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Top Ten Tuesday – Believe It

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Books I Can’t Believe I Read

 

 I can’t believe I finished this behemoth:

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1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. 1200+ pages only to close it and think… what did I just read?

 

I can’t believe I actually finished this trash:

2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Why? Why must I let curiosity get the best of me and waste perfectly good time and eyesight?

 

I can’t believe I read before the hype:

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3. Harry Potter 1-4 by J.K. Rowling. It impacted my entire generation and I did read the first 4 books as they released as a kid and it’s just kind of cool to have been a part of it.

4. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Again, I’m more amazed that I somehow picked up the books before the craze happened and could read without anyone else’s opinion influencing it.

 

I can’t believe I sat through that:

5. Tampa by Alyssa Nutting. I’m surprised that I picked it up and finished it. It was perhaps the most uncomfortable book I’ve ever read, but it was so thought provoking and hard hitting. 

6. Mein Kampf. I don’t know why I was curious enough to read it, but it was pretty eye opening and awful, but in a good I-Understand-History-And-Prejudices way. 

 

I can’t believe I did this on purpose:

7. Paradise Lost by Milton. Who reads long epic poems for fun? I guess I do.

8. Dante’s Inferno 

9. The Grapes of Wrath. I didn’t read it in school like some of the other English classes, but why I would subject myself to it on purpose, I’ll never know. 

 

I can’t believe I FINALLY read it:

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10. Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Everyone in school read it except my class for some reason and I finally read it last year. 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Memory

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Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

 

Honestly, there are many books I love and still am a bit hazy on the details. I usually forget how stories end, other than major twists, and forget tiny details. Please do not interpret this list as “books that aren’t great because they didn’t stay with me” because I absolutely love each book on the list!

 

 

1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. So much has happened and I forgot so much that I can’t even really continue reading the series until it’s done and I can do one giant reread. 

 

 

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2. IT by Stephen King. I know the gist, but I can’t remember pivotal scenes or the order things happened in and it makes watching the movie weird because I don’t actually know if it’s following the book or not. 

 

 

3. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. As often as I read this book as a kid, I remember almost nothing other than that I truly loved and connected with it. And something about dimensions.

 

 

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4. This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab. I really need to reread it.

 

 

5. The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. I had this awful waking nightmare about it one night after drinking way too much wine and honestly, I don’t remember anything other than my dream about The Lovers. It has made me hesitant to pick up the rest of the series, too, even though I remember before the weird nightmare that I loved it. 

 

 

6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I just remember the twist and literally nothing else except that it was summer. 

 

 

7. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. I LOVED this contemporary and now I don’t even remember the names of the characters.

 

 

 

8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I remember the gist and remember loving it, but I don’t remember the full story arc with details enough to even understand the movie trailer and pick out differences. It’s definitely time for a reread!

 

 

9. His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers. One of my favorite historical YA fantasies and I can’t remember much except who the love interest was in book three and how awesome I thought that was. I really need to reread this!

 

 

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10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Still a huge favorite, but I can’t remember much aside from Poppet and Widget and maybe a magician?

 

As I said, I am notorious for forgetting plots and endings and character names… even in books I love. It’s only by rereading many times that I can truly remember everything. Kudos to people who read something once and retain every detail! This Top Ten is also Top Ten Books I Need to Reread apparently!

Top Ten Tuesday – Goals

Top Ten Five Bookish Resolutions/Goals

 

1. I plan to read… less. I know that sounds weird, but I know that pushing myself to read the same amount of books (or more) is going to be harder this year as I move overseas and take on more hours at work beforehand.

2. Streamline reviews. I’m used to setting up my reviews in advance, but it’s getting harder to make time for blogging, so I need to come up with a system of giving myself less work to do. Maybe have Goodreads publish directly to my blog? I’m not sure yet, but doing a blog review, photo review, and Goodreads review is 3 times the work.

3. Tackle the TBR. I am moving overseas this year and get to move all of my books with me. I need to be sure that I’m not dragging books that will sit unread for 3 more years and actually read them!

4. Purge the shelves. If I’m still holding on to a book I’ve had for 5+ years that I still haven’t read, it’s time to get rid of it.

5. Less impulse buying. This will be easy once I move, as shipping will be much longer and more difficult to deal with. There’s no reason I need to preorder a book because “everyone is talking about it” if I know I’m just going to stick it on my shelf for years.

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Best of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

 

Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

 

In no particular order

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Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Magical Realism YA 

I love the way the author writes and enjoyed the magical story with twists and quirky characters.

 

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The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

YA Fantasy

Probably one of the most controversial books of the year… it was incredibly thought provoking and tackled the subject of racism in a unique and shocking way.

 

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The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis 

YA Contemporary

I absolutely loved this book and didn’t expect to. It was hard hitting!

 

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas 

YA/NA Fantasy

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t as good as ACOMAF, but I went to a signing, met the author, and loved reading every moment of ACOWAR, even more excited that it wasn’t necessarily the conclusion!

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All the Rage by Courtney Summers

YA Contemporary

I loved this book and I feel like it’s a book about rape that doesn’t talk about rape in the same way that other issue books do. The anger is apparent, the main character cynical and affected. It was definitely worth the read and I think it did a good job of addressing rape culture and victim blaming/shaming as well. 

 

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Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Grauden

YA Alternate History 

An amazing story set in a world where Hitler won and the Third Reich reigned. It had some sci-fi/fantasy aspects peppered in, along with an awesome motorcycle race. It was so much fun to read.

 

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon 

YA Contemporary Romance

I didn’t expect to like this one, but it was as sweet as it was educational. I didn’t know much about the backgrounds of the main characters and I loved the cultural aspect that also dealt with identity.

 

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It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Contemporary

I have to say this book impacted me permanently. I am forever changed by the understanding of why women stay in abusive relationships. Hoover hit the nail on the head and gave me, someone who has never deal with domestic violence, a true walk in someone else’s shoes and I was floored. A must read.

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Horns by Joe Hill 

Horror

Joe Hill is amazing! This book was so thought provoking, fun, and horrific all at the same time. 

 

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Nonfiction

I am not one to read self help type of books and practically roll my eyes whenever I see them, but I read this for work and I have to admit that it was eye opening. It’s so simple, but in my everyday life, it is actually practical. I needed to read this one and learn just what I’m doing wrong when I can’t seem to “get” people and what to do in order to better connect. As an introvert, I’d say it’s a must read for other introverts who might not have any natural tendencies to be charismatic. Also a great read for impulsive people who tend to be argumentative. 

 

What are your favorite reads of the year so far?

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Settings

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

 

Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

 

 

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1. Wonderland from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. 

I’d love to have tea with the hatter.

 

2. Beyond the Wall in Stardust by Neil Gaiman. 

Witches and fallen stars! (Oh, how I wish DeNiro’s character was in the book!)

 

3. The circus in The Night Circus by Emily Morgenstern. 

How amazing would it be?

 

4. Diagon Alley in Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. 

But maybe this doesn’t count since you CAN visit it at Universal Studios and I already did! (That’s me doing some magic ^)

 

5. Jurassic Park from Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. 

I know, I know, it’s a bad idea, but it’s DINOSAURS!

 

6. The Night Court from A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. 

It might be dangerous, but I’ve always wanted to visit a faerie kingdom.

 

7. Mars in The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. 

Maybe I’m just old school, but I’ve always loved the idea of colonies on other planets. It’s the stuff SciFi used to dream of.

 

8. Derry, Maine from any of the Stephen King novels. 

So maybe I don’t want to visit and be in danger, but the horror fan in me is simply curious as to what it might be like. 

(Side Note: They do actual Derry Stephen King tours!)

 

9. Forks, Washington from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. 

Currently, I live quite close and I plan on visiting, but the idea that there might be werewolves and vampires prowling around would be much more interesting.

 

10. Bon Temps, Louisiana from The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. 

I absolutely loved the setting in the books! Full of southern charm, faeries, vampires, and other magical creatures. 

Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Food

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October 17: 

Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books

 

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1. Butterbeer. Having tried it at Universal Studios, it’s delicious! 

(HARRY POTTER)

2. Green eggs and ham. I had it in school one day, which is just ham and eggs with food coloring. 

(GREEN EGGS & HAM)

3. Turkish delights. I had no idea what these were for a long time, but I figured they must be delicious if they could sway a brother away from his family. 

(CHRONICLES OF NARNIA)

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4. Lemon cakes. I love lemon desserts, so I think that’s the one thing I can relate to Sansa about. 

(A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE)

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5. Breakfast. Second breakfast. Any breakfast. I could be down with the hobbits. 

(THE HOBBIT) 

6. Fried green tomatoes. Ok, so I’ve never read the book, but I love fried green tomatoes. 

(FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE)

7. Clam chowder. Like any sea-faring person, I love some seafood! 

(MOBY DICK)

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8. Bread. Ok, this one is boring, but I do love bread so much, even if I don’t bake it like Peeta! 

(THE HUNGER GAMES)

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9. Pecan Pie. I wouldn’t want a reading, but I’d get some of the pecan pie from the Sargent sisters. 

(THE RAVEN CYCLE)

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10. Chocolate Frogs. HP just seems to have so much food in it that I want to eat, so I had to choose another dish from the books. 

(HARRY POTTER)

Top Ten Tuesday – Fall

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Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes 

 

For me, Fall is about horror and strangeness, especially when it comes to ghosts, death, or simply circuses that pop up. 

 

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1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

2. Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

4. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

5. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

 

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6. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

7. World War Z by Max Brooks

8. In a dark, dark Wood by Ruth Ware

9. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

10. IT by Stephen King