Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Items All College Students Need

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hereherehereTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish, and I decided to share my list with all of you also!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a back to school freebie so I thought it would be fun to make my topic:Top Ten Bookish Items All College Students Need !

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1. Floating Bookshelves

Everyone knows that dorm rooms don’t have much space. What better way to organize and display your books than with floating bookshelves?

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2. Olde Book Pillow Classics

These book pillows will make your bed so much cozier.

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3. Agenda

You will almost be excited to write down school assignments in this adorable agenda.

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4. Macbook Book Case

What better way to take classroom notes?

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5. Duvet Cover

You will no longer have nightmares of cliffhangers or love triangles while sleeping in this adorable duvet!

Choose from hundreds of designs here

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6. Book Coaster Set

You’ll actually want to use these classy coasters!

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6. Much Ado About Nothing Sticky Notes

The sticky notes you have been waiting for your whole life.

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7. Great Penguin Book Chase Board Games

Game night has just been taken to a whole other level!

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8. The NovelTea Collection

Because sometimes you just need to unwind after a stressful exam.

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9. Book Scented Candles

Your room will have never smelled better.

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10. Book Light

Yes, of course you should stay up all night reading…

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Review: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

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Author: Kami Garcia

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Publisher: Imprint

Synopsis: I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

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After witnessing the murder of her boyfriend, Frankie is suffering from severe PTSD. Frankie suffers from PTSD so badly, that she barely remembers the murder. When Frankie is caught drunk driving, her parents both agree that it is time for a change. Frankie must change schools and move to her father’s apartment.

I genuinely liked Frankie. Even though there were moments she was not the best friend, when it came down to the nitty-gritty, she would absolutely have her friend’s backs. The same principal stood for Marco. He would protect his family and friends at any cost.

While there are many books with instalove that I cannot stand, The Lovely Reckless was not one of them. Although Frankie and Marco’s relationship isn’t the greatest love story ever told, I did enjoy it. Their relationship was sweet and Frankie and Marco truly cared about each other.

The street racing in this book was a first for me and I really enjoyed learning/reading about it. I love when a book covers an uncommon topic/activity.

This book was such an easy and quick read. I adored it from beginning to end. When I started this book, I needed a fast and effortless read and The Lovely Reckless fit the requirements perfectly. The Lovely Reckless was a solid contemporary read and I would recommend it to all lovers of contemporary!

4 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times & USA Today bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels & the Dangerous Creatures novels, and the author of the instant New York Times bestseller & Bram Stoker Award nominated novels Unbreakable & Unmarked in the Legion Series. Her contemporary romance The Lovely Reckless releases on October 4th (Imprint/Macmillan).

Kami grew up outside of Washington DC, wore lots of black, and spent hours writing poetry in spiral notebooks. When Kami isn’t writing, she lives to bake, watch bad disaster movies, and listen to Soundgarden. She lives in Maryland with her husband, son, daughter, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr, and her website.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

Title: The Book Jumper

Author: Mechthild Glaser

Publication Date: January 3, 2017

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Synopsis:

Amy Lennox doesn’t know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother’s childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy’s new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever cost.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR For Years

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish, and I decided to share my list with all of you also!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR For Years!

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1. Loop by Karen Atkins

This one has mixed reviews, but I still really want to read it!

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2. Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch

This is such a popular series! The last book is coming out very soon, so maybe I’ll start it then.

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3. Winterspell by Claire Legrand

I always thought this Nutcracker retelling would be such an interesting read. I’ll definitely be reading it during Christmas time this year!

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4. A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

I have read the first two books in this series and I still plan on picking up the third and final book to this trilogy.

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5. Splintered by A.G. Howard

The entire series for these books have been completed, so I think it is time for me to start reading them!

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6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

So many people have read this book. It is a short novel so I need to stop putting it off and just read it!

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7. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner

I am waiting until I have all the physical copies of this series before I start this series. I have a feeling that once I start this series, I won’t be able to stop.

