Top Ten Tuesday: Disturbing Reads

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Halloween Freebie

My topic is:

Disturbing Reads

These books aren’t all scary or anything. Some of them were mentally disturbing.

1. The Sun Down Motel
Author: Simone St. James

Ghosts haunting a run down hotel and a possible serial killer had me reading with one eye open.

2. Echoes Between Us
Author: Katie McGarry

I was on edge with this one due to the possibilities of ghosts and the empty tuberculosis hospital.

3. Marrow
Author: Tarryn Fisher

There wasn’t one thing about it that didn’t get under my skin or make me uncomfortable.

4. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Author: Brynn Greenwood

Beautifully written, but all those ugly things were truly ugly to read about.

5. Nine Minutes
Author: Beth Flynn

Disturbing, but in a good way? There’s Stockholm syndrome involved in this one and a lot of other bad motorcycle gang stuff, but the twists and turns are fascinating.

6. Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma

One word: Incest.

7. The Weight of Blood
Author: Laura McHugh

The tone of this book was so disturbing and stressful to me that I was constantly having to take breaks while reading it.

8. Verity
Author: Colleen Hoover

I think what made this book even more disturbing was that it’s written by a romance writer. I wasn’t expecting to feel so… disturbed.

9. After
Author: Anna Todd

I know this book/series gets a TON of love, but it has one of the most disturbing college relationships I’ve ever read. Hardin is emotionally abusive and I can’t romanticize his and Tessa’s relationship is romanticized so much.

10. Fear Me
Author: B.B. Reid

Here’s another one that’s disturbing based on emotional, sexual, and physical abuse content. In no way should the relationship between Kerian and Lake be romanticized. Not to say that Reid isn’t a talented writer, though.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read (and LOVED) Based on Blogger Recommendations

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Books I Read (and LOVED) Based on Blogger Recommendations

There are tons of bloggers who have given recommendations to me over the years that I have followed. It’s one of my favorite ways to find books. Here’s some of the books I’ve read (and loved) based on recent recommendations.

1. Work Song
Author: Danielle Allen

Recommended by: Nick of The Infinite Limits of Love

Nick had me at office romance + texts.

2. The Story Guy
Author: Mary Ann Rivers

Recommended by: Lenore of Celebrity Readers

Lenore recommended this book to me on Goodreads, and she was right. I loved it!

3. Filthy Forward
Author: Kelsey Cheyenne

Recommended by: Alecia of The Staircase Reader

This book wasn’t even on my radar until Alecia raved about it.

4. Follow
Authors: Tessa Bailey

Recommended by: Kayla of Books and Blends

I like Tessa Bailey’s writing, but her backlist is DEEP. I didn’t even know about this one until Kayla sang it’s praises.

5. Playing for Keeps
Author: Kendall Ryan

Recommended by: Jessica formerly of Reading with Jessica & Nicole of Boundless Bookaholic

I love a good sports romance and both Jessica and Nicole enjoyed this one. Plus, Kendall Ryan books are just fun.

6. Beartown
Author: Frederik Backman

Recommended by: Stephanie of Stephanie’s Book Reviews and Brandie of Running on Words and Wine

Not my normal read, but when Stephanie and Brandie said it’s a must read — it’s a must read.

7. The Sweet Gum Tree
Author: Katherine Allred

Recommended by: Stephanie of Stephanie’s Book Reviews and Brandie of Running on Words and Wine

I NEVER would have read this book without these two saying how good it was. I mean, that cover kind of screams old school.

8. The Guy on the Right
Author: Kate Stewart

Recommended by: Daisy Gal of DG Book Blog

I had read one Kate Stewart book before this and it was kind of meh. Daisy Gal swore this one was amazing, and I trust her judgement, so I gave it a try. It ended up being one of my favorites of last year.

9. Worth the Fall
Author: Claudia Connor

Recommended by: Corina of The Brown Eyed Bookworm

Corina has been lighting up her blog with recommendations lately, and it’s really working out for me. I ended up binging this entire series.

10. Cake
Author: J. Bengtsson

Recommended by: Tanya of Girl Plus Books

I saw this book on Tanya’s blog and was intrigued. She was loving it, so I decided to give it a try. Let’s just say I read the entire 5 book series.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read with Super Long Titles

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Books I’ve Read with Super Long Titles

Some of these titles may not actually be that many words, but they are mouthfuls all the same.

1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Author: Mary Ann Shaffer

2. The Curious Incident of Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Mark Hadden

3. The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver
Author: E. Lockhart

4. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Authors: E. Lockhart

5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs

6. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)
Author: Mindy Kaling

7. Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part 1
Author: T.M. Frazier

8. Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between
Author: Lauren Graham

9. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli

10. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Author: Mariana Zapata

Top Ten Tuesday: New Favorite Book Quotes

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Favorite Book Quotes

I feel like I’ve done this as a TTT post at least twice now, so I’m going to change things up just a tad and go with

New Favorite Book Quotes

1. “People sometimes still drown in the shallow end,” he whispers.

-Colleen Hoover, Heart Bones

2. “There are two different kinds of wrong. The wrong that stems from weakness and the wrong that stems from strength. You made that choice because you were strong and needed to survive. You didn’t make that choice because you were weak.”

– Colleen Hoover, Heart Bones

3.“Hatred is a one-way emotion.” I take a breath. “It only affects the person holding on to that hate. Take Laney’s ex, for example…” I face him, but he’s already watching me. “Do you think he knows how much you hate him? Do you think he cares that you do?” Leo chews the corner of his lip as his eyes search mine.  “Does he even know you exist?” His lashes lower. “So, what’s the point, right?” I murmur. “Only you carry the burden of hatred, Leo. And it’s a lot easier to let go of that pain than it is to hold on to it.”

– Jay McLean, Leo

4. “I like being the main character in your story.”

– Jay McLean, Leo

5. “Still, I’m drawn to him. Annoyingly drawn. Like a bruised and wayward moth flying into a flickering light bulb.”

– Erin Hahn, You’d Be Mine

6.“It sounds lonelier than it is. But I’d rather lose myself in a sea of strangers than find myself one-on-one with an acquaintance.”

– Erin Hahn, More Than Maybe

7. “Lyrics do that sometimes. They find their home at just the right time. Like a secret message in a bottle, floating on a current for decades, only to wash up at someone’s feet when the words are needed.” 

– Erin Hahn, More Than Maybe

8. “Even the sun gets covered by clouds some days. That doesn’t take away from the light it gives off.” 

– Brittainy C. Cherry, Southern Storms

9. “We didn’t fix everything for each other–but we didn’t have to. We just made a choice to be there. Which counted for a lot.”

– Katherine Center, What You Wish For

10. “More than anything, I know that you just have to choose to make the best of things. You get one life, and it only goes forward. And there really are all kinds of happy endings.” 

– Katherine Center, How to Walk Away

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2020 TBR

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Books On My Fall 2020 TBR

1. Rifts & Refrains
Author: Devney Perry

2. Muses & Melodies
Author: Rebecca Yarros

3. Every Last Secret
Author: A. Torre

4. Wild Like Us
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie

5. See Me After Class
Author: Meghan Quinn

6. The Bribe
Author: Willa Nash

7. The Bookworm’s Guide to Dating
Author: Emma Hart

8. Secret Puck
Author: Rebecca Jenshak

9. Varsity Rulebreaker
Author: Ginger Scott

10. Sorrow
Author: Tiffanie DeBartolo

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Covers for Upcoming Releases

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Cover Freebie

I’m going with:

Favorite Covers for Upcoming Releases

Here are some covers I love. Not all of these are books I plan to read, but these are cool.

1.

There’s something about the cat that makes me smile.

2.

I like the colors used and the simplicity.

3.

I’m not big on illustrated covers in romance, but this is one that I can get behind because it fits the story so well.

4.

It’s just so freaking cute and YA perfection!

5.

I love the creepy feel of this covers for McManus’ upcoming thriller.

6.

I just want to be on that beach enjoying that sunset.

7.

There’s something about this cover that’s both relaxing to the eye and slightly thrilling to the mind.

8.

I love the contrast of the pretty, white dress and the dark background. I also like the fact that it’s the woman from behind. It just works for me. Makes me want to read it.

9.

The simplicity of this cover and the old school feel fits the emotions I know DeBartolo can invoke. It makes me curious and it’s cute.

10.

