Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Reads

Happy Autumn!

Being the first day of fall, it’s fitting that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books to read this fall. I don’t usually decide what I’m going to read based on the season (unless it’s Christmas time), but here are my top ten (in no particular order). Many of these have previously appeared on my to-read lists, but maybe this time I will actually get around to them!

1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

2. All That Is by James Salter

3. Night by Elie Wiesel

5. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

6. El Deafo by Cece Bell

7. We Are Water by Wally Lamb

8. The Circle by Dave Eggers

9. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

10. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

That’s it for me! What’s on your to-read list this fall? And which of these should I read first?!

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A Bit of Greece!

Long time no see! I know it seems like I’ve dropped off the face off the Earth, but not quite—I’ve been in Greece! My dad’s side of the family is Greek, and they organized a huge family reunion (150+ people) on the island of Crete. It was absolutely amazing and I already can’t wait to go back. Crete is the biggest island of Greece and sits in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. One of the highlights of the trip was hiking through the Samariá Gorge (I may dedicate a whole post to the topic later). It was really long and really challenging, but very beautiful.

We also visited Athens, where I of course got to see the Acropolis and other ancient ruins. While seeing the ruins was amazing, the city was extremely hot and I was sad to see that there is graffiti and abandoned buildings everywhere. It seems like the economy is doing okay in Crete, but not so much in Athens.

I’m hoping to be able to post more frequently now that I’m back, but I also just got a new job which is taking up a lot of my time! Hopefully I’ll be back to reading and reviewing books very soon.

In the meantime, take a look at some pictures from my trip!

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Book vs. Movie: The Fault in Our Stars


Before The Fault in Our Stars was released in theaters this past weekend, there were millions of readers worrying whether the book was adapted with as much care and heart as it deserved. The book, written by John Green, means a great deal to many people, and it’s always scary when something so close to you is taken and made big for the whole world to see.

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Top Ten Books in My Beach Bag

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list prompt that bloggers anywhere can answer!

I’m going to Greece for two weeks in just over a month, so I need to start thinking about what I’m going to read while chilling by the Aegean sea. Luckily, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is beach reads. Here are the books I have come up with so far. They aren’t necessarily lighthearted beach reads, but ones that have been on my to-read list for awhile. Let me know if you have any suggestions to fill my bag!

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Fantastic Fictional Friendships

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Okay, so I’m a little late for The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday. But I started writing this post yesterday, so it still counts, right?

The theme this week was top ten books about friendship.

I think it can actually be really hard to create a realistic friendship in a book. Friendship is defined by intricacies like inside jokes, nicknames, and silly quirks that can be hard for an “outsider” to understand. The books that succeed at depicting friendship, in my opinion, are ones that make the reader feel like he or she is part of that friendship. Here are my picks:

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What I’m Reading: The New York Trilogy

I haven’t been writing about books much lately, sadly because I haven’t been reading much. I recently started a new full-time job, and I’m usually too tired when I get home to read. This is especially true because I’m reading The New York Trilogy, which isn’t exactly a beach read. That isn’t to say it’s bad—Paul Auster is one of my favorite authors because he makes me think about what I’m reading.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list prompt that bloggers anywhere can answer!

I decided to do a Top Ten Tuesday today, because I love the prompt! It calls for 10 book covers you’d frame as artwork. I’ll admit that I do judge books by their covers (who doesn’t?). After all, the point of a cover is to give a sense of what’s behind it, even if it doesn’t always indicate how good the book is (I actually think the Twilight cover is genius and contributed a lot to its success). As an enthusiast of both art and books, I love looking at covers, and I have oftentimes bought a book simply because of its cover. However, I think it might be hard to distinguish covers I love from covers I would love to frame (I love covers for various reasons—not just ones that look like pieces of art). With that said, here are my top ten:

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