Top Ten Tuesday-Books that take place at a school.

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly meme is born out of a love of lists, and bringing the book blogging community together, This week, our topic is  School Freebie (In honor of school starting up soon, come up with a topic that somehow ties to school/education. The book could be set at school/college, characters could be teachers, books with school supplies on the cover, nonfiction titles, books that taught you something or how to do something, your favorite required reading in school, or books you think should be required reading, your favorite banned books, etc.) I’m doing my favorite books that take place in a high school, boarding school, or college/university. 

1- Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

2- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

3- Loveless by Alice Oseman

4- Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

5- Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

6- Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

7- Barakah Beats by Maleeah Siddiqui

8- As If on Cue by Marissa Kanter 

9- A Very Large Expansive Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Authors

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will make our list based on that prompt. This week our topic is the Completed Series I Wish Had More Books. I’m doing favorite authors because I didn’t discover Top Ten Tuesday when that was done. 

1- Becky Albertalli

2- Sarah J. Maas

3- Leigh Barudgo

4- Ashley Elston 

5- Ashley Poston 

6- Elizabeth Acevedo

7- Taylor Jenkins Reid 

8- Rainbow Rowell

9- Marissa Meyer 

10- Rick Riordan 

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I love that were published more than 10 years ago

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will make our lists based on that topic. We also have the option of doing our own thing. This week, our topic is books I love that were published 10 years ago or more. 

Classics 

1- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

2- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

3- Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

YA

4- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

5- Cinder by Marissa Meyer

6- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Middle Grade

7-Percy Jackson and the Lightning Theif 

8- Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters 

9- Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse 

10- Percy Jackson and the Battle of Labyrinth

Top Ten Tuesday-Most Recent Additions to my TBR

Welcome back! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This meme is based on our love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will post our list based on that topic. We also have the option of doing our own thing. , our topic is hilarious book titles, but I wasn’t feeling that. These are the last 10 books I added to my Goodreads TBR!

1- The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

2- Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert

3- The Henna Wars by Adbia Jaigirdar

4- Dad’s Girlfriend and Other Anxieties by Kellye Crocker

5- On the Air with Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

6- The Mostly Ture Story of Tanner and Louise by Colleen Oakley

7- I Miss You, I Hate This by Sara Saedi

8- The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin 

9- Cool, Awkward Black by Various 

10- Skating on Mars by Caroline Huntoon   

Etta Invincible Review

Hi! I was on the blog tour for this Middle-Grade novel last month. As a part of my stop, I didn’t review the novel, so I wanted to write a review, and post it to NetGalley.

Review

Rating- 4.5 Goodreads and NetGalley-4 stars 

Characters

The characters of Etta Invincible were fantastic, and  I loved how they interacted with each other. One of the characters had hearing loss, which is not something you see in many books, and as someone who also has hearing loss, I loved seeing the representation in this book. The other character was moving to a new country, and I loved seeing the world through his eyes as well as Etta’s.  

Plot

The plot of this story was fantastic. I’m a fan of contemporary novels, and this had a dash of fantasy for those that prefer some fantasy in their novels.  This novel had a magical train where a majority of the story takes place,, but you could still feel that they set this in our world. This story was fun because it was different, and it took the reader on an adventure. I loved the adventure this story took you on, and how the characters grew at the end of the novel.  

Writing

The writing of this novel was fantastic. It’s difficult to go between both Fantasy and our world, and the author does it seamlessly. I loved this mixture of the different scenes set on the train because you could tell that this was a fantasy story and one that was also set in our world because of the way the characters interacted. This was a mixture of both light-hearted scenes and scenes that were heavier. The characters were having in the light-hearted scenes, and in the more heartfelt scenes, they were talking about the problem at hand, and what they were going through. 

Friendship

This was a Middle-Grade Novel, so there was more of a focus on friendship. I love the friendship between the two main characters, and how they met one day. The story was played out, so the characters met at the time when they both needed each other. 

Enjoyment/ Recommend For

I really enjoyed this book! The story was very fun, and I had a great time reading this. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys a Middle-Grade novel, or a mixture of fantasy and our world in their stories. 

What didn’t work for me

Pace

While I did enjoy this novel I did have problems with the pace. I felt like there were some scenes that could have been longer, and some scenes that could have seen shorter. Overall, the pace of the book is fine. 

Trope-ical Readathon


Hi! I’m doing a readathon this month focusing on different tropes in books. I have fun finding different books with different prompts. Here is my TBR for this round. I’m team Contemporary/ Lit Fic/ Historical Fiction. Find out more on their Twitter- https://twitter.com/tropeicalreads. 

Holiday Trope: Read a book where the character is on holiday (aka a vacation) or that takes place around a holiday (e.g. Christmas, Halloween, etc.). Alternatively, read a book that takes place in a country that is not your own.-The Room on Rue Amelie-Kristin Harmel (France)

Mixed Media Trope: Read a book that includes letters, texts, emails, etc. Alternatively, listen to an audiobook or read an ebook.- They Both Die at the End-EB
Celebrity Trope: Read a book where the main character(s) is a celebrity or famous in some way. Alternatively, read a book that is celebrity-recommended (e.g. from Oprah’s Book Club, Obama’s Recommended Reading List, Reese’s Book Club, etc.).- The Song of Achilles (Alt)
Multiple POVs Trope: Read a book told through multiple points-of-view. Alternatively, read a book with multiple characters of color.- From the Desk of Zoe Washington-ALT
Team Contemporary/Literary/Historical Fiction
Team Challenge 1: Read a book with the “Recent Loss” trope-You’ve Reached Sam
Team Challenge 2: Read a multigenerational saga– Twice As Perfect

August TBR


Physical Books

Twice as Perfect by Louisa Onome

Luck of the Titanic by Stacy Lee

The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel

The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan-228/429

House of Sky and Breathe ( Cont from July)-466/878

Ebooks

The Song of Achilles- Madeline Miller

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens ( Cont from July)-197/312


Audiobook

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

 July Wrapup

Hi! I had a fantastic reading month, so I wanted to wrap up my TBR.

Physical Books

 It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne- 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake – 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️- a favorite

Ebooks

It’s All in How You Fall by Sarah Henning(E-ARC)- 4.5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Etta Invincible by Reese Eschmann (E-ARC) – 4.5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert – 2.5 ⭐️ ⭐️

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (reread)- 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️- a favorite

Total Books read- 6

Total pages-1,690 

Top Ten Tuesday-What Makes Me want to Read a Book.

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where Jana posts a topic, and the book blogging community comes together, and posts out lists. There is also the option of doing our own thing.  This week our topic is-Books From My Past Seasonal TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read (Submitted by Dedra @ A Book Wanderer). I wasn’t really feeling that topic, so I went back to the archives and found this topic. I thought it would be fun to look at the elements that draw me to pick up a book. 

1- Music

2- Nerdy Characters

3- Fandom

4- The book is a contemporary title

5- Found Family 

6- Queer characters 

7- Video Games or Gaming 

8- A sweet romance 

9- An Interesting Synopsis

10- Having an interesting cover