Top Ten Tuesday | The First Ten Books I Reviewed

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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!

Okay, so even though my blog is only three years old, I have been reviewing on Goodreads for a really long time! I was legitimately a cringey little kid, and I don’t claim any of the reviews I wrote before 2015, but I tried. But these were the first ten books that little Melanie ever attempted to write reviews for!


Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater


Marked (House of Night #1) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast


Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning


Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead


Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1) by Melissa Marr


Wake (Wake #1) by Lisa McMann


The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides


Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale (Modern Faerie Tales #1) by Holly Black


Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp (Youth in Revolt #1) by C.D. Payne


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green



The nostalgia is real, friends. But these ten books, even though some are truly hot messes, really did pave the way for me to start reviewing. And, more importantly, they were the gateway to me connecting with so many people and making so many friends! Tell me what was one of the first books you ever reviewed! And I hope you’re having the happiest of reading, loves!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Keywords That Make Me Pick Up a Book

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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!

Hey, friends! I kind of put a little spin on this week’s topic. A lot of things will make me want to pick a book up, but the main reason is truly my friends and reviewers that I trust and who have similar reading tastes to me! But I thought it would be cool to tell you all ten words that will always make me want to pick up and support a book!

➽ #ownvoices

➽ Asian Main Characters

➽ Pansexuality / LGBTQIAP+

➽ Fae / Faery

➽ Tavern / Inn / Pub Setting

➽ Morally Grey Characters

➽ Enemies to Lovers

➽ Boarding Schools

➽ Love Triangles

➽ Strong Sibling Bonds


Okay, someone hurry up and combine all of these things into my perfect story, please. But seriously, I love all of these elements so much, and if I’m aware that one or more or these words pertain to a certain book, I will be way more likely to pick it up! What are some keywords that make you want to pick up a story?

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Top Ten Tuesday | Spring 2019 Releases That I’ve Read

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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!

Hello, friends! Yesterday, I told you all the Spring reads that I would like to get to that I haven’t read yet! Well, this week I’m going to tell you about all the Spring reads that I have read, thanks to all the wonderful publishers! (Click on each individual review for in-depth thoughts and trigger warnings!) 🌷🌸🌻🌺🌼


Once & Future (Once & Future #1) by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy
⭐⭐⭐


Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu
⭐⭐⭐⭐


Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) by Mark Lawrence
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray #1) by Christine Lynn Herman
⭐⭐⭐


When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington
⭐⭐⭐


Ghosts of the Shadow Market (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1-10) by Cassandra Clare
(8/10 Complete!)


Again, but Better by Christine Riccio
⭐⭐⭐


The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang
⭐⭐⭐⭐


Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



I can’t believe how many of these that I absolutely loved! Have you read any Spring releases yet? Let me know your favorite so I can add it to my never ending TBR! And I hope you all are having the happiest of reading, loves! 💕

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Top Ten Tuesday | Spring 2019 Releases That I Want to Read

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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!

Okay, so this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a two part blog post! This week I’m going to talk about all the upcoming Spring releases that I’m excited for and that I haven’t read yet! Tomorrow, I’m going to talk about all the Spring releases that I’ve already read and reviewed! But here are the books that I’m hoping to get to this Spring season, and I apologize in advance for it being a little more than ten! 🌷🌸🌻


Descendant of the Crane by Joan He


Normal People by Sally Rooney


When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton


The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy #1) by Swati Teerdhala


Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan


If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka


You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno


A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3) by Alyssa Cole


We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) by Hafsah Faizal


Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber


I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver


With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo


Middlegame by Seanan McGuire



The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos


Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


Seven Blades in Black (The Grave of Empires #1) by Sam Sykes



Whew! That was A LIST! But I am seriously so excited for all of these releases and I hope they are all five star worthy! Let me know what your most anticipated Spring release is this year! And I hope you’re all having the happiest of reading! 💖

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Top Ten Tuesday | My Favorite Standalone Books

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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!

I feel like amazing standalones are hard to find! Especially since I’m a predominantly SFF blogger, living in a world that loves series! Don’t get me wrong, I always want more of my favorite worlds and favorite characters, but sometimes a good standalone is just so pleasing to read! So, I wanted to talk about some of my favorites today! 💗


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


Circe by Madeline Miller


Heartless by Marissa Meyer


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Radio Silence by Alice Oseman


The Secret History by Donna Tartt


The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher


The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller



Okay, friends! That’s it! I hope you enjoyed! Please, let me know one of your favorite standalone reads! I’m always looking for more! And I hope you are all having the happiest of reading, loves! 💗

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Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite Couples In Books

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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!

Buckle up, friends! Because I could have made a list of 50+ ships that sail in the angsty waters of my heart every single day! But in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m going to list my favorite OTPs of all time in order from least favorite favorite to most favorite favorite! (Also! Ships can sometimes be spoilery! So please use caution! Especially if you have not read Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff!) 💕


Kvothe and Denna

(Art by Dan Dos Santos!)

“Go out in the early days of winter, after the first cold snap of the season. Find a pool of water with a sheet of ice across the top, still fresh and new and clear as glass. Near the shore the ice will hold you. Slide out farther. Farther. Eventually you’ll find the place where the surface just barely bears your weight. There you will feel what I felt. The ice splinters under your feet. Look down and you can see the white cracks darting through the ice like mad, elaborate spiderwebs. It is perfectly silent, but you can feel the sudden sharp vibrations through the bottoms of your feet. That is what happened when Denna smiled at me.”

Starting out with the angstiest of them all! And the Kingkiller Chronicle ending is going to probably be the death on me, please I just can’t with these two.


Helen Blackthorn and Aline Penhallow

(Art by Rikki the Artist!)

“You can. You can do anything.”

The Asian girl gets the fae girl of her dreams, and my heart has never been more full. The blessings. The true blessings. Praise Cassie Clare.


Mia and Ash

(Art by Iryna Khymych!)

“What’s the map of?” “It provides detailed directions to the Empire of None of Your Fucking Concern.” 

Best enemies to lovers of my life.


Mark, Kieran, and Christina

(Art by Loweana!)

“Few of us are lucky enough ever to know the whole truth about anything.” 

I know! I know! But… You all, I read twenty things by Cassie Clare last year, and I honestly am the biggest garbage fire over her characters. I’m so sorry. But I would honestly die for these three and their happiness!


Evelyn and Celia

(Art by layaart!)

“Please never forget that the sun rises and sets with your smile.”

Wow, I’m actually crying on my keyboard.


Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn

(Art by Loweana!)

“I breathe when you breathe, I bleed when you bleed, I’m yours and you’re mine, you’ve always been mine, and I have always, always belonged to you!”

Cassie Clare has so many good ships! I couldn’t resist! But Emma and Julian are truly my favorite ship of all the Shadowhunters. I love them both so much, and I love their love for each other. They are so selfless, so pure, and just make me so damn happy.


Lei and Wren

(Art by monolime!)

“Her kisses heal the parts of me that the King broke. They tell me: You are strong, Lei. You are beautiful. You are mine. And, always, most important: You are yours.”

This couple means the entire world to me, and they deserve only the best things in life. My favorite f/f ship of all eternity.


Lazlo and Sarai

(Art by taratjah!)

“He reached for her hand and caught it—lightly—and held it. It was small, smooth, and very real. Up in the citadel, Sarai gasped. She felt the warmth of his skin on hers. A blaze of connection—or collision , as though they had long been wandering in the same labyrinth and had finally rounded the corner that would bring them face-to-face. It was a feeling of being lost and alone and then suddenly neither.” 

Friends, I can’t even weave words to begin to let you know how much these dreamer babies mean to me. But the answer is everything. Everything.


Cardan and Jude

(Art by MelieScribbles!)

“You are my dearest punishment.”

You wanna know what pan culture is? Falling in love with Jude and Cardan every other page. I want nothing more than to be in a polyamorous relationship with them.


Inej Ghafa and Kaz Brekker

(Art by xla-hainex!)

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you…” 

Not only are Kaz and Inej my favorite OTP of all time, but this is actually my favorite fan art of all time, too. The actual blessings. From the one liners to armor and crawling, to the stitching, to the hand holding, your girl is weak. My all time favorite literary couple and I honestly can’t think about them without crying. Perfection. True perfection.



Okay, now I’m equal parts a swooning and crying mess! But I hope you all enjoyed! Please let me know if we have any of the same ships! Or tell me a ship that I don’t have listed here! I’m all about that angst, friends! Happy reading! 💕

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Top Ten Tuesday | Upcoming Releases I’m On the Fence About

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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!

Okay this week’s topic was kind of hard for me, just because I am normally a really decisive person so I can easily tell you if I am interested in something or not. But I tried my hardest to come up with ten books that I could potentially see myself picking up, and could potentially see myself not picking up! Life is just too short to pick up books that you don’t expect good things from!


Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

I’ve never read anything by Jeff before, but I am pretty sure that I’m reading this for a traveling book that my friend Julie started, but we will see!


Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

Okay, I have an eARC of this, so I am 100% reading, but I am just uneasy because this cover is honestly hideous in my opinion! Plus, I’ve only ever read one short story by Kasie West, but I loved it so much I immediately went out and requested this and I hope it wasn’t the biggest mistake!


Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

I was really hyped for this when it was first announced, but I’ve felt less and less interested as the days go by, so…. we will see if I pick this one up!


Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst & Paula Garner

I love Audrey so much, but I’m not sure if that is enough for me to pick this one up! I might wait until a few people I trust review this one!


Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Okay, this is the one on the list that I know I should pick up, just because all my friends love Jenn Bennett so much! But I’ve never reached for anything by her before, so I’m not sure if I will, or if I should get to her back-list first!


The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

This is getting so much buzz! I’m just not sure if it will be for me!


The Afterward by E.K. Johnston

I’ll be honest, I was excited for this, but then the author said a couple heated things about bloggers and reviewers, but the thing that honestly pissed me off is that they didn’t apologize or try to make things feel… less bad after the hurtful things they said. Honestly? I’m probably going to be passing on this one because of it.


Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

I always get irritated that this author writes under a a fem sounding pseudonym, so I always say I’m not going to read his books, but then I get fomo because everyone else does and I end up caving, so we will see if I end up picking this one up.


Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

This was looking like it was going to be 100% my brand, and then the early reviews came in and yikes! I have friends that never DNF anything who are DNFing this book. So, now I’m actually scared to even give it a try!


Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Okay, so I know most people are so hyped for this, but I honestly didn’t really like The Illuminae Files. Also, I am so sick of Charlie Bowater covers, which I know has no impact on the story, but there are other actual diverse artists that these publishing houses could be hiring to create diverse characters.


 


Okay, friends! Those are the ten books that I am unsure if I’m going to pick up! Is there any here that you’d absolutely love to see me read and review? Let me know! And I hope you’re having the happiest of reading, loves!

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