My most recent 5 star reads.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads”. I have been really particular about the books I choose to read lately, so most of the books I read are 4 or 5 stars for me. These are my most recent 5 star reads as of now, but I have a feeling a few more are coming my way soon!

  1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  2. Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski
  3. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
  4. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
  5. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  6. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  7. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  9. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

This list is based on the ratings I give on Goodreads for each book I read, and consequently the ratings I give in the book reviews on this blog. Looking back at this list I was slightly tempted to change a few of the ratings. I imagine that happens with a lot of books as time passes, so I chose not to complicate things by changing ratings. What are some of your most recent favorite reads or 5 star reads? Let me know in the comments below!

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Books I love but haven’t talked about in a while.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Ten Books I Really Love But Haven’t Talked About Enough/ In A While”. Since my blog is less than a year old and I only really post about books on my TBR or books I’m reviewing, I feel like this list might give you a better idea of what kinds of books I’ve enjoyed:

  1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  2. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  4. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  6. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  7. Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  8. The Martian by Andy Weir
  9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  10. Still Alice by Lisa Genova 

What are some awesome books you feel you haven’t talked about in a while? Let me know in the comments below!

Ten books on my spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Ten Books On My Spring TBR”. I’m really excited for this TBR list as it includes some books I’ve been wanting to read for a while, and some that I just recently discovered.

  1. The Health Gap by Michael Marmot
  2. Bonk by Mary Roach
  3. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  4. The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
  5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  6. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  7. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  8. The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
  9. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  10. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

What books are you looking forward to reading this spring? Let me know in the comments below!

Books to read if you are in the mood for travel.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For _____”. I chose books that I think would be fun to read if you are in the mood for travel. Whether that means exploring a new city, taking a road trip, or going on vacation, these are my picks (in no particular order):

  1. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – travel in Europe
  2. A House of My Own by Sandra Cisneros – world travel
  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – space travel
  4. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem – world travel
  5. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo – exploring a city
  6. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – exploring three countries
  7. Paper Towns by John Green – road trip in the name of love
  8. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty – new city
  9. The Martian by Andy Weir – space travel, exploring Mars
  10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – exploring magical worlds

These books let me travel vicariously to different cities, countries, and even planets. What books scratch your travel itch? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Books I enjoyed recently that weren’t my typical genre/type

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type”. This past year has definitely been a time of reading exploration for me. For a while I was reading mostly YA, literary fiction, and historical fiction. Last year I explored with more non-fiction, science fiction, and other genres and styles.

  1. Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-up by Grace Helbig
  2. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  3. American God by Neil Gaiman
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  5. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
  6. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
  7. Ms. Marvel, Vol.1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
  8. The Martian by Andy Weir
  9. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  10. Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski

I read my first comic book last year, my first book based on science, several science fiction books, a book on a religious topic, and my first memoir type book. I loved exploring different genres, authors, and styles last year. The best part is a very much enjoyed most of them! What books did you read last year that were out of your comfort zone? Let me know in the comments below!

Rainy day reads.

Today was a lovely Sunday full of cool weather and light rain. I’m sad winter is over so quickly, but I couldn’t help but enjoy the cool breeze on my skin. This got me thinking about my go-to books for gloomy or rainy days. For me, gloomy weather puts me in a really good mood, so the books I choose for these days tend to be comforting and put a smile on my face.

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – this is my favorite of the series simply because of the happiness Harry Potter feels in finding out he has a guardian and someone who could possibly care for him other than the Dursleys.
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – this book simply gives me “the feels” and I love it.
  3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – this book has been one of my favorites since I was a kid. It’s a great story and I love Meg and Charles Wallace.
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – again, another favorite.

Do y’all have any rainy day reads? Or does any particular kind of weather get you in the mood for a certain kind of book? Let me know in the comments below!

Books I plan to read in February.

I know this post is a week late, but I’d like to write it now if you don’t mind. Somehow my January and February TBRs have been packed and I’m not sure how that happened. Originally, I hoped to read 2-3 books each month in 2016, but for these first two months it’s looking more like 5-6 each month. Yikes. So, these are the books I’d like to get to or finish this month:

  1. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem – I have been listening to (and loving) this on audiobook because of Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf book club on Goodreads. I hope to finish this in the next couple of days.
  2. Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski – I’ve been wanting to read this book for the longest time and I’m so happy to finally be reading it! I also hope to finish this book in the next couple of days.
  3. A House of My Own: Stories from My Life by Sandra Cisneros – This is the February pick for brunch book club. I’ve read The House on Mango Street and hope to read Caramelo later this year. I’m definitely excited to get to this one in the next couple of weeks.
  4. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – I have this checked out as an audiobook more out of curiosity than anything. I read Eat, Pray, Love and really enjoyed it. I thought this nonfiction would be a good audio read and it was finally available at my local library.
  5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – After reading and loving The Martian and Ready Player One with my fiancé, we’ve been looking for our next read. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book, mostly that it’s hilarious. Again, I’ve borrowed this as an audiobook from my local library. It’s about 5 hours long which is perfect for our drive to our hometown next weekend!
  6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker – I’ve also been  meaning to get to this book for a good while and I just saw that it’s the February pick for Our Shared Shelf. That’s a good enough reason for me to pick it up now. I have this one as an e-book so I’ll be able to squeeze in reading here and there throughout the week.
  7. The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler – This pick is from the Banging Book Club on Goodreads led by Hannah Witton and her two friends. I’ll admit, this one is last on this list because it won’t be a big deal if I don’t get to it. It’s mostly on here out of curiosity and in case I need a backup book for the month.

What are some of the books you’d really like to read in the month of February? Have you read any of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments below!