Top Ten Tuesday|Top Ten Beach Reads for Non Contemporary Readers

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Beach Reads for Non Contemporary Readers. I figured everyone does post for the summer about the top summery reads and they always contain contemporaries. I know for some contemporaries are not for everyone, even I have a hard time with them. So I wanted to make a post about some good engaging reads to take with you this summer that are “easier”reads then epic fantasies. I recently also post some top summery reads for Top 5 Wednesday.

♦ Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (or really anything by Flynn)

♦ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 

♦ The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

♦ The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater 

♦ Cinder by Marissa Meyers (or really any of the Lunar Chronicles)

♦ A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas

♦ Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas 

♦ The Martian by Andy Weir

What are some of your top summer reads?

Books Best Friend | Bookmarks Edition


I have decided to do a series on my blog dedicated to where to find those all amazing things that book lovers need in their life or things based on books that we love. I am always spending time lost on the internet searching for cute bookish things and I thought I would make it a little easier for others and share the cute things that I have found. This first post is dedicated to those things that I would not be able to read a book without. I am not one for dog earring pages and although I so many times use whatever is available to me, cute bookmarks always making reading books that much better! (Also sorry ahead of time most of them shown are Alice in Wonderland, but I mean what did you expect from me.)

♥ ribonitachocolat on Etsy 

 ribonitachocolat has a few cute little book characters and the rest of the bookmarks are just absolutely adorable little creatures and characters. There bookmarks are custom made and their prices are reasonable, but they are based out of Portugal.

6 Piece Alice in Wonderland Characters- $16.70 +shipping
Single Bookmarks varying in size but on average 6″ – $2.25-$3.30 +shipping

 ReadandWonder on Etsy 

ReadandWonder has a wide variety of bookmarks based on bookish characters. They have both magnetic bookmarks of characters and quote bookmarks. Their bookmarks are custom made and hand drawn. Their prices are very reasonable as well as their shipping, they are based out of Australia.

Quote Bookmarks- $1.92 +shipping
Magnetic Bookmarks Singles up to Sets of 6-  $1.53- $9.20 +shipping

♥ TheWrigglingBookworm on Etsy 

TheWrigglingBookworm has super adorable designs of book characters plus just beautifully done designs of animals and flowers. They are digital prints so no need to pay shipping or wait for your order to arrive in the mail!

Set of 4 Bookmarks- $4.99

♥ Boookmarky on Etsy 

Boookmarky has a large variety of bookmarks based on a great selection of books. They have designs and quotes on them. Some bookmarks come with the option for a small amount more (like cents more) to add the mini bookmark or a charm. They are a little pricer.

Single Bookmark- $4.31+shipping

♥ BeyondthePages19 on Etsy 

BeyondthePages19 offers some more unique options then other stores I have found. They have characters from books that others do not make like Great Expectations and War and Peace. They also have some super cute hipster animals and these awesome Queens and the Wizard of OZ. They also offer quote bookmarks, some of my favorite ones being those quoting Gilmore Girls!

Magnetic Queen Set of 4- $7.67 + shipping
Magnetic Singles to Sets of 6- $2.30- $10.74 +shipping
Quote Bookmarks – $1.92 +shipping

 ♥ Target 

Target in my opinion has some awesome bookmark selection too and are even starting to get magnetic bookmarks. They have these awesome bookmarks that have a clock and you can record the time you are reading.

Mark My Time Bookmark- $8.99

NerdyGrlDesigns on Etsy

NerdyGrlDesigns characters are absolutely adorable. I love their use of pastels and they have a wide variety of options. They have both magnetic and regular bookmarks. I love their Disney designs (especially Moana) and their unicorns! They even have quote magnetic bookmarks which I haven’t seen anywhere else yet. They have very reasonable prices.

Alice in Wonderland Set of 6- $10.00 +shipping
Single to Set of 8 Magnetic Bookmarks- $3.25- $12.50 +shipping
Quote Bookmarks – $1.85 +shipping

There are many amazing shops that you can find adorable custom made book character bookmarks. All the ones I have listed have great options and make awesome products. I could keep going with this list, but if you would like to see another post in the future featuring more let me know! Let me know what some of your favorite shops for bookmarks are! 

Free Kindle Loaning Library

I saw some people talking about this on Twitter. How people can loan out certain books to others from their Kindles. I have so many books on my kindle that can be loaned out and I am not reading them right now so I figured I would put them up for others to read. Below are all the titles. A lot of them are more obscure and not well known, but there are a few popular ones within the list. If you are interested in loaning any of these kindle books from me just leave me a comment or send me a message in my contact.
Wicked Games Jessica Clare, Jill Myles
The Beautiful and Damned F. Scott  Fitzgerald
Realm Keepers Garrett Robinson, Z. C. Bolger
The Darkest Minds -Alexandra Bracken
Collide Shelly Crane
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
Scarred J. S. Cooper
Johnny Rachel Dunning
Alienated Melissa Landers
Minutes Before Sunset Shannon A. Thompson

Non-Fiction Books I Want To Read

Lately I have really been branching out on what I read and have developed more interests for a variety of books. There are quite a few books that have been on my radar or on my shelves that I really want to read. The only problem is it always seems to take me longer to read through non-fiction, but I am usually always really happy after I do. There is always so much to learn from them about life, the world and even yourself. I would love for any other recommendations people have to offer.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Knizer

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon

The Witches by Stacy Schiff

The Impossible Will Take A Little While by Paul Rogat Loeb

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

All The Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister

Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

Why Nations Fail : The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Daron Acemoğlu and James A. Robinson

Brave Enough by Nicole Unice

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

♣ Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What are some of your favorite Non-fiction books?

Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Summery Reads

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Summery Reads

♣ Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 

♣ Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han 


 

♣ Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

♣ How We Fall by Kate Brauning 


What are some of your favorite summery reads ? 

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Moms in Literature

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Mother’s Day Freebie. I decided that I would go with the top moms in literature. I do not have many that I could think of. It seems that so much of YA literature doesn’t include parents, which is weird when you think about it. All of these teens are just off by themselves getting into all sorts of trouble with no parental supervision.

♦ Mrs. Weasley from the Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling – I feel like this is a given and needs nothing further.

♦ Ma Ingalls from Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder – She was just the all around mom. She was always there for them and teaching them.

♦ Ms. Honey from Matilda by Roald Dahl– She always wanted the best for Matilda and was so sweet.

♦ Natalie Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth– She risked her life for her daughter and supported her with her decisions.

♦ Lilly Potter from the Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling – She gave up her life for her son. Although she isn’t present in the books, she is always there with Harry and helps him make it.

 

What are some of you top moms in literature?

Ode to Mothers | Quotes

“Because I feel that in the heavens above
The angels, whispering one to another,
Can find among their burning tears of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother,”
Therefore, by that dear name I have long called you,
You who are more than mother unto me.”
— Edgar Allen Poe, To My Mother

“Mothers are all slightly insane.”
— J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

“Perhaps it takes courage to raise children..”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.”
― Jodi Picoult, House Rules

“He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

 “You were my home, Mother. I had no home but you”
― Janet Fitch, White Oleander

“But behind all your stories is your mother’s story, for hers is where yours begins.”
— Mitch Albom, For One More Day

Friday Reads | Getting Back Into Reading

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I am working on picking myself up and putting the pieces back together. It is a process, and ending up being a really long one. I have been really trying to focus on myself and keeping my head up. I still have like 100 pages to finish of Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyla Melton. I have been kind of putting off finishing this because we started it together and it has already made me cry a lot. But it is really good and I am going to complete it within the next week. I am also half way through The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead.  I figured it was a good pick to get back into the my old reading groove, by reading a book by an author I really enjoy and a world I have grown to love. I am kind of sad to finish this book because I do not own the next one in the series and I know I will want to continue. I also have borrowed Brave Enough:Getting Over Our Fears, Flaws, and Failures to Live Bold and Free by Nicole Unice to listen to on my walks. I have been putting off walking everyday because I hate having all that time alone with my thoughts and thought it would be good to have something to help me through. I have been working on a fitness journal and I need to get myself back into workout everyday like I use to before everything happened. I need to stop letting the ex control my life and mood.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Books I Would Like To Reread

I first created a post like this back in 2014- Top Ten Books I Want To Reread. I thought it would be fun to do it again. Also for the fact that I have recently acquired a lot of free time and have been really wanting to do some rereads. I really want to try to read at least one a month. Some of these I need to reread so I can continue with the series. It is always a struggle to decide whether or not to reread a book you love or to read and find new loves. But I think it is important to revisit the books that have impacted your life and left an impression on you or even just ones that you got lost in. There have been so many books that I would say have saved me when I was lost and recently I really believe I need to revisit some of those characters and stories to find myself again. 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Looking For Alaska by John Green

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson 

Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder 

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien 

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett 

The Raven Boys & The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Volition by Lily Paradis 

 

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday | Books as Event Themes

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Books as Event Themes

Who doesn’t like a good party? And what is better than a book themed party.

♣ Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling 

This is a given right. No explanation needed.

♣ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 

Also another given. I am obsessed with this book and it would make for an awesome tea party right?

♣ The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

I was not a huge fan of this book but the 20s flapper scene makes for an awesome costume party!

♣ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I figured with the recent tv show on hulu and everything going on in the world it would make for a really interesting party.

♣ Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

There are a lot of peculiar people in the world and a lot of interesting options for how to handle a great party like this.

♣ World War Z by Max Brooks

I mean come on zombies! What makes for a better party then the living dead.

What are some of your top books as event themes?