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Top Ten Tuesday: April 11, 2017 – Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

This is actually a really fun concept because I ended up checking out my same post with this topic from three years ago. Here are the books I listed in 2014:

    

    


I’ve read a LOT of different book since 2014. It’s hard to imagine that that was three years ago! I’ll actually still have some of the same selections but there are also a lot of reads that I’ve chosen since then that I really went outside of my comfort zone to read. Here are my selections, three years later: 

The Raven Boys - Maggie Steifvater

THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater | The Raven Cycle is still one of the most unique series I’ve ever read. Is it magical realism? Fantasy? Paranormal? None? All? It’s a little bit of everything with adventure, danger, magic, and love. I still can’t quite describe what transpires in this series but it’s best if you read it yourself anyway!


BONE GAP by Laura Ruby | BONE GAP was another very cool book that blurred a lot of genre lines and there was a VERY interesting concept/twist that I thought was so well done!


A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho | This book was unique in a way that I wouldn’t normally pick out as unique, but it really did grab me with its differences. I liked the placement set back to the 1990s so everything isn’t always in the present-day. I also liked that this wasn’t a typical murder-mystery or thriller. Essentially the “killer” was already revealed and the characters and readers had to decide what they believed and what was true.


YOU by Caroline Kepnes | This book was… messed up. But it was also really interesting! The book is sort of told TO the character who is the love interest (hence, “you”) and the narrator is Joe, who is 100% messed up and yet you almost really start to understand and sympathize.


KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky | So this isn’t 100% unique, no one’s ever done this concept before but I feel like satire and dark comedy isn’t done a lot in YA. It’s unique in the sense that I think not a lot of authors are doing it right now and I really had so much fun with it!


MY LADY JANE by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows | Speaking of satire, this book is more Monty Python meets The Princess Bride and it was HILARIOUS.  Magic meets history meets comedy, and it all just worked.


ILLUMINAE by Aime Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | I mean, have you SEEN these books? They’re the first books I’ve seen to really incorporate so many different forms of “files” (hence the series title) including allllll kinds of artwork. Schematics, doodles, chats, letters, pictures, you name it — it’s in here.


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TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini | I still need to finish this series (maybe the audiobooks are good? Anyone?) but I enjoyed the first book! It actually starts out a little cookie-cutter but I really enjoyed the fanta-sci aspect once I wrapped my brain around it. It was kind of hard to do but also very cool.


MIDWINTERBLOOD by Marcus Sedgwick | This book was beautiful and so incredibly unique. I literally don’t know any other book like it and it’s just one you really have to read to appreciate from start to finish.


WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech | You know what… I’m going to go with an oldie but a goodie. This was one of my FAVORITE books as a kid/pre-teen and I haven’t read anything else that’s given me the feelings that this book has. I re-read as an adult and just SOBBED at the end.


So there are my ten! I actually could keep going but I’ll stop here for now. It’s interesting to see how many different kinds of books I’ve been reading and how my tastes have evolved throughout the years! What are some of your favorite unique reads?

Top Ten Tuesday – April 4, 2017: Ten Grishaverse Candles You Need To Own

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April 4, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was fandom related and with the mention of merch, I immediately went to candles!

The other day for a #bookstagram photo prompt, I ended up photographing my Dregs-inspired candles, which is a lot and a little all at the same time! Leigh Bardugo is one of my favorite authors and so I tend to collect a LOT from her books (other editions, candles, etc) but since I’m candle-crazy, I thought it would be fun to share some that I have and some that I still want! (Because I have to eventually get them all…)


KETTERDAM | In the Wick of Time 

This Ketterdam candle smells like the wafting coffee scents from the Crow Club to entice people inside. I own a mini version of this and it’s delicious!! Plus that label is gorgeous. I definitely need to own more candles from Kaylan’s shop!


MAKE ME YOUR VILLAIN | Icey Designs

Ugh, look how gorgeous. These candle labels are seriously to die for! There are so many Dregs/Six of Crows candles out there now that I’m still looking for more Grisha Trilogy candles to add to my collection too.


NO MOURNERS, NO FUNERALS | Lumiere Candle Shop

I’ve had my eye on this one since this shop opened but still haven’t shelled out the money for it yet. I love the darkness and the crows on the label. Let’s be honest, the book it was inspired by and the label are a vast majority of why I buy a candle!


