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Top Ten Tuesday, Beach Reads

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is Beach Reads Week. This is a favorite of mine because I’m a total beach bum. And my favorite beach activity is reading while laying in the beautiful sunlight. So, this week’s topic has a few options and I’m going to try to touch on all of them; top ten great beach reads, top ten book I plan to read on the beach, top ten not typical beach reads, or top ten authors to read on the beach.

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1 )Janet Evanovich –  She’s one of my favorite authors. Her books are all hilarious. They’re the perfect beach reads that will have people staring at your hysterical laughter.

2) The Belgariad & The Malloreon by David Eddings – This was a series that I recently finished. While it’s definitely not a typical beach read, they’re certainly books you can spend a few hours getting totally lost in.

3) The Last Vampire Series by Christopher Pike – If I’m being honest, I’m a sucker for a good vampire series and this definitely was. Another that’s not a typical beach read but the story will take you far away from the beach.

4) Nora Roberts – Anything by Nora is always good. Her romance novels are great beach reads that have me cracking up like a crazy person.

5) The  Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – I’m stealing one from Antonia’s TTT. This was an amazing series, and while it’s not a typical beach read I would read it at the beach anyway.

6) Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima – I’ve read this series once before, and the next series just came out, so this is a series I’m planning to read at the beach this summer.

7) Talon Series by Julie Kagawa – This is a series filled with action and adventure. The next book in the series just came out, so I definitely plan on reading this book at the beach very soon.

8) The 5th Wave Series – The third and final book just came out, The Final Star. I’m going to be reading this at the beach as soon as possible.

9) Newsoul Series by Jodi Meadows – I read this series a few years ago and its really stuck with me. Ill be trying to read it again this summer on the beach.

10) John Green – Any of the books he has written are good beach reads. While some of them might make you bawl your eyes out in public, they’re all fantastic books.

These are my top ten this week. I love to read on the beach so this one was very fun for me.

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Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Beach Reads

I’m not really big on “beach reads” For me a beach read is usually just whatever I’m currently reading (as long as it’s not super depressing because I don’t need to cry in public). So I’m just going to try to direct my list more towards lighthearted reads that go well with beautiful summer days.

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  1. Anything by Julia Quinn- Forget her story lines. Forget her strong, witty characters. What I love most about Quinn is how funny her books are. Like laugh-out-loud-and-make-strangers-stare-at-you funny. It’s fantastic.
  2. Beastly by Alex Flinn- This one isn’t the most lighthearted book but it’s a pretty fast read that you could probably finish in one sitting. And it’s my favorite so I always recommend it.
  3. The Bride Quartet series by Nora Roberts- This is one of her series’ that revolves a great deal around the friendships between her main characters. I just love how Nora can take romance novels and make them more about badass women being badasses together than about love.
  4. The Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts- This is the second book in her Guardians Trilogy which comes out June 14. This series has a little bit of everything; magic, a treasure hunt, even a mermaid. To me it’s a perfect beach read.
  5. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson- I read this one years ago and would love to read it again. It’s a great coming of age, summer adventure story.
  6. The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson- I didn’t even know this book existed until about an hour ago and I would absolutely love to see where the story goes next.
  7. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer- These aren’t lighthearted or beachy in any way. They’re just amazing books and I highly recommend them.
  8. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh- This is another book I learned about very recently but immediately decided I want to read. It’s not often you find books based on A Thousand and One Nights.
  9. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss– I’m not really sure this fits into what people normally consider a beach read but I’ve recently had several people recommend it to me and I’d like to finally get around to reading it.

Sorry there’s only nine this week. I managed to delete my entire post after I’d already written most of it out so I lost a lot of my motivation the second time around. Anyway, these are some of the books I plan to read this summer or just think you should read. Thanks for reading and let me know what your top ten are in the comments.

-Antonia

 


Top Ten Tuesday, Books on a Whim

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post where we give our top ten choices on different topics, hosted by THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH. This week’s topic is top ten books that you picked up on a whim. The books that weren’t recommended, but picked up without knowing a lot about them. Anyway, here’s my top ten.

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  1. Spelled by Betsy Schow – I picked this book up entirely because I liked the way the cover looked. I’m glad I did because I enjoyed this story a lot.
  2. Thirst series by Christopher Pike – I picked this series up years and years ago because it was about vampires and who doesn’t love a good vampire series. It took me a few years to actually take them off my shelves and read them, but once I did I was very glad. This series was so awesome. I was surprised at how much I liked these books.
  3. My Friend Leonard by James Frey – I picked this book up again based on the cover. I’d read something by him before, so I didn’t even read the back before I bought it.
  4. Talon by Julia Kagawa – She’s another author I’d read before. The cover of this book was very interesting and when I read the description and saw dragons I knew I had to buy them.
  5. The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset – The title of this book intrigued me, then when I read the description it mentioned a town that I used to live close to, along with the faerie aspect of the story. It was a no brainer.
  6. Legend series by Marie Lu – I bought this series on my phone to read. I love a good dystopian series.
  7. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows – This was a book that I got from the library. Another that I picked because I liked the pretty cover. The story was amazing and so unique.
  8. Embrace by Jessica Shirvington – Another library find, the description mentioned a growing tattoo and that hooked me.
  9. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellairra – Okay so I guess I have a problem with picking books based on their pretty covers. This was another one from the library that pulled me in with its pretty cover.
  10. The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis – Once again, the library has my back with the good books. I picked this one up because the author’s name, then I read the description and went home with it.

These are my top ten, that were harder to come up with then I thought. What are your top ten?

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Books I Picked Up on A Whim

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is “Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)”.

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This one was actually fairly simple for me because more often than not, I tend to pick up books randomly rather than on recommendation. Here’s my top ten:

  1. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout- I’m weirdly obsessed with all things obsidian; don’t ask why, I have no idea how it started. So when I happened to see this title at Barnes and Noble I had to pick it up. Since the description sounded fun and unique I bought it and had Amanda and I almost immediately regretting the fact we didn’t have the rest of the series.
  2. The Selection by Kiera Cass- I saw this one several times before I finally got it from the library. I just couldn’t get over the pretty dresses.
  3. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima- This is another one I’d seen at the library a couple times before I finally got around to getting it. I loved it so much I had to take emergency trips to two different libraries to get the rest of the series.
  4. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George- I saw the cover with the beautiful dress and all the snow and I was curious. Then found it was about a not so well-known folktale and I had to get it immediately.
  5. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith- I’d seen the title a few times and couldn’t help but be curious. When I finally got it from the library I loved it and proceeded to get the rest of her books.
  6. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis- This is another that I saw at the library and got mostly because I needed something to read. I was happy to find it was a crazy mashup of dozens of fairy tales.
  7. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier This was another instance where I have no self control when it comes to pretty dresses. The time travel was just a nice perk.
  8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore- I was caught by the title, then the cover, then the description and now it’s one of my favorite books.
  9. The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory- This is actually one I’ve owned for years that I sort of just inherited from my brother’s collection. I’m not even entirely sure now why I decided to read it but it’s still my all time favorite series.
  10. It’s in His Kiss by Julia Quinn- I never really expected to like this book. It was something I grabbed from the library because I couldn’t find anything else I felt like reading that day. Now she’s one of my favorite authors and I’ve read every single one of her books.

So these are my top ten. Let me know your list or link to your own post in the comments. Thanks for reading.

-Antonia


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday-Characters We Don’t Agree On

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week it’s top ten characters you either love and everyone else hates, or you hate and everyone else loves. This one was hard for me because I don’t pay a lot of attention to what people think about the characters, or when I do I block it out because I hate when people don’t love characters as much as I do. Still, I managed to come up with eight characters I don’t like and two that I do.

 

Characters Everyone Loves But I Don’t

1. Aspen from The Selection series by Kiera Cass- I don’t think I’ve ever made a secret of my absolute loathing of love triangles and most of the characters on this list are part of love triangles. While I can tolerate them and understand the fact they’ve become so common in writing because they are in fact quite common, when I can’t stand one-third of the triangle it sort of ruins it for me. In this case, I hated Aspen from the start before there even was a love triangle to make it any worse.
2. Gale from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- I liked Gale well enough in the beginning, probably because he was barely in the first book. As soon as the I started the second though I wished he just wasn’t there.
3. Simon from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare- I don’t hate Simon and later on in the books I started to enjoy his character more, but in the beginning I really didn’t like him.
4. Archer from Fire by Kristin Cashore- I don’t remember a point in this book when I ever liked Archer. He was moody and annoying and took Fire for granted constantly.
5. Zayne from The Dark Elements by Jennifer L. Armentrout- Another love triangle. I know tons of people wanted Layla to end up with Zayne but I really, really didn’t like him.
6. Heath from House of Night by P.C. and Kristin Cast- He wouldn’t have been that bad if he was only in the first book or two. But he was just so persistant with his unrequited love and Zoe just encouraged him constantly. I seriously fucking hated him.
7. Micah Bayer from The Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima- I understand his character. I get where he’s coming from. I see why he was important to the plot. I know he begins to redeem himself at the end. However, none of this is ever going to get me to like him.
8. Blake from Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout- I really really really hated him. I was convinced he’d turn out to be an asshole. AND HE DID.

Characters Everyone Hates But I Don’t

9. Clary from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare- I’m a little surprised that so many people seem to hate her. Yes, she’s a little immature; she’s a teenager. Yes, she’s occasionally whiny; her mother’s in a coma and she just found out monsters are real. I absolutely think she’s entitled to screw up sometimes but in my opinion, there are so many more annoying female leads in YA right now.
10. Bella from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer- I, honest to God, cannot believe I just typed that… I loved Twilight when I was a teenager but once the movies started coming out and I got a little older, I very firmly settled into the group of people who hate it. Nevertheless, I think everyone needs to ease up a little on Bella. I am not and never was blind to her faults (or that of any of the other characters). They have problems and they, very frequently, behave impulsively and irrationally, but everyone seems to forget that at the base of it, Bella is a teenager who is, at least in the first couple books, very much out of her depth with pretty much everything that happens. She makes A LOT of mistakes but I think that’s the most human thing about her.

 

These are my ten. Do you agree or disagree with any of my choices? What are your top ten? Let me know in the comments. As always, thanks for reading.

-Antonia


Top Ten Tuesday – Not My Typical Genre

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post where we give our top ten choices on different topics, hosted by THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH. This week’s topic is top ten books you’ve read the past year that aren’t your typical genre. This Tuesday I had a bit of trouble coming up with books. I have a tendency to stay inside my comfort zone. Generally when I read books that aren’t my usual it’s because it was recommended to me by someone in my life. Here are my top ten books that aren’t my usual genre.

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  1. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne – This was recommended to me by several people in my life and though it took me a while to finally pick it up and read it, I’m glad I did. While it’s not my usual fiction, it was really interesting and eye opening. I’ve recommended it to many others now that I’ve read it.
  2. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho- I got this book as a gift. It’s another book that sat on my shelf staring at me until I finally picked it up. The Alchemist was a really good, quick read. The story was very good and I’m glad I finally gave it a chance.
  3. Outlander by Diana Gaboldon- Antonia’s mother recommended and let me borrow this book. It’s definitely not a book I would have ever picked up on my own. I still need to finish the rest of the series.
  4. Carrie by Stephen King- Carrie was another gift from someone. I’d never read anything by him before this book, but I might read more of his stuff after reading Carrie.
  5. Wideacre by Phillipa Gregory- I read this trilogy on the recommendation and lending of a coworker. They were definitely not my usual romance that I was anticipating when I started reading, but they were super good reads.
  6. The Year We Disappeared by Cylin and John Busby- My grandmother lent me this book. It’s a true story that takes place in my hometown. It was really interesting to learn about something that happened in my area.
  7. Forgive Me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick- I bought this book from Barnes&Noble. I was standing in the young adult section looking around for something new to read when I overheard someone talking to a friend about John Green books. I quickly interjected and told them to buy all of them and read them as fast as possible. They in tern told me to buy this book.
  8. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith- This is a book that Antonia read and then made me read. It isn’t one I would have picked on my own. The description was a little too young adult for me.
  9. Eon by Alison Gooman- This was another recommendation from Antonia. She read it and then made me read it. It was an awesome book and I’m glad she pushed me to read it.
  10. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima- Antonia made me read this series too. We pass a lot of books back and forth. It took me over a year to actually start the book, but it was worth it. I now own all four and have read them all more than once.

These are my top ten, what are yours?

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Top Ten Tuesday – Authors New in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post giving our top ten on different topic. This is hosted by THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH. This weeks topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015. This was one I had to take my book list out for because I have a habit of sticking to authors I’ve read before. Here goes!

  1. Jodi Meadows – Is a goddess for her Newsoul Trilogy. Her books were filled with wonderful images and lots of twists and turns through the pages.
  2. Marie Lu – I read the Legend series toward the start of this year and I fell in love. I’m probably going to read them again soon now that I’m thinking about them.
  3. Marissa freaking Meyer – The Lunar Chronicles were amazing! The last, Winter, just finally came out. I put off reading her series for super long even though I’d heard it was great from all over. I’m glad I finally read them. I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.
  4. Leigh Bardugo – The Greisha Trilogy was amazingly fantastical. She created a fantasy world with a wonderful heroine.
  5. Skylar Dorset – The Girl Who Never Was (which I just learned has another one after it and I am SO excited) was a new twist on the fairy worlds. I loved it!
  6. Cinda Williams Chima – The Seven Realms Series was one of Antonia’s suggestions. She had to push me for a while, but I was very thankful she did. This was a series full of excitement and craziness. I loved every page.
  7. Betsy Schow – Spelled was an impulse buy when I was at the book store recently. I loved it. It was filled with crazy plot twists and a wild adventure.
  8. Jessica Shirvington – This series was a library find. The series I read was good, I will be looking forward to seeing what else she will come out with.
  9. Phillippa Gregory – I read a trilogy of hers at the recommendation, and book lending, of my coworker. It was a series of three starting with Wideacre. They were fantastic and more of her books will be found on my TBR.
  10. Gillian Flynn – I read Dark Places this year and it was very good. I like the way that she writes, the darkness to it. It was an amazingly suspenseful and interesting read. I’ll one day manage to read Gone Girl.

So after lots of thought and comparing the books I’ve read this year, these are the ten I’ve come up with. There’s still a month left of 2015, maybe you can add one or two to your book list!

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Favorites From the Last Three Years

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week has a different prompt for you to make a top ten list about. This week is Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years (you can extend it to 5 if you need to).
I expected this topic to be really difficult for me. When I saw it I immediately texted Amanda freaking out. But she didn’t panic with me; she simply pointed out that I reread alot of books. With this reassurance in mind, I sat down with my book lists from previous years, positive I could find ten favorites even if I had to use only rereads. Then a funny thing happened: I didn’t need any. Within ten minutes, I had ten books/series’ for my list with no need to use all the old favorites I’ve had for years. Which is how I’ve come to the conclusion that almost every book I read instantly becomes a new favorite. I’m still trying to decide if this has any downsides…
So here are my top ten all-time favorites from the last three years (in no particular order):

1. Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead- I love Sydney. I adore Adrian. This is a series I could read over and over again.

2. The Witness by Nora Roberts- My favorite Nora Roberts book. It has everything I love about her writing.

3. Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima- These are the types of books I wasn’t expecting to like but as soon as I started I couldn’t put them down. I even had to take emergency trips to the library to get the rest of the books. It’s one of the most well-written YA series I’ve ever read.

4. Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout- This is another one I got because I was bored but didn’t have much hope for it. It was an instant favorite for Amanda and I.

5. Maximum Ride series by James Patterson- Everything about these books is amazing. They’re quick, fun, emotional reads that I would recommend to everyone.

6. Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory- I was waiting a couple years for this book to come out and it didn’t disappoint. Lackey and Mallory can do no wrong together.

7. Looking For Alaska by John Green- Amanda spent years trying to get me to read this book but I kept putting her off. When I finally read it, I was instantly in love.

8. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George- I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. Everything about it was perfect.

9. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith- I’d expected this book to just be a silly YA romance but it wasn’t even close. Smith took a childish idea, like love at first sight, and made it sweet and reasonable. I loved it so much I immediately went to the library to get her other books (i.e. #10).

10. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith- I found this book emotional, funny, and romantic. I’ll definitely be looking for more of Smith’s books.

Do you share any of these favorites? Let me know some of yours in the comments. Thanks for reading.
-Antonia


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Favorite Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week has a different prompt to which you make a top ten list. This week’s prompt is favorite heroines. Since my list of favorite heroines is infinitely long, I tried to choose the ones who had the biggest impact on me while reading. Here they are (in no particular order):

  1. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- She will forever be my all-time favorite heroine. She’s witty, tough, loves her family unconditionally and isn’t afraid to admit she’s wrong. She was who I wanted to be when I grew up.
  2. Maximum Ride from the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson- She’s badass and caring and makes tons of mistakes. But she’s always trying her hardest to fix them. It’s so easy to relate to Max that she instantly became one of my favorite characters.
  3. Elizabeth/Abigail from The Witness by Nora Roberts- I connected with Abigail from the beginning. I loved watching her grow into a strong, compassionate woman.
  4. Vestakia from The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory- From birth, she had everything working against her but she refused to let it control her life. She’s genuinely kind and brave even when she’s absolutely terrified.
  5. Lyra Belacqua from His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman- She was one of the first characters to have a real affect on me. She’s stubborn and talks back and impulsive but she always does the right thing.
  6. Wanderer from The Host by Stephenie Meyer- I will never stop loving Wanda. She’s an alien possessing a human girl and she still manages to be the most honest and caring character in the book.
  7. Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore- Another character I related to instantly. Her uncle, the king, has used and controlled her since she was a child but she had the courage to fight back, even when she believed her powers made her a monster.
  8. Sydney Sage from the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead- One of the bravest heroines I’ve ever had the pleasure to read about. She goes against everything she was taught to believe to save people who she was raised to think of as evil. She risks everything because she can see the best in people.
  9. Hyacinth Bridgerton from It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn- She’s one of the funniest characters I’ve read about. She’s sarcastic and smart and not afraid to speak her opinions during a time when women were expected to act a certain way. I wish I could be best friends with her.
  10. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling- I almost didn’t put her on this list simply because I knew so many others would. But when it came down to it, I couldn’t think of anyone else who met the standards she set. There’s a reason Hermione has shown up on so many lists this week. She’s smart, brave, funny, loving. She believes in herself and in her friends and even when she’s scared she’s always there for the people who need her. The great thing about Hermione is that she’s always true to herself and never lets anything change her.

Do any of your favorites coincide with mine? For the same or different reasons? I’d love to hear some of your own choices so leave them in the comments or link to your own post if you have one. Thanks for reading.
-Antonia


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Blogging Confessions

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time! This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s prompt is Top Ten Blogging Confessions. I’ve decided to center mine more around books since I couldn’t think of that many blogging confessions. Here they are in no particular order:

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1. Sometimes, I think blogging is boring. I feel terrible saying that but doing the same types of posts over and over again drives me nuts.

2. Usually I read the last page or two of a book before I even start it. I try not to, I really do, but it’s gotten to the point where I’ll just be looking at how long the book is and find myself reading the end without even thinking about it.

3. I’m awful at liking and commenting posts. Whenever I look at someone’s post I always plan to at least like it even if I don’t have anything exceptional to say in a comment (unless I hate it for some reason which never happens). But most of the time I end up completely forgetting about it and closing the window before I remember.

4. I don’t care if the books in a series match. I was actually kind of taken aback when I realized people do. Books are books are books. I can’t imagine waiting to buy a book because a store doesn’t have the matching copy. I literally don’t have that much self control. I love books no matter what they look like. BOOKS HAVE FEELINGS, TOO.

5. I can be very judgmental toward other readers. I try not to. I’m a firm believer in reading no matter what that might be, but sometimes I judge people who read nonfiction. That sounds a little backwards because I’ve found it’s usually the other way around but I absolutely hate reading nonfiction. It’s not because I have anything against reality or learning or anything like that. I would just much prefer to watch a documentary than read about it.

6. I have no problem putting a book down unfinished. It’s not that I particularly like doing it but I’m very decisive in my opinions and if I don’t like the beginning plot or hate the main character(s), I won’t finish it.

7. I’m usually in the middle of several books at once. And I have no trouble keeping track of where I am in each. I could literally read a paragraph of one, then a paragraph of another, then the next and rotate between them simultaneously. (I don’t really do that though, it’d be kind of annoying.)

8. I almost never read a book if I’ve seen the movie first. I have no idea why. #2 obviously shows I have no problem knowing the ending first and movies always miss the little details but I can’t seem to stop doing it.

9. I don’t take care of my books as well as I should. And I love it. I’m not saying I rip them or leave them out in the rain or anything like that (I would die first), but I dog ear pages and don’t worry about bending the covers. I like the character it gives to books. I’ve actually had to laminate the covers of my favorite books because I’ve read them so many times.

10. I sometimes collect multiple copies of books. Mostly my favorites and sometimes by accident. The only ones I really deliberately collect are the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. Between the four books, I have 31 copies total.

I had so much fun with this topic and could probably keep going for forever but here’s my top ten. What book/blogging confessions do you have?
-Antonia