Top 5 Wednesday: Best Moms

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so why not talk about some of the best maternal figures in literatures history.

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1. Molly Weasley 
from Harry Potter
She’s undoubtedly the best mother figure and handles 7 children, as well as Harry, with ease. She’s got this mothering thing down. I wouldn’t mind a trip to the Burrow myself.

2. Mindy from Eleanor and Park
She’s real, and I think that’s my favorite thing about her. She makes mistakes and apologizes for them and understands that she’s still learning. She treats Park and Eleanor well and the love between her and her husband is inspiring.

3. Natalie Prior from Divergent
Natalie is one of the strongest mother’s I have read about. She leaves her home, raises a daughter and a son, and keeps them from harm as long as she can. Then she comes out as this bad-ass who takes charge and sacrifices herself for the greater good. Natalie’s big reveal was a huge shock but showed readers what a great mom she truly was.

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4. Greg’s Mom 
from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
I mentioned this recently in another post, but Greg’s mom is actually hilarious. She cares so much about the people around her and is truly the crazy mom we all love and adore. If it weren’t for her, there wouldn’t be a story with a dying girl at all.

5. Lorelai Gilmore 
from Gilmore Girls
Though not a true book mom, Lorelai is the mother of a bookworm, and she nourishes that love like nobody’s business. Lorelai and Rory have the mother-daughter relationship made for TV that everyone envies and adores. She knows when to be hard and when to be soft and she understands the relationship a girl can have with a book — nothing better than that.

Who are your favorite maternal figures in books? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Top 10 Tuesday: Bookworm Delights

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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 is all about the best things about being a bookworm — what are some of the perks of reading? Or your favorite thing about books? This should be fun!

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1. Finding a used book with notes in the margins.
One of my favorite things about getting old books from a store, from friends, or from the library is seeing all the notes someone has made in it. I love seeing an inscription saying Happy Birthday or Merry Christmas from 30 years ago. I love seeing love notes stuck in pages like bookmarks or underlined quotes showing what the previous owners thought was important. I think used books teach us more than any other book with what secrets they hold not just within their pages but also with their years.

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2. Going to a used bookstore.
This is one of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning. I love finding little bookstores with great deals on amazing books. You always find the best reads, and it usually costs you less than $20 for five books. I say you can never go wrong with a day spent in a used bookstore.

3. Book recommendations from a friend.
I love when my friends give me books as presents or just tell me about their new favorite read. I think it really means something when you can recommend books to friends — it means you know each other on a much deeper level. It’s also just a great feeling when you find a new favorite book because your friend knew you well enough to recommend such a good read.

4. Recommending books to friends.
On the flip side, I just recommended two books to my roommate and she loved them. That’s one of the best feelings in life  — it’s like buying someone a really good gift that they absolutely love. Sharing my love and taste in books with others is something I truly treasure in life.

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5. Rainy day reading.
There is no better day to read in bed than when it is raining cats and dogs outside. I loved growing up in Florida over the summer because I could spend the morning at the beach and the afternoon curled up in a chair reading because it would inevitably rain at 3 p.m. everyday. There’s just something about drifting off into another world when yours is so quiet and peaceful with rain.

6. Remembering the books you used to read as a kid.
I love when I’m walking around a bookstore and I stumble upon the kids section and see The Magic Tree House or Nancy Drew or The Boxcar Children. It sends me back in time to hours spent on the library floor or late nights sitting up with the tiniest sliver of light to read past my bedtime.

7. Starting a hefty book.
There’s no better feeling than cracking open a 500 page book and getting to page 250. It feels great to see your progress unfold.

8. Binge reading a series.
There are few things better to a read-aholic like myself than realizing you love a book that is part of a series — and all the books are already published. There’s no waiting or anticipation — you can have the next books in your hands as soon as you have finished the preceding books. (This is why I finished the Divergent series in two weeks.)

9. Interesting divisions or illustrations in a book.
I love opening up a book and finding the inside just as beautiful as the outside. I recently read a book that had absolutely studding artwork on the inside that separated the book into sections. It’s just a little something that adds to the character of the book and is a sweet surprise.

10. Buying a new book — and falling in love with it.
There is absolutely, 100% no better feeling than buying a new book and it becoming your new favorite. Having a new favorite book, recommending it to everyone, and talking about it every chance you get is one of the better things about being a true bookworm.

What are your favorite bookish delights? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Treasure Tuesday

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1. I am still currently reading Illuminae. 

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3. Here are some new reading positions as presented by Buzzfeed to try out on your next book.

