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Top Ten Tuesdays #161: Favorites of 2017

Posted December 12, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 0 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #161: Favorites of 2017

Favorite Books of 2017 Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. Honestly this year did not have as many all-time favorites or REALLY GREAT books as I expected or hoped for. Of course, the ones I did really like were so perfect… but the quantity was just not there with the quality for so many others. In other words… this list may be a little easier to narrow down! However, as I usually do with my top books of the year, I’m going to feature all of my five star books AND 4.5 star books.    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas //  The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord // When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon    What I Lost by Alex Ballard // Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel // The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison // The Cruel Prince by Holly Black // The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed  Honorable Mention: 4.5 Stars     Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by JK Rowling // Geekerella by Ashley Potson // Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett // The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron // Chloe Snow’s Diary: Confessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain    The Adjustment by Suzanne Young // What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum // My […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #160: Settings

Posted December 5, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 6 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #160: Settings

Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I recently posted about how much I love companion series set in small towns, so sorry if this gets repetitive. There are definitely a few other bookish settings I would love to visit though! Black Dog Bay     This series definitely kicked off my obsession with cozy small towns, especially because Black Dog Bay is so unique! Each little shop, restaurant, hotel, etc. has some kind of theme about heartbreak (and getting over it). I loved learning about each resident and the establishment they owned that kept with the theme. Even though I’m not currently heartbroken or single, I would totally visit Black Dog Bay and have the BEST time. Coronado Cove, Countryside B&B Glamping, and European Group Trip    One of the most fun settings I can remember, especially in a standalone novel. It was fully developed in ALEX, APPROXIMATELY as this fun California beach town with a boardwalk and awesome stores and restaurants to browse. One of the main mini settings of the book is the museum where they worked: The Cavern Palace. I don’t remember the major details of this particular museum but it was basically a mansion from a very eccentric rich […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #159: Winter TBR

Posted November 28, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 7 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #159: Winter TBR

Ten Books I’m Reading ASAP in January 2018 Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. Because you’ve seen my holiday TBR already this week, you may have a good idea of which books I’ll be hitting in December. Combine THAT with the monthly TBR post I have coming up later this week and you get the full picture. I decided to feature instead the ten books I’m reading ASAP in January/late winter 2018. That way, you can see a different list instead of the same books repeated all week 😉 December/January Releases    Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills // I’m going to want to read this the minute I acquire it at some point, but I think I won’t have enough time in 2017 based on my other “required reading.” I’ve heard nothing but GREAT things about this story, plus I already have loooooved Mills’ two other books. Top priority! As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti // I have an egalley of this already but haven’t gotten to it. I think this could be my first review copy of the new year! I’ve been enjoying the wish-themed books lately and hopefully this one lives up to the potential. Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle // I LOVE this premise! I’m a huge fan of […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #158: Thanksgiving

Posted November 21, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 6 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #158: Thanksgiving

Ten Books I’m Thankful for (Read in 2017) Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. Thank you for bringing much-needed attention to the issues of race relations and police brutality in the United States. I’m so glad this book was a #1 bestseller for so, so many weeks, and will soon be an equally important movie. If I could thank only one book this year, THUG would be the one. I can’t really describe just how important and truly perfect this story is, in my eyes and many others. I loved the moments of lightness and humor for this family even while they dealt with the unthinkable. I hope the movie doesn’t disappoint! [The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas] Thank you for continuing to bring feminism to the forefront in YA books. I loved this book but definitely agree with some critics that it’s not AS intersectional as it could be. I loved the different points of view from each girl in this group (especially in the “Us” chapters), including the three main characters. They brought different issues to light (and points of view of all types of women) while fighting for justice in an incredibly flawed system. Just a very powerful story. [The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed] Thank […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #157: Family Recs

Posted November 14, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 3 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #157: Family Recs

