Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Reasons I Love Jeff Zentner

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 Reasons Why I Love [insert your favorite book title, genre, author, etc. here]

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“I’ve made books my life because they let me escape this world of cruelty and savagery.”

“I’m glad things end, though. It forces you to love them ferociously while you have them. There’s nothing worth having that doesn’t die.”

“I sometimes look at my bookshelf now and think about how someday I’m going to die without ever reading a lot of the books there. And one might be life-changingly good and I’ll never know.”

“So when I watch trains, it makes me think about how much movement there is in the world. How every train has dozens of cars and every car has hundreds of parts, and all those parts and cars work day after day. And then there are all these other motions. People are born and die. Seasons change. Rivers flow to the sea. Earth circles the sun and the moon circles Earth. Everything whirring and spinning toward something. And I get to be part of it for a little while, the way I get to watch a train for a minute or two, and then it’s gone.”

“Grief is weird. It seems to come in these waves out of nowhere. One minute I’m standing in the ocean, fine. The next minute I’m drowning.”

“It’s comforting to know that you don’t have to be excellent to not be completely forgotten.”

“We live in a series of moments and seasons and sense memories, strung end to end to form a sort of story.”

“Weird how we’re programmed to get pleasure from destroying ourselves.”

“For a long time I shined my light for someone other than me. But not anymore. Now I shine bright for me. You can create light even when everyone’s left you behind because that’s what you do. It’s what I do.”

“For the most part, you don’t hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone.”

This week I wanted to give reasons why I love Jeff Zentner and his books. I think these quotes are a great example of his writing and why his books speak to me. What did you do for this week’s top ten Tuesday?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Recent DNF’s

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 The Last Ten Books I Abandoned (this could be books you DNFed, books you decided you were no longer interested in, etc.) (submitted by Claire @ Book Lovers Pizza)

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Collateral by Ellen Hopkins

Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

The Resolutions by Mia Garcia

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

Warcross by Marie Lu

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

Enchantee by Gita Trelease

These are the last ten books I DNF’d. I don’t DNF all that often as I’m pretty good at knowing what kinds of books I like, so some of these are from 2019. What books made your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

 

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookish Party

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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 for a list of ten things I’d have at my bookish party. (Choose ten things: items, accessories, food, people (real or fictional), decorations, activities, etc.) I’m going to do Top Ten People I’d want at my bookish party. My list will be a mix of characters and authors.

 

1. Nora Roberts- Nora is easily one of my favorite authors. I’ve read more than a hundred of her books and reread them many times. I’d be ecstatic to get to hang out with her.

2. Kendra from The Kendra Chronicles by Alex Flinn- If we’re gonna have a party we definitely need a witch there to make some magic.

3. Julia Quinn- She’s hysterical. I can’t help laughing out loud when reading her books even when I’m in public so I’m sure she’d have everyone dying laughing.

4. Alaska from Looking For Alaska by John Green- She’s the life of the party. I could never throw a bookish one without inviting her.

5. John and Hank Green- If you’ve ever watched any of the many vlogbrothers videos they have, you know these guys are highly entertaining.

6. Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas- I’m sure she would cause tons of trouble but that’s half her charm, right?

7. Adrian from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead- He’s got to be on everyone’s bookish party list. He was the first character to pop into my head when I looked at this prompt.

8. Mark Watney from The Martian by Andy Weir- He had me laughing through the whole book. His humor is infectious.

9. Morrigan from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas- Maas knows how to write seriously badass women. I would absolutely love to raise hell with Mor.

10. Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling- Confession time: Amanda and I were texting while I made this post and when I mentioned Hermione she joked about how Hermione and I would be off in the corner reading. Honestly? She’s probably 100% right and I’m not ashamed of that.

I had so much fun with this week’s prompt. Tell me all about the bookish party you would throw! Thanks for reading.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – My Bookish Party

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 Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party (choose 10 things: items, accessories, foods, people (real or fictional), decorations, activities, etc.) I’m going to use this topic to do ten books I’d recommend to anyone. So, this is ten books I’d have at a party for everyone to love.

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

These are ten books I would have a party for. I think they’re all really important books that should be read by everyone in the world. They discuss hard, but important topics. What did you choose for this week’s topic?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Childhood Books

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 Wish I Had Read As a Child.

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Eon by Allison Goodman

This is all I have for you all this week. Most of the middle grade that I read is new and wasn’t around during my childhood. What’s on your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Book Title Band 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 Titles That Would Make Good Band Names (submitted by Michelle)

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Girls of July by Alex Flinn

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

These are the books I chose that I think would make interesting band names. I would definitely listen to these bands. What books did you choose this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Loved

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 Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About (This is for the books you liked, but rarely come up in conversation or rarely fit a TTT topic, etc.)

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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Dark Shores by Danielle  L. Jensen

Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds

The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason

All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton

100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund

Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

I’ve linked each of these books to my reviews if you’re interested in reading my thoughts on them and why I loved them. What books made your Top Ten Tuesday this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Borrowed/Bought Books

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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 for a list of ten books is Books I Bought/Borrowed Because…(Fill in the blank. You can do 10 books you bought for the same reason, i.e., pretty cover, recommended by a friend, blurbed by a favorite author, etc. OR you could do a different reason for each pick.) I’m going to go with books I bought (or borrowed) because Amanda made me.

 

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green

2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

4. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

5. Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

6. Air Awakens by Elise Kova

7. Ancient Magic by Linsey Hall

8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

9. Maximum Ride by James Patterson

10. The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner

 

What did you pick for this week’s topic?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books Because

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 Bought/Borrowed Because… (Fill in the blank. You can do 10 books you bought for the same reason, i.e., pretty cover, recommended by a friend, blurbed by a favorite author, etc. OR you could do a different reason for each pick.) I’m going to go with my trend lately of romance. These are ten romance books I bought (or borrowed from my library) because they were read and loved by people I trust.

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The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

The Hating  Game by Sally Thorne

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

These are some of the romance books I’ve bought or borrowed because they were recommended by other readers. They are also all ones that I loved. So,  if you’re in need of romance recommenndatiionns please read any and all of these.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Signs of a Book Lover

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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 for a list of ten is signs that show I’m a book lover.

1. I have multiple bookshelves- This is kind of a sad one for me because I used to own nearly 2000 books but when I moved across the country a few years ago I had to get rid of most of my collection. I’m slowly building it back up but it’s not nearly as big as I want it to be.

2. I can use anything as a bookmark- I love decorative bookmarks but still tend to use whatever’s on hand i.e. receipts, scraps of paper, the book jacket, etc.

3. I have a never ending TBR list- We all know how this goes. You check off one book and add two.

4. I have books everywhere- There are books on every flat surface of my house.

5. I have too many favorites- I would never be able to pick just one or two.

6. I own multiple copies of my favorite books- I’m generally not one for collecting certain covers and I don’t mind if a series doesn’t match but I like having the different versions of my favorites.

7. I have reading goals- I have a yearly reading goal (that I’ve unfortunately been failing the past few years) and I keep a list of which books I’ve read so I can keep track of how many I read each month.

8. I read more than one book at a time- I’m frequently in the middle of multiple series that I switch back and forth between.

9. Books make me emotional- I couldn’t even begin to count the number of times a book has made me laugh out loud or shake with anger or sob uncontrollably.

10. I think about books long after I finish- I love those books that stay with you long after it’s ended. That you stay up at night thinking about for days or even weeks afterward.

I had so much fun with this week’s topic. What makes you a bookworm?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Genre 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. This week’s topic for a list of ten is genre-specific. “Pick a genre and build a list around it! i.e., best/worst romances, non-fiction for travelers, memoirs for foodies, classics that feel timeless, romance novel kisses, science fiction that feels too real for comfort, women’s fiction for newbies, etc.” My genre will be fantasy magic- worlds that I think have a cool style or type of magic.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Seven Realms by Cinda Williams China

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

What genre did you pick this week? Thanks for reading!

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Made Me Sob

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 genre freebie (pick a genre and build a list around it! i.e., best/worst romances, non-fiction for travelers, memoirs for foodies, classics that feel timeless, romance novel kisses, science fiction that feels too real for comfort, women’s fiction for newbies, etc.) My genre topic will be hard-hitting contemporary books or realistic fiction that made me cry like a baby.

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Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum

Let’s Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

What did you choose for your genre freebie this week? Any books that you have to add to my list that made you sob? Let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR

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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 for a list of ten books I’m hoping to read this spring. I’ve been so behind on my reading that there’s going to be a lot of repeats from my winter TBR but I’ll try to throw some new stuff in.

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

 House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

 

What books are you looking forward to reading in the next couple months? Thanks for reading!

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Spring 2020 TBR

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 the top ten books on my spring TBR.

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The Buring Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The How & The Why by Cynthia Hand

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn  Lyons

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

What books are you hoping to read this spring?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Authors on Social Media

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 the top ten authors with a fun social media presence.

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I have to start with Brigid Kemmerer. She’s the queen of Instagram stories and I love following her.

Christine Lynn Herman is an author I follow on Twitter and I adore all of her writing updates. I always love what she shares.

Similarly, Amanda Foody’s Tweets are usually ones I enjoy.

Jeff Zentner tweets writing stuff but also life stuff and I just genuinely enjoy him as a human being.

I may only understand half his jokes, but Ben Philippe shares some quality tweets.

Rin Chupeco’s tweets are ones I always look forward to. She tweets relatable things for me as a mother but also does fun stuff like horrifying Halloween stories that actually gave me nightmares.

Something I like about authors on social media is when they keep it real about writing. V.E. Schwab succeeds at this. She doesn’t hide the hard parts of being a writer and I appreciate that.

Another mother that tweets about her kids and just really makes me laugh is Kathleen Glasgow. I love her books and I love her Twitter.

Staying with the topic of kids, Scott Reintgen is an author whose book I read for the first time toward the end of 2019, though I’ve followed him for a while.

My final author for this post is Sara Raasch and it’s 10000% for all the cute doggos that she shares.

What authors do you love to follow? Who didn’t I mention that I should make sure to follow? Let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.