Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Things I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Thanksgiving/I’m Thankful for… Freebie. I’m going to list my favorite things about Thanksgiving.

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Friends and/or family getting together (I live far from most of my family, so it’s usually friends)

Sweet Potatoes, the way my step-mom makes them.

Pumpkin Pie

Cranberry Apple Crisp, the way my Aunt makes it.

Stuffing, duh.

Fall weather (all the pretty leaves!)

Cozy reading weather

Deviled eggs. I don’t know if this is a normal thanksgiving thing, but my step-mom always makes them as a before dinner snack and I love them so much.

Cranberry Apple Bread (it’s delicious trust me)

Texting/talking with friends. Many of my friends and I don’t talk as often now that I’m always busy with a two-year-old but around the holidays we usually reach out to one another and catch up. I love having these holiday check ins and having friends that are super understanding about my not great communication skills.

What did you choose for this weeks topic?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Name a Pet After

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a list of characters I would name a pet after. I’m all about weird or unusual pet names so I’m super excited for this one.

Shalkan from The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Pantalaimon from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Fleetfoot from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Pippin from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Solembum from The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Timballisto from The Legend of Luke by Brian Jacques

Ember from Talon by Julie Kagawa

Bast from The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

Blackjack from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Reepicheep from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

What characters would you name a pet after?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles as Song Names

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a list of book titles that would make good song names.

Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn

The Liar by Nora Roberts

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Inferno by Julie Kagawa

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Nevermore by James Patterson

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Everything and the Moon by Julia Quinn

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

What book titles do you think would make good song names?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Book Titles as Song Names

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Book Titles that Would Make Great Song Titles (submitted by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse).

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The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

A Million Junes by Emily Henry

This was fun! What book titles do you think would make good song titles?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Non-Bookish Hobbies

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a list of non-bookish hobbies.

Crochet

Puzzles

Board Games

Binge watching Netflix

Cooking

Shopping

Playing with my cat

Video Games

Facetiming with family

Painting

What hobbies do you love?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Non-Bookish Hobbies

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Non-Bookish Hobbies (let’s get to know each other! What do you do that does not involve books or reading?)

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Being outside (I have a toddler so we take lots of walks and visit playgrounds and whatnot)

Watching movies/tv shows (let me know your favorites in the comments!)

Writing (I’ll eventually publish a novel)

Baking (See my blog feature about it here)

Cooking (not as much as baking, but I like trying new things my family will like)

Shopping (for books obviously)

Facetiming (most of my friends and family live super far away)

Snuggling my dog (typhoon!)

Playing with make up (though it’s been a while since I’ve had my child)

Listening to music & finding new artists to listen to (I have an obscene CD collection)

This week’s list was a tough one for me! What are your non bookish hobbies?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Twenty-Seven (Part Two): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For this freebie I’m going with Top Ten Villains in honor of spooky season.

The King of Hybern from A Court of Thorns and Roses  by Sarah J. Maas

Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

King Leck from Graceling  by Kristin Cashore

The Darkling from The Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Capricorn from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Queen Savilla from The Obsidian Mountain trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Gavan Bayar from The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

Jared Sage from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

The Dragon King from The Last Namsara by Kristin Ciccarelli

The Chandrian from The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

What villains did you love or hate?

Blogtober Day Twenty-Seven (Part One): Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Halloween Freebie

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is a Halloween Freebie! The topic I chose was books I would reread during spooky season.

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The Belgariad The Malloreon by David Eddings

The Alchemyst by Micheal Scott

The Cellar by Natasha Preston

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Zodiac by Romina Russell

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Ancient Magic by Linsey Hall

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank

The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler

Most of these are books that I borrowed from others or books I discovered after signing up for Kindle Unlimited and binging so many books. What books made your list?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Twenty (Part Two): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books Recommended to Me

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a list of books I read because someone recommended them to me (and who recommended them!)

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakroborty

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Rules for Being A Girl by Candace Bushnell and Katie Cotugno

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Rinn Solomon

Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

These are all the books Amanda recommended for me. What recent recommendations have you gotten?

Blogtober Day Twenty (Part One): Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books Recommended to Me

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me (tell us who recommended them, if you want!)

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The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
My good friend Adrianna recommended this over and over and I’m so glad that she did. You can find her on twitter here!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
I loved this book so so much. I’m so glad that I watched one of Riley Marie’s vlogs (watch here!) where she read this book and loved it.

Rules for Being a Girl by Candice Bushnell & Katie Cotugno
Forever thankfully to my Twinny for coming at me with the best recommendations. Check out her blog, The Bookish Chick, for some great reviews.

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
Paige (find her on Twitter here!) raved about this book. I’d previously read and enjoyed one of Heilig’s books and I bought this one to get signed at an event I saw her at. But Paige is the reason I actually picked it up.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
I was at the point of almost unhauling this before even reading it (while trying to cull my physical TBR to a less overwhelming number) but the way that Heathur from Aphrodite Reads absolutely raved about it had me rethinking that. I’m so glad I kept and read it because it was incredible.

