March Wrap Up 

Smoke by Ellen Hopkins ★★★☆☆ // The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon ★★★★★ // I Was Here by Gayle Forman ★★★★★ // The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan ★★★★☆ // The House of Hades by Rick Riordan ★★★★★ // City of Glass by Cassandra Clare ★★★☆☆ // We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist ★★★★☆



Top Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is the top books you’d like to revisit from your childhood. I’m looking forward to this trip down memory lane.
10. Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
9. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
8. Holes by Louis Sachar
7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
6. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
5. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
4. Wonder When You’ll Miss Me by Amanda Davis
3. Charlotte’s Weby by E.B. White
2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
1. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Top 10 Tuesday // Ten Books For Readers Who Like Books That Are Worth The Tears

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a free recommendation to pick our top books for readers who like ____. Today, I’m picking my top 10 books that made me cry, but were 100% worth the tears. 

10. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken 
9. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight 
8. Tiger Lily by  Jodi Lynn Anderson 
7. Looking For Alaska by John Green
6. Golden by Jessi Kirby 

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 
3. I Was Here by Gayle Forman 
2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver 
1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 

Books I’d Save in a Fire // Top 5 Wednesday

118368Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly feature/meme create by Ginger Reads Lainey. Join the Goodreads group and become part of the Top 5 Wednesday family.

This week we are listing our top books we’d save in a fire. HERE WE GO!

I can’t pick 5. I just can’t. I have to pick seven. These seven books are my favorite of all time. They are such an important part of my childhood, they hold such great memories, they make me smile and are full of nostalgia. I couldn’t leave a single one behind. I’m sorry if this is cheating, but my first edition US Harry Potter books would have to come with me. I couldn’t let the books I actually held in my hands as my changed my life forever behind.

All time favorite reads from the past three years!

toptentuesdayTop 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re writing our the top 10 books we would classify as all time favorites (read in the last 3 to 5 years).

Since the parameters of the week’s post only allow us to go back a few years (and because I didn’t read for fun much while I was in college and don’t re-read as much as I wish I did) most, if not all of these books will have been read within the last year and a half. Regardless, they are still all time favorites! I’ve talked about them so much on this blog I’m just listing book titles for y’all. HERE WE GO!

  1. We Were Liars
  2. Reconstructing Amelia
  3. Paper Towns
  4. The Bone Season
  5. Eleanor & Park
  6. The Darkest Minds
  7. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
  8. Before I Fall
  9. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me
  10. Tiger Lily

My Favorite Charachter Arcs/Development // Top 5 Wednesday

118368Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly feature/meme create by Ginger Reads Lainey. Join the Goodreads group and become part of the Top 5 Wednesday family.

This week we are listing our top character arcs/development. HERE WE GO!
5. Juliette, Shatter Me
I’m not going to lie, I have hugely mixed feelings about this series and I don’t really like Juliette, especially at the beginning of the series. However, Juliette’s development is one of the most obvious and clearly expansive throughout the series. She goes from scared, quiet and sheltered to a leader.

4. Parker, Golden
Parker begins the book as a girl who doesn’t take risks and follows life according to her plan set up in place. Through crazy events and a wonderful story she opens her eyes to the possibility of life and spontaneity. Where her paths leads in the end, how she’s changed, it’s a development I enjoyed reading thoroughly.

3. Cath, Fangirl
The story of Fangirl is basically one of Cath changing and growing as she goes to college. It’s lovely.

2. Cheryl Strayed, Wild
Cheryl’s story is a long one and her development is subtle, but it’s powerful to me. It’s real and truthful.

1. Ruby, The Darkest Minds
Ruby has the epitome of a fabulous character arc. She starts the series off as young, scared and confused young girl. She’s not weak (she’s VERY strong) but she’s been contained and locked up for most of her life and that has affected her. By the end of the series she’s changed. The world has changed her, she tougher and even stronger. She’s a leader and she hurts, but she’s a character I love and will for always.

Top 10 Heroines in Books

toptentuesdayTop 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re writing our the top 10 heroines in books (or other media if you wish). HERE WE GO!

10. Mara Dyer
Mara of the Mara Dyer trilogy is one of the most unique characters I have read. She is an interesting unreliable narrator that makes her story more compelling and engaging. I do think she has heroic moments (though I know some might argue about her placement on this list as a heroine. She’s one to me because she was brave through some things that could have broke her.

9. Annabeth
Annabeth of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Hero’s of Olympus series’ is one of the characters that makes young girls know it’s okay to be smart, and clever and stand on your own. For that reason alone, she is a favorite.

8. Alana
Alana of the Saga graphic novel series is a strong, kick-butt lady who just happens to be a mother. She’s flawed, but she always follows her own beat and does her own thing. I love that about her.

7. Seraphina
Seraphina of the Seraphina series is such a realistic character in such a unique fantasy story. She overcomes incredible obstacles, struggles with accepting herself and deals with some crazy family drama. She handles things so well, teaching us all how to handle the more intense situations with a level-head.

6. Cassie
Cassie of The 5th Wave series is incredible. Talk about a kick-butt female. She knows how to survive that alien apocalyptic world she finds herself in. Cassie has ungone a hell of a lot of emotional, mental and physical trauma and keeps putting one foot in front of the other. Her persistence and determination are inspiring.

5. Ruby
Ruby of The Darkest Minds trilogy has an amazing progression of character. She starts out very young-minded, scared, timid but full of fire and determined to survive. She kinds and compassionate but learns how to be hard in a world where anyone can turn on you. I loved reading from her perspective and will re-read these books so I can do that again.

4. Matilda
Matilda of Matilda made me not ashamed to read. Not scared to be nerdy. She made me proud and happy and excited to be a girl with a lot of traits like she has. Matilda is someone who will stick with me for the rest of my life. Her story was the first I can remember that actually changed something in me and how I saw my world.

3. Katniss
Katniss of The Hunger Games. Um brave, kind, family-driven, big-picture thinking, flawed but strong character. Katniss is everything young girls need today.

2. Paige
Paige of The Bone Season series is bad-freaking-ass. She is step-by-step, slowly but surely, taking down an oppressive and secret human trafficking ring that’s been corruptluy happening for two hundred years. Holy. Freaking. Cow. I love her. She is strong, has a heart like I’ve never seen and is actually smart. She knows how to get things done, doesn’t rush them. She hurts. She feels. She thinks. She is my favorite modern-day heroine.

1.  Hermione Granger
Hermione of the iconic Harry Potter series made a generation of girls know it’s not only okay to be smart, it’s actually pretty freaking awesome. It’s okay to read, and hang out with boys. Her development throughout the series is great, but what she teaches us all is even better. She will always top this list for me, because she did to an entire generation what Matilda had done for me years prior, and that’s so powerful and so important.