#TopTenTuesday: Top Ten Books To Read for Winter

Who thinks that cold weather, tea, maybe a piece of chocolate cake, a fire, and a good book is the perfect combo?? That’s why we’re all probably going to get a lot of reading done this winter. I’m EXCITED!

anigif_enhanced-buzz-5175-1390795268-5This week, we’re sharing the Top Ten Books on My Winter To Be Read List. I’ve got a mixture of new releases as well as some books that have been on my TBR for awhile.

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NEW RELEASES

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Fairest: January, 2015

As you read in my list for last week–I’m really excited about Fairest!

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Red Queen: February, 2015

There’s already a lot of talk about Red Queen, so February can’t arrive fast enough. This cover is definitely intriguing.

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A Cold Legacy: January, 2015

I loved The Madman’s Daughter and I’m currently reading Her Dark Curiosity. In my opinion, Megan Shepherd can do no wrong, so I’m quite excited about the third book in the trilogy.

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The Last Time We Say Goodbye: February, 2015

This story looks like it will be a bit sad, but from what I have read on GoodReads, I think this story, though about loss and grief, will be one I definitely pick up.

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The Winner’s Crime (Winner’s Curse #2): March, 2015

As you know, this book was on my list for last week, so OF COURSE it’s on my Winter TBR!!

OTHER BOOKS I MUST READ

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Undertow by K.R. Conway

I just met this author last week, and though I don’t always pick up YA paranormal on my own, the reviews on GoodReads as well as what K.R. Conway said about her book, means that I have to read this! The second book is also out, which is fantastic, and the third will be out soon. I’m excited! One reviewer said that this is “Dawson’s Creek meets Jaws and The Goonies…” 

So, that’s a pretty cool combo, wouldn’t you say?

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Twinmaker by Sean Williams

This is the first in a series, and I own this book, so it’s going on my Winter TBR–especially because the second one is now out. A good science fiction YA is not to be passed up for the winter.

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We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Sure, this is 620 pages, but an epic story of the American Century?? You know how much I LOVE historical fiction, so I really want to tackle this one. Maybe in the midst of a snow storm….

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This is another book I own that is historical fiction that I am dying to read, and it’s by an author from Northern California. And that makes me excited. So on the Winter TBR it goes.

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Greenglass House by Kate Milford

This looks like an enchanting middle grade novel that I just discovered on GoodReads. Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer, gave it 5 stars, and I take note of that…

What’s on your Winter TBR?? Which of these do you think I should begin first?? So many choices…it’s almost too much!!

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This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their blog and join in the TOP TEN TUESDAY FUN!

Here’s what they have to say about Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up in the community where we provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to! Just please link back to us if you are participating :)”

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Want to Re-Read

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This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—you can check out their blog here.

This week, it’s the Top Ten Books I Want to Re-Read! Some of these are favorites, and they’re books I will probably be re-reading until kingdom come. They are from a mixture of genres—children’s, young adult, and adult, so enjoy…

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1. Anne of Green Gables Series

Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books of all times, and I never get tired of L.M. Montgomery’s series about Anne Shirley. There’s always something new I take away with every reading. With the approach of fall, I think I might have to pick up with Anne of Windy Poplars right away though (the fourth in the series).

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2. Little House on the Prairie Series

I have the yellow boxed set of these books and have been planning a re-read FOREVER! It’s time I sat down with Little House in the Big Woods and started.

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3. The Time Traveler’s Wife

Another one of my favorites, and a well-loved fantasy I never get tired of.  Definitely easy to pick this as one of my top ten.

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4. Her Fearful Symmetry

I didn’t like this title as much as Time Traveler’s Wife, and there were very strong reactions to this one, but ever since I finished it, I have known I would need to read it again. There were points in the story I found myself asking: What just happened? Why did she do that? How can this be? In order to get some answers, perhaps a re-read is in order.

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5. I Capture the Castle

Another one of my favorites—the book and the film! I adore Dodie Smith’s style in this book. There are laugh aloud moments that no fan of Anne of Green Gables should miss. A classic that will always be on my favorites shelf and is such a fun one to read!

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6. The Invisible Bridge

I love historical fiction, and I read a lot of it. This one, set during WWII, is so good! If you haven’t read it, please check it out! I haven’t re-read it since the first time I finished it, so it’s about time I enjoyed it again. Loved it.

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7. The Historian

The suspense and intrigue in this one is fantastic. Some readers loved this, and other didn’t like it so much. I couldn’t put it down and ate the book up over several days. I especially enjoyed the geography covered in the book—it also might make you do a bit of research on Vlad the Impaler. But don’t take my word for it. Check it out.

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8. Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

This was a favorite of mine as a young reader, and a book I’ve been longing to return to again. I have several paperback copies of this one, and it’s definitely a classic of children’s literature that earns a spot in my top ten re-reads.

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9. Our Mutual Friend

I love Charles Dickens, and though there are other novels I’m equally in love with, I have been wanting to read this one again. I have a fond memory of reading this for a 19th century British lit. undergraduate course, and I remember our discussion was so enthralling and my reading of it was so enjoyable, I am definitely ready for a re-read.

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10. The Woman in White

I admit it. I’m a fan of Wilkie Collins’s sensationalist fiction. I first read The Woman in White while studying in London for the first time, and I remember not leaving my room in South Kensington for a few days. I accidentally stumbled up on the book at a bookstore on Charing Cross Road, picked it up, and have been thankful for this serendipitous book meeting that came my way one London afternoon. I also have the graphic novel of The Woman in White, and never get tired of the story.

Are any of these on your re-read list? How did you come up with your titles? How many of these do you think I’ll get to in the next three months??

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (whether fictional or real)

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This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their fabulous blog if you haven’t yet.

Here’s what they have to say about Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up in the community where we provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to! Just please link back to us if you are participating :)”

toptentuesday2This week, we’re looking at the top ten places I want to visit because of books! That’s a fantastic one for me because many of you know…I LOVE TO TRAVEL! And it is true that I have traveled many places because I first “encountered” that place because of a book. I wanted to stick to places I haven’t been yet (though I know I could have included ones I have!), and this was actually a little difficult for me because I have been lucky enough to travel to so many places…including PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, which is where one of my favorite books of all times, Anne of Green Gables, it set. Needless to say, I had so much fun compiling this list for this week’s #TOPTENTUESDAY.

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  1. The Night Circus (The Night Circus)

This is completely fictional and I suppose it is a place that “travels” and is not in a set geographical location, but I would love to visit the official “Night Circus.” It would be amazing and enchanting–and all the delicious food described in the book is reason enough to visit.

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  1. The Island of Guernsey In Britain (The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society)

After reading this book and learning about the history of the island, especially during World War II, I am definitely planning a visit here.

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  1. The English Coast (Windfallen)

Seaside towns in England?? Though I lived several times in England, I still haven’t explored enough of its coast, so this is on my list for a future upcoming trip. I read this book earlier this year, so especially appreciated Moyes’s descriptions of the seaside.

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4.  The Place where the Lost Thing Ends Up (The Lost Thing)

If you haven’t read this gorgeous picturebook by Australian Author/Illustrator, Shaun Tan, you really should. There is a short animated film of the book. There’s a place where all the “lost things” end up, and it’s an utterly whimsical space that I certainly would want to visit. You’ll notice the space is in utter contrast to the drab world that the protagonist inhabits.

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  1. Neverland (Tiger Lily)

Who doesn’t want to travel to Neverland and meet Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, Tink, and Tiger Lily?

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  1. Tuscany in an Italian Castle (The Enchanted April)

I have traveled to Italy multiple times but I haven’t explored the Tuscan countryside nor have I stayed in a castle like the one the group stays in in the book, The Enchanted April. This is on my list to do, and those of you that know me know much I love this film and soundtrack!

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  1. Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia)

You better believe I’m putting Narnia on this list because I wouldn’t miss a trip to this extraordinary land for the world!

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  1. Romania (The Historian)

I love Central and Eastern Europe, but haven’t yet been to Romania. I read this book years ago, shortly after it came out, and it reminded me that I still need to explore this part of the world. I’ll definitely avoid vampires though.

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  1. Inkworld (Inkheart)

I would love to visit Inkworld!! Maybe Cornelia Funke and Disney can work on a theme park together…..

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10. The Brittany Coast of France (All the Light We Cannot See)

If you haven’t read this new historical novel set during WWII, and you enjoy that kind of fiction, do check this one out. I’ve been to France, but not to Brittany, and not on its coast. The descriptions in this gorgeous book are enough to motivate me to plan a trip.

So many fabulous places to go!! Were any of these on your list? Where are you planning a trip that has been inspired by a book? I love this subject so do share in the comments!!

 

 

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

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in the fantastic Top Ten Tuesday, but summer is coming to an end, and things are slowing down…so here I am! I’m excited to share this week.

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their fabulous blog if you haven’t yet.

Here’s what they have to say about Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up in the community where we provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to! Just please link back to us if you are participating :)”

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This week, we’re sharing books that we want to read, but don’t own yet. If you know me, you know I have plenty of books I want to read, AND I OWN THEM. So this was difficult, because I already have many of the books for the upcoming year that I plan to read. However, there are always other books I want to read and don’t own yet, so I’m including the ones I really hope to find soon.

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The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry

This is a translated novel and it’s not available in the U.S. yet, but I may look for a copy when I’m in London this fall.

Check out the GoodReads summary: “One morning a librarian finds a reader who has been locked in overnight.
She starts to talk to him, a one-way conversation that soon gathers pace as an outpouring of frustrations, observations and anguishes. Two things shine through: her shy, unrequited passion for a quiet researcher named Martin, and an ardent and absolute love of books.

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A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

This story sounds adorable–it’s about a potential romance between two college students, told from 14 different perspectives, including the perspective of a squirrel! Here’s what GoodReads has to say: “The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.”

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Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

I’ve heard wonderful things about this unique middle grade novel with hints of mystery and history. It’s been reviewed on other blogs I read and appreciate, so I’m really looking forward to getting a copy of this one. My library doesn’t have it, so I’m going to have to find another way to acquire it.

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The Glass Sentence

This is the first in the Mapmaker’s Trilogy and it came out earlier this summer. I’m fascinated by maps, and I’m surprised I haven’t secured a copy of this yet.

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Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Books with ballet have a special place on my shelf due to my own love of dancing and ballet. This one is said to feature beautiful prose and offers a unique perspective into the world of professional ballet, so I’m excited about it.

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The Time Traveller’s Almanac by Ann & Jeff VanDerMeer

This massive collection of time travel stories was published earlier this year and looks fantastic!

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Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

I’ve wanted to read this award winning book from the UK for awhile, but just haven’t gotten around to it. Any story set in Paris is sure to intrigue me.

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The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell

 I loved Haskell’s book, The Princess Curse, so I must read her newest story soon. I know it’s going to be good.

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I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes by Jaclyn Moriarty

This book is hard to find in the US so it’s another title I might hunt down in England. The story sounds enchanting and with a unique title like this, I’m not surprised by how interesting it sounds from the reviews I’ve read on GoodReads.

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Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books by Wendy Lesser

And here’s a nonfiction pick–I’ve read a few reviews of this floating around, and since I adored Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading by Maureen Corrigan, I think I would really appreciate Lesser’s point of view.

Are any of these on your list? Have you read any of them? Which one should I grab first? Do tell!

 

Bout of Books Updates & Book Playlist Challenge (Updated)

DAY 1 CHALLENGE: A Playlist for A Book–Maybe One Day

We were asked to create a playlist for one of the books we’re reading for Bout of Books. I chose Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor, focusing on two best friends, and the way they navigate life as one of the girls struggles with cancer.

Here’s part of the GoodReads summary:

“In this incandescent page-turner, which follows in the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, Melissa Kantor artfully explores the idea that the worst thing to happen to you might not be something that is actually happening to you. Raw, irreverent, and honest, Zoe’s unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.”

The girls’ passion for ballet, their history of attending class in NYC, and the strong theme of friendship in the book (so far) all inspired the following playlist:

Dance, Dance, Dance—The Beach Boys

New York, New York—Frank Sinatra & Tony Bennett

Yellow—Coldplay

The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Act II, Divertissement: Coffee (Arab Dance)—Andre Previn & London Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough—Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

I’ll Be There—Jackson 5

Bout of Books Updates

Monday:
Number of books I’ve read today: 1 (The Assassin’s Blade)
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books: The Assassin’s Blade, The Eye of the World, Maybe One Day

Number of Pages Read: 228

Challenges: Playlist Challenge

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Tuesday:
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books: Maybe One Day, In the Shadows, Throne of Glass

Number of Pages Read: 249

Total Number of Pages I’ve read: 477

Challenges: Book Spine Poetry

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Wednesday:
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 3
Books: Maybe One Day, Throne of Glass, The Eye of the World, This Song Will Save Your Life

Number of Pages Read: 218

Total Number of Pages I’ve read: 695

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