Top Ten Tuesday— REWIND

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.

I keep forgetting to do these posts! I remember when I started my blog, I was so excited to be able to start my own lists, and I’ve only done one so far. I’m happy that this week is the Top Ten Tuesday Rewind, where you can pick to do a previous topic. I have chosen my Top Ten Childhood Favorites. This topic makes me happy, because I love to reminisce and get all sappy-book-nostalgic. So, here we go!

Top Ten Childhood Favorites

10. Beezus & Ramona by Beverly Cleary. 1450682
I remember being so conflicted, because I loved Ramona and her spunk, but as a big sister I was really able to relate to Beezus’s pain.

29724909. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
I remember reading these and wishing that I had more siblings and that we could go take care of one another, but then at the same time I would always realize how lucky my sister and I were to have a family and NOT have to take care of ourselves. I loved the whole series, but the first is the one that stands out the most after all these years.



08. Meet Samantha by Susan S. Adler
I’ll never forget the Christmas when I opened up the box that contained my Samantha doll and the first book in her series. I absolutely adored Samantha. I read most of the other American Girl books, but as I was so obsessed with the early 1900’s it was clear Samantha would be my favorite. I still have my doll, even though she is not in tip-top shape anymore. I love her anyway.

130465107. Sweet Valley Twins by Francine Pascal
I was so jealous that I didn’t have a twin sister…


06. Sweet Valley Jr. High by Francine Pascal1476378
I moved on to these when I was in middle school, because they seemed a bit more modern and similar to my own school experience. I got made fun of once for reading these in seventh grade and I remember crying in the bathroom. Sad, but true. Reminder that middle school is not fun for anybody.


55839405. Babysitter’s Little Sister by Ann M. Martin
I was obsessed with Karen and her exploits. She was such a spunky little thing, and I remember always being jealous of all the interesting things that she had going on… even when they were mostly because of her overactive imagination. I loved all the books, but the first one, Karen’s Witch, I can still remember almost word for word. I read it a million times.


04. Babysitter’s Club by Ann M.Martin
Well, obviously, if I was obsessed with the Little Sister series, I must have read the actualBSC. I feel that these books were a staple in many a young girl’s book collection growing up. I was even a member of the BSC club, where they would send me four books a month and other goodies. I remember having so many of these books that they circled the perimeter of my bedroom!

3998803. Matilda by Roald Dahl
Is there really anything to say about this one? I think we all relate a little bit to Matilda and her love of books. I think we all wish we could have the powers to punish the wrongdoers in our life. We all wanted a teacher like Ms. Honey. I am still trying to convince the fiance that we should name our daughter Matilda.



02. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Oh dear god, I wanted to BE Harriet. I was obsessed with her, and I started carrying around my own spy notebook and writing down everything about everyone; the kids on the school bus, the teachers, people in the grocery store. And I was much more careful with my spy notebook. Nobody ever read it.



01. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Yeah, I know. Shocking, right? What can I say? I wouldn’t be the person I am if it weren’t for the Harry Potter series. I love those books with all my heart and soul.


What are some of your favorite childhood books? Do we share any? Comment and let me know!

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2014 TBR Challenge

I have never participated in any book challenges, so now that I am blogging and reviewing again, I’ve decided I want to give it a shot. I think the TBR Challenge is perfect for me, because I tend to want to read something, add it to my to-read list, and forget about it.


This challenge is hosted by BookishThe sign up page and complete list of rules can be found here.

The different levels are:

1-10 – A Firm Handshake
11-20 – A Friendly Hug
21-30 – First Kiss
31-40 – Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 – Could this be love?
50+ – Married With Children

I am going to aim for ‘First Kiss’, but may move up in levels as the year goes on. I don’t want to stress myself out with it, so I think 21-30 is a great place to start.

  • Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Observations by Jane Harris
  • Grange House by Sarah Blake
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • The Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert
  • The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
  • The Gallows Curse by Karen Maitland
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Girl who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • The Uninvited by Liz Jensen
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox
  • Magpie Hall by Rachael King
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
  • A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
  • Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam
  • Little Hands Clapping by Dan Rhodes
  • Purgatory by Tomas Eloy Martinez
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard

This list is tentative, but I wanted to give myself a general idea. I’ve had these sitting on my TBR list for what feels like ages, so I really do want to read them. I will possibly add to this as the year goes on, and this is not in any particular order.

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Oh, the feels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish. This past month as I was contemplating bringing the blog back, I was checking out all the different lists people came up with, so I am very excited to finally have my own!

So, without further ado:

Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry

  • The entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, with emphasis on Prisoner of Azkaban, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly HallowsThis whole book series was my childhood. I wouldn’t even be the person I am today had it not been for the Harry Potter series. Out of the seven books, these were the three that took the biggest emotional toll on me. 
  • Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. The first book (besides the Harry Potter books) that I was able to read after my dad passed away. I wasn’t able to finish anything I tried to read for months after his death, but this book pulled me back.  
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. A very interesting love story with time travel and art and mental illness throughout. The ending was, in one word, breathtaking. I loved it. 
  • I Know this Much Is True by Wally Lamb. This was a hard one to get through, due to size and content. A very difficult yet touching read.
  • Night by Elie Wiesel. I remember reading this in high school, and I finished the book in one night. My teacher didn’t even believe me when I said I was done. Knowing the truth behind the words in this book made it one of the biggest tearjerkers of all time. 
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I felt that this book was written for me when I was in high school. I was a socially anxious loner who needed someone to relate to, and Charlie was that person. 
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank. The one book that I make sure to re-read at least once every year. Without a doubt one of the most touching things I’ve ever read. 
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Trying to imagine myself as Claire in this book and wondering how I could live with what she lives with? Impossible. 
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. One word- Prim. 
  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. A book that still haunts me to this day. 

This list is actually not in any particular order. Also, it was very hard for me to only pick ten, because I am highly emotional and become completely invested in a great story.