Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books I Loved So Much I Had to Get a Copy for My Personal Library. I don’t buy a lot so I’m going to do a mix of books I read first then bought my own copy and books I’ve already read but still want to buy.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
Hello, lovelies! I haven’t done a recommendations list based on a specific theme in a while, so I thought I’d pull this one out of the back of my book of blog post ideas. We all love a good sad book, so I’m here to share some that really got me in the feels.
Firekeepers Daughter by Angeline Boulley “As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in—both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. When her family is struck by tragedy, Daunis puts her dreams on hold to care for her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother’s hockey team. After Daunis witnesses a shocking murder that thrusts her into a criminal investigation, she agrees to go undercover. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home. How far will she go to protect her community if it means tearing apart the only world she’s ever known?”
Early Departures by Justin D. Reynolds “Jamal’s best friend, Q, doesn’t know he’s about to die . . . again. He also doesn’t know that Jamal tried to save his life, rescuing him from drowning only to watch Q die later in the hospital. Even more complicated, Jamal and Q haven’t been best friends in two years—not since Jamal’s parents died in a car accident, leaving him and his sister to carry on without them. Grief swallowed Jamal whole, and he blamed Q for causing the accident. But what if Jamal could have a second chance? An impossible chance that would grant him the opportunity to say goodbye to his best friend? A new health-care technology allows Q to be reanimated—brought back to life like the old Q again. But there’s a catch: Q will only reanimate for a short time before he dies . . . forever. Jamal is determined to make things right with Q, but grief is hard to shake. And he can’t tell Q why he’s suddenly trying to be friends with him again. Because Q has no idea that he died, and Q’s mom is not about to let anyone ruin the miracle by telling him. How can Jamal fix his friendship with Q if he can’t tell him the truth?”
Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro “Six years ago, Moss Jefferies’ father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media’s vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks. Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals by their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.”
If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout “Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened. For what she let happen. With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?”
All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle “When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true. And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions – but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.”
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman “Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of—she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea. Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Now thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life. With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai, who smiles too much and doesn’t take anything seriously, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe, who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi attempts to find her way back to her music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish. Aching, powerful, and unflinchingly honest, Summer Bird Blue explores big truths about insurmountable grief, unconditional love, and how to forgive even when it feels impossible.”
Beach Read by Emily Henry “A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters. Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They’re polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.”
House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig “In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed. Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods. Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with? When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.”
How to Make Friends With the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow “Here is what happens when your mother dies. It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart. That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone. Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.”
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner “One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts. The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he’s not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions. Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friend. Soon the other families are asking for a Goodbye Day with Carver, but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?”
These are some books, that I’ve read and loved, dealing with themes of grief and losing someone you love. I think reading about tough topics like these is so important. So, here are some that I think you should try!
Hi, lovelies! I know usually I would be posting my TBR jar picks for September, but I didn’t really read anything at all last month. So, I’m not going to pretend like I think this month or go any better. Instead, I’m here to share all the books I bought and/or were gifted to me during the month of August. My birthday is August 1st, so all the books I get during the month are birthday books. Don’t question it, that’s just how it works.
I managed to stop and finally meet one of my favorite internet friends, Avhlee (find her here!) while on my moving road trip. We, of course, had to stop at the bookstore. She so kindly paid for my selections as a birthday gift. Thank you, Avhlee, for these books!
Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
While traveling, I also stopped to see my in-laws and stay with them for a few days. During my time with them, they took me to 2nd and Charles for the first time. It was absolute heaven and I had so much fun. I bought myself quite a stack, for my birthday, of course.
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin Walled City by Ryan Graudin The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – I found the Puffin+Pantone edition and just couldn’t help myself.
Finally, my wonderful blogging partner (and lifelong best friend), Antonia, sent me an e-giftcard so that I could go a little crazy for the 50% off hardcover sale at Barnes and Nobel (right before they were revealed for doing shady things to debut books). I bought a few books that sound good but are outside my usual sci-fi/romance/fantasy genres.
City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda
An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan
The Drowning Summer by Christine Lynn Herman
Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho
The Perishing by Natashia Deón
Sister Stardust by Jane Green
The High House by Jessie Greengrass
I was gifted one final book related thing for my birthday. My Grammy sent me a gift card. I haven’t used it yet, but I’m planning to buy The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
Summary: Everyone knows the tale of Rapunzel in her tower, but do you know the story of the witch who put her there? Haelewise has always lived under the shadow of her mother, Hedda—a woman who will do anything to keep her daughter protected. For with her strange black eyes and even stranger fainting spells, Haelewise is shunned by her medieval village, and her only solace lies in the stories her mother tells of child-stealing witches, of princes in wolf-skins, of an ancient tower cloaked in mist, where women will find shelter if they are brave enough to seek it. Then, Hedda dies, and Haelewise is left unmoored. With nothing left for her in her village, she sets out to find the legendary tower her mother used to speak of—a place called Gothel, where Haelewise meets a wise woman willing to take her under her wing. But Haelewise is not the only woman to seek refuge at Gothel. It’s also a haven for a girl named Rika, who carries with her a secret the Church strives to keep hidden. A secret that unlocks a dark world of ancient spells and murderous nobles behind the world Haelewise has always known…
Review: Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I actually didn’t manage to read this one before publication, so I borrowed the audiobook from the library and listened to the finished copy. I waited way too long to write this review, so there won’t be my usual level of detail. I, overall, really enjoyed this story. It’s in the same vein as Heartless by Marissa Meyer. This is the story of Mother Gothel from Rapunzel. We follow her from the time she’s young right up to where the story we’re familiar with starts. I really enjoyed this story. The world building was really well done. I think the setting and descriptions really did a great job of setting the tone of the story. It was easy to like Gothel. She was a young woman growing up in a world that was often unkind to women. The story felt slow and meandering, but I think that’s common with the retellings I tend to read. I think this will be a huge hit with anyone that liked retellings, anyone that liked historical fantasy, and anyone that likes villain origin stories. I definitely recommend this one.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is School Freebie. I’m choosing books with schools/ training programs.
The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is a school freebie. So, I’m going to share my ten favorite books that take place at a boarding school.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin
These are my favorite books with boarding school settings. A few of them are only sort of boarding schools but that’s okay. Do you have any books that are set at a boarding school?
Hello, lovelies! We’ve officially moved and are mostly unpacked. I did not get very much reading done this month, and what I did read wasn’t my usual kind of books. It’s been a weird month, friends. I manage to read a whopping five books.
I finished four audiobooks this month. They were all non-fiction, which I don’t rate. So, here’s what I listened to this month.
I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jeanette McCurdy
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
I really loved the three memoirs. They were each powerful and engaging stories. I liked the first part of This is Your Mind on Plants but didn’t really care for the second two parts.
I also managed to finish one physical book. I just didn’t have the time to pick up books physically but I spent some time in my new bathtub and managed to read The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka.
Hello, lovelies! I have been getting into making reels for my bookstagram (find me here) and one reel I’ve made sort of inspired a series of sorts that I’d like to translate to here. So, I want to share some of my favorite books that have beautiful writing and quotes that I really love. Here are some of my favorite quotes from For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten.
“People with power resent losing it, and too much power for too long a time can make a villain of anyone.”
“I want the roots…I understand what it means, and I want them anyway, because I am for the Wolf, and the Wolves are for the Wilderwood.”
“She went to grab her scarlet cloak before remembering it was still in Valleyda. One shaky sigh, that she’d left it there, but a marriage was more than a cloak. As for the other reasons she’d kept it—the claiming of who she was, what she was—she didn’t need a cloak for that anymore, either. She knew it in her bones, she wore it in her eyes instead of on her shoulders.”
“The warm familiarity of the bookshelves kept her together, knit her back into herself as she wandered between them.”
“People created stories to fill the gaps they didn’t understand, and religion grew up around it like rot on a fallen tree.”
“She read everything in the palace library, some things twice. It was one of the few ways to soothe her mind when it started churning and spilling over itself, connecting fears in spiderwebs she couldn’t disentangle. The scent of paper, the orderliness of printed words, the sensation of page edges beneath her fingers smoothed the waves of her thoughts to placidity. Most of the time, anyway.”
“Whatever happened, I’m sure it’s not as terrible as you remember it.” A tentative step forward, a scarred hand stretching toward her. “You aren’t terrible.”
“You never belonged to me, Redarys.” A tendril of gold escaped the black net holding the Queen’s hair, long enough to nearly brush Red’s cheek. “From the moment you were born, you belonged here. And they never let me forget.”
These are some of my favorite quotes from For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten. I will definitely be doing another one of these for the sequel For the Throne because that one also had many quotes I really loved. Do you have any favorite books that have quotes you love?
WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!
What are you currently reading?
Amanda- I’m currently in the middle of (and slowly making progress on) The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley & Austin Seigemund-Broka. I’m also trying to read The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal. I’m listening to Frostbite by Richelle Mead again also.
Antonia- I’m currently reading All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace.
What did you most recently finish reading?
Amanda- I think the last thing I finished was This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollen.
Antonia- I most recently read When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.
What will you be reading next?
Amanda- I have no idea. I got lots of birthday books, so I have no shortage of choices.
Antonia- I’m not sure yet. I’ll have to see what I’m in the mood for.
Here’s another weekly reading update! Share your answers in the comments below!
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Completed Series I Wish Had More Books.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten series that are completed but I want continuations.
Monk & Robot series by Becky Chambers
Wilderwood duology by Hannah Whitten
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
The Serpent Gates duology by A.K. Larkwood
The Age of Darkness trilogy by Katy Rose Pool
The Gilded Wolves trilogy by Roshani Chokshi
The Final Six series by Alexandra Monir
The Devouring Gray duology by Christine Lynn Herman
The Girl From Everywhere duology by Heidi Heilig
These are some series that I’d love to see restarted. What books made your list this week?
Hello, lovelies! I’ve been wanting to share some trope-specific recommendations for a long time. But I’ve been slowly reading and adding to my lists. I think I finally have a few lists that I can post this year. So, I obviously have to start with my favorite (and real-life) trope: friends to lovers.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne “Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough. When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.”
When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting “Running the Spark House, a hotel/event space that has been in her family for years, has been Avery Spark’s lifelong dream. After years of working hard and making personal sacrifices, Avery and her two younger sisters have turned the Spark House into the premier destination in Colorado Springs. Avery is living her best life—she works with her sisters and loves every minute of it, she has a great group of friends, and she lives in a fantastic condo with her best friend Declan. She might not have any love in her life, but she’s happy. But everything comes to a screeching halt when Avery is in a car accident, leaving her immobile for weeks. After nearly losing Avery, Declan insists that he will be the one to take care of her while she recovers. However, as Declan becomes Avery’s caretaker, lines begin to blur. Avery and Declan have been best friends since college and always had an attraction to one another, but when she ended up dating his best friend, Sam, they successfully stamped down any feelings they may have ever had for one another. Now, as Declan and Avery spend more time together, they each begin to wonder what would’ve happened if she’d dated him instead of Sam. What starts as a friend helping out another friend turns into foreplay and, before they realize it, they recognize how deeply they care for one another. But when things get serious their past threatens to destroy everything they have built.”
People You Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry “Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together. Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since. Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees. Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?”
Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams “Alexis Carlisle and her cat café, ToeBeans, have shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they’re sisters. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts—her best friend, Noah Logan. Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a computer security expert. Now he only uses his old skills for the right cause. But Noah’s got a secret: He’s madly in love with Alexis. When she asks for his help, he wonders if the timing will ever be right to confess his crush. Noah’s pals in The Bromance Book Club are more than willing to share their beloved “manuals” to help him go from bud to boyfriend. But he must decide if telling the truth is worth risking the best friendship he’s ever had.”
Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Dating by Christina Lauren “Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun. Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air. Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?”
I also have a few on my tbr that I’m excited to read and I’m pretty sure are friends to lovers. I’ll share those too!
The Cheat Sheet by Sarah Adams Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren Kulti by Mariana Zapata Hands Down by Mariana Zapata
Do you like to read books with the friends to lovers trope? Let me know your favorites that I should read!