Category: Weekly Memes

Top Ten Tuesdays #171: Should I Read It?

Posted February 20, 2018 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 7 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #171: Should I Read It?

Books I Can’t Decide If I Want to Read Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. The topic for this week’s TTT is books I’m no longer interested in reading, but I decided to do a different spin on it. I started browsing my “consideration” shelf on Goodreads and came across some books I was on the fence about. I figured it would be more fun to make this a should I read this book or not? post – I’ll talk about the book I was thinking of reading, why I want to read it AND why I don’t want to read it, and ask you in a little poll if you think I should read it. Some of these are sequels in series I’m only half-interested in, some are released/old books from my TBR, etc. etc. Help Me: Should I Read this Book? After You by Jojo Moyes I didn’t love the first book, if I’m be honest. I did LOVE the movie though; I thought it was even better… which never happens. I just can’t decide if I NEED to read this book. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Lou and honestly can’t figure out if I really want to know what happens […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #170: Love Freebie

Posted February 13, 2018 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 6 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #170: Love Freebie

Favorite Ships From 2017 Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I’m obviously a big contemporary romance reader, so there are many, many ships to celebrate from books that I read in 2017! So, clearly, I decided to take this love-themed freebie to talk about some of my favorite ships and overall romances from 2017. I didn’t include long series like Black Dog Bay or Haven Point or Blue Heron just because my whole list could have been romances from each of those companion novels! Jill and Max from Kissing Max Holden | Neighbors/childhood best friends to more Maggie and Levi from Coming Up for Air | Best friends to friends-with-benefits to more Leila and Nick from Crazy Little Thing Called Love | Secret, temporarily “forbidden” romance Lily and Cade from PS I Like You | Secret pen pals and hate-to-love Amber and Charlie from The Best Kind of Magic | No real trope, just romance Lara Jean and Peter from Always and Forever, Lara Jean | Final chapter in trilogy, college Elle and Darien from Geekerella | Celebrity/normal girl romance and secret pen pals Bailey and Porter from Alex, Approximately | Internet friends and hate-to-love Dimple and Rishi from When Dimple Met Rishi | “Arranged” and hate-to-love

Top Ten Tuesdays #169: Old TBR

Posted February 6, 2018 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 6 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #169: Old TBR

Books from Way Back on my Goodreads TBR that I STILL Haven’t Read Somehow Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I’m sure I’ve discussed this a few times in the past, but it’s always good to come back and remind myself! I think about the books I couldn’t wait for and HAD to buy but didn’t read right away ALL THE TIME. I’m not including purchased books because I have definitely purged a lot recently; I’ll just be using my Goodreads TBR today. I started my Goodreads account in 2010, so some of the earliest books are from back then.          The Secret by Rhonda Byrne | Added to Goodreads: September 2010 My friend’s mom told me about this book back in the day and if I’m being honest, I think it’s the reason I even made a Goodreads account?? I remember that I didn’t want to forget the title so I was looking up book tracking sites, and Goodreads popped up. It’s the first book I ever added to my TBR on there. I own a copy, I think, but I haven’t read the whole thing. Perfect Mistake & Ominous by Kate Brian | Added to Goodreads: September 2010 Kate […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #168: Can’t Believe I Read

Posted January 30, 2018 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 3 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #168: Can’t Believe I Read

Books I Can’t Believe I Read Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I wish I was better about reading books outside of my comfort zone. I stick to a heavy rotation of contemporary YA fiction, with a bit of fantasy, paranormal, “adult” fiction, and mystery/thriller thrown in. But, as you can tell from my chart here, I read more than 50% contemporary books. This list is going to consist of some of the books I “can’t believe I read” because they’re so far out of my comfort zone. I would consider those books to be adult mystery/thriller (or really anything adult non-contemporary), mystery/thriller books that are horror-ish, historical fiction without a lot of magic, dystopias (underhyped ones at least), and some paranormal-y romance books. So, you’ll see below that most of the books featured today fall under those categories.    I can’t believe I read A Madness So Discreet because it’s a little more psychological/horror-almost? And it was historical fiction?? There’s almost nothing about this book that screams Lauren but I ended up totally loving it. This book was the ultimate random read that lead to a pleasant surprise. I can’t believe I read (and loved) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue for somewhat similar […]

Library Love | January

Posted January 25, 2018 / Features, Library Love, Weekly Memes / 9 Comments
Library Love | January

I’ve been wanting to share some library hauls on the blog, since I don’t include them in my monthly wrap-ups. I go through phases where I use the library A LOT and phases where I forget it exists somehow. Whenever the mood strikes, I’ll share what I’m working on from the library during any given month. I’ve been using the ebook section of my new library quite a bit, but I got motivated to get some physical copies this month as well. Whenever I have a robust hold list and a few books checked out, I know it’s enough to share here. Here we go! Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire | I read the first book a while back and generally enjoyed it, even if I found it a bit predictable. The series is very diverse, which is something I’ve been looking for lately. These books are so tiny too! I read an ebook for the first one so it was weird to see how short they are in a physical copy. Public Relations by Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini | I saw Estelle and many others talking about this book on Twitter, and I think she started a movement with a few us! I requested it from the library (it was already on my Goodreads TBR but just not high enough up) and it came in quickly. I’ll be reading it when I need something cute and addicting. The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson |  I’ll admit that this is […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #167: Old Favorites

Posted January 23, 2018 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 12 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #167: Old Favorites

Books I Really Liked from My First Year of Blogging (That I Can’t Really Remember) Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I may as well make this list featuring every single book I read. I am so terrible about remembering books, even if I finished them an hour earlier. (This is a major reason I write my reviews within the same hour of finishing the book!). I have to say though, I’m usually pretty good about remembering my FAVORITE books. I decided to make a tiny spin on the topic and specifically focus on books from 2014, my first year of blogging. Without further ado, here are some books I really enjoyed from 2014 that I can’t really remember anymore. Adult Fiction     Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan | I enjoyed this book a lot, even though it’s definitely one of those random books  from 2014 that were ~out of my comfort zone.~ I read it for a local book club I joined for like two months and found it really interesting. I don’t remember nearly anything about it though… The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson | The only thing I remember about this book is that it centered around a […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #166: Goals

Posted January 16, 2018 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 4 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #166: Goals

Bookish Resolutions/Goals Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I already posted about my resolutions because I was trying to get ahead of the game, but here’s a very quick recap. (I’m also only including book and blogging resolutions; the post has more personal ones as well.) I’ll be using this post to share some other small bookish goals that I plan to conquer in 2018, which also includes a little bit of spinning off from the resolutions/challenges I signed up for. Official Reading Resolutions Read more here! Continue to not feel pressured to read and enjoy other hobbies Read 50% or less contemporary novels Read books from my shelves – at least one each month but a total 20+ in 2018 Start and complete 3 series next year – at least one reread Develop a blog schedule for each week that mixes in bookish and personal Develop a review system Other General and Challenge-Related Goals Get my Netgalley ratio to 80% and master Edelweiss. I signed up for the Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge to meet this specific goal. I want to focus on reading review books, even trying the ones I’m not as interested in reading anymore. Even if it leads to […]

State of the ARC | 2018 Start

Posted January 12, 2018 / State of the ARC, Weekly Memes / 16 Comments
State of the ARC | 2018 Start

State of the ARC is hosted by AvalinahsBooks, which is a fun way to share our ARC progress (or lack thereof!). Instead of linking up monthly, I’ll be making a quarterly post to check in on my ARC-related progress, especially as it pertains to my 2018 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge progress. I will not be including physical ARCs here because most of them are borrowed from friends and/or I don’t have as much trouble reading ones from the publisher. This will only be to help me with NG & EW. Current Netgalley Percentage: 72% Each quarter, I’ll recap the ARCs I read from my Netgalley and Edelweiss accounts… ARCs Read: 2 (because this is the first month, I’ll just share the ARCs I’ve read so far in January to kick it off) …and then I’ll share which ones I have left to read, listed in release date order. Coming Soon / Unpublished: 8 Backlist / Already Published: 18  

Top Ten Tuesdays #165: Meant to Read

Posted January 9, 2018 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 13 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #165: Meant to Read

Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and Plan to Get to in 2018) Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I could probably list all of the books on my TBR because good lord, Lauren. I feel like I always get sidetracked about random new books or series instead of ever paying attention to books I’m excited about. I actually own ALL of these freaking books except for the last one, which I have repeatedly checked out from the library and not read. I am the worst. 2018 Priorities    Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl /// A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May     The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine /// Windwitch by Susan Dennard By Your Side by Kasie West /// In This Moment by Karma Brown    If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak // Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu Far From the Tree by Robin Benway  

Top Ten Tuesdays #164: New Authors

Posted January 2, 2018 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 7 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #164: New Authors

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors Read in 2017 Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I read a lot of great books by “new to me” authors this year but decided to really narrow it down to ten! I loved all of these books and can absolutely see myself buying MANY more by them. Some were debut authors and some are more established, but they were all new to Lauren in 2017! Ashley Poston / Sandhya Menon / Alexandra Ballard    Wendy Brant / Angie Thomas / Julie Israel / Kristan Higgins   Jared Reck / Mackenzi Lee / Karen M. McManus