Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Romances for Foodies

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books (Does a character eat something you’d love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things? You could also talk about 10 of your favorite cookbooks if you don’t read foody books.). I’m going to go off topic a little today, and go with Top Ten Romances for Foodies. All of these books are either centered around chefs, bakers, farmers or culinary delights.


1. Beard Science (Winston Brothers, #3)
Penny Reid

2. Sweet Addiction (Sweet Addiction, #1)
J. Daniels

3. Full Package
Lauren Blakely

4. Sincerely, Carter (Sincerely Carter, #1)
Whitney G.

5. Bittersweet (True North, #1)
Sarina Bowen

6. Nuts (Hudson Valley, #1)
Alice Clayton

7. Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley, #2)
Alice Clayton

8. Buns (Hudson Valley, #3)
Alice Clayton

9. Garden Spells (Waverley Family, #1)
Sarah Addison Allen

10. Sweet on You (Laurel Heights, #6)
Kate Perry

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books With Autumn Covers

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fallish). Pretty self explanatory, so here we go!


1. Going Long (Waiting on the Sidelines, #2)
Ginger Scott

2. Bittersweet (True North, #1)
Sarina Bowen

3. One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths, #2)
K.A. Tucker

4. Out of Focus (Chosen Paths, #3)
L.B. Simmons

5. Defending Taylor (Hundred Oaks)
Miranda Kenneally

6. Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #4)
Maggie Stiefvater

7. Learning to Breathe
Karen White

8. Eye Candy
Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, Tara Sivec, Bella Jewel

9. Under the Lights (Field Party, #2)
Abbi Glines

10. Home is Where You Are (A Home Novel, #1)
Tessa Marie

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Boyfriends

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?). This list isn’t really ten characters I have crushes on. It’s ten characters who were stand out boyfriends to their gals.

I know that I should tell you why each is one of my favorites, but I’m being lazy and skipping that. You’re just going to have to read the book to find out. 😉


1. Tyson Preeter
You and Everything After by Ginger Scott

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2. Grip
The Grip Series by Kennedy Ryan

3. Keller
Bright Side by Kim Holden

4. Mason Kade
Fallen Crest High Series by Tijan

5. Jonah
Full Tilt by Emma Scott

6. Theo
All In by Emma Scott

7. Tucker
The Goal by Elle Kennedy

8. Leo
Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

9. Jamie and/or Wes
Him Series by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

10. Connor Cobalt
Addicted / Calloway Sisters Series

Top Ten Tuesday: Supporting Cast Members Who Stole the Show

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. This week I’m going with:

Supporting Cast Members Who Stole the Show Book

These are some of my favorite characters who should have been an MC.


1. Frank Sanger
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Every chance I get, I tout Frank Sanger’s praises. He is one of my all time favorite characters. Frank Sanger truly stole the show. If Emma Mills were to write a book about him, I would send her a thank you card.

2. Tiny
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

I know Tiny has since gotten his own book, but I couldn’t leave him off the list. Will Grayson, Will Grayson will always be my favorite John Green book simply because not so tiny Tiny made it shine.

3. Logan Kade
Fallen Crest High by Tijan

Okay, so Logan got his own novella, but I wanted an entire book or series about the guy. He’s just so funny.

4. Kyle
A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott

Kyle was such a supportive friend and all around great guy. I would love to see him go off to college to find his true love.

5. Noah
Where I Belong by J. Daniels

I really, really need Noah to grow up and for J. Daniels to tell his love story. It has to be with Dylan’s daughter from Sweet Addiction series. If you’ve read the books, you know why!

6. Trent
Wicked Restless by Ginger Scott

Honestly, this entire list could have been an ode to Ginger Scott’s side characters. There are so many who I’ve wanted to become main characters over the years. Trent is one that I have wished would get his own book for years.

7. Colt
Don’t Tempt Me by Lori Foster

I would love for Colt to get an NA book all about him. He seems like a really great kid who has gone through a lot of tough times. I would like to see him make friends and experience his new high school.

8. Jackson James
Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

Jackson is Jessica’s older brother. He seems like a big jerk, but I think he’d make an excellent MC. I’m sure there is more to him than what I’ve met so far. Plus, I love Penny Reid’s humor and I can only imagine what predicaments she would put the police officer through.

9. George (or any of the other Garretts)
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Anyone who has read My Life Next Door cannot get enough of the Garrett family. I’m one of those people. They’re a close knit, amazing bunch of people. I specifically picked George because his facts kill me. I love them!

10. Earl
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

This is an odd choice for me. I did not really like this book. I couldn’t stand Greg, but I loved Earl. I think he would make a way better MC. I wouldn’t mind seeing the world through his point of view.


After finishing my list, I noticed that all of these characters are male. I’m not sure what that says about the books I’ve read. I know many of the female characters I love get their own books because they’re usually in series. Maybe that’s it? I hope that’s it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List. The books below are all from authors whose books I have loved reading in the past. They are a mix of YA, NA, romance, women’s fiction, fantasy, etc. 


1. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
October 3, 2017

In Colleen Hoover’s gripping novel, reminiscent of the bestselling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly-happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.

 


2. All Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
October 10, 2017

Here is a thing everyone wants:
A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

Maggie Stiefvater has been called “a master storyteller” by USA Today and “wildly imaginative” by Entertainment Weekly. Now, with All the Crooked Saints, she gives us the extraordinary story of an extraordinary family, a masterful tale of love, fear, darkness, and redemption.


3. Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G.
October 30, 2017

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…

I’ve hated Rachel Dawson since I was seven years old. My next door neighbor and number one sworn enemy, she’s the reason why almost all of our childhood fights ended with me setting something of hers on fire. (Or, vice versa.)

She snitched on me when I broke curfew.
I snitched on her when she lied about having a boyfriend.

We went back and forth like this throughout high school, both vowing to never talk to each other again when we went off to college.

But that was until she showed up at my apartment during my senior year and asked me for a temporary place to stay. Until I realized just how much between us had changed, and the line I thought we’d never cross became harder and harder to ignore…


4.  Lovers Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie
October 31, 2017

Maximoff & Farrow’s story continues in Lovers Like Us.

The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them.

 

 


5. Hear Me Now by Lisa De Jong
September 24, 2017

If you’re reading this letter, I’m already gone.

He told me he was going to do it, and I didn’t believe him.

I told him I would follow, but he left anyway.

Sometimes, you love someone so much that living without them isn’t an option. Ty Wise was that person for me.

Maybe this is selfish.

Maybe I should’ve stayed away when he asked.

Maybe he should’ve listened to what I told him.

Life is full of maybes.

Do you think he can hear me now?


6. Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
November 7, 2017

A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment.

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.


7. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
September 5, 2017

The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.


8. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
December 5, 2017

A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.


9. Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
December 26, 2017

One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.

Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There’s only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn’t necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments.

With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter–a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was–Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.

But as some relationships crumble around her, others unexpectedly strengthen. Balancing loss and opportunity, a dark event from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise…and the chance to begin again.


10. Logan by Jay McLean
October 1, 2017

“Whats beneath the bravado, Logan Preston?”

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Loved As a Teenager

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Throwback Freebie! I decided to go with Ten Books I Loved As a TeenagerI refuse to admit how long ago this was, but you can probably guess from the book choices. You’ll probably notice I was really into YA horror back in the day. I’ve come a far way from that.


1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

 

I don’t remember much about this book now, but I remember I read the entire series. I loved it. I can’t wait to reread it and see the new movie.


2. Remember Me by Christopher Pike

 

This was my favorite book back in the day. I loved it so much. Heck, I loved all of Christopher Pike’s books.


3. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

 

If you grew up in the decades I did, you remember the faces on the milk carton. I think we were all a little bit fascinated with them. This book took it to a new level.


4. Say Goodnight, Gracie by Julie Reece Deaver

My first tear jerker, I believe. I adored this book so much.


5. Double Love by Francine Pascal

My older twin neighbors gifted me a bunch of Sweet Valley High books growing up. I was too young to read them at the time, but luckily my mom held onto them for me until I could graduate from Sweet Valley Twins to High.


6. The New Girl by R.L. Stine

After falling in love with Pike, I found Stine.


7. The Awakening by L.J. Smith

Stine lead to Smith. I can say that I read this series WAY BEFORE it became a major TV show hit.


8. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

Obviously, I read this one in my late teenage years.


9. I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

All those Pike, Stine and Smith books lead me to discover this gem. Another book I read before it became a major motion picture with some famous stars. Even that movie is super old now! 🙁


10. Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

I could have inserted any Nora Roberts book here. In my very late teens, my mom introduced me to her books. I was hooked and read pretty much all of them I could get my hands on.


Did you read any of these books as a teenager or am I just too old?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving. Here we go!


1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I absolutely loved this book, but I have to admit it took me a bit to get into. One sister’s story was more interesting than the other’s at first. It also took time for the story to really go anywhere because of the perspectives switching back and forth. It was totally worth the wait, though!

2. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Another WWII historical fiction book that took me a bit to get into. For this one, it was the multiple story lines that slowed down the read. It took a long time for the story to unfold because of all of them, and there wasn’t an immediate connection between all of the characters. Very good when it all came together.

3.Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The entire first half of this book was torture for me. I hated Nick and it moved slow slowly. Thank goodness for amazing plot twists!

4. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

I loved the very beginning of this book, but then it slows down a lot. I’m not sure if that’s because I’m not a sci-fi fan? I did love how everything ended, though.

5. Bone Dust White by Karin Salvalaggio

Bone Dust White is one of those dark, sleepy thrillers that moves so slowly it takes a while to really be sucked into it. Despite that, it’s a great read.

6. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson

I hate to say it, but the first ¾ of this book is so boring. Seriously boring. It’s all set up. It ends in a spectacular fashion and sets up the next book. Those two things made it worth the read.

7. The Ghosts of Heaven by Markus Sedgwick

Four stories combined to make one amazing book. None of them are particularly interesting until you combine them all at the end.

8. Dragonfly Wishes by Penny Harmon

Tales of grief are hard for me to read because they’re so depressing. Luckily, there’s a lot of growth in Dragonfly Wishes that made this book get better and better as it went along.

9. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

At first, I hated Evelyn. She made me not want to continue reading. I’m happy I stuck it out because her life became fascinating.

10. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

This is another one of those multiple narrator / takes a while for the story to build things. Big Little Lies totally lives up to the hype.