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

Top Ten Tuesday: The DNF’d

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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 I Decided to DNF (did not finish) Too Quickly. I have a hard time with this topic because I rarely DNF. I always try to push myself to finish books. So, I’m changing my topic to The DNF’d, which is really just books I started but didn’t finish.

1. The Elite

I got to page 43 and then gave up. I couldn’t stand America.

2. Burn for Me

I actually started listening to this book for my book group. I couldn’t stand the narration. I have up at 25% when I found out I wouldn’t be able to make book group that month.

3. Mosquitoland

I really wanted to read this one, but it started out so boring. I made it onto the bus with the MC, but then had to return it to the library.

4. The Now or Never Moment: Omnibus

This one was not my thing. The writing didn’t flow well in my opinion and the story was weird.

5. Falling for the Player

This one was a M/M “sports” romance. There wasn’t any sports and I couldn’t tell the perspectives apart. Also, didn’t like the story.

6. City of Lost Souls

I loved the first three books. I made it through the fourth, but I couldn’t finish the fifth.

7. Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light

I didn’t make it past the first chapter. This was another book group book from a long time ago that was worse than reading a text book.

8. The Hangman’s Daughter

I don’t know why I didn’t finish this one. It’s been so long. I must have gotten bored.

9. Outlander

I don’t really count this on as a DNF because I do want to read it someday. I tried to start it, but got side tracked and have been too overwhelmed by the sheer size of it to go back.

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

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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 Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In. 

1. The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

I think this one is pretty self-explanatory, but I wouldn’t last long in the Hunger Games. I would probably be the first to die.

2. Little House on the Prairie
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I don’t know that I could make it on the prairie. I like too many modern conveniences.

3. Game of Thrones
by George R.R. Martin

I don’t think I could live in any of the GoT settings. Like I said, I like modern conveniences and I don’t think I could handle all the death and destruction.

4. The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah

I am so relieved that I didn’t have to grow up in any of the settings of WWII. It was horrible. The injustices would have been scary and sad.

5. Divergent
by Veronica Roth

Yeah, I should just add every dystopian location to this list. I wouldn’t survive.

6. Nine Minutes
by Beth Flynn

I don’t think I have the grit it would take to be in a motorcycle gang. I’m too much of a softy.

7. After
by Anna Todd

I could not be in Tessa’s world. I couldn’t be her friend. I would have to tell her what an idiot she was, and then we wouldn’t be friends probably.

8. Mud Vein
by Tarryn Fisher

I could not handle being in that remote cabin that Sena woke up in. Too freaky. I would lose my mind!

9. Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline

I have no video game skills. This would make it hard to live in an Oasis filled world.

10. Saint Death
by Marcus Sedgwick

This book is about the Mexican drug world. Yeah, no desire to be involved in that.

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Character Names

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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 topic is Best Character Names. This was a harder topic for me. Most of the names that stand out to me are male names. I only came up with one female name that I thought was awesome. 🙁

1. Frank Sanger

Frank Sanger is the first on my list because Frank Sanger is the man. It’s such a simple yet fun name to say, too.

2. Mason Kade & Logan Kade

To keep the list to 10, I lumped Mason and Logan Kade together. These names fit the characters so perfectly. Mason Kade is a badass. His name is as strong as his personality. Logan Kade is kind of a goof and the guy everyone wants to be around. Logan kade sounds like a cool guy name, and it is. Now, when I hear these two names used in books I always think of these two.

3. Gus

Gus…I can’t even describe why it’s one of the best names. It just is.

4. Memphis

I liked why Memphis gave himself this name. I also just like it.

5. Robbie Lingus

OMG. All I’m going to say is Robbie Lingus is a porn star’s alter ego. Pretty clever, Mariana Zapata!

6. Cletus

How can a name like Cletus not be on this list? Especially when Cletus is as weird as his name sounds!

7. Moses

Pure genius for Amy Harmon to name Moses Moses and then title this book The Law of Moses. I loved the way the title worked into the book. It’s definitely a name that stands out for many reasons.

8. Fig Coxbury

Yep. Fig Coxbury. Chick is crazy, and the name fit her so well.

9. Knox Masters

I don’t know why I like the name Knox Masters, I just do. It fits a quarterback.

10. Reed Royal, Easton Royal, Gideon Royal, and the-twins-I-can’t-remember-their-names-right-now Royal

I love all the Royal boys names when combined with their last name. The duo over at Erin Watt were so clever to give boys who were so privileged the last name Royal and first names that stand out.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read (maybe just for bragging rights)

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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 I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read (maybe just for bragging rights). 

1. After
by Anna Todd

I hated this book. The only reason I’m glad I read it was because it lead (eventually) to After Ever Happy, which was the book I wanted/needed the entire time I was reading the series. If you’re wondering why I hated it, my review is here.

2. The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

This book had so much hype. So many people loved it. While the twist was great, the book was boring. I’m glad I read it so I can argue with anyone who says it was amazing. Lol.

3. Forbidden
by Tabitha Suzuma

Incest is a hard topic to stomach. I’m glad I read this book because the writing was brilliant. The topic, however, I hated.

4. Taking Chances
by Molly McAdams

I hated the love triangle in this book. It was HORRIBLE. At least I can say I’ve read it.

5. Allegiant
by Veronica Roth

Do I even need to explain? I’m glad I read it because I needed closure for this series, and I got it.

6. Fraternize
by Rachel Van Dyken

Another horrible love triangle. What makes me glad I read this one is the fact the it leads to the second book, Infraction, and that one was awesome.

7. Glass Sword
by Victoria Aveyard

This book was so dang boring. I’m only glad I read it because the ending was fantastic and made me want to read the next book when I probably would have given up on the series.

8. Sweet Home
by Tillie Cole

I didn’t really care for Sweet Home the crazy dramatics were just that: crazy and dramatic. I’m glad I read it because it set up the rest of the series, which was amazing!

9. Luxe
by Ashley Antoinette

This book was DARK. I’m glad I read it because now I can say I’ve read Urban Fiction. That’s about it.

10. Modern Lovers
by Emma Straub

I wasn’t a fan of this book really, but I was happy to get to read a new author for free. I would try another of her books.


Top Ten Tuesday: Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title)

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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 My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title). I don’t really have one favorite color, so I’ll go with turquoise or teal.

1. This Adventure Ends
by Emma Mills

2. The Learning Hours
by Sara Ney

3. The Other Brother
by Meghan Quinn

4. After
by Anna Todd

5. Eye Candy
by Jessica Lemmon

6. The Silent Waters
by Brittainy C. Cherry

7. The Boy Most Likely To
by Huntley Fitzpatrick

8. Lingus
by Mariana Zapata

9. The Real Thing
by Melissa Foster

10. Chasing Crazy
by Kelly Siskind

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

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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 topic is Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early. Pretty simple. Here we go!

1.Speakeasy (True North, #5)
by Sarina Bowen

2. Trick Play (Mavericks, #3)
by Max Monroe

3. 4th & Girl (Mavericks, #4)
by Max Monroe

4. The Chase (Briar Hockey, #1)
by Elle Kennedy

5. I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5)
by Lauren Layne

6. All Your Perfects
by Colleen Hoover

7. One Baby Daddy (Dating by Numbers, #3)
by Meghan Quinn

8. Listen to Your Heart
by Kasie West

9. Folsom (End of Men, #1)
by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

10. All Closed Off (Rusk University, #4)
by Cora Cormack

Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Words In Sports Romance Titles

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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 topic is Frequently Used Words In [Insert Genre/Age Group] Titles. I’m going with Sports Romance. I’ll give you a few examples for each. (I haven’t read all of these.)

1. Play (Player, Plays, Played, Playing)

2. Ice

3. Score

4. Shot(s)

5. Game

6. Field

7. Stealing

8. Breakaway

9. Zone

10. Fight(ing)







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

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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 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

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…


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.