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My Top Ten Favorite Songs of All Time

Today, I was singing (badly) at the top of my lungs to some of my favorite songs and it got me thinking about my top ten favorites of all time. So I made a list and I figured I would share that with y'all. These are the songs that I would choose if I had to listen to only ten songs for the rest of my life. These are the songs that always make me feel better and these are the songs that I am always in the mood to listen to. (All the links will take you to YouTube to a music video.)

In no particular order:

  • When a Man Loves a Woman - Michael Bolton. I have this one and the Percy Sledge version on my iTunes. While I listen to them both, Michael Bolton's is my favorite. To get my fix when I'm driving, sometimes I'll put it on repeat for the entire trip.
  • Simple Man - Shinedown. I know there is the Lynyrd Skynrd version, but I love Shinedown's so much more. Usually when I listen to this song, the volume is up as loud as it will go and it plays about three times before I'll move on to the next song.
  • (God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You - *NSYNC. I grew up listening to these boys and this is the main song that stuck around all these years later. I love, love, love this song.
  • Lean on Me - Bill Withers. I mean, really. Who doesn't love this song? 
  • Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson. I feel bad for whoever is near me when this song comes on. I sing so terribly loud and I can't sing. At all. This is one of my top lifts-my-mood songs too.
  • Let's Stay Together - Al Green. This is close second behind the Michael Bolton song in terms of old songs. I have to play this one at least twice before moving on.
  • Back to One - Mark Wills. Close your eyes and listen to it. *happy sigh*
  • I'll Follow You - Shinedown. Another Shinedown song made the list. This isn't a surprise because they are my favorite band. I turn the volume up and belt out all the words. 
  • I'll Be There - Jackson 5. I always liked this song, but in the 7th grade, I had a teacher who would play music similar to this every day before he started his lecture. Every time I heard it, I fell more and more in love with it and now it's on my top ten of all time!
  • Lips of an Angel - Hinder. Thanks to my sister, this song has made the list. It makes me want to sing, sing loud, and it doesn't matter who hears me. This has been a favorite of mine since the first time I heard it.
There you go! Those are my top ten favorite songs of all time. Are any of these on your list too? What songs would make your list?

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Liked More/Less Than I Thought I Would

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I have always enjoyed reading everyone's Top Ten lists and I figured, why shouldn't I get in on the fun? I'll start with the books I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

Through Her Eyes Amaretto Flame Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) Leverage I Now Pronounce You Someone Else

All of these books offer something different. With each of them, I knew I would probably enjoy it, but I was overwhelmed with how much more I liked them. Wither, for instance, isn't the type of book I usually read. Those future, science fiction books are 9 times out of 10 not for me. I couldn't believe how much I loved that book! It has made me want to try and read more books like it.

I Know Pronounce You Someone Else was a surprise for me because occasionally, I'll see the cover and think, eh. With the impression the cover made on me, I thought that the book would just be "okay" like the cover. I was wrong. Leverage just blew my mind.


Love and Leftovers City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) Dreamland Keeping the Moon
I love novels in verse. Ellen Hopkins is the queen of verse novels, in my opinion. Love & Leftovers was my first verse, non-Ellen Hopkins book. I did enjoy it, but not as much as I thought I would. Then there's the fourth in The Mortal Instruments series. I had super high expectations for that book because I loved the first three so terribly much. It fell so far from what I was expecting.

Shiver was one of those books that was constantly being raved about for months before I read it. I was bit by the hype bug and the story didn't match the hype I was hearing for me. The writing was fantastic, though. Last, but not least, are those two Sarah Dessen books. I'm a huge fan of her works and those two just didn't do it for me compared to the others.

My Top Ten (Twenty, Really) Favorite Books

I have 73 books on my favorites shelf on Goodreads. Today, I'm going to narrow it down to my top ten favorites in no particular order. I'm going to separate it into those in a series and those that are stand alones.

  1. Wide Awake by Shelly Crane
  2. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  3. Love Means Zero by Daisy Jordan
  4. Aurora Undefined by Kate Hinderer
  5. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
  6. Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
  7. I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin
  8. I Know Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
  9. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
  10. Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

  1. Summer series by Jenny Han
  2. Of Witches and Warlocks series by Lacey Weatherford
  3. That Boy series by Jillian Dodd
  4. Slammed series by Colleen Hoover
  5. Significance series by Shelly Crane
  6. Study series by Maria V. Snyder
  7. Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent
  8. The Mortal Instruments series (only books 1-3) by Cassandra Clare
  9. Insight series by Jamie Magee
  10. Wicked series by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie