Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Recommendations for Ravenclaws



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.


This week’s topic is Ten Book Recommendations for ______________. I went with Ravenclaws for my blank, so here we go:



1. Fangirl  I think other Ravenclaws will feel a kinship with Cath like I did. She’s smart, writes fanfiction, is a fangirl (obviously), etc. Just talking about this book makes me want to re-read it.

2. The Start of Me and You  There was a high level of nerdy stuff in this book (Quiz Bowl, nerdy banter, list making, etc.), so yay for that! Plus there were references to Harry Potter, and the Gilmore Girls…two of my favorite things.

3. We Were Liars – Like 98% of the time, I can guess the “twist” that’ll happen in the book before it happens. But this book actually surprised me. I never saw the twist coming, and it blew my mind. I’d highly recommend this one.

4. The Hating Game – One of my all-time favorite books. I love the back-and-forth banter between Lucy and Josh. It’s super entertaining, like read this book ASAP people entertaining.

5. Summer of Sloane – The writing is so beautiful in this book, and I think Ravenclaws will enjoy it immensely. It’s definitely a book that you could read in one sitting.


6. Legend  This book makes you think about society nowadays, and what the future could look like. As you’re reading, you’re trying to unravel what’s all happening/what will happen. June is a prodigy, so I think that might resonate with some Ravenclaws as well.

7. The Lunar Chronicle series  The females in the series are really smart, and pretty bad-ass. My favorite is Cress, but honestly they’re all great. I’d highly recommend these futuristic books, if you haven’t read them already.

8. I’ll Give You the Sun  The writing is absolutely amazing. Both Jude and Noah are creative, and intelligent…two traits highly prized among Ravenclaws.

9. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart – Both Bex and Jack are creative. It’s a little gorier than my usual reads (what with the cadavers), but I really loved it.

10. P.S. I Like You – There’s song writing, guitar playing, anonymous note exchanges, swoony romance, etc. What’s not to love in this very creativity-driven book?


Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Set Outside The US



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.


This week’s topic is Ten Books Set Outside The US. This was a lot harder than I expected because it seems that I read a lot of books set in the U.S.


Anna and the French Kiss  Me Before You  You and Me, Always  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone  Cinder

1. Anna and the French Kiss  This book is set in the U.S. for parts, but the better part of the book is set in Paris. It’s a cute contemp book!

2. Me Before You  Such a good book, set in England. It was a tearjerker for me, so you might cry.

3. You and Me, Always – Jill Mansell is one of my favorite adult authors. Her books are set in various places in England.

4. Harry Potter series – A childhood favorite that I absolutely love. These books are set in England as well.

5. The Lunar Chronicles series – These books are set in various countries within the Eastern Hemisphere (in the future) AND IN SPACE!

The wrath & the dawn  Just One Year  Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging  Twenties Girl  Queen of Babble

6. The Wrath & the Dawn  A book set in the Middle East (I think?) with such beautiful imagery.

7. Just One Year  This is the second book in the duology, but the only one that isn’t heavily set in the U.S. Plus I liked book two a lot better than book one.

8. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging series  I haven’t read these books in forever, but I remember them being hilarious. I think I stopped around book 5, so I need to re-read and then finish the series.

9. Twenties Girl – I haven’t read Sophie Kinsella in a while, but the books I’ve read I really liked. They’re all set in England for the most part, from what I’ve seen.

10. Queen of Babble – A little bit of this book is set in the U.S. (some of the beginning), but the rest is set in foreign locales (England/France).


Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Facts About Me



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.


This week’s topic is Ten Facts About Me (bookish or just general about you facts or ten facts about you as a blogger…whatever you want). I’m going to try and do ten that are about me as a book fiend/blogger. We’ll see how this goes.


1. I’m a writer.  I’m currently working on my third manuscript. They’re all YA contemporary romance novels. I might try my hand at fantasy, dystopian, paranormal, etc. eventually. If you want, you can see the working titles & (very) little Pinterest board inspiration here.

2. My one year blogoversary is coming up in less than 2 weeks!  So freaking excited about this! I should get a blogoversary giveaway post scheduled…

3. My favorite genre is contemporary, but fantasy is growing on me. – Contemporary has always been my favorite go to genre. Harry Potter was about the only fantasy books I’ve read before I became a blogger. But that genre is moving up my favorites. It could never displace contemp though.

4. I have WAY too many books. – I have five shelves filled, and I still need more. Sorry, not sorry.

5. I’m a Ravenclaw. – Yes, I took the Pottermore quiz twice. Yes, I got Ravenclaw both times. But if we’re doing hybrid houses, I’m a Slytherclaw. Represent!

