Category: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Warm, Happy Reads

Posted May 28, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 30 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at my other blog, The Broke and the Bookish.

I’m really excited that today is a freebie, because I’m TOTALLY in the mood for some warm, summery books to read poolside, on deck, and in the sun.

I absolutely love light, happy reads that leave you with smiles and giggles. Mostly they take place on beaches, on vacation, by the lake, or during summer. Check out my favorites! They are all romantic, and they are all contemporary. And I love them ALL.

Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker
The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Carrie Goes Off the Map by Phillipa Ashley

My Ridiculous, Romantic Obsessions by Becca Wilhite
Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald

 

So, have you read any of these ones? What are some of your favorite summery reads? I need lots of recommendations!


Top Ten Favorite Book Covers (on Books I’ve Read)

Posted May 21, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 57 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

I LOVE book covers, so I’ve been really excited to participate in today’s topic. These covers all adorn books I’ve read. Some of them, I absolutely loved. Others, I hated. Either way, the covers are lovely!

 

 

Books Featured:

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (My Review)
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson (My Review)
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (My Review)
Welcome to My World by Miranda Dickinson
Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black (My Review)
Black City by Elizabeth Richards (My Review)
Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas (My Review)
Someday My Prince Will Come by Jerramy Fine (My Review)

So, what do you think? Have you read any of these books? Do you hate/love any of the covers I chose? Link me to your post, and I’ll go see your choices! Thanks for stopping by!


My Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes

Posted April 16, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 14 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

I am so excited that this week is a freebie, because that means we get to choose anything we want! I decided to highlight some of my favorite quotes from my favorite books!

 

 








Have you read any of these books? Do any of these quotes speak to you like they do me? Leave me a link, and I’ll come stop by your TTT! I’m super excited to visit, and see what you chose for today!


Top Ten (Twelve) Characters I Would Crush On If I Were Also A Fictional Character

Posted April 2, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 35 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

Thanks for dropping by! While you’re here, be sure to enter to win my $50 Amazon gift card giveaway! The link is in my sidebar.

I really love this week’s topic! I totally get crushes on boys in books, even if I would be 6-10 years older than some of them in real life. But we won’t think about that! Honestly, boys are just better in books. Sadly, I have found this to be true. Thus, this is me:

This is also me:

Bahaha. Ok, anyway. We’re moving on to my list, because honestly things might get depressing if I post more ecards with women facepalming and pouting over this.

Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I kid you not, this man will end up on 80% of all the lists, and we all know why. I don’t even have to explain it to you. And if he wasn’t swoony enough before, we all saw Colin Firth in the BBC Pride and Prejudice, right?

Dash from Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
He’s a bookish, hipster nerd whose biggest wish in life is to own his own 22-volume Oxford English Dictionary. COME ON. Plus, he hangs out in The Strand and writes in Moleskine notebooks. And he’s not gay.

St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I love this boy. This is not a crush. It’s loooove. I can’t say one bad thing about him.

Lieutenant Treynor from Honor Bound by Brenda Novak
Ok, not many know this about me, but I have this secret love of pirates and men who run ships in historical romance novels. It’s a guilty pleasure. This guy is described as being nothing short of a Greek god. He came from a very difficult background and ran away to join the Royal Navy at a very young age. He climbed the ranks, and gained a ton of respect from the people he works with. He has an incredible sense of duty and he respects women, going to great lengths to protect them. He’s also very gentlemanly and well-spoken. Ship men are not usually like this in historical romance novels, and I developed the biggest crush on him.

Galen from Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Can I please have my very own Syrena prince? He’s the tall, dark, handsome, sweet, jealous-but-not-smothering type. And oh, he sure loves Emma!

Alex from Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Come on. This boy will make you believe that love is not a disease.

Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Wolf is sexy and swoonworthy, and exactly the kind of bad boy this story needed. His sensitive nature and core instincts make him both a ticking time bomb and the most loyal companion you could ask for.

Sam from Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Because he’s been reincarnated so many times, he’s extremely smart, talented, and mature. He’s unbelievably caring and considerate. He adores Ana, and helps her figure out that she’s worth so much more than her birth mother has been telling her her whole life. And he’s musical. He made me melt a little.Cade from The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland
He’s a sexy, slightly broken jack-of-all-trades with a smart, sensitive side and great abs. Oh man. Totally love this guy.

Bennett from Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Bennett is impulsive, a wanderer across continents and time. I’d love to have him poof me to some exotic island for our first date.

James from Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker
What a likeable, happy, artistic, charismatic, and hilarious guy. I love his philosophy, which is basically this: you can be sad and you can mourn what you’ve lost, but the memories you created before that loss are yours forever. Never discount the happy times in life, just because they ended unhappily. I can learn so much from him!

Rowan from Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
He’s this reformed bad-boy with a travel bug who hops around from destination to destination teaching diving courses and backpacking to hole-in-the-wall hostels where everyone already knows him. He just sounds pretty darn amazing. He’s really mysterious and hardened, but a softy when his walls are torn down. And he’s bookish. Yes please!

Honorable mentions: Oliver from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, Perry from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, Alex from Snowed Over by Angie Stanton, Vin from The Carny by Brooke Moss, Nick from Decked with Holly by Marni Bates, Nicoli from Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlett… And yes people. I am editing this post to own up to my love of Edward Cullen. I was embarrassed, but you all gave me courage with your lists. I love him in the book. Not the movie. I think I need to quit!

So, who are your favorite fictional characters? Who are you crushing a little too hard on? Leave me links, and I’ll come swoon with you!


Top Ten Books I Recommend to People the Most

Posted March 26, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 9 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

I think sometimes I go a little crazy passionate about the books I love the most. I get a little fangirly, and keep my ears peeled for conversations around me that have the sentence, “Read anything good lately?” I’m not obnoxious or anything, but I am certainly willing to share my opinions with those who are interested. The following books are the ones I recommend to people the most. Click the titles to find my review.

 

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
I think I’ve told a million people that this book literally changed my life.

On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
This book ended up being a 40-year-old man’s favorite novel ever! And my mom finally loved a book I recommended! This book has a little in it for everyone, and everyone loves it

Frost by Kate Avery Ellison
I kid you not. This is one of the best dystopian novels I’ve read. It’s absolutely beautiful, and I love the story! It’s self-published, so I think people underestimate it. Read it, people! I can’t stress this enough.

Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
I LOVE this book! It’s all about cruising the Mediterranean! And it’s Maureen Johnson. Need I say more?

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
This book is SO funny. A girl loses her phone just before her wedding, find someone else’s in the garbage, and figured finders keepers! It’s hilarious and romantic.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Oh man. This book is everything I want from a book. You should read it if you haven’t. Now would be good.

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
If you want all the Christmas happiness possible, read this.

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
I cried because of this book’s beauty, and I did not care. If you know me at all, you know this is a big deal because I HATE crying.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
This book. OH MAN. The writing is just beautiful, and the story had me all aerhgbse,rghbserg!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
This is kind of a given. I loved it so much that I could not review it. You know how that happens, right?

So, do you feel the same about these? Or do you have other books you feel this way about? Tell me ALL your favorites. I need more books I’ll love!


Top Ten Books I HAD TO BUY but Still Have Not Read

Posted March 19, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 18 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

I think we’re probably all guilty of impulse book buys or the good ‘ole “I must have this book because I hear it is exciting/swoonworthy/romantic/full of all the feels/amazing/the best book ever” syndrome. I know many of you, my fellow bloggers and readers, have been the reason FOR these purchases of mine (I love you for it, you know.). Please don’t hate me when you find out how much I HAVEN’T read.I won’t even comment on these, because pretty much all I could say is, “I KNOW GUYS, I’m sorry. Forgive me. I will read it. I will read it now.” I hope to get to all of these this summer. :)

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Meant to Be by Lauren Morill
Crossed and Reached by Allie Condie
Every Day by David Levithan
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Paper Towns by John Green
So, can anyone make me feel better? 
Which of these are still in your TBR pile?

Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

Posted February 26, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 6 Comments

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday talks about those authors we will follow to the ends of the Earth. Or at least buy all their books without question. This could be tricky! I’m posting their names, and then the books they wrote that made me put them on my auto-buy list in parentheses.

 

 
Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door)
Lauren Oliver (Delirium Trilogy)
Anna Banks (Of Poseidon, Degrees of Wrong)
Tamara Ireland Stone (Time Between Us)
Tracey Garvis-Graves (On the Island)
Lynn Kurland (ALL her time travel romances are amazing)
Mary Higgins-Clark (I grew up reading her mysteries, and have loved all but one of them.)<
Stephenie Meyer (Twilight, The Host)
Syrie James (Nocturne; Dracula, My Love)
Marissa Meyer (Cinder, Scarlet)

So, which authors are on your auto-buy list?


Top Ten Swoonworthy Romances

Posted February 12, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 15 Comments

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Seeing as how love is the theme of the month, today’s Top Ten Tuesday allows me to gush and fangirl over my favorite, most swoon-worthy love stories! (Yeah… I chose to do favorite love stories, rather than favorite romancey couples…) I love love, I love love books, and I love books, so this post is just going to be chock FULL of love!

 

 

So, what are some of your favorite romances? I can NEVER get enough love stories, so shoot me some links to visit or recommendations, and I’ll be a happy girl!

Merry Christmas! (+ My Top 10 Favorite things About Christmas)

Posted December 25, 2012 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 11 Comments

Merry Christmas, everyone! I just wanted to thank all of you for tuning in this month for my Bookish Little Christmas event! And thanks to my author and blogger friends for writing guest posts, and to the publishers for giving me some Christmas books to review. I definitely had a fun time, and I hope you did too! If you missed any of my posts, go check out the schedule of events.

I hope you all enjoy your day with family and friends. Eat lots, give, receive, and report back to me with a huge list of books you got! I know I’ll be busy with all of mine. Now that my Christmas event has come to an end, I’ll be posting sporadically for the rest of the year. It’s been a super busy month, and I need a break! I’ve still got a post or two up my sleeve, but I’ll be back in full swing in 2013!

Today is Tuesday! I’m posting my top ten favorite things about Christmas (yeah, not so bookish… but seriously.).
(TTT at The Broke and the Bookish is a freebie for today.)

1. The decorations. My entire house looks like Santa’s workshop exploded. There’s lighted villages, a jam-packed Christmas tree, nativities, and poinsettias everywhere. Plus, there’s like a million colored lights and snowflakes outside.

2. The music. I am such a sucker for Christmas music! It’s all I listen to from Thanksgiving day on.

3. The smells. I love the smell of Christmas trees, gingerbread, sugar cookies, hot chocolate, sparkling grape juice, and Christmas dinner cooking in the kitchen.

4. Giving to others. I start Christmas shopping in July! I love spending hours and hours trying to figure out what my friends and family would get giddy over.

5. Baking. I love making elaborate Christmas cookies!

6. Everyone is so much nicer and happier. 

7. The snow. I LOVE SNOW.

8. The books! I love Christmas books, but especially the ones I grew up reading. We have a huge basket that we bring out every year full of Christmas picture books. I love pulling out my favorites and reading them by the fire.

9. Red and green. I wear so much red and green during the Christmas season. I paint my nails, I have this huge collection of Christmas jewelry, and we can’t forget my bright red patent leather pumps.

10. Time off work! I love having time off to spend with my family. :)

What do you love about Christmas? And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, do you celebrate another holiday? Tell me about it, and have a wonderful day!


Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

Posted December 4, 2012 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 9 Comments

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I kind of love this topic! There are so many amazing books I’d like for Christmas this year, that I hardly know where to begin. A lot of great ones are coming in January as well, so I might have to see if Santa can sneak it to me early. He’s magical like that, right? So, here’s my letter to Santa!

 

 

What do you have on your Santa wish list this year? I’m always up for more recommendations, plus it’s totally possible to send a second letter, right? Give me links and I’ll stop by!

Oh, and don’t forget to enter my Christmas book giveaway! The link is in my side bar. :) 

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