Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Red Covers

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*Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

This week’s topic is about books that have your favorite color on the cover. My eye has always been drawn to red books, so this was an easy list for me to make!

  1. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

  2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

  3. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

  4. This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

  5. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

  6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

  7. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

  8. Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning

  9. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

  10. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Waiting on a Wednesday: Anticipated Sequels

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*Waiting on a Wednesday is a weekly feature in which I spotlight upcoming releases that I can’t wait to read!

This week, I’m focusing on to-be-released sequels that I would give up a limb for.

  1. The Wicked King by Holly Black

  2. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

  3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber

 

Can we just take a moment to admire these covers?! They’re absolutely amazing.

The Cruel Prince killed me, it was so good! I can’t wait to read The Wicked King and find out what’s in store for Jude and Cardan. I wouldn’t even hesitate to sell my soul for an ARC of this.

The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower became two of my favorite books. I didn’t think there was any way the second could be better than the first, but somehow it was. Katherine Arden is a phenomenal writer, and I can’t wait to read the third and final book in this magical series. It almost (almost) has me wishing for winter.

Caraval was one of my favorite reads of 2017! This book was so fun and twisty. I was riveted until the very last page, and I’m counting down the days until Legendary hits shelves!

 

Three of a Theme: Sports Romance

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Since I’m currently reading From Lukov With Love, I wanted to talk about some other sporty romance novels that I’ve read in the (very distant) past. These books are chock full of clichés and incredibly corny, but they’re also funny, swoon-worthy, and so very entertaining!

  1. The Deal by Elle Kennedy

    It’s been so long since I’ve read this book, I don’t even have it listed. Basically, it’s about this girl Hannah who is crushing on this guy, so she makes a deal with the college hockey star. She tutors him to get his GPA up, and he helps her make this other guy jealous. Obviously, in tradition with most romance novels, they start liking each other.

  2. Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

    If you’re looking for something light and funny, I would definitely recommend Scoring Wilder. It’s about Kinsley, a soccer player who is preparing for Olympic tryouts, but is crushing on her hot professional soccer playing coach. Hilarity and sexiness ensues.

  3. Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie

    This is probably the only book between the three that I enjoyed for more than just the romance. In fact, this book almost made me want to join the circus (kidding, but not really). Thora dreams of being a professional acrobat, and tries out for her dream role in the acrobatic Vegas show Amour Amour, opposite the leading performer, Nikolai. I loved the romance, but more than that, I admired how dedicated Thora was to achieving her goals. She never gave up, despite everything that stood in her way.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring TBR

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*Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

This week’s topic is about books that I want to read this spring.

Already Own:

I’m so excited to read these three books, especially! I have all three in paperback, and the covers are gorgeous. If We Were Villains is marketed as perfect for fans of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, so of course I had to buy it. Spring still seems a long way off in New England (with another storm on the way) so I bought The Snow Child to add to my growing pile of winter reads. Norse Mythology will be my third Gaiman book (and because it’s a Gaiman book, I already know it will be good).

To Purchase:

The Hating Game and From Lukov With Love were both featured on this post by Bree from In Love & Words about funny romance novels. I’ve been looking for something funny and romantic (since I’ve been reading a lot of dark stuff lately) so I’m so excited to read these! I’ve been hearing nothing but praise for Children of Blood and Bone, so this one is also next up on my purchase list.

Advanced Reader Copies:

I was just approved for Our House on Netgalley, though it may take awhile for me to get to it. I’ve had The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle for awhile as well. I’m halfway done, but I’ve had it on hold for a few weeks now. I’m hoping to get back to reading it and finishing soon.

Anticipated Releases:

Both Circe and Sky in the Deep come out in April, and are my most anticipated releases of spring!

Sunday Spent in Bed With…The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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With Circe being my most anticipated release for the month of April, I really wanted to read Madeline Miller’s debut novel, The Song of Achilles! I finally picked this book up, and I’m loving it so far.
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Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
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I adore mythology and retellings. The Song of Achilles stays true to the original Greek mythology while offering its own spin. It’s more romantic than I expected, but I don’t mind. I think there might be a little more action going forward, with both Achilles and Patroclus going to Troy.

I’m a little nervous to finish this book since I know how the story ends, and I’m not really in the mood to have my heart ripped out of my chest (stay tuned). I’m hoping to finish this at some point today!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me

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*Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

This week’s topic is about books that surprised me, for better or worse.

 

  1. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

    I’m not a fan of contemporary fiction, but every once in a while I come across a contemporary/chick lit book that I really enjoy. This was once of them. You don’t know who dies until the very end, though its alluded to throughout the entire book in interspersed interviews with residents of the beach town, and I kept turning the pages to find out. Big Little Lies is the perfect beach read!

  2. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

    The less you know about this book going into it, the better. I will say that It Ends With Us makes a complete unexpected and shocking turn. I would recommend this, but there are some trigger warnings that should be mentioned (Highlight for Spoiler: Domestic abuse, attempted rape.)

  3. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

    This book surprised me… in a bad way. The first half was a four or five star read for me. I loved the dark, mysterious, dreamy quality of the first half of Wintersong. It would have been a four or five star read for me, if it didn’t become a completely different book at the midway point. After that, almost everything bothered me, and I had to slog through to finish it.

  4. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

    All the Missing Girls is written in reverse, which really worked for the story and made the conclusion far more shocking than it would have been otherwise. I read the entire book in an airport during a layover.

  5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

    I had this book on my TBR for over a year before finally deciding to read it. Its not that it didn’t appeal to me, but something just kept me from picking it up. I’m so glad that I finally did, as this series is now one of my favorites! It also started my Victoria Schwab binge-read that led to me reading Vicious, one of my all-time favorites.

  6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

    I think many people who read We Were Liars predicted the twist, but I did not. This book wasn’t my favorite, but I did find the ending both shocking and heartbreaking.

  7. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

    I read this book when it was first released, and from all the hype (and, let’s be honest, that beautiful cover) I thought I was going to love it. Instead, I found it to be a pretty generic dystopian novel. However, the revelation that a certain someone was actually evil was pretty shocking too, and probably the highlight of the whole book.

  8. Angelfall by Susan Ee

    Angelfall is an indie apocalyptic novel about angels, and really took me by surprise because of how much I loved it. While the conclusion to the series was pretty disappointing, I still think this book should get more recognition.

  9. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

    I wasn’t sure how to feel going into Neverwhere. I didn’t know too much about the book, except that it has already been out for awhile (a few decades?) and has multiple editions. Turns out, its like an adult version of Alice in Wonderland, with two of the coolest and most ruthless villains I’ve ever encountered. I really liked it!

  10. Unravel by Calia Read

    This crazy little book was dark and romantic and made my head spin in the best possible way. The less you know, the better, but I would recommend this to anyone looking for a New Adult romance with a crazy, mysterious twist. I will say that it deals with some pretty sensitive issues that might make some people uncomfortable.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

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*Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

This week’s topic is my favorite book quotes of all time.

  1. “To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.” – Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

  2. “I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” – V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic

  3. “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.” – Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

  4. “If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.” – Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

  5. “Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other: of a life left unchosen. Decide as seems best, one course or the other; each way will have its bitter with its sweet.” – Katherine Arden, The Girl in the Tower

  6. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

  7. “You fought and fought to keep all the cruelty locked up in your head, and for what? None of them ever loved you, because none of them ever knew you.” – Rosamund Hodge, Cruel Beauty

  8. “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

  9. “Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.” – Victoria Schwab, Vicious

  10. “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Waiting on a Wednesday – Circe by Madeline Miller

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*Waiting on a Wednesday is a weekly feature in which I spotlight upcoming releases that I can’t wait to read!

This week, I’m waiting on Circe by Madeline Miller.

I’ve had The Song of Achilles (also by Madeline Miller) on my TBR for a while now. I already own it, so I’m hoping to get to it before Circe comes out!

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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

(Cover and synopsis taken from Goodreads)

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time! What’s not to love about Greek mythology and witches? This book is a retelling of The Odyssey from Circe’s perspective. Advanced reader reviews have been very positive, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this when it comes out in April!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-Read Forever

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*Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

This week’s topic is about books that I could reread again and again without getting sick of them.

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1. A Courtof Thorns and Roses
2. A Court of Mist and Fury
3. A Court of Wings and Ruin
I had to start off with the ACOTAR books because, well, I’ve read this series twice now, and I feel like I could totally read them again. I love all the characters, the asskicking moments, the steamy romance moments, everything.

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4. The Secret History
I rave about this book so much, for good reason. It’s such a dark, thrilling, captivating read. I feel like I could find things that I missed the first time around with each reread. There was just so much substance packed into these pages that I could just devour this book again and again.

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5. The Cruel Prince
I’ve already read this book twice and its only been out for two months, soooo…

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6. The Notebook
Middle school me (back when I had a heart) will always love this book.

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7. The Great Gatsby
This book is amazing and I don’t care what anyone says, Daisy is the real hero. Fight me.

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8. The Hunger Games
This book is beyond addictive, admit it. Also, I still haven’t read the third? Oh well.

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9. The Archived
10. The Unbound
These were the first Victoria Schwab books that I read. The premise is really unique… a Librarian who can access an archive of memories of the dead, called Histories? How does she come up with this stuff?

 

 

Sunday Spent in Bed With…Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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It’s cold and rainy outside and I’m curled up in my warm bed with a cup of coffee, and the only way I would leave it is if my apartment were to suddenly catch on fire. Or if I wanted to get another cup of coffee.

I’ve heard so much about Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, so I decided to pick it up. I’m going on four (or maybe five?) days of reading this book now, which is a long time for me. Even with working two jobs, I’m usually able to finish a book in two to three days.

Laini Taylor’s writing is absolutely phenomenal. I feel like I could quote every single sentence of Strange the Dreamer, because everything is just so beautiful and her analogies and descriptions are flawless. You can’t help but care deeply for the characters, which really twists the knife when bad things happen to them. Also, the level of creativity is out of this world and I’m pretty sure that this author is a magician for being able to craft such a magical and unique story.

“He had loved the library, and had felt, as a boy, as though it had a kind of sentience, and perhaps loved him back. But even if it was just walls and a roof with papers inside, it had bewitched him, and drawn him in, and given him everything he needed to become himself.”

I don’t know why it’s taking me so long to read this one, because I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it. I had the same problem with Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone (which I never actually finished). It’s like, even though I love the story, I have no desire to actually keep reading it and have to force myself through the pages. It’s a paradox. I don’t understand it.

I’m hoping to finish Strange the Dreamer sometime this weekend! In the meantime, I’m just gonna act like a burrito in my heated blanket and ignore the world for awhile.