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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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Top 10 Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

TTT-Big2I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here in San Diego, it’s supposed to be rainy and cloudy all day- which just happens to be a perfect fit for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl: Rainy Day Reads.  I personally love rainy days, especially when I have the time to curl up with a good book and just relax.  Here are 10 picks that I think are perfect for a rainy day.

What kind of books do you like to read on a rainy day? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: Outrageous Things I’ve Done for Books

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Happy Tuesday bookworms! I’m writing to you from the pool in Costa Mesa, California, and I couldn’t be happier about it.  As bookworms, I’m sure we have all done some outrageous things for the love of books and reading.  This week’s topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is celebrating the lengths we all go to for our passion.


Used my sister’s library card to check out more books when I didn’t want to pay my library fines.


Read backstage in the dark in between dance numbers because I couldn’t put my book down.  I’ve done this on multiple occasions.


Brought more than 2 books, other than the one I’m currently reading, on the train just in case I finish my book and need another one.


Walked around Disney World reading Harry Potter.  My family called me Belle the whole time.


Filled my entire carry on with books for a week-long vacation.  Yes, I did read all of them.


Bought someone a book as a present, but read it first before giving it to them.  Not my finest moment.


Went to a huge midnight release bash for the release of The Deathly Hallows.  I have a T-Shirt and everything.


Biked 20 miles into town and back with my best friend so we could buy the 4th Twilight book on the release day.  Then we went back to her cottage and read the rest of the night.


Gotten in trouble in my high school physics class for “texting” only to bring up a book instead of a phone.


Dressed up as Tonks and Lucius Malfoy for Harry Potter related events.


What crazy things have you guys done for the love of reading? ❤

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Top 10 Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book

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You guys.  I have been in Seattle this past week, and the book stores here are insane.  I have found so many incredible ones, and the book shopping has gotten out of control.  I am putting myself on a book buy ban again since I have run out of room in my suitcases for more books.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl goes hand in hand with my book shopping addiction, and it is Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book.


Pretty Covers

This one is super obvious, but it needed to be said.  Nothing excites me in a book store like an elaborately beautiful cover.  I feel that a good cover also conveys the overall feeling of the book too, which gives me a good idea of what is inside its pages.


Titles

I find book titles so intriguing, and I’ll pick up a book strictly for the title alone to see what it’s about.


Blurbs

There is nothing that will make me take a book home faster than a good blurb on the back cover.  If the plot grabs me, I’m pretty much sold.


Recommendations/Reviews

Ever since I started blogging, checking reviews for books has become an obsession.  I have gotten so many amazing recommendations on the blogosphere and it makes me want to look at the books everyone is talking about.  When I’m at a store and I see books that have a lot of hype, I’ll pick it up to see what the fuss is about.


Familiar Authors

 I have a lot of favorite authors, so when I see a new book by them, or one that I haven’t discovered yet, I always give it a look.  I am also more likely to trust a new author if one of my other favorites backs it (like with a quote on the cover).


Good Floppiness

 This is a big one for me.  There could be a book I really want to read, but if it doesn’t have a good feel or “floppiness” as I call it, I might put it back.  I love paperback books and usually prefer them since I travel so much, and finding a book that has the perfect floppiness makes my heart flutter.


A Strong Female Protagonist

 If I’m looking at a book and it seems like there will be a strong female protagonist, there is a better chance that I will choose to read it.


Hints of Romance

 I am a sucker for a good love story.  I don’t even need the love to be the main plot point, but when there are hints of romance in the blurb on the back, or even a love triangle, I’m sold.


Magic

I’m a huge fantasy nerd, so anything that looks like it will have magic in it grabs my attention right away.


 

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: My Spring TBR

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I love making TBR lists.  There is something so exciting about thinking of the books I’m going to read next.  Do I always stick to them? No, but they do give me a good sense of accomplishment and keep my blogging schedule on track.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is our Spring TBR, which for me is March-May, and I cannot wait to get through all of these beauties!

