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? 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | Book Tag

I first saw this on HardbackHoarder

♠ Alice : a quote from your favourite strong, female protagonist.

“Fire is catching and if we burn, you burn with us.”

Katniss Everdeen, Mockingjay

The White Rabbit: a book everyone has read that you were/are late to the party on.

Harry Potter Series, I still have to read 5-7

Down The Rabbit Hole: your favourite first book sentence.

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”              – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Drink Me: your favourite thing to drink while reading (tea, coffee, other) 

Definitely coffee and sometimes hot chocolate, but I am a sucker for teavana tea

The Caterpillar: a character who gives good advice, and a character who needs it.

Whenever I think of good advice I think of Dumbledore. A character that needs advice is definitely Adrian Ivashkov

The Cheshire Cat: try and give a six word explanation of a book that confused you.

Modern fairy tale of childhood nostalgia – The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

The March Hare and Mad Hatter: a fictional friendship you wish you could join in on.

Locke Lamora and Jean from The Gentleman Bastard series

The Dormouse: a book that put you to sleep.

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

The Queen of Hearts: a book you would decree as compulsory reading.

There are so many. I have to say I would decree The Giver by Lois Lowry as a compulsory read.

The Mock Turtle:  a quote or passage from a book that made you cry.

“If I run or breathe too deep, the cheap stitches holding me together will snap, and all the stickiness inside will pour out and burn through the concrete.”
― Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

The Flowers: a pretty book cover.

The Walrus and The Carpenter: a character whose original appearance was deceptive.

I am not sure. I cannot think of anyone.

Unbirthdays: a book you would gladly read every day of the year.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol it never gets old for me

The White Knight: a character that everyone laughs at but who deserves better.

I cannot really think of one to answer this question either.

Let me know if you do this tag!

Making It Through Hard Times | Quotes

Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.
Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things
When she spoke again it was in the thin, careful and above all brave voice of someone who has pulled themselves together despite overwhelming odds but might let go again at any moment.
– Terry Pratchett, Mort
Because you don’t notice the light without a bit of shadow. Everything has both dark and light. You have to play with it till you get it exactly right.
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. Whenever I’m sad I’m going to die, or so nervous I can’t sleep, or in love with somebody I won’t be seeing for a week, I slump down just so far and then I say: ‘I’ll go take a hot bath.’
 -Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.
– Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
No man or woman alive, magical or not, has ever escaped some form of injury, whether physical, mental, or emotional. To hurt is as human as to breathe.
J.K. Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard
As time goes on, you’ll understand. What lasts, lasts; what doesn’t, doesn’t. Time solves most things. And what time can’t solve, you have to solve yourself.
 Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance
“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
“There had been times when he knew, somewhere in him, that he would get used to it, whatever it was, because he had learnt that some hard things became softer after a very little while.”
Nick Hornby, About a Boy
“The weak have been swept away.
That’s the flaw in Vosch’s master plan: If you don’t kill all of us at once, those who remain will not be the weak.
It’s the strong who remain, the bent but unbroken, like the iron rods that used to give this concrete its strength.
Flood, fires, earthquakes, disease, starvation, betrayal, isolation, murder.
What doesn’t kill us sharpens us. Hardens us. Schools us.”
― Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave
“The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it…”
Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight
“She took a step and didn’t want to take any more, but she did.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
“There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore.”
Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell | Author Interview

GARDEN OF THORNS BY AMBER MITCHELL 

Synopsis:

After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll take to her grave if she must.

INTERVIEW WITH AMBER 

– Top 5 Things readers need to know about the book.

  1. Rose is a flawed protagonist. She doesn’t necessarily have fighting skills but she is smart.
  2. The land of Delmar is a brutal world and the action in the story illustrates that.
  3. Trust isn’t easily earned but it is easily broken.
  4. Rayce is a genuine good guy and they can most definitely be sexy too!
  5. Even in the most dire situations, you can find true love.

 

– Who/What was your inspiration for becoming a writer? How long have you been writing?

I’m not sure there is really a “who”. I’ve enjoyed writing stories ever since I was young. My first “real” story was a play I wrote for my third grade class. It was about 20-pages long which at the time seemed like a whole novel. I can definitely say that my high school teacher (I had him for 11th and 12th grade) helped me decide that I could get published one day if I put in enough work and he spent so many hours reviewing the first chapter of my first novel which I rewrote maybe ten times. He was definitely instrumental in my growth to start taking my writing seriously.

– Which of your characters would you say you are most like?

