TOP TEN TUESDAY: INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

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TOP TEN INSPIRING QUOTES FROM BOOKS

1. “One should never be ashamed to cry. Tears are rain on the dust of earth.” – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations 

2. “In the end that was the choice you made, and it doesn’t matter how hard it was to make. It matters that you did.” – Cassandra Clare, City of Glass 

3. “It’s al right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.” – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel 

4. “Thomas Edison’s last words were, ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” – John Green, Looking for Alaska 

5. “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

6. “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

7. “People aren’t either wicked or noble. They’re like chef’s salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.” – Lemony Snicket, The Grim Grotto 

8. “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

9. “You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.” – Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass 

10. “We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.” – George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones 

fi2uCnCand of course, everything out of Tyrion’s mouth is my favaourite quote…

This was so difficult, it definitely took much longer than it should have, but I have so many favourite quotes!!

Anyways, that was a nice break, back to studying!

xx

Jacqueline

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: CHILDHOOD BOOKS

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TOP TEN BOOKS FROM MY CHILDHOOD THAT I WOULD LOVE TO REVISIT

I know it’s Wednesday, but I couldn’t miss this topic! There are so many books from my elementary school years that I would love to reread.

**note: I am deliberately leaving out Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and A Series of Unfortunate Events because they are books I have already revisited, and will continue to revisit, so I feel like it is not necessary to mention them… the books on this list are books I have not read since elementary school, I just remember that I loved them and they had an impact on me.

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1. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

My teacher started reading this book to us in grade 4 on what I’m pretty sure was the Friday before March Break. I went home and immediately begged my dad to take me to the bookstore to buy it. I had it finished by the end of the weekend, and was completely okay with having to hear the story again when I went back to school after the break.

2. Avalon by Rachel Roberts

Aside from Harry Potter this was the series that really sparked my interest in fantasy. If I didn’t give all the books to my younger cousin I would definitely pick them up to reread. They ended up releasing new covers and I think eventually I might pick them up just to have as part of my collection. I like giving away books, but then I also really want to keep every book just incase! One day my sisters will have children and so will I, so you never know!

3. The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O’Roark Dowell

I honestly could not even tell you what this book is about. All I remember is as a young girl I thoroughly enjoyed it and even my elementary school best friend (who hated reading) loved it! When I thought of this topic it was one of the first book covers that popped into my head.

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4. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This was the first real series of books I started collecting. These books were fantastic, Junie is hilarious, and the covers and the art rock! “My name is Junie B. Jones. The ‘B’ stands for Beatrice. Except I don’t like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all.” Such a sassy little child, I loved it.

5. Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume

Honestly I think this is such an important book to read as a young girl. It just kind of helps you understand the things you are going through and what you can expect to go through. Judy Blume is a fantastic writer and I enjoyed all her other books as well, but this was by far my favourite.

6. The Gravesavers by Sheree Fitch

Again, couldn’t tell ya what it’s about. I think there was a ghost/some type of supernatural element. But you didn’t know the person was a ghost the whole time? Not sure. I’m fairly certain I cried, and I held onto this book for so long intending to reread it, but now I can’t seem to find it and I’m so hurt.

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7. Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine

8. Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine

Both of these books deal with really difficult topics. As a tween they were some of my first experiences reading about things like suicide and loss so I feel like they will always hold a special place in my heart. I would love to reread them to find out what I would think of them now.

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9. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

I feel like a lot of people complain about/have a hard time reading books for school, but I honestly never have. This was one of the first books I had to read for a book report in elementary school and I was obsessed with it. The mystery and the story was just so intriguing to me. They also made a terrible made-for-tv movie of it and I’m pretty sure I even enjoyed that. I actually tried to reread this recently but cast it aside because I had too many new books I wanted to get to.

10. Warriors by Erin Hunter

This is easily the longest book series I have ever collected. I started the first book Into the Wild in grade 5 and continued reading these books until I graduated grade 12…. and there are still more… Once I start reading a series I don’t like stopping until it’s over. But it just won’t end! Granted, it’s not like it’s one massive series… it’s sets of 6 series with new character POV’s in each so I could have stopped but I didn’t. There are still 3 more books I need to complete the last subseries I started, but at this point I feel like I would have to read them all over again to remember where I was at!