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

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I Spy the Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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Enchantée by Gita Trelease

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Finale by Stephanie Garber

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Lovestruck by Kate Watson

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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The Girl From the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor 

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Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Collide by Nina Walker

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What books are on your TBRs?  Give me some more recommendations cuz my list is forever growing! 🙂
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Top 10 Tuesday: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

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Hello everyone!  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl is Standalone Books That Need a Sequel.  This topic was harder for me than I expected because I read A LOT of series, but there were a few books that stood out to me that I wish there was more of.


Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn

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I read this book in middle school and I remember being obsessed with it.  I would love to see where it goes.


Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

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The relationship in this book was so strong and sweet, and felt so open ended to me.  I really want to know how they survive on their own and see how their relationship blossoms.


Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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I fell in love with the family in this book and I would love to read more about them.  They are so sweet and funny and I would gladly read a whole series about them.


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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This is kinda cheating since it IS getting a sequel soon, but it really does deserve one.  I can’t WAIT for this.


My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

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This book ends on SUCH a cliff hanger and I wanted to scream when I finished it knowing there was no other books.


Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman

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The woman in this book was SO strong and amazing and I want to read more about her.  Her story did feel like it wrapped up, but there’s gotta be more in there somewhere.


The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

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I know Kristin Hannah doesn’t like to write sequels, but I really want to know more about what happens to Lenni.  This book was such a book hangover and I want to live in its world again.  At least we have the movie to look forward to!


A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett

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As we know, I’m a huge Ken Follett fan and this is one of his standalones that I died for.  Please right another one Ken!


Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

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One of my favorite books of last year, I need more.  I don’t know how it would be done, but I wish there was more.  This book was too addicting.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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I know I am not the only one who feels this way.  The world is too beautiful and haunting to let go of.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Hidden Gems With Less Than 2,000 Goodreads Ratings

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One of my favorite things about blogging is that it has helped me find so many new books that I probably would have missed out on.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads.  So here are 10 of the hidden gems that I have fallen in love with and hope more people will find just as magical as I did.


The Haunting of Hattie Hastings by Audrey Davis

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Hattie Hastings is happily married to lifelong sweetheart Gary, until a terrible tragedy leaves her widowed and heartbroken. Struggling to cope, she is left reeling when her deceased other half returns, popping up at the most inappropriate moments.

As Hattie tries to convince others – including brother Jack, and best friend Cat – that Gary has returned, he finds himself under the care of spirit guide Clarence, and also befriends another inhabitant of the place called The Present.
Meanwhile, Hattie’s mum Rachel is facing a daunting battle, and Cat’s ex-husband Stewart is determined to prove he deserves a second chance.


Practicing Normal by Cara Sue Achterberg32565146

Meet the Turners – a socially awkward genius child, an adolescent cat burglar, a philandering husband, and a doormat wife in desperate need of a backbone. The Turners are doing their best to craft a happy life and face down a history they have no control over in a neighborhood where only the houses are similar. And when relationships sprout from seemingly nowhere and secrets begin to unravel, practicing normal becomes harder than it’s ever been.


Prism by Nina Walker

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Forced to move into the palace, Jessa begins training as a Color Alchemist under the direction of the kingdom’s most eligible bachelor, Prince Lucas. As an alchemist, Jessa must capture and harness the color of living things. Every color has a unique purpose, except red. Red is the untapped magic no one can access—until Jessa.

Prince Lucas is running out of time. His mother is deathly ill and healing magic hasn’t worked. When Lucas suspects someone is using alchemy to control her, he sets out to discover the truth, no matter the cost.


Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

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So the town folklore says, but while Jesse’s had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year, Scarlett Copeland.

Scarlett Copeland is psychic.

Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional. What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude, and the dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a way to escape, but there’s a hitch: she’ll have to rely on the one person she used to trust, the same boy who broke her heart, Jesse Lachlin.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. But as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…


The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory

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After her fiancé jilted her on their wedding day, she’s finally back home after spending four months in exile—aka it’s back to press conferences, public appearances, and putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea’s sick of duty. After all, that’s what got her into this mess in the first place.

So when she sneaks out of the palace and meets a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she relishes the chance to be a normal woman for a change. But just as she thinks she’s found her Prince Charming for the night, he reveals his intentions are less than honorable: he’s the brother of her former fiancé, a British spy, and he’s not above blackmail. As Thea reluctantly joins forces with Nick to find out what happened the day her fiancé disappeared, together they discover a secret that could destroy a centuries-old monarchy and change life as they know it.


Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn

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With spark and humor Rachel Cohn captures the struggles and glories of an ordinary teenage girl’s climb to celebrity. As Wonder rises through the pop-princess star-making machine, she also learns the price — and that maybe being an ordinary teenage girl isn’t so bad after all.


Starswept by Mary Fan

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A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.


The Daughter of the River Valley by Victoria Cornwall

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Beth Jago appears to have the idyllic life, she has a trade to earn a living and a cottage of her own in Cornwall’s beautiful River Valley. Yet appearances can be deceptive …

Beth has a secret. Since inheriting her isolated cottage she’s been receiving threats, so when she finds a man in her home she acts on her instincts. One frying pan to the head and she has robbed the handsome stranger of his memory and almost killed him.

Fearful he may die, she reluctantly nurses the intruder back to health. Yet can she trust the man with no name who has entered her life, or is he as dangerous as his nightmares suggest? As they learn to trust one another, the outside threats worsen. Are they linked to the man with no past? Or is the real danger still outside waiting … and watching them both?


When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

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As the summer turns to fall, the city is at a tipping point: friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and the tiniest spark might set everything ablaze. Sweeping, soapy, and romantic, this is a story about an epic love triangle—one that will literally set the city ablaze, and change the lives of three childhood friends forever.


 The Nature of the Witch by Helen T. Norwood

Nature Of The Witch AMAZON LARGEMany years ago, magic prevailed in Britain. It was a time when chosen women followed a path forged by Mother Nature herself; a time of witchcraft, of the brotherhood of the Gwithiaz and of the terrifying Creatures. 

This has all passed from memory a long time ago, but now, magic has returned. Kiera is the first witch the world has seen in centuries, while Jack must learn the ways of the Gwithiaz. They must not only master their crafts, but also overcome their differences and work together if they are to survive the dark enemy that lurks in the shadows. 

In the rugged Cornish landscape where it first began, the two face the dreaded Kasadow: an ancient evil that has awakened and is ready to destroy them, and their magic, once and for all.


 

What hidden gems have you guys found? Please send over some recommendations cuz I can never get enough! 🙂
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Top 10 Tuesday: My Favorite Book Couples from 2018

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It’s Valentines week! I unfortunately don’t get to spend the day with my honey, as we are both on tour with different shows, so I’ll have to spend it with some literary couples instead.  This week’s prompt from That Artsy Reader Girl is Favorite Book Couples, and since I did a similar post last year, I’m keeping it to My Favorite Book Couples from 2018. 

*Spoiler Alert*


1. Emma and Mr. Knightley from Emma by Jane Austen


2. Kady and Ezra from Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman


3. Elloren and Yvan from The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest


4. Anna and St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


5. Celaena and Chaol from Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


6. Juliet and Dawsey from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer


7. Jessa and Lucas from The Color Alchemist Series by Nina Walker


8. Hanna and Nik from Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman


9. Leda and Watt from The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee


10. Juliette and Adam from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


Who are your favorite book couples? Do you agree or disagree with my picks? Let me know in the comments, and Happy Love Day ❤

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Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

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My TBR, both physical and mental, is constantly growing.  I should be better about actually getting to the books that are high on my list, but sometimes I just find a random one in an independent bookstore and I can’t help myself.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is 10 Most Recent Additions to my TBR!

What books have you guys added to your lists? Please send me more recommendations because I am an addict and can’t get enough books 🙂