Down The TBR Hole #13

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to Narrow down your GoodReads TBR shelf.

How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

>> It Ends with Us – Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover books are really a hit or miss with me, I’m not really sure about this one. I know some of her book’s haven’t been received well. Anyone read this one should i Keep it or delete it?Keep

>> The You I’ve Never Known – Ellen Hopkins

I have loved almost every Ellen Hopkins book, so I had no doubt that I will enjoy this one. Keep

>> Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

This is another book that seems to have mixed reviews, I enjoyed Girl on the Train. Id like to see how I feel about her second novel. Keep

>> BloodWitch – Susan Dennard

I have fallen so far behind in this series, I really loved the first book but I need to re-read it before I continue on with the series. This will happen sometime this spring. Keep

>> Of Fire and Stars – Audrey Coulthurst

I started this book early last year and I’m really sad that I didn’t stick with it, I got busy with the baby and new releases. I am still interested in reading it. Keep

>> Bad Romance – Heather Demetrios

This book has such a beautiful cover, that I’m slightly sad to be letting it go. There are so many contemporaries that I am more interested in. Maybe in the future I’ll pick this one back up. Delete


There’s all the book’s for this week, Is there any book’s on this list that you’ve read or want to read?


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My Favourite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am such a sucker for the friends-to-lovers trope, so when I heard that the writer duo Christina Lauren was putting out this story about best friends turned friends with benefits, I was dying to get my hands on this book.Luckily, I was right, because I was obsessed with this read and could not put it down.

“I’m lonely. I’m lonely because I don’t tell people what I need or what I want, and then get hurt when they don’t figure it out on their own.” 

The format foll owed alternating POV chapters from our main characters, Millie and Reid. This book follows a tight knit friend group of five people, with an important event coming up, they decide to try an dating app. Millie is not impressed with her matches, as you can guess there the messages you expect a woman to get online. She decides to make a second profile using her middle name and a picture not showing her face. She is surprised to find she has been matched with her best friend Reid.

Millie writes to Reid as “Catherine” allowing herself to be more open with him than she would be in real life as herself. Reid is also messaging another girl online, and Millie finds herself jealous. Soon things begin to happen between them in real life, causing them to question what they really want.

“Sometimes, the thing we want is right in front of us, and we’re the last ones to see it.” 

Millie: A university professor whose specialization is female serial killers. She likes to keep things light never sharing anything too personal. She is witty and intelligent, but she has these emotional walls.

Reid:He is the opposite of Millie, he’s in touch with his feelings and he’s looking for a deeper connection. Among his friends he is know as the sensitive one.

The romance between Millie and Reid was so sweet and these two have so much chemistry !honestly can’t get enough of Christina Lauren’s writing. Their books bring me so much joy, I can’t get enough.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


Hello! Today’s topic I’m really excited about. I get to talk to all of you about my favorite couples in books! These are in no particular order.


1.) Juliette and Warner – Shatter Me Series by Tahreh Mafi

2.) Feyre and Rhys – A Court of Thorns and Roses

3.) Katniss and Peeta, The Hunger Games

4.) Jude and Cardan – The Cruel Prince

5.) Manon and Dorian – Throne of Glass

6.) Alina and The Darkling – Grishaverse

7.) Tessa and Will – Infernal Devices

8.) Cress and Thorne – Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

9.) Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell – Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

10.) Kestrel and Arin- The Winner Curse by Marie Rutkoski


 This was a really fun topic! Who is your favorite book couple? I hope you all have a happy valentines day💖🌸💋


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ContemporaryAThon TBR

Hello loves! It’s time for another readathon. This round of the ContemporaryAThon is running from Monday February 11 through Sunday, February 17. I am so excited to be participating again. I love contemporary books, and I fly through them so I’m hoping I can get through my TBR.


Host

Chelsea
Julie
Melanie
Natasha


Challenges and TBR

1. Read your most recently purchases Contemporary.

Two Can Keep a Secret- Karen M McManus And if I have time I’d really like to try and read On the Up Come by Angie Thomas if not I will still be reading it this month regardless.

2.Read a Contemporary with blurple (blue or purple) on the cover.

Autoboyography – Christina Lauren

3. Read a Diverse Contemporary(keeping in mind that it is Black History month!)

The Wedding Date -Jasmine Guillory

4. Read a dark, taboo or emotional book.

Heroine – Mindy McGinnis

5.Read a Contemporary you meant to read in 2018 but didn’t get to.

The Simple Wild- K.A Tucker

6.Read a Contempoarary in a non-traditional format (ebook, audiobook,graphic novel etc)

The Bride Test – Helen Hoang

7.Read a Contemporary with a picture on the spine (not a color but an image)

I’m going to leave this one blank, as I’m not sure I will be able to read seven books.



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Down The TBR Hole #12

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to Narrow down your GoodReads TBR shelf.

How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

>> We Have Always Lived in the Castle- Shirley Jackson

I tried to read this in 2016 and I read probably 30% before I DNF’ it. I wasn’t feeling the characters, I have a heard time reading classics. Sadly this book wasn’t for me. Delete

>> Mr. Mercedes – Stephen King

I have so many King books to read and hopefully I will get to some this year, as I’ve acquired some on audiobook including this one. Keep

>> The Witches: Salem 1692- Stacy Schiff

I bought this book when it was first released because i thought it would be an interesting read, but I’ve seen some review say its extremely boring and I just don’t have time for that. Delete

>> Horimiya Vol 8 – Hero

This is my favorite manga series and I’m so sad I’ve fallen behind and I might need to do a re-read of the entire series soon! Keep

>> Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriaty

I really enjoyed Big Little Lies and Heather  talks highly of her other book’s, I do plan on keeping this one on my TBR for when the mood strikes me to pick it up. Keep

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

This book has had so much hype and I have no idea why I haven’t read it yet. It sounds so good! Keep


Is there any book’s on this list that I should reconsider? If you’ve read any of these book’s what did you think of them? 


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Romance Recommendations

Hello Loves! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week. I thought since Valentines Day is approaching fast I would share with all of you some of my favorite romantic contemporaries. I don’t read a lot of romance but the ones I like really stuck with me. So here we go, these are my 5 favorite romances!


The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1) by Helen Hoang

This is the most recent romance book I’ve read and I loved this book so much! This book is about a young woman named Stella she is a on the autism spectrum and is very high functioning. She is annoyed with her mother who keeps asking her when she is going to get a boyfriend, which makes her pretty insecure. So Stella hires a male escort, Michael to teach her about sex. This book is very diverse, has a lot of steamy sexy time. Also there are a lot of heartwarming moments. This book has so much good in it.

The Deal (Off Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

I never thought I would enjoy a sports romance, boy oh boy! I love this series so much. Elle Kennedy is one of my go-to authors when it comes to adult romance I loved how raw the characters are. Hannah and Garrett, I loved their dynamic and there banter. If you pick this up, you won’t regret it.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I can now say without a doubt that it’s my new favorite contemporaries ever. I totally get the hype surrounding this book. It was so good, I couldn’t put it down! Lucy and Josh, have the best witty banter and is my favorite thing in the whole book. Josh was such an amazing romantic lead.Lucy was a great character,I loved how she stood up for what she believed in. It’s adorable, heartwarming, and everything I could have ever asked for!

Corrupt (Devil’s Night #1 ) by Penelope Douglas

This was the first book I read by Penelope Douglas. This was a dark and twisted book, but  also a highly addictive read. Rika is a good girl who always lets everyone make decisions for her until she meets Michael.The chemistry between these two are off the charts!  This book has a lot of trigger warning including rape, bullying,violence ect. This book is really dark, so if thats not your thing I don’t think you’ll enjoy this one. It’s been a few years but when I think of romance this book still jumps to my mind.

Paper Princess (The Royals #1)by Erin Watt

Paper Princess is cowritten by Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick under the pseudonym Erin Watt. Paper Princess is about a young girl named Ella, she’s spent her entire life moving around with her mother and struggling to make ends meet. When a man she’s never heard of, Callum Royal, tracks Ella down claiming to be her legal guardian, she’s skeptical of this very wealthy man.I highly recommend Paper Princess if you’re looking for a fast paced read with plenty of drama, angst, secrets, betrayal, and a high steam factor!


 I hope you found a new book with these recommendations if not let me know which ones you’ve read.


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Contemporary Recommendations

Hello ! I though since contempararyathon is next week I would share some of my favorite contemporaries. I will have a second post going up about my favorite romantic contemporaries.


Sadie – Courtney Summers

I wasn’t to sure what I was getting into when I started this book. All I knew was that the novel was half told in the format of a podcast, of a girl searching for her sister murderer. This is an extremely dark story. The narrative was so well done, split between two different timelines. This book is very triggering as I’ve mentioned, but this is a story that will stay with me.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahareh Mafi

This story takes place in 2002, a year after the horrors of 9/11. This story follows Shirin, a sixteen year old, Muslim girl born in America who has always wears her hijab.She is in her sixth high school, because her family moves around a lot. She is faced with a lot of racism,including actual assaults against her. She has had enough with the world and tries to blend into the background.This book made me feel a vast of many different emotions.I really loved this book!

What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

I loved this book so much.This story is adorable, and it’s so sweet.The character’s were realistic and refreshing,even the side character’s were really well developed. This book is about two boys, Arthur is from Georgia and is spending his summer in NYC and Ben is a light skinned Puerto Rican stuck in summer school with his ex-boyfriend. They end up meeting at a post office and the story starts from there.This book was everything and I can’t recommend it enough.

Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

Radio Silence is one of the best contemporary book I’ve ever read! This book follows Frances Janvier in her final year of school before going off to University. Frances is also mixed raced and Bisexual. She befriends a boy, Aled, he is demisexual. This book is just fantastic, it has platonic friendships, diversity and there are some dark things that happen.  It touches on subjects of abuse and how it effects the person into thinking they have to be perfect, which leads to depression and implied suicidal thinking.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

This book deserves all the hype and if you haven’t read it yet I highly suggest you pick it up. From the first page I was hooked. The main character, a sixteen-year-old girl named Starr, is so lovable and her family dynamics are heartwarming. Starr’s voice is so powerful. This is a very important book that is very relevant to what is happening in the world today.


Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books? What is your favourite contemporary book?


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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

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ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne was one of my favorite reads last year. So, I was over the moon when I was approved to read 99 Percent Mine. This book is nothing like The Hating Game. I went in thinking that 99 Percent Mine would be one of my favorite romances of the year, but I was disappointed.

The story follows Darcy, she is a wedding photographer, working at a shady bar. Her life is a mess. She’s got a lot of insecurities with a sort fuse for a temper, which gets her into trouble.

Upon leaving the bar one night after a nasty incident with a co worker, she finds her childhood friend Tom waiting for her. Darcy and her brother Jamie have recently lost there grandmother, Tom has started his own construction business and will be renovating on the house getting it ready to sell.

“Maybe he’s 1 percent mine. That has to be enough.”

>>Darcy– She is sarcastic to the point of being slightly annoying. She is very irresponsible, having a heart condition and ignoring your health doesn’t make you cool. She hasn’t refilled her medication in months and she drinks often. She really rubbed me the wrong way. Her edgy fashion was also mentioned way to often.

>> Tom- Is a hardworking sweetheart, who puts way to much pressure on himself to be perfect. He is torn between the twins, his loyalty to Jamie as his best friend and his long time feelings for Darcy. He has always acted as a buffer between them and his own feelings seem to get pushed aside.

I really love the friends to lovers/ brothers best friend trope, and there was a few really heartwarming moments but in the end the romance kinda fell flat for me.

I felt like the relationship between Darcy and her twin brother Jamie, could have been so cute. But I felt like they did everything wrong, always competing with each other for Tom’s attention and bickering like children.


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Down The TBR Hole #11

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Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to Narrow down your GoodReads TBR shelf.

How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

Bird Box by Josh Malerman 

I added this book to my TBR in 2014, I really wanted to read it before seeing th movie. But I have no chill and I ended up watching the movie.So my interest in reading the book has been pushed way down to the bottom of my TBR. Delete.

The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand

A few years ago I was really into middle grade, but I haven’t picked up this book since I bought it. Delete

Corpse Party: Blood Covered, Vol. 1 by Makoto Kedouin

This manga look amazing! I really want to get to this sometime soon, haha story of my life. Keep

Odd & True by Cat Winters

I love Cat Winter’s, but I need to be in the right mood to read her books. Keep

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I havent had the best of luck with Ruth Ware book’s but I still enjoy them. I’ll be keeping this on my TBR, even though this book seems to have the worst reviews. Keep.

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

I’m sad to be deleting this one, I really wanted to love Joe Hill’s books. But I tried reading his other ones and I just didn’t vibe with them. Delete


Is there a book I deleted that I should re consider keeping?


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January Wrap Up and Book Haul

Hello loves! I hope everyone is having a good day! Can you believe we’re already got one month own in the books for 2019. Reading -wise, I thought I’d been incredibly productive this month. I ended up reading 10 books ! Which for me is a lot.


Books Read

(You can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book.)

Slayer by Kiersten White – ★★★

I have been so excited for this book ever since it was first announced that there would be a YA series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer coming out. I found Slayer to be a quick and really fun story. I related to the characters and loved the relationships

The Wicker King – K. Ancrum★★★★

This was the first book for The Dragon and Tea book club created by Melanie and Amy. I have never heard of this book before and I’m so happy this was picked. I loved this book so much! The format of the book was really cool, uses art and colour to correspond with the tone of the book. The chapters were super short and I flew through them. I highly recommend!

Verity- Colleen Hoover★★★★★

This book was impossible to put it down until I  finished it! It is seriously creepy and disturbing.This storyline is very dark, but incredibly addicting. I went into this book knowing nothing about the plot, and I honestly think that is the best way to read this book.I haven’t read Hoovers latest book’s because I have read some really terrible reviews, this book though is nothing like anything I’ve ever read before. I love thrillers and horror, so its difficult for an author to fill me with such dread and anxiety, that this book has left me with

An Anonymous Girl – by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen★★★★

This was my first book by Hendricks & Pekkanen but it certainly won’t be my last. This is there sophomore novel and it follows a make up artist Jessica who is participating in a morals study. The character’s are amazing and I was really glad I picked this one up.

99 Percent Mine- Sally Thorne★★★

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne was one of my favorite reads last year. So, I was over the moon when I was approved to read 99 Percent Mine. This book is nothing like The Hating Game. I went in thinking that 99 Percent Mine would be one of my favorite romances of the year, but I was disappointed. I really love the friends to lovers/ brothers best friend trope, and there was a few really heartwarming moments but in the end the romance kinda fell flat for me.

The Wicked King- Holly Black★★★★★

First off this was an OUTSTANDING READ, and I loved every second of it! Holly Black has done it again. She is a literary genius, I have loved every book I’ve ever read by her.This book was perfect. I don’t think there’s any combination of words that could accurately convey just how good this book is. The political intrigue in this book, is so strong! There are so many twists and turns you won’t know what to believe. This book is 90% court intrigue, scheming, and angst, which is the recipe for an amazing story.

One of Us is Lying- Karen M McManus★★★1/2

I’ve been wanting to read One of Us is Lying for awhile now, and I really enjoyed the story. I felt the comparisons to the Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars was really spot on. This is a very quick read, I finished in in two days. I don’t want to say to much about the plot because it is a mystery. I will have a full review up very soon.

The Way I Used To Be – Amber Smith ★★★1/2

This was a brutally honest story about a 14 year old girl names Eden who was raped by her brother’s best friend in her own bed.It’s told in the span of her four years of high school and the lingering affects of trauma and how it changes you. I had a hard time rating this novel, I ended up giving it only three and a half stars, because I was hoping Eden story would have ended different.

DragonHearts- Nikita Gill, Amanda Lovelace and Trista Mateer ★★★★

When I saw that three of my all time favorite poets were coming out with a new collection I was over the moon. There three women write such beautiful and empowering prose. I love how there was no build up to the release, that we woke up one morning and surprise there’s this beautiful book! This is one of my favorite collaborations and I will definitely be reading it again.


Book Haul

Physical Books I bought :

The Wicked King- Holly Black

The Kiss Quotient- Helen Hoang

All the Feels- Danika Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – JK Rowling

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling

Ebooks I Bought

A Girl Like Her – Talia Hibbert

Netgalley / Edelweiss

Dark Shores – Danielle L Jensen

Serious Moonlight – Jenn Bennett

Never- Contented Things – Sarah Porter

The Bride Test – Helen Hoang


Let’s chat, How was your reading month? What was your favourite book you’ve read?


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