KAZ | Seven Hearts Wax Co

I always need more Kaz and this candle looks divine! I love this candle shop too — I have one inspired by Ollivander’s and can’t wait to get more! This one is definitely on my list.


KAZ BREKKER | A Court of Candles

I recently did a candle exchange with Nali from A Court of Candles and I’m so glad I did! She actually sent me minis of Kaz AND Inej so now I have TWO more candles for my collection!!


KAZ | Wick and Fable

Wick and Fable has some gorgeous label images and I love this smoky crow for Kaz. I recently purchased one their monthly boxes and was so impressed! I definitely want to try some more candles from this shop.


MATTHIAS | Nerdwicks

Matthias is pretty much my favorite character in the Dregs duology. I loved him from the first book and need all the Matthias candles!


MALYEN ORETSEV | Fragranced Fandoms

I love that Fragranced Fandoms makes a Mal candle! I’m not personally a shipper of Alina with The Darkling and I’m a sucker for friends-to-more romances so I may need this Mal-inspired candle!


HEARTRENDER | Meraki Candles

Meraki Candles has an amazing selection of the candles of my heart. Look at this gorgeous Heartrender candle!! And it has a waffle on it! Ugh, I just love it.


DIRTYHANDS | The Melting Library

Raquel from The Melting Library has so many ingenuous candles and Dirtyhands was actually the first candle that I got of hers that wasn’t included in a subscription box. I love the way it reminds me of Kaz and has a little bit of a masculine scent on top of the scents as a whole. They blend together really well!


THE WRAITH | Novelly Yours Candles

And of course, I can’t leave you without a plug for my own candle shop. (Maybe only a little bit sorry.) I wanted to come up with a candle that was unique and there weren’t any Inej candles out there when I came up with The Wraith! Inej doesn’t really have a scent since she is the Wraith and all so I selected the scents from the story from her childhood. They were actually inspired by her mother but they’re all of Inej’s favorite scents so they combine for a lovely soft, floral and earthy mix in this candle.


Which fandom candles are you dying to own? As if I wasn’t already series-obsessed, these candles really bring each series to life even more and as long as these shops keep making them, I will keep buying them for my collections!

Top Ten Tuesday – March 28, 2017: Ten Authors I’ve Been Lucky Enough to Meet

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
March 28, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was things about meeting authors so I chose to talk about some of the amazing authors that I’ve been fortunate enough to meet! 

Let’s brag about Anderson’s Bookshop for a second, shall we? They’re my local indie (I frequent the Naperville, IL location but they also have stores in Downers Grove, IL and now LaGrange, IL) and they KILL IT with events! I first discovered them through the blogging world and ended up going to my very first Fierce Reads tour (well, really first author even EVER) on a whim and it was all downhill from there. They’ve brought sooooo many amazing authors to town and I’ve met most of my favorites through them!

I’ve also got to meet quite a few amazing authors at events like BEA and ALA. It’s always such a whirlwind because sometimes signings go by so fast or events are full of bloggers and authors so you try to talk to literally everyone there… But it’s so amazing to be able to mingle with your rockstar authors!


MARISSA MEYER

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Obviously, Marissa Meyer is at the top of my list. I first met her when I was asked to moderate (!!!) the Fierce Reads even in 2014 and I was SO. NERVOUS. She was so amazingly sweet and kind enough to sign all of my many copies of her books. I got to see her again for the WINTER release and again at BEA 2016! She’s always so wonderful to talk to (and I hope I don’t scare her TOO much).

LEIGH BARDUGO

You think Leigh Bardugo is tired of seeing me yet? I just love every time I get to see her! She’s so funny, down-to-earth, clever, and an awesome lady all around. She actually recognizes me when we meet now (gosh, is that a good thing or a bad thing? I’m floored) and she’ll always be a favorite author of mine in so many ways, only one of which is that she was at my very first ever author event!

MAGGIE STIEFVATER

Maggie Stiefvater is AWESOME. I’ve only gotten to see her once (I saw her walk by at BEA but didn’t go to her signing since I already had The Raven King) and she was funny, unique, and amazing. I hope she comes to town again for future tours!! I need to see her again!

