Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Did Not Finish

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Hello Readers!

A long time ago I would read every book I picked up. It didn’t matter if I loved it or if I hated it, I read it from start to finish. And then it dawned on me … why am I wasting time on a book I really don’t like? Why would I continue to read a book that isn’t bringing me joy? Once I realized those things I started walking away from the books that I started reading but wasn’t loving.

Today, I am sharing the top ten books that I have marked off as “DNF”. Those books are …

  • Stick Cat: A Tale of Two Kitties by Tom Watson
  • The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson
  • The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
  • Lust by Robin Wasserman
  • Witch-Hunt by Marc Aronson

  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  • Modelland by Tyra Banks
  • Cherry Money Baby by John M. Cusick
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  • A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron

Do you have any books on your DNF list? Please share in the comments.

(Book cover images from GoodReads)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Items I’d Have At A Bookish Party

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Hello Readers!

Not only do I consider myself a reader, but I also consider myself to be an introvert. That means, parties generally aren’t my scene. But if it was a party I was planning – specifically a bookish party – that’s a different story.

If I were throwing a bookish party, these are the top ten bookish items I would have at my party:

Food:

I wouldn’t serve a sit down meal, instead I would serve some bookish themed snacks, like:

Cheesy Broomsticks (Harry Potter)

Peeta’s (Burnt) Nut and Raisin Bread (The Hunger Games)

Green (Deviled) Eggs & Ham  (Green Eggs and Ham)

Frobscottle Drink (The BFG)

Miss Maudie’s Lane Cake (To Kill A Mockingbird)

There would also be party games and activities, like:

Pride & Prejudice – The Game

Make Your Own Book Page Bookmark 

Book Title Charades

There would also be tons of bookish decorations, like:

A Book Page Table Runner

A Bookish Wreath to Welcome Everyone

As an added bonus, I’d give all my guests a book themed tote bag and fill it with a book, a chocolate frog, and a book themed/scented candle to cozy up with.

This bookish party sound great to me! Makes me really want to throw one!

What bookish items would be at your bookish party, dear readers? Please share in the comments below!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wish I Read When I Was A Child

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was created on Canva.

Hello Readers!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I wasn’t always a reader. When I was young I didn’t necessarily enjoy reading. Let me rephrase that: I liked reading but it wasn’t easy for me. I was a very slow reader and that frustrated me.

And when I did read, I read because I had to, mainly for school. Looking back I missed out a lot of great books. So today, I am going to be sharing the top ten books that I wish I read when I was a kid.

Please keep in mind, it’s been a long time since I was a kid. And I can’t remember all of the books I wanted to read. Because of that, this list is only seven books long.

  • Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levin
  • The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

  • The Catcher in the Rye by S.D. Salinger
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
  • Point Horror series by Various Authors

While I didn’t read these as a kid, I do hope to read some of them now, as a much older adult.

(Book cover images from GoodReads)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Titles I Think Would Make Great Band Names

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Hello Readers!

I am super excited (!!!) about this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic. You see, I love music. Even though I have no musical talents or abilities, I often dream about what my band name would be if I were in fact in a band (or if, you know, I had musical abilities).

When creating any Top Ten Tuesday list I like to scroll through my GoodReads “read” shelf to find the source material. As I scrolled through this time I couldn’t help be find way more than ten titles I think would make great band names. So it was a challenge, but I think I succeeded!

  • Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
  • Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • Devils Unto Daughters by Amy Lukavics

  • We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  • Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry
  • Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

There you have it dear readers! What do you think? Do you think I picked out some good book titles turned band names?

(Book cover images from GoodReads)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Enjoyed But Rarely Talk About

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Hello Dear Readers!

Top Ten Tuesday is one of my favorite blog features. It’s a fave because it allows me to go back and revisit books I previously read and loved. And sometimes it allows me to think of all the books I’m excited to read and love in the future.

I’ve read a lot of books. And I loved many of them. But no matter how much I loved them, I don’t always talk about them. Today I will be sharing the top ten books I loved, but rarely talk about.

Clarity by Kim Harrington

Splintered by A.G. Howard

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrano

Sadie by Courtney Summers

The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Bliss by Lauren Myracle

After Tupack & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

For the Record by Charlotte Huang

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Borrowed

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Top ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was created on Canva for the purpose of this post. 

Hello Dear Readers!

Top Ten Tuesday is one of my favorite blog features. It’s a fave because it allows me to go back and revisit books I previously read and loved. And sometimes it allows me to think of all the books I’m excited to read and love in the future.

