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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I Read In 2017

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I can’t believe 2017 is almost over!  I have read so much more this year than I have been able to in the past, and that makes me happy! 🙂  Starting my blog was a huge part of that, and I found a bunch of books through blogging that I wouldn’t have read otherwise.  Thanks to this week’s theme from The Broke and The Bookish,  here are my Ten Favorite Books that I read in 2017 in no particular order.

38447The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

28374007Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

30253864Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

17927395A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

21853621The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

24921954The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

6723017The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

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Prism by Nina Walker

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Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fictional Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

Its our favorite time of the week folks! Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit.  I decided to limit my options to just fictional places that I wish I could go to.

  1. Hogwarts from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  2. King’s Landing from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
  3. Middle Earth from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein
  4. The Capital from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  5. Kingsbridge, England from Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  6. Blackhurst Manor from The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  7. The Night Court from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  8. The University from Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  9. The Tower from The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
  10. Genovia from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

 

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Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

It’s Top Ten Tuesday folks! As the winter holidays are approaching, I am getting excited for snuggling up with a great book, some hot chocolate, and the light of my Christmas tree! This week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is the Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR!  I am currently *attempting* a book buying ban, so one of my goals for this winter is to make a dent in my physical to be read pile!

38447The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: This is a book that has been on my TBR pile for a while.  After all the buzz about the Hulu series, I really want to read it now so I can watch.  I’m reading this one next.

 

 

12381269Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris: I have expressed my love for the Sookie Stackhouse series several times on here, and I am getting so sad that I only have a couple books left.

 

 

 

865The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: Another book I have been waiting to tackle FOREVER, I feel like winter is the perfect time for the book that everyone says is life changing.

 

 

 

45032Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: I am a reluctant Austen fan.  I didn’t love Pride and Prejudice, but I did love Sense and Sensibility.  I have to get going on my classics challenge, and I am excited to see how Mansfield Park holds up to the rest.

 

 

16034235Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: This one was on my fall TBR too, and I didn’t quite get to it.  I have had a bunch of series going, so I’ve been putting off starting a new one until I can get some of those finished.  I’m really looking forward to this one though.

 

 

36118876Fracture by Nina Walker: I fell in love with the world of Prism, which I was given in return for an honest review, and now I am hooked and can’t wait to find out what happens next!

 

 

18114292The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway: I randomly purchased this book on Thriftbooks a while ago, and I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.  It sounds like it is right up my alley, and after going to London, I am itching for a London story to bring it back.

 

 

23174274Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard: I need to get going on this series.  I didn’t LOVE the first one, but I definitely want to see where it goes.  I borrowed the next two books from a friend, so now that I have them in my possession, I’m finally going to get it done.

 

 

39933How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster: I miss learning.  I always loved English class and analyzing literature, and now that I am doing the Classics Club, I feel like this book will enhance that experience for me.

 

 

25740412The Black Witch by Laurie Forest: Another book from my Fall TBR that I didn’t get around to.  I also didn’t get enough witches in my fall days, and I need my magic fix.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I am Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving week America!  I have so many things to be thankful for in my life, and my passion for reading is one of them!  Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday theme this week, I get to share the Top Ten Books I am Thankful For.

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: I can’t throw enough love to this series.  It completely shaped my childhood, and to this day is still my best soul medicine whenever I need to recharge or feel better.  I have read the entire series 7 times, and will continue to reread it for the rest of my life.  When someone asks my favorite book, I can’t even say Harry Potter because it is in a category all its own.  Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home. 3
  2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: I read this book when I was on tour and it inspired me so much.  Gilbert’s writing is insightful, spiritual, and moving, while still being laugh out loud funny and 100% relatable.  It made me feel whole.  The movie does not do the book justice.19501
  3. You’re A Badass by Jen Sincero: THIS. BOOK.  I’m not gonna lie, I drunkenly ordered this off Amazon when I was having a rough day, and thank god I did, because it changed my life.  I mean it.  It said everything I already knew, but in a way that made it more accessible.  It made everything click for me and I often find myself re-reading chapters when I feel like I need a pick me up.  Do yourself a favor and read it.15843166
  4. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: This is the first book I give to anyone who asks for a recommendation.  I think I can safely say it is my favorite book, and I am thankful that my Dad gave it to me to read.5043
  5. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: This book rekindled my love of Fantasy in a big way.  I fell in love with this world and its characters, and am DYING for the third book.  But Mr. Rothfuss is making us wait, and I’m sure it will be worth it.186074
  6. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: I am thankful for this book because it really opened my mind in terms of reading and enjoying classic literature.  It inspired me to join The Classic Club, which although I have made little headway on, am still excited about doing! Feel free to join me and share your lists!14935
  7. Strange Medicine by Mike Russell: Strange Medicine was the first book I was asked to review on my blog.  I am so thankful for it and the StrangeBooks team for giving me the chance, and opening doors for Reading in the Wings.STRANGEMEDICINE
  8. All-American Girl by Meg Cabot: Without this book, I would not know the meaning of a Book Hangover.  I was probably 11 when I read this book, and it is the first memory I have of a book hangover.  I remember trying to describe the feeling to my mom and struggling to find the words.  Thanks Meg Cabot for opening my heart to that feeling and for all of the book hangovers you have given me throughout the years.19448
  9. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah: My best friend moved away freshman year of high school, and it was ROUGH.  This book was one of the things that helped us stay close from across the country.1472878
  10. Noises Off by Michael Frayn: This was the first straight play I ever had the pleasure of doing, and it really helped me grow as an actor and performer.  I cannot be more thankful for the friends I made because of this play, the experience I got from doing it, and all of the stomach-aching laughs.160194
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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Can’t Wait to Read With My Future Children

Happy Tuesday friends! I just got back from a magical trip to London, and it feels good to jump back into blogging with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish!  I cannot wait to read to my kids someday, and I have a running list of all the books I want to share with them.  Here are ten books that are at the top of my list!

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Obviously.

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2. The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

This was one of the first series my mom ever read to me, and I was so enamored with Laura’s story and her family’s life on the prairie.

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3. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

I still have my stuffed rabbit from when I was a baby, so I obviously loved this story as a kid.  To this day I still think Bun Bun is real now.

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4. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

I LOVE this book.  I would read it and re-read it for hours.  I think I still have some of the poems memorized… My favorite was Peanut–Butter Sandwich.

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5. The Sammy Keyes Series by Wendelin Van Draanen

We read the first book in class in 5th grade, and I fell in love and read all of them.  I loved a good mystery.

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6. The Doll People by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin

I remember being SO excited when I finished this book, and kept trying to find someone to share it with.

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7. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I didn’t read this until fairly recently, and I wish I had read it as a kid.

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8. Matilda by Roald Dahl

I love all of Roald Dahl’s books, but I think Matilda is my favorite.  I started reading it to the kids I nannied and we had so much fun with it.  Still a classic.

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9. Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes is one of the first books I remember being blindsided by.  I was so shocked and entertained by the ending, and I can’t wait to see how my future kids react.

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10. The Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew made me love mysteries and reading.  I wanted to read all of them, and now I want to collect the entire series so I have them to share with my kids.

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Ten Literary Characters I Would Dress Up As For Halloween

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Happy Halloween Bookworms! This week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is a Halloween Freebie!  I decided to do Ten Literary Characters I Would Dress Up As for Halloween!  There are plenty more, and I probably could have done an entire list of Harry Potter characters alone, but I tried to spread the love 🙂

1. Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling *Spoiler* I did this already…
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2. Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
3. Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. Scarlet O’Hara from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
5. Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl by Cecily von Zeigesar
7. Pam from the Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris
8. Betty Cooper from the Archie Comics (and Riverdale on the CW)
9. Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein
10. Nancy Drew from The Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene

What were you guys for Halloween this year? Any great ideas I missed? Let me know in the comments, and I would love to see pictures of your costumes 🙂 Happy Halloween!

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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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❤ Chi Omega Yours Forever ❤

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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.