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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Classics

Hiya!

I skipped lat week’s Top Ten Tuesday because I just didn’t sit down and just write it, but I really wanted to talk about some of my favorite classics, so I’ve decided to create my list of Favorite Classics this week instead.

Going back over this list before posting has made me realize that more than half of the classics that I love are British…There is no shame in the fact that I’m a total Anglophile!

Northanger Abbey by Jane AustenPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskill

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskill

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettPersuasion by Jane Austen

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Are any of my favorite classics your favorites as well?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fictional Guys I Crush On Even Though They’re Fake and I’m Real

Hi there everyone!

Every week I participate in the Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday, which is a weekly event where we create bookish top ten lists centered around a common theme.

This week’s theme is Top Ten Fictional Characters I Crush On.  This is not a difficult task for me! I can EASILY name ten of my many book boyfriends! Oh yes, I’ve always been a little boy crazy (never had a lot of boyfriends, I just crushed on them from afar….) especially when it comes to my reading habits. So, today I share with you some of my favorite fictional guys that I love to love!

Mr. Darcy1. Mr. Darcy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Because he is loyal and brooding and oh so British.

ClockworkAngel2. Will Herondale

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare (YA)

Apparently I like brooding and loyal guys from the UK! (Surprise! Surprise!)

Can those just be #s 3-10 as well?! No…okay…

GreatAndTerribleBeauty3. Kartik

The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray (YA)

He is so mysterious and again…loyal! Oh yeah… and sexy.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins4. Etienne St. Clare

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (YA)

He is just so cute and he has an accent!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins5. Cricket Bell

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (YA)

I love the ways Cricket loves Lola!

Henry Tilney6. Henry Tilney

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

British and has a quirky sense of humor.

thorton_467. Mr. Thornton

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Brooding, loyal and…BRITISH! (Do we notice a theme?!)

Graceling by Kristin Cashore8. Po

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (YA)

Po is just hot stuff. Plain and simple.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater9. Sean Kendrick

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (YA)

Sean is the epitome of mysterious and smouldering!

Peeta Bread10. Peeta Mellark

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (YA)

He’s loyal, sweet and he bakes bread.  What else do I need?!

BE STILL MY BEATING HEART! Seriously this post is so swoonworthy, it’s kind of making me want to re-read a lot of these books….What would my husband say?!?! :p But then I’d miss out on all the book boyfriends I could be meeting if I read new books! What to do?! What to do?!

Do you have any book boyfriends?  Go ahead and declare you love for them!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Spies and Prejudice

Hiya everyone!

Welcome back to BookTasty!

As you know, I participate in Waiting on Wednesday each week (hosted by Breaking the Spine) and love to shed some light on upcoming new releases I’m greatly anticipating.

This week, I am pretty excited about Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance.

Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy. Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She’s busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she’s sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vancespray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either.

So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her “nothing amazing,” it’s no loss for Berry. She’ll forget him in no time. She’s more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother’s death. But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can’t Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?

If you don’t already know (how could you not by now…) I’m a little tiny bit obsessed with all things Jane Austen. Her books are marvelous and I think books that pay homage to Jane Austen and her works are usually pretty fun, so I can’t wait to give Spies and Prejudice a try! I’m also a fan of spy fiction, so the mix between the two sounds like it has potential to be a pretty entertaining read.

The bad news is that Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance isn’t expected to be released until June 11 by Egmont. So we have a way to go before we can read it! :(

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Tasty Treats: Secret Santa Edition

So it’s been a long time since I posted a Tasty Treats update!

Today I’m showing off the fun gifts I received from my blogger Secret Santa! This is the second year I’ve participated in The Broke and Bookish’s Secret Santa program and it was just as fun this year as it was last year!

My wonderful Secret Santa was Alexa over at Alexa Loves Books. She sent me not one, by two, boxes in the mail!

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In the photo you’ll see two books by Sarah Dessen (!) and two books relating to my obsession with all things Jane Austen! Also delicious smelling tea!!!

I can’t wait to start digging in to these books and enjoying that tea while doing so!

Thank you so much Alexa!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving Book Fest

Well hey there!
I hope all is going well! I’m currently in Europe on vacation (I know right?!) so you won’t see me on Twitter or posting anything but my regularly scheduled posts.

So, now let’s get down to business!  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where they post a theme and book bloggers near and far create bookish lists related to that theme. This week’s theme, in honor of Thanksgiving, is Top Ten Books or Authors I’m Thankful For. All of the authors on this list are all authors whose books make me smile and wish for more!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenJane Austen: Need I say more?! We should all bow down to her genius!

Ally Carter: I want to live in her books so bad!

Shannon Hale: She is the queen of retold fairy tales and the worlds she creates are magical!Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Cassandra Clare: Her books helped me realize that I really enjoy supernatural fiction. Also she created Will Herondale, my favorite Welsh Shadowhunter! *squeeee!*

Veronica Roth: For writing a dystopian novel that rivals my beloved Hunger Games…seriously the Divergent books are THAT good.

Gordon Korman: I heart him and the fact that my students adore his books!

Rick Riordan: This guy knows exactly what my students want! Thank you for writing fabulous stories!

Jeff Kinney: For writing a new Wimpy Kid book every year because my circulation increases every time a new one is released (because my students are salivating over his books)!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff KinneyStephanie Perkins: For writing romances that make me want to hibernate in my house for days until I finish reading (and maybe rereading) them.

Heather Brewer: I’m thankful for Vlad Tod…this series made me realize, that okay…I do like vampires!

So, seriously if you are an author and your name is on the above list…THANK YOU so much for your wonderful books! They make my world (and my students’ world) a much better place!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish People I’d Like to Hang Out With

Hi there everyone!

It’s time for the weekly Top Ten Tuesday List!  Top Ten Tuesday is a blogging event hosted by The Broke and Bookish where they post a theme to create a list to.  Today’s theme is Bookish People I’d Like to Meet, or Hang Out With. This could mean authors or book bloggers etc…   So, let me just clarify that I would pretty much like to meet any author whose books I’ve read and loved (same for Book Bloggers), but I did have to narrow it down to a few.  So here we go!

1. Jane Austen (Author of Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey and five other novels)Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I’m sure this technically doesn’t count since Jane Austen is you know…dead…but I don’t care. She is my favorite author ever and I know this probably

2. Shannon Hale (Author of Princess Academy, The Books of Bayern series, and the Austenland series)

I’m pretty sure that Shannon Hale and I would get along really well.  I share her love of fairy tales, Jane Austen (see above)  and Colin Firth so I’m sure we’d have other things in common too.  Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

3. Kyle at A Reader’s Pensieve (Book Blogger)

Every time Kyle and I chat on Twitter it become more and more clear that we have TONS in common.  She was one of my first blogger friends and I think we’d really hit it off if we ever had the chance to meet!  Hopefully one day we will!

4. Sarah Dessen (author of Along for the Ride and What Happened to Goodbye)

I am so impressed with the emotional depth that Sarah Dessen writes about. Also, I love following her on Twitter! She tweets about her live on a farm, obsession with GMA, and her insecurities.  She just seems like such a vulnerable real person who is in touch with who she is.  I admire that.

5. Kim Mai Guest (audiobook narrator for Incarceron series, and Anna and the French Kiss)

I have a secret dream to be an audiobook narrator. I think my accents sound great…my husband, not so much! Hahaha So, if I got the chance to hang out with Kim Mai Guest for a little while maybe she could coach me on accents and give me awesome tips. I admire her narrating ability and would love to just listen to her talk for hours…is that creepy?!

6. Sherry at Library Fanatic (Book Blogger/Middle School Librarian)

I always appreciate Sherry’s librarian insight and ideas.  She seems like she works hard to make her library a fun, relaxing and welcoming place for her students.  Also, she is a runner!  I feel like if we ever got the chance to hang out, we’d run and discuss librarian things and books! What could be better than that?!

7. Jennifer (Book Blogger from Novel Thoughts and ARCycling)

Jennifer has always been super friendly online! Also a book lover, she created the ARCycling program so that bloggers, teachers, and librarians can share the ARC love!  Isn’t that an awesome idea?

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George8. Jessica Day George (Author of the Princess of the Midnight Ball series and Tuesdays at the Castle)

So, this is actually cheating because I’ve already met Jessica Day George at a FAME conference in Orlando, Florida a few years ago.  But I love her books, the fact that she also likes fairy tales, and the fact that she just seems so normal and funny.  I’d love to get the chance to meet her again and hang out. Actually, I’d want to chill with both her AND Shannon Hale together.  THAT would be awesome!

9. Meg Cabot (author of the Princess Diaries series and the Heather Wells series)

Meg Cabot just seems like a really fun person to be around.  I have nothing more to say than that…isn’t that enough?

10. Jennifer Ehle (audiobook narrator for Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare)

Okay, so again this is cheating. Jennifer Ehle isn’t really a bookish person per se, but she has portrayed characters from books in films (ie. Elizabeth Bennet!!). I LOVED her narration for Clockwork Angel and although I do love the narrators for the following books in the series, I just think Jennifer Ehle did a fabulous job!  Plus did I mention?  ELIZABETH BENNET?!  Yup.

Who are some of the bookish people you’d like to meet or hang out with?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Fictional Real World Romances

Top Ten TuesdayHi!

Well, I am in the midst of Pre-Planning week at school.  The 2012-2013 school year is upon us and my kids will be back on campus next week.  I am, as I’m sure all educators are, both excited to get back to work and sad to see my summer freedom go away.

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, my favorite feature, hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Top Ten Tuesday was created because of a love of lists and all things bookish. Each week a theme is posted and we get to create a list based on that theme and share it with others!

Because Jaime from The Broke and Bookish is getting married soon (YAY! Congrats!), this week’s theme  is Top Ten Fictional Romances that I Think Would  Actually Make it in the Real World.  These are fictional couples that have some sort of quality that would give help them to last if they were actually in the non fictional world we all live in.  Each of the couples I’ve listed below have what I think it takes to survive outside of their fictional environments. Yay romance!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins1. Anna Oliphant and Etienne St. Claire

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and Etienne waited out their relationship for-EVER! This couple knows what it takes to work hard at getting something right.  I think they’d do just fine in the real world where relationships are hard work.

Forgive My Fins by Terri Lynn Childs2. Lily Sanderson and Quince Fletcher

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Quince’s affection for Lily is long standing and he stood by her even when it hurt him. Lily is incredibly loyal and once she makes a decision she pretty much sticks to it. Plus both Quince and Lily push and encourage each other to be better people and are willing to say what needs to be said even if the truth might hurt a little.

Heist Society by Ally Carter3. Katarina Bishop and Hale

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Trust.  Kat and Hale have it.  You can’t pull major heist after major heist with someone unless you trust them.  In the real world, trust really is paramount to a relationship.

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby4. Sara and Andy

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

Sarah and Andy have been through some seriously difficult times together. A real life romance, that has what it takes to make it, is one where the couple can stand firm together through the fiercest trials.  I’d say walking out of the Everglades together is a pretty fierce trial!

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood5. Cate Cahill and Finn Belastra Born Wicked

Cate and Finn both have each other’s backs.  In a real life relationship, you have to be on your partner’s side. If they don’t believe you are on their side fighting through life with them, there is something lacking.  I believe that Cate and Finn, living in a society that is unfriendly to both of them, are on each other’s side when it seems like no one else is.

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale6. Charlotte Kinder and Edmund Grey

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

Charlotte and Edmund hit it off right away.  They have an easy friendship and make each other laugh. Friendship and laughter are two incredibly important factors in a relationship.  If you’re not friends how will you enjoy being with this person every single day? If your partner doesn’t make you laugh how can you make it through the monotony that is day to day life?  In my opinion, you can’t; friendship and laughter are integral to a successful relationship.

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen7. MacLean and Dave

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

MacLean and Dave stick together even when the easy thing to do is run.  They know that relationships take hard work, and sometimes the pain of life can attack and make the relationship seem like more work than it’s worth.  MacLean and Dave seem to get it though.  Any relationship that matters is worth the work.

Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer8. Vlad Tod and Snow

Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

Healthy relationships call for sacrifice sometimes.  I believe that Vlad and Snow understand that sometimes in a relationship you have to sacrifice for the other person.  I mean come on…she let him suck her blood; if that’s not sacrifice I don’t know what is!

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen9. Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The best things in life are free! Both Catherine and Henry completely get what is important in life and it’s not money!  Both would give up wealth if it meant they’d get to be together.  Le sigh…maybe my favorite couple on this list!

River Secrets by Shannon Hale10. Razo and Dasha

River Secrets (Books of Bayern #3) by Shannon Hale

Both Razo and Dasha know what it means to be overlooked despite your special qualities.  These two can see past the failures or weaknesses seen by others and into the real quality person beneath.  They’re just so cute together too!

So there you have it!  What’d you think of the couples I’ve chosen? Which fictional couples do you think would survive in the real world?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

Top Ten TuesdayHola!

Every Tuesday I participate in Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week they post a theme to create our own bookish lists.

I’m not a huge fan of this week’s official theme, so I’m going to do the one from last week (which I skipped because I did an August New Release list), which is Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours.  So these are all characters who’s shoes I’d love to temporarily (or permanently) fill.

Catherine Morland1. Cathrine Morland

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Other than Elizabeth Bennett, Catherine Morland is my favorite of Austen’s heroines.  She is just so loveable and naive and is full of book lust! I think that I could manage pretty well in Catherine’s slippers as she dances with Henry Tilney,  goes on long country walks with Elinor and explores Bath for the first time.

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter2. Cammie Morgan

The Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this (many) times, but I want to be a student at the Gallagher Girl Academy for Exceptional Young Women!  I want to learn how to be a spy in a huge, old mansion. I’ll just overlook the whole secret organization who may or may not wish me harm thing.

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale3. Charlotte Kinder

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

I just want to vacation at Austenland.  I also like the idea of some mystery and intrigue thrown in with my Regency romance. So, yes I could do very, very well for myself at Austenland!

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson4. Ginny

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Ginny gets to travel all over Europe on a special quest.  Yes please! I wish someone would give me money and send me off to explore Europe!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins5. Anna

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Boarding school in Paris?! Why not! I laughed that Anna was, at first, angry about being sent to live in Paris for a year, because I thought…well heck! I’ll gladly take your place Anna! Can I still attend a French boarding school at 29?

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare6. Tessa Gray

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Okay, so I’ll admit Tessa’s life isn’t all romance, puppy dogs and laughter.  She loves two boys, doesn’t know who she really is, and has these robotic/clockwork creatures chasing her, but I’d still switch spots with Tessa for a day.  I’d love to explore Victorian London, with a certain Welsh shadowhunter!

A Rather Lovely Inheritance by CA Belmond7. Penny Nichols

A Rather series by C.A. Belmond

If I was Penny Nichols (yes that’s her name) I could gallivant all over Europe in an antique sports car or yacht.  I would also have a job that allowed me to find historic antiques and solve mysteries.

Carmen 8. Carmen

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Anne Brashares

I just want to be a part of this group of friends and Carmen is my favorite of them all.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier9. Jena

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

I know she gets mixed up with the dangerous fairy world, but Jena is just a fun character and I wouldn’t mind living in a fairy tale like setting for a day or so…but only for a day!

Rumors by Anna Godbersen10. Diana Holland

The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen

Gilded Era Manhattan? Wealthy young socialites in gorgeous gowns?  I can play dress up for a day!

Which fictional characters would you be willing to switch places with?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Fictional Settings or Worlds

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and Bookish.  Each week the post a topic and everyone creates their own top list based on that specific topic.

This week’s topic is officially titled “Most Vivid Words/Settings” but I’m just making it my favorite fictional worlds or settings.  There are so many awesome book settings out there, but obviously there are some I love more than others.  Today we’ll be taking a look at some of my favorite settings although there are so many others I love out there. Here we go!

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen1. Bath circa Regency England (1812-1820ish) 

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

So I’m already starting my list of favorite fictional settings off with a setting that is NOT fictional.  Yes, I  am aware that Bath is a real place.  But I was not lucky enough to have experienced Bath during its Regency hay-day so it’s pretty much fictional to me. I know Austen wasn’t a fan of Bath, but I love seeing it through Catherine Morland’s eyes in Northanger Abbey.  So much bustle, glamor, fun, and excitement!  I would have loved to have been there with Catherine so I could experience the Pump Room, and all dance in the assembly rooms.  Le sigh…

Austenland by Shannon Hale2. Austenland  

Austenland and Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

Strange how numbers 1 and 2 are connected….No not strange at all! I love Jane Austen.  I love her novels (even the uncompleted Sandition), her heroines, her heros (hubba hubba) and yes even her “villains” and rakes!  So when I read Shannon Hale’s Austenland in which she created a story set in a Jane Austen resort (where its Regency England all day, every day!) of course I automatically fell in love.  Wealthy resort creators, PLEASE PLEASE create a real live Austenland for me?! And please make it affordable for someone on a teacher’s salary.  Thank you.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen3. Colby

Sarah Dessen’s Along for the Ride

I just love the idea of Colby.  Colby is this cute little fictional beach town in Along for the Ride.  It has a boardwalk with fun boutiques and it seems like everyone knows each other.  If Colby (not a place like Colby but actually Colby as described in the book) were real, I’d visit every summer.  We’d rent a house on the beach and stay for, like, the entire month of July.  Yes. I like Colby.

The Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling4. Hogwarts

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Do I really even have to say explain why I like Hogwarts?  It’s Hogwarts! Moving staircases, sorting hats, paintings that talk and hidden passageways. Oh and magic.  Yes! I have always been intrigued by the idea of boarding schools, and Hogwarts has that coolness factor plus magic! How cool can you get? Rowling’s attention to detail when creating Hogwarts (and the other places in her books) is just out of control amazing.  I want to get sorted and actually take up residence in one of the houses. Oh and take classes with Hermione.

I'd Tell You I Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter5. The Gallagher Girl Academy

The Gallagher Girls series Ally Carter

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a boarding school…FOR SPIES! I know I’ve said it on this blog before but I wish The Gallagher Academy was real and it would accept 29-year-old students. The mansion has all these hidden sublevels underneath it and even has a secret entrance through a lake.  Yea.  A lake. It even has security measures that turn it from a spy school into a regular girls boarding school.  It’s pretty awesome.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale6. Bayern

The Books of Bayern series by Shannon Hale

Bayern is like magical fairy tale land.  Girls have special powers that let them talk to animals and control the wind, while others control fire.  You know, just your average day in Bayern.  No biggie.  There are castles, princes, wars and magic.  I love fairy tales and would love to live in one.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher7. Incarceron 

Incarceron and Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

Incarceron is a prison.  It’s also alive.  It’s also in a different plane of space and time…kind of…  Incarceron actually scares the living you-know-what out of me.  It is ruthless and dirty and just plain creepy.  But Fisher was so creative in imagining it that there is no other setting like it.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to go to Incarceron. I’m just find with reading about it.  It’s cool, but horribly scary too.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos8. Norvelt 

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Norvelt is a small mid-western town and it’s pretty much full of crazies! Seriously, the main character, Jack, is surrounded by kooky seniors, a dad who mows down his wife’s corn field and a weird guy who rides a tricycle.  Norvelt is just so fun in its quirkiness.

The Parting by Beverly Lewis9. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Every book by Beverly Lewis 

Confession time. I really love Christian Amish Fiction.  I KNOW! I KNOW!  But I love it so much! I’m so intrigued by the Amish and their way of life.  I’d love to go see Amish country, and hope to one day.  It seems so idyllic with the rolling hills, creeks, and farms.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray10. The Spence Academy

The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray

Another boarding school!  This one is set in Victorian England and has some strange supernatural connections. I’ve always been interested in Victorian England, and I would have loved to be a student at Spence.  Although I could have done without the creepy happenings!

A Rather Lovely Inheritance by CA Belmond11. Europe

The Rather series by C.A. Belmond

In these books you get to see Europe and the Mediterranean from snazzy sports cars and yachts,  experience the lovely perfume fields of France, and lounge in the glamorous Monte Carlo. Ohh to be an heiress with a cute English love interest!

So, those are my ten favorite fictional settings.  What are some of yours?

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Fictional Female Characters

Top Ten TuesdayAnother week another Top Ten Tuesday! YAY! I think it really is my favorite meme, even though writing these posts take the most time. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish to encourage interaction between book bloggers.

This week’s theme is favorite fictional characters, but I decided to narrow it down and make it my favorite female fictional characters. I’m in the mood for a little girl power this week!

Spice Girls

Ummm…not exactly that kind of girl power.

All the characters I chose as favorites are strong, yet also vulnerable and not afraid to be themselves. They’re girls that I see pieces of myself in at times, which I think is why I feel a connection with them. So, lets get started with my ten (okay eleven!) favorite fictional female characters!

Katniss EverdeenKatniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Girl on Fire! I mean, need I say more? I don’t, but I will. Katniss takes care of those she loves, and she even makes major sacrifices for those she loves. She is strong, but is also not perfect (she can be pretty clueless at times) and she’s okay with that. Katniss is awesome.

Hermione GrangerHermione Granger from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Hermione is a reader. She’s always reading more and more to learn more and more. She also doesn’t let bullies get her down, and is extremely loyal to her friends.

Fire by Kristin CashoreFire from Fire by Kristin Cashore

What I like about Fire is that she is both strong and incredibly sad and guilt ridden. She is strong and powerful but vulnerable and gentle. She’s a pretty awesome heroine.

Divergent by Veronica RothTris Pryor from Divergent by Veronica Roth

Tris has a deep sense of who she is. She knows she can’t live a certain way and doesn’t try to mold herself into an impossible mold for the sake of others. But at the same time, she is incredibly caring and loyal. She is also so strong that she forces herself to face her fears head on.

Real Live Boyfriends by E. LockhartRuby Oliver from The Boyfriend List series by E. Lockhart

Ruby is so hilariously obnoxious. She is so self absorbed but is, at the same time, improve herself and her relationships. She isn’t satisfied with her status quo and pushes through the pain to get to the joy.

Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover by Ally CarterCammie Morgan from The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

Cammie is awesome. She is normal – for a teenage spy in training. Despite all the things that make her extraordinary (like all her covert ops capabilities), Cammie is really just a normal girl who likes to be with her friends and talk about cute boys. I feel like I could hang out with her!

Nancy DrewNancy Drew from the Nancy Drew series by Carolyne Keene

Nancy Drew was probably my first favorite heroine ever. I started reading these books in early elementary school with my mom. Nancy is smart and doesn’t take no for an answer. She always manages to solve the mystery while looking fabulous the whole time (in perfect 1950s fashion!).

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareTessa Gray from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Tessa is one of my favorites for many reasons but one main reason is that she’s an American girl in love with a Welsh guy. So romantic… yes I just said that. Also, Tessa doesn’t let herself believe the lies about her that others try to convince her of. She isn’t perfect, but she knows she is a person of value despite what others may think.

Princess Academy by Shannon HaleMiri from Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

She is smart, brave and loyal. Miri is the one in her family who takes care of the business side of things, she does this even better than her father. She also doesn’t really believe she is brave, but can be courageous when its necessary. Miri is also incredibly loyal to her family, friends and hometown. She will do, and does, whatever she can to make sure they’re safe.

Raina Raina from Smile by Raina Telgmeier

I feel like Raina’s preteen years were exactly like mine! For so many reasons! I literally turned every page in Smile thinking, “That is SO me!” From embarrassing middle school moments to a love for New Kids on the Block! For more about this check out my review of Smile.

Elizabeth BennetElizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I know this is #11, but the “fine eyed” Elizabeth Bennet cannot be left off this list. She is witty, intelligent, and confident. But she also recognizes her mistake and changes in the end. I totally believe we’d be friends in real life.

Who are your favorite fictional female characters? Are there any I’ve forgotten?