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: 1/27


Ten Books I’d Love To Read With My Book Club (if I had one)

Silver Witch1. Pointe by Brandy Colbert – this book was amazing and creepy, and it would have been amazing to be able to discuss it with someone else that was reading it at the same time.

2. The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston – this doesn’t come out until April and I am desperate to read it. It’s about a woman named Tilda who escapes to a secluded cottage to overcome the grief she’s stricken with after her husband’s death, and it awakens some sort of power within her. Sounds like it’s right up my alley!

3. The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn – this is the ultimate book to read with a group or even just another friend.

4. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – I’ve read all of her books, but I’ve never really bonded with anyone over them like I did Firefly Lane. This sounds pretty different, but if it’s written by Hannah, it’s definitely got some ‘bonding’ potential – perfect for a book club!

5. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – this book! I read it last year and it was absolutely amazing. I would have loved to have read it with someone else.

Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of book clubs – but if I had to choose, I would choose these. I’ve read a couple of them already, but it would have been even better to be able to discuss them while reading.

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186679646. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner – I am a big Weiner fan, and I can’t believe I missed this one! It’s a tale of two friends who grow up together, move apart, and have to weather love, loss, and life together.

7. Lumiere by Jacqueline Garlick – This looks like a thrilling, original read, and I think it would be a lot of fun to discuss with other people!

8. The Year of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond – Alright, alright. I have friends theme going on here, apparently. This book is about friends, new developments, and taking chances.

9. Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – I’m an introvert. This is a book about introverts. Not all introverts are silent, anti-social people, and I would imagine my book club would be full of introverts…what better book to discuss than a book about introverts?!

10. Daughter of the Gods by Stephanie Thornton – Set in ancient Egypt, this is a historical novel about Hatshepsut, who takes over at Egypt’s de facto ruler when her husband dies. It has received wonderful reviews and looks fantastic. It would be fun to discuss as a group.

lauren copy 3 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the Broke & the Bookish. Check out more Top Ten features on their site. 

Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 30

Day 30 (aka the last day!): Your favorite book of all time

6Asking me to choose a favorite book is like asking me to choose with arm or leg I’d rather lop off, or if I’d rather give up macaroni and cheese or Nutella for the rest of my life. You simply can’t make these decisions, it’s just cruel!

So, I will cheat. I will cheat and choose a series, because I cannot choose just one.

Drumroll, folks? Harry Potter. Yep, I am a diehard Harry Potter fan and I absolutely choose it as my favorite book(s). Do I care how “mainstream” this is? Hell no. I read the second Harry Potter book when it was released and lived my childhood years waiting for the next to release. My childhood was over when the last book was released, and I cried like a baby during the last chapter of the book, simply because it was over.

Can words do justice the number of times I’ve dressed up as a Harry Potter character for a book or premiere, the number of hours of sleep I’ve lost from staying up late reading HP, how many wishes I made on stars and candles that I would receive my letter on my birthday? I’ve eaten a vomit-flavored Bertie Botts jelly bean, flung around a replica of Harry’s wand, listened to Jim Dale’s voice for hours, and wished with every fiber of my being that J.K. Rowling is indeed a squib, who is actually truly detailing the life of Harry Potter to spite those who made fun of her and kicked her out.

Harry Potter was my childhood, and will always be my favorite.


1472878HOW CAN I ANSWER THIS?! It’s probably the hardest question in the entire world. My favorite books change often, it depends on my mood and what I’m wanting to read, or the person that I’m recommending them to. I feel like my favorite is constantly changing because I read new ones and love them so much…

I guess if I absolutely HAD to choose, it would either be Firefly Lane or The Things We Do For Love, both by Kristin Hannah. Each of these stand out in my mind and are books that I think about often and remember well.

Firefly Lane will always hold that special spot in my heart, the first adult book my best friend and I bonded over, the book that feels like it’s been ripped from our lives and the book that I will never, ever get tired of reading.

The Things We Do For Love sticks in my mind because it feels… so comforting and so hopeful. It reminds me that no matter what you go through, the things that are meant to be, will be. That things fall into place when you’re least expecting them but need them most.

