Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I collect quotes like I collect books so I was super excited when I saw this week’s theme! I won’t lie, it was no easy feat narrowing it down to a list of ten but after changing my mind numerous times, here are my favorite book quotes!

1. “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

2. “But if men are the makers and breakers of empires, then women are the makers and breakers of men.” Kate Quinn, Lady of the Eternal City

3. “When the snow falls and the white wind blows, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

4. “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long. I was in the middle before I knew I began.” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

5. “The moment our lips met, I knew with pure and piercing certainty that I would have waited for him forever.” Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

6. “I gripped her, drowning, and I loved her more than anything on this wide green earth.” Kate Quinn, Empress of the Seven Hills

7. “I have loved you every moment of every day, and I will love you until I cease to be.” Amy Harmon, The Bird and the Sword

8. “Theirs wasn’t the only love story ended by the gods, but it was the only one that ended the gods.” Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

9. “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo

10. “If I cannot move heaven, I will raise hell.” Virgil, The Aeneid


Top Ten Tuesday: 2018 Debuts

Merry Christmas everyone! I was at work, but I hope you all had a wonderful day with family and friends. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was books we’re most looking forward to next year. I decided to narrow it down a bit and focus on Young Adult 2018 releases that are debuts. I’m so excited for these books to come out and I can’t wait to read them!

2018 YA Debuts

EVERLESS by Sara Holland (January 2) | BENEATH THE HAUNTING SEA by Joanna Ruth Meyer (January 9) | MARKSWOMAN by Rati Mehrotra (January 23) | THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert (January 30) | YOUR ONE & ONLY by Adrianne Finlay (February 6) | THE QUEEN’S RISING by Rebecca Ross (February 6) | TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo (March 6) | ASH PRINCESS by Laura Sebastian (April 24) | SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young (April 24) | A COURT OF MIRACLES by Kester Grant (2018)

Comment and tell me what you’re looking forward to reading in 2018! Are any on my list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The theme for this week is favorite books that we’ve read this year. This list was both easy and difficult to come with. Easy because I read some really great books this past year, and difficult because I had to cut a few from the final list. 

2017 Favorites

1. CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and thankfully it also finished as one of my favorites. The fact that Caraval is Stephanie Garber’s debut novel is astounding: her writing was so phenomenal and this book was so well-crafted and and breathtaking that it reads like it was written by a seasoned author. I cannot wait for the sequel. [review]

2. A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Choski
A Crown of Wishes managed to make it on a whole bunch of other lists throughout the year, so it should come to no surprise to find it on this list as well! Everything about this book was wonderful, starting with the stunning cover and including a couple of amazing characters. [review]

As soon as I finished reading The Bird and the Sword, I knew I had found my new favorite book. I could read this a hundred times and love it more each time. [review]

4. STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor
It’s no secret that Laini Taylor is an immensely talented author whose writings contain a lyrical, magical quality that makes it difficult to put down. Strange the Dreamer was no different. The story is vivid and creative and the characters were diverse and interesting. It also contains of the most tragic, heartbreaking love stories I have ever read-and they were only side characters. I’m looking forward to returning to this world when the sequel comes out. [review]

5. FROM ASH AND SAND by Amy Harmon
Historical Fiction is a favorite genre of mine, and From Ash and Sand quickly became a favorite. The story between Eva and Angelo was heart-wrenching and Amy Harmon’s weaves a portrayal of WWII that is so realistic I could feel the terror and pain along with the characters. [review]

The Queen and the Cure is the companion book/sequel to The Bird and the Sword and it was just as amazing. The story this book centered around was both wonderful and heartbreaking. [review]

7. THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn
Kate Quinn is one of my favorite authors and when I found out she would be writing a new book set in WWII, a favorite sub-genre of mine, I was beyond excited. The Alice Network was everything I had hoped for and more. [review]

8. THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS by Sarah MacLean
From the first time I read The Rogue Not Taken, I wanted to know more about Serafina and Haven. The mere fact that Sarah MacLean was able to make me not only forgive, but also fall head-over-heels in love with the “villain” of a previous book, especially since we all knew what he had done, is nothing short of a miracle. A thousand kudos. 

I requested this book through NetGalley on a whim and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This book is so good and needs more exposure! It has everything I could ever want in a fantasy book and is written so well. I’m excited for whatever the author has in store for us next in this series and I’m hoping it gains some well-deserved popularity! [review]

10. AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret Rogerson
Why can’t all Young Adult fantasy books (especially those featuring fae) be like this? An Enchantment of Ravens was such a captivating read and has everything that is so addicting about certain other books-a Fae prince, the courts, the magic, BUT written without all the problematic issues. There was a smart, caring heroine whom I genuinely liked, a consensual relationship that developed slowly into deeper feelings, and a love interest who was swoon-worthy AND respectful. I highly recommend this to anyone!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read For School

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is a back to school freebie! I actually had this all lined up to go for the back to school freebie last year but totally forgot to post it 🙈 So I’ve been saving this as a draft in case another occasion came to use this topic and I’m in luck! Being a huge reader, you would think I loved reading the books assigned for homework. Not the case-I actually despised reading for school. However, there were a few books that have stuck with me and that I did actually enjoy (and do the assigned reading for).

School Books

1. THE ILLIAD by Homer
One of the most well known pieces of literature, and for good reason. I loved reading The Iliad not only for the fantastic stories, awesome characters, and non-stop action, but also because it’s so rich with Greek mythology and history. And now that I’ve read thisnext I need to conquer The Odyssey.

I’ve actually had to read this three times. Once in high school, and twice for two different college courses. My opinion on the book has never changed-it’s amazing. It comes across as both a memoir and metafiction, and the reader never really knows which of the stories the author is being completely truthful about and which have been exaggerated for the point of storytelling. This book has stuck with me since I first read it at seventeen, and will continue to stay with me for a long time. 

3. HAMLET by William Shakespeare
If we’re being completely honest, I never really enjoyed reading Shakespeare in high school. I found it too difficult to read and didn’t really put forth any effort into trying to understand both the language and the plots. Hamlet was probably the only story I somewhat enjoyed, and that was due to previously having read a Young Adult story told through the point of view of OpheliaThankfully, my opinion on Shakespeare has changed since then.

4. THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller
I think my obsession with the Salem Witch Trials is the cause for love of reading this play. But I still think it’s a great story that shows the effects of mass hysteria and fear on a town. 

5. NUMBER THE STARS by Lois Lowry
I read this when I was like, eleven, and yet I still absolutely loving it. It became my favorite book and I begged my mom to buy it for me so I could read it again (she didn’t). To this day, I remember every detail about it and it’s a story that has stuck with me since.

6. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The first time I read The Great Gatsby for class, I hated it. I thought all the symbolism was completely stupid and I couldn’t stand the book. The second time I had to read it for a class I was more open about it, and I ended up liking a lot better. I also understood a lot more of what I read was reading, but that also could have been because I kept my copy from high school, which was full of my notes and explanations.

7. MACBETH by William Shakespeare
Like I said before, as I got older, I developed a better appreciation for Shakespeare. Macbeth is one of my favorites, partly because it’s so dark. I’ll also never forget that we had to memorize a monologue for an English class in high school and I chose the infamous “Double, double, toil and trouble” speech. 

8. THE GOOD SOLDIERS by David Finkel
I love reading military memoirs, and this was perfect. For the most part, all of the soldiers in the 2-16 were only 18 to 22 years old, and it was incredibly heartbreaking and sobering to read about their experiences, hardships, and traumas. The numerous photos shown throughout made the reading experience feel almost personal, and all the more painful upon reaching the end of the book, where all the young men who died were listed. 

9. THE OUTSIDERS by S. E. Hinton
Okay, I’ll be completely and admit I don’t remember much from this book anymore; to be fair, it’s been almost fifteen years since I had to read it for middle school. But what I do remember is really enjoying it at the time. Also: “Stay gold, Ponyboy.”

10. A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT DREAM by William Shakespeare
I don’t know why my younger self didn’t appreciate this play more. While it’s not my favorite, I still like it. From love triangles to fairies to talking donkeys, it’s pretty entertaining to say the least.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated 2017 Releases

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is about the books we’re most excited to be released for the second half of 2017. This year has already been a pretty good so far in terms of books I’ve read and new releases, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store!

2017 Releases

OUR DARK DUET by Victoria Schwab (June 13) | THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS by Sarah MacLean (June 27) | DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY by Amanda Foody (July 25) | WICKED LIKE WILDFIRE by Lana Popović (August 15) | THE DUCHESS DEAL by Tessa Dare (August 22) | WARCROSS by Marie Lu (September 12) | INVICTUS by Ryan Graudin (September 26) | RETRIBUTION RAILS by Erin Bowman (November 7) | RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer (November 7) | IMMORTAL REIGN – Morgan Rhodes (December 12)