Top Ten Tuesday ~ Best Books of the Last 10 Yrs

Ali here ~

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I hope your week has gotten off to a good start! Today’s Top Ten topic is Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years.

Let me start by saying this just doesn’t seem fair!! This has got to be one of the absolute hardest things to do!! How can I choose?? Just the idea was daunting, let alone the actual process! But, I managed. Some of these aren’t necessarily my favorite that year, but I just couldn’t decide so I picked one that would be tied for the position.
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Top Ten Tuesday ~ My Most Prized Possessions

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I hope your week has gotten off to a good start! Today’s Top Ten topic is Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch (too special/valuable, perhaps?)

Ok, so I’m not really a don’t touch kind of girl, so I’m going to be sharing my top 10 most prized possessions with you today. My top 5 are some very early edition Hardy books. These were passed to me from my grandmother. It was a bit bizarre, too, because she knew I had a great love for books but never told me she had them. I didn’t know until they were willed to me.
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Review ~ Walking Disaster

Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ugh! I’m so vacillating between 4 & 5 stars here… I gave Beautiful Disaster an easy 5 stars, and this is right up there, but I think I enjoyed Beautiful Disaster just a teensy bit more. I’d probably feel differently about that if I hadn’t just finished Beautiful Disaster a week or so ago. It’s just that falling in love is always more exciting at the beginning & that’s when I fell in love with Travis Maddox – from the beginning. That says about how amazing these books are, too, because he is so not someone I would fall for in real life. Stop here if you haven’t yet read Beautiful Disaster, because this will spoil that. That being said, this book isn’t completely redundant, either. Jamie starts the book off by giving us a little bit of insight into Travis’ childhood. Might I say that it’s incredibly touching! Then it picks up with Travis’s first encounter with Pigeon in the lunchroom. I LOVED having Travis’s POV!! It gave so much insight into what motivated him to behave the way he did – often answering questions I had in the first book about his behavior. I melted everytime we got some of his internal dialogue. That was what touched me the most!
The only thing I didn’t like about this book, is just that I wanted more. I really would have liked to get more of his internal struggles during the time that him and Pidge were split up. We did get a little bit more there about his relationship with Trent. On that note, Jamie gave us more in general on the whole Maddox family. It was great getting to see more of his family and their relationship.
At the end we get a glimpse into their future, which was AWESOME. The only thing wrong with that was that I would have rathered have a whole book about their future, rather than just an epilogue. I JUST WANT MORE TRAVIS!! *SIGH* Absolutely AMAZING job, Jamie!!

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So, what did y’all think? What books out there have touched you the way these did?

Happy Reading,

Review ~ Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOW!! Definite book hangover. I intentionally slowed waaaaayyyy down reading at the end, because I wanted MORE!!! It’s very rare for me to give a 5 star rating right off the bat. The last time would have been for the Hunger Games trilogy. I absolutely can’t wait to start Walking Disaster!! I’m very surprised at some of the reviews I’ve read. You can get right from the blurb that there’s going to be fighting/violence. Hello!! He’s in a Fight Club!! Combine that with Mr. One Night Stand and you’re surprised there’s foul language??? I don’t get it.


Let me make it very clear – Travis is NEVER violent with Abby. There’s one moment that he punches a guy who is holding onto Abby and she goes down, too. In defense of Travis, he’d never have hitten the dude if he realized the guy had a hold on Abby. The only other time I saw a problem was after the Valentine’s dance when he FORCED her to go home with him. Forced as in – picked her up and carried her to the car & refused to let her go. It wasn’t the kind of hold that would have left bruises, but he wasn’t letting her leave. Let me also stress, that if it hadn’t been for Abby giving in to him, then he would have left her to sleep alone in Shep’s room. Travis would have NEVER forced himself on her. Even drunk, Travis NEVER wanted to take advantage of her. He absolutely cherished her & put her on a pedistal.
I really didn’t see as to how he was sooo messed up. He definitely had a temper issue, but other than that, what?? Yeah, he slept around – A LOT – before they got together, but when they hooked up, he couldn’t have been more faithful & devoted to her. I’d take that any day over the slimeball that looks all clean cut & sleeps around on you all the time. I really saw their biggest issue in flirting with “Disaster” as Abby herself. Travis did screw up with the Vegas deal, but it was ovbious that he’d never have agreed if he knew Abby would leave. He honestly just thought she’d get over it. She was so afraid of her past. In the end I think Travis helped her embrace the best of herself.

Again, all I can really say is that I want more!! You knocked this one out of the park Jamie!!

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Review of Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop

I started reading Beautiful Disaster last night, and if it weren’t for having so much I HAVE to do today, I would have already finished it. I’m LOVIN’ it!! I’ll be out tomorrow, so I’ll probably have a review ready for it either tomorrow night or Friday. In the meantime, I wanted to share my daughter’s absolute FAVORITE book Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop. I actually won this book a couple years ago or so, but it has been my daugther’s favorite “go to” book ever since.


Pretty Penny has lots of big ideas. For instance, she wants to throw a birthday party for her grandmother, Bunny, but there is only one problem—she doesn’t have any money! What’s a creative, industrious girl to do? When Penny notices that Bunny’s attic is cluttered with old things that still have value, Penny has an idea—create a “Small Mall!” Penny will have to clean up and set up shop in the attic to sell the old items to earn the money for Bunny’s surprise celebration. Author/illustrator Devon Kinch has created a charming, stylish character with a signature look, just like such classic children’s book characters as Madeline, Eloise, Pippi Longstocking, and Olivia—Penny is never without her fuschia purse! With Pretty Penny’s help, kids can get money savvy!

My Thoughts
It’s really a win win book with its great message. You can never start too early teaching children about being wise with their money. In writing this review, I was surprised to learn that there are other Pretty Penny books out there. Same illustrations, same theme, different settings. I now know what books to get my daughter for her next birthday! Also, I would recommend the hard cover books versus the e-book version. This is one of those that your little girl will want to be able to turn the pages to. Plus, it’s only a few dollars more.

What are your little ones favorite reads??