Ten Diverse Books I Love

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

This week’s topic: Ten Diverse Books I Love

I think one of the biggest things I’ve gained from joining this online book community is a better perspective and awareness of my privilege as a straight white woman from the middle class. Before I joined I had no idea, as I was reading and finding myself in almost everything I read, that non-white kids and teens were reading lots and lots of books where who THEY were wasn’t reflected anywhere — maybe a side character but rarely ever the main character. It’s so easy for me to pick up a book that features a white female and I never knew how much I took that forgranted. It made me so sad that young people who weren’t white or straight would have such a hard time finding literature that reflected who they are. Sure, they can relate to the things happening on the page but why should it be so hard for them to find a black or lesbian or disabled main character? The world is so diverse! There are a lot of reasons this is the way it is and I highly recommend checking out We Need Diverse Books — an organization dedicated to diversity in publishing along with educating and advocacy.

At the end of the day I want a good book. But I also found that I’ve been trying to also make it a point to seek out books that are good AND are written by/feature a marginalized person. I want publishing to know that YES WE WILL READ THIS. THESE STORIES ARE IMPORTANT TOO.

So here are some books I’ve really enjoyed that feature diverse main characters:
(diversity for me: POC, Quiltbag, religious minorities, cultural, disabled, socio-economically)

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Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed: I could not put this down at all! The main character is an American Pakistani. Part of culture is arranged marriage but she’s secretly had a boyfriend who is a family friend. Her parents find out, are beyond furious and take a family trip to Pakistan that ends up being more than just a family vacation. I loved how it explored arranged marriages and I definitely learned a lot/squashed some per-conceived notions I had about arranged marriages. (My review)

 
Boy In the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds: I loved this book so much! The main character is a black teen living in Brooklyn and his story resonated so much with me. He is grieving the loss of his mother and it’s just such a beautiful, quiet novel. I dog-eared so many pages! (My review)

 
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio: This book made me cry along with teaching me what intersex is. I honestly didn’t quite know what it was and learned right alongside of the main character, a teen girl, who finds out that she is intersex. It was so hard to watch her struggle with this new part of her identity and all the crap she got from people at school who were so, so cruel and misinformed. (my review)

 
Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee: OH MAN. OREGON TRAIL. I loved this historical fiction novel featuring a Chinese girl (two things that make life hard for her here in 1849 in Missouri and seemingly impossible on their journey) and a runaway slave. (my review)

 
Far From You by Tess Sharpe: I couldn’t put this one down! A great mystery! Great writing & character development! A bixsexual main character! (my review)

 
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen: The main character, previously a runner, loses her leg in an accident and adjusts to life as an amputee. This one was a happy feeling inspirational kind of book even though you felt how hard it was for her. There was another main character, Rosa, who was my favorite. She had cerebral palsy and she teaches the main character a lot about not just seeing someone’s disability but seeing them in addition to being an amazing friend. (my review)

 
Like No Other by Una LaMarche: This was the first time I’ve ever read about a person who is a Hasidic Jew in YA lit. I really enjoyed learning about a sect of religion I didn’t know anything about. Not to mention this love story, a forbidden one, was just so easy to get tangled up in. It was so complicated and I loved the end and GAH it was just so good!!  (my review)

 
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley: This is another historical fiction novel! It was so heart-wrenching. It’s set during the 60’s when the Civil Rights Movement was happening and it follows two girls — one who is being integrated into this previously all white school along with a handful of other black students, and one who is white and doesn’t want this integration to happen. I loved how two people who are pit up against each other SEE each other as humans plus there is a romance involved that definitely wouldn’t have been approved by the majority for two reasons. Such a powerful read! (my review)

 
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia: Made You Up was an interesting book as it is from the perspective from a character who has schizophrenia and so it makes it had, as a reader, to know what is real and not real as the main character struggles with it. (my review)

 
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: One of my favorite books I read last year!!! It’s so delightful and wonderful and GAHHH HEART EYES FOREVER. The main character, Simon, is gay and hasn’t come out yet and has this email relationship with growing feelings with a boy who goes to his school but they have remained anonymous behind their screennames. There is black mail and great friendship dynamics and the romances is the CUTEST EVER.  Plus Simon has some really poignant and funny thoughts about the whole idea of coming out. (my review)

 

So tell me…what are some books featuring diverse characters that you’ve loved recently? Always looking for good recs!

Ten Books I’ve Recently Acquired

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books That I’ve Recently Acquired/Last Come Into My Posession

So fun timing because a BUNCH of books came in for me at the library before I lift on my trip to Michigan to see my friend Tara get married and then some books came for me while I was away!

Book haul

 The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen: A finished copy from Harper showed up for me! I was already planning on reading my ARC and am really excited about this one as I really liked her debut novel!

A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith: Another finished copy from Harper. I’ve actually read this one and enjoyed it so I’m happy to have a copy to go next to my copy of her debut novel Wild Awake!

God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo: My friends Estelle and Ginger have RAVED about this one and I have pretty similar taste to them sooo YEAH finally got this one via the library since it’s been YEARS since they’ve been telling me to read it.

Frostbite by Richelle Mead: I really am trying to finish series this year so I’m going to keep going with the Vampire Academy series! Thankfully my library has them all!

Storm’s Siren by Mary Weber: This one randomly showed up here! Definitely going to give it a try when I’m feeling something paranormal/fantasy which is what this seems like.

Storm’s Fury by Mary Weber: The sequel, which just came out last month, came with Storm’s Siren!

Of Metal & Wishes by Sarah Fine: This one and its sequel below came in a package from Simon & Schuster while I was away! It looks interesting!

Of Dreams & Rust by Sarah Fine:  ^^^

Happiness For Beginners by Katherine Center: This is another Estelle rec that came in from the library!

Yes Please by Amy Poehler: So excited to read this one. Again, came in from the library!

 

 

So tell me…have you read any of these?? Which should I read first?

Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

 Being immersed in a bookish community such as this online one that I find myself in there is the tendency for books to get super hyped up here and then sometimes even outside our little bubble. There are a lot of hyped books I plan on reading but just haven’t yet. LET ME KNOW IF YOU THINK THEY ARE WORTH THE HYPE. Here are 10 I haven’t read yet!

 

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The Wrath & the Dawn: This one is a new release but I’ve seen a lot of buzz for it before it was even released and even since then I’ve heard a lot of “favorite book of 2015″ declarations. I own it and plan on reading it!

The Girl on the Train: This one is one of those books I first heard hyped in the adult fiction book community and then it spread and now I’m even seeing it on my personal Facebook mentioned by people I didn’t even know read books most recently a girl I went to high school with and haven’t spoken to in like 10 years.

Red Queen: OMG THIS ONE HAD SO MUCH HYPE AND BUZZ EVEN BEFORE IT CAME OUT. I wanted to read it at first but after hearing from some people whose opinions I trust I’m not sure it’s high on my to-do list right now. It’s a maybe.

Dorothy Must Die: Oh man, sooo much hype for this one. Harper was pushing it so hard last year and it seemed to be loved by a lot of people. The package the ARC came in was really cool though. That’s always how I can tell a book is going to be the “one” of the season.

A Darker Shade of Magic: This is a newer release but OH MAN were bloggers going nuts for this one! And I’ve literally only heard good things. I definitely plan on reading it soon!

Insurgent: I know I know. I haven’t read book 2 of this super hyped series. One day maybe.

The Night Circus: This is one of those again that it seems like even my random Facebook friends have even read. I feel like I’m always so behind on the ones that become huge deals outside of this community!  Definitely plan on reading it though!

Me Before You: ALL THE HYPE FOR THIS ONE. Even a lot of YA bloggers who don’t read a lot of adult fiction read this one and it’s all praises for it. Plan on rectifying that soon!

The Dream Thieves: I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW. I loved The Raven Boys but I just am awful with series especially when they are hyped and I am behind. Planning on binging Blue Lily Lily Blue along with this one soon!

The Selection: This series has taken the world by storm and is definitely one of the most hyped series in recent years. I’m not sure if it’s my thing but it looks really fun!

So tell me…what hyped books have YOU not read? Which of these do you think is worth the hype??

10 Of My Favorite Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Of My Favorite Books I’ve Read This Year

I’ve had a really really good reading year. I’ve really liked WAY more things than NOT liked or did not finish because I wasn’t into it. But when I was making this list I was like, even though I LIKED and even REALLY liked stuff, there wasn’t a lot that garnered my highest rating. I mean, I’m happy that I had generally positive feelings towards a good chunk of what I’ve read but DAMMIT I WANT SOME NEW FAVORITES.

best books 2015 so far YA

 

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard: Okay so I got this at BEA and it was one of my MOST anticipated (cough for 2016 I KNOW..I HAVE NO CONTROL) and I read it as soon as I got home from BEA…well actually on the train on the way home. OH MY GOD IT IS SO FREAKING GOOD. If you love epic fantasy, THIS MUST BE ON YOUR TBR. I typically don’t want to reread a book right after I read it but I just keep wanting to reread this.

 
A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas: Was so swept up in this awesome fantasy/fairytale retelling. (My thoughts on ACOTAR)

 
The Start of You & Me by Emery Lord: I loved her debut Open Road Summer but this one is just SO DELIGHTFUL. (My review of The Start of You & Me)

 
Mosquitoland by David Arnold: This was such a quirky little gem that I loved so much and Mim is a character I will not soon forget! (My review of Mosquitoland)

 
Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta: OMG THIS TRILOGY. Incredible. INCREDIBLE. MY NEW FAVORITES. I have never cared about characters as much as I care about these ones. (My review of the Lumatere Chronicles)

 
All the Rage by Courtney Summers: What an important novel that I couldn’t put down at all! ALL THE EMOTIONS, MAN….INCLUDING FIERY HOT RAGE! (My review of All the Rage)

 
PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han: What an extremely satisfying ending to Lara Jean’s story that I fell in love with in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before! (My review of PS I Still Love You)

 
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway: This was one of the sweetest yet heartachingly saddest books (all in one!) that I’ve ever read.  (My review of Emmy & Oliver)

 
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen: I’m only read Just Listen, Lock & Key, Someone Like You and now this one (although I’m reading This Lullaby right now) but Sarah Dessen just keeps impressing me and I just want to devour her backlist.This one was just EVERYTHING I love in contemporary YA! (My review of Saint Anything)

 
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds: This one I feel has gone under the radar so far this year and it makes me so sad because it’s so excellent. It’s definitely a more quiet and character-driven novel but I just loved it so much. (My review of The Boy in the Black Suit)

 

 

 

So tell me…what have some of your fave books been so far?? I would REALLY love it if you would tell me ONE you think I absolutely MUST read that just blew you away this year! Have you read any of these?

Ten Books On My Summer To-Be-Read List

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This week’s topic: Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR

I realized that a lot of books that are at the top of my TBR list were also books on my top ten new releases I’m excited about for the second half of 2015 so I tried not to repeat any of those 2015 releases!

Books to read this summer 2015hahahah I was dusting my shelves and totally put my hearts upside down…it’s been like that for DAYS and I didn’t notice.

 
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: I’ve been meaning to read this one for FOREVER because it so seems like a me book but this summer IT WILL HAPPEN. Looks like a great summer read, yeah?

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway: Loved Robin’s Audrey, Wait and Also Known As and this one looks fantastic as well!

A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery: We all know contemporary YA but I tend to enjoy contemporary YA romances like this ESPECIALLY in the summer. Seems emotional and I’m curious how it will all turn out!

City Love by Susane Colasanti: This sounds like one that is SUPER fun for the summertime. It’s set DURING the summer before college which I LOVE.

Future Perfect by Jen Larsen: A girl’s grandmother offers her a full ride to the college she wants to go to in exchange for weight loss surgery. Between this and Dumplin’ coming out in the Fall I’m excited to read some books about body image and such!