I fall somewhere between Rose and Marin. I like to joke around a lot like Marin and though I don’t always show it, I’m actually an optimist. I wish for the best but the realist in me braces for the worst. Unfortunately, I’m plagued with Rose’s anxiety so I relate to her a lot when I write her. Sometimes I let fear hold me captive so it was really therapeutic to write a character who must find a way past her fears.

– If your book was to be turned into a movie who would you cast as your leads?

This one is tough. I kind of just want to cast Chris Pratt as every part so I get to see more Chris Pratt but I don’t think he’d fit a single character!

For Rayce, I have a hard time seeing anyone else besides Godfrey Gao. He’s the perfect choice!

Rose has always been harder. I think it’s because I have a very specific picture in my head and no one quite fits it. Maybe someone like Chloe Grace Moretz? I’m not exactly happy with that choice but I’ve been thinking about this question forever and am never happy with it!

– Did you have to research anything for your book?

I did a lot of research into the ancient dynasties of China since Delmar is very loosely based off of them. Particularly the Song dynasty. I wanted to know about the crops they harvested, what they ate, what their daily lives looked like. For as much research as I did, only a tiny portion ended up making it into the book but it was important for me to understand the Delmar Empire and how it sustained itself.

– In 5 words how would you describe Garden of Thorns?

Exciting. Brutal. Romantic. Epic fantasy.

– What is your favorite book?

This question isn’t fair! I love so many books. A few of my favorite series are Harry Potter by JK Rowling (because, of course!), Poison Study series by Maria V Snyder and the Abhorsen trilogy by Nix Garth.

– What inspired the idea of the Garden?

It was actually a mixture of ideas. Whenever I would watch a movie and there would be a ballroom scene with girls in ball gowns, I would always think they looked like flowers when they twirled. That image stuck with me and I thought it would be really interesting to make a performance group of “dancing flowers”. I had this vision in my mind of a girl who was fierce, seething as she was dancing and desperate to escape that life and I wanted to know why. I didn’t actually start writing this book until a few years later and it must have been marinating in my head because the idea of the Garden sort of flowed onto the page logically from there.

– What’s on your playlist? Does the music go with your book?

I always write to music. Sometimes when a scene has a certain emotion, I can take the feeling of the music and inject it into the story. I switch back and forth between purely instrumental and songs with lyrics.

Though I have a lengthy playlist for Garden of Thorns, the two songs I listened to a lot through the editing process were “Mother Misery” by Letters from the Fire and “Outstretched Hands” by Starfield.

The first song captured Rose’s desperation at the ending of the book perfectly for me. The song describes a hopeless situation and yet, the singer still has so much hope.

The second song really captured all the questions Rose and Rayce have about each other. Their relationship to me has always been a question of whether they can rely on each other or if the world will get the best of them and this song represents that hesitance even though they want to be together.

 

Meet the Author: 

Website: ambermitchellbooks.com
Twitter : @amberinblunderl
Goodreads
Amazon

 

2017 Bookish Bucket List | March Update

2017

I have done this now for the past three years and have been decently successful with it.. This year I have set a lot of goals for myself and really want to throw myself back into the book community and blogging world. The past year off has left me wanting so much from books because I have missed the atmosphere and love of books.  

♠ Read at least 100 books. I have a challenge I have created for myself and its the year I take on some completed series. [ I have read a total of 11 books so far. A lot of stuff has been going on in my life and reading has fallen to the wayside. I have been reading more recently but have a lot to catch up with. ]

♠ Read and Complete 6 Series. This goes along with the challenge I have am creating. There are so many out that I have yet to pick up and its crazy. [I have completed one series so far this year out of the millions I want to complete check it out at series serial reader!]

♠ Read at least three daunting books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.) [I have not gotten there yet and with my slight slump I am stuck on which one I should pick up first that I will be able to fly through]

♠ Read 45 books from my TBR. I just recently moved and don’t have my books. I have been going to the library and with that it give way to an endless array of books. I really want to make sure I am still reading books that I had actually purchased. [I have been able to read 6 books from my TBR so far! ]

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books. I started doing this last year and really enjoyed it. I love learning more and I have a lot I am interested in. [I have a whole long list of non-fiction books I want to complete this year (If this list is something people would like to see I will post it!) I have been able to complete 2 so far.]

♠ Start New Blog Series. I really want to work harder on developing my blog. There are many things I participate in that are created by other bloggers and I really want to come up with something that is completely my own and get others involved in! [I am kind of stumped with this one. I have been trying out a couple of things in my head. Some of my ideas I am just not sure what to name them.]

 

 

What are some of your 2017 goals/resolutions?