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Top Ten Tuesday: December 5, 2017 – Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

If they could all be Hogwarts, they’d all be Hogwarts…. But I GUESS I can pick a few others…


HOGWARTS | At least now we really CAN visit Hogwarts, even if it’s a theme park and not the actual thing. It’s as close as I’ll ever come! I can’t wait to finally go HOPEFULLY in 2018. That’s the dream and I’m sticking to it!

THISBY | I listen to THE SCORPIO RACES every year and I would just love to be on Thisby with its wonderful simplicity, camaraderie with Sean & Puck, and dear Finn.

HENRIETTA | Take me to gorgeous Henrietta where I can live with the Gangsey forever and ever.

THE NIGHT CIRCUS | Don’t you just immediately want to visit The Night Circus when you read about it? Real magic disguised as false magic. Ugh. I bet it’s amazing.

SOAP | That’s the School of America in Paris for you non-ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS people. I could be in Paris and spend time with Anna and her friends!

THE GRISHAVERSE | So this coooould be dangerous depending on the time but I need to get lost in the Grishaverse. Take me to Ravka and Ketterdam and all of the exciting and dangerous and beautiful places in this universe!

WESTEROS | Another potentially dangerous place but I’m just visiting, right? I can vacation somewhere safe or just jet-set to each location without actually interacting with anyone/anything TOO bad.

PANEM | This sounds insane but I’ve always been interested in dystopian worlds and I’d really just like to see what it was like! I’d love to explore and see how the world has changed, how society is different, and all of the new and crazy things that have happened.

THE COSMERE | The Cosmere isn’t the most glamorous place but I’m in love with so many of its worlds. I’d just really love to poke around and explore where some of my favorite books take place!


What are some of your favorite bookish settings? What literary location would make your vacation spot?

Top Ten Tuesday: November 21, 2017 – Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

It’s almost Thanksgiving and it’s not usually my favorite holiday (not a bad one but just not on the top of this list) but I’m actually super excited for it this year. We didn’t get to celebrate at all last year due to some medical things so I’m super looking forward to spending the day with my family! I also get Black Friday off of work for the first time in eight years so I’m pretty pumped about that too!

I’m always, always thankful for books. Not only because of my love of reading, but they’ve provided me with so many opportunities to connect with amazing people who have become my closest friends! Here are a few I’m extra thankful for!

THE HARRY POTTER SERIES by J.K. Rowling | This will basically always be number one on this list. There’s just a magic (no pun intended) that this series brings to people’s lives and has connected SO many people through books and even through movies. My parents have never read the books but they’ve enjoyed the movies and even want to go to HP World! I’ve connected with so many readers from our love of this series and the magic truly spans generations.

CINDER by Marissa Meyer | The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series and I have been able to have SO many amazing experiences because of my participation in sharing the love! I’ve been able to received advanced copies, a manuscript, be on blog tours, interview Marissa Meyer, moderate a Fierce Reads panel, and so much more. It’s VERY cool to be recognized by the publisher for doing something you already love and I’m so thankful that I not only fell in love with this series but that it’s brought me to so many other amazing opportunities too!

THE PRINCESS BRIDE by William Goldberg | If it wasn’t for this book, I don’t know if Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and I would have met! Well, I’m sure we would have but we both knew we were super cool people because of our love for The Princess Bride and it’s what kicked off our friendship!! She’s been one of my best friends for years and I’m so glad that this book kicked off our friendship. Plus I’m also so thankful for the movie HA.

THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater | After my first read of this book, I’ve started re-reading it every year. It’s not super heavy in action (though it has its moments) but it doesn’t need to be. The characters carry this book and the atmosphere is so magical. There’s something truly realistic about this magical place and I love revisiting it every year.

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins | I adore this book and always will. I’ve taken to re-reading it on my birthday every year as a birthday present to myself. I relate to Anna in so many way and I simply adore Etienne St. Clair. It’s just such a wonderful read and I love reliving it!

THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater | While we’re talking about Maggie Stiefvater, let’s also talk about The Raven Cycle. These books. This series. These characters. They just make me FEEL so many things. I re-read the entire series from start to finish this year and I just felt it all over again.

THE GIVER by Lois Lowry | Sadly the end of this series didn’t go so well for me but I still remember reading this book in 7th or 8th grade and being so in awe of it. I re-read it as an adult (though I still haven’t seen the movie) and it’s still just as solid!

WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech | Any nostalgic list of mine will hold this book on it. I read it as a pre-teen and fell absolutely in love with it and this was another childhood re-read that I read as an adult and oh my word. I SOBBED. I still have all of those feelings and they’re even more magnified with all of my adult experiences.

TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer | Don’t hate, guys! Without TWILIGHT, I might not be the reader that I am today. I wasn’t reading for fun for quite a few years and then I just started dipping back into reading with some adult fiction but wasn’t obsessive over it. The TWILIGHT craze got me really back into reading with book discussions with my friends, obsessing over movies, and epic binge reads and re-reads.

HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter | This is a little different because while I do enjoy the books, it’s on my list because it was one of the first audiobooks that I really enjoyed. I had listened to THE FAULT IN OUR STARS as I think the very first and I didn’t like the narrator (or, well, the book) so I’m so thankful for this book launching me into the world of audio!

SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo | Like The Lunar Chronicles, this book/series has presented me with so many bookish opportunities and I’m SO thankful to have the amazing books by Leigh Bardugo in my life. I’ve been able to see Leigh on tour many times and she’s absolutely wonderful. I continue to enjoy her books, the fandom, the Grishaverse, her tours, and everything involved with these excellent works.


What are some of the books that you’re thankful for? What books have changed your life?

Top Ten Tuesday: October 24, 2017 – Ten Unique Book Titles

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Ten Unique Book Titles

YA tends to be a world of trends (well, all books in general but I notice it in YA especially) so it’s fun to come across very unique book titles that break the mold of “This & That” and a court/king/queen, etc. Here are some of my favorites to go with today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme!


BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater | I used to not like this title because it didn’t fit into the pattern of the series but the more you get to know the book and the series, the more secrets it holds. Between the concept, the use of Blue’s name, and the mirror back on itself, it really is incredibly appropriate!

A SEMI DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES by Krystal Sutherland | This was a recent read of mine and a very fun book! It combined a dash of magical realism set mostly in realistic fiction and the title is 100% accurate.

THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE by Stephanie Perkins | If this title doesn’t tell you what this book is, I don’t know what will!

KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky | This title immediately tells you that you’re in for some dark humor! It’s silly and fun and I had such a blast reading it.

WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT by April Genevieve Tucholke | I actually don’t even like this title but it is quite unique. With names like “Wink” and “Midnight”, it certainly makes for a unique title. It mashes together the names of the three main characters which isn’t exactly creative but it does catch your eye and make you wonder.

SHADOWS FOR SILENCE IN THE FORESTS OF HELL by Brandon Sanderson | This book is a Sanderson novella, and isn’t it always the long titles that really stand out and scream “unique”? The title may be longer than the novella (just kidding) but it certainly does outline the feel of the book!

THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING by Catherynne M. Valente | Speaking of long titles…. I haven’t even read these books but this title certainly does stick out in my mind and was the first book I thought of for this topic!

THE F-IT LIST by Julie Halpern | Apparently I don’t like unique titles because while this one stands out, I also hate it. It implies a swear (which is actually used in the book but for obvious reasons can’t be used in the title of a YA novel) but it’s like… just use the word or use a different title? Nevertheless, I remember it.

REVENGE OF THE GIRL WITH THE GREAT PERSONALITY by Elizabeth Eulberg | Ahhh, who else has been in that position? I immediately loved the title of this book and although long, it’s simply perfect for the book.

HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER by Lish McBride | This title is just TOO PERFECT. How clever and fun!

AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES by John Green | The concept for this boo/title was so stupid (no one dates 19 Katherines by chance. That would be some sort of unhealthy mission/obsession) but there’s certainly nothing like it that I know of!


What are some of your favorite unique book titles? There are so many that follow a pattern that they’re sometimes hard to find!

Top Ten Tuesday: September 26, 2017 – Ten Books With Characters Who Are Literal Monsters

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Ten Books With Characters Who…  

This was such a fun topic to choose from and I kind of had a hard time picking what I wanted to do! I don’t know how but I landed on characters who are literal monsters. It’s interesting reading books about characters who aren’t quite human and this seemed like a fun choice!


THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab | Recent read THIS SAVAGE SONG features a main character who is actually one of the monsters that terrorizes the city. Well, this particular one doesn’t terrorize but it’s interesting to see from a monster’s point of view!

TALON by Julie Kagawa | It was neat to see a book from a dragon’s perspective! A fun take on a dragon book and an all-around enjoyable read.

THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by Melissa Grey | There are a few different “species” of creature in this book and it was neat to see them as prominent characters! It made me wonder about some of the others and what their real histories might be.

STRANGE THE DREAMER  by Laini Taylor | This book was SO beautiful and I adore Laini Taylor’s writing! I loved both POVs and it was so interesting to see the “human side” and the “monster side”!

SHALLOW GRAVES by Kali Wallace | When Breezy “wakes up” after death, she’s… not quite human, and she discovers a whole underbelly of other-worldy creatures and things in this book!

HELLHOLE by Gina Damico | Featuring… the actual Devil, and boy is he a piece of work! More rude than evil, I’d say.

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor | Laini Taylor is just so good at combining and mixing the “real” world and the “monster” world. I loved reading about chimera, which was something I would not have guessed I’d love.

THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black | This was such a fun take on a vampire story that didn’t feel like TWILIGHT. I wasn’t super blown away but it was an enjoyable read all the way through!

HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER by Lish McBride | This was SUCH a fun read about all things paranormal, from magic to shapeshifter and everything in between.

SWEET by Anna Banks | This was such a fun take on a classic zombie story. It made it a bit more real and was a fun, campy-type book!


What are some of your favorite monster books? I didn’t realize I had so many that would qualify!

Top Ten Tuesday: September 19, 2017 – Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Fall

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Ten Books on my fall TBR
… but I tweaked it a little bit.  

So I know that A) it’s not fall yet and B) some of these books were ones I read in August and not September, but sharing things on my TBR just adds PRESSURE, like once I announce them on Top Ten Tuesday, I need to read them this fall and I’m SUCH a mood reader that I know it’s not going to happen. So instead of sharing things I’m planning on read, because I have plenty of ideas and no set plans, instead I’ll share some things that I’ve already read this September (and some from August too).


THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab
Fall is a paranormal, dark, witchy, monster-y time for me so with the series complete, it was a good time to start THIS SAVAGE SONG. I wasn’t AS hooked as I had hoped and I always feel like I need more background/history in the world-building from Victoria’s Schwab’s books, but it was very enjoyable and started OUR DARK DUET right after. | Goodreads


HAUNTING THE DEEP by Adriana Mather
I had so much fun with the first book in this series, HOW TO HANG A WITCH, and needed more witchy reads ASAP! HAUNTING THE DEEP was a little disappointing because it’s far less witchy, focusing on ghosts of the Titanic (which I knew, but still…) and I didn’t like the plot as much as the first book, but I’m definitely curious to read more. Plus, it’s really cool that Adriana Mather is a descendant of prominent figures in the Salem Witch Trials and has relatives who survived the Titanic. | Goodreads


LAST SEEN LEAVING by Caleb Rohrig
Book comparisons are SO TRICKY so when I had seen several GONE GIRL comparisons, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was similar… but also not, so it was a complicated mess of feelings for me but an enjoyable mystery with a twist I surely didn’t guess! | Goodreads


SPELLBOOK OF THE LOST AND FOUND by Moira Fowley-Doyle
I also expected this book to be much more witchy (I mean SPELLbook) but I should have known from Moira Fowley-Doyle’s first book that it would be much more magical realism. It was very interesting but I also wasn’t quiiiiite satisfied with how things played out, but she did do a stupendous job of having everything come full circle. | Goodreads


WARCROSS by Marie Lu
WARCROSS was a very fun futuristic, sci-fi read. I was pleasantly surprised with some of the twists and I really enjoyed this cast of characters! I was left on a cliffhanger and I cannot wait for the next book! | Goodreads


THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE by Stephanie Perkins
I don’t usually do horror but I liked that this was more 90s slasher than anything else. It was a very fun read, fast, and interesting! I thought the ending could have resolved a lot better but it was still entertaining. | Goodreads


JANE, UNLIMITED by Kristin Cashore
This book was VERY neat, set up sort of like a choose-your-own-adventure book. I thought the different possibilities and mash-up of genres was quite unique! | Goodreads


LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green
I have never really been a fan of John Green but I also haven’t hated them. I mostly just don’t enjoy his writing or find his characters realistic, and I had the same issue with Alaska in this book. Actually, everyone else was fine except for Alaska. Don’t hate me, friends. | Goodreads


THE DIRE KING by William Ritter
I binge-read the first three books and this series and sadly, this fourth book just lost some magic for me. I still enjoyed the characters but I really didn’t feel hooked by the plot. As with a lot of series conclusions, there was so much SERIOUS going on and it lost some of the levity that I loved. | Goodreads


The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray
I had been meaning to read this series for SO LONG and with it finally being complete, I figured why not binge? I wanted a sci-fi book to start on Eclipse Day and ended up bingeing the rest! It was very fun and I really enjoyed all of the different worlds!! | Goodreads


What books have you read so far this month/season? Do you mood read for the seasons??

Top Ten Tuesday: September 5, 2017 – Ten Books I Struggled to Get Through

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Ten Books I Struggled to Get Through! 

I’ve never been afraid of the big old DNF but sometimes I’ll stick it out if I think that a book has potential, if I need to know how it ends, or if it’s a short book and I want to count it towards my Goodreads goal (ha). With a topic of books I struggled to get through, here are some reads that I didn’t particularly enjoy but still finished… and I’m sure you’ll find a lot of nice black sheep moments here!


TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard
I just didn’t connect with this book at all. I wanted so much more world-building, I didn’t think the characters had a lot of depth and the pacing just didn’t grab me. I still finished it because so many friends raved but I tried reading this on audio (I hated the voices) and then in print and it was still rough.


DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine
I had high hopes for this book but it was kind of dystopian and kind of fantasy? The genre concept just seemed all over the place and I wasn’t a big fan of the characters but I really wanted to see exactly how it ended.


INTERWORLD by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves
I’ve been a fan of everything Neil Gaiman has written… except for this book. It got really messy and weird and a little too odd for my tastes. It also read way younger than I thought it was going to so that wasn’t enjoyable, really, but it was an audiobook so it was easy to keep listening and finish.


NOBODY BUT US by Kristin Halbrook
This book was supposed to be romantic but it was just… boring. The main characters are 18 and 15 and the 15-year-old felt very, very young and I had a hard time with the whole book reading how the characters spoke. It just wasn’t my thing but it was short and I wanted to finish.


WENTWORTH HALL by Abby Grahame
Wentworth Hall was like Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey but it seemed more like a ploy to combine them rather than doing it well. It was cheesy and not enjoyable but short, quick, and read it for a feature so I finished it!


WHERE FUTURES END by Parker Peevyhouse
This book consisted of five different stories at different points on a timeline and the first one was the only one I liked. I was listening to the audio so I kept on going but the stories got less interesting for me as the book progressed.


SHADE ME by Jennifer Brown
I was so excited to read a book about synesthesia but the way it was done was just… not put together well. There were several plot holes in how it actually works, a lot of things didn’t make sense, and the characters were just not enjoyable to read about.


TRAITOR TO THE THRONE by Alwyn Hamilton
I AM STILL SO BUMMED ABOUT THIS. Rebel of the Sands was one of my favorite reads of the whole year last year and this book took a turn. It was very long (unnecessarily, in my opinion), the characters were split up, it took a break from the action, and I didn’t like the plot points that were used. Such a major bummer that I don’t even know if I’ll read the last book in this series.


REBEL by Amy Tintera
I waited waaaay too long to read REBEL after REBOOT (like several years) and I was just so out of the story that it was too hard to catch up again. I also just didn’t feel as involved in the story line either way so it was a little rough.


STRANGE AND EVER AFTER by Susan Dennard
Oops, that’s two Susan Dennard books on my list now but this book just didn’t do it for me. I had a hard time getting into the story of this last book and I was falling out of love with the characters but I got really upset because I was following Susan Dennard on Twitter and she spoiled her own book for me by tweeting about a BIG THING in this last book even though I had only started reading it about 6-9 months after it was published. Way too soon to tweet spoilers for your own book so I had a sour taste in my mouth.


Well, those are my complaints for the day haha! Other times I just DNF but these ones I made an effort to finish. Do you often finish books you’re not enjoying or just say, see ya later?

Top Ten Tuesday: August 29, 2017 – Ten Mystery/Thriller Hidden Gems

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Hidden Gems in a specific genre! 

I’ve always been a fan of mysteries and thrillers, even when I was a kid reading the Something Queer series and progressing to Baby-Sitter’s Club Mysteries. I got really into cozy mysteries as a young adult/adult and then when I came back around to reading YA, there wasn’t a whole lot of YA mystery or thriller books! They’ve finally started to pop up over the last few years and there have been some really enjoyable ones flying under the radar (although some more more well-known now) so those are what I’m sharing today!


TEN MYSTERY/THRILLER HIDDEN GEMS

A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho
This book is a little mystery, a little thriller, a whole lot of interesting! Small town meets big personalities and I loved that it was set in the 90s so that darn technology doesn’t make solving the mystery too easy.
Goodreads | Review


JACKABY by William Ritter 
The Jackaby series may have a smaller following but the following is strong! JACKABY is very much a paranormal Sherlock Holmes, complete with genius lacking the social cues sort of like a Sheldon Cooper, with new assistant Abigail narrating the series.
Goodreads | Review


WITH MALICE by Eileen Cook
WITH MALICE hooked me immediately and I read the book in literally one sitting! Granted the power was out but I couldn’t put it down. It was very much like DANGEROUS GIRLS and I loved the twists and turns.
Goodreads | Review


LOCK & MORI by Heather W. Petty
A modern take on Sherlock Holmes, LOCK & MORI was such an enjoyable book! I still need to finish the series but I really enjoyed the first book and I love retellings/adaptions in modern settings.
Goodreads | Review


THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moira Fowley-Doyle
This was a wonderful atmospheric read and was perfect to read in the fall! Mysterious accidents meet possible spirits in a spooky but not scary tale from Moira Fowley-Doyle.
Goodreads | Review


THE CONSPIRACY OF US by Maggie Hall
This series from Maggie Hall is a very fun international thriller series. I love international thrillers and it’s very YA Da Vinci Code, for lack of a better way to put it. Loved the romance, love the characters, love the story.
Goodreads | Review


Dangerous Girls - Abigal Haas

DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas
UGH this book. It was sooooo thrilling and I couldn’t put it down! I literally only put it down when I had to do things like walk and get off of a plane. It was amazing!
Goodreads | Review


THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING by Ashley Elston
This was one of the first YA thrillers I read and it was so exciting! A family in witness protection possibly being hunted really keeps you on your toes throughout the whole book!
Goodreads | Review


HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME by Kirsten Miller
This book was so different than I expected but it was so interesting! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I read this but I remember it being very enjoyable and a little dark.
Goodreads | Review


THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Trish Doller
This was a great mystery/thriller about second-guessing who you trust, especially those you just met. It’s so easy for teenagers to feel over-confident (and okay, adults too) and spend time with new and exciting strangers. This book is about a girl who just wants to have some free-time and fun away from her family, but is it worth the price of people’s lives?
Goodreads | Review


This was such a fun list to make! If you have any more under the radar mystery/thrillers, let me know! I’m always looking for more!!

Top Ten Tuesday: August 22, 2017 – Ten Fictional Teachers I Wished I Had in School

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Back-to-School theme, so I chose Ten Fictional Teachers I Wished I Had in School! 

I had a post not too long ago about my favorite boarding schools so I didn’t want to do fictional schools because it would end up being too similar. Instead, I’m opting for some fictional teachers that I really wish I could have taken lessons from at some point in my life!


TEN FAVORITE FICTIONAL TEACHERS

PROFESSOR MCGONAGALL from the Harry Potter series
McGonagall is probably my favorite fictional teacher ever. She’s strong, smart, and very firm. She’s a wonderful teacher and a little bit strict, but I love that about her because I would actually learn things. I also love that she’s one tough cookie but she also really, truly cares about her students too. It’s a fantastic mix.

THE MAGUS from The Queen’s Thief series
I don’t know if the Magus technically really counts as a teacher but I just loved him in this series. I don’t even know why. He’s another mentor that seemed a little harsh, but fair. I also loved when he showed that softer side and actually cared about his pupils.

THE WOMEN OF 300 FOX WAY from The Raven Cycle
Maura, Calla, Persephone, and the gang aren’t technically teachers but they end up becoming mentors and resources for the Gangsey throughout the series as they encounter some of the more other-worldly tasks. Plus, I can’t very well choose some of the only noted professors at Aglionby for obvious reasons. I wouldn’t want that Latin teacher.

MADAME “GUILLOTINE” from Anna and the French Kiss
I don’t particularly like Anna’s French teacher but she seems like one of those strict and fair teachers that I like so much, plus I just want to attend SOAP and have class with Anna!

RANGER from the Stephanie Plum series
Ranger is also not technically a teacher but he’s Stephanie’s mentor in a lot of ways, taking her under his wing to help with bounty hunting, how to handle a firearm, and several other things along the way, some of which may be steamy.

PROFESSOR LUPIN from the Harry Potter series
Gotta have more than one Harry Potter professor, and Lupin is another favorite of mine. I love his gentleness and how supportive he is of his students. He seems like an amazing teacher that has more of a soft touch but really cares about everyone’s education and well-being.

MASTER ELODIN from The Kingkiller Chronicle
I absolutely loved Elodin after meeting him in THE NAME OF THE WIND. He’s so kooky but seems like he really knows what he’s talking about and his teaching style is complicated and confusing, but will end up making a big point in the end.

CONNOR LAWSON from LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
Sexy teaching assistant? How could you not?

KELSIER from the Mistborn series
Kelsier was Vin’s mentor and teacher and he’s such an interesting character. Looking back on the series after six or seven books, it’s interesting to see how imperfect he was. He taught Vin everything he knew and Vin became the focus of the series and I kind of love how he’s not really an ideal character.

BRIMSTONE from DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE
I also really loved Karou’s mentor Brimstone, from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. He was Karou’s teacher and father figure and he taught her what she needed to know. I loved their relationship and I wish I could have learned even more about him!


Well this was a lot harder than I thought it would be haha! But it was fun to really explore some of my favorite teachers and mentors. Who are your favorite fictional teachers?

