Ten Historical Settings I Want To See More YA Books Set In

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Historical Settings I Want To See in YA

historical settings YA lit

Prior to starting my blog a good chunk of what I read was historical fiction. When it comes to adult historical fiction I can find almost anything in any time period I want…but when I started to get into YA I found it to be lacking compared to other genres. Luckily in the past couple years more and more YA historicals are coming out and THANK GOD because it is a genre I love.

So here are a list of historical settings I want to see more YA books set in!! I want them any way I can have them — straight up realistic historical fiction, historical romance, historical fantasy/supernaturally kind of stuff. Doesn’t matter. So if you have any YA recs that fit my setting, please leave them in the comments.



I mean, I know it probably wouldn’t be super historically in depth because limited knowledge but I want. Thank goodness for Ivory and Bone coming out! Maybe some dinosaurs toooo. I just want a more YA Clan of the Cave Bear which I tried to get into many years ago and couldn’t — though I plan to again.  Some kickass fantasy in pre-historic times could be awesome.

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10 Books I SUPER Love But Feel Like I Don’t Talk About Enough Or Haven’t In A While

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Tuesday Freebie week — I picked 10 books I super love but feel like I haven’t talked about enough/in a while.

I talk about a lot of books. I mean, I’ve been running this site and talking about books consistently for 5 1/2 years and in that time I’ve read and talked about a lot of books. Sometimes they come up in Top Ten Tuesdays or maybe in a Whatcha In The Mood For post (great way for me to bring up books I enjoyed previously) or at random but sometimes I go through books I’ve read a while ago and I’m like YOU KNOW….I haven’t shouted about this book in a while and it’s a damn shame!! It’s easy to get caught up in the new stuff I’m reading so, put on your ear plugs, it’s about to get a little bit loud in here because the I’m going to get a little bit shouty about some books I have loved but don’t talk about enough or at least haven’t talked about lately. LONG OVERDUE YOU GUYS.

Pull up your Goodreads or your pen and paper…..I’ll wait. It’s important to make sure you haven’t overlooked these.

It was soooo hard to pick only 10, let me tell you.



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Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR Lately

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’ve Added to My TBR Lately (inspired by my New to the Queue posts)

It’s very clear I’ve been into comic books and graphic novels lately (see the comics I’ve been reading) so naturally I’ve been adding even more now that I’ve fallen into this wonderful world!


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Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Read In 2015 (And WILL In 2016!!)

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Read in 2015

I read a really good portion of my MOST ANTICIPATED books of 2015 so I feel pretty good about that but there were a few that I didn’t get to and then there were a few 2015 releases that hadn’t really been on my radar and I mean to get to in a timely manner as soon as I started hearing stuff…but didn’t.




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My Book Related Resolutions For 2016


Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Book Related Resolutions for 2016


I reflected on my 2015 goals and resolutions and how I did with them a few days ago and now I’m SO ready to set some goals and resolutions for 2016. I’m setting pretty attainable and realistic goals for myself because I don’t want reading to feel super rigid but I also like setting these sort of intentions to guide my year of reading.

So let’s take a look at what I’m aiming for this year:

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Looking Back On My 2015 Book-Related Goals

Before my post with my 2016 bookish resolutions goes live on Tuesday I wanted to share how I did on my goals for 2015….because, you know, accountability and crap.

Last year I had an overall goal and that was to keep focus on why I do this blogging stuff. And I think I REALLY did a great job with that. That’s a harder one to quantify and measure but I really truly can say I think I did great with this.



Now for the individual goals I had last year:



The essence of this goal was to add more diversity in my reading and as I looked back over my year I did this 11/12 months. I will be honest…me doing well at this challenge had less to do with me actually having this goal in my mind but more so just the things I happened to pick up — which did make me happy because it means that I had diverse books on my TBR or prioritized them for review. I know I could definitely do better and be even MORE conscious about this. I think me pretty much been successful in this goal was a fluke.

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Best Of 2015: All Things Not Books!

The past three years I brought you the best of all things NOT books and it was fun so I figured I’d do it again!

If you want to read all my best of books posts we’ve got:

End of Year Book Survey (my answers still to come)
Best 2015 Debuts
Best 2015 Releases
Best Backlist Books I Read In 2015
Most Underrated Books Of 2015


So let’s get to this:

best music 2013

10 Favorite 2015 Albums

(in no particular order)


This is so fun for me always because 1) I keep meticulous track of my music (a habit dating back to college before I had Spotify and things like that) and 2) because I keep track of it meticulously it’s SO easy to put this together.

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Twenty 2016 Releases I Am Anticipating The Most (First Half of 2016)

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten 2016 Releases I’m Excited For The First Half of 2016

There are soooo many books I’m excited for in 2016 so I cheated!!! I already listed the 2016 debut novels I’m excited for so this will be for non-debuts! I went back and looked at my 2015 most anticipated books and I ended up reading 13/18 ones I picked so YAY ME.

So here are the January – June 2016 YA releases I am most excited about!! And oh my gosh every year I post this list I realize instantly like 5 books I left out so TOTALLY NOT COMPREHENSIVE. SO EXCITED ABOUT SO MANY.

2016 most anticipated YA releases list

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Top Ten Books I’d LOVE For Santa To Bring Me

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’d Love For Santa To Leave For Me Under the Tree

I’ve been REALLY good this year. I deserve alllll of these. Plus the Harry Potter box set now that I’m reading through the series for the first time. But it didn’t look right in my book tree (seriously I love doing this topic every year just so I can make this thing) but I WANTS IT SANTA.

Semi Related PSA Before You See What I Want Santa To Bring: I’ve got this Handmade Holiday giveaway series/spotlight going on and you can win awesome bookish things. So like a gift from me to YOU! It might not be under your tree but YAY PRESENTS from awesome bookish small business owners and Etsy shops!



Maybe in Another Life: I loved After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid (loved is a ridiculous understatement) and I REALLY need to get to this one!
Cam Girl: Lots of people who I trust have loved this one!
November 9: I know, look at me with another NA title on this list! I’ve been craving it and Colleen Hoover is an author everyone seems to adore!
The Queen of the Tearling: I’ve been wanting to read this fantasy since it came out but the library list was super long and my attention span is that of a gnat so I forgot!
Sweet Filthy Boy: HEY another NA title! Just really want Santa to bring me some NA this Christmas!
A Little Life: A lot of YA writers who I adore have been raving about this one this year so I need it naturally!
Carry On: I LOVED Fangirl and I’m so curious how Rainbow pulls writing the actual story of the fanfiction that Cath is writing.
The One Thing: This is a contemporary YA I wanted to really read this Fall but haven’t gotten to it yet!

Under the Lights: I read Behind the Scenes and enjoyed it but just recently read Just Visiting and am obsessed with it sooo I was like YEAH I need to catch myself up on all of Dahlia’s books!
Cress: I have read Cinder and Scarlet and REALLY need to read this one and I don’t own it and I know I will want to have it for my collection. So behind on series.


BONUS: Harry Potter box set because now that I read book 2 I really want the whole series and I only own the first two!


So tell me…what books are you hoping Santa brings ya?? 😉  Also, tell me which ones you’ve read on my list!

Top Ten Favorite 2015 Releases I Read This Year!

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten 2015 Releases

I shared my top new-to-me authors of 2015 and I plan on sharing (as I did last year) my favorite 2015 debuts, top backlist books I read in 2015, 2015 releases that deserved way more attention and more!!

This was SO hard to pick the best 2015 releases I read this year. SO HARD. I read a lot of really excellent books this year but I have to say when I look back and declare favorites these were the automatic ones that were like YEP OF COURSE they can’t NOT be on my list.



Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: Okay, real talk. I’m cheating a LITTLE…but I technically read this book at the very end of December last year but I could not let that little technicality deny me a chance to keep yelling about this book even more!! If I had to pick only ONE favorite 2015 release it would be this one!  (My review)


Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas: Sarah slayed me with her 4th installment of the Throne of Glass series and this book was INCREDIBLE. My review of Queen of Shadows was ridiculously in depth and feelsy but I had a lot to say because this book was flawless…this series is flawless. Everything I had hoped for and more!!!!!


PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han: This book made me just want to twirl with happiness! What a great conclusion to this charming duet (you MUST read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before). I loved how Jenny really examined all the intricacies that come with first love and your first REAL dating relationship plus your first heartbreak. I felt everything — from the giddiness of your first real boyfriend to the pressures of sex to that absence a breakup creates. Plus the sister relationships and the friendships are wonderful! Honestly these two books are some of the most perfect coming of age stories ever! Lots of firsts that REALLY hit me in the feels. (My review of PS I Still Love You)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: I knew I already loved Sarah’s writing but I was a little nervous when I started this because the fae are not really my thing but HOLY HELL I LOVED THIS ONE and like I should have known it would be Sarah that would make me a liar when I say I’m not into fae. I could NOT put it down and it was soooo sexy which was an added bonus. Cannot wait for the sequel!  (My review of ACOTAR)


All the Rage by Courtney Summers: If there was ever a novel whose title could also be used as a summation for my feels while reading it…it would be ALL THE RAGE. This book will give you ALL THE RAGE toward everything that the main character has to go through.  All the Rage was a fury of raw emotions and touched on a lot of important issues — victim-shaming, slut-shaming, rape and rape culture, etc. — without feeling like “HAI I AM HERE TO TALK ABOUT ISSUES.” It’s bold and unapologetic. (My review of All the Rage)
The Start of You & Me by Emery Lord: I was so happy after LOVING Emery’s debut Open Road Summer that I fell in love with this one just as much if not more. IT IS SO DELIGHTFUL. Full of shippy feels.  And honestly? Emery Lord is just writing some of the best contemporary/realistic teen fiction out there today! (My review of The Start of You & Me)
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski: Okay, again, I cheated a little that I read this at the end of last year but I can’t not add it into my best of, okay?  I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH AND AM EAGERLY WAITING THE FINAL BOOK ESPECIALLY AFTER THE AMAZINGNESS MARIE DELIVERED HERE. Check out my review of The Winner’s Curse if you have not picked up this series yet!
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios: This book was INCREDIBLE, made me sob, hurt my heart and definitely got added to my “new favorites” shelf which is RARE. (My review of I’ll Meet You There)

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider: Oh man this book gutted me and what was really delightful was that I knew NOTHING about it before reading it so I was not at all prepared for it. I wish more people were talking about this one because I could NOT put it down at all!


Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler: I would say this is one of the underdogs on this list and one that should be getting so much more attention so here I am to make sure it’s on your radar! I loved it when I read it but when I wrote my book talk for it I fell EVEN MORE in love. It’s such a great book about friendship, growing pains and that time in your life when you are almost done high school and you are staring YOUR FUTURE and all the choices to be made for it right in the face. It was so great and had a great romance to boot!! It definitely was a late addition that snuck onto this list as I read it in November but SO DESERVED. Just one of those books that was a delight to read and is so honest and real. (My review of Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler)

So tell me…what were some of YOUR top books you read this year??? Please tell me so I can prioritize for next year! And stay tuned for more of my top books of 2015 lists and my end of year survey to come!

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