Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the First Half of 2016

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Hello and happy Tuesday! I was all prepared to be writing a “What’s Up Wednesday” post today before realizing that it wasn’t actually Wednesday. I honestly have no sense of time or date when I’m  not in school, and it’s kind of concerning.
We are quickly approaching the end of 2015, and with that comes lots of posts about 2016. Fittingly, today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is…

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases of 2016

We’ll see if I’m actually able to follow the directions this time.

1. Ththe love that split the worlde Love that Split the World by Emily Henry
Release Date:
January 26, 2016
If you want all of the reasoning behind why I picked this book as one of my most anticipated releases, you can read my full Waiting on Wednesday post here. Basically, it just sounds like the perfect combination of a gorgeous cover, romance, and magical realism. Yes, please.

2. The Crown by Kiera Cass the crown ew.jpg
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Unpopular opinion: I don’t hate this series. I actually love it with a large part of my heart and I’m so excited for this concluding novel, even if the cover is hideous. Yet again, if you want to hear my full excited thoughts and predictions for this book, I made another post about it a while back that you can read here.

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3. The Siren by Kiera Cass
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Ah, yet another book by Kiera Cass featuring a girl in a dress and yet another book released on January 26 that’s likely to be an instant bestseller.
I’m not excited for this one so much as I’m intrigued by it. It’s a revamped version of the same story that she self-published in 2009. The storyline sounds pretty solid and she said in a promotional video that it kind of took place in the same world as The Selection, but not completely. Hopefully this new protagonist isn’t as aggravating as America.

4. Stars Above by Marissa Meyerstars above.jpg
Release Date: February 2, 2016
I know y’all were waiting for this one to show up. Honestly, I’m not usually the hugest fans of short story collection because normally they’re just reselling things that you used to be able to read online for free in order to make more money. Still, it’s the Lunar Chronicles. I can’t not read this. Also, it’s beautiful. Also, it apparently has an epilogue to Winter that has a wedding scene, and we all know I’m a sucker for epilogues.

5. Ththe girl from everywheree Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Release Date: February 16, 2016
I’m honestly so excited for this book. It’s the author’s debut novel, and I definitely think it has the potential to be the next big thing, especially with such a gorgeous cover. It follows a girl whose father has a time-traveling ship and requires the map necessary to go back in time to save her mother’s life. The cost? Her mother died in childbirth, and saving her would likely bring our main character Nix’s death. LIKE WHAT? That sounds so fantastic.

every exquisite thing.jpg6. Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
Release Date: May 10, 2016
I honestly know nothing about this book, but the cover is gorgeous and the advanced reviews have been fantastic. Matthew Quick is the bestselling author of Silver Linings Playbook and I’ve been meaning to pick up some of his work for the longest time. So why not pick up his newest one that has a beautiful cover?

7. Salt salt to the sea.jpgto the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Release Date: February 2, 2016
I’ve heard amazing things about Between Shades of Gray, so I’m super excited that Ruta Sepetys is writing yet another book that takes place in World War II. I’ll probably try and pick up her first book before reading this one because Ruta Sepetys said that one of the main characters in this book is the cousin of a character in her first book, so I’d just prefer to read them in publication order and feel like I’m getting the full effect. Still, I’m definitely excited that this book is going to be out there, and I look forward to getting to it at some point. (Also, the early reviews on Goodreads are fantastic. Like, 99% of people enjoyed it, fantastic).

8. Where Fwhere futures end.jpgutures End by Parker Peevyhouse
Release Date: February 9, 2016
This book sounds so weird and amazing. It is comprised of five intertwining novellas, featuring social media, sixth senses, and alternate universes. What? The synopsis on Goodreads doesn’t share too much, but I’m okay with that. It seems like the type of book that you’d just like to dive into, and I look forward to doing just that. And, again with the early reviews, 100% of people have enjoyed this book as of right now. Which I’d say is a pretty good percentage, am I right?

