Top Ten Books We Liked Less Than Everyone Else

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time) — or you could do something like books I liked more/less than everyone else.”  We’re going with Top Ten Books We Liked Less Than Everyone Else.

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

I’m doing books I liked less than everyone else.  I picked these books because my rating is less than the overall rating of them on GR and Amazon.

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  1. Remember Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram. I barely finished this book.  See my review here.
  2. The Lilith Scroll by B. L. Marsh. I couldn’t even finish this book.  See my review here.
  3. Lightning in my Wake by Lila Felix. I’m hit or miss with her books, this one was a miss.
  4. Revelation by Randi Cooley Wilson. Too slow for me.  See my review here.
  5. Dream of Me by Quinn Loftis. I just wasn’t feeling this one.
  6. Bully by Penelope Douglas. I have a love hate relationship with this series.  See my review here.
  7. Chance by A.C. Heller. Oh boy, I did not like this book.
  8. A Tragic Wreck by T.K. Leigh.
  9. Love and Hate by Chelsea Ballinger.
  10. Anna by Julia Crane.

Lenoreo’s Top Ten:

This topic kind of reminded me of a Top Ten Tuesday we did last year, Top Ten Characters Everyone Loves That I Just Don’t Get.  So I didn’t want this to get repetitive, so I tried to pick some different ones.  I do have a few in here where it’s not that I didn’t like the book, I just expected to 5 star it like my friends, only I didn’t.

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  1. Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) by Penny Reid — This is the one that pains me the most, b/c I felt like I was missing out on the Penny Reid club, and I really wanted to be in that club.  (Thankfully I finally found my Penny Reid gem just earlier this year)  See my review here.
  2. Don’t Speak (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery — I adore Ms. Regnery, and this was my first foray into her contemporary fairytale retellings, and when I wasn’t blown away I was sooooo sad.  Especially since it’s been getting fabulous reviews.  See my review here.
  3. The Stocking Was Hung (The Holidays #1) by Tara Sivec — I know this author is really popular, but I apparently don’t have the right sense of humour.  See my review here.
  4. Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes #1) by Beth Flynn — This book is extremely popular, but I just ended up feeling conflicted over it, and still haven’t read anymore in the series and probably won’t.
  5. Kaleidoscope Hearts (Hearts #1) by Claire Contreras — Another book that is really hyped, but I was just underwhelmed.  See my review here.
  6. Sweet Home (Sweet Home #1) by Tillie Cole — Yup, you guessed it, another book that is loved by so many, and this one REALLY disappointed me.  I’ve maybe been convinced to try the next in the series, but this one just aggravated me.  See my review here.
  7. Love and Decay: Season Two by Rachel Higginson — This one broke my heart because I adore this author, but season two was very up and down for me, and I haven’t gotten back to the series since.  See my review for volume 3, volume 4, and volume 5.
  8. Reaper’s Property (Reapers MC #1) by Joanna Wylde — This is the book that showed me that apparently I’m not an MC book kind of girl.  See my review here.
  9. Taking Shots (Assassins #1) by Toni Aleo — Another really popular hockey series, and it just did not work for me.  See my review here.
  10. Cheater (Curious Liaisons #1) by Rachel Van Dyken — And this one is kind of like the Tara Sivec book…it wasn’t the cheating that really turned me off, it was the over the top humour.  See my review here.

So how about you guys?  What books did you not enjoy as much as everyone else?  Are you shocked by any on our lists?

Top Ten Series We Want to Finish in 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “FREEBIE — that super specific list you want to make?? All yours to tackle this week!”  So Curly Carla came up with Top Ten Series We Want to Finish in 2017.

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

Why haven’t I read them all? I have utterly no idea!  This year is my year to finish all these.

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  1. Brightest Kind of Darkness series by P.T. Michelle. I have literally been waiting YEARS for this series to finish. I’m on book 4 entitled Desire. I think I’m gonna go back and re-read since it’s been so long though.
  2. The Judgement of the Six series by Melissa Haag. I’m waiting on the last book titled (Sur)Real. I’m putting a lot of hope this will be finished this year, however according to Amazon there is no set release date.  (Note from Lenore: there also is no cover, so I just put the one for the first 3 book bundle)
  3. Vampire Girl series by Karpov Kinrade. I own all three books, I am currently on the second one entitled Midnight Star. This story is amazeballs.
  4. The Relentless series by Karen Lynch. I’m on book two entitled Refuge. The first one is perma free!
  5. Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. OMG this series has all the things!!! I own all three books. I am on the third one entitled Morning Star. It’s cheaper to get the paperback so that’s the link I’m leaving.
  6. How To series by Cassie Mae! I love CM. She has a soft spot in my heart for wonderful books. I have read almost all of them. In this series I am on book two entitled How to Seduce a Band Geek.
  7. War of the Princes series by A.R. Ivanovich. This series y’all. It’s got so much depth and love. I love it so much. I’m on book three entitled Monarch.
  8. Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand. I have been sitting on this a while also. I own them all but have just never finished it. Maybe I don’t want it to be over? I’m on the LAST book entitled Broken Blood.  I think I will have to re-read this one too. It’s been a long time.
  9. Imdalind series by Rebecca Ethington. I read the first four really fast. Then I stalled out on the fifth one because I didn’t know there were seven books in the series. So I waited till they were all available. I’m on the fifth book entitled Burnt Devotion.
  10. Brewer Brothers series by Nancy Straight. I have read most of her books and loved them all. Again I am sitting on the last book in the series entitled Shroud of Lies.

Lenoreo’s Top Ten:

I kind of wanted to put 1, 2, 7 and 9 of Curly Carla’s list on mine as well.  But I went for some different ones.  I wonder how many I’ll actually get through this year.

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  1. GearShark series by Cambria Hebert.  I’ve read the first two, and am on to #Swag now.
  2. Hashtag series by Cambria Hebert.  I’ve read all but the last book, #Bae.
  3. The Winslow Brothers series by Katy Regnery.  I’ve only read the first of this series, but I’m meeting this author in May so I want to read as many of her books as possible before then.  I’m on book 2, Proposing to Preston.
  4. The Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol.  I tried to finish the series last year, but got distracted after book 3.  So I’m on to book 4, Incendiary.
  5. Penryn & the End of Days series by Susan Ee.  I read the first book a few years ago and ADORED it, and then just never finished the series.  I’m on book 2, World After.
  6. Grizzlies Gone Wild series by Kathy Lyons.  I received book 2 through NetGalley and caught up on book 1 afterwards.  I actually have an ARC of the last book, For the Bear’s Eyes Only, so I really need to finish this one!
  7. What Kills Me series by Wynne Channing.  I really enjoyed the first book and was delighted that it was a 2 book series, so I’m on the last book, I Am Forever.
  8. Fishing for Trouble series by Laura Drewry.  I’ve read the first two in this series, and have an ARC from NetGalley of the last book in the series, Catch and Release, which releases in February!
  9. Over the Top series by Kelly Siskind.  I’m reading this series in a weird order, so I’ve read the 2nd and 3rd books already and have the first book, My Perfect Mistake, left.
  10. The Noctalis Chronicles by Chelsea M. Cameron.  Another series I read quite a few years ago, but the last book wasn’t out at the time, and then I got distracted.  So I’m on the last book, Neverend.

Wish us luck!  For those of you series readers out there, what series do you hope to finish in 2017?

Top Ten 2016 Releases We Meant to Read But Didn’t Get To

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to).”

Curly Carla’s Top TenSix:

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  1. The Player and the Pixie (Rugby #2) by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway. I loved The Hooker and the Hermit so much I immediately pre-ordered this when it became available. It’s still sitting in my queue.
  2. Logan Kade by Tijan. I’m a huge fan of this series for some reason. It’s like my guilty pleasure.
  3. Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy. Own it, haven’t read it yet. This could count towards my series reading challenge.
  4. Shroud of Lies (Brewer Brothers #3) by Nancy Straight. Been attempting to finish this series for a while.
  5. Always April (Reed Brothers #9.6) by Tammy Falkner. Yep, you read that right. I’m dee in this series. Not sure if it will ever end. Don’t know that I care though.
  6. Hidden Realms: A Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Bundle by Various Authors. I love anthologies and this one was and is still FREE!

