Top Ten Tuesday: Authors of Short Stories

Happy Tuesday!! Since this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is one that I’ve already done recently, I decided to go with a bit of different twist. Today I’ll be sharing ten of my favorite authors who have written excellent short stories. I don’t read short stories very often– mostly just when I’m assigned to read them for courses– but some short stories and collections in particular have really stuck out to me over time. In no particular order, here are ten authors whose short stories are definitely worth reading:

What authors are your favorite short story writers? What are some of your favorite short stories? What do you think of the authors on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2017 TBR

Happy Tuesday!! The Broke and the Bookish are back with their weekly Top Ten Tuesday themes, and this week’s topic is a particularly timely one: the Top Ten Books on Your Spring TBR! The snow has just about melted completely where I live, allowing the grass beneath to soak in some much-needed sunshine and warmer air. As winter gradually gives way to spring, it’s time to start thinking about the exciting books we’d like to read this season. Though I likely won’t have an abundance of free time to read until after this semester is over in May, I’m still looking forward to getting a lot of reading done over spring break (AKA this week!). In no particular order, here are ten books that I would love to read soon:

 

 

What books are you hoping to read this spring? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read in a Weekend

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Happy Tuesday!! This week is another Top Ten Tuesday freebie, so I’ve decided to share a list of books that I’ve been looking forward to making for quite some time: Ten Books I’ve Read in a Weekend. Some of these books I read over the course of a single weekend because they were very short; however, some of them were just too good to put down for long!

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What great books have you flown through in a single weekend? What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons NerdCon Was AMAZING

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Happy Tuesday!! Since the ladies over at the Broke and the Bookish blog are taking a short hiatus from Top Ten Tuesday, I’ve decided to do a few freebie posts until they begin again. Today I’m here to talk about an exciting recent experience of mine: I went to NerdCon in Boston, MA!!! (If you want to learn more about NerdCon, you can check out the website by clicking here.) In no particular order, here are ten reasons why NerdCon was AMAZING:

1. Being in the same room as Hank and John Green.

I started watching the Vlogbrothers’ Youtube channel back when I was in seventh grade. Middle school was a tumultuous time, and the sense of community that Nerdfighteria provided me was invaluable in getting me through. John inspired and captivated me with his novels, Hank made me laugh endlessly with his jokes and songs, and their videos were four minute-nuggets of happiness. I owe so much to these brothers and it was absolutely surreal to see them standing on that stage in front of me, being their genuine and hilarious selves.

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2. All of the Pizza Johns and Hanklerfish.

Never before had I seen so many of these strange and lovely creations all in one place. I even drew my own Hanklerfish on the Hanklerfish wall!

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3. Being introduced to so many new Youtubers and content creators that I never knew about.

There’s nothing better than discovering even more fantastic people to follow! From musicians and writers to Youtubers and artists, I’m so excited to delve deeper into their work (as soon as all of this homework lets up, that is!).

4. Talking with Sabrina and the Nerdwriter.

I’ve been a fan of Sabrina (NerdyandQuirky) for quite some time, so it was awesome to actually meet her in person. I also got to meet the Nerdwriter (Nerdwriter1), who was an absolute joy to talk with.

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5. THE MERCH.

6. Being surrounded by so many people who genuinely love nerdy things.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how wonderfully nerdy the world really is. NerdCon was an important reminder that we’re not alone in being unabashedly nerdy, quirky, and passionate about the things we love.

7. Meeting Watsky.

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8. Seeng Harry and the Potters perform live.

Can you say, instant new fan??? This band was so full of energy and life and positivity on stage that it was impossible not to feel empowered by the end of the performance. (Besides, who doesn’t love being able to jump around and scream about Harry Potter?!?!?!)

9. Feeling the overwhelmingly positive support of the Nerdfighteria community.

Nerdfighteria is truly a community of people unlike any other. A sense of togetherness pervaded the atmosphere of the convention, and everyone was so friendly and kind and thoughtful to one another. It made me proud to call myself a Nerdfighter!

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10. The warm and fuzzy sense of nostalgia and gratitude that continually washed over me throughout the entire day.

It’s not an understatement to say that Nerdfighteria has shaped my life in too many ways for me to count. This day took me right back to my middle school and high school selves, those younger versions of myself that found comfort in the content produced by John and Hank and all of the people associated with their incredible community. I am unbelievably grateful to Hank and John for all that they have done!!

If you ever get the chance to go to NerdCon, I have two words for you: DO IT!! Hope you’ve enjoyed this quick summary of my amazing experience at NerdCon 2017!

