Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Hate-to-Love Romances

Hey peeps and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. Is this seriously the first TTT I’ve done this year? I think so. Wow. Strange.

Anywayyyy, with it being Valentine’s Day today this TTT is all about our favorite romance tropes/types. Now, we all know that I love love and reading about romance (cute and smutty kind), but what’s the number one thing that I LOVE the most?

HATE-TO-LOVE ROMANCES.

There’s seriously just something about them that makes my heart all aflutter and makes the angst go through the roof and I NEED IT MORE IN MY LIFE. AHH.

Okay, with that being said, here’s my list!

1. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – I loved this book and the romance in it and I just about melted from the angst and feelings and ahhhhhhhh!

2. Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – Ooh, this adult urban fantasy is just FULL of hate-to-love and super angsty the first few books. And then it gets steamy and dayyyyum. Just. Yes.

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I mean, having a boy that you’re not interested in be your pretend boyfriend constitutes the same thing, right? Especially when those feelings become real on both ends.

4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater – WE KNEW THE FATE SINCE THE FIRST CHAPTER. And yet it still broke me and Blue is the most stubborn girl of ever and I love themmmmmm.

5. The Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – Each one of these books in the trilogy has a main couple who goes from hate-to-love and that’s probably why this is one of my favorite trilogies of all time. And the characters are amazing together and just… *squee*

6. Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor – Not only is there beautiful writing and a beautiful story, but two characters who have a past that don’t know it and they hate each other at first until one realizes they had a past and… THE EMOTIONS. ALL 76 OF THEM. *sobs eternally*

7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – I’m Warnette trash when it comes to this trilogy. Oh my Go, I didn’t think I’d root for them at all, but they’re perfect together. Perfect.

8. A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas – I mean there was romance in the first book, but that hate-to-love relationship with Rhys was just one that set the world on fire. Or damn near close to it.

9. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – THE ANGST. OH MY GOD. Renee can write such amazing love stories without it being overpowering and with us really understanding the characters, even when they originally set out to kill the other. So good.

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10. Morrighan by Mary E. Pearson – This novella had me feeling ALL THE FEELS and I’m SO SAD it’s only a novella because I could read about these two ALL DAY.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What are some of your favorite romance tropes? Do you like the hate-to-love romances? What gets your heart all aflutter and wanting more when it comes to romance? Tell me all the things!

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2016

Hey peeps and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. So as it’s the last TTT of the year, we’re going to talk about the best books I read in 2016. Now being a “best book” is very subjective and it varies from person to person, but I’m going to talk about the books that I enjoyed the most this year, so that includes 5 star books and some 4 stars mixed in. Let’s hop right into it!

1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. This book was so magical and had so many character that I fell in love with. And THAT ENDING. I need Windwitch right now. Luckily we don’t have to wait that long for it to come out!

2. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. This book was an awesome book about mental illness and coping with it through words and poetry and friendships. I loved it and highly recommend it.

3. The Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan. As my first foray into the comic book world, this series is so awesome. It’s very vulgar and mature at times, but I really got into the plot, and the art is beautiful.

4. The Air Awakens series by Elise Kova. I discovered this series when I got my kindle because it kept popping up in my recommended section, and boy am I glad I picked it up! The world is beautiful, the story is awesome, the characters I love, the character arcs are great. Just overall this series is worth the read in my opinion, so definitely check them out!

5. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. As the conclusion to one of my favorite trilogies of ever, I absolutely loved this book to pieces. It was huge and amazing and so good. It was a great wrap up and there were so many twists and turns and emotions poured into it. Love it!

6. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. Another awesome wrap up to a fantastic series, this book ended in a bitter sweet way. We all knew what was coming because it was told to us in the beginning, but I wasn’t expecting everything that happened. It was great and I am so glad that I read this series.

7. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh. What is it with all of these conclusions? I actually enjoyed this second book more than the first and I just think that it was so well done. The writing was lovely, the story expanded greatly, the characters were awesome, and I just think that this was a fantastic conclusion to the duology.

8. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. You know. You know why this is on here. Do I even need to explain? The story, the world, everything go so much larger than anything we could have imagined. It was beautiful.

9. The Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy. Swoon. That’s the best word that comes to mid when I think of this series. As my first dive into New Adult I have to say, I’m quite happy with it. There’s drama, sexy times, hockey things, Massachusetts setting (woo woo!)! I just really enjoyed this series and I’m so sad it’s over.

10. My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows. This book was HILARIOUS and so unexpected! I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did, so it was a pleasant surprise. I love the witty humor of the narrator, the dialogue between the characters, the way the magic worked… It was so fun!

11. Orange by Ichigo Takano. This manga was so beautiful and it spoke to many parts of my soul. It deals with friendship, depression, suicide, guilt, and there’s a bit of time travel involved in it, too. I love it so much and I’m so glad my bestie recommended it.

12. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. Hey, another one that should come as no surprise. This second to last book in the series was really great and I loved seeing new perspectives (ELIDE AND LORCAN AHHHHH). It wasn’t my favorite of the series, but it was still a great book where the stakes became higher and everything was kind of intense.

13. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. I’m still so happy we got a sequel to this series because this book was better than the first, I think. I absolutely loved it and thought that the story grew immensely and that everything became much more complex as time went on. I can’t wait for the next one!

14. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. If you follow me on Bookstagram you know how much I love this book. Like, seriously, this book was phenomenal and it hit me in all of the feels and the formatting was so cool! I can’t wait to read Gemina and am honestly surprised with myself that I haven’t read it yet.

15. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. This was so cute! I think it was just what I needed in that moment because I was just looking for something light and fluffy and this hit the nail right on the head. I loved the characters and how they hated each other but it turned into a romance.

16. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. This sequel, though! I remember not liking Cinder as much as I had hoped, so I was afraid to pick up the sequel for the longest time even though I heard that the series gets better with each book. And I was not  disappointed! This sequel really grabbed my attention and had me wanting to know what happened next with each page. I loved it!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What were your favorite/top/best books of 2016? Which would you highly recommend to me to check out? Tell me all the things!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under the Tree

Hey peeps and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about books we wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under our trees and boy oh boy, I know we all have pretty long lists about some of the books we’d like under our trees. So without further ado, here’s some books I’d love Santa to leave me:

1. The rest of the Fushigi Yuugi series that I don’t have. As my favorite manga series I really want to finish collecting the books, and I’m only missing seven of them, I think, but they’re kind of hard to find!

2. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. This is a story about a girl who has a type of schizophrenia and as I’ve never read a book about that kind of perspective, I thought that it would be an interesting read.

3. Paperweight by Meg Haston. This is about a girl who has an eating disorder, and, like the book before this one, I’ve never read a book about someone with an eating disorder, so I think it would be interesting to get that perspective and see how this character deals with it.

4. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I’ve been interested in reading this book for some time now, I just haven’t picked it up yet. I hear it’s a much slower fantasy story, with a much more politically based plot, which intrigues me.

5. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. I’ve been wanting to read this since I first heard about it, I just haven’t picked it up yet! Also, Adam’s just a fun person in general so I think that this would be a really cool read.

6. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. I think that this book that deals with music as a sort of therapy would be a good read because I know that I use music as a sort of therapy for myself even if I’m not consciously aware of it.

7. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens. This is a story about a girl who’s been raped and how she lives life after the incident and I think that this would be one of those stories that would have an impact on me.

8. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. A book about suicide is a very touchy subject, but it’s also a topic I’m passionate about and I hear that the writing in this book is really beautiful.

9. The rest of the Ceres: Celestial Legend books that I don’t own. Again, like the Fushigi Yuugi series, I don’t own all of the books to some of my favorite series by Yuu Watase, so I’ll also include Imadoki! Nowadays! here, too.

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10. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Yup. #noshame #Hamiltontrash

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What books would you love Santa to leave you? If you don’t want books, what kinds of things would you hope to find under the tree? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Gift Guide – Small Businesses

Hey peeps and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. So today’s topic is a holiday gift guide! I did one last year where it was much broader and I talked about several things you can get the book lover in your life, so today I thought I’d talk about some small businesses that you should definitely check out for the bookish lover in your life!

1. Evie Bookish – Evie has such a talent when it comes to bookish designs! I love her products a lot (I’m expecting my second one by her soon) and I think she’s definitely worth checking out and potentially ordering something from.

2. Paper Fury – Cait is not only the Queen of Everything, but she also has a shop with bookish and writing related items! Her sassy self comes out even in her products, which are adorable and so fun.

3. Muggle Library Candles – This lovely little shop makes bookish inspired candles in 4oz and 9oz sizes! I’m expecting my first candle from them soon, but I’m so excited! They have scents like The Night Lord, AIDAN, The Forbidden Forest, and more. Plus, some of their candles sparkle, and if you’re a shiny/sparkle lover like me, then this is the shop for you.

4. Novel Ink Designs – She does some really cool stuff with bookmarks and other book inspired things! I believe some of her bookmarks are made by burning? Don’t quote me on that, but they’re customizable and super cute!

5. Novelly Yours – More candles! These candles are so cute and there are so. Many. Scents. Like, how could you choose just one? Plus they’re super affordable and from what I hear they smell amazing. One day I’ll own a mini collection!

6. Novel Heartbeat – Even more candles! Jessi also does custom made orders and necklaces and clay dragons. Her shop is also just as cute, so check it out!

7. Bookworm Boutique – Lauren has cute bookish related items up on Society 6 that are simpler in design if you’re more into the minimalistic stuff. Lots of phrases, Harry Potter, and more await there!

8. Happy Hello! – THE CUTEST BOOKMARKS OF EVER. I swear, you won’t be able to resist them. Why don’t I have any in my own life? I need them. She offers a lot from series with multiple characters, so your fangirl/boy heart will be forever happy.

9. Uppercase Box – Yes, my favorite monthly subscription! I love the bookish swag, the awesome signed books, and just being able to see what will come each month. It’s so fun and I definitely recommend checking them out!

10. Fairyloot – Another fun monthly book subscription box that is very pretty and hosts a lot of fun items each month. I’ve seen a lot of the boxes since they launched and I SO want one!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What do you think of my suggestions? Is there anything specific you want this holiday season? What would you suggest for gifts?

Top Ten Tuesday: Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey peeps and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. This week is all about what we’re thankful for because here in the U.S.A. is the week of Thanksgiving (which is on the 24th). So today I’m going to do two categories: a) bookish things I’m thankful for having in my life, and b) things I’m thankful for in my personal life. Let’s go!

Bookish Things I’m Thankful For…

1. I was able to attend three book signings this year. I think that that’s incredible because I haven’t been to a book signing since Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer came out YEARS ago. And each signing was a blast and much better than that first experience.

2. I got to meet my favorite author at one of those said signings. Sarah J. Maas was so sweet and so fun to listen to during her chat. I asked her what quote from her books I should get as a tattoo, and she named a few I already loved, and yes, I will be getting one soon.

3. Giveaways! Yes, I’ve actually won a couple, which is cool. They may have been swag or for a coloring book, but it was still cool to be able to win something since it doesn’t happen often.

4. Getting a subscription box almost each month. It’s always so fun opening the boxes and seeing what’s inside. It’s like my birthday is every month when I get one!

5. To have such a wonderful community to connect with. Seriously, everyone I’ve met in the book community has been amazingly nice, compassionate, and friendly. I’ve made some friends with people and I think that that’s so cool, how our common love of books brought us all together.

Personal Things I’m Thankful For…

6. Family. Things kind of took a major downhill turn in my family, but we’re coping and dealing with it every day. It’s not 100% better, but we make do with what we can, and that’s all we can ask for. And other than that, my family is great at caring and wanting to be there to help, which is great.

7. My husband. I know he can be lumped into the family category, but I want to put him in his own spot because I love him very much, and through all of the family stuff he’s been my constant rock and I appreciate him so much for that.

8. My best friend. She stepped up to the plate and offered to help when my family kind of crumbled, and I’m very thankful to her for that. She’s over every week, and she helps by just being here. I don’t know what I’d do without her and I love her very much.

9. I’ve been at my current job for over a year. I mean, I was at my previous one for almost six years, but still, this is a “big girl” job and I’m glad to say I’ve made it past the one year mark by a few months. I also appreciate that I get praise and appreciated there because I’m an efficient worker and I get things done.

10. For this blog and the community that I’m in. As I stated before, this community is amazing and I love that I’m part of it. But not only that, but I’m just grateful that I’ve been running this blog for over two years, and I love it so very much. It gives me a place to feel like I belong, a place where I can go to be calm, a place that I can call my own and design and use how I wish. I’m so thankful to those who read this blog, comment, and to just have a space to call mine on the Internet.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Happy Thanksgiving! How do you celebrate? Do you have a big family gathering, or is it smaller and more quaint? What are you most thankful for this year?