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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’m Avoiding On My TBR


Hello lovelies! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, comes to you after a long day of travel and a homecoming: Books I’m Avoiding On My TBR.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


This has been on my TBR forEVER and I’ve put it off because I am intimidated by it.  There I said it.  I want to read it so badly, but it scares me.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


I’m avoiding this one because I’m nervous it is going to be boring.  I’ve loved the other two Steinbecks that I’ve read, but for some reason, this one makes me nervous.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon


It’s just SO LONG and the last two books were a struggle for me.

The Plains of Passage by Jean M. Auel


I really enjoy this series, but for some reason, I’m finding it hard to continue with the next book.  They’re long and a little repetitive and I guess I’m worried it is going to take too long to read and encroach on my other book time.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)


I’m afraid I am going to be disappointed by my Queen.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth


It has just been so long since I read the first book, I don’t really even remember what happened.  I remember really loving Divergent, but that was years ago.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas


I don’t want it to end 😦

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson


My reading count is too low right now, and I’m nervous to commit to a series with all insanely long books even though I am excited about them…

Cinder by Marissa Meyer


I need to finish a few of my other series before I start another one.

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan


My roommate is obsessed with this series and keeps telling me that I’ll love it, but all of the books are so long and there are SO MANY (14 to be exact) and all of them are close to 1000 pages….. it’s a big commitment.

What books are you guys avoiding? Let me know in the comments! 🙂


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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Liked That Are Outside My Comfort Zone


Happy Tuesday everybody! This week’s theme, hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl, is Books I Liked That Are Outside My Comfort Zone.  This one was hard for me because I am really bad at staying in my comfort bubble and really don’t branch out much- but I think I managed to find some good ones for today.

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts


This book is incredible and one of the most beautifully written stories I have ever read, but it is DEFINITELY outside my bookish comfort zone.  I read very little of this genre and the location and plot are not something I would usually gravitate to.

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett


While the genre of this book is right up my alley, the setting and atmosphere is not something I am usually drawn to, and now that I’ve read this book, I think I will be.

Dancer by Colum McCann


I had never read a fictionalized biography before, and this one about Rudolph Nureyev was absolutely fascinating and like nothing I had ever read stylistically.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


I don’t usually love reading about World War II.  It makes me depressed and anxious so I generally am not drawn to them.  However; since The Nightingale was written by one of my favorite authors, I picked it up and loved it.  It wrecked me, but I loved it.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kafuman


I don’t love Sci-Fi as a genre in general, but THIS SERIES.  I was completely captivated and enthralled and could not stop reading from the minute I opened the first book.  Not to mention the formatting is also different from anything I normally read.

Starswept by Mary Fan


Another Sci-Fi book that defied my expectations.  I really loved the way the world worked in this book.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert


I VERY rarely read any non-fiction, but I gave this book a go on a recommendation from a friend and it is shamelessly one of my favorite books of all time.

The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard


Mysteries are not something I gravitate towards, but this one captured me with its setting (Hello, Wisconsin!) and a mix of family dysfunction.  I could not stop turning the pages at the end to find out the whole story.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman


For some reason, I never want to read from the “Women’s Fiction” genre, but this story was really beautifully done and explored some really tough subjects.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


Classics used to be (and still are sometimes) intimidating to me, but this book made me realize that I could enjoy them and now I can say that classics are no longer completely out of my comfort zone.

What books were out of your comfort zone that you ended up loving? Do you think it is important to break from our habits and try new books and styles? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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Top 10 Tuesday: Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With


Hello my lovelies!  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl, is Characters I’d Like to Be Besties With.

1. Lara Jean Covey from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

2. Fred and George Weasley from Harry Potter by JK Rowling

3. Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

4. Tully and Kate from Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

5. Daisy Peshkov from Winter of the World by Ken Follett

6. Lyssandra from The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

7. Diana Holland from The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen

8. Sookie from The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris

9. Bridget, Lena, Carmen and Tibby from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anne Brashares

10. Emma from Emma by Jane Austen

What characters do you want to be besties with?



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Top 10 Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors


Hello gorgeous readers! Here we are back at it again with another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, Top 10 Auto-Buy Authors.  I have been doing A LOT, probably TOO MUCH, book shopping lately, and this week’s theme is just perfect for my bookstore habit.

1. Kristin Hannah

One of my all-time favorite authors, anything Kristin Hannah writes I will read.  All of her books are so good and she writes characters that really stick to your heart and won’t let go.

2. Meg Cabot

I LOVE this woman.  She has written so many amazing series and standalones that have crossed so many genres and age-groups.  I have grown up with her books and I look forward to every single one of them, and could honestly do a thorough Meg Cabot re-reading binge sometime soon.

3. Ken Follett (Historical Fiction Only)

Ken Follett has written my favorite book of all time, Pillars of the Earth, but all of his historical fiction novels are up there with it.  His characters are SO well written and the stories he tells are incredible.  I haven’t branched into his war thrillers yet, just because that genre is not my cup of tea.

4. Katharine McGee

I fell in love with Katharine McGee’s The Thousandth Floor trilogy, and now I will buy anything new that she comes out with.  I cannot wait for her next series, American Royals!

5. Taylor Jenkins Reid

I only recently discovered Taylor Jenkins Reid, but her latest two books have quickly become two of my favorite reads of the whole year.  I definitely want to check out her other books, and all her future works.

6. Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass is one of the best series I have ever read, and I loved ACOTAR too.  I am so excited for her new series coming out in 2020.  I’m a die hard fan now.

7. Victoria Aveyard

I love the cinematic The Red Queen Series so much and I’m dying her Aveyard to write another book or series.

8. Kate Morton

Kate Morton has written some of my favorite historical fiction books.  They are beautifully written, a little gothic in style, and so haunting.  I’m obsessed.

9. Libba Bray

I was so enamored by the Gemma Doyle Trilogy as a teen, and I’ve recently become obsessed with The Diviners.  I’m such a fan of Libba Bray.

10. Leigh Bardugo

Ok, so I’ve only JUST finished my first Leigh Bardugo book, but I am obsessed and already know she is going to become one of my faves!

Who are your auto-buy authors? Let me know who I’m missing in the comments ❤

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Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Harry Potter Characters


Happy Top Ten Tuesday folks! This week’s theme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a Character Freebie, so I thought I would celebrate my favorite characters from my favorite series.  Here are my Top Ten Favorite Harry Potter Characters.

Fred and George Weasley

They are my ultimate.  I love how fun-loving, sweet, caring, hilarious, family-oriented, and strong they are.  They know what they want and they go for it.

Remus Lupin

Lupin is the best.  He is such a great father figure and teacher for Harry, and I love their relationship.  I also love that he is flawed and imperfect and that we watch him struggle with his inner demons and that Harry doesn’t let him wallow in them and calls him out on it.

Molly Weasley

Is there a more bad-ass woman in Harry Potter? I don’t think so.  She is the fiercest mother, for both her own children and everyone else, especially Harry.  She loves unconditionally and is such a safe place for everyone.  Also, you can’t beat “Not my daughter, YOU BITCH!”

Lucius Malfoy

I know this is a weird one to be a favorite, but I can’t help but love the character of Lucius Malfoy.  His arc is so amazing to watch and I love watching him deteriorate.  He is such an incredibly flawed villain and his pride, and ultimately his cowardice, are his downfalls.

Severus Snape

The most imperfect hero of our time.  Do I love Snape as a person? Absolutely not.  But as a literary character, he is incredible.

Minerva McGonagall

My QUEEN.  How can you not love McGonagall?? So intelligent, caring, and the definition of a fantastic teacher.  She’s also got some great zingers.

Oliver Wood

My first book boyfriend ever, before I even knew what a book boyfriend was.