this savage song.jpg9. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Release Date: June 7, 2016
I haven’t read anything by Victoria Schwab, but I’m hoping to change that really soon. This Savage Song is going to be the first book in a new series, and it sounds right up my alley. Monster hunting? Yes please. Also, the last line of the synopsis (A unique, fast-paced adventure that looks at the monsters we face every day—including the monster within.) suggests that this book might have a deeper message/metaphors, which I’m all for.

summer days10. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins and Other Various Authors
Release Date: June 14, 2016
I recently read My True Love Gave to Me and I absolutely loved reading the collection of themed short stories from so many talented authors. I’m thrilled that Stephanie Perkins is putting together another collection. It features twelve new authors who are super talented and I can’t wait to read from, like Veronica Roth, Jennifer E. Smith, Cassandra Clare, and many more. This has immediately earned a spot on my summer TBR.


So those are my top ten books that I’m going to be spending all of my money on in the first half of 2016. Were any of my book also on yours? Be sure to link me to your TTT post in the comments below if you made one this week, or just give me any of your other thoughts.
I hope you had a good day today (I know that this post came out later than it normally does)! Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

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Hello and happy Tuesday! I have a biology test and today’s the last work day for two huge projects I’m working on in school… but at least I’m getting it over with, right? Plus, I suppose I’m learning a lot. If you ever need any information about Michelangelo or Pope Leo X, I’m your girl.
Before we get into Top Ten Tuesday, I’d like to give a brief shoutout to whoever found my blog yesterday by searching, “Will America die in The Crown?” I wish I could tell you, pal. Also, it’s kind of crazy to me that people are directing to my writing now when searching things about one of my favorite series… *mind blown*.
Anyway, as usual, I’ll be cheating on today’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The original topic was “Top Ten Books I Read in 2015”. I’ve been dreading a topic like this. Honestly, I know I’m going to feel horrible about myself when everyone is doing “Top 15 of 2015” posts and stuff like that because those are honestly some of my favorite posts in the world, but I’m not organized enough to remember everything I’ve read in 2015 and I’m horrible at picking favorites. Maybe next year?
Instead, I’ve decided to skip ahead and do next week’s topic, which is, “Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year”. Let’s be real, it’s a little easier to do because I literally have my Christmas list sitting right next to me as we speak. Also, Santa’s a busy guy. I think he deserves more than just a few days’ notice about this list. 😉
I know what you’re thinking: Audrey, what will you do next week? (Or maybe you’re thinking, Audrey, why don’t you just make the list already?)
Well, don’t you worry – it’s a surprise! And by surprise, I mean that I only have a very vague idea what I’m doing. But it’s all good. I’ll figure something out.
As for your second question…:

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Christmas Tree This Year

*Side note: This list is not exclusive. I could probably do at least a Top Fifty list, but it’s eleven o’clock on a school night as I’m pre-writing this, and I just don’t got time for dat. These are literally just the first ten books on my list that I definitely want to read soon that I think you guys would enjoy hearing about/have heard about, because I have to be #relatable, obviously*

#1: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Literally, everyone and their monster has read and loved this book (see what I did there?) From what I know about it – which is honestly not that much – it’s about a boy whose mother is sick(?) and one night a monster comes to him and they become friends(?) and it makes everyone cry and it’s probably incredibly beautiful and it’s illustrator by Jim Kay and he illustrated the new illustrated Harry Potter books and those books are fantastically beautiful so this book is going to be fantastically beautiful and I’m probably going to cry.
But not as hard as my English teacher if she ever reads that horrific sentence.

#2: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I saw the cover… sorry not sorry. This book features an unreliable narrator trying to make her way through college and dealing with the fact that she’s falling in love and she doesn’t know if any of it’s real. I’m not talking about real like wanting to know if the guy really loves her, it’s real like wanting to know if the guy really exists. This book has gotten fantastic reviews and it sounds absolutely amazing. Plus, I’ve seen some super beautiful quotes from it on Goodreads that I totally want to be tweeting all the time but I won’t feel right about tweeting them until I’ve actually read the book.

#3: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This book has gotten so much hype ever since it came out. It’s about a girl and a boy who meet on the ledge of a bell tower and they basically both talk each other out of committing suicide, from what I gather. I’ve read a lot of non-spoiler reviews (although I did get incredibly spoiled by one fantastic reviewer whose entire review was “Wow I can’t believe that HUGE GIGANTIC EARTH SHATTERING SPOILER at the end) and it seems like 90% of the world thinks that it’s fantastic and the other 10% hate it with every ounce of their being. All of the reviews were well backed-up and made sense, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but this sounds like a book that I would enjoy so I want to pick it up and see for myself. Also, it’s going to be made into a movie soon and I want to be on the bandwagon before it gets too overcrowded with new “fans” who say, “Ew, this book is nothing like the movie.”

#4: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
I haven’t read a graphic novel since fifth grade when I read Smile by Raini Telgemeier, which I absolutely adored. You’d think that because I had such a positive experience with graphic novels I would want to read them more, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I think my issue is that I like to buy all the books I read, and graphic novels are so expensive. They also don’t usually last me very long as I tend to fly through them, so it’s harder for me to justify paying for them. Still, this graphic novel has gotten fantastic reviews from people I really respect, and I definitely want to pick it up soon.

#5: Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch
So I know I’ve only mentioned this about a thousand times on my blog, but The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch is among my top five favorites series of all time, easily. It, of course, has been a very long time since I read them, but the quirky narrative and fast-paced plot as stuck with me to this day. Bad Magic is the first book in his new series which came out last year, and though many people have said that it’s not nearly as good as his first, I still need to read it. The second book comes out in early February, and I don’t want to get too behind on this series.

#6: Maximum Ride: Forever by James Patterson
Throwback Tuesday to when I featured the Maximum Ride series in “Top Ten Series I Have Yet to Finish” and I said I was never going to read this book because I was so annoyed that he was writing another book. Look, I stand by my annoyed-ness. This series should have been over at least four books ago and considering how bad the last ending was, I don’t have high hopes for this one.
However, I still love this series so much. I’ve been reading and re-reading them for years… literally a decade by now. Knowing that there’s an entire book out there with more stories and these characters, I can’t just not read it. I can’t. But this is where I’m cutting you off, James. The minute this series that could’ve easily been three or four books becomes ten, I’m done. I sincerely hope the title of this book isn’t an indication of how long this series will last.

#7: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I’m pretty sure that I’m the last Rainbow Rowell fan in the world to read Carry On, but I didn’t know if I wanted to pre-order it. The whole concept of having a fan-fiction written by a character in a different book kind of playing off a different book being made into its own book was really weird to me. I didn’t know if it would be done well, although I should know by now not to doubt Rainbow Rowell. Since then it has gotten such fantastic reviews that I know I need to pick it up as soon as possible.

#8, #9, #10: The Raven Cycle books 1-3 by Maggie Stiefvater
If you’re wondering what these books are about, I honestly couldn’t tell you. All I know is that they’ve gotten incredible reviews and they’re quirky and fantasy-y and they’ve been recommended to me a thousand times by various people. These books sound so fascinating and fun, and I really want to be caught up on the series before the last book comes out in Spring 2016. Also, can we talk about how beautiful these spines look on shelves? No?


You’ve reached the end of my list! I hope you enjoyed it 🙂
Be sure to let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them. If you haven’t read them, let me know if you’d like receiving them for Christmas as well! I’ll put in a good word with Santa for you.
Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Newbie Favorite Authors for 2015!

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Hello and happy Tuesday! According to one of the many Christmas Countdown accounts I follow on Twitter, there are only three Tuesdays (including this one) until Christmas! That’s exciting.
So, hello (from the other sideeeee) and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. Or, as I prefer to call them, Audrey’s Top-Ten-kind-of-almost-responses-to-the-prompt-but-mostly-not.
At least you won’t need to worry about pulling a muscles, dear readers, because we’re going to be doing a lot of stretching in this post.
Today’s topic, as provided by the lovely people and The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time in 2015

Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For the First Time in 2015

1) Jenny Han: I feel like I was the last person on earth to read a Jenny Han book, but I finally did this year! I read both books in her TATBILB duology and I really enjoyed them, so I am definitely planning to pick up more of her cutesy stories in #summer2k16. (Fun Fact:I feel like such an awkward teenage using that hashtag but I didn’t confidently know if not hashtagging it would make it have to be written as “summer 2016” or “Summer 2016” or “the 2016 summer” so I just did it. I’m sorry.)