Top Ten Tuesday: August 15, 2017 – Ten Book Recommendations for Kids of the 80s/90s

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Ten Book Recommendations for X, so I chose 80s/90s kids!

I’m not a big historical fiction person but I do love some time-specific novels! There are a few books I’ve read that take place in the 1980s and 1990s that seem silly to call historical fiction and yet they’re also not contemporary, having taken place 20-30 years ago. So I’m sharing some recommendations based on those eras today!

Side note: I have a list of these books on Goodreads and there are literally only 10 books on it so far so if I have the same author multiple times, you’re getting the same author multiple times!

Second side note: This list is more books that have been written recently that take it back to these eras rather than books we read growing up in these eras. Because that’s a whole different kind of nostalgia!


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR KIDS OF THE 80S & 90S

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky
Okay, so this book actually did get written in the 90s (1999 to be exact) and I actually remember reading it as a teen! My next-door neighbor had a copy and I borrowed his and no, I still haven’t seen the movie. I meant to do a re-read before I watched the movie and I never did. This just reminds me so much of my very early teen years and it’s on my Goodreads list so you get it on your Top Ten Tuesday list!
Goodreads


ONE DAY by David Nicholls
Yes, this is another book that got turned into a movie. No, I still have not seen the movie. Yes, I read it before it was even a movie. I don’t even remember how I ended up picking up this book. I think it was truly a day in BORDERS (yes, Borders. RIP.) where I would wander around and just pick things up, and I picked up this one. It takes place over 20 years so there’s a little of the past and a little of the present.
Goodreads


Attachments Rainbow Rowell

ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell
I 100% remember this book being something I randomly picked up and bought at Borders, I think in a clearance sale. It looked cute, funny, and like something I would relate to. Who knew I’d be reading one of my favorite authors before we even knew who Rainbow Rowell was? It’s so funny because I totally didn’t love it when I first read it but on my re-read, I appreciated it so much more, just being older, having a better perspective of that office world-view, and being able to relate to it so much more!
Goodreads


TIME BETWEEN US by Tamara Ireland Stone
TIME BETWEEN US is a mix of romance and sci-fi, the sci-fi part being a time-traveling teen. I really loved this book and I loved how the past only went back to the 90s and not to an era too far away. I was able to relate and it was a lot of fun!
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Eleanor & Park

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
You’ll start to see a trend here with Rainbow Rowell, which I love. She seems to revisit time periods that she knows, this one being the 80s. I loved see this this story progress and this is still my favorite Rainbow Rowell book. I need to give it a re-read sometime soon too.
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Landline - Rainbow Rowell

LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
Surprise! One last Rainbow Rowell book in this list, this being LANDLINE, which takes place in the present-day but this magical telephone allows the main character to talk to her husband back in the past. This was probably my least favorite of Rainbow’s books (because magical telephone) but it was still fun and had some wonderful life-lessons. Plus, a character cameo from a previous book!
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althea & oliver

ALTHEA & OLIVER by Cristina Moracho
This book was very real and very gritty, and I really enjoyed it. It takes place in the 90s and it’s not laden with nostalgia but it has just the right amount of 90s feel to pull you into the era without over doing it!
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ONCE UPON A KISS by Robin Palmer
This was a little silly but a lot of fun! It was like Freaky Friday meets 13 Going on 30 where the main character wakes up in her own life, except her own life now takes place in the 80s instead of in the 2000s.
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A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho
Another Cristina Moracho book set in the 90s, which I love, except this one is more mystery/thriller. I love when things are set in the 90s because it really takes away the immediacy to answers with the use of technology. Little to no cell phones, little to no internet — people have to make phone calls and drive places and have land lines. It keeps things interesting! How do authors write mysteries when technology makes getting answers so easy?
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FIREWORKS by Katie Cotugno
I was actually really hoping for more 90s experience in this book and I was kind of disappointed! There were music references but really that was about it. For a book set in the 90s, I was hoping for more of a 90s vibe!
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BONUS | These books weren’t set in the 80s/90s but have a good vibe! 

READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline | GREAT for 80s kids! Some stuff went over my head (I was a 90s kid) but soooo many pop culture references and such a blast!

KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky | Not set in the 80s or 90s but had that boy band concept that made me think of *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys… and Making the Band with O-Town! A little more early 2000s but totally will bring you back to the boy band days.


Those are my nostalgic 80s & 90s recs that were written (mostly) in the past few years! Do you have any more recommendations like these? I’d love to read some more!

Top Ten Tuesday: June 27, 2017 – Top Ten Books of 2017 (So Far)

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Books of 2017 so far

I’ve actually had a lot of misses with only a few stellar books so far. I was just thinking how it’s only been a few months but really, it’s been half a year!! There’s still some time left to find some super-hits of 2017 but here are a few of my favorites from the year so far!

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor
This was easily one of my favorite reads of the year! I’ve been waiting for Laini Taylor’s new book for so long and finally go to read it in April! It was gorgeous, just as I expected, and of course had all the feels.
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4.5 stars


A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab
My experience with Victoria Schwab has been reeeeally hit or miss (both in reading and in interactions) so I had been hesitant to start this series for a long time. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC! I honestly thought the first book was the most solid of the series but it made my list of top books so far this year.
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4.5 stars


HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco
I absolutely adored STALKING JACK THE RIPPER from Kerri Maniscalco last year and was equally pleased with HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA! I think the first book remains my favorite because I enjoyed the Jack the Ripper story line just a bit more but another very, very solid release from Kerri and I am a huge fan!
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4.5 stars

THICK AS THIEVES by Megan Whelan Turner
I binged this series on audio over the past couple weeks (I just checked and I listened to the entire series in three weeks!) and this last book was by far my favorite of the series. The characters felt the most developed, I was engaged the whole time, and I loved the relationships.
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4 – 4.5 stars


THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
I’m a huge Brandon Sanderson fan and I’ve slowly been making my way through allllll of his books. THE WAY OF KINGS is by far the largest so I put it off for a long time. I’m glad I finally read it because although it was very different than what I expected, it was quite enjoyable! The ending was epic and I’m excited to continue the series.
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4 stars


GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston
This book was soooo cute and spoke to my geeky fangirl heart! It was easy to read, a lot of fun, and a great Cinderella adaptation of the digital age!
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4 – 4.25 stars


QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde
Speaking of geeking out, QUEENS OF GEEK was also a wonderful book! The loves stories were cute, con aspect was spot on, wonderful diversity, and super solid characters. I loved everything about it!
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4 – 4.25 stars


WIRES AND NERVE by Marissa Meyer
This was my first-ever graphic novel and it was so much fun! It was super easy to read and I accidentally flew through it and finished it in a day! I love anything Marissa Meyer and it was great to get more of my beloved Lunar Chronicles gang, plus anything Iko is a win.
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4.5 – 5 stars


A MILLION JUNES by Emily Henry
Emily Henry’s debut will still be my favorite but I loved that A MILLION JUNES had the same story-telling style and magical realism aspect. She has a way that sucks you into the story and puts you right in the feels!
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4 – 4.25 stars


BAD ROMANCE by Heather Demetrios
This book was so hard to read but in a good way. It was easy to see how Grace got stuck in this damaging relationship and couldn’t get out, even thought it was obvious to everyone else that it was harmful to her. It was an amazingly realistic book which made it eye-opening, scary, and emotional all at the same time. Heather Demetrios did a great job with this book.
Goodreads | Review | My rating: 4 – 4.5 stars


Those are my top books of the year so far! Not too many that really hit the 4.5 star mark and really no true five star book. I think STRANGE THE DREAMER may be the best book I’ve read all year and it was like allllllmost 5 stars but certain things held me back!