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Top Ten Tuesdays: Must Read Tropes in Books

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally take a shot at it! You can always find these lists (past, present and original) on my Riffle Page!

This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

I always mention my must-read tropes when I write reviews on books with the theme but I’ve never complied a list in one place. So I was excited for the chance to list them all together!

(In no particular order):

Forbidden Love

I LOVE stories where two people who shouldn’t be together can’t help but fall in love. The sexual tension is always brimming to the surface and the “will-they-won’t-they” moments get me every time.

Favourite:

Queen of Blood

Check out some of my other favourite forbidden love reads!

Fake Relationships

I’m one of those romance readers who likes her relationships to be based on a strong emotional connection in addition to passion and I find I get that 95% of the time in fake relationship stories. I find these leads talk more often than their lust-driven counterparts and so the relationship is easily established and obvious to me. Plus, you get some great sexual tension along the way!

Favourite:

One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend, #1)

Check out some of my favourite fake/arranged relationships reads!

Enemies to Lovers

I suppose you could associate this trope with forbidden love but I like to think of this as a subdivision of that trope. Often these two can’t even fathom a relationship and then something happens to change their minds. Again, I feel like the emotional connections are stronger as these characters learn more about each other. Through this, they see how similar they are then different and what great partners they would be.

Favourite:

Lace Up

Check out some of my other favourite enemies to lover (1) and/or hate to love you (2) reads!

Unorthodox Relationships

I’m not talking about forbidden love like teacher-student relationships; I’m talking about romances between characters who aren’t often the leads in romances. Like porn stars or falling for your mom’s younger boyfriend. I like that fiction is an outlet to explore these situations we don’t encounter in real life (and hopefully generate a discussion on why society feels the way it does about the topic).

Favourites:

Porn Star (P*rn Star, #1) and Forbidden

Check out some of my other favourite “taboo” reads!

In Love with Rockstars/Musicians

Musician bad boys are my kryptonite! Who doesn’t fantasize about your fave musician noticing you in the crowd and wanting to be yours forever? Swoon!

But another reason I love band-based stories is the fact that you follow a band! You follow a cast of characters as they pursue their dreams and fall in love. It’s so easy to get attached to the characters!

Favourite:

Mayhem (Mayhem, #1)

Check out some of my other favourite rocktar reads!

Love Games

I kept that heading a little broad because there are two love games I love: 1) trying to hurt the player and 2) trying to get someone else to notice you. Now both of these could be found in other tropes ( 1- players falling in love and 2- fake relationships) but I do think they are a separate category. Again, I enjoy the partnerships and unexpected connections these characters experience as they plot to achieve what they initial think is best for them.

Favourite:

Crushed (Redemption, #2)

Check out some of my other favourite love game reads!

Imperial Russia

This probably isn’t a trope, more of a setting, but it does have certain tropes associated with it like the supernatural elements and royalty. I adore the rich culture of Imperial Russia and I always enjoy the unique approaches author’s take when using this setting.

Favourite:

The Gathering Storm (Katerina, #1)

Check out some of my other favourite Imperial Russian reads!

Shakespeare

I’m a HUGE Shakespeare fan. (I’m one of those people who willingly took a Shakespeare elective in university). It’s a personal lifetime goal to try to read and see all of his plays before I die.

So naturally, I adore any retelling or story that alludes to his work. You can do so much with Shakespeare’s works and the interpretations of it and I love uncovering it.

Favourites:

Wondrous Strange (Wondrous Strange, #1) or Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1)

Check out some of my other favourite Shakespeare reads!

Faeries

There are a few things I like about faeries. I like that they have the “honesty” policy and how you can never trust them. I like the magic of them and their world (and how it is so unique from story to story). They usually have a lot of action and often have political intrigue too. Throw in some forbidden love and centuries of unrest and you have everything a story needs to be entertaining!

Favourite:

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

Check out some of my other favourite faerie reads!

The Jackass Player Falls in Love

While I don’t enjoy like asshole dudes in real life, I have a huge soft spot for them in my romance reads. I think it’s their confidence that draws me in and seeing that confidence shatter when they meet the perfect girl that challenges them in a way they never expected. I just love seeing them put in their place!

Favourite:

The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)


What tropes have you coming back for more?

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SERIESous Discussion: How “Adulting” Changed My Reading Habits

Since I started my blog in 2013, I’ve been an academic student. Whether it was as an undergrad degree or completing my post-graduate schooling, I’ve only ever talked about my experiences reading from the perspective of a student. And now that I am finally “adulting” and starting the career that I’ve worked so hard for over the last few years, I’ve noticed quite a few changes to how I read. Below, I’m going to talk a bit about what these changes are and how learned to adapt to them.

Problem #1: Bye-Bye Morning Reading Session

Solution: Workout Instead

I’m a morning person so getting up early has never been a problem. Part of the reason I was able to read so many books in the past is due to the fact that I would get up earlier than I needed to so I could devour some pages. Getting that extra 20-60 minutes really helped me read books faster.

But now, I’m more pressed for time in the morning and simply can’t afford to “just read one more chapter”. I need to be somewhere at a specific time and the time it takes to read one chapter can vary from book to book. So my solution was to find something that had a set time-frame and so I decided to do my workout routines instead. Now, when I get home, I don’t have to dread working out and can instead reward myself by reading.

Problem #2: A Total Commute of 2 Hours Every Day

Solution: Listen to Audiobooks!

Commuting longer than 10 minutes is quite the change for me. It would be different if I was taking public transit because I would just read but I have to drive myself 1 hour each way. So I can’t really read while I drive and my voice can’t take me singing for 2 hours every day either 😉

Before I started my job, I used to just listen to nonfiction audiobooks. I had never listened to a fiction audiobook and so I decided it was worth a shot. I’m really glad I did because it is a great way to pass the time and I actually feel like I did something productive while I drive.

Problem #3: I Moved Back Home

Solution: Set A Reading Time.

I’m really lucky that I am able to move back home for my job. It’s saving me a lot of money which is great. But it is also a big change because I’ve lived on my own for the last 3 years. It’s so easy when you live alone to just read a book all day and not feel guilty but now that I live with other people again, I have more of a social life!

Now I make sure that I go to bed at a set time (which is hard to do when you work shift-work), usually 30 minutes before I want to sleep, so I can read a few chapters before I fall asleep.


These definitely aren’t “problems”, they’re simply changes to my everyday habits that I’ve formed over the last 6 years. I always try to seize every opportunity when it comes to reading (you can see some of my tips here) and that’s what I have to do here as well. It’s just really hard to change your every day habits.

Anyone else struggle with transitioning from student to functioning adult?

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Monthly Inventory: March 2017

March 2017

This month has been absolute BANANAS! So little reading, so little blogging and so much work!

See, I started my new job this month and even though I will only be working part-time, I have 6 weeks of full time training to complete. Add to that a 2 hour daily commute: it’s been quite the adjustment. In fact, I’ve drafted a post about the transition from student to adult to be posted in the next few weeks. But I have to say, it’s fantastic not to have to study anymore!

So March wasn’t a great month all around for my hobbies (though looking at my stats, I guess I did better than I think) but I’m hoping April will bring back some balance…and more reading!

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Total for March 2017: 16 Books Read + 3 Novellas Read

Last March: 16 Books Read + 4 Novellas Read
DNF’d: 5 Books

Standout Read (★★★★★)


I had a BLAST listening to the audiobook! Seriously, I felt all the feels. One minute I was laughing, the next swooning and the next shedding a bit of a tear. Such a fantastic novel! It’s one of my all time favourite novels.

Biggest Let Down (DNF)


I was so excited to read this one because we see the start of this relationship begin in the inaugural novel. But I was 40% of the way through and nothing–and I mean nothing–was happening. Sigh.

kobostats

I thought it would be fun to keep track of my reading progress on my Kobo every month (and compare it to last year’s numbers). While I do own a Kindle now, I mostly use my Kobo for everyday reading. As per my #ShelfLove Challenge, I really want to increase the Total % of Library Complete by the end of the year.

As of:

March 31, 2017

March 31, 2016

Total % of Library Complete

20%

17%

Total # of Books Finished

542

452

Total # of Reading Hours

2289

1808

Fun Fact: In order for me to move 1% in my Kobo library, I have to finish 10 books!

posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

SERIESous Spoilers: Midnight Star

Most Viewed Review

Series Review: Rixton Falls

View this year’s archives for more posts and reviews!

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Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

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You can always get the full details on all my challenges on my dedicated page but here is a quick update:

5 Year 5 Book Challenge: 0 Titles Read

Aprils’s Picks: The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon & Clare, #1) 5 to 1

Goodreads Challenge: 19 books added
#ShelfLove Challenge: 0 TBR Items

April’s Priority Picks: The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies, #1)

Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics Challenge: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

April’s Classic Pick: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

View my Challenge Progress Here!

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You can still join in on these discussions:

The blogsophere is so big that it’s hard to catch everything that is happening so I wanted to share some posts that caught my eye in the last month.

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I didn’t really listen to any music this month…how sad is that?!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
Leave a comment below!

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SERIESous Discussion: What Makes a Book Reread Worthy?

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SERIESous Discussions: Every once and awhile I will post my random ramblings about a bookish or blogging topic. Feel free to join in by making a comment below or linking back!


If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

~Oscar Wilde

Now who am I to disagree with the great Oscar Wilde?

(Well, I do. But I digress…for now.)

I was inspired to write this post after reading numerous other discussion posts on why people reread books. As someone who rarely rereads books, I have to admit that I was a little surprised by the number of people who do reread on a regular basis. If I do reread a book, it’s books simply to remember what happened in the previous novel, not just for the sake of revisiting a world.

Now, that isn’t to say that I don’t have some books I wouldn’t mind rereading. In the last two years, I’ve started to accumulate physical copies of my favourite series. Because I mostly eRead and/or borrow books from the library, if I do find a series I particularly love, I want it on hand. I want to be able to share it with friends and family…maybe even my future kids one day.

So what makes you want to pick up a book again?

For me, I have two main criteria: characters and the plot.

The series that I have on my shelf have some of my favourite characters ever. They made me laugh, they made me swoon and they probably made me cry. Basically, they made me feel a variety of emotions while I was reading. I love when that happens.  These characters feel like family to me and I couldn’t imagine my reading life without them.

Personal Examples: The Mortal Instruments  |  Vampire Academy

I think it goes without saying that when you reread books, you’ll probably catch things you missed the first time around. This is especially true in series that have intricate, overarching plots where things are constantly building as you read. I love books with complicated plots and I can’t wait to reread these bad boys again to appreciate their stellar writing.

Personal Examples: The Winner’s Trilogy  |  Rook

Now, I do have to give a special shout out to those books that just make you happy. These are the books that you go back to simply for the fact that they can cheer you up and make you smile.

Personal Examples: Victoria and the Rogue  |  Never Love a Highlander

To go back to the quote from Oscar Wilde, I have to say that I disagree. I may never read that book again, but if I enjoyed it, I don’t consider it a waste of time. It’s the same situation with movies and TV shows. You’ll develop your favourites that you will constantly return to. But in between those favourites, you’ll watch entertaining pieces that you will appreciate for what they are in that moment and there is nothing wrong with that.

So what makes a book reread worthy to you?

What are some of your go-to rereads?

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Monthly Inventory: February 2017

February 2017

Last month, I decided to bring back this feature as a monthly post. I’ve updated a lot of what I used to put in these recaps so I hope you enjoy it!

February saw the end of my career as a Full-Time Student! It’s been 6.5 long years and I can’t wait to enjoy reading guilt free once I start my permanent job this month! A much deserved vacation at the end of the month ate into my reading time but I still feel like I had a great reading month overall.

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Total for February 2017: 13 Books Read + 4 Novellas Read

Last February: 15 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read
DNF’d: 2 Books

Standout Read (★★★★★)


I don’t read many regency/historical romances anymore, but this one reminded my why I love the genre so much! Not only did I find a new fave couple (seriously, I had butterflies the entire time I was reading this), but I started a fabulous new series and found an author I have to read more of!

Biggest Let Down (★★★/DNF’d Series)


I got this serial as a freebie years ago and needed something to escape my boring studying. But it was just so silly (as in bad to read) that it was frustrating me more than my studying!

kobostats

I thought it would be fun to keep track of my reading progress on my Kobo every month (and compare it to last year’s numbers). While I do own a Kindle now, I mostly use my Kobo for everyday reading. As per my #ShelfLove Challenge, I really want to increase the Total % of Library Complete by the end of the year.

As of:

February 28, 2017

February 10, 2016

Total % of Library Complete

20%

16%

Total # of Books Finished

540

434

Total # of Reading Hours

2218

1739

Fun Fact: In order for me to move 1% in my Kobo library, I have to finish 10 books!

posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

SERIESous Tips: So You Wanna Try New Adult?

Most Viewed Review

Series Review: The Wrath and the Dawn

View this year’s archives for more posts and reviews!

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Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

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You can always get the full details on all my challenges on my dedicated page but here is a quick update:

5 Year 5 Book Challenge: 5 of 25 Titles Read

February’s 5Y5B reads: Smut The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1) The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

March’s Picks: The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon & Clare, #1) 5 to 1

Goodreads Challenge: 17 books added
#ShelfLove Challenge: 4 TBR Items

February’s #ShelfLove priority reads: In Harmony (Fenbrook Academy, #2) Eyes Turned Skyward (Flight & Glory, #2)

March’s Priority Picks: Pucked Up (Pucked, #2) The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies, #1)

Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics Challenge: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (~60% finished)

March’s Classic Pick: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Earlier in February, I brought back my Tackling the TBR feature and announced my plan to get my Goodreads TBR down to 500 books.

  • Current TBR Shelf: 596 books
  • Total # of Books Removed: 315

When I made that post I had 911 books on my “want to read” and I was able to lose 319 books simply by removing any books that I hadn’t marked as high anticipation or didn’t have a copy for (that was older than 3 years). I didn’t keep track, but I also removed quite a few from my “to-read sequels” pile as well.

My goal was to remove 259 and since I did that, I don’t think I will be moving forward with my “Rule 2: remove 12 books at the end of the months” plan. But, I will be keeping a cap on the number of titles I add to my TBR moving forward.

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You can still join in on these discussions:

When looking at everyone’s wrap-up posts and deciding what I wanted to do for mine, I found I really loved the recaps where people shared other blogger’s interesting posts. The blogsophere is so big that it’s hard to catch everything that is happening so I wanted to bring it to my blog as well.

Here are some of my favourite posts that I’ve come across the past month:

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Honestly, I Feel it Coming by The Weeknd was my jam! It was stuck in my head during my certification exam and kept me so calm! (Plus, it reminds me of a Michael Jackson song and I love that!)

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
Leave a comment below!

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Tag it Thursdays: R.I.P. or Ship Tag

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Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!


This month’s tag:

R.I.P. or Ship Tag

So I know the officially holiday for romance was two days ago, but when you create a tag feature that can only be done on Thursdays, you just have to post things on that day of the week. So keeping with the theme of love, I decided to do this tag.

When I saw this tag on Em @ Em’s Book Corner last year, I wanted to give it a shot. It’s originally created by Booktuber emmmabooks.

The idea: you choose characters from the books of your choice, write down their names and put them in a jar. Then you pull out two names and decide whether or not you like (“ship”) or dislike (“R.I.P.”) the new relationship.

For my tag, I used 10 books that I’ve marked on Goodreads as my “fav couples” ever. I figured if any character has a shot with another random character, its the one half of my favourite couple/friend combo ever.

1–Lily (Touch Me Not) & Devi (Porn Star)

When I first pulled these two ladies out, I thought: OH the irony. See Lily has an issue being touched and Devi makes money by being in pornography videos–pretty polar opposites. But part of Lily’s journey in Touch Me Not is to be comfortable touching another person, so who better than Devi? Devi has great self-confidence and I think she would be a fantastic influence on Lily. And can probably give her some nice tips on how to handle her new relationship in more ways than one.

Verdict: friendSHIP

2–Drew (Tangled) & Haley (Until It’s Right)

Drew needs someone who can put him in his place but still appreciate his charms and I don’t think that is Haley. Haley is a nice girl but doesn’t quite have that self-confidence (yet) that Drew requires.

Verdict: R.I.P.

3–Dmitri (Vampire Academy) & Chloe (Crushed)

Haha what a combo! At first, I was a hard NO with these two but I could definitely see Chloe giving Dmitri a piece of her mind when the occasion calls for it. Dmitri is a pretty intimidating guy but I don’t think that would stop Chloe from being honest with him. Oh, but don’t forget that Dmitri is technically part vampire so…

Verdict: R.I.P.

4–Dylan (Schooled) & Sophia (Rook)

I’m not even going to elaborate on this one. Dylan wouldn’t be able to handle Sophia and her scheming, mysterious lifestyle and Sophia wouldn’t like Dylan’s straightforward approach to life and relationships.

Verdict: R.I.P.

5–Logan (Porn Star) & Lola (Dark Wild Night)

Oh, this has potential! Both Logan and Lola know what is means to have a missed connection that they know could be more. My only concern would be the Lola couldn’t handle what Logan does for a living and seeing him around other girls on a regular basis so unfortunately:

Verdict: R.I.P.

6–Michael (Crushed) & Kate (Tangled)

This could actually really work! Kate has great self-confidence and is a lot of fun. Michael is a little scorned but I think Kate could mend his broken heart.

Verdict: relationSHIP

7–Dean (Hopeless) & Alexis (Schooled)

I really like this one! Dean is a very patient guy and so, so sweet. Sure he has a bit of a reputation but underneath, he’s a keeper! Alexis is determined to succeed and she is very understanding. I think she could see past Dean’s reputation and they could be great together…if their ages were closer.

Verdict: relationSHIP

8–Rose (Vampire Academy) & René (Rook)

I kinda like this one. Rose can handle a life of adventure and scheming–I mean that’s what happens all the time in Vampire Academy. René reminds me a bit of Adrian who I thought had great chemistry with Rose throughout the VA series. René exudes confidence, has a bit of mystery and is very intelligent. Their relationship would be fast and furious I think but perhaps not long lasting.

Verdict: relationSHIP

9–Oliver (Dark Wild Night) & Kyle (Until It’s Right)

What a great match! These two would hit if off I think. Both are nerdy, slightly geeky guys who are just super nice!

Verdict: friendSHIP

10—Sky (Hopeless) & Nikoli (Touch Me Not)

At first, this was a no-go for me. But I see an older Dean (Hopeless) when I think about Nikoli. Sure, he as a reputation but throughout Touch Me Not he showed that he has a heart of gold and can be patient when he needs to be. So I think he really could help Sky navigate her life…if they were the right age.

Verdict: relationSHIP


What do you think about my pairings?

Please Tag Yourself and Link Back for me to read!

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Monthly Inventory: January 2017

January 2017

It’s BACK! Last year, I tried doing quarterly recaps for the year instead of monthly, citing that monthly recaps took up a lot of my time to format (and I wasn’t sure if people enjoyed reading them). But this year, a lot of my posts have been scheduled months in advance and I miss the instant gratification that comes from writing and posting something immediately after. And so, I decided to bring this feature back but revamp it!

I’m still looking for feedback, so please let me know what you like to see in Monthly Recaps! What makes you read that post? I know this post looks like the old ones, but I was just scrambling to put something together. (Plus, I needed to remember what I liked adding and what was a pain!)

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Total for January 2017: 21 Books Read + 2 Novellas Read

Last January: 13 Books Read + 8 Novellas Read

Standout Read (★★★★★)

The Feeling of Forever (Love Unplugged, #2) It Ends with Us

I couldn’t pick just one! Both are just beautiful love stories!

Biggest Let Down (★★)

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)I had high anticipation for this new one by Roth, but it just fell a little flat 🙁


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Safe Bet (The Rules, #4) Checkmate: This is War (The Checkmate Duet, #1) Him (Him #1) Us (Him #2) Chandler (Fixed, #5) Blurred Lines (Love Unexpectedly, #1) Good Girl (Love Unexpectedly, #2) The Goal (Off-Campus, #4)

kobostats

I thought it would be fun to keep track of my reading progress on my Kobo every month (and compare it to last year’s numbers). While I do own a Kindle now, I mostly use my Kobo for everyday reading. As per my #ShelfLove Challenge, I really want to increase the Total % of Library Complete by the end of the year.

As of:

January 31, 2017

December 31, 2016

Total % of Library Complete

20%

20%

Total # of Books Finished

531

523

Total # of Reading Hours

2150

2107

 

posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

TTT: 2016 Releases I Failed to Get my Hands On

Most Viewed Review

Come This Way

Single Sundays: Come This Way

View this year’s archives for more posts and reviews!

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Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

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You can get the full details on all my challenges on my dedicated page but here is a quick update:

5 Year 5 Book Challenge: 2 of 25 Titles Read
Goodreads Challenge: 23 books added
#ShelfLove Challenge: 10 TBR Items
Judge By the Cover Challenge None
Classics ChallengePersuasion by Jane Austen

View my Progress Here!

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You can still join in on these discussions:

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I’ve been in love with Ed Sheeran’s new singles. Seriously, Shape of my Heart gets played at least 5 times a day at my place!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Tag it Thursdays: ABBA

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Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

ABBA Tag

I was just 11 years old when my mom introduced me to the music of ABBA. We had just gone to see Mamma Mia and I loved it! To this day, I’ve seen is 3 glorious times and I count it as my favourite musical that is based on previously released songs (ie not an original score).

As for the movie…it was a bit of a miss for me. I love Meryl Streep but not as Donna. Otherwise, I enjoyed the casting and it was fun. I still watch it when I get a hankering for ABBA and sing all the songs.

When I read Ranu @ Araliya Bookshelf‘s post of this tag, I had to give it a shot. I’m glad she corrected the titles of the songs from the original tag because that is a little irksome. So, for those songs where the lyrics were misinterpreted, I’ve changed the tag to better suit what the song actually is about.

Beautiful Broken Promises (Broken Series Book 3)

Take A Chance On Me

A book you unexpectedly liked

After feeling underwhelmed by the first two books in the Broken Series, I almost didn’t pick this one up. But I’m so glad I did! It was amazing and completely unexpected!

The Winner Takes It All

An Overhyped Book

The Grisha Trilogy was such a disappointment for me. While I loved the concept, I did not love Alina nor the execution of this series.
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
Violins of Autumn

Waterloo

An amazing historical fiction

I loved this one! Violins of Autumn takes place during WWII and focuses on one girl’s role in the war. It was an enthralling adventure!

Does Your Mother Know?

“A newly released novel you want to read”

The next line in the song is “does your mother know that you’re out” so I went with a newly released book I can’t WAIT to read. I eagerly awaited Starflight and adored it, so I am STOKED for the sequel, Starfall.
Starfall (Starflight #2)
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

I Have A Dream

A favourite, ‘ideal’ book

You can read my fangirl babbling of The Winner’s Trilogy in my review. But I loved this series for the political intrigue and the intelligent heroine. This book reminded me of why I love to read.

Dancing Queen

A book with royalty

Cross the Stars grabbed my attention because it focuses on the cultural and political issues revolving around an American girl and a Jordanian Royal.

Cross the Stars (Crossing Stars #1)
Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)

Money, Money, Money

A book you’d pay good money for.

The Red Rising Trilogy absolutely blew me away. It’s the next series I plan on purchasing for my collection.

Lay All Your Love On Me

A book that needs more attention

I don’t usually read YA contemporaries but Adorkable was AMAZING! I laughed, I cried and I most definitely swooned. It was perfect and it was Cookie O’Gorman’s debut!

Adorkable
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

Mamma Mia!

“A book that gave you a serious book hangover”

“Blue since the day we parted” That was the lyrical inspiration for this redo of the original tag. I waited for YEARs for Lady Midnight but it didn’t disappoint. When I finished it, I was so upset…I wanted it to go on forever.

S.O.S.

A book that should fall in trouble and never be rescued.

I don’t even think I got past chapter 2 for Until I Met You. I have never disliked a character as much and so soon as I had with this one.

Until I Met You
Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)

Knowing Me, Knowing You

A book that just wasn’t for you

I really wanted to like this book. I was excited to read another Western novel and I had heard great things about Walk on Earth a Stranger. But this novel was just too slow for me to fully appreciate it.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Failed to Get My Hands On

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally take a shot at it! You can always find these lists (past, present and original) on my Riffle Page!
This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Failed at Getting my Hands On

Last year, my focus was all about getting updating older reviews and reading those books that have been lingering on my Kobo for far too long. But while my attention was elsewhere, I completely ignored some 2016 titles I had ever intention of reading at the start of the year.

So, I’ve listed 5 brand new releases as well as 5 series sequels I had every intention of reading but never got a chance to.

(In no particular order):


What books did you accidentally shun in 2016?

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Tag it Thursday: Burn, Rewrite or Reread

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Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag

I found this tag on Analee @ Book Snack in January of 2016 and thought it was a lot of fun to do. I thought it would be a fun way to wrap up my 2016 reading year by only using books I read in 2016. Which, was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Why Goodreads doesn’t have a random feature is beyond me, but I figured it out!

The Rules:

-Randomly choose 3 books.

-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread. (A lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill.)

-Repeat until you completed three rounds (I like 5 as a better number)

Round 1

Dangerously Damaged (Addicted to You, #1) Wicked Sexy Liar (Wild Seasons, #4) The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #2)

Burn: Dangerously Damaged is the first of a serial that was never finished. Something I didn’t know when I started to read it in August. Super disappointing…probably why you don’t see it for sale anywhere.

Rewrite: While I enjoyed The Revolution of Ivy, I wouldn’t have minded a little more excitement. I always wanted this series to be a little more “dangerous” and that’s what I would hope for in a rewrite.

Reread: Wicked Sexy Liar was a lot of fun to read. The Wild Seasons is one of my favourites!

Round 2

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1) The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3) Schooled

Burn: Incarnate was a huge disappointment. It was slow and dull and not what I expected at all. It would be shame though to burn such a beautiful cover.

Rewrite: This one is tough because Schooled was AWESOME! The only thing I would rewrite about it would be giving us Dylan’s POV as well as Alexis’.

Reread: The Winner’s Trilogy (The Winner’s Kiss) is one of my all time favourite series so this is a given. I’ve even bought all the books (a rarity for me) just so I can have them later in life to reread–and share!

Round 3

Kick, Push (Kick Push, #1) Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) Why Not Me?

Burn: I’m going to go with Why Not Me? for this one. I much preferred Why is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Rewrite: This is tough because nothing comes to mind immediately in terms of what to rewrite for Kick, Push. Maybe rewrite it so I don’t get all those feels? Haha. No, in all seriousness, maybe more focus on the skateboarding aspect?

Reread: Cress is one of those books I appreciated a little more in hindsight I think. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite reads and this one was one of my favourites in the series. Oh Captain Thorne…

Round 4

Gambit (The Prodigy Chronicles, #1) Say Nothing... (Speak, #2) Modern Romance

Burn: This really isn’t fair because I truly enjoyed Modern Romance. It was very interesting and the audiobook was hilarious. But it’s kind-of a one time read…

Rewrite: YES! Rewrite Gambit! This book had so much potential but really lost it on the execution if you ask me. It had a weird flow and the exposition was much too long. But it has all the right stuff there just itching to be put to good use.

Reread: The Speak Series (Say Nothing) has a great couple in Ari and Ben. Their story and connection was so sweet and heartwarming, why wouldn’t you want to reread this?

Round 5

If You Leave (Beautifully Broken, #2) The List (College of Charleston, #1) 27 Days to Midnight

Burn: The List had pretty much every trope I hate in New Adult romance: love at first sight; a love triangle and a selfish heroine. One of the most frustrating reads of this year.

Rewrite: I really enjoyed the concept of 27 Days to Midnight but I wanted it to be a little more exciting. Maybe some more romance?

Reread: Courtney Cole writes fantastically heartbreaking New Adult novels and If You Leave is no exception. One of my 5 star reads of this year and one I wish I had read earlier!


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