Top Ten Tuesday: Romance (Blog) Gems

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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 is Favorite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites. It’s such a hard, hard topic to do because I love so many, many of the book blogs out there. I decided to try to narrow it down to some of my go-to romance book blogs. This list only includes 10 blogs. Don’t fret if you don’t find yourself on this list. I still love your blog!

(Hopefully it’s okay that I posted the blog headers with along with blog names! I wanted them to be easily identified.)


1. The Romance Corner

 

2. My Tiny Obsessions

 

3. Celebrity Readers

 

Book Twin Reviews

4. Book Twins Reviews

 

5. The Infinite Limits of Love

 

6. Romances Ever After

 

7. DG Book Blog

 

8. Reading Frenzy Book Blog

 

9. Books & Blends

10. Reading with Jessica


 

Top Ten Tuesday: The Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018

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 is Books You’d Mash Together (pick two books you think would make an epic story if combined). Since this one was going to be a tough one for me to do, I’m skipping it and going back to one of the topics I missed.

My topic this week will be: The Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018. Now, I kept this list to books released in 2018. Otherwise, this list would have been a lot longer. Here we go!


1. The Kiss Quotient
by Helen Hoang

This is one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read. It was the most adorably sweet and subtly sexy romance. I adored it. (MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2018!)

2. Love and Other Words
by Christina Lauren

I loved the way Love and Other Words was written. It was such a bittersweet story, but it was so good. The past and present were woven together perfectly. The right amount of information was given at the right time. It was utter perfection.

3. A Wish For Us
by Tillie Cole

It’s been a while since a book has made me feel the way A Wish for Us did. A Wish for Us was one of those emotionally raw books. (I am admitting to tears with this book, folks. It takes a lot to make me cry while reading.) There were elements to the story that weren’t exactly new and that I could see coming, but those were eclipsed by the beauty of the story and the surprises it had in store.

4. Six Feet Under / Pieces of Eight (Mad Love Duet)
by Whitney Barbetti

I’m lumping both books in the Mad Love Duet together because one can’t be read without the other. These books were a darker read. Six Feet Under left me feeling agitated and uncomfortable — but if also made me need to read Pieces of Eight. Pieces of Eight left me speechless in the best way.

5. The Upside of Falling / The Downside of Love (Blue Line Duet)
by Meghan Quinn

Another duet… The Upside of Falling left me feeling so angry! The cliffhanger wasn’t what I was expecting. Waiting to read the second book drove me nuts. I wasn’t sure I was going to like The Downside of Love, but I ended up really loving it. Meghan Quinn proved that she can do both rom-com and contemporary in the best way.

6. From Lukov with Love
by Mariana Zapata

Mariana Zapata couldn’t have released From Lukov with Love at a better time. It’s a book that centers around ice skating, and I read it right before the Winter Olympics. It taught me so much about the sport prior to watching it. It was also a very special slow burn romance.

7. Two Wedding Crashers (Dating by Numbers, #2)
by Meghan Quinn

Another book by Meghan Quinn. This time it’s a rom-com. This book surprised me. I had no interested in the Beck after the first book in the series, but he ended up being my favorite character in the series after Two Wedding Crashers.

8. Cry Baby
by Ginger Scott

What Ginger Scott did in this book revolving around a gang was impressive. This was a tough topic, and she made me empathize with the characters in ways I never imagined. I thought about this book for days after reading it.

9. Jock Row (Jock Hard, #1)
by Sara Ney

Oh my goodness! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I adored Jock Row! I was expecting it to have a similar vibe as the How to Date a Douchebag series. It was in the way of hot, cocky college athletes and smart women, but it was also different. Jock Row was more of a sweet, almost slow burn romance. Scarlett and Rowdy took their time getting to know each other, and the result was utterly swoon worthy.

10. The Accidentals
by Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is one of my most favorite NA/Adult contemporary romance writers. When I learned she was going to be writing her first YA novel, I was really excited. Based on what she’s done in NA/Adult, I could only imagine what type of YA novel she would write. I knew it was going to be amazing, and I was right!

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

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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 is Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype.


1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

5. Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

6. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

7. Fallen Crest High by Tijan

8. Bright Side by Kim Holden

9. Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten WOW Endings

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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 is Books with Sensory Reading Memories (where I was, what time of year it was, who I was with, what I was eating, etc.). I don’t really have any of those reminders of books. The only one I could come up with was when I read the Harry Potter series to my daughter after she was born. So, I’m changing things up and picking out a different older topic to do. I’m going with Top Ten WOW Endings. You’re not going to get any comments because I won’t ruin these ending for anyone!!!


1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

2. Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

3. Paper Princess by Erin Watt

4. A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott

5. Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

6. Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher

7. Combative by Jay McLean

8. The Score by Elle Kennedy

9. Too Late by Colleen Hoover

10. Confess by Colleen Hoover

WWW Wednesday: July 18, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

This was another fun week for me catching up on my TBR. I love doing series binge reads. I read Tragic (Rook and Ronin, #1), Manic (Rook and Ronin, #2), and Panic (Rook and Ronin, #3). I also read Slack (Rook and Ronin Spin-Off, #1) and Taut (Rook and Ronin Spin-Off, #2). I finished off the week reading an ARC of Always Been You (Cedar Lake, #1).


Currently ReadIng

I’m reading what every CoHo fan is reading right now – All Your Perfects.

I’m also still listening to Finding It (Losing It, #3). Not sure when I’ll have the time to finish this one.


Reading Next

 I’m super excited to be heading to Book Bonanza in Denver tomorrow. This means my reading time will not be great for next week. That’s totally fine because I’m excited to spend time with a good friend and some authors. 🙂 While I probably won’t have much reading time this week, my plan is to finish the Rook and Ronin series.


What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Novellas

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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 is Favorite Novellas/Short Stories.


1. Undone by You by Kate

2. Mason by Tijan

3. Logan Kade by Tijan

4. Tapping Her by Max Monroe

5. Banking Her by Max Monroe

6. Scoring Her by Max Monroe

7. Mother Fluffer by Max Monroe

8. Sleighed It by Max Monroe

9. So Much More by J. Daniels

10. Blonde Date by Sarina Bowen

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’d Give A Theme Song To

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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 is a FREEBIE. I’m going with Top Ten Books I’d Give A Theme Song To.

Note: This week’s theme was changed after I already created this post. Look for my Top Ten Books Read So Far This Year in August.


1. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Where I Belong
Alabama Summer, #1
J. Daniels

When Mia Corelli returns to Alabama for a summer of fun with her childhood best friend, Tessa, there’s only one thing keeping her on edge. One person that she’d do anything to avoid.

Benjamin Kelly. World’s biggest dickhead.

Mia hates him with a fury and has no desire to ever see him again. When she decides to start her summer off with a bang and finally give away her v-card, she unknowingly hands it over to the one guy that excelled at making her life miserable, learning a valuable lesson in the process.

Always get the name of the guy you’re going home with.

Ben can’t get the girl he spent one night with out of his head. When she leaves him the next morning, he thinks he’ll never see her again. Until he sees her lounging by the pool with his sister.

Mia is determined to hate Ben, even though she can’t forget him.

Ben is determined to prove he’s not the same guy he used to be.

What happens when the one person you wish never existed becomes the one person you can’t imagine being without?

2. Sk&ter Boi – Avril Lavigne

Kick, Push
Kick, Push, #1
Jay McLean

There’s a single defining moment within every skater.
It lasts only a second. Two if you’re good.
Three if you’re really good.
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere
beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you.
It’s the feeling of being airborne.

The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the
greatest feeling in the world.
Then at seventeen, I had my son.
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us.

Seventeen. Single. Dad.
That’s what my life became.
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being
airborne.
Or at least I convinced myself I did.
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me.
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds.

You know what sucks about being in the air?
Coming down from the high.
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick.
Then kick, push, and coast away.
Other times you fall.
You fall hard.
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again.
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug…
And you become her poison.

3. Like a Virgin – Madonna

Sacked
Gridiron, #1
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.

4. Jesse’s Girl – Rick Springfield

When You Are Mine
The Bennetts, #1
Kennedy Ryan

Forever is a heartbeat away . . .

Kerris Moreton knows how to make things work. Bounced from foster home to foster home as a kid, she adapted; when opportunity arose, she thrived. Now, about to open her own business and accept a marriage proposal, Kerris is ready to build the life she’s always wanted. The only thing missing? A passionate connection with her would-be fiancé, Cam. Kerris wants to believe that sparks are overrated-until Walsh Bennett lights her up like the Fourth of July.

. . . but what about love?

As one of the East Coast’s most eligible bachelors, Walsh enjoys financial independence, fulfilling work with his family’s nonprofit, and plenty of female attention. But lately he’s been distracted by the one woman he can’t have. Lovely to look at and even sweeter to know, Kerris is the soul mate Walsh never thought he would find. The problem is, his best friend found her first . . .

5. Don’t Let Go (Love)  En Vogue

Shooting for the Stars
The Gravity Series, #3
Sarina Bowen

For one night she had everything.

Pro snowboarder Stella Lazarus has always loved her brother’s best friend. But the one time she tried to show him, she was shot down faster than you can say “competitor disqualified.”

Until one blissful night in Tahoe, when Stella finally gets her man.

Or does she? In the morning, Stella and Bear wake up to horrible news. The sort that sends them racing back to Vermont, and straight into the arms of guilt and family obligations.

For all of Bryan “Bear” Barry’s life, three natural laws held true: his best friend Hank was destined for greatness, Hank’s sister Stella was off-limits, and Bear would always manage to negotiate the rocky paths that life threw his way. In the space of two days, that’s all shattered.

Bear can’t believe he slipped up so badly with Stella. Even if his best friend wasn’t lying broken in a hospital bed, it would still be unforgivable. Determined to do better, he devotes himself to his friend’s recovery, denying himself the very person he loves. And the very thing he needs.

6. Dive – Ed Sheeran

Autoboyography
Christina Lauren

Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

7. Faithfully – Journey

Kiro’s Emily
Rosemary Beach, #9.5
Abbi Glines

The year is 1992, and no one on the rock music scene is hotter than Kiro Manning, the lead singer of Slacker Demon. With a multi-platinum record, total ownership of the Billboard charts, sold-out concerts, and sinful amounts of money, Kiro can have anything—and anyone—he wants.

So when a dark-haired, conservative beauty rebuffs him at a concert after-party, his first thought is, “Who the hell does she think she is?” His second thought: “How do I make her mine?” Kiro has always loved a good challenge, but not every girl wants to get involved with a rock god. Especially this girl.

He let her go that night, but he never forgot her. And when they met again, he vowed not to give up again so easily.

As the world worshipped Kiro, he came to worship the girl, who became everything he never knew he needed. The only girl he would ever love. His Emily.

8. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

The There Was You
Second Chances Duet, #1
Claire Contreras

Love and the right timing were two things I didn’t believe in.

Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.
Timing was never on our side.
My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.
My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her.
My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.

Love and timing.
I didn’t believe in either.
Then there was you . . .

9. Bright Side – Rebelution

Bright Side
Bright Side, #2
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.

10. Without You – Dixie Chicks

Gus
Bright Side, #2
Kim Holden

The journey that began in top-rated, best-selling Bright Side, continues …

This is the story of Gus.
Losing himself.
Finding himself.
And healing along the way.

“ … but the honest-to-God truth is I don’t even know how to function anymore. Bright Side wasn’t only my best friend; she was like my other half … the other half of my brain, the other half of my conscience, the other half of my sense of humor, the other half of my creativity, the other half of my heart. How do you go back to doing what you did before, when half of you is gone forever?”

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Star Spangled Covers

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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 is Books with Red, White, & Blue Covers. Pretty simple so here we go.


1. Stone by Max Monroe

2. Royal Rebel by Jessica Peterson

3. Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely

4. All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

5. Still Me by Jojo Moyes

6. Simon vs. the Homo Sapians Agenda by Becky Albertallli

7. From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

8. Unqualified by Ana Faris

9. Man Card by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

10. Crossing the Line by Kimberly Kincaid

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach

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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 is Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach. When I think of fun summer reads, I think YA contemporaries. This week my list has some of my favorite summery YA contemporary novels.


1. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

3. On the Fence by Kasie West

4. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

5. Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

6. When It’s Real by Erin Watt

7. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

8. Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

9. The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

10. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me

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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 is Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me. Here are books that make me want to hop on a plane even though I hate flying.


1. Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

2. The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

3. Chasing Crazy by Kelly Siskind

4. Burning Moon by Jo Watson

5. Almost a Bride by Jo Watson

6. Finding You by Jo Watson

7. Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci

8. Hooking Up by Helena Hunting

9. A Place in the Sun by R.S. Grey

10. Interference by Mignon Mykel