Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Bookish Quotes About Love

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that was started by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Ready Girl in January 2018. This week’s topic is a Valentine’s Day freebie; I chose to feature “Top 10 Bookish Quotes About Love.” 


Book quote from The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin


Book quote from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Book quote from The Princess Bride by William Goldman


Book quote from Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan


Book quote from City of Glass by Cassandra Clare


Book quote from Iron Gold by Pierce Brown


Book quote from Eve by Anna Carey


Book quote from Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman


Book quote from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens


Book quote from Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

 What are some of your favorite bookish about love? Let me know in the comment section below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Favorite Books of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top 10 Favorite Books of 2017.” 

1) Glitter by Aprilynne Pike: I don’t usually use the word “decadent” to describe novels, but in this case the adjective fits. Pike combines futuristic technology, French Baroque glamour, and courtly intrigue into a wickedly fun novel driven by an unforgettable antiheroine and a delectably dangerous antagonist. I need the sequel NOW!

2) The Midnight Watch by David Dyer: The Midnight Watch, which centers on the sinking of the Titanic and its aftermath, is one of the best works of historical fiction I’ve ever read. Dyer’s ability to bring history to life with his beautiful writing and poignant attention to detail, coupled with his talent for heightening dramatic irony, make this book a must-read for anyone who’s interested in the Titanic disaster. (Read my review here.)

3) All for the Game Trilogy by Nora Sakavic: To say I’m obsessed with this series would be an understatement. I’ve read the entire trilogy THREE times over the past nine months, and each time I finish I go through the inevitable book hangover, spending my days listening to Sakavic’s character playlists and desperately trawling the Internet for fanart. (Yes, I know I have a problem. But there are worse things to be addicted to, right?)

Book cover for Glitter by Aprilynne PikeBook cover for The Midnight Watch by David DyerBook cover for The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

4) The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastlake: I started reading The Uncrossing for the romance, but ultimately it was the complex family relationships and imaginative world building that really wowed me. There’s also a super creative curse and some intriguing family secrets at play. (Read my review here.)

5) A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro: Sherlock Holmes-inspired stories can be hit or miss for me, but A Study in Charlotte is by far the best I’ve read in this category. I love the idea of modern-day descendants of Holmes and Watson bickering, falling in love, and solving crimes at a New England boarding school, especially when Jamie Watson is a borderline-hipster rugby player with a sarcastic sense of humor and slight anger management issues. #Delightful

6) Breakaway by Avon Gale: I’ve found myself getting super into male-male hockey romances this year. Breakaway is one such novel, and I love how it’s sexy, tender, and hilarious by turns. Another great book of this sort is Winging It by Ashlyn Kane and Morgan James.

Book cover for The Uncrossing by Melissa EastlakeBook cover for A Study in Charlotte by Brittany CavallaroBook cover for Breakaway by Avon Gale

7) The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick: I still haven’t fully recovered from the feels this book gave me. This companion to My Life Next Door is far superior to its predecessor; I loved the focus being on Tim, a wise-cracking, recovering addict who’s trying so hard to put his sordid past behind him, in spite of the fact that lingering consequences from his former misdeeds keep cropping up.

8) Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: My copy of Illuminae sat on my bookshelf for two years before I finally got around to reading it, partially because I was skeptical of the format and partially because I feared it couldn’t possibly live up to the hype. Fortunately, I was wrong on both counts. I ended up enjoying the unconventional storytelling method and realizing that the plot and characters deserved every bit of hype they got.

9) Never, Never by Brianna R. Shrum: It took me several tries to get into this Peter Pan retelling, but once the book hit its stride I absolutely loved it. It’s told from Captain Hook’s point of view and is a darkly imaginative, haunting villain origin story. (Read my review here.)

Book cover for The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley FitzpatrickBook cover for Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie KaufmanBook cover for Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum

10) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, narrated by Christine Lakin: I first read Black’s alluringly chilling vampire novel in 2013, but I didn’t listen to the audiobook until this October. It’s even better than the print version, which I didn’t imagine was possible, and Christine Lakin has joined the ranks of my top five audiobook narrators. Audiobook cover for The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

 What are your favorite books of 2017? How about least favorite? Let me know in the comment section below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Retellings I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Books in X Genre I’ve Recently Added To My TBR Pile.” Because I’m a retelling fanatic, I’ve chosen to focus on books that put a new spin on well-known stories.

1) Marian by Ella Lyons: Robin Hood retellings will always be my favorite retellings, which is why I was so excited to find this LGBT take on my favorite hero(ine).

2) My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen by David Clawson: In this contemporary reimagining of the Cinderella fairy tale, poor, downtrodden Chris falls for his wicked stepsister’s charming boyfriend.

3) Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George: Although I’m not very familiar with the plot of Much Ado About Nothing, this retelling of the Shakespearean play intrigues me because it’s set in New York City in the Roaring Twenties.

Book cover for Marian by Ella LyonsBook cover for My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen by David ClawsonBook cover for Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

4) Bull by David Elliot: Written in verse, this retelling of the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, from Greek mythology, is supposedly hilarious and twisted.

5) Sway by Kat Spears: My only knowledge of the play Cyrano de Bergerac comes from watching the children’s TV show Wishbone, but that’s all it takes for me to want to read this modern spin on the classic about a guy who falls in love with a girl who he’s charming on another guy’s behalf.

6) Ensnared by Rita Stradling: This sci-fi retelling of Beauty and the Beast comes with a warning that the book contains “adult situations.” Color me intrigued.

Book cover for Bull by David ElliottBook cover for Sway by Kat SpearsBook cover for Ensnared by Rita Stradling

7) The Humming Room by Ellen Potter: This is the first book I’ve found that’s claimed to be inspired by The Secret Garden, which was a childhood favorite of mine.

8) Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh: I’m not sure if it’s intended to be an actual retelling, but Ivory and Bone‘s synopsis touts it as “a prehistoric fantasy – with allusions to Pride and Prejudice,” which catches my attention.

9) Black Paper Mask by Lauren Gattos: I confess to being kind of confused by this novel’s synopsis, and I’m not certain if it’s meant to be a retelling or a sequel, but I’ll give any book a try that’s related to The Phantom of the Opera. Especially since this particular book’s synopsis calls it a “feminist revision” and a “gothic romance.”

Book cover for The Humming Room by Ellen PotterBook cover for Ivory and Bone by Julie EshbaughBook cover for Black Paper Mask by Lauren Gattos

10) The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson: I’m somewhat wary of Dickerson’s fairy tales – the ones I’ve read so far have been too light and innocent for my taste – but this Swan Lake/Robin Hood mash-up has piqued my curiosity.Book cover for The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson

 Are you a fan of retellings? If so, what are your favorites? Let me know in the comment section below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books to Get You in the Mood for Summer

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a Summer Freebie, so I’m featuring books that will get you in the mood for summer.

Books Set at the Beach

1) Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler: This book’s cover and synopsis hint at a breezy beach read, but don’t be fooled – Twenty Boy Summer packs a punch. This moving story about friendship, loss, and healing is told from the point of view of a girl mourning her first love as she spends a summer with her best friend’s family on the shores of California.

2) Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen: Reading Along for the Ride always makes me yearn for a trip to the beach, as it follows a girl named Auden who spends the summer after her senior year with her dad and new stepmom in their seaside town. It’s a fun, relatively light read with boardwalk boutiques, new friendships, and a budding romance.

3) The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson: This book has a sweet, delightful protagonist, who also happens to be a homeless teenager living on the streets and beaches of California.

Book cover for Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah OcklerBook cover for Along For The Ride by Sarah DessenBook cover for The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

Stories of Magic and Wonder

4) Summerland by Michael Chabon: When I was a kid, summer felt like a time of infinite possibilities, as though anything could happen. Summerland, whose pages are full of faeries, baseball games, heroes, and a battle between good and evil, embodies that feeling perfectly.

5) Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon: This is the first magical realism book I ever read, and the wonder and joy of it have lingered with me for years. It follows the adventures of a young boy in his marvel-filled hometown of Zephyr, Alabama, and something about it just feels like summertime to me.

6) The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: This second book in the Raven Cycle Quartet will always be my favorite of the series, with its powerful dreamers, whispering forest, fantastical quest, and steamy Virginia-summer setting.

Book cover for Boy's Life by Robert McCammonBook cover for Summerland by Michael ChabonBook cover for The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Tales of Hijinks and Last Hurrahs

7) My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp: Most 18-year-olds spend the summer after high school graduation hanging out with friends or lounging by the pool. Not Lulu Mendez from My Best Everything; she uses her time to raise money for college by engaging in an illegal moonshining operation. (Read my review here.)

8) Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn: This hilarious story about a graduation bash that runs wildly out of control takes place in an abandoned theme park and is absurdly fun.

9) FML by Shaun David Hutchinson: FML is another an end-of-school-year-party book, one that will have you wanting to throw a crazy blowout of your own. (Read my review here.)

10) Why We Took The Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf (translated by Tim Mohr): This road trip book follows two teenage boys who steal a car and take off on a crazy jaunt through Germany.

Book cover for My Best Everything by Sarah TompBook cover for Kill All Happies by Rachel CohnBook cover for FML by Shaun Hutchinson Book cover for Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf

Let’s chat! I’d love to hear what books put you in a summery mood – drop me a comment below!