Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books Released in the Last 10 Years

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share our favorite books released in the last 10 years. As someone who tends to read older books and isn’t great at staying on top of new releases, I’m pretty intrigued to see how this list will go. I decided to make this list based on which books came out in which year, not on the year that I read them.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Throwback to those first years of me being a Nerdfighter! I’ve always marveled at how these two authors were able to seamlessly write this novel of intertwining stories chapter by chapter. This book is hilarious and heart-wrenching and thought-provoking all at the same time, in Green and Levithan’s usual way. Different from many YA books that I’ve read!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I remember reading this book around Christmastime one year and thinking: Wow, what perfect timing! This book is mysterious and magical and will leave you wanting more of the fantastical world Morgenstern has created. If you’re looking for romance, adventure, suspense, and beautiful writing, then this is definitely the book for you!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

How could this not have been my favorite book of 2012? I was so excited for it to be released that I pre-ordered a signed first edition copy–and I rarely pre-order anything! I loved how John Green balanced tough topics with heartfelt, thought-provoking discussions of important life questions and funny, memorable scenes that I still think about from time to time.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

This little book is eerie, suspenseful, and told like a twisted fairy tale. Definitely a great read for a spooky fall day. I love Neil Gaiman’s lyrical writing in general, but this novel in particular has really stood out to me even all these years later. Whether or not you’re a Gaiman fan already, you will be after reading this!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This beautiful, heart-wrenching, emotional historical fiction novel blew me away when I read it as a senior in high school–so much so that I went out and bought a copy just to have it on my shelf, even though I had borrowed it from the library. If that’s not a testament to how much I enjoyed this book, then I don’t know what is!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I remember this book being everywhere in the online book community for the longest time. It took me forever to finally get around to reading it, but when I did I could totally see what all the hype was about. The idea of so many different Londons is really interesting!

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

This series is just unlike any other that I have read! I really liked how it was 4 books instead of the usual three or longer–I feel like you rarely see quartets around. The entire premise is so creative and unique, and I couldn’t get enough of the idea of magical ley lines and forests snaking their way through a rural town.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Again, I have never read a book like this one. Written entirely in quotes that blend fact and fiction, Lincoln in the Bardo is a true masterpiece. Not only did this novel win the Man Booker Prize, but it is also Saunders’ first full length novel–wild! Definitely makes me want to read some of his short stories.

When the Curtain Falls by Carrie Hope Fletcher

I’ve been a fan of Carrie for years (both her videos on Youtube and her books), and I can confidently say that this is her best novel yet. I feel like Carrie really found her groove in writing this book because the setting, characters, and story all worked together so wonderfully. As with nearly all of Carrie’s books, I read this one in one sitting!

Unfortunately I haven’t read any books released in 2019 yet. Between finishing up the semester, writing my honors thesis, graduating from college, and dealing with some personal stuff that’s been happening lately, I just haven’t had any time to delve into any new releases. I’m really looking forward to finally having time to visit the library again and check out some new books. With that being said, let me know what 2019 releases you recommend!

What are your favorite releases of the past decade? What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Tackle that Reading Slump

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share books that pull us out of reading slumps. We’ve all been there: for some reason the mood just won’t strike us, and any book we open up inevitably seems off-putting. Reading slumps are a bibliophile’s worst nightmare, especially when your looming TBR pile is staring you in the face. Today I’d like to share a list of ten books that have helped me break through reading slumps in the past.

What books have gotten you out of a reading slump? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love But Have Never Reread

Happy Tuesday!! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is supposed to be books I’ve loved but will never reread, but I’ve decided to scratch that and add a bit of a twist to it. Because I ADORE rereading books, there’s a likelihood that I’ll reread almost any book that I love. Instead, today I’ll be sharing ten books I love but for some reason have never gotten around to rereading. Fingers crossed that I’ll find time to reread them soon!

What favorite books have you never reread? Do you like rereading books in general? What are your thoughts on the books that I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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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

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Clichés are the best and worst things: though they can help you express your feelings quickly and easily, no one wants to hear the same old clichés over and over again. Luckily, the Clichés Book Tag puts a fresh twist on ancient sayings. Thanks so much to Ugne @ My Passion is Happiness for tagging me!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky“Actions speak loud”: A book that wasn’t or couldn’t be better than the film.

This question is really difficult for me to answer because I’m usually a big proponent of books over their movie adaptations. However, I must admit that I think the movie adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is just as good as the book, if not better. Although I really enjoyed the book, I have such fond memories of going to see the movie in a theater with my friends in high school. I love everything about it: the cast, the soundtrack, and the climactic tunnel scene. For me, it’s the exception to the rule!

Great Expectations“The grass is always greener on the other side”: rags to riches, or a riches to rags, story.

How could I not mention my beloved Great Expectations by Charles Dickens? Not only is this a lovely bildungsroman, but it’s also the ultimate story of inadvertently climbing the socioeconomic ladder. The journey is certainly a winding, twisting road, but fortunately it all works out for poor Pip in the end.

the raven boys“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”: A parent-child relationship you loved

No parent-child relationship is perfect, even in fiction. Still, I loved the relationship between Blue and her mother Maura in The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This series has a strong family presence not often found in the Young Adult genre. Even more rare is that the family Blue lives with is all women– talk about female representation!

city of bones cover“You can’t judge a book by its cover”: A great book that NEEDS a better cover

Though I love Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series dearly, I have to be honest: I really dislike these cover designs! Models on covers are probably my least favorite design a book could have, and I think in this case it makes the covers look overdramatic and over the top. When it comes to cover designs, I believe that simple is always better!

My Antonia“You can’t please everyone”: A book you hated/loved that everyone else loves/hates

Last semester I was assigned to read My Ántonia by Willa Cather for my literature class and I immediately fell in love with it… the rest of my class, not so much. I loved the writing style, the almost ethereal ambience, the fascinating questions about nationality and gender performance that it raises.

16145154“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”: book you are better person for having read

Reading Seth Holmes’ ethnography Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States last semester for my Introduction to Anthropology class made me realize the horrors, struggles, and hardships behind the fresh fruit on my kitchen table. This book has opened my eyes to the maltreatment of migrant farmworkers and the long road we have ahead of us towards changing this horrid, unjust system.

All the Light We Cannot See“Love is blind”: book with disabled character or actual “blind love”

Yes! Another excuse to mention my love for Anthony Doerr’s amazing historical fiction novel All the Light We Cannot See. Featuring Marie-Laure, a blind French girl living in Paris during World War II, this heart-wrenching story will captivate you from the very first page and not let you go until you’ve turned the very last one.

29069989“Ignorance is bliss”: A book you know is bad you don’t want to admit it, or a book you don’t want to read in case it’s bad

Even though I’ve already read it and I strongly dislike it, I’m still going to mention Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. I went back and forth about reading this play for the longest time before finally giving in because I wanted to form my own educated opinion. I don’t necessarily regret my decision to read it, but I definitely could have lived my life without doing so. It’s safe to say that “disappointing” is definitely an understatement.

Jellicoe-Road-by-Melina-Marchetta_thumb“There is no time like the present”: Your favorite contemporary book

I’m going to go with my old standby favorite: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I’ve discussed this book countless times on my blog at this point, but that hasn’t stopped me from talking about it even more. If you haven’t read this book yet, do yourself a favor and pick it up ASAP!

a game of thrones cover“Better safe than sorry”: A book you don’t want to read in case it’s bad or vice versa

I’ve been contemplating reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin for what seems like ages, but I’m afraid that it’s going to be too graphic or unsettling for me. I’ve heard these things about the TV show and I can’t help but fear that it all stems from the original book series. If you’ve read this series, please let me know what your thoughts on it are!

What books do these clichés remind you of? What do you think of the books that I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books You’ve Read Because of Recommendations

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Happy Tuesday! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is about one of the greatest things about being part of a bookish community: recommendations. Whether you’ve been recommended books by friends, family, or even other bloggers, it’s always exciting to dive into a story that you know someone else has loved. Today I’m going to share Ten Books I’ve Read Because of Recommendations that I recommend to all of YOU!

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3109The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

My friend recommended this book to me after I heard about it in my Introduction to Anthropology class last semester. In fact, she was nice enough to loan me her copy of it to read over the summer. This book will definitely make you think twice about the food you eat!

497118The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

This book was recommended to me by one of my closest friends (and now roommate!). I read it over the summer and was completely blown away by how cleverness, creativity, and uniqueness of this little gem. Though it may be categorized as a children’s novel, I would highly recommend it to everyone!

lock and key coverLock and Key by Sarah Dessen

I would venture to say that this is one of the very first books a friend ever recommended to me back in middle school. I had never heard of Sarah Dessen before, so this book definitely marks the beginning of my Dessen/YA romance phase.

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All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

You’re all probably sick and tired of me saying how much I love this novel, but I’m going to say it again: I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It was recommended to me by my high school librarian when I was a senior, solidifying the fact that she has impeccable taste in books.

7597One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

My Spanish professor recommended this classic novel to us numerous times last year, so over the summer I finally decided to read it. I’m so happy to say that this is one of the best books I have ever read.

more than this coverMore Than This by Patrick Ness

During my last two years of high school I worked at my local public library, which meant that I got really close to plenty of librarians who always recommended excellent books to me. As per usual, Patrick Ness did not disappoint with this suspenseful, gripping novel!

the handmaid's tale coverThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This novel was another amazing recommendation from my high school librarian. I had never read anything by Margaret Atwood before, but now I feel like I need to read everything she’s ever written. If you have any recommendations on what I should read next, I’d greatly appreciate it!

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18405Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

This tome was highly recommended to me by the lovely Jillianwith good reason: it’s FANTASTIC. It was much darker and different from what I initially expected, but that made it all the more interesting to read. It’s about so much more than a love story: Mitchell expertly handles topics such as politics, gender roles, and class conflicts.

the raven boysThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I couldn’t even count the number of bloggers who recommended this captivating, beautifully written series to me! I had read a few of Stiefvater’s novels before diving into this series, but in my opinion these books are definitely among her best.

we were liars coverWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Again, I can’t pinpoint exactly who recommended this book to me because the buzz surrounding it in the online bookish community was ENORMOUS. This is certainly a case of the “hype monster,” but in this scenario it worked out to my advantage– I loved this book!

I highly recommend all of these books, so be sure to check them out!

What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? What great books have you read because of recommendations? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside the U.S.

Foodie Facts About Me-2Happy Tuesday! It’s time to take a trip around the world with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme: Top Ten Books Set Outside the U.S. As I was looking through the books I’ve read on Goodreads in preparation for writing this post I was surprised by how difficult finding ten unique global bookish settings was. I’ve read plenty of books set in England and the rest of Europe, but hardy any set in the other continents. Creating today’s TTT list has taught me that I definitely need to expand my reading horizons when it comes to international settings. With that said, let’s get on with the list!

Jellicoe-Road-by-Melina-Marchetta_thumb1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta {AUSTRALIA}

I’m sure you’re tired of me gushing about this fantastic novel, but that’s not going to stop me from expressing my love for it one more time! It’s also one of the first books I ever read that is set in Australia.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway2. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway {SPAIN}

Although many of the characters in this classic novel are American, the story itself primarily takes place in Spain. Even though I have a love-hate relationship with this novel, I really enjoyed learning more about the culture of Spain during this time period through Jake’s eyes.

All the Light We Cannot See3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr {FRANCE & GERMANY}

This is another novel that I’ve talked about constantly on this blog, but it’s just too beautiful not to mention again. I love the dual perspectives of this narrative and the way it plays with time in a historical setting.

eat pray love4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert {ITALY, INDIA, INDONESIA}

If you’ve ever wanted to visit these three countries, this memoir is your chance to do so right from your favorite reading spot! Although the perspectives we get of these cultures are by no means complete, they are nevertheless fascinating to read about.

life of pi cover5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel {INDIA, CANADA, MEXICO, PACIFIC OCEAN}

This novel is an international adventure in itself! Though it primarily takes place on a raft in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you still get to learn quite a bit about Pi’s life in India as well as many different religions.

78243226. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys {SIBERIA & LITHUANIA}

This hard-hitting work of historical fiction is set in countries that I knew absolutely nothing about beforehand. Reading about new places and cultures certainly helps put your own life in perspective.

the rook cover7. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley {ENGLAND}

I’ve read countless books set in England and the UK in general, so I had to mention at least one of them! The Rook is a gripping novel set in the bustling city of London, and you really get to feel the chaos and fast-paced lifestyle that often comes with living in a city.

24291358. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson {SWEDEN}

One of the challenges of reading a book set in Sweden is remembering the names of characters, places, etc. They are all so long and difficult to pronounce! I believe this novel was actually translated into English from Swedish, which adds that extra layer of complexity into the mix.

tfios9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green {THE NETHERLANDS}

I know this is probably technically cheating because the majority of this novel does take place in the United States, but the part set in Amsterdam is just too interesting not to mention!

The Martian by Andy Weir10. The Martian by Andy Weir {MARS}

This book isn’t just set outside of the United States– it’s set outside planet Earth! I love science fiction, so I thought it was only right to include at least one sic-fi novel in this list. Fancy a trip to Mars, anyone?

What great books have you read that take place outside of the United States? Any recommendations? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read Recently

www.nutfreenerd.comIt’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week I’ll be showcasing the Top Ten Best Books I’ve Read Recently, AKA the ten books I’ve rated 5 smileys most recently. So far this year My Ántonia by Willa Cather is the only book that fits this bill, and the rest are from 2014 and 2015. As you can see, I read some fantastic books last year!

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What are the best books you’ve read recently? How often do you rate a book five stars? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Soundtrack to My Life Book Tag

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I’m so excited to finally get around to doing the Soundtrack to My Life Tag! I’ve seen a bunch of people do this one before and it looks like so much fun, so I was so happy when I woke up one morning and discovered that I had been tagged. A big thanks to The Orang-utan Librarian for tagging me!

Let’s get on with the show, shall we?

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The BFG by Roald DahlWhen I was in fourth grade my teacher read us The BFG by Roald Dahl and I absolutely fell in love with the story. I wanted to meet my own Big Friendly Giant so badly! Since then it has always stuck with me and is the first book that comes to mind when thinking of myself as a young reader. It just goes to show that being read to is just as important as a child reading on their own.

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the hobbit coverThe Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is one of those books that I always enjoy, no matter when I’m reading it or how many times I’ve read it before. I love the burst of nostalgia it gives me and the way it instantly takes me back to the first time I read it in fifth grade. There’s something about the exciting and fantastical sense of adventure that keeps me coming back for more. It’s one of my go-to books for battling those dreaded reading slumps!

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Great ExpectationsI read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens for my AP English class during my senior year of high school and absolutely fell in love with it. There are endless aspects of it to adore: watching Pip grow up and change with age, the bizarre quirks of Miss Havisham, and of course the captivating mystery that ties it all together. This book converted me into a lover of Dickens’ novels, for sure!

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John Green PIZZAI’m going to have to go with John Green for this one. Not only do I adore his books, but his books and videos were an integral part of my middle and early high school experience. John Green is such an inspiration and I love the work that he does both in regard to writing and in his personal life in general. DFTBA!

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A Darker Shade final for IreneI’m not a huge fan of action sequences or fighting in books, mostly because I usually don’t find them all that interesting. However, I have to say that A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab has some awesome fight scenes. The best part about them is the magic involved– a little spark of magic always makes everything more exciting!

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dairy queen coverI tried reading Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock over a year ago and I just couldn’t get through it to the end. I read maybe 50 pages of it– no more than 100 pages at the most– and it simply wasn’t clicking with me. I didn’t think the plot was exciting at all and I didn’t really feel for any of the characters. I ended up setting it aside altogether, and I don’t regret it!

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All the Light We Cannot SeeI feel as though I’m constantly recommending All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr to people, and with good reason: IT’S BRILLIANT. I mention it all the time (both on this blog and to people I know in person), but it honestly deserves every piece of praise that it receives. I read it over a year ago now and I still can’t stop thinking about it!

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tfiosOkay, so here’s the thing: I’ve never actually cried/sobbed while reading a book. Lately it’s been happening more with movies, but for some reason I’ve just never been that emotional of a reader. I certainly feel all of the emotions, but the closest I’ve come to crying is when I teared up at the end of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. If you’ve read it or have seen the movie, you definitely know why!

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harry potter and the sorcerer's stone coverTHIS IS SUCH A DIFFICULT QUESTION. There are so many series that I’ve loved over the years, but I since I’ve already mentioned Tolkien in this tag once (I absolutely LOVE The Lord of the Rings) I’ll go with Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. It’s an obvious one, but it’s the truth! It’s been with me since I read the first book in second grade, and the magic never fades!

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looking for alaska5 years ago I was a freshman in high school (EEEK! I’m so old!!!), and my favorite book was probably something by John Green, most likely Looking for Alaska. It’s one of those books that has really stuck with me over the years, despite the controversy that sometimes surrounds it. There’s just something about it that makes me so nostalgic whenever I read it, which is usually in the summertime. Suspense-37and then there were noneI first read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie when I was in fifth grade (was I a little too young for it? Maybe.) and I have read it countless times since there. It’s such a brilliant mystery and each time I read it I pick up on little details that I hadn’t noticed before. There’s actually a new BBC mini-series about it that I absolutely have to watch as soon as possible– I can’t wait to see how they adapt the story for to be told on-screen!

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jellicoe road coverAgain, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is one of those books that I’ve mentioned countless times on this blog, mostly because I’ve read it countless times and I’ve enjoyed it more and more each time I do. I love the intertwining story lines, I love the characters, I love the setting– I love everything about it! I can distinctly remember checking it out of my local library years ago to read it for the first time, and I’m so glad that I randomly picked it up off the shelf that day!

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Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixAccording to Goodreads, the longest book I’ve ever read is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, which has 870 pages. That surprised me at first, but I guess it makes sense because most of the long books I’ve read recently have been somewhere in the 600-700 page range at the most. Kudos to the Harry Potter series for being composed of numerous tomes!

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Mockingjay by Suzanne CollinsIt’s been years since I first read Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, but nevertheless I still remember distinctly hating the ending. It seemed so forced and emotionless. Perhaps that was the point of it, but either way I didn’t enjoy it in the slightest. It just had so much potential that was wasted on a rushed epilogue! I’m interested to see how it’s handled in the movie.

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the handmaid's tale coverThe first book that comes to mind when I think of epilogues is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret AtwoodI won’t say much about it specifically because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but it puts a completely different perspective on the entire novel. It’s definitely one of the best epilogues I’ve ever read and certainly makes your head spin a bit!

And there you have it! Boy, that was a long tag! I’m not going to specifically tag anyone else because at this point I’m not sure who has already done it and who hasn’t. If you feel like doing this tag, please do!!

What books would you want on the soundtrack of your life? What do you think of the books I’ve chosen? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

 

 

 

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The HAMILTON Book Tag

THE HAMILTON BOOK TAG

Lately I’ve been listening to one thing and one thing only: HAMILTON THE MUSICAL. I go to bed listening to Hamilton, I wake up singing Hamilton, and every time I hear something resembling any of the lyrics my mind automatically thinks of the corresponding song. I cannot express to you how much I love this musical: it combines my love for United States history and the Founding Fathers with stellar vocal and instrumental performance, incredibly catchy tunes, and some ridiculously brilliant lyrics. Clearly, Lin-Manuel Miranda is genius.

To spread my love for Hamilton, I’ve decided to create my first ever original book tag!!

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Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their blog
  • Link back to the original post (this one)
  • Match each song listed with a book of your choice based on the criteria given
  • Tag tag tag!
  • Let people know that you’ve tagged them

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The Martian by Andy Weir1. Alexander Hamilton: A book with an underdog protagonist

I think that Mark in The Martian by Andy Weir takes the cake for this one. Poor Mark– no one is prepared to have to survive on Mars by himself, especially with little hope of being rescued.

Jellicoe-Road-by-Melina-Marchetta_thumb2. My Shot: A book that made you want to RISE UP and tell everyone about it

I know I mention Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta all of the time, but it’s truly the books that always comes to mind. After a recent reread of this I actually tried to tell my mom the entire plot… needless to say, it didn’t sound nearly as good as it does in Marchetta’s own words!

pride and prejudice cover 23. The Schuyler Sisters: A book with some kick@$$ sisters

The Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen are not ones to back down from a challenge, especially when that challenge involves a man. You go get him, sister!

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton4. You’ll Be Back: A book you’ll know you’ll read again

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton is way too good to not reread at least a few more times. Sure, I know the ending, but the crazy twists and adventures along the way will undoubtedly make it as suspenseful and exciting as it was when I read it for the first time.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling5. Helpless: A book that you couldn’t help but buy

As soon as I heard about Mindy Kaling’s second book Why Not Me? I knew that I would have to buy it and read it ASAP. I absolutely adored her first book, but I loved this one ever more!

All the Light We Cannot See6. Dear Theodosia: A book that blew you away

I’ve mentioned All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr a million times and I’ll mention it a million times more: THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE. If you like historical fiction or a story with stunningly beautiful writing, then this is the book for you!

Illuminae7. Non-Stop: A book that you couldn’t stop reading

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is the definition of a gripping, suspenseful, and entertaining story. It also helps that the unique format of this book makes it feel like a super fast read!

Great Expectations8. Cabinet Battle #1: A book that you would always defend in an argument

I loved Great Expectations by Charles Dickens when I read it for my AP English class in high school, but since then I’ve noticed that people either seem to really like it or really hate it. With that said, I will always defend this book as the masterpiece of literature that it is!

A Darker Shade final for Irene9. The Room Where It Happens: A book with a unique setting

London, England might not sound like the most original setting for a story– but how about a bunch of magical, color-coded Londons? In A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab adds her own fantastical twist to this famous city, making it a setting I’ll always want to revisit.

beloved cover10. It’s Quiet Uptown: A book that left you speechless

Beloved by Toni Morrison is one of those books that just leaves you at a loss for words with its raw emotion and powerful story. You really have to read it and experience it for yourself in order to understand how impactful and hard-hitting it can be.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins11. The Election of 1800: A book revolving around a competition

What better book to match with this song than The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins? Without the idea of competition, this book would basically have no point whatsoever.

jane eyre cover12. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book with a memorable narrator

I love the way Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is narrated as a sort of autobiography by Jane Eyre herself. The framework of the story ties it all together, especially at the end when she really brings in her older perspective about her life.

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Tag, you’re it! (If you haven’t listened to Hamilton before, a) go listen to it NOW   or b) don’t worry about doing this tag!)

And YOU! Yes YOU! If you love Hamilton, feel free to join in this tag!

What is your favorite Hamilton song? What do you think of the books I’ve picked? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY