Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Top Five Tuesday: Books I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Here at We Live and Breathe Books, (usually) two of us choose five books each week. Since three of us are on hiatus, the remaining one either does all ten or does five, depending on her life state. This weeks topic is Thanksgiving themed...

Books I'm Thankful For

Noor's Picks

The Harry Potter Series
J.K. Rowling
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I know this is the same story everyone tells, and I'm pretty sure I've mentioned it on this blog before as well, but Harry Potter wasn't just a facet of my childhood, it was most of my childhood. I know for some kids, it was the series that got them into reading, or for some kids it was the series they held on to through a bad childhood and I can't say the same, but I don't think that makes it any less important. From age seven to age right-now, it's been the series I've loved the most and I'm thankful for such a magical experience.

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak 

Some books never leave your soul and this is one of them. I'm thankful that out of all the different words in the world and all the different combinations Zusak could have put them in, he chose this one, because every single sentence is so heartbreakingly poignant but in a way that I just want to stare at it and soak it all in forever and ever.

Neil Gaiman
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If we're being real Neil Gaiman's entire bookography (that's not a word but like discography and filmography are words and there's probably a word for bookography but my head hurts so sorry not sorry for being a terrible fake english major) should be on my thankful TTT but I'm just going to pick one and Coraline makes the cut because it was my first favorite back in fourth grade when I took it out of the library and I was all "woah this book is weird as hell and I am so about this" and it only escalated from there.

The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry 
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I am thankful that 1. every time I read this book, it attaches to a different part of my being and shows me both another part of myself and another part of itself, 2. every time I read it, it's a new and different experience (I know this sounds awfully similar to the first point but I swear I mean something else), 3. I have a hella rad tru friend who shares the love of the book with me and wrote me a going-away letter telling me I was her little prince 4. I own the pop-up edition of this book (courtesy of my hella rad tru BFF (shoutout Neeks)) because it is bangin'.

Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Series
Ransom Riggs
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This is definitely one of my favorite book series so I've gotta be thankful it exists just because of how much I love it. I'm really into the entire concept from the vintage photographs (I'm hella into that part) to the time setting to the place setting to the concept of the Peculiars (especially that, hella hella that) and I thought all three books were solid and entertaining and had the creepy vibes that I love so much and am oh so appreciative of.

What books are you thankful for?
Let us know in the comments!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Here at We Live and Breathe Books, two of us choose five books each week. This week's topic is...

Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel!

Noor's Picks

Hello friends, I am alone again but it's a Top Five Tuesday this time because of things like not sleeping and other life conundrums *lots of eyes emojis go here*. 
  1. Nicola Yoon - I seriously can't get over how much I loved Everything, Everything (review here) and I can't wait to see more of her unique writing in the future, especially since her writing style drew me into the book to begin with.
  2. Jesse Andrews - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, if you haven't read it yet, is truly a book you need in your life. Jesse Andrews has such an ease with humor that you can see on his Twitter too (which I follow and hella love) and it made the perfect lighthearted book and I can't see what he works on next!
  3. Jennifer Niven - I thought her novel All the Bright Places was a very interesting read -- with a rad cover -- and I think it'd be cool to see what other ideas she has up her sleeve. 
  4. Jesse Eisenberg - Ok, so he isn't an author in the traditional sense and his book is a collection of essays/short stories and not a novel but really, who's nitpicking here? Certainly not I, who would love another book-sized publication of his wit and hilarity. 
  5. Dawn Kurtagich - I was totally feeling the creepy vibes of The Dead House and while I'm into that, I want to see if a new novel means sticking to more creepy themes or going a different route, and how her prose style would work with it. 
    What sophomore novels are you waiting for?
    Let us know in the comments!