4. My school hosted Relay For Life last Friday. Unfortunately, I was sick and could not participate like I had wanted, but I raised $110 on my own and my school raised over $90,000 for the American Cancer Society!

5. My friends got a puppy, but all I have is this adorable GIF for you.
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Happy reading,

Top 5 Wednesday: Intimidating Books

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This weeks Top 5 Wednesday topic tackles the books I’m too intimidated to tackle in real life. I’ve put off reading these books for a variety of reasons ranging from the length to the terrifying things I’ve heard about them. Here we go…

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1. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 
by Douglas Adams
I’ve definitely talked about this before, but I made the huge mistake (or hidden blessing) of buying the compiled version, and it is mighty. It’s a daunting task to undertake, but one I shall tackle soon.

2. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
For some reason, I’ve wanted to read this book ever since it wasn’t assigned my senior year of high school. I love reading anything I can get my hands on, and I think because my other classmates read it and I didn’t, it makes me want to read it more. I’m super intimidated though because I know how dense it is.

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3. War and Peace 
by Leo Tolstoy
This is just one of those books I know I should read but it’s incredibly long and a huge commitment.

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4. Atlas Shrugged 
by Ayn Rand
I don’t know about you, but when someone tells me I can’t do something, it just makes me want to do it more. I had this friend that told me I wouldn’t be able to read Atlas Shrugged and ever since it’s been on my bucket list. I know one day I’ll get the nerve to tackle it and prove them wrong.

5. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
This, along with all the other classics, has been on my list for a very long time. The only thing holding me back is the nature of writing and that I actually don’t have a copy yet!

What books intimidate you? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Top 10 Tuesday: Have a Laugh

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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! Today’s list is all about getting a laugh. Let’s jump right into the book that have made me chuckle in the past.

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1. Me Talk Pretty One Day 
by David Sedaris
I read this recently and some of his mementos are absolutely hilarious. He recounts serious tales of speech therapy as well as hilarious moments of scooping a turd out of a toilet bowl. A great, light read that leaves you with a couple giggles. If you want to learn more about here, here’s my full review.

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2. Yes Please 
by Amy Poehler
Poehler is one of the funniest “authors” I have read. She is extremely raw and honest about her experiences, which is what leads to it being such a great and entertaining read. I’ve also given a full review of Poehler’s book, which you can find here.

3. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
This is funny in a totally different way from Poehler and Sedaris. This is a great beach read that makes you chuckle to yourself because of the sheer hilarity that ensues at a wedding when everything inevitably goes wrong.

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4. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 
by Jesse Andrews
So if you read my review, I didn’t really like this book. But I recently watched the movie in class and found it absolutely hilarious. Greg’s humor shines through in the character and leaves you laughing at the most inappropriate times.

5. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
I read this in high school and it is unbelievably dry humor, but if you like satire and deep humor, you will love this witty book.

Apparently I don’t read enough humorous novels, so take a gander at this list from the Huffington Post of  46 allegedly hilarious novels that are definitely going on my TBR list.

If you want to add to my list, let me know your favorite funny novels in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Treasure Tuesday

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1. I am currently reading “Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman.

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3. Do you want to find out which two houses at Hogwarts you would belong in if you were to attend? Here’s the official quiz from Buzzfeed. (I’m a Ravendor!)

4. I hope these adorable monkeys brighten your day like they did mine!

Happy reading,

Top 5 Wednesday: The Tough Stuff

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This Top 5 Wednesday is brought to you by the tough stuff. This week I’m going to highlight the books I’ve read that talk about tough topics such as sexual assault, sexuality, abuse, mental health, or truly anything else that isn’t super happy or healthy. It’s important that books cover these topics because they are present in life and readers should be aware of the tough stuff going on around them, especially when it isn’t happening to them. Let’s get started.

1. Luna 
by Julie Anne Peters
Luna tackles the difficult topic of sexuality and chronicles the struggles of being transgender and understanding your identity in high school. I read this during my junior year of high school, and it was such a good book. It showed the struggle Luna went through during the day and who she really was at night.

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2. Eleanor & Park 
by Rainbow Rowell
This book has many difficult topics amidst its rather typical teen love story. Eleanor was homeless for a year, she has five siblings, she lives in poverty and she has an abusive step-father. All of these elements make this sometimes a difficult read, but it reflects what it could be like to live in poverty and try survive high school at the same time.

3. A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer
I read this autobiography in middle school, and it has haunted me ever since. It’s the story of Dave as a foster child and the troubles he goes through in the system. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read it, so some of the details are very blurry, but I distinctly remember reading about some of the abuse he endured and troubles he faced as a foster child. I think it’s imperitive that this story is read. Too often books gloss over the hard stuff, but Dave honestly writes about his abusive childhood and it teaches anyone who reads it about the horrors of child abuse as well as the foster system.

4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
I also read this book quite some time ago, but it’s about a girl who is raped and how she deals with it. She decides to withdraw into herself and remains silent about the situation. This was a keystone book in my development as a young adult as well as my understanding of sexual assault. Commended for how Anderson tackles issues, this is a book that lives on my shelf to this day.

5. Stolen 
by Lucy Christopher
This was such an interesting book. It’about a girl who is abducted and held captive for about a year by a young man who has been planning this abduction for quite some time because he is in love with Gemma, the main character. It delves into the intricacies of love and obsession and teaches readers about safety and Stockholm Syndrome.

What are some of the books you’ve read that talk about “the tough stuff”? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading,

Top 10 Tuesday: Books for College Students

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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 making a syllabus for college students. Here’s a list of books you should keep on your shelf (and read) to prepare for (or escape) the real world.

1. 1984 
by George Orwell
I don’t have anything to say except this is a great book and everyone should read it.

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2. The Catcher in the Rye 
by J.D. Salinger
I’ve been told this is a book you should read at multiple stages in life. Most readers picked this one up in high school, so I think college is a great time to re-read it with a fresh perspective.

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3. Yes Please 
by Amy Poehler
Amy talks about a lot of the hard parts of life and sprinkles in amazing advice throughout every chapter of her book. I suggest this book to people I know of all ages because I think it’s a book that everyone can get something out of.

4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
One of the best science-fiction novels I’ve ever read with such a meaningful story about the importance of books and reading.

5. Anthem 
by Ayn Rand
Rand teaches a great lesson about free-will and the development of society. I read this in ninth grade, and I still think it teaches a great lesson about equality.

6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I feel like this is always everyone’s favorite required reading, and for good reason. It is a story about prejudice and the importance of forming your own opinions and doing what is right in the face of the law.

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7. Animal Farm 
by George Orwell
It’s such an easy read with such a deep meaning. It teaches readers about the double-sided meaning of being created as equals, and it shows the dark side of what power can do to someone — to anyone.

8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Another story that shows where the world could go if we don’t change our way, Brave New World is an inspiring read with important lessons for readers of any age.

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9. The Hobbit 
by J.R.R. Tolkien
This tale teaches readers all about adventure and seizing the day. It shows readers what happens when they leave their comfort zone and explore a world otherwise unknown to them. It truly is a tale that teaches anyone to take a change and see what happens.

10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Although this is a children’s tale, it’s a great way to escape when the real world is threatening to destroy any semblance of sanity that you may be able to hold on to.

Happy reading,


Treasure Tuesday

treasure tuesday banner1. I am still currently reading “Feed.”

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3. I danced for 12 hours in my schools dance marathon from Friday night to Saturday morning. Together we raised $276,720.16 for Duke Children’s Hospital!

4. You may or may not know this, but I love minimalistic designs. Here are a few redone YA covers with the kind of artwork I personally love.

5. I registered for my first semester of my senior year today! Time really does fly. Cherish every moment.

Happy reading,

Top 5 Wednesday: Rainy Day Reads

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What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day? Personally, I love curling up on the couch with a good book in hand and watching the hours go by with every page I turn. Here is my list of my favorite rainy day reads.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
This will always be one of my favorite reads. Whenever I’m sad, I pick up this book and I instantly feel better. The development of friendship and sense of adventure will always appeal to readers. It’s great for a rainy day because it’s an easy read, and if it makes you happy, it’s a great investment for an otherwise lazy day.

2. 1984 
by George Orwell
Personally, this is one of my favorite novels, that’s why I always go to grab it on a rainy day. It’s a relatively easy read in my opinion, and it’s a small book, so it’s super easy to curl into it.

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3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower 
by Stephen Chbosky
This is another one of those books I gravitate toward when I need something comfortable to read. It’s pages are packed with meaning, and I learn something new every time I pick it up.

4. In True Blood by Truman Capote
I recently read this over the past summer, and I think it’s just a great creepy read for anybody. It’s a true tale about a murder in Kansas, and I know the eerie setting is just perfect for a rainy day read.

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5. The Hobbit 
by J.R.R. Tolkien
What better book to read on a rainy day than a tale of adventure?

What do you like to read on a rainy day? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,