Top 10 Love-Related Quotes

 

Top 10 Tuesday is now hosted by the lovely The Artsy Reader Girl. It is essentially a weekly topic meant to spark discussion, lists, and excited chats about books. This week is a freebie, but I decided to copy our host. A list of love-related quotes is in order. Let’s go.

10. p.s. i still love you by jenny han–“So much of love is chance. There’s something scary and wonderful about that.”

While I have never fallen in love romantically, I do like this idea of chance in any relationship. I have always been far too anxious to keep any relationship around for long. This quote reminds me of the very scary nature of friendship so much, it validates my pain. To me, I am still kind of in awe of those who have been friends for years, decades, lifetimes. It’s mind-blowing to me. I wish I could have something like that, with friends, that I may rise above the fear and take a chance on people.

9. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson-“Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”

When I read this book, I was really lonely. But, I kept feeling this tug from the universe telling me that you don’t have to let your past relationships go. I conflate confronting my past with escaping it too often, even back then. Funnily enough, this story is about two siblings who are not speaking to each other, which is something rather common in my life, because they come to terms with their differences somehow. Here’s hoping I can make my own peace with my inner demons.

8. the dream thieves by maggie stiefvater–“‘I wish you could be kissed, Jane,’ he said. ‘Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this.’ He flailed an arm toward the stars.”

Their love is so pure and sweet. It was a privilege to read their story for four books. Seriously.

Speaking of which…

7. The Raven king by maggie stiefvater-“His feelings for Adam were an oil spill; he’d let them overflow and now there wasn’t a damn place in the ocean that wouldn’t catch fire if he dropped a match.”

Come on. Ronan Lynch, who feels everything so intensely, is a wonder to behold. He scared me at first, because I could kind of identify with him. I yearned to be like him in my past. To see him so vulnerable humanized him, made him a small babe that I wanted to protect.

6.City of Glass by Cassandra Clare-““Not everything is about you,” Clary said furiously.”Possibly,” Jace said, “but you do have to admit that the majority of things are.”’

Listen, Jace just sounds like how I make fun of myself. I love Cassie Clare’s writing. She can do no wrong in my world.

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell-“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.”

The awkward moment when a fictional character says what is always unspoken for me.

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green-“Maybe ‘okay’ will be our ‘always.'”

Sometimes, when people know what you mean, it doesn’t really matter how you phrase things. This is a thought that paralyzes me, because I am often hung up on the semantics. I feel things intensely, and I don’t often find the right words or actions to express my feelings and thoughts. I read this book way back in 2012, and I still think about it and about this moment.

3. more happy than not by adam silvera-“The boy with no direction taught me something unforgettable: happiness comes again if you let it.”

Mental illness tells me many things. There are really tough nights, and I think of this book on those nights especially. It’s easily a favorite of mine.

This leads me to:

2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo-“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

My tough fighters, Inej and Kaz, are so dear to me. And, as someone who has endured sexual abuse, I identified with Inej and Nina both. Maybe I’ll write about it later. But this post is already long. I like that Kaz and Inej don’t touch. It comforts me a lot.

 1. Six of crows by leigh bardugo-“Jesper knocked his head against the hull and cast his eyes heavenward. “Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.”
Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthias’ ghost to kick your ghost’s ass.”
“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.”

Because to me, all the interactions between the Dregs is a breathless affectionate whisper. You got to listen to them bickering and see who they become throughout these two books. They are so wonderful, it really makes my heart beat a little faster. Just look at Matthias warming up to them. So good.

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Top 10 Books I Liked in the Past But Can’t Remember Much

 

 

I have fallen off the Top Ten Tuesday wagon, but I have returned. By the way, this feature was at first hosted by the lovely Broke and the Bookish. However, now it is housed by another sweet peep who I will link here. So, this week, the topic is the Top 10 Books I Liked in the Past But Can’t Remember Much.

10. shatter me by tahereh mafi

I remember things being crossed out a lot. Kenji was awesome, and Juliet was his friend. Their friendship made me happy, but I don’t remember the details of Juliet and Warner’s early interactions. In fact, I don’t remember anything about Warner specifically. No clue what he was like. Maybe he is wealthy? Perhaps he was powerful. It’s kind of embarrassing that I once gave away these books because people were saying that they’re bad. I had read them at the time, loved them, but got ashamed. This happens a lot to me. I’m trying to stop doing that.

