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Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Nonfiction Books I Enjoyed Even Though I Don’t Usually Like to Read Nonfiction

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 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 Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone.  This topic was rather challenging since I have pretty eclectic reading tastes and read many different genres.  Nonfiction and horror are the main two areas I would say are outside of my comfort zone, and I’m such a chicken that I’m pretty sure I’ve never even read ten books that would qualify as horror, lol.  So by process of elimination, I therefore went with Nonfiction.  It’s not that I have anything against Nonfiction either; I just typically prefer to read Fiction.  That said, I do enjoy the occasional Nonfiction read, especially if it’s something that I find inspiring.

 

10 Nonfiction Books I Enjoyed Even Though I Don’t Usually Like to Read Nonfiction

 

 

1. BECOMING by Michelle Obama. An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.”  I don’t read memoirs very often but I love Michelle Obama so I couldn’t resist reading her book.  I did the audio version and was just captivated by her storytelling ability and by how articulate and poised she is.

 

 

 

2. WHAT HAPPENED by Hillary Rodham Clinton. “In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.” —Hillary Rodham Clinton, from the introduction of What Happened.  As I’m sure you’ve gathered if you’ve followed my blog long enough, I’m kind of a political junkie and even though nonfiction is typically not my thing, I just had to read Hillary’s book when it came out.  I loved how thoughtful Hillary was in the book as she reflected on what happened in 2016.  I was also impressed that even though there were clearly people she could point the finger out, she also took full responsibility when it came to things she probably should have handled differently.

 

 

 

3. I AM MALALA: THE STORY OF THE GIRL WHO STOOD UP FOR EDUCATION AND WAS SHOT BY THE TALIBAN by Malala Yousafzai.  Malala is such an inspirational young woman that her autobiography was a must-read for me.

 

 

 

4. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE AND REDEMPTION by Laura Hillenbrand.   If you haven’t read the story of Lieutenant Louis Zamperini and how he survived his plane crashing into the Pacific Ocean during WWII, you need to grab a copy.  It’s a riveting journey that I read in a couple of sittings even though it’s almost 500 pages long.

 

 

 

5. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot.  This is such an incredible read.  It’s almost impossible to describe it in a way that does it justice, but for those unfamiliar with Henrietta Lacks, here’s a bit from the synopsis so you can see why the author wanted to tell Henrietta’s story.

“Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.”

 

 

 

6. THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB by Will Schwalbe. The inspiring story of a son and his dying mother, who form a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close.  I was initially drawn to this one because it’s a book about books, but what I got was so much more.  It’s a beautiful and moving story about a man trying to spend as much quality time as possible with his dying mother through their shared loved of reading.  I LOVED THIS BOOK. 

 

 

 

7. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom.  An old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson.  I remember devouring this book when it first came out. I loved all of the messages about life that the author learned from his time spent with Morrie, a man suffering from ALS.

 

 

 

8. IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote.  I’ve tried to read true crime stories a few times, but this one is the only one that has really stuck with me, I guess because it’s a classic.

 

 

 

9. TALKING AS FAST AS I CAN by Lauren Graham.  I’m not usually a big fan of celebrity memoirs, but I love Lauren Graham and the Gilmore Girls so I made an exception and read this one.  I’m really glad I did too because Lauren Graham is hilarious and this was such an entertaining read.

 

 

10. SCRAPPY LITTLE NOBODY by Anna Kendrick.  Again I made an exception and read Anna’s book even though celebrity memoirs aren’t really my thing.  I didn’t love this one quite as much as I enjoyed Graham’s but it was still a fun read. I wish I had done it on audio instead of print because I think Anna’s humor would have translated better in her own voice.

 

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What are some of your favorite nonfiction reads?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read That I’d Like to Have in My Personal Library

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 Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library (perhaps you checked it out, borrowed it from a friend, received it for review, etc. and want to own it yourself.)  This topic was actually pretty challenging since I normally do eventually go back and purchase the books I love so I can add them to my personal library.  It took me a while but I was finally able to come up with 10 that I still want to add to my collection and haven’t gotten around to buying yet.

 

10 Books I’ve Read That I’d Like to Have in My Personal Library

 

 

1. THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman.  I love Alice Hoffman’s books and this one is actually my favorite but somehow, I’ve still neglected to pick up a copy for my personal collection. I seriously need to remedy that soon.

 

 

 

2. THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah. Kristin Hannah is another of my favorite authors and I’ve been slowly adding her books to my library. This is one I originally checked out of the library to read, but I definitely want to own a copy.

 

 

 

3. THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black.  This is another that I checked out of the library to read, loved, but haven’t purchased for myself yet. Strangely enough, I do own the second book in the series even though I don’t have the first.

 

 

4. LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff.   Jay Kristoff is another author where I’ve loved every book I’ve read and so have started collecting them. I have most of his but LIFEL1K3 is one I’d love to get at some point.  I’ve been hoping to get a good sale so I can get a print copy.

 

 

 

5. THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab.  Same song, different verse here. Schwab is another favorite author whose books I’m collecting but somehow forgot to pick up a copy of this one. I do own Our Dark Duet so I’m wondering if I actually had this one and loaned it to someone since Schwab is an author I recommend to pretty much everyone.

 

 

 

6. ONCE UPON A RIVER by Diane Setterfield.  I read an ARC of this one and thought it was such a beautiful story. It’s definitely one I’d re-read at some point, plus the cover is gorgeous, so I’d love to have it in my library.

 

 

 

7. RECURSION by Blake Crouch.  This was such a mind blowing read for me and it’s a book I could see myself recommending to a lot of people I know. I think it would make a great addition to my personal library.

 

 

 

8. THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS by Pam Jenoff.  Historical fiction is still, by far, my favorite genre and it’s definitely one where I collect my favorite titles. This is one I loved last year when I read it but haven’t purchased a copy for myself yet.

 

 

 

9. THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center.  I usually like to purchase copies of my favorite reads of the year for my collection, and I’m pretty sure this book is going to make the list for 2019.  What a fantastic book and definitely one I’ll be recommending and lending out frequently.

 

 

 

10. THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank.  Switching gears a bit, I was trying to think of books I’d read in school (classics, etc.) that I’d like to have in my collection.  As an English major, I’ve actually accumulated almost all of those books already since I had to purchase them for AP English in high school and then all through college.  The one exception that I could come up with was The Diary of Anne Frank.  I read it in middle school and it really resonated with me, but somehow I’ve not yet acquired a copy of my personal library even though I have other books that focus on the Holocaust.

 

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What are some books you’ve read that you’d like to add to your personal library?

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?