Tuesday Top 10s

Top 10 Best Opening Lines

First lines can literally make or break a book for you. I have multiple experiences where I would open a book read the first link and be like BLEHHHHH which would then continue on for the rest of the book (snd vice-versa obviously).

I’m not entirely sure whats the secret magic that makes memorable opening quotes so bloody memorable. Perhaps its the shock factor, usually saying something outrageous (as I will provide with examples soon) usually causes the reader to be like what a preposterous claim – gotta read more.

I don’t know what it is man, some opening lines just sink its long talons into your soul and drag you into the trash pile (i’m speaking from experience here.)

So enough talk, let’s list the top 10 best opening lines.

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Monthly TBR

June TBR – 2017

The sun is shining, the heat is setting in, and my inability to function ((in this weather)) is just growing. But ain’t nothing like a good book and some cold lemonade to help out in ANY situation. And while I don’t have any lemonade on me at this very moment, I do have a never-ending TBR that I want to share so let’s get right onto itttt!

1. The Book Jumper by

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The concept sounds so bloody awesome and I’ve though I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews, I’m trying to stay optimistic here. 😀

2. The Whispering Skull (Lockwood and Co. #2) by Jonathan Stroud

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I adored the first book in these creepy yet thrilling series and I’m really looking forward to what else it has to offer.

3. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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Yet another book was many many manyyy mixed reviews. I hear this one starts of v slow but builds throughout the series. I just think I’m slightly bewitched by that absolutely gorgeous cover.

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Monthly Wrap Ups

May Wrap Up – 2017

Wow! I cannot believe the month of May is over!!! This month we got so many incredible releases. I hope y’all got to read your hearts content.

For my monthly wrap up, I wanted to try something different and include a 3 (or more)-word synopsis of my thoughts for each book along with my rating and actual reviews (ofc). Still testing this all out. :p

So let’s get on to itttt!

  1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

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Meh. Disappointing. Could-have-been-better.

Full review here!

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2. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

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Cute. Quirky. Predictable.

Full review here!

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3. Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

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Dismal. Strange. Relatable.

Full review here!

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Tuesday Top 10s

Top 10 Anticipated Summer-y Reads

I can feel the heat physically creeping in – know what that means book readers??? Its time to shed everything ((skin included it seems)) and embrace the sticky season of summer.

As you can probably tell, I’m not summer’s biggest fan. My Canadian blood sings to all things cold and well, summer and I have issues ((like heat-induced insomnia)). But one thing I absolutely love about summer is the release of so many great books!

So here we are, listing my top 10 most anticipated summer-y reads for 2017. These books are probably the only thing that will help me get over this blasted heat.

10. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

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I have nooo idea what it is about this book, but I look at this and I think, damn I need to read this during the sweltering months of heat. I mean, I’m seeing a pretty array of colours, some rebellious behaviour, and an ethnic MC. sign me up.

9. Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr

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This will be my second book written by Sara Zarr and honestly I’m hella excited for this one. Gem and Dixie sounds like a book filled with sisterhood and dysfunctional families and lots of drama – which sounds perfect for summer.

8. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

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CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT THE COVER FOR A SECOND??? Books, books, and more blue books. Why am i so enchanted by this cover??? idk but something about the cover and the blurb and the v high rating tells me that I’m gonna enjoy this one ((please, hopefully, im praying so))

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Tuesday Top 10s

Top 10 Squad Goals

Last week, I was spreading all my bitter negative vibes with the Top 10 Worst Love Triangles but this week, I’m going to spread happiness and joy ((and a little bit of jealously – bc why the heck am i not part of a butt kicking squad)) that accompanies Squad Goals.

I LOVE reading books that include Squad Goals because it makes everything infinitely more ENTERTAINING. Especially when everyone is sassing each other.

You know that group of kids in middle school that are literally the Crap and you always wanted to be included in their shenanigans ?? well, yes, now envision them in a fantasy/sci-fi/mystical setting and now you got this list.

So, let’s start. . .

10. Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins

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You’re going to have to forgive me for including this in the top 10s, but I’m utter trash for Anna and Etienne. I loved how this series was more than a standalone contemporary series for the SOLE reason that I got to see my OTP in more than one book ((i honestly could care less about the other two couples, soznotsoz)) Anyways, they were all super cute together and yeah the part of me that loved this series had to include it in this list.

9. A Court of Roses and Thorns by Sarah J Maas

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Despite my low rating for the 3rd book in the series, I did genuinely LOVE this series and I loved the whole friendship dynamic that built within the Night Court and the different personalities they had to offer. ((Yes, the dark and broody Az is my absolute favourite))

8. The Archived series by V. E. Schwab

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Wesley Ayers, amirite??? There’s not a moment that I  miss where I can gush and cry over the beauty that is Wesley Ayes and this list must be subjected to my fangirling. I adored this series and the whole creepy Archived crew. I wanna rereaddddd now. ;-;

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Tuesday Top 10s

Top 10 WORST Love Triangles

Out of all countless YA tropes out there ((which are A LOT)), I had to say, my most HATED one is **love triangles.**

Now I’m not saying if I read a book and a love triangle magically appears, I would chuck the book out the window or set it aflame, it’s more like, I would roll my eyes and continue reading on.

I’ve SEEN love triangles done properly ((not very often, I must admit)) but most of the time, I feel like authors use it as an easy way to create some drama (read: jealousy) and spice things up between the main character and the endgame love interest.

Which just makes me wanna puke, sorry, nope, i’m done, i’ll just be packing my bags and exiting the stage to the right.

That being said, this list is not meant to trash these series in any form or manner, in fact I enjoyed some of these series very much, just sayin’.

Also, if you consider pointing out the occurrence of a “love triangle” as a spoiler, DO NOT CONTINUE, you’ve been WARNED.

So onto the list of Top 10 Worst Love Triangles (in no particular order). . .

 

  1. The Firebird Series by Claudia Gray

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While the covers for this series were knockouts !! the love triangle was not. It lasted far tooooo long and added NOTHING to the plot. We all knew who the endgame would be because it reiterated NUMEROUS time throughout the series, so ?? why the love triangle ???

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2. The Dark Elements Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Love triangles are not a new trope in Ms. Armentrout’s writing. Honestly, I find all of her characters to be over-the-top with their excessive hotness, perfect witty comebacks, and their special snowflake ability. I barely finished book 1 in this series and the love triangle oh-so-extra.

And the covers are so gross looking, i’m sorry.

 

3. The Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver

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The love triangle in this series was just painful. While book 1 was amazing, in my humble opinion, book 2 and 3 seemed to focus more on the DAMNED love triangle than the plot and it was honestly a struggle to push through both books. I have noooo idea how I managed it.

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My Life in Books Tag

I saw this tag on another book bloggers page and I’ve been trying to trace it back to the originator BUT IT’S NOT HAPPENING so, all rights go to the creator of this tag ((bc I can’t find you – i’m sorry, rip))

  1. Find a book for each of your initials
  • M – Made you Up by Fancesca Zappia
  • K – Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
  • H – Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

 

2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?

So for this one, I’m going to count my age along my “read” shelf  on Goodreads.

Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

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3. Pick a book set in your city/country

I was so shook when I read that this would be set in Toronto, I was like SHOOK!!

A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

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