Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Reasons Why I Love The Hunger Games

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is why I love _____. Since it is the release day for the latest release in The Hunger Games series, A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, I thought that I would list all of the reasons that I love the original series. Here are my reasons:

  • It was one of the first dystopian/fantasy books that I enjoyed.

Before The Hunger Games, I strictly read contemporary, aside from The Magic Tree House when I was in elementary school. I picked up The Hunger Games on a whim after I saw it on the shelves of a bookstore and thought it sounded interesting. I read the first book as soon as I got home… and then went and bought the next two books in the series the next day because I needed to know how the story ended. I have never read a series as quickly as I read The Hunger Games.

  • It is one of the first times that I really bought into the “fandom” of a series.

I was never a Twilight girl or a Mortal Instruments girl. I loved books, but I was never swept up into buying merchandise for books or being so excited for a book-to-movie adaptation that I waited outside the theater for hours. With The Hunger Games, that all changed. It was so cool to see so many people who liked the same thing as I did.

  • It was the only midnight premiere that I ever attended.

I never attended a midnight premiere for a movie until The Hunger Games. I remember waiting until tickets appeared online and buying them for the first showing at my movie theater. Then, I remember seeing how people were lining up hours before the movie started and rushing to the movie theater to make sure I got the best seat with my sister. It was the first time that I saw people actually dress up as book characters!

  • Finnick Odair… that’s it.

Finnich Odair was and will always be one of my biggest book crushes. I absolutely loved Finnick from the moment he was introduced on the page. I recently saw a tweet that talked about how smart Suzanne Collins was when she introduced him by highlighting how Katniss would never see him as a romantic interest which completely goes against the typical character arc for a character like Finnick in YA fiction.

  • It was the first young adult series that I loved.

Before The Hunger Games, I didn’t really read series since my younger years with Magic Tree House or The Babysitter’s club. Instead, I usually opted for stand-alone books. However, The Hunger Games introduced me to other dystopian series, like Divergent.

  • It gave me a character to dress up for Halloween… several times.

I have dressed up as Katniss so many times for Halloween that I can’t even count. I remember the first time that I dressed up as Katniss, before the movie even came out, when I made my own Mockingjay pin since there was so merch available yet.

  • The book-to-movie adaptations were well done.

I love the movie adaptations of The Hunger Games, especially the casting. Sometimes, the movie helped me enjoy or understand aspects of the books that I didn’t like, for example, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Mockingjay books and actually preferred the movies.

  • It has some of the best pacing that I’ve ever read.

The Hunger Games is the embodiment of the phrase “page-turner.” Everything that happens motivates readers to keep reading. Suzanne Collins plotted The Hunger Games in such a smart way that I could only hope to aspire to in my own writing.

  • It had some of my favorite bookish merch.

Like I mentioned earlier, The Hunger Games was the first “fandom” that I actually participated in. As a result, I ended up with A LOT of Hunger Games merchandise that I either bought or was given as a gift. I had my own mockingjay pin, a shirt, a blanket, a board game, and nail polish to represent my favorite districts. While I was never a person with my walls covered in posters, this was a lot for me.

  • It helps me write my own books.

The Hunger Games is often used a model for writing a book because it perfectly follows three-act structure. Looking at how the plot of The Hunger Games is constructed has helped me and many other aspiring writers to organize our projects!

Will you be reading the newest Hunger Games book?

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Top Ten Tuesday: The Last 10 Books that I Abandoned

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is the last 10 books that I abandoned. A lot of readers struggled to DNF a book to remove a book from their TBR. In the past, I was one of those readers 🙋. After last year where I struggled through a MAJOR reading slump, I’ve become more inclined to drop a book if I’m not interested in favor of a book that I feel good about reading. Now, it is time to visit my Kindle graveyard of unfinished books. Here are the last 9 books that I abandoned:

  • American Panda by Gloria Chao
American Panda

If you have seen my Currently Reading on Goodreads for the past year, American Panda has probably been on it for that long. I got about 40% of the way through American Panda…. then I never picked it up again. Initially, I was excited for this book because few young adult novels venture into college territory. That being said, this book read like every other young adult novel that I’ve ever read and I didn’t feel motivated to continue the story. While I hope to finish this book one day, which is why I keep it on my currently reading on Goodreads, I’m not sure that I ever will.

