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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


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


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


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


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



Top Ten Tuesday 8/25


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!


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!


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


Top Ten Tuesday: 3/24


Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit

1. Anything by Judy Blume | I read pretty much every single book Blume wrote while I was in elementary and middle school and I often find myself wondering if I would still love Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret or Just As Long As We’re Together as much now as I did then. I’d really love to find a whole set with all of her books actually!

2. Laura’s Luck by Marilyn Sachs | I mentioned this last fall when we were doing our thirty-day challenge, and I still haven’t found a copy of it. This was the first ‘chapter book’ I ever read and I’d love to have a copy to give to my (future) kiddos.

3. The Babysitter’s Club Series by Ann M. Martin | I read every single one of these books (there are 26 total!!) and I have fond memories of playing ‘Babysitter’s Club’ with my friends. We wanted so badly to do what Kristy and her friends did but we were wayyyy too young and by the time we were old enough, had no interest in it anymore. Good memories here people, good memories!

4. The BFG by Roald Dahl | I actually have a very old copy of this, and I reread it every once in awhile. We read this in my 2nd grade class and I remember all of us being totally enthralled by it. Definitely a classic along with Matilda, another one of Dahl’s I loved.

5. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder | I’m sitting here thinking about all of the books I read as a kid/teenager and couldn’t for the life of me remember ‘that series I read in the yellow box set.’ DUH. The Little House on the Prairie books were my go-to books for quite awhile. When nothing else sounded good, I would just reread them. I think I almost had them memorized at one point. I definitely want to reread them now!

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6. The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot | For some reason, I remember this series vividly…though not for the reason you’d think. I remember smuggling Kudos bars to my room and reading these books. That was the series when Mom found out I was smuggling Kudos bars to my room. I vaguely remember thinking that the only boyfriend I would get would probably be a ghost, though.

This one particularly scared the hell out of me. Especially the cover. This is probably why I don't swim in lakes.

This one particularly scared the hell out of me. Especially the cover. This is probably why I don’t swim in lakes.

7. The Goosebumps Series by RL Stine | I loved the sh*t out of these. I think I almost read them all. My favorites were the ones about camp. I think it would be a lot of fun to reread one.

8. Harry Potter is cheating but here it is. I probably won’t revisit until I my kids are of age, though. There’s something magical about waiting years to unwrap that nostalgia, and I secretly hope that waiting 15-20 years to reread it will awaken the same magic that it did when I first read it. You know. And be cool for the offspring.

9. Dear America Series | I only liked the two books that revolved around my two favorite historical events: the Oregon Trail and the sinking of the Titanic. I had a weird obsession with these two points in time and read every book I could get my hands on. The Dear America books were the only ones to quench my curiosity.

10. Confessions of Georgia Nicholson by Louise Rennison | I felt like such a rebel reading these books. I hid these  from my mom (because they said words like ‘snogging’ and ‘nunga-nunga’s’, you know?). I remember reading these and desperately wishing I lived in the UK because words like ‘loo’ and ‘snog’ were soooo much cooler.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 3/10



9780142415566_AlongForTheR_CV.indd1. Crime/Thrillers. Made For You is hands down my favorite right now, as well as anything written by the amazing Gillian Flynn.

2. Stories about Best Friends. Grab Firefly Lane – it’s all about growing up together and remaining as close through whatever life throws at you.

3. Lighthearted Beach Reads. Along for the Ride is one of my favorites!

4. Reality TV. Pick up The Andy Cohen Diaries – the perfect way to get all that juicy gossip without reading trashy magazines.

5. History. Between Shades of Gray gave me goosebumps and broke my heart, in the best way possible.

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6. Suspense. Check out Luckiest Girl Alive—I still think about it from time to time!

7. Adventure. I satisfied my need to hike by reading Wild...though for some, I think it might have the opposite effect 🙂

8. Apocalyptic reads. You definitely need to get your hands on Life As We Know It, which follows Miranda in a ruined world.

9. Cheeky chick lit. If you haven’t read The Bridget Jones Diary yet, do it. Do it now.

10. Dinosaurs. Two words: Jurassic World.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2/17




1. Not enough time. I read more than the average person, but still not enough time to read all of the books I’d like. Between a full-time job and training twice a day, there are days where I don’t read at all.

2. That depressing moment when you finish a book and actually miss the characters in it. You know, you’ve just plowed through a 500-page book, gotten to know the characters, been emotionally involved in their story…and bam. It’s over. Now what? This feeling is even worse with series.

3. Tired arms. You know how I mentioned training? After a hardcore bicep workout, the act of holding my Kindle above my head (not to mention a hardback) is nearly impossible. I’m surprised I haven’t wound up with a black eye from all of the times I’ve accidentally dropped said Kindle/book on my face 🙂

4. All of the books I want to read are $$$. Though I collect quite a few free (thank you, Net Galley, Random House and Edelweiss!) books, sometimes the ones I want are $10 on Kindle. And you know what? I justify it by dividing the hours it takes me to read into that $10, and saying things like, “You know, $2 is really cheap entertainment when you think about it!”

5. Too many TBRs. This kind of ties in with #1. I am a fanatical adder-to-the-TBR-list. If I’m on Goodreads and I see something I think looks cool, I add it. I have hundreds on my TBR list…if it’s on there for more than six months, I’ll probably never crack its cover.

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6. Never enough time. I have SO many books to read, and if I could I would do nothing but that all day, every day. Instead, I get to spend the majority of my time working full time and going to school. I’m lucky if I get to pick up a book once a week.

7. Running out of room. I currently have zero book shelves, so my books are being stored in closets and on night stands and dining room tables. I definitely need to invest in some shelves but I have nowhere to put them! I’m just lucky I have the majority of my collection on my nook or my house would look like a hoarder’s.

8. Too many books, too little time. I start books and then start other ones, and I’m constantly shuffling between 2-3 at a time. I have over 800 TBR’s on my Goodreads list and the list keeps on growing! I don’t know if I’ll be able to read all the books I want to, even if I live to 100.

9. Loving a book too much. I know this is hard to believe, but it IS possible. When I get sucked completely into a world that no other books can compare to… it’s tough. I find myself comparing every book to that specific one and it takes months for that to stop. This is also the reason I haven’t been reading much fantasy lately.

10. The length of time it takes for books to be published. Half the time, I refuse to read a series until all of the books have been released, that way I’m not waiting years for the next one. This is difficult when I don’t realize the book I’m reading is part of a series and I’m already sucked in and have to wait FOREVER to see what happens.

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