April 10, 2012

Blood Born Blog Tour: Top Tens List w/ author Jamie Manning! + Swag Pack giveaway!

My Top Ten Books

1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – This is by far my all-time favorite novel. I could literally read it every day!
2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Another one that I could read over and over. I was forced to read it in high school, and I'm so glad. It's full of action and mystery and love—great combo!
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell – This book was so fascinating to me. Right from the start I was hooked, and completely overlooked the fact that the characters were animals, lol.
4. East of Eden by John Steinbeck – This is such an epic tale that swept me in and made me love the characters and the amazing setting Steinbeck displayed. A truly masterful piece of literature.
5. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – This book ripped me open and left me bleeding emotionally. So raw and powerful and heartbreakingly good—everyone should read it!
6. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb – This was another powerful book that left me reeling. It's one of those that takes you on a journey and leaves you different at the end.
And since I write YA, I thought I'd list a few of my faves from the genre!
7. Forget You by Jennifer Echols – This amazing book introduced me to one of my new favorite authors. Echols's writing is so spot-on and perfect that I don't even feel like I'm reading a book. If you've never read her, please do!
8. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready – Oh man, the things I could say about this book! Smith-Ready has an amazing ability to find the exact words needed to express her thoughts, and to weave a beautiful, powerful story that keeps a reader hooked till the very end—LOVE!
9. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – Carrie Ryan is another of those authors who manages to find just the right word. Her writing is simply beautiful and her storytelling is a perfect match. This book was fantastic!
10. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – Okay, now I know people are gonna freak about this book being on my Top Ten List, but let me explain. Regardless of what you may think of Stephenie Meyer's ability to write, you have to admit she's a great storyteller. And this book is the reason I got off my lazy bum and actually pursued becoming published. So naturally it has to be on this list!

--- Wow, Jamie! I love your picks. I agree with you on almost every single one. I am a huge of Jeri Smith Ready's SHADE series and I am happy that made your list. Thank you for sharing!

About Blood Born:

Waking up in a coffin hungry for blood is only the beginning for sixteen-year-old Ava Blue. When Chance Caldon, the hottie who dug her up, tells her that she’s half vampire, Ava’s world really turns upside down.

Half vamp? Ava can’t believe it...she doesn't even know what that means! Not until Aldric, a thousand-year-old vampire, shows up and tells her it’s true--and that he’s the one who turned her. Then Ava truly begins to believe what she is. Now, she has to deal with a sudden and powerful bloodlust, the desire to see Aldric dead, and her growing crush for Chance. Ava knows she's a monster now, she can feel it; and her life is over.

But redemption isn’t lost. Aldric is giving her a chance to regain her humanity. The price? Kill a hundred vampires, or remain a bloodsucker forever.

So Ava sets out to get her life back. But killing vampires begins a battle that could destroy everything she is working toward. In the end, Ava's decisions will forever change her life and the lives of those she loves.


Jamie Manning is giving away a nice swag pack to one lucky commenter. To enter all you have to do is leave a meaningful comment on this blog post. Make sure to leave an e-mail address we can reach you at if you should win. 


  1. I'm definitely checking out your list of books Jamie! Loved Shade!

    On Twilight: Up until a few years ago, I only read about 2 books a year (shocking, I know!), but my friend told me I had to read this book/series. Ever since then, I haven't stopped reading. Now I read at least two books a week. I can't imagine not reading now!

    Great post!

  2. LOved seeing Twilight on your list it was on of the books that got me reading and I haven't stopped!

  3. Was the swag part just added or did I miss it the first time? Haha! Here's my email: Ambercruz1(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Thank you!

  4. since the giveaway part was just added here is my email

  5. I loved To Kill A Mockingbird! There are a few of those that I've wanted to read but never had the chance to (Frankenstein, Animal Farm), and I'm glad to see Shade made your top ten! (Amazing series, everyone has to read it!) I still don't see why everyone loves the Forest of Hands and Teeth though. I don't think I've ever seen a negative review of it, but I honestly didn't care for it at all. Oh well, I've never fit in anyway :)
    melocin94 at aol dot com

  6. There are a lot I good books. Some my favorites are Pride and Prejudice, The Giver, Jane Eyre dreaming Awake and The Forbidden Game. I know what you mean about Twilight. To me I love the series but it has just gotten so commercial. I hate that.

  7. It was kind of funny to see Twilight on your list I have to admit but I do get what your saying. Stephanie is a great writer. Though I like the Host more, Im pretty sure its going to go just as commercial. I kinda miss the days of Bram Stoker when vampires were actually suppose to be creepy though.

    1. Oh and my email is christinabahr2008@yahoo.com

  8. ~blush~
    I've only read Twilight out of all your picks T_____________T

  9. I think your the first guy that has admitted to reading Twilight that I've heard of. That's totally cool! XD
    I loved TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD when I read it in school earlier this year. I didn't like the movie though. :/ The books are always so much better. SHADE was a pretty awsome series to and a favorite of mine. XD
    I honestly cannot wait to read this book! It sounds so froggin' (yes, I said froggin' as in a frog XD) awsome! Hehe.

  10. I loved Twilight,To Kill A Mockingbird, Shade Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is an all time favorite of mine.


  11. I loved that you put Twilight on your list. While many people may not love the series, I do agree she is a wonderful storyteller. Personally, I like all of my stories to end happily every after. Corny, I know, but in a world with so much darkness, I like to live in the happy side. :)

  12. I must admit the only one of your top ten books that I've read is Twilight:) Although Shade is on my wishlist.

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  13. I am definately going to check books on your list... And for twilight well it was one of the few series I started my serious reading habit... :)

  14. His "top 10" shocked me... especialy Twilight (I really really HATE it), since it's rather women' literature...


  15. Yay Twilight. I love Stephanie Meyer's books. She inspired my sister to start writing a book and got me into reading. I also love The forest of hands and teeth series. This is my third book tour and I love it. I get to find bloggs, authors and great books. I saw the book trailer and can't wait to read Blood Born. Sounds like such a great read. Thank you for this great giveaway!

    mararob80 at gmail dot com

  16. I am so looking forward to reading Blood Born! I saw the trailer and was hooked. Thank you for sharing with us!

  17. I am definately going to check books on your list Thanks so much my email is butterfli262002@yahoo.com

  18. I loved Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. It was very sad though. Your book sounds fantastic!!

  19. Forgot my email!! so sorry!!'


  20. I love Frankenstein and Twilight. I have actually never really thought about what would be my top 10 books. I will have to think about this now.

    rachel at thejeepdiva dot com

  21. I have read a couple books on your list but I think I will have to check out a few!

  22. Animal Farm all the way! I also love Frankenstein as well. I read To Kill A Mocking Bird pretty young, too young to understand it and I haven't re-read it yet.. I think I'll have to again sometime soon.

    I love the cover of Blood Born!
    If this is open for Canadian residents, count me in:)


  23. Nice list of books. I agree that Animal Farm is a very interesting book.


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  25. I've read almost all of those and my favorite its Forget You by Jennifer Echols, I love her books especially Going Too Far.


  26. I love that both Shade and Forget You made the list. Shade was a very unique ghost story. I loved how both Stonehenge and the equinox were part of the Shift. I definitely need to read the last two books. Forget You was just such a fun read. I actually read another Echols book, Love Story(also fun and amazing), before this one. Definitely a great author and I look forward to reading her other books.


  27. I LOVE to read and yet, I haven't heard of half the books you listed...seems sad so I'm going to check them out!

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