Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights told in GIFs!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Go and check them out because they have some amazing reviews for you!

This weeks theme was things that bookish people find some kind of joy or satisfaction or warm fuzzy feelings from aka Bookworm Delights! So of course, I am down for it because I know most of you wonderful people have these kinds of things too! Then I had this crazy idea of tell my story with GIFs. I am so excited to see what you guys list!

The smell of a book

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I know I am not the only book sniffer around here! There is just something about the smell, and feel of a physical book that gives a strange satisfying feeling.

Book Mail

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Need I say more?

That moment when you find yourself nodding while you say “Right?!?! Let’s drink to that!”

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There are those rare, precious moments when you just want to scream “Yaaasss honey!” To Kill a Mockingbird gave me that.

 

Book Sales!

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Yup. It seems like money hates you and magically leaves your wallet during book sales. I feel ya honey, I feel ya!

Discovering a good book from thrift shops (and seeing marks from the previous owner)

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I love this. Maybe it’s weird. Is it just me? I feel like reading previously owned books, and seeing the things they marked or the things they wrote or the ones they highlighted make me wonder what kind of person bought this book, read it, and just decided to give it away. I wonder where they are from, what they do. I try to guess their personality by the marks on their books. I feel like I become a part of the book’s journey.

Rainy days + warm drink + cozy couch (or bed) + fluffy blanket + socks

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Very few comes close to how good this feels. VERY FEW.

When one loves a book you recommend

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This is probably the one time I would be happy when someone says this to me. Don’t you just love it when you introduce someone to a book and 2 days later she says

“This is all your fault.”

When another gets your reference from a book

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Admit it. Booknerd inside jokes are the best.

That moment when you finish a book and tries to process everything

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Just. One. More. Chapter.

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I give myself a good laugh every time I say this to myself and then look at my phone and it’s freakin’ 5AM. What is so satisfying is that despite the lack of sleep, I just fed the hungry reader in me and I am fine with that. Plus I now know who killed the wife ūüôā

The thrill of choosing which book to buy/read first

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This, people, is the exact opposite of a reading slump.

Conversations with fellow booklovers

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Oh my goodness this is just heaven. Having someone you can squeal and fangirl with is sooooo satisfying not to mention comforting haha! Isn’t that why you are here right now?

That feeling when you enter a bookstore/library

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I don’t know why but when I saw this, I imagine the Game of Thrones theme playing. It’s like entering the realm of wonder. MAKE. WAY.

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OR, you can enter the other way and say, “I got this”.

And that is my list for this week!

What are your Bookworm Delights?

Do any of you experience the ones I listed?

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten (or six) Books Every Thriller Lover Should Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Go and check them out because they have some amazing reviews for you!

Hey everyone! I am back at it with the Top Ten Tuesdays! For this week, I have chosen to to feature books I think thriller addicts should read. Now, before any of you start screaming at me for not having ten (as it is obviously TOP TEN TUESDAYS), I am aware of this glitch and I apologize in advance. I could have chosen a different genre and I would have probably completed the list or exceeded it even. However, I decided to go with this because I feel like I have not really talked much about my love for thrillers. I used to be so obsessed with them they were the only ones I would ever dare to pick up. As time passed, well, fantasy and other genres silently crept through. I will say though that as soon as I looked at the books I listed, they may not be the most popular choices but I really do think they deserve the shout out. All images are linked to their Goodreads pages.

Also, before anything else, I have not included any Stephen King book here because, well, it’s kind of a given right?¬†

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

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This book sent chills down my spine and made me look behind me sooo many times it’s not even funny. This book just scared the hell out of me, but kept me wanting more. Now maybe it is not technically a full on thriller, since it has more of the fantasy flavor to it, but this book will keep you on your toes the whole time. This made me so jumpy. And don’t even try reading this and then look out your window. I warned you.

Gone, But Not Forgotten by Philip Margolin

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I read this when I was  freshman in college and I never forgot it ever since. It was so gripping I could not put it down. I remember devouring it, only to find out that my first guess was right but then I dismissed it and blamed this other person who apparently is a good person and now the heroine is in grave danger and I could do nothing to help her. There was just the vibe of the mysterious lives of the affluent that gave it a certain charm.

She’s Not There by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

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I stumbled upon this book at a book sale and to be honest, I kind of struggled with the first part of the book. But as soon as it picked up with the pacing you cannot stop flipping the pages. This, I would say, would be my least favorite of this bunch, but it is still a good crime thriller. And you CANNOT guess who the real culprit is.

Past Mortem by Ben Elton

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This was a recommendation from my sister. Well, technically, she did not REALLY recommend it. What she actually did was rant about this book all day while she was reading it and I am pretty sure she talked me into reading this one by day 2. And I am telling you, my sister was absolutely right. It touches on a vital social issue and how it go all down south for the people involved. So if you are a mean girl/boy, I suggest you read this and get a life.

Death Rounds by Peter Clement

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This was my first ever medical thriller. I loaned it to a friend and now it is NOWHERE to be found. But, because it was such a good book, I could never forget how it kept me on the edge of my seat (or bed) all the time I was reading it. It was so gripping and riveting that it felt almost too real! I guess part of my fascination with it was because I was entering the health car field at that time and I could just relate to the jargon better. However, I think even those without medical knowledge can enjoy this book too! I mean, who doesn’t want a psychopath killing medical professionals (who should be taking care of infected patients by the way) with a superbug in their very own hospital like launching a biological war or something?

Never Never #1 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

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Admittedly, I haven’t finished this trilogy yet. But, I really did like this book. A LOT. I already did a more comprehensive review on this so if you would like to know why I so recommend this one, then click here¬†to read the full post.

Confession: I still have one. But, I could not, for the life of me, remember the title or where the hell it is. It is another medical thriller (as you would expect) and I though it was good as well. IF I find it, I will update this post and let you guys know.

So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this list and I really hope you click on the covers and check out their synopses and reviews.

Do you read thrillers? If yes, what are your favorites?

Songs I Wish Were Books

So… this post should be a TTT post, but I have been soooo pre-occupied that I totally forgot to post it. I know, I am sorry. I don’t take credit for this idea obviously, because this is one of the themes given for Top Ten Tuesdays set for February 16.

Anyway, people have been asking me if I happen to listen to music while I read. Honestly, most of the time I do. I love music, and I tend to listen to music very often especially during idle time, like riding the, or waiting in line, or having coffee by myself. When I was in college, I used to listen to music even while reviewing for exams or doing homework. It does not distract me at all, in fact, I think it makes me focus more, plus the fact that it shuts out my surroundings. So naturally, I would do it while I read as well. When I saw this theme I thought, what a genius idea. Of course, songs tell stories as well, and there are songs I would love to be turned into stories, fantasy or not. This is in no particular order.

Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift.

I have to be honest, most of this has got to do with the music video. Not the love story between two actors bit, nooo, but the wild and the safari and the beautiful landscape. And the line from the song “Say you’ll remember me…” just sounds so sad but mysterious at the same time.

You and Me by Lifehouse

When I hear this song, I get all fuzzy and warm inside. I don’t know why. But when I thought about it a lot, well I think this would be a great song for a fantasy novel. Something to do with time travel or being able to be at multiple time frames at once. And this song is just feels…

My Sacrifice by Creed

This was a huge song back then. Well at least for me. For me, it tells the story of a person reconnecting with someone from the past whom he had to leave in exchange of his dreams. This person he had to sacrifice to find something better for himself. It’s a sad story of having to leave someone you feel absolutely free and carefree and happy when you are with to find yourself and chase your dreams. It’s a song of reminiscing happy memories, told from a heart which is longing, and sad, and probably regretful of having let go of something true.

Iris by Goo Goo Dolls

And I don’t want the world to see me, coz’ I don’t think that they’d understand.When everything’s made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am.

First of all, I know you just sang to yourself. Second, tell me this doesn’t sound like a bad ass song to an epic high-fantasy novel about a sinister hero and his dame who happens to be a warrior torn between how she was raised and who she is and what she is coming to believe about the world. This is one of my all-time favorite songs and I always burst out singing when I hear this song.