I love them both for different but similar reasons, and it’s impossible for me to choose between them.


Happy Thanksgiving: Books We Are Thankful For

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To many people, a book is just a book. To us, a book has the power to change a life, a perspective, a bad day into a good one, a regular moment into an extraordinary one. A book has the power to transport you to another place, another person’s life, another time. In the spirit of thankfulness, we would like to highlight the books that we are most thankful for.

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The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

6I wouldn’t be doing my list justice if I didn’t mention Harry Potter. I first picked up Harry Potter from my local library in 1999. I was almost ten and actually believed that my American Hogwarts letter would come in the next year. After finishing the first book, I immediately ran out (just kidding—my mom drove me) to the library to pick up the Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban. By the time I’d finished, my entire family was hooked on the book. My first midnight release party at Barnes and Noble was for the Chamber of Secrets—that’s right—my mom let me stay up past midnight.

As a homeschooled kid who lived in the country, friends were sparse. Books, on the other hand, were numerous, and my only rule at the library was that if I couldn’t physically carry the stack, I had to put some back. I grew very strong for such a nerdy child. Harry Potter was the first real series that I became an obsessive fangirl with, and I continue to hold that status today.

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler

94053This book gave me the travel bug, and a love of learning about other cultures. I read this during my sophomore year of college; I was in an Eastern Civilizations class, and this was an assigned reading. I read it in a week. It was truly the first nonfiction book I read that I really, really felt a connection to. It made me want to join the Peace Corps for several years before I decided against it. I haven’t re-read it since that class, but I think I ought to.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

I read Life As We Knew It for a Teen’s Choice Award committee I was involved in for the library (because I wasn’t nerdy enough in high school, being on yearbook, newspaper, and showing chickens in 4-H). It’s about a girl who is trying to survive with her family when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth, creating disaster and devastation all over the globe. It made me realize how unprepared we all would be in that situation, and that we need to stop taking our way of life for granted.

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60510The Study Series by Maria V. Snyder

I know I sound like a broken record here, but seriously. THESE BOOKS. I feel like before I (finally) read Poison Study, I was kind of at a stagnant place with reading. I would read all of these books and while I liked them, I wouldn’t get as sucked in as I remember getting when I was younger and I couldn’t figure out why. Reading this series has completely changed that and renewed my hope in books, renewed that hunger for reading that I’ve always had and that had somehow dwindled over the past years. So thankful Lauren recommended the series, and so thankful that I finally started reading it.

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I can’t NOT put this book on here. I read it and recognized the similarities between Kate & Tully’s lives and mine & my best friend’s and immediately made her read it. We’ve both read it numerous times since then and it’s just as good the 2nd and 3rd times as it is the 1st.

hpThe Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

We moved around a lot when I was growing up, and I remember before I made any friends in my newest neighborhood, I would spend all of my free time reading these books. I even made my mom buy me all of them because the library closest to our house always had an insane wait list for them. HP and all of this friends (and foes) got me through starting new schools, making new friends, and dealing with the angsty teenage feels that we all go through. As I got older, the series became a way to bond with my younger brother and brought us closer than we ever would have been without them. Hogwarts and Harry, every character and every setting, JK Rowling herself… they’re all lifesavers and I will forever be grateful for it all.


Top Ten Tuesday: 11/25


Top Ten Books We Want To Read This Winter

160815881. Fire Study – obviously I’m now obsessed with this series (thanks Lauren!) so I’m going to finish it soon!

2. I picked up Red Queen by Christopher Pike at my local Barnes & Noble a couple of weeks ago, it’s about a girl named Jessie who discovers the Witch World while on a road trip. It looks super intriguing and I haven’t really heard much about it.

3. After I finish the Study series, I’m finally going to start the Mortal Instruments series!! I’m so excited, the first book is sitting on my nightstand staring at me, begging me to read it.

4. I was looking for some specific winter/Christmas books and found Let It Snow which is a collection of short stories by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – I’m definitely going to read it around Christmas.

5. Winterspell by Claire Legrand is the first in a series inspired by the nutcracker and I am SERIOUSLY excited about it. Hopefully I’ll be able to track down a copy at one of the book stores around here.

