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?

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?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Boyfriends

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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 Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?). I have crushes on A LOT of guys. For a full list that’s updated occasionally as I keep reading, check out my Book Boyfriends Goodreads shelf here. I’m at 82 books on the list so far. I couldn’t decide on just 10, so I’m doing 15 in no particular order. 🙂

 

       

1. Rhysand from ACOTAR series My baby Rhys. I love this man so much. I still need to read ACOWAR ASAP. I wanted to re-read books 1 & 2 first though, and I accomplished half of that goal so far.

2. Garrett Graham from The Deal (Off-Campus series) Garrett is so fantastic. I can’t even put into words how much I love him. I still have to read books 3 & 4 from this series, so we’ll see if anyone surpasses him, but I doubt it.

3. Oz from Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road series) – Oz was such a great character in this book, and I just loved everything about him. In real life, I’m not into bikers. But fictional ones are just fine! 😉

4. Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door – Jase is super cute. I just adored his family, and how close they were. George, Jase’s little brother, was another highlight of this book. I’d bet he’d be a great love interest/main character in a story someday.

5. The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy – I absolutely love The Darkling. He made me swoon a lot in this first book, and some of his lines are perfection. I think I’m getting a tattoo of at least one of them eventually.

        

6. Max Watson from The Start of Me and You Max is like the perfect boyfriend for someone in real life. He’s funny, smart, cute, and super nice. What a great combination for a guy to have. You can read my review here.

7. Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter series – Draco was one of my first book boyfriends. I fancied him like crazy, and even wrote quite a bit of fanfiction featuring him starting when I was 12-13 years old.

8. Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss trilogy) – It’s hard to pick a favorite male from these books, but I think Cricket surpasses Étienne St. Clair by quite a bit. He’s just so thoughtful and adorable and so much more. Read my full review here.

9. Joshua Templeman from The Hating Game I absolutely love Josh. He’s amazing. I swooned quite a bit while reading this book, especially towards the end.

10. Frank Porter from Since You’ve Been Gone – Frank is close to the top of my YA book boyfriends list. He was adorable, and super nice. The world needs more guys like him in real life.

       

11. Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles series  I freaking love Thorne. He and Cress are one of my OTP. He’s charismatic, kind of cocky, and so stinking cute that I can’t even. You can read my reviews of books 1-4 of The Lunar Chronicles here.

12. Mac Chatham from Saint Anything – Mac is another adorable one. He’s sweet, protective, understanding, AND HE CAN COOK! What’s not to love? Read more about him in my review here.

13. Levi from Fangirl – Levi isn’t a guy I’d probably go for in real life (my taste in guys sucks), but in the literary world, I definitely had to add him to my book boyfriends list. He’s another nice, sweet, caring, protective guy that most girls would love to have. Read my review here.

14. Peter Kavinsky from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy So Peter is pretty good overall, but he definitely had some douchebag moments in my opinion. He’s probably one of my least favorites on this list for that reason. But he got his act together, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the last book. You can read my review of books 1-2 here.

15. Rowan Whitethorn from Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass series) – Last, but certainly not least is Rowan. So I kind of went all over the place with book boyfriends in this series. I loved Chaol, Dorian, and Rowan. I mean I kind of still love them all, but I’ve only read up to Queen of Shadows, so I have a couple more books to read before trying to make up my mind as to who I really want. I only reviewed book 1 here.

 

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Feature Characters That Play Sports

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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 That Feature Characters ____________. I went with Ten Books That Feature Characters That Play Sports. I’m doing half the post for books I’ve already read, and then half of the post for books I really want to read. If you have any favorite sports romances that I didn’t list, tell me ASAP. I want all the recs.

 

        

1. Hundred Oaks series  I read all of these books this year, and really enjoyed them. My favorites were probably Coming Up for Air, Defending Taylor, and Breathe, Annie, Breathe.

2. Off-Campus series  I’ve only read books 1 and 2, but I really enjoyed them. Especially 1, because Garrett. I’m hoping to read books 3 and 4 soon.

3. Roller Girl – This is a MG graphic novel, but I really enjoyed it. It’s about roller derby, and I learned a lot about the sport. Astrid is a great main character, and I highly recommend this one.

4. Calling It series – I had an eARC from Netgalley for book 1, and really enjoyed the story. I have to finish reading the series soon. The small town vibe was nice, and the characters were entertaining.

5. Play by Play series – I’m reading book 1 now, and I bought several more from my local used bookstore (see my Stacking the Shelves post on Saturday to see which ones) to start once I finish it.

      

6. The Boys of Summer series  I got the first book from the library to hopefully buddy read with Jessica soon. I can’t wait to dive into another baseball sports romance.

7. Game On series – At least book 1, not sure about the others, has some mixed reviews, but I definitely still want to read it and see for myself. I need all the sports romances I can get.

8. The Ivy Years series – This one’s been on my radar for a while. I’ve heard good things about Sarina’s writing, so I want to get around to reading these in the future.

9. Cold Fury Hockey series  As you’ve noticed, there’s a tendency for sports romances to be series. And here’s another one I really want to read. I’m not a big hockey fan (or sports in general), but give it to me to read please.

10. Gridiron series – A couple people I know didn’t really enjoy this one, but I’m all for trying books for myself…unless there’s problematic representation or something. So this is definitely on my TBR.

 

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

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?

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?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’ve Put Down

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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 I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down. I went with Ten Books I’ve Put Down.

 

        

1. Mechanica  This book had like 30+ pages of flashbacks and descriptions, so I put it down after 10%. I was really disappointed because I’d been looking forward to this one.

2. Awake  I pretty much didn’t like anything within the first 10%, which is when I stopped reading. The characters weren’t entertaining (they were either roll-my-eyes unbelievable or creepy), and there was so much telling happening.

3. Hunter – Lots of info dumping, and I was getting beyond confused while reading this. I might have kept reading if I’d connected with the main character, but I just couldn’t continue past 10%.

4. Dream Things True – The summary, and the fact that this is a diverse book, made me excited to read it. The romance felt off in this one, and some of the characters annoyed me. So I quit reading after 12%.

5. Goodbye Stranger – The audiobook wasn’t holding my interest, and the voice felt pretty childish for a middle grade character. I stopped listening after 10%.

        

6. Signs Point to Yes  Early into this book, I wasn’t really sure about if I’d continue. I kept going until I got to 31% when I gave up. The dialogue was off, and there honestly wasn’t much happening.

7. Crash – I only made it to 2% for this one. When the main character talked to a dog about romance advice, I couldn’t anymore. Also some of the phrases and words used were driving me nuts.

8. Dead Ringer – 11% is how far I made it into this one. The writing wasn’t holding my interest due to the dialogue feeling unnatural, and too many descriptions.

9. Jersey Angel  The narrator wasn’t that great, but I might have listened longer than 13% if I’d liked the story more. It was kind of weird/crass, and there was way too much backstory/descriptions.

10. Alex As Well – I probably would have read the entire book if the mom hadn’t annoyed the crap out of me. She was beyond terrible! I made it to 36% for this one before I put it down.

 

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hidden Gem Books in Contemporary Genre

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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 Hidden Gem Books in X Genre, so I picked Contemporary. The below books all have less than 500 reviews on Goodreads.

 

       

1. Summer of Sloane  This is one of my favorite books. The writing is amazing, and it’s got less than 300 reviews. It’s set in Hawaii, and it’s got one of my many book boyfriends (Finn).

2. Tone Deaf  It’s a little dark, but so good. Another one with under 300 reviews. The main character is deaf, so there’s some diverse representation here. I’d highly recommend this one.

3. Shuffle, Repeat – Less than 500 reviews for this super cute book. The beginning is a little slow, but this book is definitely worth checking out.

4. Up to This Pointe- It’s got 300 reviews exactly, and could use a lot more. There’s two “timelines” in this one, and it takes a little time to get used to…but the story is great. I liked Harper and Owen a lot.

5. Suffer Love – The chemistry between the main characters is amazing. I can’t believe this one has less than 400 reviews. The cover is beautiful, and I can’t wait to read more of Ashley’s writing.

       

6. The Girl Who Fell  Not going to lie. This one is pretty dark, but it’s really good and powerful. Less than 300 reviews, so get reading this one people.

7. In Real Life – It’s got a cute cover, and storyline. With the internet friendship part, it’ll resonate with people nowadays. Just over 400 reviews, so this is another one to add to your TBRs.

8. Underwater – Just over 400 reviews for this one. I didn’t have a book boyfriend for this book, but it was still a good read. I think it’ll interest people with PTSD/anxiety. Being able to see a character you can relate to is always nice.

9. Hello?  This book has multiple POVs, and it’s unique. I love that it’s set in Wisconsin, and Liza is so nice. Make sure to review this one since it has just over 200 reviews.

10. Just Visiting – Less than 200 reviews for this one. I really enjoyed Dahlia’s writing, and I need to get to reading her other books.

 

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Friendship 101 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 a Back To School Freebie, so I chose Ten Friendship 101 Books.

 

        

1. Harry Potter series  The Sorcerer’s Stone shows the start of The Golden Trio (Harry, Hermione, and Ron), which is a great friendship. I absolutely love Hermione’s character.

2. Off-Campus series  I’ve only read books 1 and 2, but I really enjoyed them. The camaraderie with the four main guys, and the rest of the hockey team, is outstanding. These books are fire!

3. In Real Life – I really like recommending this book, because it’s super relevant nowadays with all the internet friendships.

4. Anna and the French Kiss – The group of friends Anna meets at the boarding school in Paris are great. Especially Étienne. Le sigh.

5. Saint Anything – I love how Sydney pretty much befriends the entire Chatham family in this book. I absolutely loved Mac and Layla.

        

6. Boomerang  Both sets of friends in this book (Mia and Ethan’s) were pretty amazing. I especially loved how her friends came to her rescue more than a few times.

7. The Start of Me and You – I’m always praising this book, because I love it so much. The group of girl friends in this book is a great example of how friendship should work.

8. We Were Liars – The Liars is a group of four friends. Their relationship is kind of twisted/destructive, but I’m recommending this book anyways. Because it blew my mind. It’s so good.

9. The Lunar Chronicle series  The Lunar Chronicles contains a couple of my favorite friendships (Cinder and Iko, Winter and Jacin, etc.), but it also contains one of my favorite ships. Cress and Throne.

10. Hundred Oaks series – Catching Jordan isn’t my favorite book in the series, but the dynamic between Jordan and Sam Henry (plus the rest of the football team) is a great example of true friendship. I’d highly recommend this series to anyone who likes sports romances. I devoured them all this year.

 

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Recommendations for Ravenclaws

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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 Book Recommendations for ______________. I went with Ravenclaws for my blank, so here we go:

 

        

1. Fangirl  I think other Ravenclaws will feel a kinship with Cath like I did. She’s smart, writes fanfiction, is a fangirl (obviously), etc. Just talking about this book makes me want to re-read it.

2. The Start of Me and You  There was a high level of nerdy stuff in this book (Quiz Bowl, nerdy banter, list making, etc.), so yay for that! Plus there were references to Harry Potter, and the Gilmore Girls…two of my favorite things.

3. We Were Liars – Like 98% of the time, I can guess the “twist” that’ll happen in the book before it happens. But this book actually surprised me. I never saw the twist coming, and it blew my mind. I’d highly recommend this one.

4. The Hating Game – One of my all-time favorite books. I love the back-and-forth banter between Lucy and Josh. It’s super entertaining, like read this book ASAP people entertaining.

5. Summer of Sloane – The writing is so beautiful in this book, and I think Ravenclaws will enjoy it immensely. It’s definitely a book that you could read in one sitting.

        

6. Legend  This book makes you think about society nowadays, and what the future could look like. As you’re reading, you’re trying to unravel what’s all happening/what will happen. June is a prodigy, so I think that might resonate with some Ravenclaws as well.

7. The Lunar Chronicle series  The females in the series are really smart, and pretty bad-ass. My favorite is Cress, but honestly they’re all great. I’d highly recommend these futuristic books, if you haven’t read them already.

8. I’ll Give You the Sun  The writing is absolutely amazing. Both Jude and Noah are creative, and intelligent…two traits highly prized among Ravenclaws.

9. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart – Both Bex and Jack are creative. It’s a little gorier than my usual reads (what with the cadavers), but I really loved it.

10. P.S. I Like You – There’s song writing, guitar playing, anonymous note exchanges, swoony romance, etc. What’s not to love in this very creativity-driven book?

 

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