Top Ten Tuesday: Comfort Reads

May 31: Comfort Reads (Share which books or kinds of books you turn to when you need to escape. You can either share specific titles if you love to re-read, or you could share qualities of books you look for in a comfort read.)

I’ve been pondering over this for a few days. I think I’m overthinking it, so I’m going to do this in “quick style” fashion.

  1. House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. I absolutely loved this series and all the characters in it. I have reread it many times.
  2. Sweet Valley High Series by Francine Pascal. I haven’t read this entire series, but I have read many multiple times. I’d love to own the entire series one day.
  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry. I read this book for the first time in the fifth grade and make it a point to try to read it once a year. There’s just something about it.
  4. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. I really feel like I connect very well with this series.
  5. Paranormals of Avynwood series by Michelle Dare. There’s just something about reading about people who are so close and connected. They are also so loyal and would do anything for each other!
  6. Anything narrated by Sarah Puckett. I found with this narrator that you can absolutely have a crush on somebody’s voice. Listening to books read by her is just so calming! I can’t explain it any better than that.
  7. Vampire Academy/Bloodlines by Richelle mead. I haven’t read this book as many times as I have House of Night, but my affection is the same.
  8. The Innkeeper Chronicles by Illana Andrews. I haven’t reread this book series. Yet. I definitely plan to. It’s just so good! It’s a feel good read.
  9. Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evnovich. There’s just something about seeing Stephanie Plum stumble through life as a bounty hunter that’s just hilarious!!!! I can’t get enough. Especially the first few books.
  10. Any Chris Crutcher book. The stories are a bit dark at times. They are still like a soothing balm to me. I need to get this collection again.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine Freebie

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This Week’s Topic: Valentine’s Freebie

My choice: Books/Series I want to dive right into

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Orphan X: A Novel by [Gregg Hurwitz]

The seventh book for this was just released today. I think I listened to the first five. I’ve always wanted to go back and actually read them. To the point where I’ve bought the entire series in ebook. It’s such a good series!

2-

Spells Trouble: Sisters of Salem by [P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast]

I want to read this and the sequel!

3-

Death's Intern (The Intern Diaries Book 1) by [D. C. Gomez]

I am also very eager to read this series! I started book one last year but wasn’t able to finish it. I plan to fix that this year!

4-

1st to Die (Women's Murder Club) by [James Patterson]

This is a series I started years ago. I want to reread the ones I read and finish the ones I never got around to.

5-

Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross Book 1) by [James Patterson]

Same thing as the women’s murder club.

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Queen of Snow: A Snow Queen Retelling (Fairy Tales Reimagined Book 1) by [Laura Burton, Jessie Cal]

Been hearing about this on TikTok a lot! I really want to read them all! It was an impulse buy!

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I also discovered this via TikTok, but I’m also a HUGE Buffy fan!!!!

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Loved (The House of Night Other World Series Book 1) by [P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast]

I loved the House of Night series so much! I’ve been meaning to get around to reading these! I bought them all!

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I’ve been wanting to read this since the show came out that had Zack from Saved by the Bell. I have the books, but I would LOVE the books with this cover!

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Hocus Pocus and The All-New Sequel by [A. W. Jantha, Matt Griffin]

I’ve been wanting to read this since I heard about it last year!!!!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the First Half of 2022

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This Week’s Topic: Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the First Half of 2022

1. This Wicked Fate- June 21st
2. Queerly Beloved- May 3rd
3. The House Across the Lake- June 21st

4. House of Sky and Breath- February 15th
5. The Book of Cold Cases- March 15th
6. Bravely- May 3rd

7. Love & Other Disasters -January 18th
8. This Woven Kingdom- February 1st
9. This Paris Apartment- February 22nd

10. A Flicker in the Dark- January 11th

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read In 2021

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This Week’s Topic: Best Books I Read In 2021

I thought this would be a lot harder than it was. I was convinced that I would pick way more than ten and then have to spend time narrowing it down. I didn’t have to. This was surprisingly very easy for me. That says a lot to me considering I read a lot of amazing reads this year. There were ones that just really stood out to me as I was going through the books though.

I almost didn’t count the giver considering that this wasn’t my first time reading it. For the Eyre Affair, I’m including the first three books in this because all three have been so wonderful. I can say the same for Heartstopper. In fact, I can’t wait for the fourth to be released!

The Lost Apothecary was such a beautiful read. I just can’t really do it justice. It wasn’t a shock to me when I found out it was a 2021 finalist really. The High Mountain Court was remarkable and I can’t wait to read other books by this author. The Cellar is another reread for me, but it hit me just as much as it did the first time I read it. I should also note that I actually listened to it this time around.

There was also another Paranormals of Avynwood book I read this year that I would consider a favorite read for the year. This is just one of my favorite series of all time. I absolutely love it. The My Life as an Album series will catch you in your feels. I haven’t read every book in the series yet, but I plan to. They are all so beautiful! I’ve read Into the Shadows and Out of the Shadows. I really do need to read the third book in the series. I think I’m wanting to actually read the first two so I can read the third. I had listened to the first two the first time around.

I won’t say that this book was my favorite book of the year. Honestly, I just can’t choose with that. However, this one did stand out the most to me. It really hit home for me in ways I can’t even explain. It was also very quippy and funny. That’s not to say it didn’t drag me through the feels at all. There’s a Youtuber who I watched that said it was a little too spicy. I disagree with that. There were parts that alluded to moments, but they weren’t graphic or explicit at all about the scenes.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Brings/Bookish Wishes

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This Week’s Topic: Books I Hope Santa Brings/Bookish Wishes

Book Wishlist for Amazon
Non-Book Wishlist for Amazon

I’d love all the Michelle Dare and Michelle Madow books!

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter TBR

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This Week’s Topic: Books on My Winter 2021 To-read List (or summer if you’re in the southern hemisphere)

  1. Beasts of Prey
  2. A Betting Woman
  3. If The Shoe Fits
  4. The Poison Heart
  5. Jade Fire Gold
  6. Lakesedge
  7. Defy the Night
  8. These Hollow Vows
  9. Afterlove
  10. Six Crimson Cranes

Note: I’m open to buddy reading any of these. Just message me or comment here if interested!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love An Update On

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This Week’s Topic: Characters I’d Love An Update On (Where are they now that the book is over?)

  1. All my favorites from House of Night
  2. Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy
  3. Lyra and Will from His Dark Materials
  4. My favorites from the Sookie Stackhouse series
  5. Felicity from A Lesson in Vengeance
  6. Every single character in Paranormals of Avynwood
  7. Mia from If I Stay
  8. All the characters from Complications of Pi
  9. All the Sweeney Sisters in The Sweeney Sisters
  10. Dina from Innkeeper Chronicles

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Top Ten Tuesday: Witchy and Scary Books I’d Like To Read ASAP

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This Week’s Topic: Halloween Freebie

My Choice: Witchy and scary books I’d like to read ASAP.

I wouldn’t be mad if anybody gifted me any of these. Just saying! LOL!!!!!

Own and need to read:

Don’t own but really want:

Not yet released:

I pre-ordered this back in August. I’ve been anxious for it ever since!!!!!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Settings

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This Week’s Topic: Favorite Book Settings

Going to keep this one brief. No pictures.

  1. Libraries. I love books so it’s natural I love settings that involve libraries.
  2. Boarding Schools. I always wanted to go to a boarding school when I was a kid.
  3. Cafes. There’s just something alluring about cafes.
  4. Woods. The spookier the better.
  5. Apothecaries. This one is new to me, but there’s something alluring about it as well.
  6. Boats. Especially ones involving long trips.
  7. Mountains. I love mountains anyways and would love to live in the mountains.
  8. Journeys. Think Lord of the Rings
  9. Carnivals. There’s just a lot of fun that happens with carnivals!
  10. Classrooms. I love learning. I miss school.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Pet Peeves

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This Week’s Topic: Bookish Pet Peeves

This one took some thinking on. Especially since I’m very uncomfortable complaining about things. I don’t want to come off as rude or dramatic. Here we are.

  1. Being interrupted. If you come up to me and you hear an audiobook playing or see that I’m reading, please wait for me to pause or put down the book. I promise you that I’ve seen you approach. I have ADHD. Movements catch my attention. I just want to get to a stopping point.
  2. Repeated Phrases. This one is more mild in all honesty. It’s things, like she let out the breath she didn’t realize she was holding, or and just like that. Sayings now and then are okay but multiple times over and over to the point where I can predict when it’s about to pop up…. yeah.
  3. Gatekeeping. Everybody reads differently. Everybody has different tastes in books. Not everybody is going to read the same. Some people read fast. Some people read slow. Some people prefer audiobooks. Some people prefer physical books. Some people prefer ebooks. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Their reading style and preferences don’t really bother you. Leave it be and enjoy your own reading.
  4. Presumptions. This is one of the worst ones for me. They assume your reading preferences based on your gender, or they assume that you only read because you have no life. I can’t tell you how many comments I’ve had in my life. Wouldn’t you be happier if you went out and enjoyed life? Oh you’re a reader? What’s your favorite romance novel? I could go on.
  5. Cliffhangers. I just can’t even. Cliffhangers are the worst for me. Especially when I don’t have the next book out or the next book hasn’t been released yet. I’m not even going to lie. I have been known to throw a book with a cliffhanger.
  6. Dogeared pages. This one isn’t as major to me as most. It does irk me a little bit though. It forever alters the page!
  7. Hateful reviews. It’s okay not to like a book. You aren’t going to like every book you pick up and that’s okay. However, there’s a difference in not liking a book and giving constructive criticism and outright bashing a book or the author. It’s just rude and disrespectful. There’s a difference between “I felt this book really just didn’t have a great plot and the characters fell flat.” and “This author was so stupid to think anybody would want to buy this garbage.”
  8. Bad editing. I want to preface this by saying that every book is going to have a typo slip here and there no matter how edited it is. What I’m referring to is no editing at all. I once started a book that didn’t use punctuation. At all. Not even once. I couldn’t get past the first three pages.
  9. Whiny characters. I just can’t. Not even a little. I don’t mean the ones that are bitchy and hateful. Like Aphrodite. I mean the ones that are all woe is me and constantly whining about something. Nothing ever makes them happy.
  10. When somebody says they don’t read because they don’t have time to read. First of all, you’re giving a backhanded comment about readers having too much time on their hands. Which is not true. Secondly, you do have time to read. You just choose to spend that time doing other things that you enjoy more. Which is fine. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. I’d prefer you to do things you really enjoy. However, don’t say it’s because you don’t have time. It just isn’t true.

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