Rebound by Noelle August: I loved Boomerang in this New Adult romance series so I cannot wait to read this one this summer!

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes: I am going to stop being a Jojo Moyes virgin, okay?? (thanks to Hannah for this one!!)

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi: I’ve been saving this one for summertime because it looks like a fun book full of romance and friendship!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: This was on my most anticipated debut lists for 2015 and I’ve been trying to hold off till a little closer to the release date sooo I’ve deemed soon the time to read it!

Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers: Another great sounding contemporary for the summer months!

 

So tell me…what books are you planning on reading this summer? Have you read any on my list??? Which one should I read first??

Top Ten (Actually 15) Most Anticipated Release for The Rest of 2015

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2015

You can check out my most anticipated debuts for 2015 and my 18 2015 releases I can’t wait for post to see more of what releases have me excited. These lists were heavily concentrated with books from the first half of the year but I did have two that I want to point out from there (but don’t want to repeat on this list) — Everything, Everything & Tonight The Streets Are Ours.

2015 book releases

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – OMG I NEED THIS IN MY HANDS NOW. LIKE NOW. If you have been following this blog, you know it’s my favorite series of all times right now soooo GET ON IT. YOU HAVE TIME TO READ BOOKS 1 through 3. THIS BABY IS COMING TO ME RIGHT AT MIDNIGHT ON MY KINDLE PLUS I AM ORDERING A PHYSICAL COPY.

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman:  WILD WEST. That is all.

Dumplin by Julie Murphy: Really enjoyed Julie Murphy’s debut and this one sounds excellent…plus FIERCE COVER. I’m so excited for a fierce book about body image and more!

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid: I LOVED Adi’s debut Let’s Get Lost so I cannot wait for this one! Sounds like an adorbs contemporary romance!

Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson: Historical fantasy…Gold Rush era…sounds awesome!

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: Loved Not A Drop To Drink so I’m excited for a new book from Mindy! Historical fiction! Insane asylum setting!

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly: This YA historical fiction/mystery sounds excellent!

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa: “This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.” It had me at the first sentence of the summary.

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom: This is actually a new one on my radar that I heard of at BEA and it has now jumped up to my most anticipated. The MC is blind and the way the team at Little Brown was talking about made me want to read it ASAP.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: This book looks so cool!! I have an ARC of it and just flipping through pages I can tell it will be like nothing I’ve ever read.
What We Left Behind by Robin Talley: I really liked Robin’s debut and this one sounds so good — set in the first year in college and follows Gretchen, who identifies as a lesbian, and Toni, who identifies as genderqueer— as their relationship struggles between the long distance relationship and Toni’s shifting identity.

Everything Underneath by Marcy Beller Paul: This sounds soooo good. Toxic friendships! Mystery/thriller vibe!

The Rose Society by Marie Lu: THE SEQUEL TO THE YOUNG ELITES. GIMME.

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler: This sounds incredibly powerful and important! Plus I met the author at BEA and he is awesome!!

Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin: Code Name Verity meets Inglorious Bastards!!

 

So tell me…what books are you anticipating for the rest of the years??

Ten Books I Would Love To See As Movies/TV Shows

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As Movies/TV Shows

THE CAVEAT…it has to be done RIGHT. Please don’t butcher books I love, Hollywood. THANKS.

Books that would make great movies or shows

These Broken Stars — WOULD THIS NOT BE THE GREATEST TV SHOW? Space! Secrets! I think a lot could be done with these books.

Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty: I’ve said this before and I will say it again…I WOULD WATCH THE SHIT OUT OF THIS SHOW. Jessica Darling needs to get her own show. It would be epic.

Pawn by Aimee Carter: I think the concept of this could make for such an interesting tv series!

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: NO REALLY. HOLLYWOOD. PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

Mosquitoland: My movie tastes tend to lie with the quirky indie films and this book just screams that. I NEED MIM TO COME ALIVE ON SCREEN. And David already chatted soundtrack with me and GAH IT WOULD BE THE MOST DARLING INDIE GEM.

Extraordinary Means: Another book I see being a little indie darling film. I just think the concept of this book could be really interesting on film.

