Top 5 Wednesday: I Want YOU to be in My Family

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This Top 5 Wednesday I am going to be talking about the characters from books that I would love to have as family. Let’s get started!

1. Hermione 
from Harry Potter
I always wanted an older sister that I could learn from, admire, and steal clothes from, and I feel like Hermione would be perfect. She’s so knowledgable but also has an emotional range larger than a teaspoon, so she could be there for me to help with books and studying as well as teaching me about love and life.

2. Sherlock Holmes
I’d love to have Holmes as an uncle. I think Holmes deductive reasoning skills are just astounding and I feel like he would be a kick at family reunions.

3. Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye
As much as I didn’t like Holden when I first read this book in high school, I did recognize how much he loved Phoebe. I think that relationship is one of my favorites, therefore I’d love to experience what that kind of brother-sister relationship is like (not that I don’t love my real brother dearly!).

4. Dumbledore from Harry Potter
He’s wise, he’s intelligent, and he’s got a great beard! I’d love to have Dumbledore as my grandfather so I could hear his stories and learn from everything he’s accomplished.

5. Bilbo Baggins
 from The Hobbit
I would love to have Bilbo as my uncle. With all his adventures and great outlook on life, he’s be great to have as a distant role model.

Who would you want to have as your family? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Top 10 Tuesday: TV Shows

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Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It combines what I love most in this world into one—lists, books, and blogging. It couldn’t be any better suited for me! This week I am actually straying away from books and talking about my top 10 favorite TV shows. To be honest with you guys, I don’t watch a lot of live TV since I don’t really have the time, but I love watching TV shows on Netflix while I’m at the gym or if I’m having a lazy Saturday night in. Let’s get started!

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1. Grey’s Anatomy
Unfortunately, I haven’t been watching this live (and I haven’t caught up on Netflix), but I’m definitely prepared to be watching it during my fall and winter breaks this semester.

2. Greek
I’m a sucker for teen dramas and Scott Michael Foster. This old TV show basically follows the drama of sororities and fraternities and how they can influence student life.

3. One Tree Hill
My biggest guilty pleasure. I am currently re-watching this for the third time. Nathan Scott is everything I want in a husband and more.

4. Once Upon a Time
I love how this show retells the story of fairy tales in such an interesting manner. I haven’t watched the most recent season.

5. The Office
Fun fact: I used to despise The Office — then I gave it a second chance and fell in love with Jim Halpert.

6. Friends
If you want to know anything about my personality, here you go. I really want to be a Chandler, but I am painfully a Monica.

7. How I Met Your Mother
I’m also a sucker for popular, quippy TV shows like this and Friends and Big Bang Theory. They pass the time and make me chuckle. Also, my best friend is Ted.

8. Supernatural
This is such a random show to be on my favorite, but I am absolutely in love with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. Their chemistry on the show and the evolving demon plot (I haven’t watched past season 9) always kept me interested.

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9. Gilmore Girls
I used to make fun of my old roommate because she would get really into the theme song — and then it happened to me. Also, Rory should have ended up with Jess. That’s all.

10. Criminal Minds
I can’t watch too much of this at one time because I end up freaking myself out, but I love the interesting cases they get called to and seeing how they use reasoning and studying people to figure out who the criminal is.

What are your favorite TV shows? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading (watching),

Treasure Tuesday

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1. I am currently listening to the audiobook version of “Illuminae,” and so far I am loving it so much more than the actual book.

2. Find out what new book you should read this fall with this Buzzfeed quiz. I got “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead.

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4. This is my second week of classes, and I’m already swamped with homework, extra-curriculars, and internship stuff. How is school going for you?

Happy reading,

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Will Never Read

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There is rarely a book I will never read, but this week I’m talking about the books that I don’t really have a desire to pick up right this second. You know the books — maybe they are over-hyped or maybe they are just not your cup of tea right now, but you really don’t care about them. Let’s get started.

