Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2016

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

 Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year

I’m only going to list books I haven’t read yet (so you won’t see Kids of Appetite – which you know I loved with everything I have, Gemina – which I LOVED, The Sun Is Also a Star – which I also LOVED, etc.) These are ten of the books from the second half of 2016 that I can’t wait to read.

Gemini by Sonja Mukherjee (July 26)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (July 31)
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (August 9)

A Child of Books by Sam Winston, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (September 6)
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (September 6)
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich (September 6)

Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu (September 20)
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (September 27)
Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh (October 4)
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (November 8)

What books are you looking forward to?

Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Damian Wayne

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

Ten Reasons I Love X — could be a certain book, character, author, your indie bookstore, a fandom, a tv show, reading, a hobby, a genre. Honestly anything you want to gush about.

Before I start, I just want to wish my awesome mom a happy birthday! Love you, mom! ❤

Ten Reasons I LOVE Damian Wayne

I know I’ve talked about Damian Wayne on the blog before and how much I love this smug, arrogant, little punk, but I thought it’d be fun to use this theme to share ten Damian moments in the comics that made me smile or reinforce my love of this character.

Damian 1

Damian 2

Damian 3

Damian 4

Damian 5

Damian 6

Damian 7

Damian 8

Damian 9

Damian 10

Damian 11

Link me up to your TTTs!


Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

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

Beach Reads Week — top ten great beach reads, ten books I plan to read on the beach, ten beach reads for those who don’t like typical ~beach reads~, ten authors who are my go-to for beach reads, etc.

TTT had a similar theme to this one a couple of years ago, so I made sure the books on my list this time are different. But check out that post if you want even more recs! All titles linked to my reviews except The Falls, Everything Leads to You, and I’ll Give you the Sun, which are linked to Goodreads.

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan // The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter // Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman // The Falls by Ian Rankin // Our Song by A. Destiny and Elizabeth Lenhard

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon // Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour // I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Something I’ll be reading this summer

Summer Days and Summer Nights

Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins

What books are your beach reads?

Top Ten Tuesday: Seven Books I Picked up on a Whim at BEA

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

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

I’m going to mention seven books I picked up at BEA completely on a whim, either because I thought the cover was gorgeous, I had heard great things about the author’s other books, or someone at the publisher pitched it to me and it sounded awesome.

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs – I haven’t yet read but have heard amazing things about Maggs’ other book, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy. She was there so I thought “Why not?” Wonder Women sounds awesome.

Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith – Look at that cover! So freaking cool.

The Graces by Laura Eve – Witches and a beautiful cover. Annalisse – one of the girls I was exploring with – said she’d heard good things. It was one of her most anticipated, so I thought I’d check it out too.

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – Cool cover, cool concept. How could I refuse? Especially when one of my friends accidentally got an extra.

The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone – This one is actually on my Goodreads TBR so I guess it isn’t completely on a whim, but I honestly don’t remember what the book is about.

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland – This one was pitched to me by a lovely woman at the Penguin Random House booth and it has a cute cover and texts on the inside. You guys know how much I love that. Plus, her pitch had me hooked.

The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics – How CREEPTASTIC does this look??

What books have you picked up on a whim lately?

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Delights

Top Ten Tuesday

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

Top Ten Bookworm Delights

Sitting out on the porch with a good book: Is there really anything better than sitting outside on a beautiful day with a good book (and maybe a cup of coffee…or three)? It gets even better when you get to lie in a hammock and swing in the wind. Yeah, if you couldn’t guess, that’s really where I wish I was right now.

Book events: Being surrounded by other bookish people at an event all about books is a book nerd’s paradise.

Reading an entire book in one lazy Saturday: I just recently did this on Saturday with THE RAVEN KING and it was glorious and exactly what I needed.

The feeling you get when you hold a book in your hands that you’ve been waiting months and months for: Um. Again with THE RAVEN KING. I waited over a year and a half for this book, waiting to see if the things I thought were going to happen actually happened, waiting to see what happened to Gansey, waiting to see how one of my absolute favorite series EVER ended. And when I drove out to the bookstore, walked back to the teen section, and found the book on the shelf, I could’ve cried. I literally hugged it to my chest as I walked to the register. It’s such a good feeling.

Convincing one of my teens at the library to read one of my favorite books and they text me constantly about it: This is such a good feeling. My teens trust me and my tastes so much that they come into the library (or text me) just to ask me what they should read next. And when they come back in after they’ve read it to rave about how much they loved it, it makes me feel so good. Or when they text me the entire time they’re reading it with updates, I love it.

Deckled pages: I don’t really have a reason for this other than the fact that deckled pages are so freaking beautiful. And they feel really cool too.

Meeting one of your favorite authors: Being able to meet a person who wrote a book that made you feel all the feels, a person who created a world that you lived in for a little while (or that you wish you could still live in), a person that you might’ve even interacted with on Twitter and just adore is SO FREAKING COOL.

Picking up your pull-list at your local comic book shop: This one is delightful because of just how fun it is. I usually go to my comic book shop once a month, so by the time I come in, I have a decent sized stack to pick up. When I walk in the shop, they know who I am (sometimes you want to go where everybody knows you name. Lol), and they take my pull out of the box and I just love it.

Book mail: Checking the mail and finding a book waiting for you can completely change how a day has gone. It can make a day that was really horrible a whole lot better.

Book-inspired art: Whether this is a print or a coffee mug or a really awesomely designed quote, book-inspired art can brighten up your walls, your computer background, and your life. Here’s one of my favorite bookish mugs and a print from Oliver Jeffers.

What are your favorite bookish delights?


Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Laugh

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

Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)


Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin | My Review

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Firecracker by David Iserson | My Review

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith | My Review

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan



The Humans by Matt Haig | My Review

John Dies at the End by David Wong | My Review


A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

The Day the Crayons Quit & The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers | My Review

What books make you laugh?

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish People to Follow on Twitter & Instagram

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

Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Twitter/Instagram/Youtube/Snapchat/Facebook

These are not comprehensive. I’ll probably be kicking myself immediately after posting this for not remembering someone, but these are the first 5 from Twitter and Instagram that I thought of. 🙂


Brittany aka @bbookrambles – B is one of my favorite people on Twitter. Scratch that. One of my favorite people ever. She hosts super awesome weekly chats about a book; she’s super friendly and fun to talk to, and our occasional buddy reads are wonderful.

Jeff Zentner aka @JeffZentner – Jeff is the author of THE SERPENT KING, which I’m sure by now you know how much I love. But Jeff is also one of the funniest people on Twitter and you’re guaranteed to get at least one laugh a day from his account. J

Jen aka @Pop_Reader – Jen is the blogger behind Pop! Goes the Reader which is one of the most aesthetically pleasing blogs out there. But it’s also full of great reviews, gorgeous wallpapers, and so much more. Plus, Jen is one of the sweetest people EVER.

Matt Haig aka @matthaig1 – Matt is the author of The Humans and Reasons to Stay Alive. He regularly talks about mental health (specifically anxiety and depression) and his tweets make me feel less alone.

Michael Waters aka @ABoredAuthor – Michael is probably the smartest 18-year-old on the face of the planet. He’s a contributor to B&N Teen blog and MTV where he writes thoughtful, sensitive, and informative pieces about a variety of topics. He often makes me question what the heck I’m doing with my life. But he’s also kind and friendly and just generally a person I’d like to be friends with.


Ursula aka Ursula_Uriarte

Annette aka Booknerderie (I also love her calligraphy account QuoteAndQuill)

Gillian aka mizgillianberry

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Brittany S. aka BookAddictsGuide

Bex aka OutOfTheBex

Top Ten Tuesday: Last 4 and 5 Star Reads

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

10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

I’ve been trying to only 5 star favorites recently, so I’m going to split this up into my last three 5 star reads and last seven 4 star reads (because these are close favorites). I’m also excluding rereads. As you probably know, I don’t use the 5-star system on my blog, so I’m going by what I rated these books on Goodreads.


Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin | I didn’t review this one on my blog, but if you are somehow unaware of my love of Ian Rankin and his books, I LOVED THIS BOOK.

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig | See above

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner | My review


My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights by Brooks Benjamin | Review soon

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley | See above

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig | My review

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter | My review

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman | My review

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs | I didn’t review this one yet, but I was not disappointed at all. Strange, enchanting, and creepy.

Winter by Marissa Meyer | I AM SO BEHIND ON MY REVIEWS OMG. Perfect conclusion to the series.

What was your last 5 star read?


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love but Haven’t Talked about Enough

Top Ten Tuesday

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

Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While

I decided to pick books that I read more than six months ago but that I think deserve more attention. 🙂

My Heart & Other Black Holes final     The Passage

MY HEART & OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga: This is one of my absolute favorite books. It was one of the first books that actually made me feel like the author just got me. I read it at a time when I really needed it, and while I think it might be too difficult for some people to read, I would highly recommend it. (My review of My Heart & Other Black Holes)

THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin: Unlike any book I’ve ever read. I completely devoured this book and its sequel, and they are close to 1,000 pages each! The third book FINALLY comes out this year and I’m dying for it. If you like creepy, well-written, unique books, GET THIS.

S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst     The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst: The definition of why I want to work in publishing. This book is complete work of art. I read this before I started blogging so I don’t have a review, but it’s so good.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon: Beautiful, heartbreaking, clever, smart, and so well-done. One of my favorite books. It’s a quick read, but so worth it. And I just found out that it’s on Broadway! I saw this production when I was in London and it is hands down one of the best plays I’ve ever seen in my life. Absolutely beautiful. Here’s the website:

Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu     More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

DEVOTED by Jennifer Mathieu: Quiet, honest, powerful, and just so beautiful. Devoted is one of those ones that doesn’t make a spectacle of itself; it’s definitely one I’d consider #QuietYA. It’s got a brilliant MC that I think more people should meet. (My review of Devoted)

MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera: I feel like I talk about Simon vs. and Mosquitoland every single day, but I don’t talk about MHTN as often (In my head, I put those three and My Heart together because the authors call themselves the Beckmindivera so they are a group to me), and I really don’t know why. I really loved this one, and I think it’s real and honest and difficult. I’m so ready for more from Adam! (My review of More Happy Than Not)

Firecracker     Everything Leads to You

FIRECRACKER by David Iserson: The main character of this book is a complete a-hole and I love her. There’s not even really a “point” to this book if I had to give one, but I just really enjoyed it. (My review of Firecracker)

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour: Cute romance, wonderful friendships, Hollywood, and beautiful writing. An all-around enchanting story. I loved that the story focused on Emi’s drive and her experiences falling in love versus her sexuality. (My review of Everything Leads to You)

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig     John Dies at the End

REASONS TO STAY ALIVE by Matt Haig: You may or may not have read my review of this one. It was an emotional rollercoaster for me but it was exactly what I needed. Matt Haig has a way with words that I’ve really not seen anywhere else. This book should be read by everyone. I could honestly write another whole post about this book, so just check out my review. (My review of Reasons to Stay Alive)

JOHN DIES AT THE END by David Wong: One of the strangest books I’ve ever read. If I had to describe this book in one word it’d be “bizarre”. It’s so weird. But in the best way. Funny, ridiculous, freaky. I really love weird books, and this one is the definition of that. I think I don’t talk about this one as much because I read it before I started blogging.

Tell me about some of the books you love but I might not know about!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on My Spring TBR

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

Ten Books On My Spring TBR

THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater



INTO THE DIM by Janet B. Taylor

WINGER by Andrew Smith

VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab



IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

THE WAY I USED TO BE by Amber Smith

What books do you want to read this spring?