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8. Cinder by Marrisa Meyer

I honestly do not know why I have put off this series for so long. I feel as though everyone has read it except for me.

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9. The Martian by Andy Weir

I seriously want to read this book so badly! Why I haven’t sooner? I couldn’t tell ya.

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10. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I love the movie so much, I can only imagine how much I’ll love the book!

Comic Book Review: Warship Jolly Roger & The Complete Maus

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Author: Sylvain Runberg

Publication Date: August 9, 2016

Publisher: Magnetic Press

Synopsis: In gritty, star-spread future, where mankind has colonized planets throughout the galaxy, former Confederation Commander Jon T. Munro was serving a life sentence for a war crime he was forced to commit. When a prison break runs amok, however, he seizes the opportunity to escape with a ragtag team of cons to form a small crew of pirates with one goal in mind: vengeful justice. And the first step in their plan is to steal the battle cruiser he once commanded, a state-of-the-art warship they call “The Jolly Roger”. A visually stunning sci-fi adventure, written by Sylvain Runberg (Millennium), with breathtaking artwork by Miquel Montllo, this epic tale of space pirates and political intrigue combines the emotional depth and excitement of sci-fi favorites such as “Battlestar Galactica” and “Starship Troopers”, with a visual style that leaps off the page like an animated feature film. 

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I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Warship Jolly Roger follows four criminals who have just escaped prison. Munro, a war criminal who was convicted of crimes that he was commanded to do, a smuggler named Kowalski, a female with connections to a rebel group named Alisa, and a mysterious, quiet, and very young boy who answers to the name Thirteen.

This story starts with the prisoner’s escape and follows their adventures as they attempt to capture the President and evade the authorities. Some of the main character’s have flashbacks and we learn the real reasons they have been imprisoned. We even meet some of the main character’s family and friends, which provides the readers with more a background for the characters.

While the artwork was colorful and vivid, I did not find myself overly invested with the character’s stories. By the end of the book, there was only one character I had interest in. I’m not sure if I can see myself continuing on with this series, but if I do, it would only be for one particular character.

3 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author

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You can find Sylvain Runberg on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.


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Title: The Complete Maus

Author: Art Spiegelman

Publication Date: October 2, 2003

Publisher: Penguin Books

Synopsis: Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance.

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I read Maus I and Maus II separate, however, I am going to review them together for convenience’s sake.

When I first heard about this comic book, I was a bit perplexed…a non-fiction comic book in which people are portrayed by animals? I wasn’t so sure about the concept, but after reading many positive reviews, I decided to give these books a shot. I am very happy I did read these books, because it is a story that needs to be told and one that everyone needs to read.

While Vladek Spiegelman had very humble beginnings, he falls in love with young girl, Anja, who has a very rich family. After they are married, he soon has his own textiles shop and couldn’t be happier. It does not take long for things to change once the war begins. Soon, Vladek and Anja’s entire family has been moved out of their homes and are sent to various camps.

At the end of everything, it isn’t Vladek’s money (although it does help at times) that saves him, but it is Vladek’s resourcefulness that keeps Anja and him alive. Vladek’s resourcefulness was astounding. He knew how to drive a good bargain, many that kept him alive, and was also extremely smart.

It was interesting to see how race was portrayed in these books. The Jews was portrayed as mice, as the Nazis saw them as a vermin that needed to be exterminated. Nazis were portrayed as cats, the Polish as pigs, and Americans as dogs. It opens your eyes as to how others see people as what they look like, not who they are. Like I previously stated, everyone needs to read these books. It truly makes you realize how much we take for granted, how much we complain about the most mundane things. It is a breathtaking survival’s tale during one of the most horrific times in history.

4 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author

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Art Spiegelman has been a staff artist and contributing editor at The New Yorker, as well as the cofounder/coeditor of RAW, the acclaimed magazine of avant-garde comics and graphics. In addition to Maus—which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and twice nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award—he is the author of Breakdowns and In the Shadow of No Towers. He lives in New York City with his wife, Françoise Mouly…and a cat.

Yu can find him on Goodreads and Facebook.