Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give Me the Fall Feels

Happy Top Ten Tuesday bookworms! This week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is books that make you think of Fall (cuz it’s the best season ever).  My list is made up of a combination of books I have read and books on my TBR list.  I clearly have a thing for witches…

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Petty Magic by Camille DeAngelis, Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Book Boyfriends

When I saw this week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish, I was giddy with excitement.  I have many book boyfriends, but there are some that have stood the test of time.  Here are my Top Ten Book Boyfriends:

  1. Jamie Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  2. Eric Northman from The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris

  3. Rhys from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

  4. Fred/George Weasley from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

  5. Cooper Cartwright from The Heather Wells Series by Meg Cabot

  6. Jondalar from The Earth’s Children Series by Jean M. Auel

  7. Aragorn from The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

  8. Sebastian Brooke from No Angel by Penny Vincenzi

  9. Kostos from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

  10. Walter von Ulrich from Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

 

Happy Top Ten Tuesday ❤

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Feature Sisters

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s prompt from The Broke and the Bookish was “Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________.”  After spending some much-needed time with my sister this weekend, I was inspired to do a list of books that feature sisters and the complex relationships they share.

True Colors by Kristin Hannah, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Fifth Avenue Artist’s Society by Joy Callaway, Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz, Sorority Sisters by Claudia Welch, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, The Pretty One by Cheryl Klam, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

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My sisters ❤

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books on My Fall TBR List

I love Fall.  I don’t care how basic it is, but I love me a jean jacket, a pumpkin spice latte, and a good pair of boots.  I also love cuddling under a cozy blanket and reading a new book.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from The Broke and the Bookish celebrates our Fall To Be Read Lists! Here are 10 books I am looking forward to reading this fall!

33571713A Column of Fire by Ken Follett: I have been waiting FOREVER for this book to come out! Ken Follett is my favorite, and his Kingsbridge series are my favorite books of all time.  I am currently reading this one, and loving it.

 

29923707One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake: I can’t wait any longer for this book.  I am dying to find out what is going to happen!! The suspense is killing me!

 

 

25740412The Black Witch by Laurie Forest: This book has a lot of controversy.  It sounds like something I would love, and I’m excited wait to see what all the fuss is about.

 

 

cover118067-mediumSparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous: I requested this book on Netgalley, and have been waiting for the right time to read it.  It sounds kind of spooky, which is perfect for fall.

 

 

cover117283-mediumThe Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin: I love the Roaring 20’s, especially after having lived in them on stage for 2 years, and this Netgalley book caught my eye immediately.

 

 

cover115302-mediumThe Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert: This book sounds so interesting, and after reading the first few pages, I think I’m going to like it.  Another book with a perfect fall vibe.

 

 

1278752The House at Riverton by Kate Morton: I fell in love with Kate Morton after I read The Forgotten Garden.  I bought this book a while ago, and have been staring at it on my shelf.  With Morton’s gothic undertones, it sounds like a perfect cold fall snuggle day book.

 

32283133I love Dan Brown.  I have read all of his books, and I can’t wait for this one to come out on October 3rd!  They are always such fun and exciting reads, and I love Robert Langdon!

 

 

16034235Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: After becoming obsessed with A Court of Thorns and Roses, I figured I HAD to start this series.  Plus I have heard a million great things.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback to My Favorite YA Series

Happy Top Ten Tuesday friends! Today’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is a Throwback Freebie, so I’m throwing it back to some of my old favorite YA series!

  1. Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar (2002)

2. The It Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar (2005)

3. The A-List by Zoey Dean (2003)

4. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (2000)

5. The Mediator by Meg Cabot (2000)

6. Airhead by Meg Cabot (2008)

7. Magic In Manhattan by Sarah Mylnowski (2005)

8. Pretty Little Liars by Sarah Shepard (2006)

9. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (2001)

10. The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (2005)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Were a Chore to Get Through

I missed last weeks Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m glad to be back with this one! This week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish was “Books That We Struggled With.”  Here have been some of my hardest to get through reads.

119089The Witching Hour by Anne Rice: I love witches.  I always have, and I also love a book with a deep background and character history.  So, this book should have been perfect for me.  I hated it.  There was hardly any plot and read it like a text book.  There were a few exciting sections that I actually enjoyed, but when there are maybe 100 entertaining pages in a book of 1200 pages, that is a problem.  I pushed through, but when I finished I was left wondering why I bothered.

17465453The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert: Eat, Pray, Love changed my life, in the most cliche and uncliche ways possible.  When I found out that Elizabeth Gilbert also wrote a few fiction books, I was so excited, but this book was a STRUGGLE for me.  I couldn’t connect with any of the characters and the plot was too slow to keep me entertained.

 

10988Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon:  I loved Outlander, but as the series went on, I kind of lost my enthusiasm.  I still plan on finishing the series, but I’m more hesitant to start the next one because I know it is going to be a big undertaking.  I am also less invested in the plots of the later books and they seem to drudge on more and more, unfortunately.  Jamie Fraser still has my heart though.

10692The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: I read this book on spring break in high school, and it took what seemed like FOREVER to finish.  It seemed so intriguing at first, and then I was just lost and reading to get to the finish line.  Probably not the best choice for a beach read though..

 

37442Wicked by Gregory Maguire: As a huge fan of the musical, Wicked, I just had to read the book.  It is very different from the stage version.  It is darker, very political, and I didn’t enjoy it.  I wanted so badly to love it, but I couldn’t get on board.  Still love the idea though.

 

2520383The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie:  I found this book at Half-Priced Books, and the cover was beautiful, and the description sounded amazing.  It was not.  I honestly could not even tell you what happened in this book because it made absolutely no sense.  For some reason I finished it…

 

6101718The Magicians by Lev Grossman: This book had so much hype, and the TV series was coming out, and I thought I was going to be obsessed.  I hated it.  It was so pretentious, all of the characters sucked, and the entire book was so negative I couldn’t handle it.  I did not go on to read the rest of the series, although I hear the TV show is better than the book.

 

18730321Paris by Edward Rutherfurd:  I read this book when I went to Paris with my grandma, and it was cool to get the history of the city.  It was a little confusing with all the switching perspectives in different time lines, and it took me longer than I would have liked to read it.  I wanted to tackle this 800 page book, and even though it was sometimes a struggle, I did enjoy it overall.

 

21996The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson: This book was interesting.  I really loved the parts about the serial killer and that mystery, but the rest about the architects was too slow for me and I feel like I skimmed a lot of it to get back to the exciting parts.  I was happy when it was over and I could start a new book.

 

18405Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: I LOVED this book, but man was it hard to get through.  Its 1000 pages were beautiful, and I am obsessed with Scarlett and Rhett, but it was no picnic.  I remember feeling so accomplished when I finished it.  I find myself wanting to re-read it, even though it’s a beast.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read In School

Thinking back on my school days, I read a lot of books.  Some that I loved, and others that seemed like torture!  Since the new school year is approaching, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from the marvelous The Broke and The Bookish is a Back to School Freebie.  I’ve decided to share my 10 favorite books (and a few honorable mentions) from elementary school through high school!

Elementary School:

1. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

2. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Middle School:

3. The Giver by Lois Lowry

4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

High School:

5. Slaughter-House-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

6. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

8. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

9. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

10. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Honorable Mentions:

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: Book Recommendations for People Who Love Downton Abbey

I am SO excited that The Broke and Bookish are back with some new Top Ten Tuesday Topics!  I have recently been binge watching Downton Abbey and I am obsessed.  I love historical fiction and the turn of the century is my absolute favorite time period to read about and watch.  This weeks theme was “Ten Recommendations for….” so I decided to combine my latest obsession with my book obsession.  Here are my Top Ten Recommendations for People Who Love Downton Abbey!

215679No Angel by Penny Vincenzi:  The Spoils of Time is one of my all time favorite trilogies.  It is an epic family saga full of drama, romance, war, scandal, what more could you want?   My favorite thing about this book is the characters.  All of them were so flawed, and yet I fell madly in love with them and their relationships.  The first book, No Angel, was my favorite in the trilogy.

7315573Fall of Giants by Ken Follett:  Ken Follett, made a masterpiece out of this trilogy.  It follows 3 generations of families all over the world, and how their lives intertwine throughout the big events in history.  Fall of Giants follows the first generation during WWI.  The plot is engaging, the characters are complex, and following the links in the families is really exciting.

 

825508A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett: Another book by Ken Follett? Yes.  I love him, and this book is incredible.  The social politics and the drama alone are enough to make this book worth while.  Not to mention the characters are lovable (and despicable), the plot is fast paced, and the writing is super juicy.

 

6723017The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton: This book gave me a huge book hangover! It had a darker, gothic tone, which I really enjoyed.  It kept me on the edge of my seat and awake way past my bed time.  You can read my full review here.

 

 

14935Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: If you’re in the mood for a classic, Downton lovers, Sense and Sensibility has all of the snark of Aunt Violet mixed with the beautiful writing of Jane Austen.  Find my full review here.

 

 

6867Atonement by Ian McEwan: This book is beautiful, tragic, and perfect for Downton fans.  It has a haunting story that will leave you frustrated (in a good way) and questioning every choice you make and the consequences. The movie is also really well done.

 

 

15701533The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig: Who doesn’t love a good flashback story?  With plenty of dark family secrets, this book will keep you reading and involved in Clementine and Addie’s lives until the very last page.  I got lost in this story on a vacation and I had to be pulled out of it and back to real life.

 

1254951The Luxe by Anna Godbersen: I have raved about this book before on my blog, but I really can’t say enough good things about it.  This is the book that made me fall in love with this time period and its social politics.  Years later, I still vividly remember how invested I was in these characters, and reading it backstage at my dance recital because I couldn’t wait to get home to find out what happened next.

 

9999107The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin:  This book didn’t have the most exciting plot, but the overall feel of it was very grand.  I found it interesting to see the dynamics between the American and the British aristocrats.  It reminds me of what it would have been like for Cora before the start of Downton. Coincidence, the heroine of this book is named Cora too.

 

3682A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: Now if you love Downton Abbey and Fantasy, then this is the book for you.  I absolutely LOVED this book.  The world created was so unique, and the dark gothic style worked really well.  This book was unlike anything else I’ve read, and the rest of the series continued to be just as good.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far

As June comes to an end, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday focuses on the best books I have read so far this year.  I have read a lot of fantasy and am in the middle of a few series as well.  Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this awesome meme every week!  Here are my top ten favorites (not necessarily in order).

28374007Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake: I can not express enough love for this book.  It was a surprise find at Target, and I knew it was going to be up my alley right away.  It blew away any expectations that I had and I am counting down the days until the next book comes out! (9/19/17)

 

30253864Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls to Everything in Between by Lauren Graham: Lauren Graham is a huge idol for me.  She is such an incredible actor, and reading all of her stories about the business and her journey to get where she is today was very inspiring.  Not to mention that she is absolutely hilarious, and it feels like you’re talking to your best friend.  I love her.

6723017The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton: This book gave me my first book hangover of the year.  It was hauntingly beautiful and I could not put it down.  Historical Fiction at its finest.  Check out my review here.

 

 

17927395A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: After reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, this book rocked my world!  It has been the best book in the series so far, and it gave me my second book hangover of the year.  I loved where she took the story, and the character development was exquisite.  You can read my review here (minor spoiler alert).

 

21853621The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: Kristin Hannah does it again.  As one of my consistent favorite authors, I always expect great things from Hannah, but this book really blew me away.  It is very emotional, and gave me a little anxiety (as WWII stories tend to do for me), but I was SO invested in these characters.  I definitely ugly cried at the end.  Click here to see my review.

 

140079Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris:  I am a huge fan of this series, and this one (Sookie Stackhouse #6) has been my favorite to date.  Sookie is so lovable, and I really liked where she went with the plot.  These books are always really quick reads, but I devoured this one even faster than normal.

 

19486412Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: I wanted to read this book before I watched the HBO show, and I was not disappointed.  I loved the way it was written, and I thought the tv show was a really good adaptation of it too.  See all of my thoughts here.

 

 

10507293The Selection by Kiera Cass: This whole series was like literary crack.  They are really quick YA reads, and I finished the whole trilogy in three days.  The story was addicting, and I was genuinely invested in the characters.  I had a minor book hangover after finishing the third book.

 

110896Dancer by Colum McCann: This book about Russian ballet dancer, Nureyev, was a beautifully written account of his life and career.  The prose was absolutely stunning, and painted such a complex picture of who this man was.

 

 

1Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling: Ok. It’s my 5th time re-reading it, but I couldn’t not include it on this list.  It’s my favorite.

 

 

 

What are your favorite books you’ve read so far this year? Let me know in the comments, I am always looking for new reads 🙂 Happy Top Ten Tuesday!

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Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start But Haven’t

I missed last weeks Top Ten Tuesday, because life happens, but here is my list for this week!  The theme from Broke and the Bookish was Top Ten Series I have been meaning to start, but haven’t.  I have so many books on my TBR list, and sometimes it can be hard to commit to a new series, especially since I am still in the middle of so many!  I will get around to them eventually…

1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

2. His Dark Materials Series by Philip Pullman

3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

4. Time Quintet Series by Madeline L’Engle

5. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

7. Gentleman Bastard by Scott Lynch

8. Cormoran’s Strike by Robert Galbraith

9. The Bridget Jones Series by Helen Fielding

10. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

What other series should I add to my list?  What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments 🙂