Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

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This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

  1. Overly used flowery language and purple prose.

  2. Books with more than two points of view. 

  3. If I’m told the dog dies. NOPE, NOT FOR ME!

  4. Pirates: I’m just never in the mood to read about pirates. I’m hoping this may change in the future, but right now I don’t care about pirates.

  5. Mermaids: I’m not a big fan of merpeople books; I couldn’t even tell you the last one I read.

  6. It’s a “Wuthering Heights” retelling. Ugh, no. I’m not a fan of WH, and I probably won’t be a fan of any retellings. 

  7. Cheating/affairs: I deal with divorces every day with my job, so I don’t want to read about them too. Give me a happy, swoony book and I’m good.

  8. Erotic fiction: No, thank you. I will pass on your odd descriptions of sex and overuse of vegetable comparisons.

  9. Terminal illnesses: Reading is my way to escape from real-life issues like this. Also, I just hate crying. 

  10. Christian fiction that comes off too preachy. 

What are some things that make you instantly NOT want to read a book?

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

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

  1. If the words “queen,” “royalty,” “crown,” “throne,” or “kingdom” are in the title of the book.
  2. Any book that features a fierce, badass heroine.
  3. If the book’s setting takes place in space or another galaxy.
  4. If the book is about witches, covens, or the Salem Witch Trials.
  5. The book features dragons.
  6. The book belongs to the Magical Realism genre.
  7. Anything written by Ilona Andrews and Leigh Bardugo.
  8. Books that take place in the 19th century. So basically any retelling of Jane Eyre, books about Victorians/Queen Victoria, and anything related to Edgar Allan Poe.
  9. If the book is a fairy tale retelling, especially “Snow White” and “Beauty and the Beast.” 
  10. Anything in the Steampunk genre. 

What are some things that instantly make you pick up a book?

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I’ve Read

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This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read

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From the very beginning, this book stunned me. The first chapter made my mouth drop as my brain contemplated, “what the hell just happened?” You guys, this book is intense and a constant page-turner.


I don’t want to spoil Bone Gap, but the main character is very unique when it comes to “seeing” people, which makes the whole story so heartbreaking and wonderful.


Sommer’s Truest is so painful and stunning! There is one particular character that shines brighter than the others, and it is her view and take on life that makes this story so riveting.


The Winner’s Trilogy is one of my favorite series. I love how Marie Rutkoski is able to intermingle so many genres (fantasy, romance, historical), and make the world and characters so unique and heart-crushing. 


The Accident Season put me through an emotional roller coaster–there is no other book out there like it. Prepare yourself to be inflicted with a family that faces emotional turmoil, broken spirits, and fragile hearts.


I have never read a book that made me appreciate my sense of smell more than The Secret of a Heart Note. This diverse book will fiddle with your heart and yearn to be an aromateur.


 I love how interactive this story is formatted. The book is uniquely told through images, log entries, background files, and more. I really enjoyed how fun and fast-paced it was.


You guys, Emily Henry is a word sorcerer and a magician of creating the most elaborate stories. A Million Junes is my favorite book of 2017. From the writing to the world building to the quirky characters, I AM UTTERLY IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK and how different it is to any story I have ever read. 


Before Wintersong, I had never read a retelling of one of my favorite Victorian poems. Wintersong sucked me in from the very beginning, and its unique take on Christina Rossetti’s cautionary poem “Goblin Market” and mixing it with a retelling of Labyrinth definitely won me over. 


You guys, I don’t know how to fully describe the epic-ness of Station Eleven, so I stole this quote from my review that I wrote on it: “Station Eleven is an intricate and well-written novel that consists of a non-linear storyline, unraveling plot twists, huge character development, and a post-apocalyptic wasteland concerned with humanity, humility, and survival.” This book requires all of your attention, and trust me, every single page will have ALL of your attention.

What are your favorite unique books? What made them stand out?

Top Ten Tuesday: Fandom Freebie

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This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Favorite Bookish-Fandom Stores

  1. Frostbeard

  2. NovellyYours

  3. BookBeau

  4. Out of Print Clothing

  5. Storybook Cosmetics

  6. The Melting Library

  7. Icey Designs


    Other Fandom Site recommendations

  8. Espionage Cosmetics (Fandom nailwraps, makeup, etc.)
  9. Society6   (Fandom pillows, blankets, mugs, etc.)
  10. HappyHello! (Magnetic bookmarks)

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Would Love to Meet

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Top Ten Ten Authors I Would Love to Meet

For the longest time, I have been obsessed with meeting authors and getting my books signed. I have over 400 books signed, but I’m not sure of the number of authors I have already met. Below are 10 authors I would LOVE to meet! 

  1. Sharon Biggs Waller
  2. Ilona Andrews
  3. Alwyn Hamilton
  4. Stacey Lee
  5. Melissa Landers
  6. Meagan Spooner
  7. Kasie West
  8. S. Jae-Jones
  9. Evelyn Skye
  10. Lauren Gibaldi

What authors would you love to meet? What authors have you already met?

Top Ten Tuesday: Read In One Sitting

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Top Ten Books I Read In One Sitting

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Leigh Bardugo wrote one of my favorite series, The Grisha Trilogy, and once again her storytelling did not disappoint with Six of Crows. Now I just need to motivate myself to read Crooked Kingdom, but I’m too afraid of what’s going to happen.

I read Rebel of the Sands for book club, and I absolutely loved it. I love the world and more importantly the characters. I just finished the sequel, which was so good. Now I need book 3!

Another book club pick that I absolutely adored. I read Tell Me Three Things in one sitting because it was so fun and quick to read. Plus that cover was obviously screaming my name.

Oh, Uprooted, I fell in love with you so fast, and I still adore you. I remember reading this book when my mom was alive, and I could not put it down. I kept telling my mom, you have to read this after to me.

Anna and the French Kiss is always a book I turn to for a reread. It’s cute, funny, and quick. It’s also a great cure for a reading slump. Trust me, you want this swoony read in your life.

When a book takes place in Kentucky, I usually gobble it up. And Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road series is definitely a book that will keep your heart racing and have you on the edge of your seat.

There is something about Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s writing and storytelling that is so magical and enchanting. The Accident Season will bewitch you, and I always hope the next reader loves it as much as I did.

Illuminae is filled with pictures, transcripts, and fast-paced dialogue. The whole book is such a quick read, so I have no doubt that any reader will be able to read it in one sitting.

Contemporary books are always fast reads for me, and Fangirl was definitely a great page-turner. I related to Cath on so many levels. I also really enjoyed the story, the quirky characters, and witty dialogue.

Caraval is so enchanting and mysterious. I could not put the book down. I’ve read it twice already and it just came out in January, hahaha.

What are some books that you could not put down and
ended up reading in one sitting?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

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This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

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Release Date: April 4, 2017

I just found out about this book last night!!! It’s a Jane Eyre retelling and I need it now!
Release Date: April 11, 2017

Release Date: May 2, 2017

Release Date: May 9, 2017

Release Date: May 16, 2017

Release Date: May 16, 2017

Release Date: May 16, 2017

Release Date: May 16, 2017

Release Date: May 30, 2017

Release Date: May 30, 2017

What are some books that made it to your Spring TBR list?