There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
My best bean got this book for me and I am eternally grateful. Check out Avhlee @ Tea Cups and Torn Pages, you won’t regret it. This, so far, hold the space for my favorite book of 2020.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
This one was fabulous and I liked Thorne’s second book even better. Big thanks to Chelseadollingreads.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
This is a wonderful book that is horrifyingly underrated. I wish more people knew about this series. It’s basically Percy Jackson but with Chinese Folklore and every second was nothing but enjoyable. Also, I listened to the audiobooks which I highly recommend. The only other person who I’ve seen talk about this series (and she’s why I discovered the second book was out) is Books in the Skye.

Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller
Another amazing book that I only read because of my dear friend, Avhlee.

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
My wonderful friend Rae (find her at Novels & Notions) bought this book for me and I am so so glad because this trilogy earned a place in my all-time favorites list.

What books have you read because of someone else and ended up loving them? I’d love to see your post this week!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Thirteen (Part Two): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Super Long Titles

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a list of books with super long titles.

This is How You Lose the Time War by Max Glasdtone & Amal El-Mohtar

Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

The Secret of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn

What’s the longest book title you’ve ever read?

Blogtober Day Thirteen (Part One): Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Super Long Book Titles

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is super long book titles.

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Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moria Fowley-Doyle

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia

The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Six (Part Two): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Book Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a list of book covers with fall covers or that give off fall feels.

Dune (Dune, #1)
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)
Among the Beasts & Briars
Burn Our Bodies Down
The How and the Why
A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1)
The Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World, #1)
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
The Wizards of Once (The Wizards of Once #1)
Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

What covers make you think of fall?

Blogtober Day Six (Part One): Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Fall Book Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Book Covers with Fall Colors/Vibes. These are all books I have no explanation for, but to me they just feel Fall.

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Lobizona by Romina Garber

Lobizona (Wolves of No World, #1)

Horrid by Katrina Leno

Horrid

The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

The Killing Moon (Dreamblood, #1)

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

The Once and Future Witches

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

The Wicker King (The Wicker King, #1)

Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins

Closer to Nowhere

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Ghost Squad

The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis

The Initial Insult (The Initial Insult, #1)

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft

Down Comes the Night

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic

These are just some covers that scream Fall to me. I don’t know why, but they do. What covers are on your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Favorite Book Quotes (these could be quotes from books you love, or bookish quotes in general).

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“But it’s also a reminder that being quiet doesn’t always signify weakness. Sometimes it takes great strength to find that silence. Sometimes it takes incredible strength to survive.”
Internment by Samira Ahmed

“Nothing but a symbol? People die for symbols. People have hope because of symbols. They’re not just lines. They’re histories, cultures, traditions, given shape.”
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

“Strange, isn’t it? To love a book. When the words on the pages become so precious that they feel like part of your own history because they are. It’s nice to finally have someone read stories I know so intimately.”
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

“Those who cannot own their choices will always be mastered by fate.”
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

“I never needed this race, or a hashtag, or the king to be a queen. I was born royalty. All I had to do was pick up my crown.”
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

“The bad stuff will be there … If we want to fight it, we have to find joy where we can. We have to find beauty. We have to take our moments to be happy. Because the joy is what keeps us strong and reminds us we have something to fight for.”
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

“The patron saint of the ocean is known for containing many parts of herself: she is a nurturer, but she is also a ferocious defender. & so I remember that to walk this world you must be kind but also fierce.”
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

“I hope you will find the cracks in the world and wedge them wider, so the light of other suns shines through; I hope you will keep the world unruly, messy, full of strange magics; I hope you will run through every open Door and tell stories when you return.”
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

“Anger is a gift. Remember that.” She stood. “You gotta grasp onto it, hold it tight and use it as ammunition. You use that anger to get things done instead of just stewing in it.”
Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

“Be funny, but don’t hog the spotlight. Be smart, but you have a lot to learn. Don’t be a doormat, but God, don’t be bossy. Be chill. Be easygoing. Act like one of the guys. Don’t actually act like one of the guys. Be a feminist. Support the sisterhood. Wait, are you like, gay? Maybe kiss a girl if he’s watching though–that’s hot. Put a show on. Don’t even think about putting on a show, that’s nasty. Don’t be easy. Don’t give it up. Don’t be a prude. Don’t be cold. Don’t put him in the friend zone. Don’t act desperate. Don’t let things go too far. Don’t give him the wrong idea. Don’t blame him for trying. Don’t walk alone at night. But calm down! Don’t worry so much. Smile! Remember, girl: It’s the best time in the history of the world to be you. You can do anything! You can do everything! You can be whatever you want to be! Just as long as you follow the rules.”
Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno

These are some quotes that have really stuck with me from a few books that I’ve read recently. Sorry, the last one is so long (it was actually way longer), I shortened it the best I could without losing the message of the original passage from the book (which is like two pages long). What books did you quote this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.