Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic asks us to list our “Book Characters that I’d love to be besties with!”

Haha this was an interesting question! After all, not every character I would love to be friends with would be open to being friends with me too. I might get stabbed! (I do love stabby characters.) Instead, I tried to pick characters that might mesh well with my personality or vice versa, characters that I could “realistically” see getting along with. This was so much fun.

Harry Dresden

From Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, and my favorite series, it makes me happy to think that we actually have a lot in common. We’re both introverts who prefer paperbacks over parties, we both love our animals and treat them like members of the family, and we both value our friends above all else, loyal to a fault. I don’t know how much help I’d be with all of the crazy things he gets himself into, but I’d definitely be there to commiserate and buy him a beer at Mac’s.

Rhysand and The Inner Circle

From A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, I loved the vibe of this misfit group of friends. I would love to be a part of it. The intense loyalty and love they have for each other, the diversity in backgrounds and experiences, the lack of judgement, the acceptance of all oddities, these are only some of the wonderful things I feel this friend group offers. They may all be misfits, they may all be a little bit broken, but- hey, so are we all, right? I feel like I would fit right in.

Hermione Granger

I feel like my girl Hermione is going to make a lot of lists this week! From Harry Potter by JK Rowling, I had to include her. We have too much in common. Love to read, love homework, compulsively takes too many classes, loves her friends fiercely- we’d have a lot to bond over. I feel like she could also use a few more gal pals to balance out the boys too.

Ginny Weasely

I almost included Ginny and Hermione on the same point, since they’re from the same book, but I didn’t. I would also love to be friends with Ginny, but I feel like we would have a very different relationship. Ginny is bolder, says what she wants and means, feels loudly and isn’t afraid to confront a problem. I feel like she could teach me a lot and challenge me in ways that friends are supposed to challenge each other. Plus, I could go watch all of her Quidditch games!

Ian & Jenny Fraser

Hahaha this one would be so interesting. From the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Ian and Jenny have been book “friends” of mine for a long time and definitely made this list easy. Though I do have to say that I think it would be much easier to befriend Ian than Jenny, but hopefully if I start there he’ll put in a good word for me. I would love to visit Lallybroch and see their family and way of life, be taken care of in the firm, matter-of-fact way that Jenny does. Their relationship dynamic is somehow so soothing to me and I can imagine a lot of happy moments in their home as a friend.

Warren Smith & Kyle Brooks

From one of my favorite series of books, The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, Warren and Kyle are #relationshipgoals. They are one of my favorite couples to ship and I would love to go hang out with the two of them. Warren is warm and calming, while Kyle is provocative and sarcastic, and I love them both. Every time I read that scene in Blood Bound where they’re watching Queen of the Damned with Stefan and Mercy, I just want to hop into the scene and join them. Weekly movie nights at Warren and Kyle’s house!

Anna Cornick

Another character from Patricia Briggs, this time from the companion series to Mercy Thompson, the Alpha and Omega series. Anna is musical, creative, kind, introverted, and works hard to soothe, comfort, and support her friends. I think we have a lot in common and I would love to have a friend like her.

Leah Burke

From Leah On the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, I feel like we would have a lot to talk about. She’s a grumpy, overweight, bisexual teen and my HS self would have had so much to talk about with Leah. AND she could bring her adorable girlfriend, Abby (who I totally ship), to hang out with us. We have a lot of common and a lot that is different but that might work in our favor. As a bonus, I feel like I could give Leah some social tips that might help her come off less…prickly. She gets so withdrawn and surly when she’s upset and I’ve been there, I feel like we could help each other and have a lot of fun along the way.

Stella Lane

From The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Stella probably has better things to do than hang out with me, her fancy job, sexy boyfriend, and meticulous routine, but we also have so much in common. I would love to hang out with her late at night with a bottle of wine, talking about our struggles and victories with dating and relationships and sensory issues. I feel like she could also help me organize my closet. Where are you, Stella??

Theodora Sanderson/Crain

From The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, Theodora is a sarcastic, takes-no-shit, badass and I could definitely use a friend like her. She isn’t afraid of haunted houses or ghosts, she says what she means, and she enjoys an adventure. I think she would be a good influence on me haha. I will say, I love the book and the show, and either Theo would be a fantastic friend. In my mind they’ve just merged into one amazing multi-Theo.

This was a hard one!

Who are some characters you’d like to be friends with?? Any on the list here?

If you participated in TTT this week too, drop a link in the comments below!

Book Tag

“Its My Party and I’ll Read if I Want To”

I was known for how well I dressed, back then.

It’s my birthday! Do you know what that means?

