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What’s On My Christmas List…Book Edition!!

AHHHH, I can’t believe Christmas is in 5 days! I got the idea for this post from yesterday’s Top Ten Tuesday. While my favorite part of the holidays is being with my family and just embracing the holiday spirit (AKA Christmas music all day long), I can’t lie. Opening up a present and seeing a book I want to read is definitely a great feeling. Here are my top reading-related gifts that I am hoping to find under the tree this year!

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter  One of Us Is Lying  Far from the Tree  The Hate U Give

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I’ve seen these books everywhere recently and want to see what the hype is all about! Oddly enough, they are all contemporary I believe–normally I have some fantasy thrown in there too!

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And finally…a hands free book holder! I’m not sure if it will work well, but if it does I can read books hands free! Maybe this would let me sneak in some reading while I am eating less-snacky foods. We shall see!

So what’s on your Christmas list this year? Any recommendations I should add to mine? Let me know!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Book to Movie Adaptations

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a certain theme assigned where you have to try to list ten for that category. For more information, visit their page here.

June 7: Reasons You Love _____

This week’s topic really caught my eye, since it was so open-ended. There are so many things I love it was hard to choose! I ended up selecting “book-to-movie adaptations” because I have so much to say about them.

1. the anticipation

This may sound strange, but I actually love the anticipation that comes while waiting for a new book or movie to release. I love counting down the days or seeing how close I am to reading or watching something I am excited for!

2. Extremely Accurate Screenplays

One of the best things for me when it comes to movie adaptations is when the author writes the screenplay. When you are sitting in the theater and you hear the exact same lines you read, it is just a really neat experience.

3. Similarities

While watching a book-to-movie adaptation, it is always fun to spot the similarities. Movies could go in any direction, so it is cool to see you favorite scene or character included.

4. Differences

Differences–the thing that sparks the most arguments about book to movie adaptations. Sometimes the movie will take a different path than the book, and sometimes it can lead to something great or something awful. I always enjoy seeing how the movie has a unique story to itself, because it is impossible to dully translate a book to a movie.

5. Gives Characters a Face

I am extremely bad at picturing characters while I am reading, so seeing other’s interpretations of the character is always helpful. There are times were if I see pictures or a trailer of the movie, I will imagine the characters that way. Also, I love when characters I pictured look exactly how I thought they would. For example, Daniel Radcliffe does not play Harry Potter–he truly is Harry Potter to me!! 😀

6. Helps Visualize the Setting

This is for books that have specific settings of places I haven’t been. When reading The Fault in Our Stars, I couldn’t picture Amsterdam the best. But after watching the movie, I now know what the Anne Frank House and the restaurant looked like in the book,

7. The Hype 

Seeing one of your beloved books getting the attention it deserves is a great feeling. When a book is announced to become a movie, while there are some that will just watch the movie, many will also read the book. In the end they all are enjoying the same story you love.

8. Picking Up Small Details

Sometimes, the movie producers throw in small Easter eggs for us readers. To someone hasn’t read the book, they wouldn’t notice these details. However, when we see them,  we get completely giddy.

I personally love movies that are really accurate and adapt the book as best as possible. These adaptations can be a total hit or complete flop (looking at you Percy Jackson, Beautiful Creatures, Divergent, etc.) Here are some of my absolute favorite recent book to movie adaptations.

Me Before You  (Me Before You, #1) Paper Towns

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 

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TTT: Most Anticipated 2016 Releases (Part 1)

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December 29: Most Anticipated Releases for 1st Half of 2016

This Top Ten Tuesday came just in time! I was already planning a post out for this, because guys, there are a TON of releases I am looking forward to! This may be one of the first times I have more than 10 answers. So many great books to look forward to in 2016. These are in order according to month.

*EDIT- After looking at this completed post, I realized I am lacking so many Fantasy novels. This is almost all contemporary! I may have another list of fantasy novels later on…


Passenger (Passenger, #1) Bookishly Ever After (Ever After, #1) The Year We Fell Apart

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (Jan. 5th)

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira (Jan. 12th)

The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin (Jan. 26th)

January holds two of the books I have been waiting for the longest- Passenger and Bookishly Ever After. Alexandra Bracken stole my heart with The Darkest Minds, and I can’t wait to see her new book! This is Isabel’s first book, but it reminds me a bit of Fangirl, and I am extremely excited!


Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5, 0.6, 1.5, 3.1, 3.6)   The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (Feb. 2nd)

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine (Feb. 16th)

Looks like February is the month of Fairytale Retellings! You all know my unhealthy obsession with The Lunar Chronicles, so obviously I am stoked for this bind up of short stories. The Shadow Queen was found by the Once Upon a Time  fan in me, and I’m looking forward to this Snow White story.



The Girl Who Fell A Tyranny of Petticoats Raelia (The Medoran Chronicles, #2) This Is Where the World Ends

The Girl Who Fell by S.M. Parker (March 1st)

Tyranny of Petticoats by Multiple Authors (March 8th)

This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang (March 22nd)

Raelia by Lynette Noni (March 23rd) 

So many releases in March! The main book I want my hands is Raelia, the second book in the Medorian Chronicles. I have raved about Noni’s Akarnae several times on this blog, and I can’t wait to see Alex’s next adventure! A Tyranny of Petticoats looks like it will be a promising bind-up of heroine short stories, and the author line up looks pretty great. I just bought the book Falling into Places by Amy Zhang, so I’m hoping to read her other book as well.


When We Collided Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here

When We Collided by Emery Lord (April 5th)

Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw(April 19th) 

I’m a bit hesitant about When We Collided, but I still think I want to give it a try. Now Scarlett Epstein sounds amazing! This is one of the several fandom related books coming out this year, and follows a fanfiction writer that is distraught over the cancellation of her favorite tv show.


The Way Back to You The Unexpected Everything The Crown (The Selection, #5)

The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott (May 3rd)

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (May 3rd)

The Crown by Kiera Cass (May 3rd)

ALL OF THESE COME OUT ON THE SAME DAY. After reading Since You’ve Been Gone last summer, I have been anxiously awaiting Matson to release a new book. Just look at the cover, it screams fun and summer! And of course, The Crown is the final (for real this time)book in The Selection series, and it will be interesting to see who Edalyn chooses.



Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

Summer Days & Summer Nights by Multiple Authors (June 14th)

This is just like the book My True Love Gave to Me, but a summer edition! I’m pretty excited to read Roth and Clare’s stories,  because I haven’t read anything that was contemporary from these authors. Summer Days and Summer Nights looks like a perfect book to read outside by the pool!


There you have it, some of my most anticipated releases. There are quite a few on this list that I would consider “must buys on the day they are released,” so that’s exciting. I’m sure a few of these will remain on my TBR for a while, but I hope to get to them all eventually!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos I Want

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October 13: Top Ten Author Duos that You Would Love to See

This was a bit harder for me, so I wasn’t thinking realistically. I choose concepts authors are good at in their books and paired them with authors and their concepts. I kept a list of just a couple of authors so it was easier, so that’s why there are many of the same authors on here (most with very popular books)

  1. John Green and Gayle Forman: This book would break my heart into a billion pieces.
  2. Morgan Matson and Rainbow Rowell: Cuteness Overload, am I right?
  3. Lynette Noni and Sarah J. Maas: These two are the queens of world building.
  4. Marissa Meyer and Rick Riordan: They both deal with recreations…it would be perfect.
  5. Alexandra Bracken and Veronica Roth: These two could build a great dystopian.
  6. J.K. Rowling and John Green: Magical heart-break
  7. Stephanie Perkins and Gayle Forman: Best contemporary ever.
  8. Rainbow Rowell and John Green: PLEASE

I could only think of 8 duos. I promise next week’s TTT will be much better.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on Fall TBR

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September 22: Books on Your Fall TBR List

GUYS! Fall starts tomorrow, and I am so pumped! Not only is it the best time of the year with weather and holidays, but it’s also a great part of the year when it comes to book releases! My TBR list for Fall consists of several new releases as well as some older books as well.

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) Carry On

1. Winter by Marissa Meyer: I NEED IT RIGHT NOW. I have been waiting for a year and a half. Needless to say, I am extremely excited for this book.

2. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan: Rick Riordan is like the god of writing (sorry Apollo) and I will try all his books. I will admit, I was never able to get into the Kane Chronicles, but I’m thinking it’ll be different with this series.

3. Carry On by Rainbow RowellThis is the release I am most hesitant about. I’m probably the only one, but I honestly didn’t care for the Simon Snow shorts in Fangirl. There were so many of them, I always wanted to get back to Cath. I’m hoping that I will love this book because I won’t be waiting for the main characters to come back. We’ll see…

Finding Audrey A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

4. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella: This has been on my radar since its came out. Definitely want to get around to it in ext few months.

5. A Court of Thorns of Roses: Sarah J. Maas is a goddess. I would read her grocery list, so of course I want to get to the other series she is creating.

6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor:  I bought this whole trilogy when they were on sale on amazon, so I’m looking forward to a long weekend marathon!

These are the 6 books I want to read or at least get a start on during fall. Lately it seems like I never have a chance to read, so I’m keeping my TBR pile pretty low right now. I can’t tell you how long it is taking me to finish Queen of Shadows because I can only read a few parts at a time (it’s amazing so far).

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Just Didn’t Click With

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August 31: Book Characters I just Didn’t Click With

This is a very interesting topic this week, because I have never really thought in detail of all the characters I didn’t really connect with. So we’ll see what happens

  1. Eadlyn from The Heir –  To be honest, she was the main reason for my dislike fort his book. I have never read about a character that was so self-conceited and obnoxious. Didn’t like her one bit, and she never and that “redemptive” moment,

2. Isla from Isla and the Happily Ever After– I adored the first two books of Stephanie Perkins, but this one wasn’t my favorite. I just didn’t feel anything for Isla, and she got on my nerves at times.

3. Lara Jean from P.S. I Still Love You– Notice that I say the second book rather than the first. She was definitely better in the first book, but her childishness really just grew in the second book. She’s immature in her own way and a bit to naive for my liking.

4. Peeta from The Hunger Games-  Don’t get me wrong- I think Peeta is a great character and I do like him. However, I definitely wasn’t  one of those people who absolutely loved him. He was just sort of there and I didn’t have any strong emotions for him throughout the series.

5. Cassia from Matched- Possibly the dullest character in the boringest book I have ever read.

6. Alice from Side Effects May Vary–  She is so rude and inconsiderate to someone helping her. A very obnoxious and snotty attitude that ultimately made me give the book one star.

7. Ezra and Cassidy from Beginning of Everything- I had heard so many great things on t his book, but was ultimately disappointed. The characters didn’t feel that alive and I didn’t connect with them.

And with that, I will stop this list because QUEEN OF SHADOWS IS OUT TODAY AND MUST GO READ IT!!



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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Have Read Most Books From

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August 11: Authors You Have Read the Most Books From

For this top ten Tuesday, I am using the goodreads feature “most read authors” to help me out. Obviously, many of these authors wrote series that I read, but there are a few that I have just read several books from.

    • Barbara Parks and all of the Junie B. Jones Books
    • Mary Pop Osborne and who knows how many Magic Tree House books
    • Lemony Snicket and the Series of Unfortunate events

Rick Riordan  J.K. Rowling  Cassandra Clare

Rick Riordan (11 books)- Entire Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Heroes of Olympus series, Greek Gods book.

J.K. Rowling (7 books)- All of the Harry Potter Books

Cassandra Clare (5 books)- The Infernal Device Trilogy, and 2 Mortal instruments Books.

Marissa Meyer  John Green  Gayle Forman

Marissa Meyer (4 books)- Fairest, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress

John Green (4 books)- TFIOS, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, Let it Snow

Gayle Forman (4 books)- If I Stay, Where She Went, Just One Day, I Was Here

Kiera Cass  Ally Carter Veronica Roth

Kiera Cass (4 books)-  The Selection series

Ally Carter (4 books)- Heist Society books, Double Crossed

Veronica Roth (4 books)- Divergent Trilogy, Four’s Short Stories

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas- Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire

And that of course starts all of the trilogy authors, but I have already reached my ten! I’m very excited to see other posts about the authors today, because I know there are some great series out there that I have yet to read!




