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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. I’m actually not going to do this week’s topic (which is “10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List — I want to know what books have piqued your interest lately from whatever genre you choose!”) even though it’s cool. But I was too lazy to do last week’s topic and I really wanted to, so I’m doing it instead: “Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017.”
Lenoreo’s Top Ten:
I focused on books that have covers already and firm release dates, but there are other potentials that I am looking forward to as well. Half of these I have NetGalley ARCs for, so that made it easy to pick.
- Hello Forever (Pay It Forward #2) by Sarina Bowen — releasing July 14th, 2017.
- The Flirt and the Fox (The Story Sisters #3, Blueberry Lane #16) by Katy Regnery — releasing July 23rd, 2017.
- The Difference Between Us (Opposites Attract #2) by Rachel Higginson — releasing July 25th, 2017.
- Eye Candy (Real Love #1) by Jessica Lemmon — releasing July 25th, 2017.
- Misconduct (Birmingham Rebels #4) by Samantha Kane — releasing July 25th, 2017.
- Cross Check (Bayard Hockey #2) by Kelly Jamieson — releasing July 25th, 2017.
- Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman — releasing August 1st, 2017.
- Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne — releasing August 22nd, 2017.
- Elliott Redeemed (Preload #2) by Scarlett Cole — releasing August 29th, 2017.
- The Saint and the Scoundrel (The Story Sisters #4, Blueberry Lane #18) by Katy Regnery — releasing September 3rd, 2017.
So what are you fair readers looking forward to in the second half of 2017? Are any of these on your list?
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 Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book (topic originally done back in 2013) — tell us all your book turn offs!” I’m a bit late yet again…
Lenoreo’s Top Ten:
Some of these are impossible to tell unless someone spoils it in their reviews, but they still turn me off… (And it doesn’t mean there won’t be exceptions, or I won’t be convinced to give it a try, these are just what make me NOT want to read it)
- CHEATING! Yeah, I know this is hard to know beforehand, though you can guess some in the blurbs. But if I do see any mention in a review, I’m dibs out. It’s just hard to empathize with characters that go there. It apparently tests my empathy gene, and I come up short.
- Love Triangles. Now, don’t get me wrong, one of my favourite authors, and 2 of my favourite paranormal series by her contain major love triangles. I will tolerate them if there’s something else bringing me in, but I’d rather avoid them.
- Motorcycle Club books. I just can’t get interested in heroes that are often killers or torturers or dicks to women. I’m sure there are exceptions, but yeah…I’m not good with unredeemable characters.
- Glaring mistakes in the blurb. Yup, if an author can’t make sure that at least the blurb is typo free and with good grammar, then it doesn’t bode well for the book.
- The book is MEGA popular. See, I’m a hipster. So if the book is mega popular and I didn’t get in from the beginning, then I’m likely to NEVER read it. I think there’s so many other great underhyped books to read. And I’m paranoid I won’t like it as much as everyone else. Oh, and if there’s a movie made of it, then I’ll probably watch it, the final nail in the coffin.
- The book is highly recommended by a good friend. TOO MUCH PRESSURE!!! If it’s just vaguely recommended, then sure. Or if I’m already interested in the author, or I already have the book, then sure. But if they’re super excited about the recommendation, I will avoid avoid avoid. I know, it’s crazy.
- No romance WHATSOEVER. Yeah, I don’t mind if it’s just a tiny hint, but I need something.
- Fancy flowery language. This pretty much rules out classics, historicals, and high fantasy. If I have to think too much about what the words are saying, then I’m out. AND, it makes it so that I can’t relate to the characters if the dialogue is too hard to parse. Personal quirk, I know.
- Flat characters. These next two are ones that are hard to know beforehand, but that can sometimes be mentioned in reviews. Characters are my favourite part of a book, so I need them to be multi-faceted.
- Miscommunication problems. Yeah, it’s what killed my most recent read. I HATE miscommunication problems…or at least ones that don’t get resolved in good time.
OK, so that was a wide range. What about you guys? What makes you instantly NOT want to read a book?
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 Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book (topic originally done back in 2013 as top ten words/topics that will make me instantly want to read a book) — so yeah basically any topic or theme or ANYTHING (ie if X person recommends it) that will make you instantly want to pick up a book. My list will likely be called Jamie-bait because there are soooo certain things you can say in a summary or a review that will just instantly draw me to it!” I’m a bit late, but I really wanted to do this topic!
Lenoreo’s Top Eleven:
OK, these won’t necessarily immediately make me want to read a book, but will definitely put the book on my radar every single time. I’ll still likely read some reviews and make a final decision that way. These probably all look like contemporary tropes, but some of them can be found in non-contemps too, I’m just such a sucker for the romance parts that those are the things that stand out.
- Ugly Ducklings!!! Oh yeah baby, I LOVE me an ugly duckling book. By that I mean a heroine (or hero if it’s an M/M book) who feels ugly and overlooked. Low self-esteem, yes please! I know that sounds horrible, but what can I say, it’s easy to relate to. BONUS points if the heroine doesn’t go through some stupid makeover or plastic surgery that makes her traditionally beautiful, but rather that the hero just *sees* the beauty she always had. This one’s definitely top of the list.
- Sort of related is the popular/hot boy noticing/being slayed by the plain/shy/dorky girl. I even enjoy the opposite too, swapping the girl and boy. I don’t always love these ones, but I’ll always look into a book further if it has this story line. It’s a bit of opposites attract I guess.
- BETA BOYS!!! OMG I love me a beta boy. Give me some shy, give me some sweet, give me quietly adorable, I’m all in.
- Celebrity romances!!! Obviously I’m more attracted to the hero being the celebrity, but I’ve enjoyed the other way too. There’s just something about a “normal” person connecting with a celebrity that makes me happy sigh. Semi-related is Royal romances.
- And an offshoot of celebrity romances is secret identity romances!! Where one of them is a celebrity or royal or something and they go undercover and falls in love while pretending to be normal.
- Older Brother’s Best Friend romances. Maybe b/c when I was a kid I had a crush on my bro’s best friend. Especially if he’s secretly in love with her too, but has stayed away.
- Best friends to lovers!! Especially if one has secretly been in love with the other, but too afraid to make a move and assumes it’s unrequited.
- Secret baby/pregnancy!! ROFL, this one doesn’t make sense to me. I’m not a kid person. Seriously. But I think it’s just the dynamics of why it’s remained a secret, and what happens when the guy finds out, etc.
- Arrangements that turn to love — like forced marriages/relationships for some ulterior purpose where the couple is forced into close proximity and feelings develop. I think this is a holdover from my Harlequin days. Actually, a lot of these are.
- Hockey romances. What can I say, I’m a sucker for most sports romances, but I will always look closer to hockey romances.
- (sneaky bonus) Gay for you!! These don’t always work, but I often end up being attracted to M/M romances where they don’t know they’re gay/bi (sometimes just one, sometimes both), but then they find that one guy that they can’t deny. *sigh*
So what about you?? What “things” are guaranteed to have you looking closer at a book?
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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 Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read (topic originally done 4/14) Some variations: top ten unique sounding books on my TBR, top ten most unique books I’ve read in X genre, etc.”
Lenoreo’s Top Ten:
And each book is unique in different ways… I’ve got 5 contemporaries, and 5 non-contemporaries. 😉
- Road to Somewhere by Kelley Lynn & Jenny S. Morris — I loved that this story may have contained some romance, but it was really about the relationship between two sisters…I found that very unique.
- Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious #1) by Sara Wolf — Our heroine, Isis, is incredibly unique all on her own. Her inner thoughts were out of this world. See my review here.
- Loving Libby (College Life) by Mia Josephs — Formerly titled 3 Sides to a Circle, I found this one so unique in the NA genre because it focused not just on romance but on friendship relationships that are created in college.
- Four Summers by Nyrae Dawn — This story was actually told over the course of 4 summers and I really enjoyed how that played out.
- The Real Thing by Cassie Mae — Hero is a virgin, need I say more?
- The Rush (The Siren #1) by Rachel Higginson — A paranormal series around the mythos of Sirens that involves sex trafficking? Yup, definitely unique.
- Heir of Skies (Starbright #1) by Rachel Higginson — Another paranormal series about *STARS* that are beings? Yup, unique.
- Gathering Water (Gathering Water #1) by Regan Claire — I can’t even describe to you this paranormal world, b/c it was just so unique…I loved the way it played with elements and grabbed things from different mythos but made it its own. Oh, and the romance also took me in places I didn’t expect. See my review here.
- Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane — This was just a bizarre erotic fairy tale, though I can’t quite pin down what fairy tale. It was just strange but awesome.
- Ride the Wind (Flipped Fairy Tales) by Starla Huchton — And speaking of odd fairy tales, I had never heard of the fairy tale that this story was based on. And the thing I love about this series (though I’ve still only read this one so far) is that they are gender flipped! I can’t wait to read more. See my review here.
So how about you guys? What books did you find unique in some way or another?
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 “Fandom Freebie — top ten fandoms I’m in, 10 reasons X fandom is the best, must have merchandise for x fandom, etc. etc.” Curly Carla’s doing Top Ten Fandoms I’m In.
Curly Carla’s Top Twelve:
Ok, I’m gonna mix both book and TV with this one because I can. 😉
- Twilight by Stephanie Meyers. I know I know. Whatever, I like it.
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This is the book that got me into this genre! Loved it.
- Divergent by Veronica Roth. Even though the last book was a HUGE fail IMO, I did like the others.
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Dayum have you read this series!!!
- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Claire. I haven’t finished this series yet. I’m on like book 5 I think. But I do love what I have read so far.
- Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance Chronicles) by Margaret Weiss. I’ve read almost every book by this author…twice. This series is by far my favorite and if you don’t know it, I feel bad for you cause you are really missing out.
Now onto the TV shows:
- Once Upon A Time (ABC) This series ya’ll.
- Game of Thrones (HBO) I do realize this is a book series but they were too dry for me to get into so I switched to the show.
- Survivor (CBS) This is one of those shows that my husband and I watch together. We don’t watch many together.
- Doctor Who (BBC) How could I forget this one!!!!
- Stranger Things (Netflix) This one is so spooky.
- Jessica Jones (Netflix) I love this series.
Welp, that’s about it for my fandoms.
How about you guys? What fandoms are you in?
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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 Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do).” We both couldn’t decide on one or the other, so did a bit of a mix.
Curly Carla’s Top Ten:
The following authors I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting a couple years ago at an author/reader con. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I will never forget the welcome they made me feel.
- Stormy Smith — she was the first author to ever answer me when I reached out to her with silly questions. Her writing is absolutely wonderful. I love the way her brain works. And she is a great dancer!
- Caylie Marcoe — her book was the first one to ever make me cry and I love her sarcastic sense of humor. And she takes pretty cool pictures.
- Alex Tuttle — I just loved picking this guy’s brain. His writing has always captivated me.
- Theresa Kay — she writes in my favorite genre and adds a depth to her books that constantly astound me. I loved being able to hang out with her at Utopiacon.
- Kat Nichols — I was fortunate enough to go line dancing with her and I had such a wonderful time.
- Regan Oakley — I love her honesty and her playfulness. Her ability to combine both of those traits shows in her writing as well.
Now we are to the part on authors I’m dying to meet.
- Michelle Bolanger — I consider her a wonderful writer and a friend. We met through IABB and we just hit it off. We’ve been friends for a couple years now and I am grateful to be a part of her team.
- Lila Felix — I have been a fan for a while and would love to meet her in person.
- Cassie Mae — How could I leave out this glorious personality? She has such a great heart, I can’t wait to finally meet her…one day.
- Anyta Sunday — I love her writing and have for a while. She is the author of one of my favorite series OF ALL TIME!!
Lenoreo’s Top “Ten” Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met:
I’ve been fortunate to attend 5 separate author signings/conventions, and have met some amazing authors. These were my absolute favourites in order of when I met them.
- Nyrae Dawn — My first signing was at Orlando Book Bash 2013, and Ms. Dawn was the second author I met. I’d even seen her outside the venue and had to act “cool” and not run up to her while she was just vacationing. The truly amazing twist to this story is that I have since Beta Read twice for Ms. Dawn, having been recommended by a mutual friend. Seriously, sometimes my life is too cool for words.
- Rachel Higginson — Before I ever met Ms. Higginson, I was a part of her street team because I’d become a mega huge fan. And through the street team I was lucky enough to interact with her personally, which I don’t think authors will ever understand how huge that is to a reader like me. I first met her in person at Penned Con 2014 in St. Louis, and my hubby and I got to hang out with her, her husband, and a few of the Rebel Writers (see number 6). Since then I truly feel like I can call her a friend, and I’ve seen her at UtopyaCon 2015, Emerald City Author Event 2016, and a girl’s weekend in Wisconsin in 2016. I’ve also beta read a few of her books. She is a delight.
- Rebecca Ethington — While I’ve only read 2 of Ms. Ethington’s books, I absolutely fell in love with them. And I find her truly delightful.
- The Rebel Writers: Alex Tuttle, Caylie Marcoe, Kat Nichols, Regan Claire, Stormy Smith and Theresa Kay — Oh my Rebel Writers. I kind of cheated if you couldn’t tell, hence why I put ten in quotes. I met the ladies of this group through Rachel Higginson’s street team, and when they decided to group together to help each other achieve their dreams of becoming authors, I wholeheartedly jumped onto that bandwagon and joined their own street team, where I was introduced to Alex. I think I’ve now beta read for all of them, including the debut novels of 5 of the 6. And while I may group them together, they are wildly different, but all amazingly talented and delightful people. I met Caylie and Theresa at Penned Con 2014, and then saw ALL of them at UtopyaCon 2015. And I’ve been lucky to hang out with a few at UtopiaCon 2016, and at 2 separate girl’s weekends in 2016 and 2017. It was through them that I met my co-blogger Curly Carla, so I will be grateful to them for more than just their beautiful words.
- Anne Eliot — I met Ms. Eliot at the Emerald City Author Event 2016 in Seattle, and she was just ridiculously adorable and delightful, and I can’t even express how enjoyable it was to talk to her!
- Cassie Mae — Oh Cassie Mae. She is not just an amazing author that I am a huge fan of, I consider her a close friend. I’m not even sure how our friendship started, I think she contacted me after I reviewed her debut novel, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend. And there are just some people in the world that you click with and know they’re meant to be in your life. I’ve since beta read quite a few books for her, and each one floors me for their uniqueness and heart (and OMG humour). And when I was given the opportunity to meet her and room with her and basically shenanigate with her at UtopiaCon 2016, you can bet your booty I jumped all over it.
- Rebecca Yarros — I actually met Ms. Yarros the first time at UtopyaCon 2015, but I don’t think I managed to get a picture with her (though I did come back and show her my fresh tattoo). I then proceeded to stalk her again at UtopiaCon 2016 and complete my collection of the books she had out at the time. Of course now she has more books out, so perhaps I will have to stalk her again at another event.
- Tiffany King — Ms. King is one of those first Indie authors I read, and I have admired her talent for years, particularly her YA contemps. So when I saw she was going to be at UtopiaCon 2016, I knew I had to meet her. And lucky for me, I was able to tag along with Cassie Mae, which probably gave me a bit more street cred. I can pretend I’m cool and not just a ridiculous fangirl.
- Kelly Oram — This was another author that I pretty much freaked out about meeting at UtopiaCon 2016. And again, she knew Cassie!! So not only did I meet her, get her ENTIRE book collection signed, but I got to hang out with her on one of the days!! Be jealous, be very very jealous.
- Cambria Hebert — It’s funny, b/c while Ms. Hebert had been at UtopyaCon 2015, I had yet to read any of her books so I didn’t meet her at the time. But I got sucked into her Hashtag and Gearshark series, and so you can bet I stalked her at UtopiaCon 2016. In fact, I fully intend to get more books for my collection at the Big Apple Author Event in October of this year.
Lenoreo’s Top “Ten” Authors I’m Dying to Meet:
- Katy Regnery — I GET TO MEET HER!! In like a month and a half at Romancing the Falls 2017 in Niagara Falls. Super excited.
- Ginger Scott — Same deal with Ms. Scott!! I can’t wait for May!! She’s going to take all my money as I buy up all her books. 🙂
- Brenda Rothert — I’ve only read one book by Ms. Rothert, but I really really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to meeting her in May as well!
- Sarina Bowen — I GET TO MEET HER TOO!! This time at the Big Apple Author Event in October in NYC!! She’s another author that’s going to take all my money.
- Lauren Layne — Another author I am STOKED to meet at the Big Apple Author Event!! I’ve already started collecting a few of her paperbacks to bring with me and get signed.
- Elle Kennedy — This is an author that I don’t currently have plans of meeting, but I would really love to. I noticed her name on the Apollycon 2018 list, so perhaps I need to go to Washington, D.C. in a year?
- Melissa Pearl/Jordan Ford — I would DIE to meet Ms. Pearl, who also writes as Jordan Ford. I became a member of her ARC team at the beginning of 2016, and recently beta read a few of her books. She’s delightful, and I would run out of money collecting her books. But hey, maybe this is an excuse for us to go to New Zealand!
- Jolene Perry/Mia Josephs — I “met” Ms. Perry through Cassie Mae, and was lucky enough to beta read a few of her Mia Josephs books. I adore interacting with her, she’s just such a beautiful soul, and sassy to boot. I would love to meet her someday.
- Sarah Mayberry — I think this is the first author I ever solicited for a signed book. When my hubby and I traveled to Australia, I contacted her via e-mail (I still don’t know how I was that brave), and while she didn’t have any events happening while we were there, she was nice enough to send a signed copy to the hotel we were staying at in Melbourne. It would be sweet to attend an event and actually get to meet her, she’s hands down my favourite Harlequin author (though she doesn’t write exclusively through them, it’s just what I know her most from).
- Amy Harmon — I am blown away by Ms. Harmon’s talent and words, and so would definitely love to meet her!
As you can see, most of the authors on both my lists are there b/c I have a personal connection to them in some way. I can’t tell you how amazing that is, to live in a world where I can interact with authors I admire and occasionally become friends with them.
So how about you guys? What authors can you not believe you’ve met? What authors would you DIE to meet?
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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.
- Remember Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram. I barely finished this book. See my review here.
- The Lilith Scroll by B. L. Marsh. I couldn’t even finish this book. See my review here.
- Lightning in my Wake by Lila Felix. I’m hit or miss with her books, this one was a miss.
- Revelation by Randi Cooley Wilson. Too slow for me. See my review here.
- Dream of Me by Quinn Loftis. I just wasn’t feeling this one.
- Bully by Penelope Douglas. I have a love hate relationship with this series. See my review here.
- Chance by A.C. Heller. Oh boy, I did not like this book.
- A Tragic Wreck by T.K. Leigh.
- Love and Hate by Chelsea Ballinger.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kaleidoscope Hearts (Hearts #1) by Claire Contreras — Another book that is really hyped, but I was just underwhelmed. See my review here.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Taking Shots (Assassins #1) by Toni Aleo — Another really popular hockey series, and it just did not work for me. See my review here.
- 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?