Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring TBR


Until I started blogging, I never wrote down my To Be Read List.  I did for the first time this winter, and I was actually pretty good at sticking to it (with a few additions depending on my mood).  I made a good dent in my pile, and read a bunch of books that have been on my list for a long time.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is Books on my Spring TBR, so here are my first 10 additions to my Spring TBR, a good mix of Review Requests, ARC’s, and books from my overall TBR list!


Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch


War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

Daisy Jones by Mack Mama

Practicing Normal by Cara Sue Achterberg

We Other by Sue Bentley

Full Circle by Regina Timothy

Strange Secrets by Mike Russell

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me


Today is my 100th post on Reading in the Wings! Yay! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is: Ten Books That Surprised Me.  Here are my picks:


I was given a copy of Prism by Nina Walker in return for an honest review, and I was surprised by how much LOVED it.  I can’t get enough of these characters and this series, and I’m dying for the next book.


I had heard good things about this book before reading it, but I honestly didn’t know what to expect.  It floored me.  I am obsessed with it, and everyone needs to read it right now.


I was so luke-warm about Practical Magic, so I was definitely surprised by how much I fell in love with this prequel.


The ending of this book PUT ME THROUGH IT.  I had no idea what was going to happen and it was sooooo good.


I was excited about this book, but it was so much better than I expected.  I was surprised by its world building, character development, and exciting, well-written plot.  I’m a huge fan.


When I read what happened in this book, I literally threw it across the room in anger.  I’m glad I kept reading, but I was NOT expecting that plot twist.


Speaking of plot twists… this book had my jaw on the floor. No words.


I still can’t believe how much this book surprised me.  I expected it to be a dumb fluffy YA book, but I ended up crying and loving every minute of it.


I was very underwhelmed by A Court of Thorns and Roses, so I had lower expectations for this one…. boy was I wrong.  It ended up being my favorite book of the year.


I don’t normally read Sci-fi, I tend to stick to the fantasy side of the genre, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.

What were your biggest book surprises? Let me know in the comments! Happy Top Ten Tuesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Favorite Book Quotes


It’s our favorite time of the week, Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is Favorite Book Quotes.  I probably could have done an entire post of Harry Potter quotes, but I limited myself to three 🙂 Here are 10 of my favorite book quotes.  Most inspire me, some just really affected me when I read them.

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“Know that the only remedy for love is to love more.” The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

“Perhaps the most dangerous people in the world are the ones who believe in right and wrong but what they ascribe to as “right” and “wrong” is completely insane. They are bad with the conviction that they are good. That idea is the impetus behind evil.” The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

“After all, tomorrow is another day!” Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.” You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us.  What matters most is the part we choose to act on.  That’s who we really are.” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

What are your favorite quotes? Do you agree with my choices? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-Read Forever


These past two weeks have been crazy! I am in rehearsal for Guys and Dolls at The Fulton Theatre, so I haven’t had much reading or blogging time.  I didn’t have a chance to get a review out on Saturday, but hopefully I’ll be able to get back on track with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl: Books I Could Re-Read Forever!  I am not a big re-reader, but there are a select few books that I could read a million times.


All of the Harry Potter books.  They’re really the only books I re-read, and I usually read them every year.  This year will be the 8th time I’ve read the series, and I never plan on stopping.


Immediately after finishing this book, I knew that I would want to re-read it.  I’m sad that I read it as a library book and don’t own it.


I love Shel Silverstein and his poems just make my heart happy.


My favorite book of all time (Harry Potter not included).  I gave it to my boyfriend for Christmas last year, and I secretly would steal it to re-read some chapters.  I definitely need to give this one a full re-read soon.


The Sookie Stackhouse series.  I have one book left, and I am not ready for it to be over… but I can tell you that I will definitely re-read this series.


This book made me like classic literature, and I am definitely due for a re-read.  One of my favorites.


These books just fill my soul up.  I love the characters so much.


I just fell in love with this book.  It gave me a book hangover, and the feeling of love and hope it gave me, lets me know that I could re-read it over and over and it would still give me the same feelings.


