Top Ten Characters That Would Be Sitting at My Lunch Table

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The most exciting thing about this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is that the back to school theme is relevant in my life. For the first time in four years, I am heading back to school. Most of my classes are at night, so I don’t exactly have a lunch table, but if I was back in high school these are the people I’d want sitting next to me in the cafeteria. Let me know your picks or ask me the reasons for mine in the comments!

Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly book meme!

Marry, Date or Dump: Circus Books

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 Happy Labor Day everyone! I spent the day celebrating with new friends at Coney Island. I guess the carnival-like rides and food (corn dogs and snow cones and cheesy fries oh my!) seeped into my psyche because I definitely have circus books on my mind. So this week if you feel so inclined let me know who you would marry, who you’d date, and who you’d dump given these options: Marco from The Night Circus, Jacob from Water for Elephants, and Jacob from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (which isn’t about a circus, but for some reason seems to go with the others in my head). Happy choosing! 

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Reading Nostalgia: The Wild Swan Trilogy

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I don’t think very many people have read the Wild Swan books, but they were some of my favorite books as a teenager. I loved them so much I developed a funny kind of tradition around them. I think I first read these in the 8th grade, then decided not to obey my impulse to immediately reread the series and instead saved them to reread my first week of high school. I then didn’t reread them again until my first week of college. Continue reading

Virtual Literary Road Trip Stop 9: New York City

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 It’s almost Labor Day Weekend and my classes have started so I think this will be the last virtual road trip stop of the summer. Thank you so much to everyone who’s been reading along or writing posts themselves. Virtually we’ve been up and down the California coast, to the home of Anne of Green Gables, through Chicago, and even to Edinburgh. For the last stop I thought I’d pick New York City, where I moved about a week and a half ago. There are an unending number of literarily significant places in this city, but here are a few favorites of mine mixed with spots I hope to visit soon.

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Top Ten Books I Really Want to Read but Don’t Own Yet

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Happy Tuesday! I’ve been in New York for a little over a week and tonight is my first class. I’m hopefully getting my new library card soon which will cut down on the cost of books, but here are ten books I really want to read but don’t own (yet!). Let me know which books on my list I should definitely make an effort to get my hands on soon! Thanks! Continue reading

Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins

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I didn’t faint from extreme emotion while reading this book … but the writing, character-development, tension, voice and (of course) romantic hero are all so incredible swoon-worthy in this book that I think if I were the fainting type Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins, would totally have had me reaching for my smelling salts.

In my mind Stephanie Perkins can do no wrong when it comes to contemporary YA romance. Like many fans of her previous books, I’ve been eagerly waiting and anticipating this last companion book. Continue reading

Top Ten Books People Keep Recommending to Me

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I had a bit of a hard time with this week’s topic (I feel like I say that every week) because with a few notable exceptions I love to take people’s reading recommendations. I also like to read books that have a lot of hype around them, whether they are classics or contemporary. But moving on, here are some books that keep getting recommended. Continue reading