ADORABLE. That’s it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books for My Younger Self

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Books for My Younger Self

Honestly, I just wish there had been a New Adult Romance category when I was between 18 and 25. It would have been nice to have those books to identify with. Here are some I think I would have loved at that age.

1. Left Drowning
Author: Jessica Park

2. Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover

3. More Than This
Author: Jay McLean

4. You and Everything After
Author: Ginger Scott

5. One Tiny Lie
Author: K.A. Tucker

6. Making Faces
Author: Amy Harmon

7. Landon & Shay: Parts 1 & 2
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry

8. Dear Heart, I Hate You
Author: J. Sterling

9. Addicted to You
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie

10. Undecided
Author: Julianna Keyes

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Made Me Hungry

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Today’s topic is:

Books that Made Me Hungry

These are basically books with chefs, restaurants, or food in them.

1. Cream of the Crop
Author: Alice Clayton

2. The Opposite of You
Author: Rachel Higginson

3. Man Hands
Authors: Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

4. Garden Spells
Author: Sarah Addison Allen

5. Beard Science
Author: Penny Reid

6. Sweet Addiction
Author: J. Daniels

7. Bittersweet
Author: Sarina Bowen

8. Sweet on You
Author: Kate Perry

9. Master Baker
Author: Pippa Grant

10. Burn for You
Author: J.T. Geissinger

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Wish Authors Would Write

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Today’s topic is:

Questions I Would Ask My Favorite Authors

I wrote this post and then deleted it. I HATED my questions. Some of them were just asking them if they would write certain books, so I decided to change this prompt around. My topic is:

Ten Books I Wish Authors Would Write

1. Thunder Road #4 – Addison’s book
Author: Katie McGarry

I know Katie McGarry has said we won’t get Addison’s book, but I wish we would.

2. WAGS #3 or Top Secret #2
Authors: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Honestly, I would take anything these two authors would write together, but I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE another book set in the WAGS world.

3. All Closed Off (Rusk University, #4) – Stella’s book
Author: Cora Carmack

I know this book has been in the works for years and that Cora Carmack has had some health issues to deal with, but I would still love this one sooner than later. No pressure on her, though.

4. More Than #6 – Heidi’s book
Author: Jay McLean

Jay McLean has said before that Heidi isn’t getting a book, but I would like one for her.

5. Broken & Screwed #3 – Chord’s book
Author: Tijan

It probably wouldn’t actually be a Broken & Screwed book, but I would LOVE for Chord to get his own book.

Can we have another co-written book from you two soon?

6. When It’s Real #2 – Preston’s book
Authors: Erin Watt

I loved When It’s Real and would really like to know what happened to Preston.

7. Top Secret #2 – Annika’s book
Authors: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

I wouldn’t mind finding out more about Keaton’s ex Annika.

8. Cold Day in the Sun #2
Author: Sara Biren

I would love her to turn this book into a YA hockey romance series.

9. Gridiron #5
Author: Jen Frederick

I’ve missed Jen Frederick’s new adult sports romances. I was really hoping she would continue this college football series because it’s so fun and the character possibilities are endless.

10. Varsity, #4 – Hayden’s book
Author: Ginger Scott

I think this series is only supposed to be three books and that we kind of got an idea how things turned out for Hayden, but I would love to see things from his perspective, find out more about their family drama, and for him to get his own love story.

Do you want any of these books?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Today’s topic is:

Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies

1. Fallen Crest High Series
Author: Tijan

I think this series would be such a fun TV show with all the drama.

2. Addicted to You
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie

I see a fake docuseries type TV show.

3. How to Walk Away
Author: Katherine Center

This one I see as a movie.

4. You’d Be Mine
Author: Erin Hahn

I would love this one to be a movie or TV show. I would take either.

5. The Fill-In Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West

This would make a cute TV movie.

6. Nine Minutes
Author: Beth Flynn

I’ve been saying for YEARS that this would make a great TV series. It has total Sons of Anarchy vibes.

7. I Can Be a Better You
Author: Tarryn Fisher

This would make a great mini series or movie.

8. When It’s Real
Authors: Erin Watt

This would make such a cute rom-com!

9. Just One of the Groomsmen
Author: Cindi Madsen

Speaking of great ideas for rom-coms…

10. Stroked
Author: Meghan Quinn

This one would be hilarious because it’s got an evil reality TV star in that would transfer well to the screen.