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Top Ten Tuesday [#41]

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Random Quote of the Day: “Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune. ” – Walt Whitman

 

Hello sunshines! 🔆 I know I’ve been unexpectedly gone this past week, but this will ALL be explained in my very late April Wrap-Up! But for the time being, I’m sharing another TTT post! This week’s topic is…Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will post a new Top Ten List. This list includes topics such as ‘my top ten favorite authors’ or ‘my top ten books of this month’. The topics will change, so make sure you stay tuned for each week! Feel free to comment or link your Top Ten Tuesday lists below and I’ll be more than happy to check them out!

MORE DIVERSITY

This one is a no-brainer, but I felt like it still needed to be said. When I say diversity, I don’t just mean racial-wise, but other cultures, backgrounds, mental illnesses, etc. You can NEVER have too much Diversity!! ❤️️💛💙💜💚

MORE NOVELS ABOUT BOOK-LOVERS

Image result for book loversWhen I read books about a main character that loves to read, blog, paint, etc. it makes me so happy because I can relate to them so well!!

MORE NOVELS SET OUTSIDE THE U.S.

I know this is partly my fault that I keep picking up novels set in my country, but I would to read other novels that ARE NOT taken place in the U.S. I think the writing would be different and I’d definitely get a “feel” for other cultures that way. Since I am Guamanian and African American, I would love to read YA novels set in Guam or Africa! 🇬🇺

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Top Ten Tuesday [#40]

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Random Quote of the Day: “Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.” – Audre Lorde

Hello sunshines! 🔆 Happy Tuesday! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book. As always if you have as much as I do with this post, feel free to link me to your posts! (:

AESTHETICALLY PLEASING COVERS

I think we can all agree that cover lust is a thing, and sometimes we pick up a novel off the shelves just because the cover catches our eyes — and if you say you haven’t thought this before then you are a liar are such a great person.

SOMEONE RECOMMENDS THE BOOK TO ME

Now this doesn’t happen with just anyone — I know a few bloggers here and there that have similar book-tastes to me. When they recommend novels to me, I look into them and usually end up adding it to my TBR. It isn’t an insta-buy, but I do want to read it.

MY FAVORITE AUTHORS BLURBS IT

If I see that Nicola Yoon, John Green, or Jennifer Niven blurbs a novel then there is a 99% chance that I will look into the novel with a 98% chance that I’ll actually buy it. They don’t even have to have a blurb; if they promote it on social media or even mention a novel, you better believe that I am adding it to my TBR.

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Top Ten Tuesday [#39]

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Random Quote of the Day: “We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming” – Wernher von Braun

Hello sunshines!🔆 How are you all doing today? Today was pretty warm here in California but we all know it could be raining tomorrow 😅 This week’s TTT is pretty intriguing as I get to remind myself all of what websites that I can never visit unless I want to checkout and be broke for the rest of my life, lol. This Tuesday’s Topic is Sites to Find Fandom Merch! (notice that I did not put TEN sites as I don’t know of that many!)

ETSY

Most of us are familiar with Etsy as it is a site filled with other things to purchase besides Fandom-related items. However, I do warn you that once you get on this site you’ll probably be scrolling for several hours as it is VERY addicting! I personally love Etsy for everything Fandom, but also phone cases, stationary supplies, etc.

Some Favorite Shops: HappyHelloCo. | Jane’s Tiny Things | Frostbeard

REDBUBBLE

Another addicting site indeed, however this one doesn’t have as much as Etsy. But don’t get me wrong, the creativity is still definitely there!! On RB they have items such as T-shirts to dresses to laptop cases!

Some Favorite Designers: Jasmine Pearl Raymundo | eviebookish | Dan Elijah Fajardo

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Top Ten Tuesday [#38]

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Random Quote of the Day: “If all the world’s a stage, I want to operate the trap door.” – Paul Beatty

Hello sunshines! 🔆 I am super excited for this week’s TTT just because it allows me to sort of reminisce on the good times that I’ve experienced! Because this topic is so awesome, PLEASE feel free to link your TTT’s in the comments so we can share the excitement together! Without a further ado, this week’s TTT topic is Authors I Can’t Believe I Have/Haven’t Met.

AUTHORS I’VE MET

Now that I’ve thought about it, I’ve had the greatest pleasure of meeting so many great authors. I am super appreciative of these experiences, and I wish that you ALL have the opportunity to meet your favorite authors one day!

Rainbow Rowell – I met her at YALLWest 2016 and I had the chance to chat with her and get Eleanor & Park signed!

David Levithan – Again, I met him at YALLWest last year as well, and I was able to get a few books signed by him including Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Every You, Every Me, and some others!

Erin Bowman – Another author I met at YALLWest and I got Taken signed!

Alexandra Sirowy In case you didn’t see my post, I recently met the author of The Creeping AND had the opportunity to interview her! She was such a bright individual and it was honestly a very great time.

Jennifer Niven – OMG THIS WAS SO AMAZING AND I’VE NEVER BEEN MORE HAPPY!!! I, again, met Niven at YALLWest (THANK YOU, YALLWEST) and she was so amazing and beautiful!! If you haven’t been on my blog before, NIVEN IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS so I was extremely starstruck 😍

Rahul Kanakia // Traci Chee // Christy Lenzi // Sonya Mukherjee // Jessica Taylor // Kelly Gilbert // Parker Peevyhouse // Tim Floreen // Nina LaCour // Tara Sim // Tricia Stirling –  YES, I have met ALL of these beauties at an event this 2017 and it was definitely worthwhile. If you’ve missed that discussion post, you can check it out HERE.

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Now, I know that was a little bit over 10 authors, but…yeah…ANYWAYS, this post was really fun for me as I was able to remember what I’ve had the honor of doing. If you went to YALLWest last year or if you are planning to go this 2017, definitely let me know!! ❤

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Top Ten Tuesday [#37]

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Random Quote of the Day: “Promote yourself, but do not demote another.” – Israel Salanter

Hello sunshines!🔆I am officially on Spring Break which means that I am going to be blogging like crazy, trying to get as many posts as possible pre-scheduled. I’ll go more into this with my March Wrap-Up! (: Anyways, this week’s TTT is definitely a way in which i could promote my favorite books of all time 😏. Today’s topic is Books You Can Probably Read In One Sitting.

While not everyone reads at the same pace, I think these novels (at least for me) will be extremely difficult to put down! I doubt I have 10 to list, but here’s what I do recommend:

LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green: if you’ve been here for a while you would know that this is one of my ALL TIME favorite novels — it’s actually a quick, short read and John Green is such a beautiful writer. I know Green is controversial, but…

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ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven: Another favorite in case this is your first time venturing my blog. Niven has amazing character development and there is ALWAYS an underlying message of her novels. It’s not the SMALLEST novel ever, but I ended up reading it in about…2 days?

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon: THIS NOVEL HAD ME IN SO MANY FEELS!!! There is so much going on in this novel emotionally and I love the entire premise. Diversity for the win!!!

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Top Ten Tuesday [#36]

bi-weekly-wrap-up-6Random Quote of the Day: “One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.” – Marie Curie

Hello sunshines! ☀ Now, I know what you are probably thinking…”Jesalin, why are you posting a TTT when there isn’t a topic for today?” Well, I decided to be rebel today and use a topic of my own since the creators of TTT are on a hiatus! Yeah, I know, you are excited to hear what topic I picked. This week’s TTT is a list of the Top Ten Diverse Novels I Want To Read. However, I’m not making this easy on myself, because I will be picking two novels per genre/age-groups! The genres/AG that I read the most from include: YOUNG ADULTNEW ADULT, GRAPHIC NOVELS, MIDDLE GRADE, & POETRY!

MY YA PICKS

ANGIE THOMAS – African American author: What novel(s) do I want to read? The Hate U Give.

NINA LACOUR – LGTBQIA+: What novels(s) do I want to read? We Are Okay.

MY NA PICKS

💛 TERESA MUMMERT – LGBTQIA+: What novels(s) do I want to read? THE GOOD GIRLS

💛 COLLEEN HOOVER – Physical disabilities/Impairments: What novels(s) do I want to read? MAYBE SOMEDAY

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Top Ten Tuesday [#35]

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Random Quote of the Day: “When real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep on walking.” – Michael Patrick King

Hello sunshines & HAPPY VALENTINES DAY (if you don’t have a Valentine, you do now!! *wink*)! ☀ It’s been a while since I’ve posted a TTT post, but what better to celebrate the holiday than to talk about YA Contemporary’s That I Want To Love (when I read it, of course)!

💗 YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE by Whitney Gardner

💗 THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.

💗 THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson

💗 EVERY DAY by David Levithan

I wake up. Immediately, I have to figure out who I am. It’s not just the body – opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair is long or short, whether I’m fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred or smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one each morning. It’s the life, the context of the body, that can be hard to grasp. Every day I am someone else. I am myself – I know I am myself – but I am also someone else. It has always been like this.”

💗 WHY WE BROKE UP by Daniel Handler

💗 WHAT LIGHT by Jay Asher

“Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other. By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.”

💗 SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen

💗 THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED by Kerry Kletter

Cassie O’Malley has been trying to keep her head above water—literally and metaphorically—since birth. It’s been two and a half years since Cassie’s mother dumped her in a mental institution against her will, and now, at eighteen, Cassie is finally able to reclaim her life and enter the world on her own terms. But freedom is a poor match against a lifetime of psychological damage. As Cassie plumbs the depths of her new surroundings, the startling truths she uncovers about her own family narrative make it impossible to cut the tethers of a tumultuous past. And when the unhealthy mother-daughter relationship that defined Cassie’s childhood and adolescence threatens to pull her under once again, Cassie must decide: whose version of history is real? And more important, whose life must she save?”

💗 ENTER TITLE HERE by Rahul Kanakia

💗 UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornall

At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed. But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees. Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?”

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Image result for black history month tumblrAnd those are some (definitely not ALL) of the YA Contemporaries That I Want To Love when I get to them! We all know I am a major Contemporary fan, so feel free to recommend some of your favorites, or even better, link me to YOUR TTT post! ❤

I hope you all have a safe and loving Valentines Day! (:

Thanks for reading & I’ll see you next time…

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