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

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated by the wonderful Brittany at Perfectly Tolerable. Thank you for the nomination, my love!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to them
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions
  • Notify the nominees by commenting or pinging back to one of their blog posts
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

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Goodreads Recs: To Read or Not to Read Book Tag

Hey there booklovers!

A few months ago, I created this tag and I thought I’d resurrect it once again. I may actually do this somewhat regularly, and I thought, this time, I’d tag some friends, too!

Because I’m SURE we all need MORE books on our TBR, right? /sarcasm

 

Here are the ‘rules’:

  1. Link back to Bree @ In Love & Words
  2. Look at your Goodreads Recommendations (Goodreads>Browse > Recommendations)
  3. Choose a shelf (To-Read, Read, etc.)
  4. Pick at least 3 of the recommended books
  5. Share the synopsis and covers of each book
  6. Add the “Recommended because I added _____ ” section (change to “list” view and hover over “Because you added…”)
  7. Decide whether or not you’re going to add it to your TBR
  8. Explain why or why not
  9. Tag at least 3 friends

 

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3 Day Lyrical Challenge: Day 3

Welcome back to Day 3 of my 3 Day Lyrical Challenge!

I was tagged in this challenge by three of my all-time favorite bloggers: Thrice Read, Discerning Couch Potato, and Whit Reads Lit. Thank you my lovely friends!


The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share one of your favorite songs/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  • Nominate three other bloggers each day.

 

I decided to break this challenge up into three different types of songs: 

  1. Day One: Love song lyrics
  2. Day Two: Inspirational song lyrics
  3. Day Three: Breakup song lyrics

 

Whether you like Fall Out Boy or not, it’s hard to deny that they have some of the best lyrics of all time – particularly their break up songs.

This one happens to be one of the most brutal breakup songs I’ve ever heard, absolutely filled with some of the most satisfying insults LOL!

I present to you…

My Heart is the Worst Kind of Weapon by Fall Out Boy

Spent most of last night
Dragging this lake
For the corpses of all my past mistakes
Sell me out, the jokes on you
We are salt and you are the wound
Empty another bottle
And let me tear you to pieces
This is me wishing you into the worst situations
I’m the kind of kid that can’t let anything go
But you wouldn’t know a good thing
If it came up and slit your throat
Whoa, whoa
Ooh
Whoa, whoa
Your remorse hasn’t fallen on deaf ears
Rather ones that just don’t care
‘Cause I know that you’re in between arms somewhere
Next to heartbeats
Where you shouldn’t dare sleep
Now, I’ll teach you a lesson
For keeping secrets from me
Take your taste, back
Peel back your skin
And try to forget how it feels inside
You should try saying “No once in a while”
“Oh once in a while”
Take your taste, back
Peel back your skin
And try to forget how it feels inside
You should try saying “No once in a while”
“Oh once in a while”
And did you hear the news?
I could dissect you
And gut you on this stage
Not as eloquent as I may have imagined
But it will get the job done
And you’re done
Every line is plotted and designed to leave you
Standing on your bedroom window’s ledge
And everyone else
That it hits, that it gets to
Is nothing more than collateral damage
Take your taste, back
Peel back your skin
And try to forget how it feels inside
You should try saying “No once in a while”
“Oh once in a while”
Take your taste, back
Peel back your skin
And try to forget how it feels inside
You should try saying “No once in a while”
“Oh once in a while”

Tag, You’re It!

YOU! If you’d like to do this challenge, either the way I’ve done it or your own way, please do!

3 Day Lyrical Challenge: Day 2

Welcome back to Day 2 of my 3 Day Lyrical Challenge!

I was tagged in this challenge by three of my all-time favorite bloggers: Thrice Read, Discerning Couch Potato, and Whit Reads Lit. Thank you my lovely friends!

 


The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share one of your favorite songs/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  • Nominate three other bloggers each day.

 

I decided to break this challenge up into three different types of songs: 

  1. Day One: Love song lyrics
  2. Day Two: Inspirational song lyrics
  3. Day Three: Breakup song lyrics

I’m not brave enough to say these are my favorite love song lyrics, but they are most certainly up there… definitely Top 3.

Sarah Bareilles, like Jason Mraz, has such a beautiful way with words and music. I just love how uplifting this song is!

I present to you…

Brave by Sarah Bareilles

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
And they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave
Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run
Stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
Innocence, your history of silence
Won’t do you any good
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Tag, You’re It!

I know I’m late to the game on this one, so feel free to skip if you’ve already done it or don’t feel like it.

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3-Day Lyrical Challenge: Day 1

Hey there fellow book lovers! I hope the new year is treating you well so far. It’s been lovely for me the past few days.

I was tagged in this challenge by three of my all-time favorite bloggers: Thrice Read, Discerning Couch Potato, and Whit Reads Lit. Thank you my lovely friends!

(PS – it was through this tag that I found out Whitney from Whit Reads Lit is an insanely talented musician! Go check out her music!)


The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share one of your favorite songs/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  • Nominate three other bloggers each day.

I’m a huge fan of great lyrics in songs, so narrowing it down to three is going to be incredibly hard for me!

I decided to break this challenge up into three different types of songs: 

  1. Day One: Love song lyrics
  2. Day Two: Inspirational song lyrics
  3. Day Three: Breakup song lyrics

I’m not brave enough to say these are my favorite love song lyrics, but they are most certainly up there… definitely Top 3.

Not only is this one of my all-time favorite love songs, but it’s sung by one of my all-time favorite singer/songwriters and I love the song as a whole.

I think it’s gorgeous and soothing and the wordplay in the lyrics are so poetic. I bow down to Jason Mraz’s lyrical abilities. I love when writers do this whether it’s in poetry, lyrics, or prose.

I present to you…

Sleeping to Dream by Jason Mraz

I’m dreaming of sleeping next to you
I’m feeling like a lost little boy in a brand new town
I’m counting my sheep and
each one that passes is another dream to ashes 
and they all fall down
And as I lay me down tonight
I close my eyes, what a beautiful sight
I’m sleeping to dream about you
I’m so damn tired of having to live without you
But I, I don’t mind
I’m sleeping to dream about you, I’m so tired
Oh, yes I am
I found myself in the riches your eyes, your lips, your hair
you were everywhere, out there
But I woke up in the ditches
I hit the light and I thought you might be here
but you were nowhere
Oh, love, you were nowhere at home
And as I lay me back to sleep
This love I pray that I can keep
Sleeping to dream about you
I’m so damn tired of having to live without you
But I, I don’t mind
I’m sleeping to dream about you, I’m so tired
This is just a little a lullaby to keep myself from crying myself a little lullaby to keep, keep my eyes from always crying, this is just a little lullaby, I’m trying to keep myself from falling asleep, sleep. It’s just a little lullaby so I don’t cry myself to sleep at night
Sleeping to dream about you
I’m so damn tired of having to live without you
But I, I don’t mind
I’m sleeping to dream about you, I’m so tired
I’m so tired

Tag, You’re It!

I know I’m late to the game on this one, so feel free to skip if you’ve already done it or don’t feel like it.

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