Hey bookish friends! I haven’t done a top 10 Tuesday in a little bit here. I just wasn’t feeling any of the topics and didn’t want to force it! Does that happen to anyone else? I really need to feel a spark with the prompt in order to do it… otherwise I feel like a fake 😂
So for this prompt I had somewhat of a difficult time! I have read a lot of books but I see now that I don’t read a lot from the same authors… which I need to change! So what I’ve done here is included some of the authors I’ve read series by and then added a few authors that I have really enjoyed and have their other books on my tbr!
This week the topic for Top 10 Tuesday is…….. Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By!
Soooooo lets do it!!
James Dashner is at the top of my list because I have read 2 series by him and LOVED them both! (The Maze Runner & The Mortality Doctrine) – read 6 books in totalby James Dashner
Of course I had to include Suzanne Collins on this list! I have read all 4 of The Hunger Games books so I would say she is pretty close to the top of my list! – read4 books in total by Suzanne Collins
If you have been following me for any extended period of time you would probably know that I LOVE the Charlotte Holmes series. I literally will talk about it to anyone who cares and will always tell people to read it… seriously, read it people!!!
She has also written Hello Girls which is on my tbr and I see she has a new duology in the works!!! So please go check her out shes great! – read 4 books in total by Brittany Cavallaro
I love this lady!!! She has fab writing and I just love her style of books. I have read 2 different standalone books (Terraformer & The Lanterns Ember. Both of this books were 5 star reads for me!!
She has written a couple series that I want to check out as well!! – read2 books in total by Colleen Houck
I read the Twilight series which automatically gets Stephanie Meyer on this list! I know she has written other books since then but I haven’t checked those ones out. However, I may have to jump on the bandwagon and read her newest Twilight book when it comes out haha. – read 4 books in total by Stephanie Meyer
I fell in love with Veronica Roth when Divergent came out. Loved it! It changed me as a reader. I would say Divergent was the turning point for me that really made me love reading!
So, I read the Divergent series and most recently I read Chosen Ones which I understand is the first of a series. I really want to read Carve the Mark – not sure why I never got to it but its on my tbr! – read 5 books in total by Veronica Roth
I read the Gone series by Michael Grant a super long time ago! It was probably the longest series I have actually read haha. He has some other books as well that Id like to check out at some point! – read 6 books in total by Michael Grant
So for the remainder of the authors – I have only read 1 book by them but I LOVED the book I read and have added their other books to my tbr 😊
I read The Book of Lost Names a month or two ago and I loved it so much. Her writing was so amazing and the story was beautiful! I added The Room on Rue Amelie, The Winemakers Wife, The Sweetness of Forgetting, and When We Meet Again!!
I read The Little Bookshop of Love Stories and oh my goodness, that book just made my heart happy! I immediately needed to check out her other book and added The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, Its a Wonderful Night, and The Little Village Carousel by the Sea!!!
My first Ruth Ware book was The Turn of the Key. It was a total fluke that I came across her. I saw The Turn of the Key on a table at the bookstore that was a staff’s pick of the month. I didn’t know anything about the book or the author. Ended up loving it and discovering Ruth Ware has tons of awesome books!!
I’ve added The Woman in Cabin 10, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and The Lying Game to my tbr!!
Do you tend to read a lot of books by one author? Who is your favourite author right now??
I have recently read a few historical fictions, which I LOVE! I find that every time I read one I put the book down feeling this sense of awe and wonder. I think it has a little to do with my love for history but also because there is something really special about the stories from the past. I tend to read WW2 historical fictions but have ventured to other time periods. I just love the war times. Those seem to be the stories that draw me in the most!! I don’t know if that is weird? I know a lot of people feel the same way though.
I often find I am pushing all these historical fiction books on my IG and most people seem to like them and add them to their reading lists but some people just are not on board with the historical fiction train and THAT IS OKAY! However, I am going to share with you why I love these books so much and I will share some books I’ve recently read that you NEED to read if you enjoy these books like I do!
Sooooo, lets get this list going!
What I mean by this is that, I find SO much of my empathy for others has come from books. This is a general point I suppose since you can gain feelings of empathy from any story – however, I find my empathy grows so significantly when I read historical fiction.
I am taken to a time of fear and hatred. It allows me to be in someone else’s shoes and see life from their point of view. Sometimes its from the “good guys” side, but sometimes its from the “bad guys” side and you know what? Every single time I see the good in people whether they are “bad” or “good” because there is much more to peoples stories than what we see in the history books.
I especially love reading about all the characters and their connections to others. It is SO different than what I am used to. First off, there is always so much urgency in historical fiction. Characters have to be so strong but also leave nothing unsaid because there is a chance tomorrow will not come. I find this very touching and it always reminds me to be more present in my day to day life!
Relationships between family is always big in these stories. Many times families are torn apart or are away from each other for a very long time. This of course still happens to many people who have family in the military or people who are living through wars right now. It is eye opening to say the least, which is why I enjoy that aspect of these stories so much! Each relationship means so much and is not taken for granted (at least not very often).
So, it goes without saying that war brings a lot of tension. I like this part. I like feeling tense and on my toes. I like to feel like I am IN the book and experiencing war with the characters in the book. If the author does it right then you are taken into the book and feel every bomb drop, you feel the fear of being seen by the wrong person, or feel the anger between soldiers. I just feel that tension makes the story feel real.
I feel like suspense and tension go hand in hand. The reason I separated them was because there is a difference between the tense atmosphere and the fear of death or the fear of uncertainty. I find that even though I know what happened in the war (since, duh, its over and everyone knows who “won” and who “lost”), I still am on the edge of the seat because I DON’T know what happened to the particular characters in the story. Even better is that a lot of historical fictions are based on a true story or on real people. I find it makes me so much more nervous during the story because I just want everyone to be okay.
Something I’ve realized in life and especially by reading a lot of historical fiction is that, not everyone ends up okay. A lot of people don’t get a happy ending. As much as it hurts my heart reading about people not getting the ending they should, it sure makes for a good, gripping story.
I like the fact that sometimes I feel uncomfortable reading some of the events that occur in historical fiction books. It shows that I am learning and growing. It also points out that maybe I feel a certain way about something and that I need to be more open minded. This ties back to empathy. By feeling these weird, unfamiliar feelings, I actually grow and change my perspectives on people and the world. It makes me feel things I haven’t felt before.
Another aspect of unfamiliar feelings is the feeling of total despair and loss. I have never lived through a war. I really haven’t had too many truly negative things happen to me. By reading some of these tragic stories it makes me feel things I haven’t had to deal with before. Sometimes it makes me angry that certain events happened to people. Sometimes I cry while reading the stories because it is SO UNFAIR and the hatred seeps off the pages into me. I have to say I am quite emotional already so maybe this isn’t normal, but it is the truth for me.
This also comes off as kind of a negative…. you are probably thinking “why do you want to read something that hurts your heart and makes you angry?” Simple. I think that it makes me a better person knowing the horrible things that have happened whether the story is 100% true or not. Somewhere and sometime, something like the story or way worse has happened and I think the stories need to be told so people like me, living a privileged life, can connect to people who were not so lucky. I personally think, that is a huge reason to read historical fiction.
I LOVE Europe and foreign places that are not Canada and the US. Don’t get me wrong, I still love stories that are set in the Western world and I obviously connect to those stories and characters well. However, I have been to Europe and have seen some historical spots that really made my love for history grow. So, its pretty simple – I just like stories set in Europe and that just happens to be where a lot of historical fiction books are set!
HopeFor The Future
When I read historical fiction, especially ones that have a large emphasis on the wars and the hatred people have for the “other side” like say WW2 and the hatred for the Germans – when the story ends and the war is over, I feel like I have hope for the world. I know there are so many negative things happening in the world today, but when you read these stories and see one of the biggest wars resolved and people coming back together and life going back to normal, it feels hopeful to me. I love that feeling when you put the book down and things feel resolved and since the stories are usually so profound and meaningful, it just feels so much more hopeful!
Maybe I have just been lucky with the books I have read lately, but I find the writing of historical fictions to be amazing. The authors seem to do such a great job of telling a crazy story and also using the language of the time and facts from the time/place. Obviously I know this is what “makes” the book for any story but I just find that the writing in these books to be so flowy and easy to read. Again, this is not ALL historical fictions, just the ones I have read.
I don’t know why but romantic relationships during the war times always feel like EXTRA romantic to me. You know the story – two people fall in love but they are from different “sides” and cannot be together. Then, the boy has to go to war and doesn’t see the girl for a few years. The girl waits for him and then one day, he comes back to her and they get married and everything is fab. THIS is what keeps me going 😂 Not all stories have this type of romance. Some end really sad with the boy dying in the war and the girl finding out many years later. Or the couple gets separated, never to see each other again. Obviously, there is more sad than happy BUT when the romance does work out, it is so unlike anything else. Its the love against all odds type stuff and I just am all for that.
Past to Present
Something I really like is when a historical fiction has the character living their life in the past (like telling their story in say 1940) but then flips to the present day where they are older. I just really like this style. It gives me some reassurance that the character made it out of the war which calms me down during the crazy parts. It also sometimes adds a depth to the character, especially when the character reflects on their past and how it molded their life and when they talk about their regrets and whatnot. I just love that in a historical fiction!!
That was long!! So, if you made it this far… thanks for reading 😊 Here are some books I totally recommend if you enjoy historical fiction:
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer
The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
The German Heiress by Anika Scott
The Agency series by Y.S Lee (these are a little more mystery historical fiction)
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (this is a MUST for anyone who really like history and war themed books… heartbreaking but such a good read).
As usual, thanks for stopping by! Leave some historical fiction recs in the comments, I always love to find some new ones to read!!
I am back with my 2nd Top 10 Tuesday! I think these are so fun! I decided to participate this week because the prompt was hilarious and I had so much fun looking for answers to it!
This week’s prompt was…. book titles that would make good band names!
How fun is that?!?! Check out my answers below 👇🏻
Sanctum by Madeline Roux
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Shadows by Alex North
The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune
Bell Hammers by Lancelot Schaubert
Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin
White Stag by Kara Barbieri
Kept Animals by Kate Milliken
The Stone Boys by Michael Gurian
I feel like Sanctum, The Iron King, and Kept Animals sound very “metal” lol.
The Shadows, Bell Hammers, White Stag, and The Stone Boys are totally rock-n-roll!!
The Diviners and The Extraordinaries sound more like a pop band to me but could totally also be rock bands.
Saint X might not totally be a band name per say – it could be, but also strikes me as more of a rapper name 🤷♀️
So I don’t know why but my brain just went straight to like rock-n-roll and like metal band names??? I do not know why, maybe it was easier? Anyways, this was fun and honestly hilarious that my brain went straight for hard core names for a rock band 😂
What do you think of any answers? What book names do you think would make good band names? Chat with me in the comments!
As I’m sure most of you know – this week is “Banned Books Week.” I was debating if I wanted to do a blog post on this mostly because I was not fully educated on the subject. So, I did a little reading on it and found out that I have read and owned a handful of books on this banned and challenged list. The more I read about the books on the list and the reasons they have been banned or challenged, the more I was just totally confused and just speechless to be honest.
Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
From the ALA website
I did not realize how many schools and libraries have actually taken books out of the curriculum or the libraries because people are offended in some way by them. I have always held the same belief and don’t think I’ll ever change – If you don’t like something…. don’t read it/use it/look at it! That may be harsh, but in reality, not everyone is going to like something and chances are, someone will always feel offended or uncomfortable, so it seems much easier for a select few to just ignore the material than to actually remove it from everyone (within reason of course- if something in very inappropriate or hurtful then it should be removed, but not just because the subject matter makes people uncomfortable).
Okay – my rant is over haha. I wanted to share with you all some of the books that are on the Banned Book List and the reason they are banned. And I also want to share the books I’ve read that are on the list (I was honestly shocked by all of them… I also had NO IDEA that they were banned/ challenged until I read the list lol).
Check out the ALA website for more info about this week, the banned books, and the movement for intellectual freedom!
Top 5 Banned/ Challenged Books of 2018:
George – Alex Gino
Reason: because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo – Jill Twiss
Reason: for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints
Captain Underpants Series – Dav Pikey
Reason: challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot was challenged for including a same-sex couple
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Reason: banned and challenged because it was deemed “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references
Drama – Raina Telgemeier
Reason: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ characters and themes
Books I have Read & Owned on the List:
James and the Giant Peach – Ronald Dahl
Hop on Pop – Dr. Seuss
The Giver – Lois Lowry
Junie B Jones (series) – Barbara Park
Harry Potter (series) – JK Rowling
Goosebumps (series) – RL Stine
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Twilight (series) – Stephanie Meyer
The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
Charlottes Web – EB White
There are probably more books that have been challenged or banned that I have on my shelf or have read over the years. But that is all I can find as of right now.
How many banned books have you read? What are your thoughts on banning books at all?