Tuesday Post #3

I honestly didn’t realize it was already December. Can we just pause for a second? I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping yet! I hope everyone had a great November, though, quick as it seemed. And enjoy the rest of the year, because it ends in four weeks!!! Can’t get over it. So to kick off this month, I’m linking up at 3 different sites. Get in on the fun and check the host sites to participate.

Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week’s prompt is: Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To. Looks I’m getting back to my YA roots, there are just so many great ones coming out next year. I definitely encourage you to click on the titles to see their Goodreads page and add them to your TBR list if any of them jump out at you.

  1. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  2. The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
  3. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  4. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
  5. The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
  6. In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson
  7. Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
  8. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  9. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
  10. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This week’s question: How many of the new series you started in 2015 will you continue?

A: This year, I started only a few series — and by a few, I mean two — but I liked them both enough to know that I’ll definitely be reading everything that follows. These include the Flat-Out Love books by Jessica Park. I just reviewed the first book last week and couldn’t praise it enough. I finished the novella, Flat-Out Matt after that, so I’m preparing to read Flat-Out Celeste really, really soon. The other is Paper Gods by Amanda Sun. I read Ink earlier this year and will be posting a review in a few days. I finished the sequel, Rain, shortly after and just have to go out and get Storm, as well as the novellas.

Teaser Tuesdays

Hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Grab your current read, flip to a random page, and post 2 spoiler-free sentences from that page. I literally just started Crossroads by Mary Ting, so I’m flipping to a page I haven’t reached yet. If you haven’t read this, just know I’m as clueless about the context of this as you are.


Butterflies of every color, looking as if they were painted with patches of bold bright reds, oranges, blues, purples, and yellows, all intertwined, overlapping each other. As I continued to follow their path, I squinted at the brilliant sun in the cloudless sky. It blinded me for a split second, and then I saw that the butterflies were returning, circling around Michael and me–all of them dancing in the sky. Each knew its location and position with such precision, never colliding while reaching higher and higher to form a tunnel.

Crossroads by Mary Ting. 2011.

That was two sentences times two; sue me. I couldn’t not include the rest of the paragraph with that kind of visual.

What’s everyone reading this week? What debuts are you looking forward to in 2016? Leave me a comment! 🙂

Tuesday Post #1: Quotes I Loved

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they have a different book-related prompt. This week it’s: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So. I realized that, after looking at my “Read” pile from January to about September, I read a lot of manga and only had time to read a few novels for school by some authors that I had never read before.

One of the authors I really got into during my “Collection Development for Adults” course was Haruki Murakami (author of 1Q84). About half this list will contain quotes by him. Because he’s incredible.

And Colleen Hoover. Everyone loves Colleen Hoover. Because she’s also incredible.

  1. “Everything has boundaries. The same holds true with thought. You shouldn’t fear boundaries, but you should not be afraid of destroying them. That’s what is most important if you want to be free: respect for and exasperation with boundaries.”
    Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
  2. “I find myself drawn to literature more now than in the past; not the individual works as much as the idea of literature—the heroic effort and nobility of our human desire to make beauty of our minds—which moves me to tears, and I have to brush them away, quickly, before anyone notices.”
    Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being
  3. “He kisses me like I’m his canvas.”
    Colleen Hoover, Confess
  4. “One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief, no forgiveness without bloodshed, no acceptance without a passage through acute loss. That is what lies at the root of true harmony.”
    Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
  5. “Sometimes not speaking says more than all the words in the world. Sometimes my silence is saying, I don’t know how to speak to you. I don’t know what you’re thinking. Talk to me. Tell me everything you’ve ever said. All the words. Starting form the very first one.”
    Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love
  6. “Because memory and sensations are so uncertain, so biased, we always rely on a certain reality-call it an alternate reality-to prove the reality of events. To what extent facts we recognize as such really are as they seem, and to what extent these are facts merely because we label them as such, is an impossible distinction to draw. Therefore, in order to pin down reality as reality, we need another reality to relativize the first. Yet that other reality requires a third reality to serve as its grounding. An endless chain is created within our consciousness, and it is the very maintenance of this chain that produces the sensation that we are actually here, that we ourselves exist.”
    Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun
  7. “And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
    J.K. Rowling, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
  8. “However, I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.”
    Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday
  9. “Now I would like to make it clear in parenthesis, that I do not blame my parents for their point of view. There is an expiry date for blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction. The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.”
    J.K. Rowling, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
  10. “I know you: You’ll come find me again, you’ll come rescue me no matter what happens. You’ll come for me, and I’ll discover you all over again. I love you. I love you without the memories. I love you right now.”
    Cassandra Clare, Born to Endless Night

What are some of your favourite book quotes? Leave me a comment or head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to take part and link up. Hope everyone continues to have a great week!