The Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit

Popping in for a Top Ten Tuesday post today. These are the top ten places books have made me want to visit (whether fictional or real).


I am still waiting for my letter. I don’t care if I’m 31.


I’m crediting Jeri-Smith Ready for this one.

1920s Paris

I’m just gong to go hang out with Dorothy Parker, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Don’t mind me.

Regency England

I’m going to go looking for Mr. Darcy. But I’ll settle for Colin Firth.

Boarding School

Too many boarding school books to give any single one credit for this dream.

Ancient Ireland

I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland, but Edward Rutherford made me want to go to pre-St. Patrick Ireland.

Deep Valley, Minnesota

Betsy-Tacy makes turn-of-the-century Minnesota seems warm and inviting.

The Hundred Acre Wood

One of my very first literary travel dreams. It has never faded.

The Book World

I don’t necessarily want to risk my life as often as Thursday Next, but I wouldn’t mind hanging out with some literary characters (probably not Hamlet).

Imperial Russia

I’ve got a thing for Russian classics. But I also have a thing for warmth, so maybe not.


Where would you like to visit?

The Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

It’s been ages since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday post, but here you go: the top ten books I am anticipating this fall, in order of publication. Looks like I’d be golden if I could read a book a week (which I can’t).

1. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins | August 14

This one actually came out in August, so maybe it shouldn’t count. But it’s still high on my fall list as I’ve been waiting for it for so long.

2. Chasing Before (The Memory Chronicles) by Lenore Appelhans | August 26

Another August book. I am excited to see Lenore’s next installment in this series.

3. The Jewel (Jewel Series) by Amy Ewing | September 2

Pretty cover. Sold.

4. The Children Act by Ian McEwan | September 9

New Ian McEwan always makes the TBR.

5. Party Games: A Fear Street Novel by RL Stine | September 13

I don’t think words can describe how much I adored the Fear Street series when I was younger. I no longer like being scared one bit, but I won’t be able to resist this one.

6. Made for You by Melissa Marr | September 16

I haven’t finished the Wicked Lovely series and I did not love Carnival of Souls, but Melissa Marr but I’ll give this one a shot.

7. Rooms: A Novel by Lauren Oliver | September 23

Lauren Oliver is another automatic add to my TBR.

8. The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control by Walter Mischel | September 23

I was a psych major. I can’t help it.

9. On Immunity: An Inoculation | September 30

Recommended by Jenn at Jenn’s Bookshelves for those of us who prefer science to internet logic.

10. Yes Please by Amy Poehler | October 28

Amy Poehler needs no explanation.

What books are you looking forward to this fall?

Top Ten Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book [Top Ten Tuesday]

It’s been awhile since I participated in Top Ten Tuesday, but I am a little in love with this week’s topic. There are the authors (not quite ten…) whose next novel I am very much anticipating. Which authors are you waiting on pins and needles for?

JK Rowling

Marisha Pessl

Justin Kramon

Eleanor Brown

Diane Setterfield

Jonathan Safran Foer

Trenton Lee Stewart


Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by the fabulous The Broke and the Bookish.

What Happens When I Leave My Comfort Zone [Top Ten Tuesday]

This week’s topic – the top ten books I read that were out of my comfort zone – is an interesting one. I think I read a wide variety of books but there are still plenty of genres I don’t read. Yet you all make me try. And this is what happens.

Note: These are books that were out of my comfort zone WHEN I READ THEM. They might, as is the case with audiobooks, now be a regular for me.

Book: The Eye of the World
Genre: Fantasy
Verdict: Not for me

Book: Blankets
Genre: Graphic Novel
Verdict: Love at first sight

Book: Right Ho, Jeeves
Genre: Audiobook
Verdict: The start of a new type of reading love

Book: The Emperor of All Maladies
Genere: Nonfiction w/ Medical Focus
Verdict: Not a new fave but super interesting

Book: Chasing Brooklyn
Genre: Novel in Verse
Verdict: Love love love

Book: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Genre: Russian Lit
Verdict: Russian Lit is AWESOME

Book: A History of God
Genre: Religion
Verdict: Religion is fascinating. This book is not.

Book: Love Begins in Winter
Genre: Short Story
Verdict: Beautiful

Book: Shutter Island
Genre: Thriller
Verdict: Not for me

Book: Zombies vs. Unicorns
Genre: Zombie/Unicorn Fiction
Verdict: I apparently love Zombies


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Books the Left Me with my Mouth Hanging Open [Top Ten Tuesday]

Once again, I only have eight titles for you today. I love this topic but it was surprisingly hard to think of books that fit (and I found myself not remembering the ending to a lot of books…). So these are the eight books I could come up with that left me shocked – either with a twist or a cliffhanger or something super dramatic. No spoilers really, but if you are severely spoiler averse, you might not want to even glance at the list.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics



Life of Pi

The Thirteenth Tale


Ethan Frome

Shades of Grey

What book has your most jaw-dropping ending  so far? What do you make of the lack of YA books on my list?


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The Top Ten…er Eight…Books I Want to Reread (on audio)

I am putting a little twist on this week’s topic. These are all books I want to reread, but I plan on rereading in audio. Audiobooks have become my preferred rereading method. It takes less time from my busy print reading schedule and gives me a new way to experience an old favorite. Here are eight books I want to reread in audio.


The Time Traveler’s Wife

The End of the Affair

Geek Love

The Night Circus (I know I JUST finished it but I really want to listen to the audiobook read by Jim Dale)

Their Eyes Were Watching God

The History of Love

To Kill a Mockingbird

What books do you want to reread? Do you ever use audiobooks to reread favorites?


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Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me [Top Ten Tuesday]

I felt like jumping back into Top Ten Tuesday this week: The top ten books I feel as though everyone has read but me. They are not necessarily books I plan on reading (though most are). Enjoy.

The Phantom Tollbooth

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Lord of the Rings

Every Stephen King novel

Anne of Green Gables

The Little House on the Prairie


A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Brave New World

The Road

City of Bones

And now I will wait for the obligatory “You HAVE to read this NOW” and “Oh, I haven’t read that either and I though I was the only one” comments.


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Ten Books I Read at the Beach [Top Ten Tuesday]

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Books That Should Be In A Beach Bag. I don’t actually differentiate between beach reads and non beach reads. If I go to the beach, I bring whatever book I happen to be reading. And I probably plan last minute beach trips more than most of you and long beach vacations less than most of you because I live so close to the beach. So I don’t plan for beach reads. To prove my point, these are Ten Books I Read at the Beach:

  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Matched
  • The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
  • East of Eden
  • The Postmistress (Read the entire thing during a LONG day at the beach camping at Cayo Costa)
  • Persuasion
  • The Glass Castle
  • The Bell Jar (Clearly the BEST beach book ever)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Yes, the first time through. Couldn’t pass up a beach day with friends just because it was the day after the release).

What about you? Do you have beach-specific books? Or do you just grab whatever book you are reading like me?

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by the lovely ladies of The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books I’m So Happy Were Recommended to Be [Top Ten Tuesday]

You all make me read some awesome books. Books I never would have read otherwise. In no particular order, I give you The Top Ten Books I’m So Happy Were Recommended To Me (share yours in the comments!):


My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares
Recommended by: Jennifer at Mrs Q: Book Addict
I didn’t love the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books so I probably would have passed this one by if Jennifer hadn’t recommended it.


Genesis by Bernard Beckett
Recommended by: Beth Fish Reads
Spent a wonderful afternoon with this one.


Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Recommended by: Michelle at Galleysmith
I shy away from books about school shootings but I couldn’t resist when Michelle recommended to me.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Recommended by: Random Teenager
Again, a wonderful afternoon spent with this one.


The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks bu E. Lockhart
Recommended by: Emily at Books, the Universe & Everything
Loved this one. Thanks, Emily.


Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Recommended by: Jen at Makeshift Bookmark
Yeah. This book made the blog two days in a row. It’s that awesome.


America, America by Ethan Canin
Recommended by: Jen at Devourer of Books
Specifically, the audiobook. The narrator = amazing.


Blankets by Craig Thompson
Recommended by: Nymeth at Things Mean A Lot
My first graphic novel. Never would have read it if not for Nymeth’s gushing.


The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
Recommended by: My husband
This book and I had a wonderful little affair.


Leaving this one open for all the future possibilities. You all recommend some amazing books.

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by the lovely ladies of The Broke and the Bookish.

My Favorite Childhood Reads [Top Ten Tuesday]

It is choose-your-own-adventure day at Top Ten Tuesday and participants are picking from their favorite missed topics. I read a lot as a kid, so when I got to choose my own Top Ten Tuesday subject today, I went with the very first topic – Top Ten Childhood Favorites. This is roughly in the order I read the books and really only touches the surface of what I read as a child.

1. Charlotte’s Web

I can’t tell you how many times I read this as a kid. Confession: I used to read just the end when I needed a good cry. And it was actually the baby spiders flying away that would get me bawling.

2. Babysitters Club

I devoured these as a kid. The regular series, the mysteries, the Super Specials – I read them all. And I loved the prequel released last year.

3. Where the Sidewalk Ends

I was in love with Shel Silverstein’s poems. I read them over and over and over. Such fun.

4. Sideways Stories from Wayside School

These are also stories I would read multiple times. Nine-year-old me found them absolutely hilarious.

5. Narnia

I loved to slip away into the magical world of Narnia.

6. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

I read this book in 5th grade and fell in love with it. I once had lunch with my principal and gushed about it instead of the book I was supposed to discuss.

7. Little Women

I don’t remember the first time I read Little Women but I love it to this day. The last time my mom saw me reading it a few years ago she exclaimed, “How many times have you read this book?!”

8. Streams to the River, River to the Sea

My Aunt Martha gave me this book one Christmas and I am grateful to this day. It’s a beautiful telling of Sacajawea’s story.

9. The Giver

I read this one in 6th grade. I may not have known the word dystopia at the time, but it was my entry into the genre I would end up adoring.

10. Starlight Crystal

I’ve expressed my feelings for this book before. I once read it beginning to end twice in one day. I am afraid to re-read it for fear that it is actually less than amazing.

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by the lovely ladies of The Broke and the Bookish.