April 2020 Wrap Up // Books I Read in April

FEBRUARY STATS
  • 32 Books total
  • 6 Re-reads
  • 2 Secret TBR reads
  • 1 DNF
  • 1 two-star book
  • 6 three-star books
  • 9 four-star books
  • 8 five-star books
  • 26 audiobooks
  • 3 hard copies
  • 4 eBooks
  • 3 currently reading
  • 1 readathons: Smutathon
REREADS

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The entire Pucked series by Helena Hunting.
I kept saying that I’ve been wanting to reread this whole series – and I finally did! This time around I realized how much more I liked Book 6 than before! Book 5 is still my all-time favorite, but Book 6 is up there with Book 1 and Book 5 now!
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Beach Read by Emily Henry
This is absolutely adorable and I’m loving it so much! I’m hoping to finish this one today. It’s a romance about two authors in neighboring beach house that have some history. One is a romance writer and one is a literary fiction author.
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Fire In His Blood by Ruby Dixon
This is a dragon shifter, post-apocalyptic fantasy romance by the author of Ice Planet Barbarians. I like IPB better so far, but this one has a lot of potential.
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1 secret book!

 

DNF

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Jock Row (Jock Hard #1) by Sara Ney
The main character in this book was SO annoying and I could not stand it. She gets kicked out of a frat party for basically being super annoying and holier than thou. I don’t think you are supposed to agree with the frat guys who kick her out, but I certainly did. It’s a romance between her and the athlete who has to guard her from coming back into the party. She was the worst and I couldn’t take it anymore, so I DNFd it. I don’t see myself picking this up again.

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★★ 2 STARS

January (Calendar Girls #1) by Audrey Carlan
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This is about a girl who becomes an escort to make enough money to save her father from gambling debt. The main character was the “not like other girls” girl and I couldn’t handle how judgey she was. The hero is ok, but his character wasn’t well developed.
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★★★ 3 Stars


Menace (Scarlet Scars #1) by JM Darhower
This is a scarred hero dark mafia romance. Check out my Spring Break Wrap Up to see my thoughts.
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Fighting for Everything (Warrior Fight Club #1) by Laura Kaye
This is a military, friends-to-lovers romance. Check out my Spring Break Wrap Up to see my thoughts.
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Assigned a Mate (Interstellar Brides Program #1) by Grace Goodwin
This is, essentially, an alien mail order bride romance. Check out my Spring Break Wrap Up to see my thoughts.
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Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen
This is a contemporary hockey romance. This was fine. I didn’t find the hero very likable, even though I tend to like grumpy heroes and the heroine was pretty forgettable. Coming off of the high of Brooklynaire, not much could compare, though, so I can’t fault it for that. I really do like this series so far and plan on continuing.
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The Loner’s Lady by Jessa Kane
I read this short novella for Smutathon. This is about a girl who is pretending to be her best friend’s girlfriend, but she ends up falling for his dad instead. This just was a little too extra for me. I felt like everything was rushed and ridiculous. Granted, that’s kind of the nature of this type of book, but Katee Robert has already proved to me it can be done well. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a good example of that.
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I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills
I read this for Smutathon because it was a short audiobook I found on Audible Escape. This book was fine, but not very memorable. It actually has a cute premise, it’s a new adult sports romance about a girl who develops a relationship with someone who text her from an unknown number.
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★★★★ 4 Stars

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
This is a thriller following the story of a woman whose sister had gone missing years ago and present-day disappearances that are affecting her. I feel weird rating this highly only because it’s so graphic and gruesome and entirely messed up. But I could not stop reading this book. I really need to read more thrillers.
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The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen
This is new adult friends-to-lovers sports romance with disability rep. I talk more about this in my Spring Break Wrap Up.
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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
This was an adorable friends-to-lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers YA Contemporary romance that involves camping and forced togetherness. I talk more about this in my Spring Break Wrap Up.
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Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers #3) by Sarina Bowen
This is the same hockey romance series as Pipe Dreams. I actually read this series out of order, I read the first book first, but then I skipped ahead to Brooklynaire, and ended up going back to this one. I didn’t mind that, though, mostly because this book takes place during the same timeline as Brooklynaire, but you get a different perspective. This one is a second-chance romance that was a little hard to swallow, in my opinon, which is why I took away a star.
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Cherish Hard (Hard Hitters #1) by Nalini Singh
This is a second chance contemporary romance that had a really great meetcute and such a good book boyfriend. I talk more about this in my Spring Break Wrap Up.
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Inappropriate by Vi Keeland
This is a story about a woman whose vacation video gets leaked to her boss, which gets her fired. It’s obviously not fair at all, so in a drunken rage she sends a hate-email to her boss’s boss. And so begins our story. I read this one completely on a whim. I saw in it my wish list for Audible Escape, and decided to give it a shot. I’ve never loved anything by this author, but I’ve never strongly disliked anything either. This one I definitely liked more than other books I’ve read by her, but it wasn’t quite 5 stars. What I did really enjoy was that there was much more to this book than you would expect given the premise. It was more emotional than I anticipated.
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The Happy Ever After Playlist (The Friend Zone #2) by Abby Jimenez
This takes place in the same world as The Friend Zone, only this time we are following the friend of the heroine in that book. I don’t really want to say more because I feel like it is spoilery to The Friend Zone, just know there is a rockstar element in this book. I think I am one of the only people who really liked The Friend Zone. I completely understand the issues many readers had with the ending of that book, but I still really, really liked it. In fact, I liked The Friend Zone more than this one (I gave that one 5 stars). I’m not going to lie, I thought I was going to adore this book and though I really liked it, I didn’t love it.
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Theirs for the Night (The Thalanian Dynasty #1) by Katee Robert
This is an MMF romance about a girl who goes out to a club with her friend on her birthday and ends up going home with two guys – who happen to be a prince and his bodyguard. This was the group read for Smutathon. As usual, I think Katee Robert does such a great job with super steamy, short romances. I really like this one, though maybe not as much as I liked Your Dad Will Do. I think i’m going to enjoy the rest of this series a little bit more than I liked this one.
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Better When It Hurts (Stripped #2) by Skye Warren
I decided to read this book for Smutathon because it was on Audible Escape and super short. It’s a gritty stripper romance. I’ve been wanting to read more Skye Warren books, and though this wasn’t my favorite, I definitely want to read more of her books.
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★★★★ 5 Stars

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Mass
This is SJM’s first adult fantasy novel – it’s full of pretty much every type of fantasy creatures including angels and faeries. I talk more about this in my Spring Break Wrap Up.
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Art & Soul by Brittainy C Cherry
This is a YA romance between a musician and an artist who have to work on a school project together. I talk more about this in my Spring Break Wrap Up.
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Misconduct by Penelope Douglas
This is a forbidden romance between a teacher and her student’s father. I talk more about this in my Spring Break Wrap Up.
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Brooklynaire (Brooklyn #1, Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen
I have no idea what series this book belongs to because it takes place in the same world as Brooklyn Bruisers and in some places it is listed as part of that series and others it is listed as the Brooklyn Series. Either way it can be read as a standalone. It follows the story of a quirky millionaire who owns an Apple-like tech company and a hockey team. It’s a friends-to-lovers workplace romance with so much longing and swoon, I can’t even. I’m so in love with the hero in this book and how much he pines after the heroine without her ever knowing.
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By the Book by Amanda Sellet
This was an ARC from Netgalley. It’s a YA contemporary romance about a girl who reads a lot of classic and historical novels and creates a scoundrel survival guide for the girls at her school based on the books she’s read. It was super cute, but written in a very particular way that may not appeal to everyone – review to come!
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Your Dad Will Do (A Touch of Taboo #1) by Katee Robert
This was a highly anticipated read for me ever since I saw that Katee Robert was planning to release it and it lived up to what I hoped for it. This is a super short, super smutty, super taboo romance about a girl whose fiance cheats on her, so in revenge she sleeps with his dad. A lot of people say this one lacks plot, but they still really liked it, and I don’t disagree, but I also didn’t mind. I had so much fun reading this one and it made me fall even more in love with Katee Robert.
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The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
This book was recommended to me by a subscriber friend, Taseen, in the comments of one of my videos and I feel like you guys know me so well, because I loved this freaking book. I did not realize that this is about a character I loved from the Full Tilt duet. She’s a tattoo artist who is trying to publish a graphic novel that is very personal to her and when she gets rejected she almost leaves New York, but ultimately ends up staying when she’s able to become roommates with our hero. They have an adorable meet cute and omggg the hero in this book. He’s one of those characters who is such a good person who is put in bad situations. Both of our characters are dealing with guilt from their pasts, but slowly healing together. I’m kind of obsessed with him, he’s one of my favorite book boyfriends.
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Wolfsong (Green Creek #1) by TJ Klune
I knew I was going to love this book, but I didn’t know how hard I would swoon. For some reason, I don’t know why I expected that this book wouldn’t be as romance heavy as it was. I think maybe because it’s about werewolves and I figured it’d be more about that than the romance and while the world was well-developed, the characters were well-developed, and the plot was interesting, the romance was also extremely strong. I feel like a lot of the time you’re sacrificing one thing for another, but it truly felt like this book didn’t lag behind in any of those things. Even the writing was excellent.

But honestly, it was the swoon in this book that tipped me over the edge. My heart hurt in the best and worst ways while reading this book and I can’t get enough.

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Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

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Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Love From A to Z
Author: S.K. Ali
Format: Hardcover purchased from Book Outlet

Synopsis:
A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.

When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.

Then her path crosses with Adam’s.

Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.

Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.

Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

GOODREADS

Review

I was a little scared going into this book for the same reason why I wanted to read it in the first place.

You see, the main character, Adam, has Multiple Sclerosis. While I always appreciate representation of this particular chronic illness – the fact that I have it, too, is a little scary to read about.

I wasn’t so much worried that it would be misrepresented – after all this disease varies greatly from person to person – it’s more that knowing everything that COULD happen to me always terrifies me.

So, let’s start off with that.

I loved Adam’s character, first of all. Of all the characters in the story, I liked him the most. Despite going through a lot of tough things, he has a very calming personality. He’s a great balance to our heroine, Zayneb.

His experience with MS was pretty different than mine, even though we both had Optic Neuritis. I can’t say that it was an inaccurate representation because I don’t know enough about the different ways it presents itself, but he had blurry vision whereas for me (and for most of the accounts I’ve heard) it’s more eye pain and flashing lights/broken glass vision.

He did get a steroid infusion and I wish side effects were addressed. It was also strange that there was no talk of long term treatment, especially for someone his age. And HOW he kept it a secret from his parents, I have no idea considering all the medical procedures necessary to diagnose.

It seemed very secondary to what the novel was about and I’m not sure how I feel about that.

As far as the book itself, the story, and Zayneb… I enjoyed it. The romance was sweet, but I found reading Zayneb’s story so frustrating and hard to read. Especially knowing that the hate she endures is very real. I understand why she is such an angry character, but that doesn’t mean it was easy to read. I think her aunt, Adam, and her friends were a nice balance to her character.

One of the things I loved the most about this was the meetcute. Adam and Zayneb meet in the airport and they happen to have the same unique journal. I always love a good meetcute!


Butterfly Rating: 1 Stars

1-star


Re-read Worthiness: No


Bookshelf Placement: Yes


Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars

3-stars

 

 

 

Top 10 Tuesday: Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Whew! I almost forgot to post this today, but we’re here! Let’s do this!

 

Book Titles (I’ve Read) that Would Make Good Band Names

 

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Credence by Penelope Douglas

I kind of feel like this already is a band name, it sounds so band name-y. I feel like this would be a rock band.

 

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Beautiful Liar by Lauren Rowe

If I make a girl band, I’d call us The Beautiful Liars. Just sayin.

 

 

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The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata

I want a really terrible band to be called The Best Thing. Oh, irony.

 

 

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The Bromance Book Club

This would be my favorite ever. I’m picturing a 98 Degrees type of boyband – a bunch of buff guys that all used to be football players that decided to form a boyband.

 

 

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Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

This is 100% an Evanescence cover band.

 

 

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Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie

K-pop band with, like, 20 members.

 

 

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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

This is a heavy metal band that seriously thinks they are vampires. They drink blood on stage.

 

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Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner

This would be the only singer-songwriter duo that actually stays in love and stays together.

 

 

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I only picture a heavy metal band with a bunch of buff red-headed dudes wearing kilts.

 

 

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

The next Billie Eilish.

Things I Love in Romance Novels

Lately, I’ve found that when I finish a novel that I love – one that has left me breathless and immediately wanting more just like it – I tend to try to pinpoint exactly what it is about that novel that I loved. Was it the trope? If it was how it made me feel – what specifically triggered that feeling?

In doing this, I came up with a list of – for lack of a better word – things I love that happen in romance novels.

I created a video about this topic, but I also thought I’d share that list here on my blog.

I’ve paired each of the topics with a book recommendation or two, however, I do hope to create separate posts and videos for each of these with their own recommendations.

Of course, if you have any recommendations that pop into your mind as you are reading this post, please leave me a comment!

 

Virgin Hero

I didn’t realize this was something I loved in romance novels until I read Archer’s Voice. There is something about a hero who has some innocence about him, whether it be because he is a recluse like Archer or a tragic past like Zachariah from Keepsake by Sarina Bowen. There is something swoony about watching the couple fall in love and seeing the hero experience epic firsts.

 

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Longing 

For the longest time, I couldn’t put my finger on what it was in books that ripped my heart out of my chest when I’d read books that had this element in it until I read Truth or Beard by Penny Reid recently and realized that I am so attracted to desperate longing – particularly from the hero. Especially when the hero is like Duane who doesn’t want to rush anything because he has been waiting so long for the heroine. He’s not willing to cross any lines if it means that the long term isn’t an option. 

 

Forbidden

This element goes hand in hand with the previous one. One of the best parts of forbidden romances is the longing. It’s almost guaranteed. As someone who, before meeting my husband, was extremely fickle, I’d always love the chase more than actually catching. When something is forbidden, it’s that much more attractive and in romance novels, when that HEA finally happens, it’s so, so satisfying. (Or it should be!)

 

Groveling  

I actually had trouble thinking of a book that did this really well, so please give me recommendations. I think a couple of the most recent books I read that did this really well were The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata and The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams. For me, I much prefer the hero do all the groveling as opposed to the heroine. And, of course, whatever it is that he did to require groveling better not be too unforgivable, but also not something that should be easily forgiven. There absolutely has to be a good balance.

 

Epic romance

I’ve only found EPIC romances in fantasy and paranormal stories, I think because it is those magical/paranormal elements that come into play and take the romance to another level. It’s not just love, it’s absolute fate. The type of romance that is truly once in a lifetime, one in a million. The ultimate will always be A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, but The Caraval series also has a pretty epic romance as well.

 

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All the Swoon 

Many of the things on this list can cause lots of swooning, but nothing quite had me swooning as much as Leo Loves Ares by Anyta Sunday. Swoon can be found in super sweet, simple moments like those found in Leo Loves Ares. Of course, in order for this to happen, you have to adore the couple and the romance has to be incredible to begin with. If a romance is good enough, almost any interaction between the characters is swoony.

 

Cringey moments

I am so here for the moments in romance novels that make me cover my face and fake cry with humiliation for the character. I live for the moments in which the main characters make fools of themselves in front of their love interests. This happens in epic proportions in Wrong and Fling by Jana Aston and The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

 

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Butterflies

This, much like swooning, is basically guarantee if the romance novel is good enough. There are so many moments – some of them so seemingly small – that can send butterflies swirling like crazy. Honestly, everything on this list elicits butterflies. This is the #1 thing I hope for in romance novels when I read them. An example of a small moment that sent a million butterflies swirling was in The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata when Aiden is massaging Vanessa’s leg after one of her long marathon training runs. It is the build-up to this moment that made the butterflies go crazy, and if it wasn’t built up right, it wouldn’t have been a big deal, but this moment was so huge in the slow burn of the entire book.

 

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Impossibility

I love it when romance novels manage to break through predictability (which isn’t always a bad thing, btw!) and make you truly wonder how the hell the couple is going to ever end up together. This happened so many times in My Darling Duke by Stacy Reid. So many times in romance when there is something that is keeping the couple apart, the solution seems so simple, so I really appreciate it when a romance novel can keep you on your toes and truly make you worry that things won’t work out – even though we all know it wouldn’t be a romance novel without a Happily Ever After or Happy For Now.

 

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Wonder

I love this the most when the love interest is wonderstruck by the main character. Those moments when they just can’t believe how lucky they are. That it is really or finally happening to them. This often happens in tandem with longing – like when a hero has been pining after the heroine.

 

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Slow Burn 

This, like forbidden romance, is probably one of the most popular on this list. I mean, obviously, my go to for a guaranteed amazing slow burn is Mariana Zapata. She is the queen. Slow burns pave the way for such an incredible pay off in the end. You are taken on a journey with these romances. And, best of all, you are given the opportunity to slowly fall in love right alongside the main character.

 

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Loyalty/Devotion 

Of course, I adore this in the romance, but I also love loyalty from side characters as well. But, since we are talking romance specifically, I absolutely adore when the characters are loyal even when there are big obstacles between them, even when they are angry or betrayed, they still will be there when they are needed. I’m looking at you, John Ambrose McClaren from PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han.

 

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Healthy relationships

I get the draw of dark romances, I really do. I even sometimes can understand the draw of the bullying trope… sometimes. But, man, do I appreciate an incredibly healthy relationship. One where the characters communicate beautifully, they support each other, they motivate one another, and, yes, they are loyal. I know, it’s hard to create conflict when the couple’s relationship is healthy, but I promise it can be done. Check out Misadventures of a College Girl by Lauren Rowe for proof.

 

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Reverence

I know, the obsessive hero has been done incredibly poorly many times and, yes, it can easily be creepy – especially if you imagine someone acting that way toward you, but in a romance novel? Give me a well-written romance that has a hero that holds such deep reverence for the heroine like in With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe. I mean, Colton calls Sadie a “goddess,” and goddammit, she is. That’s probably the most important part of this working in novels – the heroine or whoever is the object of this feeling needs to be damn deserving. I better be obsessed with them, too.

 

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Uncertainty

This is very similar to Impossibility, however, it’s less… umm… impossible and more that you’re just not sure how things will work out, no necessarily IF they will work out. You don’t feel like the ground is solid beneath your feet as your reading. Everything seems like it could fall apart at any moment because things are so precarious. I’m thinking of an upcoming release, That’s Not a Thing by Jacqueline Freidland. The entire time I was anticipating everything falling apart and it kept me on the edge of my seat wondering WTF was going to happen. 

 

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Caretaking

This is one that I feel like I didn’t realize I appreciated so much until I read about it in The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and Marriage for One by Ella Maise. When you get to see the vulnerability of one character alongside the love interest stepping up (or vice versa), it strengthens the relationship and your belief in it significantly.

 

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Epic Banter

This is particularly great in romcoms. I mean, you can’t really have a great romcom without it, but honestly, it can be pulled off in any genre that has romance. Particularly if the romance is a hate-to-love. If it is a romcom and done well, it’ll have you laughing out loud (hey, Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, I’m looking at you). If it is in any other genre, it can make you grin from ear-to-ear. 

 

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Undeniable Chemistry 

Chemistry is a must in any romance. Period. Without it, it just doesn’t work. There is no buy-in, no rooting for the characters if you don’t feel like they need to be together. This is what separates bland, meh, romances from the ALL THE STARS IN THE UNIVERSE romance novels. But when a romance can throw in burning chemistry from the second the characters meet? All the yes. And I’m not talking about having the characters just constantly thinking that the love interest is SO HOT (in fact that annoys the crap out of me – stop. I get it. They’re attractive. Please move on.) I don’t want to be told about the chemistry. Show me. With conversation, with body language. I feel like Lauren Rowe does this so well in all of her books. She throws so much chemistry into her romance novels, she’s like a damn scientist. 

 

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Tension

Much like longing, the buildup and tension between two characters makes endings so much more satisfying. The Hating Game and Birthday Girl has some of the best tension.

 

Top 100 Romance Novels on Goodreads: What Have I Read & What Were My Ratings?

I recently saw that for Valentine’s Day, Goodreads posted their Top 100 romance novels and I thought it would be fun to see how many of the books I read and what I rated them.

Let’s do this!

TOP 100 ROMANCE NOVELS ON GOODREADS THAT I READ

You can check out the original blog post here to see all of the books!

  1. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan ★★★★★
    This is an all-time favorite! I absolutely loved it and have reread it many times.
  2. Bully by Penelope Douglas ★★
    While I adored Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas, I just couldn’t get past how horrible the hero in this one was to the heroine.
  3. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by JR Ward ★★★★★
    I adored this book and the first few in this series.
  4. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines ★★★
    This book was just ok. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it.
  5. Flat Out Love by Jessica Park ★★★★★
    I really loved this unique story!
  6. Jacob (Nightwalkers #1) by Jacquelyn Frank ★★★★★
    YES YES YES! This is another all-time favorite. I love this entire series SO much.
  7. Maybe Someday (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover ★★★★★
    And ANOTHER ONE of my favorites. I’ve reread this one a gazillion times as well.
  8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyles ★★★★★
    I wouldn’t categorize this as a romance, but I did really like it.
  9. Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon ★★★★★
    This is such an epic romance and I’m obsessed. The TV show is one of the best adaptations I’ve ever seen.
  10. Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover ★★★★★
    I’m so excited to see this one on here, I’m so in love with this entire series and this book was my favorite.
  11. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover ★★★★
    While I enjoyed this book, it wasn’t my favorite Colleen Hoover.
  12. Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh ★★★★
    I was a little disappointed in this one because it was so hyped and I just thought it was fine.
  13. Tangled by Emma Chase ★★★★
    I loved how this story was told with a hilarious unreliable narrator.
  14. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks ★★★★★
    I don’t like Nicholas Sparks as a person, but I used to love his books back when I read them.
  15. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton DNF
    I could not get through this one.

So, it looks like I’ve read only 15 of the 100 books listed here! I do have a BUNCH of them on my TBR, though!

How about you? How many have you read and what did you think of them?

Favorite Bookish Blog Posts of January 2020

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but one of my book blog resolutions was to bring this back, because I love giving shout outs to my favorite bloggers and my favorite content from them.

To be fair, I haven’t been able to read absolutely everything all of my favorite bloggers have posted, so there may be some I’ve missed.

Hopefully you find some great content here and great bloggers to follow:

Confessions of a YA Reader introduced me to the 2020 Series to Finish Challenge that I hadn’t heard of before her post.

I love favorites wrap up lists, and I really enjoyed how Nut Free Nerd listed their favorites of the last decade by release year.

Pages Unbound shared tips on how to read classics which is something I really would like to do more of.

Metaphors and Miscellanea defended the Goodreads Challenge (and I totally agree!)

Chelle’s Book Ramblings discussed reading for pleasure vs. reading for escape (and the difference between the two).

I love seeing bullet journal spreads from fellow book bloggers, and I really enjoyed seeing this one from Bookmark Your Thoughts.

Pages Unbound asked “Should Libraries Boycott MacMillan? I didn’t even know about this, so I really appreciated this post!

I always adore reading posts with reading goals, and Lili’s Blissful Pages had many that inspired me!

I adored this post from Bookiverse with tips on how to decide what to read next and ways to find it.

This was such a great little book blogger pep talk from Chelle’s Book Ramblings.

These were such great bookish hacks from Nut Free Nerd.

I so loved reading Kristin Kraves Books’ bookish discoveries in 2019.

Again, I love these wrap up posts, so I adored Another Book in the Wall’s Best Reads of 2019.

I love Birdie and her best books of the twenty-teens post!

I really liked seeing how A World of Books’ is tackling their TBR.

I’m so obsessed with this new challenge from The Cozy Pages: Kindle Klean-up!

Nine Tale Vixen asked, “How do you customize book recs?

I’d like to get more into mysteries and thrillers, so I really appreciated this post from Kristen Kraves Books: Favorite Mysteries and Thrillers.

I love these Asian Reading Challenge recs from Drizzle and Hurricane Books.

Decluttering my TBR #2

Lately, I’ve been adding the books I want to read to my Amazon Wishlist instead of my Goodreads TBR. This is mostly because I can see right away if it is available on Audible Escape or Kindle Unlimited, which is nice.

Anytime I’m shopping for books, I just refer to that list more often than my Goodreads TBR (and my shelves there anyway).

I want to rethink how I use my Goodreads TBR, but for now, I’ll just focus on decluttering it.

It works like this

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 or 10 books (I’m doing 20 because I have way too many on my list)
  • Read the synopsis of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

 

The Moon and More
by Sarah Dessen

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Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

Sarah Dessen’s devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

Date added to TBR: 12/29/16
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I’m planning to read all of Sarah Dessen’s backlist.

 

Gardenia
by Kelsey Sutton

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Seventeen-year-old Ivy Erickson has one month, twenty-seven days, four hours, fifty-nine minutes, and two seconds to live.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been able to see countdown clocks over everyone’s heads indicating how long before they will die. She can’t do anything about anyone else’s, nor can she do anything about her own, which will hit the zero hour before she even graduates high school.

A life cut short is tragic, but Ivy does her best to make the most of it. She struggles emotionally with her deep love for on-again, off-again boyfriend Myers Patripski. She struggles financially, working outside of school to help her mom and her sister. And she struggles to cope with the murder of her best friend, another life she couldn’t save. Vanessa Donovan was killed in the woods, and everyone in town believes Ivy had something to do with it.

Then more girls start disappearing. Ivy tries to put her own life in order as she pieces together the truth of who ended Vanessa’s. To save lives and for her own sanity.

The clock is always ticking. And Ivy’s only hope is to expose the truth before it runs out completely.

Date added to TBR: 12/30/16
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I actually can’t believe I haven’t read this one yet. I love Kelsey Sutton!

 

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between
by Lauren Graham

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In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

Date added to TBR: 12/31/16
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I love Gilmore Girls and Lauren Graham!

 

The Throne of Glass Coloring Book
(Throne of Glass)
by Sarah J. Maas

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Enter the world of Throne of Glass

Experience the vivid imagery of Sarah J. Maas’s expansive world in her breathtaking New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass saga. Celaena on the rooftops of Rifthold, Chaol in the gardens of the glass castle, Manon riding her wyvern through the Crossing, and many other favorite moments, characters, and objects from the vibrantly detailed realm of Throne of Glass come to life. With stunning original black-and-white drawings, The Throne of Glass Coloring Book is a must-have companion for any reader looking to be swept up in the adventure of a lifetime.

Date added to TBR: 12/31/16
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I have the Court of Thorns and Roses version of this, I just need this one, now.

 

Off Sides
(Off #1)
by Sawyer Bennett

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“I’m not sure what possessed me to do it. Maybe it was the impossible expectations I faced, maybe it was my own self-loathing. But I just knew I needed something different to happen. I needed someone… something… to derail me from my current path. Otherwise, I would become lost… a hollowed out shell of a man. So I did it. I approached her, then I pursued her, then I made her mine. And my life was saved…”

Ryan Burnham is the privileged son of a U.S. Congressman and captain of his university’s hockey team. While he is on the verge of fulfilling his dreams to play in the NHL, his parents want him on a different course. One he is expected to accept for the sake of his family’s public image.

Forced her to abandon her music career after the heart breaking death of her parents, Danny Cross exists on the opposite side of the tracks from Ryan. She is struggling to make her own way, working two jobs, attending college part time and volunteering in a homeless shelter. She is on a mission to build her own success.

With a chance meeting, their vastly different worlds collide, causing each to evaluate whether they are truly on the correct path to self-fulfillment and happiness. Can their relationship survive? Particularly when others are against them every step of the way. A lot can happen in just ten short days…

Date added to TBR: 1/4/17
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I have this on audio and started it, but never finished. I think if the timing is right, I’ll enjoy it.

 

Of Beast and Beauty
by Stacey Jay

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In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

Date added to TBR: 1/11/17
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I love Beauty and the Beast retellings!

 

A Shadow Bright and Burning
(Kingdom on Fire #1)
by Jessica Cluess

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I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

Date added to TBR: 1/11/17
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: This one is on my bookshelf.

 

The Lonely Ones
by Kelsey Sutton

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When your only friend is your own endless imagination, how do you escape your mind and connect to the world around you?

With parents too busy to pay her attention, an older brother and sister who would rather spend their time with friends, and peers who oscillate between picking on her and simply ignoring her, it’s no wonder that Fain spends most of her time in a world of her own making. During the day, Fain takes solace in crafting her own fantastical adventures in writing, but in the darkness of night, these adventures come to life as Fain lives and breathes alongside a legion of imaginary creatures. Whether floating through space or under the sea, climbing mountains or traipsing through forests, Fain becomes queen beyond – and in spite of – the walls of her bedroom.

In time, Fain begins to see possibilities and friendships emerge in her day-to-day reality. . . yet when she is let down by the one relationship she thought she could trust, Fain must decide: remain queen of the imaginary creatures, or risk the pain that comes with opening herself up to the fragile connections that exist only in the real world?

Told in breathless and visual verse, THE LONELY ONES takes readers through the intricate inner workings of a girl who struggles to navigate isolation and finds friendship where she least expects it.

Date added to TBR: 1/12/17
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: Again, I love this author and want to read everything she writes.

 

Radiance
(Wraith Kings #1)
by Grace Draven

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THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE

Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE

Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

Date added to TBR: 1/12/17
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: This book has such high ratings, and I vaguely remember really wanting to read it!

 

Passenger
(Passenger #1)
by Alexandra Bracken

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Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

Date added to TBR: 1/12/17
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I am determined to read this.

 

Friend Me
(Mates, Dates #1-3)
by Cathy Hopkins

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Lucy, Izzy, and Nesta are sassy, sparkling…and utterly smitten.

In Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras, Lucy is at a turning point. She doesn’t feel like she fits in with her friends Izzie and Nesta. Then Lucy sees the most wonderful boy, and things start to change — in all areas of her life.

Izzie is smitten with Mark in Mates, Dates, and Cosmic Kisses. When Izzie cancels plans just so she’s available if Mark should call, Lucy and Nesta know they need to intervene. But how can they help when Izzie is convinced that she and Mark are destined to be together?

Nesta meets a boy of her own in Mates, Dates, and Designer Divas. Simon is rich and his lifestyle is totally glamorous. So is his friend Cressida. But competing for Simon’s affections could cost Nesta more than she anticipated.

Date added to TBR: 1/12/17
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: This is on my bookshelf

 

The One Memory of Flora Banks
by Emily Barr

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HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO TO TRUST WHEN YOU CAN’T EVEN TRUST YOURSELF?

I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.
Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.
Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and the next day she remembers it. It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.
But the boy is gone. She thinks he’s moved to the Arctic.
Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?

Date added to TBR: 1/12/17
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: This is on my bookshelf

 

The Book of Luke
by Jenny O’Connell

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Emily Abbott has always been considered the Girl Most Likely to Be Nice — but lately being nice hasn’t done her any good. Her parents have decided to move the family from Chicago back to their hometown of Boston in the middle of Emily’s senior year. Only Emily’s first real boyfriend, Sean, is in Chicago, and so is her shot at class valedictorian and early admission to the Ivy League. What’s a nice girl to do?
Then Sean dumps Emily on moving day and her father announces he’s staying behind in Chicago “to tie up loose ends,” and Emily decides that what a nice girl needs to do is to stop being nice.

She reconnects with her best friends in Boston, Josie and Lucy, only to discover that they too have been on the receiving end of some glaring Guy Don’ts. So when the girls have to come up with something to put in the senior class time capsule, they know exactly what to do. They’ll create a not-so-nice reference guide for future generations of guys — an instruction book that teaches them the right way to treat girls.

But when her friends draft Emily to test out their tips on Luke Preston — the hottest, most popular guy in school, who just broke up with Josie by email — Emily soon finds that Luke is the trickiest of test subjects . . . and that even a nice girl like Emily has a few things to learn about love.

Date added to TBR: 1/16/17
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: Not super interested in this one anymore.

 

The Girl of Fire and Thorns
(Fire and Thorns #1)
by Rae Carson

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Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

Date added to TBR: 1/16/17
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: Eh.

 

Spindle Fire
(Spindle Fire #1)
by Lexa Hillyer

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A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale.

It all started with the burning of the spindles.

No.

It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape…or the reason for her to stay.

Date added to TBR: 1/20/17
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: This one is on my bookshelf.

 

Rise
(Rock Solid #1)
by Karina Bliss

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Rise – The redemption story of a rock star going straight(er) through the love of a good(ish) woman.

Acclaimed literary biographer Elizabeth Winston writes about long-dead heroes. So bad-boy rock icon Zander Freedman couldn’t possibly tempt her to write his memoir. Except the man is a mass of fascinating contradictions–manipulative, honest, gifted, charismatic and morally ambiguous. In short, everything she seeks in a biography subject. When in her life will she get another chance to work with a living legend? But saying yes to one temptation soon leads to another. Suddenly she’s having heated fantasies about her subject, fantasies this blue-eyed devil is only too willing to stoke. She thought self-control was in her DNA; after all, she grew up a minister’s daughter. She thought wrong.

Rock star Zander Freedman has been an outlier–many would say an outcast–for most of his life. But there’s no disaster he can’t overcome, from the breakup of his band to the inevitable damage to his reputation. His Resurrection Tour is shaping up to be his greatest triumph–if his golden voice holds out. Contracting a respected biographer is simply about creating more buzz. Elizabeth’s integrity is the key to consolidating his legacy as one of rock’s greats. All the damn woman has to do is write down what he tells her. Not force him to think. Or encourage the good guy struggling to get out. And certainly not make him fall in love for the first time in his life. Turns out he is scared of something: being known.

Date added to TBR: 1/22/17
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: Nah.

 

Swear on This Life
by Renee Carlino

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When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

Date added to TBR: 1/22/17
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: Nah.

 

Three Dark Crowns
(Three Dark Crowns #1)
by Kendare Blake

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When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Date added to TBR: 1/22/17
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: This is on my bookshelf.

 

Song of the Current
(Song of the Current #1)
by Sarah Tolcser

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Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

Date added to TBR: 1/22/17
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: This is on my bookshelf.

 

How I Organize My Bookshelves

During the summer of 2019 my husband and I went through the process of replacing all the flooring in our house.

Long before that I’d been contemplating rearranging the books on my bookshelves in some way that would allow me to find books a bit easier. Originally, my bookshelves were organized only by READ and TBR – otherwise I just put books together that I felt looked good together.

Needless to say it was really difficult to find books!

I knew I needed more organization, but I didn’t was the sacrifice aesthetics.

So, knowing that I would have to remove all the books and furniture from my library anyway, I came up with a reorganization plan.

Because similar genres tend to have similar cover styles and sizes, I decided to organize my shelves in this way:
1. Two categories: YA and Adult
2. Within those categories: Contemporary and Everything else (fantasy, sci-fi, historical, etc.)
3. Within those genres: alphabetical by author last name

Want to see the entire process, before photos, and after? Check out my video: