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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 of My Favorite Bookish Tropes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Favorite Tropes. Now there are plenty of tropes that I wish would just disappear – instalove, love triangles, and damsels in distress would feature prominently on that list.  That said, however, it was still pretty easy to come up with 10 bookish tropes that I love seeing in the books I read. I’ve shared them below, along with a couple of my favorite books from each.

 

10 of My Favorite Bookish Tropes

 

1. FRIENDS TO LOVERS – Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating (Christina Lauren), Starry Eyes (Jenn Bennett)

 

2. ENEMIES TO LOVERS – Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), The Unhoneymooners (Christina Lauren)

 

3. STAR-CROSSED LOVERS – Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare), Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Jill Criswell)

 

4. SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE – Say You Still Love Me (K. A. Tucker), One Summer in Paris (Sarah Morgan)

 

5. MAN IN DISTRESS WHO IS SAVED BY THE DAMSEL – The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Jill Criswell)

 

6. MONSTERS WHO AREN’T MONSTERS AFTER ALL – This Savage Song (Victoria Schwab), Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Jill Criswell)

 

7. BOOKS SET IN SCHOOLS OR ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES – Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling), Nevernight (Jay Kristoff), Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)

 

8. TOURNAMENTS OR OTHER FORMS OF COMPETITION – Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling), Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)

 

9. ANTI HEROES – Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo), Vicious (Victoria Schwab)

 

10. GIRLS WHO ARE INTO STEM – When Dimple Met Rishi (Sandhya Menon), Zenn Diagram (Wendy Brant)

 

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Who are some of your favorite bookish tropes?  Do we share any favorites?

Top Ten Tuesday – Book Characters I’d Love to Have in My Circle of Friends

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is a Book Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With.  When I think of my real life friends and the qualities I love about each of them, a few common denominators carry across all of them. I love their humor and specifically their ability to bring some levity to a stressful situation, I love their loyalty and that I can always count on them for whatever I need, whether it’s a sound word of advice, a shoulder to cry on, a stiff drink, whatever.  They just have my back no matter what.  I also think my friends are very interesting and I love the unique perspective they can bring to any conversation.  And of course, we share many similar interests.

The list of fictional characters I’ve come up with embody many of these same traits so I think they would make great additions to my circle of friends.

 

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Book Characters I’d Love to Have in My Circle of Friends

 

1. HERMIONE GRANGER and FRED & GEORGE WEASLEY from the Harry Potter series.

Hermione for her wisdom and general badassery; the Weasley twins for their wicked sense of humor.

 

 

2. PERCY, MONTY, & FELICITY from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue

Similar to above, Felicity for her wisdom and because she’s a woman ahead of her time;

Monty & Percy because they’re hilarious and hold the promise of great adventures.

 

 

3. HAZEL from Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Hazel for her whimsical sense of humor. There would never be a dull moment with Hazel as your friend.

 

 

4. SAMWISE from Lord of the Rings

Could there possibly be a more loyal friend than Samwise?

 

 

5. BRIENNE OF TARTH from the A Song of Ice and Fire series

Although I’d put Brienne of Tarth as a close second to Samwise in the loyalty department.

 

 

6. TYRION LANNISTER from the A Song of Ice and Fire series

Tyrion is such a wonderful mix of wit, humor, drunken fun, but at the same time,

he is also someone you would want in your corner when it comes down to it.

 

 

7. CHARLOTTE GORMAN from The Accidental Beauty Queen

No social circle of mine would be complete without a few socially awkward book nerds. Enter Charlotte Gorman.

 

 

8. NINA HILL from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

And Nina Hill for the same reason. Us book nerds have to stick together. 

 

 

9. CASSIE HANWELL from Things You Save in a Fire

I actually just finished this book over the weekend and found myself wishing I was friends with Cassie.

I admired her strength and tenacity, and the fact that she’s a female firefighter just made her really someone I’d like to have in my corner.

 

 

10. JUNE AND NORA from Red, White & Royal Blue

Although technically only secondary characters in this book, June and Nora were just all kinds of awesome

and I’d love to have them on my squad.  They’re fun, loyal, and very creative. 

 

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Who are some book characters you’d like to have in your circle of friends?

