Top Ten Literary Names I'd Use For A Cat

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

Does anyone else have the terrible habit of drafting posts and then forgetting to post them because you never fine-tuned them? Well, that's me. I found this post back in October in my drafts section and I love it, so I am posting it late because why not?!

Ladies and gentleman, prepare for some serious intensity because I recently got a new cat and in the process of naming her thought long and hard about literary possibilities.

So, this is a list of 10 different literary works that can inspire cat names.

In case you're wondering, my fur baby is named Charlotte, Charlie for short, from Charlotte's Web. :)

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1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling- If I had a black cat, I would name it Padfoot in a heartbeat, just as I would name a ginger cat Weasley. There's also the whole humans with animal names so I'd seriously consider Fred here. But, of course, we have to give a nod to Crookshanks. I mean, just imagine it: Crooky, Crooky, Crooky. Here, Crooky, Crooky, Crooky. Also, Luna is an awesome cat's name, but I already used it for one of my others!

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas- Most of the names in this series are too complicated for a cat, but I love the idea of naming a kitty Rowan. I also like the name Manon, but it strikes me as more of a dog name for some reason.

3. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote- The name of Holly Golightly's cat is Cat. I don't know if I ever actually could do this to a kitty, but I know I want to do this to a kitty. haha

4. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll- I would hands down name the proper mischievous fur baby Cheshire if I feel they are feisty enough to handle the name. Come 'ere, Chess!

5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis- Aslan is a strong and powerful name for a strong man of the house cat. FOR NARNIAAAAAA!!!!! *jumps into a tree* *runs into a wall* *eats a bug*

6. The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta- I seriously considered the name Finnikin for a male cat, Finn for short, but I ended up with a female and I just didn't think that would work!

7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- I love animals with human names as mentioned before, so I would happily name a cat Max after one of my favorite characters ever. It's just, you know, weird that this is the name of one of my best friends, and one of my cousins, and 3 of my friend's dogs...

8. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter- So, I wouldn't really name the cat a name from the work, but I'd happily give a cat a name as awesomely awesome as Beatrix. Trix or Trixie for short? Bea for short?

9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab- The author is well aware of the fact that Delilah is the perfect name for a female cat because they're so mischievous. In fact, Charlie was almost a Delilah. And I'm sure V is doubly as well aware that any male gray cat HAS to be named Holland. No if's, and's, or but's about it.

10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- Mr. Darcy would be such a great name for a male cat to which I can angrily say, "Come here, Mister!" I think Darcy alone for a female cat is even cooler though. I just love the name, don't you? Or, for a boy cat, Fitz would be pretty great, too.


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Do you have any cool names for animals that are from literary works? :)

Review: The Grift of the Magi by Ally Carter

Series: Heist Society #3.5
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 105 (eBook)
Source: Bought
Katarina Bishop is a thief. To many it wouldn’t matter that she now uses her considerable skills to re-steal valuable works of art and return them to their rightful homes.

She’s still a thief.

So that’s why Kat’s surprised when an Interpol agent comes to her one snowy evening, asking for Kat’s help.

The Magi Miracle Network was set to auction off a very rare, very valuable Faberge egg two days before Christmas, but the egg’s been stolen and now the charity’s reputation—and their future—is on the line.
Kat’s family and Interpol might be opposite sides of most jobs, but someone just stole Christmas.

Now it’s up to Kat and her crew to steal it back.

The Grift of the Magi is a Heist Society novella and is approximately half the length of the other novels in the series. It stands alone, but if you want read more about Kat and her crew check out Heist Society, Uncommon Criminals, and Perfect Scoundrels.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

I flipped out when I found out this novella existed. I honestly had no clue until a few days ago. How did it fly under my radar for so long?! I quickly realized that it is because Ally Carter did not publish through Disney Hyperion the way the rest of the series is published and instead did it on her own.

This book features the gang. Everyone I could possibly want is in it, even if only briefly, and I often found myself jumping in excitement when a new name appeared on the page. The second I saw the countdown layout of the chapters, I was in the zone. I got to travel the world (albeit it was not as detailed as I would have liked but, hey, it's a novella) and do illegal things again and what more could you want from an Ally Carter book? This book is a super quick read and it made it nice to slip back into this world. 

My favorite part about this story is that we have Hale and Kat working together... as a couple! There is their usual awesomeness doubled by some kisses and even better bickering-y banter. YES YES YES! Slightly rushed ending aside, I loved every minute of this novella and the Christmas (mistletoe!) feelings brought with it.

I will say that this novella is making me believe that Heist Society #4 may actually be a thing because it really ties the series together. We all know that Kat has an Egg of the Magi because it is her most prized possession from her mother. And then this book has to deal with rescuing the second egg. This series wouldn't be hole without us discovering where Egg #3 is. I truly wouldn't be able to forgive Carter if she gave us this amazing novella that gives such hope for the continuation of the series without actually continuing it. I just... I want this so badly. This is one of my major bookish wishes ever. For realsies.

Anyway, read this novella. It's well worth the three dollars because slipping into this world with this amazing group of characters is intoxicating. BUT GOSH DANG IT, I JUST WANT TO KNOW HALE'S NAME!

4 stars

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Top Eleven Best Books That I Read in 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

This is a rough list to make considering the fact that there is still 4 more days left in the year. And yes, it's just 4 days, but I can still manage to read some seriously life-changing books in 4 days! Anyway, of the books that I have read so far, these are my favorite.

In no particular order...

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1. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer- This book doesn't come out for a few months, but its placement on this list was a no-brainer for me. It was pure perfection. I wouldn't change a thing about this YA You've Got Mail except, you know, the fact that it ended.

2. By Your Side by Kasie West- Two teens get locked in a library in the middle of a snowstorm for a weekend. There's more to each than initially meets the eye. Yet another perfect contemporary from Kasie West.

3. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli- This is my first Alebrtalli, but it is so amazing! I related so hard to the Jewish mentions in the story, and I loved the beauty of a first kiss. I saw lot of my anxious not-small self in Molly, and this is a book I wish I had as a teenager.

4. Remembrance by Meg Cabot- This is the long-awaited adult sequel to a YA series I loved. It could have been absolutely terrible and I still would have loved every minute of it because of what it meant.

5. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo- I binged this duology (finally!) this year and loved every minute of it. Kaz is amazing and this cast of characters, and the surprise appearances from past cast, blew me away. I have one issue with CK and that's the fact that I felt like the end of one character's arc was completely unnecessary, but I just hope that means that this world will be revisited again one day.

6. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid- If you center a series around a character named Nemesis that is a robotic killing machine sent away to take down foreign governments, I'll probably read it.

7. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson- This series is so meta and ahead of its time and I loved every minute of it. Read it! Love it! Bask in its amazingness. You will never stop laughing.

8. The Goal by Elle Kennedy- Again, another series I binged. It was like candy crack, so bad it was good. But then this last book came along--one I actually wasn't excited for because I didn't like the direction the series seemed to be going in, and it showed how much Kennedy grew as a writer. The best in the series if you ask me. Plus, swoony men and kickass girls. WOOOOOOO!

9. When We Collided by Emery Lord- Lord has a way with writing really intensely emotional stories. This is perhaps "darker" than her other ventures, but her exploration of mental health is very important.

10. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab- Okay, so this is a slightly fillery sequel, but Schwab is such an amazing writing that even a filler book is BOMB. Things pick up near the end and the character growth is great, as is the expansion of the cast.

11. Geekerella by Ashley Poston- So much geekiness. So much cute. So much Cinderella. One of my favorite fluffy retellings ever!

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Do we have any top ten books in common? Which ones? Link below with your own Top 10s for me to add to my TBR!

Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 448 (ARC)
Source: From Publisher For Review
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

This book. I don't know what to say. I enjoyed it immensely.

I know that it was initially written as an adult erotic fantasy-type book that was then converted to a young adult book because of appeal. A Goblin King, while super intriguing, has the makings of perfection for a YA audience instead of an adult audience, you know? With that in mind, you can still tell this was initially adult. While there's less sex (though that's not to say there isn't any sex romance lovers) the way it is written just seems so... adult. There's an intimacy to everything, especially the way the author focuses on music, and it makes you flip pages super fast.

Firstly, I loved the lore in this. This Labyrinth re-imagining is definitely spot on. But, more than anything, the lore about The Underground, The Goblin King, and all the other creatures we find down there is beyond fascinating. This book truly transfers you to another world when Liesl heads underground, but because the main part of the book takes place in Austria it's like the entire book is a fairytale. The world-building is definitely spot on.

And here's where my intense love of this book wavers...Liesl. She's very selfless, rarely selfish, and it's easy to love her. But, gosh, is she frustrating at times. Nearly every other page she talks about how "plain" and "not pretty" she is. If I have to see the word "plain" one more time, I may scream. I understand that she envies her gorgeous sister, Kathe, and her talented brother and eyes often skim over her because of that, but she harps on it to the point of obsession. Even when someone else admits they see beauty in her, she can't fathom it because she's so wrapped up in her own plainness. Which, you know, makes her personality pretty dang plain at times when she's not being passionate and heroic and at times kinda overemotional and all over the place.

On the other hand, we have The Goblin King. He is so dang complex and fascinating. With his two different color eyes and lanky build, he is instantenously attractive to all. He has many hidden secrets, but a respect for scholars and a deep love and admiration for music, especially the violin. He, too, is simultaneously selfish and selfless and I wanted more of him. He is a compelling and easily loved villain. I'm talking The Darkling level, guys.

The romance...man. Liesl and the Goblin King have such an intense and passionate relationship. Because of this, her time spent underground is literally a rollercoaster. Happiness, sadness, passion, triumph, despair. You name it, they experience it, and their story is told through the beauty of her music. Speaking of music, as someone with not a lyrically talented bone in her body, I was hesitant to pick this book up. There's beautiful sequences describing rhythm and song that I wouldn't understand, but Jae-Jones wrote them so that even a music noob like myself could still feel the power and intimacy thrown into such compositions.

And then there's the end. The book ends where it does because there's a sequel, but it's like everything happened and it just ended there. And then there's an epilogue which made me have a little bit of hope, but it just wasn't what I wanted as a reader. It's not what I expected at all. Did it have something to do with the plot? Yes. Did it tie the book up in a satisfactory way? Not at all. It is unfortunate to end on an unsatisfactory note because the book is so great, but I am definitely looking forward to book two.

3.5 stars

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FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for this honest review.

Review: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 400 (ARC)
Source: From Publisher For Review
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

I have no words for my intense love of this book. I read it, I immediately bothered the author on twitter and ran down the streets screaming. Okay, maybe not that last bit, but I did force it on everyone I could at work and on the Internet, which is a success in my book. I mean, a YA You've Got Mail? Sign. Me. Up.

This story is so character driven. That's the beauty of it. We have these two teens that are hurting really badly, they're suffering the way nobody should ever suffer, and somehow they find each other under the most unlikeliest of circumstances and realize the world isn't as lonely of a place as it may seem.

Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother. When her mother passes away, she continues to do so, leaving them at her grave every couple of days because she doesn't know what else to do. Her grief is intense and real, leading her to give up her greatest love and talent, photography, because it reminded her of her mother too much. One day she gets a response to one of her letters from a boy named Declan. Of course, Juliet doesn't know that the school thug who got drunk and crashed a car last year and is constantly doing community service is the one writing back to her, the one she is starting to get to know and have feelings for because of how similar they are. They start this journey together, and the question is are they going to finish it?

Declan, like Juliet, is hurting. He's perhaps the most complex character in this book and I loved it. He's a protector, but he also needs protecting. He is hard, mean, and angry, but he just needs to be held and told that everything is okay and that he is loved. He is intelligent and handy, but hides behind a facade of stupidity because it is easier to play into stereotypes. Once you're written off, nobody expects anything better of you. (Also, shout out to the fact that Declan's family is the worst family I have ever read and I hate them with a burning passion so bravo, Brigid, for making me want to vomit whenever they randomly appeared in the book because they're just not good parents and don't know how to handle any situation and huge enablers and blah. That run-on sentence was totally necessary because they're that bad).

Through a series of almosts, the two slowly start to guess at the others' identity, which causes readers to flip through the pages at a lightning fast speed because they need to know what happens. This book is just...wow.

And, luckily, there will be a sequel. While this book was amazing, there's still so much more to tell. Especially when it comes to Rev, Declan's best friend who was abused as a child and eventually adopted by his amazing foster family. His story only just begun in this book and I am so, so, so excited to see where it goes! Plus, I NEED MORE KISSING!

5 stars

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FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for an honest review.

Waiting on Wednesday #82

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

My pick of the week is...
Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Razorbill
Empress
Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Fugitive
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he's forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

Madman
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

Why I Am Waiting 

THIS JUST LOOKS SO GOOD! IT IS A LILI BOOK IF I HAVE EVER SEEN ONE!

I literally don't know what else to say aside from pointing out the fact that all caps is 100% necessary.

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Are you equally as excited for this book as me? Is there another book you are even more excited about? Please share your thoughts with me below!

Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Hanukkah Bush


To start this off, I have never actually had a Christmas tree because of what it symbolizes. It's just connected to a holiday that I don't celebrate. I've always thought they were beautiful and something worth marveling when they're all done up, though, so I threw some ornaments on a bush when I was young and the Hanukkah bush was born!

Anyway, I'm really fortunate that I have been content with my reading habits lately. There are certain books I really want to read and I am reading them, and I don't really need others. This list is a combination of books that exist in galley form and in published format because I'd be happy if any magically appear beneath my Hanukkah bush!

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1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling- This book is so dang pretty! I just want it displayed with the rest of my HP canon collection.

2. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover- I have only ever read one Colleen Hoover, Hopeless, and I did not enjoy it that much. I want to give her another shot and this seems like the perfect book.
 
3. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab UK cover- Yet another book necessary to complete my collection.

4. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff- I am so sad that I haven't had the chance to read htis one yet because it looks like such a Lili book. Hopefully it arrives on my doorstep soon. ;)

5. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater- I own books 1 - 3 in paperback, so this book needs to come out in paperback so I can binge please!

6. The Grift of the Magi by Ally Carter- So I just realized there's a Heist Society novella and I need it more than life itself! Does this mean there is finally going to be a book four?!

7. By Your Side by Kasie West- I read it. I loved it. I gotta own it!

8. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu- I have been putting off bingeing this series until this book is out. Now that it is, I must have it!

9. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys- It just looks so good! OMG

10. The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge- I have heard such amazing things, and I want to discover them for myself!


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What do YOU want Santa to leave under your tree?

Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 352 (eARC)
Source: Edelweiss
In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~
By now, I know that if I am in need of a quick, fluffy contemporary, I can reliably turn to Kasie West. She has never let me down! And while ON THE FENCE is still my favorite of hers to date, this is definitely a close second. Plus, it helps that this is such a cute and quick read that I read it in less than six hours. Literally the perfect pick-me-up for any book lover!

This book starts immediately with the main character, Autumn, getting trapped in a library. I felt really bad for her, especially because it was cold, but as she described this library I found myself being super envious of its awesomeness. But, anyway, Autumn is obsessed with control. She has to be in control of everything and liked by everyone. This may be because she has anxiety and has a panic attack when situations become truly out of control. While her family is ridiculously supportive (more on that later), her friends don't know about her anxiety because she is scared they will treat her differently.

Then there's Dax. Dax is also stuck in the library. He is a bit cliche in the sense that he is that school bad boy that has a reputation that doesn't fit him that then falls for the good girl, but I have no gripes. I loved Dax and his hidden heart of gold and calming nature. He is so selfless, thoughtful, and kind, and made the best of a really bad hand of cards life dealt him. We need more characters like him and Autumn that allow us to explore important issues like the realities of foster care and anxiety.

A huge shout-out to Autumn's family as well. As we all know, there's a bit of a plague in the YA world full of bad parents. Autumn's family are wonderful. Her older brother Owen comes home from college to see her because he cares about her, and she can tell him anything. Her parents worry for her and support her mental health consistently, allowing her to be independent but being there for her whenever she needs them. They see the importance in mental health days and overcoming anxiety-inducing situations. I really enjoyed their dynamic and think it was very refreshing to have in this book.

I loved so much about this book it's hard to find any negatives, but there are two things I didn't like. Firstly...I didn't like how Dax and Autumn met. I mean, sure, suddenly realizing someone else is trapped in the library would probably be weird, but their meeting seemed awkward and forced and like it didn't flow with the rest of the story. And then secondly, I hated Autumn's friends! I mean, Lisa's great, but the others seemed kind of two-dimensional and boring, and they didn't even realize Autumn didn't make it to the bonfire with them and was trapped in the library! I get it, she has a reputation for running off (due to her anxiety, not that they knew that), but if you are a good friend you'd look for her or confirm her safety before, I don't know, leaving her behind on a mere assumption. Also, Dallin, Jeff's best friend, is a terribly cold person that is rude. Cold person is cold. Situations of high stress may make people act out, but I found myself sneering every time he was on the page. Not a fan, though I guess it's a positive West could incite so much animosity in me.

I wish there was more. More kissing, more Dax and Autumn, more. They work so well together and this book was so quick I was a little surprised when it ended. I want to know what happens next because so many questions remain unanswered. I know West hasn't really written any sequels since her Pivot Point duology, but this book could easily swing one.

Read this if you want a fluffy contemporary, love libraries, and a respectful handling of anxiety and the foster care system. West will never disappoint.

4 stars

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FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for my honest review.

My Ten Favorite Christmas Movies (And A Call For Recommendations)


Christmas is an awesome time of the year that I love to partake in, but I don't actually celebrate the holiday since I am Jewish. I still make it a point to go to all of the New York City Christmas decorations and to watch a ton of Christmas movies while I prep for finals. Heck, I have a very Jewish Christmas by ordering days worth of Chinese food and watching said movies with the family.

So, I thought it would be fun to make a list of my favorite Christmas movies (and the terrible ones but that's what makes them so amazing) and the ones I always watch around Christmastime and ask for future recommendations!

This list is in no particular order...

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1. The Holiday- A Christmas movie with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as the two leads who switch places for 2 weeks over Christmas after bad breakups. I love the fact that Jack Black is in an entertaining suitor role, which is rare, and this is probably the most attractive Jude Law I have ever encountered: British book editor that's sensitive and with long hair. Sign me the heck up!

2. The Polar Express- Based on a highly beloved children's book, is there really anything more I should say? Tom Hanks killed this movie, the animation is on point, and every time I watch I find myself singing about how much I need some HOT CHOCOLAAAAAATTEEEEE.

3. The Mistle-Tones- This is ABC Family's first original musical that is available on Netflix each year. It stars Tia Mowry (of Sister, Sister fame) and a pregnant Tori Spelling as a terribly cliche evil lady, which is what makes it so perfect. Mowry is trying to follow in her mother's footsteps by singing in a Christmas acapella group. Why is the love interest so hot?! Why are her friends so perfectly dorky?! Why am I in love with this movie?! I don't know, but I am. 

4. Elf- Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel are perfect in this movie. I don't know what else to say aside from the fact that it is probably one of the most quoted and GIFed movie on the Internet. But I will never put maple syrup on my spaghetti, nope. Whoever came up with this plot is one of my favorite people ever. Son of a Nutcracker!

5. The Santa Clause- This entire series starring Tim Allen is ridiculously creative and fun, even if the mom and step-dad are overly intense in the first movie. These are Christmas classics, hands down. Plus, I love me a good play on words, and this entire movie is based off a good play on words.

6. The Nightmare Before Christmas- I have to watch this movie before both Halloween and Christmas because it is tradition. Even though I primarily associate it with Halloween, it is just the way it is. No if's, and's, or but's about it.

7. Rise of the Guardians- This is a relatively new movie in the grand scheme of things, but it follows Jack Frost and has a crazy awesome Russian gangster Santa Claus and an Australian hunter Easter Bunny and I just love it. I love it so hard. Plus, it helps that Chris Pine voices Jack Frost because everything about him, including his voice, is delicious.

8. Love Actually- The idea behind this movie spawned a ton of terrible knock off's with way too many celebrities, but this one still beats them all. My favorite couple is probably the one who stages porn because they're so delightfully awkward. But, really, this entire movie is perfection. So many attractive people, so much funny, so much perfection.

9. Home Alone- If I was left out of a family Christmas, I would not be nearly as resourceful as Kevin. I love this franchise, a true classic.

10. Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas- When I was younger, this movie used to scare me. But, as I've grown older, I literally feel like I can identify with the Grinch, now matter how weird-looking he is. Yes, I just want to eat. No, I do not want to people. Yes, I want to be left alone. No, I am not feeling cheery.

Plus, shout out to Harry Potter because I use Christmas as an excuse to watch the series every year and Frozen because a ton of kids are probably going to watch its icy shenanigans on repeat this year.

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What are your favorite Christmas movies? Odds are I haven't watched them since I tend to stick to this list, so I'd love more recommendations! Do we have any favorite movies in common? Or did my list inspire you to look up some of these movies?

Waiting on Wednesday #81

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

My pick of the week is...
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?

Why I Am Waiting 

To begin, I am in serious cover love with this book! I have loved every book that Emery Lord has put out, and her writing has gotten stronger and stronger with each new release. This book is posed to be my new favorite, and my body is so ready for it. Emery Lord tackles really tough subjects in her writing with respect and grace, which is something necessary when taking on something as important as cancer. Can Emery Lord really do any wrong? The answer to that question is a hard NO.

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Are you equally as excited for this book as me? Is there another book you are even more excited about? Please share your thoughts with me below!

Top Five New To Me Authors I Read in 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

As I write this post, I have only read 50.5 (working my way through CROOKED KINGDOM) books so far this year. Unfortunately, not a lot of them are from new authors. So I'm limited this to 5 because I can't say some of the new ones I have encountered are "top authors" worthy.

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1. Elle Kennedy - I binged the first three books in the OFF CAMPUS series and then made grabby hands at the fourth and final one the second I could get it, which is probably my favorite of them all. Why did I wait so long to have Elle Kennedy in my life?! I need a sexy hockey player please.

2. John Corey Whaley - I read HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR will studying abroad in London and loved absolutely every minute of it. I really want to read his backlist now.

3. Brandon Sanderson - The ALCATRAZ VS. THE EVIL LIBRARIANS series is one of the first major projects I did for my internship at Tor. I have picked up many of his books with the intention of just sitting down and bingeing the heck out of them, but these got to me first. If you want a hilarious and totally meta middle grade series that was ahead of its time, hunt these down!

4. Justine Larbalestier - I read MY SISTER ROSA on a friend's recommendation, not knowing how I would feel about a 10 year old psychopath. Turns out I love them. I have been aware of Larbalestier for a while, but
her books have never appealed to me. Until now!

5. Alice Oseman - I also read RADIO SILENCE at the recommendation of several of my friends in London during my time there, and loved it for all its uniqueness and differences from American publishing. Now it is on its way here, and I am excited to see it fall into the hands of even more readers!

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Have you read any of these authors? What do you recommend from their backlist? If not, do you WANT to read them soon? Comment below with your own posts so I can check them out for inspiration! <3