Six Characters That Remind Me of Myself

Isla Martin from Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla has always been my favorite of Stephanie Perkins’ characters and I relate a lot to her shy hopeless romantic personality. I’m so glad Perkins chose Isla for the third book and she was given her opportuity to shine.

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Ten of My Favorite Book Quotes

I don’t write down or save a lot of quotes when reading, but there are a few that have been in on my Goodreads profile for forever. I’ll be sharing those six with you and then a few others that have really jumped out at me from my recent reads.

Here I am. Here I am. Here I am.

How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox
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First Ten Books I Ever Reviewed

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a really fun one if nostalgia is your thing. Thankfully I love reminiscing on the past and seeing what baby Mari was up to which means today I’ll be sharing with you the first ten books I reviewed. Goodreads allows you to sort your read books by review, so I was able to pretty easily find which ones happened the earliest. August and September of 2014 were apparently very busy for me as all of these ten books and reviews come from those months.

Disclaimer: I have copied and pasted all of these directly from Goodreads without having edited them first. I’m sorry baby Mari was so terrible.

Flawless by Sara Shepard (review from 8/9/2014)

Let me just start off by saying that the TV show is WAY better than the books. I am kind of shocked by that, and honestly disappointed. Flawless was so shallow and annoying and overall it just made me angry. Will I read the rest of the series? Yes, because I hate starting things and not finishing them. Also, I am curious about how the book series is going to progress differently than the TV series.

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Ten Books with Rain on the Cover for a Rainy Day

My first thought when I saw this week’s topic of Rainy Day Reads was to come up with a list of happy books to beat the gray gloom on a rainy day. I like to try my best to put my personal spin on the topic every week though, so instead I’m going to be sharing with you ten books that have rain on the covers!

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Ten Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

You might like to think you’ve never done anything wild for a book, but deep down we all know we have. Here are ten outrageous things I’ve personally done just because I love books.

stayed up all night reading – I’m such a night owl, so this has never been hard for me. Until the day after. The first book I remember staying up the entire night for was Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. I of course bought it at midnight and didn’t rest until I had read the very last word. Most recently it was Erin Hahn’s You’d Be Mine that kept me awake.

rainbowed your bookshelves – This is not an easy thing to do, or maybe for some people it is, but for me it took work. Not all of my shelves are rainbowed, but one and a half of them are and it was definitely worth it.

collected all the books – I don’t mean keeping every book you’ve ever read or owning everything by a specific author, I’m talking about multiple editions of the same book. Gayle Forman has published ten books, but if you add up all the different editions I have it totals fifty-two. Her books mean a lot to me, and I’m so proud of my collection.

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Top Ten Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday I’ll be sharing with you ten things that make me pick up a book. I had to spend a lot of time thinking on this one, because I actually didn’t know at first, but I ended up having a ton of fun figuring out what it is exactly that draws me to a book. Some of these will be pretty typical, but hopefully a couple of them will be specific to me.

the cover – I know, you’re never supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but I do it all the time. If the cover doesn’t draw me in, then I won’t care enough about it to learn more. Usually anytime I go to the bookstore I have specific things in mind, but every now and then I’ll go with the intent of purchasing something I’ve never heard of before. The last time I did this I ended up with Samuel Miller’s A Lite Too Bright, and I never would have picked this wonderful book if it weren’t for the amazing cover!

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Ten Books Featuring Music

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is an audio freebie, meaning we can cover anything we want as long as it has to do with audio. I struggled to come up with a topic to cover – I don’t listen to podcasts, audiobooks are hard for me to listen to at this season in my life, and I already share the music I jam out to with y’all every Friday. So, after a lot of thinking, I decided to make a list of ten books that feature music as a main theme of the story. I wouldn’t consider this a top ten post, but instead merely a list that is ten books long.

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If you read my review for You’d Be Mine you’ll know how much I absolutely adore this book. Hahn captured the country music scene so perfectly while creating two of the best characters I’ve ever met. To be honest, I hadn’t really listened to country music in about six years due to an evolution in my music preferences, but ever since reading this one there’s been a lot of Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley being played.

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