Ten Books I Recently Added to My To-Be-Read List

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List

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1. First & Then by Emma Mills

2. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

3. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

4. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

5. Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian

6. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

7. All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder

8. Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen

9. Very in Pieces by Megan Frazer Blackmore

10. How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

Top 10 Books from my Childhood & Teen Years that I Would Love to Revisit

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit

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1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
This is the book that solidified my love for reading. I would love to experience that again.

2. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
These were so scary and soooo good! I also felt so brave when my elementary school librarian warned me about it.

3. Weeping Willow by Ruth White
I read this in 8th grade, I think. It’s stuck with me ever since.

4. Pet Semetery by Stephen King
I went through a HUGE SK stage in middle school and this one is still my favorite.

5. Where the Wild Things Are by Marcus Sendak
I adored this book as a child. It probably doesn’t really belong on this list since I get to read it to Finn at least 3 times a week.

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6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
I have so much love for this book. While my experiences in late middle school/high school were nothing like the MC’s this book got me through a lot of tough times.

7. Guilty Pleasure by Laurel K. Hamilton
Oddly enough my middle school library had a nice collection of Anita Blake books. The series went to crap eventually but those first 7 or 8 books were so awesome!

8. The Green Mile by Stephen King
One of my teachers loaned me her special edition set in 8th grade and I devoured it.

9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This is another middle school read. I’d love to revisit it as an adult.

10. The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
I loved this book so so much. I wanted to live in it.

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

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1. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

2. Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz

3. Half Wild by Sally Green

4. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

5. Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

6. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

7. The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

8. The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

9. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

10. Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Ten Books For Readers Who Like Maggie Stiefvater

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Ten Books For Readers Who Like Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie sticks out in my mind for her amazing way with words. So here’s ten books with beautiful writing as well.

Ten Books For Readers Who Like Maggie Stiefvater

1. Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
These are such a beautiful stories. The writing is gorgeous and the worlds are so magical.

2. Half Bad by Sally Green
I just read this one recently and loved it. The writing is great, but it’s the main character that shines.

3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Gorgeous, gorgeous writing with a touch of magical realism.

4. Chime by Franny Billingsley
This was one of my favorite books from a few years ago! I think Maggie fans would really love this one.

5. Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
I really loved this book. I think The Raven Cycle fans would enjoy this one.

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s incredible and the writing is beyond beautiful.

7. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Magical realism at its finest. Plus, its kinda creepy!

8. Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
Another kinda creepy one.

9. Plain Kate by Erin Bow
This one is more one the high fantasy side, but it’s so good. Plus, there’s a talking cat!

10. A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Witcomb
It’s been soooo long since I read this but I remember being struck by how beautiful the writing was.

Check out my Top Ten Books for Fans of John Green post as well.

Top Ten Favorite Books from the Last 3 Years

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This week’s topic is:  Top Ten Favorite Books from the Last 3 Years
These are my favorites from 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
“Verity, or Queenie as her friends call her, is the narrator of most of the story and she might honestly be one of my favorite narrators ever. She’s unreliable…with good reason, and that’s all I’m going to say about that. She’s in this unfathomable situation, but she still manages to bring such wit and humor to the story. Then there were the subtle hints of the horrific things that were happening to her and it just broke my heart. Verity was an incredible character.”

2. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
“D.J. Schwenk might be one of the most realistic and honest protagonists I’ve ever come across. She funny and insightful, but also so sad. She was just very believable to me. I connected with her so well. D.J. is the kind of person that I want as a friend. It seems like I don’t come across that too often. She had her fair share of trouble throughout the book, but her growth from beginning to end was extraordinary. That’s saying a lot since this is a short book. There were times that I felt her sadness or happiness so clearly.”

3. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
“Robin LaFevers might just be a genius, because this book is a work of art. I really have no idea how to tell you just how amazing this book is. I’m pretty sure most of you have read it already, so you know. I’ll try to articulate a few of the countless things I loved. First was the time period and the setting. Most historicals I’ve read take place in England and I don’t think I’ve ever read one that takes place in France, let alone Brittany. I found it fascinating. I don’t know much about their history so it was all new to me.”

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
“Where do I possibly start? Should I tell you how much I love high fantasy and books like Shadow and Bone are the reason for that first? Maybe I should start off with how completely captivating this book is from the very first page? Should I tell you how I swooned and gasped out loud on several occasions? Since I just told you all those things I think I’ll just end this paragraph with: OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK!”

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
“Nothing I say will come close to doing this book justice. It was the kind of book that I want everyone I know to read. I want to read it over and over again. Even though it’s sad and it will break your heart into a million pieces there’s also so much beauty in the book.”

6. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
“I cannot stress to you enough how breathtaking this book is. This review does it no justice. If you read one book that I recommend to you in 2012 make it this one. Please. It will go above and beyond your expectations.”

7. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
“Attachments is one of those books that I only come across every once in a while. It’s is a slow burning, heart warming, justplainincredible book. Rainbow Rowell reminded me why I love reading with this one and I’ll forever be her fan because of it.”

8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
“Eleanor & Park is exactly that kind of angsty emotional story that I love. All the consuming and warm and fuzzy feelings of first love are captured perfectly. This is a book that I could read over and over again and never grow tired of it.”

9. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
I haven’t reviewed Isla yet but just know that I looooooved it!

10. Winger by Andrew Smith
“So yeah, I loooooved Winger. It was one of those books that I thought about long after I finished. I’m beyond thrilled that there’s going to be a sequel. I need more Ryan Dean in my life. I really can’t recommend the book enough. If you’re a fan of coming of age stories, this is one at its best.”

 

Top Ten Favorite Heroines

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Top Ten Favorite Heroines

I did a similar top ten in 2012, 10 Favorite Kick Ass Ladies, but I have some new ones to add.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneGraceling by Kristin CashoreThe Winner's Curse by Marie RutkoskiThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsOutlander by Diana Gabaldon

1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series
What would Harry and Ron done without her?!

2. Katsa from Graceling
Katsa is just amazing…and a little scary. I wouldn’t want to be on her bad side.

3. Krestel from The Winner’s Curse
She may not always make great personal life decisions, but she is one strong heroine.

4. Katness from The Hunger Games
Of course Katniss is on this list! I feel like she may have fizzled a little at the end, but who could blame her?

5. Claire from Outlander
Isn’t Claire just the best?

Chime by Franny BillingsleyThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle HodkinShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

6. Briony from Chime
Briony was such a fascinating and unique heroine.

7. Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Oh, Elisa. She’s probably one of my favorite characters ever.

8. Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
I just read this book last week for the very first time. I adore Scout (and the book).

9. Mara Dyer from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Mara is such an interesting, unreliable, and sometimes creepy character.

10. Alina from Shadow and Bone
I really, really love Alina!

Ten Book Related Problems I Have

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Ten Book Related Problems I Have

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1. Not enough room
I don’t have any more room for books! None. I’m about to donate 6 big boxes full. I’ve been taking advantage of ebooks and eARCS since Finn was born.

2. Buying all the board books
Speaking of Finn…I might have a board book buying problem. We’re going to run out of room for these soon!

3. Deciding which audiobook to listen to
I have such a hard time deciding! I usually listen to them in the car with Finn so I have to be pretty selective. He picks up new words fast…Oy!

4. Want to read all the books RIGHT NOW
I’m reading much faster than last year but still much slower than 3 years ago. So I find that I get so excited about so many books that I want to read the NOW, but I can’t. Sigh…

5. Not having anyone in real life to share them with
Aw, sad right? I can sometimes coerce my husband or my mom into reading something, but it doesn’t happen often.

6. Not as much time to read
I have the cutest little boy in the world to blame for this. So I can’t really complain.

7. Writing reviews
I don’t like writing reviews much these days.

8. Keeping myself from requesting all.the.books.
Like I said before, I don’t have as much time to read these days. I try really, really hard not to bite off more than I can chew.

9. Keeping up with book adaptations
I’m so very far behind on seeing tv shows and movies adapted from books. I haven’t even watched TFioS or Outlander yet!