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Location Book Tag

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week! Today I’m here with the Location Book Tag from ages ago (I was tagged in the summer, I think). Thanks so much to Charlotte Annelise for tagging me!!

1. You’re sat in a coffee shop trying to read when a group of excited six year olds come in with their parents and begin screaming in the play area. Which book can you push past the noise and lose yourself in?

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Not only is this book incredibly suspenseful and gripping, but it’s also such a fun story. I could block out any and all noise while reading this!

2. Your (rich) friends dare you to spend the night in a haunted house for an undisclosed but inevitably large sum of money. Which book do you bring to distract yourself with?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Imagine reading Frankenstein in such a spooky atmosphere! It’s kind of like the time I read Stephen King’s The Shining while staying at a lodge on a mountain in the wintertime…

3. Though the landscapes are beautiful, your delayed train journey is starting to drag. Which book do you take out?

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. While reading this book I couldn’t help but think about the beautiful landscape it must have taken place in.

4. It’s beach time! You have your family and friends around you and don’t want to miss out on the conversation too much but still want to read. Which book do you choose?

Probably something I’ve read before and loved, such as The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg. I’ve read this book so many times that I feel like I know it by heart at this point!

5. You’re backstage ready for your big emotional scene but the tears just won’t come. Which book do you get out to make you cry?

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. This collection of poetry is so emotional, raw, and honest that it’s bound to make me tear up at times.

6. You’re camping in the woods with your friends and you’re the first to wake up. Which book do you read under the early morning light?

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. This lovely story set in a magical woods would be perfect to read from a cozy sleeping bag in a tent.

7. You’ve had an amazing day on your solo trip but now that you’re back at the hotel, you’re starting to feel a little homesick. What do you read to feel less lonely?

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. This book always reminds me of my childhood and is sure to make me feel less homesick.

8. You’ve been invited for an interview for a place at a prestigious university. Which book do you lay flat on your knee to hide the cover while you wait?

Probably something Shakespeare that I feel like I should have read by now as an English major.

9. The book exchange stall at the library finally has the book you’ve wanted for so long, and you have a book in your bag that you’ve been dying to get rid of. Which do you give away, and which do you take?

I’d give away The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han and I’d pick up Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.

10. You were just browsing the children’s section of the library and boom, you’re hit with a sudden blast from the past. Which book have you found that you haven’t seen for years but that you used to love as a child?

The BFG by Roald Dahl. I loved this book SO MUCH when I was younger. Recently I reread it and it was everything I remembered and more. Roald Dahl is a brilliant storyteller!

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

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Crushes

Happy Tuesday!! I hope you’ve all been having a lovely week. Today I’m here to do another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is a fun one: fictional crushes! We all have those characters that we secretly wish were real, right? Time to share!

Harry from Harry Potter and the Sorcerors’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Ah, the original book crush. Reading this series in second grade was probably the first time I had a fictional crush. (But it wouldn’t be the last!)

Jesse Tuck from Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

I feel like this one sort of goes without explaining if you’ve read the book. So sweet! So kind! So enthusiastic!

Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

A thousand times yes. Is it a stereotypical tough-guy-is-actually-sweet trope? Yes. Does it matter? Absolutely not.

Gabriel Oak from Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Oh, Bathesheba. Though you couldn’t appreciate the thoughtful, loyal, hard-working guy right in front of you, the rest of us certainly could!

Westley from The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The movie might help a little bit with this one… but there’s no denying Westley’s bravery, wit, and devotion. Princess Buttercup is a lucky girl!

Turns out this list was more difficult to make than I expected… I guess the books I’ve been reading lately have been lacking in the crush department?

What are some fictional crushes that you’ve had? What do you think about the books that I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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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Sims Book Tag

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Hello, hello! Today I’m here to do the Sims Book Tag, despite the fact that I think I’ve only played Sims about once before. The prompts for this tag are just so fun that I couldn’t resist participating anyways. Thanks so much to Michelle @ Book Adventures for tagging me! This tag was created by Hailey from Hailey in Bookland.

WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley

The Original Sims – The best author debut.

When I read Where Things Come Back I couldn’t believe that it was John Corey Whaley’s debut novel. It’s clever, well-written, unique, and woven with an intricacy and attention to detail that I can’t help but applaud and admire. Considering I randomly picked this book up at a bookstore years ago because I loved the cover design, it’s safe to say that I was pleasantly surprised!

looking for alaskaThe Grim Reaper – Saddest character death.

