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!

Top Ten Artsy Book Covers

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Hello! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Freebie! I am linking up with The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday to share some of my most favorite artsy book covers. Check out their site for more TTT posts about covers!

1. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Oh, how I adore this cover! It looks like a water color painting, and the reflection of the buildings is really neat. All three books in the series are beautiful, and they look great together.

2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This one looks like string or yarn art. The fade of the colors is really pretty, too!

3. Champion by Marie Lu

This cover is simple, but it does the trick. It is like spray paint over a stencil, and who doesn’t love spray paint?

4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The title is printed in a unique font that is kind of like calligraphy. The designs on the sides are doodly and fun as well.

5. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Music is an art, too, and the violin seems mysterious and regal on this cover. I love reading about music, and it was incorporated nicely into this book.

6. The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson

I really like how there are images that seem to be inside of the girl. They seem like a painting of sorts, and it has a mysterious quality to it.

7. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

This one is also like a watercolor, with blended colors and a whimsical vibe. The tree and foreground seem doodled with a marker. (Hey, this book comes out on May 16!)

8. Sometimes We Tell the Truth by Kim Zarins

Doodles again! I really like the “doodled” or hand-drawn look. It’s fun, even though there could be flaws.

9. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Unfortunately, this book is not released until October. However, we can still enjoy it’s paint like cover! It reminds me of frosting, and the colors are really pretty. Also, the story has to do with art, so that’s cool!

10. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Spray paint! This book is about a graffiti war, so what better cover than one that has graffiti on it?

What covers are the “artsiest”? What things do you look for in a good cover? Link me to your TTT!

Top 10 Things That Make Me Want to Read a Book

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It’s Tuesday again! I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Check out their blog for their thoughts and tons of other TTT posts! I will take you through a checklist of sorts that I tend to use when deciding if I want to read a book.

1. An intriguing description

Of course, I don’t always read the description first, but it’s the best way to get a feel for what the book is about. I want to be captivated and intrigued by the first sentence. In my opinion, a strong description equals a great book!

2. A pretty cover

I know I know, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. But I just can’t help it sometimes. Who doesn’t love a nice cover? Even books with not-so-great covers can be fabulous, but a cover is the first thing readers see.

3. Recommended by a friend

I have several friends that are also avid readers, and I completely trust their opinions. I have liked much of what has been recommended to me, so I tend to value their thoughts on books.

4. A topic I am familiar with

I tend to read books that are mainly about a topic that I am familiar with or something that I like or enjoy. I am in band and really like math and outer space. I tend to enjoy books that have to do with these things. Genre also works the same way for me (sci-fi and fantasy, but I’m working on branching out).

5. An author I like

Most of the time, if I like one book by a particular author, I end up enjoying all of their books. For example, Marissa Meyer (my favorite!!) and Rick Riordan.

6. Romance potential

I’m a sucker for a good romance, okay? It adds a little something to the story and usually makes the characters more likable. Of course, I don’t want it to be too overwhelming or completely take over the story. Unless it is specifically a romance novel.

7. Goodreads reviews

One of the only social media’s I am on is Goodreads. I think it’s helpful for organizing and keeping track of what books I have read and the one’s I want to read. I have found that reading reviews for a book that seems interesting is a good way to get a feel for what it’s about. Feel free to check me out and see what I’m reading!

8. Discussed by a fellow blogger

I love reading other book blogs! It’s what influenced me to start my own book blog. I love hearing what other people have to say about various books. It is a great way to find new books to add to my never-ending TBR and find friends who enjoy the same books as me! If one of my favorite bloggers adores a book, I’m most likely going to give it a try.

9. How long has it been on my TBR?

I really, really try to read books that I have been wanting to read since forever. Unfortunately, this hasn’t really been working out very well. There are just so many wonderful books being released and not enough time to read them all!

10. Is it a classic maybe?

Ok, this is more of a goal. I really want to get into reading more of the classics and things that are a part of the well-known literature group. So, I should add this question to my criteria and get reading!!

What do you look for in a potential book? Do you secretly judge by cover? What are some of your favorite book blogs? What classics should I read first? Link me to your TTT post!!

Top 10 Most Unique Books I’ve Read

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This post is inspired by Top Ten Tuesday, which is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I personally love reading TTT lists, as they give me tons of new books to read. I’m super excited to finally get to be a part of Top Ten Tuesday, so I hope you enjoy!

1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

This book is the epitome of unique. The story is told through interviews, emails, instant messages, video footage, and awesome graphics. I loved the designs on all the pages and how they became such an important part of the story. The book would have a totally different feel had it been written traditionally.

2. Replica by Lauren Oliver

It’s practically two books in one! You can read the story in alternating chapters or straight through either story. (I read in alternating chapters, I think it seemed to flow better that way.) It’s like magic! You hold the book one way for Lyra’s story, flip it over and you’ve got Gemma’s point of view.

3. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

This book also has an original way of splitting the point of view. Half of the book follows Darcy and her journey to becoming a published author. The other half is the book that she wrote. The two have very different genres in my opinion. Darcy’s story is more contemporary, while the book that she wrote is more fantasy and paranormal-ish. Loved the mix of the two!

4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This is probably my favorite book ever, so of course I had to include it! Although, it is still very unique. It is such an interesting way of twisting the Cinderella story. Much of the time, I would forget that it was a retelling. Then, I would find something that really creatively connects Cinder’s sci-fi world to the original fairy tale. I adore the way that Marissa joined the two!

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

I read this a while ago, but at the time I could not stop thinking “Wow, I have never read anything like this!” It had a really strong plot line and creative settings. I have not read many books that have had even a similar basis. Applause for originality!

6. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

This book starts out with something similar to The Giver, which I was kind of “eh” about. BUT it takes a major sci-fi turn about halfway, which I was NOT expecting. It combines themes and genres really well, which I found to be really unique.

7. Elemental by Antony John

I know this is not a super popular book, but I really liked it! I actually got to meet Antony John, and got a signed bookmark from him. The book has an old-fashioned feel to it, but there is also a futuristic, dystopian vibe. I enjoyed how both old and new could be brought together in one series.

8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Another Oliver book! This was another read from several years ago, but it has stuck with me. Oliver’s writing style is soooo wonderful, but the world building in this one is just as great. It also has an awesome take on an everyday thing: love. I never would have thought of turning love into something that is forbidden, but Oliver had done it, and extremely well, too!

9. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

I adored the powerful theme in this one. It is concerned about humanity and what makes a human a human. Similar to love, this is such a deep, crazy topic to write about. I was truly impressed by the way Yancey turned it into such a great book! It really made me think about things in a different way, and I love how original the idea is.

10. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This book provided a new view on World War II and all of the events that occurred during this time. Is sheds light on all of the people being displaced from their homes and on the sinking of a ship that was carrying these people. It is not an event I have ever heard of before, even though WWII is a very popular and well-known subject. It brings a new perspective on something many people already know a lot about.

What are some of the most unique books you have read? Link me to your Top Ten Tuesday post!