6. I have a book buying problem.  Is there a Bookaholics Anonymous group, or something? I tried putting myself on a book buying ban earlier this year, and that only lasted…like no time at all.

7. I wrote HP fanfiction obsessively.  When I was a teen, this was my creative outlet. I kind of miss it some days; most of my stories aren’t finished and I have some unpublished stories/chapters. My favorite pairings were Draco and Hermione, Draco and Ginny, Hermione and Ginny, Lily and James, and Draco and Harry. Are you noticing a Draco theme here? I LOVED HIM! And speaking of…

8. Draco Malfoy was my first book boyfriend. – As stated above, I loved this character with every fiber of my being. Don’t try to change my mind. Since him, I’ve fallen in love with other “wayward” or “bad boy” characters, such as The Darkling and Rhysand. I’ve got bad boy love fever!

9. I’m an anxious person. – I love the idea of book cons, etc. but I’m not sure I could do them. I’m super introverted/shy at first, and I get like panic attacks when I have to speak in front of people. It sucks.

10. I’ve never met any authors in person. – I do not like this fact. Either authors never come to my area, or if they do, half the time it’s like a 1 1/2 hour AND usually during the week. I have to work to pay the bills, so it’s just never worked out. Or if they are in my area, sometimes (rarely) I’ll have plans that conflict with their signing days. Boo! 🙁


Did you have any facts in common with me?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.


This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2,000 Ratings On Goodreads. I’m kind of surprised how many of my new favorite books have under 2,000 ratings. Get reading these amazing 2015-2016 books people! You won’t regret it.


Summer of Sloane  If I Was Your Girl  Symptoms of Being Human  The Girl Who Fell  You and Me, Always

1. Summer of Sloane  I loved this book. The writing was absolutely amazing. This is one of my all-time favorites. Summertime in beautiful Hawaii? Yes please!

2. If I Was Your Girl  Such a great book. It focuses on a trans teen, and her journey through a new high school while also showing heartbreaking things that happened to her in the past.

3. Symptoms of Being Human – Another amazing book. Riley is gender fluid, and I learned a lot from reading this book. There are blog posts featured in here, and I thought they were really interesting.

4. The Girl Who Fell – A book that focuses on a darker subject (abusive relationships). I thought the writing was amazing, and that this was such a powerful book.

5. You and Me, Always – This is the only adult novel featured on here. I love Jill Mansell’s writing, so I’m always down to read her new books when they come out.

Underwater  My Kind of Crazy  Hello  Forget Tomorrow  Paint My Body Red

6. Underwater  Another amazing debut. I loved the focus on agoraphobia and PTSD. We slowly learn how Morgan became afraid to leave her apartment, and how she slowly overcomes her anxiety.

7. My Kind of Crazy  This book was awesome! It was a lot sadder/intense than I thought it would be from the summary, but I still loved it regardless.

8. Hello? – I’d heard so much hype from bloggers about this one, so I was a little apprehensive, especially with multiple POVs too. But I ended up loving this book. The POVs were unique and well done. The plot was intense, raw, and emotionally charged.

9. Forget Tomorrow – I had to include a dystopian novel, because I feel like they don’t get enough love. I personally love dystopian books. This book was no exception. The writing could have been a little stronger in some spots, but overall it was an amazing read. I can’t wait for book two.

10. Paint My Body Red – The more I read of this book, the more I loved it. There are two different time periods that the book switches between: ‘Then’ and ‘Now’. Overall, a fast-paced and engaging story. Heidi wasn’t afraid to show dark stuff in her book, and I loved that.


Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Beach Reads



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.


This week is a freebie week! I decided to do an old topic that I missed, which was beach reads. When I think of beach reads, I think of summery books and/or contemporary romances. Nothing too emotional that’ll make you cry. So here are my recommended beach reads.


Since You've Been Gone  Summer of Sloane  Open Road Summer  My Life Next Door  The Fill-In Boyfriend

1. Since You’ve Been Gone  I love this book. It was my first Morgan Matson read, and it’s probably my favorite out of all her books. It’s set in the summer, and Emily, Frank, and the rest of the characters are awesome! I love the to-do list aspect of this book, and all the things Emily had to complete.

2. Summer of Sloane  Such an amazing book! The writing is beautiful, and the scenery is gorgeous. Hawaii in the summertime? YES PLEASE!

3. Open Road Summer – I absolutely love Emery Lord, but this is the only book I think would be appropriate for beach reading. The others are a little more emotional/darker in my opinion, so I’d highly suggest bringing this one to the beach.

4. My Life Next Door – Another adorable contemporary romance! It has some serious moments, but I think the overall book is pretty cute. Be prepared to laugh out loud. George is quite the character.

5. The Fill-In Boyfriend – My first Kasie West read, and probably my favorite, besides The Distance Between Us. The book is pretty fluffy, so I think it would make a really cute beach read if you just want to smile as you soak up the sun.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour  Did I mention I love you  Twenty Boy Summer  Anna and the French Kiss  When the Stars Align

6. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour  Another Morgan Matson book. This one is set in the summertime as well, and features a road trip with a hot guy. I think Roger is pretty adorable, and I love how Amy slowly comes out of her shell the farther away they get from her hometown, and the more they deviate from her mother’s planned agenda.

7. Did I Mention I Love You?  This was pretty good. I really liked Eden and Tyler, once I got to know him. I think this is an under-read/underappreciated book, so I wanted to add this to the list. This is set in the summer, when Eden goes to visit her father and his new family.

8. Twenty Boy Summer – This book is a bit more emotional than some of the others, but not a lot. There’s not a ton of romance in this one; instead it focuses on friendship and moving on from old love.

9. Anna and the French Kiss – I love this trilogy, and I think the first book might be the best summer read of all three. It’s super cute, and the foreign locale (Paris) makes for a nice treat.

10. When the Stars Align – This is the only NA book I listed, but I think it’s definitely worth a beach read. It’s set in Puerto Rico in the summertime, and the characters are fantastic. Adam was amazing, and Jo really grows on you as the story progresses. And that cover is gorgeous!


Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.


This week’s topic is Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year. I’ve been pretty good about reading 2016 books, mostly due to the debut author reading challenge that I joined. Most of the below list books will be debut books, so yay for that! Also, I ended up choosing 15 books instead of 10. I felt like sharing the new book love!


A Court of Mist and Fury  Summer of Sloane  V23 new typeface tagline.indd  Walk the Edge  My Kind of Crazy

1. A Court of Mist and Fury  I LOVED THIS BOOK! Rhys is bae. I think I’ll be re-reading this book many, MANY times.

2. Summer of Sloane  Such an amazing debut! Erin’s writing is perfection, and this book felt so real. Plus the Hawaii scenery was gorgeous. I’d highly recommend this one!

3. Tell Me Three Things – Another great book! It reminded me somewhat of another of my favorite books (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda). This was such a cute read.

4. Walk the Edge – I didn’t like Razor quite as much as Oz, but he was still incredible! There’s danger, swoons, bikers, etc. in this beautiful book. What more could you want?

5. My Kind of Crazy – I really like this book. It was a bit more emotional/darker than some of the others, but SO GOOD!

Symptoms of Being Human  If I Was Your Girl  Firsts  Underwater  The Way I Used to Be

6. Symptoms of Being Human  Another book that I adored. Riley was such a great main character, and I learned a lot about gender fluidity.

7. If I Was Your Girl  Amanda’s story was heartbreaking, but so amazing. I felt so bad for everything she had to endure as a transgender. Totally unacceptable! Definitely worth a read.

8. Firsts – This was a really interesting book. It was raw, and pushed boundaries. I’d recommend it for anyone who likes sex positive YA books.

9. Underwater – I loved that this book focused on mental health, specifically PTSD and agoraphobia. Morgan was such a great main character, and I kept rooting for her to overcome her anxiety.

10. The Way I Used to Be – This book is super emotional, and focuses on a tough subject: rape. It might not be for everyone because it can get kind of dark, but I think it’s definitely worth it.

The Girl Who Fell  The Crown  All the Feels  The Unexpected Everything  9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.indd

11. The Girl Who Fell  Another book that focuses on a tough subject: abuse. But I think there need to be books like this that focus on the bad things in life. Maybe they can save someone who is experiencing this in their own relationship. The writing was great!

12. The Crown  This series is a guilty pleasure of mine. I don’t like Eadlyn as much as America, but this was still a good ending to the series. I’m happy with who Eadlyn picked.

13. All the Feels – I love that this book focuses on fandoms, because I’m a huge freak for Harry Potter (and some other fandoms), so I can really relate to Liv.

14. The Unexpected Everything – Not my favorite Morgan Matson book, but Clark was adorable! He’s a great addition to my book boyfriend list! Plus there are dogs. Who doesn’t love dogs? 😉

15. Outrun the Moon – The only historical book on this list, because I haven’t read many lately. This was pretty good, but it’s a bit slow to start. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and the writing was great too!


Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

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



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.


This week’s topic is Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year. I know I’m missing a lot of them, but these are some of my top anticipated books for the next several months. Expected release dates are in parenthesis.


Yoon_9780553496680_jkt_all_r1.indd  Empire of Storms  P.S. I Like You  Small Great Things  Heartless

1. The Sun is Also a Star  I absolutely loved Nicola’s debut novel, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. The cover is gorgeous, and the story sounds amazing! (November 1, 2016)

2. Empire of Storms  I love the Throne of Glass series, and can’t wait to read the next book in a few months. (September 6, 2016)

3. P.S. I Like You – Kasie West contemporaries are normally pretty fluffy and full of goodness, so I can’t wait to read another super cute romance by her. I’ve heard great things about this so far. (July 26, 2016)

4. Small Great Things – Jodi is one of my absolute favorite authors. I started reading her when I was 16, and have devoured all the books she’s written so far. (October 11, 2016)

5. Heartless – I loved The Lunar Chronicle books by Marissa, so I can’t wait to see what she does with a retelling of the Queen of Hearts. (November 8, 2016)

This Adventure Ends    Stalking Jack the Ripper  A Shadow Bright and Burning  How to Keep Rolling After a Fall

6. This Adventure Ends  I haven’t read anything by Emma Mills yet, but I’ve heard great things about her writing. I love the cover/description of this book, and can’t wait to read it. (October 4, 2016)

7. What Light  I haven’t read anything by Jay Asher yet either, but I’m so looking forward to this book! (October 11, 2016)

8. Stalking Jack the Ripper – I’ve heard so much hype about this book lately, and it sounds pretty interesting. Can’t wait to read it! (September 20, 2016)

9. A Shadow Bright and Burning – This sounds like another great fantasy. Fantasy is a newer genre to me, but I’m really loving most of the books I’ve read so far. (September 20, 2016)

10. How to Keep Rolling After a Fall – This one sounds like it can be an emotional read that gives you all the feels. Bring it on! (August 2, 2016)


Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them? On another note, are you excited for any of these books? Let me know which ones in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.


This week’s topic is Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim. When I went back and looked at my recently read books, I noticed there was a decent amount of them that I’d picked up based on the summary and/or cover. Most of the time when I go to the library, I just browse and pick up a few books that sound like they’d be good. Some of these I picked up from BookOutlet for cheap too, after I checked to make sure the reviews were gushing…or at least not bashing the books.


The Sky Is Everywhere  Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend  My Heart and Other Black Holes  V23 new typeface tagline.indd  The Girl Who Fell

1. The Sky is Everywhere  I’d previously read I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy, so when I saw she had another book, I needed to read it. I listened to the audiobook on one of my road trips. I’d highly recommend it.

2. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend  I found out that Morgan Matson (one of my new favorite authors) had also published under the name Katie Finn, so I decided to get the first two books for cheap on BookOutlet one time. It wasn’t a bad book by any means, but it wasn’t up to the par I was expecting after reading a couple of her other books.

3. My Heart and Other Black Holes – This was another entertaining audiobook that I loved. I’d been browsing through my library’s OverDrive selection and decided to give this one a try. I’m so glad I did.

4. Tell Me Three Things – A beautiful debut book that has a place on my favorites shelf on Goodreads. I’d seen some people promoting it before it was published and soon after it was published, but I didn’t really look at any reviews before picking this one up. It reminded me a little of another one of my favorite books (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda).

5. The Girl Who Fell – Ever since I saw the cover, I’d been wanting to read this one. It seemed a little dark/edgy, which is awesome. I like some darker themed books here and there. They’re more realistic. I’d been eyeing this book up for a while, and then finally decided to read it when I had some free time finally.

In Real Life  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  Like It Never Happened  The F- It List  The Beginning of Everything

6. In Real Life  I hadn’t heard much about this book, but I loved the sound of it from the summary. And in my opinion, it didn’t disappoint. There were quite a few people who didn’t like this one though.

7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  I randomly picked up this audiobook after reading the summary one day at the library. It was so good! I can’t wait for the second book to be published

8. Like It Never Happened – Another spur of the moment pick from the library. I didn’t really like this one as much as a lot of other books I’d picked up on a whim. It was okay, but I didn’t love it.

9. The F-It List – I bought this from BookOutlet because it was relatively cheap, and I’m so glad I did. It was pretty good and I loved that it was sex positive.

