Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Angsty Romances

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is five favorite angsty romances. I found this to be so much fun. But also hard because there are a ton of angsty romances out there that I have read and love. Let me know what your top five are in the comments!

1. Warner and Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy 

I read this series for the first time this year and it might end up going on my favorites list. Warner is just. I can’t even. I love him. There is so much angst in this series—especially when it comes to the last book, Ignite Me. I literally just reread just that book the other day because I needed to experience that relationship and that angst another time.

2. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

I feel like these two are the original angsty couple. He basically calls her ugly. Then professes his feelings. She rejects him. Both of them realize they were being stupid. There is just so much anger and tension between these two for most of the book—making it even more satisfying when they finally get together. Continue reading

My One Year Blogiversary: Lessons Learned and Q&A

I actually had a bit of trouble keeping track of my blog anniversary. Some of you may know I started as apieceofparadis. And really, that blog wasn’t originally a book blog. I don’t really count those first few months when I was doing non-bookish posts. Then I changed sites. And then I changed sites again until I ended up here. With all the moving, I actually missed what I am going to consider my actual anniversary—February, 16th. Not on this exact blog address but when I started blogging. It’s the date I did my first released this week post, really turning this thing into a book blog.

But better late than never, right? In this post I’m going to talk a little bit about what I’ve learned, favorite books of the past year, and then will take questions in the comments for a follow-up post.  Continue reading

The Blogger Aesthetic Award

I was tagged by Ash @ Once Upon a Bookshelf to do this award, which I think sounds really fun.  Basically, it is sharing your aesthetic as a blogger through some pictures. People—especially at my school—always talk about their aesthetic. While I haven’t really put time into thinking about my aesthetic, I know what I do and don’t like. It’ll be nice to kind of create a spread of it. And this award was created by Liam @ Hey Ashers. Check out below for the rules as well as my aestheic.

The Rules:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

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Review: Amy Sparling’s Ella’s Twisted Senior Year

Title: Ella’s Twisted Senior Year
Author: Amy Sparling
Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: May 31, 2016



Ella has spent most of her life living under the radar, that is until a tornado rips through and destroys her home. Now everyone at school pities her. To make matters worse, her parents decide to temporarily stay at the neighbors.

And the neighbor boy—Ethan—is her former best-friend/crush turned enemy. She’s been avoiding him for years. But that becomes very hard when he is living right down the hall.

I think the pacing in this book worked out really well. I’m glad we didn’t spend the whole time with them living together but hating each other. I also liked the duel point-of-view. It was especially helpful in getting to know some things from the beginning that make the story complete and that maybe the other characters don’t know. It is a very quick read, a light and fun contemporary that only takes a couple hours.

Ella is really sweet. Obviously she is going through tough stuff with her house being destroyed, but she was very mature about it and the money situation. She knew her parents were trying the best they could. I thought her interest in baking was interesting, but wish it was explored a bit more. It is a unique aspect of her personality that was mentioned, but not really shown more.  Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

I recently got a new laptop, it just about killed me with how expensive it was but it was worth it. The battery on my old one was about to crap out, plus this one just runs a lot smoother and quicker being new and less cluttered I also got a new case to fit it, and I absolutely adore it. The marble pattern is just so classic and beautiful. Anyway, this week’s quote is from Lynn Weingarten’s Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls. Let me know what you need motivation for in the comments!

“Sometimes the kindest thing you can do for a person is to shield them from that which will not help them. Make the decision and then carry the burden yourself, bear the weight so that they don’t have to.”

Bookish Candle Haul

I want to do a little something different today—at least for me. I’m going to do a bookish candle haul. I had been wanting some bookish candles for a while, but never bought them. And then my boyfriend actually got me these for Christmas. And you’re probably like, that was like three months ago why are we doing this now?

Essentially, the shipment got lost and had to be resent and then when it finally came, they were shipped to his house and we were both already at school. So, I finally got my hands on them the other week when we both went home from spring break.

These are all from @ Meraki Candles on Etsy. Three of the scents are from Throne of Glass, but I haven’t gotten far enough in the series to understand them. And then Tamlin is obviously from A Court of Thorns and Roses. My boyfriend kind of picked these at random/whatever was left since it was the holiday season. So we were just both kind of glad that I at least knew each series. Check out below for the scents! And let me know if there are any bookish candles out there that you love.

  1. Abraxos: flowers, pine, and sandalwood
  2. Tamlin: spring rain, sandalwood, and blossoms
  3. Lady of Perranth: fig tree, cedarwood, and crumpled leaves
  4. Cadre: frankincense, vetivert, and patchouli 
Any suggestions on other bookish candles? or other bookish merch? let me know in the comments!

9 Poetry Collections I Want to Read

If y’all have been following me for a bit you probably know that I have started to dip my toe into the contemporary poetry waters. So far I  have read Milk and Honey, The Princess Saves Herself in This One, and We Carry The Sky. I want to branch out a bit more and here are a couple collections I want to read based on following authors on social and recommendations. If you have any favorite collections let me know in the comments!

The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson

I’ve been interested in this collection for a while, it originally caught my eye because the cover is absolutely gorgeous. Then I checked out Robinson’s poetry on Instagram and absolutely adored it. The collection is broken up into sections: “inception,” “longing,” “chaos,” and “epiphany.”

Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook

Amanda Lovelace posted a pic of this collection on her Instagram and that really peaked my interest. Plus, the format sounds really unique. It’s designed in the style of a mixtape with a “track list.”

Neon Soul: A Collection of Poetry and Prose by Alexandra Elle

Alex Elle has been on my to-be-read list for a while now. I follow her on social and the glimpses I’ve gotten of her poetry and prose are beautiful. This is an upcoming release and I’m really excited for it. Continue reading