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The Nope Book Tag

I’m not usually someone who often speaks negatively of books (good luck? good taste? good recommendations from friends and fellow bloggers? who knows!) but sometimes being less than positive is unavoidable. Today I’ll be talking about some not so great books (in my opinion!) in the Nope Book Tag. Thanks so much to Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books for tagging me!

NOPE. ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card. While I enjoyed this series overall, the ending was disappointingly anticlimactic, abrupt, and confusing. I had really hoped for more!

NOPE. protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

The main reason I disliked the popular Summer trilogy by Jenny Han was because the protagonist, Belly, was so annoying. Frustrating protagonists are a major bookish pet peeve of mine!

NOPE. pairing: a “ship” you don’t support.

Controversial opinion coming your way, folks: I’ve never been a huge fan of Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley. THERE. I SAID IT. Their relationship has always felt rather rushed and forced to me, especially when compared to some of the other relationships and friendships in that series.

NOPE. plot twist: a twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. If you’ve read this trilogy, then you probably know which plot twist I’m talking about. For some reason I just didn’t feel as though it went with the rest of the series and seemed like it was just done for the shock value of it.

NOPE. genre: a genre you will never read.

I don’t generally like to say that I’ll never read something, but I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be reading any Westerns in the near future. They just don’t appeal to me at all!

NOPE. book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

Hardcovers. I definitely prefer paperbacks (not only are they more comfortable to read and easier to carry around, but they’re also a lot cheaper), so I’ll usually wait until the paperback edition of a book comes out before buying it.

NOPE. trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.

Insta-love and love triangles. Often these two tropes go hand in hand, which makes a book twice as annoying as it would be otherwise. Why must writers insist on using these tropes over and over and over again?

NOPE. recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.

This is going to sound horrible (especially coming from an English major) but I always cringe a little inside whenever someone recommends something by Shakespeare to me. If you’ve read this post, then you’ll know all about my love-hate relationship with the Bard!

NOPE. cliché: a cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Definitely the really dramatic, obvious statements that everyone always makes fun of (example: “I let out a breath I forgot I was holding,” etc.). They’re just so unnecessary!

NOPE. love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.

Basically all of the characters in Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. This also goes along with my insta-love/love triangle aversion. Nothing about these relationships made sense to me…

NOPE. book: a book that shouldn’t have existed.

To be honest, I feel like the rest of James Dashner’s Maze Runner series could have been left unwritten. The first book was fantastic, but the rest of the series was such a disappointment. If only the first book had been longer!

NOPE. villain: a villain you would hate to cross.

So many to choose from! I think I’ll have to go with Lord Voldemort because he’s a) intimidating b) creepy and c) has the formidable skill of attracting followers to blindly do his bidding. I definitely wouldn’t want to be up against him!

NOPE. death: a character death that still haunts you.

I won’t mention the specific character because I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone, but it happened in John Green’s debut novel Looking for Alaska. So many conflicting feelings! So many unanswered questions! AGH.

NOPE. author: an author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.

As much as people have told me to give her another chance, I think I’m going to have to go with Jenny Han due to my negative experience reading her Summer trilogy.

Thanks again to Marie for tagging me! ❤

What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Liked Characters in Disliked Books?

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is one that I’ve had to think about quite a bit. After scrolling through my Goodreads shelves and pondering all of the books I’ve read recently, I realized that I just couldn’t make a list of ten books I disliked with characters that I did like. I love reading books that are character-driven rather than plot-driven, which means that the reason I usually dislike a book is because I dislike the characters it contains. Because of this connection between liking a book and liking its characters, I thought I’d put a little twist on this week’s topic. Instead, I’ll be sharing ten books I disliked because of the characters. 

What are some characters you’ve liked in books that you otherwise could do without? What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Sunshine Blogger Award | 6

Hello, hello! It’s time for yet another award (this seems to be a recurring Wednesday theme recently…). Thanks so much to Emma @ Emma Reads for nominating me!! Emma is one of the sweetest bookworms ever so definitely check out her blog!

