Ten Facts About Me

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Facts About Me

 

I feel like I had such a hard time with this one. Because 1) I feel like if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time that I’ve written in in the past 6 years you know a decent amount ABOUT me and 2) this exercise makes me feel completely boring. Like WHY DO I NOT HAVE INTERESTING FUN THINGS TO SHARE? Like that I’ve punched a shark in the face and lived to tell about it or that my second cousin is Taylor Swift.

I tried to make a mix of things to share for those who haven’t been around these parts ever/for long and things maybe you didn’t know even if you’ve been around this blog for the past 6 years.

1. I hated my husband when I first met him.

No really…I REALLY could not stand him. Once I started to not hate him I tried to hook him up with my sister because I felt like he was more her type. You can read more about that here. But here we are like 10 years later so.

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Ten Underrated Books I Love

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Love With Goodreads Ratings Under 2000

I love me a good underrated gem! Sometime I’ll get on Goodreads and be like WUT how does this book have so few ratings?? WHY HAVE NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE READ IT!! So with topic I’ll note I left off things that JUST got published within the past couple months because they are so new.

1. Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

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I really don’t understand how this has so few ratings because this book was soooooo fantastic. If you like contemporary YA, highly rec.

What I Said About It: “It’s just such an authentic story about friendship and love and that confusing time when that next stage (post-high school) is staring you right in the face. So compelling and so compulsively readable! I really just want to follow the next few years of their lives if I’m honest!” READ MORE

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10 Books On My Summer TBR

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

This week’s topic: Freebie week — I chose: Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List

I already talked about my most anticipated for the rest of 2016 so any of those that I already have in my possession or come into my possession during the summer are on that list for sure. BUT THIS WEEK I want to talk about what is at the top of my TBR list for the summer — a combo of new releases and backlist books I own!

 

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My Favorite 2016 Releases Thus Far

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Best 2016 Releases Thus Far

I’ve read quite a bit of 2016 releases and I have to say that it was REALLY easy to come up with this list because these were honestly the standouts for me with the exception of a couple others that could have easily made this list too. Some of the 2016 releases I read were lackluster for me but OH MAN these 10 were easily some of the best books I’ve read this year so far. It’s going to be SO hard to think about making a list again at the end of the year if I keep reading so many excellent books!

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Ten Releases I’m Anticipating For The Second Half of 2016

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Releases I’m Most Anticipating for the Second Half of 2016

(In the beginning of the year I talked about my most anticipated books for the first half of 2016 AND my most anticipated debuts, so check those out if you are looking for 2016 releases to read now while you wait for these!)

I’m going to start out by saying 3 of my most anticipated releases for the rest of the year are books of a series but they are pretty popular so I want to spend some time talking about other books in my ~official~ list of ten so know that Empire of Storms , A Torch Against the Night and The Midnight Star are like my top 3 for sure!

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And now for my ~official~ top ten releases for the rest of 2016:

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Ten YA Books That Should Be In Your Beach Bag This Summer

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Beach Reads For YA Readers  — for the contemporary readers

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(come back next week for a post on YA books to stash in your beach bag if you aren’t into contemporary reads and then adult fiction books the next week)

I’ve done a bunch of these lists throughout the years so I’m not going to include any that I’ve included in past years so you should DEFINITELY check those out because they are some of my all time FAVE beach reads — here & here.

Basically a TLDR for you for the above links: pack everything by Jessi Kirby, Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Dessen, Morgan Matson, Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han and you will be GOLDEN. There are other recs in there too but these are my most reliable beach read authors in YA. Perfect mix of light and not so light elements that are just SO compulsively readable.

Anyways, on to another 10 YA books I’ve read since those lists that I think should be in your beach bag!

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My Favorite Travel Blogs

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Travel Blogs

 

If I’m honest, I follow way more travel blogs than I do book blogs. I’ve followed some of these travel blogs since before I even started blogging myself in 2010. The travel blog section in my Feedly is definitely the place I go first and I’ve found that my favorite travel blogs are the ones that give the location reviews, tips and the pretty photos but also talk about travel (and their lives) in a personal way, the ones that feel like I know them, the introspective and honest ones and the ones you can tell care about their integrity when accepting the sponsored posts and the free press trips. Some of them share other interests — books and fashion and more so I always love catching up on that stuff, too. I’ve followed some of these for many years and some of these are newer in the past couple years (especially after some of my favorite travel bloggers from years ago stopped posting — I had a need to find more!!).

 

The ones I’ve been following for many years:

 

1. Young Adventuress

honest travel blogs to follow

2. Alex in Wanderland

travel blog

3. Free Candie (formerly known as Candice Does the World):

travel blogs to follow

4. C’est Christine

travel blogs to follow

5.  Twenty Something Travel (though she’s not in her 20’s anymore…have loved “growing up” with her)

20 something travel blogs

6. Adventurous Kate

travel blogs to follow

My new favorites I’ve found in the past year or so:

 

7.  Global Gal

global travel blog

8.  Oneika the Traveler

travel blog written by a POC

9.  World Of Wanderlust

travel blogs to follow

10. This Battered Suitcase

best travel blogs

 

 

Latest Find: Wide Sea, No Anchor — I juuuust found this blog recently and I am always DROOLING over the photography and how she captures these destinations.

 

So tell me…are there any travel blogs you think I should be reading that I might not be??

THE BEST OF THE BEST

I’ve been blogging consistently (mostly except like when I was planning my wedding) for the past 6 years. In those years I’ve written A LOT of posts — reviews, discussions, lists, all sorts of random goodness. I always thought I’d run out of things to say but lololol if you know me…that’s likely to never happen.

There are some people who I know have been along for the journey with me since the beginning and there are some who may have just come along in more recent years. And when I was thinking about what I’d post while I’m away on vacation for two weeks I started thinking how when I find a blog I like to dive deep into their archives when I have time. I’m the one who will be click click clicking around your website. So I thought it might be fun, whether you’ve been here for a few years or a couple days, to revisit some of my favorite and most popular posts I’ve done through the years.

I mean, because, really….as bloggers we spend a lot of time on these posts and I’d hate for them to be collecting dust and never seeing the light of day again. I always try to link to relevant old posts in my posts (such a good thing, for many reasons, for all bloggers to do if you aren’t doing that!) but sometimes I just want to shout, “HEY I WROTE THIS POST ONE TIME AND IT WAS GREAT AND YOU SHOULD READ IT!”

So, while I’m away, let me guide you through a tour of some of the blog posts you may have missed along the way (narrowing this down was sooooo freaking hard)! Hope you enjoy catching up/revisiting! And, I hope, maybe some of these will even spark a blog post or two for you! Would love to know if it does!

(NGL, it’s going to be light on the posts from 2010 and 2011, because while I’m proud of a bunch, they are ugly and need to be spruced up and reformatted (or are just outdated) and I never find time to do that.)

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Apparently I Don’t Read Many Funny Books: A Call For Recs!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday list was supposed to be about books that made me laugh. Two immediately jumped out in my brain — the Jessica Darling series (snort-laughing-in-public-and-embarrassing-my-husband funny) and Audrey, Wait.

 

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Then I was stumped for other funny books I’ve read so I went to Goodreads to look through my “read” list. As I was scrolling I was like “Okay, I read The Deal recently and that was pretty funny at sometimes.” Then, “okay I think The Rosie Project made me laugh, too, if I remember correctly.” And then a Sedaris book I read forever ago (Me Talk Pretty One Day). Then, “okay Yes, Please was funny at times. Oh and I Love Everybody And Other Atrocious Lies.”

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Books For Every Wannabe Sleuth

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books For Every X — I’m choosing for every wannabe sleuth!

I loooove a good mystery because I love being a very active reader. I’m constantly guessing at whodunit and why and changing my mind. I’m always writing down my theories throughout the course of the books and looking for every hidden meaning or significant thing. ERBODY IS A SUSPECT.

I was always pretty sure with all the Nancy Drew books I read as a kid that I was bound to live a life of a great sleuth but alas….not where my adulthood led me. So I love to get my sleuth on when it comes to books.

Here’s my top ten (mostly) YA books for wannabe sleuths (aka mysteries that kept me guessing and feeling like the wannabe sleuth that I am)

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