Top Ten Tuesday:Top Ten Books of 2016

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2016 was a very good book year. I read 117 books which isn’t as much as I’ve read in previous years, but I’ve had a lot of homework so whatever.

1.The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde.

I don’t read a lot of classics, but this one is A+. It’s really hard to get into, but there’s just so amazing about it that it’s completely worth it. It’s done in a really interesting way that makes you you think about it for a long time afterwards Review

2.  11/22/63 by Stephen King

This is the year that I caved  and finally read a stephen king book and boy was it great. I love time travel and 11/22/63 is everything I ever wanted in a timetravel book. It was just so great and even though it was like 800 pages I flew right through it. Review

3.The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

2016 was also the year where I discovered that I love books that alternate between past and present. The Secret Keeper was the first book that I read like this, and it was amazing. The plot twist was one of the bests that I’ve ever read. Review

4.Columbine by Dave Cullen.

I’ve never read a non-fiction book before,but this one was really really good. It was very easy to read, but also very hard as the subject matter was a tough one.It’s a very important read, and I’m really glad that I read it. Review

5.Making Faces by Amy Harmon.

Amy Harmon is such a great writer. Her plot is stellar,her characters are great, and the romance is always super adorable. Making faces was both adorable and tragic, and was just overall an amazing read. I really can’t read to read more of her books in 2017. Review

6.Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.

I absolutely love Jodi Picoult, and I honestly believe that this is one of the most important books she has ever written. Small Great Things is an extremely important book about race. Though I can’t speak for people of color, I think that she tackled the issue  very well, while making sure  to not speak over people of color. Review

7.The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom.

I love Mitch Albom and have read all of his books expect for his memoir, and I think that this one is his best. It’s really originally and interesting, and has the greatest vibe to it.It’s kind of different from his other books but in a really great way.

8.Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas.

This book really puts you on edge. It’s so good, and really sets the standards for all thrillers. If all thrillers were like this, I would like thrillers a lot more. It’s so creepy and unhinging and just really great Review

9.More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

This book is so heartbreaking in such a great way. After reading this book, I will read whatever he writes. He’s such a great writer, and knows how to write characters so well. The twist had me reeling and just overall everything was amazing. I cannot wait to read History is All You Left Me, I know it’s going to be amazing. Review

10.Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.

I love Alice Oseman, and this book definitely tops Solitaire. it’s so amazingly diverse and just so relatable and amazing. I love Aled and Frances, and just Radio Silence has really set in stone the fact that Alice Oseman is one of my favorite authors.

So that’s my  top ten favorite books of 2016! What about you?What books did you really enjoy this year?

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Top Ten Tuesday:Top Ten All Time Favorite Movies

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I love movies,I love shitty movies, I like good movies, I just really love movies. So without further ado, here are my top ten favorite movies.

1.The Perks Of Being a Wallflower

I love this movie, it’s my favorite movie of all time. I’ve watched it sooo many times, and I never get sick of it. The rawness of it, the amazing actors, the humor,the cinematography and the soundtrack are elements that make this a movie that I can come back to time and time again.

2.Les Intouchables.

This is a french movie about am unlikely friendship that forms between a quadrapelegic millionaire and  his caretaker. It’s touching, heart breaking and hilarious.I’ve watched it like 3 times, but those three times was like in the span of two months. It’s truly an amazing film.

3. The Martian.

This is probably one of the best book to movie adaptations I’ve ever seen. it’s so incredibly faithful to the book, and it’s just A+.  Matt Damon is fantastic,and the movie is just hilarious and epic. One of the best sci-fi movies I’ve ever watched

4.Mockingjay:Part 2

Now I love all of the Hunger Games movies, but there’s something just extra great about this one. They managed to make an amazing movie based off a book that was pretty mediocre, plus I cried a lot.

5.Beauty and The  Beast

Gotta throw in a Disney  princess movie. Belle is my favourite princess and that library is goals.I can’t wait for the remake.

6.Brother Bear.

Another cartoon. It’s just soo good and so sad. This is another one that had me bawling.

7.Big Fish.

This is like a family tradition with my dad and sister.We’ve probably watched like a billion times. It’s so odd and eccentric, and just great.

8.High School Musical.

I’m not even kidding, I love these movies. They’re so pure and great. I will never not belt out a High School Musical song.

9.Sound Of Music.

I love a bunch of musicals, but the Sound of The music will always be my favourite. 3 Hours of amazing songs and Julie Andrews. Plus this is the movie that calmed me down at 3 in the morning after my earache, so this movie holds a special place in my heart

10.Harry Potter Series

I can’t mention my favourite movies without mentioning Harry Potter. It does have its flaws, but the nostalgia is too hard not to mention it. Emma Watson,Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe are A+.

 

What are your favourite movies?

Top Ten Tuesday:Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes Historical Fiction.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by brokeandbookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes _______.

1.The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

It’s impossible for me to talk about Historical Fiction without talking about my favourite book, The Book Thief. It’s beautiful, and amazing, and I’ll always recommend it.You need to read it.

2.The Luxe by Anna Godbesern

This is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s  set during the turn of the century, and it’s just basically  a bunch of perspectives as they deal with their love lives. It’s extremely addictive and the characters are great.If you’re looking for a lighter historical fiction, this one is great.

3.The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.

The Storyteller is about a baker named Sage who strikes up a friendship with this old man. As their friendship grows,the man asks Sage to kill him. Sage refuses but the man confesses that he was a Nazi officer. Faced with the moral dilemma, Sage begins to wonder if she has the right to kill him. Like any Picoult book, it’s an amazing book about the moral decisions we must make,with amazing characters and the classic twist.

4.And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.

Hosseini is one of the the most talented authors I’ve ever read, and I think And The Mountains Echoed is my favourite.This book alternates between multiple perspectives over a long period of time, all around the world from Kabul to San Francisco. And The Mountains Echoed, is about family, love and loss that occur in so many different circumstances. It’s a beautiful story filled with a complex and intricate storyline, and unique and diverse characters.

5.The Lace Reader by Brumonia Barry

The Lace Reader is about a woman who can read the future in lace patterns. As she comes back to her hometown, she must face her tragic past. The setting of this story is very unique, and the whole story has a very whimsical air to it. This is another book where the plot twist will have you reeling.

6. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

This is about a german girl who’s very close to Adolf Hitler but then begins to think about how bad he is when she meets this journalist. It’s a really  original perspective and just a+. I need to get my hands on the sequel.7

7.Code Name verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity is about a female pilot and a female spy who become best friends. The story is soo good and the ending is really tragic. Elizabeth Wein is a fantastic author who really knows how to craft story.

 

Okay so i’m too tired to come up with 10 historical fiction novels so here’s my top 10 tuesday.Links yours down below!

 

Top Ten Tuesday:Top Books on my Fall TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by TheBrokeandTheBookish

So I usually don’t have a concrete plan of the books I want to read, and I usually just play it by ear. But I do have a general idea of books I’d like to get to soon. So without further ado here are my top books I want to read this fall!

  1. Winter by Marissa Meyer

I’ve read the first three books in this series, and I just really want to finish this off. My school library has a copy of it, so I hope to finish it off soon. I might need to reread the series first because I  don’t remember anything in this story

2.Dangerous Girls by  Abigail Hass

I’ve heard this book is a like a psychological thriller, and I like those, and it seems cool plus my school library has it so I want to pick it up  (Update:okay so this was written a week in advance, and since then I’ve read it, and it’s amazing!! Review

3.The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley

I recently read The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley, and really enjoyed it, so I’m excited to pick up a  a new book by her. I got this from the library and it’s overdue and yeah… (I read this too! Review

4.Columbine by Dave Cullen

I’m just really  interested in things like school shootings, and this book amazing, so I want to read it. I got for like 10 cents,and yeah.

5.Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

I read Before I die by her, wasn’t the biggest fan but this sounds really good plus I’m pretty sure one of the character is a lesbian?? idk that’s just what I heard , so I’m really excited to read this book.

6.The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I read Paying Guests by her and really enjoyed so my library has this one, so I want to pick it up eventually.It’s set during the early 1900s which is one my favourite time periods to read about, so I’m really excited.

7. A Man Called Ove by Frederick Bachman.

I read My Grandmother Asked me To Tell You She’s Sorry and absolutely loved it. I think this one is his more famous one, and looks really good.I got this book for like 25 cents  and I’m really looking forward to diving in this one.

8. Humans by Robert J Sawyer.

I recently read the first book in this series and thought it was really interesting, and I’m really excited to see where this book will go.

9.Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

I’m trying to convince my mom to let me get it out of her university library, because I really want to read it. I usually don’t like non-fiction but I don’t know, this might make me change my mind?who knows

10.Chamber of Secrets by J.k Rowling.

I keep telling myself that I’m going to reread harry potter, and I never get around to it. Maybe i will this fall??probably not but one can wish.

What are some books on your fall tbr?

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday:Top Ten Albums

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week is an audio freebie, so I decided to  do my top albums. Now  my music taste is pretty boring, and these albums are like the only music I ever listen to but yeah anyway let’s get into this. Since I don’t have that many favourite albums, I think I’ll also do a favourite and least favourite song for each album

1.American Beauty/American Psycho by Fall out Boy

I love this Album so much, and all the songs on it are such perfection,and  I think it’s probably one of my fave Fall Out Boy songs

Favorite:Jet Pack Blues

Least Favourite:Novaccaine

2. Badlands  by Halsey

Idk Halsey isn’t something I would normally listen to, but her songs are just really catchy, and though I can’t relate at all to anything she sings about it, I really like her album

Favourite:Coming Down

Least Favourite: I Walk the Line

3.Night Visions by Imagine Dragons.

Now I’m not  as  obsessed with Imagine Dragons as I used to be, but it’s the first band I really liked and if any of the songs were to come on I would definitely sing along

Favorite:Demons

Least Favourite:Hear me

4.Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out Boy

Seeing as Fall Out Boy is my favourite band I had to include more than 1 album by them.This was Fall Out Boy’s comeback album and I think they did a very job, and it’s very different from their old stuff but still very good

Favourite:Alone Together

Least Favourite:Where did the Party Go

5. Hamilton Cast Album

This is a recent discovery but I really love Hamilton, and I think it’s really well done and constructed in a really amazing race. It’s really clever and I really love all the songs and the story

Favorite:Non-Stop

Least Favourite:Farmer Refuted

So that it’s, my music taste is very broad, which is why I only have five albums but whatever.

What are your favourite Albums?

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books of Realistic Fiction

img_4188-3Top Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s topic is top ten favorite books of any genre. I chose realistic fiction as i find it’s the genre i reach for the most.I define Realistic fiction as kind of the adult version of contemporary? I don’t know if that’s the correct defintion, but that’s how i define it so let’s get into this. ( This is like two days late but yolo)

1.I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

This wouldn’t be a favorites post without me mentioning my all time author. I am The Messenger is so diffirent, yet just as amazing as  The Book Thief.It’s a book filled with amazing characters and rich themes and I highly recommend it

2.The Storyteller  by Jodi Picoult.

This is technically considered as a historical fiction, but i just had to include it. Jodi picoult is one of my favorite authors and this my favorite book by her. It’s such an interesting perspective and is done such a sensitive way. As with any of her books, the writing is amazing as is the characters and there’s the classic Picoult twist.

3. My Grandmother Asked me To Tell you She’s Sorry by Frederick Backman

This is a recent favourite and it’s just so beautiful and endearing. It took me a while to really get into it, but once I did I loved it so much. It’s told from the perspective of a seven year old and just there’s so many great life lessons, and as a great bonus there’s tons of Harry Potter references.

4.The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Again kind of Historical fiction, but like not really so I’m going to include it. This book has one of my favourite storytelling techniques which is a past and present timeline, and The Secret Keeper did such a good job with it,and it was just so interesting.Plus the plot twist at the end was jaw dropping

5.The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

While all of Mitch Albom’s books are great I think this is my favourite one. It’s just such an interesting read, and  it’s really unique. There’s a kind of Shadow of The Wind feel( idk that just might be me) and it’s just so whimsical and magical.I just really loved it.

6. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

This was one of my favourites books of 2015, and I just cannot rave enough about this week. It’s so heartbreaking, and is told in such a way that makes you really put yourself in the character’s shoes and wonder what it would be to go through what they were going through. The characterization was amazing, and the author did an amazing job of handling the subject of Alzheimers. I really want to read her other books one day

7.A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

This is one of those classics that can be read anyone, and it’s one that I think everyone should read. It’s a really simple book, but it’s just beautiful it’s in simplicity.Even if you’re not a fan of classics, you should still read it. It reads like a realistic fiction novel today, and it’s just so rich

8. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseni

I’ve read two of Khaled’s books, and both were amazing, but this one was just a little better than The Kite Runner. Khaled Hosseini just has  a way with words,and he’s just able to craft such an amazing story.He tells devastating tales and yet there’s something so beautiful about them. He’s one of the most talented writers I’ve encountered.

 Okay so I couldn’t quite come up with 10, but eight is just as good right?

What are your favourite realistic fiction books?

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday:Top Ten Favourite TV Shows

img_4188-3So I’ve always seen people do this, and it seems fun so let’s get into this. Top Ten Tuesday was creating by brokeandbookish.com. This week’s subject is tv themed and I decided to do my Top Ten Favourite Tv Shows which is hard I know but l’m going to try my best.

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I was super late into the game watching this, mainly because I was like 2  when this first came out, but I discovered  two falls ago, and it’s safely safe it’s one of the best shows I’ve ever watched. I’m so excited for some Rory and Lorelia this fall

2.Veronica Mars     Unknown-1

Kristen Bell is a wonder and a gift to this world, and Veronica Mars is one of the spunky and awesome characters ever. I don’t like detectives stories that much but this one I love more than anything.

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This is one of the only comedies I really watch and it’s just so funny and it’s amazing they can pack so much jokes into just twenty minutes.Plus there’s the diverse cast which is such a great bonus, along with a lot of great subjects discussed. If you haven’t watched this show you’re missing out.

4.   Doctor  Who

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I love this show, the only problem I have with it is the fact that I can’t stand the 11th doctor which is why i so often forget about it. It is simultaneously my favourite and least favourite show ever. I love the Ninth and Tenth Doctor and I love those seasons but I just can’t stand the 11th doctor. Despite that fact Doctor Who will always be a favourite.

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Another one that I often forget about. I love season 1-5 of Supernatural, and then after there are bits and pieces that I really enjoy, but it reached a point where it got to be much, and I just didn’t care. I’ve stopped watching it, the last episode I watched was the musical one which was really good but I’m never going to continue it. They need to learn how to stop

6.The  4400   Unknown-3

This is one of the  most underrated shows I’ve ever watched. I’ve never seen anyone talking about and it  really makes me sad because it’s such a good show. To give you the gist of it, 44400 people  disappear across a period of about 80 years, one day in modern day seattle they return in a ball of light with newfound abilities. It’s kind of like Heroes but different and it’s just so good. It’s on Netflix.

7.The Fosters

MAIA MITCHELL, HAYDEN BYERLY, DAVID LAMBERT, SHERRI SAUM, TERI POLO, CIERRA RAMIREZ, JAKE T. AUSTIN

This show is really nothing special but I just really like it. It’s super diverse and most of the characters are awesome, and I just really really like it. I haven’t finished season three yet, but everything I have watched I’ve enjoyed. Plus Connor/Jude for life

8. 12 Monkeys

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Another super underrated one,it’s a great time travel story filled with tons of twists and turns that’s based off of the movie with Brad Pitt.It has two seasons, and the third one is coming out in 2017 and it’s just really good

9. Pretty Little Liars

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I have a love hate relationship with this show, but I’ve suffered through seven seasons of it so that has to mean something right? I think it’s a lot of the times really stupid, but that doesn’t stop me from getting excited every tuesday, and I cannot wait for April so yeah it’s one of my favourites though I know there’s a lot of flaws

10. Shadowhunters

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I feel like it’s a little too early for me to call it a favourite but the first season was amazing and I can’t wait to see what they do with the show.