Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

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 topic is Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way). 


1. Stillhouse Lake
by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake surprised me because it was so fast paced. A lot of the time, thrillers are slower reads. That wasn’t the case with this book, and it was a good thing.

2. Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo

Fantasies aren’t normally my thing, so I was expecting Six of Crows to be a more challenging read for me. It wasn’t at all. The whole heist aspect kept me enthralled.

3. Unqualified
by Anna Faris

I thought this book would be funnier than it was. I also didn’t expect so much negativity about  her ex — and I’m not talking about Chris Pratt. This book didn’t tackle their split at all.

4. The Lace Reader
by Brunonia Barry

This book was a complete surprise to me. I loved the whole unreliable narrator thing.

5. Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

That twist. If you’ve read it, you understand.

6. Nine Minutes
by Beth Flynn

This entire book surprised me in a VERY good way! If you like psychological thrillers or Sons of Anarchy, you will love this book.

7. Bright Side
by Kim Holden

When I first started reading this book, I wondered what all the hype was about. The further I got into it, the more I understood. It was an amazing surprise.

8. When It Rains
by Lisa De Jong

When I first started this book, I didn’t like one of the characters. I thought he was taking away from the true love in this book. He wasn’t though, and the result broke me.

9. Bad Mommy
by Tarryn Fisher

So many crazy things happened in this book! I didn’t expect any of it! It was great!

10. Never Never
by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

This book blew my mind when I read it! In a good way, of course!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

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 topic is Favorite Book Quotes. Pretty simple, so here we go!


Quote #1

“I don’t want to say that I feel complete when I’m with him— because I’m complete without him— but when I’m with him I feel like a better version of myself.”

Claire Contreras, Kaleidoscope Hearts 


Quote #2

“I’m not going to drown in what I can’t change.”

Jessica Park, Flat-Out Celeste


Quote #3

“Just when you think you know someone, they change. Or you change. Or maybe you both change. And that changes everything.

Kim Holden, Bright Side


Quote #4

“Bendy straws are the shit, dude.”

Kim Holden, Gus


Quote #5

“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you.”

Jojo Moyes, Me Before You


Quote #6

“No matter how many words we get, there’s always going to be the last one, and one word is never enough.”

Amy Harmon, Infinity + One


Quote #7

“I love you so much.” His voice is breathless and full of fear. “I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.” My tears fall harder at his words. “And I’ll love you forever. Even when I shouldn’t.”

Colleen Hoover, Confess


Quote #8

“If you can’t stop thinking about someone’s update, that’s called “status cling.”

Jessica Park, Flat-Out Love


Quote #9

 

“You can’t measure love by time put in, but the weight of those moments. Some in life are light, like a touch. Others, you can’t help but stagger beneath.”

Sarah Dessen, Once and For All


Quote #10

“I realized that people’s reactions had more to do with them, more to do with who they were, than anything about me.”

Mia Sheridan, Archer’s Voice

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-read Forever

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 topic is Books I Could Re-read Forever.

I don’t normally re-read books, but I’ve listed the books I have re-read in the past and the ones I would consider re-reading in the future.


RE-READ

1. The Lace Reader
by Brunonia Barry

2. Twilight
by Stephenie Meyer

3. A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle

WOULD RE-READ

4. The Deal
by Elle Kennedy

5. Bright Side
by Kim Holden

6. When It’s Real
by Erin Watt

7. Nine Minutes
by Beth Flynn

8. The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield

9. Bountiful
by Sarina Bowen

10. Good Boy
by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In 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 topic is Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading.

I just cleared off over 1000 from my Goodreads To-Read shelf, so picking 10 should be pretty easy. 😉 As long as I can remember any of the books I removed! All of these books I’ve chosen simply because I don’t have the time to read everything I want.


1. P.S. I Still Love You
by Jenny Han

It’s just been so long since I’ve read the first one.

2. Before
by Anna Todd

I started this book on audio, but had to return it. Plus, I was kind of over Hardin by this point.

3. The Bachelor Contract
by Rachel Van Dyken

I’m not a fan of this series for some reason. I liked the first book well enough, but the second fell too flat for me to pick up the third.

4. You Say It First
by Susan Mallery

I read the entire Fool’s Gold series which morphs into the Happily Inc series. Maybe I’ve just moved on. I don’t know why I’m not interested in picking this one up.

5. Life in a Fishbowl
by Len Vlahos

A friend passed this book on to me. I really wanted to read it, but I just haven’t had time. I don’t know when I’ll get to it so it made the list.

6. Loving Mr. Daniels
by Brittainy C. Cherry

I love Brittainy C. Cherry’s books and this one was on my list to read, but I don’t think I can do the student-teacher thing.

7. Thieving Weasels
by Billy Taylor

This one sounded interesting. I did a books for trade on Twitter for it. The book came smelling like cigarette smoke, so I had to pass on reading it.

8. How to Party with an Infant
by Kaui Hart Hemmings

I love this author and this was on my list to read, but I don’t see myself getting to this one.

9. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
by Amy Schumer

Honestly, I started reading this library book and it depressed the heck out of me. I never finished it and it is now off my list.

10. The Giver
by Lois Lowry

I own this book. I think I might still read it. Maybe with my daughter. For now, it’s off my list.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Sports Romances For When You’re Missing the Winter Olympics

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 topic is Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.). 

My topic choice is Ten Sports Romances For When You’re Missing the Winter Olympics. I know all of us are loving watching the 2018 Winter Olympics and will miss it when they’re over. That’s why I have come up with several series/books to keep the winter sports love alive after it’s all over.


SKIING / SNOWBOARDING

1. Gravity Series by Sarina Bowen

2. Wilder Series by Jill Shalvis

3. Hold Me by Susan Mallery

ICE SKATING

4. From Lukov with Love by Maria Zapata

HOCKEY

5. Something So Series by Natasha Madison

6. Off-Campus Series by Elle Kennedy


7. Him & WAGS Series by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

8. WAGS Series by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

9. Bayard Hockey Series by Kelly Jamieson

10. Chinooks Hockey Team Series by Rachel Gibson

BONUS HOCKEY SERIES

Cold Fury Hockey by Sawyer Bennett
Ivy Years by Sarina Bowen
Brooklyn Bruisers by Sarina Bowen
Aces Hockey by Kelly Jamieson
Taking Shots by Cindi Madsen
Chicago Rebels by Kate Meader

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

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 topic is Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read. Oh goodness! This is embarrassing! Some of these have been on my TBR for YEARS.


1. Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon

2. Rebecca
by Daphne du Maurier

3. Body Check
by Deirdre Martin

4. Heartsick
by Chelsea Cain

5. Life of Pi
by Yann Martel

6. The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness

7. The Giver
by Lois Lowry

8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin

9. Ten Beach Road
by Wendy Wax

10. The Opportunist
by Tarryn Fisher

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I Read

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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 Can’t Believe I Read.

I’m not sure how this is truly supposed to be interpreted. To me it sees like I can’t believe I read them is a negative thing. My list is probably going to be a mix of negative and positive.


1. Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy
by E.L. James

Say what you will about Fifty Shades, but it was popular. I can believe I read it because the hype intrigued me. I can’t believe I read it because of that dang red room. Not my style of romance at all.

2. Grey
by E.L. James

I’m going to be completely honest, despite the whole red room that is not my thing, I really enjoyed the emotion of the trilogy. I was hoping for that with the book from Christian Grey’s view point. I can’t believe I read this book because it was basically the first book of the trilogy, but more messed up because I did not like being in Christian’s head. I’m amazed I read the entire thing.

3. The entire Game of Thrones series.

I am utterly shocked that I spent an entire summer binge reading the entire GoT series. It was good, but totally not my normal type of book(s).

4. Learning to Love the Heat
by Everly Lucas

When I was approached about reading this book it was described as an NA contemporary romance. I knew it had a love triangle, which I am not always a fan of. What I wasn’t expecting was a love triangle turned threesome romance. I wouldn’t have spent my time reading the first 2/3 of the book had I known where it was going. The threesome stuff was a shock and, to me, more erotica than NA. Not. My. Thing.

5. Taking Chances
by Molly McAdams

Speaking of love triangles…I can’t believe I wasted time reading this one. I know there are lots of fans out there of it, but it made me incredibly angry the entire time I was reading it.

6. Illuminae
by Amie Kauffman & Jay Kristoff

To know me is to know I don’t do alien anything. So imagine my surprise when I read and loved Illuminae.

7. The Girl with All the Gifts
by M.R. Carey

Another thing I don’t do is sci-fi. Heck, I didn’t even know this book was about zombies when I read it. I just got a recommendation from someone and liked the blurb. I am amazed I read it and liked it.

8. After series
by Anna Todd

This is a NA series, so I’m not surprised I read it. What I can’t believe is that I finished the entire series. All but the last book were horrible examples for young women. It was like one giant train wreck. I can’t believe I kept going through all of the incredibly long books. And at the end, I can’t believe the last book was actually amazing. It’s what they all should have been.

9. Nine Minutes Trilogy
by Beth Flynn

The only reasons I can’t believe I read this series are the blurb and cover for the first book. Both did not call to me. I only read it because I was pressured by some friends. I’m so happy I did because it’s one of the best thriller series I’ve ever read. If you loved Sons of Anarchy, you need to read this!

10. Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light
by Jane Brox

I can’t believe I read this book…well, I didn’t exactly. It was so boring, I didn’t make it past chapter 2. I tried to skim the rest, but kept falling asleep. It was worse than a text book. Why was I trying to read it anyways? The things you do for book clubs…

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

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 topic is Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About. 

Honestly, this could be almost any book for me! I hate saying that, but I read so dang much. Don’t get me wrong, I remember pieces of these books, but there are a lot of blank spots. Here are the books that come to mind…


1. The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield

2. Salem Falls
by Jodi Picoult

3. Midnight Bayou
by Nora Roberts

4. A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle

5. Amber Beach
by Elizabeth Lowell

6. Lost & Found
by Brooke Davis

7. Magic Hour
by Kristin Hannah

8. Simply Irresistible
by Jill Shalvis

9. Until There Was You
by Kristan Higgins

10. Say Goodnight, Gracie
by Julie Reece Deaver


Have you read these? Do you remember them?

Top Ten Tuesday: My Resolutions/Goals for 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 topic is Bookish Resolutions/Goals. So here we go!


1. Read less.

Read less is probably a shocking goal on a list like this, but I honestly need to do it. I read way too much last year. Reading is amazing for all sorts of reading, but I think I need to spend a little less time reading and more time living.

2. Request less ARCs.

I need to get pickier. In the past few years, I’ve gone a little NetGalley crazy. We’re all guilty of it at some point. I usually like the books I request from there, but they started taking over my reading. I need to get back to reading some of the books I already own. I’ll still be requesting ARCs, but only for tours I really want to do

3. Read more variety.

If you read my blog, then you know I mainly focus on romance. I need to slip in some other genres more often. Branch out and all.

4. Focus on reading and not reviewing.

The pressure to have a review for every book and every day is overwhelming. When I started blogging, I was going to do 2 to 3 reviews a week. This snowballed and I ended up doing a review almost 5 days a week. That’s insane. I felt like I was flying through books and not giving my best to my reviews. I already started this fall, but I’m sticking with around 3 reviews a week.

5. Review content.

I need to up my game on my review content. I feel like a lot of my reviews are starting to sound similar.

6. Blog commenting.

I follow so many blogs now that commenting has become harder. I want to focus on reading other bloggers reviews and really commenting on the content of them. It may mean I comment less in general, but I want it to count.

7. Participating in memes.

I’ve really shied away from book tags in the past year. I am not sure if I’ve just done most of them, or I haven’t wanted to take the time to explore more of them. I’ve mostly just been focusing on the Top Ten Tuesday and WWW Wednesday memes. I think I’ll keep doing that this year, but not put the pressure on myself to have a post for each Tuesday or Wednesday if I’m too busy with life.

8. Read more with my daughter.

My daughter and I used to read together nightly. Now that she’s a big 4th grader, she can read on her own. We haven’t been spending that quality time with me reading out loud to her. I want to get that special time back, so this month I started reading out loud to her again before bed when it’s possible. We started with A Wrinkle in Time. I loved that book as a kid and want to see the movie.

9. Be more active on Goodreads.

I used to spend a lot of time in a particular Goodreads group. I miss participating in their posts and buddy reads. I’m hoping resolutions 2, 3 and 4 help with this one.

10. Book + Main Bites.

I signed up for this site/app when it began. I still don’t get it. I rarely go on it, and I feel like I should be checking it out more to support authors. I need to figure it out this year!


Do any of these goals sound familiar to you? Are you aiming to do the same? What are your goals?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To

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 We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!).

This is a hard topic because there are SO MANY books I meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to. SO MANY! My Kindle is crying about how many. This list is actually made up of physical books I own and meant to read this year. I am so going to read them in 2018! I promise!


1. Gemina
by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

2. Foolish Hearts
by Emma Mills

3. Far from the Tree
by Robin Benway

4. All the Crooked Saints
by Maggie Stiefvater

5. Unqualified
by Anna Faris

6. Mai Tai’d Up
by Alice Clayton

7. What I Thought Was True
by Huntley Fitzpatrick

8. Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby

9. One True Loves
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

10. Arrowwood
by Laura McHugh

Did any of these books make your list, too?