Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday (18)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Back To School Books! 
This week's topic was a back to school freebie! Whether you're headed back to school, be it high school or maybe college, or you just want to read some books that will put you in the mindset of going back to school, these are some of my favorites that I think will get you ready! 

1. Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
-It had to be said! So I figured I might as well make it number 1 and get it out of the way! Every book begins (for the most part) with the trio on the Hogwarts Express to start another year, and I can't help but love rereading books from this series during the fall when everyone is headed back to school! 
2.  To All The Boys I've Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
-Quite possibly one of my FAVORITE books about going off to college and trying to adjust, especially if you're more of an introvert. Although in all honesty, I think a lot of people can relate to what Cath goes through her first semester at school. 
5. Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler
-Another one of my favorite books that focuses on going to college and meeting new people. If you like romance at the NA level, this is a good one to start with! I need to read the next book in the Radleigh University Series by Dahlia soon!
6. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
-If you've ever felt like the outcast at school, the one who always got picked on or just never quite fit in, you'll totally feel for Lena in this series. 
7. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
-This book always reminded me of The Outsiders that I read in high school! Two kids meet who are basically from opposite sides of the "track," AKA one comes from the burbs and the other from the sketchier part of town, meet and fall in love. It's absolutely adorable and also a very intense book at the same time.
8. Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1) by Abbi Glines
9. Anatomy of A Misfit by Andrea Portes
10. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
-A new favorite of mine!


  1. Great Top Ten! :D I Can't wait to get my hands on Forever and Always, Lara Jean. That should be good! :D My Top Ten Tuesday!

    1. GIOVANNA THANK YOU THANK YOU for bringing up Forever and Always! I heard rumors a while back about there possibly being a third book in the series but I totally forgot about it and I hadn't heard anything since! I AM SO EXCITED NOW! I think it will be so good! I just added it to my Goodreads board! Can't believe we have to wait so long for it to come out though! Bummer!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Love the list! I'm right there with you on To All the Boys I've Loved Before and PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I really enjoyed those books. I loved Fangirl and Until Friday Night was another good one. So much good stuff!

    1. Jenny's writing is awesome! Whenever I want a good laugh I read those books. and the romance in them is adorable! Lara Jean is just a really unique character though so I appreciate her so much! I actually want to name my next cat after her LOL. weird, but I'm totally doing it!
      Thanks for stopping by Rowena!

  3. So I didn't love Fangirl?! I feel like literally everyone in the book world has and I'm just over here shaking my head and whispering "no". I didn't really like her character and I didn't think her reactions to socializing were particularly realistic, and I even read the book TWICE to make sure of my opinions! I liked Reagan just so much more. But to each their own, I'm in the minority here and I appreciate that. *backs away slowly* Love your list! Have you read any other Maggie Stiefvater books?

    MY TTT

    1. WOW Grace I give you a lot of credit for trying to read it again! When I don't like a book I have a hard enough time getting through it the first time, let alone picking it up again! That's dedication! But like I always say, to each their own, and sometimes I am the same way. I just don't get on with popular books and then I feel horrible because everyone else adored them! Perfect example is Illuminae. I had an ARC of it for AGES and i tried it like three times (only getting like 20 or so pages through it). By the third time when I hit page 100 and still wasn't liking it I gave up completely. It's not even worth it if you have to force yourself to read something. Reading is my hobby! But I loved Cath so much partly because I related to her experience her first semester of college. I had a rough go of it too, but I can see where you are coming from!
      I have also read the rest of the books in the Shiver series by Stiefvater (it's one of my favorite series all time) and I read all of the Raven Cycle. I did not get on with the Raven Cycle as much as everyone else did (another black sheep for that series) but they were decent! I just couldn't fathom the hype. I think I rated like all of them 3 stars on Goodreads.

  4. Great list, Emily! Fangirl is such a perfect pick. I liked it but tbh it wasn't my favorite by Rowell (issue #1: I didn't care about the fan-fic and found myself skimming it and issue #2: I often wanted to shake some sense into Cath). But it really is a great book for those who are nervous about starting school and worried about how to navigate and fit in. I have Last Will & Testament on my Kindle and need to read it soon! It looks like one I will love. Perfect Chemistry - I have been meaning to read this for SO LONG! I have a friend that *loves* that book and is always asking "have you read it yet?" And Until Friday Night is an awesome pick. I would probably add The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I think it'd be great for those concerned about being different or fitting in and making friends.

    1. The Problem with Forever has been on my TBR for a few weeks now! I think ever since I saw your review on it (you reviewed it, right? it's the one with the bright and colorful cover? or am i thinking of something else?)! So I will have to see if my library has that one soon or I might just order it!
      And i agree with your statement on Fangirl. I actually never got into the whole fan fic aspect of the book community, even when I was growing up, so I can't really appreciate Fangirl for that aspect of it, but I loved the rest of it so much. My first year away at college was similar to Cath's experience so I cried a bit reading her struggles with college! It's always great when you can relate to the protagonist so much!

    2. OH! and I forgot to add: I bought Perfect Chemistry from Simone at a conference two years ago. she was signing her books and I walked up to her and introduced myself and said I wanted to purchase one of her books but wasn't sure where to start. She recommended Perfect Chemistry and I am so glad she did! I have to say, she is an EXTREMELY down to earth author and genuinely nice! And her characters are in-depth and hilarious. I love that book so much, so YES! Whoever your friend is that has been telling you to read this one, they are totally right!

    3. I actually *haven't* reviewed TPWF yet. I read it back in June but I am horribly behind in writing reviews. Like, 15 books behind. Eeek! So unlike me but I've felt totally off my reviewing groove for a while now. *cries*

      Oh gosh, sounds like you really connected with Cath. I love when I truly feel a connection to a character but sometime, depending on what they're going through, it can also be an emotional experience.

      That is so great that you got to meet Simone and get her input on which book to start with! I love meeting an author who is completely down to earth and so easy to talk to. Katie McGarry was like that. I honestly felt like I could have pulled up a chair and just talked to her all day - not as author/reader but just as friends. She was so genuine and even though our talk was brief and I'll remember the things she shared with me.

      Btw, the friend that has been urging me to read Perfect Chemistry is Hope Ortego. Do you watch any BookTubers on YouTube? I follow a couple and Hope and I have become friends. She is like a ray of sunshine. I love her videos and our chats.

    4. 15 books! HOLY GUACAMOLE TANYA! and I thought i was bad about keeping up on reviews! LOL. I have been working hard on my list though and I only have like 2 books to go. I wish I was better about writing my reviews right after I finish the book!

      And no I haven't heard of Hope! But i do love watching YouTube so I will go and find her now!! I watch YouTube videos in the morning instead of TV.

    5. I know, I know! I used to write my reviews *immediately* after I finished a book. Like, the next day they were done. But I've now been slacking since May and have only written a couple. I think I've been really dissatisfied with my reviews and that makes me put off writing them. *sigh*

      And here's a link to Hope's channel just in case you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/user/hopeortego

    6. Thanks Tanya! I subscribed to her! I haven't had a chance to watch any of her videos yet, but I'm hoping I will get a chance before work tomorrow!

  5. Checking out your back to school list now and I just love how there are so many books set at schools that our lists hardly duplicate each other at all. Can't believe I forgot to include Beautiful Creatures on mine either. Great read!

    1. I LOVE books with school settings! I can't wait to see which ones you suggested on your list Suzanne! and Beautiful Creatures is one of my favorite series so I felt inclined to include it!:) i even liked the movie, even though most people didn't. I am kind of bummed they didn't continue producing the films for the rest of the books in the series!

  6. Oh, I love Fangirl. It's definitely a good look at going to college or doing something very different. I didn't live on campus, like Cath, but I could still relate to her in a lot of ways. And YES, Harry Potter! I love that so much of the early books focuses on their lives at school. It's great fun.


    1. I only lived on campus for one semester before I changed schools but it was an adjustment for sure!
      Thanks for stopping by Lauren!


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