📚Top Ten Tuesday: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics

Happy TTT, everyone!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week, there is a new topic for which we list ten items. This week’s topic is: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics. This topic was submitted by Lisa of Hopewell. This is a pretty cool topic, but I definitely struggled with it! 😬 To help, I did a little research on what constitutes a classic work. According to an article in ThoughtCo, there are several qualities that make up a classic literary piece, including artistic quality, withstanding the test of time, universal appeal, connections, and relevance for multiple generations. Classic literature is an expression of life, truth, and beauty. It must be of high artistic quality, at least for the time in which it was written” (Esther Lombardi, ThoughtCo). Click here to view the entire article.

I tried to include books that hit on one or more of the qualities listed above and the attributes that the article discussed.

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  6. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
    I know that this might seem a little bit… unconventional. However, many people know about this book/movie so it definitely hits on a couple of classic qualities.
  7. Life of Pi Yann Martel
  8. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  9. Circe by Madeline Miller
  10. The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

What do you think of my list? What is on your TTT? Be sure to include the link to your post in the comments.

-Maya🌹

📖+🎵Monday Music Match Up: The Kiss of Deception💋 ⚔️

Hello my fellow bookworms!
I am feeling a bit tired today from a long weekend of driving and spending time with family, but it is a “good” kind of tired. A “content” type of tired. The weekend was full of family fun and excitement. Some excitement was not so… exciting. 😂 I *almost* lost my favorite and only pair of wedge shoes. So we were getting back pretty late last night (around 10:30 PM) and right as we were getting home, it hit me. I left my wedges in the back seat of the rental car. (I decided to switch out my wedge heels for sandals for the long car ride and forgot them in the car when we returned the car). My family was insistent that we go back and get the shoes so we dropped my gramma off and went back to the airport, the rental car office to get them. I was prepared to accept the loss of my favorite, and only, pair of wedge shoes, but they were successfully retrieved!🎉 How was your weekend? What is your week looking like?

Monday Music Match Up is a weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires that hat shares the music that I have listened to, or matched, with certain books or series. Today, I am highlighting The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson, which includes The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal, and The Beauty of Darkness.

While reading this trilogy, I listened to “Take Flight” by Lindsey Stirling. I felt that the song really captured Lia who has an adventurous, courageous, and strong spirit as well as a kind heart. I hope you enjoy the music! I have also included the synopsis to read while you listen.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

I recently read a great review by Sofi @ABook.AThought. I really enjoyed reading Sofi’s review of TKOD and I enjoy reading all of her other types of posts. Be sure to check her blog out. She is really sweet!💜

What did you think of my music selection? Have you read TKOD? Let me know in the comments below.

Posts You Might Have Missed:
The Sunday Post: 3/27/2022
Tentative Spring TBR

-Maya🌹

🌞The Sunday Post: 3/27/2022

Credit: here

Happy Sunday, all!
How is your weekend? Mine has been very busy, but in a great way. My weekend has been spent driving to AZ and celebrating my gramma with her two sisters. Today is my gramma’s birthday so there is still more celebrating to be had.😁

Today’s post is The Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. Per Kimberly, “It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.”

Books I Finished This Week:
The Prophecy by Jennifer L Armentrout
–5 stars⭐️
Guys. JLA is a literal QUEEN👑. I know she has gotten a lot of recognition with her Blood and Ash series, which is totally valid given how fantastic those books are, but her other books are just as fantastic. There is not one JLA book that I have not liked thus far. She has never let me down! Every time I read one of her books, I am left with a HUGE book hangover that only more JLA can fix. 😂 So far, I have read 30 of her books. I believe that she has written around 68 books (including novellas), but my count very well could be off! Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

Currently Reading:
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

My goal for next week is to finish Ender’s Game. I will then be starting a buddy read of Bridge Kingdom by Danielle Jensen with the lovely Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack and Dini @DiniPandaReads. I am super excited for this buddy read.

Total Books Read in 2022: 13/50
February: 9
March: 4

*I am still quite behind on my goal of 50 before August😂 but it is totally fineeeee. Looking at it from a “50 books in a year” perspective, I am 3 books ahead!😁

Recent Posts:
Monday Music Match Up: Covenant Series😈🗡🏛
Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Adjectives in the Title🦋
Tentative Spring TBR🌷

Upcoming Posts:
🎵Monday Music Match Up
📚Top Ten Tuesday: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics
(weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl)
The Gif-y Love Tag – Tiction and Nehal are creators, and I was tagged by V @TheSassyLibraryFox!
🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie Books with Your Bookish Pet Peeves

TV Shows I Recently Finished:
🎬Reacher on Netlfix
–5 stars⭐️

Other TV:
🏀MARCH MADNESS: NCAA College Basketball Tournament

What did you read or watch this week? What are your goals for next week? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to link your Sunday Post in the comments as well so I don’t miss it!

-Maya🌹

(Tentative) Spring 2022 TBR🌷

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Hello, friends💗!
TGIF!🙏🏼 What are your plans for the weekend? I will be traveling to Arizona so my gramma can meet up with her sisters… Just in time for her birthday this Sunday, too. I am excited for our girls road trip!🚗🧳

Today’s post is my very tentative spring TBR. I do not particularly like TBRs because, quite frankly, I am not too great at sticking to them😂. At first, I was good at adhering to them, but over time, I fell off the wagon. 😂 However, I have quite a few unread books in my shelf that I want to read before buying new books so I am putting together a tentative TBR so I can get those read–for the most part. I may add books to April and May, but this is what I could come up with for now!

March☘️
The Return by JLA
The Power by JLA
The Struggle by JLA
The Prophecy by JLA (currently reading)
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (currently reading)

April🌷
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle Jensen [Buddy Read with Leslie🌸 @BooksAreTheNewBlack) and Dini🐼 (@DiniPandaReads)] – technically starting it mid next week but that is close enough to the first week of April😂
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (re-read) by JLA
The Crown of Gilded Bones (re-read) by JLA
A Shadow in the Ember by JLA

May🦋
The War of Two Queens by JLA [Buddy Read with Leslie🌸 @BooksAreTheNewBlack) and Dini🐼 (@DiniPandaReads)]
House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A Craig
Crush by Tracy Wolff
Covet by Tracy Wolff
Gods and Monsters by Shelby Mahurin
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

What is on your spring TBR? Let me know in the comments below. Feel free to link your Spring TBR post in the comments (or another post of yours!).

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Friday.💛

-Maya🌹

📚Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Adjectives in the Title🦋

Credit: ThatArtsyReaderGirl

Hello bookworms!📚🐛
Happy TTT! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week, there is a new topic for which we make a list of 10 items. Click here for more information! Today’s topic is: Books with Adjectives in the Title. This topic was submitted by Nicole @HowToTrainABookDragon.

  1. The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout
  2. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd Jones
  3. White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout
  4. Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
  5. The Forbidden Game by LJ Smith
  6. Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout
  7. Cursed by Jennifer L Armentrout
  8. This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi
  9. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  10. Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Cantor

I included quite a few Jennifer Armentrout books to show my appreciation for her – not only because she is my favorite author but she has been getting a lot of hate for her recent release, The War of Two Queens. It is important to note that authors are people too and we have the privilege of reading their books, their art, their legacy. It is totally okay to express opinion, but it can be done so in a way that is not threatening or hateful.

Okay, I digress. 😬

Number 10 on my list is a book I just discovered (like, a few min ago) – it is a reimagining of The Great Gatsby. It sounds really good so I am definitely adding it to my TBR. For any Gatsby lovers, I’d recommend you check it out and decide for yourself if you think it might be something you are interested in!✨

What did you think about my TTT selections? Please be sure to link your post in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

📖+🎵Monday Music Match Up: Covenant Series😈🗡 🏛

Well, it is Monday! A new day, a new week, a fresh start! 😌 I know that Mondays can be overwhelming-and sometimes quite difficult– so I hope today’s post, Monday Music Match Up, will brighten up your day. Monday Music Match Up is a weekly feature here at HerBookishDesires that shares the music that I have listened to, or matched, with certain books or book series. I listen to the music as I read the book and then, when I go back and listen to the song, my mind kind of plays the book back-like a movie🎥! I also feel that, like music in a movie, it elevates the story and emotions.

Today, I am highlighting the music I listened to while reading the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Link to Goodreads

Book: Half-Blood
Author: Jennifer Armentrout

While reading, I listened to: “Spiral” by Elephant Music. Give it a listen! Maybe you will discover a new song to listen to. 😊 As you listen to the music, I encourage you to read the synopsis of the book:

Synopsis for Half-Blood per Goodreads: The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is.

If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

✨I hope you all have a wonderful day! Remember that all you can do is your very best and the rest will work out. Enjoy your day!✨

What did you think about my music selection? Let me know in the comments!

-Maya🌹

🌞The Sunday Post: 3/20/2022

Credit: here

Happy Sunday, all!🌞☕️
I am currently sitting on my couch, surrounded by fluffy pups and drinking my morning coffee. 😌 This morning I am going to church with my dad and step-mom and we are going to eat at one of my favorite places – Tutto Fresco! My favorite dish there is the lemon ricotta pancakes🍋🥞😋. (Also pancakes are my favorite food) Besides the delicious pancakes, I love the atmosphere and the decor. There are hanging plants, trees and flowers near the tables, with Italian pottery and tiles. It’s just beautiful. For the rest of the day, I plan on just reading (books + posts around the blogosphere), working on upcoming posts, relaxing with my family❤️.

Today’s post is The Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. Per Kimberly, “It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.”

🔖Currently reading:
The Prophecy (Titan series #4) by JLA
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

✔️Recently Finished:
The Return (Titan series #1) by JLA
The Power (Titan series #2) by JLA
The Struggle (Titan series #3) by JLA

📚Total Books Read in 2022: 12
-3 in March (so far)
-9 in February

📋Goal: 50 books before August
-Status: BEHIND😫 This is goal is a bit of a stretch. (I don’t know if I will be able to read 10 books a month here on out with everything going on so I am behind!!) I will likely need to change the goal to 50 books for the year, but I will be doing my best to read 50 books by August!

Overall, I am pretty happy with my reading progress, especially considering that I just started reading in 2022 starting in February. I am trying to read as much as possible before starting medical school as I am not sure how much I will be able to read. I would be happier if I had read a little bit more in March. I know the month is not yet over, but the chances of me reading 6 more books in the next 12 days is pretty slim😂. We will see though! While it is good to have goals, I am not going to stress out about whether or not I will make my goal exactly. I am just glad I have the time to read.😊

👩🏽‍💻Recent Posts
🧐Flashback Friday: St. Patrick’s Edition☘️
Why I’ve Been Absent/I am Back!🎉

💬Upcoming Posts
Monday Music Match Up: The Covenant Series
-Weekly meme hosted here @HerBookishDesires that highlights music I have chosen to pair with a book.
Top Ten Tuesday: Books With an Adjective In the Title
-Weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl.
-Spring TBR🌷 (a very, very tentative TBR)

How was your week? How is your Sunday going? What did you read or begin reading? Let me know in the comments below! Be sure to link your Sunday Post in the comments as well so I do not miss it!

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: St. Patrick’s Day Edition☘️

Happy Friday, friends!

Today’s post is Flashback Friday. Flashback Friday is a meme here at HerBookishDesires that seeks to bring oldie but goodie novels back into the spotlight. It is my hope that, through this meme, we will discover – and re-discover – oldie but goodie books together.

The topic for today is in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day☘️. I made this one sort of a freebie because I really couldn’t choose between specific SPD topics so I included a little bit of everything. Here are the books I chose to highlight:

Books with Irish Themes/Written by an Irish Author

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Published: May 1, 2001

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Published: September 11, 2012

This one is on my TBR!

Books with Green Covers

Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey
Published: April 1, 2007

I read this several years ago and enjoyed it!

Matched by Ally Condie
Published: November 30, 2010

This was a wonderful read!

What are some oldie books with green covers that you have read/discovered? Let me know in the comments below! Feel free to join in on the Flashback Friday fun! For more details see here.

-Maya🌹

Why I’ve Been Absent!/I am BACK!🎉

Hello, hello!

First of all, happy St. Patrick’s Day!☘️ Also, happy Thursday! Tomorrow is Friday, yay!

Wow, it has been several months since I last posted, blog hopped, or done anything blog related. The past several months have been extremely busy and full of change, stress, and joy and have left little room for activities such as blogging! Here is what I’ve been up to:

-Medical scribing: 👩🏽‍💻 Medical scribes document patient information into the Electronic Health Record so practitioners (physicians, NPs, PAs) can spend more time with the patient and less typing things out during the patient visit. For more information about medical scribing click here. Also feel free to ask me any questions about my experience or about scribing in general!

-Abercrombie and Fitch associate🛍

Applying to medical school: 🩺 This involves filling out two applications (primary and secondary) for pretty much every school applied to and interviewing! I am extremely blessed to say that I have been accepted into some schools! It is crazy because, the last post I made, I had just submitted my primary applications! When I read that, I felt that I had come full circle and the sense of “it all paid off” really hit me. Feeling so blessed!!

Reading📚: I have recently gotten back into reading after quite a long break. It has been so nice to get back into reading.
Currently reading: The Struggle (Titan series #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Spending time with family👨‍👩‍👧‍👧


My Plan for Blogging During Medical School

I have this … habit of disappearing (okay, it has only been twice but still) and I really do not like it as I really love to blog, interact with you all, etc. However, medical school is extremely hard and extremely busy. So this begs the question: Now that I am picking my blog back up, won’t I just do my little disappearing act again once medical school starts in the summer?

My answer is: I am going to really make an effort to keep this blog up. I have heard that it is important to have a hobby or two throughout medical school so this will be one (in addition to having a small herb garden🪴). I will likely post 1-2 times per week during medical school, but there may be a week every once in a while when I do not post at all! I am thinking of rotating through my usual schedule of Monday Music Match Up, Top Ten Tuesday, Flashback Friday… with a couple of book reviews every now and then (not sure how often I will get to read/finish a book).


Upcoming posts to watch out for:
3/18: Flashback Friday: St. Patrick’s Day Edition (weekly meme hosted here @HerBookishDesires, see here)
3/20: The Sunday Post (weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @Caffeinated Reviewer)
4/21: Monday Music Match Up (weekly meme hosted here @HerBookishDesires, see here)
4/22: Top Ten Tuesday: Books With an Adjective In the Title (weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl.)


What is new and exciting with you? What are you currently reading? Drop a comment below! I love chatting with you all and I have missed you🥺

-Maya🌹