Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

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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 On My Fall TBR List. Most of these are books I already own, but haven’t gotten around to reading yet. Oops.

 

        

1. The Upside of Unrequited  I absolutely loved Becky’s debut book, and this one sounds equally amazing. The reviews are pretty overwhelmingly positive, so yay!

2. Alex, Approximately  I think I helped pick this cover, and I absolutely adore it. This one sounds like my kind of read, especially since I loved Jenn’s debut YA book so much.

3. The Names They Gave Us – Emery everything please! I really enjoyed all her books, especially The Start of Me and You. The religion aspect is kind of iffy for me, but I’ll read anything she writes.

4. The Hate U Give – This one has gotten so much praise, and I bought it with the intent to read it right away. As usual, I epically failed at doing that. I do want to read this one soon though.

5. Lucky in Love – Kasie’s stories are always super cute, and usually pretty fluffy. If you’re looking for a cute contemp read, check her out. I can’t wait to devour this one.

        

6. When Dimple Met Rishi Such a cute cover, and I’ve heard great things about this one. There was some small controversy, but I think it was kind of blown out of proportion. I am so ready to read this one.

7. Scoring Wilder – I need to read this one ASAP! I requested it from the library based on my friend Jessica’s raving about how good it was. This will probably be one of my first fall reads, once I get my hands on a copy.

8. Fraternize – I requested this one from Netgalley to read, and then I read a review that made me even more excited. I need to make it a priority to read it soon.

9. The Score  I read book 1 and 2 of this series, and then kind of didn’t want the series to end, so I’ve been procrastinating on reading this book and book 4. But I need to soon, especially since I’ve been told Dean is pretty great.

10. How to Make a Wish – I loved Ashley’s debut book, and I was super excited for this one as soon as I heard about it. I am ready for the feels. Bring them on!

 

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

Book Review: Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Title: Lover Awakened
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #3
Publisher: Signet
Publication date: September 5, 2006
Pages: 434
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

 

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

 

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

 

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Sooooo freaking good! I decided to get the first several books in the series from my local used bookstore, and quickly devoured book 1, which I enjoyed. Book 2 was even better, although some parts were kinda like OMG what’s happening. Somewhere along the line, I ended up buying 10-11 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, just because I like the characters so much. And I have a thing for vampires. So here we are with book 3 and my review. I was so nervous about reading this one based on the couple (mostly the male); that is until my friend Jessica read it and loved it hardcore. I also loved it so much. There are no words that can fully express my love. This book definitely gets 5 stars.

 

There were so many emotional parts; it broke my heart sometimes. I definitely cried while reading this book, especially towards the end. That ending was absolute perfection. 5 extra stars just for that haha. I don’t want to give things away, especially for people who haven’t read any of the books. But I’ll say that I knew who the club owner really was way before he was revealed. I’m definitely excited to read the next book, to see what happens going forward. I am so glad I finally got around to reading this book, because it’s exactly what I needed right about now. Vampires will always be a love of mine, and I don’t read about them nearly enough. So give me all your favorite vampire recs now! Please and thanks.

 

One thing to note about these books is the fact that they kind of jump around from head to head, showing you a little of what this person is thinking/feeling, and then this person, and so on. It’s a little annoying at moments when you just want to stay in someone’s head at a really good/intense part, but then it jumps to someone else’s head for a while instead. I think the different POVs are well done though, so no complaints really from me. I highly recommend these books to anyone who likes vampires, paranormal romance, and some alpha males.

 

 

Stacking the Shelves [34]

Stacking the Shelves

 

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.

 

I haven’t done a Stacking the Shelves post in over a year, so I’m going to slowly start showing you books I’ve bought over the months. I’ll probably just do mostly 2017 books, because yeah…it’ll get too crazy otherwise. With that said, I bought some books from Amazon, BookOutlet, and Half Price Books. I’ve borrowed books from the library (I’ll only show recent ones). I’ve gotten some new approvals from Netgalley, and I’ve won a couple books here and there.

 

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

 

Bought:

       

 

Netgalley:

    

 

Borrowed:

     

 

Won:

   

 

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

To Be Read Tag

 

I was not tagged for this, but I wanted to do it anyways. I have no idea who started this tag, so I can’t give credit where it’s due. So without further ado, here we go:

 

Q1: How do you keep track of your To Be Read pile?

Goodreads. I honestly don’t know what I did before I found that amazing website.

 

Q2: Is your To Be Read mostly print or E-books?

There’s a lot of books I don’t even own, but of the TBR books I own, mostly print. I gravitate towards printed books because I get migraines, and the less screen time a day, the better.

 

Q3: How do you determine which book from your To Be Read to read next?

Whatever I’m in the mood for, or whatever I’m going to buddy read with someone.

 

Q4: A book that has been on your To Be Read the longest?

On my Goodreads TBR shelf, it’s Family Pictures by Jane Green. I added it on January 4, 2013.

Q5: A book that you recently added to your To Be Read?

One book that I recently added that I’m super excited about is Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken. I got an eARC from Netgalley, so I’m hoping to read this one soon.

Q6: A book on your To Be Read strictly because it has a beautiful cover?

I never add books just because it’s got a pretty cover. It’s got to have an interesting sounding summary too. But one book that has a beautiful cover that drew my attention is Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. This one I was debating on adding for a while, but the cover—and other people’s reviews—finally made me add it.

Q7: A book on your To Be Read that you never plan on actually reading?

I got rid of most of these when I deleted books from my TBR, but I guess maybe The Privilege of Youth: A Teenager’s Story by Dave Pelzer. I read his other books before this one was published. I’m just not in the mood for depressing stories when the world is a garbage fire. I need happy things right now.

Q8: An unpublished book on your To Be Read that you’re excited for?

There’s a long list, but I’ll go with The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. What I’ve read by her, I’ve really enjoyed.

Q9: A book on your To Be Read that everyone else has read but you?

Um maybe Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead?

Q10: A book on your To Be Read that everyone recommends to you?

Off the top of my head, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I’m newer to fantasy (besides Harry Potter), and that one has been recommended many times.

Q11: A book on your To Be Read that you are DYING to read?

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey. My friend Jessica just finished it, and LOVED it. Therefore I want to read it ASAP.

Q12: The number of books on your To Be Read?

2,416. Don’t judge. Last year I had 7,000+ books on my TBR before I went through and got rid of a lot of them.

 

I’m tagging the below people, and whoever else wants to do this:
Jessica @ Reading with Jessica
Paige @ Books And Belle

Audiobook Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: February 9, 2016
Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

 

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

 

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

 

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

 

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Book 2 picked up right where the previous one left off. It was the same narrator, which I really like. I absolutely hate when they change who reads the series. This was pretty interesting, although I found the beginning a little slow again. I’ll give this book 4 stars overall.

 

I had to do a re-read of book 1’s summary. Frankly it’s been a while since I listened to that audiobook, and I’d forgotten most of the finer details. Book 2 is a lot more “war” focused than book 1, for obvious reasons. Cal and Mare escaped and have to fight to maintain their freedom. Maven is pretty much constantly chasing them, or in the back of their minds. I’m still not 100% sure of my stance on Maven.

 

There’s some sad parts in this, particularly in the last couple hours of the audiobook. I won’t spoil anything by saying who, but one of my favorite characters dies. I know casualties are to be expected, but noooooo! Not this person. I was heartbroken. Can I also just say that the ending was twisted? As weird as it sounds, I kind of dug it though…it made me want to read book 3 really badly.

 

I’m still wishy-washy about my feelings for Cal. The reader loves him, the reader loves him not. Kilorn drove me nuts several times, and I seriously wanted to smack him at least once. I liked seeing newer characters, particularly the Red-and-Silver army Mare’s determined to recruit, determined to fight Maven with. There were definitely moments I pretty much held my breath (cliché, I know), wondering if everything would turn out okay. No comment on if that’s a yay, or a nay, outcome wise.

 

I can’t say much else without being spoilery, but I liked book 2 and can’t wait to dive into book 3 whenever I’m so inclined.

 

Waiting on Wednesday [54]

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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: Starfish
Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: September 26, 2017
Summary (via Goodreads): Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.

From debut author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes a luminous, heartbreaking story of identity, family, and the beauty that emerges when we embrace our true selves.


Why I Chose This Book:

First, the cover is gorgeous…as is the summary. Second, everyone has praised this book non-stop. The reviews I see so far are pretty much all 5 stars, which makes me even more excited to read this. Plus there’s pre-order goodies. What more could a person want?

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Loved During The First Year of Blogging

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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 Throwback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog, Favorite Books Published 5 or 10 or 15 Years Ago, Ten Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved, etc. etc. Tweak however you want! I went with Ten Books I Loved During The First Year of Blogging.

 

       

1. Fangirl This is the first Rainbow book I read, and I absolutely adored it. Cath is so me, it’s not even funny. I definitely want to re-read this one ASAP. My review is here.

2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda  I absolutely loved this book. Super cute, and I stayed up too late reading it…even though I had work the next day. My review is here.

3. Cinder – I haven’t read much sci-fi, but I really enjoyed this entire series. Cress and Thorne are my favorite characters, although Iko’s a close third. My review is here.

4. The Start of Me and You – This book was perfection. It’s my favorite Emery book to date, although I still need to read her latest. I’m so happy there’s a sequel coming out! My review is here.

5. Anna and the French Kiss – This series is swoony and so cute. Étienne is super adorable in this book. Isla is my favorite girl character (book 3), and I also really like Cricket (book 2). My review is here.

       

6. Summer of Sloane Such an amazing debut. Erin’s a sweetheart, and I just loved her writing. I highly recommend this one. So, so good. My review is here.

7. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart – It’s a little gross since there’s cadavers, but honestly, the romance makes me forget those parts. I really enjoyed this one, and I need to read Jenn’s latest book ASAP. My review is here.

8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook. The narrator was fantastic, and the writing was great. Kitty was super adorable, I liked Lara Jean, and Peter Kavinsky was pretty good overall. My review is here.

9. Throne of Glass  This was one of the first fantasy books besides Harry Potter that I’d read. Contemporary is usually my go-to genre, but I really enjoyed the story in this one. That said, I still need to read Empire of Shadows and Tower of Dawn. Oops. My review is here.

10. Everything, Everything – I really enjoyed this one. Nicola’s storytelling is amazing, and usually I can see twists coming, but I didn’t see this one. I still need to read her latest book. I’m so behind of books I’m dying to read. My review is here.

 

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

The Reading Quest Update Post

 

Aentee from Read at Midnight hosted #TheReadingQuest! The quest took place from August 13th to September 10th. I chose the Knight path.

 

My stats from this challenge are as follows:

EXP: 150

HP: 341

Level: 3

Books finished: 9

Total pages read: 1,779

Audiobook hours: 48 hours 44 minutes

 

 

The Knight’s Quest:

  • The first book of a series – Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon – approx. 8 hours
  • A book with a verb in its title – Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally – 304 pages
  • A book with a weapon on its cover – Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward – 434 pages
  • A book with a red cover – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – 421 pages
  • A book that has a TV/Movie adaption – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – approx. 13 hours 45 minutes
  • Grind: A book with 500+ pages (side quest) – Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens – 530 pages
  • Open World: Read whatever you want (side quest) – City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – approx. 12 hours 20 minutes
  • Mini Game: Read a graphic novel, novella, or poem collection (side quest) – Seducing His Student by London Hale – 92 pages
  • Time Warp: A book set in either the past of the future (side quest) – Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – approx. 14 hours 40 minutes

 

       

     

 

I shared some updates on Twitter via the hashtag #TheReadingQuest. Overall, I’m really happy with my progress. After being in a reading slump, finishing 9 books is great. All of the artwork was provided by Aentee of Read at Midnight, and was created by CW of Read, Think, Ponder.

Book Review: Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens

Title: Thoughtless
Author: S.C. Stephens
Series: Thoughtless #1
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: June 11, 2011
Pages: 530
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart.

 

Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes… and none of them will ever be the same.

 

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So obviously there’s cheating, and a love triangle based on the summary. If you’re not okay with that, walk away now. This book wasn’t a favorite by any means, but it wasn’t completely terrible. I debated the rating for a while before deciding on 3.5 stars.

 

I picked up the entire series from my local used bookstore because my friend Jessica was dying to read these books. I hadn’t heard of them before, but the ratings were pretty positive (4.12 stars overall) and the summary sounded interesting. And I have to say that once you get over the overly descriptive beginning (and I mean OVERLY), this gets so much better. I think the author could cut out at least half of the first 100-150 pages, and this would be so much better. I nearly put it down a couple times and returned the series, because it was so hard to get through the beginning.

 

Kiera kind of drove me a little crazy with all her back and forth melodrama. Girl needed to make up her mind. I seriously loved Kellan’s character…well at least like 98% of the time. If you’ve read this book, you’ll probably know what instances I’m talking about where I was like whoa hold up. Denny was pretty sweet, but he just wasn’t my cup of tea (inside reference kinda haha). Honestly, Kellan’s pretty much the only reason I kept reading. Sorry, not sorry. Although I did like some of the other band members, and Kiera’s friends too.

 

The last half of the book was so much more interesting. I alternated between on the edge of my seat excitement, rage, sadness (yes, I shed some tears), swooning, etc. The ending was a nice fit after all the buildup, and as much as I almost stopped reading after the boringly long beginning, I can’t wait for book two. I want to see what happens next in the story. In fact…I’m about to go check the summary for the next book on Goodreads as soon as I post this. Thankfully I have book two (and three and four), so I can continue reading whenever I’m so inclined.

 

There were some cute lines, but I didn’t write them down since I was focused on just finishing this beast of a book. It wasn’t a bad read, especially after that beginning. Give it a try if you don’t mind cheating, love triangles, or description galore.

 

Throne of Glass Book Tag

 

This book tag was created by Hannah from So Obsessed With and Alexa from Alexa Loves Books. I was tagged by Jessica from Reading with Jessica.

 

      

 

Lysandra | A book with a cover change you loved
I’m going with Anna and the French Kiss (the entire series) by Stephanie Perkins. I love these books, and these matching paperback covers are super cute.
Abraxos | A book that’s better on the inside than it looks on the outside
I get the purpose of the cover for None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio, but it doesn’t really draw my eye. However, the story is an amazing diverse read. I highly recommend this one.
Erilea | A series with great world-building
I haven’t read a ton of fantasy yet, and my go-to would be Harry Potter, but I’m using that for another prompt below, so I’ll go with The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I love The Darkling! I also love the new covers for this series as well.
Rifthold | A book that combines genres
According to Goodreads, this is dystopian and fantasy, so I’m picking Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. It wasn’t my favorite book by any means (sorry, not sorry), but it wasn’t terrible either. I’m listening to Glass Sword now. I’ll probably get around to King’s Cage eventually.
Damaris | A book based on/inspired by a myth/legend
I absolutely loved The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I was trying to find a book for this one, and I realized I haven’t read many books inspired by myths/legends. I need to work on that. I started book two, but I put it down because it wasn’t holding my attention.

 

        

 

Kaltain Rompier | A book with an unexpected twist
One book would definitely be Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I didn’t expect the twist that came along at all, and I’m usually pretty good at guessing what will happen in books.
Assassin’s Keep | A book with an unreliable narrator
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart definitely has an unreliable narrator. I won’t tell you all about it; just read it. It’s another book with a plot twist that I didn’t see coming.
Asterin Blackbeak | A book that’s got SQUAD GOALS
The boys in The Deal (and the other Off-Campus books) by Elle Kennedy are so tightly knit. They are roommates, and teammates. I finished books 1 & 2, and need to read the other two ASAP.
Terrasen | A book that feels like home
How could I not pick Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (well really the entire series) by J.K. Rowling? These books have been my companion since I was young. The only fanfiction I wrote was HP related, and I just love the world, the characters, etc. Hogwarts will always feel like home to me.
Aelin Ashryver Galathynius | A book with the power to destroy you
I’m going to go with My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Her writing is amazing, and this book (along with a lot of her others) blew me away. She focuses on controversial topics, but without being preachy.

 

       

 

Manon Blackbeak | A book that intimidated you 
I’ll pick The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I watched the movie (loved it!) before reading the book. The book is pretty gigantic, and it kind of dragged on too much. But overall, it was pretty entertaining. I think this is one instance where I prefer the movie though.
Rowan Whitethorn | A book that makes you swoon
Um I’m going with A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. My baby Rhys is in it, so obviously I’m picking it. He’s sexy as heck, so amazing, etc. I absolutely loved this book, and I plan on re-reading it soon before reading A Court of Wings and Ruin.
Chaol Westfall | A book that challenged you to see things differently
I picked Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow. This book could also be used for the power to destroy you prompt. I had to take breaks while reading because my heart hurt. I think that everyone should read this book. It reminds us how lucky most of us are…and how hardships are hopefully possible to overcome with a little help from friends.
Fleetfoot | A book that you received as a gift
One of my absolute favorites, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I won in a giveaway. I hadn’t read anything by her before this, and I ended up finding a favorite author. I’ve only read this and Eleanor & Park, but both are amazing. I can relate soooo much to Cath in this book. She’s basically me in a book. No joke.
Eye of Elena | A book you found right when you needed it
I’m picking The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I’m pretty sure I was in a huge reading slump (yet again grrr), and someone suggested I read this one. It’s one of my absolute favorites.

 

Who do you tag?

No one told me they wanted to be tagged, so I’m tagging whoever wants to do this. Join the fun! 🙂