TOP TEN TUESDAY is a weekly meme hosted by THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH where participants list their top ten lists of any given subject, given ahead of time.


Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR!

These are in no particular order- only the most recent additions, and to be more fun, only the ones with covers 😮 Click the cover to go to the goodreads link!






So there they are! Link me to your Top Ten picks!


TUESDAY 10: Book Boys!


In case you haven’t heard, Tuesday is Top Ten day here on Get A Bookmark! So this week, I’m counting down my top book crushes- at least the ones I can think of at the moment!

10. Nine~ Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore

Nine is the ultimate warrior. Buff, tough, and gorgeous, he’s not one to shy away from a fight, and his looks really are unearthly. I love Nine because he doesn’t beat around the bush- and living at the top of a skyscraper isn’t too shabby, either. He’s got everything you think you want, and that’s why he made the list. (But ironically, he isn’t number nine).

9. Finn~ Something Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

Persistence is the name of the game. Finn never gave up on Hannah in his cheerful, easy way, and he’s the lightness you need on a gloomy day, the flashing smile that immediately brightens your mood. He’s not pushy, but he’s there when you need him, and that’s why Finn is number nine.

8. Jase Garrett~ My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Swoon. Jase is the total package- gorgeous, fun, relaxed, and a total gentleman. He’s laid-back and sweet, but can be direct when he needs to be. Jase is literally the boy next door- and he lives up to the hype. Everyone loves him, including me, and he’s done everything to deserve that.

7. Saf~ Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore

Saf is cool. Not Jase Garrett cool, but ‘I live in an alternate world and I’m the King of the Theives,’ cool. He’s dangerously mysterious and you never know quite what he’s up to, but you know it’s not good and you know it’s going to get him in trouble- that is, if he gets caught. Which is rare. But he does give evidence, every so often, of an amazing self-sacrificing spirit that makes him throw himself into harm’s way to save those he loves- and that circle is hard to break into. Saf is a heartbreaker for sure, but the one heart he takes care of is Bitterblue’s, and that makes him amazing.

6. Fang~ The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson

As the original of my daydream book boyfriends, Fang obviously deserves a spot here in my list. He’s the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome, and you never know what he’s thinking. He fights hard and loves harder, and that’s just about all you can ask for from a man, right? He’s not higher on the list because as of right now, he’s too young for me, but when I was sixteen he was my total dream guy. So here’s to Fang, for rocking the world.

5. Arin~ The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Oh, Arin. So many misunderstandings and so many problems, and still, he stays true. Even when he believes Kestrel to love someone else, he still does not compromise. He’s as loyal as you could ask for, and he’s a handsome, intelligent guy as well- the strong and silent type, if you will, patiently waiting for his chance. Once his feelings are recognized, he wages war to have them returned, and if that doesn’t make him worthy of love, I don’t know what does. He’s certainly got mine.

4. René Hasard~ Rook by Sharon E. Cameron

Oh, he’s only everything a (future) historical rich boy should be. Arrogant, funny, disdainful, and not at all what he seems, René is a mystery worth unraveling. He knows what he’s about, and he’s fiercely proud- he will die to defend what he loves. He doesn’t give up, doesn’t let the impossible keep him from trying, and loves with everything he has in his body. The best part? He has RED HAIR. There are so few heroes that have those luscious russet locks, but this Parisian aristocrat has it- and he works it. One flash of his smile and every girl in the room is lost, and he’s got the substance to keep you in love forever.

3. Wolf~ Scarlet/Cress (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Everyone loves a misunderstood, beautiful boy with no control. You never quite know what you’re going to get with Wolf- he could be a snarling monster, an agile fighter, or an insecure boy with green eyes and a dangerous smile. He’s a contradiction in itself- bred to be a killing machine, but more interested in Scarlet, the girl who sees him for what he really is. He’s as helpful as can be and cute to boot, so why not give him a chance? He comes in at my top three because he has to fight to be worthy of love, and fight he does. And also because I’m dying to see how he saves Scarlet this fall.

2. Fear~ Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Fear is number two simply because he’s so different than any other character. He’s not a person- he’s an emotion personified, living in a dimension only one human can see. He’s not perfect and doesn’t try to be, and he’s more honest than almost anyone can claim to be. That honesty makes him a winner, to me, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s tall and blonde and gorgeous (but almost all guys in books are, right?).

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1. Khalid~ The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Here it is. He’s the precious tortured soul who seems like the villain, but you just can’t resist, even if he is guilty. Khalid is a mystery wrapped in an enigma, a quiet darkness that you can’t help but reach into. Not only is he mysterious- he should be all hatefulness and bitterness, but you can catch glimpses of light underneath- but he’s a skilled swordsman and fighter, a king, and has a tiger-like handsomeness that takes your breath away. He is repeatedly referred to as having “tiger eyes” of amber, calculating adn cold, but then he warms up for fleeting moments of breathtaking poetry. It’s Ahdieh’s poetry, of course, but when you’re reading, you lose yourself in the beautiful, exotic language and the sweeping descriptions. So Khalid is number one, because his character is the most painfully, wonderfully beautiful of all.