What are your thoughts on NerdCon? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Exceeded My Expectations

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Happy Tuesday! Today I’m here to share an incredibly positive bookish list with you all that will hopefully brighten your day with some recommendations. Usually I try to begin reading a book with an open mind, but it’s inevitable that there will be some initial expectations floating around. Fortunately, I’ve read countless books that I’ve ended up loving so much more than I first thought I would. Without further ado, here are ten books that have exceeded my expectations: 

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What are some books that have exceeded your expectations? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday: The Traveling Romantic

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Happy Valentine’s Day!! I hope you’re all having a lovely day regardless of how you feel about this rather polarizing holiday. In keeping with a romantic theme, today’s Top Ten Tuesday list revolves around beloved or dreaded romantic tropes. I’ve decided to stay in a positive direction and share ten fun, lighthearted romance novels that involve traveling. Grab your passport and let’s get started!

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What do you think of the books on my list? Any recommendations? How do you feel about Valentine’s Day in general? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish Had A Faster Pace

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Happy Tuesday!! Have you ever wished that a story would pick up the speed just a little bit? (Or maybe a lot?) If so, you’re not alone! In this week’s installment of Top Ten Tuesday I’m sharing ten books that I wish had a faster pace. While I do love slow-burning novels driven by character development, it can never hurt to have an exciting plot to keep readers on their toes!

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Do you ever wish that certain books were more fast-paced? What do you think of the books on my list? Any recommendations for fast-paced books? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday: Pictures Worth Ten Thousand Words

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Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is one that I don’t talk about often on this blog: pictures and visuals in books. Though I haven’t read very many graphic novels or comic books, I have come across some memorable illustrations and creative uses of images in many of the books I’ve read. Here are ten books whose illustrations, images, and design I’ve thoroughly enjoyed:

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What are your favorite books with pictures? Any specific illustrators you like? Have any recommendations? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday: BOOK HAUL

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Happy Tuesday!! Since this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a freebie, I thought I would share a quick list of some of the books I’ve acquired recently. That’s right: A BOOK HAUL! I’ve been meaning to make one of these posts for about a month now, but there’s no better time like the present.

The Truth About Style by Stacy London

I read this over winter break and LOVED IT. In fact, it was even a last-minute addition to my list of Best Books of 2016. It’s so much more than a book about fashion; rather, it’s an inspirational, witty, personal account of how style can be used to reflect your inner self.

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I’ve wanted to read this ever since I first watched The Princess Bride (and consequently became infatuated with Cary Elwes, as have countless other viewers). You can imagine how excited I was when I found this under the tree on Christmas day! I know very little trivia and details of how the movie was made, so I’m looking forward to learning more about it from an actual actor’s perspective.

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I finished reading this thriller on the night of Friday the 13th while staying in a mountain lodge in the middle of winter… I hope that’s not a sign of something! While I did enjoy the book, I have to say that I think this is one of the rare cases where I actually like the movie adaptation more. The pacing of this six hundred page tome just couldn’t match the suspenseful, action-packed plot of the film. Full review to come!

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Okay, I’ll be honest with you all: I picked this book up in Barnes & Noble purely because I loved the cover design. However, as soon as I realized who it was written by and what it was about I knew I would have to buy it. I had never read any Russian literature before, and who better to start with than Dostoevsky?

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If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while, then you undoubtedly know how much I love Willa Cather’s novel My Ántonia because I somehow manage to mention it in  of tags and Top Ten Tuesday lists. Several people have recommended that I read Death Comes for the Archbishop next, and by some magical stroke of luck I happened upon a copy in a secondhand bookstore recently.

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I first read this novel for my Intro to Lit class during my first semester of college and even though I enjoyed it then, I feel like I have gained a greater appreciation of it having had some time to think about the entire story as a whole. I’ve been wanting to reread it recently and I was lucky enough to find a copy of it at a secondhand bookstore as well.

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I read this over the summer and really enjoyed it, although I feel like there were so many little details that I probably missed (which is how I usually feel when I finish a Faulkner novel). When I saw a copy of this at a secondhand bookstore recently I just had to pick it up. I’m really looking forward to rereading it (hopefully fairly soon!).

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

I am SO GLAD that I decided to purchase this book this month!! I had been hearing amazing reviews of it everywhere online, so I was really curious to see what all of the buzz was about. Trust me when I saw that this poetry collection definitely deserves the praise it’s been receiving!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this book haul! What do you think of these books? Any recommendations based on these authors? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gem Books

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Happy Tuesday! I’m really excited about this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme because we’re sharing our Top Ten Hidden Gem Books– who isn’t excited to talk about fantastic books that deserve more praise? There are so many amazing books out there that deserve a larger audience and that aren’t talked about or read often enough. Narrowing down this list to only ten books was not easy, but I did it! In no particular order, here are ten hidden gem books that I highly recommend:

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What are some of your favorite books that deserve more time in the spotlight? What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY