The Sunshine Blogger Award #3

Hey everyone! Recently I was tagged by Lauren @ Comma Hangover to do the Sunshine Blogger Award. Go check her out for memes, tags, reading challenges, book reviews and more! I did this twice in August of 2015. I thought it was time to do another one. Plus I’ve definitely changed a lot in a couple short years.


Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post or blog
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate eleven new blogs to receive the award and write them eleven newaward31Let’s get started!

    1. Is there a character name from your favorite book that you would consider giving to your future child, pet, or another living thing?

Right now, my favorite book is The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Hopefully I’ll get around to reviewing it. If not, I honestly was in love with the characters from page one and I would definitely recommend it. Anyway, the main character is named Molly. I would definitely name either a child or a pet Molly. It’s a perfect and simple name.

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2. If you could pick three books that will be stocked in every library in the world, which books would they be and why?

Only three books? This is a tough one. I’m going to say:

  1. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli because it touches on topics like same-sex marriage, weight and tough topics like sex.
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee because it is a classic that teaches lots of good lessons and is a good read in general.
  3. The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon because it is an incredible book that talks about race, fate and is a book that I could read several times without getting bored.

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3. You’re heading to the beach for the day, what’s in your bag? 

Honestly if it’s for the day I probably don’t bring a bag. I always have flip-flops, my iPhone and a beach towel so I guess that’s what I’ll say.

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4. If you could jump into one book, what would it be and why? Would you attempt to change the plot? 

Dang.. these questions with choosing books really get me! I’m going to be basic and say Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone by JK Rowling because I’d love to see Hogwarts and all the amazing people within it. Would I change the plot? Of course not!

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5. What TV series is currently on the top of your “to watch” list?

To be honest, I don’t really have a “to watch” list. I really need to get into some new TV series. Recommend some for me to watch and those will definitely go on my list!

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6. You’re packing for a dream vacation. Where are you going and what is in your bag? (Books? Makeup? Favorite items of clothing?)

I’d definitely go to London. That’s one of the places that’s on my so-called “bucket list.” I would bring lots of T-Shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, maybe a book or two, money… basically normal things I wear and use frequently.

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7. What is your favorite movie, and is there a scene you would recreate from it if given he chance?

One of my favorite movies is definitely Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. I honestly loved the whole movie but I’d love to recreate the scene with all the creatures.

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8. Do you like to cook? What is the last recipe you made or looked up?

I like the idea of cooking but I don’t really cook. I always look of recipes for macaroni and cheese. Even as a teenager, that’s still one of my favorite meals.

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9. You get to time travel back to any event in history. What would it be and why?

I’m quite fascinated by history. I would like to time travel back to the assassination of JFK. Not because I thought it was justified but because I’d want to experience the mood and feelings in the air. It was a traumatic and historic event that would be incredible and terrible to witness.

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10. Do you prefer books with one POV or multiple POVs? 

I like both multiple and one POV but I normally read books with one POV. I feel like I get into the story more and can connect with the character easier.

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11. What talent do you have that often goes unappreciated?

I guess my talent for creativity or listening normally goes unappreciated.

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Now it’s time to nominate people! I nominate:

Taylor @ Taylor Reads Books

@The Orangutan Librarian

Michelle @ Chelle’s Book Ramblings

Bentley  @ Book Bastion

Aubrey @ Aubrey D. Aster

Alecia @ The Staircase Reader

Zuky @ BookBum

Michelle @ Book Adventures

Jackie @ Death By Tsundoku

Milou @ Simply A Book Drunkard

Kat @ Life And Other Disasters

As always, nobody is forced to participate. Even if you weren’t tagged, feel free to participate and answer the questions I provide below.


My Questions:

  1. What is one book that surprised you (good or bad)?
  2. Where is your go to blogging spot?
  3. What is one book to film adaption you wish you could redo?
  4. Do you listen to music while blogging? If so, what kind of music?
  5. What are five book characters you’d like to hang out with and why?
  6. What are three of your favorite book quotes?
  7. What did you want to be when you were a kid? How does it compare to what you do now?
  8. What book character have you related to the most and why?
  9. What five authors would you love to meet?
  10. What inspired you to start blogging?
  11. What books are currently on your TBR?

That’s a wrap! I had a great time doing this award for the third time. Especially since it has been a bit. Good luck with everyone who decides to participate!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more awards.

~Makayla The Bookworm 😀

Top Ten Tuesday|Underrated

Hey everyone! It’s time to find out what underrated books I’ve read in the past! That’s the topic for Top Ten Tuesday today. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the wonderful people at The Broke and the Bookish! Go check them out for book reviews, Top Ten Tuesday’s information and so much more! This week’s topic is specifically:

Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So (up to you if you want it to be those published in the past year or so or just ANY underrated book you’ve read recently)

I’m going to do underrated books that I’ve read both recently and in the past.


Ten Underrated Books:

  1. Laura Line by Crystal Allen

    The Laura Line

Rated on Goodreads: 3.91/5 stars

What I’d Rate It: 4.1/5 stars

Not a huge difference but it’s still underrated in my opinion.


2. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Side Effects May Vary

Goodreads Rating: 3.45/5 stars

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars


3. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Never Always Sometimes

Goodreads Rating: 3.35/5 stars

My Rating: 4/5 stars at least


4. Everything,Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

Goodreads Rating:4.08/5 stars

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars


5. Openly Straight (#1) By Bill Konigsberg

Openly Straight (Openly Straight, #1)

Goodreads Rating: 3.97/5 stars

My Rating: 4.45/5 stars


6. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey

Goodreads Rating: 3.83/5 stars

My Rating: 4.20/5 stars

Not a huge difference but still a jump in rating


7. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Goodreads Rating: 3.85/5 stars

My Rating: 4.45/5 stars


8. Highly Illogical Behavior By John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

Goodreads Rating: 4.06/5 stars

My Rating: 4.55/5 stars


That’s a wrap! I was hoping to find ten books but I only managed to find eight. If these books look interesting, click on the book cover. It’ll take you straight to the book’s Goodreads page. What are some underrated books you’ve read? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Top Ten Tuesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Top Ten Tuesday| Under The Christmas Tree

Hey everyone! This is my first TTT in forever! It’s good to finally be back. If you didn’t already know, Top Ten Tuesday or TTT was created by The Broke and The Bookish. Go check their wonderful Blogger blog out 🙂 Christmas is in five days and that means it’s time for a Christmas themed topic!

Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree (or non-book bookworm items)


Ten Things I’d Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree:

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Believe it or not, I have yet to own or even read this book. I’ve heard it’s pretty good but haven’t had the chance to read it. That’s why I wouldn’t mind finding it under my tree!

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2. The Sun Is Also A Star

This book came out recently and I’m so excited to read it. It’s by Nicola Yoon, the author of Everything,Everything. Since that book blew my mind, I can’t wait to read her second book!

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3. Movie Tickets To Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

I still haven’t seen this movie!! I’ve heard it’s incredible and am running out of time to see it. Some movie tickets all ready to go would help a ton!

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4. Bookish Posters!

My walls are super bare and I’d love to have a bookish poster or two to fill some gaps.

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5. Book Related T-Shirts

I am a teen who loves graphic t-shirts. It would be amazing to have book related ones about books in general or specific ones.

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6. A Bookshelf!

While I do have a sort of bookshelf, I’d love a real one. There are some huge beautiful ones that I would love to own (but don’t have room for).

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7. A Cozy Blanket!

Strangely enough, I don’t own any cozy blankets. Where I live, it’s been unusually freezing and a blanket is definitely necessary.

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8. A Mug!

I’ve been literally obsessed with hot chocolate this year. We own a few mugs but I’d love a personal one.

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9. A Book Box Subscription!

I’ve seen monthly book boxes floating around. They look and sound fantastic but they’re a bit too expensive for me. That’s why I’m asking Santa for some help 🙂

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10. A Sweatshirt

I love sweatshirts so much. They are my go to for around the house or out and about. I definitely could use a couple more.

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That’s a wrap! If you celebrate Christmas, what would you like to find under your tree? If you don’t, what present would you like to receive?

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

WWW Wednesday (#34)

Hey everyone! We are now halfway through the week. That means it’s time for WWW Wednesday! This weekly meme is currently hosted by the amazing Sam. Go check this aspiring writers blog out! To participate in WWW, all you have to do is answer three questions:

What did you recently read?

What are you currently reading?

What are you going to read?

This will be slightly longer since I haven’t done this meme in around a month.


Recently:

Project (Un)Popular (Project (Un)Popular, #1)Very relatable

Stella by StarlightA suspenseful book.

 

Will Grayson, Will GraysonReview soon! Amazing Book!!


Currently Reading:

The Great American Whatever

This is such a great book so far! It’s definitely a page turner. There will be a review for this so stay tuned!


Going To Read:

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)Poached (FunJungle #2)

The Thing About JellyfishChasing Secrets

Highly Illogical Behavior

I have 5 amazing books to look forward to reading!!


That’s a wrap! What did you read this week? Let me know! Have you read any of these books? Thoughts are welcome 🙂

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more WWW Wednesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Library Book Haul (#8)

Hey everyone! The Top Ten Tuesday topic didn’t spur any ideas so I decided to do a library book haul instead. I haven’t done a library book haul in a long time so this should be fun! This haul consists of two young adult books and three tween books.


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*All These Book Covers Are Linked To Goodreads*

1. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

This book has been floating around for a bit. I’m finally going to read it and see if I enjoy it. It’s a book about a boy who is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left his house in three years. A girl named Lisa wants to try to change that. It reminds me of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon a bit. I’ll definitely do a review.


2. Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko

Chasing Secrets

A tween book set in 1900’s San Francisco. It revolves around a girl named Lizzie and her adventures. I have enjoyed historic fiction before so I wanted to give this a shot. It’s a tween book so no review.


3.  The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

The Thing About Jellyfish

A tween book about a girl named Suzie. After her friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzie is sure it was caused by a jellyfish sting. She goes to extreme lengths to prove her theory. There will be no review.


4. Poached by Stuart Gibbs

Poached (FunJungle #2)

A tween book about a boy named Teddy who’s trying to solve the mystery of the Koala captors. No review will be done.


5. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (Book #1) by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

A young adult book about a girl named Lara. Instead of confessing her feelings to her crushes, she writes them letters. Her secret letters to her crushes are sealed as if to be sent off. When the box of letters is somehow mailed, she’s confronted by ex-crushes. A review will be done.


That’s a wrap! Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more library book hauls!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀 

The Bookish Book Lover Tag!

Hey everyone! It’s Sunday and it’s time for another book tag! I saw this one on Cris @ My Tiny Obsessions. Check out her blog for all things bookish and more 🙂 The tag was created by Shantelle @ Shantellemaryh. A special thanks to her for creating this awesome tag!


Rules:

  • Answer the questions!
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  • Answer the questions!

 

 

 

 


What Books Are You Currently Reading?

I haven’t been reading much but I am almost done/done with Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson


What’s The Last Book You Finished?

Project (Un)Popular (Project (Un)Popular, #1)

This was a tween book and was pretty decent.


Favorite Book You’ve Read This Year

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson are a couple of favorites so far.


What Genre Have You Read Most This Year?

Young Adult Contemporary!

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What Genre Have You Read Least This Year?

I haven’t read Non-Fiction and Sci-Fi at all this year; just to name a few.

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What Genre Do You Want To Read More Of

Fantasy


How Many Books Have You Read This Year, And What’s Your Goal?

I’ve definitely read more than my Goodreads Goal says. I haven’t updated it in forever and now I’m so far behind, it’s not even worth it.

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What’s the last book you’ve bought?

I honestly don’t remember XD


What book are you saving up to buy next?

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I would love the Harry Potter boxed set and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


How many books did you check out last library visit?

4-5 books

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What’s A Book You Can’t Wait To Read?

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To Kill A Mockingbird. I haven’t read it yet and am going to in school finally!


What’s A Series You’d Recommend To Everyone?

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The Hunger Games series and The Harry Potter series

Who’s An Author You’re Hoping Writes More?

I’m going to steal Cris’ answer and say Rainbow Rowell. I love her writing and hope she writes more.


A Few Books Your Heart Adores

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What Books Are On Your Wish List?

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I nominate EVERYONE who wants to do this tag!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book tags!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀





Top Ten Tuesday| Back To School

Hey everyone! It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday. This wonderful meme is hosted by the people @The Broke and the Bookish! Go check them out for lists and books 🙂 This week’s topic is:

:Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher

I’m going to do required reading for contemporary fans.


Ten Required Books For Contemporary Fans: (NO ORDER)

  1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
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A book about two teens with very different lives. It’s a must read about a classic teenage romance.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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A book about two cancer patients who fall in love. It’s a must read about a unique love story.


3. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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A book about a girl with mental issues and a gamer boy who fall in love. A must read about a fantastic love story.


4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

A book about a Starbucks worker and a fanfiction writer. A must read about adorable love.


5. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Sky Is Everywhere

A  book about a girl who is torn between two very different boys. A must read about a shocking love triangle.


6. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun

A book about two twins who fall in love with very unique people. A must read about a broken relationship.


7. Everything,Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

A book about a next door neighbor and a girl with a rare disease. A must read about sneaky communication.


8. Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

A book about a boy and his mystery email lover. A must read about an email relationship.


9. Everyday by David Levithan

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

A book about an unnamed person who’s in love with one person no matter what. A must read about a  mind bending relationship.


10. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

A book about a girl who can’t decide who she loves. A must read about an undecided romance.


That’s a wrap! Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Top Ten Tuesdays.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday|Rewind

Hey everyone! It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly meme is hosted by the wonderful people @ The Broke and the Bookish. Go check them out for all things bookish and fun! This week’s topic is pretty free and unlimited.

Top Ten Tuesday REWIND — go back and do a topic you missed over the years or recently or a topic you really want to revisit

I have decided to do Top Ten WOW endings. It was done in April of 2013.


Top Ten WOW Endings: *NO SPOILERS INCLUDED*

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  by JK Rowling Ending

This ending was WOW in terms of name choices and so much more.I don’t want to spoil anything since some still haven’t read the Harry Potter series!

No rush 😀


2.The Everything,Everything by Nicola Yoon ending

Everything, Everything

 

This ending was one of the best I have ever read. It was a plot twist I didn’t see coming. If you haven’t read Everything,Everything, I definitely recommend it!

3.The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This ending could’ve been seen coming but it was still shocking and so,so sad. If you haven’t read The Book Thief, you definitely need to!

4. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None


We read this book in school. It was such a suspenseful and pretty creepy book. The ending was strange and left some open ends to it. If you love mystery books, this is one for you.

5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ending

Mockingjay: Movie Tie-In Edition (The Hunger Games, Book 3) (Hunger Games Trilogy) by [Collins, Suzanne]
I thought this ending would have a lot more to it. It had an abrupt ending which was the most shocking. If you love tons of action, this book is for you!

6. Insurgent by Veronica Roth ending

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
This ending was a huge plot twist!! It changed everything. I haven’t read Allegiant and really don’t plan to. The ending left tons of open ends for me. If you love suspense, action and adventure, this book is for you!
I guess I only got 6 books!

That’s a wrap!! I sure hope I didn’t forget anything! Comment any books that I forgot that would’ve been on your list.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s Top Ten Tuesday!
~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag

Hey guys! It’s finally the weekend. For most, that means it’s time to have fun and relax. I’ve decided to do another tag. This time I am doing the My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag. @My Tiny Obsessions did this tag back in May. I was unofficially tagged and am excited to do the tag. Without further ado, here we go!

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1) What Book Have You Been Unable To Finish?

Don’t hate me for this but Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I started the book and after a chapter or two, I put it down. I don’t know if I’ll ever start it again. It’s really not my type of book.


2) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because You Just Haven’t Had Time?

So many books! Too many to count.


3) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because It Is a Sequel?

I hope I actually understand this question XD I’m going to say I FunnyTV by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein . I have yet to read the third book so I can’t read this one yet.


4) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because It Is Brand New?

Nothing that’s been released. I’m looking forward to Nicola Yoon’s new book The Sun Is Also a Star. It’s going to be released November 1st, 2o16.


5) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because You Read A Book By The Same Author and Didn’t Enjoy It?

Nothing comes to mind.


6) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because You’re Just Not In The Mood For It?

That would have to be Four by Veronica Roth. I got the book for Christmas (I think) and have yet to read it. I’m not in the mood and am not sure if it will be good.


7) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because It Is Humungous.

This book probably isn’t very long and is not actually on my shelf. It’s The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This has been on my TBR since… now probably. It’s 584 pages, so longer than most books I’ve read.


8) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because It Was a Cover Buy That Turned Out To Have Bad Reviews?

I don’t actually own this book so it wasn’t a cover buy. The book is Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I’ve read the first two books in the Divergent series but stopped before this one. It’s a bit intimidating because I haven’t heard good things about it.


9) What Is The Most Intimidating Book In Your TBR Pile?

I actually don’t have a TBR pile right now. I need to run to the library to restock it. I don’t really have long term piles. I just have ones that last a week or so.


I have no idea how far this tag has gotten. Because of that, I am going to tag Everyone who wants to participate!


That’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this tag.  It was really fun to do 🙂 Feel free to leave any future tag suggestions!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more tags!!
~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Releases

Hey everyone! I apologize for not blogging much in the last couple of weeks. I finished Middle School so that came with tests and celebration. It’s summer vacation so I will be more active and posting more frequently. It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish. You definitely need to check them out if you haven’t already! This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year (since we did a topic about the releases we were excited about for the first half of 2016 back in the beginning of the year) Feel free to tweak it how you want to — like most anticipated fantasy for the second half of 2016 or debut authors. Whatever you want!

I’m just going to keep it simple and do Ten Anticipated Book Releases.


Ten Anticipated Book Releases for the 2nd Half: 

  1. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon- Release Date: November 1st, 2016

I am so excited for this book! Everything, Everything swept me off my feet. I’m excited to see what The Sun Is Also a Star has in store 🙂

2. Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein- Release Date: July 4th, 2016 

I have loved this series so much so I am excited to see what the Kidd family does next!

3. Middle School: Dog’s Best Friend by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts-Release Date: October 31st, 2016 

I love this series! Rafe goes on some crazy adventures and causes so much trouble. I can’t wait to see what he does next!

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4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

Release Date: July 31st, 2016

This is more of a script instead of a book. I’m still so excited to get my hands on it and see how it is!!


I could only think of five for this week!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s Top Ten Tuesday 😀

~Makayla the Bookworm ❤