#FridayFavorites | Quotes

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out.

Today’s topic is only a few of my favorite quotes. All images were created by me in Canva.

From Dig
From Code Name Verity
From Heir of Fire
From The Book Thief
From Children of Blood and Bone

Let me know what some of your favorite quotes are in the comments below. Happy Reading, Lovelies!

#FridayFavorites | Tropes

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out.

Today’s topic covers my favorite tropes. Of course, most tropes can go away (I’m looking at you manic pixie dream girl), but there are some that I absolutely love.

  • Fake Dating-I feel so cliche saying this but gah! I just love reading books that have this trope and the character(s) not realizing that they like each other. Or one where the characters don’t like each other and then do at the end! It doesn’t matter to me; if there is fake dating in the book, then I’m there! Currently reading one book such as this Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall. Fake dating and LGBTQ+ characters, yes please!
  • Enemies to Lovers-I do love this one but it’s really the following that I love:
  • Found Family-I love, love, love the found family in books. I think the love there is just so pure and magical and different than blood families because the characters chose them. It wasn’t out of duty or a need to survive. Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Mist and Fury portrays this so well!! I love the relationships between all the characters from the Inner Circle of The Night Court! They care about each other so much, but they also all have different personalities and characteristics that make me love them individually as well.
  • Continuity nod-These are those little things in books (and movies/shows as well) that hark back to something earlier in the series or from a related series. It’s one of the things Cassandra Clare does really well with her series, I think. Especially, the series that came after The Mortal Instruments, i.e. The Infernal Devices and the Dark Artifices.
  • Mentions of Pop Culture-Not sure if this really falls into it, but I think it does. I just love the fact that young adult novels can mention Harry Potter or two characters can have a conversation about Harry Potter with no explanation necessary. And this can be for anything too, Doctor Who, Marvel, any singer/artist, etc. I find it a bit fun, and it always brings a smile to my face.

Let me know your favorite tropes in the comments below!

Happy Reading, Lovelies!

#FridayFavorites | Endings

I love a good ending. An ending you didn’t see coming is even better. When everything falls into place and the fog lifts, is one of the best part of a story. So, here are some of my favorite endings. Please note, I’ve tried to write the blurbs and my thoughts to not have any spoilers.

Yes, I’ve read all the Robert Langdon books. I was actually shocked by this ending and slightly terrifying.

Gosh, this whole book was absolutely amazing! That ending, gah, I desperately needed the second book. Still haven’t read it cause life, but I’m planning on it soon.

I didn’t expect the ending for this book. I was surprised and saddened by what had happened.

I’m completely obsessed with Sarah Waters! This masterpiece follows the stragely linked lives of two women, Sue and Maud. I was surprised by not only the ending but the midpoint twist as well! But finding out how tightly wound Sue and Maud’s lives are was so deftly written and surprisingly satisfying.

I finished this book with so many feelings! Such an amazing book, that not only has a great twist ending but also has an interesting theme(s) as well.

Happy Reading, Lovelies!

#FridayFavorites | LGBTQ+ Books

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out.

Because LGBTQ+ people exist outside of June, here are some books that feature someone from the community.

I absolutely love this book. Not only for the transgender representation, but the focus is on the transgender feelings of a young child, as well as how a family navigates this new normal for them. So well-told and beautiful and real!!

Yes, it’s a young adult romance, but that’s the reason I love it. There is no coming out story, Emi’s family all know and it doesn’t mater, there’s no trauma or homophobia present in this book. It’s a love story, the love story just happens to be between two girls. It’s completely adorable!

This book is a mix of Charles Dickens but with lesbians! There’s mystery, thieves, romance, betrayal. Oh, Sarah Waters is not only an amazing writer, but the detail of research in her books is above and beyond.

What do you do when you have troubles figuring out your identity? When you find yourself falling in love with a girl? Well, Astrid Jones sends her questions and concerns up to the planes that fly overhead. They become her confidant. Yet, when things become more complicated and in trenched, can she keep her secrets to the people high above.

“Call me by your name, and I’ll call you by mine.” Gosh, I’m sure everyone knows about this book, but I don’t care! I absolutely love this book and the ending breaks my heart each time.

Happy Reading, Lovelies!

#FridayFavorites | “School” Books

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out.

