Category: Top Ten Tuesday

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

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

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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.

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


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

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


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

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 Hilarious Book Titles

Posted November 6, 2012 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 10 Comments


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, which means I got to pick whatever I wanted to write about! I’m in the mood to giggle right now, so I’ve decided to list the top ten funniest titles I’ve heard of!


1. Why Bring That Up? A Guide To and From Seasickness by Dr. J. F. Montague

2.  Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank: And Other Words of Delicate Southern Wisdom by Celia Rivenbark

3. He Just Thinks He’s Not That Into You: The Insanely Determined Girl’s Guide to Getting the Man that She Wants by Danielle Whitman

4. I Could Pee on This: and Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Mariculiano

5. What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D.

6. Italian Without Words (Now you can communicate in Italian even if you don’t know a single word.) – by Don Cangelosi and Joseph Delli Carpini

7. When Your Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’ll Be Me by Cynthia Heimel

8. People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It by Gary Leon Hill

9. Anybody Can Be Cool—But Awesome Takes Practice (Devotionals for Teens) by Lorraine Peterson

10. Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid by Denis Leary

I could not have made these up even if I wanted to. And believe me, it was hard to narrow down to just ten! Anyway, I hope I got you laughing a bit. Have you run across any funny book titles? Let me know! Oh, and link me to your TTT. I love it when we do freebies, because all the lists are super

Top Ten Bookish People I Want to Meet

Posted September 19, 2012 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 17 Comments


This week’s topic is all about the bookish people I want to meet. They could be bloggers, authors, characters, etc. I have a feeling it’s going to be hard to keep this list down to just 10 people, so you might find me cheating a little bit!

1. My Broke and Bookish Crew
I have been writing at The Broke and the Bookish for over 2 years now, and I have only met Kimberly! And I almost met Daisy when I was in Holland over the summer. I got extremely sick, though, and spent the day I was supposed to have lunch with her in bed with pneumonia. So, I want to meet alllll of them! Jamie, Lori, Daisy (we need to go shopping for sparkly things!), Jen, Julia, Kelly, Paula, Tahleen, and Bridget. Girls, we need a huge getaway. Like a cruise or something.

2. Alexa of Alexa Loves Books
I adore this girl! We’ve had fun discussing books and life… and I designed her blog for her, which was way fun. She’s one of my best clients ever. And we have the same kind of taste in books! Plus, she’s one of the sweetest people ever.

3. Estelle of Rather be Reading
I met Magan at ALA, which was so much fun! I adore Estelle. She’s so much fun to talk books with, plus her reviews are amazingly well done and her vlogs are very fun to watch. I just know we’d be great buds with lots to talk about!

4. Tracey Garvis Graves, author of On the Island
Tracey and I have become great friends over time as her book went from self-published, to Penguin published, to MGM movie rights and beyond. She’s an extremely nice person, and I think we’d get along wonderfully!

5. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
The movie version just did not do it for me. I want to meet the Katniss from the book and ask her all about her life. Her story is fascinating.

6. Mandee from Vegan YA Nerds 
I love Mandee! She’s so sweet and so much fun to talk to. I want her to teach me all the yummy vegan recipes too!

7. Sam from Incarnate
Seeing as how he has been reincarnated so many times, I’d love to sit down and talk with him about the evolution of the world. Plus, he’s got so much life experience. I’d love some advice!

8. Lauren Oliver, author of the Delirium Trilogy
She seems awesome, and like such an amazingly funny person! I LOVE the Delirium trilogy, and would love to hear her talk all about the development of the story, the characters, and how she plans to end it all with the final book!

9. Amy from Following the Reader
We’ve chatted on Twitter many times, and I know she and I would get along SO well!

10. YOU.
Hey, you’re awesome! And I LOVE it when you stop by my blog! I know we’d have so much fun chatting about books and bookish things.

So, which bookish people do you hope to meet someday? Link me up and I’ll come visit!

Top Ten Books that Made Me Think

Posted September 11, 2012 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 8 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the other blog I write at, The Broke and the Bookish. We LOVE lists over there, and hope you do too!

This week’s topic discusses books that made me think about something regarding my life, my future, the world, etc. Some of these books caused silly epiphanies, whereas others made me really re-evaluate my life. I love it when a book makes me think.

1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
This book is terrifying. Absolutely terrifying. I mean, the main character’s job is being a fireman who actually STARTS fires. His job is to burn books and the houses those books are found in. A world without books? Not only is that scary, but think of a government with that much power.

2. Night by Eli Wiesel
This is an extremely detailed and heart-wrenching look into the concentration camps during the Holocaust. I always knew that that event in history was horrific and inhumane, but my understanding was deepened even more with this book. They say history repeats itself, and I sincerely hope that “they” are wrong in this case. I felt this same way with The Diary of Anne Frank.

3. Matched by Ally Condie
If any government ever tries to tell me who I’m allowed to marry and what pills I’m supposed to take and what food I can eat I will seriously open up a lunar community and leave the planet. If you think blind dates are bad, just think of blind marriages.

4. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard 

This book made me realize that I’m pretty awesome. The main girl found out so many col things about herself on her trip, that I was actually inspired to go on one of my own. I spent 6 weeks in Europe over the summer, and let me tell you… it totally works. I never would have learned what I learned about myself without that trip.

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I swear, this book is not far off from the reality of today. It’s scary to think about kids killing each other for entertainment, but the reality of the situation is that it’s already happening.

6. The Giver by Lois Lowry
Another book where people are not allowed to make their own choices. The world is perfect, with no war or pain. But then there’s Jonah… the one who is going to have to carry the burden of the truth alone. How would that even feel? To know all that pain and pleasure, but not be able to experience it or convey it to anyone? Wow. Talk about courage.

7. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

I loved watching these two broken people bring out the best in each other and change into better versions of themselves. It reminded me that I need to enrich my life with people who make me happy and forget trying to please those who are not worth the effort.

8. A Train to Potevka by Mike Ramsdell
The author of this book tells his story about what it was like to come from a strong moral background and go into a career as an American intelligence agent. He discusses the choices he had to made and the compromises he had to consider. I ended up thinking a lot about whether I could ever do any job that made me settle for less than my beliefs and morals.

9. Unbreak my Heart by Melissa C. Walker

This book made me really think back on my time as a teenager and how I wish I had had this book back then. I’ve identified with this books heroine so many times over the course of my life, and this book took me down a darker memory lane than usual. It was good for me, though, because it reminded me what I want out of my life and the people who are in it.

10. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
I love the way the idea of reincarnation was discussed in this book. I loved the idea of being able to retain memories from a past life and use those memories to enrich a current lifetime. I don’t believe in reincarnation at all, but I did have fun thinking about the “what-ifs?”

So! Which books keep you up at night? Did you choose any of the same ones I did? Link me to your lists, and I’ll stop by and visit!

Top Ten Authors I’d Like to See on a Reality TV Show

Posted May 15, 2012 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 4 Comments


Reality TV is one of my guilty pleasures. I love it, and watch way too much of it. This topic sounded like SO much fun, so I just had to participate even though I’m currently in Europe and ended up scheduling this one weeks in advance!  If you leave me a comment, I promise I will go to your blogs when I get home and comment on yours! I can’t wait to see where you guys put your favorite authors!


Suzanne Collins on Survivor
Interesting idea, huh? I’d love to see how she would prevail in the dystopian world of Survivor, much like Katniss did in The Arena.

Tracey Garvis Graves on Survivor
I wonder if she can survive on and island as well as her characters in her book, On the Island, could!

Dan Wells on Boot Camp
Anyone remember this show? Civilian contestants were brought on and went through real Boot Camp. They participated in tasks and missions, and ultimately one person ended up winning. Partials had a lot of military influences, so I thought it’d be fun to see Dan in that environment.

Kirsten Hubbard as my teammate on The Amazing Race
Hello. Wanderlove made me want to travel everywhere, and being paired with Kirsten, a travel goddess, how could I not win?

Stephanie Perkins on Fear Factor
With blue hair and a spunky personality, I highly doubt Stephanie is afraid of anything.

Maureen Johnson on So You Think You Can Dance
I don’t know if Maureen can dance at all, but I think she would be so much fun to see on a show like this. She’s got a hilarious personality and is really likeable. Plus, I totally think she could pull off some hip-hop dance moves.

Lauren Oliver on The Mole
I loved The Mole! Anderson Cooper… ahhh… Anyway, this show is not on anymore, but it was amazing. All the contestants were supposed to work together to complete challenges. For each challenge completed, the group got more money added to the grand prize pot. But… there was a “mole” hired by the producers to sabotage all the events, yet keep their identity hidden as they tried to “help” with the tasks. Each week, contestants filled out a questionnaire all about who they thought the Mole was (they were asked things like, “Where was the mole sitting at dinner last night?” “What color shirt was the mole wearing during Tuesday’s challenge?). Whoever got the most questions wrong was eliminated. Contestants were never told if their questions were answered correctly or not, so they took a lot of notes and hoped they were on the correct path. Correct answers could have been simple guesses, but nobody ever knew. It’s kind of like a big game of Clue! The person left won. Lauren would be a wonderful mole, because she is sweet and harmless-looking, but has a wild imagination. I think she could totally deceive others, and that’s not a bad thing! Haha. I also think she’d be a really perceptive contestant who could probably win the whole thing if she were not hired to be the mole!

Maggie Stiefvater on America’s Got Talent
She’s an artsy songwriter… I wonder if she’s a performer too? Or has a sweet comedy routine?

John Green as The Bachelor
Now, I know he’s married. Haha. So this would have been before that. But think of how hilarious a bachelor he’d be? I would be incredibly entertained, and SO many bookish people would audition. Maybe the show would be filled with cool book chats instead of talk of plastic surgery or sugar daddies.

Tahereh Mafi on America’s Next Top Model
Seriously, she’s gorgeous! Now, I’d hate to throw her into the pot with all of those other mean model types on that show, because I know she is way nicer than they are. So, she should have her own room or something. Or a cabin in back. She’s win, though.

So, which authors would you like to see on TV, starring in/playing along on your favorite reality TV shows? Like I said, I’m currently in Europe with very limited computer access! I’ll respond to all your awesome posts when I get home. :)