Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books Outside of My Usual Reading Type

It’s actually going to just be Top 5 this week, because I don’t read outside of my comfort zone enough…lol

First up is:

  • On Pointe Lorie Ann Grover

I love dance books, so naturally I was interested in this book. What made this book unique though, is the fact that it was written in free verse.  I’ve only read one other book written this way (If I Stay, which I loved), so I was a bit unsure. This book is so beautiful though, and having it written in free verse really adds to its beauty I think. I really, really loved this book. I borrowed it from the library, but I would love to own this one someday. It’s been almost a year since I’ve read it, and yet I still think about it. On Pointe was definitely one of the best books I read in 2015.

Next on my list is:

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

This book is a memoir of sorts, and I never read memoirs. Honestly, I don’t read a whole lot of non-fiction to begin with, so I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into with this one. This book was good though; really good, and really well-written also!

Another unique read for me was:

  • The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

This is an adult fiction novel, and for the most part, I read YA. I do, however, like to expand past that sometimes, which is why I decided to read The Book of Speculation. For the most part, this book was really mysterious and intriguing, and was quite enjoyable!

After that, I’ve got:

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

I don’t read a lot of classics. I’m trying to read more of them, because I want to experience and read books of all types, but in all honesty, classics are not my typical go-to genre. This book was a good one though! I read it around Halloween time, which was perfect because this is a very spooky and mysterious book!

And lastly:

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic

I never read compilations like this. Despite that, this was still a rather fun, easy read, and a very Christmas-y book, that I enjoyed reading over the holidays. 🙂

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed this little list of mine! Let me know what you thought, and thanks for reading. 🙂

  
Hey everyone! The lovely people over at Bookidote nominated me for The Infinity Dreams Award!  They have been super nice, and very welcoming to me as I’ve just recently joined the book blogging community. I definitely recommend checking out their blog. 👌

You can check out their answers 👉 here 👈

RULES

– Thank and follow the blog that nominated you
– Tell us 11 facts about yourself
– Answer the questions that were set for you to answer
– Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them
BOOKIDOTE’S QUESTIONS

1.What was the best dream you’ve ever had? (If you remember any)

This probably sounds pretty silly, but the best dream I’ve had (that I can think of right now) would probably have to be when I dreamt I could do 10 flawless pirouettes. In real life, I, unfortunately, can only do 2 pirouettes on my best day…😔😜

2.On the bad days, how do you cheer yourself up?

When I’m upset, I have to be by myself. So, usually I find some place I can be alone, and then I read, listen to music, pray, etc. Fresh air always helps too, so if I can, I’ll either go outside or at least open a window. 

3.If you had to sum up your life in 10 or less words, what would they be?

Jesus, family, pets, books, dance, food, sunshine, sleep, schoolwork – that’s about it. 😂


4.What books would you like to see become a movie?

I think The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart would make a good movie. Also, I’m still waiting for Uglies by Scott Westerfeld to be a movie…Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli and The Dreamhouse Kings series by Robert Liparulo would both make great movies too, I think. 


5. What book character do you feel the most connected to?

I’m not really sure! When I read any book, I find myself connecting to at least one of the characters, so I can’t think of one character in particular. 


6. What is one song that you know the lyrics by heart?

I know a lot of songs by heart, but I’ll pick Year 3000 by the Jonas Brothers, because that was the coolest song ever when it came out! 😂


7. What is your favourite form of social media?

Probably Instagram. Feel free to follow me also! 😏


8. Name 3 objects you can’t live without.

  1. My phone
  2. My books
  3. My inhaler (literally cannot live without that!)


9. What is your favourite drink?

Chocolate milk! 😋


10.What powers would you like to have to rule the world as a super villain?

The power to fly! 


11. Give me a new song to listen to on spotify LOL. THANK YOU. 😀

Lately, I’ve been enjoying The Outsiders by NeedtoBreathe! 😊
MY QUESTIONS

  1. What is your favorite food?
  2. Favorite fictional villain?
  3. Paperbacks, hardcover, or e-reader?
  4. Book you never get tired of reading?
  5. Song you never get tired of listening to?
  6. (Other than reading) what do you like to do in your spare time?
  7. Favorite book series?
  8. Favorite store?
  9. If you could teleport right now to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  10. Favorite movie/TV show?