American Panda follows Mei, who starts college early on the track to become a doctor as a result of pressure from her parents. However, on her own, Mei may choose a different path.

  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)

There was so much hype for this book online that I decided to purchase it when it appeared as a Kindle deal. Like with American Panda, I made it about 40% through the book. Unlike American Panda where I didn’t necessarily like it or dislike it, I wasn’t not liking this book at all. I found the characters to be completely inconsistent, bouncing from loving each other one minute to completely despising each other the next without rhyme or reason. Like with American Panda, I want to finish this book because I’m about halfway done, but I really don’t think I can finish this one.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown follows Chloe who creates a “get a life” list after a near-death experience.

  • Out of Left Field by Kris Hui Lee
Out of Left Field

This is another book that I purchased as a Kindle deal. I didn’t know much about this book when I purchased it, but it seemed like a fun contemporary which is right up my alley. Additionally, before all sports were called off, I wanted to get more into baseball this year. Like with American Panda, this book just read like many other YA books. Nothing stood out to me which would convince me to keep reading.

Out of Left Field follows Marnie, who trains with her boy best friend to take his place on the baseball team after his season-ending injury.

  • The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
The Fountains of Silence

I read two books by this author back in high school and I enjoyed them. However, when I have tried to read her most recent releases, the stories haven’t grabbed me. With The Fountains of Silence, I have requested this book so many times from the library… just for two weeks to pass without picking it up. While I’ve heard great reviews for this book, historical fiction is one of my least read genres, so I have to be in a very specific mood to read it.

The Fountains of Silence follows Daniel, an aspiring photographer, who meets a girl and her family still grappling with the effects of the Spanish Civil War.

  • The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken
The Blacksmith Queen (The Scarred Earth Saga, #1)

I started to read this book through my local library’s online collection after I was craving more fantasy. I got about 14% through this book before I put it down. I was incredibly confused at the get go about what was going on in the story and whose point of view I was following. Since I didn’t buy this book, I don’t feel like I need to read this book even though I started it, so this is one book on my list that is definitely abandoned.

The Blacksmith Queen follows Keely, a blacksmith caught in the middle of a war.

  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
I Believe in a Thing Called Love

I’ve tried to read a few books by Maurene Goo, but I just can’t get into them. I know that a lot of people enjoy her books, and when I read the synopsis, I am really interested. In this particular book, which I almost made it halfway through, I remember that it really bothered me that this main character who readers are told is very smart and put-together completely loses all of her sensibilities when a guy shows her attention.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love follows Desi Lee who uses inspiration from Korean dramas to get her first boyfriend.

  • A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1)

After reading Brigid Kemmerer’s contemporary books, I was excited to read a book in a different genre by her. Like with many of the books on this list, I got about halfway through before I abandoned it. This was a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, and for me, I have read many retellings of this story that I enjoyed much more.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely follows modern-day Harper who ends up in a fantasy world under a curse. There, she meets Prince Rhen who must reverse the curse by his eighteenth birthday in order to save his kingdom.

  • Stay with Me by Mila Gray
Stay With Me (Come Back to Me, #2)

This was another book that I picked up on a whim as a Kindle daily deal. I’m not a huge fan of books that strictly deal with difficult topics and I tend to gravitate towards more light-hearted contemporaries, which is probably why I abandoned this book.

Stay With Me follows Didi who interns at a military hospital and becomes drawn towards Noel, who was wounded during his service in an attack that left several of his fellow soldiers dead.

  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea is another book by Ruta Sepetys on this list. Unlike The Fountains of Silence, I did actually start to read this one, but put it down. In Salt to the Sea there are several points of view, which I struggled to keep track of due to the opening of the story. I understand why Ruta Sepetys shifted perspectives so frequently in the beginning because it shows the chaos and confusion that the characters face as they escape their dire situations. At the same time, I was so confused that I just couldn’t push forward.

Salt to the Sea follows several characters as they flee to the ill-fated Wilhelm Gustloff in order to escape the Soviet Army during World War II.

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Top Ten Tuesday: What I Would Have at my Bookish Party

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is things that I would have at my bookish party. I think you could take this prompt many ways: a party with your bookish friends? A party to celebrate your favorite book? For me, I took it as what things from books would I use if I was throwing a party. Here are my choices:

  • Mad Hatter’s Table from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1)

Alice in Wonderland parties always look cool and Mad Hatter’s table would be a great addition to any party. Not only does it seat many people, but it is also an aesthetic. Mismatched chairs? Check. Everyone gets their own teapot? Check. We’re good.

  • Pizza from Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Saint Anything

I love pizza so obviously it needs to make an appearance at my bookish party. I would love pizza from the family-owned restaurant in Saint Anything because the descriptions in that book literally made my mouth water. Plus, everyone knows family-owned pizza shops are the best.

  • Nico’s from Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally
Four Days of You and Me

I’m also a huge fan of Italian food and family-owned restaurants as I previously mentioned. Plus, I could meet Alex’s adorable grandparents if they catered my party which would be a plus.

  • Big League Burgers from Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Tweet Cute

Although I love family-owned restaurants, I still have a soft spot for fast food. Big League Burgers could bring some well-loved favorite to my party as well as some amazing milkshakes.

  • Girl Cheesing from Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Tweet Cute

If Big League Burgers would be in attendance at my party, you know Girl Cheesing would have to be there too. Could a food fight between these two rivals spontaneously break out any minute? Maybe. But just like the Twitter accounts of these two businesses, I I could count on my party going viral.

  • Guests from 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
10 Blind Dates

A party isn’t a party unless you have people there. I would totally invite Sophie’s family from 10 Blind Dates. Not only are there so many of them, but they are also so much fun… just don’t set me up for any blind dates to this party.

  • Floral Arrangements and Outfits from Maybe This Time by Kasie West
Maybe This Time

Sophie has style and I need decorations and an outfit for my party. She definitely does well with inspiration from flowers, so I know that I could have a very colorful dress.

  • Performances from Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberely and Austin Siegemund-Brocka
Always Never Yours

What’s a party without some entertainment? The drama department from Always Never Yours knows how to put on a show. Maybe, I could even finally see the finished product of Owen’s play that he was working on in this story.

  • Music from On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
On the Come Up

If you’re having a party, you need music for people to dance. Bri from On the Come Up could provide some cool music that would get everybody out on the dance floor.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that I Wish I’d Read as a Child

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books that I wish I’d read as a child. Here are my choices:

  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I read The Lightning Thief as an adult and I really enjoyed it. However, I can just imagine how much more exciting it would have been to read when I was younger. I have seen schools read The Lightning Thief and do parties to celebrate reading it, which I think would have been a lot of fun to do when I was in school.

  • Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt
A Date with Darcy (Bookish Boyfriends, #1)

I read this book recently, but it was only an average read for me. This book leans towards younger YA, which isn’t really my cup of tea anymore. However, like I mentioned in my review, I think that I would have enjoyed this book if I was more in the target audience. Looking at all the elements of the story, there was a lot in this book that I would have enjoyed if I read it when I was in middle school or early high school.

  • 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon
10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple and Rishi, #3)

Like with Bookish Boyfriends, I think that I would have enjoyed this book more if I read it earlier in my life. While there have been books in this companion series that I really enjoyed, this book skews the youngest out of the three, in my opinion. In this book, there’s a lot of younger teenage drama that I can understand, but I don’t relate to anymore. As I mentioned in my review, I think that I would have enjoyed that aspect of the plot more when I was in middle school or early high school.

  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder (Wonder, #1)

I read Wonder as an adult, and while I enjoyed it, I would have loved reading it in elementary school like so many kids get to do now. I love all of the lessons that can go along with this book and it has such an important message for kids to hear.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)

I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid as an adult. It was an average read for me, but I wonder if I would have been more into it if it came out when I was a kid. I like seeing trends, especially in middle grade books and series, because I always wonder if I would have bought into the hype like I did with The Babysitter’s Club and Pony Pals.

  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, #1)

If you asked second grade Brittany if she would ever read this, then she would probably say, “Ew! Gross!” I remember seeing all the boys in my class love this book and thinking they were so gross because the main character was wearing underwear and there were bathroom words in the title. I actually have read this book as an adult and now I can see why so many people like them when I was younger, especially seeing how many of the ideas in the book came from the author’s own ideas when he was in elementary school.

  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
The Story of Ferdinand

This is such a popular children’s story, but I never heard of it until the move came out a couple of years ago. This story is so cute and I know that I would have loved it as a child!

  • Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls by Meg Cabot
Moving Day (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, #1)

I was a huge fan of Meg Cabot’s writing in high school, but this middle grade series came out when I was already an adult. This book series is funny no matter what age you are, so I know that I would have read every book in this series if I read them as a child.

  • Jessica Darling’s It List by Megan McCafferty
Jessica Darling's It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection

When I was younger, the young adult version of this series was very popular. Although it was very hyped, I never could get through the first book. Then, I saw the middle grades series and gave it a try. I thought this book was hilarious as an adult, but it also has some great messages that would have been good for me to read in middle school. I also highly recommend the movie version of this book, which I believe is on Netflix.

What books do you wish you would have read as a child?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles that Would Make Good Band Names

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books that would make good band names. We all know Daisy Jones and the Six took the bookish world by storm, but now it’s time for a new band to take center stage. Here are my choices:

  • Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett
Chasing Lucky

The name Chasing Lucky for some reason reminds me of Brighter Than the Sun by Colbie Calliat. Just like with Jenn Bennett books, they are contemporary and make you feel good when you finish listening or reading them.

  • Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1)

Aurora Rising is that rock band that your parents listened to in the 80s. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are a solid writing duo. As a band, they’re solid. They’re classic. They’re probably doing a reunion tour right now.

  • Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Brocka
Always Never Yours

Always Never Yours reminded me of the name Never Shout Never. For this one, I can just hear someone saying the name of a song on a radio followed with “from Always Never Yours.”

  • Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren
Cold Day in the Sun

Cold Day in the Sun reminded me of Chasing the Sun by The Wanted, so they probably would be that boy group who thinks they’re too cool to be a boy group, so they never are the biggest boy group out there. This reminds me of Cold Day in the Sun because the main character is so not like the other girls because she plays on the boys’ team, not the girls’ team.

  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s reminds me of the Plain White T’s. It something that you use in everyday life, but doubles as a band name. If Counting by 7s were a band, they probably sang that one song you played over and over again in middle school because it reminded you of your crush.

  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
The Unhoneymooners

The Unhoneymooners was the couple famous for singing together, but have since had a very public messy feud, kind of like one of the couples in this book. Now, instead of singing together on tour, their bashing each other in their memoirs.

  • The Summers by Iva Marie Palmer
The Summers

The Summers would be some sort of pop group that had one popular song during the summertime (of course) that you’ll remember all the words to… next summer, when they finally play it on the radio again. Just like this book for me, this band would be forgettable, but say, “Hm…. do you remember them?” when it comes up again.

  • Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
Biggest Flirts (Superlatives, #1)

Biggest Flirts is that pop girl group or boy group that was thrown together on some talent show after after the contests didn’t make it through as individuals. They probably wear bright colors. They are probably obnoxious. They are probably singing to a target audience half their age. But good or bad, you remember them, and that was more important than the actual music.

  • Genuine Fraud by e. Lockhart
Genuine Fraud

Genuine Fraud reminds me of Billie Eilish. Genuine Fraud is the cool girl that everyone wants to be, but only looks like their trying too hard to copy her style.

  • Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom? They’re the edgy and loud band that your parents forbid you to listen to, but you still did anyway. Back in the day, you probably would have downloaded them from Limewire and got a virus on your computer because it’s so not a phase, mom.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that I Enjoyed, but I Rarely Talk About

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books that you enjoy, but rarely talk about. Looking over my list, all of the books fall into one of two categories. Either it is a genre that I typically don’t read, so after I review it, it isn’t included on lists that I frequently do (like my favorite contemporary books) or it was a book that I read before I starting blogging. Here are my choices:

  • Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This was one of the first books that I read this year, but besides my review and monthly wrap-up, I haven’t mentioned it otherwise. This is doesn’t surprise me. Even though I rated this book as five stars and I have gushed about it to my family friends, it is in a completely different genre than my usual reads. Since I mostly read contemporary and romance books, it’s not one that I can easily throw in as a comparison to another book.

  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

This book fits both categories: I read this series before I started my blog and it is in a genre that I don’t typically read. It is crazy that I don’t mention this series because I feel like it probably the only series that I ever got seriously invested in regarding midnight premieres and buying random merch, like nail polish that represented my favorite districts. Also, fun fact, I have dressed up Katniss multiple times for Halloween over the years, including one year being before the movie was made.

  • Divergent by Veronica Roth

I read Divergent shortly after The Hunger Games and while I didn’t expect to love it because The Hunger Games was the series for me at the time, I really enjoyed it. I think I don’t mention this book for a few reasons. It is outside of what I typically read, I read it before my blog, and the series went quickly downhill for me after the first book. Another fun fact: Allegiant, the last book in the series, was one of my first book reviews of my blog.

  • Meagan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian

This was an OG contemporary favorite for me. I read it so long ago which is why I don’t really take about it, but it was so cute and so fun and I am so excited that cute YA books are making a resurgence right now. This was before My Life with the Walter Boys, which is a more current rendition of the trope of a girl living with a large family of boys, and it was so much better.

  • The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

I read so many Sarah Ockler books in high school, years before I started my blog and I loved her writing. On my blog, I have only reviewed one book by her, The Summer or Chasing Mermaids, but that was a backlist book when I read it. I think that I don’t talk a lot about Sarah Ockler’s books on my blog because while I did love them, I haven’t read them in a long time.

  • Secrets of my Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita

This series. It is like every Disney Channel original movie, so naturally, I loved it when I read it many years ago. Plus, Jen Calonita has some of the most clear writing that flows so naturally, her books were so easy to read. Did this book play into a lot of tropes? Yes. Would it probably be outdated now? Probably and that’s most likely why I don’t recommend. However, if you love a good throwback, check this one out.

  • The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

This is another book that I don’t talk about because I read it before I started blogging. That being said, I loved this book and reread it so much that I could quote parts of it as I read it aloud. I will still never forgot how I want3d this to be a movie SO BAD and that the main character literally called someone a wench in an actual conversation supposed to take place in high school.

  • Avalon High by Meg Cabot

I actually mentioned this book recently for Top Ten a Tuesday for contemporaries that I used to love. Other than that, however, it rarely makes an appearance on my blog. Like with several other book on this list, I read it in high school which was quite a few years ago for me. I do remember though that I absolutely loved this book and I would check it out every year to reread it. I also recommended this book to a lot of my friends. It was so different tHan other books that I read by Meg Cabot, who was one of my most read authors at the time.

  • Keeping by the Moon by Sarah Dessen

I always talk about Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby which our my favorite books by Sarah Dessen. However, Keeping the Moon along with Along for The Ride are on the level jut below for me. Keeping the Moon is a shorter Dessen read, but I remembering enjoying it and rereading multiple times back in high school. Unfortunately, I haven’t read this book in a long time so it’s difficult for me to offer it as a comparison to a book now which is why it isn’t really featured on my blog.

  • Reality Check by Jen Calonita

Another book by Jen Calonita! This book along with the other book I had mentioned really opened up my eyes to what Hollywood was really like. Especially in this book, the characters are frequently manipulated by producers for a reality show. This book also didn’t have the picture perfect ending like mot of the other contemporaries that I read at the time. Like with many other books on this list, I don’t talk about it frequently because I read it so long ago.

What books do you enjoy, but rarely talk about?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Signs that You are a Book Lover

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is top ten signs that you are a book lover. Remember: whether you can check off everything on my list, or only a few, it doesn’t change whether or not you are a book lover! Here’s my list:

  • You have a list of auto-buy authors.

Anyone who loves books also loves the authors who write them. In the bookish community, I always sees posts and videos where people rank books by their favorite authors or say what authors they will automatically buy whenever they release a book. Some of my auto-buy authors are Kasie West and Morgan Matson.

  • You have a favorite type of book.

There are so many different ways to read books: paperbacks, hardbacks, audio, or electronic copies. If you are a book lover, you have probably debated with another book lover about what you like best. While I’m not especially particularly about editions, some book lovers will even buy different editions of the same book until all the books in a series match.

  • You own at least one piece of (somewhat embarrassing) book merchandise.

The Hunger Games movies released in high school and that is probably the only major series that I got swept up in the hype. I dressed as Katniss for Halloween (with a homemade Mockingjay pin since merchandise wasn’t released yet). I had a Hunger Games poster on my bedroom door. I bought several nail polishes that represented my favorite districts. I wore a Hunger Games shirt to the movie premiere. I even had a blanket with character’s faces on it, a puzzle, and a board game. Every book lover has that book that they love and want everything that has to do with it.

  • You have a specific way that you like to keep your bookshelf.

Many book lovers dreamed of having a library like Belle in Beauty and the Beast which has translated to dozens of Instagram and Pinterest-worthy bookshelves all over the internet. Whether your bookshelf looks like a work of art or your books are just stacked in a corner on the floor, everyone has a preference on how they keep their books.

For me, I have what I call a “modified rainbow.” I sort my books by color, but they don’t necessarily follow Roy G. Biv. On the top shelf, I keep all of my pastel colored books. On my second shelf, my books range from yellow to orange to red. On my third shelf, the books turned from green to purple to blue. The next shelf contains all of my silver, gray, and brown books. The bottom shelf contains any black or navy books.

  • You decorate your bookshelf (bonus points if it is with that embarrassing merchandise you thought of earlier).

Along with the previous point, many book lovers don’t stop with putting books on their shelves. Often times, they decorate their bookshelf with merchandise that represents their favorite novels. For me, my shelves contain a mix of Funko pops, Tsum Tsum plushes, and other various decorations.

  • You can think of at least ten book recommendations to give to a friend (or a random stranger).

A book lover just doesn’t read books, but they learn about a lot of books even if they aren’t interested. If someone has a different preference for books than me, I can still give them a lot of recommendations based on what people with similar preferences enjoy.

  • You have tried to convince a friend to read your favorite series.

If you love books, most likely you want other people to love them. Sometimes that means pestering your friends and family until they decide to pick up your favorite read.

  • You have a favorite way of reading.

Whether you like reading on a Kindle, an audiobook, or a hard copy, everyone has their favorite way to read. You may even like a mix of all three!

  • You can understand why someone else likes a book, even if you didn’t like it.

A book lover knows that they may not always love a book, but someone else will. For me, even if I don’t like a story, I try to think of why someone else might like it so I could recommend it to the person that would be a perfect fit. Even though you will defend your favorite book, a book lover will never put down someone else for their opinion.

  • You read lists on Goodreads for books that will be released two years from now.

If you love books, you are always looking for more books to read… even if those books aren’t released yet. One of my favorite things to do on Goodreads is to scour reading lists for books to be published in the future. It makes me so happy when I see my favorite authors coming out with new books!

What are signs of a book lover to you?

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My Year in Books (Goodreads Stats 2019)

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One of my favorite end of the year wrap-ups is looking at my year in review on Goodreads. I enjoy seeing a summary of my reading and looking at statistics that Goodreads tracked for me. Here’s what my year in reading looked like for 2019:

  • I read 10,215 pages across 32 books.

This year I read less than past years (last year I read 52 books and the year before I read 107), so I’m surprised that I read over 10,000 pages!

  • My shortest book read was As Kismet Would Have it by Sandhya Menon at 53 pages.

This book was a short story about Dimple and Rishi from Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi. This was the only short story I read that wasn’t part of a collection, so it makes sense that this is my shortest read.

  • My longest book read was On the Come Up by Angie Thomas at 452 pages.

Wow! I read On the Come Up on my Kindle and I didn’t realize it was so long. If I had to guess, I would have said Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid would have been my longest read because it took me forever to read, but it is actually around 100 pages less than On the Come Up.

  • The most popular book that I read was Holes by Louis Sachar. 982,790 people also read Holes.

I am not surprised that Holes is my most popular book for this year. Holes is a staple in many classrooms in my country and it is a childhood favorite of many people, so it is a book that a lot of people read in a year.

  • My least popular book was Internet Famous by Danika Stone. 518 people also read Internet Famous.

Internet Famous was one of my most disappointing reads of the year (for my complete list, check out my post here). I don’t think this book was really hyped up, so I understand why it isn’t as popular as other books that I read this year.

  • My average rating for 2019 was 3.8 stars.

This actually surprises me. I didn’t read as many books as I usually do this year, and many of them I don’t find completely memorable. However, there were a few that I absolutely loved and rated very highly, so maybe those pulled the average higher.

  • Out of the books that I read, the book with the highest rating on Goodreads is The Wicked King by Holly Black with an average rating of 4.50 stars. 

I am not surprised with this one. The Wicked King is considered the favorite in The Folk of the Air series by many readers, myself included. This book actually ranked as one of my overall favorite books of the year. For the complete list, check out my annual Brittany Awards here.

  • My first review of the year was Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills.

I’m terrible about posting reviews to Goodreads, but luckily, NetGalley automatically posts my reviews to Goodreads. I read Famous in a Small Town as an eARC and it was my first book by this author. While I ended up enjoying Famous in a Small town, it started off really slow for me.

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New Year’s Book Tag

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Happy New Year! I thought I would ring in the new year by completing the New Year’s book tag. Here are my answers:

  • How many books are you planning to read in 2020?

 

Last year, I made my goal 50 books. However, each year keeps getting busier and busier and I find myself drawn to many new activities that also take up time. For example, this year I put a large focus on writing too. Additionally, I faced a major reading slump this year after reading so much over my reading goal the past three years. As a result, I am going to make my goal 25 books to put less pressure on myself and make room to try new activities that can also bring me joy.

 

  • Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this past year but want to make a priority in 2019.

 

There are several books that I planned to read in 2019, but either never finished or even started because of a massive reading slump. In the upcoming year, I hope to read Archenemies by Marissa Meyer, The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen, Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno, The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody, and A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer (which I DNF’d earlier this year).

 

  • What genre do you want to read more of?

 

I would like to read more books that aren’t contemporary. I mostly read contemporary, with the occasional fantasy book, so it would be nice to venture into any genre outside of that.

 

  • Name 3 not-related-to-book goals for 2020.

 

I got a Fitbit for Christmas, so I would like to become more active. Even though I am on my feet at work, whenever I get home, I am not extremely active. Going along with that, I want to eat healthier. Cooking is not a preferred activity for me and I am a pro at ordering food through apps on my phone. It would be nice to making cooking and eating healthy a priority in the upcoming year. Also, I guess this relates to books, but it is more writing than reading: I want to finish all the drafts of m6 current work in progress and start writing a new book this year.

 

  • What’s a book you have had forever and are determined to read?

 

I’ve been saying for years that I would read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson and maybe I will finally commit to it in this new decade. I’m a happy book person and I feel like this book will be sad, which is why I put it off for so long. However, I love books by Morgan Matson, so I feel like I need to read this one.

 

  • One word that you’re hoping 2020 will be

 

I hope that 2020 will be… new. I want to try a lot of new things and grow as a person. This year I turned 25, so I’m starting the second half of my twenties, which is crazy to me!

 

 

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Blogmas Day #31: Top Ten Tuesday // Favorite Books of 2019

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is favorite books of 2019. Every year, I hold my annual book awards, The Brittany Awards, which concluded this past Saturday. For several weeks, I spent time ranking my favorite adult, young adult, and middle grade books, as well as my overall favorites. To see my favorite books of the year, please check out The Brittany Awards 2019 linked below:

 

What were your favorite books of the year?

 

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