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    Top 5 Books I Want For Christmas

    Christmas was never a huge deal in my family. Of course we celebrated, but when I was a kid, the importance of the holiday was placed on spending time with family, and as I got older, that didn’t change much. I think as the years go on, we all become a little more aware how important time with our loved ones is, and Christmas is the perfect time to come together and celebrate each other. But alas, people still ask you what you want each year. I like to think I’m pretty easy to buy for because I have so many interests, but my parents still make me tell them…

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    Books I am Thankful For

    It’s not quite yet 2018, but I’ve still got a handful of books that I am incredibly thankful for this year. Maybe they were just entertaining, or maybe they taught me an important life lesson — either way, 2017 wouldn’t have been the same without these page turners on my nightstand. Photo from Amazon 1. “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes I’ve probably already talked about this book too much already, but Shonda Rhimes truly crushed it with this wonderful piece of work. This is one of my favorite books of 2017 (so far) for two reasons: 1) It kept me sane and entertained for seven hours of a 13…

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    Top 5 Books to Read on Halloween

    Happy Halloween! I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of the spooky holiday (I blame my introvert side), but I definitely love getting in the spirit of the season with a good book (as any good bibliophile should). Here are five recommendations of books to read this Halloween to get you feeling in the ghosty, ghouly mood . Photo from Books About Books (booksaboutbooksblog.com) “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson I am actually currently reading this short story, and I have to say I am highly impressed with it (as one should be with Robert Louis Stevenson). I’ve owned the book…

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    Man Booker Prize: My Short List

    Last week, the Man Booker Prize was announced. More commonly known as the Booker Prize, this award is given each year to the best novel written in the English language and published in the UK. This was the second year that the prestigious award went to an American author (originally, the award was given to British, Irish and South African citizens, but in 2014 it grew to include any English-language novel). There is a Short List and a Long List for the award (check out both here). Here is my Short List from the Long List nominees. (Image from Amazon) The Winner: “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders Of course…

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    Top 10 Books to Read in College

    Most universities have been in session for at least a month now (some for two), so I thought, what better way to welcome the new school year than by creating a book list just for college students (honestly, the lessons these books teach are timeless, but I think they especially pack a punch for those still in school). I know it’s hard to make time for reading when you’re rushing between classes, meetings, and study sessions, but if you’re anything like me, reading is your therapy, and you can manage to squeeze in at least 15 minutes a day to pick up a good book. Here is my list of…

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    Top 10 Tuesday: Have a Laugh

    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. 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…

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    Top 5 Wednesday: The Tough Stuff

    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…

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    Top 5 Wednesday: Rainy Day Reads

    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…

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    Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Love (That I Bet You Didn't Know I Loved)

    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 going to let you guys know about the books I love, that I haven’t really talked about a lot on here. I feel like you all know how much I love Harry Potter and Divergent, but here’s my lesser well known favorites. Let’s get started! 1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven I raved about this when I first read it a few months ago, but I truly think it’s one of my favorites. I think…

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    Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Love (That I Bet You Didn’t Know I Loved)

    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 going to let you guys know about the books I love, that I haven’t really talked about a lot on here. I feel like you all know how much I love Harry Potter and Divergent, but here’s my lesser well known favorites. Let’s get started! 1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven I raved about this when I first read it a few months ago, but I truly think it’s one of my favorites. I think…