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Contemporary January TBR List – Romance Edition

Hi, lovelies! As I mentioned in my last TBR list (read it here) I am planning to make all sorts of lists for all the different kinds of contemporary books that are out there. This is my first one! TBR’s for Contemporary January, Romance Edition. There are so many romance novels out there by so many different authors that I would love to read, too many for one list, so this list is just going to include books that I own and are currently living on my bookshelves patiently waiting for me to pick them up and love them.

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Adult Romance

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Collateral by Ellen Hopkins
The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts
In The Garden Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Young Adult Romance

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
This Heart of Mine by CC Hunter
Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Roomies by Sara Zarr
Words in The Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

These are all of the books sitting on my TBR bookshelf that fit into the romance genre. Which ones should I tackle first? Are any of your favorites on this list? Any you didn’t like? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContemporaryJanuary and tag me & Alana if you’re joining in! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and/or GoodReads to keep up to date with any announcements and see what I’m reading!

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Contemporary January Recommendations – Romance Edition

Hi, lovelies! In my announcement post for Contemporary January (read here) I mentioned that I would be coming with recommendations all month long! Some of these are favorites of mine and some of them are just books I liked for a quick fun read. This is going to be the first of four recommendation posts and I’m starting with romance because it’s an easy one for me because there are so many choices!

Check out Alana’s recommendations here!

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Adult Romance

The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts & The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts
These are my two favorite series by Nora Roberts, though I’ve never read anything by her that I didn’t like, so really you could pick up any of her books and be happy. But these are my two favorites.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Anything that Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes is a good choice. Her romance novels are fun and quick to read and I’m never disappointed.

The Agreneau’s by Lynsay Sands
It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include at least one sort of vampire romance on this list. Sands writes the Argeneau series and I love the twist she puts on the traditional vampire trope.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Who hasn’t heard of this book at this point? It’s excited and full of drama and diversity. I’ve heard great things about Reid’s other books too, but haven’t picked one up yet.

The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn
For those that love historical romances this series is set in the early 1800s and full of drama, romance, and a bit of smut.

Rose Gardner Mysteries by Denise Grover Swank
I love this series. Rose grows so much in the series and I just enjoyed every page of this series. Plus, she can see the future.

Young Adult Romance

The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
Would this even be a romance recommendations list without Nicholas Sparks?

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
How can you not love Simon? This book was so great.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Teenage romance with a bit of a mystery thrown in. I loved it. The movie was okay too.

One Small Thing by Erin Watt
The main character is dealing with the loss of her sister and somehow manages to find comfort in the one that caused her sisters death. It was compelling and sweet at the same time.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
I love this book. The characters. The mystery. The interesting family dynamic. Read it. Love it. That is all.

Meant to Be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow
With a bit of a taboo romance, I could not put this book down until I got to the last pages. I was rewarded with so much more than I expected from it.

These are just a few of the ones I’ve read the most recently and really enjoyed. So I hope you will enjoy them too! Have you read any of these? What books are on your romance recommendation list!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContemporaryJanuary and tag me & Alana if you’re joining in! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and/or GoodReads to keep up to date with any announcements and see what I’m reading!

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Amanda’s Contemporary January TBR List

Hi, lovelies! Let’s talk TBR lists. I’m going to be talking about quite a few different TBR lists this month because I have a ridiculous amount of books on my physical TBR at home. So I’m planning to share all the different kinds of contemporary books with you all throughout Contemporary January. Not sure what that is? Click here to see my announcement post, or click here to see Alana’s announcement post. So because I will be sharing several different themed TBR lists this month I am going to share a few of the books I’m most excited to read this month, but you will likely see them again later on other lists! Without further ado, in no particular order, these are the books I’m most excited about reading this month that are already living on my bookshelves.

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Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett

The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith

A Heart in A Body in The World by Deb Caletti

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

The Female of The Species by Mindy McGinnis

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Sadie By Courtney Summers

As usual, this list is probably longer than I can accomplish and I will likely read other books that I find from my library as well. But at this moment, these are the books I’m most excited to get into this month. What are you excited to read for Contemporary January? Let me know in the comments or make sure to link me in your TBR post!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContemporaryJanuary and tag me & Alana if you’re joining in! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and/or GoodReads to keep up to date with any announcements and see what I’m reading!

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End of Yearathon – Wrap Up

Happy New Year lovelies! The time has come to close out the last readathon of the year! For those of you that don’t know, I teamed up with Vicky @ What Vicky Read to bring you End of Yearathon (click here to read the announcement post). We thought this would be the perfect readathon for anyone that needed some motivation to read a few more books to meet their personal goals, GoodReads goals, or just to read those books that you didn’t manage to pick up yet. Feel free to check out my TBR list with the books I wanted to read here. This readathon started on December 26th and lasted until today (the 1st of January). I’m here today to share with you how I did this week.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Basherdoust
People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins
Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich

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These are the books I managed to read for the readathon! The first two were audiobooks and the last three were phyisical books. My goal was to read five books and I succeeded, though they were not all the same five books that were on my TBR list. I had so much fun chatting on Twitter and Instagram with everyone that participated. I already can’t wait until we can host again next year!

Did you participate in End of Yearathon? Link me in your wrap up so I can see what books you read! Or comment below and let me know if that’s better for you!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Contemporary January

Contemp JanHi, lovelies! Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! I hope everyone had a fun New Year’s Eve. I am here today to share something so fun with you all! I have gotten together with my bookish twin Alana @ The Bookish Chick to talk all month long about the contemporary genre.

With a discussion of Alana wanting me to read a few of her favorites, having a million and one books on my TBR, and feeling a bit burnt out on fantasy,  we came up with Contemporary January, a month of reading all of the contemporaries on your TBR list that you just haven’t managed to pick up for whatever reason. There’s no rules or guidelines other than to read the books from this genre that have been living on your TBR list. We will be posting all month long about all the different books we love and haven’t read and all the different kinds of contemporaries there are out there.

A few topics to look forward to:

2018 Contemporaries

Backlist Contemporaries

Favorites – Romance Edition

Recommendations of Realistic Fiction on Tough Topics

Keep an eye out for all sorts of fun posts this month! I will be posting my TBR list for the month at some point soon. Stay tuned to see what I’m going to read and what I have read.

Will you be reading along with us? Let me know in the comments what your favorite contemporaries are or what books you have on your TBR that you want to tackle in Contemporary January.

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End of Yearathon – TBR List

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! Who else is as ready for Christmas as I am? As it’s my first Christmas with my daughter, it’s going to be a special one for sure. After Christmas, I am co-hosting a read-a-thon with Vicky from the 26th of December to the 1st of January. We hope to help ourselves and others get those final books read in 2018. Whether you need to catch up to your GoodReads goal, or if you just have books you want to read before the year is over, this is the read-a-thon for you!

 

We have come up with a few challenges to help to pick out books for a TBR list! Feel free to play with the challenges, or not! You can read with us the whole time or just one day! I am going to pick a book for each of the challenges so that I have some books to choose from depending on what mood I’m in.

Read a book released in 2018

Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich

Read a book with Christmas colors on the cover (Red, Green, Gold, or all three!) 

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

Read a book that is a part of a series

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Read a book that is 400 pages or more

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

Read a book that was released before 2018

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

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Are you going to join us for this readathon? Let me know in the comments! Feel free to tag me in your TBR lists for the readathon, I’d love to know what you’re last minute read for the year are! Follow on twitter (Amanda’s Twitter & Vicky’s Twitter) to stay up to date with the latest info & reading sprints!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Book Tag – Christmas Characters!

Hello book friends! Back with another book tag. The seasonal ones are just too fun! We found this one through Fable Hunter but was created by Anthony @ Keeping Reading Forward. The rules are as follows: answers all the questions and answer them honestly, tag friends at the end, link to the one that tagged you, link to the tag’s creator and have fun of course!

Santa Clause // A gift you received or want this year

Amanda- I think my favorite gift that I received this year was a book my best friend Colleen bought for me. It was a book that she loves very much and I ended up really loving it too. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. This historical fiction surprised me with how much I loved it.

Mrs. Clause // A favorite holiday treat you have every year

Amanda- My grandma makes these rice crispy treats with mini m&m’s in them and she gives each of the grandkids their own bag of them because they’re so damn good.

Ghost of Christmas Past // A holiday memory from your past

Amanda- I remember the year I got my bicycle so vividly. It was the first year that I made my parents coffee. I went downstairs, made coffee, explored the wrapped packages under the tree. I found my new bike that mostly just had wrapping paper draped over it. I still remember how excited I was.

Buddy the Elf // A holiday song you like to sing each holiday season
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is to sing loud for all to hear.

Amanda- I actually hate Christmas music. A side effect of working in retail for so long.

Antonia- Amanda’s answer is hilarious because I’ve worked in retail just as long as she has and I ADORE Christmas music. My favorite to sing is “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”. It just cracks me up every time.

Misfit Toys // An unpopular toy you really wanted to get

Amanda- Books hahah.

The Grinch // A moment when your heart grew three sizes

Amanda- The day my daughter was born. And each time we do something new with her. Decorating our first Christmas tree had my heart bursting with love for my little family.

Jack Frost // A tradition you like to do every winter

Amanda- The first time it gets cold enough that I need to wear my winter coat is when I start drinking hot tea. I like tea all year round, but I drink it everyday starting when it’s finally really cold.

Hero Boy // A moment you believed in a holiday wish

Amanda- This is going to sound horrible because when I was young enough to believe in holiday wishes, I wished for stuff that never would have happened.

Cindy Lou Who // A favorite holiday tradition

Amanda- Baking Christmas cookies! This is the first year we are not traveling, so I am the one left with all the baking duties and I’m super okay with it.

Frosty the Snowman // A memory involving snow

Amanda- When I was a kid (like thirteen or fourteen) my dad made a bet with me, my brother and my step sister that we wouldn’t run to the lightpost and back without any socks or shoes or winter gear. (This was about 300 feet away from the front door.) He made this bet because we were in the middle of a blizzard and there was three+ feet of snow on the ground. My brother did it first, with my step sister close behind. I stayed inside because I’m the smart one.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer // A holiday activity you enjoy

Amanda- Decorating the tree and all the Christmas movies!

Ebenezer Scrooge // A favorite holiday saying or quote
“Bah, Humbug!”

Amanda- “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

Spreading the holiday cheer, we tag – 

Alana @ The Bookish Chick

Jess @ Kisses From Jess