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1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 
by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
I’m sure there were gasps heard round the world at that one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan — I’m a true Harry Potter fan. I’m not satisfied with Harry Potter World because they could have done so much more, I waited weeks to watch the last movie because I didn’t want it to really be over, and I read the sixth book in fewer than 24 hours. I have absolutely no desire to read a book that will probably ruin the series. Excuse me, a play.

2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
I don’t think I even need to justify this one.

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3. Midnight Sun 
by Stephanie Meyer
I remember when this was “leaked”. I was probably in high school and everyone went insane for it. I’m not going to lie, I went through my Twilight phase, like any normal 7th grader, but I hated Breaking Dawn (probably because I was a huge Jacob fan), and thought it was kind of immature of her to refuse to publish her book (that people were genuinely excited about) because a couple chapters got leaked.

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4. Paper Towns 
by John Green
Unfortunately, I have read this book, but it’s one I really regret. While I haven’t been a HUGE fan of any John Green novels, I could see what people liked about them. I’ll never understand the appeal of Paper Towns. Margo is pretentious (even more so than all the other Green characters) and there’s absolutely zero development in the entire novel.

I’m sorry, but I can’t find a final 5th book for this list. I’m usually pretty open minded about books and I’m willing to give anything a chance. What are the books you just have no interest in reading? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Read in School

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Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It combines what I love most in this world into one—lists, books, and blogging. It couldn’t be any better suited for me! Since school has started/is starting (today’s my first last day of school ever), this week I’m going to be talking about my favorite books I read in school. This is going to range from elementary school all the way through college. Let’s get started!

1. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner
These were some of the first books I remember reading in my reading groups in first grade. I would check them out in batches of five and the librarian would always laugh at me since they were due back in two weeks, but I always finished them in time.

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2. To Kill a Mockingbird 
by Harper Lee
I’ve talked about this book enough that everyone should know how great I think it is. Read it if you haven’t, I promise you won’t regret it.

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3. Magic Tree House Series 
by Mary Pope Osborne
What kid didn’t love cracking open a Magic Tree House book?

4. Animal Farm by George Orwell
Technically I didn’t read this while I was in school, but a lot of my friends did so I think it should count.

5. Blankets 
by Craig Thompson
I read this in my young adult literature class that I took last semester. It’s a graphic novel, something I’ve never read before, and I loved it.

6. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
I remember reading this play sophomore year of high school. It was one of the first plays I read and actually liked. It has a meaningful theme and is written beautifully.

7. Anthem 
by Ayn Rand
Another book I’ve rambled on about a lot. Read my comparison of it to The Giver  here.

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8. Life of Pi 
by Yann Martel
I read this before my freshman year of high school for one of my classes, and it was one of the first books I ever remember enjoying reading for class.

9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Before our teacher assigned this, she said we couldn’t handle it and we weren’t going to like it. I absolutely loved it. It’s so much more than just a “monster” book.

10. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
One last book from high school and probably one of the harder books I read, but it is such a good, intricate story. It follows a family on a missionary trip and chronicles their life from the different perspectives of the family. We all know how I love perspectives.

What were your favorite books from school? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,


Treasure Tuesday

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1. I am currently still reading the Chronicles of Narnia (but I’m already on book five).

2. I started my senior year of college today. I feel extremely old, and I’m not ready to talk about it.

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4. Being home for a week was so great. I got to cuddle with my puppy, lay by the beach, and read a ton.

5. This sea otter is absolutely adorable.
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Happy reading,

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.: A Review

Title: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
Author: Adelle Waldman
Genre: Fiction
Quotation: “Dating is probably the most fraught human interaction there is.”
Would recommend to: 
anyone dealing with a break-up looking for perspective.

“I feel like you want to think what you’re feeling is really deep, like some seriously profound existential shit. But to me, it looks like the most tired, the most average thing in the world, the guy who is all interested in a woman until the very moment when it dawns on him that he has her. Wanting only what you can’t have. The affliction of shallow morons everywhere.”

