Top Ten Tuesday – Books Set in a School

Top Ten Tuesday - Books Set in a School

Today I’m participating in Top Ten Tuesday, which was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week there is a new theme/topic, and participants choose ten books that fit it.

This week’s theme is Books Set in X, and I’ve chosen to focus on books set in a school. I’ve come up with quite an eclectic mix of fantasy, dark academia, YA rom-com, and middle grade adventures. I’m a huge fan of a school setting, and this list barely scratches the surface of my favorites. 🙂 Do you enjoy books set in a school? What are some of your favorites? Let me know down in the comments!

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ARC Review – Gwen & Art Are Not in Love

Gwen & Art Are Not in Love publication info: Author - Lex Croucher, Pub Date - November 28, 2023, Print Length - 416 pages, Read Dates - November 19, 2023 to November 22, 2023

Hello, everyone! Today I’m reviewing Gwen & Art Are Not in Love by Lex Croucher. I fell in love with the cover when perusing NetGalley almost a year ago, and I’m super excited to finally have read the book. I also obsessively read everything Arthurian-related I can get my hands on. So, I couldn’t pass this one up. It will be released in the U.S. tomorrow, November 28, 2023. Although, I saw it out early on the shelves of my local Barnes & Noble last week.

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Thanksgiving Book Tag (2023)

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the United States (and anywhere else you may be celebrating)! 🦃 I did this tag last year and thought it’d be fun to repeat with choices from books I’ve read this year. Thank you to Anna’s Book Nook for creating this tag!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Give credit to the author (Annasbooknook)
  • Answer the prompts
  • Tag others if you desire!

The Questions

1) Friends and Family: A Book with Characters that Feel Like Family

Only This Beautiful Moment

Only This Beautiful Moment follows three generations of Iranian American men on the cusp of adulthood. I learned so much about Iran and what it means to be queer there from this book. By the end, I felt like part of their family, and this one is a huge contender for my favorite book of the year.

2) Fallen Leaves: A Book that Fell Flat (didn’t meet your expectations)

The Three-Body Problem was interesting, but the structure of the narrative just didn’t work for me. I was so excited to read it because of all the hype around the series, but I definitely won’t be reading the rest of the series.

3) Thanksgiving Dinner: A Book You Want to Read Every Year During This Season

I don’t re-read certain things by season, and I rarely re-read anything at all because there’s always so much great new stuff being released. I’ve been in the mood to re-read A Marvellous Light (and the other two books in the series), Jade City (and the other two books in the series), and The Darkness Outside Us. I have a special edition of the latter coming in the mail soon and plan to re-read it when I get it.

4) Turkey: A Book With a Bird in It

The Raven Boys and its sequels were the first books that came to mind for this prompt. Chainsaw was such a great animal companion.

5) Ham: A Book that Made Your Eyes Glaze Over (Boring)

I wanted to DNF Immortal Longings so bad, but I somehow made it through it. I was so excited to read it, too, but it just did not capture my interest at all.

6) Dinner Rolls: A Book that Melted Your Heart and Made You Feel Warm

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute was ADORABLE. I had so much fun reading this book and laughed so much. It definitely warmed my heart.

7) Mashed Potatoes: A Book With a White Cover

Academy Arcanist was a cute start to a fantasy series with such great creature companions. Different for Boys was a really cool mix of illustration and story that explored the queer experience of boys. These are very different books, but they both were really great in their own ways.

8) Gravy: A Book You’re not Totally Sure Why You Love, but You Do

The Navigating Fox was a recent read that I enjoyed quite a bit. Although, I’m not quite sure why. lol. It was weird, with talking animals and humans living side by side. The messaging and symbols felt super important, though, as if I was reading something profound guarded by the absurdity of it all.

9) Pumpkin Pie: A Dessert Book That You Love

Last year I answered this prompt with a sickeningly sweet book that I adore. This year I’ve decided to take a different approach by choosing a series of books that are guilty pleasures. I started reading some more manga this year, and one of my favorites was On or Off. This story was steamy with graphic depictions of sex, and I came away from them feeling a little dirty, which is half the fun. 🙂

Bonus: Black Friday: The Top 5 Books on Your “I want to buy them” List

As I said last year, I don’t really have a list because I typically just buy a book when I want it (or borrow it from the library, if available). So, instead I’m going to list the last five books I bought on a whim…

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft, Emmett by L.C. Rosen, Fangirl (10th Anniversary Edition) by Rainbow Rowell, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins, The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I Tag

Anyone who wants to participate. I recognize that today is Thanksgiving. So, if you’re bored, feel free to have some fun and consider yourself tagged. Otherwise, bookmark it until next year!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving full of good food and great times. I’ve already stuffed myself full of turkey, ham, and too many sides. I think it is time for a nap…

Top Ten Tuesday – Reasons Why I’m Thankful for Books

Today I’m participating in Top Ten Tuesday, which was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week there is a new theme/topic, and participants choose ten books that fit it.

This week’s theme is Reasons Why I’m Thankful for Books. I thought it would be difficult to come up with ten reasons for this list, but it was surprisingly easy. Books bring an immeasurable amount of joy into my life, and I’m incredibly grateful to live in a place and time where they are so easily accessible. Here’s all the reasons I thought of:

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Book Haul – October 2023

Last month’s book haul was another wild one. There were a lot of great new releases in October, and I got my hands on SO MANY of them. 🙂 My bookshelves aren’t very happy about it, but I am. My poor TBR cart is overflowing, but I have been consistently reading a lot of new releases recently. So, it isn’t as bad as it could be. lol. I also managed to pick up some highly anticipated ARCs and utilized the library quite a bit last month, too. Here’s everything I added to my shelves in October:

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Book Review – Curious Tides

Hello, everyone! I have had absolutely no motivation for blogging recently, which is why this post is publishing so late in the evening. Things will likely be sporadic for a while, but I’m trying to avoid a full hiatus because of all the ARCs I need to review. I’m very excited to talk about this book, though, because it was one of my most anticipated reads of the fall season. Read on to find out my thoughts about Curious Tides by Pascale Lacelle!

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