The Awesome Blogger Award

Hey there lovely book lovers! I hope everyone is doing well and reading #allthebooks!

I was tagged a little while ago by the lovely Whimsically Megan.

The award was created by Maggie @Dreaming of Guatemala. This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Credit the creator
  • Tag this post with #AwesomeBloggerAward
  • Answer all the questions given to you
  • Nominate some people
  • Write 10 questions for them to answer

 

  1. Who or what are you most grateful for in life?
    I know this is a pretty standard, but I am so grateful for my family. Obviously, I adore my little family – my husband and two little girls. Especially now that we’ve been able to be home together every day, all day, you’d think we’d get sick of each other, but it’s been wonderful – all of us working together at the dining room table/library all day. I’m also SUPER close to my parents and siblings. I consider my two sisters and my brother my best friends, and I’ve always had a really good relationship with my family. We’re very low key drama and we all appreciate how uniquely close we are.
  2. Who is your favourite musician/band/singer?
    I think Ben Platt has the most gorgeous voice and I could listen to him sing all day. I’ve always been a huge fan of Jason Mraz as a singer/songwriter. HIM has been my OG fav band. I’m also a diehard Swiftie. I have so much respect for that woman.
  3. What would you like to be remembered for?
    Interestingly enough, unlike a lot of the MCs in the books I read, I don’t really care if I’m remembered in the historical sense. Obviously, I want to be remembered fondly by those I love, but I’m not over here trying to leave a legacy. I just want to be happy and spread happiness. Whether anyone remembers my name doesn’t really matter to me.
  4. Do you prefer Bookstagram or Book Twitter? Share your social links.
    I’m partial to Bookstagram. I have some of the best interactions and conversations with fellow book lovers there. My handle on both is @inloveandwords.
  5. Random question: do you have a specific mug for specific beverages? Ex. a mug only for coffee, a mug only for tea, etc.? (I can’t be the only one!)
    LOL! Not necessarily. I definitely prefer my tea in a mug and my water in any type of insulated cup that has a straw.
  6. Sequel, prequel, or spin-off?
    Standalone!
  7. Do you prefer a boring protagonist or a prickly protagonist?
    Prickly, for sure!
  8. Do you prefer unexpected death or unexpected betrayal?
    Oooo great question. Hmm… I think unexpected death, even though it usually KILLS me.
  9. What’s your favourite trope?
    I don’t know if it’s a trope, but I LOVE the virgin hero in romance.
  10. What’s your least favourite trope?
    Bullying in romance.

 

Tags!

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Reading With Wrin
Books are the New Black
Misty’s Book Space

My Questions

  1. What is your favorite trope?
  2. What is your favorite book from that trope?
  3. What are your favorite traits in main characters?
  4. What is your most recent all-time favorite book you read?
  5. What is your most re-read book?
  6. Tag some of your favorite book bloggers.
  7. Name your Top 5 authors you’d like to meet?
  8. What would you ask those authors if you had a conversation with them?
  9. What type of blog posts are your favorite to write?
  10. What are your favorite blog posts to read?

 

 

Kindle Klean-Up #1

The Kindle Klean-Up challenge was started over on The Cozy Pages.

Rules

  • Make a list of the books on your kindle/ e-reader under consideration.
  • Select the first 3 or 4 (or more depending on your mood).
  • Read the blurbs of the books.
  • Decide if you’re going to keep and read; or discard from the TBR.
  • Announce your verdict.
  • The next time you’re ready to post, continue from where you left off on your list.

I’m not going to list every book on my Kindle here because I have over 400. I think I’ll just list the books that I am going to determine whether they stay or get deleted.

I think I’m going to start with my oldest books and work my way up to most recently added. I went through a phase where I was adding books ALL the time … and proceeding to never read them. So… that will be fun.

Let’s do this!

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Stained (Stained Series Book 1) by Ella James

Seventeen-year-old Julia is finally living the good life. She’s traded a hard cot in a Memphis orphanage for her very own room in a perfect little house, on a perfect little street, with a perfect set of parents who picked her to be their daughter.

But Julia is hiding a secret – and one fall night, she returns home from a friend’s house to find that her secret has found her. Her ‘forever home’ is ashes. Her parents are dead. And, in the sky above the flames, a winged creature hunts her.

The Nephilim King, Samyazua, has taken everything from Cayne. After struggling in the darkness for years to piece together his shattered life, Cayne is finally ready to confront his past and avenge the loss of everything he loved. He tracks Samyaza to a Memphis warehouse, where he winds up flat on his back, in the healing hands of a beautiful, dark-haired girl he doesn’t need to know.

Unbeknownst to either of them, they are already bound. Cayne’s past holds the answers to Julia’s future. But what will pose the greatest threat to her? The bounty placed on her head by the leaders of two Celestial realms, or giving her heart to a man who is bound, by birth, to break it?

My Thoughts:I full-on was about to ditch this book when I saw “YA Paranormal Romance,” but then I read the synopsis and now I’m kind of invested. I’m all about the Nephilim romance!

Verdict: KEEP

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Ember (Death Collectors Book 1) by Jessica Sorensen

What if you knew when someone was going to die?

For seventeen-year-old Ember, life is death. With a simple touch, she knows when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Raven.

Then she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous, mysterious, and is the only person Ember can’t sense death from. So when he pushes into her life, she doesn’t mind.

But when unexplained deaths start to haunt her town, Ember starts questioning why she can’t sense Asher’s death and what he may be hiding.

My Thoughts: Let’s be real, though the premise is intriguing, I will never pick up this book. It has too much of a chance of being super cheesy Twilight-era trash.

Verdict: DITCH

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Game, Set, Match (Love Match Book 1) by Nana Malone

I am a cautionary tale…The tennis golden boy who trusted the wrong person.

And now my image and my body have taking a beating. On the court, I’m down forty-love. But I’m wiser now. I won’t make the same mistake again. All I have to do is convince the woman I loved and left behind to trust me again.

My career and my heart depend on it.

Easier said than done. Good thing I’m up for the challenge. Game on.

My Thoughts: This does not have great ratings on Goodreads, and though I like the idea of a tennis romance, I don’t think I’ll enjoy this one.

Verdict: DITCH

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Beautiful Demons (The Shadow Demons Saga Book 1) by Sarra Cannon

Harper Madison isn’t like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she’s lost count. Shadowford Home for Girls is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs.

At first, life appears to be looking up for Harper. She’s making new friends and is strangely drawn to the guy next door. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret.

My Thoughts: Ahhh, the whole “not like other girls” thing. ::insert eyeroll::

Verdict: DITCH

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Carpe Noctem (Immortalis Vampire Series Book 1) by Katie Salidas

Bloodlust, fanatical vampire hunters, thousand-year old vendettas, and a pair of sharp, new fangs. Newly-turned vampire, Alyssa got a lot more than she bargained for when Lysander saved her from a pair of rapist on the college campus of UNLV.

Immortality is not as pretty as all the books and movies had portrayed it, and Alyssa’s having a hard time with the change.

“Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition, that’s the hard part.”

Newbie vampire Alyssa never asked for this life, but now it’s all she has. Rescued from death by Lysander, the aloof and sexy leader of the Peregrinus vampire clan, she barely has a chance to break in her sharp little fangs before her immortality is put to the test.

Kallisto, an ancient and vindictive vampire queen – and Lysander’s old mate – wants nothing less than final death for her former lover and his new toy. She’s not above letting the Acta Sanctorum, and its greatest vampire hunter, Santino, know exactly where Alyssa and the clan can be found.

With danger looming on the horizon and the vampire hunters closing in, Alyssa will have to find the strength to accept this terrifying new reality. There’s no turning back now. It’s either, Carpe Noctem (seize the night), or final death.

My Thoughts: This sounds like a New Adult version of Undead and Unwed.

Verdict: DITCH

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Top 10 Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR (Books I Own)

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.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

We’re homeschooling right now due to COVID-19, and it’s going as well as can be. Thank goodness the girls’ school was prepared and the teachers have made it a lot easier for those of us who do not have the same skills that they do!

It’s stressful trying to homeschool two young kids who require a lot of guidance AND work from home, but we’re managing. Luckily, my husband is able to work from home as well, so we tag team. I’ve also put together a daily schedule that we follow and I make checklists for the girls every day.

I’ve also worked in reading time for the three of us once I finish with my work for the day. I’ve been loving the Forest app. The girls love growing trees by having focused time reading. They are terrified of killing the tree if they lose focus LOL!

Anyway, sorry for the long intro. Here are some books on my Spring TBR. I do make monthly TBRs that I use as more of a guideline than a hard-and-fast MUST-READ list. This will be the same.

  1. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas
    I will read everything SJM writes. #SJMtrash
    ⮕ Adult fantasy
    ⮕ Party girl MC
    ⮕ Revenge story
  2. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller 
    I am SO all about the shadow king thing. 
    ⮕ YA Fantasy
    ⮕ Deception
    ⮕ Hate to love fake marriage

  3. The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by  Kiersten White 
    I’ve been intrigued by this book since it came out!
    ⮕ Gender-bent King Arthur retelling
    ⮕ YA
    ⮕ Secret identities

  4. Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
    I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Becky Albertalli so far.
    ⮕ YA Contemporary
    ⮕ Political
    ⮕ Diverse

  5. Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M. Orgeron & Kate Stewart 
    I got this one at Shameless Book Con and I’ve heard so many good things.
    ⮕ Adult contemporary romance
    ⮕ Emotional military romance
    ⮕ Love triangle

  6. Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer 
    I’m dying to read one of this author’s contemporaries. I loved her YA Fantasy.
    ⮕ YA Contemporary
    ⮕ Overachiever MC
    ⮕ Forced togetherness 

  7. Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand
    Ever since Chan gushed about this on her channel (Chandler Ainsley), I’ve been wanting to check it out.
    ⮕ YA Fantasy
    ⮕ Prophsized queen
    ⮕ Bounty hunter

  8. The Wicker King (The Wicker King #1) by K. Ancrum
    This one not only looks really interesting, but I’ve heard that it’s really, really good.
    ⮕ Hard-hitting, dark YA contemporary
    ⮕ LGBTQ
    ⮕ Mental illness rep

  9. Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton 
    Give me all the witchy books.
    ⮕ YA Fantasy
    ⮕ LGBTQ
    ⮕ Devils and witches

  10. Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts #1) by Emma Scott 
    I love Emma Scott’s duets!
    ⮕ New Adult contemporary romance
    ⮕ Love triangle
    ⮕ Emotional military romance

Top 10 Tuesday: Books With Single-Word Titles

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.

I’m going to translate this to mean books I love with single-word titles because otherwise it’d be kind of random.

So, let’s go!

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Credence by Penelope Douglas

 

Three of them, one of her, and a remote cabin in the woods. Let the hot, winter nights ensue…

Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.

And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?

Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore.

As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.

And as a part of them.

She also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.

One of them has her.

The other one wants her.

But he…

He’s going to keep her.

 

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Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) by Laura Thalassa

 

They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

 

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Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon

 

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

 

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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

 

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

 

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

 

Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

 

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Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen

 

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.

 

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Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover

 

Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want—and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other.

 

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Infini (Aerial Ethereal #2) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

 

Some love is infinite

“Don’t have a best friend that’s a girl” — this was the advice from my older cousin. I didn’t take it. Because he followed with, “friends don’t f*ck friends. And you’ll want to f*ck her.”

It was terrible advice.

My cousin should’ve told me that being best friends with Baylee Wright — since she was twelve — would be the best and worst decision of my life.

He should have told me to protect her from what was coming.

He should have told me that when a darkness crawled towards us, there’d be no safety net.

Now I’ve signed back on to the same Vegas acrobatic show as Baylee, working together for the first time in years. And she tells me that she’s having trouble in a certain “area” of her life — because of our past.

“You can help me fix it,” she says.

And then she hands me a list.

 

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Priest (Priest #1) by Sierra Simone

 

There are many rules a priest can’t break.
A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God.

I’ve always been good at following rules.
Until she came.
My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. I’m twenty-nine years old. Six months ago, I broke my vow of celibacy on the altar of my own church, and God help me, I would do it again.
I am a priest and this is my confession.

 

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Pucked (Pucked #1) by Helena Hunting

 

With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.

Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.

In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.

The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

 

Top 10 Tuesday: Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

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.

ZUZANNA

From: Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
I’d love to see Zuzanna’s take on her crazy life after being thrown into Karou’s world. I also want all the cute photos of her and Mik.

MONTY

From: Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Monty is one of my favorite irreverent characters and being inside of his head in this book was so much fun. I’d love to see his updates, especially since he also leads a pretty adventurous life.

RHEN

From: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Rhen is an interesting mix of low-key sense of humor, but he’s also very broken. I’d totally be here for his dark, but humorous tweets.

HOWL

From: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Howl is one of my favorite characters and he’s so relatable. He’s a bit of a drama queen and I’d so enjoy his overdramatic tweets.

KEANE

From: Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe
Keane has a YouTube channel in his book and his videos sound AMAZING. Also, I’d be waiting for any videos of him dancing 😉

ROSE

From: Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
I feel like Rose’s snark would be so on point. Also, her life (killing Strigoi) would be super interesting… and I’d love any photos of Dimitri she’d post.

VIOLET

From: Pucked by Helena Hunting
Violet is kind of ridiculous, but I’d totally be here for her presence on social.

THE INNER CIRCLE

From: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
I feel like The Inner Circle needs to have their own social media accounts. I’d love to hear from ALL of them.

BETSY

From: Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
Betsy is the girly girl that I am so here for. Her take on becoming a vampire was absolutely hilarious and I’d love to hear about her life and what she thinks of it.

TYLER

From: Misadventures of a College Girl by Lauren Rowe
Tyler is the perfect combination of super charming and charismatic, hilarious, and inspirational. I feel like he’d fill that inspiring quota for my feed.

 

Top 10 Tuesday: The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

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.

I feel like this week’s prompt is going to be detrimental to my well being.

Not to be dramatic or anything.

It’s just that, when I have a book hangover, it hits me HARD. Reliving all of these hangovers is going to be brutal!

The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

These are in order of most recently read.

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#1 Credence by Penelope Douglas
I just finished this book last week for Contemporaryathon and I’m not OK. I knew I was either going to be appalled by it or love it… and I loved it. I. Need. More.
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#2 Behind the Bars (Music Street #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry
I had such a great reading week for Contemporaryathon because this was another book I read and I need more books with this type of sweet, swoony, passionate hero!
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#3 A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
This was such a great YA and it was everything I wanted from it when I read the synopsis originally. I want all of the YA novels I read to live up to this one!
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#4 A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
I have no idea how I’m going to wait for the next book in the series!
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#5 The Gravity of Us (Elements #4) by Brittainy C. Cherry
I need more of this type of grumpy hero in my life. This was my first Brittainy C Cherry and I’ll never be the same again.
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#6 Marriage for One by Ella Maise
This is the first non-Mariana Zapata slow burn chunky romance that hit the spot for me.
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#7 The Simple Wild (The Simple Wild #1) by K.A. Tucker
I haven’t read anything quite like this book since I read it a few months ago. I don’t know if it was just the romance or the combination of the Alaska setting and the love story, but I’m so excited that the next book is coming out soon!
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#8 Infini (Aerial Ethereal #2) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
This was such a fantastic forbidden romance full of all the longing that I love. I had to reread it almost immediately after reading it the first time.
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#9 Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
This book hit me like a freight train. I’d been putting it off for a long time, then I finally picked it up and it swept me away as Colleen Hoover’s best books do.
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#10 Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber
This was the finale I’ve always wanted in any series and I finally got it.
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Mystery Blogger Award

I was tagged by Books are the New Black – if you’re not following her you should be! Thanks, Leslie!

RULES:
  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well (Sorry! I didn’t see the link to the creator anywhere!)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate blogs you love
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)
THREE THINGS ABOUT ME
  1. I am the youngest of four. I have two sisters and an older brother
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  2. My sisters, mom, dad and I are all in a romance book club called Talk Darcy to Me.
  3. My dad loves reading romance novels. His favorite author is Mariana Zapata. He got into reading romance when he was babysitting my youngest a few years ago and randomly took a book off of one of my bookshelves and read it!
LESLIE’S QUESTIONS

What has been a great TV show/Movie that you have recently seen?
I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I do go to the movies whenever there is one out that I really like. I think the most recent one I saw that I really enjoyed was Little Women. I watched the 1949 version of the movie a million times as a kid.

What is winter like where you live?
It’s basically nonexistent LOL! Actually, the weather is usually gorgeous – in the 70s, occasionally dipping down a little lower, but mostly beautiful!

What are your favorite blogging posts to read?
I love favorites lists, recs, and discussion posts the most.

What was your favorite book of 2019?
Finale by Stephanie Garber – it was the best ending to a series I’ve ever read.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The power to heal.

I NOMINATE…

EvelynReads
Confessions of a YA Reader
lilisblissfulpages
SERIESous Book Reviews

MY QUESTIONS
  1. Who are three of your favorite book bloggers?
  2. What are your favorite genres to read?
  3. Where do you purchase the majority of your books?
  4. If you could dream cast the main characters in your favorite book of 2019, who would the actors be?
  5. What is your current favorite song?

50 Bookish Questions

I saw this over on Sahi’s blog, My World of Books, and I thought it looked super fun!

1. What was the last book you read?
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I misread this and thought it said, “what was the BEST book you read” and I almost immediately gave up on answering, because that’s impossible to answer. However, the actual question is much easier.

I reread A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer since it is FINALLY released on audio and I just finished A Heart So Fierce and Broken.

2. Was it a good one?

I loved it just as much the second time as the first.

3. What made it good?

You can read my full review here, but honestly? The characters. The subtleties, the humor, the perfect depiction of The Beast and his sorrows/guilt/regrets.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

As always, I would recommend this to people who I think would enjoy it. For example, I forced my niece to read it because I knew she’d love it. And she did.

5. How often do you read?

Every day 🙂

6. Do you like to read?

I mean… obvi.

7. What was the last bad book you read?
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Hot Doctor by Hope Ford. I read it for the KU Weekend Readathon and it was kind of the worst.

8. What made you dislike it?

All things that made romance short stories bad. No character development, no plot, no point.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

I’d love to be a full time writer.

10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
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As far as writing style, I love Jandy Nelson’s writing in The Sky is Everywhere. Mariana Zapata has some sports romances in which some of the characters are so badass and dedicated to their sport, it inspires me to be more active.

11. Do you read fan-fiction?

I’m not a big fan of it.

12. Do you write fan-fiction?

Nope.

13. What is your favourite book?
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I think I have to go with A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. Sorry. Gotta be that b*tch.

14. What is your least favourite book?
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That I’ve actually finished? Recently? The Kiss Thief by LJ Shen. It just solidified that this author is absolutely not for me. It has the one and only one-star rating I’ve ever given. Usually I will DNF books that I dislike this much, however, I kept waiting for it to redeem itself since so many people like it. And it never did.

15. Do you prefer physical books or reading on a device (like Kindle)?

I love the look and feel of real books, but man, the convenience of a Kindle is so glorious.

16. When did you learn to read?

I have no idea. Probably around 4 or 5 I would assume.

17. What is your favourite book you had to read in school?


As a little kid, I remember I was absolutely taken with The BFG – my teacher read it to us in class. When I was older (in high school), I was so surprised by how much I loved The Great Gatsby.

18. What is your favourite book series?
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Right now it is The Caraval series by Stephanie Garber, but it’s likely the Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer could become my favorite. However, it’s unfinished. But from book one to the last book in the series, Caraval was perfect.

19. Who is your favourite author?

I think I have to look at this as, who consistently writes books that I love, and that would be Mariana Zapata. I’ve read every single one of her books and have loved them all and reread them all multiple times.

20. What is your favourite genre?
Adult contemporary romance.

21. Who is your favourite character from a series?
Rhen. He is, by far, the best beast in any Beauty and the Beast retelling. Also, I just adore his character so much. I want to give him a big hug and tell him that everything is going to be ok.

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
I’m absolutely got swept away in Caraval. (Just as the book warns you not to do!)

23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?
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Mother effer I’m still made about My Name is Memory not having a sequel!

24. Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel?
Honestly? I think the Black Dagger Brotherhood series can stop now, thanks.

25. How long does it take you to read a book?
That depends on so many thing. I’ve finished books in a matter of hours, in a matter of days, or in a matter of weeks.

26. Do you like when books become movies?
I’d much rather books become TV shows because they tend to have more time to develop and include everything.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
(Twilight)

28. Which movie has done the book justice?
The Hunger Games was done pretty well!

29. Do you read newspapers?
Nope.

30. Do you read magazines?
Nope.

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
None.

32. Do you read while in bed?
Every night!

33. Do you read while on the toilet?
Occasionally.

34. Do you read while in the car?
Only audiobooks. Reading in a car makes me nauseated.

35. Do you read while in the bath?
Yes!

36. Are you a fast reader?
I’m fairly fast.

37. Are you a slow reader?
No.

38. Where is your favourite place to read?
My reading chair.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate when you read?
Nope, I can pretty much zone everything out when I read.

40. Do you need a room to be silent when you read?
I actually prefer some noise.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?
My mom is just as obsessed with books as I am. I grew up seeing her with a book anytime she had a moment to sit and relax. She’d never deny me books. She always encouraged my love of reading.

42. What book is next on your list to read?
Eek! I’m not sure. I just started my latest book. It’ll depend on what I’m up for reading when I’m finished.

43. When did you start to read chapter books?
I was pretty young. I think around 6 or 7 I started reading The Babysitter’s Little Sister series and the Goosebump series. Then I graduated to The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High and Fear Street.

44. Who is your favourite children’s author?
RL Stine

45. Which author would you most want to interview?
Brigid Kemmerer just because her book is so fresh in my mind. I want to pick her brain.

46. Which author do you think you would be friends with?
Mariana Zapata seems like so much fun!

47. What book have you reread the most?
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OMG. Probably The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

48. Which books do you consider ‘classics’?
Probably the same as everyone else?

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
I think there are a ton of more modern books that would be worth reading in school.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?
I mean… it depends on the age of the kids in the school. I wouldn’t put a Sierra Simone book in an elementary school. LOL!

Mystery Blogger Award

Hello fellow book lovers!

I haven’t done a tag in a while, so I was excited when I saw that Meghan over at Meghan’s Whimsical Exporations & Reviews tagged me in one! (If you aren’t already following her, make sure you do!)

THE RULES:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. 
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well (This tag was created by Okoto @OkotoEnigmasBlog.)
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Anyway, let’s get to Meghan’s questions!

Mystery Blogger Award

  1. On the spot: favourite book from your favourite genre?
    Omgggg – picking favorite books is always the hardest thing for a bookworm. However, it’s a little easier to narrow down by having it be in your favorite genre. Obviously, my favorite genre is Romance, I’m going to narrow that down to Contemporary Adult Romance. In that category, I think I have to go with The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (followed closely by Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover.)
  2. Favourite book of 2019?
    I’m planning on doing a whole post about my favorite reads of 2019, but holy crap, I haven’t even began to go through all the books I read, yet! I’m not looking forward to having to narrow down that list, I can’t even imagine picking just one! Off the cuff, off the top of my head, I think I’m going to go with Finale by Stephanie Garber. It was by far the best ending to a series I’ve ever read.
  3. Can an author’s reputation affect your thinking about their books? (I like this question so I’m going use it)
    Absolutely. Cancel culture can be very touchy, but some things are unforgivable.
  4. Any end of the year goals you’re striving for?
    Well, book-wise, I definitely am on a mission to reach my 200-book Goodreads goal by reading as many books I already own as possible.
  5. Have you started thinking about your 2020 goals (if you make them)?
    I’ve briefly started thinking about it, but not in-depth enough to make a list just yet! It’s, honestly, a little overwhelming to think about!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Extraordinary Book Titles

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.

Much like book covers, I’m a sucker for a great book title. I’ve been known to pick up a book because of its cover and even because of its title.

I think it takes a special kind of talent to come up with the perfect book title. Too often, I feel like this is overlooked.

The books I’ve listed below are ones that I’ve read, and whether I loved them or not is kind of irrelevant because the books listed below had the perfect titles, not just standalone, but they also were relevant to the story inside in a special way.

 

Extraordinary Book Titles

  1. A Lesson in Thorns
  2. The Enchanted Sonata
  3. Etiquette & Espionage
  4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
  5. Where the Silence Gathers
  6. Atheists Who Kneel and Pray
  7. The Sky is Everywhere
  8. With Visions of Red
  9. The Sun is Also a Star
  10. To Kill a Kingdom