GAYLE FORMAN

I’ve actually met Gayle Forman twice now but failed to take a picture with her both times. Once was at Anderson’s YA lit conference and the second was at BEA 2016, but the signing lines went so fast that I felt bad asking to take photos! The Anderson’s YA lit conference was really what started my collection of her books because I forgot to bring my copies so I bought new ones while I was there but then couldn’t bear to get rid of the other ones! So I kept them all and started collecting.

BRANDON SANDERSON

I didn’t realize that I met Brandon Sanderson twice but looking back, now I remember! I was basically tongue-tied both times I met him and tried to come up with interesting conversation. I asked him his advice for which of his books I should start next but what does it really matter because I’m binge-reading them all anyway! (I did take his advice though.)

EMERY LORD

I adore Emery Lord and her books so it was so excited to finally meet her!! She came to town on a Bloomsbury tour and I also got to have dinner with the authors! Man, I had a hard time playing it cool. I was so excited to be around some of my favorites, especially Emery!

ROBIN LAFEVERS

His Fair Assassin is still one of my favorite series out there and I was so excited to meet Robin LaFevers many years back! It was so exciting to meet her and hear some fun and exciting things about her writing process and history on her books.

LAUREN OLIVER

It was a DREAM meeting Lauren Oliver! DELIRIUM was one of my first YA books and I read her series when I was obsessed with dystopian. She read a passage from her book during the event and she used my book to read out of. I died a little.

ERICA O’ROURKE

Erica is local to Chicago and I picked up one of her books BECAUSE she was going to be at an event and I looooved it! I’ve gotten to meet up with her a few times and it’s been too long since our last encounter! I can’t wait to read her latest adult mystery novel and I need to backtrack and read her earlier series too!

MEG CABOT

Meg Cabot was one of the authors who got me back into reading and I got to meet her at ALA!!! It was so, so surreal. Like usually, I had no idea what to say.

CARY ELWES

Okay, so this was more celebrity encounter than “author I wanted to meet” but he was appearing at BEA as an author and OMG I GOT TO MEET WESTLEY.


Which authors have you been most honored to meet? Who else is on your bucket list? I still can’t wait to meet Kasie West someday!!

Top Ten Tuesday – February 28, 2017: Favorite #bookstagram Photos of Mine

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
February 28, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was a freebie!

I always come up with these great ideas for some freebies or variations on topics with the best intentions like bookish infographics or the best #bookstagram photos out there! But I neglected to save all of the cool infographics I’ve come across and aside from the fact that I haven’t saved Instagram photos from other accounts, there’s no way I could pick ten favorites from all of the amazingly talented people out there! So once again, we end up viewing personal favorites from my own collection.

I’ve been getting more and more into taking those neat #bookstagram photos and it’s interesting to see how things have come along over the years! Photos that I was proud of last year look totally horrible to me now and I feel like I’ve really worked on my lighting and props to come up with some really solid photos. I’m not photographer and I don’t have the skills that some other bookstagrammers do but I’m pretty proud of some of these photos! I picked my top ten favorites from my Instagram account to share today. (In order from most recent told oldest, for convenience.)

LUNARTIC SHELFIE | January 13, 2017
I had finally gotten around to taking a new selfie after the addition of HEARTLESS and special Owlcrate edition of HEARTLESS… but it’s already outdated because I’ve since added WIRES AND NERVE to my Marissa Meyer collection! OH DARN going to have to take another one…

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SIMON TEEN ON THE SCENE | December 24, 2016
Simon Teen sent this AWESOME blogger package and I was thrilled to receive these books AND a mug! I really liked the way this photo turned out as far as lighting went and I think it looks nice in more muted tones instead of amping up the saturation. I also loved the pop of the plaid scarf for some reason!

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CARAVAL, COFFEE, AND COOKIES | November 12, 2016
I did it for the ‘gram when I set up this photo while on vacation and bought two more macarons just so I could get the fancy box for my Instagram photo. What can I say… their packaging totally succeed in getting me to buy more! They were all delicious and to this day, I still miss them and want more. I was reading CARAVAL while in Salem with my BFFs (and I also miss this whole trip to this day because it was glorious) and this all came together for an interesting photo that’s apparently pretty popular on Tumblr.

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HALLOWEEN AND SERIAL KILLERS | October 31, 2016
I got to interview STALKING JACK THE RIPPER author Kerri Maniscalco for our Fortnight of Fright blog event and so naturally, I had to take another photo of her book with the Foggy Knight candle! The lighting on this one highlighted the blood splatter so beautifully and I love it so.

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AN ABUNDANCE OF CINDERS | August 29, 2016
I added some new versions of CINDER to my Lunar Chronicles collection and I had to snap a photo of them! I was too tired to drag the whole collection out so I just grabbed all of the copies of CINDER I had instead!

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THE SUN SHINES ON THE SHELFIE | August 21, 2016
This was the first FULL shelfie I had taken in a while and the sun left a night highlight in the middle. It’s hard to get the whole bookcase in one shot and I liked the way this one turned out!

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A STACK OF THRONES | August 6, 2016
This photo isn’t very complicated but sometimes those simple, clean photos are the best. I simply stacked my mass markets of A Song of Ice and Fire, popped some color in, and added a candle to complete the scene!

MY SORCERER’S STONE | July 30, 2016
I used a prompt from a photo challenge to come up with this photo. It was a “House Cup” challenge, so I represented my house of Ravenclaw and the other part of the prompt was “Horcruxes versus Hallows”. Secret? My husband and I both had rock collections when we were kids and we both still have them haha! So I went into the basement to sort through our rocks to find one that was Sorcerer’s Stone-appropriate and this was what I got! Also, have you ever included your hand in a photo? Whether it’s holding a stone or a mug, it’s REALLY hard to get your fingers to cooperate and look delicate instead of clunky and awkward.

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ANGRY IN NANTUCKET | May 27, 2016
This was another photo prompt for some underrated reads and I chose books by Louise Rozett and Leila Howland. Another simple, clean photo turned out be one of my favorites.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | May 12, 2016
This photo was a totally random moment that I took after a day on the floor of BEA 2016. I had just stacked up my books on the bed to assess what I had picked up and was chilling out with my delicious Starbucks when I decided to snap a photo of my current view because it looked like the perfect photo opp. I think all I did was make sure the coffee was at a good angle and move that clutch further into the photo frame to round it out and it turned out pretty awesome! I think this is actually the Instagram photo of mine with the most likes ever. Go figure!

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Are you a bookstagrammer? Do you take the time to set up photos or is it just more work than it’s worth for you?

Top Ten Tuesday – February 21, 2017: Ten Black Sheep Moments

 

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February 21, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was Ten Books I Loved More/Less Than I Thought I Would and I opted to share my black sheep moments!

I feel like more and more lately I’ve become the black sheep on so many popular books. My best friends loved them. The general population loved them. They’re incredible well-rated books. There the most popular books in the country right now… But they’re just not the books for me.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic prompted a sharing of books that we loved more or less than we thought we would and I wanted to share some of those black sheep moments that I’ve had, whether recently or in the past. Some of these may shock you. Some of these may cause you to unfriend me or throw your books at me or jump up and down screaming “How could you possibly think that!?” but you know… finding a fellow black sheep is kind of an amazing feeling. I try not to dwell on a negative opinion but when I find someone else who’s in the incredibly small portion of people who didn’t like a popular book, I immediately stop by and say, “Hey, me too!”

So after babbling on and on (maybe I’m just delaying it because of fear of all the judging that is about to happen!), here are my Top Ten Black Sheep Books!


AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir
Goodreads average rating: 4.32 stars | My rating: DNF

Ummmm yeahhhhhh. I didn’t finish this one. I started listening on audio WITH TWO OF MY FAVORITE NARRATORS and was bored and annoyed and felt like the book wasn’t doing anything new. Prophecies, blah. It was too perfect and too convenient. I tried picking up my ARC and just couldn’t get into it. Meh. | My Review


THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
Goodreads average rating: 4.28 stars | My rating: 3 stars

the fault in our stars tfios

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is the highest-rated book on my “black sheep” books list. I had never read a John Green book before this and everyone raaaaved how much they loved it so obviously I had very high hopes! What I found was just… not the best. The teens were way too well-spoken (like more than adults EVER are) and the conversations just felt unrealistic and pretentious. It was my first John Green book and I haven’t really found one since that I loved. | My Review


THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis
Goodreads average rating: 4.27 stars | My rating: 3 – 3.5 stars

I guess this was more of a black sheep book in the sense that I was left confused in so many ways on how I felt about it. Main character Alex was emotionally cold and closed-off and yet she was extremely over-feeling. The ending of the book infuriated me and yet it was also kind of the only way it could end. Things like that left me with an overall feeling of confusion. I was totally on board with the overall message and the fact that McGinnis didn’t shy away from sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll (okay, or just sex and drugs). But I also really, really didn’t like the unnecessary involvement of animal abuse. If it needed to be included, it could have been for a plot point and instead, there was no point to it. | My Review


THE GOOSE GIRL by Shannon Hale
Goodreads average rating: 4.18 stars | My rating: 2 stars

I read this with Alyssa and Amy as an On the Same Page buddy read because it was one of Amy’s favorite books and… I was surprised she didn’t ditch me because of my feelings on the book. I actually *whispers almost inaudibly* kiiiind of skimmed the end? I don’t know why but I just could not get into this book. It just wasn’t my thing. | My Review


CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Goodreads average rating: 4.15 stars | My rating: 3 stars

CARAVAL was a good example of one of those horrible, horrible black sheep moments. The one where I’m SURE I’ll love the book. The moment where I’m so confident that I break my rule of getting ARCs (much less books) personalized and save my extra manuscript copy (which has now gone to a good home) because I don’t want to get rid of them, just in case I need them for a future collection. Instead, it’s goodbye spare copies and I don’t even want a finished copy. I was really disappointed in CARAVAL. It was entertaining enough but I don’t understand what people saw in it. The world was too all-over-the-place, I hated the sister relationship, and the ending was crap. The imagery was amazingly gorgeous and the boy was swoony but that wasn’t enough to save the book for me. If anyone needs an ARC and you don’t mind my name in it… I won’t need it! | My Review


UPROOTED by Naomi Novik
Goodreads average rating: 4.14 stars | My rating: 2.5 – 3 stars

 

This was another book that I read with Alyssa and Amy that they loved and I didn’t (seriously, why are they still friends with me?) but at least I was able to pinpoint that it was a style clash with me. I don’t need all action all the time to enjoy a book but the pacing in UPROOTED felt slow and detailed and I just had a really hard time pushing through it. I ended up speed-reading (aka skimming) parts until I came around to a bit more going on in the end. When it came down to it, it was just a style issue for me.


KIDS OF APPETITE by David Arnold
Goodreads average rating: 4.08 stars | My rating: 3 stars

I didn’t end up reading MOSQUITOLAND before I read KIDS OF APPETITE but I had heard nothing but good things for David Arnold’s book! I had also met him a year or two ago and he was just such a wonderful person… But I really didn’t enjoy KIDS OF APPETITE. Again, it was a style thing for the most part, combined with a bit too much repetition (I don’t ever want to hear the word “racehorse” again). Something about it just wasn’t for me and it actually kind of reminded me of John Green’s books which as we know from this post are not really for me. | My Review


 

SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi
Goodreads average rating: 4.02 stars | My rating: DNF

Shatter Me

This book should have been so me in concept, especially around the time when it came out… but I just could not stand the writing. All the strikethroughs drove me nuts and I just had a really hard time reading it. I eventually gave up and despite the awesome ratings, never felt the pull to come back to it.


TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard
Goodreads average rating: 3.94 stars | My rating: 2 stars

I spent WEEKS reading TRUTHWITCH. I just could not get into it. This had the makings of a perfect Brittany book but it just did not come together for me. For starters, I started with the audio and hated the narrator. Like one of the worst narrators I have ever, ever listened to. Everything was overacted and just not in line with the character personalities. BUT that problem is easily solved — I just switched to my print copy… which I had purchased so I could keep reading. And still took weeks to finish it. I just wanted so, so much more from the world-building, from the romance, and even from the friendship. I just didn’t feel any of it jiving… not to mention it was hyped up in SEPTEMBER allllllll the way until January when it was released. That’s way too much hype. | My review


THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake
Goodreads average rating: 3.86 stars | My rating: 3 stars

This one doesn’t seem too bad from Goodreads average rating to my own rating but SO many of my friends gave this four stars and a lot of them gave it five “this book is amazing” stars. I… didn’t get it. The pacing was slow, which in retrospect was in part because it was the first in a series which Goodreads had not noted when I first picked it up so I thought I was reading a stand alone. How. Killer. Then again, even if I had known I was reading the first in a series, it still would have been slow. The world was interesting and I loved getting to know the three queen sisters and yet I was still missing so much. I wanted a lot more depth from each girl and I felt like not a whole lot happened until the very end and things got good on like, the last page! Plus there was a very dumb love triangle that felt totally unnecessary and I hated it (and love triangles usually don’t bother me). I don’t know if I’ll keep reading the series, mostly because I’m mad at it. | My Review


Those are my big, old black sheep books! (Please don’t yell at me!) So fellow black sheep… let’s unite! I know these are big fan-favorites among many but I want to hear from the fellow black sheep on these. Who else is out there!?

Top Ten Tuesday – February 14, 2017: Friends-to-More Romance

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February 14, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was All About X Romance/Trope! I have so many favorites but friends-to-more is one of my top choices for romance!  

The Friends-to-More romance is one of my favorite tropes! Whether it’s best friends who have known each other for a long time or two recent friends who start to have feelings for each other, I just love the trope in any way! I’ve created a few posts about it including the Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend post (both one and two) and I started compiling a Comprehensive List for my favorite trope, which I hope to keep updated the more books I find that fit the list! Here are a few of my favorites for today’s Top Ten Tuesday!

ON THE FENCE by Kasie West  | Goodreads | Amazon

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS is my go-to for this trope but you know what… I MAY love the romance in ON THE FENCE even more. Dare I say it? ANNA will still be my top contemp but I just love this one from Kasie West!


ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins | Goodreads | Amazon

My top contemporary booooook! I’m sure if you’ve been on my blog, you know everything that I have to say on this.


The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas | Goodreads | Amazon

Titus and Iolanthe!!!! They became an instant OTP as soon as I started reading this series. Gah, I just love them in every way.


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EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway | Goodreads | Amazon

I haven’t read many books that are childhood friends reuniting after being apart for a long time and this story from Robin Benway was touching, swoony, and serious all at the same time!


Shadow and Bone

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo |  Goodreads | Amazon

I was one person who did not ship Alina and the Darkling in this series. I was more more Alina/Mal, especially towards the end of the series! They were just MEANT to be together!


The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins |  Goodreads | Amazon

The romance is actually my least favorite part of this entire series but I was way more Team Gale than I ever was Team Peeta! I’m just a sucker for that best-friends-to-more.


The Raven Boys - Maggie Steifvater

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater |  Goodreads | Amazon

Basically this whole series is friends-to-more, and kind of in more than one way. I love the all encompassing friendships and romances here!


When Joss Met Matt Eliie Cahill Liz Czukas

WHEN JOSS MET MATT by Ellie Cahill |  Goodreads | Amazon

Funny, adorable, sexy, and swoony — I fell head over heels for WHEN JOSS MET MATT and if you’re looking for a good New Adult book, you totally need to read this one!


Say whaaaat? This is all I have for friends-to-more!? Tell me what other books you loved featuring this trope!

 

Top Ten Tuesday – January 31, 2017: All About the Visuals

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
January 31, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was All About the Visuals

So this topic was meant to be about things like graphic novels, comics, or picture books but to be honest… I really don’t read any of those! I tried to come up with something visual and I wanted to go look for book-related graphics and just didn’t do a good enough job of pinning them on my Pinterest account sooooo. I apologize in advance but I’m sharing the graphics that I’ve made for my blog instead! I hope it doesn’t feel too self-promo like BUT it’s also a fun time to share some older posts with graphics that some new blog followers may not have seen or things that just got lost along the way!


One of my favorite graphics series is the collection of “If You Liked…” posts! I select a book (or sometimes TV show, in the case of Gilmore Girls) and pick book recommendations based off of it! I’m SUPER picky about my book recommendations and sometimes they do venture a little off base if you don’t know where I’m going with them so I have full explanations down below the graphic in each post too!

My very first graphics that I ever started was a series that I cleverly (or maybe just a bad pun) called The Book Addict’s GUIDE and I picked a topic to recommend my favorite books! These were less read alikes, more just my favorites in a particular topic! The first ones are SUPER old and so outdated (like omg, four years by now) so start with the later ones (end of the list) if you want better graphics and more recent recommendations!

My last set of graphics that I do on my blog are all on the older side since I haven’t run and polls or surveys in forever! They were so much fun but gathering all of that data, sorting, adding, and then setting it all up in a graphic of my own design was a lot of work!! I would love to do one again but I don’t see it happening any time soon!

 


 Do you do any graphics for your blog or any social media? If you enjoy any of these series, let me know if there’s something you want to see! I’m always looking for ideas!