TTT | Titles or Covers That Made Want to Read the Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

I’m a huge supporter of people who create book covers and think that they can make or break a book. Here are some of those covers that made me want to read the book.

Malice by Heather Walter

Kent State by Deborah Wiles

The Dead and The Dark by Courtney Gould

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Sadie by Courtney Summers

A Woman Without a Country by Eavan Boland

Happy Reading Darlings!

#FridayFives | Rebellions in 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 December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

As 4th of July is approaching, we have to remember that America is free due to rebels and rebellions. What better way to celebrate then finding some rebellions throughout other books.

Let’s start a rebellion, Darlings!

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee

Happy Reading, Darlings!

TTT | Animals from Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

This week’s topic is on animals from books.

Any of the direwolves from A Game of Thrones-they are just so adorable and fiercely protective of their particular Stark (Snow) kid. I’m still not over Ghost’s death!

Hedwig-I mean, she was Harry’s first birthday gift and she then gave his life to protect him in the last book. It was such a signal that childhood is over and we’re now in the real world.

Fawkes-Okay, HP animal #2 because I can’t leave out Fawkes, plus I just love phoenixes.

Church-the cat from the Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments series

Abraxos-The bestest wyvern ever! He’s so adorable and soft, even though he looks mean. Also, he’s the wyvern that was the bait and shouldn’t have been chosen, but they bond and choose each other.

Eeyore-I love all the animals from Winnie the Pooh, but Eeyore always held a special place in my heart. He still does!

Nailah-from Children of Blood and Bone. Nailah is so loyal and fiercely protective of Zelie! I absolutely want a lionaire that I can ride.

Mockingjays-I know there never actually present in the books, but I just love the symbol they represent for Katniss and the rebellion.

Appa-Yes, I cheat by including one from a show rather than a book, but I can’t leave Appa out! He’s such a good boy and ever so helpful!

Happy Reading Lovelies!

#FridayFives | Fanfiction Couples

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 December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

With today’s topic, you don’t have to read fanfiction to participate. What I really mean with this topic is what couples from literature would you have wanted to be together but weren’t in the book(s).

  1. Hermione & Draco (or Pansy): Is it cheating to include two different people that I would’ve wanted with Hermione? Maybe. But I don’t care. I’ve always thought when reading the books that Hermione needed someone to challenge her but also be there to say you’ve been at this project for five days with no sleep, go to bed! I’ve just never thought Ron could be that for her. With either Draco or Pansy, she is allowed to be challenged and cared for in the way she needs.
  2. Zélie & Amari (from Children of Blood and Bone): Okay, I absolutely loved how the relationship between Zélie and Amari came about. From hatred to unwilling travel companions to friends, by the end of the first book. I haven’t read the second book in the series because life (plus, I need to re-read the first one). I just thought there was a lot of chemistry between these two young women and would’ve loved if there was a romantic relationship explored between them.
  3. Verity & Maddie: I love, love, love the friendship between Verity and Maddie and am not upset that their relationship was only a friendship. BUT, I would’ve loved if there was more there because I definitely can see it happening between them, especially with everything they’ve gone through.
  4. Natasha Romanoff & Maria Hill: I know they’re not in the movies a lot, but I do not care! I love them and think they would be great together. They would totally kick ass and take names.
  5. Monica Rambeau & Darcy Lewis: As soon as Monica and Darcy had there first interaction, I was gone! I absolutely am here for this ship and want more scenes with them. I’ve always been a big fan of Kat Dennings (and her character Darcy) and am in love with adult Monica. I hope there’s more of them and that Marvel will stop being so heteronormative.

Happy Reading Lovelies!

#FridayFavorites | Heroines

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. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

NOTE: NEXT WEEK this will be #FridayFives instead of #FridayFavorites.

Today’s topic is about some of my favorite heroines from books. Some of them are heroines in the traditional sense (actually fighting wars) and some are heroines in a sense of fighting against the patriarchy.

Jo March – I just feel such a connection to Jo, as a writer and a character in general. And I absolutely love the new Little Women movie

Elizabeth Bennet – I mean I had to include my original favorite. I really don’t remember a time that I didn’t love Elizabeth Bennet.

Hermione Granger – I love how Hermione showed that girls can be smart and read books, but also fight and be a warrior.

Sansa Stark – I know most people are all for Arya, but I love Sansa so much more. She’s so subtle in how she manipulates the Lannisters. It’s also so amazing how throughout the show she learns from everyone Cersei, Joffrey, Little Finger but tries to be better than them. To the Queen of the North, long may she reign.

Zélie – gah, I couldn’t put down Children of Blood and Bone (I desperately need to read the second one) and I absolutely love Zelie and her courage and her strength of character.

#FridayFavorites | Desert Island 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. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

NOTE: This will soon be changing to #FridayFives instead of #FridayFavorites.

Today’s topic is about books I’d take with me if I was stranded on a desert island…or if I decided to runaway to a desert island.

Happy Reading Lovelies!

TTT | Books I Want to Read Again

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Today’s topic is books I’d like to read again…at some point when I have time.

Pride and Prejudice – I work in a library and just ordered the Harvard UP’s annotated Jane Austen books, so I’ll probably re-read Pride and Prejudice again once that comes in.

Children of Blood and Bone – I really want to read the second book in the series but it’s been so long that I forgot what happened in the first one. Bookdragon problems!

The Thirteenth Tale – one of my favorite books and such a great book about books, but it’s been so long since I read it (middle school) that I’d love to read it again sometime soon.

Stalking Jack the Ripper & Hunting Prince Dracula– another series that it’s been so long from reading the first two that to finish the series I need to go back and re-read them.

The Diary of a Young Girl – another book that I read so long ago (8th grade) that I definitely need to revisit now, especially as I know more about their story and the Holocaust as a whole.

A Woman Without a Country – this was assigned for a poetry class I had in grad school and because of that it was read in a hurry instead of really taking the time to go through and really absorb and enjoy the poems.

The Shadow of the Wind – another book about books that I’d love to delve into again.

The Vagina Monologues – it’s a book I reread regularly and I think it’s time for another reread.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – This book is one of my favorite (it actually replaced To Kill a Mockingbird for me which is shocking)!

Unclobber – a book I’d like to read again to really delve into it, explore, and research what the author talks about.

Happy Reading Lovelies!

#FridayFavorites | Fantasy Books (That are not Harry Potter)

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. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Today’s topic are fantasy books that are not Harry Potter.

Victorian England, demons, magic, and a mysterious girl. The Infernal Devices is probably my favorite series of Clare’s books. I feel such kinship with Tessa. Will and Jem are not only adorable but truly show non-toxic masculinity. Also, I’m obsessed with books set in Victorian England!

I cannot fully describe in words how amazing this book is (I haven’t read the second one, I know I really need to). I just love how it is a fantasy series with Nigerian elements and stars non-white characters!

Such an amazing series and a great way to get kids into mythology. I also love how in each book/series Rick Riordan becomes not only a better writer but a better person by including non-white and LGBTQ characters. The origin of Percy Jackson is amazing as well, as Riordan created the series for his son who has dyslexia and ADHD.

I know vampires have been done and overdone, but I truly enjoyed this one from Renee Ahdieh. I especially love the fact that it’s set in New Orleans!

I mean I couldn’t not include A Song of Ice and Fire (that is the official name of the series). I mean dragons, zombies, political intrigue, there’s something for everyone in this series.

Happy Reading, Lovelies!

#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!