Top 10 Books of 2014

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I am here to share with you my favorite books I read in 2014. I read a lot of great books this year and it was impossible to choose which ones were the best so these books are not in any order.

The  Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This book is a fun and magical read that had me hooked from the very first page. Possibly my favorite read of 2014

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – I did a full review of this book which you can read here. I absolutely loved the atmosphere of this gothic and creepy book. It is one that kept me reading late into the night.

Roses by G.R. Mannering – This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I was a bit skeptical of this book going into it because Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales of all time. However, I absolutely loved it. The ties to the original tale were subtle yet you could tell that it was inspired by Beauty and the Beast. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine – This book was a very surprising read for me. I had not read anything from Levine in a long time and had forgotten why I loved her so much. This book was full of magical beings, magical items, dragons, and a ton of adventure. I didn’t want to put it down once I had started it.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – This is my first time reading the Harry Potter series and though I have only read the first two books in the series, I think this one will always be a favorite of  mine. It is such a great introduction into the series and made me very excited to continue on in the series.

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon – This is the 7th book in the Outlander series and was just as amazing as the previous novels in this series. I absolutely can’t wait to continue on with the next book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. They are long books but well worth the time invested in them.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo – This is a re-read for me as I first read the book about 8 years ago. It is such a sweet story about a porcelain rabbit who learns to love. I love this book and always want to read it again as soon as I finish it.

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding – I had watched the movie before I read the book but I loved the book just as much as the movie. This is just a funny  and heartwarming book which made me love Bridget even more.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – This book gave me all the feels. I absolutely adored this book and if you have not read it, I highly recommend it. The writing was beautiful and the story is one that stayed with me long after I finished the book.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll – This was my favorite graphic novel that I read in 2014. It is made up of 4 creepy short stories that were a lot of fun. The pictures in the book are absolutely gorgeous and it is one I could see myself reading again and again.

Those were some of the amazing books that I read in 2014. What were some of your favorite books you read this year? Let me know down below.

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10 Tips for Reading More Everyday

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I thought I would share with you today all the ways in which I am able to read while being a full-time college student. People sometimes are in awe by how much I read during the school year. However, I simply incorporate the following things into my daily life.

1. Read during the commercials. I tend to watch a lot of my shows and movies on Netflix now which is a shame because, growing up I used to get a ton of reading done while the commercials were on. Sometimes, I would find myself turning off the TV because I was more interested in the book. Even if you are just reading a page or two at a time, they will add up and before you know it, you have read a solid amount of your book while you were watching TV. If you are watching a show with commercials, try it out and see for yourself.

2.Read what is exciting you. If you are not feeling like reading a book, don’t. If you are struggling with reading, you need to read the books that excite you and inspire you to read for an hour or two before bed. Pick something that makes you want to read all day.

3.Always, always, always have a book with you. This is probably the most important tip I can give to you. I can’t begin to tell you how many times there are during a day in which I can whip out my book and read a few pages or even a few chapters. I read during short breaks in class, while waiting for a friend to meet up with me, or any other time when I have a few moments that I might otherwise waste by going online or simply sitting there. I have even been known to read while walking home from campus. So always keep a book with you so you can sneak in a few pages whenever the opportunity arises.

4.Don’t read if you don’t want to. If you need to take a break from reading, that is fine. I didn’t read anything during September. Nothing. NOT ONE PAGE. This is pretty much unheard of when it comes to me, but I just needed the break to get settled into the semester before picking up books again. After taking that break, however, I am excited about reading and I am finding bits of time wherever possible to squeeze in a page or two.

5.Read before bed. I find that this is a great time for me to read. It helps me relax for bed and also gives me a time free from homework, internet or other distractions where I can simply focus on the book.

6.Pick books that are easy to understand. I have a hard time trying to read really complicated or confusing books when I am really busy. When I try to read something like classics or complicated epic fantasies, I find that I can’t focus as well and end up missing a lot of the story. I try to leave those books for summer break when my mind does not constantly have to be churning out essays during school. Instead, I pick out either children’s books that I have on my TBR or short novels that are fairly simple to focus on.