In honor of school starting soon (at least where I live), today’s topic involves books that are set in or around school, or have characters who are in school. Side note: I think whatever is best for you and your family during this strange Covid time, is what you should do. But I also think we should listen to doctors and scientists (who are trained in infectious diseases and the like) and have more social programs in place to help parents make the best decision.

On with the books!

This book is completely adorable!! Melissa knows she’s a girl and more than anything she wants to play Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web in her school’s upcoming play. But everyone else see’s Melissa as George.

A coming of age story of a girl, Cath, who goes off to college trying to maker her own way without her twin sister by her side.

Such an adorable young adult romance that takes place in the city of love. Anna goes off to boarding school in Paris and while she befriends a group of friends, she can’t stop thinking of Étienne.

Murder is always a great topic to focus on for your senior capstone project. Or at least it is for Pip because she doesn’t believe that Andie was killed by Sal. She doesn’t care what the town thinks nor does she really care when it seems the person responsible is coming after her now.

A hauntingly beautiful story of family and the secrets we keep. The story of a young girl trying to be what everyone wants her to be, while longing to be her own person.

Happy Reading, Lovelies!

#FridayFavorites | Books Published in the 20th Century (American)

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out.

Today’s topic covers my top five favorite books published in the 20th century (in America). This may be cheating a bit, but I’m of the opinion that trying to find one favorite book is too difficult. What genre? Time period? Area? You get the idea, hence the reason to separate Britain from America.

In order of publication:

Words cannot describe this book. Zora Neale Hurston is one of the greatest writers in my less than humble opinion. Just go read it!

1937

Oh. My. Word. This book….words cannot describe how amazing and subtly creepy it was. Shirley Jackson is a powerhouse of a writer!!

1959

I think this book just tells such a moving story of how tragic life can end and how senseless it can be. This quote from Perry Smith really sums it up: “They never hurt me. Like other people. Like people have all my life. Maybe it’s just the Clutters were the ones that had to pay for it.” Also, it did start my true crime obsession, so.

1959

I love, love, love Kurt Vonnegut! This was actually my first Vonnegut novel, and I fell completely in love with the book and his writings. Still haven’t completed his canon cause there’s just too many great books to read.

1969

Yes…I’m including A Game of Thrones cause it is a high-fantasy masterpiece! The first book is just amazing…okay, you have to get through around the first hundred pages, but then it’s amazing, promise!

Happy Reading, Lovelies!

#FridayFavorites | Books Everyone Should Read at Least Once

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it.

This Friday’s topic covers books that everyone in the world needs to read once…okay maybe, twice!

I finished this book on a Friday afternoon, around 3 or 4. I was out of it the rest of the day, crying on and off. At around 10 pm, I started reading it again and took notes in the margin while doing so.

I’ve never read a book that affected me as much as this one did. It’s a gorgeous story of war, friendship, survival, and death.

This book was not only fascinating about what happens to bodies after they die but hilarious! She gives you the information you need, maybe more than you want, but in such a way that the lay person can understand.

A gorgeous book about such an important topic!! Jen Hatmaker recommends it as well! This is a story of a family as they navigate life after their youngest son, Claude, says that he is actually a girl and not a boy.

Beautiful, heart warming and heart breaking! One of the best aspects that Frankel focuses on is all the emotions that not only a child goes through but their loved ones. Go read it now!

I mean you had to expect a Jane Austen on here somewhere, right!?

While I love Pride and Prejudice, my favorite Austen is actually Emma. I think Emma Woodhouse is a beautiful book about such growth that a young woman goes through.

I’m also obsessed with the line, “If I loved you less maybe I could talk about it more.”

Swoon!

Any Toni Morrison book works here, but Paradise is probably my favorite. It dukes it out with Song of Solomon. A beautiful book about race and women.

There’s a group of women who live outside an all Black town, Ruby. They all came to this place in different ways and for different reasons. Yet, when bad things start happening the town blame the women! Gorgeously written and it will haunt you days later.

Let me know some books you think people should read once in their life in the comments below! Happy reading, lovelies!

#FridayFavorites | Worlds I’d Like to Live in

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it.

I forgot to post this last week, so here are the top 5 places/worlds I’d like to live. Enjoy and comment with your own!

The Wizarding World – I mean who doesn’t want to have magic exist.

We all do, Harry. We all do. Yes, I’m one of those people who still waits for her Hogwarts letter to come (it’s just a bit late). I know I would be in Ravenclaw, but do have Slytherin tendencies. Going forward in the future, the author is She Who Must Not be Named.

Camp Half-Blood – For those who haven’t read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan do so! Not only is the series centered around Greek mythology, which is amazing, but he does an amazing job of having diverse cast in the later books. Unlike some people (*cough* the author above *cough*). Camp Half-Blood are kids who have a Greek God/Goddess parent. Before more of the minor Gods/Goddesses had cabins, I’d be part of the Hunters and stay at Artemis’ cabin when visiting. Now that more minor Gods/Goddesses have cabins I’d totally want to be one of Hecate’s children.

Shire (Hobbiton) – I regularly quote this line from C.S. Lewis “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to satisfy me,” which I think fully explains the Shire. Since I plan to one day live in New Zealand, I’ll hopefully get to go to Hobbiton.

Winterfell – Like once all the White Walkers are gone and Sansa’s queen…that is probably a spoiler, but it’s been a year, so. I absolutely love cold weather and find Winterfell a fascinating castle. Also, my baby is queen!

The Night Court (from A Court of Thorns and Roses) – Specifically, the Court of Dreams. The whole description of Velaris just overwhelmed me when I first read it, and if it existed, I would move there yesterday. The area most known in Velaris is the artists’ quarter, the Rainbow of Velaris, where all the dancers, musicians, actors, and more dwell. This whole place is a dream, hence the name the Court of Dreams.

Happy Reading, Lovelies!

#FridayFavorites | Picture Books

Picture books are just as important as regular adult fiction. They deal with as many themes and ideas that we adults still ned to learn apparently. Here are my top five favorite picture books. These are my favorites as of today, not when I was a kid.

Ada Twist, Scientist is an adorable book about a little girl who loves to ask questions. The drawings are amazing in this book and the story is so well written. It also is great to see a Black girl represented in books doing something completely normal.

I mean it is the better Bundo book, so of course it has to be on the list. John Oliver in one of his episodes discussed Pence and his record. At the end, he mentioned he liked Pence’s rabit, Marlon Bundo. Pence came out with his version of the book, so Oliver came out with his. The book is about Bundo meeting another boy rabbit and falling in love, until a stink bug tells them this is wrong. You’ll have to read to know what happens!

What can I say, I have a dark sense of humor. Last Laughs is poems about animals dying. Here is one of my favorite poems, “Chicken Crosses Over”

She never found the answer

to the age old question,

Why did the chicken cross the ro-?

Another book that is inclusive but focuses on something simple. Penny is going with her mom to work for the day, and Penny really wants to meet POTUS. Yet, she’s trying to figure out what POTUS will look like. She’s in for a bit of surprise. Completely adorable!

It’s a classic book for a reason. All about a young child seeing the first snow and looking at this new world with magic and wonder. It also is a reminder for adults, I think, to try to remember the way we looked at the world when we were younger.

Let me about your favorite picture books in the comments! Happy Reading, Lovelies!

#FridayFavorites | Books to Read Because of Hamilton

As many probably know, and may have already watched, Hamilton: the Musical dropped on Disney+ today. I know I’m not the only one freaking out! In honor of my favorite musical, person (Lin-Manuel), and moment in history, we are discussing books that inspired or should be read because of Hamilton: the Musical.

To be honest, two of these books I have not read all the way through yet. I’ll let you know which ones though.

David McCullough is that historian everyone knows about. You always see one of his books in a bookstore or library. An award winning author, this one is a great read to understand the whole Revolution.

I truly don’t know why I haven’t finished this book. I’ve had it for ages, and I’ve read passages/excerpts in multiple classes. It’s not even a long book (300 pages). Either way, the parts I’ve read are amazing and as you can see, it is a Pulitzer Prize winning book.

Still haven’t gotten to this…even though it’s what inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to create the musical. Don’t look at me!

Okay. Okay….I do like this book. I think Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie do an amazing job of keeping the accuracy, while remaining in the fictional realm. Yet, the only problem I have with it is they do still romanticize the relationship of Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Not saying this is okay, but I think the reason it didn’t jump out at me is the fact that the focus is on Martha “Patsy” Jefferson.

Touted as the backstage pass to the musical, and it lives up to it! This is such a beautiful book. Along with all the little tidbits and quotes from Lin-Manuel and others about this musical.

Of course, these are only a small amount of books dealing with Hamilton and the American Revolution. Let me know some of your favorites or ones on your TBR below!

Happy Reading, Lovelies!