Top Ten Tuesday – My Top Ten Favorite Cover Makeovers

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Cover Redesigns I Loved/Hated. Honestly, until I started blogging, with very rare exception, I never noticed how many different covers the same book can have.  I knew there were occasionally special anniversary editions, etc. but that was about it.  Blogging has been very eye-opening when it comes to book covers, among other things.

Now that I do pay more attention to the different covers out there, I do have some favorites and some where I prefer the earlier version over the newer one.

 

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My Top Ten Favorite (and Not So Favorite) Cover Makeovers

 

 

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The one on the left is the older of the two covers, and I’m not a fan. Celaena just looks too doll-like.  I much prefer the fiercer looking cover on the right.

 

 

 

2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I’m actually torn on this one because I really like them both.  The one on the left is the one I own so I feel very nostalgic towards it and I love how atmospheric it is. That said I also love the vivid red, black, and white on the newer cover, not to mention the skulls and bones all over it.  Both of these are winners for me.

 

 

 

3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

This is another set of covers I’m torn on. The one on the left is the one I own and I believe the first cover that was issued in the U.S.  It’s a great cover and of course there’s that nostalgia factor again.  On the other hand though, look how truly gorgeous that cover on the right is.  It’s stunning and I honestly think I prefer it to the original.

 

 

 

4. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This series has actually had me conflicted about its covers as well, both because they changed and because I don’t think any of the versions matched each other well.  In the case of the first book though, I think the original on the left is my favorite  I do love the blue on each one, but I like the pop of the yellow on the original and I prefer the way the moths look versus the giant one on the other cover.

 

 

 

5. The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

Although I really did love the one on the left, which is the original cover,

I do feel like the second one does a better job of conveying what the story is about and what age group it’s geared toward so thumb’s up to the newer cover design.

 

 

 

6. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

There’s a lot to love about both of these covers.  Overall though, I think I prefer the newer cover on the right. I love the colors on that version and on the other two books in the series.

They’re vibrant and eye catching.

 

 

 

7.  What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

I actually love both versions of this cover too. They’re both just adorable.  I do like that the newer cover references their meet cute at the post office though so maybe give a slight edge to that cover.

 

 

 

8. Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

This is another where I really love both covers. I love all of the vibrant colors in the original on the left, but how badass does the one on the right look?  If I hadn’t already purchased the one on the left, I’d totally prefer to own the one on the right.

 

 

 

9.  The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This is one of my favorite books and if I had it my way, I would own all three versions of the cover.  The one on the left is my favorite because I love the atmospheric quality – the glow from the cottage, the snow the night sky, etc.  The second one is also gorgeous though and I always find myself staring at it because of all of the amazing details.  The third cover is probably my least favorite. It’s still pretty of course but just doesn’t have the special qualities that the first two have.

 

 

 

10. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I’m sure there are many more versions of this cover out there, but these are the three I see most often.  My least favorite of this bunch is the one in the middle. Something about it – the rectangle in the middle, I think – just makes it looks like some dated required reading book for high school.  I think if the picture in the rectangle just took up the entire cover, it would be much improved.  I think in this case I actually prefer the original on the left with the direwolf on it.  The one on the right is nice too but it just screams generic fantasy novel to me, not to mention the ugly HBO advertisement at the top of it.

 

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So there you have it, some of my favorite cover make overs.  What are some of your favorites?

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Books I’d Love to See Adapted for the Big or Small Screen

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is a Freebie so I decided to with books I’d love to see made in TV shows or movies.  This has been on my mind a lot lately because of all recent announcements about new streaming services.  Between the big screen, the small screen, and streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu, it seems like there is more and more opportunity out there for great books to be adapted.  Several of my favorites like Daisy Jones & the Six and The Grisha Trilogy are already being adapted, but here are a few more I hope to see adapted as well.  Now I’ll confess here that I didn’t research these very thoroughly so if you’re aware of upcoming adaptations for any of these that I haven’t heard of yet, please let me know! 🙂

 

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10 Books I’d Love to See Adapted for the Big or Small Screen

 

1, THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Evelyn Hugo is a character who is larger than life, and as a movie star, I think it’s only fitting that this book should be made into a film. I think it would be glorious!

 

2, LETTERS TO THE LOST by Brigid Kemmerer

I think any of Kemmerer’s YA contemporaries would be wonderful as films, but Declan and Juliet’s story has a special place in my heart and I think it would make for a very moving film.

 

3, WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

I just finished reading this beautiful, heartbreaking story yesterday and all I could think about was how I wanted to see it on the big screen.  This is the book that actually inspired this week’s topic.

 

4, LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager

I love a good, atmospheric film as well and I think this book set in a creepy Gothic NYC landmark hotel would be perfect.

 

5, CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

How fabulous would this be as either a film or limited series?

 

6. THE ILLUMINAE FILES by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

This amazing science fiction series would also make for an exciting limited series on any of the steaming services. I’d totally binge watch it!

 

7. THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW by Tracey Garvis Graves

I think Annika and Jonathan’s story would make for a beautiful movie about second chances.

 

8. THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman

At first I was thinking film, but the more I think about it, I would definitely watch an entire series devoted to Nina and her bookish antics.

Heck, I’d watch just to see her have conversations with Phil the cat, lol.

 

9. ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane

This was another moving story about family and forgiveness that the entire time I was reading, I kept picturing it on the big screen.

 

10. WARCROSS by Marie Lu

Ready Player One is one of my favorite films and I keep thinking that the virtual reality world of Warcross would be equally epic on the big screen.

 

 

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What are some books you’d like to see adapted for TV or film?

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Book Settings I Need More of in My Reading Life

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Settings I’d Like to See More Of (Or At All).  I’m giving the topic a tiny twist because I can’t speak to how many books with the settings I’m thinking about already exist in the world.  There could be plenty of them out there that I just haven’t discovered yet.  So I’m going with book settings that I just need more of in my reading life.  That said, if you have any recommendations that fit any of the settings I’ve listed, I’d love to hear them.

 

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10 Book Settings I Need More of in My Reading Life

 

1, Books set in colleges and/or universities.

I don’t know what it is about the college setting – maybe it’s just nostalgia – but I can never get enough of books that are set there.

 

2, Books set in bookstores and/or libraries.  

Of course I want more books to read that set in my favorite places in the world. Enough said.

 

3, Books set in quaint small towns. 

As much as I love reading books that are set in big exciting cities, I’d actually love to read more books that are set in small towns.  They just tend to have such charm.

 

4, Books set in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and Asia.

I always enjoy reading books that are set outside the United States, but I have tended to migrate towards those set in familiar cities like London and Paris.

I’d love to branch out and read more from other regions around the world.

 

5, Books set in the 1920s.

I read a lot of historical fiction but most of what I read tends to be set around WWII and sometimes WWI.

I’d love to read more set in the 1920s because I find it to be such an interesting period in history.

 

6. Books set in pre-Civil War America and Colonial Times

I think my obsession with the musical Hamilton has me wanting to read more historical fiction that is set much earlier in my country’s history.

 

7.  Sci-fi books set on other planets in our solar system besides Earth and Mars.

Maybe it’s a little far-fetched, but it seems to me that with sci-fi, anything is possible, even life on planets that in reality can’t sustain life.

 

8. Books set in restaurants, bakeries, cafes, etc. 

Basically any place that features delicious food that the authors can then describe in mouth-watering detail.

I don’t know why I like reading about food so much, but I really do, lol.

 

9. Books set in big cities other than NYC, Paris, and London

These are my three favorite big city settings, but I’d love to branch out and find books set in other cities that I’m not as familiar with.

 

10. Books set in lesser known seaside/oceanside locales.

Of course books that are set on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard immediately come to mind,

but I’d love to see some that are more off the beaten path but equally as charming.

 

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What are some book settings that you would like to see more of?

Top Ten Tuesday – Authors Who Have Become Auto-Buys for Me

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Auto-Buy Authors, those authors you love so much that you don’t even need to read the synopsis when they have a new book coming out because you already know you’re going to buy it.  My list of auto-buy authors has really grown since I’ve started blogging because I’ve branched out with my reading and tried a lot of new-to-me authors based on excellent reviews from my fellow bloggers.  I couldn’t narrow down to just 10 authors this week so I’m sharing 13 of my favorite auto-buy authors.

 

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Authors Who Have Become Auto-Buys for Me

 

1, V.E. SCHWAB

V.E. Schwab is one of my all-time favorite fantasy authors.  I’ve read and loved 7 of her books so far.

 

2, KRISTIN HANNAH

Kristin Hannah is my favorite writer of historical fiction.  I didn’t start reading her books until The Nightingale,

but I loved that one and The Great Alone and look forward to reading both her new releases and going back and adding her backlist to my collection.

 

3, BRIGID KEMMERER

With Letters to the Lost, More Than We Can Tell, and Call It What You Want, Kemmerer has become one of my favorite YA contemporary authors.

 

4, RILEY SAGER

Three books in and I’m still in love with Sager’s thrillers.  He needs to write faster because he is my go-to author now when I want a twisty, suspenseful read.

 

5, LEIGH BARDUGO

Bardugo is another favorite fantasy author.  I loved her Grisha trilogy, her Six of Crows duology, and I’m very excited for her adult debut this fall.

 

6. CHRISTINA LAUREN

I used to always say I didn’t like to read romance until I tried my first Christina Lauren book.

So far I’ve read and loved three of their books and already have two more sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.  I definitely like Christina Lauren’s brand of romance.

 

7. SANDHYA MENON

Menon is another favorite YA contemporary author.  I love her feisty female characters and her soft, cinnamon roll boys.  Her stories are perfect when I’m in the mood for a cute, fun read.

 

8. ANGIE THOMAS

Where I look to Menon for those cute and fun reads, I look to Angie Thomas to deliver when I want a powerful, hard-hitting book.

Her first two novels, The Hate U Give and On the Come Up, were both incredible reads and I can’t wait to add more books from her to my collection.

 

9. TAYLOR JENKINS REID

I’ve had two 5-star reads from TJR already this year with Daisy Jones & the Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

As with Kristin Hannah, I want to buy all of her new releases and I want to go back and get her entire backlist too.  I need to read every word she has written.

 

10. S.K. ALI

S.K. Ali has become another favorite YA contemporary author.  Her writing is gorgeous and she always explores such relevant and timely topics.

 

11. JAY KRISTOFF

Kristoff is a favorite sci-fi/fantasy author.  I love his solo writings, I love it when he pairs up with other authors like Amie Kaufman, I just love everything he does.

I’ve read 7 of his books so far and can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of them

 

12. JENN BENNETT

I love Bennett’s YA contempory novels because they’re just always so easy to relate to and they usually feature the sweetest friendships and relationships.

They are auto-buys when I want a book that will make me smile.

 

13. BLAKE CROUCH

Blake Crouch has become my go-to guy when I want a sci-fi book that just makes me go WTF did I just read?!

Dark Matter and Recursion were both mind blowing reads and I look forward to see what he comes up with next.

 

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Who are some of your auto-buy authors?  Do we share any?

Top Ten Tuesday – My Top 10 Favorite Socially Awkward Book Characters

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Character Freebie (any topic you want that deals with book characters!).  I decided to focus on some of my favorite characters in literature, my socially awkward little cinnamon rolls.  Every time I come across a character who is super awkward around others, I feel a sense of kinship with them.  I love these characters because they reinforce to me that I’m not alone in my awkwardness.

 

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My Top Ten Favorite Socially Awkward Book Characters

 

1, NINA HILL from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Nina is my new favorite socially awkward character.  She’s an introvert who prefers the company of books and her cat Phil over people and I fell in love with her when I read this book recently.

I actually have a giveaway running for this book if you’re interested in meeting Nina. Check it out HERE.

 

2, NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM from the Harry Potter series

Neville, especially in the early books in the series, is just the sweetest, most awkward little bean.

I always wanted to wrap him in bubble wrap to protect him from bullies like Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle.

 

3, OVE from A Man Called Ove

Ove has no idea whatsoever how to relate to people.  He’s just so grumpy and awkward that it’s actually endearing.

 

4, KHAI DIEP from The Bride Test

Khai Diep is adorable but his autism makes it so hard for him to process emotions

and to relate to other people, especially women.  Thank goodness he has Esme to show him the way.

 

5, CHARLOTTE GORMAN from The Accidental Beauty Queen

Charlotte is another bookish girl after my own heart.  She may be the accidental beauty queen,

but she is also the queen of awkward encounters, especially when it comes to members of the opposite sex.

 

6. CATH AVERY from Fangirl

Fanfiction and online life is so much easier than dealing with real people,

or that’s what Cath Avery thinks anyway and I kind of have to agree with her.

 

7. LARA JEAN from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Lara Jean’s anxious, especially around boys she likes

and most especially when embarrassing things happen to her. So very relatable.

 

8. BIRDIE LINDBERG from Serious Moonlight

Raised somewhat isolated and homeschooled, Birdie has not been well educated in the fine arts of how to interact with people.

She gets bonus points for being the one who wants to expand her own horizons and learn how to better relate to people by getting her first job.

 

9. RISHI PATEL from When Dimple Met Rishi

Rishi is a hopeless romantic and just so ridiculously adorable in his awkwardness.  He’s another sweet boy that I just wanted to wrap

in bubble wrap to protect him from the wrath of Dimple.  He was just so clueless about her that I seriously thought she was going to hurt him, lol.

 

10. SIMON SPIERS from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Okay, so maybe Simon isn’t as awkward as some of the other picks on my list,

but he definitely has some awkward moments as he and Blue are getting to know each other.

 

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Who are some of your favorite socially awkward characters?

Top Ten Tuesday – A Trip Down Memory Lane to Revisit Favorite Books from My Childhood

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Favorite Childhood Books.  This topic was somewhat challenging, but only because I did a similar one a couple of years ago where I shared favorites like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Chronicles of Narnia, Winnie the Pooh, etc. and didn’t want to just share the same books all over again.  I do always enjoy trips down memory lane like this though, especially in this case because it’s fun to see how eclectic my reading tastes were even way back when.

 

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Top Ten Favorite Books from My Childhood

 

1, LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS

The Poky Little Puppy was always my favorite Little Golden Book,

but I had a whole shelf of these growing up that I read over and over until the covers started ripping off.

 

2, THE CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE SERIES

This was another set of books that just brought me so much joy.

I remember re-reading them often, trying to see how many different versions of the story I could come up with.

 

3, CURIOUS GEORGE

Such a fun series! I loved these books when I was a kid and also loved sharing them with my son

once he was old enough to enjoy the antics of that silly little monkey.

 

4, ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET by Judy Blume

Judy Blume was a staple of my childhood reading.  I think I shared some of the Fudge books the last time I did a list like this,

but I also loved this book especially as I got closer to the preteen years.

 

5, THE CAT ATE MY GYMSUIT by Paula Danziger

I always loved the protagonist Marcy in this book.  When I was a kid, I found her very relatable.

 

6. LITTLE HOUSE COLLECTION by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I was completely obsessed with the Little House on the Prairie books when I was a kid.  I loved Laura and her family, especially Pa.

 

7. BEEZUS AND RAMONA by Beverly Cleary

My love for books that feature siblings, especially sisters, dates all the way back to when I first read the Beezus and Ramona books.

Beverly Cleary is one of the main authors who gave me my love of books and it all started right here.

 

8. ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O’Dell

The dolphins always drew me to this story, but what I loved about it in the long run was that it was a survival story.

I think this was the first one I ever read and I’m still drawn to survival stories today.

 

9. CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG by Norman Bridwell

I’m pretty sure my love of large breed dogs comes from the Clifford series.  I remember getting excited every time the book fair would come to my elementary school

because it meant there was a new Clifford book for me to read.  I loved reading these with my son too and watching the TV show with him when he was a toddler.

 

10. SWEET VALLEY HIGH SERIES by Francine Pascal

As a preteen and even into my early teen years, I was obsessed with these books. I could not read them fast enough.

I remember reading them as a middle schooler and wanting to be like Elizabeth when I got to high school.  Heck, these were such fun, if I saw a copy of one of these lying around somewhere today, I’d still probably pick it up and read it, lol.

 

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What are some of your favorite childhood reads?  Do we share any favorites?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books on My Summer 2019 TBR

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is actually Books on My Summer 2019 TBR.  As you can tell, I didn’t even try to limit myself to just ten books for this week’s topic since I know I’ll read way more than that this summer.  What I have shared though are a mix of ARCs and backlist books I plan to read in the upcoming months.  I didn’t mention the books for the Iron Throne readalong, but of course, I’ll be continuing that this summer as well.

