Category: Book Lists

Adult Fiction Reads on my Radar (2)

Posted March 22, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 6 Comments
Adult Fiction Reads on my Radar (2)

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I have been reaching for the adult contemporary fiction books lately. I always used to add them to my TBR based on some of my favorite bloggers’ recs but I would never actually sit and read them. (Evidence of this? Since the last version of this post, I read a whopping ZERO of the books I highlighted, so please come punch me in the face.) Here are some adult fiction books I plan to read sometime!    The Antiques by Kris D’Agostino /// The plot feels very similar to Reunion, but I hope it turns out a little better for me! I love learning about the different family dynamics and drama that happens when people reunite. I almost picked it up at the library a few weeks ago but I had a bad feeling it’d sit there unread. Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan /// This title is a tongue twister, lol. This is a very love triangley book but I like the sound of it! Sometimes you can’t help how you feel about people and this book seems to explore what happens when certain lines get crossed. The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner /// I love books set on Cape Cod, so this book has that going for it right off the bat. When the MC’s life starts falling apart, a woman who is apparently her half-sister whisks her away to a B&B on the Cape. She meets new family members and […]

Recent Read-Bait: Carnivals, Disappearances, and Lottery/Riches

Posted March 10, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 10 Comments
Recent Read-Bait: Carnivals, Disappearances, and Lottery/Riches

You may remember my read-bait series from a long time ago, where I talked about certain keywords, phrases, and tropes that call my name. I planned to keep going with these posts because there are many, many topics that suck me right in. My two recent posts discussed reunions, memory loss, and boarding school, then fake dating, bucket lists, and family drama. Here I am today to talk about recent words that have grabbed me…I originally made up a whole post about circus-related books but I really couldn’t come up with enough content. I love the magical feel of the carnival (especially in books, because there’s usually real magic involved). Caraval by Stephanie Garber sealed the deal for me when I read it over the summer. I’ve added so many books to my TBR involving carnivals of some kind. I’m not one for mystery/thriller books usually because I get creeped out easily but I’ve been trying to expand my horizons. I thought The Leaving by Tara Altebrando was super interesting – not perfect – and it made me want to add more to my TBR. There are quite a few books in this “disappearance” category. Something about a person going away/being kidnapped and, in some cases, coming back, really intrigue me because I’m left wondering what happened in the interim! And finally, this makes an appearance again as an old, resurfaced favorite: rich people. I used to read all the classic rich, boarding school stories when I was younger. In this […]

March TBR

Posted February 27, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 14 Comments
March TBR

I used to be terrible at sticking to TBR lists because of mood reading, but I’ve been getting much better at it lately! I want to make TBR lists for each month as a separate post, and hopefully you guys can help me narrow down some choices with a little poll at the bottom too. Here are some options for this month! February Progress     For my first TBR post, I’m actually pretty impressed with myself! Out of the 9 books I shared for February, I read 4 of them! I focused on KISS CAM for Valentine’s Day feels, FROST LIKE NIGHT for book club, REUNION as an audiobook selection, and THE FORGETTING from my TBR poll at the bottom. On Deck for March Lots o’ ARCs – Kindle Edition      The Football Girl / Done Dirt Cheap / Secrets of a Reluctant Princess I’m not sure why I let my review copies get out of control, but good lord! I hope to get ahead on reviews by getting through some March/April releases ASAP. This includes the three books above. All of them are waiting on my Kindle, ready to be read. I hope to keep three books going at once (audio, physical/ARC, and ebook/eARC) so I can crank through more books depending on my mood. I’m really excited about all three of these! Lots o’ ARCs – Borrowed Edition    What to Say Next / Changes in Latitude / Hello, Sunshine I still have a handful of books to read from Marg, but two of […]

February TBR

Posted January 30, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 20 Comments
February TBR

I used to be terrible at sticking to TBR lists because of mood reading, but I’ve been getting much better at it lately! I want to make TBR lists for each month as a separate post, and hopefully you guys can help me narrow down some choices with a little poll at the bottom too. Here are some options for this month! On Deck for February… Contemporaries for Valentine’s Day Feels     Kiss Cam / 26 Kisses / Seven Days of You These books have been on my TBR forever and two of them are even old ARCs that I should probbbbably read. I love the kissy covers and the romance plots for these! I think it’ll be nice to do a little contemporary binge in the middle of the month for Valentine’s Day. I’ll probably find another to toss in there too but who knows. I think that KISS CAM at the very least is a priority for me. My sister recently read 26 KISSES and wasn’t a huge fan. I’ve had a copy of SEVEN DAYS OF YOU for a very long time and would like to read it in time for a release week review. It seems so cute! I love reading about a different international setting than Europe. Fantasies for Winter Hibernation    Crooked Kingdom / Empire of Storms / Frost Like Night I want to get some of these fantasy series cracking (and finished, in two cases here). I recently acquired all of these books through […]

Cover Love for 2017 Releases

Posted January 13, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 13 Comments
Cover Love for 2017 Releases

Part three of my incredibly-random-usually-once-a-year feature is here! (Check out parts one and two if you’re so inclined.) I wanted to focus on some of my favorite covers of upcoming releases for 2017. I’ve shared bits and pieces of them throughout the year in other situations, but here’s a roundup in my usual format. No links because there’s too many, but enjoy regardless! 😉 Check the link below to see them on my GR shelf. From my Cover Love shelf on Goodreads  Which are your favorites? I can’t resist Jupiter Lemon’s and seriously can’t stop talking about that book for some reason. I hope it lives up to my lofty expectations at this point!

Books to Reread in 2017

Posted January 4, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 27 Comments
Books to Reread in 2017

I always have grand plans to reread ALL THE BOOKS but it almost never happens. The only reason I had a decent amount in 2016 is because I binge-listened to A Series of Unfortunate Events, reread the first two books in the Secrets of my Hollywood Life series (each book in one day, because they’re so short and easy!), finished my Harry Potter reread with book seven, and reread Before I Fall for book club. So, in other words, there were a lot of easy audios and quick 200-page books! I mentioned in my 2017 Resolutions post that I plan to restart my Nostalgia Project by rereading and finishing off old series, as well as rereading more in general. I’m not sure what I’ll complete for that project but I know I’d like to reread some of these old favorites in 2017. Here’s my reread TBR! I’ll always fondly remember reading Anna and the French Kiss – and the two companions, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After – because it was a part of the first blogging event I actually participated in, and brought me to some of my FAVORITE people. These books were such quick reads and incredibly adorable. I read all of them within three weeks the first time, but I’d love to read them back-to-back-to-back at some point in 2017. I started rereading Sarah Dessen books over the past two years, but kept saving some of my all-time favorites for […]

2017 Resolutions

2017 Resolutions

Last year we had a TTT for our resolutions and even though there isn’t one this year, I knew I had to make one myself. It turned into a fairly important set of goals for me in 2016. I ended up revisiting those goals/resolutions throughout the year and actually did a great job of keeping up with them! I’m actually not a big New Years person. Time and dates are completely arbitrary. I don’t make personal resolutions and don’t really think of the new year as a “fresh start.” However, for the blog (and for a couple of personal things!) I like the idea of setting goals in January because it gives you a concrete timeline of when to finish them. This year, I did keep similar resolutions in some places and just edited them a little bit more. Otherwise, these are brand new! Read less… and give myself time to focus on other hobbies ///  This goal is actually the same from last year, except I plan to reduce my goal even more and see where I end up. I averaged 11-12 books per month in 2016, which is down from the 14-15 per month in 2015. That’s good! I had a reading slump and was totally burned out by October, so I had no motivation anymore. I want to avoid that even further this year. I hope to expand this a little bit by also limiting audiobooks. I don’t want to always have one going, so I can enjoy podcasts and other […]

Books and Movies with Similar Premises

Posted December 26, 2016 / Book Lists, Features / 5 Comments
Books and Movies with Similar Premises

When I sat down to write my list of 2017 releases I was looking forward to, I realized there were a lot of books that had similar premises to moves I once watched and loved. Books are constantly getting turned into movies and movies will keep coming out with sequels – long past their prime – because it can definitely be hard to have a completely unique idea now. There’s so much content all the time and I LOVE IT. You have no idea how excited I was to read these books synopses and say “hey, that sounds like [insert movie name here]!” If I enjoyed the movie and the idea behind it, you bet your ass I’ll read a book with a similar premise. I’ll be featuring upcoming books and the movies I thought of (purely based on the synopsis), as well as one book I read that reminds me of a TV series miniseries I’m in the middle of. To be clear: I’m not saying any of these books copied the movies or that they’re “retellings” in YA form. I’m just saying that the premises sound similar enough for me to write this post, alrighttttt? Groundhog Day + A Week of Mondays Like most people who enjoy comedy and/or Bill Murray, I really like GROUNDHOG DAY. It’s an ~older~ movie compared to some others on here but the premise is obviously timeless. The synopsis reminds me of A WEEK OF MONDAYS, which I have yet to read, and BEFORE I FALL, which […]

Book Blog Post Ideas and Discussions

Posted December 8, 2016 / Book Lists, Features / 28 Comments
Book Blog Post Ideas and Discussions

For some reason, I don’t often run out of content ideas. I feel like I always have too many ideas in my head at once and want to post them ALL immediately. It’s an issue. I know, I know – it’s a good problem to have. I figured I would share some really general blog post ideas for book bloggers! Most of these I pulled out of my own head or looked through old posts I wrote. A select few are ideas from other blogs that I credited. General Bookishness Recent book deal announcements you’re excited about Favorite book covers Book synopses that grabbed you right away Your read-bait words/premises Do an old TTT topic you never did (I do this sometimes and credit them!) Create or do an existing book tag Update an old post you wrote if your feelings have changed Favorite ships, OTPs, or families in books Books you were disappointed by OR exceeded your expectations Ask for book recommendations under certain categories you want to explore more Do a deep dive into a specific genre you like: faves, least faves, why read it, etc. Resources you use for finding new books or buying/reading books Do a March Madness bracket for your favorite books during a certain timeframe, within a genre, of all time, etc. (inspired by Andi’s post) Pick careers for book characters based on their stories Recommend books for readers based on their favorite TV shows or movies Books you wish they’d make into movies or TV shows Thoughts […]

Favorite Holiday Books and Tropes

Posted December 5, 2016 / Book Lists, Features / 10 Comments
Favorite Holiday Books and Tropes

I’ve done holiday things on the blog basically since it first started. I only read 14 holiday books before this 2016 season, but I think it’d be worth recapping all of those here! I’m going to rank them from favorite to least favorite, plus include a mini review or summary about the book so you can decide if maybe you’d like it more than I did! But first, let’s look at some of the elements of holiday books that make me love them. 🎄 🎅 ☃ ❄️ What makes me love a holiday book? | Favorite Tropes Perfect snowy, cozy setting | This is the biggest thing I look for. I need to FEEL like its Christmas and let there be snow all over the place. Some of the books below have really fun settings like a B&B in a cold place, or a big mansion full of Christmas decorations and cozy rooms with fireplaces. Lots of holiday feels | I need there to be days leading up to the holidays and then a full exploration of Christmas Eve and Christmas day. I love the anticipation of the day coming and then getting to celebrate with the family. Snowed in | There are a couple books on here where a couple gets snowed in together and ends up falling for each other. This “stuck together” trope is one of my favorites (and will hopefully be a read-bait topic sometime soon!). I love the cozy feeling of being snowed in and trying to keep warm. Short stories | I […]