Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books (Does a character eat something you’d love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things? You could also talk about 10 of your favorite cookbooks if you don’t read foody books). I’m going to list the books, and then discuss the food in my comments.

 

       

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli There’s an Oreo obsession in this book, and I’m all for it. Oreos are soooo good, especially dipped in milk. YUM!

2. ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas The faerie food in these books sounds divine. Feyre said human food tasted like ash, or something similar, compared to what the faeries served.

3. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – The holiday feast scenes in these books always make me hungry. I probably wouldn’t like all the food on the table, but I could eat a ton of the delicious things.

4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han – I don’t really remember what Lara Jean bakes, but I love desserts, so yes to everything in this book.

5. All Four Stars by Tara Dairman – I wish I could make half of what Gladys does in this book, but I think some of my favorites are probably the desserts at the restaurant. They sound delicious.

      

6. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen I don’t think I’ve ever craved food more than when I was reading this book. The pizza, the fries, and yes, even the suckers. Sarah made it all sound so amazing.

7. Royally Screwed by Emma Chase – I haven’t finished this book yet, but the part I did read had delicious pies mentioned. And I love a slice of pie (apple, pumpkin, etc.) as much as the next person.

8. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – I’m pretty sure Lola’s parents made pies. I’d really have to go back and check, but I’m like 95% positive. So yay for more yummy pies in books.

9. Suffer Love by Ashley Blake Sam cooks, which is an amazing thing for a guy–let alone a teen–to do. And it seems like he really knows what he’s doing in the kitchen, so even more points for him.

10. The Real Thing by Melissa Foster – Willow owns a bakery, so you know there’s lots of goodies being mentioned in this book. I craved sweets while devouring this read.

 

Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

Book Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

Title: Broken Prince
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #2
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Publication date: July 25, 2016
Pages: 370
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads):  From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself. 

 

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…

 

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

 

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

 

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

 

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

 

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

 

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I liked this one a lot better than book 1. It was nice being able to see inside Reed’s head, to get his perspective. It endeared him to me even more. I finished this book in pretty much 2 days, because I couldn’t put it down. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

So once again there’s D-R-A-M-A, but for the most part, it felt mostly less dramatic than book 1 to me. Some people might find this one a little boring compared to book 1, but I enjoyed it. The ending was over the top what the heck is going on though. Like I can’t even with the twists and turns. It made me want book 3 right away though, so that’s good. Unfortunately my library doesn’t have this series, so I had to get them with an interlibrary loan. So I’m not sure if I should request book 3 as an interlibrary loan, or just buy the books eventually. A decision for another time.

 

Reed is amazing, although Easton is still my favorite Royal. I liked Callum a lot more in this book. There were some cute lines, but I didn’t keep track because I didn’t want to give any spoilers. Overall, this was a fast, enjoyable read. But I really don’t know how I feel about the last couple surprises at the end of the book, especially the last one. Guess I have to read the next book before I can make a final conclusion.

 

A Reader’s Worst Nightmare [3]

 

I needed content for October, because I’m trying to do #blogtober. My mind is stuck on Halloween, so I thought of doing some of the top (in my opinion) pet peeves i.e. nightmares (here’s the Halloween part) that readers have/deal with. I know there’s more pet peeves than how many I can post weekly in October, so maybe I’ll keep going after the month ends until I run out of ideas. We’ll see. Here’s nightmare number three:

 

 

Sometimes there’s nothing more frustrating than getting to the end of a book, and there’s a major cliffhanger…and the next one doesn’t come out for like another year. How the heck are you supposed to survive without knowing what happens for 365+ days?!? Don’t get me wrong, I actually do like cliffhangers sometimes. But if it’s a newly released book, you’re going to be waiting quite a while for a resolution to all your unanswered questions. And if it’s a series, they usually have cliffhangers at the end of each book, so you’re waiting 3+ years to fully figure out what’s going on. That’s why sometimes I like to wait until all the books are published before reading the entire series.

 

Tune in next week to see my fourth reader’s worst nightmare. Let me know about some of the cliffhanger books you’ve read (without spoilers) in the comments below.

Stacking the Shelves [38]

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

Here’s some books I’ve purchased from BookOutlet’s recent sale, two eARCs from Netgalley, and some audiobooks I borrowed from the library.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received:

 

Bought:

        

 

Netgalley:

 

 

Borrowed:

 

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Loved That, Read This [6]

 

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I’ve been giving a lot of books recommendations lately, so I decided to start a new weekly feature. Loved That, Read This is all about recommending books! There’s no set amount on how many books you have to recommend per week, or restrictions on what genres/age categories you can feature. Just have fun with this! If you want to participate, please link back to me in your post, and then link up below via the linky! Okay, with that said, here we go:

 

I’ve been watching a lot of TV, so I decided to recommend books based on shows I’ve enjoyed.

 

If you loved Gossip Girl, then read The Royals series.

Rich lifestyle, scandal/secrets, elite school, and hot guys. There’s definitely enough drama for Gossip Girl fans. I’ve only read books 1-2 of The Royals, but I think it’s just the kind of entertainment GG watchers would enjoy.

If you loved Pitch, then read Hundred Oaks series.

Pitch is more new adult/adult based, and the Hundred Oaks books are targeting a younger audience, but it’s females doing sports. In book 1, Jordan plays football–a male dominated sport like baseball.

If you loved White Collar, then read Heist Society series.

I need to watch the last 1-2 seasons of White Collar, and I haven’t read the Heist Society books yet…but I’ve read rave reviews by bloggers I trust. They seem to have similar themes, so it seems natural to recommend these. I’m hoping to read them very soon.

If you loved The Originals, then read Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

Who doesn’t love more vampires and their drama? The Black Dagger Brotherhood series focuses on the ruling vampires like The Originals does. There’s some fighting, a little bit of gore, some romance, etc. I’ve only read books 1-3, but I’ve really enjoyed them all.

 

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! Don’t forget to link up below with the URL to your blog post (not your blog), and your name. Then if you have some time, check out some of the other links!

 

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The Fall Book Tag

 

I was tagged by Danielle from The Introverted Book Nerd. Thanks for the tag! This was created by Shanah from Bionic Book Worm. All graphic credits goes to Shanah! Now let’s get started:

 

 

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward is book 3 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but I thought it was the most unique with the plot so far. I’d highly recommend these books for vampire lovers that love some alpha males who aren’t afraid to express their feelings.

 

 

 

 

 

I’d have to say probably We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I was not expecting the twist in this book at all. Like 98% of the time, I’m never surprised by what happens in books, but this one shocked me, which is super hard to do.

 

 

 

 

I’m going with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Like I seriously can’t get over how freaking cute this book is. I stayed up way too late on a work night so I could finish it in one sitting. I almost never do that, so that should tell you how amazing this book was. Prepare for all the feels.

 

 

 

 

I haven’t read Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes yet, but I’ve seen a lot of great reviews about it, so maybe I’ll get to it soon. It’s got all the colors mentioned, so I thought it would be a nice choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m going with Saga by Brian K. Vaughan (writer), and Fiona Staples (artist). I still have to read the latest volume (7), but I looooooove the storyline so far. It’s super entertaining, although it’s definitely for a mature audience.

 

 

 

 

I could literally pick like a billion books, including King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. But since that one doesn’t have a cover yet, I’m going with The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I’ve heard great things so far, and what I’ve already read from this author, I’ve really enjoyed.

 

 

 

I’m tagging the below people and anyone else that wants to do this:

Jessica @ Reading with Jessica

Waiting on Wednesday [58]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

Title: Here We Are Now
Author: Jasmine Warga
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication date: November 7, 2017
Summary (via Goodreads):  Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father – her grandfather – who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother’s trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her ‘father’ and her family. But Julian isn’t the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother’s past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.


Why I Chose This Book:

This one sounds awesome, and I absolutely loved the audiobook of My Heart and Other Black Holes by this author. So I’m excited to see how this one meets my expectations.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fallish). I picked some based on color schemes/cover images, some based on themes, and some based on spooky/supernatural/fairy tale aspects.

 

      

1. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake  I know the cover is super dark, but the colors of the crowns kind of remind me of fall. Plus there’s magic, which reminds me of witches and Halloween.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Cath’s starting college in this book, so it’s set in the fall. Also, I remember something with pumpkin in it that Levi made. So this book is definitely fallish.

3. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – This one I picked based on the cover color scheme. These colors remind me of the beautiful leaves that change when fall rolls around.

4. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman – This one is a Western, but the color scheme with the browns/oranges reminds me of fall. Plus the skulls (dead things) reminds me of Halloween, and the fact that fall is when nature slowly starts to dwindle before dying come winter.

5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – The yellow/brown colors, the tree at the bottom, etc. reminds me of fall for this cover.

     

6. Compulsion by Martina Boone The look, and the neutral color scheme of the cover of this book makes me think of the fall season. Plus the nature shot is the focus, and I think fall is when a lot of gorgeous tree pictures are taken.

7. November 9 by Colleen Hoover – This one is a no brainer. I mean come on, it’s called November 9, and November is in the fall season. Obviously I had to pick it. Plus the color scheme of the words match the standard fall colors.

8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – Red book plus vampires…which remind me of Halloween. This seemed like a great fall theme/color scheme book to add to my list.

9. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco  So the colors don’t really go with the fall idea, but the focus on murder in this one makes me think of scary movies, and therefore Halloween once again.

10. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – The color scheme is why I picked this one. Orange/red/a hint of yellow…such obvious fall colors!

 

Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

Audiobook Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: May 30, 2017
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

 

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

 

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

 

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

 

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Another great contemporary romance for the books! I’d heard the narrators were good, so I gave the audiobook a try. I did like the narrators for the most part, although the guy doing a female’s voice isn’t the greatest. The story was interesting, and I found myself waiting to see what happened next. I’m giving this one 4.5 stars.

 

I really adored Rishi, except for like one thing he did. It’s pretty early into the book, so if you’ve read it, you’ll probably know what I’m talking about. He was pretty cute, and he was genuinely an overall good guy. He tried to support Dimple, he was actually chasing after her–wanting to woo her–which I liked. Not enough guys chase after girls! He’s definitely an addition to my book boyfriend list. I’d love to have a boyfriend like his thoughtful self.

 

Dimple, Dimple, Dimple…I liked her quite a bit. Some of her logic made me want to shake her, asking her what the heck. But besides that, I felt a kinship with her. She’s strong, opinionated, and smart. Yes to main characters like that! And as for the controversy, if you can call it that, surrounding this book, I think it’s blown out of proportion. And that’s all I’m saying about that.

 

The romance was cute, swoony, and made me smile. I loved some of the secondary characters. Mainly Ashish, although I did like both sets of parents to a certain extent. Celia kind of drive me nuts through at least half the book, along with some of the other coding contestants. It was nice to see a bit of the Indian culture scattered throughout the book, so props for that. Overall, I can’t wait to read more from this author!

 

A Reader’s Worst Nightmare [2]

 

I needed content for October, because I’m trying to do #blogtober. My mind is stuck on Halloween, so I thought of doing some of the top (in my opinion) pet peeves i.e. nightmares (here’s the Halloween part) that readers have/deal with. I know there’s more pet peeves than how many I can post weekly in October, so maybe I’ll keep going after the month ends until I run out of ideas. We’ll see. Here’s nightmare number two:

 

 

Reading slumps are one of the worst things for any reader to experience. The joy of reading is magical, and when you just can’t get into a book no matter how many you try, it’s awful. Whether the reason is because life is a big garbage fire (like most of 2017 has been), you have a book hangover from an amazing read, you’re a huge mood reader and nothing’s peaking your interest, and so on, reading slumps suck. I’ve been in reading slumps that span months. Try not to be too hard on yourself when the next slump comes around. If you’re a reader, your love of books will always come back. My advice would be to find something else to do like binging shows on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon, which is usually my fallback activity. Or if you’re determined to get out of your slump, trying reading in a different format than you usually do. For instance, if you usually read physical copies of books, try an audiobook.

 

Tune in next week to see my third reader’s worst nightmare. Let me know what you usually do when a reading slump hits you in the comments below.