I’m not sure who to tag, so, if you’re reading this, and this sounds like fun, I tag you! 🤗

  
 Summary

A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

Goodreads

What I Thought

I feel like I’ve just completed a long journey!  I want to start by saying the Peculiar Children series was the first series that I actually read where I was there from the very beginning. I read the first book around the time when it was originally released (it came out in June, and I read it Sept/Oct) and then had to [impatiently] wait years for each sequel’s release. I waited for every tidbit of info, from title names, to movie news, to cover reveals – I’ve been there for it all.  So, I feel like I’ve been very personally invested in this series and the characters for almost five years now. Because of that, I wanted this final book to be perfect. While this book wasn’t perfect, the ending made up for everything else. 

I’m just going to start with discussing what I didn’t like first, so then I can just talk about all the good stuff.  First, I’d have to say my biggest disappointment with this book was the pictures. I’ve always loved the vintage photographs and how they incorporated into the story so well. For me, that was what always separated this series from other books that feature old photos. This time, however, I feel like they didn’t really add to the story or enhance it in a way the previous two books did. In fact, there were times where I felt they were added just for the sake of adding them, because that is what the series is known for. 

Another thing that bothered me a bit was the death of a particular character. I kept waiting for some sort of closure involving their death, and unfortunately, we never get that. Then again, that does happen in real life as well. So, I may just be feeling a bit greedy about wanting everything perfect. 

Aside from those things, I really can’t think of anything else that I really didn’t enjoy, except for the fact that the series is now over. I want to know what happens next! 

Now, onto what I loved!  Like the rest of series, the characters were so good! I just loved all of them so much. I think Ransom Riggs comes up with such creative and original characters.  I loved Addison even more than I did in Hollow City; I think he is just so funny, and even though he’s peculiar, he’s ultimately still a dog, and I just loved that. I also really enjoyed all the new characters introduced in this book as well, particularly Sharon and Mother Dust.  Jacob also had some really good character development in this book. I particularly liked reading more about his peculiar ability. 

Another thing I liked about this book, and really the series as a whole, was the setting.  Too many series only have the protagonist venture out in the last book of the series, but that is not the case with this series! Each book features a fresh, new location, and I loved that. 

One final thing I’m going to talk about is the ending. I won’t say much, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I just have to say I had no idea how this series was going to end in a way that would 100% please me. Library of Souls ended in, what I think, is the best possible way.  The more I think about, the more I love it, too!

So, overall, this book was lovely. I can’t believe this series has come to an end. I’m really going to miss the characters; the peculiar children have become my friends!  I definitely plan on seeing the movie for Book 1 this December (and crossing my fingers it will be as great as the book) and reading Tales of the Peculiar, which, I think, is coming out this fall. 

I recommend this entire series to anyone who loves adventure, fantasy, and is interested in a unique read. 

  

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Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Songs That I Wish Were Books

 

First up on my list is:

The whole premise of the song revolves around a girl sneaking into her ex-boyfriend’s wedding, because she believes he is marrying the wrong girl. I think Speak Now would make such a cute, chick lit-esque book. It would definitely be one that is read poolside, on a hot summer day.

Next on my list is another T-Swift song (honestly, I could have made this whole list Taylor Swift, but I kept it to just these two):

Everything about this song is just so sweet (the music video is just as cute too)! It’s an innocent little love song about meeting someone for the first time and just wanting to get to know them better.  I think it would make such a cute love story!

After that, I’ve got:

This song is beautiful, yet heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful. It tells the story of a young boy whose mother died, and his father has left him to be raised by someone else because he can’t handle it. Yet despite the unfairness of life, it talks about light being found even in the darkness. I could just imagine Uneven Odds as a really great book.

On my list next is:

Fine Fine Life features some interesting scenarios to think about. If this were a book, I think it would have a lot of double meanings, and would be one that could really make you think.

Another song is:

This song has a really interesting, and descriptive storyline to begin with! After searching for the meaning behind this song, I discovered it tells the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice in Greek mythology, and involves lost love. It sounds like it definitely already has all the ingredients for a compelling read, and re-tellings of classic tales and myths are quite in right now, so this would be a perfect song-to-book adaptation to me!

Next up:

This sweet song is all about falling in love with the right person at the right time. It definitely has the makings for a perfect contemporary book!

After that is:

This song deals with the hurt and pain in lonliness and life, and also offers hope. I think this song would make a really great YA contemporary novel.

Up next is another Britt Nicole song:

This song talks about staying true to yourself. Even though life can be hard, don’t lose yourself. You’re still in there. I think this song would make a really great YA contemporary novel as well.

Another song is:

I discovered this song while watching a Tinkerbell movie with my niece. 😂 But, seriously, it’s a pretty emotional song about love and saying good-bye. I think those are just the right ingredients for a bestseller to me!

Last but not least:

  • Roar by Katy Perry

I could definitely see Roar as a book. It could be about a shy, self-loathing girl who learns how to find confidence and empowerment and be proud of who she is.  If you’ve seen the music video, you could just make that the book too!

Well, that’s it for this week. If you enjoyed this post, let me know. Thanks for reading! 😊

  

Summary

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. 

Goodreads

What I Thought

This book!  This. Book! I had heard very good things about The 5th Wave ever since it was released, but I was always a bit hesitant to give it a try.  However, I’d always been intrigued by it, so when I got it for Christmas, I knew it was time for me to read it, and oh, am I glad I did!

Where should I start? I’ll start with the characters! The characters in this book were so well-rounded, and realistic to the situation. The relationships the characters shared with each other were so great to. The friendships, the rivalries; everything was so good! Basically, I loved them all. 

I really like that Cassie was always aware of the situation. Too many times in sci-fi or futuristic YA novels the protagonist gets way too caught up on their love interest(s) instead of the actual danger around them, and that’s not realistic at all. Like, if you’re in a life and death situation, now is not the time to make out with your boyfriend, and I loved that Cassie never acted like that.  Yes, there was some romance, but saving Sammy was always what was the most important to her.  That was always made clear.   

Staying sort of on that topic, I loved Cassie’s sarcasm. She was very self-aware, and it was refreshing to me for her to be able to see how ridiculous it was for her to care about appearances when she was around Evan, even if she did care. 

Another thing I really loved was the different perspectives. When I first started this book, I didn’t realize there were so many different perspective, so I admit I was really confused the first few perspective changes. 😂 But once I realized they were there, I really appreciated them. And, unlike some multi-perspective books, there wasn’t any part of the story that I didn’t want to read about. I wanted to know it all!  

This book was really action packed! The 5th Wave is a bit of a bigger book, but don’t let its size intimdate you! There is not a dull moment from the first page to its last.

I really, really enjoyed this book. That being said there was something I didn’t enjoy. Like I said, this book is very action packed, and because of that there were certain parts, especially in the beginning of the book, that were quite hard for me to read. I’m a pretty sensitive person, so the violence and suffering might not affect everyone the same way it did to me. Plus, reading about Sammy made me think of my little nieces, so I took his part of the story a bit too personal, I think.  Because of this, I’m not sure if I’m interested in seeing the movie. It’s one thing to read about the death and violence, but it’s an entirely different thing to actually see it being played on a screen.  So, we’ll see…

Overall, The 5th Wave is a really good book. I would definitely recommend it to any alien/sci-fi fan, or just anyone who is looking for a good, action-filled story. I look forward to reading book 2 in the series, The Infininte Sea!

  

Hello!

Hi! I’m Theresa, and this is my first post on my new book blog! Since this is the first post, I thought I’d introduce myself, and let you know what you can expect from this blog in the future.

First of all, my name is Theresa and I’m 21 years old. I’ve been an avid reader and book lover for as long as I can remember. I mostly read YA books, but I read a little bit of everything.

I’m currently a sophomore in college studying elementary education. My interests outside of books and reading include dance (I’ve been dancing ballet since I was six, and now I get to teach six year olds ballet, too!) and animals (my house is filled with cats, – including a calico cat, hence the name of my blog 😉 – dogs, a rabbit, and a turtle).  I’ve also been learning how to crochet!

Some of the things you can expect from this blog include:

  • Book reviews
  • Book recommendations
  • Various other book related posts
  • A better looking theme and banner  (hopefully soon lol)
  • And more!

Also, I’d love it if you checked out my bookish Instagram, thecalicobooks!

I’m new at this, so bear with me, and hopefully this blog will get better over time! 😊

Welcome to The Calico Books!