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12 Books to Read by Age 12

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that’s all about, you guessed it, top ten bookish lists. This week’s prompt is ten books that you’d want your future children to read, but I’ve decided, for the sake of a catchy title, to be more ambitious than that. So here’s a list of twelve books that all children should read or have read to them before they’re twelve, by someone whose only qualifications are a love of literature, a college degree in it, and strong opinions about what makes for good books.

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Top Ten Unique Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that’s all about, you guessed it, top ten bookish lists. This week’s prompt is top ten unique book titles. Unique is such a vague term, so I’m taking it to mean unexpected and out of the ordinary, which is still hard, because a lot of book titles are crazy unique, we’re just used to them. But anyway, here goes.

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10 Books That Were a Chore to Get Through (That Everyone Else Loved)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that’s all about, you guessed it, top ten bookish lists. This week’s prompt is books that were a chore to get through or books you didn’t finish. I seem to always dislike the books that everyone is raving about, so here are ten books that I didn’t really enjoy reading but finished anyway, mostly so that I could legitimately tell people I didn’t like them.

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10 Must-Read Short Story Collections

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that’s all about, you guessed it, top ten bookish lists. This week’s prompt is ten hidden gems in any given genre, and because my tastes are all over the place and I couldn’t come up with ten in any one specific genre, I’m going with short stories. All short stories seem to fly under the radar for some reason. I don’t actually read them that often, but I haven’t met many that I didn’t like. Here are ten that I really did.

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Top 10 Worst Books I Had to Read for School

Top Ten Tuesday (I know, I’m a few days late to the party) is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that’s all about, you guessed it, top ten bookish lists. This week’s prompt is anything related to back-to-school, and while I read some pretty great books in school, I read a lot of really terrible ones, too. This list is dedicated to those.

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Series That Got Better

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted over at this goodreads group, and involves, obviously, listing the top five… something. This week’s topic is series that took a while to get into, but were worth the long haul. I only have four to list this week, mostly because usually if I don’t like the first book of a series, I won’t finish it. Ain’t nobody got time for that. (more…)

Atticus Finch Americano

“It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.”  —Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

Equal parts sweet and strong, with a kick. Hot or cold, just like Atticus, this coffee gets shit done.

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Top 5 Children’s Books

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted over at this goodreads group, and involves, obviously, listing the top five… something. This week’s topic is children’s and middle-grade books, which I’m super excited for. It’s been too long since I’ve returned to my favorite childhood books. And I’ve recently come to appreciate some children’s books that I didn’t get to read as a child. So, here goes. (more…)

MBTI Coffee: INTJ

INTJs are strange, mystical creatures with uncharted depths and a penchant for looking angry. You’ll often find them lost somewhere between the facets of a problem and the pages of a book, if you find them at all. They’re something like a ninja, a robot, and a night unicorn combined, quietly, magically watching from the shadows, waiting for the perfect time to wow you with their brilliance.

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Top 5 Books Without Romance

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted over at this goodreads group, and involves, obviously, listing the top five… something. This week’s topic is books without romance, which turned out to be a lot harder than I thought it would be. Though, granted, I thoroughly enjoy a good (or even a super cheesy) romance, so that might have contributed to my difficulty. But without further ado, here goes. (more…)