TTT: Book Theme Songs

This week, instead of a Music Monday, I am taking the books and music theme from Top Ten Tuesday at the Broke and the Bookish, and using it to feature some of my favorite Music Mondays from the blog.

“Kill Your Heroes” by AWOLNATION/
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 

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“Ribs” by Lorde/
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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“The Way I Loved You” by Taylor Swift/
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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“Once Upon Another Time” by Sara Bareillas/
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

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“Greek Tragedy” by the Wombats/
The Winner’s Curse and the Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

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TTT: Love Notes

It’s the Valentine’s Top Ten Tuesday, as hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. I love quotes, and I decided to go with some of my recent favorite quotes related to love.

There’s nothing scarier than loving someone

The Love that Split the World, Emily Henry

Maybe what matters is not so much the path as who walks beside you

Under a Painted Sky, Stacey Lee

You don’t go through what we’ve been through together and not leave some of yourself behind

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TTT: Historical Settings

Today’s top ten Tuesday from the Broke and the Bookish deals with historical fiction: time periods we love, we’d love to see, or maybe those that haven’t even happened yet. I LOVE historical fiction. Here are some of my favorite historical eras to read about, as well as a sampling of my favorite reads from that period. Historical eras are fluid, and there are often overlaps. I am not claiming any type of expertise on any of these eras, or how they are classified. There are also lots of historical reads I love that are one offs from periods or perspectives, which makes them great and important books, but harder to fit into this list.  Continue reading

TTT: YA Picks for Emma Watson’s Book Club

This week was a freebie week for Top 10 Tuesday as conceived by the Broke and the Bookish. So this week I’ve decided to go with my

Top 10 YA Picks for Emma Watson’s Feminist Book Club

As most of you probably know, Emma Watson announced her new book club, Our Shared Shelf, and its first pick: Gloria Steinam’s most recent biography, My Life on the Road. I am beyond excited about this book club. Watson knows how to use her audience to promote feminist conversations. She’s not the UN Women’s Ambassador for nothing. Feminism may have been one of the biggest buzz words this past year (for good reason), but this book club has the opportunity to introduce many women to feminism in new ways.  And in a fun, positive environment.

Also? Emma has great taste in books! Almost a year ago Emma Watson was reading Marina Keegan’s The Opposite of Loneliness. We had a brief chat about it on twitter:


Additionally, Emma is a fan of Malala, of I Am Malala fame, and has been connected with the Queen of the Tearlingadaptation. And we know Emma likes YA. She was in Perks of Being a Wallflower. She tweeted John Green about staying up until 4 a.m. reading his book. As I am basically already book buddies with Emma, here are some great feminist YA titles I’d love to see in her book club. Continue reading

TTT: Recent TBR Additions

My Top 10 recent TBR additions for Top 10 Tuesday as conceived by The Broke and the Bookish. For the sake of this post, I’m just going to add the Goodreads summaries and let the books speak for themselves.

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

The auditorium doors won’t open.

Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright

Family can be complicated. Especially when skeletons from the past pop up unexpectedly. For American Evie Gray, finding out her deceased mother had a secret identity, and not one of the caped crusader variety, was quite the surprise. Evie’s mom had a secret life before she was even born, one that involved tiaras.

In this modern day fairytale, Evie is on a path to figure out who her mom really was, while discovering for herself what the future will hold. Charged with her late mother’s letters, Evie embarks on a quest into her past. The first item on the list is to attend Oxford, her mom’s alma mater. There, Evie stumbles upon a real life prince charming, Edmund Stuart the second Prince of England, who is all too happy to be the counterpart to her damsel in distress.

Evie can’t resist her growing attraction to Edmund as they spend more time together trying to unravel the clues her mother left behind. But, when doubts arise as to whether or not Edmund could ever be with an untitled American, what really ends up unraveling is Evie’s heart. When Evie uncovers all the facts about her mom’s former life, she realizes her mom’s past can open doors she never dreamed possible, doors that can help her be with Edmund. But, with everything now unveiled, Evie starts to crack under the pressure of new family responsibilities and the realization that her perfect prince may want her for all the wrong reasons.

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