Top 10 Books I Loved as a Kid

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Hello, hello! Today’s TTT is a Throwback Freebie, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and I’m “throwing back” to when I was a kid. I’ve got some of the books that I loved when I was in elementary/middle school. Maybe you’ll find some you enjoyed, and we can reminisce together!

1. Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan

This was my FAVORITE book for quite some time. Whenever anyone asked for a good  book to read I would tell them to read this one. I would tell them to read it even if they didn’t ask for a recommendation. It’s about a girl who goes to a camp and rides horses, which is interesting considering I strongly dislike the outdoors… (Also the horse on the cover is pretty cool looking!)

2. The Leanin’ Dog by K.A. Nuzum

Another animal book… I really liked those as a kid. I’m not much of an animal person now, but you never know. Anyways, this book was interesting because a girl and her dad live in a cabin in the woods, but the girl is afraid to leave the house. A dog finds its way to them, and she keeps it inside as her friend. That’s all I can remember, but I really liked it!!

3. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

This was probably one of the first fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian books that I ever read. I really liked the idea of a society that lived underground, and their efforts to escape were rather intriguing. I never read the rest of the series, though, so maybe I can do that one day. (I recently discovered there is a movie adaptation on one of my visits to the library. I’m excited to watch it!)

4. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

This is basically Diary of a Wimpy Kid (which I also really liked) for girls, if you are unfamiliar. I could breeze through these books, and they were pretty entertaining! It’s formatted like a journal, which was fun, especially if I was in need of a quick read.

5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

This book is awesome mainly because of its formatting. The story is told alternately in chapters of drawings and regular writing. The drawings are AMAZING!! I totally wish I could draw like that! It also made the book a fast read, plus the story is interesting. (Also, there’s a movie, which was actually pretty good, too!)

6. American Girl books

Ok, I loved American Girl stuff when I was 9, 10 ish, and I read several sets of their books. For those who are unfamiliar, the American girl dolls have corresponding sets of books including events set in the doll’s time period. The very first set that I read was Kirsten, so she became my favorite. I also read Addy and Julie, which were good, too!

7. The Lemonade War by Jaqueline Davies

For some unknown reason, I LOVED this book. (I found there are more, and I was a bit excited, though they are waaayy below my reading level…) It had some sibling love, and lemonade, so what’s better than that?

8. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

I don’t know of a girl who didn’t read these as a kid. Junie B. Jones was hilarious and did some pretty stupid things, but it made for great entertainment! My favorite one was when she got stuck in the school at night. Like, that’s not even possible (?) but I loved it!

9. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Poems!! My grandma had this book at her house, and she would always read a poem or two out of it before we went to bed when we stayed with her. We got to choose, of course, and I always picked the one about a guy losing his head, but he was actually sitting on it, but he was unaware, since his head was not attached to his body… (a bit strange if you think about it…)

10. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

This one is probably my favorite Dr. Seuss book, or Green Eggs and Ham. Both of them could be found at my grandma’s house as well, and we would read them nearly every time we visited her. About a year ago, I pulled one out to see how fast I could read it now, which was rather entertaining!

What books did you enjoy as a kid? Did you want ones you could read really fast? What about animal books? Link me to your TTT!

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Top 10 Books I Just Couldn’t Finish

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Guess What! It’s Tuesday again! Which means another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the wonderful ladies at The Broke and The Bookish. This week we are discussing books that were difficult to finish or ones that were left unfinished. I personally used to despise not finish a book. Like, if I start I HAVE to finish. But these days, there are just so many books I want to read that I don’t have time to waste on ones that I am not enjoying. (Gosh, that sounds kind of harsh… yet rather true.) So, here are ten of the books that I have DNF’d (Did Not Finish).

*Many of these are pretty popular books, but I just didn’t find myself enjoying them. We are all entitled to our opinions, so please be respectful of mine. Thank you! 🙂 *

1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The premise was really neat here, but it just wasn’t for me. I loved the aspect of friendship and life during the war, yet I wasn’t sold. It might be one that I would pick up again, but who knows.

2. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

I found this one to be rather boring. It was also a bit strange. I kept waiting for something to happen with a tree, but nothing of the sort occurred. Maybe I just didn’t get far enough, but you’d think a book with a tree in the title would mention said tree fairly early on…

3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I actually don’t have much to say for this one, other than that I didn’t really give it a fair try. I read like ten pages then gave up. Maybe not even ten. So, I must try to read it again one of these days.

4. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I tried reeeaaaallly hard to like this one. I wanted it to be one of my favorites, but that didn’t really happen. I liked Lazlo as a character (hello, librarian book nerds are the best), but the story was very slow. I felt I was waiting forever for something to happen, yet it never did.

5. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This book was huge! That’s probably my main reason for stopping, that and the fact that I was little bored. I also thought A Court of Thorns and Roses was a bit slow, though it was still good. I would still like to try reading it again, hopefully more successfully next time!

6. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Ok, ok. I did really like This Savage Song, and they have such beautiful covers, but I just wasn’t feeling it. The book actually was not bad at all, I just needed to read it at a different time. Schwab’s writing is beautiful, and the characters are great, so hopefully I can pick this up again and really enjoy it!

7. Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

I really like the title of this book. It is kind of mysterious, yet powerful. I wasn’t really grabbed by the plot, so it was a DNF for me. I did find a really awesome quote, though: “Tell the wind and fire where to stop, but don’t tell me.”

8. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein

This is kind of a classic, and I’m a fan of the movies. Unfortunately, this older style of writing is a bit difficult to read and enjoy. Possibly when I’m older I will understand it better!

9. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I LOVE Lu’s Legend, as it was fabulous! I was not nearly as into this book, though. The writing was still wonderful, but just something about it was a little disappointing. I would like to give it another try eventually.

10. The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

This is the sequel to The Eye of Minds, which I really enjoyed. It was fast paced and had an intriguing video game world. However, I got a third of the way through this one and just stopped. I’m not actually sure why, maybe I got bored? I don’t think there was quite as much action as I would have liked, but maybe I can finish the series one day.

Do you often DNF books? What makes you do so? Do you ever find sequels to be disappointing? Link me to your TTT!

Top 10 Fictional Schools That May or May Not Be Better Than Real Ones

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Happy Tuesday everyone! We’ve got another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s school themed! It’s back to school time again (uuggggghhhh) and I’m celebrating with a list of books that have wonderful (or terrible) fictional schools. So, I’ve got my list as usual, but some of them are great and wonderful, but some of them not so much…

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Haha you didn’t think you could get through this post without me mentioning the ever-famous, most wonderful and amazing school of all time, did you? HOGWARTS!! Of course, I had to include it. A list of fictional schools is not complete without Hogwarts!! Of course, it is far better than any real school you could go to.

2. The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Woo, a spy school! I read maybe two books of this series in middle school, way before I understood the concept of a series. Unfortunately, small, uninformed me read them out of order, and I failed to read the first one… such a disgrace. Anyways, their super secret spy school was totally cool!

3. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

This elite dance academy was kind of evil. Like, all these girls are terrible to each other and would do nearly anything to get the top role. It’s cool they go to a school where they can follow their dreams and become amazing dancers, but their drama is awful.

4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Ok, this was so cute! It was one of the first contemporaries/romances that I read, and I loved it. Anyways, Eleanor is often made fun of during school, and usually Park is there to make her feel better. Their school is pretty typical, but I would want to avoid the people that are not so nice to them.

5. Virals by Kathy Reichs

Another school that is more typical, but it’s a private school (I’m pretty sure… it’s been a while…) with lots of fancy rich kids. However, the main characters are there on scholarship due to their parents’ jobs. I mean, it can’t be that bad of a school…

6. The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

A school where you are filmed as a part of a reality TV show is not extremely appealing to me, but to each is own. There were some crazy, strange things going on there, though, that would definitely keep me from going there.

7. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Here we’ve got a fancy prep school, where the main character is starting her junior year. Lot’s of secrets and mysterious things going on here, which seems a little suspicious if you ask me.

8. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

This one’s about a girl who goes to a school for witches and the like. Harry Potter-ish maybe? Sounds pretty good!

9. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Here we have a school for the deaf, which is something I have not read about before. Unfortunately, the main character is forced to go to a regular school, which turns out to be rather difficult. And she’s an artist! (I love art!!)

10. The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

This one has the children of Disney villains as the main characters!! (Also Disney made it into a movie which was actually fairly good, and now there’s a second one.) We follow the characters through their journey from their home island to a school on the mainland.

Which fictional schools would you love to go to? Link me to your TTT! 

Top 10 Book Recommendations for Star Wars Fans

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Hello, and happy Tuesday! We are back to Top Ten Tuesdays again, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s prompt is “Ten book recommendations for __________”, and I have chose to help out the Star Wars fans out there! I LOVE Star Wars and and sci-fi stuff, so this seems like a perfect fit!

1. Star Wars book adaptations

There’s, like, a million of these!! And what better way to please Star Wars fans than with Star Wars? I never actually knew there were so many of these until I started looking. There’s even some YA ones, including ones by Claudia Gray (whom I have included later on this list as well).

2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

This is generally just a really good book, whether it has anything to do with Star Wars or not. Though, it is similar in the fact that they both take place in outer space and have lots of planets and massive space ships.

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Again, I’m basing this one off of the futuristic aspects and really cool ships! (Side note: Marissa Meyer is wonderful and you should go read her books like right now.)

4. Shadow Run by Adrianne Strickland

Hey, cool space ships again! The blurb gave a Han Solo-ish vibe, talking about a great captain of a ship and all that. (I should be reading this one soon, as it is part of my #TheReadingQuest!)

5. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

There are lots of amazing droids in Star Wars, like C3PO, R2-D2, and BB8, and there are some neat ones in this book, too! Plus even more awesome ships and travelling to other planets!

6. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

Forbidden love among stars and unfamiliar planets… sounds a little like Leia and Han?

7. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Look, spaceships again! (Haha, I didn’t realize that was my criteria until now..) And love and secrets and new planets!

8. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

I read this quite a while ago, and it kind of reminded me of The Giver at first, but it twisted into sci-fi eventually. Maybe the next book will give more answers?

9. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

This one’s focused on travelling between universes and really awesome technology that allows people to do so. Oh, and there’s some romance mixed in, that develops more throughout the other books. (No spaceships this time! XD)

10. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

War against aliens! I mean, you could say there are aliens in Star Wars, right? Plus, I don’t think I have ever heard a negative review about this book, so it must be good!

Are you a Star Wars fan? Do you enjoy reading sci-fi books? Link me to your TTT!

Top 10 Series I Have Been Meaning to Read

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Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! This week’s prompt is “Ten series I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t.” Well, let’s just say I’ve got a lot of them, so here we go!

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I have heard SOOO many good things about this series (and S. J. Maas in  general). I have wanted to read these for quite some time now, however I am currently working on the ACOTAR series. (It’s pretty good so far, for those who were curious…) My sister has read Throne of Glass and said good things as well, but that may or may not be a reliable source. Anyways, there will come a day when I will tackle this series!

2. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Again, I have hear such wonderful things about these books! It’s a really long series though, and I haven’t found the time to get through something that requires that much dedication. Anyways, maybe someday I will have time to sit and read 24/7 after I get my own personal library…

3. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

This one has been sitting on my shelf for about a year now, just staring at me. It probably thinks it can guilt me into reading it, though I will NEVER give in. Ok, eventually I will but not today. ANYWHO, I don’t really know what it’s about, but my sister has said pleasant things, so it must be alright!

4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My very bestest friend absolutely loves these books, and so I must listen to her recommendations. I wanted to read it before she fell in love, but eh. Plus, Mafi is writing more! How wonderful is that? MORE books for us to read!!

5. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I must base my reads heavily on other people’s opinions, (though that probably isn’t a very good idea) because I also want to devour this one because of what I’ve heard. I love hearing wonderful things about a book, and I must see for myself!

6. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

I really enjoyed these movies, so I figured it would be good for me to read the books. I have read The Hobbit, but none of the others. It had a bit of a classicy vibe, which I am not super fond of, but I must finish them one day.

7. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Once again, I have heard some good stuff. And, I walk by them every time I am in the library and think, “Man, I should read those sometime.” However, I have yet to get around to it. Authors just keep writing more books and then I read the new books and never get to the older ones. Stop it, authors!

8. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

I LOVE the titles of these. They are so majestic and beautiful and make me happy. I saw the cover/title of the second one (Like a River Glorious) and was like, HAVE TO HAVE. Yet, I do not own any of them. Maybe I should get on that, then I ca read them!

9. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Ok, there’s kind of a long story to this one, but it basically started when I discovered a lovely blog called Paper Fury. The owner adores this series, and so I looked into it and found it sounded pretty good. And, that best friend I mentioned earlier likes it, too. BUT I still haven’t read it…

10. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I really liked Lu’s Legend, and I was excited to hear that she was writing another series. Three books later, I have yet to read it. I hope that I will not be disappointed by this series, as Legend is one of my favorites. Maybe that’s why I haven’t read it, fear of disappointment.

What series have you been meaning to read since forever? Do you take book recommendations from your best friend? Link me to your TTT post!

Top 10 Summery Reads

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It’s Tuesday again! Which means we’ve got another Top Ten Tuesday post, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Today’s ten are inspired by Summer and all of its greatness! I hope you can find some wonderful summer reads!

1. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Ice cream!! (Or gelato, whatever). Anyways, who doesn’t associate ice cream with summer? I LOVE ice cream because it is wonderful and amazing and makes summer seem less hot. Also, this book looks super cute and it even takes place in Italy during the summer.  

2. We were Liars by E. Lockhart

This is one of my all time favorite books. Although, it seems to be one of those that you either love or hate, and I am fortunate to have loved it. It takes place over several summers on the Sinclair’s private island. There’s some crazy stuff going on in this book, but we are here to focus on SUMMER and its greatness!

3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Okay, this one is mostly based on the cover. It just looks like a perfect summer night for looking at stars or doing something fun outdoors. I still have not read this book, but it’s on my summer reading list (haha) and I have heard such good things about it!

4. We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

I also chose this book because of its cover.  Again, there’s a nice looking evening sky that makes me want to go outside and enjoy the outdoor world (even though I despise the outdoors). And ants remind me of picnics which remind me of scorching hot summer days, so that’s a plus! (Even though I’m pretty sure there are no actual ants involved in the story…)

5. One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

Well, I’d day this one is pretty self explanatory. Another book about girls visiting European countries on their summer break, boy am I jealous. Paris is someplace I would love to visit, whether it is summer or not.

6. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Hello, ice cream again! And another one I chose based on the cover. (Are you seeing the common themes here?) The girl is walking lots of dogs in front of an ice cream truck, and she’s wearing shorts and sunglasses. Everything about this screams summer to me!

7. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

It appears the people on the cover are having a nice summer pool party, which definitely sounds like great summer fun! Nothing is more summery than swimming (unless you live in, like, a warm place where you can swim all year ‘round).

8. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Guess what? More ICE CREAM!! And a book that actually takes place during the summer. Based upon the blurb, it sounds like Emily could be having a really great summer in her future!

9. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 

There’s not a real summery connection here, but it seems light and fun? Summer is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, so why not?

10. Anything you will enjoy!

I have run out of summer books (as can be seen by choice number 9), so I have some helpful advice. Summer is a time for fun and happiness, and allows you to be carefree. So, transfer that into your reading, and choose something that will make you happy! I have recently gotten into contemporary and romance books, and they are usually pretty light. For me, they are the ideal summer read (hence all the contemporaries on this list). Be sure to take time to enjoy reading, and have a fabulous summer!!

What are your favorite summery things? What kinds of books do you usually read in the summer? Link me to your TTT posts!

Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was recently nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Alex Charming at Lord of the Trekkies. I am super excited to have been selected for this and I love that there are people who like what I am doing! So, thank you Alex!

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award

The Questions:

1. What is your favorite part of blogging?

Hmm… probably getting to talk about books without people giving me weird looks. I can share something I love with everyone else and maybe help them to love books and reading as much as I do. Also, blogging for me is time dedicated to books and books alone, and there’s nothing better than that!

2. Do you like to read? Why?

OF COURSE!! I literally have a blog entirely dedicated to reading! I enjoy it because it allows you to escape whatever may be happening in your life and go to a completely different world. You can be someone else for a while and experience different things without actually doing whatever the character is doing. Books are basically wormholes to other universes that are far more intriguing than our own.

3. What is your favorite song?

I’m a band nerd, so that’s a really hard question. On a side note, music is much like reading. It can take you someplace wonderful. So, I don’t necessarily have a favorite song or genre or anything. I generally just like it all, but some of the songs that I like best are ones that have good musical qualities and not just meaningful words. Oftentimes, the notes can carry more emotion than the words. (Sorry, I digress.) But my most favorites songs are usually the ones that we play in band, because they are personal and more meaningful to me. (Also, the Star Wars and LOTR soundtracks are AMAZING!)

4. What is your OTP?

Percabeth. One hundred percent, hands down Percabeth. (Percy and Annabeth from Percy Jackson, for those who are unfamiliar). That was one of the first books series that I read that I really, truly enjoyed, so their wonderful, most perfect relationship has stuck with me!

5. What is your NOTP?

I’m not positive what NOTP means… but I’m assuming it’s like the opposite of an OTP? If that’s the case, then I don’t have one. (Sorry!) I have not ever had a book where I didn’t like who ended up with who. At least that I can remember anyways…

6. What/Who is your spirit animal?

Well, this is also something that I can’t really answer. I know there was like a “spirit animal bandwagon” for a while, but I never hopped on. Umm… if I had to guess I would probably say a turtle or something that hides from things. I’m shy, and I like to hide from things that are dangerous, so a turtle it is then.

7. If you could have one famous author (living or otherwise) to write your biography, who would you choose and why?

That is actually extremely difficult because there are SOOO many great authors out there! However, I would have to say probably Dr. Seuss. He is generally great and I always loved reading his books as a kid (okay, even now). His books always make people happy, and I would want to be remembered in a happy, fun way. Also, J.K. Rowling, Marissa Meyer, or J.R.R. Tolkien would be good options as well.

8. Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune

Jeopardy. Although, I really love Wheel of Fortune, too! I just love the randomness and cool facts you can learn from Jeopardy.

9. Who is your favorite villain of all time?

Definitely Darth Vader. He’s got a sad backstory, a lost love, an ominous black outfit, a crazy awesome sword, and an entire space army at his command. Not to mention that he’s persistent with the whole Death Star thing. Gotta admire persistence. What more could you want from a villain?

10. Do you like Disney?

Of Course! Who doesn’t like Disney? There’s Disney World, Disney Land, Disney movies, Mr. Disney himself… I really loved going to Disney World, and I adore Disney movies. There are like childhood classics. And even after all the movies they have made, I have yet to be disappointed by one of them. They are all so wonderful, and they bring you back to your childhood and happiness and not having to do homework for seven hours after school.

11. What is your opinion on Loki? (From The Avengers, Thor, etc.)

Well, I’ve never seen the Avengers or Thor, and I’m not really familiar with either (I’m sorry, don’t hurt me!) Just not my thing, I guess. Although, I did read Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer a while ago, and Loki might have been mentioned somewhere? I also looked up his little “definition” in the back of that book and he seemed interesting, so… I suppose that Gods of mischief and magic can be cool.

I am nominating:

My Questions:

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?
  2. What is one thing that you wished you knew when you started blogging and why?
  3. What are your top five favorite books or series?
  4. What is your favorite dessert?
  5. What is the best vacation you have ever been on?
  6. If you could bring to life a book or movie character for one day, who would you choose? What would you do with them?
  7. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
  8. Do you like spending time outdoors?
  9. What kinds of shoes do you usually wear?
  10. What would your dream home look like?
  11. What is a fandom that you are envious of?