handsome knowledge elf too with an assassin that knows her stuff about knives. I think that pretty much covers everything and who I need to survive.

What do you guys think? Let me know. TTFN.

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