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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new prompt is provided and book bloggers, like me, share their top ten lists. 
This week's prompt- Top Ten Goals for 2015

While I realize that this list doesn't have to be only about blogging, reading, and writing, I decide that I wanted to keep it that way. I am extremely proud of all of the hard work I put into blogging and writing this year and I want to continue to push myself to grow and create! So here it is- my top ten goals for 2015. 


10. Have at least two reviews per week 9. Be more active on other blogs 8. Continue to read a large variety of books 7. Read all of my top ten books for this winter 6. Have quicker turnaround time for review requests 5. Be more open to unfamiliar authors 4. Read more books in 2015 than I read in 2014 3. Put more effort into my own writing 2. Get my book published 1. Keep having fun doing what I love! 
There you have it! My Top Ten Goals for 2015. Be sure to comment with a…

Book Review: Dangled Carat

Author: Hilary Grossman Published: 2013 Number of Pages: 280 My Rating: 4
Summary from GoodReads.com:  For every girl who wondered if she should love him or dump him.....
           For every girl who listened to her heart instead of her friends advice....
           For every girl who l wondered if she was wasting her time dating that guy....
 meet Hilary....
                         She had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship--why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn't ready--and their friends' meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year's Eve th…

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new prompt is provided and book bloggers, like me, share their top ten lists. 
This week's prompt- Top Ten Books I Read in 2014

As I've said before, asking a reader what their favorite books are is like asking a parent who their favorite child is- you can do it but there is no way you are able to pick just one! So, I will give it my best to choose my top ten books of this year... 


10. Looking for Alaska by John Green
This book totally caught me by surprise. I figured it was going to be another coming-of-age tale about characters falling in love and growing in themselves and the world around them. What I found, however, was a very mature novel that explored plenty of different themes and questions, some funny and humorous while others serious and deep. 




9. Killing Patton by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
This was a fast-paced book that, when considering the amount of information that was in it, co…

Book Review: Without You, There Is No Us

Author: Suki Kim Publisher: Crown Published: 2014 Number of Pages: 304 My Rating: 4

Summary from GoodReads.com:           A haunting memoir of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign
          Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields—except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has accepted a job teaching English. Over the next six months, she will eat three …

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new prompt is provided and book bloggers, like me, share their top ten lists. 
This week's prompt- Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2014



1. Colleen Hoover-This was obviously the year of Colleen Hoover for me. I read four of her books in 2014 and can't wait to read the rest next year. Her writing is fresh, funny, and real and she is quickly becoming my new favorite author.
2. Jill Knapp-Another author I really loved this year, Jill Knapp. Her books are fun and fabulous and I couldn't put them down no matter how hard I tried. A mixture between Gossip Girl and Sex and the City, I can't wait to read the next things she comes up with. 
3. Jenny Nordberg- Jenny Nordberg is actually a journalist who wrote a book about what she was seeing in Kabul; young girls who were dressing up and pretending to be boys. Her book was fast-paced and gripping like a work of fiction yet the facts were raw and real.…

Book Review: Sharp Objects

Author: Gillian Flynn Publisher: Phoenix Published: 2007 Number of Pages: 321 My Rating: 4

Summary from GoodReads.com:
      WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep le…

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new prompt is provided and book bloggers, like me, share their top ten lists. 
This week's prompt- Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2015













1. Confess by Colleen Hoover-           At this point I am going to read anything written by Colleen Hoover. Her books are amazing, always, and I read them in hours. I know this one will be the same. 
2. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley