Top Ten Books I Plan To Read This Fall

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 2014 To-Be-Read List

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1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: I KNOW I KNOW. I can’t believe I haven’t read this either. More embarrassingly  I bought this when it first came out.

2. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth: I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while but I’ve seen some talk about this book being challenged or something and so I want to give my support and read it.

3. Vision In White by Nora Roberts: My lovely friend Jen sent this to me and it’s time to get to it! This cover is BEAUTIFUL.

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4. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch: Been really digging fantasy so we’ll try a new release! A kingdom is conquered, its people are enslaved and magic is taken away. Until there is talk of a way to get the magic back!

5. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by AS King: A.S King is a brilliant writer and this one sounds so goooood. The main character develops the ability to see the infinite past and future — and the future looks AWFUL for the world. She doesn’t want this future to come true so she tries to figure out HOW to make sure it doesn’t.

6. Even In Paradise by Chelsey Philpot: This books just screams a Jamie book amirite? A girl becomes friends with the former senator’s daughter when she shows up as the new girl in school. She’s thrown into Julia’s world and sparks fly with Julia’s brother. Also, A SECRET TRAGEDY.

7. Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little: LOVE STORY IN ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA. THAT IS ALL.

8. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin: A lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and overrun by street gangs and the main characters try to escape it!

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9. Playlist For The Dead by Michelle Falkoff: A boy tries to figure out why his best friend committed suicide by listening to a playlist that he left for him.

10. Twisted Fate by Norah Olson: The new boy next door brings very differing feelings to these two sisters — one crushes on him and one thinks his mysterious ways screams psychopath and tries to protect her sister. She finds herself drawn to him too and simultaneously right and wrong about the things she thinks about him.  Says for fans of We Were Liars & Mara Dyer soooo YAY.

 

 

So tell me…what books are at the TOP of your list to read for the Fall? What book do you think should be my priority??

Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But MUST Read More!!

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But MUST Read More!!

I decided to only focus on authors who had multiple books out already rather than debut novelists because there are SO many debut authors I NEED TO READ MORE BOOKS FROM…but they aren’t actually out yet!

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1. I read This Song Will Save Your Life from Leila Sales and I’ve heard SUCH good things about the rest of her books. Considering that This Song was one of my favorites of last year I’m surprised I haven’t gotten my butt into gear and started her other books! Also did you see the new paperback cover for this book??

2. I just recently read Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour and I KNOW I have to read her other books! That book was BEAUTIFUL!

3. It’s my mission to read all the books from Courtney Summers after having read Some Girls Are. Her words just pack a punch and all her books look SO different! Very interested in her zombie book!!

4. Julia Quinn is the first historical romance author I’ve read and I REALLY loved The Duke & I. Cannot wait to read more books in this series and beyond!

5. My first encounter with Catherine McKenzie was through her book Arranged and it was the PERFECT beach read — light, romantic but also made me think a little! I really want to read her other books especially Spin & Forgotten!

6. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick is SO underrated and I just know that I need to read more of his books. Especially because he seems to keep setting them in my city and I LOVED the Silver Linings Playbook movie.

7. I don’t know why I didn’t do whatever it took to get my hands on Cath Crowley’s other novels after reading Graffiti Moon but FOR SHAME. I especially want to read A Little Wanting Song. I think my issue is that they are only pubbed in Australia. I THINK that’s why I didn’t immediately buy it. I think I need to make a Fishpond order.

8. Okay so I LOVED Raw Blue from Kirsty Eagar and when I read this I saw that she had two more books out but they were paranormal and at that point I wasn’t really open to reading much paranormal. I KNOW I need to read more from her because I’m sure her paranormal is just as awesome as her contemporary.

9. Joshilyn Jackson writes women’s fiction (I guess that’s the term people use? Chick lit? IDK) and I really liked her novel Backseat Saints but haven’t read any of her other books yet but really want to read Someone Else’s Love Story!

10. I’m hoping to slip this one on here last so maaaaybe none of you are still paying attention. That’s right….since last year I STILL have only read book 1 of the Harry Potter series and I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW.. I have to get to like book 3 to REALLY get into the series (or so I hear from everyone) and then I’ll understand the goddess that is JK Rowling. It’s not that I didn’t like book 1…I just haven’t had time/felt compelled enough to devour the next one. SOMEONE LOCK ME IN A ROOM WITH JUST THAT SERIES (I realize maybe that’s not a good idea to tell strangers on the internet to lock you in a room. Isn’t that the stuff Lifetime movies are made of??)

 

So tell me…which author should I make my priority to read a second book from (besides JK Rowling because I KNOW YOU ALL AND THAT WILL BE YOUR NUMBER 1)? And tell me which book I should read next from any of these authors if you have read them!

Top Ten Authors I Think Are Super Underrated In Contemporary YA

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Underrated Authors/Books in X Genre

I chose a genre near and dear to my heart that I see myself as pretty well read in — contemporary YA. Yeah no surprise to my regular readers right? Now some of these authors might be popular here in the book blogosphere but I realize how many AMAZING authors don’t get nearly enough recognition. I love sooo many of the super well known authors and think they are so deserving of the attention but here are 10 authors that I think should be WAY more well known than they are.

* I tried to pick authors that have had books out for a while rather than some underrated new-ish authors which I have SO many of those!!

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1) Jessi Kirby: NO SERIOUSLY. How is she not more popular?!? Her books are so awesome and perfect for Sarah Dessen fans! In order of my love for them: Golden (this book!!), Moonglass and In Honor. Seriously, I am DYING for her next book to come out next year and I just can’t comprehend how she isn’t more well known. A definite favorite author of mine!!

2. Corrine Jackson: If there was ever a gem I read this year…Corrine’s book If I Lie was definitely it!

3. Trish Doller: Trish is certainly popular here in the  book blogging world but I won’t be satisfied until she becomes a household name!! She is one of my FAVORITE authors and you need to read Something Like Normal and Where The Stars Still Shine — both of which made me cry and were 5 stars reads for me.

4. Laura Buzo: Okay, so she’s an Aussie author and her one novels that I liked (Holier Than Thou) isn’t even published here but you should know about here in America. Her book Love & Other Perishable Items (also know as Good Oil in Australia) is PHENOMENAL. Very very character driven book and not a huge plot but I loved it SO MUCH.

5. Leila Sales: I haven’t yet read Leila’s other books (PLANNING ON IT BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE I TRUST LOVE THEM) but based on This Song Will Save Your Life…I don’t know WHY she isn’t more popular. One of my favorite books of last year and one of my favorite contemporary books ever!

6. Courtney Summers: No seriously she is brilliant…the world needs to know her more than they do now! Also, love following her on Twitter.

7. Sarah Ockler: Her book, Twenty Boy Summer, got major buzz because of some people trying to ban it but she’s such a solid writer in the contemporary YA space that I’d really like to see her other books get more recognition especially The Book of Broken Hearts.

8. Robin Benway: I’ve made it my mission to get everyone to read Audrey, Wait (it seriously made me create a WTF-why-is-this-not-more-popular shelf on Goodreads). It’s hilarious and fun! And her new series (first book: Also Known As) is really fun, too! Robin Benway is one of the only authors to make me laugh as hard as I did when I read Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling series!

9. Daisy Whitney: Her book When You Were Here was brilliant and did NOT get nearly the attention it deserved! Very emotional and beautiful book! And I have her other book The Mockingbirds on my shelf which got rave reviews from people I trust when it came out!

10. Siobhan Vivian: Whether it’s her contemporary books or her series she co-writes with Jenny Han…Siobhan Vivian deserves WAY more attention. Not That Kind Of Girl is a book I want to give every teenage girl!

 

So tell me…who are some authors you think are completely overrated in the contemporary YA genre that I should check out??

Bookstore Shopping Spree!!

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Want To Read But Don’t Yet Own

Oh man…this is HARD. There are so many books I want to read but don’t own. SO basically I just thought about the 10 books I’d buy at the bookstore if I was given a hella big gift card for a bookstore shopping spree!! THIS IS SO FUN. IF ONLY. IF ONLY.

