Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2017 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Summer Reads Freebie

Summer used to be this great time when I didn’t have to go to school and I could just relax and read ALL THE TIME. But then I grew up and got a full-time job and now I don’t actually have any extra time to read during the Summer. Summer is now just like any other time of the year *sigh*. Can anyone relate to this???

Despite all of that, I still have some books that I’m hoping (fingers crossed!) to get to this Summer just to have an arbitrary deadline. Here are my top ten picks (links to Goodreads):

1) Once and For All by Sarah Dessen – My husband pre-ordered this one for my birthday and I’m SO EXCITED.

2) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I picked this up a few weeks ago at B&N and I’ve only heard good things!

3) The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – I follow Mandy Moore on Insta and I guess this is being turned into a movie and she’s in it? So I’d like to read it sometime before the movie comes out.

4) Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine – I really love this series! I have the ARC on my Kindle right now and I can’t wait to dive into it!

5) Beastly Bones by William Ritter – I read the first one last year and have books two and three on my shelf, I just haven’t had time to continue the series even though I liked the first one.

6) The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley – Similar story as Beastly Bones–I have pretty much this whole series and LOVED the first book, I just need to keep going!

7) Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – I liked the second book less than the first book, so I’m hoping this third one really does it for me (and has about ten times the Kitty).

8) Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – This was one of my most anticipated books, but I honestly kind of forgot about it. Hopefully I can still get to it this summer though!

9) A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – My mother-in-law really loved this book and my mom is also reading it right now. I think it’ll be a nice departure from my norm.

10) Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – I was just scanning my Goodreads to find a #10 and I didn’t realize how soon this book comes out! So pumped!

Which of these should I read first? And what are some books on your Summer 2017 TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Turn-offs

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

1) An ugly cover (because I’m superficial like that). Or even just…a cheap looking cover.

2) A vampire as the romantic lead. This guy is literally hundreds of years older than our main character? Creepy. Just creepy.

3) Bad reviews. Pretty self-explanatory.

4) A love triangle involving two brothers/cousins/whatever relation. There’s just no scenario where this is going to end well.

5) Science fiction. I like some science fiction, but for the most part I just get lost and confused.

6) The author. If there’s a certain author that I haven’t enjoyed in the past or I haven’t liked previous books in the series, then I probably won’t want to read any more from them.

7) An unlikable main character. If I don’t like the main character, I’m not going to like the book.

8) An immature main character. There have been times when a main character has made me roll my eyes repeatedly. Not an enjoyable experience.

9) An uninteresting plot. I’m very plot-driven as a reader so if I’m not interested in the plot, then I’m not going to pick up the book.

10) A ton of language or sexual content. I’m just not into that kind of thing.

Top Ten Tuesday: Elements of a book that make me go “YAS”

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

1) Written by one of my auto-read authors: Sarah Dessen, Morgan Matson, Jennifer E Smith, Marissa Meyer, etc.

2) Pretty cover. Sometimes this doesn’t last past my reading the synopsis, but for at least a brief moment a pretty cover will make me covet a book like nothing else.

3) A good review from a blogger I trust.

4) Fairy tale retelling (I love them all).

5) Steampunk elements.

6) Celebrity romance trope. I don’t know why, but I just love these.

7) Features a road trip. Road trips are so fun and they’re even more fun when you’re not actually stuck in the car for 13 straight hours.

8) Also, any travel basically. I love exploring new places but don’t have the means to actually do it in person. That’s why books are so great!

9) Smart, female protagonists. I love reading books featuring girls who are smart and unapologetic but are also normal.

10) Strong female friendships. There’s nothing more powerful to me than a healthy relationship between two girls. They get each other and don’t start drama with each other over boys.

Do you guys agree with any of these? What are some things that make you instantly say “YAS”?

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Would Stand in Line For

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do)

I think most of us would agree that standing in line is one of the most painful aspects of the human existence. But I would brave a line no matter how long to get a book signed by these authors (that’s an exaggeration. I definitely have a line limit).

1) Sarah Dessen
2) Marissa Meyer (been there, done that)
3) Suzanne Collins
4) J.K. Rowling
5) Jennifer E. Smith
6) Morgan Matson (been there, done that)
7) Gail Carriger
8) Ernest Cline
9) Ryan Graudin
10) Cornelia Funke

Which authors would you wait in an enormous line to meet? Which authors have you already waited in enormous lines to meet? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

So many. There are so many books on my Spring TBR (and TBR in general) that I don’t know what to do with myself.

ARCs

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Books I Own

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
When We Collided by Emery Lord

What do you have on your Spring TBR? Anything in common? Which books do I NEED to move to the top of my Spring TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday: Romance is in the air

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: All About Romance Tropes/Types

So here’s one of my favorite YA romance tropes.

Girl meets famous boy = love

I actually just found out that there’s a legit name for these books: YA Celebrity Romances.

Musicians
Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Date with a Rockstar by Sarah Gagnon
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

Actors
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith
Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

Other
The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

I know there are more than just this list, but these are ones that I gave at least three stars to.

BONUS: Bromances

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord – Ryan and Max
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – Frank Porter and Collins