Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love To Visit
Top Ten Tuesday / December 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit One of the reasons I love to read fantasy has to do with the settings. There’s nothing more engrossing to me than a setting so escapist I can completely emerge myself in the book’s story. And yet– I really struggled to identify settings I’d actually love to *visit*. So many of the settings I read seem innately violent, dangerous, or generally scary.  Wonderland? Pass. District 13? HARD Pass. Then, the next collection of settings are all real places! Walden Pond, Paris, London… I’m currently reading Elenor Oliphant is Completely Fine which is set in Glasgow! Yes, please! I definitely want to visit all these places (or in the case of Walden Pond, I have already), but that seems like cheating for the purpose of this list. What I came up with is a collection of fictional locations I always loved getting lost in. Nothing dangerous (if you’re a smart REGULAR human being). Nothing scary other than getting lost perhaps. Perfect for a vacation. All titles below are links to the book’s Goodreads page.   Top 10 Bookish Settings I’d Love…

Top Ten Tuesdays: Top 10 Books I’m Thankful For
Top Ten Tuesday / November 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: Top 10 Books I’m Thankful For Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. My whole family gets together in person. There are ~35 of us. We laugh and eat and drink and play games and just generally appreciate being together. And at the Thanksgiving dinner table, we all go around and tell everyone what we are thankful for. Last year, that’s when David proposed to me. He was thankful for ME. Mind-blown. I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about what I am thankful for. Books, reading, and my bookish friends are definitely high on that list. That just makes this TTT even better. As Ottavia and I have been preparing for our #ThanksgivingReadathon, what I am thankful for has been top of mind. It’s been wonderful spending time considering what I am thankful for. For this Top Ten Tuesday, I want to think about the books which brought me to where I am today. They might not all be great works of literature, but each of these books shaped me into the reader I am today. I certainly wouldn’t…

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Banned Books on my To Read List
Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / September 26, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is Top Ten Books with ____ Characters. However, since it is Banned Book Week, I chose to deviate and develop my own list. So MY theme for this week is: Top Ten Banned Books on my TBR. Banned Books Week is an annual celebration in America hosted by a national alliance of diverse organizations called the Banned Books Week Coalition. They seek to “engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about book censorship.” I always try to host some banned book awareness posts each year during banned books week. So, I did a takeover of the Top Ten Tuesday list. I’m sure The Broke and the Bookish don’t mind. 😉   All titles below are links to the book’s Goodreads page.   Top 10 Banned Books on my To Read List   I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel This book is at the top of my list because, in 2015, Jazz Jennings was slated to come to a nearby community and read her book to the students of the Mount…

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List
Top Ten Tuesday / September 19, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: books on your Fall TBR For those of you who don’t know me, I am a mood reader. And sometimes, I feel like I’m the moodiest reader there is. I can’t seem to stick to a TBR list to save my life. I tend to pick up books on a whim. The only exception to this is my book club books; I will read those no matter what. I just need the schedule ahead of time! “Jackie,” you might ask, “Why are you participating in this Top Ten Tuesday, then?” Great question! Because I want an excuse to examine what is coming up with my reading. I want to look at my full TBR, set a reading list, and see if I can do it. Join me.   All titles below are links to the book’s Goodreads page.   Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR   The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Believe it or not, this is a re-read for me! I don’t often re-read books, but one of my book clubs has picked this book…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’ve Accidentally DNF’d
Top Ten Tuesday / September 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: books you had a hard time with. There are a lot of directions I could take this. I could look at the hyped books I never really go into (probably most of them), the books I dragged myself through (mostly in school), or even the books I intentionally DNF’d. However, I have a small problem I’ve been hiding from the bookish world. I tend to start books… and never finish them. I know, I know! But hear me out: I am involved in quite a few book clubs. Too many, one might say. And sometimes, I find that I just can’t get all the reading in for that month. So, I start a book, but I end up unable to finish it. Yet, I keep it around. I might not have been completely smitten with it, but the book is definitely worth reading and finishing. So what happens? The next month comes around and I’m drowning in book club books. The cycle continues. Therefore, I have quite a few accidental DNFs on my To Read list. I’ve started them, but for some reason or…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Recommendations for Those Who Poo-Poo Middle Grade Literature
Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / August 15, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the prompt is Ten Book Recommendations for _____. Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk down to young adult and middle grade reading level books. This has been really frustrating for me. Just because a book is at a lower reading level than you can read doesn’t mean it should be dismissed! Since we were given the option to select our recommendations this month, I am choosing to focus on middle-grade literature. There are hundreds of well-written, meaningful stories written for this reading level which I believe you ALL SHOULD READ. NOW. Since we were given the option to select our recommendations this month, I am choosing to focus on middle-grade literature. These are books written at a reading level appropriate for ages 8-12, or grades 3-7 in America. There are hundreds of well-written, meaningful stories written for this reading level which I believe are being looked over. So, without further ado…   All titles below are links to the series Goodreads page for all books in that particular series. For more information on Lexile reading levels, check out their website.    10 Book Recommendations for People Who…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Just Haven’t Yet
Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the prompt is series I’ve been meaning to read but just haven’t gotten to yet. There are SO MANY series! For many of the series on my TBR I am actually in the middle of them right now (Oops…), but I decided those didn’t count for this post. So instead, I give you ten series I for some reason I just never pick up. It was hard to narrow down the list! All titles below are links to the series Goodreads page for all books in that particular series.   10 Series I’ve Been Meaning to Read but Just Haven’t Gotten to Yet If you read my reviews at all, then you know I don’t start a series until all the books are out. Why? Because I can’t keep all the darn details in my brain. I need to be able to binge read them if I can. So, most of the series below are incomplete at this time, but that doesn’t mean I want to read them any less! Without further ado… The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss The Kingkiller Chronicle comes to mind first because Rothfuss’s…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought
List , Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / February 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the prompt is books I loved more/less than I thought I would. I spent a lot of time deciding which way to turn–Do I pick the books I loved the most? Or the books upon which the hype burned me? Indecisively, I instead decided to break this down the middle with 5 for each option. I’m a wonderful cheater. 😀 All titles below are links to Goodreads. Below each description you can find links to my reviews, should they exist.   5 Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would Ugh. Nothing worse than reading a book and finding you just can’t get into it. This happens to me more often than I’d care to admit. Particularly when it comes to hyped books! Mostly, I just avoid hyped books. But, that said, I can’t always escape it. The following books didn’t quite work out for me, in no particular order: American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang I was super excited to pick up the first graphic novel ever to be nominated for a National Book Award. It’s a beautiful graphic novel, and I adore graphic novels. But…

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To
List , Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / January 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve been meaning to get involved for a while but I never rose to the challenge. Why? I felt like it was ALL IN or nothing. Fortunately, Ottavia @ Novels and Nonfiction set me right. I can participate whenever and how frequently I want! So, let’s get to it! 2016 Releases I Meant To Read but Didn’t Get To (and TOTALLY plan to read eventually)   There were a lot of great releases in 2016. Unfortunately, there is only so much time for reading. The following books all struck my fancy, in no particular order: Zadie Smith: Swing Time Set during the 1980’s, Zadie Smith’s newest novel takes us to follow a biracial girl in London desperate to be a star. As the narrator and the girl grow up, we follow them through success and heartache. I look forward to seeing how race and class in 80’s London define both these women. Plus, I’ve never read Zadie Smith! I hear this is a quality introduction to her works.   Marissa Meyer: Heartless A retelling of Alice in Wonderland with one major twist: The is an origin story of the Queen…

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