Ten Most Recent… Bookshelf Additions

It’s been a while since I did a Top Ten Tuesday, but this was a topic I couldn’t pass up! I love seeing what books people have recently acquired (if you have a recent haul post link it in the comments!) which means I also enjoy sharing mine.

Money has been incredibly tight for my family lately so I don’t actually get too many new books. The ones I do get right now are typically from publishers or if I manage to win a giveaway. I have received some in the past couple months, though, and here they are!


I’ve been wanting to read Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston for almost a year now. Especially with how much literally everybody raves about how incredible it is. One of my dear friends, Marissa, sent it to me for Christmas and I’m planning on prioritizing it next month!

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Ten Books On My TBR Iโ€™m Avoiding

Who wants a Top Ten Tuesday post on a Monday?! I had a really busy weekend so I didn’t get my book for today’s review read in time so that will be coming your way tomorrow. It’s fun to mix things up sometimes anyway!

Honestly, there’s a lot on my TBR that I’m avoiding. My unread books take up an entire bookcase (and that doesn’t even take my Kindle books into consideration) so yeah that’s fun. It would be nice to say that I refuse to get any new books until I get things under control but we all know that will never happen. Instead, feel free to roast me in the comments over these ten books that I’m intentionally avoiding.

Hey, my name is Mari and I’m trash at finishing series. It might be my worst personality trait. Ha. If only… Anyway I don’t remember what happened in Six of Crows at all so Crooked Kingdom is going to have to wait until I finish my re-read of the Shadow and Bone trilogy and then finally re-read Six of Crows. Subsequently, I also haven’t read King of Scars yet because I need to read all the previous first for that one, too.

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Five Things I Enjoy Outside of My Comfort Zone

Something I’m horrible about is getting set in my ways and refusing to try new things. I like things to be black and white and to have all my ducks in a little row. In short – change scares me.

This means that when something is outside of my comfort zone odds are I’ll turn my nose up at it and continue on my way. Sometimes, though, I’ll get brave and try something out of the ordinary. Here are five times that worked in my favor.

Shopping. Y’all – I hate it. I’m plus size and the majority of the stores out there don’t understand how to make clothes for us bigger people. It’s a nightmare.

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Six Books I’d Like in My Personal Library

Is it really possible for somebody to own too many books? I certainly don’t think so! Here are six that I’d love to see sitting on my shelves.

I adored All in Pieces by Suzzane Young and I gave my copy to a friend that was wanting to read it. I’d love to own this book again and give it a re-read! This was the first story I ever saw the characters eating dogs and cheese (macaroni and cheese with hot dogs in it) which is something I can never get enough of!

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Five Settings I Want to See More Of

This is a Top Ten Tuesday topic from a few weeks ago that I loved but wasn’t able to participate in due to a blog tour happening the same day. I’m very particular about only having one post go up a day. What are your thoughts on this?

There are definitely particular settings that make me instantly intrigued in a book. A lot of the things I love in books are kind of nichey, but I’d love to see more of them!

tourist towns

These are so fascinating to me and I’d love to live in one someday. The closest I’ve ever come is visiting Hollywood Beach in Florida when I went to see my grandparents as a kid. I adored spending an entire day walking in and out of souvenir shops and looking at all the trinkets. My favorite book featuring this setting is definitely Jennifer E. Smith’s This is What Happy Looks Like.

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Five of My Favorite Cover Redesigns

I know cover redesigns are a pretty hot topic with the majority greatly disliking them, but most of the time I don’t mind when they happen! It’s fun to give things a face lift sometimes. In honor of my unpopular opinion on cover redesigns, and because it’s this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, here are five of my favorites!

Also, this post is ridiculously late because life but better late than never right? Right? Right?!

The original cover for Anna and the French Kiss is definitely fun, but I’m a big fan of the ‘less is more’ strategy which makes the redesign for this series right up my alley. They are so simplistic yet fit the story perfectly.

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Seven Authors Whose Books I Will Immediately Buy

Auto-buy authors are part of a special group that each reader gets to create. They’re the authors that have made so big an impact on us that we will buy anything they write without a moment of hesitation. Here are seven of the authors that have made that impact on me.

All author links will take you to their website and book links will take you to their Goodreads page.

Gayle Forman – The first book I read of hers was If I Stay way back when I was in high school. I’ve loved everything she has written and will forever buy anything she writes the day it comes out.

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