Month: November 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Nov 24

Top Ten Tuesday

November 24: Thanksgiving themed Freebie — ten books I’m thankful for, authors I’m thankful for, Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with, a personal non-bookish thankful list, etc. etc.


Ten things, Bookish and not, that I am thankful for:

  1. My family
  2. My health
  3. Libraries + all the free materials and resources they provide, especially the numerous books and WiFi
  4. My favorite authors, which are too plentiful to enumerate here
  5. Clean drinking water for my Nalgene, coffee, and tea
  6. My relative sanity during this time of stress
  7. My job and the income it provides
  8. Free time to read my books
  9. Warmth during these cold months and a roof over my head
  10. My followers and all their support, thank you!


Wish you all a very happy and gratuitous Thanksgiving, may it be filled with warmth, joy, and laughter. And please, stay home instead of shopping. This time of year is about family, whether related to you or not (friends and significant others and pets count!), so take one day and devote it to them. There will be plenty of time for shopping, or thinking of creative hand-made gifts for everyone after November 26.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday
I have decided to save myself a lot of time and effort by condensing all of the Top Ten Tuesdays I have missed into one post for you. This will be easier to write and most likely easier to read than being bombarded with a ton of posts at once. I will pick one or two items from each topic selected and print them here for your enjoyment.
September 29: Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author 
1) If you like Kiera Cass, read The Jewel by Amy Ewing or Legend by Marie Lu
2) If you like Sarah J. Maas, read Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch or Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
3) If you like Rick Riordan, read The Colussus Rises by Peter Lerangis or A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull
4) If you like The Giver, read Red Rising by Pierce Brown or Pawn by Aimee Carter
October 6:  Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit
1) My number one bookish thing I want to quit is buying books that sound or look good that I then never read, like ones at yard or book sales.
2) I would also like to quit checking out so many books at once from the library and feeling overwhelmed by due dates.
October 13: Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together
1) Hands down, the number one couple I would love to see on a book cover would be Sarah J. Maas and Sara Raasch. They have the most adorable Twitter relationship and I’m pretty sure a real life friendship, so that collaboration would blow me away. They could write anything together and it would come out amazing.
2) Also, Sarah J. Maas and Anne Bishop together would blow me away. The male/female dynamics and the world building and character flaws and relationships, together would be even more stunning.
3) Another pairing would have to be Cinda Williams Chima and Anne Bishop. They are both absolutely brilliant and can write amazing male and female characters that are strong, charismatic, or even a great villain or bully to hate.
4) A collaboration between Marissa Meyer and Gail Carriger would also be pretty great. Steampunk, sci-fi fairy tales with love, action, and high tea.
5) Can we please also beg at the door to Stephen King’s house to have him write a novel with his son, Joe Hill? They have done some other things together but that would be one heck of a thriller.
October 20: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me
2) A way to read The Sisters’ Fate by Jessica Spotswood without buying it or having to find it out of state.
3) The ability to look at a book and read it within 10 minutes with full absorption and plot memory.
4) A Beauty & the Beast Library
October 27: Halloween themed freebie: Creepy/Scary books
1) Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
2) Seventh Son by Joseph Delaney
3) The Watchers by Dean Koontz
4) It by Stephen King
5) Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
6) The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
November 3:  Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel
1) Victoria Aveyard
2) Sara Raasch (I already read it but I wouldn’t have when this original date happened)
3) Pierce Brown (ditto)
4) R.C. Lewis
5) Jessica Knoll
November 10: Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch (Although I’m not sure I will watch some of these)
1) Mockingjay Part 2
2) The Scorch Trials
3) Insurgent
4) The Fault in Our Stars
5) 50 Shades of Grey
November 17: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So
“Do you know that there’s a halfway world between each ending and each new beginning? It’s called the hurting time, Jean Perdu. It’s a bog; it’s where your dreams and worries and forgotten plans gather. Your steps are heavier during that time. Don’t underestimate the transition, Jeanno, between farewell and new departure. Give yourself the time you need. Some thresholds are too wide to be taken in one stride.” – Nina George, The Little Paris Bookshop
“That’s how relationships work – when one person is blind, the other must see for them. When one person struggles, the other must remain strong.” – Sara RaaschIce Like Fire
“Sometimes there won’t be a right choice, just the best of several bad options. – Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows
“But faith doesn’t mean that to me anymore. Now it means someone seeing something in you that you don’t, and not giving up until you see it too.” – Jessica KnollLuckiest Girl Alive
“Too much knowledge can make you paranoid all the time.” – Patricia Briggs, Dead Heat

November Update

I can’t believe it’s been nearly 2 months since I have posted! Even last semester when I was taking 4 classes didn’t feel this hectic. You may know by now, I am a bridesmaid in 3 weddings in 6 months and I am in grad school and working, so life has been crazy. There has been lots of planning and parties, dinners and long text battles to hammer out the details of things. I have barely been able to keep up with friends and my reading, let alone find time for sleeping and blogging. I unfortunately have been unable to participate in NaNoWriMo this month (shout out to all of you impressive people who have been able to do it!) which fills me with great sadness, though I have been writing some poems and jotting down story ideas on the side. I have also met a new special someone so making time for him in between the madness has been trying for both of us.  However, I am now 2 successful weddings and most of the fall semester down and in a short lulling moment before the holiday rush so it’s a good time for an update I think.

Let’s start with what I’m currently reading:
currently reading 11.24.15
I am completely spazzing out over Winter, of course. I am about halfway done and losing my mine. This finale is shaping up to be a great ending to the series. There is emotion and action, failures and triumphs, bloodshed and relationship ties; basically everything a girl could want. I have just started Carry On and already have high hopes for it. I am just about to start A Thousand Nights and hope that it is as impressive as it sounds. The Christmas Wedding is just for fun, something I am reading in my down time at the library, lighter and fluffier but with emotional substance. The Rest of Us Just Live Here so far has been weird, which I’m told is par for the course with Ness, and might be because I have no idea which YA book he is referencing in the first few chapters so I’m a little confused. Hopefully, that shapes up soon.
What else have I read in the last couple of months, you might be wondering? Lots of wonderful, delightful things, including a few much anticipated titles from my favorites! Here is the list:
Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The Rose Society by Marie Lu
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
And I think all of these, with the exception of Queen of Shadows which received 5, achieved 4 stars on the general Goodreads Scale. I have been trying to keep my reviews updated on there since I have not been blogging them so you may want to check those out for further info on my thoughts!