9. Tithe by holly black

Hold on. I am laughing at a memory of me lending the books to a former friend, who never gave them back to me. I loved this trilogy. It overlapped with City of Bones and I was just here for it, okay. At any rate, I started to see if I could get it used. Thankfully, I managed to get it again (but with ugly covers). All I remember was a knight in the story. Someone was in love with him, perhaps? Plus, there was a queer character in there who shipped Spock and Kirk. I liked him.

8. the hunger games by suzanne collins

I tried reading this first book with Ely, and I couldn’t keep at it. It’s so different from how I remember it. Yes, there are movies that depict a very loose interpretation of the text. But, I think the dystopia factor is hard to read about, especially if you have mental illness. The idea of the games being popularly watched made the whole thing even worse. So, I forget the details. I don’t remember the second and third books at all. Vague memory of Annie but that’s pretty much it.

7. an abundance of katherines by john green

Nope. Zero clue as to what happens in this book, who the love interest is, or the main character’s features. None of them come to mind. I remember a scene with vomiting taking place early in the book. The main character was really clever. There’s a Muslim side character. Other than that, the details of their adventure are totally blurry.

6. a great and terrible beauty by libba bray

While I did not enjoy it in parts, I remember liking the story just fine. It dragged a little bit, but I was still invested. The group of friends were mean to a plus-size girl. It made me really uncomfortable, so I hid the books in my sister’s room. Then, recently, I put them on my shelves once more in the hopes of remembering to read them one day. I remember really liking the love interest and the main character. They were nice.

5. divergent by veronica roth

Recently, I have seen the first movie with my brother. My mom spoiled me and got me the movies as a gift. You know how some stories have a different impact when they’re written down? Insurgent and Allegiant were very powerful reads. I remember feeling intensely about them, and it scared me a bit to feel so attached to a character. Believe it or not, I look up to Tris Prior and Tobias Eaton. I just wish I could remember what happens in these books. Whatever it was, it hit me quite hard. I don’t know if I can handle that kind of heartbreak once more.

4. lola and the boy next door by stephanie perkins

The main character has colored hair. Or she wears a wig, I am not sure. She was a fashionista who is a little quirky. Love interest is Cricket, which just bothered me as a reader back then. Other than that, zero memory of what happens to them. This extends to the sequel, Isla and the Happily Ever After, which is even more mysterious than this one. I remember really liking this trilogy. It made me smile.

3. the girl of fire and thorns by rae carson

It dragged a little bit, but I remember the main character was supposedly good with strategy (Not quite on Kestrel’s level, though). There were many mishaps in the main character’s journey. I remember snippets, the highlights I guess are what I recall most.

Mostly, I remember food being important in the story, which is why I have books 2 and 3 ready to go. #priorities

2. winner’s crime by marie rutkoski

Nervously laughing while I write this little paragraph on The Winner’s Crime. Deception and double crossing were basically what happens, I know that. However, the details are so foggy, you’d think we’re in a Gothic novel.

  1. Daughter of smoke and bone by laini taylor

Why do I think of trampolines when I see this book? No clue.  Listen, though, I am reread this first book in 2018 AND I am reading the rest of the trilogy, gosh dang it!

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Top 10 Books I Can’t Wait to Get to in 2018

Welcome to Top 10 Tuesday. This week, the topic for my list is the Top 10 Books I Can’t Wait to Get to in 2018. As always, here is a link to the Broke and the Bookish, the folks who created Top 10 Tuesday.

Basically, in the upcoming year, I want to make a dent on the series that I have.

10. cinder by marissa Meyer

I know, I’m way behind on this train. Whenever I see mood boards inspired by the characters in this series, I feel things. No matter how often I see quotes from it, I get hopeful. So, my hope is that I read this series before the spring of 2018. Or at least start it by then.

9. the young elites by marie lu

Villains or anti-heroes are my jam. This is a story of a character descending (or ascending, it’s all about perspective) into villainy. I’m here for this, gosh darn it. I have high hopes for this trilogy.