As a book lover there’s nothing better than the feeling of a new book in your hands. But as a librarian, there’s nothing better than the endless reading possibilities. For today’s post, I’m going to be featuring my top ten books that I’ve borrowed (from my library).

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Belles Series (Belles, Winter White, & The Grass Is Always Greener) by Jen Calonita

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Perks of Bring A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

The June Boys by Court Stevens

The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathrna

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

The One & Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

(All book cover images are from GoodReads)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Auto Buy Authors

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Hello Readers!

We all have those authors that we buy their books no matter what. Those authors whose books we will automatically buy no matter if we feel we need the book in our lives or not. And I am no different.

Today, I’m sharing my top ten auto buy authors.

  • Holly Black
  • Nic Stone
  • Julie Murphy
  • Tara Altebrando
  • Nina Lacour
  • Maggie Stiefvater
  • Ransom Riggs
  • E. Lockhart
  • Stephanie Perkins
  • Libba Bray

I am sure that there are a bunch more, but these ten here are my go to auto buy authors. And like me, I’m sure you, dear readers, have some auto buy authors. I’d love to hear all about them! Please share in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Least Favorite Characters

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Hello Readers!

As readers we all have those characters that we identify with, those characters that we side with and cheer on, those characters that we consider our favorites. I am no different dear readers! Of course I have characters that I consider to be my favorite. But I also have characters that I don’t like. And today, this post is dedicated to them!

My top ten least favorite characters are:

Margo Covey from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I just found her to be too overbearing and controlling.

Callie Reyes from Puddin’ by Julie Murphy – She was an abrupt character. And very guarded. I feel like I didn’t have to get to know this character to know that I didn’t like her.

Ophelia Castellan from A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson – It wasn’t that I didn’t like Ophelia, I didn’t like most of the choices she made.

Percy Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I stand by my feelings on this one. While I love the Weasley’s as a whole, I absolutely detest Percy. I felt like he betrayed his family, and you just don’t do that, no matter what.

Tris Prior from the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth – At first I liked her, but as I read, I found that she grated on my nerves.

Kate from The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry – I couldn’t help but shake my head at her. There were things that this character did that I just didn’t like that it made me not like the character.

Deanna Lambert from Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr – I don’t remember the exact reason as to why I didn’t like her, (it’s been a while since I’ve read this book) but I remember not liking her. It brought the overall book down.

Miss Peregrine from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – When I first read this book, I loved Miss Peregrine. But when I re-read this book, even though I still loved the book as a whole I didn’t love Miss Peregrine. I found that she always seemed to have her best interest at heart as opposed to the peculiar children’s interests.

Again, I’ve come up two short! But I guess I like more characters than I dislike. Which is a good thing, right?! Do you have any characters that you don’t necessarily like or love? If so, please share in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Childhood Favorites

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post.

Would you believe me if I told you I wasn’t as big of a reader as a child as I am now? Well, it’s true. In fact, at one point in my young life I dared to say that I wasn’t a reader. Looking back I realized that I just hadn’t found my book.

With that being said, my top ten list today is going to be a bit scattered. Even though I didn’t read as much, I did read. But I read books that weren’t specifically targeted to me. I didn’t read above my age or reading level, I simply read whatever books were available to me – which either came from my older cousin or the school library I visited once a week with my classmates.

Of the books I did read, these are the top ten I’d say were my childhood favorites:

  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
  • Socks by Beverly Cleary
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
  • One Evil Summer by R.L. Stine

  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Grass Rope by William Mayne (honestly, this was a book I picked and read from my school’s library. I remember reading it, however I remember not one bit of this book. But I must have loved it because it’s stuck with me all these years.)

Because I wasn’t as much a reader as I am now, it was honestly quite difficult for me to actually drum up ten titles! But I came close at eight titles. So, dear readers, what were some of your favorite books you read as a child? Please share in the comments.

(Cover images from GoodReads)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

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Hello Readers!

Another TBR list! I always say to myself that I’m going to throw caution to the wind and just not have a TBR list. But who am I kidding? Even if I don’t stick to it, which I barely stick to, it’s nice to have.

With that said, knowing that I probably won’t stick to it, these are the top ten books I hope to get to this summer:

  • Small Town Sinners by Melissa C. Walker
  • Slay by Brittney Murphy

  • Unhinged by A.G. Howard
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
  • Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

  • Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

  • Light it Up by Kekla Magoon
  • Guts by Raina Telgemeier

What books do you, dear readers, hope to read during the hazy crazy days of summer?

(All cover images from GoodReads)