Hey y'all!Today is a freebie topic for Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. I thought of this topic because recently, it's been feeling like books are the only thing that keep me together when I'm falling apart. Books are my friends and within the chaos and confusion of freshman year, I take comfort in them more than ever. Friendships are hard to navigate and sometimes I feel like I'm losing my grip on who I want to be and who I am at the moment.1. Revolution by Jennifer DonnellyIf y'all are new to the blog, you might not know this, but Revolution is my favorite book. I've read a lot of absolutely incredible books but reading Revolution for the first time was like nothing I've ever felt before. I got so into this book. I felt so connected to it and the meshing of genres kept me glued to the pages. I reread this book every couple of months, it feels like, and each time, it gets better and better.2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen ChboskyLike Revolution, this is a book that gets better with each read. I keep noticing lines and descriptions that I had glossed over before or never appreciated fully. As I age and experience more things, I can relate to more and more of what Charlie is saying. This book is life-changing and it continues to change me. I actually reread this last week because I needed some of Charlie's observations about life and experiences to keep me sane. I've been so stressed out and this was the perfect book to cure my anxiety.3. The Christmas Doll by Elvira WoodruffWe used to read this every year at Christmas. I don't really know what happened but we stopped reading it. My mom would read it to us before bed. My sisters and I would gather in one bed and listen to my mom read pages out loud, every night up until Christmas. Soon, it just became my twin sister and I and we kept trailing off every year. Sometimes, I still drag out our copy and remember what it was like when things were simpler.4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. RowlingI've reread this book so many times. I don't think that there will be another series that will affect me this way for a while. How do you even begin to describe Harry Potter? And then, it's so large that I reserve a section of my year to rereading the series. It takes me back in time and I gain new perspective with each read. It's become more of a tradition than anything else. Sometimes I just need to put down the review books and the homework and ignore everything for a day while I read about Harry and Hogwarts.5. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny HanThis is such a poignant coming-of-age novel. Thoughtful reflections on life are interwoven with the bittersweet experiences of growing up and first love. It's both entertaining and reflective, which I really just need sometimes. The soothing beach environment reminds me of summer and calm. I get so caught up in the chaos of it all that sometimes I just need to go to the beach with Belly and remember that other people are going through the same things that I am.6. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann BrasharesThis was one of the first YA series that I ever read. I remember curling up with the books (after seeing the movie, I'm ashamed to admit!) in fourth or fifth grade and becoming completely absorbed. Their friendships fell apart and endured in the long run and each of the girls went through momentous events that I anticipated myself facing during high school. It's very realistic in its portrayal of teenagers and I related to so much of the book. I love this series and the actual books themselves have been read so many times that the spines are falling apart and the covers are scratched up.7. Dawn Rochelle by Lurlene McDanielSometimes, I just need to grieve. I don't exactly know what I'm grieving for sometimes - lost time, simplicity, etc,.- but I just need to sit down and lose myself in my emotions. This is that book. This is the book that absolutely makes me surrender myself to my emotions. If I don't know how to express myself or I'm just confused and helpless, I read this book and I cry. A lot. I first read it in fourth grade. I cry at all the same parts and find myself affected by different parts as well. I got so involved with the characters and the novels.8. All-American Girl by Meg CabotWhen I need humor or a bit of a pick-me-up, I read All-American Girl. Sam's humor is contagious and her spirit saturates the entire book. Between hilarious top ten lists and characters that melt me, I fall in love with this book each time that I read it. In fact, this was my favorite book up until seventh grade (when I read Revolution.) I used to check out the same copy from my school library (actually one of the only YA books that they ever had) and still associate my copy strongly with the taste of lemon drops from earning Sunshine State prizes. I have so many memories and emotions associated with this one.9. Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Amy McNamaraI haven't actually reread this book before. I read it for the first time the other week. When I was reading it, the most unusual sense of melancholy calm settled over me. It was a feeling that I haven't experienced in an extremely long time, and I want to capture that. It felt like time slowed down when I was reading it because it impacted me so much. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. I need that feeling again. That calm will definitely be useful when I have my next mental breakdown (haha).10. Impossible by Nancy WerlinA textured and enthralling read, Impossible completely stunned me when I first read it. The haunting lyrics of Scarborough Fair were adapted in this incredible read to form a completely unique story. With beautiful writing, sinister characters, and mood that completely floored me, I love to reread this one. This is a book that I read to remind me why I read YA and why I do this. It paints a picture of a mood and story that I can only get through reading.I hope y'all enjoyed! What books do y'all read to keep yourselves sane? Love y'all!Grace
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the Broke and the Bookish! This week's topic? Top Ten Bookish People I Want to Meet.Alexandra Adornetto. This pick shouldn't come as a surprise to ANYBODY because I absolutely adore Alexandra Adornetto. Props to teen authors, y'all. I want to meet her so badly! I absolutely love her and it would just amaze me to meet her.J.K. Rowling. Because I mean, c'mon, really. Who would turn down that opportunity? She essentially crafted my childhood with Harry Potter. Meeting J.K. Rowling would be more than a dream come true. I can't even put this into words.Jennifer Donnelly. Author of my favorite book, Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly seems like such a complex person. Her book impacted me so much. Her beautiful writing combined with her incredible plot and the history behind it! I would love to find out what exactly influenced her.John Green. Granted, I've already met him, but what I wouldn't give for even just a few minutes talking with him one-on-one. We only had a few seconds and I'm sure I was considered a part of his monotony of fans and Nerdfighters. I think it would be amazing simply to talk with him. To have a conversation and talk about things.Katherine Tegen. It's no secret that I want to work in publishing and Katherine Tegen is such an incredible person. Her career essentially represents everything that I want to do with my life. She's so...wow!Doni Kay. Doni Kay is a sales rep at Penguin who went to my school. She's from my hometown, graduated from my high school, and carved a career out for herself in publishing, which is exactly what I want to do! She works with my local indie bookstore sometimes and I was supposed to meet her last year when she came to Inkwood but it fell through. Anyways, I just really want to meet her and talk with her about publishing!Brent Taylor. After writing my blog post on passion, Brent sent me an email about it and his email is on my wall. It's so inspiring and he's such an amazing and hilarious person! I was actually way too intimidated to go up and talk to him at BEA (because I mean, it's Brent Taylor. He just radiates amazing-ness!) and I didn't want to crazy fangirl. I'm obsessed with his blog and his tweets!Jodi Reamer. Jodi Reamer is such an amazing agent. Her clients are absolutely phenomenal and she's just one of those people who's so talked about that she seems almost mystical. I would just love to meet her and talk with her. She's one of those people with a career that I would love to have.Kelsey Dickson. Oh, Kelsey. From her advice on high school to her hilarious comments on my Facebook profile to everything that she says, reads, and jokes about, I'm kind of obsessed with her. Kelsey is so great and so funny and she's just one of those people that I have such a friend-crush on. I met her for two seconds at BEA but with the crazy rush of people and the fact that I hadn't really connected with her until AFTER BEA, I didn't get to talk with her or bond. I love Kelsey! I want to meet her!Gabrielle Carolina. Gabrielle is hands-down one of my BEST blogger friends. She's always there for me to talk to, talks me through both personal issues and writing-related issues and is one of the best people I could ever ask for. I was so bummed when she couldn't make it to BEA and am praying that I get to meet her soon! Gabrielle is one of my favorite people ever!Sarah LaPolla. Sarah LaPolla's blog is so great. Her fascinating discussions and thoughtful ideas make it a must-read for me. I read her blog whenever she posts something new and she's one of those agents that I hardcore stalk. She's an incredible agent and her blog is AMAZING! I can't gush enough about Sarah LaPolla!Bonus:Kristen Simmons. This one is also kind of cheating. Kristen lives in my hometown, so I've been dying to just talk to her sometimes. I keep imagining myself running into her at the grocery store, or writing at Starbucks and completely fangirling. I would love to go out to lunch with her sometimes (hey Kristen, how 'bout it?) or just carry on a conversation with her! It would be SO EASY to spend time with her so whenever I'm out in public, I always catch myself hoping that I randomly run into her. How awesome would that be?