Category: Top 10 Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesdays #136: Opposite of Read-Bait

Posted April 25, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 12 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #136: Opposite of Read-Bait

Things That Make Me Instantly NOT Want to Read a Book Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, 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 had this post all ready to go for another day on the blog, but then noticed it fit right in with a TTT topic! I started this post because Michelle wrote about her instant NO’s for books (the things that make her pass on reading a certain book) made me really think. Coupled with this TTT, I decided to explore what topics are the opposite of read-bait for me? What keywords, settings, or storylines make me say NAH no thanks? Motorcycles Yes, I feel the same way as Michelle about this one. I don’t know why but it doesn’t appeal to me AT ALL. I don’t watch Sons of Anarchy and highly doubt that I ever will. The concept doesn’t appeal to me and I personally hate driving near them on the road in my real life (it makes me so nervous). Pregnancy or babies Don’t get me wrong – it’s not like I’ll never read about this, or have any actual problem with pregnancy. I just don’t enjoy the drama it can create in YA books and personally never choose to read them. It’s the main reason I haven’t gotten around […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #135: Read-Bait

Posted April 18, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 14 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #135: Read-Bait

Things That Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, 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 talk about read-bait all the time on my blog – the certain words, phrases, settings, and tropes that immediately draw me in. I’ll add it to my TBR and be suuuuper excited for it until I can get my hands on it. Because I talk about it so much, there are plenty of places to look on my blog. I decided to just go crazy for this TTT by listing all of my favorites and then linking where applicable. General Topics Stuck in limbo between life and death; stories set in heaven with finished business on earth Parallel universes, time travel, and parallel life/choice stories Books about fairies Reunions with old friends in the hometown they left Losing memories / amnesia Bucket lists (checking items of the list for themselves or for someone else who died) Family dynamics and drama after a death Disappearances and people returning home from being kidnapped/etc. Winning the lottery or being rich “You’ve Got Mail” secret pen pal relationships Stereotypical mean girl learns a lesson and fixes her behavior Romance Tropes (Full post here) Best-friend-to-more romance (bonus points if childhood best friend and/or neighbor) Best friend’s brother, or […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #134: Unique Superlatives

Posted April 11, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 20 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #134: Unique Superlatives

Books with ~Unique~ Aspects (Superlative Style!) Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, 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. This week’s topic involves the most unique books I’ve read. Because I’ve done similar posts and really can’t think of many more, I figured I would do some superlatives for unique aspects of books I’ve read. Most of them are somewhat recent so you won’t be bored of the same examples I always give 😉 Rebel Belle series by Rachel Hawkins • I haven’t read many paranormal books, but I remember being baffled by the whole Paladin thing because it’s not the standard vampire/witch/demon concept that I’ve seen. The whole trilogy was really interesting and enjoyable! Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn • Again, I don’t foray into magical realism as much as I could, but a magical wish-granting moonshine concept feels pretty unique to me. I hope to read more of this author’s books sometime soon because all of them are very different! Dreamology by Lucy Keating • Clearly Lucy Keating is another one with unique concepts! This book was about a couple who meet in their dreams and then find out that the other person is actually real. Such a great book that I couldn’t put down. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett • The main characters worked in a really cool […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #133: Fandom

Posted April 4, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 16 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #133: Fandom

Lots o’ Fandom Items I Want Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, 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. This week’s topic is all about FANDOM. I decided to take it in the direction of fandom-related items I need to get my hands on. I have a lot of things for my favorite fandoms for sure, but there is always room for more! I usually track these things on my Etsy wishlist, so this was easy and fun to work on! (Clearly more than 10, ok?) Stranger Things alphabet lights bookmark | Sailor Moon dictionary page art print | Sailor Moon “Fight Like a Girl” tee shirt | The Room character buttons | Friends “I’ll Be There for You” mug It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia “What’s your spaghetti policy?” pin | Friday Night Lights character name tee shirt | It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia “The Nightman Cometh” poster | Arrested Development “There’s always money in the banana stand” cross stitch | The Office “Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.” mug | Adventure Time Lumpy Space Princess Christmas ornament Carolina Panthers dictionary page print | Luke Keuchly/Carolina Panthers portrait print

Top Ten Tuesdays #132: Authors to Meet

Posted March 28, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 13 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #132: Authors to Meet

Ten Authors I’d LOVE to Meet Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, 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. This week’s topic is about meeting authors – the ones you’ve met or the ones you’d love to meet. I have actually met only ONE author before (Leigh Bardugo at BEA 2015) and otherwise saw Sarah J. Maas at a book event (didn’t officially meet her though). So, naturally, I’m highlighting 10 authors I would loooove to meet.

Top Ten Tuesdays #131: Couldn’t Put Down

Posted March 21, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 10 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #131: Couldn’t Put Down

Ten Recent Books I Couldn’t Put Down Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, 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. This week’s topic is: “Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.”  I feel like I’ve talked about the whole “read in one sitting” thing before many times! You can click on any of the pieces of the above sentences to read my posts for them 😉 SO today I figured I’d spin it off into the most recent books I read that I couldn’t put down. I have a Goodreads shelf for this very thing! Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham When I couldn’t put it down: Basically the whole book | Why I read past my bedtime: This was the kind of book where I was never really motivated to pick it up and read, but once I got started – oh man. I could not stop. The chapters alternated between past and present day, while the mystery built up slowly between both periods of time. There was such a sense of urgency while reading! I was always dying to see what […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #130: Spring TBR

Posted March 14, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 18 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #130: Spring TBR

Ten Books on my Spring TBR Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, 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. As much as I love participating in TTT, it was nice to have a breather for two weeks while the meme was on hiatus! I think I’ve done one every single week since starting my blog? Maybe? So this was a fun break to regroup and focus on other posts. Without further ado, this week’s refreshed TTT – top ten books on my spring TBR list! I’ve been doing a lot of monthly TBRs on the blog but this is fun to highlight upcoming releases I really want to read this spring. Blacklist by Alyson Noel   •   Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl Literally by Lucy Keating   •  Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han All of these books have been featured on BL multiple times, because clearly I’m too excited. They have release dates between April and May, so I hope to read them ASAP once they’re out! I have a few preordered already and will probably buy more as they come out. Eeek! Gimme! Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen   •   Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Along for the Ride is one of my top Dessen favorites and I’ve […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #129: More and Less

Posted February 21, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 9 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #129: More and Less

Recent Books I Liked More & Less Than Expected Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, 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. This is one of those prompts that makes me so happy because I have Goodreads shelves for this! There’s the “pleasant surprise” shelf and the “super disappointed” shelf to keep track of books I liked more or less than expected. I decided to go back as far as 2016 from those shelves but nothing older than that (in terms of read date, not pub date). Monstrous Beauty | How to Hang a Witch | Cruel Beauty | Down with the Shine | The Leaving Most of these books were just not ones I expected to enjoy as much as I did! This is mostly genre-related (I don’t read too many books about witches or mermaids or magical realism). CRUEL BEAUTY was a pleasant surprise because I actually DNFed another book by this author. MONSTROUS BEAUTY was a random choice based on a recommendation and I ended up loving it. It just wasn’t a book I’d reach for on my own. Otherwise, yep – just basic not-Lauren books surprising me in a very good way. I don’t read books about witches or anything too creepy, but HOW TO HANG A WITCH and THE LEAVING […]

(Late) Top Ten Tuesdays #128 + Contemporary Romance Challenge Monthly Topic: Shippy Books

Posted February 15, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 9 Comments
(Late) Top Ten Tuesdays #128 + Contemporary Romance Challenge Monthly Topic: Shippy Books

Ten Recent Super-Shippy Books I’ve Read Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, 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. So yes there are so many random things happening with this TTT. First, you may notice, it’s a day late. I figured I’d just push it off to Wednesday instead of double-posting on Tuesday (I had a blog tour). On top of that, I decided to combine this TTT topic with the monthly topic for the Contemporary Romance challenge. The general TTT topic involved counting down favorite romances, tropes, etc. – so I thought this would be a perfect combination for this week. The Contemporary Romance Challenge, hosted by my friend Andi, features a new romance-related topic to link up and talk about about each month. I’ll try to squeeze out individual posts when I can, but otherwise they’ll be located in the Bookmark Lit Bulletin. This month’s topic is… favorite shippy books. What’s the point in reading contemporary romance with a crappy ship? NO POINT, I tell ya. There are plenty of books that have a good ship but not enough to be a favorite though. These OTP-level ships are found on my ship-so-hard shelf on Goodreads in case you’re in the mood to check it out 😉 Upcoming Releases    When Dimple Met Rishi by […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #127: More Pages

Posted February 7, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 22 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #127: More Pages

Ten Books that Needed More Pages Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, 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. Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them is a fun topic for me because I wish I had a dollar for every time I said “ugh this book needed more pages.” I guess this can be interpreted in two ways – the books that genuinely needed more pages because there wasn’t enough development or information, and the books that I never wanted to end and just NEED MORE from. Here are ten books that fit the bill! Loved Em & Need More The Hating Game by Sally Thorne | I adored this book. Every single page. I read it so quickly and never wanted to be out of their heads. I would have loved more pages full of banter and cuteness. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy | I remember getting to the end of this one and thinking it was a little rushed, but I also really loved the whole story. More pages could have helped but otherwise <333 Winning by Lara Deloza | This was another near-perfect book that could have used more oomph toward the end. I wanted some more wrapping up and ~finalizing~ by the end of it, if I remember correctly. Maybe in Another […]