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Top Ten Tuesdays: Books I Want my Kids to Read

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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 Books I Want my Children to Read

This list is a weird mixture of books I read in my childhood and books I’ve bought with the intention of sharing with my (someday) kids. Since 2011, my book purchases have been mostly eBooks but if there is a book or series I particularly love, I make an effort to buy it for my personal collection. So all these books on the list below are books I own (the exception being the Legend Series but that’s next on my list to buy!) and am holding on to with the hopes of sharing and passing on one day.

Why did I pick these books?

Well the classics from my childhood are Franklin, Bernstein Bears and Arthur. I spent countless hours as a kids reading those books with my family over the years. Nancy Drew is the ultimate classic–most of the Nancy Drew novels I own are from my mother’s childhood collection so they share a special place in my heart. I also adore mystery (my whole family does) and that’s something I want to pass on.

The rest (Legend, Winner’s Curse, Vampire Academy, The Mortal Instruments, Hunger Games and The Infernal Devices) are some of my favourite YA series ever! They each feature strong characters, amazing worlds and brilliant plots. They helped shape my reading world and I want them to do the same for my kids one day.


Do we share any books? What’s your criteria for sharing books with your children?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Series I Should Have Started by Now

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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 Series I Should Have Started by Now

When your blog is focused on review book series, you amass quite the collection of series to read. I’ve made it a mission this year to reduce my TBR on Goodreads to 500 titles, but that’s a hard thing to do when there are so many great novels out there.

These novels are combination of titles everyone raves about and the ones I’ve been hotly anticipating to start. Though I did make a consious note not to add any of the series that I’ve put on my 5 Year 5 Book Challenge.

(In no particular order):


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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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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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Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Anticipated 2017 Releases (Jan-June)

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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 Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017

This was harder to compile than I thought. It looks like most sequels I am waiting for are being released in the latter half of 2017. But there are still some big, must-read titles for me being published in the first 6 months of 2017.

(In no particular order):


Links to My Reviews:

Do we share any of the same titles?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Books I Want to be TV Series

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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 Books I Wish Were TV Series

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to combine two of my favourite things: TV and books. This week, it’s all about TV series and so I thought I would pick books that I’ve always wanted to see on the TV screen.

I’ve been lucky in the past with Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries and now the Mortal Instruments. So here’s hoping!

(In no particular order):


Links to My Reviews:

Are there any books you want to see as a TV series?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Series Everyone Should Know About

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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 Series I Want People to Know About

When I read the topic for this week (“Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While”), I wasn’t sure where to start. So, I looked at my Top Book Series to see what I had there. Only three I feel are of the “underrated” variety and so I had to think of another way to come up with titles. What I did, was go to my “Read” folder on GoodReads and sorted my books by the number of GoodReads ratings they had (least to largest). It wasn’t long before I found a few series I thought more people should read.

I’m also super excited to display my picks as a slider thanks to Riffle Books now that my site is self-hosted. Simply click on the arrow to see what books I have picked and why!

(In no particular order):


Links to My Reviews:

  1. The Gathering Storm (The Katerina Trilogy) by Robin Bridges
  2. The Girl in the Steel Corset (The Steampunk Chronicles) by Kady Cross
  3. The Iron King (The Iron Fey Series) by Julie Kagawa
  4. Wondrous Strange (Wondrous Strange Trilogy) by Lesley Livingston
  5. Crossing the Line (Without a Trace Series) by Ally Bishop
  6. Schooled (Travesty Series) by Piper Lawson
  7. Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams Trilogy) by Caisey Quinn
  8. After Math (Off the Subject Trilogy) by Denise Grover Swank
  9. Vixen (The Flappers Trilogy) by Jillian Larkin
  10. Mystic City (Mystic City Trilogy) by Theo Lawrence

Honourable Mentions:

Do you share some of these series on your TTT post?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Books I Took I Chance 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 Books I Read that Were Outside my Comfort Zone

Last year, I didn’t read too many books outside my comfort zone. I usually play is safe with my books and now that my focus is on reading smarter, not harder, I tend to stick to books I know that I will enjoy. BUT, I did take some risks last year with a few reads…

Here are the books I read–and enjoyed!–that were outside my comfort zone (in no particular order):


#10 –One Last Song by S K Falls

On the surface, this book really doesn’t stray far from my usual New Adult novels but this book dealt with subject matter that I haven’t touched in a very long time. It was an uncomfortable read at times but was definitely worth it in the end. This book had a very lasting impression on me once I finished.

(Read my standalone review of One Last Song)

#9 – room BY emma donoghue

I mostly read this book because the movie was coming out and a friend highly recommended it. This book was very, very hard to get through. Jack and Ma’s story is heartbreaking and so very realistically narrated that I felt ever range of emotion while reading this story.

(Read my standalone and movie review of Room)

#8 –winter break BY Diane Matlick

This is the only sequel on the list and it surprises even me. I read Summer Tour for a review program earlier in the year and found it to be OK. It really wasn’t my cup of tea but when I was asked if I wanted to read the sequel, Winter Break, I decided to take the chance. It may not be my favourite read of the year, but I definitely enjoyed it more than its predecessor!

(Read my series review of Summer Tour)

#7 –queen of blood BY Jill myles

When it comes to New Adult novels, I tend to stick to my contemporary reads. So when I saw this book on Netgalley and saw that it was a paranormal vampire New Adult romance–I just couldn’t resist! It was a great choice in the end and inspired me to pick up some other paranormal/supernatural New Adult reads this year.

(Read my standalone review of Queen of Blood)

#6 –how to be a woman BY caitlin moran

When I went on my audiobook kick in the fall of 2015, I stumbled across this one and decided to give it a shot. While I might not have appreciated a grown British woman talking about her sexual past as I was grocery shopping; and even though it wasn’t exactly what I had hoped it would be, it was an entertaining read nonetheless!

Review to be published.

#5 –your ex-boyfriend will had this BY blue sullivan

When I was asked to review a copy of a dating advice book, I was a little thrown. But when the author explained it was more of a guide for women to find themselves as individuals rather than grooming themselves for a man, I was really intrigued. This book was a lot of fun and had some great insight for those who are trying to navigate the dating field.

(Read my standalone review of Your Ex-Boyfriend Will Hate This)

#4 –forbidden BY tabitha suzuma

The words “taboo” and “incest” where enough to keep this book on my TBR for YEARS! But I decided to take a chance and finally read this thanks to the rave reviews of my GoodReads friends. Yeah–I should listen to my GoodReads friends more often <3

(Read my standalone review of Forbidden)

#3 – 99 days BY Katie cotugno

While I may LOVE my New Adult contemporaries, YA contemporaries are a whole other ball game! I took a chance on this love triangle filled read and I was surprised to see how much I enjoyed this story! Maybe not enough to read all YA contemporaries ever, but definitely enough to consider picking up a few others this year.

(Read my standlone review of 99 Days)

#2 –the girl on the train BY Paula Hawkins

I normally don’t read Adult Thrillers or Adult Mystery stories but the hype around this book had me wondering what all the fuss was about. Albeit predictable, I found myself easily absorbed in the story and I’m really excited to see what they do with the movie!

(Read my standalone review of The Girl on the Train)

#1 –the duff BY kody keplinger

A few years ago, The Duff would have been a book I immediately gobbled up. But now that I have been out of high school for a couple of years, I was a little worried about picking up this YA High School read. But, this book was great and I immediately gobbled it up so crisis averted!

(Read my movie review of The DUFF)

Honourable Mentions:

what books did you read last year that were outside your comfort zone?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: TBR Books I Found from Other Blogs

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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 books I’ve added to my tbr thanks to other blogs

Last time we had this question, I listed the most recent freebie books I had picked up. This time, I decided to put a cool spin on the TTT for this week by picking books that I found specifically by reading other blogs! I have a shelf on Goodreads that I label books I found via reading blogger reviews. It started to grow so much that I decided that I had to keep track of where I was specifically finding them. Now, when I do read them, I can remember where I found the book!

Here are the books I found via other blogs (in no particular order):

  1. The Hesitant Heiress from Carrie @ Reading is my Super Power
  2. Give Me Yesterday from NerdyBirdy @ Daydreaming Books
  3. The Girl with the Wrong Name from Candid Cover
  4. The Imposer Queen from Alice @ Arctic Books
  5. Everything Everything from Becca @ Becca and Books
  6. Firsts from Kaitlin @ Next Page Please
  7. Frostfire from Erin @ Reading With Wrin
  8. Uglies — This one is unique because I was email recommended this by many followers!
  9. Air Awakens from Jess @ Princessica of Books
  10. Hotel Ruby from Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Honourable Mentions:

These are some ones that I don’t remember where I found them from!

  • The Collector’s Society by Heather Lyons
  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks
  • Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

What books have you found and added from other blogs?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Resolutions for 2016

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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 Resolutions for 2016

I had a great 2015 blogging year if I do say so myself! I had an abundance of posts to publish, started and joined some fun new features, participated in great challenges and met some fantastic bloggers. Last year, I had 5 simple resolutions and I met them all. This year, I have a mix of blogging and reading goals I would like to meet.

Here are my Ten Blogging and Reading Resolutions for 2016:

  1. Clean up blog post tags
  2. Tweet at least 6 times a week (excluding post publishing tweets)
  3. Update Series Recaps on monthly basis
  4. Visit 365 Blogs and comment (see my Challenge page for 2016)
  5. Be more proactive about cross posting reviews to Goodreads/Riffle/etc
  6. Read 1 Netgalley book a month
  7. Read more books from my TBR (see my Rock my TBR Challenge Page)
  8. Publish my “Trilogy Termination Blitz” reviews
  9. Have no more than 5 books on hold at the library
  10. Do not start a new series by an author I have unread novels from

I also have a few bucket list items:

  1. Participate in 2 Readathons
  2. Participate in 3 Twitter Chats
  3. Read 2 Classic Novels

What resolutions do you have for this year?

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