Top Ten Tuesday* 10/14


Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE to See Write A Book Together

  1. Eliza Crewe and Danielle Paige would make the snarkiest novel ever.

2. Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin.

3. Michelle Moran and Diana Gabaldon.

4. Melissa Gray and Laini Taylor.

5. Tamora Pierce and JK Rowling.


6. Gillian Flynn & Kimberly McCreight – twistiest novel ever!

7. Sarah Addison Allen & Kristin Hannah – Sarah’s magic plus Kristin’s brilliance would probably create my most favorite book in the world.

8. Jennifer McMahon & Melissa Marr – more creepy, twisty stories!

9. Samantha Shannon & Sara Raasch – it would be so interesting to see what they’d come up with together!

10. I’m going to cheat with this one & say Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan – they are such a great duo already and have the ‘team-writing’ down to a science. Love everything they do!



*It’s Top Ten Tuesday on Wednesday this week! 🙂


Top Ten Tuesday 10/6


Ten Bookish Things I DNF’d

DNF1. The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan | I swear, this story is actually really intriguing, but it’s one of those things that I have to be in the mood for… and it’s so different than anything else, that I’ve never really been in the mood for it. I still keep it in my TBR pile, hoping I’ll read it someday!

2. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger | I LOVE the movie & I want to like the book just as much, but I’ve never been able to get into it enough to actually finish it.

3. Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm | No. I just… I can’t! I tried just forcing myself through the first few chapters, but there were so many spelling errors and it was SO confusing. Never again.

4. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta | I’ve wanted to read this for so long, but every time I start it? I don’t connect with the characters and give up. I’m very much ‘that person’ that has to have a connection or intrigue within the first couple of chapters, and I don’t get that with this.

5. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke | For the past couple of years, right around Halloween-time, I pick this book up again and try to push myself through it. It just seems so Halloween-y to me! Creepy & gothic & horror filled wonderfulness. Perfect! But I just can’t, so this year I’m not going to try.


6. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray | I just could. Not. Finish. I understand that it was a feminist parody and was supposed to be funny—but I couldn’t handle it.

7. Fifty Shades Darker by EL James | I read the first one, but as soon as I figured out that it was essentially Twilight fanfiction…I couldn’t get halfway through this book without picturing Edward and Bella. Not to mention the controlling, abusive relationship was just nauseating.

8. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris | Another example of a very popular book that sounded great — until I tried reading it and just couldn’t do it. I don’t care for David Sedaris. I get that I should — I’m sarcastic, young…but nope.

9. Chivalrous by Dina Sleiman | Couldn’t get over the over-the-top religiousness of this one. I don’t mind some religion in my books — after all, it’s a major pillar of society. But this one was too much.

10. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell | This weird written version of the Disney movie of Aladdin was…weird. It was almost fanfiction but I swear straight up quoted the damn movie sometimes. Couldn’t do it!


Top Ten Tuesday 9/29


Ten Books To Read If You Like _____

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (or moody princes, apparently)

  1. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen |  There are plenty of magical elements in Stolen Songbird. Trolls, curses, magic, witches, grumpy princes—so wonderful. It’s fast paced and fantastic. My review here.
  2. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey | Also fast paced and full of mystery and originality, I really enjoyed this book. My review here.
  3. First Year by Rachel Carter | More angsty princes, magic, and a tough leading lady. My review here.
  4. Radiance by Grace Draven | Another grumpy prince and all around great love story and fantasy. Highly recommend—it’s one of my favorites! My review here.
  5. The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas | This is one of those books where I make everyone I know read it…because it’s that good. Another grumpy prince. My review here. 


Gillian Flynn (& twisty thrillers full of crazy!)

Made For You6. Made For You by Melissa Marr │ The first book I read this year & still one of my favorites – I recommend it to everyone! My review here.

7. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight │ Twisty, dark, and so, so good! Review coming soon so be on the look out!

8. Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahon │ To be honest, anything by Jennifer McMahon is going to to appeal to anyone that loves Gillian Flynn… at least in my opinion 🙂 She has dark & twisty down to a science and is just… brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

9. Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight │ McCreight is fast becoming one of my new faves, I’m not finished with this yet but I’m close and it is SO GOOD people. I’ll post my review asap so you can read all of my thoughts!

10. Creep by Jennifer Hillier │ As well as the follow up, Freak. Both of these are super creepy and twisty, and I devoured them a couple of years ago. I actually didn’t realize she’d come out with new stuff recently – The Butcher came out last year & Wonderland comes out Monday! Definitely going to scoop those up.

*Some of the books on this list were read before we started LBR, so there aren’t any reviews.


Top Ten Tuesday 9/22


Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00037]1. I really, really want to read some spooky stuff this Fall – so Ten by Gretchen McNeil is at the top of my list!

2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – as well as the rest in the series. The movie comes out on Christmas Day and I can’t believe I still haven’t read it!

3. Switch by Alyssa Cooper – Witches. Fall. Halloweentime. Duh.

4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I’ve never read this series and I hear nothing but amazing things about it. I think it’s time!

5. The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden – New Orleans + vampires + magic = happy Kiesha, so obvs I’m going to read this asap (the bad news is that this doesn’t come out until the end of November…).

*disclaimer – I post ahead of schedule since school takes up so much of my time, so these books probably won’t be reviewed until it’s technically winter 🙂


227164476. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling | I preordered this. Then I received it. And it’s been sitting on my damn shelf (okay–entertainment center, because I haven’t bought a bookshelf for the new house yet).

7. The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins |  I started this one but decided I was in the mood for fantasy. Usually I’m in the mood for wintery, dark books when the weather cools down, so I’m sure I’ll pick it up.

8. The Micronutrient Miracle by Jason and Mira Calton | I also ordered this and have been intending to read it…but it’s collecting dust and cat hair on my entertainment center. As you can imagine, I’m not on point with my micronutrients yet 🙂

9. Finniken of the Rock by Melina Marchetta | Again. I’ve had this on my Kindle for months!

10. The Lost Girl by RL Stine | I received an ARC of this through NetGalley—I’ve been waiting for Halloween to get a little closer, though!


Top Ten Tuesday 9/15


Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes

  1. 5647b8f8d6013d9174c8dc4bfd66f955“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
    Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

2. “If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

3. “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .””
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

4. “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

5. “Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer.”
Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding


sometimes6. “Sometimes skulls are thick. Sometimes hearts are vacant. Sometimes words don’t work.” – James Frey, A Million Little Pieces

7. “Books can be possessive can’t they? You’re walking around in a bookstore and a certain one will jump out at you, like it had moved there on its own, just to get your attention. Sometimes what’s inside will change your life, but sometimes you don’t even have to read it.” – Sarah Addison Allen, The Sugar Queen

8. “Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” – Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections

9. “Beauty was your armor. Fragile stuff, all show. But what’s inside you? That’s steel. It’s brave and unbreakable. And it doesn’t need fixing.” – Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

10. “Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone’s bad qualities because they somehow complete you.” – Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby


Thursday Things 8/27


This post from Becca and Books – it’s SO true and it literally made me laugh out loud. Love it and LOVE her blog.

I LOVE this article/essay by Mindy Kaling. I think we all have problems with confidence at some point or another, and she is spot on. I was never confident when I was younger, and after I graduated high school, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that caused me to gain a lot of weigh, so my confidence plummeted even more. Now though? Mid-twenties Kiesha is learning to love herself and her body just the way it is and not to be so harsh. Everyone goes through cycles like that, and it’s nice to know we’re not alone.

This – it’s from May but Bath & Body Works + books = AMAZING. Two of my favorites & what a genius way to link them together!

Do you organize your books by color? I don’t, currently they’re organized by size because they’re stacked on top of each other (yes, the book blogger with a billion books doesn’t actually own a bookshelf, but I’m working on it). I couldn’t imagine buying books based solely on their color… that’s the last thing I think about!

Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner wrote this post last month and it hit home hard for me. All of my classes are online and I’m online a lot for work, so a few months ago it all just came down on me. If we hadn’t have taken our hiatus this summer (when things got INSANELY busy for both of us) I can’t say for certain that I’d still be here. I love hearing that other people are in the same boat (it’s not the best boat to be in, but still).


So, I just named my new kitten Hodor…but I don’t think I would name an actual child after a GoT character…

I’m all about Myers-Briggs personality types (I’m an INFP myself…but I’m about to be re-tested this week!). What’s your Harry Potter MBT? Mine is Luna Lovegood!

I loved this post from Buzzfeed Books. You know what? I haven’t read most books, either. I’ve read a few classics—Lord of the Flies, Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, 1984, Catcher in the Rye, Great Gatsby—but really, only ones that were required in school. I often feel as if I should be reading more advanced books or classics (people gasp in shock when they hear that I haven’t read Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, or Pride and Prejudice). Sometimes I care, sometimes I don’t. The deal is that I love YA fiction and will probably only pick up a classic novel if it’s the only thing around. And you know what? That’s okay.

Have you ever played Would You Rather? Well, this one chooses your Harry Potter house based on your answers (for the record, I’m still a Gryffindor).


Top Ten Tuesday: 5/26


Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer

49324351. Finniken of the Rock by Melina Marchetta | I’ve heard great things about this book! I love fantasy and summer wouldn’t be complete without a great fantasy series.

2. Thrive by Arianna Huffington | I picture myself sitting on my back porch, coffee in hand, reading this in the morning before it gets too hot. I snagged a copy from Blogging for Books, so it should be coming in the mail soon!

3. Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding | I loved the first two books, and despite the abysmal rating on this one, I want to give it a shot.

4. Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews | It say’s summer in the title…need I say more?

5. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks | I just realized that it’s been several years since I’ve picked up a Sparks novel. Do I think they all follow the same formula? Yes. Is this sometimes annoying? Yes. Will I read this and secretly love it? Probably.

TDYK6. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen | I love ALL of her books, so of course I’ve gotta get my hands on her latest!

7. Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht | okay, okay it’s not technically a ‘beach read’ but I will have it with me until I’ve finished it!

8. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra | I’ve been wanting to read this since forever ago but it’s not released until TOMORROW. Finally!

9. The Devil You Know by Trish Doller | This isn’t out for another week, but I AM SO EXCITED. It sounds so flipping good.

10. Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham | A kick-butt female private eye trying to solve her father’s murder? Of COURSE this is on my list, it’s perfect for me!

I don’t think my ‘beach reads’ really fall into the same category as most people’s… haha.

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