Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books of 2016

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My top ten books of 2016 include books I listened to on audio, because obviously they’re books too! This year had some pretty darn good ones I must say! Particularly in the audiobook department, which was very unexpected for me. Here they are in no particular order.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat After

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Yay for having time to do another Top Ten Tuesday!! I love this topic! Some of these I’d love to name my future children after, others are definitely pet worthy! For the record, I have no children but of course as a girl I’ve thought about names for a while.  Here they are in no particular order (except my first which is my top).

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1. Alice (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland): I am so in love with this story and I love the name Alice because of it, and of course I LOVE Alice in The White Rabbit Chronicles! It also helps that the name of the main character in Resident Evil is Alice too! I would love to name my future daughter after the classic character!

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2. Rowan (Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest): this name is just so simple yet so unique; it would make such a cute little girl’s name! I wouldn’t mind using it in personal writing either.

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3.Jared (The Host): I loved this name from the get-go! And then it was made all the better when I fell in love with Supernatural starring Jared ! The name is just hot! I would so not be opposed to naming a son Jared.

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4.Avelyn (Avelyn): This name is so elegant and beautiful! I’m really not sure what I would use it for, but probably in personal writing.

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5. Archer (Opposition (Lux #5)): Super badass name that would also make a great name for my future german shepherd that I am determined to get as soon as I have a house with a yard!

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6. Matthew ( The Named): One of the best Christian names,it’s strong and comforting. I would love to name my future son Matthew!

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7. Feyre (A Court of Thorns and Roses): Pronounced Fay-ruh, this name is gorgeous! It’s such a fairy tale name and would make a beautiful name for a little girl, or even a cute kitty name if I’m being honest!

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8. Jack or Jackson (Arcana Chronicles): Great name for a dog or cat! Super cute and brings all the feels.

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9. Riven (The Almost Girl): Badass name! I would love to name my kid this or a pet, sad that either one would work.

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10.Westley (The Princess Bride): This name is adorable and all I see is Carrie Elwes every time but that would not stop me from naming a pet after this character! In fact my best friend and I named a puppy she was fostering after Westley!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List

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So I haven’t participated in this meme in a long time, so I’m going to do a Top Ten Tuesday from a couple weeks ago! Here’s hoping I can get through all of these! Knowing me they will probably carry over into winter. Here they are in a somewhat chronological order.

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Has anyone read these?? I would love to know what you thought!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed Me A Fully Loaded Gift Card

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There are so many glorious books out there that I have been dying to get my hands on! However, as you might know, I am college student, and am therefore not in my financial prime. It’s also been quite some time since I’ve had a substantial amount of Amazon gift card money to buy a book. Thank god for ARCS, otherwise I would be spending so much more than I already do on books. Some of these I have been meaning to read for years, others weeks/months, I really hope to eventually get around to reading all of them! Here they are in no particular order!

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Top Ten Things I love About Summer

Alright, so I realize it’s not a Tuesday, or even a day that starts with a T but this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic over at The Broke and the Bookish is a freebie. So might as well still post one right?? So if you haven’t stepped outside recently, you might have noticed that it is in fact summer. Living in Arizona I am reminded of that the instant I leave the house. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t love summer any less! So in no particular order, I give you all the reasons I love this beautiful hot season!

1. More time for reading: first and foremost!  Every reader (at least every reader who is a student) cherishes the summer because they know that means it’s time to catch up on pleasure reading! Not a single textbook shall be cracked!

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2. Poolside/tanning:  Yes I admit it, I am a basic AZ girl and love me some tanning! And you know what goes so well with tanning? Reading!

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3. Netflix: Ok this one is a given! I binge watch so many shows during the summer time! It’s so much fun to just sit there for hours and let the world melt away as a new one unfurls on the screen! So far this summer I’ve watched Gotham and Chuck! I would definitely recommend watching either one.

4. Meeting up with friends: I have friends that go to all different schools around the state and country. The summer is the perfect time to catch up with friends I don’t usually get to see during the school year!

5. Stress free zone: Detoxing of stress comes so easily when there are no exams to study for and no homework to be struggling over. Summer is the perfect time to recharge and rejuvenate!

6. Vacation: Whether its a day, a weekend, or a week, vacations are abound!

7.Extra work hours: Summer jobs save my financial butt! During the school year I am a full time student, so the summer months are the only time I work. This summer in particular, I am working two part time jobs that I absolutely love!

8. Time to do those things I said I would: Each year I make a summer to do list of all the things I’ve been meaning to finally accomplish! Setting goals early on helps keep me motivated to at least be somewhat productive in between the Netflix/reading!

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9. Exercising: There is so much more time to get in a good long work out each day and prep for that bikini! This summer my go to has been Daily Burn, each day a brand new 30 minute workout is posted! These work outs are geared toward any one of all ages and will whip you into shape in no time!

10. The food: watermelon and cherries are in season, and there’s nothing like a Strawberry Limeade from Sonic to really make it feel like summer! Not to mention a little backyard barbecue for Fourth of July!

Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Reasons I love Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Yes hello hey! I’m back for another Top Ten Tuesday (I realize mine are very sporadic now). Any who,  this week’s topic is “Top Ten Reasons I love (insert something you love). I have read many books by Jennifer L. Armentrout over the past 5 years or so. I am completely and totally in love with her books and writing style! So allow me to explain just how much and why I love her as an author!

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1. She creates the best witty banter between the two love interests in her books!

“Why are you such an ass?” The words came out before I could think twice.
“Everyone has to excel at something, right?”
“Well, you’re doing a great job.”

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2.Every one of her books is unique and unlike anything I’ve ever read!

3. She has the best author Instagram account: @authorjlarmentrout

4. Did I mention she’s a Fan of Supernatural?!

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5. JLA is always writing, so even when you have to wait for the next book in her series to come out, there’s a pretty good chance you can read something else of her’s while you wait!

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6. She creates a KILLER romance in every book/series! 

7. Her books are “unputdownable!”

8.JLA knows how to throat punch you with all the feels!

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9. You can always count on there being hilarious pop culture references in her books!

10. And most importantly….She gave the world DAEMON BLACK!

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Books I’ve Read By Jennifer L. Armentrout

  1. The Lux Series (my absolute favorite) including Oblivion
  2. Obsession (Lux spinoff)
  3. The Covenant Series
  4. The Dark Elements Series
  5. Don’t Look Back
  6. Wicked
  7. Wait for You

There are quite a few others out there, 4 of which are waiting for me on my Kindle!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten ADDITIONAL Things I’ve Now Learned in College

If you have been following my blog for quite some time now, then you probably read my Top Ten Things I Learned in College post that I wrote at the end of my freshman year last year. If not, check it out here! Well another (much more brutal) year has gone by, and naturally I learned a lot more stuff. In fact, I’m coming to find that in college, you learn a hell of a lot more about life than you do on the subjects you’re actually paying to learn about. I haven’t participated in a “Top Ten Tuesday” post in a while, but I thought I would create my own for this week since I just completed my sophomore year last Wednesday.

1. The toughest situations you’ll encounter will show you exactly who your real friends are: I went through quite the hellish experience over the course of the entire year in which my best friend decided not to be my friend anymore (very long story put shortly). However, as I was losing her, I came to grow closer with many of my other friends and gained so much more from any loss I had.

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2. If you have the right study group then there’s nothing you can’t do: my study group for Organic Chemistry this year got me through week after week of late nighters and helped motivate me to push through! There was nothing we couldn’t accomplish together!

3. Networking is the key to everything: networking is one of the best things you can do in order to move forward with your goals. I was able to find my summer jobs through networking and a lot of my friends I met through other friends. You’ll be surprised at how helpful it can be. I was even able to get most of my textbooks through friends of friends etc.

4. If you want housing off campus, PUT A LOT OF EFFORT into finding the best place: hence where more networking comes in! The perfect place for you is out there, nobody said you have to settle, you just have to be willing to put in the work for it.

5. Sometimes it’s ok to choose your own happiness over others’: when you let go of what brings you down and finally decide to accept how much you matter, you will be surprised at how free you will feel!

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6. Just when you think you can’t handle any more stress, you will be surprised to discover that you can: there were so many times during the school year that I would be feeling overwhelmed by not only my school load but my personal life drama as well.  I thought I couldn’t take anymore, but there is definitely no truer saying that God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. There is always a way to make it through the tough times, you just can’t give up.

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7. If you over indulge in comfort food while studying for finals, it will come back to bite you:  I had not planned on starting my summer on a diet until I realized how bad that comfort food got me in this last month of school. Comfort food is totally ok, just in duration…

8. (Contrary to #7) Take a Physical Education Class: So yes, I may have over eaten toward the end, but it was at least stemmed a little by the fact that I was enrolled in a Kickboxing class this past semester! Kickboxing is an AMAZING stress reliever, there is nothing like punching and kicking things to really make a girl feel better!

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9. No matter what, there is ALWAYS time for Netflix: another great stress reliever, and sure you may lose sleep but hey it will be worth it!

10. Don’t feel bad if you aren’t able to work during the school year, but definitely be sure to work: I have plenty of friends who work during the year and plenty who don’t (including myself) it all depends on what you think you can handle, but no matter what, finding a job and working a job is so very valuable during any time of the year. Especially if you want to be able to afford those summer road trip plans with your friends!