Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Thanksgiving freebie — tell us what you are thankful for! Books you are thankful for!

As someone who’s been a reader my whole life, I’ve read a lot of books. Obviously. But there’s only a handful of those books that have actually changed me, moved my insides around and gave me a new outlook on life. I will forever be thankful for those books for making me who I am today, and I couldn’t be more excited to list them here for you.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I’m sure this one is obvious, but I will never be able to properly express the way I feel about this series. I’ve always been someone who reads, but Harry Potter made me a reader. Harry Potter made me a voracious reader. Growing up with Harry and the crew put magic into my life and I’ll never forget that.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. A friend recommended this book to me my freshman year of college, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Meeting Charlie was exactly what I needed to come out of my shell and find myself in college. I’ve read this book more times than I can count and every single time I do, it means something else to me.

The Falls

The Falls by Ian Rankin. The first time I read The Falls, I was just a few months away from spending a month in Scotland for the very first time. I fell in love with the idea of Scotland in the book and I couldn’t wait to see it. The first time I walked across the North Bridge, which is part of a big scene in the book, I was filled with a sense of belonging and happiness and contentedness that I’d never felt. I went on to read every single book that Ian Rankin had written and wrote my senior honors thesis on his books and Edinburgh within them.

The Humans by Matt Haig     Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

The Humans by Matt Haig. At some point in every person’s life, they feel like an outsider, like an alien from another planet that no one understands. This book came at a time in my life when I felt like that, and it’s there for me every time I feel like that. It reminds me that I’m alive and I’m human and everything will be okay.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. Why, yes, I do have two books by Matt Haig on this list. Both of these books came at a time in my life when I really needed it. I read Reasons to Stay Alive at exactly the right time. Reading about Matt’s struggles with anxiety and depression helped me to understand my own more. It helped me to find hope and to find ways to hold on through the hurricane I was in.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy Cover

The Incredible Book-Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers. I think by now you all know I’m a little bit obsessed with Oliver Jeffers books. I first read this a few weeks after starting at my first library. It reignited my love of picture books, reminding me that they are happy things, easily digested for when things are tough and you just. need. to. finish. a. book.

What books changed your life?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Movies I Forgot I Owned Until I Unpacked

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Movie Freebie — top ten all time favorite movies, top ten foreign films, top ten rom-coms, top ten 90’s movies, top ten action flicks, top ten tear-jerkers, top ten movies your favorite actor/actress is in, top ten movies with PoC leads, etc. etc.)

Ten Movies I Forgot I Owned Until I Unpacked

I’m literally not at all embarrassed by any of these. In fact, I watched Cadet Kelly as I unpacked. And now that I’m putting this post together, I really want to watch The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Okay, maybe a little embarrassed by Crossroads. 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Added to My TBR Recently

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately (inspired by my New to the Queue posts)

I’m constantly adding books to my TBR. To make it easier, I’m only adding books that have been released. I’ll be doing one of these for 2017 releases in a few weeks, so that seemed like a better idea to me than having lots of duplicates.

As I Descended by Robin Talley // When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore // The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson // The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst // Feed by M.T. Anderson

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy // Metaltown by Kristen Simmons // Tattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen // Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel // This Song is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin

What books have you added to your TBR lately? I always need more recs!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Books On My Fall TBR List

I cheated. There are eleven books here, but it was too hard to narrow down. All titles are linked to Goodreads.

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Crooked KingdomCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo // Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin // Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

of-fire-and-stars     a-shadow-bright-and-burning     ghost

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst // A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess // Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Timekeeper     Heartless     aerie

Timekeeper by Tara Sim // Heartless by Marissa Meyer // Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley

boy-robot     Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis // Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Songs I Love

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

All About Audio freebie —  aka top ten audiobooks you should listen to, 10 books I want to listen to on audio,10 bands you should check out, 10 podcasts you should be listening to, 10 of my all time favorite albums, 10 songs I love, really whatever you can come up with.

I’ve done a post about audiobooks before, so I decided to go with music this time. I’m going to tell you about Ten Songs I Love. I’ve included a Spotify playlist below if you want to listen to any of them!

  1. Welcome to Your Life – Grouplove
  2. Kill Your Heroes – AWOLNATION
  3. Kitchen Sink – twenty one pilots (it was unbelievably hard to narrow this down to just one of their songs, so listen to all of them)
  4. Let It Go – The Neighbourhood
  5. Where I’m Going – Sir Sly
  6. High – Young Rising Sons
  7. Tell the World – Eric Hutchinson
  8. If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t on the Dancefloor) – Jr. Jr.
  9. Queen of the City – Joshua James
  10. Ease – Troye Sivan

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that should be required reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher

I decided to list some of the books I think should be required or suggested reading for LIFE. You’ll find that a lot of the books on this list can help you understand the world around us and the people in it better. These books will expand your world view, the way you see other people, and, most importantly, the way you see yourself. These books helped me to realize that I have anxiety (which lead me to get help); these books gave me hope when I had none; these books helped me open my eyes to the people around me and to see the world through clearer eyes; and these books can serve as a warning of sorts for behavior in yourself or others that could warrant the need for help, all while telling you that getting help is okay. I tried to avoid typically required reading (The Book Thief, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc.) to include books that might not always be included in school. I went a bit over the ten books limit, so I’ve just included covers which are linked to the books’ corresponding Goodreads page.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky   The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner   It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini   Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu   My Heart & Other Black Holes final   Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig   Beloved

The Outsiders   If I Was Your Girl   When I Was the Greatest      George by Alex Gino

The Girl who Fell by Shannon M. Parker   The Humans by Matt Haig   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time   A Monster Calls

The Color Purple   Mosquitoland by David Arnold   Things Fall Apart   The Walking Dead, Volume 1 cover

Which books do you think should be required reading? Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with me?

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My TBR from before I Started Blogging

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet

The Diviners by Libba Bray // Legend by Marie Lu
Every Day by David Levithan // Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath // Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor // Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I move up my TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Fictional Settings

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc)

Top Ten Books With a Fictional Setting

Harry Potter series | the Wizarding World / Hogwarts – Do I really need to explain this one? I actually teared up when I walked into Diagon Alley for the first time at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.

Lumberjanes | Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types – Because OBVIOUSLY I’m a hard-core lady-type

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The Hobbit | The Shire – Hobbits, Elevenses, small houses, more food, and visits by Gandalf. What could be better?

Peter Pan | Neverland – Despite the fact that Captain Hook is a jerk, Neverland is full of fairies, mermaids (who might eat you but whatevs), pirates, and the possibility that you could FLYYYYY.

Shadow & Bone / Six of Crows | Grishaverse – I’m putting the entire Grishaverse because it’s hard to just choose one area. I’d love to visit Ravka or Ketterdam. I think I might even want to visit the Fold once, you know, just to say I did.

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A Darker Shade of Magic | Londons – I’d obviously prefer this one if I could move between the different Londons like Kell, but if I had to choose one, it’d obviously be Red London because all the magic.

The Jackaby books | New Fiddleham – Historical fiction with the addition of paranormal creatures and beings. Gimme.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory | the Chocolate Factory – Come ON. If you don’t agree with this one, I’m not sure if we can be friends. I’d obviously want to visit without all the mishaps but ALLLLL of the chocolate river.

Magonia | Magonia – A city iN THE SKY YOU GUYS OMG

The Chronicles of Narnia | Narnia – I feel like this is another one that doesn’t require a whole bunch of explanation. Give me that delicious looking Turkish Delight and snow and talking animals and the fact that it is IN A WARDROBE and I’m sold.

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Which fictional worlds would you want to visit?

Top Ten Tuesdays: Facts about me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Ten Facts About Me (bookish or just general about you facts or ten facts about you as a blogger…whatever you want)

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  • I love to travel. I’ve been to ¾ of the United States and five countries (yes, I am counting England and Scotland as separate countries – so I’ve been to: Scotland, England, Ireland, Spain, and Italy). I usually take at least one road trip a month. I just love seeing new places, meeting new people, and experiencing as much of the world as I can.
  • I have a Master’s degree in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland. My dream is to one day be a literary agent or a publicist, and I have had internships doing both of these things as well as in editorial, marketing, and communications.
  • I want to move away from Mississippi. Like, yesterday.
  • Other than reading and traveling, my favorite thing to do is go to concerts. There’s just something about live music that gives me life.
  • I also really, really love book festivals. I’ve been to lots (both in the US and Scotland) and have had the pleasure of working at three. What could be better than a bunch of bookish people (authors, bloggers, publishers, librarians, and readers) getting together in one place?
  • I’m a bit of a picky eater. Here are some of the things I don’t eat: ground beef (which means no hamburgers and tacos), cucumbers, oranges (acid reflux sux), bananas, carrots, almonds/cashews/pistachios. But honestly, I eat way more now than I did when I was a kid.
  • I hate cherry flavored things; it reminds me of cough syrup/cold medicine.
  • I can’t drive 55.
  • I currently live on ten acres of land, but I really want to live in a city. I love public transportation and being able to walk places. I’d definitely pass out before I got anywhere where I currently live.
  • I want to get another tattoo soon. I have plans for my next several, and I think my next one will be another bookish tattoo.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I enjoyed that have less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

You guys, how do some of these books have less than 2,000 ratings? Some of them even have less than 1,000! Seriously, go check these books out. Just trust me. 🙂

My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights by Brooks Benjamin // Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett // When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds // The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert // Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu // Firecracker by David Iserson // To Be a Cat by Matt Haig

The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day // Rivers by Michael Farris Smith

What are some of your favorite books with less than 2,000 rating on Goodreads?