The book that immediately comes to mind is Looking for Alaska by John Green. Not only do I have a strong nostalgic attachment to this book, but I also believe that it’s a witty, touching, well-written story about love, loss, and growing up. I’ve read it countless times since middle school and each time I come back to it I’m filled with a sense of familiarity and comfort all over again. I’m not going to say anything specific about the death because I don’t want to give anything away, but suffice it to say that it crushes me every time.

Jurassic Park by Michael CrichtonSims Getting Stuck – A character that just got in the way.

When I read Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, I was astonished by the level of frustration that the character Dennis Nedry caused me to feel in nearly every scene he was in. He’s obnoxious, conniving, malicious, and one of those opportunistic people who will do anything to in order to make a profit or move up in society.

14800528-2Simlish – A book with amazing writing.

Due to my lack of experience reading Thomas Hardy I was surprised to find while reading Far from the Madding Crowd that his writing style is beautifully and brilliantly descriptive, witty, and poignant. Even though the story itself was fantastic, his writing alone is enough to make me want to read more of his work.

city of bones coverExpansion Packs – A series where the books keep on getting better.

My initial response was to list Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, but I’d like to try to mention some books that I don’t talk about all the time on this blog. Instead, I’m going to go with a series that I haven’t talked about much since I finished reading it a few years ago: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Though I love the beginning of this series, the complexity of the plot and the character development that occurs over the course of the six books makes the final one fantastic.

18475596-2Sim Romance – The worst case of insta-love.

The insane insta-love in Only Everything by Kieran Scott was almost unbearable. I barely even finished reading this book (to be honest, I basically skimmed the second half) because I couldn’t deal with how artificial and forced the romance felt. The main character’s annoying narration certainly didn’t help matters, either!

nick and norah's infinite playlistCheats – A book that was entirely unrealistic.

I don’t know about you, but when I read Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan I was pretty doubtful that the entire plot would actually be able to take place in the span of a single night. Someone needs to test out this theory once and for all and then report back to me about the results.

12977531Needs Fulfillment – A character who made all the wrong decisions.

I feel like the entire Torrance family made some pretty bad decisions in The Shining by Stephen King, especially considering that Danny had the Shining ability and could sense all along that something bad would happen eventually. They had so many opportunities to turn back, yet they foolishly and resolutely moved forward time and time again.

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I absolutely loved The Maze Runner by James Dashner and was incredibly excited to continue on with the rest of the trilogy when I read it in middle school. Unfortunately, the other books suddenly careened in a downward spiral that I wasn’t expecting. The arch of the story changed completely and I thought the original premise of the first book had a much more interesting twist with a lot of potential.

13581132The Sims Vortex – A book/series that completely engrossed you.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh was so captivating that I ended up reading the majority of it in a single day. I’m so glad that my coworkers recommended it to me over winter break because I had never heard of it before.

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What do you think of the books on my list? What books would you pick for these prompts? Have you ever played Sims before? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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The Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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Hello, hello! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day. Today I come to you with the fun little Totally Should’ve Book Tag. Thanks so much to Azia @ The Uncharted World for tagging me!

When We CollidedTotally Should’ve Gotten A Sequel

Does anyone else ever wonder what happened to Jonah and Vivi years after When We Collided by Emery Lord ended? Or Jonah’s family in general? Or the restaurant or the pottery place or any of the people living in Verona Cove? I would love to read even a novella about where these characters are at years later.

Jurassic Park by Michael CrichtonTotally Should’ve Gotten A Spin-Off Series

I’m not really a fan of spin-off series in general, but I guess I’ll have to go with Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Who doesn’t want more dinosaur fun? I’d love to read about the park from an outsider’s perspective living in another county or even the process of how they developed the idea for the theme park in general.

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After reading and loving The Night Circus a few years ago, I’ve been eagerly waiting for Erin Morgenstern to write another novel. I would read anything that she writes in a heartbeat! A bookworm can always dream, I guess… fingers crossed!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsA Character Who Totally Should’ve Ended Up With Someone Else

Is it weird that I’ve always felt that Katniss should have ended up with Gale in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games? Few people seem to ever agree with me on this, but it’s a gut feeling that I’ve had ever since first reading the book years ago.

ready player one coverTotally Should’ve Had A Movie Franchise

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline would make such a fun movie! I once heard rumors that there was a movie adaption in the works for this novel, but I’m not sure how true that is. Hopefully a movie adaptation will be made someday!

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall coverTotally Should’ve Had Only One Point of View

I’m generally a fan of books with multiple points of view, providing that they actually add meaningful depth and intrigue to the story. However, I was really disappointed when I read A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall because the numerous different perspectives instead made the characters feel distant from the reader.

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My answer to this is basically any book with a movie poster as the cover design. *cringes* A recent example of this that I’ve come across is Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. There are so many better cover designs!

the maze runner coverTotally Should’ve Stopped At Book One

I absolutely LOVED The Maze Runner by James Dashner when I read it in middle school, but the rest of the series? Not so much. The other books don’t even feel like they’re a continuation of the same story. The series has so much potential stemming off from the first book, but unfortunately it all goes downhill from there.

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

Yours,

HOLLY

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More Than “Just” Love Stories | Discussion

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It often seems as though the romance genre has gotten a bad reputation as being merely “fluff” and lacking substance. Many romance novels are considered pure entertainment reading only; in other words, there is nothing between the book’s covers that could possibly educate, enlighten, or challenge the reader in any way. Don’t get me wrong– there are romance novels out there that probably fit this description, but isn’t that also true of any genre? Why is it that people automatically assume that romance novels are insubstantial? Why do people think that love stories must be fluffy?

This question popped into my mind while reading Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Far From the Madding Crowd, which is generally regarded as a stereotypical romance in the public eye. Such a reputation was exacerbated by the recent movie adaptation starring Carey Mulligan. Because details from the book had to be left out in order to keep the movie at a reasonable length, it primarily focuses on the tumultuous “love square” between Bathsheba, Gabriel Oak, Mr. Boldwood, and Sergeant Troy.

Though the romance is a large part of the novel– one could argue that it is the main point of the story altogether– it is more of a vehicle for promoting further discussion rather than the final destination. Whether or not it was originally intended by Hardy, the romance in this novel makes way for fascinating social commentary on the time period. We see the ways in which socioeconomic status and gender impact each other as well as how these factors impact relationships, marriage, and social life in general. The plight of Bathsheba also reveals the frustrating expectations that people held of women in both the workplace and the home.

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The specific relationships that Bathsheba forms with these men each provide an important and interesting look into society during this time period. Socioeconomic status is an obvious complication in the relationship between Bathsheba and Oak. Because Bathsheba is of a higher status than the poorer farmer, he is not a priority for her when it comes to entering a serious relationship. Later on she has the opposite problem with Mr. Boldwood, who is regarded as a worthy gentleman and praised by all who meet him. Many people encourage her to marry him because it would be a suitable match based on social status; however, a problem arises when she falls in love with Sergeant Troy instead. Here we clearly see the expectations of women in marriage, for Bathsheba is soon limited in her role as head of the farm when her relationship with Troy becomes more serious. It is expected that the man of house will control all aspects of the business despite the fact that in this case Bathsheba is actually much more skilled and knowledgeable than her male companion.

Far from the Madding Crowd is just one example of how the romance genre surpasses the limited boundaries set by the deceiving stereotype often associated with such books. This classic novel made me realize that not all love stories must be fluffy in order to be captivating, entertaining, and enjoyable to read.

What are your thoughts on this topic? How do you feel about the romance genre? Have you read any love stories that defy the stereotype of the “fluffy” romance novel? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD by Thomas Hardy | Review

14800528-2To be honest, my initial expectations weren’t very high for Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Far from the Madding Crowd. All I knew about it before opening the first page was that it’s often hailed as an “epic” love story. My track record with love stories has been hit or miss at best (anyone else feel lukewarm about Romeo and Juliet?), so it was no surprise that I felt a bit hesitant about this story. My wishy-washy attitude towards it probably explains why it’s been sitting on my bookshelf for months, untouched.

Oh, Holly of the past, why do you do this?

Far from the Madding Crowd far surpassed every initial expectation I possessed, leaving my doubts in the dust wondering why on Earth I didn’t pick up this book sooner. This novel has numerous strengths, but for the sake of time I’ll limit my discussion to only a handful: complex characters, the story’s depth beyond that of “just” a love story, Hardy’s writing style, and the novel’s ability to be so emotionally gripping.

First, let me frankly say that I didn’t really care for the character of Bathsheba Everdene. While I admire her independence, work ethic, and determination, it’s clear that she dug herself into many holes due to her stubbornness, impulsiveness, and a foolhardy desire to maintain an unprecedented level of pride. Her inability to step back and view the bigger picture time and time again frustrated my inner realist to no end. But here’s the strange thing: I didn’t really mind. Usually when I dislike a main character it tends to taint the rest of the book for me; however, I felt as though it was partly intended for the reader to have mixed feelings toward Bathsheba. In this way, I’m reminded of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Daisy and Tom and even Gatsby are not necessarily the most moral or thoughtful people (actually, they’re quite easy to dislike), yet I think that’s the point. For me, the most redeeming character in Far from the Madding Crowd is Gabriel Oak, the poor farmer who is the first man we see fall in love with the headstrong Bathsheba. Oak was like a breath of fresh air in a hot, stuffy room. His common sense, strong morals, and kind heart were sorely needed in the midst of everyone else’s ridiculousness. Without Oak’s grounding good nature, it’s safe to say that my opinion of this novel would not have been so positive.

Another important strength of this novel is its ability to transcend the simple and largely stereotyped love story drama. Though the main plot is focused on the love “square” between Bathsheba, Gabriel Oak, William Boldwood, and Sergeant Troy, the novel as a whole is about so much more. One can certainly choose to read this story as solely one of romance and drama; alternatively, it can also be interpreted as social commentary on marriage, gender roles, and the hierarchy of socioeconomic classes. Bathsheba cannot solely consider her own emotions when choosing a husband because doing so might put her social status or wealthy in jeopardy. This complicated web of nuanced details that goes into these relationships is the real brilliance of the novel, in my opinion. Despite the dramatic tone of the story, Hardy nevertheless presents a more realistic view of everything involved in forming a marriage during this time period.

Then we come to the topic of Hardy’s writing style, which surprised me from the very first page. Not only is his writing beautiful, but it’s also accessible in a way that a lot of flowery writing is not. The best way to explain this is undoubtedly to show a quote from the novel, so here is one that I love:

“It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.” 

Flowery without being over the top. Simple yet powerful. Perfect.

Though the ending was fairly predictable, this novel hardly left my grasp until I had completely finished it. Why? Because Far from the Madding Crowd is incredibly emotionally gripping. I became especially attached to the goodness of Gabriel Oak and his determined loyalty to Bathsheba, even though she often showed him little kindness in return. Despite my frustrations with her, I eventually found myself becoming attached to Bathsheba herself. After all that she went through, I couldn’t help but want the very best for her in the end. I think that much of this attachment and emotional suspense comes from excellent character development and the way Hardy makes all of these characters decidedly human and flawed. There’s a degree of familiarity here that is somehow reminiscent of one’s own relationships and experiences.

Overall, Thomas Hardy has converted me into an eager fan of his work with Far from the Madding Crowd. Whether you’re looking to read a love story or simply an expertly woven tale, I highly recommend reading this account of Bathsheba’s struggles.

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Would I recommend it to a friend?: Absolutely!!

Have you ever read this book before? What are your thoughts on it? Have any recommendations of other works by Thomas Hardy that I should read? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Monthly Wrap-Up

DECEMBER 2016 | Wrap-Up

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The last month of the year has come to an end, meaning it’s time for another monthly wrap-up! All in all, December was a pretty great end to a tumultuous and rocky year. Not only did I read several fantastic books, but I had a blast celebrating the holiday season with a plethora of Christmas festivities. Let’s take a look at what I’ve been up to!
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All of my reading in December took place in the latter half of the month once I moved back home and started my winter break. Luckily, the CramAThon began on the day that my break started, so that helped give me the boost I needed to get some major reading done. It feels so nice to be able to read whatever I want without worrying about homework!

In December I read a total of 5 books:

  1. The Truth About Style by Stacy London
  2. When Everything Changed by Gail Collins
  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  4. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Picking a single favorite book of the month is really difficult, but I think I’m going to have to go with Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. This classic novel has unexpectedly become one of my favorite books of 2016 and quite possibly one of my favorite classics in general. I couldn’t put it down and even though weeks have passed since I finished reading it the story of Bathsheba Everdene still lingers in the back of my mind. I can’t recommend it enough! (Honorable mention: The Truth About Style by Stacy London. LOVE THIS BOOK. <3)

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As per usual, December was a month of extremes: the nearly overwhelming stress of finishing final exams and papers, the joy of celebrating with friends before saying goodbye until next semester, eating massive amounts of cake and cookies, and finally being able to relax at home and do absolutely nothing. This rapid decline from studying and working every possible minute to suddenly have a seemingly vast amount of free time feels incredibly strange– wonderful, of course, but strange nonetheless. Here are some highlights from my month:

+ Celebrating the holidays with friends. In the midst of studying and furiously writing papers, my friends and I decided to take a quick break and bake some delicious Christmas cookies after exchanging gifts. Considering we baked them in the kitchen of a college dorm building, I’d say it was definitely a success!

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+ Coming home. Winter break has begun, which means that I’m back home for a little over a month. It’s the best feeling to be able to spend time with my family, friends from high school, and dogs again. (And not having to wear flip-flops in the shower is also a plus!)

+ CHRISTMAS. I’d be amiss if I made a December highlights list without mentioning Christmas! I absolutely adore this time of year because I’m always overwhelmed by the love and support shown by friends and family. It’s a reminder of how incredibly fortunate I am to be surrounded by such wonderful people. We celebrated Christmas Eve at my house like we do every year and hilarious shenanigans ensued, as is expected with my family.

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+ Free time to read. I’ve read SO MUCH ini the two weeks that I’ve been home for winter break thus far. After basically having no time to read for fun during the entire semester it feels amazing to finally dive back into my TBR. (Also, I got a new bookcase!!!)

+ Starting work. Although I love having free time to relax over break, it does get old after w while. Fortunately I’ve started working at the organization where I was an intern over the summer, so I’ll be plenty busy over the next few weeks.

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It feels so nice to be able to jump back into blogging during my winter break! I’ve been channeling my inner Alexander Hamilton and writing posts non-stop in an attempt to schedule as many posts ahead of time as possible. During the semester I have hardly no time to blog, meaning that the bulk of my future posts will have to scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

How was your month of December? Did you celebrate any holidays? Do anything fun? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Read-A-Thons

#CramAThon 2016 Wrap-Up

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Happy Christmas Eve! Yesterday was the final day of the CramAThon, which means that it’s time to take a look at what I’ve accomplished over the past week. As I mentioned in my CramAThon TBR post, my goal during this readathon was simply to read more than I usually do in a week (which, given the fact that I’ve only had time to read books for classes for the past three months, was a very reachable goal). It has felt so nice to prioritize reading for fun again now that I’m back home from college. How I missed these lazy days of flipping pages, sipping tea, and feeling cozy in my fuzzy socks!

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  1. Read a book under 200 pages
  2. Read 2 books in 24 hours
  3. Read a book set in a different country than where you live
  4. Read a book you’ve been putting off/have been meaning to read forever
  5. Read a book with pictures
  6. Read a graphic novel
  7. Read 7 books

I ended up completing over half of the challenges, which I’m pretty pleased with! I don’t own any graphic novels so I didn’t expect to complete that one– and I knew from the start that I definitely didn’t want to just plow my way through seven books in a single week.

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Throughout this readathon I read a total of a little over 1400 pages, a number that I’m beyond thrilled to report. Even though I didn’t have much planned for the week, I didn’t expect to actually get this much reading done. Here’s what I ended up reading:

13588439The Truth About Style by Stacy London

THIS. BOOK. I flew through this book in record time (the incorporation of photographs helped!) and was left wanting even more. Stacy London has managed to write a book that is not only witty, hilarious, and brimming with her spunky personality but also empowering, insightful, intelligent, and incredibly inspirational at the same time. My admiration for this style guru has grown exponentially from its already high level and I now have a newfound appreciation for her impressive work ethic and the personal perspective she brings to everything she does. You can be sure that I’m rating this 5 out of 5!

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Reading this book so close to finishing The Truth About Style was great because I was riding on a wave of feminist empowerment and positivity. Though it felt a bit repetitive and disjointed at times, this comprehensive look at the ever-changing role of American women since 1960 was well-written, expertly researched, and presented in an accessible, entertaining account. It provides the perspectives of minorities in terms of race, sexuality, and class and offers insightful commentary on where women are today. By the time I finished this book I felt inspired to go out there and prove to the world that women can do anything!

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As I turned the last page of this chilling novel, one thought played on repeat in my mind: Why didn’t I read this sooner??? Far from the lumbering green giant portrayed by modern adaptations, Frankenstein’s monster presents an endlessly fascinating moral dilemma that I can’t stop thinking about. Though definitely not what I was initially expecting, this book nevertheless exceeded all of my expectations. Don’t make the same mistake I did: read this book ASAP!

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Sometimes a book takes you by surprise and exceeds all of your expectations. (Hint: this is one of those books!) I’ve had this on my shelf for months and I can’t believe I waited to long to read it. Definitely a favorite of 2016! If you have any suggestions of other works by Thomas Hardy that I should read, please feel free to send them my way!

I also managed to read about half of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I’ve owned a gorgeous edition of this classic novel for around two years now and I’m so happy that I’m finally getting around to reading it. It’s such a cute, quaint, happy story!

As per usual, full reviews will follow for all of these books!

Did you participate in the CramAThon? If so, how did you do? What are your thoughts on the books I mentioned here? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

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