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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: Middle School Me

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a throwback freebie, so I’ve decided to talk about some of my most tumultuous years: middle school. Though I loathed my middle school years, it was also when I read some of my favorite books. The following books are ones that I loved when I was twelve, thirteen, and fourteen years old. Cue the flashback!


Did anyone else have a dreadful middle school experience? What books did you love when you were in middle school? 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: Unread Books from the Pre-Blogging Era

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Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re all having a lovely week so far. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is quite a challenging one: the Top Ten Books from Before Blogging that I Still Haven’t Read. I’ve been book blogging for years now, so long that I can hardly remember when I started (eighth grade? ninth grade?). I started out with a different blog using Blogger, and then I created this WordPress one a few years later. I know for sure that I’ve been book blogging for at least five years, so remembering what I wanted to read way back then that I still haven’t read is a little difficult. However, I’ve managed to piece together a list of books that generally fit the bill.

Let’s take a journey into the mind of fourteen-year-old Holly, shall we?

1043781. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

I was a devoted Sarah Dessen fan when I was younger, and I ended up reading the majority of her books. There are a few that I never got around to for some reason, and this is one of them. Her books were always my go-to summer reads, so I’m sure I’ll end up picking this one up at some point in the future.

94627752. The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

This is the sequel to Johnson’s book Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, which I read and enjoyed enough to want to read the sequel. However, because so much time has passed since reading the first book I really have no burning desire to read this sequel now. Unfortunately, this is a short series that I’ll most likely leave unfinished.

71377753. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

I loved the first book in this trilogy– Perfect Chemistry– and I always meant to read the other two books, but I never got around to it. (This will be a recurring theme in this post: me “not getting around” to reading books. Basically, there are so many books and so little time in which to read them all!)

1513704. Many Waters An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle

These are the fourth and fifth books in the A Wrinkle in Time Quintet. I read the first three books and actually still own the entire series, but for some reason I have never read these last two installments. I feel like I would still really enjoy them, so I’ll have to put them back on my TBR!

97438015. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Again, this is another sequel that I have yet to read for no particular reason. I really enjoyed The Giver, especially considering it’s one of the early books in the YA dystopian trend that recently exploded with popularity. (And if you ask me, Lowry wrote it much better than many of the newer novels!) I’ll definitely have to continue on with this series eventually!

2144386. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

I’ve always pictured this book as being the quintessential YA summer novel, and because of this idealization I think I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to read it. However, at this point I think I just have to read it whenever I have the time and I’m in the mood. People seem to love this series, as well as the movie adaptation.

92791777. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Ever since I first discovered The Lover’s Dictionary I’ve been infatuated with its basic premise: the story of a romantic relationship told through dictionary entries. What could be better for us word-loving bibliophiles? Plus, David Levithan’s books are always a treat to read.

247708. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Back when I was in middle school, this was one of the more popular YA novels. However, after all of the initial hype settled I began to hear some mixed reviews, which is why I set it aside to read at a later date…. a later date that has apparently never arrived! Unfortunately, I don’t think this is one that I’ll be picking up any time soon.

the silmarillion cover9. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

I LOVE LORD OF THE RINGS. ❤ I’ve owned a copy of this book for years, but it has always sort of intimidated me. I don’t know much about the actual story itself, and I’m afraid that it’s going to be confusing at first. But I’m determined to read it at some point!

3898010. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

I adored these movies when I was younger, and I’ve always toyed with the idea of reading the entire book series. Part of me wants to save them for a rainy day when I could use a little cheer– I feel like these will instantly put a smile on my face, no matter how blue I’m feeling!

What are some unread books left on your TBR from your pre-blogging years? What do you think of the books on my list? Which ones should I read? 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

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t

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There are always those pesky books that, no matter how hard we try, we just never quite manage to read as quickly as we would have liked. There are so many books that I wanted to read in 2015, but there’s only so much time in one year! Since this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is 2015 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t, here are ten of the books I haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

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What 2015 releases did you mean to read but never got a chance to? What do you think of the books on my list? Which ones should I read ASAP? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday: Author Spotlight!

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Some readers have found their niche in the reading world and rarely stray from that portion of the bookshelf. Not me, though- I like to read a variety of books from a bunch of different genres. Because of this, my list of favorite authors is quite long and can seem a bit random at times. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from The Broke and the Bookish highlights this, as it is a list of the Top Ten Authors From Whom I’ve Read the Most Books. These are not all of my favorite authors (because some of my favorite authors just haven’t written that many books!) but it’s a good number of them.

Let’s shine the spotlight on some fantastic authors, shall we?

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Some of these are from my middle school reading days (Pretty Little Liars and Sarah Dessen romances, anyone?) but they’re still really fun and enjoyable books nevertheless. And, of course, you have the Queen: J.K. Rowling! She comes out on top, as always!

What are your most-read authors? What do you think of the authors on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Also, if you ever want me to review any of the books you see here, just let me know!

Have a lovely day!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Summer 2015 TBR

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IT’S SUMMER!!! And you know what that means: it’s time for another TTT -TBR update, courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish! Here are some of the books I plan on reading this summer:

The Lost World by Michael Crichton cover1. The Lost World by Michael Crichton

I absolutely loved Jurassic Park, and I cannot wait to devour this sequel! I think it would be great for a rainy summer day when all I want to do is relax inside and get caught up in a captivating story. Plus, I really need to know how this dinosaur-infested world ends up!

Harry Potter y la camara secreta2. Harry Potter y la cámara secreta by J.K. Rowling

It feels like I’ve been reading this book forever, mostly because I’ve been in the middle of it for months and months now. Spanish translations always take me longer to read than the English novels I’m used to speeding through, so I’ve sort of been putting off finishing it. What I really need to do is sit down and commit to reading a huge chunk of it, preferably sooner rather than later.

William Shakespeare3. Something by Shakespeare?

The only works by Shakespeare that I’ve read are Romeo and Juliet and Othello, and I feel like I’m missing out on so many references because I haven’t read any of his other plays. I’m not really sure which one I’ll start with, but I definitely want to read at least one of them this summer. If you have any suggestions on which ones I should read or tips on how to better understand them, feel free to leave a comment!

let's get lost cover4. Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

This book has been sitting on my bookshelf ever since it first came out, and I just haven’t gotten around to reading it. I’ve heard some mixed reviews about it, which is probably why it hasn’t made its way to the top of my TBR in a while. It sounds like a great summery book, though, so now is the perfect time to finally read it.

vanishing girls cover5. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book by Lauren Oliver, but I’ve wanted to for a while. A lot of people have told me that this has a really surprising twist at the end, which is always a plus for me! I know my library has a copy of this one, so I don’t have to worry about going out and buying it either.

the dream thieves cover6. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

I read The Raven Boys two summers ago, people. TWO SUMMERS. It’s been far too long and I really need to get back into this series. Fantastic things about it are all over social media, Booktube, and the book blogging community, so this one is definitely a must read for me! Plus, I think the fourth and final book in this series comes out soon, so there’s even more of a reason for me to read it ASAP!

little women cover7. Little Women by Louise May Alcott

A gorgeous copy of this classic (shown to the right) has been sitting on my bookshelf for years, and for some reason I haven’t picked it up. From the synopsis this book seems to be all about girl power, growing up, and learning lessons. Not to mention it’s set during the Civil War, a time period in American history that I think is just fascinating.

jane eyre cover8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

If you’re a long-time follower of my blog, there’s a good chance you’ll recognize this book from being featured in countless TBR and TTT posts. I’ve been meaning to read it since the beginning of the school year, and now that school is coming to a close I feel even more excited to read it. A lot of my friends in my AP English class love this classic, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what it’s all about!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen9. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

I’ve read nearly all of Sarah Dessen’s novel, so it’s only natural that I would be eager to read this one as well. Her books are perfect for the summer: they’re cute and easy to read, but they always have a meaningful underlying message that makes the reading experience even more worthwhile.

sisterhood of the traveling pants10. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

It seems like everyone on Earth has read this book EXCEPT ME. (Okay, I’m definitely exaggerating- but really, I feel like I’m missing out!) I get a very summery vibe from this book, which hopefully means that it’s a great story to read at this time of year. I mean, it has a pair of pants on the cover- what more could you ask for?

I most likely won’t end up reading every single book on this list, especially given my track record for veering off my TBR paths. However, I’m hoping to get around to reading at least half of these, as well as many other books in the upcoming months.

If you have any suggestions of great books to read in the summer (or great books in general!) please let me know in the comments section below! Also, what are you planning on reading this summer? I’d love to hear your plans!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday: High School Grads

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 As my high school career nears its end (I’ll be graduating this June!) it’s starting to really hit me that I have less than two months of my senior year left before it’s over. I’ve read about the senior year experiences of many characters in books over the years, yet I don’t think I couldn’t have prepared myself for the ups and downs that I have experienced this year. It’s been both exciting and scary, filled with laughter and tears, but I think that’s generally how growing up tends to go. Since I seem to be thinking about my overall senior year experience so much lately, I thought I’d turn it into a fun Top Ten Tuesday topic. This week I’ll be listing my Top Ten Books with Characters Who are Entering, Living, or Remembering Their Senior Year of High School. What a mouthful!

So, no particular order, here are the books I have chosen:

paper towns cover1. Paper Towns by John Green. 

I can never seem to make it through one of these lists without mentioning at least one John Green novel. They’re just so good and they apply to so many different topics! In this book, the majority of the characters are in their senior year of high school and my favorite part of the story happens when they’re supposed to be at their graduation. (Key words: supposed to be !!!) It’s fun and hilarious yet nostalgic and thought-provoking all at the same time, which I’m coming to find out is one of my favorite combinations when it comes to books.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

In this book, Charlie’s friends Sam and Patrick are in their senior year of high school. Despite the fact that he’s a freshman they waste no time befriending him and teaching him the ropes of growing up. It’s really neat to see the differences between the views of a freshman and those of seniors, and I think this novel captures them really well. Charlie experiences so much in this short book, and his senior friends are by his side every step of the way. If you;re looking for nostalgia, this will definitely bring back those memories!

the disenchantments3. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

Four friends in a band have recently graduated from high school, and it’s their last summer of freedom before going off to start their adult lives. Will their special bond grow stronger through playing music and traveling, or will these adventures cause them to grow apart? This is a fun, thought-provoking, and whimsical read about growing up, growing apart, but also growing together.

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4. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

This story takes place during the summer before the main character’s senior year, so it has that feeling of being on the brink of something great. It’s certainly a summer that Cullen (the MC) will never forget, with its quirkiness and excitement and even a few frightening moments. I’ve read this book several times over the past few times, and it’s a really unique summer read.

the moon and more cover5. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

It’s the summer before college, and Emaline is spending it in the lovely beach town of Colby. But she soon finds that these few precious months are not going to be the stress-free ones that she initially envisioned. Enter Luke, her boyfriend, and Theo, a new guy from New York who comes to work on a film project in Colby. Filled with boy troubles, before-college jitters, and a fantastic ending (such a surprise, but I loved it!), this book encompasses many of the ups and downs of that notorious summer.

the beginning of everything cover6. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

This book takes place during senior year, with  its many trials, tribulations, and terrific experiences. It’s as much about friendship, change, and growing up as it is about romance, which I thought was really refreshing to read about in a contemporary YA novel. The unique perspective that senior year brings is also emphasized really well in this book: the knowledge that this is the last time you’ll see the majority of your classmates, and the liberation that comes with this realization.

the tragedy paper7. The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

Senior year at a boarding school- what more could you want in a book? I LOVE boarding school books, and this one was made even better by its interesting premise. It’s a story within a story, and it’s really cool to see the history and present kind of mirror each other in an odd way. It didn’t completely blow me away, but it nevertheless left an impression on me!

please ignore vera dietz8. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Quirky and sorrowful, with a bit of the supernatural thrown in for good measure- sound interesting? The premise of this book is difficult to explain, in part because it’s just so strange. Vera is a senior in high school who is dealing with the loss of her best friend on top of all the other struggles of the time. But there’s an added layer of mystery, because she talks to Charlie. But he’s dead. I’m still not really entirely sure how that all worked, but it was interesting to read about nevertheless!

nick and norah's infinite playlist9. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Oh, those wild teenage emotions! Those crazy nights of reckless abandon and unforgettable adventures! My senior year has been nothing like that of Nick and Norah’s, but honestly I’m pretty okay with that. Taking place over the course of a single insane night in New York City, this story is one that will make you constantly wonder: Where are these kids’ parents? 

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green10. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

I thought it would be great to begin and end with a wonderful John Green book, so here we go! This book takes place during Colin Singleton’s last summer before college, in which he has to emotionally recover from his most recent messy relationship with a Katherine. Hilarious, thought-provoking, and spontaneous, this story will make you view relationships in a completely different way.

What books about high school seniors do you enjoy the most? 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: The Never-Ending TBR List!

nfn tttHappy Tuesday, everyone! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday once again, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week I’ll be updating you all on recent additions to my TBR list, since the topic is Top Ten Books Recently Added to My TBR List. So, in no particular order:

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I recently mentioned this book in a previous Top Ten Tuesday (click here to check it out!) and I’m still really looking forward to reading it. My interest was sparked when I watched Essiebutton’s video about it and saw that she really enjoyed it. Hiking is one of my favorite things to do outdoors, so it seems even more fitting.

One More Thing by B.J. Novak2. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

I love B.J. Novak for his hilarious work on the television show The Office, which holds  special place in my heart. Naturally when I heard he was writing a book I immediately knew I had to get my hands on it! This book is a collection of many short stories- and I mean short stories (some of them are only two or three pages!). I have no doubt that this will be a memorable read!

red queen cover3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Honestly, I’ve heard nothing but great things about this new YA fantasy novel! I’ve known about it since before it came out, but just recently I’ve seriously thought about picking it up and diving right in. The premise is intriguing and I’ve been in the mood for fantasy lately, which means that this one is a serious contender for being read soon!

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld4. All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

I came across this book while watching a Booktube video one day, and I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis. The setting- a remote British isle- is interesting and the story itself sounds heart-wrenching and perhaps even haunting. Come to find out it is actually one of two winners of the Barnes and Noble 2014 Discover Award, which is pretty cool!

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After reading her recently published novel A Darker Shade of Magic, I have a newfound adoration for V.E. Schwab! I’ve heard amazing things about this novel, especially due to the supposedly fantastic anti-hero that it the main character. If it’s anything like A Darker Shade of Magic, is has to be good!

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PEOPLE, THERE IS A COMPANION NOVEL TO WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON!! I loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, and that’s why I’m so excited that there’s a companion to it! This is supposed to be the story of the musical that Tiny Cooper created in the first book- and it’s actually written as a script! The parts of it that were in the first book were HILARIOUS, and I’m sure this installment will be just as awesome!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen7. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen 

When I was in middle school and the first year or so of high school I read A LOT of books by Sarah Dessen, especially during the summer months. They were such feel-good books that always gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Her newest novel is expected to come out on May 5, 2015, just in time for me to make it part of my summer reading plans!

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens8. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

I was blown away by Great Expectations, and I now have a new admiration for Charles Dickens. I’m really interested in reading more of his work, and Oliver Twist seems to be a popular favorite. Since this is also about a poor boy, I’d love to compare and contrast it with Great Expectations. 

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide9. The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide

I was initially interested in this novel because of the beautifully simple cover, but as soon as I read the synopsis of it I knew that I was going to have to read it at some point. It’s about a cat that breathes life back into a couple’s relationship- I don’t know what’s sweeter or more heart-warming than that!

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee10. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I read this novel in my ninth grade English class and did not intend to reread it for a while. However, when I found out that a sequel, Go Set a Watchman, is going to be published this summer I immediately decided to put the first book right back on my TBR list. Let’s hope I love it as much as I did the first time!

There are so many great books to read- now if only I had the time to read them all! I’m hoping that as the school year comes to a close I’ll have more and more time to read. Fingers crossed!

What books have you recently added to your TBR list? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY