Top Ten Tuesday | Favourite Couples in Books

Hey, book lovers!

I was wondering if we’d get a Valentine’s Day—themed post. And I am so excited about this one! So thank the book and blogger gods and goddesses.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The next prompt is gooey, so be prepared for our favourite book couples! I have too many to count and have featured them plenty on TTT. So I’ll stick some of my top favourite lovebirds.

I want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! 💜 Enjoy the read!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Villains

Happy Tuesday, bloggers!

We have just eight more days until Halloween. I’ve been counting down the days for this prompt. You all know my affinity for awful characters.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. Today’s theme is villains! I will never stop loving them. Sometimes, they might be the only reason why I stay with a series and why I pick up the first book. So let’s get my top eight choices.

 

Prince Balekin from The Wicked King

At first, I simply distrusted Balekin, but I never knew of his potential. You’d think I’d select Jude and Cardan for my picks. But no. These two characters are the product of someone’s design. Balekin is on a different level than they are. I can’t believe I rooted for his family.

 

Lifelikes from (Well) Lifel1k3

How can I possibly hate them?! The way Kristoff writes these perfectly flawed yet utterly human-like characters is why. Lifelikes may hold more humanity than us humans, but they scare me. They hold destruction in one hand and salvation in the next. But they’re hellbent on being the masters of their own fate and aren’t afraid of wiping out our race in the process.

 

The Arrons Two Dark Reigns

I haven’t caught up with the series yet, but from the first chapter, I hated the Arron family. They shape Katherine for who she is, and I almost loathe her as much as I do Mirabella. But I don’t blame the sisters for what they must do in order to survive this heinous world. The Arrons, though, still creep me out and infuriate me.

 

Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn

Yes, you only get a taste of Gotham City Sirens here. But Sarah perfectly captures my three favourite female villains! This terrible trio almost makes Gotham more interesting.

 

Caro from Evermore

Sara may be a debut author, but she knows how to spin the perfect villain. I never expected anything from Caro. But I was so wrong about this character. And as the second book draws closer, I cannot wait to see how she will destroy everything Jules fights for.

 

Cohort from Queen of Air and Darkness

I never thought I’d hate another Shadowhunter as I despised Valentine. But the Cohort holds a special place on my hate list. After the devastation from the last war, select few Shadowhunters form the Cohort and wish to find any means necessary to restrict Downworlders.

 

Mother Blackbeak from Queen of Shadows

I honestly thought I hated her in Heir of Fire. But I want to gut this woman more than you can imagine. I wanted to put Manon in my list, but I don’t see her as much of a villain. Her grandmother still sends chills down my back when I think of her.

 

Legend from Finale

Can we please take a moment to marvel at this cover?! I’m in bliss. I’m still debating this choice. Some part of me wants to scream that he is one, then the other part feels as if he’s misunderstood. Why must villains be so complicated?!

Top Ten Tuesday | Hidden Gems

Happy Tuesday, dearies!

Finally! I can breathe. The constant heatwaves just make me want Fall to come sooner. I shouldn’t complain since I’ve just seen the weekend’s temps. 😐 Who’s ready for cozy blankets and sweaters, hot chocolate, scary books, and bonfires? I know I am.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. For this week’s topic, we discuss hidden gem books. I had a hard time with this post. I wasn’t sure which books to put on my list and which ones to take out. So hopefully, you enjoy it more than I have. 😂 Here are my choices for books I don’t talk much about:

 

Grace and Fury

I’ve seen quite a bit of marketing for the book. But I haven’t talked much about it though. I wasn’t sure if I’d read the book, until I won it in an IndigoTeen contest. But the premise of it is one of the most unique concepts I’ve seen lately, so it deserves a bit more attention than it has received.

 

City of Ghosts

Yes, since it’s a Schwab book, it’ll receive great marketing. However, I’ve seen several readers hesitate to pick it up since it’s geared toward middle-grade readers. But often times, I’ve found great storylines in MG books. And with that thought, I believe more people should take a risk with Schwab’s latest story.

 

Black Witch

Black Witch had a solid marketing plan. But some readers were turned off because select reviewers ripped apart this book. Now, I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t back up some adult bloggers’ claims, but I know many people refused to read it, which I find unfortunate. So no one gave the book a chance. But I hope to do so soon so I can see if those claims are true or false. You can find more information about the controversy here.

 

The Wicked Deep

I wasn’t sure if I’d love the book. The author combines the Salem Witch Trials and Hocus Pocus. And if there’s one thing you should know about me is that I adore that movie. My expectations were high, but I loved the book, even the ending, which is slightly predictable. Unfortunately, since the publication, I haven’t seen many bloggers mention it.

 

An Enchantment of Ravens

Quite a few readers have compared the book to ACOTAR, and I think that does a disservice to it. When I finally picked it up, I had no expectations, but I haven’t talked about it since. However, I was so pleased with the writing, storytelling, and characters. Unfortunately, it hasn’t moved past that comparison, which is a shame.

 

Wild Beauty

I bought this book earlier this year, and while I haven’t read it yet (I need to stop buying books and not reading them), I haven’t seen a lot of love for it. But magical realism is sometimes hard to sell though. Not everyone likes it, and other readers may not even acknowledge this kind of genre. But I’m intrigued to see if it lives up to my expectations.

 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I haven’t cried so hard reading another book. I found this beauty several, several years ago, and I’ve read it so many times you can see my fingerprints on the book. I’m a historical book lover, and I’ll always fall hard for a story based in WWII. The storyline is heartbreaking, and the stellar cast of characters will stay with you longer than you read the book.

And it deserves all the praise it has received because of the Netflix show. I highly recommend both show and book!

Top Ten Tuesday | Back to School

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

So who else is excited not to go back to school this year? Me. 😂 I haven’t been so thrilled to see September arrive. I truly haven’t. But you have my sympathies if you do. Copious amounts of reading may help. Or an upcoming graduation may be better.

This week’s topic dor Top Ten Tuesday, we get to discuss school-themed books. I’ll stick with books that take place at school, savvy? Good.

 

The Hate U Give

Have you ever wanted to pick up a book, but you hesitated every time you looked at it on a store shelf? Well, The Hate U Give is that kind of book to me. It’s a revolutionary read. And I need to read it. But I need to be in the right frame of mind.

 

One of Us Is Lying

I’ve been contemplating reading this book. But it sounds so damn good though. Murder, mystery, and a killer on the lose. What else do you look for in a book?

 

Carry On

Look at the cover. I think I’m in love. 😍 I’ve heard a lot about Rainbow but haven’t read any of her books. But I’d love to get to this one before the sequel comes out. And frankly, I can’t call myself a “Supernatural” fan if I don’t read this book with the show’s theme song in the name.

 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

How can I make this list without putting a Harry Potter book on here?! That’d be insane. One reason why I love Order of the Pheonix is the beginning of Dumbledore’s Army. I loved it. And I enjoyed how the students banded together.

 

The Aftermath

Ugh, this book bloody killed me. I know this choice may be controversial since the book revolves around a school shooting. However, it’s one of the few YA stories that address the consequences of such a horrible event. And I love how Kelley brings a new perspective to it.

 

The Black Witch

I followed HarperCollin’s latest Frenzy Presents on Twitter. Laurie attended the event, which I wish I could have gone to. Unfortunately, life got in the way. I’m hoping to delve deep into this book. Embracing a destiny, learning magic, and an evil looming are all that I’m looking forward to.

 

Thirteen Reasons Why

I wonder if I’ll ever read Thirteen Reasons Why. When it came on Netflix, I was so thrilled to pick it up. Like Aftermath, it discusses difficult situations students face: rape, suicide, bullying. When the controversy hit about the author, I questioned my decision. A part of me wants to read it. But I’m still on the fence.

Top Ten Tuesday | Books with Sensory Reading Memories

It’s another Tuesday!!!

Yeah, I yelled that in my head if you haven’t picked up on the excitement. 😂 Who’s thrilled to do this post? And who has no damn clue what to put? If you’re in the latter, you’re my people. I love when a topic makes you truly think what you should pick.

How has your week gone? I feel like this month just keeps speeding up when I pay attention to the dates. And I can’t believe we’re heading into Fall shortly. A part of me hopes the year slows down, then the other part, which needs to breathe, would love the cooler temperatures.

So for this week’s topic, we get to talk about books with sensory memories. Since I am a bundle of emotions that like nothing more than to escape the confines of my mind, I’m choosing the top six books that have captured a special moment or memory for me.

A Book That Made Me Love Reading Again

This book has stuck with me since I first cracked open the cover. And finally, I’m reading the sequel! (About time, right?) A Darker Shade of Magic is one book that surprises even the most seasoned reader. It catches up on you and makes you love reading again. Not many books do that for me. But this series does.

 

A Book That Made Me Love a Genre I Thought I’d Never Like Again

Did you honestly think I’d leave out Marissa’s masterpiece? Nuh uh. I never thought I’d fall back in love with science fiction books. Since I love sci-fi movies and shows, I don’t which book set off my dislike for them. But Cinder reminds me why I love the genre. I finished this debut novel in just a little over twenty-four hours. And I haven’t looked back since. I never thought I could binge read like that again.

 

A Book That I Buddy-Read With a Friend

I read A Torch against the Night with my college/blog friend Dana. I love and miss her (come home soon, will you?!). She got me into Sabaa’s brilliant YA series, so I had to read the sequel with her. And I’ve been weeping ever since, especially after reading A Reaper at the Gates.

 

A Book That Reminds Me of Fall

I’ve read only half the books in the series, yet it holds so many memories for me, especially the movies. With the first book, I smell the hot cider and the lit pumpkins and see the leaves blowing across the grass. It’s the Fall book. And I hope I can finish the series, eventually.

 

A Book That Made Me Love Going to the Movies

If memory serves me correctly, my Grade 8 English classmates and I read The Return of the King just before the final movie came out. And we were lucky enough to watch it on the big screen. Even to this day, I hated, absolutely hated, reading out loud in class, yet I couldn’t wait to watch the movie. And I still can’t think straight when I see Aragorn. That man is a god.

 

A Book That Started Me on My Path to My (Eventual) Career

I cannot stop raving about Kelley. She is my top author who I adore. I found her first book, Bitten, in my Grade 8 English class. Yes, this adult novel is not meant for a thirteen-year-old reader, but somehow, my teacher decided to give it to me as a graduation gift. 🤦‍♀️ It’s slightly torn, and I wish I took better care of it, but I’ll cherish it more than she’ll ever know. And it led me to my career in publishing (which is slowly taking off).

Top Ten Tuesday | Books with Red, White, and Black Covers

Hey, everyone!

Canada’s Day has just passed, and I was stuck in the house so I wouldn’t melt like a cruel witch I am. I guess this post serves as a late celebration for my country’s birthday. 😂 I couldn’t find just red and white, so I went with red, white, and black, which is our Olympic colours.

And I’d like to wish all my US bloggers a happy fourth of July!!! Hopefully, we’re all out of this horrible heat wave by then. If not, be careful, dearies.

 

Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

This cover gives me shivers. It’s so aesthetically pleasing. I’m Schwab Trash™, so you know I need to read this series. This series is one of the most original plots I’ve heard of, and I can’t wait to get these books.

 

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve heard this installment is one of the best, so I hope that’s true. I need to start reading this series. I can’t keep pushing it off. But not this year. I just need to see how Manon and Aelin interact with each other. 😂

 

City of Ghosts by V. E. Schwab

Another Schwab book I need to read and hope doesn’t sit on my TBR list. Ugh, this cover is so beautiful. I can’t get over it. I don’t always read ghost stories, but I’ll buy anything she writes.

 

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

The more I look at this series, the more I need to read it. LOOK AT THAT COVER. I’m in heaven. And frankly, I need more vicious female leads in my life. They just complete me.

 

Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I’m a huge Caster Chronicles fan. I’ve read all the books, swooned over all the characters, and loved yet hated the film (let’s just say I love to hate it). So I was giddy when I heard my two favourite authors were expanding the series. I loved this book. But I absolutely hate how this spin-off ended. The fans are still expecting the third book, but no, we aren’t getting it.

 

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

This book sounds enchanting, and I’ve been meaning to read it. But you know how it is. You add a book to your list, then forget about it. Beauty and the Beast is one of my top three favourite classic stories. I adore it. So I might take a chance in reading this retelling.

Top Ten Tuesday | Books That Awaken My Travel Bug

Hi, everyone!

Who’s excited about this topic? I want to talk about real and fictional places. Before I started this post, I wasn’t sure if I’d come up with a list. Now though? It’s too long. So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I’ll show you which places I’d love to travel to.

 

Caraval in Legendary

I adore this series! I’m still reading Legendary as I write this post, and my heart is breaking. I don’t want the book to end, but a part of me wants to see what happens. Caraval enchants you, and I love going back to it. I don’t think I can get over the intrigue, magic, and suspense Caraval offers.

And I haven’t been so happy when I heard this duology is now a trilogy!

 

Virtual Japan in Wildcard

I’m still questioning if I like this cover, but I, without a doubt, love this futuristic Japan Marie. Virtual reality is always iffy for me. I don’t know if I’ll enjoy this type of sci-fi. However, I cannot get enough of Warcross. I don’t blame Emika for hacking into the game. I’d do the same.

 

Red London in A Conjuring of Light

I need to finish this series. I’ve been dying to read the second book. Can you imagine living in a world where magic isn’t shunned or hidden? Travelling to Red London is one of the top five places I’d die to get to. Knowing to me, I’d probably get in trouble with Lila.

 

El Brooklyn de las Brujas in Bruja Born

You probably know that I am still disappointed with Labyrinth Lost, so I hope its sequel will be better. But I love the worldbuilding in this series though, and I cannot wait to see how Zoraida weaves magic in and brings more diversity to the streets of Brooklyn.

 

Feudal Japan in Smoke in the Sun

As you can tell, I have a thing for Japan. Flame in the Mist is a culturally rich treat. Betrayal, magic, and smoldering romance, this series gives you just about anything. And since I got my copy of Smoke in the Sun, I need to find out how Okami and Mariko survive.

 

Diavolos Sea in To Kill a Kingdom

I swear I have a siren heart. And while I can’t really breathe under the water (but secretly want to), I’d love to immerse myself in this world. Each region conjures up its own magic, but Diavolos Sea speaks to me.

Top Ten Tuesday | Best Character Names

I think I’m making a repeat performance. I thought I liked my original post, but I’ve trashed it entirely. I don’t know why. I’m picky. So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I’ve chosen my favourite character names.

 

Nova “Nightmare” Artino from Archenemies

Look at this cover. 😍 It’s so pretty. Both her given name and nickname suit her rather well. At first, I wasn’t sure I’d like Nova as a character. I felt she complained too much, but when you read her background, you can’t blame her for it.

Have you heard this duology is now a trilogy?!

 

Aleksander “The Darkling” Morozova from Shadow and Bone

Of course, I’ll probably fall for the ultimate bad guy in this series. I can see it now. I’ve been eyeing this character for years but haven’t gotten around to reading Shadow and Bone yet. The Darkling has a nice ring to it though.

 

Princess Selene from Cinder

I am not obsessed with this series. I repeat. I am not obsessed with this series. Am I surprised the author used the name “moon” for one of her main characters? No. I love the name. And Cinder is, and will always be, one of my favourite characters.

(Yes, I fully admit I’m addicted to the Lunar Chronicles. Please don’t judge me.)

 

Rowan Whitethorn Galathynius from Empire of Storms

Oh, look. Another series I haven’t read but spoiled myself anyways. So I basically know what occurs in almost every book in the TOG series. But I won’t skip reading it. And one reason why is Rowan. I’m hooked on territorial fae males, and he will probably be on the top of my list, especially when he takes his wife’s last name. Cue the sighs.

 

Elias Venturius from An Ember in the Ashes

This boy may just own a big chunk of my heart. Even before I bought Sabaa’s debut novel, I knew Elias was trouble. His character arc in A Torch against the Night still makes me weepy, but I won’t be surprised if he finds a way to get out of his current deal.

 

Eelyn from Sky in the Deep

Doesn’t that name sound beautiful? I love Eelyn. Her storyline creates such a wonderful debut novel. I’m holding out hope that the author will expand this book into a series. I don’t how since this is a standalone. 🙃

Top Ten Tuesday | Book Covers with My New Favourite Colour

 

Colour me purple. I could have gone the safe way by choosing blue or burgundy, which are my favourite colours. Nah. That just seems too boring. So for my choices for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I pick a colour I’m starting to like. You can already guess which one. I wasn’t a huge fan of it, but I’ve grown to love it though.

Winter by Marissa Meyer

I recently bought this book since I’ve finally got into this series. Yes, I’m horrible with my TBR list. The first book I read by Marissa is Renegades. It’s a good read, but I must prefer Lunar Chronicles. She’s becoming one of my new favourite authors.

 

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Can I fangirl more over this cover? Probably not. But I can certainly try. It sold me. This year, I hope to get more diverse books onto my reading list, and this tops the lists. I eagerly await its release!

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Ugh, this book. It broke me in two, and I still don’t know if I’ve healed from it. Honestly, I haven’t read all the books even though I have them all waiting on my shelf.

 

Honor among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

I’ve seen this book floating around the blogosphere lately. And this book was singing to me when I decided to go on a sci-fi haul. Give me a conflicted anti-hero female lead, sentient alien spaceships, and a great cover, and you’ve got me hooked. I can’t wait to read this.

 

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Wait, you’re telling me I missed a Jane Eyre retelling set in space?! Yes, I regret everything right now. Well then, I’ve just found a new sci-fi read. 😉

 

Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

Why must this be the last book? WHY?! I adore the characters, lush storyline, and culture. But I’m worried I have too high expectations for this sequel. I don’t want my babies to get hurt, but I just see heartache on the horizon. Are you looking forward to Smoke in the Sun?