Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden 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 Hidden Gems (which books haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly that you think deserve some recognition?). Here are some books that I think should get more praise.


1. Something So Right
Series: Something So, #1
Author: Natasha Madison

If you’re a sports romance fan, you really need to give Something So Right a try. Natasha Madison is an amazing writer who adds a lot of humor and passion to her stories. This entire series is amazing.

2. Grip
Series: Grip, #1
Author: Kennedy Ryan

Grip was my #1 read of 2017. It’s a contemporary romance, but it’s got some great social commentary and is really with the times. The writing is beautiful, too. If you’re interested in it, start by reading the free prequel, Flow.

3. Bad Mommy
Author: Tarryn Fisher

Bad Mommy was brilliant. It completely messed with my head. The less you know going in, the better. It should have been hyped like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train. I thought it was better than both of those.

4. Full Tilt
Series: Full Tilt Duet, #1
Author: Emma Scott

I randomly requested Full Tilt from NetGalley. I hadn’t heard of Emma Scott at that time. I think her books are gaining popularity, but I don’t think enough people have read this duet. It’s so emotional and gorgeous.

5. Up in the Treehouse
Author: K.K. Allen

When K.K. Allen asked me to read Up in the Treehouse, I had no idea that it was set so close to where I live. The accuracy of the setting made me so happy. So did the story.

6. Waiting on the Sidelines
Series: Waiting on the Sidelines, #1
Author: Ginger Scott

Honestly, I could have out any Ginger Scott book here. She writes YA and NA books. I know more and more people are reading them, but I want even more to. I also don’t think some of her backlist gets the attention it should.

7. Saving Toby
Series: Toby & Caudia, #1
Author: Suzanne McKenna Link

I really loved Saving Toby when I read it. If you’re an NA fan, I would recommend this one. It was fun, fast-paced, romantic, and intense.

8. Dear Daughter
Author: Elizabeth Little

I read Dear Daughter during the Gone Girl era. I liked reading it more than I liked reading Gone Girl. I don’t think it got enough hype.

9. Interference
Series: Prescott Family, #1
Author: Mignon Mykel

This is another sports romance that doesn’t get enough credit in my mind. I adored Interference. It was a great introduction to the series and Mykel’s writing.

10. Calm Like Home
Author: Kaisa Clark

When this book came out in 2015, Kaisa Clark asked me to read/review it. I loved it. I found myself relating to the main character so easily. It reminded me of my college years. It only has 47 reviews on Goodreads and that makes me sad.

Top Ten Tuesday: Bingeworthy TV Shows

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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 Bingeworthy TV Shows/Movies. Here are some TV shows that are totally worth binging on.


1. Arrested Development

2. The Big Bang Theory

3. The Mindy Project

4. New Girl

5. Sons of Anarchy

6. The Blacklist

7. Animal Kingdom

8. MTV’s Awkward

9. Game of Thrones

10. Silicon Valley

Top Ten Tuesday: NA Books Set in College

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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 Back to School/Learning Freebie. Last year I did YA books set in high school. This year I decided to do the next step up: NA Books Set in College. If they’re part of a series, I just went with the first book.


1. The Deal
by Elle Kennedy

2. The Year We Fell Down
by Sarina Bowen

3. Undecided
by Juliana Keyes

4. A Wish For Us
by Tillie Cole

5. All Lined Up
by Cora Carmack

6. The Hardest Fall
by Ella Maise

7. Only For You
by Beverley Kendall

8. Last Semester
by Corinne Makaouche

9. Left Drowning
by Jessica Park

10. Smut
by Karina Halle

Top Ten Tuesday: Seven Celebrity Memoirs Worth Reading

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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 Pull You Out of a Reading Slump.

To be honest, I didn’t feel like doing this topic. It would just be a list of some of my favorite books that you’ve probably seen a million times on my TTT lists. Instead, I’m hyping Ten Celebrity Memoirs Worth Reading.


1. Scrappy Little Nobody
by Anna Kendrick

If you like Anna Kendrick in movies, you’re going to love her in real life. Her stories about growing up on Broadway and making it to Hollywood are fun and funny.

2. Yes, My Accent is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You
by Kunal Nayyar

Yes, My Accent is Real is humorous and fun to read. It’s filled with interesting and heartwarming stories of Kunal Nayyar’s past. My favorite stories were about his college years in Portland, Oregon and how he got his big break.

3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? sounds like it is directly coming out of Mindy Kaling’s mouth. I felt like we were girlfriends sitting around and she was telling me about her life, random things that have happened to her and her advice. The book is all about fun. It’s not super deep or necessarily inspiring, but it will make you smile.

4. Why Not Me?
by Mindy Kaling

Why not spend more time with Mindy Kaling?

5. Between a Rock and a Heart Place: A Memoir
by Pat Benatar

I’m a big fan of music from the 1980’s. I loved reading this memoir. It was like getting an inside look at the music scene at that time. I also loved learning more about Pat Benatar. I love her voice.

6. Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood
by Jenny McCarthy

If you’ve had a baby, you will appreciate this unapologetic look at what that first year is like.

7. Unqualified
by Ana Faris

Unqualified wasn’t my favorite memoir, but that’s just because a lot of it felt like an ode to Chris Pratt and they were already on their way to divorce when I read it. I did really like reading how she came to fame and about her son, though. Those chapters made it worth reading. I’m including it because I think if you like her, you’ll like this book.

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

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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 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