Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite bookmarks

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is favorite bookmarks… which is honestly not my favorite topic. I’m not sure where all my bookmarks ended up in my move, so here are ten things that I like to use as bookmarks when I don’t have an actual bookmark available.


  1. the dust cover
  2. receipts
  3. appointment cards
  4. envelopes
  5. post-it notes
  6. business cards
  7. a pen or pencil
  8. junk mail
  9. scrap paper
  10. and when all else fails, I save my page number on the Goodreads app

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that give off autumn vibes

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is books that give off autumn vibes… which we did two years ago, but that’s fine. Instead of content, today I’m going to go with covers in fall colors.

(my inspirational color palette)

I haven’t read all of these, but the ones I haven’t read are on my TBR!



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Top Ten Tuesday: Books featuring spooky creatures

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is a Halloween freebie and I’m going with books featuring spooky creatures! At first, like last year, I wanted to go with spooky books I’ve read, but then I realized there was no way I was going to get to ten with the tiny amount of spooky books I read. πŸ™‚ So here we go! Ten books that, while not necessarily spooky, feature some spooky creatures.


a possibly haunted doll

Doll Bones by Holly Black

ghosts

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

werewolves

Mooncakes by Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker

vampires

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

aliens

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

any creature you could think of is probably in this series

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d give different ratings to

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is “books I’d give different titles to,” which honestly I think is a little bit mean? Personally, I’d never be able to give a book a catchy title (and I’m way too indecisive), so I give authors a lot of credit for coming up with book titles.

Instead, I’m going with books I’d give different ratings to. My tastes have changed a lot over the years, and there are plenty of books that I used to hate that I think I’d probably like more now, and plenty of books that I liked (or even loved) when I read them that I definitely would not enjoy anymore.

I did a post like this a few months ago, but here are ten more!


Subtle Bodies

original (2013) rating: β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†

For some reason, I used to be really hesitant to give books the one-star ratings they deserved. This book is definitely one of those. I hated this book. It was so bad. It was just a bunch of rich white men complaining about their lives.


The Biology of Luck

original (2014) rating: β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†

Another such book: The Biology of Luck. This book was awful, okay. Awful. In my review, I said, “I absolutely hated it, with a fiery burning passion, while I was reading it.” I also said that the ending was some nonsense. Definite one-star territory if I ever saw it.


Ruthless People

original (2014) rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

To quote myself, “The writing is, in a word, awful.” Why did I give it three stars??


Red Rising

original (2014) rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Okay, so I don’t think I’d necessarily hate this book if I read it now, but I’m pretty sure that it wouldn’t be five stars. First of all, I just don’t love dystopian novels anymore, and second of all, I’m much pickier about writing style than I used to be.


Addicted to You

original (2015) rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Looking back, I think I gave this book three stars because I didn’t really know what to make of it. It’s difficult to read because it deals with two really self-destructive characters who constantly make terrible decisions. I’ve come to really like these characters, understand their motivations, and root for them to better themselves. I’d definitely rate it higher now.


More Happy Than Not

original (2016) rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

With More Happy Than Not, I think my rating had more to do with how much I wanted to like it than how much I actually liked it. I do not have fond memories of reading this book. I didn’t enjoy it much at all and my rating would definitely be lower now.


Listen To Your Heart

original (2018) rating: β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†

As someone who really loves cute, fluffy romances, this rating is definitely an anomaly for me. Kasie West writes super cute, super fluffy romances and I honestly think that one of the biggest reasons that I didn’t love this book is everything that was going on in my personal life when I was reading it.


Warcross

original (2018) rating: β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†

Another book that I was possibly not fair to is Warcross. This is another one I read during that same very stressful time in my life, and looking back, I don’t think I liked much of anything that I read then.


Bring Me Their Hearts

original (2018) rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

I was actually just talking about this one this morning! I have no idea why I gave it three stars because tHe iNTernAL vOicE annoyed the heck out of me when I read it.


The Mental Load

original (2019) rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

I think that this rating was mostly because I thought I’d be getting something different than I actually got. If I went into this with a clearer head, I probably would have rated it higher.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Extraordinary book titles

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is extraordinary book titles. Because I can’t really think of ten “oh my goodness, what an amazing title!!” books, I’m going with ten unusual book titles instead.

One thing I’ve noticed is that, while the actual words in the title might not be unusual, I always think long book titles are a little weird, so there are a few of those here.


Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered


Turtles All the Way Down


Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too


How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You


The Secrets of the Starbucks Lovers


Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over


The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried


The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash


Forks, Knives, and Spoons


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


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Top Ten Tuesday: Character traits I love

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is character traits I love, and I had to think about this one a little bit!! This theme was submitted by Hannah @ Books Life and Other Oddities.


conflict-averse

I hate conflict, okay. I had to create some conflict recently when I quit my job of seven years, and yikes. I agonized about that for a very long time. Characters that are like me make me feel better.

Example: Bailey from Alex, Approximately


quirky

And by this, I don’t mean your standard YA manic pixie dream girl. I mean someone who has a weird interest and isn’t afraid to shout about it.

Example: Bex from The Anatomical Shape of a Heart


funny

I almost always like my books to have at least a little bit of humor in them, but if the main character is legitimately funny, I will probably love the book.

Example: Caroline and Simon in Wallbanger


snarky

Sometimes a tense scene really just needs someone to chime in with a sassy comment. The kinds of characters that make those comments are some of my favorites.

Example: Mr. Kindly in Nevernight


superstitious

This has to be done right for me to enjoy it, but I love it when a story is going along just fine and then a character pipes up to yell something like “what are you thinking?? you can’t put your PURSE on the FLOOR! all your money will disappear!”

Example: Ileana’s Mamaie in The Story That Cannot Be Told


outspoken

I am kind of the opposite of outspoken, so I really like to read about characters that aren’t shy about standing up for themselves and their beliefs.

Example: Lucy in Heretics Anonymous


good at communicating

I think that, by now, the entire internet knows that I hate the miscommunication trope. Give me a character that can actually say what they want to say in a clear way that everyone can understand and I will love them.

Example: Freddy in Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me


clever

Can your character get themselves out of a mess without batting an eye? I will probably like your book.

Example: Octavia in A Conspiracy of Stars


anxious

I can’t say that I really enjoy reading about anxiety, but as someone who is very, very anxious literally all of the time, it makes me feel so much better to read about characters who feel the same way I do.

Example: Stevie in Truly Devious


intelligent

I like smart characters. I’m not talking about the fake kind of smart, where the characters just use big words and we’re supposed to deduce that they’re geniuses, but real, actual smart characters, who don’t make stupid decisions for no reason.

Example: Connor in the Addicted series


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Top Ten Tuesday: Book titles with numbers in them

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is book titles with numbers in them, which is an interesting topic. It was submitted by Emma @ Words and Peace, and there’s a suggestion that you can challenge yourself by doing numbers one through ten, so that’s what I’m going to do!


Ready Player One


Love Scene, Take Two


Lifel1k3


I Am Number Four

This is the only book on this list that I haven’t read (and have no intention of reading), but I really couldn’t think of any other FOUR books!


The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley


Six of Crows


Seven Days of You


We Were Eight Years in Power


99 Percent Mine

(This could be considered cheating, but there is a 9 in the title…)


Top Ten


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