 

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Books on My Summer 2019 TBR

 

1, FINALE by Stephanie Garber

My love for this series really grew with book 2, so I’m very excited to read the final book and see how it all turns out.

Plus, there’s the added bonus of actually completing a series in a timely manner.  That doesn’t happen very often for me, haha.

 

2, A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by Brigid Kemmerer

One of my goals for the year was to finish more of the series that I already have in progress rather than start so many new ones,

but I have to make an exception for Kemmerer’s Beauty and the Beast retelling.

 

3, THE WICKED KING by Holly Black

Another series I plan to make some progress on before the third book comes out later this year.

 

4, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas

I had actually planned to start reading the second book in this series in the spring,

but my mom and sister asked to borrow the first few books and I’ve been waiting to get the second book back from them.

 

5, LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager

Everyone I know who has read Sager’s latest says it’s great, so this will definitely be my go-to thriller read of the summer.

 

6. ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane

This is another book that has gotten rave reviews from everyone I know who has read it.

It’s a family drama, which is one of my favorite kinds of reads, so I’m looking forward to diving into it.

 

7. THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman

Abbi Waxman is one of the authors I plan to try first the first time this year,

and I can’t think of a better first read than a bookish one.

 

8. JOSH AND HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING by Christina Lauren

I actually started this one on audio last night and am already in love with it. Hazel is hilarious and Josh is adorable.

 

9. WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power

I actually enjoyed Lord of the Flies when I had to read it in high school, so I’m very excited to read this retelling.  I also plan to count this one and A Curse So Dark and Lonely towards my Retellings Challenge, which I’m woefully behind in.

 

10. THE BOOK CHARMER by Karen Hawkins

This is another bookish read I’m excited for this summer. It’s set in a quaint southern town and just sounds like such a beautiful story about friendship.

 

11. THE BOY AND GIRL WHO BROKE THE WORLD by Amy Reed

Another book about friendship that I’m excited to get to this summer.

 

12. FIREFLY LANE by Kristin Hannah

I won this book in a giveaway a couple of years ago and even though I love Kristin Hannah, I still haven’t managed to make the time to read this one.  It will happen this summer though. I read a few chapters while I was on vacation last week and definitely want to continue.

 

13. AURORA RISING by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

I keep telling myself I won’t start this one unless I make it through all of the other series books I have on this TBR.  We’ll see how strong my resolve is, haha.

 

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What are some books you’re planning to read this summer?  Will we be reading any of the same books?

Top Ten Tuesday – My 10 Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is actually Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019.  I’m excited about so many books that are coming out in the second half of the year that it was nearly impossible to narrow it down to just ten.  I did it though and tried to pick some from each of my favorite genres.

 

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My 10 Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019

 

1, TWICE IN A BLUE MOON by Christina Lauren

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

With Christina Lauren’s signature “beautifully written and remarkably compelling” (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author) prose and perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, Twice in a Blue Moon is an unforgettable and moving novel of young love and second chances.

 

2, THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options:  1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.); 2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee); 3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

 

3, THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW by Alice Hoffman

In 1941, during humanity’s darkest hour, three unforgettable young women must act with courage and love to survive, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman.

In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it’s his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.

Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she’s destined to be.

What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.

 

4, WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

 

5, LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

 

6. THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB by Lyssa Kay Adams

The first rule of book club:  You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

 

7. INTO THE CROOKED PLACE by Alexandra Christo

Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two-book YA fantasy series from Alexandra Christo, the author of To Kill a Kingdom.

The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.

Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her.

Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him.

Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself.

And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge.

Everything in their lives is going to plan, until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.

 

8. LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES by Kristan Higgins

From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck with That comes a new novel about a blue-blood grandmother and her black-sheep granddaughter who discover they are truly two sides of the same coin.

Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn’t protect her from life’s cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve’s young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other son.

When Emma’s own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother’s doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her–until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back…but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley.

So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her for nearly two decades, calls and asks for help?

 

9. THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS by Katy Rose Pool

The Age of Darkness approaches.  Five lives stand in its way.  Who will stop it… or unleash it? 

For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.

All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:

A prince exiled from his kingdom. A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand. A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.  A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone. And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.

One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer? Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone, and An Ember in the Ashes. 

 

10. NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

 

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What are some of your most anticipated releases for the second half of 2019?  Do we share any?