Well that’s it for the childhood books I would like to reread! Has anyone else read any of these? Do you remember what you thought of them? Would you ever reread them? Let me know!

xx

Jacqueline

TOP TEN TUESDAY: DEAR SANTA!

Firstly, how is TOMORROW Christmas Eve?! Like WHAT?! Where does the time even go… I could have sworn I just started this semester like, yesterday. I’m so excited for Christmas morning! Although I would love every item on my Christmas list, I’m way more excited for all of my siblings to open their gifts. Everyone in my family gives me all of their presents to wrap so I always know what everyone is getting… which kind of sucks, but is also really exciting. I know everyone is going to love everything they get which makes me so happy. Secondly, when my sister asked me to make a Christmas list this year I went directly to the Chapters Indigo website and made a 5 page Wish List… apparently that wasn’t what she meant. So because I actually did need and want some other things I cut my list of books down to, weirdly enough, ten books! Without further ado, here are the ten books I asked for for Christmas!

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TOP TEN BOOKS I WOULDN’T MIND SANTA BRINGING

1. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

2. Cress by Marissa Meyer

3. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

4. Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

5. Fables Volume 1 by Bill Willingham

6. Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan

7. Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan

8. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

9. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

10. Ms. Marvel Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson

Well that’s my short and sweet Christmas wish list and I hope Santa brings me at least a few of the books I want this year! I guess I will find out in two more sleeps 🙂 Has anyone read any of these titles? What’s on your Christmas wish list this year?

xx

Jacqueline

TOP TEN TUESDAY: NEW-TO-ME AUTHORS

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TOP TEN NEW-TO-ME AUTHORS I READ IN 2014

George R.R. Martin

I can’t believe it has been less than a year since I started the Song of Ice and Fire series… I had tried a few times before this but was very intimidated by the size of the books and also still wasn’t sure how I felt about the content itself, but OH MAN. Am I happy I started or what?! I still have to read A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons I’m just trying to savour it.

Books Read This Year: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords 

Veronica Roth 

I asked for the Divergent boxed set for my birthday in February, but didn’t actually read Divergent until the week before the movie came out and just devoured it. I ended up getting caught up in a ton of other books so I have only just started Insurgent and I’m loving it so far! However…. I have been spoiled for Allegiant so I’m worried it’ll ruin the experience.

Books Read This Year: Divergent, currently reading Insurgent

Tahereh Mafi 

I’m ashamed to say I have actually only read Shatter Me. There are far too many books for me to catch up on and far too little time. I read this book in one sitting on the beach in Peurto Vallarta, Mexico so it was a very pleasant experience… Thankfully I was smart enough to take 4 books on the trip since I whizzed through this one.

Books Read This Year: Shatter Me

Jenny Han

This is another situation where I keep acquiring books from the author and I do want to read them all but I just don’t have enough time in a day. I have the whole Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and I intended on reading it in the summer, but I held onto it so I could read it in the winter and wish for hot weather. I picked up To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before in September and absolutely adored it. I will definitely continue to read Jenny Han’s books.

Books Read This Year: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before 

Marissa Meyer 

Holy moly… Of all the hyped up series I am so extremely glad I picked up Cinder when I did. I was in a horrible reading slump in October and had so much school work to do but of course I laid down and started reading and this was just PERFECT.

Books Read This Year: Cinder, Scarlet 

Laini Taylor 

Okay the reason I was in a reading slump in the first place was because of Laini Taylor. I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and was just like staaaaaahp the feels and wanted to cry. I actually had the second one on hand but wasn’t sure how much torture I wanted to inflict on myself so I picked up Cinder and BAM two amazing authors in one month.

Books Read This Year: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight 

Rachel Hawkins 

When Rebel Belle came out I swear that’s all I heard/saw on BookTube and everywhere for like a month. So obviously I bought it. This was the first book I read on my trip to Mexico and I actually finished it on the plane ride there… So that was awkward. BUT it was so awesome! I didn’t think I would like it but it was so funny and kick butt and ugh. *high five* Rachel Hawkins.

