Category: Top 10 Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesdays #238: Fave Genre

Posted June 4, 2019 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 6 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #238: Fave Genre

Books from my Favorite Genre: Parallel Lives/Time-Oriented Books Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, 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. It’s no secret that I love contemporary fiction more than any other genre… but I feel like I’ve talked about those favorites over and over again at this point! My favorite sub-genre are books about parallel lives, parallel universes, and anything involving something weird happening with time. I’m not the hugest time travel fan, compared to other elements of manipulating time for books, but the Groundhog Day trope is an example of something weird and time-y happening. Anyways! I’m here today to talk about primarily parallel lives/universe books and give you my top favorites. Pivot Point and Split Second by Kasie West This one is a dual timeline book, but also involves special paranormal powers from the main character. The story alternates between the two lives she might live when her parents get divorced: one version of her chooses her mom inside the special compound and the other chooses living with her dad in the real world. She can also see and live through both decisions, in order to see the best outcome, as her power. (The second book alternates between two POVs – her and her friend […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #237: Ten Years

Posted May 28, 2019 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 9 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #237: Ten Years

Favorite Books Released in the Last Ten Years Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, 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. SO FUN. I’ve been blogging since 2014 so at least I can guarantee that I have books easy to grab for the past 6 years. The prompt specifically shares your favorite books released in the last ten years, choosing one book from each year. I should also note that I purposefully did not pick more than one book by the same author AND this is based on release year, not based on the year I read the book. Time to walk down memory lane! Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen Read in 2009 | This was a very random ARC I received from a bookseller back in 2009. He just knew he wasn’t going to read it and passed it along to me for free. So it’s kind of amazing I didn’t even know what an ARC was and now have a DESSEN ONE in my collection! Either way, one of my all-time favorite books. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Read in 2014 | I read this the year I started blogging, when Andi did the Isla Is Coming Readalong. I loved it so so […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #236: No Redesigning

Posted May 21, 2019 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 14 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #236: No Redesigning

Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch Redesign the Covers Of Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, 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 am actually not a big book collector. I rarely buy physical books and there are SO few that I own multiple copies of. I don’t even have special editions of books, really. The idea that I would have books that no one is allowed to touch is weird for me, so I made my own spin on this topic – here are the books with some of my all-time favorite covers that better not ever change. No one is allowed to redesign these, okay??? To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han | I know these may get some redesigns because of the movies, which isn’t as bad, but I LOVE these covers so incredibly much. Please make sure all other editions are published just like this, TYVM. Dumplin’ and Puddin’ by Julie Murphy | I love these so much. They’re striking, capture the book/character so well, and honestly make me want to frame them for my wall. I’ll admit I haven’t read Puddin’ yet but I will soon hopefully whooooops. All of Sandhya Menon’s books | I’m obsessed with these covers. […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #235: Page to Screen

Posted May 14, 2019 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 6 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #235: Page to Screen

Page to Screen Freebie: Books I’d Love to See on Screen Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, 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 tend to love when books are adapted for TV or movies. I’m not quite as territorial as I used to be, wanting to keep the magic of a certain book or author all to myself. It’s so exciting because I genuinely feel like adaptations as a whole are getting even better and truer to their written counterpart. A recent TTT featured a few books I read specifically BECAUSE they were getting the adaptation treatment, so it even works out for motivating me to read certain things. Today I’ll be talking about books that I’d love to see on screen in one capacity or another! TV Shows Summer series by Jenny Han | I know that love triangles are maybe a litttttle outdated for TV (??) but I still feel like this series deserves something. A TV show would be really nice. Each season could be maybe half of a book, or summer? Or just have three long seasons, one for each summer, with a break in between? I just want to live at Cousins Beach and see it on my screen! Belly grows […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #234: Characters Like Me

Posted May 7, 2019 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 8 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #234: Characters Like Me

Characters that Remind Me of Myself Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, 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 try to find ways to relate to the main characters I read about in my books. I think it makes the reading experience a lot more fulfilling when there’s just one tiny thing that connects you with someone – either what they’re going through, their relationship with their families, their inside jokes with their friends, their fashion sense… I don’t have to fully relate to character experiences to relate to the characters themselves and that can make things even more interesting. Molly // 99 Days and 9 Days & 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno I could relate to Molly. I feel like life can be so messy at times and it’s nice when books can explore all of the messed up parts; it makes me feel something different for once… I truly could relate to all of the different emotions that Molly felt and her utter confusion about what was right for her… I’ve been in so many odd romantic entanglements in my life; it was nice to read a story of someone who doesn’t have perfect feelings about one person, but mixed feelings on a couple of people. I […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #233: Quotes

Posted April 30, 2019 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 8 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #233: Quotes

Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, 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 have been utterly terrible about recording book quotes in the last couple of years. It’s something I used to pay so much attention to! For whatever reason, I just can’t bring myself to care anymore??? There aren’t a lot of new ones here but I’m going to sort by my “recently added” on Goodreads! I made these in the app Word Swag, FYI. Toil and Trouble story by Elizabeth May Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid Heartless by Marissa Meyer The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Top Ten Tuesdays #232: First Reviews

Posted April 23, 2019 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 16 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #232: First Reviews

First 10 Books I Reviewed Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, 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 never reviewed books anywhere but on my blog, honestly, even though I had Goodreads for a few years beforehand! I would definitely RATE my books on there but didn’t leave reviews. Thus, the first 10 books ever reviewed happened right here on Bookmark Lit back in 2014. With my blogiversary coming up later this year, it’s fun to look back at the beginning! 1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – July 16, 2014 “Well, I decided to make my first review about a book I didn’t like too much. I have mixed emotions about this book, so let me try to work through them here. I have to admit, I was extremely interested in the book based on the cover. I don’t know who is making all these cool, graphic book covers lately, but I love them. I was fascinated by the small amount of plot-related information that was out there and it kept getting rave reviews, so I decided to try it out.” 2. The List by Siobhan Vivian – July 18, 2014 “The basic plot summary is as follows: at some random high school, each year […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #231: Rainy Day

Posted April 16, 2019 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 8 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #231: Rainy Day

Rainy Day Reads Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, 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. You can take this a few different ways based on how YOU like to spend a rainy day reading – maybe books with rainy settings, sweeping fantasy reads that pull you in and out of wherever you are, long books to curl up with and get lost in, or short books that you can binge in one day… I’ve decided to talk about all of these today! Stereotypically Rainy Settings Seattle | Parts of Europe (Ireland) If you google some stereotypically rainy places, you’re likely going to see Ireland and Seattle, WA on the list. I was going to include some more but these three books jumped out at me, so here we are with two locations. SERIOUS MOONLIGHT really showed the quirky side to Seattle, which I appreciated (as someone who has never been there!). Both LOVE & LUCK and THE UPSIDE OF FALLING DOWN featured heroines in Ireland… definitely experiencing vastly different things while they’re there! Pretend You’re Somewhere Else Portal fantasy | Cute small beach town | Huge manor | Cross-country train trip One of my favorite fantasy duos is THE MARKED GIRL and THE BROKEN WORLD, because apparently […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #230: Outrageous Bookish Things

Posted April 9, 2019 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 8 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #230: Outrageous Bookish Things

Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, 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 is such a unique topic! I honestly can’t think of a lot of outrageous things I’ve done for my love of books, so I’ll spin this topic a little bit. I’ll talk about bookish habits or weird things I’ve done (or currently do) for books, as well as some of those books that made me stay up too late! Reading at Work I try to behave at work and not do too many personal things when I need to get things done… but there are a few books that just needed to get done based on deadlines! They’re mostly surrounding ARC tours and mailing deadlines from back in the day, but sometimes book club is coming or addiction just overtakes me. Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (borrowed and read for an ARC tour, needed to mail THAT DAY and hadn’t finished the books yet) Shadowlands trilogy by Kate Brian (was so addicted to these that I read all three books in quick succession through a week that my boss was out on vacation) The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson (only had […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #229: Read-Bait

Posted April 2, 2019 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 14 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #229: Read-Bait

Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, 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. The topic for this week is about the things that make you pick up a book. This is a similar topic or question to my read-bait series of posts, where I discuss the words or phrases within a book’s synopsis that immediately draw me in. I’ll highlight a good portion of those (because the majority of them still ring true!) and also some of the other factors (aside from what’s directly in the synopsis) that make me pick a book up or add it to my TBR. There’s another TTT here with some topics too, in case this isn’t thorough enough! The books you see mixed in are those that really hit the nail on the head for Lauren-bait. Read-Bait Topics or Words Wishes being granted or fulfilled (could be by a genie or some paranormal/magical realism etc.) Travel-related meet cutes (people who fall in love/meet on a train or in an airport etc.) Disappearances “Everyone is connected somehow” (coming together over shared event, etc.) Winning the lottery and/or rich people Bucket lists Family drama or reunions (people coming back together or secrets being unveiled) Memory loss Stuck in […]