top six favorite authors

top ten tuesday

top ten tuesday is a weekly feature started by the broke and the bookish! you can find more information about it here.

this week’s top ten six was a struggle. i’ve been feeling a blogging slump and even the simplest thing – like making a list of my favorite authors – was difficult. i dunno; i’ve just been feeling out of it. i don’t know how to elaborate. anyway, here’s my list of favorite authors:

there are tons of authors that could also be considered my favorites, but i didn’t want to add them to the list because i only read one or two books of their books. would they really count as my favorite author? i feel like it’s a bit unfair to only judge by one book – even if i really really loved it. thus, the extremely short list.

who are your favorite authors? let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

alexandra

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top ten inspiring quotes

top ten tuesday

top ten tuesday is a weekly feature started by the broke and the bookish! you can find more information about it here.

i’m a lover of quotes and words. as cheesy as it sounds, they keep me going in life. when i come across a good quote, i stop and ponder about life for a bit.. maybe even get into an existential crisis. this week’s top ten tuesday was a struggle and a pleasure. here is my list of quotations that speak to my soul:

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okay, so maybe that last quote doesn’t count because it wasn’t actually from a book buuuuuut john green is an author.. all of these quotes have made my ponder life and have shaped the person i am today ❤

what are your favorite quotations from books? what do they say about you?

xoxo,

alexandra

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#GIRLPOWER (TTT)

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top ten tuesday is a weekly feature started by the broke and the bookish! you can find more information about it here.

heroes are great, but heroines are even better. #GIRLSRULE! i was so excited when i read this week’s top ten tuesday because.. heroines! you know, the girls who are epic, kickass, and a hopeless romantic? yeah, i’m talking about those girls. in no particular order, here are my top ten favorite heroines.

  1. {reyna from the heroes of olympus series; by rick riordan} heroines can be side characters, right? if there’s anyone who is a hero, it’s reyna. she deserves waaayyy more credit than she gets. the romans would be lost without her. (actually, they would have octavian, who is 10000x worse than having no leader at all.)
  2. {ruby daly from the darkest minds trilogy; by alexandra bracken} um.. if there’s a series i talk about too much, it’s the darkest minds. ruby is so epic and goes through a tremendous amount of character development i just love her so much.
  3. {june iparis from the legend trilogy; by marie lu} june is too smart for words. not only was she the republic’s prodigy and cracked all the codes, she made the right decisions in the end because she’s.. june! if i had to choose an all-time favorite female character, i would probably choose june.
  4. {tris prior from the divergent series; by veronica roth} there is a reason why tris is the FOURth girl on my list *wink wink* there are a million reasons why tris is a hero: selfless, brave, smart, DIVERGENT. the reasons why she’s brave is too obvious. i’m not even going to try explaining.
  5. {isabelle lightwood from the mortal instruments series; by cassandra clare} IZZY! i have no words. if you’ve read tmi, you would know that izzy’s simple existence screams, “badass hero.”
  6. {kestrel trajan from the winner’s curse series; by marie rutkoski} maybe i’m choosing kestrel because i just finished the book, or maybe i’m choosing her because kestrel is so good. she’s not scary and inhuman, but she’s a genuinely good person. you rarely see that nowadays. she has the ability to be powerful, but she chooses differently.
  7. {annabeth chase from the percy jackson series; by rick riordan} i didn’t want to choose two characters from the same series, but this doesn’t count right? i mean, she was also in hoo, but she was the star of the show in pjo. daughter of athena, you are the boss.
  8. {cammie morgan from the gallagher girls series; by ally carter} no one really talks about cammie, but we musn’t forget that she’s a super epic spy. i mean, she can switch between fourteen languages during lunch. who does that? she also deals with crazy ops and is in high school while this is all going on.
  9. {tessa gray from the infernal devices series; by cassandra clare} how do i begin to describe tessa? she’s.. no words. (also, the luckiest girl in the worlds because WILL HERONDALE.)
  10. {cinder from the lunar chronicles; by marissa meyer} cinder is a cyborg that is super, unintentionally rebellious. we’re rooting for you cinder! you are the best, and don’t let the crazy lunars make you feel less.

girls, just remember to stay fierce and be beyoncé.

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who are your favorite heroines? let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

alexandra

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top 10 new year’s resolutions

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top ten tuesday is a weekly feature started by the broke and the bookish! you can find more information about it here.

twenty-fourteen is nearly over and i have no words. i would be reminiscent and say all the fabulous things that occurred in the past year, but i’ll save that for tomorrow’s “farewell and foresight” post. i suppose it’s time to make a list of resolutions. most people create a list, forget the list by mid-january, then move on with their year. two years ago, i decided to make my resolutions into reality. i created a .pages file entitled, “new year’s resolutions,” and every year i have my list and cross out the things i’ve accomplished in the past year.

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i won’t have the same things on the .pages file as on this blog simply because everything is kind of vague. “dress better” and “wake up earlier” are too open and more as goals for myself. and since i’m a firm believer in goal-making, i easily have ten goals in every category of my life.. so i present to you, my top ten bookish/blog goals of 2015:

  • buy less books because i’m a compulsive book-buyer
  • sleep before 2am. if i need to read/blog, do it in the morning.
  • attend a book-ish event (author signing, expo, etc.)
  • continue blogging. i usually try something out for a few months, then give up and move onto something else. i want to keep blogging in my life.
  • contact publishers (when i feel ready, but) sometime this year
  • read 60 books
  • learn to schedule posts at least weeks beforehand
  • visit the strand! (part of the “going to new york” goal)
  • comment and interact more with others since i really don’t do that sorry guys
  • move to wordpress.org!

what are your goals for the new year? are you excited as i am?

xoxo,

alexandra

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BEST OF THE BEST: 2014 (TTT)

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top ten tuesday is a weekly feature started by the broke and the bookish! you can find more information about it here.

i wanted to make this a “regular” top ten tuesday post, in which i just list out ten books, but then i saw mitchii’s epic post and i just had to copy do something similar sorry mitchii. i didn’t read enough books to do this list justice but anyway, i present to you.. the top books i read in 2014 (which isn’t a lot tbh):


 NEW TO THE CREW (best debut novel: standalone/starter)

just one day; by gayle forman – so this book kinda changed my perspective on a lot of things. it’s definitely on the list of most influential books. if you don’t know what it’s about, you’d think this is a typical contemporary-romance novel. i mean, it has a girl/boy holding hands on the cover. NO DUH. but it’s so much more than that. i feel like this book is more about self-growth than anything else.

FOLLOWING THROUGH (best sequel/part of a series)

cress (book three of the lunar chronicle series); by marissa meyer – ohmygodthisbookwassogood. words cannot describe how good this book was. most definitely on the top five books of 2014. without a doubt. i loved the plot, characters, descriptions, writing style, pacing, everything.

FINEST FINALE (best conclusion in a series)

city of heavenly fire (book six in the mortal instruments series); by cassandra clare – i was never a huge fan of the tmi series simply because i believed it could’ve ended at book three and the writing was meh. i hardly even remember what happened in book four and five (still don’t actually). this series was at a 2.5/5 stars, but this book brought it up to a 4.5/5 stars. the entire book (all 700+ pages) was fantastic and so satisfying. it made me glad she continued the series. that’s how good it was. i’m officially a cassie clare fan.

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE (best contemporary standalone/series)

anna and the french kiss series; by stephanie perkins – thinking about this book makes me squeal. i read a lot of contemporary books this year, so it was really hard to choose. everyone should read this simply because it is adorable and joyful and everyone needs happiness in their life. my favorite part was how all the books connected together. it’s a companion series; each novel was an independent story, but they all connect together beautifully and i just.. *sighs happily*

COVER PORN (most beautiful cover)

shatter me trilogy; by tahereh mafi – this was actually so hard to choose, but i decided on the shatter me trilogy because 1) they all match, 2) they’re all beautiful, and 3) omg that eye. i’m in love. you can tell the details and change in the eyes as juliette’s change in character. i love it.

EVIL IS GOOD (best/favorite antagonist)

mara dyer from the mara dyer trilogy; by michelle hodkin – does mara count as a villain/antagonist? i don’t think so.. but i’m not entirely sure. she sometimes thinks like one and acts like one, but is she a villain? if she were, i would choose her.

warner from the shatter me trilogy; by tahereh mafi – *screams*

the darkling from the grisha trilogy; by leigh bardugo – probably one of the most conflicting characters to ever exist. i don’t know what to feel. also the strangest most conflicting love triangle/square/hexagon/octagon/thing ever.

ignifex from cruel beauty; by rosamund hodge – making me choose only one antagonist is laughable. i like all the bad guys okay

DREAM TEAM (best non-romantic relationship)

reyna and nico from the blood of olympus (book five of heroes of olympus series); by rick riordan – thinking about the two of them makes me want to cry from happiness. the two of them are the most unlikely of friendships, but their chemistry is just perfect. they work together perfectly and trust each other and *getting emotional* i’m sorry i can’t do this

SHIP SHIP SHIP (best romantic relationship)

isla and josh from isla and the happily ever after; by stephanie perkins –this was actually so hard to choose, i cannot think of a more adorable couple. i love them to death. but if you ask for my other favorites.. well, there’s….

LIONHEART (best hero/heroine)

reyna from the blood of olympus (book five of heroes of olympus series); by rick riordan – i didn’t want to choose someone from a book i’ve already chosen, but reyna certainly deserves this. i never put much thought on reyna before this book, but ohmygoodness she kicks ass. she is so admirable and heroic. there’s no other way to say this. it’s not only that she’s a good fighter, but she’s an amazing person and basically perfect in every way amirite. (when i say perfect, i mean perfectly imperfect)

YOU DESERVE THE PRAISE (author of the year)

rainbow rowell (author of eleanor & park, fangirl, attachments, and landline) – if you don’t know who rainbow rowell is, where have you been this past year? you need to read her stuff right now. her writing never disappoints me. i don’t even know what’s so exceptional about it, i just.. so good. her stories are all realistic and relatable. LOVE.

STANDING OVATION (best overall series/standalone)

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the darkest minds trilogy; by alexandra bracken

number of times i wanted to give this series/book-in-this series/author another award: six really too many. and there are only ten (excluding this one) awards in total.

technically this shouldn’t count because i read the darkest minds last year, but i did read never fade and in the afterlight this year so… whatever. this is my favorite trilogy ever. every single book was good; i can’t even choose a favorite. words actually cannot describe my thoughts on this trilogy i just… please read it. that’s all i can really say. read it now. warning: your emotions will be all over the place.

if you’re wondering what other awards i would’ve given this series.. best sequel, best conclusion, best non-romantic relationship (ruby/chubs), best romantic relationship (ruby/liam), best hero/heroine (ruby), author of the year. the darkest minds never fade in the afterlight


that concludes the awards of 2014! i spent some time looking through my list over and over again, so i know all of these books/authors mentioned deserved everything they got. technically my list was longer than ten, but.. i just had to include every single one of these books.

xoxo,

alexandra

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: winter tbr

top ten tuesday is a weekly feature started by the broke and the bookish! you can find more information about it here.

oh, winter. i can finally read books about christmas and snow without feeling ridiculous for having urges to sing something from michael buble’s christmas cd. but now that starbuck has their holiday cups and the radio is officially playing christmas songs, i think it’s time.

i enjoy reading books set in freezing cold conditions because los angeles never snows. if it does, it only lasts twenty minutes – out of the entire winter (and that only happened once).

top ten books on my winter tbr:

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  1. {my true love gave to me; stephanie perkins} i’ve been anxious to read this since it came out, but i didn’t want to start until it was officially winter (aka december).
  2. {let it snow; john green, maureen johnson, lauren myracle} this is one of the three “re-read” books on this list. i feel like let it snow is a necessary read for every winter. it doesn’t matter that i’ve read it before; i’m reading it again.
  3. {secret santa; sabrina james} i actually have no idea what this book is about, but my friend let me borrow it and is forcing urging me to pick it up.
  4. {dash and lily’s book of dares; rachel cohn, david levithan} also don’t know what this is about, except that it’s cute, contemporary, and set in the winter(?). i desperately need some fluff in my life.
  5. {something real; heather demetrios} i’ve been dying to read this book ever since i found out it existed. not winter theme-ed, but contemporary! what better excuse to read some fluff in the fluffiest time of year? (fluffy flurries flying! okay i’ll stop now) i love stories that play out like this, and i’m really hoping someone will get it for me this christmas. (hint hint wink wink)
  6. {the coldest girl in coldtown; holly black} this book is cold and i should read it during a cold season. aka now. (also don’t know what it’s about*)
  7. {blankets; craig thompson} i found out about this book from sanne @ booksandquills and really wanted to read it. it’s a graphic novel set in winter, so i suppose i should read it now.
  8. {shadow and bone; leigh bardugo} for some reason, i really want to re-read this book and i’m getting cold just thinking about it.
  9. {a little something different; sandy hall} apparently this is a love story (yay more fluff!) that is told from everyone except the two main characters. sounds interesting and reminds me of new years eve.
  10. {charmed and dangerous; lisi harrison} this is the prequel book to the clique series, which were sadly basically my childhood. (there’s a whole ‘nother story about that) it’s set in new years eve, which is generally a time for reminiscence and new beginnings. re-reading this book would fill me with an unbearable amount of nostalgia, which i find fitting.

*these explanations are useless because a) i generally don’t know the summary of books i read, b) i’m constantly repeating myself and c) rambling. *whispers sorry*

also, sorry for the semi-hiatus! i had a performance this past weekend (the nutcracker! way to get into the holiday spirit) and i’m just barely getting back from my slump. you probably won’t see me very often for a few weeks.

what are the books you’re reading this winter? let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

alexandra

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: series i want to start

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XAN FAILS: top ten tuesday

alright, i was not aware ‘top ten tuesdays’ were actually a thing created by the broke and the bookish.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: bookstagram-ers

i’ve decided to post these types of things every tuesday after i was inspired by hardcovers and heroines (you should definitely check out her blog btw). in honor of the start, i would like to dedicate it to the reason i started book blogging: bookstagram. if you’re not familiar with the term, “bookstagram” basically means book-instagram. bookstagram-ers post pictures of books on their instagram feed and share their love for books. i’ve met so many amazing people and seen so many amazing pictures. it was truly very difficult to choose my top ten. it may be different in the future; it might not. but for now, i present to you my top ten favorite book-based instagram accounts(!), in no particular order:

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