See You Again by Wiz Khalifa

Now this song makes me want to cry EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Admittedly, I am a die-hard Fast and the Furious fan. Like really. From the moment I saw the first one, I have been a fan. When Paul Walker died and Fast 7 was released, I was teary eyed when it ended. Rightfully, this song was an ode to a friend lost too early, and a promise of friendship beyond death. It’s an emotional song, telling how friendship is family, and how you can find it in random places. I type this and I remember the movie ending and… excuse me while I ball my eyes out. Just make this into a book NOW.

Secrets by One Republic

Yes, this is that song from the movie The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and rightly so too. I feel like the intro to this song has magic, really. It’s a song about baring it all, and doing it in front of a person you are willing to bet your life on. It doesn’t have to be romantic. When I hear this song I think of rain soaked, bloodied from war, former allies turned against each other by lies and conspiracy, facing each other with the choice of fighting ’til death or defying the odds and facing the wrath of gods. Too much? I know.

Ghost by Jake Miller

I’ve recently been addicted to this song. It sends such a powerful message to issues the youth are facing today. It’s a song about empowerment, and belonging, and knowing that there is always someone for you. This would be such a good contemporary.

One Call Away by Charlie Puth

To me this is such a light-hearted song. I promise to stick around for the long haul. Simple. When I listen to this I think of an ending scene, when characters go separate ways yet promise to always come whenever the other needs help.

Mirrors by Justin Timberlake

When you lose someone that you idolize and respect and look up to from all the people you have known, you tend to deny, and bargain for more. This song is just like that. It is harder, especially, when you know that you are losing them and can’t do anything about it. Should you fight to keep them with you and let them suffer or let them go, free them of misery, and deal with the unbelievable grief? Sounds like a good book to me.

In The End by Linkin’ Park

I don’t even know why. I listen to this song and I seem to think about Assassins Creed or something. I just feel like it should be a book about warriors and kick ass females.

That’s it! What song would you like to be turned into a book?

 

My Top Swoon-Worthy Fictional Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Go and check them out because they have some amazing reviews for you!

For this week’s post, I decided to follow the Valentine’s Day theme going around and tell you, lovely people, my top swoon-worthy fictional characters. Now this by no means an absolute list, and may change depending on which books I read next or if I suddenly have a change of heart.

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The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

Remember what I said earlier that this list might change? Yes. Forget that. I will forever love this vampire. I have talked about him loads of times in my blog and I feel like I am doing you service by not bombarding you with swooning and blushing remarks regarding this magnificent man.

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Prince Aldrik Solaris

Air Awakens Series by Elise Kova

Where do I start? He is just so genuinely… ugh… I can’t. I CAN’T. Can I just say, Elise must be a genius by being able to create such a adorably fierce man? Ignore the extreme polarity of my word choices please.

Ron Weasley

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Okay. I see your eyebrow raising. You probably were wondering why I placed him here. Well, he is not exactly like “swoon-worthy” but I guess I just had this strong attraction to the character. You may probably say why not Harry? I am wondering the same thing too. But, there is just something about Ron that’s warm and homey and loyal and friendly and makes you want to be his friend for life.

Mr. Darcy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

If the question why is in your head right now, go ahead and pick up Pride and Prejudice right now and read. Yes. Now. I’ll wait. Yep. But seriously, everybody could use a Mr. Darcy. EVERYBODY.

Vel (Vellexore Beuregard Peate)

Razia Series by S. Usher Evans
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I’ve used this GIF, I know…

This boy is sixteen years old, and is adorable and kind-hearted and witty and innocent. Discounting the fact that I am technically 8 years his senior, just the feels from this boy… I think it had something to do with how he handled everything happening around him and learning about the evils of the “perfect” world he used to believe in. Somehow, he handles himself in such a mature way it was just lovely.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Going into the book, I didn’t really think that he would be the one I would root for. But, the air of mystery took over and I found myself swooning and rooting for him. I might have stalked him if he had social media accounts to be honest. Listen, when a guy so mysterious gushes metallic green blood, has battle scars all over, can enter your dreams, and is busting his ass fighting ugly creatures, you just gotta love him. No other choice.