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Top Ten Tuesday: Fairytale Retellings

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August 4: Fairytale Retellings I Have Read/Want to Read

Series I have read + New Releases

The Lunar Chronicles

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

As far as I’m concerned, this is the only fairytale retelling that needs to exist. I have gone on and on about this series for so long now, so it’s pretty obvious that it’s my favorite. of course, I haven’t read Winter yet, because there are still months of waiting, and I’m not a time traveler like the Doctor. But, when it does come out, I am sure I will love it like the rest of the books

Throne of Glass Series

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

I didn’t even know I could use this series until I saw some other people put it on their top ten list. APPARENTLY, this series is like a losely based Cinderella story. I just stared at the screen for awhile because I honesty never thought of that. Never while reading the first 3 books did that occur to me, and now I feel really dumb for not catching it. Again, I haven’t read Queen of Shadows yet (1 MORE MONTH) but I know it’ll be amazing.

fairytale Retellings I want to read

Blank 133x176This blank cover represents Heartless by Marissa Meyer. You may know that she is also the wonderful lady that wrote The Lunar Chronicles. She is now an author that when they release something I will buy it. There’s no cover yet, because it’s more than a year away, but I’m sure this Alice in Wonderland story will be great. (This just goes to show how much I love her as an author, because I really don’t Alice in Wonderland, but I will read her story)


A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) This book came out early this year, so I don’t feel too  bad about not reading it yet. After I finish Assassin’s blade, I may turn to this for more Sarah J. Maas writing. Everyone seems to love this book, so I’m sure I will too.




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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters that are Book Nerds

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July 28: Characters Who are Fellow Book Nerds

Oooooh I love this topic! When I’m reading a book and find a character that loves books, they become like 10x better. You will probably see a lot of the same answers today, but that’s because these characters are the best 😉

Fangirl     Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)     Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

1. Cath from Fangirl: This girl is absolutely obsessed with books! She loves the Simon Snow series and even writes fanficition. I mean the book’s name is even Fangirl.

2. Celaena and Dorian from Throne of Glass: These two are constantly reading in the books. Celaena read anything and everything and Dorian’s room has book stacks everywhere.

3. Will and Tessa from The Infernal Devices: These two connected over books and reading, and it really started their relationship together.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)     The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3)     The Book Thief

4. Hermione from the Harry Potter series: The ultimate book-worm. Hermione always has her nose in a book. When packing her magic bag in The Deathly Hallows, she had 19 books with her!

5. Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson series: She had dyslexia and still read more than characters that could read just fine. Being a daughter of Athena, she always wanted to know more.

6. Liesel from The Book Thief: I never got to finish this book (oops), but Liesel obviously loved books since she was stealing them!

The Fault in Our Stars     Matilda     To Kill a Mockingbird

7. Hazel from TFIOS: Hazel just read Imperial Affliction over and over. She even contacted the author (who turns out to be a jerk) several times because she loved it so much.

8. Matilda: This little girl had some serious reading skills. She was going to the library and reading on her own at such a young age, it was crazy!

9. Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus always read to Scout, so she knew how to read before even entering school (much to the annoyance of her teacher).


Gilmore girls title screen.jpg The Middle logo

(Both pictures are from Wikipedia)

Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls: Rory always has a book in her hand and is always striking up conversations about them.

Brick Heck from The Middle: Brick is probably my favorite character ever. He loves reading (Books, instruction manuals, signs) and has a obession with fonts. The time Axl spoils a book for him is the most accurate episode ever!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Diversity in Books

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July 21: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.)

This topic was a bit harder for me to come up with because I haven’t really read that many diverse books. There are some I have been dying to read, but haven’t gotten the chance to yet. As I thought more about it, while the YA genre has diverse books, there’s still quite a bit of lackage. I had to throw in some middle grade books to get more answers. Some of these may not be technically correct, but I thought they had diverse aspects.

So B. ItRules Petey

So B. It  by Sarah Weeks: features a mentally disabled mother who only knows 23 words.
Rules by Cynthia Lord: features main character who’s life revolves around autistic brother.
Petey by Ben Mikaelsen: features perspective of man who has cerebral palsy.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: this one may not be “diversity” but it doesn’t follow the normal YA standards. Eleanor is a heavy-set redhead from a poor family and is dating Park, a half- Korean, in the 1980s. Not your stereotypical relationship in YA, but still a fan favorite.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanLara Jean and is half-Korean and in both books we see some of the customs and traditions they celebrate.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer: This whole series is set in New-Beijing with Chinese characters.
These are all the books that I can think of that feature diversity, even though I know I have probably read more. Here are some more books that I haven’t read (yet) but are considered diverse. The titles all link to Goodreads if you want to check them out.