Top Ten Tuesday: “I think you should read …”


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?

Top Ten Books That Were
Recommended To Me

Maybe in Another Life
Maybe in Another Life was a book that I had heard bits and pieces about from a lot of places, but the three bloggers I credit with finally convincing me to pick this one up are Hannah @ So Obsessed With, Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner, and Lauren @ Bookmark Lit.

Summers at Castle Auburn

I first saw Gillian @ Writer of Wrongs and Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner freaking out about this Summers at Castle Auburn on Twitter, and let’s just say my interest was PIQUED. This was one of the first tweets I remember seeing about it:


which then turned into me saying this about the book:



Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a book that I had put on this Top Ten Tuesday (aka books I’ll probably never read), and a few of my friends (rightfully) lost their minds. Enter Jessie @ Ageless Pages Reviews – she was completely taken aback that I hadn’t read this one yet, and rightfully convinced me to give it a go! (Side note: LOVED IT)

Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)

Daughter of the Forest is so beloved in the community that it would be really difficult to just name one person that has recommended it to me, but the most notable is Alyssa @ Books Take You Places (who recently got an amazing tattoo of the Sevenwaters family crest!!) She is so passionate about this entire series, and once you start reading it you can immediately see why. If you’ve never read this book, it is more than worth your time.

This Adventure Ends

OOF – who isn’t talking about This Adventure Ends right now?! If you haven’t heard anything about it yet, I urge you to follow Gillian @ Writer of Wrongs, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, Angie @ Lady Knight Reads, or Jessie @ Ageless Pages Reviews – they all talked this book up SO well I couldn’t help but read it!! (It also resulted in this review, which was way more personally thought provoking than I anticipated!)

1012-01Dark Unwinding | Romancing the Duke | Unspoken | Grounded | Every Breath

Okay, I’ll be short and sweet with this part … if Morgan @ Gone With The Words recommends a book to you, just do yourself a favor and move it to the top of your TBR immediately! She has quite honestly never let me down, and I find myself re-recommending these books to people all the time! (Especially The Dark Unwinding … if I have never yelled at you to read that book/duology, then we haven’t talked enough.)

But seriously, if she tells you to read something, just, well:



Has anyone ever recommended any of these books to you? Can you think of something else to recommend to me, if you know that each of these books got 4-5★?

Let’s talk!


ARC Review | The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

Read the first paragraph under “all the words” before deciding to venture further!

The Movie VersionThe Movie Version by Emma Wunsch
Published by Amulet Books on October 11, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Paperback ARC, BEA
Length: 368 pgs
Rating: ★★★★★
GR Rating: 3.33★

What It’s About:

A whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking that will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven:

In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons.

But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken his place. And there’s someone else pulling at her attention: a smart, cute new boyfriend who wants to know the real Amelia—not Toby’s Sidekick. Amelia feels adrift without her star, but to best help Toby—and herself—it might be time to cast a new role: Amelia Anderson, leading lady.





There were a lot of times throughout the novel that, as different things occurred or were said, I found myself making some variation of the Jim Face© … but often without the hilarity tinged in the show. There were just some very real moments that I only knew how to handle by making a face, if that makes sense, haha?


This book was, in a word, unexpected. I went back and forth for ages over just how much to reveal in my review, but I honestly think that a) most people would want to know what it’s actually about and b) the synopsis is beyond misleading. If you don’t want any spoilers and would like to go on just the back cover synopsis, shield your eyes and don’t go any further.





This book is about mental illness. And to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure how it handles it. When I finished, I thought it was a good representation. Certainly not a perfect, ideal world, best outcome scenario; but it represented it. The character that is represented as having the mental illness wasn’t always like this, it was something that …happened. The way that it impacted their family and friends was varied – some people were supportive, some were averse to dealing, some read all the books about what they should do, and some avoided the topic at all costs.

It was hard to read at times because of uncaring or potentially ignorant thoughts about the illness, but it did strike me as realistic for some teens. People are not always perfect; we make bad decisions, we think bad thoughts, we say the wrong things, we hurt people without meaning to. And I think this book was true to that. I know that I would be horrified to find out that my teenage self’s inner dialogue was broadcast to the whole world – I don’t think I was ever a terrible person, per se – but we’ve all done, said, and thought things we’re not proud of.

Not having been close to someone with mental illness, I can’t really say too much other than my opinion of how it was handled (along with the caveat that I might be wrong.) But I do think books like this are important, if only because they serve to begin a dialogue about mental illness – and what things are right and wrong in the representation, helping people like myself to better understand and be more empathetic through that understanding.

Ok, so all of that being said, should you read this book?

Oy, I’m not sure. When I finished it in May, I would’ve said yes without a second’s pause. I loved the way the characters were written, I loved the movie references and quotes, I loved the complexity and fluidity of Amelia and Toby’s relationship, I loved Amelia’s best friend Ray, and I liked that the relationship between Amelia and her guy was not by any means perfect or sensationalized. (It was hella awkward at times, y’all).

But now, I’ve read a lot of reviews, and they seem to be really polarized. There are some that view the mental illness as a plot device, and I can see this argument. I also can see the arguments that are being posited in which the inclusion of the mental illness is a good thing as long as it is handled reasonably well, with the intention to do good. (Which I think it was.)

Ultimately, I think this novel is about a lot of things, but at it’s heart it’s about a girl whose brother is diagnosed with a mental illness and how she attempts (not always well, mind you) to cope. Amelia isn’t always the easiest MC to like, but she felt real, and I appreciated that.

I would recommend this book to readers looking for an authentic feeling contemporary YA that is handling some serious issues – it might not be the best representation, but it’s worth the dialogue.



Is this one on your radar? If you know a bit more about the plot, are you concerned with how the topics within are handled?

Let’s talk!sig

ARC Review | This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

This Adventure EndsThis Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Published by Henry, Holt & Co. on October 4, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Paperback ARC, Gifted from Blogger
Length: 320 pgs
Rating: ★★★★
GR Rating: 4.24★

What It’s About:

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.





Ok, it’s not exactly perfect considering, well, a lot of things … but there’s just something in this gif with the FRIENDS FOREVER mixed with #squadgoals that got to me!


I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons, the main one being that Emma Mills is a compulsively readable author who writes authentic stories that resonate with you, in one way or another. I may not have ever experienced the all encompassing “we are now friends and shall do everything together, you are officially one of the group” sort of friendship that is represented in this novel, but I felt like I understood the nuances from the way it was written; I may not have ever read fan fiction before, but I feel like I understand it’s appeal better than I ever have before. In short, Emma Mills sucks you in with her writing and her stories and her characters, and you will definitely have a goofy smile on your face at least once throughout reading!

However, to be totally 100% completely honest, the book (for me, anyways) wasn’t perfect. There were characters that got on my nerves, there were things I wish had been a bit more resolved, there were plot arcs that were started and not completely handled the way that I would have liked.

BUT – this brought around a really amazing conversation with a fellow book blogger, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books.

We were discussing our differing opinions on the book, and why we felt the way we did, and came up with some interesting points. The main character, Sloane, is kind of a bull in a china shop at times. She’s just like, “I’M HERE AND I HAVE AN OPINION,” which, to me, is difficult. However, I’m also a fairly private person about certain things, and I have this ridiculous aversion to assumed familiarity in friends/strangers/co-workers/pretty much everyone. You might “know” a lot about my life, but it’s hard for me to always welcome opinions about how I should handle my life because knowing a thing that has happened to me or a fact about me doesn’t mean someone knows the whys/hows/ins&outs of those situations or facts – and it makes it hard to receive “Well obviously you should be doing A, B, C, D instead of what you’re doing because DUH.” “Um, but there’s a lot more to the situation that you don’t know, because we’re not there yet. So, respectfully, I’m going to back out of this conversation.”

There’s probably a lot of reasons I am that way. I did not attend a university with a dorm type situation (I was supposed to, but my first semester at uni would have been Fall 2005, and I was planning on attending Tulane University in New Orleans … so Hurricane Katrina pretty much ended that – I came back home and attended a local uni for a few semesters.) Although I grew up close to my family, we’ve since distanced considerably, so I don’t have a lot of opinions on my life situation being thrown at me in general. I’m very much a fiercely independent over-thinker … if I have decided to do something, please know I’ve made pro/con lists, neurotically over-analyzed the entire situation, and asked the opinions of those people that I trust – I rarely impulsively decide to do anything.

But what if I had attended a university and stayed in a dorm? What if I spent 4 years of my life with people in and out of my room and my life as they pleased? What if I was still close to my family? What if we talked all the time and we constantly discussed the things happening in our lives ad nauseam? What if I had a best friend that lived nearby and was in my apartment all the time, going through my closet and my fridge and my texts, helping me analyze all the things that were going on?

Well, I would probably have felt a lot different about some aspects of this book. It’s so interesting to me how our backgrounds can affect the way a book resonates with us, and I love having bookish friends that I can openly discuss these things with – it’s so refreshing!


“I’m tempted to flip ahead, but I can never really read books that way. I always end up going back and picking up what I’ve missed, even if I’ve read it a dozen times before. It doesn’t seem right, skipping to the best parts and ignoring the in-between.”



Have you read this book, or Emma’s debut, First & Then? What do you think about our backgrounds affecting the way we read and interpret novels?

Let’s talk!sig