Ten Books I Hope To Bring Home With Me From BEA This Year

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Freebie

This week is a freebie and as per usual (I always schedule the freebie over at TBTB for before BEA for this reason) I will be doing my top ten books I hope to bring home with me from BEA this year.

If you aren’t familiar, BEA is the Book Expo of America. It’s a big ol’ industry event –teachers, librarians, book sellers, publishers, bloggers, reviewers — and there are author signings and you are able to get galleys of books that are typically Fall/Winter releases. It’s book nerd heaven, really. If you aren’t an “industry” person but think this sounds awesome there is 2 days of Book Con after it which is open to the public.

2015 BEA young adult books

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard: THIS IS LIKE MY #1. If I get this it will be a successful BEA trip. I love Susan and I love her Something Strange & Deadly trilogy so I cannot wait for this one.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken: Another one of the 3 top priority books (the one below is the other). TIME TRAVEL WITH PIRATES. CAN I GET A HELL YEAH.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: New series from Leigh (set in the Grisha world) that looks awesome! Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s Eleven!

Soundless by Richelle Mead: I still have not read the Vampire Academy series outside of the first one. I KNOW I KNOW. But I’m super excited about this — fantasy + Chinese folklore.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff: High stakes science fiction set in the future!
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid: I loved Adi’s debut Let’s Get Lost so I cannot wait for a new one from him!
Another Day by David Levithan: I LOVED Every Day and this is a companion to this that I’m SO excited for!!
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: Love Adam and I’ve heard so much praise for this one!
Rules for Stealing the Stars by Corey Ann Haydu: I really don’t ever read Middle Grade but I will so I can read another book of Corey’s. Plus it sounds wonderful and THAT COVER THO.
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston: 1001 Nights retelling!


So tell me…if you are going to BEA what is on your priority list? If you aren’t, did any of these books pique your interest? If you ARE going, let me know!!

Ten Characters Who Appreciate Words

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This week’s topic: Top Ten Characters Who….

I decided to give a nod to the bookish/word-loving characters I’ve encountered.

book characters who are readers and writers

Cath from Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl: Not only is Cath a reader but the girl loves her books with a passion that I can understand so much so that she writes fan-fiction!

Paige from Emery Lord’s The Start Of Me & You — She’s a writer and has aspirations to go to a summer screen writing program. She’s been dubbed “Grammar Girl” (a nickname she isn’t too fond of). She’s a bookworm who love to reread and when she was younger would sneak off to read at slumber parties (I FEEL YOU GIRL)! And she won’t back down from a debate about Jane Austen.

 Violet in Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places: Violet is a blogger who is passionate about writing!

Liesel from Markus Zusack’s The Book Thief: Liesel is a voracious reader who even did some breaking and entering to get some reading material.

Matilda from Roald Dahl’s Matilda: I LOVED Matilda as a kid. She is a reading CHAMP. Reading ALL THE BOOKS. Books and the stories inside them help her to escape her awful family and she quite learns a thing or two from them!

Isla from Isla and the Happily Ever After: I loved meeting Isla for many reasons but I loved her bookworm tendencies. She loves stories of adventure (especially ones with disaster involved) but totally reads books with happy endings too.

Hazel and Gus from John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars: They both love to read but they read very different things. I loved how they traded their favorite books with each other and talked thoughtfully about books and reading. One of my favorite quotes comes from this book: “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women: Jo is a reader and a writer. I loved how she would write plays for her and her sisters to perform. She also writes stories and has aspirations to be published.
Anna from Words and Their Meanings: She’s a talented writer, esteemed with awards and praise at young age, who stopped writing after tragedy strikes.

Celaena Sardothien from Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass: There are MANY things I love about Celaena but I freaking loved that she was a reader. She feels sad that nobody reads the books in the library and uses her charm to get Dorian to allow her to read them (he gives her his favorite and wants to discuss them!!). She stays up too late reading and devours books left and right…all while waking up the next morning and being a badass.

So tell me some of your favorite characters who are writers, readers and lovers of words!!! I love reading about characters who are bookish like me!

Top Ten Inspiring Quotes From Books

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This week’s topic: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes From Books

I have a kept a quote notebook since long before I started blogging 5 years ago. My high school graduation I got a new notebook and a card that had a quote on it that really inspired me and I wrote it down. And then I collected quotes that I liked and along the years a lot of the quotes have come from books I’ve read. So this topic was pretty easy for me…except the fact it was SO HARD to pick. So many quotes have inspired and challenged and moved me!

// ONE //Throne of Glass quoteI read this line and I was like FUCK YES. True in the book and true for my life. We’ve all got the ability to rattle the stars if we dared too but too often we are held back our own hangups and fears and such.


even-in-paradise-quoteThe last page or so of this book is so quoteable and beautiful I couldn’t grab my quote notebook fast enough. This is the wish for my life, too.


finnikin-of-the-rock-quoteLOVE THIS. “I choose to drown in hope rather than float into nothing.” YESSSSS FINNIKIN YES.


quote-golden-jessi-kirby I literally could have made this list JUST by using quotes from Golden by Jessi Kirby. One of my favorites and made me think a lot. When I read this book and this quote I wrote this on a post-it note and put it on my nightstand so that in the morning I’d look at it and adopt it as my mantra for the day. Every day is a fresh start. Every day is a chance to step outside of your comfort zone and experience new things.


two-boys-kissing-quoteI left out “and deem them so” at the end of the sentence but was too lazy to go back and fix my graphic. But anyways, this quote inspires me to remember that magic is all around us in the moments we make and that I have the power to create magic — I don’t have to wait for it to happen. Also, this book in general, SO MANY DOG EARS.


Just One Day

One of my favorite quotes out of the whole book. (I could have filled this post with Just One Day posts as well as Golden ones like I said above). I tend to underestimate the power and importance of a day. But life is made of days. This quote and what it embodies is something I try to keep in perspective daily.




I loved this quote and even wrote a whole post inspired about it. But it really inspired me as a reviewer. That the way I look at books vs. how YOU look at books really has a lot to do based on our past, our experiences, our values, who we are as a person, etc. I think it made me realize how even MORE special art is because there really isn’t a wrong or a right way to see it.



just-one-day-quote4I’ve talked about how this book changed my life and this quote hit on a big thing I was struggling with. I was so frustrated with things not being how I wanted them and yet I wasn’t putting myself in the path of THINGS. I was just doing the same old thing wondering why nothing was happening. The page this quote was on was dogearred and stained with some tears when I thought about this.


mary-oliver-quoteI love Mary Oliver’s poetry. I know everybody knows her for the one wild and precious life line (which is one of my faves) but SO MUCH of her writing is amazing.




This is one of my favorite books and I very much identify with the idea of wanderlove and some of the ideas about travel in this book. But I loved this quote (sorry it’s so long and hard to read..I had to add it) because it really challenged me to look at how I view things as a traveler.

So tell me…what are some inspiring quotes from books that you have taken note of? Have any of my quotes inspired you? Or at least inspired you to check out the book they are from??

Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List

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This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List

If you are a frequent visitor here you know I love sharing what I’ve recently added to my book/Netflix/music queues on a monthly basis with my New to the Queue posts so when I was coming up with topics for Top Ten Tuesday over at TBTB, I thought it would be fun to see what everyone else had recently to their TBR!


Here are some of the books I’ve added to my TBR list (both Goodreads & my physical — I count both) lately! I’ve added a lot of upcoming releases without covers so I’m going to skip anything without a cover because it will mess up mah flow.



Star Crossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce: I added it recently because I’ve been getting into fantasy lately (obviously) and it was on a “you may also like” for something I was looking up and it looked interesting! It’s an older series I haven’t heard much about!

Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab: I *thought* I had added this to my TBR at some point on Goodreads but it showed up in my OwlCrate and so now it’s OFFICIALLY on my TBR.

Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near: One of my favorite Aussie YA bloggers loved this one so I HAD to add it. Apparently it’s all sorts of fantasy/fairytale/gothic goodness.

Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern: This one sounds like a heart-wrenching sort of contemporary. YOU KNOW I’M ALWAYS UP FOR THAT. When the main character turns 18 she can find out if she has the gene for an illness that has been killing her mother. Learn if you are going to die or just not know? Personally it’s going to be hard because Will’s dad passed away from ALS and sometimes it IS genetic and Will could find out if he has it or he could not (at this point he’s chosen not to).
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman: I added this because I just read Prisoner of Night and Fog, the first book in this series (I don’t know if it’s a series or a duology or a trilogy), and I need to read this one soon! If you like historical fiction set in Nazi Germany, this one is great and told from the POV of a girl who was in the inner circle of the Nazis and begins to question everything and Hitler is her old family friend — Uncle Dolph.

Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young: Love Suzanne Young’s The Program and this one sounds so intriguing from the synopsis. I don’t know much about it because the summary seems purposefully vague but I know the Hotel Ruby is an intriguing place that isn’t what it seems.

Sophomore Year Is Greek To Me by Meredith Zeitlin: It’s no surprise I love books set abroad and this one is set in GREEEEECE. Doesn’t that cover just scream BEACH READ?! When it showed up at my doorstep recently I hadn’t heard of it but it immediately made me yearn for nicer weather PLUS it says a la Anna and the French Kiss soooo you know that’s one of my all time FAVES FOR A LONG TIME.
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed: This is actually going to be my next read! I accepted it for review and I’m super excited about it because I’ve only heard great things. I’m looking forward to delve into a culture I’m not really familiar with and to also learn a little more about arranged marriages which is the premise of this one.

Luck On the Line by Zoraida Cordova: SO I won a Kindle copy of this book at Eric Smith’s book release party and I was so bummed because I thought I lost the paper to redeem it. BUT ALAS..cleaning out my purse I found it and immediately redeemed it! I got to chat with Zoraida and she is awesome so I especially can’t wait to read this sexy New Adult title!
Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca: Looks like a super cute YA romance!

So tell me…what books have you added to your TBR list lately? Have you read any of these???

Ten Books From My Childhood/Teen Years I’d Love To Revisit

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This week’s topic: Top Ten Books From My Childhood/Teen Years I Want To Revisit

I love re-reading in theory but I kind of fail at it. I would LOVE to revisit some old childhood/teen favorites but I also get scared to taint the childhood MAGIC and the FEELS  I have surrounding these books if they don’t hold up. Anyone else feel like that?


 1. ALL JUDY BLUME BOOKS: I loved her Fudge books and Freckle Juice as a kid and then as a pre-teen I LOVED books like Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, Blubber, Tiger Eyes, Deenie, etc. JUDY BLUME WAS/IS MY QUEEN.

2. ALL BEVERLY CLEARY BOOKS: Oh my god my childhood was alllll about Ramona, Henry Huggins and Ralph S. Mouse! Also loved Muggie Maggie.

3. All RL STINE: I wouldn’t want to go back and read ALL of them (I did as a kid) but there are a few favorite Goosebumps books I want to reread. BUT what I want to revisit most is the Fear Street Saga!

4. Sweet Valley High Books: OH MAN. I would love to see what I think about Elizabeth and Jessica as an adult. As a kid, I was an Elizabeth but wanted to be a Jessica.

5. Little House on the Prairie series: This series is the one, aside from the Boxcar Children, that REALLY made me the reader I am today. I actually think I AM going to reread this series.

6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: I was just so enchanted by this book as a kid.

7. Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassidy: OMG DID ANYONE ELSE READ THIS BOOK?? It was one of my all time favorite books but I feel like NOBODY has heard about it. I don’t remember a thing about it but it was my FAVORITE. That one and Mud Blossom. Two I don’t hear much about!

8. 1984 by George Orwell: I read this in either middle school or high school and I remember LOVING it. I wonder what I’d get out of it as an adult.

9. To Kill A Mockingbird: I LOVED this when I read it in school and I think it’s definitely one that demands to be reread. AND AHHH THE HARPER LEE NEWS DELIGHTS ME.

10. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou:  I read this in high school and I distinctly remember wishing I didn’t have to analyze it and do big projects with it for school because I loved it and I just wanted to READ it. I think this reread WILL happen.


So tell me…did you read any of these as a kid/teen?? What books would YOU want to revisit from that time?

Top Ten Books On My Spring 2015 TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books On My Spring 2015 TBR list

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1. Joyride by Anna Banks: “A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other”  Sounds fun!!
2. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway: I LOVED Robin Benway’s Audrey, Wait! and Also Known As so I’ve been excited for this one to come out. “Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?
3. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen: Everyone has raved about this series and I just need to start it already! AND it’s a Robin Hood retelling!!
4. The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas: I’ve had this one on my TBR list for a while. I know it is going to be absolutely gut-wrenching!!
5. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: I KNOW I KNOW. How have I not read this one yet?!?


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6. Hold Me Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt: It is the start of a series of crime family fairy tale retellings. This one is a retelling of Princess & the Pea and the main character’s family is one of 3 families who control the black market of organ transplants.
7. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia: ” Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion” I LOOOVE unreliable narrators so I’m stoked about this one!
8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: FANTASY! To continue my foray into this genre I’m currently smitten with. Plus it is set in a world that is Rome-esque.
9. Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby: Jessi Kirby is one of the most underrated authors and I LOVED all 3 of her books (Moonglass / In Honor / Golden)  and have been DYING for this one!
10. The Devil You Know by Trish Doller: I LOVE Trish Doller’s books (Something Like Normal / Where Stars Still Shine) so this is one of my most anticipated! Seems like it’s going to be different than her previous too books (more thriller-y) so I’m very excited to read it!


So tell me…are any of these books on your TBR for Spring? Did I convince you to add any? ALSO ALSO…tell me ONE book (or two) that I need to consider having on my TBR for Spring!

Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Not-So-Easy-To-Like Characters

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Not-So-Easy-To-Like (to narrow it down I’m sticking with the ladies because they are so often the ones who get talked about)

I see a lot of discussion in book reviews and online about unlikeable characters. Most always seem to be females. It’s always funny because so often they are talking about a character that I LOVED. I love my characters genuinely flawed and especially in YA I see so much of my high school self in them. Slut-shamer? Bitchy? Maker of horrendous decisions at times? Selfish? Standoffish? HARD TO LIKE? YEPPP. That was me. I appreciate a good flawed character especially when their arc is done so well. And I don’t even need/like TOTAL REDEMPTION at the end because most of the time I don’t think anyone does a total transformation. It’s a constant work in progress. So when I see that girl who was a total mean girl to start to have even the slightest bit of epiphany, even if she’s not totally CHANGED, I’m like YES GO YOU. Because these things we endure and slowly learn from shape us into the adults we become. High school Jamie put other girls down and slut-shamed because she was insecure, wanted other girls to approve and felt threatened. It took me many, many years to learn how toxic and awful this was. How tearing down other girls did NOT make me feel better…it just made me a shitty person with the same insecurities.

So, I guess what I’m saying is that I root for the girls who are hard to understand, the ones who aren’t immediately likeable. I mean, I don’t like all “unlikeable” characters I come across because I might not feel them to be realistic/their arc doesn’t resonate with me but the same goes for any likeable character who I don’t think rings true/seems flat. I mean, after all, I’ve come a long way since high school but I can still do some pretty unlikeable things. I can still fall into bad habits. I don’t know, I just think we can all be pretty unlikeable characters at times. Do I like being that way? Nope but even at 29 I’m still learning and growing and trying to not be a shitty person.

(And no I’m not trying to say you are wrong for not liking these characters. We are all different! This is just how I read and relate to certain kinds of characters!)


Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu — I was surprised after reading this one to see so many people NOT like the main character of this one because I LOVED her. SO MUCH. Check out my review of this super underrated book!!


The Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty — Watching Jessica grow from high school to adulthood and make mistakes and be super realistically flawed along the way? LOVE. I loved her so much and her journey resonated with me so much. Plus, it’s written in her headspace soooo you get unfiltered thoughts. My thoughts on the series here!


Open Road Summer by Emery Lord: I SO UNDERSTOOD REAGAN SO MUCH. Especially with how she talked about other girls. Those were my same defense mechanisms. I’m not saying it is right but I really identified with her. Check out my review of Open Road Summer. SUCH A GREAT BOOK!



The Young Elites by Marie Lu: Adelina is kiiind of an anti-hero in a lot of ways. You feel for her in a lot of ways but she also does some things you are like NO STOP, BE BETTER. But you understand the reason behind why she is the way she is…so you battle in your mind if you should root for her. My review of The Young Elites!


A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller: So I think a lot of people DID like this character but I know a lot couldn’t handle her. She’s not a perfect character and that’s what I loved about her. She only really seems to be interested in the suffragette’s works at first because it can further her dreams of going to art school. She has her prejudices, due to her upbringing, that will make you cringe. But it all felt so realistic. How her eyes were opened to the things that the suffragette’s were fighting for. How she looked differently at the social constructs after the things she experienced. I loved watching her growth SO MUCH as she fights to be able to create the art she so desires and begins to ask the hard questions. Check out my review!


17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen: This was a book I picked up BECAUSE of the polarizing reviews and the thoughts about the main character! I wrote all about how I almost DIDN’T but then I’m glad I trusted my gut. Loved this book!


Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy: I liked this book! I maybe didn’t LOVE it the way others did but it had NOTHING to do with the main character who A LOT of people didn’t like. It’s true…she’s not always sympathetic but I was so happy about that fact. It gave her so much dimension. You can read more about why I liked her in my review of Side Effects May Vary.


Tease by Amanda Maciel: This one was a challenging one because it’s from the POV of a bully and one of the girls she had targets commits suicide. Such a good and interesting read! Check out my review of Tease!


Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang: This was anovel FULL of unlikeable characters basically. Like SO HARD TO HANDLE SOMETIMES. But the way the layers peeled off throughout the course of the book…WOW. I bawled. Check out my review of Falling Into Place.


Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers: This is one of my most fave books! A book with characters that are hard to swallow but OH MY GOODNESS SO GREAT. Read my review of Some Girls Are.





So tell me…who are some not-so-easy to like characters I should meet? And I’m curious…do you need to like the characters of books you read? I love hearing how different everyone feels about it!

Ten Of My Favorite Heroines Outside of Contemporary YA

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Heroines

This was a Top Ten Tuesday topic back in 2012 and in 2010 so everything I pick is from books I’ve read after that post in 2012.

I read a lot of contemporary and could have really gone on and on about my favorite heroines but I figured I’d tell you some of my favorite outside of that genre  (fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, dystopian etc.)

best YA heroines

Celaena from Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: YOU GUYS. I love Celaena so much. She is so badass and her arc in the first 3 books is AWESOME. Plus I just love her personality!

Feyre from Sarah J. Maas’s A Court Of Thorns and Roses: Okay I KNOW THIS ISN’T OUT YET but I, in good conscience, NOT put Feyre on this list after book 1 of Sarah’s new series. Like she isn’t the kind of badass you are used to seeing. She doesn’t have special powers or badass assassin skills but life has dealt her a rough hand and she has learned to be TOUGH and smart and resourceful. I LOVE HER SO MUCH.

Clara from Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly series: MAN, Clara goes through a lot in this series and I was just so attached to her.

Kestrel from Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse trilogy: OH MAN. Kestrel grows and learns a lot and I love that. She was realistically flawed and I LOVED THAT. I cannot wait to see what book 3 holds for her. I just love her so much!
Cinder from Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series: I still need to read Cress but from Cinder & Scarlet….Cinder is one of my MOST favorite heroines ever.

Eleanor from Susan Dennard’s Something Strange & Deadly trilogy: I haven’t read the final book yet but my heart just hurts for Eleanor a lot. The things revealed and that she goes through…she’s not afraid to make the hard choices. Plus I love her attitude!

Adelina from Marie Lu’s The Young Elites series: Adelina is NOT your typical heroine. She’s kind of a villain/kind of a hero and I love how complicated her personality is. She doesn’t always make me happy but I FEEL HER. I DO. I just can’t ever get her out of my head.

Aria from Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky series: I AM SO SAD THIS TRILOGY IS OVER. Aria grew so much in her journey and I just have such a place for her in my heart.

Lynn from Mindy McGinnis’s Not A Drop To Drink: What a smart girl and I couldn’t even imagine being in her situation! The strength she had just really impressed me and I wish more people would meet her!!

So tell me…who are some of your favorite heroines that I need to meet outside of my usual contemporary reading??

Ten Bookish Problems I Have In My Life

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Bookish Problems I Have In My Life

This list could have been easily a list of 50. I have many, many “problems” of the bookworm variety.

1. A TBR list longer than I can handle: I count my TBR list as the thing on Goodreads in which I add things I own/want to read/want to check out at some point. So it’s pretty MASSIVE. And it keeps growing and growing. You can learn more about my TBR list here. I’m so happy to have so many choices but pretty much HAVING such a huge TBR list means that I get overwhelmed by the “what to read next?” question because I HAVE TOO MANY OPTIONS and basically an indecision massacre happens every time. Jamie’s TBR: 1, Jamie: 0. You can read more on my recent musings about having too many choices.


2. Not enough shelf space: There are books on books on books. My shelves are overcrowded.  I AM DROWNING IN BOOKS.There are piles that I try to discreetly hide. I’d LOVE to add more shelves but we’ve maxed out the space in this here one bedroom apartment.


3. I am the worst at quitting books I’m not into: I’ve talked about this extensively throughout this past ~5 years but I am not good at putting down books when I’m not digging. I’ve tried to be better at it and I HAVE come a long way compared to back in the day but MAN…I wish I was easily able to just make that decision. Related Reading: Reasons Why I Stink At Quitting Books


4. Being a mood reader is a pain in the ass sometimes: I’ve written about what it’s like to be a mood reader (the good, bad and the ugly!) but basically sometimes it is a pain because of meeting book club deadlines, not being able to choose what to read, library books I was excited about go back unread, I can’t keep a schedule, etc. etc.


5. A very small book budget at this season in my life: This is a money problem really. I JUST WANT TO BUY ALL THE BOOKS SOMEONE GIVE ME A MONEY TREE. Although, apparently I’m a reformed book buyer? But who knows what I’d be if I had a book buying money tree!



6. Being too addicted to the internet that I get distracted from my books: I’ve already admitted to being a VERY distracted reader these days thanks to my brain and technology. BUT REALLY. I would get far more reading done if I didn’t have all these DISTRACTIONS. I need to be better about focusing.




7. This beloved hobby makes my butt hurt too much sometimes: OKAY FOR REAL THOUGH? I know it’s absurd that I wrote a whole POST on this a couple years ago but both of my hobbies (reading and blogging) require a lot of time sitting on my ass. And SOMETIMES IT IS UNCOMFORTABLE. It’s VERY hard to find the right position that will sustain long-term reading.




8. Too short of a life span: SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME ON THIS EARTH. I need about 5 lifetimes (or more) to get through all the books I want to read!


9.  Forgetting what happens in between series & also sucking at FINISHING series: Okay so this is two in one but I SUCK AT SERIES.  I am the wooooorst at remembering what happens in between series. (THANK GOD FOR RECAPTAINS.) But I also am the worst at following through and finishing series…even series I really like. My list of series I haven’t finished is AWFUL (I’ve finished a couple since).


10. I always forget about the books on my Kindle: Out of sight, out of mind! I always go for the physical books when I pick what to read next and never think of all the poor books on my Kindle.


So tell me some of your bookish problems!

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…In Romances.

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: 10 things I like/dislike in romances in books

With Valentine’s Day coming up, what better time to talk about the things I love the MOST when it concerns romance in books. These things get me a-swoonin’ hardcore.


1. Banter: IS THERE NOTHING MORE DELIGHTFUL THAN SEXUAL TENSION LADEN BANTER?!? I love banter. It makes me giddy.The more banter the more I’ll be shipping it.

2. Slow burn romance: You can take your instalove and give me slow burn romance ANY DAY. Omg the tension. The longing. The intensification of all those FEELS. The OMG-I-CAN’T-TAKE-IT-ANYMORE-PLEASE-JUMP-EACH-OTHERS-BONES feeling. I love a good whirlwind romance when done right but the slow burn always lights my heart on fire.

3. The “I kind of hate you” turned “woah hey actually I WANT YOU”: Logan and Veronica anybody??? Also, I actually REALLY didn’t like Will when I first met him and now we are married all these years later so I have a soft spot. AND CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT HOW I SWEAR IT IS EVEN BETTER WHEN THEY FINALLY GET TOGETHER?? SO MUCH PASSION.


4. The boy/girl next door or the “have known each other since we were wee ones” thang: Particularly if they are friends! I think of Lola and Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins or Corey/Topanga from Boy Meets World. I love all that history they have. I think the reason I love this one so much is because throughout middle school and high school I had this weird “was never a romance but we always liked each other just not at the same time” thing with the boy across the street. It was kind of adorable when I think about all the flirting and hanging out that went on being neighbors/good friends but all that tension! We DID go to a homecoming dance together but that’s the furthest it went.


5. Opposites attract (also opposite side of the tracks): If there was ONE way to categorize mine and Will’s relationship is this. We are the most opposites ever and it just WORKS somehow. I love seeing it in books whether it is because she’s the prom queen and he’s the nerd or the live on different sides of the tracks…I’m all over it. I love watching people get past what they think makes them so different.



BONUS: OTPs that have to go through hell and back to finally be together!!! Because sometimes IT IS THAT HARD.

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So tell me…what are some things you LOVE in your romances?

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