Books Read This Year: Rebel Belle

Richelle Mead 

Let me just make it clear that I never marathon books. I literally just can’t. I have to take breaks when characters get annoying, or when things get to heated, or when something major happens… and you can’t do that when you marathon a series. That being said… on a whim I bought the Vampire Academy boxed set and marathoned the entire thing in a week, then proceeded to take the first one to work and force my coworker to read them so I had someone to cry with. I can’t help but attribute all of these feels to Richelle Mead. I currently have Bloodlines sitting on my shelf just waiting for the right moment.

Books Read This Year: Vampire Academy, Frost Bite, Shadow Kiss, Spirit Bound, Blood Promise, Last Sacrifice 

Rainbow Rowell 

And yet another author I first read in Mexico… I took Eleanor and Park on my trip and boy was that a mistake. Do you know how hard it is to be laying on the beach next to your sister and trying not to SOB because of the book you’re reading? I literally had to be like “I’ll be back in a bit guys I’m going to the room to reapply sunscreen” and as soon as I got there I burst into tears. THE FEEEEEEEELS. I eventually read Fangirl in September and actually can’t decide which made me cry more.

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Books Read This Year: Eleanor & Park, Fangirl 

Jennifer L. Armentrout 

Last but certainly not least, I picked up Obsidian, the first book in the Lux series, on a whim. I downloaded it on iBooks sometime in the summer when it was free and started reading it at school when I was bored on break. I probably finished it the next day… and immediately bought Onyx on iBooks as well (even though I hate reading books on electronics) because I thought it would make me feel less guilty for adding to be TBR. I finished that one two days later… Honestly, these books are such guilty pleasures, I haven’t continued the series yet because I am trying to cut down my TBR but I’ll probably pick the next one up when I’m in a slump.

Books Read This Year: Obsidian, Onyx 

I didn’t intend to write so much about each author considering I am suppose to be studying… but shit happens. I just started getting so excited and now all I want to do is read Insurgent. I’ll probably do that right now before I go to bed.

See ya!

xx

Jacqueline

p.s. I’M DONE EXAMS TOMORROW!!!!!!

TOP TEN TUESDAY: 2015 ANTICIPATION

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TOP TEN BOOKS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2015

1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I don’t know that this even needs to be explained… I will probably still be reading Cassandra Clare’s books when I am 30 at this rate.

2. Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins. I wasn’t even sure I would be into these books when I first picked it up, but H O L Y CRAP. It was so interesting and bizarre it had me from the beginning and now I can’t wait for the second. However, not the biggest fan of the cover…

3. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. I haven’t even started reading the Bloodlines series yet… But I marathoned Vampire Academy so that’s probably what I’ll do with this.

4. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I’m so glad there is a sequel because I was left hanging and didn’t even know how to deal with myself after I finished the first one. So many feelings.

5. Winter by Marissa Meyer. Still haven’t read Cress (it’s on my christmas list) but I already know I’ll love it because the first two were amazing… Plus everyone says they love Cress so I’m sure we will also all love Winter.

6. Fairest by Marissa Meyer. This will be a nice taste of something by Marissa Meyer before we get our hands on Winter.

7. All the Rage by Courtney Summers. I’ve been following Courtney Summers since I was in high school and I’m really interested in this one. She deals with a lot of issues that are very prevalent, but also a bit taboo. This one is about sexual assault and I will definitely be picking it up as soon as it’s out.

8. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Again…. I haven’t even read Throne of Glass yet…. But this new series sounds phenomenal. I just want to read all the books all the time and I don’t have the time of day!!

9. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. It’s Mindy Kaling. What more do I actually have to say to justify why this is on my list?

10. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare. These novellas will be released like The Bane Chronicles was and it will follow Simon as he transitions into his new role as a shadowhunter. I bought the first two novellas in The Bane Chronicles the months they were released and then just stopped and waited for the binding… so realistically I will probably do the same for these. But I’m excited none the less.

What are you all looking forward to in 2015? Am I missing anything?

Also sidenote: I just saw Horrible Bosses 2… it was hilarious.

xx

Jacqueline

TOP TEN TUESDAY: NEW SERIES I WANT TO START

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TOP TEN NEW SERIES I WANT TO START (well, newish)

I’m not exactly going by new series for this, I’m going by series I have sitting on my shelf that I have not started yet and really need to get on!

ONE.

The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima

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Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson

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THREE.

Summer trilogy by Jenny Han

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FOUR.

Precious Stone trilogy by Kerstin Gier

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FIVE.

The Embrace Series by Jessica Shirvington

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SIX.

Black City trilogy by Elizabeth Richards

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SEVEN.

The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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EIGHT.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (which I just started today)

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NINE.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

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TEN.

All The Wrong Questions series by Lemony Snicket

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There are a couple of these series that I’m not sure about/haven’t heard much about, but do want to read because I already own at least the first book. If you’ve read any of these please, please leave a comment and let me know which ones I should get to first!

xx

Jacqueline 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: PLACES I WANT TO VISIT

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TEN PLACES BOOKS HAVE MADE ME WANT TO VISIT (fictional or real)

Westeros
I would not like to be in the way of anyones path to the throne… but visiting George R.R. Martin’s world would be supremely kick-ass. Especially if I got to meet the Mother of Dragons. *swoon*

Hogwarts
Who wouldn’t want to visit J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world?! No seriously, who wouldn’t. Universal Studios’ theme park ain’t shit compared to the real thing.

Wonderland
I will forever be in love with Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland and given the chance I would love to spend a day or two there. The Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat would be oh so entertaining.

Idris
How could I leave Cassandra Clare’s crazy magical home of the Nephilim off my list… If it means I can meet a super sexy, charming, demon killing soul mate, I’m down.

Narnia
Because, duh, it’s Narnia.

Now let’s throw some real life places into the mix…

London
I’ve actually already been to London, but I was only there for about a day and a half and you clearly cannot get much accomplished in one of the most amazing cities EVER, in a day and a half. There isn’t even just one book that made me want to visit London, there is probably dozens.

Germany
If we are going to get technical, I have already been to Germany as well. However, I was actually only suppose to be on layover for 2 hours until my flight was delayed for another 16… and I couldn’t even leave the airport in Frankfurt… LAME. Again, quite a few books have made me want to visit Germany, mostly historical fiction.

Russia
Shout out to the Vampire Academy series, specifically Dimitri Belikov, for making me want to visit his homeland. Also, it looks absolutely beautiful and seems like an awesome place to visit.

New York 
Again, already been. BUT FOR TWO DAYS. Who goes to New York for two days and expects to get anything done?! Every TV show, movie, and book ever seems to take place in/mention New York. I’ve always, always, always wanted to go to New York over Christmas.

San Francisco
I guess mostly because in James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series detective Lindsay Boxer works for the San Francisco Police Department, and even though it’s not always the best storyline (being a murder mystery and all) it describes places that just sound so beautiful.

This list was so hard to make… I basically want to visit half of the world, and all of the fictional worlds beyond it just because of books. I could go on forever, hopefully I will at some point get to visit all the real places I want to go!

Until next time,

xx

Jacqueline

TOP TEN TUESDAY: FALL TBR PILE

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TOP TEN BOOKS ON MY FALL TO-BE-READ LIST

ONE & TWO.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children & Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.
If these books don’t scream Halloween I really don’t know what does. I have a feeling they are going to be delightfully creepy, and perfect for an October kinda read. I just hope they don’t give me nightmares…

THREE.

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Smoke (Burned #2) by Ellen Hopkins.
I read Burned years and years ago and honestly I don’t even remember what happens… I picked this up at the closing sale of the World’s Biggest Bookstore in downtown Toronto and haven’t yet found time to read it. The colours of the smoke/fire are pretty spot on fall colours, so I added it to my fall TBR.

FOUR.

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Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo.
This has been sitting on my shelf for a while and I have heard nothing but good things about the series, so why not. It also includes the words shadow and bone which reminds me of halloween aka the fall.

FIVE.

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5th Horseman (Women’s Murder Club #5) by James Patterson.
I pick these books up every few months and read one, then I’m like “omg so good I need to read more” and then life happens and my TBR pile grows and I forget… But again, thriller/murder mystery = halloween. Do you see a trend yet?

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor.
Smoke. Bone. Masks. Something about devils, monsters, and mystery. Need I say more?

SEVEN.

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Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer.
Cyborgs and fairy-tale retellings. This is all I know.

SEVEN, EIGHT, & NINE.

In the unlikely event that I power through these books for fall the next three are sequels.

6th Target (Women’s Murder Club #6) by James Patterson.

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor.

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer.

And that’s all for my fall TBR! Stay tuned for more Top Ten Tuesdays in the future!

xx

Jacqueline