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.

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

Newest Blog I Started Reading: Disney Pins Blog

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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!