If you want a summation of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman, that quote right there does it. The story follows the New York writer Nate in his tumultuous relationships with New York women, but it really focuses on one relationship, which I won’t divulge in interest of keeping the book a mystery.

Waldman looks into the male psyche to determine why and how men lose interest in their partners. It’s an interesting twist on romance that brings a different perspective to the table, especially if you’re a woman.

Waldman creates a simultaneously unique and common character in Nate. He recently received a book offer to get his book published, and before that he was a columnist, book reviewer and temp worker in New York City. While his intelligence and background (his parents are immigrants) make him stand out from the crowd, his pure ass-ery sticks him in the same round peg as almost every other man. He wants what he can’t have, he loves to be needed, and he is far to infatuated with his own body parts.

While it’s easy to hate on Nathaniel, it’s also easy, as a woman, to see this same pattern in most men. It’s interesting that Waldman attacked this book from the perspective of the male, and it made me wonder how honest it really was, whether she was just bitter about a break-up and blaming the man.

Waldman artfully strung words together to both portray her characters mannerisms and deep thoughts. While it would have been easy to show the surface of a deteriorating relationship, Waldman dug into the heart of the matter and showed the ups and downs of a long-term relationship.

I think this was truly an interesting novel that showed the truest of relationships. I know I’ve seen myself in this type of relationship, and it was refreshing for me to read something as harsh and honest as Waldman’s work. It was relatable and revealing in all the important ways.

This is Waldman’s most famous work, but she is also known for her work with Slate, Vogue, and Gawker. 

Happy reading,

Top 5 Wednesday: Books to Read This Year

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This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is all about the books I want to finish before the end of the year. Let’s get started!

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1. One Thousand and One Nights 

I read selections from this series of tales in my class in January and loved every bit of it. I’d love to pick up a copy and read it from cover to cover.

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2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 
by C.S. Lewis
I’m currently plugging through the series and will be happy to say that I’ve definitely finished this book before the end of 2016.

3. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
I bought this for my grandmother for Christmas, and she loved it so much she gave it to my mother. It’s definitely a book I should read for myself.

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4. The Odyssey 
by Homer
I read a condensed version as a middle schooler but can’t wait to read the full adventure.

5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
I read East of Eden two summers ago and would love to read more of Steinbeck’s work.

What books are you looking forward to finishing before the end of the year? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,


Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Still Need to Read

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Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It combines what I love most in this world into one—lists, books, and blogging. It couldn’t be any better suited for me! This week I’m going to be slightly embarrassed to list some of the books on my shelf that I haven’t read from before my blogging days. I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year now, so this shouldn’t be too bad. Let’s get started!

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1. Pride and Prejudice 
by Jane Austen
Even though I’ve started it more times than I can count.

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2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 
by Douglas Adams
It’s been daringly sitting on my bedside table for a month now.

3. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
I bought it. I put it on a shelf. And I haven’t looked it in the eye since.

4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I read the first page when I was eight as a dare and haven’t looked at the thing since.

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5. The Great Gatsby 
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Another one I’ve started with great intentions but always found something more appealing on my shel.

6. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
It’s just so daunting!

7. Catch 22 
by Joseph Heller
I always buy books with good intentions.

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8. The Chronicles of Narnia 
by C.S. Lewis
But I’m working on it!

9. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
It’s been on my list since high school — it might soon come off it!

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10. Treasure Island 
by Robert Louis Stevenson
I brought it on vacation so there is a high likelihood I will finish it!

What books have you had on your TBR list for a little too long to be acceptable? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading,

Treasure Tuesday

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1. I am currently reading “The Chronicles of Narnia” since I have never read them before.

2. I am home for the week! So I’m relaxing and catching up on work before school and my internship start up in the fall.

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4. The Olympics ended this past Sunday! What was your favorite event? Let me know in the comments below.

5. With school coming up nothin calms my spirit quite like a well organized notebook. Check out these aesthetically pleasing bullet journals from Buzzfeed.

6. Check out this adorable Border Collie puppy. It reminds me of my dog Bella!
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Happy reading,