I have collected so many random books in recent months, I just got lazy tonight and piled them all on the little bookshelf of horrors I keep in my bedroom. My inner organizer shudders every time I look at it.

I have collected so many random books in recent months, I just got lazy tonight and piled them all on the little bookshelf of horrors I keep in my bedroom. My inner organizer shudders every time I look at it.


Top Ten Tuesday - July 29th!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, inviting readers to list their top ten choices in a given category. This week’s theme is… 

Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From.

  1. J.K. Rowling
    Between both the British and American versions of the Harry Potter series and her Cormoran Strike books, I’ve got a healthy collection of her works. 
  2. Marian Keyes. 
    She’s my favorite person on the planet, and I’m pretty sure I have every book she’s written.
  3. Jane Austen. 
    Another favorite of mine, I have multiple copies of several of her books. 
  4. Lauren Willig. 
    Mainly because of her Pink Carnation series, which I have had a love-hate relationship with over the years. 
  5. Dan Brown. 
    I used to be a huge fan of his when I was in high school, and to be honest, I haven’t read any of his books in awhile; they’re just kind of lingering around on my bookshelves. 
  6. Jodi Picoult. 
    I’m not a die-hard fan of her work, but she writes incredibly strong, moving books that are always safe bets, so I like to keep a healthy stock of her books on hand. 
  7. Janet Evanovich.
    I LOVE STEPHANIE PLUM. She’s laugh-out-loud HILARIOUS. 
  8. Madeline Wickham/Sophie Kinsella. 
    Though I really have strayed away from most forms of chick lit, her books have always comforted me throughout the years, so I like to keep them around. 
  9. Joshilyn Jackson. 
    I actually haven’t read any of her books yet, but I have somehow collected a healthy collection of them just based on their covers and blurbs alone. 
  10. Anna Maxted. 
    Have you ever found a book that just seemed to arrive at a time in your life when you needed it most? I read Maxted’s Running in Heels one summer wrought with changes, and I clung to it like a life raft amidst a sinking ship. I have dutifully read her other books, and have attempted to re-read Running in Heels, without ever capturing that feeling again, but for that one summer, it meant the world to me. 

To be honest, I am a pretty frequent book shifter, buying and selling them after I’ve read them, so I don’t keep many books on my shelves that I’ve read before. 


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Hobby: Looking for new books to read even though I still have a long tbr pile.


Attachments

by Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Fiction
Rating: 5/5
Released: 14 April 2011
Pages: 336
Buy it now! - THIS GREAT BOOK IS ONLY $2! 

Lincoln is a directionless post-grad who has spent the past several years living with his mother and earning several degrees from the local college. Still heartbroken over his breakup from his high school girlfriend, Lincoln doesn’t feel ready to strike out on his own yet or meet new people. He has, however, gotten himself a job in IT at a local newspaper office. Working nights doesn’t help Lincoln meet people, but his new job, having to monitor emails from the newspaper’s employees for inappropriate content, has him feeling as though he almost has friends. Two women in particular, Beth and Jennifer, have really piqued his interest, and he soon finds himself completely invested in their lives as they trade stories back and forth.

When Beth begins noticing the “cute new guy in IT,” however, Lincoln is at a loss as to what to do. His feelings are reciprocated, but how can a woman love a man who has been reading her emails for the past few months? Attachments is part coming-of-age story, part romance, and part, well, ME in a book.

I mean it. Jennifer and Beth’s personalities were eerily like my own. I felt like some of the lines from the book came straight out of my own messages to my friends. I even have my own workplace crush, though I have not gone so far as to stalk him on his way home like Beth did.

I FINALLY understand why everyone on Tumblr seems to be obsessed with Rainbow Rowell. I tried Fangirl, but oddly enough, I wasn’t a big fan. I think my main problem was that I was already over that point in my life, and I didn’t want to go back to reading a book about something I’ve already lived through. Attachments, though, was a perfect fit for me: for my personality, for my place in life…

Though the plot was a bit predictable, I genuinely enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to any other 20-somethings who feel as though they need to find some direction in life.


To The Nines

Stephanie Plum, Book 9
by Janet Evanovich

Genre: Chick lit
Rating: 4/5
Released: 1 July 2003
Pages: 320
Buy it now!


Stephanie Plum is an unusual bounty hunter. Forced to work for her cousin’s bail bond business after months of unemployment, Stephanie fell into the career that has slowly taken over her life. Not too long ago, this Jersey girl was living a quiet existence with her pet hamster, eating quiet dinners with her family in the suburbs, meeting up with her girlfriends from high school, and working in a lingerie store by day. Now? Her cars are being blown up, she’s wrestling naked, oiled up men into hand-cuffs, and she’s got an ex-hooker as a sidekick.

She’s not fearless. She’s not graceful. She’s not athletic or particularly good at her job. But what she lacks in talent she makes up for in gumption, and the result is hilarious.

Some of the Stephanie Plum books are better than others, which is typical of a series. This one, however, was particularly good. Evanovich took her typical plot and really kicked it up a notch, with a LOT more action and intrigue (though I guessed the bad guy pretty early in the game). The result was a hilarious romp across America with one of my most favorite characters.

Spoilers.

It seemed like the storyline really jumped between Hard Eight and To the Nines, but I think there was a “Between the Numbers” story included in there, which I haven’t collected yet (though I’d love to start). Basically, Stephanie’s sister, Valerie, has been knocked up by the lawyer from the last book, Albert Kloughn. Stephanie has slept with Ranger – FINALLY – and she’s living with Joe, and there’s a weird sort of camaraderie between them all, especially with Stephanie being in more trouble than ever in this book.

A missing man leads Stephanie to a kill club, and Stephanie’s the new target. It seems as though every time she feels she’s safe, she’s receiving a new bouquet of flowers from the Carnation Killer, a villain who has chased her across the United States. With a pretty small set of suspects, it’s not too hard to figure out which one the killer is, but I read these books mainly for the humor rather than the mystery. 


Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 23: “Summer Love.” I know, I know, I’ve already posted about my love of Stephanie Plum, but they’re the best summer reads, and look at how perfectly this cover matches these sheets!

Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 23: “Summer Love.” I know, I know, I’ve already posted about my love of Stephanie Plum, but they’re the best summer reads, and look at how perfectly this cover matches these sheets!


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Each bridesmaid gave a copy of their favourite love story to the bride on her wedding day with an inscription in the cover. This is brilliant!

bibliophilefiles:

Each bridesmaid gave a copy of their favourite love story to the bride on her wedding day with an inscription in the cover. This is brilliant!


Sweet! I wish I had the boxed set. I found the first one at a church yard sale with a ripped-up cover, which is pretty much the opposite of a nice boxed set. :) Glad to know we’re both reading the series!

Sweet! I wish I had the boxed set. I found the first one at a church yard sale with a ripped-up cover, which is pretty much the opposite of a nice boxed set. :) Glad to know we’re both reading the series!


“Love. Purpose. Those are the things that you can’t plan for. Those are the things that just happen. And what if they don’t happen? Do you spend your whole live pining for them? Waiting to be happy?”
—Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

Mackinac Island, Michigan: Mackinac Island is a 4.35 mi island in between the “mitten” of Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Though only 492 people live there year-round, thousands more flock there in the summer. You can get to the island by air or by sea, and in February you might be able to take a snowmobile across the frozen lake. Uniquely, no cars are allowed on the island, save for a few emergency vehicles.


Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 22: “Nonfiction.” This is the craziest book of nonfiction ever, about a girl who wakes up from a coma with another girl’s memories! 

Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 22: “Nonfiction.” This is the craziest book of nonfiction ever, about a girl who wakes up from a coma with another girl’s memories! 


A Clash of Kings

Book Two of the Song of Ice and Fire Series
by George R. R. Martin

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Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4/5
Released: 16 November 1998
Pages: 1009
Buy it now! 

A Song of Ice and Fire is quickly becoming my favorite book series, and obviously I’m not alone. As someone who isn’t a huge fan of fantasy, I have to say that I wasn’t expecting to love these books as much as I do, but with a healthy dose of mystery, adventure, romance, and humor, we’re really talking about a storyline that is so much more than your traditional fantasy. The characters are surprisingly relatable, dealing with modern problems in medieval times, and while reading, it’s impossible not to get invested in their plights (which George R. R. Martin banks on, making his infamous character killings even more upsetting). 

I always feel awkward reviewing books in a series because it’s hard to describe the second book without spoiling anything in the first. I guess I can start off by saying that it took me a lot longer to get invested in this story than A Game of Thrones. For some reason, I didn’t feel as though the story picked up until I was already 1/3 of the way through. When I hit that point, however, things really took off. 

A Clash of Kings contained the typical romance, mystery, action, humor, and fantasy that has defined the book and movie series. I would definitely recommend it for a wide variety of readers. 


Top Ten Tuesday - July 22!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, inviting readers to list their top ten choices in a given category. This week’s theme is… 

Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me on a Deserted Island!

  1. Jon Snow (from Game of Thrones). 
    Partly because I think he’d be resourceful, partly because I think he’s a sensitive hunk that I’m in love with. 
  2. Harry Potter
    He could accio us some provisions, I’m sure. 
  3. Eric Northman (from the Sookie Stackhouse series). 
    He’s got several lifetimes worth of experience in survival, and he’s a total hunk as well. 
  4. Magnus Bane (from the Mortal Instruments). 
    His magical powers could also come in handy. 
  5. Flavia de Luce (from The Buckshaw Chronicles). 
    I say this because I like her, but she also has the tendency to happen upon murders quite often, so I’m also a tad bit worried that people on our island might mysteriously start dying off if she’s around. 
  6. Bernadette Fox (from Where’d You Go, Bernadette?). 
    A very, very intelligent woman, I’m sure she could figure out a quick way to get us off the island. 
  7. Lily Casey Smith (from Half Broke Horses).
    So Lily Casey Smith is a real person, and her bio,Half Broke Horses, was written by her granddaughter. But in general, she was a tough, resourceful woman I would want to have around, and I’m counting her as a ‘character’ because there was a book written about her. 
  8. Jay Gastby (from The Great Gatsby). 
    He knows how to throw a party, that’s for sure. I really feel bad about how that book ended, to be honest, and I think he deserves another chance, so I’m bringing him to the island with me. 

Is it bad that this is all I can think of? I guess this is a Top 8 Tuesday instead of a Top 10 Tuesday. My B, guys! 


What I’m reading and where I’m reading it: A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin overlooking the Mackinac Bridge.

What I’m reading and where I’m reading it: A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin overlooking the Mackinac Bridge.


Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 21: “Poetry.” This remains the only book of poetry I own, and I think I use it for every book photo challenge I do. Oops. 

Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 21: “Poetry.” This remains the only book of poetry I own, and I think I use it for every book photo challenge I do. Oops. 


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