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 Jingle Bell Tag

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If I had to name my favorite genre of music, it would probably be Christmas music. Not only is there a song for every mood and situation and level of festivity you’re feeling, but holiday tunes also never fail to make me smile. (Except for “Christmas Shoes.” That song is the definition of SAD.) As you can imagine, I was so excited when I discovered that I had been tagged in the Jingle Bell Tag, created by Richard @ The Humpo Show. Thanks so much to Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser for tagging me!

Now, on with the merry festivities!

“All I Want For Christmas Is You…” | What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

I actually didn’t ask for any books for Christmas this year (*gasp* I know, I’m trying to show some self-control). Honestly, if Santa could buy me my textbooks for next semester that would be superb…

My Antonia“Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…” | What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

Oooh, what a tough question! I don’t think I’ll be able to choose just one because I’ve read a bunch of fantastic books in 2016, so I’ll go with three that come to mind: My Ántonia by Willa Cather, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

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The BFG by Roald Dahl is always my go-to answer for this kind of question. It was my favorite book when I was in elementary school and after rereading it recently I can say that it’s still one of my favorite stories. Not only is it adorable, but it’s incredibly clever, witty, and well-written. If you’re not convinced, here are my top 8 reasons why you should read this lovely little gem (but believe me, there are way more than just eight!).

my true love gave to me cover“It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” | Which book has the most festive look to it?

Definitely My True Love Gave to Me! This collection of holiday stories edited by Stephanie Perkins is perfect for this festive time of year. I love the variety of authors as well as the many different holidays that are represented within the twelve stories. There’s bound to be something for every reader to enjoy, no matter what holiday you celebrate or what kind of festive mood you’re in!

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Again, here’s another go-to answer of mine: Victor and Eli from Vicious by V.E. Schwab. These villains are dark and twisted, but there’s also a sense of morality and ambiguity to them. This is particularly true with Victor, who might be considered more of an anti-hero than an actual villain. Regardless, these characters have stuck in my mind ever since their first wild adventure.

jane eyre coverThe Holiday | Name your favourite TWO couples…

One: Taylor and Jonah from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (as if I haven’t talked about this adorable duo enough on this blog…). Two: Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Even though they’re not actually a couple for the majority of the novel, I think the way they come together at the end is really beautiful. They’re certainly not perfect, but they show that love doesn’t have to be.

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Oh, so many amazing books to choose from! I think that I’ll have to go with Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. This hefty biography is incredibly well-written and Hamilton’s life is so interesting and unbelievable that it almost reads like fiction. It’s also really fun to read it with songs from the Hamilton musical playing in the background– so much US history at once!!

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I also tag YOU, lovely reader!!

What are your answers to these prompts? What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? Most importantly, what’s your favorite Christmas song? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in the City

Foodie Facts About Me-6Happy Tuesday!! Once again we have some freedom with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme, since the prompt is “Books with X Setting.” I’ve decided to go with a rather broad one: Top Ten Books Set in the City. I live in a pretty rural area and, while I enjoy visiting cities for day trips and short stays, I don’t know that I would necessarily choose to live in one. I much prefer the quiet, peaceful countryside, but that’s just me! However, cities do make fantastic settings for stories, as these books certainly show.

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What are your favorite books set in cities? What do you think of the books on my list? Do you like cities? What’s your favorite city to visit? 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

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated 2016 Releases, Part 1

Most Anticipated 2016 Releases

Happy Tuesday, everyone! With Christmas over (*sobs*) it’s time to start looking ahead at the new year to come. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is the Most Anticipated Releases For the First Half of 2016, and judging by the upcoming releases I’ve found it looks like this new year is going to be a great one!

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Front Lines by Michael Grant

Front Lines by Michael Grant  ~  January 26, 2016

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The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine  ~  February 16, 2016

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab  ~  February 23, 2016

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro  ~  March 1, 2016

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare  ~  March 8, 2016

Half Lost by Sally Green

Half Lost by Sally Green  ~  March 29, 2016

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater  ~  April 26, 2016

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson  ~  May 3, 2016

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab  ~  June 7, 2016

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Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins  ~  June 14, 2016

What are your most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016? 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: Popcorn-Worthy Books!

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Popcorn is always a must whenever I go to a movie theater. It’s definitely not the healthiest option available, but everyone has those days when they treat themselves to some good old-fashioned junk food. What makes popcorn even better (besides butter!) is a great movie to go along with it. Here are my Top Ten Popcorn-Worthy Books that I think would make awesome movies.

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Magic, traveling to different worlds, and several London-based settings- the mere description of this book sounds like a trailer for an action-packed movie! The magical fight scenes would be amazing. Plus, I think it’s going to be a series so the movie people wouldn’t have to stretch one book out into a million movies (*cough* like The Hobbit *cough*).

ready player one coverReady Player One by Ernest Cline

This book is so exciting, unique, and fast-paced that there’s no doubt in my mind that it would make an awesome movie. The characters are teenagers so it would appeal to that age group, but older generations would also like it because of all the iconic eighties references. It’s a win-win!

these broken stars coverThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Would the makers of the Star Trek please make this book into a movie? Pretty please?  It would be such a cool outer space adventure, with a little romance and supernatural elements added into the mix. The luxurious ship, the crash, and the strange planet would be really exciting so see on the big screen. And let’s not forget about Tarver!

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There are so many reasons why this would be an adorable “chick-flick” type movie. 1) It takes place in Paris, 2) the romance is really well written, and 3) ST. CLAIR IS AMAZING. This book has quite a following, so I really do think it would be popular as a movie. Besides, there are two other books as well so they could make those into movies, too.

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I’m really hoping that this book actually does become a movie because I think it’s important that there be more love stories like this in the world. Eleanor and Park embrace each other’s flaws and imperfect pasts, and that’s the sort of message we need to be spreading about love. Too often movies depict romance as being between two seemingly perfect people, but this book breaks that stereotype completely.

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There haven’t been many teen romance movies made about the LGBTQ+ community, but I think a movie adaptation of this book could change that. It’s hilarious, clever, and has musical numbers that are simply made for the big screen. Fans of John Green would also love it because he co-wrote the book.

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Can somebody say “the perfect summer romance movie”? Not only is this book adorable, but it also has a really valuable message about overcoming fear and opening yourself up to others. It would be one of those feel-good movies that you watch when you’re feeling down, and I think it would be great to have more of those in the theaters. Besides, who doesn’t love a good road-trip story?

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This movie would be super cool because the story is just so different. It has this ethereal vibe to it that would give the movie adaptation a creepy, suspenseful tone. Although you know from the very beginning that a murder eventually occurs, the way the story is laid out makes you really want to know who exactly did it and why. And there is such an unexpected twist at the ending- I never saw it coming!

the night circus coverThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This movie wouldn’t be suspenseful in the traditional way, I don’t think. It’s not a heart-racing sort of mystery- rather, the pace is so relaxed that you know that at some point something is bound to happen all at once. The special effects and set design for a movie adaptation has the potential to be phenomenal, because the circus is such a mysterious and intricate setting. The cover of the book itself even looks like it could be a movie poster!

the ocean at the end of the laneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Oh, this wonderfully bizarre little book! I think it would make a great movie, with its strange creatures and fantastical elements. It would definitely be creepy and suspenseful if they set the mood right, because the magical elements of the book were awesome to read about. I feel like it’s the kind of movie that would have really good music as well, probably something orchestral and eery. Someone, scoop this story up and make it a film!

What books would you like to see made into movies? What do you think about the books on my list? What are some of your favorite movie adaptations? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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top ten tuesday: 2014 releases I meant to read but didn’t get to

TTTHi everyone! Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, the fantastic weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t Get To. I could go on for AGES with this list, but for time’s sake I’ll keep it to my top ten! So, in no particular order:

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1. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

2. Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson

3. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

4. Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

5. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

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6. Solitaire by Alice Oseman

7. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

8. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

9. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

10. Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal

Hopefully I’ll get around to reading a good number of these in 2015!

What 2014 releases do you want to read in 2015? What are your thoughts on any of the books in my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Books

Book Review: MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

my true love gave to me coverAuthor: various YA authors, edited by Stephanie Perkins

Number of Pages: 320

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: October 9, 2014

“If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.”

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Having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit? Well, look no further than this collection of adorable, heart-warming holiday stories!

This collection of stories is great for a number of reasons, but I especially liked the variety that it presents in both the authors and the content. Even though these authors are united by the fact that they have written works in the young adult genre, they write about different topics within that genre. For example, Allie Condie is the author of the Matched trilogy, a dystopian science fiction story, while Holly Black is well-known for her many fantasy novels. Their genre preferences are noticeable in their short stories, which means that each one has a unique little twist to it. I expected them all to be just regular contemporary romance stories, but there were a few that surprised me with their fantasy elements and magical surrealism. There is also a lot of diversity in the content itself, meaning that the settings, characters, and even holidays vary from story to story. There are many Christmas stories, but some focus on other holidays, such as Hanukkah. And then there are those that don’t even revolve around a specific holiday- they simply take place during the holiday season.

I genuinely enjoyed reading all of these stories, which doesn’t usually happen often when it comes to collections of writing. Usually there are a few that I’m only lukewarm about or that I even dislike, but I am happy to say that I was really impressed with all of these! The three that really stood out to me were “The Lady and the Fox” by Kelly Link, “Angels in the Snow” by Matt de la Pena, and “It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown” by Stephanie Perkins. I loved the first one because of its fantasy elements, and the other two because of their adorable and really well written romantic relationships. I was surprised when I realized that two out of my top three favorites were written by authors that I have never heard of before- Kelly Link and Matt de la Pena. I’ll definitely have to explore more of their writing in the future!

Overall, I highly recommend this collection of stories, especially during the holiday season! It’s sure to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside, even if it’s snowing outside!

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Would I recommend it to a friend?: Absolutely, especially if they’re a fan of one of these authors or the YA genre in general.

Have you read this book before? What did you think of it? Got any book recommendations by any of the authors included in this collection? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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WWW Wednesdays: December 3rd

WWW WednesdaysWWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading that asks three questions:

What are you currently reading???

I’ve been on an audiobook kick recently, and right now I’m listening to Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I’m really enjoying it so far!

I’m still plugging away with Harry Potter y la cámara secreta by J.K. Rowling, which is the Spanish translation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Other books keep distracting me from it, but I’ll finish it eventually!

What did you recently finish reading???

Early on this past week I finished listening to me second complete audiobook ever, The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie. The narrator was incredibly entertaining, and the mystery itself was brilliant as always!

I also finished reading my first holiday book of the season, My True Love Gave to Me by various YA authors and edited by Stephanie Perkins. I loved it and definitely recommend it if you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit!

What do you think you’ll read next???

The librarians at my high school recently recommended Skipping Christmas by John Grisham to me, so I’ll probably give that a go next.

What are your answers to these questions? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY