Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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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:

Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Here are some opinions that might not be so popular with some of you.


1. I like abs on covers.

A lot of people aren’t fans of shirtless men gracing the covers of books. I’m not for them because I want to stare at them while I read. To be honest, I don’t look at covers all that much while reading because I do it on my Kindle. Why I don’t mind them is when I’m looking for a sports romance, I expect them. They kind of steer me in the right direction.

2. I like people and couples on covers.

I think they’re cute.

3. Cartoon-ish Covers Are Being Used Too Much Lately

I know the fad right now in romance is to have cute, cartoon covers. I like them, but I’m starting to feel like they’re getting to be too prevalent. There are books that don’t warrant a cutesy cover getting one. I also don’t like that authors are switching already cool existing covers to cartoon covers now.

4. I’m tired of seeing so many tweets about needing more new adult books.

I don’t want to start anything with this, but there are a TON of new adult books out there. They have been around for years. People are still writing them. They haven’t gone away. Yes, they’re mainly ROMANCE novels. New adult rose as a romance sub-genre. I get that it’s used for genres other than romance, but saying in a tweet that it needs to come back is inaccurate. The sub-genre never left. Maybe there weren’t as many books traditionally published from other genres in recent years, but it didn’t die. Plus, it has always been more popular in indie publishing. Maybe that’s a factor. I don’t know. It just always makes me roll my eyes when I see those tweets.

5. Book Hoarding

You don’t need to own every book out there. I have 6 shelves of books at my house. If my 6 shelves run over, I get rid of books. I sell them or pass them on to others. I don’t get more bookshelves. I only hold on to books that are signed, I’ve loved dearly, or am saving for my daughter to read in a couple of years. Yes, books are pretty and can feel like a status symbol at times. If you’re not going to re-read them or they’re just taking up space, why not share them with someone else?

6. I Don’t Like to Buy Used Books / Physical Library Books

I’m going to blame my dead grandmother for this one. She had a thing against used books. Grandma Faye was born in 1910, and I think they worried about the germs from used books a lot when she was alive. I just don’t like the smell of them. They kind of gross me out. I will read newer library books, though.

Okay, I can’t think of anything else.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books My Book Club Has Loved

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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 my topic is:

Books My Book Club Has Loved

You’re probably going to notice we like dark and twisted reads.

1. I Can Be A Better You (aka Bad Mommy)
Author: Tarryn Fisher

2. The Butterfly Garden
Author: Dot Hutchison

3. Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Morriarty

4. Lilac Girls
Author: Martha Hall Kelly

5. Stillhouse Lake
Author: Rachel Caine

6. The Ghostwriter
Author: Alessandra Torre

7. See What I Have Done
Author: Sarah Schmidt

8. Burn For Me
Author: Ilona Andrews

9. Dead Certain
Author: Adam Mitzner

10. The Twilight Wife
Author: A.J. Banner

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years (one book for each year)

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 Books Released In the Last Ten Years (one book for each year)

This is going to be tough! I am going to do my best to pick out a book for each year.


1. 2009

2. 2010

3. 2011

4. 2012

5. 2013

6. 2014

7. 2015

8. 2016

9. 2017

10. 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

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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 That I Refuse To Let Anyone Touch

Basically, I should just take a picture of my signed books shelf. Here’s some that would be on it…


1 – 4. The Off-Campus Series by Elle Kennedy (ABS edition)


5. Bright Side by Kim Holden

6 – 8. Nine Minutes Trilogy by Beth Flynn

9. Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

10. Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe

11 – 13: Colleen Hoover Books

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Be A T.V. Show

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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 Page to Screen Freebie. My topic is:


Books That Should Be Turned Into a TV Show

1. Nine Minutes Trilogy by Beth Flynn

If done well, this could be the next “Sons of Anarchy“.

2. Addicted / Calloway Sisters Series by Krista & Becca Ritchie

I was thinking this series of books would be a great Dynasty or Dallas type show for the era with all of the family and related characters.

3. Fallen Crest High Series by Tijan

I can just see this book as the next teenage drama on a channel like Freeform or NetFlix.

4. The Forge Trilogy by Meghan March

For some reason I picture this as one of those old school mini series they had back in the 80’s and 90’s.

5. The Blue Line Duet & The Perfect Duet by Meghan Quinn

I could totally see these four books adapted for a military drama.

6. Sea Breeze Series by Abbi Glines

Remember back in the day when popular TV shows would have a beachy summer season? What? You’re too young to remember that? Well, that’s how I imagine the Sea Breeze series. I can imagine it make a great summer series with all the books mixed together into a season.

7. Stone Cold Fox Trilogy by Max Monroe

Stone Cold Fox would make a great small town cop drama show.

8. The Legal Briefs by Emma Chase

I’m imaging the Legal Briefs as a drama / comedy. It would be such a fun legal show.

9. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I’m not into science fiction shows, but I would totally watch if this was one.

10. Thunder Road Series by Katie McGarry

This is another teenage drama I would be watching if it existed.

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That Remind Me of My Teenage Self

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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 Characters That Remind Me of My TEENAGE self. I have to do teenage because I don’t read about a lot of characters who remind me of myself now. That’s one purpose. Reading is an escape. 😉


1. Bella Swan in New Moon

I know, I know. Bella? In New Moon? While most people weren’t a fan of this Twilight Saga book, I was. My teenage self identified with how Bella processed heartbreak and her feelings. As a teenager I had times where I was depressed over a relationship ending like Bella was. I thought Meyer did an excellent job portraying this.

2. Alexa in Calm Like Home

Alexa reminded me a lot of myself in college. I remember having felt so many of the emotions she did and all the ups and downs of being an adult but not really being an adult yet.

3. Emmaline in In Your Dreams

In Your Dreams came to mind because I knew someone exactly like the personal trainer chick that drove Emmaline nuts. I feel like Kristan Higgins based her on that person and how I felt around them. That’s why I picked Emmaline.

4. Tate in Ugly Love

I think I know why so many readers love this book. It’s easy to identify with. Who hasn’t been in some sort of relationship where they want things to be more while the other person doesn’t? I hate to admit that I put myself in this situation when I was much younger.  I definitely was Tate in some moments. Sadly, most of people never get the ending Tate did. (Hence why people love this so much.)

5. Bianca in The DUFF

I mean, who hasn’t felt like Bianca in The DUFF? I know I had many times where I felt like the unnoticed and uncool friend. I also remember going to 18 and over dance clubs like Bianca and her friends did.

6. Sam in the Fallen Crest High series

Sam and her running to escape her thoughts. I did that A LOT in my late teens and early 20’s. I was running to exhaust my mind and body. It worked, but makes me sad to think about now.

7. Tenley in Cupcakes and Ink

Tenley went to college away from home for a fresh start. Our reasons weren’t the same, but I could identify with this. I moved from WA to AZ for college because I needed something new and different.

8. Scarlett in Jock Row

I am the sensible one like Scarlett was. I was and am the designated driver, the one who is always trying to keep people out of trouble. I’m the nice one. I could relate to Scarlett in this way. I also related to the romance in the book. It reminded me of when I met my husband and our relationship in ways. Things were low drama, easy, and healthy.

9. Far From the Tree

I didn’t pick just one character because I could identify with all of the 3 main characters a some point in the story. I was adopted as a baby, so I could just identify with some of the feelings that went on in this book in my teenage year, as a young adult, and even now.

10. Molly in The Upside of Unrequited

Molly is a girl who lets her weight define her. She feels like she’s always in the background. She’s always the sidekick, never the one the attention is on. Guys don’t like her, they like her friends. This was totally me in high school. I’ve also felt the way Molly felt about her sister trying to hook her up with Will. I remember my best friend always being in a relationship. She would try to push her boyfriend’s friends at me. It was exciting, but also uncomfortable. No one wants to be forced on a guy (or girl) just because your best friend is dating theirs. It rarely works out and is so awkward.

This was a weird post to write. I don’t feel like it’s particularly positive and I don’t like that. I wish I had recently read some books with amazing mothers of only child daughters or 30-something happily married people so I could compare them to my life now. LOL. I guess I just like to read books about people young and experiencing new things. 😉

Top Ten Tuesday: Inspirational / Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

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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 Inspirational / Thought-Provoking Book Quotes. Here are some quotes I’ve found that I keep in the back of my mind.


1. “Don’t judge each other. We all have our own shit. Keep your eyes on yours and your nose out of everyone else’s unless you’re invited in. And when you get the invitation, help, don’t judge.” 

-Kim Holden, Bright Side

2. “You are who you are. Don’t be ashamed of yourself. At all. Surround yourself with people who cheer you on.” 

-Jessica Park, Flat-Out Celeste

3. “You can’t ask someone to love you or be there for you or do the right thing—and you certainly can’t guilt them into it. Either they will or they won’t.”

-Katherine Center, How to Walk Away

4. “I think people find each other when they’re ready for them. When they need each other the most. And it’s in that time of need that the strongest relationships are formed.”

-Kim Holden, Gus

5. “You can’t reach what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you.”

-Jessica Park, 180 Seconds

6. “The downside of love is heartache and uncertainty, but the upside of falling is finding an everlasting love that will carry you through a lifetime of happiness.”

-Meghan Quinn, The Downside of Love

7. “Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.” Let me say that again for the people in the cheap seats.”

-Rachel Hollis, Girl, Wash Your Face

8. “The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.” 

-John C. Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

9. “I’m not saying you shouldn’t pursue dreams and goals. Just don’t forsake the present for the unknowns of the future. A lot of happiness is bypassed, overlooked, postponed to a time years from now that may never come. Don’t bide your time and miss out on this moment for a tomorrow with no guarantee.”

-Kim Holden, Bright Side

10. “Whenever you lose someone you love, you have those lingering regrets. You wish you could hug them or kiss them or talk to them…I don’t want those regrets” 

-Lisa DeJong, When It Rains

Top Ten Tuesday: First Ten Books I Reviewed

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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 First Ten Books I Reviewed. I’m going with the first ten I reviewed on my blog. Click on the book title for my review.

1. Breathless in Love
The Maverick Billionaires, #1
Author: Bella Andre

2. Delicate Monsters
Author: Stephanie Kuehn

3. On the Fence
Author: Kasie West

4. unDefeated
Series: Wayward Fighters, #3
Author: J.C. Valentine

5. The Sound of Glass
Author: Karen White

6. Amber to Ashes
Torn Hearts, #1
Author: Gail McHugh

7. Red Queen
Series: Red Queen, #1
Author: Victoria Aveyard

8. What a Girl Wants
Fillmore & Greenwich, #1
Author: Kate Perry

9. Pivot Point
Pivot Point, #1
Author: Kasie West

10. The Deal
Series: Off-Campus, #1
Author: Elle Kennedy

Looking back, I feel like I started out blogging with some great books!

Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

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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 Rainy Day Reads.

Now, I’m from the Seattle area and it doesn’t rain every day here or anything, but it does rain quite a bit. I don’t think there are any specific books that truly qualify as rainy day reads. Pretty much every book is a rainy day read as long as you want to read it! That being said, I am going to list some darker reads.

1. The Thirteenth Tale
Author: Diane Setterfield

2. Mud Vein
Author: Tarryn Fisher

3. The Weight of Blood
Author: Laura McHugh

3. See What I Have Done
Author: SarahSchmidt

4. Combative
Author: Jay McLean

5. Delicate Monsters
Author: Stephanie Kuehn

6. There is No Light in Darkness
Author: Claire Contreras

7. One Kick
Author: Chelsea Cain

8. The Silence of the Lambs
Author: Thomas Harris

9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larsson

10. Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in Washington (the state)

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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 Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books. Honestly, I haven’t done anything outrageous for a book. I’m going to change up and list books set in my home state of Washington.

1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Author: Maria Semple

2. Five Flavors of Dumb
Author: Antony John

3. Firefly Lane
Author: Kristin Hannah


She actually has many books set in Seattle or Washington.

4. I Was Here
Author: Gayle Foreman

5. Simply Irresistible
Author: Rachel Gibson


This whole series is set in Seattle.

6. I Can Be a Better You (aka: Bad Mommy)
Tarryn Fisher


Check out Mud Vein, Marrow, F*ck Love, and Atheists Who Kneel and Pray for more WA settings.

7. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Author: Garth Stein

8. Twilight
Author: Stephanie Meyer

9. The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments,
4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver
Author: E. Lockhart

10. Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: E.L. James

11. Jar of Hearts
Author: Jennifer Hillier