Changes In My Reading Life

So it’s Friday. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to skip out on the topic from this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. I really liked this topic (it’s about changes in your reading life!) and I felt it could be a good post for me to use to get back to writing blog posts. I’m also planning on writing about my favorite bookmarks soon because I had the whole thing planned out and then never got around to taking pictures so I do really want to share those with you too!

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.

I started reading big books in kindergarten. I was still 6 when I picked up my first Harry Potter book and I guess you can say that the rest is history. I don’t remember a lot of the books that I read back then but I do know that I was a big fan of rereading books. I think that right there is one of the biggest things that’s changed. In elementary school, I would pick up the same books every single year. This included rereading Harry Potter (the entire series up to whatever book had just been released), and books like Love, Ruby Lavender and Running Out of Time.

Nowadays, I don’t reread a ton of books. At least not yearly, anyways. 15 of the books that I’ve read this year were rereads (two of which the books were completely new to me this year but since I’ve read them twice obviously I’m counting them). With the amount of new books that I hear about now I couldn’t imagine rereading the same books yearly like I used to. But back then I’d only find out about new books when I’d go to the library or the bookstore and even then it was mostly just if I went to the bookstore. I liked to check out the same books every time I went to the library because that’s just who I am lol.

Another change for me is that now I actually read e-books! I’m a huge fan of my Kindle and I also read a decent amount of e-books on my phone through the Libby app (my library has greatly stepped up their e-book selection and ease of checking them out and I LOVE it). When I got my first Kindle, I think I was in 7th or 8th grade and I don’t think I ever actually read books on it. I did, however, play a lot of Angry Birds. I think I also discovered fanfiction after getting my first Kindle? I can’t really remember that timeline though. I’m still trying to find this one fic that I was obsessed with but still no luck.

I don’t know why, but I used to feel like reading e-books wasn’t really reading books. I always reached for physical books instead of e-books. It was the same thing with audiobooks, but I also have come to realize that audiobooks really aren’t for me! I’m still a little jealous of people who can listen to audiobooks with no problems.

I still read plenty of physical books but I also frequently reach for e-books. I’m a big fan of getting books when they go on major sale ($1 or $2 books are my kryptonite). I also feel less gross when I spend too much time on my phone when I actually open my e-book apps instead of just scrolling through social media.

This next change I actually find kind of comedic. Back in the day if a book was written by a male author, or had a male main character, I probably wasn’t reading it. I want to say that John Green was the first male author that I ever read extensively from (oh and Lemony Snicket) and I’ll read books with any type of narrator now. I’m trying to reach for more diverse books and authors and I think that’s a really important change in my reading life.

The last really big change in my reading life is that I finally delved into reading adult books and actually seek out adult books instead of reading strictly YA. So, back before I started spending too much money on things (cough books… and makeup and just all the things) I would get all or most of my new books from the library. Now at my library, the YA and children’s sections are right up front but the nonfiction sections and adult section are allllllllll the way at the back of the library. And you know what the worst part is?? YOU HAVE TO WALK PAST THE LIBRARIANS AT THEIR DESK TO GET TO THEM. So obviously, anxious past me NEVER went to the sections in the back of the library.

When I finally did hit up the adult section, I was completely overwhelmed with how many new books I had to choose from. But slowly and surely I’ve been reading more and more adult books and finding that I enjoy a lot of them. Now that I’m 23 it’s getting harder to exclusively read YA books so branching out has been really great. It’s the same thing with nonfiction books. I read way more nonfiction books now than I ever have and I enjoy it immensely. Like I mentioned before, I’m working on reading more diversely and also trying to just read widely. I love most genres and storylines and I’m willing to pick up most books to try out!

I have seen myself change so much in recent years with my reading and I love being able to read things more critically but also still have that ability to fall in love with stories without seeing only bad. I love finding new authors and new books and discovering tropes that I never realized I loved. I think reading is such a different experience for everyone and it’s genuinely so interesting to see differing opinions and reviews. I am so thankful that I discovered this community and that it’s been such a welcoming and fun experience.

I’m very much looking forward to 2020 and new books and experiences. Happy Friday everyone!! Talk to you soon ūüôā

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes

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.

This weeks post is for books that give off autumn vibes! I’ve decided to go with a mix of books that I’ve read and books that I want to read and I’m going to start off with books I want to read!

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

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I feel like any book that takes place in a forest just gives me autumn vibes. Even if it’s set in the middle of the summer, I just automatically associate trees with autumn.

This also applies to this book:

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

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Not only is this another forest book but also the cabin vibe and the colors on the cover just make me want to pick this up now. They had a mass market paperback edition of this on sale at Target the other day and I’m kind of regretting not getting it because now I really want to read it!

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

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I feel like books about books also usually give off a very autumnal vibe. The Shadow of the Wind has been on my TBR for years at this point and I swear every time I want to read it (AKA autumn) it’s always checked out from the library because apparently everyone else in my town also has the same idea of reading this book at this time of year!!!

Historical fiction always feel autumnal to me as well, there’s just something about this season that makes me want to pick up super dense and long books. So one that I have on my TBR right now that I’m hoping to pick up soon is:

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

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Now one that I’m going off of the cover again that just has those perfect autumn colors in it is:

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

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The synopsis for this book is also incredibly intriguing and I’m hoping I can get a copy of this soon to read! It’s nominated for the Goodreads choice awards as are a few of the other books in this post and I’m hoping to read more of them as voting rounds continue onwards!

Now onto books that I have read:

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

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This is actually a book that I’m dying to reread! It was one of my favorite books for a very long time after I first read it as a kid and it always makes me think of sneaking some reading time with my book under my desk at school. Looking back I’m shocked that I was considered such a good student with how much I didn’t pay attention during class! But because it always reminds me of school it reminds me of autumn because school=autumn lol.

A book that I have a similar mindset about is:

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

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This is another book series that I’m dying to give a reread to and it always makes me think of autumn.

So I swear I’m not trying to only put books for younger readers in this section but I guess I’m just heavily influenced by books that I read during school (should not be surprising to me in the slightest!). Which means the next series on the list is:

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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Not only does this remind me of school but also the entire series just gives off this gothic creepy vibe that couldn’t encapsulate the feeling of autumn more for me.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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This book goes back to that “reading super lengthy and dense books” thing that I mentioned about historical fiction earlier. This is a very deep and twisty turny book that even though I read it for the first and only time in the middle of winter, it just makes me feel like autumn. Maybe once again it’s the cover!

And last but certainly not least is actually a newer release:

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and illustrated by Wendy Xu

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The colors in this book were the epitome of autumn and I was kind of sad that I read it in July. If I ever get my own copy of it I’d save it for autumn reading. While this could also go for a Halloween vibe because of the magical storyline, I felt like the majority vibes were for autumn.

So going through my list of books on Goodreads I realized I have so many books and series I want to reread. Wow, I better get going!

And with that another TTT is done! Only a handful more for the year which is a little bit stressful I’m not going to lie!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Give Different Titles To

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 books I’d give different titles to. It stumped me for a really long time until it finally dawned on me that I could try and be funny and rename books that I absolutely hated.

So I just want to add this disclaimer that I’m totally doing this in a joking manner. I know that not everyone hates these books and I just wanted to poke fun at some books that have made me mad over the years.

And with that out of the way, I’m going to start with Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. A little backstory with this one, I’ve had to read it¬†three (3)¬†times and it just gets more and more painful every time. It was required reading in my honors English class for my freshman year in high school and then at the end of my junior year, they switched up all the curriculum and WOW Great Ex was now the required summer reading for AP Literature for seniors… So guess who had to reread Great Ex for her senior year? Yep. This person. I just despise every single character in this book so. much.

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My new title for Great Ex? Why No One Should Fall In Love or also JOE DESERVES BETTER but like who’s going to pick up a book with that title? lol. I need to move on or else I’m going to go on a rant about this book and I’m already in a heated mood so let’s just get on with it.

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

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This book just gets worse every time I think about it. I’d like to rename it “Clowning for Him” because the main character (while also being a literal clown) is a damn clown for getting with the guy she got with. Also runner up title is “Travis Ford and the Handful of Little Sister Tit” (Y’all I still can’t understand why that was an actual published phrase in this novel)

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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Read This if You Want to Know How Schizophrenia Doesn’t Work” I’m still considering doing a rant review about this book but also I don’t feel like I have the authority to say all my thoughts about it… But seriously go read some of the reviews by people with schizophrenia or who are actual licensed psychologists etc. Very eye opening to how bad this book was.

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

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Underage Sex in the Wilderness” or “We’re Only Enemies Because We Don’t Know How to Talk to Each Other.”

See How She Dies by Lisa Jackson

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Incest? Incest.” (GUYS I’M SORRY I’M DOING A GOOD JOHN GREEN TITLE DIRTY LIKE THIS BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS HILARIOUS.)

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Get Out While You Still Can” or “———–” because I’d like to just erase this book from existence ūüôā sometimes I forget it exists tbh.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitgerald

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Stop It, Get Some Help” Yes. The title is just a Vine. Oh, honestly this could be the new title for like 5 different books I’ve read.

I think that’s where I’m going to leave it for this weeks post.

 

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!

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee BenderThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

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 ūüôā

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.

 

 

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!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading

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.

I follow a lot of other blogs that participate in Top Ten Tuesday and I finally decided that I wanted to join in. These posts are so much fun to read and I love seeing what everyone has on their lists each week.

So this weeks list is favorite things to eat or drink while reading. Now, I’ll read whenever I get a chance to but being able to sit down with a nice drink and a book is one of my favorite feelings in the world. I would say that I don’t tend to eat a lot when I’m reading but I actually read a lot of e-books during meals.

I’m going to split this up and do five and five, starting with my top five foods!

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Cheez-Its

Peanut M&M’s

Sour Anything

Fruit

Chips

And now for my top five drinks:

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Coffee

Chai Tea

Fruity Tea

Moscato With Lemonade

Pop/Soda

I feel like all this list has done is show how much of a bad eater I am… I swear I’m not (other than my soda addiction) most of these are just things I *want* to be eating when I’m reading… Half the time I’m reading books while working anyways!

I really like cold drinks in the summer and warm drinks in the morning. I almost always have to have something to drink while I read but I’m not a really big snacker anymore so I tend to not eat anything when I read. And if a book is really engrossing? I can almost guarantee I’m not going to consume anything until I’m done with it. I think my favorite combination is Cheez-Its and moscato with lemonade. Now that’s a great Friday night.

Now back to work, with no snacks… And lukewarm coffee because I didn’t drink it fast enough. Happy Tuesday!