Top Ten Books: Dear Santa!

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Books I’ve Borrowed and Need to Own:

1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – I read this when it came out and loved it, but never bought a copy. In lieu of a pony, Santa, this will work.

2. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – Again, I read this a few years ago and for some reason never bought a copy. I need one to cry over and lend to others so that they too might cry. Sharing is caring, right? This is surely an unselfish wish!

3. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – I downloaded this from, and don’t have a physical copy. It’s where my blog name comes from and I don’t even own a copy of it. Santa should think about fixing that!

4. Harry Potter, all of them – I read HP for the first time in 2012 and I borrowed them from my sister. It would be magical of Santa to bring me a set. Also, a sweater with a K on it, Weasley style would be pretty cool.

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5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (May 13th 2014) – A lot of bloggers have been talking about this one, and I really like her Ruby Oliver series! I’m excited about this book and would love Santa if he wanted to put that one under the tree!

6. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor – I am so ready for this book!

7. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (January 28th 2014) – Beauty and the Beast retelling! I am very interested!

Santa can get books from the future, right?

8. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – At last update there was a complete draft, maybe? Maybe Santa can at least gift helpful editing thoughts that direction, which would be a gift to me, too!

9. Raven Cycle #3 by Maggie Stiefvater – I know Maggie is working on this one, so I suppose Santa can send helpful writing thoughts that way. More kissing and almost kissing, more adventures, more angst to twist my heart. Who doesn’t want that?

10. The Winds of Winter by GRRM – SANTA, PLEASE! I need to know what is up at the Westerosi North Pole! The elves there are angry, frozen, and dead. Such appropriate, much merry.

What books are you asking Santa for this Christmas? Leave your link! Merry Christmas if you celebrate! Happy whichever holiday or winter break time if you don’t!

Top Ten Bookish Things I Am Thankful For

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1. Books that make me want to hug them.

2. My bookish family that always encouraged my love of reading.

3. Book lovers and bloggers!

4. Wonderful book-to-movie adaptations that stand out in a sea of bad ones.

5. Nerd culture, even with all its problems.

6. Authors who write lovely books!

7. Books that open my eyes to new experiences.

8. Book characters that make me love them and feel like real people.

9. Books that surprise me.

10. Books that overwhelm me, that make me cry and laugh, that push me, shake me, and challenge me.

These are pretty vague, but they’re true! What are YOU thankful for? Leave your link! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was Forced to Read

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All of mine are from school except Harry Potter. I am usually more of a pusher than a pushee. I couldn’t think of 10 books I was forced to read that I really loved, so I had to twist this one. There are 4 I loved, 3 I didn’t, and 3 books other people read in school that I didn’t and kind of wanted to. Aaaand I was too lazy to add the pics of the books I didn’t like, oops.

Books I loved

1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – This was my summer homework between my freshman and sophomore year. I was in pre-AP classes, and I’ve always been a reader, but I hated so much of what I had to read for class. So, when I had to read this book IN THE SUMMER, I wasn’t happy. I waited until the last week. And then? It was magic. It was about something that meant a lot to me, and situations that were painful for me to imagine. I was just amazed and touched. I actually don’t own a copy of this and need to remedy that like crazy, but I did convince my sister to buy one!

2. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K LeGuin – I actually wrote a post about this book in September. I had to read it for a college lit class with a teacher that was kind of horrible. But Le Guin’s writing is pretty and it made me think a lot.

3. Night by Elie Wiesel – I have always been interested in Holocaust and WWII stories. I’m not sure when that started, but I read any survivor accounts my elementary school library had, and I still have some I got from book orders. Night is touching and amazing, and I remember my whole class being affected by it.

4. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling – I wasn’t really forced to read this one, but I definitely got faces when people heard I’d never read them. When I did read them, I loved them!

Books I wish I would have been assigned:

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitsgerald – Everyone in regular English at my school read this junior year, and I didn’t get to for my AP class. I wanted drama and parties in the time of flappers, too! I read it off my computer on Gutenberg before eReaders were really a thing, and it didn’t really hit me. I think it’s a book that benefits from discussion and probably more focus than I gave it!

6. Brave New World by Alduous Huxley/1984 by George Orwell – I had to read The Anthem by Ayn Rand and other utopia books, but I think a lot of people enjoyed Brave New World. They both sounded interesting to me. I still haven’t read either one, and I should remedy that!

7. The Illiad and The Odyssey by Homer – I think I had to read excerpts but never read the whole of either. I think I’m reading part of The Illiad soon for a class, I need to pick them both up!

Books I didn’t like

8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding – I had to read this in 9th grade and I just didn’t care. Sure, people suck. Get them lost, without rules, and they suck even more.

9. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – I read this one in 9th grade, too. I think that a lot of the books I read in high school, I might have liked if I had read them when I was older. However, 9th grade Katy wasn’t enjoying all the deep messages involved.

10. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – GASP! I know. I know. Another freshman read. I read maybe a fourth of this book and couldn’t hack it. I actually hassled a guy into giving me the answers for the AR test. 9th grade Katy was a real brat, and I feel bad about that now.

What about you? What books did have to read that you loved? Any you hated? Books you got to college and realized everyone else had read, but you were out of the loop? Feelings on the books I listed? I also want to see your lists, leave your links!

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

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So, I still have 4 out of the 10 books from my Summer TBR list to read, oops! I am actually planning to read one of them this week, and I’m not completely sure about the other three.

There are so many books I want to read! I’m sure some of them will depend on sales and if my library acquires them but here’s a list of books I’d like to read:

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1. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein – Code Name Verity was beautiful and I’ve heard this is, too!

2. Just One Year by Gayle Forman – I love Gayle Forman. I loved Just One Day. I am excite.

3. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – Mystery/Thriller that sounds…thrilling!

4. Antigoddess by Kendare Blake – Love the Anna series, love mythology.

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I actually wasn’t a huge fan of Eleanor and Park but this book sounds like something I’d be able to relate to really well.

6. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales – I haven’t been reading reviews because I’m weird about spoilers or knowing things, but I’ve seen a lot of love from this on twitter. 

7. Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian – This should probably be number one because I’ve been waiting for it for so long and really enjoyed Burn for Burn!

8.  Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund – I actually had For Darkness Shows the Stars on my summer list. I read it and liked it. I have a review in the drafts that might see the light of day at some point. I’m excited about this one.

9. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller – I liked Something Like Normal and I like abduction stories. I don’t know why, maybe it’s Caroline B Cooney and Janie’s fault.

10. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner   – Space romance? Um, yes please.

Have you read any of these? What made your Fall TBR list? Leave your link! 

Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show

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I, like most bookish people, have a love/hate relationship with adaptations. Books are personal experiences. Movies can’t be ten hours long. Sometimes it seems like filmmakers don’t care about anything about the money.

In a perfect world, where filmmakers were really awesome fans from Tumblr with unlimited resources, I would want these lovelies made into a movie or TV show:

(in no order)

Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart

Anxiety, mean girls, kissing, lots of boys, psychiatrists, anti-slut shaming. Television could only benefit from the life lessons in these books.

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E. Lockhart twitter | website
a post I wrote about The Boyfriend List

Daughter of Smoke & Bone series by Laini Taylor

Angels, devils, blue hair, Prague, traveling, dancing, teeth, bodies, memories, love, hate, epic battles, epic everything. Could be epic.

#1 | #2 | #3
Laini Taylor twitter | website

The Raven Cycle by Maggie StiefvaterDangerous kisses, psychics, tarot cards, private school boys, lost kings, magic trees, wonderful characters, in a perfect world it’d be a perfect movie

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Maggie Stiefvater twitter | website

Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix

Magic, Death, Necromancy, bells that raise the dead, Sendings, Mogget, I think this series would be excellent as a miniseries.

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Garth Nix twitter | website
a post I wrote on the Abhorsen series

The Diviners by Libba Bray

1920s New York, flappers, amazing female characters that are strong, vulnerable, and likable, CREEPY, paranormal abilities. Could be magical.

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Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Revenge, all the females, all the females not taking shit from anyone, mean girls, mean guys, rumors, your new PLL or TVD, perhaps?

#1 | #2 | #3
Jenny Han twitter | website
Siobhan Vivian twitter | website

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kenare Blake I’m a really visual reader, and I could picture this book so well in my head. It would be perfect, creepy, with likable characters and a thrilling mystery.

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Kendare Blake twitter | website

The Archived by Victoria Schwab “Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.” Isn’t that enough? No? Well the dead get out sometimes and Keepers have to corral them. It gets dangerous.

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Victoria Schwab twitter | website

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

The bastard of a Prince, a mental power called the Skill, a cursed link with animals known as the Wit, mysterious mindless killers, assassins, epic.

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Robin Hobb twitter | website

Angelfall by Susan Ee Angel Apocolaypse, warrior angels, a girl looking for her sister, romance, heartbreak, danger, creepiness. In a perfect world, can you imagine how awesome a movie of this would be?

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Susan Ee twitter | website

Okay, I regret trying to make this look different and hope I only want to make simple, numbered lists in the future. Anyway, do you agree with any of my choices? What books do you think would rock a screen? Leave your link!

Feature and Follow Friday (3)

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Q: What do you do with your books after you are done reading them?

I usually keep them, but I’m hoping to cull some soon! I’m a pack rat and I’m trying to change my ways! I obviously want to keep books I love! I love rereading good stories, especially if I’m in a slump and need a pick me up. There isn’t enough space for all the books, especially ones I do not feel attached to! Plus, it would be nice to sell some and get money for new books!

I have been trying to reread some to decide if they should stay or go, I started a feature-type-thing called To Keep or Not but I’ve gotten off track with books I haven’t read! My mom also just (this week) brought me a few crates full of books from my childhood that I need to go through, I plan on giving some to my nieces, donating some, and probably keeping a few I can’t bare to part with!

What do you do? Are you a hoarder or are you good at letting go? Link me your posts, readers!

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Feature and Follow Friday (2)

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What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback etc?

I don’t think I really have a preferred format. I really like eBooks because you can have so many options on one device. I used to carry several books around with me which made for a heavy and cluttered bag. Now I usually have my eReader or some books on apps on my phone, and maybe one actual book. Before eReaders, I disliked hardcovers because they were heavier, and because I tended to go to sleep with books in my bed and hardcovers were uncomfortable. Paperbacks were less painful to sleep with and usually cheaper! I also like eBooks because I can read with the lights off. I suppose my preference would be eBooks, but I don’t actually mind any format.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

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(I just decided to do this, so apologies for two meme posts in a row. I meant to post a review yesterday but I didn’t get it finished.)

I’m not good at planning what to read. I always hop around with what I have. But there are some books I’ve been meaning to read for a while now and some new releases/finds that I’ve been itching to read!


1. The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin – I read Lathe of Heaven for a lit class and loved it. I found this in a used bookstore less than a year ago but haven’t gotten around to it.

2. The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne – Just a random book I picked up at Target and never read, oops.

3. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce – My mom actually got this for me at this neat place for teachers. I like retellings and I enjoyed Purity by Pearce so I’m interested!

4. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – I picked up this and #5 at the same time at B&N three or four years ago and for some reason never read either. I’ve heard so many good things about this one, too!

5. The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan – This one just caught my eye and it was half off!

For Darkness Shows the Stars coverWhen You Were Here coverDeathless coverMeant to Be coverTiger Lily cover

1. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund – I’ve wanted to read this since it came out and I have no idea why I never did! I’ve heard so many good things and excitement about the second book. I’m not sure what it’s about because I like going in blind sometimes!

2. When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney – I saw Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner compare this guy POV to Adam from Where She Went on twitter. Plus I’ve heard it’s a tear-jerker and I like crying in books. Sold.

3. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – Someone I follow on tumblr that’s not a book blogger really loves this book and it seems really interesting. I’ve gotten more interested in reading about Russia in general and this is about Russian folk-lore/fairy tale and has a good romance from what I hear!

4. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill – Class trip and mtb-ness? Sounds fun and the cover is pretty! I’ve seen a lot of positive things about this book!

5. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson – I’ve always loved anything to do with Peter Pan! I’ve also heard this one is a sobfest.

Have you read any of these books? What’s on your summer TBR? Leave your links! 

Feature and Follow Friday

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This is my first time and I kinda feel like I’ll do something wrong, so forgive me if I do!

Q: Activity: Spine Poetry. Create a line of poetry with your book spines (take a picture). Not feeling creative? Tell us about your favorite poem.

I’m not very poetic! My favorite poem is by Shel Silverstein and when I was in high school I had it on the outside of my door.

“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If you’re a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in!
Come in!”

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Gifts in Books

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I wasn’t going to do TTT this week because I couldn’t think of a topic. But at the last moment, I came up with gifts. They’re not in order and I’m probably missing some huge gifts but this is what I put together.

Top Ten Gifts in Books

1. In Anna and the French Kiss, Etienne St. Clair gives Anna Neruda poetry, ooh la la!

2. In A Game of Thrones, Jon gives Arya a sword she names Needle, what more could a girl want?

3. In Where She Went, Mia gives Adam his own guitar back, and Mia’s family gives Adam back to Mia.

4. In The Hunger Games, Madge gives Katniss a mockingjay pin, which ends up being really important.

5. In Anne of Green Gables, Gilbert gives Anne a pink candy heart, and in Anne of the Island a pink enamel heart necklace. (and oh so many other things)

6. In The Treasure Map of Boys, Ruby gives Noel Band-Aids that look like bacon strips.

7. In The 5th Wave, Sammy gives Cassie his teddy bear.

8. In Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou gives Zuzana a ballet costume worn by Anna Pavlova.

9. In Divergent, Dauntless gives Tris the gift of cake.

10. There is some serious gift giving in the Harry Potter series: chocolate, Christmas sweaters, a map, a new broom, a time turner, the gifts Dumbledore leaves the trio. I could probably have made this the top ten gifts given in the HP series.

Okay, there is my fast Top Ten, it probably isn’t that great but at least I tried! Are there any great gifts in books that you can think of? If you’d like to comment and link to your TTT, I’d love to see what your freebie list is!