When Meg Cabot released Royal Wedding in 2015, I freaked out.  I was so excited to get back to Mia’s life.  This series makes me feel so warm and fuzzy, and I will never get tired of it.


The theatre business kicks your butt, and this book always helps me to get back on track.


What are your favorite re-reads?  Let me know in the comments 🙂 Happy Top Ten Tuesday everybody!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Am No Longer Interested in Reading


Happy Top Ten Tuesday everyone! This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is “Books I Have Decided I Am No Longer Interested in Reading.”  This one was difficult for me, because I find it hard to let the idea of reading some books go, even though they don’t really interest me anymore.  I kept looking in my TBR for books to get rid of, and I would read the description and want to read it again.  BUT, I did it.  Here are 10 books that I am letting go from my TBR:


I got about 200 pages into this one, and kinda fell out of it, and I honestly don’t have any intention of going back… still hard to admit that.


I want to like F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I really do, but every time I have tried it is a struggle for me.  I got about half way and I just couldn’t do it any more.  I always planned to go back because I wanted to love it, but alas.


I loved Kite Runner, but for some reason I just really don’t have any desire to read this one.


There was a point in my life where I wanted to read all of the Nicholas Sparks books (didn’t we all), and after reading a couple, I realized that they’re not my favorite.  So this ones off the list.


I think my friend recommended this one to me, but after reading its description again on good reads, it does not sound like something I’d like.


I love the movie.  I love the musical.  That’s all I need.


I’ve seen the movie and now that I know the twists, I don’t see the point.


I hated Wicked a lot.  This sequel has been sitting in my closet for YEARS, and I’m never going to read it.


I was so excited about this book when I found it, but after hearing my roommate complain the ENTIRE time he was reading it about how boring and hard it was to get through, I don’t want to read it anymore.  He now claims it was amazing…


Same as Girl on the Train, I was forced to watch the movie with friends before I had read it, and while I’m sure the book is better, I know the twist so its pointless.

What books are you letting go of?  Did I make any mistakes in letting go some of your favorites? Let’s chat! 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Literary Couples I Love to Love



I love love.  I am a hopeless romantic, and love stories are my favorite.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is a love freebie to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  I decided to share 10 of the literary couples that I love to love

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

2. Remus and Tonks from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

3. Jack and Aliena from The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

4. Jane and Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

5. Baz and Simon from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

6. Franny and Haylin from The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

7. Mia and Michael from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

8. Jacob and Marlena from Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

9. Ayla and Jondalar from The Earth’s Children Series by Jean M. Auel

10. Jamie and Claire from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon


Who are your favorite literary couples? Let me know in the comments! Happy day of love everyone! ❤



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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been on my TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read


Like all bookworms,  I have a disgustingly long To Be Read List.  Some of those books go back YEARS.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl lets me share the books that have been on my TBR the longest and I still haven’t read.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo


This is always the first book I think of when I think of overdue reads. This is the year I’m finally going to read it.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


This book has been on my list since 2010, when my AP English teacher told me I would love it.  It has always intimidated me slightly, so I’ve put it off.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


Of Mice and Men and East of Eden are two of my favorite books, and I’ve always meant to read Grapes of Wrath too, and for some reason it always gets lost in the shuffle.

Adored by Tilly Bagshawe


I had a friend tell me I HAD to read this book ages ago! I was so excited about it, and somehow never got around to reading it… but I always remember that it’s still on my TBR.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden


My mom read this a long time ago, and I remember thinking “I need to read that book someday.” Well, it’s someday, and it’s still on my TBR…

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling


The first book my queen wrote after Harry Potter. I know. I still can’t believe I haven’t read this yet either… I was kind of turned off of it from hearing some mixed reviews, and I was afraid it would ruin the magic.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith


Another book by the queen that I haven’t read.  This one I have heard amazing things about, and if my dad hadn’t lost my copy on vacation, I probably would have read this by now haha

Maneater by Gigi Levangie Grazer


I have had this book on my shelf for over 10 years.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides


I have heard such amazing things about this book, and have been meaning to read this for so long.  There’s no excuse, except that it never seems to fit my mood reading tendencies.

