Top Ten: Things Books Have Made Me Want to Do or Learn

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was top ten things books have made me want to do or learn about after reading them, but I tweaked it slightly to include things I actually learned or did rather than things about which I got curious or still want to do.

1. I want to learn to be be more socially & racially aware of my privilege because of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

2. I want to learn to be braver and more proactive (and have less regrets) because of When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

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3. I’m learning to say the ‘f’ word with pride because of We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

4. I’m learning to be more forgiving of myself because of Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

5. I learned that there are just some things about which I can’t read because of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

6. I learned that I can’t relate to teenagers anymore because of Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley.

7. I want to study abroad because of The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.

8. I want to live in NYC because of Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty.

9. I wanted to Google because of A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre.

10. I wanted to tumble down the romance rabbit hole because of Lip Lock by Susanna Carr.

Rachel Reviews: Non-Fiction

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I’ve been accidentally reading quite a bit of non-fiction in the past couple of months, so here are some thoughts on four newish real-life releases (and one not-so-new at all).

Bright LightsBright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl’s Guide to Why It Often Sucks in the City, or, Who Are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me? by Jen Lancaster

Jen Lancaster’s self-effacing wit and sardonic outlook on life might not be for everyone – but she’s pretty much my perfect kind of narrator. Lancaster’s written seven memoirs (with an eighth on the way), so start with Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office before embarking on your reading binge. Either you’ll thank me for your new literary friend or hope I never give you a…

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Top Ten: Books on my Fall TBR List

logo-TopTenTuesday Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was books on my fall to-be-read list.

Let’s just get this out of the way – I am probably not going to read all of these books. According to GoodReads, I only read an average of 1.2 books per month – but, hey! four of those 11 books were books two through five of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series – which boosts my average pages per month to 606. So maybe I’ll read more than, like, three books from now until the end of December.

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Captain America: Winter Soldier
vol. 1 & 2 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting
I have been so totally infatuated with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and MCU and Sebastian Stan’s portrayal of the Winter Soldier since I saw the film in theaters that I just need to have some feels with the source material and then watch the movie in the dark with some tissues. Okay? Okay. 
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The Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling
Because I haven’t yet? And it’s not Rowling’s most recent book anymore?? And I want to know what all the fuss was about???
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Is Everyone Hanging Out WIthout Me? (And Other Concerns)
by Mindy Kaling
A huge release in 2011 (can you tell that I am way behind the times on reading new releases???) but it’s been on my tbr list since it was published and it’s just, like, time, okay?
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Just One Day by Gayle Forman
This series was honestly not on my radar until I became a (kind of) official book blogger, but I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews AND three novels in the series are published, so I can binge read. (Yes!)
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Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The plot sounds AMAZING and I absolutely adored Pessl’s previous novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, so it’s sort of a given that I at least check out Night Film (if not fangirl over it as well).
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The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
“An architect is hired to build hideaways for Jews during World War II.” I mean, COME ON. This novel sounds awesome and intense and, like – history!
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Shadow of Night and The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! CAN. NOT. WAIT. TO. FINISH. THIS. SERIES.
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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Mafi’s Shatter Me series is another trio that I’ve only heard about from other book bloggers, but everyone who’s read it has had über fangirl reactions – and, again, five novels are already published so binge reading, here I come!
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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre
My one new release that also happens to be non-fiction – huzzah! I’m not a huge lover of non-fiction, but this book’s premise sounded too good to pass up.