95655486. I recently picked up Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah in a moment of weakness while walking by a bargain book rack. Joy Candellaro is at a crossroads at her life (and it’s Christmastime). She basically runs away from her life and meets a six-year-old boy who has just lost his mother and is facing his first Christmas without her, and Joy is there to help him and his father, Daniel, heal. Sounds like a real tearjerker!

7. I’m not typically one to pick up a book of short stories, but I have to read My True Love Gave To Me, which features twelve short holiday stories from various authors. The perfect holiday love story book! I’m sure it will be a mixed bag of awesome stories and TLDR, but I’m excited.

8. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers looks faaaabulous, and I received a copy through Net Galley. I’m going on my honeymoon next week (!!!) and this will be a fantastic book for the long hours on the plane and at the airport (and let’s be real…the pool, hotel, etc! You can’t put two book nerds on a honeymoon and expect them not to read!).

9. The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg is about a girl who practices paper magic under the apprenticeship of a man named Thane. An evil dude shows up, rips Thane’s heart out, and Ceony is forced to face the evil magician to save her teacher’s life. It sounds unlike anything I’ve read before (paper magic?!) and I’m very excited to have this on my shelf!

10. Can you tell that I’m on a fantasy kick? I really want to read Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay. It’s a fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, who is a warrior princess who is trying to save her brother. Quests, adventure, magic, spells…I’m all over it!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the Broke & the Bookish. Check out more Top Ten features on their site. 

Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 22

Day 22: A book that makes you cry

1472878I have never cried like I cried reading Firefly Lane (ironic that I used this as the book that makes me happy too…). This is definitely one of my favorite books, and introduced me to Kristin Hannah who is now one of my favorite authors.

I read this a few years ago and cried then, but when my best friend’s mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and I (mistakenly) decided to read it again, I cried harder than ever before. The last parts of the book hit so close to home it was almost unbearable, it was like the future playing out before me in written form.

I will continue to read it again and again because I love it so very, very much but it will forever remind me of those months and how life can take turns for the worst. It shows that you can get through anything if you have your best friend beside you.



6400090Big shocker: it’s a Nicholas Sparks book! But seriously though, the Last Song had me bawling like a baby. Ronnie’s parents get a divorce and she’s forced to stay in North Carolina (what?! A Nicholas Sparks books set in one of the Carolinas?) with her dad for the summer. She finds love, learns to love her dad, etc. The ending is incredibly emotional and depressing, hence the tears.

I was apprehensive to read this book at first, primarily because Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana would be playing Ronnie in the movie. Once you get the casting in your head, you picture the characters as those people. I quickly forgot that, and devoured the book in a weekend. I’m not usually a crier with books, but I definitely had tears trailing down my face with this one.


Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 7

Day Seven: A book that makes you laugh

23220Disclaimer: ever since discovering the Princess Diaries, I’ve been a huge Meg Cabot fan. I’ve read most of her books. But the Heather Wells series always has me laughing out loud, even if I’ve already read.

Though I can’t really sympathize with ex-popstar protagonist Heather Wells (on account of having zero stardom), I can understand her struggles.Plus, the jokes are hilarious.

If you’re into chick lit and light reads, this book is a quick read that doesn’t require much brainpower.

It is a mystery (don’t worry, the book title threw me off, too) but the mystery doesn’t really take over the whole plot. It’s kind of a half-assed mystery novel. It has quite a few plot holes surrounding the actual murder in the residence hall, but that’s ok. It’s a light read, remember?


1472878Can we repeat books? I’m going to. This book isn’t necessarily supposed to be funny – its much more of a drama, especially near the end – but I have to go with Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.

It’s about the friendship of Tully and Kate, two opposite but inseparable girls growing up and facing the trials and tribulations that come along with life. The beginning of this book, when Kate and Tully first meet in their teenage years, has quite a few funny parts that follow through out the book, even the hard times. Kate and Tully have such a good banter, and some of the things that Kate’s mom says have literally made me laugh out loud while reading it. It gets pretty heavy near the end, but you can always count on Tully to try and lighten things up.