The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers


I have literally had this on my shelf since I turned 13… This might take the cake for the book on my TBR the longest.

What books have you had on your TBR’s forever? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I Read


When I started blogging, I just wanted to be able to gush about books to the world.  I had no clue how much I would love it and how much I would love being a part of this amazing community.  When I was asked by a publisher to read and review my first book on my blog, I was flabbergasted.  I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to read all of these amazing books.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is Books I Can’t Believe I Read, and I am dedicating it to all of the authors and publishers that I still can’t believe let me be a part of their magical worlds.  Thank you ❤


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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Much About


I have a freakishly good memory.  I can remember my first jazz dance from 3rd grade, I remember weird details about events and people, and I remember almost everything I read.  This week’s Top 10 Tuesday theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Much About… I have memories from reading all of these books, but most of what I remember are the good feelings I got while reading them, not their details.


A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


Digital Fortress by Dan Brown


The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho


Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann



The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut


Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot


Fishbowl by Sarah Mylnowski


Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld


Do you guys remember everything you read?  What are some of your favorite book memories?

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Top Ten Tuesday: My 2018 Bookish Goals/Resolutions

TTT-Big2I have been making a lot of goals for my life this year.  I got a Passion Planner (which I am obsessed with btw), and it has been helping me stay focused and change my mindset to more positive thinking.  In addition to the goals for my daily life, I have also been keeping track of my goals for my blog.  Thanks to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I get to showcase my Top Ten Bookish Goals/Resolutions for 2018!


 1. My Goodreads Goal: 50 Books

Last year my goal was 35 books, and I surpassed it by 10.  This year I upped it to 50, 5 books more than I was able to read in 2017.  I wanted to give myself an attainable goal that still pushed me to read more.  So far, I am 2 books ahead of schedule.

2. Stick to my TBR (within reason)

My TBR shelf at home is ridiculously large, and never seems to shrink.  I really want to try to narrow it a bit this year so I have more room for new books.  I can do this better by actually sticking to list of books I need to get through and not buying new ones.  I am a mood reader though, so if something really strikes my fancy I’ll probably still go at it.

3. Get to an 80% on Netgalley

I try not to over-request on Netgalley, but since I have so many other things to read, and never enough time, my rating isn’t where I want it to be.  I’m slowly bringing it up lately, but I would love to get the the golden 80%.

4. Read 4 books per month

I usually read around this anyways, but it fluctuates every month.  I figured if I could set 4 as my minimum goal, my end goal of 50 books wouldn’t be too far out of reach.  This might be a little difficult once I start rehearsals for my next show, but we’ll take it as it comes.

5. Read 10 Classics for the Classic’s Club Challenge

I need to get a move on this Classics Club.  I have only read 2 of the 50, and in order to hit my 5 year goal, I need to read at least 10 classics from my list this year.

6. Finish the ABC Challenge

I am so excited about this challenge from Ginger Mom.  It’s one of the first challenges I have joined, and I really want to finish it.  You have to read 1 book for every letter of the alphabet! Check out my post here to follow my progress!

7. Finish the series that I am in the middle of

I have started so many series that I never got around to finishing.  I really want to finish some of the ones I have started. Ex. The Earth’s Children Series, Outlander, Sookie Stackhouse (although I really don’t want that one to be over..), etc.

8. Have more diversity in my genre choice

I read mostly Fantasy, with a few sprinkles of Historical Fiction and Contemporary.  There are so many other genres that I just have no experience with and would like to explore.  I really want to get into thriller/mystery books because I think I would enjoy them.  I also have a lot of people ask me for book recommendations that won’t like YA or Fantasy, and I always feel like my choices for them are limited.

9. Stick to my blogging schedule

I have finally created a blogging schedule that has been working well for me.  I post every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  I might have to adjust when I start my next show, but I want to stick to it as much as possible.

10. Read the books I have been putting off FOREVER

I have a couple books (The Alchemist being the biggest example) that have literally been sitting on my shelf for years, yet are still at the top of my wanting to read list.  I WILL read them this year.

What are your 2018 goals? Let me know in the comments! Happy reading! 🙂