Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Want to Read With a Book Club

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the brilliant bookworms over at The Broke and The Bookish.

For a semester at my old school, I was in a book club. It was amazing! I loved getting to discuss books and it really made me think harder about what I read. I wish my reviews had the depth of our discussions, but it can be really hard to analyze that thoroughly on your own. When a book is finished and still feels uncertain in my brain, I really wish I had a group of people to discuss it with. Typically, I read through some goodreads reviews to see other sides and find out if they can help me figure out how I feel. Here are some books I really needed help processing or can see as being fun to talk about.

1. Tease by Amanda Maciel

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This book was filled with conflicting emotions for me. It really shows the power of perspective in life. Throughout a lot of the book, I could see why the narrator, Sara, was so angry with Emma. She stole her boyfriend! She flirted around! She was too pretty for it to be fair! In high school, these are all things that make people mad, especially when you don’t have to experience to know that questioning all sides is important. I would love to discuss this with people and get their take.

2. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

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This books sounds SO GOOD. Everything about it draws me in, and I need to get it ASAP. Anything with differing perspectives tends to be right up my alley, and I would love to see how others feel about the students and changes that take place in this book.

3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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I really liked this book, and was shocked to see so many disappointed reviews on goodreads! There was one review that talked about how terrible the love interest is, and I realized I didn’t look at the scene they mentioned at all in the same way! Suddenly, I felt much more of a grasp on the characters in this book and I need to read more reviews and then reread it so I can get a better idea of who they actually are. I’m pretty sure it would have been a totally different book had I read with a group.

4. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh 

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THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. I get the urge to reread it every spring because it’s the time of blooms and floral everything and you’d be hard pressed to find a better book than this for that season. This book is so so good and I just want everyone in the world to read it and become as obsessed with the meanings of flowers as I did post-reading.

5. My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody

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This book was so cute, y’all. It’s about a girl that can’t make any good choices and decides to put her life in the hands of the internet via polls. It’s adorable! I would love to discuss this with a group, see if we would have voted for the same things, who we wanted her to end up with, etc. I think it would be a great light read with friends.

6. Melt by Selene Castrovilla

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This was a book I got from Netgalley a while ago and finished at the start of the year. It was good, y’all. It’s told in alternating perspectives AND writing styles! The troubled Joey that thinks in verse and sheltered Dorothy that uses prose. I was really expecting Oz to take more of a presence in the book, but I’m not too miffed by it. It was a really interesting book that drew me in and kept me worried about these characters. It also shows how easy it can be to try and ‘fix’ someone or to let someone be your escape from problems. It would be a great discussion book.

7. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

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IMPULSE. UGH. Probably my favorite Ellen Hopkins book. I love it so much. I want to read it with a group and see if anyone else felt as conflicted as I did while reading. This book, like all of hers, definitely do not romanticize their topics. But while reading, I remember wanting to be the girl, wanting to be a source of hope for someone at rock bottom. While part of me still struggles with that, it can be so unhealthy to see someone as a beacon of light and cling to them, as well as to let someone think that and encourage it. It keeps you from being strong on your own, and this book really shows that. I highly suggest any of her books for book clubs or people wanting to challenge themselves.

8. Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

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Perfect is a companion to Impulse, as one of the characters in this book is a sister to Conner from Impulse. It’s probably the Hopkins book I relate to the most (though still not much), because it focuses on the different way people try to reach perfection. This book probably hits closest to home for most readers as it has the more common situations, such as eating disorders and overbearing parents. Her other books look at the more extremes of every day situations: kids in a suicide prevention center, kids turning tricks, kids addicted to drugs, etc. She shows us the terror of life in the worst way: by only giving situations we know are just around the corner.

9. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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ANOTHER SUPER CUTE BOOK. I love love LOVED this book and knew Huntley was going to be like Rainbow Rowell: I will get anything they write, no matter what it is. I think this would be such a fun book to discuss because it has such differing lives, and I would like to see a variety of perspectives on each side.

10. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

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This is a book I just read a few days ago, and it was so good. But just like Isla, reading reviews totally changed my view on a few things. I definitely need to look around and think on it more because I write the review for it, and I think having a book club would help me out SO much.

Sound off in the comments: Have you read any of these? What did you think? Do you want to discuss any of these? Wanna start an e-book club with me?

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Make It Happen Monday 1.26.15

Hey y’all! How was your weekend? I hope it was super good and restful so that you’re ready to tackle this week! Let’s see how I did on last week’s list.

1. Read three books
2. Laundry
3. Clean room
4. Do two crafts
5. Work on script with Josh
6. Clean off table at bookstore
7. Schedule 5 book reviews
8. Do one costume design
9. Get last bits of immediate debts paid!
10. Schedule small craft tutorials

Yeah…I didn’t do too well. To my defense, I didn’t want to get started on any books until the ones I’m reviewing for Amanda over at Of Spectacles and Books arrived. So this week, I really need to double up on reading and get caught up so I don’t get behind. I also did some concept art for my costume designs, but I really need to dive into the script and do more research before I do any actual sketching.

This week, I need to get some of those same things done, since I didn’t get around to them.

1. Read 5 books
2. Laundry
3. Queue up book reviews
4. Write book reviews and send to Amanda
5. Write a short story
6. Write craft tutorials
7. Clean room
8. Finish alphabetizing fantasy/sci-fi
9. Prep lunches for the week
10. Only eat out three times this week
11. Drink at least half a gallon of water daily
12. Get started on valentines stuff!!
13. Post one discussion post

I’m about to go get my lunches ready, so I can knock that off the list. I’ll really have to get my reading butt in gear this week, as well as blogging/writing! I really want to end January with being ahead of schedule.

What are you working on this week? What are you reading? What did you do this weekend? What are you working on for Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Boyfriends

As always, the Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at the Broke and the Bookish.

Ugh. Has there ever been a more relatable TTT topic? I don’t think so. We all have the fictional characters we would love to date, no matter our real life relationship status. We all probably have a few in common. YA fiction has some of the dreamiest guys in literature, and if they came to life, the world would be a much more wonderful place. Alas, we’re left with hopes and dreams that can only be filled by imagined nerds, jocks, and magical folk alike. Which leads me to my number one daydream dalliance:

1. Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling)

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Forever my favorite character in all of literature, Draco has always struck me as a boy with such a capacity to love but never had the chance to show that side of him. We all know how fiercely he loved and tried to protect his family, even trying to kill in order to keep his parents safe. Can you imagine if you were in his heart as well? You’d get to enjoy his snarky comments, go to fancy events, and show him all that he is capable of doing! Who knows, maybe if JKR was nice to Draco for one second and gave him a love interest, the series could have gone a totally different direction! But I guess that’s out of character for her, so I shouldn’t push the issue. (I’m not bitter, I promise. -eye roll-)

2. Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling)

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UGH. Speaking of characters deserving of love. I’m going to have at least one more HP character on this list, so get used to it. But Neville? Come on! This guy is arguably the best, most noble character in the series. While Harry spent 7 books and 8 movies telling people that he has to do this on his own and arguing with everyone that actually had an ounce of common sense, Neville knew he couldn’t do it on his own and lead Dumbledore’s Army after Harry left. He was so much more than he was taught to believe! He was talented, smart, brave, loving! I just love him so much.

3. Ronald Weasley (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)

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Obviously, this is only if Hermione wasn’t in the picture (#OTP). But do we really want to live in a world where Hogwarts and magic exist, but Hermione doesn’t? I don’t think so. Anyways, Ron is so funny and sweet and completely adorable. He’s kind of shy when it comes to romance (unless you’re Lavender Brown) and he’s always been close to my heart.

4. Etienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins)

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I chose a young Gaspard Ulliel for my Etienne. Can’t you see it?!)

Seriously, do I need to go into detail about why Etienne is so wonderful? Okay, I will. I’ll write a whole book about it. I’ll call it Anna and the French Kiss and I’ll use the pen name Stephanie Perkins.

5. Cricket Bell (Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins)

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Alfie Enoch, duh.)

Same with Cricket, the boy engineering genius that’s too tall and gangly for his own good. But I’ll call this Lola and the Boy Next Door.

6. Dominic (The Boleyn King by Laura Anderson)

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(Torrance Combs will forever have my heart as Bash. Not that creepy as all get out Thomas Culpepper.)

Dominic. Oh, how I love him. He’s just so good. He’s the voice of reason to the Holy Quartet and so so sweet to Minette. Oh, Dominic, let me be your star?

7. Brian (My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody)


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Brian was SO CUTE. And so funny and sweet and realistic. I swear, I’ve known Brians all my life and have loved them all.

8. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

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I’m not even going to elaborate on this at all. If you need reasons, you need to rewatch and reread every Pride and Prejudice thing out there until your head is on straight.

9. Mr. Bingley (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

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Charles Bingley, Darcy’s adorable and awkward bestie, is all kinds of my dream guy. I just need him in my life asap, okay?

10. Levi (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)

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Leviiii. I would curl up in a bed and read to him for the rest of our perfect lives. Reading aloud in exchange for flavored lattes is only my dream relationship.

Do we have any in common? Let me know!

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Make It Happen Monday 1.19.14

I know, I know. This is a day late. I had a wonderfully lazy morning and by the time I was productive, I was home too late to blog well. But better late than never! Let’s see how I did on my to-do list.

1. Laundry
2. Clean room
3. Finish Isla
4. Finish 2 more books this week
5. Get ASU hold taken care of
6. Get car title and insurance done
7. Get car fixed
8. Write this weekend with the boyfriend
9. Write a short story
10. Pick a play for costume designs or do more characters from Peter Pan
11. Clean off table at the book store
12. Finish getting planner pages

Not bad! I didn’t clean off the table because my sister needed me to do all the data entry for this last year. My mom is still working on my planner pages, and she’s a busy woman so I’m trying not to nag her about it. Also, I probably shouldn’t try to write while reading three books a week because I’m just a wreck at it. Nothing good comes of it. But I’m still going to try!

This week, I have pretty similar goals.

1. Read three books
2. Laundry
3. Clean room
4. Do two crafts
5. Work on script with Josh
6. Clean off table at bookstore
7. Schedule 5 book reviews
8. Do one costume design
9. Get last bits of immediate debts paid!
10. Schedule small craft tutorials

I think this list is pretty doable, and I’m about to work on a book review for Tease by Amanda Maciel while I have a customer here, and then work on that pesky bookstore table!

Sound off in the comments: Did you have a productive week? How many things did you knock off of your to do list? What are you working on this week? Do you get to relax this week and make all of us jealous?

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Make it Happen Monday 1.12.15

Hey y’all! I took last week off because it was the last week I had to spend with my boyfriend, and I wanted to focus on him. But now he’s back at school and we’re back on track! Let’s see what’s on the list for this week:

1. Laundry
2. Clean room
3. Finish Isla
4. Finish 2 more books this week
5. Get ASU hold taken care of
6. Get car title and insurance done
7. Get car fixed
8. Write this weekend with the boyfriend
9. Write a short story
10. Pick a play for costume designs or do more characters from Peter Pan
11. Clean off table at the book store
12. Finish getting planner pages

There’s some other stuff I’ve already gotten done today (bank, groceries, etc), but due to that fact I won’t add them to the list. There’s some stuff in there I’ll elaborate on in What’s Up Wednesday, so keep an eye out for that! I also have some reviews coming up this month (Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and maybe more!) so get excited that I’m reviewing something even close to recent! Haha.

Sound off in the comments: What are you working on this week? Have you had a productive start to your week, or are you waiting until tomorrow to get busy? Or are you just a total lucky duck that gets to chill all week long? Let me know!

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Favorite Things Friday 01.02.15

Hey y’all! It’s been a while since I’ve done a FTF post, but this is a special week.

1. Visits

This (and next) week, I’ll have my boyfriend visiting from North Dakota, which is crazy exciting! Anyone who’s ever been in a long-distance relationship knows how awesome it is to finally have your SO with you, and this is no exception. I also get to see my best friend for the first time since our birthdays, and two of my favorite co-workers!! These two weeks are awesome!

2, Chuck

The boyfriend and I have been watching this show (again for me, first time for him) because I named my car after John Casey. I forgot how wonderful and fun this show is. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly suggest it.

3. Gift Cards

As any bookworm knows, the holidays are when we get to do our most guilt free book shopping with those new gift cards in our pockets. I was blessed enough to get almost $100 in Amazon gift cards, and I only have about five dollars left. I can’t wait for these books to start coming in!

Let me know what you enjoyed this week! And, of course, Happy New Year!