Top Ten Tuesday: Cutest Couples

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is all about Valentine’s Day, so today, I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite couples from the past few years of reading!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)    Lock and Key    The Program (The Program, #1)

The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us, #1)   The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)   I'll Meet You There   The Distance Between Us

The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending, #1)   Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)   These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

  1. Mara and Noah from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  2. Ruby and Nate from Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
  3. Sloane and James from The Program by Suzanne Young
  4. Avery and Jack from The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
  5. Ivy and Bishop from The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
  6. Skylar and Josh from I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
  7. Caymen and Xander from The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
  8. Alyssa and Brandon from The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris
  9. Anna and St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  10. Lilac and Tarver from These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Who are some of your favorite couples?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Historical Settings

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is all about historical fiction – favorite settings, books, whatever! I’ve decided to talk about ten time periods and locations where I would love to read a historical fiction set. These books don’t even have to be YA, but that would be fun too. Here they are:

  1. Imperial Russia. What I’m talking about here is some of the stories that we’ve all heard about – Moscow, Peter the Great, Anastasia. There are a few books I know of that are set in Russia, but none that have really nailed it so far.
  2. Pre-Colonial America. Something about Native Americans that is historically accurate and set before any Europeans arrive! I think it would be fascinating to read about a story set in their culture, without the arrival of colonists (where most historical fictions here are set).
  3. Imperial China. Just very old-age China, once again, maybe before Europeans came. They have such a rich culture too that could have so many different perspectives.
  4. Gold Rush-era West. I know Vengeance Road played on this one a little bit, but more!
  5. Vikings. Vikings are great. That’s it.
  6. Roman Empire. I love classics, so hearing about something set in Rome would be really cool.
  7. African Colonization. I’m not entirely sure what I meant here, but I read Things Fall Apart last year which was all about an African tribe being affected by colonists. So, anywhere really? I’m not totally familiar with this region’s history, but I really loved that book and would be up for more like it.
  8. Space. – Obviously, space isn’t really a time period! But, space race?
  9. Medieval France. – Maybe this is just because I’ve been binge-watching Reign lately, but I love that time period and would love to see some more palace drama.
  10. Renaissance Italy. – It’s a time period practically ingrained in us with all the glorious art and stories of rival artists.

Those are some of what I’m thinking! There are so many regions and time periods to explore though. What are some places that you would love to go (fictionally)?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Make Me Happy

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. As we are in the midst of the winter season, I feel like it can be a little hard to feel cheerful around this time. January of 2016 has not been shaping up to be the best month so far, but today, I wanted to focus more on some books that make me happy. Here are some of my favorites if you are looking for a pick-me-up:

A Work In Progress      The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us, #1)      The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)      Since You've Been Gone       The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)       Paper Towns

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)       Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)       Keeping the Moon

  1. A Work in Progress by Connor Franta – I love how relatable this book is and I find myself referring back to it when I need some advice from someone who feels the same way.
  2. The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall – This is an action packed thrill ride with an adorable romance! What more could you want?
  3. The Selection by Kiera Cass – I once saw Kiera Cass compare this book to mac and cheese in a video she did, and I would agree with that wholeheartedly.
  4. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – If you are looking for some fun times and great characters, this paranormal book is a fantastic place to start!
  5. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – A book about friendship and finding yourself! This is such a sweet book and very heart warming.
  6. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – This is all about the love triangle! And I say that in the best way possible. Get ready for some swoons.
  7. Paper Towns by John Green – I really like reading about journies when I’m not feeling too great and this has a pretty epic one! And you can watch the movie after 🙂
  8. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – So maybe, you’ve already read Hex Hall! There’s more funny leads, cute romances, and supernatural in this other series that is just as easy to love.
  9. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – I love reading autobiographies to help me get through something and this is written by one of my favorite funny ladies.
  10. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen – She’s the QUEEN of YA contemporary! There’s just something special about her writing that will have you in the summer state of mind.

What are some of your favorite books if you need a pick-me-up?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Recent TBR Adds

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish, showing ten books based on a theme. This week’s theme was recent TBR adds. For this, I am using my Goodreads TBR. I haven’t actually bought any of these physical books yet (and probably will end up just getting them from my library)! Without further ado, here are some new ones that have caught my eye:

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)      Love Fortunes and Other Disasters (Grimbaud, #1)     And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga, #1)

Juniors      Dreamology      Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society, #3)      The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)

The Line of Beauty     Rain (Paper Gods, #2)       P.S. I Like You

  1. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – I feel like this book is one of the classic YA reads, and while it might not get positive reviews, I still want to try it and see what the hype is all about.
  2. Love, Fortune, and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius – I recently read a review for this over at The Bibliotaph and it sounded like something I would really enjoy.
  3. And I Darken by Kiersten White – I have just seen a lot of buzz about this new release!
  4. Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings – I think I saw this one floating around Goodreads. It’s pretty much a cover add, but I think it’s also a contemporary, so it could be good!
  5. Dreamology by Lucy Keating – Actually, I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this! HarperTeen randomly sent it to me in the mail, but I’m looking forward to picking it up soon.
  6. Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter – Seeing as I just finished the second book in this series, it was time to add the third one to my TBR!
  7. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead – This is another upcoming release. I’ve only read the first two books of the Vampire Academy series, but I think that this new series sounds interesting. Also, the model on the cover looks so much like Zoey Deutch!
  8. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst – I saw a review for this book on Maxwell‘s Goodreads page. It’s a little outside of my typical reading comfort zone, but I’m willing to try it!
  9. Rain by Amanda Sun – Just like Perfect Scoundrels (above), I recently read Ink by Amanda Sun and can now continue on with the series.
  10. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – My last book is another upcoming release. I’ve only read one Kasie West, but I loved it and can’t wait to read more.

This was really cool to look at these books and also how I found out about them! What are some of the ways you commonly see new books?

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Releases Still On my TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is 2015 releases I meant to get to, but didn’t. These are essentially my priorities for 2016! I did end up reading a lot of new releases, but there are still quite a few that I haven’t read yet.

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)      What We Saw      Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)      The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)      Saint Anything      Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Tonight the Streets Are Ours      Kissing in America      Vengeance Road

  1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – I love that she’s a debut author of last year and I have read so many great things about this book! I requested it from the library, so hopefully it comes in soon.
  2. What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler – This sounds like a contemporary that will probably break my heart, but I’m totally okay with that!
  3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – From pretty much everyone, this is a favorite of 2015. I loved the Grisha trilogy, so I am pretty sure that this will also be a new favorite for me too.
  4. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – Honestly, I’m always kind of late to the Rick Riordan party. I am a big fan of Percy Jackson though and I’ve heard good things about this!
  5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Andieh – Another one I have only heard great things about! Also, it has such a pretty cover.
  6. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – I really LOVE Sarah Dessen, but I am mostly working through her older books right now!
  7. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Along with loving contemporary, I also love sci-fi so this seems just up my alley. It also has a really unique writing style.
  8. Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales – Her first debut book is pretty much my favorite of all time and I think that I haven’t read this out of fear that it won’t be as good. But I just need to do it because I know it will be. 🙂
  9. Kissing in America by Margo Rabb – I actually bought this book not too long ago, so I should be reading this soon! I love the cover and of course, contemporaries.
  10. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman – I have never read a YA Western before, plus this cover is so pretty that I would buy a poster of it and frame it.

And that’s it for this list! Of course, there are plenty of 2015 releases that I haven’t read yet, but these are some that I can’t believe that I haven’t read yet. Any words to help me get to them quicker?

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Top Ten Tuesday – New Year’s Resolutions

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is bookish/blogging resolutions! I was actually just preparing to do a post on this when I saw that it was also a TTT topic. I love making New Year’s Resolutions and everything that has to do with coming into a clean, fresh year. Here are some things that I am hoping to get done both with blogging and reading:

Read 70 books. This is not nearly as much as I generally challenge myself to read, but I have a pretty busy year coming up and I want to focus on those types of things this year instead of reading. It doesn’t mean that I will not be reading as much, just that I know that my time for it will be cut down and I want to adjust this goal accordingly.

Stop requesting ARCs. I find that requesting ARCs gives me too much scheduling in my blogging life. I really want to be able to read when I want to and what books I want to without having a due date for them. Plus, my backlist is so big that I don’t really need any more!

Post everyday Monday – Friday. This is something that I have always aimed for, but when it gets really busy, tends to go to the wayside. I hope that I will be more consistent and post every weekday (except for holidays).

Stick to a blogging schedule. Although I don’t like ARCs because it forces me to read on a schedule, I am fine with having a blogging schedule of posts! I just made my very first one that takes me through March, so hopefully I can stick to it. This should also help (hopefully) with writer’s block.

Post less reviews. Reviews are the one thing that have always tripped me up on blogging. Before, I reviewed pretty much every book that I read, but I want to cut that back. It always has made blogging hard because I don’t get a lot of discussion on those posts and I am generally held back by them. I just want to review books that I want to talk about and have some valuable thoughts on!

Read more diversely. After looking at my reading statistics for the past year, I found that I thought I read diversely when I actually didn’t. So, I want to do more of this while also cutting down my TBR.

Read books that are outside of my comfort zone. By this, I mean nonfiction, adult, and fantasy books. Often, I enjoy them when I read them, but I never do because I like sticking to contemporary!

Read more debuts! I had a great time reading and interacting with the debut authors of 2015, so I want to do that even more in 2016.

Be more active on TwitterThis is a goal that I always work towards, but it is just not my favorite social media platform. It really is the only one that I use regularly though, and see other people use regularly, so I want to be more involved with the book community there.

Focus on the backlist. I have a giant TBR that often gets ignored for new releases and ARCs. By cutting back on both of those this year, I hope that I can get to more of the books that have been sitting there for more than 3 years now.

What are some of your resolutions? Any tips to help me stick with mine?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish, offering a new top ten topic each week! This week’s theme was top ten best books I read in 2015! Because I like making it hard on myself, this is top ten books flat out, no matter the year of publication or genre or any kind of specifics. Anyway, I still have some time left to read in December, so this list might change later in the month if I read something REALLY amazing. But, without further ado, here are my FAVORITE books of the year:

Ten

The Truth About Forever

Nine

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)

Eight

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Seven

The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us, #1)

Six

The Program (The Program, #1)

Five

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

Four

Paper Towns

Three

99 Days

Two 

Between Shades of Gray

One

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

If you click on the covers, you can go to my gushing review for each of these books! What were your favorites this year?

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