Top Ten Tuesday: Extraordinary Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Truth be told, I really don’t care about most titles for books? I mean I’m far more invested in the cover and the blurb… But if I had to choose some books that I felt like did have great titles, these would be those:

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry  by Fredrik Backman

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I love this one because it just hurts to read it. Like it evokes so much emotion and it’s literally just the title.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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It’s just clever because, ya know, more than one true love…

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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A book about burning books with the title that happens to be the temperature at which paper catches fire????? Extraordinary I tell you!

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I haven’t read this book in years now but I remember the first time it ever caught my eye in the library. It was one of the first times I ever wandered into the adult section and this title just kind of ate away at me until I finally checked it out. According to my Goodreads I rated it 4 stars but I also read it in 2012 so I feel like this one warrants a reread sometime soon. Still love the title though.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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I will also give a runner up vote to Save the Date solely because the acronym for it is StD lol.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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Don’t even have commentary on this other than I love the title.

Pies and Prejudice by Heather Vogel Frederick

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I absolutely love this series! It’s called The Mother-Daughter Book Club series and I am dying to reread it because I found out there’s an additional book that I never knew about! These characters are absolutely so near and dear to my heart and the fact that all of the titles are puns for classic novels makes them even better (I might be lying to you when I say this, they might now all be like this). Pies and Prejudice is my personal favorite 🙂

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

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This title always makes me think when I read it. Also wondering how many times I can end up mentioning this book this year… So far it’s a lot.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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I just like the juxtaposition of America and England with the RWB but it’s royal blue.

I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

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This might be the only book that I have ever bought off of title alone. Also another series that I desperately need to reread. Honestly, this whole series has pretty good titles.

So basically this post just shows that I really like really long and clever titles. Pretty much sums it up.

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Character Traits I Love

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The topic for today is character traits that I love… This kind of stumped me for a while because there are plenty of traits that I like but if they’re executed poorly, then I hate them instead.

I love witty and sassy characters. Oh and characters with a dry sense of humor are always pretty great too.

Gentleness in male characters makes me swoon. Most recently I fell in love with Leon from The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary ❤

And also it might be negative but I, on occasion, like arrogant characters that get beaten down to the correct level. And by on occasion I mean I am trash for any arrogant character being put in their place. AKA Draco Malfoy in almost any Dramione fanfiction that I’ve read and loved…….

If they are logical and rational (especially characters in horror/thrillers) then I love them. I have genuinely gotten into fights with people before about how illogical people are in horror movies… One of my exes actually told me that no one could ever write a horror movie or book in which the characters acted completely logically. I have yet to take him up on that challenge but someday I will.

Creative characters with a side of quirky aren’t that bad either. But if they get to the “I’m not like other girls/guys” level then I’m just annoyed.

Characters that are intuitive and introspective are the best. Like if someone can admit that they’re wrong or need to learn something in order to better themselves I stan.

I’m a fan of adventurous and daring characters because they are so the opposite of me. Headstrong female characters are who I look up to, most of the time anyways. I love reading characters that are what I want to be. But on the opposite side of that, I also really like reading anxious characters because they help me see more of myself. Characters who healthily overcome small bits of their anxiety are lovely. I really enjoyed Amy’s character arc in Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, that’s one of my favorite books of all time.

Overall, if your character is dynamic and unique there’s a good chance I’ll enjoy them. Just don’t overdo it or I’ll probably get annoyed.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles With Numbers in Them

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Book titles with numbers in them??? I could do this post so many different ways!!! In the end though I decided to just go with counting from 1 to 10. Another idea that I had was titles with “one” or “twelve” in them because those were a really common theme in my books surprisingly!

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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So far, this is one of my favorite TJR books, I have two more to read before I can finally do a big post about all of her books… I’ve been working on this since June!

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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This is the one book by Morgan Matson that I don’t reread on a regular basis. I just remember the first time I ever read it, just how much it hurt, and I’m genuinely nervous to read it again? Even though my reading tastes have changed so much and I’ve read much more painful books than this one in recent years.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s on my TBR now. The premise sounds really interesting and I’m starting to get back into a mood to read fantasy so I might pick this one up soonish.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Technically 400… But I’m counting it. This is my favorite classic!

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

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I have almost no memory of this book anymore but at some point in time I did in fact read it.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Yes… I did put three Taylor Jenkins Reid books on this list… Sue me.

Top 8 by Katie Finn

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Ha! I have two Morgan Matson books on here too. However, the Top 8 series is written under the pen name Katie Finn! It genuinely took me years to realize this! Top 8 was genuinely one of my favorite series for years, it’s written with texts and status updates along with the regular narrative which I loved. Books with odd formatting almost always interest me. They’re so much fun to read.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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This is one of the unmentioned books on my Fall TBR, I’ve heard so many people rave about it so I bought it the day it came out and I’m excited to pick it up.

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

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Also for a fun add-on…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The topic for this week is the books that I have on my TBR for this fall. I never stick to TBR lists so this is going to be very general about what I plan on reading in the coming months.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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I made it about a third of the way into this book back in 2017 while I was on a trip (airplanes are prime reading time) and then put it down when I got home and never picked it up again. From 2017-whenever I started blogging again this year I barely read anything so I’m actually really looking forward to reading this again. The Princess Bride is my favorite movie and I can’t wait to see how the two compare! Plus, when I finish reading this I’m going to read As You Wish by Cary Elwes and I’m super excited to read that too!

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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I’ve almost gotten rid of this book  a few times now but after hearing so many good things I just need to read it. I think my grandma gave me the book after she read it and I’ve had it literally since it first came out.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I’m actually reading this right now! So far, I’m enjoying it and I am interested in seeing where this story goes. It’s definitely my type of book so I’m hoping I enjoy it as much as everyone else does!

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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I’ve heard that one of the main characters is ace and I CANNOT wait to read that.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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Ever since I read the description of this book, I’ve wanted to read it. I bought it the day it came out and I started it but I think this will be one of those books that I need to read at home on the weekend when I don’t have assignments or cleaning to do. Beautiful cover please don’t let me down!!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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I’ve heard so many people raving about this and the description gives me fall vibes so that’s why I’m popping it onto my list.

Also apparently I have a theme of books and doors this fall.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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So far, the only book by Victoria Schwab that I’ve read is A Darker Shade of Magic. I really enjoyed it and I have been meaning to read more for years now but I have yet to pick anything up. City of Ghosts was an Amazon daily deal a while back so I decided to get it on a whim (retail therapy is going to ruin me) and I figure fall is the perfect time to read this.

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

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But before I can read this, I need to reread Carry On… I might also reread Fangirl too. Honestly I’m super hyped to read this.

And while this is on my fall TBR, because I want to reread both Carry On and Fangirl first, there’s a good chance I won’t touch this until next year. Unless of course I end up marathoning all three books in the span of a few days. That’s definitely a possibility too!

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Not really sure what to say about this other than that it’s on my list.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

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Corporations and robots. Enough said.

I’m hoping that I can get through all of these books this fall. I’ve been getting through almost a book a day recently but I’m not sure how long this momentum will keep going. We’re about to hit our busy season at work and there’s already a virus going around and I’m about to finish up my first classes and move onto new ones and oh boy I’m just anticipating being exhausted a lot. I can’t wait to see what everyone else is looking forward to reading this fall, my TBR list keeps getting longer and longer!

 

 

Reintroducing Myself

Well hello everyone and happy Saturday!

I’ve realized that I have gotten a lot of new followers recently and I feel like I should reintroduce myself to all you new folks! Also just wanted to sneak this in here and say thank you so much to all of you who have decided to follow my blog. I started this blog in 2015 after I graduated from high school and finally started putting a real effort into it earlier this year and it’s really been a phenomenal addition to my life. Granted, I still feel like I’m talking to myself but every time I get a comment or a like it absolutely makes my day.

I go by Amelia on here because, if I’m being completely honest here, I was at one point so obsessed with Amelia Pond from Doctor Who that I needed to name something after her. And I’m not going to have children so my pen name was thus formed. In case you’re wondering what I look like, well here’s one of the decent selfies I’ve taken recently.

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And, well, to keep it real… Here’s what I look like 75% of the time:

This blog mainly focuses on books but I’m not one that can really follow a niche and I don’t feel like maintaining multiple blogs so you just kind of get whatever I feel like posting each day. I don’t really have a favorite genre, if a book sounds interesting to me I’ll give it a try. In real life I don’t really have a ton of people to talk to so blogging gives me a way to share something with the world and it’s just been a really nice way to feel productive.

Now I’ll share some fun facts with you:

    1. My favorite color is yellow, but I wear almost exclusively black and other dark colors which basically just means I’m covered in pet hair 100% of the time no matter how many times I lint roll my clothing.
    2. My favorite movies are Jurassic Park and The Princess Bride. I even have a Jurassic Park tattoo! I will probably also get a Princess Bride tattoo at some point, I want all the tattoos.
    3. I have dyed my hair far too many times. Over the years I’ve had ever natural hair color a person could have and it’s been every “crazy” color except orange and yellow. But I did want to try those. Right now, though I’m trying to just grow my hair out and heal it from all the bleach it’s dealt with in the past two years.
    4. In sixth grade I got extra credit for being able to spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in my band class. Truly a crowning achievement.
    5. As a freshman in college I took an entire class based around Star Wars and to this day I still haven’t watched an entire Star Wars movie from beginning to end. I will say, though, that one of the best research papers I’ve ever done was an argumentative essay in which I was trying to convince my readers that Ewoks are, in fact, evil.
    6. Halloween is my favorite holiday and fall is my favorite season. Give me all the spooks and coziness and I’m one happy camper.
    7. I don’t really have an official bucket list but if I did, the top five things on that list would be: hike the Appalachian Trail, see Machine Gun Kelly in concert, see Dear Evan Hansen, see the Northern Lights, and own a pair of Louboutins (which is just really extravagant but dang I want to rock a red bottom… lol I’m really not even that into fashion most days).
    8. I’m as obsessed with makeup as I am with books. My former therapist used to tell me all the time that I should try going to cosmetology school… That is still up in the air at this point but I’ve seriously considered it. I do really love playing with makeup. Red lipstick makes me feel like such a bad ass. Makeup is one of my biggest forms of self care!
    9. My favorite animals are cats and red pandas (I have four real cats and four stuffed red pandas… Truly living the dream).
    10. My dream is to live someplace with such good public transportation that I don’t have to drive. (AKA I want to live in London)
    11. I was a dancer for 12 years and now can barely do any physical activity thanks to chronic pain and exercise induced asthma 🙂
    12. My favorite number is 13, which is why I’m going to end this with 13 little tidbits
    13. These are my two favorite Youtube videos, I watch them every single time I feel sad. The Mitchell Robbins series by Gus Johnson makes me laugh until I cry every single time I watch it:

So there we have it. Just a fun little bit of info about me. Thank you all again for following and I hope you have a wonderful day!

5 Things I Really Wish I Knew Before I Went To College

Since I’m going back to school this month, even though it’s technically online so I won’t really be going to school, I felt like I should share some stuff I learned the first time that I tried giving college a go.

This post is going to be five of the main things that I really wish that I would have known going in to my freshman (and sophomore) years.

It is perfectly okay to eat alone.

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I actually worked at the dining hall at my former college for three years. It was one of the best jobs that I ever had and it was a great work-study opportunity (so if you’re looking in to on campus jobs and the dining hall is hiring don’t push that one aside, it might be worth it!). Anyways, most freshmen are required to buy meal service plans if you live on campus. With working, however, I also got a free meal every single shift I worked. I also never went to the dining hall alone to eat.

If you’re wondering what that means, I basically wasted $2,500 because I didn’t utilize my meal plan in the slightest. I lived off of granola bars and ramen and oatmeal and the meals I ate during my shifts at work. I felt awkward and uncomfortable going to the dining hall by myself because I didn’t want to be that weird person that ate alone… Even though I was already the weird person that no one liked anyways so would it really have mattered? Absolutely not.

So if you’re in the same sort of mindset that I was in where you feel like you can’t go and get food by yourself, just know that it’s perfectly okay to do so. Food is more important than the potential judgment you might get. And in all honesty, how stupid is it to sit there and judge someone for eating by themselves?

And once you start eating by yourself? It’s really hard to go back to eating with other people. You can eat as much as you want, as slow or as fast as you want, and if you want to listen to music or read a book while you’re eating you can do it all in peace!! Definitely one of the best decisions was realizing it was okay to eat by myself.

Though I will say that if you don’t feel comfortable eating by yourself because you have to walk across campus to get to your dining hall, I completely understand that fear. I was lucky enough to go to a school where freshmen lived in the same building as the dining hall so I only had to walk down a few flights of stairs in order to get food.

Accessibility services aren’t just for those with visible disabilities and along with this, learn how to stand up for your accessibility!

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My next tip has everything to do with accessibility. If you are unaware, I struggle really badly with mental health. By the end of my freshman year I was in a horrible place with my anxiety and it really only kept going downhill. Two of my roommates sophomore year were registered with our accessibility services on campus and they urged me to do the same. I kept putting it off though because I was convinced that there was nothing that could be done to help me in my struggles.

I’ve never had issues with getting my work done on time and I’ve never had issues with testing. If you’re like me, you probably think that all the services could offer up would be the opportunity to take longer on tests or that someone would be able to take notes for you in class. But surprisingly I was wrong.

Some of my accommodations were the ability to have no consequences from calling in “sick” to class (especially in those classes that you could potentially lose entire letter grades from missing more than 2 classes) and also extensions on assignments if I needed one. Other people I know had accommodations for bathroom use during class, for the use of computers, and even for the requirement of speaking in class.

I think the biggest thing with this point is that you know what will help you succeed the most and if you’re in a position where you can request accommodations then do it. It’s not just for those with physical disabilities and there are a lot of ways that these people can work with your professors in order to help you succeed and thrive in school.

And if either a professor or someone else keeps you from using your accommodations or anything like that then always stand up for yourself and bring it to the attention of those in the disability/accommodation office and ask them for help in solving the problem. Sometimes this requires you to send multiple emails or make multiple phone calls but in the end it comes down to making sure that you are getting what you need.

If your advisor doesn’t work with you, find a new one.

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When I was given my official major advisor sophomore year I was thoroughly unimpressed with who they’d assigned me to. The first time I ever set up an appointment with him he told me that he refused to even meet with me because he “had no proof of me as his advisee”. I almost had to register for classes late and ended up not even discussing what classes I was going to be taking with him. Instead, I was “advised” by one of the heads of academic advising stuff solely because my advisor refused to even acknowledge that I existed.

That same semester I had also had a class with this professor and was thoroughly unimpressed with who he was. The class itself was interesting but that also came from the fact that I had a friend that I sat next to and we spent a decent amount of our time doing other work on our own computers and laughing at the absurdity of his teaching style. By the end of the semester I was well on my way to finding a new advisor and ended up making the official switch to a professor that I often frequented the office hours of and really enjoyed his classes and was very helpful and knowledgable in what I actually wanted to do with my future.

If you start off your college career with an advisor and you find out that they are not a good fit for you, find someone else. Don’t spend your time frustrated and annoyed with who is helping you decide and shape your entire future. Advisors are, yes, supposed to help you pick and find classes and guide you towards graduation but if you feel like you can’t connect to them in any way, I urge you to find someone that you can. It will be better in the long run I can promise you that!!

People can be just as catty and cliquey as they were in high school. Just because you’re all adults doesn’t mean that everyone will act like one.

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Be careful who you make friends with. Be careful who you spill all your deep dark secrets to. Prioritize yourself, your well being, and who you are as a person and if other people can’t handle who you are then how good of a friend were they in the first place? I feel like this statement is universal even to the real “grown up” world of full time work. People can be extremely immature forever. If your group of friends chooses to ditch you because you work at the only time they ever want to meet up then move past it and find some people who actually want to put the effort into spending time with you. There are better people out there.

Do your laundry and printing at weird hours.

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If your laundry room and printers are available at all hours, I urge you to find the weirdest times to go and do your laundry and printing. I would often go to the computer lab after 10 PM and there were many weekends where I would go do my laundry before 8 AM. Mid-week around early to mid afternoon were also a really slow time for the laundry room too. Don’t get stuck in the mile long line trying to print off your essay 10 minutes before your class starts. And laundry is so much less stressful when you don’t have to worry about someone else dumping your wet clothes, or your clean dry clothes, onto the floor because they’ve decided that they want the machine they’re in.

 

So I’m not really sure how helpful this post is but I hope you took something away from it. If you’re heading off to your freshman year this year, what are you most excited about? If you’re in school, what weird piece of advice do you have for freshmen?