Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads

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It’s that time of year again! School is out (theoretically), and the living is easy (theoretically). But that doesn’t mean we bookworms don’t have big dreams for the summer. I don’t know about you, but I want to read at least 15 books in these 14 weeks of summer I have. Here’s the top 5 books I want to read before school starts up again.

1. Catch- 22 by Joseph Heller
I bought this from a used, online bookstore, and it’s been sitting on my shelf for well over two years. It’s high time I read. It’s been recommended to me by multiple friends and it’s time I take the plunge and tackle it.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 
by Ken Kesey
I’ve been wanting to read this ever since my friend did a project on it in high school. I’ve watched the movie, and I know the book is from a completely different perspective, so I really just want to see how it measures up.

3. Anna and the French Kiss 
by Stephanie Perkins
My friend raved about this when she read it, and I feel like I’ve been talking about it since last summer. This is definitely the summer for me to tackle it!

4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
This is a classic book I never read as a child and I think it’s high time I cross it off my list.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 
by Douglas Adams
Like Catch-22, this has been sitting on my shelf for far too long. It’s daunting to read since I own the compiled edition, but I know I can do it!

What books do you want to tackle this summer? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Top 10 Tuesday: On A Whim

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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! We all have those books that we pick up because they have been on our lists for years, but this week’s Top 10 is all about the books I’ve picked up just because they looked appealing at the time. Let’s get started!

The Secret History
1. The Secret History 
by Donna Tartt
I picked this book up when I was buying Christmas presents for my family. I’m not sure why it spoke to me, but when I read the synopsis on the back and heard it was about secret societies I knew I had to read it.

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2. The Museum of Intangible Things  
by Wendy Wunder
The cover of this book really spoke to me when I was shopping in Barnes and Noble one day. It looked like a cute book with a great story and I was not disappointed.

3. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
I was in a used book store and really wanted to get a solid copy of a good book. My friend found this and I couldn’t pass up a book for $5.

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4. Side Effects May Vary 
by Julie Murphy
I loved the font on this book — I’m very interested in typography and I also just found it to be a very interesting cover. I read a few pages in the store and figured, “What the heck?” It probably took me three days to read this book, and it was a great one.

5. Unbroken by Laura Hilenbrand
Obviously I had heard about Unbroken because of the movie coming out, but I wasn’t super interested in reading about war. Lucky for me, I found this on one of the tables at Barnes and Noble and I am so happy I read it. I’ve recommended it to so many people since reading it.

6. Wild 
by Cheryl Strayed
Honestly, I picked this book up because I really loved the cover, and I kept it because I really loved the story.

7. Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bizzinger
This is another used-bookstore find. It reminded me of the TV show, and then I found out the TV show was based on the book. I never thought I would like a book about sports, but I actually loved it!

8. Assholes *A Theory 
by Aaron James
Do you know the tables in Barnes and Noble that are categorized as “Summer Reads” or “Books to Make You Think?” I always stop at those tables first, and this was on a “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” table. I couldn’t pass up the deal, and the title really intrigued me.

9. Too Soon Dead by Michael Kurland
I read a couple pages of this and thought the cover was super interesting. Unfortunately, the book wasn’t that great — but one bad book out of 10 isn’t such a bad success rate for books picked up on a whim.

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet
10. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet 
by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
I saw this in an aisle and actually picked it up because on of my favorite blogger’s talked about it. I thought it would be a good light read for the holiday, and wasn’t disappointed. It was a little bit too much like Pride and Prejudice (the names are the same!), but it was still a good way to pass the time.

What are your favorite books that you picked up on a whim? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Treasure Tuesday

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1. I’m sorry for the brief hiatus I took — illness and finals got the better of me and while there is no excuse for ignoring my blog for a week, I am still deeply sorry.

2. I am currently reading “Rose Under Fire,” the companion novel to “Code Name Verity,” which I reviewed a while ago.

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4. I got great grades in my hardest two classes this semester, and I could not be more thrilled!

5. I have read 20 books already, and I am so excited to keep on reading and expanding my list of books I’ve consumed!

6. Cutest puppy ever award goes to…

Happy reading,

Top 10 Tuesday: Kid Characters I Want to Meet as Adults

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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’s post is all about the childhood characters I would love to meet as adults. Let’s jump right into it!

Charlottes Web
1. Fern 
from Charlotte’s Web
I still remember curling up in old bedroom reading Charlotte’s Web with my mom as a wee kindergarten student. It was one of the first real books I remember reading and the movie was actually the reason I was a vegetarian for two years when I was younger. I would love to see where Fern is now (or what she would have been like at a 21 year old) and see how her interactions with Charlotte and Wilbur shaped her adult life.

2. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
I like to think of myself as a little bit Hermione-ish, so naturally I would love to see how she’s doing in life. Readers get a glimpse at the end of the seventh novel, but I want a full blown story telling me about the wedding and what it’s like to have kids as a natural born bookworm.

Winnie the Pooh
3. Christopher Robin 
from Winnie the Pooh
I still have a Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed animal to this day and I keep the one from my childhood close at all times, so I’d love to see how Christopher Robin’s character developed and if he still looks back on his childhood friends fondly.

Harold and the Purple Crayon
4. Harold 
from Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold had a grand ole time with that purple crayon, and it would be cool to know if he got into art or chose a completely different path after growing up.

Eleanor and Park
5. Eleanor 
from Eleanor and Park
While I wasn’t completely horrified at the ending of Eleanor and Park, I wouldn’t be opposed to checking in with her. I think it would be interesting to see where life took her after she left the confines of Richie’s home.

6. Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit
My fingers are crossed that after his many adventures during The Hobbit Bilbo didn’t just sit at home and wait for things to happen. Unfortunately, I haven’t read Lord of the Rings yet, so maybe my wish will be answered and I’ll get to hear more about Bilbo, but for now I’d love to catch up with him in his hobbit hole.

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7. Greg 
from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
I feel like readers experienced a lot with Greg, and it would be awesome to see how he’s doing in college after everything he went through with Earl and Rachel during his senior year. I hope he’s off making amazing movies in LA, but I’d love to actually see those movies.

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8. Holden Caulfield 
from The Catcher in the Rye
As I’ve mentioned many a time, I would love to re-read The Catcher in the Rye but I think I’d rather sit down with Holden in Central Park and chat about his life — where he was, where he is, and where he is going. I feel like I could learn a lot from Holden.

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9. Charlie 
from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Readers leave Charlie when he’s a little broken, and I’d like to know how he is doing now — how he dealt with the repercussions of remembering and how he gets the strength to face everyday. I wonder if he ever feels like he could be infinite anymore.

10. Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to read Go Set a Watchman, so I’m not sure if we get to meet adult Scout, but I think she’d be another lovely character to sit down with and have a soda just to talk about her life.

Which YA or kids book characters would you want to revisit as adults? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading,

Treasure Tuesday

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1. I just finished “Illuminae” last night, and I have so many feelings about it. I’m not quite sure what those feelings are yet, but as soon as I know, you will.

2. Who couldn’t love this face?

3. I had my formal on Friday, and I had so much fun. It was a great time with friends, dancing, and good food.

4. As presented by Buzzfeed, here’s a list of many of the weird things book-lovers have done. (Admit it, you’ve done most of the things on this list, I know I have.)

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Happy reading,