T10T: Ten Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday 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.

April 30: Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

I love quotes! I generally have loads in my screenshots from my ebooks, so here goes!

  1. Death is kind of turning out to be a mean, weird bitch. – How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow: Grief just sucks and doesn’t play by the rules.
  2. How could her brain conjure something that seemed so real, something laden with so much horrifying detail, and yet there be nothing at all? – Little Darlings by Melanie Golding: Holy jeez, this just brings to mind all the tricks our brains can play without our wanting it too. Sure, a few nights ago, I had a nightmare I was fired from a job I currently love (mostly).
  3. These books are filled with documents and accounts that expose that story for what it is: an appropriation of history by the East to hide its own sordid past. A twisted piece of propaganda to conceal its crimes. – Viper by Bex Hogan: So much of history and current events are like this. We really need to question things before we take them as truth.
  4. Are we able to separate what we were from what we are? Are are we what we are if we’re always hiding some of what we were? – All We Could Have Been by T.E. Carter: This was just a heavy novel start to finish… So much of it had me thinking and processing. I think the answer to this is yes, mostly. I guess it depends on what we’re hiding, but we should also be able to keep what we want from the world…not that we should have to do so, though..
  5. And I hate the moon. I hate the stars. I hate the darkening sky. And rain and fog. I hate hospitals. And beds with sheets. And every machine ever made. And nurses and doctors. Keep her alive, that was the one thing they had to do. That was the one thing I had to do. And I hate myself most of all. – Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds: I loved this scene for all the feeling involved.
  6. My point is we’re all monsters to someone or something by some definition. It’s the context of the situation that matters. – White Stag by Kara Barbieri: Someone will make you into a monster at least once in your life. Hopefully it’s no one important to you… But even if they make you out to be the bad guy, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are indeed bad..
  7. It all suddenly, and belatedly, felt too real, the things these girls had gone through, what can happen to missing girls. – Sadie by Courtney Summers: This entire book wrecked me, but this line in particular hasn’t left my heart. To think about what the forgotten girls, the missing girls, the outsider girls have gone through because they weren’t safe just ruins me. This is so close to home for me because I had a very unsafe childhood and the men Sadie’s mother brought home could have been the very same types of men I saw with my own mother. It’s a scary world.
  8. No. It just gets different, sometimes easier, sometimes worse. Grief’s a mixed bag of different kinds of shit. – Ruin of Stars by Lindsay Miller: Grief sucks… see quote 1. Everyone handles it differently.
  9. Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are. – LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff: You are allowed to be human. We all go through changes. Just try to be better than your past self. That should be your only competition.
  10. Our heads are so fragile, but our hearts are even more delicate. – Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watt: Isn’t it just so true?? We can rationalise a hell of a lot, but sometimes our hearts just will have none of it!


So, let me know if you’ve read any of these and your thoughts! Do you have a favourite quote this week? Thanks for stopping in!


T10T: (First Ten) Books I Ever Reviewed

Top Ten Tuesday 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.

Topic – (First Ten) Books I Reviewed (These do not have to be formal reviews. A small sentence on a retailer site or Goodreads counts, too! Submitted by Rissi @ Finding Wonderland)

Girl of Myth and Legend (The Chosen Saga, Book One) – May 2016 5/5

ARC provided in exchange for honest review

Wow!!! So many emotions upon finishing this book…it’s a very strong piece and not straightforward at all, which made me want to read it all the more. Some parts of the story were a bit confusing, but seemed to be resolved by the end of the novel. Yes, there are stereotypical aspects to the story, but the originality to the majority of the story far outweighs the cliché. There always seem to be so many things happening beyond the immediate issue and the author always keeps you guessing. The strong female character is my favorite part of the novel. It’s nice to see a storyline in which the lead character is not only female, but independent, yet flawed. I love it and truly cannot wait to see what happens in the next novel.

Solace – May 2016 5/5

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to get into and interesting, but….

This was a very hard read….emotionally, I mean. As someone who knows multiple people who have been to war, I can totally identify with Corina, albeit not to the same extent as her actual experience. The plot is extremely well developed and satisfying, even if it doesn’t turn out to be the perfect ending. There’s conflict and danger and high emotions, and it all comes together in such a way as to leave you feeling as though there might be a silver lining in most outcomes given the right perspective.

Therin Knite is an amazing author and I really look forward to checking out other novels in the future. I would highly recommend Solace and hope to hear your take on it.

The Forgotten – June 2016 3/5

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

This book was truly a struggle to read for about the first half to three quarters of the story. I simply could not get into it. The writing was very strong (I do like Jennifer’s style), but the story itself was hard to finish due to the explanation and detail she put into it; and I actually read several other books to procrastinate finishing this. I feel that too many aspects were repeated throughout the novel that should have been obvious.

Of course, I’m bound to come across books now and then that I’m not complete enthralled by, but it could have been worse, I suppose. The last bit of the story, when it all starts to come together, was decently interesting and I would consider reading the next novel in the series to find out what happens to Emilie and Will, as well as Kell and Jakob. The characters were the main redeeming quality of the story. Especially the children themselves. Some of the characters were seriously terrible and I wished them ill, which ultimately happened.

The plot was really dark and sad, so I couldn’t get myself very interested in reading. There was quite a lot of fantasy aspects, which was great since fantasy is one of my favorite genres; however, a lot of the fantastical creatures were not well explained and so I could not clearly picture them as I read.

Sivec herself is a pretty good novelist, it seems, and I would definitely consider reading more of her work. This novel, however, was a trial and I cannot highly recommend it.

The Lost Soul – June 2016 4/5

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

I enjoyed reading this book because it’s not what you would expect and each time you think you’ve gotten it figured out, something changes to throw you a bit. It turns out that, even in fantasy, not everyone is redeemable. Sometimes, there are simply factors that cause people to be lost from us. Yes, this title probably refers the THE ‘lost soul’ of Echena, but I wonder if the author meant it to apply to more than one character in her novel, as many of them are ‘lost’ in one way or another….

The development of the lead character throughout the novel was inspiring. She goes from a 16 year old, sheltered schoolgirl to this independent, strong, and capable lady of the land and leader of what the establishment considers a rebellion. However, it all becomes clearly a battle for human rights once you get into it. I won’t go into much more because that would spoil it! I will say, though, I love her companions and that they are very atypical.

I’m looking forward to reading book 2 in the series: The Oracle. The ending of The Lost Soul sets up a whole lot of action to occur in the next installment.

Marked – June 2016 5/5

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

I absolutely loved this book!! I got so stuck into it that I read it in just a few hours. And when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about what might happen next… Right up my alley with all the mystical creatures humanised and the lead character being so relatable. Not only is the author wonderful, but she is also hilarious and capable of writing the story of a strong female lead who may need the guidance of her companions in the new world she comes to, but is still more than able to take care of herself and kick some ass when needed.

I love when characters are multidimensional from the beginning and progress throughout their stories. Miss Tingey made all of that happen and more. I did realise within the first couple of chapters that Kayla is not all that she appears, but that really becomes obvious near the end of the novel. There’s always something that doesn’t add up throughout the course of the story; too many coincidences that are obviously not coincidental. Then, when one problem is solved, another arises. And, of course, as the story ends, she has the decision of a lifetime to make…

Will definitely be reading book 2 of the Soulseer series! As a matter of fact, I just downloaded it…

Bury the Living (Revolutionary #1) – July 2016 5/5

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

I absolutely DEVOURED this book! It was an amazing read – so gripping I actually couldn’t put it down until I was basically falling asleep.. McIsaac made Nora and the rest of the characters in the story come alive for me – I was cheering her on like I would any real person. I felt like I was right alongside her at times. She really makes you love the characters she brings to life for the novel. I was especially into it because it’s one of my favorite topics – Irish history. I find the history so rich and interesting, the fairytale aspect is so enchanting, and for her to combine both the way she did was so appropriate for the time period in which it was set – like adding magic to the real world. Then to make one of the characters an actual person taken from a fairytale? Unreal..

It was in the same realm as Outlander and Exit Unicorns – being a historical fiction – and a good way to fill the gap between those. While I feel it should have been longer and more in depth, that’s probably me being selfish because it didn’t last nearly as long as I wanted it too. I wísh there had been more detail, though, because more of the history could have used explanation – especially for those who know nothing about the time period. I got really into it, but felt it moved along too fast in some instances. I truly cannot wait for the second installation of this series. I believe it could be as good as the other series I mentioned above. I truly hope the next one is longer and more detailed! She’s an amazing author and this is going to be a classic series some day.

Of Fear and Faith (Death and Destiny #1) – August 2016 5/5

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

Oh my steaming goodness!! This was such a great book… I enjoyed it from start to finish and wanted nothing more than to sit and read my book, damn the reality!

Anyway, a lot of the books I’ve been reading lately have some form of god/goddesses and mythology in them – this was no exception, but, damn, was it amazing! Such an original storyline and I loved the characters created by ND Jones. There was so much complexity to both lead characters and loads of secrets going on! Loved seeing the way they interacted with each other and gave a little while holding back a lot. It was interesting to try to figure out what was happening when the writing went really vague in order to not give it all away too early. I loved the mystery and romance and suspense! Would definitely recommend this to mature readers!

Obsidian (lux #1) – September 2016 5/5

To be completely honest, the moment I found out Obsidian was about aliens I nearly stopped reading. I am simply not a fan of alien novels. Not really my thing. However, since a really good friend recommended this to me, I decided to read at least the first book in the series. I am SO glad I did!! Daemon + Katy FOREVAH!

I am so in love with these two + Dee + a few other characters. This story is rife with love + betrayal + so many difficult stories. Also, I love that she’s a blogger! I totally connect with her character. ❤ She’s so real and complex, but all the characters are multi-dimensional through the story. How else would you be drawn so far into this world of aliens and alternate universes? I also believe that if the bad guys aren’t complex, they’re not realistic at all. So when I find myself truly wishing a character ill, I feel it’s an amazing story.

On of my favorite scenes in this first book is when Katy goes to the neighbor’s house since the kids living there are around her age. She’s simply going to ask directions, but the ulterior motive is to try to become friends with one or both teens. And man, there is some serious chemistry from the first interaction! I’m rooting for them from the beginning.

Armentrout has seriously made me an alien fan with this series, which is really saying something because any time I’ve experienced alien fantasy, I’m bored. This…well, I think aliens are pretty fantastic now! You’re gonna want to at least try the sample, but you’ll be sucked in within the first chapter if you’re anything like me!

Tied (owned #2.5) – November 2016 4/5

<strong>What if your hero was a bad, dark man?</strong>

That’s Charlie in a nutshell. He doesn’t think he’s good enough to be worthy of anything, but oh is he wrong… Vera + Charlie are perfection. My only complaint is this novella was too short!

ARC REVIEW | When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington




Released: 9TH APRIL 2019 by TOR TEEN


I really loved this story. I’ve been following Jessica’s journey as an author ever since I heard about Love Songs & Other Lies, which I haven’t gotten to read yet, but will be adding it to my TBR for next month now that I’ve gotten to read this.

Olivia and Aiden trade narrating throughout. I generally love this style of writing, so I was able to immerse myself in it all the more. The perks of this style are that you get two PoV’s and so more details regarding various scenes, but this can be a serious downside if one of the characters is boring. Luckily, Jessica writes amazing characters, so I was happy to read both PoV’s throughout the novel. The pacing of the story was also really great. It was quick enough that I was able to read it fairly quickly, but still detailed enough that I felt I could nearly step into their story. 10 points for storytelling!

Olivia learns early in the story that her aunt, whom she lives with, has taken a new position in a different state – taking Olivia away from her hometown right before her senior year of high school unless she can find an alternative. She asks her boyfriend, Zander, if they can talk to his parents about her living with them. Said conversation doesn’t go to plan. Aiden is the varsity pitcher of the baseball team, and also Zander’s teammate. Aiden, it turns out, is having some issues with his pitching, so quits the team and takes a job with his family’s business – River Depot. Where Olivia ends up getting a summer job!

I think the bit I struggled with most was her mother re-entering the scene. I have had a tense (non-existentent) relationship with my own mother for more than a few years now. Obviously, it wasn’t the same situation, but I don’t believe I would have been able to forgive mine so quickly or easily as Olivia did in the novel.

I really enjoyed the setting of River Depot because it’s exactly the kind of place I would have loved to work at during the when I was in high school! It is quintessential summer on the river. This was a cute summer story with some heavy topics explored throughout. I felt some of it deep in my soul… There are a few themes I’ve struggled with in my own life, such as abandonment by a parent as well as the vision issues, so that was a bit hard for me. Made me relate to Olivia and Aiden, and I think it made me love it even more. Pennington explored those topics very well and I can’t wait to see what she writes next!

Had to be a FIVE STAR read for me.

Two teenagers discover how an unexpected turn of fate can bring new love to heal old wounds in Jessica Pennington’s stunning, romantic YA novel When Summer Ends.

Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.

Thank you so much to Jessica Pennington and Tor Teen via Netgalley for the ARC.

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T10T: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday 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.

I’m happy to say I’ll be participating in T10T once again, and I am so excited for some of the upcoming topics! This week is most anticipated releases of 2019 January to June! Here we go – in more or less chronological order

  • 1. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – this was a really great read!
  • 2. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – so compelling! Very good story.
  • 3. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – I’m in love with the Grishaverse, so very excited to get this story!
  • 4. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – ugh, she killed me with this story!
  • 5. The Priory Of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I got to read the excerpt, which was good. I just love her style of writing.
  • 6. The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman – looks phenomenal, so of course!
  • 7. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – what can I say about this, except WOW! I just completely loved this book!
  • 8. The Wise and The Wicked by Rebecca Podos – Russian-inspired is EVERYTHING!
  • 9. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – definitely excited for an Arabian novel!
  • 10. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala – GIRL ASSASSIN and Indian-inspired, so obviously!
  • We’re getting such wonderful stories in the genre this year and I am so excited!
  • Go preorder these ASAP! Totally worth it 😊 Have you read any of them yet? Tell me in the comments which is your most anticipated!

    The Secret Life of a Book Blogger!

    I was tagged by Kristy @ Confessions of a YA Reader for the Secret Life of a Book Blogger. Make sure you check out her blog!

    1. How long have you been blogging?

    I started my first blog in 2012 based on travel and trips I’d taken. Then discovered book blogging in 2016, which I love! Finally switched over to WordPress a few months ago and I’ve really gotten into it since then.

    2. At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

    Hopefully never, but if it ever becomes a hassle, I’d have to step back and reevaluate.

    3. What is the best thing about blogging?

    The community! I’ve made a lot of great (and supportive) friends through the bookish community. The amazing books are a definite plus, too.

    4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

    Keeping a schedule!! I’m really bad at organising myself so I tend to need to sit down a few times a week and plan my posts, or life gets in the way and I don’t post what I meant to do.

    5. How long does it take you to find make/find pictures to use?

    Em, it depends on what I’m posting about. For reviews, I generally use my Insta pics if I took pictures of the book I was reading. For Goodreads Mondays or CFWW, it’s usually the cover photo so not long at all.

    6. Who is your book crush?

    Rowan from ToG series or Fiske from Sky in the Deep 😍😍

    7. What author would you like to have on your blog?

    Oh, this is easy! Adrienne Young, Shea Ernshaw, Sara Raasch, Linsey Miller, Sarah Henning, Jessica Brody, and a few others that I loved..

    8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

    Generally pyjamas as it’s night time when I usually write. Currently wearing shorts and spaghetti strap top because we’re heading to Tramore, Co. Waterford.

    9. How long does it take you to prepare?

    A post usually takes me about an hour with all the editing and finding quotes , etc.

    10. How do you feel about the book blogging community?

    I hate the competition and drama I see sometimes, but I mostly love it! Most of the community is super supportive and compassionate 💚💚

    11. What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

    Find something you’re passionate about, write what you really think, and be willing to ask questions when you need to. There are loads of people willing to give you advice. Be willing to adjust when you need to and don’t push yourself too hard. People notice when you don’t really care.

    Thank you for the tag Kristy! I tag anyone who wants to do this one. Please come back and share the link with me so I can check out your answers.

    Sunshine Blogger Award

    The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring – people who spread “sunshine” to the blogging world!

    • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
    • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
    • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
    • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.


    1. What was the first book you reviewed, and what star rating did you give it?

    Undraland by Mary E. Twomey – 5 stars! Loved the entire series and can even remember where I was when I read it!

    2. Would you rather DNF a book, or give it a poor star rating?

    DNF, because I don’t really want to struggle through books I’m going to give a poor rating to, anyway… It’s a waste of my time and bad for the author, as well.

    3. Where do you primarily acquire your books from? (i.e. specific bookstore, library, Amazon, etc.)

    I usually get a lot of my books from charity shops and subscription boxes. Lately, I’ve gotten quite a few books from trades and Facebook groups! My preference is to support small, local bookshops and get signed and personalised copies from authors or signings!!!

    4. Have you ever/would you ever name a pet after a bookish character?

    I totally would. I had a dog named Pongo when I was a kid, which is the closest I’ve come so far. She was a girl 😂😂 oops! We also had two Scottish terriers at the same time. Like 101 Dalmations meets Lady and the Tramp!

    5. Is there a song that makes you think of a specific book?

    City and Colour – The Girl (A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner) AMAZING book…

    6. What was the last book to make your mouth water with its food descriptions?

    This one is difficult….Probably The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody because of the coffee orders! I would have tried quite a few of those!!

    7. What was the last blog you followed? Give them a shout out!


    8. Do you like BookTube? If so, who are your 5 favorite BookTubers?

    Confession: I’ve never seen a booktube video…. I have a friend who has a channel thay I’ve been meaning to check out for ages. Check her out at McKinlay’s Bookshelf

    9. Is there a bookish theme you refuse to read about, or a genre you won’t touch?

    I don’t usually like non-fiction, but there aren’t usually any books I consider ‘no go.’

    10. Bookish candles: burn them or preserve them?

    It definitely depends on the candle. There are some I’d never dream of burning and others thay smell too good not to burn!

    11. What was the last book you hauled?

    The last book I bought was Smoke Thieves. The last ones I traded for were The Girl King and A Curse So Dark and Lonely.


    1. Haley
    2. Kat
    3. Kristy
    4. Imi
    5. areadingbird
    6. Lia
    7. Joanne
    8. Emily
    9. Mara
    10. Insights into Books
    11. Kaila

    My questions:

    1. What is your favourite fandom?
    2. Least favourite genre?
    3. How many books are on your TBR this month?
    4. What is your favourite time of day to read?
    5. When are you most creative?
    6. Which authors are on your auto-buy list?
    7. If you could recommend a travel destination, where would it be and why?
    8. What was your favourite trip ever?
    9. What’s your favourite review you’ve written?
    10. Who are your top 3 go-to bloggers when you’re looking for recommendations?
    11. Who would you most like to meet (living or dead; fictional or real)? Why?