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Like No Other by Una LaMarche: I’ve heard nothing about amazing things about this contemporary YA and I REALLY want it so so so bad.
The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand: I’ve been wanting this one and it’s not at my library and so I just need to buy it I think. PARIS.
Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler: I’ve really loved Sarah Ockler’s other books and I’ve heard AMAZING things about this and it seems like a book I’d want to own.
Pointe by Brandy Colbert: I’ve heard SUCH amazing things about this one this year! Like really strong (positive) reactions!

A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley: I LOOOOVED Graffiti Moon and I’ve been wanting this one for a while and if I had some extra money or a shopping spree…YEAH I’d be getting this one.

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller: This is one I’ve heard a lot about this year AND it’s historical fiction and the cover is so pretty!

The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi: This was one of my most anticipated debuts of this year and I’m dying to read it!

Love & Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan: This just seems like such a me book and it’s gotten some good buzz this year! And okay okay I’m a sucker but it says for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell and YEAH THAT IS ME.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta: Melina is one of my favorites and I really do want to give her fantasy series a try!!

Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo: So I had an ARC of Siege & Storm but gave it to a friend because I hadn’t read Shadow & Bone yet and then I finally did and WOW I NEED THIS BOOK.

 

 

So tell me…if you got the chance to go on a shopping spree tell me the #1 book you would want! Have you read any off this list that should be MY #1 pick??

Ten Books That Have Been Recommended To Me A Lot (And I Still Haven’t Read Yet)

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

This week’s topic: Ten Books That Have Been Recommended To Me A Lot (And I Still Haven’t Read)

 This was a hard list to narrow down but I tried to pick the ones that really stuck out to me! I feel like I’m constantly being recommended things! I LOVE LOVE LOVE though when people go out of their way to be like JAMIE THIS IS A YOU BOOK PLEASE READ IT. I love that.

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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: If I had to pick ONE book so many people have been like “OMG THIS IS A JAMIE BOOK WHY HAVE YOU NOT READ IT” this would be it. It really does look like a book made for me!

Winger by Andrew Smith: I don’t honestly even know what this one is about but I’ve had multiple people tell me it’s a me book! I plan to get it from the library at some point!

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta: This has been recommended so specifically by SOOO many people and then when I finally read Jellicoe Road and then recently Saving Francesca the shouts have gotten louder. You will be happy to know I have picked it up from the library and it is in my possession!

How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr: I’ve read Sara Zarr books before so I could see why people would rec this as a Jamie book. I think it will be too HOPEFULLY!

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz: I got this out from the library because people said it was a me book but then I didn’t get to it and then I had people yelling at me saying WHY YOU NO READ IT?!

Something Real by Heather Demetrios: This was a widely recommended book to me in generally when I tweeted for recs for best books people had read this year but then a few people who recommended it said JAMIE BOOK. It was already on my radar but even more so after people were RAVING like that. So many people said I needed to read it!

The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas: Maybe people have recommended this as a Jamie book because it will rip your heart out potentially? And the obvious Jamie Likes Reading Books About Grief thing.
Daughter Of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor: This one hasn’t been like a OH IT IS A YOU BOOK but it seems to get recommended to me a lot. People do say they think i would like the writing also! What say you, readers? IS THIS A JAMIE BOOK? Or just a good book in general that I should give a try?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: I cannot tell you how many people have recommended this book to me as a must read. ALL OF TWITTER IT SEEMS SOMETIMES.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Who hasn’t recommended this book to me?? Even friends who rarely read are like OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!

 

So tell me…which of these books should I absolutely read first?? Do you have any recs on here that you think OH THIS IS A JAMIE BOOK?? I am all about those!

Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read (For Various Reasons)

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read For Various Reasons

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The rest of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassie Clare: If you read my Operation Suck Less At Series post this past week you would see I had this one under “series I’m not sure if I want to finish”. I’m so conflicted. Like I enjoyed book 1 enough but I’m not IN LOVE like so many people are and then it seems like this series goes ON AND ON and even some fans are like STOP ALREADY.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: I’ve had Outlander on my shelf for FOREVER. I really had good intentions of getting to it…but it’s pretty long. Very long commitment. And then the show happened and everyone is raving about it and I’m SO CURIOUS ABOUT THE SHOW. Is it worth reading?!