8. gemina by amie kaufman and jay kristoff

I enjoyed the first book in this series, and I am going to move into Gemina land some time before Obsidio is out. I hope the new cast of characters is easy to like, just as Ezra and Kady were pleasant and humorous. What will AIDAN do this time?

7. caraval by stephanie garber

Judging by the polarized reviews about Caraval and The Night Circus, I am thinking of tackling this novel first. It sounds like it is easier to digest because it is not as hard to follow (so I have gathered, anyway). Besides, I am nervous about Night Circus because Julie and Sam were saying that it is a lot like Uprooted in terms of style.

And I did not like Uprooted. 

 

6. Strange the dreamer by laini taylor

I have her other trilogy, but I am going to slowly get through her books. Right now, I am thinking of starting with this book first. But, it’s also on my mind to try reading Karou’s story first, since I have read some of it before. Either way, I am going to read Laini Taylor’s work, gosh dang it.

5. cinda williams chima

I know. I keep mentioning that I want to read her stuff, but then I don’t follow through. 2018 is going to be the year I catch up on her stuff.

Speaking of which.

4. brandon sanderson

Listen. He broke my heart in one book. This is why I am hesitating, but I will try to get back into his stuff once more. His stories are good. I just need to gather up the courage to do this.

3. neil gaiman

You know, the usual. I have some of his books, and I need to keep reading his work, because, dang. He is talented and he paints the most alluring yet haunting images in his stories. Heartbreak while in awe sounds like a perfect way to spend my time in 2018.

2.gail carriger

I have been collecting her books used for a while now, and I need to give her a shot. She just sounds like the cutest writer and her work seems charming and sweet. I am intrigued.

 1. rae carson

I have only read one of her books, and I had mixed feelings about it. But, I got her other books fairly cheap. I’m somewhat intimidated by her, however, I want to continue.

And all the trilogies that I have are also on my most exciting things to get through in 2018.

what about you?

 

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Top 10 Disappointing Reads of 2017

As the year’s end approaches, I want to reflect on what I have read. Some of these posts will probably upset someone. My intention is not to make anyone feel bad for liking these stories, however, I want to simply say that I was disappointed when I read them. Obviously, I recognize the talent that these writers have, because, for the most part, I see why people like these stories.

10. queens of geek by jen wilde

Why is it that books dealing with fandom do not take their readers seriously? I found this book to be very surface level in its attempts to be inclusive. No, you don’t get brownie points just by including an overweight character, or a bisexual character, or a story set in a fan convention. Books can have such an impact, and it makes me sad to see contemporaries not communicating about serious life experiences and perspectives.

9. uprooted by naomi novik

I know a lot of people like this book, but it was overly descriptive. Plus, I felt like the romance was verbally abusive. I wanted to get to know the Dragon better. The main friendship between the two girls was sweet, and I wish there was more of it, yet the story was bogged down with all the flowery descriptions. I can normally handle magical realism and fantasy, but this was over the top.

8. You know me well by david levithan and nina lacour

Hastily formed friendships are fine, but I at least wanted them to work on it throughout the story. I cannot even remember the characters’ names; that is how forgettable they were. Yes, we should have more inclusive and #ownvoices stories. But, no, we cannot just haphazardly create stories that have no depth. I mean, it’s okay if that’s what some people want to read, but I like a little bit of substance to contemporaries. Why do people not take contemporaries as opportunities to take a stroll in someone else’s shoes?

7. graceling by kristin cashore

Dull as all heck. This story is all about fighting, and then hunting things. Maybe I am just not a warrior type of person (very possible), however, the whole time, I was grasping for any kind of human connection between her and Po. Anything. Just show me why the heck are you attracted to each other.

6. the girl in the steel corset by kady cross

The point of steampunk is the contrast between conventions of a rather conservative society and technological advances that were not actually present at the time. I don’t understand how some random fellow gets to call the main character “sweetheart” even nowadays. Also: it has no rhyme or reason to the attraction between the main characters in this book either.

5. the song of achilles by madeline miller

Again, this is a favorite among the book blogging community. I just did not like the romance, or the main characters. Most importantly, I did not like the way women were treated by the writer. Why can’t we see the validity in their perspective? I want feminist Greek men, for crying out loud. Surely they existed. I mean, since you are creating goddesses and divine prophecies, you can squeeze in a chapter or two from the women’s perspective.

4. fire study by maria v. snyder

I adored the first two books. Look, I care about Yelena’s potential self that could have kicked so much butt–and gotten her butt kicked several times. People who are naturally good fighters, good at magic, and they have the coolest boyfriend in the land irk me okay?

No, I don’t want to talk about it.

Actually, wait. I can articulate. I like characters to slowly become infatuated with each other. But, no. the love interest is just like, “I love you!” And, he never shuts up about it in consequent books. Bleurgh. He only serves the purpose of whatever Yelena wants. No, no! That’s not okay. He was a bad-ass. Come on, Snyder. Why did you do that.

3. timekeeper by tara sim

It was an okay read. Judging by the reviews, I was expecting fireworks and celebratory trumpets playing the whole time while I read it. Nope. Underdeveloped romance, no sense of society or world development, and most of all, the most infuriating of all a tofu of blandness for a main character. What makes Danny, Colton, Cassie, Daphne, or Luke memorable? Matthias, with his unclear purpose, could have added depth to the narrative, but no. We don’t get to see his point of view at all.

2. the school for good and evil by soman chianani

Girls who like to look pretty are villains basically. Also: everyone must be paired with someone else.

Nope!

1. the wrath and the dawn by renee ahdieh

Shahrzad: “Oh, I will get vengeance.”

Khalid: *smizes*

Shahrzad: “I love him! No more vengeance.”

Me: o.O

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Top 10 Books/Series On my Winter TBR

 

 

So, I discovered that I messed up the prompt for last week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Naturally, I am going back and following the prompt I missed over at The Broke and the Bookish. Last week’s prompt was the Top 10 Books on my Winter TBR. Let’s catch up.

10. The Diviners by libba bray

I know, I know. It’s more Halloween-related as a series. However, the books are long, which is very winter-y to me. Besides, I am really curious to see how the books are compared to her Gemma Doyle books (I liked those, but they took a while for me to get into).

9. Dark days club by allison goodman

So, I heard mixed reviews about her Eon/Eona books. But, this series sounds more up my alley. Victorian times and demon hunting lady. Some people said it’s somewhat like The Infernal Devices, which are among my favorites of all time. Plus, it kind of sounds like The Falconer by Elizabeth May. Words don’t quite express how much I loved that trilogy, too.

8. maggie Stiefvater’s shiver series

Werewolves and kissing summarize my knowledge of these books. I could also read The Scorpio Races at some point this winter, too, because this author’s books are rather slow moving but intriguing.

7. rae carson’s books

I have her complete The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. In addition, I have the first book in the Gold Seer trilogy as well. Rae Carson writes rich worlds in terms of tradition and culture. I did like the first book in her stories about Elisa. But, the slowness of the pace wasn’t quite my jam while I tried to read it over the summer. Now, though, may be a better time for this series.

6. and i darken by kiersten white

Silly story: I have never heard of Vlad the Impaler. I picked up this book and its sequel without looking up who that is. In fact, I still don’t know who he is. Part of me prefers it that way. My ignorance could enhance my reading experience. Nevertheless, I promise to look up who that is after reading the first book.

5. Falling Kingdoms by morgan rhodes

The series wraps up in early 2018, and I’d like to catch up. I want to hate on Jonas, and join the masses in shipping these characters.

4. the lunar chronicles by marissa meyer

I mean, the last book is called “Winter.” What more could I ask for? Cinder is part cyborg and the stories are set in space (!!!). But, there are awesome ships to be shipped in these books (from what I noticed on Tumblr).

3. daughter of smoke and bone by laini taylor

Set in Prague, the story involves Karu and her found family. She goes between worlds (right? Am I remembering this correctly?). It just sounds like a cozy time story that could potentially break my heart into a thousand pieces. Oh, and while this trilogy is on my TBR, since we’re dreaming together, I’d like to also read The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey. A few people mentioned that it is a lot like Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

2. the young elites by marie lu

A story about a character turning into the villain. Yes, sign me up for this darkness and destruction. It sounds so good. If I do manage to read the trilogy this winter, I’d like to try and read Marie Lu’s Legend series as well.

 1. night circus, caraval, and bone gap

Atmospheric books are also something I am really craving this winter. These are the stories I stumble across most often (what a weird sentence). Oh, in addition, Neil Gaiman books are also in this category.  I basically have a lot of series that I want to start this season, but I’ll try and read some of these stand-alone novels as well to avoid getting burned out.

 

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Top 10 Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

 

 

It is time for another Top Ten Tuesday, a meme run by the lovely folks over at Broke and Bookish. This week, the topic is our top 10 bookish settings we’d like to visit. Warning, though, some of these settings are real places. I just want the journey there to be with certain characters from books. Ready? Let’s go.

10. the spiritual/fairy realm in a great and terrible beauty by libba bray

For whatever reason, this story has stuck with me since the early 2010’s. I remember the girls transforming into brilliant, strong, and empowered women in this realm they’d go to. I’d like to be there, explore my identity in such a seemingly idealistic setting.

9. prague–daughter of smoke and bone by laini taylor

I have read snippets of this first book. Even after many years, I still remember this setting, and the shop with the teeth. Karou and her blue hair, her family, and the beautiful world she lives in (even if it is a huge responsibility to be able to cross worlds like this). First, I plan to read the series. But, then, I’ll wait for Karou to show up, and perhaps she can introduce me (or at least put a good word in for me).

8. sitia–poison study by maria v. snyder

While I think the writing and development of this series is a bit weak, I do love Yelena and her journey to belong. Like, Ixia was a scary and dangerous place, and, in comparison, Sitia is so nice. I just like her family a lot (still trying to warm up to Leif). Jungles, and climbing, colorful clothes, and snake charming. I like it a lot. I doubt I’d survive, but maybe I can just sit with her mom while she makes perfumes.

 

7. Lara Jean’s home–To All the Boys I Loved Before by jenny han

Lara Jean is someone I really love. For a long time, I was embarrassed of that, because I am “too old” to connect with such an immature character. But, I love her family, and her world sounds so endearing. I’d like to have sisters to bake with, write sweet letters, be surrounded with pink stationary and pastel walls. Yep. Sounds like heaven.

6. paris– anna and the french kiss by stephanie perkins

There is something really cute and sweet about this story’s setting. I don’t want to just go to Paris. I want to be there with Anna and St. Claire. Again, a lot of people have mentioned that the love story here is based on cheating. I acknowledge this point. However, I do adore these characters, their journey across Paris and into each others’ hearts.

5. 300 Fox Way–the raven boys by maggie stiefvater

I’d like to hug Blue, and maybe sit with her while she eats her yogurt. Maybe her mom can hang out with us and we’d talk about spirituality and meditation. I can share some essential oils, and we can sit by the candles while Blue and her cousin argue. And, every once in a while, I can interrupt and disrespect Blue’s cousin, because she enrages me quite often.

4. the burrow–harry potter and the chamber of secrets by jk rowling

Part of my need to visit the Weasleys lies in my feelings towards the family (but not Ginny). Ron and his family are delightful and warm, kind, sweet, and very real. I find them to be brave and quirky, honest and loving the Muggle peeps like me. Besides, I have a feeling that Molly Weasley gives nice hugs.

3.furthermore–furthermore by tahereh mafi

This is surprising, because I am not that much of an Alice in Wonderland fan. Still, this world is so colorful, bizarre, and bewildering. It sounds like a scary and fun time (all rolled into one). I don’t know what kind of person I’d be in that world, but I would like to visit anyway.

2.small town–since you’ve been gone by morgan matson

Bike rides, swimming, ice cream, and to do lists of adventures: that’s the kind of setting I like. In other words, I love the open fields with Emily running with Frank. I like the gymnastics place where she picks up her brother. Everything about their little town sounds so charming and peaceful. So, I would like to go there.

 1. new york– the sun is also a star by nicola yoon

So, New York is vast and scary to me. I know my anxiety would’ve flared a lot had I ever set foot in there. But, I think with the two main characters, I could be (mostly) okay. We can go to museums, have dinner, maybe sing horrible karaoke. Furthermore, we can smash stereotypes, and laugh a lot, hug each other, have a wonderful time together.