Lenoreo’s Top TenEleven:

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  1. Broken Records by Cassie Mae & Tessa Marie — It freaking kills me that I didn’t get to this book.  2016 was the first year I didn’t read all of my favourite authors books as soon as they came out.
  2. Southern Kicks by Cassie Mae — This is a novella that was part of the Curl Up With a Cowboy anthology that came out in April (no longer available).  And yet again, I didn’t get to this one!  UGH!!
  3. #Swag (GearShark #3) by Cambria Hebert — I have a SIGNED PERSONALIZED paperback of this one from when I met this author at UtopiaCon, and I still haven’t read it.  I blame not having the Kindle copy, but really it’s just that I haven’t gotten to it.
  4. #Bae (Hashtag #7) by Cambria Hebert — This beauty came out on my BIRTHDAY, and I preordered, and even ordered a SIGNED PERSONALIZED paperback (that I finally got, b/c I had it sent to my hubby’s US office…long story, sorry), but I haven’t gotten to it!!  IT’S KILLING ME!!!  I was in a slump though!  So I decided to reread the series.  And then I got behind on my ARCs.  And now it’s today.
  5. East of Redemption (Love on the Edge #2) by Molly E. Lee — This was an ARC I generously received this summer, and then it kept getting pushed back for ARCs whose release days were coming up.  I did end up buying like the rest of the series, so at least when I get to it I can just binge the crap out of it.  But seriously.  This one makes me feel super shitty.
  6. Anatomy of a Player (Taking Shots #2) and Crazy Pucking Love (Taking Shots #3) by Cindi Madsen — I reread book one (Getting Lucky Number Seven) this summer and had high hopes to continue this series, getting the second one on sale and the 3rd one as a NetGalley ARC…and then things just fell through.  :S
  7. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon — I love this author, and am super intrigued by this book…it has so many great reviews.  But yet, I didn’t get to it.
  8. Luke’s Dream (Judgement of the Six Companion Series #3) by Melissa Haag — I started reading this series (and the related Judgement of the Six series) this summer after being convinced by Curly Carla’s reviews.  But then I got caught up and this one wasn’t out yet, and so I preordered and moved on to something else.  I really need to get back.  Maybe when Carlos’s book comes out I’ll get back.
  9. The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy — I managed to snag the first two in this series late 2015, and thoroughly enjoyed them, but then waited for a sale on this one.  I should have just sucked it up.  Now I need to get back to it.
  10. Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase — I was so looking forward to this book all year, and then I didn’t read it.  *rolls eyes*  I also didn’t buy it on Kindle, but did grab it in Paperback.  It’s probably why I was screwed when it comes to reading it.

Top Ten Best Books of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc).”  We chose to do best books we read regardless of publication date.

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

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  1. Haven by A. R. Ivanovich — 5 stars.
  2. You Can’t Catch Me by Cassie Mae — 5 stars.
  3. Phoenixed by Anyta Sunday — 5 stars.
  4. Switched by Cassie Mae — 5 stars.
  5. (Un)Wise by Melissa Haag — 5 stars.
  6. Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins — 5 stars.
  7. Not the One by Amy Daws — 5 stars.
  8. The Beautiful Dead by Daryl Banner — 5 stars.
  9. Level Up by Cathy Yardley — 5 stars.
  10. Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti — 5 stars.

Lenoreo’s Top TenThirteen:

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  1. The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy — 5 stars.
  2. #Junkie (GearShark #1) and #Rev (GearShark #2) by Cambria Hebert — 5 stars and 5 stars.
  3. You Can’t Catch Me by Cassie Mae — 5 stars.
  4. Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) by Krista & Becca Ritchie — 5 stars.
  5. Him (Him #1) and Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy — 4.5 stars and 4.5 stars.
  6. Bet on Me (Bet on Love #2) by Rachel Higginson — 4.5 stars.
  7. Shoot the Gap (Big Play #4) by Jordan Ford — 4.5 stars.
  8. Geronimo (Songbird #8) and Hole-Hearted (Songbird #9) by Melissa Pearl — 4.5 stars and 4.5 stars.
  9. For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles #2) by Lauren Layne — 4.5 stars.
  10. The Hard Count by Ginger Scott — 4.5 stars.

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to for the First Half of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017.”

Lenoreo’s Top Ten:

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  1. It’s You (It’s You #1) by K.P. Kelley — releases January 3rd, 2017.
  2. Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen — releases January 3rd, 2017.
  3. Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #1) by Siobhan Davis — releases January 9th, 2017.
  4. Hooked on Trouble (Over the Top #3) by Kelly Siskind — releases January 10th, 2017.
  5. #Blur (GearShark #4) by Cambria Hebert — releases January 10th, 2017.
  6. Good Boy (WAGS #1) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy — releases January 31st, 2017.
  7. Jacked Up (Birmingham Rebels #3) by Samantha Kane — releases January 31st, 2017.
  8. Happily Ever After (Cinder & Ella #2) by Kelly Oram — releases February 14th, 2017.
  9. Don’t Speak (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery — releases February 27th, 2017.
  10. Waking in Time by Angie Stanton — releases March 1st, 2017.

Top Ten New-To-Us Authors We Read For the First Time in 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016.”

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

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  1. Vampire Girl (Vampire Girl #1)by Karpov Kinrade. This book was great. It’s written by a married couple. Can’t wait till I can afford books again so I can buy this one. My review.
  2. Agent I1: Tristan (The D.I.R.E. Agency #1) by Joni Hahn. Lots of steam in this book! And it’s Perma-Free! My review.
  3. Dream Chaser by Angie Stanton. A lovely book about overcoming fear. My review.
  4. It Took a Rumor by Carter Ashby. A really funny and cute read. My review.
  5. Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1) by Mary Frame. I’ve been following this author for a while but this is the first book I’ve read from her. She is super funny and I loved that cast plus this book is also perma-free! My review.
  6. Fall Line (Downhill #1) by Tudor Robins. A very cute sports romance. My review.
  7. Relentless (Relentless #1) by Karen Lynch. This book is also perma free. And I enjoyed it. My review.
  8. The Spider Catcher (Redemption #1) by A.L. Tyler. Ohhh this book was soooo good and it’s also perma free. If you can’t tell I’m kinda broke so I gotta get those freebies when I can! My review.
  9. The Man I Love (The Fish Tales #1) by Suanne Laqueur. This book broke my heart then put it back together. My review.
  10. The Other’s Guys Bride by Connie Brockway. I am a fan of historical romances and this one was different in that it wasn’t England but Egypt. Very good book. My review.

Lenoreo’s Top TenThirteen:

For this week’s TTT the titles will link to my reviews, and the author name will link to their Amazon page if they have one.

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  1. Ellie Cahill — I remember her being recommended by Cassie Mae, so I requested Call Me, Maybe and Just a Girl from NetGalley.
  2. Amber L. Johnson — Don’t know how I came across her, but I had Puddle Jumping on my TBR and wanted to read before the Emerald City Author Event at the end of April (which I did and got to get a signed copy and meet the author!).
  3. Cate Cameron — Another discovery from NetGalley, I requested Playing Defense, book 2 in the Corrigan Falls series, and then went back and bought book 1, Center Ice, and requested the third book, Winging It, from NetGalley before it came out.
  4. Krista & Becca Ritchie — The Addicted series has been recommended to me by many, and I had the first book, Addicted to You, and quickly bought the next 2, Ricochet and Addicted to Now, before meeting these lovely ladies at the Emerald City Author Event.
  5. Raine Thomas — The Daughters of Saraquel Trilogy is another series that I’ve had on my TBR for quite some time, and so I read Becoming, Central and Foretold before meeting Ms. Thomas at Utopia Con in June.
  6. Melissa Haag — This one is all Curly Carla’s fault.  She read the Judgement of the Six series in March, and so I read those interspersed with the Judgement of the Six Companion series throughout the summer, though I’m now 2 books behind again. My reviews for Hope(less), Clay’s Hope, (Mis)fortune, Emmitt’s Treasure, (Un)wise, (Un)bidden, and (Dis)content.
  7. Scarlett Cole — Another author I discovered through NetGalley, I’ve read books 1 and 4 of her Second Circle Tattoos series, The Strongest Steel and The Darkest Link.
  8. Kelly Siskind — Yup, you guessed it, NetGalley!  I read book 2 in her Over the Top series, A Fine Mess.  And I have book 3 burning a hold in my pocket as we speak.
  9. Sarah Nicolas — It seems that NetGalley is my number one source for new authors!  I requested Keeping Her Secret as I’d also requested the other Endless Summer book provided by Entangled Publishing.
  10. Julie Cross — Another NetGalley find, I read Ms. Cross’s first book in the Eleanor Ames series, Chasing Truth.
  11. Erin Fletcher — NetGalley strikes again, the first book in the Breakaway series, All Laced Up.
  12. Robin Bielman — And then I went NetGalley Christmas crazy, and discovered Ms. Bielman with Once Upon a Royal Christmas.  And after that I bought a few of her other books.
  13. Kendra C. Highley — Another NetGalley find, I just finished The Bad Boy Bargain last week!