Who are your favorite fictional crushes? I’d love to know, so post a comment!

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We all have books like that- books we really wanted to read, and still do, but never have the time, never feel motivated enough- or when we do, we can’t get our hands on them! Here is my personal list of just ten (there’s so many more) that I feel like I want to read, but just…haven’t gotten around to it yet, in no real order. If YOU have read any, let me know how they were!


The story of a girl who gets written into her own story, this book by an author that I loved for her previous Ashes trilogy sounded like my cup of tea. But I never read it. I’ve checked it out at the library so many times, opened it even more, but I’ve never gotten past the first chapter. I don’t know what it is, but I’m just not motivated enough to pick it up again and try to read it. Even though it sounds so, so awesome. Here’s the goodreads link if you want a better summary than this> CLICK!


I first noticed this book because the cover is beautiful:

See? Pretty, right? But it reminded me a lot of Keira Cass’s Selection covers, and while those books are okay, and they’re not really the same kind of plot, it just made me think, ‘Eh, not a big deal, I can read it later.’ And it’s later. Much later. So much so that I probably won’t ever read this book, because I just have better things to do. No offense to the author, because maybe eventually I’ll read this series and be SO excited about it, but right now? Sarah Dessen’s new book is calling me.


I like Marie Lu. I like her a lot. Legend was great (even though I never finished that series either), and I wanted to. But I just…couldn’t. I don’t know what it is about these books, but they just don’t get me pumped up like some other books do, and there’s always one of those other books waiting for me. So yeah, I’ve never read it.


This is actually an adult book that spent a lot of time on the NY Times Bestseller list (and is still pretty high up there. It’s the story of a blind girl and another boy as they grow I got it as a filler book between YA deluges of new books, but as soon as I did, I got a bunch of books I’d been waiting for. And so yes, this one still sits on my virtual to-read shelf with no idea when it will be picked up again. Maybe next year?


I don’t know when I will ever read this book. It comes highly recommended by a good friend, and I wanted to read it when it first came out, but it’s probably not going to happen. It’s just not…poppy enough to catch my attention over, say The Wrath and the Dawn, which is the next book I’m planning to read (And oh. my. goodness. It looks so cool). So The Naturals stays on the shelf with all its companions.


This is a new book, admittedly, about the search for the Loch Ness monster in the mid-1900s. It sounds really good, and I’ve heard rave reviews, but again, it’s an adult book that I was going to use as filler (I’m not a big fan of adult books, can you tell?). I still would like to read it someday, but it doesn’t top my list of priorities.


Dashner is probably a familiar name to you- yes, it’s the author of the Maze Runner series. This is the start of his newest series, and even though I loved The Maze Runner, I just never picked this one up. Well, that’s not true. I did get it a few times from the library, but I never read it. It’s even one of my favorite topics- video games and how they affect real lives (or would, if we lived in books). But I haven’t ever ended up reading this one, and with so many other choices, I probably never will. -sad face-


Dragons! Shapeshifters! NOT MAGIC! It’s like a dream come true in this novel in Kagawa’s newest series. I was so excited- she’s really popular, but I haven’t read her other books because they’re all just magic nonsense. So when Talon was released, I got so pumped! Yeah, except I got it, and never read it, and then I got it again, and never read it, and now I’ve just put it on the back burner for a new-book-less day. After all these other books that I’ve never read, of course!


This book really shouldn’t be on this list. Anna Carey had another neat series before this one, and this book is short and looks fast-paced, but I just never got to it. I didn’t know about it until I saw it on the new shelf at the library (unfortunately, as you can probably tell, I can’t afford to buy all the books I want to read) and I snagged it. But guess what? I never took the time to read it. It’s my own fault, and it makes me sad, because guess what? The sequel is out soon, and it looks just as awesome. See? Check these out:


I call these titles engaging, intriguing, intense. But I guess there were some other covers that grabbed me first. And the reviews weren’t particularly good. Have you read it? What did you think?


This novel is a recent addition. It only came out a few months ago, and I had the library’s copy sitting in my room for about that long. Finally I decided last week that even though it sounded amazing, I needed to let in go in face of the tidal wave of new YA coming out this month. So I may come back to it, but you know, I might not. It’s sad, because it’s about people who walk through our dreams and keep us safe, but I just can’t hack it with all these exciting new releases (Hold Me Like A Breath!!!).

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!