TTT | Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face

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.

Sometimes we just need to read something fun, something that makes us smile. Here are some of my favorites!

Ada Twist, Scientist is probably my favorite children’s book right now! It’s so completely adorable and each time I read it (by myself or to my niblings) I have a smile on my face.

P.S. There’s a Netflix show being made of this book and the Obamas are the producers! Eeeek I’m so excited!

This reminds me of the TV show Firefly so much! It does have it’s tense moments, but overall this book is completely wonderful with such a great cast of characters!

I absolutely love the story of Elizabeth & Darcy, so having that same love story but with a murder just puts a smile on my face….I realize how bad that makes me sound, and I don’t how to explain this any better.

Luc & Oliver are relationship goals!! These two are so adorable and lovable and I couldn’t not smile while reading this book!

Monty is such an adorable doofus that I can’t help but love! Along with Percy and Felicity! This book has everything grand trips, useless gays, an annoying but usually right sister, and some bad guys trying to chase you down!

This book is so much fun!! I absolutely love this whole series! Sophronia and her group of friends are just delightful, as are the secondary characters and the plot is actually quite well done.

Again, this is gonna make me sound like a horrible person, but I can’t not smile/laugh when I read this book! It’s funny and punny!

A reimagined tale of Jane Eyre as a serial murderer, I mean what’s not to love!? This is such a fun and delightful read. While staying pretty true to the original text of Bronte’s novel, Faye also does a great job in creating her own novel and story.

Emi & Ava are so completely adorable, as well as being such useless lesbians! I also love this story for the fact that coming out was never the point of the novel nor was there anyone who was against them for being gay.

Another adorable romance novel that just brings a smile to my face! Anna & Étienne are so cute, and I just love how this novel plays out. It’s a fun, young adult novel with no high stakes!

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Books to Read Again for the First Time

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.

Reading a book for the first time is so special and hits you differently then when you re-read something. So, here are the books I’d love to read again for the first time.

This book will never not break my heart! I wish I could read it again and just absorb every line and action into my being.

Dig is a non-linear story that digs (pun not intended) into a family that used to be potato farmers. It’s about how do we reconcile our past with our future and what is the responsibility of white people in America. Just a beautiful novel with lots of questions to discuss.

I just want to spend more time with this family, and see what happens in the future for them.

In our age of Covid, reading about the AIDS crisis seems fitting. A crisis that no one wanted and one that people didn’t seem to care much about. I’d love to read June’s journey for the first time and her relationship with her uncle, the only person who seems to understand June. To be able to go on the journey of grief with her again and just fully immerse myself in her story.

I first read this in a graduate poetry class, so it was speed read through to finish it in time for class. To get the chance to read it again for the first time and really soak up the poems that Eavan Boland writes would be such a pleasure.

While I love a good mystery/horror book, I sometimes feel like I never really enjoy the story enough cause I’m just wanting to know whodunit or what’s going on. I’m so focused on getting to the end that I miss really getting to know the journey and characters.

Again another mystery book that I rushed through to see what happened. I’d especially love to read this again cause I’m always a sucker for anything Holmes & Watson related.

Another book that raises so many questions about family and what we pass down to the next generation.

I absolutely love retellings, especially if the retelling changes things up like making Jane Eyre a killer. Yes, please! I’d absolutely love to get to read this again for the first time just for the funness of the novel.

I think about this book about once a week, if not more. It ruined me! I’d love to be able to read Verity and Mattie’s friendship anew and get to experience all the many emotions that come with it.

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them

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 covers books that made me want to read more books like this. This could be books in that genre, time period, place, etc.

I recently finished this book where half of it was set during the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. This definitely made me want to read more books on the Tulsa Riot of 1921 and to learn more about what happened since my schooling failed to tell me about this!

Not that this is my first gothic novel, but it definitely made me want to read even more gothic novels and gothic novels that were not always set in England.

I just wanted to read all the novels set in New Orleans! I still do actually. And it doesn’t matter the time period.

Kate Moore’s storytelling of a real life event was so compelling that I want to read more nonfiction.

I became obsessed with WWII novels after reading The Book Thief, and I haven’t stopped reading WWII novels since.

Retellings of classic novels, fairytales, anything has become a favorite genre of mine since reading Jane Steele.

First read The Secret Scripture in undergrad and wanted to read all books set in Ireland and any books about Ireland. It became such an obsession that I focused on Irish Literature in my English Master’s degree.

I’m not a fan of romance focused books but I absolutely fell in love with them after Boyfriend Material. I realized I just don’t like hetero romance stories, so any LGBTQ+ romance, I’m all here for.

YA murder mysteries are always so fun because they have pretty good storylines with not as much at stake (and not as much gore).

HP was my introduction into fantasy and made me fall in love and want to read more. I was 7 at the time, so I don’t really remember if I read any other fantasy books before this one.

Happy Reading, Darlings!

TTT | Summer Reads

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 a freebie. Here is a list of books that are fun beachy summer reads. There a mix of ones that I’ve either read or will be reading.

Happy Reading Darlings!

#FridayFives | Books with Flower(s) on the Cover

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.

Apparently, I don’t read a lot of books with flower names in the title, which is an option I made for myself this week. So, I specifically kept with covers that had a flower or flowers on them.

The Heiress by Molly Greeley

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Kent State by Deborah Wiles

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Happy Reading Lovelies

TTT | Halloween Freebie

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 a Halloween freebie, so here are my top ten favorite Halloween reads or Halloween inspired-ish.

Witches, vampires, magic, and a book that only appears to one Diana Bishop. Definitely a fun, witchy, and romantic Halloween read.

You can find my review for this book here! Haunted Houses are par for Halloween and High Place doesn’t disappoint. Also, be careful of any mushrooms.

I mean, you can’t go wrong with a Neil Gaiman book for Halloween. This one is equal parts haunting and tragic!

1600s, and the devil seems to be coming after the people on the voyage to Amsterdam. A detective based on Sherlock Holmes and a mystery on the high seas is sure to be a great Halloween read.

A young boy picks up a book by Julian Carax and is pulled into a mystery. Set after the war in Barcelona, Spain, this is definitely a mystery to dive into during Halloween.

“Reader, I murdered him.” So begins Jane Steele, the reimagined tale of Jane Eyre, if she was a serial killer. And anyways, is it really Halloween if no deaths occur?

Vampires have taken over the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1872. Yet, young girls are murdered in gruesome ways and who is to blame? The vampires. Or is there a serial killer trolling the streets of New Orleans?

Any Shirley Jackson book or short story are perfect for Halloween. The Haunting of Hill House is a classic one with a haunted house, things that go bump in the night, and a possession or two.

Of course, The Queen of Mystery had to make one appearance on the list. Reading a good mystery by Agatha Christie is a great way to spend Halloween (or any fall day).

Another classic novel: Frankenstein delves into the idea of acting like God and trying to create your own person. We are left to wonder, what is man and who is truly the monster?

Happy Reading, Lovelies!

TTT | Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me

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 are books that someone recommended to me that are read or will be read.

Books Recommended by Friends

Books Recommended by My Grandma

Books Recommended by My Dad

TTT | Books I Loved but Never Reviewed

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.

The theme this week are books that I loved but never reviewed. So, let’s see what comes up!

This book was hard! as someone who has attempted suicide and has battled depression and anxiety since 15, this book hit too close to home that I just never got around to review it.

I think I was so burned out from grad school (especially a master’s degree in literature where all I did was write about books) that even a year later, I still was struggling with writing about books.

I think I first read this when I was in middle school…maybe…it could’ve been late elementary. I do remember absolutely loving this book and do want to re-read it.

This was read during my senior year of high school. As amazing as it is, I still couldn’t review it.

Another school read, except this time it was during college. One of my favorite books of all time, but again, when you are writing and discussing books all the time, it’s so difficult to write about them in my free time.

Just never got around to it.

I’m still trying to find the right way to review non-fiction and haven’t figure it out. With psychology, the problem seems even bigger. If anyone has tips about reviewing non-fiction, please leave them in the comments

I read this before I really cared to write a review for books.

I couldn’t explain in words what this book is about or even did to me. Amazing but a totally disturbing. I still think about this book to this day!

Again, it’s that non-fiction conundrum I’m having. But there’s also the issue of this book dealing with religion, which I have a difficult time with already.

Happy Reading, Lovelies!

#FridayFavorites

Starting today, I’ll be doing a #fridayfavorites which, hopefully, will be a weekly thing. There will (might) be other daily posts coming soon as well. #FridayFavorites can be anything from covers, shelves, books (separated by genre/period/series v. nonseries), etc.

For this Friday, it will be first lines from books. First lines from books are powerful. They can invite and intrigue; they create powerful emotions in their readers. Below are my top 5 favorite first lines.

5. “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.” Virginia Woolfe, Mrs. Dalloway

It’s beautiful simplicity pulls me in. The fact that she takes charge, goes outside social and gender constraints, shows how the novel unfolds.

4. “The scientist had forgotten all about the radium.” Kate Moore, The Radium Girls

I may be in the minority, but I truly believe that non-fiction can have just as powerful of a pull as fiction. Moore writes about the radium-dial girls who eventually die of radium poisoning. Beautiful and heartbreaking, she is able to blend the science, social issues, and history into a story that makes you want to continue reading. This first line is the start of that, but also, it brings to mind throughout the book that fact that instead of the radium being forgotten about, it’s the girls who are forgotten.

3. “Of all my many murders, committed for love and for better reasons, the first was the most important.” Lyndsay Faye, Jane Steele

I am here for retelling stories. Whether retellings of classic novels or fairy-tales, I will eat them up. This is a retelling of Jane Eyre, and I was immediately pulled in. Victorian era Jane Eyre killing people because they deserved it, yes, please.

2. “I AM A COWARD.” Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

Okay, talking about this line would give away the twist at the end, which I don’t want to do in case you haven’t read it. I remember picking this book up in a bookstore and reading that first line. I had to know what was going on and what was happening to the narrator.

  1. “They shoot the white girl first.” Toni Morrison, Paradise

Toni Morrison is a master storyteller. This line from one of her lesser known books, grabbed my attention on the onset. This is not only one of my favorite first lines, but one of my favorite books. The idea of women creating their own community, and then the patriarchy destroying it out of fear is so accurate for real life. With this line though, readers never find out who the white girl is. Each woman in the story is never described by skin tone, ethnicity, etc. We don’t know who the white girl is because it doesn’t matter who the white girl is.

What are some of your favorite first lines?