7.Read more than one book at a time. This is something I have only recently begun to do over the past year. I find that this is very helpful for a few different reasons. Lately, I have been really wanting to read one of my huge, intimidating classic books. I kind of settled on reading Anna Karenina, however, I know that I will never be able to only read that book for the next few weeks. I already know that there will be some days when I come home from work brain-dead and not able to read such a difficult book as that one. So, I will go ahead and pick up the book I really want to read, Anna Karenina, but I will allow myself to read some other easier reads alongside it in order to satisfy all of my reading needs.

8.Time yourself. This is something that I don’t do very often, but when I do, it is usually pretty effective. I will tell myself to read for 30 minutes and then I will do something else. So, I buckle down and read for 30 minutes. The best part is that usually by that point, I am so interested in the book that I just just keep reading.

9.Put away the distractions. This is a hard one for me. I love to read but I get so distracted by Youtube, Netflix, blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, and tons of other things. I have found that if I truly want to read, I need to be serious about getting off the computer and opening a book. It is always a little difficult at first when I keep telling myself, “One more video.” but a few pages into a great book, I don’t miss the distractions at all.

10.Look for possible reading times. Look for times throughout the day when you could be reading but you do something else instead. Do you surf the web before bed when you could be reading? Did you watch a re-run on Netflix while waiting for your friend to come over? Did you flip through magazines while waiting for your dentist appointment? If you consciously look for times when you could be reading, you might find that you have more time than you previously thought.

I hope that these tips help you find more room in your daily life for reading. If you have any other great tips, please share them in the comments.

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Top 10 Series I Want to Start

I thought that today would be a good day to talk about some series I want to begin sometime in the near future. These are not in any particular order and I cannot guarantee that I will actually get to them anytime soon. However, I have been wanting a good series to read this summer and one of these might tickle my fancy.

1. The Mistborn Trilogy

2. The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

3. The King Raven Trilogy by Stephen R. Lawhead

4. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

5. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

6. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

7. The Circle Series by Ted Dekker

8. Maze Runner by James Dashner

9. The Selection by Kiera Cass

10. Marta’s Legacy by Francine Rivers

 

Have you read any of these series? Please let me know. I would love to hear which ones you think I should read and when. Are you thinking of starting any series this summer? Let me know down below.

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Top 10 Books of 2013

I read a lot of really great books this year. I read 58 books and over 20,000 pages but I narrowed it down to what I believe is my top 10 of 2013

 

1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon              
A truly fantastic time travel/ historical fiction novel. I read the next 5 in the series right after I finished this one.

2. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
This book was the perfect winter read.

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I cannot believe I hadn’t read this book before this year. My sister had been bugging me to read it for a couple of years and I am so happy I did!

4. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
I wrote a review on this book which you can check out. I basically loved every part of this book.

5. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
This book was like a middle grade Hunger Games and as soon as I was done with it, I wanted to pick it up again.

6. Glamorous Illusions by Lisa Tawn Bergren
This was one of the first books I read in 2013 and it remained one of my favorites of the year. It was a fun read about a girl whisked away from Montana to take a grand tour of Europe. A fantastic book that made me want to see the world.

7. The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead
This is the first in a sci-fi series that I had been wanting to begin for a couple of years. This was a really intriguing beginning to what I hope will be a great series.
8. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
This is the sixth book in the Outlander series. I think that this was the best book since Outlander. It kept me on the edge of my seat and its size didn’t bother me at all as I sped through it.

9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

10.Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Bronte sisters also made this list. It was hard knowing which one I enjoyed more but I think that Jane Eyre was just a bit more engaging throughout the whole book. Both of these were great love stories with a hint of ghostly and gothic themes. Both were gorgeously written and left me with a lot of feels at the end of each.

It was a great year of reading for me. I was able to read a lot and I got to read a lot of truly amazing books. I only hope that 2014 will be just as awesome.

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