10. The Beginning of Everything – This was another BookOutlet buy, but I ended up listening to the audiobook at work when nothing else sounded good. Overall it was a pretty enjoyable read. I didn’t like the ending though, and the narrator wasn’t really good at girl voices.


Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Childhood Characters You’d Love To Revisit As Adults



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.


This week’s topic is Ten Childhood Characters You’d Love To Revisit As Adults. This makes me feel old, because I can’t even remember all my childhood favorites, and it’s been so long since I’ve read these books.


1. March sisters  Little Women was one of my all-time favorite books growing up. I felt such a kinship with Jo March, and I still do to this day. I’m mad about Laurie though…

2. Anne Shirley  Fiery Anne was a great main character in the Anne of Green Gables series. I think I’ve read all the books at least once, but it’s been years!

3. Laura Ingalls Wilder – My mother passed these books down to me, and I loved reading about Laura’s family’s adventures, especially since Laura first lived in Wisconsin. Definitely check out the Little House series if you haven’t already!

4. Anne Frank – This is a such an amazing true tale. The things Anne Frank and her family had to endure during WWII gutted me. I’d highly recommend The Diary of a Young Girl if you want to learn more about the Holocaust, if you want to see what can happen when one race/religion thinks they’re better than others.

5. Willie Beech – I read Goodnight Mr. Tom for a Gifted & Talented class, and I fell in love with the story. I definitely want to re-read it as an adult.

6. Annemarie Johansen  Number the Stars was another favorite of mine growing up. I’ve always loved history, and the WWII books were always heart-wrenching.

7. Sal  Walk Two Moons was another book I read as a young child. I don’t remember exactly what happened in the book, so I definitely need to re-read it sometime in the near future.

8. Kira – Gathering Blue was one of my favorites from childhood. I loved dystopian books even back then! I never read the last two books in this quartet, so I should re-read the first two and read the last two for the first time.

9. Karana/Bright Morning – These are the only two books (Island of the Blue Dolphins and Sing Down the Moon) I read by Scott O’Dell when I was young. From what I remember, I enjoyed both of them.

10. Lily – Lily’s Crossing was another WWII book (Are you noticing a pattern here? I think I loved heart breaking stories at a young age). I don’t remember much, but I remember that it was really good.


Some others would be Ramona Quimby (Ramona books), Peter/Fudge Hatcher (Fudge books), Freddy Dissel (The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo), Claudia and Jamie Kincaid (From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler), Louis (The Trumpet of the Swan), Wilbur (Charlotte’s Web), etc. I know I’m forgetting some childhood favorites because it’s been so long!


What are some of your childhood characters you’d like to revisit as adults? Do you have any of the same ones that I do?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookworm Delights



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.


This week’s topic is Top Ten Bookworm Delights. There’s really a ton that I could list, because I love reading, love being a bookworm. But I don’t want this list to go on forever, so here are ten that popped into my head right away.


1. Getting book mail  Whether it’s books you bought, or books you won, or books/ARCs a publisher sends you. All book mail is THE best mail.

2. When one of your favorite authors has a new book being published  I love getting new books to read by my favorite authors. It always puts a smile on my face, and I wait impatiently for them to be published already so I can devour them.

3. The smell of books – Maybe I’m weird, but I love the smell of books.

4. Finding amazing book boyfriends – One of my favorite things. I have a running list of all my book boyfriends that I’m always adding to on Goodreads.

5. Buying bookish items – I’ve slacked on this, but I really want to buy more Funko Pops, mugs, pillows, etc. of bookish quotes, or that feature my favorite book characters.

6. Being around bookish people  I’m pretty shy in person at first, but I love finding other book people to squeal and fangirl over books with. Twitter has been amazing for that so far.

7. Readathons/reading challenges  I’m pretty new to readathons and reading challenges, but they’re soooo much fun! They help me read more/keep me accountable.

8. Book shelfies – I’m newer to book shelfies, but I love showing off my lovelies in beautiful pictures of them on their shelves. Speaking of shelves, I need to finish putting together the other shelves I bought so I can do more shelfies.

9. Talking with authors – I’m newer to talking to authors too, because I’ve always been a little intimidated before. But now I’ll tweet authors here and there, letting them know how much I love their book, etc. All the ones I’ve talked to so far are super nice.

10. Finding references for books/shows I love – This is so awesome! I love finding references for like Harry Potter, Gilmore Girls, etc. It tells me the author has great tastes 😉


What are some of your bookworm delights? Do you have any of the same ones that I do?