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Top 10 Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

September 3rd

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American Royals by Katharine McGee

September 3rd

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The Babysitter’s Coven by Kate Williams

September 17th

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Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

September 24th

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No Judgements by Meg Cabot

September 24th

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The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

October 8th

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

November 5th

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The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

November 19th

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Children of Vice and Virtue by Tomi Adeyemi

December 3rd

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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

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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 🙂

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books From My Favorite Genre

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Hello fellow bookworms! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is Ten Books From My Favorite Genre. I would say that my favorite genre to read is a fairly even tie between Fantasy and Historical Fiction.  I discovered while trying to write this post though, that for the most part, all of my top favorite books are historical fiction- with a few exceptions.  So for the sake of this post, I am going to pick my ten favorite Historical Fiction books.

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Releases of the Last 10 Years

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This week’s Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, was a tough one for me.  Picking just one release from each of the last ten years was really difficult as so many amazing books came out in the same year.  The ones I picked were the books that I remember being the most excited about, or books that I read recently that have surpassed any of my other options.

2018

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

2017

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

2016

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

2015

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

2014

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

2013

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You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

2012

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

2011

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The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

2010

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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

2009

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

What are your favorite releases from the last 10 years? Let me know in the comments 🙂 Happy Top 10 Tuesday! ❤
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Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Book to Screen Adaptations

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I’m coming to you on this lovely Tuesday from Alto, New Mexico to bring you this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, which is a Book to Screen Freebie!  I have decided to do my Top Ten Favorite Book to Screen Adaptations.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I loved both the book and the movie of this one, and dare I say, I think I even liked the movie better! The acting is just so incredible.


The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

One of my all time favorite book series, I can’t help but love the original movie as well.  They changed quite a bit, but I understand why and I still think it is a well-done adaptation.


The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Another one where I actually think I liked the movie better… I mean…. It’s Meryl.


The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I think the movies are SO incredibly well done, and I love how much more vivid the romances are in the films.


Matilda by Roald Dahl

One of my favorite childhood books and movies.


A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

I mean.  It’s just the best.  I only read the first 2 books and have watched the whole series, and I know a lot changes, but I still think it’s incredible.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I really think this series did a great job with the movie adaptations.  Especially the first two.


Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

I saw the movie before I read the book on this one, and I love the movie.  I actually don’t love the book as much, and I really enjoyed the changes they made for the film.  However; the prequel book, The Rules of Magic, is one of my all-time favorite books now.


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

This book made me fall in love with Jane Austen, and the film made me fall in love with the story and characters even more.


Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Do I even need to explain myself?


What are your favorite book to movie adaptations? Let me know in the comments! ❤

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Book Characters That Remind Me of Myself

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Hey fellow bookworms! This week’s topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is Book Characters That Remind Me of Myself.  This topic is surprisingly hard for me because I’m having a hard time drawing a distinction between characters that actually remind me of myself and characters I that would be cast as, or would like to play as an actor.  So here are 10 characters that I related to for a mix of reasons.

1. Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Celaena Sardothien is one of my favorite characters of all time.  I related to her immediately.  She loves so fiercely but can also be selfish and impulsive.  She has unapologetic self-esteem, which I find so refreshing in a fantasy heroine.  I also share her love for the finer things in life with no shame.

2. Shane from Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

When I was reading this book, I really felt like she was speaking my thoughts.  Shane’s love for books and pop culture really resonated with me.

3. Elloren Gardner from The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

I definitely relate to Elloren’s journey of moving to the big city and opening her mind to so many new experiences and ways of thinking.

4. Franny from Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Franny is an actress trying to make it in NYC…. that’s literally my life and daily joy/struggles.

5. Celia Lytton from The Spoils of Time Trilogy by Penny Vincenzi

I relate to Celia’s passion for literature and her family.  She will do what it takes to get what she wants.

6. Elizabeth from The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

I remember reading this series and feeling like I was Elizabeth.  I connected with her storyline and always feel like I would have been just like her if I lived in that time period.

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

Lara Jean’s relationship with her sisters really struck home for me and my own sisters.  She is also a bookish, hopeless romantic just like me.

8. Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Mia’s thoughts were my own at one point, I swear.  I felt like I was her when reading those books.

9. Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Like Marianne, I definitely lead with my heart and emotions and face the consequences later.

10. Scarlett from Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Like Scarlett, I am a rule follower and I hate defying authority.  I also have a fierce love and protective sense over my younger sisters.

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Top 10 Tuesday: The First 10 Books I Reviewed

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When I started out book blogging, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.  All I knew was that I wanted to write about books.  I started checking out some other book blogs and fumbled my way through the first couple of months reviewing whatever books I was reading at the time.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl is the First Ten Books I Reviewed.  Looking these over I feel like I have definitely grown as a blogger since writing these, but I’m still proud of them all the same.


The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

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Strange Medicine by Mike Russell

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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Starswept by Mary Fan

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