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page: So I have this dilemma. Typically I am the reader who just wants to read a book or not and I don’t pay much attention to online dramas or what the author is like personality wise.  But I really, really hate the idea of James Frey’s Full Fathom Five thing has going on and this book is a part of it. I WANT to read it and was really excited about as a reader….but then once I found out it was a FFF book I’ve been trying to reconcile if I’ll read it or not. (and this goes for other FFF books as well). I just don’t know where I stand yet. I want to read books I want to read but I also don’t want to support something like that. But who does my lack of support hurt? Does it hurt these authors? IDK. I’m still trying to figure out my stance here.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen: So I got this book when I still read a lot of literary fiction (I still LOVE literary fiction) but I’m not going to lie…I wanted it just because I felt like I should want to read it. I don’t know if I really have an interest in it if I’m REALLY honest with myself.

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings: I’ve conflicted about this one because I really was excited about it but then reviews by trusted people make me feel like it might not be for me either. And then there’s other reviews of people that loved it. COMMON PROBLEM HERE = books I’m excited about vs. reviews coming in. This is why sometimes I have a love/hate relationship with social media/Goodreads. ALWAYS INFLUENCED.

17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen: This one was getting some awful reviews so I was pretty sure I was going to pass on the ARC I was sent but then it started getting some REALLY good reviews from people I trust and their thoughts (especially when they countered the bad things people were saying about it) made me consider picking it up again. WHAT SAY YOU, READERS?

Game of Thrones by George R. Martin: Listen, we all know I’m a new fantasy ADDICT but I’m not sure I am ready to tackle this series. IT’S SO LONG AND IT’S SO LEGIT IT SEEMS. But I really want to watch the tv show but I’m like OKAY MAYBE I SHOULD READ THE BOOKS FIRST…but it might take me until the rest of my life to read them.

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things To Mend by Katie Finn: I hate that this is even something I’m contemplating. Like it makes me want to cry. Katie Finn’s altar ego is Morgan Matson. MORGAN MATSON IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS. (Seriously, check out Amy & Roger, Second Chance Summer and Since You’ve Been Gone). It’s just that this book hasn’t gotten the kind of rave reviews that her Morgan books get and I just am not sure if I want to possibly taint my 5 star rating streak with her books. I WOULD FEEL AWFUL AND LIFE WOULD NOT BE RIGHT. So maybe I’ll just stick to Morgan books?

Wicked by Gregory Maguire: I loooooved the musical so so so much and then I bought it at a used book sale and was excited and then I heard that the book is waaaaay different and the people I talked to didn’t really like the book. I’m intrigued because it seems maybe a bit darker? I don’t know what to dooo!

The rest of the Gone series by Michael Grant: I didn’t LOVE it but I want to know the answers! And then Ellie told us some of what happened in the rest of the series (upon our request during book club) and then I kind of got intrigued again. It’s quite a few books so I just can’t decide if I want to commit.

 

 

So tell me…have you read any of the books on my list? Can you tell me if you think I should read them or not based on your knowledge of me and also what I’ve said about why I’m up in the air with them?

Ten Books That Tackle Bullying

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

This week’s topic: Ten Books I’d Recommend To Readers Who Haven’t Read YA Dealing With Bullying

 

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This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales: THIS BOOK. It’s one of my all time favorite books of last year and it’s pretty high up there in general for me. Elise is one of the most memorable characters I’ve encountered in a long time and her story just completely left a lasting mark on my heart.

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers: Mean Girls has NOTHING on this book when it comes to real mean girl antics! I devoured this book in one afternoon!

Hate List by Jennifer Brown: What a tough read centered around a girl whose boyfriend shoots up their school and she is forced to go back and is completely ostracized because everyone thinks she was in on the plan.

Tease by Amanda Maciel: This was an interesting book because the POV was from the girl who WAS the bully. If you like a challenging read, THIS IS IT!
If I Lie by Corrine Jackson: This book is one of the most underrated books I’ve read in a while and it’s FANTASTIC. The main character is bullied and slut-shamed and she could SO EASILY MAKE IT STOP but that would mean telling a secret that wasn’t hers to tell. I highly recommend this one!

Speechless by Hannah Harrington: I don’t want to say much about WHY this bullying happens and why she decides to take a vow of silence which makes her a bigger target but I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: This book is one of my all time favorite books and my heart still aches for Eleanor long after I finished this book. The bullying she endures makes me sick.

By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead by Julie Ann Peters: MY HEART. This teeny tiny book was lethal. The main character deals with bullying and more and she has made plans to kill herself.

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown: A sexting scandal + the aftermath for the main character!

#scandal by Sarah Ockler: I didn’t LOVE this one but I’d still recommend it if you are wanting to read a book where the bullying also happens online.

 

 

So tell me…what books would you recommend that deal with bullying to some degree? Have you read any of the ones I recommended? Are you interested in any that I listed?

Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books Of

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books Of

Okay so this topic was probably not suited to me for TWO reasons:

1) You know how I am about what stays on my shelves  (I might have owned more books by more authors at some point but they might have left my shelf)
2) I read like I’m at a buffet…meaning I read A LOT from different authors. Always sampling from different authors rather than reading from the same authors…unless they are favorites.

I also had a LOT of authors that I had like 2 or 3 books from! Especially because a lot of the authors I read just got published in the last couple years so that’s all they have out. Plus I have some trilogies (Cynthia Hand, Tahereh Mafi, etc). Also, I wanted to take a real live picture of these books but I realized A LOT of them are out on loan haha.

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Megan McCafferty: I own the whole Jessica Darling series and her Bumped and Thumped books. Also I have arcs of the Jessica Darling prequel but I didn’t count those or my number would be 9.

Jodi Picoult: This is hilarious because I have not read a single Jodi Picoult novel in my life (she’s among 9 other super popular authors I’ve NEVER read) but I bought 1 at a used book sale and then like 5 years ago some women I used to work with knew I liked to read and was like HERE IS A BAG OF BOOKS FOR YOU…they were all Jodi books.

Gayle Forman: No surprise to anyone here? I own If I Stay and Where She Went. Plus 2 copies of Just One Day (which you know is a big deal because I RARELY own two copies of one book) and a copy of Just One Year. OH CRAP technically I realize I also own Just One Night on my Kindle so SIX. Dammit I already made the graphic.

E. Lockhart: I own the whole whole Ruby Oliver series which I have NOT YET READ. Major fail. I still don’t own a copy of We Were Liars and I listened to Frankie Landau-Banks on audio but I feel like I might buy a copy soon.

David Levithan: In doing this I realized I don’t own a copy of Every Day which WUT WHY NOT? But then I realized I read that as a library book. And then I panicked because I remember someone has my copy of The Lover’s Dictionary and I can’t remember who so making this list actually caused great distress. WHERE IS MY COPY?? I know I own it but WHERE IS IT? And why do I not own Will Grayson, Will Grayson?? I audiobooked it but I think I need to own it.

Jane Austen: This didn’t actually surprise me at all! The next classic author I owned the most of was Hemingway with 3 books.

Rainbow Rowell: You know an author is a favorite if I own all their books. Rainbow is that kind of author for me. It would be 5 if you could my arc of Fangirl that I just can’t seem to part with…it’s signed but I never really keep arcs. BUT RAINBOW.

Lauren Oliver: The Delirium series and Before I Fall — that one I still haven’t read. I also have an ARC of Rooms but I didn’t count that.

John Green: I own Looking For Alaska (signed and my favorite out of all his books), The Fault In Our Stars, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines (signed).

Morgan Matson: I had a BUNCH of authors I had 3 books for but I could only add one to the list so I decided to say Morgan Matson because she’s a favorite and any time I can mention Morgan is a good day. LOVE HER BOOKS!

 

 

So tell me…what authors do you own the most of?? Are there any authors you own A LOT of books from but haven’t read them (Like me with Jodi!!)

Top Ten Book Characters I’d Want On A Deserted Island With Me

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Characters I’d Want On A Deserted Island With Me

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1. Katniss from The Hunger Games: Dude she can hunt..so YAY food. And you know she’d always have that bow and arrow with her. Plus she’s cunning and always thinking on her feet!

2. Roar from the Under the Never Sky series: If you haven’t read the Under the Never Sky series (you SHOULD..it’s on of my favorites), you don’t know about Roar! Roar is an Aud meaning he has like RIDICULOUSLY GOOD HEARING. I think this would be helpful because he could hear danger coming. Also, I’d totally make my move on Roar.

3. Willem from Just One Day/Just One Year: SORRY ALLYSON. We are the OTP. He could regale us with stories of his travels.

4. Adam from If I Stay/Where She Went: We’d need some entertainment and I’m sure he would have had his guitar with him. He could write new songs about me….or probably  about how much he misses Mia but WHATEVER. EYE CANDY.

5. Celaena from Throne of Glass: She’s badass and fearless. You need someone truly badass with you on a deserted island. She’d protect us all and I pity the animal/human/whatever that would try to hurt us on this island. I mean, IS THIS A MAGICAL ISLAND? I don’t know! Either way, I know she’s got our back no matter what comes at us.

6. Four from Divergent: Listen though. Only if he truly is Theo James. I could die happy staring at him but also he’s Dauntless and he’d be badass in exploring the island and protecting us. He really has a two in one purpose!

7.  Lynn from Not A Drop To Drink: Lynn knows how to survive in both the practical nature of gathering food and water but also how to protect herself. She’d be a GREAT person to have on an island considering how she survived in her book!

8. Jessica Darling from the Jessica Darling series: Look, I’m going to need a bff on this deserted island — someone who could make me laugh. I’m sure I’d get along with all the ladies but I need one who would probably be almost as useless as me in protecting the group with our lack of skills. We would be the SUNSHINE of the group and keep morale up! Plus drool over the males of our group and keep a record of our adventure here.

9. Chaol from Throne of Glass: We’d need someone who is able to be a leader and his position of captain of the guard would provide him with good leadership skills. He’s smart, good under pressure and would be able to keep everyone in line.

10. Addie from Pivot Point: Well considering that Addie could access the future this might be helpful. I don’t know that I’d want to know if we are going to live or die or end up in cannibalism or something crazy but it would be nice to have her there to see the outcomes of some of our decision. Should we drink this water or is it contaminated? Would this work as our shelter or is it going to fall down on us? Should we go in this cave or is there danger?

And my ultimate character from tv that I’d need with me:

DARYL DIXON from The Walking Dead

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I think my chances of survival — both physically and mentally- would be good with this group. I’ve got a good mix of practical and for my own REASONS. The only problems I see is that I’d have way to many fictional crushes here who would no longer be fictional crushes and I’d not be able to keep my hands off them. Also, lots of strong dudes so maybe some butting heads? But Chaol is our leader so the rest can fall into place.

 

So tell me…which characters would you want with YOU on a deserted island?? Do you think my choices are good?? What are my chances for survival??

Top Ten Of My ALL TIME Favorite Movies

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten All Time Favorite Movies

For the most part my taste in movies tends to be more dark humor and kind of quirky? I don’t know. I totally love sappy romances and sports movies and dramas and hilarious movies too but I always tend to be drawn and love those kinds of movies the most.  All I know is for most of my life I could rarely pick a movie that my friends or Will would like. We all had vastly different taste in movies so pretty much all the movies that I’m interested in I end up watching by myself. These are my ALL TIME, have lasted through the years favorites. Looking at my list I realize so many of my picks are older movies. I think that’s because I watched a lot more movies in college that have stayed favorites and honestly I haven’t found a lot of newer movies to LOVE as much as these.

Without further ado, here they are! THIS WAS SO HARD. (also I cheated and gave a crapload of “honorable mentions” hahaha)

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1. Amelie:

“When impish Amélie finds a long-hidden trove of toys behind a baseboard in her apartment, she’s inspired to return the items to their original owner, an impulse of generosity that sparks more benevolent acts.”

