Top 5 Wednesday: Books of 2015

Top 5 Wednesday

I can’t believe this year is almost over! It truly feels like 2015 flew by in the wink of an eye. But that just means I have a whole new year coming up with fun and exciting things to do! (And fun and exciting books to read!) This weeks Top 5 Wednesday is dedicated to the best books I read in 2015.(I did a Top 10 Tuesday a couple of weeks ago. Check it out! ) Here we go!

amy poehler's book

1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
By far one of the best books I’ve ever read. I recommend it to anyone that will listen to me and should probably read it again just because I liked it so much the first time. It’s just Amy Poehler talking about her life, but she’s so sassy and true, anyone going through anything is lucky to have her by your side (at least lucky to have her book).

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
The best series I decided to read in 2015. My friend bought me the first book for my birthday and I tore through it in like three days. Tris’s story is captivating and as a reader, you can’t wait to find out what happens in this dystopian world as it crumbles around the main characters.

24-hour bookstore

3. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
This is the best book someone recommended to me in 2015. Ryan (your favorite guest author) read it before me and actually loaned me his copy. It’s a truly magical tale about my favorite thing — books. Clay and Mr. Penumbra go on a voyage that will stick with them, and you, through their lifetimes.

All the Bright Places (ME)

4. All the Bright Places by Caitlin Niven
The absolute best Young Adult book I picked up in 2015 has to be “All the Bright Places”. It follows two teenagers who met on a rooftop through the development of their relationship and leaves readers speechless (and probably in tears if you’re anything like me) as you find out how one person really does have the ability to flip your world upside down.

5. Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
And finally, the best science fiction book I read this year is definitely “Sirens of Titan”, which I just finished a couple of weeks ago. Vonnegut always manages to create these intricate world’s with intertwined stories that impressively come together in the end. I’m always left with my mind turning after finishing his novels.

Let me know what your favorite books of 2015 were in the comments below!

Happy reading and a happy new year!
Kimberly

 

Treasure Tuesday

Treasure Tuesday

1. I am currently reading “The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet.” I’ll let you know how it is as soon as I finish it!

2.

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3. Happy almost New Year! That means fresh starts and resolutions galore! If anyone has amazing New Year’s Eve plans, let me know in the comments below.

4. That being said, here is a list of resolutions for book nerds such as myself. #1 and #4 are definitely on my list, but I’m not sure if I can stick to it!

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Book Haul: Christmas Edition

Hello friends!

I hope every one has had an amazing holiday, regardless of what you celebrate or even if you celebrate at all! This time of year is perfect from spending time with family and books.

I normally wouldn’t post anything about presents I’ve received, but I got so many books this year that I simply had to share with you all this amazing book haul!

(Side note: This is in no way me bragging about anything I promise! And if you feel like it’s braggy at all, just click the little x in the right hand corner of your screen!)

Books

Books
My wonderful mother and father showered me in books this year, and I couldn’t be happier about it! I’ve talked all about these books on my blog, but if you want to know anything else about them, let me know in the comments below!

Not That Kind of Girl
Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Girl Interupted
Girl, Interrupted  by Susanna Kaysen

Love Affairs of Nathaniel P
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman

The Lucifer Effect
The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo

The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Looking for Alaska
Looking for Alaska by John Green

GOT and Outlander
Outlander 
by Diana Gabaldon and A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Random Knick-Knacks

Tsum Tsum
Winnie the Pooh Tsum Tsum
I’m obsessed with Winnie-the-Pooh. I have been since I was a little girl. I’ve had a Winnie-the-Pooh (aptly named Gerald) that Ryan got me when we went to Disney together about two years ago that I take with me on all my travels. This year my brother got me another stuffed animal Winnie-the-Pooh and I am over the moon about it. It’s super adorable and just the right size!

toaster
Toaster
As a quasi-adult, I need adult things in my life. I was super thrilled to finally get a toaster so I can toast my English muffins in the morning before class!

Canvas
Canvas
I can’t wait to hang this adorable canvas from my mother up in my apartment! (My brother’s cat [Macaron — like Macaroni] insisted on being in the picture.)

Plant
Plant
My brother’s girlfriend is super artsy and made all of us these adorable plants for Christmas. Its a succulent plant, so I’m not likely to kill it anytime soon.

If you got any great gifts that you’re super pumped about (books or otherwise) let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading and a happy new year to you all!
Kimberly

 

Merry Christmas! (And happy holidays!)

To everyone that celebrate, Merry Christmas!

And to those who don’t, happy Friday!

I hope every one has had a merry day.

In lieu of posting my regular review on this fabulous Friday, I want to remind every one to treasure the time they have with their families today and take joy in the simple pleasures life brings us every day. We shouldn’t need a holiday to remind us to be thankful for the little things in life.

So take a break today from the hustle and bustle of life and appreciate the family and friends you have all around you.

Merry Christmas and happy reading,
Kimberly

Top 5 Wednesday: Series I Want to Start

Top 5 Wednesday

Christmas is THREE days away! And with that only nine days until the new year! With that being said, this week’s Top 5 Wednesday is dedicated to the series I want to tackle in 2016. Let’s get started!

1. Game of Thrones
I’ve been hesitant to start these since I know they aren’t done yet, but I think 2016 is the year for me to finally get into this book, as well as the TV series. (I’m thinking of binge watching it in January.)

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
I have the entire series compiled into one book and looking at it is actually terrifying. It’s quite the daunting task, but I think 2016 me is ready for it.

Outlander

3. Outlander
I’ve talked about wanting to read this series before. I’ve heard fantastic things and love the historical and fantastical elements that Gabaldon weaves into her stories.

4. Anna and the French Kiss
My roommate told me about this series and she said it was wonderful! It looks like an easy YA read for whenever I’m traveling or need a break from any heavier reading that I’m doing.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
While I read the first book, I haven’t had the time to read any of the others in the series. I would love to have the time to just curl up with these intense thrillers and give them the time they deserve.

What series are you looking forward to reading in 2016? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Top 10 Tuesday: Santa Can You Hear Me?

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It’s a fun way for bloggers all over the Internet to connect and post the things they love about books. It is the eve of the eve of the eve of Christmas (that means Christmas is three days away!), so I’m here to tell you about the books I hope I can find under the Christmas tree this year.

Not that Kind of Girl

1. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
It finally came out in paperback, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I’ve heard SO much about it since it came out and have wanted to read it so badly, but I refused to buy the hardcover copy!

Fates and Furies

2. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
This book follows a married couple through all the trials and tribulations of their life together. I’m particularly interested in reading this novel because it includes different perspectives of the main characters, which we all know I love.

3. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
A friend recommended this to me while I was on a trip, and I’d love to read it. It gives you the back story to why the mean girl does what she does. It looks like a book with a lot of twists and turns that keeps the reader engaged.

Eleanor and Park

4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I’ve wanted to read this book for SO LONG, but it’s not out in paperback yet. I’m still waiting for that day.

5. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I would love to have a beautiful copy of all the Sherlock Holme’s novels to display and read in my library one day. I’m a huge fan on intricate book spines.

6. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
I’ve been wanting to read this book since high school, but I’ve never been able to find a copy I like. So a beautiful copy of this mind-bending story would be a perfect gift from Santa Claus.

We Were Liars

7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Promising dark secrets and twists around every corner, “We Were Liars” has always interested me and I wouldn’t mind ripping off some Christmas paper to see it underneath.

we all looked up

8. We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
This highly acclaimed novel follows the story of four high school seniors as their world’s are about to be changed forever. An asteroid hurtling toward Earth promises a great tale.

9. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I actually have to read this book for my upcoming class in January, and I’m excited to find out what it’s all about.

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10. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Because anything written by the woman who came up with Christina Yang is worth a read.

Let me know what you want to find underneath your Christmas tree this year!

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Treasure Tuesday

Treasure Tuesday

1. I am currently reading “Too Soon Dead” by Michael Kurland.

2. I just spent two days in Universal with my mom visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and I had a blast! Thanks so much Mom & Dad for a great birthday present!

3. I’ve really gotten into non-fiction books this year. Here’s Buzzfeed’s compilation of this years 19 best non-fiction books.

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5. Christmas is only three days away! I hope everyone has a lovely holiday and gets all the books on their wish-list and more!

Happy reading,
Kimberly

The Book Thief: A Review

Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Quotation: “I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
Would recommend to: 
anyone.

The Book Thief

I know, I know. I finally read “The Book Thief.” And here’s what I think:

1. Death is compassionate.
If you don’t already know, this book is told from the perspective of Death during World War II. It’s an interesting stance to take during a time when death was so prevalent. It made the war that much more heartbreaking. I loved this perspective because it’s something you can never truly know but can only imagine – and that’s what books are for. Throughout the whole book you can see that this war breaks Death’s heart – an organ you didn’t think death had.

The only thing that bothers me about Death being the narrator is that Death doesn’t always have a reason to be around Liesel, but he always seems to know what’s going on in her life. Maybe it’s because he’s an omnipresent being…who knows?

2. I love that Liesel loves books.
It’s always affirming when you read a book with a character that loves reading. You can always find something to relate to in a book with a character like that. It’s also super heartwarming that Liesel begins her reading career as an extremely poor reader and she pushes through her struggles to improve in something she loves. Books are the thing that brings everyone together in this novel – Liesel and her brother (though in the non-conventional sense), Liesel and her papa, all the people in the bunker, Liesel and death, etc. Of course the book is called “The Book Thief”, but it’s still really great how central books truly are to the themes of Liesel’s story.

3. WHY!?!?!?!
Fair warning – the ending of this book will destroy you. You will be up in bed at 3 a.m. crying into your pillow because of the ending of this book. Still want to read it? Probably, because it’s amazing, but you have been warned. This book will rip your heart out, put it back in your chest, and rip it out again. But it’s worth it. Most things that are worth it usually end up breaking your heart, but they are always worth it.


“The Book Thief” was one of my best reads of 2015. I’m so glad I finally got the opportunity to read this highly regarded book.

Not only do I love the story-line, but I also really enjoyed the style in which the book was written as well as the added elements such as Max’s mini-books for Liesel and Death’s little tangents.

I think any reader can pick this book up at any time in their life and enjoy what it has to offer.

Happy reading,
Kimberly

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Reading by the Fire

Top 5 Wednesday

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That means curling up next to the fire (whether it be real or digital) with the best books and passing the time in the only acceptable way before the craziness of the holidays. This week is dedicated to those books that are perfect for reading on a cold, winter day.

1. The Favorite
This is the most acceptable time to pick up that book people are always surprised you are re-reading. It’s your favorite. The one with the dog-eared pages, crinkled spine, and well-worn cover. You’ve read it so many times, you know it by heart. Yet you still love it and learn something new after each read. This is the time to unashamedly curl up with the book and read it cover to cover – again.

My pick: Harry Potter (any of them)

2. The One You Never Had Time For
There’s that one book that everyone is trying to read but just never seems to have the time for. You know the one I’m talking about. It’s one of those books that’s too big to lug around with you on the train but you’ve always wanted to read. Now’s your chance.

My Pick: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

3. The Series
If you’re anything like me, you can’t just read one book of a series and stop. You have to finish every single book in that series immediately or your world will crumble. Sitting by the fire with all those books piled up next to you is perfectly acceptable because what else are you going to do? Brave the cold? I don’t think so. I’d much rather sit with a cup of cocoa and four or five books or so.

My Pick: Outlander

4. The Daunting Task
Some books are just books you HAVE to read because they are classics and you’ve heard your friends raving about them for years, but you’ve always been pretty intimidated by it because it uses huge words and has all those themes your high school English teacher warned you about. Not to fret, curling up by the fire is also perfect for tackling a somewhat difficult read because you have all the time in the world to re-read passages, look up words, and google anything and everything you don’t understand.

My Pick: Heart of Darkness

5. The Guilty Pleasure

Usually this takes the form of any book with a cover you would want to hide from your mother or significant other. It may be that book that lives tucked between the classics or is crammed under your mattress where not even you can find it sometimes. Either way, break it out this time of year because there is no better time for treating yourself to a terrible book than the holidays.

My Pick: Anything YA or Romance

Let me know what you’ll be reading by the fire this year in the comments below!

Happy reading,
Kimberly