Top Ten Tuesday: Places In Books I’d Like To Visit

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Usually when I’m figuring up a list for a blog post, I try to limit myself to one mention per book. That all went out the window this week, friends. There was just no way. I did limit myself to mostly fictional places though, so, you know, I could sit here and get sad about how I’ll never actually be able to go to any of them.


Hogwarts

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Let’s just get this one out of the way. We all want to go to Hogwarts, and we always will.


Hogsmeade

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Another semi-obvious choice, but I can’t help it. Hogsmeade always seemed so fun in the books. It was a place where the gang could at least halfway relax for five minutes and I bet it was the coziest place in the world in winter.


The Seven Kingdoms

So, I read the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series a while ago and I’m currently working through the TV show. All of the lands in the Game of Thrones world are so vivid and subtly unique, I’d want to visit them all!


Ketterdam

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I’m a newbie to the Grisha Universe – I just finished Six of Crows and I’m reading Crooked Kingdom now. Ketterdam seems like a fun place to visit if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty.


Camp Half Blood

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If I was allowed into Camp Half Blood, then I’d be a demigod. Enough said.


Boonsboro

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When I read the Inn Boonsboro trilogy I figured Nora Roberts had invented the little town of Boonsboro, Maryland for the backdrop of her story. Turns out, not only is Boonsboro real, so are most of the places in the story – and she owns at least two of them.

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Do we want to visit any of the same places?

Decluttering My Goodreads TBR!

Decluttering My Goodreads TBR

I’ve noticed lately, as I’ve sunk deeper into the world of book blogging, that most people carefully curate their Goodreads TBR.

Not Me. I use the ‘Want to Read’ button with reckless abandon. If I scroll by a book that even remotely catches my attention, I add it to my TBR. When I’m bored I swipe through the books that Goodreads recommends and add several each time without fail. The best part? I always think to myself, “If I run out of things to read, I’ll have a list of books I’m interested in!”

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While I don’t plan on purging my TBR entirely, Beat the Backlist has made me realize that my reading tastes have changed a lot. I’ve been using Goodreads since I was about 13 or 14 so there are probably a lot of books I could knock off the list!

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Alright, it’s about an hour later and my TBR is officially decluttered!

 

 

As you can see, I went from just over 700 books on my TBR to just over 430!

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I started adding books to my TBR in 2011, so it was actually really interesting to comb through them. There were stretches where I added nothing but vampire and werewolf based books (the Twilight years) and, without fail, every April/May there was an influx of summery teens-on-the-beach books! I also found at least 3 books that I had already read still on my TBR.

I honestly could have gotten rid of a few more, but I couldn’t be bothered to read descriptions and make sure that I actually wanted to get rid of them.

Is your Goodreads TBR organized, or do you use it like a Pinterest board like I do?

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The Book Courtship Book Tag!

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This tag was created by Hi I Love Books.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought it would be fun to do a cutesy, romance-y all around Valentine’s Day approved book tag. This one won out because it’s less about romance books and more about the 9 stages of a courtship, so it’s super easy for readers of all genres to participate.

Phase 1: Initial Attraction
A book you bought because of the cover

Gunslinger Girl 

 

Believe it or not, I’ve never bought a book solely based on the cover. I mean, I’ve wanted to, but who’s got the money for that? The Cover of Gunslinger Girl did catch my attention though and after reading the description I bought it!

 

 

 


PHASE 2: FIRST IMPRESSIONS
A Book You Got Because of its summary

  Children of Blood and Bone 

 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi isn’t something I would naturally gravitate towards, but when I read the summery I was hooked. It didn’t hurt that I’d seen it called a sophisticated Avatar the Last Airbender filled with African folklore. Hopefully I’ll have time to read it soon and see if that’s true!

 

 

 


Phase 3: Sweet Talk
A Book with great writing

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein has indescribably good writing. I can’t put into words how much I love this book (although I’ll try to later this year when I reread it). Every word Wein writes is gold.

 

 

 

 


PHASE 4: FIRST DATE
THE FIRST BOOK OF A SERIES THAT MADE YOU
WANT TO READ THE REST

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The Next Always by Nora Roberts is the first book of the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy. I borrowed these books at the insistence of a friend, fully expecting to give them back unread a month later. Turns out, I absolutely loveddd this book. I read the next two back to back and then bought them all!

 

 

 


PHASE 5: LATE NIGHT PHONE CALLS
A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP ALL NIGHT

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Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern is told entirely through emails, letters, IMs, texts, etc. which made it soooo hard for me to put down. It was super engaging and creative, and I remember staying up half the night to finish this because I needed to know how everything wrapped up.

 

 


PHASE 6: ALWAYS ON MY MIND
A BOOK YOU COULD NOT STOP THINKING ABOUT

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This is my obligatory Harry Potter answer. When I finished Deathly Hallows I couldn’t get it off my mind and I wanted more!

 

 

 

 


PHASE 7: GETTING PHYSICAL
A BOOK THAT FEELS AMAZING

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I have what I call the ‘big floppy’ paperback box set of the Song of Ice and Fire series and I absolutely love the way the book feels. If it’s a book over 600 pages, the big floppy edition is the only way to go.

 

 

 


PHASE 8: MEETING THE PARENTS
A BOOK YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO
YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

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This is a tricky question to answer because I recommend books to my family and friends all the time. I actually just sent an entire email’s worth of book recommendations to a friend last night, but the latest book I’ve actually put in someone’s hands in Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.

 

 


PHASE 9: THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE
A BOOK OR SERIES YOU KNOW YOU WILL RE-READ
MANY TIMES IN THE FUTURE

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I haven’t even read all of the books in this series yet, but something about Beautiful Disaster calls me back over and over. I’ve already reread it once and I’m honestly ready to pick it back up for a third time. 

 

 




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What book are you currently in love with?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples in Books!

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about our favorite couples! I decided to only pick one couple per book series which made it super challenging.

 

KAZ AND INEJ FROM SIX OF CROWS


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MATTHEW AND DIANA FROM THE ALL SOULS TRILOGY


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TRAVIS AND ABBY FROM BEAUTIFUL DISASTER


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HOPE AND RYDER FROM THE INN 
BOONSBORO TRILOGY


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KHAL DROGO AND DAENERYS 
TARGARYEN FROM A GAME OF THRONES


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WILL AND RONNIE FROM
THE LAST SONG


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SOPHIA AND LUKE FROM
THE LONGEST RIDE


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BEAU AND ARI FROM 
THE SLOW BURN SERIES


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ALOSA AND RIDEN FROM 
DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING


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MARTY AND CLARK FROM 
THE LOVE COMES SOFTLY SERIES

Do we have any favorite couples in common?

Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites | TTT Throwback

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This week’s topic is actually ‘Upcoming Releases I’m on the Fence About’ but I don’t have any! I thought it’d be fun to fill in any topics I don’t want to do by working my way down the original Top Ten Tuesday topics. The very first Top Ten Tuesday topic was childhood favorites, so that’s where we’re starting!


 

 

The Little House on the Prairie Series and Dear America series were my absolute favs, although A Series of Unfortunate Events was a close runner up! I’d like to do a few posts this year revisiting and reviewing my childhood favorites.

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What was your childhood favorite?