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The Totally Should’ve Book Tag | 2

Hope you’re all having a lovely Friday! Today I’m here with the Totally Should’ve Book Tag, which I was tagged for by Norees @ Nor Reads Too Great.  This tag was created by EmmmaBooks. I’ve done this tag once before, but I always like repeating tags because it’s interesting to see how my answers change (if you’d like, you can check out my first version of this tag here). Without further ado, let’s get to it!

Totally should’ve gotten a sequel

I would love to know what happens to Ifemelu next in Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I feel like there’s so much of her story left to tell, especially since the novel doesn’t leave off on a particularly conclusive note. And this book was so popular that I feel like she would definitely have an audience for it… just saying! (*hopes that somehow Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is listening*)

Totally should’ve had a spin-off series

I would gobble up a spin-off series based on one of the side characters in Maggie Stiefvaters Raven Cycle. Can you imagine a series based on Gansey? Or Ronan? Or Noah? Or any of Blue’s family members? Or even someone else living in the same town experiencing similar fantastical things? I would even take a series of novellas about different characters… honestly, these are golden ideas here!

An author who should totally write more books

adore both of Mindy’s Kalings books (Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and Why Not Me?) and have been (im)patiently waiting for her to write more. I love reading personal essays/memoirs like these, especially when they’re written with the humor, wit, genuineness, and eloquence of Mindy Kaling’s writing style.

Totally should’ve ended differently

Although I thought Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel was excellent, I thought it would have gone in a very different direction than it did. I’m not necessarily saying that it needed to end differently, but it would be interesting to see what the novel could have been like had she taken another path with it. (Really, I would have liked more answers. I just want closure!)

Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

Honestly, Sarah Dessen deserves a movie franchise more than any other author I know. She’s written so many novels that could have been turned into teenage rom-coms by now!! Why hasn’t anyone picked these up? Why has all the glory gone to Nicholas Sparks, or even John Green? (Although don’t get me wrong, I love a good John Green book/movie.) This may be the greatest wonder of the world.

Totally should’ve had a TV series

Rather than be a four hour film, I feel like Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell might be better suited to being a TV series. Imagine all the details that could be expanded upon in a TV series! They could include all the little events of this 1057 page tome and have plenty of time for fully explained character development. And think of the time they could spend showing the setting! Ah, this would be such a good television series…

Totally should’ve only had one point of view

Although I really admire Yvonne Vera’s novel The Stone Virgins for its striking, powerful look at violence in Zimbabwean society before, during, and after the war for independence, the alternating perspectives between the victim and the rapist/murderer are very, very, very unsettling. I understand that the novel wouldn’t have the same hard-hitting impact without it, but having to read and write about this book over and over and over again was pretty challenging emotionally.

Totally should’ve had a cover change

I love a good random Faulkner novel, but I feel like there are very few pretty editions of his books. Are cover designers trying to match the often somber, dark tone of his novels? Or have they just given up because they figure Faulkner novels are dull classics that aren’t really worth spicing up with a pleasant cover design? (I beg to differ!) All I’m saying is that we Faulkner fans would greatly appreciate a little bit of pizazz when it comes to his cover designs (or some attractive font at the very least).

Totally should’ve kept the original covers

I’m going with Sarah Dessen again for this one (maybe because summer always nostalgically reminds me of Sarah Dessen?). I grew up with the older covers, the ones with the girls without heads, and now whenever I see these new covers I’m so confused. Although I admit that these may be more aesthetically pleasing to look at, I can’t help but miss the old ones!

Totally should’ve stopped at one book

I’m pretty sure this was my answer for this prompt when I did this tag the first time, and if so I wholeheartedly stand by it: I just saw no reason that Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games had to be a trilogy that seemed to drag and repeat itself. Personally, I feel like The Hunger Games would have been perfectly fine as a longer novel, or at the very least a duology.

There you have it! Thanks again to Norees for tagging me! To pass along the fun, I’d like to tag Christine @ Life with All the Books, Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts,  and Emma @ Daylight Awaits–and anyone else who would like to do this tag!

What are your answers to these prompts? What do you think of mine? 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’m Thankful For

Happy Tuesday!! It’s one of my favorite times of the year: THANKSGIVING! Even though I won’t be in the States for Thanksgiving this year (shout out to my college at Oxford for having a dinner for the American students!) it’s still fun to get into the festive spirit. Today I’ll be sharing ten books that I’m thankful for (besides Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings because I feel like those are a given for me).

The BFG by Roald Dahl

I distinctly remember my fourth and fifth grade teacher reading this book aloud to us on multiple occasions and I simply adored it. Dahl’s creative, whimsical, witty stories are one of the things that made me fall in love with reading from a young age.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I read this novel several summers ago and it is one of the books that made me realize how fun and rewarding reading classics can be. It also expanded my horizons of romantic classics beyond the usual Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

My Ántonia by Willa Cather

THIS. BOOK. I read this book in on of my freshman year literature classes in college and I’m convinced that it’s one of the reasons I fell in love with literary criticism and now want to be a professor. It’s amazing how one book can change everything!

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

I read this in the very first college literature class I ever took and it completely changed the way I think about narrative, form, and linguistic expression. In many ways it’s the text I keep coming back to over and over again what it is that I really love about literature.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Not only did this collection spark me to read and write more poetry recently, but it also made me think about myself and the world from a different perspective. Rupi Kaur’s words have gotten me through many rough days, for which I am incredibly grateful.

How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky

I couldn’t be more thankful for this essay collection’s wit, humor, and important message: absolutely no one is perfect. Reading this book also launched me into the world of Watsky’s music, which you should definitely check out if you haven’t already!

1984 by George Orwell

I’m so grateful for this novel’s ability to spark and continue important conversations about where today’s society is headed tomorrow. The parallels between our modern world and the fictional society in this novel are terrifying and uncanny and real.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

I’m thankful for the way this book has made me laugh, think, and realize that I wasn’t the only one experiencing frustrating high school drama. John Green is amazing at making you feel less alone.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

This book is a hilarious reminder that success doesn’t come easy, not even for those who you admire or who seem like they have everything figured out. (Besides, Mindy always makes me smile!)

The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg

I’m thankful for the way this book has made me smile, laugh, think, and look back on my own childhood nearly every summer for over a decade now.

Which books are you thankful for? What do you think about the ones I’ve mentioned? Do you have any fun Thanksgiving traditions or plans? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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What Cats Do | Book Tag

Cats are great. If I wasn’t allergic to cats you can bet that I would be getting one as soon as I lived somewhere without dogs that would torment it. Cats are independent, their purrs are adorable, and they have the prettiest eyes. Knowing my affection for cats, you can imagine how excited I was when I discovered the existence of the What Cats Do Book Tag. This tag was created by Kate @meltingpotsandothercalamitiesThanks so much to Zuky @ Book Bum for tagging me!!

Purr: As cats do this when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I reread this book almost every summer because it’s such a beautifully told story. I feel like I mention it in nearly every tag I do, but it honestly deserves all the recognition it can get!

Sleep: What is a book that put you to sleep or was just boring?

Last semester I took a course on Renaissance poetry and I’m looking forward to (hopefully) never having to do that again. Not only am I not really interested in that time period, but I just couldn’t take how sexist and repetitive the majority of those sonnets are.

Twitch while dreaming: Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

YES. I vividly remember dreaming of Hogwarts and adventures with Harry and his friends when I first started reading and watching Harry Potter. I think it had something to do with getting Hedwig back after Draco Malfoy had stolen her…

Seems to play nice…until the claws are out!:  Which book had the biggest plot twist(s)?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The end of this book literally made my jaw drop. I’ve been saying this for EONS, but I can’t wait to continue on with this series!

Cuddles: Which book character would you give a hug to?

Stanley Yelnats from Holes by Louis Sachar. I just feel like this kiddo could use a hug after everything he’s been through. Plus, he has one of the best names ever and I’m so jealous.

Catnip: What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. I love Mindy’s books because they’re honest, hilarious, and always leave me with a new perspective. (Also, shout out to the adorable chapter about her friendship with B.J. Novak!)

Cat breeds: Your favorite book(s)?

One of my favorite books is My Ántonia by Willa Cather (whose grave site I recently visited!). Cather’s writing is beautiful and this story dives into some really interesting ideas about travel, nostalgia, and how we develop our own identities.

Getting the cat: How did you find your favorite book(s)?

In the case of My Ántonia, I was assigned to read it for a Cultural Diversity in American Literature class I took during my second semester of my freshman year of college. I LOVED that class, both because of the professor and the subject matter.

Being in places they shouldn’t: Least favorite cliché?

I think one of the most cliche tropes in books is the love triangle. I can’t even explain how much I dislike love triangles in any form, especially when they’re either the entire basis for the plot or completely unnecessary aspects of the plot. (Unfortunately, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is a great example of this latter point.)

The good old cardboard box: Most underrated book series?

I LOVED the Secret series by Pseudonymous Bosch when I was younger, but I only know a few other people who have read it. This series is incredibly clever, creative, and suspenseful!!

Thanks again to Zuky for tagging me! This was such a fun tag! It makes me want to get a cat so badly….

What are your answers to these questions? Do you have a cat? Are you more of a cat person or a dog person (or both!)? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Buy for the College Student in Your Life

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Happy Tuesday! The holiday season is fast approaching, which means it’s time for The Broke and the Bookish’s holiday gift guide freebie week! Since I’m currently a college student, I thought I would share some of my expertise about this terrifying, tumultuous, and exciting time of life in the form of the Top Ten Books to Buy for the College Student in Your Life. Let the festive spirit commence!

is everyone hanging out without me coverIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

I feel like I have included this book on countless Top Ten Tuesday lists, but I just can’t help but mention it once more. When I read this collection of personal essays I was inspired by Kaling’s wit, wisdom, and perseverance in the face of numerous obstacles throughout her life. Besides, it’s a hilarious book that’s perfect for getting you to laugh in the midst of stressful final exams!

17802957A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland

What can I say? I’m an English major and a sucker for any book that discusses how literature evolves over time. This book is a concise, well-written, and fascinating read for anyone interested in how the literature we read today came to be. It also helps with adding books to your TBR list (which is both a good and bad thing at the rate that mine is currently growing!).

3109The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Let’s face it: us college students are not always the healthiest of eaters. Not only is this book often discussed in college classes (I’ve talked about it in three of mine so far, and it wasn’t even assigned for the class!), but is also contains really interesting and eye-opening information about where our food comes from. It might not make you change what you eat completely, but it will definitely make you think twice about some of the food on your plate!

438353-2The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Though living with friends on campus and being able to study what you’re passionate about is an amazing experience, college can also be an incredibly stressful and scary time. We all could use a good laugh now and then, and The Princess Bride is the perfect medicine! Plus, you can also watch the movie adaptation after you read the book for double to hilarity.

The_BFG_(Dahl_novel_-_cover_art)The BFG by Roald Dahl

I don’t know about other college students out there, but I’m often hit with waves of homesickness and nostalgia while living away from my family back home. Any childhood favorite would fit on this list, but The BFG is my personal go-to pick-me-up whenever I’m feeling down. I mean, just look at that Big Friendly Giant’s adorable ears! They never fail to make me smile.

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Sometimes we just need to know that someone else understands what it feels like to be a frustrated teenager. Look no further than Holden Caulfield, folks! Though some people think he is unbearably irritating, I’ve had a soft spot for him ever since first reading this novel in English during my freshman year of high school. If nothing else, it will certainly cause those high school memories to come rushing back!

the opposite of loneliness coverThe Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Written by a college student who died in a tragic accident, this collection of short stories and essays will make you think, laugh, and want to pick up a pen and write some of your own. I felt a connection with Marina while reading this book, as though she understood what it felt like to be young and confused but determined to push onward.

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There’s nothing like this terrifying, disturbing, unsettling dystopia novel to open your eyes to what the future could look like if we let it– and perhaps what the present is already beginning to resemble in some ways. 1984 is perhaps one of the best fictional wake-up calls or warnings that could possibly be delivered. (Orwell’s Animal Farm would also work for this!)

fangirl coverFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

If you’ve read Fangirl, then it’s pretty obvious why it’s the perfect addition to this list. Cath and Wren’s experiences as freshmen in college did wonders to ease my fears about what college would be like. I think it would be so fun to reread this since I’m now a sophomore in college! Oh, how times have changed…

the hobbit coverThe Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I’ve read this book so many times that I honestly cannot give a specific number. Besides being a captivating and entertaining story, The Hobbit carries an important lesson that college students (and everyone else, really)  can benefit from reading: Though the road is long and there’s an uphill climb at the end, eventually it will all be worth it. Don’t give up!

What books would you buy for a college student? 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: Bookish TV Show Recommendations

Foodie Facts About Me-9Happy Tuesday! September is finally here, which in my mind means that it is officially autumn. There of countless reasons to love autumn, but today I’m here to talk about one very specific reason: TV shows. So many shows– both new and old– begin in the fall, and it can be difficult to know what to watch. Since this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is based on TV shows, I thought I would share a list of my Top Ten Bookish TV Show Recommendations in case you’d like to coordinate what you watch with what you read, or vice versa.

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miss peregrine's home for peculiar children coverMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Creepy, mysterious atmosphere | Kids with unusual powers | Suspenseful with unexpected twists

far far away coverFar Far Away by Tom McNeal

Small town setting | Creepy vibes | A chilling mystery | Young protagonists

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455373Sphere by Michael Crichton

Science fiction | Incredibly suspenseful with plenty of plot twists | Potential for alien contact | Unique setting

ten little aliens coverTen Little Aliens by Stephen Cole

Based on the TV show | An additional adventure with the Doctor and companions | Alien contact | SUSPENSEFUL!! | A fun “Choose Your Own Adventure” section

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IlluminaeIlluminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Spaceships | Adventures in outer space | High pressure situations | Many different characters

 

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Outer space setting | Alien contact | Adventures on other planets | Cheesy humor (in a good way!)

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Stranded on an island | Need to work together for survival | Ensuing chaos and drama

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Unexpected adventures on an island | A bunch of strangers brought together | Dangerous creatures | A bit terrifying | Suspense

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the secret adversary coverThe Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

A snarky problem-solving duo | An intriguing mystery | London setting | Surprising twists

the rook coverThe Rook by Daniel O’Malley

London setting | Mystery to be solved | Crazy adventures | Unexpected twists | Witty, intelligent protagonist

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attachments coverAttachments by Rainbow Rowell

Office setting | Adorable office romances | Witty sense of humor | Lincoln sort of reminds me of Jim Halpert (kind of)

is everyone hanging out without me coverIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Written by Mindy Kaling, a writer and actress in The Office | Absolutely hilarious | A humorous perspective on real world situations

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23453112Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari plays a character in Parks and Recreation | A lot of personality and humor, especially listening to the audio book | The new methods of “modern romance” play out in the show

jane eyre coverJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Strong, independent, intelligent female protagonist (like Leslie Knope) | Witty sense of humor | Overcoming obstacles

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nick and norah's infinite playlistNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Crazy adventures in a city | Wild schemes and plans | Romance | Funny characters, great sense of humor

the opposite of loneliness coverThe Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Living life in your twenties | Interesting perspective on everyday situations | Witty sense of humor

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anna and the french kiss coverAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Adorable romance | Private school setting | Fitting into a new school | Teenage struggles

the disreputable history coverThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

School setting | Struggles of growing up and being a teenager | Independent, intelligent, witty female protagonist

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Everyone is trying to get married | Family and relationship drama | Adorable romantic moments | Comedy

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Intense competition to achieve a common goal | Certainly tense, potentially violent | Competition ends when one person is left standing

What are your favorite TV shows? What do you think of the ones on my list? Any book or TV show recommendations? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Pokemon Go Book Tag

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Hello, hello! Today I bring to you an exciting tag: The Pokemon Go Book Tag! This game has been all that anyone can talk about for weeks now, so it’s only fitting that it makes its way into the book blogging community as well. Thanks so much to Jess @ Princessica of Books for tagging me! This tag was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight.

Without further ado, let’s get started!!

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675636For some reason I have a very vivid memory of the first actual “chapter” book I read on my own. It’s taken me years to finally find out what the title of the book was, because for the longest time all I could remember was the cover. It’s called Puppy in a Puddle by Ben M. Baglio. There is a whole series of these books about different animals, but this is the one I distinctly remember reading on the school bus in elementary school.

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jane eyre coverI’ve read and adored so many classics, but the one that popped into my mind first was the brilliant Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre is a character that I resonate with so much, which is probably why this novel has had such an impact on me. She’s independent, intelligent, and isn’t afraid to stand up for what she wants. In other words, Jane is an amazing literary role model!

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15507958Unfortunately, I think I’m going to have to go with Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. At the beginning of the summer I was very excited to read this, but then I heard so many mixed reviews about the movie and the novel itself that my interest gradually dwindled away. I might pick it up eventually, but it’s no longer on my TBR for the immediate future.

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tfiosFor this one I’m going to have to go with John Green’s books, especially regarding the buzz surrounding The Fault in Our Stars. Yes, they are often filled with predictable tropes, but I think he handles them in a unique and thought-provoking way. I will always adore John Green and his work, despite the negative things people may say about it!

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a game of thrones coverDefinitely A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I’ve had my eye on this series for the longest time, but I have to admit that I’m a bit intimidated by their size. Every book is just so enormous! They seem like such a commitment, and there are so many books that I want to get around to reading. I’ll probably pick it up someday, but I’l have to carve out a good chunk of time to commit to reading it.

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Jurassic Park by Michael CrichtonI distinctly remember reading Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton at night a few summers ago and it literally gave me chills down my spine. Dinosaurs roaming around in the dark, hungry and uncontrollable? Those little dinos that seem so cute but actually spit poison? The giant, bloodthirsty T-REX?!?! It’s a recipe for nightmares if I’ve ever seen one!

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jellicoe road coverTAYLOR AND JONAH from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. (Did you really think I could go a single tag without mentioning this fantastic book??? It just wouldn’t be right.) Unlike some fictional romances, I feel as though these two characters are genuinely a good fit for each other. It certainly isn’t a case of insta-love, which is incredibly refreshing to read.

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IlluminaeI’m going to go with the first book that popped into my mind for this one: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The buzz surrounding this book in the bookish online community has been SKY HIGH, but it really is an incredibly fast-paced, suspenseful, thrilling read. The sequel is coming out later this year as well, so there’s plenty more where this came from!

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the outcasts of 19 schuyler place(Side note: this was always my favorite Pokemon when I was younger, and I think it still is! It’s just so ADORABLE.) This is a difficult one for me, because I usually don’t enjoy spin-off series in general. However, I do really like the many companion novels to The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg, if that counts. They’re loosely based on the first book, but it’s still fun to see where the characters are at in different points in their lives.

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My AntoniaWhen I first read the syllabus for my Cultural Diversity in American Literature class and saw that Willa Cather’s My Ántonia was assigned reading, I didn’t really have high hopes. However, I ended up LOVING this book! It’s beautiful and captivating and absolutely fascinating to analyze. It ended up being one of my favorite books we read throughout the entire course.

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10964I’m not sure if it’s overhyped, but I’m really excited to read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve read so many glowing reviews of this book, and it seems like one of those series that people get really enthusiastic about really quickly. Time travel, historical fiction, and a gorgeous Scottish setting? Sounds like a recipe for an amazing story to me!

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9822053Hands down the Penguin Hardcover Classics Collection. They’re all so gorgeous! I don’t normally prefer to read hardcovers over paperbacks, but for these beauties I would definitely make an exception. I love how each one is unique and personal to the book, yet they somehow all look great together. Imagine an entire shelf of these lovelies– oh, how gorgeous it would be!

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27405403Even though I’m not hugely interested in science in real life, I LOVE reading science fiction. When I heard about Lily Brooks-Dalton’s debut novel Good Morning, Midnight I immediately knew I would have to add it to my TBR. Taking place in both the Arctic and a return flight from Jupiter, this story promises to be a fascinating one!

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is everyone hanging out without me coverDefinitely Mindy Kaling!! I adored her first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and I loved her second book Why Not Me? even more. Not only is she hilarious, but she’s also honest and authentic and not afraid to say it like it is. Her personality shines through her writing in a way that makes it feel as though you’re actually speaking with her in person. I’ll read anything she writes!

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24909346-2I don’t know if this counts as forever, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ever since reading Illuminae over winter break. I can’t wait to see what kind of suspenseful, gripping, shocking plot twists these two writers come up with this time. If it’s anything like the first book, then it has to be good!

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I’m not sure who has done this tag and who hasn’t, so feel free to jump on board if you’d like!

What do you think of my answers? What are your answers to these questions? Do you play Pokemon Go? 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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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!
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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

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The EMOJI Book Tag

The EMOJI Book Tag

I am an avid emoji user, so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered I had been tagged for the Emoji Book Tag! Thanks so much to Liam @ Liam’s Library for tagging me!

The basic premise of this tag is that you can choose five emojis and talk about the books you associate with them. I’ve decided to go with the five emojis that I use the most. Let’s get started!

Celebration Emoji

I use the celebration emoji ALL THE TIME. The first book that popped into my head when thinking about this book was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Although the mood at the end of the story certainly isn’t celebratory, I love this book so much that I think it should never stop being celebrated. Besides, Gatsby sure knows how to through some awesome parties!

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I feel like this sobbing emoji represents two extreme emotions: either REALLY sad or REALLY happy. Although All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is very sad at times, it’s so amazing and beautiful that I can’t help but feel emotional after reading it. Celebration Emoji-3

For some reason, whenever I go to use a heart emoji I always gravitate towards the purple one. I chose for this one because the romance between Lilac and Tarver is adorable and unique, just like the purple heart.

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Let’s face it: some moments are just plain awkward. For this emoji, I’ve decided to go with Anthony Doerr’s debut novel About Grace. I really expected to love this book because I loved All the Light We Cannot See, but unfortunately I was disappointed. It was still a good book, just not what I thought it would be.

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I randomly use this peace sign a lot, and I feel as though it’s a good representation of Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. Mindy’s book is so fun to read that it instantly puts me in a relaxed, upbeat mood.

TAG, you’re it! Feel free to do this tag if you want to! Be sure to leave me a link if you do so I can check out your post!

Thanks again to Liam for tagging me!

What emojis do you use most often? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY