Top Ten Tuesdsay: Ten authors that are NEW…. to me.

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Hello my friends!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish!

I wasn’t going to participate in this week’s TTT, because the topic is “Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel”. And the thing is… I’m not really an author-centric person. Which is stupid to say because obviously it should be the author I’m stoked about when I read a new book that I love. I mean, hello, they created that beautiful book. Out of their beautiful mind. But for some reason I’ve never really felt like I need to read other books from an author who wrote a book I love. If they come out with a book that interests me I’ll read it, but not just because they wrote it. Ya know? No? Just me? Okay.

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November TBR!!

November TBRSeason’s greetings!

What does that even mean? I tried to look it up and Wikipedia gave me no answers other than it’s commonly used for the Christmas season. But it just says “season” so shouldn’t I be able to use it for any season? I DON’T UNDERSTAND.

Hahah okay I think I’m procrastinating because I don’t exactly know what to do for my November TBR. I think I should have really low expectations for myself because apparently, I’m just terrible at completing my monthly TBRs. But I don’t want to have low expectations, that’s no fun.

OOOH I JUST DECIDED WHAT I’M GOING TO DO. My psych class just finished studying Maslow, so in honor of him, I am going to have a Reading Pyramid TBR.  It would be really cool if this post was pyramid shaped, but I am in no way cool enough to create such a post so it’s a metaphorical pyramid.

First Tier: The books I am currently reading.

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)Slaughterhouse-Five

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

I can’t decide how I feel about this book. I’m enjoying reading it but I don’t know that I like it. I need to process. Hopefully the second half will let me do juuust that. I’m guessing it will because it’s not a terribly stimulating read.

Pages: 661

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

I’m audiobooking this one at the moment. It’s crazy. Again, I don’t love it. But I definitely like it. It’s a perspective on war that is completely Vonnegut’s own. Anywho, I’m about 2/3 of the way through so I’ll be done with this soon too!

Second Tier: A book I REALLY WANT TO READ and a book that I can listen to (AKA books that should be easy to get through).

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Emma

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I have wanted to read this since I started my blog, but I don’t think I’ve been ready to start it until now. I have actually picked it up and almost started it a few times even though I’m already reading other books. Which is crazy for me. I never do that. But I’m officially ready, so I will absolutely be reading this one this month.

Pages: 404

Emma by Jane Austen

I want to finish all of Austen’s books. Emma and Northanger Abbey are the only ones I have not yet read I believe, and they’re all in the public domain so free audiobooks are really easy to find!

Pages: 474

Third Tier: The book that is the entire point of reading in November.

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

WINTER by Marissa Meyer

Yes I know it’s not supposed to be in all caps because technically that’s not the title. But I’m excited so it’s reflecting my excitement. OH MY GOODNESS. IT’S ALMOST HERE. November freaking 10th. As in, 9 days from now. Actually 8 because this post will go up tomorrow. AHHHH. Did anyone even get ARC’s for this because I haven’t seen any reviews so I’m going to assume that’s a no. But I hope it’s amazing. I’m actually a bit nervous because WHAT IF IT’S NOT?! But it will be. Right? RIGHT?

Pages: 800 (what?! YES)

Fourth Tier: Some nice, quick, hopefully fun reads.

Welcome to Dead House (Goosebumps, #1)Stay Out of the Basement (Goosebumps, #2)Monster Blood (Goosebumps, #3)

Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

So I have a confession to make. I have never read a Goosebumps book. And I saw the movie and I loved it and have been inspired. I know these are kids books but I just feel like they’re a necessary part of a reader’s life experiences. Or something to that effect. I figure 3 of them is a fair number to have read. These happen to be the first three in the series, but I’ll read any 3 I can get my hands on easily.

Fifth Tier: The book that I’m fairly certain will be the death of me.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

I’m determined to finish this but I pick it up and I’m like *tears* because there is so much more to go. And it is actually a really good book. I genuinely want to read it. It’s just an extreme challenge. Oooh a challenge. I wonder if I’ll finish it faster if I think of it as a challenge? Anyway, this is the tippy top of the pyramid so I will finish it if I finish allll the others.

Pages: 754
Me: 39%

If I finish all of these I’ll be back up to 9 books! I’d be a very happy camper. Wish me luck. Readyyy, set, GO.

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading.

J. Bookish

Reflections of October

Farewell, October.

Does this mean all of the leaves are going to fall? Dang it November. They’re so pretty. LEAVE THEM ALONE. Even though they’re dead and circle of life and all that.

So I was a TERRIBLE reader friend this month. I quite literally misplaced the book I was reading for a whole week. But I only read one book at a time, and I’m technically already reading two, so I couldn’t just abandon it and start a new one! I was all sorts of pumped for my October TBR and I basically failed miserably. I swear, though, November.. November will be better. Especially  because my parents are going to be gone for Thanksgiving and my significant other will probably have to work sooooooo…. I’ll be lacking on the whole family togetherness thing! But maybe I’ll try to cook my own Thanksgiving feast?! Omg. Pressure.

Hahaha I am such a rambler. I don’t know how you guys read these posts. It’s like being inside my brain which is sometimes confusing even for me.

Let’s just go ahead and dive in now!

Books I Read:


2156Mansfield Park

So 9 books last month… five this month. Woooow.


(sidenote: hahahahahahahahahaha my hero)

My standings for The Quest No. 1 are as follows:

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Disciple by Stephen Koontz
  5. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

STRUGGLES. I blame all of you for this, you wonderful book bloggers. I get too excited about new books and am ignoring the old books. But its ok. I’ll get through them eventually.

Currently Reading:

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)

Progress: 366/661

So this is the book that I misplaced. It was in my truck under a coat. Of course, I thought it was a million places OTHER than where it was. I thought I would have finished it but nothing about it makes me NEED TO READ. I don’t dislike it, I’m just not super involved. I think it’s Gregory’s writing style. Anywho, I’ll write more about it later. I’m thinking about watching the movie and doing a book to movie comparison? What do you think?

Progress: 281/754


Book Posts:

The Grisha Trilogy: Series Recap
Re-thinking Twilight…
Library of Souls – Book Review!
Six of Crows Review and Let’s Discuss (No spoilers!)

Tags and Things:

The Emoji Book Tag!
Top Ten Tuesday: My Wish is Your Command

Other Stuff:

October TBR!!
A Post on Yoga
I went to… (!!!)
Fairy Tale Adaptations

Favorite Book of the Month:

23437156WHOOP WHOOP. If you check out my review for this one you’ll see. Actually, if you check out anyone’s reviews you’ll see. Plus, Leigh Bardugo favorited my tweet SOOO basically a big deal.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

Mansfield ParkI haaaatteeeddd this book. I love Jane. I LOVED Persuasion this month. But omg Mansfield Park was horrible. It was not at all up to her usual standard. I’m going to read Emma next month I think, hopefully it will get me back on good terms with Jane.

That’s it for this month!

P.S. How was your Halloween?? Did you do anything fun?? We went to see Goosebumps and I LOVED it I think they did such a good job. And of course, we dressed up as Mario and Princess Peach!

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish