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

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!

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

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?

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Under the Book Covers (Romance Freebie)

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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, the topic is a romance freebie in honor of Valentine’s Day! I will be listing my top ten favorite book romances. To me, romance is an important aspect in a book. While it isn’t a deal-breaker, I tend to be more invested in the overall story if there’s a couple to root for.

  1. Rhys and Feyre (A Court of Thorns and Roses)
  2. Ignifex and Nyx (Cruel Beauty)
  3. Vasya and Morozko (The Bear and the Nightingale)
  4. Mara and Noah (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer)
  5. Jacqueline and Lucas (Easy)
  6. Mac and Barrons (The Fever books)
  7. Warner and Juliette (Shatter Me)
  8. Kacey and Trent (Ten Tiny Breaths)
  9. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
  10. Braden and Jocelyn (On Dublin Street)

 

  1. So Rhysand owns my heart and no romance will ever beat Feysand. Never ever. Seriously, the development of their relationship in A Court of Mist And Fury was so perfect and tension-filled and swoony and just…ugh. Feyre underwent huge personal development in this book, and the part that Rhys played in this development was absolutely adorable. Best romance ever, fight me.
  2. It’s been awhile since I read Cruel Beauty, but I loved the dark mystery of this book. I’ve always loved Beauty and the Beast, and this version was by far my favorite retelling. I really loved how the story and the romance unfolded.
  3. This isn’t really a romance (only sort-of) but it developed a lot more in The Girl in the Tower, and I hope something relationship-y happens in the final book! I love Morozko. Yes, he’s the frost demon. No, I don’t care. I wouldn’t be surprised if nothing further develops between him and Vasya, but I really hope it does!
  4. Its been years since I’ve read the Mara Dyer books, but they were so delightfully creepy. I remember being really invested in the romance between Mara and Noah.
  5. Jacqueline and Lucas are so perfect for each other, and this story is so heart-wrenching in so many ways. I would recommend Easy to anyone looking to read a college romance.
  6. Oh my god, those Fever books. I only read the first five, as Karen Marie Moning only intended for there to be five books initially. In my opinion, the story was wrapped up perfectly after the fifth book, so I have no interest in continuing the series. But Barrons is such a great love interest because he’s actually such a horrible love interest, but he’s unapologetically the way he is. He helps Mac become a better, stronger version of herself.
  7. I love villains, and love villain love-interests even more. Warner is the pinnacle of this trope, and I absolutely adore the Shatter Me series because of it.
  8. Ten Tiny Breaths hit me like a train when I first read it. Its been a few years, but I plan on rereading this one soon. Trent and Kacey each have their own demons to battle, but circumstances bring them together in the most heartbreaking way.
  9. How could I not include the greatest romance of all time?! I personally think that Pride and Prejudice had a huge impact on modern romance novels. Also, books during this publication era were not exactly known for feminist values, so you can’t help but admire Jane Austen for writing a strong and vivacious female heroine.
  10. I had to include On Dublin Street, because this list needed at least one super-steamy read. This couple goes from hate to love, which is one of my favorite tropes. The love interest is alpha-male without any of the Christian Grey-esque weirdness.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest

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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, the topic is “Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest (That I Still Haven’t Read). My TBR is sort of becoming a graveyard of books I want to read, so this is an easy list for me to make. In my experience, I’ve found that the books I’ve wanted to read for the longest time end up being some of my favorites, and I always kick myself for having waited so long. The best example of this is the Shades of Magic series and The Bear and the Nightingale, which were absolutely phenomenal.

Reading these books is more of a need than a want at this point.

  1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  2. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  4. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  7. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  8. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  9. Tithe by Holly Black
  10. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

 

  1. I own a paperback copy of All the Light We Cannot See, but just haven’t gotten around to reading it. I’m like a magpie, always attracted to the allure of new books and forgetting about the ones I already own.
  2. Red Rising is a book that I’ve heard a lot of great things about, but just haven’t gotten around to reading it. Now that the series is over, I’ll probably pick it up! It’s always more fun binge-reading without having to wait for the next book to come out.
  3. I actually read Throne of Glass a while back and didn’t really enjoy it, but I’ve heard the books that come after are amazing and worth the read. I love the ACOTAR books, so maybe I’ll give this one another shot.
  4. Life After Life is another book that I own, but just haven’t gotten around to reading.
  5. The only Maggie Stiefvater book I’ve ever read is Shiver, way back in my Twilight-obsessed high school days. I didn’t LOVE it, but people rave about her writing and these books sound really intriguing, so I want to give them a shot!
  6. I’m guilty of having never read The Night Circus. I feel like it’s one of those books that became super trendy and everyone else has already read it. I actually owned a paperback copy and lost it a few years ago (how does that happen??), but I ordered another online, so I’ll be starting this one soon.
  7. I love mysteries, thrillers, and scary things, so Bird Box has been on my radar for a while. I guess now it’s going to be made into a movie?? Possibly with Sandra Bullock?? So yeah, count me in.
  8. The blurb of Dark Matter sounds freaky and scary and mysterious and I can’t wait to read this one. I’m not sure why I haven’t yet.
  9. I’ve been on a little Holly Black kick lately, and I love dark faerie books. Tithe seems like the most obvious next choice, even though it came out years ago and I probably should have already read it.
  10. The Secret History is another one I have being shipped to me as I’m typing this, so I’m hoping to cross it off from my TBR soon! I’ve heard great things about this one. So many books I read are new releases, but this one was originally published in 1992. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

 

Hopefully, I’ll be crossing these books off my list soon!