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!

 

Mystery & Thriller Week

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It’s Mystery & Thriller Week on Goodreads, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about some books that I have read and plan on reading!

Recently Reviewed:

Reviews:

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Currently Reading:

I received an ARC of Our House by Louise Candlish from NetGalley.

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When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern co-parenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.

To Be Read:

  1. Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

    This is (one of) my Book of the Month picks for the month of April, along with Circe by Madeline Miller. The synopsis sounds so creepy and weird… I can’t wait to read it!

  2. Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker

    My first K.A. Tucker book was Ten Tiny Breaths, which is one of my favorite books. I’ve read several other spin-off books in this series, but I haven’t touched one of her books in awhile. I’m especially excited to read a thriller book from her, since many of her books are romance.

  3. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

    I’ve had Bird Box on my TBR for over two years. I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet, but something about this book has kept it near the top of my list. It sounds right up my alley. Also, apparently it’s getting made into a movie?! Starring Sandra Bullock?! So now I have no choice but to read it as soon as possible.

Wrap-Up, March 2018

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I’ve been pretty busy, so it’s been a pretty slow month for reading overall. Still, I’ve managed to review a couple books and read some others that have been on my TBR. I just came back from a trip to Miami and I have another trip coming up in April, but my goal is to read at least ten books in the coming month (don’t hold me to it).


Books I’ve Reviewed:

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan


Other Books I’ve Read:

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
This book was so fun! I didn’t know how much I wanted to read a romantic comedy until I had it in my hands. I fully intended on saving this for the beach on my trip, but I couldn’t help but finish it in one day. It was funny, sexy, and very enjoyable. Why can’t I have a Joshua Templeman in my office? Life isn’t fair.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I’ve wanted to read another Neil Gaiman novel after reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and I’m so glad I finally did. This book was dark and fantastical and mysterious. Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar were probably the cruelest/funniest/most endearing villains I’ve ever encountered, and I grew to adore all the characters. The last 100 pages or so had me on the edge of my seat, and I love how everything unfolded.


Currently Reading:

I told myself I was only gonna read one book at a time, but here I am, starting two new books. To be fair, I picked up Sometimes I Lie from the airport and started it mid-flight. I’ll probably finish that one, then move on to finishing the The Snow Child.


Next to be Read (For Now):

The Best Books to Bring to the Beach

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In honor of my upcoming trip out of the frozen New England tundra and onto the warm, sunny Miami Beach, I decided to list some of my favorite beach reads! I always wait until the last minute to pack, so I’ll most likely end up overpacking (per usual). Don’t pull a Becca, and plan ahead for your beach necessities!

When I think beach reads, I mostly think of romance or contemporary fiction. I need something light that doesn’t require too much attention or effort, but still keeps me hooked.

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

A murder mystery that takes place in a beach town. I actually did read this on the beach, and would recommend this to anyone in the mood for something highly addictive.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

A fast-paced mystery/thriller with an unreliable narrator. This was much better than I expected. It’s easy to read, and will keep you guessing!

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

A romance with an unexpected twist that completely shattered me.

All the Missing Girls by Jessica Strawser

A mystery/suspense novel about a young woman who returns to the town she grew up in to face a crime committed in her past. This one isn’t exactly a light read. Since it’s written in reverse, it’s a little bit more of a challenge to know what’s going on. Still, it was highly entertaining!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

A short, atmospheric book that is both magical and frightening.


What I’m Bringing:

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I’m so excited to read this! It’s not new, but for some reason I’ve been hearing a lot about this book lately. I’m definitely in the mood to read a workplace hate-to-love rom-com, so this is what I plan on bringing along on my trip.

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.

11250317Greece 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.

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!