Top Ten Tuesday: 12/19

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

  1. Harry Potter Juniper Boxed Set | Seriously, it’s gorgeous. I don’t have an actual physical set of Harry Potter books (THE HORROR!) but when I do, I’m investing in a beautiful set.
  2. Food52 Genius Recipes | If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with Food52. I just haven’t shelled out the cash to get this puppy on my kitchen counter.
  3. Jurassic Park/The Lost World Collector’s Edition | Jurassic Park is my favorite book. I had this edition at one point, but made the MASSIVE mistake of lending it to someone…and now I don’t know where it is.
  4. The Love Poems of Rumi | I love Rumi, and I simply haven’t had the chance to pick this one up.
  5. Whiskey, Words & A Shovel by R.H. Sin | Cold days, clouds and fuzzy blankets make me want to read poetry.
  6. Astrophysics for People In A Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson | I read the sample and enjoyed it but haven’t purchased the full version.
  7. A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book | I loved these books when they first came out. I remember thumbing through them, smiling or crying, and realizing that A) I wasn’t alone in many aspects and B) people have some pretty interesting secrets.
  8. The Shredded Chef | I’ve had this book on my ‘to buy’ list for ages.
  9. Humans of New York: Stories | I follow the Facebook page and imagine the book is good, too.
  10. Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo | The cover, the story, the author…yes.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: 12/8

Tuesday

Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

  1. Susan Ee | I read Ee’s Angelfall series for the first time this year (and my first encounter with her work) and fell in love.
  2. Grace Draven | I picked up Radiance on Amazon and fell in love from there. I need to read more of Draven’s work!
  3. Alexandra Bracken | I read the Darkest Minds series (and then Passenger). Another author that I need to read more of, as she hasn’t disappointed me yet.
  4. Eliza Crewe | So sassy, so spunky, so different than what I’m used to reading. Highly recommend,
  5. Michelle Moran | Moran definitely rekindled my love of historical fiction this year, which I appreciate! Her ancient Egypt novels had me reading for hours at a time and unable to put them down.
  6. Stephanie Thornton | Another historical fiction author that I need to read more of. I loved her Tiger Queens book and I have the rest of her work on my TBR list.
  7. Rick Yancey | I still have nightmares (legit ones) about the different waves and aliens coming for us.
  8. Laini Taylor | Gaaaah. Such beautiful writing.
  9. Renee Ahdieh | Please, please come out with more books. Please.
  10. Sabaa Tahir | And you, too. More. Please.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 12/1

Tuesday

Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels I’m Looking Forward To

  1. This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp | This is about a school shooting—the entire book spans 54 minutes from four perspectives. I actually have this in my galley queue and am waiting until it gets a little closer to the release date to read and review.
  2. The Reader by Traci Chee | The whole “not allowed to read” thing seems to be popping up a lot lately, but this one sounds awesome!
  3. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie | Sonya can feel what others can feel, a gift she’s kept secret. This sounds so good! It sounds like there is a possibility of a love triangle, which makes me nervous, but I’ll give it a shot.
  4. Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor | I have a weakness for time travel novels. Love the concept of this and I love Scotland. Yes, please.
  5. Sword and Verse by MacMillian | This sounds like a mix of several different stories I love.

6. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye | Magic, competition, romance…my cup of tea.

7. The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright | I’m a secret sucker for royal romance.

8. Flirting with Fame by Samantha Joyce | This sounds so cute! Elise is the anonymous author of a popular book series who gets a taste of fame who lives vicariously through the girl who poses as her on the back cover.

9. The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel | I love historical fiction, and this one looks amazing.

10. The Edge of Nowhere by CH Armstrong | The cover. The description. I need this.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 11/24

Tuesday

Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

  1. Jessie’s Girls: Muscle Building Edition by Jessie Hilgenberg | This is an e-book, but it still counts. I discovered Jessie Hilgenberg on Instagram and saw the amazing progress her “followers” were experiencing on her programs. I bit the bullet and bought it, and I haven’t looked back. It has completely changed the way I look at training and nutrition. The road to emotional healing and loving myself is going to take a while, but this is a great start.
  2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling | Duh. I remember picking up The Sorcerer’s Stone at the Library, waaaay back in the day. I read it and made my parents read it. Then we read The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire. It took a while, as I was about 12, but I remember waiting at Barnes & Noble for the midnight release of The Order of the Phoenix. It completely transformed me into an avid reader and really brought my family together.
  3. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden | I read this in high school, and it was my first historical fiction piece I’d ever read. Though fictional, I felt that it really opened my eyes to the cultural differences that women face around the world and ultimately made me much more open to picking up historical fiction in the future.
  4. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin | I read this my sophomore year of college, and it was truly (and embarrassingly) the first “adult” fiction I’d ever picked up. Prior to it, I’d been too scared to venture outside of the YA section at the library. Why? Because I felt I wasn’t “smart enough” to read adult fiction. Dumb, right? I’m over it now!
  5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer | This was my first venture in to the world of non-fiction, which I had always assumed would be boring as hell. Newsflash: it wasn’t. It did make me realize that my romanticized notions of being an outdoorsy girl were ludicrous, though.

6. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton | My first science fiction novel. It’s the only book I’ve read more than twice. Dare I say it’s my favorite?

7. Meg Cabot — the whole lot of them | I can’t choose just one Meg Cabot book to add to this list—really, it was all of them growing up that made me feel like I understood life in school (I was homeschooled). I definitely lived vicariously through her characters.

8. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler | This was an assigned reading in my Eastern Civilizations class, but it really opened my eyes to a new culture that fascinated me. Ever since reading it, China has been on my list of places I would love to travel to (it also made me desperately want to join the Peace Corps).

9. AP Style Guide | Never would have made it through school without it.

10. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini | Another eye opener, another piece of art. There’s a definite theme in this post—books are portals to other worlds, sometimes fictitious, sometimes real life. These books have given me the gift learning about and understanding another culture different than my own until I can travel there myself.

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Top Ten Tuesday 9/15

Tuesday

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

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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

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Top Ten Tuesday 8/25

Tuesday

Top Ten Books That Would Be On Our Syllabus If We Taught YA Lit 101

  1. Sarah Dessen – I think if a class is being taught, lovelyDessen has to be on that syllabus. It doesn’t matter which book, and honestly I couldn’t choose, but she is SO classic YA.
  2. The Twilight series – as much as I hate these books now (Bella and Edwards relationship is SO BAD), if we’re being totally honest? They’re what got me reading again after high school. So I’d have to put them on the syllabus, maybe as an example of what NOT to do.
  3. It’s weird, but I don’t think of the books I read in school as being ‘young adult’ but they really were! With that being said, I’m adding Number the Stars to the list as well as…
  4. The GiverLois Lowry was very on top of her game and wrote books that taught really good lessons and opened perspectives.
  5. Last but certainly not least, The Lovely Bones – one of my all-time favorites. I couldn’t teach a class and not cover this – brilliant world building and my ideal heaven? Of course it’s on my list!

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1113326. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers – I read this sophomore year of high school and it really helped changed the way I viewed the world. It’s about a young man who is sent to fight in the Vietnam War.

7. Meg Cabot – She’s iconic! I could never teach a YA Lit class and not cover the Princess Diaries.

8. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume – This book was huge for so many young women.

9. Warriors by Erin Hunter – Between Harry Potter books in my youth, I read this series. Yeah, that’s right–talking cats. Couldn’t teach a YA Lit class without some sort of talking animal!

10. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman – It would be fun to read and discuss this—especially with the controversy surrounding it!

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** It’s safe to say that Harry Potter is obviously a prerequisite.

Top Ten Tuesday: 3/31

Inspiration

TOP TEN BOOKS RECENTLY ADDED TO OUR TBR LISTS

246120591. A Walk in The Appalachian Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

2. The Middle of Somewhere by Sonja Yoerg

3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

4. Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer by Sheriff David Reichert

5. Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella

There is definitely a hiking and serial killer theme here.

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238459976. Pines by Blake Crouch

7. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

8. Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

9. Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

10. A Tale of Two Besties: A Hello Giggles Novel by Sophia Rossi

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