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3 Quotes, 3 Days Tag (Day 3)

It’s day 3 of the 3 Quotes, 3 Days challenge. (To see what I chose for days 1 and 2, click here and here.)

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you (Thank you, again Mandy!)
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

For my last quote I am going with another favorite of mine. This one is from Jane Eyre. Jane and Rochester are having a conversation in the book where he compares her to a wild, frantic bird. This quote is Jane’s response:


I’ve always loved this quote and everything that it symbolizes. I’ve repeated this one again and again to myself over the years when I’ve been struggling with recovery. I like this quote so much that I even had it tattooed on my arm.

(This is what happens when you ask your boyfriend to take a picture of your arm, but not get your face in the picture.)

Tag, You’re It! 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked But Don’t Remember Much About


It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday again! (TTT is now being hosted at The Arsty Reader Girl) This week’s theme is: Books I Really Liked But Don’t Remember Much About. As I was scrolling through my Goodreads page the other day, thinking to myself “Huh. I don’t even remember reading that.” It’s normal, I suppose, especially when you make it a life goal to read as many books as possible. You’re bound to forget a few.

  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaugen
  • A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
  •  Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
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Books I’m Thankful For

There have been multiple posts popping up in my feed today honoring the books that bloggers are thankful for. I really like this idea, given that there are so many books I adore and am thankful to have read at some point in my life.

These are just a few of the books that have pulled me through hard times, taught me valuable lessons, and have helped shape who I am as a person. These are some of the books that not only hold a special place on my bookshelves, but hold a very special place in my heart.


What books are you thankful for? 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Think Children Should Read

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Books I Want My Future Children to Read.” Now, I don’t expect to have my own children in the future, so I am making these recommendations based on what I think all children should read at some point in their lives. I chose books that have taught me valuable lessons about life, the world, and growing up.

…To avoid overthinking this whole thing (What age group are we talking about? Technically they’re still children if they are under the age of 18. But wait. are they?) I’m going to make my recommendations for children under the age of 12.

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  3. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  5. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
  6. Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
  7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  10. Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel


Do you agree with any of these? Which of these are your favorites? 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School Edition

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is “Back to School.” There are some different variations of this going around: Favorite Books Read in Middle School, Books That Should Be Required in School, Classics I Read in High School, etc. I think my list of books that I read in school that I disliked far surpasses the number ten, so I’m going to go with an easier option here.

Some of these books are still favorites of mine to this day. Others I haven’t read since high school, but they were enjoyable at the time, especially compared to some of the other books I was forced to read. (Have any of you read Tess of the D’Urbervilles? UGH.)

Top Ten Books I Read In High School


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 


Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier


Macbeth by William Shakespeare


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


Night by Elie Wiesel




Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton


Inferno by Dante Alighieri


The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe


Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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On Gothic Literature

Despite the fact that I haven’t been reading much of it lately, I adore gothic literature. I developed a taste for gothic suspense and gothic romance novels back in high school when I was introduced to Charlotte Bronte and Daphne Du Maurier. For those unfamiliar with gothic fiction, it is a sub-genre of literature that typically combines elements of horror, suspense, death and romance. It originated in eighteenth century England and influenced similar literary styles throughout other parts of Europe and America. Gothic novels commonly feature dark settings, such as mysterious castles, dungeons, mansions, and graveyards. Sometimes they incorporate aspects of the supernatural, like ghosts, but this is not always necessary.

One of my favorite aspects of gothic literature (aside from the creepy settings) is the psychological mind fuck that usually accompanies it. Authors of this type of literature know how to combine what are often viewed as “negative” human emotions (such as terror, dread, and doubt) and combine it with romanticism to create one pleasurably disturbing experience for the reader. (I am now sitting here wondering what this says about  me as a human being. It’s probably best not to open that can of worms…)

There are so many amazing classic and modern gothic novels out there. If you are new to this genre, you may want to introduce yourself by starting with a few of these:

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


Do you like gothic literature? What are some of your favorite gothic novels? 


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday, folks! I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing weekend. I am disappointed to report that I haven’t read much this past week due to some health issues I’ve been experiencing. Luckily, I am feeling a little more like myself today and I think things will be better this week. 🙂

I mentioned that I had started Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier recently. I’m not sure if it’s the book itself or my (lack of) attention span that’s to blame, but I just haven’t been able to stay interested in this one. I’ve decided to take a break and try to revisit this one later.

Until I get back to feeling “normal,” I decided to give myself a break and squeeze some easy reads in. I started re-reading an old favorite of mine this morning:



What are you planning on reading this week? 

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Kiersten’s Favorites: Pt 1

As much as I love talking about books with like-minded individuals (aka bibliophiles), I actually find it frustrating to talk about books with most people. Immediately, upon discovering that I love to read, people will inevitably ask the most irritating question possible: “What’s your favorite book?” It seems like such a simple question. If someone asked me my favorite color, season, movie, or basically anything  else, I would have no problem coming up with an answer. But my favorite book? As in just one?  That’s like asking someone to pick a favorite memory. It’s impossible. Typically, I respond by naming a handful of books and/or authors until the person who asked looks at me like I have three heads and starts to back away. *sigh*

Every once in a while I am lucky enough to find people who understand my love of books and appreciate the fact that I read things other than Gone Girl (or whatever title is popular at the time). Fortunately, I know that some of you reading this are bibliophiles like myself, so, that being said…Allow me to tell you about my favorite books! 🙂

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I fell in love with Harry Potter when I was eleven years old. From the very first page, this series drew me in and captivated me like no other story had ever done previously. People sometimes laugh and say “It’s a kid’s book!,” but it is so much more than that. I have learned more lessons about life, love, friendship, loyalty, family, courage, and empathy from these books than any adult ones I have ever laid hands on. Not only that, but they are so much fun! The world Rowling created is wildly imaginative, with complex, yet relatable, characters. There will be many further posts about Harry Potter to come, so for now, at the risk of being totally cheesy, I will just say that the series is truly magical.
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Jane has a pretty rough start in life. She is orphaned at a young age, left in the care of her wicked aunt, and then sent off to a boarding school that makes corporal punishment part of it’s every day routine. Despite all that, she remains strong and willfully independent. She finds a job at Thornfield mansion, working for the handsome and mysterious Mr. Rochester, and once again discovers that not everything in life turns out the way you expect it to. I have always admired Jane’s resolve. She endures hit after hit, but instead of crying and whining about it all the time, she just pick up and moves the fuck on. She isn’t the plain, meek little creature that women were expected to be at the time. She is a feminist and a badass in every sense of the word.
  3. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – I know this is technically a play and not a book, but it still counts, right? I don’t read a lot of books that are labelled as straight-up romance, even though I am a giant sap. I find that most “romance” books have cheesy characters and are more about the steamy sex scenes than actual relationships. The reason I have always been drawn to Romeo and Juliet, though, is that it invokes all the feelings of first love that you never forget. There is something so beautiful about two young, innocent adults, who are so wrapped up in their love for each other that they are willing to defy their families just to be together. *swoons*
  4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Nobody (or “Bod”) Owens wanders into the graveyard as a toddler after his entire family is murdered. There he remains, under the care of the graveyard’s ghosts, until he is fully grown. There is something missing from Bod’s life, as he belongs to neither the world of the dead nor the living. You would think this would be a bit depressing for a coming-of-age story, but it isn’t. It is lively and moving. It is a lesson in living, as told by the dead. Oh, Mr. Gaiman, how I love thee.