I’m older! 29, to be specific. Almost 30, which doesn’t freak me out the way I feel like it’s supposed to. Yet.

I wasn’t planning on writing a post today but I ended up having the time and felt like blogging, so I went in search of something fun to do.

That’s where I found: The Birthday Book Tag!

This tag originated from Antonia @ Always Books and I found it after doing a very sophisticated web search for the words “birthday,” “book,” and “tag.” Why not?

Let’s do thiiiiiiis.

#1 | Birthday Cake:

A book with a plot that seems cliché but you adore it anyway.

I didn’t have to think very hard for this answer. It has to be The Selection series by Kiera Cass.

This YA Fantasy series takes place in a country who’s Prince is looking for a bride. For 35 girls across the country, being “selected” is an incredible opportunity to live at the palace and compete for the Prince’s heart. These books follow our heroine, America, a reluctant entry into The Selection, as she undertakes this particularly fierce and surprisingly dangerous challenge.

This trilogy is exactly like cake: not a lot of substance but so much delicious sugar and all the calories and feelings you could want. I’ve read these more times than I care to admit haha.

What I really do love about this series though, despite what the synopsis may lead you to think, is the female friendships that develop over the series. So many feels. And yes, of course, the blossoming young romance and dramatic royal intrigue, I also love that too.

#2 | Party Guests

Your most anticipated book release for this year.

So I already did a post recently on my most anticipated reads of 2019, BUT. I do want to talk about one book in particular.

This book is a 2020 release (I HOPE) that I’ve been waiting on for- almost six years? It’s from one of my favorite authors, it’s the next addition in a series that I need more of dearly, and I’m so excited.

That book is Peace Talks by Jim Butcher.

If you’re a Butcher fan and you’ve been waiting for as long as I have, no more! (Or…a little bit more.) Butcher posted the words “THE END” on his twitter just a couple of weeks ago and confirmed that he has finally finished writing the book. We should hopefully see a release date and cover soon!

This makes me as happy as that girl right there. ^^

#3 | Birthday Presents

A book that surprised you with how much you loved it.

This was an easy one too!

Hands down, 100%, blew me away, was not expecting it: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

What. A. Book.

I do enjoy contemporary fiction, but I tend to most gravitate toward fiction that isn’t about just our mundane earth world. Not all the time, but this definitely happened with my expectations for Daisy Jones.

If you’re around the book community at all you have probably seen Daisy Jones talked about on booktube or on instagram or someone’s told you to read it (you should) and I saw all those things too, I just didn’t get the hype then. I’d never read anything of Reid’s before and it was a book about a band’s progression through their career in the 1970s and that just didn’t call to me. I put it on my TBR and expected to get around to it in a few years, like I usually do with uber-popular novels that don’t immediately fall into my hands or heart.

Dumbest thing I’ve done all year was put off reading this. I ended up coming around to it just last month because my book club chose it for our Book of The Month and just…damn. I listened to the audio, which I highly recommend, and I couldn’t turn it off. All day long I’d pause it to get something else done and then end up turning it right back on again. I almost wish I hadn’t finished it so fast, but I couldn’t help myself.

Occasionally, as readers, we get to enjoy the unique and delicious pleasure of being so wrong about a book we come to love. This was definitely one of those moments for me.

(I think this review is also scheduled for Monday? Keep an eye out!)

#4 | Happy Birthday Song

A book that certainly deserved all of the hype that it got.

Oh man, I might have to go back to Taylor Jenkins Reid on this one. RIGHT after I finished Daisy Jones and The Six, I rushed to the library and got my hands on her other hugely-hyped novel that I had yet to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. …And now I’m a hardcore Taylor Jenkins Reid fan. They were both spectacular, maybe my best books of the year so far.

In the interest of sharing the love though, I’m gonna spotlight another duo of novels that totally deserves all the attention and hype they (still) get: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

I know, I know, I know, the book community are sick of hearing about these BUT- in the interest of fairness, it is my birthday and I can do what I want. *AHEM*

Maybe I’m feeling sentimental because of the new Crooked Kingdom Collector’s Edition (hint hint, to any present buyers lol) being announced recently, but I’ve been thinking about how much I love this duology a lot. I might need to reread it soon. Maybe a blog buddy read?

Six of Crows is essentially a heist story, except that it’s also set in a fantasy world (the same world as The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, if you’re familiar). Calling it a “heist book” is really a disservice but I’m not sure how else to describe the general plot, cause that’s what it is. What is really is though, underneath, is a dark, complex, slow burn, character-driven, emotional work of YA fiction.

Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to Six of Crows but I hesitate to say much more about it or its plot, to avoid some particularly good spoilers. Needless to say that I still to this day cannot decide if I liked it “as much as Six of Crows” or more.

