Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie Week (Ten YA Characters I’m Most Like)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Awhile ago, I did a post on characters that I wanted to be growing up during a freebie week. Since it is freebie week again, I decided to make a list of ten YA characters that I think I’m the most like. Here’s my list:

1.) Emily Hughes from Since You’ve Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone

In Since You’ve Been Gone, Emily lives in her best friend’s shadow until Sloane disappears and leaves Emily to discover herself. Whenever I read Since You’ve Been Gone, I really connected with Emily. I remember one section in the book where Emily described being a wallflower–how she would be in a conversation, but not really a part of it, which made me really relate to her.

2.) Penny Lane Bloom from The Lonely Hearts Club

The Lonely Hearts Club (The Lonely Hearts Club, #1)

When I first read The Lonely Hearts Club, I actually did not like Penny… at all. Then, I realized I was just being stubborn (kind of like Penny). I also started my own club in elementary school, but it was about the Pony Pals books, not swearing off boys (even though my friends tried doing that in high school… it didn’t last long).

3.) Hudson Avery from Bittersweet


Hudson Avery is very hardworking, whether it deals with cupcakes or ice skating–just like me (even though I can’t bake and am not coordinated enough for ice skating). Also, we both love hockey players!

4.) Annabel Greene from Just Listen

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Annabel learns to be completely honest with herself and others, even if it ruins the perfect image others constructed for her. This is a lesson I’m still learning as well.

5.) Remy Starr from This Lullaby

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Honestly, I could have dedicated a whole post to how I connected with Sarah Dessen’s characters, but I’ll limit myself to two. Like with Penny in The Lonely Hearts Club, I did not connect with Remy at all the first time I read This Lullaby. After rereading it, I connected with Remy’s stubborn attitude and tendency to guard her heart.

6.) Samantha Madison from All American Girl

All-American Girl (All-American Girl, #1)

I’m not completely like Samantha, but I wear black frequently enough to be sent memes about it.

7.) Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries series

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

Looking back on The Princess Diaries series now, I can’t say that I’m completely like Mia. However, I do remember really connecting to her when reading the series while I was younger.

8.) Kit Kittredge from the American Girl series

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I’m cheating here since the American Girl series isn’t YA, but Kit is one of the first characters that I found like me. Kit was creative and loved to write and when I was younger I loved anything that involved creativity and like writing stories (I specifically remember writing holiday plays about a litter of puppies).

9.) Lizzie Bennet from Prom and Prejudice

Prom and Prejudice

Like Lizzie Bennet, I do not take too kindly to people I find pretentious even though I am incredibly stubborn and always believe I’m right.

10.) Prim from The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

I do not possess any skills to be successful in The Hunger Games, but with my luck, I’d probably be chosen anyway.


Which YA character are you most like?


Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Releases of 2016 (so far)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is favorite releases of 2016 so far. Since I haven’t read that many 2016 releases yet, I decided to do my favorite releases so far based on their descriptions/that I plan to read. Here are my choices:

1.) The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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In The Unexpected Everything, Andie’s perfect life is turned upside down by her father’s political scandal. Now, she is forced to spend her summer as a dog walker and repair her relationship with her father.

I read Since You’ve Been Gone last month and loved it! I’ve heard great things about The Unexpected Everything, so I went out and bought it. If you have seen any of my thrifting hauls, you know how much I love getting books for a few coins. I have to be really excited for a book to buy it for full price!

2.) Wanderlost by Jen Malone


In this book, Aubree covers hersister’s summer job of leading a tour bus of senior citizens around Europe with the cute son of the company’s owner. Where do I sign up?

3.) Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

I love books that take place in Italy, so I can’t wait to read this one! In Love and Gelato, Lina discovers her mother’s old journal that her mother kept while she lived in Italy. With the help of a cute boy, Lina follows her mother’s footsteps and finds out a secret that will change everything.

4.) The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

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In The Last Boy and Girl in the World, Keeley’s town is sliding underwater and everyone is forced to evacuate. With a few days left in the town, Keeley’s friends decide to take advantage of the situation and go crazy. Apparently, this is loosely based on a true story, which makes me interested to read it!

5.) Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

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I can’t tell much about the plot of this story from the description, but it’s been getting a lot of hype so I can’t wait to read it for myself!

6.) Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

Kill the Boy Band

Kill the Boy Band follows a group of fangirls who accidentally kidnap a member of their favorite boy band. This book sounds hilarious, so it’s definitely a recent release that I want to check out.

7.) Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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I loved both Between Shades of Grey and Out of the Easy, so I have really high expectations for loving Salt to the Sea! In Salt to the Sea, four teenagers board the Wilhelm Gustloff to escape World War II when tragedy strikes.

8.) The Siren by Kiera Cass

The Siren

In The Siren, Kahlen was saved from drowning in the ocean, but she must repay her debt by living as a siren where using her voice leads to certain death for anyone who listens. Then, Kalhen meets Akinli and even though she can’t speak to him, they form an incredible bond that makes her want to challenge the rules. The cover of this book is beautiful and makes me want to read it during the summertime!

9.) The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine

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The Season of You & Me centers around Cassidy Emmerich who finds herself boyfriendless and stuck as a camp counselor on the Jersey Shore. At Camp Manatee, she meets Bryan Lakewood who was left paralyzed after an accident, but it determined to regain his independence as a camp counselor. This book sounds like a perfect summer read, so I hopefully I can read it before the summer ends!

10.) Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims

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In Please Don’t Tell, Joy believes she killed a boy at a party, but her memory of that night is hazy. Soon, Joy is blackmailed by a stranger who threatens to reveal her secret and forces her to expose the town’s dirty secrets. This book has an interesting premise and I’m interested to see how it plays out.


What are your favorite 2016 releases so far?

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads Week

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. When choosing books for the beach, I gravitate towards books that are more light and fun. Here are my choices for the top ten books that I would read on the beach:

1.) HarperTeen Books

These books are fluffy and fun, plus, many of them take place on the beach! When I think of beach reads, I think of these books. As a bonus, they are pretty small, so you can fit a few of them in your beach bag, Check out a previous Top Ten Tuesday here for my thoughts on them (I also recommend Tourist Trap by Emma Harrison, which is not included on this list).

2.) Nicola and the Viscount and Victoria and the Rogue by Meg Cabot

I read these books on a beach vacation last summer. Even though they are not set on the beach, they are very light historical fiction books that are perfect for lounging on your beach chair.

3.) Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen books are great summer reads, which makes them great for the beach. Along for the Ride, the Moon and More, and the Truth about Forever would be my top choices for the beach. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a fun book, but also a book with depth. See this previous post for my thoughts on all of Sarah Dessen’s books!

4.) Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

I just finished reading this book and I absolutely loved it. All of the characters are unique and interesting… I wish I could have completed the list with them!

5.) We were liars by e. lockhart

Even though I had mixed feelings on this book (see my review here), I think this would be a great book for the beach if you want to read a short mystery book.

6.) The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Everything about this book is beautiful (see my review here) and everything about it screams summer. I would even recommend reading this before going to the beach to get excited about vacation!

7.) Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler


Even though I gravitate towards more lighthearted books for the beach, this book would be a great choice if you love deeper books that might make you cry!

8.) The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Even though I’m usually not a fan of Nicholas Sparks, I loved this book! Like many of his other books, The Last Song takes place on the beach and it may make you cry.

9.) Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita

Sleepaway Girls takes place in the woods, not on the beach, but it’s an easy and fun read perfect for the summer.

10.) Camp Confidential series by Melissa J. Morgan

This series is targeted for younger readers, but I remember loving this series when I was younger! Like Sleepaway Girls, this series takes place at camp and all the books and fun and easy to read

What books will you be reading on the beach this summer?