Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Want To See

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Recent & Upcoming Book to Movie Adaptations I Want To Watch

I did Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations I STILL Haven’t Watched over at TBTB back in September so I didn’t want to do that same spin on the topic so I figured I’d talk about the recently released and the upcoming movie adaptations that I really want to see!

book to movie adaptions

1. Mockingjay Part 2: OMG OMG OMG I cannot even wait. Going with book club on the 21st! Although I know I’m going to cry about a certain character death!!! And honestly…as far as book to movie franchises go…The Hunger Games has just been so fantastic for me!

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Top Ten Debut Authors Whose Sophomore Novel I NEED NOW

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Debut Authors Whose Sophomore Novel I NEED NOW


1. Becky Albertalli: OMG if I had to pick just ONE off this list..it would be Becky’s next book. I am not quick to add books to my NEW FAVORITES list but Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one I’ve been raving about since I read it last December. I literally don’t care what Becky writes next but I NEEDS IT.
2. Katja Millay: The Sea of Tranquility is one of my faves and I’ve been WAITING SO LONG for her sophomore novel. The last time I waited this long for a sophomore novel recently was the wait in between Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere and I’ll Give You The Sun and is WELL worth the wait so I trust Katja and will wait patiently!!!
3. Sharon Biggs Waller: Really enjoyed Sharon’s historical YA A Mad Wicked Folly and I cannot wait for her sophomore novel, The Forbidden Orchid which is another historical YA, and thankfully it comes out in February!
4. Chelsey Philpot: I really loved Chelsey’s debut Even In Paradise and think it was sooo underrated last year. Cannot wait to see what she puts out next!!

5. Marcy Beller Paul: I really enjoyed her debut Underneath Everything when I read it this summer and would really like her sophomore novel ASAP.  No pressure!
6. Joy  N. Hensley: Joy’s novel Rites of Passage was one of my FAVES last year. It was one that I thought “oh i might like this” but then OMG LOVED. I’m just so eager to get something else from her!!
7. Stacey Lee: I looooved Under A Painted Sky! I’m sooo happy that her next book is also a historical fiction and is out next year (Outrun the Moon).
8. Kristin Rae: I devoured Wish You Were Italian — it was such a fun contemporary with an amazing setting and her sophomore novel that comes out in Spring looks super cute too!
9. David Arnold: Mosquitoland was sooooo good and I just loved David’s writing so I’m DYING for his next book which according to Goodreads is called Kids Of Appetite and it’s out next year and IDK what it is about but I WANT WANT WANT.
10. Tess Sharpe: Far From You was SO GOOD. I want her next book so bad but ALAS IT COMES OUT IN 2017 I believe.

So tell me…what sophomore novels do you need to get your hands on??

Ten Great Halloween Reads For All Sorts Of Readers!

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

This week’s topic: Ten Great Reads For Halloween

I’ve done so many fun Halloween posts in the past couple years but it’s been a couple since I’ve actually done a Halloween reading list (like 2012) so I thought it would be fun to make a new one.

But first for fun Halloween posts: I dress up 5 YA couples in couples costumes, characters I would love to dress up as for Halloween, ten Halloween costumes inspired by books I’ve read

great Halloween reads


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: Not scary! Just soooo atmospheric + supernatural/magic/paranormal.
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: This one is more how atmospheric it is for Halloween as it is set in an insane asylum, has a mystery and a serial killer on the loose!
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shephard: It’s not scary by any means but creepy as all hell. It’s inspired by the classic The Island of Dr. Moreau and it’s this great Gothic thriller that is super atmospheric and makes a perfect Fall/Halloween read. It was dark and creepy and so well written!

The Dead House: This is actually my current read so I can’t 100% vouch for it but I’m already SUPER into it and I LOVE how unique the format is and what a creepy vibe is being given. Very visual kind of book toward through letters and that type of stuff.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children: I read this around Halloween last year and it was perfect! Not scary but loved the supernatural vibe and the mixed media within the pages to add to the atmosphere of the story.
The Girl With All The Gifts: I looooved this one. Not scary but a perfect Halloween one for someone who is a fan of The Walked Dead sort of stuff and it’s super thought-provoking and OMG WHAT AN ENDING. An epidemic. Zombies. Kids. I’m not telling youuuu anything. GO IN NOT KNOWING TOO MUCH.
In the After by Demetria Lunetta: Not scary but it’s perfect for Halloween — earth being overtaken by what are being called THEM — vile creatures that have pretty much eaten the whole population. Could not put this one down.
The Fall by Bethany Griffin: I had hoped this one would scare me when I read it last Halloween but it sure was creepy!  It was inspired by The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe. Madeline’s family, The Ushers, are cursed — they are plagued with strange illnesses, are not able to leave the house that seems to haunt them and watch their every move and nobody knows how to free them from it. THE HOUSE IS SO SINISTER FEELING.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma: Another one with a lot of mind WTFery. Not scary but psychological creepiness abounds!

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn: One of the strangest, creepiest books ever! Lots of mind WTFery. You kind of have to be a patient reader because I felt sooo confused for a good chunk of this.


So tell me…what are some books you think are perfect Halloween reads? I am ALWAYS looking for recs! Also have you read any of these??

Top Ten Book-Related Wishes I’d Ask A Genie To Grant

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This week’s topic: Top Ten Book Related Wishes I’d Ask My Own Personal Genie To Grant Me

MAN I wish I had my own personal book genie. I REALLY DO. I mean I would ask just for brand new pretty copies of every book I ever wanted but that seemed like an easy one so here are 10 other things I’d ask the book genie to grant me.


Dear Book Genie, Can you please produce a list of all the books I’ve read as a child and teen. I really just need this to know them all for reference. You see, I was pre-Internet and NEVER HAD A HANDY WAY LIKE GOODREADS TO KEEP TRACK OF THIS. WHAT WAS I READING? I WANT TO LOOK AT THEM!


Dear Book Genie, I’d like to have the rest of the Throne of Glass series PLEASE AND THANK YOU. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THEM TO COME OUT.


Dear Book Genie, Can you make me read faster AND still absorb/enjoy  it all so well?? I’d like to get through my MASSIVE TBR LIST more quickly and reading faster (while totally absorbing/enjoying it) would be VAIR VAIR HELPFUL.


Dear Book Genie, I would like to be able to have crisp and clear memory of all the events and characters of books in series and can access them when I go to start the new book. Like a play by play in my mind. I mean, thank god for Recaptains here in the real world, but OMG THIS WOULD BE GREAT. Really maybe I’ll just make this wider and let me remember EVERY book I’ve ever read because OMG BOOK AMNESIA HERE.

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7 Authors I Would Love To Co-Write A Book Together

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Authors I Would Love To Co-Write A Book Together

I could only think of 7 that really jumped to my brain quickly. I’m sure if I would have let my brain go for like 10 more minutes I could have thought of more but my book and ice cream are awaiting me. Plus the dog keeps trying to nudge my hand away from the computer right now — that’s what I get for sitting on the couch while doing this. BUT IF HE SAYS IT IS TIME TO BE DONE IT IS TIME TO BE DONE.

This was so fun to think of and I’m crossing all my fingers and toes that these will happen!! :))


1. Jandy Nelson & Gayle Forman: MY WORLD WOULD EXPLODE. Like I would read it and then promptly die and I might be okay with that. They are two of my most favorite authors and their writing is just gorgeous and they always bring the FEELS hard. So together? If I wasn’t dead after the amazingness I’d have to just find a new hobby because I don’t think I could read after that.

2. Sarah J. Maas & Susan Dennard: I mean, they are doing it with their Starkillers Cycle for free online but I want a sweeping epic fantasy from them. Like a bajillion books.

3. Morgan Matson and Jessi Kirby: These bffs write some of the best contemporary YA books out there and I would LOVE to see them do a book together! They both write settings really great (Jessi with her great beach settings, Morgan with road trip settings and the way she described the Poconos in SCS) so I would LOVE to see them do a YA contemporary romance somewhere abroad where they could have a great setting. See, ladies…I’m giving you an excuse for a bestie vacay…for “research”!!

4. Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs: YES YES wouldn’t it be adorbs for YA’s married darlings to write something dark and atmospheric together?! IT WOULD BE KILLER.

5. Melina Marchetta & Maggie Stiefvater: Maybe an unexpected pairing? IDK. But there is just something so beautiful and haunting behind both of their words and stories that I think they could write something really amazing together. I kind of want it to be a really dark fantasy but also maybe something magical realism?? Or anything.

6. Corey Ann Haydu and Katie Cotugno: Both of these ladies are the queens of writing really complex and messy characters/stories that will provoke so much thought in you.  IT WOULD BE EPIC.

7. Courtney Summers and Trish Doller — These two would write an absolute powerhouse of a feminist novel.


So tell me…which authors would YOU love to co-write a book together???

Ten Books To Read If You Like THESE Super Popular Books/Authors

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This week’s topic: Top Ten Books To Read If You Like These Popular Books/Authors

I decided to do 10 different books/authors rather than a list for just one book or author!



1. If you like The Fault In Our Stars by John Green….


The Fault In our Stars

Read Extraordinary Means by Robin Schneider


Extraordinary Means Robyn Schneider

I think writing style-wise and plot it makes a great readalike but Extraordinary Means is SO different than it plus I love that it feels like contemporary but it’s not. I wasn’t as much of an emotional basketcase with EM as I was The Fault In Our Stars so there’s that!


2. If you like The Throne of Glass series….


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Read Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock

One of the most underrated fantasy series everrrrr! It’s a little more like the pacing of Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows and it doesn’t have quite the romance of Throne of Glass series but if you love great storytelling, kickass females and just epicness….GET ON IT. Definitely my favorite completed fantasy series! I feel for these characters just how I feel for Sarah’s cast of characters — just so in love and PROUD of them. You will root for them as they try to take back their kingdom.

3. If you like Sarah Dessen’s books, read Jessi Kirby’s books:



I think Jessi’s books have that same feel of being a ~Sarah Dessen~ book but definitely are their own. Recommend all 4 that she has out — Golden, Moonglass, In Honor and Things We Know By Heart!

4. If you like Divergent…


Read Pawn by Aimee Carter:

Pawn Aimee Carter cover and review

I haven’t really been reading much dystopian these days but I liked this one alot and think fans of Divergent would totally dig it! I haven’t read the second installment of either series coincidentally enough so can’t speak for the rest of the series. Definitely a page-turner if you are craving a dystopian!

5. If you liked Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

read Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas:

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Sure, Gone Girl is adult and Dangerous Girls is YA but a good thriller is a good thriller, yeah? I liked the guessing game and the page-turning qualities of both!


6. If you like Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

read Not After Everything by Michelle Levy:

Not After Everything Michelle Levy

Here’s the thing, this was such a hard one to come up with a readalike for that I felt lived up to this book. It’s one of my favorites so clearly it hit high marks for things that I love. I think Not After Everything is a ~good~ readalike for it but the writing and everything was just MORE solid for me in E&P if I’m being completely honest. That being said, I think there are things that make it a great readalike if you are reading about two teens who have their own hard stuff going on and find solace in each other. The sadness and intensity I felt about Eleanor’s home situation is how I felt about this main character’s. HEART HURT.

7. If you like Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline Rainbow Rowell

read After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid & The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins ReidThe Status Of All Things










I couldn’t choose which one to pick for this one! After I Do is my FAVORITE book out of these 3. It touches on some of the same things Landline does but in a different way re: marriage but I thought what I got out of it was even more profound than Landline which I loved. The Status of All Things also touched on marriage in the same vein of having a ~supernatural~ way of doing things over to repair your relationship/do it over.

8. If you like Wild by Cheryl Strayed



read Happiness For Beginners by Katherine Center


Happiness For Beginners

Happiness For Beginners is not as intense or tough as Wild and obviously it’s fiction as opposed to a memoir but facing a tough wilderness adventure + finding yourself…it’s a good readalike!

9. If you like If I Stay by Gayle Forman


If I Stay by Gayle Forman

read either The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler or The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand:


The book of broken hearts by sarah ocklerThe Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand









I could have picked a couple of good readalikes for If I Stay but I think these two are solid!


10. If you like John Green in general….read Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid & All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Let's Get Los Adi AlsaidAll The Bright Places









I don’t have a specific reason why…I just read both of these and and I thought “huh I think John Green fans would totally like this” but also you can totally like it if you DON’T like his books.


So tell me…do you have any recs for these popular books/authors??

Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Really really going to try hard to stick to this list!!! But being a mood reader sometimes makes that difficult.


1.City of Thieves by David Benioff: This has been on my TBR for a long time and I need to get to it. Plus I always seem to crave historical fiction in the Fall for some reason?? I don’t even know why!

2. The Rose Society by Marie Lu: I’ve been dying for this sequel because The Young Elites was SO amazing and THAT ENDING. Highly recommend

3. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: The vibe this book gives off just screams FALL. Historical thriller + insane asylum setting? YEAH.

4. Rules For A 50/50 Chance by Kate McGovern: It wouldn’t be a Jamie TBR if there wasn’t an emotional contemporary YA on it right??

5. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas: “Jane Austen meets X-Men in this gripping and adventure-filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.” YEAH.

6. The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus: This one showed up unsolicited in the mail and I’m SO GLAD IT DID because I had never heard of it and it sounds AMAZING. Planning on reading this in October because it seems like the perfect Halloween read that isn’t super scary or anything.

7. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich: This sounds pretty creepy! Love having a creepy read or two in the Fall!

8. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: I’ve been meaning to read this since the day it came out. Love Adam as a person and have heard nothing but phenomenal things!

9. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: Been meaning to start this fantasy series!!

10. Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson: GOLD RUSH WILD WEST SO THERE FOR THIS.

So tell me…have you read any of these? Tell me what you think my NUMBER ONE priority should be from this list??

Ten Quotes I’ve Loved From Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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This week’s topic: Top Ten Freebie — Top Ten Quotes From Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

(If you are a quote fiend like I am check out my top ten inspiring quotes from books)

I decided for this top ten tuesday freebie week I’d talk about some of the great quotes I’ve saved from books I’ve read this year!





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Ten Series I Need To Finish

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

This week’s topic: Ten Series I Still Need To Finish (Where the Books Are Already All Out)

We all know I suck at finishing series (no matter HOW much I’m loving series). I even tried an operation SUCK LESS AT SERIES and I’ve had minimal success. I still just feel like there are sooo many loose ends in my life because I’m awful at finishing them. I should totally just go on a series binge but it’s been awhile.


1. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead: I’ve read the first two picks and really enjoy it but need to get my butt moving.
3.  Divergent series by Veronica Roth: I’ve only read Divergent! So torn on if I should finish — some people say don’t bother and others say YOU MUST.
4. The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare: I thought the first book was just okay but I haven’t been super motivated to move on.
5. The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo: I really loved Shadow & Bone and just really need to get my crap together to finish.
6. The Madman’s Daughter series by Megan Shepard:I really loved the first book but got nervous because mixed reviews for the next one.
7. Fire & Thorns series by Rae Carson: I really liked the first book but I don’t know why I never got around to reading the next two.
8. The Fury Trilogy by Elizabeth Miles: I loved the first two books and was SO excited for book 3 but never got around to getting it!
9.  The Legend series by Marie Lu: I freaking loved Legend and Prodigy but was so scared to move on to Champion!!

10. The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano: Again..super loved the first two books but then got scared to move to the last.

So tell me…what series do you still need to finish?? Are you good at finishing series promptly or are you like me??

Aussie YA 101

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’d Put On My Aussie YA 101 Syllabus (should someone entrust me to teach them anything)

I don’t know what it is about Aussie YA but they are some of my FAVORITE books in existence. They have some of the best and most unique things I’ve read plus I always feel like their characterizations are just THE BEST EVER. I can’t even tell you.

So if you are wanting to dip your toes in the Aussie YA waters…here are some of my favorites as of right now that I’d put on my “syllabus” if I were teaching an Aussie YA class.  Basically this class could be just Marchetta and Marchetta alone but I DO super love other Aussie books!

Australian fiction YA

All the Melina Marchetta contemporaries: Seriously, her books are some of my ALL TIME FAVORITES — Saving Francesca, The Piper’s Son and Jellicoe Road. (I have not read Looking For Alibrandi yet but I have no doubt it is amazing).

The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta: As of right now this is my all time favorite fantasy series that is finished! Melina Marchetta is just my queen. (my series review)

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley: Ah I loved this book so much! From my review:Graffiti Moon is one of those that hit me over the head and yet subtly invaded my heart all at the same time with its dazzling prose,  heartwarming (and at times heartbreaking) story of love in its many forms and a strong visual sense of the adventure they are having all across the city in a single night.”

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager: Oh this book. MY HEART. Also the beach setting and the surfing. YAS. (My review of Raw Blue)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: One of the best books I’ve ever read!

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak: His lesser known book when compared to The Book Thief but I loved Ed Kennedy and this story! (My review of I Am the Messenger)

Girl Defective by Simmone Howell: This one just got published her last year and I really enjoyed it. It was a quirky read that I adored! I need to read Simmone’s other books because all my Aussie friends love them. (my review of Girl Defective)
Wildlife by Fiona Wood: Another Aussie book I had been wanting and finally got published here! LOVED this one so much and the outdoorsy setting! Can’t wait to read the companion novel to it (that weirdly was published FIRST in Australia…but this one was published first here and Six Impossible Things is being published soon). — My review of Wildlife

Love & Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (also loved her book Good Oil aka Holier Than Thou): If you need a pretty strong plot, I’d skip this one. But oh man did I love this one. Such a great character driven book that made me FEEL SO MANY THINGS. (my review of Love & Other Perishable Items)

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty: This is such a offbeat, quirky fantasy novel and I really enjoyed it. I’ve heard AMAZING things about her other books which I think she is MORE known for than this one.


So tell me…what Aussie books MUST I read?? What books have you read from this list??

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