Top Ten Tuesday: Twenty Books Set in 10 Different Places


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life!

This week’s topic?


Now, because I’m a rebel and basically do whatever I want with Top Ten Tuesdays (see me doing thirty books instead of ten, doing twenty books instead of ten, making stuff up as I go along, and totally changing topics to suit my needs…), I’ve decided to do this one a little differently and kind-of change the rules a bit. I’m posting ten different places (some of them are inside some of the other places, like Cornwall/England), and then choosing 1-4 books for each locale. Enjoy my rule breaking Top Ten Tuesday!😉


Villa Triste


The Perfume Garden


Daughter of Smoke and Bone


Somewhere in France


The Rose Garden | The Forgotten Garden


Ember Island | The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society


The Snow Globe | The Midnight Rose


In the Woods | The Girl on the Cliff | Daughter of the Forest


Letters from Skye | At the Water’s Edge | Outlander


071901.pngJellicoe Road | Wildflower Hill | Lighthouse Bay | Every Breath

What countries do you find most of your foreign reads hail from? (Or take place in?) Do we share similar foreign interests?

Let’s talk!


ARC August 2016 Sign Up!


I had seen this around the blogosphere the last few years, but hadn’t given much thought to participating because I never really found myself with a huge surplus of ARCs – but after this year’s amazingly awesome BEA, I’ve got some things I need to read and I need to read them soon!

The challenge is pretty lenient, it doesn’t say that they all have to be ARCs, or that you have to fit into a certain tier, or anything like that – just challenge yourself to read a certain amount of ARCs in the month of August.

I know that if I give myself any leeway over this I will fail horrifically, so I’ve decided that any book that I read in the month of August is going to be an Advanced Reader’s Copy, and I’m going for 8 books. (Which seems like a massive goal considering that in the month of June I only read 5 books altogether, EEK)

These are the 8 books that I hope to read this month, with four alternates below just in case one of the books ends up being a DNF (GASP) or if I feel like I’m just not having any success with it.

071705.png071701.pngThe Forgetting | The Hawkweed Prophecy | Cloud and Wallfish | Caraval

071702.pngRomantics | Kingdom of Ash and Briars | Lost Property Office | Spare and Found Parts

071704.png071703Three Dark Crowns | Leave Me | Gemina |Shadow Bright and Burning

Have you read any of these ARCs already? Are there any that you think I should read sooner than others? (And I know Gemina is in the alternates list and you’re thinking “WHHHAAAAAA?!?” but that’s basically just because I am not ready for that mess.)

Huge thanks to Octavia for hosting this again, and I hope that I’m successful!! If you want to find out more about her challenge, click this link here! (or the massive paragraph long link up there ^, either way)

So that’s my sign up for August! Now all I have to do is ignore the regular TBR books that will be piling up around me as I obliviously stick to this schedule ….


That seems possible, right?



Book Tag Time! | The Book Blogger TMI Tag


I find that during the summer it’s so. much. harder. to keep up with the blog, what with trying to spend every waking sunny moment not at work at the beach or at a pool – so to that end, I’ve decided to make this the summer of book tags! Every Thursday I’ll be posting a book tag (that I’ve tagged myself in, because rules/schmules *shruggy emoji*). I’ll be sharing this post on social media with #booktagthursday – so if you would like to find book tags of your own, please join in! They are seriously so much fun, and I love being able to share some of my favorite books in such fun and unique ways.


I found this tag on Spines and Covers, and she found it on The Little Engine That Couldn’t!

I decided to go with this one to continue the trend from this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, in which I talked a little bit about me and some of my little quirks😉 So here’s some more facts about me!

How old are you?

Twenty nine, thirty next year! I know that’s super scary for a lot of people, but I’m actually pretty psyched for it.😀

What book are you reading?

I’m starting a YA Fantasy called Summers at Castle Auburn – it was published back in 2001 but is starting to make the rounds around the book blogosphere and I’m really excited for it!

What are you wearing?

Some Aerie jean shorts, a bikini top, and a baggy black t-shirt.

(PS: It might sound weird that I’m wearing a bikini top, but it’s summer and you just never know what’s going to happen, which is why from about June 5th – September 9th it’s pretty common to find me in a bikini top!)


(One True Pairing, for those who don’t know.)


Ron & Hermione / Rory & Jess / Karou & Akiva / Jamie & Claire / Lorelai & Luke / Colonel Brandon & Marianne / Amelie & Nico

Blogger or WordPress?

I’ve only sorta kinda messed with Blogger, but I’ve really enjoyed working with WordPress for the past two and a half years!

Going outside being active or staying in and reading a book?

Can I combine them?! I love reading outside, especially during the summer. For the past 4 years I’ve lived in this really beautiful area and I’ve got this great porch – it’s basically a crime not to sit out and there and enjoy the sunshine and the cicada music while falling into an amazing book!

What is the last book you read?

I just finished reading And I Darken, which is a historical retelling of Mehmed II and Vlad the Impaler – but if Vlad had been born a girl. It was a really interesting book, and the characterization was really amazing; I highly recommend it if you like historical fiction!

What is the book you’re going to read next?

My Lady Jane! I’ve quite honestly not heard one bad thing about it from all my most trusted blogger friends, and one even said she thinks it might be her favorite book of the year! (High praise, indeed – no?!)

Ebooks – yes or no?

I don’t necessarily mind ebooks, but I prefer physical books. One day I hope to have a beautiful pillow room (aka library) filled with floor to ceiling bookshelves and rolling ladders and pillows and couches and a huge beautiful bay window – I need physical books to make that happen!

Where do you prefer to read?

Honestly, anywhere! Someday I hope to have a specific reading spot, but for now I’m content to read anywhere and everywhere. Couch, floor, bed, tree, porch, bathtub, chair, etc.

Who is the last person you tweeted?

I tweeted @mizgillianberry and @brokeandbookish to tell them I was starting Summers at Castle Auburn – they are the ones that recommended it so highly!

Whose blog did you look at last?

I read Ginger’s post about her birthday today, and I really loved it. It’s such a beautiful post, and I’m so thrilled for her and her happiness!❤

Who is your favorite blogger?

Oh my goodness, how do you even choose? I have so many favorites for so many different reasons, I honestly don’t think I can pick!

Who is your favorite book-tuber?

I actually don’t watch a lot of book-tube stuff, so I don’t have a favorite for this. I definitely admire the time and energy they put into it, but I think I’ve only watched one or two since I started this blog.

What do you do when someone tells you reading is boring?

It honestly depends on who it is – if it’s a total stranger I’ll most likely leave it alone because I’m probably not going to convince them otherwise (and I have way too many books to read to deal with that nonsense), but if it’s somebody I know I’ll ask them a bunch of questions about their likes/dislikes/past reading habits to try to find a book that they might like!

Who is the last author you spoke to?

Sharon Cameron, the author of The Dark Unwinding, A Spark Unseen, and Rook. We had a really interesting conversation about book trade shows and ARCs and all sorts of stuff!

Who is the last person you texted?

The last (people) I texted were Laura (@lecrockett) and Morgan (@morganameridius). Something about books and boys😉

Who is your all-time favorite book character?

I don’t really think this is a fair question, so I’m going to refuse to answer fairly.

Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Molly Weasley, Neville Longbottom, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Nymphadora Tonks, Albus Dumbledore, Crookshanks, Sirius Black, Arthur Weasley, Ginny Weasley, etc etc etc


I haven’t read that many UK Young Adult books, but I will say that almost 100% of the time I prefer UK covers to US covers. Is that an answer?

What is your preferred drink whilst reading?

Something fizzy and caffeinated, or a glass of pinot grigio!

If you hated reading, what would you be doing instead?

Ha. Not possible. I don’t think there’s a single parallel universe where I don’t like reading.

How many bookshelves / bookcases do you have?

I actually have a lot of atypical bookcases (like mid century modern hutches repurposed). I have two hutch bookcases, one normal bookcase, one weird slanted bookcase for hardcover books, and then I use my dresser as a bookcase as well.

If you had the choice to meet all of your favorite book bloggers or all of your favorite authors, which would you pick? You can only pick one.

All my favorite book bloggers! I love the authors that I have gotten to know through this venture, but there is just something amazingly wonderful about all of the book bloggers that have made the past two and a half years more than I ever thought they could be.

Also, there’s something to be said for occasionally keeping some distance between the work and the artist – sometimes I’ll love a book or movie or song and then I’ll find out more about the artist/author/actor, and I’m like “uggghhhhh now I can’t ever like that again!!!”

Insta-love: yes or no?

Meh *insert shruggy emoji here*

Favorite author?

I really like Kate Morton, A LOT. I love her writing and her stories and the way they take over everything in my life. She also gave me my first introduction into dual timeline gothic fiction and I’ve got to say, I don’t know where I would be without that.

What is the number-one book on your wishlist?

All of the Harry Potters, everywhere. I especially love these UK editions (both the hardcover and the paperback!)

Do you prefer books with female or male protagonists?

I think I tend to read books with female MCs more, but I wouldn’t necessarily say it was because I was opposed to male MCs.

What is the last song you listened to?

I’ve been listening to Walking on Cars album, Everything This Way, for weeks. Last night I went on a really long walk (trying to get in those 10,000 steps!) and listened to it on shuffle … so I’m not really sure which song was the last one I listened to, but I know it was on that album!

Which do you enjoy reading more – negative reviews or positive reviews?

I like reviews that have a little bit of both! It’s very rare that someone enjoys every. single. aspect. of a book, and it’s nice to see both sides represented in a review. Most of the time the good outweighs the bad, but it’s nice to know what the bad is going in!

Who are you going to tag?

I’m tagging:
Morgan @ Gone With The Words
Laura @ Scribbles & Wanderlust
Ashley @ Must Love Books
Gillian @ Writer of Wrongs
Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide
Alyssa @ Books Take You Places
Amy @ Tripping Over Books

(++ anyone else that reads this and wants to participate!!)