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Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Disclaimer: I am fully aware that this guy died a horrible and heart-wrenching death (for me at least) halfway into the book.

With the above being said, besides the fact that this guy’s charm and confidence and pick up game was just on point, I guess I fell for the ‘what if’ situation. I was trapped into that whole imagining scenario of what might have happened if he hadn’t died WHICH MADE ME ABSOLUTELY WANT TO RIP OUT ALL OF THE HAIR FROM THAT EVIL GIRL’S HEAD!!! I know. Relax. Inner peace…..

And that’s it! What? You counted seven? Well, yeah! That’s it!

Honestly, I tried to fill the other three spots but I just couldn’t seem to think of anyone off the top of my head so maybe this will do for now? I know you are kind and understanding beings. Anyway, thank you so much for reading and see you on my next post!

Let’s chat…

Who is your ULTIMATE book crush?

-Meyan Rose-

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesdays: Contemporary/ Adult Fiction Books I Want to Read This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Go and check them out because they have some amazing reviews for you!

This week’s theme is a freebie. Basically, we get to choose whichever theme we felt like doing. So for this week, I decided to post my top ten (as of now) contemporary/ adult fiction books that I want to make sure to read this year, like I promised in my last TTT post. Now, my lovely booknerdy friends, I would like to declare that this is not an absolute, stone-engraved, blood-sworn promise. So… what I am saying is that the books in here may change as I go about this year, but I will try really hard.

Random: I am actually listening to In The End by Linkin Park while typing this. Weird, I know. Interestingly enough, Lose Yourself by Eminem played after it. Yeah people, I have that gal inside me too…Anyway, let us move on to the list shall we?

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Go Set A Watchman By Harper Lee

If I would have to choose what is my favorite book of all time, I would say it would be To Kill A Mockingbird. I cannot count how many times I have re-read that book. I just LOVE that book and will continue to for the rest of my life, so when I found out about this book I flipped out. It remains a mystery to me why I haven’t picked this up yet, but, I shall correct that blunder very soon.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Ever since I saw a review of this book on YouTube, I became very interested in reading it. I could not, for the life of me, remember who the booktuber was so I guess I am not really helping you out eh? haha! I just heard that this book was really great and heart-wrenching. Sounds good to me.

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The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

There has been a lot, A LOT, of buzz around Gone Girl by the same author but, I got intimated by the hype and the size of that book so I wasn’t interested in checking that out despite hearing about how brilliant it was. Aimee of Redheaded Book Lover¬†reviewed The Grown Up by the same author, and said that it was great so I thought this was a good way to read something from Flynn that is a bit shorter than the massive Gone Girl. Who knows, maybe after I read The Grownup¬†I might have the resolve to pick it up as well!

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Everybody seems to be recommending this to me. My sister, friends, fellow booknerds, blogging friends, twitter friends, blogs, nymphs, fallen angels… everyone. So I figured it probably got something right to deserve such regard.

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Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Now this book I have heard for a long time now but I could not seem to find it ANYWHERE. I will try to look harder this year though. I am dying to see what all the great reviews are all about.

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I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Honestly, the only thing I know about this book is that it revolves around siblings and I am up for it immediately. I am really curious about sibling relationships in books and how they are going to be executed. I am looking forward to picking this up.

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Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

I have always been interested in reading novels that deal with altered mental states, illnesses, and disorders. I have read several blogs reviewing ARCs of this book and almost all have said good things about it. I do think it will be a great read.

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 The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

I have known about this book for quite a while now but I have not been able to find it here in my place. I am REALLY interested in reading this because of the story behind it. Reading how a brilliant young lady sees the things around her will definitely be inspiring, heartbreaking maybe because we all know that she has passed, but still inspiring.

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My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Unlike the other books, I haven’t seen this one a lot in blogs and in YouTube as well. However, I remember reading about it in a list somewhere and I became intrigued. The premise of this book is not very far off from what happens in real life to some people. It will be interesting to see a different perspective from my own.

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Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Listen, when someone is killed and a family member and stranger is involved, I’m all up for it. I have read good reviews about this book and I want to see what I think about it as well.

So that’s it! Those are my top ten contemporary/ adult fiction books I want to make sure to read this year!

Which contemporary books can you recommend? Have you read any of the books in my list? What did you think of them?

-Meyan Rose-

My First EVER Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Go and check them out because they have some amazing reviews for you!

Can you even believe this? If you know me, then maybe you do, haha! Anyway, ever since starting my blog, I have been scared of doing memes simply because I don’t know if I am ready for the ‘commitment’ it seems to come with,not to mention the themes you have to follow every week and the constant scrambling for things to put on your top ten and the constant agony of reducing stuff you love to fit it to a ten-point list. Okay… breathe. Basically what I’m trying to say is I didn’t think I could do it.

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Since the beginning of this month I have been using (and having fun decorating) my DIY planner and so my life is slowly untangling. And so I felt braver than usual and decided to dive into this huge meme going around the blogosphere. (<– this, my friends, should be a legit word and not be disturbed by a¬†stupid squiggly red line). Anyway, I know I am rambling and I am so sorry, this week’s theme is “Books that I’ve recently added to my TBR” and I am going to follow suit, but I’m just gonna tweak it up a bit. I have recently made this list of the top ten books I will make sure to read this 2016, so obviously, they will be on my TBR, right? Some of them aren’t very recent I’ll tell yah that but let’s just roll with it. Oh by the way, all pictures are linked to their Goodreads pages.

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I mean people, if you haven’t read Air Awakens, what are you doing? Seriously, do it. I have been waiting for this book to arrive here where I live but I promise I will make sure I get this and the next one this year because Vhala and I have a lot to talk about.

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Listen, everybody, EVERYBODY, has been raving about this book and I feel like I am missing out big time. I am looking forward to reading this book and see what my thoughts on it will be.

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I enjoyed The Bone Season last year and I really wanted to know what happens next. And I just think Warden is worth all my time… Somehow this butterfly is beautiful but haunting at the same time.

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If you want my honest opinion, I would disregard the covers totally. I read this book this year and I will make sure, so sure, to complete this series. ‘Cos you know, girl’s got a demon inside her meant to kill creatures with fangs who stay true to their sinister selves.

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I have heard about Sarah J. Maas a lot and she has released a number of books and I wanted to start reading her creations this year and felt that ACOTAR would be the perfect start. I hear that it is a loose re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and I am so excited.

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Technically, the whole Lunar Chronicles because fairy tales… yep.

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Many people have recommended these books and Six of Crows by the same author. But all agreed that I should start with this trilogy first. This trilogy has received extremely polar review and so I am curious to know which side I will be on.

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Ever since it came out I wanted to read this but somehow I haven’t gotten to so this year I will make sure to. This book is a re-telling of One Thousand and One Nights just with a murderous monster of a king. Sounds fun…

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Look at that cover darlings, because that is how you do it. I have Cait of Paper Fury to blame for this. If you want to know what I am talking about, click that link and visit her blog. If you read her blog from here tell her I sent you! xo

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If you watch YouTube videos about books, you should definitely check out Lindsey Rey’s channel¬†because she has such book choices and her reviews and discussions are always fun and refreshing to watch. If you watch her through this tell her I sent you there okay? She was the one who introduced me to Brandon Sanderson who (shamefully) I have never heard of until she mentioned him in her videos (yes, a lot of them too!). So yeah, very excited for this.

If you are still reading this, well, you are committed! If you are now scoffing and saying I cheated because obviously there aren’t ONLY ten books on this list, I AGREE. But you know, the more the merrier? I will also be making a separate list for more contemporary/NA books I want to read so stay tuned for that. Thanks for reading!

What books will you recommend me read? What do you think of some of the books I have on this list? Which did you love? Which did you hate?

Happy Tuesday!