Sirius Black

I love Sirius.  He is wild and unpredictable but also arguably the most loyal character in the series.  His relationship with Harry is so sweet and I wish they could have had more time together.

Albus Dumbledore

Another flawed character.  I think it’s important to acknowledge Dumbledore’s humanity since I think we tend to think of him as a godly figure.  He was just trying to do the best he could with the information and power he had.  The development of his relationship with Harry is so complicated and wonderful.  He is just such an incredibly written character.

Rubeus Hagrid

Just the biggest teddy bear and purest of souls.  He was one of the first people in Harry’s life to show him kindness and true friendship.

Who are your favorite Harry Potter characters? Do you agree with my choices? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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Top 10 Tuesday: Summer TBR


It’s Summer! I have always loved Summer reading.  It was always such a special time for me growing up and I have very fond memories of making my summer vacation reading lists and of the books that I read in those times.  Now as an adult, Summer is a little different, but I still get giddy at the thought of all books I get to read! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is my Summer TBR.  Here are ten books that I definitely want to read this Summer.

What books are on your Summer reading lists? Let me know in the comments! 🙂


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Top 10 Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019


Happy Top Ten Tuesday everyone! We have a fun and exciting topic today from That Artsy Reader Girl, and that is the Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019! There are so many amazing books coming out this year, and I keep finding more.  Here are the ten books that I am eagerly awaiting the most in order of release date!

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

August 6th


Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

September 3rd


American Royals by Katharine McGee

September 3rd


The Babysitter’s Coven by Kate Williams

September 17th


Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

September 24th


No Judgements by Meg Cabot

September 24th


The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

October 8th


The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

November 5th


The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

November 19th


Children of Vice and Virtue by Tomi Adeyemi

December 3rd


Aren’t they beautiful? What books are you guys looking forward to? Let me know in the comments so I can add them to my list and we can freak out together 🙂



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Top 10 Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions


Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m coming to you this week from Cincinnati, OH with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlUnpopular Bookish Opinions.

I prefer a nice floppy paper-back to a new fancy hardcover. I will actually wait to buy some books until they come out as a paperback.  Maybe it’s because a huge part of my reading time is commuting or in the bathtub, but I really would rather read and hold a paperback.

I tend to enjoy most book to movie adaptations. Most of the time, I’m happy with the screen adaptations of books I love.  Of course, there are plenty of notes that I have about them, but I find that I can usually understand the changes that they make from a cinematic standpoint.

I shamelessly love Twilight. I loved them when they came out, I still love watching the movies.  Sorry, not sorry.

I struggled with A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I don’t know if it was the headspace I was in when I read it, or what, but on paper, I should love this series.  I almost want to go back and give it another go because so many people rave about it and I just couldn’t fully climb on board.

I go crazy for a love triangle. I know they can be so bad, but I still live for the drama.  And when you actually get one that is well done?! Forget about it, I’m sunk.

Sometimes bad books are good. There are a bunch of books that as I am reading them, I know that the writing is bad, the characters are bland, the plot is cheesy and cliche, but ya know what? I’m entertained, and sometimes that’s all I need out of a read.

I am and always have been Team Gale. I understand why Katniss ended up with Peeta, I do.  STILL, I think her relationship with Gale went so much deeper and made more sense.

I think people need to stop blowing everything J.K. Rowling says out of proportion. I get it.  We all love and cherish the world of Harry Potter.  I’m pretty sure she does too.  I know I personally will always be hungry for any new information related to the world, but I think a lot of her statements are being taken out of context and twisted to something that she didn’t intend it to be.  Everyone take a chill pill and let the queen work her magic- it’s her world, we’re just living in it.

I don’t find a lot of “unlikeable” protagonists unlikeable. I actually prefer them.  I want someone who is complex and flawed and actually has some depth.  I tend to find the usual timid, underdog, self-conscious character to be unlikeable and boring.

I’ve never read a Cassandra Clare book. There is no aversion to them, I’ve just never picked one up…

What are your unpopular bookish opinions? Let me know in the comments 🙂