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?