Audrey Tatou is one of my favorite actresses EVER and I’ve really loved all the French films I’ve seen her in. Yes, Amelie is a French flick and it’s SERIOUSLY AMAZING. I now have the urge to watch it immediately just thinking about it.

2. Garden State:

“Just weaned off antidepressants, Andrew returns to his New Jersey hometown after a decade away for his mom’s funeral and starts to see his life in a new light. In the process, he confronts his psychologist father and connects with a new friend.”

Zach Braff. My fave. Plus this soundtrack was awesome too!

3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind:

“After learning that his ex-girlfriend had an experimental medical procedure to purge all memories of him, a man decides to do the same with her. But during the operation, he realizes he doesn’t want to lose what’s left of their relationship.”

GAWD I LOVE THIS MOVIE. And Jim Carrey was perfect in it. As much as I love him in Dumb and Dumber, I find myself loving him in this role WAY MORE. This movie was thought-provoking and just so unique. And the cinematography!!

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4. The Royal Tenanbaums:

“The early promise of Tenenbaum child prodigies Chas, Margot and Richie is short-circuited by the flaws of their father, family patriarch Royal, in Wes Anderson’s New York fairy tale about a dysfunctional clan of eccentrics.”

Pretty much I devour all things Wes Anderson and this is definitely my favorite of his and GOD THERE ARE SO MANY OF MY FAVES IN THIS MOVIE (pretty much Bill Murray and the Owen brothers are staples in his movies). It’s funny but like not the typical mainstream funny I don’t think. I watched it with a friend and I don’t think she laughed once. Dry humor and dark! True story: one year I was Margot Tenanbaum for Halloween. I tried to find pictures to post but to no avail!

5. Mean Girls:

This movie needs no introduction or summary does it?? I have watched this movie more than any other movie and could quote it at any moment….like the rest of the world I’m sure.

6. Lost In Translation:

“Two lost souls visiting Tokyo — the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial — find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other’s company, away from their lives in America.”

I loved this film so much! Don’t watch this if you want something plot driven. It’s not.

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7. Roman Holiday:

“Princess Ann leaves her guardians, and while in Rome, she’s taken under the wing of tabloid writer Joe and his photographer sidekick. She thinks the boys don’t know who she really is, but they’re onto her — and sense a sensational story.”

I love Audrey Hepburn and it’s really close between this and Breakfast at Tiffany’s though I actually do think I prefer this one if I had to pick!

8. Pulp Fiction:

“Weaving together three stories featuring a burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner and a washed-up boxer, Quentin Tarantino influenced a generation of filmmakers with this crime caper’s stylized, over-the-top violence and dark comic spirit.”

Quentin Tarantino at his best IMO! Although Reservoir Dogs was damn good too.

9. Fight Club:

“An insomniac corporate drone (Edward Norton) meets roguish rebel Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), and together they form a cathartic but brutal underground society in which men fight each other freely in director David Fincher’s sharp Oscar-nominated flick. But the line between reality and sleepless haze begins to blur when propagandist Durden transforms Fight Club from a group of non-conformists into a nihilistic cult.”

Yeah, I watched this before I read the book. Bad bookworm, right? But the movie was brilliant. Can’t say I’ve watched it more than twice but I am just in awe of that movie and remember my mouth dropping to the floor.

 

10. Love Actually:

“Writer-director Richard Curtis’s charming treatise on romance and relationships is an all-star ensemble comedy that tells 10 separate (but intertwining) London love stories, leading up to a spirited climax on Christmas Eve”

I watch this EVERY Christmas but I could watch it any day. ROMANCE! HUGH GRANT. Plus a younger Andrew Lincoln! YES PLEASE.

Honorable mentions: Dirty Dancing, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Rushmore, Requiem For A Dream, Bottle Rocket, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Big Fish, Little Miss Sunshine, Grease, Pretty Woman, Donnie Darko, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty

 

So tell me…what are some of your favorite movies that you’d recommend to me? Have you seen any on my list? I would LOVE some recs for some newer movies you think I’d like based on what I put down here!

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