Ten Books for my Sister Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I’m not sure about the whole kids thing, so I decided to take this week’s topic (Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read (Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.)) and spin it around again. I previously made a list of books I’d buy my little sister for Christmas and we’ve done a good job of sharing books with each other since then. Out of the books I put in that list, she has since read four of them! Here’s my spin on this week’s topic for books I’d recommend that my little sister (now 16 years old) read. Fluffy & Shippy Contemporaries    Meet Cute edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout | This book seriously has her name written all over it. I told her the premise of it the other day and she started freaking up. So many meet cutes for her little shipping heart to enjoy. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | This shiiiiiiip, she’s gonna freak out. I have a feeling she’ll love the nerdiness plus the sort-of-hate into love romance happening here. At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer | I didn’t looove this one but I think she’d really enjoy it. […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #157: Leaders

Posted November 7, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 10 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #157: Leaders

Ten Characters Who’d Make Great Teachers Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I really wasn’t sure where to go with this one because I don’t think I’ve thought about it that much. There were a few directions to go with this one, but I decided to think more in the context of teachers instead of leaders. So, here are some YA characters who would make great teachers/professors someday (and of course the class they would specialize in). Literary & Cultural Studies   Professor Kennedy | Introduction to Journalism & Newspaper Editing Professor Paige | Classic Literature Computer Science     Professor Dimple | Introduction to App Development Professor Watt | Advanced Artificial Intelligence Professor Cammie | Hacking & Tech for Spies History   Professor Samantha | History of the Salem Witch Trials Professor Rowan | Forgotten U.S. History Electives    Professor Lara Jean | Baking 101 Professor Victoria | Introduction to Sewing & Fashion Design Professor Jordan | Physical Education

Top Ten Tuesdays #156: Halloween

Posted October 31, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 4 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #156: Halloween

Halloween Freebie: Bookish Costume Ideas Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I always love the creativity from some bloggers during the Halloween freebie TTT week! I usually do something more basic relating to my favorite Halloween costumes (paired with books of course!), Halloweeny or creepy books I’ve read or plan to read, and other media to get you in the mood for the holiday. This year, I wanted to be creative and do something else – bookish costumes! I know this has been done before by everyone but it involved some thinking for me, which is tough 😉 Heartless – Queen of Hearts This is an obvious one, but who can resist? I wanted to add in some baking-related elements, since that’s primarily what this story is about. I went all red, hearts, and queenly for the accessories. Typing in “Queen of Hears” on Polyvore was very fruitful for me 😉 In Some Other Life – Different Versions of Kennedy This is a paired costume you could do with a friend (or even better – a twin sister!). Kennedy lives out two timelines in this book, so each person could represent one of them. The left is the prep school girl she almost was; the right is the […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #155: Unique Titles

Posted October 24, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 2 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #155: Unique Titles

Ten Unique Book Titles Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Unique Book Titles.” I guess this can really mean anything, but I decided to highlight some books whose titles definitely intrigued me (or I just thought were super weird). I’ve read all of these except the last three; those are all on my TBR.         

Top Ten Tuesdays #154: Food

Posted October 17, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 9 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #154: Food

Ten Food-y Books | Books that Made Me Hungry Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books (Does a character eat something you’d love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things?).” I’ve done this topic before on the blog and am going to repeat myself a little, so bear with me. Books that made me crave certain foods based on specific scenes and settings    Just Visiting made me crave a bacon tuna melt and diner food | A good portion of this book takes place in a diner where one of the main characters works. Bacon tuna melts are constantly consumed in this book and honestly I don’t think I’ve ever craved something so much while reading! There were some other diner-y meals in this one, like a big cheeseburger, that I desperately wanted too. Saint Anything made me crave pizza and french fries |There’s actually a lot of good food in Dessen’s books (because at least 3-4 of them, including this one, involve restaurants in some capacity). This book in particular though? Definitely didn’t help my CONSTANT pizza craving I have on a regular basis. The family-owned pizza restaurant featured here made me need pizza and fries regularly. […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #153: Autumn Books

Posted October 10, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 6 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #153: Autumn Books

Ten Books that Remind Me of Fall Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. This week’s topic is “Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes.” I didn’t want to limit myself to just one of those options, so I pulled it all together and will be sharing ten books that remind me of fall. It could be because of their cover (fall-like or spooky, perhaps), the season they take place in, or the genre. I’ve done something similar with summery covers and TBH that was much easier.