Magical & Whimsical Rainy Day Reads {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about rainy day reads, and for me, rainy days just seem perfect for reading magical books. So all of the following books contain some magic and a nice touch of whimsy that is guaranteed to make you forget all about the rain outside and just get completely immersed into their fantastical worlds.

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Life Was Meant For Good Friends & Great Adventures — Books With Epic BFF’s & Friend Groups {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today I’d like to focus on one of my own weak spots when it comes to stories, and that is friendship. Because as much as I love a good romance, I think it’s equally important for a story to have great, epic friendships.

Great friendships can carry a story and warm the heart just as well, if not more so than a romance can. They are so important and usually books that feature friendships turn out to be some of my all time favorites. So that’s why today’s post features some of my favorite fictional BFF’s and friend groups. Let me know if you have any other recommendation for books featuring friendships!

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Books I Almost DNF’ed But Thankfully I Didn’t {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about DNF’ing (Did Not Finish). I have a difficult relationship with DNF’ing. On one hand I am a big supporter of DNF’ing because really, there is not enough time in life, so why spend it on books you’re just not liking? But on the other hand, I rarely DNF myself. Because I always think it’ll get better. Most books take a little time for me to really get into, and I don’t want to lose the opportunity to miss out on a possible favorite book, just because the beginning was a little hard. And honestly, it happens more often than not.

Here are a few examples of books or series I’m happy I didn’t DNF (and yes, there are some surprising books here):

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Ten Books I Struggled To Get Into But Ended Up All-Time Favorites Anyway {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s Top Ten is all about books that I struggled to get into. Now, beginnings are something I usually struggle with. As much as I love reading a new story and getting to know new characters, the beginning is almost always a struggle.

I start reading and find I have to force myself to continue reading. But usually when I’m reading and get a few chapters in (this can be from the 2nd or third chapter, but it can also be about halfway the book), I start getting invested in the story and attached to the characters. And THAT’s when I switch from forcing myself to read to really enjoying a book. And this struggle with beginnings is something that’s a ME-thing, not a BOOK-thing. Because some books or series that have become my all-time favorites started as a book I was really struggling to get into.

You may be surprised by some of the books I had this issue with…

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Get Hooked From The First Sentence – Favorite Opening Lines {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s another freebie so I decided to talk about opening lines.

The first sentence in a book is super important. It’s supposed to draw your attention, get you interested, set the tone for the book and get you hooked right away. It should suck you into this new fictional world from the get go. That’s a lot of pressure for one sentence, of course, but it is possible! The proof is in these ten examples:

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Fangirl Alert – My Favorite Books Of 2016 {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Well, what do you know. As bad a year as 2016 has been, I can honestly say I’ve read a ton of amazing books. The reading year has been the absolute best.

So… HOW DO YOU EVER EXPECT ME TO PICK ONLY TEN? You can’t. I can’t. So I didn’t. Also, I totally cheated and included complete series. Because I often binge-read complete series and HOW COULD ANYONE EXPECT ME TO PICK JUST ONE OF THEM?

So anyway, these are the books I’ve read in 2016 (not all released in 2016 because I am way behind on books and will forever be catching up) that I enjoyed the most. In no particular order.

Warning: fangirling and excessive capslock may occur.

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