I love discovering new-to-you authors, and obviously we both did great at finding new ones to entertain us!  Which new-to-you authors did you discover this year?

Top Ten Books to Buy Your Girl Child

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Holiday Gift Guide freebie (ten books to buy the YA lover in your life, 10 books to buy for your dad, etc.).”

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

I’m gonna go with ten books to buy your girl child, since I have one. Just a heads up, most of these will probably be Usborne books (so titles will link to Usborne), I love them for my kids.

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  1. Ticky Tack the Littlest Reindeer by Ironpower Publishing. Appropriate for Christmas, and its free right now!
  2. Jessica’s Box by Peter Carnavas. A great diverse read about a girl in a wheelchair trying to make friends.
  3. Be the Change, Make it Happen by Bernadette Russell. This book has loads of ideas for kids to make an impact on their community and showing them they are a part of something bigger than themselves.
  4. The Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum. I put this movie on for my daughter and she loved it. When I told her it was a book she wanted it immediately. So, I bought it. Everyone knows this story right?
  5. What’s Happening to Me? By Susan Meredith. My daughter was so enthralled with this book. I actually learned some things myself. It deals with puberty, peer pressure and stranger danger. They have a boy’s edition as well. By far one of the best books I have ever purchased for my child. It helped to open the dialogue and make an otherwise awkward conversation way less so.
  6. A journal, ok this one isn’t really a book per say. But I believe everyone needs to keep a journal as they grow up. You can find these almost anywhere but my favorite one is A Year in my Life by Lucy Menzies. It has lots of prompts to get their minds thinking and it has something for every day of the year so they will always have something to write about.
  7. A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton. My daughter loves this book! It shows there are two sides to every story.
  8. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine. My daughter recently discovered these books and she has been eating them up.
  9. The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss. Or really anything written by him. My daughter loves the rhythmic tone I use and the rhymes when I read it to her. She has most of it memorized. And of course Dr. Seuss always teaches a great lesson in most of his books.  See my review here.
  10. Last but not least…..Rainbow Magic: The Ultimate Fairy Guide by Daisy Meadows. I am constantly listening to my daughter recite the different fairies and what they do. She takes this book almost everywhere with her. There’s even a fairy named after her!

Top Ten Books We’re Thankful For

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Thanksgiving freebie — tell us what you are thankful for! Books you are thankful for!”

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

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  1. Golden Son by Pierce Brown —  You guys, I can’t sing the praises of this book enough. I read this recently and I will forever be in awe of this author. And he is now an instant one click when he comes out with new books.  My review.
  2. Dragonfly by Leigh Talbot Moore — This series is one of my favorites and a go to for re-reading on a regular basis. Great story of love told over generations.  My review.
  3. You Can’t Catch Me by Cassie Mae — This book should be required reading for all girls in HS IMO. Everyone could benefit from this book.  My review.
  4. Veined (Guardians of the Angels Book 1) by Anyta Sunday — One of my favorite paranormal love stories of all time. I also re-read this one regularly.  My review.
  5. The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss — This book teaches complex ideas to kids in small bite sized chunks they can easily swallow.  My review.
  6. Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram — Another great re-telling! And diverse as well. Such great characters that are more than what they appear on the surface. This book made me think. I love when books do that.  My review.
  7. Left Drowning by Jessica Park –Ugh, the feels you guys, the FEELS! If for no other reason you buy this book, do it for the FEELS.  My review on Goodreads.
  8. The History of Us by Nyrae Dawn — A great look in to the history of being gay in America. It was a wonderful book.  My review.
  9. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton — Did you know she was only 15 when she wrote this book?!! Its wonderful.  My review on Goodreads.
  10. Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson — It wouldn’t be a list of I didn’t throw a little RH in here.  My love for her books has been the catalyst to bring me in to the literary world. Allowing me to make great friendships as well as start this blogging venture with Lenore. Without which this post wouldn’t be here!

I don’t know if you can tell but emotions play a large role on the books that effect my life, Doubly so when they have real life parallels to them. I enjoy learning, always have, so I chose books that made me think as well as entertained me. I have never been more grateful for being able to learn through reading as I am this year. So go read a book or an article or the subtitles on a movie. You would be amazed at the difference it makes in your enjoyment of it.

Top Ten Books We’ve Added to Our TBR List Lately

Top Ten Tuesday
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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately (inspired by my New to the Queue posts).”

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

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  1. Bullied by Jeff Erno. I forget why I added it but after re-reading the blurb I am still interested.
  2. See No Evil by Jordan Ford. Pretty sure I TBR’d this book because of Lenore. She is always reading books I am interested in.
  3. One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards. This one is a teen mystery/suspense. I read Caroline Andrus’ review and thought it sounded good. (notice a pattern here)
  4. Thief of Hearts by L.H. Cosway. I read DeeJay’s review and I’ve heard good things about this author.
  5. Reboot by Amy Tintera. This one I became interested in because of Judith’s review. Honestly, that’s how I get most of my rec’s if not all of them folks. This one is kinda pricey for me at 8.99. Maybe once I get another job, I can buy it.
  6. Seeking Forever by Samantha Chase. Another of DeeJay’s rec’s. She writes such good reviews though, I want to read them all. I’ve read more of her rec’s than any other blogger save Lenore. I like her taste. This one happens to be a Kindle Worlds book. Pretty cool huh?
  7. Finding Libbie: A Novel by Deanna Lynn Sletten. Another DeeJay book. LOL, I have a lo of those.
  8. Summerlypse by Gerardo Delgadillo. Aha! A Lenore Rec! I think this was on her TBR list too.
  9. Seasons: A Multi-Genre Story Collection by various authors. My friend Michelle Bolanger is a contributing author for this book so of course I TBR’d it. I can’t find it on Amazon so it must not be available anymore. I’m pretty sure I already bought it though so I’m not too worried.
  10. Sight Unseen by Barbara Cutrera. And another of DeeJay’s Rec’s. This one seems really cool cause the MC is blind and ‘m always on the lookout for diverse books.

Lenoreo’s Top Ten:

Since we started doing Stacking the Shelves just a week and a bit ago, I feel like I end up sharing what’s going on my TBR list.  So instead of repeating some of those, I’m going to share some from before we started that, and I’m including some books I’ve put on my wishlist (not just books on my TBR that I already own).

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  1. Paper Princess by Erin Watt — IT WENT ON SALE!  So of course I one-clicked, b/c the damn reading community kept raving about this series, and I adore one half of Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy).
  2. Maybe This Time by Jennifer Snow — I snagged this one from NetGalley, after I snagged book one in this same series.  My favourite part of this?  The author lives in my city.  I could see her in the grocery store and not even know it.  I am that big of a dork to have this occur to me.
  3. Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward — I put this one on the wishlist b/c I went through ALL the freaking authors that are attending the Big Apple Author Event next October (2017) and made a shelf on Goodreads for books I own, and then while I was at it, I looked for authors that are going that Curly Carla likes, and this one was on her read list that she apparently LOVED, so I figured I might need to check it out…or at least monitor for it to go on sale (still a cheapskate).
  4. FriendTrip by M.E. Carter and Sara Ney — OK, so I also went through any authors that sounded familiar, and looked to see if there were books I was considering, and I remember hearing about this one and thinking it sounded awesome, so onto the wishlist it went…except when I went to wishlist it, it was like not that expensive, so I just one-clicked that sucker.
  5. Juked by M.E. Carter — Yup, another book I’ve seen making the rounds in the reader community that I’ve been curious about.  Honestly, it’s not actually that expensive, I should just one-click.  And maybe I will in the new year.  For now it’s on the wishlist waiting for me to make a decision before next October for the BAAE.
  6. Royally Screwed by Emma Chase — I’ve really enjoyed the Emma Chase books I’ve read so far, and so this one totally went on the wishlist!  I already got to meet Ms. Chase at the Emerald City Author Event this past April, and she is so freaking awesome!  I will definitely be pre-buying some books to bring to BAAE!
  7. Enchanting Wilder by Cassie Graham — Another author for BAAE.  Sorry, this is kind of boring, I went on a binge of adding books.  This book was brought to my attention by a fellow admin for a fan group I’m in, when we were discussing books for our group read.  So when I saw this author on the list, I figured WISHLIST!
  8. Anyone But Him by Cassie Graham — And since I was looking at her published books, this one looked interesting and went on the wishlist too!
  9. #Blur by Cambria Hebert — Well you know I had to pre-order this baby!!  Can’t wait for January to find out Arrow’s story!
  10. Coming Home to You by Tessa Marie — And I read the first book in this series (Home is Where You Are — on sale for 99 cents right now!) and it was a fabulous YA with a lot of heart, so of course I had to add this one to the TBR.  No Amazon link b/c there’s no pre-order yet.

So what books have you added to your TBR lists lately??  And how many are you adding because of this TTT topic this week?  *smirk*

Top Ten Books That Get Me Into A Halloween-y Mood

Top Ten Tuesday
(Images link to Goodreads, Titles link to Amazon)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Halloween related freebie: ten scary books, favorite horror novels, non-scary books to get you in the Halloween/fall mood, bookish halloween costumes, scariest covers), scary books on my TBR, etc..”  I decided to do Top Ten Books That Get Me Into A Halloween-y Mood!

Lenoreo’s Top TenSixteen?:

All right, so I had a hard time deciding how to pick my theme, much less the books, so I kind of went overboard.  Gonna try to break it into sections…we’ll see how that goes.

Books that had an element of Horror/Thriller (ie. kind of out of my wheelhouse):

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  1. Darkhouse (The Experiment in Terror series) by Karina Halle — I haven’t finished this series, I’ve only read the first 6.5 books (including the novellas in between).  But I thoroughly enjoyed the books I did read, with my favourites being Lying Season and And With Madness Comes the Light (a novella).  But this is definitely a series where you need to read from the beginning, so start with Darkhouse, and fall in love with Dex and Perry.
  2. Extinction Point (The Extinction Point series) by Paul Antony Jones — I don’t even know how I came across this one, but it sort of blew me away.  I get scared very easily and this one did a number on me.  I’ve only read book one, but I have the rest of the series, and I’m kind of thinking I should finish it now…
  3. Autumn (The Season Where Everything Dies) by Alex Tuttle — Super creepy and disturbing short story…
  4. Hushed by Kelley York — I will admit, this book seriously disturbed me and was a bit of a mind fuck, what with the disturbing characters…but I loved it anyways.

Vampires, Vampires, and sort of Vampires:

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  1. What Kills Me (What Kills Me series) by Wynne Channing — Damnit, I’m discovering a bunch of series I haven’t finished.  This one ended super weird until I discovered it was a series…and then I haven’t gotten to the next book.  But book one was amazeballs (amazing characters all the way), and I do believe after I finish this TTT I’m going to pick one of these unfinished series and finish them this week.  That is all.  (ALSO: currently free!!!)
  2. Nocturnal (The Noctalis Chronicles) by Chelsea M. Cameron — Look!  Another series I didn’t read all of!  Well, at least I’ve read 3 out of 4 this time.  And thoroughly enjoyed it, I even have the first 3 books in signed paperbacks!!  Damn, I need to go reread this, I hate having unfinished series…
  3. Mortal Obligation (The Dark Betrayal Trilogy) by Nichole Chase — Wait for it…ANOTHER series I haven’t finished!!  This book was up and down for me, had some great stuff and some less than great stuff.  But I still can’t believe I haven’t finished it.  Seriously.  What is wrong with me?  The thing I like about Vampire books is that so often we get some really unique mythos surrounding them.  I’m not always for traditional vampire stories, I like ones with their own origins and stuff, and this series is a great example of that.  (ALSO: also currently free!)
  4. For the Love of a Vampire (Blood Like Poison series) by M. Leighton — BOOM!!  A series I actually finished!!  And it was solid 4 stars throughout.  Had some annoying points, but in general really enjoyable.  (ALSO: also also currently free!)
  5. Underdead (Underdead Mysteries) by Liz Jasper — OK, so another unfinished series, but I kind of forgot to keep track of this one…it was almost 2 years since I finished book 2 that book 3 even came out, so I can’t be blamed for forgetting.  But I do remember really enjoying this one, it was very unusual style for me.
  6. Samson’s Lovely Mortal (Scanguards Vampires series) by Tina Folsom — Ahhhh vampire erotica…good stuff.  This series just keeps going and going, and I’ve only read the first 4 so far (and apparently I have the 5th)…  Very enjoyable erotica, I really should get back to them.  But I’m kind of a cheap bastard, and while this first book is free, the rest are $5 each, and with an 11 book series that adds up…can a girl get a sale?  Or a cheaper boxed set?  Help a cheap girl out!
  7. Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians series) by Dianne Duvall — Not quite erotica in this one, but definitely steamier vampire romance.  This is another ongoing series that I’m thoroughly enjoying, but in this case I’m keeping up (I’ve read all available including novellas).  You know why I’m keeping up?  B/C the books are $2 or $3 each.  That’s totally within my cheap threshold apparently.  😛  Seriously though, if you love a series about interconnected characters, with individual book plots as well as an overarching plot, I definitely recommend it.

Witches, Wendigos, a Ghost Story, Zombies and a Halloween Mash-up:

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  1. Family Secrets (Secret Societies Collection) by Kat Nichols — This is the group read in one of the fan clubs I belong to!  I’ve already read it twice (BETA READ BITCHES!) and this is a fabulous YA paranormal with a side of sweet romance.  Has an intriguing take on magic/witches, and in the 2nd book we get to see vampires and fae too!
  2. Lunar Light by Penelope Fletcher — I’d never heard of Wendigos before this book, but I loved this book about them!  And this was a racy one from what I remember, you have been warned (or enticed).
  3. Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin — OMG, this book fucking KILLED me.  SO GOOD.  So heartbreaking, but so good.  And because things like ghosts scare me, even in this context I got the scared tears (as well as the bawling heartbreak tears).
  4. Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey — This was a strange zombie book…had a bit of magic in it, and wasn’t about an epidemic.  But I really enjoyed it, even as heartbreaking as it was.  I actually won this book through Goodreads, and I think it’s actually part of a series, but I haven’t investigated the next books so far.
  5. Magic & Decay by Rachel Higginson — And THIS is my absolute ultimate Halloween-y read!!  One of my favourite authors took 3 of her bestselling series, and put all the MCs into one Epic Mash-Up novella.  I’m pretty sure this book would be accessible to folks new to Ms. Higginson’s work, but I really couldn’t tell you since I’m an uber fan.  And for us uber fans, let me tell you — this is the ultimate fan-service.  It is FILLED with inside jokes, META jokes, and everything I love about all of those serieses, and this author.  I should read it again.  It’s snarky deliciousness.

All right peeps!!  Hit me with them!  What books get you in a Halloween-y mood?  Leave your TTT links below and I’ll come check out your take on this week’s topic!