Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Read with M/M Couples

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 top five favorite M/M couples. I haven’t read a lot of books with gay couples, just a couple, and one of my goals is to read more; with that I have a list and that’s what I’ve included in this post. Let me know some of your favorite M/M couple recomendations in the comments!

  

1. Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli

I’ve heard only good things about this baby and with the movie coming out (the trailers look absolutely amazing) I want to pick it up ASAP.

2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This has been on my list for FOREVER. I know based on what everyone has said it’s going to be great, but I just haven’t been in the mood yet. I’m very bad at forcing myself to read certain things and TBRs.

3. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I need to finally understand the beautifulness that is Adam Silvera’s writing. I actually met him and have a signed copy of this book from the Boston Teen Author Festival, so hopefully that’s some motivation. Continue reading

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Monday Motivation: The Hunger Games

Happy Monday–or not so happy Monday if you’re a Pats fan. Being from the great state of Massachusetts I was rooting for the boys in blue and red last night (even though I’m not a football fan). But you gotta loose sometimes. It’s a super sleepy Monday for me, and while I’m not ready to get in gear I gotta. This week’s quote is from the beloved Hunger Games. Let me know what you need motivation for this week in the comments!

“Destroying things is much easier than making them.”

First Lines Fridays: February 2

 

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  I’m using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next. Follow the rules below:

Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.

Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.

Finally… reveal the book!

So here it is:

All the best things in my life have started with a Dolly Parton song.

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea?  Continue reading

My Top 5 Wednesday: Under Hyped Books

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 top five books in a favorite genre that you under hype. I don’t really have a favorite genre anymore, but for sake of what I could come up with I picked contemporary! I’ve also done a post similar to this that you can check out here. Let me know your top five in the comments!

1. At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer

Maybe I have a thing for books with boyband boyfriends; but really this is an absolutely adorable modern-day teen romcom. Filled with vlogging, intern fails, celebrity crushes, and makeup tutorials. Truly a coming of age story for today that any of us part of online culture can appreciate—double if you’re a beauty lover. I got this as an ARC, not really knowing anything about it but attracted to the cover, and I’m so glad I did but still haven’t heard much buzz around it. Click here for my full review.

2. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

They’re remaking Starfield, Elle’s favorite old television show—think Startrek—and she has a beef with the actor they casted to play Prince Carmindor. But she’ll have the chance to meet him at the local con’s Cosplay Ball. A true love letter to fandoms and fan culture, this book is jam packed with references and cosplay. It felt so real, and I was smiling the whole way through. I know this has gotten a lot of buzz in the book blog world, but I always forget to mention it. Read my review here.

3. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Emery Lord quickly shot up the list of my favorite contemporary authors, maybe not the top spot but close. I found this book of hers particularly touching and sweet. The characters in this made my heart swell as they navigated life, loss, and each other. I definitely don’t mention it or Emery enough. Continue reading

Monday Motivation: An Ember in the Ashes

Hey everyone! As you may have noticed I️ was on a bit of a mini hiatus the last one or two weeks. But as of yesterday (and today) I’m back at it, which I’m definitely going to need some motivation for. This quote is from Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes. Let me know what you need motivation for this week in the comments.

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”

Top 5 Wednesday: Forgettable Books

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 top five forgettable books—whether you loved them or hated them at the time, these are the books you just really don’t remember. Let me know your top five in the comments!

  

1. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

I gave this book three-and-a-half stars when I read it back in July—less than a year—but I don’t remember much about it, nor do I mention it a lot on here simply because it’s a forgettable book. There’s something with magic, this girl destroys everything, a plot to overthrow the king by his brother, things like that but really I don’t ever think about it. You can check out my review here.

2. Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

This was a cute contemporary, but flat to me in comparison to others. If you asked me for a Lauren Morrill book this wouldn’t be the first one I come up with (even though I think it’s her most recent). Continue reading

Monday Motivation: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Hey everyone! Unfortunately I’m stuck going to work on this holiday—while my boyfriend and roommates are all warm and cozy at home. But must push on and all that. This week’s quote is from Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I’ve heard such good things and this is on my list to read asap. Make sure to let me know what you need motivation for this week in the comments

“We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with laquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.”

First Lines Fridays: January 12

 

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  I’m using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next. Follow the rules below:

Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.

Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.

Finally… reveal the book!

So here it is:

Our train gnashed its way along frozen tracks toward the white-capped fangs of the Carpathian Mountains. 

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea?  Continue reading