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Top 10 Characters I am Grateful for

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme run by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I will be deviating from the prompt because it is exactly the prompt for Top 5 Wednesday. I’ll be discussing my top ten characters I am grateful for this season.

Let’s go.

10. Raisa from the demon king by Cinda Williams Chima

This queen heir is driven, curious, clever, and brave. I just like that she is willing to learn more about her  people rather than live in ignorance. Plus, she doesn’t rely on people around her to inform her of what her country is like. Instead, she goes out there to see for herself. And, I love her so much.

9. felicity from the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue by mackenzie lee

Felicity, my soul sister, has the best lines in this already-hilarious-and-poignant-book. I love how different she is from people of her time. She’s progressive, clever, and so funny. Plus, that ending with her next adventure is just perfection. I cannot wait to read her story.

8. the falconer trilogy by elizabeth may

I am grateful for the female characters in this trilogy. Elizabeth May features abuse survivors and it means the world to me to see women building each other up. The way they encourage one another, and sympathize and connect together was so moving to me. Can’t say who deals with what, obviously, but these ladies meant a ton.

Oh, and obviously, I will always be grateful for Derrick, my love.

7. diana from lord of shadows by cassandra clare

Strong, resilient and beautiful: these are some of the ways I describe Diana. Cassandra Clare introduces strong women in her stories, and with each series, she brings in even more different ways for strength to manifest. While I love Emma and Clary, Diana made my heart sing. Obviously, she and Maia will be my babies forever.

6. shadow and bone by leigh bardugo

“I am not ruined. I am ruination.” I am grateful for this line and the person who says it. Hands down one of the coolest moments in my year.

5. a darker shade of magic by victoria schwab

Delilah Bard is my dream self and my dream friend all rolled into one. I just wish I had her guts and her confidence. Having met her in the book is a highlight of my year, because I keep thinking of her. If you ever stumble on my Tumblr, I am always looking for quotes and moments about Delilah Bard. Needless to say, I am ever so grateful for her.

4. weight of feathers by anna-marie mclemore 

Lace and Luc, my precious babies, I loved meeting them, and witnessing their beautiful love story unfold in this debut by one of my favorite authors. Where are all the fan videos and the mood boards, and the fan casting? Come on, peeps, get on it!

3. six of crows by leigh bardugo

Oh my Lord. How much do I love this cast of characters, I will never be able to fully explain! Kaz, my gloomy child, and the rest of his team made a lasting impression. Inej and Nina are people I wish I’d become somehow. Wylan, Jesper, Matthias made me laugh and choke up.

2. the raven cycle by maggie stiefvater

My darling Blue Sargent, my intimidating and yet total cinnamon roll Ronan Lynch, Adam, and Gansey: I am grateful that we met this year. Their friendship is so beautiful. To the dearest ghost I have ever met, Noah Czerny, I think of you often. I am grateful you exist.

 1. harry potter series by jk rowling

Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and Ron Weasley are my favorite buddies of all time. There are many things I don’t like about this series, so many flaws and I wish the author would take ownership of such mistakes. But, still, it was an effective story, full of incredible characters. My dear Neville Longbottom, you are fantastic. Luna Lovegood, Tonks, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, and so many other characters I carry with me always. I am grateful for this series.

 

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Top Ten Books That Will Give Me Cool Aunt Status

 

 

Top Tuesday is a meme created by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, a topic is listed for bloggers to share their top ten books or characters that relate to the prompt. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I am going to be discussing my top ten books that will give me cool aunt status.

Let’s begin.

10. the hunger games by suzanne collins

A trilogy that correlates with strong political commentary but coupled with an intense plot and pace would definitely earn me some points. Look, Katniss Everdeen, along with all the people around the Hunger Games,  face serious choices to make, with very high stakes. Plus, the movie adaptations are pretty good, too. Aside from the casting, which still kind of bothers me sometimes.

9. the weight of feathers by anna-marie mclemore

This book is somewhat slow moving at first. As such, my cool aunt status will not be attained quickly. I am okay with that, because this story packs a punch that “Romeo and Juliet” doesn’t quite manage to accomplish. I do think they’d learn more about adversity and family feuds better through this story. Plus, beautiful costumes and art drive this tale. I think my nephews and nieces would like this book eventually.

8. not a drop to drink by mindy mcginnis

Just like The Hunger Games, I think this story has a lot of weight to it because it seems possible to happen in future. The questions of morality and compassion posited by the author would provide just enough tension and jog (to put it lightly) some thoughts into the nephew and nieces lives, interactions, and discussions.

7. Monsters of verity duology by victoria schwab

Yep, it surpasses Shades of Magic series because I think it warrants a more urgent discussion on evil and choice. I doubt that forgetting August and Kate will ever be feasible. I mean this in the most honest sense: I think of them often.

***Next are books I have not read yet, but they are on my shelves*

6. illuminae by amie kaufmann and jay kristoff

I have not read this series yet, but dude, I know the format will be a ton of fun to experience. All the cool kids have read this series, and while I am not cool (yet), I will make sure my future nephews and nieces know what’s hip.

5. and i darken by kiersten white

Another unread book on this list, but I like the alternate takes on history that are out there in literature right now. So, this one sounds really promising, even though some people say it starts out slow. If I may, I want to add another one that I have not read: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. We can talk about erasure of queer figures in historical texts, too.

4. ash by melinda lo

It’s embarrassing that I haven’t read this on either, but I WILL. And, when I do, those poor nephews and nieces will be exposed to a fresh take on Cinderella. And, in the words of Harry Potter in his musical, “It’s going to be totally awesome.”*

*If you haven’t seen the two Harry Potter musicals, you must remedy this soon. They’re so good.

3. chaos walking trilogy by patrick ness

While I do fear for this trilogy’s adaptation, I still look forward to reading it. A world where people can hear each other’s thoughts sounds terrifying and interesting. Plus, gender, freedom, and cute dogs are relevant to the story.

2. Beauty queens by libba bray

A remake of a classic, and it is far more inclusive, this book sounds like an interesting read. I have skimmed through this before, and it has this reality-television setting that made me smile.

 1. turtles all the way down by john green

OCD representation and discussion of friendship, plus some detective work. Another bonus for me is that this is a book by one of my favorite authors ever. I think the nephews and nieces may like this one, too. (I hope so).

 

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Top Ten Leaders in My (Imaginary) Book Club

 

 

Yes, it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme run by the Broke and the Bookish peeps.  For this week, I am going to be talking about my dream (and imaginary) book club with literary characters.

10. Legend by Marie Lu

I have not read this trilogy yet, but I do know that the main characters are very intelligent people. June is top of her class brilliant. Having her around in our book club would make her a resource on all things survival. Speaking of survival, I think the other character’s name is Day, and he is brilliant. All I know is that he is the most wanted criminal in this society. He can introduce a new list of resources, things not mainstream.

9. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

So, Lynn has such an appreciation for literature and medicine, it’d be a blast to have her around with us. I mean, she’s socially awkward and aggressive, but I’d like to be her book club buddy. Her perspective on literature would be amazing, because she’s living in every dystopian work’s setting probably.

8. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Yeah, yeah, Hermione has to be on this list. She’s good at reading and retaining information. She may end up befriending June, to be honest. But, mostly, I think she’ll really like the next characters on this list.

7. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Obviously Sydney is resourceful and curious. She unlearns and unpacks many prejudices towards vampires. And, the rest is all spoilers, so I can’t tell you, but suffice to say: Sydney and Hermione would have plenty to discuss in regards to female empowerment and societal control of people.

6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

Y’all know, Gansey is as nerdy as they come. He researches, and, when the topic gets even more convoluted, he reaches out to those much more knowledgeable than him. I think Gansey brings in a nice resourcefulness to this book club. We’d go out on trips to see what we read about. Lots of discussions, I think as well. Also: I think he’d be kind of like Schmidt from New Girl. Every time he’d say something privileged, we can yell at him to put money in the jerk jar.

5. The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Listen. Charlotte can teach us all about etiquette (a word I struggle to even spell). However, I really just want to hang out with her and Aithinne, who can also teach us about fae history and maybe recommend some interesting literature and folklore. (I avoided mentioning the rest, because…they got enough love in the series. But, Charlotte, Aithinne, and GAVIN! Gavin was maltreated and I love him, for the most part. He can join our book club, too).

His and Charlotte’s mom can come in and tell us to sit proper or something.

4. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon would be AWESOME to have around. We can talk about Harry Potter, which could: a) freak Hermione out, or b) amuse her. Also, he and I could eat Oreos the whole time (Oreos are vegan, if you haven’t heard).

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I believe that Charlotte’s mom would be bewildered by Effie Trinket, which is my goal in life really. I love Effie and Haymitch, and I think they’d be so much fun in our book club. They could talk history, self defense, even talk about etiquette and interview manners. So good. Maybe Effie could give Simon some tips on internet dating.

2. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Obviously Kate and August would be a delight to have around. I love them, and I think they’d be an edgy addition to our book club. Kate would scare everyone away, and she’d teach us about monsters. August can teach whatever he wants. I just want to say hello to him, possibly give him a hug. He needs it. (as I write this post, I am still scared to read Our Dark Duet). 

 1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Felicity. The love of my life. She needs to be part of our book club, just for being a witty (possibly) asexual woman. I want to be her friend, and I wish all the rest of our book club can be buddies, too. She and Charlotte have the potential to be great friends. They can help August be more comfortable with himself.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Unique Book Titles

 

 

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, a meme run by the bad-ass Broke and Bookish peeps. This week, the topic is for us to list our top ten most unique titles. Here are some of my favorite, most intriguing titles. Let’s go!

10. The Girl who circumnavigated fairyland in a ship of her own making by cathrynne m. valente

 

 

There is something so inherently bad-ass about this title. While I have not read the stories yet, I have a good feeling about the way the main character is going to be portrayed. It feels me up with joy, honestly, to think of a girl who creates her own ship and then peruses around a distant land.

 

 

9.Good Omens by Terri Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

So, I tried reading this book ages ago, and I never finished it. The title, however, will always be something of a marvelous paradox. I’m just so fascinated by how this rich world building and characters get to be hidden under such a seemingly simple title. If you thought this was going to be an easy read, I think you’re probably wrong. But, I wasn’t much of a reader at the time of trying to get into this world presented in the book. I will give it another shot, for sure.

8. The strange and beautiful sorrow of ava lavender by leslye walton

Steeped rich family history presented in this story can be seen  just from the title. My goodness, this book has such a compelling cover and title; I cannot wait to read this one.

7. mosquitoland by david arnold

Contemporary stories aren’t really “in” right now (for me), but this story involves travel and self discovery. In that sense, David Arnold’s novel sounds mysterious to me. Like, is the place the main character going to a land full of mosquitoes? Or, is it metaphorical? I’m shrugging as I write these questions.

6. shades of milk and honey by mary robinette kowal

Listen. I don’t know what this phrase “Milk and honey” refers to usually, but I love it. In fact, there’s a stray cat that I have named after that phrase. His name is Milk and Honey. The name sounds soothing.

5. more happy than not by adam silvera

Dude, Adam Silvera is pretty much going to be on my top ten everything for the rest of my life. Since this is the only book I have read by him (so far), I can talk about it in more detail. The title’s meaning is revealed in the end of the book, and oh my word, it was mind-blowing to see the title click into place like that.

Besides, we all know that They Both Die at The End has an epic title, too.

4. The Sun is also a star by nicola yoon

The whole cover of this book is just so charming. I read this one ages ago, and I enjoyed it a lot. That title means a couple of things for me: mainly, it communicates that we are multitudes and complicated resonates through the story for sure.

3. A great and terrible beauty by libba bray

It has a rather dramatic flair, doesn’t it? I mean, the story was kind of long, but it did echo that epic feel through it.

2. the fault in our stars by john green

A Shakespearean reference that is somewhat obscure? Totally down with it. I am in love with all his books, which is why, I have to admit that for number 1, all I could think of is his newest book (which I don’t have yet)

 1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

This is going to be awesome, I just know it. As someone with OCD, I feel like this book is going to be such a hit for me. John Green books are always dear to me. But, I guess I’m supposed to talk about this title, which I don’t even know if it’s a phrase commonly used or if it is a reference to something else? I’m not sure. I love it, though. (I get to pick this up in the upcoming months. Wish me luck).

 

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