Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Quotes

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl)

Hello Readers!

As a reader it is no surprise that I have a ton of bookish quotes that I just love. Quotes that resonate deeply with me, comfort me, and help make sense of the world I live it. That’s just how powerful they are!

Because of that, this topic wasn’t an easy one. It wasn’t easy because there were just so many great quotes to choose from. But here are the top ten that struck me at this moment:

“The only way to end grief was to go through it.” Ι The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

“You can never know about your own destiny: are the people you meet there to play a part on your own destiny, or do you exist just to play a role in theirs.” Ι Going Bovine by Libba Bray

“I am a tiny piece of miraculous world.” Ι We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

“Normal is the Holy Grail and only those without it know its value.” Ι One by Sarah Crossan

“For anyone who has been taught that good equals small and silent, here is my heart with all its ugly tangles and splendid fury.” Ι Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

“It’s said girls are revolutionary soul forces that can change the world for real.” Ι Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Ι Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.

“You can’t change how other people think and act, but you’re in full control of you.” Ι Dear Martin by Nic Stone

“If you’re going to live, you might as well do painful, brave, and beautiful things.” Ι The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

“I hate seeing fat girls on TV or in the movies, because the only way the world seems to be okay with putting a fat person on camera is if they’re miserable with themselves or if they’re the jolly best friend. Well, I’m neither of those things.” Ι Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

(All cover images from GoodReads)


Around the Web (#19)

Looking for a good re-telling?

Does reading make you smarter?

Are you a true book lover? Take this quiz and find out! (I got 8 out of 13 — not too shabby,  though Buzzfeed thinks I could do better.)

I’m (very) new to the Harry Potter fandom. And I have to say, besides Ron being my most favorite character (sorry Miss Print), I really do love Snape.


Newest YouTube Channel I Started Watching: Zip-A-Dee-Doo Disney

Newest Blog I Started Reading: Disney Pins Blog

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Would Re-Read

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl)

Hello Readers!

I know that today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic isn’t exactly on point. And that’s okay because the topic “Top Ten Books I Could Re-Read Forever” suggests that I have already re-read these books. Reality is, I am not a re-reader by nature even though I sometimes wish I was.

Instead, today I am sharing with you the top ten books I would re-read if I so choose.  Well, let me take that back nine of the books on the list are books I would totally re-read, one book on the list is one that I actually have re-read.

  • Lola & The Boy Next Door Ι Stephanie Perkins
  • The May Queen Murders Ι Sarah Jude
  • The Hate U Give Ι  Angie Thomas
  • To Kill a Mockingbird Ι Harper Lee (I have already re-read this one, but since it’s one of my all time faves I had to include it on this list)
  • Moxie Ι Jennifer Mathieu
  • The Serpent King Ι Jeff Zentner
  • The Hunger Games Ι Suzanne Collins
  • My Sister Rosa Ι Justine Larbalestier
  • We Are Okay Ι Nina LaCour

(All cover images from GoodReads)

Around the Web (# 18)

Looking for a fantasy book featuring diverse characters? School Library Journal has you covered!

What to do with those books you no longer want?

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Is that special someone a “bookish bae”?  Check out these cards!

Why do we forget about all those beloved books we read?

This has nothing to do with books, but! because I’m on my way to Disney (when this post goes live, I will literally be en route to Orlando), I thought this Aladdin/Beauty and the Beast fan theory was interesting.

Newest YouTube Channel I Started Watching: The TimTracker

Newest Blog I Started Reading: N/A

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That I Still Haven’t Read Even Though They’ve Been on My TBR Forever

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Hello Readers!

It seems that my to be read, or tbr, list is continually growing. And I’m sure that you feel the same way too about your own personal lists. As I scroll through my “want to read” shelf of GoodReads I realize that there are A LOT of books that I want to read, but haven’t. And sadly, they’ve been sitting on the shelf for (what seems like) forever!

  • Saving Francesca by Marlina Marchetta
  • Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
  • How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle, and Sarah Mlynowski
  • Queen of the Dead by Michelle Zink
  • Prophecy of the Sisters by Stacy Kade

  • Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
  • Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
  • Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
  • Before I Leave by Lauren Oliver
  • The List by Siobhan Vivian

I have a bunch of other books on my TBR list that I still haven’t gotten around to. How about you? What books have been on your TBR list that you still haven’t read? Please share in the comments!

(All cover images from GoodReads)

Freebie Friday: Adulting

Hello Readers!

And happy Friday to ya!

At the end of 2017 I took a look back at all of the books I read, and I realized that there was a gaping hole. Because of that, I decided to make it one of my 2018 goals: to read more adult fiction.

I really, really want to read more adult books, not because I’m an adult and I feel I should, but because I feel that I’m missing out on some really great reads. And I hate to think that because I don’t love to to step outside of my comfort zone I’m short changing myself.

There’s just a little problem … I’m not exactly sure where to start. I’ve tried wandering the adult fiction section of my library and I felt lost.  Judging by the few adult books I have read in the past, I know that I like quirkier books. I’m not looking to read the latest James Patterson book – not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I know that it’s just NOT a “Nicole” kind of book. But how does one search for “quirkier” books? It’s not like quirk is a genre.

In the past these are the adult books I read and have enjoyed:

  • Eating the Cheshire Cat by Helen Ellis
  • Whores on the Hill by Colleen Curran
  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  • Swamplandia by Karen Russell

Wandering the stacks I felt like I couldn’t find a book that suited me and my tastes. I picked up a few, and from summaries  that sounded like books I couldn’t relate to. I tried judging by the cover, but nothing stood out. Nothing caught my eye. Everything felt … blah.

When all else failed I took to Amazon, and randomly started searching. I’ve made a list, but it’s a very short list. The adult books that seem interesting enough for me to want to read are:

  • A Visit From the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
  • The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

But readers … I want more.

That’s why I’m reaching out to you, dear readers. I’m asking all of you to suggest some really great, really quirky adult books. Because I am not ready to take a giant leap outside of my reading comfort zone, I’m asking specifically for works for pure fiction.

With that, I want to say THANK YOU in advance. I just know you are going to suggest a few of my new favorite books!


Monthly Reading Update – January 2018 Edition

Hello Readers!

At the start of January I had set out to read three books. The three books I had planned on reading were:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – In just one short week I will be heading to Universal Studios to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Because I didn’t have a chance to read the series in its entirety (like I planned) last year, with the start of January I said to myself “Nicole, you have to at least read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”. I read the first book a few years back, and while I (vaguely) remember it, I wanted to read at least one more book in the series as to have a better understanding of the world, so that I wouldn’t be completely confused (and not be a complete poser) while at Universal Studios.

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy – I added this to my January to read list because it’s one that I’ve wanted to read since I first met Julie Murphy. After reading Dumplin’ I’m convinced that I will love Murphy’s debut just as much as beloved Dumplin’.

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan – You don’t know this yet (a post about this will be going live tomorrow) I want to  step outside of my reading comfort zone and read more adult books.  Not knowing where to start I stumbled upon this while browsing Amazon. It sounded like a book I wanted to read. So I quickly added it to my list.

Three books may not seem like a lot to you, but for me it is a definite challenge. I have terrible time management skills, don’t necessarily have the longest commute, and honestly am not always in the mood to read when I get home from a long day of work.

But this month, I read  three and a half books plus eleven picture books for my weekly storytime programming at work. In total I read thirteen and a half books!

I decided to put off reading Side Effects May Vary and A Visit From the Good Squad so that I can continue reading Harry Potter. To date (when this post is live) I have currently read:

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • and I am halfway through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Not only have I surpassed my monthly goal, but I also found a new (to me, after all it is my first time read Harry Potter) series that I absolutely love. Speaking of love – I am thinking about posting a series of reaction posts to the Harry Potter books. Would that be something you’d like to see/read here? If so, please comment below.

Like I said before three books is a challenge for me. I am a slow reader, but I have found a solution – one that I really wish I thought of sooner. Because I drive to and from work I cannot read my current book. However, I can listen. While I am at home, I have my physical copies of the book(s) I am reading, but for my commute (which is upwards of 30 minutes) I also have the audiobook. I alternate between the two and have found that, not only does it help me read more, but it helps me understand what is going on in the story (and sometimes as an added bonus the audio version helps bring the story to life).

Because I count everything I read, this month I also read a total of eleven picture books. They were:

  • The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo by Laura Murray
  • Bear Loves Ben by David McPhail
  • Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith
  • Catch that Cookie by Hallie Durand
  • Red Riding Hood by James Marshall
  • Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz
  • Pretty Salma by Niki Daly
  • The Library Gingerbread Man by Dotti Enderle
  • Perfect Apple’s Bad Day by Edward Hemingway
  • Who Needs a Bath by Jeff Mack
  • Carrot and Pea: An Unlikely Friendship by Morag Hood

With that said, let’s get into my February goals.

I am hoping to read four books in February. I am hoping to finish the remaining books in the Harry Potter series. The books I still need to finish are:

  • Half of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows

Besides them, I also hope to read:

  • Side Effects May Vary 

And still, I’m sure I’ll be reading several more picture books.