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

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