1. Kiss, marry, kill: The main characters of the last three fiction books you read.

I’m writing this post well in advance of when it’s going to be posted, so at the moment my options are Klaus Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, Thor from Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, and Jean Valjean from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. This is SO difficult, but I think I would kiss Klaus, marry Jean Valjean, and kill Thor? I don’t want anything bad to happen to any of them, though!

2. Would you rather be an elegant princess/prince type character in a fairytale, or a witchy badass villain?

I know this is stereotypical, but I would rather be an elegant princess rather than a witchy villain. The dress! The romance! The singing! (I’m thinking of Tangled here, people!)

3. You fall into a pit of acid or get bit by an exotic spider or into a verbal altercation with a wizard, and you’re given the power to pull things out of books. Which book are you reaching into first???

WHOA these questions are escalating quickly! The image of a “verbal altercation with a wizard” is hilarious, so let’s go with that scenario. I would probably try to pull out a pie and then throw it in their face because that’s funny and delicious yet simultaneously passive aggressive.

4. You’re being sent to a desert island and you can only bring one book, and it has to be one you haven’t read yet. What book are you bringing?

THIS QUESTION. It’s so difficult to choose from books you haven’t read yet because you have no idea whether or not you will actually enjoy it… but I guess I would choose A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin because then it would force me to finally read start this series.

5. Link your favorite blog post of yours!

No specific favorite post comes to mind; however, I do really enjoy writing the Classic Couple series in which I pair classic literature with contemporary counterparts. More posts in this series coming your way!

6. Which Hogwarts house would you most want to be in, and which do you want to be in least?

I would want to be in Gryffindor the most because I really admire bravery and loyalty, and I would want to be in Slytherin the least because its traits are the least important to me. (For reference, I generally consider myself a Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff).

7. Would you rather have a pet unicorn or grow a mermaid’s tail when you touch water?

MERMAID’S TAIL. FOREVER AND ALWAYS.

8. The last book you gave 5 stars and the last book you gave 1 star?

I actually stopped rating books on my blog and Goodreads a while ago. Click here to read my post explaining my reasoning. 

9. Who’s a popular author you’re just…not that into?

My go-to answer to this is usually Jenny Han. After not being very impressed with the trilogy starting with The Summer I Turned Pretty I’m just never in the mood to try any of her other books.

10. Show you’re currently watching, or last one you watched?

This past term I started watching the first few episodes of Jane the Virgin and it is WILD. I definitely want to continue watching it when I have the time!

11. Picture this: You’re at the altar, about to say “I do” to Cornelius (or Cornelia) Wainwright III, a disgraced businessperson who is only marrying you for your chocolate factory fortune. You dramatically say “I can’t do this” – which fictional character or celebrity do you confess your love to instead?

WOW, what a question! To be honest, I would probably confess my love to Aragorn from Lord of the Rings.

I’m going to pass along Emma’s questions because they were so much fun to answer.

Thanks again to Emma for nominating me and providing the most hilarious, thought-provoking, creative questions for me to answer! ❤

What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,
HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Bye Bye, Books!

Happy Tuesday!! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is a rather sad one: it asks us to share ten books we’re not interested in reading anymore. I’m notorious for abandoning TBRs in order to read whatever I’m in the mood for in that particular moment, so there are MANY books that I have not intention of reading anymore. However, I’d like to give a disclaimer that when it comes to books I never say never, so none of these are really set in stone. Without further ado…

What books are you not interested in reading anymore? What do you think of the ones on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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The Reader Confession Tag

Hello, hello! Today I’ll be answering some interesting bookish questions in the Reader Confession Tag. I think the concept of “reader confessions” is really interesting because certain topics tend to be thought of as “taboo” or “controversial” even though many of us actually agree with each other. Hopefully these answers help shed some light on our similarities. Thanks so much to Shar @ Virtually Read for tagging me!!

Have you ever damaged a book?