I didn’t hate or love Bardugo’s first series, so when I read these I was so surprised and elated and knew immediately that I would follow these characters to the end. I felt so attached to the whole and flawed and beautiful humans in this book, and in a way that I haven’t experienced very often since I was a young reader. I love these characters so much and their victories and struggles absolutely become your own when you read these books. Its stuck with me to this day.

Have I talked enough about these yet? Okay.

#5 | Happy Music

A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes.

Ooh this is a hard one!!

I’ve read so many books with quotes that I love that there are so many to pick from. And then some of my favorite quotes come from books that aren’t quoteable as a whole. Hmmm. How to choose?!?

I thought about Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I thought about The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I also thought about The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien and the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. I treasure all of these books, but especially for their words in this case.

Ultimately, I chose The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho.

I really love this book. I know its polarizing, people seem to either really get it or really don’t get it, but it’s special to me. This simple, little story is about following our dreams and realizing that our destiny is bigger than the limits we put on ourselves. Its about following the path that is truly ours and coming to understand our place in the universe (or God, or whatever you believe is bigger than we are). I come back to this story a lot.

Here are some of my favorites:

“You will never be able to escape from your heart, so it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”

“And, when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.”

“It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.” 

“Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the soul of the world, and one day it will return there.”

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever truly suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.” 

“Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.”

We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.

#6 | Getting Older

A book that you read a long time ago, but you think you would appreciate more if you read it as a more mature reader.

Ha, I feel like there are a ton of possible answers to this one, for sure.

My first thought were all of the children’s books I loved as a kid that have such timeless meanings and words in them: The Velveteen Rabbit, The Giving Tree, Love You Forever, to name a few of them.

But when I really sat down and thought about which one to highlight, I kept coming back to something I actually reread recently: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

That might be a trite or a common answer, I don’t know, but I also found it to be true. I loved Harry Potter when I first started reading the books at age 11, I loved Harry Potter when I finished the series for the first time at 18, and I love it now that I’m an adult. Honestly, it’s almost difficult to talk about all the things that HP makes me feel because of the many, many layers of love and memories, from so many different times in my life. Its almost too much.

What I noticed reading through it again as an adult though was this: the true darkness, complexity, and weight of everything those characters deal with was not something I could wrap my head around at 11. I thought I got it all at 18, but even then I don’t think I really grasped some of the deeper, emotional components that come from experience. There were moments during my reread that truly reached out and touched something in me that made me stop. I think there’s something about being an adult, after you’ve felt so many of the complicated, mixed, and heavy feelings that come with being mature, that gives over a new perspective to our sense of empathy. I felt the books so intensely this time around. Maybe that’s because it had been a long time, maybe because I was older and savored every word and feeling, maybe both. Not sure. But I think the emotional heart of this story is very multi-layered for different ages.

#7 | Sweet Birthday Memories

A book that made you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life.

This was a tough question also!

Books are my number one companions when I’m down and I tend to withdraw into stories when things are especially tough, so I feel like I could name so many.

I’ll call out a few, in the order in which they entered my life:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Both the Tortall & Circle series by Tamora Pierce

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Anything by Jenny Lawson

I have gotten lost in all of these pages for a day or a few and they have each been so generous and comforting to me. I literally can’t count all the times I have picked up one of these books hoping that it would sweep me away and I’ve never been let down.


Oh man! This book tag was awesome and had some hard questions, I seriously struggled with a few, but we did it! I wasn’t planning on writing a big post today but hey, this was fun. Thanks for spending my birthday with me! See you on Monday! x — A

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Let me know in the comments which books hit these birthday marks for you!

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic asks us to list our “Top 10 Unique Character Names.”

Well, I chose more than 10, cause I LOVE NAMES!! I usually have a list of names I love from media, but I had to write this list while I was out of town, so these are just off the top of my head! Haha and yes, there are fourteen of them. Some of these are old favorites and some are new discoveries, but I love finding new and unique names within literature. Hope you have as much fun reading as I did making this list!

Arya & Sansa

A Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin

Scout

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Hermione

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Mercy, Adam, & Bran

Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs

Niklas

Gemina, The Illuminae Files by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Sekani

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Kaz, Jesper, & Inej

Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Elias

An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir

Theo (Theodora)

The Haunting of Hill House (Book & TV Series) by Shirley Jackson

Jamie, Marsali, Phaedre & Jem

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Rhysand (Rhys)

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas

Briar

The Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce

What are some of your favorite literary names?? Tell me in the comments!

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic asks us to list our “Childhood Favorites.”

I loved making this list! If I’d have had more than ten spots, I could have kept listing book after book after book, especially since “childhood” spans such a variety. Here are just a few of my favorites, from when I was young:

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco

This was one of my favorite books as a kid and is still one of my favorite books as an adult. I love how beautiful, whole-hearted, and sad this story is. I love the meaning and the lesson behind this story, and most of all I love what it says about beauty and love.

My favorite quote: “It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

When I asked my mom what my favorite books were as a child, this is the one she mentioned first. It’s a classic! I only have a few memories of being read this, but I know it was read to me hundreds of times. The warmth that swells up in me just thinking about this story is a whole and happy feeling. I love thinking about how many children in the world love this book, were read this book, think about this book and feel good. How sweet.

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone

Haha this book was so fun! I remember being so excited and anxious as my parents would read this book to me, just waiting to see the monster at the end! Even after I already knew what it was. This was such a fun and creative book for kids who get so into the emotionality of it, and I smile every time I think about this book existing. It’s so silly and entertaining. And who doesn’t love Grover??

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Hahaha I made my parents read me this book so often that I had it memorized pretty quickly. I always had one complaint though and that was that the barbaloot bears, that cared for the truffula trees, were called…barbaloot bears. Why not something that rhymes with their beloved trees, Dr. Seuss? My young self immediately renamed them “gruffula bears” and insisted that the reader make those changes every night. Still makes me laugh today!

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

What kid, alive when these were released, wouldn’t have these on their list? I don’t know, but I loved them. I turned 11 the year that Harry turned 11 (or when the book was released, yes I know he was technically born in 1980), I felt like I was a part of those worlds as they happened and I am so lucky to have witnessed this cultural phenomenon from such a special vantage point. I haven’t reread them in a long time but maybe I’m overdue for another. These characters felt like my family for so long and I will always treasure them.

The Daughters of the Moon Series by Lynn Ewing

Oh, man! This was the first series I remember being obsessed with entirely on my own. I would scrape together enough money and rush over to the local Borders (raise a glass!) to get one of these, rush home and then absolutely devour them before turning right back around to get the next one. I loved these. I’ve read them again in adulthood and there’s something missing there now, but at the time these were so fun and magical and dramatic. I was especially fond of Serena and Jimena (the name I actually used in Spanish class), though Tianna eventually grew on me a little. All in all, this series has its ups and downs, but man they made me happy for a long time. I’ll always think of them fondly.

Mick Harte was Here by Barbara Park

I was a weird kid and this is one of the clues to that weirdness. I loved reading about tragedies that I could not fathom! In fact, I purposefully only added one of these, but there were a handful of books I loved as a young teen that talked about the most horrible things. Mick Harte was Here was about losing a child in a car accident and I was horrified and somewhat obsessed with this book when I first found it at a Scholastic Book Fair (aww, remember these!). I think that, even from a young age, I was seeking out reasons to feel the intensity of emotion that I do, and also trying to understand why horrible things happened. I still don’t know, all these years later, but how interesting to look back on these quirky favorites.

The Ghost of Fossil Glenn by Cynthia C. DeFelice

This was the first book that I can vividly remember keeping me up at night with the closet light on. It was so spooky!! Maybe this was an early clue that I might one day enjoy scary movies, but I loved this book and it sparked a long, long exploration into a completely new genre for me. I’ve read this again as an adult and, while obviously it’s geared toward the young, I still enjoyed the story a lot! Ah, memories.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Oh my God, I have the fondest memories of reading these in groups of friends with all of the lights out. We scared the hell out of each other with these stories! And we loved it. Slumber parties, recess, a dark corner at the skating rink, in theatre between scenes, kids had these books everywhere for years it felt like. These were really a phenomenon for that generation, I’d be surprised if a lot of people didn’t have similar memories of scary moments with their friends. What’s crazy is that a few of these stories and drawings have still stuck with me for all these years, I remember them so clearly. Can’t wait to see the movie coming out this year!

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

There was only one shelf in my house of books that I ‘wasn’t supposed to read until I was older’ and this one accidentally ended up on that shelf somehow. It was fate! If it hadn’t been on that shelf, I wouldn’t have oh-so-stealthily taken it off that shelf to read, and then I wouldn’t have found the first fantasy world that I fell into and never returned from. The Hobbit is still one of my favorite books of all time and it started my Tolkien love affair.

Which books did you love as a child?? Tell me about it in the comments!

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic asks us to list the “Books On My Summer 2019 TBR.”

I have got a LOT of books that I want to read this summer, but below I’ve listed mostly books that I’m on schedule to read for Netgalley or various book exchanges or challenges I’m participating in, except for a few that are just for fun! There are so many exciting books coming down the line, I won’t have time to list or read them all. Here goes!

  1. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  2. Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer
  3. Recursion by Blake Crouch
  4. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  5. The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
  6. Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
  7. Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  8. The King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  9. Reverie by Ryan La Sala
  10. Ill Wind by Nevada Barr

And here are just a few of the other books that I hope I get to read this summer! Too many books, never enough time. SIGH.

What are you reading this summer??

WWW

Its “What are you reading?” Wednesday!

I’ve seen a lot of bookish memes and list ideas here on the book-blogging circuit, and I wish I could do all of them! One of my favorites has been a trend of bloggers posting their current reads on Wednesdays.

This week I’ll be taking inspiration from Taking On a World of Words, and trying out their “WWW Wednesday!”

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m reading now:

David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

I’m still reading this one! I’d only started it just before last week’s WWW and to be honest, I’m still enjoying it. It’s a somewhat slower read than I expected, lots of exposition and a style of language that’s new to me, but that’s not a complaint. Though it’s taking me a little longer, I’m loving the tone, humor, and wit of this book, as well as the fresh take on what can easily turn into predictable tropes in urban fantasy. Will definitely be reviewing this more fully when I finish. Fans of The Dresden Files looking for something new and interesting should look forward to this one!

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

I only read my first Christina Lauren book last month, when I reviewed The Unhoneymooners, but apparently she is a romance phenomenon that I have been missing out on for a while now. This book is already so adorable, sweet, authentic, and utterly readable. I can’t seem to put it down and I don’t mind at all. I’m about halfway through this one and am reading it for pure enjoyment and nothing else. Well, except that it’s also Pride Month, that too!

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz

I literally only started this one this morning so I don’t know too much, but I love what I’ve read so far. The synopsis alone has me intrigued: a new teacher at a school gets a disturbing response to a creative writing assignment handed back in without a name and must try and discover what’s really going on in the school, and why she was brought there. It reminds me a little of Big Little Lies so far, but that could also be because it’s on the brain with the new season of the TV adaptation dropping recently. Either way, this book is setting up to be eerie! Look for this one on shelves in August.

What I’ve recently finished:

The Divorce by Victoria Jenkins

I really enjoyed this. This ARC came to me through Netgalley and its also the author’s first foray into psychological thriller. I’ll be reviewing this more fully within the week, but suffice to say that for a first thriller it was pretty good! I didn’t see the twist coming, and the book had a somewhat methodical pace for so long that it did a good job of lulling the reader into forgetting the suspense and just enjoying the book. Can’t wait to share more about it with you all.

What I think I’ll read next:

A lot of fantasy this coming week! Love it.

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

I haven’t started this YA fantasy yet, but for exciting reasons! I won this book in a giveaway through my book club, The Book Democracy, and it JUST came in the mail yesterday! Not only that but I’m going to buddy read it with a friend (sup, Haley!) and I always love doing that. I’ve had this one on my TBR since its eagerly anticipated release so I’m expecting great things!

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This is a Book of the Month pick from my book club and I’m excited about it! I haven’t read any of Victoria Schwab’s other successful books, though they’re almost all on my TBR list, so I’m eager to see what the excitement is all about. This series in particular has so much positive buzz around it that I’m really looking forward to experiencing it myself, and I’m also a sucker for a paranormal story. Bring on the spooky!

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

This is another exciting pick for Pride Month! I can’t wait to read this. Not only is this YA fantasy wonderfully LGBT+ but it’s also one of the featured books in my book club this month! And aside from all of that, it just looks great too and so many of my friends can’t stop talking about it. Very optimistic about this one.

What are you reading this week?? Tell me below in the comments!

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is: “Most Anticipated Books of 2019 pt. 2”

It was SO HARD to pick only ten!

What are you excited about this year?? Tell me in the comments

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I am so excited to participate in Top 10 Tuesday for the first time! I love books and making lists, so this ought to be fun.

This week’s topic is “Top 10 Books From My Favorite Genre.”

I wanted to pick so many different genres that I love, but ultimately I chose Fantasy. I’ve been reading Fantasy since I was a kid and it’s probably what I listen to and seek out most consistently. There’s something about faraway worlds and astounding powers and magical adventures that has always called to me.

For starters, I could not choose favorite books within most of these series, so I just put the series on the list. Some of these are listed because I’ve read them recently and they were amazing and some are old childhood favorites, full of sentimental love. All of them have made me laugh, cry, and want to throw things. I’d recommend any single one of them.

So here are ten of my favorites, in no particular order:

Tell me your favorites! If you had to pick a genre, which would be your top choice?