We Were Liars: I don’t want to say too much but IDK I THINK THIS COULD BE INTERESTING.

Written in the Stars: When I was reading this I kept thinking how cinematic this could be.

Things We Know By Heart: I can just see this being an adorbs teen romance movie! Plus the setting would be GORGEOUS on film.

This Song Will Save Your Life: I think this could be super cool as a movie. Again, because apparently I’m a pretentious movie water, I just see this as a super cool indie flick. The music would come alive and so would the fashion! But I mean,  I guess I could also see this as a mainstream film too. (OMG I SWEAR I AM NOT THIS PRETENTIOUS. I JUST SEE IT IN MY HEAD A CERTAIN WAY).

 

 

So tell me…what books do you think would make great movies/tv shows? Do you agree with any of mine? Disagree??

Ten Books I Hope To Bring Home With Me From BEA This Year

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Freebie

This week is a freebie and as per usual (I always schedule the freebie over at TBTB for before BEA for this reason) I will be doing my top ten books I hope to bring home with me from BEA this year.

If you aren’t familiar, BEA is the Book Expo of America. It’s a big ol’ industry event –teachers, librarians, book sellers, publishers, bloggers, reviewers — and there are author signings and you are able to get galleys of books that are typically Fall/Winter releases. It’s book nerd heaven, really. If you aren’t an “industry” person but think this sounds awesome there is 2 days of Book Con after it which is open to the public.

2015 BEA young adult books

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard: THIS IS LIKE MY #1. If I get this it will be a successful BEA trip. I love Susan and I love her Something Strange & Deadly trilogy so I cannot wait for this one.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken: Another one of the 3 top priority books (the one below is the other). TIME TRAVEL WITH PIRATES. CAN I GET A HELL YEAH.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: New series from Leigh (set in the Grisha world) that looks awesome! Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s Eleven!

Soundless by Richelle Mead: I still have not read the Vampire Academy series outside of the first one. I KNOW I KNOW. But I’m super excited about this — fantasy + Chinese folklore.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff: High stakes science fiction set in the future!
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid: I loved Adi’s debut Let’s Get Lost so I cannot wait for a new one from him!
Another Day by David Levithan: I LOVED Every Day and this is a companion to this that I’m SO excited for!!
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: Love Adam and I’ve heard so much praise for this one!
Rules for Stealing the Stars by Corey Ann Haydu: I really don’t ever read Middle Grade but I will so I can read another book of Corey’s. Plus it sounds wonderful and THAT COVER THO.
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston: 1001 Nights retelling!

 

So tell me…if you are going to BEA what is on your priority list? If you aren’t, did any of these books pique your interest? If you ARE going, let me know!!

Ten Characters Who Appreciate Words

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Characters Who….

I decided to give a nod to the bookish/word-loving characters I’ve encountered.

book characters who are readers and writers

Cath from Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl: Not only is Cath a reader but the girl loves her books with a passion that I can understand so much so that she writes fan-fiction!

Paige from Emery Lord’s The Start Of Me & You — She’s a writer and has aspirations to go to a summer screen writing program. She’s been dubbed “Grammar Girl” (a nickname she isn’t too fond of). She’s a bookworm who love to reread and when she was younger would sneak off to read at slumber parties (I FEEL YOU GIRL)! And she won’t back down from a debate about Jane Austen.

 Violet in Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places: Violet is a blogger who is passionate about writing!

Liesel from Markus Zusack’s The Book Thief: Liesel is a voracious reader who even did some breaking and entering to get some reading material.

Matilda from Roald Dahl’s Matilda: I LOVED Matilda as a kid. She is a reading CHAMP. Reading ALL THE BOOKS. Books and the stories inside them help her to escape her awful family and she quite learns a thing or two from them!

Isla from Isla and the Happily Ever After: I loved meeting Isla for many reasons but I loved her bookworm tendencies. She loves stories of adventure (especially ones with disaster involved) but totally reads books with happy endings too.

Hazel and Gus from John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars: They both love to read but they read very different things. I loved how they traded their favorite books with each other and talked thoughtfully about books and reading. One of my favorite quotes comes from this book: “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women: Jo is a reader and a writer. I loved how she would write plays for her and her sisters to perform. She also writes stories and has aspirations to be published.
Anna from Words and Their Meanings: She’s a talented writer, esteemed with awards and praise at young age, who stopped writing after tragedy strikes.

Celaena Sardothien from Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass: There are MANY things I love about Celaena but I freaking loved that she was a reader. She feels sad that nobody reads the books in the library and uses her charm to get Dorian to allow her to read them (he gives her his favorite and wants to discuss them!!). She stays up too late reading and devours books left and right…all while waking up the next morning and being a badass.
 

So tell me some of your favorite characters who are writers, readers and lovers of words!!! I love reading about characters who are bookish like me!

Top Ten Inspiring Quotes From Books

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This week’s topic: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes From Books

I have a kept a quote notebook since long before I started blogging 5 years ago. My high school graduation I got a new notebook and a card that had a quote on it that really inspired me and I wrote it down. And then I collected quotes that I liked and along the years a lot of the quotes have come from books I’ve read. So this topic was pretty easy for me…except the fact it was SO HARD to pick. So many quotes have inspired and challenged and moved me!

// ONE //Throne of Glass quoteI read this line and I was like FUCK YES. True in the book and true for my life. We’ve all got the ability to rattle the stars if we dared too but too often we are held back our own hangups and fears and such.

//TWO//

even-in-paradise-quoteThe last page or so of this book is so quoteable and beautiful I couldn’t grab my quote notebook fast enough. This is the wish for my life, too.

//THREE//

finnikin-of-the-rock-quoteLOVE THIS. “I choose to drown in hope rather than float into nothing.” YESSSSS FINNIKIN YES.

//FOUR//

quote-golden-jessi-kirby I literally could have made this list JUST by using quotes from Golden by Jessi Kirby. One of my favorites and made me think a lot. When I read this book and this quote I wrote this on a post-it note and put it on my nightstand so that in the morning I’d look at it and adopt it as my mantra for the day. Every day is a fresh start. Every day is a chance to step outside of your comfort zone and experience new things.

//FIVE//

two-boys-kissing-quoteI left out “and deem them so” at the end of the sentence but was too lazy to go back and fix my graphic. But anyways, this quote inspires me to remember that magic is all around us in the moments we make and that I have the power to create magic — I don’t have to wait for it to happen. Also, this book in general, SO MANY DOG EARS.

//SIX//

Just One Day

One of my favorite quotes out of the whole book. (I could have filled this post with Just One Day posts as well as Golden ones like I said above). I tend to underestimate the power and importance of a day. But life is made of days. This quote and what it embodies is something I try to keep in perspective daily.

 

//SEVEN//

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I loved this quote and even wrote a whole post inspired about it. But it really inspired me as a reviewer. That the way I look at books vs. how YOU look at books really has a lot to do based on our past, our experiences, our values, who we are as a person, etc. I think it made me realize how even MORE special art is because there really isn’t a wrong or a right way to see it.

 

//EIGHT//

just-one-day-quote4I’ve talked about how this book changed my life and this quote hit on a big thing I was struggling with. I was so frustrated with things not being how I wanted them and yet I wasn’t putting myself in the path of THINGS. I was just doing the same old thing wondering why nothing was happening. The page this quote was on was dogearred and stained with some tears when I thought about this.

//NINE//

mary-oliver-quoteI love Mary Oliver’s poetry. I know everybody knows her for the one wild and precious life line (which is one of my faves) but SO MUCH of her writing is amazing.

 

//TEN//

wanderlove-quote

This is one of my favorite books and I very much identify with the idea of wanderlove and some of the ideas about travel in this book. But I loved this quote (sorry it’s so long and hard to read..I had to add it) because it really challenged me to look at how I view things as a traveler.

So tell me…what are some inspiring quotes from books that you have taken note of? Have any of my quotes inspired you? Or at least inspired you to check out the book they are from??

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