Yes, unfortunately. Anyone who’s been a student knows how difficult it can be to keep paperbacks pristine in a backpack stuffed with spiral notebooks, office supplies, and gym clothes. (And don’t even get me started on the horrors of crowded school bus seats…)

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Not that I can remember? Apart from a few scratches and dents, I tend to take pretty good care of my books, especially if they belong to someone else.

How long does it take you to read a book?

It definitely depends on the type, length, writing style, and subject matter of a book. If the book is short or I’m really interested in the story or topic then it’s likely that I’ll read it over the course of a single free day or weekend. On average, I’d say that it usually takes me about a week.

Books that you haven’t finished?

I very, very rarely DNF books– to the point where I think I’ve only completely given up on a handful or two of books in my life. The most recent example that I can think of is from a few years ago when I tried reading Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock and couldn’t get past the first one hundred pages. I could only handle so many bad puns on cows, dairy, and farming before I had to put it down for good.

Hyped/ Popular books you didn’t like?

Despite the overwhelming praise I’ve heard for this novel and the two other books in the trilogy, I was disappointed when I read The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. The personality of Belly, the main character, just didn’t click with me at all and I found it difficult to relate with her dramatic outlook on life. I really wanted to like this book– I even read it on the beach to try to get in the mood!– but sometimes you just can’t win.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

No. I’m really transparent about what I read (as you can probably tell from the nature of this blog) so I can’t see myself “hiding” the fact that I’m reading a certain book from someone.

How many books do you own?

Too many to count! I’m currently in the process of trying to read all of the books I own and then get rid of the ones I don’t want anymore and won’t read again. Since starting college I’ve accumulated a ridiculous amount of books (mostly textbooks and novels from English classes) so my bedroom at home now resembles the back room of an overflowing bookshop. There are piles of books everywhere!

Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

Recently I made a post talking all about reading speed, so I’ve actually done a few different reading speed tests online. Apparently I read an average of about 497 words per minute. Considering that the average adult reads around 300 wpm and the average college student reads about 450 wpm, I’d say that I’m a pretty average reader. Numbers aside, I don’t really consider myself a fast reader; rather, I just spend a lot of time reading.

Do you like to buddy read?

I’ve only actually done a buddy read once before (when I read When We Collided with Peyton @ A Bookish Mess). I really enjoyed it, but my problem is that I don’t always have time to coordinate reading a book with someone else. I’m always afraid that I’m going to commit to reading a book with someone and then have to back out at the last minute due to a lack of free time. But if anyone is interested in potentially doing a buddy read this summer, I’m all ears!

Do you read better in your head or out loud?

I definitely read better in my head. Sometimes I’ll try reading aloud if I’m having trouble focusing or if a text I’m reading for class is written with a thick dialect or accent, but usually I find that it just slows me down.

If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

This question is so difficult!!! I probably give a different answer each time I’m asked this question, but for now I’ll go with The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s a book I always turn to whenever I need to read something comforting, so I think it would be a great one to have on hand. Besides, I don’t think I could ever get tired of reading it!

What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? Have any other reader confessions of your own? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Book Sacrifice Tag

book-courtship-8Hello, everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day. Today I’m here to share the Book Sacrifice Tag with you– it sounds a little scary, but I’m sure we’ll make it through. Thanks so much to Shar @ Virtually Read for tagging me! This tag is short and sweet, so let’s get started.

the summer i turned pretty coverAn Over-Hyped Book
Situation: You are in a bookstore when the zombies attack. Over the loudspeaker, you hear the military informing you that over-hyped books are the zombies’ only weakness. What over-hyped book will you chuck at the zombies?
The first one that comes to mind is The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. For years I looked on as people praised this book for being the quintessential contemporary book to read in the summertime. A few summers ago I finally decided to see what all of the buzz was about… and I was really disappointed. The main character was annoying and I didn’t think that the story was really anything extraordinary… It was simply over-hyped, in my opinion.
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Situation: You are caught in a torrential downpour and you’re probably the type who melts when you get wet. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?
Ah, the controversial sequel. Sometimes they’re pulled off really well, but often they’re very poorly executed. One sequel that kind of let me down was Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. While it was still an entertaining story, I think that it didn’t really add much to the trilogy. Personally, I think she could have just cut directly to the third book.
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Situation: You’re in English class and your professor won’t stop going on about a classic that “revolutionized literature.” Personally, you think that classic is garbage and you decide to express your opposing opinion by hurling the book at his head. What classic is that?
Hmmm….. I might be in the minority here, but I actually really enjoyed the majority of the classics that I’ve read in school! However, I must admit that I really didn’t like Shakespeare’s Othello (or most of Shakespeare’s works in general, to be honest…).
fourth of july creek coverA Least Favorite Book
Situation: You’re hanging out at a bookstore (where else would you be?) when global warming somehow manages to turn the whole world into a frozen wasteland. Naturally, your only hope of survival is to burn a book. Which book would you not regret tossing onto the fire?
 Normally I really enjoy the books that I read because I pick ones that I think I’ll like. However, once I picked up Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson at the library and hated it. I hardly remember any details about the story now, which probably says something about how much I disliked it.
 I’m not going to lie: venting about these books was pretty cathartic! I’m not going to tag anyone specifically, but feel free to join in if you’re in the mood for a good rant.
What are your answers to these questions? What’s your least favorite book? Let me know in the comments section below!
Yours,
HOLLY
Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: “Unclickable” Characters

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Some characters just aren’t meant to be your favorite fictional people. You know the characters I’m referring to- the ones that eh, you could do without. For some reason (or many reasons) you and them don’t see eye to eye. We’ve all experienced this, and it’s not a huge issue if they’re side characters. But it IS a problem when you crack open that new book you’ve been dying to read and… you and the main character just don’t click. 

This has happened to me a few times in the past, and it’s unbelievably frustrating. Books and even whole series that I otherwise would have loved have been sort of ruined by main characters that simply irked me in one way or another. In this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list, hosted by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish, I’ll be sharing with you the Top Ten “Unclickable” Characters. In other words, these are the characters with whom I just didn’t “click”. If you want to check out my reviews of these books, feel free to click the bold titles- they’re links!

the summer i turned pretty cover1. Belly from The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

In this book Belly is around fifteen years old, but HOLY COW is she petty! Her personality really annoyed me because she seemed very immature for a girl her age. Having been a fifteen-year-old girl once, I think it’s safe to say that most of the time they try to act more mature, not like a twelve-year-old.

Ony Everything by Kieran Scott2. Eros from Only Everything by Kieran Scott

My feeling of dislike for this character may come from the writing style of the author, but I’m including her in this list nonetheless. Here’s the thing, people: TEENAGE GIRLS DON’T ALWAYS TALK IN “HIP” SLANG OR WITH SASS AND/OR SARCASM. If Eros was a real person, she would possibly be one of the most annoying people ever.

gone girl cover3. Nick and Amy from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I didn’t like Amy for obvious reasons *cough* psychopath *cough* but I wasn’t completely supportive of Nick, either. I don’t want to spoil anything huge, but he did some pretty bad things himself that I think a lot of people blindly overlook. It’s definitely a two-way street!

please ignore vera dietz4. Vera Dietz from Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

There wasn’t anything really specific about Vera that I disliked, it was just that she was sort of… bland. I understand that she was sad and grieving and all that, but as a consequence of her blue mood she was rather difficult to relate to and like. Poor Vera and I, we just didn’t click!

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway5. Jake Barnes from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

If you read my review of this book, then you probably already know that I have a rather rocky relationship with Hemingway’s novels. This is the second one I’ve read, and I just can’t seem to connect with the characters. Maybe that’s the point, with them being of the Lost Generation and all. Still, it would be nice to feel as though I could empathize with Jake and root for him. Instead, I found myself wondering why he doesn’t just get over Brett and move on. So… yeah. I’ll certainly keep trying, but Hemingway and I don’t really mix.

miss peregrine's home for peculiar children cover6. Emma from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Although I really enjoyed this book, I could have gone without Emma (the love interest). For some reason I felt like she was trying to be an awesome Hermione-ish character, but it just fell flat. Also, I couldn’t help feeling like there was a mission to be done and she was distracting the main character from it with her emotions. I don’t know… maybe I’m missing something? Or being too harsh? I did like her more in the second one, so at least it’s moving in the right direction!

love letters to the dead cover7. Laurel from Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Laurel was okay and I enjoyed this book when I first read it, but looking back I feel as though she was a sort of girl version of Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She was quite depressing, but least in Stephen Chbosky’s novel there are awesome side characters that make it all worth it. When reading Laurel’s letters I simply felt… sad. I guess that was the point of the book, but some positivity would be nice!

me and earl and the dying girl cover8. Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

I didn’t really care for this book, and the primary reason was because of the main character, Greg. His sense of humor never really did anything for me, and I just thought he was sort of lazy and odd and awful for not wanting to spend time with a dying girl because it would be “awkward”. SHE’S DYING. GO HANG OUT WITH HER.

being henry david cover9. Hank from Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

The concept of this story is that Hank wakes up with no recollection of who he is- which is precisely why I felt barely any connection at all with this main character. And then he goes and decides to walk right into a random high school- yup, that’s a good idea! GO FIND THE POLICE.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins10. Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I know, I know- it’s Katniss!! Everyone loves her, right? WRONG. I did enjoy this series (for the most part) but Katniss and I never really saw eye to eye. She’s BA and all that, but I completely disagreed with her taste in guys. Here was Gale, a nice guy from her District willing to help her hunt and stuff, but OH NO she had to go after Peeta, who she didn’t even really like at first. It just put a sour taste in my mouth. TEAM GALE FOREVER.

What do you think of the books on my list? What characters have you not “clicked” with in the past? Let me know in the comments section below!

Happy September everyone!!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post is one that I could go on and on about for days: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. There are SO MANY! Some I don’t have any interest in reading, while others have been sitting near the top of my TBR for ages. Next to each cover below is essentially my excuse for not having read it- but I’ll get to them eventually!

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What hyped books have you never read? What do you think of the ones on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer in March? Why not?

nfn tttIt’s Tuesday, and Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is here once again! There was a bit of twist to this week’s theme, because we had to fill in the blank: Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like INSERT THING HERE. I was going to do a specific genre, book, or TV show, but then I got to thinking about what I really want right now. And that, my dear bookish friends, is warmth. Particularly SUMMER TIME WARMTH. Here in New Hampshire, my heating blanket has certainly been getting a workout. We’ve gotten three or four feet of snow in the past few months, and all I want is a little sunshine. So here are 10 books for readers who like summer!

paper towns cover1. Paper Towns by John Green

This book always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. It doesn’t take place in the summer necessarily, but the main characters are graduating from high school so it all has the feelings of freedom and new beginnings that summer tends to have as well. And it’s set in Florida, so it’s bound to be warmer than here in New England!

we were liars cover2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 

I know that this book tends to have a polarizing effect for some reason (people seem to either LOVE it or HATE it) but I really enjoyed it. It’s your typical summer setting- a beautiful island in the summer months- but the story itself is anything but ordinary. It’s best to go into this one knowing very little of what it’s about, so it’s perfect to just dive right into.

the moon and more cover3. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

This is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books, mostly because the main character is so much more independent than some of the girls in her other novels. She doesn’t need a guy by her side in order to be happy, and that’s a character trait I really admire. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Dessen book without some romance, but it’s not as overwhelming as in some of her other ones. If you’re in the mood for a romance with a little something more to it, give this one a try!

outcasts of 19 schuyler place cover4. The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg

My oh my, do I love this book! I mentioned it in my last TTT post as well, but I couldn’t resist talking about it again! This is such a heart-warming, empowering, unique summer camp story, and every time I read it (and I’ve read it upwards of five or six times) I love it even more.

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5. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Another favorite of mine! This novel is quirky and incredibly unique, but it’s a great summertime read. There are two plot lines with alternating perspectives that seem completely random- the first time I read it I had absolutely no idea how they were connected at all, but then the ending happens and BOOM they intertwine. It’s fantastic! And isn’t the cover gorgeous?!

Jellicoe-Road-by-Melina-Marchetta_thumb6. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

THIS BOOK, PEOPLE. I seriously cannot explain to you how much I love and adore this book. There’s something about it that makes me keep coming back to it year after year after year. I usually reread it in June or early July each year, and I always look forward to returning to Taylor and Jonah Griggs and all of the Townies and Cadets and everyone. If you’ve never read this book, I HIGHLY recommend it!

this is what happy looks like cover7. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

What happens when the lives of a movie star and a normal girl suddenly- and accidentally!- collide? Find out in this lighthearted and heart-warming story set in a waterside town in Maine. It’s an idyllic summer setting, and the romance is adorable!

honey baby sweetheart cover8. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti

I read this book years ago, but it still sticks in my mind as a great summertime read. It’s one of those stories that leaves you feeling all happy and positive. Deb Caletti is an excellent writer of romances, and I don’t know why she’s not more popular! She’s written a bunch of YA novels, so go check them out if you like the YA contemporary/romance genre!

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson cover9. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Nothing says summer like an epic road trip! The romance between Amy and Roger is sweet and adorable and just written so well. This isn’t a superficial story, either- there’s a lot of meaning in it, which is really refreshing in this particular genre.

the summer i turned pretty cover10. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

 So here’s the deal with this one: it seems like everyone else LOVES this trilogy, but when I read it last summer I just thought it was okay. (To read my full thoughts on it, click here!) But since so many people love it and it really is the perfect summer setting and atmosphere, I thought I would include it in this list anyways. Who knows? Maybe you’ll love it!

I hope this Top Ten Tuesday list has added a bit of warmth to your reading, especially if it’s cold where you live!

What are your favorite summer books? What do you think about the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

top ten tuesday: places books have made me want to visit

top ten tuesday graphicHi everyone! It’s time for yet another Top Ten Tuesday, the wonderful weekly meme hosted by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit. I haven’t done much traveling- I don’t even have a passport!- but I really want to in the future. Perhaps these places will be my future destinations! So, in no particular order:

1. London, England.

I have a feeling that this will be a popular place this week, especially with the recent rise of fandoms like Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and Sherlock. There are so many books that have made me want to visit London- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and most recently The Rook by Daniel O’Malley.

2. India.

The credit for this one goes to Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Her experiences there were incredibly enlightening and positive, and I could really go for some relaxing meditation right about now.

3. Paris, France.

Stephanie Perkins sparked a desire within me to travel to this romantic city with her fantastic novel Anna and the French Kiss. The landmarks, the lights, the love stories- I want to see it all!

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

You guessed it: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I really don’t think this one needs an explanation.

5. Denali National Park, Alaska.

This may seem a bit morbid, but ever since reading Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer I’ve wanted to visit the bus in which Christopher McCandless passed away. His story is absolutely fascinating and tragic and I think it would be an interesting experience to see his final home.

6. Verona, Italy.

The entire time I was reading The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper, all I could think about was how amazing it would be to go there. Shakespeare? History? Gorgeous architecture and views? Count me in!

7. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, NY.

The charming little novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg has no doubt inspired countless young readers to want to go to this expansive museum- myself included! Hiding in a museum overnight sounds like such a fun adventure… you know, if it wasn’t illegal. Those pesky little details always ruin everything.

8. A beach house. Anywhere.

I’ve never stayed at a beach house before, but after reading The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han I definitely want to. Just lying out on the beach sipping lemonade and reading books day after day after day… that’s the life, my friends!

9. Outer space.

After reading about the extraordinarily fascinating planet in Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card one thought has lingered in the back of my mind: SPACE IS SO COOL. Well, the outer space of science fiction, at least. I imagine that the real outer space is a lot less exciting and a lot more scary. But still, it’d be pretty awesome to travel somewhere not on Earth!

10. Everywhere.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac has filled me with a longing to just travel- somewhere, anywhere, everywhere. 

What places have books made you want to visit? What do you think of the places and books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY