Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Longtime Members of My TBR

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) exposes all of those books we’ve been putting off reading for months and months (and years and years…). Today I’m going to share the unread books that have been on my TBR the longest. (Hopefully I’ll be able to read at least a few of these this year! No promises, though…)

Which books have been on your TBR for the longest time? What do you think of the books on my list? Which one of these should read first? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday

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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Top Ten Tuesday: The Traveling Romantic

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

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

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2016 But Didn’t Get To

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Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re all doing well after the holiday season. I know that I always feel a bit blue, but Top Ten Tuesday never fails to cheer me up. This week I’ll be sharing the Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2016 But Didn’t Get To. My list of books was so long that it was actually kind of difficult to narrow it down… but I managed!

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What are some books that you meant to read in 2016 but never got around to? What do you think of the books I mentioned? Which one of these should I put at the top of my list? 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!

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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!).

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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.

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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!)

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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: Fall 2016 TBR

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Happy Tuesday!! My favorite season has finally arrived: autumn. I love everything about this transitional season, from the crisp chill in the air to the golden hues of the foliage. In the spirit of the pumpkin-spiced season, the theme of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is the Top Ten Books on My Fall 2016 TBR List. Since the semester is currently underway, I don’t have much time for reading other than what I’m assigned to read for my classes. Still, I’m hoping to get some reading in on breaks and if I have a moment or two to spare here and there. Here are some of the books that I’m hoping to read this fall:

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I know I won’t be able to read all of these books in the next few months, but I would be ecstatic if I could get around to reading two or three of them.

What books are you looking forward to reading this fall? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

 

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I hope you’re all having a lovely day! I was tagged ages ago to do this Alphabet Book Tag, but it seems like too much fun not to do. Thanks so much to Ola @ Ola Reads Books for tagging me!

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Pick a book that is on your shelf or one that you have read in the past and fill out each letter of the Alphabet. The idea is to use books that you have either read or that are on your TBR list.

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All of the books that I have chosen are ones that I have read (except for Y!). When possible, I’ve linked my reviews of them as well.

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A – Animal Farm by George Orwell

B – Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

C – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

D – Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

E – Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

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F – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

G – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

H – Hamlet by William Shakespeare

I – Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

J – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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K – King Lear by William Shakespeare

L – Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

M – My Ántonia by Willa Cather

N – Noggin by John Corey Whaley

O – Our Town by Thornton Wilder

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P – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Q – (The) Queen of Everything by Deb Caletti

R – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

S – Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

T – Thrive by Arianna Huffington

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U – Ugly People Beautiful Hearts by Marlen Komar

V – Vicious by V.E. Schwab

W – When We Collided by Emery Lord

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X – Xenocide by Orson Scott Card

Y – (The) Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller {I haven’t read this yet but I’ve come to the conclusion that I cannot remember I single book I have ever read that starts with the letter “Y.”}

Z – Zero by Morgan Dark

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And YOU, of course!!

What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? More importantly, have you ever read a book that begins with the letter “Y”? {I’m really curious about this now!} Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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5 Fascinating Fictional Fathers

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Happy Fathers’ Day! In honor of this important holiday, I thought I would share a list of 5 Fascinating Fictional Fathers from literature. These fathers aren’t perfect; however, they provide a lot of food for thought when it comes to thinking about the role of a father in a family. There are so many examples of interesting father figures in literature that I could discuss, but for now here are just a few!

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Some time ago I posted a little discussion about this rather controversial father. While I really enjoyed his character in P&P, many people have told me that they think he’s a terrible father. While I agree that he could definitely benefit from some parenting classes, his flaws nevertheless make him all that more interesting as a character. It makes you wonder why he’s determine to be present at some points in his daughters’ lives but surprisingly absent during others. However, he does have moments when it’s clear that deep down, he really does care about the well-being of his daughters. If only he would show it more often!

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It’s interesting to reflect on how much we know about James despite the fact that his character isn’t even alive in this series itself. This might sound a bit strange, but I’ve always felt as though the spirit of James has lived on through the many father figures that Harry has throughout his life: Arthur Weasley, Sirius Black, Dumbledore, and Remus Lupin, just to name a few. It seems like they all try to be a father for Harry in their own ways at different times throughout his years at Hogwarts. For this reason, perhaps the spirit of James Potter never really dies.

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I couldn’t write a post about fictional fathers without mentioning the wise, kind-hearted, loving Atticus Finch. Where would Scout (and we!) be without this remarkable father figure? Not only is he one of the most scrupulous literary fathers, but he also offers some incredibly valuable advice about empathy, justice, and morality. At one point, he tells Scout: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!

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Although one might not automatically think of him as one of the primary characters in Fangirl, Cath and Wren’s father is nevertheless an important and interesting aspect of the novel. He is certainly flawed– he struggles with mental health issues and consequently cannot always be there to take care of his daughters– but he still does his best to be a caring, supportive father. Arthur Avery is there when Cath and Wren most need him, and in my mind that’s what counts the most.

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I though I would end this list with an old childhood favorite of mine: Pa from the Little House on the Prairie series. I vividly remember reading this first book in particular when I was younger and falling in love with the simple yet wonderful life of this family. Pa is the a perfect example of a stereotypical father figure: strong, caring, kind, resourceful, and a provider for his family in more way than one.

Thanks to all of the fathers out there, fictional and otherwise! What are your favorite fictional fathers? Have any fun Fathers’ Day traditions? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated 2016 Releases

Top Ten Tuesday-Happy Tuesday! As we near the halfway mark of the year, it’s starting to sink in that 2016 is here and underway. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is supposed to be about our most anticipated releases of the second half of the year, but seeing as I haven’t read many 2016 releases in general I’m just going to include books from the entire year. Hopefully since I’m home for the summer from college I can jump right into reading a few of these exciting books!

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What upcoming 2016 releases are you excitedly awaiting? 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: Valentine’s Day Reads

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Happy Tuesday! Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, and you know what that means: a Valentine’s Day themed Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week I’ll be listing my Top Ten Valentine’s Day Reads. Let’s go!

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What are your favorite Valentine’s Day reads? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY