Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #3

Throwback! Ten Books I Loved From My First Year Of Blogging! 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by the wonderful people at the broke and the bookish. This weeks topic is a throwback to books from your first year of blogging!

I started my blog back in 2015. I can't believe it is three years old! My how they grow up so fast...Anyways, here are ten books from 2015 that I reviewed on the ole blog here that I loved! 😍

1. Trylle Tilogy by Amanda Hocking

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the complete Trylle trilogy! Switched, Torn, & Ascend were all bound in one glorious paperback! I didn't have to wait to read the next books, because they were already at my fingertips. I think I read all three almost non-stop. I absolutely loved this series! Hocking did a fantastic job!

You can see my review of the Trylle Trilogy here! (P.S. This is my very first review! 😁)

2. Hidden Wings by Cameo Renae

I remember picking up this book on a snow day and not putting it down. Isn't that what snow days are for, binge reading? Anywho, I really enjoyed reading Hidden Wings! It was my first taste of angels & demons, and it was a great introduction.

Check out my review of Hidden Wings here!

3. The Selection by Kiera Cass

This is one of those books that I didn't have very high hopes for, but instead ended up loving! In my review, I describe this book as The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor, which I think is a pretty great description! Miss Cass' novel has quickly became one of my all time favorite books! On a side note, the dresses on the covers are gorgeous, and I think they would look amazing in my closet 😉!

Check out my review of The Selection here!

4. Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy

This was the first New Adult book that I have ever read, and I have been hooked on the genre ever since! Additionally, I love Ivy's writing style and have made it a goal of mine to read all of her books...yes, all of them! Flight is exceptionally cute, and who wouldn't want to have a lavender land rover?

You can see my review of Flight here!

5. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This book is amazing and actually inspired me to start my very own book blog! The characters are fantastic and the story-line is super original. Forget Daemon Salvatore, I want my very own Daemon Black!

Look at my review of Obsidian here!

6. Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis

I love werewolves, and this book made me love reading about them even more! The characters in this series are superb! I want a best friend just like Jen!

You can see my review of Prince of Wolves here!

7. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

All I can say about this one is thank you so much Karen Marie Moning for writing such a fabulous story! The plot is extremely unique, and I never knew what was going to happen next. I also appreciated the scenery of Ireland. I've never been there, but I would absolutely love to visit some time!

Check out my review of Darkfever here!

8. Saving Angel by J.L. Weil

If you love Armentrout's Lux series, then you're more than likely to fall in love with J.L. Weil's Saving Angel. Although I have yet to read the rest of the Divisia series, I do know that Obsidian and Saving Angel are eerily similar.

You can see my review of Saving Angel here!

9. Everlasting by Candace Knoebel

This is a great book involving all things magical! In some ways, the book reminds me of Divergent, I just hope that this series has a much more satisfying ending!

Read my review of Everlasting here!

10. Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell

This novel was assigned to me in one of my classes, and although it isn't my typical fanfare, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Not to mention, the movie is great too!

Look at my review of Winter's Bone here!

So what do you think? Have you read any of these awesome books?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #2

Ten Books That Were Tough To Get Through

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by the wonderful people at the broke and the bookish. This week's theme involved books that were pretty tough to get through. 

If you've read as many books as I have (or even if you haven't), then you know that not all books are easy reads that you just breeze through. There are also those that you can only manage to read a chapter of at a time. In some cases, the ending is worth it, but in others, not so much...

I've rounded up a list of ten books for you that were somewhat painful at times to get though. Enjoy 😊

1) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This was an extremely tough one! In high school I had to read AND do a book report on Hawthorne's greatest work. I was definitely not impressed. The book seemed to drag on for me, and half the time I didn't know what exactly was happening. However, I will give it the benefit of the doubt, since it is a classic and written in old english. It's just not for me!

2) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

For my english class I was assigned to read this classic and write a report on it during the summer. I took an instant disliking to the novel. I couldn't stand the characters! The novel seemed to go on and on. Later on in the story however, some characters were introduced that I really enjoyed. I kind of want to give this classic another try, since having it assigned to me during the summer could have influenced my opinion of the book. 

3) Dark Secrets by A.M. Hudson

I love fantasy romances, and thought that I would enjoy Dark Secrets. The author boasted that this was first and foremost a romance, not a vampire novel. Ample warning was given about this, but I still don't understand why. I believe that more warning should have been given about how much of a downer the female MC was. It took me almost two months to finish this book...yes two whole months! I love strong characters that can face anything, and this book just didn't have any. 

You can check out my review of Dark Secrets here!

4) Potential by M.L. Ridener

It's not that this book was to hard for me to get through, but it was instead way too easy. I wanted so much more, more story, more descriptions, and definitely more character development. It was the review of this one that was hard for me to get through! Don't get me wrong, Potential does have a LOT of potential.

See my review of Potential here!

5) The Iron in Blood by Jenny Doe

I found this one for free on Amazon, and was instantly intrigued by its description. The actual book however was much less intriguing for me. I just had a really hard time with the story, which was going in a way different direction than what I thought it should be. For me, it was jut a tough one.

6) Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

This entire series has so many positive reviews, and I thought that I would be one of those people, just in love with the book. However, I wasn't. I haven't read the rest of the series, just the first installment, so I'm hoping that it does get better. I just couldn't seem to get into the story, even though it seemed like something that I would have loved!

7) Burden by Lila Felix

This book reminded me a lot of Potential, great idea but a little lacking. I wanted way more depth to the characters! There were parts that would show a glimmer of hope, but then the story would just move on. It wasn't a long book, but it still took me a while to get though!

Check out my review of Burden here!

8) Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

This is the only book on this list that I didn't finish. I started this book in junior high, and I'll never forget it. I didn't get far into the book, and I don't remember why exactly I didn't like it. All I remember is returning that book back to the library, way before it was even due. I know that it involves faeries, and I may have picked it up before I really got into the whole paranormal/fantasy genre. However, I don't really know for sure, I could pick it up today and fall head over heels for it!

9) Fate by Amanda Hocking

This was the first series by Amanda Hocking that I read, and I really enjoyed it, however this installment was a bit of a low point for it. The MC was super whiny during this one, which is most likely the cause for my impression of it. I hate whiny characters!

See my review of Fate here!

10) The Awakening by Jayne Faith

I enjoyed the first book in this series, but the second one kind of disappointed me. It took me a while to get through, being that it dragged on. When things started to finally pick up and get interesting, the book abruptly ended mid-sentence! I was not happy!

You can see my review of The Awakening here!

What did you think of the list? Have you ever had a hard time getting through a book?

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