Top Ten Books to Read If You Like…

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Books If You Like X tv show/movie/comic/play etc. (basically any sort of other entertainment). I’ve chosen “If you like teen movies about finding yourself and your place in life and discovering romance and friendship.”  Uber long title, I know, and basically this is a list of all my contemporary favorites. So sit down and enjoy the ride!

1. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. Now, granted most teens will not spend one of their summers on a tour bus. HOWEVER, this book is actually very down to earth, despite the glitz and glamor parts.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This one, as I’ve said before, is near and dear to my heart because of how well I connect with Cath. 

3. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. ROAD TRIP WITH ROMANCE. How much better could it get?? Plus, Amy has a lot of emotional stuff to work through, and her character development is superb.

4. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Where do I even start with Lola? I love that girl, wacky outfits and all ❤

5. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. This one isn’t as light as the others; there’s some heavier subjects in here, but it’s still a story of self-discovery and growth.

6. Me Since You by Laura Wiess. I STILL don’t have a physical copy of this book. Shameful. This book changed my life, plain and simple.

7. The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder. This one is a bit darker than the others, more on the same level as Me Since You as far as heavy subjects, but it still deals with a lot of the “finding yourself” aspect.

8. The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry. This is a sweet romance with a touch of heavy, dealing with young wounded veterans and life changing diagnoses. I love how the author focuses on the need to take reasonability for your health and wellbeing!

9. Flat Out Love by Jessica Park. So much love and so much growth but yet so much PAIN! This is a bittersweet book, in the best possible way. I think Celeste’s journey is so amazing, and who could say no to Matt Watkins??

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. You thought I wasn’t going to add this one, didn’t you? WRONG! Of course I couldn’t miss this book; it totally changed my life when I was in high school. Maybe not so much now if I read it again, but I’ll never forget the lessons it taught me when I was facing graduation.

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!

Top Ten Books To Save From a Disaster

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Books/Series I Would Save In the Case of Alien Invasion or Other Natural Disasters. This week was a freebie for our TTT topic, and in the name of some really old fun we had when I first started my blog, I decided to bring this topic back. A fear of mine has always been my house burning down – HOW DO I SAVE MY FAMILY AND MY DOG AND MY BOOKS WITH THESE TWO *very tiny* HANDS. I’m serious about the small hand thing – they’re like permanently child sized.

Also: this is a list that pretends I have twenty extra hands and can carry fifty to one hundred pounds of books all at once. Proceed.

1. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. Not my new pretty box set – my original copies. So much more sentimental!

2. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. It’s signed, and the sequel is my favorite over Shadow and Bone. I just couldn’t part with it!

3. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. I could replace Shatter Me and Unravel Me, but Ignite Me is the crown jewel of my shelf right now. New favorite book for sure!

4. Looking for Alaska by John Green. This is one of my favorite books – the kind that sits in the back of your head and you forget about it but then you read a quote or excerpt and all the feels come back and you just sit there like “Oh THAT’S why I loved it.”

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It’s easily replaceable, but my copy is underlined and marked up – something I rarely do to books. I’ve only read it once, but it was during a really hard time in my life, and I’ll never forget how not-alone that tiny book made me feel. 

6. The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. So I’ve not even read them yet, nor finished VA, but these are all beautiful, perfect hardbacks. Plus, they used to be Veronica’s, so they’re like children to both of us.

7. The Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry. These books convinced me that it’s okay to read a fluffy romance for the heck of it – plus I love them with all my heart! And they’re all beautifully matching hardbacks and they’re just so shiny on my shelf.

8. The Legend series by Marie Lu. They’re all hardback, all signed, and one of my favorite series ever. MUST GRAB.

9. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I’ve recently been hooked onto these – haven’t read Cress yet but I loved Cinder and Scarlet and plus Scarlet is signed! 

10. Avalon by Mindee Arnett. Just because it’s a truly incredible sci-fi book and I cannot get enough of every single bit of it ❤

So, bloggers, what we have learned today is that I need the strength of Superman in the case of a disaster. Because realistically I probably would have to grab my HP box set, since they’re all bound together, and run out of my house. Which is a horribly depressing thought and I’m going to go cuddle my books now because I think they feel rejected about me having to think which I would save.

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!

Top Ten Tuesday: School Books

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top 10 Contemporary Books That Would Be Great Paired With A Required Reading Book (like Perks of Being A Wallflower with Catcher in the Rye) OR Top Ten Books That You Wish Were Taught In Schools.

Now this list might be a bit different from yours, because everyone’s schooling experience is different, right? So what I’m going to do is pick a book that I wish was taught in school (be it high school or college), and then give an image of what sort of class I’d picture it being in. To be perfectly honest this is going to be me creating a whole list of electives that I didn’t get a chance to take because online college has a limited class list and the fanciest class we got was a Children’s Lit course that I didn’t even get the chance to take because I needed a 300-400 class level to graduate and it was only a 200 level.

Clearly, I’m still bitter. Anyhoo, here we go!

1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Ugh, so many topics to choose from for this book! Technology in science fiction, creative license in the form of 6-year old military super geniuses, moral and ethical decisions in war, etc. I could go on, but I’ll refrain.

2. Any John Green book. I haven’t read all of them yet, but from what I can see from Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, Green writes teenagers like I’ve never seen before. I think it’d make a great feature for a class on YA lit!

3. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. For all I know, it might already be used in some classes, but in my high school Harry Potter (and Twilight and Pokemon and several others) was banned from campus. An entire semester dedicated to studying the life lessons and themes and overall magic that is HP.

4. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Teaching a lesson on how to create awesome non-human characters (IE Saphira) and also how-not-to-continue-a-series because there-is-such-a-thing-as-too-much-complicated-deux-ex-machina-lore-and-it’s-a-huge-series-turn-off.

5. Any Dystopian book. As part of a Poli-Sci course or something like that, to illustrate how despondent we are about the future and that this is the only thing we see for future generations.

6. White Fang by Jack London. Mostly because I loved this book as a child and re-read it at least once a month because I was enamored with dogs. But also because it showcases the intelligence of dogs and the loyalty they have for their human.

7 & 8. My Sister’s Keeper and Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult. As part of a ethics in medicine kind of course. I’ve never felt so conflicted  after reading a book about what’s right and wrong!

And now I’ll go with the first half of the prompt, and pick a school book to go with another book.

9. Huckleberry Finn and The Help. I know they’re in entirely different time periods, but they both combat the you-must-have-been-high-to-think-this concept that people of color are less than a whole persons.

10. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Though the protagonists are two different ages, the books highlight that innocence and growth as a young adult and the trials that we all experience.

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Could Have (and Wanted to!) Read More

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels (they were complete stories but you just could have read more and more about these characters or set in that world)

I would have loved to read more of:

1. Left Drowning by Jessica Park. I just finished this one two days ago, and haven’t even put my review up yet, but it was just so incredible. I’ll save my gushing for later on, but I could have easily continued reading about these characters. Maybe a novel for each main character after the events of Left Drowning? Hey, Jessica Park, get on it!

2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Let’s just get this one out of the way right now, yeah? I told you it would show up on most of my lists. While there is a part of me that says to just leave Harry with these seven books, and enjoy them as they are, the truth is that I would inhale any new material from Hogwarts.

3. The Espressologist by Kristina Springer. You can read my review here, and while I wasn’t raving about the book, it left off on a really sweet note, and I would have loved to see the developing relationships that only budded in the final page.

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I loved the ending, but I could have easily followed Charlie’s story, at least through the end of high school!

I don’t have any more to list, because a lot of the books that I’ve really enjoyed recently are series! Hooray for me! Anyway, I’m going to put my own spin on this topic and tell you about some series that I wish would have stopped after a certain point.

5. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. I loved Eragon, and still do. I approached with caution for Eldest, and begrudgingly trudged through Brisingr. I still haven’t touched Inheritance. Paolini relied on too much deux ex machina and really random plot points that seemed like they were pulled from the stratosphere, and my rabid love for his series quickly waned.

6. The Program by Suzanne Young. I loved this book, as you can read here, but ultimately I think a stand-alone book would have been strong enough on its own. (Of course I’ll still buy all the sequels – I’m not that snobby!)

7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. It’s the same situation as the Inheritance Cycle. Lisbeth Salander is one of my top ten favorite female protagonists ever, but I feel like her incredible character was overshadowed by the political grumbling of the later two books.

8. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. This one is entirely unfounded, since I haven’t even read the second book. But, with as many books as there are in the series (I think the sixth is coming out next year?) it can very easily derail and lose its chutzpa. I’m just hoping this doesn’t happen, because I purchased the entire series and they’re waiting on my shelf.

So there we have it – only eight this week. Sorry! Comment below and share your lists so I can check them out!