Top Ten Tuesday: So You Want to Try a New Adult Book…Start Here

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Freebie.

For my Freebie choice, I’m going with So You Want to Try a New Adult Book…Start Here for those readers who are interested in branching into the NA sub genre. I chose these books because I feel that they’re a good representation of the category. I went a little further than ten because I couldn’t help myself. (All titles link to the Goodreads page for that book in case you want to add them to your To-Read shelf or check out reviews.)


1. Bright Side
by Kim Holden

Secrets.
Everyone has one.
Some are bigger than others.
And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it.
But they each have a reason to fight it.
They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.


2. Left Drowning
by Jessica Park

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.


3. More Than This
by Jay McLean

When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone.

Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced to depend on this near stranger and his family, and he in turn is determined to take care of her. But Mikayla—thrust into adulthood with no one to guide her—is desperate to contain her grief and hide what she considers to be her weakness. Mikayla and Jake both want more, but despite their growing closeness and intense chemistry, she tries to keep her distance and protect her heart. As he does everything in his power to win her trust, Mikayla must choose between remaining alone and safe or letting love in.


4. Ugly Love
by Colleen Hoover

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


5. The Deal
by Elle Kennedy

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cockycaptain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.


6. The Year We Fell Down
by Sarina Bowen

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.

What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.


7. Making Faces
by Amy Harmon

Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beastwhere we discover that there is little beauty and a little beast in all of us.


8. This is Falling
by Ginger Scott

First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it.

When I left for college, I put a thousand miles between my future and my past. I’d made a choice—I was going to cross back to the other side, to live with the living. I just didn’t know how.

And then I met Nate Preeter.

An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn’t supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn’t want to know my name. But he did. And when he learned my secret and saw the scars it left behind, he was supposed to run. But he didn’t.

My heart was dead, and I was never supposed to belong to anyone. But Nate Preeter had me feeling, and he made me want to be his. He showed me everything I was missing.

And then he showed me how to fall.


9. Sacked
by Jen Frederick

What he wants he gets… 

Knox Masters is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And…virgin. Knox knows what he wants–and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he’s set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she’s the sister of his fellow teammate, but that’s not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.

…but he’s never met her before. 

But Ellie isn’t as sure. She’s trying to start a new life and she’s not interested in a relationship…with anyone. Beside it’s not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother’s teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.

Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.


10. Ten Tiny Breaths
by K.A. Tucker

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.


11. All the Ways You Saved Me
by Jamie Howard

Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.

Law school? Check.

Camera-ready smile? Check.

A dull and boring existence? Double check.

But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend’s unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.

It’s while she’s checking off her first item on the list–buy coffee for a stranger–that she meets Ian Mathis. Between the tattoo sleeve curling up his right arm, his guitar-roughened fingertips, and the secrets shadowing his past, he’s a complication Bianca doesn’t need but desperately wants.

With every item they cross off the list together, Bianca uncovers a piece of herself that she’s buried under what’s expected, all the while breaking her own rules by falling hard for Ian. But when her six months run out, Bianca has to decide if she’s willing to risk her empty but picture-perfect life for a chance at real, messy love.


12. Sincerely, Carter
by Whitney G.

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend… 

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve …

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…


13. When It Rains
by Lisa De Jong

One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it’s more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can’t.

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn’t care who I used to be, he’s simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt.

I’ve been saved.

And I’ve found hope.

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…

Again.


14. There is No Light in Darkness
by Claire Contreras

A past hidden in darkness. Her present cloaked in secrets. The future holds the only truth that cannot be escaped.

After the mysterious and violent death of her parents, Blake Brennan finds comfort with an unconventional family. As the dramatic loss of her parents continues to haunt her—and hinders her from reciprocating love that others give freely—Blake embarks on a harrowing journey in search for the truth.

Living in a constant state of fear and need for control, vivid nightmares reveal details that lead to perilous situations. The past begins to collide with the present, and Blake must decide if the truth is worth losing the ones she loves.

Can love conquer all as her past comes to light? Or will Blake realize that there is no light in darkness?


15. Paper Princess
by Erin Watt

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.


I honestly could go on and on. I tried to give a little variety here. Some are dark and angsty, some are lighter and fluffier. All are great reads and perfect to help you navigate the new adult romance world.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read. Here are some books I’ve read that take place in another country. Since I live in the Unites States, this will be books not set here.Can

Can I say all the books? I rarely re-read. For the sake of the topic, I’m going to list some books that will fit this for sure.


1. Little Bee
by Chris Cleve

2. Where the Heart Is
by Billie Letts

3. Sharp Objects
by Gillian Flynn

4. The Silence of the Lamb
by Thomas Harris

5. Fortune’s Rocks
by Anita Shreve

6. Marrow
by Tarryn Fisher

7. Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas
by James Patterson

8. The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

9. The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold

10. The Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books. This is hard. It’s not very often I dislike books, so I only made it to 8 books.


1. Ben

Ben was a good guy. He did nice things. I just wish he hadn’t had to become part of a threesome to get the girl.

2. Landon

Poor Landon. His wife sucked and I hated reading this from her point of view.

3. Jordan

This book was just annoying, but it might have been better with a little bit of Jordan’s point of view.

4. Ben

Ben was a decent guy even though the chick in this book was nuts.

5. Luke

Worst sequel. I felt bad for Luke.

6. Carter Reed

He might have been into some not good stuff, but he was a great protector.

7. Colin

This book was out there, but I enjoyed Colin.

8. Landon

Landon was the only decent person in this book.


I didn’t quite make it to ten today. I try to forget the books I didn’t like.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Take Place In Another Country

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books That Take Place In Another Country. Here are some books I’ve read that take place in another country. Since I live in the Unites States, this will be books not set here.


1. Spanish Lessons
by Jessica Peterson

Spain

2. Chasing Crazy
by Kelly Siskind

New Zealand

3. Burning Moon
by Jo Watson

Thialand

3. Roman Crazy
by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci

Italy

4. The Hurricane
by R.J. Prescott

Ireland

5. Happily Ever Ninja
by Penny Reid

I could tell you where this was set, but then I’d have to kill you. LOL.

6. The Cad and the Co-Ed
by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

Ireland

7. Settling the Score
by R.S. Grey

England

8. Something Blue
by Emily Giffin

England

9. Smut
by Karina Halle

Canada

10. The Player
by Claire Contreras

Europe

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books On My Spring TBR.


1. Leah and the Offbeat
by Becky Albertalli

2. Starry Eyes
by Jenn Bennett

3. Dirty Charmer
by Emma Chase

4. Say You Won’t Let Go
by Corrine Michaels

5. Listen to Your Heart
by Kasie West

6. I Flipping Love You
by Helena Hunting

7. Bad Boy Brody
by Tijan

8. Hooked on You
by Kate Meader

9. One Small Thing
by Erin Watt

10. Hot Asset
by Lauren Layne

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way). 


1. Stillhouse Lake
by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake surprised me because it was so fast paced. A lot of the time, thrillers are slower reads. That wasn’t the case with this book, and it was a good thing.

2. Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo

Fantasies aren’t normally my thing, so I was expecting Six of Crows to be a more challenging read for me. It wasn’t at all. The whole heist aspect kept me enthralled.

3. Unqualified
by Anna Faris

I thought this book would be funnier than it was. I also didn’t expect so much negativity about  her ex — and I’m not talking about Chris Pratt. This book didn’t tackle their split at all.

4. The Lace Reader
by Brunonia Barry

This book was a complete surprise to me. I loved the whole unreliable narrator thing.

5. Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

That twist. If you’ve read it, you understand.

6. Nine Minutes
by Beth Flynn

This entire book surprised me in a VERY good way! If you like psychological thrillers or Sons of Anarchy, you will love this book.

7. Bright Side
by Kim Holden

When I first started reading this book, I wondered what all the hype was about. The further I got into it, the more I understood. It was an amazing surprise.

8. When It Rains
by Lisa De Jong

When I first started this book, I didn’t like one of the characters. I thought he was taking away from the true love in this book. He wasn’t though, and the result broke me.

9. Bad Mommy
by Tarryn Fisher

So many crazy things happened in this book! I didn’t expect any of it! It was great!

10. Never Never
by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

This book blew my mind when I read it! In a good way, of course!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Favorite Book Quotes. Pretty simple, so here we go!


Quote #1

“I don’t want to say that I feel complete when I’m with him— because I’m complete without him— but when I’m with him I feel like a better version of myself.”

Claire Contreras, Kaleidoscope Hearts 


Quote #2

“I’m not going to drown in what I can’t change.”

Jessica Park, Flat-Out Celeste


Quote #3

“Just when you think you know someone, they change. Or you change. Or maybe you both change. And that changes everything.

Kim Holden, Bright Side


Quote #4

“Bendy straws are the shit, dude.”

Kim Holden, Gus


Quote #5

“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you.”

Jojo Moyes, Me Before You


Quote #6

“No matter how many words we get, there’s always going to be the last one, and one word is never enough.”

Amy Harmon, Infinity + One


Quote #7

“I love you so much.” His voice is breathless and full of fear. “I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.” My tears fall harder at his words. “And I’ll love you forever. Even when I shouldn’t.”

Colleen Hoover, Confess


Quote #8

“If you can’t stop thinking about someone’s update, that’s called “status cling.”

Jessica Park, Flat-Out Love


Quote #9

 

“You can’t measure love by time put in, but the weight of those moments. Some in life are light, like a touch. Others, you can’t help but stagger beneath.”

Sarah Dessen, Once and For All


Quote #10

“I realized that people’s reactions had more to do with them, more to do with who they were, than anything about me.”

Mia Sheridan, Archer’s Voice

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-read Forever

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books I Could Re-read Forever.

I don’t normally re-read books, but I’ve listed the books I have re-read in the past and the ones I would consider re-reading in the future.


RE-READ

1. The Lace Reader
by Brunonia Barry

2. Twilight
by Stephenie Meyer

3. A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle

WOULD RE-READ

4. The Deal
by Elle Kennedy

5. Bright Side
by Kim Holden

6. When It’s Real
by Erin Watt

7. Nine Minutes
by Beth Flynn

8. The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield

9. Bountiful
by Sarina Bowen

10. Good Boy
by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading.

I just cleared off over 1000 from my Goodreads To-Read shelf, so picking 10 should be pretty easy. 😉 As long as I can remember any of the books I removed! All of these books I’ve chosen simply because I don’t have the time to read everything I want.


1. P.S. I Still Love You
by Jenny Han

It’s just been so long since I’ve read the first one.

2. Before
by Anna Todd

I started this book on audio, but had to return it. Plus, I was kind of over Hardin by this point.

3. The Bachelor Contract
by Rachel Van Dyken

I’m not a fan of this series for some reason. I liked the first book well enough, but the second fell too flat for me to pick up the third.

4. You Say It First
by Susan Mallery

I read the entire Fool’s Gold series which morphs into the Happily Inc series. Maybe I’ve just moved on. I don’t know why I’m not interested in picking this one up.

5. Life in a Fishbowl
by Len Vlahos

A friend passed this book on to me. I really wanted to read it, but I just haven’t had time. I don’t know when I’ll get to it so it made the list.

6. Loving Mr. Daniels
by Brittainy C. Cherry

I love Brittainy C. Cherry’s books and this one was on my list to read, but I don’t think I can do the student-teacher thing.

7. Thieving Weasels
by Billy Taylor

This one sounded interesting. I did a books for trade on Twitter for it. The book came smelling like cigarette smoke, so I had to pass on reading it.

8. How to Party with an Infant
by Kaui Hart Hemmings

I love this author and this was on my list to read, but I don’t see myself getting to this one.

9. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
by Amy Schumer

Honestly, I started reading this library book and it depressed the heck out of me. I never finished it and it is now off my list.

10. The Giver
by Lois Lowry

I own this book. I think I might still read it. Maybe with my daughter. For now, it’s off my list.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Sports Romances For When You’re Missing the Winter Olympics

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.). 

My topic choice is Ten Sports Romances For When You’re Missing the Winter Olympics. I know all of us are loving watching the 2018 Winter Olympics and will miss it when they’re over. That’s why I have come up with several series/books to keep the winter sports love alive after it’s all over.


SKIING / SNOWBOARDING

1. Gravity Series by Sarina Bowen

2. Wilder Series by Jill Shalvis

3. Hold Me by Susan Mallery

ICE SKATING

4. From Lukov with Love by Maria Zapata

HOCKEY

5. Something So Series by Natasha Madison

6. Off-Campus Series by Elle Kennedy


7. Him & WAGS Series by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

8. WAGS Series by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

9. Bayard Hockey Series by Kelly Jamieson

10. Chinooks Hockey Team Series by Rachel Gibson

BONUS HOCKEY SERIES

Cold Fury Hockey by Sawyer Bennett
Ivy Years by Sarina Bowen
Brooklyn Bruisers by Sarina Bowen
Aces Hockey by Kelly Jamieson
Taking Shots by Cindi Madsen
Chicago Rebels by Kate Meader