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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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

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

Backlist Books I Want to Read in (Early) 2018

I’ve been posting at ton (and so have a lot of you) about new releases I’m excited for this year, but like what about all of the books already out that I want to read and haven’t got to? I have a ton! Here are six of the backlist (2017 and older) books that I want to read this year as soon as possible. Let me know what backlist books are on your TBR this year in the comments!

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

I’ve already picked this one up in the New Year, I’d say I’m halfway through maybe. I adore Rupi Kaur and I actually got this collection when I attended a reading she did at Harvard. I really want to read more poetry this year, that’s one of my goals, so I’m starting with this.

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

I keep putting this on my TBR and really it just needs to happen, I need to finish this book and finish this series as soon as possible in 2018.

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

I’m not super excited for this book—Chaol is not my bae—but I know I need to read it before picking up the final book when it comes out this year, and really I do love Throne of Glass. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Things I’m A Grinch About

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 bookish things you’re a Grinch about. We’re keeping it light, so less serious, more of just petty bookish things you hate. Let me know your top five in the comments!

1. The love triangle

I know we’re all over this one, but it still keeps popping up over and over again. It’s just disappointing because really the triangle part never seems to make sense because one of the guys (or girls, but a lot less common) is usually the good choice everyone is rooting for and the other is eh. And honestly one of the love interests always ends up underdeveloped because who has time for a character that’s obviously not who she’s gonna end up with.

The only time this has worked for me, and maybe this is less triangle-y and more post-breakup, is in series where x couple is introduced in book one, but then have issues and “break-up” and the character ends up being with someone who was in the first book but wasn’t shown as a love interest—aka the Shatter Me and ACOTAR series. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Author Goals

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 in honor of NaNo wrapping up and it’s top five authors you wish you wrote like. As a writer (who was going to participate in NaNo but didn’t really), I’m super excited about this because there are so many authors whose styles and worlds just really amaze me. Let me know your top five in the comments!

1. Sarah Dessen

I say this A LOT, but Sarah is one of my young adult contemporary inspirations. You can definitely tell when you’re reading one of her stories as she always has this sort of arc or progression, but really her characters and their struggles and journeys always feel so real and resonate with me so much. She is my contemporary queen, still years after picking up her first novel.

2. Sarah J. Maas

Two Sarahs in a row. Okay so Sarah’s writing isn’t always my favorite, but what amazes me with her is her ability to plot out so much and build such vast worlds. Like I think of the first Throne of Glass book and where we are now and I’m just like OMG, how did she like pre plan all of that and build a world big enough for that, knowing it from the first book.

3. Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh’s style is so unique. The first Shatter Me book has a style I can’t even comprehend. Like the way she knows Juliette so well and with how she writes crossing things out and rephrasing and with the numbers and counting. It’s just brilliant. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’m Thankful For

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.

In theme with Thanksgiving tomorrow, this week is top five books you’re thankful for. Basically which books are you thankful they were created and brought into this world. I have quite a few that have really impacted me, and I’m interested to hear your top five in the comments!

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobski

This book absolutely destroys me every time I read or even think about it. I first discovered this book in high school and it’s just one of those books that I read at the exact time in my life that I needed it. I was so messed up, alienated, and depressed and here was this book and here was Charlie and he just got me. With the letters it felt like he was talking to me, and well he made it out the other side.

2. Anything by Sarah Dessen

Everything Sarah right just resonates as 100% real to me. I can’t even pick one specific book of hers. The protagonist is always at kind of a pivotal point in their life where the next step isn’t super clear and they aren’t always the best off or happy with where they are, and it’s all kind of about acceptance and moving on and finding your own way with the right people by your side. It’s just so right and so relevant to me like always.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I needed Cath. We all needed Cath. First of all, she’s a fangirl. Seeing that represented was just a moment. Like those are the types of characters I find myself connecting with more and more, one’s rooted in today and pop culture and what that means. But also her anxiety with social situations and college reminded me of and mirrored my own, like letting me know that’s fine and I’m not alone. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesdays: Nostalgic Book Boyfriends

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 nostalgic book boyfriends/girlfriends: basically characters you totally swooned over when you were younger. I came up with a few below (it’s hard, I don’t remember too much of what I read when I was younger) and let me know your top five in the comments!

1. Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson

Percy is also a current book boyfriend because ya know I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow him or these books or Rick Riordan. Like when he was a baby in the first books he was making me smile and laugh, and like he’s still doing that but he’s now more mature and a hero and all that jazz. And like son of Poseidon, so cool ocean powers.

2. Jehu from Boston Jane

I don’t know if anyone else besides me has ever read this series. I remember finding it when I was like back in middle school? I think. I don’t know, Jane heads on over to the Washington territory back in pioneer American from societal Boston to meet her future husband who’s been hanging out there. But like she shows up and he’s not there but she decides to stay and meets this roguish capable pioneer man.

3. Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables

This was more of a movie crush. My mom definitely bought me the books when I was younger, but I never read them. She’s also been showing me the 1980s movie/TV show since I can remember. And like Gilbert has always been and will always be a favorite. Like he’s ideal book boyfriend material. Continue reading