Top 5 Tuesday | Books Set In My Country

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Bionic Book Worm!

This week is all about favorite books set where I’m from. I’m from Southern California, so there are tons of books I could choose from that are set all over the United States. You would think that makes this easier, but it actually made it so much harder! So, here’s what I actually ended up choosing.

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Are you guys sick of me bringing up how much I love the Shadowhunter books? Well, just get used to it, because I can’t stop, won’t stop. ANYWAY, The Dark Artifices take place (mostly) in California! The Institute is in Malibu, the Shadowmarket resides in Pasadena and there are tons of other landmarks up and down the California coast the team visits. It was so much easier to envision scenes in my head because I’ve visited them before!

Percy Jackson & The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan Screen Shot 2019-03-03 at 2.25.10 PM

Imagine a world where demigods are real, the Gods run big corporations like Amazon, and national parks and tourist attractions actually hide some seriously magical creatures and objects. Rick Riordan’s world of mythology is one of my favorites, and even though these are meant for younger readers and I’m well past the age bracket, his dad jokes and magical America will always be one of my favorites. Can I join Camp Half-Blood? Because I’ll totally move across the country for that.

Under the Dome by Stephen King Screen Shot 2019-03-03 at 2.24.20 PM

To be fair, I love anything Stephen King writes and he usually sets his novels somewhere on the east coast/Maine. BUT, I’m gonna go with Under the Dome for this list because I devoured this book in less than a week. A small town city full of dark secrets, corruption, and bat-sh*t crazy people is totally my vibe. The ending is not the best, but everything leading up to the last few chapters is so so so good.

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Oh hi, just me again talking about the Raven Boys, how much I love them, and this entire series. Who wouldn’t want to live in a Virginia town that sits on Ley Lines, is full of magical caves that hide demonic presences and not-so-dead Welsh princesses, and not to mention the feisty psychic ladies of 300 Fox Way. I could skip the gross summer heat of the Deep South, but for Gansey I would suffer. I’d also brave the hornets for one day in Cabeswater.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I’m throwing it way back to high school days with this pick, but To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic that depicts the deep south, racism, and inequality in America so vividly. There’s a reason this book is a classic and teens read it in school every year – it’s a must-read.

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What did you think of my picks? What are your favorite books set in America? Any I should add to my TBR list?

Mini Review | The Body Scared the Emotions Out of Me

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By: Stephen King

Overall Rating: ★★★★

It’s the summer of 1960 in Castle Rock, Maine. Gordie Lachance and his 3 friends set out to find a dead body. On the way, they run into sadistic bullies, grumpy old men, and a few other unexpected things. 

No, there aren’t any ghosts, evil cars, rabid dogs or killers but that didn’t make this novella any less enjoyable. The references to other King stories–Cujo, Salem’s Lot, Shawshank Redemption, and more I probably missed–made the story that much better (at least for me). King’s world-building is amazing and the fact that he thinks so far ahead (or behind) to have characters, events, and locations intertwine leaves me in awe. Let’s not forget Gordie, Verne, Teddy, and Chris are the most messed up kids ever, yet you still want to see them overcome their circumstances. It also helped that I saw the movie before reading this story. It is one of the rare occasions the movie actually did the story justice! 

The Verdict

Even though I don’t consider this a classic horror story, it was SO GOOD. Who knew you could feel so much love for a 12 year-old slum named Chris Chambers. Gordie and Chris’s friendship is everything you’d want as a kid and I teared up finding out what happens to each of them. If you’re looking for a slightly twisted coming-of-age story, read this! And then go watch Stand By Me because River Phoenix as Chris is everything you’d want in life.

(I’m not crying…there’s just something in my eye)

Theme Song

I’m not going to pretend there is any other song for this story. It’s a classic.

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Any Stephen King fans out there? Have you read this? What did you think?

October TBR

October tbr.jpgI decided to dedicate this month to – mostly – horror & thrillers. I don’t give my scary
stories enough love even though they are some of my favorites. I mean, who doesn’t love
a good scare?

Here are some of the books I’m excited to get through before Halloween. I’ve had IT for almost a year and have yet to dive in, even though I’ve seen both movie adaptations. As you can see, Stephen King is a theme here – he is the master of horror!


In other news I’m sitting here patiently waiting for Kingdom of Ash to drop on the 23rd, at which time my horror thrills will take a back seat. I NEED to know how this ends. Love Throne of Glass as much as I do? Check out one of my playlists!

Talk to Me: What are you excited to read this month?