2) Amie Kaufman: When the These Broken Stars series was getting so much hype on BookTube I was this close (picture me holding two fingers really close together) to picking it up so many times. I never did however – still haven’t – but this year I picked up Illuminae which she co-authored and I absolutely loved it! Amie Kuafman definitely knows how to write books in space, so next time that I’m this close to picking one of her other books up my fingers will probably end up touching.

3) Jay Kristoff: So, if you didn’t already know, Jay Kristoff is part two of the writing duo for the book Illuminae. See, this is where the cheating starts a little bit. Though it was the same book, I’m counting the authors separately because I’m running out of ideas. Oh, and because they’re both fantastic and deserve their own recognition.
But seriously. Fantastic author. He tweeted me once. Jus’ saying.

4) Sophie Kinsella: This one isn’t really a stretch at all, so I’m going to real-life stretch in order to give myself a well-deserved pat on the back. I read Kinsella’s YA debut, Finding Audrey, this year and absolutely adored it. It was also the first book I’ve read by this author, but I definitely plan to pick up more of her books, which have also gotten rave reviews.

5) Cassandra Clare: This year, I finally picked up and finished a Cassandra Clare book! An entire series, in fact. Though I wouldn’t consider them my favorite books in the world, I did really enjoy reading Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy a few months ago. I’m not sure yet when I’ll be ready to make the full commitment and dive into The Mortal Instruments, but we’re getting there. I’m more open to the idea now.

6) Harper Lee: Admittedly, I haven’t finished To Kill a Mockingbird yet. Admittedly, I haven’t even finished chapter five of To Kill a Mockingbird yet. However, I am really enjoying it and Harper Lee is an author that is new to me so… it counts. Also, I want to include Harper Lee in this list so that maybe I’ll seem slightly more well-read than I am.
(Although what really is “well-read”? And is it really so important to fit those standards? Find out the answers to all of these questions and more in an upcoming Thursday Thoughts!)
(I mean, maybe)
(See next week’s Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Thursday Thoughts Posts That Audrey Has Promised But Never Made)
(That’s not actually going to be next week’s Top Ten Tuesday)
(Maybe I should just stop talking about these non-existent posts until they’re actually made)
(Hmmmm…)

7) Erynn Mangum: Erynn Mangum is a YA Christian author that I’ve really enjoyed reading from this past summer! Though there were some flaws with her books, they were very fast-paced and funny, and I definitely plan to pick up another one of her series in the future.

8) Heather Demetrios: Heather Demetrios is the author of one of my favorite contemporaries of all time, Something Real. I read this book during Spring Break this year and I enjoyed it so much – I wish I had been blogging at that time so that I could rave about it to all of you. I’m certainly due for a re-read of that one soon. She also has a fantasy series that I might pick up, we’ll see. I haven’t really read much from any authors who write fantasy and contemporary, so that would be interesting.

9) Laini Taylor: So… this is also a cheater-y one. I started reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone in 2015 but then my life got super crazy (like, staying up until 4:00 a.m. every night? morning?) and I just stopped reading it because I had no time and I was forgetting what was going on. However, I really, really liked what I had read so far, enough to convince me that I definitely want to pick that series up again. It counts. Trust me.

10) Sarah J. Maas: This one is a complete, unapologetic stretch. While I did read my first Sarah J. Maas book this year, Throne of Glass, I honestly didn’t really like it and wouldn’t – based on that read – consider Maas a new favorite author. However, I am planning to reread ToG and continue on with the series very soon (this month?) because I hear it gets better. I guess I’m just hoping that if I include her on this list, it’ll motivate me to pick up more of her books? Whoops.

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This gif does not only serve the purpose to reuse that stretching joke over and over again, but also to show off the fact that I figured out how to insert gifs into blog posts again. So… that’s fun.


I hope you’re having a fantastic Tuesday and that you enjoyed that post! Be sure to let me know your new favorite authors from 2015 and link me to any Top Ten Tuesday post you made today. Or, I mean, any post you made today, because why not? I’m sure it was amazing.
Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving Edits!

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Hey guys! Happy Thanksgiving Eve Eve (or just happy Tuesday to my followers who have no reason to celebrate Thanksgiving in their country). My wonderful mother has pointed out to me that I start literally every post by counting down to either the weekend or some holiday, which probably makes it seem as if I’m miserable any time that it’s not a weekend or a holiday. I promise I’m not, I’m just really awkward and I don’t know how else to start my posts.
Today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is “Thanksgiving themed freebie”, which is probably a blessing because we all know that I can never play by the rules in these things anyway.
My choice for the freebie is: 10 Book Covers/Titles That I Edited Badly to Be Slightly More Thanksgiving Related.
The sad things is, I’m not kidding.

10 Book Covers/Title That I Edited Badly to Be Slightly More Thanksgiving Related

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1) I mean, how can one claim to make a book-related Thanksgiving post without mentioning the Hunger Games? It’s the perfect opener! Not to mention that that pesky Mockingjay on the cover can be easily substituted for a festive turkey with just five minutes or so on a free app!
P.S.: Sorry to anyone that was hoping this post wouldn’t be as dumb as it sounds. It’s definitely going to be.

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2) Erm… yeah. Replacing Cinder’s foot on this cover with a giant turkey was definitely a lot funnier in my head, but I can’t really say that I have regrets about it. I mean, I had to incorporate this fantastic series somehow. I promise that I’m getting the horrible ones out of the way first.
I mean, depending on what you consider to be horrible.
Just imagine if Cinder had a cooked turkey for a foot on top of everything else… Poor girl. Do they celebrate Thanksgiving on the moon? I’m sure Levana would be happy to roast her and serve her as a meal…

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3) I mean, this one was kind of a given wasn’t it?
I wasn’t lying about the bad editing, guys. There isn’t supposed to be an incredibly obvious white line around the ham. These pictures were supposed to make people who hadn’t seen the original covers think that these were the original covers. I’m a mess.
Of course, there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. 
That’s a Hamlet quote, in case you didn’t know. I didn’t know either. I stole that off of Goodreads.

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4) Okay guys. I know that this is going to be really hard to believe, but “The Complete Brothers Pilgrimm Fairy Tales” isn’t actually the real title of this book! I added in the “Pil”, and I know it’s really, really hard to tell, but that’s the truth! You’ll also notice if you look really closely that the witch is secretly wearing a pilgrim’s hat, but it’s hard to see because it matches the color scheme of the rest of the book so well. Maybe I’ll start doing Tutorial Tuesday so that you can learn how to edit pictures this fantastically.
(I really hope everyone knows that was sarcasm).
But seriously, the app I use to make these is called PicsArt Photo Editor and it’s super easy and fun to use if you’re interested. It can make things look a lot better than this, I’m just not particularly talented. It’s all good.

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 5) I don’t know what to say about this one.
Do people even eat beef at Thanksgiving? I’ve been around for almost fourteen of them… you’d think I know by now.
I honestly feel like I’ve offended Percy Jackson fans and Rick Riordan and vegetarians and anyone who knows what people actually eat at Thanksgiving with this single, poorly done edit.
Maybe we should just move on.

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6) I’m thankful for Divergent’s wonderful pun-able title and conveniently circular logo.
You’ll notice that I don’t know how to crop out the original title and replace it with a new one, so instead I just wrote it over the original one, prayed that if you squint long enough you’ll be able to tell what it says, and pretended that I did that on purpose for artsy, overlay effect.
“Pievergent”, if you’re still struggling to read it.
Look, I’m not complaining about my horrific editing skills. Talented editors would have to put a watermark over their edits so that no one will steal them, but I don’t have to worry about that, because who in their right mind would try to take credit for this “art”?

delirium (1)7) This is actually the book title and cover idea that inspired this crazy freebie post. The issue was coming up with nine more ideas.
My sincerest apologies to the model whose eye just got a yam edited into it. I’m just getting in the holiday spirit.
Also, I would highly recommend not staring at this picture for too long. It gets creepy very fast.
(Behind the scenes fun fact: The image cropped into this picture is actually a sweet potato and not a yam. I thought I would just use a sweet potato because all of the pictures of yams were weird and shriveled, and there isn’t really a difference, is there? Actually, there is! You can learn all about it in this article I read while procrastinating writing this post, and then take the yam vs. sweet potato quiz! I got 2 out of 10 right so… see if you can beat me, I guess?)

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8) It pained me to edit this gravy pouring into eyelashes. Can you imagine having gravy in your eyelashes? I feel like that would be an incredibly, unpleasantly sticky experience. What if your eyelashes got completely stuck together and you couldn’t even see anymore?
I don’t know why I’m thinking so much about this. I can’t imagine a single situation in which my eyelashes would be in danger of getting gravy on them.
Unpopular opinion: I don’t like gravy. At all. On anything. It tastes like salty sadness.

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9) I acknowledge that this one is a pretty hardcore stretch.
I don’t know what my logic was behind this one. Maybe I thought because I didn’t like the book, I was excused for having an incredibly cringe-worthy pun?
That doesn’t really explain the horribly cropped, floating ship.
YAY FOR THANKSGIVING!
The sad part is that we’re nearing the two-hour mark for how long I’ve been working on this.
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10) Out of ideas? Who, me?
I actually really loved The Giver. I haven’t seen the movie, but I read the book in fifth grade and it was the first dystopian I had ever read. I thought it was really beautiful and heartbreaking and terrifying to imagine actually happening. I own the rest of the series/companion books and I really need to continue on with them!
(I’m sorry that this edit is a little harder to see. It says “The ThanksGIVERing”. I didn’t realize how blurry it was until I uploaded it but I have school and don’t have time to fix it… and let’s be real, it would’ve been pretty bad either way.)


Thank you so much for adventuring through this crazy post with me! I had a ton of fun making it, and I may just return in future posts with some more horrific editing. We’ll see.
I hope that everyone has a safe and fun week, whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or not! Hopefully your food is better than what I made it look like on these books covers.
Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: All Things Book to Movie Adaptations

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Hey guys, and happy book birthday to Winter by Marissa Meyer. I honestly feel very honored that you’re choosing to read this post when you could be reading what is sure to be a fantastic conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles, so thank you. I’ll try not to let you down too much, although we all know how much I flop at these things.
Today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations I Still Need to Watch. At least, that’s what I’ve gathered the topic is from perusing through other people’s posts. The hosts’ blog, The Broke and the Bookish, is actually blocked at my school (where I’m writing this). I’m doing my best.
Here we go:

top ten book to movie adaptations i’m looking forward to/still need to watch

1. The first one, I honestly have no explanation for. There’s absolutely no excuse for why I haven’t seen this movie yet and it’s actually so embarrassing that I considered not including it and was going to allow you all to continue believing that I’m not a complete loser. However, we all know I always have a hard time actually meeting the requirement of ten, so I figured I had to suck it up and take all that I could get. Guys… Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Again, I have no idea why, and I could honestly go home and watch it tonight because my next door neighbor (who is one of my best friends and certainly willing to share) owns the movie. I’ve even borrowed it from her before to watch it, but I never get around to it. It’s a problem. I don’t know what to do.

2. The next one is actually equally embarrassing to me, simply because I was so excited for this movie to come out and I was anticipating it so much and then I never bothered to watch it once it finally released: Paper Towns. I actually have plans to watch it this weekend, so if all goes well this won’t be an issue anymore, but we’ll see.

3. Though I didn’t love the book, I’m very surprised at myself that I haven’t watched the movie adaptation of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl yet. I’ve heard really good things the movie and I thought the trailer looked cute so it was definitely one that I wanted to see. My mom’s even seen it already!

4. I’m a pretty big Hunger Games fan, and I even bought a couple of the magazines with special articles about behind-the-scenes movie stuff when they were first coming out, but I haven’t seen Mockingjay Part 1 yet! I definitely want to change that so I can watch the second part when it’s out in theaters (does that come out soon? Or in a year? I don’t even know), but I don’t know when I’ll get around to it. I’m a mess.

5. Is Allegiant out yet? Either way, I completely forgot to see Insurgent while it was in theaters and now I don’t know when I will or if I even want to. It sounds like they changed a lot of stuff in it, so I don’t know if they’ll also have to change a lot of stuff in Allegiant to make sure that the story still makes sense? We’ll see.

6. I haven’t read The Martian yet, but when I do I’ll definitely want to see the movie. I’ve been hearing fantastic things and I haven’t seen very many space/sci-fi movies before. This is one that I’ll hopefully be able to watch before I fall ridiculously behind, like with Harry Potter.

7. If I’m being honest, I couldn’t stand the book Life of Pi. I was assigned to read it for a class that I took in eighth grade and it was the first time when I actually didn’t read it. I only read the first half of part one and then part three, and I still got enough information to get top grades on all of the projects we had to do with it. I just found it very boring and slow-paced (I’m sorry if it’s your favorite book!). Keeping that in mind, I don’t really know if I want to see the movie. It might be interesting to see how it translates to film and if I like it better then, not to mention the fact that it won so many awards. We’ll see.

8. What would be a Forwards and Bookwords post without mentioning The Lunar Chronicles? (and you thought I would stop raving about them now that the series is over!) There’s definitely real potential for a movie now (I’m pretty sure that the rights have been sold) and I know that it will be fantastic. Not only that, but it would only help to bring more popularity to a series that totally deserves it.

9. I’m also really looking forward to Looking for Alaska to be made into a film. I actually haven’t finished the book, but who doesn’t love a good John Green movie? I’m sure it will be fantastic.

10. I haven’t yet read the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs, but they certainly sound like books I would enjoy and I’ve heard such fantastic things! Once I read them, I’m sure that I’ll be highly anticipating the movie adaptation, set to be released in 2016 (not to mention that it’s being directed by the Tim Burton!)


That’s it, folks! Can you believe that I actually got to ten responses without breaking any rules on the category? Is this real life?
Let me know if you also have yet to watch any of the movies on my list or your thoughts on the ones that you have watched! Also make sure to link me to your Top Ten Tuesday post if you made one.

Thanks for reading! 🙂
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Top Ten Tuesday: Debut Authors that Need to Write More Books

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Happy Tuesday! Would you believe that we’re one day closer to the release of Winter and already 1/10 of the way through November? Life is crazy.
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (as provided by The Broke and the Bookish) is “Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel”. But, since I’m rebellious and I can’t seem to ever follow the rules on these things, I’ve decided to include authors who have written a complete series but haven’t written anything since then and authors who need to return to a certain genre. Also, I’m tired, so I’ll probably only end up doing, like, five. Someone stop me, I’m out of control.
Without further ado, here are some authors that I think need a kick in da-butt so they will hurry up and have more than just their debut.
(Fun fact: Yes, I know that debut isn’t actually pronounced like duh-butt so that pun doesn’t really work)
(Additional fun fact: I didn’t always)

top ten (kinda) debut (kinda) authors who have me looking forward to their sophomore (kinda) novel(/series)

1. Jesse Andrews: If you’re wondering why the name Jesse Andrews sounds familiar, it’s probably because he’s becoming well-known pretty quickly as he is the author of Me, and Earl, and the Dying GirlNow, you’ll know if you read my review of this book (click the book title if you haven’t) that it wasn’t completely my cup of tea. However, I will certainly be picking up future books Andrews writes because I found his writing style incredibly entertaining and hilarious. If his next book has some better characters, I could totally see myself loving it.
2. J.K. Rowling: WAIT! I know what you’re thinking: “Oh my goodness, that Audrey and her determination to somehow work the Harry Potter series into everything. J.K. Rowling literally wrote seven Harry Potter books, not to mention the side books, her Robert Galbraith mystery series, and the Casual Vacancy.” I mean, you’re not wrong, but I really want to see a sophomore middle grade series from our ol’ pal Rowling. Look, I get that it would be pretty much impossible to top Harry Potter, but I just want strong middle grade friendships and adventure and banter… *sigh*

3. Marissa Meyer: Wow, two eye-roll-inducing authors in a row? Look, I understand that you’re not surprised by Meyer’s presence on this list… just try to appreciate the fact that I managed to limit myself from including her until #3. The Lunar Chronicles is her debut series and though I’m sure I’ll be completely devastated when it is completed, I cannot wait to see what she produces next. Don’t try to convince me that Heartless isn’t going to be the most amazing thing ever. It’s a Tuesday morning and I’m too tired to fight anyone.
4. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: So what, they’ve both published multiple novels before? Illuminae was their debut novel together, and I’m really anticipating the sequel, which would therefore qualify as their sophomore novel, right? I mean, it’s kind of a stretch.
Fine, it’s really a stretch.
LEAVE ME ALONE; I JUST REALLY LIKE ILLUMINAE, OKAY?

5. (Could it be? An actual answer that meets the criteria?) Sophie Kinsella (LOL, no):
Though she’s written a countless number of novels, Sophie Kinsella recently made her YA debut with Finding Audrey, which is easily one of my favorite books of the year. I’m quite confident that whatever she puts out in the young adult genre will be fantastic no matter what (although preferably it will be another book with a cute cover and quirky characters that comes out… yesterday).


So there you have it, folks! That was my Top “Ten” Tuesday for this week, or as I like to call it, “Top Five Reasons Why Audrey is a Flop”.
If you made a Top Ten Tuesday post, be sure to link it below so that I can have some examples of how it’s supposed to be done. Also be sure to let me know if we had any of the same answers (although I doubt we did since I was so rebellious with my answers).
Have a wonderful rest of your Tuesday!

Thanks for reading! 🙂
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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Genie Wishin’

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Welcome to another unpredictably timed Top Ten Tuesday post! It’s officially not Monday (and maybe even not Tuesday where you are), so congratulations!
I was considering skipping making this post because it is so late, but it was such a fun topic that I couldn’t pass it up. Today’s theme (provided, as always, by The Broke and the Bookish) is:

top ten wishes i’d like to be granted by the book genie

Like I said, it’s pretty late here. We’ll see if I make it to ten. (You never thought this day would come, did you? The day that I potentially didn’t have ten things to complain about.)

#1: Look genie, I know you’re used to granting things in threes, but feel free to lay off the trilogies. Just for a while.
#2: If you could guarantee that my book collection will never go up in flames on one of those rushed days where I leave the straightener on, you would really relieve some worries.
#3: Can I ask for seven more Harry Potter books all in one wish?
#4: Make the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson finally end (for what, the third time?) in a satisfying way.
#5: Laini Taylor and Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth can start churning out new amazing books any day now.
#6: Make books that feature dead dogs come with a warning. I’m spending too much money on Kleenexes.
#7: All those horrible cover changes? Poof. Change them back.
#8: Let’s make that ten more Harry Potter books.
#9: If you could reduce the price of hardcovers by – say – $5.00, you’d be my hero.
#10: An ARC of Winter. (But holy cow guys: ONLY 20 DAYS LEFT)


Wow, I actually made it to the end (but are we really that surprised?). It was shorter than usual, but I thought this was a really fun topic, so if you have an additional requests, be sure to leave them in the comments below!
Don’t forget that I have a giveaway going on right now! You can enter here, and some of the options you can do once per day for additional entries.
Thanks for reading! 🙂

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